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.”

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.”