Restoring and beautifying London's most prestigious homes with love for almost 100 years.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

A better way

Our business has always prided itself on the highest standards of safety and care for employees, residents and anyone affected by our works. We work hard to minimise disruption, inconvenience and risk and have been recognised many times over for our success in doing so.

A combination of training, expertise, teamwork, experience, respect and conscious effort means we deliver a service to prestigious clients and their residents that we believe is unparallelled  in our market.

We believe that when working on homes, we must be mindful to keep people safe and happy, and leave them with a positive impression of both our business and the construction industry.

We set down a clear code of conduct for our people, and are proud to say that we rarely receive any reports of concern or anxiety about our works, and that any we do hear are speedily resolved with care and the right information. In six years with Bastows, I can honestly count the number of issues raised with me on one hand- all resolved with prompt action, clear communication and a desire to find a better way to move things forward.

We never dismiss a resident's concerns, no matter what. We will always work with them to resolve things and go on Making London Beautiful.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Friday, 11 January 2013

Health and safety: our duty to our past

This week saw the 150th anniversary of the London Underground and a plethora of articles about it- some informative (did you know over 500,000 mice are estimated to live in the underground system?) and others seemingly an excuse to indulge in a good old fashioned whinge.

However, we'd ike to remember the workers who created this astonishing feat of engineering for the people of London past and present, and for one sobering moment we'd like to remember the sacrifices made by too many of them. We'd ask you to read Paul Richards' excellent piece on the importance of health and safety and the impact the building of the Tube system had on the lives of workers involved. 

Bastows have always demonstrated a clear and solid commitment to health and safety of our Family and all affected by our projects, and will continue to do so. Our concern is first and foremost for the wellbeing of our employees, clients and residents, and we are saddened by the cuts to both Health and Safety resources and the initiatives that may see less conscientious practices creep in to our industry and pose a real risk to the lives and safety of construction workers and the public. We are proud to state that Bastows will never settle for less than the high standards we have attained, and will work always to improve safety and care for our employees and those we work with.

London was built by those who believed in craftsmanship, hard work and creativity. Continuing in their spirit, and adding a commitment to safety in their name is something we should be proud to do.