Dixons Academy – CCS visit and progress on site

Dixons Sixth Form has continued to move closer to completion over the last few months, with both the coach house and sports hall progressing. The project is currently ahead of programme and is due to hand over the next phase of the project (the remaining floors of the mill building) in January 2020 which is approximately 2 months ahead of programme. The coach house was in an extremely poor state and had not been occupied for around 20 years. Pigeons had nested inside and there were some structural issues, alongside damage to the roof which was repaired using reclaimed slate. New floors, partition walls, and shower facilities, changing rooms and offices have also been added. Construction of the sports hall has also begun following the filling and capping of the mine shaft discovered on site. The sports hall has a steel frame and will have a traditional stonework façade to match the mill and coach house. In mid-November the site had their second Considerate Constructors visit for which they received a score of 45, a increase of 2 points since their first visit. Feedback given by the inspector included: “Community social values continue to rise with all activities logged and monitored against KPI’s to show first class results. There is a first class team effort in addressing the next generation and the promotion of careers in construction and similarly looking after the current wave of apprentices is equally...

CSR Overview

Sheffield Hallam University Site Visits Recently we held site visits for 1st year students from Sheffield Hallam at two of our Sheffield projects, Park Hill Flats and PET-MRI. At Park Hill, Liz Maw provided a detailed insight in to the design of the iconic building and discussed any issues that the team have worked to overcome. We then invited students to take a tour of the building, where Liz highlighted what had been discussed in the presentation. Over at The Royal Hallamshire Hospital on the PET-MRI facility, we had 1st year Construction Project Management students. Stuart Clayburn provided an insight in to the project, showing the students how the project started out, and highlighting how the project has progressed. He also provided an insight into his own journey in to the industry and how the Construction Project Management course supported him in his journey. He also gave a fantastic tour of the project for the students which got the students talking with some really interesting questions being asked. Employer Networking session Donna Howard, CSR Manager, was asked to take part in an employer networking session at Fir Vale School in Sheffield. This session was to educate and inform students about our business, the routes into the construction industry and highlight what type of skills employers usually look for in potential employees. The sessions were run in a group ‘speed dating’ style, giving employers the chance to move around different tables, speaking with various students throughout the activity. Mock interview session in Bradford We have continued our engagement with NYBEP and local schools in Bradford and we were asked to...

Poem reading and show flat at Park Hill

Yesterday we were delighted to host an event at Park Hill Flats along with Alumno, RPS, Whittam Cox and A1 Art Space. The event was held to unveil a poem that was commissioned by Alumno for Beton House at Park Hill. Laureate Otis Mensah wrote the poem which was titled ‘We were never derelict’. The poem will take pride of place in both the show flat and the pop-up shop in Sheffield City Centre. Following on from this, guests were given a tour of the recently completed show flat and they were amazed at the difference and the finish of the unit. Following the event, we received the following feedback from Richard Syddall at Alumno: “We wanted to say how pleased we are with how the show unit is looking – it was great to show David, stakeholders and the press yesterday. The feedback was very very positive. Our thanks to the Kier team for their hard work to date reaching this important milestone – it is a massive asset for us in marketing the units going forwards and ultimately the success of the...

Progress on site at PET MRI

The team at the PET-MRI recently passed a milestone test in October by achieving the appropriate pass rate for the Radiation Shielding. At the start of the scheme, the University employed a Radiation Protection Agent to design and consult on the build and one of the key criteria is to test the build at an appropriate time to ensure compliance. On the 10th October, the site was cleared from 4pm and the test was successfully completed late into the night. This subsequently confirmed that the building is fit for its purpose and therefore allowed the job to progress without any need for remedial works. The scaffold strip has also been completed and as of the 11th November, the public and University staff have been able to see the building as intended. Feedback has been extremely positive and the EFM team from the University have even taken to twitter to express their delight. The client fit out phase is due to start as expected on the 25th November with the scanner due in...

Official opening at York Hospital Endoscopy Unit

Yesterday saw the official opening of the Endoscopy Unit at York Hospital. Following introductions from Simon Morritt (Chief Executive) the unit was opened by Mike Procter, former Chief Executive at the Hospital. The new flagship unit, built above the hospital’s existing physiotherapy department, has been designed to increase capacity to meet growing demand, improve the efficiency of patient flow and enhance the patient experience. The new unit will deliver improvements to diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy waiting times and increase the range of procedures offered, meaning fewer patients will have to travel to Leeds or Hull. Mike said: “I’m delighted to return to the Trust to officially open the new endoscopy and GI physiology unit. “It’s truly fantastic to see a unit that is 100 per cent designed around patients’ needs and complements their flow through the department. It’s bright and spacious, offering patients the best possible environment. I’d like to congratulate everyone...

Completion of basement and kitchen at Dixons Academy

On the 13th September we handed over the completed basement which houses the sixth forms dining area and kitchen at Dixons Academy in Bradford to a delighted Client. This follows on from the recent completion of the ground and first floor and the College is now fully operational to students and teachers. The reminder of the works to the second, third and fourth floors, the sports hall and coach house will continue until March 2020. The most recent milestone on the project is the completion of the steel frame for the sports...