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.

rsz_the_holliesContinuing our relationship with the University of the West of England, we have recently been awarded The Hollies student accommodation project. The project comprises the internal refurbishment and redecoration of 3 separate blocks of accommodation at the Glenside campus. Works include new mechanical and electrical installation and replacement of kitchens and bathrooms along with painting and decorating to the existing student bedrooms.

Castle Mead Primary SchoolWe are delighted to continue our long established relationship with Wiltshire Council following the recent project award to extend Castle Mead Primary School in Trowbridge. 

The project involves the design and construction of a 1200 m2 single storey classroom extension and associated hard and soft landscaping. 

The scheme has been designed to achieve a low energy building to meet a BREEAM “Very Good” score and will provide 8 No. classrooms, 2 No. resource bases, nursery, support rooms, WC facilities and circulation areas. 

Completion is scheduled for the Summer 2017 and once complete the new facilities will accommodate 420 pupil places. 

Grant Jefferies (MD) said: “This project adds to a number of education sector schemes we have completed across the region and was secured on the basis of a well rounded and compliant bid, which met the requirements of the client brief.  We are hoping to add further schemes such as this to our pipeline of works for 2017 and beyond”

Bray and Slaughter have been awarded the main contract to build Cask Store - the latest residential phase at the mixed use development, Finzels Reach in Bristol. We have been selected by developer Cubex due to our track record in residential schemes and those with a notable heritage including ss Great Britain, Marlborough College, Bristol Museum and M Shed.

With finishes selected by David Hutton Interiors, the high specification Cask Store apartments are well aligned with the contractors experience of delivering bespoke residential schemes; many of which are in prime residential areas such as Clifton, Tyndalls Park, Failand as well as further afield in Limpley Stoke, Marlborough and Bath City Centre.

High specification two bedroom apartments in Cask Store, all with secure underground car parking, are now available and come with the added benefit of much sought after 24/7 estate management and security services.

Gavin Bridge, Cubex director said: “We seek to work with locally based construction partners with a strong reputation for quality, service and attention to detail. We are delighted with the show apartments Bray and Slaughter have already delivered for us and look forward to working with them on this next phase of individually designed apartments.”

Grant Jefferies of Bray and Slaughter added: “Working behind a historic facade and next to the Floating Harbour poses its construction challenges, but we are delighted to work with Cubex and their design team again on what will be some of the most well specified and attractive apartments in Bristol.”

B&S employees are looking forward to taking part in a litter pick in July organised by Bristol Avon Rivers Trust (BART). We will be helping to clear part of the Malago river which runs alongside our offices in Bedminster.

Bristol Avon Rivers Trust (BART) is a community-led organisation, which aims to deliver education, land and river based management advice and practical river restoration work across the Bristol Avon Catchment. BART are running a number of riverbank litter picks throughout summer as part of Bristol Green Capital. It has been estimated that it costs over £5 million a year in tax payer money to pick up litter across Bristol – the equivalent in costs to planting 20,000 new trees (Bristol City Council, 2014). 

Despite being beautiful environments and often full of litter, rivers are often overlooked when it comes to litter picks. The Malago has been highlighted as a problem area by council officers and we are looking forward to working with the local community to make a significant impact on reducing the amount of litter present. Please click here for the BART Press Release.