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Construction on multi-million-pound crematorium in Huntingdon underway

Building work on Huntingdon Town Council’s innovative new crematorium that will home the first all-electric, carbon neutral cremator in the UK has begun.

The £7m project comprises of a Crematorium building, café/function building, a cemetery that will provide over 2,000 spaces and a depot building and for the Town Council.

There will also be a glasshouse that utilises waste heat from the cremators to allow plant production all year round for the town of Huntingdon.

Rainwater will be harvested to water the plants on site, with solar panels installed on the building to generate electricity which, in turn, will charge the battery-operated maintenance equipment and on-site vehicle charging.

The composting of flowers, grass cuttings and hedge trimmings will be undertaken on site using an ‘eco-green composter’, with the compost used across the town’s flower beds and for growing plants.

Huntingdon Town Council and The CDS Group have appointed MAC Construction Consultants to oversee the Project Management, Cost Management and Environment, Health and Safety elements of the construction.

Philip Peacock, Town Clerk from Huntingdon Town Council commented: “After spending five years establishing a suitable site for this ground-breaking project, it is fantastic to see this milestone reached meaning we are one step closer to its completion.

“We are working closely with the MAC team to ensure that we are able to use the most innovative technologies to make this an environmentally viable and sustainable option.”

Giles Witheat, Director at MAC added: “This development is a really important one for the local area and the council’s responsible approach to ensuring all elements from landscaping to safety are considered is really encouraging.

“Working on such a ground-breaking project that will develop the first all-electric cremators in the UK is a real honour for us as a team.”

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Construction work underway on apartment scheme in Manchester

Construction work has commenced on a mixed-use development on Bengal Street in the Ancoats area of Manchester.

The scheme is being developed by Northern Group and will provide high-quality office space across the ground, first and second floor of the building, 75 apartments from the third to the eighth floor, being complemented by a shared roof top terrace and basement level parking.

MAC Construction Consultants have been appointed as Quantity Surveyors on the project; currently overseeing the piling, groundworks, drainage, and frame packages of the development which are being carried out as a single package by Contractor JRL.

Alex Laycock, Director at MAC Construction Consultants commented: “Thanks to the hard work of the wider professional team, work is now underway on the formerly disused site at Bengal Street.

“Having successfully completed a number of residential schemes in Ancoats, and across the North of Manchester, the MAC team is delighted to be appointed on this project.”


MAC Director appointed as Disability Sport Yorkshire Trustee

MAC Construction Consultant’s Director of Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) Richard Dryden, has joined Disability Sport Yorkshire’s (DSY) Board of Trustees.

Founded in 1993, DSY is a charity that seeks to address the inequality of access to sport for disabled people across the Yorkshire region.

By 2022 DSY aims to make Yorkshire the best place in England for disabled people to improve their health through physical activity, play sport on a regular basis and become a sporting champion.

As a Trustee, Richard is an active member of DSY, providing independent advice to its team, allowing the organisation to achieve its goals and help it embrace innovative and efficient management techniques.

DSY is a non-for-profit organisation which depends on donations and grants.

Kevan Halliday-Brown, Chief Executive of DSY said: “We are delighted to have Richard join our Board of Trustees.

“When selecting our members, we look for inspirational leaders who are committed to championing equality and diversity, have the right skills set to help us to identify the resources needed to make a difference and ultimately maintain Yorkshire as the leading region for disability sport.”

Richard Dryden commented: “It’s fantastic to be able to give back to the local community in a meaningful way and in my role as Trustee I hope I can help shape the charity’s objectives and build on their fantastic work to date.

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MAC Construction Consultants expand service offering with latest senior appointment

Leading construction consultants MAC has announced the expansion of its Safety, Health & Environment (SHE) team with the appointment of Senior Fire and Health & Safety (H&S) Compliance Consultant, Paul Allsopp, who while being employed in the firm’s Sheffield office has a UK wide mandate.

Paul has over 20 years of experience working in fire risk management and H&S and will be delivering a range of related risk management services to MAC’s intensive client base.

His appointment will allow the firm to expand on its fire safety and H&S Compliance offering.

Services will include, but are not limited to, fire risk assessments, compartmentation and fire door audits, Fire Engineering as well as H&S management and compliance (including GAP analysis).

Being recognised professionally by several organisations, Paul is a member of the Institution of Fire Engineers (MIFireE), Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (CMIOSH) and the Association of Project Safety.

As part of Paul’s previous experience, he has worked on projects outside the United Kingdom and has worked on behalf of the Falkland Islands Government.

Commenting on the appointment, Richard Dryden, Director of SHE at MAC said: “We are really pleased to be able to recruit a new member of staff that will help us expand our current offering at MAC.

“This year we are focussing on expanding the SHE department and since the start of the new year we have brought on two Senior staff members who will help deliver our new business strategy.”

Paul added: “I’m excited to start working closely with Richard and the wider SHE team to be able to identify new service offerings that we can provide to existing and new clients, helping to develop the successful team.

“A key part of my role will be training existing staff members to be able to deliver specialist fire safety services.”

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MAC strengthens strategic partnership with University of Huddersfield on Estonia conference trip

Health and Public Sector Director speaks at The XI Modern Construction Conference 2019

Representatives from construction consultancy MAC were amongst a group of leading Professionals and academics to attend this year’s The XI Modern Construction Conference in Tallinn Estonia to share views on ‘The New Age in Construction Industrialisation’.

The conference was held in collaboration between the Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn University of Applied Sciences and Estonian Woodhouse Association, attracting more than 120 people from across Europe. The conference agenda covered key industry topics including design for manufacture and assembly (DfMa), mass customisation, modularisation, cyber security, modulated timber construction and tolerance management.

Working in partnership MAC’s Director of Health and Public Sector Paul Holt travelled with the University of Huddersfield’s Professor Mike Kagioglou and Dr Saeed Talebi – the Dean of School of Art, Design and Architecture, and, Lecturer and Departmental Lead.

Together, the trio delivered a series of compelling presentations on transforming construction and providing a platform approach to DfMA and mass customisation.

Commenting on the event Paul said: “This year’s conference has been an exceptional experience and I leave it feeling extremely positive about how we can all work together for the future of providing well needed solutions for the industry, with a focus on public sector clients such as the NHS.

“As the UK government plans to invest over £600bn into the public sector over the next 10 years, we should, in the construction industry, be looking to transform and adopt mass customisation and platform design; events such as this are fundamental to ensuring that this can happen!”

MAC Construction Consultants are part of a strategic partnership with the University of Huddersfield – working together to develop standardisation in off-site construction with a focus on developing solutions to streamline the provision of primary care facilities in the NHS.

Mike Kagioglou added: “This year’s event has been more successful than ever, and the topics discussed are at the top of our research agenda.

“It has provided us with an opportunity to really championing our Transforming Construction Taskforce, which is a collaborative platform for researchers and industry professionals, and to invite those to our Transformation workshop taking place in January.”

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MAC Construction Consultants assist clients in funding bids

Funding applications finalised ahead of deadline

MAC Construction Consultant’s specialist education arm has successfully completed Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) applications on behalf of more than 40 academies nationally, ahead of the December 2019 deadline.

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.

Primarily used to address any health and safety, and compliance 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 were instructed by clients from across the country to help respond to new criteria which will favour bids from applications with strong governance and good financial management.

The firm have previously secured over £50m of capital funding for academies through this process, assisting with a range of roofing, window, heating, fire safety and electrical replacement projects and addressing space constraint issues through extension and new build projects.

Funding allocations will be announced in spring 2020.

Jonathan Jones, Associate Director at MAC Construction Consultants commented: “It has been a very busy period for us as we prepared for the deadline for this year’s funding ensuring all applications were finished to a high standard.

“I hope all of our clients are successful, and I would like to thank the MAC team for their hard work throughout the submission process.”