Ryebridge kicks off £51 million development project at Oaklands College

The multi-million-pound redevelopment of Oaklands College in St Albans is now underway – with a construction company run by former student Daniel Coyle now on site preparing the groundworks.

Daniel, who originally studied construction management at the college, is now director of Ryebridge Construction and returned to his former college this month to kick start the £51million project.

Daniel said: “I am very proud to be part of this project. I loved my time here as a student, so to be back at Oaklands and to be the first company on site for this massive redevelopment project is a real privilege.”

The Ryebridge team will be on site for 12 weeks – undertaking the enabling works which include demolition, site clearance and minor groundworks before the major building work commences, which will see the look and feel of Oakland Colleges’ Smallford campus be entirely transformed. There are plans to introduce new student accommodation, administration areas, teaching centres, workshops and a sports pavilion.

The focal point of the new development will be the specially purposed Gateway building, which will house a news student lounge, support services and refectory. The new sports pavilion will provide lockers, changing rooms, and a viewing platform for spectators as well as classrooms for theoretical lessons.

The enhancement programme will roll out over five years to minimise disruption to the campus and current students.

College Principal Zoe Hancock said: “We are really pleased that the work is underway and the journey to our new facilities has started. It is also great to work with a local contractor and support local businesses.”

Temporary Drop Off Zone and Ramp Works – TDOZ Project

London Luton Airport required the design and build of an enabling works package. This included a new temporary drop off zone to replace the existing one, relocated barrier controls, demolition of an existing high level link bridge, new perimeter road and supporting ramp over bridge.

Structures included new lighting, barrier controls and CCTV networking. These were designed to make way for a new multi storey car park and to allow the existing drop off zone to be closed and the site cleared for the construction of the proposed MPT system. The works were required to be delivered in a fully operation environment - to enable the drop off, deliveries, multi storey car park and bus providers to continue working as usual.

Through detailed design and early client engagement Ryebridge put forward a value engineered design for the solution that not only provided greater efficiency in dealing with passengers but mitigated any interfaces the public, staff and operations had with regards to crossing live traffic.

The ramp over bridge structure facilitated a safe, vehicle free pedestrian route from the initial drop off to the terminal. Included within the design was a revamp of the perimeter network of roadways segregating drop off traffic, HGV’s and delivery vehicles and a dedicated roadway for access to the existing multi storey car park.

The ramp over bridge structure designed required 180No piles with 300mm thick reinforced concrete walls differing in height for a length of approximately 100m. The walls and deck to the ramp were constructed in-situ with specifically design panels through a period of approximately eight weeks working 24hrs a day with the total placement of 650m3 of concrete for the structure.

Here are a few top facts:

  • £3.2m total value, inclusive of £400k of additional works delivered within the original time frame.
  • The project started in January 2018 and we completed, on time and to budget, in June 2018.
  • 26000m2 site clearance, 31000m3 excavation and disposal
  • 16500m2 of new roads and footpaths and 1600m new drainage
  • 950m3 concrete, 2250m3 of structural fill material and 2500m of kerbs
  • 14000 man hours worked.


Students make their mark at Ryebridge Construction

Two students from Luton are making their mark at Ryebridge Construction – securing training and apprenticeships with the construction company and already getting top grades.

Joe Hankins, with support from Ryebridge, is about to start his second year of a construction management and engineering Level 3 course at Oaklands College in St Albans. He combines classroom learning with days on site and at the Luton company’s head office. 

“I started working at Ryebridge in the school holidays and the company agreed to support me at college,” said 19-year-old Joe. “I finished this month with a double distinction, am back on site for the summer holidays and will take my final year in September. After that I would like to go into engineering or quantity surveying so Ryebridge have said I can shadow some of their teams, to help me decide on what I want to focus on.”

Mark Fee, 16, will start his construction course in September and in the meantime will work on site and in the office at Ryebridge. Mark has already passed the Construction Skills Certification Scheme and passed a one-day health and safety event.

Director of Ryebridge Construction, Daniel Coyle, said: “We are committed to promoting apprenticeships and nurturing young talent. Construction is a leading UK sector and we are working with partners to promote construction as a career choice. Key to this is apprenticeships and we are proud of all that Joe and Mark have already achieved.”

Photographed: Mark Fee, left, with Joe Hankins

Ryebridge breaks ground and launches new safety app

A new app for mobile phones has been launched at Ryebridge Construction – to keep its workforce safe and secure.

The safety app, launched in July 2018, enables staff to easily report everything from Health & Safety hazards, incidents and near misses, along with Environmental issues such as fuel spillages at the click of a button, with Ryebridge becoming one of only a few companies to do this in the UK.

Director of Luton based Ryebridge Construction Daniel Coyle, said: “We have invested in this to make reporting as easy and simple as possible. This is very much the future, just ask anyone under 16. 

“You no longer have to leave a site to return to an office and report an incident or hazard. Now, our staff will simply be able to pull out their phones, take a photo and press send. We will check the app results daily, take action if needed and use the information to ensure we continue to put safety at the forefront of all we do.”

This new Ryebridge app comes hot on the heels of a new approach to safety launched by London Luton Airport and spearheaded by Simon Bown, head of health, safety and environment at the airport.

Speaking at Ryebridge’s staff event in July, Simon said: “Safety Differently marks a shift in focus – from bureaucracy and ticking lots of boxes, to an ethical decision to look after staff. Safety is not the absence of accidents, it is the presence of trust, ownership, engagement and positives. It is great to see Ryebridge supporting our new approach and being an innovative, progressive company.”

Ryebridge clients include London Luton Airport - the team have recently completed a £7million taxi runway project - and Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. The club appointed Ryebridge Construction as principle contractor in 2014 to lead on a two-year project to prepare the site for its new multi-million -pound stadium. 

Find out more about the company and its range of clients at www.ryebridgeconstruction.com

Photographed: Jagroob Singh, who works in groundworks and is a driver for Ryebridge, with the new safety app.

Ryebridge team get studying

Six members of the Ryebridge team are upskilling and taking an NVQ In site supervision – thanks to a grant from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

The Luton based company received a £5,000 grant, enabling a group of their site supervisors to study for the Level 6 construction qualification, which includes six modules and two onsite assessment visits. Topics being focused on include leadership and management, communication and customer care, planning and logistics, environment and sustainability.

The site supervisors are: Nick Wheeler, Dan Gill, Luciano Cardinale, Salvo Cardinale, Dave Beaumont and Ahilan Somasundaram.

Managing Director of Ryebridge Construction, Daniel Coyle (pictured), commented: “We are committed to supporting all our staff, helping them achieve their goals, learn, upskill and benefit from top training opportunities.”

Luton Construction Firm helps local boxing star

Luton-based construction firm Ryebridge is helping local boxing legend Jordan Reynolds punch and spar his way to the top – providing sponsorship to help the 22-year-old achieve his dream of reaching the Olympics.

Jordan, 22, who has never lost a fight for England and is now a part of Team GB, met Ryebridge Managing Director Daniel Coyle at a Love Luton awards event, when the company recommended Jordan for the Sporting Achievement award

Daniel said: “We want to take a bit of pressure off Jordan. We are based in Luton, recruit locally wherever possible and want to give back. We are amazed by all that Jordan is doing – fighting against the odds and injuries to secure his position on Team GB. It’s impossible not to be inspired when you meet Jordan. He is a sporting icon and good for Luton and we are so pleased to be able to help.”

Jordan added: “When I first tried out for Team GB I was invited back but then tore my tendon and had to raise thousands of pounds to get it fixed, with five months rehabilitation. But I got there in the end and am proud to be making history – no one from Bedfordshire has got into Team GB before.

Jordan’s story is an inspirational one. After leaving school early he went to a gym to stay out of trouble, working a 12-hour shift there until he turned 16.

“I could see everyone sparring and fighting and I thought, you what, I could do this. I got in the ring with guy half my size and got knocked out,” said the boxer. “Ever since that moment I have been striving to improve. I had my first amateur fight at 16, won it and won the next fight and then went into ABAs, the biggest championship you can go in. You need minimum two fights to enter – sink or swim, an experience.

“I kept winning and improving every fight and later joined the West Ham club, one of the most successful amateur boxing clubs in the world, where the hardcore training started.”

Jordan juggled part time jobs with his training, determined not to let limited finances get in his way.

You can follow Jordan’s journey to success on Twitter @reynoldsboxing

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Working within a ‘live’ airport environment requires very specific skills. It requires a demanding level of performance driven by stringent timing and safety standards. It also requires the ability to liaise closely with key stakeholders ensuring no disruption to airport services, whilst guaranteeing the job is completed safely, on budget and on time.

At Ryebridge we have the proven skills required to consistently achieve the standards of airport environments. That’s why we’ve been retained by London Luton Airport Limited (LLAL), one of the UK's largest Airports, as a trusted and experienced landside and airside contractor for their airport developments.

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Highlights and Achievements 2017

As we prepare to welcome in another New Year the team at Ryebridge Construction have been reflecting ontheir highlights and achievements from 2017.

Here are just a few ...

Our new look website, packed with case studies, photos and film, was designed and launched. 

The cameras have been rolling - check out our new film, made for us by the talented team from Clearhead.

In the summer we relaunched our LinkedIn account, now packed with films, pix, news and a brilliant film of the airport's Taxiway Bravo opening.

We continued to support local charities and good causes, including Keech Hospice, Level Trust, Love Luton and its inspriational #lutonsbestawards.

Four days, 330 miles, over £54,000 raised - Ryebridge was proud to be the key sponsor for June's London Luton Airport charity cycle challenge in aid of Keech Hospice.

Another charity highlight, in May, saw Ryebridge organise a cycle ride that raised over £11,000 for local charity Level Trust, funds being used to buy school uniform, shoes and coats for children living below the poverty line in Luton.

In November we scooped our fourth environmental Green Apple award - this one was for our work at London Luton Airport.

Earlier in the year we won a prestigious gold Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) award in June, also for our work with London Luton Airport. 

Congratulations to our safety slogan competition winner, supervisor Pal Singh. His winning words are now on all our hi-vis jackets.

Health and safety remained at the heart of all we do throughout 2017 – with awards, training, accreditations and more.

Our very own Daniel Coyle was unveiled as an Envoy of the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) – a prestigious position putting construction and Ryebridge at the forefront of the region.

Thank you to all our clients, partners, supporters and our committed workforce - and we wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year.

Leading Luton construction firm wins UK environmental award

Ryebridge Construction has won a leading environmental award for its work at London Luton Airport (LLA).

The team, which collected the Green Apple award at The Houses of Parliament on November 6th 2017, was commissioned by the airport earlier this year to build its new taxiway extension, a project which forms part of the largest single investment in the airport’s history and will increase annual capacity by 50% to 18 million passengers by 2020. 

The Green Apple awards are an international initiative designed to celebrate and reward the greenest companies, councils and communities. 

Daniel Coyle, Director of Ryebridge, said: “Our commitment to minimising our environmental impacts begins in the boardroom and reaches every part of our business, including our supply chain. Where possible we use local labour and choose the most environmentally friendly companies to dispose of our waste materials. 

“In our work at London Luton Airport we have introduced pioneering environmental construction practice with major benefits in both cost and environmental impact.”

Ruari Maybank, Construction Director at London Luton Airport, added: “We’re delighted that Ryebridge’s achievements have been recognised in this way. As we continue to invest in the airport to increase capacity and improve the passenger experience, we are always working to keep our operations as environmentally friendly as possible and encourage all of our contractors to do the same”.

Ryebridge competed against more than 500 other nominations in the Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice category. This award marks the company’s fourth Green Apple award.

Shortcuts cut life short - award winning safety slogan

A new safety slogan has been unveiled by Luton based company Ryebridge Construction, whose staff are now wearing hi-vis jackets with the winning words.

The company, which works in the airport, demolition and construction sector, has a £7 million contract with London Luton Airport’s (LLA) current transformation project that includes the creation of four new aircraft stands and the construction of a new taxiway extension.

To reinforce its commitment to health and safety the company challenged its staff to write a safety slogan. Supervisor Pal Singh, who joined the company in January 2016, won the competition and his winning words ‘Shortcuts cut life short’ are now emblazoned on all the company’s hi vis jackets.

Daniel Coyle, Director, said: “Health and safety is a priority and we love Pal’s message, which perfectly reinforces our commitment to our staff, clients and the wider community.” 

The ‘Shortcuts cut life short’ safety slogan will be included on future marketing and clothing and Pal won £50 of shopping vouchers.

Ryebridge construction expert unveiled as new SEMLEP Envoy

Director of Luton based Ryebridge Construction Daniel Coyle has been handpicked to represent the sector across the South East Midlands.

Daniel has been unveiled as the latest business leader to join the coveted South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) Envoy programme - a select cohort of influential business leaders from a variety of industry sectors across the South East Midlands.

As advocates for SEMLEP to their peers, to government and to inward investors, Envoys are billed by the LEP as being “enthusiastic about the opportunities and unique relationships that can be brought together through SEMLEP and its role in the local economy”.

Sara Homer, Chair of SEMLEP’s Envoy programme, said: “Daniel is committed to construction and is already working closely with Luton Borough Council and other businesses to promote the sector to school leavers and people seeking a new career, so to have him on board is a real coup for the Envoy programme. 

“Daniel’s experience in and passion for the construction sector is unrivalled so we look forward to drawing on his expertise and working with him to support the construction sector in this region.”

SEMLEP currently has 40 Envoys and Sara, working with SEMLEP’s Chief Executive Stephen Catchpole, will seek to bring further business leaders and influencers on board.
Stephen said: Our economy is growing and has the potential to grow faster. Our Envoys play an important role in helping our area to achieve its full potential as we respond to the challenges of Brexit and opportunities presented in developing the Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge Growth Corridor.
“Envoys work directly with us to promote our area’s key sector strengths, identify barriers to growth and act as critical friends to ensure that SEMLEP’s priorities continue to be shaped by a strong business voice.”
Daniel’s fellow SEMLEP Envoys represent companies including Abbeygate Developments, Barclays, Brackmills BID, Cosworth, EMW, Fujifilm, General Motors, Hayward Tyler, Home Retail Group, ICAEW, Lockheed Martin, Lloyds Banking, Mazars, PwC, Prodrive, Santander and Unilever.
Director Daniel Coyle said: “It’s a privilege to have been approached by SEMLEP for this leading role and I look forward to working with the team and my fellow Envoys to not just promote construction but also to play a part in strengthening the economy of this South East Midlands region.”

Ryebridge clients include London Luton Airport - the team are currently working on a £7million taxi runway project - and Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. The club appointed Ryebridge Construction as principle contractor in 2014 to lead on a two-year project to prepare the site for its new multi-million-pound stadium. 

Ryebridge joins CITB

Ryebridge Construction has joined the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), becoming a key member of the industry training board for the UK construction industry.

Director Daniel Coyle said: “The CITB, like us, believes that developing the skills of workers in the construction industry is crucial to the health of the UK economy. We are proud to add CITB membership to our list of accreditations and awards.”

The CITB works with construction companies to help improve skills, increase competitive edge and respond to challenges including the low carbon agenda, the reduction of costs on-site and the recruitment of the best and brightest talent in the sector. 

The CITB was established in 1964 by the Industrial Training Order 1964, and was one of a number of training boards covering UK industries. It was a non-departmental public body of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills until 2016 when it moved to the Department for Education.

In addition to working with the CITB Ryebridge Construction has joined a Luton construction forum, led by Luton Borough Council, and is working with fellow construction firms and key organisations to promote construction as a career choice to students, graduates and people looking for a new challenge.

Ryebridge organises charity cycle ride

Over £11,000 has been raised to buy school uniform, shoes and coats for children living below the poverty line in Luton thanks to a charity cycle ride organised by Ryebridge Construction.

More than 20 cyclists met at St Matthew’s Primary School to cycle to Paris and raise much needed funds for local charity Level Trust.

The cyclists, who included Ryebridge Director Daniel Coyle and five colleagues, were cheered on by the St Matthew’s Primary pupils who cycled to school and made flags and banners.

It also proved a family affair, with Daniel’s father and company founder John Coyle driving a support vehicle, mum Patsy Coyle driving another and brother in law Simon taking to his saddle to join the cycle ride.

Ryebridge mechanic Dave Bartlett and son Ashley joined in the adventure, driving another support vehicle all the way to Paris.

Jane Malcolm, CEO of the charity, said: “Ryebridge are big supporters of ours. They have been incredibly generous in putting this event together for us, raising funds which make a real difference to children in Luton.”

Daniel added: “We are passionate supporters of Level Trust, a charity that does essential and life changing work, ensuring all children in Luton have equal access to learning. We were delighted to organise this event, supported by many other businesses and the wider community.”

The group cycled through London down to Brighton before taking the overnight ferry from Newhaven to Dieppe on the north coast of France. From there they cycled to the French capital, arriving together at 6.30pm on Saturday.

You can still donate via Daniel’s Just Giving page. 

Ryebridge scoops fifth Gold award for excellence

Luton construction firm Ryebridge Ltd is set to receive a prestigious gold award for its work at London Luton Airport.

Ryebridge Ltd, working in partnership with London Luton Airport Operations Ltd Planning and Development Department for on-going civils maintenance, is set to pick up the top Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) award in June.

The company will be presented with gold at a prestigious annual scheme run by RoSPA during a ceremony at the ExCeL, London on Tuesday, June 20th, 2017.

Through the RoSPA Awards scheme, which is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas, judges consider entrants’ overarching occupational health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement. The awards are now in their 61st year.

Ryebridge Director Daniel Coyle said: “We are delighted that our strong relationship with London Luton Airport. Health and safety is at the heart of all we do and to be recognised for our commitment to excellence is a proud moment.”

Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of awards and events, said: “The RoSPA Awards are the most prestigious in the world of occupational health and safety, and held in high regard around the world, as winning one demonstrates an organisation’s commitment to maintaining an excellent health and safety record. Achieving the standard required is no mean feat.

“This is a special year in the history of RoSPA, and we congratulate all of our winners in this, our centenary year”.

Gold medals are presented to organisations sustaining the high standards of the gold level over consecutive years.

Headline sponsor of the RoSPA Awards 2017 is NEBOSH – the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health – for the 12th consecutive year.

For more information about the RoSPA Awards visit www.rospa.com/awards

Luton construction firm wins airport contract

£7million contract will support 40 local jobs

A Luton-based construction firm has been awarded a £7 million contract as part of London Luton Airport’s (LLA) current transformation project – directly supporting 40 local jobs including three apprentices.

The work includes the creation of four new aircraft stands and the construction of a new taxiway extension, both of which will help the airport increase capacity and improve the efficiency of aircraft movements. Works are already underway, and are expected to be complete by the end of the year.

This project forms part of the largest single investment in the airport’s history to increase annual capacity by 50% to 18 million passengers by 2020. The transformation of the airport will deliver a bigger, better terminal and improved infrastructure which will make passengers’ journeys quicker and easier.

Ryebridge Director Daniel Coyle said: “We have enjoyed a strong relationship with LLA since our formation eight years ago, and are delighted to be part of this exciting project and the redevelopment of the airport. We have invested heavily in training and will use a local supply chain wherever possible to ensure this project will positively impact the lives and businesses of the local community.”

Independent economic analysis has found that LLA is an important economic driver for the local area. In 2013, the airport supported 15,000 local jobs, generating £732 million for the economy in the Three Counties region. LLA’s current expansion means that this is expected to increase to 22,000 jobs and £1.2 billion by 2030.

Ruari Maybank, LLA’s Construction Director, said: “The appointment of Ryebridge for this important work is just one example of LLA’s commitment to supporting local businesses – around one third of our suppliers come from a 30-mile radius. As the airport grows, we want to make sure that the community shares in our success, and supporting local jobs is an important part of that.”