We continue to assist clients with these building regulations.
We were delighted to have supported the Ealing Council (London Borough of Ealing) with their Christmas lights sponsorship appeal. The lights looked fantastic!! Best wishes from all at Silver for the New Year.
We are pleased to confirm our appointment by L&Q for site inspection services for the Rennels Way scheme. This is a S106 scheme located in Isleworth and will provide 16 affordable homes as part of the Build London Partnership.
Formed in 2018, the BLP is a unique collaboration between L&Q and the Greater London Authority (GLA) with a simple mission - to partner with smaller housing associations; combining social values and commercial expertise to build affordable homes for hard-to-reach communities.
The BLP focus on small sites that are less than 50 homes and aim to deliver a pipeline of 600 homes (starts) by 2023 through this initiative. We are looking forward to working collaboratively with L&Q’s BLP Team on this project.
Many congratulations to Dan McKane, Trainee Quantity Surveyor, on passing his third year of exams, enabling him to continue on to the next stage of his BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying degree at Southbank University.
Dan has worked hard to balance studying remotely and provide project management and quantity surveying support on a wide range of projects as part of his career development plan with Silver.
Keep up the good work, Dan!
Sunday 25th July was a very proud day for Bedford FC Youth and for us at Silver as their sponsor of two years. The Bedford ‘Spitfires’ celebrated the end of the 2020-21 Chiltern Youth Season as Division 2 League Champions, securing their promotion to division 1.
The team members were each given their own awards and league winners medals, as well as receiving the coveted winners shield. Managing Director for Silver, Sarah Odell was present at the ceremony to congratulate the team and coaches on their resounding success and to accept the sponsors award on behalf of Silver. Having also attended the match which secured the win for the Spitfires, Sarah confirmed ‘the competition was strong, the tension was palpable and the spectators were on tenterhooks. The team did themselves proud and Silver couldn’t be more proud of the team.
Roll on next season! We are delighted to continue our sponsorship of the Bedford ‘Spitfires’ and wish them every success for the new season’.
We are delighted to share that handovers of the first affordable and market sale residential properties Peabody’s Southmere has now completed. This significant milestone marks completion of the first phase of development forming part of Peabody’s masterplan to deliver more than 1,600 new homes. Working with Peabody and Durkan, handover of this phase included 130 high quality and energy efficient dwellings, commercial space, an energy centre and District Heat Network sized to serve c.860 dwellings, a fabulous central square with a beautiful fountain, and ample amenity space.
Our Employers Agent Daniel Smith was able to take advantage of the amazing weather we had last week to take photographs of the impressive new square and library set next to the recently refurbished and picturesque Southmere lake, which will provide leisure and relaxation for the new residents. Also, Dan has captured the high quality finish to the apartment blocks, townhouses and the shared garden and play spaces.
Silver is appointed as Employer’s Agent, Cost Consultant and Client CDM Advisor for Southmere Phase 1 which started construction two and half years ago. We also provided design management, cost consultancy, Principal Designer and project management as part of our #pre-construction services, working with Peabody from the early planning stages to submit the successful planning application for this phase and masterplan of this major regeneration project.
We recognise that becoming a Registered Signatory is an important first step towards achieving the culture and behavioural change required in relation to the Charter’s objectives around building safety. In confirming our support as a Registered Signatory, we will now be working to ensure that we embed the principles of the Charter into our organisation’s activities.
We are pleased to welcome Julie Wilson who joins our Health and Safety Team as an Associate. Julie joins Silver at an exciting time for the Health and Safety team and will support Matt Lee in providing Principal Designer and CDM Advisory services to our ever growing client base. This includes private and public sector clients, as well as architects and contractors.
Julie’s health and safety experience is supported by a design background in Architecture and Planning. In her previous role Julie worked within a team acting as Principal Designer on The Houses of Parliament Restoration and Renewal Programme.
We are delighted to announce our appointment as Employer’s Agent by Southern Housing for Free Wharf, Phase 1. The first phase of this mixed-use development on the waterfront at Shoreham comprises 137 apartments in three blocks with commercial space at the ground floor.
We are looking forward to working with the Southern Housing and design team on this exciting scheme by the sea.
We are delighted to announce that Dillon Bourke and Dan Smith have been promoted to the role of Senior Associate.
Dillon joined Silver in July 2015 as an Assistant Project Manager, with Dan joining shortly after in January 2016 in the same role. In that time, both Dillon and Dan have gained extensive experience in the roles of project manager, employer’s agent and contract administrator. Dillon in addition has acted in the role of quantity surveyor.
Both Dillon’s and Dan’s promotions are in reflection of their exceptional hard work and commitment to the success of Silver.
Congratulations, Dillon and Dan.
We were delighted to attend Peabody’s framework launch meeting on 12 April and look forward to working closely with them on successful projects throughout the new four-year framework.
The Peabody teams gave insightful and educational presentations which provided us with a greater understanding of their plans, expectations, and aspirations. Peabody’s collaborative approach to fully optimise the spirit of this framework will enable us to play our part in assisting them to overcome the current challenges faced within the industry. This joined-up approach to projects and the wider issues aims to deliver quality housing and safe environments that are needed for years to come, and will benefit Peabody’s residents and communities in London and the South East.
We are looking forward to working with colleagues – old and new – to deliver exciting projects and are very pleased to be part of the framework.
We are pleased to welcome Andy Burling who joins our Quality Management and Site Inspection Team as an Associate. This new appointment to the team reflects the increasing demand in 2021 for our site inspector services, the aim of which is to improve build quality for clients – coupled with our team’s recent successful selection for several frameworks and new tender awards.
Andy started his career in construction as a 16-year-old apprentice carpenter. He has spent the last 10 years as a site manager (working for a contractor), successfully delivering a range of residential and commercial new build and refurbishment projects.
Andy says that he is excited to be on board and is looking forward to a new challenge, as he embarks on his new journey with us at Silver.
We are delighted to have been selected for appointment to the four-year SEC Framework and look forward to working collaboratively with SEC on the successful delivery of a variety of projects.
We will be providing Principal Designer, Project Management, Building Surveying and Clerk of Works services under the framework. You can find more information on the SEC website here
We are delighted to confirm that following a significant amount of hard work and collaborative participation with our fantastic colleagues, we have launched our three year Business Plan.
For the first time in our 75 year history, our Business Plan was created, refined, presented and launched completely online.
We look forward to sustained business continuity both through and beyond these challenging times, with detailed strategic objectives, service delivery plans and our valued client base, forming the backbone of our business success.
We are pleased to confirm that we remain an SSIP Approved consultant, having successfully renewed our SMAS Worksafe accreditation for another 12 months.
We extend our thanks to our colleague Matt Lee for his work in compiling the required submissions.
We are looking forward to working collaboratively with the Network Homes development team to assist in the successful delivery of its ambitious growth strategy to provide over 2,800 new homes by 2023.
We are pleased to share our recognition on the Housing Forum website and social media channels.
Read the article here
We are delighted to announce that Matt has been promoted to the position of Managing Associate. This advancement is well deserved and reflects his continuing success in improving and expanding our health and safety and Principal Designer services – which are in great demand by new and existing clients. Matt has extensive experience in the construction industry, providing safety advice on complex projects including major demolitions, high-rise and new build developments, refurbishments and fit-outs.
The Government have now published the much-awaited feedback on the Future Homes Standard and new regulation related to Part L. Their consultation paper includes the much-needed guidance on the implementation rules and timeframes (detailed below).
As expected, there is going to be a 2021 interim uplift in Part L Regulations which will require new homes to produce 31% less CO2 emissions compared to the 2013 standard. The timeframe for this change is:
Developers must submit building notice/initial notice or deposit plans by June 2022 for transitional arrangements to apply; these will now apply to individual homes rather than an entire development. The transitional period will be one year – meaning that inspectable works must have started on individual plots before the end of May 2023.
Transitional arrangements in practice
For transitional arrangements to apply to an individual building, developers will need to both:
i. Submit a building/initial notice or deposited plans by June 2022; and
ii. Commence work on each individual building by June 2023.
o Excavation for strip or trench foundations or for pad footings.
o Digging out and preparation of ground for raft foundations.
o Vibrofloatation (stone columns) piling, boring for piles or pile driving.
o Drainage work specific to the building(s) concerned.
Please contact Darren Nolan for more information.
We were delighted to have supported the Ealing Council (London Borough of Ealing) with their Christmas lights sponsorship appeal. The lights looked fantastic!!
Best wishes from all at Silver for the New Year.
We are very proud to have supported Catalyst in their regeneration of the Havelock Estate and very pleased that the scheme has won the Best Regeneration Project category in this year’s Evening Standard New Homes Awards.
The project, marketed as Southall Village, is being delivered in partnership with Ealing Council. The first phase completed earlier this year and saw nearly 300 new homes built alongside an impressive improvement to public green space, a new playground and an extensive range of community facilities.
Serena Horgan, head of delivery and project manager for the first phase, said, “I am so pleased that Havelock has won this award. The first phase is a huge achievement for both Catalyst and Ealing Council, and I am very proud to have been part of it.” “The homes are excellent, but the work that we’ve done in the community has been what’s made this project stand out.”
As part of our business strategy and planning, we explore various ways that we can make an important contribution. This doesn’t need to be a cheque – as in our experience it is important to be part of what is happening. Our decision to provide professional services and time to develop the extension to the Samson Centre for Multiple Sclerosis has been extremely rewarding in many ways.
The extension was completed in May 2019 and officially opened in September. Tony Iannaccone’s friendship with Samson founder, John Hambly, goes back over thirty years – from when they both worked together as surveyors for Cyril Silver & Partners. Tony was delighted to be part of the official opening of the centre and returned to site last week for end of defects inspections when John asked him to take down a tea-towel which was apparently hiding a hole in the wall. On removing the tea-towel, Tony was completely taken by surprise to reveal a plaque dedicated to Silver for our contribution to successfully completing the project.
So, why is supporting charities good for business? It’s a simple answer and immeasurable. It is what you get in return when you witness the difference your contribution has made to this fantastic project and the people connected with the charity.
The images of the plaque and group photography courtesy of Graham Jelley.