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Work Underway At LOROS Hospice

 

Jeakins Weir has commenced a major building project at the LOROS Hospice site on Groby Road in Leicester. The £4.5 million contract is a multi phase extension with the aim of improving and updating the hospice’s facilities. Building work is expected to be completed by mid 2018. The hospice will remain fully operational throughout.

 On Monday 3rd October 2016, the official turf cutting ceremony took place, seeing a special appearance from Alan Birchenall, Leicester City ambassador and LOROS patron.

 

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Photo: (L-R) Alistair Weir (Jeakins Weir Managing Director), LOROS staff, John Knight (LOROS Chief Exec) & Alan Birchenall (LCFC), LOROS staff

 

LOROS Hospice is a charity which each year cares for over 2,500 people across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. It delivers free, high-quality, compassionate care and support to terminally ill patients, their family and carers.

Jeakins Weir’s first job is the construction of a single-storey Professional Development Centre (pictured above) based on the grassed area adjacent to the LOROS hospice car park, as well as an extension to the Willows Wing. It will then refurbish and extend three separate single storey buildings comprising the Day Therapy and Outpatients Departments.

 

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Later phases will see Jeakins Weir altering and refurbishing the kitchen and dining courtyard and altering an existing staff office to make it open plan. There will also be changes to several car parks, as well as other external works and landscaping.

 

Jeakins Weir MD Alistair Weir said: “We are delighted to be working in the healthcare sector for such an important charity as LOROS. The hospice provides tremendous care and support to the people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. It will be great to see how the site is transformed by the building and extension works. Our aim is to ensure any disruption is kept to an absolute minimum.” 

 

The architect is Hitchman Stone Partnership and LOROS’s project advisors are Edmond Shipway Construction Consultants.

Talking About Construction

Three Careers Talks In Northants Schools and Colleges

 

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Sophie Lindsay, Assistant Business Development Manager, visited Lodge Park Academy in Corby as part of the ‘Race To The Top’ project funded by Northamptonshire County Council. Sophie, a former pupil at the school, spoke to Year 10 students about accountancy, business management and careers for women in the construction industry.

Organiser Abbie Owens said: “Many of the Lodge Park students were inspired by Sophie’s journey and career path.”

Jeakins Weir was responsible for building the Lodge Park Academy ‘Zone’ area and canteen extension in 2014, below.

 

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Sophie Lindsay also took part in a recent ‘Higher Education Careers Fair’ at Moulton College in Northampton (with Russell Cory, Compliance Manager) and a ‘Construction Careers and Apprenticeship’ event (with Site Manager Tom Coady). The second event provided an opportunity for Jeakins Weir to collect applications for two new positions – a new apprentice/trainee site manager and a new quantity surveyor.

Peter Thom, Employer Engagement Officer at Moulton College, said: “Thank you so much to Jeakins Weir for being such a loyal supporter of our careers events and bringing such excellent career opportunities to the attention of our students.”

Jeakins Weir has strong links with Moulton College. Several of its Site and Contracts Managers studied there and Jeakins Weir was also responsible for rebuilding the college’s Higham Ferrers campus in 2006, below.

 

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Three New Contracts for School Extensions

More Primary School Work in Northants

Jeakins Weir has won £6 million in new contracts with Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) to extend three primary schools. This brings the total number of NCC schools where it is currently on site or about to start work, to six.

 

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Work has begun on two different extensions at Henry Chichele Primary School in Higham Ferrers. The £2 million project is expected to be completed in May 2017. Pictured below is Site Manager Mark, teaching the pupils about site safety.

 

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Jeakins Weir is also creating four new classrooms and a staffroom at Roade Primary School, as well as refurbishing the library and other classrooms. The contract is also worth £2 million.

 

The third new school contract is with Moulton Primary School. The £2.1 million contract involves building a two storey, six classroom extension along with refurbishment to existing rooms within the school and associated playground alterations.

 

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The three new school contracts come at a time when Jeakins Weir is still on site at three other schools in Northamptonshire – Kings Cliffe Endowed Primary School (pictured above), Oundle Primary School and Oakway Park Academy in Wellingborough.

 

 

 

New Community Centre

St Crispin Park Facility Is Under Construction

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Jeakins Weir is building a brand new community centre and sports facility serving the St Crispin estate in Northampton. The £2.3 million contract with Northampton Borough Council was procured via the empa Intermediate Framework Agreement

Construction is likely to be completed in November with an opening planned for early 2017.

The new facility at St Crispin Park will comprise of a large main hall, meeting rooms, an office, and a kitchen for catering, all of which will be available for public use.

There will also be a café, as well as changing rooms and equipment stores, while the grounds will feature several football pitches and a baseball diamond.

Cllr Brandon Eldred, Northampton Borough Council Cabinet Member For Community Engagement, said:

“The approved plans will allow us to create a modern, fit-for-purpose facility which will bring all local communities together, young and old. They will be able to take part in sporting activities, participate in a whole range of community activities, and hold parties and events.”

A community centre operator will be appointed to manage the facilities on behalf of the Council.  Northampton Borough Council is also in negotiations to provide a series of allotments on nearby scrubland.

National Award Recognition

Jeakins Weir Site Manager Tom Coady (left) and Contracts Manager James Banaszak (right), with the CCS certificate

 Jeakins Weir Site Manager Tom Coady (left) and Contracts Manager James Banaszak (right), with the CCS certificate.

Jeakins Weir has recently won two major industry awards.

 

It was presented with a Bronze Award at the 2016 Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) National Site Awards in Manchester for its extensive remodelling work on Loughborough Council offices for Charnwood Borough Council.

The second award is the NEC Small Contract of the Year Award 2016 which Jeakins Weir was presented (with Pick Everard)  at a ceremony at the Institute of Civil Engineering in London, for a building and refurbishment project it completed for two schools in Corby – Beanfield and Gretton Primary Schools.

Both projects were procured through the empa (East Midlands Property Alliance) Construction Framework.

Commenting on receiving the two awards, Jeakins Weir Managing Director, Alistair Weir, said:

“We are delighted to be recognised as one of the UK’s top performing companies at the 2016 National Site Awards and also to win a second straight NEC award for Small Contract of the Year.  National awards like these recognise excellence, dedication and teamwork, and it’s a real boost to all our staff to receive such accolades, particularly from our industry peers.”

The Considerate Constructors Bronze National Site Award 2016 was presented to Jeakins Weir Contracts Manager James Banaszak and Site Manager Tom Coady.

The new look Loughborough Council offices opened in February 2016 following completion of the £700,000 project. Jeakins Weir built an extension to the front of the office and refurbished and made alterations to the existing offices. The offices had to remain fully operational whilst the refurbishment was happening.

 

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Loughborough Council Offices new front extension

 

The 2016 NEC Awards particularly focused on ‘collaborative working’. Jeakins Weir Contracts Manager Andy Rich and Quantity Surveyor Phil Bluck were present when the winners were announced. Last year Jeakins Weir and Pick Everard won the same award for Rushden Splash Pool in Northamptonshire.

Jeakins Weir’s work at Beanfield Primary School involved the refurbishment of a prefabricated classroom and toilet block, as well as converting an existing classroom into a fully fitted commercial kitchen. At Gretton Primary School Jeakins Weir relocated the creative studio to a smaller classroom to allow for a year six class to make use of a room of suitable size for their class numbers. It also replaced damaged suspended ceiling tiles in a classroom and re-roofed an external storage facility.

 

Former Garages Put To Good Use

Jeakins Weir is converting former garages into much-needed homes for Harborough District Council.

 

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 Alistair Weir Managing Director of Jeakins Weir, Mark Perris from Harborough District Council, Cllr Mike Rook Chairman of Harborough District Council, and Stephen Haskins from Connells Estate Agents.

 

The old garage site in Paget Road, Lubenham, will be transformed into three attractive, two-bed terraced houses and one bungalow. The building work is scheduled for completion in September 2016.

Jeakins Weir was selected using the East Midlands Property Alliance (empa) Framework which aims to secure the best efficiency savings for public sector procurements. Alistair Weir, Managing Director of Jeakins Weir, commented:

“We are delighted to be working with Harborough District Council on this housing development. The houses embrace modern construction techniques and will sit well in their surroundings.”

The four new homes will be available at low market value as part of the Government’s ‘Help to Buy’ scheme.  Plans are also underway to develop another former council garage site in St Cuthbert’s Road, Great Glen. A Harborough District Council spokesman said:

“This is an exciting project which will really benefit those people struggling to get on the housing ladder. Transforming these former garage sites into attractive, low market value new homes offers an opportunity to provide capital which can be re-invested for wider community benefits.”

 

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 Artist Impression of the new homes

 

Please see the attached link to Harborough District Council for more information: http://www.harborough.gov.uk/news/article/749/much-needed_homes_being_built_on_garage_sites

 

Site Becomes Classroom For The Day

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Children from King’s Cliffe Endowed Primary School have made a special visit to their new school to see the progress of Jeakins Weir’s building work and to learn about construction and general site safety.

The 150 pupils visited the building site in groups of 30 children at a time. They were kitted-out with high visibility waistcoats and hard hats. They also had the opportunity to meet ‘Ivor Goodsite’ – the Considerate Constructors Scheme official mascot – who appeared in full costume.

 

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The visit was organised by Piers Benham, Jeakins Weir’s Trainee Site Manager, and James Banaszak, Contracts Manager, along with King’s Cliffe Endowed Primary School Head Teacher, Lynda Bowyer.

Jeakins Weir Contracts Manager James Banaszak said:

“We showed our 150 visitors the early stages of the building project and also discussed the vitally important topic of site safety. The children were able to ask lots of questions and took part in a quiz with prizes donated by Jeakins Weir.”

The school children all attend King’s Cliffe Endowed Primary School in Northamptonshire. Jeakins Weir recently won a £4.3 million contract with Northamptonshire County Council to build a new single-form entry school in King’s Cliffe.

Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for learning, skills and education, Cllr Matthew Golby, said:

“The new primary school in King’s Cliffe will be a modern, fit-for-purpose learning space, boasting seven classrooms, a main hall for sport and drama, a kitchen serving hot meals, a playground and playing field for outdoor learning and play, and an early year’s facility.”

Jeakins Weir expects to complete the work at King’s Cliffe Endowed Primary School by December 2016.

 

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A story about the school visit appeared in the Northamptonshire Telegraph – see link below:

http://www.northantstelegraph.co.uk/news/education/education-news/east-northants-pupils-get-to-see-new-school-being-built-1-7329652

School gets £1 million Refit

Moulton School and Science College in Moulton, Northamptonshire, is remodelling its Design and Technology (DT) block in a £1 million contract with Jeakins Weir. The builders are already on site and hope to have finished by the end of June 2016.

The remodelling involves a strip out of all mechanical and electrical (M&E) as well as the old fixed furniture. Jeakins Weir is also removing ground bearing floors as well as internal partitions (walls and glazing) doors and ceilings. Shortly it will install new reinforced concrete floors and internal partitions (walls and glazing).

As the project progresses the builders will fit out new M&E to include heating and cooling, LEV, electrical connections and lighting. There will also be new suspended ceilings, flooring and fixed furniture throughout. There will be a WC fit out as well as full internal decoration. Outside the builders will install overlay insulation and felt roofing over the whole roof, as well as installing aluminium replacement windows, and overseeing external landscaping and drainage.

Moulton School and Science College is a secondary school with academy status located on Pound Lane in Moulton. The school has 1350 students, including the sixth form, and 135 teachers. The school was granted specialist Science College status in 2002, and this was re-designated in 2007.