Advanced Technology Centre and Construction Skills Centre, Blackpool & the Fylde College

What the project involves

Aegis has played key role in the delivery of Blackpool and the Fylde College’s £50 million, 10-year Property Strategy to replace existing accommodation with purpose-built teaching and learning facilities.

We were appointed to provide CDM services to the college as part of a root-and-branch redevelopment of its Bispham campus.

The campus now accommodates a new 3,200m2 Advanced Technology Centre (ATC), which will deliver the technical and leadership skills needed by students to close the skills gap in the advanced engineering and manufacturing sector.

The ATC features advanced engineering workshops equipped with the latest CNC technology, as well as a project zone that houses pneumatics, robotics, electronics and the latest CAD design studio. In addition there is a research and development centre, automotive workshops, and materials and paint applications workshop.

The Bispham campus project also includes a 1,100m2 two storey extension to the Construction Skills Centre (CSC) to incorporate additional workshops and classrooms.

How the client is benefiting

More than 20,000 people study at the college annually, with around 6,000 students and over 200 employers benefitting from the new ATC facility alone.

Our work involved assisting in the completion of three inter-related projects. Firstly, there was a ‘muck shift’ that involved moving earth around site to prepare for the ATC. Secondly, the old Heating and Ventilation building was demolished, allowing the construction of the CSC extension, which includes extra workshops and classrooms. Thirdly, the ATC was built, allowing the defunct Wyre building to be demolished.

The total cost for this programme was over £10m for both the ATC new build and CSC extension, which included the demolition of existing accommodation and landscaping improvements.

Aegis’ CDM solutions involved co-ordinating health and safety arrangements to ensure processes and procedures for all activity were effectively implemented.

We contributed extra value by working with the college to implement and manage CDM 2015 regulations which improve health and safety in the construction industry by clearly defining roles and responsibilities on construction projects.

Why it is crucial to understand the client and their needs

Aegis has provided value-adding CDM services for major development schemes since the initial introduction of the regulations almost a quarter of a century ago in 1994.

During this extensive period, we have worked on a number of significant education projects across the North West which had enabled us to develop in-depth knowledge and insight into the sector and its particular requirements.

As well as the ATC and CSC, we have worked on Blackpool and The Fylde College’s Lancashire Energy HQ, Preston’s College’s iSTEM Centre, Blackburn College’s RATH Building and leisure
centre, Myerscough College’s high performance centre and student accommodation block, and Bolton School’s sixth form centre.

Lancashire Energy HQ, Blackpool & the Fylde College

What the project involves

Blackpool and The Fylde College’s Lancashire Energy HQ is a new flagship development on Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone.

The £9.8m educational facility represents significant investment in technical and professional education for the energy sector, which will drive business growth and jobs in the area.

It is designed to provide a cutting-edge education and training facility local students, delivering the full range of technical and professional education required by the industry, with a focus on the green and renewable sectors.

Part of the Northern Powerhouse project, Lancashire Energy HQ aims to attract high-skilled jobs and businesses to area.

How the client is benefiting

Aegis was appointed to provide CDM principal designer services to the college for the design and build of the Lancashire Energy HQ facility on the site of the former airport terminal. The construction project ran from April 2016 until June 2017.

The facility is equipped with industry-standard resources and technology to support the delivery of technical and professional training for the energy sector.

The building includes workshops and accommodates specialised skills training for the energy sector, especially oil, gas and wind. In addition it incorporates teaching classrooms, staff and administration facilities, ancillary spaces, kitchen and supporting spaces, refectory and atrium.

The construction comprises a new two-storey steel frame, formed through a double height space with curved roof to the rear and two-storey space with flat roof to the front. It is a BREEAM Excellent building, with an extensive solar heating system on the roof.

Aegis’ CDM solutions required us to co-ordinate health and safety arrangements to make certain processes and procedures for all on-site activity were meticulously implemented.

Why it is crucial to understand the client and their needs

For nearly a quarter of a century, Aegis has provided value-adding CDM services for major development schemes.

Since the since the initial introduction of the CDM regulations in 1994, we have been instrumental in numerous major projects across the North West. This means we have developed deep knowledge and specialist insight into our clients’ specific requirements.

In addition to Lancashire Energy HQ, we have worked on a number of education projects including  Blackpool and the Fylde College’s Advanced Technology Centre and Construction Skills Centre,  Preston’s College’s iSTEM Centre, Blackburn College’s RATH Building and leisure centre, Myerscough College’s high performance centre and student accommodation block, and Bolton School’s sixth form centre.

CDM Services – Myerscough College Student Accommodation Block

What the project involves

Facilities at Myerscough College’s Billsborrow Campus have been significantly enhanced as a result of a £20 million infrastructure investment programme, which has already seen Aegis appointed to the CDM Principal Designer and BREEAM assessor roles for the creation of a new High Performance Centre for Sport.

Following successful delivery of these services, Aegis was asked to take on the CDM Principal Designer role for a new student accommodation block.

Due to the effects of flooding from Storm Desmond early on in the project the principal contractor, Carefoot PLC, redesigned the building to sit above level of any future flooding. The building itself provides 40 en-suite bedrooms in clusters of five with shared welfare and kitchen facilities. Built using traditional construction methods, the building also has three plant rooms to ensure that efficient and effective building services are provided.

How the client is benefiting

Aegis presided over the CDM Principal Designer role, which meant coordinating health and safety arrangements across the project to ensure processes were adhered to and implemented correctly. We worked closely with the College to implement and manage new CDM 2015 regulations, which clearly set out roles and responsibilities on construction projects. Still in their infancy, the regulations have left many firms unsure of their responsibility.

An important benefit to Myerscough College was that Aegis played a key role in ensuring that construction activities did not impact on the College. The new building was constructed on a live campus but the project team carefully planned each element to ensure disruption to the learning of students was as minimal as possible. Consideration was also paid to access to the campus as the new Student Accommodation Block was being constructed on one of the main access routes.

During the construction, 98 per cent of waste generated was also diverted from landfill by the project team.

Why it is crucial to understand the client and their needs.

Our previous work with Myerscough College means we have a firm grasp of its requirements, which also allows us to operate efficiently with the main contractor on the project and other on-site suppliers and partners.

Finally, our extensive experience of the education sector has provided us with a detailed understanding of the need for minimal disruption to the students’ learning environment, and we were able to ensure construction activity did not impact on the College unduly.

CDM Services – Myerscough College High Performance Centre

What the project involves

Myerscough college is located north of Preston in the heart of rural Lancashire and is a UK centre of excellence for training and education in equine care, agriculture and sports. It is currently undergoing a £20 million revamp at its Bilsburrow campus. The latest phase of the revamp is the creation of a new £3.2 million High Performance Centre for Sport.

The project involved the demolition and removal of the existing Sportsturf centre and of the disused pavilion, followed by the construction of the new build. The new centre includes a purpose-built hall as well as a Strength and Conditioning suite and a separate new Sportsturf Management facility.

The buildings were constructed using steel frames with architectural blockwork walls incorporating composite clad curtain walling.

The project ran from December 2014 until June 2016

How the client is benefiting

Aegis was appointed to provide CDM Principal Designer services for the project. We added value by working with the college and the contractors, Carefoot PLC, to implement and manage the new CDM 2015 regulations. This ensured the legal duties of all those involved in the project were met and understood, as well as improving the overall health and safety of the project.

The new High Performance Centre for Sport has enhanced Myerscough’s existing sporting connections and the larger hall will allow sport to be played at a more elite level, significantly benefiting students and members of the public.

Why it is crucial to understand the client and their needs.

Aegis has provided CDM services from the initial introduction of the regulations in 1994, right up until the present day.

We have worked on a wide range of education projects in varying sizes across the North West, including Blackpool and the Fylde College’s Advanced Technology Centre and Construction Skills Centre; Preston’s College’s iSTEM Centre; and Blackburn College’s RATH Building and leisure centre.

This understanding and expertise ensured the project progressed safely and efficiently, allowing it to reach completion on schedule in June 2016.

CDM-C Preston’s College iSTEM Centre

What the project involves

Aegis has played a key role in the construction of the new multi-million pound iSTEM (Innovation, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) building at Preston’s College.

Set over two floors, the impressive 4,200m2 iSTEM Centre is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the UK and cost over £13 million to build.

The building was designed by IBI Taylor Young and built by Kier Construction. It includes an advanced manufacturing workshop, multi-functional science laboratories, health and rehabilitation areas, 3D printing and rapid prototyping facilities, and software application design labs.

Aegis was appointed as CDM Co-ordinators for the design and construction of the building.

The project involved the demolition of two existing teaching blocks, re-alignment of roads, and the construction of the new facility. This involved new incoming electrical infrastructure works, a new centralised boilers, followed by refurbishment and decant works.

Construction took place between May 2014 and August 2015.

How the client is benefiting

The revolutionary centre will allow students to work on live briefs alongside key employers in the region and sets out to improve the employability of students by equipping them with the skills required by industry, as well as delivering nationally recognised qualifications.

It will also play a crucial part in addressing the need for a talented workforce in STEM related sectors and its mission is to ensure teaching is aligned with industry needs to help reduce the growing skills gap. Each course at Preston’s College has been redesigned with input from local employers and partners, including Baxi, Eric Wright Group and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Aegis’ provision of CDM solutions involved co-ordinating health and safety arrangements to ensure all processes were adhered to and implemented effectively.

Why it is crucial to understand the client and their needs

Preston’s College has a policy of employing local firms, so long as they offer value for money and have the appropriate skill set. The college identified Aegis as filling this criteria and requested that we submit a tender for the CDM Co-ordination role.

The college and DTZ, the project managers, selected Aegis as a result of the detailed proposal we submitted which highlighted the quality of the service we provide to clients.

The Aegis CDM Co-ordinator appointed to the project – Emma Eldershaw – has worked on many further education projects across the North West, and our expertise and experience across a wide range of construction activities meant Aegis had a firm grasp of the college’s requirements.

We regularly partner with other local firms meaning we can operate efficiently with construction companies and other suppliers. Throughout the process we worked closely and effectively with Kier Construction.

 The project has now reached completion and the iSTEM Centre opened on 1 October 2015.

CDM-C Gate Guardian, BAE Systems

What the project involves

A full-scale replica of the iconic English Electric Lightning fighter jet has been installed to guard the gates of the BAE Systems Samlesbury site, and Aegis has played a key role in the project.

The life-sized model has replaced the original fuselage which was manufactured at Samlesbury. It has stood at the gates on the A59 for more than two decades, but has become damaged by the Lancashire elements over time. The replica, constructed by a specialist aeroplane renovation and replica manufacturer based in Cornwall, is made of fibreglass to better protect it from the environment.

The project involved the removal of the original gate guardian and replacing it with the replica. The model has a front of house location next to the main site entrance and the busy A59, and is therefore highly visible to passers-by and site visitors.

Work was split into three phases: Groundworks to prepare the site, transportation of the replicas from Cornwall to Samlesbury, and installation of the replica aircraft.

How the client is benefiting

BAE’s Samlesbury site is occupied by the company’s Military Air and Information Division. The iconic Electric Lightning, which has helped lay the foundations of modern day jets such as Typhoon, is an important piece of heritage – not only for BAE but Lancashire as a whole.

Aegis was appointed CDM Co-ordinator on the Gate Guardians Project and has had a continuous involvement in co-ordinating health and safety issues which impacted on the works.

The key benefit to BAE Systems is that Aegis ensured all processes and procedures for the removal of the original gate guardian and the installation of its replacement were implemented effectively and comprehensively. This was also taking into account the busy working site and its proximity to a main road.

The replica English Electric Lightning fighter now stands proud at the site where it first took to the skies in November 1959. It was a turning point in aviation history as the first completely British designed and built fighter aircraft able to fly at twice the speed of sound.

Why it is crucial to understand the client and their needs

Aegis has been working with BAE Systems at its Samlesbury and Warton sites for more than 18 years, and is a preferred supplier for the Military Air and Information Division there.

We will continue to work with BAE as it enters the second stage of the Gate Guardians project, to erect a second full-scale replica of an F-35 Lightning II alongside the Electric Lightning – parts of which are built at Samlesbury.

CDM-C Avro Heritage Centre

What the project involves

Aegis played an instrumental role in the development of a state-of-the-art heritage centre and museum at the former BAE Systems Woodford Aerodrome site, south of Manchester.

We were appointed in 2014 to deliver CDM co-ordination and Clerk of Works services to the project, which has seen the transformation of the aerodrome’s former fire station into a leading-edge visitor attraction.

During its long and illustrious history, Woodford was one of the most important sites in British aviation. More than 20,000 aircraft were built there, and the site was the birthplace of renowned aircraft including the Second World War Lancaster bomber and and Cold War Vulcan ‘V-bomber’.

Following the closure of the aerodrome in 2011, BAE Systems agreed to fund the development of a heritage centre on the site. Working jointly with the Avro Heritage Trust, BAE Systems Real Estate Solutions division managed the project to convert the fire station into a modern, spacious heritage centre.

The remaining buildings on the site are being demolished and will be replaced with 900 new homes, to be built over the next six years.

How the client is benefiting

Aegis’ provision of CDM solutions and Clerk of Works services involved co-ordinating a broad range of activities to ensure all processes and procedures were implemented smoothly and efficiently.

Construction work is now complete and the new museum and heritage site is ready to house a historical collection of over 30,000 artefacts and pieces of memorabilia commemorating Avro’s achievements.

Nearly 80 per cent of the collection will be on display at any one time, with the remainder rotated throughout the year so there will always be something fresh for visitors to see.

The star of the show will be an iconic Vulcan bomber, which is be located in front of the centre. Built at Woodford, the former RAF aircraft weighs 30 tonnes and has a wingspan of more than 110 feet.

Another main attraction will be a complete nose and cockpit section of a Vulcan. Housed in a specially designed glass frontage of the building. This will enable visitors to gain first-hand experience of what it was like to sit inside one of these enormous aircraft.

The museum and heritage centre is expected to attract aircraft enthusiasts from around the world and has already been featured in numerous global aircraft publications.

Why it is crucial to understand the client and their needs

Aegis has worked closely and productively with BAE Systems on a number of major projects over many years.

As a result of this longstanding relationship, we were awarded the contract to provide CDM co-ordination and clerk of works services to the Woodford project from the end of 2014 to mid-2015.

Our track record of collaborating with main contractors and onsite suppliers across a wide spectrum of building and construction activities meant Aegis had a solid understanding of the heritage centre’s needs.

This enabled us to work alongside the main contractor, Conlon Construction and architectural consultancy Cassidy + Ashton, which had chosen materials to complement the proposed residential housing environment, while echoing the aero industry heritage.

 

Health & Safety Services Booths

What the project involves

Five generations of the same family have taken supermarket chain Booths from its humble beginnings in Blackpool in 1847, into a thriving portfolio of 31 stores across the North West. Now, Aegis is playing a key role in shaping future operations at six Booths sites in Lancashire.

Booths takes its health and safety responsibilities seriously and understands that it lies at the heart of an organisation’s commitment to employees and customers. As a result it was keen to partner with a local, independent expert which could assess performance and develop new, improved approaches to auditing and measuring health and safety standards across multiple sites.

Aegis was recommended by one of Booths’ other specialist professional services advisers and was consequently asked by Booths to undertake health and safety audits and fire risk assessments at the following locations:

Clitheroe Store

Penwortham Store

Bluebell Way Distribution Centre

Riversway Distribution Centre

Central Office

Estates Office

Booths also requested that Aegis delivers a review of its current health and safety policies and documentation.

How the client is benefiting

Aegis’ health and safety audits help identify activities which may need improving in order to develop a safer and more efficient working environment. They can reduce the risk of accidents in the workplace and promote a safety-focused culture.

Aegis completed six audits and assessments for Booths. We found that there was a high standard of health and safety across the company, with good staff training, a strong safety rep structure in place, and a positive approach at all levels. Even so, our knowledgeable and experienced team was able to identify areas which could be improved and simplified, and we provided a detailed action plan as part of our written report and recommendations.

Booths is now working through the action plan and implementing the changes which is having economic and statutory benefits, as well as helping to foster a motivated workforce by demonstrating a focus on employee welfare.

Why it is crucial to understand the client and their needs

The local companies we work with know the high standard of service Aegis provides and we are often recommended to new clients as a result. In this case we were recommended by one of Booths’ specialist advisers – a company we have worked with previously and with whom we have formed a strong relationship.

We responded quickly to the initial enquiry and swiftly organised a meeting to discuss Booths’ requirements. Booths commended us on our service proposition, as well as the fact that Aegis is a local company working with a wide range of other local firms.

 

CDM-C Bishopton

What the project involves

The £125 million transformation by BAE Systems of the former Royal Ordnance Factory at Bishopton, west of Glasgow, is one of the biggest brownfield development projects in the UK.

Aegis is providing BAE Systems Real Estate Solutions with Construction Design and Management (CDM) co-ordination for the broader programme, as well as individual projects within it.

The scheme involves the regeneration of 1,800 acres of disused land as 2,500 new homes, 1.6 million sq ft of commercial space, recreation and leisure facilities and new community woodland parks.

The area, known as Dargavel Village and Business Park, is located near the M8 and West Coast Main Line, and an integral part of the work was the installation of a new bridge over the railway line from December 2012 and January 2013.

How the client is benefiting

Aegis’ provision of CDM solutions means co-ordinating health and safety arrangements across the entire programme, along with specific projects.

The contract represents a significant challenge because we must work closely and collaboratively with our client, BAE Systems, along with three property developers, and their construction companies.

The key benefit to BAE Systems is that Aegis ensures health and safety processes and procedures for all activity on the site are implemented effectively and comprehensively. Given the number of companies involved – not to mention the home-owners and businesses who are increasingly occupying the site – this is a technically demanding and operationally complex undertaking.

Why it is crucial to understand the client and their needs

Aegis was brought in to deliver CDM co-ordination services in 2012 because a national consultancy was not delivering the level of service demanded by BAE Systems.

The client was confident that we could deliver effective CDM co-ordination services for this highly demanding programme at very short notice.

One of the reasons for this was that Aegis has been working with BAE Systems at Samlesbury and Warton in Lancashire for 18 years and is a preferred supplier for the Military Air and Information Division there.

Another key factor was that Tim Hudson, our Technical Director, had worked with BAE Systems Real Estate Solutions on the construction and fit-out of a new Small Arms Ammunition Facility at Radway Green near Crewe.

The client had been so impressed with Tim’s deep industry knowledge and technical skills, that they wanted him to take over the management of CDM co-ordination services at Bishopton and Aegis’ appointment followed soon afterwards.

CDM-C Blackburn College RATH building

What the project involves

Blackburn College has significantly improved facilities at its town centre campus thanks to a £5.5 million Regional Automotive Technology Hub (RATH) – with Aegis playing a key role in the construction project.

Aegis was appointed in 2012 as CDM co-ordinators for the design and construction of the RATH. Completed in 2014, the state-of-the-art building will produce engineers and technicians to meet the needs of the regional automotive industry.

The RATH building accommodates specialist teaching facilities for automotive studies, including electronics, motor sport and maintenance. The two-storey 2,300 sq m building will also provide support space in the form of general and IT classrooms, a rig analysis lab, staff rooms and reception.

The new building was developed collaboratively with input from leading car manufacturers such as Chorley Nissan, Blackburn Audi, Bowker BMW, and Simpson Skoda as well as the Institute of Motor Industries.  It features the latest equipment and technology to deliver the skills the motor industry needs in the 21st century, while enabling students to benefit from real-life conditions to practise their skills.

How the client is benefiting

Aegis’ provision of CDM solutions involved co-ordinating health and safety arrangements to ensure processes and procedures for all activity on the site were implemented effectively.

Aegis is adding extra value by working with the college to implement and manage new CDM 2015 regulations, which came into force in April.

CDM 2015 aims to improve health and safety in the construction industry by clearly defining roles and responsibilities on construction projects.

Why it is crucial to understand the client and their needs

As well as the RATH, Aegis has been providing CDM co-ordination services for two other major building projects that are transforming the college.

Our productive partnership across a broad range of building and construction activities means Aegis has a firm grasp of the college’s requirements. This in turn means we can operate efficiently with construction companies and other on-site suppliers of services and materials.

The first development we were involved in was the college’s £7 million STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) building, completed in 2013.This is now delivering a curriculum to meet the needs of employers for skilled and resourceful workers, though apprenticeships and other learning programmes.

The third project is a new £13.5 million sports and leisure facility, which was under construction in the spring/summer of 2015. The project team at Aegis worked with DLA Architecture, Pearson Fraser (employer’s agent and quantity surveyor), as well as Beardsley Construction, to help deliver the building. It comprises two sports halls, 80 station fitness centres, aerobics studio, six-lane swimming pool, rehabilitation pool and sports science performance and testing laboratory.