BAM Construction joins hub South East supply chain

Paul McGirk

Paul McGirk

hub South East Scotland has appointed BAM Construction as its third Tier 1 Construction Contractor.

Following a comprehensive selection process which involved public sector clients and the Scottish Futures Trust, the move sees BAM join existing Tier 1 contractors Morrison Construction and Graham Construction.

So far hub South East has successfully delivered 49 facilities worth £136 million, with £360m projects currently under construction or in development.

Paul McGirk, hub South East’s chief executive, said: “hub South East now has a significant portfolio of completed schools, health facilities and other community hubs which have made a real difference to the lives of the people working in them and to those relying upon the vital services they provide.

“Having listened to the needs of our clients and recognising the potential for exciting new opportunities, we are delighted to welcome BAM Construction to join us and look forward to working with the team to deliver innovative, quality and value for money solutions, as well as real community benefits.

“Strong relationships with our supply chain members are fundamental to hub South East’s continued success and growth and I am confident that with its wealth of experience, BAM Construction will further strengthen our offering, helping us in achieving our aim of being the development partner of choice for our public sector clients.”

Bruce Dickson

Bruce Dickson

Bruce Dickson, regional director, BAM Construction, added: “We are absolutely delighted to be selected by hub South East to join its Tier 1 construction contractor supply chain.

“We firmly believe in the benefits that the Hub procurement model brings to both clients and communities. It encourages contractors to think about and add value to the overall project aims and ambitions. It is a testament to the work done by BAM’s teams across Scotland on health, education, leisure and heritage projects, and our track record on delivering quality projects for other hub companies, that hub South East see us as a good fit for its team.

“BAM has a long history of working in Edinburgh and across the South East of Scotland and this appointment offers us a great opportunity to continue to support our local South East supply chain as well as delivering targeted community benefits through future project awards.

“We are looking forward to engaging with hub South East and its partners and assisting, along with the other Tier 1 contractors, to deliver a very exciting project pipeline.”

BAM targets digital construction with new appointment

Menno de Jonge

Menno de Jonge

Royal BAM Group has reaffirmed its plans to offer full services via a digital construction platform with the appointment of a director responsible for digital construction.

Menno de Jonge, who is currently business development manager at Autodesk, will join the company on October 1.

His appointment fits in with BAM’s strategy, which among other things focuses on offering services via a digital construction platform and making use of modern design, visualisation and simulation tools.

Menno de Jonge is currently employed by Autodesk, a leader in software for 3D design, engineering, visualisation, simulation and construction automation. Before joining Autodesk he has been active in various positions in the field of ICT and innovation in the construction industry.

De Jonge graduated in building engineering from the University of Technology in Eindhoven in the Netherlands. He also has a MBA degree from the TSM Business School in Enschede.

BAM Construct UK delivers 80 per cent profit increase

Graham Cash

Graham Cash

BAM Construct UK earned a profit of £13 million last year, almost double the £7.2m achieved in 2014, the company said today.

Lodging its 2015 report and accounts in Companies House, the group, which owns BAM Construction in Scotland, also revealed a 1.2 per cent increase turnover of £897.5m from £887.1m in 2014.

The company achieved a margin of 1.4 per cent, thanks to improved cash and working capital, and entered 2016 with a forward order book of £1,723.5m.

Graham Cash, chief executive, said: “2015 was another steady year with profit increasing as BAM Construct UK emerged from the recession. Our margin improved to 1.4 per cent compared to 0.8 per cent in 2014.

“Collaboration is a key component of our culture due primarily to the quality of our staff. Our open, collaborative, approach to working with our clients and all our partners on a project is a key differentiator and was a factor in winning a number of projects in 2015 even though we were second or third on price. This approach is why we perform well on frameworks. I am delighted that customer satisfaction ratings from our clients increased in 2015.

“I am also pleased that we improved our health and safety performance, exceeded our targets in reducing CO2 emissions and made a contribution of cash and in-kind of £557,000 in the communities where we work.

“All of the ten operating companies in Royal BAM Group are now aligned to the strategy known as ‘Building the present, creating the future’ to 2020 and beyond. It involves working together more closely, by sharing knowledge and expertise and being at the forefront of technological development in the industry. For BAM Construct UK it means that our goal will be to grow margin rather than turnover. We aim to improve profitability through greater efficiency, especially at pre-construction stage, through developing technology, and by maintaining and developing long term relationships with like-minded clients, particularly in the health, higher education, commercial and leisure sectors.

“So far, we are not experiencing any direct impacts from the decision to leave the European Union. I believe our core strategy will enable us to be resilient in the face of any uncertainties in the next few years arising from Brexit.”

BAM reports strong UK profits as falling pound affects revenue

bamProfits at the UK operations of BAM more than quadrupled to nearly £16 million in the first six months of 2016, though the lower value of the pound has impacted on revenue, results and closing order book.

The Dutch construction group said the falling pound accounted for more than half of the fall in first-half revenue which slipped 3 per cent to £916m compared to last year.

Reporting an otherwise good first half performance in the UK, Rob van Wingerden, CEO of Royal BAM Group, added that BAM had undertaken a thorough assessment of the implications of Brexit, and saw no material effect in the short term.

He said: “Since the Brexit vote, the only effect on BAM has been the translation of the weaker pound. Our UK order book is solid and we will maintain our tender discipline. We are monitoring new order intake closely and will adjust our operations if required.”

The UK is the BAM’s second-largest market after the Netherlands and accounted for 31 per cent of the revenue in 2015. The fall in the pound reduced the reported revenue from BAM Construction and BAM Nuttall by around £55m.

As a result of the improved trading performance UK group margins were restored to 1.7 per cent compared with just 0.3 per cent the year before.

Much of the profit growth was driven by BAM Nuttall and PPP activities after BAM Construction suffered small losses on closing a few projects.

The combined UK order book stands at £2.3 billion, with virtually all forecast revenue for this year secured.

BAM appoints Scottish regional director

Bruce Dickson

Bruce Dickson

Bruce Dickson has been appointed as the regional director for BAM Construction in Scotland, succeeding Douglas Keillor who has stepped up to the board position of executive director of BAM Construct UK Ltd.

Bruce graduated from Edinburgh University in 1988 and worked for the major projects division of an international contractor prior to joining BAM in 1992 as a project surveyor. He held various roles in the business before becoming the commercial director for Scotland in 2009.

Bruce is a member of the Construction Scotland Industry Leadership Group and currently chairs their Procurement Implementation Group consulting with the Scottish Government on the implementation of the Procurement Review White Paper. He has been a guest lecturer at the University Of Edinburgh School Of Architecture since 2008 and sits on the board of the Scottish Contractors Group. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Both Bruce and Douglas take up their positions on 1 August 2016.

Doug Keillor

Doug Keillor

Douglas, who became regional director in 2013 and has 28 years’ service with the company, has been instrumental in spearheading a number of high profile projects including the V & A Museum Dundee and the new Imaging Centre of Excellence at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. In his position as a Board member, Doug will be joint managing director of BAM Construction with particular responsibility for the construction divisions in Scotland, the West country and the South East of England. He will also lead on health and safety.

Graham Cash, chief executive of BAM Construct UK, said: “Douglas and Bruce are both highly skilled leaders and have the experience, energy and focus the business requires particularly as the industry faces new challenges ahead.  It’s an exciting time for BAM in Scotland as we look forward to the completion of the V & A Dundee in 2018, among other projects.”

From 1 August 2016, the Board of BAM Construct UK Ltd comprises Graham Cash, chief executive, James Wimpenny and Douglas Keillor.

BAM delivers new Fife community campus

WindmillCommunityCampusExteriorBAM Construction has successfully handed over the new £21.5 million Windmill Community Campus in Kirkcaldy.

The school is the final project to be built under the Building Fife’s Future Framework which delivered Dunfermline High School in 2012 and Auchmuty High School in 2013.

Located on Windmill Road, the new building will house Viewforth High School with accommodation for up to 600 new pupils when it opens its doors for the new term on 17th August. Facilities include state of the art teaching spaces with integrated technology, a new sports centre and library, available for community use, and a local office for Fife Council.

WindmillCommunityCampusInteriorAlso moving to a new home on the campus is Fife’s celebrated Rosslyn School. Their new purpose built facility was designed in partnership with the school’s specialist teachers and includes a large, fully equipped sensory room along with a number of quiet rooms where intensive interaction can be facilitated with minimal distraction.

Doug Keillor, regional director, BAM Construction, said: “Windmill Community Campus is an inspiring and innovative building and a fine example of how a strong public and private sector relationship can deliver a first class building, on time and within budget, that will greatly benefit the local community.”

Windmill Community Campus is the 18th education project to be delivered by BAM Construction in Scotland in the past seven years and BAM is still on site in Fife working on the new Levenmouth Academy and the Waid  Community Campus, in Anstruther, both being delivered under a partnership between Fife Council and hub East Central Scotland.

Kirkcaldy area chair, Cllr Neil Crooks, described the purpose of the new community campus and the benefits for the community and the council.

He said: “This is an exciting time in Fife as we near the completion of both Windmill Community Campus and Levenmouth Academy, with the new Waid campus due to open next summer.

“This is a new way of working for the council where we are able to provide state-of-the-art high schools which will incorporate a range of community facilities, all under one roof. This community approach has a range of benefits for pupils, parents, the wider community and the council.”

Douglas Keillor to replace Richard Bailey on BAM Construct UK board

Douglas Keillor

Douglas Keillor

Regional director of BAM Construction in Scotland, Douglas Keillor, has been appointed to the board of BAM Construct UK.

Keillor will join as executive director and replace managing director Richard Bailey who is stepping down on 1 August after a career spanning 39 years.

Douglas Keillor has 26 years’ service with the company and has been regional director of BAM Construction in Scotland since 2013.

A successor to Keillor in Scotland will be named later in the year.

Mr Bailey said that “the time is right” to pursue other interests outside of BAM.

Chief executive Graham Cash said: “Richard Bailey joined the company in 1977 and rose steadily through construction management becoming regional director of BAM Construction in Western in 1995. In 2007, Richard was appointed to the board of BAM Construct UK.

“In all of these roles Richard has been a tremendous supporter of people and he has been a pioneer of countless new ideas from developing sustainability to Zero Harm to lean to collaboration.

“Many people in the company regard Richard as a friend and mentor and he will be missed by all. I want to take this opportunity to thank Richard for giving so generously to the company, especially since 2007 when he has travelled the length and breadth of the regions, barely seeing home from a Monday to a Friday.”

With effect from 1 August 2016 the management of BAM Construct UK Ltd consists of Graham Cash, Douglas Keillor and James Wimpenny.

Work begins on delayed West Dunbartonshire high school

OLSP3Work has officially started on a delayed £25 million secondary school in Dumbarton.

Our Lady and St Patrick’s High School was one of 12 government projects across Scotland delayed while civil servants sought technical advice over the funding arrangements.

Work on the new school by BAM Construction is expected to take 18 months with the first pupils set to be welcomed to the building in October 2017.

The three-storey school, which is being built on West Dunbartonshire Council-owned land in Bellsmyre, will accommodate 1000 pupils and feature state of the art classrooms, an ICT suite, construction skills area, hospitality kitchen, outdoor teaching spaces and an allotment garden.

OLSPThe facility will also include a floodlit all-weather sports pitch for football and hockey, three outdoors games courts, a fitness suite, gyms, games hall with retractable bleacher seating and a flexible social space incorporating a performance area. All of the facilities will be available for community use outwith school hours.

S1 pupils Michael Harkin; Erin Lynn and Evie McEwan joined educational services convener Michelle McGinty and depute convener John Mooney to break the ground at the site and officially mark the start of work on the project.

Councillor Michelle McGinty said: “This project is about improving the life chances of our children and young people and providing them with a school which will fully support their learning, attainment and achievement. In reality the whole community will benefit from the fantastic facilities which are being developed on this site.”

Councillor John Mooney added: “As a council we’re committed to ensuring that our young people are educated in the best possible facilities. When the new Our Lady and St Patrick’s is constructed it will also complete the full regeneration of our mainstream secondary school estate moving thousands of pupils into buildings which fully support their needs and aspirations.”

New chair at the helm of the Federation of Piling Specialists

Alasdair Henderson

Alasdair Henderson

The Federation of Piling Specialists (FPS) has appointed Alasdair Henderson as its new chair.

Presently divisional director of BAM Ritchies in Kilsyth, Alasdair replaces Martin Blower who has completed his statutory two-year tenure at the helm.

In addition to the Federation’s core aims and goals, Henderson will focus on training, which is one of his big interests, as well as developing a route for pilers / geotechnical specialists to become professionally recognised as EngTechs, ideally through vocational routes recognised by the major engineering institutions.

Speaking about his role with the FPS, Alasdair said: “It is an honour to be appointed as chair of the FPS as its status and respect within the specialist contractors sector is extremely high. It is also encouraging to be a chair from outside the mainstream foundation industry, as it demonstrates the FPS’s role in championing the full range of ground engineering specialisms.”

He added: “Training is my ‘thing’ which goes hand-in-hand with my mission to see geotechnics recognised widely as a highly skilled industry.”

Alasdair’s knowledge of the piling and foundation / specialist contractor sector is vast having more than 20 years’ experience working for BAM Ritchies, the specialist ground engineering division of BAM Nuttall Ltd. He is also a divisional director of BAM Nuttall and sits on its engineering board to support technical delivery and promote research and development initiatives across the business.

Alasdair’s enthusiasm for learning and development and in promoting the professional recognition of those with non-traditional educational backgrounds is well known in the sector. He holds the appointment of Visiting Professor at Strathclyde University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and is a member of the International Advisory Group for the DISTINCTIVE consortium of universities undertaking research into nuclear decommissioning.

On a technical level Alasdair’s interests cover the geotechnics of underground infrastructure, particularly relating to injection grouting and the management of radiological waste.

Green light for delayed £25m school in Dumbarton

OLSPBAM Construction could begin work on the new Our Lady and St Patrick’s High School in Dumbarton within weeks after councillors agreed to conclude contracts for the project.

Members of West Dunbartonshire Council’s infrastructure and regeneration committee yesterday gave their approval for the development to proceed to financial close by 31 March.

The new £25.9 million secondary school in Bellsmyre is likely to be on site next month and could be open to pupils as soon as October 2017.

The school was one of 12 government projects across Scotland delayed while civil servants sought technical advice over the funding arrangements. The issue was resolved late last year and council officers have been working hard behind the scenes to get the project ready for financial close as quickly as possible.

The 1000-pupil school, which is being built on council-owned land in Bellsmyre, has already been granted planning permission so work can begin as soon as contracts are concluded.

The school will feature state of the art classrooms, which will fully support the Curriculum for Excellence, an ICT suite, construction skills area and hospitality kitchen as well as outdoor teaching spaces and an allotment garden. The facility will also include a floodlit all-weather sports pitch for football and hockey, three outdoors games courts, a fitness suite, gyms, games hall with retractable bleacher seating and a flexible social space incorporating performance space. All of the facilities will be available for community use outwith school hours.

The new three-storey school will be fully accessible for disabled pupils and staff with every subject having one teaching room equipped with height adjustable furniture and fittings and an induction loop top support those using hearing aids. In addition the building will incorporate lifts to each floor, ramps and wheelchair accessible toilets.

The school will also have significantly lower energy costs and carbon emissions than the current building.

Councillor Michelle McGinty, convener of educational services, said: “This is great news. Pupils, parents and staff have waited a long time for this new school and I’m delighted that we are now set to go on site and finally begin building a new our Lady and St Patrick’s High School. This new school will not only improve the educational experience of OLSP pupils but will benefit the whole community who will be able to access the fantastic facilities.

“Building a new OLSP has remained a top priority for this council and will mark the completion of the regeneration of the secondary school estate in West Dunbartonshire which has moved thousands of young people from sub-standard buildings into modern, purpose built learning environments.”

The development is being fully funded by the Scottish Government. The council has set aside £550,000 over the next two years to cover costs which are not associated with the construction including the demolition of the existing school in Castlehill.