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1411, 2017

Construction News Specialists Awards 2018

BriggsAmasco is in line for a highly-prized industry award in recognition of its work on a major city development.

The Construction News Specialists Awards pay annual homage to the UK’s best specialist contractors. It attracts entrants nationwide and features a range of categories. Having run the rule over the initial wave of entries, judges have shortlisted BriggsAmasco in the Project of the Year by a Specialist Contractor (subcontract between £2m and £6m) category. It’s in relation to the company’s delivery of a multiple-roof system as part of the multimillion pound redevelopment of the Battersea Power Station site in south-west London.

BriggsAmasco supplied six green roofs and two lower-level roofs comprising limestone paving for 12 high-rise residential blocks to the west of the derelict 39-acre site that is being transformed into a thriving mini-city, replete with retail stores, restaurants and bars, a six-acre park, a community theatre, and residential apartments.

Speaking of the company’s nomination for the 2018 awards, Dave Maginnis, Managing Director at BriggsAmasco, said: “This is wonderful news. We’re particularly proud of the work we carried out at Battersea Power Station, so to have received recognition from judges at this early stage is fantastic for all concerned.”

Having been shortlisted, the next stage of the competition requires BriggsAmasco representatives to present their entry before a panel of judges. This takes place in February at the Construction News offices in London. The winners will be announced at an awards evening being held on Thursday, March 8th at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

2610, 2017

FORS Bronze Accreditation for our London Branch

Our London branch in Dagenham has achieved Bronze status for the Fleet Operators Recognition Scheme.

They are also in the process to upgrade this to Silver.

> Download the Bronze Certificate

> FORS website link

408, 2017

Construction Enquirer Top Ten Award Winners Revealed

This morning the Top Ten winners of the Construction Enquirer awards were revealed and BriggsAmasco is in the top ten for two categories:

  • Best Specialist Contractor to Work For (Over £25m)
  • Best Specialist Contractor to Work With (Over £25m)

The awards night is being held in Birmingham on 10 October.

Further information can be found on the Construction Enquirer website

2507, 2017

The Importance of Training

The capacity of available training centres is just as crucial as the Assessor shortage in our industry. To address this, the LRWA joined forces with Briggs Amasco and the CITB to open a new training facility based at our Head Office at Cradley Heath near Birmingham.

Further reading can be found in July’s issue of the RCI Magazine on page 78.

2407, 2017

Building Better Awareness of Mental Illness in The Construction Industry

Earlier this year, data released by the Office for National Statistics revealed the risk of suicide among low-skilled male laborers, particularly those working in construction, was three times higher than the national average. Mental illness has long been considered something of a taboo subject within the building industry, leading to companies such as BriggsAmasco, the UK’s leading national commercial roofing company investing in training schemes designed to educate employees and help them recognise the symptoms of psychological stress. Dave Maginnis, Managing Director at BriggsAmasco, talks about the education programme and his company’s aim to highlight issues surrounding ‘the invisible illness’.

Construction is a tough environment to inhabit. The physical demands are heavy and the pace at which workers have to toil is unrelenting. There are also mental pressures. Deadlines need to be met on a daily basis to satisfy a seemingly never-ending chain of command that begins with the client, but can include a host of contractors and various trades which are dependent on a person a lot further down the line getting their bit right for a project to proceed at sufficient speed. Therefore, it’s fair to say the building industry, particularly the roofing sector, is not for the faint-hearted.

If we concur with the stereotypical view, then construction workers are as tough as the materials in their possession; they’re insensitive to the perils they face in their line of duty, and they’re mostly easy-going types whose hard-earned brawn has insulated them against the fears and anxieties felt by those engaged in less-rigorous employment. The reality is somewhat different, however. This is borne out by figures that reveal one-in-six construction-based workers are suffering from a form of mental illness. The fact that suicide kills more people in the building sector than falls is even more daunting. Thankfully, it appears the industry itself is becoming aware of the health issue in its midst. Initiatives such as Mates in Mind, a recently-launched charitable programme designed to improve and promote positive mental health in construction, has the backing of the British Safety Council, the Health in Construction Leadership Group, and the Samaritans. However, when it’s considered a 2006 CIOB report, showed 70% of workers suffered from stress-related mental conditions as a direct result of working in the industry, its clear employees within the sector should be taking a firmer lead on ways to address the issue.

Warning signs

In June, BriggsAmasco staged a workshop for employees to help them recognise signs of mental health problems and encourage individuals to seek the right help. It was held as part of our annual Health and Safety forum on behalf of contract-related staff and subcontractors. The Mental Health First Aid course was delivered by a qualified, external trainer to ensure an effective and efficient approach was taken in relation to the subject. People often respond better to an outsider with a proper understanding of the topic they are delivering, and our aim was to ensure that our employees fully-absorbed the message being conveyed.

Staff interaction was encouraged throughout the course by sharing knowledge and personal experiences of the illness in an open-floor environment. Details were also shared on various mental health issues, and the warning signs to look out for, such as stress, anxiety and depression, that could indicate someone has a condition. The feedback from colleagues who attended the course was extremely positive. Most told us they found it incredibly insightful and gave them a new approach in their thought process regarding mental health issues. This was precisely the result we were hoping for.

BriggsAmasco has covered more than 1,000 hours in health and safety training and awareness through internal and external courses. We also hold annual health surveillance assessments for our 200-plus safety-critical employees in which a detailed wellbeing assessment is carried out by a medical professional. This robust approach to the welfare of staff led to the company achieving ISO, 9001, 14001 and 18001 – one of a few UK organisations to meet all three standards.

Adapting to change

Health and Safety is paramount at BriggsAmasco. However, with so much focus being applied to the day-to-day safety aspect; the health issue is sometimes left in the background. Therefore, we felt it extremely important to raise awareness on the subject of mental health and reassure our employees that the support is there if and when required. Mental health issues reportedly account for people taking nearly 70 million days off sick per year – the most of any health condition – costing the UK economy between £70 billion and £100 billion a year. Proof, therefore, the ramifications of this debilitating condition can travel far beyond the distress it causes an individual.

The construction industry has been viewed by some as resistant to adapting to changes in working practices and behaviours, but it’s been swift to act in relation to a hitherto unspoken issue: the psychological wellbeing of its employers. At BriggsAmasco, we are aiming to overturn the negative view of mental illness and open-up discussion about its causes, symptoms and diagnoses. In our opinion, the construction industry should approach the welfare of its members with the same precision applied to a high-profile building or engineering project, which means paying as much attention to the interior, as well as the exterior details.

Further reading can be found in July’s issue of the RCI Magazine on page 32.

307, 2017

New offices for our Bridgend branch

Our Bridgend branch has moved from it’s location on East Street to North Street, less than 1 mile away.

The new address and contact number are:

Briggs Amasco Ltd
C5 Business Centre
North Road
Bridgend Industrial Estate
Bridgend
CF31 3TP

Tel: 01656 336 446

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