Monthly Archives: November, 2015

Early Christmas at Ronald Ross Primary School

Christmas came early last week at Ronald Ross Primary School in Wandsworth, with a special visit from Father Christmas.  Not content with dressing up as Ivor Goodsite during an assembly at commencement of the project to warn the students of the dangers of construction sites in general and in particular how the project works on site will affect students, Neilcott Site Manager, Toby Allen, also put in an appearance as Father Christmas at the School.

The project comprises of the co-location of the existing 1 form entry Ronald Ross Primary School and 72 place Greenmead SEN Primary School on the Ronald Ross Primary School site. Greenmead Primary is a school which is predominantly focused on physical need, and currently co-located with the Paddock School in Putney.  Paddock School requires expansion to accommodate the increased need for Autistic Spectrum Disorder support within the borough, and this is being addressed through the relocation of Greenmead to Ronald Ross, so that Paddock can expand into the current Greenmead facility which is already set up for ASD requirements.
Bringing a mainstream primary together with an SEN primary has challenges, particularly on such a confined site. However the opportunities and benefits have been identified through a consultation process which makes the development a key educational asset for the borough with both schools being able to share ideas and provide the mainstream and SEN support to each other that wouldn’t have been possible if either had been developed separately. The school’s main entrance is situated at the centre and heart of the building, right between the two schools. Pulled away from the road, a dedicated pedestrian path runs between the vehicular access and Ronald Ross early years play area.  Separate vehicular access is provided for vehicles with disabled access. A draught lobby is provided to protect the building entrance area from extreme weather while also creating a third secure line within the entrance area. While both schools have general offices facing the entrance lobby area, these spaces are dedicated administrative spaces which support a central reception desk area.  Visitors will report to the central reception, where the receptionist on duty will allow them access to the relevant school. This shared reception acts as a united frontage for the two schools while still allowing them to operate independently.  The school is equipped with a hydrotherapy pool which will be used extensively by the Greenmead children. The changing areas are equipped with tracking systems to assist with the moving of children in and out of the pool as necessary.  The halls are located on the first floor to sit within the main hub of children, for easy access. Whilst not located on the ground/lower ground level it has easy access with two lifts and stairs to bring the children and visitors up. The 3 halls have been designed to work as a single large space or series of smaller spaces to suit various requirements of both schools, such as dining, PE, school performances and assemblies. The halls symbolise the new collaborative relationship being built by the two schools with each other.  To support Ronald Ross’s play space requirements, an element of roof play has been introduced above the Ronald Ross wing. This space will have a series of soft and hard areas so that it can be used for safe play as well as external classrooms for teaching outside in good weather.IMG_1648IMG_1601IMG_0292

Neilcott Awarded West Herts College Dacorum Campus

West-HertsNeilcott are delighted to have been awarded the Phase 1 redevelopment of West Herts College Dacorum Campus. Works comprise the design and construction of a new education building and demolition of the existing C Block together with associated external works and landscaping.  The requirement for the College to continue to operate during the construction period without detriment to students, staff and visitors is absolute. With works being undertaken within a busy occupied College effective communication will be key to the success of this project.  Our company ethos extends beyond the immediate confines of any individual project with the Company actively embracing the wider responsibilities imposed upon any organisation with a significant stake in the public sector.   We are therefore looking forward to working with the College to promote careers in construction and provide work experience opportunities for students studying  construction at the College.

Tea Shed Development Shortlisted

The Tea Shed Development is one of the most exciting projects in the Howard Group’s 80 year history, located at the heart of what is going to be one of the highest quality industrial estates in central London.  At the heart of the development is a new DHL distribution centre.  Neilcott undertook the design and construction of this front loaded warehouse unit with a two storey office and associated services, roadways and landscaping.  The building has a gross internal floor area of 52,463 sqft and a service yard of 24,450 sqft.  In addition 5 front loaded terraced warehouse/trade units and associated services were also constructed, achieving a BREEAM rating of Very Good.  The development has been shortlisted in the UK-wide IAS Awards.  The IAS Awards which have been running for 28 years, celebrate the developments, deals and investments within the industrial and distribution sectors in the UK.Lewisham-Trade-Park-banner

Construction & Engineering 2015 Awards

build-construction-engineering-awards-2015-logoThe construction industry has seen a number of changes over the past few months with new regulations from global Governments and regulatory bodies forcing greater collaboration across the various sectors and integration of systems that has never been seen before.  Additionally, skills shortages are causing additional challenges across the industry, and funding cuts for projects have left many companies having to do more for less.  However, overcoming these challenges has become a badge of honour within Neilcott.  The Construction & Engineering Awards 2015 sheds lights on some of the most innovative and successful projects carried out around the world over the past 12 months.  Neilcott is delighted to be recognised on the International stage with the award for Excellence in New Build Services.

Surprise Gift for Neilcott Project Manager

Neilcott have recently completed the refurbishment of the existing Holbeach Primary School buildings and construction of a new dining hall and kitchen building with external play roof deck.  The single storey extension to the north of the school is joined via a glazed link corridor and accommodates the new hall and kitchen with WC facilities.  The project also incorporated an early years teaching block with external teaching space.  One of the project objectives was to minimise disruption to education and noisy works were therefore undertaken outside of school hours.  Due to sensitive health issues of some of the existing pupils works were undertaken in compliance with Health Building Note 00-09: Infection Control in the Built Environment.

The staff and students at Holbeach Primary School this morning surprised Neilcott Project Manager, Will Homewood with a leaving gift of a difference.  Neilcott’s Senior Contracts Manager, Paul Wright remarked “the likeness is outstanding”!  Throughout the project works Will maintained extensive liaison and communication with the staff to ensure that there was no disruption to the smooth running of the school.  Will also arranged for the burial of a time capsule within the new build extension, health and safety assemblies with students and site tours etc.

Upon completion the Client stated “…..the fact that the new classrooms, early years, dining room and landscaping have been delivered in such a short period is a testament to how well the whole team has worked together and your commitment at every stage.  Very many thanks”.  This was backed up by the Client’s Employers Agent who added “Please pass on my thanks to the whole of the Neilcott Team for the way and manner that the project was undertaken, the proactive approach adopted and the standards achieved.  The project was another one in the Neilcott list of can do, will do – Thank You”.Will-Homewood-Leaving-Present

Neilcott Apprentice of the Year

The London Region Construction Training Group held their inaugural annual award ceremony on Thursday 29th October at The Carpenters Hall.  The awards recognise individual and corporate achievement in construction training in London.  Michael Poulloura, Neilcott’s third year plumbing apprentice was named Apprentice of the Year.  Competition for this category was close fought with many worthy entrants who have completed or are on a pathway to  completing an apprenticeship in their chosen discipline.  In their awards announcement the judges stated “The overall winner for 2015 is a man who has continued to strive for excellence in all that he does and has continued to impress his employers throughout his training”.

The Carpenters’ Company is a City of London Livery Company. It received its first royal charter in 1477, and was granted a coat of arms in 1466.  The Company was originally established as a medieval trade guild to safeguard the welfare and interests of carpenters in the City of London. Today, charitable activities and support for the craft of woodworking through scholarships, competitions and the Building Crafts College are the two cornerstones of its work. The Carpenters’ Company is the senior construction trade company amongst the City Livery Companies, and maintains close links with the carpentry profession and other building trades.IMG_4115IMG_4122