Kier Construction

Professional Careers in Construction Webinar

Published 8 January 2019 | No comments
Written by Amanda Swoboda
CategoriesCareers advice Community liaison Schools
Kier Construction hosted a live Webinar session which was available to all schools across Wales. Aimed at pupils in Year 10, 11 and Sixth Form, the session looked at: Professional job roles in the construction industry including Operations Director, Site Manager, Graduate Quantity Surveyor, Estimator and Community Benefits Manager. Importance of work experience. Routes into professional construction including traineeships, apprenticeships,...

BIOAIR – Living breathing wall

Published 6 August 2018 | No comments
Written by Trusha Dabasia
CategoriesAir quality Planting
On site, a green wall was created that would benefit biodiversity as much as possible. Working with the supplier, Kier reviewed the local biodiversity action plan and existing biodiversity in the area to select plants to use in the green wall. The plants were chosen to attract pollinators and the wall was placed on the hoarding in the church yard....

Using battery powered BX 3 Cordless fastening tool on site

Published 25 June 2018 | No comments
Written by Donna Howard
CategoriesGreen purchasing Minimised energy use Reduce
We have instructed all sub-contractors using gas powered guns to remove them from site and commence using a new battery powered option. This site was the first to fully trial the battery powered guns, and all operatives are now using them. This reduces the environmental risk when disposing of spent cartridges. The first and only cordless direct fastening tool for...

Arndale MSCP Column Strengthening

Published 11 June 2018 | No comments
Written by Rob Hendley
An £85 million redevelopment of the Arndale Shopping Centre in Eastbourne included an additional 22 retail units, seven restaurant units, a multiscreen cinema and a significant extension to the multi-storey car park. A two-storey extension to the existing multi-storey car park was planned as part of the redevelopment. The existing concrete columns of the car park had to be strengthened...

Using exhaust filters to reduce air pollution

Published 4 June 2018 | No comments
Written by Andrew Shepherd
CategoriesAir quality
We wanted to introduce a clean air initiative on a student accommodation project due to the amount of plant that would be operating on site as we are situated in a fairly busy residential area. We contacted a supplier who manufactures heavy duty exhaust filters that can be fitted externally to items of plant, this filter kit removes 95% of...

Great Crested Newt Collection

Published 16 May 2018 | No comments
Written by Damian Hopkins
CategoriesConsultants Post-completion impact Wildlife
Background The development of the M6 J16-19 Smart Motorway Project required mitigation measures to protect Great Crested Newts. This included large areas of vegetation management under supervision of an ecologist plus the installation of 7km of newt fencing and trapping under licence from Natural England. Original Method The conventional methodology for newt trapping involved the installation of pitfall traps. These...

Temporary white lining

Published 16 May 2018 | No comments
Written by Damian Hopkins
CategoriesAdvance notice of disruptive works Cooperation Local and special needs
Background The M6 J16-19 SMP requires all current surface course to be replaced to a depth of 35mm-50mm. The work generates the need to put down temporary white lining when laying the new surface course, which when removed can cause surface damage. Also, there can be customer complaints regarding the state of temporary road markings through Smart Motorways roadworks due...

Astro turf muck remover

Published 23 April 2018 | No comments
Written by Gavin Thomas
CategoriesCleaning regime Layout and tidiness Mud
Mucky boots are commonplace on construction sites and we employ many aids to help prevent the workforce from carrying the muck on their boots, such as boot brushes etc. We have found that by installing offcuts of recycled astro turf to the compound walk ways, the workers’ boots naturally shed the muck as they walk. This is easily cleared away...

Leica PowerDigger 3D to avoid underground services

Published 5 April 2018 | No comments
Written by Martin Jewell
CategoriesDriver information Mobile machinery Working methods
As a Site Manager, avoiding underground services is always at the forefront of my mind. Having the Leica PowerDigger 3D system installed on our 360-excavator helped fill me with confidence that as a team we were doing all we could to not add to the service strikes statistics. This system allows the operator to view a 2D or 3D model...

Self closing CAT ladder gates

Published 12 March 2018 | No comments
Written by Gavin Thomas
CategoriesBarriers Initiatives
Self closing CAT ladder gates are a really good product which has been missing from our industry for some time. The recycled plastic product is a great additional extra to leave for the client to ensure our CDM requirements are fullfilled. CAT Ladders are mostly un-gated so this is a good initiative all sites can use.

Cable management on site

Published 12 March 2018 | No comments
Written by Gavin Thomas
CategoriesFootpaths and diversions Roads Working methods
Cable management is difficult at the best of times and there are many products on the market to aid the issues but the “Tidi Cable” Movable Sticky wall mounted Cable Management system allows multi cable management system to be used in a safe manner. Where skyhooks are generally used to lift the cable off the floor area to avoid slips...

Riser grillage toe boards

Published 9 March 2018 | No comments
Written by Gavin Thomas
CategoriesBarriers Falling debris
It is now common practice to install the riser grillages on buildings as soon or the same frame that the build Superstructure is installed. This ensures that there are no falls from height present during the build from the time the superstructure is completed. The introduction of Riser Grillage Toe Boards is the next level of building in good practice...

Drone flight footage used to create 3D models

Published 5 March 2018 | No comments
Written by Gavin Thomas
CategoriesCamera Monitoring
We now employ weekly drone flights which enable activity monitoring but the camera footage also allows us to build a 3D model as a record of the building progress. The 3D image of the site allows the surface textures to be coloured, added and subtracted from past records and details other elements such water locations and heat mapping, and the...

PPE jackets including CSCS cards and work permits

Published 2 March 2018 | No comments
Written by Gavin Thomas
CategoriesAccess/egress CSCS Emergency procedures PPE Skills card
PPE is evolving rapidly in our industry to serve multiple purposes and now on our current site we are using Hi Viz vests which hold CSCS cards/ Site Passports which allow you onto the site through turnstiles. QR codes are also attached to the vests, which when scanned bring up current information on the wearer’s permits for works to be...

New digital construction apprenticeships

Published 27 February 2018 | No comments
Written by Gavin Thomas
CategoriesApprenticeships Careers advice Colleges Training
Kier is a forward-thinking company that seeks to attract and retain construction talent of the future. To support this, we have launched a new digital construction apprenticeship scheme, which we believe is the first of its kind in the industry, and which embeds BIM as a foundation that can be used for on the job practical application and delivery of...