Protecting the Environment at First Light Pavilion

Work is well underway at the First Light Pavilion project and the site had an area of ground that contained “Phytophthora austrocedri,” which is an aggressive fungus-like pathogen, which is infecting juniper trees at a large number of upland woodland sites in Northern Britain causing dieback and mortality. The juniper trees had been removed from site a few years previously, but there were concerns that the soil could still contain the pathogen. It was not allowed to be removed from site as natural spread is likely to occur via movement in water and soil, and possibly via animal and/or human activity and the presence of water courses and areas of standing water are likely to favour pathogen spread at a site. The site team have worked closely with the Forestry Commission, the Client – University of Manchester and ecologist to develop a suitable methodology as the area of soil had to be moved due to the footprint of the new building. Following discussions, it was decided that the materials would be buried on site under the new concrete footpaths. The material had to be temporarily stockpiled on site and was placed on visqueen, in a secure, signed area to prevent further cross contamination. Once work began on site, the material was placed 1m down under the level of the new footpaths to encapsulate this contaminated material. After each movement of material, all plant, machinery footwear etc. was washed down to prevent the spread of the fungus. As part of reusing the material on site, the project has commissioned a Materials Management Plan (MMP), which allows the site team to...

Mold County Hall – Customer Satisfaction and CSR

10 / 10 Customer Satisfaction Score Following the completion of the demolition works at Mold County Hall we are delighted to have achieved a customer satisfaction score of 10 out of 10 across all areas Due to the building’s construction, (pre-cast load bearing panels) and its location to main roads and residential area, we engaged Kier Professional Services to assist us in our selection of a specialist contractor, to design our temporary works procedures and to input into our quality protocol plan as the building was crushed and levelled on site. Kate Allen, Engineering Manager said: “We worked closely with the construction team right from the start. This worked really well as the structural arrangement is quite unusual so straightforward methods of demolition had to be altered. We worked collaboratively with the demolition contractor to develop the method statement and construction methods so that we could take the building down safely. It’s on a steep hill adjacent to a main road into Mold so it was very important that the works were carried out in a controlled manner.” The project was extremely well received by Flintshire County Council and has helped strengthen our working relationship and our social value best practice activities are captured on the next page. Social Impact Best Practice – The Kier effect Working with Kier Property Services and our BIM Manager, Colin Bedlington, we have created an interactive learning resource that can be shared with multi schools covering many construction disciplines long after the demolition of Mold County Hall. History of Architecture Working with children to research the Brutalist movement in construction and the history...

Queensferry Learning Campus Ground Breaking Ceremony

Work has started on building a brand new £11m Plas Derwen (PPRU), Ty Calon – Community Hub and Queensferry Primary School refurbishment. The works will provide much needed regeneration for the site. Dan Hampson a representative from Kier performed the official turf cutting ceremony today (Monday, 21 December 2020) which was also attended virtually by councillors, officials and representatives of the company building the facilities, Kier Group. For Plas Derwen a new two storey school is being built on the existing tennis courts and will accommodate up to 111 pupils. There will be 9 classrooms, 3 specialist classrooms, therapeutic zones, administration facilities, hall, kitchen and servery and hard and soft play areas. For Ty Calon a new single storey community facility is being built on the existing available grounds and provide for a range of community facilities including community café, studio, commercial kitchen and bar, community sports changing facilities and teaching spaces for adult and young people community learning and car parking. For Queensferry Primary School a new entrance and associated grounds work including a new administrative block, hall and kitchen facilities will be built. Outside there will be extensive landscaping to provide open and green spaces the existing public footpath will be rerouted and new boundary strategy for Queensferry Primary School. Minister for Education, Kirsty Williams, said: “I am delighted that Flintshire are supporting our commitment to introduce more, all-encompassing community learning spaces, through this innovative community facility development which will also see the regeneration of the existing site.  “Queensferry Learning Campus will play a vital role, delivering a remodelled primary school, a centralised specialist education facility for...

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...

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...