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We raised £9,000 for Birmingham Mind

After a year of fundraising we were delighted to present Rachel from Birmingham Mind with a cheque for £9,000.

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McDermotts wins People award from Willmott Dixon

Earlier this month McDermotts won the People Award at the Willmott Dixon Partner Awards.

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Taking time to talk on World Mental Health Day

To mark World Mental Health Day 2018, we held a bake sale at head office in Birmingham. The day wasn’t just about eating lots of baked goods, it was also about taking time to stop and talk to colleagues.

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Embedding Mental Health First Aid into McDermotts

We’re raising awareness of mental health issues and we’re also training staff in Mental Health First Aid.

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Tom gets Willmott Dixon’s Monthly Quality Award

Well done to Tom for getting Willmott Dixon's Monthly Quality Award at Project Green Heart at the University of Birmingham. Measuring over 12 acres, the Green Heart project will open up the centre of campus for students, staff and the local community to enjoy. It will provide a unique space for performances, socialising, meeting and studying, while opening up views...Read more

See completion photos from the new Waterside Campus in Northampton

Here are some photographs of the recently completed Waterside Campus for the University of Northampton.Read more

Our Summer Celebration was a scorching success

This years’ Summer Celebration was an afternoon filled with lots of fun and laughter, ice creams and waffles, a little competition and a lot of fundraising for charity.

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Handover of the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre by the Duke of Westminster

Today the Duke of Westminster handed over the gift of the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) to the Prime Minister at a special event held in the presence of His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge.

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Tackling SPFA’s fundraising assault course

Well done to the McDermotts team for tackling the Family Assault Course run by the SPFA (Student Parent Family Association) of St Peter & St Paul Catholic Primary School.

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Company reorganisation

Following the retirement of two of our directors, Marie McDermott and Henry Gilbert, we have appointed two new directors – Joe McDermott and Keith Haywood.

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McDermotts ladies take part in Race for Life and raise £1,600 for charity

Well done to all everyone that took part in Race for Life in Walsall on Sunday 13th May, raising £1,600 for Cancer Research.

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See the latest aerial footage from the University of Northampton

Here is the latest aerial footage from the University of Northampton's Waterside Campus.Read more

Did you see us on the BBC news?

On Monday 15 April, we were joined by BBC Midlands correspondant Peter Plisner at Project Green Heart at the University of Birmingham.

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Take a look at the entries into our children’s Easter drawing competition

Find out who won our children’s Easter drawing competition.

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Donating to The Huntington’s Disease Association

This week we met Poppy from The Huntington’s Association to make a £1,000 donation.

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We help Trident Reach ‘move on’

Last week we got to meet Marie Calder from Trident Reach, a charity that supports over 2,000 vulnerable people across the Midlands.

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Supporting the Samaritans in Walsall

Lawrence is a volunteer with the Samaritan so he was delighted to be able to hand over this cheque to his local branch – Samaritans Walsall and District.

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Donating to the The Brain Tumour Charity

This week we met Jen from The Brain Tumour Charity and were able to present her with a cheque for £1,000.

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Supporting Breast Friends in Sutton Coldfield

Yesterday we got to meet some of the volunteers and supporters of Breast Friends, a support group for women diagnosed with breast cancer.

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Watch construction of the new extension to the Curzon Building at Birmingham City University

Watch construction of the new extension to the Curzon Building at Birmingham City University in this time lapse video.

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Vivian and Michael receive site awards from Willmott Dixon

Well done to Vivian and Michael for receiving the site award from Willmott Dixon at the C-ALP’S site at Coventry University for demonstrating outstanding safety, commitment and general attitude to working on site.

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Nine new excavators join our fleet

We’ve added four new Hitachi ZX26U excavators and five new Hitachi ZX130LCN excavators to our fleet of machines.

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Thomas gets a Green Card for safety at the University of Northampton

Well done to Thomas for receiving a Green Card from Bowmer & Kirkland for demonstrating excellent standards of health and safety.

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Sharing Hope at Christmas with the Trussell Trust

Christmas can be a tough time of year for some so we’ve been collecting items for our local Trussell Trust foodbank.

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Watch the latest video update from DNRC

Here is the latest aerial video from DNRC showing the construction progress being made on site.

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Top of the leader board on site at the University of Northampton

Well done to the McDermotts team for coming top of Bowmer & Kirkland’s subcontractor leader board at the University of Northampton’s new Waterside Campus.

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We raised £15,000 for two great charities

After a year of fundraising, we’re delighted to announce that we’ve raised £15,000 for two great charities.

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First building handed over at the University of Northampton

We’ve handed over the first building at the University of Northampton to main contractor, Bowmer & Kirkland.

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We’re busy in Biggleswade

Here are a couple of photos from a project we’re working on in Biggleswade for Bowmer & Kirkland.

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Here’s another update from the University of Northampton Waterside Campus

The new Waterside Campus at the University of Northampton is taking shape. Here's the latest aerial footage showing the site.Read more

Watch construction of Birmingham’s HS2 College in 2 minutes

See Birmingham's National College for High Speed Rail built in 2 minutes in this time lapse video.Read more

Fun in the rain at Big Fun Run Birmingham

Well done to our team taking part in the Big Fun Run Birmingham and raising over £600 for charity.

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Working with Willmott Dixon’s All Safe Ambassador

Last week Willmott Dixon’s All Safe Ambassador, Dylan Skelhorn, came to our office to share his story about how one decision changed his life forever.

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Creating a new green heart at the University of Birmingham

We have successfully secured a new project with Willmott Dixon to construct a striking new parkland at the centre of the University of Birmingham campus known as Green Heart.

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Setting a new record for the Rickshaw Run

Well done to Bobby, Sean and Tony for not only coming first in the Rickshaw Run but raising over £2,000 for Cancer Research too!

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See how much the Waterside Campus has changed since work began

Watch these two videos to see how much the Waterside Campus site has changed since work began.Read more

Creating a new outdoor space for The Greenhouse Project

Earlier in the Summer we worked with our customer Jaguar Land Rover to transform the garden at The Greenhouse Multi-Cultural Play and Arts Project in Liverpool.

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Video update from DNRC

Here is the latest aerial video from DNRC showing the construction progress being made on site.

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Tom receives a Green Card from Simons Group

Well done to Tom Healy for being awarded a Green Card from Simons Group at Bicester Shopping Village.

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Our first family fun day raises £1,000

Our first family fun day was not only a huge success but we also raised £1.000 to be split between for our two charities – Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Cancer Research UK.

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Garden transformation for Hazel Oak School

Over the last couple of weeks we have been supporting Willmott Dixon’s trainee challenge where they were tasked with transforming the garden at Hazel Oak School in Solihull.

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Dean did it for Scotty’s Little Soldiers

Congratulations and well done to our colleague Dean Hanley who climbed up Derby Cathedral 20 times to raise money for Scotty’s Little Soldiers on Saturday 1st July.

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Project update – Ryvita

Here are few progress photos from the new Ryvita Crisp Bread facility for main contractor GF Tomlinson in Bardney, Lincolnshire.

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Supporting Willmott Dixon’s trainee challenge at Hazel Oak School

We’re proud to support Willmott Dixon’s trainee challenge again this year. This year it’s about transforming the garden of Hazel Oak School in Solihull.

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Two mini diggers join our fleet of machines

These two Kubota mini diggers have joined our fleet of machines and are ready to start working on site in Oxford.

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Top of the safety leader board at University of Northampton

Well done to the McDermotts team for coming top of Bowmer & Kirkland’s safety leader board at the University of Northampton’s new Waterside Campus.

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Video update from DNRC

Here is the latest update from Interserve's Project Director, Mark Green, on the progress being made at DNRC.Read more

Golfing for a good cause

Three of our staff took part in the annual Douglas Macmillan Golf tournament, helping to raise £24,433!

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Watch the construction of a new distribution centre

This two-minute timelapse video shows the construction of a new distribution centre at Markham Vale in Chesterfield.Read more

Treating concrete wash water

With the help of Silbusters, we’re reducing our impact on the environment by treating concrete wash water.

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Simon receives a Green Card for safety

Well done to Simon Watkins for being awarded a Green Card from Simons Group on the Bicester Village project.

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Donating to the 2nd Wordsley Scout Group

The final charity to benefit from our pledge to make a donation to charity instead of sending Christmas cards is the 2nd Wordsley Scout Group.

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Supporting Birmingham Sands

Another charity to receive support from our pledge to make a donation instead of sending Christmas cards is Sands – Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Charity.

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Raising awareness with Max Appeal

The third charity to receive support from our ‘no Christmas cards’ pledge is Max Appeal.

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Supporting Wallasey Youth Rugby Team

The second cause to receive a donation from instead of us sending Christmas cards is Wallasey Youth Rugby Club.

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Helping Newborns in Need at Heartlands Hospital

Instead of sending Christmas cards we have been making donations to charity. The first is Newborns in Need at Heartlands Hospital.

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See what’s happening on site at DNRC

Here is the latest update from Interserve’s Project Director, Mark Green, on the progress being made at DNRC.

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Supporting the homeless at Christmas

Christmas is a time for giving and this year, we decided to donate some practical gift bags to homeless charity SIFA Fireside.

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No one should have to face going hungry at Christmas

No one should have to face going hungry at Christmas so we’ve been collecting for our local foodbank.

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Supporting the No Christmas Card Appeal

As with previous years we're not sending Christmas cards. Instead we are donating £2,000 to each of the following charities or groups nominated by our staff:Read more

Building new vegetable beds at Nechells POD

Our apprentices Charlie, Kane, Jamal and Macaulay have been building two vegetable beds for Nechells POD. They planned and managed the entire project themselves.Read more

McDermotts becomes a CIOB Chartered Building Company

We are delighted to announce that we have met the Chartered Institute of Building’s stringent criteria to become a Chartered Building Company (CBC.)

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Our Movember team raises £2,084 for charity

Well done to our Movember team for raising £2,084 for charity while sporting some very impressive moustaches!

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Raising money for Children in Need

We’ve raised £800 for Children in Need today. As well as dressing down for the day, we’ve had a raffle and also been feasting on lots of sweet treats.

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See the latest progress at the University of Northampton

See the latest aerial footage of University of Northampton’s Watersde Campus development.

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We’re growing a Mo for charity

Some of our team are taking part in Movember, an annual event where men all over the world take on the challenge to grow a moustache and raise money for the Movember Foundation.

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McDermotts apprentices support the Willmott Dixon trainee challenge

Our apprentices have been supporting some of Willmott Dixon’s trainees with a project at Highbury Orchard Community in Birmingham.

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Malcolm and Henry become Chartered Fellows of the CIOB

On Friday 7 October Managing Director Malcolm McDermott and Director Henry Gilbert became Chartered Fellows of the Chartered Institute of Building.

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Transport Secretary Chris Grayling meets some of our apprentices

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling visited the Birmingham site of the new National College for High Speed Rail to see the high-tech training facility as it takes a step closer to completion.

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Safety awards on site

It’s great to see our team getting recognition from our customers for their approach to health and safety.

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Cake for a good cause

We took part in our first Macmillan Coffee Morning today and raised £600.

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McDermotts donates £1,000 to Saras Hope Foundation

A staff raffle and match-funding allowed us to donate £1,000 to Saras Hope Foundation.

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Creating a new well-being garden for Shepshed Volunteer Centre

We are working with Interserve to deliver a well-being garden at the Shepshed Volunteer Centre as part of a Community Benefits Plan for the Defence for National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC.)

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Three new excavators join our expanding fleet of machinery

We have added three new 20 tonne Komatsu PC210LCi excavators to our fleet which include integrated machine control and a 3D guidance system.

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McDermotts supports Tom and The Battle Fund

McDermotts donates £2,034 to The Battle Fund to support Tom in his fight against ALS.

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McDermotts donates £5,000 to Save the Children

Following our donation to War Child earlier in the month we are delighted to also donate £5,000 to Save the Children.

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McDermotts donates £5,000 to War Child

McDermotts has donated £5,000 to international children’s charity, War Child.

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Highly commended at the Construction News Awards

McDermotts was highly commended in the Employer of the Year category at the 2016 Construction News Awards in London last week.

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McDermotts is leading the way with certification to the new ISO 2015 standards

McDermotts demonstrates excellence with certification to the new ISO 2015 standards.

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Supporting local anglers in Derby

Here are some kind words we received from the Vice Chairman of Earl of Harrington’s Angling Club after we we carried out some improvement works at Mill Dam.

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First milestone achieved on Phase 2a Of Birmingham City University

The first major milestone was reached on Phase 2a of the Curzon at Birmingham City University last week when the first pieces of the steel frame were erected.

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Training a future generation at the National College for High Speed Rail

We are delighted to have secured another flagship project, this time working alongside Willmott Dixon to build a new college in Birmingham.

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Our Apprenticeship Academy is officially opened

Our Apprenticeship Academy was officially opened last week with guests including customers, suppliers and partners such as Solihull College and University Centre.

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Highly commended at the West Midlands Celebrating Construction Awards

We are pleased to announce that we were highly commended in the category of SME of the Year at the recent West Midlands Celebrating Construction Awards.

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Birmingham City University Phase 2a

A six-storey extension to the Birmingham City University campus at Eastside has been given the go ahead by the council’s planning committee.

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Three new distribution centre projects are underway

Work has started on three new distribution centre projects.

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McDermotts is a winner in the RoSPA Awards 2016

We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a silver RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Award for the second year running.

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Supporting the transformation of the University of Northampton

McDermotts has secured the groundworks package with Bowmer & Kirkland on the major new development at the University of Northampton’s new Waterside Campus.

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Apprentices help garden clean up at Nechells POD

A group of apprentices from McDermotts recently spent some time with local residents cleaning up the community gardens in Nechells in Birmingham.

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Making good progress at Rugby Gateway

Works are well underway at Bowmer & Kirkland’s Rugby Gateway project.

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McDermotts shortlisted for a Construction News award

We are pleased to announce that we have been shortlisted as a finalist in the Employer of the Year category of the 2016 Construction News Awards.

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Ground shoring at Project Beagle

At McDermotts we’re always looking for ways to work more efficiently so we used RMD Kwikform’s new CE marked ground shoring equipment to help us complete the drainage diversions at Project Beagle.

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