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...

Open Doors 2019 – Liverpool and Wales

Prior to Open Doors week, our Christ The Word School project was selected to launch Open Doors in Wales. The launch event was held on the 14th March where the Mayoress of Rhyl attended the event with children from the local primary and secondary school who will attend the new school when completed. The event was also supported by CITB, local councillors, MP’s, West Chester Chamber of Commerce, Career Wales and North Wales Construction Framework. Open Doors Week then launched on the 18th to 23rd March where we had over 100 people visit our sites throughout the week. Open Doors gives members of the public a chance to go behind the scenes at live construction sites to get a unique insight into the wide variety of roles involved in creating the built environment. Christ the Word then opened their doors on Thursday 21st March welcoming the local community to the site with a tour and BIM presentation. The feedback given was that the attendees found it interesting and informative. Rob got a mention as a “fountain of information”, Bryn was called a “1st class tour guide” and “the young man that led the tour was very knowledgeable and easily approached”. On Friday 22nd Rowan View (Merseycare) opened their doors to 42 children and adults including Alsop School, Lansbury Bridge for children with complex learning and/or medical needs. Thank you to Joe O’Riley, who presented a bespoke health and safety talk to the children and to Chris Gregory for enhancing the learning experience by arranging touch and see materials on site such as bricks and wood for the children to...

Donation to Hedgehog Help in Prestatyn

Heather Shafer, Project Administrator, at our Rhyl Through School site spotted an article recently in the local news asking for people to donate items to Hedgehog Help in Prestatyn. The hedgehog hospital was set up and is run by Tracy, who takes in injured and sick wild hedgehogs, nurses them and returns them to the wild, where possible and she is a registered carer with the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. Heather rallied round to get some donations together and she persuaded the telehandler driver for our bricklayers to deliver the goodies and they were joined by Cllr Bob Murray (wearing the Hedgehog Help Prestatyn hat). He is a huge advocate for Tracy and the work she does. We also have some pallets we’re going to donate, and as she does regular litter picks in the local area (she’s a litter champion with Keep Wales Tidy) we’re also going to donate some gloves as she’d find them very handy – if you’ll pardon the pun. We also dropped off a bag full of old newspapers, a bag of shredded paper (with no laminate or staples shredded in it), some tea towels and kitchen rolls. Whilst visiting, we met one of the twenty eight hedgehogs she’s looking after at the moment and she gave me some advice that we could potentially utilise. She advised when putting up fencing we drill a few 4” or 6” holes along the bottom so the hedgehogs can still pass through and not get contained. Her Facebook page is also good for giving advice to people about what to do if you find a sick or...

Considerate Constructors Awards 2019

We are delighted to confirm that three of our Northern projects have been awarded with Considerate Constructors Awards for 2019. The ceremony took place on the 28th March in Manchester where Mark Winter, Donna Howard, Sarah Topping, Gareth Rushton, Dave Johnson and David Wilson attended. The results...

Open Doors 2019 – Yorkshire

On the 18th March, Kier opened its sites to the public as part of Open Doors Week 2019, allowing local people to see what really goes on behind the hoarding. In Yorkshire, four sites participated; Park Hill Flats, Royal Hallamshire Hospital PET-MRI, Dixons Sixth Form in Bradford, and St Albans Place in Leeds. Each site held two sessions, and all were well attended by local people, schools, colleges, clients, and partner agencies. It was great to see so many people who were interested in what Kier was doing in their area. Well done to all...

Limecroft SHALD – Steel Signing Event

Last month we marked a programme milestone on the Limecroft (SHALD) development in Oldham with a Steel Signing ceremony. The Kier Construction North West and Scape Procure team were joined on site by Cllr Hannah Roberts, Cllr Marie Bashforth from Oldham Council, Diane Taylor, Associate Director MioCare Group and Richard Hambil, one of the soon to be residents. All in attendance were very pleased with progress being made on the site of the new residential unit, which will offer supported housing for adults with learning difficulties as they prepare for independent living. Most excited about the building was Richard Hambil, who will be moving into one of the apartments, upon completion. When asked what the development meant, Richard said; “This means everything to me, to get my own front door key and move towards more independence is like a dream come true.” To show further commitment to the Oldham SEND community and the great work they do, we have sponsored the upcoming MioCare Group Annual Staff Awards where recognition is given to the hard work, dedication and positive outcomes achieved by their employees. The MioCare Group will be managing Limecroft on...