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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.”
Leading healthcare and public sector construction commentators from across the country came together at this year’s IHEEM Healthcare Estates 2019 to address key topics affecting the industry including poor-quality estates and patient experience in the NHS.
Taking place at Manchester Central in October, more than 4,500 people and 250 companies exhibited at the event, with keynote speakers including the Chief Executive of the Engineering Council and the Director and Head of Profession NHS Estates and Facilities.
MAC Director Paul Holt was invited to present a strategic insight into the world of construction, focussing this on key themes of the conference including clinical space, construction, efficiency, funding, patient experience and regeneration.
A crucial subject covered in this presentation was the emerging conversation on the development of a Wellbeing Village, and how this may provide alternative funding and help to support the process of structurally reforming the NHS’s physical estate.
He said: “The IHEEM Healthcare Estates 2019 was an excellent conference; attended by a broad church of NHS engineering and constructional professionals complemented by international representatives from across the world.
“Throughout the event it became increasingly evident that there is a collective desire to adopt a cohesive approach to solving key issues such as ‘bed blocking’, which is a significant step in the right direction.”
Paul added: “As a business specialising within this arena we are working with several public and private sector clients in their development and interpretation of ‘One Public Estate’ – be that through the lens of the NHS and their need to reduce cost, or a University as market leaders in innovative research.
“From the perspective of a council, the Wellbeing Places model set out in the Wellbeing Village in Cumbria, is gaining traction as a new investment model that brings together the disparate public sector parties into a unified partnership.
“In doing so, we would be helping local economies in their ongoing drive to meet both stringent budget challenges and ongoing investment into their community, promoting health and wellbeing.
“During the event, there was a real sense of excitement about recent investment announcements in support of the NHS. The audience engaged with the clear pathway I presented which outlined how we connect ‘the person’ and their specific needs, promoting preventative health outcomes through purpose built fully compliant accommodation.
“This same method of accommodation provision will help the NHS deliver the Naylor principles, helping solve the common problems associated with ‘bed blocking’ in the NHS and a lack of good quality key worker accommodation. Critically this accommodation forms part of a wider solution to ensure we build a cohesive social intergenerational community”
Paul further emphasised that NHS colleagues should be excited as the Wellbeing Model invites partnership without the standard commercial expectation of signing long term contracts – a true ‘Win-Win’ for both the public and private sector partners.
He concluded: “Through our work as Project Directors on the £100m Wellbeing Village in the North West, we can offer real time demonstration of long-term partnerships with Wellbeing Places.
“We are both excited and committed to exploring and developing partnerships between private and public sector organisations, and ultimately contribute to the wider social economy.”
Specialists MAC Construction Consultants proudly sponsored the IHEEM Parliamentary Event 2019, which included a parliamentary lunch and seminar that focused on the future of the NHS’s approach to its facilities, and a parliamentary lunch.
Hosted at Westminster’s Broadway House the seminar, titled: NHS Engineering & Estates: A Vision to 2030, focused on the skills gaps, technology, infrastructure, artificial intelligence, sustainability, innovative solutions and climate change, and how investment and joint working with other professional organisations can aid future improvements.
Keynote speakers included Sir Robert Naylor, EX-CEO Executive of University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Deborah Pullen MBE, Building Research Establishment Trust; and David Frise CEO of the Building Engineering Services Association.
Over lunch business representatives, including Yusoff Ghaznavi, Piers Hunter and Paul Holt from MAC Construction Consultants, built on the mornings discussion and provided their insights into key matters such as the growing pressure of backlog of maintenance on existing buildings and the lack of estate utilisation within the NHS.
Lord Carter was also in attendance to award The Lord Carter Innovation Award to Northern Irish NHS Trust South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust for its efforts to significantly reduce its carbon footprint and increase its use of renewables through ‘an innovative multidisciplinary approach across the mediums of software, hardware, plant, design, contract analysis and training’.
QE Facilities Limited (QEF), established in 2014 as part of the Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust was also awarded a Highly Commended certificate following its achievements in reducing staff sickness, increasing efficiency, refining space utilisation and reducing its carbon footprint.
Yusoff Ghaznavi said: “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to sponsor the IHEEM seminar which proved very valuable in providing great insights into what visions leading industry experts have in revolutionising the way the NHS can approach it’s engineering and estates portfolio over the next decade.
“We are excited to be playing a pivotal role in continuing to challenge our current methods of working in order to move our industry forward.”
Piers Hunter added: “This was a very interesting and informative event for the MAC team members who attended – including those of us operating out of London, and others from our wider network of offices.
“We were able to connect with a number of key professionals throughout the day who I hope we will have the opportunity to work with going forward as part of our ongoing efforts to embrace and continuously develop modern methods of construction.”
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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