Wednesday, 21st February 2018
On track for another succcesful event
Full details have now been announced for the 2018 HQR Summer Ball, the big annual charity bash for firms involved in the prime resi construction sector.
Last year’s outing saw 750 guests descend on Park Lane to dine, dance, network and raise nearly £114k for The Lighthouse Club, YoungMinds and the Grenfell Tower fund. The aim is to top the £100k mark again this time around and take the three-year total to well over £250k.
The date has been set for Saturday 30th June at The Grosvenor House Hotel and we’re told two-thirds of tables have already been snapped up.
The two chosen charities for this year have been named as The Lullaby Trust, which provides specialist support for bereaved families, offers expert advice on safer baby sleep and raises awareness of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS); and The Lighthouse Trust, a construction industry charity that promotes initiatives aimed at avoiding accidents and improving safety on site, whilst improving employment conditions and career opportunities.
Spearheaded by Walter Lilly’s Andrew Crispin and Sizebreed’s Darren Size, the HQR event operates as a charitable trust, with 100% of money raised going straight to worthy causes.
The 2017 extravaganza involved guests being entertained by some high-octane drumming from Slam (who played to a construction theme by featuring step ladders, oil drums, HQR high viz jackets and helmets) and after-dinner dancing to the sounds of Hand Fulla Soul. A raffle and auction saw some cracking lots – including a Silverstone Classic Car Track Day, exclusive tickets for Wimbledon and a four person Las Vegas trip to the USA Rugby Sevens – go at generous prices for charities, before guests dug even deeper for a spontaneous collection for the Grenfell Tower fund.
For details on this year’s event and how to book, email Kelly Gower kelly.gower@HQRLondon.co.uk or visit hqrlondon.co.uk
Wednesday, 6th December 2017
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, 27th September 2017
Team 1 takes home HQR trophy
On Thursday 7th September, Walter Lilly hit the track for our 7th consecutive year of the Cyclothon, a 12 hour relay race at Brands Hatch.
Our friends from Price and Myers, Building Services Design, Darling Associates and Slender Winter Partnership joined our internal cycling enthusiasts to form two teams of six.
With an early 6:30am start for the safety briefing, the action started at 7:30am with Mark Cope and Dean Hollingsworth as our starting cyclists. The weather stayed somewhat in everyone’s favour with only a short shower later in the afternoon, however the air temperature was fresh!
With an impressive 99 laps and an overall distance of 240.867 miles completed, Team 1 ended the day in second place overall. Team 2 placed 12th overall against 23 other teams, cycling 209.238 miles and completing 86 laps.
With an increase in fellow HQR cyclists entering their own teams, this year marked the inaugural HQR Cyclothon Cup. Now a competition within itself, we were up against our friends from Darke and Taylor, TMJ, BTP and Fusion Automation. With our very own Team 1 crossing the line first Walter Lilly took out first place, taking home the HQR trophy.
Overall another successful day out on the track for everyone and we look forward to the next!
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Friday, 23rd June 2017
School kids experience a day in construction
On Tuesday 13th June, a group of Year 6 students from the Oasis Academy Byron in Coulson visited the Walter Lilly head office in East Croydon to spend the day learning and working as a team in construction.
Organised by Enabling Enterprise, the students have engaged in a range of projects, including designing and launching a new chocolate brand and designing a transport prototype that would be suitable for the year 3030!
So far this year, students have completed the Future Transport challenge day, when they researched, designed, built and tested innovative new forms of transport. A visit to Walter Lilly was a chance for the Year 6 students to venture out of school to apply skills such as Aiming High and Working in a Team.
Six Walter Lilly staff from different departments of the company, including Managing Director Andrew Crispin, joined Oasis Academy Byron students for the day, supporting them in their construction-themed challenge.
The kids were set with a task to address the area of Bogsby which has an empty brownfield site in the centre of the community. The challenge was to redevelop the land and create a space that would benefit the local people and the environment. Before sharing ideas and deciding on what they were going to construct, teams needed to look at the needs of the people of Bogsby and ensure that the new development was environmentally friendly. After building a model of their planned building, the teams ended the day by presenting their ideas to a judging panel of Walter Lilly and Enabling Enterprise staff.
Students wowed their teachers with their ability to work in teams with students they wouldn’t normally sit with. They developed their Listening Carefully skills by taking notes and asking questions about what they’d heard the volunteers say. They also demonstrated great Using Imagination skills when developing ideas for the redevelopment.
What they said:
“Today was a great experience for our students: seeing how different departments work together in a business and how ‘Sketch-up’, a programme we use in school, is used by professionals. It was great for them to find out what the professionals at Walter Lilly wanted to be when they were in primary school and how they got to where they are today. The structure and pace of the challenge was well suited and I have loved seeing how the skills of this class have improved since they first started Enabling Enterprise in Year 3.” – Teacher, Oasis Academy Byron
“I found the day really interesting and enjoyable. It was impressive how quickly the students grasped the tasks and challenges and the enthusiasm they showed. The best bit was seeing how they pulled together to create a 3D model in less than 20 minutes!” – Andrew, Managing Director, Walter Lilly
“The best things today was making our model, the hardest thing was presenting at the end. I feel I learned a lot about building.” – Student, Oasis Academy Byron
Thanks to Walter Lilly for such a great trip day, and to Year 6 from Oasis Academy Byron for coming along.
Enabling Enterprise are working in partnership with schools and businesses to support students to build enterprise skills and aspirations. Find out more by contacting us or visiting enablingenterprise.org
Tuesday, 31st January 2017
Walter Lilly showcased in Guild News
In October 2016, Walter Lilly became a member of The Guild of Master Craftsmen. The membership demonstrates to the industry and our clients the high standard of quality that Walter Lilly deliver.
The Guild of Master Craftsmen continues a long established tradition of bringing together skilled artisans engaged in a trade, craft or profession in order to safeguard the interests of the public and ensure they receive a premium service from recommended tradesmen. All members of the Guild are thoroughly assessed to earn the right to be called master craftsmen. Once accepted into membership, they are required to maintain and uphold the Guild’s stringent professional criteria.
Click here to read Walter Lilly’s feature in the February edition.
Friday, 11th November 2016
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.
Monday, 31st October 2016
35 Marylebone High Street celebrates topping out
Walter Lilly were recently invited by our Client, W1 London Limited to attend the topping out ceremony of our 35 Marylebone High Street project.
Following a very complex temporary works and demolition sequence and the construction of the new double basement and challenging concrete frame construction the Client and our team were keen to mark the occasion of reaching roof level.
W1 London Limited invited guests to witness the ceremony and their Managing Director David Easson said a few words before handing over to their Chairman and principal funder Sir Peter Wood. Walter Lilly’s Managing Director, Andrew Crispin, gave a quick speech enlightening guests on the history behind the significance of a topping ceremony. The official ‘topping out’ ceremony itself was then conducted, with Senior Project Manager Bob Byrne assisting Sir Peter to trowel in the final bed of concrete into a hole left in the roof slab, before Andrew Crispin presented Sir Peter with an engraved silver trowel to commemorate the occasion.
For Walter Lilly, the tradition of topping out is something we are always keen to preserve. Whilst it formally marks a significant stage in any project, more than anything else it announces and celebrates that someone’s vision has become reality and that a worthwhile job has been well done by everyone involved.
On completion, the project will see a total of 19 apartments and 5 townhouses completed with high-end luxury finishes throughout.
Tuesday, 11th October 2016
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:
The Architects’ Journal
Monday, 12th September 2016
Two teams cross the line after a 12 hour endurance relay race
Walter Lilly entered two teams of six riders in their sixth consecutive year of the Cyclothon UK, held at Brands Hatch on Thursday 8 September.
It was an early morning start for the teams with a 6:30am briefing before the first cyclists crossed the starting line at 7:30am. The English weather was at its finest with a perfect sunny day, although the wind tested the rider’s endurance in addition to the uphill climbs.
After a full day of competitive racing for fourth and fifth place against another team, Team A only just missed out on fourth place with their final time at 11:56:16.4, with Team Kebbell taking the fourth, finishing two minutes ahead. With a total of 96 laps completed this meant 233 miles were covered in the 12 hours. Congratulations must go to Ian Edwards from Walter Lilly for the fastest team time of the day of 06:12.607.
Team B came in at 19th place completing an impressive 82 laps and 199 miles. The fastest team lap of the day was awarded to Dean Hollingsworth with a time of 07:25.1. A big effort from Walter Lilly’s Mike Howell who ended up having to complete four consecutive laps during his leg of the race after the pit lanes were closed to start the 8-hour racing!
Well done to Derrick Sowerby of Slender Winter Partnership and Nick Forster of W-One International who brought both teams home for the final laps of what was a very tiring day.
Our friends at TMJ Interiors and Darke and Taylor were also there on the day and put up a great race. It was fantastic to see them both there and spend another great day of friendly trackside competition.
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Monday, 1st August 2016
Walter Lilly again working with large pharmaceutical company
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.