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CIOB Wale Hub 30-05-22

We are pleased to announce that our Managing Director Mark Hennessey has been selected to represent the CIOB Wales committee hub. Mark’s tenure will start on the 1st July 2022 for a period of two years. This role will also combine Mark’s work with the other committees in the CIOB to include member engagement, professional standards and various working groups within the CIOB structure from their London HQ.

Mark said “these roles with the CIOB, along with our chartered construction company status underpins our DNA within ASD Build. Our Directors and Employees conduct themselves professionally to maintain our company values and work ethic which in turn maintains our reputation as an organisation people want to work with”.

Growing our Own 25-05-22

Our employment strategy is to invest in our own staff, we aim at offering opportunities to them supporting their development and career aspirations. Now we are looking for future aspirating construction professionals and site management to join the team.

Project Director, Rachel Hennessey said “we work hard with our training providers to make sure we have the best training plans in place for our workforce. I am also working closely with the University of South Wales to provide project management opportunities to students through their graduate and apprenticeship training schemes. We hope to build on this relationship in the coming years for the development of ASD Build and the RCT community”.

We encourage any person who feels they may be of benefit to ASD Build and would like to join our team to contact us via office@asduild.com or 01443 264936.

The Point Update 18-05-22

ASD Build is pleased to announce that we have now achieved practical completion on our project at The Point, Nottingham. The recladding and fire remediation works were completed with no delays and within budget. This contract required access to over 60 apartments and communal areas.

Managing Director Mark Hennessey said“We had a great team in place for this project, a special thanks to Nabil Kayali and Chim Leung for their hard work, their first project completion for ASD Build.  As well as managing CDM compliance and the various contractors across the scheme, the biggest challenge on this project was with access and communication with the residents. Chim stepped up to the challenge and liaised professionally throughout the project to ensure all residents were kept informed of the programme. Chim prepared temporary accommodation for residents and ensured the programme remained flexible to suit each resident’s availability. I’m also immensely proud with the way Naibil, Chim and the senior ASD team have handed over the H&S file.  Our in-house process and  procedures were implemented at the start of the project which has enabled a highly appreciated smooth handover to the client with all documentation in place”.

Longcross Update 11-05-22

We are pleased to have made a start this month on our Longcross project in Cardiff. Our client CCHA has been eager to continue with the project since the contract was suspended with the previous Principal Contractor. The scheme will deliver 35 homes with a 14 month construction programme.

Construction Director Mike Hennessey said “We cannot wait to get going with the build, we have been looking at different building methods from that of the original proposals but have now settled on a robust building of steel and brick. The new building will complement the surrounding area and we are proud to be working in such a prominent location of Cardiff”.

The Pinnacle Update 04-05-22

Project Manager Jacob Jones is pleased to announce that our recladding and fire remediation project at the Pinnacle building in Northampton will be commencing in the summer of 2022. Our client NCHA is pleased to get this project underway and improve the safety of their residents.

Jacob said “Our contractor’s design for the replacement cladding has now received formal approval, the design is fully compliant with current building regulations and will meet the requirements of the Building Safety Bill. The project is due to start in the summer of 2022 with an anticipated duration of 11 months. The contract will be managed by our Nottingham office with Project Manager Nabil Kayali taking the lead role as Project Manager for the construction stage”.

St John's Announcement 27-04-22

ASD Build is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a new contract to build 58 affordable homes in Cardiff for our client CCHA.  These homes will be built on the former St John’s College site in Rumney, Cardiff.  The site poses many challenges such as the ecological aspects surrounding the site and the existing topography.

Managing Director, Mark Hennessey said “as part of our company’s growth strategy, we are looking forward to delivering this scheme for our trusted client CCHA, we are determined to achieve our ambition of being one of the top Principal Contractors for affordable housing in South Wales”.

Longcross Announcement 20-04-22

We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded the contract to design and build Longcross house in the centre of Cardiff for our client Cardiff Community Housing Association.  The new affordable housing development will consist of thirty-five apartments which will be ready in late summer 2023.  The six-story building will be built from steel and brick settling well into its surroundings.

Mark Hennessey, managing director, said “we cannot wait to get started on this medium to high rise project,  it suits our technical ability in this area and will provide more opportunities for direct employment with ASD in line with our growth strategy.  Working with our consultants on this project we are determined to hand over a modern building built with quality management at the forefront”.

The Point Update 04-04-22

The fire safety remediation project is going well at The Point, Nottingham, with 70% of the works complete.  “The Point” is located on Bellar Gate/Plumptre Street, which is a large residential area close to Nottingham city centre.

Following the tragic incident of Grenfell Tower in 2017, it was concluded that the cladding system played a major role in the spread of the fire. This incident resulted in the review of existing cladding systems and fire safety on residential buildings above 18 metres around the UK. External Wall Surveys (EWS) and Fire Risk Assessments (FRA) are now a requirement of insurance providers to continue insuring the previously insured buildings. Government funded grants to remediate fire risks are now available for Social Housing with privately owned buildings being considered eligible for grants as well.

After the EWS1 survey was carried out at The Point, the existing cladding was found to be combustible and non-compliant with current Building Regulations.  The aim of this fire safety project is to replace elements of the external fabric of the building that no longer meet the required regulations. 

The scheme mainly comprises the removal and replacement of the cladding system, combustible insulation, ventilation grilles and retro-fitting of cavity fire barriers.  The works include operations associated with improving fire safety/resistance to the external walls, insulation and additional components. 

Project Manager, Nabil Kayali said “This is a meaningful scheme to be involved in to improve the fire safety of the existing development and fulfil the current legal requirements. It is also crucial to maintain good communication with the residents and minimise disruption to them during our works”.

Penygraig Infant School Update 14-02-22

The pre-construction planning stage has commenced on the Former Penygraig Infant School project. Ecological and environmental aspects of the project have meant a detailed mitigation method is required due to the presence of bats and owls. The proposed designs have also been adapted to incorporate permanent bat and owl boxes for future habitation of these protected species.

The development is aiming to achieve an EPC rating A with the project focusing on sustainability targets and the reduction of carbon emissions through the building’s life cycle. This will include the specification of solar panels, electric hot water cylinders and sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS).

Project Manager, Jacob Jones said “This is an exciting scheme to be involved in, especially with the development prioritising sustainable technologies. There’s a potential for this scheme to be award-winning and would set a example for other clients in the region of RCT”.

Aquila House Update 31-01-22

Cladding replacement work has now been completed on both Aquila House and Galleon House for our clients Cardiff Community Housing Association.  Mike Hennessey (Construction Manager) has now instructed the scaffolding to be removed from the towers after gaining building control approval for the final floors.

Mike stated “this is a crucial milestone for ASD Build showing our competence and technical ability in the project which will finish 2 months ahead of the program.  The ASD site team headed by Peter Jones and Connor Davies are now working on the perimeter fencing before closure of the site compound and remediation of the area in readiness to be handed back to our clients. We are very proud of our ability and workmanship on this project with quality management at the forefront to meet all the legislative requirements”.

Trimble Viewpoint 14-01-22
In order to better serve our customers ASD Build are rolling out Trimble Viewpoint’s project and field management solutions to improve communication and collaboration so we can increase project productivity. ASD Site Managers already use 4G iPads to keep records of what is happening on site but Trimble Viewpoint will allow us to take this to another level. It will be rolled out to our contractors at the end of Q1 this year.
Financial Director of ASD Build Rob Bailey said “The larger companies in our sector are already using these cloud based systems to streamline processes and improve accuracy and accountability.  ASD Build see this as a way to differentiate ourselves from other main contractors and provide a mechanism to ensure we carry on exceeding the expectations of our customers and their tenants”.
Nottingham team announcement 13-01-22

ASD Build are pleased to announce that we have opened a new office in Nottingham serving the Greater Midlands area. Initial projects already underway for the business include retrofit work addressing fire compliance issues, insulation and fenestration replacement projects. In line with the existing business model the business is taking on challenging projects in tight locations which other main contractors don’t want to be involved in.

Managing Director of ASD Build Mark Hennessey said “We have been planning this office for 6 months so it is exciting to see things coming together. We now have £3m of projects live in the East Midlands and this office will allow us to deliver on schedule. We have a very strong and diverse management team on the ground with extensive experience across the industry which coupled with support from our South Wales office will make sure we deliver for our clients”.

If you are interested in working for ASD Build in our Nottingham office or think we may be able to help you with your project please email midlands@asdbuild.com

End of year summary 23-12-21

ASD Growth

ASD Build has enjoyed a successful year growing into the company we have strived to become.  We have developed and grown as an organisation, establishing ourselves as a Chartered Building Company with good values, prioritising quality management at the forefront of our business model whilst delivering projects on time and to contract value.

In 2021 ASD gained new clients across Wales and England and are looking forward to exciting times in 2022, especially with opening a new office in Nottingham. In the forthcoming year ASD, will continue with the house building contracts whilst also delivering various main contractor works which include cladding remediation, large contract aluminium & UPVC window replacements and full roofing works, utilising all of our specialty working within Construction design Management (CDM).

Employment in ASD

With our drive and commitment at senior management level we feel ASD is an excellent  place to work personally and professionally.  ASD has employed 8 new construction individuals in the past year from Apprentices to Site Management.

In January 2022 the following persons will start work at ASD

  • Project Manager with a strong design team portfolio
  • Site Manager with trade experience

To enable ASD to continually grow we nurture our site operatives to become an integral part of the senior management team to join us on our journey with long term employment aspirations.  We are diverse in our employment,  we welcome people from all backgrounds and a mindset to challenge our working methods in a professional manner bringing their own construction methodologies to the organisation.

From all at ASD Build we would like to wish a Happy Christmas and a prosperous new year to all our friends and their families in the construction industry.

Mark Hennessey
Managing Director

 

Aquila House Scaffolding 10-11-21

ASD Build’s contractor on Aquila House in Cardiff, Wales have now completed the scaffolding on the 15 storey building as part of the EWS1 fire safety improvement works commissioned by CCHA and funded by the Welsh Government. The scaffolding will allow the safe removal and replacement of the existing combustible timber cladding. Constructing scaffolding to such a height is much more complicated than on a standard residential dwelling. It requires an engineer’s design and wind calculations by a specialist consultant, in many cladding & recladding contracts the scaffolding element can make up 25% of the contract cost. Aquila House presented additional challenges due to its proximity to Cardiff Bay and the Bristol Channel.

The scaffolding industry has been hit with raw materials price increases and product availability shortages along with the rest of the construction industry. Given the complexities of scaffolding at height it is important to use a reputable company with experience in high level work, and a company which has access to sufficient stock for the project. Lead times on the project was also a consideration during the build up to construction phase, the lead time on scaffolding for 18m+ buildings is a minimum of 3 months and more than likely 6 months. ASD Build engages with our scaffolding subcontractors at tender stage so they are involved in the whole process from the offset, then when ASD Build receives preferred bidder status we schedule the work with our preferred scaffolding contractor, subject to client approval.

We currently have active building remediation projects on multi-storey apartment buildings in South Wales, Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire. Please contact us if you have any enquiries or interests.

More information on the history of scaffolding can be found here >>> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scaffolding

Fast Growth 50 27-10-21

ASD Build has been announced the fastest growing business in construction and building services sponsored by the University of South Wales at an awards ceremony in Cardiff held on the 27th of October 2021. Overall ASD Build was the 5th fastest growing business. Turnover in the current financial year is expected to increase to £4.8m. The picture shows Managing Director Mark Hennessey & Senior Construction Manager Mike Hennessey receiving the award. It is quite ironic that the award was sponsored by the University of South Wales as we have 2 of their students working in our business.

The bulk of our growth has been achieved from repeat customers who like the way the company operates, systems are fully online giving the team full access to information from any location. This allows us to communicate quickly and accurately with customers. We understand that both new developments and building refurbishment are very important to people so we take pride in the job. Our customers have previously been social landlords but we now have contracts with private residential associations and their employers agents. 
 

ASD Build now has further active projects in the East Midlands in Nottingham and Northampton. The business is also tendering on recladding & refurbishment projects in London to allow property owners to get clear EWS1 reports.

 
More information can be found here https://www.fastgrowth50.com/2021/asd-build
 
Rob Bailey
Financial Director
Fast Growth 50 List 20-08-21

ASD Build is delighted to have qualified for the 2021 Fast Growth 50 List.
Not only that, we have also been shortlisted for the fastest growing construction firm in Wales and the fastest growing firm in the Valleys.
A massive well done to all the team at ASD Build.

Newsletter May 2021 09-06-21

Our May 2021 Newsletter is ready to read! If you would like a full copy please email >>> office@asdbuild.com

CIOB Magazine Article - Aquila House 02-06-21

An article written on the Aquila House recladding project made it into the CIOB Construction Manager magazine for June 2021.

“The backbone of ASD Build’s DNA is professionalism; it’s what we strive for every day”

Fantastic read (Page 51) >>> https://constructionmanagermagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Construction-Manager-June-2021.pdf

Aquila House 20-05-21

The first elevation of scaffolding has been erected at Aquila House.

Kickstart Scheme 18-05-21

We would like to welcome Liam as our Construction Administration Assistant via the Government’s Kickstart Scheme.

Aberdare Girls School 17-05-21

Looking back at February-March at the Aberdare Girls School and came across this article that made it into the FMB magazine.

Recognised as a significant development by industry professionals, a very proud moment for everyone involved within the scheme.

(Page 15 – https://online.flippingbook.com/view/533571/14/)

Heddfan Update 28-04-21

After 2 years ASD Build are finally ready to begin the Heddfan project located at Rhydfelin, Pontypridd in partnership with Hafod Housing. The site has been cleared and the build contract is in place. The groundworks are scheduled to start on Tuesday 4th May 2021.

Cladding Training 13-04-21

The Aquilla House recladding project is due to start next week. In line with our Hardie Backer accreditation as registered installers of this product the site team have begun their training.

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