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Highlands and Islands Enterprise awards property framework contract

Kier 1Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has appointed Kier as one of four construction firms on its new prime contractor framework to deliver the majority of its building projects that will create new jobs.

In the agreement, which will last up to four years, Kier joins Galliford Try Construction, Mansell Construction Services, and Robertson Construction to work on projects estimated to be worth around £6 million per year.

HIE director of regional development, Carroll Buxton, commented: “We are delighted to have agreed a contract with these four highly skilled and respected companies, all of which have strong links to the area.

“This partnership framework approach provides flexibility for the businesses and healthy competition for us which will ensure best value for the public purse.”

From its offices in Aberdeen, Kier is currently working on a number of projects across the region and its appointment on the framework will further strengthen the relationship between Kier and the HIE, established through the delivery of projects via the Scape National Minor Works Framework, on which Kier is the sole contractor.

Kier Construction regional managing director, Brian McQuade, said: “The appointment to HIE’s framework will provide Kier with an excellent opportunity to continue its relationship with local communities delivering employment and training opportunities in various disciplines and professions in the construction industry.

“Kier looks forward to supporting HIE in its role as the economic and community development agency for the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

“Our knowledge and relationship with the local supply chain combined with our national buying power will deliver best value construction solutions that will support community benefits and development throughout the highlands.”

HIE is now discussing a number of pipeline projects with the businesses and hopes to award the first projects under the framework later in 2013.


Kier to upgrade Harlow housing

Kier 1Repairs and maintenance provider, Kier is further extending its work in Harlow with an additional £4.5 million contract to improve Harlow Council’s housing stock.

Kier began working with Harlow Council in 2007 when a joint venture partnership, Kier Harlow, was formed to provide a number of services to the town from housing repairs for the council’s 10,000-plus properties to street scene and grounds maintenance.

Due to start in June this year, the additional contract sees Kier appointed as principal contractor to work alongside Kier Harlow in improving kitchens and bathrooms throughout the council’s housing stock.

Continuing for up to four years, the works will upgrade all of Harlow Council-owned properties to ensure they meet and surpass the Government’s Decent Homes standard requirements.

Kier Services planned works manager Christopher Bunker is responsible for delivering the programme. He said: “The partnership will operate from our existing Kier Harlow base and will benefit considerably from the wealth of existing knowledge within the JVCo team.

“Kier is very proud of the contract award and is looking forward to making a big difference in residents’ homes – I’d like to say a big well done to all those involved in securing the work.”

Kier Harlow operations director, John Phillips said: “It is Kier’s goal to continuously improve the customer’s experience in Harlow and this contract together with new team members will be pivotal in achieving our aim. I would also like to extend my sincere appreciation to the team who worked hard to secure this contract.”

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Green Deal joins forces with Kier to boost the trades

Kier Services is the latest big builder to gain Green Deal accreditation from leading certification body NICEIC paving the way for employment in the trades.

Kier Services is now certified to carry out installer work and improve the energy efficiency of existing domestic and non-domestic buildings.

Green Deal is the Government’s flagship scheme to reduce energy emissions from homes and buildings across the UK. It is forecast to create thousands of new jobs in the building services engineering sector.

Last month the new Energy Company Obligations (ECO) was launched, with the aim of making up to 14 million homes more efficient through insulation, draught proofing, double glazing and other measures which are designed to reduce the energy usage.

Scott Murray, head of energy at Kier, said, “Kier has a great track record in providing repairs and maintenance in the housing sector, maintaining in excess of 300,000 homes – together with success in delivering similar government backed energy efficient and funded schemes such as the Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP) and CERT.

“As these current initiatives are phased out, Kier aims to be at the forefront of the Government’s new flagship initiative, not only helping to reduce carbon emissions by fitting energy efficiency measures, but by working with customers to consider changes in their behaviours to help combat the challenges of fuel poverty.”

NICEIC offer certification to any business wishing to become a Green Deal installer or advisor. The certification process ensures standards are maintained by any business undertaking Green Deal work for consumers.

Green Deal approval involves checks of all quality procedures within an organisation in addition to an ability to carry out the work. By going through these rigorous checks customers can have confidence in the firm they select to carry out the work.

Green Deal Project Manager at NICEIC, Nick Wright, said: “We are delighted to have worked with Kier on this important initiative. Green Deal installers will be responsible for carrying out the work which will see millions of homes across the UK upgraded to improve energy efficiency.

“It is vital that all firms carrying out this type of work have the correct and appropriate procedures in place. Consumers need to have confidence in the firms they employ to make Green Deal a success.”


Get a job with Kier

Kier Supplier Day– Sign Up

Construction workers from Merseyside and West Lancashire, are being invited to meet prospective client Kier Construction at a Constructionline ‘Meet the Buyer’ event on Wednesday 24th October 2012. Kier’s Construction division have secured the contract to deliver a joint Command and Control Centre for Mersey Fire and Rescue Services and Merseyside Police

Event Details

Date: 24th October 2012
Time: 8:30am and 1:30pm.
Venue: Merseyside Fire & Rescue Services HQ, Bridle Road, Bootle, L30 1NY

The event, being held at Mersey Fire & Rescue Services HQ, will see small and medium sized construction companies meet face to face with Kier Construction to discuss working on this project. Kier is looking to build a local supply chain of contractors.

Please note this work is being carried out as part of the North West Construction Hub and as part of Kier’s commitment to the Construction Hub payments terms to all subcontractors have been set at 35 days, to ease the cash flow pressures on SME’s.

The works are due for completion in early 2014 with an overall projected contract value of £6M and will cover the following:

  • > Groundworks
  • > Structural Steelwork
  • > Metal Decking
  • > Brick & Blockwork
  • > External Render
  • > Membrane Roofing
  • > Single Ply Roofing
  • > Curtain Walling
  • > Windows
  • > Roof & Wall Cladding
  • > Electrical & Mechanical related trades
  • > Fire Protection
  • > Metalwork
  • > Lifts
  • > Handrails & Balustrades.
  • > Raised Access Flooring
  • > Labour-only Joinery
  • > Bespoke Joinery
  • > WC Cubicles
  • > Partitions
  • > Ceramic Wall Tiling
  • > Flooring
  • > Suspended Ceilings
  • > Floor Finishings
  • > Vinyl and Carpets
  • > Glazed screens
  • > Movable Walls
  • > Kitchen/Catering Equipment
  • > Steel Doors
  • > Landscaping
  • > Final Clean
  • > Scaffolding
  • > Macadam
  • > Fencing
  • > White Lining
  • > Mastic Pointing
  • > Signage
  • > Painting & Decorating
  • > Demolition & Alterations

By attending our event, you will have the opportunity to Meet face to face with Kier Construction Key personnel and find out about our upcoming opportunity

For more details and registration

Two construction firms brave the recession to announce big profits

Despite all the depressing forecasts surrounding the construction industry (the recent GDP figures being the main one), numerous construction firms are announcing profits for 2011.

Last week Galliford Try, Costain and Morgan Sindall revealed big profits and even bigger order books for 2011 and 2012, and now Kier and North Midland Construction has followed suit.

North Midland Construction, who are based at Sutton-in-Ashfield, posted a 34% increase in revenue to £51 million, which is a 10.6% profit. With an expected income of £152 million this year, 2011 is expected to be a good year for North Midland Construction, which of course is good news for contractors living in the Midlands, as bigger profits mean more projects and more jobs.

Kier managed a 2% rise in profits so far in 2011 and healthy order books for the next year. Kier has won £600m-worth of contracts this year and has a full order book for the first 6 months of this year and 80% of work secured for 2012.

Like this story? Read Trio of construction company’s secure big profit for 2011 on Train4TradeSkills News

Forget the recession: Construction trio record big profits

Isn’t there supposed to be a recession on? Isn’t the construction industry set to be in some sort of economic meltdown? Apparently not, as three giants of the construction world have just announced big profits.

Construction firms Belway, Kier and John Sisk have all announced big profits over the last few months, which can only be good for the industry, in terms of creating jobs and helping the UK dig itself out of the financial mess it found itself in.

Bellway Homes have announced they have profits of £24 million and are looking to expand their projects by around 5% this year. The housebuilder is planning to build 2,000 new homes between now and the summer and have planning permission for over 18,000 homes around the UK.

Bellway’s surge in the amount of new homes they can build is promising for contractors around the UK, as the more homes built, means more jobs for plumbing, electrical and gas contractors.

Kier today announced that they have won £95 million of new construction contracts in the last month, and are set for new projects in Northamptonshire, Gosport and the East Midlands.

And to top it all off, contractors John Sisk & Son have increased their turnover by 73% for 2010, they revealed today.

Just goes to show that it’s not all doom and gloom in construction. Some firms are struggling, but new jobs are being created all the time as some companies flourish in the difficult economic times.

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Cameron to clamp down on dominance over large construction firms

It’s always been the same: the strong survive, the weak struggle. But David Cameron wants to change all that, by demanding that smaller construction firms get a seat at the bargaining table.

CN Plus report that the Prime Minister revealed in his speech at the Conservative Party Spring Forum in Cardiff that he wants smaller to medium construction companies to get a fairer deal and make sure all the big construction firms don’t have a monopoly over the industry and get all the best contracts.

In his speech, Mr Cameron attacked public sector procurement managers who just rely on large contractors to do the work, calling them “enemies of enterprise.”

The Prime Minister elaborated by saying that people, “who think that the answer to everything is a big contract with a big business and who shut out millions of Britain’s small and medium sized companies from a massive potential market.”

The government are committed to help smaller construction companies win more work and make the industry fairer.

This speech from David Cameron comes at a time where construction firms, including Taylor Wimpey, Persimmon, Kier and Galliford Try have announced profits over the last few months.

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