Health and Safety in Construction

Health and Safety in Construction

This section includes a series of articles on Health & Safety in Construction covering PPE (personal protective equipment), physical health and mental health, and site safety issues.

How timber can help solve the housing crisis.

Rachael Suttacheep - 09-Dec-2019

'A cross-party report into how the timber frame industry can play a major role in helping solve the housing crisis has been welcomed by insulation specialist Actis.'

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How is gender stereotyping effecting our industry?

How is gender stereotyping effecting our industry?

Katy Hall, SC4 Director - 02-Dec-2019

As an Ambassador for Women in Construction #WIC and Diversity in Construction #DIC, and as a Mental Health First Aider - #MHFA, I truly believe that if we are to attract women and people from diverse communities, or those with disabilities into Construction, Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths #STEM, as well as support those already in the industry struggling with prejudice, hidden and visible disabilities, mental health issues and family commitments already in the industry then we need to make fundamental changes in society.

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Diversity in Construction Ambassadors

Diversity in Construction Ambassadors

Rachael Suttacheep - 21-Nov-2019

SC4 are happy to announce, we will be sending two representatives, as Diversity in Construction Ambassadors, to the London Build Expo 2019.

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North Stoneham Park Nominated for Inside Housing Award

North Stoneham Park Nominated for Inside Housing Award

Rachael Suttacheep - 20-Nov-2019

North Stoneham Park has been nominated for Best Development (100+) and Best Affordable Housing Development in construction at the Inside Housing Awards 2019.

The 1100 dwelling scheme, which is currently under construction, enjoys a rich landscape network that ties through to the historic woodland beyond.

A variety of house types, apartments and tenures integrate to form a series of defined character areas, creating a cohesive and strong composition.

The supporting infrastructure, in the form of Avenue Park and the Local Centre, will give opportunity for this new community to thrive and create an attractive place to live and enjoy.

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Winter is Coming!!!

Rachael Suttacheep - 15-Nov-2019

SC4 are continuing our Keeping Safe and Healthy in Construction campaign this month, with a focus on Working in Cold Weather.

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Movember 2019

Movember 2019

Rachael Suttacheep - 06-Nov-2019

SC4's Decorator, Stephen Norton, is growing his Moustache for this year's Movember campaign. He hopes to raise awareness of Mental Health issues in Construction.

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UK Construction Week

UK Construction Week

Rachael Suttacheep - 05-Nov-2019

In October 2019, SC4 attended UK Construction Week in Birmingham. Katy (Director) and Rachael (Marketing) spent the day networking and attending seminars and talks.

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We are hiring a Project Manager

We are hiring a Project Manager

Rachael Suttacheep - 15-Oct-2019

SC4 is looking to hire a Project Manager to oversee carpentry works on our clients’ sites which are usually within one hour's drive of Basingstoke working on own projects and as assistant to Contracts Manager, Simon Mead.

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Women in Construction Ambassadors at London Build 2019

Women in Construction Ambassadors at London Build 2019

Rachael Suttacheep - 15-Oct-2019

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Keeping Safe and Healthy in Construction

Keeping Safe and Healthy in Construction

Rachael Suttacheep - 18-Sep-2019

SC4 have started a NEW campaign titled "Keeping Safe and Healthy in Construction." We hope to raise awareness of the Health and Safety issues in the industry.

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We are on YouTube!!

We are on YouTube!!

Rachael Suttacheep - 18-Sep-2019

SC4 have now created a Youtube page. So if you have missed out on any of our videos or would like to link to them on your website/blog take a look!! youtube.com/sc4carpenters

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Rachael Suttacheep - My Story in Construction

Rachael Suttacheep - My Story in Construction

Rachael Suttacheep - 16-Sep-2019

Rachael talks about how she became Marketing & Communications Manager for SC4 Carpenters Ltd and why her role as Welfare Liaison is so important.

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Katy Hall - My Story in Construction

Katy Hall - My Story in Construction

Katy Hall - 16-Sep-2019

Katy Hall has been Finance Director, Company Secretary and an owner of SC4 Carpenters Ltd since its inauguration in 2000. Read Katy's story in construction to find out how she came to construction and why she believes it is so important for the industry that it attracts more women.

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Building an inclusive construction industry

Building an inclusive construction industry

Rachael Suttacheep - 15-Sep-2019

Campaigning for Greater Diversity and Inclusivity in the Construction Industry

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Women in Construction

Women in Construction

Rachael Suttacheep - 15-Sep-2019

In this article, SC4 continues its efforts to promote positive growth in the Construction Industry. We present the facts about women in construction, such as, of the 2 million people who work in the Construction Industry in the UK, just 320,000 are Women and only 7% of women in construction work in manual positions.

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250 houses erected at North Stoneham Park

250 houses erected at North Stoneham Park

Rachael Suttacheep - 12-Sep-2019

Congratulations and thank you to all our subcontractors who helped erect the timberframe for Taylor Lane at North Stoneham Park. 

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Launch of New SC4 Website

Launch of New SC4 Website

Rachael Suttacheep - 08-Sep-2019

SC4 is proud to announce the launch of our NEW and improved website. After a few bumps in the road the website is now up and accessible.

Along with a new look, we have included some features that we hope will make visiting the site an easier and more interactive and informative experience.

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Botleigh Grange awarded Certificate of Excellence

Botleigh Grange awarded Certificate of Excellence

Rachael Suttacheep - 21-Jul-2020

High-end 68-bed care home at the Botleigh Grange site in Hedge End has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence from the Considerate Constructor's Scheme.

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Pride in Construction

Pride in Construction

Katy Hall, Director - 01-Apr-2020

In this article, SC4 reflects on its role and influence in the industry. Our primary focus has been on how Belonging can affect the Wellbeing of our staff and subcontractors. We hope that by raising awareness of Mental Health issues and promoting Diversity within our workforce, we will create a happier and healthier company and a more positive and focused team.

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Time To Talk Day 2020

Time To Talk Day 2020

Rachael Suttacheep - 01-Feb-2020

#TimeToTalk Day 2020

1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year, which is why talking about mental health is so important.

Join SC4 start the conversation to end the stigma for those struggling with a mental health problem or crisis.

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American Dyslexia Study

American Dyslexia Study

Rachael Suttacheep - 23-Jan-2020

Results of an American Study identifies working as a Carpenter as one of the Top Jobs for a person with Dyslexia due to greater awareness of spatial relationships.

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SC4 win NEW contract with Highwood Group for 68 bed care home

SC4 win NEW contract with Highwood Group for 68 bed care home

Rachael Suttacheep - 13-Jan-2020

SC4 Carpenters have won a NEW contract to provide carpentry services for a 68 bed care home in Hedge End for primary contractor, Highwood Group. We are excited to work alongside Highwood again, in what looks to be an exciting and interesting project.

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Every Mind Matters team up with the FA Cup to create Mental Health video for 3rd Round Weekend

Every Mind Matters team up with the FA Cup to create Mental Health video for 3rd Round Weekend

Rachael Suttacheep - 03-Jan-2020

HRH THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE AND FOOTBALL LEGENDS CHAMPION MENTAL HEALTH ON EMIRATES FA CUP THIRD ROUND WEEKEND

Public Health England’s Every Mind Matters and the Heads Up campaign, a partnership between Heads Together and The FA, have teamed up to encourage football fans to take simple actions to look after their mental health.

In an historic first, all Emirates FA Cup Third Round matches this weekend will be delayed by one minute to urge fans to ‘Take a Minute’ for their mental health.

Ahead of kick-off, a powerful one-minute film narrated by HRH The Duke of Cambridge and featuring famous faces from the world of football - including Frank Lampard and Alex Scott - will be played.

The partnership encourages fans to complete Every Mind Matters’ ‘Your Mind Plan’ tool to receive a personalised plan of self-care actions to deal with stress, boost mood, improve sleep and feel more in control.

Search Every Mind Matters to create your own personal mental health action plan.

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2021 Roundup – SC4 Celebrates 21st Anniversary Year!

2021 Roundup – SC4 Celebrates 21st Anniversary Year!

SC4 Carpenters - 01-Mar-2022

In April 2000, Katy, Conrad, Simon and Julie launched SC4 Carpenters Ltd to bring together skilled tradesmen to provide high quality commercial carpentry and joinery services, specialising in new build construction. In 2006/7 they expanded their business to include timber frame installation and painting & decorating services.

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Our Work With Local Charities & Sports Groups

Our Work With Local Charities & Sports Groups

SC4 Carpenters - 22-Dec-2021

At SC4 Carpenters and Decorators, our commitment isn’t just to delivering high-quality professional services for the construction industry.

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‘First Fix’ & ‘Second Fix’ - What’s The Difference?

‘First Fix’ & ‘Second Fix’ - What’s The Difference?

SC4 Carpenters - 14-Dec-2021

Building a housing development or other construction project from scratch has a number of different stages as far as carpentry and joinery work is concerned. As a contractor or lead developer, it’s important to get them right.

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How SC4 Can Help With 3 Challenges in the Construction Sector

How SC4 Can Help With 3 Challenges in the Construction Sector

SC4 Carpenters - 09-Dec-2021

The construction sector has been at the forefront of change in recent months, with some key issues – disruptions in global supply chains, shortages in skilled labour, and variations in prices – causing uncertainty for construction firms and project managers.

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How To Source The Best Carpentry And Joinery Professionals For Your Construction Project

How To Source The Best Carpentry And Joinery Professionals For Your Construction Project

SC4 Carpenters - 11-Nov-2021

A Carpenter and Joiner has one of the key skillsets required for a wide range of construction projects. Although there is a considerable overlap of skills between carpentry and joinery, the two are quite distinct; so, if you’re a construction business or main contractor looking for a trustworthy and professional carpentry contractor for your construction project, or are considering a career in the industry, it’s important to understand the similarities and differences between carpentry and joinery.

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The 5% Club Charter

The 5% Club Charter

Katy Hall, Director - 01-Nov-2021

SC4 is proud to have signed The 5% Club Charter and that we have repeatedly exceeded the promises made in this Charter for many years by having a minimum 5% of our UK workforce enrolled on formalised apprentice, sponsored student and/or graduate development schemes.

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What is Social Value and why it is important to us?

What is Social Value and why it is important to us?

Katy Hall, Director - 26-Oct-2021

In this article we explain what Social Value in Construction means to us. We are proud that our company represents a diverse local social and ethnic community where the benefits provided by individual skills and experience, knowledge, expertise, neurodiversity and conditions such as dyslexia are valued and our workforce and local community is supported.

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Highwood Construction - Stronger than Ever

Highwood Construction - Stronger than Ever

Katy Hall, Director - 25-Oct-2021

SC4 Carpenters Ltd has been working in partnership with Highwood Construction since 2018 and is proud that they have described working with us as "an absolute pleasure!" The feeling is mutual and we were also proud to work with Highwood on a project for the ManGang charity. Read more about Highwood and ManGang in this article in the Construction and Civil Engineering (CCE) Magazine.

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How Can The Carpentry Industry Emerge Stronger After Covid-19?

How Can The Carpentry Industry Emerge Stronger After Covid-19?

13-Oct-2021

While many sectors have been able to insulate themselves by taking emergency measures, such as homeworking, construction has proved to be vulnerable to the extensive collateral damage of the virus.

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Timber Frame Construction: What’s The Cost?

Timber Frame Construction: What’s The Cost?

05-Oct-2021

The benefits of timber frame construction are hard to ignore, whether you’re a project manager responsible for the redevelopment of land, or a self-builder seeking an affordable way to create your dream home.

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Complement Your Latest Construction Project With A Painting And Decorating Contractor

Complement Your Latest Construction Project With A Painting And Decorating Contractor

SC4 Carpenters - 22-Sep-2021

When the construction of your project has been completed, painting and decorating is the most effective way to bring the building alive so that it’s ready to welcome its new occupants.

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Timber Frame Housing Vs Traditional Construction: What’s The Best Option For Your Next Construction Project?

Timber Frame Housing Vs Traditional Construction: What’s The Best Option For Your Next Construction Project?

14-Sep-2021

Conventional construction methods have become the failsafe choice for most building projects, yet modern engineering and architecture has enabled the construction of timber framed housing instead.

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The Benefits Of Working With A Professional Commercial Carpentry And Joinery Contractor

The Benefits Of Working With A Professional Commercial Carpentry And Joinery Contractor

Conrad Hall - 10-Sep-2021

From windows and door frames to staircases and entire structural beams, carpentry and joinery services are best delivered by expert contractors.

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Suicide Prevention Day - Construction

Suicide Prevention Day - Construction

Katy Hall, Director - 09-Sep-2021

On World Suicide Prevention Day 2021, we have republished a couple of videos from 2019 which are sadly still relevant today. In the construction industry deaths from suicide are around ten times higher than deaths from injury, and each death is one too many.

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Milwaukee Tools: Carpentry never looked so cool!

Milwaukee Tools: Carpentry never looked so cool!

Katy Hall - 24-Aug-2021

SC4 Carpenters' workforce star in this new Milwaukee Tool promotional video: "MILWAUKEE® Cordless Carpentry Solutions: From Frame to Finish", filmed in Hampshire in early 2021. The filming took place on various sites of our valued clients, Highwood Construction and Foreman Homes

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Using Drone Videography on Site

Using Drone Videography on Site

Conrad Hall - 28-Jul-2021

SC4 Carpenters uses Drone Videography to showcase and review our progress on site.

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Why is Health and Safety in Construction Important?

Why is Health and Safety in Construction Important?

Conrad Hall - 10-Jun-2021

At SC4 Carpenters Ltd we are proud of our excellent health and safety record over the last 21 years. We have just renewed our SMAS and Acclaim SSIPs accrediations for 2021-2022. In this article we explain what these accreditations mean for us, our clients and our workforce, and discuss:

  • Why Health and Safety in Construction is so vital
  • How you can minimise the risk of accidents on a construction site
  • What these Accreditations are
  • Why it is important that your contractors are accredited

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Poet's Meadow, Oakley

Poet's Meadow, Oakley

Conrad Hall - 08-Jun-2021

It's great to use drone video photography to see how a build is progressing from the air. We filmed this at Foreman Homes' site in Oakley in May 2021, where we are the carpentry and decorating contractors for 85 new homes.

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ConstructionLine Gold

ConstructionLine Gold

SC4 Carpenters Ltd - 04-Jun-2021

SC4 Carpenters Ltd are proud ConstructionLine Gold Members. This accreditation demonstrates to our clients that we have been subjected to increased scrutiny around governance and risk management. SC4 has been assessed on additional areas such as: environmental management, quality management, equal opportunities, modern slavery act adherence and anti-bribery and corruption policies.

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SC4 Carpenters Ltd proudly sponsors Joe Tomlinson, TPPC Player of the Season and Young Player of the Season 2021

SC4 Carpenters Ltd proudly sponsors Joe Tomlinson, TPPC Player of the Season and Young Player of the Season 2021

SC4 Carpenters Ltd - 24-May-2021

Congratulations to Eastleigh Football Club, Joe Tomlinson, for a triple whammy this week. SC4 Carpenters Ltd is proud to be your home game sponsor and delighted by your success this season. Well done for winning TSSC (The Spitfires Supporters Club) 2020/2021 Player of the Season and Young Player of the Season. Well deserved!

Read the full blog to see Joe scoring the winning goal this week.

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Stunning Show Homes completed at Water's Edge, Mytchett

Stunning Show Homes completed at Water's Edge, Mytchett

John Norton - 17-Mar-2021

In March 2021, SC4 Decorators completed the wallpapering and decorating for Nicholas King's beautiful Show Homes on their Water's Edge site in Mytchett, near Camberley.

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What Is Involved In Second Fix Carpentry For New Builds & Refurbishments?

What Is Involved In Second Fix Carpentry For New Builds & Refurbishments?

Katy Hall - 26-Sep-2022

The success of a construction project often depends on the quality of the work done by first and second fix carpentry contractors.

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How To Reduce Your First Fix Carpentry Costs In Your Construction Project

How To Reduce Your First Fix Carpentry Costs In Your Construction Project

Katy Hall - 19-Sep-2022

As every construction project manager knows, ensuring that all first fix joinery work is solid is a crucial part of any residential project.

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What Are The 5 Main Qualities To Look for In A Commercial Decorating Service?

What Are The 5 Main Qualities To Look for In A Commercial Decorating Service?

Katy Hall - 12-Sep-2022

Choosing the right professional painting and decorating service provider matters to the overall quality of a construction project.

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What Can Be Done To Prevent Suicide In The Construction Industry

What Can Be Done To Prevent Suicide In The Construction Industry

Katy Hall - 08-Sep-2022

Saturday 10th September 2022 marks #WorldSuicidePreventionDay, a day designed to raise awareness of, and to promote action to reduce the number of suicides globally.

In the 2 weeks surrounding World Suicide Prevention Day we want to relay to everyone how important is it to look out for each other and spot those on the team that may be acting a little quieter or even a little more reckless that usual.

Here at SC4, we believe in making sure everyone under our employment feels safe, enjoys what they do, and cares about the community and environment. We feel this is important not just for our work, but also for the wellbeing of our staff.

We encourage everyone to start a small conversation about mental ill-health which could make a big difference to someone's life.

There are many more indicators that something may not be right - read more, find further information and details of where to find help in the full article.

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SC4 Wins Best Carpentry Business - Southern England 2022

SC4 Wins Best Carpentry Business - Southern England 2022

SC4 Carpenters Ltd - 31-Aug-2022

SC4 Carpenters Ltd is pleased to announce that we have won Best Carpentry Business - Southern England at the SME News UK Enterprise Awards.

"We pride ourselves on providing a high quality service to our customers, safely and to programme, working in partnership with our clients – and are pleased that this has been recognised by this award."

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Put On Your Hard Hat And Fasten Your Boots, It’s Time For A Lesson In Construction Health And Safety

Put On Your Hard Hat And Fasten Your Boots, It’s Time For A Lesson In Construction Health And Safety

Katy Hall - 12-Aug-2022

Working in construction can be dangerous and accounts for thousands of injuries every year in the UK, which is why companies should place health and safety at the heart of their organisation in managing a commercial construction project. Keeping alert on-site requires knowledge of health and safety guidelines covering a wide range of areas, including:

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Another glowing testimonial

Another glowing testimonial

Katy Hall - 10-Aug-2022

In August 2022, SC4 Carpenters Ltd was thrilled by another glowing testimonial from very satisfied client, Redrow.

The quantity surveyor and site management team described SC4 as "a pleasure to work with - showing great professionalism, craftsmanship and constant attention to health and safety on site, dedication to the development and willingness to help and find solutions."

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SC4 Receive CITB Skills and Training Grant Funding

SC4 Receive CITB Skills and Training Grant Funding

Katy Hall - 05-Aug-2022

developing our current employeesSC4 were recently awarded a £5,000 grant from the CITB Skills & Training Fund, which we are using to fund training for our workforce, as part of our commitment to ongoing quality improvement, professional development, and health and safety.

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The Knowledge You Need Before You Appoint a Carpentry Contractor

The Knowledge You Need Before You Appoint a Carpentry Contractor

Katy Hall - 29-Jul-2022

There are plenty of carpentry contractors you can engage to work on a development project, but not all of them will have the same levels of experience and expertise. In this article, we look at the essential ‘tricks of the trade’ that a competent carpenter will definitely know and apply in every project – and which a Project Manager or QS may not necessarily be aware of if he or she is not themselves trained as a carpenter.

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Timber Frame Construction – The Sustainable, Flexible Choice For Building Contractors

Timber Frame Construction – The Sustainable, Flexible Choice For Building Contractors

Katy Hall - 22-Jul-2022

Timber framed buildings are strong, durable, and cost effective – and also boast an impressive array of green credentials. Here are a few of the surprising benefits of timber frame construction for property developments, refurbishments, and conversions.

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SC4 Certified by FMB and TrustMark

SC4 Certified by FMB and TrustMark

Katy Hall - 19-Jul-2022

SC4 is proud to have once again been certified by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) and TrustMark for our commercial carpentry, timber frame and decorating works. The FMB has carried out an independent inspection of our works and has certified that we meets its strict membership requirements and government-endorsed TrustMark quality standards. Our SMAS accreditations for health and safety (SSIP) also confirm that we comply with legislation in areas such as modern slavery, anti-bribery and corruption, as well as confirming our financial, business and professional standing.

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SC4 Wins More Repeat Carpentry and Decorating Work with Satisfied Client

SC4 Wins More Repeat Carpentry and Decorating Work with Satisfied Client

Katy Hall - 19-Jul-2022

In Summer 2022, SC4 Carpenters Ltd and SC4 Decorators start work on Phase 2 of the Foreman Homes project at Selborne Road, Alton, Hampshire. SC4 frequently wins multiple phases with existing clients reflecting the high standard of work and customer satisfaction offered by SC4 as well as the benefits of working with an established contract carpentry and decorating company.

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Tips for Working in Hot Weather in Construction

Katy Hall - 04-Jul-2022

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SC4 – Proud to Support Mental Health Awareness Week 2022

SC4 – Proud to Support Mental Health Awareness Week 2022

SC4 Carpenters - 01-Jun-2022

The week of 9th to 15th May 2022 was Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK, in which hundreds of charities and businesses throughout the country staged local events and awareness-raising activities to help break down the stigma surrounding mental health. At SC4 Carpentry, we believe in the importance and promotion of mental health which continues to be high on our agenda.

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What We’ve Found Out About Workplace Inequality. This Week Is Nothing New, But Here’s How We’re Doing Our Bit To Improve The Construction Industry For Women

What We’ve Found Out About Workplace Inequality. This Week Is Nothing New, But Here’s How We’re Doing Our Bit To Improve The Construction Industry For Women

SC4 Carpenters - 10-May-2022

Here at SC4 Carpenters, we are committed to not only calling out this behaviour by businesses but also doing our utmost to make sure that none of these imbalances appears within our company.

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The 6 Skills Required To Make An Outstanding Commercial Carpenter

The 6 Skills Required To Make An Outstanding Commercial Carpenter

SC4 Carpenters - 04-May-2022

Good carpenters are always in demand. According to a 2019 survey, carpentry is the top trade job in the UK, and demand for professionals in this industry increased by more than 65% between 2019 and 2020 alone.

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Social Value Is Changing The Way We View Construction - Here Is What You Need To Know

Social Value Is Changing The Way We View Construction - Here Is What You Need To Know

SC4 Carpenters - 20-Apr-2022

The concept of ‘social value’ has been making headlines for quite a while and is a hot topic of conversation among decision-makers in many industries - among them, construction.

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Working at Heights Safely

Working at Heights Safely

Katy Hall - 17-Mar-2022

SC4 Carpenters Ltd takes health and safety extremely seriously. If you are working at heights at home or on site, please watch this video created by http://outtakes.co.uk/ in collaboration with Jason Anker. This is a FREE TO STREAM film with an extremely strong safety message. It's an important film for all kinds of workers to see and one that forms the basis of Jason's campaign 'Proud 2b Safe'.

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SC4 named first winners of Taylor Lane Timber Frame Ltd's Subcontractor Award

SC4 named first winners of Taylor Lane Timber Frame Ltd's Subcontractor Award

Katy Hall - 16-Mar-2022

In March 2022, we were proud to be named as the very first winners of the Taylor Lane Timber Frame Ltd's Subcontractor Award

Taylor Lane Timber Frame described SC4 as excelling in their approach to health & safety on site, whilst continually striving to find ways of improving in any way possible, with SC4 playing a proactive part in effective planning, with their efficient management of materials and works on site.

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2022 Women’s Day

2022 Women’s Day

SC4 Carpenter - 04-Mar-2022

At SC4 we were very excited to be attending the 2022 Women’s Day Event in London, on 8th March, to celebrate female leaders in the construction industry. Since the event, we've updated this blog with a few images from the event.

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2021 Roundup – SC4 Celebrates 21st Anniversary Year!

2021 Roundup – SC4 Celebrates 21st Anniversary Year!

SC4 Carpenters - 01-Mar-2022

In April 2000, Katy, Conrad, Simon and Julie launched SC4 Carpenters Ltd to bring together skilled tradesmen to provide high quality commercial carpentry and joinery services, specialising in new build construction. In 2006/7 they expanded their business to include timber frame installation and painting & decorating services.

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Our Tips On Hiring The Best Carpentry And Joinery Contractors To Take Your Construction Project To The Next Level

Our Tips On Hiring The Best Carpentry And Joinery Contractors To Take Your Construction Project To The Next Level

SC4 Carpenters - 22-Feb-2022

From roofs/first fix to second fix and finals, trust, skill and reliability matter in construction. But sometimes it can be hard to determine the criteria to use in order to select the best commercial carpentry contractor.

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High Quality Carpentry and Decorating services for Care and Residential Homes

High Quality Carpentry and Decorating services for Care and Residential Homes

Katy Hall - 17-Feb-2022

When it comes to residential care, people are looking for names that they can trust to provide a professional and responsive service, with that extra attention to detail that makes such a difference. And leading providers in the care industry expect those same high standards to be applied in the construction of their new care homes.

SC4 understands that the small details in design and construction can make a big difference to staff and residents once a building is in operation, and always works closely with clients to share its experience and provide innovative solutions.

As part of our 21st birthday celebrations, we look back at some of our Care & Residential Home projects over the years.

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6 years of contract carpentry works in Andover, Hampshire

6 years of contract carpentry works in Andover, Hampshire

Katy Hall - 16-Feb-2022

As part of our 21st birthday celebrations, SC4 Carpenters Ltd has looked back a some of its projects over the past few years.  Since 2016, SC4 has been providing contract carpentry services to Foreman Homes for 2 back-to-back projects off Walworth Road in Picket Piece, Andover. The latest, The Nightingales, included extensive exterior cladding giving a luxury finish to these beautiful homes.

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Celebrating dyslexia and neurodiversity in Construction

Celebrating dyslexia and neurodiversity in Construction

Conrad Hall - 03-Feb-2022

In this article, Conrad Hall, owner/Director of SC4 Carpenters Lt discusses his 40 year career in construction and how his dyslexia and neurodiversity has contributed to his success.

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Celebrating Women in Construction

Celebrating Women in Construction

Katy Hall - 12-Jan-2022

In this article, Owner/Director of SC4 Carpenters Ltd, Katy Hall, relates her story in construction reflecting on her role and changing Construction Industry attitudes to women over the last 30 years.

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Women In Construction – Your Questions Answered: Part One

Women In Construction – Your Questions Answered: Part One

Katy Hall - 15-Dec-2023

One of the biggest trends in UK construction is the growing involvement of women at all levels of the sector. In this two-part article series, we’ll look at the challenges and opportunities faced by women in the construction industry. From breaking down stereotypes to exploring the benefits of a diverse workforce, we will address some of the most commonly asked questions and uncover the untapped potential of women in a traditionally male-dominated sector.

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Is It True That Women Don’t Want To Work In Construction?

Is It True That Women Don’t Want To Work In Construction?

Katy Hall - 08-Dec-2023

With the exception of a growing number of noteworthy and admirable examples, construction is still largely a male-dominated industry. Walk onto an average construction site and you’re not likely to see too many women in hard hats and vests, but this is changing rapidly due to changing societal attitudes, better promotion of STEM subjects as viable subjects for girls and young women in schools and universities, and more information about the wide range of job opportunities available in construction.

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What Are The Stages of Timber Frame Building Installation?

What Are The Stages of Timber Frame Building Installation?

Katy Hall - 24-Nov-2023

Building a timber frame structure requires a well-planned and expertly executed installation process. Timber frames are gaining popularity in the UK, particularly in the construction of residential and commercial buildings, so as a construction site manager or someone overseeing the project, it's essential to understand the different stages of timber frame building installation to ensure a successful and timely project completion. In this article, we will guide you through the main stages of timber frame building installation to help you understand what to expect and what to look out for.

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Winter Is Coming - 5 Tips To Prepare For Wet And Cold Weather On Construction Sites

Winter Is Coming - 5 Tips To Prepare For Wet And Cold Weather On Construction Sites

Katy Hall - 10-Nov-2023

With the nights drawing in and the weather getting colder each day, being outside for long periods of time is becoming less and less on people’s agenda. However, for people who work in construction on site, winter working isn’t something that can be avoided. Winter brings new challenges and a host of safety concerns for workers in the construction sector, and with this in mind, it’s important to consider how to prepare your team and construction site for low temperatures and bad weather.

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Safe Working at Height Videos

Katy Hall - 02-Nov-2023

SC4 Carpenters Ltd takes working at height very seriously. So we have put together a blog of videos on safe working at height, including timber frame installation videos from Taylor Lane Timber Frame Ltd.

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What Are The Dangers of Sleep Deprivation in The Construction Industry?

What Are The Dangers of Sleep Deprivation in The Construction Industry?

SC4 Carpenters - 28-Oct-2023

In this article, we will explore the dangers of sleep deprivation in the construction industry and how it can put workers at risk.

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5 Benefits Of Building Sustainably In Construction

5 Benefits Of Building Sustainably In Construction

SC4 Carpenters - 18-Oct-2023

Let’s take a look at the five main benefits of building sustainably in the construction industry and our best practices.

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6 Tips For Fall Prevention On Construction Sites

6 Tips For Fall Prevention On Construction Sites

SC4 Carpenters - 04-Oct-2023

In this article, we will look at six ways that you can limit yourself and your team from injuring yourselves or others.

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6 Tips To Avoid Taking Dangerous Shortcuts On The Construction Site

6 Tips To Avoid Taking Dangerous Shortcuts On The Construction Site

SC4 Carpenters - 27-Sep-2023

In this article, we look at six ways you can avoid taking shortcuts while still remaining time-efficient and productive.

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Equal Representation in the Construction Industry - What Can You Do Better?

Equal Representation in the Construction Industry - What Can You Do Better?

SC4 Carpenters - 06-Sep-2023

Whether you are a business owner, manager, or employee, we all have a part to play in creating a more welcoming and inclusive work environment within our industry.

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Examples Of The Effective Signage You Need On Your Construction Site

Examples Of The Effective Signage You Need On Your Construction Site

SC4 Carpenters - 31-Aug-2023

Clear and effective signs are mandatory on all construction sites according to UK Health and Safety Regulations, but how many types are there and what do their different colours mean?

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4 Things A Good Timber Frame Installer Will Do To Ensure Your Building Is Energy Efficient

4 Things A Good Timber Frame Installer Will Do To Ensure Your Building Is Energy Efficient

SC4 Carpenters - 17-Aug-2023

As timber frame installation specialists, at SC4, we take pride in ensuring that all finished structures meet their design brief for energy efficiency and sustainability. But what makes a good timber frame installation contractor, and how can you verify their energy efficiency credentials?

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Mental Health in Construction Videos

Mental Health in Construction Videos

Katy Hall - 10-Aug-2023

Mental health in construction is a serious issue. With suicide killing more people than falls from height, the mental wellbeing of construction workers definitely needs to be highlighted, to break the stigma, increase awareness and improve support.

In this article we have put together a few videos which you may find insightful and could be helpful for your mental health toolbox talks, etc.

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Research shows Neurodiversity is widespread in UK Construction

Research shows Neurodiversity is widespread in UK Construction

Katy Hall - 08-Aug-2023

New research from National Federation of Builders, published in August 2023 in conjunction with CITB, has discovered that neurodiversity is common amongst construction workers in the UK and being neurodivergent is encouraging people to pursue a career in construction.

SC4 Carpenters Ltd employs neurodivergent people at all levels from Directors to Carpenters and Decorators on site and believes they bring a lot of benefits to our business.

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Building a Neurodiverse-Friendly Work Culture in Construction

Building a Neurodiverse-Friendly Work Culture in Construction

Katy Hall - 19-Jul-2023

In this article, Katy Hall discusses neurodiversity in construction and how to build a neurodiverse work culture. Many people working within SC4 Carpenters from Directors to tradespeople, and within the Construction Industry as a whole, are neurodivergent, including Katy herself.

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80 New Affordable Homes completed in Totton, Hampshire

80 New Affordable Homes completed in Totton, Hampshire

Katy Hall - 14-Jul-2023

In June 2023, SC4 Carpenters Ltd completed the carpentry works for 80 affordable new homes in Totton, Hampshire.

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10 Crucial Health And Safety Regulations For Your Construction Site

10 Crucial Health And Safety Regulations For Your Construction Site

SC4 Carpenters - 12-Jul-2023

Following these top regulations, and more as specified on the Gov.UK website, will keep your construction site legal, and ensure you know how to identify and reduce the risks of working in this dangerous industry.

Read more

5 Ways To Look After Your Physical Health When Working In Construction

5 Ways To Look After Your Physical Health When Working In Construction

SC4 Carpenters - 14-Jun-2023

Long working hours, heavy lifting, and exposure to the elements can all take a toll on your well-being. Here are five ways you can look after your body and physical health while on or off the job.

Read more

Is Downsizing A Solution To The UK’s Housing Shortage?

Is Downsizing A Solution To The UK’s Housing Shortage?

SC4 Carpenters - 24-May-2023

In this article, we discuss the UK housing shortage and the role downsizing could play in more of the population having access to affordable homes.

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Why Are People Not Applying To Work In Construction In 2023?

Why Are People Not Applying To Work In Construction In 2023?

SC4 Carpenters - 10-May-2023

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UK Construction Week Role Models 2023 - Katy Hall

UK Construction Week Role Models 2023 - Katy Hall

Katy Hall - 04-May-2023

In this article, SC4 Carpenters Ltd Owner/Director talks more about her nomination as a UK Construction Week Role Model in 2023 and why the promotion of women, neurodiversity and equity in construction is so important.

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Carpentry works at North Stoneham Park, Eastleigh 2018-2023

Carpentry works at North Stoneham Park, Eastleigh 2018-2023

Katy Hall - 27-Apr-2023

On 27 April 2023 SC4 installed its final timber frame plot at North Stoneham Park as 5 years carrying out Carpentry and Timber Frame contract works for Highwood and Taylor Lane on this site drew to a close. SC4 has contributed to the construction of almost 900 new homes on the site which consists of 10 phases.

The site is particularly important to SC4 Owner/Director, Simon Griffiths, as he holds many fond memories of playing sports on the fields in his youth. He has been very happy to see the progress of the site and is pleased to have contributed to his local community through carpentry and timber frame work on this new development.

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The Difference Between First Fix And Second Fix Carpentry

The Difference Between First Fix And Second Fix Carpentry

Katy Hall - 11-Apr-2023

All carpentry involves cutting, shaping and assembling wooden materials to create structures, fittings and furnishings.

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The Benefits Of Timber Frame Construction For New Build Houses

The Benefits Of Timber Frame Construction For New Build Houses

Katy Hall - 04-Apr-2023

The traditional brick and mortar construction method is no longer the only way to build a new home. Timber frame construction has become increasingly popular for residential new builds in the UK, thanks to its many advantages over more traditional building methods.

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Why You Should Use A Commercial Carpentry Contractor For Your Next Building Development

Why You Should Use A Commercial Carpentry Contractor For Your Next Building Development

Katy Hall - 28-Mar-2023

If you’re planning a large residential construction project, it’s important to ensure that you have the right contractors working on each aspect of the job in order to avoid overspend or delays. One key element of any commercial building project is carpentry and joinery.

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What Is First Fix Carpentry And Why Should I Hire A Commercial Carpentry Business For My Build?

What Is First Fix Carpentry And Why Should I Hire A Commercial Carpentry Business For My Build?

Katy Hall - 21-Mar-2023

First fix carpentry is an important part of any commercial building process. First fix involves the installation of the structural carpentry elements, such as the timber framework, joists, studwork, floorboards and roofing, that provide the load-bearing features of a building.

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Celebrating Neurodiversity in Construction

Celebrating Neurodiversity in Construction

Katy Hall - 14-Mar-2023

During Neurodiversity Celebration Week, 13 -19 March 2023, Katy Hall, Owner/Director of SC4 Carpenters Ltd, considers the pros and cons of being neurodivergent, including the many benefits neurodiversity brings to the company as well as the difficulties neurodivergent people face.

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Celebrating Women in Construction 2023

Celebrating Women in Construction 2023

Katy Hall - 08-Mar-2023

Katy Hall, Owner Director of SC4 Carpenters Ltd talks to the Federation of Master Builders about the many opportunities for Women in Construction and the improvements the industry has seen over the last decade to increase the number of women entering the construction industry.

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Celebrating National Apprentice Week 2023

Celebrating National Apprentice Week 2023

Simon Griffiths - 09-Feb-2023

SC4 Carpenters promoted National Apprentice Week in February 2023 by celebrating the achievements of second year carpentry apprentice, Ethan. Ethan has been working on various sites in Hampshire.

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Do You Know What Is Involved In Commercial Second Fix Carpentry?

Do You Know What Is Involved In Commercial Second Fix Carpentry?

Katy Hall - 06-Feb-2023

Commercial second fix carpentry generally refers to the installation of doors, windows, and other fixtures and fittings in a commercial setting.

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How To Avoid Frustration When Working With Construction Crews And Subcontract Trades

How To Avoid Frustration When Working With Construction Crews And Subcontract Trades

Katy Hall - 01-Feb-2023

Project Managers want reliable subcontractors with high-quality service at each project stage, and sourcing the right subcontractors can make the difference.

Commercial construction can be a challenging field to work in, with tight budgets and deadlines, health and safety responsibilities and multiple trades who need collaborate with each other.

The stakes are high, the pressure is on, and the costs of delays and mistakes can be astronomical. There's no room for error, so it's essential to know how to keep your project running smoothly. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce stress and stay on top of your project delivery without having to micromanage every step of the way.

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8 Trade Secrets Of Professional Commercial Carpenters

8 Trade Secrets Of Professional Commercial Carpenters

Katy Hall - 30-Jan-2023

The best carpentry professionals enhance their skills by learning ‘trade secrets’, techniques and tips to help get the job done efficiently and accurately.

Working as a carpenter in the commercial building sector requires more than just knowing how to use a saw and hammer. The best professionals keep their skills sharp by learning ‘trade secrets’, techniques and tips that help them get the job done efficiently and accurately – without compromising on safety or quality. This formidable skill and knowledge base, when combined within a contracting business, is one of the most compelling reasons for working with a professional commercial carpentry partner when planning a new building development – as opposed to simply hiring carpenters independently. Here are eight such ‘trade secrets’ that professional commercial carpenters use to stay ahead of their game.

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Carpentry And Decorating Services For New Builds And Refurbishments – What You Need To Know

Carpentry And Decorating Services For New Builds And Refurbishments – What You Need To Know

Katy Hall - 25-Jan-2023

For project managers or main contractors, it is essential to understand carpentry and decorating services available for new builds and refurbishments.

This article will provide you with all the information you need to know about these services, discussing:

  • What are Commercial Carpentry and Decorating Services?
  • The Benefits of Using a Professional Carpenter or Decorator 
  • Finding Reliable Services for Your Project
  • Services Offered 
  • Pricing and Quotes 
  • Professional Carpentry and Decorating Services from SC4

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SC4 Completes A-rated Eco Home in just 7 Months

SC4 Completes A-rated Eco Home in just 7 Months

Katy Hall - 22-Feb-2024

SC4 Carpenters Ltd completed the turnkey construction of this A-rated timber frame, timber clad, eco home in just 7 months.  The finished home is a warm, efficient, bright, spacious and comfortable place to live. This bungalow is all electric with multiple eco and sustainable features including air source heat pump (ASHP), solar photovoltaic panels (PV) and storage battery, and a mechanical ventilation and heat recovery (MVHR) system.

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Diversity in Construction in 2023

Diversity in Construction in 2023

Katy Hall - 08-Feb-2024

In January 2024, the Sustainability Tool, in collaboration with the Supply Chain Sustainability School’s Fairness, Inclusion and Respect (FIR) Programme, published its UK built environment diversity survey. This survey of more than 526,000 people provides a detailed record of diversity data and pinpoints areas for improvement.

The survey suggests that although there has been some positive progress on attracting, employing and retaining women in the industry, pay gaps are still too wide and much still needs to be done to improve prospects for ethnic minorities, those with disabilities and those in the LGBTQAI+ community.

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Kickstart Your Construction Career With A Joinery And Carpentry Apprenticeship: Find Out More During National Apprenticeship Week

Kickstart Your Construction Career With A Joinery And Carpentry Apprenticeship: Find Out More During National Apprenticeship Week

Katy Hall - 05-Feb-2024

UK National Apprenticeship Week 2024, taking place between 5th and 11th of February, is a great time to explore what a carpentry and joinery apprenticeship involves and its practical aspects, and if this could be the right path for you into the construction industry.

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Typical timber frame installation crane day

Typical timber frame installation crane day

Katy Hall - 31-Jan-2024

This Timber Frame Installation crane day shows two roofs (top hats) being removed and first floor panels installed. Then the roofs went back on, ready for the roofers.

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What is the Impact of Neurodiversity on the Construction Industry?

What is the Impact of Neurodiversity on the Construction Industry?

Katy Hall - 15-Jan-2024

Two recent surveys from the Association of Project Managers and On the Tools suggest that around half of Construction Project Managers and Tradespeople describe themselves as Neurodivergent. 

Reassuringly, 9 out of 10 Neurodivergent Project Managers in Construction say their employers have made changes to accommodate their needs.

However, neurodivergence is having an negative impact on Mental Health.

SC4 Carpenters Ltd employs neurodivergent people at all levels from Directors to Carpenters and Decorators on site and believes they bring a lot of benefits to our business.

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Women in Construction – Your Questions Answered: Part Two

Women in Construction – Your Questions Answered: Part Two

Katy Hall - 05-Jan-2024

In this, the second part of our mini-series on women in construction, we tackle some of the most commonly asked questions surrounding the role of women in the industry.

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Winter Is Coming - 5 Tips To Prepare For Wet And Cold Weather On Construction Sites

Winter Is Coming - 5 Tips To Prepare For Wet And Cold Weather On Construction Sites

Katy Hall - 10-Nov-2023

With the nights drawing in and the weather getting colder each day, being outside for long periods of time is becoming less and less on people’s agenda. However, for people who work in construction on site, winter working isn’t something that can be avoided. Winter brings new challenges and a host of safety concerns for workers in the construction sector, and with this in mind, it’s important to consider how to prepare your team and construction site for low temperatures and bad weather.

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Safe Working at Height Videos

Katy Hall - 02-Nov-2023

SC4 Carpenters Ltd takes working at height very seriously. So we have put together a blog of videos on safe working at height, including timber frame installation videos from Taylor Lane Timber Frame Ltd.

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What Are The Dangers of Sleep Deprivation in The Construction Industry?

What Are The Dangers of Sleep Deprivation in The Construction Industry?

SC4 Carpenters - 28-Oct-2023

In this article, we will explore the dangers of sleep deprivation in the construction industry and how it can put workers at risk.

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6 Tips For Fall Prevention On Construction Sites

6 Tips For Fall Prevention On Construction Sites

SC4 Carpenters - 04-Oct-2023

In this article, we will look at six ways that you can limit yourself and your team from injuring yourselves or others.

Read more

6 Tips To Avoid Taking Dangerous Shortcuts On The Construction Site

6 Tips To Avoid Taking Dangerous Shortcuts On The Construction Site

SC4 Carpenters - 27-Sep-2023

In this article, we look at six ways you can avoid taking shortcuts while still remaining time-efficient and productive.

Read more

Examples Of The Effective Signage You Need On Your Construction Site

Examples Of The Effective Signage You Need On Your Construction Site

SC4 Carpenters - 31-Aug-2023

Clear and effective signs are mandatory on all construction sites according to UK Health and Safety Regulations, but how many types are there and what do their different colours mean?

Read more

Mental Health in Construction Videos

Mental Health in Construction Videos

Katy Hall - 10-Aug-2023

Mental health in construction is a serious issue. With suicide killing more people than falls from height, the mental wellbeing of construction workers definitely needs to be highlighted, to break the stigma, increase awareness and improve support.

In this article we have put together a few videos which you may find insightful and could be helpful for your mental health toolbox talks, etc.

Read more

10 Crucial Health And Safety Regulations For Your Construction Site

10 Crucial Health And Safety Regulations For Your Construction Site

SC4 Carpenters - 12-Jul-2023

Following these top regulations, and more as specified on the Gov.UK website, will keep your construction site legal, and ensure you know how to identify and reduce the risks of working in this dangerous industry.

Read more

5 Ways To Look After Your Physical Health When Working In Construction

5 Ways To Look After Your Physical Health When Working In Construction

SC4 Carpenters - 14-Jun-2023

Long working hours, heavy lifting, and exposure to the elements can all take a toll on your well-being. Here are five ways you can look after your body and physical health while on or off the job.

Read more

What Can Be Done To Prevent Suicide In The Construction Industry

What Can Be Done To Prevent Suicide In The Construction Industry

Katy Hall - 08-Sep-2022

Saturday 10th September 2022 marks #WorldSuicidePreventionDay, a day designed to raise awareness of, and to promote action to reduce the number of suicides globally.

In the 2 weeks surrounding World Suicide Prevention Day we want to relay to everyone how important is it to look out for each other and spot those on the team that may be acting a little quieter or even a little more reckless that usual.

Here at SC4, we believe in making sure everyone under our employment feels safe, enjoys what they do, and cares about the community and environment. We feel this is important not just for our work, but also for the wellbeing of our staff.

We encourage everyone to start a small conversation about mental ill-health which could make a big difference to someone's life.

There are many more indicators that something may not be right - read more, find further information and details of where to find help in the full article.

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SC4 Wins Best Carpentry Business - Southern England 2022

SC4 Wins Best Carpentry Business - Southern England 2022

SC4 Carpenters Ltd - 31-Aug-2022

SC4 Carpenters Ltd is pleased to announce that we have won Best Carpentry Business - Southern England at the SME News UK Enterprise Awards.

"We pride ourselves on providing a high quality service to our customers, safely and to programme, working in partnership with our clients – and are pleased that this has been recognised by this award."

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Put On Your Hard Hat And Fasten Your Boots, It’s Time For A Lesson In Construction Health And Safety

Put On Your Hard Hat And Fasten Your Boots, It’s Time For A Lesson In Construction Health And Safety

Katy Hall - 12-Aug-2022

Working in construction can be dangerous and accounts for thousands of injuries every year in the UK, which is why companies should place health and safety at the heart of their organisation in managing a commercial construction project. Keeping alert on-site requires knowledge of health and safety guidelines covering a wide range of areas, including:

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Another glowing testimonial

Another glowing testimonial

Katy Hall - 10-Aug-2022

In August 2022, SC4 Carpenters Ltd was thrilled by another glowing testimonial from very satisfied client, Redrow.

The quantity surveyor and site management team described SC4 as "a pleasure to work with - showing great professionalism, craftsmanship and constant attention to health and safety on site, dedication to the development and willingness to help and find solutions."

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SC4 Certified by FMB and TrustMark

SC4 Certified by FMB and TrustMark

Katy Hall - 19-Jul-2022

SC4 is proud to have once again been certified by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) and TrustMark for our commercial carpentry, timber frame and decorating works. The FMB has carried out an independent inspection of our works and has certified that we meets its strict membership requirements and government-endorsed TrustMark quality standards. Our SMAS accreditations for health and safety (SSIP) also confirm that we comply with legislation in areas such as modern slavery, anti-bribery and corruption, as well as confirming our financial, business and professional standing.

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Tips for Working in Hot Weather in Construction

Katy Hall - 04-Jul-2022

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SC4 – Proud to Support Mental Health Awareness Week 2022

SC4 – Proud to Support Mental Health Awareness Week 2022

SC4 Carpenters - 01-Jun-2022

The week of 9th to 15th May 2022 was Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK, in which hundreds of charities and businesses throughout the country staged local events and awareness-raising activities to help break down the stigma surrounding mental health. At SC4 Carpentry, we believe in the importance and promotion of mental health which continues to be high on our agenda.

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Working at Heights Safely

Working at Heights Safely

Katy Hall - 17-Mar-2022

SC4 Carpenters Ltd takes health and safety extremely seriously. If you are working at heights at home or on site, please watch this video created by http://outtakes.co.uk/ in collaboration with Jason Anker. This is a FREE TO STREAM film with an extremely strong safety message. It's an important film for all kinds of workers to see and one that forms the basis of Jason's campaign 'Proud 2b Safe'.

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SC4 named first winners of Taylor Lane Timber Frame Ltd's Subcontractor Award

SC4 named first winners of Taylor Lane Timber Frame Ltd's Subcontractor Award

Katy Hall - 16-Mar-2022

In March 2022, we were proud to be named as the very first winners of the Taylor Lane Timber Frame Ltd's Subcontractor Award

Taylor Lane Timber Frame described SC4 as excelling in their approach to health & safety on site, whilst continually striving to find ways of improving in any way possible, with SC4 playing a proactive part in effective planning, with their efficient management of materials and works on site.

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Suicide Prevention Day - Construction

Suicide Prevention Day - Construction

Katy Hall, Director - 09-Sep-2021

On World Suicide Prevention Day 2021, we have republished a couple of videos from 2019 which are sadly still relevant today. In the construction industry deaths from suicide are around ten times higher than deaths from injury, and each death is one too many.

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Why is Health and Safety in Construction Important?

Why is Health and Safety in Construction Important?

Conrad Hall - 10-Jun-2021

At SC4 Carpenters Ltd we are proud of our excellent health and safety record over the last 21 years. We have just renewed our SMAS and Acclaim SSIPs accrediations for 2021-2022. In this article we explain what these accreditations mean for us, our clients and our workforce, and discuss:

  • Why Health and Safety in Construction is so vital
  • How you can minimise the risk of accidents on a construction site
  • What these Accreditations are
  • Why it is important that your contractors are accredited

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ConstructionLine Gold

ConstructionLine Gold

SC4 Carpenters Ltd - 04-Jun-2021

SC4 Carpenters Ltd are proud ConstructionLine Gold Members. This accreditation demonstrates to our clients that we have been subjected to increased scrutiny around governance and risk management. SC4 has been assessed on additional areas such as: environmental management, quality management, equal opportunities, modern slavery act adherence and anti-bribery and corruption policies.

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Time To Talk Day 2020

Time To Talk Day 2020

Rachael Suttacheep - 01-Feb-2020

#TimeToTalk Day 2020

1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year, which is why talking about mental health is so important.

Join SC4 start the conversation to end the stigma for those struggling with a mental health problem or crisis.

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Every Mind Matters team up with the FA Cup to create Mental Health video for 3rd Round Weekend

Every Mind Matters team up with the FA Cup to create Mental Health video for 3rd Round Weekend

Rachael Suttacheep - 03-Jan-2020

HRH THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE AND FOOTBALL LEGENDS CHAMPION MENTAL HEALTH ON EMIRATES FA CUP THIRD ROUND WEEKEND

Public Health England’s Every Mind Matters and the Heads Up campaign, a partnership between Heads Together and The FA, have teamed up to encourage football fans to take simple actions to look after their mental health.

In an historic first, all Emirates FA Cup Third Round matches this weekend will be delayed by one minute to urge fans to ‘Take a Minute’ for their mental health.

Ahead of kick-off, a powerful one-minute film narrated by HRH The Duke of Cambridge and featuring famous faces from the world of football - including Frank Lampard and Alex Scott - will be played.

The partnership encourages fans to complete Every Mind Matters’ ‘Your Mind Plan’ tool to receive a personalised plan of self-care actions to deal with stress, boost mood, improve sleep and feel more in control.

Search Every Mind Matters to create your own personal mental health action plan.

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Winter is Coming!!!

Rachael Suttacheep - 15-Nov-2019

SC4 are continuing our Keeping Safe and Healthy in Construction campaign this month, with a focus on Working in Cold Weather.

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Keeping Safe and Healthy in Construction

Keeping Safe and Healthy in Construction

Rachael Suttacheep - 18-Sep-2019

SC4 have started a NEW campaign titled "Keeping Safe and Healthy in Construction." We hope to raise awareness of the Health and Safety issues in the industry.

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SC4 Completes A-rated Eco Home in just 7 Months

SC4 Completes A-rated Eco Home in just 7 Months

Katy Hall - 22-Feb-2024

SC4 Carpenters Ltd completed the turnkey construction of this A-rated timber frame, timber clad, eco home in just 7 months.  The finished home is a warm, efficient, bright, spacious and comfortable place to live. This bungalow is all electric with multiple eco and sustainable features including air source heat pump (ASHP), solar photovoltaic panels (PV) and storage battery, and a mechanical ventilation and heat recovery (MVHR) system.

Read more

Kickstart Your Construction Career With A Joinery And Carpentry Apprenticeship: Find Out More During National Apprenticeship Week

Kickstart Your Construction Career With A Joinery And Carpentry Apprenticeship: Find Out More During National Apprenticeship Week

Katy Hall - 05-Feb-2024

UK National Apprenticeship Week 2024, taking place between 5th and 11th of February, is a great time to explore what a carpentry and joinery apprenticeship involves and its practical aspects, and if this could be the right path for you into the construction industry.

Read more

Women in Construction – Your Questions Answered: Part Two

Women in Construction – Your Questions Answered: Part Two

Katy Hall - 05-Jan-2024

In this, the second part of our mini-series on women in construction, we tackle some of the most commonly asked questions surrounding the role of women in the industry.

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Women In Construction – Your Questions Answered: Part One

Women In Construction – Your Questions Answered: Part One

Katy Hall - 15-Dec-2023

One of the biggest trends in UK construction is the growing involvement of women at all levels of the sector. In this two-part article series, we’ll look at the challenges and opportunities faced by women in the construction industry. From breaking down stereotypes to exploring the benefits of a diverse workforce, we will address some of the most commonly asked questions and uncover the untapped potential of women in a traditionally male-dominated sector.

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Is It True That Women Don’t Want To Work In Construction?

Is It True That Women Don’t Want To Work In Construction?

Katy Hall - 08-Dec-2023

With the exception of a growing number of noteworthy and admirable examples, construction is still largely a male-dominated industry. Walk onto an average construction site and you’re not likely to see too many women in hard hats and vests, but this is changing rapidly due to changing societal attitudes, better promotion of STEM subjects as viable subjects for girls and young women in schools and universities, and more information about the wide range of job opportunities available in construction.

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5 Benefits Of Building Sustainably In Construction

5 Benefits Of Building Sustainably In Construction

SC4 Carpenters - 18-Oct-2023

Let’s take a look at the five main benefits of building sustainably in the construction industry and our best practices.

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Equal Representation in the Construction Industry - What Can You Do Better?

Equal Representation in the Construction Industry - What Can You Do Better?

SC4 Carpenters - 06-Sep-2023

Whether you are a business owner, manager, or employee, we all have a part to play in creating a more welcoming and inclusive work environment within our industry.

Read more

Building a Neurodiverse-Friendly Work Culture in Construction

Building a Neurodiverse-Friendly Work Culture in Construction

Katy Hall - 19-Jul-2023

In this article, Katy Hall discusses neurodiversity in construction and how to build a neurodiverse work culture. Many people working within SC4 Carpenters from Directors to tradespeople, and within the Construction Industry as a whole, are neurodivergent, including Katy herself.

Read more

5 Ways To Look After Your Physical Health When Working In Construction

5 Ways To Look After Your Physical Health When Working In Construction

SC4 Carpenters - 14-Jun-2023

Long working hours, heavy lifting, and exposure to the elements can all take a toll on your well-being. Here are five ways you can look after your body and physical health while on or off the job.

Read more

Is Downsizing A Solution To The UK’s Housing Shortage?

Is Downsizing A Solution To The UK’s Housing Shortage?

SC4 Carpenters - 24-May-2023

In this article, we discuss the UK housing shortage and the role downsizing could play in more of the population having access to affordable homes.

Read more

Carpentry works at North Stoneham Park, Eastleigh 2018-2023

Carpentry works at North Stoneham Park, Eastleigh 2018-2023

Katy Hall - 27-Apr-2023

On 27 April 2023 SC4 installed its final timber frame plot at North Stoneham Park as 5 years carrying out Carpentry and Timber Frame contract works for Highwood and Taylor Lane on this site drew to a close. SC4 has contributed to the construction of almost 900 new homes on the site which consists of 10 phases.

The site is particularly important to SC4 Owner/Director, Simon Griffiths, as he holds many fond memories of playing sports on the fields in his youth. He has been very happy to see the progress of the site and is pleased to have contributed to his local community through carpentry and timber frame work on this new development.

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Celebrating Women in Construction 2023

Celebrating Women in Construction 2023

Katy Hall - 08-Mar-2023

Katy Hall, Owner Director of SC4 Carpenters Ltd talks to the Federation of Master Builders about the many opportunities for Women in Construction and the improvements the industry has seen over the last decade to increase the number of women entering the construction industry.

Read more

Celebrating National Apprentice Week 2023

Celebrating National Apprentice Week 2023

Simon Griffiths - 09-Feb-2023

SC4 Carpenters promoted National Apprentice Week in February 2023 by celebrating the achievements of second year carpentry apprentice, Ethan. Ethan has been working on various sites in Hampshire.

Read more

What Can Be Done To Prevent Suicide In The Construction Industry

What Can Be Done To Prevent Suicide In The Construction Industry

Katy Hall - 08-Sep-2022

Saturday 10th September 2022 marks #WorldSuicidePreventionDay, a day designed to raise awareness of, and to promote action to reduce the number of suicides globally.

In the 2 weeks surrounding World Suicide Prevention Day we want to relay to everyone how important is it to look out for each other and spot those on the team that may be acting a little quieter or even a little more reckless that usual.

Here at SC4, we believe in making sure everyone under our employment feels safe, enjoys what they do, and cares about the community and environment. We feel this is important not just for our work, but also for the wellbeing of our staff.

We encourage everyone to start a small conversation about mental ill-health which could make a big difference to someone's life.

There are many more indicators that something may not be right - read more, find further information and details of where to find help in the full article.

Read more

SC4 Wins Best Carpentry Business - Southern England 2022

SC4 Wins Best Carpentry Business - Southern England 2022

SC4 Carpenters Ltd - 31-Aug-2022

SC4 Carpenters Ltd is pleased to announce that we have won Best Carpentry Business - Southern England at the SME News UK Enterprise Awards.

"We pride ourselves on providing a high quality service to our customers, safely and to programme, working in partnership with our clients – and are pleased that this has been recognised by this award."

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SC4 Certified by FMB and TrustMark

SC4 Certified by FMB and TrustMark

Katy Hall - 19-Jul-2022

SC4 is proud to have once again been certified by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) and TrustMark for our commercial carpentry, timber frame and decorating works. The FMB has carried out an independent inspection of our works and has certified that we meets its strict membership requirements and government-endorsed TrustMark quality standards. Our SMAS accreditations for health and safety (SSIP) also confirm that we comply with legislation in areas such as modern slavery, anti-bribery and corruption, as well as confirming our financial, business and professional standing.

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Social Value Is Changing The Way We View Construction - Here Is What You Need To Know

Social Value Is Changing The Way We View Construction - Here Is What You Need To Know

SC4 Carpenters - 20-Apr-2022

The concept of ‘social value’ has been making headlines for quite a while and is a hot topic of conversation among decision-makers in many industries - among them, construction.

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Celebrating dyslexia and neurodiversity in Construction

Celebrating dyslexia and neurodiversity in Construction

Conrad Hall - 03-Feb-2022

In this article, Conrad Hall, owner/Director of SC4 Carpenters Lt discusses his 40 year career in construction and how his dyslexia and neurodiversity has contributed to his success.

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Celebrating Women in Construction

Celebrating Women in Construction

Katy Hall - 12-Jan-2022

In this article, Owner/Director of SC4 Carpenters Ltd, Katy Hall, relates her story in construction reflecting on her role and changing Construction Industry attitudes to women over the last 30 years.

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Our Work With Local Charities & Sports Groups

Our Work With Local Charities & Sports Groups

SC4 Carpenters - 22-Dec-2021

At SC4 Carpenters and Decorators, our commitment isn’t just to delivering high-quality professional services for the construction industry.

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The 5% Club Charter

The 5% Club Charter

Katy Hall, Director - 01-Nov-2021

SC4 is proud to have signed The 5% Club Charter and that we have repeatedly exceeded the promises made in this Charter for many years by having a minimum 5% of our UK workforce enrolled on formalised apprentice, sponsored student and/or graduate development schemes.

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What is Social Value and why it is important to us?

What is Social Value and why it is important to us?

Katy Hall, Director - 26-Oct-2021

In this article we explain what Social Value in Construction means to us. We are proud that our company represents a diverse local social and ethnic community where the benefits provided by individual skills and experience, knowledge, expertise, neurodiversity and conditions such as dyslexia are valued and our workforce and local community is supported.

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Suicide Prevention Day - Construction

Suicide Prevention Day - Construction

Katy Hall, Director - 09-Sep-2021

On World Suicide Prevention Day 2021, we have republished a couple of videos from 2019 which are sadly still relevant today. In the construction industry deaths from suicide are around ten times higher than deaths from injury, and each death is one too many.

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SC4 Carpenters Ltd proudly sponsors Joe Tomlinson, TPPC Player of the Season and Young Player of the Season 2021

SC4 Carpenters Ltd proudly sponsors Joe Tomlinson, TPPC Player of the Season and Young Player of the Season 2021

SC4 Carpenters Ltd - 24-May-2021

Congratulations to Eastleigh Football Club, Joe Tomlinson, for a triple whammy this week. SC4 Carpenters Ltd is proud to be your home game sponsor and delighted by your success this season. Well done for winning TSSC (The Spitfires Supporters Club) 2020/2021 Player of the Season and Young Player of the Season. Well deserved!

Read the full blog to see Joe scoring the winning goal this week.

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Time To Talk Day 2020

Time To Talk Day 2020

Rachael Suttacheep - 01-Feb-2020

#TimeToTalk Day 2020

1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year, which is why talking about mental health is so important.

Join SC4 start the conversation to end the stigma for those struggling with a mental health problem or crisis.

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Every Mind Matters team up with the FA Cup to create Mental Health video for 3rd Round Weekend

Every Mind Matters team up with the FA Cup to create Mental Health video for 3rd Round Weekend

Rachael Suttacheep - 03-Jan-2020

HRH THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE AND FOOTBALL LEGENDS CHAMPION MENTAL HEALTH ON EMIRATES FA CUP THIRD ROUND WEEKEND

Public Health England’s Every Mind Matters and the Heads Up campaign, a partnership between Heads Together and The FA, have teamed up to encourage football fans to take simple actions to look after their mental health.

In an historic first, all Emirates FA Cup Third Round matches this weekend will be delayed by one minute to urge fans to ‘Take a Minute’ for their mental health.

Ahead of kick-off, a powerful one-minute film narrated by HRH The Duke of Cambridge and featuring famous faces from the world of football - including Frank Lampard and Alex Scott - will be played.

The partnership encourages fans to complete Every Mind Matters’ ‘Your Mind Plan’ tool to receive a personalised plan of self-care actions to deal with stress, boost mood, improve sleep and feel more in control.

Search Every Mind Matters to create your own personal mental health action plan.

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Movember 2019

Movember 2019

Rachael Suttacheep - 06-Nov-2019

SC4's Decorator, Stephen Norton, is growing his Moustache for this year's Movember campaign. He hopes to raise awareness of Mental Health issues in Construction.

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Rachael Suttacheep - My Story in Construction

Rachael Suttacheep - My Story in Construction

Rachael Suttacheep - 16-Sep-2019

Rachael talks about how she became Marketing & Communications Manager for SC4 Carpenters Ltd and why her role as Welfare Liaison is so important.

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Katy Hall - My Story in Construction

Katy Hall - My Story in Construction

Katy Hall - 16-Sep-2019

Katy Hall has been Finance Director, Company Secretary and an owner of SC4 Carpenters Ltd since its inauguration in 2000. Read Katy's story in construction to find out how she came to construction and why she believes it is so important for the industry that it attracts more women.

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Building an inclusive construction industry

Building an inclusive construction industry

Rachael Suttacheep - 15-Sep-2019

Campaigning for Greater Diversity and Inclusivity in the Construction Industry

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Diversity in Construction in 2023

Diversity in Construction in 2023

Katy Hall - 08-Feb-2024

In January 2024, the Sustainability Tool, in collaboration with the Supply Chain Sustainability School’s Fairness, Inclusion and Respect (FIR) Programme, published its UK built environment diversity survey. This survey of more than 526,000 people provides a detailed record of diversity data and pinpoints areas for improvement.

The survey suggests that although there has been some positive progress on attracting, employing and retaining women in the industry, pay gaps are still too wide and much still needs to be done to improve prospects for ethnic minorities, those with disabilities and those in the LGBTQAI+ community.

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Kickstart Your Construction Career With A Joinery And Carpentry Apprenticeship: Find Out More During National Apprenticeship Week

Kickstart Your Construction Career With A Joinery And Carpentry Apprenticeship: Find Out More During National Apprenticeship Week

Katy Hall - 05-Feb-2024

UK National Apprenticeship Week 2024, taking place between 5th and 11th of February, is a great time to explore what a carpentry and joinery apprenticeship involves and its practical aspects, and if this could be the right path for you into the construction industry.

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Typical timber frame installation crane day

Typical timber frame installation crane day

Katy Hall - 31-Jan-2024

This Timber Frame Installation crane day shows two roofs (top hats) being removed and first floor panels installed. Then the roofs went back on, ready for the roofers.

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What is the Impact of Neurodiversity on the Construction Industry?

What is the Impact of Neurodiversity on the Construction Industry?

Katy Hall - 15-Jan-2024

Two recent surveys from the Association of Project Managers and On the Tools suggest that around half of Construction Project Managers and Tradespeople describe themselves as Neurodivergent. 

Reassuringly, 9 out of 10 Neurodivergent Project Managers in Construction say their employers have made changes to accommodate their needs.

However, neurodivergence is having an negative impact on Mental Health.

SC4 Carpenters Ltd employs neurodivergent people at all levels from Directors to Carpenters and Decorators on site and believes they bring a lot of benefits to our business.

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Women in Construction – Your Questions Answered: Part Two

Women in Construction – Your Questions Answered: Part Two

Katy Hall - 05-Jan-2024

In this, the second part of our mini-series on women in construction, we tackle some of the most commonly asked questions surrounding the role of women in the industry.

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Women In Construction – Your Questions Answered: Part One

Women In Construction – Your Questions Answered: Part One

Katy Hall - 15-Dec-2023

One of the biggest trends in UK construction is the growing involvement of women at all levels of the sector. In this two-part article series, we’ll look at the challenges and opportunities faced by women in the construction industry. From breaking down stereotypes to exploring the benefits of a diverse workforce, we will address some of the most commonly asked questions and uncover the untapped potential of women in a traditionally male-dominated sector.

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Is It True That Women Don’t Want To Work In Construction?

Is It True That Women Don’t Want To Work In Construction?

Katy Hall - 08-Dec-2023

With the exception of a growing number of noteworthy and admirable examples, construction is still largely a male-dominated industry. Walk onto an average construction site and you’re not likely to see too many women in hard hats and vests, but this is changing rapidly due to changing societal attitudes, better promotion of STEM subjects as viable subjects for girls and young women in schools and universities, and more information about the wide range of job opportunities available in construction.

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What Are The Stages of Timber Frame Building Installation?

What Are The Stages of Timber Frame Building Installation?

Katy Hall - 24-Nov-2023

Building a timber frame structure requires a well-planned and expertly executed installation process. Timber frames are gaining popularity in the UK, particularly in the construction of residential and commercial buildings, so as a construction site manager or someone overseeing the project, it's essential to understand the different stages of timber frame building installation to ensure a successful and timely project completion. In this article, we will guide you through the main stages of timber frame building installation to help you understand what to expect and what to look out for.

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Examples Of The Effective Signage You Need On Your Construction Site

Examples Of The Effective Signage You Need On Your Construction Site

SC4 Carpenters - 31-Aug-2023

Clear and effective signs are mandatory on all construction sites according to UK Health and Safety Regulations, but how many types are there and what do their different colours mean?

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4 Things A Good Timber Frame Installer Will Do To Ensure Your Building Is Energy Efficient

4 Things A Good Timber Frame Installer Will Do To Ensure Your Building Is Energy Efficient

SC4 Carpenters - 17-Aug-2023

As timber frame installation specialists, at SC4, we take pride in ensuring that all finished structures meet their design brief for energy efficiency and sustainability. But what makes a good timber frame installation contractor, and how can you verify their energy efficiency credentials?

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Research shows Neurodiversity is widespread in UK Construction

Research shows Neurodiversity is widespread in UK Construction

Katy Hall - 08-Aug-2023

New research from National Federation of Builders, published in August 2023 in conjunction with CITB, has discovered that neurodiversity is common amongst construction workers in the UK and being neurodivergent is encouraging people to pursue a career in construction.

SC4 Carpenters Ltd employs neurodivergent people at all levels from Directors to Carpenters and Decorators on site and believes they bring a lot of benefits to our business.

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Building a Neurodiverse-Friendly Work Culture in Construction

Building a Neurodiverse-Friendly Work Culture in Construction

Katy Hall - 19-Jul-2023

In this article, Katy Hall discusses neurodiversity in construction and how to build a neurodiverse work culture. Many people working within SC4 Carpenters from Directors to tradespeople, and within the Construction Industry as a whole, are neurodivergent, including Katy herself.

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80 New Affordable Homes completed in Totton, Hampshire

80 New Affordable Homes completed in Totton, Hampshire

Katy Hall - 14-Jul-2023

In June 2023, SC4 Carpenters Ltd completed the carpentry works for 80 affordable new homes in Totton, Hampshire.

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Why Are People Not Applying To Work In Construction In 2023?

Why Are People Not Applying To Work In Construction In 2023?

SC4 Carpenters - 10-May-2023

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Carpentry works at North Stoneham Park, Eastleigh 2018-2023

Carpentry works at North Stoneham Park, Eastleigh 2018-2023

Katy Hall - 27-Apr-2023

On 27 April 2023 SC4 installed its final timber frame plot at North Stoneham Park as 5 years carrying out Carpentry and Timber Frame contract works for Highwood and Taylor Lane on this site drew to a close. SC4 has contributed to the construction of almost 900 new homes on the site which consists of 10 phases.

The site is particularly important to SC4 Owner/Director, Simon Griffiths, as he holds many fond memories of playing sports on the fields in his youth. He has been very happy to see the progress of the site and is pleased to have contributed to his local community through carpentry and timber frame work on this new development.

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The Benefits Of Timber Frame Construction For New Build Houses

The Benefits Of Timber Frame Construction For New Build Houses

Katy Hall - 04-Apr-2023

The traditional brick and mortar construction method is no longer the only way to build a new home. Timber frame construction has become increasingly popular for residential new builds in the UK, thanks to its many advantages over more traditional building methods.

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Celebrating Women in Construction 2023

Celebrating Women in Construction 2023

Katy Hall - 08-Mar-2023

Katy Hall, Owner Director of SC4 Carpenters Ltd talks to the Federation of Master Builders about the many opportunities for Women in Construction and the improvements the industry has seen over the last decade to increase the number of women entering the construction industry.

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Celebrating National Apprentice Week 2023

Celebrating National Apprentice Week 2023

Simon Griffiths - 09-Feb-2023

SC4 Carpenters promoted National Apprentice Week in February 2023 by celebrating the achievements of second year carpentry apprentice, Ethan. Ethan has been working on various sites in Hampshire.

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Do You Know What Is Involved In Commercial Second Fix Carpentry?

Do You Know What Is Involved In Commercial Second Fix Carpentry?

Katy Hall - 06-Feb-2023

Commercial second fix carpentry generally refers to the installation of doors, windows, and other fixtures and fittings in a commercial setting.

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How To Avoid Frustration When Working With Construction Crews And Subcontract Trades

How To Avoid Frustration When Working With Construction Crews And Subcontract Trades

Katy Hall - 01-Feb-2023

Project Managers want reliable subcontractors with high-quality service at each project stage, and sourcing the right subcontractors can make the difference.

Commercial construction can be a challenging field to work in, with tight budgets and deadlines, health and safety responsibilities and multiple trades who need collaborate with each other.

The stakes are high, the pressure is on, and the costs of delays and mistakes can be astronomical. There's no room for error, so it's essential to know how to keep your project running smoothly. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce stress and stay on top of your project delivery without having to micromanage every step of the way.

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8 Trade Secrets Of Professional Commercial Carpenters

8 Trade Secrets Of Professional Commercial Carpenters

Katy Hall - 30-Jan-2023

The best carpentry professionals enhance their skills by learning ‘trade secrets’, techniques and tips to help get the job done efficiently and accurately.

Working as a carpenter in the commercial building sector requires more than just knowing how to use a saw and hammer. The best professionals keep their skills sharp by learning ‘trade secrets’, techniques and tips that help them get the job done efficiently and accurately – without compromising on safety or quality. This formidable skill and knowledge base, when combined within a contracting business, is one of the most compelling reasons for working with a professional commercial carpentry partner when planning a new building development – as opposed to simply hiring carpenters independently. Here are eight such ‘trade secrets’ that professional commercial carpenters use to stay ahead of their game.

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Carpentry And Decorating Services For New Builds And Refurbishments – What You Need To Know

Carpentry And Decorating Services For New Builds And Refurbishments – What You Need To Know

Katy Hall - 25-Jan-2023

For project managers or main contractors, it is essential to understand carpentry and decorating services available for new builds and refurbishments.

This article will provide you with all the information you need to know about these services, discussing:

  • What are Commercial Carpentry and Decorating Services?
  • The Benefits of Using a Professional Carpenter or Decorator 
  • Finding Reliable Services for Your Project
  • Services Offered 
  • Pricing and Quotes 
  • Professional Carpentry and Decorating Services from SC4

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What Is Involved In Second Fix Carpentry For New Builds & Refurbishments?

What Is Involved In Second Fix Carpentry For New Builds & Refurbishments?

Katy Hall - 26-Sep-2022

The success of a construction project often depends on the quality of the work done by first and second fix carpentry contractors.

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How To Reduce Your First Fix Carpentry Costs In Your Construction Project

How To Reduce Your First Fix Carpentry Costs In Your Construction Project

Katy Hall - 19-Sep-2022

As every construction project manager knows, ensuring that all first fix joinery work is solid is a crucial part of any residential project.

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What Are The 5 Main Qualities To Look for In A Commercial Decorating Service?

What Are The 5 Main Qualities To Look for In A Commercial Decorating Service?

Katy Hall - 12-Sep-2022

Choosing the right professional painting and decorating service provider matters to the overall quality of a construction project.

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What Can Be Done To Prevent Suicide In The Construction Industry

What Can Be Done To Prevent Suicide In The Construction Industry

Katy Hall - 08-Sep-2022

Saturday 10th September 2022 marks #WorldSuicidePreventionDay, a day designed to raise awareness of, and to promote action to reduce the number of suicides globally.

In the 2 weeks surrounding World Suicide Prevention Day we want to relay to everyone how important is it to look out for each other and spot those on the team that may be acting a little quieter or even a little more reckless that usual.

Here at SC4, we believe in making sure everyone under our employment feels safe, enjoys what they do, and cares about the community and environment. We feel this is important not just for our work, but also for the wellbeing of our staff.

We encourage everyone to start a small conversation about mental ill-health which could make a big difference to someone's life.

There are many more indicators that something may not be right - read more, find further information and details of where to find help in the full article.

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SC4 Wins Best Carpentry Business - Southern England 2022

SC4 Wins Best Carpentry Business - Southern England 2022

SC4 Carpenters Ltd - 31-Aug-2022

SC4 Carpenters Ltd is pleased to announce that we have won Best Carpentry Business - Southern England at the SME News UK Enterprise Awards.

"We pride ourselves on providing a high quality service to our customers, safely and to programme, working in partnership with our clients – and are pleased that this has been recognised by this award."

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Another glowing testimonial

Another glowing testimonial

Katy Hall - 10-Aug-2022

In August 2022, SC4 Carpenters Ltd was thrilled by another glowing testimonial from very satisfied client, Redrow.

The quantity surveyor and site management team described SC4 as "a pleasure to work with - showing great professionalism, craftsmanship and constant attention to health and safety on site, dedication to the development and willingness to help and find solutions."

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The Knowledge You Need Before You Appoint a Carpentry Contractor

The Knowledge You Need Before You Appoint a Carpentry Contractor

Katy Hall - 29-Jul-2022

There are plenty of carpentry contractors you can engage to work on a development project, but not all of them will have the same levels of experience and expertise. In this article, we look at the essential ‘tricks of the trade’ that a competent carpenter will definitely know and apply in every project – and which a Project Manager or QS may not necessarily be aware of if he or she is not themselves trained as a carpenter.

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Timber Frame Construction – The Sustainable, Flexible Choice For Building Contractors

Timber Frame Construction – The Sustainable, Flexible Choice For Building Contractors

Katy Hall - 22-Jul-2022

Timber framed buildings are strong, durable, and cost effective – and also boast an impressive array of green credentials. Here are a few of the surprising benefits of timber frame construction for property developments, refurbishments, and conversions.

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SC4 Certified by FMB and TrustMark

SC4 Certified by FMB and TrustMark

Katy Hall - 19-Jul-2022

SC4 is proud to have once again been certified by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) and TrustMark for our commercial carpentry, timber frame and decorating works. The FMB has carried out an independent inspection of our works and has certified that we meets its strict membership requirements and government-endorsed TrustMark quality standards. Our SMAS accreditations for health and safety (SSIP) also confirm that we comply with legislation in areas such as modern slavery, anti-bribery and corruption, as well as confirming our financial, business and professional standing.

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SC4 Wins More Repeat Carpentry and Decorating Work with Satisfied Client

SC4 Wins More Repeat Carpentry and Decorating Work with Satisfied Client

Katy Hall - 19-Jul-2022

In Summer 2022, SC4 Carpenters Ltd and SC4 Decorators start work on Phase 2 of the Foreman Homes project at Selborne Road, Alton, Hampshire. SC4 frequently wins multiple phases with existing clients reflecting the high standard of work and customer satisfaction offered by SC4 as well as the benefits of working with an established contract carpentry and decorating company.

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What We’ve Found Out About Workplace Inequality. This Week Is Nothing New, But Here’s How We’re Doing Our Bit To Improve The Construction Industry For Women

What We’ve Found Out About Workplace Inequality. This Week Is Nothing New, But Here’s How We’re Doing Our Bit To Improve The Construction Industry For Women

SC4 Carpenters - 10-May-2022

Here at SC4 Carpenters, we are committed to not only calling out this behaviour by businesses but also doing our utmost to make sure that none of these imbalances appears within our company.

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The 6 Skills Required To Make An Outstanding Commercial Carpenter

The 6 Skills Required To Make An Outstanding Commercial Carpenter

SC4 Carpenters - 04-May-2022

Good carpenters are always in demand. According to a 2019 survey, carpentry is the top trade job in the UK, and demand for professionals in this industry increased by more than 65% between 2019 and 2020 alone.

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Social Value Is Changing The Way We View Construction - Here Is What You Need To Know

Social Value Is Changing The Way We View Construction - Here Is What You Need To Know

SC4 Carpenters - 20-Apr-2022

The concept of ‘social value’ has been making headlines for quite a while and is a hot topic of conversation among decision-makers in many industries - among them, construction.

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SC4 named first winners of Taylor Lane Timber Frame Ltd's Subcontractor Award

SC4 named first winners of Taylor Lane Timber Frame Ltd's Subcontractor Award

Katy Hall - 16-Mar-2022

In March 2022, we were proud to be named as the very first winners of the Taylor Lane Timber Frame Ltd's Subcontractor Award

Taylor Lane Timber Frame described SC4 as excelling in their approach to health & safety on site, whilst continually striving to find ways of improving in any way possible, with SC4 playing a proactive part in effective planning, with their efficient management of materials and works on site.

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2021 Roundup – SC4 Celebrates 21st Anniversary Year!

2021 Roundup – SC4 Celebrates 21st Anniversary Year!

SC4 Carpenters - 01-Mar-2022

In April 2000, Katy, Conrad, Simon and Julie launched SC4 Carpenters Ltd to bring together skilled tradesmen to provide high quality commercial carpentry and joinery services, specialising in new build construction. In 2006/7 they expanded their business to include timber frame installation and painting & decorating services.

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Our Tips On Hiring The Best Carpentry And Joinery Contractors To Take Your Construction Project To The Next Level

Our Tips On Hiring The Best Carpentry And Joinery Contractors To Take Your Construction Project To The Next Level

SC4 Carpenters - 22-Feb-2022

From roofs/first fix to second fix and finals, trust, skill and reliability matter in construction. But sometimes it can be hard to determine the criteria to use in order to select the best commercial carpentry contractor.

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High Quality Carpentry and Decorating services for Care and Residential Homes

High Quality Carpentry and Decorating services for Care and Residential Homes

Katy Hall - 17-Feb-2022

When it comes to residential care, people are looking for names that they can trust to provide a professional and responsive service, with that extra attention to detail that makes such a difference. And leading providers in the care industry expect those same high standards to be applied in the construction of their new care homes.

SC4 understands that the small details in design and construction can make a big difference to staff and residents once a building is in operation, and always works closely with clients to share its experience and provide innovative solutions.

As part of our 21st birthday celebrations, we look back at some of our Care & Residential Home projects over the years.

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6 years of contract carpentry works in Andover, Hampshire

6 years of contract carpentry works in Andover, Hampshire

Katy Hall - 16-Feb-2022

As part of our 21st birthday celebrations, SC4 Carpenters Ltd has looked back a some of its projects over the past few years.  Since 2016, SC4 has been providing contract carpentry services to Foreman Homes for 2 back-to-back projects off Walworth Road in Picket Piece, Andover. The latest, The Nightingales, included extensive exterior cladding giving a luxury finish to these beautiful homes.

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Celebrating dyslexia and neurodiversity in Construction

Celebrating dyslexia and neurodiversity in Construction

Conrad Hall - 03-Feb-2022

In this article, Conrad Hall, owner/Director of SC4 Carpenters Lt discusses his 40 year career in construction and how his dyslexia and neurodiversity has contributed to his success.

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Celebrating Women in Construction

Celebrating Women in Construction

Katy Hall - 12-Jan-2022

In this article, Owner/Director of SC4 Carpenters Ltd, Katy Hall, relates her story in construction reflecting on her role and changing Construction Industry attitudes to women over the last 30 years.

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‘First Fix’ & ‘Second Fix’ - What’s The Difference?

‘First Fix’ & ‘Second Fix’ - What’s The Difference?

SC4 Carpenters - 14-Dec-2021

Building a housing development or other construction project from scratch has a number of different stages as far as carpentry and joinery work is concerned. As a contractor or lead developer, it’s important to get them right.

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How SC4 Can Help With 3 Challenges in the Construction Sector

How SC4 Can Help With 3 Challenges in the Construction Sector

SC4 Carpenters - 09-Dec-2021

The construction sector has been at the forefront of change in recent months, with some key issues – disruptions in global supply chains, shortages in skilled labour, and variations in prices – causing uncertainty for construction firms and project managers.

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How To Source The Best Carpentry And Joinery Professionals For Your Construction Project

How To Source The Best Carpentry And Joinery Professionals For Your Construction Project

SC4 Carpenters - 11-Nov-2021

A Carpenter and Joiner has one of the key skillsets required for a wide range of construction projects. Although there is a considerable overlap of skills between carpentry and joinery, the two are quite distinct; so, if you’re a construction business or main contractor looking for a trustworthy and professional carpentry contractor for your construction project, or are considering a career in the industry, it’s important to understand the similarities and differences between carpentry and joinery.

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Highwood Construction - Stronger than Ever

Highwood Construction - Stronger than Ever

Katy Hall, Director - 25-Oct-2021

SC4 Carpenters Ltd has been working in partnership with Highwood Construction since 2018 and is proud that they have described working with us as "an absolute pleasure!" The feeling is mutual and we were also proud to work with Highwood on a project for the ManGang charity. Read more about Highwood and ManGang in this article in the Construction and Civil Engineering (CCE) Magazine.

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How Can The Carpentry Industry Emerge Stronger After Covid-19?

How Can The Carpentry Industry Emerge Stronger After Covid-19?

13-Oct-2021

While many sectors have been able to insulate themselves by taking emergency measures, such as homeworking, construction has proved to be vulnerable to the extensive collateral damage of the virus.

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Timber Frame Construction: What’s The Cost?

Timber Frame Construction: What’s The Cost?

05-Oct-2021

The benefits of timber frame construction are hard to ignore, whether you’re a project manager responsible for the redevelopment of land, or a self-builder seeking an affordable way to create your dream home.

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Complement Your Latest Construction Project With A Painting And Decorating Contractor

Complement Your Latest Construction Project With A Painting And Decorating Contractor

SC4 Carpenters - 22-Sep-2021

When the construction of your project has been completed, painting and decorating is the most effective way to bring the building alive so that it’s ready to welcome its new occupants.

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The Benefits Of Working With A Professional Commercial Carpentry And Joinery Contractor

The Benefits Of Working With A Professional Commercial Carpentry And Joinery Contractor

Conrad Hall - 10-Sep-2021

From windows and door frames to staircases and entire structural beams, carpentry and joinery services are best delivered by expert contractors.

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Diversity in Construction in 2023

Diversity in Construction in 2023

Katy Hall - 08-Feb-2024

In January 2024, the Sustainability Tool, in collaboration with the Supply Chain Sustainability School’s Fairness, Inclusion and Respect (FIR) Programme, published its UK built environment diversity survey. This survey of more than 526,000 people provides a detailed record of diversity data and pinpoints areas for improvement.

The survey suggests that although there has been some positive progress on attracting, employing and retaining women in the industry, pay gaps are still too wide and much still needs to be done to improve prospects for ethnic minorities, those with disabilities and those in the LGBTQAI+ community.

Read more

What is the Impact of Neurodiversity on the Construction Industry?

What is the Impact of Neurodiversity on the Construction Industry?

Katy Hall - 15-Jan-2024

Two recent surveys from the Association of Project Managers and On the Tools suggest that around half of Construction Project Managers and Tradespeople describe themselves as Neurodivergent. 

Reassuringly, 9 out of 10 Neurodivergent Project Managers in Construction say their employers have made changes to accommodate their needs.

However, neurodivergence is having an negative impact on Mental Health.

SC4 Carpenters Ltd employs neurodivergent people at all levels from Directors to Carpenters and Decorators on site and believes they bring a lot of benefits to our business.

Read more

Women in Construction – Your Questions Answered: Part Two

Women in Construction – Your Questions Answered: Part Two

Katy Hall - 05-Jan-2024

In this, the second part of our mini-series on women in construction, we tackle some of the most commonly asked questions surrounding the role of women in the industry.

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Women In Construction – Your Questions Answered: Part One

Women In Construction – Your Questions Answered: Part One

Katy Hall - 15-Dec-2023

One of the biggest trends in UK construction is the growing involvement of women at all levels of the sector. In this two-part article series, we’ll look at the challenges and opportunities faced by women in the construction industry. From breaking down stereotypes to exploring the benefits of a diverse workforce, we will address some of the most commonly asked questions and uncover the untapped potential of women in a traditionally male-dominated sector.

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Is It True That Women Don’t Want To Work In Construction?

Is It True That Women Don’t Want To Work In Construction?

Katy Hall - 08-Dec-2023

With the exception of a growing number of noteworthy and admirable examples, construction is still largely a male-dominated industry. Walk onto an average construction site and you’re not likely to see too many women in hard hats and vests, but this is changing rapidly due to changing societal attitudes, better promotion of STEM subjects as viable subjects for girls and young women in schools and universities, and more information about the wide range of job opportunities available in construction.

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Equal Representation in the Construction Industry - What Can You Do Better?

Equal Representation in the Construction Industry - What Can You Do Better?

SC4 Carpenters - 06-Sep-2023

Whether you are a business owner, manager, or employee, we all have a part to play in creating a more welcoming and inclusive work environment within our industry.

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Research shows Neurodiversity is widespread in UK Construction

Research shows Neurodiversity is widespread in UK Construction

Katy Hall - 08-Aug-2023

New research from National Federation of Builders, published in August 2023 in conjunction with CITB, has discovered that neurodiversity is common amongst construction workers in the UK and being neurodivergent is encouraging people to pursue a career in construction.

SC4 Carpenters Ltd employs neurodivergent people at all levels from Directors to Carpenters and Decorators on site and believes they bring a lot of benefits to our business.

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Building a Neurodiverse-Friendly Work Culture in Construction

Building a Neurodiverse-Friendly Work Culture in Construction

Katy Hall - 19-Jul-2023

In this article, Katy Hall discusses neurodiversity in construction and how to build a neurodiverse work culture. Many people working within SC4 Carpenters from Directors to tradespeople, and within the Construction Industry as a whole, are neurodivergent, including Katy herself.

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Why Are People Not Applying To Work In Construction In 2023?

Why Are People Not Applying To Work In Construction In 2023?

SC4 Carpenters - 10-May-2023

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UK Construction Week Role Models 2023 - Katy Hall

UK Construction Week Role Models 2023 - Katy Hall

Katy Hall - 04-May-2023

In this article, SC4 Carpenters Ltd Owner/Director talks more about her nomination as a UK Construction Week Role Model in 2023 and why the promotion of women, neurodiversity and equity in construction is so important.

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Celebrating Neurodiversity in Construction

Celebrating Neurodiversity in Construction

Katy Hall - 14-Mar-2023

During Neurodiversity Celebration Week, 13 -19 March 2023, Katy Hall, Owner/Director of SC4 Carpenters Ltd, considers the pros and cons of being neurodivergent, including the many benefits neurodiversity brings to the company as well as the difficulties neurodivergent people face.

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Celebrating Women in Construction 2023

Celebrating Women in Construction 2023

Katy Hall - 08-Mar-2023

Katy Hall, Owner Director of SC4 Carpenters Ltd talks to the Federation of Master Builders about the many opportunities for Women in Construction and the improvements the industry has seen over the last decade to increase the number of women entering the construction industry.

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What We’ve Found Out About Workplace Inequality. This Week Is Nothing New, But Here’s How We’re Doing Our Bit To Improve The Construction Industry For Women

What We’ve Found Out About Workplace Inequality. This Week Is Nothing New, But Here’s How We’re Doing Our Bit To Improve The Construction Industry For Women

SC4 Carpenters - 10-May-2022

Here at SC4 Carpenters, we are committed to not only calling out this behaviour by businesses but also doing our utmost to make sure that none of these imbalances appears within our company.

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2022 Women’s Day

2022 Women’s Day

SC4 Carpenter - 04-Mar-2022

At SC4 we were very excited to be attending the 2022 Women’s Day Event in London, on 8th March, to celebrate female leaders in the construction industry. Since the event, we've updated this blog with a few images from the event.

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Celebrating dyslexia and neurodiversity in Construction

Celebrating dyslexia and neurodiversity in Construction

Conrad Hall - 03-Feb-2022

In this article, Conrad Hall, owner/Director of SC4 Carpenters Lt discusses his 40 year career in construction and how his dyslexia and neurodiversity has contributed to his success.

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Celebrating Women in Construction

Celebrating Women in Construction

Katy Hall - 12-Jan-2022

In this article, Owner/Director of SC4 Carpenters Ltd, Katy Hall, relates her story in construction reflecting on her role and changing Construction Industry attitudes to women over the last 30 years.

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Pride in Construction

Pride in Construction

Katy Hall, Director - 01-Apr-2020

In this article, SC4 reflects on its role and influence in the industry. Our primary focus has been on how Belonging can affect the Wellbeing of our staff and subcontractors. We hope that by raising awareness of Mental Health issues and promoting Diversity within our workforce, we will create a happier and healthier company and a more positive and focused team.

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American Dyslexia Study

American Dyslexia Study

Rachael Suttacheep - 23-Jan-2020

Results of an American Study identifies working as a Carpenter as one of the Top Jobs for a person with Dyslexia due to greater awareness of spatial relationships.

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Every Mind Matters team up with the FA Cup to create Mental Health video for 3rd Round Weekend

Every Mind Matters team up with the FA Cup to create Mental Health video for 3rd Round Weekend

Rachael Suttacheep - 03-Jan-2020

HRH THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE AND FOOTBALL LEGENDS CHAMPION MENTAL HEALTH ON EMIRATES FA CUP THIRD ROUND WEEKEND

Public Health England’s Every Mind Matters and the Heads Up campaign, a partnership between Heads Together and The FA, have teamed up to encourage football fans to take simple actions to look after their mental health.

In an historic first, all Emirates FA Cup Third Round matches this weekend will be delayed by one minute to urge fans to ‘Take a Minute’ for their mental health.

Ahead of kick-off, a powerful one-minute film narrated by HRH The Duke of Cambridge and featuring famous faces from the world of football - including Frank Lampard and Alex Scott - will be played.

The partnership encourages fans to complete Every Mind Matters’ ‘Your Mind Plan’ tool to receive a personalised plan of self-care actions to deal with stress, boost mood, improve sleep and feel more in control.

Search Every Mind Matters to create your own personal mental health action plan.

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How is gender stereotyping effecting our industry?

How is gender stereotyping effecting our industry?

Katy Hall, SC4 Director - 02-Dec-2019

As an Ambassador for Women in Construction #WIC and Diversity in Construction #DIC, and as a Mental Health First Aider - #MHFA, I truly believe that if we are to attract women and people from diverse communities, or those with disabilities into Construction, Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths #STEM, as well as support those already in the industry struggling with prejudice, hidden and visible disabilities, mental health issues and family commitments already in the industry then we need to make fundamental changes in society.

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Diversity in Construction Ambassadors

Diversity in Construction Ambassadors

Rachael Suttacheep - 21-Nov-2019

SC4 are happy to announce, we will be sending two representatives, as Diversity in Construction Ambassadors, to the London Build Expo 2019.

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Women in Construction Ambassadors at London Build 2019

Women in Construction Ambassadors at London Build 2019

Rachael Suttacheep - 15-Oct-2019

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Katy Hall - My Story in Construction

Katy Hall - My Story in Construction

Katy Hall - 16-Sep-2019

Katy Hall has been Finance Director, Company Secretary and an owner of SC4 Carpenters Ltd since its inauguration in 2000. Read Katy's story in construction to find out how she came to construction and why she believes it is so important for the industry that it attracts more women.

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Building an inclusive construction industry

Building an inclusive construction industry

Rachael Suttacheep - 15-Sep-2019

Campaigning for Greater Diversity and Inclusivity in the Construction Industry

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Women in Construction

Women in Construction

Rachael Suttacheep - 15-Sep-2019

In this article, SC4 continues its efforts to promote positive growth in the Construction Industry. We present the facts about women in construction, such as, of the 2 million people who work in the Construction Industry in the UK, just 320,000 are Women and only 7% of women in construction work in manual positions.

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