Keppie-designed mental health facility in north Glasgow submitted for planning

Keppie Design has submitted detailed proposals for a mental health estate in north Glasgow.

The project for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde comprises a new Acute Admissions Unit (AAU) and Hospital Based Complex Clinical Care Unit (CCC) in the grounds of Stobhill Hospital.

Appointed by hub West Scotland to deliver the development, Keppie said the prominence of the site affords great opportunities for the design of the new units to become a positive, welcoming and therapeutic addition to the campus, instead of being hidden away like so many mental health facilities.

The practice added: “The aim of the design is to exploit the surrounding context and focus on connection with outside space. The overriding design driver is to facilitate key stakeholder requirements such as a feeling of openness and light throughout the facility, views of green space and easy, safe access to therapeutic external spaces. A strong visual connection is created with the existing listed Water Tower – the main orientation and focal point on site.”

Andrew Baillie from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: “I am delighted that we have reached this landmark stage for this new mental health facility on the Stobhill Campus, by our development partner hub West Scotland and their architect Keppie Design. This contemporary healthcare facility will provide high quality accommodation for adults and older people within Glasgow who require continuing mental health care.”

Ian Marley, CEO of hub West Scotland, added: “The standard of our health projects is extremely high with 14 industry awards accrued to date. This complex project is no exception comprising of two bespoke designed buildings to meet different challenges that sit together harmoniously on one site. We are proud of the quality and functionality of the designs.”

Keppie is providing architecture and interior design, while mechanical and electrical design is by RSP, structural design is by BakerHicks and Austin Smith-Lord is on landscape design. Armours are the project’s cost consultants while BAM Construction is the appointed contractor

The project is expected to be complete by March 2020.

Architects at BakerHicks begin full concept design for new Inverness prison

HMP Highland (front) (image courtesy of BakerHicks)Multi-disciplinary design and engineering company BakerHicks has started work on the full concept design for the new £70 million HMP Highland in Inverness.

The initial designs by BakerHicks, which were used to achieve Planning Permission in Principle, are now being developed by their design team to a point that the project can be tendered for construction.

The contract for the concept design, which includes the preparation of all ITT Documentation, was awarded to BakerHicks through the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) framework on a multi-discipline basis for Architectural, Civil & Structural, Mechanical & Electrical and Principal Designer Services.

The new prison includes a central Roundhouse as a focal point for visitors, the family centre and staff facilities, with the main building designed to reflect the river Ness. Using the long winding wave through the site means that, from eye level, the building can never be viewed in its entirety, making it less oppressive to pedestrians or prison visitors. The design is complemented by landscaped garden courtyards, which BakerHicks is partnering with TGP Landscape Architects on for landscape design services.

Laura James

Laura James

Laura James, head of Scotland at BakerHicks, said it is important that the best-in-class design also works well with the operational requirements of the prison.

Laura added: “We’re now taking our initial design and adding in detailed floor plans and internal layouts to the areas allocated on the Step One design.

“We’re working especially closely with the SPS team through a series of workshops to maximise the use of space and ensure the designs are appropriate for how the prison is managed and how it interacts with the local community.”

HMP Highland will serve the Highlands, Islands and Moray areas and hold up to 200 offenders in purposely designed accommodation units. It has double the size of the existing prison which it is intended to replace. It will be the first new prison in the Scottish Highlands for more than a century.

The project is being developed taking full consideration of the Highland Council’s Sustainable Design Guide which has been prepared to encourage agents, architects, builders and clients to opt for buildings that are designed to respond to the local landscape and climate. The SPS Three Step Process has been used, encompassing: Step One – Initial Concept and site investigation; Step Two – Planning Permission in Principle; and Step Three – Preparation of ITT Documentation. BakerHicks has been working with the commercial property firm Colliers International throughout.

BakerHicks has considerable experience in the prisoner and custodial sector, having previously completed projects for HMP Perth and the Young Offenders Institute at Polmont.

Planning in principle secured for HMP Highland

HMP Highland (front) (image courtesy of BakerHicks)Councillors have given planning permission in principle (PPP) for the new HMP Highland, a state of the art facility that will be the first new prison in the north of Scotland for more than a century.

Following positive and significant pre-application discussions with Highland Council, and a pre-application public consultation, the Scottish Prison Service’s (SPS) ambitious modern design received the committee’s unanimous support.

Meabhann Crowe, senior planner with commercial property specialist Colliers International, which helped secure the green light, said: “As HMP Highland will be the first new prison in the region for 112 years, we are pleased that the planning application process has progressed so smoothly and swiftly.

“Discussions have progressed quickly and productively with the Highland Council and we are delighted to have achieved a successful outcome. Given that the proposal represents a technical departure from the Development Plan, this is an excellent result and particularly welcome, as it ensures that the Highlands, Islands and Moray areas will get a much-needed modern, fit-for-purpose prison facility in a timely manner. We expect construction work to begin on the site early next year.”

HMP Highland - arial (image courtesy of BakerHicks)Working on behalf of the SPS, Colliers International’s planning team lodged the PPP for the new prison facility on land to the south of Inverness Retail and Business Park. They worked alongside the Scottish Prison Service and a specialist consulting team, including BakerHicks, ITP Energised, Fairhurst Engineers, TGP Landscape Architects, AOC Archaeology and ERM Consulting in bringing the planning application together.

As part of the process, Colliers’ planning team coordinated pre-application discussions with The Highland Council, statutory pre-application public consultation on 30th March and submission of the overall planning application to The Highland Council on 25th May 2017.

The new HMP Highland will replace the 112-year-old HMP Inverness Prison, located in the city centre, with a new 21st century fit-for-purpose prison development. It will serve Highlands, Islands and Moray areas. SPS’ estates strategy involves the commitment to replace historic accommodation with modern facilities, which contribute to a Safer Stronger Scotland.

Images courtesy of BakerHicks

BakerHicks delivers structural engineering design for historic council HQ

Perth1_LRMulti-disciplinary design and engineering company BakerHicks has completed the complex structural engineering design for Perth & Kinross Council’s headquarters that included delicate work to repair and restore the building’s historic façade.

BakerHicks was employed to provide structural engineering consultancy for the project, working in close collaboration with the council’s in-house architect.

The structural works included the installation of the new staircase to the rear of the building, the incorporation of floor infills to the existing atrium and voids left by the removal of staircases, and the removal of walls to create an open plan office space.

BakerHicks also designed both structural openings in existing masonry walls to help achieve the new open plan layouts and the structure for the new external ramp, providing disabled access to the front of the building.

Perth2_LRThe consultancy services included providing further advice regarding a range of delicate remedial works to the Grade B-Listed, ornate sandstone façade to Tay Street and High Street, working closely with the appointed stonemasons, Gillies and Farrell Masonry.

This included advice on work to pin and repair cracks in the masonry, using a combination of steel rods and a vinylester resin. In addition to the masonry repairs, cracking to the existing floor slabs was also repaired using specialist epoxy resin systems.

BakerHicks worked closely with the client, main contractor and specialist sub-contractors to ensure the best solution was applied. The removal of the pencheck stair to the rear of the building represented a further challenge and safe methods of working to remove this elegant period feature were devised through working closely with the main contractor and the demolition specialists.

The project was complicated not only by the age of the building, which was originally built in 1899 as the prestigious headquarters for the insurance firm General Accident, but also by the subsequent extensions and renovations that spanned five monarchs and 60 years of building innovation. BakerHicks had to consult contemporary documents and reference books, as well as specific guidance notes from the Institution of Structural Engineers.

Perth3_LRAndy Gotts, BakerHicks’ director for civil and structural engineering, said: “The aim of the refurbishment is to preserve the building and make it fit for purpose now and in the future. In doing so we had to put ourselves in the minds of the Victorian engineers who built it, and factor into our calculations the strength of steel and concrete of the period, including converting the imperial measurements used at the time into metric units.

“We are delighted to have played a key role in delivering a contemporary, flexible building that is in keeping with Perth’s fast-growing reputation as a modern city with exciting ambitions. It has also been an excellent learning experience for the team, further extending our knowledge of historic construction methods and specialist repairs to concrete floors and sandstone façades.”

The £10 million refurbishment of the landmark building is one of the largest projects of its kind. It was undertaken in a drive to save money and energy costs, and allow the public to access services more easily. It is designed to make the most of flexible working patterns and modern technology to create workspaces which can reduce the council’s overall space needs. All of which has been achieved whilst maintaining the historic integrity of the building.

Greenock Early Years Facility achieves financial close

Greenock Early Years FacilityWork on a £2.6 million early years facility in Greenock is to begin this month after the project achieved financial close last week.

The new 100-pupil facility will be built on part of the old Greenock Academy site and has been designed so the three nursery playrooms will all look-out over the River Clyde.

The facility is the latest project in Inverclyde Council’s £270 million investment that will see every child in a new or refurbished school by 2020. It also marks the fifth hub West Scotland project in partnership with the council and its first Early Years facility.

Ian Marley, hub West Scotland CEO, said: “The Design Team have been very proactive during the development phase and are to be congratulated for their efforts in reaching this important milestone.”

CCG (Scotland) Ltd have been appointed by hub West Scotland and are currently building the new £9.2m St Ninian’s Primary and refurbishing Moorfoot Primary School in Gourock.

The Design Team consists of architects Holmes Miller, civil & structural engineers Struer, M&E engineers BakerHicks and QS Brown & Wallace.

Work is due to start at the beginning of August and will be completed in May 2018.

HMP Highland submitted for planning

HMP Highland (front) (image courtesy of BakerHicks)Commercial property specialist Colliers International has prepared and lodged a Planning Permission in Principle (PPP) application for the first new prison in the Highlands of Scotland for more than a century.

The new HMP Highland will replace the 112-year-old HMP Inverness Prison, located in the city centre, with a new 21st century fit-for-purpose prison development.

Working on behalf of the Scottish Prison Service, Colliers International’s planning team lodged the PPP for the new prison facility on land to the south of Inverness Retail and Business Park. As the development proposal represents a technical departure from the Development Plan, Colliers’ work has involved significant pre-application discussions with Highland Council in addition to the statutory pre-application public consultation.

Meabhann Crowe, senior planner at Colliers International, said: “Identifying a suitable site for a new prison facility is a rare task. Finding a suitable location was not as straightforward as with many other buildings. However, the Highlands, Islands and Moray areas need a modern, fit-for-purpose prison facility and we have found an excellent location for the impressive designs, which the Scottish Prison Service has commissioned.

“The new HMP Highland is proposed on a site which we believe to be wholly suitable to this development. It benefits from good accessibility and existing landscaping on the site will assist in creating a setting for the building. The response to the public consultation we carried out was overwhelmingly positive with a complete 100% of respondents in support of the Prison Service’s aim to create a modern, fit for purpose facility.”

HMP Highland (aerial) (image courtesy of BakerHicks)Colliers International worked alongside the Scottish Prison Service and a specialist consulting team, including BakerHicks, ITP Energised, Fairhurst Engineers, TGP Landscape Architects, AOC Archaeology and ERM Consulting in bringing the planning application together.

As part of the process, Colliers International’s planning team coordinated pre-application discussions with the council, statutory pre-application public consultation in March and submission of the overall planning application to the council last week. The consultancy team involvement will continue as the application navigates its way through the application process.

Meabhann added: “The consultancy team has worked hard to ensure the proposal is the right development in the right place, and incorporates an exciting design philosophy.”

HMP Highland will serve Highlands, Islands and Moray areas. SPS’ estates strategy involves the commitment to replace historic accommodation with modern facilities which contribute to a Safer Stronger Scotland.

The application is expected to be determined later this year.

Images courtesy of BakerHicks

Minister opens new national HVDC centre

(from left) Iliana Portugues, National Grid, Khadim Hussain, National Grid, Jamie Hepburn, MSP, Scottish Government minister for employability and training, Gregor Alexander, finance director of SSE, Craig McTaggart, SP Energy Networks, and Dave Gardner, director of transmission SSEN. Photo taken by Stuart Nicol Photography.

(from left) Iliana Portugues, National Grid, Khadim Hussain, National Grid, Jamie Hepburn, MSP, Scottish Government minister for employability and training, Gregor Alexander, finance director of SSE, Craig McTaggart, SP Energy Networks, and Dave Gardner, director of transmission SSEN. Photo taken by Stuart Nicol Photography.

Minister for employability and training, Jamie Hepburn MSP, has opened the new SSE High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Centre in Cumbernauld following the completion of civil and structural design work by BakerHicks.

The National HVDC Centre has been constructed to test the operation of HVDC schemes on Britain’s transmission network. It houses large equipment replicas which research will be carried out on and also serves as a training centre, complete with auditorium and administration block.

Multi-disciplinary design and engineering business BakerHicks provided C&S design consultancy services from concept design through to construction support, as well as principle designer services under the construction design and management (CDM) regulations.

A complex and striking building constructed on a brownfield site, the Centre posed a number of challenges for BakerHicks’ structural engineers. The main structural challenge was to achieve overall stability, with large amounts of perimeter glazing meaning it was vital that deflection and sway were limited. Difficulty was increased by the limited number of internal partitions to conceal any vertical bracing. This was overcome by adding horizontal bracing to the entire curved upper roof area to ensure the loads were passed down through the structure to the foundations. A curved and tapered Truss was also required to support both roofs over the auditorium whilst acting as an anchor for the inclined perimeter columns.

BakerHicks used 3D modelling software to help coordinate the design and enable the wider design team to better visualise the original 2D architectural proposals. BakerHicks’ engineers also helped reduce the carbon footprint through a cut and fill earthworks study which reduced the volume of material removed from site.

Andy Gotts, director of civil and structural engineering at BakerHicks, said: “The complex geometry of the building structure with its curved roof, inclined columns and large external canopies presented a considerable challenge, requiring close collaboration with SSE, BSP Architects and contractors CCG (Scotland) Ltd. Our structural engineers and technicians created sophisticated 3D BIM and analysis models that were central to overcoming this.

“The Centre has been finished to very high quality specification and we are proud that BakerHicks’ design skills have played a key role in achieving this result.”

The National HVDC Centre is part of Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks and is funded through the Electricity Network Innovation Competition as the Multi-Terminal Test Environment (MTTE) Project. HVDC is the most efficient way to transport electricity over long distances.

BakerHicks was formerly Morgan Sindall Professional Services.

Morgan Sindall Professional Services rebrands as BakerHicks

BakerHicksSpecialist design and engineering business Morgan Sindall Professional Services (MSPS) has been relaunched as BakerHicks, a name which acknowledges two of the original founders of the IDC Group from which MSPS ultimately emerged.

Howard Hicks, the IDC Group chairman, was a well-known developer and entrepreneur while Professor Sir John F Baker, previously head of Cambridge University’s Engineering Department, was the Group’s research and development director.

They founded the business to provide ‘Integrated Design and Construction’ services with its headquarters on the same site in Stratford-upon-Avon currently occupied by the company.

As a design and engineering consultancy that’s been delivering innovation in design and engineering since 1957, BakerHicks said it will continue to create inspiring environments for tomorrow’s world – in aviation, defence, life sciences and manufacturing, nuclear, power, public and rail sectors.

Its disciplines range from initial architecture to the most complex civil and structural, building services, specialist high voltage and process engineering services, programme management, temporary works, and CDM consultancy, using the very latest innovations in Building Information Modelling (BIM) for the most efficient and cost-effective design.

Managing director of BakerHicks, Martin Lubieniecki, said that the rebrand allows a new chapter in the company’s history to be written: “MSPS has developed dramatically as a business in recent years, and we wanted to reflect that in our new name and identity.

“Although we have always operated as a wholly independent design and engineering consultancy, our former name suggested an attachment that potentially confused our ‘independence’ story,” he said. “Describing ourselves as providing ‘Professional Services’ also did little to convey the full range of disciplines we deliver.

“With our new name and identity, we can both celebrate being an endorsed brand within the Morgan Sindall Group, but with a name that allows us to return to our roots and enable potential clients not to be distracted by an association either real or imagined.”

Morgan Sindall Professional Services appoints new director of operations

Paul Smith

Paul Smith

Multi-disciplinary design and engineering consultancy Morgan Sindall Professional Services (MSPS) has appointed Paul Smith to the new role of director of operations.

Paul, who was previously director of operations for Jacobs’ UK Process Business, brings more than 25 years’ expertise to the role and a proven track record in driving major change management programmes and enhancing project delivery.

His experience spans a broad number of important sectors including Life Sciences and Manufacturing, Nuclear, Power, Defence and the Public Sector, always with a focus on project execution, delivering projects on time and on budget while conforming to the highest standards of health and safety.

His new role will be to support the MSPS’ managing director, Martin Lubieniecki, in continuing to grow the business. As well as having a new business role, he will also drive a step-change within the business, giving greater responsibility and accountability to the individuals best placed to deliver customer excellence.

Commenting on his appointment, Paul said: “I am genuinely excited to be afforded the opportunity to bring my operational and commercial skills to MSPS and help Martin and the team to make a great business even better. I am particularly looking forward to working closely with the Sector Directors and their teams in defining new strategies, harnessing cross-sector capabilities and leveraging our strength and depth of resource to deliver innovation and superior performance to all our customers.”

Martin Lubieniecki added: “Paul’s appointment reflects our commitment to investing in the very finest talent with the appropriate levels of experience and expertise that we need to support our customers’ objectives. Paul is a respected name within the industry, and his knowledge of major clients and key sectors will be invaluable in taking our business forward.”

Paul is a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers, and Fellow of the Institute of Directors, and both a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Scientist. He originally studied engineering at the University of Sheffield and has an MBA from Henley Management College.

Morgan Sindall Professional Services appoints new director for aviation

Rob Billingham

Rob Billingham

Multi-disciplinary design and engineering consultancy Morgan Sindall Professional Services (MSPS) has appointed Rob Billingham to the role of director for its aviation sector division.

Rob, who was previously a senior project manager within MSPS’ aviation team, replaces George McBride and brings 30 years of experience to the role, including ten years’ dedicated aviation experience on a number of key projects principally at Heathrow and Gatwick.

His new role will primarily involve business development and operations management for a range of projects being undertaken by MSPS’ dedicated aviation team.

As well as having proven capability within the major international airports in the UK, MSPS is also on the framework agreement for the Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton Airports (AGS) consortium and has recently completed a feasibility project for Sydney Airport in Australia. It has a specialist aviation team of more than 40, with offices across the UK, including Heathrow.

Rob played an integral part in the delivery of a sophisticated new baggage-handling system for Heathrow Terminal 3, overseeing the project from initial concept through to final delivery, and making maximum use of the latest BIM and 3D modelling techniques. Prior to focusing on the aviation sector Rob worked on a number of process engineering projects within the pharmaceutical, food and beverage industries.

He will report to MSPS’ managing director, Martin Lubieniecki.

Commenting on his appointment, Rob said: “I’m delighted to be taking on this role at such an exciting time for the aviation industry. More people are flying than ever before, global competition is driving innovation in infrastructure design and passenger expectations are ever increasing. All of this is creating a need for more capacity and world leading airport design to allow the UK to succeed in a competitive global market. This is opening up numerous opportunities within the sector and I look forward to working with our team of specialists to build on MSPS’ excellent reputation in this area.”

Martin Lubieniecki added: “In today’s connected society where we expect to be able to travel and move goods between continents with ease and speed, it’s crucial to have the right people delivering the infrastructure that supports this. I’m thrilled to welcome Rob to the role of Sector Director – Aviation. He brings extensive experience and a proven track record in delivering top quality, innovative solutions from concept to final delivery. I’m looking forward to working with him to deliver the excellent service our clients expect and take our business forward.”