Completion of Harry Watts Academy

Earlier this month, the handover of the Harry Watts Academy in Sunderland to the Clients, Sunderland City Council and Propser Learning Trust took place. The Academy will eventually accommodate up to 96 pupils who have Autism. From the New Year the school will have 40 pupils on roll and they will transition to the new site after February half term. Harry Watts Academy opened in September 2020 at the former Harraton Primary School in Washington. This temporary provision has been utilised while work was being completed on the new build at Hylton Redhouse, Sunderland. Kier are proud to deliver a school which serves the city of Sunderland and neighbouring areas. Working together with the stakeholders and partners we have created a school which is recognised as a centre of excellence both regionally and nationally. Derek Cogle, Head Teacher, Harry Watts Academy said, “Having opened our school in September with such fantastic children and an amazing staff, I am extremely excited to get closer to opening our incredible new building and developing Harry Watts Academy into an outstanding provision for pupils with ASD, in order to create the best possible opportunities and outcomes for them and their families. This has been a long process and has involved the dedication and vision of a great number of people, to whom I am forever grateful. We look forward to creating some enriching...

School of Digital Arts – Second CCS Visit

In November, the School of Digital Arts project for the Manchester Metropolitan University had their second CCS visit where they scored a fantastic 45 out of 50, up by 4 points from their first visit. One notable aspect relative to the workforce is the benefits of employment as expressed by Keith the gateman. In his words prior to being employed by the site he felt that ‘his world was one big party and he hadn’t been invited’. The experience of working with the team has raised his self-esteem and he has turned his life...

CSR Update – Scotland

Since we have returned from lockdown in June life is now different with the way we are adjusting to life during a pandemic and working with new ways of using technology. Below is an update on some of our activities over the last few months in Scotland. August – Food Bank Donations With the impact of the pandemic the foodbanks across the country are seeing such a high demand for their services that at Kier we held various collections on our projects Burrell Renaissance, Citizens Theatre, Golden Jubilee Hospital and HIP, the collections went towards feeding 50+ families for a week within Scotland. September – Graduation for Project Search I attended the virtual graduation of the Project Search students at Strathclyde University where over the last year I was a mentor for one of the students, Gary, which involved weekly email catch up, mock interviews and site visits to the Wolfson Building October – Kicking On We invited KickinOn, a mental health organisation that was created during the lockdown, to give a talk to help and support people whose mental health has suffered. The organisation is focused on supporting good mental health through exercise. David & Brian attended the Burrell Renaissance and Citizens Theatre projects to give a talk to our staff and supply chain and provide extra information on support agencies available. November – Action for Children We had Eric & Jordan from Action for Children complete a two work placement at the Burrell Renaissance project. Both had to look at changing their career path due to the pandemic so this gave them the opportunity to find out...

Durham CC Headquarters – progress on site

Our project for Durham County Council’s new headquarters is really starting to take shape now. We are on week 65 of 104 and works in progress are: Preparation of foundations for MSCP car park for works to commence in the new year Installation of techcrete panels and curtain walling being installed to the building facades Internal fit out is well...

Burrell Renaissance Project – CCS Visit

Our project Burrell Renaissance in Glasgow recently had their third and final Considerate Constructors visit. This is a challenging project as it is a Grade A listed heritage building and we are aiming to enhance the architectural integrity, without changing the visual apprencance greatly. This means the materials and methods of construction are carefully planned and therefore, to achieve the Ultra Site recognition from CCS is a wonderful achievement. As well as achieving a high score of 43, the site has been awarded two innovations points within the category of...