Winners received a brand-new tablet to help with home learning. One of the happy winners pictured along with Team CTS member Simon Hylands & South Ulster Housing Association Representative Debra Black.
Congratulations to all 16 lucky winners.
Team CTS cares about the community we serve and happy to be involved in giving something back.
NI Water has awarded a contract valued at over £14 million pounds to local firms, Connect – Transform – Sustain (CTS) and Lowry Building & Civil Engineering. The companies have been awarded the Building’s Maintenance and Repair contract. Working in partnership with NI Water, the two companies will provide expert Facilities Management services across all of their sites.
Commenting on the announcement Ronan Larkin, Director of Finance & Regulation said, “I am delighted to announce that two local companies have been successful in securing this contract after what was an extremely robust tendering process.
“This contract will deliver building’s maintenance and repair services across our sites, enabling us to work together to continue to provide essential water and wastewater services to our communities, 24 hours a day 7 days a week.”
This contract will primarily focus on NI Water site repairs, building maintenance and proactive testing of key assets including lighting and alarms.
CTS, based in Warrenpoint, and with additional premises in Dublin, will be providing a full range of service maintenance work. The local firm which employs 160 people will be working across all of NI Water’s South East sites from Newry to Newtownards.
CTS Business Development Director, Serena Hylands“We are delighted to have secured this amazing contract. We look forward to working in partnership with NI Water for the next number of years. This is truly an exciting new chapter for CTS.”
Award winning and leading Facilities Management, building company and developer across the island of Ireland, Connect Transform Sustain has released CTS Workspace app.
We are delighted to launch our new ‘CTS Workspace’ App which
provides operatives with relevant job information.
This means our staff can avail of job information, allowing
things to run more efficiently and effectively.
With over 160 employees throughout the UK and Ireland, we
recognise that our employees are our greatest asset. Therefore, implementing
this app makes life easier for operatives and office staff.
Commenting on the new App, Joel Caldwell, IT Manager at CTS said; This app is designed to allow our engineers a smooth and secure access to the data that is essential for the business to run efficiently, it saves time for the engineer, the office and the workstream. It is a good step into a convenient and efficiency driven future.
Construction Safety Week is an opportunity to reflect on aspects of safety, health and overall wellbeing and to promote its importance throughout the workforce.
Due to the onset of the present COVID-19, CTS have modernized all tool box talks to go online with operatives attending Zoom toolbox talks, This means we can have 20 or 30 staff in 20 or 30 locations keeping safe instead of congregating in one room as what happened last year. This helps us comply with all safety regulations and COVID regulations in keeping our staff safe.
Meet Michael. Our Compliance team has taken on a new health
and Safety officer to ensure staff are not only using safety systems of work
but to also ensure they are wearing correct COVID PPE and abide by Govt
guidelines and company procedures.
To comply with all regulations, we have issued additional PPE and uniforms to staff. All members of staff also must complete an online COVID-19 self-risk assessment every day before stating work via the CoBabble app.
CTS recently sponsored Rostrevor ladies player, Caitlin McCartan ahead of their Ulster fixture.
CTS also recently sponsored Warrenpoint Town Football Club U14s (2007s) with their new jerseys. Team CTS member Serena presented manager Kieran Cunningham and the team with the jerseys. We wish them all the best for the season.
Team CTS support Gas Safety Week by spreading awareness on the tenth year of the campaign.
This year the focus is on how to keep safe as a community, especially during these challenging times.
Connect Transform Sustain teamed up with clients Clanmil Housing Association to launch a ‘Done in 1’ competition. Tenants are entered into the competition when they let team CTS into their home to service their boiler on the first visit. CTS operative Dominic and Clanmil team member Debbie presented Barbara with her £50 voucher.
Gas Safety Week is a great campaign reaching many people which helps to keep a gas safe nation. It is important to get your gas appliances checked annually by a Gas safe registered and qualified engineer.
Connect Transform Sustain is a Gas Registered Company with qualified engineers. You can find all our engineers on the Gas Safe Register.
Connect Transform Sustain have been awarded a new NIHE response maintenance contract in North Down and Ards area.
Due to the impact of Covid-19 the Housing Executive has implemented a number of interim response maintenance contracts.
Details of the new, short-term maintenance contract is as follows:Lot 3 – South Region: North Down – CTS Projects Ltd.
These interim contracts will take effect on September 1 and will initially run for a period of 12 months, with possible further extensions.
CTS CEO, Connaire McGreevy, is delighted to be awarded this
contract stating “During a time of uncertainty we are happy to be awarded
the contract and continue our partnership with the Housing Executive.
“We look forward to delivering repairs in the Ards and North Down area.
Business Development Director, Serena Hylands added that “from
a business development perspective, we are delighted to sustain our long-lasting
relationship with the Housing Executive.
“We are a company moving in the right direction as we continue to grow even through turbulent times.
“We look forward to carrying out the works to the 7,000 plus homes and we aim to exceed expectations by working passionately and relentlessly to create a better everyday life for both our clients and employees alike
Colm McQuillan, Director of Housing Services at the Housing Executive, said; “We congratulate our new partners and look forward to working with them to improve our homes and local areas from September.
“Before the onset of Covid-19, we were preparing to arrange procurement for new, long-term response maintenance contracts.
“However, as a consequence, due to current contracts expiring, we have implemented this interim arrangement.
“These interim contracts give us the flexibility to continue to review our position and provide continuity in this tenant orientated area.
On Monday 06th July, CTS operative Stuart Gillespie returned to work after overcoming a serious case of COVID-19.
Team CTS welcomed Stuart back with a round of applause on his arrival to our HQ in Warrenpoint.
Stuart is a window technician supervisor here at CTS. He was struck down with the virus back in late March while furloughed.
Stuart shares his experience with us;
“On Monday, I returned to work after 14 weeks of furlough and my experience of contracting the COVID-19 virus.
“It was a great feeling of getting the work clothes on and getting back to work and seeing everyone, being made so welcome on my return.
“There were times in my hospital stay that I was very low, but I would like to thank everyone from CTS who sent messages of kindness to myself and my wife and three girls.
“We are a close team and my recent experience as bad as it was only bolsters that feeling, so it’s back to work with a new lease on life and a determination that we as a company will come out of this pandemic stronger and motivated.
“Thanks again to all for your support from myself and my family.”
We would like to thank Stuart for sharing his experience and we are thankful he has made a full recovery. Team CTS welcoming Stuart back below.
CTS NI operations are still restricted to emergency repairs indoors, vacant property upgrades, external maintenance and legislative compliance such as Gas Safety checks.
We can reassure you that we are taking extra precautions when working with tenants in their homes. Click here to read more on this.
As a company dedicated to keeping people healthy in their homes we continue to deliver a service for our clients and customers.
We work passionately and relentlessly to create a better everyday life for both our clients and employees alike.
With this in mind, we wanted to reach out and reassure you that in these unprecedented times due to COVID-19, we are doing everything in our power to keep these vital frontline services operational.
We can reassure you that we are taking extra precautions when working with tenants in their homes. Safeguarding measures have been put in place with enhanced risk assessments and health and safety protocols. CTS operatives have been equipped with protective equipment along with following social distancing guidance, such as asking a customer to wait in the next room when work is being carried out.
Together we can achieve more. Please work with us during these difficult times and understand that repairs may take longer than usual.
We will continue to monitor the situation closely. Any more updates will be posted on our social channels.
CTS supports and recognises all the great work being carried out by women in Construction.
Women in Construction Week also takes place from 1-7 March. This is a holiday dedicated to changing the stereotypes that women face when it comes to careers by giving them new opportunities to look at; the construction industry has many places where women can advance and built a career for themselves.
We would like to share some of the success stories here at CTS. We have women involved in many different areas of the business, from Contract Manager to Apprentice Joiner.
Contract Manager Karen Foye shares
her success story at CTS.
“As someone who has worked my way up the ranks within CTS to
a Senior Contract Manager position, I take great pride in working for such a
“The directors and team at CTS have been part of the journey
and process for the past year and a half, allowing me to grow professionally
and personally, while offering the support to juggle work and home life.
“As a woman in the construction and maintenance industry with
a very young family, it’s extremely hard to get a break into management, but
with CTS they have allowed me to develop my skills and become a senior
“With a family-oriented theme throughout the company they
understand and support the struggles of daily life, and I whole heartedly
appreciate every opportunity presented to me here with CTS.
“At CTS there is no gender divide and no opportunity lost, only support and dedication from everyone in the team.
This is one of many CTS success stories.
CTS Apprentice Joiner Shannon O’Doherty recently completed Fire Door Training at New World Developments. Shannon was the first woman to do the course.
To read more about Shannon’s CTS journey click here.