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October 2019

Do you need a Gas Cage? Gas Cage Direct is a site dedicated to providing a specialist service for the storage of gas cages. Gas Cages are now an essential requirement of the Health & Safety Executive in the workplace, especially on a construction site, public or private premises. Our cages not only offer a complete security solution from theft and damage, but they also provide the ultimate protection against the torpedo effect caused by a severed regulator or even airborne shrapnel in the unfortunate event of an explosion due to an outbreak of fire. We have a knowledgeable and dedicated sales team who are here to help you at every point in the sales process providing useful content and information. Where we cannot provide advice, we will ensure that customers know where they can find out more.


Design your own cage. We also off a completely bespoke service where we can design and manufacture your cage to exact specification and colour. Call us on 01293 515008 to speak to a member of the team who will be more than happy to assist you. We have a number of types of Gas Cage storage such as: • • • • • •

Mobile Gas Cages Mesh Cylinder Cages Folding Mesh Gas Cylinder Cabinets High security Gas Cylinder Lifetable Cranage Eye Cages Solid Gas Cylinder Storage

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We also have a Gas Cage Wizard specifically to help you find the correct model. Simply enter the height, diameter and the number of cylinders you need to store and the Wizard will instantly the most suitable cage from our range. We have a huge amount of information also on our site to assist you further in the correct purchase of your cage. To visit our site and see our complete range and supporting information please click on the following link.

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Chained Wall Rack for 2 Large Cylinders 01293 515008 Godzilla ZIL-GC5 •Size H1800 x W900 x D900mm •Modular design •50mm Mesh •Robust construction •Galvanised finish to sustain all weather conditions and provide maximum usability •Padlock point to secure the unit •Relevant signage attached as standard.


•Chained Wall Rack for 2 Large Cylinders – 140-270mm Diameter •Wall racks offer storage for 2 cylinders. •Holds bottle diameters of 140 – 270 mm. •Fit at two-thirds of cylinders height to ensure cylinder safety. •Supplied with pre-drilled holes for wall mounting and link retention chains. •Lead time 3-4 working days. British Made. •Weight: 3KG •Dimensions: W765x D195 mm •Finish: Blue Epoxy or Galvanised



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Dust monitoring equipment to support different site requirements You can hire a range of dust monitoring equipment from Ashtead Technology. The range includes monitors for continuous, spot checking and personal applications.

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Suitable for short and long term projects, equipment is typically available for next or same-day delivery so can support emergency monitoring projects. Please contact the team on the details below to request a price list. Purchase also available.

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Industry News October 2019

Digging deep at Woodsmith Mine Woodsmith Mine near Whitby in North Yorkshire, is a deep potash and polyhalite mine, owned by Sirius Minerals plc. The project involves Sirius Minerals constructing the UK’s deepest mine and has been labelled the biggest mining project in Britain for decades; its twin shafts will be the deepest commercial mineshafts in the UK.


October 2019 Industry News A sensitive project, due to its location in the North York Moors National Park, developing the mine to extract the material from 1.5km below the moors with minimal impact was always going to require some complex ground engineering solutions. The geotechnical challenges and the many programme improvements required to try to bring the mine online as early as possible, meant it is an evolving project. To comply with planning, the mine also had to be low impact, which restricted it to having two 60m deep buried chambers to house the headgear for the production and service shafts and a 37km long tunnel to take the material directly to port facilities at Wilton on Teeside. Three shafts were required from ground level at Woodsmith for production, services and one for launching the 5m diameter tunnel boring machines (TBM) that will drive the first section of the 37km material transport system (MTS) tunnel at 360m depth from Woodsmith to Teeside. Bauer Technologies was appointed to install three up to 120m deep diaphragm wall shafts, with diameters between 8m and 35m. To guarantee the specified vertical tolerance of 200mm, the site team had to combine various survey methods, which were documented

in a 3D BIM model. In addition, as part of the works, a large quantity of bentonite slurry had to be reconditioned in a complex de-sanding plant and by use of specially designed polymer-based additives. Specifically, the service shaft headgear chamber was 60m deep, 35m dia; the production shaft headgear chamber was 60m deep, 32m dia; and the production shaft main shaft was 120m deep, 8m dia. The shafts were formed by 2.8m wide and 1.2m thick panels – 48 for the service shaft, 44 for the production shaft headgear chamber and 14 for the deep main shaft. The design of the structures was based on hoop force with steel cages extending to the full depth. The reinforcement cages were manufactured offsite in up to eight sections and assembled vertically during installation. The cages in the primary panels were slightly smaller than those in the secondary panels to allow for the panel overbite. Primary panel cages were also fitted with specially developed, lateral GFRP spacers centralising the reinforcement within the wall axis of each panel. Notwithstanding the oftenextreme weather conditions, the ground conditions at the Woodsmith site were also

challenging. Variable lamination through which Bauer had to cut the diaphragm wall panels for the shafts was classed as weak to medium-strong. The intermittent nature of the geological lamination made the cutting process technically challenging and required Bauer to deploy a number of innovations of cutter wheel configurations to optimise performance. In addition, the wheels were equipped with three types of teeth in nine variations of size, position and strength. The project commenced October 2017, with work on the first panel beginning December 2017. The extremely challenging ground conditions demanded three cutters on the project; two MC96 machines and an MC128 carrying HDS120 hose drum systems and BC40 cutter units. Two BE500 and one BE550 de-sanding units fitted with BDS125 de-silters and a BD90 decanters were also used. All equipment was imported for the project and returned on completion as such extreme equipment is not usually required for the UK market. Bauer Technologies completed its scope of works successfully in December 2018, with all works completed to the agreed programme.


Industry News October 2019

Did you know that 1 million people in the UK are exposed to hearingdamaging noise at work? If you work in construction - you’re most likely aware that the industry is a noisy business. But did you also know that the sector has the secondhighest rate of people developing occupational deafness? To help raise awareness, Insulation Express have investigated the loud truth of construction tools – from uncovering the effects of working with noisy tools to highlighting the (unexpected) hacks for saving your hearing - click here

Stand out stats: •


Removing your hearing protection for just five minutes cuts your overall protection by 56% - and can be the cause of permanently damaging your hearing.

Using a power drill for 15 minutes (125dB) is almost the same noise level as a military jet taking off (130db).

At the top of the noise scale is a cartridge tool. Even using this for one second creates sound levels of 157dB – which can permanently damage your hearing if you’re without protection.

Since Q1 of 2019, noise breaches on construction sites are up 25% - which proves that the industry is only getting noisier, too.

Work-related hearing loss costs the NHS £500 million every year.

Real-life Example of Hearing Loss in the Construction Industry Bob Gowen a volunteer for Hearing Link and an electrician for over 35 years, has unfortunately lost some of his hearing due to working in construction. He believes that construction employees are “now [working] in noisier environments” than he did, yet “private contractors don’t supply ear protection for their staff.” Gowen added that the main concern is that younger employees don’t seem to realise what the noise is doing to their hearing, so “getting them to wear protection is another problem.” Unfortunately, this means that “by the time they get into the 40 and 50 [age] bracket it is usually too late to save their hearing,” Gowen noted.

October 2019 Industry News

The Noise Levels On a Construction Site (And Their Comparisons) Have you ever wondered how loud your tools are? Luckily, Insulation Express have uncovered the dB of the most common tools found on site – without hearing protection. Each tool has then been ordered from loudest to quietest so that construction workers can understand the hearing implications that come from working with these tools. Also as a word of warning, being exposed to anything at 85dB or higher for extended periods of time can permanently damage your hearing. As you can see, every construction tool is above 85dB, which means that hearing protection should always be worn:

How Employers Can Protect Their Workers According to the World Health Organisation, 50% of all hearing issues can be prevented through various health measures. This is why it is important for employers to: •

Supply hearing protection – unfortunately, once you lose your hearing, you can’t get it back. It’s therefore important to always wearing hearing guards.

Purchase quieter tools – which have silent blades and nozzles.

Make machinery as quiet as possible – this can be be done by using pads to minimise vibration or replacing fans and motors.

Limit the amount of time workers are exposed to a noisy task.

Interested in the full findings?


Industry News October 2019

CANAL BANK STABILISATION PROVES CRUCIAL IN CENTRAL LONDON A former factory site had stood empty for several years in Ealing, London. Bisected by the Grand Union Canal, this site was ripe for redevelopment into housing, retail outlets and public amenities.

To support this ambitious project, The Rothen Group, a national independent civil engineering and maintenance business, was chosen to help incorporate canal-side bank stabilisation works and help make the new Greenford Green development a reality. Following the closure of two large factories in the area, the industrial land adjacent to the Grand Union Canal in South Ealing stood derelict. Its proximity to the City of London meant the site held huge redevelopment potential, and it was selected to be revitalised. Spanning over 26 acres, the new Greenford Quay development would consist of 1,965 residential units, shops, offices, leisure facilities and a two-form entry primary school and nursery.


Alongside these ambitious plans, the Grand Union Canal, which ran through the centre of the site, would be the basis of a ‘green corridor’ and open space for the large redevelopment works. The integrity of the existing canal

wall needed to be stabilised and strengthened in order to make this possible. Stabilising banks Following a competitive tender process, leading civil engineering firm Galldris Services (Galldris) opted for the specialist skills of The Rothen Group to gain the necessary permissions from the Canal and River Trust and carry out the works required. David Easter, Site Surveyor for Galldris, explained: “Working with the Canal and River Trust, we engaged the services of a company who could carry out these specialist services. Upon meeting The Rothen Group, it was clear they had the required experience to carry out the scope of works required in this challenging environment.” After the tendering process and extensive consultation with the designers from Galldris in the early stages of the project, The Rothen Group were able to provide an all-in service. This included

the installation of sheet piles to maintain the integrity of the existing canal wall, and laying of purpose-made coping stones to cap them. These coping stones would prevent rainfall from penetrating the wall and causing damage over time, and were given an acid-etched finish to provide the completed canal bank with a more attractive look. Suitable machinery In order to carry out this work, The Rothen Group specified a wide array of machinery suited to the canal environment. This included an eight-tonne marineready excavator, pusher tug and hoppers, coping stone lifters and vibratory and air piling hammers. This equipment was all positioned off floating plant to cause minimal disturbance to the ongoing works on the site, and avoid further endangering the wall’s integrity throughout. Ian Rothen, Founder of The Rothen Group, said: “This project had various logistical concerns, from

October 2019 Industry News liaising with the Canal and River Trust to ensure permits were issued on time and overcoming location constraints presented by the narrow working environment. Furthermore, a raised section of the canal on the site provided complications for setting out the wall. In order to overcome this challenge, the landscape architect designed a raised level along part of the canal, which meant the piles had to be reprofiled as they were installed. “While we can offer machinery on a hire service for self-operation, our team of trained operatives completed the works required at the South Ealing site. By doing so, they were able complete the works within 15 weeks, much to the client’s satisfaction.” Successful completion The successful completion of the bank stabilisation works has resulted in improved canalside access, allowing Galldris to transport materials to the site for additional development works. Furthermore, it has led to the installation of a new 30-metrelong footbridge over the Grand Union Canal, providing both sides of Greenford Green’s waterfront community with a vital transport link. David, concluded: “We are thrilled The Rothen Group were able to assist us in the redevelopment of this site. The work was carried out quickly to the required parameters in a demanding site environment, and the company proved extremely professional and approachable throughout.” For more information about The Rothen Group please visit To keep updated with their latest projects, please follow and For business enquiries call: 01827 215715 or email:


Industry News October 2019

MCCARTHY AND STONE APPOINTS NEW MD TO DRIVE PRODUCT AND SERVICE OFFERING McCarthy and Stone, the UK’s leading developer and manager of retirement communities, has announced the appointment of David Searle as its new Managing Director of Services. David will lead the c.1,500 strong management services team as McCarthy and Stone continues to transform and innovate its service offering. Central to this transformation has been the recent change that now sees all regulated care, domestic support and property management services provided directly by McCarthy and Stone. The existing supplier, YourLife Management Services Limited (YLMS) has now become a wholly-owned subsidiary of the McCarthy and Stone Group. David brings with him extensive experience of new product and services development in senior roles at the Yell Group, 118 118, and latterly as Managing Director of Financial Services and Product & Business Development Director for the AA. There he was responsible for driving a number of the AA’s businesses in new directions both organically, through business acquisitions, and joint ventures. David’s primary responsibility will be to build substantially on the foundations of McCarthy and Stone’s services business and lead on the further development of McCarthy and Stone’s market proposition that is seeing it transition from a house builder to the UK’s leading developer, manager and owner of retirement communities. This includes the launch of new services such as integrated technology in the form of online GP services, smart technology and electric car clubs. Mike Lloyd, Chief Operating Officer for Customers and Services, for McCarthy and Stone, commented: “We are delighted to announce that David Searle is joining McCarthy and Stone at this exciting time. Our strategy calls for us to innovate and expand our services – and this is central to what our services team needs to focus on at this time. David’s success in his previous roles will help us drive this forward.” David Searle, Managing Director of Services, McCarthy and Stone, said: “I am extremely pleased to take up this important position with McCarthy and Stone. Having discussed the exciting plans for the business, it is clear that the success of our product and service offering are fundamental to the commercial model and to the company achieving its ambitions. A good example is the significant milestone of bringing the delivery of the regulated care, domestic support and property management services under our direct control. This will enable us to further enhance how such critical range of services are delivered across our retirement communities and allow us to create even deeper and longer relationships with our customers.”


October 2019 Industry News

Bosch Commercial and Industrial announced GB162 and accessories cashback promotion Bosch Commercial and Industrial are pleased to announce that between now through to the 31st of December, a £100 cashback promotion will be offered when installing a GB162 and selected accessories.


he promotion is valid when either a 50 or 65kW GB162 is purchased and installed with a horizontal or a vertical flue along with a pump group and connector set. The offer is eligible for Gas Safe registered installers or main contractors subcontracting to a Gas Safe registered installer or installation company. The boiler must be registered online and claimed within 30 days of installation: click here to register.

more customers by providing support to help businesses replace inefficient or unrepairable boilers, particularly during the colder months.” For more information on Bosch Commercial and Industrial and its range of heating, cooling and hot water technologies, please visit Alternatively, follow Bosch Commercial and Industrial on Twitter (@BoschHeating_UK) and LinkedIn (Bosch Commercial and Industrial UK).

Your merchant invoice must show: • Date of purchase • Worcester Bosch product model • Invoice number • Your name and address Tim Davies, Director of Bosch Commercial and Industrial says, “The GB162 remains a popular product in our commercial boiler portfolio. We want to be able to service


Flooring October 2019

FLOOR RENOVATION ON A BUDGET Wooden floors are an integral part of the home, an area we use every day, but often neglect.


As time passes, wear and tear is inevitable, and floors will begin to look tired and in need of renovation. Yet with the summer season fast approaching, the desire to brighten up our tired homes is mounting, but the cost of removing an old floor and installing a new one can be extremely high. For customers who are looking for a change, why not suggest refreshing the current surface instead. The smallest flooring touch-up can transform a dull, dark interior into a bright and spacious expanse, eliminating the need to install a new flooring altogether.

Here, Steve Grimwood, Managing Director of Osmo UK provides a solution by explaining how applying a high-quality finish allows customers to cut costs, transform the existing flooring, and keep it looking its best for many years to come. Natural beauty For many, the reason for installing wooden floors is for the wood’s beautiful, natural aesthetics. It is a good idea to apply a light protective finish to highlight the wood’s raw beauty and bring warmth back into

the room. The wood’s attractive knots and grain will be accentuated, recreating the classic look many crave whilst also protecting the wood’s surface. This appearance can be achieved by using Osmo Polyx®-Oil Original. Add a splash of colour Creativity in interior design is getting bigger and bolder. The trend of incorporating colour into the home has been a key feature to the design market in the past few years. New colours and finishes help keep traditional flooring

October 2019 Flooring looking contemporary. Osmo Wood Wax Finish range instantly revives any tired looking room by adding a splash of colour to old outdated flooring. Ideal in any living space, this finish would be great specifically for renovation projects in spaces such as a children’s playroom or bedroom, creating an energetic and playful atmosphere. Silver lining As well as bright colours, grey and silver continue to be at the top of design trends. Once considered drab and depressing, grey has been resurrected to lofty heights in design. Highly versatile, grey flooring adapts well in both contemporary and classic interiors. Osmo Polyx-Oil Tints Graphite 3074 brings sophistication and glamour to any room, the contrast of grey flooring with different colours on the wall or furniture accentuates the room’s vibrancy bringing the room to life. Protect The distinctive markings and natural characteristics of wood are what make the material so popular. Even when the most natural appearance is desired, it is important to protect the wood to ensure its longevity. As a natural product, wood continues to need nourishment to ensure it stays in the best possible condition, both aesthetically and structurally. For best results, a wax-/oil-based finish, full of natural properties, will not only enhance the wood’s performance, but will also replenish the material’s natural oils to retain the wood’s integrity. Osmo Wood Protector 4006 retains all the natural properties of the wood, keeping it breathable, elastic and attractive, giving added water, dirt and stain resistance allowing you to enjoy your new summer flooring all year round. Products in Practice Floor maintenance specialist, Conrad Park turned to Osmo UK when renovating and refreshing an existing oak floor in a family kitchen. Thanks to its hardwearing

properties and aesthetically pleasing finish, Polyx®-Oil was the ideal choice to rejuvenate the room in the heart of the home. When the client requested a timeless appearance that would refresh and protect the wooden floor in the kitchen, Conrad Park recognised that two coats of Osmo UK Polyx®-Oil Effect Raw 3044 would create the desired result. Preparation of the three-day project began with 60 grit sanding, before abrading with a mesh disc on 120 grit. The floor was then thoroughly vacuumed to remove the residual of dust before applying the finish. Due to Osmo UK finishes being very viscid, and containing both oil and wax, the wood absorbs the finish to provide a smooth surface, resulting in the extra level of sanding not being required.

Conrad Park applied the natural finish with an Osmo UK microfibre roller. For the hard to reach areas, including the edges, corners and under the kitchen island, Conrad Park opted for an Osmo UK flat brush. The finish was applied thinly, using just under two 2.2L to achieve the desired look. “Osmo UK is by far my favourite wood finish to use both internally and externally” explains Conrad. “It’s incredibly easy to apply, gives the floor a natural look, protects the surface against spillages, and most important, is easy to maintain.” For more information on Osmo and its range of environmentally friendly wooden products and finishes, call Osmo UK direct on 01296 481220 or alternatively visit


Flooring October 2019

Waterproofing: Factors to consider when choosing building materials There is a wide choice of structural waterproofing materials available in the market and it can be difficult to determine the best option for your project.


e understand the complexity and competitiveness of the industry and the challenges this brings for manufacturers seeking to improve margins, reduce costs and improve predictability. Whether you’re involved in the specification, procurement and/or installation, we understand the challenges you face including managing financial risks, efficient delivery, or meeting legislative or environmental requirements. When researching waterproofing materials, you will notice that the price differs widely from manufacturer to manufacturer. Rule of thumb - it is not always advisable to look for the cheapest! Choose waterproofing materials that will serve you well. With potentially heavy consequences (from hefty fines to imprisonment) for using or specifying products in the UK that do not meet the mandatory legal requirements, it is strongly advisable to check the source of products you are planning to specify, use or install. All manufacturers should be able to provide you with their CE Mark certification and Declarations of Performance (DoP) as a minimum.

Product Credibility A BBA AgrĂŠment Certificate relates to the quality and performance of a product. Many manufacturers undertake costly and comprehensive assessments of their products, which include laboratory tests, on-site evaluations, quality management checks and inspections of production. If they meet these requirements, they are awarded a BBA AgrĂŠment Certificate. CE Marking is a compulsory legal requirement. By placing a CE mark on a product, the manufacturer is declaring, conformity with all the legal requirements needed to achieve CE marking status. The manufacturer is thus ensuring validity for that product to be sold throughout the EEA (European Economic Area).


Regulation (EU) No. 305/2011 (Construction Products Regulation, or CPR) of the European Parliament and of the European Council is a regulation that lays down harmonised conditions for the marketing of construction products. Regulation EU No. 305/2011 requires all Cavity Drain Membranes/Cavity Membranes hold the CE Mark and have a DoP. Responsibility for ensuring CE Product marking lies with the EU based manufacturer, importer or distributor of that product.

October 2019 Flooring

The Ultimate Choices in Work Trousers From Snickers Workwear.

New Styles, New Designs and Snickers Workwear’s most advanced work trousers yet – with 4-way stretch.


eptember sees the next generation of Work Trouser choices from the premier brand of working clothes for professional tradesmen and women. There’s the Flexiwork 2.0 trousers, designed for craftsmen who want nothing but the best. These high-spec trousers are made of durable 4-way stretch fabric that offers a new level of comfort and freedom of movement. Then there’s the ‘loose-fit’ AllroundWork stretch trousers with a classic Snickers Workwear look and feel plus the new FlexiWork Denim Work Trousers where Workwear meets Streetwear in these slim-fitting work trousers made of washed stretch denim.

Also take a look at the new regular-fit RUFFWork Canvas+ heavy duty trousers. But the ladies will definitely have a close eye on the ALLroundWork womens stretch trousers, specially designed and shaped to fit the female anatomy with a narrower waist for optimal comfort and freedom of movement. All in all, probably the best possible additions to the Snickers Work Trouser range with something to suit everyone, whoever you are, wherever you’re working and whatever you’re doing on site. Getting information on the Snickers’ new Comfort garments is easy. You can call the Snickers Helpline on 01484 854788, checkout the website and download a digital catalogue at or email


Flooring October 2019


The Ultimate Anti-Slip GRP Flooring from First Mats


October 2019 Flooring

The floor matting retailer, First Mats, has expanded their range of safety flooring products with the introduction of Anti-Slip GRP Flooring, the perfect choice for warehouse floors, ramps, walkways and stairs.

Each of the products in the company’s new range features a silicone carbide coating which creates a coarse grit-like texture. The result of this is outstanding grip in all weather conditions, significantly reducing the risk of slip accidents. It is this fantastic grip that makes this range of antislip products perfect for wet and oily floors in workshops, or the exterior floors and walkways. Customers can choose from a range of product types, from selfadhesive rolls of tape in various colours, to walkway matting and stair nosing. All of these Anti-Slip products can be used indoors or outdoors and work in all weather conditions, even ice! “Safety has always been a key part of our product range but the introduction of our GRP Anti-Slip Flooring represents a step forward in the level of safety and protection we are now able to provide” - Richard O’Connor, Marketing and Strategy Director at First Mats The stair nosing and floor sheets are made using GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic) which provides fantastic strength and durability, ensuring that the products will stand the test of time. For smaller areas or ramps, the double-sided tape can be fitted quickly and easily without any tooling. For more information, please see the Anti-Slip GRP Flooring page on the First Mats website –

First Mats have grown rapidly in the last 2 years to become one of the UK’s leading floor matting retailers. With a clear commitment to quality, they were finalists for retailer of the year at the Birmingham Post Business Awards in 2018. Since then, they have received a surge of reviews which has positioned them as the number 1 company in Trustpilot’s flooring category. The First Mats team pride themselves in offering maximum value to their customer base. Offering expert advice, highquality products and free samples to help their customers find the very best solutions for their safety matting needs.


Flooring October 2019

Ecodek – more than just manufacturers At Ecodek we are not only manufactures of the UK’s premium WPC building components, but we also have a Research and Development Centre based at our manufacturing facility in Wrexham, North Wales. As such, Ecodek have been heavily involved with several Horizon 2020 development projects – more on this later. Research and Development at Ecodek The Ecodek Technical Team is seven strong, with numerous specialist skills including Engineering and Design, and we have both a PhD Polymer Engineer, and a PhD Organic Chemist. Ecodek is fully committed to continuously improve our products. R&D activities at Ecodek are managed by the highly skilled technical team. To support these activities, we have a fully equipped laboratory onsite, to ensure that the quality and integrity of our products are never compromised. The team are constantly sourcing and trialling process materials, looking for better and more ‘eco-friendly’ sources in order to create stronger and even longer lasting products. Our onsite lab allows us to continually monitor product quality. Production samples are taken daily and tested to European Standards. Incoming raw materials are closely monitored for conformity to ensure only the highest quality. Additionally, the materials are also tested before trials to ensure they can be processed in our WPC specific equipment.



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As our business expands, the team are also working to develop new profiles to further expand Ecodek’s


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offering. An example of a ‘win’ achieved following in-house R&D work includes the development of our Advanced Technology boards – reducing the thickness and weight of the board while maintaining the strength and properties of the board. This in turn led to the development of our Heavy Duty board, slightly thicker and heavier, but allowing greater spans. Horizon 2020 – EU Innovation At Ecodek we are fully committed to our environment, which has led us to get heavily involved in several European projects within the Horizon 2020 platform, the largest innovation platform in Europe. We are exploring alternatives to raw materials, such as wood fibres, cellulose (from waste products), bio-polymers, biodegradable polymers among other waste stream and eco-friendly products. The specific H2020 programs we are involved with currently are Smart Plant, Fissac and Gelclad: •

Smart Plant “Scale–up of low-carbon footprint material recovery techniques in existing wastewater treatment plants”. (in a nutshell… it takes wastewater and recovers usable components such as bio-polymers, cellulose, fertilisers and other intermediates). The Ecodek team have developed processes to incorporate cellulose

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fibres and alternative bio-polymers into different construction profiles for the Smartplant project. •

Fissac “Fostering industrial symbiosis for a sustainable resource intensive industry across the extended construction value chain” (a snapshot of this… it takes waste streams from different industrial processes to use as raw materials in other construction products). As part of the project, Ecodek have developed a process to incorporate recycled truck tyres into profiles. Additionally, several alternative types of waste, particularly “recyclable” polymers, have been optimised to partially, or in some cases completely substitute our own polymer from the process. Ecodek has successfully incorporated different fibre and polymer wastes into construction profiles for the Fissac project.

also submitted to the EU to better help understand the potentials for using recycled polymers and their waste streams. As part of this research, three ecodek® profiles made with completely substituted “standard” polymer, have been sent to Spain to build test sites. These profiles will be installed onto and around two test buildings where they will be monitored, measured & assessed. Similar tests will also be performed here in the UK to compare climate effects on the final products. As you can see – Ecodek do more than ‘just manufacture’ WPC materials, we are at the forefront of the future of Wood Polymer Composites.

GelClad Highly efficient cladding eco-panels with improved nano-insulation properties project. This is to develop a highly insulated external cladding system. Ecodek’s contribution was to develop an external cladding profile, for which we trialled several alternative formulations.

Our onsite lab is used for European projects in solving rheology, material identification & chemical reaction issues when using trial alternatives. Data collected is


Flooring October 2019

Milbank Concrete Products is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of high-quality precast concrete products with a focus on exceptional customer service. Our trading history spans over 70 years and we are dedicated to helping you succeed. About Us We offer the most comprehensive concrete product service in the UK, providing a range of standardised precast concrete products including; beam & block flooring, hollowcore flooring, insulated flooring and straight stairs and landings, along with a varied selection of specialist bespoke precast concrete products including; curved and helical stairs, stadia products, terracing units, railway components, auditorium seating, balconies, silage clamps, sea defence & flood prevention products, ground beams and bespoke precast retaining walls. Our manufacturing facilities, offices and transport hub are located near Colchester on the border between Essex and Suffolk in the UK. With the A12, M11 and M25 all nearby, we are well positioned to offer a competitive concrete products service to London & the Home Counties, East Anglia and the South East of England. Alongside our flagship prefabricated concrete products, we also supply an array of specialist bespoke concrete products to most parts of the UK. We like to see ourselves as more than just a precast concrete manufacturer. Putting our customers first, we are solution providers, with a mission and vision to deliver a continually exceptional level of service. About Our Concrete


Precast concrete is the most commonly used building material in the world. Milbank concrete is always perfectly mixed and offers superior strength and durability to traditional wet or insitu poured concrete. Our offsite precast method is quicker than insitu mould construction/pouring and can be made into any shape. Manufacturing in our carefully controlled factory facilities in Essex ensures our precast concrete

is not affected by variable site conditions or the elements, making Milbank the intelligent choice for leading construction firms and selfbuilders across the UK. Products Hollowcore Floors Milbank Hollowcore floors are prestressed concrete units with tubular voids extending the full length of the slab creating an efficient lightweight unit. This makes the slab much lighter than other floor slabs of equal thickness or strength. Reduced weight lowers transportation costs and saves on the cost of the material. They are typically used in the construction of upper floors in apartments/flats, commercial buildings and larger houses. Milbank hollowcore floors are available in 150mm, 200mm and 250mm deep units. Beam & Block Flooring There are many benefits to using a beam & block flooring system, the biggest of which being it is fast, cheap and simple to install with no special skills required. Our concrete beams come in 155mm and 225mm deep prestressed options and are available in lengths

of 1-6m in 50mm increments. By varying the concrete beam centres during construction this kind of concrete flooring offers a quick and economical solution for a wide range of problems both at ground and upper floor levels. Milbank carry a permanent stock of over 25,000m of concrete beams in varying lengths but can quickly manufacture concrete beams to order. WarmFloor Pro WarmFloor Pro from Milbank Concrete Products represents a compelling alternative to the present market-leader. A costeffective way to rapidly lay a thermally-insulated concrete ground floor, with lower construction costs at the outset and improved energy savings. As a highquality alternative to a standard beam-and-block floor, WarmFloor Pro ticks all the boxes. WarmFloor Pro insulated concrete flooring (ICF) works by combining rigid insulation modules (EPS blocks) manufactured from lightweight closed-cell expanded polystyrene which is then laid in between our pre-stressed concrete beams (either 155mm or 225mm deep) and finished with an EPS top sheet, membrane and concrete screed.

October 2019 Flooring So why choose Milbank for your precast concrete products? •

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Bespoke Precast Concrete Products In our Essex based, purpose-built factories, we are well equipped to manufacture a wide variety of entirely bespoke specialist precast concrete components. From charcoal pigmented seating units in shopping centres to luxurious sweeping helical stairs in some of the most prestigious properties in the UK, we work together with our clients to design, build, and install exceptional precast concrete products to their exact requirements. Our clients originate from a range of industries including: commercial and residential construction, rail, health, energy, environmental and the public sector and our products are routinely used for a range of applications. From creating steel frame support beams at commercial developments, such as the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studios, to terracing units, walls, stairs and floors at stadiums, such as the Kia Oval cricket ground, our range of products and services are trusted by industry leading contractors all over the UK. We are capable of producing single bespoke precast concrete units up to 15 tonnes and our expert haulage and installation teams are proud to put our customers first. We are renowned for the level of service we provide to our customers, putting in the effort to

go the extra mile to ensure your expectations, as our client, are exceeded every single time.

Bespoke Precast Curved Stairs by Kallisto We would like to introduce you to Kallisto Stairs – an exciting concept in the UK for precast concrete curved stair design. Through many years of research and development, we can offer unique and luxurious stairs that are entirely bespoke. Manufactured by hand at our facility in Essex, our stairs are delivered in one complete piece and fitted with ease by our expert installation team.

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Our precast concrete is always perfectly mixed and offers superior strength and durability to traditional wet concrete. This guaranteed quality control means no unforeseen delays. Cost certainty & quality control makes keeping to a strict budget easier. Repeat casting using our moulds means great results every time and cost efficiency through repetition. Design, manufacture and installation of your concrete products is all carried out by Milbank, meaning accountability and swift resolution to any issues that may arise. All of our products are designed and manufactured to British Standards. The density of our precast concrete makes for excellent sound reduction (especially appreciated in residential buildings). It also makes it highly impact absorbent. Our precast is completely fireproof and will not melt at high temperatures. Our concrete’s thermal mass offers designers the chance to exploit the natural properties of precast concrete for cooling and heating your building. Longevity – Milbank precast concrete is tough and durable and has excellent exposure properties. It is wholly resistant to insects, pests, vermin attacks, fungus and mildew, chemical attacks etc. It’s completely recyclable! – our precast units can be re-used in their entirety at the end of their life.


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Temporary Fire Sprinkler Systems and NFPA 241 Mark Fessenden – Director, Industry Relations, Johnson Controls


ire prevention and protection during building construction can be challenging. Factors contributing to a building’s vulnerability during construction include accumulation of combustible materials and debris, the presence of ignition sources, and limited means to control or extinguish fires. When fires occur, they can be devastating. Fires can result in significant financial loss for the owner or developer or even personal injury to site personnel. Fortunately, there are steps that can be taken to mitigate fire risk and, should a fire start, aid in control. Every year the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) publishes a report on “Large-Loss Fires in the United States” (Bagger). In 2016, the NFPA reported a total of six large-loss construction fires with a total loss valued over $87,000,000. In 2016, construction fires represent 27 percent of the large-loss structure fires and six percent of the total dollar loss. Table 1 shows a summation of the large-loss construction fires for the period 2007- 2016 as obtained in a survey of the last 10 years of reporting in “Large-Loss Fires in the United States.” Table 1 Large-Loss Construction Fires that Caused $10 million or more in Property Damage, 2007-2016 Year

Number of Fires

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

7 3 6 1 0 2 2 7 1 6

Direct Property Damage (in Millions) Unadjusted $93 $109 $430 $12 $0 $20 $25 $167 $11 $87

In the report “Fires in Structures Under Construction, Undergoing Major Renovation, or Being Demolished” (Campbell 1), a review of reported data from 2010 -2014, the NFPA estimates that U.S fire departments responded to an average 3,750 fires in structures under construction each year, 68 percent involving fires in structures undergoing major renovation, and another 32 percent in structures being demolished. Table 2 shows the leading causes of fires in structures undergoing major renovation. Table 2 Leading Causes of Fires in Structures Undergoing Major Renovation, 2010-2014 Annual Averages

Heating equipment

380 (15%)

Civilian Deaths 2 (36%)


320 (13%)

1 (23%)

4 (6%)

$11 (10%)

Torch, burner or soldering iron

260 (10%)

0 (0%)

7 (10%)

$24 (22%)

Cooking equipment

230 (9%)

1 (32%)

3 (4%)

$4 (3%)

Smoking materials

100 (4%)

2 (39%)

8 (12%)

$2 (2%)

Exposure fire

90 (3%)

0 (0%)

1 (1%)

$2 (2%)



Civilian Injuries 12 (18%)

Direct Property Damage (in Millions) $11 (10%)


October 2019 There are current model codes and standards which contain requirements aimed at preventing construction site fires from happening or mitigating the effects of an accidental fire. NFPA 241 “Standard for Safeguarding Building Construction and Demolition Operations” and chapters 33 of the International Building Code (IBC) and International Fire Code (IFC), provide guidance addressing the hazards that are common to construction sites and building construction processes. A 2014 roundtable discussion convened by the International Code Council (Perdue) summarizes the essential code requirements relating to construction site fire prevention and mitigation as follows: •

Approved water supply for firefighting operations and adequate fire apparatus access

Requirements for permits to ensure safe hot work

Standpipes when buildings exceed four stories in height

Requirements for the use of temporary heating equipment

Relegating smoking to safe areas outside the construction site

Banning cooking and open burning on construction sites

Requirements for the safe storage, use or handling of hazardous materials and combustible or flammable liquids

Properly located portable fire extinguishers

Requirement for a fire prevention program superintendent responsible to develop and maintain an approved pre-fire safety plan in cooperation with the fire chief

The ICC roundtable also stipulated that the challenge the construction industry faces is in the utilization and implementation of these model codes and standards. If the current requirements of the existing model codes were in place, many of the fires reported by NFPA could have been prevented or would have been minor events. A fire safety plan, fire watch, and portable fire extinguishers in areas where hot work was being performed could have significantly reduced financial loss and injury in many of the construction fires reported (Perdue 3). Recent industry discussions have also focused on the role active fire protection systems like automatic sprinkler systems may play in the prevention of large-loss fires. The effectiveness of an automatic sprinkler is very much dependent on when it actuates and the availability of water to discharge from it upon activation. The state of completion of ceilings and walls will influence the effectiveness as well. Even though an automatic sprinkler system may not perform as effectively during construction as it will after construction is completed, there are some benefits that may be realized if an active fire protection system is present during construction. Activation and water flow will serve as notification that a fire may exist, and activation may indeed control a fire until the local fire department can arrive. The automatic sprinkler system may even extinguish the fire if the right circumstances are present. The 2019 edition of NFPA 241 includes the following verbiage: 7.9* Temporary Protection During Construction, Alteration, or Demolition. During construction, alteration, or demolition, the use of temporary fire sprinkler protection approved by the AHJ shall be permitted as supplemental protection. A.7.9 During construction, alternation, and demolition, there are many hazardous conditions, such as cutting, welding, grinding, and combustible or hazardous product storage that can be made safer by installing a temporary fire sprinkler system. Given that such protection will be supplemental to any other protection that would be required, there is no harm in allowing this additional safety feature on a temporary basis if the design and installation is considered acceptable by the AHJ. Further study is necessary and guidance will need to be provided to assure that any automatic sprinkler system being used for fire protection during construction is installed by the most effective means possible, but this allowance does give the parties responsible for safety during the construction process an additional option. When considering the use of a temporary fire sprinkler system, one particular area of concern is freeze protection. Dry pipe systems and the use of an agency listed antifreeze are both effective ways to address this issue. In the case of dry pipe systems, it is important to remember that the piping must be pitched, and any low points must also be drained to assure freezing does not occur. With the introduction of the first listed antifreeze to the market in December 2018 (TYCO® LFP™ Antifreeze), there are now more flexible options to mitigate freeze protection concerns. Antifreeze systems do not need to be pitched and there is no worry about draining low points like sprinkler drops.


In his 1984 report on “Fire Protection During Construction – A Critical Time”, Jerome Carney eloquently describes the role stakeholders play during the construction processes: “The architect/engineer, construction manager, and owner have a stake in the successful and timely completion of a project. Although the levels of responsibility and relationships between these participants may vary according to the type and complexity of the project, this team must acknowledge and accept the responsibility to establish fire protection during construction.” (Carney 4).

October 2019 The ICC roundtable developed recommendations (Perdue 5) to address the identified common causes of construction site fires, stakeholder concerns and potential gaps in code administration and compliance. These recommendations include: •

Review existing worker training programs to ensure these programs cover the essential requirements found in the model I-Codes, NFPA codes and standards and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations pertaining to construction site hazards.

Training should be offered in several languages, as necessitated by the local workforce.

Train workers on appropriate actions to take should a construction site fire occur.

Create delivery channels for these training programs that include on-line and classroom training; job site safety meetings; guides and checklists and, where appropriate, testing and certification to ensure competency in essential construction site safety measures and requirements.

Create a central web-based repository for current information, research, best practices, training programs, etc. Link available resources and training programs from around the country in a single repository so that all stakeholders can have access to available programs, resources and best practices. Improve the “communication outreach” about available education and training programs for the construction industry, including multi-lingual (as required by the local work force) education materials, signage and guides that explain the technical language of IBC Chapter 33 and NFPA 241 in an easy to understand format.

Use “messaging” similar to what firefighters use in the “Everyone Goes Home” campaign to drive home the importance of construction site safety to everyone who works on or visits the construction site.

Leverage the resources of national associations and organizations to promulgate the construction site safety messaging to as large an audience as possible to include workers and code officials.

Improve administration/enforcement of current code requirements, such as a zerotolerance policy for smoking and cooking, and strictly following all safety precautions for any hot work operations on the job site.

Have Building Departments that issue construction permits require that fire safety plans be submitted and reviewed by the fire chief before issuing a construction permit.

As part of the construction site safety training, create a “generic” model fire safety plan template to facilitate the use and consistency of these plans.

Create better security barriers around construction sites; use video surveillance and GPS on security guards’ phones to ensure the security of the site in the off-hours.

Above all, make sure the messaging is consistent across all industries and fields.

Ultimately it is the property and building owners, general contractors, local code officials, and insurance providers who are responsible to ensure overall construction site safety, including fire prevention and mitigation of hazards associated with the construction processes. If we as a fire protection industry can proactively promote adherence to the model codes and standards and create job site culture mindful of safety and committed to reducing the risk factors that contribute to fire, then the frequency and severity of construction fires can be greatly reduced. REFERENCES 1. Bagger, Stephen G., “Large-Loss Fires in the United States”, 2017, National Fire Protection Association, Quincy, MA 2. Campbell, Richard, “Fires in Structures Under Construction, Undergoing Major Renovation, or Being Demolished”, 2017, National Fire Protection Association, Quincy, MA 2. National Fire Protection Association - Standard for Safeguarding Building Construction and Demolition Operations, NFPA 241, 2013, National Fire Protection Association, Quincy, MA 3. INTERNATIONAL CODE COUNCIL, “2018 International Building Code”, 2017, Country Club Hills, IL 4. INTERNATIONAL CODE COUNCIL, “2018 International Fire Code”, 2017, Country Club Hills, IL 5. Perdue, Alan, “Fires in Buildings Under Construction”, 2014, International Code Council, Washington, DC 6. Carney, Jerome P., P.E., “FIRE PROTECTION DURING CONSTRUCTION - A CRITICAL TIME”, SFPE Technology Report 84-7, 1984


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High demand training courses offered by Mapei

Mapei’s purpose-built training facility, located opposite the UK Headquarters in Halesowen, West Midlands, cements the company’s commitment to providing ongoing support to its customers and construction professionals through courses across various product lines and specialisms. Situated at Mapei’s Midland House, the training centre comprises a 31-seater ‘stadium’ auditorium that plays host to presentations and demonstrations for all aspects of the building industry. A number of dedicated bays are provided for handson experience of Mapei wall and floor installation systems, welcoming participation by attendees. Applications cover ceramic and stone finishes, resilient and wood flooring, industrial flooring – resin and cementitious, industrial waterproofing, and building products including concrete repair. Practical demonstrations for EWI and coatings take place in the centre’s mock house structure. Training dates for tiling, flooring and EWI courses are hosted by experience training managers Chris Myatt, Adrian Jennings, Neal Perryman and Adrian Jones. Bookings from distributors, contractors, designers and engineers are welcomed, and can be tailored to specific needs and requirements. All training delegates receive presentation notes, refreshments, a buffet lunch, a factory tour, and Mapei goodies.


The remaining 2019 training dates are: Resilient: 24th September and 19th November Ceramic: 15th October and 5th November Resin flooring: 24th October Throughout 2019 the Academy has also hosted bespoke training sessions for key customers that have been able to make effective use of the meeting facilities for their own internal training at our central location. Call 0121 508 6970 to book your place on one of our training courses or to enquire about using our facilities.

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The IPG reveals its third and final flagship store, as New Milton based Gas & Plumb Bits is set to showcase its new look this October Gas & Plumb Bits is the third IPG member to be given a new lease of life this year. The grand reveal of The IPG and Gas & Plumb Bits’ fresh-faced store is on Monday 7 October, and during the first week of the store launch, VIP guests, key suppliers and customers will be in attendance, including the Chairman of New Forest District Council who will be delivering a speech on the day. Nike Lovell, Head of Marketing at The IPG, said: “I have been part of the whole process of The IPG Member store launches and being at each opening fills me with confidence, seeing with my own eyes, our key values at The IPG are being cemented – support your local independent!” The IPG is an exclusive membership group for plumbing, heating and bathroom specialists. Their network consists of independent merchants and suppliers who are championed by The IPG to compete more efficiently in today’s market.


Together with Gas & Plumb Bits, this summer has seen substantial growth, with Newline Heating & Plumbing Supplies in Kingswinford and Plumb Inn in Enfield also

joining forces with The IPG to launch a flagship store, helping to support their residential communities and the local economy by offering opportunities like no other. In 2005, Gas & Plumb Bits was established by Steve Ware and Ross Pavey. The company was founded on trade and managerial experience; Steve was a qualified plumbing and heating engineer and Ross was a reputable retail manager. The business began as Gas Appliance Spares and lifted off the ground right away, as it soon became apparent that there was a heavy demand for a greater variety of products. As the business blossomed and exceeded expectations, Steve and Ross concluded to expand the offering of the company with the addition of a The Baths Works showroom counter, to incorporate the entire plumbing and heating market to become a fully-fledged plumbing and heating merchant. Ross Pavey, Finance & Logistics Director at Gas & Plumb Bits, said: “Shortly after our company expansion, the birth of The Bath Works came

upon us, closely followed by the launch of brand-new store in New Milton, in 2018. I am delighted to be in the position I am today, and I am excited for the next venture of the new flagship store. Even though our appearance may change, our bespoke independent service to the local area; working with the local tradesman and businesses, building a reputation for quality and customer service, never will.” Pop down to Gas & Plumb Bits’ New Milton branch between the 7th and 11th October to show your support for this local independent merchant, and to browse their incredible store offers and be in with a chance to win a goody bag! To celebrate the launch, Gas & Plumb Bits will also be giving away a free chrome towel rail (500mx1200mm) with all bathroom purchases over £500+vat that week. You can find out more about The IPG by visiting the brand-new website, You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

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Plumb Inn successfully launch their IPG flagship store in Enfield It was an exciting week for Plumb Inn (the plumbing, heating and bathroom specialists in Enfield) as they unveiled their IPG flagship store last week. The launch, which took place from the 2nd – 6th September, saw Plumb Inn reveal a brandnew look to their Enfield branch, following their partnership with The IPG. Plumb Inn is one of three flagship stores that The IPG, the largest and fastest growing membership group for plumbing, heating and bathroom specialists is supporting across the UK. The store opening with Plumb Inn marks the second flagship location for The IPG, in just a few short weeks. The week saw customers come along to set eyes on Plumb Inn’s brand-new look, complete with a new store fascia and interior graphics fitted throughout. The day got off to a great start, with the Mayor of Enfield attending to officially cut the ribbon as well as delivering a speech on the importance of buying from your local independent. Local and trade press were also in attendance, as well as customers both old and new who had come down to support Plumb Inn and The IPG on this exciting new venture.

The Mayor of Enfield said: “I’m very honoured to be invited down to see the new store, and to be able to share this with the world. This store was started by just two friends and initially just three employees, which is amazing and goes to show that when you work hard, you can achieve; and this is what you all have done here. This will be such an important addition to Enfield and I do hope that Enfield residents will be visiting soon to do their shopping. I know that I will be! Thank you, Plumb Inn, for the incredible work you are doing here.”

Ray Andes, Managing Director at Plumb Inn, added: “Plumb Inn are now not just a member, we have joined the IPG family and together we can only become stronger. We have a new look trade counter and showroom, a new look website and an opportunity to be involved in marketing initiatives that as an independent merchant we could not achieve on our own. The IPG’s support of the independent sector will be pivotal to the development and growth of our business and our team are all looking forward to an exciting future.” Nike Lovell, Head of Marketing at The IPG, concluded: “We’ve been blown away by the support of our member’s flagship store launches, and it really puts into perspective everything that we’ve been working towards with Plumb Inn to make sure this launch was a complete success. “As the Mayor mentioned in her speech, it’s so important to support your local independent - something that we’ve fiercely rallied for at The IPG. I hope Plumb Inn can now look forward to seeing lots of Enfield residents popping down to visit this new store!” You can find out more about The IPG by visiting the brand-new website, You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.


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Rocketing success for The IPG as they hold their second biennial conference at The National Space Centre • Keynote speakers: Lee Wilcox, CEO of On The Tools, Linda Barker, interior designer & TV presenter, and Kate McCann, mother of missing Madeleine, who spoke on behalf of The IPG’s partnered charity, Missing People • Exclusive invites to The • Conference during the day IPG’s members, suppliers, and gala dinner in evening and leading experts for all guests


n Friday 20 September, The IPG held an out of this world event as they put on their 2019 space-themed conference at The National Space Centre in Leicester. The event brought together its suppliers, members, and leading industry experts. To set the scene, The IPG is a membership group for plumbing, heating and bathroom specialists. Founded on the principle that independents in this sector should have a powerful presence in today’s competitive market place. The IPG now has over 200 locations nationwide and has recently celebrated the launch of two new IPG branded flagship stores across the UK (with one more planned for next month), with noteworthy support from local dignitaries, residents and press.


A stellar programme was in place at The National Space Centre, including; keynote speakers, supplier display areas and a special Apollo 11 moon landing anniversary cinema experience in the Planetarium. Lee Wilcox, CEO of On The Tools, delighted attendees

with a talk on the construction industry before sharing one of On The Tools’ funniest viral videos. Celebrity interior designer, Linda Barker, also delivered an insightful talk on upcoming trends in bathroom designs. Lee Wilcox commented: “I am honoured to be working with The IPG and for the opportunity to share the story of On The Tools with their members. Being involved in the industry myself, I am aware of the obstacles and challenges independent merchants can face, especially in today’s world. The IPG’s conference was the ideal occasion to share my knowledge and reveal some tricks of the trade, and to bring people together. I am delighted to have been a keynote speaker for The IPG this September.” The conference presentation recognised just how far The IPG, alongside its members and suppliers, have travelled in the last five years and unearthed the ways in which independent businesses need to think differently, and in the process, permit themselves to behave differently in order to stand out from the crowd.

Over 225 members and suppliers were in attendance. The day marked a reflection point, for all; reinforcing the importance of standing together, stronger. The evening event kicked off with a poignant talk from Kate McCann, mother of missing Madeleine, and Ross Miller, of the Missing People charity, who were there to talk about #FindEveryChild, and to thank IPG members for all their incredible fundraising efforts this year, which included select members taking part in a pursuit to ‘Orbit the Moon’, completing the 54-mile London to Brighton bike ride, as well as displaying collection tins in their stores and showrooms all year round. There was also silent auction on the night, which helped to raise a further £4,702 for the charity. The conference was followed by drinks and a gala dinner held

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at the Leicester Marriot Hotel, where keynote speaker and mind reader, David Meade, compèred the evening and conducted the Member Award Ceremony, which celebrated some of the IPG’s deserving members. Nike Lovell, Marketing Manager at The IPG, added: “This year’s conference was a fantastic event, and I’m thrilled that our members,

suppliers and The IPG team were able to come together to exchange ideas, discuss emerging challenges, develop relationships and explore all the opportunities available to them through The IPG. We are shaping the future for independents, and to have everything we’ve worked together with our members on this year, such as the launch of our three flagship stores,

culminate in this fantastic event, is the pinnacle of a great year. I’d especially like to thank our three keynote speakers, Lee Wilcox, Linda Barker and Kate McCann, who captivated our members with their talks, and helped made sure the day was a complete success.”


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Waterloo delivers fresh air to new £50m sports hub at the University of Warwick A £50m project bringing world-class sporting and leisure facilities to Warwickshire has received a new cooling and ventilation system from Waterloo.


he Sport and Wellness Hub, which sits within the University of Warwick campus, features a multipurpose sports arena with a 230-station gym, six glass-backed squash courts, a climbing wall and swimming pool. As part of the multi-million pound project, air distribution products were supplied by expert manufacturers, Waterloo Air Products plc. Branded one of the finest facilities of its kind in the UK and now officially open, the Sport and Wellness Hub was designed by Derry Building Services – one of the country’s most technicallyadvanced mechanical and electrical design and build contractors. Waterloo worked with designers to deliver a high-specification, energyefficient scheme to cope with fluctuating levels of occupancy. Ten months before it opened in April 2019, Waterloo produced a series of intricate and bespoke products to create the right aesthetics in the state-of-the-art fitness centre.


Special attention was given to the new indoor climbing centre to ensure the correct air terminal devices were installed to give a comfortable flow of air to users. Waterloo supplied high level nozzle diffusers to supply cool air in the larger areas of the climbing centre because these could be adjusted

in any direction. These are used in areas where maintaining low noise level is important. In some areas of the Sport and Wellness Hub, which is hidden away in a tranquil woodland area of the university campus, Waterloo had to create special finishes to its grilles and colourmatch powder paints to blend in with the University’s required colour scheme. Luke Fearn, Mechanical Project Director at Derry Building Services in Birmingham, was involved with the project from the start. He was delighted to help create the Sport and Wellness Hub within the University of Warwick campus. Luke says: “From the design stage in 2017, to finally completing it in March 2019, we have been excited about this unique facility. Working with Waterloo was productive and provided us with exactly what we needed to bring this project to life. “From the beginning, Waterloo never failed to support us, and the company provided us with the exact products we needed to complete the build. “Over the years, we have worked with Waterloo several times and we are familiar with their products. We received a good level of service. “I thoroughly enjoyed being part of this build. I know, for sure, that the sport hub will be well-used by students on the campus and members of the public.”

Andy Wardle, Head of National Sales at Waterloo Air Products, says: “I first got involved with the University of Warwick’s new Sport and Wellness Hub about 10 months ago along with the design team at Derry Building Services. “Working with the design team as early as possible was a critical part of this project because it helped to deliver the customer requirements with the solution that worked and integrated with the building at its best.

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“A wide range of Waterloo products were used in various area of the Sports and Wellness Hub including the indoor climbing centre, the squash courts and areas within the changing rooms. “In the indoor climbing centre, care was taken to ensure the correct air terminal device was used to give a comfortable flow of air for the climbers using nozzle diffusers for supply at high level along with low level extract linear bar grilles which had additional support to help stop damage from light foot traffic.

“It was really interesting because we manufactured panels with our SDVSA type swirls in to match the special acoustic panels that had been designed by the architect and the client wanted to see dimensionally the same units across the ceiling plate for continuity and visual affect whilst still offering a working solution to the correct air flow for the many people who were using the equipment.”

at the University of Warwick, says: “We believe the hub will be one of the finest facilities of its kind in the UK.

Lisa Dodd-Mayne, Director of Sports and Active Communities

“At the University of Warwick, we have a vision to ensure that we have the most active community in the UK. “That’s why we’re investing £49m into sport and wellness across the university, with our new Sport and Wellness Hub as the sporting centre of campus.”


Plumbing, Heating & Bathrooms October 2019

Hounsfield Boilers provide the heat at Ringshall Grange Ringshall Grange, a stunning eight-bed listed manor house, has installed two Hounsfield Boilers oil-fired boilers to ensure its guests are kept warm. The manor house’s old 60kW oil boiler had started to show its age, the owner, Laura Ormerod, needed a very reliable new boiler that would not cause any maintenance issues for her or the guests. Laura turned to Kevin Brand of Brand Plumbing and Heating Limited and asked him for his recommendation. Kevin says: “Hounsfield Boilers are renowned for their excellent quality, price and reliability plus they are very economical to run, so I didn’t hesitate to recommend these boilers to Ringshall Grange as I knew they would be up for the job! In fact, I have a Hounsfield Boiler in my own home as I know they’re the best.” Ringshall Grange has a large heat consumption which meant either a commercial boiler or two domestic boilers were needed. Kevin and Laura decided that the two-boiler option would be the best solution, as Laura says: “That way, should one ever fail there would be a back-up to ensure guests are never short of heat, and that gives me peace of mind.”


The installation was straightforward, as Kevin explains: “Hounsfield are very knowledgeable, and their customer service and advice to installers is second to none. I discussed the two-boiler solution with the Hounsfield team and they were very insightful about using a multiple boiler system.”

with industry standard components plus air-craft grade materials, and have a five-year no quibble warranty.

Kevin installed two Hounsfield Tuscan kitchen oilfired boilers, which have an output of 22 - 28 kW. The boilers are designed and manufactured in Britain,

To find out more about Hounsfield Boilers please visit - or call 01449 722461.

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Mixed news for home-owners covered by Alpha Insurance as FSCS makes payouts Since the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) announced last month that they would be paying compensation to Alpha Insurance latent defects policyholders, thousands of home-owners have been seeking alternative cover.

This follows the collapse of the deal arranged by BCR Legal Group Ltd to provide replacement cover for Alpha’s 10-year latent defect/ structural damage insurance policies due to a number of last-minute issues. Alpha, who supplied the insurance required to cover structural defects affecting new homes, were declared insolvent in Denmark last May. At this time, anxious home-owners were gradually discovering that their homes were no longer covered by the insurance they’d paid for, causing problems with acquiring a mortgage or selling their properties. For over a year, FSCA has been working with BCR Legal Group to attempt to provide replacement cover. When the deal they’d been working on collapsed, FSCA stated: “We recognise that a refund of premium may not be the outcome Alpha customers would have chosen and we deeply regret that it wasn’t possible to find replacement cover.” At Advantage Insurance, which specialises in latent defects

insurance, the team have been taking calls from hundreds of concerned home-owners, offering advice and quotations for new cover in recent weeks. Sales Director David Sumner explained: “Our phone lines have been busy. Although the news that FSCA will be issuing compensation payments to those affected by the collapse of Alpha seems to provide some closure for home-owners, this is not the resolution that many had been hoping for. “As Advantage specialises in latent defects insurance, working with leading insurers, a large number of home-owners who’ve found themselves without insurance have been contacting us requesting a quote for new cover, without which they may find themselves in breach of their mortgage terms and conditions and unable to sell their homes.” Although the team at Advantage is working through all enquiries swiftly, helping to restore peace-ofmind to former Alpha policyholders, they share home-owners’ frustration that although compensation is

being paid, as this will only cover the original Alpha insurance premium itself and will not cover any additional costs such as surveys and risk management, and will only cover the unused proportion of the premium (with payouts being limited to 90% of this cost), so those affected are being left to foot the bill to cover any shortfall when buying new structural defects cover. Advantage Insurance was established five years ago and has become one of the nation’s leading provider of structural warranties, with offices in Warrington, Horsham and Birmingham. They work with leading developers and insurers nationwide and have been expanding their team following a rapid period of expansion for the business. Website:


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A hot topic in the construction industry today is whether building underground, rather than creating more above ground, is the way forward. According to various reports, it’s not that we’re running out of space, a theory that has been greatly exaggerated in the past, it’s to do with two main factors, city density and the environment. We can keep building skyscrapers and expanding our cities, but we are already approaching the limit for how high we can build, and we don’t want to sacrifice any more of the natural world with expanding cities. So, the only logical move is downwards, but is it possible? The simple answer, yes! In fact, there are some structures thousands of feet underground that are quite staggering that not many know about. Here’s a list of five of the most amazing underground constructions on, or should we say, in earth.

5 Amazing Underground Constructions Jinping Underground Laboratory


The first on our list is the Jinping Underground Laboratory. Famed for being the deepest building in the world, this lab is located nearly 8,000 feet within the 14,500 feet high Jinping mountains in Sichuan, China. Inside they research Dark Matter, a mysterious substance that’s thought to account for approximately 85% of the matter in the universe. Surprisingly, it only took around a year to construct, which is unbelievable when it’s as far down as seven Empire State Buildings stacked on top of each other.

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Gjøvik Olympic Cavern The Gjøvik Olympic Cavern Hall is the largest underground auditorium and houses a multipurpose venue that can be used for football, hockey, basketball, volleyball and tennis to name a few. Concerts, dining and events also take place here. It’s currently the home of local ice hockey team Gjøvik Hockey. Aside from the main venue hall, the underground building that took two years to build also has a swimming pool and a cafeteria, with the main auditorium able to hold over 5,000 spectators.

Onkalo Nuclear Repository Have you ever wondered where spent nuclear fuel goes? Well, it cannot simply be thrown away or recycled due to its radioactive attributes that can last for an incredibly long time. As a result, spent nuclear fuel must be stored away in a secure location such as this place, called the Onkalo Nuclear Repository. Currently, under development, this nuclear repository sits over 1,400 feet underground in Eurajoki, Finland. Set to be constructed by 2023, once fully constructed, this will be the first specifically designed final disposal site of spent nuclear fuel. Areas of it will be sealed from 2020 onwards and will not be accessible by humans for about 100,000 years!

Gotthard Base Tunnel Tunnels nowadays aren’t really seen as being that amazing, until you discover the Gotthard Base Tunnel. This mega underground structure, which carves through the Swiss Alps, is not only the deepest tunnel in the world but the longest too. At its lowest point, the Gotthard Base Tunnel delves to over 7,500 feet underground, 1.5x deeper than the Grand Canyon. It has two tunnels, one for each direction that both measure a staggering 57km long, over 3km over the previous record holder, the Seikan Tunnel in Japan, and takes a full 20 minutes to get from one end to the other.

Mponeng Gold Mine Similarly to tunnels, mines aren’t usually anything to get excited over, however, the Mponeng Gold Mine stands out over the rest. Not only because it is the deepest gold mine in the world at a colossal 20,000 feet (which is over 7x the height of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world) it also has people working down there! That’s right, 20,000 feet underground there are people mining away to find gold. And it’s not a few people either, there are 5,700 people working in 150F/65C temperatures with a constant threat of earthquakes and flooding too.


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Another Capital Quarter, another Armstrong Ceiling solution Manufacturer’s systems now feature on all five Cardiff office buildings by JR Smart. Ultra-green ceiling tiles from Armstrong Ceiling Solutions feature again on the fifth and latest office building to rise in Cardiff’s Capital Quarter redevelopment. Specified by M2M Architects, they feature throughout the office areas at No 4 Capital Quarter, the eight-storey canal-side landmark office building designed to BREEAM “Excellent, in the heart of the city’s Enterprise Zone.


The Dune eVo MicroLook mineral tiles had already been used by main contractor JR Smart on the five previous office projects and were specified, with their approval, for this latest, 96,870ft2 Grade A building which is now home to Sky UK, legal firm Geldards and financial services company Optimum Credit. The building incorporates the occupational density of open floor

plates to suit the current and future needs of modern office occupiers as well as a central atrium, highquality reception, sixth-floor roof terrace and ground-floor retail and leisure units. Some 11,000m2 of the 1200mm x 300mm Dune eVo panels were supplied to No 4 by the Cardiff branch of distributor Nevill Long and installed on the 2.7m floorto-ceiling heights by specialist

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sub-contractor 2nd Generation Facades. Fully recyclable, Dune eVo is the next evolution in ceiling tiles. The tiles provide a balanced acoustic performance of up to 0.65 aw, Class C sound absorption, and a sound attenuating performance of up to 39 dB. The perforation design of Dune eVo is unique to standard tiles, creating a smooth, contemporary finish. Dune eVo has been highly engineered to have a reinforced edge that provides maximum durability and resilience, both in storage and application. It is the first ceiling system in the

industry to gain Cradle to Cradle accreditation. Rhodri Morgan of M2M Architects said: “We specified Armstrong Ceilings’ Dune eVo system in the knowledge the client was happy with it on office buildings we had carried out for them.” Armstrong’s area sales manager for the UK’s south-west, Mark Turner, added: “This project showcases what a great visual can be achieved using Dune eVo MicroLook.” JR Smart has continued to bring prestigious new office space to market in the centre of the Welsh capital regardless of the wider economic climate. Since acquiring the seven-acre brownfield site, its Capital Quarter scheme is now home to some of the area’s leading companies and organisations, with all of its office schemes now fully let. Over the past decade, Capital Quarter, which began with the relatively modest (at 37,000ft2) Driscoll Buildings scheme, has provided more than 370,000ft2 of new office space and will eventually accommodate more than 3,000 staff. The wider Capital Quarter scheme is well on track to delivering over 1,000,000ft2 of development

including residential, café and student accommodation. Number Four joins the existing office space at Capital Quarter that is already home to Finance Wales, Alert Logic, WSP-Parsons Brinckerhoff, Network Rail, Home Office, Public Health Wales and Opus Energy. The four-storey Driscoll Buildings completed in 2012. Capital Quarter’s first major office building - the nine-storey, 77,992ft2 Grade A No 1 Capital Quarter - followed soon after, with completion in 2014 and subsequent sale to the Welsh Government. The 85,077ft2 No 2 Capital Quarter was completed in March 2016 and in summer 2018 the seven-storey, 77,931ft2 No 3 was completed and part-let to consumer champion Which? JR Smart construction director Gareth Smart said: “It has been a great 12 months at Capital Quarter which is testament to the commitment and hard work of the whole Capital Quarter development team, including our professional advisers and sub-contractors who I would personally like to thank.” More information is accessible via the Armstrong Ceilings website commercial/en-gb/.


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The A465 Heads of the Valleys Road runs across the northern edge of industrial South Wales, providing an east-west connection between west and east Wales.



elsh Government announced an ambitious plan to improve this main arterial trunk road, which in turn is critical in the social and economic regeneration of the area, by fully upgrading to the road to a full dual carriageway along its entire length. For ease of delivery, Welsh Government have split the projects into a number of sections; section 1 (Abergavenny to Gilwern), section 2 (Gilwern and Brynmawr), section 3 (Brynmawr to Tredegar), section 4 (Tredegar to Dowlais), Section 5 (Dowlais to A470) and Section 6 (the A470 junction to Hirwaun).

Section 2 of the existing A465 was built in the 1960s as a single three lane carriageway. The road features two lanes in the uphill direction and one in the downhill direction. Whilst the section runs through some stunning hilly landscape, on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, this itself posed many challenges, not least of all it demanded extensive earthworks and the removal of well over 1.2 million tonnes of material to facilitate the creation of the many cuttings and embankments along the route. In addition, many sections

of the road required widening and it has therefore been necessary to cut into the adjacent hillside, resulting in the significant steepening of the road boundary, which brought about intrinsic destabilisation. Work began in late 2014, with CAN Geotechnical being awarded the contract to stabilise these steepened slopes. Specifically, the project demanded the installation of some 11,000 soil nails, requiring an estimated 45 miles of holes. However, there was extensive made ground, clay and boulders, with different types of rock -

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Heads of the Valleys Road Reinforcement

- CAN Geotechnical Nailed It! ranging from mudstone and soft sandstone to very solid limestone - along the 8km route. As a result of the ground conditions, different construction methods were required in addition to the soil nails, this included; a mixture of rock bolts, sprayed concrete, wirebasket gabions, erosion matting and rockfall netting deployed across the route. In fact, the project saw one of the first deployments of the company’s robotic sprayed concrete attachment. Where the road was to be widened into the Clydach Gorge, CAN Geotechnical also stabilised the cut slope, providing temporary and permanent stability. Logistically, CAN Geotechnical mobilised up to nine different rigs along the route, equipped with a variety of different types of drills allowing concurrent working of different techniques and schedules to be maintained. However, most of the drilling was performed using a hydraulic drilling attachment mounted on an excavator boom, with the excavator working downwards from the top of the slope, as the roadside was progressively cut back by Walters, the earthworks contractor. A bespoke A-frame cradle was suspended on tirfor winches to carry the drilling attachment in areas where existing cliff-faces required stabilising. Varying complex techniques were used, including; self-drilling nails (with diameters ranging from 76mm to 150mm) and solid bar anchors grouted into holes drilled into the solid rock (using down-the-hole hammer methods). Loose material and voids were discovered, which required a significant amount of grout to successfully cement the anchors in place. Where these ‘problem’ holes were encountered, the anchors, together with the neighbouring four of five anchors, were tested with a hydraulic jack.

On rocky embankments, where there was a greater risk of loose rock falling onto the road below, steel mesh rock netting was installed, rolled down from the top of the slope, and the anchors were drilled into the rockface at approximately 1m – 2m centres. Some 36,000m2 of netting was used in total on the project. To improve slope instability and prevent rock falls during other construction activities, CAN Geotechnical provided temporary works to stabilise the ground. These temporary works included the installation of a 1,000kJ, 230m-long cantilever catch fence. Further catch fences and temporary rockfall netting were installed to assist with overall site safety. Keller Group subsidiary, Phi Group, carried out further stabilisation work at a number of locations, where the ground sloped away steeply below the carriageway and required more extensive widening. Phi used its Textomur reinforcing system to construct retaining walls and support the loadings of the carriageway above. Whilst Phi’s work was complementary to that of CAN Geotechnical, there was little working overlap on-site with Phi’s work being a follow-on process. The project is an extremely complex one, with many work threads being undertaken concurrently. To ensure all aspects of the stabilisation project run smoothly, CAN Geotechnical placed an on-site project manager, whose role was to coordinate not only the work of CAN Geotechnical, but also how its work force and activities interacted with other contractors. CAN Geotechnical is expected to be on-site until project completion.


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Hyundai Construction Equipment embark on the construction of a large-scale ‘Reliability Assessment Centre’ Seoul, Korea – September 2019 – Hyundai Construction Equipment (HCE) has commenced construction on a large reliability assessment centre in Yongin, Gyeonggi-do (South-Korea) to strengthen its quality competitiveness.


HCE announced that on Wednesday 18th September it held a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of reliability assessment centre and a performance evaluation laboratory for finished equipment on a total land area of 40,000 m² at Mabukri Research Institute in Yongin, Gyeonggi-do.

of equipment in extreme environments from -40 ° C to 80 ° C, in addition to simulators and stateof-the-art test and measurement equipment. Various researches and experiments will also be conducted such as eco-friendly technology, high efficiency, and noise reduction technology, to cope with stringent exhaust gas regulations.

The project, with a total investment of KRW 77 billion (€ 58,735,552.666 Euros), is intended to expand the operation of the evaluation laboratory previously operated in Ulsan to the reliability assessment centre, which will allow the integrated research from parts to finished products and will be completed in August of next year.

Kim Gwang-min, Vice President of the reliability assessment centre at HCE said, “When the centre is completed, the preliminary verification from hydraulic and mechanical parts to finished products will be strengthened, and the quality competitiveness of finished equipment will be greatly improved. As trust and loyalty to our brand increases, it is expected that global market penetration will be further accelerated.”

In particular, the centre will be equipped with a large laboratory that can check the performance

HCE is focusing its efforts on quality improvement by upgrading the quality division to the quality headquarters in January and allocating 35% of the total employees to the R&D department in August

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‘Mary’ the tunnel boring machine completes epic journey under the River Humber • National Grid and project partners achieve major feat of engineering tunnelling under the River Humber. • Tunnel boring machine ‘Mary’ completes her journey connecting Goxhill on the south bank to Paull on the north bank of the river. • Project now preparing for world record-breaking pipeline push through the tunnel early next year.


ary our 160-metre long tunnel boring machine digging the tunnel to house a replacement gas pipeline 30 metres beneath the River Humber, completed her epic journey on Tuesday 10th September, 2019 at 12.08pm. The breakthrough, into the specially constructed shaft at Paull on the north bank of the river, marks the end of her 18-month journey from Goxhill on the south side and the start of the next phase of this world record breaking feat of engineering. The tunnel distance of nearly 5km* and a 3.65 metre diameter tunnel will carry a vital pipeline which can provide up to a quarter of Britain’s gas supplies.

* The tunnel distance is 4.86km.



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During her journey under the Humber, ‘Mary’, the size of approximately 11 double decker buses in length, has excavated approximately 160,000 tonnes of material – mostly chalk, which has been carefully transported back to the surface, graded and re-processed at the Goxhill slurry treatment plant. The excavated material is being used to help restore a former quarry nearby. Steve Ellison, Lead Project Manager, Capital Delivery, for National Grid, said: “Completing the tunnel beneath the Humber is a major milestone for the project team and our project partners. It’s the first time a tunnel has been constructed beneath the River Humber and a fantastic achievement for everyone involved. “Over the next few weeks we’ll be dismantling the tunnel boring machine and lifting her out of the ground in sections, ready to be transported back to Germany, where as much as possible will be refurbished and renewed to get her ready for her next tunnelling job.


“The next steps for us here under the Humber involve clearing the pipes, cables and ancillary equipment that has been servicing the tunnel boring machine and preparing for the world record breaking pipeline installation early next year.”

In Spring 2020, two hydraulic thrust machines will start the epic task of carefully pushing eight huge 610-metre long and 850 tonne sections of pipe on rollers into the new tunnel from the Goxhill side. The pipes will be pushed at about one metre per minute into the tunnel which will have been flooded with water to aid installation.

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When one pipe section has been installed, the next will be moved into position, welded to the one in front, and the push will continue until all five kilometres of pipeline is installed beneath the river. When complete it will be the longest hydraulically inserted pipe in the world – a truly incredible feat of engineering for National Grid and its project partners! For videos and images, of the River Humber Pipeline Replacement Project, please click here.


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River Humber Pipeline Replacement Project: Fact Sheet About ‘Mary’ – Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) • ‘Mary’ our tunnel boring machine (TBM) is 160-metre in length. • It is digging the tunnel to house a replacement gas pipeline 30 metres beneath the River Humber. • The breakthrough will occur at Paull (north bank of the river) into a specially constructed shaft.* • It has taken ‘Mary’ 18-months to bore underground from Goxhill on the south side to Paull. • Mary’ is the size of approximately 11 double decker buses in length.


• The TBM - ‘Mary’ is named after Mary Fergusson OBE, the first female fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. It’s a long-standing tradition meant to bring good fortune to the project and those working below ground for tunnel boring machines to be given a female name before the start of tunnelling.

• The name was chosen with the help of local children at Goxhill Primary and Paull Primary schools. Kasey Doney, a Year 3 pupil at Paull Primary, won the TBM naming competition. • ‘Mary’ is a slurry tunnel boring machine, and was selected because of her ability to handle varied and complex ground. • The TBM has excavated approx. 160,000 tonnes of material – mostly chalk. • It has been carefully transported back to the surface, graded and re-processed at the Goxhill slurry treatment plant. • The excavated material is being used to help restore a former quarry, nearby.

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The Shaft • Whilst most breakthroughs occur in a dry shaft and can be easily witnessed, ‘Mary’ will be breaking through into a water filled shaft. • Due to our proximity to the estuary situated on top of a principle aquifer, advanced water control systems have been used to prevent contaminated and salty water polluting the aquifer.

The Tunnel • It’s the first time a tunnel has been constructed beneath the River Humber. • Once the tunnel is completed and the pipeline is inserted, it will be the longest hydraulically inserted pipe in the world. • 4.86km, 3.65m diameter tunnel • 42” (1050mm) 70 bar pipeline • 0.5km of tie-ins to existing above ground installations. • It’s taken some 24,312 tunnel segments – each 1.2 metres long and 225mm thick to construct the tunnel. • That’s 33,300 tonnes of reinforced concrete – enough to fill 5.5 Olympic swimming pools.

Tunnel Key Facts: • TBM Bore Diameter: 4.40 m • Shield Weight: 225 t • Total TBM Weight: 510 t • Tunnel Inner Diameter: 3.65 m • Segment Thickness: 225 mm • Segment Length: 1,200 mm • Tunnel Length: 4,862 m • Number of Segments: 24,312

• To help ‘Mary’ continue excavating and building, four booster stations were installed inside the tunnel which ensured excavated material can leave the tunnel consistently and quickly. • Due to the very tricky ground conditions approaching Paull, additional measures were put into place including, treating a section of the ground, reducing the water level temporarily and setting up settlement monitoring points

Next Steps: • Once the breakthrough has been completed, the TBM will be dismantled and lifted out of the ground in sections. • The TBM will be transported back to Germany, where as much as possible will be refurbished and renewed to get her ready for her next tunnelling job. • In Spring 2020, two hydraulic thrust machines will start the epic task of carefully pushing eight huge 610-metre long and 850 tonne sections of pipe on rollers into the new tunnel from the Goxhill side. • The pipes will be pushed at about one metre per minute into the tunnel which will have been flooded with water to aid installation. • When one pipe section has been installed, the next will be moved into position, welded to the one in front, and the push will continue until all five kilometres of pipeline is installed beneath the river. • When complete, it will be the longest hydraulically inserted pipe in the world – a truly incredible feat of engineering for National Grid and its project partners.


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NEW CONCEPT HOTEL BREAKS GROUND IN BIRMINGHAM BLOC Hotels’ third location, opposite Birmingham’s Grand Central and New Street Station, will open in 2021. With work now onsite, the building will comprise 227 bedrooms spread across 22 floors, bringing a contemporary new structure to Birmingham’s developing city centre skyline. Joel Sawyer, director at Building Services Design (BSD) – which provided mechanical and electrical engineering (M&E) design services - said: “The demolition of the site’s previous building - Gallan House - has made way for this 7,000 sqm scheme, which will support the wider regeneration work taking place around New Street Station.” BSD developed the M&E and technical designs for BLOC Grand Central, working alongside project partners, BrightSPACE Architects and structural engineers ICIS Design Ltd Joel added: “Due to the height of the building, our biggest challenge was the splitting of water services. We had to design a system that would allow the correct amount of flow and pressure, serving every level of the building seamlessly. This was achieved through the boosted cold-water services


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being designed to utilise two different pump sets. This allows the lower half and upper half of the building to be served independently. “There’s no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to hotel design. In addition to standard rooms, BLOC Grand Central will offer apartment-

style accommodation with kitchenette, lounge and separate bedroom. “BLOC Grand Central will have a tall, slim structure that’s like nothing else we have in Birmingham - so will be a welcome, modern new addition to the city.

“Birmingham is quickly transforming into a worldclass city. BSD has had a presence here for more than 10 years, so we’re incredibly proud to be involved in such a significant scheme in the heart of our city.” BLOC’s commercial director, Danny Jones, said: “We have a fantastic team working on BLOC Grand Central, which has managed to fulfil and deliver on our brief. BSD have managed to overcome challenges the building presented and design a fitfor-purpose system. “We’re delighted to be opening our third hotel, adjacent to Grand Central station in Birmingham. It’s an incredible city which has seen significant development over the last few years.”

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In safe hands with Schöck and Brooksby at Wembley Located in the heart of the vast new Wembley Park regeneration project, the two residential buildings that make up the Landsby East and Landsby West development (Danish for village) are contemporary in design, with apartment interiors that continue the Scandinavian theme.


Externally there are roof terraces and first floor level podium gardens, along with 280 generous balconies that add a stylish and aesthetic feel to the exterior finish of the building. Their appearance is undoubtedly pleasing, but inevitably there were technical challenges involved in both initial installation and long term performance of the balconies that had to be addressed – among them safety, precision, reliability and thermal efficiency. It needed a collaborative approach from two of the leading companies in the business, Brooksby Projects Ltd for its balcony technology and Schöck for its load-bearing thermal insulation solutions.

Slide-on balconies were a must Wates, the main contractor on the project, were very specific in requesting cantilevered, slideon balconies and FlightDeck® balconies from Brooksby Projects Ltd offered the ideal solution. FlightDeck® balconies do not need to be fixed from a balcony below, which reduces the on-site health and safety risks. In addition, this ability to install from the top down, means that the balcony system saves crane time and requires no scaffolding or other external access. On a large high-rise project with multiple elevations, the installation time saved is considerable when compared with traditional bolt-on

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balconies,. An additional challenge was that the building’s design demands required that many of the 280 balconies installed involved subtle design adaptations and in total thirteen different variations were supplied to meet the Landsby project requirements. Thermal break elements are key A key element in the structural and long–term insulation performance of the balconies was the installation of Isokorb structural break units from Schöck. Early involvement was necessary to ensure that the connectors were accurately cast into the building during the mainframe construction phase and Brooksby provided installation templates to ensure the line and level of all balcony connections were precise. A Brooksby stub bracket was attached to the Isokorb units prior to the concrete being poured. The balcony cantilever

support arm was then attached (same depth as the balcony) to the stub and the fully pre-assembled panel glass balcony chassis slid on to the cantilever arm and locked into position. The Schöck Isokorb units are structural, but their other long-term purpose is to minimise the risk of thermal bridging. Ineffective insulation at the connection points, especially with 280 balconies involved, means local heat loss, resulting in more energy being required to maintain the internal temperature of the building. This is a major consequence of thermal bridging, but there are other issues too. Low internal surface temperatures in the area of the thermal bridge can cause condensation, which leads not only to structural integrity problems with absorbent materials such as insulation products or plasterboard,

but the potentially serious occurrence of mould growth. So for any project involving balcony connectivity the prevention of thermal bridging is a critical issue. Success is about teamwork The success of this project has been very much about teamwork and this was recognised at the London Construction Supply Chain Awards in late 2018. Hosted by Wates, to acknowledge sub-contractors with whom they have worked throughout the year, Brooksby were awarded ‘Best New Supply Chain Partner’ for the Landsby project. Brooksby Managing Director, Simon Goodenough commented: “It was great to have won this award which reflects how hard the whole team worked on the project to ensure that at all stages we delivered an excellent product, backed by exceptional service”.


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Crosby to Mark 100 Years of Premier Stamping The Crosby Group, LLC, the global leader in lifting, rigging, and material handling hardware, will celebrate a century of metal forging at Crosby Premier Stampings Ltd. in the heart of the UK’s Black Country next month (October).


Premier Stampings, a Crosby Group company, will host Crosby distributors, end users and other customers from all over the world at its Cradley Heath, West Midlands, facility on October 3, 2019. Celebrations will conclude at the nearby Black Country Living Museum in Dudley, where dinner will follow a heritage

tour that will walk attendees through the story of one of the first industrialised landscapes in Britain. Jason Colwell, managing director of Crosby Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), said: “While the event celebrates 100 years of forging in a region steeped in history, we are equally using the occasion to mark a

point in time from which to continue to shape the future. There will be an inevitable nostalgia about the day, but Crosby Premier Stampings will gather with its community to make a statement about achieving many more years of success, backed by ongoing investment, at the cutting edge of its trade.”

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Today, the Premier Stampings facility spans 63,000 square feet and employs 80 people, who play a role in forging and machining lifting and rigging products that are shipped across the world. Significant investment, particularly over the last 15 years, has seen Premier Stampings become a complete, vertically integrated forging business, boasting state-ofthe-art heat treatment, machining and testing products. Anthony Thomas, general manager of Crosby Premier Stampings and a 30-year veteran of the company, said: “We are the last remaining volume-lifting component manufacturer in the UK. We can finish components from 0.1 to 55kg in gross weight from start to finish. We make products for operations where safety is a primary consideration and our customers recognise that we are

offering a high quality, high value service from a region that has forging in its DNA.” Among those already committed to attend the event are customers from Dubai, India, South Africa, mainland Europe and the UK, the majority of which represent the Crosby supply chain. Thomas confirmed that 90% of the company’s business relates to Crosby lifting and rigging hardware products, with remaining capacity filled by demand for engineered products for the local market. He said: “We have UK-based distributors that have been with us for 40 years, since before we were part of the Crosby portfolio. Many of them will take a tour of our facility and the museum for the first time. It will be fascinating for them to note that actually forging hasn’t really

changed that much over the years; what has evolved is the equipment and technology that we use. We have historical references to forging lifting components as far back as the 1930s at our original home in Masters Lane, Blackheath, for what was then a local B2B customer base. The world has changed a great deal since, but we’ve managed to thrive during many chapters of history and are very excited about forging the future.” Robert Desel, Crosby CEO, said: “I am looking forward to celebrating the 100th year of Crosby Premier Stamping with our team members, customers, and the local community. This plant, the people that work here and the products it manufactures are another example of Crosby’s commitment to safety, innovation, and reliability supporting safe, effiective and efficient lifting at job sites, plants and rigs around the world.”


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Microsoft and WeWork announced as Keynote Speakers at Smart Buildings Show • Microsoft to open the keynote sessions at 10:45am on 9th October 2019, with WeWork following at 11:30am. • Other speakers include Beckhoff Ltd., Capita, Commscope, ENGIE, Google, IBM, IWFM, Remark Group, Schneider Electric, and Wireless Infrastructure Group. • The free-to-attend event takes place at Olympia London.


Smart Buildings Show, the UK’s leading, dedicated smart buildings event, has announced WeWork and Microsoft as keynote speakers for it’s 2019 conference. The free-to-attend exhibition, which takes place at Olympia London on the 9th and 10th of October, opens its doors at 9:30am, with the first keynote from Microsoft taking place at 10:45am on day one. Led by David Williams, Innovation Architect, the session will take place in the Connected - Management Theatre and focus on ‘Shaping the Future of Smart Buildings and Spaces’.

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Darlene Pope, Global Lead, Smart Buildings and Digital Workplace Experience at WeWork will lead the second keynote session. The presentation, entitled, ‘What’s Now and What’s Next For Smart Buildings’ will take place in the Connected Spaces Theatre at 11:30am on day one, enabling delegates to learn how the scope of smart buildings has expanded into the workplace itself; using real time data to drive valuable insights on how space is used to drive more efficient management and employee productivity.

Other speaking sessions at Smart Buildings Show include:

• Leveraging New Transformative Technologies Mark Davenport, ENGIE

• Smarter Networks for Connected Spaces LeaAnn Carl, Commscope

• Smart Buildings @ UCL Dimitrios Rovas, UCL

• When Full-fibre Infrastructure Meets Smart IoT Solutions Clayton Nash, CityFibre

• Delivering an Integrated Workplace Experience in Smart Buildings Simon Clement and Graeme Rees, Schneider Electric

• 5 things I’ve learned from getting smart wrong Matthew Marson, WSP

• Are you Taking the Right Approach to Smart Buildings & Places? Paul Thomas, Capita IT and Networks

• Noise and Wellbeing at Work

Dr Nigel Oseland, Remark Group

James Spires, Smart Buildings Managing Director at ENGIE commented: “We are excited to once again be part of the Smart Buildings Show where we will be showcasing the products and services we have developed to innovate the smart buildings arena. The event will give us the opportunity to demonstrate how we are delivering real transformative outcomes for businesses, with our integrated solutions that harness the latest technologies and innovations to make workplaces more connected and responsive.” Smart Buildings Show 2019 sponsors include platinum sponsors Bluetooth SIG and Schneider Electric, gold sponsors Capita, ENGIE and the Wireless Infrastructure Group, and silver sponsor, Condeco. Smart Buildings Show is also supported by a number of Media Partners and professional organizations including BSRIA, KNX UK, IWFM and the BCIA. There’s now only two weeks until Smart Buildings Show takes place. To register for free, please click here or visit for more information.


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Weighing up the cost of GPS fleet tracking For any busy company with pressures and priorities, opting for a new vehicle tracking system can be a decision that unfortunately falls to the wayside. Whether or not a telematics solution is already in place, many businesses forget to put aside time to re-evaluate and review the market. Meanwhile, technology is evolving and decisions to transform services are becoming increasingly critical to achieving sustainable and profitable operations. The question is - How does your vehicle tracking system stack up? Quartix’s experience with over 13,000 businesses has shown that small changes can make huge differences. What works for one company also might not always apply to another setting. We find many businesses understand the importance of considering which telematics package best supports their fleet operations, but they lack a way of reviewing their current system’s return on investment against any alternatives. That’s why we’ve constructed a simple formula to help businesses to calculate the costs, project the potential benefits and accurately weigh up their options. It’s a great way to help stake holders decide exactly where to invest money. Our step by step guide is free to download and helps you assess just how much benefit your business will derive from any vehicle tracking solutions you are considering. You can use it to form a sound business case for change, with real-life examples of your fleet’s data. The benefit of investing in a new telematics system can often be dismissed as ‘keeping up with technology’ or simply chasing the lowest price.

Here’s how you’ll ensure that all the benefits are fully understood:


• The stats: Give context to costs and savings by using real fleet data from your business

• Give practical examples of how a system will influence operations

• Demonstrate the value that your suggestions will bring to all aspects of the business

• Address the business risk of not changing against the risks associated with new alternatives

• Quantitative and qualitative: remember to also cover areas of the business that will see a difference in quality

• State how to measure success. It’s important to track the success of your decision • List the key performance indicators that will be used to measure improvements

October 2019 The operational characteristics of your fleet can easily be put into perspective by answering a few simple questions, outlined in ‘Building a business case for a vehicle tracking system’. The process not only includes weighing up the running costs of the system and its impact on the running costs of your fleet, it also involves creating a checklist of desired benefits that will provide a clear link between your vehicle tracking system and your business objectives. This can help gauge how many key areas a tracking system will be able to help you with. The vehicle tracking system features that your business needs will depend on which key benefits are relevant and important to your business.

To take the test and assess your vehicle tracking savings potential, head over to and download the free guide. If you would like to learn more about the Quartix system or the benefits of vehicle tracking, contact 01686 806 663 or

There are ways to pre-empt questions from those reviewing your recommendation for a new vehicle tracking system. Firstly, determine that adequate budget is available to invest in each option that you are considering. Secondly, consider if there is anything else to add to your concerns list, to ensure that each option meets your business’ needs. Is the system reliable and is there a support package? Will it introduce new ways of working and how will that change be managed? Once you have assessed the immediate benefits and risks, it’s important to step back and look at how a vehicle tracking system will affect your business on a wider scale. Perhaps your business uses other software that the GPS tracking system would ideally integrate with and more unique requirements may arise. A few pointers are listed here.


Editor’s Choice October 2019

RINNAI ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF THE TRUST PARTNERSHIP WITH INSTALLER NETWORK Rinnai, a global leader in heating and hot water units & systems for both commercial and residential sites, has announced the launch of the Trust Partnership with the formation of an installer network specifically for its domestic product range, the Zen & Zen Plus. The installer domestic partnership network will be offered to all bona fide, Gas Safe registered, installers of residential heating and hot water units and systems. The launch is complementary to the recent introduction of the Rinnai Zen and Zen Plus domestic heating hot water system. “This is our response to the advent of online direct sales platforms and companies where the installer is working to a rigid formula and facing downward price pressures on their rates. All sites and installations are unique in their own way and we want to create a domestic installer network - a Trust Partnership - where quality and price are the criteria. Not just price


being the first, last and everything about a job. “In the Zen and Zen Plus we have a quality concept backed by high performance products and we want to work with those installers who aim to work at the mid to top end of the market, rather than scramble around the price-driven lower ends of the industry,” says Rinnai Managing Director, Tony Gittings. The Rinnai Trust Partnership will include comprehensive training and real-time instant-response technical support. “We will also be initiating a complete programme of benefits - including liveried work clothing, suitable for

all the seasons, plus individualised marketing and business support,” adds Tony Gittings. Rinnai, global leaders in continuous flow hot water heating products and systems, recently introduced the Zen and Zen Plus home hot water & heating system which marries established and proven manufacture durability with new technologies to offer great energy efficiencies, user control and, importantly, unparalleled level of comfort. The Rinnai Zen and Zen Plus system will increase comfort and reduce energy usage whilst also providing a highly economic solution for today’s changing marketplace.

October 2019 Editor’s Choice

“Our core expertise is the mass production of long-term reliable combustion products with advanced technologies – we are a global leader and make over 2 million water heating units every year for domestic, residential and commercial applications. We have been researching and monitoring the UK domestic heating market for several years and would only launch when we had a proven system. That time is now, and we are offering hot water heating units together with a superior performance combi boiler in 24, 29 and 35-kW outputs, says Chris Goggin, head of Rinnai UK operations. “We are not launching into the mass UK boiler market – that is, in our view, a saturated and oversubscribed market which is in the throes of a major upheaval in its structure due to the advent of online direct sales platforms. We are offering something very different. And we are aiming to serve a market sector previously overlooked and almost ignored - the provision of luxury levels of hot water at affordable sums to the middle and top end of the marketplace. “Another major difference with the Rinnai Zen & Zen Plus is that the route to market is with installers. We are committed to working with installers

as our route to market. The installer is still the major player and, in our view, always will be.” Some of the features of Zen & Zen Plus are: IOT controller as standard; Fast heating mode; DHW pre-heat function - saving wasted water; Energy monitor function allows user to monitor energy usage; flue runs up to 30 meters, Rinnai boiler App for android and IOS; constant temperature-accurate hot water delivery at continuous flow rates. There is also smart Wi-Fi controller and App benefits; The Rinnai app seamlessly connects to the controller in the property; the user can control the boiler remotely adjusting temperature, setting weekly and daily programmes, receiving alarm functions, monitor energy usage and set limits. The Wi-Fi and boiler controller also uses GPS from the user’s mobile to bring on the heat when you are getting close to home to ensure the house is warm when you arrive. Rinnai Zen & Zen Plus is available for use with both natural gas and LPG. Rinnai UK will be launching this innovation plus several other cutting-edge appliances during 2019.

The Rinnai Corporation was founded in Nagoya, Japan in 1819 and today operates in 17 nations and regions around the world with sales of kitchen appliances, air conditioners, hot water heating & home heating units in over 80 countries. Says Rinnai UK Managing Director Tony Gittings, “The company has evolved and developed into a group that produces a diversity of products and services that directly benefit ordinary people in their daily lives. “Our policy is to help enrich the lives of people in local communities by providing optimal solutions that fit the lifestyle culture, climate conditions, and the energy situation of each country around the world. The three-year period is aiming at connecting the first century to the next one. The theme will be named, ‘Connected in passion for the next 100 years.” This follows the other significant corporate developments on the global presence of Rinnai - the issuing of a new logo and a new brand statement – ‘A Healthier Way of Living’.





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