June Celebrations – The Kingston Barnes team have finished June 2018 on a high!

Congratulations to the whole team; with a special shout out to our stand out members who are celebrating various personal goals.

From left to right:

Frank Parker and Becca Elliott celebrate their 1st placements! Both Frank and Becca joined the Engineering team in April and two months in have successfully placed new candidates into exciting positions. They have both made a very promising start and we are looking forward to seeing big things to come from both of them!

Justin Reynolds, who heads up our Engineering Team is celebrating his 2-year anniversary with us! Within two years at Kingston Barnes, he has not only started a new division from scratch but he has grown it to be the successful team of 6 that it is today! Amazing work Justin, we are proud to have you onboard!

Sam Hewitt is our latest junior member of staff to be promoted from Resourcer to Senior Resourcer – congratulations!! We believe that it is important to promote from within; what better way to be at the top of your game than by working your way up through each level to get there. Sam has shown fantastic initiative and has proven himself as a vital member of the Construction team.

Sam Coggins, one of our Senior Consultants within freelance construction is celebrating his 1st year anniversary with us! Sam joined us last year to work in our white collar freelance team, helping find long term contract positions for Site Manager’s, Engineers and QS’s. Sam has really enjoyed the new area and is looking forward to the busy holiday period ahead.

It is so important to celebrate milestones and successes so well done to all – enjoy your champers!!

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KINGSTON BARNES & CONSTRUCTING EXCELLENCE – We had a fantastic day at the South West Construction Summit, followed by a fabulous evening at the South West Built Environment Awards which was celebrating its 11th year of excellence within the industry.

The South West Construction Summit was a combined Conference and Exhibition and bought together the regional construction industry and its supply chain to explore opportunities, major projects, client commitments and procurement best practice.

The event strives to guide and help the South West built environment sector to define their route map for grasping the strategic opportunities in a lively and structured way, allowing for plenty of input from industry leaders and their suppliers coalescing around a range of key themes.

The evening event was hosted by Suzi Perry, broadcast journalist. The regional awards are well recognised as being in a class of their own; they bring together the industry and celebrate the best of the South West region. It is a high point in the regional construction calendar and each year it commands the attention of industry professionals from across the South West.

A great number of leaders and innovators from across the construction sector gathered at Ashton Gate Stadium – Bristol to celebrate the very best industry projects.

We are again a proud sponsor of the Future Leader Award, and Kingston Barnes would like to say huge congratulations to Sophie Smith from Atkins for winning the award!

We would also like to extend our congratulations to the runners up and the rest of the evening’s winners. Andrew Carpenter, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence South West said: “I would like to congratulate everybody who took part in the South West Built Environment Awards from the finalists through to the winners of this prestigious awards ceremony, that honours the best names in the industry. The awards are a fantastic celebration of everyone’s achievements.”

Kingston Barnes is passionate in understanding and having strong knowledge of the industry which is why we choose to sponsor these awards. It keeps us ‘in the know’ and ensures our roots are deeply ingrained in the construction world.

It was a great evening and we look forward to sponsoring and attending again next year!!


BRISTOL CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL SENSORY PLAY AREAS TRANSFORMED… Kingston Barnes are thrilled to have helped fund the sensory play area at the children’s hospital.

The play areas have undergone an extensive renovation to meet the growing demand for specialist sensory facilities, thanks to funding from Bristol Children’s Hospital charity The Grand Appeal and Kingston Barnes.

We managed to raise the money through a variety of charity days that we arranged. These include golf days, football tournaments, a family fun fair and our very own James Kingston who completed a half Ironman.

The renovation includes the installation of a range of interactive sensory play equipment such as colour washing light projections and a new control panel to enable the Grand Appeal Sensory Play Practitioner to easily adapt sessions to each child’s specialist needs. A new outdoor space has been created which features a range of sensory activities including a full body support swing, a water feature and interactive light and sound panels.

Sensory play is an essential part of child’s development and is particularly effective for children with disabilities and special needs, helping them develop important life skills including colour recognition, vocalisation and motor skills. Sensory play can also act as an essential outlet for children who are in pain, distressed or anxious about their stay in hospital. As a major trauma centre for the entire South West region, and a leading paediatric neurosurgery centre, the hospital cares for many patients with a range of complex additional needs which require specialist sensory support.

Thank you to all of our clients and suppliers that have been involved with our fund raising; we are delighted to show how your kind donations have helped changed the lives of children with disabilities and special needs.

Our current fundraising project is to raise £15,000 so we can purchase a state of the art incubator for premature babies on behalf of Above and Beyond. The Incubator for babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St Michael’s Hospital, provides much more visibility for parents to see their very small and sick baby than a normal incubator does. It also means parents can cuddle their baby without taking them off the ventilator. This contact and visibility is vital for both a baby and its parents during these early days and weeks of life and is a fantastic cause to be raising money for.

We have a football tournament coming up over the summer and 10 KB employees are taking part in Tough Mudder in August in order for us to achieve our fundraising goal!

We look forward to your continued support and generosity.

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ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN DIVISION – RELAUNCHED! Kingston Barnes are delighted to be relaunching our Architecture and Design division and would like to welcome Dave Harries to the Kingston Barnes team.

Dave has joined us with extensive experience within the architectural and design sectors and will be heading up the division as part of the permanent construction team, when asked how Dave felt about joining KB he said “having worked with James previously, I have seen the exciting journey of how Kingston Barnes have grown to be a market leader and I have been impressed by their presence, reputation and growth plans for the future.

I am really looking forward to working with James, Kate and the team to build the Architecture and Design division. It’s an area I’m really passionate about and feel there is a big gap in the market where clients can find a better bespoke service identifying talent not on the market.

Our goal is to become the leading Architecture recruiter in the South West so it’s great being a part of a business keen to expand and invest. I haven’t worked for a company with so much energy and drive before, its infectious!”

James Kingston, Dave Harries and Kate Hallett

James Kingston said “We are thrilled to have Dave join us to expand our construction team even further with Architecture & Design. Having worked with Dave previously we know he mirrors Kingston Barnes’s high standards of recruitment and will be a great addition to the team to help us achieve our 2020 vision.

Having spent nearly 20 years recruiting key people in Architecture and Design, Dave has come in to build our team and enable Kingston Barnes to be the No1 recruiter in the South West. Our goal is to offer every business within the built environment great recruitment and Dave is the final piece of the puzzle now enabling us to have the infrastructure to do so.”

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