26th April 2013 - York College Apprenticeship Awards4th April 2013 - RICS National Building Surveying Conference 201328th March 2013 - The Prince’s Trust celebrates Getting into Construction 21st February 2013 - Royal opening for The Florrie11th February 2013 - Works soon to begin at Sheffield Cathedral Gateway Project18th October 2012 - The CIOB is on the road again20th September 2012 - Great Plans for 107 Great Mersey Street, Liverpool10th September 2012 - William Anelay returns to Wentworth3rd September 2012 - Work is underway at Wakefield Cathedral28th August 2012 - William Anelay to start access works as part of York Minster Revealed Project20th August 2012 - Raising Money for Children with Cancer UK6th February 2012 - Topping out at Boston Castle in Rotherham25th November 2011 - Anelay Starts Work on Boston Castle, Rotherham16th November 2011 - Anelay Starts work on Little Bolton Town Hall3rd November 2011 - Anelay Finishes Enabling Work at St Mary's Church, Elland24th October 2011 - Anelay Completes Work at Albion United Reformed Church, Ashton-under-Lyne24th August 2011 - Anelay Starts Work on Ackworth (Quaker) School22nd August 2011 - Raising money for Kidney Research UK September 201122nd July 2011 - Anelays sponsors Baillie Scott/Voysey Exhibition 15th July 2011 - HLF representatives visit the Florrie17th June 2011 - 264 years young and still going strong12th June 2011 - Celebrations at Myton on Swale24th April 2011 - Dedication service at St. Michael’s Church East Ardsley22nd March 2011 - Anelay starts work at Liverpool Central Library22nd February 2011 - A head for heights at Astley Castle11 February 2011 - William anelay begins work at the United Reformed Church, Ashton-under-Lyne9th February 2010 - William Anelay on site at St. Peter's Church in Harrogate27th January 2011 - Anelay wins Kendal’s Castle Dairy Contract18th January 2011 - William Anelay returns to Blackwell House in Cumbria16th December 2010 - William Anelay starts work at St Michael's Church in East Ardsley6th December 2010 - Anelay begins work at Longholme Methodist05th August 2010 - Anelay wins St Augustine Contract2nd August 2010 - Anelay Director Appointed NHTG Vice Chairman24th May 2010 - RoSPA Silver Award Winner 201018th May 2010 - Demand the Right Skills for the Repair and Maintenance of Traditional Buildings17th March 2010 - Anelay brings History to Life in Wigan15th February 2010 - HSE Prosecution10th February 2010 - Forthcoming CIOB event on 8th March in York12th November 2009 - Awards Galore!4th October 2009 - Anelay employees join in the Cancer Research 10K run25th September 2009 - Bowes Museum launches Time Capsule21st April 2009 - Anelay employee receives a York College Construction Award13th March 2009 - Red Nose Day at Anelays21st November 2008 - William Anelay project is highly commended at Natural Stone Awards18th August 2008 - William Anelay trio raise money for Charity12th June 2008 - Restoration Contractor William Anelay joins the Federation of Traditional Metal Roofing Contractors12th June 2008 - Anelay Apprentice selected for England Squad12th March 2008 - Three Anelay Contracts recognised at the National Civic Trust Awards 200811th February 2008 - Gorton Monastery receives a Built in Quality Award23rd January 2008 - Anelay Stonemason raises money for Charity14th January 2008 - Charles Anelay involved with Conservation Project Management events23rd November 2007 - 260th Anniversary Dinner Celebration1st November 2007 - Anelay Manchester office moves to Monastery10th October 2007 - Constructionskills Event at Victoria Baths14th September 2007 - Another Royal Visit to an Anelay Site13th August 2007 - William Anelay secures contract at Clitheroe Castle and Museum6th August 2007 - Anelay wins contract for St. Peter's Church, Huddersfield1st July 2007 - Vernon Carter is appointed as Regional Chairman for the NFB14th June 2007 - William Anelay apprentice wins Team Masonry Skills UK Challenge23rd April 2007 - Restoration contractors win contract for Hollin House1st April 2007 - Anelay employee gets through to final eight of National Bowls Competition26th March 2007 - Phase I restoration work has now commenced at Victoria Baths, Manchester22th March 2007 - Work begins next month at Preston Hall Winter Gardens Museum, Stockton on Tees12th March 2007 - Phase III works begin at St Laurence’s Church, York7th February 2007 - Royal visit for William Anelay project10th November 2006 - William Anelay Company Day17th October 2006 - William Anelay employees receive York Guild of Building Team Craftsmanship Award 2006.5th October 2006 - Ripon Civic Award Ceremony4th + 5th October 2006 - National Construction Week
26th April 2013 - York College Apprenticeship Awards
Congratulations are in order for two of our employees who received accolades at the York College Awards Ceremony on 21st March2013.
Apprentice mason James Holmes was presented with the York College Tutor’s Award for Best First Year Apprentice and joinery apprentice Andrew Games received the Trustspan Award for Outstanding Achievement Level 2 for his full time Site Joinery Diploma.
Managing Director Tony Townend who attended the event comments: "Investment in people and apprenticeships are important to retain skills within our industry. It is great to see both James and Andrew being recognised for the extra effort they have clearly made to be nominated for these awards."
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4th April 2013 - RICS National Building Surveying Conference 2013
Just twenty days to go before the London Conference takes place at The Mermaid, Blackfriars on 25th April. As well as finding out more about the Blackfriars development, attendees can hear from speakers Tony Bingham -Barrister and Arbitrator, Mark Berrisford-Smith - Senior Economist and our very own Charles Anelay - Chairman and heritage building expert. Places are going fast so if you want to attend, you can book online at rics.org/bsconferenceBack to Top
28th March 2013 - The Prince’s Trust celebrates Getting into Construction
Stoke on Trent College played host to representatives from the Prince’s Trust and members of the local community to celebrate the achievements of a dozen young people from the town. The occasion marks the completion of a four week programme sponsored by the Prince’s Trust with assistance from the college and William Anelay. The first two weeks of their ’Getting into Construction’ course was spent in the classroom and obtaining CSCS cards with the last two weeks being site based at Middleport Potteries working alongside experienced heritage trades people. The Potteries is an operational site and is being conserved and adapted by William Anelay on behalf of the Prince’s Regeneration Trust. One of the programme participants has been offered a joinery apprenticeship placement and the Prince’s Trust will continue to work with the other attendees to secure employment. To find out more about their work, visit www.princes-trust.org.ukBack to Top
21st February 2013 - Royal opening for The Florrie
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William Anelay, on behalf of the Florence Institute Trust, completed a two year long £4.8 million restoration of the Florence Institute last year. It has transformed the derelict and vandalised Victorian landmark into a thriving community resource and comprehensive social centre thanks to support from the Heritage Lottery Fund in partnership with European, regional and local regeneration agencies and private donations. HRH Prince Charles, who takes a keen interest in the country’s built heritage, formally re-opened the building on the 21st February during a visit to the North West.
11th February 2013 - Works soon to begin at Sheffield Cathedral Gateway Project
William Anelay has been appointed to carry out a multi-million pound phase of works at Sheffield Cathedral in the heart of the city. The project, which is being supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, starts later this month and is due to be completed in April 2014. The Cathedral is being adapted to provide a new main entrance with welcome area and shop. Within the Nave and surrounding areas, there will be new flooring, mechanical and electrical services and new lighting installations. External works will include a redesigned forecourt and the relocation of historic stone piers.Back to Top
18th October 2012 - The CIOB is on the road again
Our very own Charles Anelay is presenting at the next CIOB conference at Quarry Bank Mill on 8th November 2012. The event will be focusing on sustainable approaches to Adaptation and Charles’ talk will be from a contractor’s perspective. There will be an opportunity to learn first hand about the restoration of the property and in the afternoon, a tour around the building. For more details please visit www.ciob.org.uk/events.Back to Top
20th September 2012 - Great Plans for 107 Great Mersey Street, Liverpool
Works have begun to restore and adapt a grade 2 Listed Georgian property on behalf of Rotunda Ltd in Liverpool which sits adjacent to their current home at number 109. The property will be substantially refurbished internally and externally to provide a number of community facilities including start-up space, meeting rooms, a cafe/bistro and a heritage information area. The project is due to be completed June 2013. Back to Top
10th September 2012 - William Anelay returns to Wentworth
William Anelay has been appointed to oversee the restoration of a derelict Victorian Conservatory set within the grade 1 listed landscape of Wentworth Castle and Stainborough Park near Barnsley. The scheme, supported with funding from a variety of sources including the Heritage Lottery will be refurbished and extended to include the integration of a potting shed within a new build extension. Once completed, the conservatory and extension will provide facilities to service weddings, schools and community groups. for more information please visit www.wentworthcastle.orgBack to Top
3rd September 2012 - Work is underway at Wakefield Cathedral
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William Anelay has been appointed to oversee refurbishment works at Wakefield Cathedral. Initially the stone floor and ledgers are being carefully removed with archaeologists to hand to make sure that historic artefacts are not damaged and are dealt with appropriately. A new floor will be laid using a breathable system comprising glass granulate beneath a limecrete slab under a limecrete screed. Data lines and an underfloor heating system will be safely embedded within the floor with access points for ease of maintenance. The floor will be finished off with locally sourced sandstone slabs. The walls of the cathedral will be cleaned using a non-chemical based process to remove decades of grime and deposits. Works are due to be completed Spring 2013.
28th August 2012 - William Anelay to start access works as part of York Minster Revealed Project
William Anelay has been appointed to carry out works to the Piazza and Undercroft as part of the York Minster Revealed Project. The five year scheme, supported by a £10.5 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, is the largest conservation and restoration project of its kind in the UK.
The Piazza area surrounding the South Transept approach is currently laid out on different levels and so the existing steps and temporary ramp are being removed and replaced and the whole Piazza area will be excavated and relaid with stone flags.
The Undercroft area within York Minster and home to a museum for many years, is being adapted to introduce two passenger lifts and a series of ramps and walkways to improve the visitor experience for those with mobility issues, wheelchair users and those with pushchairs.
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20th August 2012 - Raising Money for Children with Cancer UK
The charity Children with Cancer UK fund life-saving research into the causes, prevention and treatment of childhood leukaemia and other childhood cancers. They work to protect young lives through essential welfare and campaigning programmes. For more information please visit www.childrenwithcancer.org.uk
One of our employees Jimmy Jeffrey is taking part in the Great North Run on Sunday 16th September 2012 to raise money for Children with Cancer UK. To make a donation and to spur him along, please visit http://www.justgiving.com/William-Anelay
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6th February 2012 - Topping out at Boston Castle in Rotherham
Despite snowy conditions, a topping out ceremony took place today at Boston Castle to celebrate the installation of a stainless steel roof and viewing platform as part of as £1.2million restoration project that will see this landmark building converted into a comunity facility and educational venue.
In attendance was the Mayor of Rotherham Shaun Wright and his wife Lisa, Heritage Lottery Fund representative John Hampshere and William Anelay Contracts Manager Chris Quinn pictured below as well as representatives from Rotherham Borough Council and members of the public. To mark the occasion, a time capsule is being hidden within the fabric of the building to be found by future custodians of the former hunting lodge.
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25th November 2011 - Anelay Starts Work on Boston Castle, Rotherham
William Anelay in conjunction with Paul Hewitt Architects have begun the task of refurbishing Boston Castle.
Funding for the £1.2M restoration scheme has been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund with additional monies from Rotherham MBC. A further grant from Biffaward has been obtained by the Friends of Boston Castle and Parklands for works to the Courtyard area.
The project which is due to last 28 weeks will involve the refurbishment of the property, originally built as a hunting lodge and demolition of various out buildings to make way for a new two storey extension which will provide toilet facilities, a new staircase and lift.
Internally the building will benefit from new timber floors, staircase, doors, sash windows and window shutters, full mechanical and electrical services, replastering and redecorations throughout.
Externally, works will include masonry restoration, replacements and re-pointing works and the introduction of an open air amphitheatre. The renewed timber roof structure will be covered with tern coated stainless steel.
Once the scheme is completed, the property will provide facilities for visitors, schools and the local community as well as being available for functions and external events.
Managing Director Vernon Carter commented: "We’re pleased to be involved in a refurbishment project that will provide a widerange of facilities for the local community."Back to Top
16th November 2011 - Anelay Starts work on Little Bolton Town Hall
William Anelay working in conjunction with architects Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams have begun the task of restoring the Little Bolton Town Hall on behalf of historic building developer Linford: Developing Heritage.
The project, which is due to last 20 weeks, will involve alterations and external repairs. Internally there will be structural alterations to walls and openings and the removal of a concrete vault. Timber floors will be repaired and refurbished and walls and ceilings will be plastered.
Externally the building will benefit from masonry repairs, structural stabilisation to an entrance porch and the refurbishment of all windows. Roofing repairs will include new slate and leadwork. Once these works have been completed, the building will be ready for internal fit out in spring 2012.
Managing Director Vernon Carter commented: "We are pleased to play our part in bringing the building back to life and safeguarding it for future use."Back to Top
3rd November 2011 - Anelay Finishes Enabling Work at St Mary's Church, Elland
The project which lasted 5 weeks included the installation of a land and surface water drainage system and the taking out of mechanical & electrical services and pews near the north and south aisle walls to facilitate the removal of external modern plastering materials. The building is being left to dry out ready for replastering with more sympathetic materials as part of phase 2, which is due to start in 2012.
Managing Director Vernon Carter commented: "We are delighted to be involved in this two phase project that will safeguard the building for its users and the surrounding community."Back to Top
24th October 2011 - Anelay Completes Work at Albion United Reformed Church, Ashton-under-Lyne
William Anelay has completed the task of restoring the leaded herring bone fleche at Albion United Reformed Church, Ashton-under-Lyne.
The £140K project involved the removal of and taking templates of the lead panels and major repairs to the underlying English Oak timber structure. The refurbishment complied with current LCA industry standards.
Managing Director Vernon Carter commented: "We are delighted to have been involved in carrying out these specialist works to a building of such local importance."Back to Top
24th August 2011 - Anelay Starts Work on Ackworth (Quaker) School
William Anelay in conjunction with architects Aedas Building Consultancy Ltd have begun refurbishment work at Ackworth (Quaker) School near Pontefract.
The project which is due to last 15 weeks, will involve fabric repairs to the School's Grade II* Listed Meeting House. External works consist of the refurbishment of all sliding sash windows and various stone work replacements and repairs. Roofing works include treatment of the underlying timbers, some structural repairs and the introduction of sheep's wool insulation, as well as lead work replacements and an upgrade of the guttering system. Original slates will be reinstated where possible. Internally the building will benefit from repairs to the original lath and plaster ceiling and redecoration of all internal finishes.
Managing Director Vernon Carter commented: "We are delighted to be involved in extending the life span of the school's buildings for future generations."Back to Top
22nd August 2011 - Raising money for Kidney Research UK September 2011
The lives of over three million people in the UK today are under threat from chronic kidney disease and this continues to increase at a rate of 5% each year. At present, the only treatment is dialysis or a transplant and the acute shortage of transplant organs means that only a very lucky few can ever look forward to that lifeline. Of those people on a transplant list, ninety percent are waiting for a kidney - that’s around 7000 people. Currently only one in four people receive the transplant that they need.
Kidney Research UK is the leading charity dedicated to funding research specifically into the causes, prevention and treatment of kidney disease. because of the charity’s work, there are now 47,000 people in the UK alive today who would otherwise have died from renal failure and that is why continued research into finding a cure is so very important.
Two of our employees Chris Quinn and Barney Donlon are taking part in the Great North Run on Sunday 18th September 2011 to raise money for Kidney Research UK. To make a donation and to spur them along, please visit www.justgiving.com/WilliamAnelayLtd
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22nd July 2011 - Anelays sponsors Baillie Scott/Voysey Exhibition
William Anelay is proud to be sponsoring the Baillie Scott/Voysey exhibition at Blackwell House, situated on the edge of Lake Windermere in Cumbria. The exhibition highlights the work of two significant architects, Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott and Charles Francis Annesley Voysey. Both were heavily influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement and responsible for the design of a number of properties in the region including Blackwell (Baillie Scott).
The exhibition marks the tenth anniversary of Blackwell’s restoration by William Anelay in 2001 and so the custodians of the building, The Lakeland Arts Trust, were keen to celebrate the occasion. Architect Diane Haigh who lead the project was invited along to a special preview event on 21st July 2011 to launch the display. The exhibition runs from 22nd July through to 30th October 2011. Visit www.blackwell.org.uk for more details.
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15th July 2011 - HLF representatives visit the Florrie
A number of representatives from the Manchester office of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) were warmly welcomed to ’the Florrie’ by the Florence Institute Trust’s champion and chairperson Denise Bernard (formerly Devine). The HLF has played an important role in assisting the Trust to realise their vision of restoring the well loved former boys club into what is expected to be an important community hub in the heart of Toxteth. The visitors were shown around the building to see how the restoration is progressing and to have an opportunity of asking questions of Rob Chambers of Purcell Miller Tritton and Anelay’s own Site Manager Gary Shea. For more information about the project and to read a copy of the Florrie's latest newsletter, visit www.theflorrie.org
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17th June 2011 - 264 years young and still going strong
William Anelay Directors and their employees celebrated another year in business at their annual company day at York Racecourse. The event began with breakfast butties prior to a morning of business presentations incorporating health and safety improvements, an environmental workshop and the inevitable tour of the racecourse. After a hearty lunch and keeping in the spirit of things, employees enjoyed a few hours of virtual horse racing. The afternoon ended with thank you’s and with recognition given to charity fund raisers and those completing their apprenticeships.
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12th June 2011 - Celebrations at Myton on Swale
William Anelay employees and members of their supply chain along with Chris and Sally Walker of Native Architecture and representatives from Natural England were delighted to join Mr. and Mrs. Ramsden in celebrating the restoration of a former stud farm at Myton on Swale.
Guests enjoyed looking around the property where they were able to see earlier phototographs of the once delapidated site and compare these to the newly refurbished stables and barns. Even the resident bats are now happily re-instated back into their former home.
After the welcome and thank you's, visitors were free to enjoy a wonderful hog roast lunch and the children to visit the stables and climb on the tractors.
The property will provide educational facilities for schools and visitors and in the longer term, the Ramsdens are looking to offer accommodation and facilities for visitors and their horses.Back to Top
24th April 2011 - Dedication service at St. Michael’s Church East Ardsley
A service of dedication and thanksgiving was given by the Rt. Revd. Tony Robinson, The Bishop of Pontefract at the newly refurbished St Michael’s Church on Easter Sunday.
The sixteen week project involved the enclosure to the base of the tower to form a new creche, toilet facilities and a new kitchen and cafe area for the congregation and the wider community as well as some external masonry repairs.
The service was attended by Architect Stuart Beaumont of One17 Design, Technical Director and Contracts Manager for the project Tim Donlon and Site Manager Chris Foster and their respective families. Back to Top
22nd March 2011 - Anelay starts work at Liverpool Central Library
York and Manchester based building conservation and restoration specialists William Anelay Ltd has begun the task of restoring the Grade II Listed Picton, Hawnby and Oak Libraries at Liverpool Central Library.
The project, which is due to last 67 weeks, is the historic refurbishment element of a £50 million scheme in the centre of Liverpool, which is part of a landmark PFI contract between Liverpool City Council, Amber Infrastructure and Shepherd Construction.
Historic works will involve extensive roofing repairs, including the reslating of the Hornby and Oak Libraries using blue Welsh slate and a new zinc roof to the dome of the Picton Library. All three libraries will benefit from new lead guttering and substantial masonry repairs, redecorations and the bookcases will be restored back to their former glory.
William Anelay’s Managing Director Vernon Carter commented: "We are delighted to be working alongside Shepherd Construction on such a major project to extend the life span and extend the facilities of a building of such local importance."Back to Top
22nd February 2011 - A head for heights at Astley Castle
A milestone event was caught on camera this week as a number of huge pre-cast concrete lintels were craned across the moat and in to Astley Castle under the watchful eye of William Anelay Project Manager David Marsh. The property, managed by the Landmark Trust, is being redeveloped to provide contemporary and environmentally efficient holiday accommodation within the remaining conserved castle ruins. The largest of the lintels, weighing in at just under 4 tonnes and 7.2 metres in length, could only be brought on to the construction area via an access point within the temporary roof structure. The lintel was carefully lowered, turned ninety degrees, levelled and then guided in to place. For more information about the project, visit the Astley Castle blogspot.
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11 February 2011 - William anelay begins work at the United Reformed Church, Ashton-under-Lyne
York and Manchester based building conservation and restoration specialist William Anelay has begun the task of restoring the leaded herring bone fleche at Albion Reformed Church in Ashton-under-Lyne. The £140K project will involve removing and reinstatement of the lead complying with current LCA industry standards as well as major repairs to the underlying english oak timber structure. the project is expected to last 15 weeks. Back to Top
9th February 2010 - William Anelay on site at St. Peter's Church in Harrogate
William Anelay in conjunction with architects Pearce Bottomley have begun the task of re-ordering and extending St. Peter's Church in the middle of Harrogate town centre. The overall project cost is in the region of £2.5M and the project is due to last 60 weeks. The construction phase will involve internal refurbishment and re-ordering and the demolition of a 1930's addition, which will be replaced by a new three storey extention and single storey contemporary link building. Back to Top
27th January 2011 - Anelay wins Kendal’s Castle Dairy Contract
William Anelay has been appointed to refurbish one of Kendal’s oldest buildings, the Castle Dairy. The building comprises of a 14th Century single story hall which was extended in the 16th and 17th centuries and is the oldest continuously inhabited building in the town. The property, which was last in use as a restaurant will be refurbished to provide office space for the university.Back to Top
18th January 2011 - William Anelay returns to Blackwell House in Cumbria
William Anelay has returned to the Lake District to carry out building restoration works at Blackwell Museum. The company was responsible for the original refurbishment ten years ago that saw this grade I listed Arts and Crafts House converted into a museum and a home for the Lakeland Arts Trust. this current phase of works will involve essential fabric repairs to the stonework and rendering.Back to Top
16th December 2010 - William Anelay starts work at St Michael's Church in East Ardsley
The £240K project is due to last 16 weeks and will see the enclosure of the base of the tower to form a new creche and WC and will incorporate a new kitchen and cafe area. Repairs and alterations will be made to the altar, stained glass windows will be repaired and there will be full internal decoration throughout. Externally the building will benefit from new drainage and rain water goods.
Managing Director Vernon Carter commented: "We are pleased to be instrumental in adapting this historic church to provide improved facilities for the congregation and the local community."Back to Top
6th December 2010 - Anelay begins work at Longholme Methodist
William Anelay has begun the task of restoring Longholme Methodist Church in Rawtenstall, West Yorkshire. The £283K project, which is due to last 21 weeks, will involve extensive roof fabric repairs, including the removal of the existing slate and the replacement of structural timber trusses prior to the reinstament of the roof. Arched windows heads will be rebuilt. Within the chapel, the project incorporates extensive lime plaster restoration of the first floor’s ornate period ceiling features. The church will remain in use throughout the construction period.Back to Top
05th August 2010 - Anelay wins St Augustine Contract
William Anelay has been contracted to refubish St. Augustine’s Church in Hedon. The 10 week project will involve roofing and masonry repairs including the production of a number of masonry items to be located at the west elevation and vestry.
William Anelay’s Masonry Manager Graham Sykes commented: "A number of the original stone cavings are severely eroded so we’re using a combination of traditional ’setting out’ techniques combined with 3D CAD technology to help design replacement pieces which includes a gargoyle, finials and crockets."
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2nd August 2010 - Anelay Director Appointed NHTG Vice Chairman
Special Projects Director, Charles Anelay has been appointed as Vice Chairman of the National Heritage Training Group (NHTG).
Charles has been a NHTG committee member since 2006 representing the Brick Development Agency. During this time, he has been a staunch advocate for appropriately qualified and competent crafts people within the heritage sector of the construction industry.
Charles’s main focus in this new role will be to support the development and roll out of Heritage CSCS cards and to increase awareness of the Memorandum of Understanding on Maintaining Standards and Best Practice in the Built Heritage Sector in England. Charles explains:
"If you want your teeth looking after you go to an expert, a dentist. So if you want your heritage building looking after, you should go to an expert, a heritage specialist."
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24th May 2010 - RoSPA Silver Award Winner 2010
William Anelay is the proud recipient of a Silver Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). For over 90 years, RoSPA has been promoting safety and the prevention of accidents in the workplace.
Silver Awards are given to companies that have demonstrated and achieved a high level of safety performance underpinned by good management systems which are delivering consistent improvements.
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18th May 2010 - Demand the Right Skills for the Repair and Maintenance of Traditional Buildings
If you are professional involved in pre-1919 building stock, then the above event may be of interest to you. Guest speakers will present, on behalf of the client, the case for using appropriately skilled and technically competent people to ensure an appropriate level of quality to maintain standards within the heritage sector.
Tuesday 25th May 2010 - 15:00 - 17:00 at Kings Manor, York. Tel: 01904 433997
Thursday 3rd June 2010 - 15:00 - 17:00 at Cube, Portland Street, Manchester. Tel: 0300 456 5517Back to Top
17th March 2010 - Anelay brings History to Life in Wigan
William Anelay Ltd has recently completed a £1.4M refurbishment of one of Wigan's most historic landmarks. The 52 week project of restoring grade II listed former History Shop in Wigan, now know as the Museum of Wigan Life, is the location where George Orwell researched his famous novel The Road to Wigan Pier and has involved William Anelay carrying out extensive fabric repairs and internal renovations on behalf of Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust.
Extensive internal remodelling and refubishment to improve access for all as well as the provision of additional shop and information facilities have transformed the building, designed by Alfred Waterhouse, the same architect responsible for London's Natural History Museum, into an exhibition dedicated to the rich industrial history of the town together with study and research areas.
The new Museum of Wigan Life will formally open to the public on April 9th 2010.Back to Top
15th February 2010 - HSE Prosecution
William Anelay Ltd was prosecuted at York Crown Court on Friday 5th February 2010 by the Health and Safety Executive for ’failing to provide a safe place of work’ within the Masons Workshop between 1994 and 2008.
During 2008, William Anelay worked closely with the Factory Inspectorate and within a very short time, satisfied all HSE requirements however the company recognises that its health and safety procedures within the Masons Workshop prior to 2008 fell short of the required standards.
Over the last two years, the Company has been very proactive in making significant improvements to its health and safety processes, has increased the level of training to its management and staff and has engaged a new Occupational Health provider with more robust monitoring systems to raise the standards of health and safety across the whole of the business operations.
Should any concerned parties require further details, they are invited in the first instance to write to Vernon Carter, Managing Director at the York registered office address.Back to Top
10th February 2010 - Forthcoming CIOB event on 8th March in York
The Chartered Institute of Building are holding a Conserving our Built Heritage event on Monday 8th March at the Merchant Adventurer’s Hall in York. The day will be of interest to all professionals concerned with the built environment.
After initial introductions, the day will commence with a delivery from the CIOB President, Li Sharong who will discuss building conservation from an international perspective. She will be followed by Charles Anelay, Special Projects Director who will review the same subject but from a contractor’s perspective.
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12th November 2009 - Awards Galore!
The last eighteen months has been a difficult time for those of us working in construction. We've seen a steady increase in contractors competing for fewer projects with tender prices continuing to fall. All the more reason then to celebrate when projects are recognised as a shining example of exceptional quality and design through the Awards process.
William Anelay is proud to be associated with no less than five projects that have recently been proclaimed Award winners or that have earned merits and commendations at Award ceremonies. Congratulations go to the relevent design teams, our clients, our supply chain and of course those employees responsible for converting the design into reality.
York Guild of Building Awards 2009 - Merit for slating at Bowes Museum in the Team Craftmanship category
Harrogate Civic Trust Awards 2009 - Winner of the alterations category for Bettys Tea Rooms
Georgian Group Architectural Awards 2009 - Winner of the re-use of a Georgian building category for the Navigation Warehouse in Wakefield
Georgian Group Architecural Awards 2009 - Winner of the restoration of a Georgian park/landscape for Hardwick Park
Stockport Conservation and Design Awards 2009 - Commendation for 27 Hillgate, Stockport
To read more about these projects, please visit our Earlier and Live project pages.Back to Top
4th October 2009 - Anelay employees join in the Cancer Research 10K run
Matthew Turner (Senior Estimator), David Marsh (Contracts Manager) and their respective partners Sarah and Ann were amongst six hundred people participating in a 10K challenge at Wentworth Castle and Stainborough Park. Conditions were ideal for spectators with the grade I listed parkland bathed in sunshine throughout the day. Whether serious runners or steady walkers, all those entering the event had a joint aim; to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
The venue was particularly pertinent for both Matt and Dave as earlier in the year, William Anelay completed a three year programme of phased restoration work at Stainborough Park including works to Stainborough Castle, the Serpentine Bridge and the Orangery.
Whilst it was the taking part that counted, we are pleased to report that Matt Turner finished the race in fifth place. You can still make a donation for this worthy cause by clicking on the link following:
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25th September 2009 - Bowes Museum launches Time Capsule
A time capsule portraying a slice of life at the Bowes Museum is to be concealed within a specially created space within the roof of the Barnard Castle treasure house, following a major transformation. With the £3M roof project carried out by restoration specialist William Anelay now compete, the magnificent grade I Listed French-style chateau is once again watertight which resulted in its being removed from the Buildings at Risk register and paved the way for a makeover of the interior.
A message in a bottle, written by former curator Owen Scott in 1906 and hidden away by him during an earlier building project, inspired the Museum to create a time capsule so that the buildings future custodians will learn more about the Museum’s past.
The contents of the capsule are aimed at giving those stumbling across it a snapshot of the Museum and include information about its staff, exhibitions and events. William Anelay was invited to provide items for the time capsule and their contribution includes information about the company’s 262 year old history, plans detailing the phased roofing works, the people involved and a personal message from Anelay Managing Director Vernon Carter.
Bowes Museum Director Adrian Jenkins with Vernon Carter and the Time CapsuleBack to Top
21st April 2009 - Anelay employee receives a York College Construction Award
Congratulations goes to Anelay employee Mark Taylor. Mark was one of a number of students recognised at York College’s annual Construction Awards ceremony this month in front of several hundred attendees.
Mark was picked out amongst fellow students to receive the award in recognition of his hard work and effort in attaining a Level 3 NVQ in Brickwork.
Kevin Clancy, Curriculum Leader for Construction Crafts said, "This event provides an opportunity to celebrate outstanding work by the students and trainees, not to mention the staff from the Construction Department of York College. We are delighted to congratulate those students who have excelled in their particular field and to see students progress to higher levels of education and employment."
Mark Taylor at York College Construction Awards 2009Back to Top
13th March 2009 - Red Nose Day at Anelays
Despite the recession, Anelay employees put their hands in their pockets today and raised over £100 for Comic Relief. Vernon Carter, Managing Director asked employees to get in to the charitable spirit by wearing red noses to work. Employees paid a small charge for the privilege and those that didn’t join in, were asked to pay a penalty. Even the Directors took part although Charles’s red nose tie pin was questionable. Eventually he did agree to stump up the fine!
L to R: Directors Charles Anelay, Stephen Brown, Tony Townend and Vernon CarterBack to Top
21st November 2008 - William Anelay project is highly commended at Natural Stone Awards
Charles Anelay, Michael Feather, Dave Medley and Dave Ellis attended the prestigious Natural Stone Awards held by the Stone Federation of Great Britain.
The event recognises excellence in the use of natural stone and each year, a select few are chosen to receive recognition for craft skills in the Industry.
William Anelay Ltd are delighted that internal stonework at a private chapel in the North of Britain designed by architect Craig Hamilton, has been highly commended at this year’s Awards.
Congratulations to everyone involved in the project including specialist subcontractors and our own employees and management team.Back to Top
18th August 2008 - William Anelay trio raise money for Charity
Chris Quinn, John Cocker and Graham Sykes are taking part in the Helly Hanson Adventure Challenge which is being held on 21st September at Cannock Chase in Staffordshire. The event is split in to three sections; hilly mountain biking, running and kayak canoeing. The Team aim to complete the event in under three hours.
The guys are using the challenge to raise money for the British Lung Foundation. The Charity works for everyone affected by lung disease including those with industrial related respiratory illnesses. They provide care and support to sufferers and their carers as well as funding research to bring about positive change.
You can donate on line at www.justgiving.com/williamanelay1 or you can send a cheque to Sharon McCutcheon at the William Anelay York office. Please make the cheque payable to the British Lung Foundation. Thank You.
Thanks to Uniforms Direct, York for help with printing the team topsBack to Top
12th June 2008 - Restoration Contractor William Anelay joins the Federation of Traditional Metal Roofing Contractors
The Federation of Traditional Metal Roofing Contractors (FTMRC) is an association for specialists and multi-skilled contractors working with hard metals such as copper, zinc, aluminium and stainless steel. Whilst William Anelay are still strongly affiliated to the Lead Contractors Association, the Company has branched out into other metal roofing materials and wished to be suitably accredited to provide assurances to their clients. Membership will begin on the 1st July 2008.
FTMRC members are regularly vetted to ensure that they work to and maintain quality standards in design and workmanship with members having access to training facilities to ensure that the necessary skills are learned and developed.Back to Top
12th June 2008 - Anelay Apprentice selected for England Squad
Congratulations to seventeen year old joinery apprentice Gareth Townend. Gareth has been selected to play for England in the International Short Mat Bowls tournement due to start later this year. The tournement will include competitors from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Belgium and Sweden as well as England and will involve eight competition weekends between September 2008 and March 2009. Gareth who plays the sport at county level, will continue to hone his skills throughout the year at various regional and home competitions.
Gareth, who lives near Selby, is the first person from Yorkshire to represent England in this sport. When asked how he felt about being selected, Gareth told us "I’m well pleased. I’ve already played in the under-eighteen team at national level but I’m really looking forward to competing outside the UK".
Gareth Townend - Apprentice Joiner
For more information on Short Mat Bowls, follow the link below:
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12th March 2008 - Three Anelay Contracts recognised at the National Civic Trust Awards 2008
A total of three major landmark restoration projects involving York and Manchester based building conservation specialists William Anelay came in for national recognition at the Civic Trust Awards in Newcastle.
Two projects received Commendations. These were for the extensive restoration and refurbishment of Gorton Monastery in Manchester and the other was for the restoration of 78 Derngate, Northampton; a Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed house.
In addition, Wentworth Castle and Stainborough Park picked up a Special Partnership Award. the park which contains 26 listed buildings, monuments and follies has undergone a massive transformation as part of a heritage-led regeneration project.Back to Top
11th February 2008 - Gorton Monastery receives a Built in Quality Award
Gorton Monastery has received a Manchester Built in Quality Award 2008. The building, which was restored and refurbished by contractor William Anelay Ltd is now being used to provide corporate and events facilities as part of regeneration plans in the east of the city.
Projects are evaluated from conception and throughout the construction process. The Awards are unique as they recognise excellent practice across a range of building projects and are assessed against a formal 'Built in Quality' standards. Back to Top
23rd January 2008 - Anelay Stonemason raises money for Charity
Stonemason John Cocker entered the Paris-Brest-Paris Randonneur (cycle) event last year and in the process, raised £1500 for the York Special Care Baby Unit Support Group. The event covered 1200 kms and had to be completed within a 90 hours timescale. John managed to do this in 80 hours and 4 minutes.
The Unit Support Group relies purely on donations to provide assistance for ill babies and their families. Please visit www.supportscbuyork.co.uk for more information.
John presenting his cheque to Sheila Coyle and Debbie Elsegood at the Special Care Baby Unit at York HospitalBack to Top
14th January 2008 - Charles Anelay involved with Conservation Project Management events
Charles Anelay, Special Projects Director is taking part in a series of events that help people involved in the care of the historic environment to understand factors in delivering successful conservation projects.
A programme of conferences has been organised by the CIOB and will include the varying perspectives of different disciplines, professions and other partners that make up the project team.
The first conference took place at Hardwick Hall in November 2007 and will be followed by a second in Dublin on February 29th and a third in Glasgow on April 4th 2008.
For more information about the Dublin event, please visit http://www.ciob.org.uk/events/view/2937 and the Glasgow conference http://www.ciob.org.uk/events/view/2938.Back to Top
23rd November 2007 - 260th Anniversary Dinner Celebration
William Anelay celebrated their 260 years in construction with a lavish banquet at the historic Merchant Adventurer’s Hall in York. The Dinner was attended by the Company’s five directors and a number of employees, clients, suppliers and business partners. The guest of honour was The Right Honourable, Lord Mayor of York Councillor Irene Waudby accompanied by the Lord Mayor’s Consort Mr. Derek Waudby.
The black tie event included a formal four course dinner celebrating local Yorkshire produce. During the course of the evening, Special Projects Director Charles Anelay entertained guests with a brief yet humourous review of the Company’s history followed by the Lord Mayor’s observation of the Company’s longevity and relationship with the City of York.
Towards the close of the evening, a raffle was held with all proceeds being donated to Martin House at Tadcaster.
L to R: Directors Tony Townend, Charles Anelay, Lord Mayor’s Consort, Lord Mayor, Vernon Carter, Stephen Brown, Tim DonlonBack to Top
1st November 2007 - Anelay Manchester office moves to Monastery
The Anelay Manchester office base has now moved from the The Angels to Gorton Monastery. The new address is Gorton Monastery, Gorton Lane, Manchester, M12 5WF. Telephone and fax numbers remain the same.Back to Top
10th October 2007 - Constructionskills Event at Victoria Baths
William Anelay Ltd were once again delighted to be asked to help facilitate an introduction to construction for year 10 and 11 students from schools in and around the Manchester area. The event which took place during National Construction Week was held at Victoria Baths, where Anelays are project managing Phase I restoration works.
The Skills Day was arranged by Constructionskills with the assistance of the Victoria Baths Trust team and supporters. Over fifty children were given the opportunity to try out a variety of construction skills. These included heritage joinery, leadwork, tiling, slate roofing, fibrous plastering, glass leadwork and fibrous plaster moulding.
All students that attended, of which approximately 25% were females, are all either studying for a GCSE in Construction or BTEC in Construction and so enjoyed trying out construction skills in a real life setting rather than a classroom situation.
Trevor Copley providing a Joinery Demonstration at Victoria Baths, ManchesterBack to Top
14th September 2007 - Another Royal Visit to an Anelay Site
HRH Prince Charles paid his second visit of the year to another Anelay site; the Rotunda Museum at Scarborough. Prince Charles is well know for his interest in conservation and the preservation of the nation’s architectural heritage and so was a very welcome visitor to the project.
The museum, owned by Scarborough Borough Council and managed by Scarborough Museums Trust is undergoing an extensive restoration programme that is due to be completed late 2007. Those involved in the project include Project Lead Turner and Townsend, architects Buttress Fuller Allsop Williams and of course ourselves, principal contractor William Anelay.
The photograph below shows Prince Charles finding out what it is like to use a masonry tool with Lord Derwent of the Scarborough Museum’s Trust and William Anelay employees Mark Green and John Crump looking on.
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13th August 2007 - William Anelay secures contract at Clitheroe Castle and Museum
Restoration experts William Anelay has successfully won the contract to carry out restoration works, including the provision of a new link building at Clitheroe Castle and Museum in Lancashire.
The 69 week project is the biggest heritage restoration project in Clitheroe's history. The aim is to provide an all-weather venue which is anticipated to attract in the region of 17,000 visitors per year.Back to Top
6th August 2007 - Anelay wins contract for St. Peter's Church, Huddersfield
William Anelay Ltd has been appointed contractor to carry out restoration works at St. Peter's Church in Huddersfield.
The contract will include high level masonry repairs to the Church tower and slate and lead re-roofing works. High level scaffolding will be implemented to minimise inconvenience to church visitors and the passing public.
The project is expected to be carried out over a 22 week period.Back to Top
1st July 2007 - Vernon Carter is appointed as Regional Chairman for the NFB
Vernon Carter, Managing Director of restoration and building contractor William Anelay Ltd has been appointed as the Regional Chairman of the National Federation of Builders (NFB). Vernon takes over from head of Kendall Cross Holdings Ltd, Neil Ramsey.
The trade federation was established 15 years ago and represents small to medium sized contractors in England and Wales.
Vernon comments, "Today's construction industry is very different to what it was when I first embarked on my career. It's gratifying to see that the Client/Contractor relationship has come a long way since then. It is much less adversarial and more about partnering. The NFB can help by providing advice and training so that businesses and individuals are better equipped to cope with industry changes." Back to Top
14th June 2007 - William Anelay apprentice wins Team Masonry Skills UK Challenge
Stonemason John Crump, employed by York and Manchester based building and restoration contractor William Anelay Ltd., was one of three York College apprentices to be entered in the first ever UK Masonry Skills Challenge organised by the Stone Federation of Great Britain.
The York College team were one of nine who travelled to Weymouth in Dorset to take part in the challenge, with some candidates travelling from as far away as Limavady and Glasgow.
Each student was given a drawing from which they had to produce templates and from these create a finished piece of masonry work from Portland stone throughout the one day event. Candidates were assessed on the accuracy of their planned design and the standard of finish to the worked stone.
Individuals were marked on their own efforts and then scores were combined to identify the overall winning team, which this year went to John and fellow students of York College. In recognition of their winning achievement, the team are presented with the Peter Ellis Trophy.
John is currently working with other William Anelay experts at the Rotunda Museum in Scarborough, putting his masonry skills and abilities to good use. This 12 month long project which includes masonry repairs, a new front entrance, new lift shaft and staircase and lead and roofing works is due to be completed late Autumn 2007.
John CrumpBack to Top
23rd April 2007 - Restoration contractors win contract for Hollin House
William Anelay Ltd is pleased to announce that they have won the contract to carry out refurbishment works and additions to the Bishop of Ripon and Leeds residence at Hollin House in Leeds.
The property will benefit from refurbishments to the main house and the currently redundant Coach House with a new link building between the two to provide office and meeting space facilities.
Works have been delayed until August to avoid disturbance to the property’s protected sitting tenants (long-eared bats and pipistrelles).Back to Top
1st April 2007 - Anelay employee gets through to final eight of National Bowls Competition
Congratulations to William Anelay’s first year joinery apprentice, Gareth Townend aged sixteen. Gareth plays short mat bowls for the North Duffield league and also bowls for the England under 18’s (along with his twin sister Jacinta).
Gareth was entered and won the Open Age Group North Yorkshire Tournement at Easingwold in February this year which lead to him being entered for the National Competition at Kettering in March 2007. Gareth was one of 100 people that had qualified for the competition and after a gruelling series of matches, succeeded in getting through to the final eight before being knocked out by the eventual winner.
Well done Gareth!Back to Top
26th March 2007 - Phase I restoration work has now commenced at Victoria Baths, Manchester
York based building conservation and restoration specialists William Anelay Ltd has begun work on one of its most high profile and prestigious projects todate. Victoria Baths in Manchester, winner of the 2003 BBC Restoration programme, is undergoing a £3 million external and internal facelift that aims to restore it to its former glory with Anelay named as principal contractor.
Built in 1903 - 1906 by Manchester Corporation, the grade II* listed baths are testament to the pride and attention to detail taken by early 20th century municipal bodies in the creation of public buildings. The baths were in constant use until closure in 1993 and are home to the first ever ’jacuzzi’ in a public baths in England, known as an Aerotone when installed in 1952.
William Anelay MD Vernon Carter explained: "This prestigious building is one of the most high profile conservation projects we have undertaken and will present a number of challenges which fit perfectly with our experience and knowledge of restoration."
Scott Bibby preparing for Site set-upBack to Top
22th March 2007 - Work begins next month at Preston Hall Winter Gardens Museum, Stockton on Tees
William Anelay Ltd has secured the contract to carry out the restoration of the Preston Hall Winter Gardens Museum Conservatory. This victorian conservatory, owned by Stockton Borough Council and thought to date back to the 1880’s is due to receive a major overhall. Works will begin mid April over a 27 week programme. The project will involve substantial glass repairs, timber roof and frame restoration and redecoration and the replacement of stone cills. Work is due to be completed by the end of October 2007.Back to Top
12th March 2007 - Phase III works begin at St Laurence’s Church, York
William Anelay Ltd have been contracted by the Parochial Church Council to carry out restoration works at St. Laurence’s Church in York. Anelays carried out earlier Phase I and II works and have now begun Phase III in earnest working again with architects Ferry and Mennim. Over a period of 22 weeks, the Company will carry out essential repairs to the remaining un-restored roof timber structure. There will be some re-lining and re-leading of the Church’s gutters, some minor masonry repairs and re-pointing and some glazing refurbishments. Work is expected to be completed before the end of August 2007.Back to Top
7th February 2007 - Royal visit for William Anelay project
York-based building conservation and restoration specialists William Anelay has been mixing with Royalty following a recent visit by TRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall to Gorton Monastery. William Anelay Ltd is principal contractor for the £6 million 18 month long restoration of the famous Pugin-designed 19th Century landmark just two miles from Manchester city centre. The Royal Highnesses were on hand to inspect the work being carried out at the monastery as well as viewing a range of master classes in heritage craft skills.
William Anelay’s Managing Director Vernon Carter commented: "Gorton Monastery represents a real landmark project for William Anelay. It is an added bonus to have the Royal visitors interested in the extensive conservation and restoration work we are doing here". "We have a long and proud history of restoring many of the nation’s most famous buildings," added Vernon.
Paul Griffiths, Chairman of the Monastery of St Francis and Gorton Trust said: "It is a great honour to be able to show Their Royal Highnesses this wonderful building at such an important stage in the project. The restoration work being carried out by William Anelay and their sub-contractors is on time and close to completion.
"This summer we will see the completion of the major restoration work and we will be looking forward to re-opening Gorton Monastery as one of the region’s premier multi-functional events venues, although we continue to have a further £1 million to raise to restore all the architectural features and altars. This special visit is recognition of the efforts made to save the building by the Trustees and local community over the last ten years," added Paul.
L to R: The Duchess of Cornwall, Vernon Carter, HRH Prince Charles, Mike Riley, Grellan Symes (Buro 4)Back to Top
10th November 2006 - William Anelay Company Day
The Company’s annual corporate day took place on Friday 10th November for the second year running at Xscape, Castleford.
The day began with the company’s 110 workforce being greeted by bacon sandwiches, pastries, tea and coffee on arrival. The morning session started with the Director’s presentation on their short term and long-term strategy for the business growth; the main aim being to concentrate on improving business performance within a steady managed framework.
William Anelay Workforce
The Directors thanked everyone for their contribution towards the company’s success and recognised the importance of the workforce in achieving Company objectives.
The Presentation was followed by a series of workshops including health and safety, material and waste management and training.
Prior to lunch, the Directors announced the Employee of the Year Award. A number of people were recognised for their contribution to the company’s success over the last twelve months and worthy contenders for the Award. These were John Griffiths, Tony Patterson and Mary Gatus. The title of Employee of the Year went to Mick Feather. Mick has been with the company for less than four years but during this time has proved an excellent Site Manager, respected by employees and Clients alike.
After lunch, employees participated in an activity of their choice. Those brave enough faced the Ariel assault course with a strong Estimating contingent opting for Snow Boarding Lessons.
The Company re-assembled to hear a presentation by the current Forum representatives who explained what the Forum aims are and what has been achieved over the last two years.
The day ended with farewell drinks in the Bar.Back to Top
17th October 2006 - William Anelay employees receive York Guild of Building Team Craftsmanship Award 2006.
Employees of York restoration contractor William Anelay were proud to receive the York Guild of Building Team Craftsmanship Award at a ceremony held at Bedern Hall. The Guild’s panel assess work carried out by York based companies and their employees to identify and celebrate excellence in trade or craft skills associated with the building industry.
Two William Anelay projects were nominated for recognition. Both nominations involved traditional lead work skills with the re-roofing works at Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle receiving the Group Craftsmanship Award despite fierce competition from worthy contenders.
Lead workers Andy Wood, Mick Lawler, Carl Staton, Craig Bridgeman and Ray Waterfield were pleased to be nominated for the award and even more delighted to discover that they had won it.
William Anelay’s Operations Director Tony Townend comments, "Our aim is to become the leading restoration contractor in our industry. Receiving awards of this nature, particularly for a craft that forms a growing part of our operations, underlines our values of producing excellent workmanship".
Andy Wood, Mick Lawler and Carl Staton receiving the Team Craftsmanship Award on behalf of the teamBack to Top
5th October 2006 - Ripon Civic Award Ceremony
William Anelay were proud recipients of a Highly Commended Craftsmanship Award, issued by Ripon Civic Society. The Award ceremony was held in the library of Ripon Cathedral to celebrate the achievements of architects, designers, contractors and craftspeople that have contributed to the City’s built heritage and the local environment.
William Anelay was contracted by The Chapter of Ripon Cathedral to remove and re-lead the cathedral’s main tower and bellcote involving the use of over twenty tonnes of lead. Deserving recognition for their contribution to the project are Will Campbell, Carl Wilkinson and Reece Yates.
Will Campbell in Ripon CathedralBack to Top
4th + 5th October 2006 - National Construction Week
The Monastery of Gorton and St. Francis Trust had asked William Anelay to assist in facilitating some Heritage Skills Days at the Monastery as part of the National Construction Week 2006.
Students from various colleges and schools in the Manchester area were invited by CITB-ConstructionSkills to attend the Monastery over a two-day period to learn about and where possible, try some of the traditional restoration crafts that are still used within the construction industry.
Students experiencing joinery skills
overseen by Trevor Copley
Carl Wilkinson showing a student
how to weld lead rivets
A number of meetings took place prior to the event to discuss logistics, skills demonstrations, facilities, resource requirements and Health & Safety issues.
Mike Riley, one of William Anelay two Site Managers at Gorton stated that despite all the activity on site, "it was important that business would continue as usual".
Sharon Mathews, Education Adviser for CITB-ConstructionSkills commented:
"This has been a fantastic event to increase the awareness of the built heritage sector and the badly needed work opportunities that exist within it. Being allowed to use this local historic building as the backdrop for such an event has provided a unique experience with a real context. Conservation and repairs to historic buildings contribute greatly to sustainability, so it is important that these skills are taken up by more young people".Back to Top