Donation to Hedgehog Help in Prestatyn

Heather Shafer, Project Administrator, at our Rhyl Through School site spotted an article recently in the local news asking for people to donate items to Hedgehog Help in Prestatyn. The hedgehog hospital was set up and is run by Tracy, who takes in injured and sick wild hedgehogs, nurses them and returns them to the wild, where possible and she is a registered carer with the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. Heather rallied round to get some donations together and she persuaded the telehandler driver for our bricklayers to deliver the goodies and they were joined by Cllr Bob Murray (wearing the Hedgehog Help Prestatyn hat). He is a huge advocate for Tracy and the work she does. We also have some pallets we’re going to donate, and as she does regular litter picks in the local area (she’s a litter champion with Keep Wales Tidy) we’re also going to donate some gloves as she’d find them very handy – if you’ll pardon the pun. We also dropped off a bag full of old newspapers, a bag of shredded paper (with no laminate or staples shredded in it), some tea towels and kitchen rolls. Whilst visiting, we met one of the twenty eight hedgehogs she’s looking after at the moment and she gave me some advice that we could potentially utilise. She advised when putting up fencing we drill a few 4” or 6” holes along the bottom so the hedgehogs can still pass through and not get contained. Her Facebook page is also good for giving advice to people about what to do if you find a sick or...

Considerate Constructors Awards 2019

We are delighted to confirm that three of our Northern projects have been awarded with Considerate Constructors Awards for 2019. The ceremony took place on the 28th March in Manchester where Mark Winter, Donna Howard, Sarah Topping, Gareth Rushton, Dave Johnson and David Wilson attended. The results...

Open Doors 2019 – Yorkshire

On the 18th March, Kier opened its sites to the public as part of Open Doors Week 2019, allowing local people to see what really goes on behind the hoarding. In Yorkshire, four sites participated; Park Hill Flats, Royal Hallamshire Hospital PET-MRI, Dixons Sixth Form in Bradford, and St Albans Place in Leeds. Each site held two sessions, and all were well attended by local people, schools, colleges, clients, and partner agencies. It was great to see so many people who were interested in what Kier was doing in their area. Well done to all...

Dixons Sixth Form Academy – Contract Award

We are delighted to confirm our full appointment by the Department for Education (DFE) to design and construct a brand-new 880-place Sixth Form for Bradford based Dixons Academy. The £13.3m academy, located on Old Bowling Lane, consists of the refurbishment of the Grade II listed building, Douglas Coach House with the construction of a new build sports hall and associated external works. Work started in January 2019, with the sixth form scheduled to open to its first cohort of 360 students in September 2019. This will increase to its full capacity of 880 students by September...

Limecroft SHALD – Steel Signing Event

Last month we marked a programme milestone on the Limecroft (SHALD) development in Oldham with a Steel Signing ceremony. The Kier Construction North West and Scape Procure team were joined on site by Cllr Hannah Roberts, Cllr Marie Bashforth from Oldham Council, Diane Taylor, Associate Director MioCare Group and Richard Hambil, one of the soon to be residents. All in attendance were very pleased with progress being made on the site of the new residential unit, which will offer supported housing for adults with learning difficulties as they prepare for independent living. Most excited about the building was Richard Hambil, who will be moving into one of the apartments, upon completion. When asked what the development meant, Richard said; “This means everything to me, to get my own front door key and move towards more independence is like a dream come true.” To show further commitment to the Oldham SEND community and the great work they do, we have sponsored the upcoming MioCare Group Annual Staff Awards where recognition is given to the hard work, dedication and positive outcomes achieved by their employees. The MioCare Group will be managing Limecroft on...

Donation of Defibrilator to Turton and Lancaster Schools

Turton School Following the completion of the new extension to Turton School, Kier have purchased and donated a defibrillator to leave as a legacy gift for the school. The defibrillator was donated in recognition and thanks to Turton School’s Caretaker, Barrie Kelly and Derek Miller (a delivery driver) who were on hand to support our Site Foreman, Nigel Bartlett, who suffered a heart attack whilst working on site last year. The donation of the defibrillator was marked with a ceremony on 28th February which is particularly poignant as Nigel prepares to return to work. Lancaster University Sports Hall Late last year the project team from both the Fylde project and the Sports Hall donated a defibrillator to a local Lancaster Primary School, Willow Lane. Phil Shepherd, Project Manager attended a school assembly in which the official handover took place. Phil and the project team including our very own mascot Kieran have been engaging with Willow Lane throughout both projects, delivering construction related activities to the red class. The school have thoroughly enjoyed learning all about construction and showed their appreciation by sending the team some lovely thank-you cards. Photo features Phil Shepherd and Head Teacher, Mr Mel...