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Morrison Construction donates to charity Niemann-Pick UK

Shona Beveridge during the Children in Need Ride to the Clyde Rickshaw Challenge from London to Glasgow

Morrison Construction has donated more than £1000 to charity Niemann-Pick UK after being inspired by the fundraising efforts of Inverness youngster Shona Beveridge.

Diagnosed with the neurodegenerative condition Niemann-Pick Type C, last November 17-year-old Shona took part in the Children in Need Ride to the Clyde Rickshaw Challenge from London to Glasgow raising more than £5 million.

Documented over the nine days on the BBC’s One Show, Shona and her fellow five riders covered 500 miles for the charity that has supported them.

Shona has continued her work for charity and was recently presented the cheque for Niemann-Pick UK from Morrison Construction.

Raised through an office bake sale and donations from the business the funds will go towards the charity that has supported Shona, her family and others living with the same disease.

Of her daughter’s recent accomplishments for charity, Morrison Construction environmental sustainability manager, Helen Beveridge, said: “I am proud of my daughter Shona, of her achievements and of the inspiration she generates with her positivity for life in spite of her disability.

“The people in Morrison Construction have been incredibly generous and my family are grateful for their support and fundraising for Niemann-Pick UK, a charity which helps us in many ways to cope with this rare and fatal disease.”

Aberdeen bypass contractor fined over river pollution

SEPA chief executive Terry A’Hearn

The consortium building the new Aberdeen bypass has been issued with a £280,000 penalty for a series of silt pollution incidents on the rivers Don and Dee.

Aberdeen Roads Limited, a joint venture including Balfour BeattyMorrison Construction and Carillion, was deemed responsible for the incidents on the important salmon rivers along with some tributaries.

The case if the first major enforcement of new powers by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and will see over £280,000 committed to community projects and environmental improvements across Aberdeenshire.

Following extensive investigations and enforcement action by SEPA between 2015 and 2017, the Construction Joint Venture (CJV) building the multi-million pound Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) have offered the funding in an Offer of Enforcement Undertaking, after causing a series of silt pollution incidents which affected the Aberdeenshire rivers.

The Enforcement Undertaking admits full liability by the AWPR B-T Construction Joint Venture (CJV) for the pollution and will result in the funding being divided between eight community initiatives as a penalty for the disruption and environmental impact.

The offer, which required the Construction Joint Venture to engage with local stakeholders, has been formally accepted by SEPA, thus securing one of the biggest financial outcomes for an environmental offence in Scotland.  It is only the fourth of its kind to be accepted by SEPA.

Granted as a new enforcement power in June 2016, an Enforcement Undertaking represents a formal offer by an organisation or individual to make amends for an offence by improving the environment or communities affected, using their own resources.

The new enforcement power can be used to bring about effective and immediate solutions to environmental offences and requires the offender to work with SEPA to ensure ongoing compliance in future, as well as making appropriate restitution.

SEPA chief executive, Terry A’Hearn, said: “Every day SEPA works to protect and enhance Scotland’s environment and we will respond robustly to organisations who fail to comply with environmental controls. Every operator must comply.

“It’s right that the Construction Joint Venture should offer this significant enforcement undertaking in recognition of the environmental impact of their actions, which resulted in a series of silt pollution incidents impacting numerous tributaries to Aberdeenshire rivers, the Dee and the Don.

“We are delighted that CJV has become one of the first operators to use the new enforcement undertaking.  The CJV has stepped forward, accepted responsibility and set out to put things right.

“An enforcement undertaking not only compels those who breach the law to make amends, it instils a more positive working relationship based on understanding the duty we all share in safeguarding our natural environment.”


Aberdeen Roads Limited is constructing the new 36-mile road which will provide a fast link between towns between the North, South and West of Aberdeen.

The project is being delivered by Transport Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government and in partnership with Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council.

The silt pollution was caused by heavy rainfall which led to muddy water running off the construction site into waterways.

An enforcement notice was issued to contractors last year after concerns were raised at the time about the impact it could have on salmon and freshwater pearl mussels.

Transport Scotland said: “We take our environmental responsibilities very seriously and have been working closely with SEPA and the contractor, Aberdeen Roads Ltd (ARL), to ensure the watercourses on site are protected from construction activities.

“We welcome any measures that have been agreed between SEPA and ARL where they result in a positive impact on the environment.”

The biggest beneficiary of the undertaking is the Dee District Salmon Fishery Board, which will receive £112,500 for improvement projects relating to diffuse pollution, and £37,500 to fund an agricultural officer for two years to assist farm owners in reducing diffuse pollution in the River Don.

Richard Gledson, chairman, Dee District Salmon Fisheries Board, added: “Silt pollution from the construction of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route gave us great cause for concern, particularly as the River Dee is designated as a special habitat for both salmonid fish and fresh water pearl mussels, which rely on a delicate eco-system to feed and spawn.

“We welcome both the immediate response by SEPA, including the temporary restriction of construction activity, their investigation, and today’s enforcement undertaking. This will provide for environmental improvements that will go some way to offsetting the impact on local communities and the environment.”

In addition to the funding for community and environmental benefits, SEPA will also recover £47,958 as part of the offer. This lump sum will be made by the CJV as a contribution towards the time spent investigating the various pollution incidents which resulted from their construction works.

Morrison Construction’s Nucleus project wins major architectural awards

The newly-opened £20 million Nucleus building in Wick, built by Morrison Construction, took home two awards at the inaugural Architects’ Journal Architecture of the Year Awards this month.

The building, designed by Reiach and Hall and home to the national archive for the civil nuclear industry, won Public Building of the Year and the Editor’s Choice of the Year awards.

The prestigious awards celebrate design excellence in UK architecture across 23 different categories at an event held in London.

Morrison Construction managing director for the Highland business, Donald Mclachlan, said: ”We are delighted at the recognition this wonderful facility has achieved on a national stage.

”Our highly-skilled teams work extremely hard to deliver excellent facilities to benefit the communities they are built in many years into the future.”

Architects’ Journal Architecture Awards judges commented: “This is an exceptional piece of architecture materially, aesthetically and functionally: it’s made well, looks stunning and fulfils, indeed exceeds, its brief – effectively reimagining what an archive building can be in both form and function.”

Nucleus facility was opened earlier this year and includes a large public area, reading room and community space.

More than 70 years’ worth of information and up to 30 million digital records are held in the facility, which also contains local archives dating back to the 16th century.

hub South West launches network to help companies win business from Tier 1 contractors

The hub Club meeting in Dumfires and Galloway earlier this month

The hub Club meeting in Dumfires and Galloway earlier this month

Construction and infrastructure-focused partnership hub South West has launched a networking arm which aims to better connect businesses throughout Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway.

The hub Club, which has already held three highly successful  inaugural events this month in Ayr, Cumbernauld and Dumfries, is aimed not only at bringing SMEs closer to Tier 1 contractors such as Morrison, Graham, Ashleigh, Morgan Sindall and Kier, but also at enabling companies engaged across a range of activities to meet each other and do business together.

Gordon Hunter

Gordon Hunter

Gordon Hunter, supply chain development manager at hub South West, who together with his team, has overseen the hub club launch events said: “We have been running a ‘Building for Growth’ programme for companies throughout the South West of Scotland for a few years now and the hub club idea evolved as a natural extension from our basic aim of getting people to meet, talk and learn from each other.

“We all know that people prefer to do business with people they know and The hub Club provides a regular forum for up to forty companies at a time, to sit down in a room together and talk about their businesses, share their experiences and potentially collaborate on projects together.

“We welcome all companies in the South West region to join The hub Club and to participate in our series of monthly events into 2018. Anyone interested can find out more from our website.”

Michael McBrearty, chief executive of hub South West, said: “Our mission is to enable cost-efficient design and construction of community facilities within South West Scotland and to provide value for money and generate growth in the local economy through a new method of partnership working and procurement.

“A fundamental part of that approach is to ensure that as many local businesses as possible are hired to contribute their skills and expertise to these projects. The hub Club helps us to achieve that objective by harnessing the vast range of expertise that already exists amongst SMEs throughout the region and putting it to work.”

Morrison Construction appointed to hub West Scotland’s supply chain

The West hub Territory is one of five territories which have been established across Scotland

The West hub Territory is one of five territories which have been established across Scotland

Morrison Construction is to join hub West Scotland’s supply chain as a primary construction contractor.

The appointment follows a refresh process through a PQQ submission and a selection process by hub West Scotland with input from the public sector participants and Scottish Futures Trust.

The tender process began in June this year and was open to contractors with an operational base in Scotland that could demonstrate a partnership approach, added value and experience of delivering public sector projects.

Morrison Construction said the appointment is testament to the work done by its teams across Scotland on health, education and leisure projects, and its successful track record on delivering quality projects for three of the other five hub companies.

Eddie Robertson, Morrison Construction’s managing director for Central Scotland, said: “We are delighted to be able to expand our offering to public sector clients in the hub West region. As a business we have demonstrated a significant track record on the three hubs that we are an existing member of. We look forward to working with public sector bodies within the west to carry on creating a proud legacy of high-quality infrastructure for the people of Scotland.”

Iain Marley CEO, hub West Scotland, added: “Our supply chain renewal focused on selecting organisations who clearly demonstrate a partnering approach and are committed to adding value to the delivery of projects and programmes.

“We are looking forward to working collaboratively to strengthen the hub partnership and delivering yet more fantastic community facilities in conjunction with our public and private sector partners.”

hub West Scotland was established in April 2012 and has to-date successfully delivered 20 facilities worth £130 million, with £138.5m projects currently under construction and many projects in development including health centres in Clydebank and Greenock and Stobhill Hospital Adult Acute and Elderly Continuing Care Facility.

The West hub territory has an operational boundary defined by the Greater Glasgow and Clyde region, the West territory is serviced by one health authority; NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde and six local authorities: East Dunbartonshire; West Dunbartonshire; East Renfrewshire; Renfrewshire; Inverclyde and Glasgow City Council. These organisations together with a number of other diverse public sector organisations are the participants within the territory.

Morrison Construction wins Contractor of the Year at education awards

The new £32m West Calder High School

The new £32m West Calder High School

Morrison Construction has named as the Contractor of the Year at the inaugural Education Buildings Scotland Awards held at Edinburgh’s International Conference Centre on November 21.

The awards were held on the first night of the two-day Education Buildings Scotland Exhibition and Conference.

The aim of this Scottish Government-partnered event is to bring together education built environment and policy professionals while recognising their achievements during the year.

Several Morrison Construction projects also won at the awards including West Calder High School with the Inspiring Learning Spaces Award and Tarbolton Community Campus for Innovation in Delivering a Sustainable Education Facility.

Morrison Construction divisional managing director, Ian Jubb, said: “To be the first to win the Contractor of the Year Award at Education Buildings Scotland Awards is an achievement to be proud of.

“We would not have won this award if not for our talented preconstruction and delivery teams whose dedication makes building these amazing projects possible.

“Our people work very hard for our clients to deliver facilities of the highest standard, which benefit the communities we work in for many years to come.”

Morrison Construction starts work on £15m Ardross Distillery

Ardross Distillery - Scene 7 - Stone Option - 01.12.16Morrison Construction has started works on the £15 million Ardross Distillery development in the scenic Averon Valley, 30 miles north of Inverness.

The project for Ardross Investments Ltd will involve the refurbishment and extension of a dilapidated farm complex on a private 50-acre site that includes Loch Dubh.

Once part of Ardross Mains Farm established in the nineteenth century, the steading buildings, farm house and cottages will be retained for the distillery. Stone and slate will be salvaged from existing buildings that have collapsed and will be used to rebuild walls and roofs of the development.

Walls at the rear of the main steading will be removed and rebuilt to increase the size of the building for a two-storey still house, tun room, mash house and milling area. This building will surround two large courtyards with parking to the front.

The two detached one-and-a-half storey cottages to each side of the main steading will become offices and staff accommodation. An old dairy building behind the staff accommodation will become a blending and product development lab. A three-storey house at the rear of the site will become a vaulted cask storage area and marketing suite, the boiler house will also be located at the side of this building.

Ardross Distillery - Scene 4 - Stone Option - 01.12.16In early 2018 two large copper stills and other process equipment for the distillery will be transported to site. Ardross Distillery will also house a customised gin distillery with the intention of launching its first product onto the market in late 2018.

Donald Mclachlan, Morrison Construction managing director, said: “Beginning construction is an exciting time and we look forward to continuing our work with Ardross Investments on this new distillery in the Highlands.

“We are proud to be working on this development, which reuses existing materials onsite, preserving the character of historic buildings.

“We will continue our engagement with local schools and wider community throughout construction ensuring the development has a lasting positive impact.”

This is the second distillery project that Morrison Construction will work on this year, having previously completed a whisky maturation warehouse at Glenmorangie’s Tain distillery.

Keppie contributes to Kilmarnock primary school success

P15_271_N767Whatriggs Primary School and Early Education Centre in Kilmarnock has been successfully handed over by Morrison Construction in advance of the new 2017 Autumn term.

Collaborating throughout with East Ayrshire Council’s architecture department and education team, Keppie Design developed the exemplar design provided at tender stage, remodelling the elevations and rationalising the plan to provide added value.

An amalgamation of two local schools (Kirkstyle and Bellfield Primaries), the school now accommodates approximately 500 pupils, with a further 110 places available within the Early Education Centre which caters for 0-5 year olds.

Constructed on the site of the Bellfield Community Centre, Keppie employed Hirst Landscape Architects to complete the design of all external spaces, responding to the council’s desire for less structured and more flexible play areas for all ages.

Morrison Construction and East Ayrshire Council recently celebrated the success of Whatriggs Primary School when they received the GO Best Service Award for Contractors working with the Scottish Public Sector.

P15_271_N802Keppie said it was delighted to have been involved in the evolution and construction of the design, which highlights one of the success stories within this type of public sector procurement.

Allan Cunningham, operations director for Morrison Construction Scotland, said: “Whatriggs is the latest school in our series of successful partnerships with Keppie, and an excellent example of Client, Contractor and Architect working in true partnership to deliver excellent outcomes. East Ayrshire Council had not previously followed a Design and Build route; but were impressed with our innovative and collaborative approach; Lesley Buntain’s professionalism and personal commitment to the project was instrumental in engaging all the project stakeholders, particularly school staff, to produce what has proven to be an exemplary design.

“The design itself, and the collaborative processes behind it have been recognised with national awards, and have set a high benchmark. It shows that good school design need not come with a cost premium, the key to success is to engage designers who deeply understand the education sector, and can relate to all the users, teachers and pupils to optimise the outcomes.”

P15_271_N752John Thomson, SENIOR ARCHITECT for East Ayrshire Council (EAC Capital Programme), said: “Early meetings after appointment at Keppie’s offices in Glasgow were instrumental in co-ordinating the input from all disciplines, and this early dialogue allowed the design to be developed in line with the aspirations of all key stakeholders from the various EAC departments that had to be incorporated. From the very outset Keppie Design took ownership of their particular design responsibilities and, with subtle modifications drawn from their schools experience, enhanced the council’s initial proposals. From the pre-development process right through to operations on site and completion there was a collaborative, can-do positive attitude.

“Their duty of care, professionalism and considerable input, including attendance at various client/end user workshops throughout the process was instrumental in the ultimate success of the project which was delivered exactly on programme ahead of the new school term this August.”

Lesley Buntain, associate for Keppie Design, added: “This was a great project for Keppie right from the start. The collaborative working relationship that developed between East Ayrshire Council and Morrison Construction created an open atmosphere where decisions really were made as a team. East Ayrshire Council, although the originators of the exemplar, were always willing to consider changes where we felt improvements could be made or value added. We always welcome feedback from everyone involved in projects, particularly teachers and their pupils, and we are especially pleased that everyone associated with Whatriggs seems to be thrilled with their new school.”

Godfrey Syrett’s education division is top of the class

A recent high school fit-out by Godfrey Syrett

A recent high school fit-out by Godfrey Syrett

Furniture manufacturer Godfrey Syrett is just weeks away from concluding its fourth Scottish school contract of 2017, after fitting out the new Kelso High School.

The £22 million state of the art facility in the Scottish Borders has been built by Morrison Construction and will accommodate 780 pupils.

After winning the contract following a competitive tender process, Godfrey Syrett took the architects original designs and converted them into a bespoke buildable solution whilst remaining within budget and programme.

Earlier in the year, the firm completed the installation of fitted and loose furniture at two brand new schools in South Ayrshire as part of a contract worth £328,000.

The state-of-the-art Tarbolton Community Campus caters for over 300 children and at Dailly Primary School a new two-storey building has replaced three previously separate buildings, with space for 100 pupils.

The schools form part of a wider investment by hub South West Scotland, which has a large pipeline of investment for schools in South Ayrshire.

The firm also completed a fit-out at the new £8.6m Duns Primary school in Berwickshire.

Godfrey Syrett’s education division accounts for almost 30% of the company’s turnover, with a dedicated team which delivers contracts directly with schools and main contractors.

Divisional director at Godfrey Syrett, Derek Mitchell, said: “2017 is proving to be a tremendous year for our education division, in terms of direct sales to schools as well as supporting main contractors such as Morrison Construction with new projects. We are building a strong reputation in Scotland and look forward to working on further projects in the future.”

The firm is also delivering a further three contracts amounting to £2m in South West Scotland on behalf of Graham Construction. The three secondary schools include a new £26.5m learning campus in Dalbeattie, as well as St Joseph’s College and North West Campus in Dumfries, all of which are being rebuilt under the Scottish Futures Trust.

Construction projects win big at GO Awards

Morrison Construction and East Ayrshire College with their award

Morrison Construction and East Ayrshire College with their award

Two construction projects have been honoured at the GO Awards Scotland for excellence in public procurement.

Morrison Construction Scotland and East Ayrshire Council were awarded the Best Service Award (Contractors working with the Scottish public sector) for bringing Whatriggs Primary School and Early Childhood Centre together with Kirkstyle and Bellfield primaries under the one roof – improving the learning opportunities of the pupils.

The scope of the project included a community library and early childhood centre for 110 children under five who would then attend the primary school and enhanced sporting facilities.

Transport Scotland’s A82 Pulpit Rock Improvement was crowned as the best Infrastructure Project of the Year for the reintroduction of two-way traffic, where signals had significantly restricted the flow of vehicles along the narrow 400m section of road.

The work, which was completed in a sensitive National Park location, provided a slender curving structure between the loch’s shores and a steep cliff-line, while being environmentally friendly to the surrounding area.

Transport Scotland celebrates its recognition

Transport Scotland celebrates its recognition

The GO Awards Scotland, organised by BiP Solutions, are the only awards dedicated to public procurement in the country. Winners were announced in front of 400 guests at a ceremony held in Glasgow’s Marriot Hotel during the recent two-day Procurex Scotland exhibition.

A total of 10 organisations received a trophy, with a triple success for the education sector which celebrated after collecting three prizes.

Other notable winners include Aberlour Child Care Trust for a creative approach to providing care homes for young people in the region and Falkirk Council which was crowned for its work on eliminating SOC from the procurement process.

Also making it to the podium on the night was City of Glasgow College, the University of Glasgow, Skills Development Scotland, Morrison Construction in partnership with East Ayrshire Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, NHS National Services Scotland with NHS Lanarkshire and Scotland Excel.

Simon Burges, group chief executive of GO Awards Scotland organiser BiP Solutions, said: “The quality of applications to this year’s GO Awards were exceptional, demonstrating the hard-work of procurement and supply chain professionals across Scotland. The judging panel thoroughly enjoyed the decision-making process, testament to the high-standard of work they were considering as well as the overall level and range of services which were delivered as a result of best practice procurement.

“A huge well done to Morrison Construction Scotland, East Ayrshire Council and Transport Scotland for two outstanding construction procurement projects which impressed the judges with their innovative work.”

The GO Awards Scotland event was set up in 2008 following the success of the UK-wide National GO Awards, established in 2002.