Macmillan Coffee Morning

Every year we are proud to support Macmillan Cancer Support and host a #macmillancoffeemorning and bake off at our head office to raise money for the charity to continue their work supporting those living with cancer.

Thank you to everyone who took part this year by baking delicious goods and for making much appreciated donations.

Congratulations to Gabrielle Wood for being awarded this vear’s title of star baker!

#charity #fundraising

Maddie Rose Day

Today, we are showing our support of the Maddie Rose Campaign by adopting its logo for Maddie’s Day!

The campaign aims to shine a spotlight on the vast range of careers with the construction industry and inspire diverse, young talent to access these opportunities.

The initiative was set up in memory of Maddie Rose Hollamby, an inspirational young woman who was dedicated to showcasing careers within the sector and highlight their benefits to other young people, so that they could develop through it as she had herself and reach their full potential.

To honour Maddie’s legacy, the CYT has developed a Hidden Careers Programme in partnership with the wider construction community, which aims to encourage young people and help them access opportunities across the sector.

We actively supported this programme by providing a relatable role model to attend one of their school sessions, at Oasis Academy South Bank, and saw firsthand how much of an impact it can have on the school children.

We invite others to similarly adopt the logo and ‘turn yellow’ for the day to help keep Maddie’s legacy alive!

#maddierosecampaign #CYT #careersinconstruction #hiddencareers


The Big Build

Niblock joined forces with Construction Youth Trust (CYT) to deliver The Big Build at St Saviour’s and St Olave’s School!
Nine inspirational sessions were held over five months for a group of young ladies from Year 9. Their project task was to plan, budget, pitch and negotiate the price of materials to build a handcrafted bench for the school. The sessions were designed to have maximum impact on the student’s future career aspirations whilst gaining key skills and meeting inspirational industry professionals!

The Big Build Case Study

“I just wanted to say a huge thank you for your support with the Big Build session at St Saviour’s & St Olave’s school with my Year 9 group; the students loved it! 

It really brings the industry to life when our students meet people that actually work in construction.

This project is so important – the group, as you know, have diverse academic ability, so the support you gave, for example, during the maths-led materials costing exercise, really contributed to their confidence, and understanding, whilst doing that most precious thing of connecting school subjects to future jobs. Honestly, you were great! I appreciate you.” – Wendy Heller, Senior Construction Skills Manager

Jordan’s Site Visit

This week, Jordan, our head office-based Team Administrator, attended our Southwark Hostels Refurbishment Contract to help expand upon her awareness of construction sites as part of her training. Jordan was able to see first-hand how some of the materials she procures are integrated within projects. It was also a fantastic opportunity for Jordan to see a different side of the business and meet the site operatives in person.

“As a young woman working within the construction industry, and specifically within procurement, it was a great opportunity to see how materials were being integrated into the project, as well as the specific use of plant on site. The site team provided me with a detailed insight into some of the logistical challenges and now that I have a better understanding I can ensure that materials and plant are sourced and delivered with these challenges in mind.

I am looking forward to the opportunity to learn and make a difference at Niblock.” Jordan

#womeninconstruction #training #procurement

William Joins Niblock!

Welcome William!

We are delighted to have a new member within the Niblock team. Following the completion of his BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying degree at the University of Portsmouth, William Rayner is joining Niblock in the role of Trainee Surveyor. He follows in the footsteps of his father, Stephen Rayner, who has worked for Niblock for 18 years as a Senior Surveyor.

“After working at Niblock for experience during the summer holidays throughout my degree, I am very pleased to now join the team as Trainee Surveyor.I’m looking forward to progressing my knowledge and career with Niblock.”


We wish William lots of luck in his new role! We are confident that he will be a great asset to the company and our ever-expanding team.

Oasis Academy

In partnership with the Construction Youth Trust (CYT), we were pleased to take part in a Careers Networking Event at Oasis Academy South Bank! Students were able to meet with volunteers from the Construction Industry and learn about their career journeys and get an insight into some of the roles available to into construction and the different paths you can take. We hope the event organised through the CYT has inspired the students from Year 10 to consider the Construction Industry as a potential career.

Norbury School

As part of National Careers Week, Niblock were pleased to attend Norbury School for Girls yesterday for a Careers Evening for the Sixth Form.

This was a fantastic opportunity for the girls to learn about what opportunities are available to them and how to enter the world of Construction.

Not Just For Boys

We were delighted to take part in a ‘Not Just for Boys’ session at St Martin in the Fields School for Girls, highlighting various careers in the construction industry and with the aim of breaking down the stereotypical view that many of these career paths are just for men!

Women in the UK currently make up just a small proportion of the construction industry workforce, which has been historically male dominated. It is therefore important to encourage more women to join the industry, making it a more inclusive profession. It is a large and varied field, with numerous opportunities.

The event at St Martins School was a fantastic opportunity to work with young women who will soon be embarking on new chapters post sixth form and could potentially form the new generation of workers in our industry.

The session involved a Q&A between the girls and various individuals who have careers in the construction industry along with a debate about why women should enter the industry.

On International Women’s Day, and every day, it is important to recognise the significant value that women bring to the workforce.

SEC 2021

We are looking forward to seeing you all today at #SEC2021, meeting existing contacts and making new ones. Please come and visit our stand and meet our team! We are delighted to join everyone again for the annual conference to discuss opportunities, challenges and the ways in which we can enable change in our industry.

Joan Hughes Court

With the project now complete at the retirement living village of Joan Hughes Court, and after two and a half years of works, we are delighted with the result! 

The project involved remodelling 73Nr existing bedsits into 61Nr 1 and 2 bedroom self-contained flats. Particular attention was centred on ensuring that the residents have communal spaces and areas of engagement such as visitors’ accommodation, communal lounge, kitchen, laundry, games, reading and hobby rooms. The goal was to provide bright and welcoming spaces for residents and their friends and family to spend quality time.

“It has been a pleasure to work with Niblock Building Contractors at Joan Hughes Court and we are delighted with the end result. I have to commend the way you have carried out the project during such a testing time and look forward to working with you again on future projects.” – David Skipper, Lawson Queay

This project came with its challenges when COVID-19 spread globally in March 2020, causing the project to be shut down, not once but twice, thus extending our programme. For all parties involved, it was imperative that we maintained residents’ safety whilst works were completed. Indeed, prior to works being carried out, a pilot scheme was devised to remodel 2Nr flats. This gave full understanding of the challenges that the project presented and enabled us to adopt a coordinated approach to work with vulnerable residents.

Working together with our Client, Wealden District Council, and our Project Administrator, Lawson Queay, we put measures in place to achieve a safe working environment and in turn completed the scheme safely and to an excellent standard. 

“Thanks to the Niblock team for all your hard work and the lovely, refurbished building we have now. Enjoy your next project, may it be in more stable times without another pandemic to test you!” – Wealden Council

We were also very pleased to receive the following feedback from residents, particularly given the challenging times that works were carried out in:
‘Thank you for all your help throughout the time. You have been our coordinator and friend.’ – Resident
‘Your helpful correspondence on everything that has been going on has been invaluable’ – Resident

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