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number of reports on the Northern Ireland construction industry in 2014 were published in early January and most of them made for optimistic reading. In one report, figures released by the Office of National Statistics showed an encouraging rise in house prices for Northern Ireland. House prices here rose by 11.7 per cent, compared to 10.4% in England, 3.1% in Wales and 4.4% in Scotland. This was the highest annual increase in Northern Ireland house prices since December 2007 (when prices increased by 12.6%). Throughout the whole of the UK, house prices increased by 10.0% in the year to November 2014, down from 10.4% in the year to October 2014.. Meanwhile, the 2014 Northern Ireland Commercial Property Report has revealed that retail vacancy rates across towns and cities have fallen

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to 17.7% in 2014 from 19.1% the previous year. The report, published recently by Lisney, is the most comprehensive and longest established study of the commercial property market in Northern Ireland across investments, retail, office and industrial sectors.

Headline results indicate: • A continuing lack of Grade A office availability in Belfast • Retail vacancy rates still lag behind the rest of the UK • Competitive bidding returns to a busy investment market • Industrial vacancy rates fall but a lack of larger building is evident Lisney expect that the long awaited rates re-valuation will see retail vacancies drop further and the availability of new finance and in many cases new capital will see construction rise significantly. Finally, the Northern Ireland

Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) published the latest edition of the Northern Ireland Construction Bulletin which showed construction output in Northern Ireland dropped in the third quarter of 2014 by 0.7 percent. It excludes work carried out by Northern Ireland Construction firms in other parts of the UK or elsewhere. The report concluded that the total volume of construction output in Northern Ireland in the third quarter of 2014 decreased by 0.7% compared to Q2 2014. The overall trend in Construction Output carried out in Northern Ireland since 2007 has been downward. In the last three quarters, however, the levels of construction output have been broadly similar. In this edition of Specify, we talk to some of the top people in construction in Northern Ireland, who give us their valued opinions on the road ahead.

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Glen Dimplex receives Euro Commission backing for new smart energy programme.


South Eastern Regional College starts a new Solar Photo Voltaic training course.


The latest development in cladding for old buildings and developments in fall arrest systems for roofers.


The latest developments from the Construction Employers Federation.

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The Association of Project Managers celebrate 21 years in Northern Ireland.


We get the thoughts from some of the top people in NI construction and property about the way ahead for the industry.


The latest news from the hotel chain, Andras House.

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Swiss Facades can add value to any type of insulation and greatly improve the overall U-Value requirements for renovation and new build structures.

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Specify talks to Rajesh Rana about the latest news from the hotel chain, Andras House.


GRAND DESIGN: Maghera architect Patrick Bradley’s stunning construction made from four shipping containers Page 20

Ray Hutchinson of Gilbert- Ash feels the pressure of the skills gap.



Pan-European consortium, led by Glen Dimplex, receives ‘real value’ from european commission 12m EU grant to fund significant European smart energy pilot programme Neil Stewart, M.D Dimplex renewables and Sean O'Driscoll, Chairman, Glen Dimplex

DRIVING change in the energy sector, a European consortium with world-leading Irish expertise has received the first phase of approval for a €12million (£9.5million) grant from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 fund. The research and innovation grant will bring to fruition a large scale pilot study into the future of small-scale energy storage, and will see thousands of Portadownmanufactured Glen Dimplex Quantum energy systems installed

throughout Europe. The twelve-strong RealValue consortium is unique in that it encompasses the entire energy supply chain, including many of the major players in the Irish energy sector - Glen Dimplex, SSE Airtricity, ESB Networks, EirGrid, Intel and the Electricity Research Centre at University College Dublin. Commencing in April 2015, RealValue will involve the installation of Glen Dimplex Quantum energy systems into 1250 homes, 100 of which will be in Northern Ireland. The study will also include 700

homes in Ireland with the remaining pilot homes situated in Germany and Latvia. Replacing traditional storage heaters, the Quantum energy system combines efficient, high-performance electric space and water heating with thermal energy storage capability. It was launched in 2013 as a result of the biggest-ever investment by Glen Dimplex in one piece of technology, and research and development for Quantum was driven by Glen Dimplex subsidiary – GDC Portadown. With RealValue, the Quantum systems will be linked to energy providers via highly-advanced technology, developed by Intel. The smart system will also interpret data to forecast heat demand and consumer comfort preferences, and it will interact with the grid to manage supply and congestion. Explaining the rationale and importance of RealValue, Chairman of Glen Dimplex, Mr Sean O’Driscoll commented: “RealValue involves testing pioneering technology on a large scale to accelerate innovation. It’s the first large testing of this game-changing new model for

renewable energy storage and will be instrumental in developing business models to quantify the potential of small scale storage moving forward. “We are confident that RealValue will be a catalyst for change and we intend to present the results of the project to policy decision makers, helping to inform EU regulation. RealValue is also a textbook for collaboration in Northern Ireland, Ireland and within the EU, covering private and public sector enterprises working closely with academic research to deliver innovative business solutions of the future.” Partners in the consortium working to validate the model at large scale are the Electricity Research Centre at University College Dublin, DIW (the German institute for economic research), the University of Oxford and VTT, one of Europe’s largest energy research centres. The RealValue project will continue until 2018, and through the implementation of the physical demonstrations and results from broader modelling tasks, it’s hoped that RealValue will be the catalyst in creating a greener future for how consumers use and store energy.

Maurice Walsh Steel Fabrications appoint new Commercial Manager Maurice Walsh Steel Fabrications are delighted to announce the appointment of Richard Carron as Commercial Manager. Richard joins with a vast experience within the commercial interior fit-out sector in Ireland and Britain. Richard will be a key driving force in assisting recently CE approved steel fabricator Maurice Walsh in continuing their expansion plans. Maurice Walsh Steel Fabrications have over forty years experience ensuring that construction companies, retail, public sector, educational and industrial enterprises receive the highest quality and highest specification steel structures. They supply and fit structural steel and architectural metalwork across Ireland and Britain. Left, Richard Carron and right, Stephen Connolly Director



An Awarding Winning Year at BS Holdings Brian Hood, Managing Director of BS Holdings

Heat engineering specialists BS Holdings topped off an award-winning year with the news that their innovative biomass heating and cooling system has been named ‘Sustainable Product of the

Year’ at the National Heating and Ventilation Review (HVR) Awards. The local company has driven the use of biomass in businesses across the UK with their development of bespoke heating systems, and their

latest development – thought to be the only one of its kind in the UK and Ireland – has picked up a string of local and national awards including: Plumbing and Heating, BIFM Ireland region recognition awards and now their first national award.

British Gypsum encourages sustainable construction with ICA guide Following on from the recent introduction of its first eight Environmental Product Declarations (EPD), British Gypsum has launched its Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Guide — an informative manual on the LCA process for specifiers. The new guide details how LCA is carried out, and explains how they can help specifiers minimise the environmental impact of their building processes and comply with certification schemes, such as BREEAM. The LCA process considers the life cycle of a product solution from cradle to grave, which is then used to create EPD — independently verified information on environmental performance. A comprehensive range of factors are considered, including the potential environmental effects of raw materials, the manufacturing process, logistics, installation, performance in use, and finally the product at the end of its life. British Gypsum is also currently carrying out LCAs across its entire product portfolio to simplify the specification of sustainable solutions for customers. The guide also explores the manufacturer’s work to maximise the sustainability of its entire operations, including the introduction of more environmentally-friendly transport and a dedicated plasterboard recycling service.

BS Holdings’ unique system uses locally sourced wood pellets for heat generation as well as absorption chilling technology to provide cooling from green house gas neutral technology. The annual HVR Awards celebrate excellence and innovation in the building services sector and this is the first time a company from Northern Ireland has been shortlisted in the UK-wide awards that are designed to reward companies that demonstrate distinction in their field. Speaking about their latest award win, Brian Hood, Managing Director, BS Holdings said, “The judging panel clearly recognised the innovative nature of this technology and we are delighted that we have been recognised in such a quality accolade.” “Since forming in 2000, our aim has always been to enable individuals and businesses to save money on their energy bills and this focus has paid off with the development of the UK and Ireland’s first small scale, biomass, absorption chiller.”

Planning approval for £10million hotel in Derry Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has announced planning permission for a new £10million hotel and retail development in Derry. The 139 bedroom hotel will be developed on the former Tillie and Henderson site at Abercorn Road, Tillie’s Brae and Foyle Road, Derry. Mark H Durkan said: “This is great news for Derry. With the recent announcement by Lonely Planet that Northern Ireland is in the top 10 European travel destinations, this very significant hotel in the heart of the city will enhance choice for tourists, business travellers as well as local people. It occupies a pivotal location on one of the prime entrance points to the historic core from Craigavon Bridge and will, when complete, regenerate a site that has been derelict for a number of years.”



Dissertation Award Celebration of

success for local Construction Managers

Ciara Toner, Quantity Surveyor with the South Belfast construction firm H&J Martin Integrated Services has won the Association for Project Management NI Award for Ulster University’s Best MSc Dissertation in Construction Business & Project Management. Pictured with Ciara are, from left, President of the Association for Project Management Tom Taylor and APM NI Branch Chairman, Gerry Coghlan.

Employment and Learning Minister, Dr Stephen Farry recently presented awards to 21 local construction managers who have gained the NVQ Level 5 Diploma in Management.

Northern Ireland House Prices up 11.7 per cent Figures released by the Office of National Statistics report an encouraging rise in house prices for Northern Ireland. House prices in this region rose by 11.7 per cent, compared to 10.4% in England, 3.1% in Wales and 4.4% in Scotland. This is the highest annual increase in Northern Ireland house prices since December 2007 (when prices increased by 12.6%). Throughout the whole of the UK, house prices increased by 10.0% in the year to November 2014, down from 10.4% in the year to October 2014. House prices continue to increase strongly across the majority of the UK, with prices in London again showing the highest growth. Annual house price increases in England were driven by an annual increase in London of 15.3% and to a lesser extent increases in the East (11.9%) and the South East (10.8%). Excluding London and the South East, UK house prices increased by 7.1% in the 12 months to November 2014. The index is calculated using mortgage financed transactions that are collected via the Regulated Mortgage Survey by the Council of Mortgage Lenders. These cover the majority of mortgage lenders in the UK. The HPI complements other measures of inflation published by ONS such as the Consumer Price Indices, the Producer Price Indices and the Services Producer Price Indices. Average mix-adjusted house prices in November 2014 stood at £147,000 in Northern Ireland, £283,000 in England, £171,000 in Wales, and £194,000 in Scotland. In November 2014, London continued to be the English region with the highest average house price at £501,000 and the North East had the lowest average house price at £155,000. London, the South East and the East all had prices higher than the UK average price of £271,000. Excluding London and the South East, the average UK mix-adjusted house price was £207,000.

The awards are part of an innovative pilot Business Improvement Programme organised by CITB NI in partnership with Federation of Master Builders (FMB) and the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) which has brought together local construction business owners and managers to implement good practice techniques resulting in improved business performance. The Minister said: “My Department is committed to raising the skills of Northern Ireland’s workforce and by funding programmes such as Customised Training through our Skills Solutions Service we are boosting those skills and helping to make employers more competitive. Strong leadership and management skills are vital to improving the performance of local businesses and to achieving sustained economic growth. I congratulate those who have taken time to focus on management and leadership issues both on an individual and business level and achieved this award.  “Construction has been affected by the economic landscape and, as the signs of improvement begin to appear, businesses are increasingly realising that investing in the skills of their employees can increase productivity and overall success. I continue to encourage our future leaders and managers to consider the benefits of upskilling in order to unlock the potential of their workforce, increase their productivity and grow our local economy” Barry Neilson, Chief Executive, CITB NI said, “Skills and training are the central core of all businesses, the importance of training at all levels and the positive affects it can have both internally and externally can’t be underestimated. This pilot Business Improvement Programme is an excellent example of industry partners and Government working together effectively for the benefit of local business managers and owners to excel in management techniques for the good of their organisation and the overall construction industry.”

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Killeen Wastewater Treatment Works scheme completed

Bill Gowdy NI Water (left), and Paul Davison of NI Water show Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy around Killeen Wastewater Treatment Works (WwTW), which has been recently refurbished as part of a £1 million package being invested by NI Water in upgrading wastewater treatment works in rural County Armagh.

Work has been completed at Killeen Wastewater Treatment Works (WwTW) as part of a £1million package being invested by NI Water in upgrading wastewater treatment works in rural County Armagh. The investment, which forms part of NI Water’s Rural Wastewater Investment Programme, has also allowed extensive refurbishment work to be undertaken at Dorsey, Lisnadill and Drumilly WwTWs and at Mountain View WwTW in Dromintee where work recently got underway. Approximately £4million has been invested across Northern Ireland in the latest phase of the Rural Wastewater Investment Programme, a specially tailored package of work which has been designed to upgrade

Helm Housing Association signs £25 million maintenance contract with H&J Martin Helm Housing Association has Derek Martin, MD H&J Martin with Michael McDonnell Helm Housing appointed H&J Martin as its response maintenance contractor in an agreement potentially worth £25m over a seven-year period. The contract, which will see H&J Martin staff provide response maintenance services with the option of planned maintenance works to Helm Housing Association’s 15,000 tenants in over 5,000 properties, lasts until 2021 and currently involves a team of 31 fully dedicated maintenance and customer service professionals. The appointment followed an OJEU compliant competitive tender process. The new contract will see an enhanced maintenance service for tenants including agreed appointments within thirty minutes from initial call and full outof-hours emergency support. Tenants will also receive regular updates on maintenance progress via text message. H&J Martin will also work with Helm Housing Association’s 17 partner organisations who provide support and care across Northern Ireland. Michael McDonnell, Chief Executive, Helm Housing said: “Helm is dedicated to building safe and sustainable neighbourhoods and ensuring people feel secure and comfortable in their homes. Ensuring that maintenance is completed quickly and to a high standard is an important part of this work and I am delighted that H&J Martin will be supporting us to deliver this.” Derek Martin, Managing Director of H&J Martin Limited said: “H&J Martin’s approach combines leading-edge work practices, innovative IT solutions and a strong focus on customer satisfaction. Together that means that Helm Housing Association’s tenants will enjoy an unrivalled maintenance service, with everyone working to resolve issues as soon as they arise.”

rural wastewater treatment systems serving populations of up to 250 people. Welcoming the completion of upgrades at Killeen WwTW, Danny Kennedy said: “NI Water’s Rural Wastewater Investment Programme was set up to deliver widespread refurbishment of many minor wastewater works that span the length and breadth of Northern Ireland. I am very pleased to see that the current phase of the project is progressing well with the completion of Killeen and many other sites in the County Armagh area.” Two teams of specialist local contractors are involved in this project: A joint venture of BSG Civil Engineering (Maghera) and Williams Industrial Services (Mallusk) - with technical support from McAdam Design in Belfast.

Top award for Ulster University architecture student Ulster University graduate, Roger Bonnar, has been named Northern Ireland’s top architecture student. Roger received the major recognition from the Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA) for his work in creating a new vision for Glenarm Village. He was commended for his transformation of a former industrial site into an innovative social hub for the local community. His project, which was developed during his final year at Ulster University’s School of Architecture, preserves the renowned limestone landscape while creating a modern space for restaurants, bars and accommodation.



Invest to address the skills gap By Mark Wade, Director at Hays in Northern Ireland

As we move into 2015, one possible New Year’s Resolution for the construction industry here should be 'invest to address the skills gap' – as this remains one of the biggest issues facing the sector in Northern Ireland, according to Mark Wade, Director at specialist recruitment company Hays.

Last year a mood of optimism began to be felt across the sector for the first time in five years. Our local economy has been experiencing steady private growth and that is expected to stabilise for the rest of the year. Furthermore NI construction firms have proven particularly resourceful and adept at securing workload in GB. Notwithstanding delays in a number of publicly funded projects, Northern Ireland has posted a notable increase in new projects. This is fuelling demand for key skills in construction – and many employers are looking ahead and voicing their concerns about the shortage of skilled professionals. Our report, The Hays Global Skills Index, produced in partnership with Oxford Economics, found that there is an increasingly acute shortage of higher level skills available across the UK labour market that could derail economic progress. And our recent guide, Hays Salary & Recruiting Trends 2015, indicated that 84% of employers across Northern Ireland

expect to encounter a shortage of suitable candidates. We foresee three main areas where we can bring skills back into the economy over the short to medium term: Think beyond Northern Ireland: the past five years has seen an outflow of talent to the UK and beyond. Professionals left the region to find stable employment; but with stability returning to Northern Ireland's economy, the opportunity now exists for employers here to attract talent back into the region. We are encouraging local talent home, using our reach, network and relationships through our worldwide network of offices. Support new entrants: employers

can sell the benefits of the profession to younger people by working closely with industry bodies in order to promote skills and learning. With such a great range of diverse and challenging roles, the sector offers a wealth of opportunities for our younger people. Invest in training: many employers have already planned in their response to skill shortages by 'growing their own’ talent. Just over a quarter of businesses in our salary guide have already increased their training budgets this year, and we expect investment to continue to rise over the coming months. We know from the Hays UK Salary & Recruiting Trends for 2015 that employers are putting together attractive offers and are

starting to place greater emphasis on the benefits package (e.g. childcare vouchers, above statutory contributory pension and financial support for professional studies). Employers need to consider how best to get this message into the marketplace so they can attract the skills they need. By continuing to invest in training, supporting new entrants and enticing much-needed experience back into the marketplace, the construction industry can overcome the skills gaps and ensure 2015 is a year of deeper growth and optimism. For further information visit or to request a copy of Hays UK Salary & Recruiting Trends 2015 visit www.

12| SIG Ireland

Streamlining our brands to provide greater clarity for customers

In a major development in the building products market, SIG Ireland has re-branded their key business streams under the SIG portfolio.


IG Construction Accessories will be the new name for Longs Construction Services. SIG Facades will be the new name for Facade Systems. SIG Insulation will be the new name for Insulation Distributors Ltd. SIG Interiors will be the new name for CPD. SIG Roofing will be the new name for Capco Roofing. SIG Technical Insulation will be the new name for Irish Insulation Solutions. JS McCarthy and HHI Building Products will remain the same. This move follows extensive research by SIG with customers, suppliers and employees. All branches will be re-branded with the new SIG format, featuring a distinctive new look, while the re-branding will also be marked by a refreshed website and comprehensive marketing campaign. In addition their staff will continue to undergo further training and up-skilling to ensure that they continue to be the most knowledgeable in the industry. The benefits of this rebrand to their customers are: • Easier for customers to understand SIG’s breadth and scale • Easier for customers to understand SIG’s core specialisms • Reassurance in dealing with widely

recognised, market leading brand • Easier access to a wider portfolio of products • Easier to find, while receiving a consistent customer experience across multiple sites An even more robust supply chain No matter where in the country, trading with SIG Ireland you will receive: consistently competitive prices, reliable service and technical expertise. SIG Ireland believe these changes will improve the customer experience even further and ensure that SIG Ireland continues to be the specialist building products distributor of choice. For more information visit: or email



Solar Photovoltaic Training at SERC

Construction Output lags behind rest of UK The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) recently published the latest edition of the Northern Ireland Construction Bulletin which showed construction output in Northern Ireland dropped in the third quarter of 2014 by 0.7 percent. The Construction Output Statistics published in the Northern Ireland Construction Bulletin provide a general measure of change in real terms in the output of the construction industry in Northern Ireland. It excludes work carried out by Northern Ireland Construction firms in other parts of the UK or elsewhere. Output is defined as the amount charged by construction firms to customers for value of work excluding VAT.

Pictured is SERC Director of Economic and Corporate Development Thompson Keating, Atlas Energy Managing Director John Nesbitt and Photovoltaic Installation Engineer Gavin Nesbitt.

With the new era of renewable technologies, one local Further Education College is delighted to inform the sector of its own investment in the industry with news that it has developed a new range of training programmes to prepare staff for the rise in demand for servicing and installing this technologically advanced equipment. To accommodate this, South Eastern Regional College (SERC) have introduced a specialist Photovoltaic (PV) Training and Assessment qualification for installers to ensure they have the technical skills and know-how to install and service modern day renewable energy equipment. One local company which has already benefited from the training is specialist supplier of fire and security equipment Altas Fire and Security Ltd. The energy division of the Belfast based company, Atlas Energy have up-skilled twelve engineering technicians in specialist Solar Photovoltaic training. The training, delivered by SERC,

uses state of the art equipment and focuses on the installation, design, maintenance and commission of solar PV systems and is designed for up-skilling engineers. Stewart Nelson, SERC Lecturer in Electrical, Sustainability and Building Services, explains: “The shift to renewable technology creates challenges when an existing workforce must up skill and retrain as a result of changing consumer demand and technology advancements. “Companies like Atlas Energy demand specialist programmes to meet their specific needs and we have the expertise and flexibility to deliver this. We understand how hard it is for businesses to up-skill employees with demands on their time and money. That’s why we make it as easy as possible for participants by working with them to minimise the impact of releasing staff. It’s a real partnership.” Atlas Energy Managing Director John Nesbitt explains: “Investment in training and skills development is critical for enhancing productivity and building a competitive edge. The

training was designed to advance the knowledge and capabilities of our team.” On completion of the course individuals and companies may qualify for membership with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme. Participants on the course received discount off the cost of the training thanks to funding provided by the Department for Employment and Learning’s Skills Solution Customised Training fund. As the only college in the National Skills Academy network, SERC are best placed to offer a range of accredited training and qualifications including solar photovoltaic (PV), solar thermal hot water and biomass to ensure installers and others involved in the building services engineering sector can access high-quality, industry-led training in a location close to their business. To find out more about funding, training opportunities and support available for your business at SERC, please visit or call Emma Finney on 028 9262 6770.

Downward Trend The report concludes that the total volume of construction output in Northern Ireland in the third quarter of 2014 decreased by 0.7% compared to Q2 2014. Over the quarter, the volume of New Work decreased by 0.9% whilst Repair & Maintenance fell slightly by 0.1%. The report also states that there was a 6.2% increase in Other Work but Infrastructure Output fell sharply by 11.2%. Housing Output decreased by 1.9% Construction output has fallen by 3.9% year-on-year (Q3 2014 compared to Q3 2013). The overall trend in Construction Output carried out in Northern Ireland since 2007 has been downward. In the last three quarters, however, the levels of construction output have been broadly similar. Construction figures for Northern Ireland are falling behind the rest of the UK. In Q3 2014, overall construction output in GB increased by 0.8% on the previous quarter. In Q3 2014, the level of construction output in Northern Ireland was at 86% of the average output reported in 2011. In Great Britain, overall construction output in Q3 2014 was at 99% of the average output reported in 2011.

16| Brett Martin

Cascade Irons out Cost and Time Restrictions A

s the Northern Ireland construction industry continues its recovery, long term performance and value for money are more crucial than ever in every product and material. But striking the right balance between cost effectiveness, longevity and aesthetic appeal can be challenging. Old-style detailing has become increasingly popular, but it doesn’t have to break the bank as new products that utilise modern plastic manufacture can reduce costs for the specifier, contractor and client.

Traditional plumbing and drainage systems have been made from castiron for over 150 years. With a highly distinctive appearance due to its texture, thickness, and the quality of each component, a cast iron aesthetic adds kerb appeal and value to any

project. However, it is also expensive to buy and time consuming to work with so an efficient and economical alternative has fast become the specification of choice for the whole supply chain. One of Northern Ireland’s most successful independent manufacturers, plumbing and drainage specialist Brett Martin offers a high performance rainwater system that provides a traditional aesthetic with all the benefits of modern plastic manufacture. The original cast iron style rainwater and soil system, Cascade, is affordable, easy to install, durable and low maintenance. By meeting the growing industry need for low cost, high quality products that deliver proven performance in

the long term, Cascade makes a cast iron case for plastic.

The modern classic

Established in 1958, Brett Martin remains on the company’s original site in Newtownabbey, County Antrim, operating from state-of-theart manufacturing facilities that now cover over 35 acres. From here Brett Martin innovates, designs and manufactures an ever-evolving range of underground drainage, soil and waste systems, rainwater goods and roofing products. Manufactured with modern plastic materials, Cascade offers a traditional appearance without the cast-iron price tag. Costing a fraction of the

“Manufactured with modern plastic materials, Cascade offers a traditional appearance without the castiron price tag.”

price to buy, install and maintain, Cascade can replace an aluminium or cast iron rainwater specification to deliver projects under budget, ahead of schedule and exceeding expectations. Heritage style gutter and pipework systems are incredibly appealing, but the cost of traditional materials can impact heavily on a project’s budget. Cascade helps to create a heritage aesthetic without compromising architectural integrity, enabling the contractor and client to enjoy savings in materials, labour and time. With significant additional weight, contractors must also be extra vigilant regarding health and safety and will require more time to lift and fix the system – leading to increased costs and potential delays in the installation process. Manufactured using lightweight plastic, Cascade makes installation at height safer, quicker and easier. The system features external fixing lugs which enable easy power tool access,

Brett Martin |17 further speeding up installation. All gutter fitting joints have integral seals and flexible retaining clips, allowing the gutter lengths to simply click into place. No extra-cost fixing kits or nuts and bolts are required to make gutter joints, as with most traditional systems. Also, the Cascade systems may be cut using standard tools and does not require sanding, priming and painting to protect it once installed.

A new school of design Staying ahead of the competition is a key element in the success of both Brett Martin and the company’s Cascade range. To ensure each rainwater system can be designed to meet every client’s demands, Brett Martin offers an expansive range of fittings far superior to its leading competitors, with a choice of gutter and downpipe profiles, period motifed hoppers and wall planters – putting the system in a league of its own. Available in domestic, high capacity rainwater systems and a complementary 110mm soil system, Cascade also offers several gutter profiles and downpipe styles which are suitable for new build and renovation projects. And to retain the authentic style, each element

of the system has been carefully designed to replicate original features, dimensions and detailing. In addition to Classic Black, it can be supplied in a choice of heritage colours including Oxford Blue, Olive Green, Graphite Grey, Sandstone and Porcelain White. Fully UV stabilised, the Cascade systems are protected with a 10 year colour warranty. Using a reputable manufacturer such as Brett Martin offers far more than the quality and versatility of the product itself. Leading suppliers and manufacturers do not just design systems to deliver optimum durability and safety standards – they provide superior technical support, detailed installation instructions and maintenance guidelines to ensure rainwater systems perform exactly as promised. When a traditional aesthetic is the requirement, a correctly designed and specified rainwater system can still meet the client’s demands whilst helping the merchant and contractors to maximise their profits. With a price tag in line with modern construction methods and a finish that blends the past with the present, Brett Martin’s Cascade Rainwater and Soil system should be the number one choice.



Professional Body for Project Managers Celebrates Record Achievements and 21 Years in NI Employment and learning Minister Stephen Farry (Centre) with Mike Browne and Alastair Adair of UUJ

The UK's largest professional body for project professionals, the Association for Project Management, (APM) celebrated a record-breaking year of achievement and marked the 21st anniversary of its Northern Ireland branch with a joint celebratory event at Ulster University recently to coincide with the 25th Anniversary of its MSc in Construction Business &

Project Management. At the event, Guest of Honour, Employment & Learning Minister Stephen Farry, congratulated APM and Ulster University on their strong, collaborative links and a joint commitment to the professional development of project managers which were contributing to the success of many and exciting projects around the province, such as the Greater Belfast Development, as well

Twelve new listed buildings in Belfast - Durkan The Department of Environment has designated twelve new listed buildings in Belfast bringing the current number in the city to 1,119. The new listings include the Martyr’s Memorial Free Presbyterian Church and McQuiston Presbyterian Church, the Rock Bar in West Belfast, the former Ligoniel public baths, the former Ligoniel Branch library and a number of cast iron boundary markers which mark the historic parliamentary boundaries of the city. Commenting on the latest listings, Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said: “The new additions reflect the diverse and rich heritage of Belfast. The old parliamentary boundary markers, for example, are significant reminders of the historic 1918 general election. Listing these additional buildings and landmarks will ensure important assets are preserved and protected as part of the city’s rich heritage. The listings will further enhance the tourist potential of Belfast as a great and historic city, a place of which all of its citizens can be rightly proud.”

as growing career opportunities for those within the profession: APM President, Tom Taylor, congratulated the NI branch committee on its achievements and highlighted the impact APM was having with employers and practitioners here. "APM's growing corporate membership base demonstrates the increasing recognition at a corporate level of the value of the project management

professional's skills-set and an increasing awareness by employers of the benefit of a more formalised and professional project management approach." "I am delighted to see high calibre, locally based companies, such as Allstate NI, who I visited earlier today, joining APM. In 2000 47% of firms who ran projects had a Project Management Office. By 2014 this figure had grown to 80% with each having on average eight staff members with Finance and IT now the two largest business sectors for project management recruits," remarked Tom Taylor.  The event was co-hosted by Provost and Pro Vice Chancellor (Development) Alastair Adair who showcased the £250M Greater Belfast Development as an exemplar of the transformative power of major projects. He commented, “The emerging campus on the skyline of the northern edge of the city centre heralds the architecture of the new Belfast.  As one of the largest and most exciting construction projects taking place in Northern Ireland, the Belfast Campus project is creating a transformational educational environment that will further enhance the social and economic vibrancy of the city and in particular its northern quarter for generations to come. The university is looking forward to the first phase of the new campus opening in 2015 with final completion in 2018.”

New Planning Offices opened New local planning offices opened this month that will cover the Antrim and Newtownabbey areas as well as Lisburn and Castlereagh. At present DOE Planning for the Antrim and Newtownabbey areas operates from County Hall, Ballymena. This month, planners from the DOE Area Planning Team relocated to Mossley Mill. From there they will work alongside future council colleagues while ensuring a normal planning service is maintained for the area covered by the new council. This marks another important step in the preparation for the transfer of planning to councils on 1 April 2015. Similarly, DOE Planning for the Lisburn and Castlereagh areas operated from Rathkeltair House, Downpatrick and Bedford House, Belfast. The Planning Team has now relocated to Lagan Valley Island, the headquarters building for Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council. Welcoming the move Minister Durkan said: “Planning reform is about bringing forward improvements to the planning system, improvements that will bring planning closer to the public and make it easier for the public to access and participate in the planning process. This is part of the wider local government reform programme which will ultimately deliver local councils which are more effective, more efficient and more responsive to the needs of their local business and community. "All eleven new councils need to be ready to assume their new responsibilities when planning functions are formally transferred to them in April.”


A unique, one day event for building professionals Friday 13th February 2015, King’s Hall Pavilions, Belfast:  10.00 – 16.00

As the construction industry in Northern Ireland gets up off its knees, where will you be…. out in front, or trailing somewhere behind? Innovation In Building is a one day event aimed at all construction industry professionals from architects, designers, quantity surveyors and engineers to developers. The ‘hands on’ approach is designed to give you the ideas, tools and products you need to make your business progress, prosper and be fit for the construction industry of the future. Taking place in the King’s Hall on Friday, 13th February, there will be a full day of talks and workshops in our Innovation Theatre. The event will cover three main topics, BIM, Retrofit & Renewables. Our BIM talks will touch on all aspects of Building Information Modelling - an incredibly helpful organisational tool for building now and in the future. Known in the trade as ‘BIM’, it takes the place of the current two-dimensional drawings such as plans, elevations, sections, etc. and extends this beyond 3-D (width, height and depth), with ‘time’ as the fourth dimension and ‘cost’ as the fifth. It therefore covers much more than just geometry. The scope includes spatial relationships, light analysis, geographic information and quantities and properties of building components. For example, including the manufacturer’s details. Speakers include Gordon Chisholm, The BIM Collective

Research Group, Dept. of Architecture, W.I.T. who will deliver ‘BIM Explained’ and David Gawley BIM Consultancy Director at Pentagon Solutions, who will talk about ‘BIM in Action’. The ‘Retrofitting for improved energy performance’ talk will be illustrated with numerous case studies by Art McCormack of MosArt and the Passive House Academy. The next talk is ‘Renewables - the myths and the facts’. Exploding some myths with hard facts and comparing the economics of different systems by Simon McGuinness, Architect, DIT School of Architecture. Simon will also finish with an unusual semi-detached retrofit case study. Innovation In Building will run within the biggest construction event in Ireland - the SelfBuild & Improve Your Home Show 13-15 February, Kings Hall Pavilions. For further information Email discover@ or telephone 028 9751 0570.


Schueco announces new excellence awards for 2015 Leading sustainable building envelope specialist Schueco UK has announced that, in conjunction with RIBA Journal, it is again running the Schueco Excellence Awards for Design and Innovation. The 2015 Awards will be presented at a special lunchtime event to be held in June at the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea and the winning and commended entries will be published in a special supplement accompanying the July issue of RIBA Journal. Launched in 2014 to celebrate the very best in UK building design, the Schueco Excellence Awards have nine separate categories covering more or less every sector of the industry. The only stipulation for entry is that the building submitted should include at least one Schueco system. The panel of judges for 2015, which will be chaired by RIBA Journal editor, Hugh Pearman, includes Paul Monaghan, director, AHMM; Mary Duggan, director, Duggan Morris Architects; and Bob Allies, partner, Allies and Morrison. The judges will be looking for entries that demonstrate how creativity, innovation and build-team collaboration using Schueco systems have delivered exemplar design and exceptional product solutions to realise original concepts. Once again, the categories for the Awards will be: education building; health building; commercial building; small project; individual home; residential development; sustainability; steel projects; and specialist contractor. There will also be a Schueco Special Merit Award for Overall Excellence. A pdf of the Awards supplement which will contain all the shortlisted entries will be available to download from the Schueco UK website, giving finalists an excellent opportunity to showcase their expertise directly to some of the most influential people in the industry.

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Patrick Bradley’s Grand Design

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Maghera architect Patrick Bradley designed and built this fabulous modern home using four shipping containers. The build was featured as one of the projects on Channel 4’s Grand Designs programme with Patrick receiving much acclaim from presenter Kevin McCloud and right across the UK for his revolutionary and unique construction which is both environmentally conscious and beautiful...

Grillagh Water House by Patrick Bradley

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Keeping the KOOL out with Kingspan


atrick Bradley’s bespoke home is a perfect example of modern architecture working seamlessly to create a structure that is functional, environmentally friendly and stunning to look at. When Patrick approached Kingspan Insulation about supplying insulation for this state of the art property in Maghera, County Derry, they were delighted to be a part of the project. This unique piece of architecture designed from none other than giant shipping containers had to be insulated and there were several ways to do this. Like any project there were specific U-Values that were required to meet building control standards and regulations. Patrick was also working to a very

tight timeframe which he made Kingspan aware of. Through liaisons with Kingspan Insulation’s Customer Service team and External Sales Representatives Patrick worked out the best plan for the project in regard to insulation. “At Kingspan Insulation we offer a next day delivery direct to site by rigid or articulated lorry depending on the customers’ needs and site accessibility, or you can choose to collect the product from a local merchant. For this project Patrick found it more convenient to have the Insulation delivered directly to site,” Kingspan told Specify. Patrick used Kingspan Insulation’s Kooltherm K3 product in the floor construction of the project, for its premium performance and ability to achieve low U-values with minimal build-up. Kooltherm K3 floor

insulation is a premium performance rigid thermoset insulation with thermal conductivities as low as 0.020w/m.K. It has a Class 0 fire rating, is unaffected by air infiltration, resistant to the passage of water vapour, easy to handle and install and is ideal for new build and refurbishment. “At Kingspan, manufacturing excellence, first class customer service and unrivalled expertise are what we work to; our products are fully certified and we have unrivalled manufacturing history. Our Technical Team are on hand to answer questions both product and project related. Our Customer Service Team are here to offer advice and to help get the product you need to you when and where you need it. Our Sales Representatives are available to visit a customer’s site to offer

advice on installation and troubleshoot any issues that may arise. For Patrick’s project our Technical Sales Rep visited his site on a number of occasions to make sure everything was going to plan and that all products were delivered on schedule to site.” To make the process even more accessible to their customers Kingspan Insulation have launched their new online shop Kingspan Store is unique to this industry and provides a quick and convenient way to purchase insulation 24/7. This new on-line service allows customers to pick their product by quantity of boards or by square metre, and then order it online choosing their own delivery method. Customers can chat live with a member of the customer services team within office hours or they can request a call back when outside of business hours.

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The Shipping Forecast from AD Surveyors


D Group was commissioned by Patrick Bradley of PB Architects to provide full Quantity Surveying services including cost control, tendering, project managing and cost management for his innovative house project, constructed from steel shipping containers. The project commenced on-site in June 2014, but their role as project Quantity Surveyors and Cost Managers started long before this.

Extensive Cost Planning was undertaken by AD Group due to the nature of the project and the tight budget, and costings were tightly adhered to. This meant that Patrick’s pioneering Grand Designs Project actually came in under budget and on time, one of the only Grand Designs Projects to achieve this. Initially, AD Group had several meetings with the client, who was also the project architect, to discuss initial designs and overall budgets. Because of the strict budget of £100,000 to be adhered to, AD provided the client with different options of materials to use, whilst

ensuring the design remained as stunning as possible. Upon agreeing on the final design, specification and costs of the project, Damian Walls of AD Group then drew up a tender package which was tendered out to several local contractors. The tenderers came back and were at the figures AD had forecast so they were able to get the contractor on-site and started quite quickly. Unfortunately, at the beginning of the project, budgets were under strain. Rock was discovered which had to be broken out to allow the pad foundations to be placed; this had been unforeseen. As a result of this extra expenditure on the substructures, AD had to see if they could find any savings which they could offset against the extra cost of excavating the rock, which they duly did. Thankfully they were able to do this without compromising the design of the project. Throughout the project AD Group provided the client with up to date financial statements for the project, ensuring it was on budget. This really eradicated any stress from the client as he didn’t have to worry about the cost of the project escalating. This in turn led to the final account with the contractor being settled very quickly

as everyone was fully aware of all costs and any variations which had occurred throughout the project. This ultra-modern home, designed from four recycled shipping containers, exemplifies how everyday materials can be elevated and celebrated for their simplicity and beauty. Part of the success of this project lies in the fact that, despite being a radically modern design which should contrast with the traditional, conservative surrounding areas, the breathtakingly bold views of Bradley’s design blend in extremely well with the local environment. Since the project was completed and aired on Channel 4’s Grand Designs television show AD Group have been awarded Quantity Surveying/ Cost Management roles for various similar projects across the UK, with a high number of projects in the greater London area. These other projects are live on site and all are currently within budget and on

programme. “We see this as a result of our successful work on the container home project,” said Damian Walls, MD of AD Group. “Another factor we feel which attributed to this new work is that although we are Quantity Surveyors/ Cost Consultants, we are keen to be involved in projects which are innovative in their design. As a result of this increased workload, we have recently opened an office in London, which adds to our already established offices in Magherafelt and Cookstown in Northern Ireland.” In addition to being a fully chartered quantity surveying company, AD Group can also provide ISO Certification services and Environmental/Energy services for all commercial and residential sectors. Also, as Chartered Surveyors, they offer expert services in construction procurement, management and construction cost services from their main office in Northern Ireland.

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AD Group provides over 25 years experience in all aspects of property and construction across a vast range of sectors, but our core expertise is Quantity Surveying/ Construction Cost Management.

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360 surveys are pleased to be associated with Grillagh Water Topographical Surveys Building Surveys River Surveys 3D Surveys Boundary Surveys Confined Space Surveys GPR Scanning Monitoring Setting Out

Cost Modelling and Cost Planning; Procurement and Contractual Advice; Tender Documentation; Post Contract Cost Control and Reporting; Final Account Negotiation; Project Management; Contract Administration

“We are pleased to have been appointed Project Managers and Cost Consultants for Patrick Bradley’s scheme. It was a roaring success, and came in on time and within budget. We look forward to working on many similar schemes in the future.” E: • T: 0044 28 7963 4734 • W:

360 Surveys Ltd, 10 Charlestown Avenue, Portadown, Co. Armagh, BT63 5ZF 028 3833 9820

Cookstown Office: Cookstown Enterprise Centre Sandholes Road Cookstown BT80 9LU

Magherafelt Office: Head Office 21 King Street Magherafelt, BT45 6AR

London Office: Clutha House 10 Storey’s Gate London SW1P 3AY

C & B McErlean Limited is a family run business located in South Derry. With more than 25 years experience in all types of drainage and earthmoving works, they are recognised as one of the leading drainage contractors throughout NI. For the past number of years this firm has been proud to work extensively with DARD Rivers Agency with the result that great experience has been achieved in :-

Stabilisation and reforming of river banks Stone revetment Groynes and Spawning Beds Watercourse clearing Removal of trees, bushes shrubs hedges etc Mulching Fencing

C & B McErlean Limited also carry out extensive land drainage projects for private individuals and have a great rapport with the agricultural industry in this area. Bulk excavation, site clearance, foundations and drainage for private dwellings also feature in their portfolio.

We are very pleased to have worked on the project Contact us on the above numbers or email: for a consultation. 10 Downings Road, Portglenone, Co Antrim, BT44 8PA V.A.T. No. 331 960466

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Thinking outside the box I

n partnership with The Expanded Metal Company, Ridgeway have helped to pioneer the design, development and use of expanded metal mesh as architectural cladding. Available in a wide variety of base metals , material finishes and aperture sizes, Expanded Metal Cladding is available in panel widths up to 1.5m wide , with lengths up to 4m long if

required. Ridgeway offer a bespoke cutting and folding service as well as radial panels to satisfy all project requirements Expanded Metal Cladding offers both architects and specifiers a competitively priced alternative to more traditional options without sacrificing on aesthetics. Its weld-free, three dimensional construction and high strength to weight ratio make it suitable for a wide variety of construction applications, such balustrades

& handrails , acoustic and solar screening , suspended ceiling tiles and illuminated facades. We have a knowledgeable and dedicated Sales team at Ridgeway to advise you on your project requirements , with a wide range of samples or a CPD presentation available upon request to assist with material selection To find out more on how expanded metal can enhance your project, please contact us on: 02890 454599 or

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Roofing and Cladding Feature Specify looks at the latest developments, updates, products and services from the roofing, cladding and timber industries...

NFRC unveils updated GRO Code for green roofing


upported by The National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) - the UK’s largest roofing trade association – the Green Roof Organisation (GRO) has unveiled a new and updated GRO Code for green roofing.

The revised code is designed to provide assistance for anyone who is involved in the design, specification, installation or maintenance of a green roof. First published in 2011, the GRO Code is intended to be a code of best practice and to serve as a guide for behaviour and standards relating to all matters in green roofing.

This latest update contains more detailed information on meeting the requirements of the London Plan Policy, together with added guidance on substrate installation and waterproofing. The revised GRO Code reflects the growing movement by councils and local authorities throughout the UK, that now expect green roofs to be designed for new developments, where feasible. Regarding green roof substrate installation, the Code provides guidance on the size of substrate sacks required for certain projects and states that they should be disposed of once the substrate has been discharged at roof level. The method choice of lifting substrate up

to the roof level, and its subsequent dispersion of it across the roof, has significant access, budgetary and scheduling implications and is subject to the size of project. Substrate should be applied to the required depth (including the appropriate settlement volume) using grading bars. Depth checking should be undertaken throughout the installation. Once the green roof is installed it should be saturated to capacity using suitable temporary irrigation equipment prior to on-going temporary irrigation depending on time of year. When it comes to waterproofing, the revised Code now states that in all applications the primary waterproofing layer is critical to the

successful performance of the roof as a whole, therefore its function and performance characteristics, and its suitability for use within a green roof system must be assured. At a minimum the specified waterproofing system should be certified to FLL Guidelines against root resistance and/or be covered by British Board of Agrément (BBA) Certification for green roof applications. A wide range of waterproofing options fall within these requirements including reinforced bitumen systems, hot melt monolithic systems, single ply systems, liquid applied systems and standing seam aluminium systems. Guidance is also provided on waterproofing inspections.

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Alumasc Waterproofing & Green Roof Success At Buchanan Street


85-221 Buchanan Street in Glasgow is a new £70m mixed development comprising 11,400m2 of retail space and 49 residential units. Owned by Land Securities, the development features a large rooftop garden which required a robust waterproofing solution.

BDP Architects specified both Alumasc’s Hydrotech hot melt structural waterproofing system and green roof on the scheme due to the benefits offered by a single-source solution and, of course, the quality of the products. One challenge on the project related to the architect’s intricate roof detailing, which meant a close working relationship with Alumasc’s

technical team was developed from the outset. As a hot-melt system, and due to its versatility, Hydrotech was ideally suited to accommodating this and was perfect for use under the green roof. Alumasc’s green roof system addressed the need for a suitable growing medium to be supplied that could be deposited onto the 5-storey building’s roof in large volumes.  This was required as a result of the development being in a busy city-centre location.  These issues were overcome and the intensive green roof garden was installed in an efficient manner.  In total, over 4,000m2 of Hydrotech and 2,000m2 of green roofing, was installed. Commenting on the project, Kath MacTaggart, landscape architect at BDP, said: “As with any roof garden project, the challenge is in the detailing of all interfaces and logistics to ensure that a system is watertight.  We used Hydrotech at Buchanan Street as it was part of the proprietary Alumasc green roofing system and therefore had the benefits of a fully guaranteed

system. To date, we are very happy with the results.” Area Manager for Scotland at Alumasc Roofing, John Kelly, adds:  “It was great to be involved with such a celebrated development in this major area of Glasgow.  The Hydrotech system will ensure the integrity of the roof for many years to come, whilst the green roofing provides an attractive outdoor space for residents to enjoy.”  Hydrotech is a BBA approved, fully warranted waterproofing system, designed to last the lifetime of the structure it is applied to.  It has European Technical Approval and is FM Approved.  Alumasc green roof systems, under the Blackdown brand, are available in Intensive, Biodiverse and Extensive application categories with a wide range of planting options.  The Buchanan Street roof garden joins a long line of prestigious developments that have benefitted from the quality and expertise offered by Alumasc Roofing systems.

Sterling OSB – perfect as a roofing panel Sterling OSB (oriented strand board) is perfect for roofing projects. Increasingly, builders are substituting plywood for Sterling OSB; it’s more cost-effective, environmentally-efficient and highly versatile with many variations depending on the application. Tough, consistent and great value, Sterling Roofdek (pictured) is a sanded, tongued and grooved board designed specifically for flat roof decking and pitched roof applications. The sanded surface enables excellent adhesion for glues, self-adhesive felts and bitumen and, with the T&G profile of the board preventing the boards moving, the felts will last longer. SterlingOSB is a multi-layered

timber product but one which is very different from plywood. Instead of being made from alternate sheets of veneer placed at 90 degrees to each other, it is made from layering strands of wood in specific orientations and then bonding the layers with a resin. Norbord, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of engineered wood-based panels, now produces eight types of Sterling OSB – SterlingOSB2, Sterling OSB3, SterlingOSB T&G, SterlingOSB – Conti, SterlingOSB Roofdek, SterlingOSB Sitecoat and a range of three new SterlingOSB fire solutions. Each has been developed for specific applications. Each panel is made from forest thinnings that are the by-product

when small diameter timber is felled; this give better quality trees space to reach maturity. Being produced in the UK from local, sustainable, FSC-accredited timber

and produced to the criteria of the environmental standard ISO 14401, SterlingOSB can be employed with confidence when environmental credentials are demanded.

Thinking of U, too? The use of the new specialist brackets systems from Swiss Facades can add value to any type of insulation and greatly improve the overall U-Value requirements for renovation and new build structures.


he revision of Part L in building regulations last April focused on the building envelope as it’s one of the main causes of CO2 emissions in buildings. These changes are steps in the government’s aim for zero carbon homes, and the introduction of the Target Fabric

Energy Efficiency (TFEE) strengthens the U-Value requirements needed to meet these targets. As most of the heat is lost thought the fabric of the building, improving the thermal performance is seen as key to reaching the challenging emissions targets.

The lower the U-value is, the better the material is as a heat insulator, but it’s not just about the amount of insulation you install, it’s how it interconnects with other building fabric and that the effect of cold-bridging can reduce the effectiveness of any insulation. Therefore it¹s critical that the build-up and

BWM ATK 100 ZeLa

thermal bridging between components is calculated achieving the U-Value required.   “At Swiss Facades we are able to provide the latest innovative technology from BWM to offer clients solutions to overcome these problems,” says Ann Hurl of Swiss Facades.  “What makes these bracket systems advantageous over other systems is how they are designed with the intent of reducing U-Values in conjunction with insulation.” For example, the Zela bracket system is thermally broken in two places (the

couplings). An example from a recent project calculation of a solid concrete wall showed that 120mm of insulation with Zela bracket achieved a U-value 0.18 W/m2K. The application of the ATK-601.can be erected in either a new or existing (renovation/refurbishment). This product has prove a very successful when overcladding particularly if the outer skin is very thin or has a weak structure (for example metal or brickwork). This system gives optimum performances as there is only one fixing

point with a stainless steel anchor meaning less penetrations, and less cross-sectional area of the brackets into the building reducing air leakage and producing low U-Values. Anne Hurl of Swiss Facades has explained that there is great interest in these new products owing to the demand for lower U-Values and as part of the service Swiss Facades are able to assist in technical detail for U-values calculations and supporting framework for all types of cladding.

Swiss Facades Ltd Tel NI: 0044 28 7930 1548 Mob NI: 0044 7554 056930

Tel ROI: 00353 016877146 Mob ROI: 00353 87 3929559

Email: Website:

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Kingspan’s SafePro2 System on Standing Seam Roof

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“....when we were considering the appointment for the specialised roof fall protection works for the NDFA school projects, we had to consider the technical expertise and ability of the sub-contractor as well as the value they offered for the system they proposed. ProNet’s proposal for a complete KingSpan SafePro2 system on all 11 of the schools currently under construction by JJ Rhatigans, checked all the boxes. To date there are five schools where ProNet have installed SafePro2 with another 6 in the pipeline over the next two months. We are looking forward to building on our relationship with ProNet in other projects in the future...” Brian Conneely from JJ Rhatigan Ltd said...

he recent death of a worker falling from a roof on an agricultural building project in Mid-Ulster is a timely reminder of the risks involved in the construction industry.

There have been significant reductions in the numbers and rates of injury over the last 20 years or more, nevertheless, construction remains a high risk industry. Although

construction accounts for only about 5% of all employees it accounts for 31% of fatal injuries to employees and 10% of reported major/specified injuries. In the year 2013/14, there were 45 fatalities on construction sites in the UK and almost half of those deaths were fall from heights. This statistic underlines the importance of taking proper safety precautions when working at height and ProNet are amongst the best and the most

Personal fall arrest systems for PV panel maintenance

ProNet |35 “Saliis Renewables NI Ireland largest renewables company has recently won a major project with a worldwide recognised manufacturing company. The 3.7 MW ( approx 14,000 panels ) roof top solar array is underway. Saliis Renewables have employed Pro Net to supply and install 1.2 Km of an approved hand rail system for the roof edge perimeter . Pro-net was chosen for this project as they demonstrated they had the scale and expertise for such a large project. This installation will be within the top 5 largest roof tops in the UK and solely the largest in Ireland (More information in the next edition)”

ProNet: The only way is up: How was trading in 2014? Turnover almost doubled

What were the highlights/low points of the past year for you? I don’t believe we had any low points, the biggest highlights doubling the turnover lol, and also finally being recognised as a credible Fall arrest installers. We found a new Contracts Manager, Paul Linton, in early April of 2014 and have been very pleased with the way he has developed the business and built new relationships with some very big names in the industry.

Were there any significant developments for your business over the past year? Being appointed as approved installers by Kingspan. This has really opened doors for us, the Kingspan systems are among the best available, being able to offer such a product gives us a great advantage.

Were there any particular challenges and how did you overcome them?

Solar PV system on Argyle Business Centre

ISO 9001 was harder than we expected .We have a good consultant on board helping us through it

Roof safety demarcation systems

experienced in the construction industry, working with the top companies in Ireland. One such customer is KingSpan and John Hynes from the company paid tribute to the services of ProNet. “We at Kingspan Insulated Panels are the leading manufacturer of roof and wall cladding systems and have many years’ experience with personal fall protection systems being fitted to our products,” said John. “There are many such systems on the market and unfortunately many of them are of low quality and certainly have not been tested when fixed to the current specification of Kingspan panels. To counter this problem, Kingspan now approve a range of systems which have been tested on our current panels. This range includes the Safepro2 system,

which is a technically advanced energy absorbing system and provides protection to both the workers and to our panels. “When considering which Fall Protection systems to use, the product itself is only one part of the equation, each system must be designed and installed by competent persons. For Ireland, Kingspan have been working with ProNet Safety Services, who are approved by us for the installation of Fall Protection systems. ProNet have long experience in this specialist industry and offer the right product, with the correct design and installation service and support,” continued John. “Kingspan offer market-leading guarantees on our panels and the level of guarantee we are able to provide will not be affected if an approved Fall Protection system and installer, such as ProNet, are used,” he concluded.

Free Standing, counterweighted guardrail systems

What do you feel are the prospects for your business in 2015? Customers starting to recognise our skills within the fall arrest sector. All Pauls hard work starting to pay off. Results starting to come in and the order book is filling steadily. We started on a large project with JJ Rhatigans in the Republic of Ireland last year with Kingspan,s SafePro2 system going onto several new schools. This project will continue into 2015 with ProNet installing systems on more schools as they are built.

Have you any plans for development of your business in 2015? We feel that Fall arrest is going to expand further again in 2015. This year we will be concentrating on putting systems in place to ensure the smooth running of this growing sector. One major growth in the industry is the need for fall protection for both the installation and maintenance of large solar photovoltaic (PV) renewable energy projects. We have already secured contracts for all Coleraine Borough Council renewable energy project sites and then in Belfast, we are in the progress of installing 1.2 kilometres of free standing guardrail on the biggest renewables project in Britain at the moment.

Are there any barriers to the successful further development of your business, how do you think these could be removed and do you feel the sector in which you operate needs outside support We have already had support from Invest Ni which was hugely beneficial to the development of this new sector.



Lisney commercial property report

• The majority of office lettings in 2014 are private sector, which is a reversal of previous years. Only 13% of the deals originated from the public sector.

Property Investments Volumes in Northern Ireland 2012 £75 million 2013 £175 million 2014 £400 million • There has been an influx of new investors such as M&G, Marathon Asset Management, F&C Reit • Competitive bidding by investors has resulted in the erosion of the traditional yield gap to a point where prime properties in Northern Ireland are trading on a par to similar assets in the UK. • However purchasers of the loan books in 2014 are likely to be the key sellers in 2015. This will be welcomed as demand is far outstripping supply.



Confidence Returns as Vacancy Rates Fall buildings are constructed • There is a resurgence of interest in development sites which have seen little interest since 2007 – we expect new construction will commence in the next 12-18 months.


he 2014 Northern Ireland Commercial Property Report has revealed that retail vacancy rates across towns and cities have fallen to 17.7% in 2014 from 19.1% the previous year. The report, published recently by leading commercial property agents Lisney, is the most comprehensive and longest established study of the commercial property market in Northern Ireland across investments, retail, office and industrial sectors.

Headline results indicate: • A continuing lack of Grade A office availability in Belfast • Retail vacancy rates still lag behind the rest of the UK • Competitive bidding returns to a busy investment market • Industrial vacancy rates fall but a lack of larger building is evident Declan Flynn, Managing Director of Lisney Northern Ireland which specialises in office, retail, leisure and industrial property acquisition, disposal and investment, commented: “This is the fourth year of our Northern Ireland Commercial Property Report which is widely regarded as the true barometer of the sector in Northern Ireland.

“This year’s findings highlight a return of confidence across all sectors, with retail vacancy rates falling, investments in 2014 five times the transaction values of 2012 and strong demand for office accommodation likely to witness rents rise in 2015. “The long awaited rates re-valuation will see retail vacancies drop further and the availability of new finance and in many cases new capital will see construction rise significantly. “Whilst there are issues around the lack of Grade A, the optimism in the market is evident and this will fuel growth across all sectors in 2015.” The principal findings of Lisney’s 2014 Northern Ireland Commercial Property Report highlight:

Office • Grade A office availability is 265,500 sq.ft, up from 251,000 sq. ft in 2013 due to the inclusion of City Quays and space released when Government departments moved to Lanyon Place. • This lack of Grade A availability will continue throughout 2015 due to few new developments entering the market, as such Grade A rents will increase further. • If we want to attract more international companies and high level jobs it is imperative that new

not take into account the various loan sales throughout the year. One of the primary drivers is increasing confidence in the retail and office sectors.

• Retail vacancy levels in Northern have decreased from 19.1% in 2013 to 17.7% in 2014, this follows a detailed study of 17 towns and cities across Northern Ireland. • While a 1.4% reduction is good news for retailers, landlords and consumers, Northern Ireland is still lagging behind the rest of the UK. Average UK Vacancy Rates UK 10.3% Wales 14.2% Scotland 9.1% • Prime retail vacancy rates are holding steady at 17.1% vacancy with improvement being held back due to prohibitive business rates. The imminent rates re-evalution should be the catalyst for significant improvement throughout 2015. • The impact of continued activity in the shopping centre investment market will see new owners invest in redevelopment to attract anchor tenants breathing life into centres which have not seen capital investments in many years. • In town secondary locations (areas outside the main streets in each location) have seen the biggest improvement with vacancies falling from 22.1% in 2013 to 18.8% in 2014. This is due to start-up or popup retail businesses taking advantage of a low cost base and landlord incentives.

Investment • Direct Property investment volumes in Northern Ireland totalled £400 million in 2014 a 77% increase on the previous year. This figure does

• For the third year vacancy rates have decreased and now stand at 12% compared to 13 %in 2013 and 16% in 2012. This is lower than the current average in Dublin of 20% but the UK average is 9.7%. • Inward investment and expansion of local companies remains limited due to the shortage of larger buildings. • New entrants have included Screwfix which has had an aggressive acquisition strategy with 18 locations targeted • Other notable deals include the sale of Massereene Barracks in Antrim to Randox. • Corporation Tax will be a game changer for the Industrial sector especially stimulating demand and inward investment. Declan Flynn, managing director, continued: “The outlook for 2015 across all sectors remains strong with confidence returning and the rates revaluation set to drive the retail sector further and drive vacancies rates down. “The lack of Grade A office is still a concern but we do expect rents to increase in 2015 as the market continues its recovery. “This increasing confidence in retail and office sectors will sustain an appetite from investors. “By the end of 2015 we expect the cranes to have re-appeared on Belfast’s skyline as construction on development sites begins which will be welcomed by many sectors of the economy across Northern Ireland.”



‘Building outside the Box’ CITB NI help teachers see a different side of the construction industry. Over 30 teachers and representatives from the education sector attended an interactive workshop at Mount Stewart House, Newtownards showcasing the fact that a career in construction is more than bricks and mortar. ‘Building outside the Box’ was hosted by CITB NI in partnership with STEMNET to help break stereotypical views of construction careers. Key industry speakers highlighted construction careers in sustainable building methods, the film industry and built heritage sectors followed by a tour of the £7m restoration project at Mount Stewart. Barry Neilson, Chief Executive, CITB NI said, “Most people are surprised when they learn about the wide range of roles in construction. They think about carpenters and bricklayers but today’s industry is much bigger than that. Over recent years Northern Ireland has seen

some innovative construction projects come to life such as Titanic Signature Building and the Causeway Visitors Centre and the emerging Northern Ireland Film Industry creates a need for a range of construction occupations to work on film sets. “By bringing together key personnel from the education sector we are helping to inform careers advice and break down the current stereotypes that exist. It is poignant that our setting for this event is the National Trust property Mount Stewart House where a large team of experts including specialist engineers, conservation architects, quantity surveyors and joiners are restoring the building to its natural 20th century glory. “There is no doubt that the industry has been hit hard over recent years with the economic downturn but the future for construction is looking brighter

Building outside the box, William McMullan CITB NI, Joe Heaney National Trust and Una O’Kane Northern Regional College at the teachers networking event in Mount Stewart. Gayle Beckett, CITB NI, Denis Mahon St Marys Belfast, David McClimmond National Trust, William McMullan, CITB NI and Una O’Kane Northern Regional College.

and 1,490 jobs are expected to be created every year for the next five years in Northern Ireland thanks to a 2.2% growth in the sector. There are various methods of entry to gaining employment within the construction

industry from apprenticeships to graduates, whatever method of entry you decide upon there are always career opportunities available and great potential prospects to diversify within the industry. ”

Local branch of builders’ supplier supports charity outlet Murdock Builder’s Merchants in Lisburn have diverted more than £1,000 worth of unwanted materials from landfill by donating to Habitat ReStore. The builders’ supplier donated items including internal doors, concrete flags and installation boards, which were end of line or slightly damaged. The donation also included a Christmas gift for £250 worth of new items such as nails and saws. Habitat ReStore is the low-cost DIY store which sells donated new and used building supplies and home improvement materials to the public at 50 to 70% of the normal retail price. As well as raising funds for Habitat for Humanity’s work around the world, the store enables local low-income families to improve their homes for less while diverting tons of reusable waste from landfill. Martin Small, Murdock Lisburn Branch Manager said: “We are delighted to strike up a relationship with Habitat and hope that we can continue to grow this Niall McConkey, Habitat ReStore manager, receives donated items from Martin Small, Murdock Lisburn Branch Manager over the next number of years.” Habitat for Humanity’s first ReStore in Europe is at Riverside Centre, Lisburn. The range of products on offer includes kitchens, bathrooms, furniture, bricks, paving, insulation, electrical goods, office furniture, and even the nuts and bolts to hold it all together. Dianne Whyte, Corporate Relations Manager at Habitat for Humanity NI said: “We are delighted to partner with Murdock Builder’s Merchants in Lisburn. By working together we are having a positive impact on the environment by diverting materials from landfill. At the same time, we’re serving the local community by enabling low income families to improve their homes for less. It is a win-win situation for everyone! “During 2015 Habitat NI turns 21. We’re thrilled to start our birthday year with this terrific partnership. At Habitat ReStore we are keen to develop strong partnerships with local businesses to ensure we have a constant stream of quality stock for our customers. We are hopeful that we will build on this success with Murdocks, and other companies, throughout the year,” Ms Whyte said.


News in Brief... Proving claims made at prequalification In recent years some Government Construction Clients in Northern Ireland have not been requesting evidence to support key claims of past experience provided at the prequalification stage of the procurement process. CEF has been calling for an agreed policy to address this shortcoming. We have called for a process which ensures that no contractor can gain an advantage by relying on false claims of past experience but also one which does not create a bureaucratic burden on tenderers. The Government Construction Clients Group has now agreed a policy that will focus on requesting evidence of claims made at prequalification from the preferred bidder only. Future Prequalification Questionnaires will include a standard form of wording to reflect this new approach. For full details of the ‘Verification of experience provided by firms during the procurement process’ visit the CEF website www.cefni.

Environment Agency Updated Position Statement The Construction Employers Federation (CEF) met with the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) on 25 November 2014 to discuss a range of regulatory issues. One matter discussed was the NIEA’s development of a Regulatory Position Statement on Low Risk Construction Activities which is designed to reduce the administrative burden on construction companies. This position statement has now been published and is available in the Position Statements section of the NIEA website

Construction Output Flat


he Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) published the latest edition of the Northern Ireland Construction Bulletin in January 2015. The bulletin provides the official estimates of construction output carried out in Northern Ireland for Q3 2014. It excludes work carried out by Northern Irish construction firms in other parts of the UK or elsewhere.  The bulletin shows that the total volume of construction output in Northern Ireland in the third quarter of 2014 decreased by 0.7% compared to Q2 2014. Construction output has fallen by 3.9% year-on-year (Q3 2014 compared to Q3 2013). The overall trend in Construction Output carried out in Northern Ireland since 2007 has been downward however in the last three quarters the levels of construction output have been broadly similar.  In response to the release of the data, John Armstrong, Managing Director of the Construction Employers Federation (CEF) said, “The figures for the third quarter confirm our sense that there was no meaningful recovery in construction output on the ground in Northern Ireland in 2014. In the year ahead we expect to see an increase in housing output and private sector work. However, a major question remains over the level of public sector investment in infrastructure and public buildings in 2015/16. We are still analysing the final budget but on the face of it capital

investment will be significantly down on this year and maintenance spend will be reduced as well. The industry is concerned that this will further delay recovery in the sector and exacerbate Northern Ireland’s infrastructure deficit.”

Planning Reforms Just Around the Corner


he Construction Employers Federation (CEF) in association with Turley, its planning consultant partner, held the first of two free seminars in January 2015 to advise members on the major reform of the planning system due to be implemented from 1 April 2015. The first seminar focussed on Planning for Local and Major Developments. A wide range of attendees from across the construction industry received an overview of how the planning system will operate under the eleven new councils and more in-depth information on new legislative requirements. Further speakers gave a perspective on how similar reforms have operated in practice in Scotland and provided advice on dealing with councillors under the new Code of Conduct. The second seminar, “Planning for Regionally Significant Developments” is scheduled to take place on Thursday 26 February 2015. For further details on the free seminar and instructions on how to book your place visit the Turley website

Developer Contributions Put On Hold


he Department for Social Development (DSD) and the Department of the Environment (DOE) announced in November 2014 that the recent proposals to introduce developer contributions for affordable housing have been put on hold, pending further economic research into the matter and more dialogue with stakeholders. This is very welcome news and is the result of the intensive lobbying undertaken by CEF to persuade both Ministers that their proposals were unworkable and that the timing for the introduction of such a policy was wrong given the present state of the house building sector. Both DSD and DOE Ministers acknowledged that the feedback from the consultation exercise clearly pointed out that the economic circumstances were not right for the introduction of such a policy, and that more engagement with stakeholders will be needed to ensure the successful introduction of workable proposals for the delivery of more affordable housing in the future. CEF Managing Director, John Armstrong said, “This is an excellent result for the house building industry. The joint Ministerial statement should help to restore confidence to house builders and lending institutions that no proposals will be introduced without further meaningful research and prior consultation”. “The stated aim of the proposed developer contribution policy was to improve affordability and increase housing supply to meet need. This is an aim that CEF shares. The industry wants new housing to be affordable and wants to build sufficient new homes. We believe that by working in partnership with Government and other stakeholders the industry can achieve this aim.” For the full text of the Ministerial press release visit the Northern Ireland Executive website 

Changes to Holiday Pay Calculation


ruling by the Employment Appeal Tribunal in November 2014 called into question the standard practice by employers in the UK of calculating holiday pay in accordance with the Employment Rights Act 1996. The Tribunal’s ruling stated that holiday pay should be calculated on the basis of “normal remuneration” and that this should be given a wider definition than just basic pay. At that time it was expected that the ruling would be appealed. However, no appeal has been taken and the deadline for appeals has now

passed. Therefore, the Tribunal’s ruling on holiday pay stands and employers need to be aware of the implications of this ruling for their holiday pay calculations. To assist members in dealing with this complex issue the Construction Employers Federation (CEF), in conjunction with Carson McDowell LLP, has produced a briefing note and held a free seminar on holiday pay in early February 2015. For full details on the Holiday Pay Briefing Note visit the CEF website

Check Your Pensions Staging Date – It’s the Law


uto-enrolment is the requirement to enrol workers into a qualifying workplace pension scheme. Every employer is given a date set in law when their duties start – this is their ‘staging’

date. Many employers assume their staging date is based on the current number of employees rather than those recorded in April 2012 via their PAYE reference/s. Employers with 58 through to 30 employees at April 2012 will have staging dates over the period January to October 2015. Employers must check their staging date by entering their PAYE reference/s on The Pensions Regulator’s website The Pensions Regulator has sent letters to all businesses with dates coming up in the next 12 months. Employers should check their pensions obligations immediately and begin preparations as soon possible as The Pensions Regulator will impose fines for non-compliance.  Employers need to plan ahead to ensure: • a qualifying scheme is in place • employee data is correct • payroll systems can cope • employee communications are in place (statutory timescales apply)

We are here to help offering the following compliant pension schemes: Enhance Pension Scheme: Meets the auto-enrolment requirements and is available to all employees in the construction industry, including office based staff, enabling you to use one scheme for the entire workforce Workers Pension Trust: A basic workplace pension scheme designed to complement Enhance allowing employers to meet their auto-enrolment needs including any non-construction related areas of business For further information please contact the pensions team by telephone 028 9087 7153 or email


News in Brief...

Maximising the procurement clarification process


he Construction Employers Federation (CEF) has been in discussions with the Central Procurement Directorate (CPD) over the past year to establish a clear policy for how Government Construction Clients deal with tenderers’ concerns about a procurement process. The policy has now been agreed. The two key points of the policy are: 1.  Through the e-sourcing portal tenderers can raise any issues of concern, not just questions of clarification. 2.  Clients have stated that they may take account of the number of tenderers that raise a similar request, or issue of concern, when deciding how that request, or issue of concern should be addressed. As a result of this policy, the Construction Employers Federation (CEF) is advising all members involved in public procurement to maximise the use of the e-sourcing portal for the purpose of raising issues

Proposals for CDM to be replaced in Northern Ireland December 2014 The Health and Safety Executive of Northern Ireland (HSENI) launched the consultation on proposals to replace CDM in Northern Ireland. CDM is the common term for the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007. The proposed Regulations implement in Northern Ireland the requirements of an EU Directive on the implementation of minimum safety and health requirements at temporary or mobile construction sites. The main proposed changes are to: • make the Regulations easier to understand; • replace the CDM co-ordinator role with the principal designer; • replace the Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) with targeted guidance; • replace explicit competence requirements with a specific requirement for appropriate skills, knowledge, training and experience; • align notification requirements with the Directive and apply the Regulations to domestic clients in a proportionate way. Full details of the proposed Regulations are set out in the consultative document on the HSENI website www.hseni. The closing date for consultation responses to HSENI is noon on Monday 23 March 2015. CEF will be submitting a response and is calling on members to provide input. Please send all comments to Jonathan Caughey ( by Friday 27 February 2015.

of concern about individual procurements. For example, where one contractor has requested the removal of an unreasonable risk transfer and that request has been declined by the client, it is clear that the client may take a different approach to that issue if subsequently all other tenderers submit a similar request. CEF will be monitoring the effect of this policy in the coming months and will review it with members and CPD before the summer. For more information on the ‘Requests for further information relating to procurement’ policy visit the CEF website

Education & Library Boards Open Pre-Qualified List For Projects From £2m to £4m


he Education & Library Boards operate pre-qualified lists (PQLs) for calling off works projects through random selection for the following cost bands: Band A            up to £200k Band B            £201k to £750k Band C            £751k to £2m To become registered on the PQLs for these cost bands contractors have to pass a basic questionnaire on health & safety and give examples of previous similar work. These lists are opened for new applicants every three months via press advertising. A new Cost Band D has now been introduced and covers work between £2m and £4.3m (the current EU Threshold). Qualification for Cost Band D will be valid for two years and applications to join Cost Band D will be considered every 6 months. To be considered for Cost Band D contractors must possess a minimum relevant Constructionline Work Category value of £2m. All contractors who successfully apply for Cost Band D will only be eligible to be considered for work projects up to the value of their Constructionline Category value. We are advised that within the next 12 months there will be approximately 8 projects taken forward within this new Cost Band D. Further information is available via the e-sourcing project messaging portal (pqq_3311) and documentation is available for download.

Training and Events Programme February to June 2015 Month




Health and Safety (CSR courses)



Essential Health and Safety for Managers

12 & 19 Feb

2 days

How to Calculate Holiday Pay in 2015

3 Feb

2 hrs

Essential Health and Safety for Senior Executives

20 February

½ day

Get Ready for Changes to ISO14001

11 Feb

2 hrs

Essential Health and Safety for Managers Refresher

27 February

½ day

Staying on the Right Side of Competition Law

17 Feb

2 hrs

Essential Health and Safety for Senior Executives

20 March

½ day

A New Year Taxation and Financial Update

24 Feb

2 hrs

Essential Health and Safety for Managers Refresher

26 March

½ day

Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme Regulations

25 Feb

2 hrs

Essential Health and Safety for Managers Refresher

17 April

½ day

Planning Reform - Planning for Regionally Significant Developments

26 Feb

2 hrs

Essential Health and Safety for Senior Executives

April (TBC)

½ day

NVIR-O-CERT Continuous Improvement Event

26 Feb

½ day

Essential Health and Safety for Managers

24 April/ 1 May

2 days

Essential Health and Safety for Senior Executives

May (TBC)

½ day

Essential Health and Safety for Managers Refresher

22 May

½ day

Essential Health and Safety for Manager

5 & 12 June

2 days

Essential Health and Safety for Managers Refresher

26 June

½ day

Essential Health and Safety for Senior Executives

June (TBC)

½ day

March Winning PQQs Masterclass

3 March

½ day

Quality Submissions – Substance & Style

3 March

½ day

A Practical Guide to JCT Minor Works 2011

10 March

1 day

An Overview of NEC3 Compensation Events

11 March

2 hrs

An Estimators Introduction to NEC3

12 March

1 day

BIFM Level 4 Facilities Management (1 of 6 workshops)

13 March

1 day

2015 Budget What it means for construction

25 March

2 hrs

A Practical Guide to JCT Standard Building Contract 2011

16 April

1 day

CEF 70th Anniversary Annual Dinner

17 April

1 day

Construction Project Management

20 April

1 day

Improving Construction Site Productivity

21 April

1 day

CIPR Foundation Award Level 3 in Public Relations Programme (1 of 3 workshops)

22 April

1 day

Cross Border Tax Issues

29 April

2 hrs

Programming Under the NEC3 Contract

30 April

1 day

A Practical Guide to JCT Design & Build 2011

13 May

1 day

NEC3 Compensation Events Masterclass

20 May

1 day

An Estimators Introduction to the NEC3

20 May

1 day

Effective Risk Assessments and Method Statements

26 May

½ day

Spill Kit Training

2 June

2 hrs

NEC3 A Users Guide

24 June

1 day

Please visit our Events Calendar at for further information on forthcoming courses/seminars We would be pleased to discuss any other management or professional training requirements you might have. For further information phone 028 9087 7141 or e-mail:




CEF Responds to Proposed Changes to Social Clauses for Unemployed


he Construction Employers Federation (CEF) issued a response to the Central Procurement Directorate (CPD) on 22nd January regarding their recently published ‘Proposed changes to the requirements for contractors to provide opportunities for the unemployed in public sector contracts’. The proposals deal separately with existing contracts and future contracts. Most significantly CPD is proposing that for the next 12 months new Government construction contracts should contain a requirement to provide one full time paid employment opportunity for the long term unemployed for every £2m of contract labour value. For full details of the CEF response to the proposal visit the CEF website

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HSS Hire Group registers with the Considerate Constructors Scheme HSS Hire Group has become the first tool and equipment provider to register its depots with the uk Considerate Constructors Scheme, demonstrating their commitment to working to the very highest standards of best practice and to improving the image of construction. HSS Hire has registered an initial six depots with the Scheme. Historically, the Scheme has focussed on construction sites and construction companies but has widened its focus in recognition of the critical contribution made by those companies supplying goods and materials to construction sites across the UK. HSS has joined under this newly introduced ‘Supplier Registration’ initiative. All registered sites, companies and suppliers agree to abide by the Scheme’s Code of Considerate Practice which commits those registered to care about their appearance, respect the community,

protect the environment, secure everyone’s safety and value their workforce. HSS Hire is one of the largest providers of tool and equipment hire, related services, temporary power generation and powered access in the United Kingdom and has been operating across the UK for more than 50 years, primarily focusing on the business to business market as well as the more publicly known trade market. Commenting on HSS Hire’s registrations, Edward Hardy, Chief Executive of the Scheme said: “We’re absolutely delighted to welcome HSS Hire to the Scheme. Supplier Registration is an important step in our development as an organisation that is pushing for ever higher standards across the whole construction industry. HSS Hire provides a key service to the industry and their registrations demonstrate the importance that they place on working with the utmost care and consideration.”

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A&G’s Canterra® Flags bring high quality finish to public realm scheme


&G (Acheson & Glover) recently showcased its Canterra® flagstone range when 1,400m2 of the product was laid at a commercial project on footpaths around the Lewis Road Intersection in the popular tourist resort town of Killarney, Co Kerry. This vibrant town has year round visitors from all over the world and needs walking areas to be safe and easily maintained at all times.

Killarney Borough Council chose Canterra® as it is ideally suited for high profile commercial and public realm schemes. Canterra® can easily cope with large volumes of pedestrian traffic, thanks to its durability and non-slip properties. With the inclusion of granite chippings and a brushed semi-sheen appearance, Canterra® flags ensure a high quality finish for any setting. Manufactured using a unique ‘curling’ process, using diamond-tipped brushes, Canterra® has an exceptionally closed face and velvet-like feel. This makes the product easier to clean and maintain, when compared with traditional flags. Additionally, it’s unique embossed finish replicates natural stone, particularly Caithness Stone. The Canterra® flags were complemented by A&G’s square edged TerraKerb® and Bullnose Kerb Setts to give the project a first-class finish. John Donnellan, Regional Sales Manager for A&G said: “Canterra® has proved it’s credentials in a commercial environment at Lewis Intersection, Killarney and the chosen ‘Slate’ colour gives a professional finish to the scheme. “Thanks to the high quality granite materials used in face mix, Canterra® is one of the most durable paving products on the market and this makes it the No.1 choice for any public realm schemes.” Available in 40mm, 50mm and now 63mm depths and a range of mould sizes, Canterra® flagstones offers versatility to architects and designers. For more information visit or contact A&G on T: +44 (0)28 8952 1275 or Jim Fanning on M: +44 (0)7850 795575.

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Cranwood Cladding TYPES OF TIMBER CLADDING Timber cladding can be used in many forms to achieve a wide variety of pattern, texture and colour, ranging from the use of shingles or shakes through to unfinished panels. However, most timber cladding applications use timber boards laid horizontally, vertically or diagonally, with either flush or overlapping faces. When you add to this the range of board widths, surface finishes, profile faces, joint designs, a wide range of colours, combined with the texture and character of unfinished timber, then the versatility of timber cladding becomes very apparent. Cranwood Industries also supplies cedar shingles which provide an aesthetically pleasing look combined with superior insulation quality.


ranwood Industries is part of the Murdock Builder’s Merchants Group, which

is a multi-Branch building material and timber supplier in Northern Ireland and Dublin. They have been in business for over 30 years and their primary focus is customer service. Located on a purpose-built three acre factory site in Warrenpoint, Co Down, Cranwood Industries holds over 20 different species of hardwood in stock at any time and combines technical expertise with modern machining technology to provide a bespoke service in a wide range of species. They manufacture specialised custom moulded timber products in hardwood, softwood and MDF, specialist sheet materials, and External Pre-finished and Unfinished Cladding. Importantly, they provide their customers with a unique offering – a site-based and face to face advice and support service from start to finish on their project.


WHY CHOOSE TIMBER CLADDING? There is now a widespread use of timber cladding on both domestic construction as well as larger commercial projects. One of the main reasons for the appeal of timber in external cladding applications is a recognition of the environmental benefits of timber as a building material, as well as its pleasing aesthetic appearance.

With its own state of the art Tool Room, Cranwood Industries can offer an extensive bespoke service when it comes to choosing the profile for your timber cladding project. They cut their own irons on site and can offer profiles to suit horizontal, vertical and diagonal cladding. Notably, Cranwood also have designed and developed their own

timber cladding system which offers a ‘Hidden Nail’ timber cladding profile, secondary protection membrane and fixing solutions as a complete package which can be specified for projects.

PRE-FINISHING AND MAINTENANCE OF TIMBER CLADDING Timber cladding is often specified in its unprotected (uncoated) condition, normally with a view to keeping maintenance costs to a minimum. Whilst uncoated cladding can be used very successfully, clients should be aware that uncoated timber will weather more quickly than coated timber and that some fissuring and slight in-service movement of the boards should be expected. For more information on our products and services please visit

timber |45 “Timber cladding can be used in many forms to achieve a wide variety of pattern, texture and colour, ranging from the use of shingles or shakes through to unfinished panels.”

Banbridge Scarva Road Industrial Estate, Banbridge, Co. Down, BT32 2QG. Tel. 028 4062 8227

Dungannon 3 Granville Road, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, BT70 1NQ. Tel. 028 8772 2760

Belfast – Castlereagh 14 Orby Link, Belfast, Co. Antrim, BT5 5HW. Tel. 028 9521 0360

Newry Greenbank Industrial Estate, Rampart Road, Newry, Co. Down, BT34 2QU. Tel. 028 3026 7626

Balbriggan Unit 4, M1 Business Park, Balbriggan, Dublin. Tel. 00353 1690 4300

Belfast –Duncrue Duncrue Road, Belfast, Co. Antrim, BT3 9BP. Tel. 028 9074 4744

Newtownards 21 Jubilee Road, Newtownards, Co. Down, BT23 4YH. Tel. 028 9182 1222

Belfast – Kennedy Way 11 Kennedy Way, Belfast, Co. Antrim, BT11 9DT. Tel. 028 9060 5855

Lisburn 17a Ballinderry Road, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, BT28 2SA. Tel. 028 9264 6092

Murdock Roof Trusses Greenbank Industrial Estate, Rampart Road, Newry, Co. Down, BT34 2QU. Contact your nearest Murdock’s Branch.

Derry Skeoge Ind. Est., Beraghmore Rd., Skeoge, Galliagh, Derry, Co. Londonderry, BT48 8SE. Tel. 028 7135 4888

Cranwood Industries Milltown East Industrial Estate, Upper Dromore Road, Warrenpoint, Co. Down, BT34 3PN. Contact your nearest Murdock’s Branch.

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Cross Laminated Timber Construction Speed, strength and sustainability - the key benefits of cross laminated timber construction. But what does this actually mean in practice?


ccording to a survey by the Structural Timber Association, a staggering 74% of the UK’s contractors, developers, architects and registered providers revealed that they plan to

increase specifications of structural timber due to benefits such as thermal, acoustic and sustainability performance, together with speed of build. The key is in the strength to weight ratio of the engineered

timber - factory manufactured to exacting standards - CLT is an extremely stable solution which has little shrinkage or movement post construction. It has proven multistorey capability, up to nine floors in the UK and a structural capacity beyond this. Typical walls for five to six storey construction are often in the region of 100-140mm thick solid timber. The X-LAM Alliance has BOPAS accreditation which provides assurances to the lending community that their structures will deliver a consistent performance over a determined durability of 60 years. As designers, manufacturers and constructors involved in offsite manufactured systems, B & K Structures, the UK partner of the X-LAM Alliance, has been rigorously audited and approved to maintain the highest levels of quality assurance throughout the process - ensuring that their construction systems are permitted for integrity, durability and performance. This means that developers linked to BOPAS manufacturers and constructors have lending approvals-in-principle, and can proceed with housing projects with confidence and offer properties for sale, safe in the knowledge that the construction methods used, meet with the lenders mortgage standards. Cross Laminated Timber delivers maximum programme benefits, reduces maintenance and life cycle

costs, whilst minimising the impact on the environment: Using CLT delivers programme certainty and enhances the construction programme, as well as offering exceptional accuracy and minimal defects. Using offsite construction with a rapid large panel construction method also reduces the concern of weather dependency. CLT delivers sustainable outcomes that are key for environmentally conscious developers and residents. Exposed timber creates a natural, inviting and calming environment as well as generating a peaceful space with enhanced acoustic properties that dampen sound. In addition to all of the above, the speed of CLT construction delivers a faster return on investment - a crucial benefit for housing developers and ultimately, the new owners who may have purchased their home ‘off plan’ and are eager to complete the purchase and move in. CLT is extensively used by developers, planners, architects, main contractors, structural engineers and social housing stakeholders. CLT is a commercially viable option for medium rise residential projects of up to ten storeys and can be used for projects specifying high energy efficiency, urban sites within high density population areas, sites with limited access and restricted boundaries as well as brownfield and greenfield sites.

Choosing the correct timber for the job


imber comes in a wide range of colours – a variety that is matched by its range of properties. TRADA’s new Wood Information Sheet - Wood – decorative and practical - provides an overview of the considerations you should take into account when selecting and specifying a timber species for use in the UK. Timber selection needs to be

based firstly on its suitability for the job. The initial selection criteria will define a number of timber species which are potentially suitable for a particular purpose. The choice can then be refined on the basis of other factors, such as colour and texture, cost and availability. Timbers are usually divided into two types, which are distinguished botanically: softwoods and hardwoods. The terms can be confusing because some softwoods are harder than some hardwoods and vice versa. Both groups contain

timbers which vary in density, strength, resistance to decay and colour. The range of timbers available in the UK is wide and varies from time to time with changes in the political and economic situation, both here and in the supplying countries. Check the availability of a particular species in the sizes required, and the lead times for supply, before design and specification. Specifying British-grown timber may also be a consideration. Timber should always be

at least legally and preferably sustainably sourced. It’s also worth remembering that some species, notably tropical hardwoods once prized for their decorative features, are no longer readily available. For some applications, visual characteristics are an important consideration and must be carefully specified. The natural decorative features of timber, with its wide range of surface colours, textures and figures, are often highly desirable, adding value to the specification of timber as a material.

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WikiHouse 4.0 – Timber in innovation


recent collaboration between Arup, The Building Centre and 00 Design Studio, which was sponsored by Coillte Panel Products - has seen the construction of the world’s first open source, digitally manufactured, timber frame house which cost just £50,000 to build and can be constructed by anyone. WikiHouse is an open source construction system that aims to develop low-cost, high-performance, sustainable housing technologies, which can be downloaded, customised and digitally manufactured and then rapidly assembled. The modular system aims to radically lower the thresholds of time, cost and skill required to make generous, healthy, sustainable homes.

The WikiHouse 4.0 building was built in London and exhibited during London Design Festival. It was designed as a full 68m2, twostorey house inclusive of a living room, kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom. The structure was built using SmartPly OSB 3 from Coillte Panel Products with 350 18mm panels supplied to construct the main frame. The WikiHouse design team had used standard plywood products in early specifications and when the structural engineering team at Arup suggested the use of SmartPly OSB3 in the build, the specifications quickly changed to make use of the innovative structural wood panels. The product also has Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) chain of custody certification and is manufactured using formaldehyde free-resin which scores highly in ‘The Green Guide to Specification’.

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Building the project management profession: celebrating 21 years of apm in northern ireland

Jim Bannon is Project Director for the $40 million Daytona Rising Stadium


o mark 25 years of its Masters Programme in Construction Business & Project Management, Ulster University recently hosted a joint celebratory event in conjunction with the UK’s leading professional body for project professionals, the Association for Project Management (APM) which is celebrating 21 years in Northern Ireland. Mike Browne, the university’s MSc Programme Director, is founding Chairman of APM’s NI Branch and heavily involved with developing the project management profession. One of the programme’s first graduate is Chartered Architect and Project Director, Jim Bannon who now heads up the $400 million Daytona Rising stadium project for International Speedway Corporation in Florida. To mark the joint anniversary, Specify spoke to the two

men about how home-grown project management skills-set are in high demand across the globe: “The Association for Project Management (APM) has come a long way since we had our first branch meeting at Ulster University 21 years ago,” explained Mike. “It is now the UK and Europe’s leading professional body that provides leadership to the movement of committed organisations and individuals who share a passion for improving project outcomes. From our first committee meeting at the Jordanstown campus, the NI Branch has evolved into a thriving network of project management professionals from across a diverse range of sectors who enjoy regular opportunities to meet and share best practice both locally and with their peers in GB.” Many of the Masters Alumni who are members of APM have progressed on to varied and exciting careers such as Martin Hare, also a former Chairman of APM’s NI Branch, and now Partner of McAdam

Jim Bannon who was one of the first graduates in Masters Programme in construction

Design, which has been appointed as part of the project team for Ulster University’s new £250M Great Belfast Campus development, one of the most significant construction projects taking place in the province at present. Jim Bannon is one of Mike’s first graduates. Originally from Belfast, he is now Project Director for Daytona Rising - the $400M, 100,000+ seat stadium re-development project at Daytona International Speedway (DIS) in Florida whose parent

company, International Speedway Corporation, is a leading player in US motorsports, promoting more than 100 racing events annually. The company owns and operates 13 major motorsports entertainment facilities, including Daytona International Speedway. We caught up with Jim in Belfast, on his way back to Florida from speaking at a Stadium Design and Development Summit in Madrid about his work. Jim attributes his project management success in the United States to his formative years as a practising Chartered Architect in Belfast with Mc Adam Design and DSA Architects, his link with APM, his continual professional development and the learning experience gained on the Masters Course. Jim explained he moved to the States in the early ‘90’s for a oneyear teaching post on the Masters in Architecture Degree course at the Savannah College of Art & Design. He got his green card and decided to stay. “There is no doubt that

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the Masters opened doors for me in both project management and teaching at tertiary level. Both the experience and the award itself has acted as a catalyst for developing my career.” He combined teaching with consultancy in Savannah Georgia. He gained experience on a range of new capital, refurbishment and renovation projects within the educational, sports and ecclesiastical sectors. Since then Jim has been responsible for the complete financial and managerial oversight of complex capital construction programmes, the procurement of architectural & engineering professional services and construction management services. Inclusive of his current work load, he has had oversight of circa $1.4B design and construction projects since 1999. The Daytona project is his single biggest undertaking to date including oversight of the design and construction process. The transition from Belfast to working in the United States wasn’t

without its challenges though. Grappling with a whole new set of construction terms was tough at the beginning. “For example, a ‘snag list’ is known as a ‘punch list’ in the States,” explains Jim. As well as differences in terminologies and the 12-hour working day, there is also the weather to contend with. “Dealing with huge deluges of rain is a particular challenge in Florida and the vapour barrier is in a completely different location in the wall assembly.” MSc students and graduates benefit from its alumni network. Jim has part hosted a very successful study tour to the United States. Both men agree that there are significant benefits from investigating international approaches to delivering projects and would encourage anyone wanting to progress their career in project management to gain overseas experience. Jim also gained significant insights when he joined the group when visiting the project managers both in

Universal Studios and in NASA. Whilst the Masters course is construction related, Mike points out that alumni have progressed careers in different sectors of project management such as nuclear, oil and gas, ICT, aerospace, transportation, disaster relief and management consultancy. “Like Jim, graduates have been able to develop their careers in project management across the globe from mainland Europe, the Middle and Far East, Australia and New Zealand and North and South America. “This reinforces the fact that project management skills are totally transferable both between disciplines and geographical locations,” explains Mike. But whilst a career in project

management can appeal to such globetrotters, Jim who has now been working in the States for 20 years, still considers Northern Ireland ‘home’ and looks forward to swapping Florida orange juice and sunshine for “an Ulster Fry and a brisk walk by the Lagan on a cold, winter’s day!”

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“Hearty” Welcome for Harvey’s at Hallam University Harvey Group have successfully completed their work at the Sheffield Hallam Heart of the Campus, to the satisfaction of the University and the Main Contractor. The project cost approx £4million for Mechanical and Electrical and ran from July 2013 to November 2014. Harvey’s team included Sam Glass, Geoffrey Stewart, Irvin Austin and Ryan McLernon.. Harvey Group were responsible for developing the design from stage D to handover. In the process of the design development, Harvey’s successfully increased the energy sourced from renewables from 5% to 15%. The overall energy required for the building was reduced by introducing LED Lighting. Ground Source Heat Pump Technology was used to contribute to the heating and cooling loads. Considerable effort was put into achieving a higher standard of architectural features, aesthetics, in complimenting a state of the art Audio Visual System. Other Features included Rainwater Harvesting

Scheme, Multiservice beams and Variable Volume Ventilated System. Harvey’s client, Graham Construction, Project Director; Keith Patrick said: “Can I congratulate your company and especially your site team for excellent work done and effort put into achieving successful and on time handover”. “The client is delighted with their new building and proactive, positive and collaborative approach taken by Harvey’s played a huge factor in this achievement”

An Award Winning Year at BS Holdings Heat engineering specialists BS Holdings top off an awardwinning year with the news that their innovative biomass heating and cooling system has been named ‘Sustainable Product of the Year’ at the National Heating and Ventilation Review (HVR) Awards. The local company has driven the use of biomass in businesses across the UK with their development of bespoke heating systems, and their latest development – thought to be the only one of its kind in the UK and Ireland – has picked up a string of local and national awards including: Plumbing and Heating, BIFM Ireland region recognition awards and now their first national award. BS Holdings’ unique system uses

locally sourced wood pellets for heat generation as well as absorption chilling technology to provide cooling from green house gas neutral technology. The annual HVR Awards celebrate excellence and innovation in the building services sector and this is the first time a company from Northern Ireland has been shortlisted in the UK-wide awards that are designed to reward companies that demonstrate distinction in their field. Speaking about their latest award win, Brian Hood, Managing Director, BS Holdings said, “The judging panel clearly recognised the innovative nature of this technology and we are delighted that we have been recognised in such a quality accolade.” “Since forming in 2000, our aim

Steve Bennion and comedian Greg Burn, presenting Brian Hood, managing director, BS Holdings Ltd with the award for Sustainable Product of the Year at the National Heating and Ventilation Review (HVR) Awards.

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the year ahead


“Focus on the economy” Lack of infrastructure spending, corporation tax, the economy, a skills shortage and having to travel to Great Britain for work are all concerns for the Northern Ireland construction industry. Specify talks to some of the top people in the industry here and asks them about their business in 2014 and what is needed to make it grow in the year ahead... Rhona Quinn, Chairperson, QMAC, President of the CEF

2014 was a landmark year for QMAC Construction Ltd., the company made a number of significant changes that had been planned since the 2012 strategic planning cycle.

These included:- Eddie O’Neill being appointed as the Managing Director. Eddie was previously the MD of Gilbert Ash and a new strategic plan was developed to take the company to 2018. QMAC was successful in reaching the finals in four categories of the CEF Construction Excellence awards. The company added fifteen new staff to the work force to facilitate existing and planned growth The future for QMAC looks positive and I am cautiously optimistic about the years ahead. We decided that to survive in this industry we had to invest in quality and give the client a quality experience from start to finish. We spent time developing our people and our strategy and making sure that all our staff and sub-contractors embrace our ethos. As an industry we are starting to see the early signs of recovery but it is obvious that the economy is still

fragile, the challenge is to grow the sector and our company within our means and ensure that the boom and bust economics of the early part of this decade don’t return. I am convinced that what we need now from the policy makers and legislators is for a sustained period of economic growth. For the construction sector that means investment in infrastructure, stability in the political landscape, a focus on supporting local companies to create jobs and bringing inward investment to Northern Ireland. The industry also has to take a look at what it has been doing and address the problems which in some cases have been self-inflicted. Below cost pricing can only lead to disaster, engaging public bodies in protracted legal wrangles over procurement has not been helpful and has resulted in complex tendering processes. In conclusion, I would say that as an industry the future isn’t going to be easy for us but we are resilient and having come through tough times before I am confident we will come through the difficulties again.” My final message to the Assembly is very simple- “focus on the economy.”

Peter and Rhona Quinn of QMAC with Danny Kennedy and John Armstrong


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CITB NI Construction Industry Expect Return to Growth in 2015 Barry Nielson, Chief Executive, CITB

Construction employers in Northern Ireland faced another difficult year in 2014 with a further decline in output experienced. However a modest return to growth of 1% is expected in 2015 with the commercial, private housing and public non housing sectors expected to drive growth in

the industry over the next five years, according to the Construction Skills Network (CSN) Industry Insights report, published by ConstructionSkills. According to the CSN Industry Insights Report for NI 2015-19, the performance of the local construction industry over the next five years is expected to show: Annual average output growth of 2.2%, lagging behind the UK (2.9%).  Activity in NI is rising from a much lower base than the UK as a whole, given that output in the devolved nation fell by an estimated 43% between 2006 and 2013, in comparison to a drop of 13% for the UK over a similar time-frame. All sectors bar public housing are expected to see growth, with the commercial sector leading the way with 4.4% per annum growth on average, benefiting from long term development such as City Quays and the Titanic Quarter.  Private housing activity will inevitably bounce back from its current low levels, with a moderate rate of 3.7% a year average growth. 

The public non-housing sector should also fare reasonably well, driven by a significant amount of work anticipated for the education and health sub-sectors, which should see annual average growth of 3.1% per year for public non-housing activity.   1,490 jobs are expected to be created each year for the next five years, with annual recruitment requirements higher for some trades more than others – including a demand for bricklayers , plant operatives, professional and technical staff, plasterers and wood trades.   The CSN forecast shows that after a period of decline for the local construction industry recovery is on the way but it is a gradual return to growth as opposed to strong resurgence. Developments in the commercial sector will drive growth and further investment by Government in capital expenditure projects is also vital to ensure that the future growth is sustained. Skills are a key driver of growth, performance and prosperity. Our aim is to develop a qualified and competent workforce within the

NI construction industry and to help encourage and support training to ensure the right skills are in place for the opportunities growth in the industry will bring. We are looking forward to the future with a confident and more capable workforce able to embrace the opportunities arising as our industry regenerates. As part of our work to attract a new generation, we’re rolling out a new Shared Apprenticeship Scheme , which will help apprentices to complete their training whilst working with a number of different employers. We’re also working with careers advisors and the Department for Employment & learning to promote careers in the industry.  But we’re not just committed to bringing through the next generation. Through our ‘Qualifying the Existing Workforce’ programme, we’re helping over 1,500 construction workers to achieve an NVQ Level 2 to ensure we have a better skilled and qualified workforce and to make sure our industry is world-class.

Gilbert-Ash-Feeling the pressure of the skills gap 2014 was a solid year for our company. While trading was similar to 2013, we used it as an opportunity to review our business development plans and put forward-moving strategies in place. Now we are really seeing the benefits of taking this time to plan. We had two major high points in 2014, constructing The Everyman Theatre which went on to win the Stirling Prize and completing the new stadium at Ravenhill, with the subsequent positive feedback from rugby fans. There continues to be a lack of project opportunities in Northern Ireland so we are developing our presence across the UK. Many of our projects are now taking place in London and we have plans to increase our office activity there, and will be recruiting further over the coming months. The sector as a whole is feeling the

pressure of the current skills gap and we would like to see more policies in place to encourage students to consider careers in construction. We have a proactive outreach programme in place to bring interns and placement students into the workplace and we would call on the government and industry bodies to work together to support a growth in available talent. We are looking forward to 2015, encouraged by the new project wins we will be beginning and the high profile projects we will be handing over. We will be completing the construction of the 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey as well as the new Fetal Medicine Centre of Excellence at King’s College Hospital in London. Our refurbishment of the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall further highlights our strength in the arts and culture sector, which we will be seeking to focus on this year.

Ray Hutchinson, Managing Director, Gilbert-Ash

the year ahead


Lisney says Lack of Grade A office space a Concern

Declan Flynn, Managing Director of Lisney

In 2014, trading was very steady with confidence returning across all sectors of the commercial property market. Earlier this year we published the 2014 Lisney Northern Ireland Commercial Property Report, the longest standing and most comprehensive study of the market, which revealed that retail vacancy rates had fallen,

investments in 2014 were five times that of transaction values in 2012 and there was continued demand for office accommodation which will likely push rents up in 2015. With the huge volume of loan sales in 2014 including Projects Eagle (NAMA), Achill (Ulster Bank) and the ongoing Aaran (Ulster Bank), there was a lot of activity around loan sales and we were instructed to value a number of these. The increased activity within the investment market was also a highlight as it resulted in us receiving instructions to place High Street Mall in Portadown and the Richmond Centre in L/Derry on the market. The greatest challenge over the last number of years has been the state of the market and how fast it has been changing. These changes can have huge implications on our client activity so it is important we stay one step ahead to plan and prepare for changes within the market. I believe with the emergence of more and more UK/USA investors in search of investment opportunities and further improved access to capital, 2015 has the potential to be much stronger

than 2014. The lack of Grade A office is still a concern but we do expect rents to increase in 2015 as the market continues its recovery. The outlook for 2015 across all sectors remains strong with confidence returning and I look forward to the rates revaluation which will help many High Streets and should bring vacancy rates down even further in these locations and really drive the sector forward. This increasing confidence in retail and office sectors will sustain an appetite from investors which is a very exciting prospect for the market, and local economy. I would expect that some cranes will have re-appeared to the Belfast skyline as construction on development begins as a result of this increased access to capital and I am sure this is a sight that will again be welcomed by most sectors across Northern Ireland. The devolution of corporation tax powers would be a huge driver of new business in Northern Ireland. I look forward to the passing of this law which should allow the rate to be set by Stormont by April 2017. A lower rate of Corporation Tax will assist in attracting greater numbers of international companies to Northern Ireland which will further increase the demand for Grade A office space. In order to cater for this come 2017 the plans for development would need to be put in place in the near future.

Invest in Infrastructure says RICS The RICS and Tughans Construction Market Survey suggests that Northern Ireland construction companies saw their overall workloads grow throughout 2014, though this slowed towards the end of the year. In the fourth quarter, the activity being undertaken by local firms rose, for the fifth quarter in a row, but at a lower rate due to the fact that infrastructure workloads are now falling. The reality is that the growth has been coming from work Northern Ireland construction firms have been doing outside of Northern Ireland, notably GB, where a number of local firms have been increasingly focused. Activity within Northern Ireland itself remains depressed, and the decline in infrastructure activity will only widen this gap between the local and GB markets. Looking to 2015, we understand that public money is finite and becoming more scarce, but we would encourage our politicians to recognise the paramount importance of investing in infrastructure and to prioritise funding capital expenditure where possible. The construction sector is an extremely important economic driver – both in terms of the jobs and economic activity generated, but also in terms of the benefits to the competitiveness of the economy through the infrastructure improvements, for instance, that result. If we are not investing in our infrastructure, we are impacting the long term prospects and competitiveness of our economy. As RICS has said before, there are alternative methods of finance that should be considered. Research supports Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) as an additional viable solution to the current infrastructure investment deficit, when it is managed effectively. The PPP model has been increasingly advocated in response to the infrastructure investment challenge since the global financial crisis.

Ben Collins, RICS Northern Ireland Director

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China in your hands

By Pat Burns

Great wall steed


wo years after starting their first sales here with its value for money Steed pick-up, Chinese manufacturer Great Wall Motors has launched a new generation of the 4x4 double-cab with improved quality, a higher specification and even better value. As before, the updated Steed blends style and practicality while retaining its position as the best value pick-up on the market. One of China’s most successful car manufacturers and exporters, the company boasts impressive credentials in the production of pickups. Great Wall has manufactured the best-selling pick-up in China every year since 1998 while globally the brand has sold nearly one million vehicles. Prices for the new Great Wall Steed start at £14,998 for the Steed S model – the lowest price for any double-cab 4x4 pick-up here – increasing to £16,998 for the top-of-the-range SE. Despite carrying a premium of only £1,000 over the old model, the 2015 Steed is packed with even more practical, standard features. The vehicle retains its chunky looks, amplified by muscular wheel-arches and high ground clearance, but now

with a slightly sleeker profile with the side indicators incorporated into the door mirrors instead of the front wing. Inside the new Steed is where some of the more significant improvements are to be found. Higher quality materials, such as that used on the seat facings and a sharper, more contemporary design of instrument cluster, creates a more comfortable feel to the cabin. New technologies have been added to improve convenience and enhance the ownership experience, including a multi-function rear view mirror with automatic dimming and an outside temperature display. A tyre pressure monitoring system is also incorporated which will display the working pressure for each tyre. One minor complaint is the fairly ineffective heater so make sure you wear thermal socks! The Steed has a maximum payload of 1,050 kg and is now certified in the UK to tow 2.5 tonnes with a ‘braked’ trailer. The increase in towing from 2.0 tonnes followed independent tests at the Millbrook Proving Ground in 2013 where it was put through stringent tests by an independent team of engineers and consultants, subsequently resulting in the Steed being fully validated by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA). The Steed’s capabilities as a

durable and versatile load-lugger, both on- and off-road, is impressive. Under the galvanised steel skin lies a separate, rust-proofed ladder-frame chassis, strengthened and braced by reinforced centre cross-members, an impact-resistant rear beam and a reinforced cargo bed. The Steed is fitted with an ‘on-demand’ part-time, four-wheeldrive system that delivers numerous customer benefits. When slippery conditions are encountered on-road – or an all-terrain capability is required off-road – the driver can select all-wheel-drive simply by pressing a button on the dashboard, up to speeds of 12mph. The advanced transmission system, manufactured for Great Wall by BorgWarner, is the dual-range type seen in other serious off-road vehicles. To further aid its usability, the Steed has selectable low-range ratio gears for when serious off-roading is encountered. The Steed is also equipped with rear disc brakes replacing the old drum units to increase stopping power and stability. The 2015 Steed uses the same free-spinning 2.0 Litre diesel as the previous model, now certified to comply with Euro 5 emission regulations. The water-cooled 1,996 cc power plant is fitted with a CAC (charge air cooled) intercooler system, state-of-the-art glow plug

technology and a variable-geometry turbocharger (VGT). The variable geometry turbocharger features turbine blades that alter their pitch according to engine speed – to provide the Steed with high levels of pulling power throughout the rev range, and maximum torque from as low as 1,800 rpm. The Steed engine produces maximum power of 139PS at 4,000 rpm with maximum torque of 305Nm spread over a rev range of 1800 to 2,800 rpm. The Steed will come with a host of standard features including 16-inch alloy wheels, daytime running lights, remote central locking, a Thatchamapproved Category 1 alarm, electric windows all round, air-conditioning, heated front seats and for the 2015 model, the addition of a double-din Alpine CD/radio with USB/MP3 and Bluetooth connectivity and steering wheel mounted audio controls. An auto dimming rear view mirror is also now standard. This comprehensive care package includes a six year / 125,000 mile mechanical warranty, a six-year antiperforation warranty, three-year paint warranty and three years of roadside recovery and assistance. However, going over and above the industry expectations, it also includes inflationproof fixed-price monthly service payments, and the policy of only invoicing for work previously agreed with the customer.

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Digital Moisture Meter


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ollowing a successful launch, Dow Building Solutions has announced the commercial roll-out of XENERGY, a brand new, flame retarded, XPS roof insulation product. In a departure from the blue STYROFOAM boards that the company is widely known for, the XENERGY boards will be steel grey in colour. Dow, the inventor of STYROFOAM has developed XENERGY to achieve a significantly improved lambda insulation performance and to deliver a Global Warming Potential (GWP) of less than five. Through combining a manufacturing process which uses CO2 as the blowing agent and adding infra-red blocking particles to scatter and reflect heat radiation within the foam board, lambda values have been increased by 11%. Chris Gimson, head of commercial at Dow Building Solutions, said: "The UK is leading the way with the commercial roll-out of XENERGYTM, a product which has numerous benefits, including significantly improved thermal performance.”


he new 7250 Moisture Meter is a compact, digital pin type moisture meter designed specifically for building professionals and tradesmen to access the moisture content in a wide variety of construction materials. The moisture meter incorporates an easy to read 20-LED bar graph within the keypad which is synchronised with the units LCD which displays current moisture levels; green for 'OK', amber for 'WARNING' or red for 'DAMP'. The bar graph allows users to interpret the moisture level at a glance. Additionally, the instrument features a large, easy to read, numerical LCD display, with low battery indication. Five different measurement scales are included – wood 1, wood 2, plaster, concrete and a reference scale, measuring moisture over the range 0.1 to 40.0%. Each 7250 moisture meter is supplied in a protective zip wallet, and is competitively priced, at £58.00 each exclusive of VAT, available direct from ordering code 224-070.

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ARECHAL ELECTRIC develops its offer with new products. Check out his new range of socketoutlets with protection, enriching its ATEX ranges by integrating the TECHNOR company: lighting, flameproof enclosures, junction boxes, control stations, audible and visual signals, cable glands and accessories. Secured and long-life solutions whatever your environment.


ransferring liquids from sumps and open tanks is often regarded as a challenging pumping application due to the presence of solids, the possibility of aeration or foaming occurring, or simply due to the aggressive nature of the liquids being pumped. The new range of ARBO sealless thermoplastic immersible centrifugal pumps are ideal for these situations where metal pumps could suffer from the effects of corrosion. ARBO  single stage immersible pumps can handle capacities up to 300 m3/hr at differential heads up to 80 metres and liquids with viscosities up to 100 cP. These tough, durable pumps are machined from a single block and as their manufacture involves no injection moulding or welding, they are not susceptible to stress cracking. The pumps can be supplied in Polypropylene as standard as well as the options of HMPE, PVDF and PTFE for applications where more corrosive liquids, higher temperatures, or higher solid concentrations are involved.     






ritish Gypsum is making it easier for specifiers and architects to identify environmental performance with the launch of seven new Environmental Product Declarations (EPD), covering nine products. As part of its aim to give environmental transparency and make it easier for specifiers to gather evidence for building certification schemes, such as BREEAM, LEED and SKA, the manufacturer has introduced additional EPD to its Thistle plaster range. These include declarations for Thistle BoardFinish, MultiFinish, BondingCoat, Browning, Universal OneCoat, DuraFinish, SprayFinish, ToughCoat and HardWall. The EPD were externally verified for the Thistle plaster products following a robust Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), which calculates the environmental impact of each product throughout its lifecycle. The LCA consider a range of factors, including the effect of raw materials, the manufacturing process, installation, performance in use and recycling capabilities.


reenstock’s innovative U-Connect system is what has made its professional LED range so successful as it is easy to install by everyone whether trade or consumer. U-connect cables, extension leads, splitters, power supplies and lighting components are easily and simply connected together to create a full LED lighting scheme. It is a perfect plug and play system with huge versatility for all types of lighting schemes. No electrical experience is required, no soldering or wiring is necessary as the system is pre-wired with mains plug and connectors to run on 12V DC.  This means that not only is the system safe but that it can have almost limitless applications from lighting in the home, kitchen cabinet lighting, and fireplace lighting through to professional shopfitting and commercial installations.  The 12V power also means that the system lends itself to leisure applications such as use on boats and in caravans and in mobile homes where its low current consumption means that batteries won’t be drained. There is also an extensive range of drivers available for the LED products starting from as little as 6w for very small installations through to 350w drivers for the more professional applications.

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Building Materials Prices

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Full loads delivered Central Belfast 50mm Crusher run 100mm Crusher run Fine Blinding Coarse Blinding 6mm Stone 10mm Stone Building Sand Washed Sand

per tonne £15.00 £15.50 £14.50 £14.50 £16.50 £20.00 £20.00 £17.00



Metric-sized concrete bricks delivered

Per 100 metres, ex-yard, random lengths, finished sizes. per 100m Parana Pine 20x8 £59.00 44x8 £91.00 Whitewood 32x12 £50.25 69x12 £79.00 32x19 £59.00 44x19 £71.00 32x32 £78.00 69x32 £133.00 69x44 £171.60 94x44 £224.00 69x69 £254.00

Facings Blanchardstown Antique Fergustie Country Mixture Richmond Mixture Irish Dacharne Devenish Ardagh Gold Textured Lismore Slate Textured

per 1,000 £370.00 £375.00 £335.00 £360.00 £335.00 £335.00 £325.00

NB Clay brick prices are not included because of the enormous variation in types, quality and prices from various sources.

CARCASSING TIMBER Per 100 metres, ex-yard, random lengths, not exceeding 5.7 metres. per 100m 50x19 £45.10 75x19 £67.50 125x19 £109.70 38x25 £41.00 75x25 £50.10 150x25 £98.50 50x38 £76.50 100x38 £116.10 150x38 £91.20 50x50 £91.20 100x50 £144.10 125x50 £163.80 100x75 £199.00 200x75 £453.50 150x100 £366.40

CEMENT Bulk Cement delivered in 15-tonne loads to Greater Belfast Area per tonne Ordinary Portland Cement £136.00 Sulphate Resisting Cement £160.00

Ordinary Portland Cement

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INDUSTRIAL AND FIRE-RESISTING BOARD Prices are exclusive of delivery. Terms for SUPALUX non-combustible asbestos-free fire-resisting board - price per sheet up to 149m2 2440x1220

per tonne £350.00

CEMENT MORTARS In full loads delivered to Central Belfast per tonne Standard 1 lime mortar £25.00 Tinted mortar ref. Y4 £44.00 Y15 £51.00 Y135 £43.00 Y91 £53.00 Y10 £50.00

6mm sanded £46.60

9mm sanded £48.30

12mm sanded £64.00

MASTERBOARD Class O asbestos-free multi-purpose building board sanded finish. Price per sheet up to 149m2 2440x1220

Bagged cement delivered in 15-tonne loads to Greater Belfast Area

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Metric-sized concrete blocks, delivered to Belfast area, full loads, mechanically off-loaded per 1,000 440x215x100 3.5N/mm2 £420.00 440x215x100 7Nmm2 £430.00 440x215x100 10Nmm2 £430.00 2 440x300x100 7Nmm £510.00 440x300x100 10Nmm2 £530.00 Concrete brick 15Nmm2 £400.00 440x215x100 Tolite £785.00

6mm £58.10

9mm £69.80

12mm £87.30

PLASTERING MATERIALS Per tonne, ex-works (delivery by arrangement) Lightweight aggregate pre-mixed gypsum plaster to BS 1191, Part 2. Metal lathing undercoat Bonding Finish Gypsum plasterboard to BS 1230 per sheet (2400 mm x 1200 mm) 9.5mm thick plasterboard 9.5mm thick foil-backed plasterboard per bundle (6 Nr 1219mm x 406mm) 9.5mm thick plasterlath 9.5mm thick foil-back plasterboard per 100 lin. feet Galvanised standard angle bead Galvanised plasterstop (10mm) Galvanised external renderstop

£298.00 £355.00 £317.00 £10.00 £14.00 £16.00 £10.80 £10.00 £13.00 £26.50

In the next issue of READY MIXED CONCRETES Ordinary Portland Cement in full loads delivered to Central Belfast per cub. metre 1:10 by volume £63.00 1:2:4 by volume £77.00 1:3:6 by volume £69.00 2 20 N/mm :20mm aggregate £63.00 25 N/mm2:20mm aggregate £67.00 30 N/mm2:20mm aggregate £69.00

Fibre Cement Slates ex-yard per 1,000 £1500.00 £1600.00

Concrete tiles delivered Central Belfast Interlocking flat tile Double roll tile Single roll tile Half round ridge tile - 457mm long Angular ridge tile - 457mm long

£860.00 £860.00 £800.00 per tile £4.80 £5.40

SAWN REDWOOD Per 100 metres, ex-yard, random lengths. 100x50 150x50 100x63 150x63 200x63 100x75 150x75 200x75

Per 100 metres, ex-yard, random lengths, finished sizes. 114x19 89x12 114x12 89x12 94x12

T + G Whitewood TG + V Whitewood TG + V Whitewood TG + V Redwood TG + Open V Redwood

£87.75 £65.00 £75.50 £87.40 £101.52


ROOF SLATES AND TILES Thrutone Thrutone Relief


£209.30 £297.50 £232.00 £349.60 £475.00 £284.00 £427.20 £585.00

• Fire Safety • Working at Height

Mild Steel reinforcing bars to BS 4449. High yield steel reinforcing bars to BS 4449/4461. One size, bent and labelled, per tonne, delivered to Central Belfast Diameter/mm Mild Steel High Yield 6 £660.00 £725.00 8 £660.00 £725.00 10 £660.00 £725.00 12 £660.00 £725.00 20 £660.00 £725.00 25 £660.00 £725.00 32 £660.00 £725.00 40 £660.00 £725.00 Mesh Fabric to BS 4483 ex-yard per sheet (one or mixed references) per sheet BS reference A 98 £30.00 A142 £30.00 A193 £34.00 A252 £38.00 A393 £62.00 B503 £62.00 B785 £77.00 Heavy section steel ex-yard in lots of over 5T per tonne UC 152x152x23 £860.00 203x203x46 £1085.00 254x254x73 £1215.00 305x305x118 £1040.00 356x368x153 £1230.00 UB 305x165x40 356x127x37 406x140x39 457x152x52 533x210x82


• Health & Safety including:

£1085.00 £1040.00 £1040.00 £1040.00 £1040.00

Per 100 metres, ex-yard, random lengths. 50x25 100x25 150x25 275x25 75x50 125x50 175x50 250x50 100x75 200x75 250x75

£39.50 £73.50 £101.80 £189.60 £118.50 £202.40 £257.30 £438.40 £226.00 £492.00 £753.90

TERMS FOR GLASSROCK Non-combustible asbestos-free fire-resisting board - price per sheet up to 149m2. 6mm 10mm 12.5mm sanded sanded sanded 2400x1200 £45.70 £48.80 £65.21

UPVC DRAIN PIPES AND FITTINGS SOFTWOOD SHELVING Per 100 metres, ex-yard, random lengths, finished sizes 119x12 144x12 169x12 219x12 119x19 144x19 194x19 244x19 269x19

£78.10 £93.30 £108.80 £163.20 £95.80 £127.60 £172.00 £233.00 £324.10

Pipes and fittings to BS 4600. List price ex-yard. Large quantities will attract considerable discounts. Plain sewer, per 6m Pipe coupler, ea Single oblique branch, ea Single swept branch, ea 45˚ short radius, ea 87½˚ short radius bend, ea 45˚ long radius bend, ea 90˚ long radius bend, ea Straight channel 45˚ curved channel, ea

110mm 160mm £9.80 £21.70 £3.15 £7.00 £10.50 £23.70 £11.50 £23.70 £5.80 £15.40 £5.70 £13.60 £16.00 £30.40 £17.80 £31.00 £17.15 £28.80 £20.90 £54.80

MARCH 2015



Andras house developments Artist impression of the new hotel in Hope Street, Belfast

Rajesh Rana


ndras House hotel group has two new hotels in the pipeline, and a £1.5m refurbishment of the 270-bedroom Days Hotel, upgrading to the Wyndham Garden brand to compete in the 3 and 4-star market. The local hotelier has lodged a planning application for a new 179-bedroom budget hotel in Hope Street, Belfast, which will trade under an international brand

that is new to the NI market, while planning permission has also just been granted to Andras House for a £10m hotel and retail development in Londonderry. The 139-bedroom hotel will be developed on the former Tillie and Henderson shirt factory site at Abercorn Road, Tillie’s Brae and Foyle Road. Without the fanfare that accompanies some major business announcements, Rajesh Rana, a director of Andras House, modestly revealed his plans for the forthcoming £20m worth of developments to

Specify. A qualified architect himself, he has been involved in significant development already throughout the construction of the Ramada Plaza, the Holiday Inn Express and Ibis hotels. The Tillie and Henderson site has received planning approval after a protracted planning process. Rajesh told us: ‘Our plan is for a 139-bed mid-market hotel and apartments, with some retail units and car parking. We recognise the importance and history of this site to the city of Derry/Londonderry and it is a priority to our company to bring this site forward for development now that planning has been received.’ UK Capital of Culture events hugely boosted tourism in Londonderry, according to recent government figures. Environment minister Mark H Durkan welcomed the news for Derry commenting: “With the announcement by Lonely Planet that Northern Ireland is in the top 10 European travel destinations, this very significant hotel in the heart of the city will enhance choice for tourists and business travelers, as well as local people. It occupies a pivotal location on one of the prime entrance points to the historic core from Craigavon Bridge and will, when completed, regenerate a site that had

been derelict for a number of years.’ ’ Rana added: ‘In Belfast, the Wyndham Garden, formerly Days Hotel, will now be geared towards corporate and leisure customers and is currently being refurbished with new restaurant, bar, and a new gym, and will feature 16 new executive rooms in future, all with free wi-fi. With 24-hour food available it will offer a 4-star standard which will enable us to cater for the conference delegate market which is expected to continue to grow in Belfast in the future.’ Rajesh’s father, Lord Diljit Rana, chairman and chief executive of the company, came to Northern Ireland in 1966 and is credited with kickstarting the ‘Golden Mile’ in Great Victoria Street when he opened his first restaurants, and he has continued to develop his properties and hotels portfolio ever since. For 2015, Rajesh said: “We are looking forward to the politicians coming to an agreement, and in view of our capital expenditure projects, introducing the lower corporation tax rates. We also look forward to the Waterfront Hall extension in 2016 and the conference business it is expected to bring to the city.”

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Temporary Building Experts break new ground in Ireland


EMPORARY building experts Spaciotempo are stepping up their operation in Ireland with the appointment of a new Sales Manager. Belfast-based Philip Tallon has been handed the task of developing the company’s rapidly expanding customer base across both Northern Ireland and the Republic. The 31-year-old has more than ten years of experience in structural and technical roles, so he’s well placed to respond to customers’ specific requirements and provide expert advice. The move breaks new ground for Spaciotempo as it’s the first time the company has appointed a specialist dedicated to its Irish customers. And managing director Scott Jameson believes it will present significant advantages. He said: “We have quite a number of accounts in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland which we

have run from our base in the UK in the past. “But now we have someone based over there who has local knowledge, who can make immediate site visits and provide a high level of customer service. “Philip will improve our account and project management in Ireland and, importantly, gives us a physical presence. “As a highly qualified and experienced engineer, with vast expertise in construction methods, he’ll have an immediate understanding of our clients’ technical demands.” Philip graduated from Queen’s University in Belfast with a degree in mechanical engineering and worked for an aerospace company before moving to project management in structural steelwork. He said: “My background is in engineering and, though my new role will be very different, there are still a lot of fundamental synergies between the two, so I think it will be an easy

switch to make. “Spaciotempo is an ambitious and very modern company which already has a strong customer base in Ireland including some very big names. “I’ll be looking to develop that over the coming years and I’m very much looking forward to the challenge.” Spaciotempo are market leaders in the design, manufacture, hire and

sale of temporary buildings for the industrial, distribution, retail and sports sectors. With offices and vast stock holdings in the UK, France and Spain, plus more than 40 years of experience, the company is able to provide an extensive range of standard or bespoke temporary building solutions throughout Europe.

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