Monthly Archives: May, 2018

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)  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