Seven months into our 50th year and things are full steam ahead for the I&G team.
We’d like to give a special mention to our site teams for their valuable contributions towards the coffee mornings as part of our fundraising efforts this year. They’ve also been very busy collecting significant donations from suppliers and subcontractors – good work!
All our projects are progressing well, and we’ve also completed a couple too. The Roger Stevens lecture theatres over at the University of Leeds being one of them, with Michael Carlisle and Copley Academy not far behind.
We also kicked a whole host of events under our pledge to raise £50,000 for our chosen charity. The Kirkwood is an end-of life hospice based close to I&G HQ who provide specialist care to adults with advanced, progressive illnesses, as well as providing support for their family members, friends and carers.
We’ve been skydiving, abseiling, Total Warriors, Race for Lifers, and big cake eaters – and it’s all been worth it so far!
Take a look at what the teams from across Sewell Group have been up to:
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We’re supporting the highly anticipated Snowdogs Support Life, Kirklees art trail, which will see 60 decorated sculptures popping up in public spaces across the borough this Autumn.
The team will be working with a local artist to develop an eye-catching design to be displayed on the trail later in the year – sponsoring not one, but two Snowdogs – a Snowdog and a Snowpup.
Our Head of Comms, Rachel, and PR & Events Coordinator, Gracie were keen to get out and about to see progress on three of our sites, and joined the site teams down at Michael Carlisle, Barnsley CCU and Roger Stevens a few weeks ago.
Chosen for each being quite different and at varying stages in their respective programmes, the comms team enjoyed gaining greater insight into the projects to help with their storytelling and developing a great understanding of how we do things on site.
Mental health hospital, Michael Carlisle is nearing completion, and has seen the first floor of Burbage Ward completely transformed into a safer, more welcoming, and efficient space for both its staff and patients.
Barnsley CCU is another complex project with its own set of logistical challenges. Central to an existing critical care unit that must remain live throughout the duration of the project, Rachel and Gracie were able to see first-hand how we manage emergency access with site access.
From there we went to the University of Leeds where we had just completed on two lecture theatres in the Roger Stevens building. The high-tech, more accessible theatres consist of new, collaborative seating instead of the standard lecture hall rows, purpose-made furniture, a green wall, and other soft finishes to ensure high-performance acoustic properties during lectures.
Our Industry Partnership with Wakefield College means we get to support the next generation of construction workers through the college’s new T Level qualifications.
Working with sister construction company, Sewell Construction, we’ve taken on several work experience placements so far, the latest being Thomas Handley. He’s a Level 3 apprentice, and he’s had quite the journey with us already!
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We’ve welcomed plenty of new starters over the past few weeks, growing our team to 34.
John Hepworth – Site Manager based at Barnsley CCU
Thomas Handley – Trainee Quantity Surveyor
Thomas Barker – Trainee Site Manager based at Michael Carlisle
Richard Linley – Estimator
Richard Webster – Quantity Surveyor ‘secondment from Sewell Construction based at Trinity Academy
We started work on multi-million-pound improvements to the Ophthalmology Unit at St James’s Hospital, on behalf of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
The Ophthalmology service has outgrown its current space in Chancellor’s Wing and other sites, so the project will see a reconfiguration of existing space within the Gledhow Wing of St James’s Hospital to bring multiple ophthalmology services under one roof.
Since demolition, the team on site have really cracked on over at the Barnsley Critical Care Unit, with great progress having been made above ground.
The shape is really coming together, with the structural steelwork erected and the metal decking soon to be complete.
The internal drainage and ground floor concrete slab has been cast and before long, the roof concrete slab will be cast too. From here we can commence with the block and roof works.
The brand-new, state-of-the-art CCU will enhance patient experience and wellbeing, with more appropriately sized and spaced-out beds, better lighting and décor, as well as enhanced provisions for patient privacy. All factors which will contribute to shorter stays, quicker discharges, and speedier recoveries.
As one of I&Gs largest schemes, this is one to watch, especially as I&G and the Trust continue their close relationship and collaborative approach in this extremely complex and logistically challenging project.
Great strides have been made to the Michael Carlisle Centre, a mental health facility in Sheffield, which is due for internal completion at the beginning of June. Full completion expected in August, followed by the next phase which is creating a dedicated wellbeing garden for the patients.
Temporary site access has now been removed, being replaced with a large gable end window. All rooms and ensuites are almost complete, with bedroom furniture in the process of being fitted. Specialist furniture has been fitted within the dispensary and treatment rooms, corridors are prepped for decoration, and vinyl has been laid in some areas.
Externally, re-roofing works have commenced and will be complete in the next couple of months.
We’ve been undertaking a full asbestos removal internally and to the façade, as well as updating the fire safety of the building. This has included the installation of new fire doors and walls, new fire exits and a new façade.
The team have done a great job completing these works whilst the school remained operational, and snagging is due to be completed at the start of June.
After 12 months of planning, works have finally begun over at Trinity Academy, a new client for I&G.
The plan is to extend the dining and servery provisions within the school, creating a new dumbwaiter, as well as two additional classrooms and infill of the mezzanine floor.
The first phase strip out has been completed, and the team are currently on with the drainage and foundations for the new extension.
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Where are you from?
I’m originally from Stoke on Trent: Land of oatcakes, Robbie Williams, and pottery. I came to University in Huddersfield, and Yorkshire has held me captive ever since.
What’s your role and how long have you worked for I&G?
Management Trainee - predominantly in estimating assisting the pre-construction team. I've been here just a little over six months. Feels longer, but time flies when you’re having fun!
What are you working on at the moment?
Been working on various renovation tendering projects in health care and community centres, but also working with Kirkwood Hospice in conjunction with our 50/50 pledge. Currently heading the Snowdogs project in Kirklees for I&G and we are all barking mad for it at the office!
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I'm a massive fan of exploring places for foodie adventures and flying high with my aerial club!