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Programme Update: October 2017

Progress Update

The month of October will see a continuation of works on all of the blocks of town houses and will see the further progression of the envelope works of the apartment block.

This week sees further progress on brickwork throughout the site, and continuation of window installation on Block 2 and 3.

Structure and envelope is nearing completion seeing the first of the roofs being installed on block 1 and remaining blocks are progressing well 3, 4, 5 see the installation of the second story brickwork on floors with Block 6 and  progressing up to Level 1.

Community Investment

This month after seeing the children returning back to school and the new curriculum in place, the site has engaged with more of the public due to three complaints within the last month which have all been dealt with effectively and closed within a timely manner.

McLaren have seen an increase of people accessing the Cambium site, there has been a high influx of traffic and complaints have been raised in regards to parking. We have therefore been in direct liaison with the local council to enforce parking limitations to stop any disruptions to walkways, tickets are now being issued to anyone who is caught parking irresponsibly.

The site has also carried out an independent campaign against parking on the local foot paths with a good level of success. McLaren will this over the coming months. McLaren have also been regularly carrying out litter pics around the site confines.

McLaren are encouraging the local neighbours of the site to continue to notify us of any of further disruptions that we can be in assistance with this via the Considerate Constructors Scheme feedback form.

McLaren will be working with Wandsworth Highways within the next month to confirm the Section 278 Highways works to Victoria Drive that will take place. This therefore may cause some minor disruption whilst the works are being carried out. Further information will be distributed to those residents who will be effected.

As part of Victoria Drive’s ongoing commitment to local employment, we will be introducing office work experience to encourage females into the industry and will be working closely with Wandsworth Council ‘BEST’ project to source suitable candidates, and will be seeing them be employed onto the site in the middle of October. These opportunities provide an introduction into the industry which may not be available to the trainees otherwise.

Programme Update: June 2017

Programme of Works – Development of Site

June 2017 will see a commencement to the project on all on blocks including block 7 which we will be completing foundation works. Block 2 will soon be beginning scaffolding works and this will be visible from the hording enclosing the site and block 6 now has 60% of the grounds work completed.

We have been working with statutory agencies over the last couple of weeks to be able to progress the site in respect of the future water and gas access on the Cambium Site. There is a temporary traffic light system in place along Princes Way and Victoria Drive to control traffic during these works. These works have almost finished completion for water and gas accessibility, the full completion for this will be finished by the end of July with the installation of electrical systems.

Community Investment

The site’s new Community Liaison Coordinator, Hannah, has been busy getting to know the local businesses and schools surrounding the site.

McLaren contributed towards an inflatable slide at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Primary School’s Summer Fete and regular liaison is in place to organise educational events for the children.

The Cambium site recently received a score of 42 out of 50 with the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS). Alongside the high score, the site was also awarded a ‘Performance Beyond Compliance’ Certificate from CCS, this outlines how the site team has exceeded expectations to achieve highest levels of safety, appearance, workforce, environment, and community.

In order to actively promote employment and training within the local community, the Cambium Site (Victoria Drive) team have worked closely with our partners Wandsworth Council, to deliver an open day for South Thames College leavers. The open day took place on the 13/06/2017 and involved nine college graduates who had completed the bricklaying course but had limited experience on a live construction site.

The aim of the open days are to improve the employment opportunities for those people locally and help combat the lack of work in the area, in particular those who wish to change careers, start their career journey and to look to educate themselves into an ever expanding sector.

The day was a success and we hope to see some of graduates will start work experience in the concurrent weeks and have the possibility of apprentice places within the site.

CCS Performance Beyond Compliance Cert

Programme Update: May 2017

Programme of Works – Development of Site

The site has been under construction for now over 9 months and we have made real progress in terms to the works taking place on site.

Block One – The first phase of these works is coming on very well, we are now starting to see this block take place and the second floor block work is now in progress above the hoarding.

Block Two – This is the block you will now be able to start seeing creeping above the hoarding and is the block which is the nearest to completion, this phase is the construction of the apart blocks.

BlockS Three, Four, Five, Six and Seven – These blocks are all now beginning to constructed starting on the overall completion of Victoria Drive.

Within the next month we will start to see the scaffolding being erected on the site which will be a significant moment for the site. This scaffolding will be present for approximately 4 months to allow brickworks and roofing to progress.

Community Investment

On the 08th of May 2017 McLaren Construction integrated a new Community Liaison Coordinator for the Cambium Development. Hannah Cowell has formally began working on ways in which we can improve and engage local schools, and the direct community engagement with the local community.

Since beginning the role Hannah has become a well-known face on the Cambium site and will be making every effort to improve relationships and make herself well known in the local community, and will be in direct with liaison with the public.

We welcome Hannah on board, and will make sure that she looks to arrange a drop in sessions for people to come and meet her face to face, and find out further what we aim to achieve before completion. We welcome to your feedback, queries and comments on the development happening on site.

You can contact Hannah on: or +44 3330168548

McLaren at ‘Employ Wandsworth 2017’

On the 21st April 2017 McLaren Construction was asked to participate in the ‘Employ Wandsworth 2017’ Job fair at the local Wandsworth Community Centre Town hall. This was the second of its type and was very well received.
Chris Dimond who is part of the Victoria Drive Site Team attended the fair, to speak to the local community about career advice and support for moving into the construction industry. The event held 850 local people and received very positive feedback from the community who visited the McLaren stand.

Overall, the event held 36 exhibiting businesses and 12 exhibiting partners. On the day the seminars and workshops providing advice on CVs, the hidden job market, application technique, business start-up advice, money management and careers within retail in a range of workshops and seminars these were well attended and received very positive feedback from our residents.

Chris enjoyed the experience and was pleased to meet so many local people looking to move into the industry. His skills and experience as a Logistics Manager allowed people to see the ways in which they could apply themselves to roles within construction and helped empower people to step out of their comfort zones to look to approach this sector for the first time.

This is another fantastic step towards McLaren Construction stepping out into the community and on behalf of the site we would really like to thank Chris for his hard work and dedication in undertaking this event, showing there is so much more to construction and the industry then just buildings and at McLaren we strive to build communities too.

Site team visits local Wandsworth school

Representatives from McLaren Construction’s Victoria Drive site were invited to visit Allfarthing Primary School in Wandsworth by children’s mental health charity, Place2Be.

This visit was a highlight of the Place2Be calendar which provided a moving insight into how Place2Be works within the school and the vital role the charity plays in supporting the children and families of the school community. In addition to listening to students’, parents’ and teachers’ experience with the charity, key representatives from Place2Be shared their knowledge and practice of the benefits of early intervention and how children are less likely to suffer from serious mental health difficulties in later life if they receive support at an early age, providing a cost saving to adult mental health services.

Allfarthing Primary School is local to the Victoria Drive site in Wandsworth. The site staff provided goody bags with rulers and calculators for all the children who took part in the event!

McLaren Construction Group Ltd has been supporting the charity for a third year running and has managed to raise close to £25,000 for Place2Be in 2016. McLaren is proud to continue supporting the important work the organisation does within schools.

Find out more and support Place2Be here:

Logistics Manager Chris at Allfarthing Primary School

Road Naming Competition

Construction partners Lendlease ran a road-naming competition at the local school across the road from the development.

Councillor Jonathan Cook visited the local Our Lady Queen Of Heaven School after the ground breaking ceremony alongside Lendlease and McLaren, and presented prizes to the children who entered the winning road names.

The new road names follow a royal theme, inspired by the area’s strong connections to the monarchy. They have been announced as Helena Close and Beatrice Place, after the daughters of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The roads will be opened after the development is completed in 2018.


Road Safety Talk for Local School

Due to the increase of vehicle movements planned on the Victoria Drive Cambium site, the McLaren site team organised a Road Safety talk last May for the neighbouring Our Lady Queen of Heaven School.

Ensuring public safety is a key priority for McLaren Construction and so with the help of the Metropolitan Police, Project Director Myles Dawson and his team presented to the children to help them understand the importance of road safety.
Groups of around 10-12 children from the school were also given the opportunity to visit the site perimeter and were given a road safety talk by both McLaren and the Metropolitan Police.

They then had access to a seven ton lorry which they could sit in so they could see the road and themselves from the driver’s point of view. They did the same from the police car and motorbike. The kids were shown what to look out for and how to cross the roads following instruction from our road traffic marshal team.

The McLaren team commented: ‘’One of the most important things in education is to make sure children are safe. This applies to road safety and many other aspects of children’s lives, and it is especially important that everyone involved in education is aware of the dangers of building sites. At McLaren, we prioritise safety and were delighted that we were able to educate the kids about it.’’