Optimum committed to health and safety management

Optimum has continued in research and development of various types of equipment to aid health and safety management inc manual handling equipment to assist in the reduction of repetitive handling.

Pictured here are the team at Hinkley Point utilising Starke Arvid board handling equipment including a lift truck, board trolley and plasterboard trestles.

Also pictured, are the team utilising the SPE (S3B) for high volume extraction of dust and debris.

From left to right:

Starke Arvid lift truck (with plasterboard trestle), board trolley and the SPE dust extractor

Optimum Flying High

Check out the drone footage below, used to capture the internals of the fantastic Crest Nicholson Riverside development in Bath.

The latest phase, B5, is one were particularly proud of and looks amazing, with high-end finishing across all internals.

Bath Riverside by Crest Nicholson, is a collection of apartments and penthouse apartments only a short flat walk from Bath City Centre. Set on the banks of the River Avon, these new homes in Bath are one of the very few residential developments that enjoys direct access to the riverside whilst being within walking distance of the town centre.

Optimum Site Manager Matt Charlton commented:

“We like to promote our good quality work and this is one I’m certainly proud of, it’s great working with the team at Crest Nicholson on such a prestigious local project”

Optimum Long Service Awards

10-year – Lisa Clubb

Lisa began her career with Optimum in May 2006 as a consultant accountant, assisting in the busy accounts team.

She took up a permanent role in 2007, moving accountancy services in-house and taking over responsibilities from our external accountant, overseeing all financial transactions and compliance. During these early years Lisa implemented many changes that have been pivotal in our growth.

In 2010 Lisa embarked on a Master’s Degree to further benefit the company. Specialising in a research project, Construction Accounting methods past, present and future.

Lisa graduated in 2012 and went on to invest her newly acquired knowledge into ensuring Optimum was fully compliant and financially efficient.

Lisa was made Finance Director in 2013 and has been an invaluable addition to the board, assisting in the directional decision making of the company, including in the same year, the launch of Optimum Combined Services Ltd. Now 4 years on, Lisa manages the finances of OCS in the same methodical way she has done for Drywall over her ten-year tenure.

She has imparted her knowledge to many staff members over the years, most of whom are still working within the two companies and have progressed within their own right to become knowledgeable and valued personnel.

We hope Lisa continues as her role of FD long into the future, steering us successfully through the volatility of the construction industry and as our company grows.

Simon Britton – Optimum Drywall Systems – Managing Director

Pictured Finance Director Lisa Clubb with Optimum Managing Director Simon Britton

Lisa Clubb

Optimum Long Service Awards

10-year – Matt Charlton

Matt started work for Optimum as an apprentice plasterer in August 2007, following a successful period on work-experience.

He attended Hartcliffe College on day release and qualified through the NVQ route, achieving his Level 2 in both solid plastering and tape and jointing. Thereafter and teaming up with Carl Plant, they were able to gain valuable experience in external rendering, both coloured and insulated.

A keen footballer and sportsman unfortunately Matt received a massive knee injury in 2013 and following an operation was off work for 4-months. Spotting an opportunity, Matt was offered the chance to come in to our busy head office, assisting our procurement team whilst gaining valuable experience throughout all departments.

After a period successfully assisting a site manager, it was a natural progression for Matt to move into the management team.

As always, Matt grabbed this opportunity with both hands and over the last 4-years has proved worthy of our investment. Successfully completing several high-profile projects.

Well trusted and respected by clients and colleagues, Matt is currently managing the prestigious Crest Nicholson Riverside site in Bath & has proved an invaluable asset to the company.

We would like to congratulate Matt for over 10 years’ service, looking forward to the next 10-years and eagerly await the next step on his career path.

Simon Britton – Optimum Drywall Systems – Managing Director

Pictured (left) Matt Charlton with Optimum Managing Director Simon Britton

Matt Charlton

New Wins for Optimum Drywall Systems

Watkins Jones Group – Student Accommodation Development – Midland Road, Bath

Our first project for new client Watkins Jones Group.

A Student Accommodation development with ancillary uses, located just outside Bath City Centre. The development comprises of 108 studios – 94 Student studios and 14 residential studios.

The project is being run operationally by site-manager Adam Hewlett and commercially by QS Alex Lopez Grau, with a value of 580k, for SFS, Render and Internal works and spans a 21-week programme.

Skanska – ICCU – Walsall Manor Hospital

For existing client Skanska, this latest project at Walsall Manor Hospital to extend and refurbish the ICCU unit.

This 2-month project, has a value of 94k, for SFS and Render works only, with the internals currently at the tender stage and will be run operationally by site-manager Steven Ng Jnr and commercially by QS Alex Lopez Grau.

Optimum Drywall Systems has extensive experience of working in the specialist healthcare sector and look forward to once again working with main contractor Skanska.

BAM – UK Hydrographic Office – Taunton

Optimum are thrilled to be once again working for main contractor BAM Construction Bristol on the redevelopment of the UKHO’s new HQ.

UKHO, which provides global hydrographic and geospatial data to defence, mariners and maritime agencies across the world, will continue to operate from its current buildings until moving into the new office which is planned for 2019.

This 17-week on-site programme has a current project value of 144k for SFS and Weatherboard only and started late October.

From left to right:

Midland Rd, Walsall Manor Hospital and UKHO

Optimum Group secure prestigious regional projects.

Finzels Reach – Bristol

Finzels Reach is our first project for new client Willmott Dixon.

Finzels Reach is a construction of 194 new build PRS scheme apartments in Bristol City Centre, over two blocks, George’s Wharf and Hawkins Lane.

The project is to be run operationally by Site Manager Dave Jardine assisted by Mike Mangeolles and commercially by Senior QS Richard Smith.

Total project value approx. £2.5 million for SFS Framing, Internal Partitioning and Ceilings commencing September 2017 with the project completing in October 2018.

Redcliff Quarter – Bristol

Redcliff Quarter is for client Galliford Try Construction and consists of 128 new build apartments in Bristol City Centre.

It’s the first phase of the development to include further apartment blocks, a hotel for Radisson Red and some restaurant and retail plots.

The project team is headed up by Senior Site Manager Shaun Brunt and commercially by QS Alice Horwood.

Redcliff Quarter may give us the opportunity to introduce our recently launched Fire Stopping Division, after our recently successful FIRAS accreditation. The launch of the service is being well received after recent events in London.

Total project value approx. £1.9million for SFS framing, Internal Partitioning and Ceilings commenced in July 2017, completing in Spring/Summer 2018.

Stoke Gifford Retirement Village – Bristol

This recently secured new build project for new client Galliford Try Partnerships consists of 261 retirement apartments (92 one-bedroom apartments and 169 two-bedroom apartments) plus communal space including a library, gym, restaurant and hair salon.

The internal package value is £1.9million and is headed up by our team of Jason Birkett (Contracts Manager) Steven Ng (Site Manager) and Elliott Puzey (QS) this project is due to complete in February 2018.

Hinkley – Bridgwater

Hinkley is for client Laing O’Rourke and sees the construction of amenity buildings in two locations HPC and Bridgwater-A, making up the Hinkley Point Worker Campus.

HPC is on-site at Hinkley Point, whilst Bridgwater-A is an off-site location. The buildings will provide catering, activities and relaxation, for workers staying away from home.

Contract Manager Jason Birkett will head up both projects with Site Managers Shaun Evans (HPC) and Adam Hewlett (Bridgwater-A) on-site operationally. QS Mark Leech will run the commercial side.

Total project value approx. £1.1million for Internal Partitioning and Ceilings commencing August 2017 completing in January 2018 (HPC) and an October 2017 start with anticipated completion date of March 2018 for Bridgwater-A.

Pictures from left to right: Finzels Reach, Redcliff Quarter and Stoke Gifford Retirement Village

Optimum Group sponsor Bristol Rovers FC

This week Optimum Group confirmed a season long sponsorship of the Bristol Rover’s South West Stand.

Simon commented:

“My father and uncle used to take myself and my cousins to watch Rovers at Eastville, and encouraged us to bang on the advertising boards when Paul Randall and his team mates were on the attack.
Later, as a teenager, I joined several other like minded youngsters in watching Rovers from the Tote End.Now we have a growing business with links to the Bristol community.
We are proud to be associated with the Rovers and the South West Stand sponsorship. We wish Darrell Clarke and his side all the best for a successful season.”
Memorial Stadium Manager Ian Holtby added;
“We are delighted to welcome Optimum Group into the Bristol Rovers family.We look forward to a long and successful partnership with the company”.

Pictured left to right – Club Manager Darrell Clark, Optimum Group Managing Director Simon Britton and Bristol Rovers Chairman Steve Hamer.


Optimum launch ‘Site of the Month’ initiative

Optimum Group has launched an internal company initiative to promote best practice and site safety. The monthly scheme works across both Drywall and Combined Services Companies.

The scheme has strict criteria and is monitored by Group Health and Safety Director Tony Marshfield and Operations Manager Steve Ng.

Tony commented:

“The scheme actively rewards those who support a good health and safety culture on-site”

Steve commented:

“We launched the Site of the Month initiative as an incentive for our teams to focus on the overall implementation of our procedures and to give some direction and structure to their workload. It also creates some healthy competition between the sites.”

Group Managing Director Simon Britton commented:

“The Site of the Month initiative is a further example of our continued commitment to health and safety and best practice across all our sites.”


Tyler Clark and Mark Newman (City and Country), who picked up the award for June.

Matt Charlton (Crest Nicholson Bath Riverside B5) picked up the inaugural award for May.

Well done to all their site teams!

NHBC Health and Safety Awards 2017

Matt Charlton from Optimum Dry Wall Systems attended the 2017 NHBC Health and Safety Awards on Friday at the ICC Birmingham, hosted by TV comedian Jon Culshaw.

Matt was invited by the Crest Nicholson Regeneration Team who picked up the ‘Highly Commended’ award for the Bath Riverside Project in the ‘Best Site’ category.

Matt commented, “it was a great night and I was proud to be part of this winning team”.

We’re Recruiting!

We are currently looking to recruit three new Assistant Site Managers to be part of our growing company. You will assist the Site Management Team in the coordination and control of the onsite process, ensuring the build progresses is in-line with the Site Programme.
The successful applicants would need to possess or be working towards an HNC in Construction.
If you are interested in this exciting position or require further information, please contact Alex Jones ajones@optimumdrywall.co.uk .