Welcome to our site works update for December
Since our last update, we have completed the refurbishment works in west wing properties (1st - 5th floor) and are currently working through occupational therapy adaptations required to your new bathrooms.
We are currently working our way through the ground floor refurbishment works and completing the remaining tests to the newly installed Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery (MVHR) system, new fire alarm system, new sprinkler system and new digital entry system.
We have also finished the refurbishment works to the west wing emergency stairwell and are currently installing new signage as instructed by Peabody.
In the new year we will be starting the demolition of the old entrance bridge and creating a new entrance extension.
In January and February 2022, we will complete all associated fire certification for the newly refurbished west wing properties and plan the decant/recant process of all residents, to enable us to continue the works in the east wing as part of our Phase 2 works once all properties have been safely vacated.
In lieu of the usual festive event we would usually host, we included some festive fun pages within our December newsletter with a chance of winning a fantastic Christmas hamper. The prize will be award to the winning resident on 23rd December.
New Assistant Site Manager, Adie joins Chelsea Court team.
Following the departure of our Assistant Site Manager, Timur, we're pleased to announce the appointment of our new Assistant Site Manager, Adie Attia.
Attia will be assisting Senior Site Manager, Daniel Barbu, in the daily management of the Chelsea Court scheme.
Please join us in welcoming Adie to the Chelsea Court team.
The ENGIE team would like to thank you for your continued patience and understanding during our construction works on this scheme.
We will be closing the site over the festive period from Thursday 23rd December, re-opening on Tuesday 4th January 2022.
Our emergency contact during this period is: 0800 328 7244.
If you see any unauthorised people trying to access our site during this period, please call the police immediately.
Welcome to our site works update for September
What's been completed since the last update:
The lift motor room roof and lightning conductor is now complete as well as the facade repairs survey.
What's happening now and next?
On Phase 1 west wing we are currently finishing and touching up works to the first and second floor and creating new structural openings to the ground floor as well as laying new flooring.
On Phase 2 east wing we are undertaking asbestos and condition surveys inside loft and void properties.
Externally, roof replacement works are nearing completion at 85% complete to the Phase 2 east wing. Bell tower refurbishment temporary works are also ongoing.
Over the coming weeks, we aim to complete all works to Phase 1 west wing properties and start the decant/recant process. Outside, we will start erecting scaffold in order to demolish the old entrance bridge.
Please note: The washing facilities (washing machine and dryer) will soon be moved from its existing location at Flat 5 in the north wing to the fourth floor guest room.
If you have any queries about the works, please call Allayna on 07790 980 672.
22 year old Allayna Leon-Clovis, joined the Chelsea Court site team early last month to start her Apprenticeship with ENGIE. Allayna is also a local resident living in the borough.
Since starting her Business Administration apprenticeship, Allayna has been assisting the site team including Senior Site Manager, Daniel Barbu and Assistant Site Manager, Timur Yusuf, with their daily activities.
We caught up with Allayna recently to ask her some questions about how her apprenticeship is going:
Q: What was you doing previously and what's your reason for taking on this apprenticeship?
I previously worked part-time in retail. I didn't want to continue working in retail and wanted to finally utilise the IT skills that I did have to go into an administration job, but I didn't know where to start. When I came to the interview, I was both nervous and excited, but the more I spoke to Suzanne (Trainee, Apprentice and Graduate Development Officer) and Daniel (Senior Site Manager) the more comfortable I became.
Q: What have you been doing during your apprenticeship so far?
Mostly online training - I've also completed most of my assignments during the first few weeks of my apprenticeship. Whilst on site I was learning the different applications and websites that are used to communicate and design plans. I've also done filing, printing and scanning as well as working on some tasks using Microsoft Excel and Word.
Q: What do you plan to gain from your apprenticeship and are you on course to achieve this?
I plan to expand my knowledge since I've mostly worked in retail and health & social care settings. I have experience of working with others and interacting with people of all ages, but this apprenticeship allows me to learn the business side of the workplace and utilise the skills I already have. I also plan to expand on the skills I already have.
Thanks to help from the Site Managers and Suzanne, anything I've been confused about has quickly been answered, meaning I should be on course to achieve my apprenticeship goal. Whilst telling me about their experience of working with ENGIE, Suzanne and the site team have also offered me various opportunities for learning off-site.
Q: Is the apprenticeship what you expected?
Yes and no - Coming from a job where I was constantly on a shop floor, I thought this role would be much calmer and have more structure, which it does, but it is much quieter and friendlier than I expected. I was aware that this is a male dominated workplace, but everyone on site has been so kind and welcoming.
Q: What have you enjoyed most about your apprenticeship so far?
I enjoy coming to my workplace and the being in the site environment. I also enjoy doing the small daily tasks - hopefully as time passes it will become second nature.
Q: How do you plan to utilise the skills you've learnt in the future?
There are so many various roles available because of this apprenticeship. If there is a role available at the end of my apprenticeship I would like to take it on full-time as long as it suited my character and skills whilst also allowing me to grow further career-wise.
Q: What has your relationship been like with the other staff and how have you found the day-to-day working environment here at ENGIE?
So far, the guys on site have been very friendly and have told me their experiences of working at ENGIE. They assure me that they understand the feeling of being in a new environment and that it will take time to adjust. They all seem to get long great which is fantastic to see, especially early in the morning.
Q: Where to you hope your journey takes you next?
I hope that after the 15 months of being an apprentice I can say that I'm more experienced and have worked in every opportunity ENGIE provides me with. If I'm not working with the same people at the end of my apprenticeship I hope that I'm working in a position that would be of more assistance.
Q: Would you recommend an apprenticeship with ENGIE to anyone else, and if so why?
I constantly tell my friends how my apprenticeship is going and how much fun I'm having, as well as the response for help being extremely fast. While I thought it would be difficult working and studying at the same time, it's just finding that balance. The ENGIE team have made it clear that anytime I just need time to focus on a task to not hesitate to ask since Daniel (Senior Site Manager) also has experience of working as an apprentice.
For those that are hesitant to go into an apprenticeship with ENGIE because they are worried they aren't suited to the role or that they wouldn't do well - as someone that has zero experience in not only administration but also working in construction I'd say go for it. The people you work with closely each day as well as ENGIE's training department are there to help you, but also don't hesitate to reach out to other colleagues as well as other apprentices.
Keep an eye out in our newsletter and our news feed for further updates from Allayna throughout her apprenticeship.
New Apprentice Administrator joins Chelsea Court team.
Following our apprenticeship recruitment drive in March, we're pleased to announce the appointment of our new Apprentice Administrator, Allayna Leon-Clovis.
Allayna started her Business Administration Apprenticeship in August and is already settling in well undertaking essential training and learning some of the tasks she'll be undertaking on a daily basis.
Check back on the news feed soon for a further update.
Please join us in welcoming Allayna to the Chelsea Court team.
ENGIE has announced the launch of a new global entity called EQUANS, which will now separately manage the majority of its client solutions/services-led activity.
The creation of EQUANS reflects ENGIE's desire to simplify its structure and refine its existing strategy to have a clearer focus on energy infrastructure and grid-scale renewables. For our services activity within EQUANS, it will mean optimal focus and greater agility in the way we operate.
In the UK & Ireland, all our activity in facilities management & technical services, energy efficiency and regeneration - as well as our specialist energy related capabilities including smart buildings, green mobility, district and embedded energy, and decentralised renewables will continue to operate within EQUANS exactly as they do today. This equates to a £2 billion revenue business, employing 13,500 people!
EQUANS continues to belong to ENGIE and for our customers nothing changes with this announcement as we remain committed to our existing high levels of service performance. Our current management and on-site teams including your Site Managers and Resident Liaison Officers will stay the same, still wearing ENGIE branded clothing for easy identification.
With this in mind, your future newsletters may look a little different when we change to EQUANS branding, however the content of your regular newsletters as well as digital updates will stay the same, continuing to provide you with an update on our progress, contact details for your site team, important safety reminders and news about community events and initiatives.
New Team Member!
Please join us in welcoming new Resident Liaison Officer (RLO), Ashton Hudson to the project.
Ashton will be your first point of contact for any queries regarding the works being undertaken by ENGIE.
Please see the 'Contact Us' section for his contact details.
Site Safety Award achieved for high safety standards!
Senior Site Manager, Daniel Barbu recently received an ENGIE Divisional Site Safety Award on behalf of the site team at Chelsea Court.
The award was presented by ENGIE's Health and Safety team in recognition of the site's high safety standards shown throughout the whole of 2020. Specifically, the dedication towards health and safety shown by the Chelsea Court site team throughout the COVID-19 lockdown periods of last year and generally for ensuring high standards of site safety.
Alongside the award, Daniel was also presented with £100 of shopping gift vouchers.
Pleased to receive the award on behalf of the entire site team, Daniel said "I am very pleased to see the hard work of our team involved at the Chelsea Court project recognised with this award. Very pleased to be awarded the Divisional Site Safety Award for 202 after receiving a Q4 award in 2019."
What's been completed
Following our last newsletter, we have now completed new acoustic flooring to all west wing properties, installation of new partition walls and plastering of the walls has been completed from the fifth floor down to the second floor. New kitchens have also now been fitted to the second, third, fourth and fifth floors.
Externally, we have completed the erection of scaffolding to the east wing, window repairs to the fourth and fifth floors of the west wing and installed new automatic opening vents to the west wing roof. We have also removed the scaffolding around chimney stacks and cupola which is now being adjusted to undertake roof works.
What's happening now and next?
We are continuing to install new ceilings to all west wing properties, installing new wiring and plumbing to all west wing properties and undertaking decoration works to corridors, walls and properties.
New kitchens are being fitted to the first floor and new bathrooms are being fitted to the first and second floors. New ducting is being installed for the MVHR system on the ground floor and plastering works are also ongoing to the first floor.
Outside, new roof replacement and lightning conductor replacement works are ongoing as well as the erection of scaffolding to Phase 2 on the east wing. We are also completing the erection of crash deck scaffolding within the central stairwell under the glass roof.
Over the next few weeks (All works listed within west wing only) we will be looking to finish the installation of new kitchens and bathrooms, finish all decorative works, finish installing new flat entrance doors and finish installing new flooring both inside properties and also within corridors.
We also plan to start structural works to the ground floor and prepare for the recant of the residents in finished west wing properties.
Externally, we plan to finish the roof replacement, installation of rainwater goods, finish fabric repairs and once all west wing external works have been completed to remove scaffolding. We also plan to start demolishing the old entrance bridge and start chimney stack repairs and bell tower refurbishment on the east wing.
If you have any queries about the works being undertaken, please speak to Assistant Site Manager, Timur on 07768 916 137.
Cycle Storage Changes
Please be advised we will no longer have cycle storage available in flat 11 as we will require the flat shortly in order to carry out works to the east wing.
If you have not already been contacted by Peabody about moving your bike, please arrange for it to be removed from flat 11 by 1st May 2021 and stored within your own flat.
As more businesses and venues start to re-open, we would like to remind you that we are still following current government guidelines regarding protective measures and social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These measures ensure we continue to deliver our works safely.
COVID-19 remains a very real danger, if you are experiencing any symptoms please isolate at home and book a free test - Do your part to keep your community safe and COVID-19 free.
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