Urban regeneration company, the HALO, has appointed Morrison Construction as its main contractor for Phase 1 of the HALO development in Kilmarnock
After a comprehensive procurement process, Morrison Construction was awarded the £63m contract which will see the contractor start work at the HALO development by the end of this month.
The HALO’s 45,635 sq ft Enterprise and Innovation Hub with associated infrastructure works is expected to be completed by January 2021 with approximately 700 construction workers on site throughout construction.
The HALO in Kilmarnock is a £63m brownfield urban regeneration project on a 23-acre site. The HALO development will provide a sustainable community approach to a low carbon mixed-use development providing jobs, economic growth, skills development, access to employment opportunities, clean energy and housing.
Drew Macklin, project director at the HALO, said: “Today marks a huge milestone for the HALO as we announce Morrison Construction as the main construction contractor to deliver the Enterprise and Innovation Hub in Kilmarnock and start preparations for them to begin construction on site by the end of September.
“The Enterprise and Innovation Hub will form part of the HALO’s dynamic commercial, educational, cultural, leisure and lifestyle quarter where people can live, work, learn and play.
“With a strong track record of delivering major projects on time and within budget I look forward to Morrison Construction starting work on our exciting project.”
Eddie Robertson, managing director at Morrison Construction, added: “We are delighted to be appointed the main contractor to build the Enterprise and Innovation Hub, a development that will revitalise the town centre and support the wider Ayrshire economy.
“We look forward to working with our new client, The HALO Urban Regeneration Company, to successfully deliver this project that will drive growth in Kilmarnock and the surrounding areas.
“Our experienced project team will soon establish site and begin works. During construction, we will engage with all stakeholders and provide education and employment opportunities as part of our progressive social value programme.”
The HALO Enterprise and Innovation Centre (HEIC) will be BREEAM Outstanding.