Gorton Community Centre

As part of the Heron House project, Manchester City Council approached Kier to lend a helping hand in the renovation of Gorton Community Centre. With the generosity of our supply chain and a group of Kier staff volunteers; we spent a fortnight painting the building throughout and making the toilet and shower facilities accessible. We also fitted a new kitchen and improved the children’s welfare and changing areas. We are extremely grateful to our subcontractors, namely SES Engineering, P&L Joinery and John Abbotts Flooring who donated time and materials free of charge. We also received match funding from the Kier Foundation. All this helped to make sure the work was complete to a high standard. The project also meant we were able to offer three work experience opportunities to painting and decorating students from The Manchester College. On handover day there was a fantastic atmosphere. Regional Director, Garry Bowker and MCC Deputy Leader Nigel Murphy joined the Centre Manager Doreen Martin for the big reveal. The occasion was marked with a ribbon cutting and a tea party attended by all who volunteer and run groups at the centre. Doreen, who has been involved at the centre since 1978 when her husband was a founding member, had the biggest smile in the room. Of the renovations Doreen said, “I think what Kier has done is unbelievable. It’s always been a pleasure coming here in the morning, but it’s even better coming to a nice, bright space. They’ve done a really good job.” Garry had been one of the volunteers on hand the week before. Laughingly he told the centre users...

Completion of Astrea Academy, Sheffield

After nearly two years on site, we have successfully handed over the second phase of the Woodside School, now known as Astrea Academy. Students began occupying the new through school after the Easter holidays. The construction process hasn’t been without it’s challenges with the new building sited on a 45 metre sloping site from top to bottom and split into three tiers to accommodate the challenging site contours. Along our project journey, we have been recognised for our work in the community, a considerate constructors score of 44 and an RICS shortlist for the refurbishment work undertaken on the primary...

PET MRI – progress on site

The construction of the new PET-MRI (Positron Emission Topography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging) Facility for the University of Sheffield on the grounds of the Royal Hallamshire Hospital is now taking shape. After 20 weeks on site, demolition works are now complete and the new concrete frame and pre-cast lift shaft is now visible. There are currently only 3 other PET-MRI facilities in the UK. The site is surrounded on all sides by the live nature of the hospital and adjacent wards. The new 2 storey concrete frame building will house the new scanner which is due for delivery in January 2020. Many of the internal rooms will need to be lead lined to control the radiation that is emitted during the process and an additional RF cage is being built within the scanner room by a specialist contractor to control the magnetic fields. The project is programmed to complete in February...

Completion of St Mary’s Primary School in Malton

After a 44 week build period, we handed over on time St Mary’s Primary School in Malton to a delighted Head Teacher, staff and pupils in March. They will move into their new school after the Easter holidays. The new school is designed to provide much needed additional pupil places, due to an increase in demand. The remodelled primary school consists of an additional two-story teaching block with ancillary teacher training spaces and new main hall, together with an extension to the side of the existing school to provide a new staff room and additional external soft and hard landscaping works. Following the handover, David Harrison (Head Teacher) gave Kier the following feedback; “We have been highly impressed with Kier throughout the project from the planning stage to the completion. A great team to work with and delighted with the final...

Dixons Sixth Form Academy – Topping Out Ceremony

On the 4th April, we held the topping out ceremony at our project at Dixons Sixth Form Academy in Bradford, formerly know as Douglas Mill, Bradford. Representatives from Dixons Academies Trust, Bradford Council, and Kier attended and the ceremony also offered a first glimpse inside the old building of the renovation work taking place to create a modern teaching facility. The project involves a full refurbishment of the Douglas Mill and old coach house and the construction of a new sports hall to accommodate the first cohort of 360 students, increasing to a full capacity of 880 students by 2021. Mark Rothery, Headteacher, said: “I’m excited in so many different ways. It’s a fantastic building and we have a great team working on it. We know it will be on time and of fantastic quality.” The main building will include 10 science labs, 15 classrooms and a huge top-floor lecture theatre for “blue-ribbon events”, Mr Rothery...