County Hall Maidstone where the Framework contract was signed this week
We are delighted to announce that Redec has been appointed onto the prestigious new KCC Principal Contractors Framework. Securing a place under Lot 1 for projects from £1 to £750,000 with a projected contractual spend of £90m on either a design and build or construct only basis. The ethos of the new Contractors Framework will be to provide the highest degree of professionalism in the way that Kent County Council projects are delivered and to create a dependable list of local contractors to drive the county’s big plans forward from 2016 onwards.
The framework will last for 5 years and will include increased apprenticeships and training, community benefits such as local purchasing, the use of BIM, increased engagement of local SMEs and reduction in construction waste being sent to landfill. KCC being the largest property owning body in the South will engage the select contractors from this new framework for all works to schools, colleges, offices, pupil referral units, care homes, waste disposal sites and transportation within the county with other buying authorities able to join the list from next year.
Redec Director Chris said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for both the County and our Company. It is something that I personally have been working on for over 2 years now, and I cannot wait for it to commence. Working closely alongside 19 other organisations in a spirit of collaboration will ensure the property portfolio of Kent will be in safe hands for years to come.”
It is with great pleasure we can inform everyone today that Redec has become a chartered building contractor. By becoming a Chartered Building Company, Redec has demonstrates to our clients, customers, and suppliers that our business is committed to endorsing the principles and values of best practice, ethical standards and professionalism. Enhancing our professional standing within the industry at large and proving to all stakeholders that we are committed to achieving and delivering the best service we can to our clients.
CBCs operate according to the CIOB/CBC’s Code of Conduct. The CIOB (The Chartered Institute of Building) is recognised worldwide as the leading Institute for construction professionals. As a CBC there is commitment to the training and development of your staff towards recognised qualifications at the highest industry standards. Your clients can be assured peace of mind and satisfaction. Colin our MD said, “For clients, membership of the Scheme becomes instantly synonymous with professionalism, leadership and a commitment to excellent performance. Employing a Chartered Building Company, like us, is an assurance that you will be working with recognised professionals who will be delivering excellent services and will always provide a quality end-product.”
Whilst the works at Walmer Castle were undertaken to conserve the building and artifacts, our client English Heritage made the attached video which shows the staff putting the castle back together again, enjoy:
Redec’s Refurbishment department has recently been appointed as the principal contractor for conservation works to Walmer Castle in Kent. The project will see a number of works carried out to the interior and exterior of the castle.
The castle will be shut down to the public whilst works are undertaken, and will open with new displays and new areas to explore in March 2015; Redec’s busy trades and professional staff will be working all winter to deliver this exciting project to fruition.
Walmer Castle, which was built by Henry VIII, has been frequented by a number of famous historic luminaries whom include: Queen Victoria, The Queen Mother (who spent most summers here), Winston Churchill, William Pitt the Younger, WH Smith and The Duke of Wellington; it was the latter in fact who will be the basis of the new exhibits. The Duke, like the Queen Mother, was the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports and Walmer is their official residence, even to this day.
The project that is made in preparation for the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, will be reopening in March 2015. Watch this space for updates!
Redec’s Building and Refurbishment Department recently (August 2014) had an afternoon off to undertake a refresher course on the uses of lime with all staff across the department in attendance including managers and surveyors. The course which was delivered by Traditional Building Supplies of Faversham Ltd in association with Abode Renovations.
The course, which was a mixture of theory tuition via seminar and then hands-on practical assessments gave all that attended a great refresher on the uses of lime and on the latest advances in its use.
The course that was based on the principles devised by Dr Gerard Lynch renown lime specialist. The course included the fundamental aspects of the use, preparation and curing times of Lime, the history and usage, selecting sands, types of lime and the use of hair in mortar as well as the different mixing techniques and applications.
Along with practical, ‘hands-on’ tuition in pointing brickwork, preparation of joints, selecting mortars & tools, pointing techniques, protecting the work, problem solving and finishing techniques, rendering & plastering with lime putty mortars, preparing the surface, selecting materials & tools, rendering and plastering techniques and final finishes.
Delegates also undertook a number of acoustic and sound insulating renders perfect for retrofitting into pre-1900 houses. Systems such as Lime Green and Steico were fully trailed.
Other techniques that were used including lime-washing, paint dyes and clay paints. Redec Refurbishment Contracts Manager, Derek Edwards said, “It was a fantastic opportunity for the whole department to see the technological advances that have been made in the use of lime and how we can offer these sustainable solutions to our clients.”
Redec always like to stay one-foot ahead of the competition and we do this by our dedication to staff training and always keeping our knowledge up-to-date utilising the latest advances in technology to provide the best service to our clients.
The course was provided by Traditional Building Supplies Ltd, for orders tel: 01795 530503, all images were provided by photographer Emily Curson-Baker. More information about this refresher training will be published in the next quarter’s newsletter along with future training dates available to clients, subcontractors and staff alike.
REDEC has recently become STEM (Steps to Environmental Management Scheme) approved by Kent County Council. The scheme helps businesses to improve their environmental performance through a series of environmental assessments followed by certification.
STEM has 3 levels – blue, silver and gold. These levels correspond to the 3 phases of the National Standard BS 8555. Each level takes about 4 months to complete and they estimate that businesses can reach gold level in around 12 months. Some businesses may be able to achieve this faster if they have already started improving their environmental performance.
REDEC was awarded Blue certification as this demonstrates we have top management support for our environment programme and that we have carried out a full assessment of our current situation.
REDEC Refurbishment has recently been appointed as a corporate member of SPAB, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. SPAB was founded by William Morris, Philip Webb and others in 1877, to oppose what they saw as destructive ‘modern restoration’ of ancient buildings then occurring in Victorian England.
REDEC Refurbishment recently repaired and redecorated a series of grade 2 listed cottages on the Spivers Estate for the National Trust using the principles laid down by SPAB
Morris was particularly concerned about the practice, which he described as “forgery”, of attempting to return buildings to an idealised state from the distant past, which often involved the removal of elements added in their later development and which Morris saw as contributing to their interest as documents of the past. Instead, he proposed that ancient buildings should be repaired, not restored, so that their entire history would be protected as cultural heritage.
A windmill in Kent restored using traditional methods as outlined by SPAB
Today, the SPAB still operates according to Morris’s original manifesto. It campaigns, advises, runs training programmes and courses, conducts research and publishes information. The Society must be notified of all applications in England and Wales to demolish in whole or part any listed building. To this day SPAB still works in accordance with the principles laid out in its Manifesto written by William Morris in 1877. SPAB members are expected to support and follow the philosophy of conservation and repair outlined in this Manifesto.
Various cottages were also undertaken at Petts Wood and Hawkwood estate for the National Trust to SPAB guidelines
With this new partnership with SPAB we will continue to show our dedication to the always interesting and exciting sector that is, building conservation of the built environment.