Featured Contractor: Cosmur Construction
Cosmur is a construction company based in North West London, working across the capital and the south east. The business was established in 1973 and has grown today into a 51 strong team delivering residential, social housing, commercial, health, leisure, education and religious buildings.
Working on both new build as well as conversions and refurbishment schemes, they are well known and respected for their collaborative approach and quality workmanship.
“Cosmur Construction are extremely professional, efficient and co-operative with a consistently non-confrontational approach. They have worked successfully in occupied leisure centres involving complex design and structural arrangements and mechanical and electrical input. Work is always completed with minimal impact on the continued operation of the various facilities. They are innovative and maintain a high level of customer satisfaction on all projects”
SC McClinton, Hadley Design Associates
Cosmur have a real commitment to adding social value on their projects - supporting local labour, providing work experience and sponsoring students . They are upbeat and positive about what 2017 will bring:
“Our focus is on working with our customers to improve performance and raise standards. We are passionate about our business and with the energy, ability and commitment of our staff we look to the future with enthusiasm”
Paul Conway, Managing Director
Investing in staff, training and local communities
Cosmur Construction was one of the first construction companies to achieve and retain the ‘Investors in People’ status in 1999. The award recognises the company’s investment in both staff and the local communities. Annually, Cosmur gives financial and in-kind support and sponsorship to selected charities and causes. They share expertise through employee volunteering programmes, and work closely with schools, colleges, and community groups.
Encouraging future skills in the sector
Cosmur believe that investment in training and apprenticeships is essential to the future success of the business and the sector as a whole. They provide the opportunity for a safe and supported training environment for local people. Trainees are placed with staff that provide them with the support and positive learning opportunities they deserve. This approach ensures growth as a business, while also allowing trainees to see that construction could be their future.
In 2015 the business partnered with Havering College. Their team attended an organised Open Day and delivered a motivational speech that provided some insight into the opportunities at Cosmur. The speech encouraged students to consider the various careers available within the Construction Industry.
The event proved successful with a number of students expressing their interest in the apprenticeship scheme. A shortlist was created of students suited to the scheme and interviews and tests were carried out. This resulted in the selection of a young and ambitious candidate to be rewarded a place on the Cosmur Apprenticeship Scheme.
This is what our apprentice Luke Burton had to say about Cosmur and his journey on the Cosmur Apprenticeship Scheme:
“The managing director came to my college and spoke to us about what Cosmur could offer, their morals and commitments in terms on the construction industry. This is what made me want to be an employee of Cosmur. I knew I wouldn’t just be a typical apprentice, seen as cheap labour, but seen as an investment.I went to a numerous amount of interviews where I met with a variety of extremely competent and trustworthy employees of Cosmur, who offered great advice and help in the interviewing process.As an Apprentice Assistant Quantity Surveyor at Cosmur I will be able to learn the processes of not only Surveying, but also Contractual Management and Site Management. Even after the Apprenticeship ends as long as everything stays on track, I will have a long and successful career as a Surveyor under Cosmur”.
Caption: Marco Fernandes , Joseph Pedro, Syed Naeem - Director
Developing skills in our local communities
Cosmur’s success comes from their responsible approach to supporting the communities in which they work. They are committed to being a good employer, neighbour, and partner. Examples of community and charity projects include:
- A work experience programme for unemployed and disadvantaged people, working with 3 partners (the ‘Training Consortium’, the ‘Single Homeless Project’ and ‘LIFT’ formerly ‘BHUG’ providing 200+ days work experience per year.
- Work with local schools and colleges close to sites to promote career opportunities by motivating pupils to consider the construction industry as a route to employment, through seminars, work experience and site visits.
- Sponsorship of an architectural student from Tower Hamlets committing to 4 years funding totalling £48K. The Company worked with University of Westminster to select the student taking into account circumstances such as financial standing and representation of the local community.
A joint venture with LIFT, Odu-Dua and ArneWay Housing Associations to provide work opportunities for residents through refurbishing empty homes.
A partnership with Myrhh College (Brixton) helping the unemployed to establish a ‘social enterprise’ decorating business.
Support to orphans’ charities and a trusteeship in ‘LIFT’ (employment and homeless charity).
French Institute, South Kensington
This extensive design and construction project involved the refurbishment of the library at The Institut Francais du Royaume-Uni in London SW7. The language centre welcomes 200,000 each year and is part of the Institut Francais worldwide network promoting the French language and culture.
The works included the replacement of a lift to access all floors of the library, which in turn required extensive structural work to the existing building. As the footprint of the building could not be expanded, innovative design solutions were required to create additional space for the library’s extensive collection. The refurbishment involved new partitioning, reconfiguration of the ground floor, installation of new library fixtures and fittings and new mechanical and electrical services throughout.
Drayton Green Primary School, Ealing
Construction of new classrooms during term time
Cosmur have completed the construction of a new four classroom, two storey extension, working right in the centre of a busy, occupied school. Built between two existing buildings, careful logistical planning and the highest standards of health and safety were of the utmost importance in delivering this project.
The buildings were designed to achieve BREEAM very good and incorporated Timber cladding, a new ventilation system and a disabled access lift.
Harry Morgan’s Restaurant
Phased fast track refurbishment in trading food outlet
This project involved the refurbishment of this 1940’s takeaway into one of the largest and most famous New York Style Deli Restaurant in London. Works were carefully managed in a phased way, sequencing the fit out to allow the restaurant and deli to continue trading during construction. Due to the restricted location, it was also necessary to liaise with the surrounding local businesses to ensure life carried on as normally as possible for everyone. The majority of the fit-out items were constructed off site, so that noise and disruption was kept to a minimum. Project included extensive mirror installations, a new bar, updating m&e services and bespoke sign writing.
Please visit www.cosmur.co.uk for more information
With thanks to Victoria Hayward and Syed Naeem at Cosmur Construction (London) Ltd
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