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Miller Knight are now a "Category A" supplier to Willmott Dixon!!

Nice way to end the year... Willmott Dixon inviting us to become a "Category A" supplier of Passive and Structural Fire Protection. We've still got a long way to go, but it's nice to see the effort we go to every day is not going unnoticed. Well done everyone at Miller Knight

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Miller Knight appoint new Commercial Manager

Miller Knight are pleased to announce the appointment of James Stimpson as our new Commercial Manager, overseeing our Passive and Structural Fire Protection arms of the business. James has over 20 years' experience within the broader construction industry and has an impressive portfolio of Senior Quantity Surveyor roles, including working with some prestigious companies such as Interserve Construction, Simons Construction, Thomas Fish and Caledonian Modular on schemes ranging from £250k up to £20m. Managing Director, David Dickson said "James has actually been here for a few months now since the unfortunate demise of Simons. To his credit he has settled into his role and into our dynamic culture incredibly quickly following what must have been a distressing time for him and his…

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Miller Knight appoint new Business Development Manager

Miller Knight are thrilled to announce the appointment of Peter Jubb as our new Business Development Manager. Having previously been the Business Development Director at J Tomlinson in Nottingham, and prior to that the Business Development Manager of Baggaley Construction, Peter has the knowledge and experience to move us further into the Principal Contractor market, specialising in Remedial Fire Protection. Utilising his vast marketing and business development acumen, he will take our growth aspirations to that next level, building on the foundations which have been carefully put in place over the past few years. Managing Director, David Dickson, commented. "Having worked with Pete early in my career at J Tomlinson, and seeing first-hand how he helped transform them from what was primarily…

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Miller Knight Expand Operations

Miller Knight are delighted to announce the expansion of our operations with the opening of a new Midlands Head Office, located in Nottinghamshire. The expansion comes as a result of significant growth in all our active contracting sectors; including the Major and Minor Remedial Projects market, and the Specialist Passive and Structural Fire Protection market, where we work as a Specialist Sub-contractor to some of the UK's largest Principal Contractors. With over 25 full time staff members now employed in this location alone, the increase in office size means we can communicate better and work more productively as an operational unit, along with giving us ample room to expand further if necessary. The new location now boasts a large open plan…

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Quelfire Technical Training

We recently had the opportunity to bring our office staff together for some more technical CPD. This particular session was brought to us by Craig Wells of Quelfire Ltd. Quelfire, who are a new supplier to us here at Miller Knight, have been client specified on a few large schemes now, showing they are gaining some real traction in the industry - which as a new manufacturer breaking into the market is great to hear! It was interesting to find out about their products and learn a few of the installation methods and performance of their systems. Investment in the future our of team is imperative to the success of our business.

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Miller Knight supporting St John Ambulance

St John Ambulance was chosen as our Charity of the Year. We thought we would catch up with our Operations Director, Jeremy Warman who volunteers for St John Ambulance to explain a bit more about this fantastic Charity How long have you volunteered for St John Ambulance? 7 years. What does St John Ambulance do? St John Ambulance are the nation's leading first aid charity and want to teach everyone simple, life saving skills. As well as providing these life saving skills, they also support the NHS and local ambulance services in times of need and provide medical cover at events. The latter is where my involvement in the charity is focussed. I am particularly thrilled that after years and years of campaigning, St…

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Miller Knight appoint new Director of UK Major Projects

Miller Knight are excited to announce the appointment of Matthew Flower as Director of UK Major Projects. Matthew joins the company having previously been a Commercial Director at Simons Construction in Lincoln, and prior to that, as the Managing Director of Lindum Construction in Peterborough. Both organisations are renowned in the construction industry for their high-quality operations, both boasting annual turnovers in excess of £100m. With over 30 years' experience in main contracting, Matthew will be responsible for the delivery and our continued growth in this sector, with his primary objective being to streamline efficiency along with implementing key policy and procedure. We are confident that his knowledge and drive will enable the company to scale effectively, whilst maintaining that…

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Interview with an Apprentice

It's the year anniversary of our Interview with an apprentice, so we thought we'd speak to Tom, who has now been working as an apprentice for the company for the past 6 months. Tell us a little bit about yourself I'm 26 years old, and I really enjoyed school and college. I actually went to golf college in Derby as I was hoping to become a professional golfer, however found that it actually took the fun out of something I enjoyed doing. Therefore decided not to persue as a career and now just play in my spare time. Why did you choose an apprenticeship? After working in a supermarket for 7 years on stock control, I decided it was time to better…

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Miller Knight appoint new Commercial Manager

Miller Knight are delighted to announce the appointment of Chantelle Nunn as Commercial Manager. Chantelle brings with her over 12 years experience within the Construction industry and has built up an impressive portfolio of Lead QS and Commercial Manager roles, including managing projects such as the Coffee Club, Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Head office in the UAE. Managing Director, David Dickson said "Chantelle has the experience, drive and ambition that fits in perfectly with what we are trying to achieve here at Miller Knight. She will be brilliant in shaping the rest of the Commercial team underneath her supervision, and will most definitely help us take that next step forward". Chantelle added "' I am thrilled to…

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ROCKWOOL CPD

Today we had the opportunity to bring all of our office staff together for a bit of CPD. The session, brought to us by Chris Sharman of ROCKWOOL UK, will help our younger team members gain some invaluable manufacturer technical training that will aid in their development, and for our more senior members, it has given them an opportunity to refresh themselves with some of the installation methodology, as well as learn about any new products that are available to them. Investment in the future our of team is imperative to the success of our business.

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Recent projects: The Quadrant

Client: Colmore Tang Sector: New build Scope of Works: Passive fire protection Products Used: Firetherm Intubatt, Intumastic, Intucompound. Further information: The Quadrant is a new build 6-storey residential scheme in the heart of Birmingham city centre. The scheme will comprise of 133 luxury one and two bed apartments, and also features 3 retail units and basement car parking.

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Recent Projects: Vita Leeds

Client: Bowmer & Kirkland Sector: Student Accommodation Scope of Works: Passive fire protection including installation of fire wraps and collars to pipework. Products Used: Intubatt, intumastic, HPE mastic, Intucompound. Further information: Property developers Select Property Group acquired the site on behalf of its brand Vita Student, who were granted planning permission for 312 apartments on the former Hilton hotel site at Portland Crescent by Leeds City Council in 2018. When complete, the development will comprise of two adjoining towers of 16 and 5 storey blocks featuring 312 individual studios, offering students in the city an unparalleled living experience whilst they study. A social area will be created on the ground floor for students to socialise and study in, as well as media rooms, private study areas,…

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Recent projects: Velocity Sheffield

Client: J Tomlinson Sector: Hotels & Leisure Scope of Works: Passive fire protection Products Used: Intubatt, intumastic, HPE mastic, Intucompound Further information: Situated in Sheffield city centre, the seven storey scheme, designed by Whittam Cox Architects on behalf of Harridge Developments, will deliver a 126-bed Ibis Budget Hotel, featuring a coffee shop and restaurant along with a reception and 14 parking spaces. The hotel which is expected to open in December 2019, forms part of the larger Velocity Tower development which consists of a completed 22 storey landmark residential apartments building.

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Recent projects: Nottingham Science Park

Client: Wilmott Dixon Sector: Education Scope of Works: To provide fire protection for structural steels by the application of intumescent paint. Further information: Nottingham Science Park was established in the 1980s, providing space and premises for companies. The new Science Park 2 building, which is due to be completed in 2020, will offer space for events, meetings, awards and conferences as well as office space for businesses. In addition, there will be a purpose-built café for catering and an underground car park providing spaces for 36 cars. The building has been designed by CPMG Architects to complement the existing neighbouring colourful buildings on site and Willmott Dixon will build Nottingham Science Park's second facility, creating a 35,000sqft ft of Grade A office space for…

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Recent Projects: NBIF, Birmingham

Client: Balfour Beatty Sector: Education Scope of Works: Application of intumescent paint to steelwork: Jotun 60SB & top coats Further information: The National Buried Infrastructure Facility (NBIF) is a one of its kind facility for research, education and training in buried infrastructure-ground interaction, soil stabilisation and improvement, geophysical sensing, pipeline detection and condition assessment, tunnelling and trenchless technologies, to name but a few. The project is due to complete later this year.

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Miller Knight appoint new Contracts Manager

Miller Knight have appointed a new Contracts Manager, following a successful year and growing installation team. Dion Brazier joins the team, with over 8 years experience within the fire stopping industry and will be responsible for dealing with all operational aspects of projects on site, ensuring that work is completed on time and within budget. Company Director, David Dickson said "Dion was employed for a competitor of ours on a separate part of the DNRC scheme that we were engaged on for Interserve in Loughborough, a scheme where he won awards for both the quality of his personal work and the high level of supervision he provided to the Engineers under his charge. Considering this was a £300m site - this…

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Miller Knight continues work at the Time Square Warrington development

Work is well underway at the Time Square development, where we have been contracted by Vinci Construction to carry out passive fire protection works across several of the buildings. The scheme which was won for £69m, is due to open later this year. It will include a new state-of-the-art, 13 screen, 2,500 seat multiplex cinema operated by Cineworld. The project will also see the development of several restaurants, a new market hall, new council offices, a new 1300 space multi-storey car park and a new civic square. The development is part of Warrington Borough Council's plans to breathe new life into the town centre.

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Miller Knight interviews Ryan Porter - Surveyor

Ever wondered what a day in the life as an employee at Miller Knight was like? We interviewed our Surveyor, Ryan Porter to find out: How did you first come to work at Miller Knight? I first became aware of Miller Knight when looking for a more physically active job. Stuck in an office all day was giving me cabin fever. I decided to apply for the role of a Passive Fire Protection Engineer. and after I was offered the position, started work on one of the remedial jobs based in London. As I became more experienced and my knowledge of the business grew, I was recently promoted to the role of Surveyor. Tell us a bit more about your role....... My day to day…

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Recent Projects: Ebbsfleet Garden Village

Miller Knight have started work on site at the Ebbsfleet Garden Village development. Ebbsfleet Garden City, which is situated in Kent, now has more than 1,300 completed homes, a new primary school, pub and hotel. We have been contracted by Simons Construction, and so far have carried out the application of intumescent paint to the steel work on one of the buildings situated within the development. This is an on going project, and we'll be back in a few months time to continue with the internal passive fire protection works.

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Rewarding Outstanding Work - Employee of the Month - May 2019

Our operative of the month for May was awarded to Gareth Harhatt for his consistent level of work, and we are always receiving great feedback from his colleagues on site. Congratulations to Gareth who won £50 worth of Love2shop vouchers....

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We're hiring!

Miller Knight are still growing strongly, and we are on the look out for operatives to join our team....

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CHAS Accredited Contractor

Miller Knight are a CHAS accredited contractor. But what does this actually mean? CHAS ( Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme) is a health and safety accreditation scheme for the construction industry. CHAS accreditation allows contractors and clients to be confident in the work undertaken by us, knowing that we have been approved by CHAS. Our CHAS accreditation is closely linked to our ISO 18001 health & safety management accreditation, which includes an annual, external audit. To find out more on CHAS, please click here: https://www.chas.co.uk/ #millerknight #chas #accreditation #healthandsafety

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Rewarding Outstanding Work - Employee of the Month - April 2019

"Loyal, hard-working, and always striving to be the best at what he does." This is exactly the reason why Ellis Power, our longest serving operative, was awarded Employee of the month for April 2019. Congratulations to Ellis who received £50's worth of Love2shop vouchers. #millerknight #rewardinghardwork #firestopping #fireprotection

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Great Feedback

Here at Miller Knight we have a philosophy of continuous improvement, and one of the best sources is client feedback. We believe that if we are constantly listening and seeking feedback, we always have a pulse on what's working and where we can improve.

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Miller Knight sponsors St John Ambulance award ceremony

We were pleased to receive the official photos from the St John Ambulance Celebrate East event we had the honour of sponsoring and attending last month. Pictured below are Managing Director, David Dickson, and Operations Director, Jeremy Warman, with winner of Cadet of the Year Leo Coghlan from Derby. As a fellow St John Ambulance volunteer, Jeremy says "the Celebrate East was a fantastic opportunity to thank some of the thousands of volunteers who dedicate hundreds of hours a year in delivering live saving first aid as well as teaching it to others. The feedback from volunteers has been phenomenal and am proud that Miller Knight were able to play their bit in sponsoring the event". We are delighted to have received a…

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Happy St George's Day from Miller Knight!

To all those celebrating, we wish you a very Happy St George's Day! Here is a #FunFact about St George, not only was he not actually English, it's highly unlikely that he ever visited England at all! You can read more about St George, here! #StGeorgesDay2019 #MillerKnight

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Happy Easter from all at Miller Knight!

Happy Easter to all those celebrating this weekend - from everyone at Miller Knight. We hope you have a lovely(chocolate-filled) weekend! #Easter2019 #FundaySunday

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Rewarding Outstanding Work - Employee of the Month - March 2019

We are pleased to announce that our Assistant Quantity Surveyor Jack Henchliffe has been awarded Employee of the month for March 2019 Congratulations to Jack, who received £50's worth of Love2shop vouchers...! Keep up the good work! #employeeofthemonth #rewardinghardwork #construction #firestopping

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Miller Knight at The Fire Safety Show, NEC this week!!

We're back at #FSE19 for the final day! We are ready and waiting at stand FS191, so why not pop down and meet us?! You can register for FREE, here!! We hope to see you soon!! #FSE19 #firesafety #NECbirmingham #fireproofing #fireprotection

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Miller Knight exhibiting at the NEC this week!

We're at Fire Safety Event at the NEC this week! We are ready and waiting at stand FS191, so why not pop down and meet us?! You can register for FREE, here!! Co-located with The Health & Safety Event, The Facilities Event, and NEW FOR 2018, The Security Event, The Fire Safety Event is a must-attend for anyone who has a focus on improving life safety, business continuity and business protection for their organisation. We hope to see you soon!!

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