The Lincoln Social Responsibility Charter has been launched by City of Lincoln Council to showcase star employers in Lincoln who go above and beyond to support their employees and the local community. Gelder Group have now successfully accredited for the scheme by registering the huge number of socially responsible activities they carry out every year.
Councillor Ric Metcalfe, Leader of City of Lincoln Council, said:
We are delighted to introduce the Social Responsibility Charter to award our role model employers who go the extra mile to reduce inequality and enhance Lincoln as a place to work.
We’ve seen organisations doing all sorts of positive activities, including paying the Living Wage and granting leave for employees to engage in community activities around the city.
This charter is not only of benefit to the employee, but the employer receives a host of benefits such as a happy workforce leading to increased staff retention and happy customers, making it a fantastic opportunity.
All you have to do is sign up on our website and demonstrate what positive activities you are undertaking as an organisation.
We strive to become a more socially responsible city and look forward to welcoming more organisations on board.
The Gelder Group have dozens of initiatives across its group which directly benefit staff and the communities they work in. On the accreditation Gelder Group CEO commented:
Our Vision 2020 goal is to be ‘the company to work for’ and also ‘build strong communities’, I’m delighted to be amongst the other brilliant local construction companies who have signed up for the initiative. I hope we can all learn from each other and good practice.
To learn more about our vision please visit our Vision 2020 page.
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.
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.
There was a lot of construction work happening in May, see below for a selection of photos taken in and around some of the sites run by our Major Contracts division.
If you would like to see more photos, be sure to follow us on Twitter. And, if you would like further information about any of the projects that our Major Contracts division are currently involved with, please get in touch.
Following a four month repair, ‘The Chimes‘ sculpture has been returned to its rightful place on The Brayford in Lincoln. If you are not familiar with this installation, its creator, Andy Plant, describes the piece:
The sculpture is sited in the centre of Lincoln, next to the Brayford Pool.
A 26’ high rotating water clock, that chimes on the hour.
The whole of the top section rotates once an hour, like the minute hand of the clock.
Water flows constantly down the copper bowls and as the hour is reached the bowls are released which in turn tips the arms and chimes the bells.
At night a light beam shines down to the base showing the time.
The Gelder Group are proud to have been able to play a part in restoring this unique piece of art in Lincoln. If you would like to know more about our involvement with The Chimes, please get in touch.
Internal renovation work at Sir Francis Hill School was completed in time to re-open the school in September, although the £3.5 million upgrade will continue through to August 2016. The additional planned work consists of two extensions to the school, a new ’High-5’ pitch, a new staff car parking area and a new playing area for the juniors. On the project Contracts Manager Simon Hope commented:
The work to date has run very smoothly and with the preparations we’ve made to continue the work when the school is open, I’m confident that the remaining work, while challenging, will be run just as smooth.
If you would like more information about this project, please get in touch.