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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.

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MAC Construction Consultants awarded international certification

Leading construction consultancy granted recognition after refining procedures

MAC Construction Consultants has received ISO Certification for Quality, Environment and Health and Safety after implementing its ISO Management Systems.

The company has been awarded the ISO 9001, 14000 and 45001 standards, which demonstrates it has quality management systems in place which standardise ways of working across the business; recognises that it has tools to ensure it is working in the best way to protect the environment; and, illustrates that employee safety and safe working conditions are at the heart of the business.

ISO is an independent, non-governmental international organisation with a membership of 164 national standard bodies, helping support innovation and set standards in technology and manufacturing.

As part of an ongoing process the team at MAC develop and improve its way of working to respond to the latest and innovative methods available.

Commenting on the recognition, Jonathan Jones, Associate Director at MAC Construction Consultants said: “This is a massive achievement for the company and further aligns our service delivery and business functions with our overall vision in providing the best quality service to our clients.

“The development of our ISO Management Systems has tested the way we work and has ultimately engrained a continuous positive improvement culture into the business.

“This award reflects the hard work our team does on a daily business and recognises our sustainability and objectives in line with quality assurance, the environment and, health and safety.”

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Westfield Health opens new Active Space in Sheffield

MAC Construction Consultants provides specialist assistance on project

Health and wellbeing provider Westfield Health has expanded its offering in Sheffield with the opening of a new staff gym facility – an Active Space – on the lower floor of its Charter Row Headquarters building.

The provision of the state-of-the-art facility was overseen by leading construction consultants MAC.

The opening follows the formation of a strategic partnership, the first of its kind in the UK health and wellbeing industry, between Westfield Health and EXOS – a US-based human performance company.

MAC Construction Consultants successfully managed the fit-out of the gym and associated facilities and ensured that Westfield Health’s high-quality standards were maintained.

Dave Capper, CEO of Westfield Health, said: “The Active Space provides our people with accessible, high-quality opportunities to get active.

“We know that the health impacts of a sedentary lifestyle are too significant to ignore, and it’s time companies of all sizes play their part in keeping the nation moving”.

Barry Smith, Director of Building Consultancy and Project Services at MAC Construction Consultants who oversaw the construction and fit-out of the new facility commented: “I find it really rewarding to work on projects which provide something which is missing from the market.

“This new facility will help Westfield Health in their ambitions to remain at the forefront of innovations within the healthcare arena and continue to be one of the leading wellbeing providers within the UK.”

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MAC Construction Consultants supports Sheffield Steeldogs for third year

MAC Construction Consultants has committed to support local ice hockey team, the Bradfield Brewery Sheffield Steeldogs, for a third year running.

With the signing of Czech import player Vladimir Luka, the firm is now his player sponsor for the NIHL National Division Season and he is currently the top scorer for the Steeldogs.

The Sheffield Steeldogs are a semi-professional ice-hockey team who are based at the iconic IceSheffield venue in the Lower Don Valley and play in the National Ice Hockey League.

The team work closely with Sheffield Steelers in support of the Sheffield Ice Hockey Academy which gives young people the opportunity to join a team, giving them a prospect of progressing into the National Ice Hockey League Division 2.

Barry Smith commented: “At MAC we believe it is important to give back to the community and that is why we are proud to sponsor the Sheffield Steeldogs for another year.

“The team are a great asset to the city and provide many young people with opportunities and aspirations to get involved in a less conventional sport than say, football or rugby.”

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MAC Construction Consultants expands team with senior appointment

Leading construction consultants MAC has announced the expansion of its senior management team with the appointment of Associate Director Deb Kilvington who will join the firms Safety, Health & Environment department (SHE).

Bringing with her more than 30 years of experience of working in the Safety, Health & Environment, as well as the Leadership and Business Management arena in several sectors  – including housing, leisure & tourism, data security, health, education, transport, infrastructure and specialised local authority – Deb will form part of the company’s strategic division helping develop its current offering to clients and move into new and exciting areas of consulting.

Deb joins the team bringing ten years of experience as a consultation specialist, which has seen a consolidation of her extensive skill set.

Based in London, her role will enable MAC to build on the firm’s wider national portfolio, generating and maintaining MAC’s companywide health & safety and CDM development plan.

Commenting on the appointment, Richard Dryden, Director of SHE at MAC said: “2019 was a really successful year for MAC with us working on a number of significant Safety, Health & Environment and CDM projects across the UK including the ambitious Northgate House development in Halifax, the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and a number of projects in Ancoats for Manchester Life Development company.

“I’m really pleased to welcome Deb to the team, her extensive experience, qualifications and knowledge will help us further develop our business development plan in ensuring our clients are fully aware of the wide range of services of which we can offer.”

Deb said: “The role with MAC represents a new and exciting challenge for me, and I am looking forward to joining this vibrant organisation and working collaboratively to bring a new perspective that will help to drive forward a culture of continuous improvement.”

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MAC Construction Consultants appointed on £130m University of York residencies

MAC Construction Consultants have been appointed by GRAHAM – a building, engineering and facilities management specialist – to provide Disability, Access & Equality Consultancy services on the University of York Campus East Residencies.

The firm has joined the construction team to ensure that the University can provide a leading UK standard residential property which is accessible and inclusive to all.

The 1,480-bed will have outstanding amenities, providing generous space centres, fluid access to wheelchair users, suitable sanitary provision and features that will aid people with visual, hearing and cognitive difficulties in navigating the building.

The project, located on the west side of the University’s Campus East, will provide better connections between Campus East and West, playing a role in the University’s ‘Campus Masterplan’ – a framework that outlines how it will develop its ‘campus for the future’.

Preparatory works have now begun on site and construction on the project is expected to complete in 2022.

Neil McFarlane, Strategic Projects Director at GRAHAM commented: “Our ongoing work with MAC Construction Consultants means that we can provide the best possible services to the University of York, helping ensure the residencies are accessible to everyone in the University’s student community.

“There has been a lot of focus on ensuring that the construction activities are carefully managed to ensure that as little disruption to campus life is made.”

Richard Dryden, National Lead for Safety, Health & Environment (SHE) and Project Services at MAC commented: “By being involved with this project in the early stages we have been able to work with the university to be able to design the space to respond to the needs of a wide range of people meaning we can really fly the flag for truly amazing disability, access and equality type spaces.”

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How we use iHASCO eLearning to keep our team safe

Being based in multiple offices across the UK can often make it a nuisance to coordinate Health & Safety training with other sites – especially when a training provider doesn’t have a simple set-up process.

Health & Safety is a subject that must be taken very seriously and that’s why we ensure that our staff stay fully engaged with their training so that they have an understanding of best practices.

How-Mac-Consulting-Ltd-use-iHASCO-eLearning-to-keep-their-team-safeIn order to keep our staff aware of their responsibilities, all of our new staff complete a Health & Safety classroom course during their induction. We also have a Health & Safety committee that meets quarterly to discuss our current arrangements. This, along with our eLearning platform, helps to keep our workplace safe and our staff productive.

Here at MAC Construction Consultants, we’ve been using ​iHASCO​, a market-leading provider of Health & Safety and HR Compliance eLearning, for around 3 months now, as an integral part of our Health & Safety strategy.

iHASCO supply engaging video-based eLearning that is easy for our team to engage with and offers information in easily-digestible bitesize chunks.

We use a range of iHASCO’s Health & Safety courses including ​Asbestos Awareness Training​, ​Fire Awareness Training​, and ​Display Screen Equipment Training​. Ultimately, these courses help us to identify & reduce risks in the workplace.

“iHASCO has helped us to easily manage our mandatory training and compliance needs for our growing team of construction management specialists and feedback from staff has been positive to date!”

– Jonathan Jones, Associate Director at MAC Construction Consultants

We also take our employees wellbeing just as seriously as any other Health & Safety issue. For this reason, we are introducing our Employee Assistance Programme, which will offer help and professional advice on various life issues such as stress, debt management, divorce, addiction, and any family issues.

In conclusion, we believe that all of these investments in our workforce ultimately make for a safer, more productive workplace!

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Building work completes on £2.5m Academy extension

MAC Construction Consultants help Yorkshire School expand its footprint

Building work on an ambitious, £2.5m extension to Birkenshaw’s BBG Academy has completed – allowing the secondary school to improve its teaching facilities to better meet the needs of the local community.

In a build project managed by leading construction consultancy MAC, the new facilities include 12 new classrooms for a range of subjects, an extended dining area, changing facilities and additional external areas which will provide improved conditions and an overall increased capacity for students.

Specialist Education Construction Consultants MAC worked closely with the Trust to help them secure funding from the Education and Skills Funding Agency for the project and to oversee its construction in a cost-effective and quick timeframe.

The firm were appointed as contract administrators, quantity surveyors and principal construction design managers.

Alex Laycock, Director at MAC commented: “This has been a hugely successful project and we are delighted to have been able to support Rodillian and the team at BBG to deliver on its ambitions of expansion and improvement within the restraints of its budget.

“In addition to this, the scheme was delivered by a former pupil of the school, Jack Crabtree, who provided Project Management from inception to completion.

“We have a very effective UK supply chain to ensure that projects can be delivered quickly and cost effectively benefitting our public sector clients -and on this occasion, that led to significant cost savings.”