Our Commitment to Health & Safety

The construction industry is a high risk working environment, with a high potential for serious accidents and injuries. Workers are exposed to many potential hazards, with some of the most common being:

  • Falling from height
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Exposure to dangerous substances
  • Electrocution
  • Loss of hearing
  • Struck by moving object

Many construction site accidents can result in serious injury or even be fatal. According to research by HSE Gov, the rate of fatal injury in construction is four times higher than the rate across other industries, with 30 fatalities recorded last year in total.

With figures this high, it’s clear the construction industry is falling behind in healthy and safety regulations.

At Abbey Pynford, we are striving to become the most respected Design and Build Foundation Engineering Contractor in the UK by continually improving our health and safety compliance.

In fact, our integrated management system has earned us certifications for OHSAS18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management Systems) and ISO9001 (Quality Management Systems). Our employees are always in the safest environment possible.

It is our moral responsibility to protect the lives of our employees, both on and off-site; meaning we are devoted to:

  • Encouraging employees and sub-contractors to work collaboratively on establishing and maintaining safe working conditions.
  • Complying with health & safety regulations, codes of practice and British Standards.
  • Ensuring managers provide on-going training and expert advice on health & safety in the working environment.

In April this year, we were also awarded a prestigious Gold Award in the RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) Health and Safety Awards – an internationally-renowned ceremony that is focused on acknowledging achievements in health and safety management, both in leadership and the workforce.

This recognises our continuous dedication to guaranteeing our workforce remain unharmed throughout the working day, allowing them to return home safely.

Adrian O’Grady, our Managing Director said on the award: “We are delighted to be recognised for this award as it demonstrates our ongoing commitment and attention to Health, Safety and Welfare, which is integral to all we do. The diverse range of systems we offer have been developed with safety in mind; from safe systems of work for underpinning excavations to alleviating trenches on sites with our Housedeck system”.

We will be presented the award during a ceremony at ExCeL, London on Tuesday 19th June 2018.

If you would like to work with a company who puts the safety and satisfaction of its employees and customers first, please contact us to find out more.

Abbey Pynford Achieves Gold in RoSPA Health and Safety Awards

Abbey Pynford are pleased to announce that we have achieved a Gold Award in the internationally-renowned RoSPA Health and Safety Awards, the longest-running industry awards scheme in the UK.

We have been handed this prestigious award in recognition of our practices and achievements in helping its staff and clients get home safely at the end of the working day.

The RoSPA Awards scheme, which receives entries from organisations around the world, recognises achievement in health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

Adrian O’Grady, Managing Director said: “we are delighted to be recognised for this award as it demonstrates our ongoing commitment and attention to Health, Safety and Welfare, which is integral to all we do. The diverse range of systems we offer have been developed with safety in mind; from safe systems of work for underpinning excavations to alleviating trenches on sites with our Housedeck system.”

Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of qualifications, awards and events, said: “The RoSPA Awards are the most highly-respected in the health and safety arena, with almost 2,000 entrants every year, and allow organisations to prove excellence in the workplace, demonstrating a commitment to the wellbeing of not only employees but all those who interact with it.”

The majority of awards are non-competitive and mark achievement at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels. Gold medals, president’s awards, orders of distinction and the Patron’s Award are presented to organisations sustaining the high standards of the gold level over consecutive years.

Competitive awards go to the best entries in 24 industry sectors including construction, healthcare, transport and logistics, engineering, manufacturing and education.

There are specialist awards for health at work, environmental management and fleet safety, and excellence trophies for the best international, new entry, workforce involvement and organisation operating or based in Scotland. RoSPA’s top accolade is the Sir George Earle Trophy.

Headline sponsor of the RoSPA Awards 2018 is NEBOSH – the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health – for the 13th consecutive year.

We will be presented with the award during a ceremony at ExCeL, London on Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

For more information about the RoSPA Awards visit www.rospa.com/awards

What it Takes to Build the Worlds Tallest Buildings

The tallest buildings in the world take a lot of effort, planning and building materials to construct but do you really know how much goes into these absolutely massive structures?

At Abbey Pynford we decided to take a look at exactly what goes in to them and how long they take and the results aren’t surprising!

19th Anniversary of Belle Tout Lighthouse Move

March 2018 marks the 19th anniversary of Abbey Pynford moving the famous Belle Tout Lighthouse back from the edge of a cliff where it nearly met its end due to coastal erosion.

The history of Belle Tout

Due to many shipwrecks occurring in the area, a wooden lighthouse was constructed on the top of the cliffs of Beachy Head in 1928. This was successful in helping ships to avoid the coast, so much so that a more permanent lighthouse was commissioned to be known as Belle Tout. The Belle Tout Lighthouse was constructed in 1832 on the site of the previous wooden lighthouse on the top of the cliffs.

The constant corrosion of the cliffs reduced its effectiveness until it was decommissioned in 1902 to be replaced by another lighthouse built at the base of the cliff. From then on it had a very interesting history:

1903 – In 1903 it was sold by Trinity House and changed hands many times.

1923 – The lighthouse was purchased by Sir James Purves-Stewart, a surgeon and author.

1939-1945 – It was evacuated during the war and used for target practice by Canadian Troops, being damaged by shells.

1948 – It was taken over by the council due to its historical significance.

1956 – It was then leased out to Dr Edward Revill Cullinan who modernised the building including installing features such as septic tank, mains electricity and water.

1962 – The lease was then sold again and it changed hands many times.

1986 – In 1986 the BBC purchased it and used it in the making of Fay Weldon’s “Life and Loves of a She-Devil”.

1996 – It was purchased by Mark and Louise Roberts to convert to a family home.

1999 – Due to the constant corrosion fears that had blighted the lighthouse since its construction, Abbey Pynford were asked to help intervene and move the lighthouse.

How it was moved

Our Chairman, Paul Kiss, explains the process of moving the incredible structure to BBC News.

The lighthouse weighs 850 tons, so moving it to its new foundations was no easy task. Twenty-two hydraulic jacks were used to carefully lift the building onto four steel-toped concrete beams. The jacks were then used to push the lighthouse along the beams which were constantly greased to keep the building moving.

Belle Tout was successfully moved 17 metres (56 feet) back from the edge of the cliff but with the cliff continuing to erode the lighthouse will need to be moved again and with the current rate of erosion at 60cm each year this is likely to be in 25 years although it could be sooner.

Abbey Pynford Shortlisted for 2 Awards at the Ground Engineering Awards 2018

Abbey Pynford are proud to announce that after making it through the first round of judging we have been shortlisted for 2 awards at the Ground Engineering Awards 2018.

Sustainability Award
The Sustainability Award shortlisting is for our design and build Housedeck ground floor and foundation system and in particular its sustainable credentials compared to alternatives.

UK Project with a Geotechnical Value of up to £1M
We’ve been shortlisted for this award in recognition of our work creating a challenging new retrofit basement in Mayfair, within the client’s budget and accelerated programme.

Our Design Director, Mike Johnson had the following to say after being shortlisted:

“These award nominations recognise Abbey Pynford’s commitment to sustainability, innovation and engineering excellence across the spectrum of foundations and below ground structures, from design and construction of complex retro-fit basements through to tailored sustainable new build foundations.”

With one final round of judging to go before the awards are decided, we will be presenting our entries to the judging panel in April.

Congratulations to all those who have been shortlisted and we will see you at the awards ceremony at the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane, London on Wednesday 6th June 2018.

LABC Hillingdon Technical Seminar – Key Points

We attended the LABC Hillingdon Technical Seminar today where John Patch, our Sales and Marketing Director, gave a talk on the reuse of Brownfield sites.

John spoke about how engineered foundations can aid in the economic development of Brownfield sites and the cost effectiveness and sustainability performance of our Housedeck system when compared to traditional foundations.

We heard from the LABC on their Warranty protection and they advised that a staggering 90% of their claims are in relation to water. This highlights the fact that basements have to be well designed with attention to detail and great workmanship along with maintenance and protection of waterproofing systems. We have engineers at Abbey Pynford that are CSSW qualified to provide advice and manage works on site.

The Building Excellence Awards were also mentioned, with Abbey Pynford Sponsoring the Best Educational Building category!

There were a number of other speakers and topics:

Building inspections

New regulations on security and electronic communications. LABC have produced an App for builders.  Building control pick up on over 450,000 errors a year on drawings before they even get to site.


Refurbishment of buildings and the improvements necessary in MEV installations to meet current fire regulations, specifically consideration of how installations can be suitably and safely cleaned/maintained. Particularly relevant post Grenfell fire.

820 fires in London alone caused or made significantly worse as a result of lack of maintenance to kitchen ventilation (from London Fire Brigade).

LABC Acoustics

Typical defects causing failure in Acoustic insulation and measures to avoid or remediate.  Detailing and workmanship on site highlighted as key areas.

Polypipe Terrain

Innovative systems for refurbishment projects including drainage, ventilation and pressurised systems and fire stops.


Insulation systems to help bridge the Performance Gap experienced between designed thermal efficiency and those actually realised.


Abbey Pynford successfully passes ISO9001:2008, BS EN ISO14001:2004 and BS OHSAS18001:2007

We have successfully passed our ISO9001:2008, BS EN ISO14001:2004 and BS OHSAS18001:2007 assessment without any non-conformance and demonstrated compliance with the latest 2015 standards for 9001 and 14001.

These standards represent Abbey Pynford’s commitment to quality, safety and environmental processes throughout our business

Well done to all of those involved.

What is Underpinning?

Ever wondered what underpinning is, when it’s required and methods of doing it? We’ve produced a handy infographic that shows the most popular types of underpinning.

If you would like to know more please get in touch with our underpinning expert Paul Bailey

Do you know how to be award-winning?

Abbey Pynford’s recently appointed Sales and Marketing Director, John Patch, has written about how to be award-winning.

“Doing a great job is not enough to ensure it is award-winning, you need to ensure you present it in an award-winning way too”

Read John’s full article here: https://www.geplus.co.uk/opinion/do-you-know-how-to-be-award-winning-john-patch/10023307.article

Hopefully with John’s guidance we’ll be on the path to success!