Cambridge House is a Grade I listed townhouse in Mayfair with over 300ft of frontage to Piccadilly, overlooking Green Park. Formerly occupied by a Naval and Military Club “In and Out”. The project scope is comprised of intrusive site investigations to enable a collaborative design and build solution for the re-development including ICP delivery for the incoming HV power as the property is converted to a Hotel and Residence.
Since the successful delivery, in 2012, of the 5 Broadgate project (UBS European Headquarters), ReachActive continues to work with British Land as a key partner in their 10-year Masterplan redevelopment of the Broadgate estate.
Broadgate is the largest asset by value within the British Land portfolio. It is a mixed use campus comprising offices, restaurants, retail and leisure set across four landscaped squares. Covering 32 acres, it is central London’s largest pedestrianised area. Broadgate is adjacent to Liverpool Street Station, a Crossrail station from 2021, and connects the creative, tech-focused communities of Spitalfields, Shoreditch and Old Street with the City.
ReachActive are providing an ICP design and build HV power solution together with multi-utility diversion and disconnections.
One Leadenhall will be a new 36 storey building adjacent to the historic Leadenhall Market. This new tower is bringing 28 floors of office accommodation, 9,300ft² of retail space and a free public terrace to an important corner of the City of London. The 36-storey building will reside next to the Grade II* listed Leadenhall Market, on the site of the ancient Roman Forum, an area home to several historic City structures, including the Lloyd’s building, St Michael’s Cornhill and St Peter upon Cornhill.
ReachActive are responsible for a full design and build strategy for all multi-utility diversions, disconnections and new incoming services. Our ICP design and build delivery comprises of approximately 3.5km of civils trenching/ducting and associated HV cable jointing and commissioning thus providing our client with a new 11kV diverse circuit through heavily congested road and foot ways within the City of London.
As a committed provider of sustainable solutions ReachActive is involved in the delivery of a range of renewable energy workstreams such as E-Car Charging Points, an excellent fit with our well established ESB substation and HV installation activities.
Reach Active Group sponsor the UCLH (NHS) Foundation Trust Proton Beam Cancer Therapy at their charity event, held at the Westminster Boat Base, London.
In light of National Apprenticeship week, our Head of People, Leanne Jones caught up with Bradlee Cherry, Plant and Transport Coordinator. Bradlee joined ReachActive in January 2017 as an apprentice and has recently progressed in to the role of Plant and Transport Coordinator. We hope you enjoy the read.
Plant and Transport Coordinator
Apprenticeship title & duration?
My apprenticeship was in Business Administration, it was a 1-year course which I completed successfully.
How long have you worked for ReachActive?
Around 14 months. My position was made permanent after the completion of my apprenticeship. I have been employed on a permanent contract with the company since January 2018.
Describe what you do on an average day
I work in the Plant and Transport department, I arrange commercial vehicles, up to 7.5 ton. I also support the team with general administration such as checking driving licenses, arranging vehicle repairs, running driving reports and statistics and I also look after invoicing for the department. I currently support the UK and Irish operations.
Why did you decide on an apprenticeship?
I wanted to do something different and learn life skills. I had worked alongside my Dad growing up and it gave me some good exposure to working life. I had also previously pursued mechanics at college but I didn’t like the course or the classroom approach. I tried it twice, and dropped out twice. I had also studied business at school and found it interesting. This seemed like a hands-on approach, learn and work. It was a bonus that I would be paid for it! I must say, it did take my family to push me towards applying for the apprenticeship, there was a time I wasn’t sure if it was for me. But I am really glad I did, I love it.
Had you been interviewed for a job before?
This was my first real interview. I was interviewed by my current manager, he is the company Plant and Transport Manager. I remember feeling nervous about it all but luckily it went ok and I got the job.
How did you decide that the opportunity here was the best one for you and your career?
This was one of two opportunities I had to choose from. Joining ReachActive allowed me to learn something new, a massive industry with a wealth of opportunity in it. I get the impression that people don’t initially appreciate how many opportunities this industry creates. That was a huge factor in my decision making as you never know what is around the corner and I wanted to maximize my learning and the opportunities ahead of me.
What are your career aspirations?
I would like to work abroad, somewhere in Europe or in the USA. I have always liked Germany as a country and would like the opportunity to learn that language. I would like to progress in to a management position over the next 5-10 years but am planning to keep learning and play that by ear for now.
How have you grown since you started working for ReachActive?
I have opened up as a person, I am now much more confident. When I first joined the company and my phone would ring, I would sit and stare at it until it would stop as I was too nervous and shy to talk to anyone. I am still quite quiet but I have no fear with regards to communicating or interacting with others any more.
What were your biggest challenges throughout the apprenticeship?
Due to my confidence issues I found getting used to new people hard. I struggled with writing emails effectively and not letting my emotion rule the tone of my messages. In my position I make and receive a lot of calls and emails so the biggest challenge was doing this effectively and finding confidence when it was lacking. I also found the industry confusing at times, particularly at the beginning although I soon picked it up and became a lot more familiar with
What advice would you give to others who are considering an apprenticeship but are not sure if it’s the right way to go?
I would advise that you should consider the pros and cons to all of the opportunities in front of you. Also consider what options could open up the most doors for you as you progress. Ultimately, it’s about being happy with what you do, finding a company to support you and who will let you learn from your mistakes but equally it’s about enjoying the job role. Not pursuing a mechanics career could have been a risk for me, but I made the decision to try something new. Give it a try and stick with it, you may well discover a bunch of skills you never knew you had.
If you knew then what you know now, is there anything you would do differently?
I would use my confidence to speak up. I was always too scared to bring an idea to the table as I wasn’t sure if anyone would listen.
What’s coming next?
I hope to get more involved in the coordination of larger vehicles and car fleet. I want to continue learning as much as possible and keep growing as an individual. I would like to visit work sites more and get closer to the workforce.
To apply for a specific job vacancy or to speculatively reach out to us, visit www.reachactive.com/careers or contact email@example.com. Our roles are based across a variety of UK sites (London, Hertford, Basingstoke) and Ireland sites (Dublin & Mullingar).
ReachActive are an equal opportunities employer.
NISO is the National Irish Safety Organisation and its goal is to create working conditions where Irish workplaces are the safest and healthiest in Europe.
The annual Occupational Health Safety Awards recognise how organisations manage health and safety at work, supporting and contributing towards NISO’s goal. Energoinvest ReachActive entered the scheme for the first time in 2017 and was awarded ‘Best New Entry Medium Size Organisation’.
This award provides external recognition from a highly regarded organisation of the health and safety standards and achievements at Energoinvest ReachActive during the year. This would not have been possible without the hard work and commitment from our health and safety teams and operational staff in supporting one of Energoinvest ReachActive’s key values, ‘the continuous promotion of a safety culture targeting zero harm’.
The awards ceremony in Galway was attended by our SHEQ manager for Ireland, and representatives from our overhead power lines, substations and underground power networks divisions.
Together, we will continue improving our health and safety standards – and look forward to further awards in the future.
After donating 93kg of food and supplies to the Hertford foodbank, it was the ReachActive London staff who next donated, this time to the Euston foodbank.
The Trussel Trust runs over 400 food-banks, offering emergency food and support to people in crisis across the UK.
Another good effort from the team, well done to those that contributed! Next up, our team in Ireland get involved.
More updates to follow.
Upon receiving the news that storm Caroline was approaching Scotland, ReachActive crews began making their way over to support SSE.
Storm Caroline arrived on Thursday 7th and there is set to be gusts of up to 80mph. The Met Office have issued a yellow warning with more snowfall and heavy wind expected. There are already 500 homes without power and temperatures have dropped into freezing.
Well done to all ReachActive staff for their quick response to the storm.
More updates to follow as work progresses.