Wildgoose Construction celebrates winning £20m of orders

Derbyshire firm Wildgoose Construction has won more than £20m worth of orders – including an £11m contract to build homes in Matlock where the firm was founded.

The firm has started work on the first phase of the Matlock Spa development, which will ultimately see 494 homes built on the site of the disused Cawdor Quarry, off Matlock Spa Road, on the edge of Matlock.

The first phase will see 15 houses and 38 apartments, in three blocks, built alongside retail space. The houses are due for completion by spring 2020 and the apartments by the end of 2020 and the scheme has been designed by David Morley Architects for Rifkind Associates. 

Wildgoose has also started work on an £8.2m 80-bed care home in Wixams, in Bedfordshire, for Hamberley Development.

The firm is also on site at Loughborough University, as part of a £1.6m contract to convert the existing Edward Herbert building into lecture theatres. The campus will be live throughout the build and as the existing building contains a busy kitchen and popular canteen, Wildgoose is bringing fridge freezer trailer to the site to ensure that health and safety of staff and hygiene requirements regarding food are met.

Jonathan Wildgoose, Executive Chairman, said he was delighted that the firm, now based in Alfreton, was returning to Matlock, where it was founded. He said:

“Our order book is in great shape and we are delighted to have won these significant orders.

“We are also thrilled to be working in education, at Loughborough University, and returning to Matlock, where our business was founded in 1896, to be part of a significant and stunning housing development.”

On top of these contract wins, Wildgoose has migrated to the new standard ISO 45001 18-months ahead of the deadline and also received more good news when it was announced that the company had won a RoSPA Gold award and the Outstanding Growth Award at the East Midlands Chamber Derbyshire Business Awards. Wildgoose won the same category in the East Midlands’ heats of the Chamber Business Awards 2019 and will now go on to the national final. Another recent award win came at the Insider Property Awards 2019 for Residential Development of the Year for the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council.

[Image: credited to David Morley Architects]

Humber Construction Hub officially opened by rising British weightlifting star Jenny Tong

The Humber Construction Hub held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to celebrate the grand opening of the innovative new construction skills hub in Bransholme, Hull.

The Hub has been created through a collaboration between EN:Able Futures and the Hull City-Wide Partnership, with funding from the Construction Skills Fund (CSF), funded by the Department for Education and run by CITB. 

The honour of cutting the ribbon was passed to rising British Weightlifting athlete and Britain’s youngest female international weightlifting coach Jenny Tong, who drew on her experiences of turning her life around from a young offender to disciplined athlete. 

Jenny said:

“I’m honoured to be opening the Humber Construction Hub. I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t been given the opportunity to try new things. The Hub is all about providing opportunities for people to try new things, learn new skills and make positive choices towards starting a career in an industry that touches everyone’s lives, from housing to hospitals and roads to railways.” 

Working with local training providers, the Hub will offer on-site construction skills training in a realistic building environment and use its links with businesses in the sector to give learners additional work experience on real building projects. 

Learners will be supported to find jobs and obtain the required safety certifications needed to work on building sites, such as CSCS cards, making sure they are fully prepared for the roles they will be applying for. 

Launched in October 2018, the CSF is an early pilot of the National Retraining Scheme announced in the Industrial Strategy and 2018 Budget. The project is funded by the Department for Education (DfE) and delivered by CITB with the aim of training more than 13,000 people to be ready for employment in the construction industry by March 2020. Humber Construction Hub is the 26th to be set up across the country, many of them in areas of high unemployment. 

Lee Parkinson, Chief Executive of Efficiency North, said:

“EN:Able Futures’ position in this important initiative continues the company’s expansion into the provision of high quality training and apprenticeships through a site based construction learning hub. Our relationships with the construction supply chain will complement the delivery model and our experience in managing the region’s shared apprenticeship scheme will assure the quality of the training provided. We are very much looking forward to welcoming new learners to the learning hub in Hull and we hope that it will be the first of others that we develop in the region and beyond.” 

Steve Radley, Policy Director of CITB, added:

“The CSF project and its unique training model offers significant opportunities for local people who may otherwise have been unable to join the construction industry. 

“To see the Humber Hub launch successfully is testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone involved. The opening ceremony is just the first step, and it’s an exciting time for all the candidates who will be given the crucial onsite experience they need to start a career in this exciting industry.”

Construction Apprenticeship Link Up

Venue: Nottingham Science Park in Nottingham

Date: Friday August 30th, 2019 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm (BST)

Info: Think Big Academy have partnered with Willmott Dixon to provide a fun filled day providing information for those interested in joining the Construction industry.

Looking for an apprenticeship? 
Like free food & music come and join us & share the word!

Music provided on the day by DJ Razor

To book, please use the following link.

EN:Procure now seeking new build housing contractors

EN:Procure is now calling for experienced and qualified contractors of all sizes to bid for a place of their new framework intended to deliver Affordable and Mixed Tenure New Build Housing Schemes for social housing landlords that are predominantly within Yorkshire and Humber.

The scope of works undertaken via the framework agreement will include site preparation, site remediation, associated civil engineering and infrastructure works, design, new build construction, refurbishment and the development of various property types.

The new framework has an anticipated maximum value of £340m. In addition to an innovative and EU compliant procurement route, it will offer a leading-edge supply chain for Efficiency North’s social housing landlord members, who own and manage more than 80% of the social housing stock within the region. It will also be instrumental in the success of EN’s strategy to support social mobility in the communities of member landlords by boosting local training and employment opportunities.

The framework has been flexibly structured to increase the number of opportunities available regardless of contractors’ size or location, and is divided into the following 4 Lots:

Lot 1 Schemes up to a maximum of 10 units

Lot 2 Schemes of between 8 and 35 units

Lot 3 Schemes of between 30 and 85 units

Lot 4 Schemes of 70 units and over

Interested contractors can apply via this link: https://procontract.due-north.com/register

The deadline for submitting tenders is 17.00 on 26th September 2019.

The EN:Procure team are holding a Bidders Event for interested contractors on Thursday 22nd August 2019 at Efficiency North’s offices, 1st Floor, Sovereign Court, 300 Barrow Road, Meadowhall, Sheffield, S9 1JQ.  Details of how to register for the event are contained with the tender documentation available via the link.

Emma Mottram, EN:Procure Head of Operations, commented;

“The new framework presents a huge opportunity for us to create much needed high quality homes to help alleviate the current social housing crisis and regenerate local communities across our region.  It’s one of the next generation of EN:Procure’s intelligent procurement solutions and presents a huge opportunity for local contractors.  We’ve divided it into lots that we hope will encourage businesses of all sizes who can offer a fantastic standard of work. The Bidders Event will give contractors practical, easy to understand advice on what to expect, what we’re looking for, and key timings for the process. We’re keen to help a broad range of contractors get a place to create a framework of the highest quality and flexibility for our landlord membership.” 

Blogpost: Promoting Positive Mental Health

Hi All, my name is Seamus Ferguson and I run Blueridge, based in York, with my wife and business partner Sally.

Now in our 20th Year, and operating primarily within the construction sector, BlueRidge work with businesses of all sizes, to support their growth and development through building their people capacity and capability.  We deliver in the following key areas;

Leadership Development, Mental Health First Aid Training, Personality Profiling, Coaching and our Winning Edge team development programme.

I have been kindly invited to write a series of blogs over the next 12 months around the topics of health, well-being and safety; I look forward to engaging and it would be great to get your feedback and comments. 

What is mental health?

Stop and think for a minute: what would your answer be?

When asked this question many people will inadvertently describe mental health only in negative terms.

However, we all have mental health; in fact, there is no health without mental health.

Yes, the statistics for Mental health are shocking – in the construction industry 2 workers take their own lives every working day! However, we don’t need to be afraid of this subject of ‘Mental Health’ rather embrace it and realise that it touches many people.

We can work together to breakdown the stigma and normalise mental health and help each other to live full, connected, productive and happy lives.

Growing up in Barnsley, we didn’t own a car (don’t worry it’s not the Yorkshireman’s sketch) so we didn’t travel too far; however, we did have a real sense of community, looking out for your mates was just what you did. In a 24/7 digital economy we perhaps sometimes need to remind ourselves of this.

We can make a real difference to promoting positive mental health by taking time to talk and check in with each other.

How then can we promote positive mental health?

10 Key things to happier living:

  1. GIVING – Holding out a helping hand makes other people happy and will make you feel happier too.

Give it a go:

  • Share your skills or offer support
  • Ask friends, family or colleagues how they are and listen without judgement.

2. RELATING – The people around you offer a valuable pool of support so it’s important to put time into strengthening those connections.

Give it a go:

  • Meet up with someone you haven’t seen in a while
  • Turn off distractions to chat with friends or family about your day

3. EXERCISING – Regular activity will provide an endorphin boost and increase confidence.

Give it a go:

  • Find an activity that suits you and your schedule
  • Swap the car on short journeys and cycle or walk to work

4. AWARENESS – Taking time to switch off autopilot and ‘be in the moment’ is a great tool to combat stress.

Give it a go:

  • Pay attention to your senses — what can you see, hear or feel around you?
  • Choose a regular point in the day to reflect

5. TRYING OUT – Learning new things is stimulating and can help to lift your mood.

Give it a go:

  • Take on a new role at work or school
  • Try out a new hobby, club or activity that interests you

6. DIRECTIONS – Working towards positive, realistic goals can provide motivation and structure.

Give it a go:

  • Choose a goal that is meaningful to you, not what someone else expects of you
  • Remember to celebrate progress along the way

7. RESILIENCE – Although we can’t always choose what happens to us, we can often choose our own response to what happens.

Give it a go:

  • Find an outlet such as talking to friends or writing it down
  • Take action to improve your resilience skills

8. EMOTIONS – Positive emotions can build up a buffer against stress and even lead to lasting changes in the brain to help maintain wellbeing.

Give it a go:

  • Take time to notice what you’re grateful for and focus on the good aspects of any situation
  • Set aside time to have fun

9. ACCEPTANCE – No one is perfect. Longing to be someone different gets in the way of making the most of our own happiness.

Give it a go:

  • Be kind to yourself when things go wrong
  • Shift the focus away from what you don’t have and can’t do, to what you have and can do

10. MEANING – People who have meaning in their lives experience less stress, anxiety and depression.

Give it a go:

  • Prioritise the activities, people and beliefs that bring you the strongest sense of purpose
  • Volunteer for a cause, be part of a team, notice how your actions make a difference for others

Get in touch:

e. seamus@blue-ridge.co.uk  | m. 07581 751577   |   t. 01759 371060   |   www.blue-ridge.co.uk

Shortlists revealed for Yorkshire Property Industry Awards

The shortlists have been announced for this year’s Yorkshire Property Industry Awards, showcasing the very best that the industry has to offer.

The hottest ticket in the world of property, this Insider awards evening attracts hundreds from across the industry to celebrate the achievements of peers and maybe even take home some silverware.

The night will see businesses recognised across 14 award categories and the Property Personality of the Year award will be making a welcome return. Attendees on the night will discover who our six judges thought most deserving of the title in 2019.

With submissions being of such a high calibre, narrowing down all of the nominations into shortlists was no easy task. Each category was competitive and demonstrates the talent held across the region.

For those of you that have not already reserved your space, tickets are selling quickly. You can buy a single ticket or a table here.

You can also read more about each shortlisted entry in the August edition of Yorkshire Business Insider.

The shortlists are:

Design Excellence Award
Sponsored by: Robertson Yorkshire & East Midlands

Nexus, University of Leeds (Associated Architects)
Headingley Stadium (SpaceInvader)
Skelton Lake Motorway Services (Architecture 519)
Public-Private Collaboration of the Year
Sponsored by: Enzygo

The Glassworks and Barnsley Markets (Henry Boot Construction and Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council)
Create Yorkshire (Pegasus Group, Selby District Council and Makin Enterprises)
£17m flagship extra care facility and residential units (Wildgoose Construction Ltd and City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council)
Property Law Firm of the Year
Sponsored by: FIRST TITLE INSURANCE plc.

Walker Morris
Addleshaw Goddard
Irwin Mitchell

Consultancy Firm of the Year
Sponsored by: GRAHAM

WSP | Indigo
Mott Macdonald

Best use of Tech in Property Award
Field and Focus (Rider Levett Bucknall)
WebGL (Pikcells)
Skelton Lake Motorway Services/BIM (Curtins)

Agency Team of the Year
Sponsored by: Ultimate (Commercial Interiors) Ltd

Knight Frank
Lambert Smith Hampton
Commercial Property Partners
Colliers International

Architects Practice of the Year
Sponsored by: WSP | Indigo

Whittam Cox Architects
Watson Batty Architects
Fuse Studios
Bowman Riley
The Harris Partnership

Housebuilder of the Year
Sponsored by: Pegasus Group

Beal Homes
Berkeley DeVeer
Redrow Homes Limited
Avant Homes

Refit and Refurbishment Project of the Year
Sponsored by: HotSpot Titanium

The Joseph Priestley Building (AHR)
Grantley Hall (Bowman Riley & Lucas Lee)
Merrion House (BDP)
St George’s Hall (Henry Boot Construction)
33 Wellington Street (DLG Architects)

Contractor of the Year
Sponsored by: Yonder

GMI Construction Group PLC
Caddick Construction Limited
Willmott Dixon Construction

Developer of the Year
Sponsored by: PwC

Muse Developments
S Harrison Group Ltd
Henry Boot Developments
Scarborough International Properties
Harworth Group plc
Commercial Property Deal of the Year
Sponsored by: Potter Space

Halsey Garton’s acquisition of a 500,000 sq ft premises in Barnsley, currently let to Symphony Holdings, from Credit Suisse, for £43.9m. (CPP, Halsey Garton, Credit Suisse)

The sale of Riverside House in Rotherham to Canada Life Assurance for £89.95m. (JLL, Evans Property Group, Canada Life Assurance)
The sale of Network Space’s 1 million sq ft portfolio of industrial properties to InfraRed Capital Partners, including a further 200,000 sq ft of development pipeline, for £93m.  (Knight Frank, DTRE, InfraRed Capital Partners, Network Space)

The sale of a 361,000sq ft distribution unit at its Logic Leeds development to Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) for over £60 million. (Muse Developments, Knight Frank, Carter Towler, Cushman & Wakefield)
The pre-let of 135,131sq ft at 4 Wellington Place to The Stars Group Inc. trading as Sky Betting & Gaming. (Colliers International, JLL, Savills)

Residential Development of the Year
Sponsored by: MAC Consulting

Sorby Village (Avant)
Churchfields, Green Hammerton (Redrow Homes Limited)
Stocksmead, Stocksmoor (Conroy Brook (Developments) Ltd)
Orchard Park, Leeds (Berkeley DeVeer)
£17m flagship extra care facility and residential units in Bradford (Wildgoose Construction Ltd)

Commercial Development of the Year
Sponsored by: Close Brothers Property Finance

Logic Leeds (Muse Developments)
St. Modwen Park, Doncaster (St. Modwen Developments)
Heart of the City II, Sheffield (Sheffield City Council)
The Springs, Thorpe Park (Scarborough International Properties)
Quarry Hill Campus, Leeds City College (Luminate Education Group)

Henry Boot Construction secures phase 2 of glassworks

Contract signed with Barnsley Council after completing Phase 1 of regeneration scheme

Henry Boot Construction Limited has signed a contract with Barnsley Council to deliver Phase 2 of The Glass Works development scheme.

The Glass Works Phase 2 is the second stage of a £180 million regeneration project which commenced back in March 2016. Phase 1, also completed by Henry Boot Construction, saw the creation of the new state-of-the-art Library @ the Lightbox and the transformation of Barnsley Markets, to establish a new home for the town’s market traders

Phase 2 of the works are set to include 100,000 sq ft of new retail space for a variety of shops and over 25,000 sq. ft of cafés & restaurants that will frame a new landscaped Public Square and create a new shopping route. Two key leisure anchors – Cineworld and Superbowl UK and more than 90,000 sq. ft of leisure facilities will also be delivered. Cineworld will offer a modern, 13 screen multiplex cinema, whilst Superbowl UK will provide a fun environment for all ages with ten pin bowling.

Commenting on the contract, Simon Carr, Managing Director, Henry Boot Construction, said:

“We are delighted to have secured Phase 2 of The Glass Works, building on the success of Phase 1 where we maintained exceptional working relationships with our partners and supply chain, working collaboratively together to deliver the project to the very highest standards. We also recognise the hard work and diligence of our pre-construction team in securing Phase 2.

“This is a really exciting time for the people of Barnsley and as a local contractor, we are very proud to be on the journey with them.”

Ryan O’Loughlin, Director, Henry Boot Construction Limited, added:

“It is fantastic news that we are able to continue our partnership with Barnsley Council on The Glass Works project. Phase 1 of the scheme has already delivered the regeneration of Barnsley Markets, the new Library and extensive Public Realm works. It is a multiple award-winning project but the part of the contract we are most proud of is our work in the local community.

“60 per cent of project staff are from Barnsley and have a real passion for ensuring the legacy of the project extends beyond bricks and mortar. To date, we have supported over 100 local training, employment and community projects with over £250,000 worth of funding. We have established the Barnsley Construction Skills Village and Better Barnsley bond initiatives – both with the aim of leaving a legacy beyond the completion of the project.

“More than £20 million worth of contracts have been awarded to Barnsley-based businesses with over 200 new and safeguarded jobs. Our work with local education providers is unprecedented, with over 250 educational visits and workshops with Barnsley schools and 285 work experience placements for Barnsley students. 

“We look forward to building on these achievements throughout The Glass Works Phase 2.”

Sir Stephen Houghton CBE, Leader of Barnsley Council said:

“Henry Boot have already delivered fantastic results, so we are pleased to have them on board for the next phase of the scheme. Their commitment to not only the project but the local community is outstanding and they have made a significant impact in terms of employment and educational opportunities.

“The team is great to work with and there is a real partnership ethos across the whole project – we would like to congratulate them on being appointed and look forward to continuing to work with them.”

Phase 2 works are expected to be completed in June 2021.

Wildgoose Construction picks up prestigious Gold international health and safety award

Derbyshire firm Wildgoose Construction has won a prestigious Gold in the internationally-renowned RoSPA Health and Safety Awards.

The RoSPA Awards scheme, which receives entries from organisations around the world, recognises achievement in health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

Jonathan Wildgoose, Executive Chairman of Wildgoose Construction, based in Alfreton, said he was delighted to win the award.

He said:

“Achieving RoSPA Gold is a testament to our organisation achieving a very high level of performance with regard to outstanding control of risk that results in a robust healthy and safe working environment on all our sites.    

“On top of achieving this prestigious award, 2019 will realise a record year for Wildgoose, taking our order book to £67m.

“We have invested in staff development, processes – including migrating to ISO 45001 18 months ahead of the March 2021 deadline – digital technology and encouraged original thinking to drive innovation to generate real improvements of the service we provide. 

“Safe sites make for efficient sites and we are looking forward to being presented with the award.”

Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of qualifications, awards and events, said:

“The RoSPA Awards have become the key fixture in the health and safety calendar with new sponsors and new awards this year including the Leisure Safety Awards, the Safe@Work Safe@Home Award and the Inspiration Awards.

“Highly-respected, with almost 2,000 entrants every year, RoSPA award winners benefit from the wide-ranging rewards of improved sector reputation.”

The majority of awards are non-competitive and mark achievement at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels. Gold medals, president’s awards, orders of distinction and the Patron’s Award are presented to organisations sustaining the high standards of the gold level over consecutive years.

Competitive awards go to the best entries in 24 industry sectors including construction, healthcare, transport and logistics, engineering, manufacturing and education.

There are specialist awards for health at work, environmental management and fleet safety, and excellence trophies for the best international, new entry, workforce involvement and organisation operating or based in Scotland. RoSPA’s top accolade is the Sir George Earle Trophy.

Library @ the Lightbox opens

The grand opening of the new Library @ the Lightbox was marked by a day of family entertainment on Saturday 13 July.

The new four-storey building lies at the heart of The Glass Works and is a welcoming hub for the local community. The opening was marked with a programme of family activities, alongside an official ribbon-cutting ceremony with Mayor of Barnsley, Cllr Pauline Markham, Leader of Barnsley Council Sir Stephen Houghton, Chief Executive Sarah Norman and Dan Jarvis MP. Locals were able to explore the state-of-the-art community hub for the first time, while enjoying special performances from musicians and actors alongside a range of other activities.Each of the four floors provide a range of breakout spaces

With its striking modern design and transparent glass exterior, the library illuminates the new town square

The Library @ the Lightbox forms the cornerstone of the wider town centre redevelopment. The library’s facilities attract people of all ages.

Each of the four floors provide a range of breakout spaces, with its striking modern design and transparent glass exterior, the library illuminates the new town square.

The Library @ the Lightbox forms the cornerstone of the wider town centre redevelopment, which has already seen the celebrated transformation of our famous Barnsley Markets. Future plans also include a Cineworld, Superbowl UK, 26 new shops, seven family-friendly restaurants and high-quality public realm improvements.

With its striking modern design and transparent glass exterior, the library illuminates the new town square. Each of the four floors provide a range of digital services including cutting-edge virtual reality, a training suite, tablet computers and other innovative technology. The building’s low energy design makes it economical and sustainable, and the top floor provides opportunities for functions and events.

A range of facilities will encourage community groups to make use of the building’s space for large events, workshops and activities. The fully accessible, modern building will suit all needs and includes a sanctuary room for people with autism. The Lightbox will also host a Music and Memories Group supported by the Alzheimer’s Society, designed for people living with dementia and their carers.

Simon Carr, MD at Henry Boot Construction commented:

“It has been a real privilege for us to deliver the Library @ the Lightbox. Schemes of this quality are only possible when there is full collaboration between all parties, and I wish to pay testament to Barnsley Council, the designers and my team for their achievement in delivering such a wonderful facility for the people of Barnsley.”

Cllr Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Adults and Communities, Barnsley Council added:

We can’t wait to welcome everyone to explore this sophisticated community hub and dynamic social space to meet and learn in. This modern and adaptable facility is filled with natural light from its glass exterior and white bookcases create a calm yet inspiring atmosphere. A big thank you to Henry Boot Construction, Queensberry, Turner and Townsend and everyone involved in the development of the Library @ The Lightbox. It’s a fantastic building and Barnsley should be proud of it. I want to give special thanks to the people of Barnsley for their cooperation and patience while we’ve carried out this work. We can’t wait for you all to see it.