Rowan View – Shortlisted for the Design In Mental Health Awards

We are delighted to confirm that our Medium Secure Unit project, Rowan View has been shortlisted for the Design in Mental Health Awards. The project was put forward in the Service User Engagement category and some of the criteria the project had to meet was; Innovative and thoughtful engagement of service users. To see evidence of the importance of involving service users in the design process and the need for the service user group to be centric to the project structure Uniqueness of the work that has taken place within a mental health setting and what significant effect it has had on the design when involving service users How you have “designed in” problem solving approaches when involving service users in the design process The methodology of sharing and gathering of information How it allows the service user group to identify what they think are important components of an effective healthcare setting and design vision of new builds and environments The awards ceremony is taking place on the 21st May 2019 in Coventry....

Rowan View – progress on site

In February, I had the pleasure of a site visit to the newly named Rowan View project (formerly Merseycare) and the complexity of the site was astounding. The contract is under the P21+ framework and is a joint venture with Kier M&E. The full contract value is £48.3m. The project commenced 23rd April 2018 and is due to complete 20th June 2020. Currently the team are on programme in week 44 of 104 weeks. The build is very traditional with a steel frame, SFS and external brickwork. One of the biggest building issues the team will need to manage is the sixteen internal courtyards that will be land locked once the structure progresses. The site team are now in the process of completing two sample en-suite bedrooms which will help to ensure that any issues in developing/installing these are resolved before the construction starts on site. Once complete, Rowan View will be a state of the art medium secure mental health unit with 123 en-suite bedrooms. Facilities will include sports hall, gymnasium, dental suite, sensory rooms, wood workshops, music rooms and multi-faith rooms....

Connah’s Quay High School – completion of phase 1

The project at Connah’s Quay High School started in the summer of 2017 with an enabling works package to relocate the DT classrooms, provide 6 temporary classroom and seperate the school from our construction works. This then allowed Kier to start the asbestos strip and demolition to make room for a new two storey classroom block. This block included a new main hall, activity studio and drama room, DT and art rooms, three computer suites and a fully fitted out cooking room. We provided new furniture and equipment throughout the new facilities. Extension of the services from the existing school provided a new plant room and an electrical switch room. The new block has had a full sprinkler system installed, which is a requirement of the Welsh Government. The project included extensive external works including two new courtyards used for external play and dining, an external amphitheatre and remodelling of the bus pull-in area at the front of the school. Phase 1 was completed on 21 December 2018, and as well received by the Client, Flintshire County Council, the Head Teacher and the school. Following this success, we have received further instruction from the Client to deliver the phase two works and this includes internal refurbishment and remodelling to form a new administration block and re-cladding the front of the school including the sports centre which also gets a new roof, we are also extending the car park area. The second phase of the works are due for completion in autumn of this...

Activities at 11 York Street

The team at 11 York Street in Manchester have been busy with community events / support since the project began back in late 2017. You can keep up to date with current activities by looking out for our Tweets at #KierMCR and #11YorkStreet....

RICS Awards 2019 Yorkshire and Humber – Astrea Primary School shortlisted

We are delighted to confirm that Astrea Primary School has been shortlisted in the RICS Awards 2019. The project has been entered into the Building Conservation category and the awards will take place on the 17 May 2019 at Leeds United Football Club. Because we have been shortlisted for the above category, the project will automatically be considered for the highly esteemed ‘Yorkshire & Humber Project of the Year’ title. This is presented to the scheme which demonstrates overall outstanding best practice and exemplary commitment to adding value to it’s local area. All category winners will go on to compete against other regional winners at the national RICS Awards Grand Final in London later this year, for the chance to be crowned the overall UK winner in their respective category....