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£34 million of contracts underway

Cruden Construction commences 29th Care project!

Since the last edition of the 'Focus' E:News, Cruden Group has commenced a wide range of exciting projects for a number of new clients.

At Heswall, on the west side of the Wirral Peninsular, Cruden Construction has commenced a £6.5m extension and refurbishment contract to the Trepassey Care Home (CGI right) for the Cheshire Residential Homes Trust. The scheme will be undertaken in a 'live' environment, requiring great care and coordination to minimise disruption to residents whilst the site management team undertake the phased construction and refurbishments. The first phase comprises construction of the extension which features complex, engineered substructures and a CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) superstructure, our first project utilising this solution.

“Trepassey is Cruden Construction's 29th recent project in the care sector, further extending the company's experience, knowledge and skills. It follows recent awards at Penkridge in Staffordshire where work is progressing well on a new Extra Care 'Lite' development for Housing Plus; at Didsbury, Manchester, where Cruden is building its 4th Belong Care Village for Belong and the Morris Feinmann Trust, and at Bicton near Shrewsbury, where a £10m Extra Care development is progressing for Wrekin Housing Trust.

Cruden Construction MD Ian Woolrich commented, "We are delighted to announce this latest contract. Our goal will, as always, be to provide high-quality construction, on-time and on-budget, through our well-developed collaborative approach."

Meanwhile, Cruden Property Services Ltd (CPSL) has continued its new business successes with a number of projects - including both refurbishment and new-build works - on bus termini, schools, hospitals, care homes, university campuses and even on Lake Windermere boathouses (see separate article).

"CPSL dedicates the same high level of project management expertise and professionalism to every one of its projects - whether it's a £30,000 refurb or a £2million new-build," said MD Mark Burns. "Clients really appreciate the value of this range of capability and capacity; as a result there is increasing demand for our services from all kinds of new sectors and clients."

For further information contact David Dickie or Paul Buttery – Business Development - or

Group wins EDI 'Grand Award' for 2016

Cruden is the UK's "Top performing construction sector company" for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Cruden Group has been honoured with The National Centre for Diversity's 'Grand Award' for 2016 as the top performing company in the UK construction sector!

The prestigious and coveted award was presented at a glittering ceremony in Birmingham, attended by HR Manager Michelle Swarbrick and her colleagues from the Group's EDI Steering Group (pictured right) on behalf of the whole Group. Cruden was ranked as 16th in the whole of the country for its efforts in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). On accepting the award Michelle said,

"I am so proud. This is a phenomenal achievement and a real tribute to every member of our staff. We are surrounded by some of the biggest companies in the UK here tonight, so it's a real feather in the cap for Cruden."

Michelle explained, "Cruden Group places great emphasis on EDI - demonstrated day-to-day by the behaviour and attitude of its personnel, and also through initiatives such as it's Staff Handbook and new DVD. I would also like to highlight the superb efforts of our EDI Consultant Jo Barton, who has been working with Cruden over many years."
The awards ceremony was attended by up to 250 people, with the construction industry well represented by a number of its leading companies.

For further information please contact Michelle Swarbrick,
HR Manager:

Ahoy there!

South Lakes Boathouse and Jetty projects

The £165,000 refurbishment of the Ferry Nab boathouse and Warden's Office at Lake Windermere, together with the £100,000 upgrading of the Ghyll Head Jetty for Manchester City Council, are just two of Cruden Property Services' latest projects coming from a new sector of activity for the company. The Ferry Nab project was secured following CPSL's earlier repair work, following the floods (pictured left). "These are perfect examples of the kinds of smaller-scale, specialist schemes CPSL is perfectly suited to undertake," said Business Development Manager, Paul Buttery. "Projects requiring the careful management of specialist dry and wet trade sub-contractors - even in environmentally-sensitive waterside locations." For further information about CPSL's diverse and specialist capabilities, please contact Paul Buttery at:

Penketh Court Warrington project celebrated in HSQE and LABC NW Awards 2016

Proactive approach stood out in an overall "Excellent performance"

Cruden Group underlined both the primary importance of its Health, Safety, Quality and Environment culture AND its commitment to excellence recently, with dual HSQE and LABC recognition for its Penketh Court scheme in Warrington - a design-build residential scheme for the over 55's, for Warrington Borough Council.

The HSQE Award 2016 is Cruden's inaugural annual award and was presented to Penketh Court in recognition of its "Excellent Performance in driving continual improvements… in particular the proactive approach of the site team, with all works being undertaken, planned managed and executed in line with Risk Assessments and Method Statements (RAMS)." As a Finalist in the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Award Penketh Court was also celebrated for "Excellence" shown from a construction and technical building control. Cruden Construction MD was joined by HSQE Manager Kenny Humphreys to present the awards to members of the Construction team (pictured above).

For further information please contact Kenny Humphreys, HSQE Manager:

Latest phase of 'Lettable
Standard' properties
for Wulvern Housing

The £300,000 2nd Phase to bring a further fifteen properties up to ‘Lettable Standard’ has been let to Cruden Property Services by Wulvern Housing. This builds on the success of phase 1 and sets the scene for further phases, providing cost-effective solutions for social housing providers.

“At a cost of approximately £15,000 per property, this kind of project enables housing providers to bring properties back into let quickly and at a reasonable cost.” said Operations Director, Karl Kilbride.

“In these days of funding cuts, there is pressure on housing associations to turn around void and other kinds of empty properties as quickly as possible. Cruden Property Services is delighted to be able to provide an effective solution.”


Opportunities in
Education and Health
sectors for new clients

A number of new clients have provided opportunities in both the Education and Healthcare sectors for Cruden Property Services.

Stockport Grammar School are having a new mezzanine floor extension as part of a £250,000 fast-track contract to be completed in just eight weeks. Whilst at Manchester University, CPSL are involved in a £65,000 scheme to provide anti-glare window tinting to laboratory and administration buildings on campus. At Ulverston, a £1million contract to refurbish a Care Home for Cumbria County Council has been secured while in Manchester, a £72,000 scheme has been won to build temporary Welfare facility of changing rooms and bathrooms, for the World famous Christie Hospital.

For further information please contact Karl Kilbride, Operations Director:

CPSL success on Lancashire County Council Public Buildings Framework

Cruden Property Services have been appointed to Lancashire County Council's Public Buildings Framework, giving the company access to projects in a number of areas, including responsive repairs, maintenance and 'Enhancing business in Lancashire.'

"The Lancashire Framework is a great opportunity for CPSL," said MD Mark Burns. "Our combination of local outlets and people, and ability to tackle projects of every size and type, means that we will be able to deliver great value to Lancashire's people and communities."

For further information please contact Mark Burns, Managing Director:

Update | Project Completions Update | Update

Demonstrating the diverse range of residential projects that Cruden Construction undertakes, E-Focus is delighted to feature three recently completed high quality schemes:

1.Church Walk - Knutsford
Located in the town centre of historic Knutsford, a £3.7m design and build scheme comprising of thirteen Georgian inspired townhouses, with four house types offering three, four and five bedrooms, with on-site basement car parking. The site was particularly challenging to develop, in particular the basement car park which was built on top of a pressured aquifer.

2. Hawthorns - Audenshaw
A £7m design and build contract won in competitive tender through the JV North Framework. The scheme comprised 90 new houses and flats on a former school site and was Cruden Construction's second contract for New Charter Housing Trust.

3. Penketh Court - Warrington
A £4.8m very sheltered scheme for over 55's for Warrington Borough Council, won in competitive tender through the ICNW Framework. The scheme was a finalist in the North West LABC Awards and its construction team helped to win the inaugural Cruden Health, Safety Quality and Environment Award for 2016.

Cruden Construction MD Ian Woolrich said, "Each of these high quality projects demonstrate the expertise and skills of our excellent construction teams who, with suppliers and subcontractors, overcame a myriad of technical construction challenges to deliver high quality completions to our clients."

For further information contact David Dickie, Group Marketing Director:

Oldham approval for innovative PV 2nd Phase

An innovative renewables scheme to provide PV technology on up to fifteen nursing homes sites across Oldham has been approved for commencement.

The project comes on the back of Cruden Energy Solutions’ success on a Housing & Care 21 pilot project in Oldham, which combined a number of insulation and energy-saving innovations to increase thermal efficiency and reduce running costs.
“We are still working to help deliver the Government’s target of 25% renewable energy production by 2020.” said Operations Manager Andy Barker. “Our work in Oldham and elsewhere clearly indicates that renewables, combined with innovative energy-saving initiatives, have a genuine role to play.”
“We are keen to work with stakeholders and clients to promote and expand the use of renewable energies throughout all sectors.”

For further information contact Andy Barker, Operations Manager:

‘Investing in Choice’ for young people

Cruden Community Ambassador Barry Curran returns to his old school - of some 50 years ago!

“Communicating with young people and helping them to prepare for the transition from education to the workplace is amongst the most fulfilling aspects of our Escalate Training and Career Development programme.” says Cruden Community Ambassador, Barry Curran.

Supported by colleagues, Barry was delighted to provide assistance recently to three local schools which had organised career events, designed to help young people make better, informed choices about their future direction and career.
In Warrington, Birchwood Community High School arranged for all their Year 10 students to have a mock interview, undertaken by local employers, including Cruden Group, to enable students to improve their CV applications and sharpen up their interview techniques. In Widnes, the Ormskirk Chadwick Academy, hosted a team of Cruden personnel to give presentations to twenty five Year 11 students on various topics, including modern apprenticeship opportunities and how to access them. The students had the benefit of meeting Ryan Wilde, a locally-recruited apprentice in full time employment with Cruden Construction.
In Huyton, the Sylvester Junior School was the venue for an interactive event organised by Liverpool Compact. Called ‘Inspire Young Minds’ the initiative took the form of a career carousel, where young people ask various employers questions about the workplace. One question asked of the Cruden Community Ambassador, Barry Curran was: “Did you go to school when you were my age?” Barry’s reply: ”I did, and 50 years ago I attended this school - just like you”.

For further information contact Barry Curran, Community Ambassador:

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Cruden supports initiative at Blackburn Foodbank

A team of volunteers from the Cruden Construction site at Grey Street, Burnley, accompanied Community Ambassador, Barry Curran to complete a redecoration initiative in support of the Blackburn Foodbank.

The Foodbank provides a range of support services including food parcels and meals and is a vitally important service to people in need in Blackburn.

Cruden was pleased to offer the time and skills necessary to give the Foodbank a facelift of its wet facilities - which Foodbank volunteers had previously tried to complete amidst all their other day-to-day activities.

“The provision of the wet facilities will help local people who have no access to washing and showering because they can’t afford to heat water - and it will also be available to rough sleepers.” said Ros Duerdon, Foodbank Manager. “The Cruden Team brought together the start made by our volunteers, and the final result is wonderful, we could not be happier!”

“Cruden Construction is currently building fifty new homes for Great Places Housing Group in Burnley.” said Community Ambassador Barry Curran. “This is the first of two projects that we are undertaking as a way of giving something back to local communities - and developing added social value services to support Great Places Housing in the area.”

The photo shows the team from our Burnley site, which includes two apprentices.

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