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MPG Apprentice Achieves Multiple Awards

MPG Apprentice Sean Dooner has had a good year. He has gained entry to the CITB SkillBuild Finals in November after getting a Bronze Medal in the Regional Event.

He has been awarded "Best Apprentice" at Barking and Dagenham College having got 100% in his Theory Exam, being the only one to have achieved this after more than 3000 other entrants.

Sean is progressing well on the St George Battersea Reach and Canary Wharf Burdett Rd sites, along with our other trainees, and is met with praise wherever he goes. He is also a contender for Dry Lining Apprentice of the Year at the Berkeley Homes Event in October.

MPG believe the training opportunities through an apprenticeship are an ideal entry in to the Interior Finishing Industry and welcome any new interested applicants by sending their CV to info@mpgcontracts.co.uk

 

Balfour Beatty "Make Safety Personal"

Members of the MPG Team recently attended the Balfour Beatty - Make Safety Personal Course at the Stanmore Hospital Project. The course focused on engaging all site representatives on topical matters including alertness to hazards, quality and quantity of information generated within Tool Box Talks, sharing ideas across projects and the positive use of Near Miss Cards. The objective was to ensure that a high standard of behavior in health and safety matters was applicable to everyone on site.

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MPG Invest in New Cutting Stations

MPG have invested in new multi-purpose cutting stations, which come with many health and safety features including noise reduction and PVC screens to contain and protect from sparks. The chop saw operated within the station is positioned on a rubber mat to reduce vibration and the design layout of the station ensures the saw is positioned at a safe working height.

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The cutting stations are being deployed across all projects and most recently introduced at the new Stanmore Hospital project for client Balfour Beatty.

 

MPG receive Gold Coin Awards on SRM Project

Two MPG employees have been awarded Gold Coin Awards this month, Manuel Adavidoaie & Maricel Pruteanu.

Sir Robert McAlpine management had the following to say about both of them:

"We are proud and happy to work with lads like this and it is a pleasure to let MPG know that SRM appreciate all your company support to achieve our targets. Thank you."

"They have been a really valuable resource as we work towards completing the job - Both are incredibly hard working and all of their undertakings are performed to a high standard and in a safe manner."

 

MPG Secure Hospital Project

MPG secure Stanmore Orthopaedic Hospital project for Balfour Beatty .

We are proud to continue our working relationship with client Balfour Beatty in delivering Phase 1 of new Stanmore Orthopaedic Hospital. The project involves building a 123 in-patient ward along with an imaging department, café and retail space.

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MPG will be responsible for the internal finishing and installation of drywall partitions, and associated suspended ceilings. MPG's experience of having working on previous hospital projects with input to design elements played a key factor in securing the scheme.

Target overall project completion end of 2018 and MPG package works July 2018

 

MPG - Get It Right Initiative.

MPG are contributing to the Construction Industry GET IT RIGHT INITIATIVE - the aim is to reduce the volume of errors during construction. It has been quoted that on an annual basis the overall cost to the industry is in the region of £5B due to not getting it right first time.

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MPG Participate in School Careers Day Event

Members of the MPG Management Team and Barking and Dagenham College were invited by Canary Wharf Contractors to participate in a Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership Event which took place at Morpeth School in Bethnal Green last week. 

In collaboration with other professions, MPG developed a workshop to explain the various opportunities and career paths available to young people interested in joining the construction industry.

Pupils and teachers were given an explanation of modern construction methods and then helped to create a sample piece themselves.

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MPG Site Manager Wins 2nd Black Hat Award

MPG Site Manager, Stefan Voinea, has won a second award in as many months for his work on the NLE. As this project nears completion Stefan has pulled out all the stops to ensure the client has all the assistance they require to ensure the team works as efficiently as possible. SRM said that Stefan is "Hard Working and helps MPG and SRM drive the job safely and diligently."

 

MPG Manager wins Gold Coin at the NLE

MPG Site Manager, Stefan Voinea has been nominated as a Black Hat Gold Coin Winner at the prestigious NLE Project.

Chris Judge of Sir Robert McAlpine nominated Stefan and said:

"Stefan has put in a sterling effort (almost single handedly taking it on) in accelerating work to get the patresses complete for the life safety devices which were required to meet a major project critical deadline. This has been a huge effort to complete so many over such a short period of time. His efforts have greatly helped the successful completion of the project and us meeting our key milestones. I cannot stress how big an effort this has been and he really deserves recognition for this."

 

MPG invests in new and improved PPE

MPG invests in new and improved Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)

After extensive research into improving it's Personal Protective Equipment, MPG have identified EVolite Helmets as the most resilient and suitable on the market while Stealth 9000 safety glasses are deemed a superior safety spectacle. MPG's commitment to improving Safety and Health for all its staff and operatives is not about complying with legislation but going the extra mile and providing the optimum in PPE technology.

The safety helmets and glasses are made of high quality materials and while they cost in excess of three times the standard PPE alternatives, the directors of MPG had no hesitation in making it company policy and that all staff and operatives be provided with the upgraded equipment.

The key features of the new equipment are outlined below.

SAFETY HELMETS

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The EVOLite® Skyworker™ helmet has a suspension system and shell structure that has been designed to be used for industrial, mountaineering, rescue and leisure activities. Meeting the EN12492 standard. A helmet complying to the mountaineering standard is impact tested with two 5kg strikers. A hemispherical striker is dropped from 2 metres onto the crown of the helmet and a flat striker from 500mm on to the front, rear or side by tilting the headform to 30°. In all cases, the transmitted force through the neck of the headform must not exceed 10kN. Two penetration tests with a 3kg pointed striker are also performed within a 50mm radius of the helmet's crown without making contact with the headform.

Feedback from staff and operatives was that the new hats were lighter, comfortable, and the 4 point chin strap allowed a better fit and overall were more practical.

SAFETY GLASSES

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The Stealth™ 9000 is a lightweight safety spectacle, weighing just 25g, with a wraparound 9 base curve Polycarbonate lens. The slim stylish temples have been co-injection moulded with soft rubber to increase grip and provide excellent comfort levels. All of the Stealth™ 9000 safety spectacles come with class 1 optical lenses and block 99% of ultraviolet radiation.

Feedback from staff and operatives was that sports style flexible rims were more comfortable than the traditional glasses, there is no slippage when wearing the glasses as the soft nose bridge was adjustable , The anti mist and anti scratch features were a major positive.

 

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MPG staff are now proud to wear branded jackets, jumpers and polo shirts as well as adopting the new style safety helmets with a safety strap and branded safety glasses.


 

MPG - Sustainability School

Launched in 2012, the Sustainability School (http://www.supplychainschool.co.uk) is a multi award winning initiative which represents a common approach to addressing sustainability within the industry's supply chain. With more than 14,000 members, the School provides free practical support in the form of e-learning modules, tailored self-assessment and action plans, sustainability training and networking opportunities.

MPG are proud to have achieved Bronze Status and are now actively working towards the next level - Silver.

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MPG Annual Pool Competition

MPG recently met up after work for what has now become an annual event. Regular players were joined by ex employees and everyone had a great time. There was a jovial degree of competition and the final was narrowly won by Ged Maye, beating Michael Gavin 3-1.

MPG are supporting a member of the family of Ben Lacey, a good friend and former employee, and have raised a total of £1500 towards his cousin's care, some of which was raised at last nights event. We wish him and his family all the very best, and invite anyone to view Louise's GoFundMe page themselves - https://www.gofundme.com/louises-cancer-cure?d=143227206

Jon McGoldrick (seen here on the right), last years winner, was happy to hand over the trophy (until next year?). 

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MPG - Completion of GRG Ceiling at Cleland House

MPG have completed the Main Entrance Ceiling at Cleland House in Pimlico, London for Berkeley Homes. The GRG ceiling  is an example of the specialist high quality and finish of work that MPG are proud to produce.

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MPG Management Development Programme

MPG Senior Staff have recently been participating in an ongoing management development programme. The aim of the programme is to enhance knowledge and understanding of various elements within the construction sector, namely team leadership, client relations, productivity, finance and commercial. Pictured is the recent attendees at the commercial module organised by Alex Mc Gregor, Head of Commercial.

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MPG Hold Charity Breakfast

The Managers and Staff at Head Office had an enjoyable Festive Breakfast in North London Today in Aid of the Noahs Ark Hospice Appeal.

The event raised £120 for the Charity that helps seriously ill children in their own homes as well as raising money to build a state of the art Childrens Hospice here in Barnet, North London.

Details of the charity can be found at the following address:

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Night out at Bounce

Michael Gavin invited all of MPG's employees for an evening out at the Bounce Bar and Table Tennis Club where everyone had a great time. With the help of a Games Maker, some Pizzas and a few Beers, battle commenced. We had two tables and whilst one was used to warm up, the tournament took place on Centre Court. Couples teamed up and played against the others in a fun filled Doubles contest. Eventually Paul and Alex (Project Director and HSEQ Manager) won through but it really was all about taking part. Watch out for the upcoming Pool Competition.

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MPG Staff Enjoy a Night Out at Wembley

MPG staff enjoyed a night out recently at the SSE Arena in Wembley attending a boxing event. The main George Groves Vs Eduard Gutknecht bout was preceded by several excellent contests, particularly between Johnny Garton (pictured with MPG) and Geiboord Omier.

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MPG Graduate Scheme

Job Description

MPG are one of the UK's fastest growing specialist construction company's involved in interior fit-out, drylining and ceilings based in London - with a workforce of over 150 and turnover in excess of £16M. Our clients are primarily main contractors and residential developers.

Our primary focus is delivery of a finished product at the highest quality achievable while ensuring we gain repeat business with our client base.

All of this is only possible with the support of our employees and tradesmen hence personal development of our people along with career opportunities is paramount to our continued success. We are well known for our employees "can do attitude" and open culture that is deployed across the company.

The MPG graduate programme is looking for highly motivated, innovative and talented graduates who would like to develop a career in the construction industry. The programme is dedicated to developing the successful candidates in mapping out a long term career in a fast growing business, and obtaining skills and experience having worked in different key areas within the company.

Over an 18 month period you will have three 6 month placements in various departments involving Quantity Surveying, Project delivery/ operations along with Estimating. Each placement will provide the individual with transferrable skills and experience and with the assistance of an experienced Mentor who will oversee the development needs and ensure that all training requirements are achieved.

The objective of the programme is to provide the successful candidate with an insight into an area of the business that would enable them to develop a long term career within the company. The programme will be based at our UK Office in London with frequent visits to our projects throughout the UK.

Applicants should apply by emailing info@mpgcontracts.co.uk with a CV and covering letter explaining why you should be considered for the graduate programme. Please see our website for further information www.mpgcontracts.co.uk

Closing date for applications will be Friday 16th December 2016.

(Salary; c. £21000 - £23000 PA plus benefits)

 

Battersea Reach - MPG Safety and Award Meeting

MPG recently held a Safety and Award Meeting at our St George Battersea Reach Project with over 50 operatives in attendance joining Tony Veale, St George Health and Safety Manager, Clive Sachs and Samuel Omoarukhe, St George Managers, and the MPG management team.

Everyone listened to the engaging talk by Tony Veale, who passionately expressed the need for all workers to think about their own Health and Safety at all times as well as looking out for their colleagues, visibly raising the morale of everyone on site who already appreciate St George benefits such as the outstanding Welfare Facilities.

Joe Adams, Project Leader, and Alex Adams, Health and Safety Manager, thanked Tony and went on to emphasise the importance of wearing the correct PPE and informed everyone that as the cold weather approaches, MPG will be providing head warmers to wear safely under their hard hats.

Cristian Tuna and Adrian Carp received an award and Free Breakfasts for themselves and their chosen colleagues for outstanding Quality and Health and Safety Standards over the last month.

Prior to a well deserved lunch break, all of the operatives were offered the choice of an MPG Fleece, Jumper or Polo shirt.

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MPG Secure New Project

MPG have secured a new project - Battersea Reach Blocks M&N with St George London. The project is part of the next phase in Battersea which involves the development of 124 units with a contract value in excess of £2.7million

MPG are proud to be involved in the next phase of this development at Battersea and their continued association with St George Developments. MPG will be responsible for all installation of gypsum partitioning, MF Ceilings, electrical back boxes and conduits, plastering, taping and jointing including mist coat.

The project is targeted to be complete in early September 2017

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MPG Wrap Up St James's Market

MPG Contracts have now completed their works on the prestigious St James Market development for Crown Estates & Oxford Properties working for client Balfour Beatty.

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The project entailed the development of a mixed use scheme of 30,000m2 of retail and commercial space across two blocks known as Regent Street and Haymarket.

MPG was responsible for the construction of all lightweight gypsum partitioning , core and shaft walls, demountable metal pan ceilings, blind boxes, acoustic plaster ceilings and fire stopping.

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The quality of the finishes on the project were of a very high standard and MPG are very proud to have been a valued member in delivering the project.

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Jim Muldoon Senior Construction Manager - " It was a pleasure to work with MPG as part of this project, their can do attitude and commitment to delivering a quality finish was commendable, while ensuring that the job was carried out accident and injury free supporting the project's health and safety high standards"

 

MPG are Recruiting Graduate Trainees.

MPG Contracts Ltd are recruiting Graduate Trainees - we have a number of vacancies for high calibre Graduates looking for a career in project management or quantity surveying - please forward your CV to info@mpgcontracts.co.uk confirming what discipline you are interested in. Closing date for applications Monday 15th August 2016. Successful applicants will start September 2016.

 

MPG Summer Lunch

Staff and project teams recently met in St James Park London to share a picnic lunch and to discuss ideas and innovations across their respective projects.

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MPG Current Vacancies

MPG currently have the following vacancies for experienced experts in their field:

Project Leader X 2

Site Manager X 2

Estimator X 2

Please see our website for contact details. http://www.mpgcontracts.co.uk/working-for-mpg 

 

MPG Apprenticeships

MPG are offering 5 apprenticeships in drywall and finishing sector commencing September 2016. You will be assigned a mentor and all college fees paid with the guarantee of a job and qualification as a skilled tradesmen after 2 years. Email CV and reason why you should be offered one of these apprenticeships to info@mpgcontracts.co.uk by no later 30th June 2016. School leavers welcome.

 

MPG Complete Phase 1 of Works at Abell House

MPG Contracts Ltd are very proud to be associated with Berkeley Homes in delivering the Drywall, GRG and Mist Coat works to Abell House Phase 1 in Millbank. Carl Bavington the Project Manager has commented that it was very pleasing to be recognised by the senior management team in achieving an extremely high standard of finish with an exemplary safety record.

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MPG Help Raise £29000 for London Charities

MPG joined Berkeley Homes along with other subcontractors last week in a bid to raise money for the Royal Trinity Hospice (https://www.royaltrinityhospice.london/)  in Clapham and Thrive (http://www.thrive.org.uk/), a charity that works to help people through therapeutic gardening, including several plots in South London.

The money was raised via two Go-Karting Evenings, MPG were overjoyed to support the one in Hertfordshire, made up of a team from the Abell and Cleland Project.

Michael Gavin, our MD, Carl Bavington, Project Manager and site manager Lee Savage helped make up the MPG Team and despite inclement weather, battled strongly to a well deserved 4th place.

Click here for the full results and more information on the event.

 

MPG gain BASWA Certification

MPG proudly announce their association with Baswa and are now certified Baswa acoustic installers.

MPG continue to expand their expertise in specialist acoustic ceilings, researching new systems ensuring MPG can continue to offer their clients the most innovative solutions. A specialist team recently travelled to Baswa HQ in Switzerland to develop new skills and obtain certification in the installation of sound absorbing plaster ceilings that can conform with challenging design details including curves.

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More information  is available: http://baswaphon.com/

 

MPG Win Gold Coin Safety Award

MPG are happy to announce that they have been nominated for two Gold Coin Awards, one of which has gone on to win First Prize.

Christian Iurascu and Barry Dooley have both been awarded these Coins for outstanding dedication to Health and Safety at the New London Embassy.

 

MPG - Abell and Cleland Apartments

MPG Contracts were congratulated on achieving zero defects on a recent director inspection sign off of apartments at the prestigious Berkeley Homes Abell & Cleland project in Central London.

This was a great effort by all the team, and a fitting recognition for all the hard work in attaining our zero defect strategy into working procedures on site.

Paul McSloy, Project Director for MPG, stated: "Congratulations to all the team in achieving zero defects on this prestigious high-end residential project. This is a real testament to the attention to detail, professionalism and can-do attitude of the team."

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MPG Staff Awards

MPG staff have voted for their employee of the year and the results conclude that Dave Butcher, our Logistics manager at the NLE is the clear winner. Dave has worked for MPG for many years and everyone appreciates his dedication, reliability, knowledge and accuracy when undertaking any task. Dave has also embraced the "MPG Way" by acting in everyone's interests throughout 2015, winning several Gold Awards.

Comments made by his colleagues include "Dave has a constant can do attitude" and "Dave's commitment to company values and safety is way above what is expected"

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Dave Butcher, Employee of the Year receiving his award from Bill Power, Project Leader.

Another award for Outstanding Achievement went to Alex McGregor, Management Employee of the Year, whilst Bill Power and Carl Bavington were also recognised for their commitment to achieving exceptional Quality Standards.

Commercial Manager, Alex McGregor, has shown exceptional talent throughout 2015 in all aspects of his work, especially on several of MPG's prestigious projects, achieving and surpassing both Quality and Standards Goals, whilst maintaining an excellent working relationship with his Clients, Commercial Team, Project Managers, Directors and Sub Contractors.

 

Founding member of MPG recently bereaved

The management and staff of MPG would like to pay tribute to one of the founding members of MPG - Patrick (Paddy) O'Malley who sadly passed away on the 5th January 2016.

Paddy along with Martin Gavin formed MPG Plastering Ltd as it was known then in the early 1970's.

Condolences to all the O'Malley family and our thoughts are with them at this time.

Funeral service will be held on Tuesday 19th January at 11.30 am in St John the Evangelist Church, 39 Duncan Terrace, London N1 9AL with burial in Islington & St Pancras Cemetery, 278 High Road, East Finchley, London, N2 9AG.

 

MPG Gains Achilles Certification

MPG are proud to announce that they have completed their accreditation for the Achilles Building Confidence Accreditation. MPG maintain a Quality System that includes Health and Safety as well as Environmental Policies. 

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MPG Achieves Zero Riddor for 2015

MPG are looking forward to a successful 2016 after having no Reportable accidents across the entire year. Michael Gavin said that he thanked all of the employees and operatives of MPG for their hard work whilst making sure that they and their fellow colleagues worked safely.

MPG reviewed their HSE system throughout the year, making improvements to many of its already high quality systems including the Induction Process, Noticeboards and Signage, Dust Control, Eye Protection and Occupational Health Monitoring.

This year MPG believes that by collaborating further with all trades, colleagues, the community, clients and its supply chain, we can make our workplace as safe as possible for everybody.


 

NLE - Topping Out Ceremony

New London Embassy, topping out ceremony. A special tribute was paid to the men and women who have played a role in the construction of the new embassy by the American Ambassador. MPG is proud to be associated with this landmark project in conjunction with its client BL Harbert and Sir Robert Mc Alpine. Well done to all the team and operatives for their achievements to date.

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Contractor of the Month

MPG are very happy to announce that they have been awarded a Certificate of Excellence by Berkeley Group on the Abell and Cleland Project.

MPG have worked hard to ensure all personnel on site are working in a safe and healthy manner and that everyone has a positive attitude to not only their own Health and Safety, but also their colleagues.

MPG's Project Leader, Carl Bavington has also been awarded a Certificate of Excellence.

These awards are a very credible achievement, not least as MPG have over 120 operatives across the two blocks.

Paul McSloy, the Project Director for MPG at Abell and Cleland said: "I appreciate all the hard work and effort the team have shown over the last 4 weeks, and we will work hard to maintain or better our standards. Regular internal meetings further good practice initiatives and these will be rolled out over the coming week to sustain our position."

Michael Gavin, Managing Director of MPG has personally thanked the team and all MPG Sites are determined to work to the same standard.

The personnel on our NLE project have been awarded 3 gold coins this month alone, The NLE's safety manager was quoted as saying: "Stefan Voinea, (MPG's Site Manager) is continuously diligent in keeping watch of his areas when supervising the safety of his work crew. He is a valuable member of the weekly safety walks which take place to monitor safety issues and make corrections."

Other Gold Coins have been awarded at the NLE:

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"Vasil’s supervisor reported that Vasil has always been dedicated & supportive of safety from day one on this project. His quality of work and great time keeping makes him stand out above others.  Great job!"

Mehmed Gazi

"Mehmed’s supervisor reported that Mehmed demonstrates great commitment toward site safety standards, keeps his areas clean without being asked, and in fact, goes beyond what is expected in these areas and in helping others.  He’s a great example for others to follow."

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CWC 5 a Side Competition

MPG were proud to take part in Canary Wharf Contractors Annual Charity Football Event in South East London on Friday Evening. The Event consistently raises over £20,000 per year for Charities such as Great Ormond Street Hospital, RoSPA and Demelza Childrens Hospice.

Thirty two teams were drawn in to groups of four and MPG played a strong hand this year with Will Wilkinson captaining a team representing all sites, especially Saint James Market.

Team Spirit was high, and our players and supporters were passionate, narrowly missing out on a place in the finals after winning two games with a 5 goal lead.

A good night was had by all and thanks to Canary Wharf and all the contending teams for a great competition. 

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MPG Visit Knauf Factory

As part of MPG's Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programme , a group of managers recently attended an advanced drywall training day at the Knauf headquarters in Sittingbourne.

The training day focused on technical requirements and current specifications of Knauf drywall products while participating in the building of several mock up samples to complement the technical skills.

MPG Site Manager Will Wilkinson said

"The Knauf training day further enhanced my on-site knowledge and reaffirmed the importance of our rigorous Quality Assurance process that ensure all technical standards in the build cycle are achieved to the manufacturers standards.

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MPG Complete Welfare Facilities Package

MPG are happy to announce that they have completed the Welfare Facilities Package at Abell and Cleland House. The Green Route is now fully established to the Basement Floors where we have completed the dry lining and ceiling package for the Canteen, Male and Female Toilets, Sub Contractor Offices, Showers and Drying Rooms as well as storage areas, Induction Rooms, Kitchette including Kitchen Fitout, First Aid Area and Signage. All work was completed two weeks ahead of program.

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MPG Secure Screed and Underfloor Heating Package

MPG have secured new works involving the Screed and Underfloor heating package at The New London Embassy in Vauxhall. The Ardex screed will be both Un-bonded and Floating with the use of Knauff Super Eco Floor insulation to assist in achieving an extremely low target for Eco emissions.

Fifty per cent of the screed Package will contain an Ambi Clip Under Floor Heating System.

The combined use of these two Products benefits the programme greatly in terms of install and curing times.

MPG will be responsible for delivering completed areas consisting of; DPM Laydown & Insulation placement, Complete and Tested Underfloor heating (Same Day), along with cured and walkable screed 4 hrs after completion.

 

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Abell and Cleland HGV Safety Initiative

Central London has had too many fatal injuries involving cyclists and lorries, especially those involved in the Construction Industry. MPG are happy to report that all of our Supply Chain are involved in the CLOCS initiative which assures that HGV's are equipped with safety mirrors, cameras and side skirts to alert the driver of cyclists in their vicinity. Berkeley Homes are adamant that they will do all they can to support the Industry in reducing Injuries involving their workforce or Supply Chain and they sponsored an event on Tuesday 29th September involving themselves, the Metropolitan Police Service and O'Donovan Waste Disposal Ltd.

Commuting cyclists were given the opportunity to see inside the cab of an HGV and see the road from the drivers viewpoint, pointing out inevitable blindspots, although minimised by the mirrors and cameras fitted to the vehicle.

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NLE - 9/11 Day of Service Community Day

On Friday 11th September, the NLE project supported the US Embassy with a day of service in memory of the events of 9/11.
US Embassy staff from Grosvenor Square volunteered at a number of local community events such as mentoring students at a nearby school and a community centre clean up. 


The main event of the day co-ordinated by B.L Harbert and Sir Robert McAlpine was the renovation of a community centre in Battersea. This involved painting the interior and exterior of the building, painting benches made from wooden pallets from the site and painting and planting wooden planters, again reusing materials from the project, gardening and a general clean up.

MPG Contracts, together with supply chain members SAS International, Nevill Long, Technical Fixing Solutions and ADA Fastfix all made a financial contribution towards paying for the materials to be used on the day. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our supply chain for their continuing support, and also to thank both B.L Harbert and Sir Robert McAlpine for including us in this most worthwhile event.

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MPG - Apprentices Update

MPG are pleased to announce that they have taken on another Apprentice. Jayson has previously worked as a painter and decorator, but is making a fresh start on an eighteen month dry lining apprenticeship, with the help of MPG, CITB and Lewisham College. Jayson will work on our Abell House Project initially, and under the watchful eye of our management team he will learn all aspects of the Dry Lining trade including Fixing, Taping and Jointing and Firestopping.

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MPG - Welfare Block at Cleland House

MPG are nearing completion of the Welfare Facilities at the Berkeley  Homes Cleland House Project, consisting of the Sub Contractors Offices, Toilet blocks and Canteen Area. 

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MPG - Apprentices

MPG Contracts Ltd are pleased to be training an apprentice Dryliner, with the view to taking on several more trainees in the future. Whilst also attending college our new starter is gaining valuable experience on site. He has begun training under the watchful eye of  MPG's senior site staff.

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MPG awarded Gold Coin Quality Award

MPG have recently been awarded the Gold Coin Award for Quality following the installation of a Mono Accoustic ceiling system at Fitzroy Place for Sir Robert McAlpine.

MPG's team of experienced fitters were acknowledged by both Rockfon and Sir Robert McAlpine having replaced a previous inferior system with new Rockfon Mono TE. The quality of finish has never been seen before.

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The Access Panel BEFORE the Ceiling was Replaced.                        AFTER the Rockfon Ceiling has been Fitted.


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Congratulations to Pepe, Stuart and all the team at Fitzroy for their hard work and achievement, shown here with their Gold Coin Quality Awards.

 

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MPG Complete Phase 1 of Mono® Acoustic Ceilings

As previously mentioned, MPG sent a team of installers to France earlier this year to train in the installation of Rockfon's Mono Acoustic Ceilings.

We have now completed the first Phase of the installation at Fitzroy Place in stairways and corridoors in Block G.

MPG are very proud of the finished quality of the ceilings, including flush fitting access panels, seamlessly decorated to the same high standard.

SRM and Rockfon have now had the opportunity to inspect the finished product and are extremely pleased to be able to hand over such a high quality system to the client, as our experienced team continue to install the system in other parts of the building.

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JSP Construction Industry Charity Pro-Am raises £9,500

MPG were delighted to support the recent Lighthouse Charity golf event which raised vital funds for such a good cause. The MPG team consisted of Michael Gavin, Andrew Curran, Bill Meere and Bill Jarman. A fantastic day was held by all, MPG narrowly missed out on the prizes by finishing 4th.

Full details can be found on the Lighthouseclub website: Lighthouse Golf

 

MPG - Charity Fundraising Event

MPG joined over 20 teams this weekend in an exciting day in Chatham at the Buckmore Park Go Kart Centre.

A Team of 6 staff enjoyed a 6 hour non stop race and improved our lap times throughout the day, rapidly keeping up with the fastest more experienced drivers.

Under the watchful eye of our manager Bill Power, Michael, Alex, Jon, Nick, Dave and Carlos battled it out with the other teams, raising around £1000 both at the event and via the Just Giving Website to help Downs Syndrome Children.

Anyone wishing to donate to this great cause can do so by following the link: http://www.justgiving.com/Nick-Hornsby and more information on the Downsyndrome Extra21 Charity can be found on their website: http://www.extra21.org.uk/


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St James's Market

MPG Contracts have now begun work at Balfour Beatty’s prestigious development for Crown Estates in the St James area of London.

Known as St James’s Market, the mixed use scheme of around 30,000m2 of retail and commercial space will be constructed over two blocks in Regent Street and Haymarket.

The buildings will be joined by a new pedestrian public square and they are due for overall completion in Spring 2016.

This flagship project gives MPG the opportunity to work again with the Balfour Beatty management team which successfully completed the award winning London Aquatics Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

It was for their work constructing partitions and acoustic ceilings at the Aquatic Centre that MPG won the award in the Commercial category at the Saint Gobain Gypsum International Trophy Awards in June 2012.

At St James’s Market MPG will be installing lightweight gypsum partitioning, core & shaft walls, demountable metal pan ceilings and blind boxes, acoustic plaster ceilings and fire stopping.

MPG Contracts look forward to working as a valued part of the team to deliver this impressive project at St James’s back to the Client, whilst always being aware of their requirement for the highest quality and their commitments to sustainability and the environment.

 

MPG - Key Performance Indicators

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A recent extract from our client's assessment of our performance at the New London Embassy. Congratulations to all the team involved in the project and in particular for our KPI score relating to Health and Safety - keep up the good work.

 

MPG Invest in Power Lift Equipment

MPG working with Stark Arvid have invested in new power lifting trucks and trestles. The investment in the region of twenty five thousand pounds is in support of MPG’s health and safety initiatives and in particular to minimise manual handling of heavy loads of plasterboard. The equipment is currently in operation at the New London Embassy and Abel House projects and has been welcomed by clients and operatives. At the point of delivery the powerlift truck enables the boards to be transported through the site directly to the work face. The truck allows a single person to load up to 1200 KG of plasterboard . The electric drive system has traction in both rear wheels which allows it to manoeuvred across rough surfaces and reduce the load on the user. When plasterboard is taken into the building the power lift truck is a natural link between the In lift Frame, as it easily fits under , and the Trestles where the plasterboard is stored ready for installation. The stacking of plasterboard horizontally on the trestles miminises the risk of boards falling that is common when stored vertically and not secured. The battery within the Power Lift Truck will typically last a normal working day and is easily rechargeable.

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The Trestles allow the materials to be stored off the floor area and the boards can be stored in the work area at the correct working level. The use of the trestles free up the trucks for other needs. The benefits of using the Trestles are ease of movement, less strenuous lifting or risk of trips and falls, increasing overall safety levels. When Trestles are not in use they are easily stored on a Trestle Stand that holds up to 100 Trestles.

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MPG Awarded Fire Stopping package

 

MPG Night Out

MPG enjoyed a night out at “Bounce”  table tennis bar in London last Friday. After a knockabout we got down to business. We were pretty evenly matched and the final came down to Mark and Stefan against Alex and Andy. Mark and Stefan won by a whisker and Stefan became the overall winner as the two of them battled it out in a final singles game. It was back to the beer and pizza and a good time was had by all. Thanks to Mark Grogan and Michael Gavin for organising a great Friday night out.

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Face Fit Testing Training

MPG have recently carried out training for all project staff in Face fit testing. As part of MPG's continuous improvement initiative in site safety and occupational health this training has been welcomed by clients and operatives alike.

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The HSE as part of their wider communication highlighted the risk of disease from overexposure to dust with the result of individuals suffering from disabilities and even death in some instances. The idea of the Face Fit testing is to understand that each face is shaped differently and therefore each mask is to fit each individual. The mask must have an effective seal to ensure there is no ability for dust particles to be inhaled.

The training focuses on testing each individual wearing a mask after they have been trained to correctly put the mask on and replicating a scenario of movements that would happen in a normal working day. Bitrex, a harmless substance. is released into the hood of the mask they are wearing to test the individual fit - any failures in the fit an alternative mask is then tested until the correct fit is achieved.

 

MPG Secure New Project

MPG secure new residential development project for Berkeley Group.

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Based in the heart of Westminster, Abell House (Phase 1) as part of the Abell and Cleland development comprises of 143 high quality residential apartments. The scheme has been designed to complement the location which is renowned for prestigious government and residential dwellings.

MPG will be responsible for the internal finishing and installation of Drywall Partitions and Suspended Ceilings along with Glass Reinforced Gypsum (GRG) . MPG's experience in managing complex interface details and input with design elements have been a key factor in securing the project.

Target overall project completion is May 2016 and MPG package works October 2015

 

MPG Mono Acoustic Training

MPG as part of their association with Rockfon are now accredited installers for Rockfon Mono® Acoustic TE

A specialist team from MPG's ceiling division recently completed a comprehensive training programme at Rockfon's manufacturing facility in St Eloy Les Mines, France.

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The training focused on the understanding of all key system components and equipment along with install methods required to achieve a superior quality finish , topics included ;

Overview of the Mono® Acoustic TE system

Chicago Metallic Monolithic grid installation

Installation of Mono Acoustic TE panels and perimeter installation techniques

Filling Mono Acoustic TE joints

Introduction to sanding techniques

Site preparation for rendering

Rendering of ceiling and walls

Techniques to connect / integrate Mono Acoustic TE with existing ceilings

Integration of services - Access hatches etc.

 

Employee of the Year Award

Congratulations to Colin Wells who has been voted MPG employee of the year 2014. Colin was nominated by his fellow colleagues and was highly recommended for his significant contribution and dedication in successfully managing and delivering various work packages at the recently completed 20 Fenchurch Street project (Walkie Talkie).

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Colin receiving his award from Managing Director, Michael Gavin. 

 

New London Embassy

"MPG are pleased to announce the commencement in January 2015 of their contract works on the construction of the New London Embassy in Nine Elms.

Working for BL Harbert/Sir Robert McAlpine, MPG Contracts Ltd are carrying out various packages of specialist works to the value of £9.5m over 14 floors from Lower Ground Level to Level 11.

Scope of work includes;

  • Dry-lined partitions & walls to all cores and office areas to high specification finish
  • Installation of metal door frames integral in the partition systems.
  • Acoustic barriers below partitions forming air ducts.
  • Double height elliptical glass reinforced gypsum columns to reception & waiting areas and internal garden areas,
  • Fire stopping to partitions
  • Welded mild steel faced forced entry and bomb rated security partitions.
  • Installation of FE/BR door and window frames into the security partitions.
  • Promatect cladding to diesel pipe riser.
  • Internal polished plaster Art Walls.
  • External lime plastered Art Walls.
  • Acrovyn corner protection and sanitary wall panelling.
  • Decorative & acoustical stretched fabric wall systems.
  • Aluminium honeycombed wall panel system.
  • Plasterboard, acoustic metal pan & acoustic glass fibre ceilings to the cores and office areas.
  • Specialist decorative grid ceilings & fabricated acoustic ceilings.
  • Glass reinforced gypsum horizontal elliptical spandrels and vaulted domed ceilings.
  • Acoustic plaster finishes to Waiting areas & leisure areas including vaulted ceilings.
  • Acoustic baffles in ceilings voids.
  • Fixing all lighting, plenums and grilles within the ceilings.
  • Insulated screed & underfloor heating to reception & Controlled Access Cores

MPG are working closely with the Main Contractor and are proud to be an integral part of delivering such a prestigious project.

 

1 & 2 Fitzroy Place

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MPG wrap up their commercial packages at No 1 & 2 Fitzroy Place. The project based in the heart of Fitzrovia, London, comprised of 2 blocks of 220,000 sq. ft. of office and retail space. MPG working for their client Sir Robert McAlpine as main contractor and client Exemplar were responsible for the installation of drylining and suspended ceilings. The drylining element was installed using British Gypsum drywall and shaft wall systems to the core and exterior linings along with the toilets to the CAT A office areas. The ceilings package involved British Gypsum MF ceilings to all areas while in the CAT A areas SAS 330 and 220 systems were deployed on all floor plates and GRG light troughs throughout.

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In addition, MPG had responsibility for the installation of Kingspan Steel Framing System (SFS), vapour barriers, tyvek, insulation and silver tape to the exteriors, while in the lobby areas formed sub-frames with stainless steel trims ready to receive polished plaster. In the basement areas soffit insulation and cement board were installed.

A challenging project with a combined contract of £4.1 Million successfully completed. The main challenge was the multi-facet elements within the contract, that required close co-ordination and planning with other trades, particularly the interface with external cladding system installers. As a result of the high quality of workmanship, and managing interfacing packages successfully, the client, Exemplar, has insisted MPG are invited to tender for the next exciting opportunity, 1 Bedford Avenue.

 

20 Fenchurch St

MPG have recently completed their contract works at one of London's flagship construction projects, 20 Fenchurch St; (The Walkie Talkie). MPG staff and operatives were responsible for the installation of internal finishes comprising of suspended ceilings using SAS system 130 Q grid, Trucell ceilings to the fire vestibules and plasterboard ceilings to lift lobbies and toilet corridoors. Drylining was finished to core areas which included stairs and shaft wall risers along with the decorative finish of glass reinforced gypsum (GRG) to columns extended over 31 floors. MPG also completed the aluminium cladding to the annex building with a combined contract value of £2.5m.

MPG's association with Canary Wharf Contractors was based on a common goal to deliver a high quality product in a cost effective and timely manner. Andrew Heath-Richardson, Project Executive for Canary Wharf has commented that MPG took a proactive approach and fulfilled all of their obligations to a very high standard.

The MPG team completed the project on time and on budget and look forward to working together again in the near future.

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                                                Ceilings and Angled Columns on the 33rd and 4th Floors of 20 Fenchurch St.

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                                The Roof Garden on the 35th and 36th Floors of 20 Fenchurch St and a Birds Eye View of the Building.  

 


 

Fitzroy Place - Managers Award

Congratulations to Ben Lacey and Stefan Voinea who have been given Gold Awards for their exemplary work on the Sir Robert McAlpine Fitzroy Place site. Ben and Stefan will be enjoying a hosted evening out on Guy Fawkes night and entered in to a prize draw. Good luck Ben and Stefan. Ben said he was delighted to win for a second time and hopes there will be many more opportunities to demonstrate MPG's continuous brilliant quality.
 

Cambridge to London Bike Ride

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MPG's Martin Gavin will be taking part in a 60 mile bike ride this coming weekend in aid of Wheel Power, a great charity that helps disabled people get involved in sport. The event is organised by Canary Wharf Contractors and will include cyclists from many sub contractors involved on their projects. We all wish Martin the very best for Saturday, donations can be made through the following link: Wheel Power Bike Ride.

Martin completed the Cycle Ride on Saturday along with around 20 others. Ian Fitchett of Canary Wharf summed up the day: "Big thank you everyone who took part on Saturday. See attached the group photo I really enjoyed it and hope you did too. We managed to raise over £7500 which is incredible. Look forward to doing another one next year Cheers"
 

St George Football Competition

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MPG were delighted to participate in the latest St George Trophy for the 3rd year running. Michael, Terry and the rest of the team had a great time and won 3 out of 5 games played, drawing the other two, and narrowly missing out in progressing to the final after a thrilling penalty shootout. Our two strikers Michael and Ionut both scored in nearly every game, whilst Will, Stefan, Terry, Danny and Relu completed the team. The day in Wimbledon was made even better as it was also to raise funds for the SPEAR Homeless Organisation via the Berkeley Foundation. For more information please visit their websites at www.spearlondon.org and www.berkeleygroup.co.uk/about-berkeley-group/berkeley-foundation.

Team Manager, Terry Raddon was asked for his thoughts:

"This is just the beginning! With a lot more hard work on the defensive front, this MPG team could go far! It was a valiant effort from all involved and with a few adjustments and possibly some additional quality members, we could win a trophy! Next year we shall be pushing for a final spot and penalties will not be an option."

We look forward to next years trophy.

 

Quality Award Winners

Congratulations to our team at Fitzroy Place who have won "Golden Tickets" to a well earned drinks party this month for their high quality work. Those recognised are in no particular order: Adam Power,Nikolay Vasilev, Bill Power, Tilica Dorin, Aleksandrs Benske, Daniel Vasilica Mancui,  Vladimirs Benske, Hechita Cornel, Constantin Virlan and Iosif Butacel.

 

Tennis Match Results in £500 for Cancer Research

Last night Michael Gavin, MD of MPG, played long time Subcontractor and all round Tennis Champion, Emil, in an exciting 2 set match in North London.

Michael triumphed in a close finish winning 7-5, 7-5.

Nobody guessed the correct score, so that prize and all of the money raised is being donated to Cancer Research, in total £500.

Thanks to all who helped raise the money, especially Michael, Emil, MPG, staff, friends and family.

 

3,000,000 RIDDOR Injury Free Hours at The Tower

Further to the fantastic achievements on safety on many of our Projects, we are proud to announce that the Tower Vauxhall has now achieved 3,000,000 RIDDOR injury free hours as of Thursday 16th January 2014.

Marcus Blake, Project Director of St George is quoted as saying:

"I am pleased to announce that the Project has achieved 3,000,000 RIDDOR injury free hours on Thursday this week.

This is a major achievement made possible by all of you and your teams hard work.

Please accept my very great Thanks and extend this to all of your teams that have made this happen.

Please keep up the good work."


Bill Jarman, Joe Adams and Will Wilkinson, our Tower Project  Management Team are currently sharing the safety culture on other Projects including FItzroy Place.

Bill Jarman, Project Director on both The Tower and Fitzroy Place would like to thank the entire workforce of MPG and all of the other personnel on site for working in such a safe manner, whilst achieving an exceptionally high standard of work.

Congratulations to everyone concerned! 


 

MPG Sites achieve Millions of Accident Free Hours

MPG are proud to have been part of several sites that have achieved over a million accident free hours. Battersea Reach and The Quadrant have both exceeded 2,000,000 accident free hours. The Olympics Stadium and more recently The Tower in Vauxhall and Fitzroy Place in Central London have all achieved over 1,000,000 accident free hours.

MPG, as of the end of 2013 have an AFR of 0; no RIDDOR accidents, and our goal is to continue this trend for the benefit of everyone.

Safety is paramount to the methodology of all that MPG do, and we will continue to work very hard to repeat these achievements throughout 2014.

 

Fitzroy Place - MPG wins Quality and Leadership Award

Bill Power, Project Leader on our flagship Project at Fitzroy Place, has won an award for his Quality and Leadership skills. Bill is going to enjoy a fine bottle of whisky as his prize over the festive period. Congratulations to the whole team at Fitzroy Place and to all of our other award winners in 2013 throughout the company as we look forward to many more successes in 2014.
 

Fitzroy Place Quality Incentive Scheme

Congratulations to Emil Miadenov on another MPG Quality Award. Emil will be attending a well earned drinks party where there will be a draw for a potential £400 prize. Good luck and thanks Emil.
 

Fitzroy Place - Health and Safety News

Congratulations to two of our operatives who have been selected as special members of our team by Exemplar and Sir Robert McAlpine. They are among only 10 of 400 staff who were in a Topping Out Ceremony rewarding them for their commitment and concern for all of our welfare. Again congratulations to Nikolay Vasilev and Tasho Ivanov, who each received a Polo Shirt.

 

20 Fenchurch St - Old and New

The ultra modern "Walkie Talkie" building is looking magnificent as it nears completion, but hidden away around the corner is an equally incredible structure. St Mary-at-Hill Church (www.stmary-at-hill.org) is built on consecrated land dating back to the 12th Century. The Church was severely damaged in 1666 (the Great Fire started a few hundred yards away) and completely renovated by 1677 at the cost of £3,980. Another fire in 1848 damaged the ceiling and interior walls,renovation followed, only to be ruined in 1988 by yet another fire. Restored again, visitors are very welcome, and even allowed to eat their sandwiches in the Church during lunchtime Organ Recitals.

Now in 2013 MPG workers are giving up their time to restore the remaining internal areas of the church. Colin Wells, Andy Baker, Dave Butcher and other members of the team will be starting work in the next few weeks and we look forward to publishing pictures "before and after". Watch this space!

 

MPG Quality "the finest craftmanship ever seen"

The Tower, One St George Wharf, Vauxhall, is the winner of the Multistorey Development Category in the Sunday Times British Home Awards 2013. MPG are proud to have completed the Dry Lining and Ceiling Package to its usual quality of an extremely exceptional standard. Judge David Hughes, chairman of the New Homes Marketing Board insisted that the design wins out - he praised it as the finest craftmanship he has ever seen within British Housebuilding. Many of the flats are selling at £2.5 million and above, and working in conjunction with other trades, MPG have performed consistently well, thanks not least to Project Leader Joe Adams and colleagues. On hearing the news Joe wrote: "In the first instance I would like to say I have enjoyed working with a great team on this project and would like to thank them all. The quality of the finished apartments within this building is outstanding which is visibly noticeable but also behind the scenes there is a great amount of sophistication and detail within the construction to give some of the highest performing apartments the industry has seen. This project is a great turning point for design and performance in the residential industry and one that I hope is continued as I look forward to producing further works at this high quality in the near future".
 

MPG were delighted to be involved in the Olympic Opening Ceremony

 

Some of the MPG team joined the Construction Workers guard of honour welcoming Sir Steve Redgrave in to the Olympic Stadium. MPG were proud to have had the opportunity to work on the Stadium, the Acquatics Centre and also the Athletes Village. Many congratulations to TeamGB and ParalympicsGB for their inspirational success at London 2012!

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AIS Contractors Award

A week after the Saint Gobain Trophy we were again delighted to receive Silver in the ‘Ceilings Projects over £500k’ category of the Contractors Awards, for our work on The Quadrant 3 building in Regent Street, London.

 

MPG Win at Saint Gobain Awards

On Friday 8th June 2012 MPG Group attended the finals of the Saint Gobain Gypsum International Trophy Awards, featuring award entries from 66 contractors across 28 countries and 6 categories.

 

Pre-Employment Training with Sir Robert McAlpine

Janine Jasper of Sir Robert McAlpine sent the following email to MPG in regard to the CURRV project...

 

Success of Employment Initiative at The Curv, Croydon in Conjunction with Sir Robert McAlpine

This is a short note to thank you for your continued support of the community initiatives we are undertaking in Croydon.