Kaplan – events on site

The project team at Kaplan, based in the Knowledge Quarter, have always been keen to support different events and they have held the following on site in the last few months; At the end of March the site was visited by eight students from Liverpool University who had the privilege of seeing the skyline of the city centre from the fantastic vantage point at the top of the 13 storey building. Whilst working in close proximity with other contractors in the Knowledge Quarter, we supported the Creating Horizons event at St George’s Hall on the 1st May. This was in conjunction with other members of the Liverpool Construction Regeneration Group where we participated with over 300 students with interactive activities including “guess my role” and “mecano building”. Last but not least, in May the site hosted a Kier Lifesaver CPR training session which provides the opportunity to give the vital lifesaving skills we all hope we will never need. 9 supply chain members and Kier colleagues attended and the training included adult and child CPR and how to use a defibrillator. The training was delivered by our CPR Champion Lara Da Rocha Faria from our office in Manchester. They each received a certificate and are now registered as CPR trained with the British Heart Foundation, in turn supporting the Kier commitment to achieve 3000 Kier...

Boots on for Building Challenge – Northern

As a business as part of Regional Building within Kier Group, we and 8 other regions were tasked to raise a collective £100,000 for charity with a series of walking challenges. All funds raised are to be split equally between our charity partner, The British Heart Foundation (through our charity The Kier Foundation) and a local charity of our choice. In the Northern region, we selected the Teenage Cancer Trust because our Contract Manager, Peter Collins, recently lost his son Joe to liver cancer at the age of 22 and the charity gave both Joe, Peter and all of their family invaluable support during those very tough days. So we want to give back by walking over 100 miles in a week, achieving over 1,000,000 steps and training 60 people as CPR lifesavers. Our journey was meticulously planned by Peter and we made the decision to walk from our site in Malton to our new project at Park Hill Flats in Sheffield – some 110 miles! Cue blood, sweat, tears and lots and lots of blisters – everyone who took part did it because of Peter and his family so this was a small price to pay. Day 1 saw us walk from Malton to York Hospital – Moderate Monday had become Marathon Monday with a total of 24 miles walked. Day 2 continued from York Hospital to our offices at Thorpe Park in Leeds. This was another 24 miles and the group were joined in Tadcaster by 3 more eager volunteers and our mascot for the day, Willow! Day 3 was considered the easiest of the week but...

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...

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...