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Simons shortlisted for Construction News award

Exciting news for Simons Design and Simons Construction, whose project with GlaxoSmithKline has been shortlisted for this year's Construction News awards. The zero carbon 'Compliance Building' in Ware has made the final in the 'Sustainable Project of the Year' category. The awards night takes ...read more

Asda Isle of Wight

Watch this fantastic footage from the air which shows the progress being made at the Asda site in Newport, Isle of Wight. Thanks to Island-based Procam Films for putting this together for Simons. http://www.procamfilms.com The project is due for completion later this year. ...read more

Don't walk by - Simons Group enforcing safety message

Simons Group is promoting a short film which encourages employees and its Supply Chain to report safety hazards, in a bid to minimise avoidable accidents and improve general health and safety awareness. The Group's 'Don't Walk By' initiative enables anyone to report even the smallest of ...read more

£15m Buttermarket project complete

"It's impossible to articulate the sheer scale of what the team achieved," says Derrick Cooper, Project Manager of the recently completed Buttermarket in Ipswich. The £15m remodel of an existing shopping centre created nine restaurants; a 24-hour gymnasium; 13-screen cinema; a 13-lane ...read more

Low Carbon Charter

Simons Group is the latest business to sign up to a charter aimed at improving the environmental sustainability within its district.Simons joins more than 50 other businesses and organisations who have pledged support for the Low Carbon NK Charter. Tom Robinson, CEO, said: "I am sure that our ...read more

Simons Group's 2015/16 Corporate Responsibility Report

An introduction from Tom Robinson, Chief Executive: I always enjoy the time of year when I am handed the Corporate Responsibility Report in draft to read. I make a point of reading it from cover to cover in one sitting, as this gives such a fantastic view of everything we have set about achieving ...read more

Simons Group's GSK project named as 'Project of the Year' finalist at 2016 Structural Timber Awards

Simons Group have been named as a finalist for “Project of the Year“ at the 2016 Structural Timber Awards, for the GlaxoSmithKline's low carbon Compliance Building, designed and created by Simons for GSK in Ware. Tom Robinson, Chief Executive of Simons said of the news, “I am ...read more

Simons Group's 2015/16 Corporate Responsibility report summary

We are proud to issue the annual corporate responsibility report summary. This report measures our activities against our core values, the backbone of our business. Highlights include: 32 days spent across our workforce on volunteering projects using out new employee volunteering programme 100% ...read more

What are businesses responsible for now? Great Debate Blog

Following on from a great response to our previous blogs for the Great Business Debate, our Sustainability Rosi Fieldson has written a thought-provoking piece on the pivotal role purpose and responsible business can play for companies in years to come.Take a look at the blog on the Great Business ...read more

Simons Group's GSK project shortlisted for Building Magazine's 'Sustainable Project of the Year'

Simons Group have been shortlisted for Building Magazine's ‘Sustainable Project of the Year‘ Award, for the GlaxoSmithKline's low carbon Compliance Building, designed and created by Simons for GSK in Ware. The Building Awards are the industry'slongest running and one of the most ...read more

Simons host 18th Supplier's Day to share best practice with supply chain

Simons Group have hosted their 18th annual Supplier's Day at the company's head office in Lincoln, with members of the company's sustainability, health and safety, industrial, retail and healthcare teams collaborating with suppliers to share further develop on the company's ‘Building ...read more

Simons cyclists cover 100 miles of Lincolnshire landscape for charity

Team members from Simons Group have taken part in Lincolnshire's Castle to Coast to Castle charity ride, raising over £3,000 for The Children's Hospital Charity. Castle to Coast to Castle (C2C2C) is a Lincolnshire fundraising event that sees businesses from near and far coming together for ...read more

Simons Project Managers shortlisted for Construction Manager of the Year Awards

Two project managers from Simons Group have been named as finalist at this year's Construction Manager of the Year Awards (CMYA). Marat Mugttinov has been recognised in the ‘New Build and Refurbishment - Between £3-5 million‘ category for leading the Simons Construction team ...read more

Simons host Wimbledon tea party and raise £150 for Alzheimer's Society

Simons Group hosted an afternoon tea party at their head office on Friday to concide with the Men's semi finals, with strawberries and cream, ice cream and cakes kindly brought in by staff to raise money for Alzheimer's Society, raising £150 over the afternoon.Alzheimer's Society is one of ...read more

Simons complete development scheme for Marks & Spencer in Ferndown

Simons Group have completed major construction works for Marks & Spencer at their new Foodhall in Ferndown, Dorset. The new M&S Foodhall in Ferndown officially opened its doors on Wednesday 6th July, welcoming customers in to the new store for the very first time. The Foodhall was opened ...read more

New Finance Director appointed at Simons Group

We are delighted to announce that Mike Kasher has, today, joined the Operations Board of Simons Group as Group Finance Director. Mike replaces Christian O'Connell who left the business on 1st July 2016 after four and a half, very successful, years with the business. Mike Kasher joined Simons Group ...read more

Simons launch exclusive Team Theo kit with Sheffield Children's Hospital

Simons Group have launched an exclusive cycling kit with The Children's Hospital Charity in Sheffield. The limited edition cycling kit, made by Santini, will help fund physiotherapy equipment in the new wing of the hospital being built by Simons Group, the kit's main sponsor. Over 50,000 ...read more

Building Greener Blog: What is the Social Value of a pallet?

After a customer posed questions about supply chain traceability, our Sustainability Manager Rosi Fieldson has taken a look at where our pallets go…It is a special sense of closure felt by auditors to reach the end of an audit trail in a place where only good things are happening. This week, ...read more

Simons start work on John Lewis Chelmsford fit out

Simons Group, has begun work on the internal fit out of John Lewis Chelmsford, the anchor tenant of the city's newBond Street development. Work will create a three storey shop, with associated warehouse and support areas, an external three storey plantplatform, a third party restaurant and ...read more

Simons host charity football event in London with Citygrove

Simons Group have raised £349 for Headway North West London by hosting a charity hogroast on site in Ruislip, inviting site workers, team members and key stakeholders to site on Thursday 16th June. Guests were given an update on the works being carried out for Citygrove at the Old Dairy site ...read more

Is same-sexism a silent threat to business? Great Business Debate Blog

Following on from a great response to our previous blogs for the Great Business Debate, our Communications Manager Izy Dixon has written a piece looking at the potential risk of same-sexism and the need for total equality in business. Take a look at the blog on the Great Business Debate's ...read more

Simons host hoarding competition at Oakridge Park

Currently working on the new retail development at Oakridge Park, construction company Simons Group have invited children from two local schools to Oakridge Park, to paint the hoardings surrounding their works for Newcrest in Milton Keynes. Children from Stanton School joined the project team ...read more

What is Culture?

Following on from a great response to our previous blogs for the Great Business Debate, our Head of HR Michelle Page has written a piece looking at how you create the right culture at a business and the impact of setting out your purpose.Take a look at the blog on the Great Business Debate's ...read more

Responsibility in a global market, delivered locally

Following on from a great response to our previous blogs for the Great Business Debate, our Sustainability Manager Dr Rosi Fieldson has written a piece looking at the need for a global approach to responsible business being considered and approached on a local level.Take a look at the blog on the ...read more

Simons start work on new Asda store in Devon

Simons have begun work on the construction of a new Asda supermarket in the centre of Barnstaple, Devon. Thescheme consists of a 79,000 sq ft steel frame structure with a 40,000 sq ft shop floor area that incorporates George atAsda, a deli and a new style cafeteria, along with other facilities. ...read more

Simons scoops three awards for being an outstanding considerate constructor

Simons has won a Silver and two Bronze Awards at the prestigious Considerate Constructors Scheme's 2016National Site Awards for AG Barr at Magna Park (Silver), M&S's Simply Food store at Meole Brace and John Lewisand Waitrose at Horsham (both Bronze).Over 3,500 guests from construction ...read more

Responsible Business : Great Business Debate Blog

In line with Responsible Business Week, our Chief Executive Tom Robinson has written a blog for The Great Business Debate,considering why we should be responsible in business and the fundamental principles of this approach that we learn at an early stage. Take a look and please share your ...read more

Simons Design's David Holford Wright in Architects Datafile

Our Senior Architect David Holford Wright recently spoke to Architects Datafile about all things Simons Design and where things are headed – take a look at Pages 14-16 of the latest edition to see David's “Q&A corner”http://www.architectsdatafile.co.uk/magazine-archive/ ...read more

Simons Group Volunteer to help create new 'Pocket Park' with The Conservation Volunteers

Twenty two volunteers at Simons have helped to create a Pocket Park on the edge of a community woodland in Gainsborough, North Lincolnshire. Managed by the Mercer Woods Community Group and The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), the new landscaped park incorporates benches made from recycled plastic ...read more

North Lincolnshire Shopping Park achieves BREEAM "Very Good" Rating

Simons have confirmed that North Lincolnshire Shopping Park has achieved an overall BREEEAM rating of ‘Very Good‘, further bolstering the Park's sustainable credentials. Last year, the Boots and M&S stores on the park were awarded ‘Excellent‘ ratings; the first BREEAM ...read more

Getting on the Construction Career Ladder : Great Business Debate Blog

In line with National Apprenticeship Week, our Career Adviser Emma Dodsworth and Sponsored Graduate Sophie Nolan have written a blog for The Great Business Debate, looking at getting started in construction careers, the challenges faced by employer and employee and the benefit of Undergraduate ...read more

Update from MIPIM

Take a look at the latest update from MIPIM by Mark Noonan, our Customer Relationship Director… Two days into MIPIM 2016 and how does the world of property feel? Well, it certainly feels dominated by residential and it feels like the UK investment is leading that charge. Be it debating ...read more

Simons Group announce new Distribution Director

Simons have announced an internal promotion; appointing Mark Shea as Sector Director for Industrial and Distribution.Mark joined Simons in September 2015 and has played an instrumental role in securing numerous project wins recently, alongside supporting several project teams with his extensive ...read more

Simons at MIPIM: Proud Sponsors of Team Lincolnshire

Our Executive Chairman, Paul Hodgkinson CBE spoke to the Greater Lincolnshire LEP regarding the history of the business and the opportunities for Simons at MIPIM, as shown in the video below. The attendees from Simons are Graeme Cosgrove, Group Director of Developments; Mark Noonan, Customer ...read more

Girls that Build: Blog

Following on from a great response to International Women's Day, our Sustainability Manager Dr Rosi Fieldson has written a blog for The Great Business Debate, looking at the diverse career opportunities for women in the construction industry. Is there still a gender issue in construction? What can ...read more

Simons Group's recent tender success

Simons Construction has achievedsignificant success inwork winningthis year,securing £55m of new activity since the start of January. Our strategic customers account for 73% of the successful tenders, meaning repeat business is once again creating a reliable workflow. Projects won includethe ...read more

Join us at MIPIM 2016

We are delighted to share our attendees for MIPIM 2016:Graeme Cosgrove, Group Director of DevelopmentsMark Noonan, Customer Relationship DirectorJulia Loach Martin, Business Development ConsultantMark Noonan said of the attendance, “MIPIM is a great opportunity to meet up with contacts old ...read more

Simons begin work for Newcrest at Oakridge Park

Simons Group's project team have beguin works on site for Newcrest at Oakridge Park. Works began on February 15th and will complete this Summer. The project involves the construction of a new Asda foodstore , a small parade of 7 retail units, 3 bus stops, externaladjacent roadways and car ...read more

Simons are attending MIPIM 2016

Simons is delighted to be going to MIPIM this year. The potential for opportunities for our Development, Design and Construction businesses are clear as the show covers all of our key areas of operation in retail and commercial; health, care, education and pharmaceuticals; industri­al and ...read more

New Building Greener Blog: What does Paris mean for Simons?

There was a lot of excitement on 11thDecember 2015, a big day for the planet. But what does COP 21 actually mean for Simons as a business, what we build and how we deliver our projects? Our Sustainability Manager Dr Rosi Fieldson takes a look… ...read more

Simons & Citygrove host ground breaking event in Ruislip

Simons and Citygrove have celebrated the start of construction on site at South Ruislip with an informal event forbusiness leaders, council members, team members and stakeholders from the project's development phase.Guests were shown around the site and discussed the construction plans coming up ...read more

New Building Greener Download : Manifesto for Ethical Sourcing in Construction

Our Sustainability Manager Dr Rosi Fieldson has been working with a select group of key sustainability figures across the construction industry to for a ‘hackathon' to create aManifesto for Ethical Sourcing in Construction, supported by the Action Programme for Responsible Sourcing (APRES), ...read more

Boots store at North Lincolnshire Shopping Park achieves BREEAM Excellent

Simons are delighted to announce that Boots UK has been certified with its first ever ‘Excellent‘ BREEAM rating for itsstore at North Lincolnshire Shopping Park. This is a great achievement for Simons Group Ltd; having developed,designed, built and fitted out the shell building and the ...read more

Simons Group carry out work for Citygrove in Ruislip

Simons have been named as the main contractor for part of a major development project for Citygrove in SouthRuislip, London. The works being carried out by Simons will take 60 weeks, with a total scheme value of £25.8 million.Works include the construction of a new Asda store and petrol ...read more

Simons start Phase 2 of works in Cambridge

The second phase of work for Nuffield Health has begun on site in Cambridge. This phase will see Simons begin demolition of the majority of the original hospital to provide additional parking and landscaping, with the retention and refurbishment of one wing to provide the pathology department and ...read more

Simons celebrate Macmillan Coffee Morning

To celebrate the national Macmillan Coffee Morning, employees at Simons donned their baking aprons and embarked upon a bake off, raising over £360 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Mrs Helen Roberts, the proud mother of Mandy Green (our Lead Receptionist and Events Co-ordinator), kindly stepped ...read more

Solid Wood Solutions - SHOWCASING THE BEST UK SOLID WOOD PROJECTS

Taking place on Tuesday 16 September 2015 at the Inmarsat Conference Centre, London – SolidWood Solutions is an unmissable one day conference & exhibition designed to present the benefitsof adopting ‘solid wood' technologies such as glulam and cross-laminated timber for modern ...read more

ProHelp ceases in Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire ProHelp was set up in 2002 to provide professional and strategic support, free of charge, to voluntarygroups in this largely rural area. The team provides an average of around £30,000 of free support to communityorganizations in need across the county each year. Lincolnshire ...read more

Simons complete major project at Nuffield Cambridge

Major works on a new-build project for Nuffield Health on their hospital in Cambridge have completed, with today seeing the first patients welcomed into the new facilities. The £30m project, with a construction value of £15m, has seen another successful collaboration between P+HS ...read more

Simons Group make new Director appointments

To support the business' planned growth, Simons have made internal promotions and an external appointment within the company‘s Construction business unit. John Hallam, an employee of Simons Group for over 25 years has been promoted to Sector Director of Retail. Miles Thomas, a member of the ...read more

Simons Group launch volunteering programme for employees

Simons Group are proud to launch a new Volunteering and Community Engagement Programme, enabling every Simons employee to apply for up to 6 paid volunteering days each year (pro rata for part time employees). In a bid to critically measure social value across the company's activity and to further ...read more

Simons Group employees choose national charities for 2015 fundraising

Simons Group have announced Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity, Macmillan Cancer Support, Alzheimer's Society and Stroke Association as the fourselected charities the company will be channelling fundraising efforts for. Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity and Macmillan Cancer Support have ...read more

Simons Group completes work on new Waitrose and John Lewis 'At Home' stores in Horsham

Simons Group has completed work on the new John Lewis ‘At Home‘ and Waitrose in Horsham, Sussex, which opened its doors to the public on Thursday 18th June. The works carried out by Simons, starting in August 2014, have involved a new43,000 sq ft John Lewis ‘At Home' and a 42,250 ...read more

Simons Group's 2014/15 Corporate Responsibility Report

Simons Group are proud to issue the annual corporate responsibility report, featuring targets and highlights measurable against the company's values. As with previous years; to avoid unnecessary printing, the full report is only available online, at www.simonsgroup.com/cr . Highlights ...read more

Simons Group appoints Clem Constantine as Non-Executive Director

Simons Group are delighted to announce the appointment of Clem Constantine as a Non- Executive Director.Having spent 8 years at Marks and Spencer as the Director of Property and Development and 16 years with Arcadia Group, Clem has a remarkable knowledgeof the property and retail industries, and ...read more

B&M joins North Lincolnshire Shopping Park

We are delighted to announce that a final letting to B&M Stores Limited has been concluded. B&M are starting their fit out immediately and will open the store on Saturday 13thJune 2015.Graeme Cosgrove, Group Director of Developments, Simons Group said,“We are delighted to have ...read more

Simons win Building Magazine's 'Test of Time' Award

Simons Group were named winners at this year's Building Awards, the industry'slongest running and one of the most prestigious recognitions of property excellence.Showcasing the best in all areas of construction, from individual projects to training and outstanding individuals over 21 categories, ...read more

Double award win for Simons Construction at National CCS Awards

Simons Group received two Silver National Site awards at this year's Considerate Constructor Scheme (CCS) Awards. Hosted at nationwide events, these site awards account for the top 7% of all CCS registered sites across the UK.The company's project teams for Waitrose in Malmesbury and for Capital ...read more

Simons Group launch 'Building Healthier'

On World Health Day, Simons Group launched a company wellbeing strategy, Building Healthier. To celebrate the launch, representatives from Lincolnshire Sport, Macmillan Cancer Support and EPOC (Early Presentation of Cancer programme) were on hand to share advice and tips for healthy living, along ...read more

Simons Group host easter competition with St John's Primary School in Horsham

Simons Construction have completed a hoarding competition with St John's Primary School in Horsham. In January, members of the contractor‘s project team behind the new Waitrose and John Lewis stores visited St John‘s Primary School to talk to the children about the project and ...read more

Simons shortlisted for 'Employer of the Year' at Construction News Awards

Simons Group has been named as a finalist at this year's Construction News Awards, in the new ‘Employer of the Year‘ category. It has been a significant year in the history of Simons; celebrating 70 years of business, completing several multi-million pound projects, two of which were ...read more

New Construction Director Announced at Simons Group

Simons Group are delighted to announce the appointment of Mark Holden as the company's new Group Construction Director. Mark begins at Simons on Monday 30March. With over 25 years construction industry experience and a Civil Engineer by training, Mark has held a number of Director level roles and ...read more

Simons Group shortlisted for Three RICS Awards

Simons Group has been named as a finalist in three categories of the 2015 RICS Regional Awards, seeing North Lincolnshire Shopping Park shortlisted for the Community Benefit, Commercial and Infrastructure categories.The RICS Awards showcase the most inspirational regional initiatives and ...read more

Simons shortlisted for 'Test of Time' at Building Awards

Simons Group has been named as a finalist at this year's Building Awards, the industry'slongest running and one of the most prestigious recognitions of property excellence.Showcasing the best in all areas of construction, from individual projects to training and outstanding individuals,21 awards ...read more

Simons Group Shwop at Work

Simons Group has been doing its bit for the environment and helping employees to clear out their wardrobes after Christmas, with a month-long Shwopping event at the companys head office in Lincoln. Throughout January, hundreds of garments were donated, enough to fill 12 large waste bags. The ...read more

The Waitrose Malmesbury "Promise Project"

How do you introduce a modern foodstore into a historic town like Malmesbury? We asked local photographer Rupert Barker to help us document this journey. This hopes to capture our initial aims and to illustrate their successful delivery. Follow the link to see the brochure ...read more

Simons Group start work for IDI Gazeley in Swindon

Simons Group have been named as the contractor of choice for a 55,898 sq ft (5,193 sq m) built-to suit state of the art parcel hubforinternational express, mail delivery and logistics services companyTNT and IDI Gazeley at G. Park, Swindon. Simons start work on site ...read more

Simons Developments secure planning permission for Queen's Drive, Liverpool

Liverpool City Councils Planning Committee have resolved to grant planning permission for a transformative scheme that will provide the Merseyside Society for Deaf People (MSDP) with new, fit-for-purpose headquarters. The planning application was submitted by Simons Group. The scheme ...read more

Interview with Tom Robinson

Take a look at the latest edition of Lincolnshire Business, featuring an interview with our Chief Executive, Tom Robinson: http://lincsbusiness.co/52094/ ...read more

Simons Group recognised as an Investor in People

Simons Group has been awarded the Investors in People Silver standard, demonstrating their commitment to realising the potential of their people.Investors in People is the UK's leading accreditation for business improvement through people management, and provides a wealth of resources for ...read more

Breaking New Ground: Nick Clegg joins Simons Group to mark start of construction at Sheffield Children's Hospital

The Children's Hospital in Sheffield marked the start of the major construction works being carried out by Simons with a visit from Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg MP along with executives and key project team members.The build project is valued at approximately£25m, within a total ...read more

Simons Group host Wellbeing Day for employees

To raise awareness for World Mental Health Day today, Lincolnshire-based property solutions company Simons Group have been encouraging employees to look at their own wellbeing by hosting local specialists and workshops.Organisations that joined Simons for the day included Mind, Access LN6, ...read more

North Lincolnshire Shopping Park: opening update

North Lincolnshire ShoppingPark will be opening for businessonFriday 24th October, marking the completion of a 5 year collaborative project combining each of Simons Group's services; Design, Developments, Construction and Fit Out. Boots will be opening at8am, with Marks and Spencer, Debenhams, ...read more

Celebrating 70 Years of Simons

In September 1944, two 16 year olds, Peter Hodgkinson and Harry Dunn, were sent by W&J Simons from Nottingham to Lincoln. Their job was to deliver services under the ‘essential works orders' that formed the basics of the WWII Home Front Construction activity.What started out as a couple ...read more

Simons Group celebrate 70 years of business

We are incredibly proud to be celebrating 70 years of business with an intimate gathering of employees and key team players of the past and present. Later today, the Lincoln Cathedral Centre will be kindly hosting the celebrations for the local contractor, which will see the Subdean of Lincoln ...read more

Simons Construction achieve 2 RIDDOR Free years

Simons Construction's Fit Out and Framework teams have achieved 2 Years without a RIDDOR accident.During this period the teams have achieved:Over £70 million turnoverOver 160 projects completed (on average one and half projects being handed over each week)84 Boots projects56 Marks and ...read more

Double success for Simons Group at John Lewis Partnership Supplier Awards

Judges have awarded Simons Group as 'Highly commended‘ for both the Responsible Development Innovation and Waitrose ‘Treading Lightly‘ Waste awards at the 2014 John Lewis Partnership‘s Supplier Sustainability Awards. With entries demonstrating shared values and commitment ...read more

Let Nature In?

With the wildflower garden at our head office in full bloom and an array of projects recently completed with great levels of biodiversity, our Head of Environment Rosi Fieldson looks at how developments benefit from considering the habitat around them.How do you think developments can improve ...read more

Simons Group complete work on Debenhams' Cheshire Oaks store

Simons Group are proud to have completed work on the Debenhams store in Cheshire Oaks, Ellesmere Port which opens to the public on Thursday 21st August at 10am. Simons have been engaged for over 10 months, starting with Simons Design, who took the retailer‘s brief and transformed the store ...read more

The Good, The Bad and the CSR

In light of our recent corporate responsibility report, our Head of Environment Rosi Fieldson has focused her latest blog on transparency within CSR reporting. What do you think? Does transparency help? Do you believe in corporate responsibility? Are there better ways to measure? What should we be ...read more

Simons Group complete work on Waitrose store in Malmesbury

Simons Group are proud to have completed work on the new Waitrose in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, which opens to the public on Thursday 7th August. Simons have been engaged for over 3 years, working collaboratively with the retailer. This started with Simons Developments, who saw the scheme through the ...read more

Simons "Build Safer" with local schoolchildren

Members of the Simons Group project team who have recently completed work on the new look Waterside Shopping Centre in Lincoln have been working with schoolchildren at St Hugh's Catholic Primary School and finishing off a new range of vegetable patches for the different age groups, engaging the ...read more

Simons Groups 2013-14 Corporate Responsibility Report

We are incredibly proud to issue the annual corporate responsibility report, featuring targets and highlights measurable against the company's values. Highlights include: 30% female workforce (against national average of 11% in construction) An accident Incident Rate (AIR) score of 357, against a ...read more

New Chief Executive Announced at Simons Group

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Tom Robinson as the company's new Chief Executive. Tom is an experienced Executive who has operated across a range of property and facilities related activities having trained as a Construction Manager (MCIOB) which he supplemented with an MBA. The ...read more

Simons Group host sustainable construction competition with Harrogate Primary School

Simons Group have been working on a design competition with Oatlands InfantSchool in Harrogate and have celebrated with the winners this week. Duringthe construction of the new 10,000 sq ft M&S store in Harrogate, members ofthe project team approached the local school with the intent of a ...read more

Simons Group provide site tour and design challenges to local Girl Guides

Simons Group's project team working on the construction of NorthLincolnshire Shopping Park played host to the 1st Morton Girl Guides onsite this week.The girls were given a tour of the park and were given great insight intothe various stores‘ features, including practicalities within the ...read more

Simons Group acknowledged for 5 years as CCS Associate

Simons Group have been acknowledged by the Considerate Constructors Schemefor being an associate for 5 years.Phil Kennedy, Group Construction Director for Simons said, "Being anassociate of the Considerate Constructors Scheme is a role that we takeseriously, consistently striving to improve the ...read more

Simons Group start construction works on Fenwicks Brent Cross store

Simons Group have been named as the contractor for works being carried out for premium retailer Fenwick on their store at Brent Cross shopping Centre, London. Enabling works begin this week, with main construction due to start 5th May and due to complete in early February 2015. The 42 week project ...read more

Simons commit to sustainable travel efforts

In a bid to increase behavioural awareness regarding the carbon footprint of the workforce, Simons has created a bespoke sustainable travel plan with local organisation, Access LN6. Access LN6 is a £6.5million programme to improve sustainable transport options in the LN6 area of Lincoln and ...read more

Simons Commemorate WW1 Centenary at Head Office

To commemorate the World War 1 centenary, we have created a wildflower garden at the front of the head office at 991 Doddington Road. With the layout designed by Head of Environment Dr Rosi Fieldson, the plants are a mixture of wild grass, poppy seeds and various wild flowers. It will take a while ...read more

Simons Group welcomes new additions to business

As the company celebrates 70 years of business this year, Simons Group has welcomed over 25 new faces to the head office in Lincoln, including an entirely new Human Resources department. The company has seen a fluctuation in employee figures over its 70 years of business. The company began with ...read more

Simons Group start construction at Cambridge Nuffield Health Hospital

Simons Group have started construction work on a complete new hospital for Nuffield Health on Trumpington Road in Cambridge. Enabling works began in late January 2014 and completed last week, meaning that the main construction may now commence. The existing hospital will remain in full operational ...read more

Spring Clean on Waste

"There is no such thing as waste, just resource in the wrong place." Our Head of Environment, Dr Rosi Fieldson has begun creating a 'Building Greener' blog for us, with a few entries being project specific. This entry focuses on the benefits of resource management Please click ...read more

Mind the Performance Gap

Our Head of Environment, Dr Rosi Fieldson has begun creating a 'Building Greener' blog for us, with a few entries being project specific. This entry focuses on the benefits of post occupancy evaluation and building performance. Please click on the link below to see the blog: ...read more

Simons encourage creative talent in construction with Fashion Student Project

Simons Group have been working with University of Lincoln students on the BA (Hons) Fashion Design programme, to support the property solutions business' ‘Building Safer' and ‘Building Greener' initiatives. The students, who are currently in their second year of study, were presented ...read more

Simons Short-listed for National Recycling Awards

Simons Group are delighted to have been named as a finalist for this Materials Recycling World (MRW) Magazine's National Recycling Awards as Construction Recycler of the Year. The 2014 National Recycling Awards recognise excellence in all parts of the waste and resource management industry, with ...read more

Simons Receive Top Considerate Constructor Award

Simons Group have received a Gold National Site Award after achieving a phenomenal 45/50 on site for Sainsbury's in Melton Mowbray. Under the new CCS scoring system which changed last year, it is the highest score that Simons have achieved to date and the project is one of only a handful to have ...read more

Simons "Build Safer" with local schoolchildren

Simons Group are continuing their commitment to health and safety by engaging schoolchildren and students in a "Simon Says" character design competition. Last week, members of Simons Group visited schoolchildren at St Hugh's Catholic Primary School and spoke to the children about health, safety ...read more

Thoughts on Being a Woman in Construction

I frequently have to ask to borrow a key for the ladies‘ toilets from the female members of the team on construction sites I visit. The key is fiercely guarded because otherwise, the convenience will quickly become an unpleasant experience. In the past (and sometimes even now) there may not ...read more

Simons working with local photographer on Malmesbury project

Simons are furthering community ties in Malmesbury by working with local photographer Rupert Barker to assist with documenting the project's progress, along with a portrait project that will be developed on throughout the year. The portrait project will look at the store's delivery and some of ...read more

Simons make Sustmeme Top 500 Twitter list

We are thrilled to have been placed at No. 286 on the 'Sustmeme Top 500' influencers and players active on Twitter in Architecture, Design and Engineering, Property, Planning, Development and Construction.'According to the Sustmeme website: "The leaderboard ranks players on the basis of scores ...read more

CIBSE Building Performance Award wins for Cheshire Oaks

We are delighted that our development and construction scheme for Marks & Spencer at Cheshire Oaks has been recognised with two awards at this year's CIBSE Building Performance Awards. CIBSE, the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers, ...read more

New Building Greener Blogs

Our Head of Environment, Dr Rosi Fieldson has begun creating a 'Building Greener' blog for us, with a few entries being project specific. This entry focuses on "The Delights of Waste Data" on our sites in North Lincolnshire & Wiltshire. Please click on the links below to see ...read more

North Lincolnshire Shopping Park - On Site & In Progress

After years of teamwork and persistence, we are now on site and have begun construction works on the North Lincolnshire Shopping Park in Scunthorpe. If you would like any information on the project at all, be it the basic outlines of the project, the latest information from the site team, social ...read more

Keep up with the latest on our Project in Malmesbury

Our project team have now set up on site and have started works on the Waitrose store in Malmesbury. For the outlines of the project, the latest information from the site team, social media links and any downloads, please visit the project ...read more

Simons Group achieve 500 RIDDOR free days

Simons Group?s framework and fit out team are celebrating 500 Days without a RIDDOR accident today. An average of 200 people per day have been involved in the company?s nationwide framework and fit out projects, for clients including Boots, DFS and Marks and Spencer. John Hallam, ...read more

Simons Group chosen as contractor for Cambridge Nuffield Health Hospital

Simons Group have been chosen to create a complete new hospital for Nuffield Health on Trumpington Road in Cambridge. The project is valued at approximately £12.9m. The works will be comprised of 36 bed inpatient and day case wards, an outpatients' department with 16 consulting rooms, a ...read more

Merry Christmas from Simons

Merry Christmas from Simons A different way of summing up the year at Simons... ...read more

Feedback for our Developments team

Have a look at the latest feedback for our developments team, following the time they have spent on the North Lincolnshire Shopping Park. Our construction team are now on site and the shopping park will be opening Winter 2014. Keep an eye on the news for the latest on the project. ...read more

It's been a busy few weeks

A brief summary of just a few of our projects over the last few weeks: 6 weeks. 5 projects. 4 customers. 1 contractor... Simons. ...read more

Simons Group's Woodland Trust Tree Planting Day

Simons Group have paid for 1,493 trees to be managed by the Woodland Trust for their entire lifetime. Despite the weather there were smiles all around and with a phenomenal show of team spirit from everyone, we managed to plant 1,500 trees in just 3 hours - Meaning that we have offset the ...read more

Morrisons Carterton: Open for Business

The new Morrisons foodstore has opened for business in Carterton! Simons have been involved in the £8.5m project from the beginning, with Simons Developments and Morrisons being granted planning permission in 2012 and Simons Construction completing the build in 40 weeks. The building ...read more

Health Team Highly Commended at Building Better Healthcare Awards

The health team were able to celebrate their ongoing achievements in the healthcare sector at this year's Building Better Healthcare Awards, where they received the ?Highly Commended? award for Best Healthcare Procure21+ Project for their work at Astley Court. As if hearing the good ...read more

Morrisons Bargoed: Now Open

Members of Caerphilly County Borough Council, Bargoed Town Council, Morrisons, funding partners Rockspring Property Investment Managers LLP, architects Holder Mathias and key members of the supply chain were invited to a celebratory event, marking our completion of over 5 years of work on the ...read more

Sainsbury's Melton Mowbray: Open for Business

Our team working on a new Sainsbury's in Melton Mowbray have completed and the store is now open for business. The team deserve a further pat on the back for achieving a phenomenal CCS score of 45/50, the highest score that Sainsbury?s have achieved on a site and the highest we have ...read more

Waitrose Oundle: Open for Business

Our team working on the new Waitrose foodstore have worked incredibly swiftly and after just 7 weeks on site, the store is now open for business! ...read more

Cheshire Oaks used in BM Trada guide

M&S Cheshire Oaks has been used by BM Trada in their guide to obtaining chain of custody project certification. You can obtain the guide by following the link ...read more

Simons Group's Annual Recognition Awards

An insight into our annual employee recognition awards, celebrating long service, qualifications and internally nominated award winners who have shown innovative examples of our company values. ...read more

A lovely message

A lovely message following our recently completed works in Bargoed (from12 year old Jarred Sullivan) ...read more

Progress being made on Distribution Warehouse for Gazeley & John Lewis

Our team and supply chain are making great progress for Gazeley on the 675,000 sq ft extension of John Lewis' Distribution Centre in Milton Keynes' Magna Park. With the project due to complete in early 2014, our team are making steady progress and are able to show the effects of their successful ...read more

Construction Index Features Simons Waterside project

Members of our project team working on the multi-million poundredevelopment for Lincoln's Waterside Shopping Centre took a few minutesout of their busy schedule to talk to Construction Index for this month'sissue. The team talk through the progress made so far, the structure of theredevelopment, ...read more

Eco-features at M&S Cheshire Oaks store exceeds expectations

UK's innovation agency, Technology Strategy Board, commends first-year performance of M&S sustainable learning store. Marks & Spencer's Cheshire Oaks store, built by Simons, has been highlighted by the UK's innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board as a “star project, ...read more

New addition to Simons Group Ltd Board of Directors

Simons Group Ltd have appointed a new Non-Executive Director, Andy Meehan. Currently Chairman of Skips Holdings, Oldrid & Co and also Non-Executive for the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Andy is well practiced in family business, with an impressive background in retail and finance. He has ...read more

"Simon Says" H&S and sustainability character competition with Lincoln schools launched by Simons

Simons Construction are working on the current refurbishment of the Waterside Centre in Lincoln, which will be completed for Christmas 2014. The construction company is inviting local schools to help improve the image of construction, in line with the company's ‘Building Safer' and ...read more

Simons Group chosen as constructor for Magna Park Project for John Lewis Partnership & Gazeley

Simons Group have been named as the contractor of choice for a 675,000 sq ft extension for the John Lewis Partnership and Gazeley at Magna Park, Milton Keynes. It is the second project in a year at Magna Park for Simons. Earlier this year Simons completed the new 350,000 sq ft manufacturing ...read more

Designing Buildings case study on Cheshire Oaks

Have a look at the case study that Designing Buildings have created regarding the sustainable success story of M&S Cheshire Oaks. You can find a downloadable copy of the case study in the downloads column on the right If you would like visit the Designing Buildings website, simply click ...read more

Simons Set the Standard for Success with Altius Accreditation

Simons Group, based in Lincoln, has proved its excellence in business performance after passing a rigorous independent assessment and accreditation process. The company can now forge links with blue chip businesses including Boots, Debenhams, Selfridges, Morrison's Airbus, SGP Property and ...read more

Simons Named as Main Contractor for Major Waterside Shopping Centre Redevelopment

Simons Construction have been named as the main contractor on the Waterside Shopping Centre's major refurbishment, with work commencing in July and the first phase of retail opening in time for Christmas 2013. Simons, a family-owned business based on Doddington Road, have been involved in ...read more

Major wins for Simons Group at Plan A Awards

Simons Group have been awarded Supplier, Partnership and Innovation of the year at Marks and Spencer's Property Plan A Awards. Simons were awarded ‘Innovation of the Year‘ for the use of social media. To integrate with communities during projects. Simons use various social media ...read more

National Green Apple Champion Award for Simons

Simons Construction have been awarded 'National Green Champion' at this year's Green Apple Awards. Simons competed against more than 200 other nominations in the Green Apple Awards for the Built Environment & Architectural Heritage. The company have been recognised for their ...read more

Success for simons developments team in newmarket

The proposed plans for a new Morrisons foodstore in Newmarket have been approved by Forest Heath District Council. Simons Developments and Morrisons have been working with the local community and local organisations to ensure that plans for a new store on Exning Road are the right plans, which ...read more

New health and safety initiative starts at simons group

Simons have announced the start of the company's Behavioural Safety Leadership Programme, looking at further improving the company's high standards of health and safety on all levels and at all locations. The company are in the process of carrying out research via the 'HSL' (Health & ...read more

Building greener report 2012 - 2013

Our latest Building Greener report for 2012-13 is available, showing that commitments to sustainability are spreading throughout the company. Improvements in office energy efficiency and suite management continue to reap benefits. This year has seen projects completed from the north coast of ...read more

Simons Awarded Gold at Considerate Constructors National Site Awards

Simons Construction have been awarded ‘Gold‘ at this year's Considerate Constructor's 2013 National Site Award for work undertaken at Cheshire Oaks. The annual awards, run by the scheme, recognise the highest levels of consideration and care shown by construction sites throughout ...read more

Simons Design named as finalists for 2013 LABC Building Excellence Awards

Simons Design have been named as finalists for the LABC East Anglia Building Excellence Awards. Having won the regional ward for Best Commercial project, Unit J at Brotherhood Retail Park in Peterborough has now been short-listed for this year's LABC East Anglia Building Excellence Awards.The ...read more

Simons & M&S handover donations and visit local school at Cheshire Oaks

Simons Group, the constructors behind M&S' flagship sustainability learning store at Cheshire Oaks, visited Ellesmere Port on Thursday 21st March to hand over more than £2,000 of donations to local charities. Following a charity bike ride, Developments Director Chris Newsome handed ...read more

Double success for Cheshire Oaks at 2013 sustain' awards

Simons Group have been named the winner of the Construction category at this year's Sustain' Magazine Awards for Marks and Spencer's flagship sustainability store at Cheshire Oaks. The awards also saw M&S named as the winner of the Retail category for the eco-store at the awards on Tuesday 5 ...read more

Simons' Environmental Champion named in Building's 50 Stars of Sustainability

Simons' Environmental Champion Ed Dixon has been named as one of Building Magazine's top 50 rising stars of sustainability. Since the beginning of the year, Building has been on the hunt for the most talented young people working in sustainable construction. In order to identify the top 50 ...read more

Simons group short-listed for sustainability achievement at property awards

Simons Group have been short-listed for Property Week 2013's Sustainability Achievement Award for work undertaken at M&S' ecostore at Cheshire Oaks, Ellesmere Port. Returning for its 18th year on Wednesday 17 April, the Property Awards 2013 will reward excellence and outstanding performance ...read more

Simons Group Nominated for Considerate Constructor Award

Simons Group has been nominated by monitors of the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) for a Considerate Constructors 2013 National Site Award for work undertaken at Cheshire Oaks. The awards will be held at The Lowry Hotel in Manchester on Tuesday 16th April. It will be announced at the ceremony ...read more

Simons Groups & Cheshire Oaks short-listed for building magazine awards

Simons Group has been short-listed in the Contractor of the year (up to300m) category for the 2013 Building Awards. Chairman Paul Hodgkinson was thrilled with the news: “ Simons have achievedgreat successes within an incredibly tough economic climate in 2012. Ourteams have been working ...read more

Simons Host Building Business Resilience Workshop for Local Businesses

Businesses from across Lincolnshire recently attended a workshop hosted by Simons at the head office in Lincoln and facilitated by Climate East Midlands, to find out more about increasing business resilience to severe weather. The workshop was the second in a series of workshops planned across the ...read more

New Store for M&S in Newport Open for Business

The 39,000 sqft M&S store that we have been working on at Newport's Spytty Retail Park is open and ready for business. The store hosts clothing, food and homeware ranges and also features a cafe. The site team have been working on this for just 12 weeks and have provided our key customer ...read more

Simons group shortlisted as finalist for the 2013 sustain' magazine awards

Simons Group have been shortlisted in both the Development category and Construction category of the Sustain' Magazine Awards 2013, organised by Sustain' Magazine in association with Marshalls. Key aspects of both the development and construction of the "biggest and greenest" Marks and Spencer ...read more

Simons Design win Peterborough Development & Environment Design Award

Simons Design have been awarded the 2012 Peterborough Development & Design Award for Non-Residential Construction. Simons Design were short-listed, finalists and eventual winners for the award and judges felt the scheme was not only the most impressive new commercial/community project completed ...read more

M&S Bank at London Colney branch open

Our work on fitting out an M&S bank at the London Colney store is done and the banking service is now open to the public as of this morning. It has been incredibly swift and successful job for all involved and we are thrilled with the quality of product we have delivered. ...read more

Charity Bike Ride makes Estates Gazette headlines

Chris Newsome of Simons Developments' charity bike ride from Cheshire Oaks to Paris with members of Marks and Spencer and How Planning appears to have made headlines again; this time in Estates Gazette... You can donate via the Just Giving Page, so please show your support for the guys and the ...read more

Morrisons Lowestoft - Open for business

The fit out project at the new Morrisons store in Lowestoft has been completed on time and handed over to a very happy client on Wednesday 24 October with the store due to commence trading on Monday 19 November. Following the PC inspection, Morrisons Project Manager, Shuaib Khan thanked all the ...read more

Simons Group win at Co-op Property Awards

Simons Group have been awarded Investment Contractor of the Year at this year's Cooperative Property Awards. The winners were announced at the inaugral Food Property Awards and Charity Dinner on the 16th October 2012. The Cooperative had this to say of Simons and the award: “This award ...read more

Carterton food store plans unanimously approved

Simons & Morrisons' plans for a new foodstore and 10 new homes in Carterton town centre have been granted planning permission by West Oxfordshire District Council. On Monday 15 October 2012, members of the Lowlands Area Planning Sub-Committee voted unanimously in favour of Morrisons' ...read more

Award for M&S Cheshire Oaks Store

An award for outstanding contribution to the work of FSC� in the UK has been presented to Marks and Spencer for the construction of their Cheshire Oaks retail outlet. The awards, which were launched in 2011 to mark the UN International Year of Forests, are presented to ...read more

Simons, M&S & How Planning complete Charity cycle from M&S Cheshire Oaks to Paris Champs Elysees

Team members from Simons Group, Marks and Spencer and How Planning have completed a charity bike ride, impressively covering in excess of 450 miles from the 'biggest and greenest' M&S at Cheshire Oaks to the M&S Store on the Champs Elysees in Paris . Setting off from the Cheshire Oaks ...read more

They've finished! Charity cycle from M&S Cheshire oaks to Paris completed

Team members from Simons Group, Marks and Spencer and How Planning have completed a charity bike ride, impressively covering in excess of 450 miles from the 'biggest and greenest' M&S at Cheshire Oaks to the M&S Store on the Champs Elysees in Paris. Setting off from the Cheshire Oaks ...read more

FSC Friday at Simons Group

We have celebrated FSC Friday by installing a range of bird and insect boxes around 991 Doddington Road... Head of Sustainability Rosi Fieldson said: "This is a great opportunity to raise the profile of legal and sustainable timber and the availability of properly certified timber products. ...read more

Simons Group, M&S and How planning have teamed up again to cycle from Cheshire Oaks to M&S Paris in aid of local charities in Ellesmere Port.

Chris Newsome (Simons Group), James Rayner (M&S' property team) and Richard Woodford (How Planning) set off from M&S Cheshire Oaks on Friday 21 September and are hoping to arrive at the Champs Elysees store in Paris on the evening of Thursday, 27 September (Rob Morray from M&S' ...read more

Cheshire Oaks Opening Day

A note from Paul Hodgkinson, Chairman: "The opening of Cheshire Oaks was very exciting and our team have done a great job. The events surrounding the launch included Philip and myself, together with Rex Littlewood (Project Director) and Ed Dixon (Environmental Champion) and Mark Noonan ...read more

Cheshire Oaks opening date announced for 29 August

We are thrilled to announce our major scheme with M&S in Cheshire Oaks will be open to all from Wednesday 29 August. See News Downloads for the latest update and have a look at what makes this their greenest store ever and how we've helped to make it happen ... ...read more

Cheshire Oaks FSC Certificate

July 2012 Cheshire Oaks has been certified by BM Trada with full project certification (TT-PRO-003615). It is one of only a handful of retail buildings in the country to have met the strict Forest Stewardship Council project criteria which require all of the timber to have been grown, ...read more

Building Greener

Simons succeeds with carbon footprint reduction targets for the fourth year running. The Building Greener report demonstrates our activities to reduce our impact on the environment in the last financial year including Waste, Water and Biodiversity targets. Visit the Building Greener page to ...read more

Cheshire Oaks shortlisted for The Wood Awards

Simons are delighted to announce that the soon to be completed M&S at Cheshire Oaks has been shortlisted for the 2012 Wood Awards. The project includes almost 2000m2 of certified timber thanks to the determined efforts of our supply chain to source timber products and become FSC chain of ...read more

Council to decide Carterton Foodstore Plans

Morrisons' plans for a new foodstore in Carterton could be determined by West Oxfordshire District Council within the next few months, after the planning application was submitted to the Council planners. If the plans are approved, construction of the 'state of the art' foodstore - which has ...read more

M&S Cheshire Oaks Design Competition

A group of students from West Cheshire College has won a design competition held to celebrate the new M&S Store at Cheshire Oaks. The competition was managed by Simons as part of our Considerate Constructors Scheme to become more involved with the local communities living close to the Cheshire ...read more

DFS - Retail Week Article

The newly opened DFS store on Tottenham Court Road shows how an edge-of-town format can be adapted for the city. For the full article please see News Downloads. ...read more

Markham Moor Hyperbolic Paraboloid Petrol Station

English Heritage have awarded Grade II listed status to the well known Markham Moor petrol station situated on the southbound A1. The roof structure is in the shape of a hyperbolic paraboloid and was designed by Architect Sam Scorer (1923-2003). Sometimes known as a saddle roof which follows a ...read more

Councillors approve new retail development for Scunthorpe

North Lincolnshire Council's planning committee has again approved a new retail development, including a new Marks & Spencer store, on Doncaster Road, Scunthorpe. The plans were originally approved in December but were returned to the Planning Committee to clarify some details relating to ...read more

Bargoed

Construction starts on retail development in South Wales - 77,000 sq ft retail development to be delivered in 2013 - Rockspring Property Investment Managers (Rockspring) and its development partner, Simons Developments, announce that construction has commenced on the first phase of Bargoed ...read more

Brotherhood Shopping Park in Peterbrough

Work has started on a 260,000 sq ft new build and a refurbishment of the 1980s retail park to create a fashion led shopping park for Aberdeen Asset Management. Originally developed, designed and built by Simons we are reshaping this �25m investment to include retailers such ...read more

Waitrose and Simons submit application for food store

Waitrose and Simons developers, have submitted their planning application for a new food store on the land to the rear of Avon Mills. This application has evolved through a continuous and thorough public consultant process in which many residents of Malmesbury took the opportunity to give their ...read more

Cheshire Oaks BREEAM 2006

We are proud to announce that Cheshire Oaks has been awarded an Excellent rating assessment by BREEAM 2006. The project boasts a wide range of environmental features including a very high level of recycled aggregates, biomass heating and landscaping to enhance the local biodiversity. The site ...read more

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