Burrell Renaissance Project – CCS Visit

Our project Burrell Renaissance in Glasgow recently had their third and final Considerate Constructors visit. This is a challenging project as it is a Grade A listed heritage building and we are aiming to enhance the architectural integrity, without changing the visual apprencance greatly. This means the materials and methods of construction are carefully planned and therefore, to achieve the Ultra Site recognition from CCS is a wonderful achievement. As well as achieving a high score of 43, the site has been awarded two innovations points within the category of...

Alness Academy – Virtual School Tour

At Alness Academy we faced a challenge to provide the school staff, pupils and other stakeholders the ability to virtually walk through their building, giving them the opportunity to familiarise themselves with their new working environment prior to handover and occupation of the new school. Unfortunately, due to the Covid 19 pandemic, this challenge was amplified with the output becoming critical as a result of being unable to host our usual pre-handover site visits in person. These visits traditionally happen prior to handover and occupation of the new school, providing a key opportunity for familiarisation and operational training. So to support the students with the move into their new school we have developed a virtual model of the school in partnership with Hub North and The Highland Council. This innovative initiative has been hugely successful and has received significant positive feedback from all project stakeholders. This was confirmed through the stats we collate which indicated that we had +1400 hits in its first two weeks. The success and high levels of engagement with the Virtual Transition Model was down to the simplicity of presenting a very sophisticated technology within a pdf document, linking to an intuitive and engaging user experience. This meant that there was no requirement for training or for project stakeholders to have expensive software installed. Going forward, it has been identified that due to the success of the Virtual Transition Model solution, we would look to offer it as an enhanced handover deliverable on all projects going forward. Click here to view the...

Apprentice Bricklayer joins Durham HQ project

In October we were delighted to welcome Beth Carwardine as an apprentice Bricklayer to our project at Durham County Councils Head Quarters. Beth is employed via one of our subcontractors, Shaw Construction and has said below her reasons for wanting to join the industry: Inspiration for working in construction? Beth was extremely keen to join the industry as she thought she could deliver high standard of workmanship. She was also keen to work on different projects from schools, hospitals, theatres etc. where she could put her name against what was achieved and how the building helped the local community. Progress during apprenticeship Beth is currently in year one of her bricklaying apprenticeship, where she is working on site 4 days a week then attending college 1 day. Working onsite has allowed her to develop skills taught at college and put into real life practice. She has found the hands on experience most beneficial and would recommend this to other young people who want to start their working career in construction. What does Beth enjoy about construction? Beth enjoys seeing progress made on a daily basis with all work she is involved with, especially when a project is complete how she can look back and see how her work put in can benefit so many people and their needs. She also prefers physical work exercises rather than job roles being office based. Previous job roles Beth has only recently joined the construction industry at the start of her apprenticeship. Before joining Beth worked in the hospitality industry as bar staff member, where she enjoyed it but wanted to start something...

Completion of Park Hill Flats, Sheffield

We have handed over the third phase of Park Hill Flats in Sheffield to Alumno Group. Park Hill Flats is Europe’s largest Listed building, covering 400 acres of land overlooking central Sheffield. The flats were initially built between 1957 and 1961. By the 1990s they were in decline and largely abandoned. Kier has been constructing phase 3 of the refurbishments to convert this block into modern student accommodation. This comprises of 74 unique townhouse-style units to accommodate 356 new student bedrooms. It also includes new commercial space for use by residents and the local community. The development of the flats was carried out with respect to the original design and in line with Historic England guidelines for the Grade II-listed building.  Extensive concrete repairs were required with window replacements, new partition walling, and the addition of new services. The project has also brought additional benefits to Sheffield in the form of social value and investing in communities where Kier provided work experience, supported apprenticeships, and utilised local labour wherever possible. Our social value work for this project included: Five community volunteer activities10 new employment opportunitiesTwo new apprentices33 educational activities / site visitsEight work experience placements88 apprentice weeks The total social return on investment was £1.30 for every £1 spent on the project. Regional director, Kier Regional Building Northern, Dan Doherty, said: “We are delighted to have handed over the completed Phase 3 of the Park Hill Flats project to Alumno Group.  The scheme has not only improved an area of Sheffield for students and residents for years to come but has also enabled us to invest and provide a...

CCS Score at Birley Fields

Our Birley Fields project in Manchester recently had their third Considerate Constructors Visit and they achieved a fantastic score of 43 out of 50. The inspector said: “The site appears professional and well managed. The first impressions were excellent and the smart, clean, and tidy appearance of the site presents a positive image of the industry. Great consideration has been given to their impact on neighbours and the public. The site seems to have become a positive temporary member of the community with an impressive amount of community engagement, albeit curtailed by the current restrictions. The ad hoc positive interaction with the local boy with learning difficulties is a particularly delightful example of an unexpected benefit generated by the...

CSR Award – Ponteland Schools & Leisure Development

We are delighted to confirm that our project, Ponteland Schools & Leisure Development has won a Bronze award at this years International CSR Excellence Awards. Some project achievements for this were: Eliminate single use plastic cups on site by purchasing 550ml aluminium bottles for everyone Eliminate floor standing water coolers, sanitation kits and mineral bottles Installation of a water filtration system Employed a local family-owned business to run the on site canteen. This reduced the carbon footprint by 25% as people didn’t travel to the shops on their breaks. The awards are organised via The Green Organisation for companies that have a heart . “Responsible, caring companies are in a privileged position to be able to help those who depend on them for their livelihoods, and others less fortunate. They can be a realistic force for good. We want to recognise and reward their efforts in this...