Equity Directors

Want to be your own boss? Ready to make the key decisions? If you have the experience and acumen to become one of our ‘operational entrepreneurs’, speak to Andy about starting your own business in Construction or Engineering. What is the role? Equity Directors head up key functions within the individual businesses that make up Whitescape’s portfolio. Our aim is to establish ten of these operations, each turning over £10m a year by 2024. We are now looking for more business leaders to build new teams around their own outstanding skills in sales, operations or [...]

July 1st, 2016|Categories: Careers, News|

Construction Management Trainees

We want to take you to the top in the construction profession. Bring us the right attitude, work hard and push yourself to succeed. We’ll train you on the job and sponsor you at University or College to get the qualifications you need. What is the role? You’ll be here to work and to learn. We’ll put you through all the departments that contribute to the success of the business, including sales, design, estimating, project management and quantity surveying, to give you an all-round knowledge and experience of the industry. Early on, we will agree [...]

July 1st, 2016|Categories: Careers, News|

Supported living for vulnerable adults

Whitley Rise is a £2m development by Reading Borough Council and jointly funded by the Homes and Communities Agency, that will provide eleven purpose-built flats for vulnerable adults. Intended to offer a real alternative to residential care, the scheme will offer the best of all worlds: privacy and independence combined with support and care. Building with a specialist purpose The vulnerable adults who will live at Whitley Rise may be elderly, have a learning, physical or sensory disability, or otherwise need assistance to live independent lives. The building is designed to accommodate all possible needs, [...]

June 14th, 2016|Categories: News, Residential|

A fresh start for housing blocks

Fulmer Walk was originally a 1970s council estate built by Portsmouth City Council. The estate's centre had been redeveloped in 2003 with new housing and buildings for the local community. In 2015, Whitescape undertook the external and communal decoration, repair and improvements to 54 units in four blocks, now occupied by a mix of private owners and tenants. Repair and renewal programme The work included concrete repairs, proteous waterproofing to communal stairwells, screed and asphalt renewal to private balconies, replacing private screens to balconies and new trespa infill panels to communal walkway railings. We also [...]

June 14th, 2016|Categories: News, Residential|

Helping schools meet the growth challenge

In 2015, it was estimated that at least 350,000 new primary and 400,000 new secondary places would be needed by 2022. Local authorities face the twin challenges of creating additional physical space in new or existing buildings, and making that space work as hard as possible to deliver the government’s educational targets: all against a background of teacher shortages and financial constraint. Maximising the potential of buildings New schools are only part of the formula for extra classroom space. Within existing schools, creative and cost-effective construction approaches can bring much needed new capacity on stream fast. Extensions, refurbishment or reconfigured layouts can make space work harder, [...]

June 14th, 2016|Categories: Education, News|

Kitchen upgrade, service as usual

Shannon Court, an Edwardian country home in Hindhead, Surrey, run by the Royal Masonic Benevolent Society, provides residential and specialist temporary care for up to 53 residents aged 70+, including those with dementia. As part of the home’s commitment to quality and care, Whitescape carried out upgrades to two kitchens and the bathroom facilities. A complete kitchen refit Shannon Court takes pride in offering residents fresh homemade food, a varied menu and a balanced diet, and the ageing kitchens needed a complete upgrade to meet the required hygiene standards. We removed all the catering equipment, [...]

June 14th, 2016|Categories: Healthcare, News|

Top marks for nursery project

Cherrywood Nursery in Farnborough caters for children from birth to five years. Whitescape’s project to extend and refurbish the building earned us an ‘excellent’ score from Hampshire County Council on all six of our key service performance criteria. Our definition of ‘excellent’ is exceeding expectations. Meeting the demand for places The new extension was vital for Cherrywood to meet increased demand for nursery places in the local area. It was built to create more teaching space and also included repositioning and fully refurbishing an existing canopy with deck and external works. Whitescape deployed a full range [...]

June 14th, 2016|Categories: Education, News|

How to resolve the housing crisis?

In a recent poll conducted for the Observer, 81% of respondents agreed that Britain is in the throes of a housing crisis. Blame is variously laid at the feet of immigration policies, foreign investors, right-to-buy schemes, the buy-to-let boom and developers holding onto land after consents are granted. Waiting lists for social housing in England still stand at around 1.25 million, despite the impact of the Localism Act enabling councils to strike people off their lists, or refuse new applicants who do not have a local connection. That in itself has put more pressure on [...]

June 14th, 2016|Categories: News, Residential|

Keeping our NHS hospitals running

NHS hospitals are huge complexes comprising frontline facilities such as theatres and wards, associated consulting rooms, waiting areas and other patient-facing spaces, laboratories, and back of house areas that provide essential, often invisible, services to the whole operation. If any aspect of the building fails, it will at best cause inconvenience to staff and patients, at worst it could jeopardise health outcomes. Whitescape has experience in all of these areas, some of which require knowledge of hygiene-critical spaces with complex services such as lighting, oxygen lines, medical gas and specialist wall and floor finishes. Other [...]

June 14th, 2016|Categories: Healthcare, News|

Responding to the diabetes epidemic

Research by Diabetes UK indicates that the number of people living with diabetes in the UK has topped four million, an increase of 65% over the past decade, many more are at risk as obesity levels in children and adults continue to rise. This is placing huge pressures on the NHS in delivering key care processes, achieving treatment standards and improving patient outcomes. The charity’s chief executive said that it was vital that people with diabetes should receive good quality care wherever they live and to improve screening processes to identify people at high risk. The [...]

June 14th, 2016|Categories: Healthcare, News|