Progress on site at PET MRI

The team at the PET-MRI recently passed a milestone test in October by achieving the appropriate pass rate for the Radiation Shielding. At the start of the scheme, the University employed a Radiation Protection Agent to design and consult on the build and one of the key criteria is to test the build at an appropriate time to ensure compliance. On the 10th October, the site was cleared from 4pm and the test was successfully completed late into the night. This subsequently confirmed that the building is fit for its purpose and therefore allowed the job to progress without any need for remedial works. The scaffold strip has also been completed and as of the 11th November, the public and University staff have been able to see the building as intended. Feedback has been extremely positive and the EFM team from the University have even taken to twitter to express their delight. The client fit out phase is due to start as expected on the 25th November with the scanner due in...

Building Better Healthcare Awards 2019

Last week we attended the Building Better Healthcare Awards in London where we were shortlisted in two categories for our work at York Hospital. The first category was the Exemplary New Build or Refurbishment project category for which we submitted the Endoscopy Unit. The second category was the Estates and Facilities Team of the Year category for our 15 year working relationship with the Trust. Although not successful with an award, we were awarded a highly commended for the Estates and Facilities Team of the Year Award. Not every category had a highly commended and they said: “this was a difficult decision and was very close ,the judges decided to award a Highly Commended to Kier/York Hospital for their continued working...

Official opening at York Hospital Endoscopy Unit

Yesterday saw the official opening of the Endoscopy Unit at York Hospital. Following introductions from Simon Morritt (Chief Executive) the unit was opened by Mike Procter, former Chief Executive at the Hospital. The new flagship unit, built above the hospital’s existing physiotherapy department, has been designed to increase capacity to meet growing demand, improve the efficiency of patient flow and enhance the patient experience. The new unit will deliver improvements to diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy waiting times and increase the range of procedures offered, meaning fewer patients will have to travel to Leeds or Hull. Mike said: “I’m delighted to return to the Trust to officially open the new endoscopy and GI physiology unit. “It’s truly fantastic to see a unit that is 100 per cent designed around patients’ needs and complements their flow through the department. It’s bright and spacious, offering patients the best possible environment. I’d like to congratulate everyone...

Shaping Your World Plaque at Dewsbury Learning Quarter

Last week we visited our Dewsbury Learning Quarter project, now known as The Springfield Centre, to unveil the Shaping Your World plaque which is part of the Kier initiative to get 11-15 year olds into the Built Environment. The built environment needs 400,000 new recruits each year. People are the life blood of our industry, not bricks and mortar. Without people, we cannot build and maintain the homes, hospitals, schools, roads, rail lines, bridges, airports, power plants, offices, shops, factories and vast array of other buildings and infrastructure that our economy and communities need to function. But drawing a new generation of talent (specifically older Generation Z 11-15yr olds) into an industry that our research report shows is still misperceived as ‘muddy’ ‘manual’ ‘male dominated’ and ‘non-academic’ is a fundamental challenge and one that threatens £90bn of UK GDP. Kirkless College Principal, Marie Gilluley, said: “We are very proud of the great success of our Springfield Sixth Form Centre. The centre’s convenient location and excellent facilities are opening up learning opportunities to the wider community and transforming learning and lives in Dewsbury and we are delighted to embrace Kier’s initiative to attract more people into the Built...

Completion of basement and kitchen at Dixons Academy

On the 13th September we handed over the completed basement which houses the sixth forms dining area and kitchen at Dixons Academy in Bradford to a delighted Client. This follows on from the recent completion of the ground and first floor and the College is now fully operational to students and teachers. The reminder of the works to the second, third and fourth floors, the sports hall and coach house will continue until March 2020. The most recent milestone on the project is the completion of the steel frame for the sports...