RICS UK award winners!
We are delighted to announce that OSM Construction, along with Stickland Wright (Architects) and Buckinghamshire Council (Client) has won the Public Sector Project category for the South East in the RICS UK Awards 2022!
The award was won on our HQube container hybrid site in High Wycombe.
HQube is an innovative development utilizing repurposed shipping containers with a vision to encourage local business growth and animation to an area of High Wycombe that was formally a yard laid to concrete for many years. It has been a difficult time for the construction industry and collaboration when people have been working at home, but this project has been completed on time and close to budget.
Judges’ comments - This scheme was well conceived, with clearly a ready local market evidenced by all 12 units under offer at the build completion. The units are “funky” and unique with their “north light” roof pitches and re-use of former shipping containers. Highly sustainable, with excellent eco credentials and a good use of long-term public funds for small, growing local businesses.
The 3 Peaks Challenge
We did it!! Over £2300.00 raised!
23hrs 46mins, 3 peaks, 3,046 metres, 23 miles (walking), 464 miles (driving), 64.26 gallons of coffee and enough Haribo to keep Willy Wonka in sugar for a decade.
Total walking time: 12hrs, 21mins
Total Driving time: 11 hrs, 25mins
What an amazing couple of days for everyone involved! From the inhospitable weather at Ben Nevis to the glorious sunshine 400 miles south in Snowdon, the boys put on a hell of a show of guts, determination and resolve.
The expedition got off to a flying start in the highlands where the weather (as expected on a Friday the 13th) took its toll. 50mph wind with 60mph gusts, non stop rain on the way up and sleet on the plateau top with -9 degree wind chill. Not a problem. Total time for Ben Nevis was 4hrs 55mins. Only time for a quick change in the car park into some dry clothes. Jacket Potatoes and sweets to refuel then back to England and Scafell Pike. Soundtrack – Classic Rock, Contemporary Rock, German Thrash.
Weather was much more pleasant in Cumbria but the sun was going down and so the lads, head torches and emergency flares at the ready, made a quick exit to knock off the next peak on the list. After just 3 hours (which is far too long a time to be alone in a dark remote car park with Anton) we saw 3 head torches bobbing confidently down the slopes and shortly after Scafell Pike was defeated in a lightning time of 3hrs 19mins. A few aching muscles in the car park but nothing a porridge bar, salt & vinegar crisps and a long drive in cramped conditions wouldn’t be able to rectify. Onwards through the moonlit night to Wales. Soundtrack – Opera, Light Jazz, Beddy-Bye-Nursery Rhymes
I’ve been told the scenery on the drive past the North Welsh coast is beautiful, I wouldn’t know as we arrived at Snowdon 4am and it was, for want of a better word, dark. Again the boys were off into the night with only their trusty headtorches, a lot of guts, and ever diminishing knee joints to keep them company. Support crew were instructed to hang around yet another remote and dark car park, beginning to feel like home. Dawn broke and gave way to a glorious sunrise, a perfect way to finish this adventure. As the 24 hour mark drew nearer we confirmed that the boys were back at the bottom of Snowdon and had completed with minutes to spare! All this walking had definitely taken a toll on old bones and so we wrapped them up in the trucks and sourced a very well deserved bacon sandwich.
I’m sure you can all agree that Dan, James and the OSM Construction team have achieved something quite special over the weekend and should be immensely proud of themselves.
Please have a look at a selection of photos from the weekend (edited for appropriateness). Expedition moustaches were supposed to be mandatory, some went further than others.
A big thank you to all that have donated so far, we’ve smashed the original total and then some. We couldn’t have done it without all your support. For those that haven’t please have a dig round for any loose change and give what you can. The just giving page will be online until Friday 20th May when it will be closed and all funds split and transferred to both Charities. https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/rocktoreorg
Re Org - https://reorgcharity.com/
Rock to Recovery - https://www.rock2recovery.co.uk/
Pan London Accomodation Collaborative Enterprise
Following a competitive procurement process, OSM are delighted to announce we have been selected by PLACE Ltd, for the delivery of up to 200 homes, over the next 3 years.
Working closely with ESS, a leading provider of modular homes across a range of sectors in the UK and Ireland. OSM will act as principle contractor, undertake enabling works, foundations, drainage, utilities services, the installation of ESS accommodation modules, and complete external hard and soft landscaping.
The project is already well underway, with the first of 3 sites currently in planning, we expect to be on site later on this year with the first scheme.