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CMS Window Systems lands record £10m contract at Atlantic Square

Atlantic Square

CMS Window Systems has been awarded a contract worth over £10 million for the Atlantic Square development in Glasgow.

The deal to design, manufacture and install all of the glazing on the new £100m office development secures the Cumbernauld-based company’s strongest ever order book at £65m over the next three years.

David Ritchie, chief operating officer, said the announcement will also provide a secure future for its 250-strong workforce.

He said: “Winning this contract provides vital job security for our 250 employees who work in both manufacturing and on-site installation roles, and it creates a strong platform for us to invest in the future of the business. Recent economic surveys have painted a relatively negative picture for Scotland’s manufacturing and construction sectors, so it is fantastic to be bucking the trend with a healthy outlook.”

Inside the CMS Window Systems manufacturing facility at Castlecary (from left) David Ritchie (chief operating officer at CMS Window Systems), Alister Patrick (aluminium factory manager) and Stephen Anderson (aluminium contracts director)

CMS Window Systems’ latest financial results will be published soon and are expected to reveal a record year for the Queens Award for Enterprise winning company.

The £100m Atlantic Square development is being built by BAM Construction. CMS will design, manufacture and install a range of aluminium windows, doors and façade elements for the mixed-use development, which will provide high quality office space on York Street capable of accommodating more than 2,700 staff, 187,000sqft of space has already been pre-let by the developers BAM TCP Atlantic Square with the remaining 97,000 sq. ft. being developed as speculative Grade A office space.

According to David Ritchie, the Atlantic Square contract win also illustrates how the company is increasingly being engaged by the developers of larger projects who are seeking a dependable supply chain partner. It continues to work extensively with local authorities, housing associations, housebuilders, commercial developers and trade & retail partners throughout the UK, but it is in commercial development where the value of major project enquiries is on the rise.

Work on the aluminium window and door production line

“Atlantic Square will be a landmark development in Glasgow city centre and we are really pleased to be working with BAM Construction to transform this prime site,” he added.

“The scale of the window, door, curtain walling and façade brief represents our largest ever single contract, but it is exactly the kind of project that our business is equipped to handle given the design expertise, product range and manufacturing and installation capabilities that our business has today. We’ve evolved rapidly since our inception in 2006 and are now in a position where a large proportion of our contracts are in the £5m+ bracket – not only in Scotland but across the UK.”

The Atlantic Square contract follows a series of successful recent collaborations in Scotland between CMS and BAM Construction, including Capital Square in Edinburgh, the new HQ for Ineos at Grangemouth and a number of buildings in Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital campus, including the Imaging Centre of Excellence (ICE). CMS will begin work on site at Atlantic Square in 2019 with the development due for handover the following year.

Bam Nuttall awarded £10m Highland mainline deal

Network Rail has awarded Bam Nuttall a contract for upgrade works to the Highland mainline – to help reduce journey times for customers.

The £10 million deal is part of an overall £57m Scottish Government-funded investment in the line linking Inverness and the Central Belt.

The contract will involve extending platforms 1 and 2 at Pitlochry station and carrying out modifications to extend the track layout.

Infrastructure works will also be carried out at Aviemore station – extending the loop (section of double-track) to the north of the station.

In addition, signalling systems at Pitlochry and Aviemore will also be altered and upgraded as part of the overall project.

These works will enable ScotRail’s longer InterCity trains (HSTs), which will start to be introduced on the route later this year, to pass each other more efficiently at both stations.

The work will help deliver an hourly service, with average journey times reduced by around 10 minutes. It will also enable potential improvements to the times of the first and last trains between Inverness and the Central Belt and to provide a better distribution of calls at the intermediate stations between Perth and Inverness.

This is the second phase of investment in the Highland mainline. In 2012, the initial phase of the project increased the number of services from nine to 11 trains per day in each direction.

Humza Yousaf, minister for transport and the islands, said: “The awarding of the Highland mainline works contact is an important milestone in the progress of the project, which is on track to complete in little over a year.

“The works planned to take place at Aviemore and Pitlochry allow for far more efficient crossing of trains, which along with the soon-to-be-introduced HSTs and infrastructure enhancements, will deliver faster more frequent journeys between Inverness and the Central Belt.”

Matthew Spence, route delivery director for Network Rail, said: “This work is vital to the introduction of InterCity trains on the line and the improved timetable that will deliver more services, improve stopping patterns and provide better connectivity for customers.

“Throughout this project we will work closely with our contractors, train operators and other partners to deliver in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible while minimising disruption for both lineside communities and passengers.”

Jerry Dickson, regional director Bam Nuttall, added: “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract and look forward to delivering this important enhancement to the Highland mainline.

“Our team will be looking for opportunities to work with the local community to identify opportunities to leave a positive lasting legacy from the work at both stations.”

Four bidders shortlisted to deliver Edinburgh tram extension

How the tram would look travelling along Constitution Street

The City of Edinburgh Council has announced the four bidders shortlisted for the Infrastructure and Systems work on the proposed tram line extension to Newhaven as the completion of the Final Business Case for the project edges closer.

Contractors were invited to participate in the pre-qualification process for the contract, which closed late last year following an extensive period of market consultation.

The contracting strategy was well received, with significant interest received from local, national and international bidders applying to pre-qualify on to the shortlist.

Following a robust evaluation process of the seven pre-qualification applications received, four bidders have pre-qualified to be invited to tender in mid-April 2018 for the Infrastructure and Systems contract.

This includes the design and construction of all track, overhead line, tram stops, systems infrastructure, road infrastructure and public realm between York Place and Newhaven.

A visualisation of the tram at Elm Row

The shortlisted bidders are:

  • BAM Colas Rail JV
  • Dragados
  • Farrans Sacyr Neopul JV
  • Sisk Steconfer JV

Following the tender period, which is likely to last until late summer 2018, the City of Edinburgh Council will update the Final Business Case and seek a council decision in late 2018 as to whether the project should proceed to the construction stage.

If the project is given the go-ahead, it is expected that the contract will be signed in late 2018, with the line between York Place and Newhaven due to become operational in 2022.

Transport convener, Councillor Lesley Macinnes, said: “When the Outline Business Case (OBC) was approved by the council in September 2017 we pledged to test the OBC with a robust procurement process before reporting back with the Final Business Case. Our project team – the same team who successfully delivered the tram to York Place following mediation – has worked very closely with the market over the past 18 months, developing a contract strategy that meets market expectations and the requirements of the council.

“We were very pleased with the significant level of interest from local, national and international bidders and this process has resulted in a strong shortlist of experienced design and build contractors as we move on to the tender stage.”

Ready Steady Girls Construct

BAM Construction and hub West Scotland have launched a new skills programme with pupils from Lourdes Secondary in Glasgow’s south-side.

With support from the Developing Young Workforce Glasgow Opportunity Fund, staff from BAM will deliver a ten week programme encouraging S3 female pupils to consider the construction industry as a career. Each session, which will take up a full day, will include industry talks, practical demonstrations on site, visits to live projects, presentations on employability skills and work experience placements. At the end of the programme the pupils will be awarded an SVQ Level 1 qualification.

Claire Anderson, programme manager for BAM Construction, said: “We have twelve enthusiastic pupils signed up for the programme which is really encouraging. The programme will enable us to provide a far more detailed insight into the variety of jobs and career pathways available than our usual taster days.  Our team are really looking forward to it.”

Lisa Blain from Lourdes Secondary added: “The Ready, Steady, Girls, Construct! programme has been really valuable and has helped our pupils to understand and appreciate the wide variety of employability opportunities within construction.

“The diversity of the programme has meant that each pupil has had the opportunity to experience a work placement within construction, participate in college taster sessions, and engage in workshops with numerous professionals, as well as undertaking a construction qualification. It has been a fantastic chance to engage our young people in the wider world of construction and allow them to fully understand the opportunities that exist for them.”

Gender diversity remains an ongoing challenge for the UK construction industry with females representing around 14% of the workforce.

BAM is actively engaged in creating a more balanced workforce through a number of UK schools and careers projects. www.bam.co.uk.

Catch up with the rest of Scottish Construction Now’s International Women’s Day feature here.

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.

CMS meets contemporary glazing brief for Carnegie Library project

Carnegie Library and Galleries, Dunfermline

Window, door and curtain walling manufacturer and installer CMS Window Systems has played a key role in the creation of the new Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries (DCL&G), which was crowned Scotland’s best building in the 2017 RIAS Awards.

The company was appointed to deliver the major window and curtain walling contract for the spectacular £12.4 million project by Fife Council and Fife Cultural Trust.

The Richard Murphy Architects-designed project took an existing B-listed library, which was the world’s first Carnegie Library, built with money donated by Scottish businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, and a former bank to create a major new cultural centre.

In addition to the Carnegie Library, the new building houses a new museum, exhibition galleries, local history Reading Room, new children’s library and a mezzanine café with stunning views over the landscaped garden to Dunfermline Abbey and the Heritage Quarter.

Benefiting from a £2.8m award by the Heritage Lottery Fund and a donation of £1m by The Carnegie Dunfermline Trust, the DCL&G building is organised along a top-lit internal street, criss-crossed by bridges. To provide access, an adjacent car park was redesigned as a walled garden leading to an entrance courtyard. External materials are sandstone, oak and Corten steel, acknowledging the town’s industrial heritage and the steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, after whom the building is named.

CMS Window Systems was awarded the fenestration contract by main contractor BAM Construction, with the brief being to manufacture and install a range of aluminium windows and curtain walling finished in RAL 7024 graphite grey. All windows use the Metal Technology 4-20 Hi+ system which incorporates a thermal break to deliver windows with excellent thermal properties. The complementary curtain walling – capped and silicone pointed – was fabricated using the Metal Technology System 17 Latitude to provide consistency in aesthetics and performance.

Stephen Anderson, aluminium contracts director at CMS Window Systems, said: “The new Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries project was a superb project to be part of and we are delighted to have been part of the project team. We have worked extensively with Fife Council over the past decade in social housing projects, educational buildings and a wide variety of other non-residential schemes, so it was pleasing to be appointed to work on this most prestigious of projects that people across Fife, and Scotland as a whole, can be proud of.”

Kengo Kuma visits completed V&A Dundee

Image Credit: Alan Richardson

The architect of the £80.1 million V&A Museum of Design in Dundee visited the construction site today to see the completed building for the first time ahead of its opening on September 15.

Kengo Kuma, the internationally renowned architect who is also designing the National Stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, met with construction staff from BAM Construct UK who have built the museum and thanked them for their hard work bringing his design to life.

Image Credit: Ross Fraser McLean

The focus now moves to the interior of V&A Dundee, fitting out the gallery spaces, installing objects and completing other areas including the café and restaurant ahead of the opening.

V&A Dundee will feature an ambitious international programme of changing exhibitions, permanent galleries of Scottish design, new design commissions, as well as community, family and learning activities.

Image Credit: Alan Richardson

Kengo Kuma said: “I am delighted to return to Dundee and see the completed construction of V&A Dundee.

“Today I am pleased to meet with some of the people who have brought our design to life, and to give my thanks for their hard work in creating this complex structure.

“I love the Scottish landscape and this very beautiful country, and I am proud to be working on this project which will attract people to Dundee from all over the world.”

V&A Dundee is Kengo Kuma’s first building in the UK, which he designed to become a new ‘living room for the city’, an open, welcoming space for everyone. Inspired by the cliffs along the east coast of Scotland, the museum is at the centre of the £1 billion transformation of Dundee’s waterfront.

Philip Long, director of V&A Dundee, said: “V&A Dundee has always been an ambitious project which aims to make an impact not only in Dundee and Scotland, but all around the world.

“Kengo Kuma’s design, which beautifully links the city and the River Tay, is already attracting global interest. I’d like to thank everyone who has worked on this project with its remarkable construction and engineering, including BAM Construct UK, Arup, Turner & Townsend and many, many others.

“Dundee is an exciting, creative city with an incredible history of design innovation. I am proud that our museum can be part of the ongoing regeneration of the city, attracting investment and creating new jobs.”

Image Credit: Ross Fraser McLean

More than 1,500 people have worked on the construction of the museum over the lifetime of the project, with the majority being local (within 35 miles of the site).

V&A Dundee has created 55 new employment opportunities through its construction, and a further 50 apprentices have worked on the project. The revitalised waterfront area is estimated to create an economic impact of £11.6m per year.

Image Credit: Alan Richardson

Dundee City Council leader, Councillor John Alexander, said: “Our city is at the centre of unprecedented global attention as anticipation mounts ahead of the September opening of V&A Dundee.

“This demonstrates the transformational impact that the museum of design is already having, as we strive to create new opportunities for people in the city.

“I am delighted that the construction experts who have done so much to realise Kengo Kuma’s vision are receiving praise from the architect for their part in this amazing project during today’s site visit.

“The building shows people how ambitious we are for Dundee and the future of the city.”

Jedburgh intergenerational community campus wins government approval

Plans for a new intergenerational community campus in Jedburgh are gathering pace with a series of positive announcements.

The Scottish Government has this week given the go-ahead to Scottish Borders Council (SBC) to build the campus, and formally close the existing nursery, primary, secondary and specialist provision in the town.

The procedural decision by the government follows SBC planning committee’s approval of the planning application in January.

Both announcements mean that there are no legislatory barriers to the start of work on the Jedburgh intergenerational community campus which will replace Jedburgh Grammar, Howdenburn and Parkside primary schools, and will be located on land at Hartrigge Park.

The campus will have provision for nursery, primary and secondary school children, and community facilities will include a multi-use games area, 2G hockey pitch, 3G sports pitch, running track, external changing pavilion and rural skills area.

The project has seen SBC team up with development partner hub South East Scotland and Stallan-Brand Architects, while BAM Construction is the appointed contractor.

The funding for the new campus was confirmed by Deputy First Minister John Swinney in August 2017, as one of four projects to share £28 million from the latest phase of the Scottish Government’s £1.8 billion ‘Schools for the Future’ programme.

As a result of these approvals, site clearance work will begin, with tree specialists carefully removing a small number of trees affected by the plans over the coming weeks.

Following this, some advance groundworks will start in spring and once contracts are signed in the summer, the council will mark the official start of construction on site, with the new school being complete by March 2020.

Councillor Shona Haslam, SBC’s leader, said: “I am delighted we are making good progress towards opening a new intergenerational community campus for Jedburgh in 2020.

“The new facility will serve the whole community, from 2 to 102 year olds, with further education opportunities and community facilities for the town.

“This project has involved a huge amount of work by various stakeholders, with the vast majority of local people taking part in the extensive consultations supporting the plans.

“This is an innovative scheme to delivery nursery, primary and secondary provision simultaneously as well as significant regeneration benefits to Jedburgh.

“Health and wellbeing, employment, lifelong learning, culture, tourism and high quality collaboration space for local businesses with high quality digital connectivity are just some of the benefits this new campus will offer.”

Scott Brown, projects director for hub South East, said: “It’s great to see the plans for this new campus for Jedburgh progressing at pace and we look forward to working with Scottish Borders Council and our contractor BAM Construction to deliver a facility which supports a modern learning experience, fit for the needs of all generations.

“We’re also keen to ensure that the project delivers real community benefits during its construction and we will be offering a range of opportunities locally, so that individuals and small businesses in the Borders can benefit from the investment being made in this fantastic new development.”

BAM considered a perfect fit for Edinburgh Airport

BAM Construction has been awarded a £10m contract to fit-out the new terminal extension at Edinburgh Airport.

Once complete the new three storey terminal building will provide expanded domestic and international arrival facilities including baggage reclaim, border control, additional food/beverage outlets, expanded lounge space and new office accommodation at Scotland’s busiest airport.

At the start of 2017 BAM was appointed to deliver the first phase of the terminal expansion project which forms part of a wider £80m investment in the airport.

Work on the project is already well underway with the new terminal building due to open in late 2018.

Bruce Dickson, regional director at BAM Construction, said: “This is an exciting and significant project and we are delighted to be part of the team delivering it.  All airport users will benefit from an enhanced travelling experience befitting Edinburgh’s standing as a global business and tourist destination.”

Ian Lang, capital director at Edinburgh Airport, added: “As Edinburgh Airport continues to grow it’s important we provide infrastructure that is fit for purpose and meets the needs of passengers and our airline partners whilst maintaining day to day operations. BAM Construction understand and share our focus on that and we are happy to extend that partnership as we further enhance passenger facilities at Scotland’s busiest airport.”

September opening date for Dundee’s £80m V&A museum

Architect Kengo Kuma during a visit to the V&A Museum last year

Dundee’s £80.1 million V&A Museum of Design will open its doors to the public for the first time on September 15, it was revealed today.

Designed by Kengo Kuma, the Japanese architect who also designed the Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium, and being developed by BAM Construction, the project is only the second V&A museum anywhere outside of London.

Since construction started in April 2015, key milestones achieved include the completion of a coffer dam which enabled the foundation construction for the part of the building that will sit out over the Tay, groundworks on the former reclaimed dock site, piling for the ground source heating system and remodelling of the river wall.

Kengo Kuma visited the project in October, shortly after the removal of the coffer dam, as he saw his vision inspired by Scotland’s cliffs revealed for the first time.

The museum’s first visiting exhibition from the V&A London will be Ocean Liners: Speed and Style, which explores the design of some of the world’s most famous ships including The Titanic, Normandie, the Queen Mary and the Canberra.

Announcing the opening date this morning, V&A Dundee director, Philip Long, said: “After many years of planning for V&A Dundee, we are absolutely thrilled to announce the date of the new museum’s opening.

“In just eight months we will be opening the doors and welcoming our first visitors. V&A Dundee is set to be a vital new cultural organisation for Dundee, the UK and beyond, helping to change understanding of just how important design and creativity are to people’s lives. We are enormously grateful to all our supporters for helping to make this happen.

“V&A Dundee brings something new to Scotland. It is the country’s first museum dedicated to design, which visitors will be able to experience and get involved with in very many ways.

“Particularly important is that the new museum enables major V&A exhibitions to be seen more widely by more people across the UK.

“So I am especially excited that part of V&A Dundee’s opening programme will be the breath-taking exhibition Ocean Liners: Speed & Style, the first of many ambitious exhibitions at V&A Dundee that will show how our lives have been – and always will be – shaped by design.”