Shakespeare North – progress on site

Knowsley Council, in conjunction with Shakespeare North Playhouse Trust, has committed to delivering Shakespeare North Playhouse in Prescot, Knowsley. This project is firmly rooted in a credible historic foundation. Shakespeare North aims to make Knowsley once again a place where actors, writers, artists, students and young people will be able to study and practise the plays of Shakespeare (a place to attract scholars, students and visitors from all over the world). To achieve this vision Shakespeare North has bold ambitions. It will build again The Playhouse in Prescot where, over 400 years ago, as the only purpose-built indoor playhouse outside London, Elizabethan drama was enjoyed by the people of the region. The theatre and education campus will commemorate the Shakespearean connections to Prescot, the Liverpool City Region and the North West. Academic research indicates that William Shakespeare spent the early part of his career (the lost years in the late 1570s and 1580s before he went to London) in Lancashire in the service of wealthy and influential families, including the Stanley’s of Knowsley Hall. The central heart of the facility being a theatre which will be the world’s first replica of a Jacobean court theatre based upon a recreation of a historical Inigo Jones ‘cock pit’ design. The surrounding building will form a ‘wrap around’ to the Jacobean central heart. This contemporary space will provide accommodation for front and back of house, a visitor exhibition, education and community facilities. Both parts will be linked by a three story atrium space. The landscape area will provide further performance opportunity space to compliment the theatre. Knowsley Council, in conjunction with Shakespeare...

Spen Valley Leisure Centre First Dig on site

Despite the restrictions in place from COVID-19, yesterday we held the first socially distanced dig on site at Spen Valley. Leader of Kirklees Council, Cllr Shabir Pandor, Cllr Graham Turner and Dawn Stephenson, Chair of Kirklees Active Leisure Board of Trustees, visited the site to witness the event. The event was organised to celebrate that work has now officially begun to build the new £15m leisure centre. Set to open in winter 2021, the centre has been designed to be a modern and flexible activity hub for the whole community. The centre will be part of the wider Spenborough fitness complex, including the separate pavilion and athletics track. Leader of the Council, Cllr Shabir Pandor said: “I am delighted that the Spen Valley Leisure Centre build is now underway and look forward to seeing progress on site over the coming months. This is a major capital development project that I believe will really transform the leisure offer for residents of all ages in the Spen Valley and provide economic benefit to north Kirklees. We are committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of everyone in Kirklees and I hope this new centre, when it opens, will both inspire and motivate all local residents to make full use of the fantastic facilities.” The centre facilities will include an 8 lane, 25 metre main pool, a 20m x 10m activity pool with moveable floor, spectator seating in the pool areas, a large fitness suite, two fitness studios with flexibility for other use and a cycling studio. There will also be two changing villages which will include family cubicles, baby change and...

Ponteland School Considerate Constructors Visit

Despite the challenges we currently face in terms of COVID-19, we are delighted that our project Ponteland School and Leisure Centre has achieved a score of 45 on their third Considerate Constructors visit – which was undertaken virtually via a presentation detailing the good work the site are doing. This follows on from the sites previous two visits where they achieved 43/50 and 46/50. The extra point on the second visit was gained on innovation through the use of anomaly interaction boards on all entrances giving updates on SHE and the project to all staff and members of the public. Feedback given by the inspector included: “The site continues to be well presented; the external appearance is exceptional and presents a balanced approach to the Company and the Industry. The site continues to build upon and maintain the exceptional standards that have been achieved previously. Well done and many thanks to Andrew for facilitating the virtual visit to the site and providing a comprehensive set of...

Spen Valley Leisure Centre – start on site

Building works have begun last week on the Spen Valley Leisure Centre for Kirklees Council with the foundations being commenced for the new building. The facility will include an 8 lane, 25 metre main pool, an activity pool 20m x 10m with moveable floor, spectator seating in the pool areas, large fitness suite, two fitness studios with flexibility for other use and a cycling studio. There will also be two changing villages which will include family cubicles, baby change and large team changing areas. Leader of the Council, Cllr Shabir Pandor said: “I’m really pleased to see the start of work on this major capital development project for the people of North Kirklees. We are committed to supporting people to be healthy and live independently in their communities for as long as possible. The leisure centre will become a major asset for the local community, attracting more visitors into Kirklees and will help to create a sustainable economy. I look forward to seeing the developments on site as Kier begin the construction...

Rhys Brown – G4C Awards North East

We are delighted that Rhys Brown, Site Manager, has been shortlisted at the Generation 4 Change Awards in the North East in the Future Leader category. Rhys was nominated for the award by Steve Lynn, Contracts Manager and he said: “Rhys has shown a consistent high level of commitment and determination on his recent projects. He fully understands the complexity of the projects worked on, where his leadership and management traits have come to the fore. It’s a well-deserved acknowledgement and I’m sure he can now go on an pick up the award”. Rhys also said: “It is a great honour to be nominated for the G4C North East Future Leader award. It has provided some positivity during the current unknown circumstances which we are all going through currently and I am sure hoping the awards evening on the 2nd of September still goes ahead as...