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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.
Well done to our Senior Building Surveyor Alex Waring on passing his APC with flying colours!
Many congratulations from all at Silver on becoming a chartered building surveyor.
Silver is delighted to continue working with Peabody and Durkan as Employers Agent and Principal Designer to deliver this wonderful community addition to the regeneration at South Thamesmead. The boathouse will help to transform the waterfront of Southmere Lake, converting an old car parking space into a modern facility that will allow the YMCA Thames Gateway to open up the world of sailing to the local community.
The project is on programme for completion in October 2022 ready for its grand opening in early spring 2023.
Many congratulations to David Banfield, associate project manager, on graduating with a BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying degree from Southbank University.
Well done from everyone here at Silver!
We are delighted to announce that Daniel Mckane has been promoted to Assistant Quantity Surveyor.
Dan, who started work with Silver as Trainee Quantity Surveyor, is about to start his final year of studies to qualify as BSc in Quantity Surveying at Southbank University.
Congratulations Dan from all your colleagues at Silver.
Silver is delighted to announce that we have been successful in securing a position on the Network Homes 2022-2026 Consultancy Framework for Clerk of Works services.
We are looking forward to working collaboratively with the Network Homes development team to assist in the successful delivery of its aim to start 1,000 affordable homes by March 2023.
Network Homes is one of the UK’s leading housing associations with over 45 years of experience developing award-winning homes. A member of the G15 Group of London’s largest housing associations, Network Homes own and manage over 20,800 homes across London, Hertfordshire and the South East. They develop homes for a variety of affordable tenures including social, affordable and intermediate rents, shared ownership and rent to buy products such as London Living Rent.
Silver is pleased to be part of the delivery team for regeneration of A2Dominion's Gibbs Cresent in Oxford.
We are providing Employer's Agent, Cost Consultant and Principal Designer services.
The project comprises 140 new residential dwellings situated in a prime location, adjacent to Osney Marina, River Thames and Oxford city centre.
We look forward to working with our client A2Dominion Group, contractor Henry Construction Projects Limited, architects HGP Architects Ltd and structural engineer Reuby & Stagg Ltd.
We are delighted that the New Union Wharf scheme in Canary Wharf has now successfully handed over with all parties involved pleased with the outcome of nearly 10 years work on site.
Silver have enjoyed working as clerk of works with the client team at L&Q, the contractor Hill Group UK and the whole team.
Congratulations to Andy Burling on becoming a member of the ICWCI.
Well done from all your colleagues at Silver!
Silver were proud to join the Wex Wow programme at Deptford Green school hosted by Construction Youth Trust, which aimed to give the students an insight into our industry.
Over the week it was great to see how much the students had taken on board and the impact the programme had. The highlight of the week was to watch the final presentations on Friday and see how much the students had learnt.
The below feedback from Deptford's careers leader highlighted the importance of these programmes to teach and support what could be the future of our industry.
"My thanks to all the volunteers who took the time to share their expertise, provide encouragement and constructive feedback when needed and most importantly cared."
It was fantastic to be a part of such a valuable experience for the students!
We are pleased to announce the addition of Alan Swailes who joins our Health and Safety Team as a Senior Associate.
Alan’s career as a H&S practitioner and CDM consultant spans more than 20 years and brings a depth and range of experience which greatly complements the Team headed up by Matt Lee, Managing Associate.
Alan’s experience encompasses a multitude of H&S disciplines providing Principal Designer and CDM Advisory services on residential new build schemes, extensive refurbishments, commercial projects, hotels and education projects, HMP Belmarsh Prison Thamesmead.
His previous and varied experience ranges from, working at Heathrow Airport, appointed Principal Designer on the installation CT scanners and hospital refurbishment at the Royal Marsden Hospitals, laboratory, and student refurbishment at the University College London and QMS ISO audits of H&S systems and processes.
A warm welcome, Alan.
After two long years away, Silver were so delighted to see so many of our clients and colleagues at our Gin and Jazz night at The Bohemia- it was a great way to kick-off the Brighton CIH Conference.
The evening was how we planned it to be; a relaxing evening with everyone able to catch up with people they haven’t seen in a while and have fun.
Reconnecting with so many old faces and new was fantastic and we can't wait to do it all again next year!
Silver is proud of the women in our business. We continue to support and encourage changing the face of our sector through normalising women in construction.
Today’s event at Maitland Park Estate has begun the journey for these women to go onto build careers in our industry and we are honoured to be a part of it. Sarah Odell (Managing Director), Tracey Holland (Business Development Director) and Martin Ward (Director Clerk of Works) were delighted to host this event as part of our social value commitment to our client, @camdencouncil, who joined the event. Camden’s employment partner, Kings Cross Construction Skills Hub did a great job of arranging the group of women who attended the tour.
Sarah discussed her long and successful career, beginning as a carpenter and progressing to Managing Director of Silver today. Her talk highlighted the array of opportunities and career paths in our exciting industry. Tracey shared insights into the importance of the site inspector and how this is paramount in delivering projects where quality and safety has never been higher on the agenda.
As the appointed Clerk of Works at Maitland Park Estate, Martin Ward conducted an interactive tour with the group of women who each have an interest in a range of careers including carpentry, project management, quantity surveying and interior design. A big thank you to Bouygues Site Manager for your support on site today.
Silver is pleased to announce the appointment of Graham Ellis as Managing Associate, Cost Consultancy.
Graham 35 years’ experience of working in the construction industry, mostly for contractor and developer organisations, includes responsibilities as commercial director and pre-construction director. He has extensive knowledge of the London market and delivery of projects in the London and south- east area that includes high rise residential, hotels and building refurbishments.
Graham brings strength and further complements the considerable experience within our well-established Cost Consultancy team, joining Brian Middle, Peter Mack and Paul Roberts who have each worked in the industry for 35 to 45 years.
During his career Graham has regularly crossed paths with Silver over the last decade, working with us on JV projects Queens Wharf Riverside, Keybridge House, West End Lane and Wyville School.
“When I have been at the table with Silver working on projects, I was always impressed by the work ethic and approach to collaborative working that achieved overall best value and benefits for the client partners and project outcomes.” Graham explained, “This appointment with Silver as the next phase in my career is a great fit for me. I like making things work and being involved from the very beginning of a scheme. This provides the opportunity to apply my skills and knowledge to influence the design, programme, construction methods and cost efficiency that ensures best value for the scheme.”
Peter Mack, Board Director, Commercial and Development says, “Graham brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Silver. His background in development and contracting will strengthen and enhance our already wide range of cost consultancy services. Graham’s understanding of building economics, his supply chain relationships, and his tenacity to “make things work” will provide benefit to our clients in these unprecedented times when robust cost advice is key.”
We are delighted to welcome Dominic Jankowski who joins Silver – Development and Construction Consultancy as Senior Associate of Construction and Quality. Dominic's career in the construction industry spans over 45 years, most of which has been spent leading construction teams and being involved in both the contracting and development sectors of house building within London and the surrounding home counties. Dominic is also a Silver Medal Winner in the Chartered Institute of Building, Construction Manager of the Year Awards 2020 in the category of Residential under 10 Storeys. This new addition to our Site Inspection team supports the increased framework and new projects appointments across the whole of London, the south-east and home counties. A warm welcome to Silver and working with the team to continue the success of our Site Inspection services.
We are delighted to welcome Philip Mirto, who joins us as Senior Finance Associate. Phillip is highly experienced with almost ten years experience working for large accountancy practices and working hard to complete his remaining ACCA exams to become a chartered accountant. A warm Silver Welcome to Phillip.
We are looking forward to meeting with our clients and colleagues in Brighton this year.
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We are delighted to welcome Jacqui Webb who joins Silver as an Associate, Building Surveying.
Jacqui has has worked in the industry for more than 10 years and her previous experience is a great asset to our growing team of surveyors. She will also soon embark upon her APC journey with RICS to become Chartered.
Jacqui will support the delivery of condition surveys across a large property portfolios to assist clients with their longer-term roadmap towards achieving zero carbon. This is alongside the ongoing number of intrusive surveys and related works for building remedial projects.
Jacqui says, “I was delighted to be offered the opportunity to join Silver as an associate building surveyor. The transition into Silver has been made easy by the friendly and enthusiastic welcoming of the entire company. Introduction meetings were arranged with each individual team, all of whom were very warm in their welcome. I am really excited for my next chapter, being a part of the growing Silver Building Surveying team.”
A warm welcome to Silver and working with the team to continue the success of our Building Surveying services.
The new addition to our team further supports the increase in workload which follows recent framework appointments and new client acquisitions.
Built in 1912 as blocks of self-contained flats, the refurbishment of blocks A to D of this disused site in Chelsea will transform Sutton Estate and provides 80 new homes for social rent.
Silver is extremely proud to be appointed as Clerk of Works by Clarion to help them to deliver the refurbished 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes that are larger and better designed for families to enjoy.
We look forward to working closely with our Client, architect HTA and contractor Durkan on this wonderful project.
The image supplied courtesy of HTA Architects LLP.
We are delighted to welcome Alex Waring who joins Silver as a Senior Associate, Building Surveying.
Alex has a broad range of building surveying experience including domestic property surveys, building pathology, design and contract administration. Alex’s project experience includes insurance reinstatement works to listed buildings, refurbishment of coastal housing blocks, and residential remodelling and extension projects. He also has experience providing strategic partnership advice and overhauling the contract management of two £6m responsive and void repair contracts for one of the G15 housing providers.
Alex says, “Since joining Silver I’ve had a warm welcome. I’ve undertaken a great range of projects including undertaking visual and intrusive surveys of cladding / external wall systems, decarbonisation surveys, building surveys of domestic properties and education facilities, and feasibility reports on structural stabilisation of LPS housing blocks. I’m also project managing two cladding remediation projects for high rise buildings.”
A warm welcome to Silver and working with the team to continue the success of our Building Surveying services.
The new addition to our team further support the increase in workload which follows recent framework appointments and new client acquisitions.
We are delighted to be appointed as Clerk of Works for Ravensbury Phases 2-4 by Clarion. We previously delivered these services for the first phase of the estate delivering 21 new build homes which handed over in September 2020. Ravensbury is part of Clarion’s Merton Regeneration to redevelop the Eastfields, High Path and Ravensbury areas of Merton that will create 2,800 homes placing 100 homes and building 1800 new ones.
Our Team are also the appointed Clerk of Works for High Path phase one, so we are pleased to have this opportunity that enables us to continue to work with Clarion Merton Regeneration Team on the next phases of this exciting regeneration and build upon our existing client knowledge and relationship.
We are delighted to be appointed as Clerk of Works for Ravensbury Phases 2-4 by Clarion. We have delivered Clerk of Work services for Phase 1 of this development providing 21 new build homes and completed hand over in September 2020.
Ravensbury is one of three estates for redevelopment as part of Merton Regeneration along with Eastfields and High Path areas in Merton. Merton Regeneration will create 2,800 homes, replacing 1000 homes and building 1800 new ones.
We are also appointed as Clerk of Works for High Path Phase 1 and embrace the opportunity to continue working with Clarion Merton Regeneration Team on the next phases of this exciting regeneration as well as build upon our existing client knowledge and relationship.
This week we have enjoyed the company coming together for a long-awaited Silver Team Day since the pandemic started two years ago.
It was splendid to see our Silver colleagues together again when we welcomed everyone back to gather at our London office and reconnect as one Silver Team. We planned a fun day for everyone to relax, chat and reconnect - before getting very competitive for The Silver Quiz expertly hosted by Board Director Peter Mack; eat some pizza and have some drinks.
Having recruited several new colleagues since the pandemic started they have now met everyone in person and experienced the tremendous team spirit we know, have missed and are immensely proud of.
It was a truly special day to have our office and teams back in full Silver swing!
Silver is delighted to announce that we have been appointed to the LHC’s Multi-Disciplinary Consultancy Services Framework to deliver a variety of new build and refurbishment buildings for clients in the public sector. We look forward to working together with LHC and partners of this six year framework.
We will be providing Principal Designer, Employer’s Agent, Building Surveying and Clerk of Works services under the framework.
You can find more information on the LHC website here.
We are pleased to welcome Vicki Baker, who joins our Project Management Team as a Senior Associate, Design and Technical Manager.
This appointment will further strengthen the technical experience and specialism in our Pre-Construction service led by Associate Director, Darren Nolan. As well as providing additional technical and design support across all our schemes, Vicki will be responsible for running planning applications and carrying out the design and technical due diligence to identify risks that can be managed for the duration of a project.
Vicki brings with her a career of over 20 years’ undertaking design and technical roles for developers and D&B contractors. In her last role at Catalyst Housing Association, Vicki worked in the Counties Development Team as a Senior Design and Technical Manager.
We wish Vicki every success in her new role
Many congratulations to Peabody on winning two awards at this year's prestigious Evening Standard New Homes Awards.
We are proud to have worked with Peabody in achieving their successful development at Southmere SE2, and their award of the Evening Standard New Homes Award: Winner, Best Regeneration category.
Thanks to the Silver team who worked with Peabody on the development – Project Management, Darren Nolan, planning/pre-contract; Ashley Coull, Daniel Smith and Amanda Madden, construction phases; and Matt Lee, CDM Advisor. They are exceptionally proud to have been part of the team at Southmere, delivering the first phases of this high-quality scheme.
We are delighted to welcome George Layton to the Silver Team, as a Trainee Surveyor/Project Manager.
George joins Silver having previously worked in the finance sector, expressing a strong and enthusiastic interest in working in the construction industry. George will be working closely with our experienced Project Management and Cost Consultancy teams, on a variety of both exciting and interesting projects.
We will be supporting George through his academic qualifications, culminating in his enrolment and completion of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyor’s APC programme.
We very much look forward to working with and supporting George on his exciting new journey.
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.