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Local businesses enrol in hub South West’s eighth Building for Growth Programme

Gordon Hunter

hub South West’s eighth Building for Growth programme is now underway with more local businesses signed up in expectation of winning new work from Scotland’s Tier 1 contractors.

The bespoke business development initiative is open to any company looking to grow in a sustainable manner by building the skills and internal capacity to take on increasing volumes of business and, as a result could win new work from participating contactors.

The Building for Growth programme, aimed at ambitious businesses in construction and related sectors based in Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway, is run by hub South West, a public-private partnership of local authorities, NHS, blue light services and a clutch of leading construction industry Tier 1 contractors including Morrison, Graham, Morgan Sindall, Ashleigh and Kier.

The current programme, from which 62 local businesses have already graduated, got under way on 21 March and is scheduled to run through until early June. It comprises 8 half-day sessions (10.00am-2.00pm) over a period of 12 weeks. Throughout the spring 2018 session workshops will focus on topics such as smart tendering, innermetrix profiling, strategic growth and exit options, marketing planning, supplier development programmes, corporate social responsibility and pitching for business.

Gordon Hunter, hub South West’s supply chain manager, who manages the Building for Growth programme, said: “There are a lot of good businesses out there, but some have areas where they need to build capacity if they want to rise to the next level.

“For example, many are relying too heavily on the skills of one key person, some of the IT practices are not very efficient or robust, and marketing communications can vary from the sublime to the almost non-existent.

“A golden rule of the programme is ‘no competitors’, leaving participants free to discuss any business issues, challenges and opportunities in a safe and supportive environment with a like-minded group of business people.”

Gary Thorn, founder and MD of Cumbernauld-based Cube Glass, who won the Best final Presentation Award at the culmination of the seventh Building for Growth Programme in November last year, said: “I learned a great deal from this programme and I will be ever-grateful to hub South West for giving me the opportunity to participate.

“At first I thought it would be impossible for me to take eight half-days away from the business to attend but, in fact, taking time away from my day to day concerns gave me the opportunity to sit back and look at our long term development and to improve the chances of Cube Glass winning work from some of the Tier One contractors.”

Michael McBrearty, chief executive of hub South West, added: “Our aim is to help generate growth in the local economy through innovative methods of partnership working and procurement which also provide value for money solutions.

“Our Building for Growth programme has already delivered success to the leaders of its participating companies by both broadening and deepening their grasp of the factors needed to win more new, bigger contracts from Tier One contractors and we hope and trust that all of the participants in our eighth Building for Growth programme will follow in their footsteps.”

List of delegates

Company Location Sector
JD Scaffolding Bargeddie Scaffolding
Murray Landscapes Motherwell Landscape Contracting
Emtec Branding Cumbernauld Signage
VWS Cumbernauld CCTV/Alarms/Fire
Belac Eurocentral Utilities/ Construction
IG Contracts Stewarton Groundworks
Hire and Supplies Dumfries/ Oban Plant Hire
Catherinefield Windows Dumfries Window Manufacture
Cube Glass Cumbernauld Glass Partitions
CSP Acoustics Glasgow Acoustics Consultants
Dow Waste Management Cumbernauld Waste and Recycling
Atlas Business Interiors Dumfries Design, space planning, FFE
Naturally Compliant Glasgow Environmental CoW


Contractors support new course to encourage more females into construction

Infrastructure partnership hub South West is throwing its weight behind a new initiative which is aimed at encouraging greater female career participation in the construction sector.

In partnership with its main contracting partners – Kier, GRAHAM, Morrisons and Morgan Sindall – hub South West is supporting the Females into Construction course, facilitated by New College Lanarkshire.

The course, which has no formal entry requirements, will be open to 16 female S5 pupils, and provides a National 5 qualification in Construction Crafts. On completion, students can progress to pre-apprenticeships or progress onto a professional career route of higher national certificate level.

Michael McBrearty, chief executive of hub South West, said: “The course aims to encourage young females who are interested in a career in construction, while highlighting the varying career paths into the industry.

“Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to visit sites managed by the supporting contractors, where they can observe a variety of construction roles in action.”

New College Lanarkshire, which recently was rated among the UK top three institutions for skills at WorldSkills UK, will run the course from April 30 to June 29 at its Motherwell Campus.

The course will include painting and decorating, masonry work, carpentry and joinery as well as visits to live construction sites, ambassador talks, visits to design offices at regional headquarters, CSCS specific safety training and work placements.

Students who are interested in pursuing a professional career path in construction may have the opportunity to join the college’s Built Environment or computer aided architectural design and technology.

Amanda Wright, social impact manager for Kier Construction Scotland, said: “We are delighted to support this important initiative. All of our sites are looking forward to sharing our knowledge and showcasing the wide range of diverse and very rewarding career opportunities that exist for women, both within Kier Construction Scotland, and throughout the construction industry.”

Morrison Construction community skills manager, Jim Johnstone, said: “We are proud to be part of this great initiative to help encourage more women into our industry and we are excited to showcase the wide variety of careers that are available in construction.

“Diversity in the workforce will only make our industry stronger as it encourages greater creativity and collaboration in the workplace.”

Stuart Parker, managing director of Morgan Sindall in Scotland, said: “We’re committed to promoting the construction industry and the rewarding careers it can to offer to all young people; but encouraging more female entrants to join the workforce is of particular importance.

“At Morgan Sindall, more than 18% of our personnel are women. That’s an increase from 10% two years ago and substantially higher than the national sector average of 12%. As an industry, there’s still work to be done.

“Close collaboration between businesses, schools and colleges is critical to effecting real change and we’re proud to be a key partner in hub South West’s initiative.”

Debbie Rutherford, regional community benefit advisor at GRAHAM Construction, said: “It’s fantastic to be involved with this course. We are very much looking forward to meeting the students and helping them throughout their journey.

“It’s important to us that young people, no matter their gender, are educated on the various routes to employment and are inspired and encouraged along the way.”

First Minister visits newly opened Out-Patients Department in Haddington

(from left) David Small (chief officer, East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership), Paul McGirk (chief executive, Hub South East), First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Andrew Milne (project director, NHS Lothian), Philip Galbraith (project director, Morrison Construction)

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon met with NHS Lothian staff and patients this week, as well as representatives from hub South East and Morrison Construction, during her visit to the newly opened East Lothian Community Hospital Out-Patients Department.

Staff took time out of their busy morning to share the countless benefits the recent move from the adjacent old Out-Patients department is having on the care they provide, after the new building was successfully handed earlier this month.

During her visit, Ms Sturgeon was given a guided tour around cardiology, dental, ophthalmology and x-ray outpatient services. This is the first stage of a £70 million programme of works that will see a modern and purpose-built hospital developed on the existing Roodlands site in Haddington. The full programme should be complete by early 2020.

The redevelopment of the hospital site is being undertaken by NHS Lothian in partnership with hub South East Scotland Ltd, with Morrison Construction appointed as the main contractor.

Paul McGirk, hub South East’s chief executive, said: “I was proud to be part of the team welcoming the First Minister. Hub South East helped drive plans for this redevelopment, so it’s fantastic to see patients and staff using the new facility and hearing first-hand the positive feedback they have.

“The East Lothian Community Hospital is our largest project to begin construction, and the biggest Hub deal signed to date in Scotland. It’s encouraging to see it progressing on time and on budget, and we look forward to successfully delivering future phases in partnership with NHS Lothian.”

Philip Galbraith, Morrison Construction project director, said: ”It was wonderful to see the First Minister tour this fantastic new healthcare facility, now benefitting patients. It is an important milestone for the project and the community.

”On site works are progressing well, with demolition of the former outpatient’s department underway and the steel frame being erected for the inpatient departments and hospital accommodation.

“Although the entire project is due to be completed in 2020 it is great to know construction so far has supported four trainees, 14 apprentices and created 20 new jobs.”

David Small, chief officer, East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “The opening of the new Out-Patients Department is an exciting time for the communities of East Lothian and we are delighted to be delivering a joined-up health and social care services through the East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership.

“The new facilities will see an increase in gastroenterology, orthopaedics, urology, ear nose throat  in East Lothian and is introducing new services like plastics and phototherapy. Having been shaped with the help of our patients, this project will allow our staff to continue to give safe, effective healthcare and rehabilitation.”

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Construction of the new £70m East Lothian Community Hospital will see a modern and purpose-built hospital developed, helping to improve the quality of care for people in East Lothian.

“We have invested over £2 billion in Scotland’s health infrastructure between 2013-14 and 2017-18.  First class, 21st century facilities, such as these demonstrate the Scottish Government’s continued commitment to investing in public services.

“Our investment in these new facilities will help us to achieve our ambition of transforming the way health and social care services are delivered, keeping NHS Scotland at the forefront of delivering world-class care.”

New £44m Largs Campus handed over by Morrison Construction

Infrastructure partnership hub South West has successfully delivered one of the biggest projects it has ever undertaken, the new £44 million Largs Campus.

Heralding a new era in education in the Ayrshire coastal town, the ambitious project was handed over on time and on budget to community partner North Ayrshire Council. The new facility was built by Morrison Construction.

The primary schools incorporated into the new Campus, Largs Primary and St Mary’s, moved in yesterday along with Early Years nurseries. The relocated Largs Academy will join them on April 18.

The Campus, which will accommodate more than 2000 pupils, is part of North Ayrshire Council’s biggest ever investment. It includes two theatres, a gym hall believed to be the biggest in the UK and art classrooms with balconies that enable outdoor working with views of the stunning Largs Coastline.

Councillor John Bell, cabinet member for education and youth employment, said: “The facilities at Largs Campus are going to be the best in Scotland. We will have the best sport facilities in Scotland, if not the UK.

“We have invested heavily in the nursery and have state-of-the-art facilities that incorporate parent rooms, family rooms and imaginative play and learning areas for our young people.

“I am so proud of this facility and know that the young people have a fantastic environment to attain and achieve.”

Michael McBrearty, chief executive of hub South West, said: “hub South West is delighted to handover this wonderful new learning environment to North Ayrshire Council.

“Largs Campus is an impressive and contemporary educational facility set in a fantastic location. It will provide an inspirational environment in which pupils can learn and thrive. It will be a real asset to the local community.”

Allan Cunningham, operations director of Morrison Construction, said: “Not only does this project provide a permanent benefit to the town of Largs but it has supported 25 work placements, 13 apprenticeships and created 73 new jobs.

“Students have been given exposure to the construction industry, small businesses have expanded and there has been a positive impact on the local economy.”

hub South West was established in 2012 to deliver value-for-money on public sector community-based infrastructure across Ayrshire, Lanarkshire and Dumfries and Galloway.

Keys handed over to Out-Patients Department in East Lothian

The wait is almost over for the East Lothian Community Hospital as the project takes another major step forward this week.

The keys to the freshly completed Out-Patients Department were given to NHS Lothian on February 23 and will open to patients from March 12.

David Small, chief officer, East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “This is an exciting time for the communities of East Lothian and it marks a significant development in delivering a joined-up health and social care service through the East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership.

“The new facilities will see an increase in gastroenterology, orthopaedics, urology, ear, nose and throat, in East Lothian and is introducing new services such as plastics and phototherapy. Having been shaped with the help of our patients, this project will allow our staff to continue to give safe, effective healthcare and rehabilitation.

“Throughout the extensive planning process we listened to what mattered most to people and with the invaluable input from the community, patients and their families, third sector organisations and staff we will have we can be proud of.”

The new Out-Patients Department is the first stage of a £70 million programme of works that will see a modern and purpose-built hospital developed on the existing Roodlands site in Haddington. The full programme is anticipated to be complete by early 2020.

The redevelopment of the hospital site is being undertaken in partnership with hub South East Scotland Ltd, with Morrison Construction appointed as the main contractor.

Jo Elliot, hub South East’s chair, said: “Hub South East helped drive plans for this redevelopment, so it’s fantastic to be here today as we handover the keys to the new Out-Patients Department, knowing that patients and staff will soon benefit from these modern fit-for-purpose facilities.

“The East Lothian Community Hospital is our largest project to begin construction, and the biggest Hub deal signed to date in Scotland. It’s encouraging to see it progressing on time and on budget, and we look forward to successfully delivering future phases in partnership with NHS Lothian.”

Morrison Construction operation’s director, David Wilson, said: “I am happy to be here today as we celebrate an important milestone for this much-anticipated community healthcare facility and hand over the keys to the Out-Patient’s department.

“Work on site continues to progress well with the steel frame for the next phase currently being erected for the inpatient departments and the rest of the hospital accommodation. The demolition of the old outpatient’s department will begin soon after hospital staff have relocated.”

Subcontractor wins High Court case against Morrison Construction

Morrison Construction has lost a High Court case against one of its subcontractors regarding changes made during the development of a gas processing plant in Shetland.

Steel firm BHC Ltd successfully argued that change orders issued by Morrison should be re-measured and re-valued based on “final construction drawings”.

Total E&P Limited had engaged Petrofac Facilities Management Limited to carry out the construction of the gas processing plant, for the processing of hydrocarbon from the Laggan and Tormore gas condensate fields off the coast of the Shetland Isles.

Morrison had been appointed by Petrofac as a sub-contractor to carry out civil engineering and building works as part of the construction of the plant and had in-turn engaged BHC to carry out structural steelwork (including associated design works), roof and wall cladding, and precast concrete flooring works for buildings to be constructed as part of the project.

The original contract provided for only three buildings to be constructed, namely, the administrative building, the gatehouse and a workshop, but it was anticipated by the parties that additional buildings would be required to provide shelter for items of plant. During the project, 33 additional shelter buildings were instructed by change order instructions (COIs) issued under the contract

The dispute arose between the parties as to the basis on which the works carried out pursuant to the COIs should be valued or measured.

The principal issue was whether these variations, properly construed, provided for re-measurement of the entire works contained in the change order, or alternatively whether the starting point for measurement was to take the lump sum quote and to make additions to and omissions from that quote, a process known as ad-measurement.

Justice Farrell concluded that the price quoted by Morrison in each change order should now be re-measured and re-valued in accordance with the agreements made by both parties in each of the COI.

A Morrison Construction spokesman said: “Morrison Construction treats all its subcontractors in a fair and professional manner and we will take cognisance of the court’s decision.”

Morrison Construction announced as Water Industry Awards 2018 finalist

A student trying out Morrison Construction’s virtual reality induction at a recent career event

Morrison Construction has been recognised for its development of virtual reality site inductions after being named a finalist for the Health and Safety Initiative of the Year at the Water Industry Awards 2018.

Currently being trialled the virtual reality site inductions developed by Morrison Construction in partnership with the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) caught the attention of the award judges among a record number of award entries.

The induction allows users to immerse themselves in a virtual reality environment using googles and hand controllers. Three modules are included in the induction allowing users become familiar with a construction site and learn about common dangers and consequences of mistakes.

Morrison Construction Scottish Water operations director, Stephen Slessor, said: “Health and safety is our number one priority at Morrison Construction. We believe that virtual reality can be a powerful tool to improve safety in the industry to enhance existing induction processes.

“Using this technology users can make mistakes and learn the consequences in a virtual reality setting.

“The development of this cutting-edge learning content system is a good example of the positive impact university-industry collaborations can have to address challenges in construction.”

Mohamed Abdel-Wahab, senior lecturer in construction engineering at UWS, said: “VR application in the construction industry provides an effective means for health and safety training. It helps to raise awareness of on-site hazards and ensure compliance with HSE guidelines, thereby reducing the likelihood of on-site incidents.

“This project is an exemplar of university-industry collaboration for the application of VR. We can only make a difference and change industry’s practice through truly collaborative endeavours such as this.”

The award recognises commitment to health and safety while demonstrating ‘innovative, robust and high-quality safety management system and evidence of health and safety performance that goes beyond statutory requirements’.

Morrison Construction will compete for the award against five other finalists from across the UK with the winner to be revealed during a ceremony at The Vox, Birmingham on May 21.

Morrison Construction opens doors to £26m Campbeltown Grammar

It was a historic occasion in Argyll and Bute on Wednesday when secondary pupils from across Kintyre moved into the new £26 million Campbeltown Grammar School built by Morrison Construction.

Welcomed to their new surroundings by two pipers, pupils were gathered in the multi-purpose sports hall where acting head teacher Catherine Cameron greeted them.

Ms Cameron said: “By bringing the best of what we already are as a school and adding to this our ambition to maximise the potential of our wonderful new school facility to achieve the highest standards in teaching, learning and attainment, we can make Campbeltown Grammar the excellent school that our young people and our community deserve.”

The three-storey school has capacity to cater for up to 500 pupils and will provide young people with a modern learning environment fit for the 21st century. Outside, it will also feature a 3G sports pitch, music pavilion and large car park on the site of the existing 1960s school buildings, once they are demolished.

Argyll and Bute Council’s policy lead for education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly, said: “Today is a very special day for the young people of Kintyre. This wonderful new school will enable pupils to realise their full potential and enjoy a learning experience where they can succeed.

“Our vision is that together we will realise ambition, excellence and equality for all, and we want to equip our young people to secure and sustain positive destinations and achieve success in life – this wonderful new state-of-the-art facility will help us to do that and will pupils for years to come.

Morrison Construction project director, Jeff Hedley, added: “It was wonderful to see pupils and teachers begin to move into their new school. Works will now progress to the next phase of the project, demolishing the old school.

“Campbeltown Grammar School is the second of four education facilities we will deliver for Argyll and Bute Council and hub North Scotland. Last November pupils and teachers moved into Kirn Primary School, Oban High School is the next facility due to be completed this spring and excellent progress is being made on the site of Dunoon Primary School.”

Michael Padzinski, chief executive at hub North Scotland, said: “This fantastic and much needed new school is testament to the effective collaboration and positive working partnership between Argyll and Bute Council, hub North Scotland and our supply chain. Hub North Scotland looks forward to the continued Partnership with Argyll and Bute Council, and to seeing the benefits that this long term partnership will deliver.”

Full line up of £250m University of Strathclyde framework contractors unveiled

A proposed £60m teaching and learning hub

Four contractors have been chosen by the University of Strathclyde for its Framework for Major Building Construction to support the delivery of its ongoing Capital Investment Plan for construction work exceeding £4 million.

Kier Construction Scotland will join Balfour Beatty and Interserve in securing places on the framework. Morrison Construction announced its place on the Framework last week.

The University of Strathclyde has invested £350m over the last ten years in improving and developing its estates and facilities to support its goal to be the Leading International Technological University.

This latest Framework has a value of £250m with typical project values likely to be between £4m to £50m with the potential for both new build and refurbishment. This four year Framework also includes the potential usage by Renfrewshire Council and Renfrewshire Leisure Limited.

Kier Construction Scotland is already an equity stakeholder and Tier One contractor in hub South West Scotland and a Tier One contractor on hub North and hub East Central.

Brian McQuade, Kier Construction Scotland’s managing director, said: “We are delighted to be appointed as a contractor to the University of Strathclyde Framework. We believe that Kier has a great deal to offer the partnership and we are looking forward to working closely with the team and supporting local communities by creating employment and educational opportunities.”

Morrison Construction appointed to £250m University of Strathclyde framework

University of Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre opened in 2015

Morrison Construction has been announced as a primary contractor on the £250 million major building works framework at the University of Strathclyde.

The framework is for the duration four years, with an initial two-year term plus the potential of two, one-year extensions, at the discretion of the client.

Morrison Construction will be one of four primary contractors able to tender for all major building works likely to range between £4m to £50m in value to develop the estate and facilities of the University of Strathclyde.

Renfrewshire Council and Renfrewshire Leisure Ltd can also use the framework to tender for major building works.

Eddie Robertson, Morrison Construction managing director for building central, said: “We are delighted to be appointed to this framework. Membership of major frameworks is a key part of our strategy for our construction business.

“We look forward to working with our new partners at University of Strathclyde, to support its capital investment programme.

“At Morrison Construction we have a proud history of developing successful long-term partnerships and delivering high-quality facilities.”