DPOW Grimsby – shortlisted for LABC Awards

We are delighted to confirm that the Key Worker Accommodation project at the Diana Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby has been shortlisted for the LABC South Yorkshire and Humber Building Excellence Awards in the Best Public Service Building category. The awards ceremony takes place on the 17th May 2019 – good luck and well done to all involved with the project....

National Apprenticeship Week in Liverpool

What a week!! We interacted with over 1900 early careers apprentices during National Apprenticeship Week in the Liverpool and Wales region. The events that took place were: Ellsmere Port College We supported construction and business students at Ellsmere Port discussing Trade and professional apprenticeships, work placements and qualifications and experience required. On the day we supported over 50 students. St Margarets, School Assembly We took part in a school assembly explaining careers in construction. Wayne Blair and Joe O’Reily explained their routes into construction from apprenticeships and university. We also explained the new apprentice schemes and opportunities at Kier. Over 150 students attended. Liverpool College and Wirral Schools Nick Orton and Natalie McGuckin took part in a speed careers event, answering quick-fire questions from 50 students on their career choices and routes into construction. A total of 50 students attended. We also supported Wirral Chamber of Commerce with a careers fair where over 1500 children attended to learn more about apprenticeships and roles in construction. Christleton High School, Chester Sixth form students presented their Extended Project Qualification studies to their parents, peers and the wider community. Topics included ‘social media and what makes a good marketing campaign’. The event supported Young Chamber in Chester and North Wales Chamber of Commerce. Coleg Cambria, Deeside On International Women’s Day, we held live streaming of key females in construction with the CITB and held have a go events including “guess my role”. This event was supported by Lisa Pearman and over 200 girls attended. We managed to provide apprentice information to over 1900 young people in just one week with the fantastic...

Rowan View – Shortlisted for the Design In Mental Health Awards

We are delighted to confirm that our Medium Secure Unit project, Rowan View has been shortlisted for the Design in Mental Health Awards. The project was put forward in the Service User Engagement category and some of the criteria the project had to meet was; Innovative and thoughtful engagement of service users. To see evidence of the importance of involving service users in the design process and the need for the service user group to be centric to the project structure Uniqueness of the work that has taken place within a mental health setting and what significant effect it has had on the design when involving service users How you have “designed in” problem solving approaches when involving service users in the design process The methodology of sharing and gathering of information How it allows the service user group to identify what they think are important components of an effective healthcare setting and design vision of new builds and environments The awards ceremony is taking place on the 21st May 2019 in Coventry....

Rowan View – progress on site

In February, I had the pleasure of a site visit to the newly named Rowan View project (formerly Merseycare) and the complexity of the site was astounding. The contract is under the P21+ framework and is a joint venture with Kier M&E. The full contract value is £48.3m. The project commenced 23rd April 2018 and is due to complete 20th June 2020. Currently the team are on programme in week 44 of 104 weeks. The build is very traditional with a steel frame, SFS and external brickwork. One of the biggest building issues the team will need to manage is the sixteen internal courtyards that will be land locked once the structure progresses. The site team are now in the process of completing two sample en-suite bedrooms which will help to ensure that any issues in developing/installing these are resolved before the construction starts on site. Once complete, Rowan View will be a state of the art medium secure mental health unit with 123 en-suite bedrooms. Facilities will include sports hall, gymnasium, dental suite, sensory rooms, wood workshops, music rooms and multi-faith rooms....

Topping out ceremony at Kaplan

On a beautiful sunny day in Liverpool, we held the official topping out ceremony at Liverpool International College, part of the £1b Paddington Village. The event was organised by the University of Liverpool and Kaplan, and attendees on the day included Mayor Joe Anderson and Professor Dame Janet Beer who made passionate speeches on what this facility will mean to the learning community and the city of Liverpool. Also in attendance were Liverpool International College, CPMG Architects, and Pulse Associates. A few of the students who will use the new facility also came along to celebrate the milestone in the project. Currently the project is at week 70 and is due for completion in August 2019 and currently the fit-out of the education block and the student residential area is continuing. A further milestone achieved this week was the removal of one our tower cranes, TC2....

Cathedral Archer Sleep Out – cheque donation

In September 2018, staff from Kier Construction Northern and Kier Services took part in a second sponsored sleep-out with the Cathedral Archer Project to increase awareness and understanding of homelessness, and raise funds for the charity. The night of the sleep-out was cold and wet, and the Kier team didn’t get much sleep, but in total, £2900 was raised for the Cathedral Archer Project, through individual efforts, supply chain sponsorship, and match funding from the Kier Foundation. New sleeping bags that had been purchased for the event were also donated to the Project, providing much needed equipment to support Sheffield’s homeless community. On the 22nd February, the cheque was handed over to staff at the Cathedral Archer Project, who were thrilled to receive the funds. Well done to all involved!...