Alexander Associates

Alexander Associates

Chris Constantinides
We had all the financial support, advice and back office readily available so Scott and I could focus on actually building the team here. If anyone is looking to run their own division or office, they should seriously consider speaking to the Alexander Associates team about how we can support them.
20 May 2022

Scott Doody

Scott Doody
Opening the London office with the support of the Alexander Associates team has been the best decision I've ever made. They helped Chris and I build the foundations and then let us run things the way we want to.
What is Alexander Associates 3.0?

 Alexander Associates, a leading recruitment agency with a storied history, is marking its next phase of evolution and growth; introducing 'Alexander Associates 3.0'.

Established in 1989 by [Jayn Gutteridge and Stavros Koukoumbris], Alexander Associates has long embodied the principles of hard work and delivering the best possible results for clients and candidates across the UK.

Eager to extend the legacy built by the founders, current owners Peter Webb, Ruth Parker and Gareth Jones resolved to carry on their work with a management buyout in 2016, which led the business through its 2.0 era.

"When we sat down with our senior team members, we discussed who we are, where we came from and who we wanted to be. The line that kept coming up is 'we're proud of our legacy'. Alexander Associates was already an amazing business with the core values of honesty, transparency and hard work. We're very proud of that, so that's why we bought the business," says managing director Gareth Jones.

Since 2019, Alexander Associates has entered its 3.0 phase, marking the new chapter with a revamp of the brand, a new focus on expanding the services available to clients and candidates and launching new offices in Brasted, Kent and London.

The company, which specialises in the Civil & Structural Engineering, Water, and Mechanical & Electrical sectors, has recently expanded into Residential Development. New Associate Directors Chris Constantinides and Scott Doody have been appointed to manage the latest vertical in London and have added three new trainees to their team.

"We're proud of our legacy, and excited about our future," Jones says

To help clients and candidates navigate challenging markets, Alexander Associates' teams are utilising their wisdom gained from experiences including Brexit, three IR35 changes and the COVID-19 lockdowns, he adds.

Alexander Associates' intimate knowledge of its clients is one of the key strengths that has enabled the company to expand its services into new areas.

"We've seen the market change a lot, with the growth of master vendors, neutral vendors, and internal recruiters. We've learned a huge amount from those processes, and we've got something different to offer," Jones says.

“There is much potential to engage with clients about strategies for diversifying their supply chains and increasing competition and collaboration amongst suppliers, as well as finding alternatives to master vendors,” he adds. "To do that, we need to continue working with talent we've got inside the business, and to bring in new talent."

The next five years are set to be even more exciting than the past five, notes director Peter Webb.

“There are so many opportunities out there that we can grab and are currently grabbing. We’ve got an amazing team with us that can really help us succeed,” Webb says.

Jones expects that, despite its anticipated business growth, the core Alexander Associates values of honesty, transparency and hard work will be front and centre.

“We don’t want to be a Plc, but we do want to be the largest independent agency in the UK that specialises in our fields. We want to be a large niche agency with specialist services.”

To find out more about how Alexander Associates can help you find quality talent, or if you’re interested in the recruitment career pathways we can offer, get in touch today.

 

 

Welsh Water has gone out to tender with a raft of contracts under its £2.9 billion AMP7 2020-25 capital investment programme, with the potential to extend by up to three further years into AMP8.

Welsh Water has gone out to tender with a raft of contracts under its £2.9 billion AMP7 2020-25 capital investment programme, with the potential to extend by up to three further years into AMP8.

The water company has tendered a total of separate contracts which awarded will be for an initial 5-year period with options to extend for a further 3 years in total.

The contracts are:

  • Major Civil Works covers a wide range of major civil engineering works requirements, across the DCC operating region - up to 6 suppliers to be appointed to the framework agreement
  • Minor Civil Works - wide range of minor civil works requirements, including planned, reactive and emergency response, within the DCC operating region. Up to 3 suppliers to be appointed to the framework agreement
  • Major Electrical Works – up to 6 suppliers to be appointed to the framework agreement
  • Minor Electrical Works - covers a wide range of minor electrical works requirements, including planned, reactive and emergency response. Up to 3 suppliers to be appointed to the framework agreement
  • Major Mechanical Works - up to 6 suppliers to be appointed to the framework agreement
  • Minor Mechanical Works - up to 3 suppliers to be appointed to the framework agreement
  • Interested suppliers who wish to tender for any of the contracts must be registered on the DCC eSourcing Portal.

Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate is 4th September 2020

 

Green light for £22 million White Rose train station to overhaul Leeds rail network

A brand new train station in Leeds which could cost up to £22 million has been given the go ahead.

Leeds City Council has approved the decision for a new two-platform station to be built near the White Rose Shopping Centre in Beeston, Leeds.

 

It will be located on the Leeds to Dewsbury section of the main trans-Pennine rail line, and in addition to serving the White Rose office park and shopping centre , it would also connect communities including Cottingley, Churwell, Middleton and Milshaw.

Platforms at the station will accommodate six-carriage trains, with space to expand to accommodate those with eight carriages in the future.

At least two trains per hour will pass through the station in each direction.

Along with the new station, two three-storey station buildings will be built (one on either side of the railway line), as well as canopy walkways, cycle parking, disabled parking spaces and "pick up and drop off" points.

 

It is estimated that once the station is built, 340,000 trips will be made annually, and that it could support the creation of 10,000 jobs.

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£2.61 million of funding to develop the station was previously granted by West Yorkshire Combined Authority in November, with the project estimated to cost £22 million overall.

In the report approving the decision, a Leeds City Council planning officer said: "The proposal would provide an opportunity for the growth of a sustainable transport mode that would facilitate the growth of the local economy and local existing and future residential communities.

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"The proposal seeks to develop a parcel of land with a railway station and associated infrastructure that will be integral to supporting the local communities’ needs and the long term economic growth of an area that is identified as a regeneration priority."

No confirmation as to what will happen with Cottingley train station - considered likely to close with the development of a White Rose station - has yet been announced.

Building will commence within the next three years, with February 2021 estimated to be the earliest start date.

HS2 launches over £1bn worth of contract opportunities

High Speed 2 Ltd (HS2) has launched contract opportunities with a combined value of more than £1bn.

Contracts for tunnel fit-outoverhead catenary systems and communications installation have all been put out to tender in the last few weeks.

Combined they are worth more than £1bn, with the tunnel fit-out contract valued at £498M, while both the overhead catenary systems job and the communications contract are priced at £300M each.

All contracts cover phase one of the line between London and Birmingham, and have the option to extend to cover phase 2a to Crewe.

It comes after the government gave notice to proceed, paving the way for construction of phase one.

The project promoter has also announced a huge recruitment drive as it ramps up towards main construction on phase one. 500 new jobs have been put out to the market across a range of disciplines, from engineering and project management to land and property, procurement and commercial.

 

Over 300 of the roles will be based in Birmingham, West Midlands, and the new roles announced today will push the total number of jobs the project has supported to over 10,000 once recruited.

HS2 Minister Andrew Stephenson said: “These jobs are a welcome boost for workers across the country at this challenging time, providing the opportunity to play a crucial part in delivering HS2, an integral part of improving connectivity and levelling up our country.

“We continue to work with the transport and construction industry to accelerate projects, where safely possible, to kickstart our economy, provide more employment opportunities and drive our recovery as we build out of Covid-19.”

Later this year, HS2 Ltd is also expected to launch procurement on its high voltage power supply contract, as well as starting the hunt for contractors to work at the Washwood heath depot.

Contracts relating to phase 2a civils (Main Works Design and Delivery Partner) and construction of Birmingham Interchange are also due to go out to tender later this year.

Boris Johnson is sweeping in radical reforms to the planning system to allow vacant buildings in town centres to be converted to housing.

Under the new rules, existing commercial properties, including newly vacant shops, can be converted into residential housing more easily, in a move to kick start the construction industry and speed up rebuilding.

He also said the government will launch a planning Policy Paper in July setting out comprehensive reforms to England’s seven-decade old planning system to introduce a new approach that works better for our modern economy and society.

The changes which are due to come into force from September will allow a wider range of commercial buildings to change to residential use without the need for a planning application.

Also builders will no longer need a normal planning application to demolish and rebuild vacant and redundant residential and commercial buildings if they are rebuilt as homes.

More types of commercial premises will be able to be repurposed without planning.

So a building used for retail could be able to be permanently used as a café or office without requiring a planning application and local authority approval.

Pubs, libraries, village shops and other types of uses essential to the lifeblood of communities will not be covered by these flexibilities.

Under the reforms property owners would also be able to build additional space above their properties via a fast track approval process, subject to neighbour consultation.

Johnson said the changes to the law, would both support the high street revival by allowing empty commercial properties to be quickly repurposed and reduce the pressure to build on green field land by making brownfield development easier.

Developers will still need to adhere to high standards and regulations, just without the unnecessary red tape.

More women apply for frontline roles at Thames Water after company rewords “masculine” adverts

More and more women are applying for manual frontline roles at Thames Water after the company changed the ‘masculine’ wording of its job adverts.

When advertising for sewage works technicians last year, Britain’s biggest water company found only 8% of applications were from women.

To investigate why, the company used an online tool which finds hidden implications in language. It highlighted phrases like “competitive”, “confident” and “champion” as being ‘masculine coded’, meaning they subconsciously put many women off applying.

Thames Water changed the wording to include phrases like “we welcome people who want to learn and be team players” in a bid to further build on its reputation as a diverse workplace. The company is already a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion, and last year signed the Armed Forces Covenant which shows a commitment to employing ex-servicemen and women.

Since the launch of the new advert for £13-an-hour Process Technicians, the number of applications from women rose to 46%, including successful new starter Rachael Trigg. The 24-year-old is now responsible for maintenance and repairs at Chieveley Sewage Works in Newbury, Berkshire.

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Photo: Rachael Trigg at Chieveley Sewage Treatment Works

“I got made redundant, saw this on CV Library and really liked the sound of it,” she said. “It’s general maintenance around the site, fixing any issues that arise.

“I’m mum to Henry who’s 10 months’ old. I start at 7.30am and finish at 3.30pm so I get to spend some quality time with him in the evening. It fits in really well with my circumstances.

“There might be certain things I can’t do, like heavy lifting, but we’re a team so we help each other out. I don’t see anything here that makes it a male-specific role. Women are really missing out if they think a job like this isn’t for them.

“I work outside as part of a great team – and I get to drive a Landrover Defender. My neighbours are all really jealous. Thames Water is a stable company with lots of options to progress. I like the fact they’re keen for you to progress, they seem very proactive in that regard.”

Pablo Stevens, Chieveley site manager, said:

“The sex of someone is irrelevant. If they can get the job done, that’s all that matters. I would say to other women that we’re a fantastically diverse company and the opportunity to progress is amazing.”

The drive to recruit more females into operational roles was led by Thames Water’s Women’s Network which brings together women from across the business to celebrate achievements and campaign for change, and comes ahead of International Women In Engineering Day on June 23.

Thames Water’s Lucia Farrance, who led the Women In Ops Recruitment Project, said:

“In order to bring about real change, women need more seats at the table and I am really proud that this initiative is starting to achieve just that. There is a huge pool of untapped female talent out there and it’ is great to see some of that showing through in the recruits coming into the frontline teams at Thames Water.

“We are extremely passionate about championing the importance and benefits of a diverse and equal workforce. Gender should never be a barrier.”

HS2: shortlist revealed for £570m Birmingham station

 

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HS2 has announced the shortlist of contractors for its £570m Birmingham Curzon Street station.

A Bam Nuttall / Ferrovial joint venture, Laing O’Rourke Construction and Mace / Dragados JV will compete for the contract to build the mega-project's flagship Birmingham terminus.

Plans for the station, first unveiled in October 2018, were released in January with the goal of making it zero-carbon in operation. Features include incorporating 2,800 square metres of solar panels. The plans were approved by the local council in April.

A Mace / Dragados JV is delivering the £1.5bn HS2 Euston Station, a contract it won ahead of a Bam Nuttall / Ferrovial JV, as well as a Costain / Skanska JV. Bam Nuttall and Ferrovial Agroman are involved in the project with the delivery of 80km of tunnels from the Chilterns to Warwickshire as part of the EKBF JV with Eiffage Genie Civil and Kier.

HS2 procurement and commercial director David Poole said: “We are looking for a partner to take on the highly complex construction phase, working with us to deliver this logistical and engineering challenge.

 

“It’s great to see how much interest there is in the competition and we look forward to working with the successful bidder to deliver, what will be a new low-carbon architectural landmark for Birmingham and the UK.”

Procurement for contractors the station was restarted in January after a “lower than anticipated market appetite” during a first attempt. The value of the job then increased by £136m.

The award, due next year, is a two-stage design and build contract.

 

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