Completion of basement and kitchen at Dixons Academy

On the 13th September we handed over the completed basement which houses the sixth forms dining area and kitchen at Dixons Academy in Bradford to a delighted Client. This follows on from the recent completion of the ground and first floor and the College is now fully operational to students and teachers. The reminder of the works to the second, third and fourth floors, the sports hall and coach house will continue until March 2020. The most recent milestone on the project is the completion of the steel frame for the sports...

Completion of Ground and First Floor at Dixons Academy

On the 27th August we successfully handed over Phase 1a (ground and first floors) of the new Dixons 6th Form Academy to a delighted client. In addition the site team achieved early completion of the ground floor LRC on 21st August in time for GCSE results day and the College’s 6th Form registration. Phase 1b, which comprises basement kitchens and dining areas, is ready for handover this Friday 13th September. Phase 2 will hand over in March 2020 and comprises floors 2,3 and 4 of the mill building which will provide additional classroom space, IT suites, science labs, break-out areas and a lecture theatre. This phase also includes a new build sports hall and refurbishment of the existing coach house to provide offices and changing rooms. The mill and coach house were originally built in the 1880’s and are Grade II listed. Whilst the mill had been previously refurbished to be used as office accommodation for the NHS, the coach house was derelict with dilapidated leaking roofs and internal water damage which requires a major refurbishment as part of our works. Wesley Davies, Executive Principal, said: “I have been really pleased with the work Kier has undertaken at Douglas Mills on behalf of the DFE for Dixons Academies Trust. The work has been completed to a high standard with full client engagement along the journey. Douglas Mills has been transformed into a modern learning space whilst maintaining many original features and full respect been paid to its Grade II status. Finally, Kier staff have delivered on time and have been a pleasure to work with and I look forward...

Cheque donation to the Teenage Cancer Trust

Following on from the Boots on for Building challenge back in May I am delighted to confirm that we have handed over a cheque to the Heather Bowen of Teenage Cancer Trust today for the total sum of: £5,764.36 This is as a result of all your sponsorship monies raised and monies donated to the event by our Client/Consultants and Subcontractors. Thank you to everyone who took part, whether that be walking on the days, assisting with the support vehicles and organising the challenge and donating money. Without you, raising this amount of money would not have been...

NHSBT Blood Centre – progress on site

Recently our project, NHSBT Blood Centre at Barnsley has had a crane on site for the lifting of the plant materials onto the roof, with the help of HE Barnes. A second lift took place the following week for the remaining plant materials to be lifted into place. The project is currently going well and the Client is pleased with progress on site. The design is completed and the clean room contractor started on site at the beginning of August. The mechanical and electrical works are progressing well along with drylining and plastering continuing on both floors. Debbie Richard (Hospital Service Lab Manager) visited site to have a look at the lab we are building for her department. After her visit she said: “Great visit to site this week to see the hospital services areas and the whole site. It was great to see it coming together and I can’t imagine all the immense and hard work put in by so many people to bring this site together, as well as all the work going on in Sheffield and Leeds to bring everyone together and make this a great place to work. I was impressed with the eco-friendly approach from solar panels to wild flowers and also the passion behind all the...

Completion of York Hospital Endoscopy Unit

In August, we handed over the completed Endoscopy Unit at York Hospital to a delighted Client. The project completion marks 15 years of working in partnership with the Hospital and since 2004 we have completed 13 projects for the Trust including theatre reconfigurations, bereavement suite, aseptic pharmacy, multi-storey car park and critical care unit. The new unit increases the hospital’s capacity for endoscopy services from three rooms to seven, fulfilling rising demand for services, and will improve efficiency. Built on top of York Hospital’s existing physiotherapy building, the Unit has gold cladding and the design for the unit has proved to be complex construction as the building was land locked on three sides and could only be built out form the furthest point. The design of the unit included a refurbishment aspect to the physiotherapy unit as well as the new build aspect of the project. The new build unit is two storeys high with a link bridge connecting the new unit to the main hospital corridors at first floor level. The new unit aims to become one of the UK’s biggest and most advanced endoscopy unit and it will allow the Trust to considerably increase the number of endoscopy procedures it delivers to accommodate rising demand while improving the efficiency of the process and patient...

Completion of St Albans Place, Leeds

In August, we handed over the completed building at St Albans Place in Leeds – a student accommodation building in Leeds City Centre for Vita Group. The 18 storey development will provide 376 state of the art studio apartments to students studying in Leeds. The building also includes communal hubs, a gym, study areas, a coffee lounge, cycle store, movie room and laundry facilities. The first students moved into the building on Saturday 10th August, the day after handover, which is a month earlier than the original occupation date. The remaining external works are ongoing and are due for completion at the end of...