Is Planning Reform a recipe for disaster or a silver bullet for change?
Senior Architect Bonnie York explores this critical question in our latest bulletin. As we navigate a housing crisis, one thing is certain – we’re not building enough homes. Join us as we delve into key considerations for the future, including significant changes to plan-making, environmental shifts like Nutrient Neutrality and Biodiversity Net Gain, and uncover new catalysts for housing and regeneration projects.
Don’t miss out on vital insights – read more now.
We take immense pride in unveiling our latest initiative—the Damp and Mould Growth Toolkit. Crafted with a meticulous forensic approach, this toolkit is designed to bolster the sector by providing a comprehensive framework for identifying and resolving damp and mould-related issues.
We are thrilled to finally announce that we are a Session Partner at The UK’s Real Estate Investment and Infrastructure Forum (UKREiiF), set to take place between 21st – 23rd May 2024 in Leeds.
Baily Garner has been named as a supplier on the NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) Healthcare Planning, Construction Consultancy and Ancillary Services framework agreement. Within this framework agreement we will be able to provide our services to a number of different kinds of projects in the health sector.
We regularly publish thought leadership pieces on a variety of topics. Our most recent piece ‘UK has some way to go despite retrofit progress’ authored by Matt Allcock, was published in the RICS Built Environment Journal, looked at the current state of Housing Retrofit in the UK.
Baily Garner have already been appointed by numerous clients to deliver PAS2035, contract administration and strategic consultancy roles on SHDF demonstrator, Wave 1 and Wave 2.1 preparatory programmes of work.
Ben Lambon-Ralph, Chartered Building Surveyor and qualified Project Manager, discusses the contract options available, the importance of the contract, and creating a retrofit procurement strategy. Read more >
It’s estimated that some 1.5 million houses were built using non-traditional (non-trad) materials and methods of construction between the 1940s and the 1970s. Matthew Allcock discusses the key considerations of retrofitting these types of housing projects.
It has been an eventful year at Baily Garner. We have been working hard to make sure we are always building success and delivering quality. Here is a snapshot of some of our achievements from 2021. Read more >
Following on from our practical toolkit for achieving net zero in new build homes (released in August this year), we are now releasing our second toolkit, this time tackling the issue of retrofitting existing homes. Read more >
It’s what we do every day, and last Friday was no exception when we held our fourth annual Quality Summit.
Held at etc.venues St Paul’s, around 170 colleagues came together to share knowledge and best practice as part of our drive to support the quality in construction agenda.
After a virtual event last year, HOMES UK is returning to ExCel London from Tuesday 23 to Wednesday 24 November 2021. ,
Not only are we sponsoring the event, but we are also hosts and guest speakers at four sessions.
Tuesday 23 November, Midday – 12.45pm
Partner Mustab Ahmed joins the panel discussing The Future Homes Standard: fit for the future now.
Tuesday 23 November, 2.45pm – 3.30pm
Strategic asset management and customers – unlocking the net zero retrofit challenge is the topic of conversation for Partners Ben Nixon, Laura O’Donovan and John Milner.
Tuesday 23 November, 3.40pm – 4.25pm
Carbon versus safety and the approach to fire remediation works – Anil Chandla, Programme Manager joins the conversation.
Wednesday 24 November, 1.50pm – 2.35pm
Graeme Sargood will discover What can housing learn from other sectors?
Join us at this sector-leading event by registering for your *free ticket.
* Tickets are free for housing associations, local authorities, public sector, housebuilders, master developers, funders, architects, planners and build to rent landlords, student accommodation, retirement living and extra-care providers. Fees will apply to other commercial organisations.
Led by the Mayor’s Fund for London, Firm Foundations is a brand-new campaign which aims to create a stronger and more inclusive industry where young Londoners from all backgrounds feel they belong and can flourish.
Our Tufnell Park Primary School project has been nominated for ‘Project of the Year – Schools‘ at the Education Estates Awards. Baily Garner provided Employer’s Agent, Cost Consultancy and Quality Control services for this scheme.
We’re delighted to have been awarded the Skills & Training Scheme of the Year award at the Insider’s Midlands Residential Property Awards, which took place on Thursday 22 July 2021 at The Eastside Rooms, Birmingham.
Partners Bradley Webster and Neil Hope will be providing expert advice and leading three sessions in the ‘Get Ready for Work’ webinar led by our client Network Homes. This one day webinar will consist of various sessions to help in every aspect of job hunting, including everything from how to make an eye-catching CV to how to create a LinkedIn profile.
The stable refurbishment project at Great Scotland Yard that we completed for the Metropolitan Police Service has been Highly Commended at the National Police Estates Group (NPEG) awards for construction projects over £1 million.
We are sponsoring the Built Environment Networking Blue Light Estates Development Conference which will be taking place on 23 June 2021. Partner Rob Ireland will be chairing Session Three: Blue Light Estates – Development Plans at 11:30 am, with a focus on quality in design and construction.
As this week is Mental Health Awareness Week, it is a good time to look back on some of the things we’ve been doing over the last year to support the mental health of our staff.
Promoting and protecting wellbeing in the workplace is important to Baily Garner and is aligned to our key objective of being a great place to work. We recognise that mental health is a vital part of this and, in a year that has been difficult for a lot of people, we have put a focus on the mental health of our staff.
“How are you?” has become the first question at the top of the agenda in all weekly team meetings and in individual one-to-one reviews. Our people managers have been taught to monitor individuals’ wellbeing and be vigilant for signs of demotivation or feelings of isolation.
In November 2020, 23 of our people managers attended a Mental Health Awareness course provided by Mental Health First Aid England (MHFAE), which included how to be more aware of mental ill health in others, how to talk to others about mental health, considering our own mental health and actions we can take to ensure good mental health.
Then in January 2021, we launched our Mental Health First Aiders across the practice. 14 of our team have been trained as Mental Health First Aiders to act as someone to talk to for anyone experiencing any mental health issues and to provide signposting to other resources where needed.
Our employees all also have access to an Employee Assistance Programme through our Healthcare Cash Plan benefit provided to all permanent employees, which provides further signposting and professional help if required.
We provide ways for our staff to support their own mental wellbeing through social activities and our ‘Social, Health and Wellbeing’ Microsoft Teams channel. This week we are using this to launch our first annual photography competition, in memory of one of our former partners, to raise money for charity. The theme of the competition will be nature, to tie in with the Mental Health Awareness Week theme and it’s open for all of our staff and their families to take part.
We are also giving each of our team a gift of a ‘Little Ray of Sunshine’ in the form of a sunflower growing kit. A little bit of nature to take home and ‘grow their own’.
A pilot £50 million Government project to improve the energy efficiency of social housing has awarded £4.5m funding to a bid Baily Garner has been working on with a number of partner organisations.
We are delighted to announce the promotion of Ben Nixon to Associate Partner on 1st November 2020.
Ben joined Baily Garner in February 2019 and since then he has become a chartered building surveyor (MRICS) and chartered construction manager (MCIOB).
We are proud to announce that Baily Garner has been appointed to the Procure Partnerships Framework Professional Services Agreement, which runs from 2020-2024.
Through this framework we can support our public sector clients in five different geographical regions and the framework allows clients to make direct appointments or to run a competitive tender. Read more >
Northdown Gardens won in the category of Best Individual New Home at the LABC London Awards. Congratulations to the entire project team for all of their hard work. BG provided Professional Services for this project. If you would like to read more about the project and the awards click here.
After the successful re-opening of our Head office in Eltham earlier in the summer, a small number of staff have now also returned to office working in our Birmingham office, as of Monday 27th July.
Both offices are now operating successfully within the safety parameters required by government guidelines, but with a reduced level of occupancy.
Please note that at this time all offices remain closed to visitors.
Well done to our three new Chartered Building Surveyors from our Head Office. Jack Plummer, Max Skeet and George Gardner who all passed their APC exams and as of last week are Chartered.
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.
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.