New Dixons Academy

Construction progress Dixons Allerton Academy

Aire Valley Cleaning are proud to be associated with Contractor, Wates Construction, carrying out the final builders and sparkle cleans in its construction works on the new academy. Building began in January 2012 and was delivered on behalf of Bradford Council and partner Integrated Bradford LEP.

The 14,500 sq m low carbon building is designed to achieve a BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’ – an environmental assessment awarded to sustainable buildings. Designed by BDP Architects, the new facility incorporates a state-of-the-art energy centre, topped off with a ‘green roof’, created to encourage biodiversity.
Energy efficiency measures also include a Ground Source Heat Pump to heat and cool the building. Rainwater harvesting will provide water for the toilets and solar panels will be used to heat water supplies.

The building works see Dixons Allerton, which carries a specialism in health and science, accommodate 1,886 students aged three to 19 years. The facility is sponsored by Dixons City Academy and comprises 26 nursery places, 420 primary and pre-school places, and 1,440 secondary school places.

The new facility is built on a site adjacent to the current academy building on Oaks Lane, which will be demolished upon completion to make way for multi-use sports pitches. These will be available for community use.

The builders clean was delivered over a period of 22 weeks with a team of up to 20 cleaners involved in the final stages.

CHAS Accreditation

In our ongoing policy of improving standards and safety in all our operations Aire Valley Cleaning has just completed and renewed the annual audit and accreditation process for CHAS. Also for the second year in a row the accreditation has been achieved without any queries or requests for additional information. This fits perfectly with our quest to complete all our business activities ‘right first time’.

Training

Over the last nine months we have continued our commitment to improving staff training and skills throughout the business. We are pleased to announce that in this time we have completed:

  • SSSTS – Site supervisor training for one staff member
  • PASMA – Safe working at heights on Scaffolds & Platforms for 4 staff members
  • IPAF – Safe use of scissor lifts and cherry pickers for two staff members

As well as our ongoing commitment to getting all our construction site personnel through CSCS and keeping our daily cleaning staff fully up to speed with COSHH and work place safety.

Pressure Washing

To further support our cleaning activities AVCS has just invested in petrol driven pressure washer in addition to our mains powered units. This now allows us to operate independently of site power supplies and trailing cables. The new machine has found wide use already on a number of sites including overnight cleans on Morrisons car parks and trolley shelters, roof top cleaning to remove leaves and builders debris as well as external cladding cleans at the Princes Soft Drinks site in Bradford.