Kaicer awarded industry standards

Kaicer awarded industry standards

Kaicer is committed to designing and installing high quality building envelope solutions that meet and often exceed our client’s expectations. To ensure this commitment echoes across the entire business and throughout our supply chain and subcontractors, we have developed a set of robust policies, procedures and processes – our Quality Management System (QMS). To ensure that the QMS meets world class standards, Kaicer engaged external accredited auditors to audit it against the international standard ISO 9001:2015. This audit was completed in August 2018 and Kaicer BES have been certified to ISO 9001:2015 with no non-conformances or observations being raised. This is a great achievement for the company and offers assurances to both existing and potential clients.

Kaicer is a company committed to the future and we make every effort to protect and preserve the environments within which we operate. We engaged external accredited auditors to audit our Environmental Management System (EMS) against the international standard ISO 14001:2015. This audit was completed in August 2018 and Kaicer has been certified to ISO 14001:2015 – again with no non-conformances or observations raised.

Our Business Support Manager, Chris Godsalve said: “This is a great achievement. Kaicer has demonstrated to external auditors that we have robust and compliant processes in place. The company procedures, that underline our core values, prove to both current and future clients that Kaicer is a credible contractor.”

Furthermore, to demonstrate that we have robust QMS and EMS controls in place and to negate the need for our clients to conduct their own audits, Kaicer has been successfully audited by Achilles Building Confidence. This enables potential clients to review the Achilles PQQ and audit report online, again giving confidence that we have robust systems in place to support future contracts.

View all our certified accreditations here.

Kaicer powers through Hinkley projects

Kaicer Powers through Hinkley projects

  • Project: Hinkley Point C and Bridgwater A Campuses
  • Client: Laing O’Rourke Construction Limited
  • Value: c. £3m

The first in a new generation of UK power stations, Hinkley Point C in Somerset will provide low-carbon electricity to approximately six million homes. Working closely with our client, Laing O’Rourke, Kaicer delivered its full Building Envelope package to two new amenity buildings and water tank buildings which will support construction activity on the nuclear reactor site.

Summer Ready!

Kaicer’s Building Envelope solution provided roofing, façade cladding, rain screen cladding, curtain walls, and roof lights. Our work also included a number of bespoke PPC pressed metal copings, cills, flashings, doors and louvre systems for the two amenity buildings at both the Hinkley Point C and Bridgwater campuses.

The first site was completed in April and was in operation from May, with the second completed in July 2018. Servicing two sites simultaneously was a challenge in itself but the Kaicer teams also had to endure severe weather conditions throughout a very wet winter and spring. Thankfully, the sunshine prevailed and the completed building at Hinkley Point C is now in full use providing canteen facilities and communal rooms to all those responsible for the construction of the main power station.

Design-led expertise

Kaicer was engaged by Laing O’Rourke in an Early Contractor Involvement [ECI] initiative which promoted collaboration between sub-contractor and client throughout the entire project.  This approach ensured that the structural steel frame accommodated our bespoke building envelope design.

Through our robust design programme, Kaicer’s dedicated in-house design team ensured that the multi-product building envelope solution successfully met the requirements of our client’s essential design interfaces.

Roofing and Cladding Experts

The buildings included a Kingspan Top Deck insulated roof, alongside a TATA Trisomet insulated walling system. The Curtain Walling and roof light system were supplied by Hueck. Kaicer’s cladding packages included Euroclad Sinusoidal cladding to the main building and Siberian larch timber cladding to the water tank at Hinkley Point.

Further away from the main site on the Bridgwater campus, the façade was clad in a muted grey pallet of Eternit Natura high pressure laminated panels, interspersed with green and orange rock-clad feature panels to the main building. The Bridgwater building incorporated over ninety punched windows along with a number of features incorporated across both sites including bespoke curtain walling, glazed entrances, roof lights, louvred walls and timer clad water tanks.

The two nuclear reactors being built by EDF are not simply about power alone. The project aims to provide opportunities for local, national and international businesses whilst bringing lasting benefits to communities throughout the South West.

Inspiring future generations to join the world of construction

Inspiring future generations to join the world of construction

Construction is an industry comprised of a huge variety of skill sets and disciplines and we believe that part of our role is to ignite, nurture and support new and existing talent, bringing the very best into our sector. With the current national skills gap in construction, Kaicer is actively encouraging work placements and modern apprenticeships in order to inspire and develop talent. What could be better than being given a real-life insight into your sector of choice? It offers a fantastic opportunity to understand the industry and ultimately, ensure that a new generation of recruits enters the world of construction with their eyes open, ready to begin their journey.

Alongside the technical theory delivered by the local education facilities, our apprentices learn from the skilled team members they shadow and are able to apply the knowledge gained in reality. Working closely with Eastleigh College, our Business Systems Trainer, Rod Lewis welcomes students in a mission to grow and sustain talent at Kaicer. Kaicer has a very supportive and progressive culture which offers great variety in the projects worked upon. Students on work experience placements visit departments across the business in order to achieve a real understanding of the differing functions and how they work cohesively to deliver projects to our clients.

Turning theory into practice

Matt Forshaw, is currently a trainee designer having joined Kaicer in 2016 whilst studying his Level 3 BTEC in Construction Management in the Built Environment. Throughout his two years at Kaicer, Matt has learnt invaluable professional skills. Matt commented;

“My experience within Kaicer has undoubtedly given me a greater understanding of the theory taught at college. I’ve been able to experience how the technical elements relate to the practice, allowing me to appreciate the skills required to make projects a success.”

With continued support, Matt is studying for his HNC Level 4 whilst working as part of the design team.

Our talent pool continues to develop with a number of graduates and trainees joining the Kaicer team recently. We relish the opportunity to welcome students on placements, offering them a glimpse into our culture and the opportunities we offer.

Inspiring Students and future apprentices

This Summer Kaicer welcomed Mirriam Kantiki to participate in our work placement programme as part of her NVQ studies at Eastleigh College. Mirriam is passionate about our sector and fully embraced the opportunity to learn on the job during her time with us. Hosted by our design team, Mirriam settled in quickly, upskilling her Auto Cad skills in the workplace. During her placement Mirriam also spent time within various departments where she was offered a detailed understanding of our business processes and systems.

The highlight of Mirriam’s week was a site visit to Slough where Michael Hill, Site manager, and the team introduced her to the sharp end of the business. Mirriam studied the plans onsite, saw the construction process and received a site tour. Seeing the site operations team in action allowed Mirriam to see how our designs become reality through the installation of the final envelope solution.

If you’d like to find out more about undertaking a work placement at Kaicer, please contact our HR department for further information or an informal chat.

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Fantastic four receive promotions

Fantastic four receive promotions

Four of our brilliant designers have been promoted from Graduate/Trainee level to fully qualified Designers in April alone. Pratikchha Gurung, Stewart Stalker, Athanasios Pirpiris and Nadia Oda have been with us for varying amounts of time and have worked on some of our most complex projects. 

Having worked on fourteen projects, it’s fair to say that Nadia has been through the works! Upon receiving her promotion, Nadia said “I’m really excited to have been promoted to Designer from Assistant Designer as the new role will present me with bigger challenges and I look forward to finding a quality design solution for all our clients. I enjoy working with Kaicer because I feel valued and respected. I get to work on a challenging projects with a talented and dedicated team. I hope to continue up the ranks within Kaicer’s technical design department.”

Kaicer is currently undergoing the ISO accreditation process and is fully committed to both health and safety and the long term training and development of all its employees. This ensures they are equipped with the necessary skills and qualifications to deliver a quality service to our clients. We congratulate all of our designers and wish them a prosperous future within Kaicer. 

Left to right: Pratikchha Gurung, Stewart Stalker and Athanasios Pirpiris.

Nadia Oda working hard on one of our projects!

Kaicer appoints new finance director

Kaicer appoints new finance director

Kaicer Building Envelope Solutions is delighted to announce the appointment of Chris Smith as its Finance Director. A Chartered Accountant with 20 years experience at board level, Chris has expertise in financial and stakeholder management across a range of businesses. These include SMEs, owner-managed businesses, listed small capitals and private equity backed investments.

Taking responsibility for Kaicer’s finance team and stakeholder communications, Chris commented; “I am very much looking forward to being part of the team and contributing to the company’s steady development. With an initial focus on best practice and consistency, our centered approach will help enhance Kaicer’s offering within the industry.”

With experience that spans companies in the technology, construction and professional services sectors, Chris brings with him a wealth of knowledge to Kaicer.

Kaicer acquire Lakesmere

Kaicer is pleased to announce the acquisition of Lakesmere

Mark Davey, Chairman of Kaicer and founder of Winchester based construction firm Lakesmere Group, is pleased to announce the purchase of Lakesmere UK with over 100 staff transferring to Kaicer.  Kaicer now operates from premises in Winchester and Reading providing roofing, cladding and glazing services to the construction markets throughout the UK.

Mark Davey sold Lakesmere, the original business, two years ago to six senior executives in a structured MBO. Regrettably the MBO was to prove unsuccessful.

Kaicer will continue to offer design-led construction services for metal and glass building envelope solutions throughout the UK.