It’s going to be a year of celebrations for I&G, concentrating on how proud we are of our past, our journey to where we are now, and how excited we are about the next 50 years.
To kick things off, we’ve made a pledge to raise £50,000 for a chosen charity.
With the backing of the wider Sewell Group’s 500 employees, we’re on a mission to raise as much money as we can for Macmillan Cancer Support, by hosting sponsored activities and events, monthly challenges, as well as encouraging subcontractors and partners to get involved in as much as they can along the way.
Be sure to keep an eye out on what you can get involved in throughout the year, but in the meantime, read on for more in-depth project updates and a lookback on our project highlights from the last year.
All the best for 2022,
Sean and the I&G team.
I&G have pledged to raise £50,000 in support of a chosen charity during its half century celebrations in 2022.
The company, founded in 1972, works across the north of England and has just recorded its most successful year of trading following new contract wins across health, education, and commercial projects. 2021 also saw a recruitment drive following their move into new £1m custom-designed offices, meaning I&G step into its half century on a strong footing.
To mark this major milestone, I&G staff voted for a cause close to their hearts, choosing Macmillan Cancer Support as its charity of the year. Macmillan Cancer Support provides emotional, physical, and financial support to patients and their families living with cancer.
Neil has decided to hang up his measuring tape and take early retirement to coincide with his 60th birthday at the end of January 2022.
Coming from a trade background as a stone mason, Neil quickly developed his skills and experience into estimating where he has worked for over 30 years measuring and pricing in excess of 600 projects. The Jack Berry House in Malton was a fond and memorable £3m scheme, consisting of a grand new build with special facing bricks and detailed joinery.
During his time at I&G, Neil has shown a passion for developing junior team members and provided much time and effort in making others be the best they can, with Phil, Chris and more recently Aaron who will take over the running of the estimating department having gained valuable experience from Neil.
Neil has been a cornerstone within the I&G business from his first day April Fool’s Day 2009 and has been a strong support and fountain of knowledge for all those who have worked with him.
As a dedicated follower of Huddersfield Town and working towards his 2000th match, Neil will have more time to spend with his wife Nicki following the football, travelling and gigs.
The whole I&G team wish Neil and Nicki the very best of luck and all the very best for the future.
Paul Russell joins I&G as Operations Manager, offering support to project delivery and site teams.
Paul brings with him a wealth of experience and humour to the role, where he’ll be an integral part of the operational delivery of the business.
Paul had a busy first couple of days after joining the business on the 17th of January. Day one saw him getting involved in the celebrations as we announced our 50-year £50k pledge, and on day two he joined representatives from across Sewell Group business units in a photo shoot Hull KR’s newly named stadium Sewell Group Craven Park!
I&G began demolition, mobilisation and enabling works to the Barnsley Hospital Critical Care Unit (CCU) before Christmas. This latest scheme follows the recent completion of the remodelled Emergency Department and Adult Majors Unit, as well as the Children’s Emergency Department and Assessment Unit which form part of the Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s investment in a series of improvements across its Gawber Road site.
At £5.3m, this is one of I&G’s largest schemes, and will see the development of a brand-new, state-of-the-art CCU to enhance patient experience and wellbeing, with more appropriately sized and spaced-out beds, better lighting, and decor, as well as enhanced provisions for patient privacy. All factors which will contribute to shorter stays, quicker discharges, and speedier recoveries in general.
The team will be busy at Leeds General Infirmary over the next few months, with a number of schemes coinciding as a continuation of the Trust’s improvement programme for the Hospital.
2022 sees a new scheme come to fruition, with the refurbishment of the Ophthalmology ward, as well as external works and moving onto the second phase over at Cath Labs.
Awarded through a competitive tendering process, the Copley Academy improvement works commenced in July 2021 and will complete in April 2022.
The scheme is being managed by Harry Cooper Oldroyd and Jamie McLaughlin who have completed a programme of sensitive asbestos removal works and internal improvements to include new fire doors and the complete re-planning of the fire strategy in the school.
Externally the scheme has benefitted with the installation of new high performance curtain walling to the inner courtyards and the high-level roof areas to complete the fabric improvement works.
Works continue with Sheffield Health & Social Care Trust following the completion of Stanage Ward, where I&G worked within a live ward environment to complete a section of the ward to offer greater capacity within the ground floor of the main unit.
Now, Paul Dyson and Harry Watt continue to work on the Burbage Ward refurbishment where the whole of the first floor has been demolished internally to allow the full refurbishment of the ward.
Externally, a programme of window replacement and essential roof builders’ works have progressed to service the newly refurbished internal areas.
We have a long-standing relationship with the Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and last year, we completed several schemes which form part of the Trust’s investment in a series of improvements across its Gawber Road site.
2021 was an extremely busy year for I&G and in particular Q1 to Q3 when working on multiple schemes at the Rotherham General Hospital Trust across 6 areas, spanning three sites.
Assisting in the design and offering valuable contractor input, I&G mobilised the project with a blend of directly employed and subcontract staff to ensure the demanding programme and budgets were achieved offering an exceptional result on completion.
I&G developed a purpose-built enhanced care Higher Observation Area (HOBS) within the Neuroscience department at Leeds General Infirmary on L25.
Enhanced care is a service provided to adults who need a higher level of observation, monitoring and interventions, offering an intermediate level of care between a general ward and High Dependency Unit. For Neurosciences, this applies to elective and acute admissions for Neurosurgery and Spinal Surgery.
I&G successfully secured the University of Leeds Lab refurbishment scheme at the Roger Stevens Building in March 2021 and with a build programme of 30 weeks, works have progressed to an advanced stage with both lab refurbishments.
We completed the of £1.9m programme of works to modernise redundant Chapel Allerton Hospital in Leeds.
Ward 6C received a host of much needed refurbishment and remodelling works, after remaining inactive for over 11 years.
The redundant ward has now been transformed into a vibrant, modernised space which will play a key role in caring and supporting stroke recovery patients.
We’ve been working closely with Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust to reconfigure and upgrade existing spaces to improve patient care and the way in which services are provided.
Last year we completed on two schemes for the Trust – Beech Cottage at Woodland View Nursing Home and Burbage Ward at the Michael Carlisle Centre – with additional works to the latter in the pipeline for 2022.
Where are you from?
Not far from here actually, I'm West Yorkshire (Huddersfield) born and bred.
What's the Project?
We're building a brand new CCU for Barnsley Hospital which has been many years in the planning.
Is this your first project with Barnsley Hospital?
No, this is actually my second! We worked very hard with the Trust to deliver the Children's Assessment Unit earlier this year. I'm looking forward to creating another important, much needed facility.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy restoring and maintaining my classic car. At weekends, I like to get out and show it off at organised classic and vintage car rallies.