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Graham Construction brings its knowledge to Macaulay College

Mark Frizzel, project manager, Graham Construction (white hat) with Macaulay College staff Roland Engebretsen, Kieran Gilroy and Donald Angus Macleod alongside students David Montgomery, Eoin Wilson, Ethan Mitchel, Iain Macleod, Matthew Simpson, Seumas Mackenzie and Artemiss Macallam

Mark Frizzel, project manager, Graham Construction (white hat) with Macaulay College staff Roland Engebretsen, Kieran Gilroy and Donald Angus Macleod alongside students David Montgomery, Eoin Wilson, Ethan Mitchel, Iain Macleod, Matthew Simpson,
Seumas Mackenzie and Artemiss Macallam

Graham Construction proved it is top of the class as its team commenced building work on a major extension for Macaulay College on the Isle of Lewis.

The construction company, which is the main contractor for the refurbishment of Lews Castle, is supporting the college on a pro-bono basis by providing two extra project spaces and a connecting corridor which will enable additional students to join the team next year.

Graham’s team helped the Community Interest Company (CIC) to complete and submit its building permit forms before beginning the construction phase of the project.

This included laying foundations, constructing the supporting walls, plastering and insulation for the new adjoining structure.

Sub-contractors employed on behalf of Graham Construction on Lews Castle will also be involved, responsible for the electrical and painting tasks once the exterior façade is ready.

The project, which was coordinated by Graham Construction’s project manager, Mark Frizzel, is expected to be completed in July when the college can use the additional rooms for an IT-suite and another project space.

The company has also presented a careers talk to pupils at the Nicolson Institute and is organising site visits and work-experience opportunities for young people.

Gary Holmes, regional director of Graham Construction, said: “Lews Castle is a really interesting development to be involved in. We are delivering a major restoration and refurbishment project on an A-Listed building while undertaking these rewarding services for the region.

“Macaulay College is a valuable service provider for the Western Isles and we’re pleased to be supporting it.  This is the latest stage of our contribution to the local area, something which the company values extensively.

“We are also helping to create jobs on the islands and developing skills for young people while using local employees and subcontractors.

“Once work on the castle is complete, we’ll be proud to leave a lasting legacy of skills, employment opportunities and support for the community.”

GRAHAM Construction Macaulay College 2Macaulay College is based on Macaulay Farm on the Isle of Lewis. It was founded in 2010 by Roland Engebretsen and Rebecca Lindsay.

The facility provides people with additional social and educational requirements a programme of activities which encourage meaningful and fulfilling working and social lives.

The educational strategy has been developed to enable Macaulay College students to achieve their full potential reach person specific targets, whilst developing their independent living skills.

Rebecca Lindsay, co-founder of Macaulay College, said: “The extra project spaces will be of real benefit to the college and our students.

“The development of a IT-suite will allow our members to work towards achieving SQA qualifications which will not only improve their confidence but will put them in a position to move on to supported employments roles within the organisation. It is something we’re really excited about.

“I’d like to thank Graham Construction for undertaking this project and look forward to being able to use the new facilities.”

Lews Castle is a Victorian Grade A-listed building which includes a new museum and archive extension plus an extensive operation to repair and restore the historic interior of the castle located west of Stornoway.

Once completed, the museum, which will be the first in the UK to use Gaelic as its first language, will form a key visitor destination and gateway to a unique heritage network across the 15 inhabited islands of the Outer Hebrides.

Graham Construction hands over new Critical Care Unit to NHS Lanarkshire

New Critical Care Unit at Monklands HospitalGraham Construction has completed work on the state-of-the-art Critical Care Unit (CCU) at Monklands Hospital in Airdrie.

The £5.5 million 10-bed unit, which has been handed over to NHS Lanarkshire, is just one of 12 phased work projects that Graham Construction will complete by Spring 2018 as part of an overall £16.6m refurbishment of Monklands Hospital.

The hospital’s current CCU will also be transformed into a purpose-built recovery area to also be created.

Linked to the hospital’s current operating theatres, the CCU is part of a £19m refurbishment and upgrade programme that will see the seven existing operating theatres at the hospital undergo extensive refurbishment.

Gary Holmes, Graham Construction’s regional director, said: “The Monkland’s CCU is the latest phase of the refurbishment of the hospital delivered by Graham Construction.

“It will provide advanced care to patients from the region who will benefit from specialist operating theatres and a bespoke recovery area.

“Throughout the project we ensured local people still have full access to the centre which has been a tremendous accomplishment on behalf of the community.

“Graham is an extensive portfolio of experience in developments for the health sector and looks forward to a continuing relationship with NHS Lanarkshire.”

While delivering the successful construction project, Graham has also contributed to skills and employment in the wider community. The company created 25 jobs in partnership with North Lanarkshire Working.

It has also facilitated a number of apprenticeships in plumbing, electrical and joinery for local young people. In addition it sponsored a pre-apprenticeship course in New College Lanarkshire, offering five-week placements for students.

The construction company supported local charity, Hope with Autism, providing joinery and material work to the value of around £2,000.

Scottish projects help Graham Construction achieve ‘Contractor of the Year’ award

(from left) Chris MacLeod: Graham Construction, framework director, Jule Plesko: Graham Construction, managing QS, Pat O’Hare: Graham Construction, contracts director

(from left) Chris MacLeod: Graham Construction, framework director, Jule Plesko: Graham Construction, managing QS, Pat O’Hare: Graham Construction, contracts director

Graham Construction has been named ‘Contractor of the Year’ at this year’s internationally-acclaimed NEC Awards in London for its industry-leading work providing first class health care facilities throughout Scotland.

The prestigious annual awards ceremony celebrates the world’s best project delivery examples which promote good practice through collaboration.

Representatives from company were on hand to accept the award, which builds on last year’s success when Graham Construction was ‘Highly Commended’ in the same category.

The firm is one of five Principal Supply Chain Partners working with NHS Scotland within the strategically-important and innovative Health Facilities Scotland 2 framework.

Appointed in 2013 to the six-year programme of works, Graham is currently delivering design, build and construction projects comprising of differing packages of new build, refurbishment, backlog maintenance, statutory compliance and risk reduction works for a number of Scottish NHS health boards including NHS Lanarkshire, NHS Fife, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, NHS Lothian and NHS Highland.

Routinely working in live hospital environments, the award recognised Graham’s collaborative approach from early pre-construction stage to project completion is central to ensuring operational continuity, the safety of patients, staff and visitors, and the delivery of  high-standard clinical accommodation with superior infection prevention and control.

Gary Holmes, regional director of Graham Construction, said: “We’re extremely pleased to be presented with this tremendous accolade, which further underlines the company’s credentials as an industry expert delivering first-class facilities for the health sector.

“Graham has completed numerous high-profile and complex work programmes in the health sector throughout Scotland, and we have done so while always ensuring minimal disruption for patients, staff and members of the public.

“The recent completion of the state-of-the-art Critical Care Unit (CCU) at Monklands Hospital – the first of a 12-phased work programme to be completed by spring 2018 – is a perfect example of this.

“Ensuring the hospital remained fully operational was one of the most important aspects of Phase One’s work programme at Monklands and I’m pleased to say this was never compromised during the project’s delivery.

“Congratulations for the award must go to all the Graham Construction teams, who continually go above and beyond to ensure each project is delivered to the satisfaction of our clients. Well done everyone.”

The awards were presented at the NEC Annual Seminar on April 27. The event took place at One Great George Street, London, bringing together representatives from the industry across the world.

NEC is a family of contracts that facilitates the implementation of sound project management principles and practices as well as defining legal relationships.

It is suitable for procuring a diverse range of works, services and supply, spanning major framework projects through to minor works and purchasing of supplies and goods. The implementation of NEC3 contracts has resulted in major benefits for projects both nationally and internationally in terms of time, cost savings and improved quality.

Green light for £2m Prestonpans Health Centre extension

East Lothian CouncilFinal proposals for a £2 million extension and refurbishment of Prestonpans Health Centre have been approved by East Lothian Council.

The plans will see the building increase in size and will provide purpose-built spaces for patients and staff.

As well as reconfiguring the current health centre, the extension will include three new treatment rooms, a community consulting room and two larger health care assistant rooms.

The project is being delivered by NHS Lothian’s development partner hub South East Scotland and its appointed contractor Graham Construction.

David Small, chief officer, East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “The East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership wants to enable much more locally-based care and this development in Prestonpans will provide a modern and accessible health centre, able to respond effectively to the needs of its community.”

Paul McGirk, chief executive, hub South East Scotland, added: “Planning approval is an exciting step in the development of this project. A refurbished and extended health centre will make a real difference to the local community in Prestonpans and we are proud to be playing our part.”

Work is scheduled to begin in Spring and will be completed in Winter 2016.

Works to start on Blackburn Partnership Centre

Blackburn Partnership Centre

Blackburn Partnership Centre

Construction of the new Blackburn Partnership Centre will start in the next few weeks after the final contract was agreed.

The new £8.2 million building, which will be built next to the Mill Centre in Blackburn, will include health and council services as well as community services for local residents.

The Centre is being developed in partnership with West Lothian Council and NHS Lothian and services will include a GP practice, dentist, community centre (including sports hall and multi-purpose spaces), library, Customer Information Service (CIS) centre, employability service, community health centre, IT training suite, early years space, young people’s space and a credit union.

Hub South East Scotland is delivering the project and has appointed Graham Construction to build the new centre.

Paul McGirk, Hub South East Scotland’s chief executive, said: “It’s exciting to reach this key milestone in the project and have everything in place to start building this new modern partnership centre for the Blackburn community.

“We look forward to continuing our successful relationship with NHS Lothian and West Lothian Council, ensuring that the local community benefits during the construction period, through opportunities such as new jobs, work placements and training.”

Jim Forrest, chief officer, West Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “I’m delighted that work on the new Partnership Centre will soon start. This project will deliver a health and care hub for the people of Blackburn, in the heart of Blackburn.

“The Centre will enable improved integration and connectivity of staff and services and, in so doing, will put the health and welfare of Blackburn residents at the forefront of our services.”

Due to open to the public in late 2017, the Blackburn Partnership Centre is being delivered by NHS Lothian as part of a £27.6m programme of works which includes the £12.1m North West Edinburgh (Muirhouse) Partnership Centre and £7.3m Firrhill Partnership Centre in Edinburgh.

Works will also start at North West Edinburgh and Firrhill in the next few weeks.

Inverness hospital set for £28m upgrade investment

Raigmore_Hospital,_InvernessA new operating theatre is to be built at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness as part of a three-year £28 million investment.

The Scottish Government has approved the full business case submitted by NHS Highland earlier this month.

The Critical Care Upgrade will bring all critical care services, which includes the Acute Medical Assessment Unit, the Intensive Care Unit, Surgical High Dependency Unit, theatre and the admissions area, into one area over two floors.

The operating theatres at the hospital will be refurbished and an additional theatre will be added to bring the total number of theatres in this area to 10, seven of which will be equipped with specialist laminar air flow, ensuring the air within the theatre environment is at the cleanest possible standard.

The work, which will be carried out by Graham Construction, will start in April this year and, while a construction programme is yet to be finalised, completion is expected at the end of 2018.

Ron Coggins, clinical director for surgical and anaesthetics division at Raigmore Hospital, said: “This investment will not only greatly improve the facilities but also provides an opportunity to co-locate wards and ensure that first-class healthcare can be delivered in modern facilities for years to come.

“Having critical care services over the two floors will not only allow best use of space and staff but it will also improve patient flow in the hospital and the privacy and dignity of our patients.”

The original building at Raigmore Hospital, which services the population of the Highlands as well as Moray and the Western Isles for some specialities, was constructed in 1980.

A number of improvement works have already been carried out including refurbishment of some of the wards and the provision of a new, state-of-the-art endoscopy unit.

Linda Kirkland, director of operations for NHS Highland’s Inner Moray Firth Operational Unit, said: “This is fantastic news for everyone associated with the hospital and for everyone who uses it now and will be using it in years to come.

“A lot of hard work and long hours have gone into making this idea a reality. This is the biggest investment in the hospital since it was built and will really transform the facility. I’m looking forward to seeing it progress.”

Health secretary Shona Robison added: “I welcome this investment in critical care services at Raigmore which will significantly improve the facilities at the hospital.

“Bringing together the hospital’s critical care services will benefit patients and improve patient flow through the hospital.”

The investment comes over and above the £29m funding NHS Highland has already secured in principle from the Scottish Government for proposed new hospitals in Aviemore and Broadford on Skye, as part of a wider redesign of health and social care services.

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.

Graham starts £22m Edinburgh student rooms development

buccleuch-streetGraham Construction has begun work on a £22 million student accommodation project at the University of Edinburgh.

The Buccleuch Place & Meadow Lane student accommodation project involves the conversion and refurbishment of two grade B-listed tenement blocks and the construction of four new build accommodation blocks in the city’s Southside conservation area.

Graham began preparatory work on the site in December and project completion is expected by summer 2017.

meadow-laneThe conversion and refurbishment will see the current office accommodation at 1-6 and 7-13 Buccleuch Place transformed into 246 student bedrooms split into cluster flat arrangements.

To accommodate the construction of the four new build accommodation blocks at Meadow Lane, the site there will be cleared and converted into a further 138 bedrooms within 22 cluster flats.

Graham Construction regional director, Neil McFarlane, said: “Securing this contract with one of Scotland’s most respected universities is a real boost for Graham Construction, and the two-part dimension of refurbishing existing premises on site coupled with a new build construction poses an interesting challenge – one the team is looking forward to.”

Graham Construction recognised by CECA as ‘industry leader’

CECA Inspiring Change winners and sponsors at the Parliamentary event

CECA Inspiring Change winners and sponsors at the Parliamentary event

Graham Construction has won the prestigious ‘Inspiring Change in the Workplace’ award from the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) for promoting Fairness, Inclusion and Respect (FIR).

CECA recognised the firm for best practice within the construction industry with a suite of prestigious awards at a recent parliamentary reception.

The awards recognise and celebrate the efforts made to make construction a fairer and better industry for all. Winners were selected, by an independent panel of industry experts, from a field of entrants that were varied and demonstrated an evolving understanding of FIR and how that plays out in the workplace.

Michael Smyth, Graham Construction’s head of human resources, receiving the award from Nicky Ernst at Highways England

Michael Smyth, Graham Construction’s head of human resources, receiving the award from Nicky Ernst at Highways England

Nicky Ernst from Highways England, presented Graham with the award and highlighted the citation of the judges: “The work Graham Construction have undertaken to build a culture of fairness, inclusion and respect within the business is industry-leading, with leadership from managing director level down through the business and out into the supply chain.

“FIR Champions at all levels in the business have driven rapid changes in the company’s approach, leading to business benefits including a significant uplift in recruitment from under-represented groups, a massive reduction in staff absenteeism and more than £100 million in business from new customers.”

Alan Bill, managing director, Graham Construction, said: “Graham Construction is delighted to have received this industry accolade, our aim is to be an employer of choice where everyone is recognised and valued as an individual. A diverse workforce encourages a variety of new ideas that aligns with our key value of innovation. Also we recognise that when an individual feels valued both their contribution and engagement increases.  There is a direct correlation between increased engagement and business performance all of which aligns to our corporate values of openness, respect and performance.”

Plans submitted for £2m Prestonpans Health Centre extension

Paul McGirk

Paul McGirk

Final proposals for a £2 million extension and refurbishment of Prestonpans Health Centre have been submitted to East Lothian Council for approval.

The project, being delivered by NHS Lothian’s development partner hub South East Scotland Ltd and its appointed contractor Graham Construction, will see the building increase in size and will provide purpose-built spaces for patients and staff.

As well as reconfiguring the current health centre, the extension will include three new treatment rooms, a community consulting room and two larger health care assistant rooms.

A decision on the proposals is expected at the beginning of next year and, if approved, work will start on site in Spring and will be completed in Winter 2016.

David Small, chief officer, East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “We are excited about having reached this important stage in the planning process.

“These developments will bring a wide range of benefits to patients and staff, increasing accessibility for the disabled and elderly and providing a modern and more effective health centre for the people of Prestonpans.”

Paul McGirk, chief executive, hub South East Scotland Ltd, said: “I’m delighted to see the progress being made on this project, which will make a real difference to the local community in Prestonpans.

“We look forward to continuing our successful partnership with NHS Lothian and working with our contractor Graham Construction to make these plans a reality.”