Burrell Renaissance Project – CCS Visit

Our project Burrell Renaissance in Glasgow recently had their third and final Considerate Constructors visit. This is a challenging project as it is a Grade A listed heritage building and we are aiming to enhance the architectural integrity, without changing the visual apprencance greatly. This means the materials and methods of construction are carefully planned and therefore, to achieve the Ultra Site recognition from CCS is a wonderful achievement. As well as achieving a high score of 43, the site has been awarded two innovations points within the category of...

Completion of Mavis Valley Waste Transfer Facility

We have recently completed the successful handover of the £2.3m Mavis Valley Waste Transfer Station in Bishopbriggs. The project was delivered through the Scape Minor Works Framework for our Client, East Dunbartonshire Council. The redeveloped facility will ensure efficient waste collection and disposal is achieved in the surrounding area for the foreseeable future. Works comprised the demolition of an existing steel framed facility and the full design, construction and commissioning of the new premises. The new steel framed structure is enclosed with a single skinned profiled metal roof and wall system with precast concrete push walls internally. The two weighbridges installed during the contract will be linked to an external facility for accurate recording of waste data. A steel lined, structural framed hopper controls the delivery of the waste from the tipping area to the sorting area...

Birley Fields – The Fallen Soldier

The project team at Birley Fields downed tools on Remembrance Day at 11:00 along with the rest of the country to commemorate the bravery of our armed forces and the impact their service has given to current and future generations. Taking time out of the project to commemorate those lost in battle is particularly significant amongst the project team; where we have ex-services persons working within the Provsec Ltd and SES Engineering Services teams. Alongside the Kier team stood a large number of the contractors, gathered around the on-site memorial and ‘lest we forget’ flag pole established a week ago on site. The metal memorial ‘fallen solider’ silouhette was made from recycled metal by apprentices at ACS Stainless Steel Fixings Ltd and donated to the project. Newburn Power Rental Ltd supplied and fitted the lighting all free of charge. Kier are signatories of the armed forces covenant and actively recruit ex-services persons via the employability programmes we support. The project has also chosen to support The Royal British Leigon with the sale of poppies to our...

Alness Academy – Virtual School Tour

At Alness Academy we faced a challenge to provide the school staff, pupils and other stakeholders the ability to virtually walk through their building, giving them the opportunity to familiarise themselves with their new working environment prior to handover and occupation of the new school. Unfortunately, due to the Covid 19 pandemic, this challenge was amplified with the output becoming critical as a result of being unable to host our usual pre-handover site visits in person. These visits traditionally happen prior to handover and occupation of the new school, providing a key opportunity for familiarisation and operational training. So to support the students with the move into their new school we have developed a virtual model of the school in partnership with Hub North and The Highland Council. This innovative initiative has been hugely successful and has received significant positive feedback from all project stakeholders. This was confirmed through the stats we collate which indicated that we had +1400 hits in its first two weeks. The success and high levels of engagement with the Virtual Transition Model was down to the simplicity of presenting a very sophisticated technology within a pdf document, linking to an intuitive and engaging user experience. This meant that there was no requirement for training or for project stakeholders to have expensive software installed. Going forward, it has been identified that due to the success of the Virtual Transition Model solution, we would look to offer it as an enhanced handover deliverable on all projects going forward. Click here to view the...

Outwood Academy – start on site

Works have begun on the Outwood Academy project for the Outwood Grange Academies Trust under the DfE Schools Framework. This is the latest project in a number of educational facilities that have been successfully delivered by the team in the North East over the last couple of years. The works comprise the wholescale internal refurbishment of the previous Inland Revenue Office building in Middlesbrough, to provide temporary accommodation for the Academy for a period of three years, whilst a new school is constructed. Whilst only temporary accommodation, the Academy will be constructed to an exceptional standard with all of the normal facilities to support the curriculum including fully equipped resistant materials, food technology and science labs with music and drama and activity studios and all new kitchen and dining facilities. This ‘fast track’ project commenced in September and we will hand over the ground floor prior by the end of the year to allow partial occupation in the January term for one year group. The handover of the remainder of the building is due at the end of January. Katy Bradford, Chief Operating Officer for the Outwood Grange Academies Trust said: “We are happy to be working with Kier on this project and we are grateful for the great work Kier continues to do in helping us provide our students with top of the class facilities. At Outwood we believe in putting students first, raising standards and transforming lives. To do this we know that the infrastructure and facilities available to them in school are key. It is essential that our students have the resources available to them to...