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.


CCATF Annual Apprenticeship Conference

The second CCATF Annual Apprenticeship Conference promises to build on last year’s extremely successful, London event.

Using a similar format as last year, the event will provide a platform for the examination of the ever changing apprenticeship agenda within the UK construction sector.

A keynote address from Mr Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Manchester, will be underpinned by confirmed formal contributions, to date, from:

  • Greater Manchester Combined Authority
  • Seddon Construction Ltd (Main event sponsor)
  • The Institute for Apprenticeship and Technical Education
  • City & Guilds

During the event there will also be two ‘panel sessions’ where delegates will be able to discuss and debate with selected panellists apprenticeship issues raised on the day.

It is anticipated that some of the topics covered in these sessions will include:

  • Regional Apprenticeship Initiatives
  • How supply chain collaboration can help increase more apprenticeship starts
  • Apprenticeship Levy/Levy transfers
  • Employer support for End Point Assessment
  • T Levels

Attendance is free for all industry/sector specific organisations interested in the apprenticeship agenda and wider skills debate.

To book, for free, please follow the link.

NFB Welcomes new national Chair – Nick Sangwin

Construction industry professionals and guests gathered at The Deep in Hull for an evening of dinner, entertainment, and networking. Guests were entertained by Jim Whitley.

Nick Sangwin became national chair of the National Federation of Builders (NFB) on Thursday 13 June 2019 at the NFB’s annual general meeting (AGM), which was followed by a celebratory gala dinner. Nick is also one of our Board members!

The NFB’s AGM, which took place earlier in the afternoon, saw the outgoing NFB Chair Neil Walters, commercial director of Orbit Homes, hand the ceremonial chains of office over to Nick and mark the beginning of his twelve-month term. Nick Sangwin delivered an outstanding speech at the event. He said:

“The industry is changing, as it always is. This time, there is a very real sense that the balance of power is shifting away from the 1%. One of the most gratifying aspects of that change is that the NFB is there, pushing. Whether it is on prompt payment, contract risk, access to contracts, we are there. This change, however, is coming. Most of the industry is behind the change. The Government wants the change to happen. The only ones who are stalling are those who benefit from things staying the same. The patience for poor payers is running thin. The patience for poor payers with weak balance sheets that use their supply chain as a cheap source of finance is wearing thinner. People are more openly talking about which companies are on shaky financial ground and are not worth the risk. This is the type of cultural change that will be lasting because legislation can only go so far.

“During my time in post, I will build on the good work the outgoing national chair, Neil Walters, has done on highlighting prompt payment with a refreshing robustness and honesty that took many by surprise. Payment delays have an effect on cash flow, investment in training, recruitment and businesses as well as mental health. It also makes the industry less attractive to the young and to potential career switchers who, secure in a job, will have to try hard to justify moving to an industry with a reputation for poor payment. Secondly, we are about to launch the NFB Major Contractors Group. Given the number of large contractors in the NFB’s membership, this is causing many to look at the NFB differently. It will give us an opportunity to show that there is a better way of paying, of building supply chains and of giving back to our communities.” 

The National Federation of Builders would like to thank the sponsors of the AGM and gala dinner: B&CECITBCrosby AssociatesMKM Builders Merchants, Northern Region Association, Tradepoint and Yorkshire Builders Federation.

Aerial Photo Time…

DfE Framework contractor Henry Boot Construction have shared this fantastic aerial photograph of the PSBP2 project at Longcroft School on the outskirts of Beverley .

Clear, simple and delivering value – CITB’s new Business Plan

Blogpost by Mark Noonan, Industry Relations Director, CITB.

CITB’s mission is to attract and support the development of people to construct a better Britain.

Perhaps in the past you haven’t heard us talk about it enough.

With our new 2019-2021 Business Plan we are putting it front and centre, to make sure everything we do contributes towards achieving that mission.

With this in mind, we have grouped our activity into two key areas: to Attract people into construction and Support the development of people in the sector.

It’s as simple as that.

It allows us to commit to activity, knowing it is integral to what we are here to do, and in turn provides a real return on the investment that employers make when they pay the construction levy.

That’s why we are committing to Our Big Six (PDF, 6MB). These are six exciting, transformative projects which will help to address key skills challenging facing the sector right now.

Our Big Six:

  1. We all know with an ageing workforce and potentially having fewer EU workers, we face a massive challenge to attract new talent into the sector. In response we will launch of a new nationwide campaign to attract and inspire more recruits later this year.
  2. There is a clear need for more work-ready recruits. For this reason we are building on the Construction Skills Fund to create 20 more on-site learning hubs in Scotland, Wales and rural England.
  3. Apprenticeships remain a key route into the industry. We are committed to delivering a two-thirds increase in apprentices by 2025, and twice as many apprentices from diverse backgrounds.
  4. A well-known barrier to joining construction is that many who take college courses are not site ready at the end of the them. By working with education partners, we will double the number of those joining the industry direct from college courses, from 9,000 now, to 18,000 in 2025.
  5. A criticism that has sometimes been levelled at CITB is that we don’t do enough for the SMEs that dominate our sector. I know we must do more, which is why the expansion of the successful Skills and Training Fund is so critical. This fund was accessed by 1,400 small and micro employers in 2018 – we want that number to grow to 1,900 this year, and will bring a new fund to medium-sized employers.
  6. If we want more people into the industry, we must have the capacity to do that. We will train 220 new assessors to help deliver an additional 22,000 vocational qualifications each year.

I hope you will agree that our Big Six will have a real and meaningful difference to the construction sector.

We believe they help demonstrate that each pound received through the construction levy is being worked hard, and delivering that critical ROI.

All of these projects come from the insight we gather, which is why a meaningful dialogue with employers and education providers is vital.

I’d like to see this Business Plan (PDF, 6MB) as a way of showing CITB’s value but also to start important conversations about how we can continue to deliver on our all-important mission.

Mark Noonan
Industry Relations Director, CITB

EN:Procure is now seeking contractors for £240m next generation Installers Framework

EN:Procure, the procurement arm of regional social housing consortium Efficiency North, is calling for experienced and qualified contractors of all sizes to provide a range of installation and repair works for planned and responsive maintenance for member landlords across Yorkshire and Humber.

The new framework will build on the success of EN:Procure’s existing framework, which has delivered more than £120m of works.

The new framework has an anticipated maximum value of £240m and will offer a leading-edge supply chain with integrated provision for housing providers’ planned and cyclical maintenance projects 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, which has been flexibly structured to increase the number of opportunities available regardless of contractors’ size or location, is divided into the following 17 Lots:

  • Lot 1 Kitchen and Bathroom Installation Works less than £2m
  • Lot 2 Kitchen & Bathroom Installation Works more than £1m
  • Lot 3 Renewable Heating and Ventilation Installation
  • Lot 4 Window and Door Installation less than £2m
  • Lot 5 Window and Door Installation more than £1m
  • Lot 6 Brickwork, Masonry and Associated Ancillary Works
  • Lot 7 General Building Works and Repairs less than £2m
  • Lot 8 General Building Works and Repairs more than £1m
  • Lot 9 Paint and Pre-paint Repair Works
  • Lot 10 Environmental and Estate Improvement Works
  • Lot 11 Voids Clean and Clear, Monitor and Secure
  • Lot 12 Voids Refurbishment Works
  • Lot 13 External Works to High Rise
  • Lot 14 External Wall Insulation
  • Lot 15 Whole House Internal and External Installation Works less than £2m
  • Lot 16 Whole House Internal and External Installation Works more than £1m
  • Lot 17 Electrical Inspection, Testing and Remedial Repairs

Interested contractors can apply via this link.

The deadline for submitting tenders is 17.00 24 June 2019.

The EN:Procure team are holding a Meet the Buyer session for interested contractors on Thursday 13th June 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 installers framework is the next generation of EN:Procure’s intelligent procurement solutions and presents a huge opportunity for local contractors.  We’ve divided it up into lots that we hope will encourage businesses of all sizes who can offer a fantastic standard of work. The Meet the Buyer session will give businesses practical, easy to understand advice, 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.” 

Register now for Efficiency North’s 4th annual conference & exhibition

Join social housing, construction and training professionals at Efficiency North’s 4th Annual Conference & Exhibition – Yorkshire and Humber’s own annual housing conference on 11th July 2019.

This year’s event will be bigger, better and more interactive, dedicated to building the future of our region’s communities together.

Hosted by BBC TV Look North anchor and Yorkshire broadcasting legend Harry Gration MBE, this event will showcase:

  • Efficiency: social housing procurement innovation
  • Futures: the next generation of housing and construction leaders
  • Build: new ways to deliver affordable new housing
  • Communities: working together more closely to deliver real opportunities for social mobility in local communities

On the Main Stage

Following a welcome at 10.00 from Efficiency North Chair Jackie Axelby MBE, engage in debates with 2 panels of sector leaders in Housing, Construction and Employment & Skills, lunchtime entertainment and the presentation of our 2019 Social Value Awards.

In the Brain Gym

Explore innovative thinking in a series of informative workshops will run from 10.30 to 14.30 to explore innovative thinking in procurement, new build housing, employment and training, social value and social mobility.

In the Marketplace Exhibition

Meet our frameworks contractors and suppliers, local and national organisations we work with and groups we support in our social housing landlords’ communities.

In the Recharge Room

Enjoy a quiet space to take a break, recharge yourself with refreshments and your mobile devices with power to their batteries, or meet up with colleagues or catch up on your messages.

This is a fantastic opportunity to network with decision-makers in social housing and construction and shape the future by sharing knowledge and ideas on the sectors’ hottest issues.

For more information and to register, please visit Efficiency North’s website.