Bray and Slaughter have successfully completed the extensive refurbishment of the Cricklade Leisure Centre for key customer Wiltshire Council.

The £2M leisure facility was in need of an upgrade and had been in the planning since December 2019.

The leisure centre refurbishment was carried out at the height of the Coronavirus pandemic which had hit the United Kingdom.

A reorganisation to methods of working was required to ensure that works were carried out safely and in line with government guidelines. Despite a number of challenges the leisure centre was successfully delivered and has opened its doors to members following the ending of the latest lockdown restrictions.

Refurbishment works included a new plant room extension, removal and replacement of asbestos roofs to pool and gym areas; structural repairs to the pool roof; alterations and refurbishment to the pool, wet change area and squash courts; first-floor meeting room and gym expansion; alterations and refurbishment to the dry change area; installation of platform lift; internal alterations to a Youth Centre and associated external works.

The project was carried out in phases stages whilst the leisure centre remained occupied during differing stages throughout the course of the works.

Let's rewind back to the 1950’s and Bray & Slaughter’s involvement in the rebuild of the Byzantine inspired Holy Nativity Church. The church was the first in the city of Bristol to be destroyed when bombing took place in November 1940 during the regions first heavy air raid.  Please read the full and remarkable coverage of the church survival story……..

In the latter part of the 19th century the South side of Bristol was expanding due to industrial growth based around Temple Meads railway station and the Port of Bristol. The influx of workers needed to maintain new industries led to steady growth in the local population, and the previous hamlets of Knowle and Totterdown expanded to become suburbs of Bristol.

There was nowhere for this new population to worship. Fr Turton, a local assistant priest, was keen to provide a solution, so with the blessing of the Vicar of Bedminster a decision was made to erect a Mission Chapel dedicated to The Holy Nativity.

The site chosen was close to Arnos Vale Cemetery in Knowle, where a wooden church was built to serve the local residents, opening in 1865. From the start the Mission Chapel was well attended and grew significantly in size until it became necessary to find a larger, more permanent building to accommodate the congregation.

The location for the new church was on land donated by Messrs Goolden and Vowles on the Wells Road, Knowle, where the church has remained to this day.

In 1867 the existing Chapel was moved to a new site, and an appeal for building funds started. To save money the new church was developed in sections, with the nave of the old Mission Chapel being placed against the new chancel. The Mayor of Bristol laid the foundation stone of the new church on 18th June, 1870 and the new church was dedicated on Holy Cross Day, 14th September, 1871.

Included in the will of the late Mr Edward Feltham, a Church Warden who died on 26th November 1930, were several bequests to the church that included £5,000 for the completion of the Spire (or Tower) in memory of the Reverend Robert Ives.

Forward to 1940 and World War II the air raid began at around 6 pm and the first hour of the attack marked the destruction of the church. Due to the blackout regulations introduced some months earlier Evensong had been brought forward to 3:30 pm and this undoubtedly saved lives. By chance the Tower, Clock and Bells survived the destruction and it was said that as the flames consumed the church the clock continued to chime.

Approval to tender to rebuild the church was given in December 1950, so the architect was instructed to proceed with the application for a licence. By the beginning of 1954 a licence had been issued for the rebuilding of the Church in the sum of £57,805. This was significantly short of the estimated £60,992 for rebuilding fabric. An addition grant was made from the War Damage Commission, but it was clear that there would be a substantial shortfall and a restoration fund was started. On the 6th June that year, the Church Council approved the signing of the Rebuilding Contract, with the work expected to begin in early July, and finish in November, 1955.

We are so very proud of our involvement in this piece of Bristol history and delighted that this church and its’ beautifully patinated spire continues to thrive today. 

We are delighted to announce that Bray and Slaughter have been approved to join the Joint Supply Chain Accreditation Register (JOSCAR) which enables companies in the Aerospace, Defence and Security sectors to identify qualified suppliers.

This accreditation indicates that Bray and Slaughter has met the JOSCAR standards pertaining to company capability, accreditations, information security, corporate social responsibility, financial history and ethical operations.

The highly valued accreditation is achieved strictly by invite only and is recognised by some of the largest purchasers in the defence community such as Babcock, BAE Systems, QinetiQ to name a few.

Becoming a member assures our customers that the service we offer is of the highest quality and complies fully with the industry standards.

The community nature of JOSCAR provides a standardised, collaborative approach in benefiting our customers through the delivery of secure and reliable compliance information.

With a business established since 1900, Bray and Slaughter is steeped in history. We have been looking through our archives and wanted to introduce you to two very important gentlemen who were an integral part of the early B&S business.

Sydney Slaughter is on the left, the founder of the company and a master builder, pictured here wearing a representative medal of what was at the time the Institute of Builders. Percy Bray the owner of a successful plumbing business, pictured to the right shortly after the establishment of Bray & Slaughter in 1900.

Thanks to the hard work, commitment and legacy of Sydney & Percy and the whole team the business was then and continues to be successful now over 120 years on!

Bray & Slaughter are delighted to announce this public sector framework award following a competitive tendering process in November 2020.

The Framework Agreement is open to be utilised by other public sector organisations within the geographical district of the West of England Combined Authority and Avon & Somerset Constabulary, the Avon Fire & Rescue Service, the University of Bristol, the University of the West of England, the University of Bath and NHS Trusts in the Bristol Area. 

Works will comprise of schemes upto £4.5m in value and will include assets such as schools, community buildings, heritage buildings, leisure facilities, offices, residential and retail. 

Bray & Slaughter have delivered a number of schemes across Bath & North East Somerset and have recently been awarded a project to extend and refurbish Cameley CEVC Primary School in Temple Cloud.

This framework award will further strengthen our relationship with the Local Authority over the next 4 years and will bring our value add proposition directly to clients using the framework.

Grant Jefferies – Managing Director commented:

"This relationship will ensure the full benefits gained from investing and improving property assets will be felt in the region. Our focus on Bath and the surrounding area and alignment of our business with the best local suppliers and specialists will deliver on B&NES ambitious plans and we are excited to be supporting our client in delivering on this phase of their corporate strategy." 

Further to our previous news post, we are delighted to share the extent of the works our turfing contractor Craig West Turf and on site team have achieved at Cameley Primary School in under 2 weeks! 

Thank you to the team for sharing the video – you can see for yourselves just why we have been enthusing about it! The new all year round play space is now available for the children to utilise whilst we access the existing playground to construct two new extensions. Well done team!  

Bray and Slaughter are completing a refurbishment and single storey extension to Cameley Primary School in Temple Cloud.

The school is now occupied and works providing a new play area were required to be completed within a limited timeframe.

Commencing on 7th January 2021 we worked with our supply chain CWT Landscaping to ensure that the new play area was ready to be used by the school children whilst the extension is constructed on their existing playground.

Initially we had to form new openings into the play area and grade the existing ground together with the installation of a timber edging and a layer of terram, stone, a layer of dust and astro turf.

Despite works being carried out in challenging weather conditions and within a residential area with access constraints, it is now in use and being enjoyed by the School.

Happy New Year and welcome to our re-freshed website, which we hope you find an insightful reference point into the quality, type of service and added value we deliver to our clients across the region.

2020 tested our ability to adopt new ways of working, innovate, critique and adjust methodologies and more than ever required collaboration and tenacity to harness the skills of our suppliers and partners. Our ability to plan, co ordinate and control all aspects of the construction cycle ensured that we delivered projects safely, with minimal interruption in the healthcare, higher education and commercial sectors of the market.

The commitment of our staff and suppliers supported site progress and aided us in driving projects toward practical completion, but we were also able to harness lessons learned and bring those into proposals and bid documents.  The ability to display and demonstrate this tacit knowledge at bid stage underpinned an excellent end to the calendar year, during which we secured new projects in the primary, further education and defence sectors of the market, while securing additional works on the campus of one of the regions most respected universities.

During 2021 we will continue to focus and build on the strength of our approach, where we unite the best and most responsibly managed local specialists to deliver above and beyond our clients expectations.  We believe in the practical economic and social impact of ensuring that investment in our region is apportioned amongst suppliers who can demonstrate a commitment to delivering the highest quality service.

Our commitment to social development and improving the communities within which we work, saw us continue to invest in ongoing professional development, graduate recruitment and the support of charities such as the Matthew Tree & LandAid.

Now more so than ever, trusting in skilled, connected and committed teams to deliver projects is at the forefront of our clients minds and we look forward to bringing more of your ‘buildings to life’ in 2021.

Thank you for taking an interest in Bray & Slaughter.