May 2019 Are you ready for Bat Survey Season?
Now is the time to start planning ecology surveys for 2019. Most development proposals will have the potential to impact the local biodiversity. It is therefore important to be aware of when species specific surveys can be undertaken.
Bat activity surveys can be undertaken from April. Throughout March bats start to awaken from hibernation and forage on warmer nights. Between April and June females begin to gather in maternity roosts and high levels of feeding activity are observed as they recover the weight lost during the hibernation period.
Our in-house Ecology Services also include comprehensive project management of all of your protected habitat and species needs, so you can be confident in your project’s compliance; from planning through to post-construction monitoring.
For a more detailed discussion please contact Laura Cobden, Principal Ecologist on 020 7842 0920 or firstname.lastname@example.org
December 2018 Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from all of us at Schofield Lothian
We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our Clients, Partners and Suppliers a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.
Our sincere thanks to all our Clients for giving us the opportunity to work with you in 2018.
For your information, our head office will be closed from Monday 24th December to Tuesday 1st January inclusive. Happy holidays.
September 2018 Successful transition to new updated ISO Standards
We have successfully transitioned to the new ISO Quality and Environment standards – 2015 versions. We are now certified to ISO 9001:2015 Quality and ISO 14001:2015 Environment.
ISO revised these two standards in 2015. The revised standards focus more on leadership and performance. They combine the process approach with risk-based thinking, and employing the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle at all levels in the organization.
Commenting on the transition to the updated standards, Leo McAuliffe explained: “This major ISO transition audit was very detailed and comprehensive. It allowed us to demonstrate to the ISO Auditor the continuous improvement we are making with our operating business system (Our SBS) to deliver high quality professional services to our Clients. The updated ISO 9001 Quality and ISO 14001 Environment standards guide us on our service delivery and adding value.”
The ISO audit was carried out by the British Assessment Bureau in early September.
In addition to these two standards, we also have OHSAH 18001 Health & Safety; IIP Investors in People and Achilles (RISQS & UVB).
We remain committed to these ISO and industry standards to ensure we continue to develop, deliver and continuously improve our professional services to Clients satisfaction.
For more information on the ISO standards and Our SBS, please contact Leo McAuliffe, Executive Director, email@example.com
July 2018 Construction Sector Deal – digitally led, manufacturing focus & collaborative industry
The long awaited Construction Sector Deal, as part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy, was officially launched in July. The Construction Sector Deal was trailed in the 2017 Autumn budget, then formally launched on 27 November 2017 in the Industrial Strategy: building a Britain fit for the future. The Construction Sector Deal was finally published on 5 July 2018.
Described as a ‘bytes and mortar revolution’ it is hoped the deal will transform construction through the use of innovative technologies, increasing productivity and delivering new homes faster and with less disruption.
The 48-page document details what the construction sector needs to do to achieve Government targets and what the Government will do to ‘help’. It aspires for a digitally led, manufacturing focused and collaborative industry.
Some of the sector deal targets include …
- 33% reduction in the cost of construction and the whole-life cost of assets
- 50% reduction in the time taken from inception to completion of new-build
- 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the built environment
- 50% reduction in the trade gap between total exports and total imports of construction products and materials
- 25,000 apprenticeship starts and 1,000 construction T-level placements
The deal is based on the five foundations of productivity outlined in the industrial strategy: Ideas, People, Infrastructure, Business environment and Places.
However, as Building Magazine rightly points out, ‘the deal is big on aspiration, but can it deliver?’. With Brexit needing to be resolved and major fundamental issues in the industry (low productivity, leadership & skills), the new Construction Sector Deal will be a challenge but there are signs of small changes.
You can view the document on the .gov.uk website here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/construction-sector-deal
June 2018 Important Message (spam eMails)
Recently we have experienced a number of incidents around eMail Security (spam mainly). Some of these emails contained threatening language – they are not from SCHOFIELD LOTHIAN – as we do not use threatening language in our eMails.
We sincerely apologies if you have received this type of eMail – it is spam eMail.
We are working with our IT Service Provider (Nasstar) to investigate what happened and put further steps in place to prevent this happening again.
If you have any questions please contact Louise Hornsby on 020-7842 0920. Thanking you in advance. Regards, Leo McAuliffe, Executive Director
Schofield Lothian Limited is committed to a policy of protecting the rights and privacy of individuals in accordance with the GDPR and applicable laws.
We process certain information about our employees and individuals we deal with, for business purposes and in order to comply with the law. The information we collect is used fairly, stored safely and securely and not disclosed to any third party unlawfully.
We are dedicated to safeguarding the personal information under our remit and in developing a data protection regime that is effective, fit for purpose and demonstrates an understanding of, and an appreciation for the GDPR and Applicable Laws.
Schofield Lothian takes data privacy seriously, as we always have and we always will.
Mar 2018 Schofield Lothian Business Operating System (Our SBS)
Over the past year we have been updating and improving our internal operating processes. We recently launched these improvements to all staff.
Our SBS includes 14 processes we use to deliver our added value professional services to our Clients in the transport & infrastructure, property and energy market segments.
- 4 operational processes … order acquisition, projects operational, projects financial, and projects completion
- 5 support processes … human resources, IT, marketing, legal & admin, and finance
- 5 accreditations & standards … ISO 9001 Quality, ISO 14001 Environment, ISO 18001 Health & Safety, RISQS & UVDB, and IIP Investors in People
These processes, in addition to our company values, guide us on a day-to-day basis. They are also in alignment with the new ISO standards (9001 Quality, 14001 Environment & 18001 Health & Safety).
If you require any further information on our business operating system, please contact Leo McAuliffe, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jan 2018 Benefits of Practical Consenting Experience
Following on from Schofield Lothian’s presentation at the Planning Inspectorate’s knowledge hour on post DCO approval, we had a very engaging discussion recently with Highways England. This focused on the benefits of practical consenting experience in delivering infrastructure projects being taken into account through the DCO process in order to give better surety on cost, programme and delivering the benefits.
The discussion touched on many aspects: flexibility and how this can be achieved through more considered drafting of the Order, challenging the Order limits, use of Rochdale envelope for the EIA and focusing requirements and protective provisions on managing effects rather than just recycling standard wording.
If you would like additional information on our DCO experience and services, please contact Paul Humphrey, Director of Consents & Engagement, email@example.com
Dec 2017 Awarded IIP Silver Accreditation in People Management
Investors in People (IIP) have awarded Schofield Lothian the new Silver Level accreditation following a comprehensive audit process.
We are very proud to have been awarded the new Silver Level by Investors in People across the nine indicators within the new standard. IIP in their final assessment report noted: ‘the Schofield Lothian environment was very welcoming and people clearly take immense pride in the business … for an organisation going through the new wider IIP assessment process for the first time, this is an achievement that the whole team should be incredibly proud of’.
During the audit interviews, employees commented: “The Exec team are sincere in their approach to the business and their people and create an atmosphere of trust … When I joined Schofield Lothian I knew from the moment I walked through the door that I’d made the right choice … I get the best out of my team by taking the time to understand how each individual works”.
91% of employees agree that leaders motivate them to achieve exceptional results and highlighted that the high level of trust and transparency supports in the motivation of employees to deliver on the organisations objectives. In addition, 98% answered favourably when asked ‘if their day to day behaviour reflects that of the business’ in terms of values and behaviours.
Commenting on this achievement, Leo McAuliffe said: “We are very committed to best practice in people management and the processes that support it. The world recognised Investors in People standard facilitates and guides this process”.
For more information, please contact Leo McAuliffe, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org