Following some recent successful project awards, we are excited to announce the arrival of two new employees to the B&S business.

To further support our commercial & operations functions for these projects, we have appointed an Assistant Quantity Surveyor and a Trainee Site Manager.

Kieran Green and Ben Deane have joined us following the completion of their undergraduate studies at the University of the West of England.

A warm welcome was extended to Kieran and Ben together with an informal meet and greet over a delicious breakfast.

Welcome to the team Kieran and Ben!

This week we have been focusing our efforts on raising awareness of mental health and loneliness. Each of us will experience a degree of loneliness at some time in our lives and by highlighting ways to overcome this we can all do better at spotting the signs or just reaching out.

Just by asking a simple question like "how are you?" could change someone's day for the better.

Some interesting mental health discussions took place in our office and on sites with our supply chain and operatives. Sharing time, experiences and conversation, raised awareness and brought people together not just in a work capacity.

During these discussions, we also took part in a mental health quiz and surprisingly learned that in 2021, mental health issues were the primary reason for lost working time. COVID-19 cases were in 2nd place.

We are marking the beginning of March and St Davids Day with two exciting new appointments to Bray & Slaughter.

With over 40 years industry experience between our two new starters, we are pleased to welcome Jon Cooke who joins as Operations Director following a successful career in senior roles with several Tier 1 contractors, and Tyrone Davies who takes up the role of Health, Safety, Environmental & Quality Manager to continue our excellent track record safely delivering construction projects across the region.

Welcoming both gentlemen to the team our Managing Director, Grant Jefferies commented:

"We have been seeking to enhance the quality of service we offer to our Clients and build upon the good work we deliver across the region. Adding professionals of Jon and Tyrone's ability and experience to the business signals our commitment to continuous improvement and I am looking forward to working closely with them both going forward".

A look through our archives has identified this charming photograph from circa 1957, identifying our former Managing Director, Sydney Richard Slaughter (seated second left) prior to the commencement of his second term as President of the Builders Federation.

The wall mounted plaque behind details his previous term in office back in 1941 and the eagle eyed amongst you will not the names Setter (Stone & Co. now Stone BCI), Pearce (now Crest Nicholson/ISG Plc), Cowlin (now Balfour Beatty Plc), J H Perkins (now John Perkins Ltd), J Scull (now Emcor).

There has been an obvious change, businesses have changed, but is also great to be able to look back at our roots whilst feeling excited about the future.

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. 

Congratulations to Adrian Scrimshaw on his promotion to Pre Construction Manager. Since joining Bray & Slaughter in 2017 Adrian has proved to be an adaptable and very effective commercial manager. Over the last four years he has managed a number of collaborative, two stage and competitive bids and has gained a solid working knowledge of the tendering process.

Acknowledging the appointment Managing Director, Grant Jefferies comments: "As we emerge from the pandemic it is important that we continue to invest in a strong, collaborative and well resourced pre construction service and I am pleased to announce Adrians' promotion to Pre Construction Manager. Adrian will be leading a very capable and focused team of professionals and I look forward to sharing in the success and positivity that winning new work brings".

This design and construct project was negotiated following the success of an adjacent scheme.

The works which have commenced this week comprise the refurbishing of teaching and learning spaces along with a number of digital suites for the college together with the refurbishment of another floor within the Macaulay building. The completed facility will be utilised by the Institute of Technology.

The Herschel building refurbishment will create two new science laboratories on the 4th floor and works to The Forge building will see the transformation of an art studio into a creche on the ground floor.

Grant Jefferies - Managing Director commented: "We strive to deliver a first class service to our clients and it is pleasing to be able to build on our existing relationships while harnessing the knowledge of our specialist teams through the award of repeat business. We are working to an exacting programme, but look forward to handing over the completed project, which will greatly enhance the quality of the teaching and learning environment at Bath College."

B&S history has an abundance of things to be proud of and not least that we still have a number of employees who joined the organisation as apprentices.

Pictured on the right is Bart Bristow who commenced with the company in 1980 as an Apprentice in our joinery workshop. The workshop manufactured bespoke joinery to our sites right up until 2013.

Bart went on to achieve a site management role and has successfully delivered a number of projects for B&S in healthcare, education, residential, heritage and leisure sectors.