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Simons launches new film

Watch Simons' brand new video showcasing its project at the Buttermarket shopping centre in Ipswich. Hear from the team who completed the job, as well as Simons' client, Ken Ford of Capital & Regional, who explains why the company chose Simons to undertake the £15.4m cut and carve more

Asda Isle of Wight - see progress from the air!

It's really starting to take shape now. Our next instalment of drone footage shows how the Simons team is progressing with the Island's first Asda. Thanks again to Procam Films for this spectacular filming. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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, 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, 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 & 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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. 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 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 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 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' 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 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 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 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. 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' 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 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 ... 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, 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 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 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 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 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. 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 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 more


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 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 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 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 more

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