Пятница, 8th Май 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.


Вторник, 6th Январь 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

Пятница, 7th Ноябрь 2014

Breaking ground in Swaziland

Walter Lilly team helping to build a better future for disadvantaged children

On Wednesday 5 November 2014 the Walter Lilly team of Adam, Andrew, Charlie, Erica, Megan, Scott and Zoe broke the ground in Swaziland.

They are working to Build A Future for children orphaned or disadvantaged mainly by the high infection rate of HIV running at 26%.

The task they have been given is to build a new store room at the local infant’s school. This started with excavating the strip foundations. The digging in the hot sun has led to some blisters but the team crack on regardless! They were surprised when a building control officer turned up to ensure everyone was wearing hard hats…

Spirits are high – undoubtedly fuelled by the local beer brewed in the bush and served with creepy crawlies to enhance the flavour. Adam tells us that he has plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit in his diet which is good to know!

Whilst we are sure downtime is rare with so much work going on, the team have found the time to tour Lobamba, go for a swim and visit the local town where they were struck by the harrowing levels of poverty.

Communications are limited but when we hear more we will keep you posted.

Вторник, 28th Октябрь 2014

‘Build a Future’ for vulnerable children in Swaziland

Our team heads out to Africa to aid a charity construction project

On Sunday 2 November 2014 six of our trainees/students/younger staff depart on a two week trip to Swaziland to carry out building work on a local community project.  The trip is Company funded but in part contributed to by the charitable endeavours of the staff involved. This is the first year we have run this scheme and the first of our lucky attendees are Adam Rohan, Andrew Millis, Charlie Saunders, Megan Forster, Scott Ward and Zoe Wickins. Erica Denman, as a seasoned veteran of this trip, will accompany the group as team leader.

The scheme is called “Build a Future” and is run by a charity called All Out Africa which organises a number of volunteer led projects in South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana and Swaziland.  Volunteers can assist with building, teaching, community work, sports development and conservation work.  In Swaziland a lot of the focus is on orphaned or vulnerable children who are an unfortunate result of increasingly high HIV infection rates.   Latest estimates are that 26% of the population are carriers (as a comparison, in the UK the reported figure is 0.2%)

The building work is tough as everything is done by hand from levelling the ground with a pickaxe, mixing up mortar with a spade and making bricks one by one using your body weight to compress the blocks and the sun to dry it all.  As an example the deluxe classroom & kitchen unit in the pictures below was made with the following tools:  3 happy volunteers, 1 local builder, 2 wheelbarrows, 2 trowels, 2 spades, 2 rakes, 1 machete, 1 pickaxe, 1 bit of mesh, 1 hammer, 2 sponges, 2 oil drums for access to up to the roof and wood used variously as scaffold, props, levellers, roof supports and beams.

Through Build a Future, volunteers have helped to build  a community centre, a classroom, several toilets and a shop unit amongst other equally venerable structures.  It is an extremely rewarding venture for both parties.  The children obviously have somewhere to eat, shelter, use a loo and learn but they also benefit a great deal from interaction with English speakers, be it a simple hug and hello or teaching them how to read the time.  As for the volunteers…well that’s simple….one can never appreciate how fortunate we are in the west until one sees these children, without anything  in the world, still smile, still play, still be happy.…and all because they now have a classroom in which to learn the alphabet.

All the very best to Adam, Andrew, Charlie, Erica, Megan, Scott and Zoe for the trip.

There is a computer at their hostel so will do our best to keep you updated on their adventure!

Пятница, 10th Октябрь 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:

Вторник, 7th Октябрь 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

Пятница, 25th Июль 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.

Вторник, 22nd Июль 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 (

Пятница, 23rd Май 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.

Понедельник, 14th Апрель 2014

Marathon Successes

James Bolton tackles the challenge of the 2014 London Marathon

One of Walter Lilly’s Surveyors, James Boulton successfully completed his first London Marathon on Sunday, 13th April 2014.

James says;  “My first marathon experience was brilliant.  Such a fantastic atmosphere, with great crowd support that gave a real boost to the runners.  Despite the heat, I managed to stick to my race plan pretty well, and only started to flag in the last couple of miles.  The whole day was a great experience, and made all those months of training worthwhile.”

Walter Lilly commends James on his excellent time of 4 hours 13 minutes – finishing within his target and raising in excess of £2,700.00 for The Alzheimer’s Society.

If you would like to sponsor James for his efforts, please do so via the following link;

In addition, one of our Site Managers, Russell Tinniswood undertook his 6th marathon on Sunday, 6th April in Brighton.  Running for ‘pure fun’ (his words, not ours!) his big game experience bagged him a completion time of 4 hours and 6 minutes; his fastest time yet – well done Russell!