Construction Cup ’24: A day of triumph, team spirit, and social impact at Selhurst Park

On May 23, 2024, the Construction Cup ’24 brought together 20 teams from across the construction industry for an exhilarating day of football at Selhurst Park, the home ground of Crystal Palace FC. The event featured a mix of competition, camaraderie, and a strong social message providing a memorable occasion for all involved.

Celebrating the champions

In a thrilling final match, Scitech Europe emerged victorious, clinching the Construction Cup ’24 title. The final was a nail-biter, with Jack Hurst of Scitech Europe scoring a last-minute equaliser to make it 2-2, forcing the match into a dramatic penalty shootout. Scitech Europe held its nerve to claim the top spot.

CPS Building Services secured second place after a remarkable tournament, highlighted by a stunning goal from their number 9, who scored from the halfway line, smashing the ball into the top corner during the semi-finals. AF Switch Gear took home third place, rounding out the top three.

In the Construction Cup Conference League, AVK-SEG claimed the winner’s trophy. Meanwhile, Academy Consulting‘s Sofia Weed delivered a standout performance by scoring the winning penalty in the third-place playoff.

A unique experience at a Premier venue

The event provided an exclusive experience for the participants. The pitch was transformed into four standard 5-a-side fields, offering a Champions League-style tournament format. Players had the unique opportunity to use the home or away dressing rooms and showers, enhancing the professional feel of the competition. Following the matches, everyone gathered in the Malcolm Allison Lounge to celebrate with complimentary drinks and meals.

Supporting a vital cause

The Construction Cup ’24 proudly partnered with Unseen, a UK charity dedicated to eradicating modern slavery. The event not only showcased football talent but also raised awareness about the ongoing issue of modern slavery in the construction industry. A total of 163 players from 20 companies participated, with each team’s entry fee contributing to Unseen’s efforts.

Unseen provided a poignant introduction before the kick-off, shedding light on the extent of modern slavery within the construction sector. The charity’s mission to create a world without slavery was a central theme of the day, reinforcing the importance of education and action to combat exploitation.

Influencing positive change through sport

The power of sport to influence positive change was evident throughout the Construction Cup ’24. The event served as a platform to promote the anti-slavery message, drawing attention to the 141 cases of labour exploitation reported in the construction industry in 2022 and the 543 potential victims identified.

Dave Grant, Managing Director of Scitech, emphasised the event’s impact: “Our engagement with the Construction Cup ’24 has inspired us to bolster the anti-slavery sections within our supply chain prequalification and monitoring arrangements. This isn’t merely about compliance; it’s about taking a stand, ensuring our practices reflect our ethos, and leading by example in our industry.”

Looking ahead

The Construction Cup ’24 team hopes the event will inspire companies across the construction industry to take meaningful actions against modern slavery. Unseen’s educational efforts aim to equip workers with the knowledge and confidence to identify and report signs of exploitation, fostering a safer and more ethical working environment.

For more information and to support Unseen’s vital work, visit our Just Giving page.

Final Standings

Construction Cup ’24:
1. Scitech Europe
2. CPS Building Services
3. AF Switch Gear

Construction Cup Conference League:
Winner: AVK-SEG

Scitech to attend SNMMI Annual Meeting in Toronto

We are excited to attend the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) Annual Meeting in Toronto from June 8-11. Recognised as the premier educational, scientific, research, and networking event in nuclear medicine and molecular imaging, this meeting provides a unique platform to showcase Scitech’s expertise in the field.

Leading radiopharmaceutical expertise

Our subject matter experts are skilled at working with companies to develop or expand their nuclear medicine facilities, leveraging two decades of experience to manage the varied complexities of these projects. Our teams provide consultancy services and deliver full lifecycle projects for clients worldwide, with experience covering all stages of design and engineering services, from early strategic and technical advice to construction, qualification and validation, and regulatory compliance.

Over the course of four days, the SNMMI Annual Conference will offer attendees, including physicians, technologists, pharmacists, laboratory professionals, and scientists, a comprehensive exploration of the latest research and developments in nuclear medicine and molecular imaging. Moreover, it will delve into practical applications tailored for clinical settings, ensuring a well-rounded understanding of the industry’s advancements.

Showcasing radiopharmaceutical facility design

Representing Scitech at the event will be Dave Grant, Managing Director of Scitech Ltd; Marlous van der Hooft, Managing Director of Scitech GmbH; and Mark Randle, Scitech Sales Manager. They will showcase Scitech’s 20 years of continuous experience delivering a wide range of radiopharmaceutical projects.

Dave Grant commented: “The advancements in nuclear medicine and molecular imaging hold immense promise. These current strides are laying the foundation for improved diagnostics and more precisely targeted therapies, offering a brighter outlook for patient well-being. As we look to the future, we anticipate even more innovative applications and breakthroughs that will transform how we understand and treat various medical conditions. It is an exciting time to be part of this field, and we are committed to contributing to its growth and development.”

For more information about Scitech’s radiopharmaceutical services or to schedule a meeting with our experts at the SNMMI Annual Meeting, please visit our website or contact Dave, Marlous, or Mark. You can find us at booth 1930.

Moving more for your mental health

Scitech observes Mental Health Awareness Week with active participation.

At Scitech, we work hard throughout the year to ensure that we are not just paying lip service to mental health; we’re actively engaged in fostering a culture where mental well-being is a priority, every single day. But that’s not to say that we don’t embrace Mental Health Awareness Week and the opportunities it provides to further raise awareness of what help is available and how we should all be looking out for each other. 

Our Mental Health Week activities

Kicking off the week, we emphasized the importance of movement for mental well-being. Encouraging our colleagues to take breaks, embrace walking meetings, and incorporate physical activity into their daily routines, we highlighted the undeniable link between physical and mental health. It was a reminder that small changes in our habits can make a significant difference in our overall well-being.

As the week progressed, we delved into the world of literature on Tuesday, with colleagues sharing inspiring books and personal insights. This exploration of the written word served as a reminder of the power of storytelling and how it can offer solace and perspective during challenging times.

Wednesday saw us focusing on the importance of stretching and movement exercises to alleviate muscular tension and promote relaxation. By incorporating these simple exercises into our daily routines, we were reminded of the interconnectedness of mind and body, and the importance of self-care.

Thursday brought a spotlight on Adrian Jones, a colleague whose dedication to cycling serves as a testament to the benefits of physical activity for mental health. Adrian’s candid insights into his fitness journey resonated deeply with us, reinforcing the idea that physical exercise can be a form of therapy in itself.

Our activities will culminate today (17 May) in a “Listen and Share” session, where colleagues have the opportunity to open up about their own mental health experiences. This session aims to foster a sense of community and solidarity as we listen, empathise, and support one another.

As we reflect on Mental Health Awareness Week, we are reminded of the importance of prioritising mental health not just during this designated week but every single day.

Scitech earns AZCAS quality award

We are proud to announce that Scitech has been recognised at the AstraZeneca Construction and Safety (AZCAS) awards, where we received a quality award in collaboration with BGEN, the project fit-out contractor. The accolade acknowledges our significant contribution to the Mechanical Completion (A1) handover process throughout the Zoladex programme in 2023.

Chris Leman, EMEA C&Q Portfolio Lead at AstraZeneca, said: “The A1 handover process was pivotal to the project, requiring meticulous attention to detail and adherence to strict safety standards. From rigorous CTOP reviews to numerous walkdowns, the Scitech team navigated the challenges with resilience and commitment, ensuring milestones were met with precision and safety was paramount.”

Integral to this success were the comprehensive Commissioning and Qualification Safe System of Work (C&Q SSOW) and Risk Assessment and Method Statement (RAMS) procedures developed by Scitech. These meticulously crafted protocols not only facilitated smooth operations, but also set a benchmark for global best practices that AstraZeneca aims to implement moving forward.

Furthermore, Scitech’s support in the Continuous API (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient) processes this time in conjunction with Mace and bolstered the efficiency of the project A1 handover process, underscoring its versatility and collaborative spirit in complex project environments.

Dave Grant, Scitech Managing Director, said: “The recognition at the AZCAS awards reaffirms Scitech’s commitment to excellence and safety in every facet of its operations, setting a standard in the industry.”

Spotlight on Joanna Finch, HR Adviser and Mental Health First Aider

Embarking on a mission to prioritise employee well-being, Scitech launched a comprehensive wellbeing programme with a dedicated team of mental health first aiders. Here we talk to HR Adviser Joanna Finch, who oversees the initiative, to delve deeper into its impact and implementation.

Eroding mental health taboos

“There’s been a significant shift in recent years in the public consciousness about the importance of mental health,” says Joanna. “Slowly, we are seeing taboos broken down and people are speaking out. However, there is still more to be done and we know that the construction industry is particularly vulnerable.”

Joanna explains: “Unfortunately, workers in construction continue to be some of the highest risk of suicide in the country, at 3.7 times higher than the national average according to the charity Mates in Mind. We operate within the construction sector, so we are keenly aware of this as an organisation.”

As an HR team, Joanna and her colleagues are continually looking for ways to improve employee wellbeing and ensuring that the organisation provides the right environment for people to be happy at work. At an HR networking event, the idea for Mental Health First Aiders first presented itself.

“In 2019, we attended an insightful talk by Katie Buckingham, the founder and director of Altruist Enterprises at the Surrey and Sussex HR Forum. Katie is extremely passionate about mental health issues, both in the workplace and in a wider setting,” explains Joanna. “She works in partnership with organisations to aid the development of emotionally intelligent managers, enabling them to support themselves and their teams more effectively. After the event, my colleague Emma Dawas (HR Director) and I met Katie to discuss ideas for training a number of our Employees to support colleagues who may be struggling with their mental health .”

Mental Health First Aiders

Scitech’s Mental Health First Aiders are volunteers trained by Mental Health First Aid England to provide initial support to someone experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis until professional help can be obtained or the situation is resolved. Similar to physical first aid, Mental Health First Aid training teaches participants how to recognise common mental health issues, offer initial assistance, and guide individuals toward appropriate professional support and resources.

Talking about why she decided to volunteer to become a Mental Health First Aider, Jo says: “I lost a family member to suicide, so I wanted to become a Mental Health First Aider for personal reasons. The initiative launched with six of us but it has now expanding to ten, with at least one Mental Health First Aider in every office.”

Providing a listening ear

Joanna explains that the role involves simple acts such as asking people how they are and, if you know someone is struggling, regularly checking in to see if they need extra support through the company’s Employee Assistance programme or other formal support schemes.

“We can’t undertake the role of counsellors, but we can support people to access help and actively look for signs that someone may be struggling,” Joanna says. “There are many reasons why someone may need help – bereavement, cancer, sickness absence, challenges associated with caring responsibilities can all impact our mental health.

Joanna adds: “We also understand that some employees may not feel comfortable confiding in their managers. So, as Mental Health First Aiders, we can be a listening ear and can signpost support to those in need.”

Supporting health and wellbeing at Scitech

The initiative is part of the wider Health and Wellbeing programme which is run by an employee committee. It has an annual programme of events ranging from webinars, staff talks, and sharing practical advice to improve the overall health and wellbeing of all employees to improve their mental health. “Our staff talks have been particularly powerful,” says Joanna. “They are a good way of showing that it is ok to talk about suffering from depression or anxiety. It helps to open discussions and create an environment where people feel able to ask for help.”

Scitech’s Mental Health First Aiders and Wellbeing Programme are designed to cultivate a workplace where every team member can thrive, both personally and professionally. “By prioritizing mental health, providing support, and fostering open dialogue, we are not only building a happy and healthy team but also creating a culture of care and compassion,” says Joanna. “Together, we are shaping an environment where everyone feels valued, supported, and empowered to reach their fullest potential!”