Chisholm & Winch’s Health & Safety and Procurement Director, Jason Winch, explains the importance of accreditations and why the company is committed to surpassing these high standards.
Over the past 50 years, Chisholm & Winch has built a strong reputation for delivering excellence, and a testament to this is our expansive client base across different sectors. We take pride in our commitment to quality, safety and environmental responsibility, as demonstrated by our portfolio of accreditations.
Acquiring and maintaining accreditations is not a box-ticking exercise to meet the requirements of our clients. This is third-party validation that our work, management systems and procedures have been scrutinised against industry standards. These benchmarks ensure that what we deliver for our customers is not just good – it’s exceptional.
The significance of accreditations
At Chisholm & Winch, we work with several of the top 100 construction companies, leading architects and airport delivery partners. Our range of prestigious projects over the past 50 years has included The British and National Maritime Museums for Sir Normal Foster, The Royal Opera House and Palace of Westminster for MITIE, Mount Pleasant Mail Centre for WEA and Hoare Lee, and projects at Heathrow Airport for delivery partners Mace, Balfour Beatty and Morgan Sindall. Working in partnership with clients of this nature demands the highest of standards.
Each of our accreditations holds substantial significance within the construction industry. For example, Acclaim SSIP (Safety Schemes in Procurement), ensures that our health and safety standards align with industry benchmarks and we establish a safe working environment for our team and everyone involved in our projects. CHAS complements SSIP by rigorously evaluating our health and safety procedures to ensure they are actively implemented on-site. At the same time, SafeContractor which we have recently attained for a project we’re about to commence at Gatwick Airport for Mace, confirms that we put our employees’ health and safety first.
Constructionline and Achilles Building Confidence validate our credentials and capabilities as a reliable contractor. These accreditations are not just endorsements; they reassure our clients that when they choose Chisholm & Winch, they are working with a partner that has a proven track record of competence and reliability.
Our ISO accreditations signify the robustness of our quality and environmental management systems and our unwavering commitment to delivering projects that meet (and exceed) industry standards.
Navigating the airport landscape
Fire safety is paramount for our commercial projects, particularly when working at airports. We have more than three decades of expertise as an airport contractor and have worked within some of the UK’s largest airports for tier one delivery partners.
During this time, we have had a dedicated team based at Heathrow, delivering a raft of refurbishment, upgrade and construction projects across the airport in line with its stringent health and safety requirements.
We recently added FIRAS to our portfolio of fire safety accreditations, which is for the installation of both passive and active fire protection systems and complements our other fire safety accreditations, such as BM Trada for fire door and fire protection installations.
We are currently working on a two-year, £10m contract with Mace, carrying out renewal works within Heathrow’s one-kilometre-long cargo tunnel connecting Terminal 3 to Terminal 4. This includes upgrading the tunnel’s plenum ceiling and installing new passive fire protection (PFP,) which is where our FIRAS accreditation is so crucial.
The complexity of our work demonstrates the varied skills and accreditations necessary to deliver each of the diverse tasks involve in each project successfully.
Elevating standards and building trust
Our Accident Frequency Rate, which remains at zero for the fifth year in a row, is testament to our approach to reaching the highest standards of health and safety. Zero accidents means more than compliance; it reflects a team culture where every team member is committed to a secure working environment.
Our accreditations are not just certifications; they reflect our ethos – a commitment to excellence that runs throughout everything we do.