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Castle Building Services announces major healthcare win

Castle Building Services Organisation (Castle), one of the UK’s leading privately-owned building services design and installation contractors, has announced a recent contract win for its North East office on a new £9.8 million state-of-the-art healthcare facility in York.   Working on behalf of principal contractor, Kier Construction, Castle has been

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Kier Awarded CCS Ultra for Welsh Development

The Considerate Constructors Scheme, otherwise known as CCS, has awarded the construction and engineering group Kier with their first Utra site award. This accolade has been given to the construction group for their project in Wales. The Kier Sports Park 2 development is located on Treforest Industrial Estate and has

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Spie UK Has Been Awarded an £8 Million Contract by Kier

Spie UK has been awarded an £8 million contract by Kier in order to carry out the mechanical and electrical, or M&E, work on a new secondary school campus. Kier is constructing the William McIlvanney Campus in Kilmarnock, a project that has been valued at £45.3 million and will combine

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Kier Secures Double Manchester Deal

Kier Property has secured a double deal in Manchester City Centre and revealed it will begin work on an 80,000 sq ft office project on Fountain Street in 2017. Kier Group’s development arm will revamp Oldfellows House, which it brought from Aberdeen Asset Management, to provide floor plates of between

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Kier Opens New Office in Swansea

Construction and property company Kier has opened an office in Swansea to support growth in South Wales. Kier’s new base at Technium 2 will complement the group’s regional hub in Cardiff and create seven new jobs to be filled by people who live in the Swansea area. The firm is

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Kier Announces Significant Revenue Growth

Property, construction, residential and services group Kier has announced “significant revenue growth to £1.7 billion, up 34 per cent,” according to the firm’s full-year results. The company said that the results for the year ending June 30 this year were underpinned by “a raft of strong facilities management contract wins,

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BDC 317 : Jun 2024

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Castle Building Services announces major healthcare win

Castle Building Services Organisation (Castle), one of the UK’s leading privately-owned building services design and installation contractors, has announced a recent contract win for its North East office on a new £9.8 million state-of-the-art healthcare facility in York.   Working on behalf of principal contractor, Kier Construction, Castle has been appointed to provide a full range of mechanical, electrical and plumbing services on a new seven-suite endoscopy facility for York Teaching Hospital NHS Trust Foundation under the NHS P21Framework.   The facility will also include recovery areas, interview-discharge rooms, offices and a plant room as well as ancillary spaces.   The two-storey endoscopy facility is currently being constructed on top of an existing physio therapy unit and adjacent to the neuro sciences and renal departments. For that reason, it is a logistically challenging scheme to deliver.   While working on the project, Castle will face several challenges, not least those associated with working on a live hospital site.  To overcome this, the contractor will work closely with the Trust, its stakeholders and Kier Construction’s site team to ensure minimum disruption to patients, clinical staff and visitors.   Further to the general building services, the unit requires specialised services to support its clinical function including uninterruptible power supplies and isolated power supplies as well as medical gas installations.   Castle is currently working at pre-construction stage and will commence on site in July.  The schedule of works is expected to last approximately 40 weeks, with the contractor expected to handover in the second quarter  of 2019.   Speaking about this latest contract win, Castle’s commercial director, Andrew Dawson said:   “I’m delighted to announce the news of our appointment to such a prestigious scheme for York Hospital. Our previous experience of working in a clinical environment will stand us in good stead on this project.   “We will be working closely with Kier’s team and other project partners to ensure we achieve all our key milestones on the project to bring it in on time and budget, ready to serve the people of York and the surrounding areas who need the vital services provided by the Endoscopy Unit.”   With demand for endoscopy services set to rise on the back of the expansion of the NHS Bowel screening programme, the new unit will give York Hospital the extra capacity to meet that demand.   It will also enhance the design of the department and provide patients with an improved experience when attending appointments.   Kier Construction’s Senior Project Manager, Andrew Clarkson, added:   “We’re looking forward to delivering this scheme and we’ll be working closely with the Trust to carry out these works whilst ensuring the hospital can continue to operate effectively on a daily basis. This will ensure that everyone involved is working towards the same goals to bring the scheme to a successful conclusion.”   Patrick Crowley, Chief Executive, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said:  “This is the biggest capital investment for many years and will allow the Trust to provide clinical services to a growing number of patients needing endoscopy.   “This is an exciting development for the Trust and it will transform our service into a centre of excellence for endoscopy, providing an enhanced high quality care to our patients.”

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Kier Awarded CCS Ultra for Welsh Development

The Considerate Constructors Scheme, otherwise known as CCS, has awarded the construction and engineering group Kier with their first Utra site award. This accolade has been given to the construction group for their project in Wales. The Kier Sports Park 2 development is located on Treforest Industrial Estate and has managed to become the only site in the whole of Wales to be given the title. For a site to be considered to the Ultra award, the main contractor must get all of the subcontractors, designers and suppliers for the construction work to sign up to the scheme. This means that everyone working on a project are then able to all work together in order to make sure that they achieve the highest score possible. Kier managed this by putting a number of measures in place and also worked in collaboration with the supply chain for the Sports Park 2 in order to ensure everyone is working together to achieve the best score they can. As part of the work towards the Ultra award, Kier installed on the site an interactive hoarding to be used by the public. This feature allowed people near to the site to be able to see what the scheme will look like when construction work is completed. On the hoarding there was a painted silhouette of a sea telescope that acted as a viewing hole, encouraging people to look into the box weatherproof box that contained a digital picture frame loaded with computer generated images of the finished site. Since the scheme began Kier have been focused on looking at a number of different ways in which the sirte operations can be improved as well as improving public engagement. Being able to achieve the CCS Ultra scheme is great news for the company and the site as it reflects the hard work put in by subcontractors and workers on the site as well as the opportunity to meet their own business targets.

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Spie UK Has Been Awarded an £8 Million Contract by Kier

Spie UK has been awarded an £8 million contract by Kier in order to carry out the mechanical and electrical, or M&E, work on a new secondary school campus. Kier is constructing the William McIlvanney Campus in Kilmarnock, a project that has been valued at £45.3 million and will combine Kilmarnock Academy, James Hamilton Academy, New Farm Primary, Silverwood Prim and an Early Childhood Centre. There will also be a third new school created that will replace the provisions that was offered at Onthank Primary School and Grange Academy. As part of the construction project, Spie UK will supply a range of services to the site. These include:  low temperature hot water, heating systems that include underfloor heating, domestic water services, syphonic drainage, data-voice, LV Switchgear, stand-by generator, lighting and power, combined heat and power unit, ventilation, fire sprinkler system, fire alarms and security systems. Spie will also be fitting a daylight-linked PIR lighting control system. A part of this feature will be an absence detection in classrooms. When this project is completed it is thought that the school will have the capacity for 1,465 secondary students, 383 primary pupils and 160 early years places. This means that the construction will be able to accommodate children from 2 to 18 when the William McIlvanney Campus is completed. In the past Spie has worked for Kier in order to carry out a multi technical services worth £7 million at Garnock Community Campus for North Ayrshire Council. Spie was selected for the work as they have a great deal of knowledge in the mechanical and electrical sectors as well as being known for their energy management, which will be useful for this new Kilmarnock Campus. The tam at Kier are pleased to be working with Spie again and knows that their expertise will allow the company to deliver an innovative solutions for the modern school construction.

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Kier Appointed Actavo Building Solutions to Help With the Completion of an Offsite Construction Project

Kier has appointed Actavo Building Solutions to help with the completion of a prestigious offsite construction project that is located in Eastbourne. It is thought that the UKs fastest-growing modular construction company, according to Plimsoll Analysis, has been selected to help with the construction work by Kier on the Devonshire Park project. The two will work together in order to provide a players’ village that will be two-storeys high ready for the Aegon International Eastbourne tennis championships that are happening in June 2017. The work on this development started in January 2017 and it is thought that it will be completed by May 2017. The site will have open spaces that will be used for fitness training, as well as changing areas and showers, WCs and a platform lift that will allow disabled access on to the second floor of the athlete’s village. The facility developed by Actavo and Kier will provide an environment that is conducive to relaxation for the players while off court. This ethos in the build is shown through the generous ceiling heights as well as the lounge areas that have views across the courts as well as having high quality fixtures and fittings. It has been said that offsite buildings are becoming increasingly sought-after as customers find them a faster alternative to more traditional construction method because modular buildings allow for the facilities to be constructed in half the build time which means that the operations are faster and buildings are completed in a shorter space of time. For this development the Mono-crystalline PV panels as well as a high efficiency mechanical heating system will mean that the finished facility will have a reduced energy consumption. There will also have a full height glazed curtain walling in order to provide a high level of visibility across the grass courts. The concrete floor solution provided by Actavo will give the building a robust and durable feel.

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Kier Secures Double Manchester Deal

Kier Property has secured a double deal in Manchester City Centre and revealed it will begin work on an 80,000 sq ft office project on Fountain Street in 2017. Kier Group’s development arm will revamp Oldfellows House, which it brought from Aberdeen Asset Management, to provide floor plates of between 10,211 sq ft and 11,668 sq ft. There will also be two retail units on the ground floor. When finished, Oddfellows House will be known as Eleven York Street. Furthermore, Kier Property has sold nearby 81 Fountain Street to real estate investment firm Aprirose. Constructed in 1988, a comprehensive refurbishment of the 40,100 sq ft property is underway and should complete in December. Managing Director for Kier Property (North), Tom Gilman, commented: “These two deals demonstrate the high demand for office space in the heart of Manchester, and we are excited to be involved in the transformation of the transformation of the CBD. “We have been looking for the right opportunity for some time and Eleven York Street provides us with a perfect platform to break into Manchester and expand our already successful northern operations. “81 Fountain Street is a fantastic space, and the sale demonstrates the demand for high quality office space.” Managing Director of CBRE, John Ogden, advised Kier on the purchase of Eleven York Street. He said: “With a number of high profile lease events over the coming 18 months there are certainly some high calibre suitors for this highly desirable HQ opportunity.” Last month, Kier announced the completion of the disposal of Mouchel Consulting to WSP Global Inc. for £75 million cash. Mouchel Consulting, bought in June last year as part of Kier’s acquisition of Mouchel, provides engineering, environmental and asset management consultancy services, principally to infrastructure markets. Kier announced in July that it was undertaking an evaluation of the strategic options for the Mouchel Consulting business including a possible disposal.

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Kier Opens New Office in Swansea

Construction and property company Kier has opened an office in Swansea to support growth in South Wales. Kier’s new base at Technium 2 will complement the group’s regional hub in Cardiff and create seven new jobs to be filled by people who live in the Swansea area. The firm is working with Beyond Bricks and Mortar – a Swansea Council-led initiative that aims to make sure young people and those economically inactive are given chances for sustainable employment and training – during the recruitment process. The group has also taken on two recruits from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), who will work in job placements that complement their degrees. Kier has completed a series of high-profile schemes in the area, including the first phase of the new, multimillion-pound Swansea Innovation Quarter for UWTSD. Other schemes include the Neath car park regeneration project for Neath Port Talbot Council, and construction projects with Coastal Housing, Swansea University and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board. Operations Director for Kier Construction Wales, Jason Taylor, commented: “It’s an exciting time for Swansea, with key developments in and around the city changing the urban environment and perception of the city. As Swansea becomes a vibrant hub of commerce and culture, it’s an ideal location for our new office. “The wider West Wales market presents a significant growth opportunity for us, and our new office underlines our commitment to our clients, our suppliers and subcontractors and the wider business community in the area.” Kier has also submitted plans on behalf of the Mersey Care NHS Trust for a new medium secure hospital to the north west of Liverpool. The new hospital, on Villas Road, will be constructed on land in between Ashworth hospital and HMP Kennnet in Maghull. It will replace the existing Scott Clinic in St Helens, which has been deemed no longer fit for purpose.

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Kier Announces Significant Revenue Growth

Property, construction, residential and services group Kier has announced “significant revenue growth to £1.7 billion, up 34 per cent,” according to the firm’s full-year results. The company said that the results for the year ending June 30 this year were underpinned by “a raft of strong facilities management contract wins, worth a total of around £100 million.” The results also showed that underlying profit from operations of £150 million increased by 44%, including a full year’s contribution from Mouchel, an increased share of post-tax results of joint ventures in the property division and margin recovery supported by cost efficiencies. Underlying earnings per share were up 11 per cent at 106.7p, it added. Kier FM and business services operations have been brought together under one division, Kier Workplace Services, which launched on July 1 this year and provides end to end workplace solutions for private and public sector clients, encompassing FM, property and asset management and business processing. Steve Davies, managing director, Kier Workplace Service, said: “The provision of a broader FM offer provides enhanced opportunities with local authority clients, while the combined expertise and experience of our FM and business services teams means we can provide public and private sector clients with an end-to-end solution for their business processes, leaving them free to concentrate on their core business.” Kier has also announced two further contract victories with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Imperial War Museums, worth a total of £13.2 million over the terms of the respective three and five year deals. The group welcomed the government’s final go-ahead for the £18bn Hinkley project. It said that the decision marks “a major step in the UK’s nuclear renaissance” — Whitehall has said it wants to build enough new nuclear reactors to meet about a third of the UK’s energy needs by 2030.

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Kier to Deliver University of Northampton Student Accommodation Scheme

It has recently been announced that Kier has been chosen to deliver upon a new £53.5m scheme for student accommodation on behalf of the University of Northampton, and to serve as part of the university’s brand new, £330m waterside campus. Aiming to offer some 1,166 bedrooms for student use, the development will see a mixture of both four and five storey structures, comprising of both townhouses and flats for the majority of the accommodation, then also offering a 32-bedroom teaching hotel, ancillary and commercial space to provide yet further opportunity. It is expected that the development will begin the construction phase further into the year, with the project hoped to be completed in time for 2017’s academic year – naturally, it is hoped that the residences will be filled by students for the year, and so the speedy development of the project is a must to achieve this. The scheme comes to follow on from a number of projects which Kier has already undertaken with the University of Northampton, with the firm already having developed the university’s innovation centre (£7.2m), as well as the St John’s Halls of Residence project (£17.6m), which has already seen the addition of some 468 bedrooms for students to the location. Additionally, the scheme also follows on Kier’s well-founded experience in the provision of schemes for student accommodation, with the firm presently developing greater than 700 bedrooms for students in projects across the width and breadth of the UK. Additionally, the company has also recently seen the completion of the London Gateway project on behalf of the University of Lincoln, also then providing considerable bedroom space for students – 519 in total. Kier’s Managing Director, Mark Dady provided comment, then saying: “Being awarded this scheme is testament to the relationship we’ve built with the university over the past few years and we’re pleased to see this continue.”

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