This Christmas B&S colleagues, family and friends have been collecting food parcels to support the Matthew Tree Project helping vulnerable families in crisis throughout the city of Bristol.

Below is an extract from the Matthew Tree Project which explains the inspiration behind the charity.

THE INSPIRATION

It was a Sunday morning in the summer of 2010. I drove to church through Stokes Croft and as I waited at red traffic light just outside Hamilton House, to my left side I noticed an elderly gentleman laying on the pavement motionless. He was dressed in jacket, tie and shirt. Admittedly, all had seen much better days but I felt it was an admirable attempt to retain at least some degree of dignity in the face of such humiliation. People walked by going about their day, it seemed not even noticing the man on the floor. The immense sadness of the sight struck me to the core. This is someone's son. Maybe someone's father, brother or uncle. It was all so wrong.

The light turned to green and I drove on the 300 yards or so to my church in Jamaica Street. I got out of the car and locked the doors. I went into the church with a happy to see you 'good morning' to those I passed on the way to my seat. Then, as I sat down in the chair I suddenly realised I had done the exact same thing as everyone else and just passed by the man on the floor. I felt ashamed of myself and vowed there and then to do whatever I could to help the many 'people on the floor' and not walk on by ever again. This was the moment I decided to establish a charity to tackle the problem! I had no idea what I was going to do or how I was going to do it but just felt I had to at least try.

2021 was our 5th consecutive year supporting the Matthew Tree Project and we are so proud of the achievement of so many of our people.

We look forward to exceeding 2021's collection in 2022.

Bray and Slaughter have recently been appointed as main contractor to collaborate with North Somerset Council, their project representatives and our chosen design team.

We will be working in partnership Inner Circle Consulting to provide a first class transformation of targeted areas in the Sovereign Shopping Centre which will catalyse regeneration in the wider town centre.

Funded by the Government's Getting Building Fund, four ground floor spaces in the shopping centre will be developed into a multi-use, community-focused events space. The design and build project is comprised of the remodelling and refurbishment of various areas of the centre to create new workspace, event space, meeting rooms, cafeteria, cycle hub, cycle workshop, storage and external works including new signage. This work will be part of the Council's wider placemaking ambitions for the town centre and beyond.

Celebrations on site today as our Managing Director, Grant Jefferies arrived to congratulate Daniel Turley on his 25 years service.

Daniel joined the business as an Apprentice Carpenter/Joiner in April 1996 and has been a loyal and committed member of the B&S team ever since. Daniel has shown a willingness to continue with his professional development and is currently a senior site manager delivering schemes in the education and commercial sectors of the market.

His patience and practical approach ensure we build in a safe and logical sequence and he has drawn much praise over the years for his ability to build trust amongst the teams he forms.

CUSTOMER QUOTE: "Daniel has been an absolute pleasure to deal with. He was totally committed to the project from the outset and had a willingness to provide an excellent product. An excellent quality of workmanship has been achieved without undue pressure. Clearly customer satisfaction was a very high priority to the B&S team led by Daniel."

Away from work Dan is a busy family man, but hopefully he will enjoy some quiet time watching his new QLED TV.

Congratulations on reaching this milestone at B&S Dan and for all you have achieved in your career so far. We are looking forward to sharing in more successes in the future.

Huge congratulations to our very own Gaynor Dixon who has today been promoted to Office Manager.

Gaynor has worked with Bray and Slaughter for over 5 years starting as Site Secretary at our extensive refurbishment project at Number One Bristol. She has since joined the team in the office to provide support to a number of disciplines.

Gaynor has been a highly valued, committed and adaptable colleague who has worked tirelessly to keep our operations working effectively, always with good humour!

We are pleased to announce that we have secured an internal design project at Keynsham Civic Centre to improve capacity and enable more collaboration between teams.  Originally constructed in 2014 it has been the council’s office through a phased transition from the City of Bath to Keynsham. 

This facility was previously awarded the best place to work after providing an environmentally sustainable, low maintenance and flexible workspace, whilst acting as a catalyst for the regeneration of the town. 

Working collaboratively with David Kent Architects the design and construction will change the internal layout to create flexibility as a workplace office environment. 

Keynsham High Street is a thriving shopping area and we are committed to minimising any noise and disruption on the Keynsham Civic Centre redesign scheme - from its start to finish. We will work with retailers and community groups and provide regular updates to keep people informed about the work as it progresses.

We are excited to continue our working relationship with Bath & North East Somerset Council through the local authority’s four-year contractor building framework. 

Bray and Slaughter is celebrating after landing an internationally-recognised award for demonstrating high health and safety standards.

The Gold Medal Award comes following successfully receipt of 5 consecutive Gold Awards for working hard to ensure its staff/customers/clients and supply chain get home safely to their families at the end of every working day.

Organisations receiving a RoSPA Award are recognised as being world-leaders in health and safety practice. Every year, nearly 2,000 entrants vie to achieve the highest possible accolade in what is the UK's longest-running H&S industry awards.

Grant Jefferies - Managing Director said: "This is a fantastic achievement by the Bray and Slaughter team. Our health and safety management system is accredited to ISO 45001 and together with these awards demonstrate that our discipline towards safe working practices is firmly embedded within the organisation. This Health and Safety approach is implemented more widely by our supply chain who stringently adopt our robust processes and procedures as standard practice supporting us to achieve a successful outcome on all of our projects. We look forward to continue the success of these awards for years to come."

Julia Small, RoSPA's achievements director said: "The RoSPA Awards scheme is the longest-running of its kind in the UK, but it receives entries from organisations across the globe, making it one of the most sought-after achievement awards for health and safety worldwide."

We strive to take small and practical steps towards a less carbon centric future, our sites are already excellent at monitoring environmental performance and we are proud of the efforts we have made in this regard.

B&S staff already have an excellent working environment and can now consider adding a fully electric car to their options for workplace travel, safe in the knowledge that chargers are in place.

We are pleased to announce that we have secured the contract to complete the phased refurbishment of the South Western Ambulance Service Trust ambulance station in Bristol.

The works to this busy station will be completed in phases to allow the critical work carried out here to continue during construction, in addition to a full upgrade of the m&e services we are creating new spaces for the storage of consumables, welfare of staff, improvements to the internal layouts and the construction of new offices for the senior leadership team.

It is great to be supporting the Trust to enhance their existing facility after an extensive period of responding to the coronavirus pandemic in addition to their normal workload providing healthcare in emergency situations.

Managing Director Grant Jefferies commented: "Close control, planning and co-ordinating each phase of works is critical to the success of the project and we look forward to working closely with the professional team to deliver these improvements to the facility".