CALA selects BAM to lead Edinburgh World Heritage Site development

David McGrath, managing director of CALA Homes (East) (left) with Bruce Dickson, regional director of BAM Construction at the Donaldson’s College site

David McGrath, managing director of CALA Homes (East) (left) with Bruce Dickson, regional director of BAM Construction at the Donaldson’s College site

The lead contractor for a landmark development within Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site has been confirmed with the signing of a contract worth more than £30 million.

BAM Construction will deliver the main shell and core structure of The Crescent by CALA Homes, a sweeping curve of 84 glass-fronted, contemporary new residences set within the grounds of historic Donaldson’s College, renowned for the A-Listed Playfair building. CALA’s own team will carry out the fit out of the apartments.

The entire development, worth more than £90m, is among the most ambitious projects undertaken by CALA and will see the firm bring to life its vision for one of the most important sites in Scotland.

Donaldson's School, EdinburghDavid McGrath, managing director of CALA Homes (East), said: “This has been a major focus of ours for the past few years and we fully understand the responsibilities of developing within the World Heritage Site.

“In BAM, we are confident that we have a construction partner with the credentials and expertise to match our own high standards in delivering such an ambitious project.

“It is incredibly important to us that our partners understand the importance of this site and work with neighbours to minimise disruption as far as possible. BAM has proven that it shares these values.

“This promises to be a one-of-a-kind development that we are extremely proud to be part of. This appointment is the next step in realising the final, exciting design.”

04-the-crescent-contractBruce Dickson, regional director of BAM Construction, added: “CALA Homes is recognised as the pre-eminent developer of upmarket homes in Scotland.

“We are thrilled to be involved in such an ambitious project here at The Crescent. CALA Homes have brought BAM on board for our expertise in delivering major complex construction projects.

“It’s fair to say that this project has some challenges, but we’ve already been working in partnership together for over a year to resolve the majority of these before we put a shovel in the ground.

“Both of our teams are completely committed to delivering this really exciting project and its one that, once completed, will definitely be an impressive addition to Edinburgh’s architectural legacy.”

Donaldson's School, Edinburgh5Following preparatory works, construction will commence on the westernmost half of the split crescent, to create a stylish, glass-fronted building which cleverly takes a number of design cues – primarily height and form – from the finest buildings in Edinburgh’s celebrated Georgian New Town.

BAM Nuttall’s Isla Hill wins big at WICE Awards

Isla Hill

Isla Hill

Isla Hill of Kilsyth-based geotechnical company BAM Ritchies, an operating division of civil engineers BAM Nuttall, has been recognised as the Best Woman Quantity Surveyor in the European Women in Construction and Engineering (WICE) Awards 2017.

Aimed at recognising female achievement in a predominantly male-dominated industry, the prestigious awards call for entrants to be nominated by their peers. If selected as one of eight finalists, the nominees are judged on a five minute presentation outlining their current projects, questions from the judges and a one minute presentation to the room on why they should be chosen.

“I’m absolutely delighted to have won this award,” said Isla. “It’s great to have been nominated by colleagues and I think that my positive approach, commercial background and a desire to lead by example helped my win.

“I joined BAM Nuttall in 2010 and am an active member of the Women at BAM group. It aims to inspire a new generation of women into joining the industry and I’m trying to build on the good work they’ve already done. Civil Engineering is a great sector to work in and although we sometimes read or hear about potential issues, I have never found that being a woman in the industry has been a disadvantage and have had a very positive experience.”

As part of her desire to promote the benefits of construction to the next generation Isla is involved in the University of Strathclyde’s “Engineering the Future for Girls” project and will be accompanying over a hundred 13 to 15-year-old schoolgirls to observe a quarry blast and has been involved in a ‘bring your daughter to work day.’

Elsewhere, she is also a member of the BAM Nuttall Emerging Leaders Group 2017 and is working with the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) to make recommendations on digital construction.

Former receptionist, Isla took a degree in Quantity Surveying at Glasgow Caledonian University.

“I wanted to work in construction but initially wasn’t sure whether it was as a QS or an engineer,” said the 32-year-old who lives in East Glasgow. “The opportunity to build amazing things and see incredible places inspired me to go into the industry and since I’ve been at BAM Nuttall I’ve been inside a mountain at Loch Ness, worked on chalk mine infill in Hertfordshire, and plenty in between.”

Isla has been involved in a number of projects at BAM Nuttall citing the Glendoe Recovery Project as one of her most enjoyable to work on and is currently on a project to deliver a windfarm in the Highlands of Scotland.

Geotechnical Engineer Emily Wood, a colleague of Isla’s was shortlisted at the WICE Awards, in the Best Young Woman Engineer category.

BAM entrusted to bring Perth City Hall back to life

PerthCityHallBAM Construction has been appointed by hub East Central Scotland to redevelop Perth City Hall.

The building, which closed its doors to the public in 2005 and whose future was until recently the subject of much speculation, is to be converted by Perth & Kinross Council into a world-class visual arts visitor experience after much consultation.

The restoration takes on increased significance given Perth’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2021.

Built in 1914 and located on King Edward Street in the heart of the city, the Grade B listed building, originally designed by Glasgow architect HE Clifford and Lunan, is an iconic landmark featuring an ornate façade with a 3-bay coupled Roman portico, arched decorative doorways and striking cornicing.

The reimagined building will create a new 1,500m² flexible exhibition hall that can accommodate displays of differing content and scale.   It will not only be a home to permanent collections of local archaeology and social history, but will also be able to host touring exhibitions. The wider plans include a 150m² learning suite, 250m² collections handling area and up to 275m² of commercial visitor facilities including a café and retail area.

Bruce Dickson, regional director, BAM Construction, said: “Having already been appointed on the refurbishment of Perth Museum and Art Gallery, we are absolutely delighted to be given the opportunity to work with hub East Central Scotland and Perth & Kinross Council on the City Hall.  It’s fair to say that, once completed, these two buildings will transform the city’s arts and culture scene while at the same time retaining the links to the city’s rich heritage.”

Five architects have been shortlisted for the project following an RIAS-led design competition and include Austin-Smith: Lord, Hoskins Architects, LDN, Mecanoo and Richard Murphy Architects.

Depute chief executive, Jim Valentine, said: “We’re delighted to be working with BAM on this prestigious project. Having an experienced and knowledgeable contractor on board will help the transformation of Perth City Hall run smoothly over the coming years. This is an exciting stage in the project as we look to finalise the architectural firm which will develop the final designs and the concept of a new cultural attraction really starts to take shape.

“Along with the refurbishments of Perth Theatre and Perth Museum and Art Gallery, City Hall will help to build the foundations for people to use the city centre in new ways, making new connections and inspiring and stimulating new business.”

Gary Bushnell, chief executive, hub East Central Scotland, the procurement partner, said, “We are working closely with BAM and look forward to managing the project to successful completion, creating a unique new home for the museum and gallery.”

BAM Construction has specialist experience in working on heritage and cultural projects and is currently building the new V & A Museum of Design in Dundee. Other cultural projects include the Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh and the Kelvingrove and Riverside Museums in Glasgow.

Paul Sheffield to join BAM supervisory board

Paul Sheffield

Paul Sheffield

Paul Sheffield, former chief executive of Kier and managing director of Laing O’Rourke, is set to join the supervisory board of Royal BAM Group.

An extraordinary general meeting of BAM’s supervisory board on 24th August 2017 will nominate Mr Sheffield to serve on the board for a four-year term.

The vacancy has arisen because of the retirement of chairman Peter Elverding for health reasons.

Harrie Noy has taken over as chairman.

Paul Sheffield spent 31 years with Kier, including four as chief executive. He left in 2014 and joined Laing O’Rourke as a managing director.

His experience of the UK construction industry appeals to BAM as the UK is the Dutch company’s second largest market.

Since 2015, Mr Sheffield has also been a non-executive director of Southern Water Services.

£32m Imaging Centre of Excellence to be officially opened in Glasgow

Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak at The University of Glasgow new £32m Imaging Centre of Excellence

Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak at The University of Glasgow new £32m Imaging Centre of Excellence

The University of Glasgow will officially open its new £32 million Imaging Centre of Excellence (ICE) tomorrow.

The unique medical research facility, which was built in collaboration with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) and with £16m funding from the Medical Research Council and Glasgow City Region City Deal, will be opened by Professor Sir Mark Walport, chief executive designate of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

The main contractor of the project was BAM Construction with BMJ Architects providing designs.

ICE brings together world-leading research, cutting edge technology and international business investment under one roof and will act as a hub for translating science into economic and patient benefit for Glasgow, Scotland and the UK.

The project will bring 396 new high-value jobs to the city over a seven year period and has been independently assessed to contribute £88m to the local economy.

With aims to become a global centre of excellence for precision medicine, the building is already home to Scotland’s first 7 Tesla MRI scanner – the first of its kind in the UK in a clinical setting. The scanner will be a focus of research for clinical and non-clinical academic imaging specialists and clinical physics expertise.

The state of the art building will also house the Clinical Innovation Zone, a space dedicated to biomedical companies, which will facilitate industry collaborations and the development of innovative healthcare technology. There will also be a further floor of neuro operating theatres, which will be funded by the NHS GGC.

ICE is one of three projects in the Glasgow City Region City Deal’s Innovation and Growth theme, alongside MediCity and The Tontine, Centre for Business Incubation and Development in the Merchant City.

Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak, vice principal and head of the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, said: “ICE will be a world-leading example of a precision medicine centre, bringing together the key partners of the University of Glasgow, the NHS and industry together to further clinical research and ultimately bring economic and patient benefits not only for Glasgow, but to the whole of Scotland.

“The ICE isn’t about ivory tower research, it is about bringing world-leading clinical academics together with industry to collaborate and to create something that not only positively benefits patients but also brings a meaningful economic benefit as well.”

Councillor Frank McAveety, leader of Glasgow City Council and chair of the Glasgow City Region Cabinet, said: “Glasgow is one of the world’s most innovative cities – with both a proud history and a bright future in life sciences and new technologies.

“This fantastic new facility is a great example of how our ground-breaking Glasgow City Region City Deal is already helping to reinforce that global reputation – while delivering jobs, infrastructure and a whole range of other economic and social benefits.”

£80m V&A Dundee museum celebrates ‘topping out’ milestone

VA Dundee topping out 6A ‘topping out’ ceremony was held today to mark a significant moment in the construction of the £80.11 million V&A Museum of Design Dundee.

Local schoolchildren were involved in the event which saw a Douglas Fir tree positioned ceremonially by crane at the highest point of the building, nearly two years on from the start of construction.

The tree will be in position temporarily for the ceremony on Wednesday and will be planted as part of the landscaping at the site later.

Designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, the BAM Construction project is on schedule to open to the public next year.

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.

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Core inner walls, stairwell and lift cores and the outer double curvature walls of the building have all now been constructed

This year, following the removal of formwork, pre-cast panels will be installed to the exterior walls to give the building its unique slatted, multi-layered appearance.

These horizontal panels will create the appearance of a cliff face, realising Kengo Kuma’s vision inspired by the coastline of north eastern Scotland. Each panel weighs up to 3000kg and spans up to 4 metres.

Malcolm Boyd, construction manager at BAM Construction, said: “Every phase of this unique, challenging project is exciting. The BAM team continues to make good progress on construction and, along with Dundee City Council and V&A Dundee, takes great pride in building this cultural landmark for the future in Dundee.”

Construction of V&A Dundee has also created a number of benefits for young people.

There have been 17 new start employment opportunities created, 17 existing apprentices are working on the project and a further 6 apprenticeships have been initiated on the project.

There have been 7 work experience placements as part of employability programmes, most of which have been of twelve weeks duration, and 7 work experience placements for school pupils.

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The corridor between the two buildings show the fixtures to which the cladding will connect

The pupils from today’s ceremony, from Our Lady’s and Rosebank primary schools, have been taking part in the Bonnetmakers design project with V&A Dundee which has seen them explore the traditions of Dundee bonnet making and look forward to the impact the museum will have on their futures.

Dundee City Council administration leader, Councillor Ken Guild, praised the effort of BAM Construction and Careys in producing a building “which would have been impossible to build ten years ago”.

Mr Guild said: “This is a significant and exciting development in the construction of this fantastic building, which has already made an impact on the skyline of the city beside the River Tay.

“The aspirational V&A Dundee project is designed to provide the city and Scotland with a world-class museum, which will help to provide jobs and wider economic benefits.

“We are seeing something truly unique coming to fruition and I am delighted that Dundee young people are here to witness a very special moment in this project.”

Cabinet secretary for culture, Europe and external affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said: “Today’s topping out ceremony marks an important achievement for V&A Dundee, and a key milestone towards achieving Dundee’s ambitions for the city as well as Scottish culture and tourism.

“The Scottish Government has been a long-time supporter of the project, recognising the significant economic contribution that this signature building can bring to the regeneration of Dundee’s waterfront, giving the city and Scotland a world-class design museum and visitor attraction.”

IMG_20170301_1145139-panoramaPhilip Long, director of V&A Dundee, said: “V&A Dundee will be a major international cultural venue and tourism attraction, based in Dundee but showcasing collections from – and working with communities – across Scotland.

“The completion of the museum’s incredible walls marks a major step in this project, and one which would not have been possible without the vision of our architect, the construction expertise of BAM and Arup’s remarkable structural engineering solutions.

“As is fitting for an international centre of design, the building itself is a stunning piece of design. We’re delighted that our galleries, exhibitions and learning activities will have such an inspiring home.”

£10m investment to transform Perth Museum and Art Gallery

(from left) Wayne Sutherland (hub East Central Scotland), Chris Coleman-Smith (Hoskins), council leader Ian Miller, Helen Smout (Culture Perth and Kinross), Andy Park (Ogilvie Construction), Martin Cooper (BAM Construction)

(from left) Wayne Sutherland (hub East Central Scotland), Chris Coleman-Smith (Hoskins), council leader Ian Miller, Helen Smout (Culture Perth and Kinross), Andy Park (Ogilvie Construction), Martin Cooper (BAM Construction)

Perth and Kinross Council is to invest £10 million in a major overhaul to Perth Museum and Art Gallery and the creation of a new collection store in the city.

The revamp will deliver modern facilities on par with the National Museum of Scotland and other recent major refurbishments.

The local authority has appointed Hoskins Architects to lead the overall design of the project, with BAM Construction carrying out work on the museum and Ogilvie Construction tasked with building the new collection store on a separate site.

Perth is currently bidding to become UK City of Culture 2021 and the museum renovation is intended to support the city of Perth’s future development. The project is anticipated to increase the cultural offerings of the city, improve the quality of life for residents and attract greater numbers of visitors.

Council leader Ian Miller said: “The development at the Museum and Art Gallery is fantastic. The museum will be refurbished to make it more modern and accessible and it will have updated facilities with more display space. I think it will deliver tangible benefits for the people of Perth and I hope it encourages many more people in Perth and Kinross, and wider afield, to visit one of our best cultural assets.”

Chris Coleman-Smith, the project director for Hoskins Architects, said: “We are delighted to be working with Perth and Kinross Council and… as a part of the UK City of Culture bid in 2021 this gives an opportunity to really transform the offer that the museum and art gallery will give to its audience, both within Perth and the local area, but also nationally and internationally. I think it’s got the potential to put Perth on the cultural map.”

BAM regional director, Bruce Dickson, spoke about the project, adding: “We were absolutely delighted to be selected as the contractor for this project by East Central Hub and Perth and Kinross Council.

“We have a long track record on heritage and cultural projects and Perth Museum and Art Gallery provides a great opportunity to continue our work in this sector. It is particularly encouraging to be invited to get involved right at the outset of the project which allows the whole team to engage productively with the single aim of designing and delivering an exceptional end result for our Clients from day one.”

Ogilvie Construction will be tasked with building the new collection store which will house the museum’s 450,000 items whilst they are not on display.

Out of the total investment £3m will be invested in the new building, which will provide a more suitable space for the collection. The collection is currently stored in the museum basement when not on display to the public.

Donald MacDonald, managing director at Ogilvie Construction, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the contract for such a prestigious project and look forward to working closely with Perth & Kinross Council to deliver a first class facility.”

Perth Museum and Art Gallery will close to the public in late 2018 – early 2019, however planning is still at an early stage so exact times are yet unknown. Some services will start being reduced between now and the closure date. This will allow staff and volunteers to focus on preparing the collections for the move, however exhibitions, events and learning programmes will all continue as planned.

Before the museum closes, all items must be wrapped and transferred into the new collections store.

The museum will stage a ‘review and more’ exhibition on from 14 February showing some of the objects that are being moved, beginning with costumes, and how they are packed and stored.

hub East Central Scotland are the procurement group involved with the project.

Gary Bushnell, chief executive, hub East Central Scotland, said: “We are working closely with all stakeholders involved in the project and look forward to managing it to successful completion, creating a unique new home for the museum and gallery.”

Holmes Miller lodges plans for two Glasgow primary schools

Carntyne Primary School

Carntyne Primary School

Architecture firm Holmes Miller has submitted plans for two primary schools in Glasgow and successfully handed over an education campus in the Highlands.

Plans for new schools to replace the existing buildings in Carntyne and Blairdardie have been lodged with Glasgow City Council.

The designs for both schools have been developed for the council with BAM Construction via hub West Scotland.

Holmes Miller said the Carntyne school is “conceived as a single mass brick building with a series of ‘cut-outs’ to provide a covered main entrance and an flexible external teaching area”.

It added: “The brick colonnade provides a civic presence to the building while the generous glazing to the sports hall and dining hall signals the activity taking place internally to the local community.

“A central glazed light well provides light deep into the building and provides a visual connection between all floors and the adjacent games hall. A series of flexible learning hubs and activity spaces located off this main circulation route compliment cellular teaching accommodation and provide strong connections to the external environment.”

Blairdardie Primary School

Blairdardie Primary School

On Blairdardie Primary School, the practice said: “The design combines the main school building and a publically accessible sports and performance facilities into a single coherent block with a series of feature clad ‘cut-outs’ to identify primary entrances and main points of interest.

“A generous central corridor and feature staircase connects both the school and sports facilities, with generous glazed roof lights above to provide light deep into the building. A series of flexible learning hubs and activity spaces located off this main circulation route compliment cellular teaching accommodation and provide strong connections to the external environment.”

Holmes Miller has also recently handed over Caol Joint Campus to The Highland Council in conjunction with Kier Construction.

The new joint campus brings together three schools and two early years centres into one building alongside a new community centre on the same picturesque adjacent to Ben Nevis overlooking Loch Linnhe.

BAM makes a little bit of history with museum handover

DunfermlineCarnegieLibrary&Galleries1BAM Construction has handed over Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries to hub East Central Scotland and Fife Council.

Located on Abbot Street within the town’s heritage quarter, the new museum joins two existing B-listed buildings, the existing Carnegie library and a former bank branch, and has added a purpose-built modern extension to the rear overlooking the grounds of Dunfermline Abbey.

Since being appointed to the project by hub East Central Scotland and Fife Council in 2014, BAM has worked with architect Richard Murphy to create a building that seamlessly moves from old to new and blends a very modern extension into three listed facades. Although set in quite a small footprint, the three storey building makes up in design what it might lack in size. It features galleries with floor to ceiling glass offering panoramic views over Dunfermline’s heritage quarter and out into Fife, two museum display floors and a stunning tiered study area for reading and research. The café area opens out to a landscaped outdoor seating and a children’s play area.

The project has been finished in high quality materials throughout to last as long as the heritage projects that form part of it and surround it.

Bruce Dickson, regional director at BAM Construction said: “While the term can be overused these days, it is difficult not to look at this as an iconic building for Dunfermline that will attract people not only because of what’s on display inside, but because of the building itself.

“Everyone involved in the project should be applauded. Our clients for their vision in embarking on such an ambitious scheme as far back as 2007, the designers for working with us to make that vision possible and the BAM site team who have not had the easiest job of turning all those visions into reality. The combination of refurbishment of listed buildings, very modern glazed new build extensions, significantly restricted access and working space and multiple interfaces made this a very difficult and challenging project. I actually only fully appreciated just how complex it was when I visited the site towards the end of the job and could see everything coming together.

“After all of that effort, it’s difficult to see how this cannot have a positive effect for the town.”

An artist's impression of the museum

An artist’s impression of the museum

Councillors and officials from Fife Council along with project partners undertook a preview tour of the building which will open to the public in spring 2017.

Cllr Helen Law, chair of the City of Dunfermline Area Committee at Fife Council, added: “It’s great to see Dunfermline’s new focal point almost ready to welcome visitors, everything is coming together beautifully. It’s a hugely significant investment in the town centre that we hope will attract up to 280,000 visitors annually as well as contribute a visitor spend of at least £500,000 each year to the local economy.

“The new museum is set to showcase never before seen objects from Dunfermline’s rich history and will demonstrate our unique and important place in Scotland’s history.

The new facility, which will be operated by Fife Cultural Trust, has received funding from Fife Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund, and the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust.

Fife Cultural Trust’s chief executive, Heather Stuart, believes the new building offers a unique opportunity to welcome visitors with a mixture of the contemporary and heritage.

She said: “It is a great privilege for Fife Cultural Trust to be operating such a fantastic new visitor attraction. It will be a superb museum with world class exhibition spaces along with the first Carnegie library in the world.”

BAM Construction has a track record of delivering heritage buildings having completed the Riverside Museum in Glasgow and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh and is currently building the V & A Museum of Design in Dundee.

UK firms lead way on new BIM Kitemark

BAM celebrates the Kitemark achievement

BAM celebrates the Kitemark achievement

Six contractors have become the first organisations in the world to achieve a new Kitemark for BIM (Building Information Modelling) launched yesterday by the business standards company BSI.

Balfour Beatty, BAM Ireland, BAM Construct UK, Gammon Construction, Skanska UK and voestapline Metsec all achieved the Kitemark for PAS 1192-2, which acts as seal of approval for companies qualified to deliver projects at the design and construction phase.

BIM is a collaborative way of working that uses digital technologies to enable more efficient methods of design and construction, ultimately driving out waste and inefficiency.

The Kitemark has been developed in collaboration with industry stakeholders to ensure that they add value and address the key issues which will help the construction industry with BIM implementation.

Mark Taylor, digital construction manager at BAM Construct UK, said: “BIM is a major driver for the digitisation of the construction industry, influencing its direction both in the UK and abroad.

“We were pleased to work with BSI and our peers to develop the certification, providing a clear assessment pathway to achieve the Kitemark.

“This will reassure clients and partners that we are working efficiently to the highest possible standards and that BIM processes are embedded within our systems.”

Tom Loader, head of digital transformation at Balfour Beatty, said: “Digital Integrity is an important part of delivering social and economic infrastructure as it reassures our customers that we are delivering the highest quality of information.

“Balfour Beatty was one of the first organisations to achieve this Kitemark which demonstrates our on-going commitment to digital transformation and our ability to lead in the industrialisation of information management in infrastructure.”

David Throssell, BIM and digital engineering operations manager, Skanska UK, added: “The BSI Kitemark is a respected brand. Applied to our services it will reinforce client confidence and prove greater quality in the delivery of BIM projects.”

The BSI Kitemark helps companies to demonstrate their commitment to best practice. Organisations holding the Kitemark will be routinely assessed, with a view to providing clients with complete confidence in their delivery to industry standards.

The BIM Kitemark builds on the verification scheme (PAS 1192-2) and involves sampling of completed projects, assessment of customer satisfaction through ISO 10004 Customer Satisfaction Guidelines for monitoring and measuring and uses additional assessment parameters through BS 11000 Collaborative Business Relationships. Like the verification scheme, the BSI Kitemark for PAS 1192-2 is an important component of BIM Level 2 and sets out the requirements for the design and construction phase.

Andy Butterfield, product certification director of built environment at BSI, said: “In a competitive marketplace, companies delivering BIM projects need to find a way to differentiate themselves, regardless of whether they are tendering for public or private sector projects.”