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Turf Cutting Ceremony Officially Launches £28M 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 £28 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:

  • 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.
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.

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).


 

More Performance Beyond Compliance

Following the achievement of winning a 2017 Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) Bronze award for Singlegate School, the succesful team are at it again with their current project, this time in the heart of London's prestigious Mayfair district. Site Manager Tony Rapley has just received another 'Performance Beyond Compliance' certificate for a multi-site refurbishment project in Hays Mews and Chesterfield Hill, London W1.

Comments received from CCS state, "You have been awarded ‘excellent’ (8) scores in all sections which demonstrate the highest industry standards. We congratulate the site team on this score". Furthermore, "We propose in this instance by way of encouragement to increase the score for this [Appearance] section to 9 (exceptional)".

The £2M project comprises high specification refurbishment of three separate flats within a couple of minutes’ walk of each other. Two of the flats are above garages and the other is a maisonette on the top floor of an occupied block. The area has restricted access and is relatively quiet with no heavy traffic or pedestrian presence. Completion is scheduled for late summer 2017.

 

Kind & Company wins £28M housing contract in Sutton

Kind & Company, through its London Construction Programme (LCP) consortium vehicle, KDC, is pleased to announce it has been contracted to deliver three significant housing projects to the London Borough of Sutton with a combined value of £28M. The sites all utilise land that no longer performs its original purpose and would benefit from regeneration. These are located at Alcester Road, Wallington; Richmond Green, Beddington and Fellows Road, Carshalton.

On completion, there will be a total of 93 homes. These comprise of two and three bedroom houses and one, two and three bedroom flats. The largest of the three projects is on the current Ludlow Lodge site which will ultimately hold fifty-seven flats in five blocks. Completion of all three projects is expected during 2018-2019.

Joint Managing Director of Kind & Company, Tony Battle said, “This is good news for the company and the borough. Collectively, this contract is the largest we have undertaken in our seventy year history although the nature and value of each site falls well within our experience”.

The London Borough of Sutton stated, "Sutton Council is delighted to be building much needed affordable council homes for local people across the borough. We are pleased to be working together with Kind & Company who have a wealth of experience.”

Details of the developments are as follows:

Ludlow Lodge, Alcester Road, Wallington comprises of a mix of one, two and three bedroom flats. Built upon a concrete frame structure, the flats are arranged in five blocks with a centralised CHP heating and will be surrounded by landscaped gardens.



Richmond Green, Beddington comprises 12 two-bedroom houses, two of which are wheelchair accessible, plus 9 three-bedroom houses. The new properties face on to the River Wandle and established green space. They will be of traditional construction and include solar PV panels.



Century House, Fellowes Road, Carshalton comprises 11 two-bedroom houses, two of which are wheelchair accessible plus 4 three-bedroom houses. These will be timber frame construction and include solar PV panels.
All three sites require demolition, clearance and enabling works prior to construction.



Acceptance on to the LCP framework recognises the service Kind & Company has delivered to its clients over many years.  This contract with the London Borough of Sutton is a reward for the initiative, skills and experience being shown daily across our sites and should strengthen our position going forward.

 

Kind & Company opens a new office in Croydon

After more than seventy years serving the people, authorities and businesses of London and the South-East from our Leytonstone Head Office, a series of significant contract awards totaling over £40M in south London, Kent and Surrey have prompted the company to open a new office in Croydon. Based in the iconic Airport House, Purley Way, our team of Projects Managers, Surveyors and support staff will be well located to control these projects and drive the company’s planned organic expansion into the southern M25 corridor and adjacent areas.

The well-equipped office has communication and IT links to our head office in Leytonstone, including the procurement, accounting and estimating teams and our PAS91 approved supply chain. The project team based in the Croydon office has considerable experience in managing major projects specifically in south London and the southern Home Counties.

Joint Managing Director, Tony Battle said, “This is a significant move for the company. Having an office close to major projects in this area will enable improved efficiencies, clearer decision making and status tracking. These are exciting times for us.”

The address of the new office is:
Office 137
Airport House
Purley Way
Croydon
CR0 0XZ

The contact phone number will be the same as Head Office: 020 8539 6923.

The map below highlights our existing area of operation and the extended southern area the new office will serve.

 

Further Considerate Constructors Scheme Success for Singlegate School

The Singlegate Primary School project team has won Bronze in the Considerate Constructors Scheme 2017 National Site Awards.

The award citation states, “This site has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to improving the image of construction through adhering to the Scheme’s five-point Code of Considerate Practice - Care about Appearance; Respect the Community; Protect the Environment; Secure everyone’s Safety; Valuing their Workforce.” It continues, “The site was a credit to Kind & Co (Builders) Ltd and to the site team.”

Team representatives Brad Bendelow, Tony Rapley and Viktor Radko received the award at a special luncheon at the Plasterers’ Hall in the City of London on the 28th March 2017.

This award recognises the importance Kind & Company places on its community, its people and the environment. We extend thanks to everyone involved with the project.

Further information about the Singlegate Primary School project is available [here]
Futher information about the Considerate Constructors Scheme is available [here]

 

Kind are confirmed as Network Homes Framework Agreement members

Following a comprehensive assessment period, Kind & Company has been accepted onto the Network Homes Framework Agreement. At a presentation and workshop attended by all the successful contractors, Tony Battle, Joint Managing Director of Kind & Company (fourth from the left) is joined by Network Homes Directors David Gooch (Commercial); Paul Haines (Costruction & Regeneration); Vicky Savage (Executive Director of Development) and Ed Badke (Development).

The framework will run until 2020. Vicky Savage, Executive Director of Development said: “Network Homes has secured some of the best firms in the sector to help deliver our ambitious development programme and I am looking forward to working with them over the coming months and years to complete a variety of projects. I am confident the firms will work closely with us to produce award winning developments which our customers will feel proud to live in.”

In response, Tony Battle stated, " Network Homes have an ambitious programme of developments and I am enthusiastic that Kind & Company is part of this framework and have the opportunity to make a significant contribution to realising their objectives".

More information about Network Homes is available [here]

 

Kind are the featured Builders Conference Contractor of the Month

Kind & Company has had a productive year in 2016. This has been topped off with us being featured as the Builders' Conference Contractor of the Month in December. Please follow the link below to discover more about our highlights, people and projects.

Click [here] to read the article from the the Builders' Conference Magazine 'Inside Costruction'
Click [here] to discover more about the Builders' Conference

 

Local councillor welcomes more affordable homes in Romford

Havering Council and East Thames have celebrated the completion of more new affordable homes in the borough. Councillor Damian White, Deputy Leader of Havering Council, joined the housing association and its construction partner Kind & Company, for a tour of the new development in Romford.

The collection of 13 affordable new homes, known as Fresco, has been built on the site of the former sheltered housing facility at Delderfield House, just north of the town centre. To ensure the scheme helps local people to take their first step onto the housing ladder, all the homes have been offered for sale through the shared ownership scheme to buyers living or working in Havering.

Kind & Company worked with award-winning architects BPTW to design a modern, high quality scheme providing a range of two and three bedroom timber-framed family houses, all of which benefit from a private garden and car parking space.
The project, which completed in September, was funded by East Thames with support from the Mayor of London.
Cllr White said: “We are striving to meet our commitment to provide the housing the borough, and the capital needs. This is another example of partnership working delivering affordable housing for those who need it.”

East Thames Executive Director of Development, Sales & Asset Management, Trevor Burns, said: “East Thames is committed to working closely with Havering Council to provide high quality affordable housing to meet the needs of local people. We’re delighted to have delivered another great project in the borough following the successful completion of our Kings Park development in Harold Wood last year, and look forward to continuing our fruitful partnership on future developments in Havering.”

Joint Managing Director of Kind & Company, Tony Battle said: “Fresco is a credit to the community. It demonstrates the value of engaging local contractors like Kind & Company in a culture of trust and collaboration to deliver outstanding good quality affordable homes. There is a real sense of satisfaction when we can positively transform underutilised land such as this.”

L-R. Trevor Burns, Tony Battle, Cllr Damian White

Further information about the Delderfield project is available [here]

 

Lord Lieutenant of Kent marks the official start of St Martin's, Larkfield

The Lord Lieutenant of Kent, Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling and a host of guests including the Kind & Company project team and Joint Managing Director, Tony Battle, joined The Abbeyfield Kent Society to celebrate work starting on site for its new extra care housing scheme in Larkfield.

Guests of the charity and housing association gathered at the site on 20th September, to celebrate work commencing on the project, which will comprise 74 one and two bedroom apartments with care and support for older people. The contract is valued at approximately £11.2M and is scheduled for completion during winter 2017/18.

Twenty of the apartments, which are being constructed in Martin Square, will be reserved for veterans and/or their spouses, providing much needed care, compassion and companionship to those in need.

Extra care housing enables over 55s to maintain independence and continue living in their own self-contained apartment, whilst having their care and support needs met on site, accessing an excellent range of onsite facilities and embracing a community focused environment.

Further information about the Abbeyfield Kent Society and the St Martin's, Larkfield project is available [here]

An extract from the Abbeyfield Kent in-house magazine 'AKS Times', is available [here]

 

1C The Drive Project Focus

Kind & Company would like to introduce you to our project focus case study. This is the first of an occasional feature that offers an in-depth view of one of our projects early in its development, highlighting significant features and courting the views and opinions of the client.

For this issue, we are focusing on 1C The Drive, a development of twenty high specification residential apartments in Walthamstow for one of the country’s oldest charitable organisations, the Walthamstow and Chingford Almshouse Charity (WCAC).

We are particularly pleased to be undertaking this project as it sits within our own London Borough of Waltham Forest and cements our own longstanding links with the local community.

We hope you enjoy reading this case study. If you would like to discover more about the project and the other work currently being undertaken by us, or have potential projects in which we may be interested, then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Click [here] to read the project focus.

 

Singlegate Primary School is more than just a cup of tea

Pupils at Singlegate Primary School in the London Borough of Merton recently received a runners-up award in the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) 'Ivor Goodsite' Hoarding Competition. Over the last twelve months the Kind & Company project team developed a good relationship with the staff and students. Amongst several activities, safety talks were given by the Site Manager and the site achieved CCS Performance Beyond Compliance status.

As part of the regular liaison, it was suggested that the site be entered for the 2016 Ivor Goodsite Hoarding Competition.  The school identified a theme and Kind & Company Site Manager, Tony Rapley facilitated the donation and production of materials.

The Theme: Britain, More Than Just A Cup Of Tea
Singlegate Primary School takes great pride in promoting the fundamental British values and the title, ‘Britain, More Than Just A Cup Of Tea’ expresses the children’s active involvement in a broad and balanced education based on Britain's most valued attributes, including:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty and mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

The hoarding decoration
It was decided that the theme could be interpreted by a series of individual two-dimensional teacups cut from MDF by the Kind & Company team and painted by the children. The teacups celebrate the values outlined in the theme by portraying Britain's historical people, its landscapes and traditions, which are constantly valued in the school and community. ​The designs on each teacup were decorated by the children in Years 3-6 on Tuesdays after school. These were then screwed to the hoarding with a view to transferring them to the new school extension on completion.

At a special assembly the artists were presented with medals and certificates from the CCS.

The artistic team
The artistic team


The Kind site team
The Kind site team

 

Housing Design Awards shortlists two Kind & Company projects

As confirmation of the high status of project Kind are undertaking, it was pleased to see both Hitchin Square and Marcon Place shortlisted in the 2016 Housing Design Awards.

The awards, which can be traced back to 1947, recognise outstanding housing design and are genuinely a cross industry partnership between various arms of government, the private sector and all key professional institutions. Developments may consist of private or public-sector new build (and any combination of), conversion or renovation schemes in England, provided they are of four or more dwellings.

Further detail about the Housing Design Awards is available [here]

Project data sheets for Hitchin Square and Marcon Place may be downloaded by clicking on the project name.

 

Hall Grange Phase 1 Handed over to MHA

Kind & Company has successfully handed over phase one of the Hall Grange care home to MHA. The two and three storey building comprising of 45 bedrooms, communal areas and staff facilities was constructed adjacent to the current building. Capacity has been increased by nine residents over the existing home which is currently being demolished ready for the development’s next phase.

The whole project has been finished to a high specification, all bedrooms have en-suite facilities and are equipped with a modern communications infrastructure. The design has also made provision for high dependency dementia care residents.
Communal areas include kitchenettes, a coffee bar, lounges, dining rooms, an activity room, landscaped gardens with level access paths and a secure multi-sensory garden. A high reliance on natural daylight and views on to the gardens has been achieved for the majority of rooms. Some elements of the original buildings including stained glass windows, oak panelling and fire surrounds have been reclaimed, conserved and incorporated into the new establishment.

Plans for Phase 2 are progressing with strip-out in preparation for demolition over the course of March and April.

Hall Grange Phase 1

 

Kind and the London Construction Programme (LCP)

At a launch even on the 1st February 2016 Kind & Company and Diamond Build, two well respected and long established London based construction companies officially unveiled a special consortium to service the requirements of the four year London Construction Programme (LCP).

The Kind Diamond Build Consortium (KDC) has been successful in qualifying for twenty-five of the thirty available lots covering both new-build and refurbishment works in the Housing sector across all value bands (£100k to ≥£5m) coupled with new-build and refurbishment in the Education & Other sector (£100k to <£5M).

KDC is well placed to exceed the LCP objectives of achieving efficiencies through a well tried approach to collaboration that includes the design team and integrated supply chain. Quality and flexibility are maintained whilst driving down costs by standardising processes and components.

Both companies currently deliver projects across all values, sectors, types and locations covered by the LCP, but in setting up the consortium the logical division of work favours Kind & Company for the high value band (≥£5M) and Diamond Build for low value band (£100k to <£1M). Projects in the centre band (≥£1M to <£5M) will be shared equally.

Outside of the LCP both companies will continue to operate independent of each other.

Click here for more information about KDC

KDC logo

Click here for more information about the London Construction Programme

LCP logo

 

Chrismas/New Year Shutdown 2015-16

Kind Head Office and the majority of sites will shut down for the Christmas period from 3pm on Friday 18th December 2015 until normal opening time on Monday 4th January 2016.

The everyone at Kind & Company wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Download our 2016 calendar (PDF) [here]

 

Tabernacle Street makes RIBA London winners list
Further recognition of the quality and variety of the projects Kind delivers has come from the Royal Institution of British Architects (RIBA). It was annouced last night (October 15th) that our Tabernacle Street project had been included as a winner in the London category of the 2015 RIBA Awards.

Further information is available [here]

 

Highly Commended Hitchin Square
Following on from the prize-winning Ivydale Road in the 2014 National Housing Awards, Kind have once again delivered a successful project with recognition in the 2015 Awards Best Small Development category - Hitchin Square, London E3.

The project comprised of the demolition of the existing garage block and the construction of six houses, alterations and improvements of the local open space and roads. It is predicted to achieve Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4.

Further information about the project is available [here]
Further information about the awards can be found [here] (External site)

Building Big in Berners Street
Kind & Company has recently started work on a multi-million pound project demolish 41-44 Berners Street London W1 and replace it with a striking new seven storey office and retail scheme, incorporating a Portland stone façade and bronze windows. It will provide approximately 22,000 sq ft (2,043 sq m) of offices and approximately 5,300 sq ft (492 sq m) of retail, showroom or restaurant accommodation on the ground and lower floors.

A data sheet containing a brief project overview is available [here]
Further information about the project is available [here] (External site)

Penrhyn Grove/Headway Gardens Media Coverage
Following completion of the Penrhyn Grove 'self-build' project, it has received further media coverage and adopted its final name - Headway Gardens.

A feature explianing the project with quotes from self-builders appeared in the London Evening Standard in print and online Friday 5th June 2015. The online version included a video interview with the self-builders which was also featured by the community TV station, London Live. View the Evening Standard feature [here].

Further coverage of the story appeared in the Waltham Forest Guardian. View the feature [here]

The project illustrates of how we are working with multiple stakeholders to radically improve existing communities. In partnership with the Circle Housing Group, Kind helped this group of north London tenants to build their own homes on a deralict garage site adjacent to Penrhyn Grove, Waltham Forest.  For the project, valued at £1.6M, Kind was contracted to undertake the project management, site clearance, primary construction, external works and infrastructure, and also provide a highly experienced Site Manager to guide the self-builders. Kind’s role was to initially complete structural building work and infrastructure to first fix with the self-build group completing second fix such as kitchens, skirting boards and interior decoration. Ultimately, Kind maintained a presence throughout and completed several elements to maintain momentum and hit specific deadlines.

Having no previous experience of building, the residents group approached Circle Housing about taking on a self-build scheme and it was agreed that they would undertake the project and attend classes at Waltham Forest College twice a week to learn a range of practical skills from joinery to painting and decorating. Further information about the project, the people and Circle Housing can be read [here]

A data sheet illustrating the project can be downloaded [here]

 

Marking Time at Nightingale School
Kind & Company employees and other project team members recently joined staff and past and present students of Nightingale Primary School to mark the imminent completion of a new classroom block with the interment of a time capsule.  Following speeches from past pupil Mary Seymour and Headteacher Caz Langbridge, the capsule containing contemporary school items was buried adjacent to the new £400k single storey extension and play areas. A permanent marker will be installed for future generations to find the capsule. Coverage of the time capsule event appeared in the Waltham Forest Guardian [here]

Nightingale School Time Capsule

In a separate competition to design site health and safety awareness posters, two students received £25 gift cards in recognition of their winning designs. The judges considered the quality of all entries to be high, but the winners had best captured the essence of the challenge and understood the necessity of site safety.  Congratulations to both.  Photographed here (left to right) are Sailesh Bhudia (Project Manager), Danny Jones (Site Manager), Caz Langbridge (Headteacher), the prize winners and Gemma Gallagher (Kind & Company, Business Development).

Nightingale Safety Comp

 

Covering the whole of London with the LCP
Kind & Company with consortium partners Diamond Build operating under the title of Kind Diamond Build Consortium (KDC), have succeeded in qualifying for twenty-five of the thirty lots available in the LCP (London Construction Programme)’s forthcoming £4bn major works Framework Agreement.

The LCP was set up by a group of Local Authorities to improve construction procurement, deliver projects more efficiently and achieve better value for money. The types of projects covered by this framework include various sectors, but are not limited to, Housing, Education, Leisure, Commercial, Environmental etc.

Tony Battle, Joint Managing Director of Kind stated, “This decision will give Kind access to projects in every single London borough and recognises our position as a long established successful London builder.”   He continues, “With the framework being available to other public sector organisations and registered social landlords this is a major step forward in streamlining the procurement process across our client base.” 

The turnover potential of this framework is considerable and should provide Kind & Company opportunities for stable and considered organic growth throughout the duration.

The framework agreement is programmed to operate until 2019.

 

Considerate Constructors Scheme Success
Site Manager, Lawrence Doyle has won Bronze in the Considerate Constructors Scheme 2015 National Awards for his time on the Greenwich Church Street project. The award recognises the Scheme’s five-point Code For Considerate Practice - Care about Appearance; Respect the Community; Protect the Environment; Secure everyone’s Safety; Valuing the Workforce.

CCS Bronze

Receiving this award underlines the importance Kind places on its position within the community and our desire to improve the image of construction.

 

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