All our technical staff will be attending our second Quality summit at ETC Venues, Monument on Friday 22 November.
As well as receiving technical updates on cladding and Part B, we will be talking “quality – from the clients point of view” with speaker contributions from
- Brendan Sarsfield (Chief Executive at Peabody)
- Steve Makowski (Chief Executive Officer for the National Housing Academy)
- Alan Edgar (Production Director Mount Anvil) as well as
- Andy Tookey (our own Managing partner).
The day will also include a practical session working with some digital tools , and a follow up to last year’s QCI top tips session from Paul Pearce as well as much more!
We’ll present a brief resumee of the day for those that are interested next week.
The quarterly publication for the South East London Chamber of Commerce, the Masthead, features Baily Garner’s own Managing Partner, Andy Tookey as it’s Big Interview for the October 2019 edition.
In a wide ranging interview, Andy talks about his early career, the essence of Baily Garner, the importance of quality in the modern construction world and our focus on training our own people and bringing them through to safeguard the future of Baily Garner in a post Brexit world.
You can read the full article on pages 25-27 here.
Congratulations to our Kensington Street project team on winning the award for Best Architectural Design at the South East Construction Awards. The team worked in close collaboration with Brighton and Hove City Coucil, Guinness Partnership and Sunninghill Construction to deliver the 12 city centre units.
Baily Garner are pleased to continue our authorship support to the RICS Built Environment Journal and Jack Thompson-Smith has contributed to our latest publication on the important issue of taking care of healthcare assets which can be read here on Page 53
Kensington Street has been shortlisted as a finalist for Best Architectural Design at the 2019 South East Construction Awards. The recently completed Brighton-based project designed by the Baily Garner architecture team is nominated with the winners for all categories being announced on the 26th of September – Well done to the architects…and fingers crossed for 26th!
Baily Garner’s Karen Crowley (PA to Managing partner, Andy Tookey) has had an article featured in PA Life Magazine highlighting her work on the ISO14001 accreditation for Baily Garner. Read here how Karen helped to make BG more environmentally-friendly.
On the 1st of July 2019 our Partner Andrew Little was invited by 24Housing to participate in a Roundtable discussion on the subject of “Clearing the confusion” debating what have we learned, what has changed and what more needs to happen 2 years after the Grenfell tragedy. Sponsored by Kier, the Group was formed of Senior and Director level individuals representing Clients, Consultants and Manufacturers and the article can be found here
Our attendance at this recent event represents our continued drive to improve quality standards and performance across the industry and builds on a number of the themes and challenges set out in our co-authored Stopping Building Failures Report published by the Housing Forum.
We are excited to announce that Tops Club has been shortlisted for a Housing Essex Excellence Award, Baily Garner provided Quantity Surveying services to the residential project. We have been nominated for the 2nd category – Best Housing Schemes Under 50 homes. The awards ceremony will be held on the 10th of October.
Baily Garner is delighted to have become a member of the South East London Chamber of Commerce and looks forward to joining all the other local businesses in making a really positive contribution to the Greenwich and surrounding area communities.
We are pleased to announce the promotion of Dan Bridgewater to Associate Partner, effective from 1 May 2019.
Based in our Birmingham office, Dan joined the practice in 2013 and his well deserved promotion recognises his commitment to both Baily Garner and his clients.
The individual abilities and experiences that our new Associates bring to their respective teams and offices are invaluable and we are delighted to congratulate Dan and wish him every success in his new position.
We continue to take an active role working with and supporting our local communities, a recent event saw Sarah Chisholm take part in a “Construction Youth” organised event at a school in Gravesend, giving Year 13 students an opportunity to experience a typical interview scenario.
Students had the chance to practice and improve their interview skills, as Sarah and two other panel members took them through a mock interview, asking the sort of questions students are likely to encounter and helping them to understand what employers will be looking for in a successful candidate. After receiving useful feedback from the panel to build their confidence, students really made the most of a great opportunity to prepare themselves for the future.
Applications for our 2019 Graduate and Year Out opportunities close on 31st December 2018 – please submit your CV and covering letter as soon as possible.
We are delighted to have sponsored the Homes 2018 event at London’s Olympia and take part in two well attended sessions – Managing Partner Andy Tookey, co-author of The Housing Forum’s “Stopping Building Failures” report, joined a panel examining the findings of this best practice guide, whilst Andrew Little and John Milner’s presentation “MMC: Tipping Point or False Dawn” produced a lively question and answer session at this successful two day event.
After taking significant steps towards protecting our online systems to achieve Cyber Essential accreditation earlier this year, following a recent audit we are delighted that we have now successfully completed and been awarded Cyber Essential PLUS accreditation. The ‘PLUS’ accreditation means that, as well as our IT procedures and process complying with the standard, “at the time of testing, our defences were assessed as satisfactory against commodity based cyber-attack”. This is a great achievement which we are very proud of – huge thanks go to our IT Department for their hard work in achieving this.
Autumn is always a busy period for university careers fairs – we’ve been travelling across the country talking to students about our Year Out and Graduate opportunities and have received some great feedback so far from Anglia Ruskin, Oxford Brookes and Nottingham Trent universities.
Here’s where you will find us in the next few weeks:
Wednesday 7 November:
- Brighton University and Sussex University (come and say hello to Os Kamil and Kayhan Rasit)
- Sheffield Hallam University (Peter Fisher will be answering your questions)
- Birmingham City University (come and say hello to Laura Ward)
Tuesday 13 November:
- University of Reading (Meet Zach and Dilraj on Stand 17 between 11 am and 2 pm)
Tuesday 20 November:
- South Bank University (Dan Brownlee and Rob Tyler are teaming up for this event).
We are delighted to announce that Os Kamil joins the partnership as an Associate Partner, effective from 1st November 2018.
Many congratulations on a well deserved promotion Os!
Baily Garner held its first Quality Summit on Friday 5th October.
Around 120 technical staff took part in a day led by our Partners and dedicated to identifying what more Baily Garner can do to drive forward the Quality Agenda in Construction.
Baily Garner fully support the Quality in Construction agenda and on Friday 5th October will be holding its own one day Quality Summit for all its technical staff as part of our drive to make our own difference in this area.
We will be looking specifically at topics that contribute to the overall quality of buildings and project management such as
- pre-contract considerations
- the latest regulation updates
- our action response to the recent Housing Forum Report Stopping Building Failures (a report co-authored by our own Andy Tookey) and use of digital technology
We will examine best practice examples in construction across various sectors and non-construction industries to see what lessons can be learned and we will also hear presentations from two keynote speakers
James King – President of LDSA Building Control, who will present his views on the Hackitt report, as well as a range of building control related topics
Keith Exford – Our own Non-Executive Director, formally CEO at Clarion, who will put forward a perspective on quality from the client side
We will be summarising the key points from this important day so visit this site again soon for more, or let us know if you would like further details about the day.
Congratulations to recent graduates Peter Fisher and Will Gregory on receiving their BSc (Hons) from Birmingham City University and to Peter who was also presented with the RICS Award for Outstanding Achievement.
We are committed to maintaining our Quality Management accreditation and were delighted to receive confirmation, following a recent audit, that Baily Garner’s quality management systems continue to meet the required standards for ISO 9001.
The Technical Stuff
Baily Garner have introduced digitally signed pdf documents using a 1024bit encryption public key infrastructure (PKI) certificate issued to Baily Garner from VeriSign. The certificates are held on a Class 2 crypto device, with access being controlled via a microsoft active directory authentication using a Strong Password Policy. What this means is that you have the peace of mind to know that signer’s digital identity is legitimate.
The ‘signature’ will appear on each document in a similar looking format and will include the name of the authoriser, the date and time the document was signed and a web link to this page to help explain digital signatures, see example
This gives you the assurance that the information has not been altered since it was authorised, as any modification made to the document after signing will invalidate the signature, and acrobat reader will allow you to see what was actually signed (the original document).
For more information see http://www.adobe.com/security/digsig.html
Our congratulations go to June Park who can now add MRICS to her qualifications after passing her APC – a great achievement following a lot of hard work and another success for our professional development programme here at Baily Garner
Baily Garner Equity Partners are delighted to be able to announce that Keith Exford CBE will be joining the Baily Garner LLP board as a Non-Executive Director from 1 August 2018.
Keith’s 30 years of unique housing sector management experience, including his former role as CEO of the largest housing association in Europe – Clarion Housing – will bring great knowledge, experience and guidance to the Baily Garner board.
We’re looking forward to CIH Housing 2018 in Manchester from 26-28 June – Join Andy Tookey at the Knowledge Theatre, Manchester Central Convention Complex on Thursday 28 June 12.00 – 12.45 exploring key themes of the Housing Forum latest report ‘Stopping Building Failures’ and ‘How the Client gets Value from Value Management’
A Housing Forum commissioned report, Stopping Building Failures: How a Collaborative Approach can Improve Quality and Workmanship, produced by a Working Group co-chaired by Baily Garner’s Managing Partner Andy Tookey, launched at the May 2018 National Conference.
Here’s a link to the full report, focusing on procuring for quality, harnessing innovation and building defect free homes, drawing on the experience of members from across the sector.
After some diligent work by our Bids team, we are delighted to confirm our recent upgrade to Constructionline Gold status. Thanks in particular to Sandra Potter and everyone who helped her secure the accreditation for Baily Garner LLP.
We are delighted to announce Rob Tyler’s promotion to Associate Partner, effective from 1st May 2018.
Rob joined the practice in 2010, taking advantage of our in-house career support and sponsorship to complete his BSc (Hons) and to qualify as a Chartered Building Surveyor.
Many congratulations Rob!
Find out more on how our expertise can help you with our latest publications
Hidden Homes – how we can help transform your empty, under-utilised or derelict areas to deliver much needed homes
Building Services, Energy & Environmental – read more on our collaborative approach to Mechanical, Electrical and Public Health services design and sustainability advice
Islington MP Jeremy Corbyn was very impressed with the London Borough of Islington’s £6m development at Ivy Hall when he came along to open Brickworks Community Centre located in the impressive double height community hall. Read more >
Many congratulations to Suki and Alex who have successfully passed their APC to become Chartered Building Surveyors. A great achievement and testament to their hard work and the continuing success of our professional development programme here at Baily Garner
Autumn is always a busy period for university careers fairs – we’ve been travelling across the country talking to students about our year out and graduate opportunities and receiving some great feedback from under-graduates at Kingston, Nottingham Trent, Anglia Ruskin, Birmingham City, Sheffield Hallam and Reading universities.
You will find us at Southbank’s Built Environment & Architecture Fair on Tuesday 28 November – come along and say hello to Adam and Rob or catch up with Zach and Max at Brighton University on Friday 1 December.
More dates will be added in the new year.
We are delighted to be sponsoring Homes 2017 at London’s Olympia – drop by our stand and say hello on 22nd/23rd November. Join Andy Tookey and Paul Pearce for “Treating the Quality Epidemic” at 3.15 pm on 22 Nov – a subject raising concerns across our industry. The Homes Event is free of charge for Housing Associations, Local Authorities, ALMOs, Developers/Builders, Architects and Charities.
We are pleased to announce two promotions taking effect from 1st November 2017.
Congratulations to Mark Ellis, our new Associate Partner and to former Associate Partner Robert Ireland, who is now a Non Equity Partner.
We are delighted to welcome James Thacker who joined Baily Garner this month as Head of Commercial Surveying. James will play a key role in developing our exciting Commercial Business Plan in the coming months.
We’re delighted to be exhibiting and presenting at this year’s South East Consortium Annual Conference on 1st November. The event is free for public sector clients – find out more on what the conference will be covering. You’ll find our exhibition stand in the Emerging Thinking Zone – where Bradley Webster and Jack Thompson-Smith’s session on “Pre-Manufacture: Fad or mainstream” will be taking place between 3:45-4:30pm. Look forward to seeing you there!
Congratulations to Amy Ramsook on her recent success, adding BREEAM Assessor to her professional qualifications. Well done Amy!
Spring at Stonebridge Park has been shortlisted once again, this time the project is competing for the 2017 Building “Housing Project of the Year” Award, with winners to be announced in November.
Congratulations to everyone involved!