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...

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...

Shaping Your World Plaque at Dewsbury Learning Quarter

Last week we visited our Dewsbury Learning Quarter project, now known as The Springfield Centre, to unveil the Shaping Your World plaque which is part of the Kier initiative to get 11-15 year olds into the Built Environment. The built environment needs 400,000 new recruits each year. People are the life blood of our industry, not bricks and mortar. Without people, we cannot build and maintain the homes, hospitals, schools, roads, rail lines, bridges, airports, power plants, offices, shops, factories and vast array of other buildings and infrastructure that our economy and communities need to function. But drawing a new generation of talent (specifically older Generation Z 11-15yr olds) into an industry that our research report shows is still misperceived as ‘muddy’ ‘manual’ ‘male dominated’ and ‘non-academic’ is a fundamental challenge and one that threatens £90bn of UK GDP. Kirkless College Principal, Marie Gilluley, said: “We are very proud of the great success of our Springfield Sixth Form Centre. The centre’s convenient location and excellent facilities are opening up learning opportunities to the wider community and transforming learning and lives in Dewsbury and we are delighted to embrace Kier’s initiative to attract more people into the Built...

Cheque donation to the Teenage Cancer Trust

Following on from the Boots on for Building challenge back in May I am delighted to confirm that we have handed over a cheque to the Heather Bowen of Teenage Cancer Trust today for the total sum of: £5,764.36 This is as a result of all your sponsorship monies raised and monies donated to the event by our Client/Consultants and Subcontractors. Thank you to everyone who took part, whether that be walking on the days, assisting with the support vehicles and organising the challenge and donating money. Without you, raising this amount of money would not have been...

Mock Interview Day

Last week Jacquie King (BOOST Manager) and Terry Cocker (Senior Project Manager) volunteered to assist with mock interviews at Horizon Community College. The day was organised to provide support to students and to give them interview experience for when they are ready to apply for jobs. The event had the following impact on the school and most importantly their...

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...