Porthcressa Contractor Highlights Work Of Local Tradespeople

Kier Construction say they’ve worked hard to get local builders and tradespeople involved in the £4.5 million Porthcressa regeneration project.

There’s been some criticism of the company from islanders complaining about few work opportunities for locals. But the Council’s strategic investment manager, Diana Mompoloki, says that’s not really fair.

Islanders are currently being used for bricklaying, electrical work, plumbing, landscaping and decorating, says Diana. And local companies like Scillonian Building Supplies, Pernic Forge, Nike Engineering and Richard Hand Haulage are also greatly involved.

Kier asked local workers to attend an open-day and submit forms if they were interested in the work, although not all attendees replied. And Diana says some islands’ businesses have priced themselves out of work by charging higher rates than their mainland equivalents.

Site manager Andy Shepherd says Kier would normally hire contractors to look after an entire area of the build, but there was no interest in some fields of work.

The company requires all contractors to hold Construction Skills Certificate accreditation. That shows they understand the correct health and safety procedures. Again, not everyone wanted to sit the test, but the company has paid for Island Decorators to take the exam on the mainland and they are now working on-site.

Andy says he’s pleased they’ve found a way to use local skills and is impressed with the quality of the local tradespeople.


8 Responses to Porthcressa Contractor Highlights Work Of Local Tradespeople

  1. Todd Stevens November 4, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Lets look at it this way.

    Is it that locals charge too much or that Kier dont pay a good enough rate?

    Is it that local builders cant finance any of this- or is it that they were not really seriously considered- and/or already knew that it was a forgone conclusion in favour of Kier?

    Kier did not use local workers before- Is it that they want them now because many of theirs have quit?

    I again ask- what is the reason for suddenly dragging this argument out again? What prompted this? I rather suspect that its all going pear shaped.

  2. Peter Corbett November 3, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Not directly to do with this story but I was saddened to see the crack in the front of 6 Buzza Street – over here for a week’s holiday. I lived there for several months in 1971 when I was involved in the search for the Hollandia (our team came second by the way) and have some very happy memories of that little house.

    Hope it can be fixed!!

    peter corbett

  3. maggiemay November 3, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Whatsoever, I just wish that Kier would get on with the build, we are now informed that the units at Porthcressa will be ready ior mid-March – another 19 weeks on the original 42 what utter rubbish, are there any penalties on the contract, if not why not? ?Come on Kier get a move on, local levels of tolerance are now at zero point, what with the noise disturbance, the dreadful state of Porthcressa from west to east and as for Mrs Mopoloski, if one should deem to complain about anything, completely defends Kier, never any sumpathy or support for the residents at Porthcressa.

    • Todd Stevens November 3, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      Hear hear.

  4. Todd Stevens November 2, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Monpoloki says “its not really fair” then goes on to say in her interview that Keir are ”better than previously they were” were employing local builderss is concerned. Contradiction.

    Also, I’d like to know the motive behind this sudden reopening of this old argument?

    Im sorry Diana but you make no friends when you criticises that locals are not qualified-how does do you know who has what paperwork?
    Charge too much? where is the evidence? As far as Im aware we charge less than mainland builders do.
    Cant bankroll big projects? -again, how do you know? builders only need borrow, or have, enough money to complete each section of a building and is paid as a project continues. This is standard practice. It means that even the smaller builder stands a chance- but not with this project it seems!
    I am told that Mrs Monpoloki is a really nice person- and I do not doubt this- but please dont make judgements, criticisms, and assumptions in public without evidence Diana.
    And this project has fallen a huge 6 months behind schedule because of …………?

    • sue November 3, 2012 at 9:06 am

      “Charge too much? where is the evidence?”
      I assume its because the quotes were more than the mainland contractors

      “Cant bankroll big projects?”
      Would that be because it’s unlikely any local builder would get a £4m loan?

      “how does do you know who has what paperwork?”
      Because they’re asked for their certificates?

      “It means that even the smaller builder stands a chance- but not with this project it seems!”
      Except the companies and individual tradespeople listed in the article above.

      What utter drivel you spout sometimes Todd.

      • Nobby Nobbs November 3, 2012 at 10:46 am

        The 7 new housing association houses built on the off islands the year before last were built by Quick Brothers a mainland firm and you know why, because they were cheaper than local contractors all of whom were invited to submit quotes..

        It makes sense for large companys like Kier’s to use local contractors where possible as its so much easier for them because they don’t have to ship people over or find them accommodation or deal with them if they get a bit too happy on a Friday night.
        However in this crazy world of elf ‘n’ safety plus the “if there’s a blame there’s a claim” culture that’s so prevalent these days, All big companies have to have all the paperwork ticked and in order otherwise they leave themselves open to all sorts of legal trouble.

        Like Diana (hopefullythenextchiefexecutiveoftheioscouncil) says, Keir’s have used locals who are qualified and registered with their governing body and where it has been practical to do so.

        How many local building firms can realistically finance and staff a £10m building project, but more to the point how many actually want to?
        I’m sure there is no discrimination involved when it comes to the subcontracting of trades but for the reasons outlined above local skills will not always be a viable option, but in other cases like Clinton Perry and Colin Downey it has proved successful.

      • Todd Stevens November 3, 2012 at 5:50 pm

        No one need borrow £4m as a builder only need finance each section as it comes. As in Base. Then walls then roof etc etc etc. and is paid when each section is completed. This is standard.

        Utter drivel? -still you offer up no evidence?? -Whereas I work with these people constantly.