Four construction projects that prove Kier’s track record

- Leadership - Aug 23, 2016

Kier Group has just been awarded £5 billion-worth of construction contracts on three major construction projects across the UK.  

One of the most prolific builders in the country, Kier boasts a strong track record across a range of sectors, from rail and education to hotels and healthcare.

Here are four examples of successfully-completed projects ahead of the group’s latest series of builds.

Epsom rail station

The scope of this work included the demolition of the existing rail station, construction of new station facilities and other amenities. These include a 64-bedroom hotel, three retail units including a Tesco Metro, 54 affordable housing units and 63 private for sale apartments.

The scheme also included the refurbishment of the existing underpass, stairs and station platform facilities, parking for 67 cars, 120 resident cycle racks plus a further 203 cycle racks for rail travellers.

Oakwood Prison

Kier delivered the largest new prison in the country within 36 months to a high standard and within budget. The project involved remediation of a brownfield site and clearance of significant munitions.

In addition to the new accommodation units, there are a number of support facilities including a first night unit, healthcare and substance misuse facilities, skills workshops, library, multi-faith facilities, numerous sporting facilities, as well as farms and gardens for recreation and food production. The development also includes three new car parks, access roads and 5,000m of permanent fencing.

Greenburn surface mine

Kier owns and operates the Greenburn Surface Coal Mine Complex in Scotland and has won numerous environmental awards over the past few years. The operations involve the extraction of 12 million tonnes of coal and the excavation of over 650 million tonnes of overburden. The worked-out areas are being restored progressively to agriculture with enhanced nature conservation.

Construction first began back in 2003 with the first production commencing in May 2004. The site lies next to environmentally designated sites of national and international importance, meaning a stringent environmental policy is in place covering dust, light, noise, water control and traffic.

The Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge

Kier had to fulfil precise scientific requirements without compromising the historic site in which it is located, an approach which has seen the project win several awards.

Lord Sainsbury himself was impressed, saying: "This is one of the most exciting projects with which my Charitable Foundation has been involved. It combines an inspirational research programme, a historic site in the Botanic Garden and a beautiful laboratory designed by Stanton Williams, and I believe it will soon become a world-class centre of excellent plant science."

The new projects Kier has just won span across healthcare, aviation and education, more specifically:

•    A place on the four-year £4bn Department of Health Procure22 framework as one of six principle supply chain partners which commences in October. 

•    A place as one of five suppliers on two five-year construction frameworks worth up to £750m at Gatwick Airport. The frameworks cover building and civil engineering projects up to £10m as well as a smaller works framework for building projects up to £1.5m.

•    A place on the two-year £500m University of Cambridge Framework to provide a range of facilities including laboratories, teaching and lecture spaces and sport facilities.

Speaking about the new contracts, Kier Group chief executive, Haydn Mursell, said: “These awards demonstrate the breadth of our offering and the strength of our relationships with clients across a wide range of sectors, including healthcare, aviation and education.

“Such awards, which account for approximately half of our UK regional building revenues, enable us to work closely with our clients to deliver on their long-term requirements and they further bolster our strong Construction order book.”

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