Completion of Lecture Theatre at University of Aberdeen

We have recently handed over the new Lecture Theatre at the Old Kings College Campus at the University of Aberdeen. The £1.7m project was delivered through the Scape Minor Works framework, works comprised significant structural alteration and refurbishment in the four raked lecture theatres (over two floors) in the South Wing of King’s Quad at Old Aberdeen Campus. The proposal involved reorientation of the spaces to form two large international standard teaching spaces for the Business School. The new layout created enhanced accessibility, including a passenger/evacuation lift to the lecture theatres, which will service the East Wing also. The property is a listed building and the works were subject to Listed Building Consent and we discovered from archive drawings the rooms have been altered over several generations. The refurbished building is being used mainly for conducting lectures whilst certain smaller rooms are being used for academic personnel offices. The local economy and community were supported through mainly a local supply chain with 70% of the overall spend being achieved within twenty miles of the site and where feasible a local labour force was utilised with 86% of operatives living within twenty miles of the site. The project also won a bronze CCS award which is a great achievement for a project of this...

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...

Completion of PET MRI

Back in March 2020 before any COVID resitrictions took hold, we handed over the completed PET MRI facility on programme to a delighted Client. The project was the construction and fit-out of a concrete-framed, two-storey PET-MRI facility at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield, a joint project for the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The new facility will provide new, state-of-the-art services in Sheffield. The project is one of only eight such facilities in the UK and it it will provide local people access to new clinical trials, and will support the development of new therapies and outcomes for patients. The facility will also provide faster diagnosis, track the progression of disease more easily, and accelerate the delivery of new drugs. We have only recently been able to go back to take the final completion photos of the project – see...

Work Experience at Durham CC HQ project

We are delighted to welcome Ben Raincock to the team at the Durham County Council HQ project. Ben joins us from the New College Durham as our first T Level Construction student to undertake a weekly work experience placement. Ben will spend time understanding the numerous functional roles in Construction supporting his learning curriculum. The College said: “As part of the first wave of T-Levels released, our T-Level Technical Qualification in Design, Surveying and Planning has been developed in collaboration with employers, professional bodies, universities and businesses to ensure students are prepared for the world of work or further study. The two-year programme will provide students with the experience, skills and knowledge required to progress into a skilled construction...

Apprentice at Spen Valley Leisure Centre

The team at Spen have worked collaboratively with our supply chain to ensure that despite the challenges that COVID-19 have brought we continued to work towards achievement of our YORbuild employment and skills targets, including the recruitment of a new apprentice. In August, GRK Civils welcomed an new apprentice engineer to their team, Kian Craig. Kian was recruited through En:able futures and has given some insight into why he chose Construction as a career: How Kian is getting on: Why Kian wanted to join the industry: “The job is going great on site I’m learning something new everyday and taking on new and bigger responsibilities every week. College is about to start in the next coming weeks so I’ll hopefully be able to put what I learn on site into my work in the classroom” “I wanted to join the construction industry as I knew it had such a broad prospective in terms of opportunities. I began researching and found I liked the idea of becoming a plumbing and heating engineer but after I completed my Level 1 diploma. I thought I needed something a little more challenging so I started looking at careers around management. From there I was able to complete a L3 diploma in construction management and move on to where I am now; studying towards a level 4 Civil Engineering qualification” Corporate Social Responsibility achievements to date on the...