After a busy year of fundraising, we are pleased to have raised a total of £XXX for The Christie Charity this year!
This comes after various initiatives all across the business to beat last year’s total of £3,605.70, here are some of the highlights:
Weight Loss Club – 16 members of our London team ditched the carbs to budge that Christmas bulge raising £195.
Mini-Breaks Raffle – we raffled off two Italian escapes which saw a massive £1,325 raised.
Football Matches – our Design and Engineering departments competed in two charity football matches which saw Engineering triumph and raise £570 for The Christie.
Tough Mudder Challenge – 24 of our brave Vital colleagues tackled the 10 mile Tough Mudder course which had over 20 obstacles with challenging elements such as electricity, ice and, of course, mud, to raise an amazing £3,355.
Christmas Auction – we held our annual Christmas auction with items such as hampers, theatre tickets, televisions, a spa break and signed memorabilia from Geoff Hurst and Ricky Hatton to raise a huge £XXX.
In addition to all these, our fundraising efforts also included multiple raffles for hampers, spa breaks and bottles of booze to name a few, as well as taking part in Christmas Jumper Day.
We have been supporting The Christie for over 10 years now which is a cancer specialist hospital in Manchester providing exceptional care and treatment to patients, and pioneering research into new treatments and technologies for the fight against the disease.
We’d like to thank all who helped raise such a great figure and hope that we can raise even more in the New Year.
11.12.18 by Katie.Addison
| New build residential / mixed use
Vital Energi Awarded £2.3m Redrow Energy Scheme
Vital Energi will deliver a £2.3m energy scheme for The West Works, Redrow’s latest development in Southall. Vital will be taking a phased installation approach to grow the solution in line with Redrow’s construction plans.
Vital will be providing the design, supply and installation services for the scheme, which consists of a 185kW CHP engine, three 533kW gas boilers, two 8,000 litre thermal stores, low temperature hot water system and 280m of district heating. Vital will also be responsible for supplying the heat interface units for the development which consists of 313 new homes, alongside commercial units.
Vital adapted the design presented by Redrow’s consultants to provide a more financially beneficial and efficient solution. This was achieved by reducing the number of CHP engines from four with a thermal storage of 20m³, to one CHP with a thermal storage of 16m³ which not only reduces the cost of plant and maintenance, but also provides a more accurate size solution for the development’s energy demand.
The energy scheme will be installed alongside the development’s construction, with the CHP engine being switched on later in the development process when there is the required demand. The project will also see Vital provide the additional infrastructure to futureproof the network by installing capped pipework to allow for the additional connections.
The original intention was to install a capped district heating link from the energy centre to provide the ability to connect to the nearby Southall West Energy Centre in the future. However, this design was reassessed and adapted by Vital to supply the development and the capped link from a single district heating main which reduced the length of pipe required.
Rob Callagahan, Regional Director for the South for Vital Energi, commented, “After working with Redrow on previous projects such as their Padcroft and 500 Chiswick Road developments, we are pleased that we have been selected to provide the energy scheme for this new development. We have carried out a detailed design to ensure the most financially beneficial and efficient solution has been provided and look forward to seeing the project implemented.”
The West Works development comprises one, two and three bedroom luxury apartments and is due for completion late 2019.
We are pleased to announce that Richard Byers will be joining the Vital team to fulfil the new Director of Green Business role.
Richard has 34 years’ experience within the construction industry and has spent the last 17 years of his career working for a major construction company creating and managing a Green Business division. With extensive experience managing major MEP projects and contributions to both Education and Healthcare PFIs, Richard has previously been responsible for directing all UK pre-construction and business development activities for an international construction company.
During his role as Director of Green Business, Richard will be introducing and directing new markets for the Southern division of Vital. These new sectors will all be driven by the business case surrounding investment, design, deployment and lifecycle of energy efficient and low/zero carbon technologies, and processes in the built environment within both Public and Private sectors and across both new builds and retrofits.
Richard comments, “I am delighted to join such a successful, ambitious, vibrant and agile business and very much look forward to adding value to the Vital brand.”
We are celebrating success at Berkeley Group’s 2018 Apprentice Awards after one of our apprentices won the Best Plumber Apprentice Award, and a second apprentice was recognised as Highly Commended in the same category.
Dylan Mallia was honoured with the Best Plumber Award after impressing Berkeley Homes with his work on Royal Arsenal Riverside, his humble attitude, and his dedication to the job. Having worked with Vital for two years now, Dylan has nearly completed his NVQ Level 2 in Plumbing and Heating, and is now working on our project at Kidbrooke Village.
Teddy Horsfield was Highly Commended in the same category and is close to completing his NVQ Level 2 in Plumbing and Heating, after which he will continue onto his Level 3. Teddy is currently working on our Ram Brewery project and is seen as a quality member of the team.
The award ceremony took place at The Bridge Theatre on 25th September and celebrates outstanding training and development within the industry, highlighting upcoming talents and giving hard-working people the credit they deserve.
Dylan, shared, “I am delighted to have been awarded the Best Plumber Award and that my work has made such a positive impression on Berkeley. During the last two years that I have worked for Vital and on Berkeley projects, my knowledge and skills have grown and I look forward to continuing this development at Kidbrooke Village.”
Teddy, adds, “It is a great achievement to have been recognised as Highly Commended, and I am thrilled to see a fellow colleague take the top spot. It is a pleasure to work with the Berkeley Group on their projects and I have enjoyed the opportunity their schemes have provided to develop my skills within the field.”
Congratulations to them both and to all the other winners and nominees.
31.10.18 by Katie.Addison
| New build residential / mixed use
Feeling the Heat at The Atlas Building
Our project at 145 City Road, formally known as The Atlas Building, is heating up as we have reached some major project milestones.
Our team have worked hard when on the ‘Road to Heat On’ which required overcoming challenges such as aligning our schedule with external contractors by completing a series of co-ordination workshops. Collaborating well with all contractors was key to reaching this most recent achievement which saw us all working in unison to meet the goal date laid out by our client, Mace. Hitting this milestone was essential for Mace’s programme as it enabled the handover of the commercial building to their client on time to progress the project into its building fit-out stage.
The £6.7m project has seen the installation of a 158kWe CHP engine and a 2.8MW modular gas boiler, along with 12 condensing gas boilers. To guarantee the quality and reliability of our installation, the equipment has undergone pressure testing and commissioning to ensure the flushing process could commence, simultaneously to external contractors completing the electrical and BMS works in order to reach the milestone together.
Project Director, David O’Neill from Vital Energi, explains, “We worked towards some challenging timescales in order to reach the Heat On milestone to allow the developers, Rocket Properties, to begin their commercial lettings. Maintaining close working relationships with all parties involved resulted in the success of the installation, and proved to also be key to our subsequent completion of Cooling On.”
The project consists of two separate plant rooms due to the building’s height of 152m to ensure suitable water pressure reaches each dwelling, with a second chilled plant room on the 19th floor. This plant room has now also reached completion and the team worked extremely hard over a weekend to implement an intense lift plan for the installation of two cooling towers onto the roof of the 40-storey building.
With risers and laterals installations almost complete, the project is set to be finished by the end of the year and will consist of 300 apartments and office space.
Our newly redeveloped Graduate Programme has just welcomed its first two recruits to the team to begin their three year Vital journey in our London team.
Megan Owen and Lucinda Walker-Tully have recently joined the Vital team as Graduate Project Engineers and will be the first to complete the new programme. Over the course of three years, Megan and Lucinda will be coached by senior members of staff to complete a range of office and site-based modules within all areas of the business including Design, Project Engineering, Planning, Operation & Maintenance and Surveying. This allows the graduates to gain well-rounded skills and experiences in all departments to identify where their strongest skills and interests lie. At the end of the programme, they will decide upon which area they wish to specialise in and pursue as their career.
The programme has already seen Megan and Lucinda take part in a range of activities such as installing heat meters and thermostats, completing quality assurance checks on ductwork and HIU installations, and finalising projects to achieve practical completion. They also attended Euroheat and Power’s 6th International DHC+ Summer School in Ljubljana, Slovenia which explored the future of the district heating industry and innovative trends such as digitalisation. During the course of the week, Megan and Lucinda attended lectures by district heating experts and site tours of various energy plants around the city, as well as taking part in group tasks to develop ideas for the future.
Megan, comments, “The Graduate Programme at Vital interested me due to the opportunity to gain experience in a range of departments and learn from senior industry figures. I am thrilled to have begun the scheme and have already developed my skills in a various areas from operation and maintenance to quality assurance, and look forward to learning more about the sector.”
Lucinda, adds, “I am very excited to have been given the opportunity to take part in the scheme as it will allow for my knowledge on the way each area of the business works together to deliver innovative energy schemes. I have enjoyed visiting live sites to witness the work required to complete energy centre installations, and working closely with our team and the client to maintain our high project standards.”
The redesigned scheme will provide the requirements for the graduates to apply for a corporate membership to CIBSE.