McCarthy & Stone awarded for digital innovation

McCarthy & Stone was presented with the Digital Construction award at the 2017 Constructing Excellence in London and The South awards, in a recent ceremony at The Lancaster London. At the 27th annual awards, the

retirement housebuilder picked up the award for ‘Datum’ – a digital information system created by the housebuilder that is “redefining how the company operates”. Designed to manage and distribute

information, and incorporated into its BIM platform, Datum is part website and part database, building information model and digital cost tool. Datum has been instrumental in aiding

collaboration and the sharing of live information for the housebuilder, which in turn has sped-up workflow. Following its successful adoption in London and the south east, this single ‘cloud-based’ library of repeatable elements, components, and building data will be rolled out across the company’s nine regional operations, with a clear aim to standardise, dramatically improve cycle times and provide cost certainty – and thus, to increase margins over the coming years. Commenting on the win, Jadon Silva,

group product & development director for McCarthy and Stone said: “Ensuring we are at the forefront of digital construction is a priority for McCarthy and Stone, in what is a milestone year for the company as we celebrate our 40th anniversary. We are therefore completely thrilled that our innovative approach has been recognised at an industry level – and in what is an increasingly competitive field.” Constructing Excellence is a not-for- profit organisation that seeks to improve

industry performance through collaborative working across the whole sector, including all parts of the demand and supply chain, all disciplines, professions and trades. Comprising 15 categories, the Constructing Excellence in London and the South East awards recognise outstanding companies and projects that have delivered improvements in all-round performance through collaborative working and a real desire to make a difference.

Bovis Homes opens new national training centre

Bovis Homes has launched a new dedicated staff training centre at its Thames Valley regional headquarters in Reading. The Bovis Homes Training Centre,

which was officially opened by chief executive Greg Fitzgerald, will act as a “focal point” for learning and development initiatives delivered by the company for its staff. The training centre will host a range of

staff development programmes including company inductions, IT training and a range of customer services courses, as well as health and safety and CITB-accredited courses. It will also be used to offer training to contractor partners as part of a wider company initiative to “fully engage with the construction supply chain.” The centre can host as many as 24

delegates at a time, and is equipped with interactive technology including Microsoft Surface Hubs, designed to encourage collaborative working. Discussing the new centre, Bovis Homes

head of talent Roger Morton said: “This is an exciting step for Bovis Homes and is a real commitment to the development of our people and to our goal of delivering the very best quality homes and service to our customers.” Explaining its place in the firm’s history,

he continued: “Bovis Homes has a proud history of supporting and training our people, going right back to 1936 when the Bovis School of Building was set up, taking 100 trade apprentices and management trainees. We still offer opportunities to apprentices and this latest initiative will ensure that we will continue to bring on talent to support the building of the quality new homes that this country needs.”

Avant Homes pedals, paddles and climbs its way to £5,000

A team from Avant Homes has raised £5,000 for Muscular Dystrophy UK after taking part in the second annual Pedal, Paddle, Peak 2017 challenge. Starting in Penrith in the Lake

District, the endurance challenge requires participants to complete a 15 mile bike ride followed by a two mile canoe race and then a climb up England’s second highest peak, Helvellyn. The course is completed with a further

15 mile cycle to the finish. The route takes teams on a scenic tour around Ullswater Lake. The Avant Homes team consisted of

Sean Berry, John Pearce, James Peace and Graham Dawson, who are all from the technical department. The team finished in fourth place with a time of seven hours and 13 minutes, winning the award for the most charitable funding raised. Commenting on the challenge, John

Pearce, senior technical architect at Avant Homes said: “This was undeniably a tough course to complete but we all thoroughly enjoyed being put through our paces and are really pleased to have been able to raise so much money for this well-deserving charity.” Krishan Solanki, challenge events

manager at Muscular Dystrophy UK commented: “We are thrilled with the response to this year’s Pedal, Paddle, Peak challenge and every team should be applauded for their efforts. Avant Homes showed steely determination every step of the way and we were delighted to award them with the trophy for most funds raised by a team in this year’s event.” Pedal, Paddle, Peak was launched in

2016 with over £27,000 raised for Muscular Dystrophy UK. The 2017 event has already raised over £30,000. The charity provides vital information, advice and support to help people live as independently as possible.


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