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
Wednesday, 5th April 2017
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.
Wednesday, 1st February 2017
Following on from the huge success of 2016’s inaugural HQR Summer Ball, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel and attended by many of the biggest names in London’s high quality residential construction sector, a new charity, ‘HQR London Charitable Trust’, has now been established.
The new charity will aim to raise as much money as possible from clients and specialist companies working in London’s high quality residential sector, and then distributing those funds to worthy charities which are close to the hearts of its members.
Initial plans for the charity focus on 2017’s Summer Ball, which is confirmed as Saturday 17th June, again at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. Like last year it promises to be a truly memorable night and a great opportunity to meet many of the key players in the sector, while also supporting some very worthy charities. Tables for the event are selling fast and interested firms should visit the charity’s website www.hqrondon.co.uk to book their table, before the event sells out.
Funds raised on the night will be given to two charities, The Lighthouse Club and YoungMinds. Last year’s Ball raised over £54,000 and it is anticipated that this year’s event will be even more successful.
Further fund raising events are being planned, as the charity looks to build on its early success over the coming years, whilst also providing unrivalled networking opportunities at its functions.
HQR founder Andrew Crispin, Managing Director of Walter Lilly, has been joined by Darren Size of Sizebreed Group, to become the initial trustees of the new charity. Importantly, the charity will have no running costs, as these costs are being covered by the trustee’s firms. This means that 100% of the money raised will go to the nominated charities, which both believe is hugely important.
The plan is to add further trustees as the charity becomes established, with the aim of spreading the reach of the charity across the high end sector in which these firms specialise. Anyone interested in becoming involved should contact HQR London, via its website, expressing your interest in helping Andrew and Darren to further the charity’s work.
For further information please contact Kelly Gower, Event Organiser at HQR London.
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.
Visit our facebook page here for photos of the day.
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.
Monday, 1st August 2016
Walter Lilly presents charities with event cheques
On behalf of the HQR Summer Ball 2016, Walter Lilly presented The Teenage Cancer Trust and The Lighthouse Club with their cheques as a result of the fundraising efforts of industry attendees at The Grosvenor House Hotel on the 25th June.
Kelly Gower (Event Organiser) and Andrew Crispin, MD of Walter Lilly were joined by Bill Hill, CEO of The Lighthouse Club and Jade McShane, Fundraising Manager of Teenage Cancer Trust on Thursday 28th July.
The inaugural HQR Summer Ball 2016 launched to widespread industry acclaim on Saturday 25th June in the Great Room at The Grosvenor House Hotel.
Having 660 HQR colleagues exceeded all initial expectations for attendance. The guests were made up of agents, project managers, architects, interior designers, lawyers, financiers, surveyors, engineers, main contractors and specialist subcontractors, along with – unusually for an industry event – their wives, husbands and partners. This was the key factor in creating an atmosphere more akin to a private party for family and friends than an industry event.
The guests were entertained to drinks on reception, a three course dinner featuring fillet of Hereford beef, impressive magicians, a charity raffle and auction, dancing to the live 8-piece Hand Fulla Soul band and a DJ set till 1.00am.
Expectations were further exceeded by the charity auction and raffle with £54,330 being raised for and shared by The Teenage Cancer Trust and The Lighthouse Club which is outstanding.
Photos from the evening can be seen here
Some quotes to summarize the evening include:
“Months of hard work and planning really paid off and it was fantastic to see so many prominent HQR companies in one room having a great time. The inclusion of husbands, wives and partners went against the norm, but was the icing on the cake. With a fantastic £54,000 being raised on the evening for our two chosen charities, there are 54,000 reasons to look forward to HQR 2017!” – Kelly Gower, Walter Lilly (Event Organiser)
“HQR – Haven’t Quite Recovered! A brilliant event, wonderfully organised with great people and excellent charities supported, when are we doing it again?” – Neil Stevenson, NEJ Stevenson
“Everything was beyond excellent” – Maral Zarrinmehr, Devonshires Solicitors LLP
“I have no idea who I did not see there, but if they were not there more fool them!” – Peter Dunk, Slender Winter Partnership
“I’m in awe that you had the ambition and energy to pull off such an incredible evening” – Mandi Cleyndert, Bill Cleyndert & Co Ltd
“Congratulations on achieving the event of events!” – Jon Riley, Locker & Riley Ltd
Yes, delighted to say plans are already afoot for 2017. To register for early information please contact HQRSummerBall@walterlilly.co.uk