akp awarded four commercial and early years contracts
Construction, refurb and fit-out firm akp Scotland has been awarded four significant commercial and early years contracts in the Central Belt.
The first contract with Registers of Scotland was awarded through its Small to Medium Works Framework Agreement and will see akp overhaul the VRF system within Meadowbank House. This will provide individualised comfort control, and simultaneous heating and cooling in different zones for the staff.
This award brings the total combined value of projects awarded under the framework to £2.3 million over the last five years.
To reduce the project’s carbon emissions and fuel consumption, akp is working with local supply chain members based in the Lothians as well as local environmental consultants.
The second and third contracts are internal and external alterations at two nurseries within Dunblane and Newton Schools for Stirling Council. Works to the two buildings will run concurrently and will include but are not limited to; plumbing, electrical, new central heating and decoration.
The final contract akp has secured is for the extensive refurbishment of the prestigious Category A Grosvenor Building. The Grosvenor Building was designed by Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson as commercial premises in 1860, ravaged by fire and then re-constructed to the original design in 1864. In 1907 it was restructured by James H Craigie who was enlisted to add an extra two storeys to the building.
The building was damaged again by fire in 1967 and rebuilt as office space, before further redevelopment in 1992. With only the façade remaining it is a seriously under-appreciated building considering its history and prominent position opposite Central Station.
To ensure the efficient delivery of projects, akp has been working with global documentation experts Multivista, who specialise in capturing all aspects of construction projects from fit-out to large scale new build, using cutting-edge reality capture technology to meet all visual construction documentation needs. The digital capture technologies compliment social distancing and eliminate the need for numerous members of a project team to gather on site.
Site condition visibility using Multivista High-Frequency 360 Digital Progression capture will provide design team and supply chain with immersive digital coverage of our sites and reduce the need for non-key personnel to visit site. 360 captures all the construction activity as it occurs on a weekly basis, just in time for progress meetings and reporting with project stakeholders.
Roz Malcolm, business development manager for akp, said: “We are delighted to bring our expertise to these projects, delivering them safely, efficiently, and sustainably. Throughout, we will implement both our own and industry innovations as well as providing excellent workmanship, to successfully deliver these early years and commercial projects for our clients.”