Swanmore College Big Build Challenge

On behalf of Hampshire County Council, Neilcott undertook the construction of a new Performing Arts Building and refurbishment of 4 existing blocks at Swanmore College, during this project the Neilcott team set the students a “Big Build” challenge.  Working in teams the students were required to act as a small construction company that designed and constructed sustainable projects.  The Client (in this case, the College Governor’s) had purchased a section of the College Estate, which was not previously used by the students or staff.  Each of the construction company’s were required to tender for the works to transform this disused, outdoor area into a sustainable and ecological space that could be used by the College.  Each team were required to assign job roles and responsibilities to members of the team, produce a site plan showing the proposed area to scale, together with all aspects of the proposed design, which were to be detailed upon this plan, produce a cost report detailing all proposed expenditure and produce a programme detailing the design and construction timetable. This culminated in a presentation to a client panel, made up of Governor’s, Hampshire County Council and the Neilcott team, with the winning design building out their proposals.  To assist the teams in their Challenge members of the Neilcott Team and Hampshire County Council design service gave a presentation to the students on the various careers in construction which linked with the roles that each would play.  A presentation skills, design, cost and programme workshop was also provided to assist them in the final presentation.  The winning team were Swantech who designed a bandstand building with flower beds, birdhouses, vegetable gardens and internal benches were a range of both social and educational events could be undertaken.  Although slightly over budget the team put in place excellent contingency measures to cover this shortfall which included a range of fundraising activities and the use of recycled materials.  Well done Swantech the Neilcott team hope to be invited back to see the finished building.IMG_0330IMG_0321

Snowdon Midnight Trek

Snowdonia National Park in North Wales is synonymous with beautiful rugged landscapes with wonderful trekking and outdoor pursuits.  The highest mountain in England and Wales at 1085m, its Welsh name is Yr Wyddfa, reputedly the burial place of a mythical giant.  A popular summit trek by day-time, it forms a real challenge by night.  Not put off by this an intrepid team from Neilcott, George Cook, Jon Weatherley, Joel Mulvihill, Danny Jinks, Jon Morton, John Bowdery and Trevor Armstrong are undertaking the Midnight Challenge on Friday 18th May in aid of Neilcott’s 2018 Charity Alzheimer’s Society, United against Dementia.  They would welcome your support in the form of sponsorship, by following the link below to the Neilcott Just Giving Page you can donate using the reference ‘Snowdon’ in the message box along with your name and a message of support (if you use this option please remember to tick yes to gift aid) https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/neilcott-construction.  Good luck to the team!29ea765e-0afb-4754-ba3b-32410c483956

CCS National Awards 2018

The National Site Awards recognise those registered sites that have shown the highest levels of consideration towards the public, the workforce and the environment.  Out of over 6500 eligible sites, 816 were selected to win Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards, within each of the following project value bands: Under £500k; £500k to <£1m; £1m to <£5m; £5m to <£10m; £10m to <£50m; and £50m and over.  The Scheme’s National Awards programme has grown beyond recognition since their launch back in 1998, to become one of the most highly respected industry accolades in construction. They are held in such high regard that, achieving an Award at a certain level is now often a stipulation of tender contracts.  The growth of the National Site Awards year-on-year reflects the expansion of the construction industry’s commitment to raise standards in considerate construction across an ever increasing number of sites throughout the UK and Ireland.  This year’s award-winning sites have all demonstrated a relentless commitment to help improve the image of our industry. They have taken this commitment to new levels, Ned Ismaili collected his award alongside 103642_(2)-(ZF-2352-61707-1-002)103642-(ZF-2352-61707-1-001)James Fisher, Building Project Director from Howard de Walden Estate.  Malcolm Elster Neilcott’s Managing Director stated “this award reaffirms Neilcott’s total commitment to the CCS scheme and to achieve this accolade for an enabling works project is an excellent achievement by the site team, well done Ned and team”!

The Bridge Leisure Centre Topping Out

For centuries, builders have celebrated the moment a buildings structure reaches it’s topmost point.  The age-old tradition, originally conceived to bestow good luck on a building and ward off evil spirits is now more commonly recognized as an opportunity to celebrate progress made.  Senior Councillors and officers from Horsham District Council, key members of the existing leisure centre user groups joined the Neilcott senior management team to celebrate this landmark achievement.  Pat Hughes, Neilcott’s Regional Director and Chairman of the Council Cllr Peter Burgess performed the ancient Saxon ritual of anointing a yew tree with wine, oil, corn and salt symbolizing wisdom, liberty, prosperity and hospitality prior to the Leader of the Council Cllr Ray Dawe placing a commemorative plaque on the wall of the new centre.  Due to open in the autumn of 2018, the development is one of the Council’s most significant investments in years and will deliver one of the biggest dry-side sports and leisure centres in the district.  The fantastic new facility will include a six court sports hall, an 80-station gym, a cycle studio, three fitness studios and five multi-use games areas.  A new clip and climb facility and café, a sensory room, a treatment room for beauty and sports therapy sessions and new changing facilities for indoor and outdoor activity, including a Changing Places disabled changing facility are also included.horshamdistrictcouncil_48245220142horshamdistrictcouncil_48245166732

London LABC Building Excellence Awards 2018

Neilcott are delighted to have been shortlisted as a finalist for the London LABC Building Excellence Awards 2018.  The largest business to business awards in the building control sector, the LABC regional building excellence awards recognise quality in all types of building project.  The awards celebrate achievements in the construction industry. They reward excellent buildings, outstanding companies, and partnerships and individuals that go that extra mile.  Unlike other awards, it’s not all about looks! the LABC consider other vital elements including:

 

  • High levels of compliance with building regulations
  • Effective working relationships with LABC surveyors
  • Outstanding craftsmanship
  • Technical innovation
  • Sustainability and high performance
  • Ability to solve technical problems with creative solutions
  • Use of innovative products and the skills to overcome difficult site conditions

Neilcott’s project at Ordnance Road, Enfield which provides residential accommodation comprising 11 three bedroom terraced houses and 4 one bedroom courtyard houses, two of which are designed as wheelchair accessible, has been shortlisted for Best Small New Housing Development and Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development.  Our expansion project at Nelson Primary School has also been shortlisted for Best Educational Building.  The Award ceremony takes place at the Guildhall in May Regional winners in each category are automatically shortlisted for the LABC Grand Finals which are held in London.

 

National Considerate Constructors Awards 2018

During April 2018, the Considerate Constructors Scheme National Site Awards will be taking place.  These awards are an opportunity to recognise the most considerate registered sites of 2017.  The awards recognise sites’ exceptional standards of consideration towards local neighbourhoods and the general public, the workforce and the environment.  Only the top scoring of registered sites are eligible to win and award.  Neilcott’s site at 110 Marylebone High Street, undertaken for The Howard de Walden Estate has been recognised as a site with these exceptional standards.  The auditor commented in his report “An excellent score, particularly with a very short duration project. Appearance of the project portrays the company in a very professional manner particularly on the busy Marylebone High Street which has a very high foot fold. The Site Manager has managed to establish links with the local schools and the immediate community, particularly encouraging to arrange for an Ivor costume in such a short period of time. Excellent display of literature around the site including CCS information for operatives.  It was apparent the Site Manager had a good rapport with his workforce with high levels of literature and information relating to healthy lifestyle choices and the company’s employee assistance programme offered.”award-winners

Pilgrims’ Cross Bridge Building Challenge

Year 6 Students at Pilgrims’ Cross Primary School took part in a Bridge Building Challenge as part of their project on Victorian England and Isambard Kingdom Brunel.  Through discussion and practical demonstration, pupils explored different types of bridges and learnt about ‘compression’ and ‘tension’ and what effect these forces have on a structure.  They were then challenged to design and build their own bridges in small teams with the aim of creating a structure that could hold as much weight as possible.  With only a limited amount of time and resources, the ‘young engineers’ had to engage their team working skills and creativity to problem solve and complete the challenge.  Bridges were then tested to destruction.

Neilcott are undertaking works to increase the capacity of the existing school from 1.5 forms of entry to 2 forms of entry for Hampshire County Council.  The project comprises of the construction of three additional classrooms and a group room.  An extension to the staff carpark, a new multi use games area (MUGA), an external canopy link between key stage 1 and key stage 2 teaching blocks and associated landscaping. Services diversions and connections will be undertaken as necessary.  The main works are to be ready for occupation for August 2018.Pilgrims-Cross-2Pilgrims-Cross

Transition to new ISO Standards

Neilcott is delighted to have achieved accreditation to the revised quality and environmental management standards, ISO 9001:2015 and 14001:2015.  One of our core values is continuous improvement in everything that we do and as part of this we challenge and embrace change, explore best practice and communicate the benefits to all.  The changes to the new ISO 9001 and 14001 standards allowed us to reassess our business strategy and review the systems and processes that we have in place to monitor and measure these.

To make sure that we met the new standard we have reviewed the internal and external influences upon the business and undertaken detailed analysis to understand the needs and expectations of all interested parties.  A very important outcome of this business review was the development of a robust risk and opportunities register and business planning process.  A new business management system has been developed by Neilcott’s leadership team which is compatible with the strategic direction and the context of the organization, the whole system is frequently reviewed to ensure conformance to the standard.

Driving increased integration of our management systems throughout the business has been extremely beneficial and we are now preparing for the forthcoming changes to the OHSAS 18001 as it is also in the process of being revised.   ISO 45001, the international standard that will replace BS OHSAS 18001, has now reached the Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) stage. The standard sets requirements for occupational health and safety management systems and is expected to be published in early 2018.

An expected change is the stronger role for top management. Health and safety will become a central aspect of the overall management system, requiring a firm commitment from top management.  At the same time, it will be necessary to involve all employees in reaching occupational health and safety objectives.  Neilcott’s leadership team are already very central to our commitment of occupational health and safety and this will require no change in our approach this will be cascaded down our supply chain.

Christmas Jumper Day 2017

Our year long fund raising for Demelza culminated in the annual Christmas Jumper day in the Orpington office.  We are delighted to have raised just over £20,000 for this fantastic charity.  Some members of our team took the day very seriously!Barryseriously!

Silver Outstanding Corporate Supporter

The Demelza 2017 Business Awards took place in November at the Tudor Park Marriott Hotel in Maidstone.  The evening was an exclusive event for Demelza’s  outstanding business supporters,  celebrating their success in supporting Demelza, raising awareness and funding for the children and families that they care for.  Neilcott is delighted to have been awarded a Silver Outstanding Corporate Support Award.  Demelza is Neilcott’s 2017 charity of the year as nominated and voted for by staff.  A huge thank you to all those that took part in events throughout the year to reach another fantastic total which was once again matched by the Company.  Well done Team Neilcott!img007