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SPIE awarded M&E contract for new William Mcllvanney Campus, Kilmarnock, demonstrating its continued expertise in the education sector

SPIE UK has been awarded an £8 Million contract for mechanical and electrical works at East Ayrshire Council’s new William Mcllvanney Campus in Kilmarnock.

Named after the world-renowned author, who was born and educated in Kilmarnock, the £45.3 million, 18,360m² campus will accommodate approximately 1,465 secondary, 383 primary and 160 early years pupils between the ages of 2-18 and will be provided by East Ayrshire Council and Hub South West Scotland, through Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme.

This M&E contract, awarded by Kier Construction, further demonstrates and cements SPIE’s track record and expertise in delivering innovative solutions across the education sector. It follows the successful completion of its £7m multi-technical services contract at North Ayrshire Council’s 17,000m² Garnock Community Campus, along with some 40 other Scottish education wins over the past ten years. This latest contract builds on a successful and collaborative partnership with Kier Construction - working closely with their design team throughout this exciting new venture.

SPIE UK’s diverse and extensive range of works and responsibilities on site comprise mechanical and electrical works including the installation of Low Temperature Hot Water (LTHW), heating (including underfloor), domestic water services, syphonic drainage, data-voice, LV Switchgear, stand-by generator, lighting and power, combined heat and power unit, ventilation, fire sprinkler system, fire alarms and security systems. 

The installation will also feature a daylight-linked PIR lighting control system, including absence detection in classrooms, which reflects SPIE’s expertise with energy saving solutions whilst contributing to energy management on campus. 

The architects, NORR, have designed the new campus building to minimise overall energy consumption whilst adapting to a variety of interactive and collaborative teaching and learning needs.

Delivered by Kier Construction, the new campus will accommodate the merger of Kilmarnock Academy, James Hamilton Academy, New Farm Primary and Early Childhood Centre and Silverwood Primary.

A third new school, Sgoil na Coille Nuaidhe, offering Gaelic language provision will replace the existing provision offered at Onthank Primary School and Grange Academy.

There will also be a multi-use games area as well as flexible community facilities.

Will Smith, the Managing Director of SPIE UK’s Multi-Technical Services Scotland division, comments: “We’re delighted to have been selected by Kier Construction for another prestigious and pioneering venture in the Scottish education sector, following on from our works at Garnock Community Campus. Today’s rapidly transforming learning environment and tools demand flexibility and ease of maintenance, and therefore we will be incorporating the latest state-of-the-art technology and energy efficiency initiatives during the design phase. The campus will generate substantial employment, growth and investment opportunities across East Ayrshire, whilst creating the infrastructure to support continuous education of young people in Kilmarnock and the surrounding areas.”

Brian McQuade, Kier Construction’s Scotland managing director said: “Education continues to be a prominent sector for Kier and we’re delighted to be working in partnership with SPIE once again to deliver this latest contemporary build in Ayrshire. The SPIE team brings significant mechanical and electrical works prowess to the design process, particularly in the field of energy management, which is an important part of this innovative solution.”


Forestry Commission Logs into Salisbury Group's Facilities Management

FM innovators, Salisbury Group, have won a competitive tender to provide cleaning, security & support services for up to five years at Silvan House in Edinburgh, the head office of Forestry Commission Scotland and shared UK services for the Forestry Commission.

The 90,000 sq ft five storey building is prime office space, and was bought for £18 million in May this year by a property investment company. It currently also houses Scottish National Heritage, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, and the Department of Works and Pensions.

Nigel Buckett, Commercial Director for Salisbury Group, said:

"With several Scottish Government environmental agencies in the building, it's not surprising that sustainability is a big factor in their business procedures. Sustainable practices are embedded into our FM services and we feel that this was an important factor in winning the contract."

"Our environmental policy is to reduce waste in all aspects of our business - from security to engineering - by using sustainable technologies that minimize energy and materials consumption."

In fact, Salisbury has its own energy solutions division specifically tasked to help clients' environmental responsibilities and compliance, reducing their demand for energy and emissions of carbon, water and waste.



Specialist UK lighting manufacturer, Tamlite Lighting, has become the first company to win the Lighting Industry Association’s Quality Assurance (LIAQA) Award. The business, which distributes its products exclusively through CEF, was awarded the prestigious distinction due to its ongoing commitment to best practice, excellence and quality assurance.

Launched this year, the LIAQA scheme aims to ensure suppliers of lighting and lighting-related products have processes in place that result in high product quality and standards compliance. Tamlite was a founding participant of the project and impressed the LIA’s judging panel with its dedication to maintaining high standards across its seven sites.

Supporting and meeting the standards of the LIAQA scheme is an important priority for Tamlite’s senior management, and the company has invested over £100,000 in state-of-the-art, specialist test facilities as part of the process. In an unprecedented move, the company’s seven main Midland’s factories each underwent separate LIAQA assessments and gained accreditation in less than two years – a significant achievement for which Tamlite was strongly commended by the LIA.

John Allden, General Manager at Tamlite commented on the award: “Winning the LIA’s first award for quality assurance is a tremendous achievement for Tamlite Lighting, and gives our customers confidence in our commitment to high standards across our entire product range. We are delighted to be recognised by the LIA – the largest and most important lighting trade association in Europe – and are committed to working alongside them as they strive for excellence and best practice.”

Andrew Moseley, Head of Procurement and Marketing at CEF, the UK’s expert supplier of electrical products and services, added: “Tamlite’s commitment to manufacturing high quality products is a key reason why it is an important part of the CEF family. For us, it’s essential that we can offer cost-effective lighting solutions to our customers that are of the highest possible quality.”

Steve Davies, CEO of the LIA, added: “Tamlite Lighting is truly deserving of this award – the company’s commitment to the LIAQA scheme is unparalleled. We were very impressed that Tamlite achieved accreditation at seven factories in just two years, and it reflects the significant amount of time and investment that has been dedicated to the process. For customers, it clearly demonstrates that Tamlite is serious about ensuring consistent product quality and compliance.”

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