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Jon Wardle speaks at next Buildoffsite Residential Hub Event

The next Buildoffsite Residential Hub being held on 4th July at University of Birmingham will explore the disparate process required to successfully enable an offsite project, and highlight whether the industry is aligned when it comes to a clear process for Offsite projects.

Jon will be discussing what we need to consider during the pre-construction phase and how it differs from the traditional construction process.

Jon will be speaking alongside several other members of the Residential Hub Board including Michelle Hannah from Cast Consultancy who will be exploring the MMC Definitions Framework and no doubt providing some very useful technical ‘know how’.  The event will close with panel discussions and a workshop to capture information shared throughout the day.

Details of the event can be found at https://www.buildoffsite.com/events/residential-hub-event-offsite-processes/


Simon Wilkinson appointed to lead on business growth at Claritas Group

AMCM Group, one of the UK’s most forward-thinking construction specialists, has appointed Simon Wilkinson as Director to lead on strategic growth.

Simon’s appointment demonstrates an investment into a business which has already achieved significant success in residential markets, forging close relationships with local authorities and residential developers in the past six years. With Simon now on board, the goal is to extend this growth further to commercial, mixed-use developments and the education sector.

Simon has 40 years’ experience in the construction industry, originally qualifying as a Quantity Surveyor before transitioning to strategic business development roles. Having gained valuable experience working for one of the UK’s leading engineering consultancies, Simon moved on to join Wates in 2005, spearheading the company’s strategy to work with some of London’s leading commercial clients.

Simon’s role at Wates further expanded into the burgeoning London private residential sector, which saw project revenue grow from £0 to £150+million in under five years.

Now at AMCM Group, Simon will be responsible for identifying new opportunities for clients at the very beginning of their project lifecycle. In addition, he will also undertake the new role within the company of ‘Promise Guardian’, ensuring that all deliverables outlined at the beginning of a project are met and achieved in line with those set out and agreed with the client.

Jon Wardle, AMCM Group CEO said: “We are in an environment where being transparent is essential; we win work based on our values and commitment to customer service, as well as the quality of project delivery. It’s important for us to communicate this level of transparency. There is currently much talk about the existing ‘broken model’ and the challenge to find new ways of working. The level of respect that Simon has gained from the industry makes him the ideal ambassador for AMCM Group.”

Ready to take on this challenge, Simon added: “I have not only joined an outstanding forward thinking business, but it is exhilarating to be working with old colleagues who share the same passion as myself, and it excites me to be able to work with clients expressing the way AMCM Group operates. In doing so, we can very clearly make a difference on project delivery and play our part in moving the industry on in a positive way.

“My primary goal is to create meaningful, long-term client relationships aligned to our business culture of delivering on promises.”


AMCM is proud to support Mental Health Awareness Week

AMCM Group takes the health and wellbeing of all of our employees very seriously.

We are pleased to support Mental Health Awareness Week across the business. Each site has been issued with the ‘time to change’ poster and our Site Managers are holding tool box talks to provide information and advice of the company’s open door policy for all operatives to discuss any issues or seek help from their Site Manager.  

The head office canteen in Beckenham has been adorned with useful information leaflets, posters and ways to seek help, not only if individuals are struggling with mental health issues, but how we can identify and offer support if we suspect a colleague is affected. 

#loveconstruction #mentalhealthawareness #timetochange


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


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