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FUEL POVERTY DRIVE

December 23rd, 2014

Niblock has successfully completed the installation of the Solar Thermal system at Baker Beal Court, a Sheltered Accommodation block in aid of L&Q’s focus on driving down fuel bills.

A new garden and allotment has been opened in Croydon in memory of Amicus Horizon’s Kenneth Benjamin, a Project Surveyor who unexpectedly passed away whilst on holiday in August 2013.

For around 10 years, the land behind 2 and 4 Dagmar Road had been used a dumping ground for fly tippers. Consequently, Amicus Horizon, the housing association who owns the land, committed to creating a green space for their supported residents. 

Niblock assisted the garden’s development, and erected a shed for the residents of CASA Support to use.

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Shed     Allotment 1

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Following positive feedback, Niblock has pledged to sustain the allotment’s development, and every year we will continue to provide our services to fulfil resident wishes. In September 2014, after listening to the comments of those using the garden, we built a shaded seated area with a pitched roof and guttering linked to two slimline water butts. It has provided shelter from the sun and rain, whilst allowing for the sustainable collection of rainwater. In addition, on the 24th September 2014, we carried out fence repairs, and assisted in tidying the garden during a party for the residents. 

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24th September 2014

 

“Thank you for donating the shed. The day was a huge success and the transformation amazing… The new allotment and wild garden area will make a massive difference to CASA residents and the local community. It’s also a fitting tribute to Ken”.

Barry Waller, Asset Manager, Amicus Horizon

CHAS

December 18th, 2014

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Rosemary Lee, our Health & Safety Coordinator, recently submitted the following testimonial for the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme, stressing the importance of complying with health and safety law and ensuring that the whole organisation acts in accordance:

“Niblock has undergone a yearly assessment with CHAS for a number of years as the majority of our Clients will only offer tender opportunities and work with Companies who have achieved SSIP accreditation. The advantages of the annual assessment with CHAS, is that by completing the stringent assessment process, our Clients are then confident that we retain good health and safety standards throughout our organisation. We are also then able to proudly promote the fact that we are a CHAS approved Contractor” 

Rosemary Lee

Rosemary Lee

 

Niblock was delighted to be ranked by Amicus Horizon as the number one contractor for planned maintenance resident satisfaction in London for 2013/2014. Ten contractors were considered for the award and Niblock was thrilled with the result. The average resident satisfaction score was 9.8/10, and this very pleasing feedback has further inspired our efforts to meet the needs and expectations of both clients and residents.

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Amicus Horizon presenting Niblock with the award

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COMMUNITY WOOD RECYCLING

December 12th, 2014

 

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Niblock is keen to support the National Community Wood Recycling Project (NCWRO), an organisation that helps set up and develop a nationwide network of wood recycling social enterprises. It aims to save resources by rescuing and re-using waste timber that would otherwise be landfilled, whilst also creating sustainable jobs and training opportunities for local people who are marginalized from the labour market. Community wood recycling ensures that wood is reused in the most environmentally beneficial way. In reality, the majority of waste wood that gets recycled is chipped and this involves waste timber being industrially processed. Whilst this is preferable to landfill, it still has a significant carbon footprint. Reusing the wood significantly reduces carbon dioxide emissions and is therefore the more favoured option.

 

Richard Mehmed, Managing Director, National Community Wood Recycling Project

“Thanks to the commitment of Niblock to use our national wood waste collection service, social enterprises that work under the Community Wood Recycling umbrella have earned more than £1 Million in collection fees since its launch in 2009. We are so proud of reaching this target that I wanted to to tell you about the impact this had had.

We estimate that each £20,000 of turnover results in a sustainable job, so Niblock has helped to create 50 permanent jobs in social enterprise, as well as 13,500 days of volunteering each year! In weight, over 7000 tonnes of wood has been rescued from landfill – much of which was pushed up the wage hierarchy into reuse, reducing the need for virgin timber and lowering the environmental impact of felling, processing and transportation.

Each Community Wood Recycling Enterprise (there are now 27 throughout the country) is financially self-supporting and relies on the income from collections of wood waste to achieve their aims of saving resources and creating work and training for disadvantage people.

I thank you for working with us and hope that you will continue to help us save resources and create jobs in the months and years to come”