Building Plant News Magazine March, April, May 2022 48 Kier propelled to top league spot by Gloucester mixed- use scheme Kier took top spot in February’s contract league table, after it snapped up a £70m regeneration job in central Gloucester. The contractor scooped the Kings Quarter scheme to deliver 125,000 square feet of office space, alongside a 116-bedroom hotel and leisure space, earlier this month, according to data gathered by construction intelligence provider Glenigan. It is the second phase of a large-scale regeneration of Gloucester city centre, and will also include a multi-storey car park, a new gym, restaurants, shops and bars. The scheme is branded the Forum, which the developers are promoting it as “a digital campus will be at the forefront of digital innovation providing one of the most digitally connected and cyber-secure developments in the country”. Kier’s appointment to deliver the £36m Sunderland Eye Hospital, also signed off in February, shored up the contractor’s position atop the league. Work on the 7,000 square metre eye hospital is scheduled to start this summer, with completion due in 2024. The two deals helped push Kier to a monthly total of £220.1m, and its first top spot since November 2020. Following in second place is China Machinery Engineering, it’s spot on the silver podium was due to one single contract, a £161m job to develop an energy from waste facility in Avondale, Scotland, according to Glenigan. TOP 10 CONTRACTORS, FEBRUARY 2022 Rank Contractor No Total (£m 1 Kier 26 220.1 2 China Machinery Engineering 1 161.1 3 Laing O’Rourke 1 158.4 4 Buckingham 7 127.7 5 Bowmer & Kirkland 2 124.9 6 Renaker 1 120.0 7 Farrans 1 104.0 8 Sacyr 1 104.0 9 ISG 4 80.7 10 Morgan Sindall 21 69.6 Kier completes £250m prison using MMC Five Wells prison in Northamptonshire built almost entirely from standardised components Five Wells prison in Wellingborough is the first of four prisons to be built through the government’s £1bn prisons programme, which is being project managed by Mace. The programme aims to showcase the latest approaches to modern methods of construction. Deputy prime minister Dominic Raab and prisons minister Victoria Atkins officially opened the facility last week alongside senior staff from Kier, the Ministry of Justice and security firm G4S. Around 80% of the components used to build Five Wells prison were standardised and usable on future projects The 60,000m2 complex, which has space for nearly 1,700 adult male prisoners, consists of 13 buildings including seven houseblocks, classrooms, workshops, a kitchen, an entry building and a visitors’ hall. More than 15,000 precast panels and over 60,000 sub-components were used in the construction, over 80% of which were standardised and made usable for future projects. The scheme also made extensive use of offsite manufacture and BIM, which Kier said enabled it to be built 22% more quickly than traditional construction methods and with on-site labour reduced by a third. The contractor, which is due to announce its iinterim results on Wednesday, added that pre-fabricated mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering saved some 54,000 working hours on site. The project has been hailed by the government as a flagship example of its construction playbook, a document published in 2020 which aims to make construction more efficient through supply chain collaboration and use of standardised components.