London Islamic Centre is currently in the first phase of the project.

The London Islamic Centre is currently in the first phase of the project, which will eventually lead to the completion of a 5000 capacity mosque. This will result in one of the largest prayer capacities in London. The project for Phase 1A was initially for 21 weeks with additional variations to suit the most up to date fire strategy regulations, such as smoke extraction and a sprinkler system. Daniel Lines is the Project Manager and it has been running with up to 30 operatives daily.

The project involves the full refurbishment and mechanical and electrical package of Phase 1A basement and ground floor. The project total currently stands at £1.4m. This first phase of the project will eventually lead to the refurbishment of levels 1 & 2 with a mechanical and electrical package.

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Project: WeAreOne Winter Warmer Appeal

Homeless, hungry and at high risk of deadly disease… this is the plight that over 10,000 homeless people across London will have to contend with as temperatures start to plummet. The global pandemic is set to deeply exacerbate the dire humanitarian situation of those trying to survive on London’s streets. At the severe peak of those experiencing the catastrophe of 2020, homeless people face the danger of living out in the open air without access to heating, warm clothing and nourishing food – the most basic elements necessary for survival. Winter is a time of real and terrible struggle from them without the addition of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Once temperatures climb down to below zero, only the toughest will be able to evade the risk of serious illness and sadly death. Every year we see tragic but real reports of the elderly and new-born babies who have frozen to death, with various degrees of misery and indirect death for others as a result of the harsh conditions. The Office for National Statistics figures for England and Wales, reported 726 deaths of homeless people in 2019 and that was before this year’s pandemic had hit.

In light of these tragic statistics the Longley Group has teamed up with local hero John Bygraves and created the Project: WeAreOne, whose mission it is to help everyone keep warm this winter. Project: WeAreOne are asking members of our community and kind individuals to donate winter warmers for us to give to those in desperate need in this most challenging winter. We will be distributing much needed food, clothing and sanitary supplies throughout the winter months to the following important charities; the Croydon Nightwatch homeless charity, Bromley Borough Foodbank, Redbridge Foodbank and SHP Redbridges night shelter.

What are winter warmers? Quite simply something additional that can keep a homeless person warm, both inside and out. We are looking for clothing items such as sleeping bags, blankets, coats, jackets, hats, gloves and scarves. New and unused items would be greatly appreciated, however used items in good condition and washed before donating, are also gratefully received. Urgently needed food such as instant coffee, sugar, tinned products such as tomatoes, potatoes, fruit, rice pudding, custard, spreads like jam, peanut butter, chocolate spread or honey and long life juice.  As well as hygiene items such as soap, shampoo, shower gel, nappies and detergent. Please drop items off at The Longley Group’s  main office reception 2A North Street, Bromley, Kent, BR1 1SB between and 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday and we will ensure ensure those in need receive them. For those who prefer to donate money, please contact the office on 0203 846 8793.

All donations will be stored at the office and distributed weekly by John Bygraves. In 2017 John himself was left devastated when diagnosed with a very rare cancer and only given three months to live. However, after following many treatments including radio therapy, chemotherapy and holistic approaches he defied all the odds and is thankfully still with us today. Whilst battling cancer and his own life-threatening experience John started supporting these homeless shelters and foodbanks and made it his mission to help those less fortunate. He is happy to have partnered up with Longley for Project: WeAreOne who share his vision to help those facing such adversity.

The Longley Group is passionate about having a purpose beyond profit. Head of this project and Managing Director of the Longley Group Charlie Longley said ‘With the current pandemic devastating so many lives, especially those of homeless people, we at Longley felt compelled to try and help. Partnering with the inspirational John Bygraves and local charities we are proud to put together the Project: WeAreOne. Our aim is to deliver food and warm clothing to as many of those people in dire need as possible through these cold winter months’.  As well as donating time and company resources to make this project happen, Charlie has generously donated £500 for the purchase of sleeping bags. The entire team at Longley are fully supporting this initiative and are delighted to be part of such a worthy scheme and hope others will be inspired to get involved.

In addition to this appeal plans are afoot to host four charity events per year, including a charity ball, to further support those in need in the local community. These projects and charity work are part of the Longley Group’s company ethos and corporate social responsibility plan. The stark truth is that we cannot help everyone but with a little generosity, our collective work and donations can make a difference and be a lifeline to those in need. We thank you in advance for your generosity and look forward to updating you on our progress. Let’s help everyone stay warm this winter.

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120 operatives on site at Ashton Playing Fields with the 350 seater grandstand now complete.

Ashton Playing Fields is the new home ground for Woodford Town Football Club and Woodford Green & Essex Ladies Athletics Club, the Premier Athletics Club in Essex. A venue fit for Olympians, some of whom currently train there. With high standards expected at this venue the Longley Group were brought in by the F.A. to design and execute the construction of a new grandstand and a new modular pavilion building to provide a gym facility, a committee room, changing rooms including toilets and showers, as well as a clubhouse area. In line with F.A. regulations a perimeter fence was installed to restrict unauthorised access or use of the venue. We’ve introduced a hammer cage, flood lights, plus their new training facilities as well as a P.A. system, including speakers, wireless microphones and standard mics ready to assist with facilities for competition level at the Woodford Green Athletic Club.

There are about 120 men on this site at its peak, including our own full time project manager who controls the day to day site safety, an assistant project manager and the labour team. A full welfare village is also on site to ensure the physical and mental health of all the team is being catered for. The time-scale for the project was planned for July 2020 to December 2020, which has recently been accelerated to be completed by the first week in November as a result of Woodford Town’s entry in to the league. Pete Sinnock, Commercial & Operations Director for the Longley Group said ‘they needed their ground up and running sooner than planned so we have accelerated our work to accommodate them and we are on target to have the works completed on time”.

The project is under a full considerate contractor scheme and has been audited and scored very highly, as well as having independent health and safety audits by our own team. Three site visits so far have all been positive. We support social values on the holding and neighbourly relations are also positive. We have also sponsored a drawing competition with Rodding Primary School which is located around the corner from the sports ground. The children have been asked to draw images of what they envisage the new stadium will look like. There will be a prize for the winning entry as well as a donation of equipment to the school.

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Longley were successfully awarded new contract at Christchurch Primary School.

The second school project is Christchurch Primary School, one of the largest schools in London. This school building consists of two three-storey Grade II listed Victorian buildings, the Main building and the Dane building. They also have a two-storey Victorian building called the Park Building which accommodates the school Nursery and three additional classrooms. The Longley Group were contracted to carry out a full electrical rewire of the lighting and small power throughout the main building, all classrooms, hallways, storerooms and basement including distribution and sub mains cabling.

With all-new sub mains containment, lighting design, power outlets and I.T. suites to be done within that. This is a fully occupied building, so all works are carried out during out of hours, throughout the night. To follow health and safety good practice and current public health advice we have developed protocols for all who work in and around the Longley construction sites while under COVID-19 alert levels. As a Main Contractor, we have a significant role to play in ensuring these standards and protocols are taken into account for all work undertaken.

We expect everyone managing construction sites on behalf of The Longley Group to apply the guidance provided. This site is no exception and Project manager Joe Imber and his team of 15 operatives have created a COVID-19 control plan including cleaning and hygiene practices, site entry and exit register, deliveries, and visitor protocols. After each shift, a full, deep clean takes place to help ensure sites are operating in a way that reduces the risk of wide-spread transmission. Each classroom and working area is then put back exactly the way it was the night before. This is followed by a full check and walk around with the Premises Managers in the morning before the pupils arrive to make sure everything is satisfactory. This work is ongoing from now and due to complete mid-January 2021.

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Longley commenced a million-pound contract with Ilford County High.

The Longley Group have long been entrusted with construction projects for schools and some of the most prestigious schools in the country, as safety has always been a key priority. We currently have 2 projects in the education sector the first of which is Ilford County High School, a high achieving, selective secondary grammar school for boys located in the town of Barkingside in the London Borough of Redbridge.

Building activities in schools pose a substantial risk to the health and safety of staff and pupils, especially when dealing with older buildings such as the Ilford County High School which was built in 1901. Longley commenced a million-pound contract with the school in Autumn 2020 for a full heating upgrade including 220 radiators through the school, new steel pipework, isogen insulation, mechanical installation as well as new boilers in the plant room. However, once the work commenced emergency works were discovered on the site that also had to be carried out including asbestos removal, full tanking to the plant room and screeding. The Building Management System is panned with trend controls.

The team of 42 operatives managed to complete this additional emergency work and remain within the contract time frame. Due to this level of service the school have now requested additional work including resurfacing works, tarmac to the front entrance and classroom refurbishments which is all ongoing and due to complete by Christmas this year.

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