Support for Ukraine Crisis

Support for Ukraine Crisis 

We are extremely proud of all our staff that have clubbed together to do a collection of essential items, that will be driven to Poland by the Ukrainian border to support those in need at this devastating time for Ukraine. We strive to employ a diverse number of ethnicities and nationalities across all our sites, with many from Eastern Europe, and are desperate to support to those in need. We can only hope the humility of our staff encourages others to do the same. 

 

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Former Milton Barracks site in Gravesend, Kent

Armoury Drive – Gravesend, Kent 

We are developing the last remaining part of former Milton Barracks site in Gravesend, Kent. Still existing on this site is the Water Tower built in 1865 by W and H Spencelayh of Rochester which is due to be demolition in the coming weeks.

 

The last use for the site was by St John Ambulance with the site sitting empty for the last 5 years. Currently the site now has planning permission 6 affordable homes.

 

This week we’ve been undergoing a site investigation works accomplish on behalf of Gravesham Borough Council.

 

Works managed and carried out on Longley Group behalf by Sevenoaks Environmental consisting of 5 No’ 5m deep Dynamic Sampling Boreholes utilising a Continuous Dynamic Sampler Rig. Plus, a series of hand dug trial pits up to 1.2m deep and soil sampling and analysis of proposed garden locations.

 

All monitored by Canterbury Archaeological Trust and an Unexploded Ordnance Engineer due to sites previous use as a military barracks.

 

Projected Managed by Chris Ward. 

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New contracts commencing this quarter

New contracts commencing this quarter:

Daisy Grey – Coffee Shop Refurbishment

We’re excited to be transforming a derelict public toilet building to provide a fully refurbished coffee shop with outside seating located in Beckenham High Street.  

Haringey Council – Multiple Projects

We have various jobs across 10 schools in the borough including Coldfall Primary, Lea Valley Primary, Coleridge Primary, Fortismere, Highgate School, Lancasterian Primary, Mulberry School, Weston Park Primary, The Willow & Hornsey School.

Armoury Drive – New Build

We have been appointed by Gravesham Borough Council to design and build 1 x block of 4 x 2-bedroom flats and 2 x single story 1-bedroom Units with adaptable first floor for future use.

Corporate Mechanical

We have now started 7 projects spread across London borough of Redbridge. Upgrading: plant rooms, heating, electrics, fire alarm systems, asbestos removal and fire stopping.

Hounslow Council

Charging Room refurbishment. Male and female and disabled toilet refurbishment.

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Longley Workshop

Longley Norman Road Workshop

We are very proud of our Senior Project Manager James O’Grady for his enthusiasm and commitment to support our continued effort to give back to our community with another workshop for students from the 6th form of Ilford County High School.

In the class we explained how we make the cages from rebar to sit on the pile caps in the footings that have already been formed for the beams, then the beams had correx formers up the sides to stop the concrete running away. We also discussed the foundations, drainage, attenuation tank, block and beam floor, complete construction of the building and finally the 360% track machine this being the most important piece of plant currently on the project.   

James, delivered, an interesting and in-depth discussion on the process of how we got to where we are, what is the reason for the piles going into the ground, what is the reason for the ground beams and a brief description of how the rest of the building comes together to the point of topping out. Followed by a Q&A session for the students.

The 6th form students have already been invited back for a follow up workshop in the new year. This will be for the laying of bricks and blocks and all the processes of how it goes together. There will also be an opportunity for the students to get involved with this process.

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Longley Winter Collection Appeal

Longley Winter Collection Appeal

Following the success of last year’s winter warmer collection, we wanted to make this an annual charity event of ours moving forward. The response from our staff and close networks was simply amazing. For this year’s winter collection appeal, we are going to support the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children with a kid’s toy or gift voucher collection.

Our promise is simple: “Donate a new children’s toy or children’s gift voucher and Longley Group will match it” for every boxed new toy or children’s voucher that gets donated by YOU Longley Group managing director Charlie Longley has promised to match every donation purchasing a new toy or gift voucher to the same value.  

For this collection we can accept gift vouchers from the following toy shops:

The Entertainer – click here
Smyths Toy Shop – click here
Argos – click here
Early Learning Centre – click here

You can send or drop off your donations to Longley Group Unit 4 Brook Court, Blakeney Road, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 1HG.

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Longley Workshop at London Nautical School

Longley workshop at The London Nautical School.

On Tuesday 16th November we hosted another Longley experiential learning workshop at The London Nautical School for the year 7 pupils. Our bespoke workshop was hosted by Senior Project Manager Sam Duggan, discussing topics relating to all areas of construction .

Our goal with these learning workshops is to educate local pupils of the construction industry and help to find our future trades men and women.

A very well done to the two pupils who won the questions and answers competition, winning vouchers to spend at store of their choice. It was a pleasure working with the school and pupils on this workshop.

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One Step Greener

One step greener – time for change.

As you will be aware, the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, is currently being held in Glasgow until 12th November 2021. The concept of a ‘COP’ in the context of climate change emerged with the founding of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the ‘Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. This was a conference that followed the first report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 1990. As diplomats, scientists, lobbyists, activists, the media, politicians and businesspeople gather, the decisions made here will play a crucial part in a historic and vital process.

Businesses, like ours, with an interest in the sustainability space, have been aware of COP 26 for a while, and news coverage of the COP has been ample in recent weeks. But recently, we’ve noticed very few outlets explaining that The Built Environment and Construction Sector accounts for 38% of global Carbon Emissions, 50% of the world’s energy consumption and 40% of raw materials. While existing building stock will require large scale retrofitting to meet net-zero carbon goals, we also need a higher sustainability bar for new buildings.

Here at Longley, we are targeting the most impactful actions to mitigate this, leading the industry’s charge to meet the Prime Minister’s 2035 Net Zero target. As industry leaders, businesses shaping and developing a new approach is vital to the global challenges of delivering Net Zero in the Built Environment and the future of the construction sector will need to pivot to meet the challenge.

Works that achieve major sustainability certifications, with local, natural and low carbon and sustainable materials with a highly ecological specification, is integral to our business ethics. We will continue to strive towards improving our knowledge and lowering our carbon footprint through passion and innovation.

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Longley New office

We have moved!

We’re excited to be moving into our new office this month. Here’s an inside look of our stunning meeting room before the whole team move in this week. We look forward to welcoming you all into our new office space which is set across 3 floors and with a new location in Beckenham. 

 

Our new office is located at: Unit 4 Brook Court, Blakeney Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 1HG 

 

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Longley Starts Rooftop Development

Longley Group starts the build of x3 new apartments in Hayes, Kent.

Our latest news for August 21 focuses on one of our recently started residential sites. Work is now well underway with construction of x3 flats being built on top of this block of apartments located in Hayes, Kent. We have a full team onsite and plan to turn this project around with a strict timeframe to avoid any disruption for the existing properties.

The temporary scaffold structure is in place around the whole site and the original roof is now being dismantled. We expect this project to be completed by end of December 2021.

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Longley Workshop at Cleveland Primary School.

Longley Group hosts a community-based workshop for the pupils at Cleveland Primary School.

Whilst the Longley Group are carrying major upgrades to the heating system at Cleveland Primary School, we decided to put together an experiential learning experience and invited 20 pupils to our onsite workshop. It was great to see all the pupils showing an interest in the works we are carrying out around the school whilst engaging in this 2hr long workshop hosted by project managers Sam Duggan and Alfie Longley.

During the workshop, our project managers discussions in detailed the following topics Health & Safety, PPE, General construction works, how to become a tradesperson and the types of tools that would typically be used. We then took 10 pupils at a time down into the basement and gave them a guided tour of the plant room (wearing full PPE!) and continued our discussion on how the heating system of the school works.

We invited the pupils to enter a drawing competition, they were asked to produce a plumbing related company name. Draw a company transit style van and produce a company logo. And draw a construction worker next to the van wearing personal protective equipment. Drawings had to include a hard hat, protective glasses, safety gloves and a hi-vis vest. There were some amazing drawings but there were only two winners, who were given £25 vouchers to spend at WHSmiths.

We felt overall the workshop was a total success and I’m sure we have found some of our future trade’s men and women.

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