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SAFEcontractor Logo Welbro Project Management Limited is one of the latest group of successful companies to join a leading edge scheme, designed to help industry improve its safety record. The Hampshire-based firm recently received accreditation from SAFEcontractor, a programme which recognises very high standards of health and safety practise amongst UK contractors. The company’s application for SAFEcontractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business.

"We found that increasingly the sort of companies and organisations that we wanted to work for were asking for SAFEcontractor accreditation so we set out to achieve this as a priority" said Graham Alexander Sales & Marketing Director

SAFEcontractor accreditation is expected to enhance the company’s ability to attract new contracts and its commitment to safety will be viewed positively by its insurers when the company liability policy is up for renewal. SAFEcontractor is applicable to most sectors although it is particularly relevant to food manufacture, property, facilities management, retail and leisure sectors, all of which are big users of contract services.

John Kinge, Head of Risk at SAFEcontractor said, "Major organisations can no longer run the risk of employing contractors who are not able to prove that they have sound health and safety policies".

"More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that Welbro has done. The firm’s high standard has set an example, which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector".

Under the SAFEcontractor system, businesses undergo a vetting process, which examines health and safety procedures and their track record for safe practice. Those companies meeting the high standard are included on a database, which is accessible to registered users only via a website, www.safecontractor.com Employer-organisations who sign up to the scheme can access the database, enabling them to vet potential contractors before they even set foot on site. These employers agree that, as users of the scheme, they will engage only those who have received accreditation.

Over one hundred and fifty major nation-wide businesses, from several key sectors, have signed up to use the scheme when selecting contractors for services such as building, cleaning, maintenance, refurbishment or electrical and mechanical work. CHAS Accreditation Logo

In addition to the SAFEcontractor accreditation Welbro also qualified as a CHAS accredited contractor to reinforce the message that Health & Safety is still the most important element of our organisation despite difficult market conditions.

 

Welbro returned to the Falkland Islands this autumn for a second tour of duty at the Mount Pleasant Complex, having successfully completed our maiden tour from January to April this year. The second visit will see the Welbro Project team in residence at Mount Pleasant from early October to around April 2013, undertaking a wide range of refurbishment activities.
Welbro's HQ in the Falkland Islands
The activities on this visit include the complete internal refurbishment of a number of accommodation blocks, over roofing of Hangars and military buildings, installation of loft insulation, the replacement of central heating radiator valves, street lighting refurbishment and structural steelwork projects.

With virtually no local labour available it has been a logistical challenge to ship operatives, vehicles, plant, materials, IT, in fact everything necessary to undertake extensive and diverse refurbishment works nearly 8,000 miles to the south Atlantic.

The project is progressing well despite the regular gale force winds and drifting early summer snow! The works are part of the ongoing maintenance of the Military Airbase, which is critical to the protection of the Falkland Islands and houses a large number of military personal and hardware including Hercules and VC-10 aircraft, which can often be seen flying around the islands.

By day Tracy Burrows helps keep Welbro running smoothly, answering the phones and playing a key role in the back office function of the company but in her own time she is a mum and World Champion Athlete. Tracy Running

Welbro were please to help Tracy with sponsorship so that she could represent Team Great Britain in the World Master Indoor Athletics Championships at Jyvaskyla in Finland in early April 2012. The event was staged in this Finish City from 3rd to 8th of April and Tracy competed in the Women’s over 45 800m and 400m and was a member of the 4x200m relay team.

Her first event was the 800m, in which she was a former UK Champion, but the race went badly for her and she was disappointed to finish 6th in the Finals with a time of 2:29:22.

Things improved in the 400m heats where she finished 3rd with a personal best time of 1:03:34; the 400m being a relatively new distance for her. A great performance in a difficult race in the finals saw her bumped out of 3rd spot and into 4th on the final bend in the finals denying her the chance to stand on the podium and return home with a medal.

Relay Team (Tracy 2nd from Right)

Despite being in the over 45 class her performance in the 400m secured her a place in the over 35 women’s 4x200m relay on the final day of the tournament and despite competing with women 10 years younger than her the team put in a cracking performance to secure gold and become the World Champions with a time of 1:51:29.

The World Champion Indoor 4x200m relay team for Team Great Britain was Cathryn Williams, Julia Hubbard, Ellenor Ruddock and our very own Tracy Burrows. Congratulations to them all. We now look forward to Tracy competing in the European Outdoor Championships this summer.

Relay Team Holding Gold Medals

 

 

In November 2009 Welbro received a call from the Women’s Institute in Curridge. Their meeting hall, built circa 1923, in the centre of this picturesque Berkshire village was in need of refurbishment and was costing a fortune to heat during the winter months, as it was virtually uninsulated.

Front of Hall After Refurbishment

Acting on the recommendation of a former colleague who had dealt with Welbro, the husband of a committee member contacted us to see if we could help with the project. An initial meeting was arranged, followed by a survey and the production of budget prices and options for refurbishment.

Rear of Hall Before RefurbishmentThe Hall Before Refurbishment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was clear that the hall needed a complete overhaul if it was going to achieve current insulation levels and after consultation with the committee a draft specification was prepared by Welbro. Then the hard work began for the Ladies of Curridge. The fundraising started and the committee looked for any grants or support that was available to help with their cause.

By the latter part 2011 the funding was in place and after clearance from the local authority planning department the project was ready to progress. Welbro prepared a final specification, based on the committee’s wish to maintain the traditional appearance for the hall, tenders were submitted and Welbro were awarded the contract for the roofing, cladding, insulation and replacement windows, with Just Doors winning the door replacement work.

 

Rear of Hall After Refurbishment

 

Welbro began work on site in mid January 2012 and by mid February the project was completed. We were delighted to be invited to the official opening of the refurbished hall on Tuesday 3rd April 2012 to see the completed project.

It was clear that the project had been a success; there were many positive comments about the warmth of the hall and the smart new appearance. It seems that all the hard work had paid off and Curridge now has a warm and cosy hall that the whole village enjoys.

The works undertaken by Welbro included the bespoke fabrication and installation of double glazed aluminium windows, the replacement of the roof and wall cladding, the gutters and the introduction of insulation between the inner timber lining of the hall and the new cladding. 

Oh and if you are wondering, yes there was a cake at the opening celebrations and it, like all of the catering at this event was truly outstanding and delicious!

For further information of the Women’s Institute visit  http://www.thewi.org.uk/

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Welbro Win Considerate Constructors Award on First Project

James with Award

James Sprack, Project Manager on the Unit C1 Maylands Wood Estate Roofing Contract, was delighted to collect a Bronze Award from the Considerate Constructors Scheme at a presentation lunch held in Plaisterer's Hall London. The award was presented to him by Julia Evans the Chief Executive of the National Federation of Builders.

Everyone involved with the project was delighted at winning the award, especially as this was the first project that Welbro had undertaken which had been registered under the Considerate Constructors Scheme. The project received a score of 35 out of a possible 40 putting it in the top 7% of the 7800 projects registered under the scheme last year. This made it eligible to be considered for an award and after further assessment it was decided that the project was worthy of a Bronze Award.

The scoring system takes 8 aspects of a project into consideration, each worth a possible 5 points, hence the 40 point maximum. The Unit C1 Maylands Wood Estate Project scored 4.5 in most of the 8 aspects: Considerate, Environment, Cleanliness, A Good Neighbour, Respectful, Safe, Responsible and Accountable. Further details of the final score sheet can be seen by clicking here.

The assessors were particularly impressed with the way the project had been organised, which allowed the building occupants to continue there HiTec operations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, without interruption, throughout the project, which was the renewal of the roof. They were also impressed by the environmental aspects of the project including the use of grey water in the site cabins and the levels of recycling to reduce waste. They liked the fact that James had contacted a local Building College and had organised the donation of surplus materials and the old insulation for reuse in the college.   

The client on this project was B-serv, part of Brixton Estates, which has since been acquired SEGRO plc (the Slough Estates Group) and the Welbro party was delighted that Mr. Nick Banton of SEGRO was able to join them to see the award being presented. Mr. Banton was overseeing the project on behalf of the client for its duration and had requested that the project be registered with the Considerate Constructors Scheme. 

There are more details regarding this project in this website under the Welbro News section, "Considerate Welbro in Hemel Hempstead".

If you would like to know more about the Considerate Constructors Scheme please click here.

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  The Welbro Party with the Award - From left to right Graham Alexander, James Sprack, Gemma Sprack, Nick Banton and Keith Welch

 

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Industrial Buildings

Whether your Industrial building is large or small, occupied or vacated Welbro would like to work with you to find the right solution for your refurbishment project. 

Since 2000 we have refurbished a wide variety of premises for leading commercial landlords and directly for the end user. We have extensive experience refurbishing everything from a vacant warehouse unit to a fully operational manufacturing facility.

Early involvement in the planning of a project is key, especially when the industrial building is occupied. We would like to share our knowledge and experience with you to make the refurbishment of your industrial building a great success, with minimal disruption to your normal operations.

Call us and we will run through your options and provide budget costs. There is no charge for this service unless specilaist access equipment is required.

Commercial Buildings

Planning the refurbishment of commercial buildings often differs from industrial buildings, as they tend to involve more people. This presents a number challenges when they require refurbishment.

Our management team are aware of the extra care required when working in this environment, having work on film studios like Pinewood & Shepperton, various shopping centres and other commercial properties since 2000.

It is important to plan safety precautions to cause the least disruption but these measures may be more costly then the basic standard. Reduced disruption and expedient completion of the works often negates these additional costs.

Why not let Welbro help you plan and execute your refurbishment project?

Military Buildings

Most of the Welbro Directors have worked on Military buildings prior to the formation of Welbro, so their extensive knowledge and experience has been shared throughout the team.

Working on airfields, around sophisticated military aircraft and equipment requires the highest levels of safety and management.

This collective knowledge extents to World War II Aircraft Hangars, which is an area where Welbro have particular expertise regarding their design and structure.

We have refurbished Military buildings on both RAF sites & Army barracks throughout the UK and we have undertaken a significant amount of work in the Falklands Islands.

So whether you have a Hangar Door that needs servicing or would like to reclad your T2 Hangar, call Welbro.

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