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Jon Wardle Selected to Join Buildoffsite Residential Hub Leaders Group

Buildoffsite Residential Hub Leaders Group

AMCM Group is delighted to announce that Jon Wardle CEO has been appointed through a selection process as one of 7 members to form a new Buildoffsite Residential Hub Leaders Group.

The purpose of the Residential Hub is “to create a network of industry ambassadors to facilitate change in the Housing industry in support of the Construction 2025 targets” and the wider Government focus of accelerating housing delivery in the UK. The primary focus of the Residential Hub is on offsite manufacturing, product-based delivery, standardisation and innovation.

From 1 April 2019, the new leadership group will also have an involvement in the development of future events run by Buildoffsite, and they will collectively decide on the content and topics for discussion.

Buildoffisite said, “This is a milestone event in the growth of the Residential Hub and a great example of the benefits that Buildoffsite can offer to its members.”

Jon Wardle said “I am delighted to be able to contribute to the future of the Buildoffsite Residential Hub. This is an exciting time for the Forum, and I look forward to sharing ideas and experiences with my colleagues forming the leader team.” He went on to explain, “This is an exciting time for us as a growing business and as we embark on the launch of Magna Off-site Solutions the specialist DfMA division. within the AMCM Group.”

Jon is looking forward to working with his six fellow representatives:

  • Tom Eshelby, Stelling Properties (Chair)
  • Graham Cleland, Berkeley Homes
  • Graeme O’Doherty, McAvoy
  • Alex Hyams, Alinea Consulting
  • Brendan Geraghty, Geraghty Taylor

Social Values at St Agnes, Oval

As part of our Social Value offering, the site team at St Agnes, Oval have been delighted to support the Kennington Youth Project which is adjacent to the site.

Since starting work on the project in August 2018, the AMCM Site Manager, appointed Resident Liaison Officer and Considerate Constructors Champion have worked together with the KYP in several ways. This has included assisting with DIY and minor maintenance works within the youth centre and donating items such as soaps, hand towels and tea and coffee supplies. We have also donated equipment required at the center and in support of a donation made by the client, London and Quadrant, arranged an event to mark the delivery of the funds. We hope to continue our social value offerings here through to the completion of the project in April 2020 with an aim of leaving a positive legacy beyond completion.

Becki Sinclair, CCS Champion explains: “We are always keen to reach out to the communities in which we work, and we really want to try and make our presence a positive one for all!”

The CCS scheme has introduced a nationwide graffiti competition which Becki has taken and adapted for the St Agnes scheme, commenting: “I really wanted to encourage the young people surrounding the site to get involved, so we are running our own AMCM ‘mini competition’ so someone in the local area will win!”

In addition to the work we are doing with KYP, AMCM Group has also donated unused materials such as pallets and bricks to local allotments which are gratefully accepted and transformed into raised beds for planting. Quite apt, perhaps, considering St Agnes is the patron saint of gardeners!


AMCM at Total Housing CIH, Brighton, 2019

“Oh we do like to be beside the seaside…”

AMCM Group is attending Brighton during the CIH Total Housing event on 6th and 7th March 2019, represented by Jon Wardle, CEO and Jo Davis, Bid and Business Development Manager during the two-day event. We are looking forward to sharing experiences and discussing innovations with a range of South East and London Housing Sector delegates.

If you are attending Brighton and would like to meet up, please get in touch.


AMCM are proud to support the Build Off Site Residential Hub

Jon Wardle, CEO of AMCM Group, spoke at the Build Off Site Residential Hub Event on 19 March 2019. The event looked at how the offsite sector is addressing cost and if clients are getting value for money. Jon discussed what role construction and project managers play in delivering competitive offsite solutions and how can we balance quality against cost?

Off-site solutions is an exciting prospect for AMCM as we are about to launch a new division: MAGNA Off-site Solutions. MAGNA will be a turnkey provider of a range of off-site solutions and innovations across the construction industry… more information coming soon!


Claritas Group attended MIPIM 2019 – join us if you Cannes!

AMCM Group is attending MIPIM 2019 – the 30th MIPIM Event! We are delighted to be attending in association with the London Club.

London at MIPIM

Should you like to connect with us at the event you can find us at the London Club Stand or you can contact:

Jon Wardle – CEO, AMCM Group

E: Jon.wardle@amcm-group.co.uk
M: +44 7793 980 844

Simon Wilkinson – Director, AMCM Group

E: Simon.wilkinson@amcm-group.co.uk
M: +44 7879 437337


Claritas Parsonage Lane site heading for the stars

Congratulations to all the team at Parsonage Lane, Enfield for their AMCM record-breaking Considerate Constructors Scheme evaluation score of 39.

They were awarded a Performance Beyond Compliance certificate for scoring eight (Excellent) in four categories and seven (Very Good) or above in each of the five CCS code headings: appearance, community, environment, safety and workforce – a fitting reward for all their hard work.

This exciting scheme is located within a residential area of Enfield, North London, and will result in the completion of 23 town houses and 6 flats. The majority of the units have been completed and handed over, with some already occupied.

The aim of the Considerate Constructors Scheme is to improve the image of construction. This is achieved by monitoring all registered sites, suggesting areas where improvements could be made and rewarding those who are performing at the highest levels.


John Barker Court, Brent – CCS Performance beyond compliance

Sean Geraghty

We would like to congratulate Sean Geraghty (Project Manager at John Barker Court) and all his team for achieving a Performance Beyond Compliance rating on the recent Considerate Constructor’s Scheme audit of the site which took place in September 2018.

The site was awarded ‘Very Good and Excellent’ ratings in all five categories. The CCS Certificate indicates a higher level of consideration – beyond statutory requirements – to neighbours, the workforce and the environment.

Congratulations to the site team for their efforts and consideration whilst construction works take place at the John Barker Court project in Brent. This great score reflects the continued efforts to improve our involvement with the Considerate Constructor’s Scheme to perform beyond compliance.

by Becki Sinclair, AMCM CCS Champion


Introducing Nicolas Elia

Nic has been with AMCM Group as a trainee quantity surveyor since July 2017. Over the last year, he has developed his skills from basic invoice logging to procuring and managing packages such as drylining and external landscaping, with the aid of the Commercial Director, Alex Fish.

He has always had a passion to become a quantity surveyor – while working for his previous employer (Site Sales) as an Affordable Homes Consultant, he enrolled with the University of Greenwich to study an HNC Level 4 in Quantity Surveying. He worked with Site Sales for a year until he sold Thurlow Park Road, where the construction management team was… AMCM Group! He soon became an AMCM trainee.

A year on from this point and he has now completed his HNC Level 4 to a Merit Level and has been offered an unconditional place at Westminster University, with the intention to study Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management BSc Honours. His aim is to complete this course in the next three years, to continue studying and then become chartered with the RICS.

Congratulations to Nic on passing his HNC, and we will continue to support him in his career development within Quantity Surveying. These are very positive times for the construction industry and we are proud to offer opportunities to younger workers at the beginning of their career progression. At AMCM Group we take every opportunity to include trainees wherever possible throughout our attractive and sustainable working environments. We enjoy being questioned and challenged, and this continuous improvement process has previously provided valuable innovations to project delivery, ensuring that the industry has a valuable talent base to build upon.

We are making every effort to bridge the skills gap and believe that it is in everyones interests to ensure that young people continue and flourish in their path to a rewarding career in construction. Therefore we are committed to nurturing, supporting and celebrating young people in construction by ensuring that a minimum 10 per cent of AMCM staff are sponsored trainees who have a clear pipeline of opportunity with the company.


Announcing the new AMCM Group website

Announcing the new AMCM Group website

After several months of hard work and dedication, our new AMCM Group website is now live at www.amcm-group.co.uk.

In the past year we have seen significant changes to our company as we continue to expand as a business. And as our team of specialists has grown, we’ve expanded our portfolio of services to meet the increasingly complex needs of our clients.

Innovation and problem solving remain at the very heart of our delivery process, and we are always working to make buildings better. While we are still very much the trusted business we have always been, we wanted to better show the amazing things we do. So here we are, thrilled to announce the launch of our brand new AMCM Group website!

Our main goal with this new AMCM Group website is to provide users with an easy way to learn about our services and solutions. To that end, the new site is much easier to navigate, giving users a better idea of who we are, what we do and who we work with. Furthermore, our project case studies highlight recently completed work and the value created for each client as a result.

New and improved

Among the many new features are integrated social media buttons for Twitter and LinkedIn. This is to help foster improved communication with our communities. In addition we will be constantly updating the site with helpful information, articles, company announcements and project successes.

We hope you find the new AMCM Group website easy to use and that our newly redesigned site tells you everything you need to know about us. We’d love to hear what you think.

 

The new AMCM Group website as viewed on an iMac

Are SMEs the answer to the London housing crisis?

Are SMEs the answer to the London housing crisis? Is big and beautiful the solution? As an SME by definition, I will stand up and say ‘No’ to both of these questions.

However, SMEs are indeed part of the solution to resolving the need for more housing in the UK as a whole, all we can ask is that SMEs are given the opportunity prove ourselves.

The London Housing Strategy

The Mayor of London’s Housing Strategy acknowledges that the number of small sites coming forward has ‘fallen markedly’. In 1988, 12,000 SMEs nationally were responsible for 40% of new homes. Fast-forward to 2017 and 2,500 SMEs are responsible for only 12%. The stats for London are not available, but the trends indicate the percentages are the same.

I have to ask: why is that? Is it because the very good Housing Authorities and contractors who used to deliver those sites are now only interested in the larger schemes?

The Mayor’s strategy states that schemes of over 500 units only account for 14% of completions and the pipeline of approvals not yet completed sits at 278,000. Although 499 units is not ideal for an SME, we all know that a lot of those consents are 1-50 homes which are perfect for SMEs with the right procurement and risk transfer.

One of the oft-quoted reasons for a lack of development is that developers and housebuilders build at rates which maximise their returns. I’ll tell you how I want to maximise my SME returns and it’s simple: we want to work with clients to build more homes and build them quickly!

How to unlock the potential for small sites

Whilst some in our industry started the year feeling positive that completions last year are getting close to the Mayor’s target, new project starts for the year were down which makes me question if this a worrying trend? Are the big regenerations projects, such as Battersea, tailing off? If that is the case, then that opportunity for 10 units right at the heart of your local community or high street is even more important. And the Mayor himself says that small sites are often easier to deliver than the complex regenerations.

As an SME it might not necessarily be the case, as small sites can often be very challenging – requiring relatively large investment just to get them to be developable. At AMCM Group, we take risks and we have a strong balance sheet for an SME of our size. That being said, for the sake of MY family, am I going to put mine and my employees’ livelihoods all at risk for one site? Because we are not talking about a faceless shareholder or the banks taking the risk here; we are talking about experienced individuals and highly-skilled workforces.

If we want to unlock these small sites we must all collaborate in different ways and look at different procurement routes and risk transfer. That doesn’t mean to say that risk cannot be transferred, owned or managed, or that I don’t want a robust contract to be in place because I do. But I believe that there are better ways to use our respective skills and balance sheets.

Section 3.6 of the Housing Strategy proposes that a range of public sector interventions are required, including investment in infrastructure, site clearance and remediation where required, and it is these usually high-risk, high-cost elements that preclude small developers and SMEs from building out these sites. I would ask that local authorities and housing associations are more proactive with their patient investment funds in these kinds of areas, so that we as SMEs can make our capital work harder and faster where it is less likely to have serious consequences if it goes wrong. It’s happening already, but more can be done.

The importance of offsite construction methods

The Mayor says that offsite construction methods account for only 10% of total construction output. He is right in some respects on the actual output, but as an SME I would argue that as we are investing our time and capital in the skills, knowledge and supply chain of designers, manufacturers and contractors in offsite delivery, and it’s difficult to know where to start and where to end when measuring actual delivery processes. We currently do not have a site that is not using some form of offsite manufactured solution. Therefore, the figures the Mayor has quoted do not reflect offsite as a whole.

On almost all of our projects, we have used offsite manufactured of some kind – especially pre-cast columns and lift shafts. We know that it reduces the labour requirements onsite, saves time and money, and has less impact on the local community.

We are currently building using LGS, Timber Frame and SIPPS panels, and our ambition is to become the turnkey contractor of choice for small sites. Not just for our clients, but for manufacturers also – because designing and constructing offsite solutions onsite is a very different process than traditional construction. I am happy and proud to say that we are learning from our mistakes. We have made a few!

Our choices require investment and my final request on behalf of all SMEs is that we are given transparency of the pipeline. That we enter into mutually beneficial relationships built on trust and respect, and that we are given the opportunity to grow and learn together. SMEs are a vital part of the UK construction market, and we are essential to the delivery of housing solutions in London and the rest of the country.

Jon Wardle
CEO, AMCM Group


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