J C C Engineering

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by J C C Engineering'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 J C C Engineering 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, MP
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles, MP

www.jccengineering.co.uk

BEST PRACTICE REPRESENTATIVE 2019
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
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30 | HYDRO MECHANICAL SERVICES
Incorporating innovative changes in
technology into our installations has
been paramount to our success.
Sustainability and teamwork
Not only do we train our employees, but
we actively encourage them to partake
in extra CPD programmes outside of
their own work remit. Our founder’s
insightful philosophical approach saw the
necessity to employ apprentices through
the years, and we continue to employ
new apprentices as our commitment to
encourage the engineers of the future.
Many of our past apprentices are
still actively involved in the industry,
either running their own businesses or
working elsewhere – many for other
organisations or local authorities.
One was even recognised as the
Apprentice of the Year while under our
employment.
A large number of our present staff
and past employees have clocked up
years of service with the company,
which contributes to peace of mind
and continuity for our clients.
All of our staff are valued members of
the company team and are included in
company decision-making processes.
We also acknowledge the need for
a fair work-life balance and ensure
that staff are provided for under the
company welfare scheme in times of
need. Investment in people has been
central to our success.
Community payback
Throughout our trading history, we
have endeavoured to respond to
charitable community needs locally,
nationally and globally.
We have donated sums to religious
organisations, museums and schools;
supported a fundraising road race
for the last 12 years; provided
material donations; and even
sponsored the education of numerous
children beyond the UK through
SignpostInternational.
A Hydro Mechanical Services-donated
water borehole pump now provides
clean drinking water to a remote
community in Zambia.
Where to now and the
challenges ahead
The need to tackle climate change and
the environmental crisis will inevitably
drive immense changes in our industry
through innovation and legislation,
ensuring we have less of an impact on
the world around us.
There is a need to heat our homes
at an affordable cost and reduce the
amount of water we use – both water
and gas are valuable resources we
often take for granted.
Fuel poverty is also a growing issue,
and this needs to be addressed by
government.
These are the challenges facing the
new generation of engineers now and
in the future.
For Hydro Mechanical Services,
our future lies in embracing these
challenges and providing the necessary
resources to our staff so they can
stay ahead of the curve. Encouraging
and embracing change has been an
area where we have excelled, and I
am confident this will continue to be
thecase.
Encouraging
and embracing
change has
been an area
where we have
excelled, and
Iam confident
this will
continue to be
the case
»THE AFRICAN STORY
One of the most pressing needs of the people of the central African
plateau is the lack of clean drinking water. In some remote areas,
people resort to carrying the precious commodity many kilometres,
from sources that are often contaminated.
When we offered to donate a submersible borehole pump that
would provide clean drinking water, great excitement was aroused in
one such village settlement. This is in Zambia’s northern province, at
a remote village called El Shaddai between the towns of Ndola and
Mufulira and not far from the Congolese border.
31JCC ENGINEERING |
CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
Director Kim Taylor
Pageant belfry barge for the
Diamond Jubilee
Founded in 1985, JCC Engineering Limited has become
one of the foremost local steelwork fabricators in the
southeast of England. It is able to provide structural
fabricated steelwork to BSEN 1090-1-2, Execution Class 2, for
commercial and public-sector new-build and refurbishment
contracts including structural alterations. Its sectors of work
include education, health, commercial, residential and retail and
it works alongside contractors such as Graham Construction,
Westridge, Cuffe plc, Balfour Beatty and Galliard Homes.
Director Kim Taylor tells
TheParliamentary Review
more about
the business and its projects.
We provide a complete service from tender to handover and pride ourselves on
working closely with our clients and their design teams to ensure satisfactory
completion on time. Design and fabrication is then followed up by our own
fully qualified on-site erection crews. We are capable of fabricating and erecting
all manner of structures such as portal frames, beam and column and lattices,
although we understand from our clients that we are gaining a good reputation
for specialising in the unusual and difficult. As a result, 95 per cent of our turnover
is generated by repeat business from satisfied clients, consisting of an equal split
between new-build and refurbishment contracts for private and public-sector
clients. Many of our refurbishment and new-build contracts can be quite complex
and technically challenging, but by remaining focused with a positive and practical
outlook, anything can be achieved.
FACTS ABOUT
JCC ENGINEERING
»Director: Kim Taylor
»Established in 1985
»Based in Edenbridge, Kent
»Services: Structural steel
design, fabrication and
erection
»No. of employees: 20
»Became a limited company in
1995
JCC Engineering
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
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THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
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32 | JCC ENGINEERING
Teamwork and quality
At JCC we strongly believe in teamwork,
which is vital in the construction industry,
as all successful contracts are based
upon people working closely together
and often to challenging timescales.
When it comes to staff, we are great
believers in growing our own wood.
Emphasis is placed on a person’s ability
to do and learn, rather than solely on
their academic abilities. Many of our
current staff have been educated by
time-served, experienced staff, who
come from all strands of the industry.
This has resulted in a modern, capable
and innovative team, who have built
strong working relationships with
our clients. We are proud to say that
repeat business says everything and we
are conscious that we are only as good
as our last job.
We work with design teams,
contractors, subcontractors and
suppliers, and the benefit of having our
own robust ISO 9001:2015-accredited
quality system and BSEN 1090 factory
production control ensures that we
are always monitoring our work for
improvement and opportunity in the
future. In addition, we have several
industry SHEQ accreditations including
Constructionline Gold, SMAS Worksafe
SSiP, CHAS and Achilles, which provide
our clients with peace of mind when
dealing with us, in the knowledge
that we work to certain standards
andprotocols.
Embracing technology is central to
our approach and we use the latest
CAD 3D design modelling system.
There are still occasions when face-
to-face discussions are able to identify
and minimise potential design and
programme issues, however, and we
have established a healthy balance
between modern and traditional
techniques. The construction industry
always acts as a barometer for the
economy: if the economy is buoyant,
companies expand, relocate and spend
on capital projects. The last financial
recession was prolonged and deep
and as a result, other companies have
been and gone but we remain. We like
to think that the key to our survival
was positive reaction and adaptation
to the situation. This meant listening
to the marketplace, valuing our staff
and maintaining our high standards of
work. Having flexible, multidisciplinary
staff, be they office, workshop or
site based, has enabled us to work
together positively as a team rather
than in isolation. The company as a
whole is considerably stronger and a
great deal wiser for the experience.
KSS air ambulance
– medical training
simulator
Toomey/Vauxhall
dealership, Basildon,
Essex
Ninety-five per
cent of our
turnover is
generated by
repeat
business from
satisfied
clients
33JCC ENGINEERING |
CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
Outstanding range of projects
Unusual one-off contracts include
appearing on Channel 4’s
Grand
Designs
where we provided a curved
steel frame for a designer house in
Brighton, prominently overlooking the
city. We also fabricated a floating bell
tower for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
River pageant, which led a seven-and-
a-half mile-long flotilla down the River
Thames from Battersea to Tower Bridge.
Standing approximately 5.4 metres
tall and with a footprint of 6.3 by 5.8
metres, the belfry housed eight specially
cast bells that were named after eight
members of the royal family by the
Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London, for
the city church of St James Garlickhythe
in London. The project involved us
working closely with designers, the Port
of London Authority, Whitechapel Bell
Foundry, bell ringers and the media.
We were pleased that the belfry
structure was later donated and
transported to the Christchurch
Cathedral ruin in New Zealand,
following an earthquake which
destroyed the original building.
It was an immensely rewarding and
historic project that was completed to
challenging timescales.
We were approached by the Kent,
Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance
to design and fabricate a medical
helicopter training simulator, following
the introduction of their new Augusta
Westland AW169 helicopter. This was
then fitted out with state-of-the-art
electronics and medical equipment to
provide a mobile training facility for
this essential service.
For Galliard Homes we fabricated
and erected a high-level steel link
bridge between the 14-level City West
Tower and 34-level Sky View Tower
at Capital Towers residential building
development, overlooking the Queen
Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford,
London. Our future will be based
on continuing our high percentage
of repeat business, by committing
to the training and retaining of our
staff, marketplace awareness and by
remaining team players. Like most
businesses, undertaking the work is
the easiest part. Being paid on time,
including the industries’ retention
scheme, continues to be the most
challenging issue for an SME. We are
confident going forward, though, and
will continue to adapt as we always
have in the past.
Being paid on
time, including
the industries’
retention
scheme,
continues to
be the most
challenging
issue for an
SME
Capital Towers,
Stratford, London
BEST PRACTICE REPRESENTATIVE 2019
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
32 | JCC ENGINEERING
Teamwork and quality
At JCC we strongly believe in teamwork,
which is vital in the construction industry,
as all successful contracts are based
upon people working closely together
and often to challenging timescales.
When it comes to staff, we are great
believers in growing our own wood.
Emphasis is placed on a person’s ability
to do and learn, rather than solely on
their academic abilities. Many of our
current staff have been educated by
time-served, experienced staff, who
come from all strands of the industry.
This has resulted in a modern, capable
and innovative team, who have built
strong working relationships with
our clients. We are proud to say that
repeat business says everything and we
are conscious that we are only as good
as our last job.
We work with design teams,
contractors, subcontractors and
suppliers, and the benefit of having our
own robust ISO 9001:2015-accredited
quality system and BSEN 1090 factory
production control ensures that we
are always monitoring our work for
improvement and opportunity in the
future. In addition, we have several
industry SHEQ accreditations including
Constructionline Gold, SMAS Worksafe
SSiP, CHAS and Achilles, which provide
our clients with peace of mind when
dealing with us, in the knowledge
that we work to certain standards
andprotocols.
Embracing technology is central to
our approach and we use the latest
CAD 3D design modelling system.
There are still occasions when face-
to-face discussions are able to identify
and minimise potential design and
programme issues, however, and we
have established a healthy balance
between modern and traditional
techniques. The construction industry
always acts as a barometer for the
economy: if the economy is buoyant,
companies expand, relocate and spend
on capital projects. The last financial
recession was prolonged and deep
and as a result, other companies have
been and gone but we remain. We like
to think that the key to our survival
was positive reaction and adaptation
to the situation. This meant listening
to the marketplace, valuing our staff
and maintaining our high standards of
work. Having flexible, multidisciplinary
staff, be they office, workshop or
site based, has enabled us to work
together positively as a team rather
than in isolation. The company as a
whole is considerably stronger and a
great deal wiser for the experience.
KSS air ambulance
– medical training
simulator
Toomey/Vauxhall
dealership, Basildon,
Essex
Ninety-five per
cent of our
turnover is
generated by
repeat
business from
satisfied
clients
33JCC ENGINEERING |
CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
Outstanding range of projects
Unusual one-off contracts include
appearing on Channel 4’s
Grand
Designs
where we provided a curved
steel frame for a designer house in
Brighton, prominently overlooking the
city. We also fabricated a floating bell
tower for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
River pageant, which led a seven-and-
a-half mile-long flotilla down the River
Thames from Battersea to Tower Bridge.
Standing approximately 5.4 metres
tall and with a footprint of 6.3 by 5.8
metres, the belfry housed eight specially
cast bells that were named after eight
members of the royal family by the
Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London, for
the city church of St James Garlickhythe
in London. The project involved us
working closely with designers, the Port
of London Authority, Whitechapel Bell
Foundry, bell ringers and the media.
We were pleased that the belfry
structure was later donated and
transported to the Christchurch
Cathedral ruin in New Zealand,
following an earthquake which
destroyed the original building.
It was an immensely rewarding and
historic project that was completed to
challenging timescales.
We were approached by the Kent,
Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance
to design and fabricate a medical
helicopter training simulator, following
the introduction of their new Augusta
Westland AW169 helicopter. This was
then fitted out with state-of-the-art
electronics and medical equipment to
provide a mobile training facility for
this essential service.
For Galliard Homes we fabricated
and erected a high-level steel link
bridge between the 14-level City West
Tower and 34-level Sky View Tower
at Capital Towers residential building
development, overlooking the Queen
Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford,
London. Our future will be based
on continuing our high percentage
of repeat business, by committing
to the training and retaining of our
staff, marketplace awareness and by
remaining team players. Like most
businesses, undertaking the work is
the easiest part. Being paid on time,
including the industries’ retention
scheme, continues to be the most
challenging issue for an SME. We are
confident going forward, though, and
will continue to adapt as we always
have in the past.
Being paid on
time, including
the industries’
retention
scheme,
continues to
be the most
challenging
issue for an
SME
Capital Towers,
Stratford, London

www.jccengineering.co.uk

This article was sponsored by J C C Engineering. 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