The project incorporated a blend of traditional and innovative products and design solutions to create a new-build, two-storey, 420-place primary school and 26-place nursery with associated external landscaping works. This school replaced the original one-form entry Huntington Primary School on another site and includes associated hard and soft landscaped areas, car parking and drop off, attenuation pond and Sport England compliant pitch for community use.
As part of this project we worked very closely with the client team to challenge the original design control option to provide overall savings, whilst also incorporating more robust features into the project, ensuring a quality end product.
To reduce surface water run-off, we incorporated various SUDS approaches including permeable car parking bays; attenuation cells and the main attenuation pond. Due to overall site levels and highways safety considerations, we also developed a pumped foul drainage system and provided detailed drainage reports and calculations. A solution was developed with early specialist input, and the control panel and chamber positioned adjacent to the drop-off area for easy maintenance. This alleviated concerns of local residents, who had experienced drainage problems as a result of previous local residential construction projects.
The Kier team took ownership of the design with immediate effect and developed a comprehensive Value Engineering schedule that was reviewed and agreed with Cheshire West & Chester Council (CWaC) and the school, resulting in a revised scheme that maintained the same building footprint and incorporated minor changes to the room layouts, to address end user requirements and provide a compliant solution. A detailed project value engineering schedule was developed collaboratively that resulted in circa £300k of savings.
On the post completion customer satisfaction survey the project team achieved a 100% score on all 12 categories.
The project generated in excess of £3.6m of social value, including:
• 98 Apprentice weeks (target 84)
• 4 jobs created (target 3)
• 12 training weeks (target 12)
• 16 unemployed local residents supported in achieving CSCS qualification
• 5 work placements (target 3)
• 2 students supported through Construction Management BSc degree/ 1 student through Construction Management Foundation Degree
• 7 education/ curriculum support activities (target 3)
• 2 pre-employment programmes (no target)
• Local spend 72% (target 50%)
• Local labour 67% (target 50%)
• 96% of waste was diverted from landfill
• Upskilled supply chain - the local roofing subcontractor, previously unaware of the benefits of BIM, fully supported the approach and subsequently trained all members of staff for use on future projects.
Close to the site was Jubilee Fields, an underutilised resource for the community. The Kier team refurbished the car park and replaced the gates, enabling local residents to park safely and utilise the outdoor space.
" It is wonderful to see the new school open to Huntington pupils, following a very positive partnership between the council, the school and the staff of Kier. We are sure that the fantastic facilities provided will be appreciated by the whole community for years to come "Headteacher Huntington Community Primary School
Restoring an iconic building, taking part in feasibility studies to decide the best use of the building, working on the project to turn it into a seven-screen cinema with restaurants, coffee shop and retail units, winning multiple industry awards and creating something of huge importance to local people.
Creating a viable and affordable facility that brought all Crewe's lifestyle services - pool, gym, sports hall, library, specialist daycare and family service facilities - together under one roof, meeting a diverse range of user needs and building within a constrained town centre site.
Clearing and repairing damaged sections of the A591 hit by storms in 2015/16, working with Cubby Construction on behalf of Highways England, operating in volatile conditions and completing the project three weeks early followed by a reopening ceremony performed by HRH Prince of Wales.
Delivering a new secondary school on the Great Western Park Development in Didcot, ensuring it was completed in time for the start of the new school year, creating extensive outdoor sports facilities as well as a building for 1,200 students and working alongside contractors delivering housing projects.
Rising from the ashes of a decommissioned former nuclear site, SGS Berkeley Green, a converted 1940’s engineering hall, and new University Technical College (UTC) are the first educational buildings to be completed on a new ground-breaking GREEN campus, within Gloucestershire Science and Technology Park.
Designing and constructing of a new joint campus school for The Highland Council to incorporate two neighbouring primary schools, Caol Primary School and St Columba's RC Primary School, together with a community facility.
New build secondary school developed under the ESFA’s Priority Schools Building Programme (PSBP), providing modern accommodation with increased pupil capacity for 1,200 pupils and 300 post-16 students.
One of the largest infrastructure initiatives in the UK encompassing a new six-lane toll bridge over the River Mersey along with 9km of local road upgrades. Construction was carried out by Merseylink Civil Contractors, a joint venture between Kier Infrastructure, Samsung and FCC.
The UK – and Coventry as a city - is well-established as a leader in automotive, aerospace, rail and marine design. Coventry University’s National Transport Design Centre (NTDC) aims to boost design innovation in the transport sector and bridge the current shortfall in creative skills.
New build secondary school developed under the Education Skills and Funding Agency's (ESFA) Priority Schools Building Programme (PSBP), providing modern accommodation with increased pupil capacity and facilities for classrooms, in addition to a Learning Resource Centre which integrates with pupil breakout areas.
Creating a ‘Knowledge Quarter’ for Liverpool, a collaboration between the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University, delivering a highly adaptable research environment and incubator space for start-ups and SMEs who are developing digital sensor technologies and applications.
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.
Bringing an iconic and sustainable development to the Carmarthen campus of the University of Wales, providing 40,000 sq. ft. of accommodation for for Welsh Media company S4C and the University's new media faculty and offices, and achieving a BREEAM Excellent certificate for sustainability.
Developing Chester's largest and most ambitious ever creative project, working in a restricted city centre location, adapting the programme when a Roman building was discovered on site, restoring and revitalising a Grade II Listed building, creating new cultural spaces and receiving the Arts Council's highest ever score for a building.
Updating an icon, providing pride of place for Charles Darwin’s finds, creating a prominent spot for a fully-fledged Finback whale, and being test abseiled by Sir David Attenborough.
Delivered fire stopping and compartmentalisation to 18 fully occupied tower blocks carrying out works on a strict weekly timetable to minimise disruption to residents.
The design and construction of a sports pavilion, including FA compliant changing facilities, gym, office space and flexible recreation areas. In addition a first floor balcony was incorporated into the design which overlooks the sports pitches.
Alfred H Knight is a commodity analysis and mining support specialist who required our design and cost management services to build a new state-of-the-art head office and analytical laboratory.
Cheshire’s first smart motorway from Crewe to Knutsford. Converting a 20 mile stretch of the M6 into an ‘all lane running’ smart motorway; creating much needed extra capacity and more reliable journey times. It will reduce delays and excessive congestion for the 120,000 (approx.) vehicles that use it each day.
Kier Design and Business Services working in partnership with the London Borough of Hackney to deliver mixed-use developments and education schemes to create revenue for further local investment.
The addition of high-class sport and leisure facilities for one of the UK’s most distinguished private schools has created flexible, multi-purpose spaces wrapped around the existing centre. Alongside a new sports hall, activity studios, squash courts and a gym, are additional changing rooms, a MUGA and new car park.
Building a new school for 1,100 students within the grounds of the original. Abiding by strict environmental regulations and generating a wealth of social value within the local community.
As part of the Football Association’s master-plan to build new football facilities in 30 cities by 2020, Kier have successfully delivered four all-purpose football hubs using state of the art 3G artificial grass at key grass-root areas across Liverpool.