Celebrations as Warrington Housing Association choose Ashley & McDonough Ltd as Gas Maintenance & Repairs Provider

The Ashley & McDonough Team are delighted to have been chosen by Warrington Housing Association to undertake the servicing and 3* maintenance of gas fired central heating systems in the Association’s homes.

The contract was procured through Fusion21’s Heating Systems Framework, via direct award and began on April 1st 2019.

Darren Cunningham, Chairman of Ashley & McDonough said “We are delighted to have been asked by the Warrington Housing Association Team to continue delivering the servicing and maintenance in resident’s homes.  This year the Ashley & McDonough Team will continue to be quality driven, meet and exceed KPI’s and look to add value at every juncture.”

Niki Stockton, Director of Operations at Warrington Housing Association commented: “I am pleased we have re-appointed Ashley & McDonough as our gas servicing contractor and we look forward to working in partnership with the team to continue to provide an excellent service, keep our customers safe and explore added value opportunities, such as promoting apprenticeships.”

Keith Rodgers, Category Manager at Fusion 21 said “We’re delighted that Ashley & McDonough will continue to support Warrington Housing Association with its gas servicing requirements – generating greater efficiencies whilst also helping to keep residents homes safe.”

Ashley & McDonough Qualify As Constructionline Gold Member

Constructionline have awarded Ashley & McDonough Ltd Constructionline Gold Member have assessed the company for standards in environmental management, quality management, equal opportunities, modern slavery act adherence and anti-bribery, corruption policies and health and safety.

Procurement for public sector works can be a time consuming and resource intensive process for smaller companies like us. This is why achieving Constructionline Gold Member is a big help to us in demonstrating competency, and gives confidence to our new and potential customers of the high standards they can expect.

Jordan Mahoney is an Outstanding Plumbing & Heating Apprentice

This time last year Jordan Mahoney was a 16 old pupil, studying at St Gregory’s High School, and revising for his GCSE exams. What a difference a year makes!

You will remember that Jordan secured an apprenticeship with Ashley & McDonough Ltd – our heating contractor. Jordan wanted to follow in his Grandad’s footsteps, as he was also a plumber. So, after a year of hard work Jordan is about to complete his first year of a Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Plumbing and Heatingat Warrington & Vale Royal College.

Jordan attends college 1 day per week, and spends the other 4 days receiving training in heating and plumbing installations in domestic properties working with senior engineers from Ashley & McDonough Ltd.

We caught up with Jordan on–site, at a new build development where he is working alongside Senior Engineer – Phil McLaren, installing whole heating systems and plumbing in bathrooms and kitchens to domestic homes.

When asked about how the Apprenticeship was going Jordan said “It’s amazing – I love being out on-site, and even though it’s hard work, I am learning so much, and my confidence grows each day. Under Phil’s guidance, I have been fitting pipework, hanging radiators and installing boilers, showers and sinks.  The topics that I have covered in College, including Gas Regulations, Health and Safety and the practical aspects of fitting pipework has helped me in understanding the importance of carrying out works to a very high standard. Earlier in the year, I was working with Servicing Engineers, servicing boilers, and checking smoke alarms in WHA homes. It makes it so special, and dauting, when you are working in your neighbours homes.”

Operations Manager for Ashley & McDonough – Colin Butterworth said “Our engineers are our greatest asset, and so it is important that we recruit and train the very best. Jordan has been very motivated from the beginning, he is showing real potential, and I am sure that he complete his apprenticeship with flying colours, and become an excellent Gas Safe Engineer that we can all rely on and be proud of.”

Mark Myers, Warrington Housing Association said “I am delighted to see our gas service contractor is embracing a culture of promoting apprenticeships”

Ashley & McDonough Ltd appointed as Wirral Methodist Housing Association Electrical Contractor

Following a tender process Ashley & McDonough Ltd have been selected to carry out the electrical testing and repairs, and PAT testing of Wirral Methodist Housing Association properties.

John Harris, Asset Manager at WMHA, said: “Ashley & McDonough was selected as part of a tender process and we are happy to be working with them on delivering this important area of compliance. We are confident that WMHA tenants will receive the best possible service when it comes to their electrical testing.”

“The contract will see Ashley & McDonough electrical engineers carry out high quality testing and repairs to proportion of WMHA homes. They will also provide safety checks on all smoke alarms, and replace where necessary.”

Jane Cunningham, Director of Ashley & McDonough said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this new contract with Wirral Methodist Housing Association. We look forward to delivering a high quality testing and repairs service.”

Ashley & McDonough secure Historic Port Sunlight Village Trust Gas Maintenance contract

Ashley & McDonough Ltd has been appointed by Port Sunlight Village Trust to deliver the servicing and maintenance of gas appliances to their properties.

Colin Butterworth, Operations Manager, Ashley & McDonough Ltd said “We are delighted to have been awarded the new contract to provide Gas Servicing and Maintenance. This is a continuation of the contract, and we hope for a long and positive relationship.All of the houses in Port Sunlight Village are Grade 2 listed. This means that they are of special historical and/or architectural interest, and so we are very careful when undertaking the gas servicing and repairs that we maintain the structure ”

Neil Moffatt, Director of Operations, Port Sunlight Village Trust said “We are looking forward to working closely with Ashley & McDonough to deliver the gas compliance programme, and to a very successful partnership.”

Ashley & McDonough Invest in Meeting Quality Standards and Minimising Environmental Impact

Simon Marsh, Development Director, Ashley & McDonough Ltd said “We are delighted to have passed stage 1 assessment for the Quality Management System and Environmental Management System to the 2015 ISO standards. This is a considerable investment in time, however we recognise the real benefits meeting the standards and ensuring high quality services across the whole of the business with a minimal environmental impact”

Mike Ashley, MD, Ashley & McDonough said “This is a significant accomplishment for our company and the result of tremendous teamwork by our employees.   Achieving Value for Money and reducing environmental impact are crucial to our business and our customers, so the standards help us to drive down costs, reduce waste, improve efficiency and improve our environmental impact. In turn, this will improve our competitive advantage and assure our customers of the quality service that we deliver.  We look forward to the final stage in June 2019″

The third party assessment was conducted by ISOQAR who are UKAS registered.

Team Bring It On: Jeff’s Story

Property Services Officer Jeff shares a story of a tenant who has taken the plunge thanks to a chance meeting with one of our contractors….

It was 21st March 2018 and it was a very average morning in the Mahoney house hold, who are Warrington Housing Association tenants living at Hood Manor.

The Coco Pops and Bran flakes had been served and Piers Morgan was mid- way through his morning shift, when there was a knock at the door.

Little did the Mahoney family know, that this knock at the door was to be the start of an amazing experience and opportunity of a lifetime for one member of the family, Jordan.

Jordan Mahoney was a 16 old pupil, studying at St Gregory’s High School and was shortly to begin sitting his GCSE exams.

The person knocking at the door was Craig. Craig is a heating engineer working for Ashley and McDonough on behalf of Warrington Housing Association and he had an arranged appointment to carry out a full heating upgrade at Jordan’s home.

The works were scheduled to take approximately 2 days to fully complete.

Jordan immediately developed an interest in the works and where safe to do so, assisted the engineers with all aspects of the works. The engineers were very impressed with Jordan’s application and attitude towards the works and discussions then took place regarding whether Jordan would be interested in pursuing a career as a heating engineer.

Following further discussions with Jordan’s parents and Mike Ashley from Ashley & McDonough, an interview was arranged for June 6th at the offices of WHA. The interview went very well and Mike Ashley offered Jordan an apprenticeship with Ashley & McDonough, which Jordan gratefully accepted.

Not only had Jordan secured an apprenticeship with a very reputable local plumbing and heating company, but also it had been his wish to follow in his Grandad’s footsteps, as he was also a plumber, a wish that had now come true.

Jordan is now looking forward to beginning what will hopefully be a long and rewarding career as a heating engineer and maybe one day, he will be carrying out heating upgrades at Hood Manor, where previously, a knock at his door, was to present him with the opportunity of a lifetime.

Good luck Jordan with your chosen career.

Ashley & McDonough today announces the introduction of its new Gas Installs Team

Ashley & McDonough today announces the introduction of its new Gas Installs Team and fleet of gas installation vans, servicing the North West of England.

The Team, headed up by Colin Butterworth, Gas Installs Manager, will allow the firm to carry out boiler installs for its social housing, public sector and private customers. Colin has been in the Gas Industry for almost 20 years, commencing his career at the Council as a Gas Apprentice. Colin has worked his way through the ranks, and is now our Install Manager, focused on completing installs to the highest standards, carrying out health and safety inspections, work in progress inspections, and post inspections to ensure all customers are safe and compliant.

This new Team forms part of an exciting time of growth for Ashley & McDonough Compliance Services, which has just seen the refurbishment of its head office in Prescot, Liverpool, the expansion of its Electrical Engineering Team, the announcement of the new Fire Protection and Security Team and a real growth in sales. The new Gas Install Team demonstrates our ongoing commitment to delivering the very best standard of service to our customers. Darren Cunningham Chief Executive of Ashley & McDonough Compliance Services said;

“It’s crucial that we provide the very best in gas installs engineering, and a seamless customer experience. I have personally worked with Colin in the past and I’m confident that Colin and his Team have the right experience and attitude to ensure the safety and compliance of our customers”.

New Fire Protection and Security Services Will Help to Create Jobs

Liverpool based Ashley & Mcdonough Compliance Services is set to create jobs and train apprentices, after diversifying into fire protection and security services.

 

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The Ashley & Mcdonough Team undertake Fire Risk Assessments and carry out the remedial works following FRA’s. We also install, maintain and provide call-out for fire alarms, including conventional and addressable systems, audible or monitored  with digicom, redcare, duelcom and emizon monitoring, emergency/escape lighting, intruder alarms, access control/door entry systems,  care line, dispersed systems and warden call installations, Intruder alarm systems – audible and monitored, CCTV – analogue and IP systems.

 

Darren Cunningham, Chief Executive of Ashley & Mcdonough said: “We are pleased to be able to expand the range of compliance services that we can offer to our customers and have been careful to find the very best talent for our Fire Protection & Security Team.”

Ashley & McDonough Compliance Service have a directly employed Engineering Team and Helpdesk. We work for a number of social housing customers delivering cyclical servicing, maintenance, reactive call out, repairs and installs in the following compliance areas:

  • Domestic and commercial heating
  • Plumbing and drainage
  • Water sampling and testing
  • Domestic and commercial electrical services
  • Electric storage heating
  • PAT testing
  • Small power installations
  • Air conditioning and ventilation
  • Emergency lightening
  • Warden call system
  • CCTV
  • Lighting protection
  • Fire and security
  • Solar panels
  • Heat Interface Units
  • Structured cabling

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Warrington Housing Association Apprentice Joins the Ashley & Mcdonough Engineering Team

Liam Nash, Property Services and Housing Management Apprentice, wanted a better understanding of the work of the Engineering Contractor Ashley & Mcdonough, so what better way to do it than to spend a day with the engineers!

Starting bright and early, Liam joined John Cotter, Service Engineer, on the gas servicing appointments for the day. Commenting on the experience, Liam said “I really did enjoy being out with the Ashley & Mcdonough Team. Normally, I receive the gas compliance certificates, once the gas service is complete, so it was interesting to see the gas servicing process take place in our residents’ homes. I now have a much better appreciation of the gas service, and recognize how important the gas service is to the safety of our resident’s and their home.”

John Cotter, Service Engineer for Ashley & Mcdonough said “I was pleased to spend the day with Liam, and was glad that he enjoyed the experience. Carrying out gas safety inspections, servicing and repairing faulty gas appliances for Warrington Housing Association residents is my prime focus. I have been responsible for the gas safety servicing on Warrington’s homes for many years, and know many of the residents personally.  I care about their safety and respect their homes”

Liam will spend another day out soon with Fred Trainer, Lead Repair Engineer for Ashley & Mcdonough to get an appreciation of the Responsive Repairs Service.