J S Wright has renewed its sponsorship of the West Midlands’ premier junior netball club for the third consecutive season.
It will remain principal sponsor of Parkside whose girls currently play at Under 12 to Under 15 levels in the Birmingham Intermediate Netball League (BINL) and at Under 14 and Under 16 levels in the National League.
J S Wright’s renewed sponsorship will enable the Sutton Coldfield-based club, which is run entirely by volunteers, to continue to invest in quality training equipment and subsidise the entry fees for tournaments as its members return to indoor netball following the easing of Covid lockdown curbs.
The club, which trains at North Birmingham Academy and plays its BINL matches at the University of Birmingham, plans to resume matches on a friendly basis from May and to take part in tournaments again from June 21.
Netball has seen a huge rise in popularity among girls inspired by the Vitality Roses England women’s netball team which will enter the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games as defending champions.
Parkside has an enviable record of producing county and England players. Former England captain Ama Agbeze MBE and current internationals Beth Cobden and Layla Gusgoth are among those that started as club juniors.
Having won numerous county and national titles since it was founded in 1995, Parkside juniors currently make up more than half the Birmingham Academy (county) squad, while the club’s Under 12s won the inaugural Sutton Netball League at the start of last year winning all 16 of their matches.
David Griffiths, Parkside Netball Club Chairman, commented: “Given that most of last season was cancelled, the club is extremely grateful that J S Wright has continued to support us in these difficult times.”
He added: “J S Wright’s support has proved invaluable in giving the increasing numbers of girls across Birmingham that are keen to take up netball the opportunity to train and play in a safe environment, gain confidence and achieve their potential, and make lasting friendships.”
Andrew Smith, J S Wright National Design and Estimating Director, whose daughter Lily plays for the club, said: “As a company that is committed to providing a safe and inclusive career path for our young people, we are delighted to continue to support a club that both nurtures the sporting ambitions of young girls in the community and aids their fitness, confidence and mental health.”
Caption: New players at Parkside Junior Netball Club sport their new JSW-branded hoodies in the company of their trainers
Darrell Mitchell has been appointed as the company’s new Human Resources Manager.
He will be responsible for leading the HR team and developing an HR strategy that incorporates the company’s values and culture.
With 25 years of experience in senior HR roles, Darrell was previously an HR consultant writing and delivering his own online management training courses. Before that he spent five years leading the HR function for the maintenance and development teams of a large housing, maintenance and care company.
His varied experience also includes a five-year stint as HR Manager for the Royal Shakespeare Company and a 20-year career in the Prison Service.
Having reached the elite level of his profession, Darrell is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), having completed a CIPD Level 7 Diploma. He is also an ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) qualified mentor, and a qualified and experienced coach.
Darrell said: “I am looking forward to supporting J S Wright’s board and associate directors in developing and managing the company’s HR systems and processes as the company continues to expand and diversify, as well as helping all its employees to achieve their career goals.”
He added: “The HR development strategy will fit closely with J S Wright’s values of integrity, loyalty and quality, and its collaborative and supportive culture.”
J S Wright has grown substantially over the past ten years to become a £50 million business with new electrical and prefabrication departments, a new residential maintenance company, and a directly employed workforce that has risen to 190 people operating out of offices in Birmingham and London.
Phil Leech, Managing Director of J S Wright, commented: “Darrell’s extensive experience, particularly in employee mentoring and training, will prove invaluable in helping us achieve our aims of becoming the M&E contractor of first choice for businesses we choose to work with.”
Darrell is also a singer, song writer and a guitarist, performing with the Midlands-based indie/folk band The Occasional Orchestra in his spare time.
J S Wright is to equip the first phase of a new housing development at Lambeth in south London.
The company will provide the mechanical services for 16 energy efficient apartments in a new five-storey building at Knight’s Walk.
The contract, valued at more than £600,000, with housebuilder Hill also includes one year of planned service maintenance cover provided by J S Wright’s residential maintenance company Wright Maintenance.
J S Wright will install a communal heating and hot water system with distribution from a central energy centre to apartment radiators.
The company will also equip all the apartments with an MVHR heat recovery ventilation system, sanitaryware, and soil and wastewater services, as well as provide the building with above-ground acoustic drainage services and a rainwater harvesting system.
The commission also involves providing a pre-payment energy billing system linked into a computer-controlled building management system (BMS) and controls, and plantroom ventilation.
Work on site has already started with completion scheduled for August 2021.
Managing Director Phil Leech commented: “We are delighted to be able to team up again with a leading housebuilder in helping to provide comfortable energy efficient new homes in south London.”
A CGI of what Phase One of Knight’s Walk will look like
J S Wright has won a top national award for championing equality, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace.
The company beat off competition from scores of other nominations to be named as Construction Services Employer of the Year at the finals of the 2020 BAME Apprenticeship Awards.
The awards ceremony, presented on YouTube and Facebook after the Covid pandemic forced the cancellation of an in-person event, celebrated the outstanding work and achievement of black, Asian and minority ethnic apprentices and the support provided by employers and learning providers.
J S Wright was also celebrated as a finalist in the Small Medium Employer of the Year category at the Awards, while one of its Plumbing and Heating apprentices Shaun Donaldson was applauded for reaching the shortlist for the Construction Services Apprentice of the Year Award.
The awards were hosted by TV and radio presenter Remel London and actor and comedian Tez Ilyas, and the winner of the Construction Services Employer of the Year Award was announced by Surju Kanani of Kaplan Financial.
Addressing hundreds of viewers live on screen, Remel London said that J S Wright “prides itself on the training of its staff, giving them the opportunity to develop their entire career with the help of their innovative development programmes and the support of senior staff, many of whom have been with the organisation since they were apprentices themselves”.
Associate Director and Leader of the JSW Academy Paul Millington said: “This is a brilliant achievement and a tribute to the success of our Academy and training programmes and the high quality of our apprentices.
“Special congratulations go to Shaun Donaldson, an outstanding apprentice who fully represents our core values of quality, responsibility, collaboration and integrity. This has enabled him to become an inspirational role model.”
Managing Director Phil Leech commented: “As a company, we have always been fully committed to nurturing an inclusive and diverse workforce in which everyone is valued and given the opportunity to progress.”
The prestigious event was run by Pearson, the world’s learning company, and its partner Thinkfest, and the judging panel included head judge Olga Bottomley, CEO of Straight4ward Solutions; Errol Ince, Vice Principal for STEM at London South East Colleges; former National Union of Students President Shakira Martin; and NOCN Managing Director Graham Hasting-Evans.
Olga Bottomley said the year had been “fantastic” and the quality of the apprentices has been “phenomenal”. “It has been a pleasure to be a part of such an amazing cause that really highlights diversity in apprenticeships,” she added.
.Actively supporting a diverse and inclusive workforce, J S Wright’s mechanical and electrical apprentices are all members of its industry leading Academy, which helps develop their leadership and communication skills. The company’s technical trainees also follow an Experience programme which involves being mentored in its values, processes and procedures by senior colleagues and gaining the all-round knowledge needed to become its leaders of tomorrow.
J S Wright’s apprentices also benefit from work-based college courses through industry training provider JTL, which was shortlisted for the Training Provider of the Year title at the Awards. The company supported finalist Shaun Donaldson, who is about to embark on his final Level 3 NVQ Plumbing course with the provider while also working on a multi-million pound project to fit out hundreds of new apartments at The Timber Yard development in Birmingham.
J S Wright has secured a £20million contract to support one of the UK’s biggest regeneration projects.
The company is to fit out the mechanical services for all 894 apartments – the largest number in its 130-year history – in two buildings (Blocks B and D) at Nine Elms Parkside in Battersea on the south side of the River Thames.
The build-to-rent development is being built by Telford Homes as main contractor for global rental housing developer Greystar as part of the Nine Elms regeneration project – a new neighbourhood stretching from Battersea to Vauxhall that will eventually contain 20,000 homes as well as cultural, retail and business facilities.
J S Wright will fit out the one, two and three-bedroom apartments at Nine Elms Parkside with underfloor heating systems, along with fan coil units for comfort cooling. The company will also equip the kitchens and bathrooms with hot and cold-water services, soil and wastewater disposal systems, sanitaryware and mechanical extract ventilation systems, as well as install above ground drainage services and fire sprinklers for both buildings.
All the works will receive two years of planned maintenance cover carried out by JSW’s facilities management company, Wright Maintenance Ltd.
Work has begun work on site with completion due in the third quarter of 2022.
Managing Director Phil Leech said: “We are delighted to have been awarded our first contract with Telford Homes to fit out what amounts to the largest number of apartments in our history at one of the UK’s biggest regeneration projects.”
A computer generated image of what Nine Elms Parkside will look like
J S Wright has boosted its project management team after appointing Matthew Brough as a Mechanical Project Manager.
Based at the company’s Birmingham headquarters, the former apprentice who lives in Stoke-on-Trent has almost 25 years of experience in building services engineering, having previously been a senior project manager and engineer for another Midlands based M&E contractor.
Prior to that, Matthew was a senior mechanical engineer and natural gas manager for an engineering services company, where he helped deliver contracts for the Shetland Gas Plant and the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre near Loughborough.
Matthew is currently working on a £17million contract to provide the mechanical and electrical services to the first phase of The Silk District residential project at Whitechapel in east London.
Managing Director Phil Leech said: “Matthew’s extensive skills and vast experience will help us continue to meet an ever-increasing demand for our mechanical and electrical services from leading UK developers.”
J S Wright has won a contract worth more than £3.5 million for a new high-rise housing scheme in north west London.
The contractor will supply and install the mechanical services for all 156 affordable apartments at South West Lands, close to Wembley Stadium and part of developer Quintain’s 85-acre regeneration of Wembley Park.
A joint venture between housebuilder Hill and housing association Network Homes, South West Lands comprises three mixed-use residential buildings of between six and 19 storeys within the wider urban initiative.
The buildings will include 1,198sq m of ground floor retail and commercial space, a 200sq m rail office facility, and a basement level connection to a wider combined heat and power (CHP) district heating network delivered by Quintain.
J S Wright has already been awarded the contract by Hill for the design of the mechanical services for all the apartments, 90 of which will be for shared ownership and the remaining 66 available at an affordable rent.
The company will install energy efficient underfloor heating systems within all the properties connected through a low-pressure hot water (LPHW) feed to a centralised energy centre linked to the district heating network.
J S Wright will also install heat interface units (HIUs) within each apartment to deliver low pressure instant domestic hot water on demand as well as hot water to the underfloor heating systems at low return temperatures. This will include a metering system for individual apartment energy billing.
Making use of its offsite manufacturing facility in Birmingham, J S Wright will also save construction time on site by installing the HIUs already attached to prefabricated easy to fit utility boards.
Additionally, the deal will involve equipping a boosted cold-water plantroom along with connected piping for distributing cold water to all the properties.
Energy saving mechanical ventilation heat recovery (MVHR) ventilation, above ground drainage, sanitaryware, internal rainwater systems, and building management system controls will also be installed by J S Wright.
The company will start work on site in December 2020 with completion scheduled for May 2022.
Managing Director Phil Leech said: “We are delighted to have been commissioned to provide energy efficient building systems for much-needed affordable new homes as part of one of Britain’s largest urban regeneration initiatives.”
Continued business growth has prompted J S Wright to appoint Ian Hill as its first Commercial Manager.
Based at the Birmingham headquarters but also serving the London office, Ian will manage the financing of J S Wright’s UK-wide M&E projects, ensuring these are all protected from commercial risk and achieve their full objectives.
Growing as a £50million business, the company is currently working on some of the UK’s biggest residential and mixed-use projects including Castle Park View in Bristol and The Silk District, Nine Elms, and Wimbledon Grounds in London.
With almost 25 years of commercial experience in contracting and consultancy, Ian was previously Midlands regional commercial manager for a multinational support services and construction group. Prior to that, he was associate director for a multinational professional services consultancy responsible for the delivery of all M&E services outside London.
Ian has a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in The Cost Management of Building Engineering Services from Nottingham Trent University. He is also a Member of the Association of Cost Engineers.
Managing Director Phil Leech said: “We are delighted to welcome Ian to our senior leadership team. His vast experience and expertise will support and strengthen the commercial functions within our growing business, ensuring that we continue to meet and exceed the expectations of clients while ensuring that all our projects are protected from risk.”
J S Wright has promoted Richard Pendleton to the position of Associate Contracts Director.
This follows the continued expansion of the 130-year-old company which now operates across the UK as a £55m business with more than 190 employees.
Based at J S Wright’s central London office, Richard was previously Senior Electrical Project Manager responsible for overseeing major contracts for the residential Silk District in Whitechapel, the Arena Central mixed-use scheme in Birmingham, and a new student accommodation building in Exeter.
Reporting directly to National Electrical Contracts Director Paul Featherston, Richard will help deliver all solus electrical contracts and the electrical element of combined M&E contracts working alongside Birmingham-based Associate Mechanical Contracts Director Matt Coy.
With more than 15 years’ experience in electrical project management, the former apprentice rose to electrical technical officer with a rail infrastructure provider, and went on to work as contracts director to M&E contractors across London and the South East, before joining J S Wright in 2019.
His previous credits include managing the installation of electrical services for a new building and energy centre for broadcaster Sky, and similarly for Bond Street station as part of the Crossrail construction project.
Managing Director Phil Leech said: “Richard’s promotion is part of a natural progression for those that show outstanding team leadership skills and are committed to upholding our values of quality, integrity and collaboration.
“I have every confidence that our mechanical and electrical business growth and service delivery will go from strength to strength under the new team.”
Richard Pendleton said: “I am delighted to be given this opportunity within such a progressive and successful company and look forward to seeking new contract opportunities as well as satisfying a growing order book.”
J S Wright has secured an £8million-plus contract from award-winning developer London Square to fit out homes at a new neighbourhood in the heart of Bermondsey.
The company will fit out 276 new apartments, including affordable homes, within the second phase of the £220million London Square mixed-use development in Grange Road, Bermondsey.
It will supply and install an energy centre and associated pipework to deliver low temperature hot water (LTHW) heating to the one to three -bedroom apartments and penthouses.
The company will also install a boosted cold-water plantroom and distribution network to serve all the units.
Each apartment within the five to seven-storey scheme will be equipped with underfloor heating or radiators, with hot and cold water delivered via a heat interface unit (HIU).
J S Wright will also supply and install sanitaryware and mechanical extract ventilation systems for all the properties.
The company will also install dry risers, domestic sprinklers, an internal rainwater system, above ground drainage and building management system (BMS) controls.
J S Wright is about to start work on site with completion scheduled for March 2022.
The new project follows the success of a £7million contract completed for London Square last year for the fit out of 252 new homes at the London Square Caledonian Road mixed-use development in Islington.
Managing Director Phil Leech said: “We are delighted to have been reappointed by such a prestigious London housebuilder to help turn a former industrial site in another district of London into a vibrant new neighbourhood.”
The second phase of London Square Bermondsey will complete a £220million regeneration delivering 406 new homes, 35 per cent of which will be affordable, along with art studios and gallery space in landscaped gardens and walkways, opening up the site for the first time.
J S Wright has netted a contract worth more than £5 million for the residential element of a major mixed-use regeneration scheme in Wimbledon.
The company will install the mechanical services for 413 high-quality private apartments at Wimbledon Grounds on the site of a former dog track in Plough Lane.
Wimbledon Grounds, which will sit next to a new stadium for football club AFC Wimbledon, is a development by Galliard Homes that will eventually comprise more than 600 homes and 18,000 sq ft of commercial space.
J S Wright is already working on a contract with Galliard Homes to install the engineering infrastructure systems, including an energy centre, boosted cold water plantroom, plantroom ventilation and a building management system, within Stadia Three, the first residential element of Wimbledon Grounds.
The company will now provide and install a low-pressure hot water heating system and pipework to deliver low-temperature hot water via heat interface units to radiators in all the apartments across the seven-storey buildings.
It will also supply and equip the apartments with energy efficient mechanical ventilation heat recovery systems that will use the outgoing air from the properties to heat incoming fresh air. Fire prevention sprinklers, sanitary ware and HPDE above ground drainage will also be fitted.
J S Wright has already started work on site on the new project, with completion scheduled for September 2021.
Managing Director Phil Leech said: “We are delighted that after being brought into this project from the start by supplying and installing its shell and core services we have subsequently been commissioned to equip all the high-quality private apartments and communal areas.
“This contract is a tribute to the proven skills and expertise of our highly trained workforce that we remain the preferred choice of M&E services contractor for leading residential developers.”
Wright Maintenance, J S Wright’s rapidly growing facilities maintenance company, has been bolstered by two major new appointments.
Launched by J S Wright in 2019, the company has recruited a maintenance manager from Wolverhampton and an operations supervisor from Castle Bromwich to help boost its maintenance, servicing and emergency repair services to commercial landlords, management agents, housing associations, care providers and homeowners across London.
Tom Hill has been appointed to the new role of Maintenance Manager to manage the company’s 24-hour repair service and planned preventative maintenance (PPM) and servicing programmes for all commercial and residential mechanical and electrical installations.
His responsibilities will include ensuring that all services remain statutory compliant and continue to run without user disruption.
Based at offices shared with J S Wright on Portland Street in Aston, Tom was previously Facilities Manager for a commercial real estate services group where he was responsible for hard and soft facilities management services including grounds maintenance.
With almost 15 years of experience in building maintenance, Tom began his career as an apprentice mobile engineer before becoming a contract supervisor and then facilities manager. His credits include working on contracts from clients including HMRC, yell.com, primary care trusts and high street banks.
Tom Perks has been appointed by Wright Maintenance to the new position of Operations Supervisor, also working out of the company’s Aston offices.
He will be responsible for overseeing and strengthening the financial side of the business including the accounts function, cost control and all operating systems.
With ten years of accountancy practice experience, Tom was previously Accounts Semi Senior for a Birmingham accountancy practice and is currently training as a finalist for the ICAEW ACA Chartered Accountant qualification.
Phil Leech, Managing Director of J S Wright, said: “We are delighted to welcome such highly experienced new recruits to these brand-new senior positions within Wright Maintenance.
“They will both play major roles in our drive to develop our rapidly growing new company as the building services maintenance provider of choice for commercial property clients and homeowners throughout London.”
Wright Maintenance provides commercial customers and homeowners in London with a 24-hour repair and planned preventative maintenance and servicing service for all their mechanical and electrical systems.
The company offers a ‘report and call out’ service through a highly trained and skilled office team and mobile engineers, and for larger or multiple properties it can offer the services of a full-time resident maintenance engineer.
Wright Maintenance, which has offices in London and Birmingham, can be reached at www.wright-maintenance.co.uk.
J S Wright apprentice Shaun Donaldson has clinched a top regional training award.
Shaun was named Mechanical Engineering Services Apprentice of the Year for the Midlands by JTL, a leading training provider for the building services industry, on the completion of his training.
One of more than 1,500 apprentices in their final year of training with JTL, Shaun received a trophy and a cheque for £100 at the Jurys Inn Hotel in Hinckley – and is now in the running for the title of JTL Apprentice of the Year at the national awards to be held in London in October.
Having completed his NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing and Heating with the provider, Shaun is currently working in J S Wright’s prefabrication department, producing fully loaded heat interface unit backboards and other modular units for multi-million-pound apartment schemes.
Shaun was assessed against four key elements that make up the apprenticeship framework: practical work on site, theoretical knowledge, key skills and industrial test scores.
Paul Walton, JTL Plumbing and Heating Training Officer, said: ‘’Shaun is an extremely committed, conscientious and polite student – and from my first session with him he instantly showed maturity beyond his years.
“Due to his fantastic interpersonal skills, he’s someone his classmates often go to for help and advice. This has made him very popular amongst his peers and helped him to achieve his Level 2 NVQ.”
Paul Millington, J S Wright Associate Director and Leader of the J S Wright Apprentice Academy, said: ‘’This is an excellent achievement and thoroughly well deserved. Shaun’s empathy, helpfulness and ability to confidently complete projects on time and to a high standard have been indispensable to the business.”
Shaun commented: ‘’I’m thrilled to have won this award and I would like to thank J S Wright and my JTL Training Officer for all their support. I couldn’t be more excited about taking the next step to the national awards.
“I believe that to be successful in your apprenticeship you must be patient, hardworking and always be willing to listen and help others.”
J S Wright has secured a contract of around £11 million to fit out a new energy efficient housing development in Bristol.
The company will install all the mechanical and electrical services for Castle Park View, the first private housing scheme to be connected to Bristol City Council’s heat network.
The commission from Bouygues UK involves providing the services for 375 new homes and communal areas across the 180,000 sq ft development, which is being built in the city centre on the site of a former ambulance station.
Bookended by buildings of 26 storeys and 10 storeys, the scheme will comprise 300 private rented apartments managed by M&G Real Estate and 75 affordable apartments owned by Yarlington Housing Group, as part of a four-way partnership with Homes England and Bristol City Council.
The mechanical works to be carried out by J S Wright will include providing each apartment with low-pressure underfloor hot water heating fed via a heat interface unit in a system connected to the Bristol heat network. The company will also provide boosted cold water from a cold-water plant room.
J S Wright will make use of its in-house prefabrication facility to deliver the heat interface units on easy to fit utility cupboards, saving construction time and reducing the number of trades on site.
In addition, J S Wright will equip the development with mechanical ventilation heat recovery and mechanical extract ventilation systems that will reduce energy costs. The company will also supply and install sanitaryware as well as fit an internal rainwater system and above ground drainage.
The brief also includes installing domestic sprinklers, smoke and environmental ventilation, and wet and dry risers in all areas including underground parking.
J S Wright will also carry out the electrical installations, including lighting, fire alarm, power and TV infrastructure in each apartment. The company will also install solar photovoltaic panels, security and access control systems, and M-Bus credit metering to record energy usage in individual apartments.
The company has already begun initial internal work on site with completion scheduled for December 2021.
Phil Leech, Managing Director of J S Wright, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this ground-breaking project by such a prestigious company. Our work will result in Bristol residents enjoying the highest standards of service efficiency and comfort along with cheaper low-carbon heating.”
J S WRIGHT SECURES FINAL PHASE OF FISH ISLAND VILLAGE
J S Wright has secured a contract worth more than £3 million for the third and final phase of a ground-breaking estate regeneration in London’s Docklands. J S Wright has secured a contract worth more than £3 million for the third and
The company will supply and install all the mechanical services for 165 one to three-bedroom private and affordable apartments at Neptune Wharf in Fish Island Village, Hackney Wick.
The Phase 3 apartments will be spread across five buildings with wharf-inspired designs inspired by the warehouse typology of the area’s industrial past. The buildings will include co-worker space run by social enterprise The Trampery.
J S Wright was awarded the contract by developer Hill, in association with housing association Peabody, following its completion of the 423 private and affordable homes in the first two phases of the canalside development.
The work will involve installing a low-temperature hot water heating system to deliver energy to the apartments from an energy centre already built by J S Wright in the basement car park for Phases 1 and 2 of the development.
Low temperature hot water will be delivered through associated pipework to heat interface units that in turn will feed underfloor heating within each apartment. A boosted cold-water system will also be fitted for the domestic hot and cold-water supply.
J S Wright will also install energy efficient mechanical ventilation heat recovery systems that will use the outgoing air from the apartments to heat incoming fresh air, as well as equip all the units and communal areas with dry risers and domestic sprinklers for fire protection.
In addition, the company will fit the sanitary ware for each apartment, as well as an internal rainwater system and all above-ground drainage. It will also install building management controls including metering for each unit’s energy use.
J S Wright is due to start work on site in March with completion scheduled for May 2021.
The company has equipped more than 1,500 new homes across London for Hill over the past three years and recently completed Phase 1B of its 1,500-home Blackwall Reach development in Tower Hamlets.
Phil Leech, Managing Director of J S Wright, said: “We are thrilled that our excellent work on the first two phases of Neptune Wharf has resulted in fitting out the full complement of energy efficient homes in a development that should sustain a vibrant canalside community and reflect a rich industrial heritage.”
Key suppliers have been recognised at J S Wright’s annual awards ceremony in Birmingham.
R&M Fixings & Supports, a Southampton-based national supplier of building fixings and support products, received the 2019 Supplier of the Year trophy as a first-time winner at the luncheon held at Cucina Rustica restaurant.
Bristol underfloor heating specialist Mec-Serv and Woking-based renewable energy systems provider SAV Systems also received trophies after being named Subcontractor of the Year and Manufacturer of the Year respectively.
The awards for outstanding levels of product and consultancy service, delivery and quality were based on nominations from staff across J S Wright’s mechanical and electrical design, installation, prefabrication and maintenance operations.
Managing Director Phil Leech said: “Without our key subcontractors, suppliers and manufacturers, J S Wright would not be as successful as we are. They are a vital addition to our team – and it is a pleasure to work with such like-minded people and companies.”
R&M Fixings & Supports Director Steve Cargill said: “J S Wright have been a customer ever since we started in business in 2004. We share similar values to those ingrained in J S Wright’s DNA and our businesses have grown successfully side by side ever since.
“Hence, having been runners up on some six occasions, accepting the J S Wright Supplier of the Year award on behalf of everyone at R&M has been a source of great pride and satisfaction.”
Mec-Serv Director Matt Pullin said: “Winning the award for best Subcontractor from our key client means a great deal to me personally and all my team.
“I’m very proud of all my staff for this amazing achievement and it’s really nice for them to know that their hard work does not go unnoticed.”
SAV Systems Director Jan Hansen commented: “All of us at SAV are hugely proud to have won the 2019 Manufacturer of the Year award. This award is a great endorsement of the can-do attitude and attention to detail which we bring to everything we do.
“Our people have regular dealings with their J S Wright counterparts across all project stages, from initial M&E design to final commissioning. We look forward to our next chapter of working together.”
Pictured above, from left to right are SAV Systems Director Jan Hansen, Mec-Serv Director Matt Pullin, J S Wright Managing Director Phil Leech, J S Wright Finance Director Martin Roberts, R&M Fixings & Supports Director Steve Cargill, SAV Systems Head of Strategic Business Development Silas Flytkjaer and J S Wright National Design and Estimating Director Andrew Smith.
J S WRIGHT MAKES TWO MAJOR ELECTRICAL APPOINTMENTS
J S Wright has boosted its rapidly growing electrical business with two major appointments.
Richard Pendleton (above) has been appointed as Senior Electrical Project Manager to help manage the electrical element of M&E projects, as well as solus electrical projects, for the 129-year-old Birmingham-based contractor.
Based at J S Wright’s London office in Westminster, Richard has more than 15 years’ experience in electrical project management beginning as an apprentice and later as an electrical technical officer with a rail infrastructure provider.
Rising to contracts director after moving to M&E contractors across London and the South East, Richard is credited with managing the installation of electrical services for a new building and energy centre for broadcaster Sky, and again for Bond Street station as part of the Crossrail construction project.
He is currently working on a new £17m M&E contract for The Silk District in Whitechapel, as well as overseeing work on the Arena Central mixed-use scheme in Birmingham and a new student accommodation building in Exeter.
Richard Moloney (above) has been appointed by J S Wright as a Senior Electrical Project Engineer also working out of the company’s London office.
With more than 30 years of experience in the electrical industry, he was previously a project manager for an Essex-based electrical contractor, where his responsibilities included managing a £4m project in East London.
Prior to that, Richard ran his own electrical business for 20 years, specialising in large-scale residential work, which included a £2m contract to refurbish an old rectory. He also co-owned a renewable energy company, installing PV systems, solar thermal, air to water and ground-source heating systems.
Richard Moloney is also working on J S Wright’s Silk District project as the largest self-delivered M&E residential project in the company’s history.
Phil Leech, J S Wright Managing Director, said: “The skills and experience of our latest recruits will help us meet a rapidly growing order book for electrical services and strengthen our reputation as the M&E services contractor of choice for developers of multi-million-pound residential projects.”
J S Wright has pumped up its commitment to keeping estate services running efficiently after signing a new deal with its suppliers.
The company has agreed a protocol with Grundfos Pumps and distributor G M Treble for resolving any pump-related issues within a vastly reduced timescale.
The move follows the success of a solus supplier agreement struck three years ago between the parties for the design, delivery and installation of all pumps, pressurisation units and water boosters for residential developments, ensuring continued top quality while giving the end client consistent value for money.
The new agreement, which is aimed at increasing business volume and reducing costs all round as well as reducing downtime, has committed all the parties to rectifying any issues extra-speedily using a hotline call-out system.
It means that if Wright Maintenance, J S Wright’s maintenance company, cannot rectify a fault as first responder, then G M Treble will step in to attempt the repair. If the issue remains unresolved, then an engineer from Grundfos as the equipment manufacturer will attend in turn within a much-reduced time frame.
The protocol, which does away with time-consuming pre-ordering, has been supplemented by an agreement to extend the solus supplier collaboration to the design, delivery, installation and maintenance of fire protection packages.
The new pilot agreement, which is effective until the end of 2020, covers an extended warranty period on all Grundfos products. Grundfos will also update J S Wright on the progress of equipment sales to subcontractors, provide advice and training in its systems to J S Wright and G M Treble staff, and commission its equipment by its own service commissioning engineers.
J S Wright has also given G M Treble the opportunity to price-match if it finds that comparative options are cheaper and has agreed to recommend Grundfos where the manufacturer for any project has not been specified by the developer.
All three companies already collaborate from the design stage in computer-aided pump selection with Building Information Modelling (BIM) compatibility.
Stuart Herritty, G M Treble Director, said: “The openness and trust established over many years of trading with J S Wright has led G M Treble to place enormous value in the two-way relationship between our companies.
“The benefit of such an arrangement is that both sides can rely on the integrity of the other to operate quickly to overcome the inevitable issues that occasionally arise from a complex trading relationship.”
Glynn Williams, Director of Sales, Commercial Building Services for Grundfos Pumps, added: “For me, having a close working relationship with J S Wright and G M Treble allows Grundfos to push innovation at the earliest possible stage in the design process.
“Having the most energy efficient products on the market is a key differentiator for Grundfos; however, integrating the technology into intelligent systems with digital connectivity brings key client benefits from control and cost of ownership perspectives, with all tri-party partners offering tangible value to the client.”
Phil Leech, J S Wright Managing Director, commented: “Downtime can make life difficult with a single service fault often bringing wider ramifications for the property owner. Our agreement with such loyal and trustworthy suppliers has given us an excellent business model for providing a top-quality competitively priced supply, installation and maintenance service for pump systems, in what is also a win-win solution to the problem of downtime for everyone.”
J S WRIGHT NETS £4M DEAL FOR WIMBLEDON DEVELOPMENT
J S Wright is to help kick-start the residential phase of a multi-million-pound regeneration scheme in Wimbledon.
The company has won a contract valued in excess of £4 million to provide the engineering infrastructure systems for Stadia Three, the first residential element of Wimbledon Grounds in Plough Lane.
Wimbledon Grounds is a joint venture between housing developer Galliard Homes and housing association Catalyst to build 632 homes and commercial space on the site of a former Wimbledon dog track.
J S Wright has been commissioned by Galliard to supply and install the shell and core services for the three seven-storey brick apartment buildings, which will hold 114 one, two and three-bedroom high-quality apartments.
Scheduled for completion in October 2020, Stadia Three is being built next to a new purpose-built stadium for AFC Wimbledon, which is returning to its spiritual home after nearly 30 years as part of the Wimbledon Grounds development.
J S Wright will install an energy centre and distribution system to circulate low pressure hot water heating throughout the three buildings, along with plantrooms and pipework to distribute boosted cold water.
The company will also equip Stadia Three with above ground drainage and rainwater harvesting systems at basement and lower ground floor levels, as well as install risers, plant room ventilation, and a building management system.
The 12-month project follows a recent £4 million contract by Galliard Homes to fit out all 379 apartments at The Timber Yard in Birmingham’s Chinatown.
Phil Leech, Managing Director of J S Wright, said: “We are delighted that our proven skills and expertise in equipping apartment developments have been rewarded with another commission from a developer with whom we have built a highly successful working relationship.”
J S WRIGHT SECURES £1.5M-PLUS CONTRACT FOR JOLLES HOUSE
J S Wright has secured a deal worth more than £1.5 million for a major new development of affordable housing in east London.
The company is to fit out all 70 apartments and communal spaces at Jolles House on Bromley High Street in Tower Hamlets.
The one to three-bed all-affordable scheme is being developed within two linked six-storey buildings by housebuilder Hill to help meet a growing local need for high-quality affordable accommodation.
J S Wright will design and build the heating, hot and cold water, drainage and ventilation services for the landscaped development on the site of the previously demolished Jolles House and Blue Anchor public house.
The energy efficient and carbon-reducing systems and services will include a low-pressure hot water (LPHW) heating system with distribution pipework to feed radiators in all the apartments, as well as a cold-water plantroom to deliver boosted cold water as part of the domestic hot and cold-water services.
J S Wright will also supply and install a heat interface unit (HIU) in each apartment as a bridge to deliver instant hot water on demand and hot water to the radiators at low return temperatures. The installation of sanitaryware, above ground drainage and internal rainwater systems are also part of the commission.
In addition, the company will fit a mechanical ventilation heat recovery (MVHR) system, which recovers outgoing air from each apartment to heat incoming fresh air, and dry risers and domestic sprinklers for fire protection. It will also provide building management controls, including a pre-payment billing system for each apartment’s energy use, and 12 months’ maintenance.
Work on site on the 12-month project is scheduled to start this month (October 2019).
The contract follows a recent £5million commission from Hill for J S Wright to design and build the mechanical services for 201 affordable apartments in the fourth and biggest phase of its New Union Wharf development on the Isle of Dogs, for housing association L&Q, which is due for completion in late 2021.
Phil Leech, Managing Director of J S Wright, said: “We are delighted that a development partner with whom we enjoy an excellent association has again turned to our design and build expertise to help meet the growing need for high-quality affordable homes as part of east London’s ongoing regeneration.”
J S WRIGHT SECURES £6.5M-PLUS DEAL FOR ESTATE REGENERATION
J S Wright has secured a contract valued at more than £6.5m for the first stage in the regeneration of the Aylesbury Estate in south east London.
The company will design and build the mechanical services for the initial 229 high-quality apartments in the First Development Site (FDS) of more than 800 homes on Albany Road, Walworth for housebuilder Hill.
The FDS forms part of a masterplan by housing association Notting Hill Genesis and Southwark Council for 3,500 new homes, half of which will be affordable accommodation, over the lifetime of the Aylesbury Estate project.
J S Wright will install a low-pressure hot water heating system and associated pipework to feed radiators within each apartment, along with a cold-water plantroom and distribution network to deliver boosted cold water as part of the domestic hot and cold-water services.
The company will also supply and install a heat interface unit in each apartment to act as a bridge to deliver instant hot water on demand and hot water to the radiators at low return temperatures.
It will also fit mechanical ventilation heat recovery and extract systems, dry risers and domestic sprinklers, sanitary ware that will make use of internal rainwater, and above-ground drainage.
The brief will include installing building management controls including a pre-payment system for billing each apartment’s energy use, as well as a temporary energy centre and external services for the following phases of the FDS.
Work has already started on site on the 19-month project, which is scheduled for completion in March 2021.
The contract follows a separate commission from Hill for an Approved Premises Facility (APF) on the Aylesbury Estate, which will 36 secure studio-bedroom apartments, along with staff and communal support facilities.
Phil Leech, J S Wright Managing Director, said: “We are delighted that a leading housebuilder with whom we have built up an excellent relationship has again turned to our expertise in designing and installing energy efficient M&E systems to support the regeneration of one of London’s largest residential estates.”
J S WRIGHT SECURES £2M-PLUS CONTRACT FOR SEASPRITE CLOSE
J S Wright has secured a contract worth more than £2 million for a major new housing scheme in north London.
The company will fit out Seasprite Close in Northolt with heating, hot and cold water, gas, drainage and ventilation services, having successfully completed an earlier contract for their design.
The commission from housebuilder Hill, in partnership with Ealing Council, involves equipping all 84 apartments in three blocks of four to eight storeys including communal areas, along with eight houses.
J S Wright will install an energy efficient heat network to deliver heat from a central plantroom to each of the apartments in one of the blocks, and combination boilers in the remaining blocks and houses.
The low-pressure hot water distribution will feed an underfloor heating system within each apartment via a heat interface unit that will also provide instant domestic hot water on demand. The combination boilers will provide heating to radiators and meet the hot water requirements in the remaining premises.
The company will also install a cold-water booster set and tank room with piping to deliver cold water to all floors, as well as internal and external rainwater systems, dry risers and domestic sprinklers.
In addition, J S Wright will deliver a mechanical ventilation heat recovery system (MVHR), above ground drainage, sanitary ware and building management controls including a pre-payment billing system.
Work on site is scheduled to begin this month with completion due in autumn 2021.
J S Wright has also been awarded a £600,000 commission by Hill to design and build the mechanical services for a new Approved Premises Facility (APF) in south east London.
The contract for the Aylesbury Estate in Southwark will cover 36 secure studio-bedroom apartments, along with staff and communal support facilities.
The modern purpose-built APF has been designed to improve the opportunities for its occupants in later life as part of an ongoing regeneration programme for the estate.
J S Wright will install underfloor heating and hot and cold-water services fed from a low-pressure hot water energy centre supported by an air source heat pump system.
It will also install a boosted cold-water system, sanitaryware connected to an above-ground drainage network, an internal rainwater system, domestic sprinklers and dry risers, and MVHR ventilation, together with a building management system to control and monitor all the plant.
The contract is scheduled for completion in December 2019.
Phil Leech, Managing Director of J S Wright, said: “We are delighted to be able to build on our longstanding relationship with such a major housebuilder through our design and build expertise in a wide range of residential projects.”
J S WRIGHT APPOINTS NEW SENIOR ELECTRICAL ESTIMATOR
J S Wright has boosted its expanding electrical business after appointing a new Senior Electrical Estimator.
Stacey Wall, who has 30 years of experience in electrical services, will cost the electrical element of M&E projects across the hotel, residential, social housing, student accommodation, leisure and commercial sectors.
Based at J S Wright’s headquarters in Birmingham, Stacey will work alongside Estimating Manager Paul Bullock in supporting the company’s project teams at its offices in Aston and central London.
Stacey previously worked for an electrical contractor in West Bromwich, where he was apprenticed, and has experience on major projects including 33-storey Centre Point in London and cathodic protection on the M6 motorway.
Phil Leech, Managing Director of J S Wright, said: “Stacey’s skills and experience will reinforce our position as a rapidly growing provider of combined mechanical and electrical services packages in association with our electrical supply chain.”
J S WRIGHT SECURES £17M-PLUS CONTRACT FOR THE SILK DISTRICT
J S Wright has secured a contract worth in excess of £17 million to fit out one of London’s biggest residential developments.
The company will design and build all the mechanical and electrical services for the first phase of The Silk District in Whitechapel.
J S Wright will provide the services for a total of 412 homes and communal areas that make up the first phase of a larger development that will total 648 homes being built on the site of a former storage facility, for joint venture partners Mount Anvil and L&Q.
The company will provide the services for The Jacquard and The Georgette, two buildings of 20 floors and seven floors respectively that also include a residents’ workspace, cinema room, gym and a 24-hour concierge.
Their total of 412 studio, one, two, three and four-bed apartments will comprise 303 for private sale and 109 affordable homes to be managed by L&Q.
The mechanical works will include providing each apartment with low-pressure hot water heating via a mixture of either thermostatically controlled underfloor heating or radiators fed via a heat interface unit from a combined heat and power system in a central plantroom.
The heat interface units will arrive on easy to fit utility cupboards manufactured offsite by J S Wright’s in-house prefabrications department, saving construction time and reducing the number of trades required on site.
The company will also install a boosted cold-water tank room and distribution network to enable all the homes to receive instant domestic hot and cold-water services.
In addition, J S Wright will equip both buildings with a mechanical ventilation heat recovery system that will reduce energy costs.
It will also supply and install sanitaryware, an internal rainwater system and above ground drainage, along with building management system controls.
The brief also includes installing domestic sprinklers, smoke and environmental ventilation, and wet and dry risers in all areas including underground parking.
J S Wright will also carry out the electrical installations, including the installation of lighting, fire alarm, power and TV infrastructure in each apartment. It will also install an M-Bus credit metering system to record energy consumption.
The company will also reduce building energy costs by installing solar photovoltaic panels contributing over 150KW, offsetting electricity demand, as well as provide residents with added security by fitting CCTV and an access control system.
Work is scheduled to begin on site later this month (September) with completion scheduled for September 2021.
J S Wright is already in the process of fitting out Mount Anvil’s new 598-home Keybridge development in Vauxhall with mechanical and electrical services as part of a record-breaking contract worth more than £27 million.
Phil Leech, Managing Director of J S Wright, said: “We are delighted that our long-established and highly successful partnership with Mount Anvil has led to the opportunity to play a major role in the regeneration of a vibrant area of east London.”
J S WRIGHT TEAM RAISES £10,000 FROM SNOWDONIA CHALLENGE
An intrepid team from J S Wright has completed an arduous physical challenge through Snowdonia – raising more than £10,000 for charity.
The 12 directors, employees and friends cycled, trekked and kayaked for six hours over a 36km route in a Snowdon Triple Challenge in memory of their colleague Stuart Rouse who died from cancer last year.
They beat their target of raising £10,000 for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, which supports the Royal Marsden Hospital, the leading cancer centre that treated Stuart, who was a foreman at a work site and a close friend of the team.
The J S Wright team, from all levels of the company’s Birmingham and London operations including new managing director Phil Leech, were inspired by Stuart’s insistence on coming to work each day despite his illness and the vital care and support that he received from the Royal Marsden throughout his treatment.
Phil Leech said: “It was a fantastic day. Everyone in the team can feel proud of completing the challenge successfully and raising so much money, which will make a real difference to the Royal Marsden and all those affected by cancer.”
John Heggs, J S Wright Associate Director who led the team, said: “Our thanks go to all those clients, suppliers, employees and their families and friends for supporting us. We are already planning to repeat the challenge next year.”
John Heggs and Phil Leech were joined in the J S Wright team by Matt Coy, John Stevenson, Lucy Heggs, Alan Whyte, Ryan Quinlan, Jamie Dove, Gerry Rea, Simon Newland, Julie Wilcox and Chris Lyons.