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Director, Andy Musselwhite, attended the CIOB ‘Building Tomorrow’ conference this week where he was delighted to see Rob Hooker’s testimony on the CIOB banner!  Below is the full quote from Rob from which the excerpt was taken for the CIOB banner:

“By being a CBC our whole business has benefited  – enjoying and promoting this professional accreditation  – it is the direct link with the CIOB which demonstrates professionalism and integrity that has been key to raising our profile in the workplace. Our staff have benefited tremendously from being a TP –  the individual plans for routes to Chartered Membership have really helped and encouraged staff to reach this professional goal. The two schemes go hand in hand and Chartered Companies and consultancies can rank alongside the other professionals in our industry as equals with mutual benefits for all.”

To read about the CIOB ‘Building Tomorrow’ initiative, click here.

Stewarts warehouse and offices, Christchurch

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Great to see steel frame going up at this project following a successful progress meeting.

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A week later and look at these great progress shots, below, with main steel frame now erected in 5 working days.
Office area mezzanine installed so whole building taking shape.

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Greendale complete renovation of former magistrates’ courts, Wareham, for Biotrack Ltd

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We have successfully completed the conversion and renovation of Wareham former Magistrates’ Courts into a new high-tech manufacturing and administration headquarters for international radio tracking and radio tag company, Biotrack Ltd.

 

The £540k, six month project, involved the conversion of the two court rooms by means of the addition of a mezzanine floor to provide production and engineering facilities, and generous staff room and stores to compliment the two storey office accommodation, with new modernised washrooms.

Biotrack's new HQ at the Greendale Construction Ltd renovated former magistrates' courts, Wareham

Externally, the building has received modern cladding treatment with coloured weatherboarding on insulation backing at first floor level, insulated renders on the ground floor, and a complete coloured aluminium window and door replacement installation, bringing the building fabric forward to current standards.  New bike storage has been added to the car park and new disabled access added to the rear entrance.

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With over thirty years’ experience, Biotrack Ltd, is a leader in the manufacturing of radio tags and radio tracking for animals, having produced over 100,000 tags for over 1,000 species since 1990. The company currently has an output of 10,000 tags per year supplied to over 110 countries.

Director of Greendale Construction, Rob Hooker, said: “It was great to transform the rather run down and unloved court building into a new state of the art facility for Biotrack Ltd. Our work has given this building a new lease of life and we wish Biotrack every success at this new site. It was a very enjoyable and collaborative project, and the end result is a worthwhile and terrific transformation which we hope will serve Biotrack for many years to come.”

Managing Director of Biotrack Ltd, Brian Cresswell, said: “Greendale Construction were a pleasure to work with throughout this project and did a fantastic job turning this eye-sore of a building into a wonderful new workplace for everyone at Biotrack.”

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The CIOB relaunches chartered schemes for businesses

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If you didn’t get a chance to read the article about the CIOB relaunching chartered schemes for businesses in Construction Manager Magazine, with comments from Rob, then read it here, or click this link.

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CIOB Relaunches chartered schemes for businesses

The CIOB has relaunched its Chartered Building Company and Chartered Building Consultancy schemes , making the assessment criteria more robust, but also raising the scheme’s profile with a new marketing campaign.

Just under 600 businesses, from SMEs to international concerns, have joined the scheme since its inception, and the CIOB hopes that the relaunch will boost membership by at least 10%.

Under the revised criteria, new applicants and existing members will need to have been trading for a minimum of two years, and commit to becoming a CIOB training partner.

Health and safety, quality management, environmental, equal opportunities and corporate social responsibility policies must all be in place, and references from clients and supply chain partners must also be submitted.

“I think there’s a bright future for CIOB CBCs – it certainly helped our business to link ourselves in with such a great institute.”

Rob Hooker, Greendale

Applications will be assessed by a new Member Admission Panel, made up of CIOB members and headed by Local Authority Building Control chief executive Paul Everall.

The MAP will also conduct audits on members. Businesses currently within the CBC scheme have until 1 October 2016 to comply with the more rigorous criteria.

Rob Hooker MCIOB, co-founder of Poole contractor and CBC Greendale, chaired a group of major contractors, employers, sole traders and clients that helped redraft the rules.

He told Construction Manager: “It needed a refresh, and we wanted to improve the scheme’s robustness – to create something tangible the rest of the industry can look up to.

“Membership numbers have been fairly constant for the past three years. So I’m hopeful we’ll improve on that 10% target. I think there’s a bright future for CIOB CBCs – it certainly helped our business, especially when we were smaller, to link ourselves in with such a great institute.”

The CBC logo has also been revamped to make the CIOB’s own logo more prominent, and members will be given guidance on branding and merchandising displaying the new look.

Hooker commented: “Unless you know the firm was regulated, you might not have linked the two – but now you’ll be linking yourself straight into the CIOB. Being a CBC is like the manifestation of professionalism – architects and clients can recognise it as a badge of professionalism.”

Chris Blythe, CIOB chief executive, said: “CBC members can feel proud of what they have achieved. They are setting new standards of professionalism in construction businesses across the UK and beyond. That recognition is in no small part having a positive impact on construction’s overall image and reputation. Against a backdrop where the general public too often hear about the worst in class rather than the best.

“Our members share the same ambitions as we do – to create the very best industry we can delivering exceptional projects and providing careers that are both fulfilling and rewarding. These new rules make sure CBCs remain at the cutting edge of today’s industry.”

The CIOB is offering support to any current CBC scheme members who may need it as they transition to the new rules.

Greendale start work on The Orangery for a private client in Dorset

 The Orangery will be a stunning addition to this beautiful house in Dorset.

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Greendale build new industrial units at Bailie Gate

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A few of photos of the steel erections being put in place during the construction of the new industrial units at Bailie Gate.  

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