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HUB SUCCESS FOR GRAHAM TEAM
BED COUNT RISING
KEEPING THE WHEELS OF INDUSTRY TURNING
STIRLING FRAMEWORK WIN
SECOND SUCCESS AT DOUNREAY
21ST CENTURY HIGHLAND DESIGN 10 MINISTERIAL VISIT AT ADELAIDE
BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER LIFFEY
CONSTRUCTION SHOW THEIR CREATIVE SIDE IN NORWICH
GRAHAM IN THE COMMUNITY
SECOND SHOT FOR APPRENTICE
FRAMEWORK PLACE SECURED
WORLD LEADING CENTRE TAKES SHAPE
COLTNESS HIGH SCHOOL TRANSFORMATION
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Welcome to the Autumn/Winter 2012 edition of GrahamNews. In this edition our continued growth in the GB market and the wide range of activities which Group companies are involved in are showcased. These successes range from our team being appointed as preferred bidder for hub South West in Scotland to the growth in our market share of the university sector along with significant progress in the nuclear and marine sectors. Our FM business has successfully continued its expansion, picking up a number of significant contracts in GB and further developing its Energy Management advisory business. I am also particularly pleased to see that our teams wherever they are working, are still delighting clients and end users and working in genuine partnership. As always none of these successes would be possible without the professionalism and dedication of the entire Graham team, and for that I thank them profusely. Michael E.J. Graham Executive Chairman
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The Graham Construction Interior Fit Out team has been putting it’s ‘best foot forward’ over the last number of months. They recently handed over the Schuh store in Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dublin after completing a major refit. This ‘fast track’ project (completion within 3 weeks) included the strip out of the existing store including all fixtures and fittings, installation of new partitioned ceilings, flooring, shop system and
decoration throughout, along with new signage and services alterations. This follows hot on the heels of handing over a new staff training facility in the upper floors of the Schuh store on O’Connell Street, Dublin. Currently the Interior Fit Out team are progressing with the refit of the Schuh store on St Patrick Street, Cork.
KEYS HANDED OVER IN BARNARD CASTLE Graham Construction has started work on the restoration and refurbishment of the Witham Buildings in Barnard Castle. The £2.2m design and build contract will see the restoration of the Grade II listed Witham Hall in Barnard Castle, one of the most historically and architecturally important towns in the North East, along with the extension and refurbishment of the Barnard Castle Library. The 36 week project, which is part of a wider regeneration scheme for Barnard Castle and Witham Hall, got underway at the end of July with an official handover of keys. Michael Graham, executive chairman at Graham, said: “Graham Construction is delighted to have been awarded this prestigious contract and we look forward to playing our part in helping deliver the vision of restoring this historic building and helping create a vibrant facility for the local community.” 2
The project will see the original Grade II listed buildings restored and a new link building constructed between the testimonial building and the performance hall. The work to refurbish the library building will incorporate a new Durham County Council customer access point.
Debra Jenkins, chair of Barnard Castle Vision, said: “We’re delighted that Graham Construction has been appointed to carry out this work, which is a flagship project for Barnard Castle Vision and our regeneration plans for the town.
HUB SUCCESS FOR GRAHAM TEAM The South West Territory Programme Board in conjunction with the Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) have appointed Alliance Community Partnerships, comprising of John Graham Holdings Ltd, Equitix Holdings Ltd, Kier Project Investments Ltd and Galliford Try Investments Ltd as the preferred bidder to deliver over £500m of public sector infrastructure projects for South West Scotland’s 18 hub participants. Michael Graham, executive chairman of John Graham Holdings, commented that: “Having delivered many notable and significant public sector facilities throughout the South West Territory in recent years, the Graham business is delighted to be part of the Alliance Consortium, and looks forward to a successful working partnership with all of the South West hub’s participating Authorities, focusing on the delivery of improved public services for local communities and the provision of opportunities for local people and businesses.” SFT is managing the Scotland-wide hub programme which is delivering high-quality sustainable public buildings for joint occupation by public bodies including, health, social work and local authorities to help support the delivery of community services. The colocation of public services all under one roof will aid the ongoing drive to improve services for local communities as well as deliver operational savings and improved property asset management. The South West hub covers all areas throughout Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway and Lanarkshire, and the infrastructure projects across this territory will be delivered through a joint venture company (hubCo), to be formed between the 18 public sector bodies and Alliance Community Partnerships. Work will now start in earnest to further develop a number of outline projects within the £500m investment programme which are to be delivered over the next ten years and include a range of
health, education and regeneration projects. Local employment within the construction industry will be enhanced as the flexibility of the hub supply chain provides many opportunities for local SMEs to become involved in constructing high-quality public buildings in their local areas. Barry White, chief executive of the Scottish Futures Trust, stated: “The appointment of Alliance Community Partnerships represents a significant milestone in the delivery of hub as it marks the last preferred bidder to be chosen across the whole of the hub programme. “The hub programme, valued at over £1.4bn over the next ten years, reflects an innovative approach to deliver efficient community facilities right across Scotland. Central to its success is the establishment of collaborative working practices among private sector development partners together with health boards, local authorities and blue light services. “Once formed, the South West hubCo will work with local suppliers and contractors to deliver quality buildings to provide improved public services for communities right across the South West hub territory. Currently across Scotland the hub programme is building or developing well in excess of £360m of essential projects, which in turn will support service improvements to local communities, and importantly help protect construction jobs.” Craig Marriott who chairs the South West hub Territory Programme Board explained: “This is an excellent outcome and we are very much looking forward to working with Alliance Community Partnerships on some very important community projects over the coming years. The South West hub provides an opportunity for integrated service delivery, asset management and regeneration as well as the delivery of community benefits. In such times like these, there has never been a better time for collaborative working across public sector agencies, with hub acting as the catalyst.”
Nick Parker, chief operating officer of Equitix, representing Alliance Community Partnerships, commented that “The Alliance consortium is delighted to have been appointed as the South West Territory’s Preferred Partner. We look forward to a successful partnership with all the Participants in focusing on delivering much needed projects for local communities and providing opportunities for local companies. This will maximise the benefits realised from this substantial investment across the region.” South West Scotland hub participants include: Ayrshire and Arran Health Board, Dumfries & Galloway Heath Board, Lanarkshire Health Board, The State Hospitals Board for Scotland, Scottish Ambulance Service Board, National Services Scotland, East Ayrshire Council, North Ayrshire Council, South Ayrshire Council, North Lanarkshire Council, South Lanarkshire Council, Dumfries & Galloway Council, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, Dumfries & Galloway Fire & Rescue, Dumfries & Galloway Police, Scottish Court Service, Loreburn Housing Association and the Irvine Bay Regeneration Company.
BED COUNT RISING Over the last six months Graham Construction has added to their already impressive portfolio of university accommodation projects. New projects in Newcastle and Stirling have been secured and will build on the success of work recently completed for Queen’s University, Belfast and the University of the West of Scotland.
NEWCASTLE SUCCESS Graham Construction is continuing its recent success in the student accommodation market, by winning a £13m student accommodation contract in Newcastle upon Tyne. The project for Newcastle University involves the construction of 347 new bed spaces in Park and Kensington Terrace in the city. The existing buildings on Park Terrace will be demolished to make way for two new buildings, while buildings on Kensington Terrace will be predominantly refurbished with some of the existing off-shoots demolished. A new build mews block will be introduced to the rear of the Terraces and all areas between the blocks will be landscaped. Stopping up of the rear road to Kensington and Park Terraces will be completed and a small amount of upgrading work will be carried out.
PAISLEY SCHEME COMPLETED
The project, under a novated design and build form of contract, comprises the construction of the building frame using a prefabricated structural framing system similar to that used on the recently completed University of West of Scotland in Paisley. The external finish of the buildings is largely traditional masonry and slate, similar to the buildings which they are replacing.
The Graham Construction team in Glasgow has successfully completed the £11.6m University of the West of Scotland student residences project in the heart of Paisley town centre. The construction of the new residences complex saw the creation of 340 bed spaces in 67 weeks
Architectural services will be carried out by Lewis & Hickey, with Fairhurst providing Civil and Structural engineering design and Cundall’s carrying out Mechanical and Electrical engineering design. The first phase of the construction work, demolition and new build throughout Park Terrace, commenced in May 2012. Kensington Terrace will follow a year later in April 2013, with an overall estimated completion in August 2014.
built on the site of the University’s Storie Street car park. The new accommodation includes bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and communal kitchen/living facilities provided for every cluster of five or six beds; a management suite; student lounge and laundry facilities.
POST GRADUATE COMPLEX DELIVERED
Work on new student accommodation blocks at Elms Village for Queenâ€™s University Belfast was completed in July. The 80-week project worth ÂŁ12.4m involved the construction of 121 units arranged over five blocks varying in height from three to six storeys.
been designed to achieve an excellent BREEAM rating. The apartments, ranging in size from one to four beds, are the eleventh phase of accommodation constructed at the Elms Village since 2000 and will provide first class purpose built accommodation for postgraduate and international students.
The structures, composed of load bearing brick and block work and in situ flat concrete slabs, have
KEEPING THE WHEELS OF INDUSTRY TURNING
KEEPING THE WHEELS OF INDUSTRY TURNING Graham Construction is currently working on the contract to design and build a new roll-on/roll-off terminal at Grimsby on the River Humber, for client Associated British Ports (ABP). The facility will primarily be used for the importation of cars from mainland Europe. The project is the largest ever capital investment by ABP at its Port of Grimsby, and will significantly increase the Port’s capacity in handling vehicles from key customers such as the Volkswagen Group, Toyota, Peugeot, Citroen, Bentley and Jaguar Land Rover.
The project consists of a 195m long finger pier in the estuary which vessels will berth against; a large concrete floating pontoon for offloading the cars onto; a 70m long linkspan bridge and a 250m long approach jetty linking it to the existing port. The project also involved the dredging of 170,000m3 of material to deepen the bed adjacent to the finger pier to accommodate the vessels.
allocated 3½ months to avoid having to wait a further year for the next available piling window. The driven steel piles ranged from 762 to 1,420mm in diameter and 30 to 45m in length and required a lead time of up to two months.
Partnership with client ABP had planned to award the contract in December 2011 to allow sufficient time to design and procure the piles prior to the piling window; however, the contract award was delayed until mid-February 2012. In order to achieve the critical dates for driving piles, Graham worked in partnership with ABP to identify critical areas of the design which could be progressed prior to award of the contract. This helped to mitigate the delays and ensured the piling window was not missed.
Although the project is not due to be completed until Summer 2013, the construction team has already had to overcome some significant challenges to date.
As the design and construction have progressed, Graham and ABP have continued to work in close partnership, ensuring that important decisions are made quickly and in the best interests of the project.
Sean Blissett, ABP engineering manager (Humber) said: “ABP are delighted to have appointed Graham Construction for the Grimsby River Terminal development. Prior to and following contract award the Graham delivery team has worked closely with ABP to ensure the project progresses as necessary and in particular to meet the stringent piling window imposed on the development. Following contract award Graham and ABP have continued to work in partnership to ensure the project progresses as necessary, to agreed costs and in line with our end customer’s requirements. Graham has approached the project
The Environmental Impact Assessment imposed significant restrictions on when piles could be driven in order to avoid disturbing migratory birds feeding on the adjacent mud flats. The site falls within the nationally designated sites of the Humber Special Protection Area, Ramsar Site and candidate for Special Conservation Area. As a result, pile installation could only take place between May and mid-August. It was therefore critical that all the piles were installed in the 6
in a professional and diligent manner from the initial pre-contract discussions through to the current on-site delivery.”
Despite the early challenges, the Graham site team commenced installation of the piles at the beginning of May 2012. A piling squad installed the 56 piles for the approach jetty working with a 100 tonne crawler crane on an ‘end over end’ basis using a 9 tonne piling hammer.
A key factor in Graham winning the contract was the decision to use a reinforced concrete pontoon, rather than a more conventional steel structure.
This involved utilising significant temporary works to allow the crane to drive pairs of piles ahead of itself, install a temporary platform and move forward onto it to drive the next pair of piles. This eliminated the need for expensive marine plant and ensured the approach jetty could be constructed as a ‘land-based’ operation. With the aim of completing all piling in the 2012 piling window, it was not possible for the remaining piles to be installed using this method, so two large crane barges with capacities of 135 and 160 tonnes were mobilised to install the remaining 109 piles using hammers ranging in size from 9 to 20 tonnes. All the piles were successfully installed before the end of the piling window.
At 80m long, 30m wide and 5.6m deep, it is a considerable floating structure. Weighing 7,000 tonnes, it had to be cast in a dry dock and floated into position. Due to the width of the pontoon, only a limited number of dry docks in the UK would be large enough to accommodate it. A dry dock in Newcastle was identified and casting work is currently ongoing there.
Extensive modelling was carried out on the motion of the pontoon under all credible wave conditions, up to a 1 in 100 year storm. A novel solution has been developed which involves holding the pontoon in position with three large steel tubes with specialist spherical bearings at each end to allow the pontoon to rotate about all of its axes. Each of the tubes is fixed at one end, via one of these bearings, to piled dolphins located approximately 30m from the pontoon.
It is anticipated that the pontoon will be floated in May 2013, before being towed by tug to Grimsby.
Pontoon Restraint Due to the size of the pontoon and its exposed location, one of the biggest technical challenges faced on the project was designing a system to allow the pontoon to rise and fall on the tide, yet hold it in position. At the same time as the pontoon is being cast, the link bridge, which will span from the approach jetty to the floating pontoon, is being fabricated in the Far East. This will be installed once the pontoon is in position on site. Meanwhile, work is ongoing on the concrete deck for the approach jetty, finger pier, abutments and dolphins. Due to the exposed marine environment, Graham decided to maximise the use of precast elements. A precasting yard was set up immediately adjacent to the site which is currently producing the precast concrete beams and slabs required. This project has presented some significant challenges to date, but good progress has been made due to the partnering approach of the Graham team with the client, their management of the design process and the dedication of their site team. 7
STIRLING FRAMEWORK WIN The University of Stirling has signed a framework contract with Graham Construction to build the first phase of a three stage, multimillion pound redevelopment of residential accommodation on its Stirling campus. The £11m contract for the first phase was signed on 31 July 2012 at a ground breaking ceremony on the campus. The new residences will meet the expectations of today’s students and enable Stirling to compete with universities and colleges around the world in providing high quality accommodation. The project will also help maintain Stirling’s enviable position as a place where student satisfaction with the all-round campus experience is high. Karen Plouviez, director of estates and campus services, said: “This is the largest capital project the University has undertaken since it was created in the late 1960’s. The redevelopment of 40% of the existing accommodation is tremendously exciting in terms of further enhancing the University’s appeal to students, and the commercial conference and events business that is so important to our financial sustainability. “We are looking forward to working in partnership with Graham Construction to deliver this transformational project, to sensitively enhance what is already an exceptional landscape and architectural setting.”
we operate in, and we will be seeking to build relationships with the local construction industry and its supply chain.
Graham has extensive experience in delivering new student accommodation and is already working on a number of other projects at universities across Scotland and the UK.
“Securing this contract with one of the most respected universities in Scotland is a real boost for Graham. We are proud to be delivering this first class accommodation for the University of Stirling and look forward to providing a welcoming environment which promotes learning among students.”
Gary Holmes, regional director for Graham Construction said: “Graham has a policy of being a responsible neighbour to the communities
The new accommodation will provide students with well designed study bedrooms, spacious kitchens with dining space, increased social space and
better connections to the stunning landscape areas around the residences. The University is committed to the highest standards of sustainable design and low energy use, and aims to achieve a BREEAM excellent environmental performance rating. A number of local businesses will have the opportunity to be directly involved in the construction or enjoy the associated benefits of the development activity. The three year redevelopment will see the creation of 788 contemporary bedrooms in four locations and will be completed in 2015.
IRVINE REFURBISHMENT to both the interior and exterior of the building to provide modern office accommodation. The transformation of Bridgegate House will involve a facelift of the property, radically altering the appearance of this building to provide a glazed look to the façade. Along with refurbished shop fronts, one of the most exciting elements of the new-look Bridgegate House will be the new Customer Centre. This will be located at the High Street entrance to the building and will become the main port of call for local people contacting the Council. The refurbishment of the outmoded 1970’s-style building will have an immediate impact on the area, and will tie in with the surrounding redevelopment to create a contemporary town centre.
Graham Construction has won a £6.5m contract for the refurbishment of Bridgegate house in Irvine. 8
The project for client North Ayrshire Council, supported by Irvine Bay Regeneration Company, got underway in May and involves extensive work
The work will be carried out in two phases to ensure a continuity of service for local residents. The first phase will be completed early in 2013 with the second phase being completed by August of next year.
SECOND SUCCESS AT DOUNREAY Graham Construction has been awarded a second project by Client Dounreay Site Restoration Limited. The £4.3m project will involve the design and construction of a plant to grout low-level radioactive waste at Dounreay. Graham will design and build the plant to encapsulate waste in grout inside containers before the containers are placed in a series of underground disposal vaults currently under construction. “Workers who are dismantling the site collect much of the low-level radioactive waste in drums,” explained Stewart Henderson, project manager at DSRL. “The drums are checked, compacted and the ‘pucks’, stacked inside metal containers. These containers are stored on the site at present. In 2014 we intend to begin emplacing the containers in the ground in a series of vaults now under construction. “This plant will grout up the inside of each container to fill the void spaces between the pucks, before the container is moved into the vault. As the vault fills up, we’ll grout the spaces in between each container as well, before the whole area is covered in concrete. It’s all about getting the waste into a condition that is safe for future generations and this plant is a key part of that.” Items small enough to be drummed will fill an estimated 7,000 containers, each weighing some 40 tonnes after grouting. Currently, the site has 750 containers filled with compacted low-level waste and these will be among the first tranche to be filled with grout and deposited in the vaults when the disposal site opens.
transported by a 50 ton Hyster forklift to the low level waste vault currently under construction. Design will commence immediately with work on site expected to begin in April 2013, as the new plant needs to be ready by summer 2013 to prepare for the first disposal of waste in spring 2014. The contract – issued on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority - was tendered through the Official Journal of the European Union. Graham Construction is also the main contractor for the construction of the first two disposal vaults. Graham has maximised the use of local labour, equipment and materials since commencing work on the project last year, and is seeking to utilise the skills and experience of local SMEs wherever possible on the latest contract. Leo Martin, director at Graham Construction said: “This latest contract award is a real endorsement of the work Graham has already undertaken on the site at Dounreay.
The plant will incorporate an automatically controlled silo and auger system which will feed a bespoke grout plant. The grout will be pumped into sealed steel containers which contain the low level waste. Each container will be located on a hydraulically operated tilting table to ensure all voids are filled. The grout plant will have a capacity of 10m per hour, with four containers (maximum) being processed per day. The containers will then be 3
“We are already making significant progress on the construction of the two sub-surface vaults for the disposal of solid low-level radioactive waste from the site clean-up. “The restoration of Dounreay is a massive undertaking and the work we have undertaken gives us a tremendous platform for attracting further work in the nuclear industry both in Scotland and across the UK.”
The disposal of waste from the site’s decommissioning is expected to begin in 2014 and will continue until the site has been cleared by 2022-25. It’s estimated the clean-up and demolition of the site will generate up to 175,000 cubic metres of low-level radioactive waste. The site has planning permission for up to six underground vaults but is working to reduce the number needed through a vigorous waste minimisation programme. 9
21st CENTURY HIGHLAND DESIGN
Work on the new £12m community primary school at Aviemore for the Highland Council is now complete. The school was handed over on programme at the start of July.
The new school, designed by Highland Council Architects, is of a contemporary design formed with four wings projecting around a main core area. Single storey in nature, simple in form and modern in appearance it expresses its function as a primary school and community hub, with a design and material which reflects the surrounding site and its woodland setting in particular. The envelope of the building, which covers an area larger than a football pitch, boasts locally sourced and milled larch along with handpicked stone from the local quarry five miles from the site. Just prior to handover Head Teacher, Rona Smith,
Deputy Head, Wendy Holton, and pupils from the school’s Pupil Council were invited on a tour of the school to see how work was progressing. Rona Smith said: “It is going to be such a fantastic school. During the tour we were able to have a good look around and it was great to watch the children’s reaction to the space, facilities and layout of the building. “They were particularly impressed when they walked around one of the completed classrooms and saw the library and games hall. The whole school is very excited and looking forward to moving in.” The development of this community primary school is the first of its kind in the Highlands and has been designed with a focus on sustainability, achieving a ‘very good’ (BREEAM) rating. The school’s facilities include ten primary classrooms, two general purpose classrooms and a
resources area, a main hall, pre-school education and childcare facilities with independent access, assisted support needs facilities, multi-purpose sports hall, kitchen and dining facilities, support for learning unit, biomass boiler and a fenced sports pitch. The complex also features a range of community facilities including a community library, service point, meeting room, fitness suite, sports changing facilities and two multi-purpose activity rooms. As part of the overall operational management of the new community facilities, an agreement has been established between Aviemore Community Centre Company and the Council’s Education, Culture and Sport Service. The development has been designed by the Council’s Housing and Property Service on behalf of the Education, Culture and Sport Service. Aviemore Primary School is within the Cairngorm National Park with views directly onto the Cairngorm mountain range that has five of the top six highest mountains in the British Isles.
MINISTERIAL VISIT AT ADELAIDE Northern Ireland Transport Minister Danny Kennedy recently visited the site of the new £27.8m Train Maintenance Facility at Adelaide in South Belfast currently being constructed by Graham Construction. Minister Danny Kennedy said: “I can see that building and fitting out is well underway at the site where the structural framework is now complete. The completion date is due this autumn. By October this year, all twenty of the new CAF trains will have entered service and this new building will ensure that they will be maintained to the highest standard. “The continuing growth in passengers travelling by train demonstrates the value of this investment. Passenger numbers rose again during the last year with a record 10.7 million passengers travelling by train. This is the highest level recorded since 1967 and represents an impressive 71% customer growth since 2002. The new Train Maintenance Facility clearly reflects my Department’s and the Executive’s aim of improving and modernising rail services for passengers in Northern Ireland.” The new facilities at Adelaide will include an engineering depot, staff accommodation facilities, refuelling facility, train wash, train stabling facilities and material storage area. The chief executive of Translink, Catherine Mason,
said: “We are pleased to welcome the Transport Minister and local representatives on site today to view developments that have taken place here over the past year. “Our team of project managers and designers have been working extremely hard together with our contractors, and we are really starting to see the facility take shape. Working closely with Graham Construction, we have ensured that community
engagement and environmental responsibility remain a constant focus. For example, we have used low carbon concrete and employed a range of waste reduction measures as well as regularly updating local community groups on our progress. “The new facility is situated beside our contact centre and state-of-the-art Rail Operations Training Academy, making this South Belfast site an important hub for train maintenance, employee training and customer service delivery.”
MAJOR MILESTONE REACHED IN ABERDEEN
Earlier in the summer Aberdeen Sports Village (ASV), the North East of Scotland’s premier sports facility, reached a major milestone in the construction of its new Aquatics Centre with the completion of the next stage of the 50 metre swimming pool and diving areas.
“Our aim at ASV is to make sure that the people of Aberdeen and the North East have access to the absolute best sporting facilities possible, and the completion of this phase brings us even closer to achieving that goal.”
The centre, which is on track for opening early 2014, will offer world-class swimming and diving facilities to both members of the local community and elite athletes.
Managed by Graham Construction, the latest development at the King Street site has been the integrity testing of the diving pool, which saw over two million litres of water being pumped in to check the tank is watertight.
David Beattie, chief executive at Aberdeen Sports Village said: “This is a really important stage in the development of the Aquatics Centre which, when complete, will play a major role in encouraging participation in water-based sport and physical activity across all age groups and abilities.
Graham Construction project manager Eddie Higgins said: “We have poured over 1700 tonnes of reinforced concrete to create the diving pool alone. Filling the tank with water represents a real step forward for the project and demonstrates the pools are really starting to take shape.
“We anticipate the water remaining in place for a week to allow us to monitor whether there is any change in level. We would then seek to transfer it to the main 50 metre pool to repeat the process there. Once the Graham team has completed this water integrity work, we will start to put the steel structure in place, allowing the community to start seeing the Aquatics Centre really come to life.” Education, Culture and Sport convener Councillor Jenny Laing said: “We are delighted with the progress made with the pool to date and look forward to this facility being open and available for public use.” The Aquatics Centre is a joint project between the University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen City Council and sportscotland. 11
BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER LIFFEY Following on from the award winning Samuel Beckett Bridge, Dublin City Council has awarded Graham Construction with another bridge contract. Work recently got underway on the €6m, 18 month, contract to build a new bridge on the River Liffey, in Dublin City Centre, just downstream of O’Connell Bridge. The Marlborough Street Bridge will be a public transport, cycle and pedestrian bridge linking Marlborough Street and Eden Quay on the north side of the Liffey, to Hawkins Street and Burgh Quay on the south side. The bridge will carry buses and the Luas at this critical location across the Liffey. It will have cycleways and generous footpaths that will open Marlborough Street and Hawkins Street to greater footfall, prospective development and create a new north-south link from Abbey Street to Pearse Street. The bridge will also carry diverted bus and taxi traffic during the construction of Metro North, and
when the proposed Luas Line BXD is developed, it will carry the southbound track across the Liffey. The 26m wide and 48m long bridge will have an elegant contemporary design with a slender,
single span and smooth concrete structure, with the underside of the bridge being designed to be as high above the water as possible so that river traffic is not impeded.
KEEPING IT RAIL In May 2012 a milestone was reached, as the beam lift at ‘Structure S504’ on the Haymarket section of the Edinburgh Tram project was completed. The two 35.3m pre-cambered beams, each weighing 80 tons, were lifted in braced pairs under a weekend road closure on the site adjacent to the main Glasgow to Edinburgh railway. The picture shows the proximity of the project to Murrayfield rugby stadium. The crane was rigged on Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) land and the beams stored in the SRU car park all week, while the Paraslim shuttering system for the concrete deck was fitted. As a result of close planning with Network Rail, the City of Edinburgh Council and Scotrail, the lift was undertaken successfully and completed as planned.
LIVING LIFE ON THE EDGE Graham Structural Solutions (GSS) has recently completed rock netting schemes at Garron Point and Black Arch on the Antrim Coast Road, as part of the Structures Term Contract for DRD Road Service. The £250k 12-week Garron Point scheme consisted of scaling the rock face and removing all loose and unstable basalt, before drilling in anchors and attaching 4,000m² of Maccaferri netting. The work was carried out by rope access and is the second rock face to be netted by GSS at Garron Point. Work on Black Arch followed the completion of Garron Point and was scaled, anchored and covered with 900m2 of netting. Although a four week scheme, with a value of £80k, the road was reopened in three weeks due to increased working hours and allowed the Olympic Torch Relay to make its way along the Coast Road. 12
CONSTRUCTION SHOW THEIR CREATIVE SIDE IN NORWICH of the overall cost, with the plans impressing in a competitive bidding process involving over 200 project bids nationally. Dick Palmer, principal, City College Norwich, said: “This is fantastic news for current and future students training in the creative and performing arts at City College Norwich. The new building will provide an inspiring, modern new environment to prepare students for the many career opportunities available to them in the creative and cultural sector. “We are delighted that the plans have been well received by our residential neighbours, as well as by students, staff and our employer partners. This impressive new building will further enhance Norfolk’s reputation as a key hub for creative and cultural skills, whilst providing a great new space for public exhibitions of students’ work.”
Graham Construction has been awarded a £4.3m design and build contract to construct a new three-storey Creative Arts Building at the City College Norwich.
BREEAM Excellent standard, with “green” features including natural and mechanical ventilation systems, ground source heating, brown water recycling and solar panels.
The inspiring new arts building, with a Norfolk barn style design, will be situated at the Southern end of the College’s main Ipswich Road campus, on the site of the former West Lodge accommodation block.
In addition to benefiting the College’s students, the new facility will be open to members of the local community, to enjoy as a public exhibition space for shows of students’ work.
The new creative arts building will support the College’s vision to deliver outstanding and innovative creative arts provision, with three purpose-built floors.
The College will retain its 250-seat theatre in the Norfolk Building, which was recently re-launched under the new name of ‘Platform’. This will remain as the venue for public performances of music, dance, acting and musical theatre shows.
As well as providing a vibrant space to stimulate students’ creativity, the new building has been designed to be low-carbon. The designs meet the
This exciting upgrade to the College’s creative arts facilities has been made possible thanks to a grant from the Skills Funding Agency for one third
Jo Pretty, head of the School of Creative and Business Industries, City College Norwich, said: “This new building will provide an inspirational space for the development of creative talent in a much broader way, building on our strengths in developing students’ skills whilst promoting greater interdisciplinary collaboration across course disciplines.” The building is set be opened in September 2013 for the new academic year.
Purpose-built floors will provide:• Performing arts rehearsal spaces, for dance, acting, and musical theatre; • The digital arts, including interactive media, graphics, animation, media editing suites, a TV studio and music rehearsal and recording studios; and • Traditional art and design, fashion and textiles and cultural heritage/craft based programmes.
CAMBRIDGE LIBRARY REFURBISHMENT Graham Construction recently commenced work on the Centre for Applied Research in Educational Technologies (CARET) at the University of Cambridge, which supports the work of researchers, teachers and their students. The CARET is currently under the jurisdiction of the main library at the University of Cambridge, and the £500,000 project will see its relocation to the existing library building. The new location for this department is right in the centre of this high profile university building, which contains one of the greatest collections of books and manuscripts in the world. As the work is to be carried out in a live library setting, all noisy or potentially disruptive work must be carried out on Sundays. This includes all the demolition and dismantling of existing structures, removal of waste, and even movement of materials into and out of the works area. The works comprise six areas to achieve this relocation and include internal reconfiguration in several areas to form offices and open-plan office spaces, meeting rooms and reading rooms. The works will also involve upgrading of the mechanical and electrical services and refurbishment of the existing bookcases in the Catalogue Hall. 13
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£5m refurbishment to Barnsley Town Hall, TheThe £5m refurbishment to Barnsley Town Hall, £5mofrefurbishment to Barnsley Town Hall, the local government in the Metropolitan the The seatseat of local government in the Metropolitan the seat of government in theover Metropolitan Borough of local Barnsley, handed Borough of Barnsley, waswas handed over on on Borough of was handed over on schedule in Barnsley, May 2012. schedule in May 2012. schedule in May 2012. team from Graham Construction made vital TheThe team from Graham Construction made vital The team fromtoGraham Construction made vital improvements the Portland stone clad listed improvements to the Portland stone clad listed improvements to the Portland stone of clad listed building including the refurbishment the first building including the refurbishment of the first building including the refurbishment of the firstof second office areas, installation andand second floorfloor office areas, thethe installation of and second floor office areas, the installation new windows to external elevations, structuralof new windows to external elevations, structural new windows to external elevations, structural repairs, pointing external cleaning, specialist repairs, pointing andand external cleaning, specialist repairs, pointingand andenvironmental external cleaning, specialist air conditioning works. air conditioning and environmental works. air conditioning and environmental works. Over lower floors, exciting new museum Over the the lower floors, an an exciting new museum Over the lower floors, an exciting new museum facility was created. The ‘Experience Barnsley’ facility waswas created. TheThe ‘Experience Barnsley’ facility created. ‘Experience Barnsley’ museum incorporates museum galleries, museum incorporates museum galleries, an an museum incorporates museum galleries, an archives centre, a learning centre, workshops archives centre, a learning centre, workshops andand archives a café. centre, a learning centre, workshops and a café. a café.
ROYALHOTEL, HOTEL, CAMPELTOWN ROYAL ROYAL HOTEL,CAMPELTOWN CAMPELTOWN The Royal Hotel in Campbeltown, originally built The Royal Hotel in Campbeltown, built The Royal Hotel Campbeltown,originally in 1988, held its in official opening onoriginally 12 Maybuilt 2012 in in 1988, held itsits official 1988, held officialopening openingonon1212May May2012 2012 following a complete redesign and rebuild. following a complete redesign following a complete redesignand andrebuild. rebuild. Graham Construction stripped the old building Graham Construction Graham Constructionstripped strippedthe theold oldbuilding building back to its shell and rebuilt from within using back to to itsits shell and rebuilt back shell and rebuiltfrom fromwithin withinusing using sympathetic modernisation techniques, bringing sympathetic modernisation sympathetic modernisationtechniques, techniques,bringing bringing the whole hotel up to four storeys. thethe whole hotel upup totofour whole hotel fourstoreys. storeys. It took an average of 50 workers, 50 weeks to It took anan average ofof5050workers, It took average workers,5050weeks weekstoto entirely transform the five-star venue, installing entirely transform five-starvenue, venue,installing installing entirely transform thethefive-star around 70 tonnes of structural steel to form around tonnes structuralsteel steeltotoform form around 7070 tonnes ofofstructural the new layout and over 15km of cable for new layout and over15km 15kmofofcable cableforfor thethe new layout and over comprehensive re-wiring. comprehensive re-wiring. comprehensive re-wiring. A concrete staircase covering the length of the A concrete staircase coveringthe thelength lengthofofthe the A concrete staircase covering four levels had to be brought in through the roof in four levels had broughtininthrough throughthe theroof roofinin four levels had to to bebebrought 12 sections. sections. 1212 sections.
SIR JOHN WILSON TOWN HALL JOHN WILSON TOWN HALL SIRSIR JOHN WILSON TOWN HALL The 54-week refurbishment of Sir John Wilson 54-week refurbishment of the the Sir John Wilson TheThe 54-week refurbishment of the Sir John Wilson Town Hall reached completion in July 2012 as Town Hall reached completion in July 2012 as Town Hall reached completion in July 2012 as Graham Construction formally handed the renewed Graham Construction formally handed renewed Graham Construction formally handed thethe renewed building over to the Client, North Lanarkshire building over to the Client, North Lanarkshire building over to the Client, North Lanarkshire Council. Council. Council. The £2.7m Grade £2.7m contract contract brought brought the Grade B B listed listed TheThe £2.7m contract brought thethe Grade B listed 100-year 100-year old old building building in in Airdrie Airdrie back back to to its its original original 100-year old building in Airdrie back to its original glory, glory, incorporating incorporating aa host host of of modern modern upgrades. upgrades. glory, incorporating a host of modern upgrades. Work Work involved involved building building two two separate separate extensions extensions Work separate extensions at involved the front front building and side sidetwo of the the hall along along with the the at the and of hall with at the front and side of the hall along with the creation creation of of aa glass glass frontage frontage with with stainless stainless steel steel creation of a glass frontage with stainless steel
windows and polished ashlar stone along the main windows and polishedashlar ashlarstone stonealong alongthe themain main windows and polished street. street. street. The entrance extension now houses ground-floor The entrance extensionnow nowhouses housesa aaground-floor ground-floor The entrance extension bar, ticket area and toilets, a first-floor bar, café, bar, ticket area and toilets,a afirst-floor first-floorbar, bar,café, café, bar, ticket area and toilets, seating and toilets and also aa basement storeroom. seating and toilets and also basement storeroom. seating and toilets and also a basement storeroom. At At the the side side of of the the building, building, aa square square two-storey two-storey At tower the side ofbeen the building, a square two-storey has constructed to tower has been constructed to house house aa lift lift which which tower has beenforconstructed to house a lifttowhich will will be be used used for transporting transporting equipment equipment to the the willstage. be used for transporting equipment to the stage. Inside, Inside, the the main main hall hall has has been been soundproofed soundproofed stage. Inside, theand main has been has soundproofed and re-floored re-floored thehall plasterwork been and and the plasterwork has been and re-floored and the plasterwork has been repaired repaired and and redecorated. redecorated. repaired and redecorated.
The hotel now boasts 23 bedrooms with en suite The hotel now boasts bedrooms with en The hoteland nowsalvaged boasts23 23 bedrooms with en suite suite facilities period features; a public bar facilities and salvaged period features; aa public bar facilities and salvaged period features; public called The Black Sheep Pub; The Harbourview bar called Black calledThe BlackSheep SheepPub; Pub;The The Harbourview Grille; The a new reception area and lift;Harbourview and a rear Grille; Grille;aanew newreception receptionarea areaand and lift; lift; and and aa rear rear extension to accommodate back of house areas extension extensiontotoaccommodate accommodateback back of of house house areas areas such as cellars and chillers. such suchasascellars cellarsand andchillers. chillers.
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Athletics was real winner Aberdeen Sports Village Saturday Athletics was thethe real winner at at Aberdeen Sports Village on on Saturday 11 11 August 2012, another successful Celtic Games motivated competitors August 2012, asas another successful Celtic Games motivated competitors and excited spectators alike. The event, sponsored Graham successfully and excited spectators alike. The event, sponsored by by Graham successfully demonstrated current focus development of young people in the demonstrated thethe current focus onon thethe development of young people in the athletics field. athletics field.
KEEPING KEEPING FANE FANE STREET STREETON ONTRACK TRACK In In partnership partnership with with Translink, Translink,Graham Grahamvisited visitedFane FaneStreet StreetPrimary PrimarySchool School (situated (situated adjacent adjacent to toTranslink’s Translink’srailway railwaylink) link)totoincrease increasepupil pupilawareness awarenessofof the the dangers dangers found found at atconstruction constructionsites sitesand andgive giveaatalk talkononthe theimportance importance of of biodiversity biodiversity and and reducing reducingtheir theirwaste wastethrough throughrecycling. recycling.The Theschool schoolwas was presented presented with with raised raisedbeds, beds,planter planterboxes boxesand andaawork workbench benchmade madefrom from recycled recycled construction constructionsite sitematerials. materials.
PUPILS LESSON PUPILSENJOY ENJOYCLIFFSIDE CLIFFSIDE LESSON Primary seven pupils from St St John’s Primary School visited Graham at Garron Primary seven pupils from John’s Primary School visited Graham at Garron Point to to learn about thethe ongoing works designed to help prevent rockfalls. TheThe Point learn about ongoing works designed to help prevent rockfalls. children also had thethe opportunity to to view thethe works from thethe base of the cliff.cliff. children also had opportunity view works from base of the
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Graham employees have been taking part in various fund raising cycling Graham employees havesix been taking part in fund raising cycling challenges over the past months across thevarious UK and Europe: the pastHospice six months across the UK Europe: •challenges The Stover Columba’s Celtic Challenge ledand seven Graham • The St Columba’s Hospice Challenge led seven Graham employees across 206 milesCeltic of Scottish terrain employees 206joined miles the of Scottish • 10 Graham across employees 220 mileterrain Maracycle 2012 event raising • 10 Graham employees joined the 220the mile MaracycleSociety, 2012 event raising funds for numerous charities including Alzheimer’s Northern funds for numerous charities including theand Alzheimer’s Ireland Hospice, Marie Curie Cancer Care Tearfund Society, Northern Ireland Hospice, Curie Cancer of Care and Tearfund • Michael Graham, Marie executive chairman Graham, took part in a 650km • Michaelchallenge Graham,across executive of Graham, part inCurie a 650km cycling the chairman French Pyrenees in aidtook of Marie cycling Care. challenge across the French Pyrenees in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Cancer Care.
In June, three groups of Graham employees took part in the annual Business three groups Graham employees took the annual Business in In theJune, Community’s ‘Giveofand Gain’ volunteering day.part The ininclement weather in the Community’s ‘Give andofGain’ volunteering Thewere inclement weather didn’t dampen the enthusiasm our volunteers. Theday. teams kept busy as didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of our volunteers. The teams were kept busy as they focused on completing three key projects: focused on completing three projects: • theyLandscaping at a home for the key elderly in Musselburgh, Edinburgh to • allow Landscaping at a home for the elderly in Musselburgh, Edinburgh to residents access to a safe garden space allow residents access to a safe • Building an outdoor adventure play garden area forspace Haghill Park Nursery School • in Building Glasgowan outdoor adventure play area for Haghill Park Nursery School in Glasgow • Building a fence around a 200 year old pond in the Secret Garden at • Hillsborough Building a fence Castle.around a 200 year old pond in the Secret Garden at Hillsborough Castle. 15 15
SECOND SHOT FOR APPRENTICE Through North Lanarkshire’s Working, Stephen was introduced to one of Graham Construction’s contracts managers and set to work on one of the firm’s largest projects - the building of the new Scottish Crime Campus at Gartcosh. The £82m Scottish Government facility will bring together the full range of Scotland’s crime-busting organisations including the Serious Organised Crime Agency, the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, the Crown Office Procurator Fiscal’s Services and the Scottish Police Services Authority Forensic Services. Graham was responsible for the second phase of the three stage project, which involved building the core and shell of the facility. Work began in early 2011 and was completed in April this year.
An apprentice joiner from Newmains, whose luck was cut short during last year’s construction downturn, has been given a second shot at success by Graham Construction. Stephen Boyle was six months away from becoming fully accredited when his employer of three years was forced to let him go because of financial pressures.
Stephen started on site in October last year and was kept busy preparing timber frames for the concrete pouring process, and installing external finishes. When the completed building was handed over, Stephen had not only served his apprenticeship time, but impressed the Graham team enough to secure a permanent role in the company. Stephen then moved on to Drumpark Primary School in Coatbridge and is currently working on the Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock. Just before he left Coatbridge Stephen passed his trade test - which involved creating a hipped roof, hanging a door and installing lengths of skirting to
industry standards – and successfully qualified as a joiner. Pat O’Hare, contracts manager at Graham Construction, said “Stephen is a great lad. Graham is big on developing skilled people and it really helps to have enthusiastic and capable apprentices who are willing to learn. “The last year or so has been tough for the construction industry and we know some firms have struggled to keep apprentices in work, so it’s great to be able to offer people like Stephen a second chance. Graham is keen to reward talent and hard work, and in this case we’ve seen both.” Stephen said: “I was so glad of the opportunity to get started back working again. I really enjoy joinery but I was worried about finding another position while the industry was suffering. “Working with Graham on the Crime Campus was great - I couldn’t ask for anything better. The primary school I recently moved from really helped me get plenty of practice on my finishing techniques. “The variety of jobs I worked on stood me in good stead for my trade test and if it wasn’t for the opportunity that Graham gave me, I wouldn’t have been able to complete my apprenticeship.” Graham has given similar opportunities to 15 apprentices over the last two years, and continues to engage with regional work schemes to identify suitable candidates.
GRIMSBY ‘DRAGON SLAYERS’ RACE TO VICTORY The Graham team or the ‘Dragon Slayers’ as they aptly christened themselves, were ably led by project manager and crew captain Gareth McLaverty, and consisted of the following elite athletes: Sean Blissett (engineering manager, ABP Humber), Paul Scott (project director), Philip Brown (chief engineer), Darren Murphy (planner), Stephen Balfour (section engineer), Andrew McBride (engineer), John Burkinshaw (graduate engineer), Philip Carson (commercial manager), Russell Collie (managing QS), Chris Toms and Katie Ward (Mouchel). The ‘Dragon Slayers’, battling baking hot sun and choppy waters and appearing completely unfazed by the fact that only one of their crew had any experience of competitive rowing, posted a scorching first heat time of 58.99 seconds for 200m. This was a massive winning margin on their opponents in the race and a clear two seconds ahead of the nearest of the remaining seven teams. In late July, a team of 12 Graham employees (assisted with a few ringers from Mouchel), who are currently working on the Grimsby River Terminal project, took part in a dragon boat race. The race was a key feature of the Immingham Port Community Open Day organised by project Client, Associated British Ports (ABP). 16
All proceeds from the event go to the Immingham 100 Legacy Fund; a charity that ABP established in conjunction with community groups, local schools and the town council to support and sustain local community initiatives for years to come.
Due to deteriorating weather conditions, this proved to be the winning time as conditions on the water finally put paid to the remaining heats. The victorious team celebrated when presented with the dragon trophy and a complimentary bottle of bubbly.
FRAMEWORK PLACE SECURED Graham Construction has won a place on Lincolnshire County Council’s highways four-year framework. The full scheme has a value of £60m and all works awarded within this framework will be subject to mini-competitions. Graham has been selected to compete in 10 out of 12 lots. Each lot will comprise distinct work activities including: • • • • •
General highway construction works including improvement schemes Structures schemes including specialist maintenance Urban improvements including hard landscaping Drainage works including works off the highway Environmental projects including waterways and environmental management
The contract commenced in July of this year and will run for a period of four years.
GRAHAM CONSTRUCTION DIGS DEEP FOR SANCTUARY Graham has committed to help boost employment in the area and, as part of the contract, more than £100,000 worth of local training and employment opportunities will be offered. Peter Martin, Sanctuary’s group director for development, said: “Creating employment opportunities is also a key priority for Sanctuary Scotland so it is great to be working with a like-minded partner. This contract is a welcome boost for Cumbernauld.” Throughout Scotland, the Sanctuary building programme will create 16 apprenticeships, opportunities for 24 new entrant trainees and the chance for up to 85 school leavers to have work experience.
Graham Construction recently celebrated two sod cutting ceremonies in Scotland, marking the commencement of works on the first projects awarded by client Sanctuary Group under their £200m four year Main Contractor Framework. At the sod cutting of the £5.8m Ainslie Road and Maclehose Road development, which is due to be completed in April 2013, Councillor Sam Love, Convener of the Housing and Social Work Committee at North Lanarkshire Council, commented: “I’m very pleased to see work underway here to transform the site with modern, affordable housing. There is ongoing demand for social housing across North Lanarkshire, and in particular in Cumbernauld, so this development will not only provide much needed, high quality housing for the area, but it will also see the completion of this major regeneration project in Kildrum.”
The second sod cutting took place to celebrate the commencement of the final £6.2m phase of the project to regenerate Dundee’s Ardler estate. Sanctuary Scotland’s multimillion pound Ardler project has breathed new life into a once tired estate, winning major awards including the British Urban Regeneration Association award for best practice in regeneration.
Housing Minister Keith Brown said: “Everyone in Scotland should be in safe, warm and affordable homes that not only meet their needs, but support the development of sustainable communities like Dundee. By helping to boost our economy, through the direct impact it has on construction and jobs, continued investment in new, affordable housing can help everyone across Scotland. It’s also very encouraging to see how apprentices can be involved in creating such high quality homes.”
The project comprises 44 two-storey homes, seven wheelchair-accessible bungalows and seven three/four storey apartment blocks, which will be managed by Sanctuary Cumbernauld, part of the Sanctuary Group. 17
WILDLIFE WATCH IN CAITHNESS During a regular water monitoring exercise at the Dounreay Low Level Waste Facility site, staff were excited to see the return of nesting kestrels to a site where they had been spotted nesting in the years preceding the start of the construction works. In light of recent blasting operations completed and the ongoing bulk earthworks, Graham Construction and the Client were delighted to see five healthy and vibrant chicks nesting along the weathered cliff face, to the north of the construction site. Perched amid the rocks and using sheep wire, scrap metal and whatever materials they could find to build their nest, they have successfully survived
the sudden cold spells experienced this spring. Showing adaptability to man-made environments, this family was resourceful in recycling sturdy metal and wire materials from fencing and other sources, in an area where there is a lack of trees, branches and shrubs due to the adverse harsh climate. Photos taken weekly during June shows the fast development in growth and colour. They quickly shed their buff-grey second down coat to reveal a vibrant first true red/brown plumage. The kestrel, a member of the falcon family, is included on the Aber list of Birds of Conservation
Concern due to the decline of the UK and wider EU breeding population; often attributed to intensive agriculture and habitat loss. We are pleased to see all five chicks reaching juvenile status, demonstrating the conscientious manner in which works were carried out so the breeding pair remained on our shared site throughout recent blasting and excavation works. We will continue to watch these five with keen interest, where an average brood size in the UK sits at three-five with a 20% survival rate, as they take flight and soar over the rocky coastline of Dounreay.
CALDERBRIDGE PRIMARY SCHOOL OFFICIALLY OPENS
The £10.5m Calderbridge Primary School, Nursery Class and Community Centre, started in August 2010, has been officially opened. At the official opening held in June this year, Provost Robertson said: “We were determined that the young people of Calderbridge Primary and nursery class would have modern accommodation and facilities fit for 21st century learning. The school and community centre are modern, purpose built buildings which will undoubtedly provide a superb facility for the local community. “This facility is designed to provide our young people with the best start in life we can give them. It has been designed with sustainability, flexibility and with the young people in mind. The magnificent outdoor space gives the pupils 18
fantastic opportunities for learning and play provision.” Calderbridge Primary was formed in April 2010 after the merger of Coltness and Lammermoor Primary Schools. Pauleen Clarke, head teacher said: “I am sure the staff and pupils would wish to join with me in thanking everyone associated for the wonderful school that has been built for us. It is truly outstanding.” Ron Clarke, operations director, Graham Construction, said: “Our team is incredibly proud to be delivering three state-of-the-art schools for North Lanarkshire Council this year.
Calderbridge Primary School is the first to be completed and is a stunning showcase for innovative, eye-catching design underpinned by an attention to the needs of learners, teachers and community users. “This project has contributed to the creation of 20 new apprenticeship places and a further 25 employment opportunities across all of our North Lanarkshire sites, and we will continue to work with local groups to identify initiatives we can contribute to as an active partner in the local community.” The new facility is part of North Lanarkshire Council’s £250m Schools and Centres 21 Programme. Other projects include £25.8m Coltness High School.
WORLD LEADING CENTRE TAKES SHAPE
Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) celebrated a major milestone in the construction of the Centre’s new building at High School Yards on Wednesday 25 July 2012, by inviting a selection of donors, partners, contributors and collaborators on-site to look at progress. Building work has commenced on the stunning £10m hothouse, designed to push Scotland to the global forefront of low carbon innovation and executive education.
The ECCI aims to be a worldwide focal point for low carbon experts and networks from business, finance and the public sector coming together to deliver a low carbon future.
The project involves refurbishing and remodeling the space to deliver a cutting-edge innovation suite, lecture theatres, seminar rooms and exhibition and social areas.
Graham Construction has erected the innovative timber frame of the 2,333m2 building being created on the site of Edinburgh’s historic Old High School in High School Yards, which counts famous figures such as Sir Walter Scott among its former pupils.
The ECCI is hosted by the University of Edinburgh, in partnership with Heriot-Watt University and Edinburgh Napier University, and seeks to create an environment where new world-changing low carbon solutions can be developed, and where organisations learn how to survive and thrive in the low carbon economy.
PEACE BRIDGE WINS MORE AWARDS The stunning £14.7m Peace Bridge at Ebrington Waterfront, Derry/L’derry, has been honoured at the prestigious Structural Steel Design Awards held in London in July 2012. The Structural Steel Design Awards recognise the excellence achievable in structural and architectural design with the use of steel. The Peace Bridge was one of just six selected by judges as demonstrating excellence in efficiency, cost effectiveness, aesthetics, sustainability and innovation. The Structural Steel Design award comes hot on the heels of the Arthur G. Hayden Medal, awarded at The International Bridge Conference Awards in Pittsburgh, USA in June. Structural Steel Design judges applauded the Peace Bridge, which opened in June 2011. They said: “This bridge is symbolic of recent political and physical developments. S-shaped on plan, and sloping from the city walls to a development area to the East, the triangular box girder deck is supported from cables over two masts within the river. “This robust construction is a fine example of careful detailing and complex fabrication. “This excellent bridge is much loved within the city and across Northern Ireland.” 19
YOUNG ENGINEERS VISIT CRAIGMILLAR Youngsters from an Edinburgh High School booked some vital hands-on construction experience as part of a ground breaking initiative, engineered by Graham Construction and hub South East Scotland, on the site of the forthcoming community facility in Craigmillar. Third and fourth year pupils from Castlebrae Community High School donned their boots to visit the site and were set the challenge of building some of the elements to be included in the landscaped garden at the rear of the facility. The new East Neighbourhood Office and Craigmillar Library is being built by Graham Construction in the heart of Craigmillar Town Centre. As well as bringing staff together from several City of Edinburgh Council departments and partner agencies, the building will provide a new community space, with a large modern library, delivering a range of activities for all ages. Work commenced on the construction of the new facility last summer and Graham has made excellent progress ahead of the planned completion in November. Graham Construction framework manager Martin Taylor said: “ Anything which helps the next generation of young engineers gain the skills and experience they need before coming into the industry has to be a good thing. “Rather than just invite the youngsters from Castlebrae down to see the work we’re doing, we thought it would be much more valuable to have them actually create something which will become a permanent fixture of the project. Not only will it give them an investment in the building itself, it will
help them gain a real understanding of the time, cost and quality pressures contractors face on high profile projects like this.” The East Neighbourhood Office and Craigmillar Library will be the second project to be delivered to City of Edinburgh Council as part of the hub South East Scotland initiative, following the successful completion of the new Drumbrae Library and
Community hub in West Edinburgh in November 2011. Over the next 10 years, projects worth approximately £300m are expected under the hub South East programme, which covers the Lothians and the Borders. Jo Elliot, chair of hub South East Scotland said: “The hub programme is about so much more than delivering new community facilities. It is about contributing time, energy and talent to make a positive difference in the communities where we work. Giving students this type of live experience is invaluable and one that we intend to repeat.” The young people have been tasked with constructing three raised planters which will be incorporated into the garden at the rear of the facility during the landscaping work, due to take place once the majority of the building work has been completed. Graham Construction and joinery contractors Keyes Bros are supplying all of the building materials, will supervise the pupil project and will regularly visit Castlebrae Community High School to monitor its progress. Councillor Richard Lewis, Convener of Culture and Leisure from the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “The new East Neighbourhood Office and Craigmillar Library will bring together a range of Council services into a convenient, one-stop-shop. “Work is progressing well with the project and it’s great to see that pupils from Castlebrae Community High School will get the chance to incorporate some of their ideas into the landscaping.”
COLTNESS HIGH SCHOOL TRANSFORMATION There was no trace of post-holiday blues when pupils and teachers returned to Coltness High school from their summer break. The spring in their collective step was undoubtedly due to the resumption of lessons occurring inside a new £26m state-of-the-art school. Over the summer the finishing touches were applied to the redevelopment and refurbishment of the secondary school’s main building – completing the three-year project that has witnessed the transformation of the outdated and well-worn premises into a fantastic new flagship facility.
Head teacher Donald Fergusson is another delighted with the results. He said: “I think it’s fantastic. The feedback I’ve received from pupils and staff has been extremely positive. Apart from the wonderful departmental facilities, there are many other aspects of the building that enhance the school. For example, we now have so much extra storage space. It may sound trivial but, in the past, lack of storage was a bit of a problem. Even the wider corridors make it so much easier for the pupils to get around. The attention to detail is excellent and I have to say that Graham has done a great job.”
Gary Holmes, the Graham Construction contracts director responsible for the successful project, said: “Seeing this project through from a derelict building to what it has become gives such a sense of achievement for all the team. “The redevelopment involved removing the outdated sections of the old school and stripping the existing shell right back. The new areas are designed to flow into the re-modernised sections and the spacious social area on the ground floor is a great meeting point, especially considering the kids helped design it.”
Pupils had an added sense of achievement as they began the new term knowing they played a part in helping design it. First to fourth year students were invited to come up with ideas for the school’s social spaces, which were developed through a series of workshops, brought together and included in the finished layout by Graham Construction. At the start of term, journalists from the Wishart Press were given a tour of the new building by a trio of proud sixth year students. Erin Brown, Claire Cleland and Courtney Stewart have watched with wonder as their school has been altered almost beyond recognition. Erin beamed: “It really is incredible. Everyone – pupils and teachers alike – is delighted by the results. I almost wish I was starting back in first year, just to be able to take advantage of the wonderful facilities.” Courtney said: “It’s good that pupils had an input into the design and decor. It makes it more personal and you feel you’ve been a part of the process.” While Claire added: “Seeing the building so clean and tidy will make everyone determined to keep it that way.” The new main building’s ground floor includes a bright, stylish dining and social area with special buddy booths, a plush, well-equipped library and a smart office block. Stairwells and corridors throughout are spacious, with water coolers on each floor and a lift allowing wheelchair access. The first floor accommodates the English department, along with Social Subjects and Pupil Support. On the second floor is Mathematics, Modern Languages and Support for Learning, while housed on the top floor is the Art department and Religious Education. Art teacher Tracey Angus said: “I think the new building is amazing and will undoubtedly do a lot for pupils’ self-motivation. “In our own department, the storage area is bigger than my previous classroom. The new equipment is excellent too. We now have a kiln room for pottery and projectors which allow us to perform desk demonstrations.” 21
UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE Graham Construction’s track record in undertaking complex, quick turn-around projects, has seen a number of Universities commission projects.
University of Manchester Framework Graham Construction has secured its first project for the University of Manchester as part of a Framework Agreement. The team was awarded a nine week £1.8m contract for refurbishment works on the University’s Renold Building, which was originally built in 1962. The building is made up of a two-storey base and a six-storey tower, which has a glass enclosed external stairwell and holds a number of lecture halls varying in size from 150 to 500 seats. Works entail the complete refurbishment of three large lecture theatres as well as associated Mechanical and Electrical upgrades to the buildings infrastructure.
Cambridge Advanced Imaging Centre The 27 week £1m project will see the development of the University of Cambridge Advanced Imaging Centre, which will enable the University to create a sustainable resource for research and training, and position it at the forefront of microscopy internationally. The current Multi-Imaging Centre (MIC) within the University of Cambridge School of Biological Sciences was established in the mid-1990’s, and is the largest inter-departmental imaging facility at the University of Cambridge, with 200 regular users representing about 70 research groups across cell and developmental biology, pathology,
physiology and materials science. A programme of refurbishment and expansion will provide the space, optical benches and skilled workforce to develop the most promising advanced imaging machines being built across the University, adapting and improving on project-led concepts to make machines available to the wider biological community for a broader range of investigations. The Cambridge Advanced Imaging Centre is one of the highest priorities for the University of Cambridge’s continuing 800th Anniversary Campaign.
IN-SITE-FUL VISIT AT SHEFFIELD In July, Graham Construction hosted a site visit on the grounds of the new £12m University of Sheffield Graduate School of Engineering, for 35 civil and structural engineering students from the University. The purpose of the visit was to observe the on-going piling operations for the construction of the new seven-storey building, which will become the centre of the faculty’s postgraduate research and postgraduate teaching activities. With completion due mid 2013, the Engineering Graduate School will be the first step in a series of planned improvements to buildings and teaching facilities, with the aim of extensively remodeling and refurbishing the faculty´s estate and creating more teaching space for the University. In addition to new, purpose-built buildings, the University aims to build additional lecture theatres, teaching labs and flexible teaching spaces.
CRUISING TO A NEW HORIZON As summer ended and a new school term commenced, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils from Glenburn School, together with their teachers, excitedly visited the site of the newly named Craigmarloch School to check on progress. Craigmarloch School, previously known as Port Glasgow Shared Campus, is an Additional Support Needs (ASN) School that will amalgamate both Lilybank School and Glenburn School on its completion in June 2013. Kitted out in PPE, the visitors were taken into the primary and secondary areas of their school, which is now clearly set out in individual classrooms, quiet rooms and open social spaces that will be created over the next few months. The new single storey ASN School will be made up of nursery, primary and secondary blocks for both moderate and complex learning difficulties. Although Year 6, who currently use an old janitor’s house as classrooms, will not get the chance to experience the new school as students, it is hoped that some may get the opportunity to carry out work experience on-site in November.
DOUBLE CELEBRATION At a glittering awards ceremony in London earlier this year, two Graham sites received awards at the Considerate Constructors Scheme Annual National Site Awards. The Peace Bridge, under the direction of Paul Scott, was awarded a Bronze Award and was commended for high standards reached in the categories of considerate, cleanliness, respectful, safe, accountable, neighbour and responsible, and classed as exceptional for its achievements in the category of environment. Pools on the Foreshore, managed by Keith McCahon, was also awarded a Bronze Award and was commended for the high standards reached in the categories of considerate, environment, respectful and accountable, and classed as exceptional for its achievements in the categories of neighbour, cleanliness, safe and responsible.
KEEPING A WATCHFUL EYE While working on the NI Water Design & Build project for a new gravity pumping main outfall at Ballyhalbert, Graham had an observer of a different kind during the marine works. The program of works are divided into two sections, land based works and Marine works. The land based works consist of the construction of a new pumping station, ‘open cut’ excavations and directional drilling from the main works to the beach in Ballyhalbert. The Marine works consist of trench excavations, diving operations, rock blasting and the installation of the new outfall pipe from the beach out to sea. The total outfall construction involved in this project is 1000m from the main works out to sea. 23
LATEST FROM SITE MERTHYR TYDFILL TOWN HALL Work on the restoration of the Old Town Hall took another big step forward in September 2012 with the installation of a new concrete staircase in the internal courtyard. The two sections of the staircase were hoisted high over the roof in turn. Each half was lowered onto its predetermined position on the southern brick wall of the courtyard. The operation went smoothly and safely – with pin-point accuracy the stairs were quickly slotted into place. When the restoration is complete, the stairs will link the courtyard – an exciting new multipurpose space for performances and events – to the first floor studios and theatre.
CRAIGMARLOCH SCHOOL, FORMERLY KNOWN AS PORT GLASGOW SHARED CAMPUS During September 2012 Councillors and head teachers had the chance to go behind the scenes to see how construction was progressing at one of the most ambitious education projects in Scotland, when they visited Craigmarloch School, previously know as Port Glasgow Shared Campus. Inverclyde Council leader, Councillor Stephen McCabe, said: “The construction work is coming along really well at the new campus. As the schools start to take shape, it’s incredible to see the scale of the work involved in creating this new campus. Even at this stage you can see the campus and schools start to come together. “Our schools programme is ambitious right across Inverclyde and is set to serve us well for many years to come. This shared campus will be a fabulous resource for our children and young people.” The children from the local Additional Support Needs (ASN) schools have also been visiting site on a regular basis to keep an eye on how things are progressing. Despite the inglorious weather over the summer months the site is moving forward as planned. The concrete frame is complete along with the steel structure to the sports block and the ASN school is also progressing well, with the first phase now weather proof. The main focus of attention on-site now is the drive to achieve weather tightness, to allow the internal trades to commence and the co-ordination of the design and fit-out items to integrate all the systems into the new building. 24
GAM BUSINESS UPDATES Graham Facilities Management (GFM) has continued it’s expansion by successfully securing a Mechanical and Electrical and fabric maintenance contract for the University of West London. This contract will manage all of the University’s 11 properties at two campuses comprising academic, sport, catering and entertainment facilities.
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Graham Environmental Services (GES) has won the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS)contract for the provision of a Legionella Risk Assessment and Monitoring programme for over 70 properties within the NIFRS Estate, including both operational and retained fire stations, as well as extensive business and operational support facilities.
Building on recent successes in Construction, Graham has further strengthened its relationship with Babcock with the award of a contract to deliver Water Hygiene and Air Hygiene services to West Yorkshire Police (WYP). The contract award is for a three-year period and will see Graham Environmental Services deliver a range of monitoring and maintenance services across the WYP portfolio of over 150 properties.
Graham Environmental Services has made a further and significant stride into the Healthcare Estates sector, with the award of a Water Quality Risk Management contract for the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust (SEHSCT). The contract award is for an initial two years and will involve the delivery of Legionella and Pseudomonas Risk Assessment, Monitoring and Maintenance services throughout the SEHSCT portfolio of over 120 properties.
Queen’s University, Belfast, has further enhanced the relationship with Graham Environmental Services by awarding them the contract for the provision of inspection, repair and maintenance services to fume cupboards, LEV plant and safety cabinets.
Graham Highway Management Maintenance (HMM) proved recently that traffic management is not only necessary during road works. To ensure that the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations, particularly the Queen’s Garden Party at The Stormont Estate in June, ran without a hitch, Graham HMM were awarded a contract to provide traffic and crowd management at the estate, as well as along the main route leading to Stormont. You could say it was by “Royal Appointment”.
Graham Energy Management, Facilities Management and Environmental Services recently showcased a number of their products and services at the IHEEM Conference and Exhibition, which was held in Manchester on 9 & 10 October 2012. The exhibition focused on the design, build, maintenance and management of healthcare estates and facilities. IHEEM, which stands for The Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management, is the UK’s largest specialist Institute for the Healthcare Estates Sector; devoted to developing careers, provision of education and training. The conference and exhibition was billed as the complete event for specifiers and high-level decision-makers from across the healthcare sector. The Healthcare Estates Exhibition aimed to help visitors solve everyday problems, and develop longterm strategies to create efficient, clean, safe and sustainable environments for healthcare. During the IHEEM Exhibition, Graham Environmental Services (GES) launched their latest product the LiquiTech Liquidator system, offering long term water treatment solutions. This system effectively controls and eliminates a wide range of water borne pathogens including Legionella and Pseudomonas. Graham Energy Management (GEM) not only showcased their extensive range of products and services at the Exhibition, but it was the reveal of their new brand. GEM focused on LED Lighting and variable speed drives. Both these products offer clients in the healthcare sector an instant saving in energy costs, as well as an investment in latest innovative energy saving products available on the market. 25
ENERGY MANAGEMENT SUCCESSES
HVAC and LED Lighting Solutions
Air Source Heat Pumps/Solar PV Panels
Graham Energy Management (GEM) carried out an energy survey at one of their clients swimming pools. The swimming pool was very energy inefficient, and a proposal was provided to introduce several energy saving features as detailed below.
During a general energy assessment for one of their public sector clients it was identified that one of the facilities used to train dogs was a high consumer of energy for heating. The facility had a number of electric heaters but the building was constantly cold and uncomfortable to work in.
In any pool facility, heating is one of the main expenses incurred. GEM suggested that the client replace the existing heating system with a new-stateof-the-art HVAC system, which will yield a cost saving of at least £14,000 per year (approximately 68%), and a maximum of six and half year return on investment.
After a detailed analysis, GEM suggested that the most energy efficient way to save money and energy was to install an air source heat pump, and a solar PV Array to generate electricity as the building was south facing this was an added bonus.
The pool roof was replaced with new insulated panel sections to ensure maximum energy efficiency, and GEM also replaced all the traditional lighting throughout the facility with the latest LED lighting, resulting in a 90% saving (£3,000 per year) on current energy bills.
Canine Training Unit
By replacing the old electric heating system with the air source heat pump and solar array the client has reported a £3,000 per annum electrical cost saving (approximately 87%).
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Graham is committed to operating in an environmentally sustainable manner and playing our part in reducing carbon emissions to help tackle climate change. In line with this commitment, Graham Asset Management (GAM) has invested in a fleet of 80 plus commercial vehicles from the Citroen Euro 5 range, which will reduce fuel spend and carbon footprint.
GEM fought off strong competition to secure a multi-site contract with LGC Group for planned, reactive and specialist maintenance services. In addition they will also provide cleaning services to several of their facilities.
Each new GAM vehicle is equipped with a ‘Greenerbox’ tracker connected to the engine management system, which allows vehicle performance to be measured and information on fuel consumption, location, speed and distance to be captured and sent back in real-time. Green Score calculation is based on a calculation using CO2 emissions, MPG figure, distance travelled, time spent idling, count of speeding to calculate a score. By installing this system GAM can produce and report statistics on their actual carbon footprint. 26
LGC Group is an international organisation based in England and is a market leader in analytical forensics, biotechnology and diagnostic services, diagnostic products, proficiency testing and reference standards. The contract, which commenced in August 2012, will service the LGC Forensic Division which provides forensic analysis services for a number of police services across the UK, and an increasing number of private sector clients. Planned preventative and reactive maintenance services will include emergency lighting and fire alarm testing, air conditioning maintenance, maintenance of electrical power supplies, water hygiene checks, fire-fighting equipment maintenance and building fabric maintenance and repair activities.
TERMINATE WATER BORNE PATHOGENS Graham Environmental Services (GES) work in partnership with LiquiTech as a certified and trained distributor of the Liquidator® series Copper-Silver disinfection system to provide professional, effective and long-term water treatment solutions in the UK and Ireland.
WHAT IS COPPER SILVER IONIZATION? Copper-Silver Ionization is a ‘secondary disinfection’ method that has been widely used for the control of water borne pathogens in water systems since the early 1990’s. Predominately used in the healthcare sector to prevent the incident of Hospital Acquired Infections from Legionella and Pseudomonas bacteria, Copper-Silver Ionization has also been used in Hospitality and Commercial facilities as well as a range of Industrial process water and waste applications.
SECTORS AND APPLICATIONS The LiquiTech system is used extensively across the Healthcare, Commercial, Hospitality and
Industrial sectors in a wide range of applications including: • Domestic Hot and Cold Water • Drinking Water • Swimming Pools • Spa Baths • Ornamental Water Features • Industrial Process and Waste Water
GAM HAVE MOVED At the beginning of October 2012, the Belfast office of Graham Facilities Management, Graham Environmental Services and Graham Energy Management relocated to new premises at 20 Wildflower Way, Belfast BT12 6TA Tele: 0845 6006 300
EFFICACY The LiquiTech system has proven to be effective in the control of a wide range of water borne pathogens.
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Graham HMM remain at the existing office at Airport Road West, Belfast. Prior to taking up residence in the new office GAM invested in a complete LED lighting solution throughout the new premises at Wildflower Way, and it is predicted that this lighting system will facilitate a 75% instant saving on energy bills with a return on investment within three years. To further ensure maximum efficiency GAM installed the latest technology in lighting management, The LightSpace Manager. This is an intelligent controller combining light switch, dimmer and occupancy sensor.
FM FORGES ON WITH NATIONAL FM PROVIDER STRATEGY
North Somerset Council have significantly strengthened Graham FM’s position as a national FM provider, by awarding them a Hard Services Maintenance Contract. The contract, which is for a minimum of three years, includes the delivery of all planned, reactive and statutory maintenance services for almost 400 Council buildings, and will encompass all mechanical, electrical and building fabric maintenance works. This contract also aims to secure employment for locally based maintenance operatives in the region.
Effective energy management is a major priority for all organisations, as they must actively seek to reduce their carbon footprint by 2015 in accordance with the government’s current directive, the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC). Early adopters embracing energy management are already benefiting from energy reductions and cost savings. Return on investment is exceeding expectations, as clients assess additional energy efficiency projects utilising ground breaking innovations, including air source heat pumps and solar thermal systems. These projects will keep them one step ahead of their competitors. Effective, well executed energy management techniques can make large, instant savings. 27
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South Belfast residents, living close to Translinkâ€™s new Adelaide train maintenance depot, were earlier this year treated to an afternoon at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum in Cultra for a taste of a bygone era in local transport. The outing, organised by Translink and Graham Construction, was an opportunity to thank residents for their co-operation as works continue on the Adelaide site. Lynda Shannon, communications manager at Translink said: â€œWe want to thank local residents for their support and patience as we continue to build our new train maintenance facility.
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