Firm celebrates a year of building on its success

One of the biggest achievements was exceeding 1,000,000 man hours – over 12 months – without a reportable accident.

A NORTH East firm is celebrating a year of impressive achievements. Kier North East is celebrating a number of highlights during 2009.

One of the biggest achievements was exceeding 1,000,000 man hours – over 12 months – without a reportable accident.

Kier North East regional director Steve Flint said: “My thanks and appreciation go to all Kier North East staff who have contributed to our ongoing safety success and demonstrates what can be achieved by maintaining that health and safety stays at the top of our agenda.”

Earlier this year Kier was announced as North Tyneside’s joint venture partner for the for the next 10 years – with the flexibility of a five-year extension – to carry out repairs and maintenance to North Tyneside’s 16,000 council homes and council buildings.

The joint venture will deliver much of the council's strategic investment work – potentially estimated to be over £600m over the next 10 years in total. It will also be able to bid for other third party projects in the borough on the open market

Kier North East completed the ‘ZEBRA’ (Zero Emissions Building Renewing Alnwick) multi award-winning project at Lion House in Alnwick. The project was for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to replace the Lion House office with a new ultra-low emission building. The new- build environmentally friendly and innovative offices, achieved the highest BREEAM office rating in the UK in 2008 and holds the first ‘A+’ Energy Performance Certificate for a Government building. This net zero carbon development won the National BREEAM Award for 2008 in the Office category.

The ZEBRA project has picked up a raft of awards this year including the 2009 North East constructing Excellence Legacy Award – Sustainability and the 2009 RICS North East Renaissance Award for Sustainability. The accolades don’t end there the building has also scooped the Property Week Sustainable Achievement of the Year, the CIBSE Low Carbon Awards New Build Project of the Year, Green Apple Award and the Offices category at the national BREEAM Awards. The project was short-listed for Prime Minister’s building of the year and the Environmental Project of the Year.

Kier North East has successfully completed a number of significant projects this year including, the successful completion of the £6m new-build phase of North Rooad Primary School, in Darlington. The site team received an excellent score of 37.5 out of 40 from the considerate constructor’s scheme assessor, which reflects the hard work and close liaison the site had with the existing school. The team have impressed Darlington Borough Council with their school and community interaction.

Her Majesty the Queen came to Newcastle to open the Great North Museum: Hancock following the successful completion of construction work carried out by Kier North East. The museum has exceeded everyone’s expectations by getting over 50,000 visitors in the first week and its well on course to smash the number of expected visitors in one year, which is a huge success. Kier North East also handed over the £2.5m new build Carleton PICU unit in Carlisle in the last few weeks. One of Kier North East’s biggest jobs completed this year was the £22m new-build house block for Frankland prison for NOMS handed over.

Steve Flint, regional director, said: “We have performed well, notwithstanding the harsh economic conditions that prevailed this year. We have been successful in delivering some very prestigious projects and despite the tough market conditions attained a healthy order book for next year. Our performance is the result of our strength in the public sector but is largely due to the quality, capability and professionalism of our staff who pay great attention to our customers needs.”


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