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Multi-million-pound sixth form college completes in Halifax

Calderdale’s state-of-the art education facility ready for September 2020

Calderdale Council has confirmed that construction on its new sixth form centre in Halifax town centre has completed ahead of the upcoming academic year.

A major milestone in the town centre’s wider regeneration plan, the project has seen the transformation of the unused central library building which has been turned into the home of the new, modern Trinity Sixth Form Trinity Sixth Form Academy interior 3Academy, with capacity to accommodate 600 students.

This success of the build is thanks to the council’s partnership with several organisations including Trinity Multi-Academy Trust, Rastrick High School, LDN Architects, blacc and MAC Construction Consultants.

The Sixth Form Centre will deliver an improved education and skills offering, helping retain talent locally.

This, alongside the Council’s wider ‘Next Chapter’ regeneration programme and Vision2024 – which will see the delivery of 12,000 sq ft. retail and 40,000 sq ft office space at Northgate House – will help increase footfall and will provide economic growth and employment opportunities in Halifax.

Take a first glimpse of the transformed building in this short film.

The Council will hand over the completed sixth form centre to Trinity Multi-Academy Trust in summer 2020 and work on Northgate House is expected to complete in Summer 2021.

Commenting on the build Cllr Jane Scullion, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Resources, said the completed sixth form centre is an ‘extraordinary example of regeneration’ and that it had given the former library building an ‘exciting new lease of life’.

Trinity Sixth Form Academy interior 2She went on to say that it was thanks to the ‘phenomenal amount of partnership work’ that the project had been able to reach completion in just 18 months – ‘especially with the added challenges of an exceptionally wet winter and the COVID-19 pandemic’.

Cllr Adam Wilkinson, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services, added that they were  proud that Calderdale now has its very own sixth form centre, and that they ‘couldn’t be more impressed with the top-quality design and construction work’.

Michael Gosling, CEO of Trinity Multi-Academy Trust, said: “We are extremely proud to be part of this significant and game-changing development. Seeing the Trinity Sixth Form Academy come to completion is a testament to our commitment in ensuring our students fulfil their potential and this new state-of-the-art building creates an impressive foundation to make that happen.”

Richard Crosby, Director at blacc, said: “As a Halifax based Construction Management business, we are incredibly proud to have delivered this project as principal contractor with Calderdale Council. There is something special about handing the keys over to a happy customer in our hometown of Halifax.

“The project shows what can be achieved when the customer, professional team and trades all work together. The sixth form centre is a truly amazing facility and will be a great asset to the pupils and the borough as a whole.”

Yusoff Ghaznavi, Managing Director at MAC Construction Consultants, who provided Quantity Surveying and Construction Design Management services on the project said: “Calderdale have been innovative and brave in their Construction Management procurement route.Trinity Sixth Form Academy interior

“It has been a delight to work with them and the broader team in achieving a major project milestone on an important piece of regeneration for the town centre and wider region.”

For more information about the Trinity Sixth Form Academy project visit http://calderdalenextchapter.co.uk/projects/halifax-northgate-house

The Northgate transformation is part of the Next Chapter to enable economic growth, reduce inequalities and build a sustainable future. For more information about this and other exciting developments in Calderdale, visit www.calderdalenextchapter.co.uk.

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Improvement work restart at Milton Keynes ‘most popular’ park

MAC Construction Consultants oversee exciting leisure development

Phase Two Improvement work set to improve the visitor experience at Milton Keynes’ 6,000-acre parkland and green space site, Willen Lake, are now back underway as construction contractor Ashe Construction returns to site.

The project will deliver an impressive new building that will house a purpose-built water sports centre where visitors will be able to enjoy wakeboarding activities, an inflatable watercourse – Aqua Parks – and a new café and restaurant.

Designed by Q2 Architects the building will have state-of-the-art facilities for customers including modern changing rooms, showers and additional toilets, whilst also being fully accessible with level access lifts.

Phase two of the improvement work is due to be completed in time for the 2021 summer season.

MAC Construction Consultants are overseeing the project management of the development and are providing Quantity Surveying and Safety, Health and Environment services.

Andrew Morris, Director of Ashe Construction said: “We are delighted to be re-mobilising the construction works on this exciting project. The recent events have served as a timely reminder of how important our green open spaces and recreational facilities are for our wellbeing.

“We look forward to the completion of the project because we are confident, we will then be in a place where the facilities can be utilised to their full potential, where friends and families can meet up and enjoy being together in the beautiful setting that Willen Lake affords.”

Dan Campbell, Senior Cost Manager at MAC added: “This is a truly impressive project being brought forward by The Parks Trust and will set the level of what all communities should strive for in terms of community space.

“It’s been fantastic to be able to get the project back on site safely, and we will be working closely with the team to ensure this project is delivered on time and on budget.”

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MAC Construction Consultants appointed on £18m residential scheme in Leeds

MAC Construction Consultants’ Safety, Health & Environment team have been appointed by the KMRE Group to deliver Client Advisor and Principal Designer services on its Kirkstall Road development in Leeds.

The firm has joined the construction team to produce a new private rental sector scheme (PRS) that will deliver 111 well-designed, safe, sustainable, modern apartments close to Leeds city centre.

The development will include a range of stylish one, two- and three-bedroom apartments, and construction is now on site and expected to complete in spring 2021.

The MAC team will be carrying out its services under CDM regulations and all construction activities on the project are being carried out in line with Government regulations.

Kam Mogul, Managing Director at KMRE Group said: “KMRE are pleased to have MAC join their professional team to deliver this scheme and we look forward to working with them across our portfolio of projects.”

Richard Dryden, National Lead for Safety, Health & Environment (SHE) and Project Services at MAC commented: “This is a well desired flagship scheme delivering much need housing close to Leeds city centre which will be able to be utilise by the student and professional communities.

“We are developing a successful relationship with KMRE Group and we are also working closely with the team to deliver a project in Nottingham.”

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MAC Construction Consultants appointed to deliver waterfront residential scheme in Nottingham

KMRE Group has appointed the Safety, Health & Environment team at MAC Construction Consultants to deliver Client Advisor and Principal Designer services on The Yacht Club Riverside development in Nottingham.

Overlooking the River Trent, the development is located between the city centre and West Bridgford, boasting excellent transport links with Nottingham Train Station under two miles away, and East Midlands Airport just a 40-minute drive away.

The project will deliver 81 luxury apartments ranging between one and three bedrooms, all of which will include smart technology and car parking, as well as an inspiring outdoor space for communal use.

The MAC team will be carrying out its services under CDM regulations and all construction activities on the project are being carried out in line with Government regulations.

Construction is now on site and expected to complete in spring 2021.

Kam Mogul, Managing Director at KMRE Group said: “KMRE are pleased to have MAC join their professional team to deliver this scheme and we look forward to working with them across our portfolio of projects.”

Richard Dryden, National Lead for Safety, Health & Environment (SHE) and Project Services at MAC commented: “This development will deliver high-quality modern apartments that currently aren’t available in this area of Nottingham and with 40% of the apartments already sold, they are clearly in high demand.

“We are continuing to develop a successful relationship with KMRE Group, and we are also working closely with the team to deliver a project in Leeds.”

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MAC Construction Consultants awarded place on £750m framework

Great Places Housing Group announces successful organisations on new scheme

Leading construction consultancy MAC joins triumphant consultants and contractors on the new four-year Innovation Chain North framework developed by Great Places Housing Group to support the delivery of new homes.

Placing social value at the heart of the framework, it will not only support Great Places’ very ambitious development programme in the North but also those of other Housing Associations operating across the North of England.

The framework renewal saw a 56 per cent increase in bidders seeking to deliver works and services; 183 companies applied to supply the framework. The majority of bidders applied for multiple lots, and in total 726 bids were evaluated across the 23 lots.

In total 113 suppliers – 30 Contractors and 83 Consultants – were successful.

The successful organisations were selected based on their technical competence, price, and their commitment to social value.

The new £750m framework will run until June 2024.

Social value pledges, including apprenticeships, work experience opportunities and volunteering hours were proposed by all suppliers and through a collaborative approach, we will be seeking these pledges to be applied on every new development.

Helen Spencer, Great Places’ Director of Development, said: “We are delighted to be working with MAC Construction Consultants on our new ICN framework.

“We are confident they will be able to work with us and the clients of ICN in delivering the sector’s extensive development ambitions in the North.

“We were delighted to have a huge response from the market and receive high quality proposals and substantial social value pledges for our communities. We are now looking forward to mobilising the framework and working together on new projects with MAC Construction Consultants supporting us with Building Surveying and Clerk of Works services.”

Joanne Whitehead, Great Places’ Procurement and Performance Manager, said: “Well done to MAC Construction Consultants and all the organisations who have been awarded a place on the framework.

“We received a large number of high-quality bids and we now have an excellent group of contractors and consultants covering a wide range of disciplines to support our housing delivery ambitions.

“Great Places and the other housing providers who access the framework look forward to working with them all in the future.”

Yusoff Ghaznavi Managing Director at MAC Construction Consultants commented: “To be awarded a place on the scheme shows the value and competence in our service offering and our highly able team, it truly is a fantastic achievement.

“Having a significant presence across the north, with offices in Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield, we are looking forward to working with Great Places’ to support the delivery of much needed homes across the North of England.”