Further funding secured by MAC Construction Consultants for education clients

Government gives green light to further school improvement projects

Education specialists MAC Construction Consultants has obtained additional funding for a number of projects nationally after the Government fast tracked £560million investment to improve school facilities.

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.

This follows the firm’s success in July where they secured over £30 million for 45 projects across the country. Read more about this by clicking here.

For further information on the next round of funding contact our Director Jonathan Jones by emailing JonathanJones@macconsulting.com or calling 07943 049754.

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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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MAC are staying COVID-19 secure in 2020

We can confirm that we have complied with the Government’s guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19 by following five simple steps.

  • We have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and shared the results with the people who work here
  • We have cleaning, handwashing, and hygiene procedures in line with guidance
  • We have taken all reasonable steps to help people work from home
  • We have taken all reasonable steps to maintain a 2m distance in the workplace
  • Where people cannot be 2m apart, we have done everything practical to manage transmission risk

COVID-19 office risk assessment update

MAC is continuing to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic. The safety of our staff is of the upmost importance to us as a business and therefore in preparation for some staff using MAC’s premises, we have set out the following guidance for all employees:

Essential trips

  • All staff should continue to work from home where possible.
  • Staff should only visit the office if essential.

Social distancing

  • 2m social distancing will always be maintained – both inside and outside the workplace.
  • Management checks will be in place to make sure social distancing is adhered to.

Personal hygiene

  • Staff members will be required to wash their hands for 20 seconds with water and soap. Handwashing facilities with soap and water will be available in all offices.
  • When drying hands team members will be required to use disposable towels which will be available beside handwashing facilities.
  • Staff members should catch coughs and sneezes in tissues and keep “Catch it, Bin it, Kill it” at the forefront of their minds. Tissues will be made available in the workplace.
  • Staff members should avoid touching their face, eyes, nose, or mouth with unclean hands.
  • If soap and water is not available gel sanitizers should be used.


  • Staff members should clean all touch points after each contact. Facilities to clean objects and surfaces that are touchpoints will be made available in each office.
  • Rigorous checks will be carried out by line managers to ensure that the necessary procedures are being followed.

Mental health

  • Management will promote health & wellbeing awareness to staff and will offer whatever support they can.
  • There will be regular communication of mental health information and an open-door policy is in place for those who need additional support.
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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 – April 3rd, 2020 – All of the MAC teams across the country (Bristol, Leeds, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes and Sheffield) are continuing to work and where possible our staff members are now working from home.

In line with recent announcements from Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, construction sites are continuing to operate under new restrictions that follow Public Health England guidance on social distancing and the Site Operating Procedures (SOP) which were published by the Construction Leadership Council earlier this week.

Therefore, we have implemented the following procedures to ensure the safety of our teams where they are required to attend site in addition to providing this advice to our clients where their site operations continue:

  • Any non-essential physical work that requires workers to be within 2m of one another will not be carried out.
  • All work must be planned to minimise contact between workers.
  • Re-usable PPE must be thoroughly cleaned after use and not be shared between workers.
  • Single use PPE must be disposed of after use and not be reused.
  • Stairs should be used in preference of lifts and hoists.
  • Where lifts and hoists are essential, usage capacity must be reduced, and all touch points must be regularly cleaned.
  • Increased ventilation must be introduced in enclosed spaces.
  • Site vehicles must be regularly cleaned between the use of operators.


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.

Contingency plans are in place in case the advice from the Government changes.

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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.”

For further information regarding the collaboration between MAC and the University of Huddersfield, please click here.