TÜV SÜD recognises talent with new promotions

The Real Estate division of TÜV SÜD has announced a number of recent promotions across the business in the UK and Ireland.

The firm said the promotions are a testament to the hard work and dedication of the individuals involved and the success of its wider ambition to develop its own talent.

Amongst the promotions are a number of senior awards including Barry McKeane who has been promoted to location director of the Glasgow office and Scott Durham who will assume the role of location director in Edinburgh.

In addition, Grant Dalgleish and John Davidson have been promoted to director and associate respectively, also within the Edinburgh office.

Steve Bruce has been promoted to director in the Aberdeen office and Mark Bryan has been promoted to director in London, along with Rachel Straughan who has been promoted to business development manager.

Allan McGill, managing director of the TÜV SÜD Real Estate Division, said “I’m delighted to announce these promotions, which are all well-deserved and have been made in recognition of the positive contribution that each of these individuals has made to the business, particularly over the last year. I’m especially pleased that the likes of Barry, Mark, Scott, Grant and Steve have all graduated from our in-house Next Generation development programme and that John has come through our newly introduced Outlook programme.

“I wish each of them continued success in the new roles and I’m confident they will help drive our business forward, in their respective regions, in the months and years ahead.”

NHS Orkney hospital tops out

NHS Orkney tops out

A ceremony has taken place to mark a major milestone for NHS Orkney’s new flagship hospital and healthcare facility.

The £64 million project will see the development of a purpose built facility to replace the existing Balfour Hospital in Kirkwall, two GP practices and the Public Dental Service.

NHS Orkney chief executive, Cathie Cowan, and members of the NHS Orkney Board, formally held the topping out ceremony alongside representatives from Robertson Group.

Cathie Cowan said: “This is a proud moment for NHS Orkney and marks a vital step towards ensuring we can continue to provide high quality care in Orkney for generations to come.

“We are absolutely delighted that this stage of the project has been reached, with our fantastic new facility a step closer to reality. NHS Orkney staff have worked tirelessly to make this happen, and local residents have been incredibly patient and supportive. Once again, my thanks go to the Scottish Government and Scottish Futures Trust for their support in this project.

“This will be a truly first class facility and the benefits it brings shouldn’t be underestimated. On a personal level it is great to see our hospital and healthcare facility take shape. I am in no doubt that this facility will enable us to provide even better care and services, as well as help us attract clinical professionals from across the country and further afield. When I joined NHS Orkney we had a vision to bring where appropriate and safe, more services back to Orkney. I am delighted this vision is now a reality as a result of this significant investment in healthcare here in Orkney.”

Bill Robertson, founder and executive chairman, Robertson Group, added: “Tremendous progress has been made on the new hospital and healthcare facility since work started earlier this year. The topping out ceremony represents a major milestone and brings us one step closer to completing the facility in 2019.

“Many of our businesses have been involved in the project, from Capital Projects to Construction and Facilities Management – and that expertise has been crucial in building a strong partnership with NHS Orkney.

“We have also forged great relationships with the local community, putting them at the heart of the project and providing apprentice and graduate opportunities, not to mention creating opportunities for local SMEs.”

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Keppie Design has been appointed as architects, while AECOM and TUV SUD make up the rest of the successful team.

Global professional services consultancy WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff secured the role of Independent Tester on the project last year.

The scheme is due to be completed in spring 2019.

World first for Faith School Campus in Newton Mearns

096 - Faith School without LogoThe first of its kind, £13.8m project will see the Faith Schools’ joint campus open its door for the new school term beginning next month.

The state-of-the-art build is scheduled to open in August and will be the first school to specifically welcome pupils of both Catholic and Jewish faiths under the one roof.

Situated in Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire, the project serves as a replacement for Calderwood Lodge and has space for an additional Catholic school and provision for a nursery.

Although both schools will have separate entrances, teaching blocks and head teachers, the pupils will all share the same flexible meeting place, which revolves around an amphitheatre.

Heron Bros completed the design and build of the campus, which includes a multi-purpose assembly hall, an open atrium and outdoor terraces which provide extra teaching spaces, along with extensive planting and landscaping provided externally throughout the site.

Architects BDP, service engineers TUV-SUD and structural engineers Blyth & Blyth were all involved in the project, along with local subcontractors Marmac Services who provided the M&E installations and Cleartech Group Ltd who carried out the HVAC commissioning and water treatment services throughout the campus.

TUV SUD Real Estate goes from strength to strength in North East

(from left) Derek Andrew, Steve Bruce and Andy Forbes

(from left) Derek Andrew, Steve Bruce and Andy Forbes

TUV SUD Real Estate has announced a strong order book for its Aberdeen & Dundee offices.

Formerly known as Wallace Whittle, the business became part of the TUV SUD Group in 2011 and is currently re-branding as TUV SUD Real Estate to underline their multi-discipline consultancy offer, which includes Mechanical & Electrical Building Services, Sustainability, Lighting, Vertical Transportation, Fire & Acoustics.

The business was named CIBSE Employer of the Year in 2016 and has now become one of the few consultancies to have attained formal BIM Level 2 certification by BSI.

Despite the slowdown of oil & gas related work the business has continued to secure design commissions for major projects including the new £50 million Aberdeen FC stadium and training facility at Kingsford, the £51m Inverurie Academy as well as significant student accommodation projects at Caledon (150 units) & Pittodrie Street (550 units) and the Aberdeen Journal’s relocation to Marischal Square & Plot 2 at Dundee Waterfront.

The firm has also been working on the proposed £97m re-development of Broadford Works. In addition, it currently has local framework appointments with Aberdeenshire Council, Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeen International Airport, hub North Scotland and hub East Central Scotland.

Andy Forbes, location director for TUV SUD Real Estate’s Aberdeen & Dundee offices, said: “We have had to adapt to the changing circumstance in the local market, and I believe we have done so successfully as our strong order book demonstrates. We also have a respected and experienced management team in Derek Andrew who leads our mechanical team and Steve Bruce who now steps up, following a restructuring, to lead our electrical team. We are also actively growing our office and workload in Dundee and the surrounding area.

“It is a challenging time for our industry with ever changing and more onerous regulations and advances in technology, not to mention a relentless drive for value for money. We thrive on these challenges and I’m confident in our ability to meet them head on for the benefit of our clients and fellow professionals.”

Plans unveiled for £16m subsea Centre of Excellence in East Kilbride

subseaGerman company TÜV SÜD AG has unveiled plans to establish a new £16 million Centre of Excellence (CoE) for subsea development in East Kilbride.

The investment at its TÜV SÜD Limited (NEL) site in the Scottish Enterprise Technology Park will help cement Scotland’s position as a global leader in the subsea engineering and oil & gas sector.

TÜV SÜD AG will invest £11.1m to develop the CoE, while Scottish Enterprise will provide a £4.9m research and development grant.

The facility will enable NEL to provide world leading fluid flow technical services to the global oil & gas production market over the next 25 years.

In addition, the CoE will offer potential benefits to companies in other sectors such as nuclear power, food and drink, aerospace and renewable energy.

Overall, development will create at least 17 new jobs and safeguard a further 82 roles once it is built over the next two years.

Speaking during a visit to the Scottish Enterprise Technology Park, economy secretary Keith Brown said: “It is a testament to the international standing of the oil and gas sector in Scotland that the company has chosen to make this investment.

“It also reflects the bright future that the oil and gas industry and its supply chain can enjoy, especially when supported by innovations such as this Centre for Excellence for Flow Measurement and Fluid Mechanics‎.

“When complete, the centre will place Scotland as a world leader in this exciting field. This will not only help the oil and gas sector to maximise economic recovery, but could have wide-ranging benefits for the food and drink, renewable and aerospace industries, supporting sustainable growth across the Scottish economy.”

Brian Millington, NEL’s managing director, said: “This will be an enormous boost for NEL’s business given all the oil & gas sector challenges of recent years, and will represent a superb opportunity to maintain and enhance NEL’s profile of a genuine world-leader in flow measurement.”

Managing director of strategy and sectors at Scottish Enterprise, Linda Hanna, added: “Our £4.9m contribution was the catalyst behind NEL securing over £11 million of funding from its parent company, ensuring the skills and expertise at NEL are anchored in Scotland for the long term.

“This new facility will offer research facilities and a breadth of capability unmatched anywhere else in the world, supporting Scotland’s oil & gas sector to maximise its global competitiveness and position Scotland as a global leader in multiphase flow measurement.”

Financial close reached on £64m NHS Orkney scheme

NHS Orkney health facility Courtyard ViewWork to deliver a new hospital and healthcare facilities in Orkney will get underway soon after Robertson Capital Projects achieved financial close with NHS Orkney on the £64 million project.

The project will see the development of a purpose built facility to replace the existing Balfour Hospital in Kirkwall, two GP practices and the Public Dental Service.

Working with a Scottish Government long-term project finance solution, Robertson will be responsible for providing investment funding, entering into a 25-year partnership with NHS Orkney and delivering the design & build and facilities management contracts.

Keppie Design has been appointed as architects, while AECOM and TUV SUD make up the rest of the successful team.

Global professional services consultancy WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff secured the role of Independent Tester on the project last year.

Features include developing some 14,500m2 of accommodation wrapped around a single fluid space. The project will provide a total of 49 en-suite bedrooms for inpatient, assessment, maternity and mental health needs. Clinical accommodation includes emergency, theatres, endoscopy, day surgery, cancer and palliative care, radiology, dental, ambulance, renal, mortuary, pharmacy and outpatients.

Two local GP practices will also co-locate in the new building together with support accommodation including catering, staff changing, ICT, decontamination, energy, multi-faith, clinical support and general FM.

Cathie Cowan, chief executive at NHS Orkney, said: “I am delighted that we have reached financial close. The new facility is part of NHS Orkney’s wider ambitious healthcare investment programme. She added ‘I am looking forward to working in partnership with Robertson to deliver the biggest single site capital project in Orkney.

“During the course of the contract Robertson has committed to delivering a range of local community benefits and we look forward to monitoring the long-term impact of this substantial investment for Orcadians.”

Neil McCormick, managing director of Robertson Capital Projects, said: “Robertson will use the skills of its capital projects, construction and facilities management subsidiaries to deliver this major new healthcare investment in Orkney.

“This underlines our significant role as a major partner with the NHS in the delivery of the very best clinical and user focused NHS accommodation. We would like to thank NHS Orkney for the significant effort and leadership they have demonstrated in driving forward this unique project and look forward to progressing site based operations in the immediate future.”

The scheme is due to be completed in spring 2019.

TUV SUD makes new senior appointment

Paul McDevitt

Paul McDevitt

TUV SUD Ltd has announced the appointment of Paul McDevitt, formerly managing director of specialist construction industry consultants Business Fix Limited, to the newly created senior role of business and staff development director.

In his new role, Paul will the lead the marketing/ business development functions and will head up the firm’s newly created training Academy, which will become the central focus for developing staff from across the TUV SUD businesses in the UK.

Commenting on the new appointment, Allan McGill, managing director of the TUV SUD Real Estate business, said: “We are delighted that Paul has decided to join us in this newly created role. He has worked with a few of our Business units in the UK already, in a consultancy capacity and we know the value he can bring to the business, as we look to grow in each of our chosen market sectors. Paul brings with him real strategic vision and a genuine passion for talent development.

“Setting up our Academy represents a significant investment and demonstrates our commitment to developing our people at all levels, across all our businesses in the UK. Paul will report directly to me and will be based in our Glasgow office, on Bath Street.”

Paul McDevitt said: “I’m absolutely delighted to take on this new and exciting challenge. I have really enjoyed my time setting up and growing Business Fix Ltd, however opportunities like this do not come around too often, so when Allan asked me to join I jumped at the chance. I look forward to working with Allan and all my new colleagues at TUV SUD Ltd.”

New Aberdeen school campus clears planning

Stoneywood school AberdeenWork is to start on a new school two-stream primary school campus and nursery early next month after the project was given the all clear by Aberdeen City Council.

The Stoneywood Primary School will be constructed on the grounds of the former Bankhead Academy which was demolished following a fire in 2012. The site is near the A96 Aberdeen to Inverurie road.

Designed by Scott Brownrigg to accommodate 16 classrooms with direct access to the surrounding grounds, the facility will accommodate 434 pupils from the existing school. The new building will also include eco-friendly facilities such as low-energy central heating and solar panels, while a Toucan crossing will be built on Old Meldrum Road.

Stoneywood school Aberdeen 2Morgan Sindall Construction has been appointed to deliver the new school, assisted by Fairhurst Structures, TUV-SUD, Wardell Armstrong Landscape and Faithful and Gould quantity surveyors.

Councillor Angela Taylor, education and children’s services committee convener, said: “This shows we are delivering on education which was our number one commitment. We are showing this with our investment.

“We are going to have six schools built or started which is phenomenal. I’m delighted Stoneywood is to start.”

Stoneywood school Aberdeen 3Cllr Taylor added the council is doing all it can to repair or replace schools not fit for purpose.

“We have found our estate wasn’t looked after properly for a number of years,” she said.

“We have tried to look at it logically and to build schools which are big enough.

“Kids need a modern education and they need new schools to learn in.

“It will be finished by March but pupils won’t go into it until after the Easter holidays.”

The project is expected to be completed in March 2018.

Keppie returns to Orkney with new hospital deal

Atrium FrontKeppie Design has been appointed as architects on the £60 million Hospital and Healthcare Facilities in Orkney.

Being constructed by Robertson Construction Group, the new general hospital will facilitate and support the delivery of Health and Social Care services to the 21,000 strong population of the Orkney Islands.

AECOM and TUV SUD make up the rest of the successful team.

Main EntranceIn a challenging environment and exposed site location, the concept development was one focused on creating interesting spaces shielded from the often extreme weather conditions. The distinctive curves of the building protect the main entrance space and inpatient accommodation and is a reference to and acknowledgement of the historical architectural form which is unique to the Islands.

The building will accommodate a diverse range of departments which are designed to be flexible both at user level, supporting complex staffing conditions, and for future expansion and service planning.

KEP-XXX-XX_4540-001 Landscape Site Plan.pdfAccommodation comprises of flexible integrated wards, Maternity, Palliative Care Unit, Outpatients, GPs practices, Dental, Emergency Department, Radiology, Pharmacy and Labs, Operating Theatres and a Central Decontamination Unit.

Keppie have previously delivered award winning schools on the islands at both Kirkwall and Stromness.

David Ross, design director at Keppie, said: “We’re thrilled to have been appointed to such an important and exciting project. It’s great to be back working in Orkney, where our previous experience of island life, people and their values helped inform our successful hospital submission. Close and continued collaboration with key stakeholders from both the NHS and the local community has been vital to our understanding of the needs and aspirations of all involved.”