Parkinson has recently attended two careers days to give local young people an opportunity to experience and understand the wide range of career options open to them.
The first one attended was the Manchester City Council ‘Careers Aspiration Event’ on Monday 9th March where we hosted an interactive stand at the Manchester Central Convention Centre.
The second event was the ‘Rochdale Skills Event’ on Wednesday 11th March where we had exhibition space to to conduct a similar activity to that provided in Manchester.
Students were tasked with working together through effective communication in order to build a bridge from one table to another with the fastest times winning prizes. Staff from apprentices to directors attended both career days in order to give the young adults career advice in a wide range of disciplines and levels.
Angela Harrington, Head of Regeneration for Manchester City Council said “I was really impressed by the efforts you had made to deliver such a wide range of interactive activities that truly gave young people the opportunity to ‘have a go’. When I visited, I was delighted to see the young people from our Manchester schools really engaged with the activities on offer.
This was an invaluable opportunity for our young people to be motivated and inspired by the wide range of career options available to them and will help them to decide which route they want to take into work in the future.”
Following the successful completion of the new build works to the Sports Hall at Oakfield High School for Wigan Council, we organised a ‘Have a Go’ day to let a group of Year 9 pupils try out a number of various trades.
With the assistance of our supply chain, the pupils got to try their hand at painting, bricklaying, plumbing and joinery.
Business Development Manager, Mike Tyler said “This has been a fantastic way of engaging with the kids and the school. A number of them will never get a chance to try any of the tasks again. It has inspired confidence in their ability to undertake something new while being controlled and fun. We have undertaken a number of events now with the School with the staff and pupils being very receptive and willing”.
All pupils who took part were given certificates which they could keep within their school file and later show to prospective employers.
We have a strong social value policy and we aim to leave a legacy on each project completed.
The day ended with some fantastic comments from pupils and lots of budding painters!
The company is very pleased to announce that we have won the Blackpool Civic Trust Special Award for ‘Services to the Town’ in 2014.
The awards evening took place on Friday 27th February at Viva Blackpool was attended by the team that managed the Blackpool Tower facade repair project which was recently handed over. This same team has is now managing the refurbishment works at The Grand Theatre.
The picture shows the Blackpool Tower projects’ Site Manager, Peter Evans with the award.
Whilst on site at Oakfield School we undertook a number of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives and one of these was holding a colouring competition with each class.
Each age group had to design their own safety poster relating to construction.
As you can see from the picture we received some great designs and therefore each class received a prize!
During construction it is our aim to ensure that the future building occupiers/ users are kept up to date on project news. Where possible, we arrange site visits to show progress and how the new facilities will look; this is always carried out at safe periods of construction and usually at the end of the working day.
We recently invited the Thornton Cleveleys FC Under 10s to the new Fleetwood Town FC training ground to show them where their new pitch would be and what it will soon look like. Our Health & Safety mascot also visited and met the young footballers.
Staff from all offices donned their finest Christmas Jumpers to help raise money for Save the Children UK.
All company offices and sites will close after work on Friday 19th December and will reopen on Monday 5th January 2015.
Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year from F Parkinson
F Parkinson began trading in 1934 from it’s office on Elizabeth Street in Blackpool town centre. Since it’s establishment it has built and/ or refurbished a number of the region’s most iconic buildings and worked with many of the public sector clients within the operational area.
The company celebrated its 80th year in style with its entire staff at a Dinner held at the Blackpool Winter Gardens; a venue that the company refurbished back to its former glory in 2011.
F Parkinson Managing Director, Ray Eyre said “The 80th celebration night at the Winter Gardens was a great success and enjoyed by all our staff marking this mile stone in the company’s history. We look forward with all our employees in delivering future construction projects for the regions and our valued clients”.
We are very pleased to have been shortlisted in two categories for the Made in Bury Business Awards 2014.
The two awards we have been shortlisted for are:-
- Best in Class Award – Excellence in Developing People
- Best in Class Award – Community Impact
Our Health and Safety Mascot, Isla Be Safe has been busy this June undertaking Health and Safety Assemblies at schools where we are working. She has recently been to Carr Junior School (pictured) in York, and before that she visited Ince St Mary’s Primary School in Wigan.
Our very own Peter Evans, Site Manager at the Blackpool Tower was on BBC North West Tonight regarding the Tower’s 120th birthday. See the clip below!
F Parkinson sponsored the Active York Sports Award 2014. Please see picture of our Regional Director, Steve Jackson (left) presenting the winner Alistair Bevan (right) with his prize.
Works are now well under way to restore The Blackpool Tower’s famous arched façade.
The first phase of work will see seven of the Blackpool Tower’s arches restored with a second phase expected to restore two more.
Stained glass windows are also being restored and re-leaded and will be properly displayed for the first time in many years.
The work is being done behind panelling for both safety and aesthetic reasons and to allow Blackpool Tower to continue to operate throughout.
Cllr Graham Cain, Blackpool Council cabinet member for leisure and tourism, said: “We were keen to provide everyone with an update on the works because we know people will wonder what is going on behind those panels.
“Progress is being made and work is being done to safeguard the parts of the Tower’s frontage that need to be preserved.
“We are now coming towards a point that some of the new specially designed terracotta, which is faithful to the original design, is starting to be delivered and is ready to be fitted.
“I want people to know we are being faithful to the Tower’s original design and very sensitive to history.
“The final result won’t be a sea change in how the Tower looks; instead it will preserve and restore the frontage to retain its original quality and character.”
Kate Shane, General Manager at The Blackpool Tower, said
“It’s very exciting to see the terracotta arriving and the work that has been done so far.
“We’re really looking forward to seeing the final outcome and sharing it with the whole of Blackpool.
Local resident and our Project Manager, Peter Evans said: “After months of planning and development alongside our heritage supply chain we are now starting to see everything coming together.
“We were able to save three arches worth of the old stained glass from all of nine arches which has been reused in the middle arches.
“The other specialist elements of this restoration are starting to arrive on site ready for installation.
“As a Blackpool company we are proud to be involved in this iconic restoration project for the town, especially as the Tower’s 120th anniversary coincides with our 80 years of construction on the Fylde coast.”
As part of the company’s commitment to Health & Well-being we are currently undertaking optional ‘health MOT’s’ for all our staff. These have been organised by the company’s HR Business Partner and provide our staff with access to a number of health and fitness specialists who can provide key advice and guidance as well as checking blood pressure, BMI’s and lung capacity.
The recently completed project at Ripon Grammar School for North Yorkshire County Council has achieved BREEAM Very Good.
The project consisted of the new build construction of a traditionally built Music Room Block consisting of a one and a half storey Rehearsal Room. The new building provides ICT classrooms, a practice room, a recording studio and ancillary rooms.
The company is pleased to announce that we have won ‘Employer of the Year’ at this year’s Be Inspired Business Awards (BIBA) Lancashire.
Parkinson was up against 11 other local businesses for the award and was presented as the winner by Lis Smith, Principal and Chief Executive of Preston’s College.
The award application process started back in March; it included an initial submission followed by 2 interviews with a panel of local professionals and a number of our staff including our apprentices.
Ray Eyre, Managing Director of F Parkinson said “We feel that this award is recognition for all the hard work and achievements by all employees. This award will also help to strengthen our position within the marketplace and further enhance our reputation across all regions. This is a great way to enter the company’s 80th year.”
Our Health and Safety mascot, Isla Be Safe visited Buckshaw Primary School yesterday to teach the children about the dangers of a construction site and the personal protective equipment used on site.
We are undertaking works less than a mile from the school building a new Urban Search And Rescue (USAR) facility for the Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service.
Our apprentice, Jack Cook won the ‘Learner of the Year’ award at Accrington & Rossendale College. They had a presentation evening on 24th June at the college where he was presented with a certificate and glass trophy. The head of the construction department described him as ‘Totally focused on the project in hand and a pleasure to teach’ .
Mark Menzies MP for Fylde and Jim Keefe Head Teacher attended our AKS School site and commended our local employment approach.
Read more about their visit here >
Our recently completed project, Rossall Point Observation Tower in Fleetwood has been awarded the prestigious Royal Institute British Architects (RIBA) North West Regional Award.
Wyre Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Economy, Councillor Gordon McCann said “We at Wyre Council have been pleased to work with F Parkinson on the Rossall Point Coast Watch and ecology tower. Working together, we have created an award winning project that Wyre and Fleetwood can be proud of.”
The project, which was officially opened earlier in the year, was built for Wyre Council with design created by Studio Three Architects.
Rossall Point Observation Tower provides a base for the National Coastwatch Institution, Wyre Council’s Countryside Service and local birdwatchers.
The company’s recently completed project, Rossall Point Observation Tower in Fleetwood has won the 2013 Considerate Constructors Scheme Bronze Award at the National Site Awards ceremony.
The company is pleased to announce that we have been short-listed for 3 BIBA Awards in the following categories:-
- Medium Business of Year
- Employer of the Year
- Leadership Team of the Year
The first round of interviews take place in mid-May with the awards held in September at the Blackpool Tower.
The company has been successful onto yet another construction framework. We have been appointed to the University of Liverpool construction framework for projects up to £500k in value.
The company is pleased to announce that we have been successfully appointed to the Bolton Council Construction Framework for both lots applied for, this includes projects ranging in value from £500k to £5 million.
Parkinson attended the Blackpool and the Fylde College Apprenticeship Awards 2013 on Thursday 14th March and scooped a number of awards.
The company won the Ambassador of Industry Award for the construction sector and then went on to win the overall Employer of the Year award.
In addition, our joinery apprentice, Luke Pennington received the highly commended award by the judges.
The picture shows Contracts Manager, Simon Shearer who manages the company’s apprenticeship scheme in Blackpool and our award-winning joinery apprentice, Luke Pennington with the awards.
The company is pleased to announce that we have been successfully re-appointed to the Wigan Council Construction Framework for a further 4 years for projects ranging in value from £50k to £5 million.
In addition to the above, the company has also been appointed to the Cheshire East Council construction framework for heritage projects up to £500k in value. This appointment follows a number of successfully projects in this work stream, such as Blackpool Winter Gardens, Platt Hall Gallery of Costumes and Altrincham Baptist Church.
The company is pleased to announce that we have achieved BREEAM Excellent for the Heysham Health and Wellbeing Centre for Rushcliffe Healthcare.
BBC Radio Lancashire aired their afternoon show from Rossall Point Observation Tower on Sunday 10th February.
Site Manager, Steve Bather was interviewed for the show to discuss the project, the use of the building and the company.
Parkinson has been awarded the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Certificate of Commitment Platinum which is given to companies that have illustrated a high commitment to improving competence in construction and has registered more than 90% of their workforce under CSCS.
Please be aware that all Parkinson offices and sites will be closed from 21st December 2012 and will reopen as normal on 7th January 2013.
All Contract / Site Managers will be contactable via mobiles and their emails will be monitored.
Merry Christmas and all the best for 2013 from all the staff at Parkinson
As part of the company’s continuing commitment to CSR, Parkinson enlisted help from pupils at two schools where we are currently undertaking construction works, to design this year’s Christmas E-card.
Pupils from Seamer and Irton Community Primary School and AKEQM Junior School were involved in the competition. Pupils of all ages within each school submitted various construction related designs which made it very difficult to determine winners.
Both the winners and runners up were presented with their prizes in their assembly attended by our site team and at one school Isla Be Safe also attended!
The lucky competition winners had their design printed onto Christmas cards they could send to their friends and family, a printed canvas of their design to keep and vouchers. The runners up also received prizes which included an art pack and vouchers.
In addition to the Christmas card competition held at AKEQM School, we also organised an Isla Be Safe drawing competition with the winners having their designs printed onto the hoarding of the site.
The company’s Integrated Management System (IMS) was audited by certification body, ISOQAR in November. The IMS system is the combination of the company’s three ISOQAR Accreditations; Quality ISO 9001, Environmental ISO 14001, Health & Safety OHSAS 18001).
The audit included a check of both office and site processes and procedures.
The company is pleased to announce that the audit went very well with no non-conformances found. The auditor made a special comment on the site set-up of the Arnold King Edward School project stating how impressed they were with the site, noted all documentation was present and correct as well as all sub-contractors and suppliers had been through our Quality Management System vetting process.
Parkinson is pleased to announce that it has achieved the highest possible accolade for its continuous commitment to employee learning, development, and satisfaction.
The Gold Investors in People accreditation represents excellence in People Management practices with less than 1% of holders of the standard achieving Gold status. Parkinson is one of the first SME Construction companies to achieve this recognition.
The standard places a high emphasis on best practice and has proven to support growth, profitability, and efficiency within organisations.
Following the assessment by an external auditor, Parkinson was particularly commended on its exceptional customer centred approach, its effective people management practices and supportive team culture.
Harriet Whiteside, HR Manager, said: ‘We are delighted to have achieved this prestigious recognition for our commitment to our people. The accreditation is a true reflection of Parkinson as a ‘great place to work’’.
We understand that the construction industry is heavily reliant upon skilled people and we are committed to playing an active role in the training and development of individuals who have an enthusiasm and desire to develop a career within our industry.
Our established Apprenticeship programme has been running for over 35 years and many of our Apprentices have gone on to progress and develop within our company. We are proud to maintain a high level of in-house trade skills.
Our Apprenticeship scheme integrates what we believe to be the key aspects to a successful Apprenticeship programme; education, the work environment and personal development.
Joining us in Autumn 2012 was;
Jamie Edmondson– Joinery – Blackpool Region (as pictured far right)
Karl Osborne - Joinery - Manchester Region
Daniel Lockwood – Joinery – York Region
We also pleased to confirm that during 2012, three of our apprentices became fully qualified and achieved an Advanced Apprenticeship in Carpentry & Joinery.
We are pleased to announce that the company has won the Community Contribution Award for SME’s at last night’s Lancashire Business Environment Awards 2012.
The company put forward the path project at Cherry Tree Gardens for the award, further details on this CSR initiative can be found at http://http://fparkinson.co.uk//2012/04/new-path-paves-the-way-for-community-involvement/.
We are pleased to announce that the company has been shortlisted for the Community Contribution Award for SME’s at the Lancashire Business Environment Awards 2012.
The company put forward the path project for the award, further details on this project can be found at http://http://fparkinson.co.uk//2012/04/new-path-paves-the-way-for-community-involvement/.
The award ceremony will take place on the 18th October 2012 at Ewood Park, Blackburn.
7 members of staff from the company’s Blackpool office took part in the 52 mile bike ride from the Trafford Centre, Manchester to Blackpool Promenade to help raise money for the British Heart Foundation.
Company Planner, Paul Dixon added “a very successful ride was had by all and the 52 miles were covered in just under 4 hours.”
The team are already discussing another bike ride challenge for 2013; a coast to coast ride from Morecambe to Bridlington which is 170 miles in 2 days!
Today a number Parkinson staff from the company’s Bury office are undertaking the 3 Peaks Challenge!
The challenge consists of climbing the 3 highest mountains in 3 countries, Ben Nevis Scotland, Scafell Pike England and Snowdon in Wales. This equates to 3 Mountains, 3 Countries, 24 Mile of walking, 10,000 feet of ascent, 450 miles of driving in under 24 hours.
The team are looking to raise £2800.00 for their chosen charity Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and have set up a just giving web site. You can still donate or view the amount raised so far at www.justgiving.co.uk/parkinson3peaks .
The challenge will be funded by the team so all donations will go direct to the charity. Your support would be greatly appreciated on what is a very tough challenge.
You can follow our progress throughout the challenge on Twitter @F_Parkinson_Ltd and on www.trackmytour.com/VDhWC .
We would Like to thank all our sponsors to date and a special thank you to Hiregate who have provided the transport.
The Festival House project was a Finalist at the North West Regional Building Excellence Awards in the Commercial Category. It was recognised for its “high standard of design, construction and workmanship”.
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