June 15, 2017
David Whittaker and Tasha Chandler of our Birmingham office took up the Ironman 70.3 & Marathon Challenge to raise funds for Stroke Association.
The Ironman aspect consisted of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride, and 13.1 mile run, which took place on Sunday, 18th of June. The Marathon takes place in Birmingham on 15th October.
David narrates on his motivation for taking part:
“At the start of the year I challenged myself with some friends (one being Tasha) to take part in an Ironman and Marathon for charity. I had never taken part in a triathlon before and had only ever run 13.1 miles. My swimming wasn’t good either as I could only manage a length. Early on in the year I lost my Grandma, so I decided to do these two events in the memory of her. She had a Stroke 15 years ago so it felt fitting to raise money for the Stroke Association who helped her out over the years.
If you would like to sponsor me please see the link below.”
Tasha had this to say following the event:
“I think we were both relieved just to make it over the line! An amazing achievement for Dave in particular after just six months training and a lot of effort put in to learning to swim over an endurance distance. There have been many generous donations so far, but it would be great to get some more as we are getting close to the £1k target. Fitting perhaps that the race was on Father’s day – I lost my father very shortly after he had a stroke in 2008, as well as Dave unfortunately losing his grandmother earlier this year.”
Finishing times on the day were: Tasha 5:57, and David 6:48
Sponsor David at Just Giving. You can also sponsor by texting ‘DAWW86’ followed by the amount you want to raise to 70070.
June 12, 2017
On 8th June Alex, Bradley and Megan from our London Office took part in a virtual cycle race for One Great Day, a charity event held to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital and other Children’s health charities nationwide.
Our team cycled two miles on three static bikes at St Christopher’s Place, and at time of participation Alex coming at second fastest male, Bradley fourth, and Megan first fastest female. To show your support for a fantastic cause and our team efforts please donate at Virgin Money.
You can keep up with event updates on the day on twitter: @OneGreatDay1
June 7, 2017
Hosted by Simon Cook of Willmott Dixon, AKS Ward were invited to attend the formal topping-out ceremony for the £28M flagship Romford Ice Rink and Swimming Pool complex on the 17th May 2017.
May 26, 2017
Our engineer Alex Parry attending site to monitor progress on the project. Excavation and piling has commenced.
May 11, 2017
We are delighted to announce that our project Creative Quarter in Cardiff has won two regional (South England and South Wales) BCO awards for projects up to 1500m² and for Innovation.
The BCO had this to say about our project:
“The Creative Quarter hugely impressed the judges this year, winning two awards and standing as a lesson in how to create desirable and valuable work space from redundant areas above retail and other premises, something which the judges said could be applied in almost all towns and cities across the UK. The judges praised the developer for facilitating a creative working culture as well as highly attractive city centre offices and studio space which is distinctive, edgy and fun. The successful scheme relied upon pioneering vision and the bold investment of risk capital to unlock the whole development, the judges added.”
Read more about what the judges said at 1500m² Projects and Innovation 2017
May 8, 2017
The Farnham Mill Care Home for Woodlands Hillbrow is progressing well on site, with scaffold being dropped on one wing revealing the striking contemporary elevation. In addition to the 60-bed care home, the £9m project also includes 16 shared equity affordable homes. Our services were not restricted to the buildings but include a new access road from the A325 along with realignment of the A325 link from the busy A31. The on-site access road included culverts to maintain the watercourses running through the site.
Completion is scheduled for later this year.
March 21, 2017
The newest building on the University of Oxford’s science park in Begbroke was officially opened last Friday by Nicola Blackwood MP, Minister for Public Health and Innovation.
Begbroke Science Park has been developed by the University of Oxford to provide world-class facilities for scientific research into the development of new innovative products and technologies, as well as a resource to start-up companies to help them take the projects to market.
Read more about the practical completion of the project on the Architect’s website.
March 21, 2017
Construction has started on an ambitious new development for University College and Fairfield Home in Oxford.
March 15, 2017
AKS Ward Limited are delighted to announce that we have opened a new office in Leeds where we are able to offer our full Structural & Civil Engineering and Building Surveying services. Please get in touch with Adam Watson if you would like to discuss any upcoming projects where we can be of assistance.
Full contact details:
A: First Floor, Park House, Park Square West, Leeds LSI 2PW
T: 0113 357 1285
February 24, 2017
We started work for Helical on the Grade II Listed David Morgan Department Store and the integral Royal and Morgan retail arcades in 2004. Since then the semi derelict upper levels of the development have been refurbished and redeveloped into office space to provide a hub for the thriving creative businesses of Cardiff. The project involved remodelling of the space to form lift and stair access to the new office spaces, meeting rooms and a communal social hub. The focus has been on retaining the Victorian features of the existing buildings whilst providing bright, modern studio spaces. The Creative Quarter project has been nominated for the British Council for Offices (BCO) South of England & South Wales Award in Regeneration category.
Read more about these award nominated office facilities at Creative Quarter