Monthly Archives: January, 2016

Neilcott 2016 Charity

As mentioned in a previous post before Christmas the Neilcott Charity of 2016, as voted for by staff, is Yorda Aventures.  Yorda supports children and young people with severe learning disabilities.  The centre is run by Manager, Laura Smyth who has 20 sessional staff working with her across the term week and 35 during the school holidays.  These staff are made up of just a few permanent personnel with the rest made up of volunteers.  Yorda run an after school club from the Devon Way Youth Centre for severely disabled children aged between 5 and 19 suffering from a range of conditions such as Autism, Angelmans Syndrome, Epilepsy and Raynards Disease.  All of the children attend from Dysart School (  Laura and her staff borrow the school’s two mini buses to ferry the children to and from the centre a couple of miles away.

The first of hopefully many organised events that staff will participate in to raise money for Yorda is to be the London to Brighton Bike Ride on the 19th June.  Our intrepid riders include Danny “The Speed King” Jinks, Paul “Not sure he will get there” Murtagh, Jon “are you sure” Weatherley, Mark “he was fit once” Payne, Ian “when was the last time on a bike” Read, Kevin “at least I have a bike” BainL2B-Logo and lastly “Gorgeous” George Cook.  The team of surveyors have started training, apparently, and if you would like to sponsor the “London to Brighton” boys please visit

Details of more fundraising activities will follow.  We have set a target of £15,000 for the year which is very ambitious however we are keen to support this extremely worthy charity in any way that we can.


St. John’s Church, Egham

Neilcott have been appointed by the PCC of St. John’s Church, Egham to construct a new Church Centre. The fine existing Georgian Grades II* Listed Church Building was re-ordered and provides the congregation with a high quality building for worship activities.
Within the ground of St. John’s Church the existing Church Centre constructed in the 1970’s is no longer fit for purpose. The heavily used building is currently used for all the church catering linked services, meeting rooms and the extensive children’s groups, which include the Playbox Nursery, together with use for community functions.  The existing church centre is a single storey Reema pre-cast concrete structure occupying an area of 280sqm to the south of the main church. The existing church centre does not comply with the Disability Discrimination Act, being separated by approximately 92m of steeply sloping paths from the main church building.  The new church centre is sited to the south east of the existing Georgian Church, linking lightly to the south east vestry with a glazed foyer. Great care has been taken to maintain the integrity of the existing Georgian Church and to enhance the character of the site and historic environment.
At the centre of the site is the 19th century church of St. John the Baptist (Grade II* Listed) by Henry Rhodes between 1817 and 1820. The church and its associated cemetery are located on a higher ground surface than Manor Farm Lane, and the change in height is reinforced by a brick retaining wall. The change in levels is as a consequence of the crypt vaults constructed beneath the church and the effect of burials over the centuries.  To the north of the site, adjacent to the High Street is an 18th century Lychgate (Grade II*) which is believed to be the porch of the former 12th century Norman Church which pre-dated the present Georgian building. The foundations and vaults of this earlier church still survive under and near to the present church.  The cemetery dates back to at least the 16th century and lies predominantly to the west, north and south of the existing church. It contains a number of Listed chest tombs and headstones predominantly from the 18th and 19th centuries. Due to the complex nature of the site works were undertaken in two phases with phase 1 comprising an enabling works package for the future construction of the new church centre.

This included exhumation of tombs and burial sites under an archaeological watching brief, asbestos removal, demolition of the existing church centre and smaller areas of existing church sheet piling, underpinning of existing church and excavation to future formation level. Provision of temporary drainage and new services. Following careful analysis of the topography of the site and its historic and special architectural interest, together with discussion with Runnymede Borough Council and English Heritage representatives, the lower area of land to the South East of the existing building was identified as the preferred site for the new Church Centre. This location maintains the existing views into the site of the existing North, West and South elevations of the Georgian building and allows the new extension to link onto the existing building at rear East end.  Construction forms three elements firstly, a small infill extension to the rear East elevation of the Georgian structure, to replace the existing 1950’s lean-to infill, which will house a crèche at ground level and an office at the new lower ground floor level. A new minister’s office is to be constructed at the rear of the South East Vestry. These elements are constructed in matching London stock brickwork, with stone string courses to match the Eastern elements of the Henry Rhodes building.

In order to provide a visually light link to the existing building, a fully glazed foyer link is constructed on the East elevation. This area contains a large Foyer, with a level entrance from Manor Farm Lane on the East side and an entrance at the existing church between all levels o f the new and existing building.  The New Church Centre building provides suitable, flexible accommodation for children’s groups and nursery on the ground floor and spaces for catering, fellowship and community events on the first floor, linking with the existing church sanctuary level.  The New Church Centre is a 21st century addition to an historic site which has structures from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The architectural proposal is to construct a high quality contemporary building, with a civic character and reference to the materials, scale and proportioning of the existing Georgian Church.  To meet DDA Regulations, it is necessary to make reasonable adjustment to existing buildings. The New Church Centre will provide level access from Manor Farm Lane and the path from the West of the site, together with a new lift to provide access to all levels. The link to the existing church will provide much needed level access between the existing building and the New Church Centre.egham-5---5k

Willow Dene School Annex

Neilcott are currently giving a new lease of life to a former secondary school building to provide an annexe for Willow Dene School.  Willow Dene currently teachings 188 primary school age children with a variety of special educational needs at its new building in Swingate Lane.  Due to its success it is now expanding to cater for secondary age children.  Neilcott are currently refurbishing the former home of St. Paul’s Academy in Oakmere Road off Wickham Lane, Abbey Wood.  to accommodate up to 40 students with special needs.  The school has already begun to admit Year 7 pupils at its main site and they will move into the newly refurbished building once works is complete.  Further pupils will then join on a phased basis, from September 2016.  The top floor of the building will house offices and training rooms for use by the Royal Borough’s professional development centre for teachers.  Rachel Harrison and Carolyn Vagg co-headteachers of Willow Dene School said “The new school will ensure that we can deliver high quality education for our children as they get older, continue to work in partnership with our parents and realise the aspirations that we have for our children as they grow into young adults”.  Councillor John Fahy, deputy leader of the council, and who is responsible for children’s services said: “The council is fully committed to widening the opportunities available to children with special needs and the development of Willow Dene’s new site is a very exciting development”.  “It’s great that we can do this by building on the achievements of a school with a track record of success, and which is respected and trusted by parents”.Wickham-Lane