Helping children to ‘Bee Safe’ around the Harrogate Borough Council Civic Centre building site this summer

As the main contractor for the build of the new Harrogate Borough Council civic centre at Knapping Mount, our number one priority at Harry Fairclough Construction is the safety of local people. In the lead up to the school summer holidays, we are very aware of the fact that children can be attracted to building sites and want to help remind teachers and parents about the potential dangers so that they can keep young people informed.

If you have been following this site blog, you will know that we are now just over eight months into the project and construction activity on-site is picking up pace. You can keep up to date with what’s going on via the live site cam, which is a great way of showing children who are interested how it all works from a safe distance!

Active Response Security Services is helping to raise awareness of the dangers of construction sites amongst school children with their ‘Bee Safe’ campaign (you can follow @buzzbeeyks on Twitter for updates), which features the fun video below. Created by teaching staff to engage young children in this important message, the video is about a minute long and combines visual images and songs to help make it more memorable. As you can see, building sites are not playgrounds and there are life-threatening hazards that children must avoid.

All the necessary safety features are in place in and around the Knapping Mount site where the building of the new Harrogate Borough Council civic centre will continue throughout the summer holidays, but we hope this video helps as a reminder to parents that children should not be left unattended in its vicinity as an added precaution.

Residents’ Summer Newsletter from the Harry Fairclough site team July 2016

Dear Neighbour,

June 2016We are now eight months into this exciting project and you may have noticed that construction activity on-site has really picked up pace recently, as we enter the next exciting phase of construction. The steel frame for the main section of the offices is up and throughout the summer we will be working on the public access section, the heart of the building, where the local community will access council services. Over the next few months, the site will become a lot busier, with more vehicles making deliveries back and forth, bringing the materials we need to site. We will, as always do our utmost to minimise any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding during this busy time.


Meet our new Project Manager

IMG_2861For those of you who have not met our new project manager we are pleased to announce that Peter Blackburn has joined our on-site team. Peter’s role is to look after the day to day management of all construction activity, planning and coordinating all aspects of the build, including appointing subcontractors and working with engineers, architects and Harrogate Borough Council to bring the vision for the building to life. Peter is looking forward to getting to know local residents and to learning more about the Harrogate community and if you wish to contact him with any questions or comments please email him at


Aiming for environmental excellence

BreeamAn important part of this project is to ensure that it is built to BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standards and we are on track to achieve this. BREEAM sets the standard for best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation and has become one of the most comprehensive and widely recognised measures of a building’s environmental performance, ensuring future running costs are greatly reduced.


Launch of Harrogate Borough Council’s Civic Centre student artwork competition

It is very important to us that we engage the next generation in the build and with that in mind we are excited to announce the launch of our ‘Harrogate Borough Council’s Civic Centre Student Artwork Competition’. The competition gives GCSE and A Level art students in the Harrogate district the opportunity to make a lasting mark on the finished building. The Civic Centre contains a suite of meeting rooms consisting of the Council Chamber, plus six further meeting spaces. The six meeting spaces are currently unnamed and have no planned artwork. We are therefore inviting local schools to come up with a name for each room, a piece of artwork that brings it to life and a short explanation on the idea behind the name. More information about how schools can get involved can be found on our blog


We had an important visit to site this week from the Councillor Richard Cooper, Leader of Harrogate Borough Council and Wallace Sampson, the council’s Chief Executive, who were both impressed by the progress to date.  We are continuing to update the project blog, where you will find updates on all construction work and can ask questions and leave comments for our site team to respond to.

If you would like to speak to our project manager Peter or a member of the Yorkshire management team please contact our Otley office on 01943 851059.

Thank you for your continued support and co-operation, the Harry Fairclough site team

Local Schools invited to ‘capture the Harrogate district’ and get involved in the build of Harrogate Borough Council’s Civic Centre

Our project to build Harrogate Borough Council’s new civic centre is well underway and we are currently eight months into the construction programme. Along with the council, we are very keen to engage with local schools and colleges in the project so that they can be part of what is going to be an important building for the district in the future.

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Harrogate Civic Centre Student Artwork Competition

We are giving GCSE and A Level art and photography students in the Harrogate district the opportunity to make a lasting mark on the finished building by taking part in our ‘Harrogate Civic Centre Student Artwork Competition’.

The Civic Centre contains a suite of meeting rooms (plans included below) consisting of the Council Chamber, plus six further meeting spaces. The six meeting spaces are currently unnamed and have no planned artwork. We would like these spaces to showcase our beautiful district and we are inviting local schools and colleges to come up with some fantastic ideas which will be incorporated into each meeting room. We are looking for students to come up with a fitting name for each room, design an associated piece of artwork or photography, which illustrates our wonderful district and provide a short explanation on the chosen theme.

The winning entries will be showcased in the meeting room suite, and the student(s), along with their tutor and classmates, will be invited to attend the official opening of the building.

‘All about the Harrogate district’ is our theme and we are looking for inspiring images that capture the heart and soul of our beautiful region. Since the new Civic Centre will have an iconic and architecturally interesting design, we will be looking for entries that reflect this. The medium is up to you, whether it’s a painting, sketch or photograph and shouldn’t be any bigger than A2 in size.

Artwork should be submitted to:

Alison Wilson
Council Offices
Crescent Gardens

If you would like to participate in the competition, please register your school with

The deadline for entries is 28th February 2017. Entries will be judged by a panel of representatives from Harrogate Borough Council, the Mercer Art Gallery and the Harry Fairclough project team. Winning entries will be announced on 31st March 2017.

If you are a Harrogate district based school and have any questions about the competition, wish to organise a site visit or find out about other ways of getting involved in the project, please tweet us @HarryFairclough or get in touch with our schools liaison officer Chloe Greenwood at


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