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Facilities Maintenance & Building division launch new structure

FMB New Structure

(Left to Right) Shane Ormiston, Kate Brown, Joe Allmond, James Flintham

2017 has been a hugely successful year for the Facilities Maintenance & Building division with sales of over £13m and a forward order book of £4m with new and existing clients. The department’s expansion also included a new office suite in Sheffield, which, in January will see the office moving to larger premises. The swift and rapid success of the department is further testament to the dedicated and skilled team that has been developed by Dave Gladwin, Construction Director. On the expansion Dave Gladwin commented:

Our department has been able to adapt to the workload and my role has changed significantly with all day-to-day work now being handled by James Flintham, who has been instrumental in the success of the department. I am now fully able to focus my efforts on securing new work and developing client relationships.

The new structure of the department has seen the promotion of four key staff:

  • Shane Ormiston, Senior Quantity Surveyor – Responsible for the team of Quantity Surveyors in Lincoln and Sheffield.
  • Kate Brown, Office Manager – Leading the way to a new streamlined system that will focus on providing excellent customer service to clients and a more efficient system for staff.
  • Joe Almond, Senior Contracts Manager  – Who has overall responsibility for delivering projects to clients.
  • James Flintham, Commercial Manager – Dealing with all day-to-day running of the branches in Lincoln and Sheffield.

The new structure was rolled out in late November and has been well received by staff and clients.

Gelder Group recognised amongst Lincoln businesses for its contribution to education

EBP Award

Steve Gelder being presented with the EBP Award.

The EBP (Education Business Partnership) recently recognised businesses from across Lincolnshire for their exceptional work with schools and young people at its annual Investors in Education Awards, held at Belton Woods Hotel in Grantham on 28th November.

Each year The EBP invites schools to nominate organisations to receive an Investors in Education award. Gelder Group was one of the employers that stood out and went the extra mile to help the young people it worked with.

According to judges’ comments:

Gelder Group received the award for their fantastic support in making sure students gained knowledge of the construction trade at Lincoln Construction Week – a three-day interactive event held in October, organised by the Lincoln Group Training Association and supported by The EBP.

CEO of Gelder Group, Steve Gelder, said:

It’s well known fact that there is a huge skills shortage in the construction industry and at Gelder Group we are committed to increasing the number of people within the industry and to training the next generation.

We are honoured to have received this award acknowledging our contribution to education in the region and look forward to continuing our work in 2018 with young people who have an interest in construction.

Steve Gelder was presented with a trophy and certificate at the awards by The EBP’s chief executive, Elaine Lilley, and James Pinchbeck, marketing partner at Streets Chartered Accountants.

Elaine Lilley, chief executive at the EBP, said:

Our work would not be possible without the support of the local business community. We thank all of the organisations who have supported The EBP this year and are pleased to celebrate those that have been recognised as making a significant difference to schools, young people and the community.

Gelder Group is a multi-award-winning construction company based in Lincoln which works across a range of sectors including education, health, retail, insurance, leisure, commercial and residential building projects. The firm, which employs 300 staff and is a founding member of the Gainsborough Career College, has trained 300 apprentices since its formation as a two-man building outfit in 1988, 37 of those in the last three years alone.

If you would like more information about our work with schools and young people, please get in touch.

Gelder Group helps to deliver donated goods to military charity

Hull 4 Heroes

Chris Kent (Branch Manager), Mrs Hewett and John Rowley (Insurance Surveyor) loading donations for Hull 4 Heroes.

As part of its work with insurance claims, Gelder Group volunteered to assist a home owner who wanted to donate goods to the charity Hull 4 Heroes.

When Mr and Mrs Hewett were unfortunate enough to have a leaking water pipe below the floor of their home, Gelder Group, which has a highly experienced insurance, repair and renovation division, were appointed to handle the couple’s insurance claim.

The firm replaced the flooring and redecorated and re-installed the kitchen units at the home in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire.

During the restorative works, Mr and Mrs Hewett decided to purchase a number of new items for their home and decided to donate the items they no longer needed, including a fridge freezer, microwave, television, curtains and blinds, to Hull 4 Heroes.

Hull 4 Heroes provides housing and lifelong support to military veterans who find themselves struggling after serving in the British Armed Forces. That help can come in the form of finding suitable accommodation and furnishings for a homeless veteran or a renovation to an existing property which isn’t fit for purpose. The charity will use Mr and Mrs Hewett’s donated goods for future Hull 4 Heroes projects.

The 154-strong insurance team at Gelder Group, which handles around 6,000 insurance claims a year, thought this was a fantastic idea and volunteered to assist Mr and Mrs Hewett with the transportation of the items to the Hull 4 Heroes storage unit.

Chris Kent, branch manager of the insurance department at Gelder Group, said:

When we heard that Mr and Mrs Hewett wanted to donate their goods to Hull 4 Heroes we thought it was such a lovely idea, especially as the couple already had a lot on their plate with the leak in their home, so we were keen to get involved and transport the items for them.

We’re proud to have successfully restored Mr and Mrs Hewett’s home to its former glory and to have been able to support them with the transportation of goods to this very worthy and important cause.

Mrs Smith, a neighbour of Mr and Mrs Hewett, also got involved and donated an oven, outdoor furniture and physio equipment, which Gelder Group also transported to the storage unit on her behalf.

Mrs Smith, said:

We were very grateful to Steve Gelder and his staff at Gelder Group for enabling us to donate our goods to charity. It has been a difficult time for Mr and Mrs Hewett due to Mr Hewett’s disabilities and we were pleased that good could result from the situation.

On the donation, Paul Matson from Hull 4 Heroes, commented:

We can’t do any of the good work we do without the amazing support of the lovely volunteers and the fantastic businesses we’ve been lucky enough to be introduced to.

We as a team can’t thank you all enough for the goods kindly donated and then transporting them to us, the items will go into future Hull 4 Heroes projects helping veterans in need. We are ‘looking after our own’ thank you for helping us help them.

If you would like more information about our Insurance, Repair and Renovation devision, or our charitable work, please feel free to get in touch.

Apprentice goes up a gear at Gelder Group

Jerry Stewart, embarking on his driving lesson.

Jerry Stewart, embarking on his driving lesson.

Learning to drive is one of the most important experiences in a young person’s development, and for those learning in the winter months the experience can be a daunting one, especially driving after work and in the dark. To assist one young learner, Rob Porter (Senior Quantity Surveyor) took the decision to allow Jerry Stewart (Trainee Quantity Surveyor) to undertake his lessons during working hours.

On the decision Rob commented:

I’m an experienced driver so I can appreciate that taking your initial lessons in the dark can be a scary experience, and also, we’d like to support the development of our younger staff members.

Jerry has been been with Gelder Group just under 4 months and is training to become a Quantity Surveyor, on the lessons Jerry commented:

It’s not regular practice for employers to allow driving lessons within working hours. Since working at Gelder Group I’ve found there’s a much more supportive attitude towards learning across the board.

To join the team at Gelder Group, check out our current vacancies.

18th Century Building Given New Lease of Life

Lincoln's iconic Harlequin Gallery building.

Lincoln’s iconic Harlequin Gallery building. Photograph by Steve Smailes for the Lincolnite.

The Gelder Group’s Facilities Maintenance & Building division has completed specialist conservation and refurbishment works to the historic Harlequin Gallery building on Steep Hill, Lincoln. The former public house turned bookshop, which opened in the 18th century, was known as the Harlequin & Columbine Theatre Inn before becoming the Harlequin Gallery Bookshop 50 years ago. Lincoln City Council appointed Gelder Group to deliver the conservation repair works to the iconic building. Works included the rendering of external panels, timber frame and gutter repairs and new leaded glazing.

Dave Gladwin, Construction Director at Gelder Group, commented

The Harlequin is a well known and much admired building in Lincoln and we were honoured to work on its refurbishment which has restored the Tudor building to its former glory, making ready for a new chapter in its history.

Harlequin now has a new lease of life and I’m sure its new tenants, whoever they may be, will be delighted to be in such a historic and prominent building on Steep Hill.

The building is as stunning on the inside as the outside and its sympathetic restoration captures its heritage perfectly.

If you would like more information about this restoration project, please get in touch.

Sleaford Eastgate Development and North Sea Observatory take shape

The North Sea Observatory at Chapel St Leonards

The North Sea Observatory at Chapel St Leonards.

After many months of construction both Sleaford Eastgate Development and North Sea Observatory are beginning to take shape. These projects have been fraught with issues but the team has overcome them to transfer once derelict and unused land in to wonderful buildings.

The Sleaford Eastgate Development.

The Sleaford Eastgate Development.

If you would like to know more about either of these projects, please get in touch with our Major Contracts division.

Cromford Mill Building 17 wins European Award

Kevin Manterfield - Major Contracts Director Gelder Group and Duke of Devonshire - photographed by Ashley Franklin

Kevin Manterfield (Gelder Group Major Contracts Director) and the Duke of Devonshire at the award ceremony. Photographed by Ashley Franklin.

Thursday 19th October saw the unveiling of the prestigious award given to Cromford Mill Building 17 by the European Union prize for Cultural Heritage. Kevin Manterfield was there on behalf of Gelder Ltd and welcomed the Europa Nostra Award to our portfolio.

Building 17 is an incredible property filled with many historic values and we are delighted to have been involved in this project.
— Kevin Manterfield (Major Contracts Director)

Children wearing traditional period clothing at the award ceremony.

Children wearing traditional period clothing at the award ceremony.

For more information about the Cromford Mill project, see our case study, or get in touch.

Plans to double apprentice intake confirmed

Gelder Group announced plans to double its apprentice intake during the course of the next three years, taking it to 70 apprentices, up from 37.

The announcement was made by the firm during a surprise visit to Lincoln College’s Construction Careers College campus in Gainsborough, accompanied by RBS chief executive Alison Rose who was spending the day with the company.

Natasha Murray with Alison and Steve 3 of 3

Pictured: (Left to right) Steve Gelder – CEO Gelder Group, Natasha Murray – Student and Alison Rose – CEO RBS

The firm, which employs 300 staff, has trained 300 apprentices since its formation as a two-man building outfit in 1988, 37 of those in the last three years alone.

Gelder Group CEO, Steve Gelder, said:

Gelder Group has long been committed to apprentices; the first person ever employed by the company started life as an apprentice and 29 years later he’s still with the company. All of our main board of directors also started life as apprentices including myself, I am a bricklayer by trade.

Gelder Group is a founding member of the Gainsborough Career College, the first of its kind in the UK. It’s a well-known fact to everyone associated with building and construction, that there is a huge skills shortage, so I’d urge other building and construction companies to get involved and provide opportunities for students.

Careers Collage

Pictured: CEO Steve Gelder following his announcement to the students at the Construction Careers College, Gainsborough.

Congratulations Tori Norval

Tori working on a design project for the Group

Tori working on a design project for the Group.

We would like to congratulate Tori, our Design Assistant, who has recently completed her college course in Construction and the Built Environment. Forming part of the framework for the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Construction Technical Supervision and Management, with 12 core units covering all aspects of the industry, Tori has excelled after achieving nine Distinctions, three Merits and an overall grade of D*D.

On the course Tori commented:

After a history of late nights and a supposed ‘party-hard’ attitude, there were some light hearted concerns that I wouldn’t make it out alive. I am extremely happy with the results I have achieved and would like to thank everyone who has helped me on my journey. It’s true when they say that hard work pays off, just don’t get temped by the bright lights and cheap drinks along the way and you will be just fine.

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