St Cuthbert’s High School – Careers Taster Day, 13th July 2021

Joanne James attended a careers taster day for Year 10 pupils at St Cuthbert’s High School in Rochdale.

Joanne talked to the pupils about her career path into construction and the various exciting careers available for girls and boys in the construction industry.

Joanne then set them some tasks to complete in teams – Programme of Works Activity where pupils had to work through 15 construction tasks and put them in the order they would be completed on site, then think about the roles that would be involved in these tasks.

The children then had great fun building some spaghetti towers using spaghetti pasta and marshmallows. 

“I just wanted to reiterate my thanks to you all for supporting our Experience of Work day today. The students have had such a good day and got so much out of it. The time and energy that you put into today to produce an engaging and productive day for the students has been phenomenal.  This kind of day would not be possible without volunteers like you and the brilliant sessions that you had planned, so from all of our staff and students, a huge thank you.”

Jo Holt, Careers Lead, St Cuthbert’s High School, Rochdale

Positive story about Rochdale-based PLP Construction achieving record turnover of £16m in 2020

Rochdale-based PLP Construction has reported record turnover in 2020 of £16m.

The family-run business was founded by managing director Philip Bradley. His son Laurie Bradley and daughter Joanne James are both directors and responsible for the day-to-day running of the business. PLP Construction employ 40 people and specialise in education; commercial; and housing.

Last year the company was involved in 30 projects and had a record turnover of £16m, made up of £13m from their construction division and £3m from their civils division. The figure is up from £12m in 2019. Projects included the building of a £3m assembly centre at Rochdale manufacturer Dunphy Combustion.

Director Laurie Bradley put their record-breaking performance down to the combination of hard work and having a dedicated workforce.

Read the full article here.

PLP Construction and Adapt Civils celebrate as £750m framework announced

PLP Construction and Adapt Civils celebrate as £750m framework announced

Great Places Housing Group has placed social value at the heart of its new £750m Innovation Chain North framework of Contractors and Consultants as the successful organisations on the new four-year framework are announced.  PLP Construction Ltd and Adapt Civils Ltd have been successful in being appointed to the social housing, modular housing and groundworks lots.

The framework has been designed to support delivery of new homes across the north of England, not only to support Great Places’ very ambitious development programme but also those of other Housing Associations operating across the north of England.

The framework renewal saw a 56 per cent increase in bidders seeking to deliver works and services; 183 companies applied to supply the framework. The majority of bidders applied for multiple lots, and in total 726 bids were evaluated across the 23 lots. 

In total 113 suppliers – 30 Contractors and 83 Consultants – were successful.

The successful organisations were selected based on their technical competence, price and their commitment to social value.

The new £750m framework will run until June 2024.

Social value pledges, including apprenticeships, work experience opportunities and volunteering hours were proposed by all suppliers and through a collaborative approach, we will be seeking these pledges to be applied on every new development. 

Helen Spencer, Great Places’ Director of Development, said: “We are delighted to be working with PLP Construction Ltd and Adapt Civils Ltd on our new ICN framework. We are confident they will be able to work with us and the clients of ICN in delivering the sector’s extensive development ambitions in the North. We were delighted to have a huge response from the market and receive high quality proposals and substantial social value pledges for our communities. We are now looking forward to mobilising the framework and working together on new projects with PLP Construction Ltd supporting us with new build housing, modular housing and groundworks 

Joanne Whitehead, Great Places’ Procurement and Performance Manager, said: “Well done to PLP Construction Ltd and all the organisations who have been awarded a place on the framework. We received a large number of high quality bids and we now have an excellent group of contractors and consultants covering a wide range of disciplines to support our housing delivery ambitions. Great Places and the other housing providers who access the framework look forward to working with them all in the future.

PLP finding the construction workers of the future at St Luke’s Primary School

PLP have really enjoyed engaging with the pupils and teachers at St Luke’s Primary School – as a company we are always keen to get involved in the communities we work in.

Whilst we’ve been on site at school building the seven classroom extension we have tried to involve the staff and children as much as possible by putting together a programme of activities including site visits throughout the build process so the staff and children could see the new building develop – we’re hoping to have inspired some future construction workers when we carried out a careers event with Year 6!

We’re also very proud to sponsor the school football team and hope they have a winning season!

Last week PLP invited the National Federation of Builders to join us for the day at St Luke’s – the NFB brought along their Virtual Reality Headset and let the children take a virtual tour of a James Bond Style Hotel to show them how 3D modelling is now being used in construction.

During the day the children also put their building and team working skills to the test by creating some amazing tetrahedrane models, PLP and the NFB were very impressed by the models the children created and how well they worked together!.

PLP help at The Craven Café

PLP were so pleased to be able to spruce up the outdoor area at The Craven Café for Springhill Hospice – they now have a lovely area for café visitors to sit and enjoy the sunshine!  Thanks very much to MAS Painting and decorating for volunteering for us to help such an amazing charity that supports so many families in our local community!

PLP win three national Considerate Constructors Awards!

Phil Bradley and Joanne James attended the prestigious Considerate Constructors National Site Awards 2019 at The Lowry Hotel, Manchester which recognise and celebrate the commitment and achievements of the very best in UK and Irish construction.

PLP were very proud to be awarded THREE national awards – a bronze award for our Newlands School project, a silver award for our Spring Gardens project and a gold award for our Springside School project.

Only 7% of the 6700 eligible sites in the UK receive an award and it recognises the ‘best of the best’ construction sites that strive to raise the standards in considerate construction.

PLP are fully committed to improving the image of our industry and promoting the industry as a positive career choice to future generations and it is fantastic to be recognised for this.

We couldn’t do this without a lot of hard work from all PLP staff and these awards recognise that hard work and commitment!

Redwood School, 6th Form Mock Interviews

It was great to be involved with Redwood School 6th Form doing interview practice with students helping them to prepare for their internships.  Such an inspirational school and students.

Peel commits to TraffordCity’s first green roof

PLP Construction are delighted to be working on a project for Peel building a new nursery in Trafford:

Peel Land and Property has broken ground on the new highly sustainable £1.5 million purpose-built nursery which will be TraffordCity’s first child care facility and one of the most environmentally friendly buildings in its portfolio to date.

The contemporary building, which will be developed by Peel Land and Property for multi-award winning nursery group Kids Allowed, will be a flagship development in terms of its green credentials, featuring the first Sedum mat green roof in TraffordCity as well as within its own portfolio.

The environmentally friendly Sedum mat green roof works by retaining and purifying rainwater which naturally reduces the amount of water flowing into the drain, therefore cutting the quantity of contaminates filtering into the drainage system. It also brings insulation and noise reduction benefits as well as an ever changing attractive green view for employees in the neighbouring Venus building to enjoy.

View the full article here

A very special site visit for the children of Newlands Primary School in Middleton

PLP are currently building an extension to a special needs Primary School, Newlands Primary School in Middleton – recently we took some of the children on a site visit to look at the new extension to their school.

Here are a few photos from the day.

Visit to St. Joseph’s RC Primary School

Joanne and Lesley Haslam, Training Co-ordinator from the National Federation of Builders visited St Joseph’s Primary School in Heywood.

“We took with us some Oculus Rift Goggles used on a laptop with high spec software and an Xbox controller.

“The game utilises a 3D BIM (Business Information Modelling) model and helped us demonstrate to the Year 6 pupils how technology is transforming the breadth of careers available within the construction sector.

“By using the equipment pupils were able to experience a full 360 degrees virtual reality walkthrough of a building before a spade had even been put into the ground.

“The model highlighted the increase in digital design and build practices that are being adopted by the construction industry and introduces the importance of collaborative working among all trades within the sector. Students were taken in their groups to experience the BIM goggles throughout the visit.

“We talked with the children about the benefits of BIM, the digital future of construct and how the aim is to ensure the industry works together collaboratively.

“Pupils also built tetrahedrane models to create a giant pyramid – practising their team building skills and collaborative working!”

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