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
HG1 2SG

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.

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.

 

Countdown to Meet the Buyer event 18/02/16

Our team is looking forward to hosting the ‘Meet the Buyer’ event this Thursday (18th February 2016) at Harrogate International Centre, 4-6pm. There are still places available so please sign up here if you are interested in coming along and finding out more about the project, the local businesses that we are working in partnership with, how we are engaging young people in the project and future opportunities to get involved in this exciting build.

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.”

 

 

27/11/15: Demolition has started at Knapping Mount

Demolition work has started onsite this week and we are working in partnership with RGS demolition, a Yorkshire-based company, committed to recycling and wherever possible reclaiming materials for re-use. The demolition work will continue in stages over the next few weeks.

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Brandreth House, originally build it the 1950’s and largely used as office space is the first of the existing buildings to be demolished. To help limit the environmental impact of our works onsite, much of the slate, stone and timber from the building has been carefully removed and will go on to be recycled.

If you have any questions or concerns about the planned demolition works please leave a comment or contact our project manager Julian.

Partnership announcement: Harry Fairclough & Harrogate College introduce ‘experience construction’ scheme on iconic new building project

The launch of our ‘experience construction’ partnership with Harrogate College will give students the opportunity to get involved in the many aspects of the construction of Harrogate Borough Council’s iconic new civic headquarters. As an important building in the district, tHC logohey will experience first-hand what goes into the building process on a project of this scale.

We will be working closely with the college’s Brickwork and Joinery students to offer work experience opportunities onsite, as well as with students from across the college who are studying subjects such as artwork, business and photography.

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We will also be arranging visits and inductions at the site for apprentices. These will be co-ordinated through Harrogate College HCUK Training.  As a company it is a priority for us to ensure that young people understand the possibilities that a career in construction presents. By involving students in this flagship project, we will be able to help bridge skills gaps and provide training that will enable students to see the range of exciting career opportunities available to them.

Watch this space for updates on what the students will get up to during their time on-site with Julian and the rest of our site team.