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Work Commencing on Sobraon Barracks Army Reserve Centre in Lincoln

Work is now well underway at the Sobraon Barracks in Lincoln. The £1.6m build will provide additional facilities on site, including new garages, maintenance areas and gymnasium. The build was scheduled to be a 34 week program, but due to the Corona Pandemic, the work may be slightly delayed in completion. The project will utilise our apprentice teams on brickwork, joinery and Mechanical and Engineering.

The Contracts Manager for the project commented; “We are very excited to be working with the client to construct the new training centre and workshop building, which will provide new training amenities for the East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association”.

Speaking on behalf of the Barracks, Lieutenant Colonel AP Gifford, Commanding Officer, 158 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, Sobraon Barracks, Lincoln, commented; “The construction of the new garages, maintenance areas and gymnasium at the Sobraon Barracks Army Reserve Centre in Lincoln, will greatly enhance the capability of 158 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps. It provides us with the facilities to maintain the military vehicles of 160 Transport Squadron and allows our soldiers to greatly improve their personal fitness. The new build will ensure that the Regiment has a serviceable vehicle fleet and fit soldiers, ready to deploy on operations, both in the UK and abroad.”

East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA) plays a leading role in strengthening the environment for the Armed Forces, through building relationships with the local community and employers. East Midlands RFCA is responsible for the maintenance and support of Army Reserve Centres and Cadet Centres, engaging with Reservists’ employers, supporting Reservists and Cadets and assisting with recruitment of Army Cadet Force Adult Volunteers.

Sobraon Barracks Army Reserve Centre in Lincoln

Images provided by Allan Joyce Architects, Nottingham.

Gelder Reveals its New ‘Can Do’ Commercial Division Leadership Team

In 2019, the Gelder Group merged its Facilities Maintenance and Building and Major Contracts Divisions into one ‘Commercial Division’, reporting in to Construction Director Dave Gladwin.

The newly formed division enjoyed both a strong finish to 2019, along with a very strong ‘pre-coronavirus’ start to 2020, with 18 framework wins and £10m of new orders. As the UK then headed into lockdown, the Division was chosen to deliver several emergency projects for various local authorities, supermarkets and for United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

As focus turns to exiting lockdown, new ways of working and practices, it was felt that now is the right time to put in place and announce our new team.

On the announcement, Construction Director Dave Gladwin comments “Our new Commercial Leadership Team has been selected on the basis of their market knowledge, their ability to inspire their teams and the fact they all carry out their duties with our company’s ‘Can Do’ attitude, skills that we feel will be the most important post Covid-19 leadership requirements. So, after careful consideration we are delighted to announce our new Commercial Division Leadership Team, consisting of……”

Joe Allmond – Commercial Manager

Iain Cameron – Senior Estimator

John Ellerker – Senior Quantity Surveyor

Kate Brown – Office Manager

Commerical Team

(Left to Right) John Ellerker – Senior Quantity Surveyor, Kate Brown – Office Manager, Joe Allmond – Commercial Manager, Iain Cameron – Senior Estimator


Work Progressing Well at Boston College

Despite lockdown, Gelder Group’s Commercial Division has, where its safe to do so and where materials are available, kept projects running. One such project that has moved forward is the construction of a new Digital, Logistics and Academy building on Boston College’s Rochford Campus.

Steelwork is now erected and groundworks are well under way on the £1.6m project, which is being managed by site manager Matt Turner and overseen by contract manager Gavin Parker.

On Completion, the new building will welcome students, focusing on port skills such as crane operations, forklift truck driving, leadership and management, as well as improving their digital skills.

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Boston College

Steel Framework at Boston College

Fishing Returns to the Gelder Lake

From Wednesday 13th May the UK Government permitted angling where strict social distancing measures can be maintained. This has led to a steady flow of anglers enjoying a few hours catching fish in the Gelder Lake.

The lake is well stocked and many employees and friends of the company making use of the facility. We also have some decent sized carp that can take a bit of landing and snap an angler’s line – not every angler goes to the lengths Ben Charlwoods did to recover his float and hook though when this fella snapped his line!

Commercial Department Completes Work on New MRI Scanner in Louth Hospital

The commercial Department completed works at Louth Hospital to convert a dilapidated building into a new MRI Scanning facility. The £650k essential project was undertaken on behalf of United Lincolnshire Hospital and was completed with the support of our sub-contractors who worked to ensure all social distancing and safety measures were observed in completing the project.  Our thanks to all involved GRS Electrical, Selmec, Ludafloors, Develin Decorators, SBR Dry Lining and many others.


MRI Louth

MRI Louth

MRI Louth

Environmental Park Visitors

During lockdown, we’ve noticed an uptake in visitors getting their daily exercise walking around our environmental park, which is open to the public. Many have expressed their appreciation and a few have even sent us photos for use on our community intranet page in line with our 2020 Vision of ‘Building Strong Communities’, which is great. The photos below are though, a first. Oli Daubney is an ‘elite Gymnast at Witham Hill Gymnastic Club and we can see why! Incredible Oli, thanks for sharing.
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Gelder Group’s Xeric Team Providing Covid-19 Thermal Fogging Service

A system more widely used as a deodorising process when reinstating fire and smoke damaged properties, or for sanitising in flood damaged properties for insurance companies, the team at Xeric are now using their equipment to give individuals, organisations and companies piece of mind in the fight against Coronavirus.

Fogging is a process were sanitiser/deodoriser or in this case a biocidal cleaner is heated and sprayed in a fog form. Micro droplets hang in the air for approximately 10 minutes and then cover all areas often missed by conventional cleaning methods and because it’s in a fog form, the mixture is able to permeate even the toughest to reach spots, killing all airborne, surface viruses and bacteria it comes in to contact with. Furthermore, after fogging has taken place, the residual disinfectant, which is invisible to the naked eye, will continue to kill any virus’s it comes in to contact with.

Treatment is non-toxic, odourless and starts at just a few hundred pounds. The technique is very quick to carry out, with properties completely safe to re-occupy after just two hours and with the further benefit of the formula used killing 99.9999% of all bacteria, viruses, yeasts & spores; not just Covid 19.

Xeric is a Gelder Group company that operates the UK’s largest fleet of trailer mounted high energy drying equipment for more information visit

For further information, data sheets on the products used, or to book a survey/request quote, please contact the Xeric team:-

Dave Stainton – Xeric Manager

Or contact the main Gelder Group reception



Gelder Salutes it’s Own NHS Hero’s

Thank You to our team at Lincoln Hospital who, in the space of three weeks, have converted a first floor maternity ward into a Palliative Care Ward. They have demolished an existing mortuary, installed bases and overseen the installation of a new off-site constructed extended mortuary. On top of that, the team have converted Accident and Emergency to create four isolation rooms.

Always working with respect to others and around hospital admissions, often working late into the night, weekends and bank holidays and always with the Gelder ‘can do’ attitude; we thank Adam Clark (joiner), Steve Alcock (joiner), Richard Charlton (bricklayer), Darrell Heath (bricklayer), Tom Crowther (plumber), Dave Wass (plumber).

Thanks also go to our management team of Andy Doran, Ollie Taylor & sub-contractors UDCS, AAA Scaffolding, Paul Cotton Joinery, Michael Doran Joinery, Darryl Clarke Joinery, Selmec, SBR Dry Lining and Paul Clark. Thanks also to the team at Jewson’s who were particularly helpful with material sourcing and deliveries throughout.

Gelder Group still continues with work on other Lincolnshire hospital sites in the fight against the disease Covid-19. Other Gelder teams continue to progress works on projects where it is safe to do so. Individuals from across the company are helping with the delivery of medication and supplies to vulnerable people and our teams continue to provide a range of emergency call out services. For all of this; the whole organisation is hugely grateful.

Lincoln Hospital

Lincoln Hospital

Lincoln Hospital

Gelder Group’s Innovative Solution to Keep Customers Decorating


Temporary packing marquee erected to help keep the LoveDIY team safe.

During the COVID-19 outbreak Gelder Group’s online business has seen unprecedented demand for its decorating products, leading to staff erecting a large marquee to accommodate additional packers who can all work safely at packing stations located 2.5m apart.

On the temporary edition, LoveDIY’s Martin Ward comments:

Gelder Group is known for its ‘can do’ attitude, the team at LoveDIY is no different. We have plenty of decorating stock, packing it all safely was the issue, which is now resolved.

If your loved one is driving you up the wall, visit and get him/her to paint it!

Gelder are again amongst the winners at the annual National LV= Insurance Suppliers Awards

LV= Award

Pictured: Steve Kennedy (Safeline Environmental), Steve Gelder (Gelder Group) and Matt Pickett (Safeline Environmental)

Gelder Group secured LV=’s ‘Collaborative Working across Supply Chain’ award for their work with Safeline Environmental who provide LV= with asbestos testing and removal services across the UK.

Gelder Group Insurance Repair & Renovation Division carries out surveys, cash settlements and fulfilment on approximately 6,000 building claims annually with offices in Lichfield, Chesterfield and Lincoln and is a key supplier to LV= Insurance.

On the award, CEO Steve Gelder comments:

No other insurer has generated such loyalty from its supply chain as LV=’s.  This has enabled them to become one of the UK’s most trusted brands so to be once again recognised by their team as one if its top suppliers is a real honour and a credit to both our team and the team at Safeline Environmental.

For further information on the Gelder Group and its Insurance Division contact, please get in touch.

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