RICS Social Impact Awards – Winner

We are delighted to confirm that our project The Biosphere in Newcastle has been successful at the RICS Social Impact Awards 2020 for the North East region. Due to the COVID-19, the awards are being held virtually and the winners were announced this week and the project has won the Commercial Award. The £22m scheme keeps graduates from local universities within the region to develop world leading research. The facility is tailored to the commercialisation of life sciences and innovation, research and development in the North East of England’s regional and economic capital. It offers high-quality biology and chemistry laboratories, Grade A offices and conference space in Newcastle upon Tyne’s bustling city...

NHSBT Barnsley – progress on site

Despite the challenging times we are all facing, our project in Barnsley, the Blood and Transplant Centre is nearing completion. The Histocompatibility and Immogenetics laboratory, the Red Cell Immunohematology laboratory and hospital services were completed at the end of March, ready for NHSBT’s temperature mapping. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 circumstances, the temperature mapping did not happen and the Client has commenced their works on site today. The office and canteen furniture is now installed and the services to the majority of the building have been tested and commissioned. Spie, our clean room specialist, are completing their installation ready for testing and commissioning to commence next week and externally, the vehicle wash bays and bike shelters are due to be erected and the gas compound pipework completed with the final project due to be handed over to the Client in...

Park Hill Flats – Considerate Constructors Score

Despite the challenges we currently face in terms of COVID-19, I am delighted to confirm that our project Park Hill Flats has achieved a score of 45 on their third Considerate Constructors visit – which was undertaken virtually via a presentation detailing the good work the site are undertaking along with calls with both Donna Howard and Dave Johnson. This follows on from the sites previous two visits and they are currently the only site within Northern to have achieved a score of 45 on each of their visits. Thank you to Dave and all the project team for their help in supporting with all evidence we needed for the presentation whilst dealing with and implementing the COVID-19 procedures on site. Feedback given by the inspector included: “Exceptional all round attention to detail, my sincere thanks to Dave and Donna for their combined assistance at arms...

Completion of Dixons Sixth Form Academy, Bradford

On Friday we handed over the remaining phase at Dixons Sixth Form Academy in Bradford. The final phase included the refurbishment of the coach house and the construction of a new sports hall. Built in the 1840s, Dixons Sixth Form is a Grade II-listed mill building and coach house formerly known as Douglas Mill. Prior to acquisition by Dixons Academies Trust, the mill was occupied by the NHS, who used the space for office accommodation. The mill was in relatively good condition and had previously been refurbished in 2005; however, the coach house was in poor condition. Last occupied 20 years ago, the coach house had been closed up. Following refurbishment, the mill and coach house, together with a new build sports hall, provided space for 880 pupils and the sixth form is the first in Bradford without association with a secondary school. The school are delighted with the new facilities and Wesley Davies, Executive Principal said: “I would like to thank Kier and the team who worked on the Dixons Sixth Form Academy project. The commitment, professionalism and sheer hard work was exemplary. The team responded well to any school request and ensure we have a school we are all proud of. The project was not without its challenges but these were always met with positivity, pragmatism and commitment to high quality outcome. It has been an absolute pleasure working on this project, I wish the team and Kier every success going...

RICS Social Impact Awards 2020

We are delighted to confirm that our project Astrea Academy in Sheffield has been shortlisted for the RICS Social Impact Awards 2020 in the Education category. https://www.rics.org/uk/training-events/rics-awards/ These awards are the only nationally recognised awards programme that show the impact our built environment has on people’s lives. They highlight excellence at a regional and national level, identifying the projects making a positive difference. The category winners and Project of the Year winner will be announced at the awards on the 5th June 2020. Well done to everyone involved with this...

Completion of Dixons Academy Douglas Mill Building

Last week we handed over the remaining three floors at Dixons Academy in Bradford five weeks ahead of programme. Formerly known as Douglas Mill, the mill was most recently used as NHS office accommodation until 2018, when the NHS vacated the building and it was bought by Department for Education (DfE) for Dixons Academies Trust. The DfE’s and Trust’s aim was to create the first sixth form unaffiliated with a school in Bradford. It was decided that Douglas Mill was the ideal building for this, being able to accommodate 880 pupils. The mill itself had been refurbished as recently as 2005 and remained in relatively good condition. Soft demolition was required to all floors, removing existing partitions and internal fixtures, installing infrastructure for the science labs and replacement of carpets and decoration. Features like kinetic light switches have also been installed. These are programmed to specific rooms and are charged by people walking past and the switching on and off of the light. These switches require no cabling direct to the light fitting. There were some structural challenges in the mill. Steel had to be installed within the 1m thick external walls for the provision of disproportionate collapse. The building also wasn’t square. All the walls were at slightly different angles, as expected from an 1840s building. The existing walls and vaulted, curved soffits were left on show, providing a unique and vibrant learning space for students. The project continues on site with the refurbishment of the coach house and the creation of a new sports hall, both of which are due to be completed in March. Dixons Academies...