New Starters Aug Sept 2020

What a busy few months we’ve had! To help with our growing order book we have been busy growing our team as well.

We are pleased to welcome a number of new team members who have joined us from various corners of the construction industry and bring with them years of valuable experience. Keeping us all in check as office manager we have Hannah Phillips; boosting our design department is Paul Marchbank and Paul Fletcher (or Fletch as we all know him by!) and our new document controller Kerry Smart. Strengthening our commercial team is Kevin White in the role of Senior Quantity Surveyor.

Welcome guys, wishing you every success at T&T Facades.

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T&T Facades is pleased to announce winning a new facades contract.

Our team has been contracted by our client LST Projects to design, supply and install a full facades package consisting of SFS, Rainscreen Cladding and Glazing on a new Oncology department as an extension to Southampton General Hospital.

After an extremely rapid project pre-start we began on site this week.

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We are currently looking for an experienced Receptionist / Office Manager.

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Since the outbreak of Covid-19, T&T Facades has been carefully adhering to the government guidelines and those of the Construction Leadership Council to ensure the safety of our staff, clients and suppliers.

As the virus has evolved and guidelines have been updated, we have needed to adapt our working practices. Below is an update of our initial statement.

Remote working

A significant part of our pre-lockdown preparation was extending the systems and processes we already had in place to enable as many of our team as possible to work remotely.

Our office in Fareham is closed for the forseeable future. The majority of our office staff, across all departments in the business, are continuing to work remotely from home.

We have provided the necessary tools and technology to enable staff to continue working as normal and continue to communicate effectively with clients and each other. Our teams have full access to all our IT systems – as though they were sat at their desk in our office.

Health and well-being

We continue to send regular updates to our teams, following the guidelines issued by the Government and various health organisations. A small number of our vulnerable staff are shielding with the full support of the business.

We conduct a company-wide zoom meeting every Friday for all staff to communicate any updates and provide a forum for staff to ask any questions they have and catch up with one another.

Phones and our switchboard

Our main office number (01329 889408) continues to work as normal. We have diverted this to a dedicated mobile phone which will be answered by one of our staff members. They will take the caller’s details and arrange for the relevant team member to call you back.

We have also forwarded all direct dial numbers to our team members’ mobiles or alternative numbers.

Post

Where possible we are encouraging electronic communication, but we acknowledge that there are certain documents that can only be sent by post.

Our office is visited regularly by one of our Directors to collect the post but naturally, there may be some delay in getting this to the correct team member. With remote working, our ability to respond by post will also be limited and will take longer.

Our project sites

In accordance with current government guidelines and our clients instructions, all of our project sites, with the exception of one, are closed.  Our one open project site conforms with all the government and industry guidelines and adheres to the social distancing rules.

This of course is reviewed regularly in line with the daily government updates and the policies and decisions of our main contractor clients.

We are in close communication with our supply chain partners to keep them updated of our current situation.

Please direct any concerns you may have to your usual T&T Facades contact.

Next steps

We are monitoring the fast-moving situation closely. We will ensure that we respond quickly, sensibly, and appropriately to any developments. We will update you all again if we have further substantial updates, but please do contact your main contact here if you have any concerns about your specific circumstances.

Tel: 01329 889408 / email: [email protected]

Coronavirus2

T&T Facades has taken a number of precautionary steps as a business to ensure that we are able to continue providing our services to clients and play our part in preventing the further spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

A significant amount of time has been spent designing and testing contingency plans so that we can continue to operate as close to “business as usual” as possible.

Below are some of the specific actions that have been taken:

Health and well-being

The company’s current priority must be the health and well-being of its clients, team members and all their families. Regular updates have been sent to our teams, following the guidelines issued by the Government and various health organisations. We have introduced regular cleaning of our office and wipe downs of our equipment throughout the day.

At the point of writing, we have not had any confirmed cases of Coronavirus in our office or on our project sites. A couple of our people have self-isolated because of vulnerable relatives at home or having mild flu-like symptoms, but we must stress that these are all currently considered low risk and precautionary.

Remote working

A significant part of our preparation has been extending the systems and processes we already have in place to enable as many of our team as possible to work remotely.

We have provided the necessary tools and technology to enable staff to continue working as normal and continue to communicate effectively with clients and each other. When working remotely, our team have full access to all our IT systems – as though they were sat at their desk in our office.

Phones and our switchboard

Our main office number will continue to work as normal. We have the facility to forward this to a dedicated mobile phone which will be answered by our receptionist. She will take the caller’s details and arrange for the relevant team member to call you back.

We are also able to forward all direct dial numbers to our team members’ mobiles or alternative numbers.

Post

Where possible we are encouraging electronic communication, but we acknowledge that there are certain documents that can only be sent by post.

In the event of an office closure post will be checked as often as we are able, but there may be some delay in getting this to the correct team member. With remote working, our ability to respond by post will also be limited and will take longer.

Our project sites

In accordance with current government guidelines, our live sites remain open and operational. They will be monitored closely and we will respond accordingly to the daily government updates. We are in close communication with our supply chain partners to ensure continuous material flow as much as is practic

Please direct any concerns you may have to your usual T&T Facades contact.

Next steps

We are monitoring the fast-moving situation closely. We will ensure that we respond quickly, sensibly, and appropriately to any developments. We will update you all again if we have further substantial updates, but please do contact your main contact here if you have any concerns about your specific circumstances.

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We are currently looking for an experienced Quantity Surveyor.

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T&T Facades has been selected as a finalist in the Project of the Year by a Specialist Contractor (subcontract £2m-£5m) category of the 2020 Construction News Specialists Awards, the only national awards that recognises the best specialist contractors from across the UK.

To decide the winners, all finalists will attend face-to-face judging by a panel of more than 60 judges, made up from the UK’s largest construction firms and the leaders of the country’s major projects, including:

• Dale Turner, director of procurement and supply chain, Skanska UK
• Louisa Finlay, deputy managing director (London), Kier
• Liz Baldwin, project director, Mott Macdonald
• Alan Brookes, group executive – Europe, Middles East & UK, Arcadis
• Graham Edgell, director of sustainability and procurement, Morgan Sindall

Construction News editor Lem Bingley said:

“The UK construction sector is a significant pillar of the national economy and it rests on the unique skills of specialist contractors to deliver at every stage, from demolition to topping off. Our shortlisted organisations demonstrate the breadth of capabilities offered by today’s specialists as well as their ability to innovate and diversify, offer additional value to their clients. Finalists will now progress to our face-to-face judging stage, where they will have the chance to impress some the UK’s biggest and most significant contractors and developers.”

Tom Rutter, T&T Facades joint company owner commented: “We’re incredibly pleased to have been nominated in this category for the second year running. This is testament to the talent we have in the team and their hard work and determination to get these challenging jobs over the line.”

The winners will be announced on 25 March 2020 at a glamorous ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London where over 1,000 of the industry elite will meet for a night of entertainment, celebration and networking.

The full list of finalists and more information can be found at: specialistsawards.constructionnews.co.uk

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On Friday 27th September, T&T Facades joined the rest of the nation by hosting our very own coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Our fab team really threw themselves into it by donning their pinnies and getting their bake on. We had a feast of treats to sell which went down very nicely and a lot of fun was had playing the ‘dunk the biscuit in the cuppa’ game and ‘guess how many berries in the pie’. All in all we raised £116 for a much needed and worthy cause.

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T&T Facades is set to begin work at one of the UK’s leading business parks for science and technology after securing the contract to deliver a complete façade package on a major new extension to the Magdalen Centre at Oxford Science Park.

Contracted by our valued client Buckingham Group, T&T Facades will provide a full façade package for the building consisting of the design, supply and installation of composite cladding panels, expanded mesh, rainscreen cladding, soffits and a louvre screen around the plant room.

The extension is a key component of the growth and development plan for the business park which is owned by Magdalen College, Oxford. The new facility, to be called the Bellhouse Building after Magdalen College Fellow Professor Brian Bellhouse, will provide small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with approximately 30,000 sq ft of contemporary office and laboratory accommodation, for which there is high demand in the City and across the County.

Joint company owner Tom Rutter said “We were delighted to win this contract and it’s been great getting to know the Buckingham Group team. We’re looking forward to starting on site and showcasing our expertise.”

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T&T Facades was delighted to be presented with the ‘Best Student Accommodation Building’ award at last nights Aquarian Cladding Systems Installer Awards. The award was for our work on Cumberland Place, Southampton where we worked closely with Aquarian to successfully design and install c.1000 m2 of Gebrik cladding on the building. Collecting the award for T&T Facades was Pre-Contracts Director, Adam Joel and Senior Buyer, Merv Yeadon.