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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.

Get into Construction!

Over 1200 School Children Take Part in Hands-On Construction Taster Event at Lincolnshire Showground.

Get into Constuction

The Gelder Knight with children who successfully completed the scaffold exercise.

The event was organised by The Lincoln Group Training Association (LGTA), in partnership with The EBP and Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). The 3rd, 4th and 5th of October saw the Lincolnshire Showground give over 1200 local school children in Lincolnshire the chance to take part in a number of construction challenges provided by local employers.

The Gelder Group took part, introducing and guiding the students through the ins and outs of tower scaffolding using miniature versions. Special thanks goes to Ian Cooper from Redline for creating these.

Students take on the Scaffolding Challenge.

The students were given the opportunity to build up the scaffold and also question the activity leaders, Katie Watson (Training Coordinator), Tori Norval (Architectural Design Assistant), Kyra Elston (Apprentice Administrator) and Chloe Lamming (Apprentice Receptionist) about how they got into the industry and what it is like on a day to day basis.

We look forward to taking part again next year.

Get into Constuction

Get into Construction.

Gelder Group introduces ‘Recommend a Friend’ bonus scheme

'Recommend a Friend' reward scheme

‘Recommend a Friend’ reward scheme.

The ‘Recommend a Friend’ scheme provides an incentive for all employees to introduce a friend to a career at Gelder Group. Employees can receive £500 for making a successful employee referral.

To be eligible for this referral bonus the employee must introduce someone who is not already known to the Gelder Group for a position that the business is recruiting for. The employee must also be able to demonstrate that they made the introduction, so referrals should be made by emailing their friend’s details, and preferably their CV, to the relevant manager.

Any employee who recommends a friend who is then employed by the Group will receive £250 when the new employee starts work and a second payment of £250 upon successful completion of the new employee’s six month probationary period.

  • The scheme is open to every member of staff (this does not include sub – contractors or members of the recruitment team)
  • The Employee who makes the referral must still be employed by the Group in order to qualify for the initial payment and the subsequent payment.
  • The employee must be able to demonstrate that they introduced the new employee to the business.
  • Managers cannot claim a referral bonus if they are responsible for making the hire.
  • The payments are subject to Tax and National Insurance.

See our career pages for details of current vacant positions.

Success of Vision 2017 leads to ‘Drinks all round!’

Bottle Bag

Each member of staff will be presented with a bottle as a thank you from the Senior Management Team.

Every member of the team at Gelder Group has, or will soon receive a bottle of appreciation from the Senior Management Team as a ‘thank you’ for both their individual contribution to Vision 2017 and for earning the Group the title of Lincolnshire’s fastest expending company.

Work on the Group’s next Vision is now underway and this will be launched early in the New Year and will coincide with the companies 30 years in business celebrations.

Long service awards celebrates 205 years

Length of Service Awards

Staff with their Length of Service Awards

Presentations to 19 staff for a combined 205 years service took place on Thursday 28th September 2017.

All staff are recognised for milestones of 5, 10, 15, 20 & 25 years service, although as the company enters its 30th year of business the 30 year milestone will soon also be recognised.

On the presentation CEO Steve Gelder commented:

It is always a very humbling experience for me to make awards. We are blessed with an abundance of talented people at Gelder Group that I am extremely lucky to be able to call friends and colleagues.

If you’re interested in starting a career with the Gelder Group, check out our careers page!

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