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
Harrogate
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If you would like to participate in the competition, please register your school with Alison.wilson@harrogate.gov.uk

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 chloe.greenwood@harryfairclough.co.uk

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High scores on-site from the Considerate Constructors Scheme

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We were visited on-site at the beginning of March by a representative from the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) to check how the site is performing in areas including safety, respecting the community, organisation/appearance and the welfare of our team.

IMG_2803The 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.

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We were informed by the inspectors that scoring over 38 was very rare, so we are delighted to have scored 40 overall and to be deemed ‘Excellent’ in all areas. The following quotes, taken from the report, highlight why:

On the appearance of our site: “The site is very well organised with all areas clean and tidy. Branding is well used and a website blog, updated monthly, is in place with the Public able to ask questions.”

On respecting the community: “Goodwill gestures include filling potholes for neighbours. Harrogate College students have been given a safety talk and parties of six students will visit site each Friday, commencing after Easter.”

On protecting the environment: “New trees, saplings and bat boxes are to be provided. A more environmentally friendly building will result.”

For more information on the Considerate Constructors Code please click here.

Meeting schools in Harrogate as part of National Careers Week 2016

Our team enjoys getting out and about into the Harrogate community, meeting local residents and updating people with progress on-site at Knapping Mount. This week as part of National Careers Week 2016, our Group HR Director Phil Harris has been getting to know some local schools in Harrogate, introducing them to the project and promoting careers in Construction. Here he is meeting young people and their parents at St Aidan’s High School 

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As the project progresses we are keen to engage local schools in the construction of this landmark project. If you are a Harrogate based school interested in finding out about how you can get involved, from bringing students for a site visit to gain an insight into the different roles of workers on the site, to assemblies hosted by our team, then please get in touch with our schools liaison officer Chloe Greenwood at chloe.greenwood@harryfairclough.co.uk

Meet the Buyer event success

Our Meet the Buyer event at Harrogate International Centre on the 18th February 2016 was a great success and we were delighted that so many local businesses came along to find out how they could get involved in this landmark project.

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We along with Harrogate Borough Council and our team of subcontractors exhibited at the event, informing local businesses of the packages of work still to be let on the build and the process for getting involved. Exhibiting businesses included, Waterman Group, Bardsey Tree Services, Browne Civil Engineering, PHI Group, Comet Steel and Rotary.

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The event kicked off with a presentation, introducing the scheme from Richard Cooper the Leader of Harrogate Borough Council, followed by the architect on the project, David Morland of Farrell & Clark, showcasing the vision for the new building and our Managing Director, David Jones, giving an update of progress on-site. This was followed by networking and over 100 local companies were invited along to introduce their businesses to our project team.

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Harrogate CollegeHCUK Training and CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) also attended to highlight the ways in which local young people can get involved, from work experience opportunities to apprenticeships and how businesses can access funding and support with taking on apprentices in the future.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all local businesses who took the time to attend the event.

 

Historic discovery at Knapping Mount!

As we near the end of the final phase of demolition onsite, we are pleased to have salvaged this huge stone from above the doorway of Knapping House, that bears the initials of its original resident William Henry Baxter.

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Our site team was interested to know more about this impressive artefact and the man behind its construction and after a little digging of a different kind, unearthed the following interesting facts:

Born in Leeds in circa 1844 Baxter was a civil engineer, and author who lived in Harrogate with his wife and children. Owner of a road building equipment firm in Leeds, he is famous for patenting the ‘Knapping Machine’ which was used to break stones to make hard-core for roads. When he died Baxter was a pioneer in modern road construction and stone-breaking machinery and thanks to his success, was one of the first residents in the Harrogate district to own an electric car, which he used to commute to Leeds.

The stone featuring William Henry Baxter’s initials will remain where it belongs and be incorporated into the new building. We are proud to be part of Knapping Mount’s new phase of development creating an important civic hub for Harrogate for years to come whilst also maintaining a little bit of its history along the way.

Health and Safety update at Harrogate College

To kick off our partnership with Harrogate College, our Safety Manager Brian Goodacre was made very welcome by the College yesterday when he delivered a Health and Safety presentation to a group of construction students.

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Brian’s talk covered important points about health and safety legislation, accidents, ill health stats and enforcement, providing students with a real understanding of the importance of adopting and adhering to safe working practices on a construction site.

Brian comments: “Thank you to the students for being such an enthusiastic audience and to Harrogate College for inviting us, we are very much looking forward to taking this partnership forward in 2016 and to providing students with the opportunity to experience construction first hand on this exciting project.”

 

 

Press Release: Work starts on demolition of Knapping Mount annexe

DATE PRESS RELEASE ISSUED: Tuesday 8 December 2015
Demolition has started on Harrogate Borough Council’s old prefabricated annexe at its Knapping Mount site in Harrogate ahead of construction of its new, purpose built offices.
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Yorkshire based Harry Fairclough Construction is the main contractor for the project. They have been working on site since October to prepare it for the demolition of the current buildings, which is taking place between now and the end of the year. Yorkshire based RGS Demolition, is undertaking the demolition work. The company is committed to recycling, and wherever possible reclaiming materials for re-use. Construction of the new council offices will start early in 2016, with a scheduled completion date of spring 2017.

The new energy efficient offices, which have been designed by Yorkshire based architects Farrell and Clark, will see council services operating from a single site rather than five separate locations. Moving to the new offices will see annual efficiency savings of around £1 million. The move will also provide a platform to drive further operating improvements in the future.The prefabricated buildings that formed the Knapping Mount annexe were erected in 1974, and were originally built to last 10 years. Now, 41 years later, they are coming down to make way for a new energy efficient, customer friendly council headquarters.

Councillor Graham Swift is Harrogate Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Enterprise. He said: “The new council headquarters will enable us to be more efficient, making it possible for us to improve the service we offer our customers as well as providing long term savings for council tax payers.The project has been a long time in development so it is exciting to be able to see the results of that work taking place on the site.”

Julian Crane who is Harry Fairclough’s Project Manager at the site comments: “Demolition is now well under way onsite, making way for the new build activity to start in the New Year. We have worked with a number of local sub-contractors already on the project and look forward to working with more as it develops.”

Paul Jagger, Partner at architects Farrell and Clark said: “It’s always an exciting moment when a project which has been imagined in your head and illustrated on drawings starts to be realised on the ground. We hope that the design will help to deliver the council’s vision to provide better services for the people of Harrogate.”

Next February will see a dedicated ‘Meet the Buyer’ event taking place in Harrogate. Local businesses will have be able to meet the council, Harry Fairclough and major sub-contractors to find out more about the project, the opportunities to be involved in the project and how to bid for work packages.

Subcontractors can sign up for the event here.

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