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Thomson Bethune’s success with new Quality Management Standard

We are delighted to announce our successful re-certification and transition upgrade to the latest Quality Management Standard (QMS) ISO:9001:2015.

Over the years, Thomson Bethune has been devoted to maintaining our QMS certification and has striven to maintain quality standards throughout all aspects of our business.  We are extremely pleased that as a result of our efforts we are one of the first companies to be awarded this latest certification.

Award Success for Thomson Bethune

We are extremely proud to announce that the Dalmunach Distillery project won the 2016 RICS ‘Highly Commended’ award under the category of ‘Design through Innovation’.

Thomson Bethune’s Managing Director, David Kirkwood (pictured below) accepted the award at the 2016 RICS Awards Ceremony, which took place at the Sheraton Hotel, in Edinburgh on 14 April 2016.

David Kirkwood, Managing Director, Thomson Bethune

ABOUT THE PROJECT

The French-owned Chivas Brothers Ltd, part of Pernod Ricard, built the £25m Dalmunach facility on the site of a former distillery near Carron in Moray and was formally opened in June 2015 by First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.

This new Distillery on the banks of the River Spey was commissioned to replace the former Imperial Distillery on a site nestled on the banks of the river.  Built using the latest innovations and environmental expertise such as heat recovery technology, the Distillery is capable of producing up to 10 million litres of spirit per year.

The design set out to create a memorable building with a strong sense of place whilst remaining honest to the aesthetic of a contemporary industrial building.  The plan was inspired by the shape of a sheaf of barley, reflecting the core ingredient of single malt whisky.

Thomson Bethune carried our Quantity Surveying Services, working alongside Archail Norr Architects and Structural Engineers, Blyth and Blyth to assist Chivas Brothers in achieving their vision for this prestigious project.

 

Dalmunach Distillery Shortlisted for the 2016 RICS Awards

We are delighted to announce that the Dalmunach Distillery Project, submitted under the category of ‘Design through Innovation’ has been shortlisted for the 2016 RICS Awards!

The French-owned Chivas Brothers Ltd, part of Pernod Ricard, built the £25m Dalmunach facility on the site of a former distillery near Carron in Moray and was formally opened in June 2015 by First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.

This new Distillery on the banks of the River Spey was commissioned to replace the former Imperial Distillery on a site nestled on the banks of the river.  Built using the latest innovations and environmental expertise such as heat recovery technology, the Distillery is capable of producing up to 10 million litres of spirit per year.

The design set out to create a memorable building with a strong sense of place whilst remaining honest to the aesthetic of a contemporary industrial building.  The plan was inspired by the shape of a sheaf of barley, reflecting the core ingredient of single malt whisky.

Thomson Bethune carried our Quantity Surveying Services, working alongside Archail Norr Architects and Structural Engineers, Blyth and Blyth to assist Chivas Brothers in achieving their vision for this prestigious project.

CDM 2015 – Principal Designer Duties

The Construction Design and Management Regulations (CDM) are intended to ensure that Health & Safety issues are fully considered during a project’s development, so that the risk of harm to those who have to build, use and maintain structures is reduced. 

In April 2015, new regulations for CDM came in to force, resulting in the CDM-Coordinator role being replaced by the Principal Designer during the pre-construction phase.  The Health & Safety Executive (HSE)’s objectives behind the new regulation will mark a significant shift in the health and safety regime for procurement, design and delivery of construction projects.

Outlined below are some key changes to the role of the Principal Designer under CDM 2015 during the pre-construction phase.  They include:

·         Informing the client of their duties under the regulations.

·         Providing pre-construction information to designers, principal contractor and contractors.

·         Preparing a Health & Safety file and reviewing, updating and revising it as the project progresses.

·         Liaison with Principal Contractor to plan, manage, monitor and coordinate the construction process.

·         Ensuring designers have the sufficient skills, knowledge and experience to carry out the work.

·         Ensuring designers comply with their duties and co-operate with each other.

·         Assisting the client in identifying, obtaining and collating the pre-construction information.

Please click here to review the Health & Safety Executive’s ‘Managing Health & Safety in Construction’ manual for more information on the changes to CDM 2015.

If you would like to speak to us directly about the changes to the CDM regulations, please phone 0131 220 1828 and ask to speak to eitther David Kirkwood or Bob Jeffrey.