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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.

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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.

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T&T Facades has registered with the Considerate Constructors Scheme on 8th April 2019.

The Considerate Constructors Scheme was founded in 1997 to improve the image of construction. It is concerned about any area of construction activity that may have a direct or indirect impact on the image of the industry as a whole.

Companies wishing to become registered with the Scheme are assessed on five key categories – ‘Care about Appearance’, ‘Respect the Community’, ‘Protect the Environment’, ‘Secure everyone’s Safety’ and ‘Value their Workforce.’ T&T are delighted to report that their score for each category was either Good, Very Good or Excellent. The Scheme Monitor’s report after the office visit commented “This company demonstrated at the office visit a high degree of professionalism and commitment to its overall image.”

Considerate Constructors Scheme Chief Executive Edward Hardy said: “More and more companies are recognising the benefits of being part of the Scheme, with around 7,000 companies, construction sites and suppliers registered at any time. We are therefore delighted that Specialist Contractor T&T Facades has joined the Scheme, and we look forward to them increasing their standards of considerate construction to even higher levels of achievement in the future.”

Joint company owner Tom Rutter said “The principles and Code of Considerate Practice outlined by the CCS are closely aligned with T&T’s own values and way of working. We’ve always been a company which goes beyond statutory requirements and therefore applying for registration with the scheme was a no-brainer for us. This is a particularly proud moment for us and we will display our registration with the Scheme with honour”.

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T&T Facades is pleased to announce the appointment of a new company director.

Adam Joel, previously in the role of Bid Manager has been promoted to Pre-Contracts Director. Adam joined the company in 2017 to head up the estimating department following a successful career in similar roles.

Tom Rutter, joint company owner commented: “Adam’s promotion is in recognition of his continued hard work and commitment to T&T Facades since joining the team. He has provided an invaluable contribution to the business and we look forward to continued growth and shared success over the coming years.”

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On Good Friday, teams from the sea rowing section of Barry Yacht Club, South Wales took part in the “Turn of the tide challenge 2019” – an event that requires teams rowing Celtic Long Boats, at sea, from Barry, South Wales to Mumbles, Swansea and back, a distance of 80 miles.

The challenge, taken on by the members of Barry Yacht Club, one member of which is our very own contracts manager Jon Wride, was both an endurance test and a sponsored fundraising exercise. The club supports a local charity, LLAMAU, which provides guidance and assistance to young people between the ages of 16 to 25 giving them skills and confidence for them to become independent adults. Some of the money raised will also go towards the purchase of an urgently needed new Celtic Long Boat to join the two currently in use. As part of the clubs support several young people will join their Sea Rowing Section where they will be integrated into a team as part of their development, taking part in races and events around the coast of the UK.

T&T Facades is proud to support the club and their fundraising by sponsoring their two current boats which took part in the challenge.

Four teams, consisting of four rowers and a coxswain, set off at 7am on the day. Each team was challenged to row one leg each of 40 miles with one team rowing both ways! Being at the mercy of the elements, tides, wind and the hazards of the Bristol Channel each leg was estimated to take approximately 6 hours. Jon’s team consisting of both male and female rowers came in at an impressive 5 hours, 27 minutes with the two-way crew rowing for an incredible 12.5 hours. It was a fantastic achievement by all teams who took part.

To support the club and their charity, all donations are welcome through their JustGiving page.

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Following a complex legal agreement, the Milton Keynes YMCA was finally given the green light to proceed with a major redevelopment of their existing building in the City Centre, designed by architects Pick Everard.

The charity, which has been working in Milton Keynes since 1980 will create 199 new homes for young people in need of housing. In addition to the homes, the scheme will also comprise shops, a café, meeting rooms, training rooms and a nursery.

T&T Facades has been awarded the contract for the design, supply and installation of the full façade package on the new 8 storey building from Tier 1 contractor Bowmer & Kirkland which will include insulated render, metal cladding and ancillaries.

Simon Green, CEO of YMCA Milton Keynes said “Our new flagship home will help vulnerable young people to become independent. It will also allow us to offer residents advice and workshops on things like career development and health and well-being.”

Joint owner of T&T Facades, Tom Watkins commented “We’re very pleased to be working again with B&K, especially on such an important community-driven project. It’s quite a straight-forward project for us and we plan to deliver the façade within a 15-week programme.”

With the project well underway, T&T Facades plan to start on site at the end of March with the new building set to be to completed and handed over to the charity for use by September 2019.