DECEMBER 2018 A business update for clients and the industry from Jones Building Group
SEASONS GREETINGS TO ALL OF OUR STAFF, CLIENTS, SUBCONTRACTORS AND ALL OF YOUR FAMILIES
JONES BUILDING GROUP DRIVE TO REDUCE CARBON EMISSIONS
Each year Jones Building Group measure, reduce and o set our carbon emissions through various carbon
o set projects.
These projects are voted for by our sta and this year we have chosen to o set 36.17 tons of CO² by supporting
the Brazil Deforestation Project and by planting 37 trees in the South West region of the UK. The Brazil
deforestation project is located within the Amazon; known for its amazing biodiversity and home to 10%
of all species of the worlds wildlife, some of which are endangered and rely on the forest for their survival. This
project is working to prevent unplanned deforestation in native forests, which has occurred due to logging,
squatting and attempts to implement pastures. The UK tree planting project helps to sequester carbon emissions
through photosynthesis. Ensuring that the trees planted are native broad leaf species will help to preserve the
UK’s environment and biodiversity. Planting takes place in school locations and other protected biodiversity sites.
All trees are high quality cell grown 'whips' (year old saplings) and are tagged with unique identi cation codes.
JONES BUILDING GROUP STRIVE FOR GREEN FLEET
Jones Building Group continues its strategy of running the most e cient eet of commercial vehicles with
25 new Citroen Relay vans on order.
These will come with Euro6 engines and this will be the start of replacing our entire eet with this greener and
much lower emission technology. The vans will be fully compliant with all proposed city/town clean air zones.
Additionally a similar number of Citroen Berlingos are also about to be ordered. We delayed matters due to the
planned van design change, these bringing further cutting edge improvements in the emission levels thank to
the new 6.2 Euro engine. Looking further ahead, and in the group’s desire to operate the greenest eet, we have
been trialling a few electric vans out of our Bridgwater o ce. We plan to revisit this again in the New Year as it is
expected that a wider choice of vehicles will then be coming to the market.
WE ARE NOW ISO 2015 ACCREDITED
After monitoring, reviewing and implementing changes, we have now achieved accreditation to the new ISO
9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 standard. In doing so we have a strategic direction and agreed on the ‘Jones Group
Vision and Strategy’. All branches and departments will be working towards this to achieve a high quality of service
to our clients. All internal and external issues have been identi ed and measures and responses have been
addressed. We have also reviewed our strengths and weaknesses, together with opportunities and possible threats.
With the ongoing cooperation of our sta and supply chain we will continue achieving high standards and a good
order book. We can assure our sta that we will continue to review our performance for the good reputation of
Jones Building Group which we have all worked to achieve.
JONES BUILDING GROUP IMPROVING ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS
As part of our commitment to operating our business responsibly and reducing our emissions to air and
water we have reviewed our environmental impacts through our operations over the last 10 years to see
how our environmental controls have improved.
•Our target of 89% of waste from our sites being recycled has been achieved this year with an impressive 97%
being recycled; since 2009 this gure has increased by 13%.
•In the last 10 years our electricity consumption has reduced by 31%
•Our water consumption has reduced by 6.28% since 2009
•Since 2009 our vehicles’ miles per gallon has increased by 38.2%
CONSTRUCTION OF 25 DWELLINGS AT ISAACS CLOSE MAKING HEADWAY
Isaacs Close is progressing at pace with all
bungalows now at boarding stage ready to be
carried out as soon as the electrics are complete.
Block D is well under way with the rst lift sca old now
being raised and oor planks are booked in to be carried
out at the end of December. Works to the
superstructure of ats are now also advancing with rst
x to the internals of the bungalows now ready for dry
lining. Construction to the houses are now up to wall
plate level and are ready for roo ng works to
MARLBOROUGH OVERCOMES OBSTACLES DURING RECONFIGURATION WORKS
Works on the conversion of the existing
building into 15 No. ats is now well underway after
overcoming many obstacles during the
recon guration works.
The tanking works to the basement is now complete,
metal studwork is well advanced and rst x mechanical
and electrical has commenced. The three new build
houses are advancing well with houses 1 and 2 now tiled
in and the sca olding is beginning to be dismantled. The
under oor heating to the ground oor is due to start in
house 1 next week and UPVC windows have also been
installed in house 1.
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MASONRY AND ROOF WORKS NEARING COMPLETION AT EXMOUTH
External masonry and roof works are
now nearing completion on the 4
converted ats and 8 new build ats
for Crestone Development.
Plastering and second x mechanical
and electrical are currently being
carried out to all dwellings. Carpentry,
wall and oor tiling, kitchen
installation and application of mist coat
to the walls are all ongoing to both
existing and new buildings.
GAINSBOROUGH IN THE FINAL STAGES OF INTERNALS
The Gainsborough development is now in the nal stages of
internals with the installation of appliances and oor nishes
ongoing in readiness for nal snagging to take place in the next
couple of weeks.
The external works have progressed well over the start of November,
but due to exceptionally bad weather has been slower towards the
end of the month. All heating and electrical 2nd x and nals are now
complete. Groundwork has recommenced in preparation for the
pathways and road to be nished in tarmac in December.
TIMBER FRAME CONTRACTOR TO COMMENCE ON SITE AT RADSTOCK
Work began in August on the construction of 24 dwellings
for Oval Homes (Bath) and works are now developing.
Piles have now been installed to plots 31-42 and 75-77 with
the remaining plots to be piled within phase 1 after bank
stabilisation has been completed. Ring beams have been
installed to plots 31-42 with plots 75-76 to follow after this. The
substructure masonry is being laid on plots 75-76 and plots
31-42 and the block and beam work will commence on these
plots in December.
Ground workers have installed most of foul and storm runs
within the adoptable road section and most service ducts have
now been installed. Large sections of the block race are now
installed and tarmac for the adoptable road is provisionally booked for the end of the month. Golden brick on
Plots 31-42 will be achieved before Christmas and sca olding will soon be erected on various plots in
preparation for the timber frame contractor to commence on site before Christmas.
STOKE-SUB-HAMDON NOW IN FULL SWING
The construction of 14 social housing and open market
properties at Stoke sub Hamdon for Stonewater is now
in full swing.
Works, which began in the Summer, have progressed well
this month with the second x and decorating to the rst 6
plots now being carried out. The remaining plots are now
all roofed with rst x mechanical, electrical and drylining
works having all commenced.
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BRENDON POWER WASHERS DEVELOPMENT HANDED OVER TO CLIENT
The industrial development in Wiveliscombe has now
been handed over to our client Brendon Powerwashers .
2 no German manufactured units were erected on reinforced
concrete bases to give Brendon Powerwashers additional
manufacturing space for their growing company.
We also carried out drainage and ducting surrounded by
concrete bays, barriers, street lighting and extensive
groundworks to maintain over 1000 cubic meters of soil on
site and create bunds around the perimeter to reduce costs.
Two new bridges across the culvert were also constructed to
allow heavy haulage access to both 800 m2 units.
There were a large amount of variations made by our client
along the way, including a dedicated power supply and
western infrastructure. This extended the original contract
by several months.
A future scheme is likely to be planned for another unit with
internal and external works to the original factory space.
REVISED PLANNING SUBMITTED FOR 25 DRUID STOKE AVENUE
Revised planning has been now been submitted for 25 Druid Stoke
Avenue, meaning work has slowed in preparation.
Planning has been resubmitted due to the side extension now being
increased by 25 m2. We are replacing the existing stairs with an oak and
glaze nish and adding a games room within the roof space with a
separate W/C. Our clients are aspiring to have a modern house with
some original characteristics such as leaded timber windows and
keeping the original timber arched door.
The project requires us to work closely with other companies who are
supplying and tting the bespoke kitchen, en-suite bathrooms, log
burner and real e ect insert gas replace. The project is changing
every week with new ideas for patios, gardens walls, driveway changes
and electric gates to the front driveway.
HIGH KINGSDOWN DUE TO FINISH THIS MONTH
This is the third project we have carried out on
this building for Hillcrest Estate Management.
This phase of the work is to remove all existing
rear rst oor garden walls and surfaces.
Re-surfacing with new asphalt is required
together with rebuilding the dividing brick walls
and re-slab the patio areas. In connection, we are
carrying out structural concrete repairs to the
under croft carpark area.
The work is commencing well and is due to nish
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CLADDING AND ROAD SURFACING AT SHUTE PRIMARY SCHOOL BEING CARRIED OUT
We are currently carrying out cladding and road surfacing
works valued at £85k at Shute Primary School for Devon
The programme of works includes resurfacing the entrance drive,
removing all of the existing timber clad, windows, fascia and
guttering and to supply and t new windows, fascia and guttering
to the classrooms. We are also insulating and supplying and tting
Marley Steni panels to all classroom walls. The contract was set at 6
weeks due to our client’s choice of wall panels which were not
available for us to complete the works during the school summer
holidays. We are returning to complete the works in the classroom
RE-ROOFING AT WHIPTON BARTON INFANT SCHOOL NOW COMPLETE
Re-roo ng works at Whipton Barton Infant School for Devon
County Council have now been completed.
The existing natural slate roof has been stripped, all RWG has been
removed and asbestos removal to West Wing in loft space has been
carried out. We have renewed the roof with natural slate,
encapsulated fascia and so ts, renewed the RWG, re-pointed
various elevations, renewed all wall ties and lintels and also
renewed all roof lights. All works were completed while the school is
in full occupation.
PAINTING DIVISION SECURE DULUX CONTRACT PARTNERSHIP FOR A FURTHER YEAR
In August an independent assessor visited the Yeovil
Bin Store in Brooklands
o ce to assess the company’s policies and the quality of
the decorating works we carry out to qualify for the
This was an in depth assessment with visits to both site and o ce to check that all relevant information and
documentation were in order. Based on the assessment, we have been awarded the Dulux Partnership
Certi cate and are on their approved Contractors list which is an indication of a high standard of workmanship
in the painting division.
130 YEARS OF BRISTOL RUGBY
Whilst we are no longer front shirt sponsor, our partnership
with Bristol Rugby continues throughout the 2018/19 season.
Pictured left is Mark Porter, Managing Director of Jones Building
Group, along with other sponsors who provided nancial backing
to support the club to release a book covering ‘130 Years of Bristol
Rugby’. The book covers the last 3 years where Jones Building
Group were main sponsor during one of the club’s most successful
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CHARITY MUSIC QUIZ FOR DORSET AND SOMERSET AIR AMBULANCE
Following the success of last year’s event,
on 23rd November Jones Building Group
held a Charity Music Quiz and Ra e at the
Quicksilver Mail with all proceeds going to
the Yeovil O ce’s chosen charity, Dorset
and Somerset Air Ambulance.
Clients, subcontractors and local businesses
all contributed towards the success of the
evening through their many generous
donations to the ra e and taking part in the
quiz itself. The quiz raised an amazing £1000
for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and
Pictured left to right: Peter Burt (DSAA), Becky Austin (JBG), Debbie Birtwisle (DSAA) and Ellie Sibley (JBG) this donation will go towards providing relief
from sickness and injury for the people of Dorset and Somerset, by the provision of the air ambulance.
Jones Building Group are committed to delivering added value to the communities in which they work, whether
that is through community events and sponsorship, charity donations or added social value on projects being
Thank you to everyone who supported the event.
FURTHER WORKS UNDERTAKEN FOR THE ASPIRE ACADEMY TRUST
Our Plymouth division continue to carry out
extensive works for the Aspire Academy Trust,
a group of schools in Cornwall working to
ensure continuous improvement to enhance
We have recently carried out a kitchen
refurbishment at St Stephens School for the Trust
which comprised of removing old wall tiles, white
rock walling and new ooring. Re-roo ng at
Probus School is now also complete having had
new roof and some internal works carried out over
the summer holidays. Works included the
replacement of the school hall roof to include a
new breathable membrane, new battens and
cement bre arti cial tiles.
We have also installed damp proo ng to walls in
the girls W/C, school hallway and classrooms at
Bugle School including tanking the walls,
re-plastering, installing new windows and a new
Pictured: Finished kitchen at St Stephens School (top left), new roof at
Probus School (bottom left) and works at Bugle School (top and
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JONES BUILDING GROUP CONSTRUCTION AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT ACADEMY
Following the successful launch of the 'Jones Building
Group Construction and the Built Environment Academy’
at Yeovil College last year the college have now launched a
Level 3 Technical Certi cate for students wishing to
become an Estimator, Quantity Surveyor, Buyer, Architect
The academy was launched in 2017 for ten Year 10 Bucklers
Mead students to study a Level 1 & 2 First Award in
Construction and the Built Environment which is a BTEC/GCSE
equivalent course. This was very successful and Mark Porter,
Managing Director at Jones Building Group, attended a prize
giving night at Bucklers Mead to recognise their contribution.
He was also invited to speak to students about the
opportunities available to those aspiring to become a
vocational operative. Since it’s launch a further 18 students
from South Somerset schools have signed up to the academy to take this quali cation alongside their GCSEs.
The Level 3 Technical Certi cate is an A Level equivalent quali cation open to Year 13 students in their second
year of college having already carried out a further year of education since leaving school. The course requires
45 days work experience to be carried out within the construction industry and since October we have had three
students join us at the Yeovil O ce to help learn more about the roles mentioned, cover a range of modules and
gain experience within the construction industry.
EXTENSION TO ELLACOMBE ACADEMY PLAYGROUND NOW FINISHED
We have now nished the extension to the playground which
went over the at roof o the science classroom at Ellacombe
Back in late 2017 we were successful in our tender to renew the
school roof which we completed in good time. Then in early 2018 we
were asked to supply Ellacombe Academy with a quote to strengthen
the science classroom at roofs to enable the playground to be
extend in the future on to these rooms.
We carried out the works in Easter 2018 by taking down the ceilings
removing all data cables and setting aside for reuse, this then enable
us to erect 18 x RSJ to strengthen the roof above. We only had two
weeks to carry out all of the works and get the two classrooms back
up and running ready for the school to return after the Easter holiday
which we did successfully. Due to our previous successful works we
were then asked to submit a quote to extend the playground on the
at roofs and put up a metal fence to protect the new roof. The work
was carried out over the summer holidays.
Please note that all Jones Building Group sites and o ces will close at 1pm
Friday 21st December and reopen at 7:30am on Wednesday 2nd January.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone at Jones Building Group.
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“Just to say a big well done for the work that was completed. All of the workers were e cient, very
polite and always cleaned up whenever any mess occurred. Hang on to that workforce, a very
well-oiled machine/ A very pleasant experience. Thankyou.”
- A Homes in Sedgemoor resident thanks the Bridgwater team for the electrical works carried out
“I would like to say how great all [Jones Building Group] have been. Friendly, helpful, all cleaned up
after themselves and have kept us informed of what is going on and when.”
- A Yarlington tenant thanks the Yeovil Property Service team for the repointing works carried out
“We have had Jones Building Group doing rendering on our home. May I say what a terri c bunch
they were. Fun, polite and a very good job.”
- A Yarlington Tenant thanks the Yeovil Property Services team for the rendering carried out to their home
“[I am] very happy with my new bathroom. You have done an excellent job and the lads were lovely. They
also provided me with two new grab rails which is a big help.”
- A Yarlington Tenant thanks the Yeovil Property Services team for their new bathroom
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