BAM breaks ground at ‘landmark’ Atlantic Square development

Representatives from BAM TCP Atlantic Square and HM Revenue & Customs gathered at a ground breaking ceremony at Atlantic Square celebrating a major new investment and landmark buildings for Glasgow.

Dougie Peters, managing director of BAM Properties, welcomed Fiona Wallace and colleagues from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to view the progress of construction work which is now well underway.

Situated in the heart of the International Financial Services District, HMRC is to lease the ten storey new building which features 187,205 sq ft of office space for a minimum of twenty years. The Grade A building will accommodate some 2, 700 full time equivalent employees by the end of 2021 and is one of the 13 new HMRC regional centres.

A joint venture  between BAM Properties and TCP Developments Limited, forward funding for HMRC’s building has been provided by Legal & General on behalf of Legal & General Retirement which invests in high-quality, long-term UK assets.

The building, which will feature the retained facade of an A-listed former warehouse buildings built by pioneering retailer, William Whitley in the mid nineteenth century, will be designed by BAM Design and built by BAM Construction.

Dougie Peters, managing director of BAM Properties, and Fiona Wallace, regional implementation lead at HMRC, at the ground breaking ceremony for Atlantic Square

The pre-letting of Building 1 at Atlantic Square has enabled the developers to speculatively build and fund Building 2, which will provide 96,650 sq ft of Grade A office accommodation ready for occupation in autumn 2020.

Dougie Peters added: “Using the latest technology we’ve been able to virtually show our HMRC colleagues the building in great detail but nothing beats the experience of viewing the site first-hand. Piling is well underway and you can now start to see the building take shape.”

Fiona Wallace, regional implementation lead at HMRC, said: “This significant milestone in the Atlantic Square development is the result of months of planning and preparation. When it is built, the new building will mean our staff can work in a modern and bright environment and work collaboratively with other teams, to increase our effectiveness in collecting taxes.

“The building work is just the beginning of cementing HMRC’s presence in Scotland to create a tax authority fit for the future.”

BAM Construction makes senior appointment in Scotland

David Carson

BAM Construction has appointed David Carson as the company’s preconstruction director for Scotland.

David joined BAM as a trainee site clerk shortly after leaving school in 1984. After a period in the surveying department he latterly specialised as a construction planner rising to become the regional planner for Scotland in 2011. David is an acknowledged industry expert in Building Information Modelling (BIM) and the applications of BIM technology to planning and project management and delivery.

In his new role David, who is based in the Stepps office, will be responsible for the management of all of BAM’s preconstruction activities including PPQ preparation and tender management while also leading the regions digital transformation journey.

Commenting on his appointment, Bruce Dickson, regional director, BAM Construction, said: “David has been a massive asset to our business for as long as I can remember. He has driven our digital strategy in Scotland and he brings both years of experience from his planning and surveying background and a forward thinking, innovative approach to construction to this role.”

Deputy First Minister marks start of construction at Jedburgh Campus

(from left) Bruce Dickson of BAM, Cllrs Hamilton and Haslam, Sana Saukawa & Alice Hickson of Howdenburn Primary School, Kira Renilson & Harry Brown of Jedburgh Grammar, Ella McGovern & Ellie Scott of Parkside Primary School, Deputy First Minister John Swinney & Paul McGirk of hub South East Scotland

Deputy First Minister John Swinney has helped mark the start of works on the new Jedburgh Intergenerational Community Campus.

Mr Swinney joined pupils from Jedburgh Grammar, Howdenburn and Parkside primary schools and Scottish Borders councillors for the ground breaking ceremony for the innovative new facility on land at Hartrigge Park yesterday.

Jedburgh Intergenerational Community Campus will replace all three schools, with provision for nursery, primary and secondary school children alongside further education.

Community facilities will include a multi-use games area, 2G hockey pitch, 3G sports pitch, 100m running track, external changing pavilion and rural skills area.

The funding for the new campus was confirmed by Mr 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.

The project is being taken forward by Scottish Borders Council, its development partner hub South East Scotland and appointed main contractor BAM, while enabling works are currently being carried out by Jedburgh-based contractor RJT Excavations Ltd, providing local benefits.

The main construction will begin in autumn 2018, with the project on programme to open to learners by March 2020.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “I would like to thank Scottish Borders Council for inviting me to help mark the start of the process which will result in a fantastic new intergenerational campus that the whole community can be proud of.

“Learning and teaching in such an innovative and inspirational setting can make a real difference to education outcomes. That is why the Scottish Government is committed to improving Scotland’s school estate, and through our £1.8bn Schools for the Future building programme, we are providing almost £18m towards this project.”

Artist impression of the entrance of the campus by architects Stallan-Brand

Councillor Shona Haslam, Scottish Borders Council leader, said: “This is another hugely significant day for Jedburgh.

“While it is hard to imagine at the moment, in two years on this site we will have a brand facility which will benefit generations of people in the town.

“Extensive consultations in the community showed the vast majority were right behind the plans for a new intergenerational campus, which will provide for 2 to 102 year olds, with further education opportunities and community facilities for the whole town.

“During construction, a number of community benefits will be delivered to support the local economy, with a local firm already involved in the project.”

Paul McGirk, hub South East’s chief executive, said: “It’s exciting to mark the start of construction on site for the new campus and to be part of the team welcoming the Deputy First Minister to Jedburgh.

“We look forward to working with Scottish Borders Council and our supply chain to deliver a facility which supports a modern learning experience, fit for the needs of all generations.

“As a hub project we’re keen to ensure that a range of community benefits are realised throughout the build. I’m delighted to see Jedburgh based RJT Excavations is already benefiting from the opportunities available and we look forward to ensuring that even more local individuals and businesses can get involved during the delivery of this project.”

Plans for the new campus

Bruce Dickson, regional director, BAM Construction, added: “We were delighted to be selected to deliver this project by Hub South East and Scottish Borders Council and all of our team understand the importance of the new campus to the local community.

“It has been an impressive feat to get the project on site so quickly and demonstrates what can be achieved when everyone works in partnership to reach a common goal.”

Gemma Boggs, education delivery director at the Scottish Futures Trust, said: “Our expert management of the Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme is helping all of Scotland’s 32 councils succeed in delivering the very best teaching and learning environments within ever-tightening budgets.

“As well as supporting many thousands of construction jobs, the programme is creating and delivering world-class, award-winning learning environments that not only meet future educational needs but are vibrant community assets as well.

“I am delighted to see Jedburgh Intergenerational Community Campus going into construction which is a shining example of what can be achieved with real cross-programme collaboration.”

BAM maintains profitability following ‘solid’ year

James Wimpenny

BAM Construct UK has reported another year of “solid, stable performance” in 2017.

The company’s profit before tax was £19.3 million (2016: £26.2m) and revenue was £957.5m (2016: £1,072.2m), producing a margin of 2%. Operating profit improved by 40% from 2016 before exceptional items.

BAM has no debt – its cash at the year-end was £82.3m (2016: £116.6m), and its order book was £1,624m (2016: £1,654m).

Chief executive, James Wimpenny, who took up his position in January 2018, said: “These results reflect our delivery of Royal BAM Group’s strategy, ‘Building the present, creating the future’.

“BAM Construct UK has been consistently profitable for more than a decade. We operate in a high risk, low margin industry. We believe our stability and predictable performance is attractive to clients and our supply chain and is one of the reasons why much of our work is repeat business.

“I am also very pleased that we reduced the number of RiDDOR accidents by nearly half in 2017 (13 down from 25 in 2016) and our incident frequency rate is the second lowest among Build UK members.

“Our tCO2e emissions fell by over 15% to 14,410 tonnes (2016: 15,023) and we diverted more than 90% of waste from landfill.  We add value on our projects through our commitment to community engagement.”

Looking to the future, James Wimpenny said: “BAM’s strategy will continue to be founded on operating efficiently and managing cash effectively. We aim to stay at the forefront of digital construction and data management.

“We are able to offer an integrated range of services across the lifecycle of a building and we will maintain our focus on competing for complex, high value work with clients who appreciate quality over price and value a collaborative approach.”

Doug Keillor

BAM Construction, the largest subsidiary of BAM Construct UK, contributed revenue of £903.5m (2016: £987.6m) and made a pre-tax profit of £20.9m (2016: £5.3m). The revenue reduction was attributed to more selective bidding, in line with group strategy.

BAM Construction executive director, Douglas Keillor, said BAM Construction will seek to extend the scope of its building services engineering division “as securing effective M&E services is an expensive and high risk element in most major construction projects”.

Mr Keillor added: “BAM Design and BAM Plant, which are divisions of BAM Construction, also have an important role to play in pioneering the application of emerging technologies to construction and design processes, including the use of 3D printing, robotics and prefabrication.”

BAM awarded new East Renfrewshire school contract

BAM Construction has been appointed by East Renfrewshire Council to build a new primary and nursery school in Newton Mearns on Glasgow’s south-side.

The new £12.2 million Maidenhill Primary and Nursery School will be located off Ayr Road and will provide early learning education facilities for the new Maidenhill residential area where the first phase of the 834 house development is already under construction.

Overall 444 new primary and 120 nursery places are being created along with joint community facilities that include a multi-use games hall and 3G pitch.

Work will start work on site in May and the school will open in summer 2019.

Regional director Bruce Dickson said: “Maidenhill Primary is the centrepiece of this new community and we are delighted to have again been selected by East Renfrewshire Council to deliver such a key project to unlocking the full potential of this area.”

BAM Construction has a track record for building schools throughout Scotland and is currently completing the final phase of the new Barrhead High School for the same client.

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.

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.