Five construction firms shortlisted to restore Mackintosh Building

Image of the Mackintosh Building from Renfrew Street looking towards Sauchiehall Street

Image of the Mackintosh Building from Renfrew Street looking towards Sauchiehall Street

A shortlist of five companies has been drawn up for the £35 million restoration of the Mackintosh Building at the Glasgow School of Art (GSA).

Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Ltd, BAM Construction Ltd, John Graham Construction Ltd, Kier Construction and Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd are battling it out to restore the Category A Listed building which was destroyed by fire in May 2014.

A winner is expected to be appointed in June with work starting on site shortly after.

Sectional views of the west wing

Sectional views of the west wing

Architects Page/Park have already been announced as the design team who will lead the restoration.

Meanwhile new images have been created by experts in 3d visualisation at the GSA’s Digital Design Studio, created by laser scanning of the building.

They will form the basis of a BIM (Building Information Model) which will document every stage of the restoration and create a detailed record of the work undertaken for future use both by the GSA and other organisations carrying out complex restorations of historic buildings.

Final preparation work including the strip out of the fire damaged west wing is currently underway and will be completed by the end of May.

A 3d image of the former professors studios. This is one of a set of images created by experts in  3d visualisation at the GSA's Digital Design studio that will form the basis of a BIM  (Building Information Model) which will document the restoration process

A 3d image of the former professors studios. This is one of a set of images created by experts in 3d visualisation at the GSA’s Digital Design studio that will form the basis of a BIM which will document the restoration process

The GSA is aiming to complete the restoration of both the Mackintosh Building and the McLennan Galleries in time for the 2017/18 academic year.

The school said the removal of the stonework comprising the library window gable will be among the first jobs to be undertaken, followed by reconstruction of roofs which were totally destroyed in the fire.

Liz Davidson, senior project manager, Mackintosh Restoration, said: “Clearly we need a contractor who is able to deliver the full range of technical requirements for the retrofit and has a proven track record in bringing major restoration projects in on time and on budget.

“However, over and above this we are looking for the inclusion of experienced specialists who are capable of undertaking the expert restoration of this Category A Listed building.

“We are looking for our Main Contractor to have the appropriate expertise in their team to deliver to the highest standard in terms of the specialist skills.”

The contractor will also be required to commit to an extensive programme of recruiting and training apprentices to support Glasgow’s economy, as well as deliver education and outreach programmes in the area.

BAM to broaden services with new energy division

Reid Cunningham

Reid Cunningham

BAM Construct UK has set up a new energy subsidiary within its facilities management division.

BAM Energy Limited will offer customers design, installation, management and maintenance of energy-efficient systems, as well as support with finance.

Reid Cunningham, interim managing director at BAM FM, and the driving force behind BAM Energy, said the purpose of establishing BAM Energy is “to broaden our services and offer customers more choice”.

He said: “We find that clients are often unaware of green energy options or daunted by the up-front capital investment. Using our expertise, we can help them find the best energy option and facilitate its implementation.”

BAM Energy funds the design and installation of sustainable energy systems (such as biomass heating systems, Combined Heat and Power (CHP), photovoltaics (PVs) or heat pumps) on behalf of a client during the construction phase of a new building. The cost is then recovered over an agreed period of time through a power purchase agreement, whereby the client buys its power from BAM Energy at a competitive rate.

“Our aim is to be able to offer clients the best energy options to suit their needs, regardless of budget restrictions,” added Reid.

“By moving the upfront investment into the client’s general operating costs and agreeing a fixed index for energy consumption, we can offer them better cost certainty.”

Sustainable energy solutions are not just for new buildings. Drawing on experience from managing buildings in the education, healthcare, business and industry sectors, BAM FM helps clients to identify ways they can save energy in their existing estates. Measures to reduce energy use, such as replacing existing lighting with LEDs, using sensors to control lighting or using smart meters to control heating systems, can be costly to install – but BAM Energy takes that cost out of the equation and the client repays the capital investment through the savings they make.

Reid said: “Our team is experienced in identifying opportunities to reduce energy consumption and then designing and installing the right solutions to achieve the best savings. We can finance these on behalf of clients too, opening up new opportunities for us and them.”

BAM updates strategy as UK operations return £20m profit

bamBAM has introduced a new five-year strategy to bring “a more disciplined focus” to its projects after successfully completing its ‘Back in Shape’ restructuring programme.

Financial results for 2015 released this morning showed that BAM’s UK construction and property business returned a £20 million profit last year after suffering a £2.6m loss the year before, due to BAM Nuttall suffering a £20m loss blaming its ‘extremely challenging’ Liverpool 2 container port contract.

UK turnover grew 10 per cent over the year to £1.79bn as the firm benefited from the upturn in the market.

The turnaround makes the UK the most profitable part of the BAM group for the first time and sees the combined Irish and UK operations turning over £2.1bn, more than the Dutch home market.

Overall group pre-tax profit rose 42 per cent to €88.2m on stable sales of €7.4bn as the Back to Shape programme launched back in October 2014 restored group performance, meeting key targets for cost reduction, projects in control, and divestments.

Rob van Wingerden, CEO of Royal BAM Group, said: “I am pleased with the major advances we made in 2015 to successfully implement the Back in Shape programme.

“With our 21,500 people working together, we delivered on demanding targets. Our results for the year show we are turning around our performance, and there is more potential to be unlocked.

“Our updated strategy for 2016-2020 – ‘Building the present, creating the future’ – will further improve the performance of our current project and business portfolio, and will position us for future opportunities. In a fragile macro-economic environment, our objective is to improve profitability and capital efficiency by ‘doing things better’.”

He added: “This means a more disciplined focus on market segments and projects where we can use either scale or expertise as critical success factor. Secondly, we will shape our business portfolio towards ‘doing better things’ by rationalising our propositions and developing new solutions for customers.

“Thirdly, we will invest in digitalisation to be an industry leader in how we build and what we build – ‘doing new things’. Our target is to reach a double digit return on capital employed by 2020.”

Mr van Wingerden said 2016 will be a year of reinforcement with a top priority to implement ‘Building the present, creating the future’.

BAM Construction apprentice goes back to school on first job

Jai Thomson and Annie Davies

Jai Thomson and Annie Davies

As Scotland gets set to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week (29 February), two school leavers are celebrating the start of their own ‘apprenticeships’ with BAM Construction.

It’s been a case of ‘back to school’, however, for one of the former pupils, Annie Davies.   Last year’s Deputy Head Girl at Waid Academy in Anstruther, Annie has started work as a trainee site manager on BAM’s Waid Community Campus project. When completed in 2017, this will become the new home of her former school.

Joining Annie at Waid is eighteen year old Jai Thomson, a former pupil from the neighbouring Buckhaven High School, who has been appointed a trainee project surveyor.

As well as learning on the job, both Annie and Jai are also fully funded by BAM as part time students at Napier University in Edinburgh where Annie is studying for a degree in Construction and Project Management and Jai is studying Quantity Surveying.

Commenting on her new career Annie said: “I was indecisive about what I wanted to do and was in the process of applying for a full time university place when the opportunity with BAM came up and was too good to miss. I absolutely love it. I think it’s a great opportunity and I would encourage pupils to seriously consider an apprenticeship.”

Sharing a similar sentiment, Jai added: “I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship. You get the career you want without any of the debt and what you learn at university you get to put into practice on site the next day, not years later.”

Doug Keillor, regional director Scotland, BAM Construction said: “We have an active schools programme where we provide information to pupils highlighting the variety of career opportunities available in the construction industry and each year we offer pupils across Scotland the chance to take part in our apprenticeship programme. Annie and Jai were very enthusiastic in their interviews and demonstrated great potential. Since they have started on site they have shown a terrific willingness to learn and have fitted right into our team.”

The new £18m Waid Community Campus, which is being delivered on behalf of Fife Council through hub east central Scotland, will feature community facilities on the ground floor including the police, library, fitness suite and council offices. The school will be located within the upper two floors which will accommodate 800 pupils and include a feature atrium with an open plan stage and drama studio. The new facility is scheduled to open in June 2017.

BAM Construction has a strong track record of school construction across Scotland including Burntisland Primary, Auchmuty and Dunfermline High Schools and Levenmouth Super-Campus in Fife, along with recent primary and secondary school projects for East Renfrewshire, Renfrew and Perth and Kinross.

BAM breaks ground at Fife academy project

Waid TurfA ground breaking ceremony has been held by BAM Construction at the site of the new Waid Academy and community hub in Anstruther, Fife.

Work at the new building is already underway which will, innovatively, incorporate community services within the ground floor of the building and the school will be located within the upper two floors.

Council leader David Ross was helped by pupils both present and future to mark the occasion.

Commenting on the work so far, he said: “I’m so pleased to be here, to see how work is progressing and to meet some of the young people who are going to benefit from this outstanding new building.

“The Waid will be so much more than a school – it will be an asset the whole community can benefit from.

“The community hub concept is a new way of making the most of our assets to the greatest benefit of all. The building will incorporate a range of facilities and organisations under one roof which will include local services, a library and – for the first time in any of our buildings – police services.”

Waid entranceErection of the steel framework is in progress and Martin Cooper, construction director Scotland, BAM, who attended the event, added, “We’ve undertaken fairly extensive ground works and are working on laying a new rugby pitch. However, it’s good to now see the shape of the building coming together and the pupils can get a better idea of the size and the scale of the school.”

Minister for learning, Alasdair Allan, said: “I’m delighted I could be part of the ground breaking ceremony for Waid Academy which marked an exciting milestone for the new school and community hub.

“The Scottish Government has worked closely with Fife Council to help improve its school estate and I’m pleased we could provide around £11 million in funding towards this project through our Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme. This is an ambitious project which will provide a modern environment for pupils to learn in and fantastic new facilities for the whole community to enjoy.

“I look forward to seeing the school when it’s finished next year.”

Waid will be one of six secondary schools and two primaries which make up Fife Council’s £250m+ Building Fife’s Future Programme. It is one of a new breed of community buildings which bring a number of services under one roof – with the new Waid taking the concept one step further. The project is being delivered for Fife Council by hub East Central Scotland in partnership with BAM Construction.

The new Waid will open in 2017.

BAM completes first phase of Ayrshire care facility

Inside the Crosshouse hospital

Inside the Crosshouse hospital

BAM Construction has handed over the first phase of works at University Hospital Crosshouse in Kilmarnock, as part of NHS Ayrshire & Arran’s Building for Better Care Programme.

The programme will provide new ‘front door’ facilities for patients visiting the hospital for anything other than a scheduled appointment ensuring patients receive rapid assessment by senior clinical staff.

The first phase of works includes a new combined medical and surgical assessment unit including the provision of 35 bedrooms, all with en-suite facilities, treatment rooms, assessment rooms, and staff support facilities all within a new purpose built extension.

Doug Keillor, regional director at BAM Construction, said: “The hospital has remained fully functional throughout this first phase with minimum disruption experienced by all the staff, visitors and patients, which is the most important aspect of working in a live hospital. The new facilities are first class and will provide a welcoming environment for people seeking emergency medical care and their families.”

Phase two will feature eleven ambulatory care cubicles as well as pharmacy and associated support rooms. The programme of works, which is valued at £7.78 million, is scheduled for completion in March 2016.

BAM is also delivering similar facilities at University Hospital Ayr as part of the same programme and will feature a new emergency department with resuscitation bays, scheduled for completion in February 2016, as well as a new combined assessment unit including an integrated minor injury unit.

Glasgow to host second Young Professionals in Construction gathering

YPiCThe Young Professionals in Construction (YPiC) networking group is to build on its hugely successful inaugural event with a second meeting, this time in Glasgow.

The second YPiC Wednesday will be hosted in The Corinthian Club, on the 9th December from 6:30 pm till 8:30pm.

Held at the Edinburgh offices of commercial law firm Maclay Murray & Spens (MMS), the first event saw over 100 attendees hear from Chris Stewart of CSG.

YPiC will again host informal and focused networking opportunities, with a wide breadth of construction and property disciplines represented. The YPiC committee, comprising members from Maclay Murray & Spens , BAM Construction and 3DReid, have selected the team from icecream architecture to present their unique approach to project conception and stakeholder engagement. On the night the icecream architecture team hope to promote debate and discussion on how practices of any size can engage with major civic projects.

Andrew Marshall of 3DReid said: “After the success of the maiden YPiC Wednesday event, the committee has relished the opportunity to maintain the momentum generated, by convening another event for this coming festive period. The great turnout for the first event presented us with a large pool of professionals to approach for feedback. These offerings were gathered, reviewed and have been fed into the format for this next event. YPiC is still in its infancy, the strength of the positive feedback was welcomed, we recognise that listening and incorporating market feedback will ensure longevity and maintain the forum’s relevance. Fundamentally, the foundations have been laid and established for this informal, young professional focussed networking forum.”

The format of the evening remains true to the launch event; drinks and a range of finger foods will be available, interjected with networking and the all important informal key speaker discussion.

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Johnstone Town Hall continues award winning streak

Johnstone Town HallBAM Construction’s Johnstone Town Hall has scooped yet another award, this time from the Glasgow Institute of Architects.

The community building, designed by Holmes Miller, received a commendation in the commercial category. Judges praised the project saying that “the development illustrates an innovative and successful partnership working between the public and private sectors”.

The £14.5 million new Town Hall has been recently recognised for its innovative design and community led approach having been awarded the Development of the Year (Public Building) at the Scottish Property Awards 2015 and short-listed in the Scottish Civic Awards.

Located in Ludovic Square in the heart of the town, the building features an impressive glass façade, with a striking public atrium and high quality stone finish.

It was designed as a catalyst for a wider regeneration programme for the town and created a new model for the delivery of community services by accommodating a public library, theatre, marriage suite, conference room and café, alongside staff from Renfrewshire Council’s Housing and Social Work departments, AdviceWorks, Police Scotland and MacMillan Cancer Support.

Doug Keillor, regional director Scotland, BAM Construction, said: “This is another accolade for the project and a great testament to the team involved. It’s also a proud moment for the residents of Johnstone and the surrounding areas who benefit from such a great community building.”

Johnstone Town Hall, which opened to the public at the end of March, was project managed by hub West Scotland and delivered on behalf of Renfrewshire Council.

BAM wins new INEOS HQ contract

IneosHQBAM Construction has been appointed by INEOS as preferred bidder for its new Grangemouth headquarters.

The project is part of INEOS’ ongoing development of its1,700 acre site on Inchyra Road.  The £17 million building, designed by Michael Laird Partnership, will have four storeys comprising 6,863m2 in total. Work has already started on site and is scheduled for completion in the final quarter of 2016.

Douglas Keillor, regional director of BAM Construction in Scotland, said: “We are delighted to have been selected by such a blue chip organisation as INEOS to deliver this important part of its Grangemouth masterplan. Given that most of our projects have a long development stage; it’s a nice change to be getting down to work straight away with a client that already knows exactly what they want.”

BAM was awarded the contract following a competitive tender.

INEOS is one of the world’s largest chemical companies and operates 65 petrochemical plants. Grangemouth is its largest facility and 1,300 people are employed on the site.

Work starts on £16m medical imaging centre in Glasgow

University of Glasgow ICE 1Work is underway on a new £16m Imaging Centre of Excellence (ICE) for the University of Glasgow.

The start of construction was marked by science minister Jo Johnson who helped to break ground at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital site where the ICE will be located.

The five-storey facility is supported by UK government funding through the Medical Research Council as part of the Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Deal.

It will provide research facilities unique to the UK and generate over 200 jobs.

In addition, the ICE will house a £7m 7 Tesla MRI scanner, allowing the development of advanced diagnostic imaging methodologies for use in stroke, cardiovascular disease and brain imaging.

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

Science minister Jo Johnson (left) with Professor Anna Dominiczak and principal and vice-chancellor Professor Anton Muscatelli

Science minister Jo Johnson (left) with Professor Anna Dominiczak and principal and vice-chancellor Professor Anton Muscatelli

Anna Dominiczak, vice principal and head of the University of Glasgow’s College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, said: “The ICE is a major addition to the University of Glasgow’s expertise in the field of personalised medicine, following the establishment of the £20m University-led Stratified Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre in 2013.

“The creation of an internationally competitive centre located within a university hospital campus, and incorporating NHS, academic and industry partners, will allow Glasgow to support a much greater volume and variety of clinical trials and translational development than currently, including benefits to the associated supply chain.”

Science minister Jo Johnson added: “The centre will encourage collaboration between academics, industry and the NHS, with the layout of the building designed to facilitate and spark the creation of new innovative collaborations in imaging, such as a dedicated collaboration zone.”