Wednesday, 6th December 2017

HQR London (and therefore Walter Lilly) recognised for its charitable contributions to The Lighthouse Club

On Friday, 1st December 2017, Andrew Crispin and Darren Size, Trustees of the HQR London Charitable Foundation were invited to attend The Lighthouse Club Annual Christmas Lunch at The Westminster Plaza with 900 other construction professionals. A number of HQR London supporters were also invited to attend with them.

Andrew Crispin on behalf of Walter Lilly was delighted to find that the HQR London Charitable Foundation had been awarded the Peter Capel Cup in recognition of its ‘outstanding contribution to fundraising’ for the Lighthouse Club this year.

In June 2001, Peter Capel was awarded an MBE for his services to the construction industry benevolent fund The Lighthouse Club and following his passing in 2010, the Peter Capel Cup has been awarded each year to acknowledge outstanding individual fundraising.

In its two years of hosting the HQR Summer Ball, HQR London Charitable Foundation has made donations in excess of £80,000 to this construction industry charity and Andrew is looking forward to raising much more at the 2018 event on the 30th June.

“It was a complete shock to Darren and I that HQR London were even nominated for the Peter Capel Trophy, so you can imagine how amazed we were when our name was read out as this year’s winner. HQR London are delighted to support The Lighthouse Club and the good work that the charity does. We are very pleased to confirm that they will once again be one of our two principal charities for 2018. Half of the money raised from the table sales and auction at our 2018 Ball will go to The Lighthouse Club, so we look forward to presenting them with another big cheque next year”.

Walter Lilly has elected HQR London as it’s charity of the year during 2018 and staff, family and friends will undertake a number of team challenges throughout next year in support of the Trust’s two chosen charities – The Lighthouse Club and The Lullaby Trust. Our first team challenge will take place on Sunday, 4th March where 15 staff will undertake the gruelling ‘Nuts Challenge’ near Dorking in Surrey.

Wednesday, 5th April 2017

Project wins silver award

Notting Hill project team recognised for their considerate efforts

The site team of Walter Lilly’s Notting Hill project were recently recognised for their efforts towards a considerate site, winning silver at the Considerate Constructors Scheme 2017 National Site Awards.

The site team, led by Project Manager Colin Williams, were at the awards ceremony to proudly collect their silver award which recognises the team’s effort and commitment to improving the image of construction, adhering to the Scheme’s five-point Code of Considerate Practice: appearance; community; environment; safety and their workforce.

The project involves the alteration and substantial refurbishment of two houses to create a single 9,867sq ft residence behind a retained façade. Works also include an extended new basement for a swimming pool.

The Considerate Constructors Scheme is a non-profit-making, independent organisation founded in 1997 by the construction industry to improve its image.

Friday, 11th November 2016

‘Contractor of the Year’ (up to £300m)

Walter Lilly wins at the Building Awards 2016

Walter Lilly are the proud winners of the Building Awards 2016 ‘Contractor of the Year’ (up to £300m) category, which was awarded on Tuesday 8 November at the Grosvenor House Hotel.

The Building Awards has long been recognised as the most prestigious networking event in the built environment calendar and the 22nd edition was no exception.

The judge’s had great things to say about Walter Lilly. “This 90 year old London-based contractor not only has a great name in high end projects, often involving sensitive heritage buildings, but produced a stellar financial performance this year too.  Revenue has more than doubled in the last three years, with profit rising in line with growth.  But it was not only the stats – which also showed steady staff growth and ballooning repeat business – that impressed the judges.  Nor was it the prestigious clients..  It was that Walter Lilly combined all this with a focus on client needs.  In customer surveys, 100% of its clients said they’d recommend the firm to others and 86% rated it as better than its competitors.  A low staff churn rate and commitment to sustainability shows it is an employer that cares about a good working environment, and its support for construction students at Loughborough University shows its willingness to invest in the next generation.”

Walter Lilly’s Managing Director, Andrew Crispin, was there on the night to collect the award. “This award is a testament to the incredible team at Walter Lilly and to the company’s commitment to quality & excellence.”

Walter Lilly’s Newport Street Gallery project has been very successful after recently being awarded the coveted RIBA Stirling Prize, the UK’s most prestigious architecture award. The project was also significantly commended at the 2016 Brick Awards winning three separate categories; Supreme Award, Best Public Building, Specialist Brickwork Contractor of the Year and Craftsmanship Award. Walter Lilly were responsible for the extremely challenging construction of the gallery, designed by architect Caruso St. John.

Tuesday, 11th October 2016

Walter Lilly’s Newport Street Gallery wins 2016 Stirling Prize

A Caruso St. John designed project

Walter Lilly are delighted that Newport Street Gallery is the winner of the coveted 2016 RIBA Stirling Prize, the UK’s most prestigious architecture award. Walter Lilly were responsible for the construction of the gallery, designed by architect Caruso St. John.

RIBA President Jane Duncan  applauded Damian Hirst for creating ‘an exceptional contribution to the UK’s strong history of private patronage of architecture. Not only has Damien opened up his enviable private collection to the world, but he has commissioned a real work of art to house it in.’

Described as ‘a bold and confident contribution to the best of UK architecture’ by the Stirling Prize judges, they went on to say ‘Caruso St. John’s approach to conservation is irreverent yet sensitive and achieves a clever solution that expresses a poetic juxtaposition of old and new.’

‘The collection of buildings is beautifully curated, pulled together by the use of brick yet still expressive of their individuality. The playful use of LED technology gives a temporary addition to the façade.’

‘Internally, the five buildings are connected as a continuous and coherent sequence of light filled gallery spaces. The simple and logical circulation is enlivened by exquisitely detailed and sensuous staircases.’

Damian Hirst said Newport Gallery had ‘realised [his] ambition to create an unobtrusive and beautiful series of buildings that work perfectly as a space to exhibit great art. I am immensely proud of what we achieved and the reaction it has received in its first year of opening,”

Walter Lilly’s unique approach to high quality construction suited the conversion of three listed Victorian industrial buildings and the construction of two new buildings into one gallery space.

News stories of the award here:

BBC News

Evening Standard


The Architects’ Journal

Monday, 1st August 2016

Phase four of science project secured

Walter Lilly again working with large pharmaceutical company

Walter Lilly

Walter Lilly have successfully secured the £7.0 million chemistry research laboratory refurbishment project in Surrey. Our client is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world and this is our fourth project for them in as many years.

The project involves the refurbishment and extension to an existing operational laboratory building, including reconfiguration of internal space, new internal suspended flooring, new external glazed screens to extend the usable footprint, phased strip out of existing services installations, new services installations and laboratory furniture.

Major M&E works throughout the phase four project include the re-routing and expansion of existing services to serve the new and existing areas whilst providing future capacity for further phased expansion of the facility.

Works have been programmed to be coordinate around the occupied laboratory facilities and cause minimal disruption to their research programme.

Walter Lilly are delighted to again be working with the project team of Faithful & Gould, Abell Nepp and AECOM.


Monday, 9th May 2016

Project Lewis wins bronze award

Walter Lilly's 2015 project was recognised at the recent CCS National Site Awards

Walter Lilly’s project team were recently rewarded for their tremendous efforts on Project Lewis after receiving a bronze award at the Considerate Contractors National Site Awards.

The award recognised the team’s effort of demonstrating the highest levels of consideration towards the public, its workforce and the environment through adhering to the Scheme’s five-point Code of Considerate Practice.

 An existing five-storey detached residential property of circa 6,600 ft2, works at Project Lewis included a new basement extension under the entire footprint of the existing residence and extended 8m into the rear garden. Works also included a full refurbishment including a brand new swimming pool and gym area. The project was completed in 2015.

Congratulations to our Project Manager, Bob Byrne and the team for receiving the well deserved recognition of a premier project.

Wednesday, 7th October 2015

Daniel Reygate of Walter Lilly in the running for RICS Young Surveyor of the Year Awards

WL Surveyor, Daniel Reygate, has been shortlisted in the Mentor of the Year category

“I am delighted and honoured to be nominated and short-listed for Mentor of the Year, a category within the RICS Young Surveyor of the Year Awards. I became a Chartered Quantity Surveyor in 2013 and since then I have been extremely passionate about helping develop others and assisting them in achieving membership status with the RICS.

This drive has been as a result of the support and guidance I received during my own Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). I was very fortunate to have a counsellor who really believed in my ability and went the extra mile to guide me to membership status. Without this vital support I would have found the process tremendously difficult.

As a result of the support received and since becoming a member, I have volunteered as an APC Mentor providing support to APC candidates not only within my organisation but also the wider industry.

I am proud to be nominated and short-listed for Mentor of the Year. This award recognises the hard works and dedication I have provided to each of my APC Candidates.

The final judging for the award will take place on 06 October 2015 with the winner being announced at the dinner being held on 19 November 2015 at the Lancaster Hotel. Hopefully I will be celebrating in November.”

Daniel Reygate
October 2015


For more information on the RICS’ Awards, please go to

Friday, 23rd May 2014

Safety Accreditation update

Continuing our excellence in health and safety record with ‘Safecontractor’ status

Walter Lilly are pleased to have achieved its 7th year of accreditation with Safecontractor as a demonstration of our commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety.

Safecontractor is a third party accreditation scheme that assesses health and safety arrangements.  Many major clients recognise the scheme and accept the Safecontractor certificate as confirmation of our competency.

John Kinge, technical director of Safecontractor said, “More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that Walter Lilly has done.  The firm’s high standard has set an example which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector”.

Under the Safecontractor scheme, Walter Lilly undergo an annual vetting process which examines health and safety procedures and our track record for safe practice.

Walter Lilly are committed to health and safety in construction and are pleased to continue our accreditation with Safecontractor alongside other health and safety accreditation schemes including CHAS, Constructionline and BROWZ.

For more details of the companies that Walter Lilly are accredited to, please see our ‘accreditations’ page elsewhere on our website.

Wednesday, 19th March 2014

Considerate Constructors Scheme

We receive high praise from CCS at our residential projects in Mayfair

Walter Lilly’s latest site visit by the Considerate Constructors Scheme has awarded one of our residential projects in Mayfair an outstanding score of 41 and a Certificate Beyond Compliance.

Whilst a number of our projects regularly receive Performance Beyond Compliance certificates, we have, following this visit, received our first score of 9 with the Scheme.

We achieved four scores of 8 in Care about Appearance, Protect the Environment, Secure Everyone’s Safety and Value their Workforce respectively.  We are delighted to have been awarded a score of 9 in Respect the Community.  A fantastic achievement for Walter Lilly and it’s site team.

Our score of 9 is rated by the Scheme as ‘Exceptional’ – The site is at the forefront of industry best practice demonstrating the very highest level of achievement far above the minimum standards required by the Scheme’s Code and has addressed all questions on the checklist to the highest standards.

All of Walter Lilly’s sites are registered with the Considerate Constructors Scheme at commencement, and more details with regard to this can be found via their website homepage, on the following link;

Wednesday, 30th October 2013

SCONUL Library Design Awards 2013

Walter Lilly are pleased to report that our works undertaken to construct a new Learning Resource Centre for the University of Kingston (known as the Dame Elizabeth Esteve-Coll Centre) has been awarded a Highly Commended in the Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) Library Design awards 2013 for projects of less than 2000sqm.

These design awards have been made every three years since 1973 and recognise the best in the design of higher education libraries.

“The awards committee were impressed by the detailed planning of space to fit the strategic objectives of the institution, and to meet the needs of students, academics and, where applicable, the wider community. The impact delivered by the projects was remarkable and the enthusiasm with which the users spoke of their experience evidenced the excellent work of the teams at the libraries.”

Citation for the Dame Elizabeth Esteve-Coll Learning Resource Centre;

The award is made for a new build which sensitively and imaginatively incorporates an original 1930’s building, retaining many of the original features and using them to enhance the space which works both aesthetically and functionally. This sustainable solution to a space problem places the Learning Resource Centre firmly at the centre of the campus and embedded into teaching practice.

Meticulous planning and attention to detail have gone into the project demonstrating the sense of ownership and dedication of the staff involved.  The needs of students and staff on this campus have been amply met, as has the aim of blurring the boundaries between study and work in the creative industries and professions.

Walter Lilly are pleased to have been part of this successful project delivery team and look forward to building on and continuing our excellent relationships with the procurement team, staff and students at Kingston University.



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