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November 2016

November 2016 Sykes Commences Work on Major Project at V&A Museum

Sykes have recently commenced work on a major refurbishment of the Victoria & Albert Museum’s Cast Court Gallery 46A.

The Cast Court Galleries feature over 60 of the V&A’s finest 19th century productions of important Italian Renaissance monuments. Plaster cast reproductions reached the height of popularity in the mid to late 19th century when few people could afford to travel abroad. The V&A Museum was at the forefront of this trend, enabling visitors to admire faithful reproductions of important European monuments and works of art.

Today, the Cast Court Galleries are also the only public galleries in the Museum which display the same collection as when they were first opened.

Sykes were awarded the third phase of a larger programme of works to refresh the iconic Cast Court Galleries. Phase three comprises the North European side known as Gallery 46A. The project predominantly involves the replacement of the glass roof and associated external works, together with internal redecoration works to reinstate the colours and finish of the original 19th century decorative scheme.

Sykes have been working at the Museum for at least 85 years, carrying out a wide range of projects and small works during this time.

November 2016  Sykes Commences Work on Major Project at V&A Museum
October 2016

Sykes Host Our Second Heritage Workstream Breakfast Event

On the 3rd October, the team hosted a presentation by Patrick Baty, the eminent paint historian and analyst at Lancaster House for staff and key clients.

Patrick, the proclaimed ’paint detective’ has spent the last two decades as a consultant on over 200 projects in Grade I and II* listed buildings throughout the UK and a number of key buildings in the USA. These have ranged from advising on appropriate paint colours for buildings of the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, through to a full technical analysis of the painted decoration in order to establish the original colour schemes.

The Sykes decorating team also held a gilding masterclass, with our artisan decorators on-hand to demonstrate and answer questions on this specialist technique.

This event followed a previous presentation held at Royal Over-Seas House in Green Park by renowned master plasterer, Phillip Gaches on the subject of 16th and 17th century plasterwork. 

Sykes Host Our Second Heritage Workstream Breakfast Event
September 2016

Sykes Re-secure Framework with City of London Corporation

Sykes are pleased to confirm that we have re-secured our place on the City of London Corporations, ‘Minor Mechanical & Electrical Works’ framework once again.

Offering the most economically advantageous tender means that Sykes are the primary contractor responsible for delivering a range of M&E projects up to a value of £50k across the Corporations estate.

Sykes were previously the MEAT contractor for the Framework from 2012. 

Sykes Re-secure Framework with City of London Corporation
March 2016

Halow 250

Sykes & Son Ltd are thrilled to announce that on the weekend of 29th April, Team Sykes will be taking on the Halow250 2016 challenge.

Halow250, is a 48 hour, 250 mile charity cycle from Putney to Guildford via Northern France, to raise money for the Guildford based charity halow project. This is the 5th year that the event has taken place and indeed, the 5th time that Sykes has entered a team. This year the team has grown to 10 cyclists (including 5 new riders from the company); Tony Adams, Andrew Burr, Craig Chandler, Andrew Cooch, Jim Davies, Diego Espinosa, Gary Fleming, Chris Foot, Steve Larken andChris O’Donnell.

The halow project support young adults aged 16-35 with a learning disability to live the life they choose as independently as possible.

Team Sykes will be part of a group of over 100 riders, including patron of the halow project Damon Hill, taking part in this charity event. Last year the event raised over £100,000 of which Team Sykes managed to contribute £12,000 through many sponsorships and kind donations. This year we hope to exceed this amount.

100% of the money raised through Halow250 will go directly to halow to fund their extensive and comprehensive range of services.

If you would like to help us in supporting this fantastic cause by making a donation, please visit our Virgin Money Giving page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/sykeshalow2016

Halow 250
January 2016

Sykes & Son Reaches New Heights

The tallest structure in the UK, the ArcelorMittal Orbit is set to become London’s most spectacular and thrilling new attraction this spring. Located at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the iconic tower is to become the World’s tallest and longest tunnel slide and will see visitors zooming along at 15 miles per hour through specially constructed transparent panels as the London skyline wizzes past.

The design for the giant slide was created by Belgian artist, Carsten Höller at the invitation of sculptor Anish Kapoor who designed the original structure for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The slide is a unique collaboration between two of the world’s leading artists and a major new art installation for the capital.

Sykes and Son are delighted to be working very closely with the Architects and Professional Team in the design and installation of all of the mechanical and electrical services associated with the slide installation. This includes lighting, power and controls as well as data and ventilation.

Peter Tudor, Director of Visitor Services, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, said: “What more exciting way to descend the ArcelorMittal Orbit than on the World’s longest and tallest tunnel slide. We are constantly exploring ways to ensure we lead the way with the latest visitor experience. This slide really will give a different perspective of Britain’s tallest sculpture.”

Sykes & Son are thrilled to be part of this exciting project which will give this iconic structure an amazing new twist.

Sykes & Son Reaches New Heights
December 2015

Sykes Help Complete Upgrades to the Arc in the Park Centre in Newham

Arc in the Park is a fully inclusive open access adventure play and sports facility situated in Canning Town. It is the only Newham wide resource for children and young people with a disability providing a supported stepping stone to inclusion with their non-disabled peers. 

The Arc provides a variety of activities for children aged from 5 to 18 including after school activities, youth clubs, workshops, homework, cooking, drama and weekend clubs. Currently over 400 children and young people use The Arc each week, including 180 children with disabilities or life limiting needs.

Sadly, the Arc suffers regular vandalism, misuse and anti-social behaviour. So Sykes were delighted to be able to donate our services and provide the centre with upgraded security lighting, controls and CCTV to help reduce the threat of anti-social behaviour and help improve the quality and safety of each child’s experience at the Arc. The upgrades will help the centre to reach out and engage more children who desperately need the services and opportunities that The Arc can provide.

Kevin Jenkins OBE, Life President of Community Links, thanked Sykes for our “wonderful donation of CCTV and external lighting which has made such a brilliant difference for everyone. The enhanced security and safety resulting from your generosity and kindness is truly appreciated”. 

Sykes Help Complete Upgrades to the Arc in the Park Centre in Newham
November 2015

A London Building Company Spanning Four Centuries

In 2009, Sykes & Son celebrated our 250th anniversary. To mark the occasion, research was carried out and a history book was produced to explore the early days and the evolution of the business to the multi-disciplined contractor we are today.  

To reflect further changes in the business over the past 6 years, a second edition has been issued. Hard copies are available from our head office, or it can be viewed here www.sykesandsonltd.com/images/pdfs/Sykes250Anniversary.pdf

A London Building Company Spanning Four Centuries
October 2015

Sykes Complete the Paul Mellon Centre Project

Following a ten-month long refurbishment project by Sykes & Son, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art reopened its doors in October 2015. Based at No’s 15 and 16 Bedford Square, the Centre has undergone a dramatic expansion, doubling in size and has been reorganised, refurbished and redecorated. 

The project has created an even more effective and stimulating environment for the centre’s users to pursue and present their art-historical research. The library and archival holdings are now spread across a single floor, a new exhibition room in which to display materials from the collections has been formed and new events and teaching spaces have been created. 

The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art is an educational charity committed to promoting original research into the history of British art and architecture. It is the sister institution to the Yale Centre for British Art and forms part of Yale University. 

Sykes Complete the Paul Mellon Centre Project
October 2015

Sykes Sponsor Local Football Team

Sykes & Son Ltd are pleased to announce our sponsorship of the Stoneleigh Athletic under 17’s football team. The team were promoted into the Premier Division of the Epsom and Ewell League for the 2015-16 season and are currently managed by our M&E Contracts Manager, Dave Larken. We wish them a very successful season.

Sykes Sponsor Local Football Team
September 2015

Sykes re-secure Wallace Collection contract

Sykes are delighted to announce that we have re-secured our M&E maintenance contract with The Wallace Collection for a further term. The new contract is set to commence on Thursday 1st October 2015. The Wallace Collection is a national museum based in a grade II listed London town house on Manchester Square. Its 25 galleries offer a world famous collection of fine and decorative arts from the 15th to the 19th centuries. Sykes have been working closely with this prestigious client over the past few years to manage planned and reactive maintenance works. The contract team go the extra mile to ensure that the premises are well maintained year round and to help enhance the visitor experience

Sykes re-secure Wallace Collection contract
August 2015

M&E Maintenance contract awarded with Prendergast School’

The Sykes Maintenance workstream have recently secured a contract for the planned preventative maintenance and repair of M&E services and installations at Prendergast School. Prendergast is a Comprehensive girls secondary school, located on Hilly Fields, Brockley. The contract includes both PPM and call-out works, to their properties at Adelaide Avenue, Park Site, and Bellingham Road Pavilion. The contract will commence in September 2015.

 

M&E Maintenance contract awarded with Prendergast School’
June 2015

Works well underway on Paul Mellon Centre project

Sykes are currently undertaking a major project to redevelop a Grade I listed building in Bedford Square, Bloomsbury for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

Camden council have approved plans to expand the Centre into its neighbouring building, thus doubling its size as well as improving access and circulation.

Part of Yale University, the Centre was founded in 1970 as an educational charity promoting research into the history of British art. Given its growth in recent years, the move will allow the arts charity to expand its cultural events programme, whilst creating a larger library and archive space.

Project works include breakthrough between No. 15 & No.16 Bedford Square and lateral connections between the 18a Mews garages, with refurbishment, mechanical & electrical and fit out works completed by Sykes in-house. 

Works well underway on Paul Mellon Centre project
May 2015

Team Sykes Complete the halow250 Challenge

Congratulations to the Sykes team, and all those who took part in the halow250 Challenge over the May Bank Holiday weekend. The event was a great success with over 100 cyclists completing the ride including halow Patron, Damon Hill OBE. 

The 48 hour, 250 mile cycle ride has been organised over the past four years to raise funds and awareness for the charity, halow. This Guildford based charity is dedicated to supporting young people aged 16-35 with a learning disability so that they are able to live independent, meaningful, fulfilled lives and become more involved in their local community. 

Thanks to all of our generous donors, Sykes have raised over £12,000, well exceeding our fundraising target. The event has already raised over £85,000 with more money still coming in. 

If you haven’t yet sponsored the team and would like to do so, please follow the link below

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/sykes-halow250   

Team Sykes Complete the halow250 Challenge
April 2015

The Causeway at Tower of London Excavated

Our Building team recently carried out a project to excavate The Causeway at the Tower of London in order to help discover more about this medieval structure.

The south-western entrance causeway runs between the Byward and Middle Towers and has been the main point of entry to the Tower of London since the late 13th Century, when it was built as part of Edward I’s extension to the castles defences. Prior to the construction of the wharf, the river Thames flowed directly against the south side of The Causeway and the outer curtain wall.

Plans dated 1597 show three small arches in the lower structure of The Causeway to allow water to flow into the moat during high tide. Much of this was lost in about 1780 when a single arch was created.

Excavations were undertaken alongside the appointed archaeologists in hopes of discovering any original medieval features or historic finishes that may be hidden from sight, as well as evidence of a drawbridge pit, thought to have existed at the foot of the Byward Tower.

Sykes were appointed to remove all existing tarmac surfacing to allow for the archaeological surveys, lay suitable foundations for future granite setts and then re-surface to improve access to the entrance causeway on completion. 

The Causeway at Tower of London Excavated
April 2015

Sykes Form New Cocktail Terrace for the Royal Over-Seas League

Sykes were appointed by Royal Over-Seas League to form a new upper ground floor external terrace to replace an existing fire escape. Works took place at their Grade I listed properties, Rutland House and Vernon House.

Originally built in the 17th Century, both Rutland and Vernon Houses were purchased by the Royal Over-Seas League in the 1920s and 30s and were conjoined in 1932 to form ‘Over-Seas House’, their World Headquarters.

The Royal Over-Seas League is a non-profit making private members organisation committed to supporting international understanding and friendship through social, music, arts and welfare activities.

An existing metal staircase from the rear elevation of Rutland House was carefully dismantled and removed. A new structural steel frame was formed and supported off mass concrete foundations to support a floor deck terrace construction. The terrace comprises pre-cast paving slabs on proprietary adjustable supports fixed to a weathered ‘sub-deck’ of 6mm steel plate secured over galvanized steel joists spanning between the structural steelwork. The new terrace has soffit lighting and small power, with the soffit decoratively clad with slatted, untreated Siberian Larch. 

Sykes Form New Cocktail Terrace for the Royal Over-Seas League
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