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A taste of Qualis - Jack Brown
Harlow College student, Jack Brown, joined the Qualis family last week to gain first-hand experience of working in the communications and marketing industry.
Qualis launches Community Benefit Fund to support those making a difference in our community
If you are involved in or know of a fantastic community-focused event or project benefitting Epping Forest District Council housing tenants, why not apply for funding through Qualis’ Community Benefit Fund?
Cottis Yard car park upgrade works
Work to upgrade the perimeter balustrading at the Cottis Yard car park will begin on Monday 22 January following concerns raised about the potential for the existing balustrading to be climbed.
Cottis Yard fully open, free December weekend parking
Following concerns about the potential for the balustrading on the upper levels of the Cottis Yard car park to be climbed, we have put in place temporary barriers and are patrolling the car park 24 hours a day.
Cottis Yard car park update 18 December - all levels open
All levels of the car park are open following the installation of temporary barriers around the perimeter of the car park on the upper levels.
Cottis Yard car park - important notice
The safety of the community is our number one priority. In response to safety concerns raised about the potential for the perimeter balustrading in the Cottis Yard car park to be climbed, Qualis advises it is taking the following proactive action:
Qualis Commercial are proud to announce the opening of the all new Cottis Yard car park
Following much anticipation, the brand new, state-of- the art car park at Cottis Yard in Epping has today opened its doors for the very first time.
Cottis Yard car park opening
We're pleased to confirm that the new car park at Cottis Yard will be opening Thursday, 2 November 2023.
Cottis Yard - Meanwhile Space Vendor Opportunity
Following the construction of the ‘meanwhile space’ beside the new Cottis Yard car park, we are proud to provide local vendors with the chance to promote their goods and services.
Everything you need to know about the new Cottis Yard car park
With the opening of the brand-new car park at Cottis Yard set for the coming weeks we wanted to share the essential information you will need to know when using this facility.
Cottis Lane - Meanwhile space update
As part of the planning approval in June, Qualis Commercial is providing a temporary meanwhile space ahead of the start of the second phase of work at the Cottis Lane site, which will include retail and leisure units.
Qualis sponsors Business Breakfast for the Next Generation
We are incredibly pleased to share that we will be sponsoring the Epping Campus Business Breakfast for the New City College as part of their Industry Insights Events.
Qualis is a proud sponsor of the Essex Housing Awards
Qualis is thrilled to be a category sponsor at the 2023 Essex Housing Awards.
State-of-the-art new car park at Cottis Lane, Epping, approaches completion
Construction of the new state-of-the-art car park at Cottis Lane in Epping is approaching completion, marking a significant step towards the future development of Epping town centre.
Qualis Group announce new Chair of Group Board, Brian Johnson
Qualis is proud to announce the appointment of Brian Johnson as the new Chair of the Qualis Group Board and Non-Executive Director.
Cottis Lane Car Park update - walkway closure
As part of the ongoing development of the new Cottis Lane Car Park, we need to close the temporary walkway behind the M & S carpark.
Artwork by Epping Primary School children takes centre stage on Qualis Homes' new Verdant Place hoarding
Qualis Homes, together with Epping Primary School and artist Veronica Rowlands, has brought art into the heart of Epping.
Qualis Homes announces the start of construction at flagship development, Springwood Grove, in Epping
Work to deliver 45 high-quality, sustainable new homes in Epping town centre has officially begun, Qualis Homes has announced.
Qualis Commercial issued resolution to grant planning permission for Roundhills, Waltham Abbey
On 19th April Epping Forest District Council’s Development Committee meeting issued a resolution to grant planning permission to Qualis Commercial for its Roundhills development in Waltham Abbey.
Qualis Management updates its name to Qualis Property Solutions
To better reflect the range of services that Qualis Management carries out following the recent transfer of EFDC’s grounds maintenance service, the company has updated its name to Qualis Property Solutions.
Qualis Group wins internationally recognised health and safety accolade
For the second year in a row, Qualis Group has received a RoSPA Silver Health and Safety Award, demonstrating its commitment to health and safety excellence.
EFDC Grounds Maintenance team transfers to Qualis Management
From Tuesday 2nd May 2023 Qualis Management will be responsible for delivering the grounds maintenance service to Epping Forest District Council and their current external clients.
ANNOUNCING THE LAUNCH OF QUALIS HOMES WITH NAMES FOR FLAGSHIP DEVELOPMENTS IN EPPING TOWN CENTRE REVEALED
The highly anticipated launch of Qualis Homes has today been announced with the names of two landmark residential schemes in Epping town centre revealed.
Qualis Group achieves ISO 45001 Certification
Following its successful first stage audit in October 2022, Qualis Group has achieved full ISO 45001 SSIP Certification from the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS0), the sole national accreditation body.
Driving Sustainability and Improving the Customer Experience
Qualis Management has formed a partnership with Crystal Clear Windows to provide a sustainable, cost effective and innovative solution for the repair of failed and ‘misted’ double-glazed windows for its customers.
National Apprenticeship Week: Providing local apprenticeship and employment opportunities
This week marks National Apprenticeship Week and as a committed local employer, Qualis Management is providing three exciting apprenticeship opportunities for those wishing to embark on a rewarding career in the industry.
Qualis Commercial appoints Davis Construction to build its first homes
Qualis Commercial has appointed Davis Construction as its contractor on the former Conder site in Epping Town Centre.
Removal of boundary wall at St Johns
The boundary wall which fronts the high street on Qualis Commercial’s St Johns Road development in Epping town centre will be taken down on Saturday 14th January as part of the conclusion of the demolition phase on site.
One day closure for footpath at Cottis Lane
Qualis Commercial will be temporarily closing the footpath around the Cottis Lane Car Park site on Monday 16th January 2023 to allow hoarding graphics to be installed around the perimeter of the site.
Advanced warning of large vehicles arriving at Cottis Lane
As part of ongoing construction works on Wednesday 4th January a mobile crane and ballast trailer, which is the equivalent size of an M&S articulated lorry, will be arriving on site at the Cottis Lane Car Park. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.
Planning application submitted for former garden nursery site in Pyrles Lane, Loughton
Qualis Commercial has submitted a planning application to build 48 new homes and apartments on the former garden nursery site at Pyrles Lane, Loughton.
End of year performance and achievements
Qualis Management is committed to providing high quality property services to our customers and stakeholders and over the past year we are extremely proud of what the team has achieved.
Shortlisted at Key Industry Awards
Qualis Management has been shortlisted in the National Housing Maintenance Forum Awards for Most Innovative Property Service.
Open for Business - Free Parking in Epping at Weekends this Christmas
With the festive season fast approaching and a local favourite, Epping Christmas Market taking place on Saturday 3rd December, free parking is being provided at weekends throughout December to encourage people to support their local High Street.
Qualis launches partnership with New City College to provide apprenticeship opportunities
An apprenticeship programme to provide jobs for local people has been launched through a partnership with Qualis Management and New City College.
Providing community facilities through our developments
Celebrations over the weekend saw the much-anticipated new playground at Lower Swaines Recreation Ground officially open after three years of fundraising by Epping Playground Association.
Senior appointment for Qualis Living
Qualis Living has appointed Ian Mudge as Head of Portfolio Management who will work directly for the Group Operations Director.
Qualis appoints Group Head of Health and Safety
Qualis has strengthened its team with the appointment of Jacobus Johannes (JJ) Karsten as Group Head of Health and Safety.
Councillors mark the official ground-breaking for new multi-storey car park in Epping
The Leader of Epping Forest District Council, Cllr Chris Whitbread and Ward Councillor Holly Whitbread were on site last week to mark the official ground-breaking of the new multi-storey car park in Epping Town Centre.
Qualis Management introduces Live Chat to enhance its customer offering
Qualis Management has introduced Live Chat as part of its ongoing commitment to develop its customer service offering.
Electrical works to take place at St John’s Road temporary car park, Epping
Qualis Commercial has appointed UK Power Networks to install a temporary electrical supply to power lighting at the temporary car park on St John’s Road , Epping. The work is expected to take place on Thursday 29th September between 8am and 5pm and Friday 30th September between 10am and 1pm.
Work to take place to protect and maintain the Great Crested Newts habitat during development works
Qualis has secured a licence from Natural England for minor works to take place at its Conder development at one boundary to enclose the Great Crested Newt Pond to protect and maintain their habitat during the redevelopment works and beyond. These works are essential at this time to facilitate the development works.
Temporary Car Park at St John’s Road, Epping
The temporary car park at St John’s Road is now open for members of the public to use while work is being carried out to deliver the new multi-storey car park at Cottis Lane.
First phase of works begins
The 5th September 2022 is an exciting milestone for the town’s redevelopment plans as the first phase of works begins on delivering the multi-storey car park in Epping Town Centre.
Cottis Lane Car Park closes for work to start on new multi-storey car park in Epping
The existing Cottis Lane Car Park will close from the evening of 2nd September 2022 to enable construction to commence on the new 330 space multi-storey car park in Epping Town Centre which is expected to be completed by Summer 2023.
Kick start your career with Qualis
Qualis Management has an exciting apprenticeship opportunity, open to anyone aged 16 or over. The company is offering a Business Administration Apprenticeship, which starts in September and enables the successful candidate to gain a broad understanding of the business, working in a variety of departments, alongside completing a nationally recognised apprenticeship qualification.
Work to start on multi-storey car park in Epping
Work is starting shortly on a new 330 space multi-storey car park in Epping Town Centre which forms part of exciting redevelopment plans for the town.
Qualis Management appoints Laker to deliver void and planned maintenance
Qualis Management has appointed Laker BMS as its main sub-contractor partner for the next five years. The partnership will deliver planned and voids work while achieving increased value for money.
Providing local apprenticeship opportunities
As part of its ambitious growth plans and commitment to providing career and training opportunities for the local community, Qualis Management has launched four apprenticeship positions to allow successful candidates to build a rewarding career with a local employer.
Qualis Commercial submits application to provide temporary parking provision for local community
In advance of work starting on site at Cottis Lane, Epping this summer to deliver a brand-new multi-storey car park, Qualis Commercial has submitted a planning application to create temporary parking within the St John’s Road site.
First stages of Epping Town Centre regeneration begin
The first stages of the regeneration of Epping Town Centre have begun with the demolition of the vacant offices behind Epping Forest District Council’s Civic Offices to make way for much needed quality new homes
Sewer diversion works at Cottis Lane Car Park
From Monday 6th June Qualis Commercial’s contractors will be diverting an existing sewer that is currently located within the Cottis Lane car park site into a new position along Cottis Lane. These works are the first stage of the Epping Town centre regeneration and allow the new multistorey car park to be built.
Soft strip works at St Johns School site
Qualis Commercial has started initial soft strip works on site at the former St John’s school in Epping to make safe access to the locally listed buildings in preparation for bat surveys and to record historic features.
Temporary car park lighting on election night
On the evening of Thursday 5th May, the Civic Centre will be used to count the results of the local elections. To ensure the safety of all those taking part, Epping Forest District Council will be installing temporary lighting in the Conder car park area during the count to enable people access to their cars safely during the night. The lighting will be angled down to reduce the impact on neighbours.
Qualis Management strengthens its team with key appointment
Qualis Management has appointed Maria Sharples as Head of Operations (Planned and Business Development) to strengthen its senior management team. Maria will be leading the voids, planned works and creating new business opportunities.
Qualis Group receives RoSPA Silver Award for health and safety achievements
Qualis Group has received a RoSPA Silver Health and Safety Award. Organisations receiving a RoSPA Award are recognised as being world leaders in health and safety practice. Every year, nearly 2,000 entrants vie to achieve the highest possible accolade in what is the UK’s longest-running health and safety industry awards.
Car Park Survey at Cottis Lane and Bakers Lane
On Monday 25th April and Thursday 28th April 2022 Qualis Commercial’s Traffic and Transportation Consultants, CTS Traffic and Transportation Ltd will be carrying out a car park survey at Cottis Lane Car Park and Bakers Lane Car Park with the general public.
Qualis Commercial expands its team
Following the company gaining planning permission for five key development sites in Epping Town Centre, Qualis Commercial has expanded its team with the appointment of Emily Gilchrist as Sales and Marketing Manager.
EFDC transfers gas work stream to Qualis Management
From Friday 1st April 2022 Qualis Management will be responsible for providing the gas breakdown and annual servicing to customers renting their homes from Epping Forest District Council.
Start your career with us…
As part of our commitment to provide employment opportunities for the local community we were pleased to be part of last week’s Epping Forest Consortium Career Fest at New City College, Epping Forest Campus.
Green light for work to start on sites in Epping
Planning permission has now been granted following the planning committee decision last October for work to start on five key development sites in Epping Town Centre.
Qualis helps Epping Playground Association exceed its fundraising target for Lower Swaines Recreation Ground
The long awaited Lower Swaines recreation ground redevelopment is finally able to take place, thanks to funding secured from Qualis Group.
Community invited to share their views at public consultation
Local residents in Loughton are being invited to take part in a public consultation to share their views on the redevelopment of the former garden nursery site on Pyrles Lane.
Qualis Management launches Amazon Connect to improve customer experience
As part of our ongoing commitment to customer experience Qualis Management has launched a new state-of-the-art call centre platform to modernise and improve the service we provide to our customers.
Supporting the leaders of tomorrow through apprenticeships, placements and T-Levels
With the launch of the 15th National Apprenticeship Week, Qualis Management is committed to supporting its team to develop the skills and knowledge needed for a rewarding career, through apprenticeships, work experience and placements.
Notice of CCTV Drainage Survey in Cottis Lane, Epping
On Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd February, Qualis Commercial’s contractors will be undertaking a CCTV drainage survey around the junction between Bakers Lane and Cottis Lane.
Temporary closure of Civic Pay and Display Car Park, Epping
On Thursday 27th January 2022 the Civic Pay and Display Car Park will be closed to allow Qualis Commercial’s contractors to complete re-lining works for the temporary car park layout. The works will last for one day and the car park will reopen on Friday 28th January with a new temporary layout.
Notice of internal strip out works of the Conder Building, Epping
Qualis Commercial is carrying out some initial strip out works of the Conder Building ahead of starting any demolition work on site for the future development. The works should involve minimal disruption and are only internal.
Notice of site investigation works at Cottis Lane Car Park, Epping
From Tuesday 11th January 2022 Qualis Commercial’s contractor will be carrying out some additional site investigation works in the Cottis Lane Car Park, involving trial pits and bore holes.
Qualis Group appoints Head of People and Culture
Sharon Thomson has been appointed as Head of People and Culture, to support and drive forward the growth of Qualis Group.
Expert Panellist at CHIC Conference
Last week Ben Johnson, Managing Director of Qualis Management joined a panel of experts at The Communities and Housing Investment Consortium Conference and Exhibition to discuss how to engage with the supply chain to help optimise efficiency and improve quality.
Qualis Commercial achieves planning for five sites in Epping
On 27 October, Epping Forest District Council’s Development Committee Meeting issued a resolution to grant planning permission to Qualis Commercial for five key development sites in Epping Town Centre. The sites include the delivery of a new leisure centre, a new multi-storey car park, commercial units and 269 high quality new homes.
Supporting mental health and wellbeing in the workplace
October 10th marks World Mental Health Day and the need for mental health support in the community and workplace has never been more important as we come through the challenges of the pandemic.
Qualis Management launches procurement for local sub-contractors
Qualis Management has launched a procurement exercise to appoint a local sub-contractor to work with the Qualis team to deliver void and planned maintenance as part of its growth plans over the next four years.
First Year Celebrations
It was great to see so many members of the team attend our first anniversary celebrations recently.
Waltham Abbey community growing project blooms
Residents and staff from Epping Forest District Council (EFDC) and Qualis Management worked in the hot weather on Wednesday 8th September to help brighten up two sites at Paradise Road and Greenyard in Waltham Abbey which have recently become part of the community growing project.
Qualis creates local employment opportunities
As part of its exciting and ambitious four-year growth plan, Qualis Management is expanding its team and creating several new career opportunities which are available to those living in the local area.
Qualis Management has started the first stage of its role out to use electric vehicles across its fleet. This forms part of Qualis Group’s ongoing commitment to reduce its impact on the environment.
Qualis becomes a Disability Confident Employer
Qualis has signed up to become a Disability Confident committed employer.
Qualis Four Year Business Plan approved by Epping Forest District Council
Qualis Business Plan, which sets the ambitious agenda for the growth and development of the organisation over the next four years, has been approved by Epping Forest District Council.
Qualis submits plans for the former Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool site
Qualis Commercial has submitted its planning application to build 28 quality new homes on the site of the former Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool.
Qualis secures third investment property in eight months
Qualis Living continues to grow its investment portfolio by completing its third acquisition in eight months.
New partnership provides Epping Forest District Council tenants with potential energy savings solutions
Qualis Management and Epping Forest District Council has formed a new partnership with Energy Angels to provide council tenants with potential savings on their energy bills.
Qualis Four Year Business Plan
Following many months of hard work, our first Four Year Business Plan has been published in a report to Epping Forest District Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee. This is the first step in the Shareholder’s approval process, and a significant achievement for Qualis, as it sets out the ambitious agenda for growth of the organisation over the next four years.
Armed Forces Week 2021
We are proud to show our support for Armed Forces Week which gives us all the chance to celebrate and give much deserved recognition to the whole Armed Forces community.
Public consultation begins on the site of the old Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool
Qualis Commercial is proposing to build 28 quality new homes on the site of the old Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool, which was closed in 2018.
Material storage pods to be used to increase efficiency and reduce carbon footprint
In partnership with Buildbase, part of the Grafton builder merchants’ group, Qualis Management has installed three material storage pods across the Epping Forest District to improve the efficiency of its service to customers and reduce its carbon footprint.
Qualis Commercial expands its Development Team
Qualis Commercial has appointed two Development Managers to expand its development team and work alongside Development Director, Simon Rutter.
Qualis Management creates job opportunities
Qualis Management is expanding its team with the recruitment of three new roles within the business. The company, which took over Epping Forest District Council’s housing repairs and void services at the end of September 2020, is encouraging people from the local community to join the company.
Qualis Group supports National Day of Reflection
Qualis Group is supporting a national day to remember those who have died during the pandemic, and to show support for everyone who has been bereaved.
Development Director joins Qualis Commercial
Qualis Commercial has appointed Simon Rutter as Development Director to drive forward the exciting development programme of key sites which will deliver new homes and amenities in the Epping Forest district.
Qualis Management joins Direct Works
As part of its commitment to continuously review and improve its service offering to customers, Qualis Management has become a member of Direct Works, the UK’s leading voice for specialists in social housing maintenance.
Qualis Group acquires its first two investment properties
Qualis Group completed its first two property deals at the end of 2020. The Group plans to build a diverse investment portfolio that will provide long term secure income.
COMMUNITIES ACROSS EPPING FOREST DISTRICT SET TO BENEFIT FROM NEW PARTNERSHIP
A new Community Interest Company (CIC) is being set up to deliver a range of ambitious projects to benefit the people and communities of Epping Forest District. Established through a partnership between Qualis Group and leading regeneration specialists Primera Corporation, the CIC (to be known as Qualis Community Ltd) will work to improve the socio-economic aspirations for all, including the most disadvantaged communities, and collaborate with existing community groups and stakeholders.
Qualis Group appoints MD to Qualis Management
Following the successful launch of Qualis Management at the end of September 2020, Qualis Group has appointed Ben Johnson, as Managing Director of Qualis Management.
Qualis Management continues to offer repair service to customers during new lockdown
Following the Government’s announcement of a new national lockdown, Qualis Management is committed to continuing to provide a full repair service to customers renting their homes from Epping Forest District Council. We are continuing to follow the Government guidance, which applies to construction and trade work.
Qualis Commercial submits planning applications for Bakers Lane Car Park and Cottis Lane sites
Following extensive public consultation with Epping Forest residents, businesses, local Councillors and interested organisations, Qualis Commercial has submitted planning applications for its Bakers Lane Car Park and Cottis Lane sites.
Notice of survey works at St Johns, Epping
A pre demolition and refurbishment survey will be taking place on the three retained buildings at the St John’s Road site on Monday 4th January 2021.
Qualis Management housing repairs transfer success
Following the transfer of council housing repairs and voids services to Qualis Management at the end of September 2020, Qualis has seen a reduction in waiting times for tenants and a significant increase in productivity.
Residents of Epping Forest District Council have until Friday 13th November to have their say on Qualis Commercial’s exciting plans for its five sites in Epping Town Centre.
Residents of Epping Forest District Council have until Friday 13th November to have their say on Qualis Commercial’s exciting plans for its five sites in Epping Town Centre.
First visuals of exciting new plans for Epping Town Centre
Great news! The first visuals for Qualis Commercial’s exciting plans for Epping Town Centre have been revealed ahead of the second public consultation starting next week.
Your feedback is developing future plans. Revised proposals show enhanced leisure centre plans
First round consultation feeds into evolving plans Sports Hall and squash courts added to Leisure Centre proposals Car parking prioritised Qualis seeks further views on proposed amendments Qualis Commercial has listened to your views and made changes to the initial plans. They are now seeking further feedback on these revised proposals for the five sites in Epping Town Centre.
Qualis announces second public consultation to start on 2nd November
Qualis Commercial, the Epping Forest District Council-owned company, is excited to announce the dates commencing 2nd November for the second public consultation to present its revised plans for the five sites in Epping Town Centre.
Qualis Commercial carries out site investigation works
Further site investigation works will be taking place on Qualis Commercial’s five sites in Epping town centre over the next four weeks.
Qualis Management provides the Council Housing repair service
From Monday 28th September 2020 Qualis Management is delighted to be responsible for providing the day to day housing repair service to tenants renting their homes from Epping Forest District Council.
As part of its initial stage of engagement with the local community, Qualis Commercial is encouraging residents and those who work in Epping to view and provide feedback on the suggested proposals for its five sites in Epping at a public exhibition.
Proposed new Leisure facility for Epping
Since Qualis Commercial uploaded drawings and information about initial proposals for the five sites in Epping to its Commonplace platform last Friday, there has been a great response on the consultation platform.
Working together for Epping
As part of its commitment to bring improved housing, economic growth and public amenities to the Epping Forest District, Qualis Commercial is assessing the future regeneration of five sites in Epping that have been identified in the Local Plan.
Qualis Group - shaping our communities for tomorrow
An innovative new company ‘Qualis Group’ has been established by Epping Forest District Council (EFDC) to ensure that the council’s objectives to create more jobs, grow the local economy, improve housing and public amenities are achieved going forward. With central Government funding to councils being reduced from 2020/2021, EFDC has embraced the commercial opportunities that will provide funding back to the Council.