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2007

 

Company Newsletter (December 2007)

 

Issue 3          

 

 

Project Update - St Leonard's RC Comprehensive School, Durham (December 2007)

 

In December after £2m worth of investment in various extensions, upgrades and refurbishment schemes we finally vacated the site which had become our home for nearly a year and a half. 

 

In August 2006 VEST Construction stepped in at short notice to help our one of our major clients. MMP were in the middle of a major new development and refurbishment project at St Leonard's RC Comprehensive School in Durham when virtually overnight without little warning they went into administration. The School and Diocese were left with a serious problem and the prospect of having to delay the return to school of many of the pupils until they could complete the works. Despite being busy at the time we offered to help and were appointed with only 4 weeks left before the school returned. The main priority was to reinstate as many of the 21 classroom that had been completely gutted by MMP. Through lots of planning and hard work on and off site we were able to complete half of the teaching areas, with the remainder of the teaching areas, kitchens, dining rooms, etc. following on over the next few months. 

 

The virtual mission impossible has been recognised and acknowledged by our client and the school. Due to our working methods and ability to work with and around the school we have since been able to negotiate further works including a Dining Room Extension, the refurbishment of the administration areas, nine toilet refurbishments, fire door upgrades, sports changing refurbishment, traffic & car park improvements, etc.

 

 

Project Update - Gilling West Village Hall, Richmond (November 2007)

 

In November the £170,000 learning centre (John Ross Suite) which will benefit adult learners in Gilling West near Richmond, was officially opened by Richmond M.P. William Hague. The centre will specialise in computer skills training, but will offer a wide range of subjects.

Gilling West Village Website

 

Ward councilor William Heslop said the project had brought villagers closer together, he said "It has been an excellent project from the start. It has been good for village morale." The centre will benefit a lot of people in Gilling West and the surrounding area, and we look forward to welcoming people from all over Yorkshire and beyond our village."

The project received a £50,000 capital grant, nearly £85,000 from the European regional development fund, £20,000 from North Yorkshire County Council, £10,000 from Richmondshire District Council and £5,000 from the village charitable trust. It is hoped the centre will be self-supporting within three years, when funding from The Big Lottery Reaching Communities programme is due to run out.

        

 

Project Update - Durham Town Hall (October 2007)

 

Works are progressing well on the £900,000 refurbishment and alterations of Durham's Town Hall.

 

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Built in 1850 and modelled on London’s Westminster Hall, the Town Hall features an impressive hammer-beam roof as well as superb stained glass windows, paintings, heraldic symbols and a magnificent fireplace of local stone.

 

The refurbishment features a new public entrance with improved access for all, including a lift taking disabled persons to the main floors, upgrading of the facilities within the building including the kitchen and enhanced security and fire detection systems. The new facilities will help enhance use of the historic building with corporate events, functions and even weddings.

 

 

                   

 

 

Company News - New Offices (August 2007)

 

On Friday 10th August 2007 we moved into our purpose built new offices on South Church Enterprise Park, Bishop Auckland. Our new base will allow us to build on the professional service that we deliver to our current clients and should open more doors/opportunities in the future.

 

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Project Update - Botanic Gardens Durham (July 2007)

 

In July the award winning Botanic Gardens in Durham were officially opened by The Lord Mayor and Mayoress of Durham in front of a crowd of regional VIPs, the proud team of gardeners and University staff to mark the University’s 175th Anniversary year. The 18-acre site is now more inviting and accessible with a wheelchair-friendly new entrance suite and visitor facilities, plus a network of carefully-plotted footpaths.

Developed by a consortium of local partners committed to sympathetic design and sustainable construction, the project, which was nominated at this year’s County Durham Environment Awards, was led by Newcastle-based PHP architects and built by Vest Construction of Bishop Auckland.  The architects worked with the Botanic Garden staff, to ensure that the new pathways avoided existing tree roots which would restrict future growth.  In addition, the garden also features innovative facilities including composting toilets, which further complement its eco-friendly design.

 

 

Company News - CHAS Complaint (May 2007)

 

In May our Health & Safety procedures and policies were assessed and found to be compliant with CHAS.

 

 

 

Company News - CRB Checks (April 2007)

 

In response to the recent changes in the DFES guidelines, as detailed below, we have taken the decision to carry out CRB checks on our employees, including staff and directors. This process is already well underway and hope to complete by the end of May. We are also working with our preferred sub-contractors to ensure that they follow suit so that we maintain our status as one of the leading contractors in the educational field. 

 

Contractors

Building contractors

4.74. Children should not be allowed in areas where builders are working, for health and safety reasons, so these workers should have no contact with children. However schools and FE colleges should ensure that arrangements are in place with contractors, via the contract where possible, to make sure that any of the contractors’ staff that come into contact with children undergo appropriate checks.

St Leonard's (March 2007)

 

In August 2006 we stepped in at short notice to help our one of our major clients. MMP were in the middle of a major new development and refurbishment project at St Leonard's RC Comprehensive School in Durham when virtually overnight without little warning they went into administration. The School and Diocese were left with a serious problem and the prospect of having to delay the return to school of many of the pupils until they could complete the works. Despite being busy at the time we offered to help and were appointed with only 4 weeks left before the school returned. The main priority was to reinstate as many of the 21 classroom that had been completely gutted by MMP. Through lots of planning and hard work on and off site we were able to complete half of the teaching areas, with the remainder of the teaching areas, kitchens, dining rooms, etc. following on over the next few months. 

 

The virtual mission impossible has been recognised and acknowledged by our client and the school. Due to our working methods and ability to work with and around the school we have since been able to negotiate further works including a Dining Room Extension, the refurbishment of the administration areas and more recently three toilet refurbishments which are due to commence at Easter.

 

 

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