January 1st, 2017
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.
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.”
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 in January this year at the Alton Estate for the Borough after a further successful bid.
October 14th, 2016
Diamond Build were pleased to assist the Hounslow Schools Expansion Programme with the successful delivery of £1.3m of extensive works to the Wellington 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 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 – 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.
October 5th, 2016
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.
November 20th, 2015
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.
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.
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.”
November 2nd, 2015
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
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
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 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.
May 15th, 2015
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.
May 15th, 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.
April 9th, 2015
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.”
April 7th, 2015
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 10th, 2015
Triangle Shops Rebuild Taking Shape
Progress is being made in the rebuilding of the Triangle shops in Langdon Hills.
All excavations and site clearance works are complete with pile foundations and ground beams laid.
The substructure brick and block work is now being undertaken and the ground floor slab is being poured.
Diamond Build, the contractors carrying out the project, have now pledged to take on an apprentice who will get the opportunity to work on the next phase whilst developing new skills in the construction trade.
The apprenticeship opportunity will be advertised on the National Apprenticeship Service website: www.apprenticeships.org.uk.
Cllr Stuart Sullivan, Basildon Council’s cabinet member for resources, said “It’s good news for the people of Langdon Hills that the development is progressing well and I am also heartened to hear that Diamond Build will be taking on an apprentice.
“We are providing a development that includes more shops, more parking, better design and with homes above, improved security. The residents will also have their own designated parking”.
The works are being carried out by the council’s contractor, Diamond Build. The popular shopping parade was destroyed by fire in January 2013.
The new scheme will provide six shops, an increase of two, and 25 parking spaces, an increase on the 19 previously provided.
There will also be five flats with dedicated parking of their own.
March 2nd, 2015
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.
December 10th, 2014
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
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.
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.
November 10th, 2014
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.
November 7th, 2014
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.
November 3rd, 2014
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.
October 24th, 2014
The 12 week project worth three quarters of a million was part of the Lambeth Living’s fire upgrade programme and provides new fire screens, doors and coatings to the common areas of two tower blocks.
Lenny Feliha Senior Site Manager said: “Undertaking any kind of construction work in communal areas has it challenges in the event you have to maintain safe access for the residents. Key to our success has been our depth of knowledge in this area and the trust we have gain with the residents which has ultimately enabled us to develop a good working relationship”
The installation has been certified by means of the FIRAS third party accreditation scheme.
October 10th, 2014
Diamond Build PLC is pleased to announce their appointment to the Islington New Build contract framework for new homes with a value up to 2 million.
The new homes programme is primarily aimed at increasing the supply of genuinely affordable homes for rent particularly for families.
The highest quality, in terms of design, in-use performance and long-term sustainability and energy efficiency is a key requirement in the delivery of this programme over the next four years which Diamond build are ideally suited.
September 30th, 2014
Diamond build PLC are delighted to have attained accreditation to the Fleet Operator recognition scheme (FORS) aimed at improving our fleet activity in London and the surrounding areas.
Paul Brooks Facilities Director commented that the FORS standard is based upon lawfulness, safety, and environmental protection and as such meets with our business objective moving forward. What is more it will ensure our fleet is managed more efficiently and economically.
We are particularly pleased to have attained this standard and look forward to working with FORS in the future.
August 4th, 2014
Cycling duo braved thunderstorms and torrential rain to travel the length of France to raise more than £2500 for charity.
Paul Hoskins, Operations Director and Mickey Helps finished the 620 mile journey from Montpelier to Dieppe in 5 days.
Setting off on May 22 the fundraising pair expected this to be the most grueling challenge yet as they were carrying sleeping, eating and cycle kits with them.
Paul and Mick are no strangers to the odd challenge as part of their Codgers World Tour series they have already cycled the length of the UK, Ireland and London to Paris in 24 hours along with swimming the English Channel.
This time their were raising money to help people with Cystic Fibrosis which is a life limiting disease.
As always the challenge did not pass without incident in the event the French Police were kind enough to escort them both off a busy motorway and point them in the right direction.
The question is what will be the next chapter of the Codgers World Tour??
July 31st, 2014
Diamond Build Plc have been selected to deliver a new two year contract worth £1.8 million for South Essex Homes. The scheme is part of their planned maintenance programme and will entail the renewal of tiled roofs fascias and soffits in the Southend on Sea area.
The acquisition of this contract is particularly pleasing in the event Diamond Build Plc recently finished a seven year term contract with South Essex Homes and now have the opportunity to maintain their good working relationship with the Clients Team.
July 31st, 2014
DIAMOND BUILD PLC RECOGNISED AS AN INVESTOR IN PEOPLE
Diamond Build is a constructor service provider dedicated to regenerating occupied buildings has been awarded the Investors in People Standard.
Our objective is to consistently provide construction services that achieve complete customer satisfaction whilst interrogating all technical business processes to achieve ‘Building Success’. We currently have two offices in North and South London.
Investors in People is the UK’s leading accreditation for business improvement through people management, and provides a wealth of resources for businesses to innovate, improve and grow, with a focus on good people making great business.
Paul Devoy, Head of Investors in People, said: “Achieving the Investors in People standard is something that any organisation should be truly proud of. It is the sign of a company which is truly committed to good people management practice and we’d like to congratulate Diamond Buid Plc on their achievement.”
Commenting on the award, John Gray, Managing Director & Chairman said: “I want our staff to reach their full potential, be responsible for achieving their goals and targets aligned to our business plan and be accountable for their actions. “
For more information about Investors in People please visit www.investorsinpeople.co.uk
June 24th, 2014
The 2nd Sawston Boys’ Brigade invite you to a band tour to Blackpool and Manchester. This tour is in memory of three special BB Band Officers who have recently died after many years of loyal and committed service to The Boys’ Brigade & work amongst bugle bands.
Proudly supported by Diamond Build Plc
October 23rd, 2013
South Essex Homes has appointed Diamond Build to be the Coordinating Contractor on a very exciting sustainability project – The ReallySmartHouse. In partnership with The Facility Architects, ReallySmartHouse is a unique scheme set up to investigate innovative carbon reduction technologies, not only for their ease of installation and their effectiveness, but also as importantly their ease of use by the occupants.
October 21st, 2013
Diamond Build plc, one of the premier sponsors of the Sustainable Homes Index for Tomorrow (SHIFT), has gained Silver Accreditation for their achievements in sustainability and the management of their environmental impact. The Sustainable Homes Index For Tomorrow (SHIFT) is the only comprehensive environmental benchmark for affordable housing providers. It is supported by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), WWF, UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) and the Mayor of London and the 37 members represent over one million homes nationwide.