Walter Lilly & Co

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Walter Lilly & Co'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 Walter Lilly & Co 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

Managing Director ChrisButler
A fine new-build country
house in Burnham Beeches
For nearly a century, Walter Lilly have worked with the
world’s leading architects and designers, creating luxury
construction projects in London’s prime locations including
Belgravia, Mayfair, Knightsbridge and Kensington. They carry
out conservation and science work, and projects of historical
interest and public importance, as well as creating fine
country properties within the home counties. With a portfolio
boasting some of London’s finest listed buildings, they are the
capital’s foremost provider of prestige residential construction
services. From refined classic opulence through to cutting-edge
contemporary space, the company create homes in the most
exclusive addresses on the planet. Managing Director Chris
Butler offers
The Parliamentary Review
a deeper insight into the
company and its manner of operating.
It is no coincidence that over the last decade we’ve been responsible for building
many of London’s most exclusive residential properties. Trusted by discerning clients
the world over, our brand is a byword for refinement and luxury construction. All of
this is done with health, safety and environmental obligations central to our ethos,
and we systematically manage our work to mitigate any negative impacts. We
pride ourselves on our neighbourliness, safe construction delivery record and ability
to minimise disruptive elements of construction site activities. Through careful
management and monitoring of company performance, a stable profit margin has
been maintained year on year.
»Managing Director: ChrisButler
»Established in 1924
»Based in Croydon
»Services: Main contractor
for creation of fine-quality
construction projects in
London’s prime locations
»No. of employees: 120
»A multi-award-winning
»Worked on many iconic
Walter Lilly & Co
Highlighting best practice
Primary areas of work
High-quality residential: Approximately
80 per cent of the business is derived
from the ultra-prime residential sector
in central London. These projects are
typically high-value private properties,
very high quality and extremely
complex, both in terms of structure
and of mechanical and electrical
installations. The building finishes, too,
are of the finest quality.
Landmark projects: We are increasingly
invited to tender for bespoke landmark
projects. Examples of successful project
delivery in this sector are:
»The 7th July Memorial in Hyde Park
for The Royal Parks Commission –
winning a RIBA Award
»The millennium restoration project
at Southwark Cathedral – winning a
Civic Trust Award
»The Grade I Listed conservatory
restoration at Chiswick House, while
conserving the world-renowned
collection of 33 heritage camellias
housed there (on behalf of English
»The Newport Street Gallery
for Damien Hirst on London’s
Southbank – winning a 2016 RIBA
Stirling Prize
A current landmark project of note is our
nine-year framework at the Palace of
Westminster to restore the seven inner
courtyards at this World Heritage Site.
Country estates: A relatively recent
addition to our portfolio includes the
construction of a variety of homes and
outbuildings on private country estates
in the home counties, such as the
Wentworth Estate, Burnham Beeches,
Englefield Green and Upton Grey.
Scientific research: We’ve also had an
active presence in the pharmaceutical
and higher education sectors throughout
southeast England for over 25 years.
In this time, we’ve successfully worked
for, among many others, the following:
»The Medical Research Council
»Department for Environment, Food
and Rural Affairs
»Animal and Plant Health Agency
»The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
»Imperial College London
In the private sector, we have also
worked with:
»Eli Lilly
»Oxford BioMedica
Many have required high standards
of sustainable performance. In
performing projects of this kind, we
have delivered nationally recognised,
award-winning BREEAM (Building
Research Establishment Environmental
Assessment Method) buildings that will
stand the test of time.
Integrity, honesty and fairness
At Walter Lilly, we take seriously
our core values of integrity, honesty
and fairness. In everything we do –
be it dealing with customers, staff,
subcontractors or suppliers – we work
hard to ensure these values are never
July 7 Memorial in Hyde
Park for the Department
of Culture, Media and
Trusted by
clients the
world over,
our brand is a
byword for
and luxury
lost sight of. We value each relationship
on a long-term basis, as this promotes
and fosters continuity and partnership.
In practice, integrity is ensuring that
each of our projects is performed
efficiently, ethically and without
defect, and delivered with the highest
level of craftsmanship. Honesty
entails transparent communication
with our customers, supply chain and
staff, again nurturing those long-
term relationships. By fairness, we
mean that all parties involved in the
delivery of our projects are given the
opportunity to meaningfully participate
– from the early planning stages, all
the way through to implementation.
Our success in this domain is reflected in
a recent survey of our clients, whereby
81 per cent of responders believed that
we are “overall a better company than
its market competitors”. One hundred
per cent of these confirmed they are
likely to recommend Walter Lilly.
The centrality of people
Our projects demand a level of
expertise that’s beyond the scope of
general builders. We’re able to meet
the needs of virtually any assignment,
however complex. It is a reputation
that has been developed from a wealth
of experience built up over many years
in the industry and, above all, from the
talent of our people.
Because we take the long-term view, we
place high value on continuity. In this
respect, most of our people have been
with the company for over a decade
– and many for much longer. We
encourage and support professional and
personal development and invest heavily
in training and education. We’ve been
supporting the graduate development
programme at Loughborough University
for over 20 years, nurturing the next
generation of talent and ensuring the
long-term growth of our brand. Walter
Lilly is a licensed training provider to the
Construction Industry Training Board,
and the majority of our managers are
members of the Chartered Institute of
Building or other chartered construction-
related professional bodies.
Building on strong foundations
In addition to the training programme
outlined above, we’ve made
organisational improvements in the area
of design development. This is because
many of the skills in the industry that
we formerly relied on have become less
common. This is especially important
as the demand increases for more
sophisticated construction methods
and is also a response to an expanding
reliance on contractor design. We
continue to enhance our in-house
engineering and design management
teams to enable them to deliver
unique, practical and cost-effective
specialist solutions. Technology has
played a central role in all this.
We’ll continue to work on the
principles of quality and consistency
while growing the brand through in-
house initiatives. Such initiatives will
place heavy priority on the completion
of contracts by the agreed deadline
by adopting a sense of urgency from
the outset and maintaining a focus on
completion. Through our projects, we
have the opportunity to preserve the
capital’s built heritage, facilitate wealth
creation and create scientific facilities
for the betterment of humanity.
80 per cent of
the business is
derived from the
sector in central
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This article was sponsored by Walter Lilly & Co. 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 The Rt Hon Theresa May MP.

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

This foreword from the then Prime Minister appeared in the 2018/19 Parliamentary Review.

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review. For Her Majesty’s Government, our task in the year ahead is clear: to achieve the best Brexit deal for Britain and to carry on our work to build a more prosperous and united country – one that truly works for everyone. 

The right Brexit deal will not be sufficient on its own to secure a more prosperous future for Britain. We also need to ensure that our economy is ready for what tomorrow will bring. Our Modern Industrial Strategy is our plan to do that. It means Government stepping up to secure the foundations of our productivity: providing an education system that delivers the skills our economy needs, improving school standards and transforming technical education; delivering infrastructure for growth; ensuring people have the homes they need in the places they want to live. It is all about taking action for the long-term that will pay dividends in the future.

But it also goes beyond that. Government, the private sector and academia working together as strategic partners achieve far more than we could separately. That is why we have set an ambitious goal of lifting UK public and private research and development investment to 2.4 per cent of GDP by 2027. It is why we are developing four Grand Challenges, the big drivers of social and economic change in the world today: harnessing artificial intelligence and the data revolution; leading in changes to the future of mobility; meeting the challenges of our ageing society; and driving ahead the revolution in clean growth. By focusing our efforts on making the most of these areas of enormous potential, we can develop new exports, grow new industries and create more good jobs in every part of our country.

Years of hard work and sacrifice from the British people have got our deficit down by over three quarters. We are building on this success by taking a balanced approach to public spending. We are continuing to deal with our debts, so that our economy can remain strong and we can protect people’s jobs, and at the same time we are investing in vital public services, like our NHS. We have set out plans to increase NHS funding annually by an average by 3.4 percent in real terms: that is £394 million a week more. In return, the NHS will produce a ten-year plan, led by doctors and nurses, to eliminate waste and improve patient care.

I believe that Britain can look to the future with confidence. We are leaving the EU and setting a new course for prosperity as a global trading nation. We have a Modern Industrial Strategy that is strengthening the foundations of our economy and helping us to seize the opportunities of the future. We are investing in the public services we all rely on and helping them to grow and improve. Building on our country’s great strengths – our world-class universities and researchers, our excellent services sector, our cutting edge manufacturers, our vibrant creative industries, our dedicated public servants – we can look towards a new decade that is ripe with possibility. The government I lead is doing all it can to make that brighter future a reality for everyone in our country. 

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review 
The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
Prime Minister