Skills day at Barnsley NHS Blood Transplant project

We held a skills day at our project at NHS Blood Transplant Centre in Barnsley on Friday 8th July. The event was for young people leaving care aged 16 to 24 and it was supported by operatives from Barnsley including 3 apprentices and Josh Close who came through the care systems. The day was created after consultation with the More and Better Jobs Team at Barnsley MBC and Kier Housing Maintenance and the aim was to give the young people a ‘taster’ of construction and by working with and spending time with the apprentices to help them raise their aspirations to realise their potential. Around 24% of offenders within the prison system have come through the care system so the more that we, as a company and individuals, can have a positive impact on their lives the more chance they have of successfully gaining employment. Ken Keenan of Barnsley Council said of the event; “I just wanted to thank you and your colleagues for the effort and work that you put in to making the industry day for a group of young people from Barnsley so rewarding for them. The young people were very reticent to start with but by the time I had to leave they were all really keen to move their lives on in a real positive way. I know that this must be outside your normal working brief but I really want you to know that your input really made a difference to those young people’s view of themselves and the day was...

BIM presentation to Year 6 students at St Cuthberts

In June 2019, Dave Parr, Colin Bedlington and Rob Toon visited the existing St Cuthbert’s Primary School in Liverpool to meet the Year 6 pupils and show them how we use digital technology in construction, in particular on their new school that Kier are currently delivering on site. As part of the session, the Kier team gave a presentation to around thirty Year 6 pupils and this included a number of CGI images of their new school and engaging with the pupils about the various careers in construction and how the school is built. The pupils were then split into 3 groups, with each group having the opportunity to use the Virtual Reality (VR) headsets to move around their new school using the model; navigating the model on a PC to visit different areas of the school, such as the new classrooms, hall and staff room; reviewing the data captured from the Matterport camera, which we used the scan their existing school hall and the review of the time lapse video that has captured the work on site to...

St Cuthberts – progress on site and school site visit

St Cuthbert’s Primary School is a new build school for 240 pupils that will replace the existing school building. Works that have taken place to date are setting up the site, haul road, cabins and fence lines, installed the piling mat, piling and drainage works and commenced the steel frame. The project is at week 15 of a 73 week programme. On the 29th March, children from Year 6 and Foundation 2 visited their new St Cuthberts school site to see the progress to date. This visit has helped the children as Year 6 are compiling a news article on construction to which we will provide a prize when the winner has been chosen. Chris Hawes (Assistant QS) is new to the business and undertook the challenge to host both the visit and a question and answer session. Some of the questions asked...

Completion of Windmill Green

Earlier this year, we successfully handed over the Windmill Green project at Mount Street in Manchester. The building consists of seven floors, six of which are allocated for commercial use, with ground floor retail units and a roof pavilion / terrace overlooking the City of Manchester. The building has total floor area of 82000 sq ft and within the atrium there are two main features – a floating staircase and a living green wall. Two beehives are also installed on the roof terrace. Buildings account for 40% of the carbon we generate as a society and the design of Windmill Green had noted this. Built with sustainability in mind, there are solar panels on the roof, efficient LED lighting on the ceiling, showers and bike racks on the ground floor for cyclists. All this and many other features have contributed in achieving BREEAM Outstanding. Windmill Green is currently the second building in Manchester to achieve this. The construction involved building three floors on an existing structure, with a new lift core, steel infill to the existing courtyard incorporating a verendeal truss to form an external overhang at the second floor, toilet blocks to each floor and raised access flooring to the office areas. The external envelope consists of bright green/dark grey terracotta fixed onto a curtain walling facade with new steps and pavings to the external...

Volunteer week in Liverpool

In 2017/18, 20.1 million people in the UK volunteered formally at least once a year and 11.8 million of people did so at least once a month. In Kier North West through our support of Kier Ambassadors and colleagues we have supported 76 events from the 1st January 2019 to the 7th June 2019 and we have provided construction careers support to over 4000 children and 673 adults. From the 1st to the 7th June we supported Volunteer Week through a number of our sites, colleagues and supply chain. The Heath project, led by Andy Ellis organised for D Morgan to donate topsoil for planters to the school and we have now created lovely planting areas for the children to enjoy. Rhyl School led by Martin Walsh and Dan Hampson organised, though DRP Joinery, to donate a bench for the Denbighshire Voluntary Services Council for volunteers to enjoy the outdoor space in Ruthin and create a local safe space. Merseycare and Connah’s Quay – Assistant Site Managers Dafydd Jones from Merseycare and Will Moss from Connah’s Quay volunteered to expand the allotment for Northfield Community Centre. The centre is run by The Inclusion Network who provide youth and community services in Bootle. We also roped in Kayla who was on work experience from Fusion 21. They were also supported by other local companies including Marks and Spencers, The Big Trust Charity and Amion...

CSR Update – Liverpool and Wales

Increase in Kier Ambassadors In January we were delighted to invite the CITB into the Speke office to provide training to our eight new Kier Ambassadors. This was to boost the numbers from our training completed in December where six colleagues were trained. The training was interactive and provided practical examples of how to promote Kier Shaping Your World and also CITB Go Construct. Since this, the Ambassadors have been really busy with many schools focusing on interview skills and communication. We also attended mock interviews at Blue Coat School to help prepare students for university interviews. In February, Natalie McGuckin and Emma Tyler attended a “Females in Business and Industry” event at Bellerive Girls School with other female professionals including Barristers, Navy Captains and Engineers. The students asked a range of questions to determine the roles and were delighted to learn about so many opportunities available to them. In March, Nick Orton and Natalie McGuckin were involved in “Speed interviews” at Liverpool College where students asked questions on careers in construction and explored the opportunities that different roles provide. By the end of March we had supported over 20 different schools and colleges and met with over 4000 students in both the Liverpool region and North Wales Diversity in the Supply Chain Neil Carson organised a Meet the Buyer event in Knowsley on the 14th March where over 100 different companies attended. Presentations were given from Dodds (electrical contractor appointed on Shakespeare North) and Knowsley Chamber of Commerce. The event also included a workshop on procurement, apprentices, CSR and Sustainability. Chester and North Wales Chamber of Commerce Last...