Mint Street Community Play Facility

Mint Street Adventure Play Facility was built in 1971, following a campaign by local people to reuse land behind the Evelina Children’s Hospital as a playground.  The adventure playground was operated by a voluntary sector organisation from its inception through to 1996.  The site has since been managed by the Southwark Council’s play service, which provides local children with the chance to play and learn in a safe environment.  Today, Mint Street offers more than just an adventure playground.  A huge variety of free opportunities and events for young people are available, ranging from sporting activities and music festivals to playgroups and life skills sessions.  Mint Street is an extremely well loved and well used community facility, however the building and associated play equipment have reached the end of their useful life.  The redevelopment of the facility provides not only the opportunity to upgrade the site and facilities, but to integrate it more successfully with the adjacent part and providing facilities better able to supply the community’s needs.

The local community albeit very excited to see the redevelopment of their facility were naturally worried that during the re-build project the centre would cease to be a focal point for the community and could be subject to vandalism and graffiti.  Neilcott liaised closely with local parent volunteers to discuss their ideas and the suggestions made by the children, to decorate the hoarding to retain the community feel, maintain its presence and dissuade unwanted attention.  The these of “my Mint Street” was established, encouraging the children to reflect on their memories of the old building.  The Mint Street “Candy Stripes” used in the Mint Street logo form the background for the hoarding.  Cut out silhouettes of children playing were provided by Neilcott, along with various painting and decorating materials.  This enabled children of all ages and abilities to create their own unique “self-portrait” to be displayed for the duration of the project.  In addition, circular cut outs of various sizes were provided for children to write their favourite memories of the old building on, with parents adding various quotes taken from the “Memory Book” which was situated in the old centre.  Perspex covered cuts outs where also made in the hoarding to enable progress of the new facility to be viewed by young and old throughout the construction period.

A number of community events were organised which saw parents involved in painting the candy stripes and children getting creative with their own designs.  Many families brought picnics on the Saturday event and stayed for the whole afternoon to watch the project come together.  There was a real sense of community spirit, enthusiasm and team work at each event, demonstrating how valuable Mint Street is to this community. Group-341

Neilcott starts work on £6m Enterprise Centre to boost the local economy in Chichester

Neilcott is delighted to have commenced work on a new £6m Enterprise Centre which will provide 35,000 square feet of high quality workspace, including services and managed offices, workshops and shared workspace in a new purpose-built development for local businesses.  It is forecast that the project, based in Terminus Road, Chichester, could create around 275 new jobs every three years and contribute to an improvement in business survival rates.  Completion of scheduled for the end of the year.  The project offers businesses flexible accommodation, with the ability to rent space for just two weeks.  The aim is to help businesses access the support that they need and will also include working with local education providers and business support groups to offer support and mentoring schemes.  Pat Hughes, Neilcott’s Regional Director says “Neilcott is delighted to be working in partnership with Chichester District Council on this important project.  It will bring dedicated, modern facilities that will enable businesses to grow and flourish, helping to create new, high quality jobs for local people.  We are also keen to ensure that the construction process provides opportunities for local employment and skills development.”  Eighty-two business units ranging from 150 to 700 square feet will be offered across three buildings, with the unique space offering flexible rental terms.  The development will offer office suites, workshop units and shared workspaces, along with dedicated car parking on a 1.75 acre site.  Flexible work spaces encourage new talent and job growth, as well as significantly contributing to the local economy.


Westminster City School

Neilcott has recently been awarded this challenging project to expand the existing Westminster City School by 1 Form Entry.  The project involves the demolition of 2 school buildings (Puttick Buildings) at the rear of the school site and erection of a new 3 storey building.  The existing Puttick Building at the rear of the school comprises of two separate buildings: The two storey “religious education” block closest to the primary school building or the Dacre Building, the combined one and half storey arts block and the single storey Gymnasium abutting the existing boundary wall to the St. James’ Court Hotel. These existing buildings are dated and do not offer the school facilities it requires as part of the new 1FE expansion. The new building is to be located at the rear of the Site and will not be readily visible from the public vantage points. Public views of the building will be limited to views from Palace Street through the school date and from Victoria Street and the new Zig Zag building and Westminster Council’s offices.  The increased floor space that this project provides will enable the school to offer a combined Arts building. The new building is a steel framed structure with piled foundations and concrete structural slabs at the ground and upper floors. The new design is predominantly brick clad with some elements of metal cladding and glazing to resonate with the new Zig Zag building and the existing school buildings on site.  A number of constraints exist at within the school site. Firstly, the site is located in central London, near Victoria station. Secondly, vehicular access to the site is restricted to one road, which is approximately 3.4m at its narrowest point.  Thirdly, the demolition and construction will be taking place on the school’s only outdoor recreation and sports space, meaning segregation measures and minimization of site footprint had to be carefully considered. The school will need to use temporary accommodation on the playground during demolition of the existing building and construction of the new building. Fourthly, the site boundaries border two separate hotels to the North East and land owned by TfL to the East in the form of a concrete slab over The District Underground line to the East. As an underground train line runs along the East boundary, a process of TfL approval for design, method statements and works carried out on site have to be adhered to. This had to be reflected in the contract design, developed design, construction methods carried out on site and programme.  WestminsterOne of the biggest reasons that Clients come back to Neilcott time and time again is our reputation for undertaking technically and logistically demanding projects extremely successfully, Neilcott’s Managing Director, Malcolm Elster stated “our reputation for challenging projects will prove invaluable upon this project, I am certain our project team will rise to this challenge”.

St Georges Bickley CE Primary School Expansion

Neilcott is delighted to have been awarded the expansion of St. Georges Bickley CE Primary School for the London Borough of Bromley.  This design and build project will provide a high quality, sustainable expansion to the school that will fully support, inspire and stimulate a 21st Century learning approach.  The project will enable the expansion of the school from a One and Half Form Entry to Two Form Entry Primary School.  Established in 1869, St. George’s has always been well known within the local area as being a small and welcoming community primary school. Bombed during World War II and subsequently rebuilt, St. George’s provides a happy, stable and caring environment whereby the children, staff and parents work actively in partnership to enable all children to realise their full potential.  The location of the proposed expansion was as a direct result of extensive feasibility and options appraisals carried out with the school. The site is quite restrictive in terms of usable external spaces.  The new proposal address the need for a hygiene room, medical room, and re-ordering of the circulation to the lower school classroom areas. The library has been expanded into the resource space, and this can now be opened up to the newly proposed landscape areas making it directly accessible from the inside.  The new studio hall space has been extended to include the existing under croft beneath the cantilevered classrooms, and the opportunity for this to open up further into the playground.  Malcolm Elster, Neilcott’s Managing Director, stated “I am delighted to have been awarded this scheme by the London Borough of Bromley, working for our “home” Borough has always been a goal and we will look to engage with the local community as much as possible”.St-Georges-1

Neilcott Charity Update

Neilcott staff managed to raise a fantastic £8,219.75 during the year for Neilcott’s 2016 charity Yorda Adventures.  Neilcott has matched the funding raised so we have passed a fantastic £16,439.50 over to Yorda which has made a huge difference to them this year.  They recently took on their own venue (Playhouse), as they were previously sharing facilities, and our donation has provided them with an opportunity to update the accommodation.  The Playhouse needs adaptations to ensure that all their children with physical disabilities can access the facilities safely and they will be installing a changing bed and hoist system.  Yorda will also use part of the donation to fund places.  One of their playChristmas-Jumper-2016scheme weeks provides 40-50 places per week for children to have a safe fun day and for their parents to have a much needed break. They have a long waiting list for places and the money raised will fund an entire week plus additional places from their waiting list.  In addition to the fund raising Neilcott also donated some play equipment which was recycled from one of our projects in Wandsworth and this will really enhance their play space.  Nominations are now in for the Neilcott 2017 Charity and fundraising has kicked off with a Christmas raffle and Christmas jumper day, we already have an impressive £350 for our 2017 Charity with lots of ideas and suggestions for fund-raising activities next year.

New Houses to be built in Ordnance Road, Enfield

A total of 15 new council houses are to be built on the site of an old pub.  Neilcott has started work on the new development in Ordnance Road, where the former Ketting Hall and pub site used to be.  The houses will front onto a new mews between Rotherfield Road and Beaconsfield Road, and will include 16 off-street parking spaces.  Two are of the new houses are fully wheelchair accessible.  Cllr Ahmet Oykener, Enfield Council’s cabinet members for housing and regeneration, visited site to see for himself where the houses are to be built.  Mark Currie, Neilcott’s Contracts Manager for this project, took the Cllr around site and explained site workings.  Neilcott’s Managing Director, Malcolm Elster, said “we are delighted to be working with Enfield Council on this important project bringing much needed affordable housing to the local community, we are also keen to ensure that this project provides opportunities for local employment and skills development”.CWS_0018_jpg_gallery

LRCTG 2016 Awards

The LRCTG has been set up as an independent company to compliment the other CITB funded regional training groups across the UK. In 2013 they identified that London was a missing link in the national network of training groups and that an important opportunity to support construction SME`s operating in the London area to help fill the skills gaps was being missed. A successful application was made to the CITB which resulted in the pan-London group being formed. The group is run as a not for profit organisation and is managed on a voluntary basis by its members.  Each year they hold a celebration event to celebrate achievements made throughout the year in training and development.  The 2016 awards were held at the Worshipful Company of Pewterers and celebrated the achievements of remarkable individuals and companies.  Lewis Planner, one of Neilcott’s trainee surveyors was nominated for, and won, the award for Best Performance of an Adult Learner.  As a complete Novice to the Construction Industry, Lewis commenced employment with Neilcott on our apprenticeship programme, as a mature student he has displayed a consistent commitment to acquiring the new skills that he needed and as part of this he received a Distinction* in his Level 3 Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment. Lewis has since moved from our apprenticeship programme to our professional programme and has joined the surveying team as trainee surveyor.  In the short time that Lewis has been with Neilcott he has proved himself to be a valuable member of the surveying team, he is proactive and willing to take on any challenge.  He has now moved onto an HNC in Construction and he is approaching this next step in his education with the same impressive manner as he did the Diploma Neilcott are convinced that the outcomes will be equally as impressive. In five years’ Lewis would like to be well established within the construction industry, having gained experience and knowledge in this sector, his ultimate goal is a Batchelor of Science Degree in Quantity Surveying and also to gain his professional membership accreditation.IMG_3529IMG_3537

City University Major Contractors Framework

Neilcott are delighted to have been appointed to The City University Major Contractors Framework.   The City University was founded in 1894 as the Northampton Institute and granted full University status by means of a Royal Charter in 1966.  City has applied to join the University of London and this should be formalised by the end of summer 2016.  The Contractor framework relates to the Property and Facilities Department’s capital construction projects and has been established for use by City over the next three years (extendable by one year).  City University London intends to use framework contractors for the majority of future work under this agreement in and around its existing sites within Central London.  By entering into a long-term relationship Neilcott have confirmed our intention of delivering a true partnering relationship which delivers the best outcomes for City’s staff and students in terms of:

  • Project delivered within the agreed time and budgetary constraints
  • Quality of environment and follow-up service
  • Conformity with all technical, legal and other requirements to which the University if subject
  • The development of a University campus with top quality facilities to offer an ever increasing quality of student experience

Neilcott’s Managing Director, Malcolm Elster confirmed “I am absolutely delighted with the award of this Framework and look forward to working with City in the future to fulfil their objectives.”  Neilcott aims to be the preferred contractor of choice for its clients. This is achieved through consistently delivering the required end product in terms of time, cost and quality in a manner which respects the overriding and absolute requirement to maintain the health, safety and welfare of all those who may come into contact with our activities.  Neilcott have long ago embraced the objectives and values of collaborative working such that these attributes are deeply ingrained as part of our Company culture.City-University



Neilcott deliver Country’s biggest primary school “inspiring” rooftop playground

Neilcott have once again delivered a “first of its kind” for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, the new three storey 3 form entry extension at Gascoigne Primary School’s Shaftesbury site has been handed over much to the excitement of staff and pupils.  Headteacher Jo Preston said that the rooftop play area, which has space for 669 pupils, was a milestone for the school in Gascoigne Road, Barking.  “It’s very special” she said.  “There’s lots of space for the children to be active and we’ll be encouraging them to take part in sports.”  Pupils are protected by netting along the rooftops perimeter and overhead, allowing for ball games on the multi use games area pitch on the west side of the building, which is separated from the east by changing rooms and toilets.  Upon the east side there is a covered outside learning area complete with storey-telling chair which will encourage the pupils creative talents, there is also a rubber crumb surface play area.  Deputy head teacher James Fox hopes that the views of the Thames barrier will inspire creative pupils to tell tales of their own.  “We’ve got the opportunity for drama, creative writing and stories inspired by looking over the local area,” he said.  “This is an exciting place for children to be.”   Deputy council leader Cllr Saima Ashraf who recently visited the new school said the rooftop playground offers a new perspective for pupils.  “With the regeneration that’s going on, children will be able to see how the area is changing”, she said “And the view of Barking Abbey is beautiful.”  The new school also includes a new ground level play area for reception and nursery pupils, a computer lab and interactive whiteboards.  There are also “nurture rooms”, which offer care for children with emotional and social needs.  Neilcott’s Managing Director, Malcolm Elster, stated “Neilcott are delighted to have delivered another first for the Borough” he also said “Along with the new school building we have been able offer local employment and are especially proud to have offered another Barking resident a full time apprenticeship following his work placement on the Project”.image 5

Royal Grammar School, Guildford

The Farnborough team have successfully secured their appointment to the 2nd stage of Phase 3 Enabling Works and Spine Extension Project at the Royal Grammar School, Guildford.  This project will initially enable space to be freed up in the centre of the school to enable a second floor extension to be constructed along the spine of the school with an additional East Courtyard extension.  Once the second stage works are concluded works will commence on site in October of this year.  The Client’s Project Architect is IID, with whom we have recently successfully completed St. Helen’s School, Northwood and Tormead School also in Guildford.dining