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With April being Stress Awareness Month, we thought this was a great time to announce that we now have our first Craddys’ Mental Health First Aider, Principal Engineer Rob Burgess.
Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience some form of a mental illness each year. Mental Health First Aiders are trained to spot the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues, provide non-judgemental support and reassurance and, if necessary, guide a person to seek professional support.
Craddys’ health and safety risk assessments now consider physical and mental health and risks. Our aim is to manage and mitigate the risks of harm in the workplace and we are creating ways to support people with mental health issues, treating mental health in a similar way to physical health.
By investing in Mental Health First Aid training, we aim to raise awareness of mental illnesses in the workplace, encourage early intervention to aid recovery and reduce any stigma around mental health issues. We have a Social Responsibility team committed to improvement in this area.
We hope that by becoming more informed and aware, managers and employees will be able to spot the signs and symptoms of mental health issues more easily and provide the right support. We want to be able to support our team members and believe that the appointment of our first Mental Health First Aider is a positive step towards this.
We are excited that our Spring Challenge started this week! Lots of our team have decided on movement challenges they want to commit to for six weeks – some want to go to the gym more, some to work towards specific fitness goals like a triathlon and others just want to do more stretching.
We’ll be tracking, supporting and encouraging everyone to stick with it for the challenge – it’s always easier to do things and create positive habits when you have a supportive team around you! We will also be raising funds for the incredible cancer support charity Penny Brohn UK at the same time, who are based just around the corner from us.
Yesterday we held our annual Easter Egg hunt across all three of our offices… as always it got slightly competitive (!) and was a lot of fun. Huge congratulations to the winners of our MEGGS (Mega Eggs) and SEGGS (Special Eggs)!
Of course no-one went empty handed, with everyone else receiving NEGGS (Normal Eggs, or in this case, chocolate bunnies to try and reduce waste packaging). Thanks to Craddys Director Robin Griffiths for an excellent bit of organisation and for fitting the most Easter-related puns ever seen into one email. Absolutely Eggcellent 😉
As a company, we have been determined to do what we can to make a targeted, personal response to help people caught up in the war crisis in Ukraine. Some of our team have contacts and friends who work for a charitable foundation, FCE, in Romania and have spent time volunteering there. Marghita is about 2 hours from the most Westerly tip of Ukraine, the foundation has plenty of experience in responding to emergency situations and has opened its doors to receive refugees. They have been supplying food parcels (clothes, toiletries etc where necessary) and a full tank of petrol to each family as they pass through Marghita as well as setting aside accommodation for several families should they want to stay in Romania.
Our incredible team wanted to do something to support FCE and have individually donated a sum of money to the foundation, which Craddys as a company has matched. This money has been sent directly to the foundation where it is being used for food, fuel and living expenses. As of Friday last week, they had 26 refugees and 2 coach drivers staying in the main building who are all being fed and provided with supplies. They are also converting another house to accommodate more people and are continuing to give out food bags and fuel for those wanting to pass through Marghita. Thank you so much Craddys team for making a small but very important difference to people in need. We have attached a few photos from the bagging hall and FCE sent us the below message:
Want to say a massive thank you for the large sum of money raised by your colleagues and company for FCE’s work with the Ukrainian refugees! Amazing! It’s very kind and generous and will definitely be a great help.
On International Women’s Day 2022, we want to take the time to recognise all of the incredible women that work at Craddys and get to know one of our Structural Engineers, Cristina Caglioni a little bit better.
As a business, we are very aware of the need to promote and celebrate diverse STEM role models in the construction industry. For those new to following us, STEM is the combination of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and offers many career opportunities
Becoming an Engineer is just one of those opportunities and Cristina has been working at Craddys for seven years now in the role of Structural Engineer.
Cristina grew up in Italy. At school Cristina was passionate about maths and decided to continue this passion by studying Engineering at Roma Tre University. After graduating, she spent six years working in Italy before moving to the UK and joining the Craddys team in 2016. Since joining, Cristina has excelled in her role, progressing through the business and developing new skills along the way, including the use of Revit and BIM modelling.
Cristina particularly enjoys the design side of engineering and says her favourite thing about her job is finding solutions to complex problems and then coordinating them into the project collaboratively with the other design team members. She loves all types of projects but particularly enjoys working on residential developments that benefit the local communities they are provided within.
Here at Craddys, we are always looking to expand our team of talented and passionate Engineers. If Cristina’s story has inspired you, we have several roles available at the moment and would love to hear from anyone wishing to progress their career at any level.
Whilst social distancing Craddys staff took part in Christmas Jumper Day in order to raise money for Save the Children. Looking very festive!
Business is doing well in the North. After opening our Wakefield office in January 2020 we have already grown out of that initial space and have moved to larger premises in the city. Our team continues to grow and are always looking for bright and enthusiastic engineers and technicians.
Chestnut Primary School, Yatton, has been awarded for best educational building in the LABC Building Excellence Awards 2021. Craddys provided structural and civil works for the brand new school from planning support through to completion. Alongside designing the superstructure and foundations, Craddys developed the design of the foul and stormwater drainage systems and provided advice in connection with the external works/ hard landscaping associated with the development including car parking and sports fields. We are very proud to have been part of the team; alongside Willmott Dixon, AWW and Services Design Solution.
17/03/2021 It’s been just over a year since we opened our new Yorkshire office in Wakefield which, despite an unusual year, has now seen 10 projects completed on site, 6 currently under construction and more in the pipeline. Despite being over 200 miles from colleagues in Bristol and Exeter, we’ve also successfully delivered a number of projects with teams working collaboratively across our offices, along with many a social event – remotely but we look forward to meeting up soon.
We’re also recruiting! Due to our increasing workload we’re looking for an ambitious Graduate Civil Engineer to join the growing team in Wakefield to help deliver our exciting projects across the country. Please get in touch through our website if you are interested.
A few recent site progress photos below.
Craddys are delighted to announce that Andrew Rees has joined the board of Directors. Here is a socially distanced ‘high five’ between Managing Director, Colin Davidson, and new Director, Andrew Rees. Andrew started at Craddys as a graduate from Bath University in 2004, becoming a chartered structural engineer in 2009. Gaining valuable knowledge and experience throughout the company in civil and structural engineering and management skills, he became an Associate in 2012 and then Senior Associate in 2017. He has gained valuable experience working in all engineering sectors for Craddys and currently leads Craddys teams working in residential, commercial and remedial repair projects.