Morgan Sindall Construction appointed for £12M Atlas Works Project
Morgan Sindall Construction has been appointed through the Constructing West Midlands framework to deliver the £12M project to build a new waste services depot for Birmingham City Council at the former Atlas Works site in Tyseley, Birmingham. Building services consultancy, Acivico, has also been appointed to handle project management on behalf of the council and design services to RIBA Stage 3.
The new depot will enable the Council to relocate waste services currently delivered from its Montague Street and Redfern Road depots to one new purpose built ‘super’ facility. Repairs, maintenance and MOT servicing on the Council’s fleet of vehicles will be undertaken on site as well as MOTs on vehicles owned by the public.
Morgan Sindall Construction is to provide design work from RIBA Stage 4 and all construction works including the creation of new offices, ablution blocks, garages and workshops.
Cllr John O’Shea, Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Street Scene and Parks, said: “We recently announced that we are investing £7million into our frontline services to meet a top priority for the people of Birmingham – cleaner, greener, streets.
“The project shows our commitment to our employees, who work hard all year round to provide one of the few truly universal services the council offers. The effort our staff put in means they deserve first-class facilities to provide a first-class service and this scheme will help us do that.”
Dave Kelly, CWM framework manager at Morgan Sindall Construction, said: “Cleaner, greener streets are integral to sustainable communities. Birmingham City Council’s strategy in this area is progressive, ambitious and will make a real difference to the people living, working and playing in the city region. We’re proud to be delivering this key facility to support the agenda and to be doing so through the Constructing West Midlands framework. CWM’s commitment to eliciting social value across the region twins with our own and we’re delighted to continue our near decade-long tenure on the framework.”
Reflecting the commitment of Constructing West Midlands and its contractors to making a positive social, economic and environmental impact in the local community, the project will be delivered in line with the ‘Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility’.
As an NACF member framework, Constructing West Midlands has also set and will monitor the delivery of stringent KPIs for social value, economic impact and environmental sustainability throughout the project.
The project’s social value plan will provide social, economic and environmental benefits for the region including a strong commitment to deliver work experience and training opportunities for the long term unemployed. The team is also committed to work with local sub-contractors and suppliers and partner with local schools and community groups to drive an inclusive culture based on trust, mutual respect and inclusion.
Core social value activities to be delivered by Morgan Sindall Construction include:
• A two-year partnership with Eden Girls’ Leadership Academy in Bordesley Green which targets year 10 students who may express an interest in seeking a career in the construction industry. The programme includes career guidance, CV writing, work experience and on-site work experience with key suppliers during key stages of the construction process.
• Community engagement targets and a specific Community Engagement Plan (CEP), which relates directly to engaging with neighbours and providing community support close to the Atlas Works project. Named beneficiaries include: SIFA Fireside Birmingham’s main day centre for homeless and vulnerably housed adults; South & City College, Bordesley Green, offering work experience and business awareness to students, especially those from disadvantaged areas or communities; Echo Park, Birmingham – an environmental education centre in the Small Heath area which includes a wildlife gardening demonstration garden promoting sustainable energy, recycling and gardening with wildlife in mind, and the provision of financial support, time and food to Sparkhill Foodbank.
• The provision of a skills and training programme with South and City College Birmingham to provide training programmes and apprenticeships with the support of sub-contractors and suppliers.