Philpott & Co have renewed another year with the Painting and Decorating Association. We have been proud members for over 10 years.
A big push at Kenavon Drive, Reading saw us complete 97 units in hectic last quarter. A big thank you to all our guys who helped achieve the massive task of painting 97 apartments and houses at Bellways Kenavon Drive, Reading.
This was all the more impressive considering that not only were all the plots finished and handed over, but all communal areas were also completed. Including four, eight story staircases and 32 separate corridor and lobby areas.
Philpotts had 18 painters on site for several periods throughout the development. And its with special thanks to the regular team who worked at Kenavon Drive: Derek May, Dave Crocker and John Richmond who were supported by our contracts manager Steve Odell, thank you and well done.
Email Received from Michael Irwin, Project Manager at Bellway Homes
Well done chaps. We got CML as you know in block A 3rd and 4th and today lock and leaves in first and second floor block B. That's 22 units this week. It really is an excellent effort as on top of that we had another 16 air tests passed, that's 77 without fail, which is extremely hard to achieve. A real well done to Derek (Philpott & Co) who has been painting the busiest staircase in history. It counts that people are putting there bit in to push us through. It is important to me that your men know that I know they don't want to let me down and they haven't !!
Philpott and Co. have had a remarkably busy few weeks over the holidays and the first few weeks of January, securing new sites at Littlehampton, with Barratt Homes on Phase 2 of Kingley Gate. This is a major new housing scheme on the South Coast with another 184 houses to be built over the coming year or two. We are looking forward to continuing our great partnership with the team at Kingley Gate, following on from the successful completion of Phase 1.
We have also finally been awarded the contract for the Daws Hill Lane site in High Wycombe with Taylor Wimpey, the country’s largest housebuilder. This is a most important site for us securing plenty of local work for our teams in the High Wycombe area. This site is the long awaited redevelopment of the old American airbase. The site when completed will have some 433 new houses and apartments and associated shops, industrial units, community centres, etc. This renews our relationship with Taylor Wimpey after a break of a few years and we look forward to showing Taylor Wimpey some of the best finishing in the area.
We have also just been awarded the painting contract at Farnham Common for Nationcrest, this continues our long association with one of the best quality housebuilders around. And although we see a slowdown in this, the higher end of the housing market, we are confident that the usual high quality of finish we achieve for our customers will continue to make good progress through 2016.
This Daily Mail report confirms our own experience in that it is very difficult to get good quality decorators in all the areas of the South East where we operate.
Despite paying some of the best rates in the industry and with some of our guys earning in excess of £1,000 per week, we are still finding it difficult to recruit the numbers we need. We are very fortunate in that we have been trading for over thirty years and have a strong network of painters in the South East, which means that for us it’s not as bad as it is for some of the less well-established contractors. We also benefit of course from the fact that our guys tend to stay with us rather than moving around all the time.
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Things Are Picking Up - Philpott and Co. Sees Its Busiest Period For Over Half a Decade and Has Recruited New Staff
November and December are usually our busiest period in the year, so it's obvious this year is shaping up to be the busiest we've seen in about half a decade!
All of our sites are producing houses to paint finally. And we have just completed a ten day period when we completed no fewer than 38 houses, including the full redecoration of an 8000 square foot show house at Bently Priory for Cala Homes, including some 148 rolls of specialist wallpapers and various specialist finishing coatings.
The company hasn't completed so many in this time frame for at least over five years so this is quite an encouraging sign of things to come.
We secured contracts for the decorating of 132 houses and apartments for Persimmon Homes Ltd at Lintons Lane in Epsom, Surrey. This is very positive for our relationship with Persimmon Homes , one of the country's largest volume house builders.
A new phase of 70 houses and townhouses has also been secured at our ongoing site at Broadbridge Heath in Sussex. With 65 units still to be completed at Phase I Broadbridge for David Wilson Homes, it suggests a busy period to come in Sussex.
We are delighted to have also secured an order for another 100 houses Barkham Lane, Wokingham for Bewley Homes Plc, a prestigious private housebuilder. This is the start of an exciting new relationship with Bewley who, somehow, we have not worked with before.
We also see the starting of a new Contracts Manager for the South East region; Steve comes to us after a twenty-year career in decorating. We look forward to Steve becoming a valued member of the team at Philpott & Co.