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Phelan has received no HSE Prohibition notices in the past 10 years.

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ROSPA Gold

Phelan won the Gold RoSPA award in both 2018 and 2019.

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Official HS registrations

Phelan is registered with various health and safety bodies, including the British Safety Council, Constructionline (Gold), Acclaim, SafeContractor and the NFB.

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Accreditations

Phelan has an accredited Quality Management System, audited by Lloyds Register Quality Assurance, and has ISO: 14001 and OHSAS: 18001 accreditation.

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ISO: 45001

Phelan was one of the first contractors in the UK to transfer to the new ISO: 45001 accreditation.

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Phelan has XX trained first aiders and XX trained mental health first aiders.

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As one of the largest employers in the area, we are passionate about our duty to help the wider community address these social and employment issues. We recognise that the area that we are based in faces many challenges before we have even begun to address the construction skills shortage.

From speaking with education professionals in the local area, we have learnt that, on occasion, they have had to teach students about basic life skills such as buying a train ticket, what to wear for an interview, and how to plan a route from Clacton to Colchester, with many students opting to turn down placements or job opportunities because of a fear of travelling outside the town, or because neither parent in their household works and they therefore lack the motivation or confidence to pursue work.

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We currently have two apprentices, seven individuals on further education courses and eight people on higher education courses. Our training policy is built upon a three-tier training matrix, which covers mandatory training for all site staff (including first aid, fire marshall, etc), specific training (such as SMSTS, scaffolding, etc) and further job progression training (including higher education and NVQ level 6 site management).

Some of our success stories include Matthew Stimpson, who joined Phelan as a site manager in 2017 and has now progressed to Contracts Manager. Megan Low has been at Phelan for three years as a health and safety coordinator and is now being mentored through her IOSH qualification. Matt Grantham joined Phelan as an apprentice in 2015 and is currently working as an assistant site manager and studying Construction Management at Colchester Institute. Finally, Craig Bennett joined Phelan as a trainee quantity surveyor in 2009 and was promoted in 2018 to our senior management team as a commercial manager.

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There is a nationwide shortage of skilled construction workers, which Phelan recognises can only be solved through the commitment of those working within the industry. As such, we have resolved to take on new apprentices each year, with this pledge being honoured through our membership of the 5% club.

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Education partnerships: Phelan engages in numerous activities locally to help address the nationwide skills shortage, from inspiring primary school children to consider the industry as a career to actively supporting our local further education providers so they can continue to provide invaluable training for our own staff. We engage with young people of all ages to support them on their path to a future career, including attending school assemblies, speaking with children on site when working at schools, and organising a site visit for a local year 3 class to attend the extension and refurbishment of the Mercury Theatre in Colchester and its roman remains.

Moving ahead to secondary school education, Phelan take an even more hands-on approach in ensuring that children are given the opportunity to learn about the diverse career opportunities available within the industry, as well as beginning to learn the skills that would lead into a professional apprenticeship. Phelan are co-sponsors of the Class of Your Own ‘Design, Engineer, Construct!’ qualification at Clacton Coastal Academy school, which provides students with accredited key stage 3, 4 and 5 qualifications in the subject and covers all aspects of planning and designing a sustainable building. Along with our financial contribution paying for course materials, we more importantly dedicate our time to supporting the staff and pupils in achieving the best possible grades, including attending interview workshop days to offer feedback and advice for students, and offering work placement and apprenticeship opportunities for the students. Furthermore, we have a profile on the Icanbea… website to guide students throughout the region into a construction career.

At Phelan, we are committed to improving the number of women working within the construction industry. It’s going to take a lot of effort over a number of years, but we are starting to make steps forward.

Neil Coy, Managing Director

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Statistics show that of the approximately 27 million people who were working in the UK in 2016 (with a 50-50 divide between men and women), 2.3 million people had jobs in the construction industry and only 296,000 of these were women. This split is 87-13.

To tackle this on numerous levels, we have launched our ambitious and long-standing ‘Women in Construction’ initiative. This involves conducting internal reviews and building strategies to support, mentor, hire and encourage the women within our organisation. It also means working actively with young girls throughout their education; whether that’s school trips to live sites or providing female mentors for our junior staff. Our careers brochure showcases visuals of both men and women and aims to inspire young girls to see the myriad ways in which construction can be a financially rewarding and engaging industry to work in.

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All health and safety guidance is provided by our in-house SHEQT Director, Scott Manton, who is responsible for developing and maintaining our health and safety processes. Scott is supported by Graham Chandler, Syd Hoyle and Lis Casswell.

The health and wellbeing of our site teams is paramount. As such, Phelan Construction has invested in a number of H&S initiatives to protect and promote the well-being of our staff.

As Phelan’s accident and incident statistics show, Phelan effectively monitors, manages and controls health and safety on all sites. We have not received any HSE Prohibition notices in the past 10 years and are registered members of various health and safety bodies.

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10 years

Phelan has received no HSE Prohibition notices in the past 10 years.

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ROSPA Gold

Phelan won the Gold RoSPA award in both 2018 and 2019.

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Official HS registrations

Phelan is registered with various health and safety bodies, including the British Safety Council, Constructionline (Gold), Acclaim, SafeContractor and the NFB.

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Accreditations

Phelan has an accredited Quality Management System, audited by Lloyds Register Quality Assurance, and has ISO: 14001 and OHSAS: 18001 accreditation.

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ISO: 45001

Phelan was one of the first contractors in the UK to transfer to the new ISO: 45001 accreditation.

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XX trained first aiders

Phelan has XX trained first aiders and XX trained mental health first aiders.

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The hotel remained in occupation throughout and upmost consideration was given to guests. These challenges were managed by our experienced delivery team, who navigated the live environment to ensure customer experience was unaffected.


What stand-out features did the project boast?

The work carried out by Phelan was of exceptional quality and added to the luxury five-star feel of this popular London hotel. The updates to the hotel received rave reviews by the media.

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We spoke with members of the Phelan workforce to find out about their journey into construction, what advice they’d give to other women, and what they enjoy most about their jobs. Watch our video to learn more.

14%

In 2018, the government reported that only 14% of construction jobs were held by women.

15.3 million

According to a government survey, 15.3 million women in the UK aged 16 and over were in employment in October-December 2018.

13%

Housebuilder Keepmoat commissioned a survey which revealed that only 13% of women aged 16-35 would consider a construction career.

Awards

SECBE Constructing Excellence Awards

People Development Award Finalist

National Building Awards

WINNER: Project of the Year 2019

SECBE Constructing Excellence Awards 2018

WINNER: Outstanding Customer Satisfaction Award

RoSPA Health and Safety Awards

Silver, 2017 and Gold, 2018, 2019

  • Client
    Constellation Hotels
  • Contract value
    Undisclosed
  • Sector
    Hospitality
  • Completion date
    04/09/17
  • Location
    London
  • Project lead
    Danny McGowan, Nick Koliardos
  • Architect
    HLM Architects
  • Awards
    Undisclosed
  • Design
    Dave Collins Studio
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  • SECBE Constructing Excellence Awards

    People Development Award Finalist

  • SECBE Constructing Excellence Awards

    People Development Award Finalist

  • SECBE Constructing Excellence Awards

    People Development Award Finalist

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Postal Address
Phelan Construction Ltd
Unit 1, Brunel Court, Brunel Road
Clacton, Essex, CO15 4LU

01255 433000
[email protected]