HALO appoints Morrison Construction as Phase 1 contractor

The HALO in Kilmarnock
The HALO in Kilmarnock

The HALO Urban Regeneration Company, has appointed Morrison Construction as its main contractor for Phase 1 of the HALO development in Kilmarnock – its Enterprise and Innovation Hub.

After a comprehensive procurement process, Morrison Construction was awarded the multi-million pound contract which will see Scotland’s leading contractor start work at the HALO site 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 £63million brownfield urban regeneration project on a 23-acre site, formerly the home of Johnnie Walker, the world’s leading Scotch whisky. The HALO 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 Urban Regeneration Company, 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, said: ‘‘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 –  a world class sustainability assessment method for master planning projects – to offer a high-spec flexible workplace environment for start-up and growing businesses.

Last year, the HALO announced Scottish Power as its headline sponsor and this partnership will create a digital training and learning facility at the forefront of the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”.

The HALO subsequently also partnered with Barclays to develop the entrepreneurship and employability skills of young people and adults across Scotland through the bank’s LifeSkills programme.

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