BAM makes appointment to new senior buyer role

Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy has joined BAM Construction’s Scottish business in a newly created senior buyer role.

After starting off as an office junior with a major house builder, where her duties included such inspiring activities as washing the site wellies, Patricia (Trish) has accumulated over 30 years of buying and procurement experience including a senior buying role with another national contractor and was, until recently, the procurement manager for a respected Scottish SME contractor.

Trish’s new role within BAM reflects the success of its Scottish regional business and BAM’s procurement policy of creating a strong supply chain of local Scottish businesses who currently undertake over 70 per cent of BAM’s entire workload in Scotland. Trish will be working closely with the regional buyer, Helen Fitzpatrick, to manage BAM’s existing supply chain partnerships and develop new relationships with local firms and manufacturers in all of its geographical areas.

Doug Keillor, regional director, BAM Construction, said: “It’s no secret that we have a number of significant projects lined up for 2015. Trish’s experience and industry knowledge will be a great asset to our team and help us continue to lead the market on innovative and sustainable procurement initiatives.”

Patricia added: “I’ve been blown away by the welcome I’ve received at BAM. I was aware of their reputation for the way they treat both their staff and their suppliers and this was one of the reasons I wanted to work here, but I can honestly say that not only is that reputation absolutely deserved, but the culture and approach is completely different to anything I’ve encountered before.”

Based in Stepps, BAM Construction is responsible for many award winning buildings across Scotland including the internationally acclaimed Zaha Hadid-designed Riverside Museum in Glasgow and Scottish Water’s National Operations Centre in Stepps.

HLF provides £4.5m funding boost to Dundee V&A

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The V&A Museum of Design Dundee has been awarded an additional £4.5 million by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The funding is in addition to the grant of £9.4m (of which £8m was for capital) awarded in January 2014.

Earlier this month, it was revealed that initial projected costs for the project had almost doubled, from £45m to £80m.

The project has since received additional funding from various sources, and on Tuesday, the HLF confirmed it too had increased its funding.

Philip Long, director of V&A Dundee, welcomed the decision: “This generous support from the Heritage Lottery Fund represents a significant boost to the new museum. Together with important recent decisions by Scottish Government and Dundee City Council it opens the door to an impending site start. We can now look forward to getting on and building this outstanding new museum, the first in the UK to be dedicated to design outside London.

“The renewed support of our funding and founding partners underlines the momentum and determination driving forward V&A Dundee, which will do so much to change the fortunes of this city. We very much appreciate these commitments and would like to thank to all involved.”

Carole Souter, chief executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), said: “V&A Dundee will provide Scotland with a world-class museum of design while making a transformational contribution to the cultural, social and economic regeneration of the city. As a key member of the funding partnership, HLF’s UK Board has agreed to commit an additional £4.5m budget to the project to help cover increased building costs. We can now look forward to seeing this iconic building start to take shape and realising its full potential.”

The announcement augments the approval given by Dundee City Council’s policy & resources committee to allocate £6.5m of the authority’s capital budget to the scheme and to delegate authority to accept the fixed price tender by BAM Construction Ltd.

The Scottish Government is also to invest an extra £10m to the construction of the museum, increasing its capital contribution towards the project to £25m.

Discussions are ongoing between the Scottish Government and Dundee City Council regarding joint working on the development of a growth acceleration model (GAM) proposal for Dundee Waterfront, to be submitted to Scottish Government for consideration over the coming months.

Work is programmed to begin on site at the end of March, with the building itself projected to be complete by end 2017. Fit out of the galleries and first exhibitions will follow, leading to an anticipated public opening of the museum by June 2018.

Construction costs of the V&A Dundee to almost double original estimates

Dundee Waterfront - future - artist impression

The price of the V&A Museum of Design Dundee project has almost doubled the original estimates due to “surprising” constructions costs, it was revealed today.

Dundee City Council said that the project, which has had a £45 million price tag for several years, is now expected to cost over £80m.

It is understood that works associated with the building’s concrete shell, which is being cast in situ on site, are much higher than the council and contractors had previous anticipated.

The cost of cladding the building has been much higher than expected too although the council said it hopes to claw back some savings on this aspect of the project by using other sub-contractors.

Councillor Ken Guild, Dundee City Council leader of the administration and convener of policy and resources, said with unique buildings like the V&A there is always the chance of original costs of pre tenders can increase but that he was confident the museum will come to fruition.

He said: “The V&A is a unique building with unique challenges and we believe it has unique potential. It is a highly bespoke building and not one off the peg. One of the things that drew us to the project in the first place is that it was one that stood out of the crowd.”

Cllr Guild added: “The costs increase is capital therefore it can be spread over a long period and will not impact on other council departments. People in Dundee were worried that the V&A wouldn’t happen at all, well what we are doing today is making sure that it does.”

Work could start in March this year, with the main building completed by the end of 2017 and opened to the public before June 2018. A report outlining a fixed price tender and a proposed funding arrangement details how the construction of the V&A will create hundreds of jobs and inject millions of pounds into the economy.

The museum will be located at the heart of Dundee’s wider £1 billion Waterfront regeneration project, where an estimated 4,800 FTE jobs will be created as a result of the development of the Central Waterfront area.

The council’s policy and resources committee will discuss the economic benefits of the £80.11m project on Monday January 26.

Councillor Guild said: “This is a crucial development in the aspirational project to provide Dundee and Scotland with a world-class museum which will help to provide jobs and wider economic benefits.

“Building the V&A Museum of Design Dundee will help attract further investment into Dundee and we expect to see new hotels, retail housing, office and commercial developments coming to the city. We are already experiencing unprecedented levels of investor interest in Dundee and the city’s ongoing and ambitious regeneration will reach another level when the construction phase begins.

“The council and its partners believe that the time is right to press ahead and deliver for Dundee. We have seen the results of similar projects across Scotland and the world and I want to see those benefits come to our city.

“This major investment in the V&A Museum of Design will have real worth for the future of our city. I am confident that we can deliver this project for a unique building to the new timescales and budget, and we will be able to do this without causing any impact on other important council services.”

Building works for the museum will generate 519 net job years in the construction sector, including opportunities for apprentices.  Significant economic benefits include 51 FTE direct jobs and 361 FTE indirect jobs, with this rising to 628 FTE jobs in the initial years after the museum is opened.

An estimated £11.6m economic boost a year would be made by the V&A Museum of Design Dundee, which is expected to generate in excess of 270,000 visitor engagements a year from year three onwards.

The city’s association with the V&A has already had a positive impact in attracting investment like the Malmaison Hotel and also the proposed Sleeperz Hotel in the new rail station project, while new hotel developments will also create an additional 500 rooms

Investor interest in Dundee is at an all time high, with real prospects of new development taking place on the back of the start of museum construction work. Councillors will be told that a report on the first of these developer interests will be brought forward soon.

Following the tendering process with preferred main contractor BAM Construction, the committee is being asked to authorise the finalisation of a funding strategy to enable construction to proceed.

Further private fundraising is anticipated to secure an additional £6.6m while a further £4.5m is being sought from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Meanwhile, the city council is in detailed discussions with the Scottish Government regarding a request for funding totalling £22.61m through the creation of a Growth Accelerator Model (GAM) Fund for the Dundee Waterfront Project and further capital funding. The remaining £6.5m can be accommodated within the city council’s capital programme for 2015-18 without impacting on council services.

Councillor Guild added:Our city’s profile is already benefiting from our association with the V&A and the breathtaking vision of Kengo Kuma’s building. This can be seen with the award of UNESCO City of Design status which reflects our growing international reputation. A strong partnership exists through Design Dundee Ltd which is dedicated to taking this project to the next stage. There is a shared determination that the V&A Museum of Design Dundee will take shape by the River Tay from this spring.”

BAM wins £43m Fife school deal

bamBAM Construction has secured a deal to design and build a £43 million new high school in Levenmouth, Fife.

The deal is one of the largest infrastructure projects procured so far using the Scottish Government’s hub framework, which brings together community planning partners, including health and education boards, local authorities, police, and fire and rescue services and several other public bodies to increase joint working and deliver best value in delivering new community facilities.

The NPD model, administered by the Scottish Futures Trust, provides for private sector investment into public sector projects, with capped profits over a 20 to 25 year concession period. Any surplus profits are channelled back into the public purse.

The new 18,100 square foot school will contain new facilities for 1,800 pupils.

Frazer Wardhaugh, who led the HBJ Gateley team advising BAM on the deal, said: “The NPD model used as part of the hub framework is one of the key methods used by the Scottish Government to fund public infrastructure where public expenditure is constrained, but with so many parties in a given project, it does mean there’s quite a complex contractual set-up.

“There was a real appetite from everyone involved to ensure the project maintained sufficient momentum, though, which allowed us to agree contracts and financial provisions in good time.

“The hub framework is an effective way to balance the interests of all stakeholders to deliver modern public facilities for communities across Scotland, at a time when capital budgets remain under significant pressure.”

Bruce Dickson, commercial director for BAM Construction in Scotland, added: “As the pathfinder DBFM contract for the East Central Hub we were treading on new ground and found the knowledge and experience of Frazer and his team absolutely invaluable in piloting us to a successful conclusion.

“The level of service, attention to detail and ability to not only understand and communicate each issue to us almost instantly but then to negotiate quickly and effectively on our behalf was exemplary.”

Blog: Manufacturing the construction industry

bamBAM’s Andrew Pryke on how 3D printing offering exciting possibilities for construction industry.

When the first model T came off Ford’s Detroit production line in 1908, its design and production method transformed the automotive industry, cutting the cost of motoring and making it accessible to everyone.

More than 100 years later, we are witnessing a revolution in design and manufacturing, which has widespread implications not just for the automotive industry, but also for the construction industry. Today, new processes and technologies have the potential to reduce costs and improve efficiency across an asset’s lifecycle. For the UK construction industry this is especially crucial as the government has mandated that costs must be reduced by 20 per cent during the design and construction phases of a project and throughout the operation of a building , where up to 80 per cent of its costs are generated.

Building information or BIM, which combines people, processes and technology, offers new ways to drive efficiency and improve performance. It provides clients and the end user with valuable, robust data, enabling them to test scenarios and make smarter decisions; making certain that buildings and infrastructure assets will perform as expected from day one. However, this is not all BIM has to offer. Recent developments such as asset tagging and intelligent 3d components are enabling facilities managers and operators to understand how fixtures and fittings are used and perform over their lifetime. This data allows them to benchmark the performance of items to determine which are the best/worst performers and then use this data to procure intelligently to reduce wastage and unnecessary costs.

During the construction phase, techniques such as off-site manufacturing – where panels and pods are prefabricated off site – are saving time and money on site, while also offering greater certainty and quality. BAM’s recent scheme, Somerstown Central Community hub in Portsmouth, is a great example of this process in action. Here, the frames for the hub’s iconic cylindrical form were delivered flat packed and pre-cut, complete with the holes for services in-situ, dramatically reducing the amount of fixing and cutting that needed to be carried out on site. In addition improvements to the assembly and erection process were achieved due to an off-site run-through before the frame got onto site, ensuring that construction went without a hitch and was completed in six weeks.

3D printing is another technology that is offering exciting possibilities for the construction industry. In China a Shanghai based firm has created a printer that prints houses. It uses a cement-based mixture made up of construction waste and glass fibre, to print pieces which can then easily fit together and be constructed on site. In a recent test, the company was able to create a total of ten single-story, 3D printed homes in under 24 hours. Aside from the construction phase, 3D printing has the potential to transform the way products are procured and repaired during an building’s operation. Building operators and facilities managers no longer need to order parts and wait for delivery; instead they can print replacement and new standard or customized items to meet their requirements, all from the comfort of their office. Even international development agencies are harnessing its potential, with Oxfam using it to build parts of taps, as well as replacing missing parts of British sanitation kits imported to the region.

However despite showing such great promise, the UK Construction industry has been slow to adopt these new approaches and technologies. With so much to gain I believe that we should be embracing these techniques and driving them forward, so that all building owners and users can enjoy  the benefits of this new revolution.

Work begins on Dunfermline’s museum & art gallery


Construction work on Dunfermline’s new museum and art gallery has started as partners gathered to mark the occasion.

BAM Construction will now work to provide a modern, purpose-built museum and art gallery space in Dunfermline’s town centre. The part Heritage Lottery funded project, designed by Richard Murphy Architects, will see a brand new facility constructed and integrated with the surrounding historic listed buildings, including the Dunfermline Carnegie Library.

Speaking at the get-together, the chair of the City of Dunfermline Area Committee, Cllr Helen Law said she was very pleased that construction work could now commence.

She said: “This is a hugely ambitious and exciting project for Dunfermline. Local people have been aware of and interested in the plans for quite some time and I’m sure they’ll be pleased at this important milestone being met.

“The facility will bring an impressive new focal point to the Heritage Quarter and wider town centre. In future it will be an important contributor towards the economic growth of Dunfermline’s town centre.”

Cllr Gavin Yates, Fife Council’s executive spokesperson for community health & wellbeing added: “This is a complex project that has had a long lead time and it’s great that we can celebrate work beginning on what will be a remarkable facility. The new museum and art gallery will undoubtedly raise Dunfermline’s cultural profile and help to increase tourism to the area.

“The community is already playing a big part in the project too. Over 250 volunteers have taken part in activities like the archaeological dig and packing up of the library’s Robert Burns Murison Collection. I look forward to seeing more of these community based projects, which give really unique cultural opportunities to people, take place during the two years of construction.”

Colin McLean, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, said: “We are now a major step closer to this medieval capital having a museum which reflects its importance in Scottish history. Many people have already been involved in exploring the history of the town in the build up to the new museum. Now that the physical work is underway, we look forward to seeing it begin to take shape as a contemporary cultural hub and a gateway to Dunfermline’s remarkable heritage attractions.”

Doug Keillor, regional director for BAM Construction, added: “Designing and planning a modern building to tie into adjoining existing listed structures is not easy and our team of managers and designers have worked closely with the Council to make sure that everything has been thought through and our Client is getting exactly what they want and need. It’s taken time, but that has been time well spent when you look at the end product. The level of detail we’ve gone into during the planning stage should allow us to deliver a showpiece building on time and budget.”

BAM leads topping out celebrations at CONNECT110NS in Glasgow


(from left) Ulrich Steinmetz, John Burke and Bailie Liz Cameron

A topping out ceremony that blended a mix of Glaswegian and German traditions has been held at CONNECT110NS in Queen Street, a new office development led by BAM Properties.

In keeping with German tradition, a tree was unveiled 138 ft (42 m) up on the building’s roof. The tree was decorated with Glaswegian themed decorations from the city’s crest – the bird; the tree; the bell; and the fish, to represent the successful transaction between BAM Properties and the building’s new owners Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management (Deutsche AWM). BAM Properties sold the Grade A office building to Deutsche AWM in September for approximately £70 million.

The ten storey building, which comprises 143,000sq ft (13,285sq m) of office space, has secured lettings from Brodies LLP and Grant Thornton UK LLP, with an announcement of another office letting imminent. Only 84,500 sq ft (7,850sq m) remains for let along with 19,000 sq ft (1,765sq m) of retail space.

Councillor Bailie Liz Cameron, executive member for jobs and the economy at Glasgow City Council was joined by John Burke, director, BAM Construct UK and Ulrich Steinmetz, managing director from Deutsche AWM, the building’s new owners, at the ceremony.

John Burke said: “By taking the risk and investing in CONNECT110NS we have helped Glasgow flourish, providing a competitive edge by creating the world class office space that professional companies are looking for and the city has been lacking. We have been fortunate to attract some of the UK’s leading businesses to the building as occupiers and the investment from Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management.”

Bailie Liz Cameron added: “I am delighted at the progress being made at 110 Queen Street with what I am sure will be a fantastic new office and retail development, bring more than 1000 jobs to Glasgow.  This is one a number of major building projects currently taking place in the city centre just now, showing just how much confidence investors and developers have in Glasgow’s future.”

The building will be handed over by BAM Construction in June 2015 and BAM Properties will continue to partner with Deutsche AWM until completion and full occupancy.

BAM begins work on new Fife school

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BAM Construction has commenced work on the last school to be delivered under the Building Fife’s Future Framework.

Following on from the highly successful Dunfermline and Auchmuty High Schools which opened in 2012 and 2013, the new £21.5 million Viewforth High School is located on Windmill Road in Kirkcaldy and will accommodate 600 pupils and staff when completed in 2016.

In keeping with the other projects, the new school will offer both pupils and parents a very different experience than the existing high school which was built in 1908, including state of the art teaching spaces and technology, a new sports centre and library along with various community facilities.

The building will also become the new home of the Rosslyn School, a small school in Kirkcaldy which caters for children and young adults with complex additional support needs. Their existing Victorian building will be replaced by facilities that have been designed in co-operation with the specialist teachers to provide the best possible educational experience for each of their pupils. These include a much larger sensory room which will be fully equipped for pupils requiring a sensory curriculum and quiet rooms where intensive interaction can be facilitated with minimal distractions.

Doug Keillor, the regional director for BAM Construction, said: “We are once again delighted that Fife Council have put their trust in us to deliver this innovative, purpose built building for Viewforth and Rosslyn. We have built a seriously strong relationship with our client and their team over the last five years and the award winning projects we have already handed over on time and budget demonstrate the major benefits that come from long term partnering arrangements.”

This project builds on BAM’s expertise in the education sector and is the seventeenth Scottish School to be delivered by BAM Construction in the past six years which includes Fife’s latest primary school at Burntisland which was delivered through the East Central Hub Framework.

BAM appoints new site manager

Lauren Miller

Lauren Miller

In keeping with its drive to attract more women into the industry, BAM Construction Scotland has appointed Lauren Miller as a new site manager.

After 13 years working with Lend Lease in London, Lauren has swapped capitals and has taken up her new position working out of BAM’s Edinburgh office.

Lauren brings a wealth of project management experience to the team in Scotland. Having previously worked on major hospital and office projects in and around the Square Mile, Lauren’s first job with BAM will be on the landmark £8.5 million Dunfermline Museum and Art Gallery (DMAG) project.

Designed by prestigious Edinburgh architectural practice, Richard Murphy Architects, the new building will link the striking facades of two B-listed buildings while adding a state of the art extension incorporating stunning exhibition and gallery space, mezzanine viewing galleries, a café and a bespoke children’s library. It is expected that once completed, the new building will become one of Fife’s premier visitor destinations.

Lauren said: “It wasn’t a difficult decision to come to BAM Scotland once I saw the way they work as a joined up team in their approach to construction projects and clients. DMAG is a great first job for me and the stylish design and level of quality is equal to anything that I worked on in London.”

Doug Keillor, regional director for BAM Construction Scotland added: “We are delighted to bring a manager with Lauren’s strength of CV on board. In addition to what she brings to our operational side it’s no secret that at BAM we’ve been actively encouraging more women to join our industry and our hope is that both Lauren and Laura Wilson, our trainee site manager, can become role models for the many female school leavers and graduates who wouldn’t otherwise look on contracting as a career.”

Based in Stepps, BAM Construction are responsible for many award winning buildings across Scotland including the new Dunfermline High School, internationally acclaimed Zaha Hadid-designed Riverside Museum and Scottish Waters’ National Operations Centre in Stepps. Their Park Mains High School project was recently named as one of the best education campuses in the world.

Dundee V&A delayed as discussions continue over price


Construction work on the V&A at Dundee has been delayed, a senior councillor has admitted, after it was revealed just a tenth of the project’s budget has been spent so far this year.

According to The Evening Telegraph, a new report says that just £146,000 had been spent on the project up until August 31 despite plans to splash out £11.395 million on the museum before March 31.

It is understood that the gap between spending to date and the 2014/15 budget is because preferred contractor BAM Construction, and Dundee City Council, have yet to agree a fixed price for the project, which has had a £45m price tag for several years.

Councillor Will Dawson, city development convener, admitted the talks with BAM had caused a delay, with official documents previously planning an August start for the V&A’s construction.

He said: “With a project of this complexity, you are going to get delays.

“We had a timetable previously, which gave an idea of where we wanted to be at what time.

“Since then, tenders have been placed and we have had to go into further negotiations.

“Work has been delayed slightly by this process, but we have got to get the best possible value for the city, so we need to make sure the price is right and that adds time.

“The talks will last for as long as it takes.”

However, city council Labour Group leader Kevin Keenan says councillors outwith the administration “are not getting the information needed to establish a true picture”.

He added: “The officers involved in the V&A project have decided that it is the best kept secret in town and only those involved in the administration know what is really going on.

“My own personal opinion is that the project is miles off budget and I don’t believe that it is on track either.

“I don’t believe they are meeting their cost envelope, which is a real problem.

“The project poses a lot of economic risk to the city and I wouldn’t want to see any potential economic growth for the city falling flat on its face.”

A spokeswoman for BAM Construction said: “BAM Construction is continuing to work on the detailed planning of the project, so that we can prepare a fixed price proposal to Dundee City Council.”