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A Message from our MD

Hi everyone.

It’s starting to heat up, and that’s just the outside temperature! Our current workload and future pipeline are filling up! As a result everyone is extremely busy. This is how businesses thrive and grow. My thanks to you all for your individual contributions to making this happen.

We are being recognised for our professional contributions on site; we are winning projects as part of construction teams at interview; main contractors are requesting that we partner with them exclusively on tender bids. All of these make us a “go to” company in our area of expertise.

It is fantastic to see so many activities taking place outside of work. All concerned are to be commended for this and I hope more of you will be encouraged to get involved.

Going back to the climate, please take care when working outdoors in particular and keep well hydrated. It looks as if this weather is persisting and you need to keep yourself safe and healthy.

High Praise From South Wales Police

South Wales Police recently expressed their gratitude for the high standards at the Police Learning Centre project in Bridgend. The entire team is to be applauded for their professional approach and commitment to achieving exceptional quality. A well deserved thank you goes to Anthony Isaac, Kevin Roberston, Daniel Saunders, Lewis Williams, Paul Newman, Robert Lewis, Owain Lewis, Andrew Watson, Jack Medwin, Kyle Salter, Nico Campbell, Lloyd Green, Simon Jones and Ben Canham.

As you know I have no issue passing comment and critiquing the works on site when it not to my liking, so I’d like to take this opportunity to commend you and the team on the installation I witnessed today , a job very well done. I may not say this often enough but when I do I mean it . Here’s to the rest of the job continuing in the same way.
Daniel Lancaster
South Wales Police

Pencoedtre Site Team Win the Bouygues Actsafe Award

The Pencoedtre site team were delighted to have their commitment to health and safety recognised when they received the Bouygues Actsafe Award this month. Despite the challenges faced during the past months, safely continues to be first and foremost and their success demonstrates their ongoing hard work and their high standards in this area.

 

Dylan Jones, Bouygues Senior Contracts Manager, said:

 

“The F P Hurley site team is very proactive in their approach to safety from the operatives on the ground to senior managers. Rhodri in particular deserves special praise in the manner in which he manages his site team and the level of co-operation with the BYUK site team in overcoming the daily challenges and striving for excellence. Keep up the good work with a continuing focus on the delivery of required standards. Da iawn!”

Apprentice Success

We’re proud to share the excellent client feedback received on third year apprentice, Cameron Thomas. Cameron recently worked on the Spinal Rehabilitation Unit project at Llandough Hospital and received outstanding feedback from main contractor, Willmott Dixon. This is a fantastic achievement that really demonstrates the hard work and effort that Cameron puts into his work. Cameron will be entering his fourth and final year in September and we look forward to supporting him throughout the rest of his apprenticeship and beyond.

Myself and the WD team wanted to convey our thoughts on Cameron: Always punctual and committed, Cameron is polite and communicates well with the site team and other operatives. Cameron has on several occasions gone above and beyond our H&S expectations, replacing edge projection which was removed by others incorrectly and assisting the team in emergency situations. Cameron’s quality of work is impressive for one so early in his career and his knowledge and understanding of such a complex project is refreshing. The project has been an extremely challenging environment, exacerbated by Covid 19. Cameron has been a real asset to FP Hurleys and the wider project team, setting a high standard not only for other apprentices but experienced operatives.
Simon Radford
Willmott Dixon

Charity Committee Donates to Bridgend Foodbank

The Charity Committee recently donated much needed food and toiletries to Bridgend Foodbank to support members of their local community who have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis, helping to tackle food poverty and those facing financial hardship.

The team reached out to the Foodbank after seeing an urgent appeal for items and worked with them to purchase specific items that were in short supply. Charity Committee members Vicky Midgley and Liam Bradley personally delivered the items, which were worth over £200, to the Foodbank and met with their longest standing volunteer who has supported the Foodbank for over ten years.

The donation was gratefully received by Bridgend Foodbank, who said:

A huge thank you to the staff at F P Hurley & Sons Ltd in Bridgend, for organising and delivering donations. We are extremely grateful.

F P Hurley teams up with BAM to clear litter from Cardiff’s streets

Several F P Hurley and BAM employees have joined forces to clear litter from the streets surrounding Cardiff University’s Centre for Student Life project in the heart of Cardiff.

 

Claire Pilcher, Carl Myerscough and Ryan Shapcott met with BAM Construction’s Community & Education Coordinator Jess Morgan and trainee Alex John on Tuesday the 29th June to clean up the streets around the city centre site.

 

The clean-up was part of our community engagement strategy which aims to deliver positive impacts within the communities in which we work. Having cleaner, healthier and greener outdoor spaces is good for everyone’s mental wellbeing and litter picking is one way we can help achieve this.

It’s great to be working with FP Hurley and sharing the same goals to deliver social value and improve the communities that we work in. BAM really value these relationships and look forward to working together on future initiatives.
Jess Morgan
BAM Construction

A Fruitful Collaboration

F P Hurley’s Social Value Team has teamed up with Rhydypenau Primary School in Cardiff to help create their very own orchard which they will manage and use as a valuable learning resource. A total of 15 fruit trees were donated by the company, made up of different varieties of pear, plum and apple trees.

 

The project came about after the Year 5 children wrote some inspirational emails explaining how they wanted to develop their outdoor spaces into areas where they could connect with nature and further their learning about the natural environment. One of their goals was to create an Orchard on school grounds where they could interact and care for the trees, develop a respect for the power of nature and the food it provides.

 

The Social Value Team were delighted to support the pupils. Every opportunity to explore and interact with the natural world is hugely valuable and brings a whole host of amazing benefits; from mitigating the effects of climate change to creating a sense of wonder and tranquillity and reducing stress. This is something that we are passionate about and seek to support wherever we can. Read more here.

 

 

Charity Committee Delivers Modernisation for Tonyrefail RFC

F P Hurley’s charity committee recently joined forces with Tonyrefail RFC to refurbish their facilities and upgrade their aging plant. Tonyrefail RFC is pivotal to the local community, giving them a chance to play regular sport and get the fantastic life experience that come from playing in a team.

The improvements included brand new toilet facilities and a new sink and worktop area within the club bar. The team also stripped out the existing boiler/plantroom and replaced with a new energy efficient boiler and replaced a vented cylinder with a new unvented water heater to create a system that is much more energy efficient.

The club owners are delighted with the modern facilities which will be a massive boost to club members and visitors. To represent our partnership, the club’s new kit will be branded with the Hurley company logo.

Cross Hands Office Upgrade

Refurbishment works are now complete at the Cross Hands office providing improved facilities for the staff and operatives based there. As the business has evolved over the years, the need for better facilities and better use of space had become apparent. The office now benefits from a spacious new breakout area complete with new furniture and kitchen, a dedicated server and printing room, a new storeroom and an additional WC within the stores area for operatives. The refurbishment has helped breathe new life into the work environment and crucially provides an area where employees can relax and eat their lunch together and even hold informal meetings.

Contract Wins

 We’re pleased to say we have been successful in securing orders to the value of £5.7 million in recent months. This includes a 7 school decarbonisation scheme with Futures for Somerset valued at £1.6 million. We’re also pleased to announce we have secured a contract with former client SDC. The project, known as Harwell Quad 2 (shown right), is a brand new ‘grade A’ office development located within a leading science and innovation campus in Oxford.

 

Other contract wins include a £2.2 million order from Galliford Try for the Stonebow Mental Health Unit in Hereford. Also in the healthcare sector and continuing our work at St Joseph’s Hospital in Newport, we have received an order direct from the Hospital for a plantroom upgrade.

Contract Completions

Well done to Adam Robinson who has successfully completed the University of West of England Centre for Fine Print project. Your determination and hard work has paid off and F P Hurley acknowledged and appreciates your efforts.

Announcements

Paul Newman Completes Epic Dragon Duathlon

Congratulations to Paul Newman for completing one of the hardest multisport events in the UK- the Dragon Duathlon. No doubt one of the toughest things Paul has ever accomplished, this ultra-event involves going from coast to coast by bike and taking on the three Welsh peaks of Snowdon, Cader Idris and Pen Y Fan by foot. The 284km route must be completed non-stop and within a time period of 24 hours. Paul completed the event within 22 hours and with a moving time of just over 18 hours- absolutely outstanding! He managed to raise £1355 for the MND Association, a charity dedicated to helping people affected by motor neurone disease.

Mark Horrigan to take on Tour de Gwent

Good luck to Mark Horrigan of HTIC, who will taking part in Tour de Gwent in September 2021. Mark will be cycling the 93 mile route around South Wales in support of St David’s Hospice Care, starting at 7.30am in Caerleon and finishing by 5pm. The event will raise vital funds for St David’s Hospice Care, who provide specialist palliative care services throughout South East and Mid Wales.

Mighty Hike Fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support

Well done to Claire Pilcher who completed Macmillan’s Mighty Hike this month- a 26.8 mile hike across the Gower Peninsula in aid of raising vital funds for the cancer charity. Claire was part of a team of five and collectively they raised over £1500 in total. Tough terrains, steep climbs, rocky paths, beaches, sand dunes and forests all made it a truly memorable experience.

F P Hurley Pledge to Spring Clean Cymru

F P Hurley was delighted to take part in Spring Clean Cymru, a two week campaign run annually by Keep Wales Tidy. Several employees volunteered their time, under the Company’s Volunteering and Community Engagement Policy, dedicating their mornings to cleaning up some litter hotspots in Bridgend County and Cardiff. Our volunteers spent over 14 hours picking up litter in several outdoor spaces, including Sophia Gardens in Cardiff and Coney Beach in Porthcawl. Thank you to Adrian Hurley, Mike Marten, Liam Bradley, Matthew Evans, Nathan Kusz and Claire Pilcher for taking part. Read more about our involvement here.

Wishing you a Happy Birthday

We hope all of you who have birthdays in July and August have a great day, happy birthday to Aaron Ahern, Rhys Budd, Viv Davies, Derrick Evans, Sean Grabham, Ian Gunner, Tim John, Peter Kershaw, Lee Merrett, Elliot Murdoch, Ian Rees, Daniel Saunders, Steve Scrine, Sam Spearing, Keegan Thomas, Matthew Toms, Drew Watson, Harley Williams, Deborah Bartlett, Liam Bradley, Rhian Evans, Fai Green, Neil Higgins, Euan Jones, Adam Robinson, Mike Ryan, Ryan Shapcott and Tony Smith.

Celebrating Work Anniversary Milestones

Several of you will be reaching special work anniversary milestones in August and we want to recognise your tenure and thank each of you for your hard work. Steve Groom will be reaching his 45th year with the company next month- this is something to be immensely proud of and we congratulate you on all your achievements. Not far behind is Conway Jones who will reach 35 years next month, another impressive tenure and we are privileged to have you on board. Also reaching key milestones next month are Robert Pengelly at 20 years, Vicky Midgley at 10 years and Simon Biginelli at 5 years. Your contributions to the company are greatly appreciated.

Welcome to the Team

We’re delighted to welcome several new employees to the company. Our warmest welcome to Lewis Reynolds and David Malpas, both working under the Cross Hands branch. We also welcome Lee Robson and Cameron Robson who have joined us recently working under the Bridgend office. HTIC have also welcomed both Jacob Thacker and Gavin Beecham to their growing team. We’re thrilled to have you all on the team and hope you’re settling in well. Welcome aboard!

Key Dates

July/August 2021

Tea for Trussell

Head over to the Bridgend office to support the Charity Committee’s Tea for Trussell fundraiser. Vital funds will be raised by a week long tea party and bake sale plus a raffle, with all monies raised going to anti-poverty charity The Trussell Trust. Donations are welcome here.

August 2021

Additional Bridgend Office

In an exciting move to create more space and a better working environment for staff at Bridgend, we’re proud to announce the opening of an additional Bridgend office. The new office, which is a short walk from the existing headquarters, will provide high quality office space for the company’s design department and all subsidiaries. Their relocation is planned for late August.

5 September 2021

International Day of Charity

Coordinated annually by the United Nations, the International Day of Charity focuses on encouraging donations and carrying out charitable works. F P Hurley embraces its social responsibility and supports many charitable causes through the work of its Charity Committee. To find out more about this internally celebrated event, click here.

10 September 2021

World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day is all about raising awareness of suicide prevention and the support that is available. F P Hurley is a supporter of the Lighthouse Club, which is a construction industry charity that provides emotional, physical and financial wellbeing support to construction workers and their families. The Lighthouse Club provide a free 24/7 Construction Industry Helpline for anyone working in the construction industry- 0345 605 1956.