Hercules Site Services

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Hercules Site Services's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Hercules Site Services is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

hercules-construction.co.uk

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Managing Director BruskKorkmaz
The Hercules Site
Services team
Founded in 2008, Hercules Site Services is a nationally
recognised construction, utilities and civil engineering
organisation which constantly strives for results of the highest
quality and ultimately aims for complete client satisfaction. It has
two main revenue streams: labour supply and price works. It has
a fleet of vehicles, plant and a health screening trailer for cost-
saving measures to pass on to its clients. This equipment is also
available for hire on request. Managing Director Brusk Korkmaz
explains that he has developed a strong and experienced
management team who share the same passion and values and
who are delivering exceptionally reliable services to the industry.
We pride ourselves on establishing long-lasting relationships, and our dedication
and commitment have been reflected by our growing client base. Our latest
feedback results also show that 100 per cent of our existing clients would
recommend our services. Every member of our workforce is highly trained in their
area of speciality and has the relevant skills according to their operations. We are
committed to investing in the development of our workforce and conduct training
courses and refreshers frequently so that our workforce possess the right skills and
are constantly being challenged to improve.
Possessing a wide competency base
As a minimum all staff hold a CSCS card with other trade-specific qualifications such
as CPCS, EUSR, NRSWA, PTS, ICI-NR and ICI-LU. Training packs are completed and
issued to the client prior to individuals starting on site to allow full transparency of
FACTS ABOUT
HERCULES SITE SERVICES
»Managing Director:
BruskKorkmaz
»Founded in 2008
»Based in South Cerney, near
Cirencester, Gloucestershire
»Services: Labour supply, price
work for the civil engineering
and construction industries
»No. of employees: Over 500
»Hercules serves the highways,
utilities, civil engineering,
power and energy and
railways sectors
Hercules Site Services
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CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
our workforce’s competence and skills.
As well as the traditional first aiders,
we have a number of employees
trained as mental health first aiders
as we understand the importance of
mental and physicalwellbeing.
Since 2008, our database has seen
some tremendous growth and our
ability to deliver and fulfil projects to a
very high standard has grown too.
More and more, we are being
asked to either tender for large civils
infrastructure projects or provide
labour to high-profile highway
projects such as: A14 Huntingdon to
Cambridge, M3, M4 and M6 smart
motorway projects and Hinckley Point
C at Avonmouth Docks.
These have been projects for which
we have provided high-quality
labour against very strict deadlines.
We continue to work closely with
contractors such as Balfour Beatty,
Costain, Galliford Try, Hochtief,
Eight2O, Skanska and Thames
Water, ensuring that those long-term
relationships are developed, nurtured
and maintained.
On the price-works side of the
business, we have again continued
to grow and build our reputation
to deliver quality and timely works,
predominantly in the water utilities
sector on water treatment and sewage
treatment works.
Clients in this sector include Costain,
Thames Water, Severn Trent, Southern
and Anglian Water. Again, we have
forged a reputation for delivering great
results for our clients.
Challenging the established
market
We have been making rapid progress
in building ourselves into a challenger
brand in a competitive and established
market. Labour supply within the
construction and civil engineering
industry has been set in stone
fordecades.
Contractors and clients have gone to
the same people for years for their
labour; however, times are changing,
and they are coming to us instead.
This is because of our reputation for
quality, innovation, investment in
people and training.
Especially noticeable is that major
projects aren’t utilising just one labour
supplier but using a tier system that
gives everyone the same opportunity
to impress.
An excellent example of the industry
taking a different approach is the A14
bypass, where an integrated labour
team was created and is working well,
winning industry awards and gaining
deserved recognition. In fact, it’s
working so well that other projects now
use this as a benchmark for success.
Building on success
We worked with developers and
designers to build a cutting-edge
innovative app.
A team member on-site
Since 2008,
our database
has seen some
tremendous
growth
BEST PRACTICE REPRESENTATIVE 2019
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34 | HERCULES SITE SERVICES
Managing Director BruskKorkmaz
The Hercules Site
Services team
Founded in 2008, Hercules Site Services is a nationally
recognised construction, utilities and civil engineering
organisation which constantly strives for results of the highest
quality and ultimately aims for complete client satisfaction. It has
two main revenue streams: labour supply and price works. It has
a fleet of vehicles, plant and a health screening trailer for cost-
saving measures to pass on to its clients. This equipment is also
available for hire on request. Managing Director Brusk Korkmaz
explains that he has developed a strong and experienced
management team who share the same passion and values and
who are delivering exceptionally reliable services to the industry.
We pride ourselves on establishing long-lasting relationships, and our dedication
and commitment have been reflected by our growing client base. Our latest
feedback results also show that 100 per cent of our existing clients would
recommend our services. Every member of our workforce is highly trained in their
area of speciality and has the relevant skills according to their operations. We are
committed to investing in the development of our workforce and conduct training
courses and refreshers frequently so that our workforce possess the right skills and
are constantly being challenged to improve.
Possessing a wide competency base
As a minimum all staff hold a CSCS card with other trade-specific qualifications such
as CPCS, EUSR, NRSWA, PTS, ICI-NR and ICI-LU. Training packs are completed and
issued to the client prior to individuals starting on site to allow full transparency of
FACTS ABOUT
HERCULES SITE SERVICES
»Managing Director:
BruskKorkmaz
»Founded in 2008
»Based in South Cerney, near
Cirencester, Gloucestershire
»Services: Labour supply, price
work for the civil engineering
and construction industries
»No. of employees: Over 500
»Hercules serves the highways,
utilities, civil engineering,
power and energy and
railways sectors
Hercules Site Services
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CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
our workforce’s competence and skills.
As well as the traditional first aiders,
we have a number of employees
trained as mental health first aiders
as we understand the importance of
mental and physicalwellbeing.
Since 2008, our database has seen
some tremendous growth and our
ability to deliver and fulfil projects to a
very high standard has grown too.
More and more, we are being
asked to either tender for large civils
infrastructure projects or provide
labour to high-profile highway
projects such as: A14 Huntingdon to
Cambridge, M3, M4 and M6 smart
motorway projects and Hinckley Point
C at Avonmouth Docks.
These have been projects for which
we have provided high-quality
labour against very strict deadlines.
We continue to work closely with
contractors such as Balfour Beatty,
Costain, Galliford Try, Hochtief,
Eight2O, Skanska and Thames
Water, ensuring that those long-term
relationships are developed, nurtured
and maintained.
On the price-works side of the
business, we have again continued
to grow and build our reputation
to deliver quality and timely works,
predominantly in the water utilities
sector on water treatment and sewage
treatment works.
Clients in this sector include Costain,
Thames Water, Severn Trent, Southern
and Anglian Water. Again, we have
forged a reputation for delivering great
results for our clients.
Challenging the established
market
We have been making rapid progress
in building ourselves into a challenger
brand in a competitive and established
market. Labour supply within the
construction and civil engineering
industry has been set in stone
fordecades.
Contractors and clients have gone to
the same people for years for their
labour; however, times are changing,
and they are coming to us instead.
This is because of our reputation for
quality, innovation, investment in
people and training.
Especially noticeable is that major
projects aren’t utilising just one labour
supplier but using a tier system that
gives everyone the same opportunity
to impress.
An excellent example of the industry
taking a different approach is the A14
bypass, where an integrated labour
team was created and is working well,
winning industry awards and gaining
deserved recognition. In fact, it’s
working so well that other projects now
use this as a benchmark for success.
Building on success
We worked with developers and
designers to build a cutting-edge
innovative app.
A team member on-site
Since 2008,
our database
has seen some
tremendous
growth
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The app will help to change the
way we as a business, and hopefully
the industry, recruit workers onto
projects. It is easy to use, sending
relevant notifications to users who
have registered their details onto our
system, matching them to vacancies
that meet their criteria.
The app has been warmly received
by clients, who have witnessed
demonstrations of its capabilities, and by
a select group of volunteers who have
been successfully trialling it.
The app has many benefits, such as
measuring fatigue management,
improving local recruitment and
geographically targeting candidates
to reduce commuting times. It also
appeals to a younger generation who
perhaps don’t view construction as an
appealing career.
It has now been released onto app
stores and people have begun to
download it.
Brexit is the biggest unknown for
decades, and businesses within the
construction industry really need to be
dynamic and flexible.
It’s incredibly difficult to plan and
forecast when there are so many
factors out of our control. One thing
for certain is that the government
has some rather ambitious plans
and targets for housing and major
infrastructure work. This means that
large numbers of skilled and unskilled
labour will berequired.
If the current sources of labour
become a challenge due to Brexit,
then we need to explore and push
into new channels. For example, there
are over 14,000 people leaving the
armed forces each year, and this is an
excellent source of highly motivated,
disciplined and loyal individuals
who are used to working in high-
pressured and hostile environments.
It’s easy to see the crossover. We
are now signatories to the Armed
Forces Covenant and Career
TransitionPartnership.
Currently in the industry, there is a
real focus on attracting more women
into construction. We have partnered
with an amazing organisation called
Women’s Platform UK. WPUK
supports women from diverse ethnic
backgrounds who have experienced
sexual and physical abuse, arranged
marriages and attempted suicides.
They work hard to get these individuals
integrated back into the community
and workplace. Our role is to educate
them on the roles on offer and
hopefully offer them an outlet.
Going forward, we plan to become
more involved with the schools in our
local community and we are currently
choosing a local primary school to
partner with.
We are trying to think slightly
differently in our approach; instead
of going into a school and chatting
to children about engineering/
construction, we want to angle it
towards the parents and children.
This is to educate members of a family
about all the varied opportunities
within the industry. This will showcase
that this sector has so much more
to offer – not just working on a site
but other varied, well-paid roles such
as quality assurance, marketing,
commercial and administrative, plus
many more.
We plan to
become more
involved with
the schools in
our local
community
Managing Director Brusk
Korkmaz with Ryan
Spolton, who Hercules
employed through the
Princes Trust, collecting
a commendation at the
Houses of Parliament
»WORK WITH THE PRINCE’S TRUST
We managed to support a young man who had suffered a tough
few years as a teenager and was very close to ending up in prison.
We provided him an outlet with an opportunity to work on the A14
project, he embraced this, and he has truly excelled. We nominated
him for the YouthBuild UK awards where he managed to get a
commendation and was invited to a gala lunch in parliament. This
is a great channel where helping disadvantaged people can create a
knock-on effect within communities and be a force for good.
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A completed project
The JRL Brickwork team
at the Etihad
National brickwork contractor JRL Brickwork is based in
Grantham, Lincolnshire, from where it co-ordinates the
efforts of around 300 contractors around the country
at any one time. JRL works for a number of large commercial
civil engineering and housebuilding companies across the UK,
including MV Kelly, C3 Construction and Persimmon. Joint
Managing Directors James Laurie and Chris Egan established the
business in February 2017, and in that relatively short time their
team have taken JRL Brickwork from success to success.
JRL has, in the past two and a half years, gone from providing work for just seven
people to almost 300. In 2018 alone, we experienced 487 per cent growth.
The importance of people
Chris and I knew each other in school and have always stayed in contact; we started
JRL together when a company gave us the opportunity to take on a main contract.
Our partnership has been understandably integral to the company’s success.
JRL, however, goes beyond just Chris and I. The key guys we now have working for
us have always been with us; the lads we started with and trained are now running
their own teams. Chris Gibson has been working with me personally for five years,
and is now an integral part of what we do. It’s satisfying knowing that someone
I’ve taught everything is now reaping the rewards of my influence. It’s so important
for a company like ours to inspire and reward loyalty.
I also have to thank Jay Dicken, of MV Kelly, and Steve Atkin for giving us the first
break. We still work with MV Kelly now – they provide a vast majority of our work.
FACTS ABOUT
JRL BRICKWORK LTD
»Managing Directors:
JamesLaurie and Chris Egan
»Established in 2016
»Based in Grantham,
Lincolnshire
»Services: Brickwork contractor
»No. of employees: 11, plus
300 subcontractors
»www.jrlbrickwork.com
JRL Brickwork Ltd

hercules-construction.co.uk

This article was sponsored by Hercules Site Services. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Michael Gove.

Rt Hon Michael Gove's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Michael Gove

This year's Parliamentary Review comes at a momentous time for parliament, as we collectively determine the destiny of the United Kingdom. 

On October 31, the UK will leave the European Union. The successful implementation of this process is this government's number-one priority.

Three years after a historic referendum vote, we will deliver on the decisive mandate from the British people. Trust in our democracy depends on it. Until that final hour, we will work determinedly and diligently to negotiate a deal, one that abolishes the backstop and upholds the warm and close relationship we share with our friends, allies and neighbours in the EU. But in the event that the EU refuses to meet us at the table, we must be prepared to leave without a deal.

As the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, it is my job to lead on this government's approach, should that scenario happen. Preparing for Brexit is my department's driving mission. But while I am leading this turbocharged effort, the whole of government is committed to this endeavour.

Ministers across Whitehall are working together to ensure that every possibility is considered, every plan is scrutinised and every provision is made. A daily drumbeat of meetings means that we are holding departments accountable, so that preparations are completed on time.

The chancellor has confirmed that all necessary funding will be made available. And we have mobilised thecivil service, assigning 15,000 of our most talented civil servants to manage our exit from the EU.

We will make sure that on November 1, there is as little disruption to national life as possible. Our trade relationships will continue to thrive, thanks to agreements with countries around the world worth £70 billion. Our country will remain secure, thanks to nearly 1,000 new officers posted at our borders. And the 3.2 million EU nationals now living and working among us can remain confident, with absolute certainty, of their right to remain in the UK.

Above all, our goal is to be transparent. Soon, we will launch a public information campaign so that citizens, communities and businesses are ready and reassured about what will happen in the event of “no deal”.

In my first few weeks in this role, I have travelled to ports and tarmacs, borders and bridges, all across the UK –from the seaside of Dover to the rolling green hills of County Armagh. I have heard from business owners and border officials, farmers and hauliers. They are ready to put an end to uncertainty. And they are ready to embrace the opportunities ahead.

Our departure from the EU will be a once in a lifetime chance to chart a new course for the United Kingdom. Preparing for that new course will be a herculean effort. But this country has made astounding efforts before. We can do it again.
Rt Hon Michael Gove
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster