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MAC Construction Consultants secures £30m of vital funding for education clients

Funding grants awarded for 45 projects at education academies across the UK

MAC Construction Consultant’s specialist education arm has successfully secured Condition Improvement Funding (CIF) for 45 projects nationally, totalling more than £30m for roofing, window, heating, block refurbishment and extension projects in a record-breaking year for the company.

Eleven of MAC’s client schools were awarded funding for two projects which is a huge achievement given the highly competitive nature of the CIF programme.

The funding is available to academies, sixth-form colleges and non-diocesan VA schools looking to improve the condition of their facilities by making sure their buildings are safe and in good working order, the CIF is made available from the Government on an annual basis.

The DfE received requests for more than £1.45 billion for over 4,350 projects in this round.

Funding allocated totalled £434m for 1,476 projects at 1,243 academies, sixth-form colleges and non-diocesan voluntary aided schools has been provided.

Primarily used to address any compliance, or safety health and environment issues, the funds can also be utilised to support expansion projects at schools which are rated as ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, and which can demonstrate need to accommodate more pupils.

MAC Construction Consultants are now working with clients to help them deliver these projects on time and on budget following the delays to this year’s funding announcement due to Coronavirus.

The firm have previously secured over £50m of capital funding for academies through this process. In addition to working to deliver these projects successfully, the team are also preparing to produce bid submissions for the next funding round which is anticipated in the Autumn and look forward to the wider announcements regarding additional capital funding for schools.

Jonathan Jones, Associate Director at MAC Construction Consultants commented: “Now more than ever, school facilities need to be able to offer an environment that is safe for children and it’s truly a fantastic achievement for us as a team so have once again such a high success rate.

“These coming months will be some of our busiest and we will be working harder than ever to make sure we can put together appropriate schedules to make sure schools can benefit as early as possible.”

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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.”

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Making sure workspaces are safe for when you plan to return to work

Director and Head of Safety, Health and Environment, Richard Dryden:

As a responsible business owner, the safety, health, and environment of where your team carry out work, is something which will undoubtedly be important to you.

As somebody who works in this arena, I have seen significant changes over recent years as many have gone beyond the basics of meeting compliance standards in order to deliver workspaces that genuinely suits the needs of all employees.

While many such buildings have been largely dormant since the end of March when the lockdown period was first announced, businesses are now looking to start reintroducing their workforce to their office sites and considering how best to do so.

One of the first things a business owner should consider in such circumstances is whether there is any aspect of the building and maintenance that may need to be checked by a professional given the recent lack of use.

I would recommend having a designated ‘Workspace Manager’ who is assigned to visit the premises in order to coordinate contractors and test that everything is working correctly –  including the water supply, electrics, heating, air conditioning and alarm / security systems.

When selecting this person consider how far they will need to travel to the office (and how) and their Seniority.

If there are any issues, they can then make all relevant team members aware and if this is a managed space, they can notify your landlord. You will also want to request that they audit and test all electrical equipment and ensure these have all PAT tests are still valid. After testing these should, where possible, be stored away and unplugged from the main electrical supply. This will help prevent fire hazards (and potentially save on electricity bills if somebody has left something on standby for the last two months).

This will mean the general maintenance of the space will be upkept, and as a result will help to mitigate any delays when you do return to work.

Following this, I would familiarise yourself with the latest documentation published by GOV.UK. On the 11 May, the Government published eight guides to help employers, employee’s and self-employed workers understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

Now, like with many things at the minute, this should not be taken as gospel as lots of advice is being updated weekly if not daily to respond to the latest guidelines set out. However, this should be adhered to if you plan to return to work in the coming weeks. For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19

A lot of the advice as you may guess ultimately aids staff and customers to social distance whilst at work. You may therefore need you to consider restructuring the layout of your workspace to allow safe working distances of 2 metres.

When doing so, make sure you carry out full risk assessments in response to this. This should make sure things such as fire exists, trailing cables and route obstructions become clear before returning to work ensuring this continues to be a safe place.

Something else which should be considered is the cleanliness, hygiene, and welfare of the space. If you work in hospitality, you may need to consider extra precautionary equipment such as gloves and face masks when serving customers. Whereas in an office environment you may request that staff wipe down their workspaces twice a day in addition to a weekly office deep clean.

We understand during these times, you may have concerns about returning to work and making sure your workspaces are safe. If you have any questions my team are on hand to provide advice and guidance on all aspects relating to Safety, Health and Environment.

For more information please contact me on 07961 231 937 and richarddryden@macconsultingltd.com.

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How to counter the negative impact of increased handwashing in the construction industry

While hand washing is not a new concept it has, arguably, never been more of a hot topic as the country works together in a bid to halt the spread of coronavirus through human contact and cross contamination.

The evidence suggest that the additional precautionary measures in place – including singing happy birthday twice every time we move from room to room, or from task to task – are working, but the reality is that frequent and repeated use of hand hygiene products, particularly soaps and other detergents, is also having a negative impact on those in the construction industry.

For many, the symptoms are relatively mild, and result in little more than dry or cracked skin, but for other it is an important cause of chronic irritant contact dermatitis. A condition typically caused by a depletion of what is known as the lipid barrier – a layer of protection that is responsible for maintaining skin hydration, firmness, and softness.

Here, we have summarised some of the latest advice on how to combat these milder symptoms, but of course we would advise anyone to speak to a health professional if symptoms persist or worsen.

  • Avoid using an alcohol-based product (i.e. Antibacterial gel).

Provided you wash your hands with soap and water an alcohol gel will not make your hands cleaner, but it may aggravate symptoms of irritant contact dermatitis.

  • Dry your hands thoroughly before putting on gloves and avoid wearing them unless necessary.

Wearing gloves, and especially wearing gloves while hands are still wet from either washing or applying alcohol, increases the risk of skin irritation. REMEMBER, please follow all guidance set out and if you are required to wear gloves continue to do so.

  • Use an alternative product if you are experiencing symptoms.

It may be that you have an intolerance to a certain product if you are experiencing symptoms. Speak to your site operative who may be able to offer an alternative.

  • Use moisturising skin care products on the areas affected when at home.

It is worth applying skin care products to affected areas when you are not at work to help alleviate symptoms. However, it is important that you do not apply these products whilst working in a shared area as they can be easily contaminated.

 

 

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

As the situation relating to COVID-19 continues to evolve we wanted to provide an update to all of our clients.

As of today – March 17th, 2020 – All MAC Construction offices across the country (Bristol, Leeds, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes and Sheffield) remain open. We have advised our teams to work from home where possible and to utilise our video conferencing where appropriate.  We are still attending our construction sites if video conference is not appropriate.

We continue to monitor the situation and the associated government advice and will continue to update clients should things change.

If any clients have any concerns about scheduled meetings or how this may affect any projects, please contact the team.

Each office has a contingency plan in place in case the advice from the Government changes.

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£20m Silverstone Experience officially opened by Prince Harry and Lewis Hamilton MBE

MAC joins high profile guests to celebrate the completion of Britain’s biggest new attraction

The Silverstone Experience, a new British motor sport and engineering visitor attraction in Northamptonshire, was officially opened by The Duke of Sussex and six-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton MBE.

Based at the Silverstone circuit, the facility will be a new hub for motor sport fans serving as a home for the British Racing Drivers’ Club Archive, displaying historic artefacts and collections that will help tell the story of the history of Silverstone & motorsport and which will also inspire the next generation of engineers and motorsport participants.

Silverstone Heritage Ltd have spent seven years working on this project, which transformed a former WWII RAF Hangar, through the support of The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

They expect the state-of-the-art facility will be visited by more than 400,000 visitors annually.

MAC Construction Consultants were appointed to oversee the construction of the museum which includes education, office, retail and a café space.

Sally Reynolds, CEO of Silverstone Heritage Ltd, said: “I’m very grateful for the support of the Duke of Sussex, Lewis Hamilton and the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The Silverstone Experience is much more than just a world-class museum.

“We are able to both protect the heritage of British motorsport and to use that heritage to engage with both young and old visitors by telling hundreds of compelling stories within the exhibition.”

Lee Butler from MAC Construction, who was appointed as Project & Cost Manager and Contract Administrator on the project, attended the evening and commented: “It’s been an honour for the team to be involved in a truly inspiring and incredible development that can be enjoyed by visitors of all ages.

“It’s been two years since Prince Harry officially launched the construction of the project and today, after some incredibly tough & unique challenges, we are able to celebrate the launch of this attraction and the hard work and efforts of the entire project team, none more so than Sally and her colleagues at Silverstone Heritage Ltd.”

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MAC Construction Consultants relocates to new London base

Move to Chancery Lane in Holborn strengthens leading construction consultant firm’s central London presence

Leading construction consultant MAC has relocated its London team to new offices on Furnival Street in Chancery Lane, Holborn.

The move has seen the team of 16, settle into a modern glass fronted building in the heart of central London, providing 1,250sq ft of contemporary office space that will better serve the needs of the ambitious team and help strengthen their connections across London and the South East.

The new location will mean that staff members will be able to access the nearest train station in under 10 minutes and be served by five underground routes including the Central, Circle, District, Metropolitan and, Hammersmith & City lines.

Commenting on the move which took place earlier this week, Piers Hunter, the firm’s Director, said: “This is a strategic move that will give our employees better connectivity across the city and allow our clients to reach out to us more easily, strengthening our network.

“The new space is modern and light, helping to create an excellent working environment for all members of the team. MAC are anticipating an exciting 12 months and the office will help to contain our current team as well as future growth.

“I would like to thank the team for their cooperation throughout the move and personally I’m looking forward to what this new start will mean.”

MAC Construction Consultants is a leading national consultancy which works in a broad range of sectors including retail, office, leisure, education, healthcare, residential, automotive and waste.

If anyone wishes to come by and see the new space, please get in touch with the team.