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Inverurie Community Campus reaches financial close milestone

A £55 million finance deal for a state-of-the-art community campus in Inverurie has been agreed as the project moves to the next phase.

Construction of the facility, which will replace the existing Inverurie Academy, will be led by hub North Scotland after it was appointed as development partner by Aberdeenshire Council.

Robertson Construction has been appointed as the projects main contractor with FES FM as the facilities FM Service provider.

On completion, the new Community Campus will provide:

  • Replacement of the existing Inverurie Academy, Inverurie Swimming Pool and Garioch Community Centre on the existing site which will provide state of the art teaching accommodation for 1600 learners;
  • New accommodation for the existing St Andrews Special School with dedicated external teaching space;
  • Community accommodation including a 6 lane swimming pool, hydrotherapy pool, training pool, dry sports facilities, community cafe, and access to shared Campus spaces;
  • External facilities including an all-weather pitch, MUGA and external play area;
  • Car and bus parking together with demolition of existing facilities.

Preparatory work has already commenced on site, with full construction works now set to follow the first phase of the new facility is due to be completed early 2020.

College-employer partnership celebrates Scottish Apprenticeship Week

The highly successful partnership between BESA Scotland and Glasgow Kelvin College is providing excellent benefits for young Scottish engineering apprentices.

Four key engineering employers – FES, James Frew, MAQ Air Conditioning and City Refrigeration – have shown their commitment to developing their apprentices by providing a range of quality industry standard products and resources to the College to support apprenticeship training.

As one of the College’s key partners in building services engineering, BESA Scotland helped to broker this contribution.  It ensures that apprentices are receiving training which is industry-relevant and they are familiar with new and sustainable technologies.

Iain McCaskey of BESA Scotland said: “It is fantastic that our membership organisations are supporting apprentices by providing them with the latest equipment. This gives our young people the opportunity to work on the most modern technology in the industry. It is a fine example of our employer organisations not only supporting BESA and Glasgow Kelvin College but ensuring an experienced and skilled workforce for the future.”

To mark this generous support, local MSP for Springburn, Bob Doris, came along to Glasgow Kelvin College to meet staff and students and help them celebrate Scottish Apprenticeship Week. He also got the chance to see how the resources are used in the training workshops to enhance the learning of tomorrow’s skilled trades and professionals.

Anne Porter, head of faculty – engineering, construction and science at Glasgow Kelvin, said: “We are extremely grateful to these employers for providing such a high standard of resources for our students to use in the workshops. Both BESA and our own staff have worked hard to bring this about and we are delighted to receive these resources which are an investment in the future of the trades and their apprentices.”

College principal Alan Sherry added: “We are delighted to have Bob Doris, our local MSP along to the College once again to show his support of our students in Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2018.

“The College welcomes that these key employers have demonstrated their commitment to supporting our learners by providing state of the art equipment. This generous donation will ensure that we will continue to provide a quality learning experience preparing our young people for the world of work.”

New Dundee jobs for out of work bright sparks

DundeenewstartsThe future’s looking brighter for eight Dundee electricians who have just secured new jobs thanks to ongoing work at V&A Museum of Design Dundee.

The three qualified electricians and five apprentices, including an adult trainee, had been made redundant from local mechanical and electrical company, Scottish Electrical Group, when it ceased trading in August.

BAM Construction, which is building the prestigious V&A Dundee, was alerted to the situation by the Partnership Action for Continued Employment Partnership (PACE) who contacted their supply network to try and help the tradesmen. The group has now started working on site having secured permanent contracts with BAM’s mechanical and electrical installation sub-contractor FES.

Construction manager Malcolm Boyd said: “It’s a great feeling when you are able to pull together and help in this way and I’m really delighted for the team who will not only be a strong addition to the project but will also have the opportunity to work on one of the best building projects in the UK.”

Dundee City Council leader, Councillor John Alexander, said: “I am glad that the ongoing construction programme at V&A Museum of Design Dundee has enabled these people to find work and put their skills to use on this exciting project.

“The ambition of V&A Dundee will bring about substantial long term benefits for our city’s economy and the construction of the building has given a huge boost to those firms involved.

“I am encouraged to see how the project has helped workers who found themselves in very difficult circumstances.”

Philip Long, director of V&A Dundee, added: “We are delighted to see more local people gain employment on the construction of our new museum, particularly after facing unemployment. V&A Dundee will help boost the region’s economy, from the jobs we’re already creating to the hundreds of thousands of visitors we’ll welcome each year.”

Opening in 2018, V&A Dundee will be the only V&A museum anywhere in the world outside London. It will be the first ever dedicated design museum in Scotland: an international centre for design, a place of inspiration, discovery and learning.

Robertson starts work on £3.5m redevelopment for NHS Lothian

St Johns -ward 20Work is underway on a new £3.5 million redevelopment within St John’s Hospital in Livingston which will see a new theatre constructed for eye and hand surgery patients.

The theatre will be built within the existing Ward 20 and will support pre and post operative care for patients.

The reconfiguration of the existing ward will create a new day surgery unit with two theatres, and will improve access for patients requiring hand trauma surgery, hand elective surgery and Ophthalmology surgery.

The project is being delivered in partnership with NHS Lothian’s appointed contractor RMF Health, which is a consortium bringing together construction and building services contractors Robertson and FES.

Anna Daley, RMF health framework manager, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with NHS Lothian on the exciting redevelopment of Ward 20. This significant refurbishment will make a real difference to the eye and hand surgery services that are available, and we are proud to be playing our part in this project.”

The redevelopment to Ward 20 is one development in a larger programme of works planned for St John’s Hospital over the coming years.

Through capital investments and revenue funding, more than £30m has been invested into services at St John’s hospital in recent years in order to increase capacity and improve patient care.

Investments have included the £7m short stay elective surgery centre, £3.7m endoscopy unit and £3m upgrade of the Labour Ward and Special Care Baby Unit.

Works are scheduled for completion in June 2017.