星期五, 8th 五月 2015

Walter Lilly Tough Mudder Experience: Culden Faw Estate, Henley-on-Thames

Walter Lilly took part in this year's Mudder Challenge on 2 May 2015

D-day dawned. It was overcast with the threat of rain, so not an auspicious start to a challenging day. We took it in our stride as we set off in the car donning leggings (men included), skins and big warm jumpers for the trip. Getting out of the car at Henley proved to be our first challenge as the temperature had dropped a touch since leaving the house – although that may have been in our imagination!

After a warm-up led by a rather ebullient personality on the stage who demanded much vigorous punching of the air and loud manly chants, we set off at a leisurely pace, feeling very positive about the next few hours.  That positive feeling rapidly subsided as we approached the second obstacle which was aptly named Arctic Enema – it involved sliding down a ramp into a pool of ice, swimming through the ice, going under again to avoid some tyres and out the other side.   I cannot begin to explain the shock one feels when submerged in ice on a relatively cold spring day in England! We were to be unceremoniously dumped in cold, muddy water a further two times; however, this did have the effect of cleaning off most of the mud from our person.

My second favourite obstacle had to be Sewer Rat where one crawls through a pipe and clambers out the other end into a rather large, deep and muddy bog.  Ben had clearly decided that his T-shirt was still too clean and promptly dove backwards off the end of the pipe, fully submerging himself in the mud – it was even in his ears.

My personal favourites were the obstacles involving clambering over high fences, barriers, slides etc.  At each of these obstacles, two of the lads swiftly hoicked me over the top which involved minimal effort on my part and gave me a much needed rest! At another obstacle we had to form a human pyramid and clamber up on people’s shoulders and over the top.  One had to be very careful not to stand on a head or put a knee in a stomach!

The obstacles were tough, but it was generally agreed that running up and down hills for 11 miles was the hardest obstacle of all – after a particularly long and arduous hill climb, certain members of the group maintained that no amount of training would have helped us run up that hill (all lies of course, we were just unprepared for the pain of hill running and were simply justifying the walking pace that some of us adopted at this point).

Tough Mudder is physically and mentally challenging but awesome fun – especially if you do it with a big group of people who can motivate you when you are close to giving up and, of course, give you that all important hand up when you need it most.

Many thanks to our sponsors who helped us raise £4,575 for The Teenage Cancer Trust ( We appreciated the donations as they support an excellent cause – and kept us motivated during the training.

Team: Alex Clark, Ben Ladyman, Charlie Roberts, Erica Denman, James Boulton, Melissa St. Fort, Rupert Kenyon, Shaun Frampton, Stuart Yates, Tom Battley and Tom Morgan.

Report by Erica Denman.

For the full story in pictures, please visit our facebook or flickr pages.


星期二, 6th 一月 2015

New Year, New Brand

2015 sees the launch of our exciting new Walter Lilly brand

Walter Lilly

It’s January 2015. We hope you have had an enjoyable Christmas break and all of us at Walter Lilly wish you a Happy New Year. In keeping with the New Year tradition of ‘out with the old and in with the new’, we are also writing to let you know about the launch of our exciting new Walter Lilly brand.

From this point forward when you see the Walter Lilly brand on our construction sites, on project particulars and brochures, on the internet, or at events, you will see our new logo and our stunning new corporate colours and fonts.

The new brand has been designed to demonstrate the core attributes of Walter Lilly. Attributes that we are immensely proud of:

  • Longevity – because we have been in business since 1924. We have just celebrated our 90th anniversary, and the company continues to grow
  • Luxury – because we create homes of distinction for discerning clients
  • Confidence – because our projects demand a level of expertise that is beyond the scope of general builders and we are able to meet the needs of virtually any assignment, no matter how complex
  • Service – because we always exceed customers’ expectations in terms of delivery and award-winning craftsmanship. Quality is also at the heart of everything we do.

2015 looks set to be another successful year for Walter Lilly. With 11 projects under construction and two new projects due to start in January, we are looking forward to using the new brand identity and displaying it on various construction sites across London and the South East.

Tell us what you think. If you have any projects coming up that you’d like to discuss, please get in touch.

Best wishes for the new year ahead.


Andrew Crispin
Managing Director

星期五, 10th 十月 2014

Construction and Civil Engineering Magazine

An insight into the history and ethos of our company

Walter Lilly article

The story of Walter Lilly’s 90 year history is featured in issue 110 of the industry leading publication:

Established in 1924, Walter Lilly & Co Ltd has a 90-year tradition of providing highly acclaimed and specialised solutions to high-end construction projects.
The remarkable history of Walter Lilly & Co Ltd begins with a game of cards. The business was initially established when plumber Walter Gent Lilly won the freehold to a builder’s yard in St Ann’s Street located at the back of Westminster Abbey, London. Capitalising on his luck, Mr Lilly decided to go into business himself and the company has continued to grow with dedication to highquality and specialist works in prestige projects and science and education. In 1955 the Lilly family sold the business to its current owners the Y J Lovell Group, now known as Renew Holdings plc and in 2001 Walter Lilly consolidated its holdings to more suitable accommodation in Waddon near Croydon. 2014 has been a crucial milestone for the company with Walter Lilly continuing to trade under its own name after 90 years in operation and a further move to a new location, this time in central Croydon, which was completed in July.
See the full article:

星期二, 7th 十月 2014

Board Restructure Announcement

A notable retirement and new appointments to our Board of Directors

After 30 years with the Company and 20 years as a Director, Graham Corless has advised the Board of his intention to retire on the 31st March 2015.

Graham has been a loyal servant of the Company and it will be difficult to say good-bye, particularly as some of us have worked alongside him and enjoyed his companionship for all of those 30 years. We will make sure Graham is sent off in a fitting way at a retirement function to be organised in the New Year. Invitations will follow in due course.

Graham will retain the title and the responsibilities of Surveying Director until he retires on the 31st March 2015, at which point the Board are delighted to announce that Chris Butler has agreed to become our new Surveying Director. Chris’s appointment will be effective from 1st April 2015.

The Board are equally delighted to announce the appointment of Duncan Beach to the role of Commercial Director, taking Graham’s previous Financial Director role. The appointment is immediate and Graham will commence a controlled transfer of his commercial responsibilities to Duncan over the coming weeks.

Duncan joined the Group in 2003 and has been with Walter Lilly since 2004 as a senior member of our commercial management team. He has played a major part in the successful delivery of many of our most prestigious private residential projects in that time.

Chris joined Walter Lilly in 1998 whilst undertaking his degree course at Loughborough University. He joined our surveying team in 2002 and was promoted to Managing Surveyor in 2012. His promotion to the Board reflects the significant contribution he has made to the business in that time. This promotion in particular, will hopefully serve as a great inspiration to our younger staff and sponsored students, who aspire to one day join our senior management team.

We are sure you will join us in wishing Duncan and Chris every success in their new roles.

It is always pleasing when succession comes from within. It is an active demonstration of the strength in depth of the company concerned.

If you have any questions regarding this announcement, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Managing Director

星期五, 25th 七月 2014

Walter Lilly move office

Our new office is an exciting step for the whole company

Walter Lilly are relocating our head office on Monday, 28th July 2014 to central Croydon, adjacent to the East Croydon main line station.

Please can you ensure your company databases are updated to reflect our new home.

Knollys House
17 Addiscombe Road

All telephone, fax and email details remain the same.

Please note that from 2.30pm today (Friday, 25th July) all internet communications for the company will be down, returning to normal on Monday morning, 28th July.

星期二, 22nd 七月 2014

Weldon Flooring technical workshops

A specialist workshop with our valued partner, Weldon Flooring

Following on from the highly commended technical workshops in joinery, fibrous plaster and stonework, our latest technical workshop offering, this time from Weldon Flooring, was trialled on two groups of Walter Lilly staff in June and July this year.

Both groups thoroughly enjoyed Weldon’s hospitality and their unique insight into the world of wood flooring.

The trip to Newark from Kings Cross is long but worth it, as Weldon balance technical talks, with power point presentations and plenty of time in their busy workshops. Their laser cutting machinery is amazing and as can be seen from the attached photograph(s), can produce incredible marquetry patterns, using a variety of different materials.

Many thanks to Weldon for facilitating these workshops for our staff (

星期五, 23rd 五月 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.

星期一, 31st 三月 2014

Stone Workshop with Zanetti

Walter Lilly staff attend Zanetti’s stone workshop

Walter Lilly Zanetti

A selection of Walter Lilly staff from a range of company disciplines attended Zanetti’s latest stone workshop held on Wednesday, 26th March 2014.

Led by David Zanetti, the Company founders son, the day consisted of talks and DVD presentations on various aspects of stone materials including quarrying, production etc.

The initial presentations were then followed by a guided tour of Zanetti’s workshop and slab store where delegates were shown the process from slab to finished product, how various edge details are created and the type of machinery used.

Following lunch, the attendees took part in a practical where they polished marble samples progressively using increasingly fine scouring pads to achieve a smooth finish (see image below).

Zanetti are members of Walter Lilly’s approved supply chain and offer a complete line of products and services to the stone industry. For more details, please visit their website

星期三, 19th 三月 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;

星期日, 2nd 三月 2014

90th Year Consultant Quiz

The Walter Lilly pub quiz challenge

As part of our 90th year celebrations, twelve teams of the brainiest consultants from the London construction world competed to become ‘top dog’ in a Walter Lilly pub quiz held on Thursday 1st May at The Barley Mow pub in London.

‘MC’ Andrew Crispin took the teams through nine tough question rounds and one picture round.

Our congratulations go to the ‘Herbert Heroes’ team from Tim Flynn Architects. Team members were James Howard, Elin Davies & Trevor Roche, along with Walter Lilly member Steve Edwards.

Special mention should also go to Team Bespoke who came a close second. Well done to team members Eric Bruce, Mark Eccles and Walter Lilly members Chris Bulter & Ian Harrison.

Thank you and well done to all those who took part in what was a very enjoyable evening!