Park Hill Flats in Sheffield

We have been on site at Park Hill Flats since February 2019 undertaking the refurbishment of a section of the Grade II listed building. The scheme includes the full refurbishment of the site which will provide 356 bedrooms for students studying in Sheffield. In December the scaffold started to come down to reveal the new façade of the building and along with this we have completed a show flat for the client. Take a look at the drone footage below to see what’s happening on site at present. Learn more about this project: ...

Park Hill Flats – Time Capsule Burial and Show Flat

On 12 December 2019, we held a time capsule event at Park Hill Flats in Sheffield. The time capsule was filled in June, and contains items from Kier, Alumno, Whittam Cox and S1 Artspace and had been left unsealed so other objects could be added. The event on was attended by Alumno, Places for People, and Whittam Cox Architects, and the capsule was buried near one of Park Hill’s retaining walls. Representatives from Alumno, Places for People and Whittam Cox Architects were also given a site visit with a tour of the new show flat. We are aiming to complete Park Hill for the new student intake September 2020, with site works currently progressing well. Recently the first show unit was completed and as the scaffold is starting to be removed, the external facade of the building is being...

Dixons Academy – CCS visit and progress on site

Dixons Sixth Form has continued to move closer to completion over the last few months, with both the coach house and sports hall progressing. The project is currently ahead of programme and is due to hand over the next phase of the project (the remaining floors of the mill building) in January 2020 which is approximately 2 months ahead of programme. The coach house was in an extremely poor state and had not been occupied for around 20 years. Pigeons had nested inside and there were some structural issues, alongside damage to the roof which was repaired using reclaimed slate. New floors, partition walls, and shower facilities, changing rooms and offices have also been added. Construction of the sports hall has also begun following the filling and capping of the mine shaft discovered on site. The sports hall has a steel frame and will have a traditional stonework façade to match the mill and coach house. In mid-November the site had their second Considerate Constructors visit for which they received a score of 45, a increase of 2 points since their first visit. Feedback given by the inspector included: “Community social values continue to rise with all activities logged and monitored against KPI’s to show first class results. There is a first class team effort in addressing the next generation and the promotion of careers in construction and similarly looking after the current wave of apprentices is equally...

CSR Overview

Sheffield Hallam University Site Visits Recently we held site visits for 1st year students from Sheffield Hallam at two of our Sheffield projects, Park Hill Flats and PET-MRI. At Park Hill, Liz Maw provided a detailed insight in to the design of the iconic building and discussed any issues that the team have worked to overcome. We then invited students to take a tour of the building, where Liz highlighted what had been discussed in the presentation. Over at The Royal Hallamshire Hospital on the PET-MRI facility, we had 1st year Construction Project Management students. Stuart Clayburn provided an insight in to the project, showing the students how the project started out, and highlighting how the project has progressed. He also provided an insight into his own journey in to the industry and how the Construction Project Management course supported him in his journey. He also gave a fantastic tour of the project for the students which got the students talking with some really interesting questions being asked. Employer Networking session Donna Howard, CSR Manager, was asked to take part in an employer networking session at Fir Vale School in Sheffield. This session was to educate and inform students about our business, the routes into the construction industry and highlight what type of skills employers usually look for in potential employees. The sessions were run in a group ‘speed dating’ style, giving employers the chance to move around different tables, speaking with various students throughout the activity. Mock interview session in Bradford We have continued our engagement with NYBEP and local schools in Bradford and we were asked to...

Poem reading and show flat at Park Hill

Yesterday we were delighted to host an event at Park Hill Flats along with Alumno, RPS, Whittam Cox and A1 Art Space. The event was held to unveil a poem that was commissioned by Alumno for Beton House at Park Hill. Laureate Otis Mensah wrote the poem which was titled ‘We were never derelict’. The poem will take pride of place in both the show flat and the pop-up shop in Sheffield City Centre. Following on from this, guests were given a tour of the recently completed show flat and they were amazed at the difference and the finish of the unit. Following the event, we received the following feedback from Richard Syddall at Alumno: “We wanted to say how pleased we are with how the show unit is looking – it was great to show David, stakeholders and the press yesterday. The feedback was very very positive. Our thanks to the Kier team for their hard work to date reaching this important milestone – it is a massive asset for us in marketing the units going forwards and ultimately the success of the...