We’re seeking the next generation of construction trainees and are keen to hear from you if you want to earn and learn while studying for a degree on day release. If you’re enthusiastic, committed and have completed your L3 and/or A levels then click through to apply to join us on our established training programme, and also read about current and past trainees.

You’ll work in all our departments at HQ and also on-site while attending university on day release to study a construction related degree. We will pay all your fees.

We are also offering a competitive starting salary, regular reviews and benefits plus you’ll have no student loan or course fee debts to worry about.

We hope to hear from you. Apply now.

 

 

 

Apply for two exciting new opportunities: Accounts Graduate and Assistant Surveyor/Estimator/Financial Manager

We’re recruiting to two new positions at Diamond Build Group of Companies: we’re seeking an Accounts Graduate for the Group, and in Diamond Fire Safety we are seeking an Assistant Surveyor/Estimator/Financial Manager.

Job descriptions are available on our sister company’s website, Diamond EducationService: click through to download the job descriptions and details on how to apply.

Applications close on 20 July 2018. and we hope to arrange interviews shortly after this date.

If you need more info then do get in touch. We hope you’ll want to join a great company going places.

As part of our commitment to encourage staff involvement in CSR and charitable activities, we are once again delighted to support Duncan Forbes, an enthusiastic member of the Rotary Club of Wellingborough Hatton, by spotlighting this year’s “Family Fun Day,” after 2017’s successful fundraising event.

One of the Club’s key annual activities, their “Family Fun Day” at Bassetts Park in Wellingborough, NN8 4JQ on Saturday 2nd of June, promises excellent entertainment for all the family with stalls, fairground rides and amusements.

Entry is free and the fun starts from 12pm in the afternoon.

Rotary International is a global network of 1.2 million neighbours, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad, with over 35,000 community based Clubs.

Diamond Build are delighted to have maintained their Quality Assurance Accreditations, to the updated new Quality Management standard ISO 9001:2015 and Environmental Management System standard ISO 14001:2015.

The new standards aim to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of our QA systems, including processes for improvement and the assurance of conformity to customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.

The transition period from old to new has allowed us to reassess the company’s business strategy and review systems and processes that are integral to all of our operations. The outcome following consultation with Diamond Build’s leadership team has been the development of a new integrated management application.

Consequently, our new system aligns the entire organisation with our businesses objectives and promotes quality in all aspects of our operations, with a commitment to continuous improvement as defined by the new international standards.

We are now reviewing and updating our H&S systems as the occupational health and safety management system standard OHSAS 18001 has also been revised. Companies have until March 2021 to successfully migrate to the new ISO 45001:2018 standard.

Diamond Build PLC are delighted to confirm we have successfully secured the construction contract for the new fitness studio and gym expansion block for Kingsdale Foundation School.

The project value is £2,400,000 and will be undertaken over a period of 28 weeks. The new facility is both progressive and innovative, and will undoubtedly help promote meaningful exercise development and enhance further the school’s reputation for sporting excellence.

Tom Weal, Diamond Build’s senior contracts manager for this scheme, commented: “Diamond Build are delighted to be working in partnership with the Foundation and Barker Associates on this prestigious new project. The external facade design will certainly bring a very contemporary look to what will be a fantastic new facility”.

As a keystone event marking our 40th anniversary, we are proud to announce the formation of two new companies within the Diamond Build Group – Diamond Fire Safety Ltd and Diamond Special Works Ltd.

Both companies have already accomplished comprehensive industry experience as divisions of our flagship organisation, Diamond Build PLC. Now with dedicated management overseeing their estimating and contract teams, they look forward to providing truly bespoke and targeted solutions to their new and existing client’s specialist requirements.

Diamond Fire Safety Ltd are a highly experienced, long-standing and dependable partner working within this vital field, having successfully delivered fully compliant contracts for over a decade.

They have a proven track record of meeting their client’s requirements, in a climate where the choice of a trusted and experienced contractor has never been more important.

Each member of Diamond Fire Safety Ltd’s staff are trained to the highest standards, in addition to their extensive experience within this highly specialised sector.

FIRAS accredited, and meeting the latest legislation and standards, Diamond Fire Safety Ltd work closely with their clients, protecting residents, staff, pupils and occupants, within their homes, schools, colleges and business premises.

Diamond Special Works Ltd combine a main contractor’s insight with the personal approach of a tightly integrated and well-established team to deliver their customer’s more compact commissions, up to a value of £1m, and primarily within the public sector.

An integral aspect of Diamond Build PLC’s vision since 1977, Diamond Special Works Ltd offer specifically tailored solutions incorporating a tried and tested response to managing the intricacies and challenges of their client’s smaller projects, until delivered to their complete satisfaction.

They have successfully delivered contracts across the entire special works spectrum, including conversions and expansions to schools, DDA upgrades to resident’s dwellings, hospitals and educational premises, together with photovoltaic installations to fire and police stations and the remodelling of council offices.

We are both excited and proud to be celebrating our 40th year, successfully supporting local Government in the delivery of Residential, Educational and Public building projects in London and the South East of England.

This is a significant milestone that could not have been reached without the help of all our employees, past and present.

Since its incorporation in 1977 the business has grown from what was initially a small builder to that of a well established multi-million pound construction company, offering a high standard of service in refurbishment, renovation, new build and passive fire protection.

The consistent growth over the years has been due to our ability to adapt and be flexible in meeting the changing markets and subsequently our customers’ needs.

The continued success of the business comes from our extensive knowledge and openness that has gained the respect of customers, subcontractors and suppliers. This in turn has promoted the development of integrated teams committed to the successful outcome of each project.

In our 41st year, exciting plans are afoot to expand into new markets to provide our customers with an increasingly comprehensive service.

Thanks to all our customers, employees, subcontractors and suppliers for the past 40 years of success, and we look forward to working with you for the next 40 years.

Diamond Build are delighted to announce they have been awarded the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s (ESFA) London low value band framework for projects £1million to £4.5 million.

The four-year framework can be used by the Agency, Academies, Local Authorities and Colleges to commission new-build and refurbishment projects.

Paul Hoskins, Joint Managing Director, said:

‘The process of securing a place on the framework has been intense and we are delighted with the outcome. The award is testament to Diamond Build’s strength and reputation for the delivery of contracts in the education sector. We look forward to working closely with the ESFA to ensure future generations benefit from the stimulating learning environment’.

Diamond Build were pleased to recently complete a £2.3m contract for the Woodberry Down Primary School, in collaboration with the London Borough of Hackney.

The works included a new build canteen/dining hall extension, new kitchen and three new build classrooms with connecting glazed corridor. A new lift was also installed together with ramps and handrails, classroom and office refurbishment undertaken, new toilets installed, and a structural party wall rebuilt.

We always seek to work closely with our Clients and we enjoyed the good working relationship that developed with the School’s senior and teaching staff, together with Hackney’s representatives.

Woodberry Down School - Exterior of new build classrooms

The pupils and teachers at the School are really enjoying their new facilities and have created a “time-lapse movie” of our construction works. Feedback from the School’s Headmaster on Hackney’s newly completed works and additional facilities has praised the “…exquisite dining room, kitchen and fabulous classrooms.”

The whole Diamond Build team (including our Project Manager, ‘Michael the Builder’ Celoro, as he was known by the School) would like to say how proud we are to have delivered these new facilities for Woodberry Down.

Diamond Build always seek to provide continuity of service and we were therefore delighted to be able to re-assign our successful team, already familiar to the London Borough of Wandsworth’s Residents from other similar contracts, to this recent £900k contract on the Convent Estate. As with a number of our similar previous projects for Wandsworth, we completed the works ahead of schedule – by a full eight weeks on this contract.

The scope of works included PVCu window renewal, external concrete, render / brickwork repairs, and communal redecorations, which were all undertaken to occupied residential blocks. Extract fans were also installed within kitchens and bathrooms.

Convent Estate - Wandsworth

As part of this project, we also completed window replacement and communal redecorations to the Frances Snary Lodge. While our Resident Liaison Officer looked after all the addresses within the scope of this contract, particular attention was paid to the Lodge’s sensitive environment where the majority of the occupants were elderly and often infirm. We therefore met daily with the staff to ensure our planned works would not disturb their routines and activities.

Positive feedback from our Client Satisfaction Completion Questionnaire has included the Wandsworth Project Controller reporting “Good communication from the site team” and a “Quality service completed ahead of programme, very well planned upfront.”

We have since been awarded an additional £2.4m contract by Wandsworth for similar works on the Alton Estate, a location on which we have previously worked, and to which we have once again assigned our dedicated contract team.

Following an intensive selection process which saw 282 applicants whittled down to a final group of 25, Diamond Build, as part of the Kind Diamond Build Consortium (KDC) successfully qualified for two Lots in the LHC Schools and Community Buildings framework.

These are £0-£2M (new-build) in which we are one of two contractors covering the London area, and £2M-£4M (new-build and refurb) where we are one of three.

Potentially worth £500M, the framework is due to run until 2021.

As part of our commitment to encourage staff involvement in CSR and charitable activities, we are supporting Duncan Forbes, an enthusiastic member of the Rotary Club of Wellingborough Hatton (http://hattonrotary.co.uk) and their publicity efforts for forthcoming fundraising events.

One of the Club’s key activities this year will be a “Family Fun Day” at Bassetts Park in Wellingborough, NN8 4JQ on Saturday 3rd of June, promising excellent entertainment for all the family with stalls, fairground rides and amusements. Entry is free and the fun starts from 12pm in the afternoon.

Rotary International (http://www.rotary.org) is a global network of 1.2 million neighbours, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad, with over 35,000 community based Clubs.

Ashburton Estate 1 Diamond Build

Over a two year period, Diamond Build’s South London team successfully delivered two concurrent large scale refurbishment projects for our long-term Client, The London Borough of Wandsworth.

Ashburton Estate (£2.4m) and Convent Estate (£950k) were both completed ahead of schedule – Ashburton Estate by seven weeks and Convent Estate by eight weeks.

Both projects required window renewal, concrete, slate and brick repairs, external and internal redecorations to communal areas and fencing repairs. Complex scaffolds were implemented to enable the window renewals to be undertaken from outside the building, and to facilitate structural repairs.

Ashburton Estate - Wandsworth

Ashburton Estate

Diamond Build appointed the same team who had previously completed works at Antrim House for the same Client, including Senior Contracts Manager, Terry Driver.

Asked about the works Terry has said:

“Both contracts were large scale undertakings and it was vitally important to select and mobilise the most appropriate subcontractors in terms of size and expertise. Our approved supply chain enabled us to call on the services of trusted subcontractors who we knew would provide good work.

Consideration to the residents and flexibility within the programme structure was of paramount importance. As we were guests working within people’s homes, efficient communications and one-to-one consultations were key.

Good resident and leaseholder management was handled by our Resident Liaison Officers (RLOs) Christine O’Brien and Mark Rule, and Site Manager, Wayne Chatten, minimising disruption to the daily lives of those living on the estates.

“Our focused approach at Ashburton for example enabled us to complete the works to 300 dwellings in less than a year.”

Ashburton Estate - Wandsworth

Convent Estate

The internal and external renewals at Ashburton Estate were spread across 3 medium rise and 3 low rise tower blocks, while at Convent Estate the scope comprised 131 properties in low rise blocks.

Wandsworth themselves were intent that Residents at the Ashburton Estate should take ownership of the refurbishment process and a ballot was held to choose the external painted render panels of each block, with assistance from our RLOs.

Positive resident satisfaction surveys gave encouraging feedback for these projects and a National Bronze Considerate Constructors Site Safety Award was received.

We were pleased to begin £2.4m of works on the Alton Estate for the Borough, after a further successful bid.

Diamond Build were pleased to assist the Hounslow School’s Expansion Programme with the successful delivery of £1.3m of extensive works to the Wellington Primary School in Middlesex.

A complete new junior school was built during a 34 week period together with the remodelling of the existing primary school buildings, the extension of three reception classrooms and a nursery for infant use.

We also installed a large free-standing canopy to protect the children from the rain, and enabled essential additional work space by enlarging the staff room, library, office and group room.

The construction of a studio classroom and meeting room was also completed, together with the creation of new office space and toilet extensions.

Wellington Primary School - North Extension

Wellington Primary School – New Junior Extension- North

This phased project was undertaken within a very tight footprint on site, with the majority of the works completed with the staff and children in occupation.

This was a familiar challenge which Diamond Build efficiently met through effective noise reduction and “safe-zone” initiatives in which acoustic walls were formed within the classrooms. These created temporary whiteboards that the children re-painted and decorated with pictures to create a vibrant and colourful media wall.

Weekend working was implemented during the exam period to ensure that noisy works did not interfere with the pupil’s preparation for SATS.

As reported on the Wellington School website, the children enjoyed the construction experience, especially “as the building work was going on right outside their windows”, and they drew up plans of what they thought the new classrooms would look like “inside and out.”

As one Year 2 pupil declared:

“It’s so exciting because our teacher has let us move all our tables and put new displays up! Now the class looks very nice.”

Wellington School - West Extension

Wellington Primary School – New Junior Extension – West

A progress meeting was held every morning with the Head Teacher to inform the school of the day’s proposed works to ensure this would not interfere with their daily routine.

The work of our Contract and Site Management, Wayne Chatten in particular was commended by the school, and the whole team’s diligence by Hounslow’s representative in their Client feedback.

Through an initiative prompted by Contracts Manager Terry Driver, Diamond Build were able to provide cost savings through the re-use of windows and doors that had been upgraded only two years previously, after cleaning and upgrading their furniture as part of the overall refurbishment.

Diamond Build are proud to have supported both Hounslow and the school with the delivery of this project.

We are delighted to announce the launch in October of our Diamond Education Service, a new initiative providing support services for all those involved in education.

A new sister company to Diamond Build PLC, DES is a network of successful professionals who have a wide experience of working in education or construction leadership and management.

Created by educators for educators, their team of academics and education-business people will collaborate with schools, colleges, and academies to deliver solutions from the classroom to the boardroom.

With a lifetime of educational experience, both in teaching and working in schools across all phases, Dr Linda Prince leads the company and the team as Managing Director.

Open Diamond Education Service website

Basildon Triangle Centre 1 Diamond Build

After a devastating fire in 2013, Diamond Build have successfully completed the reconstruction of the Triangle Shopping Centre for Basildon Borough Council.

The complex was officially opened in a ribbon cutting ceremony by the MP Stephen Metcalfe and Basildon Mayor Don Morris on Friday 20 November 2015.

The Triangle Centre - Diamond Build Hand Over

In addition to the six retail units, incorporating a local Post Office, the complex includes residential accommodation in the form of 4 two bedroom apartments and 1 one bedroom apartment above the shops, offering increased security for the units below.

The new dwellings were fitted out to a high specification in preparation for private rental through the Council’s housing management company, Sempra Homes.

Apartment Interior

The rebuilding of the parade presented the opportunity to deliver a better layout and improvements to the appearance and safety of the area.

All commercial tenants were entitled to return to their respective properties upon completion, and building works were undertaken whilst one of the leaseholders continued trading on site from a temporary unit.

The project was overseen by our Senior Contracts Manager, Walter Reed, who has previously worked with Basildon Council on the substantial refurbishment of the Basildon Centre.

Diamond Build Director Paul Hoskins said: “Diamond Build are delighted to have been involved in the development of the Triangle Centre and believe the scheme will no doubt transform the community and leave a lasting legacy.

Working with Basildon Council we have enjoyed the opportunity of procuring local trades through our supply chain and have employed an apprentice, all of which we believe has benefitted the community.”

Jed Godfrey from Rayleigh was employed on the project while studying at college as part of his construction apprenticeship.

In a newspaper interview with The Enquirer, local Councillor Stuart Sullivan said:

“The development looks fantastic and is a vast improvement on the previous parade. The people of Langdon Hills will benefit from this facility for years to come.”

Cotton Gardens 1 - Diamond Build

November 2nd, 2015

Cotton Gardens Estate

Diamond Build Plc successfully completed Cotton Gardens Estate contract eight weeks ahead of programme.

The passive fire upgrade project worth £800,000 was commissioned by Lambeth Living as part of their continued programme on high rise buildings throughout the borough.

Work entailed the installation of new doors and screens in the common lobbies along with riser cupboard doors, the upgrade of lighting, signage and fire stopping to risers.

Terry Elliot, the Site Manager said our aim from the very outset was to improve on the Client’s timetable. With this in mind we put together an ambitious programme from which our procurement strategy was developed to ensure goods were available early.

I also believe our knowledge in this specialist field and good relationship with the Contract Administrator enabled us to deliver the project in a shorter period.

On completion of the project we received third party accredited by FIRAS for the installation.

August 27th, 2015

Antrim House

Diamond Build PLC successfully completed external refurbishment of Antrim House for London Borough of Wandsworth as part of their continued investment plan.

The contemporary design which includes glass balustrades, timber cladding and enlarged windows have transformed the external appearance.

Terry Driver, Senior Contracts Manager commented that the biggest challenge we faced was the restricted working space and access.

As a consequence it was necessary to establish a clear logistics plan with our specialist trades and suppliers so we did not disrupt the residents and access to the Medical Centre.

Having implemented our plan it is pleasing to note that disruption was kept to a minimum and the residents are delighted with the outcome.

June 15th, 2015

Streatham & Clapham School

Diamond Build Plc are pleased to confirm we have secured a second project with the Girls Day School Trust.

Works entail the refurbishment of existing kitchen classroom and staffroom along with the installation of an oral window.  The contract value is £650,000 and will be completed over a 7 week period.

Mick Smyth the Project Manager commented that it was pleasing to see another Client returned to work with Diamond Build.

The contract at Streatham and Clapham school will nonetheless be very demanding given the time constraints.  Therefore using the lead in period constructively to procure the specialist trade will be most important.  Furthermore  working closely with the design team to identify and mitigate risks will also be a major factor to the success of the project.

May 18th, 2015

Lenny Feliha

Lenny started work at Diamond Build in 1997 as a Handyman and has steadily progressed through the ranks to the role of Project Manager.  In parallel with his advancement within the company he has also progressed with his academic studies and most notably attained his Higher National Certificate in Construction Studies.

“Diamond Build is a good employer to work for I am very grateful for the opportunities I have had since arriving from Algeria.  They have provided me with a great platform to progress my career over the past 18 years and have always been very supportive in my personal development.

The staff at Diamond Build are very friendly and helpful and provide for a pleasant environment in which to work.

My role entails working with people from various cultures and supported by Diamond Build I have been able to develop good working relationships through trust and respect such that it has ensured the success of my projects.

The Chairman John Gray activity encourages young people to aspire within the company taking them on as school leavers and development them into surveyor’s, estimator and managers. I was very grateful to Diamond Build for allowing my daughter to do her work experience which she really enjoyed.

Diamond Build Plc have been successful in being appointed onto the LCP pan London Framework.

We are a SME who have extensive experience of education, housing, fire safety and public sector works in new build and refurbishment.

We are located in North and South London, having offices in Haringey and Lewisham.

We have formed a partnership with another SME (Kind and Co) and between us we have been awarded 25 out of 30 lots.

We shall form a new joint venture SPV to act in unison with them and ensure that our separate and joint strengths are employed to act for existing and new clients across London.

The LCP is being formally launched in Haringey on 10 June 2015.

Diamond Build Plc secure fifth phase of passive fire upgrade works under the Brent Housing Partnership framework.

The project is worth 1.7 million in value and will, include the installation of entrance doors to residential flats, new electrical intake cupboards and fire protection works.

Project Manager Lenny Feliha said “This particular phase of works will present a logistical challenge in the event the 70 low rise blocks are spread across the borough.  We are nonetheless looking forward to build on our relationship with Brent Housing Partnership which has been instrumental in delivering four previous phases.”

This particular project will be registered with our partners FIRAS who will independently inspect and certify the installation to provide third party accreditation.

An apprentice is helping developers with work to re-build a parade of shops destroyed by fire.

The Triangle shops, in High Road, Langdon Hills, are rising from the ashes after an electrical fault in the roof of the Hong Kong House Chinese takeaway sparked a huge blaze in January 2013, ravaging newsagent Martin McColl’s, the Elizabeth Louise Hair and Beauty Salon, the Chip Shop and a computer company.

Jed Godfrey, 19, from Rayleigh is working for Diamond Build, awarded the contract for the £1.8 million project by Basildon Council.

Roofing trusses have now gone up and the council is looking for businesses to take over the retail units, which have increased from four to six.

Jed spends most of his working week on the project, but is also studying at college as part of his construction apprenticeship.

He said “I’ve been made to feel really welcome.  It’s a big project, there’s a lot to learn and i’m happy to be here.  Many of my family work in the construction industry, so it feels good to be following in their footsteps.”

Robert Buckingham, site manager, said “work was progressing well, there are about 50,000 outward facing bricks on this build and about 30,000 concrete blocks, so that gives people an idea of the size and scale of the project.”

McColls has already signed up to take over one of the units, and negotiations are continuing to bring back some of the former tenants.

The rebuild will have more parking spaces and five flats.

Basildon Council leader Phil Turner said the new development would be a vast improvement.

He added, “The new Triangle shops development is a better design and a much higher quality build than the previous one. Diamond Build is doing a great job and the progress is really encouraging.  When it’s finished, this project will benefit this community for generations.”

Diamond Build PLC are pleased to announce the re-certification of their ISO 9001, Quality Management System, OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health & Safety Management System and ISO 14001 Environmental Management System.

This is the 9th year Diamond Build have utilised the standards as a strategic tool to increasing efficiency and productivity.

The TRADA assessor made reference to best practice during the audit at our Perth Terrace site in regards to site presentation, waste management and in particular the interaction of our Site Manager, Steve Roberts with the Client.

Diamond Build PLC will now be working with our TRADA assessors to implement the planned changes to the standards.

March 2nd, 2015

H&S Performance Award

Diamond Build Plc are pleased to announce the recipient of our 2014 safe site is Wayne Chatten.

The safe site scheme is run in partnership with GEP Safety Consultants who provide Diamond Build Plc with Health and Safety support and in doing so independently audit our sites.

The GEP inspector commented that “Wayne’s enthusiasm and ability to engage the work force ensured that Health and Safety was at the forefront of everyone’s minds and integral to all our site activities”.

What is more good communication with the residents of Ethelburga Estate made certain of their safety throughout the project.

The honour of attaining the safe site title can now be added to Wayne’s Bronze Considerate Constructors’ award on our contract for South Essex Homes.

 

 

Diamond Build to commence conversion of Perth Road site in partnership with London Borough of Redbridge. Valued at around three quarters of a million, the conversion and internal remodelling of the 1986/87 office block to a hostel will provide twenty three family bedrooms along with associated facilities including communal kitchens, bathrooms, and toilet facilities on each floor. Electrical, Heating, Cold water services and Mechanical ventilation are to be upgraded to provide a safe and comfortable environment.

The project builds on Diamond Build expertise in delivering sheltered accommodation having recently completed various schemes in both Hammersmith and Fulham.

December 3rd, 2014

Band Tour 2014

Sawston Youth Group organised a “Band to Play” event in Blackpool in October. There were two other bands at the event – a pipe band from Croydon and a massed bugle and drum band.  In total 80 young people and staff.

The groups that attended came from Malvern, Bexleyheath, Sawston, Bedford, Croydon, Woolwich, Greenwich and Isle of Sheppey.

The event was financially supported by Diamond Build. This contribution meant that a much wider audience could attend including those from low income families that might have been precluded without this support.

Diamond Build also sponsored waterproof coats for the Band allowing the young musicians to remain warm and dry whilst playing at night on the seafront in Blackpool, and at the Lord Mayor’s Show.

Diamond Build plc successfully completed their first project with the Girls Day School Trust on time.

The project at Bromley School entail the modernisation of changing rooms and toilets over the summer recess. As a consequence it was imperative the Facilities were available for the return of the pupil.

Key to our success was the use of prefabricated and in particular the design management of these goods

The facilities manager made mention that Diamond Build were the must considerate and tidy contractor he had worked with at the school.

In partnership with GEP safety consultants Diamond Build plc deliver two further safety modules as part of our continuing commitment to maintaining a competent operational team both working at heights along with roles and responsibilities were cover in the seminars.  The subjects delivered are in addition to those presented earlier in the year on asbestos awareness and manual handling based on the past two years safety statistic, our commitment to training and development has further helped to building on our reputation to deliver projects safely.

Diamond Build plc are delighted to have re-established membership with the National Federation of Builders.

The Federation is modern organisation whose influence is contributing to the growing success of small and medium enterprise.

What is more the key resources available from the Federation will undoubtedly help Diamond Build focus on its primary function construction.