Completion of Rowan View for Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

We are delighted to have handed over the £51m Rowan View Medium Secure Mental Health Unit in Liverpool to the Client, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust. The works were procured through the P21+ Framework. The facility has 123 beds located over eight wards, specialist learning disability and mental health wards, a social hub, café, therapy rooms, multi-faith room, sports hall, gym, music rooms, skills for life room, IT suite, bank and physical health suite. It will also house an environment that will promote the integration of physical and mental wellbeing with use of modern technology throughout the unit for the benefits of patients and staff. Once opened later in the year, the unit will treat men and women with mental health problems who have come through the courts. This unit will bring together the service users benefiting from medium secure services both with a learning disability (currently cared for at the Whalley and Gisburn sites) and mental illness (currently cared for at the Scott clinic). Peter Commins, Regional Director for Kier Regional Building, said: “I would like to convey my thanks to our dedicated site team and supply chain for their determination in keeping the project operational and safe in line with the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) guidance throughout...

Safety Awards – Northern and North West

We are delighted to confirm that we have been successful with two safety awards across the Regional Building Northern and North West businesses. British Safety Council Distinction This was awarded for our clear commitment to the health, safety and wellbeing during 2019. The International Safety Awards are health and safety’s most prestigious award scheme. They recognise organisations that have demonstrated commitment to occupational health, safety and wellbeing, regardless of their size or the sector they operate within. RoSPA Presidents Award 2020 A Presidents Award is given for more than 10 years of consecutive RoSPA Gold Awards and we are currently at 12 years. 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...

11 York Street – progress on site

11 York Street is a highly prominent island site in Manchester’s central business district and is seen as the final piece of Manchester’s space for the Spring Gardens, York Street and Fountain Street area. Works on the project are now well underway with the construction of our eight storey office block with the recent completion of the steel frame erection as the building starts to take shape. Current activities on site include the mechanical and electrical engineering installation, drylining, installation of roofing and the final phase of steel erection and concreting. We will be starting the external façade work to the building soon, with the installation of the pre-cast concrete cladding commencing first. Once complete the eight-storey building will offer office floor plates between 10,000 and 12,000 sq ft, as well as two retail units at ground floor level and basement car parking and enhanced cycle storage. Recent enhancements include a high quality co working area with coffee outlet and meeting rooms to the ground floor and a covered terrace with function room at roof...

Emma Tyler – COVID-19 story

Emma Tyler Newbould, Assistant Site Manager working on School of Digital Art in Manchester, who lives in Liverpool, was approached by her neighbour to help make scrub wash bags for various NHS hospitals in the city, which led on to making gowns for frontline staff at Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital (LHCH). A friend of her neighbours, who owns a sewing studio, was approached by the NHS to make 60 sets of scrubs and wash bags. Not able to meet the demand alone, she reached out to various people to help out, this included Emma and her wife (Kat). Keen to help, their dining room turned into a sewing studio and they set to work. The output from Emma and Kat alone was 40 scrub wash bags in that first week. Demand for PPE was still high at that time and LHCH asked if the group could make 2,500 disposable sterile gowns, if they provided the material, as soon as possible. The sewing team grew to 18 with Emma and Kat making 80 gowns in 3 weeks. Of the experience Emma talks of how ‘doing her bit’ left her with a sense of pride and positivity about being able to contribute in some small way. With the added bonus of spending time, sewing with her wife, laughing, talking and playing music, was a tonic in itself, one that helped them get through lockdown and gave back to the frontline heroes keeping us all safe in a very uncertain time. A true Covid-19 story that all started with a little girl aged 10 years, wanting to do her bit to...

Award Shortlistings

We are delighted to confirm that two of our projects in Wales, namely Christ the Word School in Rhyl and Flintshire Adult Day Care Centre, have been shortlisted in several categories at 3 different award ceremonies this year. They are: Constructing Excellence Wales Awards Hwb Cyfle – Client of the Year Award, Integration and Collaborative working and Health, Safety and Wellbeing Christ the Word – Building Project of the Year and Client of the Year LABC North Wales Awards Christ the Word – Best Public Service or Educational Building and North Wales Regional Award Hwb Cyfle – Best Small Commercial Project Insider Wales Property Awards Christ the Word – Development of the...

Park Hill Flats – Considerate Constructors Visit

Park Hill flats recently had their final Considerate Constructors Visit and I am delighted to confirm that they scored a fourth 45 out of 45, giving them a first within Kier Group. They are the first project to consecutively score 45 on all four visits on any site within the Group and this is a fantastic achievement given two of the visits were during the COVID-19 epidemic. The inspector said: “Despite external arrangements with the community being temporarily curtailed, ‘virtual reality’ has taken over in most aspects. Time has been spent on arranging a skills academy in conjunction with Sheffield City College in readiness for the return of students and first class to note the volume of places booked.” The project is nearing completion, with planned handover in Autumn...