Environment work experience placement – Kate Hiller

Kate Hiller joined the North & Scotland Environment Team for a week’s work placement in July. Kate is currently studying at Runshaw College and would like to go on to study for an environmental-based degree at University. During her week with the team, Kate sat in on an environmental induction to understand the impacts the business has to manage. Following that, Kate visited Darley Street Markets to see how we actually manage the issues on site and sat in with a meeting with the supply chain, educating them on the forthcoming Clean Air Zone in Bradford. Kate also helped log some recycled aggregate deliveries to help prove compliance with their U1 exemption. Linking into improving air quality, Kate helped draft two green transport plans for the Nottingham and Aberdeen offices, which shows how to get to these offices via public transport, where EV charging points are available etc. This helped fulfill the suite of green transport plans available for each of the offices. Kate said “I particularly enjoyed the environmental induction as it informed me of how the environmental sustainability team helps to minimise impacts that their projects have on the environment. This is something that interests me in a future job. This placement has inspired me to continue to pursue a future career where I work alongside the environment and help to preserve...

Work experience week at Manchester Aquatics project

Recently our site team on the Manchester Aquatics project had five Year 10 students from a local secondary school on site for 5 days work experience. The week was planned so that it would be meaningful for the young people yet still allow the busy site to operate as normal so that the site team’s day-to-day operations were not affected. In all, they had a meaningful encounter with up to 15 different construction professionals and at the end of each session the students carried out a task linked to that person’s job. The students arrived for their week with no aspirations of getting into a career in construction. When the students arrived on day one, the first task they were asked to do was to write down their thoughts of what they thought about construction. These would be revisited at the end of the week. Here’s some of what they wrote: At the end of the week, they had to put together a presentation about how their week went and what they have learned from the experience. They were also asked if their views on construction had changed. They...

RoSPA Gold Award

We have recently been awarded our second RoSPA Gold Award as a combined region in North & Scotland for our health & safety performance in 2021. Accidents at work and work-related ill health not only cause major disruptions to business processes but the effect on the quality of life of the individual cannot be understated. That’s why good safety performance deserves to be recognised and rewarded. It is one of the most prestigious and recognised schemes in the world, with almost 2000 entries every year and a reach of over 7 million employees. Established in 1956, The RoSPA Health & Safety Awards offer organisations a prime opportunity to benchmark safety performance year on year and ensure consistent performance between sites. They also provide an effective route to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to raising health and safety...

Contract Award – St Kevin’s Community Hub

We have recently been appointed by hub South West Scotland as the preferred bidder to deliver the new St Kevin’s Primary School and community facilities, on behalf of North Lanarkshire Council. The modern learning, teaching and community campus will be situated close to its existing location in Bargeddie. The introduction of an additional new hub will allow for a more spacious community facility to successfully meet the needs of North Lanarkshire’s growing population, by increasing its capacity to 242 pupils when complete. The new campus will offer a modernised hub incorporating generous classrooms and outdoor learning facilities alongside a large gym hall and impressive multi-use games area. Helping to bring a fresh outlook, pupils are involved in the design process and will take part in workshops to offer their creative visions as inspiration for the new campus. The local community will benefit throughout the build as eight new construction roles will be created, including two modern apprenticeships, approximately 30 work placements and over 100 training opportunities provided. Works are due to begin on the site in summer 2023, with an expected completion date of mid-2024. “To date we have successfully delivered over £116 million of educational projects for North Lanarkshire Council. As delivery partner we are helping drive North Lanarkshire’s school estate strategy and we have a further three live projects on site worth over £58 million. As an industry collective we are focused on working together to create first class built environments which bring positive impacts for the wider community and support the local economy through a wide range of initiatives. “Having already delivered a large number of...

York St John University Creative Centre – Award Success

At the recent York Design Awards, the York St John University Creative Centre was successful in winning the Community / Education Award. The awards are launched every February with entries submitted for judging in May. Chair of the judging panel Andy Davey, senior partner at Simpson & Brown Architects; said: “All the judges were greatly impressed by the quality and professionalism exhibited by this year’s entries. It proves yet again that the city of York continues to inspire and foster good, uplifting architecture and sensitive design. The winners of the various categories, and indeed all the entries, have contributed enormously to the burgeoning built heritage of the city – from the “small but perfectly formed” new house at Cloister Garth, tucked discreetly behind a screen wall in Marygate to the much grander flagship projects at York Guildhall, Clifford’s Tower and The Creative Centre at York St John University. Read more about the project...

Contract Award : HMP Glasgow

We have been awarded the preconstruction services contract to deliver HMP Glasgow, a new prison, which is set to replace Victorian-era HMP Barlinnie, in 2026. HMP Glasgow will be a modern facility built on a 54-acre site in Provanmill. SPS intends that it will be designed to deliver safety and security through the use of technology and design innovation in a way which supports positive outcomes for those in the care of SPS and the wellbeing of the wider community, as well as operating in a fully-sustainable way throughout its lifecycle. Work will now begin on the pre-construction phase, closely collaborating with SPS as part of a strategic alliance and combining its national custodial experience with its Glasgow-based regional delivery team, to deliver the best possible design for this state-of-the-art new building. We will explore options for delivering a net zero carbon facility which also operates as a ‘smart building’, using automated processes and technology to support the operation of the new prison, for example through automated prisoner movement. The project will be delivered by using modern methods of construction underpinned by the use of digital technology to further support decarbonisation goals during construction and an efficient delivery programme. We will also fully support SPS’s ambitions for delivering social value through contributing to improved leaver experience for those in SPS care gained through its Making Ground programme and supporting local spend and upskilling. Teresa Medhurst, SPS Chief Executive said: “We are delighted to award the contract for preconstruction services to Kier Construction which represents a significant step forward in delivering the new HMP Glasgow. The investment that we have...