Monthly Archives: October, 2015

Time Capsule at New City Primary School

Pupils and staff from New City Primary School have spent weeks collecting items to be buried in a time capsule in the grounds of their school adjacent to the new extension. They have collated photographs, menus, and lesson plans, amongst other items, to represent a “Snapshot of our time”. The time capsule was buried by staff and pupils, past and present, at a special ceremony on Tuesday 20th October. Invited guests which included local ward Councillor Joy Laguda, MBE, were then given a guided tour around the new extension which included the new roof top market garden.

Students at the school said “Everyone has been really looking forward to burying the time capsule and it will provide a look into our life at school in 2015 when it is opened in 50 years’ time.”

Rob Weatherston Senior Contracts Manager at Neilcott Construction said “We were delighted to bring our expertise to the expansions works at New City Primary School. The new building will provide an inspirational space for staff and students alike”

The construction works tookTime-Capsule place to increase the school from 2.5 forms of entry to a full 3 form entry school increasing pupil numbers from 540 to 630 and increasing nursery numbers from 38 full time places to 45 full time places.

The proposals included a new three storey extension to the main building providing new nursery facilities, new entrance and reception office and staff offices at ground floor, a mix of staff and teaching spaces at first floor and mezzanine levels with a roof terrace. A new pedestrian entrance has also been created off Tunmarsh Lane.

St Helen’s School

Neilcott is delighted to have been awarded a new project to undertake an extension and refurbishment at St. Helen’s School, Northwood.  The proposed extension seeks to enhance and compliment the Eastbury Road frontage providing a clear entrance to improve the School’s presence whilst maintaining a strong connection to the existing building.  The form of the new entrance extension takes its influence from the gable end adjacent and the arts and crafts style architecture which characterizes the Conservation Area.  The materials have predominately been chosen to match the existing with some high quality new materials to compliment these.  Internally it is proposed to expose the original Old Hall timber beams and sand blast them to bring them back to their former glory.  The clerestory windows which have been bricked up to the west are to be opened up to create a visual link between the new extension and the Old Hall.

St. Helen’s School was founded by Miss May Rowland Brown in 1899.  The School House building has taken its current form over many years of development.  The original School House building was dedicated in 1902 and the Old Hall (then called the New Hall) was constructed adjacent in 1910 to facilitate the expanding school numbers.  St-Helens-2St-helens

Prostate Cancer – Neilcott Joins the Fight

Prostate cancer is as big an issue for men as breast  cancer is for women.  Yet most men are unaware of the disease; research is badly underfunded; tests are unreliable; and treatments can cause incontinence and problems having sex.  Prostate cancer can often be successfully treated if it is diagnosed early enough.  But it isn’t always diagnosed early enough.  Prostate cancer kills 10,000 men a year in the UK and after lung cancer, it kills more men than any other cancer.  The numbers of men diagnosed with prostate cancer each year is rising.  It is predicted to become the most common cancer by 2030.

Neilcott has engaged the services of Prostate Cancer UK to highlight this issue across all of our sites with both information material, in the form of posters, quick guides and leaflets and toolbox talks.  Prostate Cancer UK support men and families affected by prostate cancer, prostate problems and the effects of treatment by providing specialist information and services.  They have a UK-wide telephone and email helpline staffed by specialist nurses dedicated to supporting anyone with concerns about prostate problems.  Their peer support services offers anyone confronted with prostate cancer the opportunity to talk with a trained support volunteer.  Call 0800 074 8383 or visit for more information.