Resident update: Road cleaning and traffic management

As we enter the next phase of activity on-site we wanted to take the opportunity to wish our Knapping Mount neighbours a Happy New Year and to provide an update on some of the recent measures that we have put in place to alleviate traffic and parking problems for residents living adjacent to the site.


As we outlined in our recent resident update we have had to close the main site car park due to safety reasons and we are aware that this has had an impact on the amount of traffic and vehicles parking or waiting outside the site entrances. We are doing all that we can to minimise on-street parking by site personnel who are as much as possible using local public car parks as well as working closely with our subcontractors to manage deliveries more efficiently.

Vehicle movements and deliveries

All of our subcontractors and any one making deliveries to site have been briefed on the rules regarding movement of vehicles and all large vehicles reversing out of site must be guided out by a traffic officer (banksman) to ensure safety. We are not always informed of the exact time of a delivery to site which can result in queuing at the entrance gates and occasional blocking of the road. We understand from resident feedback that this can be frustrating and we apologise for any inconvenience that you have experienced. Please be reassured that we are aware of the problem and are working hard to avoid it happening as much as is possible.

Cleaning the roads

The winter months and the increase in traffic to site makes keeping the roads adjoining the site clean a challenge. Unfortunately, it is impossible on a project of this scale to ensure that roads are completely clean and clear of all debris, all of the time, however we are taking action to try and limit this. We have a fork lift truck with watered sweeper, hand held jet wash and visiting road sweepers, being used regularly to clear the roads. At 3pm every day we are now stopping any deliveries and material movements (where possible) and completing a full daily clean to limit inconvenience to those residents returning home at the end of the day.


We would like to thank all residents for their patience and understanding and appreciate that living adjacent to a large building site of this nature can at times be frustrating. If you do have any concerns regarding any of the above information please contact our project manager Peter on

Welcoming Harrogate College bright ‘sparks’ to site!

At the end of 2016 we were delighted to welcome budding electricians from Harrogate College to experience a ‘live’ construction site and learn about the mechanical and electrical work and expertise that will go into the project.


Two groups of students, accompanied by electrical installation lecturer, Richard Costelloe were given a tour of the site, had the opportunity to meet key members of the site team and were able to see first hand what goes in to the design and construction of a large scale and complicated build. Their observations were discussed on site and in the classroom and have contributed positively to the learning process. As the build develops we look forward to welcoming more students from Harrogate College to site to see the final building come to life and inspire and engage them in the construction process.

If you are a school/college from the local area interested in ways to get involved in our project, please get in touch here on our blog or by emailing


Residents’ Christmas Newsletter from the Harry Fairclough site team

Dear Neighbour,

We have been a part of your community for over 12 months now and the Knapping Mount site has come a long way in that time. As we enter the final stage of the project we wanted to thank you for making us welcome and for your continued patience throughout the build process. We appreciate that living next to a live building site can be inconvenient at times and we are very much looking forward to completing the project in the Spring and handing over a building that will serve the Harrogate district for many years to come.

Christmas site hours

 The site will officially close for Christmas on Friday 23rd December and we will be back in action on the Tuesday 3rd January 2017. 24 hour security will be operational during the festive period and if you have any questions or concerns about the site during this time please feel free to comment on our blog which will be frequently monitored –

 New year, new phase  

 The next major phase of activity on site will include installation of the final section of steelwork to the canopy area by Gate 2. We will then be focussing on ‘closing in’ the building and continuing roofing so that the internal works can progress, we will also be commencing the external works to the scheme. As the building progresses you will start to see its innovative design come to life along with the architect’s vision of an enjoyable and vibrant place for people to work and visit that supports modern working practices and allows the Council’s services to work together on the same site.

 Parking and vehicle movement  

Unfortunately, we have had to close the main site car park due to the sheer amount of materials being delivered to site, as it was no longer safe to keep it open. Wherever possible, our site team is using local public car parks but there are times when tools or materials need to be brought to site and it is necessary to park in neighbouring streets or pull up or queue outside the site entry points. We are aware that parking is tight around the site and are doing all that we can to minimise on-street parking and manage deliveries efficiently to alleviate this wherever we can.

 Our community commitment

 Since the beginning of the project we have supported the local community by providing employment opportunities, building partnerships and giving young people an opportunity to be a part of this exciting build. We are very proud to report that over 90% of our subcontractors are based locally and we continue to provide opportunities to local businesses. Our partnership with Harrogate College is going strong and we currently have electrical students visiting site to gain valuable, hands on experience. Local schools are working hard to complete artwork that will be displayed in the finished building, and have also visited the site to plant trees. Our schools and college programme will continue until the end of the project so please get in touch if you are interested in finding out about how your local school could get involved.

For further information about our work with the local community please visit our site blog where you will find regular updates from our site team.

 Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Peter and the Harry Fairclough site team


Celebrating National Tree Week with Coppice Valley Primary School

We had some very special visitors to site this week as a group of 36, year 4 children from Coppice Valley Primary School  joined us to plant tree seedlings in the woodland area surrounding the site. The children were joined by a number of representatives from Harrogate Borough Council and were excited to be part of such an important project for the town.


Around 100 young trees, including hazel, rowan, field maple and hawthorn, were planted along the north side of the site at Knapping Mount, as part of National Tree Week. The young trees were planted alongside more mature trees in the area to help in the regeneration of the woodland and provide a continued safe habitat for local wildlife.


The pupils carried out the planting, along with the Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate Councillor Nick Brown, and Michael Harrison, the Deputy Leader of Harrogate Borough Council.



Pannal Sports Tigers make debut at Harrogate Town FC

As sponsors of Pannal Sports under 9’s ‘Tigers’ football team we were proud to see the team come out onto the pitch at Harrogate Town AFC’s 500 seater stadium on Saturday 12th November as mascots for the game against Tamworth. The boys got to walk out onto the pitch with the players before the match and then wowed the crowd with their playing skills during half time!


Earlier in the day the Tigers also got to experience playing on the Harrogate Town 3G pitch in games against local team Pannal Ash, coming away with two wins and one draw.


It was a great experience for the Tigers to play on the pitch and support their local team all in one day and we were proud to see them looking very professional, playing so well and behaving impeccably in their Harry Fairclough sponsored kits. Well done Tigers!  Special thanks to mjw-photography for sharing the photography with us.

Site retains high scores following Considerate Constructors inspection

We are pleased to report that following the final inspection last month from The Considerate Constructors Scheme, we have maintained the exceptionally high score of 40 and have been deemed ‘Excellent’ in all areas for the appearance of our site, our respect for the local community and the environment, safety and the welfare of our site team.Considerate Constructors

As we progress towards completion of the civic centre, our Project Manager Peter was commended in the report for his effective running of the site and efforts to keep our neighbours in the local community up to speed with developments that may affect their day to day routines. The report also acknowledged the impressive appearance of the circular and curved buildings and the clean, tidy and well organised site.

The CCS is a non-profit-making, independent organisation founded in 1997 by the construction industry to improve its image. Construction sites voluntarily register with the Scheme and agree to abide by the Code of Considerate Practice, designed to encourage best practice beyond statutory requirements.  The Scheme is concerned about any area of construction activity that may have a direct or indirect impact on the image of the industry as a whole.

5-minute tea break with Richard Haldane on-site with Harry Fairclough Construction

Richard Haldane - work experience

Harrogate resident and civil engineering university student Richard Haldane joined our Yorkshire team over the summer on a work experience placement at our civic accommodation project for Harrogate Borough Council. We asked him to tell us about his experience and how it will support his future career in the construction industry.

Here’s what he thought to life on-site:

What did you learn during your time on-site?

I learned many things during my placement, including a general view of how the site is run in an effective and safe way. Understanding what each job role involves and many engineering aspects relating to surveying, materials and construction practice.

Do you think the placement has helped with your civil engineering studies?

Yes, definitely. Not only has it reinforced knowledge that I had gained previously, but has also enhanced my knowledge in subjects such as engineering surveying, engineering materials and construction practice and the environment.

What was it like to shadow our Engineer Glen and what did you learn from him?

It was an invaluable experience, being able to learn from someone with an incredible understanding and adept ability in their field. Shadowing Glen taught me many things including a clear understanding of what the site engineer’s role involves, as well as numerous tips and tricks for efficiently working on site.

What was it like to work on such a prominent project based in your home town? 

I was very lucky to have been giving the opportunity to gain experience on site, but to have this opportunity to work on a project that is so significant to my home town, accompanied with the building’s unique design was quite amazing and very fulfilling.

What advice would you give to other students looking to get experience within the construction sector? 

From my personal experience I would have to say, don’t be afraid to turn up on the doorstep of the site displaying your intentions, while showing interest in that specific project and what you are looking for as a result of the work, and remember to bring a CV!


If you’re a school/college or student interested in work experience opportunities on our sites, please get in touch with our work experience co-coordinator Chloe Greenwood – 

Important notice to Knapping Mount residents re parking and movement of vehicles

Dear neighbours,
We are currently receiving a large volume and number of deliveries into site, which means on occasion, temporarily closing our site car park. This may result in site vehicles parking on neighbouring streets for short amounts of time, whilst deliveries are accepted safely into site. We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause and can assure all residents that we are working hard to minimise the impact this has on residents parking and access.  Below is a recent letter sent out to our immediate neighbours regarding movement of vehicles on site over the coming weeks. If you would like to raise any questions or concerns regarding any of this information please contact our project manager Peter Blackburn at



Please find below important information regarding traffic, access and movement on-site at Knapping Mount over the next 8-10 weeks, affecting use of West Grove Road, Kings Road, St Luke’s Mount and St Luke’s Avenue.

* We currently have restricted access at Gate 2 (St Luke’s Road), due to activities on-site and this will remain the case for the next 8-10 weeks. This may result in some deliveries waiting at the gate entrance on the juncture between St Luke’s Avenue and St Luke’s Mount. We will do our utmost to ensure that all deliveries are made into site as quickly as possible.

* As a result of increased traffic between Gate 1 and 2, we are in the process of providing an additional entrance into site, coming off the corner of St Luke’s Road and Kings Road, for which we have been granted approval from the Highways Agency. In order to ensure safety, during this busy time, all traffic movement will be supervised by a site operative as will any deliveries that are stood waiting to enter site. Roads will be kept clean and clear at all times.

* Limited materials onsite will be moved by forklift from Gate 1 to the new site entrance (coming off the corner of St Luke’s Road and Kings Road) and will require us to cross the protected footpath. The gate will only be open during movement of materials and there will be a temporary diversion of the existing barked footpath onto the Kings Road footpath. Again a site operative will be in place to supervise during all movements.

Harry Fairclough sponsors local Pannal Tigers!

As part of our commitment to supporting the areas in which our sites are based we have agreed to be the official kit sponsors of local Harrogate under 9’s football team, Pannal Tigers. Here are the boys looking very smart in their brand new kits, featuring our company logo and celebrating their first win of the season. The team had their first games on Sunday (25th September 2016) and were commended by their coaches for their teamwork and determination.Well done Tigers! 


Building community spirit on-site at Knapping Mount

Harry Fairclough’s Yorkshire site team has been part of the Harrogate community for almost 12 months now and whilst building Harrogate Borough Council’s new civic centre on budget and on time is our number one priority, we have also managed to get out about in the local community, building partnerships and creating employment and training opportunities for local businesses.
Here’s a quick update on some of the highlights so far:

Smashing local labour targets

Engaging local businesses, contributing to the local economy and recruiting a local workforce is an important priority for our Yorkshire site team and at the outset of the project we agreed with Harrogate Borough Council that we would achieve a local labour target of at least 75%. We are very pleased to announce that we have exceeded this target and that 95% of the contractors working on-site, including scaffolders, demolition experts, tree specialists, civil engineers, ground and steelworkers are all from within the local (North Yorkshire and Leeds City Region) area.

Facilitating training and providing work experience opportunities

Richard Haldane - work experienceThe provision of training on-site is an important element of all construction projects that we work on and so far on-site at Harrogate we have provided over 200 weeks of training to the project team. We are continuing to promote trade apprenticeships for young people and all of our sub-contractors are encouraged to bring apprentices to site to be a part of this exciting and important build. As part of our ongoing commitment to promoting careers in construction, we have also employed a local work experience student Richard Haldane on an eight week placement to support his civil engineering studies at university. Read more about Richard here.

Partnering with local schools and colleges

phil-at-careers-fairGetting local schools and colleges involved in the project is a key part of our community relations plan and we have already visited a number of local schools to deliver health and safety presentations, careers talks and have attended careers fairs to promote careers in construction to the next generation. Our ‘experience construction’ partnership with Harrogate College gives local brickwork, joinery and electrical students the opportunity to get involved in the many aspects of the construction of this important building in the district, giving them the chance to experience first-hand what goes into the building process on a project of this scale.
When the landscaping works begin later this year and early next we will be inviting local school children to site to carry out planting works, putting their own stamp on the outside space. We also recently launched the ‘Harrogate Civic Centre Student Artwork Competition’ giving GCSE and A Level art and photography students in the Harrogate district the opportunity to make a lasting mark on the finished building. Find out more about how to register your school here.

If you would like any further information about how your business, school or college can get involved in the Harrogate Borough Council Civic Centre build please get in touch, comment on our blog or email us via our contact us page.