Tony Battle Joins the NHBC Foundation Expert Panel
Tony Battle, our Joint Managing Director has recently been appointed to the NHBC Foundation Expert panel. The Expert panel was inaugurated in October 2013 and helps steer the work of the Foundation to ensure the correct priority areas and research projects are taken forward.
The NHBC Foundation was established in 2006 with a purpose to deliver high-quality research and practical guidance to help the house-building industry address the considerable challenges of delivering 21st-century new homes. The Foundation’s authoritative research publications have grown over the years into a major resource for practitioners and decision makers across the industry.
Its work has focused primarily on the sustainability agenda, risk management and the consumer. In addition to these areas the Foundation has more recently been giving priority to research on housing supply and work that leads to improved technical guidance for designers and house builders.
The NHBC Foundation is also involved in a programme of positive engagement with Government, development agencies, academics and other key stakeholders, focusing on current and pressing issues relevant to the industry.
Tony said, “I am pleased to bring over thirty years of construction experience to the NHBC Expert panel and a good insight into the challenges the industry faces, particularly from the SME point of view”.
ISO14001:2015 achieved first time
Following a recent independent assessment,we are pleased to announce that Kind & Company have successfully met the requirements of the internationally recognised ISO14001:2015 environmental management standard. As with the similar ISO9001 quality standard, this will help to formalise our approach to managing the business and in this instance, our environmental and sustainability activities going forward. It also recognises the effectiveness of our procedures and underlines our commitment to the continuous improvement of our environmental response.
Kind sponsor the Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019
Kind & Company is cementing its position as one of Waltham Forest’s significant employers by becoming a key partner and co-sponsor of the London Borough of Culture ‘Legends of the Forest’ volunteer programme for this high-profile year long event.
As a company we are aware of our position in the local community and see this as a major opportunity to raise our profile in our home borough. By focusing on the volunteering aspect, we believe Kind & Company can contribute to developing the skills base within the borough and build productive relationships that can help us expand on our own heritage.
Photo: Tony Battle with the leader of Waltham Forest Council and a group of volunteers
‘Legends of the Forest’ will be the beating heart of Waltham Forest’s year as the London Borough of Culture: it will be a vital component in delivering the year and embedding a strong legacy. The ambitious and multi-layered volunteering programme will seek to increase the rate of volunteering and civic participation in the borough during 2019 and beyond. It will form bonds between recent and established communities, build social prosperity and tackle exclusion.
The impacts of this year as the first London Borough of Culture will be seen and felt well beyond 2019. Waltham Forest’s lasting legacy from the LBoC 2019 will be to integrate cultural activity in all areas of borough life and put Waltham Forest on the map both in London and the UK. It will improve life chances for residents through culture by encouraging them to participate in civic and community life and to take part in career-developing opportunities.
The event offers three strands that allow all those wishing to volunteer to best utilise their time, skills and interests:
Skills development: opportunities that develop key skills and experience, helping people to fulfil
aspirations and develop their careers. These volunteers will receive more specific training, delivered by the host organisations. Opportunities will be targeted at young and unemployed people, and there will be links to Adult Learning Service and Employability services. Roles might include assistant stage
managers, volunteer supervisors, communications support and opportunities that are linked to
Happy to help: volunteering opportunities that everyone in the borough can get involved in, e.g.
stewards, way-finders, community gardeners. All volunteers will receive basic training about the
borough and the LBoC programme, as well as customer service, communication skills, security, and
diversity and accessibility awareness.
Providing expertise: individuals and employee teams will donate time and expertise to support
creative businesses linked to the LBoC programme through an employee volunteering scheme. This
may include accountancy, PR or social media support, as well as mentoring.
This year of vibrant events launches over the weekend of the 11th-13th January with two free
events: WELCOME TO THE FOREST, a massive audio-visual presentation on the facade of
Waltham Forest Town Hall and laser display NEST, in Lloyd Park. Everyone is welcome.
Full details of the these and other events throughout the year are available via the following links:
Christmas/New Year Shutdown
The Kind & Company Head Office, the Croydon office and the majority of sites will shut down for the Christmas/New Year period from 3pm on Friday 21st December 2018 until normal opening time on Monday 7th January 2018. During this time a skeleton staff may be operating on following dates: 27th~28th December 2018 and 2nd ~4th January 2019. Everyone at Kind & Company wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Commemorating the Armistice Centenary
As part of preparations for the Armistice centenary, Site Manager Danny Jones presented £500 to the North Stifford Village Group. We also laid concrete bases for new seating around the village war memorial. In addition to the Armistice activities, the money is contributing to other village events for the local community.
We are currently completing a new development of nine high specification, detached family homes in North Stifford. The roads containing these properties, Elvin Drive and Harrington Crescent, have been named after soldiers who fought in the 1914-1918 war.
Fellowes Road Houses Handed Over to Sutton Council
Kind & Company have handed over the first 15 of 93 new council homes to Sutton Council at an event attended by the Mayor of Sutton; council executives and members; representatives of the design and management teams; the Kind delivery team and the first two tenants allocated to the homes.
Following speeches by Joint Managing Director, Tony Battle and Cllr Jayne McCoy, the Mayor of Sutton, Cllr Steve Cook cut a ceremonial ribbon. Ceremonial keys were then passed to the tenants by Cllr McCoy.
Located on a previously derelict site adjacent to Fellowes Road, Carshalton, these were the first council houses built by the borough for over thirty years and in association with two other sites currently in progress, have set a high standard in both design and materials. Kind & Company have delivered on time, to budget and achieved a significant level of quality beyond the expectations of the client and the end users.
Tony Battle stated, “As an established London small-medium enterprise, this project together with the others we are undertaking for Sutton, illustrates how companies like Kind can play an important role in addressing the current affordable housing situation”.
He continued, “At the start of this process, the council highlighted effective partnership as an essential part of the delivery. This project has set a high benchmark in the way partnerships with all members of the team has operated, not least on the client side where the level of cooperation and understanding has been exceptional”.
Cllr Jayne McCoy,, said: “We are proud to be delivering the first new built council housing in Sutton for nearly 30 years. This project is all about providing high quality homes for those families unable to find affordable quality housing in the private sector. I would like to thank our contractors Kind & Co who have been a joy to work with. Using a smaller, locally based contractor has proved to be an excellent decision with much of the labour force being local, and making use of local suppliers.”
The development is a mix of two- and three-bedroom houses in three blocks, with two of the houses being wheelchair enabled. The houses are timber framed with traditional brick exteriors and meet high standards of energy efficiency. Tenants are taking possession immediately and all these houses are expected to be occupied within a few weeks.
Further information is available on the Sutton Council website [here]
Deputy Mayor of London Visits Two of Our Sutton Sites
As building work continues on Kind & Company’s projects for Sutton Council, the Deputy Mayor of London for Housing and Residential Development toured the new build council home sites on Wednesday 1st August to see the progress being made.
James Murray was given a tour of the new build sites at Fellowes Road in Carshalton and Alcester Road in Wallington. A third site in Richmond Green, Beddington, is also under construction.
James Murray, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development said: “Councils like Sutton have a vital role to play in building the homes London desperately needs, which is why the Mayor has launched the first ever City Hall programme dedicated to supporting council housing, helping get 10,000 new council homes underway over the next four years. It’s really exciting to see these new sites in Sutton, and we look forward to them providing much-needed new council homes for the local community.”
Tony Battle, Joint Managing Director of Kind & Company said, “It is important that local SMEs have the chance to participate in significant schemes such as these. Kind & Company are proving here that we have the skills, capacity and agility to deliver quality developments on time and to budget. Furthermore, being London based allows us access to a knowledgeable supply chain aware of the requirements of operating in London and the south-east.”
Cllr Dombey said: “Building these new high-spec homes is just one of the ways we are supporting our local community, young families and those that need new homes. Given the financial difficulties we face in financing, these 93 homes are no mean feat.”
The housing is designed by award-winning architect Bell Phillips and comprise a mix of one, two and three-bedrooms, suitable for families, including ten that are wheelchair accessible and tailored to an individual’s needs. The new homes will incorporate energy saving measures, such as solar panels.
Details of the three projects are available [here]
For more information from the council's point of view please visit: www.sutton.gov.uk/newcouncilhousing
Richmond Green 'Meet the Contractor'
Kind & Company in association with its client, the London Borough of Sutton recently held a 'Meet the Contractor' event at the Richmond Green site. Over 400 invitations were issued to local residents to come and view the site and meet representatives from the council and Kind. Interest was keen and we were able to answer questions and show some of the materials use in the construction.
It was very encouraging to hear a number of very positive comments made by the residents about the friendliness and courtesy shown by all the site staff.
High Score for Considerate Constructors Scheme
Site Manager James Bowyer and the delivery team on our Richmond Green project for the the London Borough of Sutton have achieved Performance Beyond Compliance with a score of 43/50 for their latest Considerate Constructors Scheme inspection. Kind & Company regularly achieves this standard across its sites and this score places us well above the current industry standard of 36/50. Well done to everyone involved.
The five key areas of the inspection are ‘respect for the community’; ‘care about appearance’; ‘protection of the environment’; ‘high levels of safety’ and ‘valuing the workforce’.
Further information about this project and others we are undertaking for the London Borough of Sutton can be found on the council website [Here]
Sutton Projects' Progress Recognised
Following a visit to the sites Kind are delivering for the London Borough of Sutton, the council has issued a press release highlighting the significant progress being made on the £20M+ contract . These are the first homes built by the council for nearly thirty years and along with the pride of being associated with such a significant project, this highlights the major role SME builders can play in delivering much needed housing to the capital.
The London Borough of Sutton's press release can be read [here]
Details of the three projects are available [here]
Photo: Alcester Road, Wallington
Kind Success at the Inaugural Builders' Conference Awards
Kind & Company is pleased to be named as a winners in the 'Excellence in Site Delivery' category at the recently held Builders' Conference Awards. The long established event at London's Savoy Hotel this year evolved into one more focused on celebrating successes from right across the construction sector .
The award for the Singlegate School project comes in addition to the recognition the company and delivery team received from the Considerate Contractors Scheme earlier in 2017 and illustrates the commitment we have to delivering quality performance.
Further details about the Builders' Conference and the awards is available [here]
Larkfield Extra Care Sheme is 'Topped Out'
As its spring 2018 completion date approaches, the new Martin Square extra care housing scheme reached a key milestone in the development last week, as the highest point of the structure was completed. Representatives of The Abbeyfield Kent Society and Kind & Company, came together on 7th November to mark the key milestone and place a tile on the roof to 'Top-Off' the project.
Joined by guests, including the Mayor of Tonbridge & Malling, donors, The Lawson Trust, after whom the building was named, invitees were taken on a tour of the building before placing the tile on the roof and warming up with a cup of tea, whilst hearing about the plans.
Once complete, Lawson House will comprise 74 one and two bedroom apartments, with on-site care and support available for over 55s. Twenty of the apartments will be reserved for veterans in need of support. Extra care housing was designed to enable older people to live independently in their own homes, with access to shared facilities and care and support on site.
l-r: Zach Miles (Chair, Abbeyfield Kent Society);
Cllr Roger Dalton (Mayor, Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council);
Bill Bassenger (Joint Managing Director); Philip Thomas (Chairman, The Lawson Trust);
Kevin Jones ( Site Manager).
LHC Schools and Community Buildings Framework Success
Following an intensive selection process which saw 282 applicants whittled down to a final group of 25, KInd & Company, as part of the Kind Diamond Build Consortium (KDC) successfully qualified for two Lots in the LHC Schools and Community Buildings framework. These are £0-£2M (new-build) in which we are one of two contractors covering the London area, and £2M-£4M (new-build and refurb) where we are one of three. Potentially worth £500M, the framework is due to run until 2021.
The LHC framework for schools and community buildings is available to all local authorities,housing associations and other public sector bodies in England, Wales and Scotland.
Fully OJEU compliant, this framework offers the provision of new build projects, extensions,refurbishment and associated works with a design service for school and community buildings projects. The following types of building can be provided through this framework:
• Education Buildings
• Healthcare Buildings
• Emergency Services Buildings
• Community Buildings
Kind & Company Sutton Projects Make Front Page News
A reflection of the significance of the projects Kind & Company is undertaking for the London Borough of Sutton came with a front page article on the Sutton Guardian. Click on the image below to read the full article.
Kind Fundraisers Pound the Streets for Cancer
Five members of our Croydon office recently undertook a 13km run to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK. The route, which started and finished at Airport House, visited each of the three sites we are undertaking for the London Borough of Sutton at Richmond Green, Century House and Ludlow Lodge. The runners also stopped off at the offices of Sutton Council en route. Refreshments were provided to the runners at each of the sites.
The run coincided with a men's health awareness event promoted by the council and with Kind & Company matching money contributed at and prior to the run, a total of £1,000 was raised.
l-r: Magda Schneider, Mike Olliff, Ben Deakin, Andre Foster, Joe Traina
A few weeks earlier, Communications Manager, Phil Polley undertook the overnight Shine17 walking marathon for Cancer Research UK. He completed the 26.2 mile course in just under eight and a half hours having started at 10.25pm and finishing at 6.49am the following morning. With donations from the company, colleagues and friends, Phil raised over £1,000 for the charity.
Turf Cutting Ceremony Officially Launches £20M+ Sutton Council Project
Kind & Company have hosted a turf cutting ceremony to mark the official start of building work on a milestone programme by Sutton Council to construct the borough's first new council houses in nearly 30 years.
The £20+ million new build programme will see 93 new homes delivered across three sites – in Alcester Road, Wallington; Fellowes Road, Carshalton; and Richmond Green, Beddington. The new build will offer a mix of one, two and three-bedroomed homes suitable for families, including ten that are wheelchair accessible. Over 90% will be affordable homes.
The ceremony was held on at the site of the former Ludlow Lodge in Wallington was attended by councillors and senior staff from Sutton Council, Sutton Housing Partnership (SHP), representatives of Kind & Company and other project delivery partners.
Announcing the start of the building phase, Cllr Jayne McCoy, Chair of Sutton Council’s housing committee, said: “This truly is a groundbreaking event. It’s been almost 30 years since the last council houses were built in the borough”.
Joint Managing Director of Kind & Company, Tony Battle said: “We are delighted to be working with Sutton Council on this project to deliver quality homes for local people.”
Cllr Jayne McCoy continued, “I am proud that we have demanded high quality design that will provide an excellent living environment for residents, enhances the local streetscape, and maximises the number of affordable homes to rent.”
Each site comprises the following accommodation:
The Fellowes Road site is scheduled to be completed in November 2018 with the remaining sites due for completion in December 2018 and early 2019.
- Alcester Road, Wallington: 57 flats (including six wheelchair accessible flats). 22 x one bedroom flats,
19 x two bedroom flats, 16 x three bedroom flats. 49 are for affordable rent and 8 for market rent
- Fellowes Road, Carshalton: 15 houses (including two wheelchair accessible). 11 x two bedroom houses, 4 x three bedroom houses. All 15 are for affordable rent.
- Richmond Green, Beddington, 21 houses (including two wheelchair accessible), 12 x two bedroom houses, 9 x three bedroom houses. All 21 are affordable housing units.
Further information is available on the Sutton Council Newsroom [here]
A data sheet illustrating the projects is available [here]
Ivor Goodsite Hoarding Competition 2017 Runners-up
Kind & Company, in conjunction with the Abbeyfield Kent Society and Lunsford Primary School in Larkfield, Kent have been named amongst the runners-up in the 2017 Ivor Goodsite Hoarding Competition run by the Considerate Constructors Scheme.
Based on the theme: Kent, Views from the Past, the paintings on MDF were completed by thirty children from Year 5 in their Tuesday art class before being mounted on our site hoarding. Working in six groups the children discussed the theme they would like to choose based on the chosen theme. Subjects chosen were: castles, beach huts, Spitfire aircraft, oast houses, the Invicta horse and an apple orchard. All children researched their theme together and had several attempts at sketching before enlarging it. They discussed each other’s strengths which would be used in the final drawing. They have loved this project. All have demonstrated that they feel special to be part of the project and are proud of their achievements. Further information is attached.
This project was fine example of our approach to community liaison during the construction phase of the project and one that adds to our commitment to improving the image of the industry. Thanks are extended to everyone involved in particular to Brewers Ltd who supplied the paint.
The St Martin's project in Larkfield is valued at £11.2M
and on completion will provide a 72 bedroom Extra Care facility for the Abbeyfield Kent Society (AKS).