Sewell Estates Newsletter December 2022

As the festive season approaches, I just wanted to wish you a restful Christmas break and a happy and healthy 2023 on behalf of everyone at Sewell.  This month we have brought together stories from across our group that should bring a little festive cheer.  I’m very proud of our team’s achievements from our construction teams picking up national awards, our inaugural placing in the UK Best Companies Top 50 Large Companies to Work For list and our data visualisation work to support national Government initiatives.  However (*drumroll*), we have an exciting announcement about a new member of the family that we are delighted to reveal…read on to find out more!

Very best wishes, Jo


New investment brings Community Ventures into the family

Sewell Estates has announced that its increased its shareholding in Community Ventures Partnerships Ltd to 100% as part of strategic growth plans.

Community Ventures is an estates consultancy and development company that advises on, develops, builds, and manages health and social care facilities across the North of England and Midlands.


Sewell Group placed in Top 50 Best UK Companies for 14th year

Following the news last month that saw Sewell Group officially presented with its Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Promoting Opportunity, the 146-year-old company then went on to make its sixth appearance in The UK’s 100 Best Companies to Work For Awards, this year being listed in the Top 50 Large Companies tier for the first time.

Earlier in the year, the Group of businesses also maintained its 3-Star accreditation in the UK Best Companies survey, which sees it classified as a ‘World Class’ company to work for.

Best Companies is the number one specialist for workplace and employee engagement in the UK, and its survey was completed by 71% of Sewell Group staff this year, with results showing their strongest engagement score in 10 years.

Shared Agenda celebrate 10-year milestone with growing team

One of the fastest growing specialist estates consultancies in the country is celebrating its 10th year in business. Shared Agenda has grown its team of expert consultants over the last decade leading strategic business case work, estates advice, project management and developments for a range of clients.

From its roots in East Yorkshire, the business now works with high-profile public sector clients in health and education across the country.

Shared Agenda continue providing support to not-for-profit organisation

Shared Agenda is currently working on a potential sports pitch and pavilion redevelopment scheme on behalf of not-for-profit organisation, King George V (KGV) Playing Fields, in Cottingham.

The team are providing their Development Management expertise free of charge to help KGV develop a strategy and masterplan to further upgrade its facilities more in line with Sport England / Football Foundation’s methodology and framework.

Specialist data mapping company helps shape One Public Estate

The Department of Health and Social Care’s data mapping and scenario planning tool SHAPE – developed by Parallel – is being used to support the prioritisation of projects suitable for One Public Estate (OPE) funding.

The OPE work focuses on identifying and considering opportunities for potential capital project to address inequalities across the key thematic areas of Housing, Education and Health.

The Parallel team is working alongside Community Ventures to map and illustrate hotspot zones across different OPE areas with the greatest inequalities, using SHAPE. Project leads will then be able to identify a prioritised pipeline of schemes for further consideration, based on these visuals.

SHAPE is an online data mapping, analysis and insight tool used to support public sector service planning and estates strategy development. SHAPE links national and local data sets including public health information, prevalence data and patient list sizes, with estates location and performance information to support scenario planning and business case development.

Triple success for Considerate Constructor

Sewell Construction has won three awards at the recent Considerate Constructors Leading Lights Awards; Mental Health, and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Awards, as well as the overall Site Award Workforce Category.

The first award recognises the team for their efforts in supporting Mental Health on site whilst building the pioneering new health centre hailed as a beacon of future primary care services, West Hull Health Hub.

The second award saw Sewell Construction take home the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Award for the team’s notable contribution towards maintaining an equal, diverse, and inclusive environment whilst working on Hull’s first purpose-built base for children with autistic spectrum condition (ASC), Broadacre Primary School alongside delivery partners on the project Hull Esteem Consortium LEP Ltd and Hull City Council.

Sewell Construction champion responsible business behaviours

Sewell Construction has committed to the Yorkshire and Humber Climate Action Pledge, further solidifying its dedication in playing its part in tackling the climate emergency.

The pledge requires organisations to adhere to the four principles of strong leadership, an engaged workforce, engaged stakeholders, and fairness and inclusion, which all form part of a wider sustainability agenda; a journey Sewell Construction is currently on.

I&G complete three major projects in one month

I&G have recently completed some of their biggest and most complex projects to date across the health and education sectors, as they further cement their expertise in these fields.

The team have been working alongside customers new and old, having recently completed works for long-standing clients Rotherham Hospital and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, as well as new client, Trinity Academy Grammar.

Celebrating 50 years in business combined with its fifth year as part of the Sewell Group, the West Yorkshire based construction company ends its momentous year on strong footing, having also grown its team exponentially after its most successful year of trading.

‘Rising Stars’ Sewell Facilities Management gain Silver Award in recent SFMI audit

Sewell Facilities Management has recently been recognised in the Sustainable Facilities Management Index (SFMI) 2022 Awards – the UK’s only sustainability benchmark in the sector – after putting itself forward for its third assessment with a view to build on feedback for the future.

This sees the business jump from its ‘Bronze Award’ achieved in 2020 and 2021, to the ‘Silver Award’, alongside being recognised in the ‘Rising Stars’ special category for the first time.

Health Secretary visits ICC

Steve Barclay, MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, visited the Jean Bishop Integrated Care Centre this year to open the memorial garden created in honour of Hull’s ‘Bee Lady’.

The Jean Bishop Memorial Garden was created by the Citycare team in memory of the late Jean Bishop after she sadly passed away, age 99. She was an ambassador for Age UK for 30 years, raising over £125,000 whilst wearing her trademark bee costume; the unique outfit which made her a well-know and loved figure.

Maritime project sets sail

Esteem has been appointed as the delivery vehicle to undertake £1.5m improvement works to the existing North End Shipyard Dock Gates, Hull.

Working in partnership with Hull Maritime and our supply chain partners Spencer Group, the two-phase project will consist of structural improvements and repair to the dry dock gates, including the design of the new permanent solution to enable the berthing of the Arctic Corsair as a tourist destination.

Successful first year for West Hull Health Hub

The award-winning West Hull Health Hub – hailed as a beacon of future primary care services and a ‘game changer’ for its tenants – is celebrating its one-year anniversary.

The £8million state-of-the-art health hub has seen thousands of Modality Partnership (Hull) patients pass through its doors since it opened in November 2021. It has integrated crucial services under one roof within the community with the aim of limiting the need for hospital admission or care.