Rhys Brown – G4C Awards North East

We are delighted that Rhys Brown, Site Manager, has been shortlisted at the Generation 4 Change Awards in the North East in the Future Leader category. Rhys was nominated for the award by Steve Lynn, Contracts Manager and he said: “Rhys has shown a consistent high level of commitment and determination on his recent projects. He fully understands the complexity of the projects worked on, where his leadership and management traits have come to the fore. It’s a well-deserved acknowledgement and I’m sure he can now go on an pick up the award”. Rhys also said: “It is a great honour to be nominated for the G4C North East Future Leader award. It has provided some positivity during the current unknown circumstances which we are all going through currently and I am sure hoping the awards evening on the 2nd of September still goes ahead as...

RICS Social Impact Awards – Winner

We are delighted to confirm that our project The Biosphere in Newcastle has been successful at the RICS Social Impact Awards 2020 for the North East region. Due to the COVID-19, the awards are being held virtually and the winners were announced this week and the project has won the Commercial Award. The £22m scheme keeps graduates from local universities within the region to develop world leading research. The facility is tailored to the commercialisation of life sciences and innovation, research and development in the North East of England’s regional and economic capital. It offers high-quality biology and chemistry laboratories, Grade A offices and conference space in Newcastle upon Tyne’s bustling city...

YORbuild Framework Success

We are delighted to confirm that we have been appointed to both Lots of the new YORbuild Major Works Framework. Lot 1 is for projects valued between £10m-£30m and Lot 2 is for projects worth more than £30m. This Framework will provide access to tender pipeline opportunities of up to £1.5Bn and will run for four years, with the option to extend for a further two years. The works involved are major construction works across a number of sectors including education, health, commercial and residential. The YORbuild Major Works Framework will serve all public sector bodies and third sector organisations in the Yorkshire and Humber region with some works also stretching to North East England, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and areas of Leicestershire. This appointment highlights Kier’s success in delivering public sector projects through frameworks. Kier have and continue to deliver a number of projects through both the YORbuild and YORbuild2 frameworks, including the £23m Astrea Academy Primary and Secondary Schools in Sheffield, the £45m Ponteland School & Leisure facilities in Northumberland and the £14m Spen Leisure Centre in...

NHSBT Barnsley – progress on site

Despite the challenging times we are all facing, our project in Barnsley, the Blood and Transplant Centre is nearing completion. The Histocompatibility and Immogenetics laboratory, the Red Cell Immunohematology laboratory and hospital services were completed at the end of March, ready for NHSBT’s temperature mapping. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 circumstances, the temperature mapping did not happen and the Client has commenced their works on site today. The office and canteen furniture is now installed and the services to the majority of the building have been tested and commissioned. Spie, our clean room specialist, are completing their installation ready for testing and commissioning to commence next week and externally, the vehicle wash bays and bike shelters are due to be erected and the gas compound pipework completed with the final project due to be handed over to the Client in...

Park Hill Flats – Considerate Constructors Score

Despite the challenges we currently face in terms of COVID-19, I am delighted to confirm that our project Park Hill Flats has achieved a score of 45 on their third Considerate Constructors visit – which was undertaken virtually via a presentation detailing the good work the site are undertaking along with calls with both Donna Howard and Dave Johnson. This follows on from the sites previous two visits and they are currently the only site within Northern to have achieved a score of 45 on each of their visits. Thank you to Dave and all the project team for their help in supporting with all evidence we needed for the presentation whilst dealing with and implementing the COVID-19 procedures on site. Feedback given by the inspector included: “Exceptional all round attention to detail, my sincere thanks to Dave and Donna for their combined assistance at arms...

National Careers Week

Park Hill site visits Recently we held numerous site visits at our Park Hill flats project. The visits have included students from Bradway primary school, Meadowhead secondary school and students from Sheffield Hallam University. During the visits, the team provided a detailed insight in to the design of the iconic building and discussed any issues that the team have worked to overcome. We then invited students to take a tour of the building, where we highlighted what had been discussed during the presentation and finally visiting the show flat to give the visitors an idea of what a finished apartment will look like. Mock interview sessions We have continued our engagement with both NYBEP and Sheffield City Region Enterprise Advisor Network. where we were asked to support five schools in Bradford and two schools in Sheffield with the delivery of mock interviews. We were able to provide the students with some great feedback and give some tips for future interviews. The sessions were successful, and we received some great feedback from students and from NYBEP: • 94% felt that their confidence and self-belief had improved • 92% are more motivated to do well in school • 92% are more aware of their own skills and aspirations • 100% felt they better understood that a positive attitude is needed to succeed • 97% felt their communication skills had improved • 90% felt they are now more prepared for the world of work “Firstly, can I thank you for your contribution to our annual Y11 Business Day. Your help makes a massive difference to our students’ Y11 experience and preparation for...