At Kier our purpose is to sustainably deliver infrastructure which is vital to the UK. For over 90 years we have been delivering for communities across the UK, and now, more than ever, it’s important that we do this sustainably.
Our sustainability framework, ‘Building for a Sustainable World’ outlines our commitment to preventing environmental and social harm, replenishing our natural systems and renewable resources and having a positive impact on the communities and environments in which we operate.
An example of action we’re taking is at our Cattle Market Road project in Bristol, which involves the demolition of a former Royal Mail sorting office to make way for the University of Bristol’s new Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus. At this project, we have been working to offset carbon by using solar hybrid lights supplied by Sunbelt Rentals.
The dark winter months meant that a lighting solution had to be sourced which would enable the team and their subcontractors to carry out evening work. Since the site adjoins Bristol Temple Meads train station, the environmentally conscious team were active in seeking a greener lighting solution that would be effective and offer minimal noise and emissions.
Although lighting isn’t ordinarily in the project team’s remit, Chris Whitfield, Planner for Kier Regional Building Western & Wales and member of the Kier environmental working group, said “We wanted to actively seek an effective greener lighting solution that could demonstrate to our sub-contractors the types of sustainable equipment available in today’s hire market. Not only does it have positive environmental impact, they are also cost effective in the long run with far lower running costs and reduced maintenance, easily out-performing older metal halide units”
We opted to hire two solar hybrid lighting towers over a four week period, the lights required no maintenance whilst on site and provided ample light for difficult and at times delicate night operations. The lights were task specific, so switched on and off when needed, but are also capable of running all night, 365 days a year or can be controlled by on board timers.
The Kier team and all sub-contractors were impressed with the on-site performance of the solar hybrid tower lights, they didn’t need re-fuelling and provided a ‘fuss free’ lighting solution. These lights can run an average of 3000 hours from a single tank with a full photovoltaic charge providing four days’ light.
Compared to older metal halide units these lights resulted in an 86% reduction in carbon emissions, 90% reduction in fuel usage and 99% reduction in fuel costs. With minimal maintenance, low running costs, no noise and an outstanding performance, the Solar Hybrids impressed across the board and are now being championed on Kier sites across the South West, replacing older, fuel guzzling metal halide units.
The Solar Hybrid lights have been made exclusively for Sunbelt Rentals by Italian manufacturers Trime and have been recognised with a prestigious Green Apple Award. The Green Apple Environmental Awards offer global recognition for innovations that can make a real difference to the environment.
The Luton DART project is a joint venture project between VolkerFitzpatrick and Kier (VFK). This new state-of-the-art guided mass passenger transit system will link the airport terminal building to Luton Airport Parkway station. Due to open in 2021 it will reduce journey time from the terminal to central London to under 30 minutes.
Constructing two railway tunnels that run for 6.4km between the Royal Oak portal and the new Farringdon Crossrail station in Central London. Huge scale building of station tunnel caverns at Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road and Farringdon for the new Elizabeth line.
Supporting the power requirement for ongoing Brighton Main Line signalling renewal works. We installed a Westplex System in order to upgrade a key commuter line to increase the quantity of trains able to utilise the line.
A joint venture with Kier Major Projects for the University of Northampton. The project marked the first time Kier had committed to a large-scale Light Gauge Steel (LGS) frame project and is the largest LGS project to date in the UK.
A high profile 3km route clearance of 1500 utility conflicts through Edinburgh city centre, delivered within budget and achieving all programme milestones, whilst minimising disruption to local businesses and residents.
Kier was selected to construct a new 1,300MW Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) power station at West Burton, Nottinghamshire. The site is adjacent to the River Trent and the existing coal fired power station.
Transforming the former Manor and Kingsway Hospitals situated 1.5 miles west of Derby city centre, creating a diverse and thriving community of 700 homes with recreational facilities, retail space and a business park to create 450 jobs.
Creating a new visitor centre at this Site of Special Scientific Interest after the previous one was damaged by a tidal surge, ensuring its protection from flooding and its coastal position, incorporating sustainable features and refurbishing an 1800s coastguard building to be used as an exhibition space.
Creating a purpose-built facility for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and Perinatal Services. Providing support for adolescents, pregnant women, and women with a babies up to one year old who are experiencing mental health difficulties.
Working with Network Rail to keep the line between Ipswich and Lowestoft up and running. Replacing the line's Radio Electronic Token Block (RETB) system after the frequencies were allocated to the MOD, coming up with a workable solution with the client and ensuring this vital rural connection remained in service.
Delivering a 100% BIM3 compliant utilities design at one of London’s busiest interchanges, Bank Station. Serving 73 million passengers annually, situated between London Bridge and the Bank of England.
The new prison at Wellingborough will be an adult male Category C resettlement prison, designed to enhance rehabilitation. The project is embracing a Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) and integrating digital tools to drive efficiencies in the design, construction and operation of the facility.
A modern primary school in Bestwood, Nottinghamshire, for an expanding local community that involved pupils throughout the build delivered through the Scape Minor Works Framework by Kier and Arc Partnership