Spen Valley Leisure Centre First Dig on site

Despite the restrictions in place from COVID-19, yesterday we held the first socially distanced dig on site at Spen Valley. Leader of Kirklees Council, Cllr Shabir Pandor, Cllr Graham Turner and Dawn Stephenson, Chair of Kirklees Active Leisure Board of Trustees, visited the site to witness the event. The event was organised to celebrate that work has now officially begun to build the new £15m leisure centre. Set to open in winter 2021, the centre has been designed to be a modern and flexible activity hub for the whole community. The centre will be part of the wider Spenborough fitness complex, including the separate pavilion and athletics track. Leader of the Council, Cllr Shabir Pandor said: “I am delighted that the Spen Valley Leisure Centre build is now underway and look forward to seeing progress on site over the coming months. This is a major capital development project that I believe will really transform the leisure offer for residents of all ages in the Spen Valley and provide economic benefit to north Kirklees. We are committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of everyone in Kirklees and I hope this new centre, when it opens, will both inspire and motivate all local residents to make full use of the fantastic facilities.” The centre facilities will include an 8 lane, 25 metre main pool, a 20m x 10m activity pool with moveable floor, spectator seating in the pool areas, a large fitness suite, two fitness studios with flexibility for other use and a cycling studio. There will also be two changing villages which will include family cubicles, baby change and...

Ponteland School Considerate Constructors Visit

Despite the challenges we currently face in terms of COVID-19, we are delighted that our project Ponteland School and Leisure Centre 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 doing. This follows on from the sites previous two visits where they achieved 43/50 and 46/50. The extra point on the second visit was gained on innovation through the use of anomaly interaction boards on all entrances giving updates on SHE and the project to all staff and members of the public. Feedback given by the inspector included: “The site continues to be well presented; the external appearance is exceptional and presents a balanced approach to the Company and the Industry. The site continues to build upon and maintain the exceptional standards that have been achieved previously. Well done and many thanks to Andrew for facilitating the virtual visit to the site and providing a comprehensive set of...

Spen Valley Leisure Centre – start on site

Building works have begun last week on the Spen Valley Leisure Centre for Kirklees Council with the foundations being commenced for the new building. The facility will include an 8 lane, 25 metre main pool, an activity pool 20m x 10m with moveable floor, spectator seating in the pool areas, large fitness suite, two fitness studios with flexibility for other use and a cycling studio. There will also be two changing villages which will include family cubicles, baby change and large team changing areas. Leader of the Council, Cllr Shabir Pandor said: “I’m really pleased to see the start of work on this major capital development project for the people of North Kirklees. We are committed to supporting people to be healthy and live independently in their communities for as long as possible. The leisure centre will become a major asset for the local community, attracting more visitors into Kirklees and will help to create a sustainable economy. I look forward to seeing the developments on site as Kier begin the construction...

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...