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he Construction Industry Group [CIG] recently expressed “grave concern” over the current impasse on welfare reform and warned that the industry is facing collapse if the Assembly fails to implement the Stormont House Agreement and agree a sustainable and deliverable budget for Northern Ireland. CIG covers all aspects of the construction industry in Northern Ireland. Representatives from contractors, professionals, construction material suppliers and specialist construction contractors liaise and support each other to protect the interests of those working within the Northern Ireland Construction Industry. CIG NI was constituted in 1998 to provide a forum whereby the various representative groups within

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the NI Construction industry could liaise and consult with Government Construction Clients on a regular basis. Since then it has developed into the recognised voice for the wider construction industry. Members include the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors [RICS] Construction Group, Construction Employers Federation [CEF], Federation of Master Builders, Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA) and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). Current Chairman Steven Kane was vociferous in his condemnation of the political impasse at Stormont and the trouble it was wreaking on the Northern Ireland Construction sector. “With a turnover of £2.18 billion in 2014, the local construction industry is of major importance to the wider Northern Ireland economy and delivers a number

of significant multiplier effects. In terms of employment alone, 66,000 people currently work in the industry, representing almost 10 per cent of the working population in Northern Ireland. Furthermore, research from Ulster University estimates that for every 10 jobs created or sustained in the local construction industry seven further jobs are supported in the wider economy – so the impact on the NI labour market is indeed far reaching. “However, a serious lack of public investment in capital projects, infrastructure and maintenance in Northern Ireland, when coupled with a paralysis on decision making by the Executive, means that the pipeline of construction-related work is rapidly drying up and the industry simply cannot support these jobs. “The CIG conducted a survey of our members and the results were harrowing. When asked about the effect of the current crisis at Stormont on firms in the wider construction industry, 95 per cent of respondents predicted that it would impact on their plans for recruitment, their turnover and future investment in their businesses locally. “100 per cent of respondents, meanwhile, claimed that the current impasse is resulting in a negative view of construction related investment in Northern Ireland by outside and local investors.” Never before has an industry been so united in its condemnation of politicians. Surely now they will start listening and act on the warning they have been given... CIG is the umbrella body for almost 30 representative organisations covering all aspects of the construction industry in Northern Ireland.

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Ulster University Announces Lagan-Somague Joint Venture for Belfast Campus Second Phase Ulster University recently announced that a joint venture between local firm, Lagan Construction Group and Portuguese firm Somague Group, has been awarded the £150m contract for phase two of the University’s new Belfast campus. Construction on the overall £250 million, 75,000 square metre Belfast campus began in 2014 and is expected to complete in 2018. It is currently the largest building project in Northern Ireland and phase two will see two new blocks developed on York Street, directly opposite the existing campus building. Ulster University Acting ViceChancellor, Professor Alastair Adair said: “At a crucial time for Ulster University and for the Higher Education sector, today’s

announcement brings us a step closer to realising our plans to deliver a modern, first class teaching and learning environment which the people of Northern Ireland deserve and can be truly proud of. “By 2018, over 15,000 students and staff will bring the new campus to life, bringing much needed regeneration to this area of the city. Not only will the positive impact on higher education be felt for generations to come, but the impact on the economy, particularly in terms of the construction sector will be invaluable with over 5000 construction jobs supported during the project build and fit out period.” Colin Loughran, CEO, Lagan Construction Group said: “In a competitive market, Lagan Construction Group is delighted to have secured this project and

Colin Loughran, CEO Lagan Construction Group, Professor Alastair Adair and Rui Vieira de Sa, President, Somague

to have forged a partnership with one of Europe’s largest construction companies, Somague. This is a landmark build in a key part of the city and one which will shape both the community and the construction sector for years to come.” Rui Vieira de Sá, President, Somague said: “This is our first

partnership with a Northern Ireland construction company and we believe that this joint venture can deliver significant benefits to both Ulster University and the wider construction sector. We look forward to commencing what is an exciting large scale project for the people of Northern Ireland.”

Super skilled construction apprentices compete at Skillbuild NI 2015

Dr Stephen Farry, Minister for Employment and Learning, Kyle Weir, South West College, Gold winner in joinery and young apprentice of the year, Sarah Travers and Maurice Johnston, Chairman of CITB NI, at the Skillbuild NI 2015 Finals held in Belfast Metropolitan College, Castlereagh Campus.

The best local construction apprentices from across Northern Ireland tested their skills in 11 different construction trades at Skillbuild NI 2015, held at Belfast Metropolitan College;’s Castlereagh campus recently. Skillbuild NI, run and governed by

CITB NI, is held annually each spring with the top local construction apprentices competing to win coveted titles in skills areas ranging from brickwork to wall and floor tiling. The winners may then go on to represent Northern Ireland in the Skills Show UK and potentially at WorldSkills

Commending the competitors on their hard work and dedication shown in their area of expertise, Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry said: “Skills are widely accepted as a key driver in how Northern Ireland can achieve our economic goals and developing the skills and talents of our young people is central to enabling local businesses to develop and grow, to improve our collective prosperity and meet the present and future needs of our economy. “This competition is an excellent opportunity for our young people in the construction sector to showcase and celebrate their high level of skills and talent, as well as reflecting the high standards of training in our further education colleges and training organisations. Skills competitions are an essential part of the pursuit of excellence in our training systems and working practices.

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Skillbuild NI not only encourages trainees to improve their own skills, but provides an example of the high quality work being produced in training organisations and colleges across NI. The Skillbuild test pieces are designed to challenge the ability of apprentices, testing skills within tight timeframes and the competitors are being continuously assessed throughout the two day competition. Maurice Johnston, Chairman CITB NI, said: “Skillbuild NI is the premier skills competition for construction and we recognize the accomplishments of all the competitors taking part in the 2015 finals. This competition provides the perfect platform to demonstrate the enormous talent we have in the construction industry in Northern Ireland, helping to showcase the professionalism of our brightest recruits and industry as a whole.”

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Barclays Close £35m Financing Deal for Fold Housing to Develop over 600 Social Housing Units

Barclays has announced the completion of a £35million financing package with Fold Housing Association aimed at supporting the delivery of approximately 600 social and affordable housing units across Northern Ireland over the next 2-3 years. Diana Fitzsimons, Chair of Fold Housing Association, which manages over 6,000 social housing units in Northern Ireland, discusses the financing package: “The Barclays financing package together with capital grant funding from the Department for Social Development will underpin an ambitious development programme and provide a valuable boost to the local construction sector over the next 2-3 years. Having already secured over £70M of private finance to support the construction of new homes across NI, this additional £35M of financial support from

Barclays brings our total investment in local housing to over £100M. Fold remains committed to developing high quality, low cost homes to meet an increasing demand for housing.” Joanna McArdle, Director, Barclays, discusses: “Barclays has extensive knowledge and experience of working in Northern Ireland’s social housing sector and a clear understanding of its specific needs. We were therefore ideally placed to develop a bespoke financial package to support Fold Housing Association’s development programme and assist in achieving a solution which would allow them to deliver on average an additional 200 social housing units per year, over the course of the next three years. This significant deal will be a great boost for Fold and of course for the thousands of people that will benefit through the provision of these new homes”. Ms McArdle continues: “In the last

seven years Barclays has injected over £300m in private finance to the local social housing sector and we are committed to continuing to fund the sector going forward. We believe social housing also plays an important role in stimulating the local construction industry which is so important for jobs creation in Northern Ireland.” Welcoming the announcement of funding for Fold Housing, Social Development Minister Mervyn Storey MLA said: “This private funding, which will complement funding from my Department, is very much welcomed, particularly at a time when public finances are under such pressure. The housing association movement has just come through a very successful period with 10,066 new social and affordable homes delivered in the past four years. Fold Housing Association has contributed significantly to that success and

this new funding will allow more of the same. This investment is an endorsement by Barclays Bank that the social housing sector is strong and able to deliver a quality sustainable product that continues to be much in demand.” Cameron Watt, Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations (NIFHA) comments: “NIFHA congratulates Fold and Barclays on this significant funding deal that will help deliver many more much-needed homes. Fold is now one of the largest and best respected residential developers in Northern Ireland. With strong boards and senior teams, Fold and other high-performing housing associations are an investment option of choice for financial institutions. Local housing associations look forward to continuing our successful partnership with Barclays to build high-quality homes and help nurture thriving communities.”



Generate Offers Opportunities in the Built Environment Belfast Met Programme Delivers Ventures to Businesses

Sinead Lavery, Economic Development Officer, Castlereagh & Lisburn City Council; Roy Bell, Associate Procurement Advisor, The Strategic Investment Board; Brendan Mone, Technical Sales Representative, Glen Dimplex NI; Paul McCormack, Innovation Manager, Belfast Met and Edel Mullan, Economic Development Officer, Belfast City Council.

Delegates from across Northern Ireland recently attended ‘Renewables – The Built Environment’; an

event hosted by the Belfast Met ‘Generate’ Business Development Programme and held at the Construction

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MSM Contracts run for Macmillan

Joanne Young, fundraising manager with Macmillan Cancer Support, recently received a cheque for £1555 from staff from MSM Contracts in Portadown. The Seagoe based company entered two five-person teams into the RiverRock Belfast City Marathon Team Relay event, with all funds raised going to chosen charity, Macmillan Cancer Support. The five ‘so-called athletes’ running in the ‘Was A Good Idea At The Time’ team were Jimmy Boyd, Martine Gaston, Greig McNeill, Tanya McNeill and Adrian McElhatton, finishing the 26.2 mile course in 4 hrs 29 mins. Crossing the line close-by in 4 hrs 36 mins, were the appropriately named ‘Scrambled Legs’ team of Ryan Phillips, Charlene Patton, Charlie Patton, Laura Feehan and Lorraine Patton. Pictured presenting the cheque to Joanne Young are Greg McNeill, Charlene Patton, Adrian McElhatton, Ryan Phillips, Laura Feehan and Jimmy Boyd.

Industry Training Board (CITB) in Dundrod. The event was designed to consider mutually beneficial opportunities for both the renewable and construction sectors. The ‘Generate’ Programme is part funded by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Belfast City Council, Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland, and is delivered by Belfast Met. Roy Bell, Associate Procurement Advisor at Strategic Investment Board, informed attendees of the recently launched EnergyWise Programme and the opportunities that it presents. Mr Bell gave

delegates an outline of the scale and scope of the Programme, which is estimated to have a value in excess of £175m over the next five years and will include approximately 50,000 home improvements overall. There will be many opportunities for SME’s to enter into the supply chain for this project. Delegates also heard from Brendan Mone, Technical Sales Representative from Glen Dimplex NI, who discussed the Dimplex Renewables Building, which boasts several state-of-the-art renewable energy features. Mr Mone shared with delegates the development of a range of appliances which support the renewable energy ethos and how local companies can work with Glen Dimplex.

APM NI Branch shines spotlight on local government reform project

Pictured are, from left, are Ian Maye Deputy Secretary, Department of the Environment; Gerry Coghlan APM NI Branch Chairman and David Jackson Clerk and Chief Executive of Causeway Coast and Glens District Council at the APM NI Breakfast Briefing on Local Government Reform in the Merchant Hotel, Belfast.

The Association for Project Management (APM) hosted a breakfast briefing in the Merchant Hotel recently on the Local Government Reform Programme. With the 11 new councils assuming their full suite of powers at the beginning of April, Ian Maye Deputy Secretary responsible for Local Government Reform, Road Safety and Corporate Services Group in the Department of the Environment and David Jackson Clerk and Chief Executive of Causeway Coast and Glens District Council offered insights into the complexities of managing a project of this scale and their personal perspectives on the implementation of a change programme that has required co-ordination of 50 organisations, tracking 120 key tasks and overseeing the delivery of four pieces of primary legislation and 54 pieces of subordinate legislation.


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Ulster University expertise transforms design capability of local engineers

As part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership programme, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary, Ulster University expertise is helping to transform the in-house design capability of local engineers

Expertise from Ulster University has transformed the in-house design capability of local engineers, Mechanical Installations and Maintenance (MiM), enabling the company to streamline product development and export to new markets.

MiM, based in Londonderry, provides heavy lifting services and engineers bespoke metal-based products for a wide range of sectors. As part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Ulster University, the company has upgraded its traditional 2D design process to more technologically advanced 3D modelling. The KTP programme is currently celebrating its 40th anniversary of helping businesses to access knowledge and expertise from academia. The 3D modelling capability allows MiM to generate virtual prototypes, which has dramatically shortened design cycles and improved information sharing, both internally and with clients. The Ulster University KTP will help to redevelop LowerLoad, a heavy lifting device, using the 3D modelling design process. The innovative redesign will use steel meaning it could be used in sterilised environments including hospitals and restaurants. It

Armatile announce rugby legend Rory Best as its Brand Ambassador

Rory Best (Centre) with Chris McCann and Martin Mallon of Armatile

After forty years toiling in the front row of the tile industry in Ireland and the UK, the Armatile team is set to really push on with the addition of Ireland’s most-capped hooker. It’s a huge year for Rory, leading up to the World Cup in the Autumn, but the recently-crowned Rugby Personality of the Year has taken time out to champion Armatile and lend his broad shoulders to its drive towards ever greater success. ‘Armatile is a company with real family values, a strong heritage, and which has the desire to consistently deliver the goods, each and every time. These are the sorts of qualities I can relate to, and which I try to deliver every time I pull on the white or the green jersey,’ said Rory, the inspirational team captain.

will also streamline the device to a lighter flat-pack model which will reduce distribution costs, a practical improvement vital to the company’s export success. Stephen Clarke, KTP associate for MiM, said: “As a graduate in mechanical engineering from Ulster University, I was delighted to secure the KTP associate position and get the chance to use my expertise to help transform the business. “The University has helped us to introduce new design software that has revolutionised MiM’s in-house product design services. Since the beginning of the KTP just eight months ago, the company has secured over £50,000 worth of new sales and the future looks even brighter with the re-launch of the new and improved LowerLoad.” The Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) programme is funded in Northern Ireland by Invest Northern Ireland and Innovate UK.

Qmac partners with habitat for humanity to ‘slam the door’ on Poverty Housing Eddie O'Neill, MD of QMAC with Jenny Williams, Habitat for Humanity

Construction company QMAC has launched a partnership with Habitat for Humanity Northern Ireland by branding the doors of their company vehicles. QMAC has launched the partnership by committing money, time and resources and branding the doors is merely the first step in that commitment. The initiative will aim to help raise awareness and encourage more support for the charity’s work, which offers families a hand up out of poverty through simple, decent housing. Eddie O’Neill, Managing Director at QMAC said: “We have chosen to partner with Habitat because their community building approach fits so well with our company ethos of reinvesting in the community. We believe it will add value for our company and our people and at the same time help families in need locally and around the world.” QMAC will also donate leftover building materials to Habitat ReStore; the low cost DIY store which helps local people improve their homes at prices they can afford and at the same time diverts tonnes of material from landfill sites. QMAC will encourage staff, clients and their networks to get involved too.

digest Joe Keenan accepts Best Building Maintenance Provider award Joe Keenan accepts Best Building Maintenance Provider award The judges said that CFM’s ability to step in at short notice and assist their clients in the way that they do is remarkable. In addition, the panel were impressed with the strategic growth that is being demonstrated by the company as well as its contribution to the social economy. Established 40+ years ago supplying plumbing & heating services to the mid-Ulster area, CFM has developed into an Integrated Building Service provider responsible for the Building, Mechanical, Electrical, Repairs service and Improvement works to 19,000 buildings throughout Ireland on behalf of Social/ Private Housing bodies, Insurance Companies, Health, Education, Commercial & Industrial clients.

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Diamond Systems Unveil Completely Re-designed Website Leading provider of electronic fire and security solutions, Diamond Systems are excited to announce the re-launch of their completely re-designed website www. The Belfast-based company has been in operation over 28 years and focuses on providing fully inclusive service for the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of a wide range of systems including CCTV, Access Control, Fire, Intruder, Emergency Lighting and Gas Suppression. The new design brings a fresh modern approach to the company’s site featuring a highly visual concept. The website, which went live at the beginning of last month, is also fully responsive allowing ease of accessibility for all website visitors from any device. “The re-design is reflective of the personal, high quality service you will receive from Diamond Systems. The website features some of our most prestigious projects, and showcases our experience and capabilities over our 28 years of trading,” explains Angela Bennett, Financial Director. Diamond Systems look forward to continued growth throughout the rest of 2015, explaining that visitors to the new site can expect to see regular updates of company news, product launches, business activity, events and further information on the range of products and services offered. “We are excited about developing the site further through the use of video and ecommerce over the coming months to make a truly interactive website for our customers and visitors to the site.” For more information about the range of services provided by Diamond Systems visit www. or call 028 90 207 207. 



Irish Library and Cultural Centre is Schueco Double Award Winner Dun Laoghaire Lexicon Library and Cultural Centre, Dublin, has won both the Overall Excellence Award and the Sustainability Award in the 2015 Schueco Excellence Awards. Organised by Schueco UK in conjunction with RIBA Journal, these awards, now in their second year, aim to recognise the very best in the design and installation of Schueco systems. The winning €29.5m, 6,327 m2 building, designed by Cork practice, Carr Cotter Naessens Architects, was described by the judging panel as ‘a beautifully made, beautifully crafted building that looks like it’ll be here for a long time. An excellent piece of architecture’. The Library and Cultural Centre makes extensive use of Schueco systems. It includes FW 50+ SG structural glazing and a variety of Schueco AWS windows including AWS 70.HI motorised inward-opening vents. Steel sections utilise the Schueco Jansen VISS façade system. Mainly naturally ventilated

with the help of exposed thermal mass, solar shading and high floor-toceiling heights, mechanical ventilation operates only in the art gallery and auditorium. There is a heat transfer system for heating and cooling and the concrete frame contains up to 50% recovered material, reducing the amount of Portland cement required in its construction. A key overall design priority of the client, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, was longevity so the architects built in a minimum design life of 60 years for components and 100 years for the building structure. Officially opened in April, the Dun Laoghaire Lexicon Library and Cultural Centre is now fully operational. Main contractor for the project was John Sisk and Sons, while Billings Design Associates were the consultants for the main façade. The winners in the other award categories were: the Turnmill office building, Clerkenwell (Best Commercial Building); Library of Birmingham (Best Cultural Building); JW3 Community Centre, north London (Best Education Building); Dorset Shepherds Bush Hotel, London (Best Refurbishment Project); Calvin Street, Shoreditch (Best

Residential Development); Reid Building, Glasgow (Best Steel Project) and The National Graphene Institute, Manchester (Lakesmere Group – Best Specialist Contractor). The 2015 judging panel comprised: Hugh Pearman (chairman; editor of RIBA Journal and architecture critic for The Sunday Times); Paul

Monaghan (director of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris); Joanna Bacon (managing partner of Allies and Morrison) and José Hernàndes-Gil (associate at Duggan Morris). For further information on any aspect of the 2015 Schueco Excellence Awards, please email

Jobs boost for Ulster University construction graduates Farrans Construction, Gilbert Ash Ltd and O'Hare McGovern along with 39 other companies have joined forces with Ulster University to offer over 150 graduate positions and work placement opportunities in the construction sector. The announcement was made Roisin Campbell, Farrans Graduate Quantity Surveyor, at Ulster University’s annual Built Nathan Wilson, Farrans Section Manager, Anton McArdle, Farrans Graduate Quantity Surveyor Environment Networking & Recruitment Day, which connects talented students seeking employment with over 40 of the UK’s top construction companies. There are over 60 full time graduate level jobs on offer and approximately 90 work experience opportunities that cover the whole spectrum of the construction sector, from quantity surveying and civil engineering to construction and renewable energy management.

Shauna McCloy, Head of Employability at Ulster University said: “Ulster University is focused on helping to build and support the construction sector which is on the road to recovery post-downturn. The university’s reputation for delivering work-based learning means that year after year employers from the UK construction sector are returning to recruit our highly skilled and employment-ready graduates. “As we celebrate Work Experience Month today’s announcement also reaffirms that Ulster University’s placement students are delivering benefits to industry by providing fresh thinking and enthusiasm to solve business problems. Placements are also boosting career prospects of our students by helping them gain a better insight into the demands of their chosen career.” Jonathan Hunter, Senior HR Manager from Farrans Construction said: “A career in the built environment can be hugely rewarding and as the economic recovery continues, now more than ever is an exciting time to be involved in the sector. Farrans is currently recruiting for full-time graduate positions in Northern Ireland, Scotland and England. This event is a great opportunity to gain access to some of the best up-and-coming talent in the local construction sector.”

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K-Form: Henderson Lorry Park


B Civils, a division of Macnaughton Blair, are delighted to be appointed as premier stockists of K-Form in Ireland. The K-Form Concrete Formwork System offers a revolutionary and innovative shuttering product that saves the contractor time and money. MB Civils continued success in targeting contractors with K-Form has paid dividends resulting in a significant increase in sales throughout Ireland.

Levinus Gillen, Technical Sales Manager for MB Civils works closely with contractors throughout every stage of the project. One such client to benefit from

this approach is Bellaghy-based contractor, Hugh Griffin & Sons (HGS). Hugh was awarded the contract to place 5,500m2 of concrete at the Henderson Lorry Park at Mallusk. Hugh admits; “I was sceptical at first about how much time and labour the K-Form system would actually save, as opposed to the more traditional ‘timber stop end’ method.” HGS proposed the K-Form for approval to KMG Consultants and this was duly granted. Hugh continues: “K-Form lived up to its benefits due to the ease of preparation and installation which increased the volume of concrete we could pour each day. Another plus being, it would bring our programme back on schedule as we had already lost time to adverse weather conditions”.

A noticeable feature on this job using the K-Form formwork system was how manhole covers were located in relation to gridlines thus giving maximum strength within that bay. The ‘Removable Top Strip’ eliminated the need for saw-cuts and the sealant requirement is easier to quantify due to the uniformity of the strip.

Key K-Form Benefits: • Saves time, labour and more importantly money with no compromises. •100% recycled PVC screed system. • Allows for continuous pouring of adjacent bays of a concrete slab. • Increases concrete pour sizes. • Eliminates saw cuts. Levinus Gillen stated “to date, all feedback regarding K-Form has

been positive and there seems to be a willingness to embrace changing methods due to all the benefits that it brings to site”. He also says “We will be working closely over the coming months with Architects and Consultants to introduce the K-Form system for inclusion at the specification stage of upcoming projects, thus offering pricing opportunities at an early stage. We are confident that K-Form will become a common feature in slab construction in Ireland”. For further details contact: Telephone: 028 9055 1390 Email: MB Civils Brochure now available to download at: 4 Balmoral Road, Belfast BT12 6QA



Finsa’s CompacMel Plus, the innovative wood compact from FINSA As a result of FINSA’s commitment to Research + Development, the COMPAC PLUS and COMPACMEL PLUS products are a natural evolution in its Medium Density Fibreboards, offering an advanced technical solution for the most demanding projects. COMPAC PLUS is a compact high density fibreboard (>1000 kg/ m3) made with phenolic glues which provide it with excellent mechanical properties (bending strength, modulus of elasticity, impact resistance) and extreme resistance to moisture in interior environments.COMPACMEL

PLUS also features a melamine covering of high resistance in a choice of more than 160 colours from the DUO range. Finsa is committed to sustainable construction and CompacMel Plus is environmentally-friendly from the start of its production process. As a result of the measurement of its ecological footprint, a saving can be confirmed of up to 80 % of greenhouse gas emissions from that in the production of a traditional compact laminate. The use in its production of

certified wood (PEFC or FSC), from sustainable resources up to 100 % recyclable, and its low formaldehyde content, makes CompacMel Plus a viable solution for use in sustainable buildings where LEED certification is being sought. Among the many applications for the product include furniture in sporting, educational and commercial facilities, as well as hospital furniture. Fitting in high humidity environments is safe and stable, while the ease of machining and installation with

Diamond Systems Continue to Grow with the Appointment of New Sales Manager Diamond Systems, leading Belfast-based providers of electronic fire and security solutions, are pleased to announce the recent appointment of Philip Stevenson as Sales Manager within the company. Philip joins the company with extensive business development and sales experience to lead Diamond Systems growing sales team in the development of new and existing business throughout Northern Ireland and the UK. Key areas of focus will be to actively promote the extensive range of electronic fire and security solutions offered by the NSI Gold company. Diamond Systems have over 28 years’ experience in the design, commissioning, installation and maintenance of electronic fire and

security systems including CCTV, Access Control, Intruder and Fire Detection Systems. During this time much of their success has been built on their dedication to exceed customer needs and expectations in terms of quality, service and innovation. “We are delighted to expand our management team with the newly created post of Sales Manager as we look towards new markets and an increasing product range,” explains Steve Snoddon, Managing Director. “In addition to our core business of electronic fire and security solutions, we are expanding our active fire protection range in 2015 to include fire suppression system installation and maintenance. Philip’s addition to the team will also help our expansion plans into new markets including ROI and GB.”

standard tools and fittings, allows quick installation on site. For public buildings, COMPACMEL Plus Fire Retardant, with a reaction to fire certification of B-s1, d0, is the ideal solution. Also, its use as a wall cladding substantially improves the thermal insulation due to its good thermal conductivity values, thereby reducing energy consumption. More information on standards and features can be obtained by contacting Finsa’s office in Ireland: Tel. 061-921038 or check our website


CITB NI celebrate the development of traditional skills for local heritage sector

Successful placements receiving certificates on Sustaining Traditional Building Skills in NI project with Barry Neilson Chief Executive CITB NI and Angela Lavin Heritage Lottery Fund NI.


he project managed by CITB NI and mainly supported by funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) through its ‘Skills for the Future’ programme, helped to develop traditional building skills and create a heritage training infrastructure in Northern Ireland. The project will improve the workforce skills to repair and refurbish existing pre-1919 buildings and contribute to the local heritage sector. The programme has enabled 34 craftspeople and college lecturers to be upskilled in heritage occupations including; Carpentry & Joinery, Heritage Painting; Blacksmithing; Stonemasonry; Plastering and Thatching to NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Heritage Skills or National Progression Award level. Work-based placements were with experienced heritage practitioners and included sites owned by the National Trust, NI Environment Agency and The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum. A ‘Training the Trainers’ programme was delivered to ten lecturers from Belfast Metropolitan College, South Eastern Regional College and South

West College to improve knowledge and understanding of built heritage and to enhance the provision of traditional skills training within the mainstream construction courses. Since the completion of the initial training a Sustainable Traditional Building Skills Trainers Forum has been established. This will build upon the established heritage training infrastructure and start delivering built heritage courses amongst the college network. A team of Ambassadors/Mentors have also been developed to act as advocates and mentors for the traditional building skills programme throughout Northern Ireland. The development of traditional building skills is continuing further with ten local experienced carpenters and joiners undertaking the first Heritage Specialist Apprenticeship Programme in Wood Occupations in NI due to be completed in December 2015. Barry Neilson, CITB NI Chief Executive said: “ The National Heritage Training Group (NHTG) launched research in 2009 which highlighted serious skills and knowledge gaps affecting builders and craftspeople working in Northern

Jamie Henry plastering placement

Representatives from the Heritage Lottery Fund, placement provider organisations, the training network, construction companies along with trainees gathered at CITB NI to celebrate the success of the ‘Sustaining Traditional Building Skills in Northern Ireland’ project.   Ireland’s built heritage sector. The Sustaining Traditional Building Skills in Northern Ireland project has addressed the fact that flexible on-site training schemes and obtaining relevant heritage qualifications are essential to preserve our vast range of historic properties and goes some way to addressing the needs of the sector. We are delighted to acknowledge those who trained on placement, the placement providers, lecturers and ambassadors/mentors who have given the project their full support and have developed traditional building skills not only for themselves but for the good of the heritage sector.”

Paul Mullan, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund NI, added his support “Skills for the Future is an important grant programme for the heritage sector. It is an ambitious programme that enabled heritage organisations to focus not only on the skills needed to safeguard our heritage but to equip people with practical skills to help them secure future employment. Sustaining Traditional Building Skills in Northern Ireland has been a great success and we are delighted the participants have gained invaluable practical experience alongside their qualifications which they use to conserve our built heritage.”

“Skills in Northern Ireland project has addressed the fact that flexible on-site training schemes and obtaining relevant heritage qualifications are essential to preserve our vast range of historic properties and goes some way to addressing the needs of the sector.”

The lecturers that were involved with the ‘Train the Trainers’ programme


Darren’s painting skills are helping to revive Northern Ireland’s architectural heritage


arren McEIduff from Omagh has over 10 years painting and decorating experience working in many hotels, bars and restaurants. Darren has achieved NVQ Level 2 in Painting and Decorating and has experience in washes, glazes, murals and distressing techniques. Darren was successful in gaining a placement in Heritage Painting (Decorative Conservation/ Restoration Artist) with Decowell in Belfast. Throughout his placement Darren gained a wide range of experience working both in the conservation studio and on site within Ecclestical restoration, private and public decorative and restorative projects. Some of the disciplines encountered included gilding, wood graining, stenciling, broken colour application and frame and object restoration. He had the opportunity to work on projects both at home and abroad including bespoke gilding in the Allied Irish Bank a Victorian building in Dublin and a 20th Century listed building in Paris. Darren achieved NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Heritage Skills (Construction) Decorative Occupations and on completion of the placement gained employment with his placement provider Decowell. Ruth Bothwell, proprietor Decowell Decorative Arts, a successful Decorative arts and restoration specialist provided Darren with a placement and her passion and enthusiasm for passing on her skills and knowledge to others led her to become ambassador/mentor for the ‘Sustaining Traditional Building Skills in Northern Ireland’ project. Ruth has also undertaken further training to be become an Assessor for Heritage Decorative Occupations.

Case Study - Heritage Skills helps Conor scale to international heights


onor Scullion, an NVQ Level 3 qualified Bricklayer from Lurgan, Co Armagh was awarded the bursary in Stonemasonry with the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. Conor was based in Derry/ Londonderry working on the City’s Walls, one of the city’s main tourist attractions. Every day Conor travelled from Lurgan to Derry/ Londonderry, a 140 mile round trip at his own expense to undertake his placement which showed his tremendous commitment to the bursary placement. Conor obtained an NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Heritage Skills (Construction) – Mason but due to the downturn in the construction industry in Northern Ireland, on completion of his placement, and after many attempts to get work, Conor left Northern Ireland in April 2013 and went to Christchurch in search of work. Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand which had been devastated by a number of earthquakes in 2010 and 2011. After three months of doing bricklaying and always knowing where his passion lay, an opportunity opened at the Arts Centre, Christchurch which was recruiting heritage specialists to complete one of the biggest restoration and conservation projects ongoing in the world today with an overall cost of £300 million for completion in 2020. Conor said, “It is a great opportunity to put my heritage skills to good use on such a high profile site. It is also a pleasure to be working alongside such talented craftsmen and everyone is so helpful inside and outside of work.” Conor has now set up his own business CS Masonry & Restoration Specialists in Christchurch specialising in all aspects of brick, block and stone structures from modern day to heritage buildings.

Local Placement Students create and position Termon Cross at Cranfield Church


n the shores of Lough Neagh at Churchtown Point lie the ruins of a 13th

century church and St Olcan’s Holy Shrine. Placement students on the ‘Sustaining Traditional Building Skills in Northern Ireland’ project Alan Garrett and Owen Mort took lead roles in the manufacture and positioning of the Termon Cross along with NIEA Conservation Staff. The design of this Cross is inspired by an earlier replica that was called the Termon Cross. The word termon comes from the Gaelic Tearmann meaning ‘Sanctuary’ and the cross once marked out the townland boundary and the edge of church lands.

20| CITB NI Blog: Developing my love of Wood through Heritage Carpentry Skills. Peter Sloan, Lisburn


started to serve my apprenticeship as a carpenter in 1993 and since then I have gained many experiences and knowledge along the way.

In 2006 I found myself co director of a successful joinery company with three employees and two apprentices. Like most other tradesmen the “Big Crash” of 2008 brought the building trade and many businesses to a virtual standstill. Newly married with my first child on the way my working future was uncertain at best. It was only when I was no longer working every day that I realised how much I loved my job and the true passion I had of the craft of wood.  Working with wood is a passion of mine. Wood is a product of nature, it has a purpose and whether you are putting on a roof with rough cut timber, making gothic arched

windows, carving something from a solid piece of timber, or turning a piece on a lathe there is a sense of fulfilment and pride as you are leaving your mark on the world. A lot has happened in the seven years since 2008 and I had to reinvent myself whilst staying true to my one passion. I worked as Head of Maintenance at a nursing home for two years and trained and worked as a tree surgeon for three years…..time had flown and the family at home had followed suit! My wife and I are proud parents of three children, Erin 7, Jude 5 & Rory 4. The UK economy it seemed wasn’t to be my only challenge as our two wonderful boys were both diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). This was another learning challenge within our home and one my wife and I took on with vigour.  In 2012 I took a difficult but necessary decision to be at home with the children to help support their needs until they were at school age. It was a tough transition but a natural one and one I’m very proud to say I chose. With the children settled into school it was time to look for a new challenge and opportunity. When I saw an advertisement in the paper looking for experienced joiners to train in a programme gaining an NVQ Level 3 Qualification in Heritage Skills in Wood Occupations it seemed a perfect opportunity. An opportunity for me to get back into work all whilst doing a job I was passionate about. 

Northern Ireland has over 8000 shape. All of this precision was of paramount importance to ensure a listed buildings all worth conserving solid and true base from which the for future generations to see, building would rise. and I saw this as a very exciting Joints were all cut by hand with opportunity to be a part of that. the use of dovetails, mortise and I applied and was fortunate to be tenons and various housing joints. accepted on to the Heritage Lottery No nails, screws or glue were used Fund’s Specialist Apprenticeship only wooden dowels were driven Programme. My training consisted in to hold the building together. of a placement with the Northern The hipped roof was all hand Ireland Environment Agency with cut using Red Cedar, Jack rafters four weeks off the job training at were hand cut and fixed and three CITB NI at Nutts Corner Training intersecting Lancet Arch windows Centre. were handmade by the group using Part of that four weeks training geometry with traditional methods was working alongside eleven other of construction. bursary trainees on the programme None of us can predict the to construct the Oak Framed future but as one of the eleven Building that sits at the Ulster Folk & bursary trainees we are among the Transport Museum today. first in Northern Ireland to have The second part was theory a NVQ Level 3 Qualification in based looking at Architectural styles Heritage Skills (Construction) Wood and time periods, natural building Occupations.   materials and an in depth study of It is a proud moment coming to roofing harking back to my school Cultra to see something that my days using Trigonometry. I think I paid hand has had a part of building, more attention second time around, something I helped to craft which is seeing maths in practice gives it there now for all the public to enjoy, much more meaning! something that might just become a Our tuition has been second little piece of history itself. Knowing to none and our first bite at true I was part of that is something very Heritage Carpentry was amazing. special indeed. We used traditional techniques and locally sourced green oak timber. Using our knowledge of plumb bobs, ink lines and callipers, roofing squares and levels with great The heritage structure constructed by Heritage Specialist precision we started to Apprenticeship Programme sits now in pride of place in the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum make the building take

Heritage Training An Introduction to working in the Built Heritage Sector Level 3 Award in Understanding Repair & Maintenance of Traditional (Pre1919) Buildings One of the outcomes of the ‘Sustaining Traditional Building Skills in Northern Ireland’ project is the development of this 30 hour training programme in conjunction with Belfast Metropolitan College, (BMC), South Eastern Regional College (SERC) and South West College (SWC)

This programme will be delivered at each of the 3 colleges, providing an introduction to the Repair and Maintenance in the Built Heritage Sector.

For further details contact the college in your area Belfast Metropolitan College: Millfield Campus Contact: Bronagh Boyle or Kieron Flannery Tel: 028 9026 5424 Email:

South Eastern Regional College: Newtownards, Downpatrick & Lisburn campuses Contact: Michelle Curran Tel: 028 9267 7225 Email: South West College: Dungannon Campus Contact: Una Taylor Tel: 0845 603 1881 (ext 3623) Email: Costs: £45 + £68 registration fee. CITB NI registered employers are eligible for grant assistance. Please contact CITB NI on 028 9082 5466.

Continual promotion of Traditional Building Skills The success of the ‘Sustaining Traditional Building Skills in Northern Ireland’ project has given CITB NI a platform to promote traditional skills within the heritage sector. Taste and see events, roadshows, demonstrations, site visits and a series of specialist courses have focused on the skills of the past in order to protect the future. The work of the lecturers and ambassadors and development within the college network will help influence and develop these skills further in order to preserve and maintain local heritage buildings. For further information check out follow us on Facebook and join the discussion on Twitter and Linkedin.



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Lumi has landed

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As well as being available in a full suite of matching designs, Lumi has a host of construction and performance benefits: • stormproof design with flush proportional glazing (the double rebate is completely hidden) • 50mm triple glazed (6-4-4) toughened glass for maximum insulation and noise reduction • 80mm GRP double rebate frame offers exceptional U-values - as low as 0.7w/m2k on fixed glazing panels • Triple gasket seal • Double euro groove allows for versatile hardware options, concealed hinges and window locks • High security Winkhaus lock system • Kitemark glass and Kitemark Lumi composite front door options • Fab & Fix hardware • Variable clear glazing options • Concealed hinges offer smooth action, high weight load opening and wide opening Lumi comes with a 10 year guarantee (structural, mechanical and colour fast). Lumi windows are available as left and right opening options, fixed panes and top openers. External colour options are light blue, black, white, cream, light grey, Chartwell green, anthracite grey and slate blue. Interior finish choices are in halo white, cream, black, anthracite grey, AnTeak, Siena, Winchester and Swamp Oak.



Stephen Kane, Chairman, CIG

Construction body expresses “grave concern” over Stormont impasse The Construction Industry Group (CIG) – the umbrella body for almost 30 representative organisations covering all aspects of the construction industry in Northern Ireland – has expressed “grave concern” over the current impasse on welfare reform and warned that the industry is facing collapse if the Assembly fails to implement the Stormont House Agreement and agree a sustainable and deliverable budget for Northern Ireland. Speaking on behalf of its members, CIG Chairman Stephen Kane said: “We find ourselves in an extremely serious situation whereby the Northern Ireland construction

industry, and the people working within in it, face a very bleak future if the Assembly fails to implement the Stormont House Agreement and agree a sustainable, deliverable budget for Northern Ireland. “With a turnover of £2.18bn in 2014, the local construction industry is of major importance to the wider Northern Ireland economy and delivers a number of significant multiplier effects. In terms of employment alone, 66,000

people currently work in the industry, representing almost 10 per cent of the working population in Northern Ireland. Furthermore, research from Ulster University estimates that for every ten jobs created or sustained in the local construction industry seven further jobs are supported in the wider economy – so the impact on the Northern Ireland labour market is indeed far reaching. “However, a serious lack of public investment in capital projects,


infrastructure and maintenance in Northern Ireland, when coupled with a paralysis on decision making by the Executive, means that the pipeline of construction-related work is rapidly drying up and the industry simply cannot support these jobs. “The CIG conducted a survey of our members last week and the results were harrowing. When asked about the effect of the current crisis at Stormont on firms in the wider construction industry, 95 per cent of respondents predicted that it would impact on their plans for recruitment, their turnover and future investment in their businesses locally. “100 per cent of respondents, meanwhile, claimed that the current impasse is resulting in a negative view of construction related investment in Northern Ireland by outside and local investors. “The results regarding pipeline of work and subsequent employment levels were even more concerning, with almost three quarters (73%) saying that they only have enough work within Northern Ireland to keep their current levels of employment for 0-3 months, and only 8 per cent saying that they have enough work in Northern Ireland to support their work force for a further 6-12 months. “These results speak for themselves and the outlook, quite frankly, is grim. We have a very real concern that the local construction industry is on the brink of collapse. We are urgently calling on our politicians to reach an agreed decision that will enable the construction industry to build a modern infrastructure for an economically competitive Northern Ireland. “As members of GrowNI, CIG fully supports the Northern Ireland business community united in calls for power on corporation tax to be devolved. The implementation of the Corporation Tax Bill by the Assembly will enhance both investment and the growth of jobs in construction. We urge our politicians to work together and move forward to set a date and rate for Corporation Tax. “We also need our politicians to take action to facilitate the growth of private investment that will see a reduction in the dependency of the construction industry on public funding – thus meeting the Programme for Government target to rebalance the Northern Ireland economy. Failure to do so will have catastrophic implications for the local construction industry and the wider Northern Ireland economy.”

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Museum of Orange Heritage at

Sloan’s House


n historic dwelling in Co Armagh – recognised as the birthplace of the Orange Institution – has officially opened as a new stateof-the-art museum and interpretative centre. The Museum of Orange Heritage at Sloan’s House, Loughgall, is part of the REACH Project (Reaching

out through Education and Cultural Heritage), which received £3.6 million from the EU’s PEACE III programme, and is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). The refurbishment of Sloan’s House – where the first Orange warrants were signed over 200 years ago – includes a major extension to cater for additional museum exhibition areas and provision of

detailed information relating to the early history of the Orange Order. The expansion incorporates a display of the original Sloan’s Parlour, illustrated in a similar way it would have looked when the Institution was first formed in 1795. Sloan’s House, in its original state, consisted of terraced dwellings and outbuildings which were in very poor and dilapidated condition and in need of extensive refurbishment. The project undertaken by Castlederg firm Lowry Bros. required the partial retention of some of the buildings, partial demolition and conversion of others as well as an extensive rear extension to create new exhibition spaces, meeting rooms and of course the retention of Sloan’s Parlour, which was the heart of the building. The building is located on the main street in the small village of Loughgall and access was extremely restrictive as there was no vehicular access to the rear and all materials had to be

carried over the roof by use of a tower crane. Since this is where the Orange Order was formed, there were many important aspects of its history to be preserved which necessitated the creation of displays of key artefacts and illustrations through graphics and audio visual technologies. These are used to show what Sloan’s Parlour, for example would have looked when the Orange Order was first formed in Sloan’s House. The new building also included a permanent exhibition space, café and research facility. The needs of the end user were carefully considered form the beginning of the project and the entire project team worked closely together to provide a high quality product delivered on time and within budget. Client engagement was brought on board from the outset, with early pre start meetings held prior to works commencing on site and monthly


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progress meetings held to update the client representative on progress and give them the opportunity to view the building at the various stages of construction. Early contribution to the buildability of the works helped the design team work out the finer details for the construction of the works, helping them and the client to physically create their vision. The Architect was involved with the client’s team from an early stage and over the course of just a few meetings on site, the programme and design of the works was worked out to ensure that the

project would be completed on time and with as little disruption as possible. Lowry Construction’s Project Management team liaised regularly with the clients team to ensure the project was completed on time and within budget, the supply chain was managed through clear understanding of each members role and a transparent view to managing these also ensured that each supply chain member worked towards achieving the same end goal, which was a high quality finish carried out in a professional manner.

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Historical significance of Sloan House


Health and Safety is a high priority on all Lowry Construction sites and this project was no different. Due to the restricted nature of the site, a tower crane had to be utilized to safely place materials into the working areas. Their Health & Safety Officer carried out regular site audits which meant that the site was maintained to a high standard of Health & Safety throughout. Sustainability was given careful consideration on the project from the outset, with Lowry’s contracts manager spending a lot of time discussing different options for the

construction of the different elements of the building. The result was the use of items such as natural stone cladding, natural slates and salvaged timber flooring all sourced from local suppliers to help achieve the goal of reducing the carbon footprint. During the construction the team also considered their carbon footprint carefully and took measures to reduce this, such as the utilisation of an electrically operated tower crane rather than diesel machinery, use of local suppliers, etc. Public impact was taken on board as part of Lowry’s considerate

constructor’s scheme certification. The neighbours were consulted prior to commencement of the works and any issues were ironed out prior to commencement of any work directly affecting them. Some members of the public that were unsure about the project at the outset were consulted throughout and are now exceptionally pleased with the finished product and have commended the team for a job well done. The client team were exceptionally pleased with not only the finished product, but also the manner in which the contract was managed. The Project Manager commended Lowry’s Site Manager for his attitude throughout the project and giving them high quality, hassle free project.

he first embryonic meeting of the Orange Order as we know, took place in the Winter ancestral home in the farmyard 200 yards from the Diamond Crossroads. They needed a representative readily available to act for the whole body. James Sloan was chosen as Secretary. He was an educated man, a former Schoolmaster, who owned an Inn on the Main Street in Loughgall. Discussions took place to outline the new organisation and it was decided to hold further discussions later in the house of James Sloan in Loughgall. The Museum has on view various items of Orange memorabilia; Warrants, Certificates and Williamite Coins. On display is the “Blunder-burst” (brass gun similar to a punt gun used by wildfowlers), which was seized at the Battle of the Diamond from a man named Quigley, who was the “Commander” of the Defenders. From the Battle of the Diamond, a Pike which was recovered from the thatch of the Winter ancestral home at the farmyard, is on display. Also, a Flag which was carried on 12th July 1849 at Dolly’s Brae, County Down.” Source - County Armagh Grand Orange Lodge 2008

Finalists Announced in the 2015 Construction Excellence Awards


he shortlisted finalists for the CEF/Specify Construction Excellence Awards 2015 have been announced, following the first round of judging in which over 100 entries were rigorously assessed. The judges have shortlisted the large number of entries across 14 categories down to a final 55 based on individual written submissions. All finalists will now receive a judging visit before the showcase event in September. The Construction Excellence Awards Showcase of Finalists event will take place on 3 September 2015. This year the event is being hosted by Laganwater, the 2014 Overall Winner, and will give finalists the opportunity to demonstrate the excellence of their project to their customers, suppliers, Government representatives and industry professionals. John Armstrong, Managing Director of the Construction Employers Federation said “Despite the very challenging economic climate, Northern Ireland has been home to some of the finest construction projects on these islands. It is also clear, however, that many of our contractors have had to look further afield and so we have introduced a new category this year to

recognise the excellent work being carried out by our contractors outside of the province, in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland. Over one hundred projects were rigorously judged and we are delighted to reveal the list of those in with a chance of winning a much sought after award at the Gala Evening in October.” He continued “It is heartening to see that so many companies have remained steadfast in their pursuit of excellence. I would like to congratulate all of those companies who entered the competition and I particularly commend those who have made it on to this year’s shortlist for the Construction Excellence Awards.” The winners will be announced at a Gala evening on 8 October 2015 in the Culloden Hotel. There are 14 main award categories in the Construction Excellence Awards 2015 under Housing, General Construction, Infrastructure, Quality Performance and a new category to represent projects in GB and ROI; there is also a bonus category to recognise excellence in partnering and an overall award for the Most Outstanding Entry. In Association with


he new Museum of Orange Heritage facility aims to promote shared space and greater levels of reconciliation through education, and is part of a joint outreach project with the Institution’s refurbished headquarters in Belfast, which officially opened last week. County Grand Master of County Armagh Grand Orange Lodge, Denis Watson hailed the official opening of the Museum of Orange Heritage in Loughgall as “unprecedented”. He said: “We are immensely proud that the roots of Orangeism, and its worldwide presence of today,

emanated from within the confines of Sloan’s House following the Battle of the Diamond. It is fitting that such a living history can be shared. “We are delighted to showcase our cultural heritage with a wider audience through the provision of a modern museum. Our new centre will tell the story of the formation of the Orange Order and its evolution through graphics, audio visual technologies and the display of key artefacts. “By enabling a greater understanding of the well-established Orange tradition in Co Armagh, we believe this facility will be a positive influence for community relations in the area. We also have confidence its presence will be hugely beneficial

to the local economy, as well as the tourism sector.” He added: “Outreach is a major part of this initiative and we look forward to engaging with schools and community groups in the local area as well as the border counties of the Irish Republic.” Welcoming the completion of the new facility, Lorraine McCourt, Director with the SEUPB said: “This project hopes to facilitate a greater understanding of what Orange culture means, what it has to offer and its importance within our shared history. We are very pleased to have been able to provide EU PEACE III support to the facility as it will reach out to audiences that would never have engaged with Orange culture before.”

Match-funding for the project has been provided by the Department for Social Development in Northern Ireland and the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, in the Republic of Ireland. Minister for Social Development, Mervyn Storey, MLA, in expressing his support for the initiative said: “This project is seeking to break down barriers, dispel myths and embrace people from all communities. In promoting and explaining its history and heritage in an open and welcoming way, and inviting in schools and community groups, the Orange Order is seeking to encourage the positive relationships which will form the basis of a shared future.” Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Alan Kelly, T.D. said: “I am delighted that this project has now completed and is available for all to enjoy. I think we need to understand and respect the traditions of the Orange Order and I am confident of the beneficial impact of this project for all, now and into the future.” The Loughgall museum will be open to the public from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm, with evening opening as required. Admission for adults will be £3, children £2, and those under 10 will avail of free access. Special group rates will also be available. Bookings can be made directly by calling 028 3889 2048.

Shortlist of Finalists General Construction


Company Name


Company Name

H & J Martin

Mount Stewart

Maurice Flynn & Sons McLaughlin & Harvey

Restoration Award

Woodvale Construction


Private Housing Award

Health & Education Infrastructure Award


Company Name


Cunningham Contracts

Ardenlee Avenue

Altnagelvin North Block Enabling Works

Rathvarna House

Lowry Building & Civil Engineering

Hagan Homes

West Circular Close

Mascott Construction

Reconstruction of the Gobbins Path

Hagan Homes

Linen Lane

CAFRE Food Innovation Centre

Vaughan Homes

Orland Meadow

O’Hare & McGovern

The Lynn Building

QUB’s Centre for Experimental Medicine

Viewpoint Developments

Ferry Quarter

Woodvale Construction

Lisnaskea Library

General Construction


Commercial Construction Award


Social Housing Award

Transport Infrastructure Award

Company Name


Company Name


Company Name



Strabane Household Recycling Centre

Dixons Contractors

Ballysally Phase 1


Abercorn Bridge

Donaghmore Construction

Lime Court, Peters Hill

Lagan Construction Group

A8 Belfast to Larne Dual Carriageway

T & A Kernoghan

West Green Holywood Lawnbrook Phase 2

Lagan Construction Group

Dundonald Park & Ride


Brokerstown Meadow

Heron Bros.

North West Regional Science Park

Lowry Building & Civil Engineering

Benone Tourist Complex

Lowry Construction


General Construction

GB & Republic of Ireland Construction Award

Company Name


Company Name


Company Name


Alskea Contracts

ABC Council Chamber Refurbishment

Farrans Construction

Harris Westminster Sixth Form College Phase 1

Lagan Construction Group

Gravity II - McVeigh’s Well to Old Park SR

Martin & Hamilton

Fit-Out of Great Hall at Galgorm Resort & Spa

McCue Crafted Fit

The Dean

McLaughlin & Harvey

A82 Pulpit Rock Realignment

Lowry Building & Civil Engineering

Lisnarick Waste Water Treatment Works

The McAvoy Group

Ocean Academy

M & M Contractors

Superfast Belfast

Fit-Out Award

Mascott Construction

Caterpillar Visitor Centre

McCue Crafted Fit

Arthur Cox

General Construction

Quality Performance

Social/Community Construction Award Company Name


Felix O’Hare & Co Lowry Building & Civil Engineering

Newry Leisure Centre Omagh Community Fire Station & District Headquarters Foyle Arena Cuilcagh Mountain Timber Boardwalk & Mountain Steps

O’Hare & McGovern W & H Alexander (Civil Engineering)

Principal Sponsor

Exporting Award


Utilities Infrastructure Award

Quality Performance Training Award



Felix O’Hare & Co

David Jameson Roofing Services


Farrans Construction

M & M Contractors

Lagan Construction Group Maurice Flynn & Sons

Quality Performance

Quality Performance

Environmental Sustainability Award

Health & Safety Award




Henry Brothers (Magherafelt)

Henry Brothers (Magherafelt)

Heron Bros.

Heron Bros.

Martin & Hamilton

Maurice Flynn & Sons

W & H Alexander (Civil Engineering)



News in Brief... PROMULGATION NOTICE – CHANGES TO WORKING RULE 5 HOLIDAY PAY The Joint Council for the Building and Civil Engineering Industry (Northern Ireland) promulgated changes to Working Rule 5 Holiday Pay on 19 June 2015. Working Rule 5 required amendment to reflect the changes to the calculation of holiday pay due to the recent Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) ruling on this issue. The changes were made with immediate effect. The updated full version of the Working Rules Agreement and Promulgation Notice is available on the CEF website

THE FUTURE OF CONSTRUCTIONLINE The Central Procurement Directorate (CPD) issued a notification on the status of Constructionline in early June. The notification confirmed that CPD will continue to use Constructionline following its sale to Capita. Constructionline will continue to be used by Government Construction Clients to undertake financial assessment of potential tenderers for construction contracts. The Constructionline Advisory Committee will monitor the cost of Constructionline on an ongoing basis. CEF is represented on this Committee. The full notification can be viewed on the CEF website

GOVERNMENT CONSTRUCTION CLIENTS TO PROVIDE REFERENCES Government Construction Clients will now provide references for contractors in respect of work carried out on Government funded projects. The Central Procurement Directorate (CPD) have issued a standard template. The template may also be used to obtain references in respect of private sector projects for Constructionline registration or where a one off notation value is being sought for an above EU threshold value Government project by a non-Constructionline registered firm. The standard response time for public bodies is generally ten working days and it is expected that references will be provided within this timescale. The template can be downloaded from the Central Procurement Directorate (CPD) website



he Construction Employers Federation (CEF) has expressed its concern over the lack of agreement around Welfare Reform and the subsequent budgetary implications for the industry and the wider economy. CEF Managing Director John Armstrong commented: “We are deeply concerned about the lack of agreement around Welfare Reform and the serious implications for the Budget for Northern Ireland, which will no doubt have a profound effect on the construction industry and the wider local economy. “The economic impact of the construction industry in Northern Ireland is far reaching, with every £1.00 invested in construction generating a further £2.84 in Finance Minister Arlene Foster. the wider economy. Research from Ulster University, meanwhile, estimates that for every ten jobs created or sustained in the construction industry, seven further jobs are supported in the wider economy. “Any reduction in budgetary allocation to infrastructure in Northern Ireland would have a detrimental impact on the local construction industry and would almost certainly result in a significant number of job losses. “A vibrant construction sector will serve as an important catalyst for growth in the local economy, putting in place the infrastructure that we so desperately need to enhance our economic competitiveness and attract Foreign Direct Investment into Northern Ireland. “We are therefore calling on our elected representatives to work together to agree a way forward so that Northern Ireland can support a thriving construction industry and avail of every opportunity for sustainable economic growth.” CEF has also written to both the First Minister and Deputy First Minister expressing serious concern about the negative effect that the ongoing lack of agreement by the Executive regarding a budget will have on the construction industry. Both Ministers were urged to redouble their efforts to resolve the issues.

Review of sustainability requirements


t the last meeting of the Construction Industry Forum (CIFNI) in early June, it was agreed that a review should be undertaken of the existing sustainability requirements. A CIFNI working group has been formed to complete the review. The core objectives are: • to review the existing CIFNI sustainability requirements for construction works considering the experience gained through their implementation to date and any changes in their operational environment; • to develop proposals for construction professional services contracts having regard to those construction works contracts; • to have regard to the SIB review on social clauses; and • to present draft proposals to the CIFNI meeting in December 2015. The Construction Employers Federation (CEF) is represented on the working group and is seeking initial feedback on sustainability clauses from members. Please send any comments to Jonathan Caughey at Further engagement with members will take place over the coming months as the review progresses.



he Construction Employers Federation (CEF) issued a response to the Analytical Services Unit of the Department for Social Development (DSD) regarding the proposed changes to the New Dwelling Start and Completions data included in the Housing Bulletin and Housing Statistics reports. The proposed changes seek to: • include recently published Land and Property Services (LPS) data on New Dwelling Starts and Completions for the private sector in future quarterly Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin and annual Northern Ireland Housing Statistic reports • remove a historical adjustment that has been applied to private sector completion data since 2000 to address perceived under recording • continue using NIHE figures for the social sector.

CEF supports the proposal to use the LPS figures without adjustment for new dwelling starts and completions for the private sector. However CEF strongly disagrees with the proposal to use the NIHE figures for the social sector. CEF has also requested a further project is undertaken to make adjustments to the historical figures to allow direct comparison with future figures. The full CEF response can be viewed on the CEF website and the proposed changes are available on the Department of Social Development’s website



he Central Procurement Directorate (CPD) published a Procurement Guidance Note (PGN) on the Procurement Pipeline in early May. The purpose of the guidance is to ensure that the procurement pipeline for Government’s infrastructure contracts is transparent, up to date, comprehensive and publically available. The Construction Employers Federation (CEF) has been calling for improvements to the visibility of upcoming government construction

contracts to increase contractor’s awareness of future projects and their procurement timelines. The PGN includes key requirements for what information should be published by departments on the ISNI Portal. A CIFNI Construction Pipeline Subgroup is currently being set up which will enable industry representatives to discuss the information published. The Procurement Guidance Note is available on the CPD website



he Construction Employers Federation (CEF) is delighted to announce the launch of our updated State of Trade Survey which we will now be running in association with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The association with PwC will ensure that our survey continues to provide the most current and reliable barometer of the Northern Irish construction industry’s performance. PwC’s role will be to provide authoritative comment with us on the results and to identify longer term trends in the industry. The first survey in the new format will look at the performance of the industry during the first quarter of 2015 and will seek to identify any trends that have emerged over the past year. Responses are currently being collated and the results and comment will be issued in the coming weeks. To view the CEF State of Trade survey and the most recent results visit the CEF website



Number of employees (as at 5 April 2012)

Staging Date (indicative only)

40 – 49

1 August 2015

30 – 39

1 October 2015

Fewer than 30 employees

1 June 2015 – 1 April 2017 (over a range of dates depending on PAYE reference)

Employer with no PAYE scheme

1 April 2017

New employer (PAYE income first payable between 1 April 2012 and 30 September 2017)

1 May 2017 – 1 February 2018 (over a range of dates)

Check Your Pension Staging Date Auto-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, 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).

These are indicative dates only.

It is the employer’s responsibility to check their staging date by entering their PAYE reference(s) into the Pensions Regulator’s website:

Comply or Face the Fines The Pensions Regulator has begun handing out fines to non-compliant companies, with a total of 166 Fixed Penalty Notices (£400 fines) issued in the last three months of 2014. This was in stark contrast to the previous three months in which only three fines were issued. The number of compliance notices issued by the Regulator also rose with 1,139 notices issued. These notices instruct an employer to remedy a contravention of one or more of their employer duties or risk a fine or further action from the Regulator. This can include fines of between £50 and £10,000 per day. Even if companies go through the auto-enrolment process correctly, the Regulator can still impose a financial penalty if they fail to complete their on-line ‘Declaration of Compliance’ within the required time frame. The Regulator prefers to work with employers to help them meet all their legal obligations in full and on time. However, many businesses simply did not heed the importance of compliance and as a result have been landed with an unwanted financial penalty.

Plan Ahead Employers should check their pensions obligations and begin preparations as soon possible. 7 STEPS TO AUTO-ENROLMENT 1

Know Your Staging Date


Assess your Workforce


Review your Pension Arrangements




Automatically enrol Employees


Register with the Pensions Regulator and Keep Records


Contribute to Employees’ Pension

Enhance – Construction Pension Scheme Northern Ireland provides an excellent solution to auto-enrolment and is designed to make the whole process simple and easy to implement for companies in the local Construction Sector. The Scheme is open to office based and site based staff and can therefore meet the legislative requirements for all your employees.

Free Delivery Programme

CHECK YOUR STAGING DATE Employers must check their staging date on the Pensions Regulator’s website: 1. Check your PAYE reference(s) 2. Enter your PAYE reference(s) into the staging date tool on the Pensions Regulator website If in doubt contact the Pensions Regulator on 0845 600 1011

Workers Pension Trust is a workplace pension scheme designed to complement Enhance. This new scheme allows you to meet all your auto-enrolment needs including any non-construction related areas of business.

Both pension schemes offer a FREE Delivery Programme which includes: • A six month planning and implementation guide • Assistance with employee communications • Online access for employers. The team is on hand to help you comply with the legislation. To sign up to the FREE Delivery Programme contact Iain Ferguson at or on 028 9087 7153.



he Construction Employers Federation (CEF) is currently running a pilot BIM training programme throughout June and early July 2015. BIM: From Theory to Practice is an intensive programme of five full day workshops and assessments which has been designed specifically for contractors. The programme seeks to give delegates a practical understanding of BIM and its role at each stage of a project from procurement through to handover. From 1 April 2016 larger public sector construction projects in Northern will be delivered to BIM Level 2. Contractors need to be BIM ready. This training programme will help contractors in their preparations. The Construction Employers Federation (CEF) has secured CITB NI’s support for the programme to ensure that the programme fees have been substantially reduced for companies registered with CITB. The first workshop was held at the CEF offices in Belfast and the remaining four workshops will take place at the Newry Campus of the Southern Regional College. The programme schedule is as follows: Workshop Workshop Workshop Workshop Workshop

1: BIM concepts, principles and policy 2: Employers Requirements & Pre-qualification 3: Tender Preparation & Concept Design 4: Design Development, Award and On-Site Planning 5: Construction Delivery to Completion

The Programme Director is Colin Smyth and the Lead Tutor is Peter Monaghan. The Federation will seek to have a number of further intakes onto the programme over the coming months. To register your interest in this programme or if you have any queries please contact Kathryn Webb on 028 9087 7143 or



n 1 July 2015 the Joint Council for the Building and Civil Engineering Industry (NI) promulgated the holidays for the construction industry in 2016/17 as follows:

Holiday Period

No. of Days

Normal Stopping Time

Normal Starting Time

St Patrick’s Day 2016


Wednesday 16 March 2016

Friday 18 March 2016

Spring 2016


Friday 25 March 2016

Monday 4 April 2016

May Day 2016


Friday 29 April 2016

Tuesday 3 May 2016

Summer 2016


Friday 8 July 2016

Monday 25 July 2016

Halloween 2016


Friday 28 October 2016

Wednesday 2 November 2016

Christmas 2016/ New Year 2017


Friday 23 December 2016

Monday 9 January 2017





he Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland (HSENI) has confirmed that it has agreed not to proceed with the proposed changes to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997 (RIDDOR). A HSENI consultation on the changes, which took place in early 2014, proposed that the requirement under RIDDOR for employers to report any accident that led to an employee being absent from work for more than three days would be changed to make the period of absence more than seven days. It was also proposed to simplify reporting requirements. The changes were made in Great Britain on 6 April 2012 and 1 October 2013 respectively. The Construction Employers Federation (CEF) fully supported the proposed revisions and will be engaging further with HSENI on the issue. Currently all the provisions of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997 remain in force. Further information is available on the HSENI website

The Construction Employers Federation is responsible for supplying the editorial content of the CEF News section. The Federation does not purport to have any editorial input to the remainder of Specify magazine.

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AMK and Winkhaus – a winning combination A

MK Hardware has been distributing Winkhaus products throughout Ireland for over ten years, and the quality of the Winkhaus range combined with the technical expertise offered by AMK has lead to the Winkhaus door lock range being established as one of the leading brands used by all sizes of door manufacturers throughout Ireland.


Established in 1854 Winkhaus is a European based market leading door and window hardware manufacturer producing innovative security solutions to meet the challenges of tomorrows’ rapidly changing security and ease of use requirements. The Winkhaus door lock offering is a versatile range of locks which has been created to offer high levels of security and weather performance whilst enhancing the aesthetic design of the door. Secure by Design approved, the Winkhaus range of locks includes the versatile AV2 which features self deploying automatic hooks removing the need to lift the handle to engage the locking points. Available in a number of formats to suit residential and communal entrance doors, the Winkhaus AV2 is also available in the ‘Heritage’ design which features a shoulder height key position giving the aesthetics of a traditional night latch and all the security and weather performance benefits of a modern day automatic multi point lock.

the Winkhaus AV2. As an added benefit the lock also features a fail safe function where even if the lock is compromised and the lever is broken the full locking system can be operated by the key preventing accidental locking due to vandalism

Fingerprint technology The AV2 can be simply adapted with a motor to allow for electronic access control to create the AV2e. Useful for communal entrances which need to be both safe and secure, the AV2e is also becoming increasingly popular with domestic applications. When used in conjunction with the range of fingerprint readers which AMK has on offer these packages create the ultimate in security and convenience, as Gregory Kelly General Manager of AMK Hardware comments: “We have been supplying a domestic fingerprint access control system for almost ten years now, the latest door mounted

Fire doors – Secure and safe The very nature of the design of the AV2 with self deploying hooks naturally lends itself to high performance in both FD30 and FD60 applications as the hooks prevent the door from twisting, this has lead to the successful installation of many fire doors throughout Northern Ireland featuring

Double Doors

AMK Hardware |33 “WE HAVE BEEN SUPPLYING A DOMESTIC FINGERPRINT ACCESS CONTROL PANEL FOR TEN YEARS NOW, THE LATEST DOOR MOUNTED MODEL HAS BECOME INCREASINGLY POPULAR.” model has become increasingly popular as it offers the end user the ultimate in convenience – no more keys whilst improving the aesthetics of the door”.

Double Doors The double door offering within the Winkhaus range allows for the simple production of high performance French door sets. Available as either the FGTE with double handles and suitable for doors in excess of three metres tall or the FAB lock which can be used to create a more contemporary double door set with stainless steel pull handles. The Winkhaus double door locking range offers solutions from a traditional set of cottage style double doors to a contemporary set of ‘wow factor’ entrance doors akin to the properties often seen of shows such as Grand Designs.

AV2 Door

High on the list of priorities for Winkhaus was the development of a range which is manufacturer friendly. The core range of door locks is known as the Winkhaus family of locks, a simple concept ensures that all main locks in the range have the same preparation detail which allows the locks to be interchanged. This not only protects the manufacturer from machining a door wrong but also allows for the simple exchange of lock on site should the requirement for a door functionality change after installation.

Door Frame Systems As part of the Winkhaus range AMK Hardware stock and distribute Ecoframe™ which has been successfully used by a number of its customers for producing door sets over the past five years. Manufactured from recycled material

Heritage Door Deco Door

with an aluminium skin Ecoframe™ is ideal for use on FD30 door sets due to is low combustibility and dense material. With much success achieved with Ecoframe™ Winkhaus have recently launched the next generation of door frame system FireFrame™. Manufactured from pull-truded GRP FireFrame™ has high levels of thermal efficiency and the strength in the material eliminates the need for any internal reinforcing. With sharp clean lines and a newly developed glazing system FireFrame™ offers door manufacturers the opportunity to produce both FD30 and FD60 doorsets with a durable, strong and stylish frame. The partnership between AMK Hardware and Winkhaus UK has brought together two innovative companies forming a strategic alliance which is always at the forefront of developing solutions for their customers to improve the quality of the end product.

AV2 B Hook

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Leisure Centre Sports a

new Facade

The new £12 million Foyle Arena is a leisure and events arena located in Derry/Londonderry and is one of Derry City Council’s most exciting and ambitious capital build projects to date, representing a significant investment for the Waterside area of the city. This state of the art facility is a Centre of Excellence for Wall Climbing, Judo and Wrestling and has a 2000 capacity events space and is evidence of the vision for a strong, vibrant and forward looking city. The new building designed by Samuel Stevenson architects is located in the historic St Columb’s Park and replaces the original but smaller leisure centre.

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wiss Facades was the supplier of the preferred Swisspearl cement composite panels. Their large range of colours and finishes allowed the architect more freedom and flexibility when choosing colour.  The natural elegance of the material ensured it blended harmoniously with other materials used on the project.

Swisspearl 100% environmentally Friendly Swisspearl cement composite panels are manufactured with low energy and a high level of environmental awareness. The manufacturing

process based on a closed water cycle and slow natural 28 days curing time requires little energy. Within the factory, panels are only transported by electric lifting trucks, - ie no colloid dust.  The panels are 100% environmentally friendly since neither the raw materials nor the production process contain any harmful substances. Swisspearl® cement composite panels are made from 95% of natural raw materials from the Swiss mountains: cement, pulverized limestone, water and air. This ensures

an effective protection of material resources, avoiding unnecessary transport distances.

Cost efficiency Savings Energy The combination of rear ventilated cladding and outer thermal insulation layer will result in considerable savings primarily for cooling but also for heating energy. Construction and installation Rear ventilated systems can be installed to a great extent regardless of weather and temperature. The installation is rapid and thus contributes to an

Swiss Facades Ltd Mob NI: 0044 2551 056930 Mob ROI: 00353 67 3929559 Email: Website:

36| swiss facades economic process within a favourable construction schedule. Durability and maintenance Rear ventilated claddings are virtually maintenancefree. Costs for repainting, recaulking and repairing at regular intervals are thus eliminated. The longevity of Swisspearl® cladding panels makes the economic advantage of the product obvious. With a lifetime of over 40 years, Swisspearl® improves both the ecological and economical outcome of every building envelope. When developing its products, Swisspearl® draws on its own exciting history, and examples of pioneering architecture, as well as seminal advancements in technology. This is what also makes Swisspearl® the sustainable material of tomorrow.

The Team: Client............................ Derry City Council – Frank Morrison, Joanne Benison Architect.......................Samuel Stevenson & Sons – Peter Niblock, Suzanne McCoy, Gerard Scullion, Robert McDowell, Brona Marshall Structural Engineer...... Doran Consulting M&E Engineer...............Integrated Services Design Quantity Surveyor........W H Stephens Main Contractor...........O’Hare & McGovern Photography.................Lorcan Doherty Photography

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HSS Power the Complete Power Solution ‘Irish Market Leader in Diesel Generator Hire’ HSS Hire, the leading national supplier of tools, equipment and related services, has been serving business since 1957. HSS Hire has an established network of 24 branches strategically located

across Ireland. The HSS Power venture complements existing extensive fleet, enabling it to offer a wider range of large capacity and specialist generators to provide a more comprehensive service in the

Pictured are Daniel Doyle, Regional Manager; Declan Dennehy, Regional Sales Director; Adrian McBride, General Manager of HSS Power; Michael Killeen, Managing Director Laois Hire and HSS Hire Group Ireland and Scotland

growing market for temporary power. Michael Killeen, Managing Director of HSS Hire Ireland & Scotland and the Laois Hire Group said, ‘It enables us to enhance our position as a market leader in diesel generator hire here in Ireland, building on the strong customer base that has been nurtured during the last 50 years and providing a new specialised platform to grow its business.’ HSS Power, as part of the HSS Group, can now provide for your power needs from 20kva to a massive 1250kva on short or long term contracts as well as supplying a wide range of power accessories. HSS Power also boasts a highly specialised team to support the new range of power capabilities. This specialist team provides a complete nationwide service covering all of Ireland, with many years of experience in the generator hire sector. Adrian McBride, General Manager of HSS Power says “We consistently deliver on any temporary power

needs, with specific experience in critical continuity environments for national events, construction, manufacturing, windfarms, factories, banking, hospitals, and health care industries.” HSS Power offers more than just generator hire. McBride explains that, “As part of our specialist division we also offer fuel management services powered by the latest telemetry with comprehensive nationwide support and technical expertise. The synchronising technology and the latest silenced generators reduce fuel emissions and carbon footprint.” Michael Killeen concludes, that hire success is all about ‘continually adapting to the needs of the customer with the aim of providing a ‘one-stop’ hire needs across all industries with innovative solutions’. HSS Hire firmly believes that HSS Power reinforces their driving ambition to provide an unrivalled hire experience. For further information contact the team by telephoning: ROI 1800 815 017 NI 0800 023 2302.

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RSUA – doing its part to make NI a better place to be... Specify talks to Ciarán Fox, recently appointed Director of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects When did you start your new job? I started at the end of June. My first day coincided with the RSUA AGM which was perfect as I got to meet with the membership straight away and hear about the organisation’s activities over the last year. As I approach the end of my first month in the job I feel like I am starting to get a reasonable understanding of how RSUA operates but it is still very early days.

What brought you to this point in your working life? After qualifying from QUB with an LLB Law and Accounting I spent my first year of work volunteering with the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ), a human rights organisation based in Belfast. From there I joined the Construction Employers Federation (CEF), the representative body for building and civil engineering companies in Northern Ireland, where I worked for just over ten years. As Federation Manager, I played a broad role which included responsibility for policy development and advocacy, communications, research, membership liaison and services, training events, the Construction Excellence Awards and a range of other initiatives. I have been a representative on the Construction Industry Forum for Northern Ireland (CIFNI) since 2006. This is the formal strategic liaison between the construction industry and the Government Construction Clients. Through this Forum and from my time as Executive Secretary to the Construction Industry Group (CIG) I gained a sense of the challenges facing architects and the other construction professions in Northern Ireland. The diverse nature of work with CEF meant I got to meet many interesting and capable people. I learnt a lot from the CEF members and I am really thankful for the support that I received over the years. My time with CEF reinforced the importance of the team around me. All my achievements in CEF were made possible by that team. I think it is hard to overestimate how important it is to create a culture where everyone’s

work is valued and everyone can see how their contribution makes a difference. I also have been fortunate to have forged great working relationships with many clients, policy makers, politicians, regulators, consultants, business people and others. A lot can be achieved when people really try to understand each other’s perspective and seek outcomes which are genuinely of mutual benefit.

As a non-architect how have you been received in to the role of Director of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects? From the first day at the AGM to date, I have been taken aback by the warmth of the welcome I have received from the members of RSUA. It is clear that my role is not that of an architect and therefore not being an architect simply hasn’t been an issue. Regarding architecture my interest to this point in my life has been purely personal. I remember being attracted to the idea of becoming an architect whilst in school because of the lovely intertwining of the practical, mathematical, scientific approach with the creative and artistic. That attraction was diminished by a careers days where I was told I would have to study for seven years after leaving school. For a 16 year old, seven years is a very long time and it is only after being in university that you realise that an extended period of ‘study’ is not something to avoid.

What are your initial plans? The first thing I aim to do is to get a really clear picture of the current state of architecture and the architectural profession in Northern Ireland. I also want find out where RSUA currently fits within that. My current view is not sufficiently informed so over the coming weeks I intend to talk to as many architects, members and nonmembers, as I can. I have already arranged local group meetings in Derry, Newry, Irvinestown, Portadown and Belfast to listen to what the members have to say. These

group meetings, along with the many one-to-one conversations I will have, will not only help me establish the baseline but also seek to draw out a common view of the future that we should be working towards. All other plans will rest on the outcome of this listening process and the views of the RSUA Council. Over the summer I will also be looking to meet with people who want to work with RSUA and to establish relationships for our mutual benefit.

At this early stage do you have a sense of what you would like to achieve with RSUA? I think it is too early in the job for me to state specific goals because those goals have to come from the membership. However, I was recently writing an article for RSUA’s publication Perspective and it made me consider the question of what I want for RSUA and here is the initial nonexhaustive want-list that I settled upon (upgraded from a wish-list as I think all of these things are achievable) • I want all members of RSUA to know what happens when they pay their annual RIBA/RSUA subscription - how that money is spent and what good comes from that expenditure for the members, for architecture and for the public. I want members to value the work the RSUA does on their behalf. • I want RSUA to benefit all its members regardless of where they are based, what their set up is, what stage of their career they are at, what their special interests are or who their customers are. • I want to work for an RSUA which makes the most of its greatest asset - its members. There is an immense body of intelligence, imagination, creativity, problem solving and knowledge that exists within the membership. I want RSUA to tap into that wealth. • I want to see the RSUA membership grow. The larger the membership the more authority RSUA has to speak on behalf of architects in Northern Ireland. The larger the membership the more funds there are to promote architects

and architecture. • I want to enhance the paid-for services provided by RSUA to ensure that the needs of architects are met and to generate surpluses to help fund an increase in our advocacy work. • I want RSUA to stand out for its ability to communicate - to listen to members, to inform members and to engage with the public, policy makers, politicians, media and industry colleagues, amongst others. • I want an RSUA that does not try to do everything but aims to be truly excellent at the things that we do. • I want an RSUA that never loses its focus on doing its part to make Northern Ireland a better place to be.

How do you think the local construction industry will fare over the next 12 months? With regard to Northern Ireland I think that private investment in construction will increase and we will see more private house building and other commercial developments over the next 12 months. However, even on the basis that the current political deadlock is resolved, public capital spending on construction is expected to be around 20 per cent lower in 2015/16 compared to 2014/15. This position could get worse. Further to this, resource spending is being cut. This is already impacting on maintenance works. It is hard to call what the net effect will be of a growth in private investment and a shrinking in public investment but my sense is that we will see overall construction output increase before leveling off as the reduction in public sector expenditure kicks in. I think the general trend for the Northern Irish construction sector of having to look outside Northern Ireland for work will continue. I expect local contractors and consultants to continue to grow as they win work in Britain. Increased opportunities in the Republic of Ireland are also likely to attract more northern eyes but of course how competitive Northern Irish companies are will be affected by the exchange rate.

40| Willis

Hearing Loss David Stevenson, Construction Centre of Excellence Leader at Willis Insurance and Risk Management • Over 1 million employees in the UK are at risk of developing industrial hearing loss • More than 10 million people (or 1 in 6) in the UK have some form of hearing loss • By 2031, an estimated 14.5 million people in the UK will have some form of hearing loss • Although two million people in the UK have hearing aids, only1.4 million use them regularly • It takes ten years on average for people to address their hearing loss



onstant or harmful exposure to noise at work can cause irreversible hearing damage and is one of the most common work-related health problems. The symptoms can be difficult to detect as they gradually build-up over time. According to the Health and Safety executive (HSE), industrial hearing loss receives the highest number of occupational disease claims; accounting for circa 75%. In excess of 80,000 claims were made for Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) across the UK. The impact of hearing loss can be devastating for the sufferer both inside and outside of the working environment.. This article highlights some of the measures available for companies to reduce noise and its impact in the workplace. It also provides advice on how a business can be made more accessible to customers and employees with hearing loss.

HEARING LOSS IN THE UK Hearing loss in the UK is a significant and increasing issue, affecting everyday interaction. The HSE highlight that:

The prevention of hearing loss remains a key aspect of an organisations’ risk management programme. If, as the owner or manager, you fail to properly assess the potential risks or provide adequate hearing protection for your workers, you risk the following: For your workers: • Permanent and disabling hearing loss • Development of tinnitus For your organisation: • Litigation costs and fines • Damaged public image A risk management plan should involve a threat assessment to understand the level of noise exposure to staff, customers and the general public. An assessment, carried out by suitably qualified and experienced personnel, will make recommendations on measures that can reduce the impact of damaging noise levels. The measures include: • Changing design and layout to account for the source of noise and the relative position of people • Purchasing quieter equipment, adopting quieter processes or using silencers • Enclosing the source of the noise with sound absorbing materials • Screening noisy processes • Lagging noisy pipework

• Providing acoustic wall or ceiling panels • Shielding staff in noise-protected areas • Regulating the time that individuals are exposed to noise • Providing hearing protection, such as ear defender or plugs Of these, the most effective measures are those which reduce the amount of noise being produced, followed by enclosure and noise proofing. Hearing protection may need to be worn as a final defensive measure, however the ineffective management of the equipment and processes can still lead to hearing loss. A specific hearing loss risk management programme will reduce the frequency and cost of claims, and will make the business a more

attractive proposition to insurers. It will also help a business ensure it is compliant with legislation such as the Equality Act 2010 in relation to hearing impairment. Willis Insurance and Risk Management’s Consulting division work with clients to pre-empt claims and promote good practice via effective Health & Safety training courses. We also help clients by carrying an inspection of the workplace with the employer to advise where improvements need to be made. For further information, contact David Stevenson at Willis Insurance and Risk management to make sure that you are covered properly. 028 9032 9042 or email

For further information contact David Stevenson, Construction Centre of Excellence Leader on:

Tel: 028 9089 1974 Email: Web: Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Services Authority

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Is the NI construction industry going hire and hire?

The plant hire sector is a good barometer of the state of the construction industry... Specify talks to Keith McIvor, Managing Director of KDM Hire who has been in the plant, tool, powered access and accommodation equipment rental business for 25 years... Photos: John O’Neill/Sperrins Photography

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he construction industry is a different place to what it was pre-recession and nowadays the local building industry has a slightly different mindset regarding plant and equipment hire. “Before the recession, many construction companies in Northern Ireland were more inclined to own and manage their fleet of plant and equipment,” says Keith. “The downturn changed all that and many well managed companies realised that rental can provide a more cost-effective and efficient way of procuring equipment for their ever changing business environment.” Rental removes a lot of the costs and hassle associated with running plant and machinery such as depreciation, upkeep and, of course, legislative requirements. The capital cost of buying equipment has also increased significantly in the last few years with machines like telescopic forklifts and tracked excavators having increased in some cases by up to 50% in five or six years. These increases have come about for various reasons including the arrival of tier 4 engine emission legislation, which has forced manufacturers to redesign equipment to meet approval.

Other factors which have changed attitudes towards hire are quality and product availability. Not so many years ago a “plant hire” yard was perceived as being somewhere with a few rusty old machines. How things have changed, a good rental company today will stock a large range of up to date, well maintained equipment. KDM have just published their latest rental catalogue with 240 pages detailing a vast array of products. “Over 1,000 different products” says Keith “we also have an on-going replacement policy to ensure our customers receive the most up to date and efficient equipment possible at all times”. Health and safety or environmental requirements are also driving factors for hire. Accessing heights must be undertaken in a safe and proper manner, no longer is it acceptable to stand on top of a couple of crates! Scaffolding or powered access have to be considered and contractors have realised the work rate efficiencies gained from using such equipment. Keith McIvor says “it’s impossible

“MANY WELL MANAGED COMPANIES (AFTER THE DOWNTURN) REALISED THAT RENTAL CAN PROVIDE A MORE COST-EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT WAY OF PROCURING EQUIPMENT FOR THEIR EVER CHANGING BUSINESS NEEDS.” for contractors to stock all the equipment for every eventuality as every task poses a different problem; hire provides the ideal solution”. Site welfare is also an important factor on today’s sites, personnel can no longer be expected to, go behind a hedge! “A range of options are now available to provide facilities on site” says Keith “everything from a complete “welfare” cabin which includes a toilet, canteen area, dry room and washing facilities to a simple port-a-loo is available”. “These are obviously popular rental products as not only do we supply the product

but we dispose of the waste as part of the service”. As attitudes change towards hire and the economy gradually picks up, Keith and his team at KDM hope to be at the forefront of the industry, developing and introducing new products. “The economy is still quite fragile out there,” says Keith “but we’ll continue to invest in the future and hopefully provide a valuable service to our customers” The equipment hire business, like construction in general, has to move with the times and KDM is ideally placed for the road ahead.




Choice confirms record £340m investment package for NI homes

Ian Elliott, Choice CEO.

More than 2,500 new homes and approximately 1,200 jobs to be created over next five years Choice, Northern Ireland’s largest housing association, has revealed details of an investment package that will inject up to £340m into social and affordable housing and the wider economy. The investment, confirmed at the unveiling of the housing provider’s new brand, is the largest of its kind in Northern Ireland and will be funded through a combination of private finance and government grants. The ambitious plans include the building of more than 2,500 new social and affordable homes in the next five years, the improvement of existing homes plus potential transfer of housing stock held by other providers. The proposed construction is expected to generate more than 700 construction jobs over five-years and support up to 500 associated jobs in the supply chain. The association has 40 strategic partners in place which deliver a number of construction and supported housing programmes. Choice was formed when OakleeTrinity and Ulidia Housing Associations merged to maximise their investment potential and develop a bold step-change in the delivery of new homes and the quality of supported housing services. The 10,000-home landlord already

holds property assets of more than £700m and an annual turnover of over £40m. Speaking at the launch of the association’s new brand identity at Titanic Belfast, Timothy Quin, Chairman of Choice said: “Today’s announcement brings good news for Choice and for Northern Ireland.

This programme marks the start of an ambitious journey that will carry forward a focused plan to deliver more homes, better services and stronger communities. Over the next five years, thousands of people will benefit directly from the homes and employment opportunities that we plan to create.

Pictured at the launch of Choice are: (L-R) Chris Martin, Head of Social Housing at Danske Bank; Mervyn Storey MLA, Social Development Minister and Timothy Quin, Chairman of Choice.

“As a social enterprise we want to continue to evolve, to maximise on regeneration opportunities while performing better for the communities we serve with more than just housing. That means directing our resources and commercial ambition towards the acute immediate challenges and to setting new standards of excellence within the sector. We believe that people should get more from housing associations and we’re ready and best-equipped to lead the way.” Welcoming the announcement of additional funding by Choice, Social Development Minister, Mervyn Storey MLA said: “The creation of Choice, now the largest housing association in Northern Ireland, is welcome news. In May, I was pleased to announce that over 10,000 new social and affordable homes had been delivered during the Programme for Government period 2011/12 to 2014/15 – more than were promised. The associations that now make up Choice delivered 20% of the social housing output. I have no doubt that the competitive edge gained by the merger of the already strong performing associations of Oaklee, Trinity and Ulidia will pay further dividends for the people of Northern Ireland. “The investment package announced today demonstrates confidence in the strength of the social housing sector and their ability to deliver a sustainable quality product. I very much welcome the commitment by Choice to deliver even higher levels of social and affordable housing output.” Chris Martin, Head of Social Housing at Danske Bank, one of the funders of the investment programme, said: “As Northern Ireland’s primary funder to the social housing sector it is fitting that Danske Bank is involved in helping the largest local housing association with its ambitious plans. We are proud to support Choice as it seeks to meet the need for new homes and embark on a major building programme that will provide a much needed boost to the local construction sector. Danske Bank has been very active in the social housing sector over the past year and we expect this to continue as demand for social housing rises.”

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ediation is described by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution as a “flexible process conducted confidentially in which a neutral person actively assists parties in working towards a negotiated agreement of a dispute or difference, with the parties in ultimate control of the decision to settle and the terms of resolution”.

Mediation is conducted in private allowing parties to freely explore commercially viable solutions to resolve their differences. The business and commercial objectives, not simply the legal arguments, drive the Mediation process and determine the outcome. There is also potential to preserve the relationship between

the parties and reduce exposure to legal costs. The Mediator does not fulfil the role of a Judge by issuing a binding decision at the conclusion of the process. Their role is to facilitate resolution and only the parties can determine the outcome. If Mediation does not result in settlement, you can still proceed to Court. The expertise and experience of our Solicitors has been recognised nationally, having received an Award at the Professional Mediators Association Awards in September 2014. Legal 500, a prestigious legal directory, also recognises our talents, saying that we are “deservedly at the top of the tree when it comes to Dispute Resolution; it houses industry experts who give 100%, every time”. Chambers & Partners recommends us for our “pragmatism” and “sound practical advice”. We also offer training in Mediation;

Cleaver Fulton Rankin in conjunction with The Mediation Academy of Ireland are hosting certified Mediation training at our offices. The training is recognised by the Mediators’ Institution of Ireland (“the MII”) which is a professional association for Mediators. • Attendance on all 5 days of the training is compulsory. Lunch will be provided. • The course is likely to satisfy annual CPD requirements. • Dates: 17, 18 & 19 September 2015 and 25 & 26 September 2015. • Location: Cleaver Fulton Rankin Offices, 50 Bedford Street • The standard course fee for mediation training can be up to £5,000. We have negotiated a group discount for this training to £900. • Specify Discount - Quote SPECIFY when booking before 26 June 2015 and pay £850 In order to obtain accreditation by the MII, attendees muct complete an assessment. Assessment through our offices is not compulsory however for those wishing to become accredited we will be hosting assessment days on conclusion of the course. There is an additional fee of £300 for the assessment at our offices which must be paid before commencement of the course. Places are limited and full payment must be received before your place is secured. For further information or to book your place, please contact

In 2014 we launched our Mediation Masterclasses, which provide a live interactive demonstration of mediation. The Masterclasses were supported by David Ford, the Minister for Justice, and Mr Justice Weatherup, the Commercial Judge. We are also offering an accredited training programme in our offices through the Mediation Academy of Ireland in September 2015, which will enable participants to become accredited Mediators, at a substantially reduced cost. For anyone interested in Mediation or attending one of our courses, please contact l.boyd@ This article has been produced for general information purposes and further advice should be sought from a member of the Dispute Resolution Department at Cleaver Fulton Rankin.

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Transformed ‘sectarian flashpoint’ named building project of the year Major cross-community regeneration scheme wins top RICS award


project to transform one of North Belfast’s most volatile flashpoints has been crowned Northern Ireland’s building project of the year. The Parkside development on the Limestone Road - a regeneration scheme to create shared housing for local residents - won the top accolade at this year’s prestigious RICS Northern Ireland Awards, sponsored by Forbo Flooring Systems. The £3.8m scheme, providing 37 high quality sustainable homes, won both the Regeneration and Residential categories at a gala dinner in the Culloden Hotel recently, before claiming the overall Project of the Year title. The judges said that Parkside is “… an innovative social housing project that has achieved an impressive

transformation of one of the most volatile flashpoints in North Belfast.” They said that it is “… a shining beacon example of what can be achieved in difficult circumstances with innovation, good design and inspiration.” The project also saw the successful removal of the ‘peace wall’ separating the adjacent Alexandra Park. Other winners on the night through the eight categories included Kingspan Stadium in the Commercial category, sponsored by Bank of Ireland, following its major overhaul last year; while the newly opened Visit Belfast Welcome Centre excelled in the Tourism & Leisure category, sponsored by Northern Ireland Tourist Board, thanks to the building’s new and innovative approach to providing visitor information. In Keady, Co. Armagh, the Clay Lake Water Treatment Works won

the Infrastructure category, while Ballylagan House in Ballyclare won the Design through Innovation category, sponsored by Sika. The house was uniquely designed based on the principles of therapeutic parenting for two sisters which judges described as “perfectly capturing the essence of this category’s criteria.” Winning the Community Benefit category was Loughmacrory Outdoor Centre, Omagh, while Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts won the Building Conservation award. Ben Collins, RICS Director, Northern Ireland said; “These awards have continued to grow in quality, volume and stature, celebrating the most inspirational built initiatives in the region, including the talent behind them that help develop, regenerate and conserve the environment in which we live and work. “This year has seen some truly

innovative projects not just winning, but also being shortlisted, which span across the counties of Northern Ireland, setting a fine standard for the future of the construction industry,” he adds. RICS Northern Ireland Awards Judging Chairman, Alistair Dunn added: “The judging panel were overwhelmed by the quality of the entries this year, and delighted by the standard of the shortlisted, highly commended and of course, winning projects. The Parkside development has made a worthy overall winner, showing how important the built environment can be in creating a truly shared society in Northern Ireland.” Parkside and the other winners from the evening will now go forward as finalists from the Northern Ireland region at the overall RICS Awards that will be announced at a gala event in London in October.

Building Conservation Winner Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts Belfast. (Pictured L-R) Gary McCausland, Mark Walley, Michael McEvoy, Rev. Bill Shaw and Michael O’Doherty

Buildling Conservation Highly Commended Bishop’s Palace. (Pictured L-R) Gary McCausland, Mark Walley, Sam Nicholson, Michael O’Donnell and Colin McKee

Commercial Winner Kingspan Stadium. Gary McCausland, Craig Logan, Paul Muklan David Boyd and Mark Haslett

Commercial Highly Commended Office and Residential Development Oldpark Road Belfast. Gary McCausland, Craig Logan, Ciaran Deazley and Matt Higgins

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Design through Innovation Winner Ballylagan House Newtownabbey. Gary McCausland, John Sheridan and Stephen Villier

Design through Innovation Highly Commended CREST Pavilion Enniskillen. Gary McCausland, John Sheridan and Paul McAllister.

Regeneration Winner, Parkside. Gary McCausland, Dr Fiona Grant, Gary Dugan, Carol Maginness, Brian Mullan, Kevin Neeson. Highly Commended winner, Larne Market Yard.

Residential Winner: Parkside, Limestone Road, Belfast. Gary McCausland, Louise Brooke-Smith, Gary Dugan, Carol Maginness, Brian Mullan and Kevin Neeson

Residential Highly Commended Tobar Park Cullybackey. Gary McCausland, Louise Brooke-Smith and Anita Conway, Karen Treherne, Dessie Wray and Harry Rolston.

Tourism & Leisure Winner, Visit Belfast Welcome Centre. Gary McCausland, Terry Brannigan, Nick Brennan, John Harrison, Brendan O’Loan and Gerry Millar.

Tourism & Leisure Highly Commended Aurora Aquatic and Leisure Complex Bangor. Gary McCausland, Terry Brannigan, Mark O’Hare, and Alan Munroe.

Infrastructure Winner, Clay Lake Water Treatment Works. Gary McCausland, Alistair Dunn, Neil McKenzie, Declan McKenna, Kieran Doherty, Neil Quinn and Stephen McAuley.

Infrastructure Highly Commended Old See House Belfast. Gary McCausland, Alistair Dunn, Kieron Smyth, Simon Robinson, Conor Quinn and Jim Salmon.

Project of the Year Winner, Parkside.

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A flying example of how businesses can harness the rays of the sun SALIIS Renewables designs and installs Ireland’s largest Solar PV system.

Pictured on the rooftop solar installation at Bombardier's wing facility are Michael Ryan, Vice President and General Manager, Bombardier Belfast (left) and Michael Burke, Managing Director, SALIIS Renewables.

Designed, managed and installed by Belfastheadquartered SALIIS Renewables, Ireland’s largest solar PV system has just been completed at Bombardier’s wing facility on Belfast’s Airport Road West. The 3.6 megawatt system, featuring 14,000 solar PV panels, is housed on the roof of Bombardier’s 50,000 sq m wing facility and is equivalent to the size of ten football pitches! The system cost approximately £3.5m and took ten weeks to install. Working on the highly specialised design of the system from early 2014, Michael Burke, Managing Director of SALIIS Renewables explains the challenges and solutions in creating Ireland’s largest solar PV installation: “Due to the location of the Bombardier site (which is adjacent to Belfast’s George Best City Airport), the height of the building and sheer scale of the project, we designed a number of unique features that were required to prepare the building for the install and to ensure health and safety were paramount at all times.” As the biggest installation in Ireland and the third biggest roof top installation in the UK, the solar PV

system at Bombardier is expected to generate 3 million KWhs of electricity annually. Commenting on the bespoke design for the system, Mr Burke continues: “At its peak we had over 50 employees and sub-contractors working at a height of 18 metres on this installation. In preparation, we designed a system to create a safe working environment for all involved. This included the construction of a

1.2 kilometre safety handrail system around the exterior of the wing facility and a bespoke stairwell.” SALIIS Renewables also worked with German company, AmbiVolt Energietechnik, to commission a specially-engineered structure, which would withstand high winds, on which the panels were mounted. Another distinct aspect of this project was the funding model in which SALIIS brokered a SPPA

agreement (Solar Power Purchase Agreement) to the benefit of all parties. SALIIS created the funding mechanism, whereby a leading UK investment fund, Oxford Capital, financed the 14,000 panels and installation of the system. In return for funding the entire solar PV system, Oxford Capital operates and maintains the photovoltaic (PV) system, through SALIIS Renewables. Bombardier will then purchase the system’s electric output from the solar services provider for a predetermined period. Over the next 25 years, SALIIS Renewables is responsible for the maintenance and remote monitoring of the system, ensuring its optimal performance at all times. SALIIS Renewables is well placed to project manage an install of this scale as the renewables specialist is one of the largest installers of ‘funded’ and ‘paid for’ solar PV systems in Ireland. The company has been pivotal in a number of major solar PV installations in Northern Ireland, including a 192 kWp, 768 panels roof-mounted system on the roof of the Argyll Business Centre in Belfast and a large solar PV project for Strabane District Council on four of the Council’s buildings. SALIIS has also just delivered 12 commercial systems to buildings located throughout the province for Oaklee Trinity Housing Association, with generating capacity of over 144kWp of clean electricity from 576 panels.



McAleer & Rushe to build two major student housing schemes in Belfast McAleer & Rushe has underlined its position as a leading player in the UK’s student housing market with its announcement of two major student housing schemes delivering 1,280 rooms for central Belfast. Planning applications have been submitted to develop an 804-room scheme in a 240,000 sq ft building on College Avenue, and a 476-room scheme, in a 135,000 sq ft building, on McClintock Street, on the site of the former 10-storey Belfast Metropolitan College building, which is set to be demolished to make way for the new scheme. McAleer & Rushe has become a dominant player in this sector on the UK mainland and has been working with the leading operators in student housing provision including United Students and Knightsbridge Student Housing. The company is on target to deliver more than 7,000 student rooms by the Summer of 2018, with an estimated value in excess of £400m. McAleer & Rushe are currently on site constructing a 759-room student housing scheme for Unite in Stratford, London which is due to complete this summer,

An artists impression of the new College Court building.

together with a 356-room scheme for Knightsbridge Student housing in Southampton which is due to complete in 2016. Stephen Surphlis, Property Director of McAleer & Rushe said: “These are large scale development and investment projects which underpin our confidence in Belfast and particularly the student accommodation sector where we

already have a significant presence. The development of 1,280 rooms in the City Centre will help to address the current shortage of purpose built student accommodation which is significantly below the UK average. We are planning to commence construction this Autumn with the developments being completed for the intake of students in summer 2017”.

Both city centre Belfast student housing schemes will offer a range of accommodation including studios and primarily four, five and six bedroom ‘cluster’ flats, each with their own ensuite bathrooms and study zones with a common kitchen, dining and living zone and with extensive common areas for recreation and study, maximising the opportunity for social interaction. The McClintock Street student housing scheme occupies the former Belfast Metropolitan College building and forms part of a mixed use scheme, which will also include a 206-bedroom 4-star hotel which will have an entrance facing on to Blackstaff Square. Both student housing developments and the hotel, which have been designed by Belfast-based Consarc Design Group will create in excess of 300 jobs during the building phase, giving a much need boost to the Northern Ireland construction sector. Recently, McAleer & Rushe also announced it had signed a £24.7m deal with Belfast City Council to develop a new 100,000 sq ft office building at the site of Clarendon House on Adelaide Street.

Hamilton Architects Meet the Buyer More than 600 local SMEs, including Belfastbased Hamilton Architects, recently attended the InterTradeIreland ‘Meet the Buyer’ event in Belfast to find out how they could be better placed to tap into the lucrative public procurement market. Worth £2.8bn in Northern Ireland and €8.5bn in the south, both markets continue to offer substantial opportunities for small businesses, despite the decreases in public spending. The event was held in partnership with the Central Procurement Directorate (CPD) in NI; The Office of Government Procurement (OGP) in Ireland, Invest NI, the Strategic Investment Board and Enterprise Ireland. With recent changes to procurement practices by governments North and South, resulting in increasingly larger contracts being issued, delegates heard how it is now more important than ever for companies to consider forming consortia to bid for tenders. This may seem daunting at first, but there is support available from bodies such as InterTradeIreland so they do not need to face this challenge alone. This was also the topic for one of the many procurement-focused workshops. Sarah Kinsella (Bid Management Services, Dublin) and Lynsey McCloskey (Hamilton Architects) based in Belfast, at the InterTradeIreland Meet the Buyer event, at the Ramada Hotel, Shaw’s Bridge in Belfast. Photography by Paul Moane / Aurora PA.



Gilbert-Ash wins Viscount award for Best Large Business

Ray Hutchinson from Gilbert-Ash with Andrea Hunter (right) and Julie Davidson of Aer Lingus.

Gilbert-Ash has been named Best Large Business at the Aer Lingus Viscount Awards, in association with Specify’s sister publication, Ulster Business. The award-winning construction and fit-out contractor has worked

on several high profile projects in recent months, including the National Army Museum, Bartlett School of Architecture and the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool which won the prestigious Stirling Prize. The Viscount Awards, which have grown over the years to become one

of the most respected events on the business calendar, continue to reward those organisations that represent the best in their respective fields. This year’s awards entries were appraised by a seven strong panel of judges comprising Andrea Hunter, Aer Lingus Business Development

Manager in Northern Ireland; David Elliott, Editor of Ulster Business; Jeremy Fitch, Executive Director, Business Solutions Group at Invest NI; Colin Walsh, Chairman of CBI in Northern Ireland; Richard Sherriff, Business Editor of the News Letter; Gary McDonald, Business Editor of the Irish News and Alan Taylor, Managing Partner at Arthur Cox. Ray Hutchinson, managing director of Gilbert-Ash, said: “We are very pleased to win this prestigious award for Best Large Business. Our success is thanks to the dedication of all our staff, and their enthusiasm and commitment to constantly delivering high quality projects on behalf of our clients. In the last two years we have implemented an ambitious business improvement and growth strategy across the company, so it is wonderful to be recognised for the efforts we adopt to continuously improve and develop as a business.”

Lagan Construction Group host National Women in Engineering Day To celebrate National Women in Engineering Day 2015, Lagan Construction Group hosted an event for local schoolgirls at their headquarters Rosemount House in Belfast recently. The aim of the event was to encourage more young girls to consider engineering as a career choice with invitees including girls from various local schools such as Ulidia Integrated College, Strathearn School, St. Dominics Grammar School, and St. Louise’s Comprehensive College. To inspire the local girls, Lagan Construction Group organised for special guest speakers from the construction industry for the event as well as interactive activities where the students got some hands on experience during the building of the ICE Bridge activity which they completed alongside some Lagan Construction Group engineers. The event championed the achievement of women in engineering and helped promote engineering as a career choice for girls and women.

Local schoolgirls who attended the National Women in Engineering Day held by Lagan Construction Group at their Head Office in Belfast.



£13m shared neighbourhood scheme will meet high housing demand in South Belfast A £13m shared neighbourhood housing development which will deliver 127 high quality rented homes to one of the most in demand residential areas in Belfast was recently launched. Global Crescent, a name which was chosen by local school children, is being delivered by Fold Housing Association under the Together Building United Communities (TBUC) strategy. It is situated close to the Ravenhill Road and Ormeau Park in the south of the city. A programme of ten Shared Neighbourhood schemes in Social Housing is being supported by the First and Deputy First Minister’s strategy which reflects the Executive’s commitment to improving community relations and continuing the journey towards a more united and shared society. The first phase, with a total of 86 units, has a proposed completion date of October 2015 while the second phase of 41 units is due to complete in September 2016. John McLean, Chief Executive of Fold Housing Association, said: “This is a particularly exciting day for Fold as it represents not only a multi-million pound investment in the south Belfast area but also the launch of our

Junior Minister Michelle McIlveen recently launched Global Crescent, a £13m shared neighbourhood housing development delivered by Fold Housing Association under the Together Building United Communities (TBUC) strategy. Pictured with the Junior Minister is John McLean, Chief Executive, Fold Housing Association, Weronika Moraz from Euston Street Primary School, and Luke Turley from St Michael’s Primary School.

first TBUC Shared Neighbourhood development. It is a privilege for the organisation to deliver such a significant scheme to an area which is experiencing such high demand for housing. “At Fold we seek to offer much more than just housing. Fold’s Good Relations Plan will be developed with the involvement of local businesses, community groups, elected representatives and other agencies to ensure a lasting ethos of sharing, inclusion and real community empowerment.”

Officially launching the scheme Junior Minister Michelle McIlveen said: “I welcome the launch of today’s £13m shared neighbourhood scheme which will make a real difference to the lives of people not just in Ravenhill Road and Ormeau Park area of south Belfast but right across Northern Ireland. “The Northern Ireland Executive is committed to continuing to improve community relations throughout Northern Ireland and through the ‘Together: Building a United Community’

Strategy is making real and tangible commitments to building a united and reconciled society. “Through the strategy, we will seek to create communities where there is greater choice. By breaking down barriers we can create a more cohesive community and achieve our vision of a society where people can live, learn, work and socialise together.” Fold has another established development, Ardenwood, in close proximity to the new site comprising 32 houses and bungalows.

Ulster University graduates showcase their skills to the construction industry Graduating this month, Peter McMullen, architectural technology student at Ulster University.

RIGHT: Erin O’Kane, architectural technology student at Ulster University.

Architectural technology students from Ulster University have been showcasing their skills to leading employers in Northern Ireland’s construction sector. At the End of Year Show, students including those who will graduate this month demonstrated their talent in building information modelling and exhibited their innovative building concepts of domestic and commercial projects. Employers in attendance including WDR & RT Taggart and Keystone confirmed the demand for qualified, highly-skilled graduates in the growing construction industry.



Landscaping Products’ companies launch trading partnership Under urbanone brand to spearhead growth

Launching a new brand in hard landscaping products - URBANONE - are (from left) Phil Crichton, Brian Mulgrew, Stephen Acheson, Emma Leslie, Jim Fanning (all Acheson & Glover) and Alan Lowry (ESF).

Two of the UK¹s best names in urban landscaping products have come together to offer an integrated package combining innovative concrete products and stylish street furniture under a new brand called URBANONE. Environmental Street Furniture (ESF) have announced plans to offer a bespoke combined package of services to the professional and landscape design sectors. Brian Mulgrew, Product Development Manager at A&G, said the new offering brought together

the very best in innovative, bespoke concrete products and stunning but functional street and urban furniture. “These products are extremely complementary and we are delighted to tap into what we see as market demand for an integrated and very bespoke service for those involved in urban landscaping schemes who want a range of leading edge products that are peerless in terms of their aesthetics, functionality and overall value for money. “This is an exciting development for both companies who see themselves as market leaders with

a very distinctive reputation for delivering high quality products and exemplary customer service.” Alan Lowry, founder and MD of Environmental Street Furniture which has supplied product internationally in locations such as the Guinness Storehouse and Museum, Royal National Theatre London, Copenhagen University and Wild Wadi water park in Dubai, believes there is great synergy between the two brands. “Although as a company ESF are considerably smaller, we believe this sets us apart from the competition in our ability to offer exactly what the client requires. We have a very similar ethos and a desire to grow our business by making life easier for customers. For us being able to refer our clients to a market-leading provider of proven concrete products is something we know will make it easier for our clients to pull together the various strands required to design and complete a major commercial or public realm project.

“One thing we both have in common is a strong desire to create bespoke solutions for clients that will enhance their end-user experience and make their projects memorable.” Alan Lowry has been CEO/MD of ESF for 15 years and owner for the last 2 years. Based in Co. Antrim it designs and sources bespoke street furniture products and has a strong export base globally. Its products range from Solar Street mobile phone charging stations and LED litter bins, to trendy seating and lighting. A&G was established more than 50 years ago and was recently acquired by Chief Executive Raymond Acheson. It manufactures and distributes the widest range of concrete products in the UK and Ireland. Its products which include paving and flags, retaining walls, bricks and masonry blocks are sold to the commercial and domestic markets. A&G employs around 400 people and has an annual turnover of approximately £40m.


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Manufacturers of preformed cavitrays, caviclosers, cavivents, caviweeps, dampcourses, arches, lintels, airbricks, membranes, barriers, flashings, ventilators; cavibricks. Radon and Methane protection systems. Wide range of preformed systems from the largest and longest established specialist. Products with Agrement certificates to British Standards. LABC Product Type Approval. Free design and advisory service. For high performance products with warranty. Cavity Trays Ltd is the only tray manufacturer awarded European Technical approval.


CES Liquid Screed • Reduced build height • Reduced drying times • Reduced health and safety risk • Reduced tile adhesive • Increased strength • Increased thermal properties

CES Liquid Screed Doran's Rock Quarry & Concrete Works, 124 Crossgar Road, Saintfield, Co. Down, BT24 7JQ Email: Web:

Acoustic and fire barriers /stops for cavity wall specifications. New range to suppress sound transmission with up to fours hours fire integrity rating Level threshold isolation dpc's and compatible vertical closers now available. Immediate distribution from stock Cavity Trays Limited Contact: Stephen Leyland Ltd, Castings House, Quarry Heights, North Road, Newtownards BT23 7SZ Tel: 028 9182 2522 Fax: 028 9182 2558 Cavity Trays Ltd New Administration Centre, Yeovil, Somerset BA22 8Hu Tel: 01935 474769 Fax: 01935 428223 E-mail:



McCusker Demolition Ltd have a wealth of experience within the demolition industry, covering all areas of Northern Ireland. We have built up a proven track record and reputation for being highly competitive, efficient and for completing all works to the highest possible standards. All our employees are fully trained in line with current legislation and are continually assessed and certified in all aspects of their work.

McCusker Demolition Ltd North Building 155 Northumberland Street Belfast BT13 2JF Tel: 028 9023 3301 Fax: 028 9020 1427 Email:


“Northern Ireland’s Leading FamilyOwned Fire & Security Specialists” Diamond Systems have been providing innovative fire and security solutions for a range of clients, throughout Northern Ireland for over 27 years, from commercial and industrial premises to public sector and residential.

Calor Gas Northern Ireland Limited

• Fire Detection & Alarm • Fire Suppression Systems • Integration • Intruder Detection & Alarm • CCTV • Access Control • Remote Monitoring • Emergency Communications Systems

Airport Road West, Sydenham, Belfast, BT3 9EE. Tel: 028 9045 5588 E-mail: Website:

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Diamond Electronic Systems Ltd Unit 1a Harbour Court, 5 Heron Road, Belfast BT3 9HB Tel: 028 9020 7207 Email:

• Asset BEBO Bridge Arches • Redi-Rock Wall Systems • Box Culverts • Bridge Parapets • Manhole Rings & Slabs • Heads & Sills, Copings and Edgings • Above Ground Post-Tensioned Tanks


Moore Concrete Products Caherty House, 41 Woodside Road, Ballymena BT42 2QH Tel: 028 2565 2566 Fax: 028 2565 8480 Email: Web:


Swiss Facades Transforming Exterior Facades Premium Swiss Quality Panel Systems for High End Architecture

Swiss Facades Contact Anne Hurl. Tel: +44 (0)7554 056930 Office Tel: +44 (0)28 79632026 Email us


Flogas goes far beyond simply managing and supplying bulk and cylinder LP Gas requirements. Choosing LP Gas from Flogas not only opens the door to a versatile, highly efficient energy source with affordable installation and running costs – we create and implement tailored energy solutions specific to client applications. Our experience covers a comprehensive range of markets including domestic (both single dwelling and metered estates), catering, commercial, industrial, agricultural and automotive. CPD Learning CPD sessions are now available from Flogas to assist architects, planning consultants and other specifiers in updating their core learning and knowledge. For more information visit Flogas Airport Road West Belfast Harbour Estate BELFAST BT3 9ED Tel: 028 9073 2611 Email: Web:

Calor is a leading supplier of cleaner, efficient LPG energy solutions in Northern Ireland with specialist knowledge covering all sectors Including Industrial, Commercial, Hospitality, Agriculture, and Domestic. We offer our customers: • Tailored energy solution • Full design service • Technical support and guidance • 24-hour emergency call out Calor Accredited CPD programme available. Content includes LPG Product Knowledge, Gas Regulations and Standards. Courses are FREE of charge and available by arrangement with one of our Calor Business Development Engineers. Contact

Industrial Doors

Metal Finishing

Acheson & Glover has been in business for more than 50 years. As well as in-depth experience we offer the widest range of concrete products in the UK and Ireland - from manhole covers to decorative walling and paving. Then there’s our unique range of problem solvers:

Industrial Doors & Loading Bay Equipment Automatic Gates, Traffic Barriers, Turnstiles, Electric Overhead Cranes, Hoists, Lifting Gear

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Britannia Electrical Services Unit 4, McKinney Industrial Estate, Hydepark, Mallusk BT36 4PX


Acheson & Glover Ltd. 64 Old Moy Road Dungannon Co. Tyrone BT71 6PU Tel: 028 8778 4208 Fax: 028 8778 4805 Email: Web:

Tel: 028 9083 8030 Fax: 028 9083 8058 Email: Website:

Insurance Intermediaries




Local construction insurance expertise at competitive terms

Contact Keith Hynds or David Stevenson

on 028 9032 9042 Email: Web:

Mats and matting

N. Ireland distributors and stockists for Coral mats and matting. Nuway entrance matting systems, threshold matting and tiles, rubber, plastic, coir and anti-fatigue matting, Gradus stairnosings, safety flooring, Flexi tiles, Studded rubber and Jaymart products. Matrex Mats and Matting 24B Portadown Road, Lurgan, Co. Armagh BT66 8QX Tel: 028 3832 8857 Fax: 028 3832 1058 Mobile: 07831 141305 E-mail: Web:



• Perspex • Lexan solid polycarbonate • Marlon multi wall polycarbonate • Engineering plastics • Machined Parts 24 Stockmans Way, Musgrave Park Industrial Estate, Belfast BT9 7ET Tel: 028 9066 8358 Fax: 028 9066 0623 Email: Web:


Willis & Company provide a wide range of Insurance products to protect your business as well as Health & Safety and Risk Management Services. • Employers & Public Liability Insurance • Contractors "All Risks" Insurance • Motor Fleet Insurance • Professional Indemnity Insurance • Property & Business Interruption Insurance • Latent Defects Insurance • Bonds



"Twil" Weldmesh EXPAMET Expanded Metal, FLOWFORGE Open Steel Flooring, Handrail Standards & Stair Treads, PERFORATED Metal Sheets, Comprehensive Stock Range, Ridgeway 103 Airport Road, Belfast BT3 9ED Tel: 028 9045 4599 Fax: 028 9045 4596 Email: Web:

Hire Centres

Partitions (Acoustic)

We at Masters Choice Ltd have been manufacturing acoustic partitions and joinery products for over 20 years. All products offered by Masters Choice are manufactured at our workshop by experienced and dedicated tradesmen to the highest quality and standard. As we manufacture all products ourselves which allows us to offer a full range of services including Design. We manufacture and install all products to our Clients specific requirements. We also offer an after sales care package on all products provided.

Master's Choice Ltd Silverbridge, Newry N. Ireland, BT35 9LJ Tel: (028) 30861032 Fax: (028) 30861693 E-mail:

Are one of the foremost pump distributors in Ireland, holding agencies for some of the worlds leading pump manufacturers. We offer a complete design / supply / install service with the technical expertise and product range to support everything from domestic / commercial packaged pump stations to bespoke systems for municipal applications. Our specialities include: • Hot / cold water boosting • Rainwater harvesting • Food and pharmaceutical • Sewage and storm pumping systems • Leachate systems Drilling & Pumping Supplies Ltd Tel: 028 9181 8347 Email:


0800 1 970 970


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Providing on-site safety for: • Construction • Maintenance • Engineering Lifeline Air Bags Mobile: 07748 786 076 Fax: 028 8772 9262 E-mail: Web:


All Ireland Sales and Marketing Recruitment Specialists • Building & Construction • Chemicals • Telecoms • Technical/ Construction • Advertising/Media • IT • Retail • FMCG/Foodservice • Marketing


Washroom systems

PRONET SAFETY SERVICES Gyproc is the market leader in plaster, plasterboard and drylining systems, manufacturing in Ireland since 1936, with a long history of providing innovative, costeffective and reliable products that meet the demands of the construction industry. Looking to the future Gyproc is determined to remain at the forefront, as market leader, continuing to provide innovative, sustainable design solutions for the buildings of the future.

Gyproc, Ireland Unit 4, Kilcarbery Business Park, Nangor Rd, Dublin 22, Ireland Direct Line 01-6298400 Email:

Products and Services The following sections provide an overview of what we can provide, please contact us if you have a particular problem or application that isn’t featured on our site. • Horizontal, Vertical, Inclined and Overhead Cable Systems • Mobile Anchors • Eyebolts • Demarcation • Annual systems Retest • Risk Assessment • Maintenance • Training Pronet Safety Services Tel: 028 9337 3967 Fax: 028 9335 3518 Email: Web: Web:


Unit 2, 1 Edgewater Road, Belfast Harbour, Belfast, BT3 9JQ Tel: +44 28 9077 0999 E: Web:

REtaining walls


National Housebuilding Council (NHBC) Northern Ireland Holyrood Court, 59 Malone Road, Belfast BT9 6SA Tel: 028 9068 3131 Fax: 028 9068 3258


Retain provides a design supply & installation service for a range of earth retention systems. All of the systems are class leaders. This ensures clients confidence that the most suitable system is used in each given application. • Greenface • Andacrib • Modular Block • Gabions • Installation • Permacrib


Head Office:

Unit 2 Musgrave Park Industrial Estate, 26 Stockmans Way, Belfast, BT9 7ET TEL: 02890381990 E-mail

Branches at: Ballymena 028 25645380 Cookstown 028 86764422 Retain Solutions Ltd 56 York Street, Belfast BT15 1AS Tel: 028 9031 3881 Email:

• CEF/Specify Construction Excellence Awards 2014 finalists • Concrete in Construction

Newry 028 30252499

Design that lasts Extensive range of washroom systems

Outstanding quality & performance

Exceptional service & support

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Professional & Impartial Services Crown lifting / Raising / Crown Reduction Selective / Formative Pruning Deadwooding / Crown Cleaning Storm Damage Rectification (24hr) Removal of dead, diseased and dangerous trees Sectional removal with the aid of mobile crane Stump Grinding, Root Removal and Root Pruning Conifer Maintenance High Hedge Legislation advice Young Tree Maintenance Shrub Pruning / Grounds Maintenance Woodland Management Tree Planting Composted Woodchip and Firewood Sales Fully equipped, insured and qualified Arboricultural Association Approved Contractor

Clarke Cunningham Tree Maintenance Ltd.

69 Upper Mealough Road Carryduff, BT8 8LR TEL: 028 9081 4488, Fax: 028 9081 4333 Email: Website:

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Products: Protection Rails Handrails Wall Protection Door Protection Heavy Duty Protection Yeoman Shield provides a range of functional and attractive wall and door protection systems for new build and refurbishment projects. Our wide range of rails, wall sheet, corner and door protection systems are designed to prevent expensive and unsightly damage to the internal fabric of commercial and public buildings. We have over 45 years of experience of wall and door protection combined with a wealth of knowledge and wide product range which is held in stock for immediate distribution. Contact us for further information or visit where you can view the complete Yeoman Shield brochure. Contact our head office with regards to coverage for Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: Yeoman Shield c/o Harrison Thompson & Co Ltd Whitehall Estate Whitehall Road Leeds LS12 5JB Tel: +44 113 279 5854 Email:





aint-Gobain Weber has introduced a new colour to the brick-effect finish for their External Wall Insulation (EWI) system with the addition of Georgian Red. This has been made in response to customer demand allowing the closest possible match for the refurbishment of the façades of Victorian and Georgian brick-built properties in the North of England. While dramatically improving the aesthetics of these older, hard to treat properties and changing the streetscape for the benefit and wellbeing of residents, the application of weber.therm EWI will also improve the thermal performance of properties providing a warmer and more comfortable living environment with greatly improved U-values. “The benefits are two-fold,” says Craig Swales, Hall Construction Group, Kingston upon Hull.  “The project we have been piloting involves the thermal and aesthetic upgrade of over 70 properties including, Victorian and Georgian brickbuilt properties owned by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.  Red brick is synonymous with the original construction style used in this area of Rotherham, and local planners wanted to preserve this visual.  The pilot has been highly successful and the introduction of the new Georgian Red colour has provided the perfect match.”

Power ahead with Kubota’s new RT and RO Series Wheel Loaders W: T: 01844 268000


ubota’s new RT and RO Series wheel loaders made their UK debut at Plantworx, cementing the company’s leading position in the construction equipment industry whilst expanding its already popular range of powerful machinery. Specially designed to suit a variety of end user applications such as construction, agriculture, gardening and public works, the articulated wheel loaders have been developed to ensure efficiency and flexibility for users.  The latest models introduced to the company’s RT Series line-up incorporate a 45-degree articulation-oscillating angle to make it easy for users to fit through the smallest of spaces without damaging surfaces when carrying out tasks. Hydrostatic transmission and a high performance pump also work together to deliver maximum performance on site.  Heavy-duty axles with a maximum capacity of 12 tonnes allow for a travelling speed of up to 25km per hour on the RT270 and a tipping load of 2600 that rivals that of its competitors.



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xtractability, a division of Weldability-Sif, is a UK based “one stop source” for all welding fume extraction solutions. The company has announced the ProtectoCube, a new product line of filtering units equipped with filter cartridges, applicable for nearly every task in the area of fume and dust extraction. Moreover, the first range of products in the ProtectoCube series has been launched, under the ECOCUBE range. The ECOCUBE is a complete filter unit, inclusive of a fan and equipped with the nearuniversal filter cartridges mentioned above. The polluted air is extracted by means of the ventilator and guided towards the filtering section. The welding fumes are deposited on the surface of the filter cartridge, which is then cleaned automatically by a blast of compressed air. This detaches the welding fumes, and pushes them into a dust collecting tank. The cleaned air is recycled to the working space without any heat loss.


illing voids and seals to improve energy efficiency has never been easier thanks to Geocel’s Airblock. This product offers unbeatable flexibility and easy application to create a safe and effective air-tight barrier. Geocel Airblock can be used to seal around windows, doors, pipes, electrical cables, loft hatches, light fixtures and even suspended floors. It will prevent air leakage and improve energy efficiency, so helping tradespeople minimise chances of distortion around frames and joints. And application couldn’t be easier, even in hard-to-reach places, thanks to Geocel’s one metre-long applicator guns. Once in place, Geocel Airblock’s high-performance, polyurethane structure means it stays flexible enough to absorb future movement. Strong but versatile, it can then be cut, sawn, sanded, painted or even plastered over. It is the only product tested to this standard – in accordance with EN 122114 – Air Permeability of Building Components and Building Elements. It is also Acoustic Rated to EN ISO717-1 (tested to 60DB), Fire Rated to DIN4102-1 and Driving Rain tested to EN1027, making it one of the safest solutions around too.

New Thermal Liteblock System from Roadstone T: 087 235 6461/087 6929 458


ay 14th 2015: Roadstone Ltd is proud to introduce the Thermal Liteblock System, an exciting new product innovation which was launched at an event in Dublin yesterday evening. The Roadstone Thermal Liteblock is a robust and durable, lightweight block which was developed for use with traditional masonry after extensive research aimed at producing a cost-effective solution for architects, engineers, assigned certifiers and building contractors to comply with Part L of the Building Regulations.  When used in conjunction with Roadstone’s standard Concrete Block range, the system improves thermal conductivity by an impressive 300%.  The mitigation of heat loss at thermal bridges, which is a key challenge in the construction industry, also results in reduced energy bills.  The Roadstone Thermal Liteblock is made from a special mix which includes lightweight aggregrates to achieve conductivity values of 0.33W/mK.  It is manufactured in Ireland and has an average weight of just 11.5kg compared to the standard 20kg concrete block.  Heather in colour to facilitate traceability on site, the Roadstone Thermal Liteblock is also CE marked 2+. Road to Recovery: (L-R) Tom  The Thermal Liteblock is used at targeted key locations in conjunction with the Roadstone Concrete Block range, providing a cost effective Parlon, Director General of solution to the construction of new buildings and allowing greater flexibility in the development of designs. the Construction Industry Federation and Larry Byrne,  Speaking at the launch event in City Hall Dublin, guest of honour Mr. Tom Parlon, Director General of the Construction Industry Managing Director of Roadstone Federation said, “Energy efficiency remains the best way to offset energy costs and reduce the carbon emissions of new buildings.  For these Ltd pictured at the launch of reasons, improved energy efficiency standards in new residential, business and public developments are at the core of the new Building Roadstone’s Thermal Liteblock Regulations and the Government’s Construction 2020 Strategy.  I welcome this product innovation from Roadstone and the contribution it System. will make towards achieving these standards.”  Mr. Larry Byrne, Managing Director of Roadstone Ltd added, “Roadstone continually strives to produce only the highest quality products and to give the best service in our industry. In this regard, we are committed to product innovation aimed at meeting national energy efficiency standards. The Thermal Liteblock System is an innovative, cost-effective and Irishmade product, designed for the needs of the Irish construction industry. We are confident that it will play a major role in the industry for many years to come.”  Over 100 industry experts attended the official launch of the Thermal Liteblock System, which included a technical Questions and Answers session on its role in Irish construction.

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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 £372.00 £377.00 £337.00 £362.00 £337.00 £337.00 £327.00

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 £45.50 75x19 £68.20 125x19 £110.50 38x25 £41.50 75x25 £50.50 150x25 £99.50 50x38 £77.30 100x38 £117.30 150x38 £92.10 50x50 £92.20 100x50 £145.50 125x50 £165.50 100x75 £201.00 200x75 £455.00 150x100 £375.50

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

3 Pilot's View, Heron Road Belfast BT3 9LE Tel: 028 9045 7000 Fax: 028 9045 7040 Web:

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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 £49.50

9mm sanded £51.30

12mm sanded £68.00

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 £61.50

9mm £74.10

12mm £95.10

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 £64.00 1:2:4 by volume £78.00 1:3:6 by volume £70.00 2 20 N/mm :20mm aggregate £64.00 25 N/mm2:20mm aggregate £68.00 30 N/mm2:20mm aggregate £70.00

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

£94.00 £69.00 £80.50 £98.50 £108.00

£222.00 £315.50 £241.00 £370.60 £504.00 £301.00 £453.20 £680.00

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 £686.00 £755.00 8 £686.00 £755.00 10 £686.00 £755.00 12 £686.00 £755.00 20 £686.00 £755.00 25 £686.00 £755.00 32 £686.00 £755.00 40 £686.00 £755.00 Mesh Fabric to BS 4483 ex-yard per sheet (one or mixed references) per sheet BS reference A 98 £31.50 A142 £31.50 A193 £35.50 A252 £40.00 A393 £68.00 B503 £68.00 B785 £81.00 Heavy section steel ex-yard in lots of over 5T per tonne UC 152x152x23 £895.00 203x203x46 £1183.00 254x254x73 £1265.00 305x305x118 £1130.00 356x368x153 £1300.00 UB 305x165x40 356x127x37 406x140x39 457x152x52 533x210x82


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ROOF SLATES AND TILES Thrutone Thrutone Relief


£1130.00 £1130.00 £1130.00 £1130.00 £1130.00

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 £49.50 £51.50 £69.00

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

£79.60 £94.80 £110.30 £164.30 £97.30 £129.10 £173.50 £234.50 £325.60

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 £10.50 £23.00 £3.50 £7.50 £11.00 £25.00 £12.00 £25.00 £6.20 £17.00 £6.20 £15.50 £17.00 £32.00 £19.00 £32.00 £18.50 £31.00 £23.00 £58.00

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Specify talks to Eddie O’Neill, Managing Director of QMAC... “There is a big world out there and ultimately we have to help ourselves...” Did you plan to get involved in the construction industry? From the age of 12 I always wanted to be involved in creating buildings.

What have been the highlights so far? I have been very fortunate to have been involved in some of the province’s most illustrious and iconic buildings and to have worked with some fantastic people. Construction has taken me all over the UK and Ireland. Probably the Odyssey project is the one that has given me most personal satisfaction.

What was the best piece of advice you’ve been given? Be yourself.

What would you say to students who are considering a career in construction? This is a great industry despite all the bad press we get at times, there is never a dull moment. If you want to succeed then you have to be passionate and you have to be driven, but there is no better feeling of accomplishment when a project is completed successfully.

Do you think the construction sector needs more support from Stormont?


ddie O’Neill joined QMAC Construction as Managing Director earlier this year after the directors of QMAC took the decision to invest in the long-term growth of the company.

He will oversee the delivery of QMACs new strategic plan and, with almost 40 years’ experience in the construction industry in Northern Ireland, the company will reap the benefits of his unrivalled knowledge,

guidance and expertise. QMACs strategic plan is centred around setting themselves apart from their competitors, opening up new markets and increasing market share in Northern Ireland. Their philosophy is underpinned by the company’s commitment to quality in absolutely everything that they do.

How did you get started in the construction industry? I started work in the construction industry at the age of 16 as a junior

engineer. I progressed to the position of site engineer then moved direction to the role of contract planner. Thereafter I was appointed quality manager and also spent time as a contracts manager before being made a director, then managing director. I have served on the board of the CITB and CEF for many years. Training was always a big part of my career and still is ongoing; all of my training and exams were done while I was a full time employee, I am very proud to have reached the grade of FCIOB.

Of course Stormont could always do more particularly in terms of budgets and above all to give certainty. However there is a big world out there and ultimately we have to help ourselves.

What needs to be done to help the NI construction sector? Certainty of funding and proper due diligence before bringing projects to market. We also need to ensure the new planning arrangements assist and do not restrict development.

Tell us something surprising about yourself? I’m surprised that I did this!

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