Throughout 2018, we’re going to take a look back through our successes of 2017 and share our achievements in what was a busy year for the team. We’ll be posting regularly about our projects, highlighting key elements and sharing lessons learnt.
We’re starting this with our fantastic project at Becket Keys in Brentwood, a scheme that was delivered for the Educational and Skills Funding Agency and the Russell Education Trust. Designed by Innes Associates and valued at £3.25m, the new ‘Welby Building’, named after the current Archbishop of Canterbury, was completed in 51 weeks.
A new three storey replacement teaching block was developed for the School via closed panel timber frame solution on the south eastern corner of the grounds. The project was procured under a two stage process, with budget kept in mind throughout.
The block delivered a further 16 classrooms of teaching space, shared community space and a Sixth Form centre for staff and students. The sixth form centre provides dedicated studying, social and eating areas for around 100 Sixth Formers. Other works included the demolition of the ‘caretakers house’ and ‘Block 2’ and the extension and refurbishment of outside areas to create three netball courts and an informal play area. The introduction of the new building also provided the school with a new student entrance, meaning that students are able to arrive and leave quicker and easier.
The site was very challenging with it initially being landlocked and adjacent to an occupied teaching block, a playground and a sports hall used for exams. The logistics of the site resulted in very little space for our site set up and led to us employing just in time phased deliveries.
A review of the design and a subsequent public consultation during the design development phase led to a scheme that better suited the schools needs and met budget constraints.
We engaged with the school throughout the build, including hosting a ‘Maths in Construction’ class and donated excess materials and pallets to the school for their allotment area.
The Russell Education Trust were thrilled with the new addition to the school and the Contracts Manager for Becket Keys said: “Fantastic staff, clear & timely communications. The building is an inspiration and I have enjoyed every phase of the build.”
Following the announcement of the Constructionline’s new membership levels last year, Logan is pleased to announce it has successfully attained Gold Level certification.
One below the top level of Platinum, the Level 3 membership communicates to prospective and current clients our ability to meet pre-qualification requirements and demonstrates that Logan has passed the increased scrutiny placed on it by Constructionline around governance and risk management.
Further to Gold Level status, Logan is also verified across seven Constructionline work categories, including design and construct, schools, hospitals and MOD buildings and is looking to grow these in 2018 with increased notational values and further categories.
If you’re a member of Constructionline, our profile can be viewed on their database – our Registration Number is: 32689.
Logan Construction is proud to be sponsoring this year’s Royal Surrey County Hospital’s Patient’s Choice Awards.
Each year, Royal Surrey County Hospitals gives patients, visitors and carers the opportunity to recognise and say thank you to a staff member or team who has gone above and beyond. All staff across the hospital are eligible for the Patient’s Choice awards, which has become the most sought after prize at the hospital’s annual staff awards ceremony.
Sue Sjuve, Chair, said: “The NHS is facing increasing challenges and we know that our dedicated staff are dealing with this pressure 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
“Each year we hold our annual staff awards ceremony to recognise the outstanding contribution that is made by both individuals and teams at the Trust, as well as recognising healthcare excellence.”
Speaking about the sponsorship, managing director, William Logan said: “This is an excellent opportunity for Logan to support the great work that everyone at the hospital does on a daily basis. We are delighted to have the opportunity to be part of the awards.”
We are delighted to announce that following another successful tender for University College London (UCL), Logan Construction has been awarded the contract for the Maple House refurbishment project.
The Maple House project comprises of the refurbishment of rooms 707 and 713 on the 7th floor, to provide office accommodation for the Institute of Innovation and Public Purpose, a new UCL Institute, founded and directed by Mariana Mazzucato, Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value. The project also includes adaptions to an existing glazed partition in room 711 to provide a new meeting room.
Speaking about the recent UCL appointment, William Logan, managing director said: “We are delighted to be able to continue our excellent working relationship with UCL, which we have worked very hard to develop over the years. Our appointment as contractor for the Maple House refurbishment project, will further enhance this relationship and we look forward to handing over yet another high quality project for them.”
Logan Construction has exhibited at the Healthcare Estates’ Conference and Exhibition in Manchester for the first time.
The trade show is a unique event that consists of the prestigious IHEEM Annual Conference, Awards Dinner and the UK’s largest trade exhibition for the healthcare sector. The Logan team was delighted to meet with current clients and many new faces to discuss both current and up and coming projects.
Louise Fermor, the company’s marketing manager commented, “Healthcare Estates’ provided the perfect platform for the Logan team to engage with healthcare professionals from all over the UK. This was an excellent networking opportunity within the sector and we look forward to exhibiting at next year’s event.”
In these challenging times with regard to Government funding for schools, Logan Construction is delighted to announce that for the 2017 – 2018 academic year, we are proud sponsors of The Norton Knatchbull School’s football team.
We have been working closely with the school over the past year undertaking a project to bring the school’s original buildings fully up to date into the 21st century, thanks to a capital improvement grant from the Department of Education. Logan Construction’s Education Director, Darren Warner said;
“We are privileged as a company to be able to give support to our local communities and schools.”
Susanne Staab, Head Teacher said “At The Norton Knatchbull School we are proactive in the face of financial cuts and are developing a network of relationships with a number of local businesses. Financial and in-kind support from corporate sponsors makes a huge difference to our school and is mutually beneficial. We are keen to let the local community know about this and celebrate the difference this support makes.”
“For our students this support is a real boost. Going out to represent their school looking smart and knowing their team has sponsorship backing makes a real difference. With a busy fixture list (up to ten games a week) and already fantastic results, we look forward to seeing football going from strength to strength.”
Directors of Logan Construction have hailed this week’s Construction Expo “a great success” having exhibited for yet another year at the trade show.
Thank you to everyone that came and visited the team either on the exhibition stand or at the Meet the Buyer area. Over three thousand visitors attended the event and as usual, the Logan stand was very busy with an eclectic mix of people.
Louise Fermor, the company’s marketing manager commented, “Kent Construction Expo provided the ideal opportunity to engage with potential new suppliers, consultants and clients. We were delighted with the positive response received both on the stand and within the Meet the Buyer area and we look forward to next year’s event.”
In celebration of the opening of the new Resuscitation Unit at St Thomas’ Hospital, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust have made a short film to showcase the new department.
The department is part of the larger A&E refurbishment project within one of London’s busiest hospitals.
CLICK HERE to watch it.
The trust would also like to thank the entire Resus project team, Dr Katherine Henderson, Dr Nicky Drake and Lee Patient who helped with the making of the film.
We are delighted that phase four at St Thomas’s Hospital, part of the ongoing A&E refurbishment, in now complete.
Phase four involved the refurbishment of the resuscitation area and was completed within the fully functioning A&E department at one of London’s busiest hospitals. This new resus area is an essential lifesaving facility and was handed over to the delight of the client.
Phase four forms part of the larger £17m refurbishment which is being undertaken within a 160 week programme.
We have been busy over the summer period at QMUL, working on several refurbishment projects and are pleased to have been able to handover the huge task of refurbishing around 80 kitchens and 50 bathrooms at Stocks Court and Ifor Evans.
The work was completed across two phases to accommodate student decant and recant programme. Much to the delight of the client, the project was handed over both on time and on budget to exceptional quality, showing great teamwork from all involved in the scheme.
We are delighted that UCL James Lighthill project has completed both on time and within budget to the quality expected.
The project consisted of the following works located within the ground floor: 11 student bedrooms with en-suite facilities, two student kitchens and a laundry room. In addition, staff facilities were also refurbished including a staff room, staff kitchen, warden’s kitchen, lounge and en-suite. The lift lobby and main corridor also received a facelift. Completed within an 11 week programme, handed over within budget and on time.
On the fifth floor 21 student bedrooms with en-suite facilities, along with three student kitchens, lift lobby and main corridor areas. All works were completed within a six week program on time and on budget.
We are delighted to have been selected for “Contractor of the Month” by The Builders’ Conference.
Speaking about the selection, William Logan, managing director said: “This is fantastic recognition of the teamwork and continued efforts from all employees at Logan.”
The Builder’s Conference is a not for profit trade association providing members and the construction industry with up to the minute sales leads, market intelligence, statistical data and networking opportunities.
To read the full article, CLICK HERE.
We are delighted to have been able to help Hopefield Animal Sanctuary in Essex to rebuild fences, improve public areas and create new plant potters by donating a collection of wooden pallets from our nearby site.
Hopefield Animal Sanctuary is a non-profit organisation caring for around 200 sick, unwanted and mistreated animals. The sanctuary is based in Brentwood, Essex.
The recycling initiative was set up by site manager Darius Narusevicius, who heard about the sanctuary which was located close to the school project that he was managing. Darius commented “I knew that the charity relied solely on donations and wanted to help. We had a collection of wooden pallets on site – I spoke to the sanctuary manager and discovered that they were keen to have the wood to make much needed repairs and improvements for both the animal enclosures and the public areas. It was a great local charity to get involved with and I am pleased that Logan chose to support Hopefield.”
Hopefield cares for a variety of animals including horses, donkeys, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, geese, ducks, cats and more recently has become home to smaller animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas.
As a small charity Hopefield relies upon donations and support from volunteers to be able to continue this work.
Find out more about Hopefield here.
We have successfully completed and handed over the newly refurbished offices and study areas within the Pearson and Lewis Buildings at the University College London (UCL) . The client is delighted that we have delivered the works one week ahead of programme and with minimal disruption.
UCL is one of the world’s leading universities, founded in London to open up education to all on equal terms and produces outstanding research and innovative solutions.
This fast track refurbishment work project included internal demolition, alterations and subsequent fit out works including internal partitions and doors, wall, floor and ceiling finishes.
Speaking at handover, WSP project manager, Geoff Potter said: “I’m very satisfied with Logan. The 12 week refurbishment project was handed over in just 11 weeks. Very capable and professional team with good communication from start to finish. Excellent delivery to programme, cost and quality. This was an excellent and professionally run project, delivered to meet all client expectations and requirements. Well done!”
View more images on our Pearson and Lewis showcase page on Linkedin by clicking here.
Read more about the project by visiting our CASE STUDY page here.
We recently had the opportunity to revisit one of our previous projects…
Brook House Primary School in London – a 2100m² shell and core fit-out project completed by Logan back in August 2015.
It was a fantastic opportunity to see the results of our construction team’s hard work and how it has benefited the local community. It’s brilliant to see the building fully utilised by the school and pupils and it still looks amazing.
Project and stragegy specialist, Christopher Stark commented: “The Logan team remain the ‘high water mark’ for contractors in my experience. Hope we can do another one together soon!”
Pupils at Becket Keys Church of England School in Brentwood have been eagerly watching their new teaching block develop over the past ten months and as we near the end of the project, we were delighted to be invited by the headmaster to speak with some of the pupils during their maths lesson about the importance of maths in everyday life and how it is very relevant to everything we do on a daily basis within the construction industry.
Project director, Darren Warner led the class of year nine pupils and actively engaged with them, taking them through the construction process and explaining the importance of percentages, ratios, area, volume, trigonometry and pythagoras – giving real life examples of how these mathematical aspects are used during day to day construction.
The talk was well received by the school and Mr Scott-Evans, Headteacher thanked Logan for their efforts. “Thank you so much for coming to speak to my mathematicians today. It was an excellent session and really interesting for us all.
I am sure that the message of mathematics being important really got through… I also think the friendly and open presentation will have given them a very good impression of the construction industry. You were encouraging and warm and I think they will all think very highly of you and Logan specifically and the trade more generally after this.”
Speaking after the lesson, Darren Warner said: “It was a real pleasure to give some year nine pupils an insight into how important maths is in every day construction. They showed a real interest in our project and hopefully this talk has given them some encouragement to pursue a career in construction, and to continue with their efforts in maths.”
The educational session was such a success, that Darren has been invited back to talk at more maths lessons over the next few weeks. At Logan, we actively engage within the communities in which we build and we are proud to have been given this opportunity to work with Becket Keys Church of England School.
Logan Construction’s annual staff Communications Day was held on Friday 9 June 2017, at the Imperial Hotel, Russell Square, London.
Managing director, William Logan opened the event with an overview of the company and recent successes. Staff were openly invited to get involved and have their say on areas that they felt the company excels in and suggestions on where further improvements could be made.
With a strong company focus on staff well being, guest speaker, Grant Payne was invited to hold a workshop that created a fun learning environment and provided the perfect platform from which employees could achieve all of their desired health, fitness and lifestyle goals.
Positive feedback from employees, hailed the day a success and had proved an excellent opportunity for all staff, both site and office, to get together along with senior management.
We are delighted to announce that following two successful tenders, Logan Construction has been awarded main contractor both Education Funding Authority’s (EFA) Compass School and University College London’s (UCL) James Lighthill House.
The aim of the project is to bring the Compass School’s currently out of date 1960’s building up to building regulations and fit for use, offering an excellent state-of-the-art modern teaching facility.
Works include the remodelling and refurbishment of the three storey Block G and the link access to Block F. We will be converting the current reception office into a dining area and changing the status of Block G to become the main school entrance. There will also be some external works.
Speaking about the recent EFA appointment, William Logan, managing director said: “We are delighted to be working with the EFA on the Compass School refurbishment project and look forward to being able to offer both pupils and teaching staff, a safer and much improved school.”
James Lighthill House
We have been awarded the 11 week summer works contract to refurbish the Lower Ground and fifth floors. The works will include replacement floorings and kitchens, fire stopping, replacement doors, electrical works and redecoration throughout.
James Lighthill House provides accommodation for 189 students in flats of five, six or seven. Situated adjacent to both residential and business properties, the building will remain fully functional throughout the summer works.
Upon appointment, William Logan, managing director commented: “Our excellent working relationship with UCL has developed over the years, following numerous successfully completed projects. Our appointment as contractor for the James Lighthill House refurbishment, will further enhance this and we look forward to completing yet another successful project for them.”