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 £20M+ 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 £20M+. 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:
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:
- 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 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.
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
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
Click here for more information about the London Construction Programme
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]
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).
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.
Receiving this award underlines the importance Kind places on its position within the community and our desire to improve the image of construction.
Hall Grange Topped Out
At a low key ceremony held on Friday 10th April residents and staff at the existing Hall Grange care home in Croydon joined the Kind and MHA project teams to celebrate the completion of the phase 1 roof. Following a speech from MHA’s Development Director, Karl Hallows, and the taking of photos, several of the residents were escorted through the new building to view two typical show flats.
During the event various residents commented about the courteousness and consideration shown by the builders during the construction to date. The project is due for completion during 2016.
Avonmore Road project is shortlisted for RICS 2015
Following the success of the Forest Road Youth Hub in the 2014 RICS awards, another Kind project has been shortlisted in the RICS London Commercial category for 2015. The project, located in the largely residential Olympia and Avonmore Conservation Area, Kensington, created a modern headquarters building for the national charity, Independent Age. It utilises the shell of an existing derelict building with a new front section and a roof designed to maximise natural daylight and aid ventilation.
Further details about the project can be found [here]
and at the website of architect, 4orm [here]
Chrismas/New Year 2014-15
Our Head Office and the majority of sites will shut down for the Christmas period from 5pm on Friday 19th December 2014 until normal opening time on Monday 5th January 2015. Head Office will be open with a skeleton staff on the following dates:
Monday 22nd December
Tuesday 23rd December
Monday 29th December
Tuesday 30th December
Wednesday 31st December
Download our 2015 calendar (PDF) [here]
View our 2014 Christmas e-card
Ivydale Road wins prestigious National Housing Award
At a recent ceremony in the Lancaster Hotel, London our Ivydale Road project for Family Mosaic was named Best Small Development. The project encompassed 14 traditionally built ‘Victorian’ style four bedroom houses for mixed tenure housing for rental, shared ownership
and private sale.
The award criteria recognised the challenges faced when developing the scheme. These included that design and build quality was not compromised to achieve the levels of affordability and how the design features used made the most of the site potential as well as showing sensitivity to intimate neighbourhoods and surrounding area.
A project data sheet is available [here]
Further details about the Family Mosaic is available [here]
Further details about the National Housing Awards is available [here]
Penrhyn Grove appears on BBC London News
The Penrhyn Grove site in Waltham Forest was again the scene of media activity on May 20th as a team from BBC London TV News visited to record a feature about the self-build project. During the session, journalist and presenter Alice Bhandhukravi interviewed Joint Managing Director Tony Battle (pictured below) together with Luke Chandler of Circle Housing and several of the self-build residents. These residents are expected to take posession of their homes during summer 2014 to undertake the internal fit-out before moving finally taking occupation during winter 2014/15. Further information about the project is available [here]
Throughout 30th May short clips aired on BBC Breakfast and local news bulletins followed by a longer item during the early evening news at 1830.
Forest Road Youth Hub wins RICS Award
At a major presentation event on 22 May 2014, Forest Road Youth Hub was presented with the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) London Award for Community Benefit. In addition, the project also received the RICS London Project of the Year Award, beating fierce competition in the Community Benefit and all other categories to become the overall winner. The project will now go on to the the RICS National Awards in October.
Further information about the Forest Road Youth Hub project is available [here]
Ronnie Corbett marks the start of works at Hall Grange
Comedian Ronnie Corbett was the guest of honour at a turf cutting ceremony that launched a charity appeal for a Shirley care home run by national charity MHA. Ronnie and his wife Anne joined over 100 people at the ‘first cut’ ceremony at Hall Grange, marking both the start of its redevelopment by Kind & Company and the launch of the Hall Grange Appeal to help fund the work. The care home is about to be remodelled to offer 45 en suite rooms and communal facilities. The new care home will be linked to an adjacent retirement living community that will enable a further 23 residents to live independently in their own apartments, while having tailored care and assistance with daily tasks as they might require it.
Further information about the Hall Grange project is available [here]
Further information about MHA and the event is avaialable [here]
Media covereage from the Croydon Guardian is available [here]
Notting Hill Housing at 50
Members of Kind’s management team were fortunate to attend the closing event of Notting Hill Housing’s (NHHT) Golden Jubilee year. Hosted at the Electric Cinema, Notting Hill, the evening comprised a reflection of the achievements of NHHT throughout their existence and a focus on the organisation and its future challenges as a major supplier of social housing.
The invited audience were addressed by Chief Executive, Kate Davis, who highlighted some of the awareness and fundraising events undertaken during the last year and even featured a photo of our Joint Managing Director, Tony Battle, bidding farewell to the NHHT cyclists prior to their hugely successful charity ride from London to Paris in September. This challenge alone raised £102k for NHHT’s Emergency Hardship Fund.
Central to the event was a screening of Ken Loach’s hard hitting and thought provoking 1966 television play ‘Cathy Come Home’, which illustrated the plight of homelessness at that time and still resonates with many current situations.
Kind thanks NHHT for the opportunity to be part of their 50th celebrations and we offer our best wishes for their continued good works.
Further information about Notting Hill Housing and its activities can be found [here]
Whitmore Road featured in the Evening Standard - 8.1.2014
A feature on client/architect Trevor Horne and the residential-commercial property Kind & Company constructed for him in Whitmore Road, Hoxton was the subject af a two page spread in the Homes and Property supplement of the London Evening Standard.
The feature outlines the design rationale and highlights, the people living and working there and the involvement of Kind & Company in its construction.
A PDF copy of the article can be downloaded [Here]
The full supplement can be seen on the Evening Standard website [Here]
More detail about the Whitmore Road project is available [Here]
Further details about Trevor Horne Architects are available [Here]
BBC TV 'The One Show' - 7.1.2014
The North London group of self-builders being assisted by Circle Housing and Kind have appeared on the BBC One magazine programme 'The One Show'. The feature focused primarily on the residents, their training and aspirations. It also showed the current Penrhyn Grove site in Waltham Forest, proposed plans and an interview with Iain Taylor, the Circle Housing Regional Director of Development who explained Kind's role in the project.
The feature can be viewed on the BBC iPlayer for seven days from transmission. Click [here] to view
Christmas - New Year
The directors and staff offer their compliments of the season, wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year and we look forward to working with you during 2014.
Our Head Office and all sites will shut down for the Christmas period from 3pm on Friday 20th December 2013 until normal opening time on Monday 6th January 2014. Head Office will be open with a skeleton staff from Thursday 2nd January 2014.
Download our 2014 calendar (PDF) [here]
UPDATE - Helping north London residents to build their own futures
A camera team from the BBC One Show visited the site on the 16th December and undertook interviews with the self-builders, a representative of Circle Housing and the project architect. We are awaiting confirmation of a transmission date for the feature.
Helping north London residents to build their own futures
Kind & Company are working in partnership with the Circle Housing Group to help a group of north London tenants to build their own homes on a derelict garage site in Penrhyn Grove, Waltham Forest. For the project, valued at £1.6M, Kind is contracted to undertake the project management, site clearance, primary construction, external works and infrastructure, and is also providing a highly experienced Site Manager to guide the self-builders.
Despite having no previous experience of building, the local residents approached Circle Housing about taking on a self-build scheme and it was agreed that they would help to convert over 50 disused garages in to 10 high spec affordable homes. Nine families will attend classes at Waltham Forest College twice a week for the next four months to learn a range of practical skills from joinery to painting and decorating.
Tony Battle, Joint Managing Director stated, “following our the successful delivery of a previous self-build project and productive negotiations with Circle Housing, we are pleased to be working closely with all parties and bringing our extensive construction experience to such an innovative project and motivated group of people.”
Luke Chandler, Development Manager for Circle Housing said: “Self build can be immensely empowering for residents as it can give them the ultimate sense of pride in where they live. These residents have already shown tremendous dedication by sacrificing much of their free time. They have also shown a great willingness to learn new skills, which will be invaluable to them not just on this scheme but for the rest of their lives.”
The garages at Penrhyn Grove, which have become a haunt for anti-social behaviour, were demolished during December 2013.
The scheme is expected to be completed by the end of 2014 and residents will be on site by the summer once the structural building work is completed by Kind & Company. The residents will be responsible for the internal aspects of the homes such as fitting out the kitchens and putting in tiling and skirting boards.
Circle Housing Press Release [External Link]
The Guardian [External Link]
ITV London News [External Link]
www.24dash.com [External Link]
St Aubyn's School - Past, Present, Future
Members of the Kind Project Team joined staff and pupils from St. Aubyn's School, Woodford Green to witness the burial of a time capsule below the extension we arecurrently constructing. Following a speech by the Headmaster, School Council members from Pre Prep, Middle and Senior Schools attired in Wellies, hard hats and hi-vis waistcoats saw the capsule, jam packed with various school related items including a Kind & Company brochure and the project drawing package, lowered into a specially prepared space and covered.
Kind are currently constructing a two-storey steel frame extension with masonry walls and concrete floor to provide a new dining hall and kitchen facitities. Further details of the event and St Aubyn's School is available here <here>
Notting Hill to Paris by bike (update)
Having sponsored the Notting Hill Housing (NHHT) cycling team, Kind Joint Managing Director Tony Battle was there at City Hall to see them off on their epic 3-day fund-raising ride from London to Paris. Tony stated, "As a resolute spoke in Notting Hill’s construction wheel and part of the chain delivering its future, Kind & Company is determined to see the 50:50 campaign succeed in its aims to smooth rocky roads. We wish all the London to Paris participants good luck, a fair tailwind and a rapid, puncture free adventure.”
All money raised will go to supporting NHHTs Emergency Hardship Fund and the 50:50 Campaign. Information about the team's progress is available <here>
Notting Hill to Paris by bike
Kind have sponsored a team from new client, Notting Hill Housing (NHHT) who are cycling from London to Paris over three days from September 17th. The gruelling 200 mile ride will test their physical and mental limits and with the cyclists funding their trips themselves, all money raised will go to supporting NHHTs Emergency Hardship Fund and the 50:50 Campaign marking its 50th anniversary.
Further information about Notting Hill Housing, the 50:50 campaign and the cycle ride is available <here>
Brick Awards 2013
Our Whitmore Road project has been shortlisted for the 2013 Brick Awards in the Worldwide Brick Category. In their 37th year, the Brick Awards are run by the Brick Development Association and recognise excellence in design and construction using brick. Each year hundreds of entries are submitted and 16 prestigious trophies and more than 100 certificates are issued to the successful projects.
The winner will be announced at a ceremony held during late autumn 2013.
Further details about the Whitmore Road project are available <here>
Details about the Brick Awards and the Brick Development Association are available <here>
Tim Pegrum retires
After 35 years with Kind & Company and 45 years in the construction industry, Contracts Director, Tim Pegrum has chosen to retire. Tim made the following statement:
"After 35 years with Kind & Co I have decided to retire and will be leaving at the end of May 2013.
Little did I realise in 1978 when I joined as an inexperienced Projects Manager that I would ultimately become a director and shareholder. When I joined, the company had a turnover of £3 million, and has steadily grown to what is now a £30million company.
I have seen a lot of changes over the years, including several changes of ownership including a few early years under a venture capital organisation. The company was “bought back” by the management 20 years ago and has remained owner-managed since then. The overriding mantra has always been steady, controlled growth with careful top down but inclusive management. That policy has seen the company grow not only in size and value, but in stature and reputation. We have been through several periods of recession, but with careful management and financial control, making customer service an absolute priority, and with the invaluable loyalty of our staff and employees, we have come through each one looking optimistically towards the future.
We hope and believe we are nearing the end of the current recession. Having worked closely with the current joint MDs Bill Bassenger and Tony Battle on the Main Board since 2001, I am absolutely confident that Kind & Co is well prepared under their continuing leadership, aided in no small way by financial director Mark Jenkins, to meet the challenges of a post-recession economy with ability and enthusiasm.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my 35 years with Kind & Co; and my 45 years in the industry (if you start from my first Saturday job labouring on site). Construction is in my blood and I shall miss it, but I believe I have earned the right to hang up my hard hat at last.
To all my business colleagues, associates and friends; I wish you all well; and thank you for the contribution you have made to my working life, however great or small.
I hope you will continue that relationship with my successors at Kind & Co, and will benefit from it personally and professionally.
With my very best wishes,
The directors and employees of Kind & Company offer Tim our best wishes for the future and our sincere thanks for his considerable time and contributions in making us a success.
Usher Road Offices Cleared for Housing Development
10th May 2013 - Members of the project team joined employees and residents of Old Ford Housing Association for an event to mark the demolition of the association's old office building to make way for new housing. Speaches were made highlighting the heritage and future aspirations for the area by Old Ford Managing Director, June Morton, London Borough of Tower Hamlets' Service Head, Strategy, Innovation & Sustainability, Development & Renewal, Jackie Odunoye and Kind Joint Managing Director, Tony Battle.
The £1.4M scheme involves the clearance of the existing office building and car park and replacement by eight traditionally built houses to Code for Sustainable Homes level 4 standard (CSH4) plus landscaping and associated works. The expected completion is due during spring 2014.
Further information about the project is available <here>
Further information about Old Ford Housing Association is available <here>
Chartered Institute of Housing South Eastern Conference 2013
Kind & Company will be attending the 2013 CIH Conference to be held at the Hilton Brighton Metropole from 5th - 7th March 2013. If you are attending and have a project you would like to discuss or would like to learn more about Kind & Company please contact Gemma Gallagher (Tel: 07813 152059 or Email: email@example.com) to arrange a meeting.
Further information about the conference is available <here>
Kenbrook House shortlisted for 2013 Pinders Heathcare Design Award
Kind & Company are proud to see Kenbrook House shortlisted in the Care Home Regeneration category of the Pinders Healthcare Design Awards. The winner will be announced at a lunch held at Lord's Cricket Ground on the 21st March.
More information about Kenbrook House is available <here>
A copy of the submission by architect, Tooley & Foster can be viewed <here>
Further information about the client, MHA Care,
can be found <here>
A submission was also made for Alexandra House, Dovercourt comprising of both new-build together with remodelled and refurbished elements. Unfortunately on this occasion the project did not make the shortlist.
More information about Alexandra House new-build is available <here> and the refurbished <here>
A copy of the submission by architect, Tooley & Foster can be viewed <here>
Tea of a Kind
Kind & Company site staffwere treated to tea and biscuits provided by London Olympic and Paralympic Games volunteers in a feature for BBC TV's One Show. A rather damp recording took place on one of our local sites yesterday afternoon and at the time of writing we believe the feature is part of an interview with Lord Coe due for transmision this evening - 28th November, 7pm, BBC One.
We understand the theme of the light-hearted feature is to highlight the voluntary aspect of the Olympics and Paralympics and how it could impact on everyday life. Additional recording took place on an early commuter train into London and a supermarket so it is currently unclear how it will be edited and presented, but every effort was made to get the Kind logo in front of the camera, including an interview with Site Manager, Ben Bendelow.
EDIT: We did indeed feature at about 29 minutes into the programme. The whole show will be available on the BBC iPlayer until the evening of Wednesday 5th December - Click <here> for link
Kind 'spotted' on TV again
Following the coverage we recently received on Channel 5's 'Trucks and Trailers' the Kind & Company logo made an appearance on the BBC4's 'London: A tale of two cities' when historian Dan Cruickshank was filmed in Covent Garden in front of one of our site cabins. The programme is currently available on the BBC iPlayer - See if you can spot us.
Site and Head Office teams abseil for YMCA
On a blustery 9th June Kind directors and employees descended the 120 feet high Forest YMCA Tower as part of a major fund raising event for the charity. Final figures for the amount raised are not yet available but the whole event is expected to raise over £10,000. More details are available from the Forest YMCA website <here>. Kind & Company are the official Corporate Event Sponsors for Forest YMCA.
Building Future Education Exhibition
Together with an estimated 2500 people from the Education sector, Kind & Company will be attending the 2012 Building Future Education Exhibition (formally BSEC), being held at the Business Design Centre, Islington on 9-10th May.
The exhibition aims to offer a good understanding of the future of construction in education - including information on funding and government policies; and for the first time it will also offer a new insight into University buildings and Colleges.
If you are attending and would like to discover how our experience, skills and people can bring your project to life please get in touch.
Please follow <this link> should you wish for further details on this event:
Looking forward with Look Ahead
Kind & Company have this week started work on the £1.7M refurbishment of Hopkinson House in Vauxhall Bridge Road for Look Ahead Housing. This project sees us once more in close co-operation with one of our long standing clients as the existing offices and accommodation across two floors will be stripped out and refitted as self contained residential units. New electrical installations, heating and hot water will be installed into each unit and the communal areas.
Externally, general maintenance to windows, roof and external walls will be undertaken and the central courtyard will be cleared and completely refitted to a new landscape architect designed specification. Residents will remain in occupation for the duration of the project.
Hopkinson House sits within the Vincent Square Conservation Area and was originally constructed between 1890 and 1910 as nurses’ accommodation.
Joint Managing Director, Tony Battle, stated, “We have delivered many projects for Look Ahead and it is a pleasure to be working with them once more”.
Practical completion achieved at Kilburn
Kind & Company have received the Statement of Practical Completion from the architect of the 146-162 Kilburn High Road/Kingsgate Place project. We are proud that this major project valued at over £10M has been well received by the client, their team and the end users.
Further information is available <here>
Kind & Company and Forest YMCA Event Sponsorship
A presentation on Wednesday 14th March 2012 saw the formal commencement of a three year agreement for Kind & Company to become Corporate Events Sponsor for Forest YMCA (FYMCA). The partnership will allow Forest YMCA to implement a programme of fundraising events which will generate income and raise awareness of the charity. Money raised through the partnership will go towards refurbishing Forest YMCA’s main hostel, which opened in 1969 and is the largest direct access hostel in London.
Tony Battle, Joint Managing Director of Kind stated, "We have always been justly proud of our ability to engage positively with our local community regardless of wealth, age, gender or ethnicity. Over the years we have contributed practically and financially to local charities, to education and healthcare organisations and to churches of many denominations. Therefore, when we were approached by Forest YMCA to become their Corporate Events Sponsor it made absolute sense to channel our support into a single entity that whilst locally focused, has global recognition and an ethos that breaks down boundaries and reflects our own values. We are looking forward to working with them."
Left to right: Bill Bassenger (Kind Joint Managing Director); Harriet Panting (FYMCA Trustee); Tim Pain (FYMCA Chief Executive); Tony Battle (Kind Joint Managing Director)
The first fundraising event which will be taking place thanks to Kind’s generosity will be the Forest YMCA Abseil on Saturday 9 June 2012. To enter visit www.forestymca.org.uk/abseil or contact The Fundraising Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8509 4632.
Piccadilly Circus site featured on Channel 5 TV series
In August 2011 during the decommissioning phase of the iconic Picadilly Circus electronic signage, a TV crew visited our site following high profile haulier Eddie Stobart for a documentary series. During their visit several aspects of the decommissiong process were filmed together with interviews with project staff.
The edited programme was ultimately transmitted for the first time on Friday 2nd March 2012.
The documentary highlights some of the challenges present with city centre working and demonstrates how Kind & Company utilises its experience and the knowledge of our supply chain to successfully deliver projects under the most testing of conditions.
The new Piccadilly Circus electronic displays were installed and fully commissioned to meet the crucial December deadline set by the end users.
More information about the project is available <here> and Series 3, Episode 1 of the documentary, 'Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers' is available to view
on demand from the Channel 5 website <here>
Chartered Institute of Housing South-East Conference
The Kind & Company management and business development team will be attending the Chartered Institute of Housing: South-East conference being held at the Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel from the 6th - 8th March 2012. Please feel free to contact us if you wish to learn more about Kind & Company, our experience and how we may benefit your project.
Tony Battle: Joint Managing Director - Email: email@example.com - Tel: 07970 270634
Gemma Gallagher: Business Development - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org - Tel: 07813 152059
Further details about the CIH-SE conference is available <here>
Lord True opens the Windham Croft Centre
Members of Kind management and project teams attended the official opening of the £1.4M Windham Croft Children’s Centre in Richmond upon Thames on the 11th January 2012.
Opened by Lord True, the leader of Richmond Council, the project involved a two storey new-build extension to existing centre; significant refurbishment; a new reception and entrance; a new three-bedroom flat to offer overnight stays for children with disabilities; multi-activity rooms; an external play area and offices.
Logistically the project was undertaken with sensitive regard to the close proximity of centre staff and vulnerable children in addition being located adjacent to parkland and a residential area. Our success in understanding and responding to this environment earned Site Manager, Tony Rapley a 'Performance Beyond Compliance' accreditation from the Considerate Constructor's Scheme. The work was undertaken between January and October 2011.
The Windham Croft Centre for Children provides vital support and services to children with disabilities. Further information about the Centre project is available here.
The Windham Croft project team
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Christmas/New Year Shutdown 2011-2012
Our sites will close on Friday 23 December and reopen on Monday 9 January 2012.
Head Office will be open with a skeleton staff from Wednesday 4th January 2012.
Download a copy of our 2012 calendar
Lord Lietenant of Essex cuts at the Marillac
A warm November morning marked the official commencement of the combined Marillac Centre refurbishment and new-build project. The focal point for this was the attendance of the Lord-Lietuenant of Essex to make the first ground cut.
Following a brief reception the party of Lord Petre, The Lord-Lieutenant of Essex; Andrew Casey, the Chief Executive of the Marillac; and Tony Battle, our Joint MD, were joined by staff and residents at an area adjacent to the site to witness the first cut.
The the project involves converting existing conventional bathrooms into wet rooms. Alongside this we are constructing a single storey extension block with eight bedsits and three diasbled access cottages.
Situated in Brentwood, Essex, the Marillac is a not for profit independent care home owned, maintained and administered by the Sisters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul, a Roman Catholic religious community founded to serve the physical and spiritual needs of people of all beliefs and cultures. It provides accommodation for persons who require nursing or personal care and treatment for disease, disorder or injury.
New projects starting in the second half of 2011
A clutch of successful summer tenders has delivered a selection of varied and high profile projects for Kind & Company. These draw upon our vast experience and transferable skills whilst showcasing our proven supply chain partners and our ability to deliver across several market sectors.
The projects include:
Covent Garden refurbishment
Piccadilly Circus sign replacement
Alexandra House care home refurbishment
Westminster Bridge Road flats and commercial
Churchfield School extension
Cole Street refurbisment
Please click on the titles above to access data sheets for these projects
RSPB Marshland Discovery Zone wins RIBA 2011 Award
The Kind & Company constructed RSPB Marshland Discovery Zone has been included in the 2011 RIBA Awards list. Originally constructed in 2008 the centre recognises the value of using sustainable materials to create a stimulating, practical and sympathetic study environment.
The zone lies within the RSPB Aveley Marsh Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). As a result the works were undertaken with the close co-operation of RSPB experts to ensure minimal disruption to the
The project involved the installation of viewing and sanitary facilities constructed from adapted shipping containers mounted on timber piles and interconnected with timber boardwalks.
Further information about the project is available here
Further information about the RIBA awards is available here
Medialink to guardian.co.uk
is available here
Head Office Shut Down: 27 April 2011
The Kind & Company Head Office will be closed on Wednesday 27th April 2011 whilst essential electrical work is carried out by UK Power Networks. The office will re-open for normal business on Thursday 28th April 2011. All sites will remain open as normal.
Building and Schools Exhibition 2011
Kind & Company will be exhibiting at the 2011 Building and Schools Exhibition to be held at the London Excel Centre on the 23rd and 24th Februrary. We will be available to discuss your requirements, our skills base and our successfully completed projects. Stand Number: 640
Further details about the exhibition and free registration is available here
Christmas and New Year 2010-2011
Kind & Company offices will be closed from Friday 24 December 2010 and re-open on Tuesday 4 January 2011. We wish everyone the compliments of the season and look forward to working with you in 2011.
View our eCard
Download a copy of our 2011 calendar
Kind & Company achieve ISO9001 accreditation
During early August 2010 Kind & Company was assessed and successfully passed the criteria to become an ISO9001 accredited company. The assessment was carried out by the British Accreditation Bureau.
Venn Street Topping Out Ceremony
7th July 2010. Directors and staff of Kind & Company were joined by clients representatives and architects to celebrate the reinstallation of the original 1909 Windsor Works title stone into the new building being constructed.
The Venn Street project is a four storey plus basement housing development