Skills day at Barnsley NHS Blood Transplant project

We held a skills day at our project at NHS Blood Transplant Centre in Barnsley on Friday 8th July. The event was for young people leaving care aged 16 to 24 and it was supported by operatives from Barnsley including 3 apprentices and Josh Close who came through the care systems. The day was created after consultation with the More and Better Jobs Team at Barnsley MBC and Kier Housing Maintenance and the aim was to give the young people a ‘taster’ of construction and by working with and spending time with the apprentices to help them raise their aspirations to realise their potential. Around 24% of offenders within the prison system have come through the care system so the more that we, as a company and individuals, can have a positive impact on their lives the more chance they have of successfully gaining employment. Ken Keenan of Barnsley Council said of the event; “I just wanted to thank you and your colleagues for the effort and work that you put in to making the industry day for a group of young people from Barnsley so rewarding for them. The young people were very reticent to start with but by the time I had to leave they were all really keen to move their lives on in a real positive way. I know that this must be outside your normal working brief but I really want you to know that your input really made a difference to those young people’s view of themselves and the day was...

Prostate Cancer UK “Football to Amsterdam” Charity Bike Ride

On the 7th June a group of friends from Kier, H E Simm and the CIS in Manchester decided to partake in the ‘Football to Amsterdam’ Charity Bike Ride for Prostate Cancer UK. The team cycled an incredible 145 miles over two days starting at the home of Barnsley FC, the Oakwell Stadium, and finishing at the Johan Cruiff Arena in Amsterdam. Unfortunately, the weather conditions during the cycle were not in the teams favour; the ride to Hull was in hard wind, whilst the trip from Rotterdam to the Hague was completed in heavy driving rainfall and 62mph swirling winds. Over 350 football fans partook in the annual bike ride to raise awareness and much needed funding to help fight prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer found in men and claims a victim every 45 minutes; that is two men during a single football match. This statistic is one that Prostate Cancer UK are on a mission to change and with ongoing funding they hope to make the disease one that future generations will no longer need to fear. The team consisting of Man United, Liverpool and Everton fans have managed to raise an amazing £23,000 so far. This tremendous achievement cumulated in Vicky Simm (H E Simm) and Gareth Leek both receiving blue jerseys for raising double their pledge amount, and Sarah Goudlen (H E Simm) and Steve Henry being awarded orange jerseys for being top fundraisers and managing to raise £6K and £4.8K respectively! A huge thank you must also go out to all our sponsors: Lyndon SGB, Summit Scaffolding, Altrad NSG, Trad...

Social Value at Astrea Academy

Following the completion of the two projects at Astrea Academy in Sheffield in May 2019, we are delighted to confirm that the site also exceeded the social value targets for the...

BIM presentation to Year 6 students at St Cuthberts

In June 2019, Dave Parr, Colin Bedlington and Rob Toon visited the existing St Cuthbert’s Primary School in Liverpool to meet the Year 6 pupils and show them how we use digital technology in construction, in particular on their new school that Kier are currently delivering on site. As part of the session, the Kier team gave a presentation to around thirty Year 6 pupils and this included a number of CGI images of their new school and engaging with the pupils about the various careers in construction and how the school is built. The pupils were then split into 3 groups, with each group having the opportunity to use the Virtual Reality (VR) headsets to move around their new school using the model; navigating the model on a PC to visit different areas of the school, such as the new classrooms, hall and staff room; reviewing the data captured from the Matterport camera, which we used the scan their existing school hall and the review of the time lapse video that has captured the work on site to...