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...

Completion of Astrea Academy, Sheffield

After nearly two years on site, we have successfully handed over the second phase of the Woodside School, now known as Astrea Academy. Students began occupying the new through school after the Easter holidays. The construction process hasn’t been without it’s challenges with the new building sited on a 45 metre sloping site from top to bottom and split into three tiers to accommodate the challenging site contours. Along our project journey, we have been recognised for our work in the community, a considerate constructors score of 44 and an RICS shortlist for the refurbishment work undertaken on the primary...

PET MRI – progress on site

The construction of the new PET-MRI (Positron Emission Topography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging) Facility for the University of Sheffield on the grounds of the Royal Hallamshire Hospital is now taking shape. After 20 weeks on site, demolition works are now complete and the new concrete frame and pre-cast lift shaft is now visible. There are currently only 3 other PET-MRI facilities in the UK. The site is surrounded on all sides by the live nature of the hospital and adjacent wards. The new 2 storey concrete frame building will house the new scanner which is due for delivery in January 2020. Many of the internal rooms will need to be lead lined to control the radiation that is emitted during the process and an additional RF cage is being built within the scanner room by a specialist contractor to control the magnetic fields. The project is programmed to complete in February...

Completion of St Mary’s Primary School in Malton

After a 44 week build period, we handed over on time St Mary’s Primary School in Malton to a delighted Head Teacher, staff and pupils in March. They will move into their new school after the Easter holidays. The new school is designed to provide much needed additional pupil places, due to an increase in demand. The remodelled primary school consists of an additional two-story teaching block with ancillary teacher training spaces and new main hall, together with an extension to the side of the existing school to provide a new staff room and additional external soft and hard landscaping works. Following the handover, David Harrison (Head Teacher) gave Kier the following feedback; “We have been highly impressed with Kier throughout the project from the planning stage to the completion. A great team to work with and delighted with the final...

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...