Contractor Focus: Amery Construction
Amery Construction Limited, was formed in 2000, and is a privately owned company operating within the building and civil engineering industries, and specialising in ground works, reinforced concrete structures, and infrastructure.
BAM Nuttall appointed Amery as their sub-contractor in early 2022, and from their depot in Aberdeen the team has supplied all plant machinery necessary to carry out the substantial earthworks required for the Cross Tay Link Road project. As well as this, the team bolstered their resources via a recruitment campaign at local level, which resulted in 50 to 70 jobs being created for skilled plant operators here in Perthshire.
As experienced operators, Amery pride themselves on their high standards of personnel training and ensure that every manager, supervisor and operative knows their duties and responsibilities, and carries them out safely. To help achieve this, they undertake regular training for all, with SMSTS as standard for managers and SSSTS for all supervisors.
Amery are highly experienced in this type of project and as such, were the sole provider for the bulk earthworks which started in May 2022. By raising low lying areas and removing earth from higher land, the team cleared and levelled the entire site area surrounding the 6km stretch of new carriageway, as well as that through Scone Estates.
David Boyce, Commercial Director for Amery, commented, “Working with BAM Nuttall on the Cross Tay Link Road has been a fantastic job to for us to be involved in. It is a brilliant design, and will work wonders for the city. Earthworks are very much Amery’s speciality, and we feel fortunate to have recruited so many skilled workers in the area. We’ve brought a lot of experience to the job – especially important when stripping the topsoil around the areas of archaeological interest.”
These initial works took seven months to complete, and a staggering 900,000 m3 – equivalent to 1.8 million tonnes – of earth were moved, resulting in a landscape that clearly outlined the new road design, making way for the main construction phase to begin. They will remain on site for the duration of the job, and are currently working on the new A9 tie in, due for completion in late summer 2023. (See page 9).
The ethos of Amery Construction is ‘working together for success’ and this has proved particularly pertinent during this contract. As with all sub-contractors onsite, Amery were invited to take part in the extensive community benefits and social value programme as laid out by Perth & Kinross Council as a major component of the Cross Tay Link Road project.
As well as working on the Denmarkfield Rewilding (see page 5) and path clearing at Redgorton (see page 11), Amery also provided a Christmas donation to Perthshire Women’s Aid consisting of 73 gifted packs of bath oils, soaps and aromatherapy and relaxation treatments for the charity’s service users.
Louise Craig, Perthshire Women’s Aid Manager, was thrilled with the packages. “This is a fantastic donation; due to the current climate, we have struggled to obtain our normal levels of gifts being handed in this year. These packs will go a long way to brightening up Christmas in many homes that may be feeling the pinch this year.”
David Boyce said, ‘We were delighted to make this donation to Perthshire Women’s Aid, we know how hard they work to improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in society and we wanted to pass on our appreciation and acknowledgement of this.”