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BELFAST CONSTRUCTION SECTOR SUPPORTED net balance of +48). Private work at the interface of the activity was also North East and North West BY SUSTAINED OFFICE DEMANDCommercial rising relatively robustly (+23), stands to form a Quadrant. This

For the second year in a row, Newry-based construction company A healthy year for office O’Hare & McGovern developments, which have taken the ‘Overall saw work begin on over Award’ at the Specify 400,000 sq ft of newCEF Construction Excellence Grade A space, helped Awards. developer sentiment

and construction activity in city Evening centresaw to TheBelfast Awards Gala remain positive in 2018, the firm win the award for according to a new its work on the IFA National report released recently Football Stadium at Windsor by Deloitte.

Park. The superb new 18,000 The report, thereceived third annual seater stadium its official Belfast Crane Survey opening the day after produced the awards by Deloitte shows a took place atReal theEstate, Culloden Hotel. total of 35 schemes were under It was built within the confines construction in the city centre – of the21existing Windsor Parkin with schemes completed which remained 2018 and nine setfully for operational completion throughout 98 week in 2019. Thisthe compares with 30 schemes under construction in the construction phase, facilitating previous year’sspectators survey. at over 200,000 In total this survey includes 63 international and domestic eleven new hotels, nine office fixtures. The work involved developments, six student the demolition of theprojects, south and accommodation three east stands,developments, refurbishmentthree and residential extension the north educationaloffacilities andand twowest retail schemes. stands. Approximately 290,000 sq ft of office designed space wascurved completed OHMG steel in 2018 across five schemes. The office market was buoyed at the end of the year by the announcement that Deloitte’s new Belfast headquarters will be in McAleer & Rushe’s Bedford Square development, due for completion in 2021. Other significant pre-lets are adding to the city’s positive developer sentiment. Belfast Harbour’s 250,000 sq ft City Quays 3 will be one of the largest Grade A office developments to be built in Northern Ireland when it moves to the build phase after receiving planning approval and major schemes including the Belfast Waterside project and Tribeca Belfast should also help sustain activity in the market. Simon Bedford, Partner in the Deloitte Real Estate practice, said: “The 2019 Belfast Crane Survey captures the changes that have taken place in development trends in the city. This survey we’ve seen the completion of several student accommodation buildings which will widen the higher education offering, increase city centre living

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according to the survey. curved design helped to create a stadium to enhance the viewing In contrast however, experience of the speactators infrastructure workload while at the same time growth remained weak (+5), mitigating the impact of noise on and significantly below the UK neighbouring houses outside the average (+17). stadium. Looking ahead, Northern Ireland Our congratulations go to the team at OHMG on their success. surveyors are upbeat about the There was also some cheer from prospects for growth, with a net balance of +50% expecting the latest RICS report. workloads to be higher in a Building activity is still rising 12-month horizon. despite uncertainty in the economy, according to the Infrastructure spending is still latest RICS (Royal Institution relatively low in Northern of Chartered Surveyors) and Ireland and the latest Tughans Northern Ireland developments in the ongoing Construction Market Survey. York Road Interchange does not Workloads were still rising in inspire confidence for the big the third quarter of the year, Seamus McAleer, Chairman Ireland of McAleer andgovernment Rushe, joins Colin Mounstephen from spending projects. according to Northern Deloitte to launch the survey Economist John Simpson looks at surveyors, with only a very the Programme forLittle Government modest slowdown in neglected activity and bring new life to at York Street and Patrick parts ofto theQ2. city. Street. Construction ongoing on Strategic Investment isBoards relative the 720,000for sqnext ft Ulster aspirations yearUniversity and Office Developments Campus while a £700m capital beyond… see pages 36 and 37. Housebuilding remained a key investment project at Queen’s source of workload growth, with “The city also has a healthy University Belfast will continue Pat Burns2019. private appetitehousebuilding for new officeactivity through Editor rising particularly (a developments andstrongly is making good progress against the Belfast The recent boom in new hotel Agenda target of 1.5 million sq construction has understandably ft of new space by 2021. There slowed, with new construction is even potential to increase this starts in 2018 set to deliver a target further as the demand further 224 new hotel rooms to exists and new occupier deals the market. This compares to over in 2019 would instil further 1,200 rooms added to Belfast’s confidence in the market, tourism offering in the ten hotels alleviating some of the fears that completed during last year. around Brexit,” he added. Deloitte also highlighted the “Regular job announcements in need to increase the number of IT and professional services by new residential schemes being companies like Imperva, FinTru developed in order to enable and FieldFisher highlight that there wider growth and evolution of will be a continued need for new Belfast’s city centre in future. Grade A office space.” The one new build office “The Belfast Agenda’s ambitious completion in 2018 was the target of increasing the residential headquarters of Allstate NI, population of Belfast by 70,000 while there has been a significant people before 2035 will be a amount of investment to refurbish prime indicator of success for the and modernise existing space city moving forward. However, such as River House, The Weaving there were no new residential Works, Flax House and Artola starts during 2018. Anecdotally, House. issues of density and height restrictions have been raised as Following a surge of purpose-built challenges for developers seeking student accommodation schemes funding and the limited activity in recent years, two further demonstrates that residential developments started on site in schemes remain challenging,” said 2018, which will deliver 761 beds Simon Bedford.

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In a letter to the Head of the Civil Service, John Armstrong from the Construction Employers Federation has called on the 2019/20 Northern Ireland Budget Bill to include additional capital expenditure for Northern Ireland Water.

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The N.I. Assembly shutdown is stunting growth across construction industry as Belfast strives to become a SMART city, says AECOM.

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Castlebrooke Investments announced recently that leading building and civil engineering firm, Farrans Construction, has been appointed as preferred contractor for Phase One of the £500m Tribeca Belfast urban regeneration scheme.

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Dungannon company, Kiverco, has won its first export success in the Italian market. The deal, worth six figures, sees its mobile recycling plant used to help recover post-earthquake rubble in Umbria, central Italy.

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It was a robust 2018 for Belfast construction – but can it continue asks Colin Mounstephen, author of the Deloitte Belfast Crane Survey.

16 JOHN SIMPSON:

The combination of drift, uncertainty and lack of accountability from where it should be expected, means that in many ways Northern Ireland is performing well below what should happen and in ways that are both directly and indirectly lowering living standards hitting all sections of the community, says our commentator John Simpson.

18 VAUGHAN HOMES:

Richard Morrow, from Vaughan Homes, recently picked up the Supreme Award runner-up spot at one of the UK’s most prestigious construction award ceremonies. Richard took the runner-up title in the Small Builder category at the UK Finals of the NHBC Pride in the Job awards held at the Hilton Metropole in London.

20 RENEWABLES IN OPERATION

Eddie Kerr, Specialist Engineering and Energy Manager from the South Eastern Trust outlines how PV systems have been a great success for the Trust.

28 SPECIAL FEATURE – ENERGY SAVING TECHNOLOGY:

Specify looks at the latest developments that will enhance the construction industry in the future, while Melanie Dawson, Director of Digital Construction at Graham, looks at the ongoing advances in Building Information Modelling (BIM).

37 BLAIR MAYNE LEISURE CENTRE, ARDS:

Ards and North Down Borough Council has officially opened the doors of its new state of the art Ards Blair Mayne Wellbeing and Leisure Complex. The Council’s £30M investment in the complex represents a tremendous boost for the social, leisure and economic wellbeing of local residents and everyone right across the Borough and is set to transform leisure provision in Ards and North Down.

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CEF CALLS FOR URGENT BUDGETARY Harvey Group acquires Solmatix as part of 5 year ALLOCATION TOand NI WATER growth plan in UK Ireland. In a letter to the Head of the Service, John NICivil M&E services Armstrong from the Newtownabbey-based Construction Employers M&E serviceshas company, Federation called Harvey Group, has Northern acquired on the 2019/20 Ireland Bill, NorthernBudget Ireland renewable which expected to be energy is specialists, Solmatix tabled at Westminster Renewables in a move the given the continued companies say will transform absence of a Northern the renewable energy sector Ireland Executive, to in Northern Ireland and act include additional as a springboard for further capital expenditure for expansion Ireland into the multiNorthern Water tomillion deal pound with UK urgent and Ireland capacity at renewable issues energy markets. Wastewater Treatment The acquisition, for an Works (WwTW) which, undisclosed sum, will bring to 110 unless dealt with, are the number of people employed threatening to halt directly by the Harvey Group in development across Northern Ireland and Great Britain. Northern Ireland. With a turnover of £30 million andelements over 80ofstaff, Group Key theHarvey letter included: • Although tenyears’ WwTW with capacity has over 30 experience investment drivers are to be upgraded in the design, installation and during PC15 (2015 to 2021) this maintenance of building services will barely scratch the surface with within every conceivable kind of respect to the 59 WwTW where building throughout there is notype further capacity NI, andGB the and RoI, including Pharmaceutical/ 21 which are heading that direction. Cleanrooms,the Laboratories, Furthermore, wastewater system Education, Government capacity issues being facedand in Belfast e.g. at the Duncrue WwTW and in Healthcare . Richard and Norahsub catchments such as East Belfast, Anne Bell founded Solmatix require significant investment. Thethen Renewables in 2008, and since Living With Water Programme led by DfI estimates an investment of at least £750m is urgently required to address these issues.

company acquires renewable energy specialists the company has grown to achieve a turnover of £6 million, with 30 staff operating from its Nutt’s Corner premises. As a result of the deal, Solmatix will continue to operate as an autonomous and independent company within Harvey Group Brian Harvey, managing director of Harvey Group, said there was a perfect fit between the two organisations. “We have been planning to grow our renewables involvement for some time, either organically or through the acquisition of an established player. Having worked with Solmatix Renewables on a number of contracts, we’d always been impressed with their engineering rigour and professionalism. In fact, there seemed to be a natural synergy between our two companies in terms of what we do and how we do it. I approached Richard Bell about a year ago to float the idea of our companies together, but only to projects coming that made no substantive ifconstruction there was aprogress good fit.during After careful 2018/19. consideration both agreed While the CEFwe fully accepts that the projects must be delivered and that this would indeed be mutually that the lack of progress on several of them during 2018/19 had little if anything to do with the decisions taken by senior officials, they believe that the government must be realistic in the budget for 2019/20 with respect to the Flagships. Even allowing for the additional clarity production of Randox’s pioneering provided for by the Northern Ireland medical diagnostic products and willof (Executive Formation and Exercise also includeAct associated administrative Functions) 2018, it is likely that: functions. The works are the first • No construction activity will phase of a major capital expenditure commence on the A5 until roughly project by Randox to develop the 12 monthsMassereene from now Army Barracks former

Celebrating the acquisition (from left) Norah-Anne Bell, Richard Bell, Brian Harvey, Gareth Booth (Financial Controller, Harvey Group).

beneficial. From my perspective, having Solmatix as part of Harvey Group gives us a level of expertise that would have taken us years to acquire otherwise. “Harvey Group and Solmatix share similar values, by which I mean our commitment to professionalism, our desire to deliver our services to the very highest standards, and the importance we place on treating our customers, our suppliers and our staff with courtesyand andcompleted consideration.” be awarded Richard Bell, the founder and and the tender process for the managing director Solmatix main works not yetofstarted, it is unlikely that significant Renewables described the acquisition capex will be expended on this scheme until late in 2019

as great news for Solmatix, its customers, suppliers and staff. “In many respects, it’s a case of ‘business as usual’. However, in real terms, being part of this larger organisation will give us access to enhanced technical skills, financial resources and purchasing power. Ultimately I believe this will lead to greater growth and investment within our operations, as well as more jobs and job security. It’s a win-win relationship that’s good for our whole organisation, as well as the economy of Northern Ireland. “

• Separately, on themajor nonLisburn firm TAL awarded the first construction Flagship York Street Interchange • The further deterioration of this scheme, it could be another 12 contract Randox Science Park situation will result in a haltat to months before construction development across large swathes of Northern Ireland • The risks of halting development on such a scale will impact the deliverability of much needed new housing, public sector works and commercial development. It would also slow the recovery of the construction sector in uncertain economic times and make it nigh on impossible for any of the WItH reputation for the 11 local acouncils to deliver economic aspirations within thehigh local excellence in constructing development planstAL that they are quality projects, Limited working on.awarded a significant has been contract (£3.1m) by global Looking to the Executive Flagship medical diagnostics projects the CEF notes company that, at this Randox. point last year, significant CapEx This initial contract iswas forallocated the (Capital Expenditure) construction of a new facility for

into ‘Randox Science Park’ – a • With a PQQ for the Mother and futuristic and manufacturing Children’sR&D Hospital due to be issued in facility. Theitaward-winning, the spring, is unlikely the subsequent international biotechnology firm, to tender process will have moved contract its award in 2019 unveiled plansuntil for late an innovative (albeit aresite enabling hub onthat the there 43 acre earlierworks this ongoing) year. Welcoming thepermission announcement, • With planning not as Damien Hughes, Director TAL yet granted for the Belfast of Transport Limited “Wepackage are Hub, thecommented: enabling works to delighted to have been awarded

would begin this contract with Randox, one of Director at Randox commented: “The “The CEF believes the budget Northern Ireland’s most dynamic development of Randox Science allocations for these projects and businesses a local Park is core to our plans to create mustexciting be in line with the on realistic and global level. Through innovative diagnostics, to improve programme laid out above,the ” quality saidour John Armstrong, of work and the President dedication and manufacturing efficiency to export of the CEF. “In the context professionalism of our teamof TAL has high-value healthcare capabilities to there being an over overall steadily grown thepot lastof34 years world markets. This state-of-the-art £1.5bn in capex available to and this contract award reinforces premises will become a centre of spend in 2019/20, we believe the strength of our expertise in the cutting-edge research, development additional capex could be made healthcare ” and diagnostic manufacture, covering available tosector. Northern Ireland The project willofbe conditions such as cancer, stroke and Water for some thedelivered WwTW John Armstrong issues have to BIMwe level 2 indetailed. partnership heart disease. We will also provide a “These difficult decisions with theare design team Ostick and significant boost to the local economy on existing WwTW right across to take and the civil Rainey service & Best, Williams Architects, through job creation. We very Northernnew Ireland, it is critical that has been placed in an intolerable Doran Consulting, Delap & Waller much look forward to working with the 2019/20 Budget Bill presented position not of its making. However, in Consulting Engineers and Charles TAL on this initial contract to deliver to Parliament seeks to deal with the light of the risk to development of all challenges that confront us.” we Hutchison the high quality infrastructure forms nowConsulting. posed by the limitations Dr Peter FitzGerald, Managing require.”

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N.I. ASSEMBLY SHUTDOWN STUNTING GROWTH Harvey Group acquires Solmatix as part of 5 year ACROSS CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY AS BELFAST growth plan in UK and Ireland. STRIVES TO BECOME A SMART CITY NI M&E services company acquires renewable energy specialists Newtownabbey-based An annual construction M&E services company, industry review, which Harvey Group, hasrecently acquired was launched Northern Ireland renewable by AECOM in Northern energy specialists, Solmatix Ireland, analyses the industry outlook onthe the Renewables in a move island of Ireland and companies say will transform takes a long energy view to the renewable sector what will be required in Northern Ireland and act toassustain development a springboard for further over the next two expansion into the multidecades.

million pound UK and Ireland energyAECOM markets. Asrenewable part of the review, liaisedThe with senior professionals in acquisition, for an the construction industry in the undisclosed sum, will bring to 110 public and private sector employed in Northern the number of people Ireland to by gainthe anHarvey insight into output directly Group in and the factors blocking and delaying Northern Ireland and Great Britain. development. With a turnover of £30 million and over 80 staff, Harvey Group has over 30 years’ experience in the design, installation and maintenance of building services within every conceivable kind of building type throughout NI, GB and RoI, including Pharmaceutical/ Cleanrooms, Laboratories, Education, Government and Healthcare . Richard and NorahTrevor Leaker, Anne Bell founded Solmatix DIrector of Aecom Renewables in 2008, and since then in NI

the company has grown to achieve a companies reinvesting turnover of £6 million, with 30 staff and expanding in Belfast, operating fromefforts its Nutt’s reflecting our to Corner become a more innovative premises. city”. As a result of the deal, Solmatix “Belfast City Council is as an will continue to operate working with and industry autonomous independent to establish the city as company within Harvey Group a leader in the use of Brian (Self-Monitoring Harvey, managing director SMART of Harvey Group, said there was Analysis and Reporting aTechnology) perfect fit between through the two increased investment in organisations. areas such as been transport “We have planning to Celebrating the acquisition (from left) Norah-Anne Bell, Richard Bell, Brian Harvey, Gareth connectivity and parking. grow our renewables involvement Booth (Financial Controller, Harvey Group). Belfast’s ‘Smart Hubs’ for some20time, either organically as great news for Solmatix, its initiative is a critical step beneficial. From my perspective, or through the acquisition of an in maintaining the capital’s customers, suppliers and staff. having Solmatix as part of Harvey established player. Having worked status as a frontrunner in the “In many respects, it’s a case Group gives us a level of expertise with SolmatixofRenewables on deployment infrastructure of ‘business as usual’. However, in that would have taken us years to atechnology number ofand contracts, will be awe’d key Paula Gillan,Peter Sutcliffe, Alan Currie, Andy Patterson and Tim Robinson. real terms, being part of this larger acquire otherwise. always been impressed with ingredient in its continued organisation will give us access to “Harvey Group and Solmatix growth and evolution. their engineering rigour and enhanced technical skills, financial share similar values, by which I mean professionalism. In fact, there seemed resources and purchasing power. Informative our commitment to professionalism, to be a natural synergy between Suzanne Wylie, Chief Ultimately I believe this will lead our desire to deliver our services to our two companies in terms of Executive of Belfast City to greater growth and investment the very highest standards, and the what we do and how we do it. I Council, said: “AECOM’s within our operations, as well as importance we place on treating our approached Richard Bell about a annual review is extremely more jobs and job security. It’s a customers, our suppliers and our staff year ago to float the idea of our informative as it shows where win-win relationship that’s good with courtesy and consideration.” companies comingmade, together, progress is being and but only for our whole organisation, as Richard Bell, the founder and ifwhere therethe waschallenges a good fit.lie, After careful across both the well as the economy of Northern managing director of Solmatix consideration wepublic both and agreed private Ireland. “ Renewables described the acquisition that thissector. would indeed be mutually “This year’s report outlines what is required to ensure strong sector growth in Northern Ireland over the next two decades. This forward-thinking approach complements our own vision for building a strong, SMART production Randox’s this contract with Randox, one of Director at Randox commented: “The Martin Doherty, Nick Brennan, Trevor Leaker and Barry Crozier. and resilientofcity which pioneering medical diagnostic products and will Northern Ireland’s most dynamic development of Randox Science people want to live in, which also associated and exciting businesses on a local Park is core to our plans to create offersinclude good jobs for ouradministrative young people andThe which provides functions. works are the first and global level. Through the quality innovative diagnostics, to improve stronger phase of infrastructure a major capitaland expenditure of our work and the dedication and manufacturing efficiency to export relevantby skills for investors. project Randox to develop the professionalism of our team TAL has high-value healthcare capabilities to “Our goal is to drive Belfast former Massereene Army Barracks steadily grown over the last 34 years world markets. This state-of-the-art and, in turn, the entire region into ‘Randox Science Park’ – a and this contract award reinforces premises will become a centre of forward - this requires a futuristic R&D and manufacturing the strength of our expertise in the cutting-edge research, development strong construction sector that hasThe the award-winning, confidence to facility. healthcare sector.” and diagnostic manufacture, covering take on jobs and plan for thefirm, international biotechnology The project will be delivered conditions such as cancer, stroke and future. We looking unveiled itsare plans for antoinnovative to BIM level 2 in partnership heart disease. We will also provide a industry to provide advanced hub on the 43 acre site earlier this with the design team Ostick and significant boost to the local economy and pioneering solutions, as year. Williams Architects, Rainey & Best, through new job creation. We very how our city moves forward Welcoming the announcement, Doran Consulting, Delap & Waller much look forward to working with with infrastructure in the Damien Hughes, Director of TAL Consulting Engineers and Charles TAL on this initial contract to deliver coming years will be critical to becoming one of the Limited commented: “Wemost are Hutchison Consulting. the high quality infrastructure we innovativetolocations in awarded delighted have been Dr Peter FitzGerald, Managing require.” Europe.” Trevor Leaker, Suzanne Wylie, Chief Executive Belfast City Council and David Barwell.

Director, AECOM in Northern Ireland, Lisburn TAL awarded the first major construction Trevor Leaker said, “Thisfirm year our review of the construction industry across the island of Ireland identified contract at Randox Science Park two different pictures concerning sentiment, growth estimates and the challenges found in the respective markets. Talent was cited as the single greatest obstacle for the sector in the Republic of Ireland, while the current political environment in Northern Ireland was the biggest concern for the industry here.” “The lack of an Executive in Northern Ireland, which has slowed the rate at which public sector projects have WItH reputation for come toamarket, was identified as excellence in constructing a source of frustration. However,high quality projects, tAL the review suggested thatLimited clarity on this issue lead toa asignificant flurry of has beencould awarded public sector projectsbybeing tendered contract (£3.1m) global which could underpin the long-term medical diagnostics company sustainability of the industry.” Randox. “Positive sentiments included our This initial contract is forDirect the performance with Foreign construction of a new Investment (FDI), with facility 75% offor FDI

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FARRANS APPOINTED PREFERRED Harvey Group acquires Solmatix as part of 5 year CONTRACTOR FOR growth plan in UK andPHASE Ireland.ONE OF TRIBECA BELFAST REGENERATION PROJECT NI M&E services company acquires renewable energy specialists Newtownabbey-based Castlebrooke M&E services company, Investments announced Harvey Group, acquired recently thathas leading Northern Ireland renewable building and civil engineering firm, energy specialists, Solmatix Farrans Construction, Renewables in a move the has been say appointed as companies will transform preferred contractor for the renewable energy sector Phase One of the £500m in Northern Ireland and act Tribeca Belfast urban as a springboardscheme. for further regeneration

expansion into the multimillion pound UK The exciting project willand see Ireland the Dunmurry-based company deliver two renewable energy markets. Grade office buildings comprising TheA acquisition, for an a undisclosed total of 180,000 of space, sum, sq willft bring to 110 one which has been designed theofnumber of people employed to international headquarter office directly by the Harvey Group in standards. The programme will also Northern Irelandapartments, and Great as Britain. include 24 luxury well With a turnover of £30 million as ground floor retail and food & and overunits. 80 staff, Harvey Group beverage has over 30 years’ experience Glenn Gilmore, Regional Director atinFarrans, praised the scheme the design, installation and for itsmaintenance promise of continued of buildingeconomic services growth Belfast city centre. within in every conceivable kind of “Once commenced the first phase of building type throughout NI, GB and RoI, including Pharmaceutical/ Cleanrooms, Laboratories, Education, Government and Healthcare . Richard and NorahCDE is on course to move Anne Bell new foundedCentre Solmatix of into its Renewables in 2008, and since then Excellence in Cookstown

the company haswillgrown achieve Tribeca Belfast createtomore thana turnover £6 million, with 30 staff 1,000 jobofopportunities which will include apprenticeship operating from its Nutt’sopportunities Corner through the duration of the premises. construction he said. As a result programme, of the deal, ”Solmatix “The project will run for two will continue to operate as an years across design development and autonomous and independent construction. This job creation over company Harvey Groupanother the next within few years is certainly Brian Harvey, managing director positive output for the Northern ofIreland Harvey Group, saidsector. there” was construction is a 12-acre site located aTribeca perfectBelfast fit between the two beside St Anne’s Cathedral bounded organisations. by“We Royalhave Avenue, beenDonegall planning Street, to Lowerour Garfield Streetinvolvement and Rosemary grow renewables Street. Sensitive refurbishment work for some time, either organically is already underway to preserve the or through the &acquisition of an on listed Garfield North building established player. Having worked Lower Garfield Street. with on the The Solmatix preferredRenewables contractor on ascheme, numberFarrans of contracts, we’d is Construction, a division of impressed Northstone (NI) Ltd, always been with whichengineering is owned by Irish-based their rigour and building materials groupInCRH A global professionalism. fact,plc. there seemed company employing over 85,000 to be a natural synergy between people at 3,600 locations worldwide, our two companies in terms of in CRH generates annual revenue what we do and how we do it. I excess of €27 billion. approached Richard Bell about a year ago to float the idea of our companies coming together, but only if there was a good fit. After careful consideration we both agreed that this would indeed be mutually

Celebrating the acquisition (from left) Norah-Anne Bell, Richard Bell, Brian Harvey, Gareth Booth (Financial Controller, Harvey Group).

beneficial. From my perspective, having Solmatix as part of Harvey Group gives us a level of expertise that would have taken us years to acquire otherwise. Group and Solmatix In “Harvey its own right, Farrans has experience share similar values,regeneration by which I mean working on major our commitment to professionalism, projects in Northern Ireland and beyond. thedeliver past decade, Farrans our desireIn to our services to completed the stunning Belfast Streets the very highest standards, and the importance we place on treating our customers, our suppliers and our staff with courtesy and consideration.” Richard Bell, the founder and managing director of Solmatix Renewables described the acquisition

as great news for Solmatix, its customers, suppliers and staff. “In many respects, it’s a case of ‘business as usual’. However, in real terms, being part of this larger organisation will give us access to Ahead project on behalf of Belfast enhanced technical financial City Council, as wellskills, as the now resources and Victoria purchasing power. iconic, £165m Square Centre Ultimately thisa joint will lead some yearsI believe earlier in venture partnership. to greater growth and investment within our operations, as well as more jobs and job security. It’s a win-win relationship that’s good for our whole organisation, as well as the economy of Northern Ireland. “

CDE HEADQUARTERS SET TO OPEN IN FIRST HALF OF 2019 in the first half of 2019, after the developer handed over the impressive new campus to the company recently.

Lisburn firm TAL awarded the first major construction contract at Randox Science Park Pictured marking the hand-over of the development are, left to right, Jason Arthur, from architects and engineers Teague and Sally, Tony Convery, Chairman of CDE, and Mark Campbell, from building contractor Felix O’Hare. CDE will now put in place the finishing touches to the impressive facility, including erecting signage, before beginning to move equipment and staff into the building in the months ahead. a reputation for WItH The new offices will enable the excellence in constructing high fast-growing business to continue to quality tAL Limited expand projects, its team, providing space for has awarded significant overbeen 400 staff across aareas including contract (£3.1m) global engineering, productby development, and business diagnostics services. medical company It will be the world’s largest campus Randox. dedicated the wetisprocessing This initialtocontract for the of materials in the sand and aggregates, construction of a newand facility for mining, construction demolition

production of Randox’s pioneering this contract with Randox, one of medical diagnostic products and will Northern Ireland’s most dynamic also include associated administrative and exciting businesses on a local functions. The works are the first and global level. Through the quality phase of a major capital expenditure of our work and the dedication and project by Randox to develop the professionalism of our team TAL has former Massereene Army Barracks steadily grown over the last 34 years into ‘Randox Science Park’ – a and this contract award reinforces JasonR&D Arthur, Convery of CDE the and strength Mark Campbell futuristic andTony manufacturing of our expertise in the facility. The award-winning, healthcare sector.” waste recycling, industrial sands and team involved, including our own team, international biotechnology firm, be delivered environmental sectors. asThe wellproject as the will architects, Teague and unveiled its plans for an innovative to BIM level 2 in partnership The company has experienced Sally, and the building contractor, Felix hub on the growth 43 acreinsite earlier this the design team Ostick significant its business during with O’Hare. We very much lookand forward recent years, driven by an increase in to moving into the Rainey new offices in the year. Williams Architects, & Best, demand within markets. first half of 2019.” Delap & Waller Welcoming theexport announcement, Doran Consulting, CDE Chairman, Convery, Damien Hughes, Tony Director of TALsays: Consulting Engineers and Charles “Today marks an important milestone The company’s Managing Director, Limited commented: “We are Hutchison Consulting. in this significant project for the Brendan McGurgan, adds: “Our new delighted have to been Dr Peter company.toI want payawarded tribute to the offices will FitzGerald, provide theManaging CDE team with

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Director at Randox commented: “The development of Randox Science Park is core to our plans to create innovative diagnostics, to improve manufacturing efficiency to export high-value healthcare capabilities to world markets. This state-of-the-art premises will become a centre of cutting-edge research, development and diagnostic manufacture, covering an environment that matches their conditions as cancer, stroke and excellence,such ambition and reputation. heart disease. We will also provide It will also be a base that we will bea significant boost to the local economy very proud to bring customers from around new the world to visit. Importantly, through job creation. We very the new will to support much lookspace forward working with collaboration and team-working, which TAL on this initial contract to deliver is crucial to delivering the new ideas, the high quality infrastructure we products and innovations that will require. ” drive CDE’s future growth.”

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ITALY’S EARTHQUAKE RUBBLE Harvey Group acquires Solmatix as RECYCLED part of 5 yearONSITE USING NORTHERN IRISH MACHINERY growth plan in UK and Ireland.

Dungannon company, Kiverco NI M&E services has won its first Newtownabbey-based export success in the Italian market. M&E services company, The deal, worth Harvey Group, has acquired six figures, seesrenewable its Northern Ireland mobile recycling energy specialists, Solmatix plant used to help Renewables in a move the recover postcompanies say will transform earthquake rubble renewable energy sector inthe Umbria, central in Northern Ireland and act Italy.

In August 2016 a powerful company acquires renewable energy specialists earthquake measuring 6.2

magnitude hit the Umbria the company has grown to achieve a region. Now over two years turnover of £6 million, with 30 staff on, a local authority has operating from its Nutt’s Corner purchased Kiverco’s mobile premises. equipment to help recycle the As a result of the deal, Solmatix debris and turn it into valued will continue to operate as an EC-certified1 quality products autonomous and independent that meet EU standards for the use of aggregates in road company within Harvey Group building. The treated products Brian Harvey, managing director are then made available, at no of Harvey Group, said there was as a springboard for further cost, to the affected towns Kiverco consults, designs, a perfect fit between the two expansion into the multiand villages for use in civil manufactures and builds organisations. million pound UK and Ireland engineering works. robust recycling plants “We have been planning to renewable energy markets. Alison Gowdy, Invest NI Trade to suit all types of waste Celebrating the acquisition (from left) Norah-Anne Bell, Richard Bell, Brian Harvey, Gareth grow our renewables involvement The acquisition, for an Director said: “Developing Booth (Financial Controller, Harvey Group). streams. The company for some time, either organically sum, will bring to 110 new export markets takes hasundisclosed worked with Invest as great news for Solmatix, its beneficial. From my perspective, time and investment. We have or through the acquisition of an the number of people Northern Ireland over a employed customers, suppliers and staff. having Solmatix as part of Harvey supported Kiverco to build established player. Having worked directlyofby the focusing Harvey Group in number years “In many respects, it’s a case Group gives us a level of expertise its export activities through onNorthern new export markets with Solmatix Renewables on Ireland and and Great Britain. of ‘business as usual’. However, in that would have taken us years to support to exhibit at large embedding quality control a number of contracts, we’d With a turnover of £30 million European tradeofshows, access real terms, being part this larger acquire otherwise. standards in its products, always been impressed with and over 80 staff, Harvey Group to translation services Gowdy, Invest NIrigour with Anne organisation will give us accessand to increasing capability “Harvey Group and Solmatix engineering and McKiver, MD, Kiverco has oversales 30 years’ experience Alison their help with export market and skills development. enhanced technical skills, financial share similar values, by which I mean professionalism. In fact, there seemed in the design, installation and visits. The Italian market was looking business opportunities visits to Italy wheretowe are now resources and purchasing power. our commitment professionalism, to be a for natural synergy between maintenance of building services completely new to this company and Commenting on this new market across the globe for our equipment. growing ourtobusiness. It isservices now to I believe thiswork will lead our desire deliver our our two companies in terms of withinKiverco every conceivable kind of IUltimately am delighted that the put in to success, Managing Director, Invest NI’s trade team has supported producing resultsstandards, with our first sale in to greater growth and investment the very highest and the access this market is now paying off.” what we do and how we do it. I building typesaid: throughout GB Anne McKiver “We are NI, constantly us to make several export market Italy.” within our operations, as well as importance we place on treating our approached Richard Bell about a and RoI, including Pharmaceutical/ more jobs and job security. It’s a customers, our suppliers and our staff year ago to float the idea of our Cleanrooms, Laboratories, win-win relationship that’s good with courtesy and consideration.” companies coming together, but only Education, Government and for our whole organisation, as Richard Bell, the founder and if there was a good fit. After careful Healthcare . Richard and Norahwell as the economy of Northern managing director of Solmatix consideration we both agreed Anne Bell founded Solmatix Ireland. “ Renewables described the acquisition that this would indeed be mutually Renewables in 2008, and since then

BRAIDWATER MERGES WITH BW HOMES & CONSTRUCTION TO FORM BRAIDWATER GROUP Ireland company on the annual Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100 listing of the fastest growing businesses in the UK. Braidwater was the production of Randox’s pioneering this contract with Randox, one Ireland of first Northern medical diagnostic products and will Northern Ireland’s most to dynamic business receive investment also include associated administrative and exciting businesses on afrom localBGF 2015. This functions. The works are the first and global level. inThrough thesecond quality of follow-on phase of a major capital expenditure of our work andround the dedication and investment into the project by Randox to develop the professionalism of our team TAL has company will be former Massereene Army Barracks steadily grown over last 34 years usedthe to facilitate the into ‘Randox Science Park’ – a and this contractmerger. award reinforces futuristic R&D and manufacturing the strength of our expertise in the WItH a reputation for With facility. The award-winning, healthcare sector. ” a significant Braidwater is a family-owned pipeline for new excellence business that in wasconstructing founded morehigh international biotechnology firm, The project will be delivered private and than 40 years ago by Managing quality projects, tAL Limited unveiled its plans for an innovative to BIM level 2 in partnershipsocial homes over the Director Patrick McGinnis, who has been awarded a significant hub on the 43 acre site earlier this with the design next team three Ostickyears, and the together his sonby andglobal fellow contractwith (£3.1m) year. Williams Architects, Raineynow & Best, directors plan to Director Joe McGinnis has taken medical diagnostics company Welcoming the announcement, Doran Consulting, Delap & Waller build on this growth the company from strength to Randox.over the decades. Last and success with a Damien Hughes, Director of TAL Consulting Engineers and Charles strength merger will help to This initial contract is for the Limited commented: “We are Hutchison Consulting. month, Braidwater was named Pictured (L-R) Managing Director Patrick McGinnis with his son and maximise operational construction of a new facility for fellow Director as the top ranked Northern delighted to have been awarded Dr Peter FitzGerald, Managing Joe McGinnis.

Successful Northern Ireland-based house builder Braidwater has announced that it is to merge with its sister company BW Homes & Construction to form Braidwater Group, a move that will help drive growth across its combined markets. BGF has provided additional capital to the business to facilitate the transaction.

and commercial synergies across the businesses. “We have now decided that the time is right to bring these two thriving businesses together once more under the banner of Braidwater Group,”

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Director at Randox commented: said Director Joe McGinnis. “With “The the development of Randox Science continued backing of investors at BGF, the willtoalign the Parkmerged is corecompanies to our plans create strong experienced teams in place and innovative diagnostics, to improve allow us to make the most current manufacturing efficiency toofexport social and private housing pipelines.’ ’ high-value healthcare capabilities to Patrick Graham, Head of Central world markets. This state-of-the-art Scotland and Northern Ireland for premises will become of BGF and board membera centre of Braidwater, cutting-edge development said: “BGF hasresearch, been delighted to see the of Braidwater since we andgrowth diagnostic manufacture, covering first investedsuch in the in 2015. conditions as business cancer, stroke and Itheart has adisease. large secured pipeline of We will also provide a development plots and is actively significant boost to the local economy looking for further private and social through new job creation. We very opportunities. Bringing the two much looktogether forward istoa working businesses strategicwith move thatthis willinitial helpcontract Joe and his team TAL on to deliver continue deliver on their its we growth the high to quality infrastructure ambitions. require.” ”

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TELESTACK INVESTING £5 MILLION IN ITS FUTURE IN OMAGH

Local manufacturer Telestack have further committed to their future in Omagh by announcing an additional investment of £5 million in a new factory in the Doogary Industrial Estate.

projects across the globe with the company gaining serious traction in other industries such as the rail, power, cement and steel plants. Employing almost 160 local people, Telestack has demonstrated enviable year on year sales growth with sales more than doubling in the last 3 years.

have invested almost £4million in their current Bankmore site within Doogary Industrial Estate, with a state-of-theart shot-blast, 2 paint booths and an additional manufacturing facilities which have all contributed to their impressive sales and operational performance.

Leading the international mobile material handling market, Telestack supply some of the largest bluechip companies in the world. Designed, manufactured and exported from their current 105,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Omagh, Telestack plan to extend their manufacturing capacity by initially building a phase one 45,000sqft factory on a green field site next to the current Fane Valley factory which will incorporate state of the art manufacturing premises, a dedicated Research and Innovative Development centre and modern office suite - all of which is central to their continued growth strategy. The engineering acumen within Tyrone is renowned globally and the expertise within Telestack has grown and developed significantly over their 34 year tenure. In addition to their Aggregate and Mining Group, Telestack has matured within another material handling niche in the Ports and Inlands Terminals sector, designing and manufacturing equipment to load and unload dry bulk onto vessels up to Panamax (up to 80,000 tonne). Their equipment is involved in some of the most groundbreaking, exciting and forward thinking

that they employ “Telestack has grown rapidly over the last number of years and we have firm plans to double our revenue again in the next 3.5 years. We have out-grown our current facility and we need to extend our manufacturing footprint to meet the international demand for our products. We have made a conscious decision, even in the face of Brexit uncertainty, to invest locally. Telestack recently designed and manufactured the largest international mobile bulk reception feeder in the world and the unit is currently loading aggregates onto barges for a large American multi-national corporation at loading rates in excess of 14,000 tonnes per day. Telestack have also recently installed a unit as part of the multi-billion pound Thames Tideways Tunnel in London. Tideway are building a major new sewer under the River Thames (named the “super-sewer”) which is urgently needed to stop millions of tonnes of sewage overflowing into the River Thames. At 15 miles long, seven metres wide and up to 65 metres deep, the Thames Tideway Tunnel is the biggest infrastructure project ever undertaken by the UK water industry. The Telestack unit will be at the end of the tunneling process to load the tunnel clay onto barges fed from a fixed conveyor.

Martin Dummigan, M.D of Telestack Part of the one billion dollar American giant Astec (www.astecindustries.com), Telestack in the last 2 years alone

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INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT MUST BE PRIORITY ISSUE FOR NORTHERN IRELAND BY MARK WADE, HAYS NI What would life look like without clean water, energy networks, schools, offices, parks and hospitals? Or if you took away our leisure centres, flood defences, greenways, railways, waste collection, roads, ports, airports, roads and bridges?

Richard Kirk comments: “There has been a lot of building activity in recent years which is undoubtedly positive for the local construction industry. But you can’t have cranes without drains. The lack of capacity potentially has huge implications for some of the grade A office and residential developments currently in planning.

It might seem like a ridiculous question, but such is the extent to which we take these things for granted that it’s very likely many of us never consider the level of investment and expertise needed to maintain these essential assets.

“The challenge we are facing is to move this to the top of the agenda. If we get to the point where something happens to confirm the risks, it will be too late.”

Last year Hays was a patron for an initiative called The Year of Infrastructure, which was designed to raise awareness and understanding of the infrastructure we rely on in our daily lives. Led by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the campaign aimed to bring home the importance of investment in infrastructure and the unseen benefits different types of infrastructure are bringing to our work, travel, home lives, health, education, connectivity and overall quality of life. Richard Kirk, Regional Director of the ICE says the campaign was about “helping the public to understand that infrastructure makes our lives liveable”. “In our view infrastructure should be as high on the government’s priority list as health and education, but too often it is not,” he said. “Whether we are talking about the electricity and gas network, digital connectivity, waste and sewage or our roads system, it is clear investment is needed to relieve pressure on core infrastructure.” He adds: “A lot of the problems we have in an infrastructure context boil down to a lack of political leadership and the length of time it can take for projects to go from plan to implementation. But there is a growing realisation in business and wider society that some of the most significant risks facing NI relate to infrastructure.” NO DRAINS, NO CRANES One off the areas highlighted was the lack of capacity in Northern Ireland’s sewage networks. This directly impacts on our construction industry because that lack of capacity already means no further building can take place in some parts of Belfast.

Industry leaders have contacted Head of the NI Civil Service David Sterling on this issue, warning that development across large swathes of Northern Ireland could come to a halt unless additional money is allocated from Stormont’s budget for investment in sewer upgrades. It is estimated that around 80 wastewater treatment works are at or near full capacity. Clearly construction firms are worried about losing work. But this is also an issue of public concern, with potential implications for major schemes planned for the future, such as the new Belfast Power Station and Transport Hub.

Mark Wade, Hays NI

ACCESSING SKILLS By promoting engineering to a nonengineering audience, the Year of Infrastructure campaign also showed there is a massive skillset that goes into delivering the infrastructure we need. There is still perhaps a lack of understanding of what a career in engineering entails and a misunderstanding about the routes people can take into the sector, so work is still needed to encourage more people to consider engineering as a career. It is the reason that the ICE Northern Ireland launched its Work+ Apprenticeship scheme in 2016. The apprenticeship programme, which is supported by ICE NI, the Department for the Economy, all six FE colleges in Northern Ireland, and Ulster University, aims to meet the growing demand for civil engineers identified in the Skills Barometer. It gives young people an opportunity to earn as they learn and work towards an ICE professional qualification. Over 30 local employers recruit apprentices through Work+, and there are now around 100 civil

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engineering apprentices in NI with recruitment for the next intake closing on 19 March 2019. The industry recognises there is a problem and that’s why civil engineering companies who normally compete in the Northern Ireland market are working together to ensure new talent is being brought into the sector. The ICE apprenticeship has set the benchmark when it comes to breaking down the perceptions of an industry and highlighting alternative career pathways. Many parents may think of an engineering apprenticeship

the way we think of traditional shop floor apprenticeships. But the ICE programme takes people from GCSE level through to Masters, with no fees, a salary and offers the potential to obtain international professional qualifications. It is about accessing talent and getting more people to become civil engineers, showing them the essential nature of the work, the range of jobs and the healthy salaries that are available. A career that has the ultimate goal of making sure that daily life runs smoothly is one that should be recognised as having huge value.


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A ROBUST 2018 FOR BELFAST CONSTRUCTION – CAN IT CONTINUE? BY COLIN MOUNSTEPHEN, AUTHOR OF THE DELOITTE BELFAST CRANE SURVEY 2019, DELOITTE NI

The third annual Belfast Crane Survey produced by Deloitte Real Estate highlights another healthy year for our city, with 35 schemes either completed or under construction through 2018. This compares with 30 schemes under construction or completed in the 2017 survey. The headlines in terms of completions are shown below.

The scope of the survey is deliberately the city centre. While Belfast is showing its resilience. The key findings show: · 35 schemes currently under construction, 21 completed in 2018 · Over 400,000 sq ft of new office space started construction in 2018 · Landmark developments including Belfast Waterside and Tribeca Belfast to begin in 2019 Download the Deloitte Belfast Crane Survey 2019 at www.deloitte.co.uk/ belfastcranesurvey

only a small area it is essentially the shopfront which investors see as they consider Belfast alongside other cities. Alongside issues such as access to skills, the vibrancy and attractiveness of the city centre will help Belfast compete with other cities. Belfast like other cities faces some issues such as access to skills, however the vibrancy and attractiveness of the city centre will help Belfast compete nationally with its peers. The need for Residential As well as growth in core sectors such as office, hotel and education,

there is an increased focus on bringing more residential developments to the city centre. Belfast is a city which is proactively shaping a longer term balance of uses and experiences, living and learning, retail and office, and arts and culture, to ensure that the city centre thrives. Other UK and Irish cities have seen significant increases in city centre residential development in recent years. But Belfast has not seen a similar surge. Why not? Are height and density restrictions reducing commercial viability? Has Belfast’s distinctive history cast a shadow over the city centre as a place to live? Is our city centre not green enough or not sufficiently pedestrian or cycle friendly? Or, and I think this is the

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most likely, is it just happening more slowly? There are some residential developments in the works. There have been substantive student accommodation developments completed in the past few years. Hopefully these downtown living experiences will encourage more people to want to continue to live in the city beyond their student days. A time for resilience Currently Brexit with all its potential twists and turns feels inescapable and Colin Mounstephen unending. So much so, that neighbourhoods within the city centre. some have forgotten that the NI Executive hasn’t been in place for In the midst of all this uncertainty over two years. However, things will having a strategy feels even more move on, some of these concerns important. For the city we have may be realised while others may be longer term visions embedded in replaced by other risks and unknowns. The Belfast Agenda and draft Local Belfast is and will remain flawed but Development Plan which followed on it will still be standing and there will from the City Centre Regeneration still be development interest in the and Investment Plan. city. In any case we know some of our challenges will take a concerted These offer a bigger picture view and effort over a longer period time – have set the city on a stronger course. for example the level of economic That strategic direction, has probably inactivity and how we stitch together already helped build momentum around the office, education, student accommodation and hotel developments. Alongside these we have had the successful launch of the East–West Glider transport system. While undoubtedly there will be challenges ahead, and the city will likely see less activity in 2019, the city is somewhat better equipped than five years ago when there had been a dearth of development over some years. The key foundations have been laid in our streets and spaces. With the City Deal package secured, ongoing development of the university campuses and projects such as the Transport Hub, the BBC investment in the Linen Quarter, and new visitor attraction on the horizon, there are reasons to be believe Belfast will continue to demonstrate resilience for years to come. Email - cmounstephen@deloitte.co.uk Follow - @DeloitteNI


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GLOBAL STEEL PROVIDER SWITCHES TO TRUTAC FOR TIGHT COMPLIANCE CONTROL

Barrett Steel, the UK’s largest independent steel stockholder switched to TruTac’s compliance management software over a year ago and, says the company, there’s no looking back. With 150 own-account vehicles operating on restricted licences throughout the UK and Ireland, Barrett Steel recognised the need for an integrated package which could facilitate real-time monitoring and compliance control for every vehicle and driver within the fleet. Richard Tallis, Group Logistics Manager, explains: “We moved from our previous supplier to TruTac because their software is intuitive and more ‘userfriendly’. Now, using their ‘TruControl’ portal, which combines TruAnalysis, TruView, TruDriver, TruDocument and TruLicence, we control virtually all aspects of our vehicle and driver compliance.” Barrett Steel operates from 27 sites serving a cross section of industry sectors, including agriculture, oil and gas, off-shore, rail, construction, safety and access and materials handling – a diverse range which requires

round-the-clock vehicle support and compliance. “The good thing is,” adds Richard “there is no need to visit every site just to collect or inspect information. Data is seamlessly collected and analysed in the cloud via DigiPostPro terminals at each site. Quick analysis, instant online access from anywhere in the country and intuitive dashboards get me straight to the data I need. All this, plus a suite of automated reporting, means we maintain tight control and compliance across the

entire fleet at all times.” TruDriver for example, enables close driver monitoring and any infringements are automatically logged and highlighted by the system. Then, informed driver debriefs can be conducted and further action or training prescribed to correct any problems, if required. “I have been familiar with TruTac’s products since 2006” comments Richard, “and no question, their range of software has evolved from core

tachograph analysis to the complete range of bespoke tools for vehicle and driver data monitoring and compliance control. Saves time, driver friendly, easy to install and easy to use. The support is also second to none. We are moving forward together.” Formed in 1866, Barrett Steel comprises 40 stockholding companies across the UK and its key divisions: Engineering Steel, Tubes Division, International and General Steels, provide for numerous industry requirements on a global basis.

TRUTAC MAKES COMPLIANCE CONTROL EASY FOR GWYNEDD SHIPPING Gwynedd Shipping Ltd (GSL), a leading transportation and shipping company specialising in UK and Ireland general haulage, have praised the day they switched to TruTac’s software. GSL says all procedures relating to tachograph analysis, debriefing drivers and management reporting are completed faster and easier since moving to TruTac’s compliance software. Based in Holyhead North Wales, GSL are widely recognised as a leading supplier of full and part load transport services in the UK & Ireland. With a fleet of 87 tractor units and over 650 trailers, the company provides a wide range of transport solutions, including aerospace, automotive, chemical, construction, events & exhibitions, FMCG retail, forestry, manufacturing, paper & packaging, pharmaceutical and steel.

“With such a diverse operation” says Group Transport Manager Howard Owen, “we need to embrace multiple skill sets to safely and securely handle virtually every type of cargo. Also, each industry sector presents its own unique challenges, which require close vehicle and driver monitoring to maintain the highest levels of safety and commercial efficiency.” To help achieve this, GSL replaced their existing software system with TruTac’s TruAnalysis module – for easier and more accurate tachograph analysis and management, driver debriefing, compliance control and instant drivers’ hours reporting. “For example, we have 5 depots strategically located throughout the UK and Ireland” continues Howard, “and our delivery routes are literally changing every hour of the day. Using the TruTac system however, we can see any driver’s hours on screen and determine at a glance if there is time available to accommodate a new assignment. This is perfect for route planning, WTD considerations and of

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Perhaps the most frustrating feature of the delays in Government decisions, because of the absence of local Ministers combined with the reluctance of the Secretary of State to intervene, are projects where contract approval is less likely to attract major public criticism. Logically, major projects which have been through the planning approval processes should be virtually assured. However, they are not.

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of contracts that should emerge from the Belfast Region City Deal, which will affect five local authority areas. Then make some provision for a further city deal affecting the North-West. Although there is not an unlimited supply of capital waiting to mount a much increased public sector capital programme, arguably the present delays represent the equivalent to more than £100m each year that could be made available and is not being used.

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The uncertainties facing the economy in the early months of 2019, which may extend for a much longer period, are most readily illustrated in relation to the construction industry. However, the matrix of uncertainty affecting decision making goes even wider when allowance is made for the impact on businesses of a lack of certainty about the shape and form of Brexit. Looming large are the uncertain effects of leaving the EU, with or without an agreed deal. Green cards, for cars to go cross-border, new obligations for

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John Simpson|17 formal border buildings and checks but they may mean monitoring of business by ‘trusted traders’ linked to inevitable regulatory supervision. The post-EU arrangements are, at best, still unclear. In the weeks and months ahead, presumably (one way or another) clarity will emerge. For the construction industry, reliant on complex supply arrangements which have operated for many years on frictionless movements from manufacturers to suppliers to builders, there is still the hope that an all-island arrangement can be agreed within the UK-EU withdrawal agreement. For now, there is no certainty. Added to this spectrum of disadvantage there are the incredible political disagreements on the merits or demerits of Brexit. Implicitly, the political agenda across the main parties now pose opposing views on the importance of facilitating crossborder trade. The merits of the all-island economy gradually built up in the last 50 years risks division and tension. Businesses, including firms in the construction sector, are increasingly aware of the costs of disruption to commercial interests on this island.

customs clearance of goods and possible divergences in regulatory alignment affecting the legality of

cross-border transactions all make for uncomfortable deterrents to a frictionless border. They may not need

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Alongside the non-functioning Stormont, the standing idly-by from Westminster and the confusion and uncertainty of Brexit, the continued functioning of the civil service led administration is a critical necessity for which they deserve some

(constrained) credit. Gradually, there is an emerging interest in the tactics and behaviour of the civil service leadership in the new setting. This is a complex question where the better long-term interests of the economy may take second place to the instinctive low profile attitude of senior civil servants. Their easiest approach is to keep the machinery of public services going and to reassure that this can be done with no immediate crisis. Where senior officials, dealing with day to day decision making, comment, their instinctive bias will be to take credit for continuity of services. It is only a short step for that to be seen as passive and deliberately neutral. That day to day decision making is however against the background of delays in some aspects of decision making. For the better understanding of the wider public, the perils of delayed decisions ought to be clearly stated. This would formalise processes which prepare the public and future Ministers with an agenda for policy making when that becomes possible. Officials need to accept that part of their responsibility in current circumstances is to be upfront when public services are damaged or delayed because there are no Ministerial decisions. Keeping quiet is a form of support for offering inadequate information. The role of the senior civil servants is now a matter of legitimate public interest and scrutiny. Where public welfare is being damaged, silence is not permissible.


18| NHBC AWARD

TOP NATIONAL NHBC AWARD FOR VAUGHAN HOMES Richard Morrow, from Vaughan Homes, recently picked up the Supreme Award runner-up spot at one of the UK’s most prestigious construction award ceremonies.

Richard took the runner-up title in the Small Builder category at the UK Finals of the NHBC Pride in the Job awards held at the Hilton Metropole in London recently. Now in their 38th year, the awards are organised by the NHBC , the UKs leading warranty and insurance provider for new homes, are the most highly regarded in the house building industry. They recognise and reward a site manager’s dedication to achieving the highest standards in house building and their commitment to building homes of outstanding quality. NHBC inspectors began judging building developments for the Pride in the Job campaign in summer 2017, assessing managers against stringent criteria based on the definitive technical standards laid out by NHBC. Having won his way through three previous stages of the awards in 2018, the Supreme Award winners were announced at a black-tie event hosted by television personality Paddy McGuinness. Richard is no stranger to winning NHBC Pride in the Job Awards having claimed a hat-trick of Regional Winner titles. However, this is the first time that he has achieved success on the national stage. Richard, who was recognised for his work on the Hilltops development in Lisburn commented, “I am part of a great team of people at Vaughan Homes, so this award recognises everyone’s hard work and dedication.

We are all passionate about what we do and the best part of our job is seeing happy homeowners when we hand over the keys to their new home.” Commenting on the awards, Steve Wood, NHBC Chief Executive said, “NHBC created ‘Pride in the Job’ almost 40 years ago with a clear vision of promoting and driving the very highest standards in new home building for the UK’s homeowners. Now, in 2019, this vision remains as strong as ever and is very much at the heart of the competition and at the centre of everything NHBC does. “The site manager’s job is a very important one and undoubtedly one of the toughest and challenging in the entire industry.”

Richard Morrow with Bryan Vaughan

Richard’s success is consistent with the high standards delivered on every project by Vaughan Homes. The company was established in 1985 and since then has gained a reputation for creating properties of quality and distinction and has completed numerous luxury property developments throughout Northern Ireland.

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RENEWABLES IN OPERATION – PV – SOUTH EASTERN HSC TRUST by Eddie Kerr, Specialist Engineering + Energy Manager South Eastern Trust

In 2013, a competitive tender was issued for installation of PV arrays to the main hospital sites and viable community buildings of the South Eastern HSC Trust, to the value of approximately £1.3million. Due to the amount of work involved, the tender was let over 3 lots (Ulster Hospital, Downshire Hospital & Downe Hospital/Community) and awarded to the lead electrical contractors – MD Electric, LM Electric and Mac Electric. The lead sub-contractor for all 3 main contractors and responsible for supply of the PV systems including inverters was Atlas World. The value of the contract allowed for a total of x2124 panels to be installed in a mostly east/west configuration to a total generating capacity of 531kW. In the years since commissioning, the systems have been measured to output 890kWh per installed kW per year. So the systems have the capacity to generate 472590kWh per annum; including ROCs to this – saving over £100,000 per year. However in practice, due to necessary protection from grid spikes or faults, the G59 panels on each array have tripped on a number of occasions as is their function so this maximum level has

not been continuously reached. The geographical spread of the PV systems was decided by a number of building specific parameters, namely; structural integrity of roof, angle of roof/framing on flat roof, safe working access, capacity of base electrical load, proximity of inverters to switch rooms, age of switch boards and visual impact. Ensuing from this selection process, the panels are installed: • Ulster Hospital – x512 on Critical Care on low pitch standing seam metal roof (Hilti bracket system). X36 panels on Home 7 (Standard clay tile through fix brackets.) x80 on Trust HQ and x200 The Maternity building, both on a proprietary ballasted angled metal frame suitable for a nonpenetrated flat roof install. • Downshire Hospital site (All on a proprietary ballasted angled metal frame suitable for a non-penetrated flat roof install, additional edge fence protection installed.) x120 panels on the Estates offices, x80 on workshops and x192 on main boilerhouse. • Downe Hospital & Community sites (All on a proprietary ballasted angled metal frame suitable for a nonpenetrated flat roof install or on Hilti Bracket system. X400 on the Downe, x256 on Bayview Day Centre, x88 on Mount Alexander Elderly Persons Home and x160 on Northfield Elderly Persons Home. In all cases, the PV systems were

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initially installed with no automatic reset capacity due to safe working concerns should the buildings power be off. However, in operation, this was found to not be an issue so BeMS (All buldings with PV on Trend) activated automatic resets have been installed by our maintenance provider ATC. In addition to this, due to NIE requirements, reverse power protection was installed to ensure all generated power was used by the above listed buildings only as they were certified on a 0 generating connection agreement. To monitor the PV systems for AMR (Automatic meter reading) and maintenance (G59 lock out) they have all been connected to our Trend BeMS. This allows the generation of each array to be recorded on our TEM (Trend Energy Management) system down to a 15 minute pulse count which has been invaluable for compiling our monthly evidentiary proof to Ofgem for claiming of the ROCs. The TEM system is a piece of software which seamlessly integrated with our Trend BeMS and piggy backed off the pulse counts already within our existing BeMS and has been extremely successful. We are able to see generation databases spanning back years to first operation on a 15minute, day, week, month and year basis with all data easily transferrable to excel for reporting. As an added bonus, the TEM is installed on the Health Trusts own virtual servers with no external access necessary (meets

IT protocols on data safety) and the database being continuously compiled is owned by the Trust with no monthly server rack rental charges. The Trend outstations adjacent each PV installation collects data continuously and compiles the profiles to the TEM every day at midnight – should there be a fault in this automatic metering, there is capacity for the data to be held on each site for 2 weeks allowing enough time for required maintenance or for spare part installation, in most cases, any delay in data loads have been due to a battery being required or the TEM system being restarted when IT work on our virtual servers. For fiscal and record management for ROCs trading, Action Renewables were appointed to liaise with ofgem and to manage the Trusts on line accounts. In addition to the onsite power being generated, the ROCs returns have provided excellent savings and with Action Renewables on board the process has been seemless. The PV systems have been a great success for the Trust and we also display the generation data on large 60” displays in the foyers of the Ulster and Downe Hospitals, allowing patients visiting to see how much money is being saved in reduced energy use and how much carbon is being removed from our emissions to atmosphere. This public interaction contributes to our corporate governance compliance and ISO14001 accreditation.


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HAGAN HOMES DONATES 30K TO SOS NI Hagan Homes has announced a partnership with SOS NI that will benefit the charity by up to £30,000. The donation will help grow SOS NI’s volunteer training programme; purchase new uniforms for 200 volunteers; host two volunteer recognition events; and assist with the running costs of the charity’s Welfare Service. The team at Hagan Homes will also become volunteers for the charity. SOS NI is a volunteered centred charity that is making a real difference to children, young people and adults on the streets of Belfast during the night time economy period. It offers a unique mobile service that can be located wherever it is needed, reducing pressure on the police, Pictured are (l-r) Caitlin McCartney, SOS NI Volunteer Coordinator; ambulance service and A&E James Hagan, Chair and Founder of Hagan Homes; and Joanne McQuillan, departments. Discussing the donation Operations Manager, SOS NI. James Hagan, Chair and Founder of Hagan Homes, said: have planned a series of significant which recently announced its plans “Hagan Homes is celebrating its donations to a number of local to build 2000 new homes over the 30th anniversary and as part of charities. next ten years as part of an ambitious the company’s celebrations we We are committed to supporting £300million development programme,

local communities and wanted to support organisations that have young people and families at the heart of what they do.”

PORTRUSH HOTEL GETS THE GREEN LIGHT

A new £6.6m, 87-bedroom hotel in Portrush for Andras House has been given the go-ahead.

The planning committee at Causeway Coast and Glens Council dismissed concerns that the demolition of the former Londonderry Hotel for the new building could harm the “historic

streetscape character” of the town centre.

The site has a long history as a hotel, with the former Londonderry Hotel first opening its doors around 1895. The hotel ceased trading in the 1980s and the current proposals will bring the site back to its historic use. Andras Hotels director Rajesh Rana said: “We are absolutely over the moon and would like to thank the

councillors for reviewing our revised proposals and recognising the huge tourism benefit and economic investment we are seeking to deliver for Portrush and wider Causeway Coast area.”

It’s claimed the project will contribute an estimated £1.4m annually to the local economy, create 48 jobs during construction, and an additional 41 jobs when the hotel opens.

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ABL GROUP & LARSEN CONTRACTS LTD HAVE GOT IT COVERED!

ABL Group are very keen to develop further our presence in this crucial sector of the economy. We understand the risks faced by contractors including the technical insurance issues in respect of collateral warranties and professional indemnity risks. Many of the insurers we place business with provide free collateral warranty checking services which help clients understand what they are signing off. We are happy to offer any local contractor a free audit of their existing insurance arrangements, to see if the correct covers are in place and that everything is cost effective. We can also offer the services of an experienced risk manager who can assist with all areas of construction safety to keep clients ahead of the game, as well as a free online safety management portal.

ABL Group are proud to work with many great local contractors and have insured significant projects for clients over the years. We recently worked with Larsen Contracts Ltd to provide all insurance covers for their contract to undertake extensive concrete repairs to residential tower blocks in Greater Belfast, for their client NIHE. The job was completed on time within 10 months and involved working at heights up to nineteen

stories, using a mix of elevation platforms, scaffold & rope access. The CPT Patchguard system was used on each repair for longer lifespan. Peter McGill, Director at Larsen Contracts said “The tower blocks remained occupied throughout the contract and disruption to residents was kept to an absolute minimum. We are specialists in this line of work and were delighted to gain the contract.� All site work creates obvious risks for contractors, including injury to employees, sub-contractors and third parties and also damage to third party property. Any job involving height

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work increases the risks significantly and insurance companies are often wary of covering this work. Contracts where the public are in close proximity also present additional risks that must be managed and insured against. An experienced construction insurance broker can advise the client correctly to ensure they cover their exposures.

ABL Group have offices in Belfast, Armagh, Newry, Downpatrick, Coleraine & Banbridge and a large team of commercial insurance experts with in-depth experience of contracting risks. Please contact Ian McClure, Executive Director at ABL on 028 90993600. Larsen Contracts Ltd are based at West Bank Road, Belfast and their contact number is 028 90774000.


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ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND TECHNOLOGY IN CONSTRUCTION The next edition of Specify Magazine will include a feature on Energy Efficiency and Technological Advances in Construction that improve energy ratings and profitability.

Increasing energy efficiency not only allows companies to reduce their capital and operational costs, it can also help lower fuel consumption and so reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. Higher standards can be achieved through schemes such as BREEAM, Passivhaus, the Code for Sustainable Homes, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and so on. It is expected that almost 90% of the existing building stock in the UK will still be in use in 2050, and so there is considerable focus on what

can be done to improve the energy efficiency of existing buildings. Northern Ireland is also leading the field in offsite construction and we will take a look at the latest developments in this sector of the market as well as in BIM. BIM stands for Building Information Modelling and is a process for creating and managing information used in a construction project. It is a methodology to improve efficiency and the way diverse teams work together. Together with the views of some of the experts in their fields, Specify will also feature some of the latest equipment and products to improve energy efficiency in construction. If you would like your company or products featured, contact Shaun Byrne: shaunbyrne@GreerPublications.com

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CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TO BE TRANSFORMED THROUGH DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY THANKS TO NEW £18 MILLION UKRI FUNDING

A new £5 million Research Leaders programme will develop innovative solutions to transform construction industry and deliver, better performing homes, better jobs and better value for taxpayers as part of the Industrial Strategy. The construction industry could be transformed using 3D printed concrete, teams of robots to manufacture and assemble buildings, and off-site manufacturing thanks to £18 million in new Government funding from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF). Four new research projects that aim to speed up assembly, save money,

and improve the quality of UK building projects were announced recently by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). The projects, which will share £5 million, range in their scope from, exploring the use of digitally-designed 3D-printed concrete components that are created off-site, to developing ways to organise teams of robots either on or off-site. Another project will research how voice-activated Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality can be integrated with the assembly of components to speed up construction and increase productivity, without compromising health and safety. The Research Leaders awards will support challenging research programmes

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offering successful research leaders the opportunity to build and develop a group of talented individuals around them to pursue their research vision within the context of the Transforming Construction Challenge. In addition, UKRI announced £13.3 million, to fund 24 collaborative research and development projects, delivered by Innovate UK, in the construction sector that address the three core aims of the Transforming Construction challenge programme: • Designing and managing buildings through digitally-enabled simulation • Constructing quality buildings through offsite manufacturing approaches

• Powering buildings with active generation and storage Winners include: AI-Optimised Pathways for Schedule Execution – A project that uses artificial intelligence and algorithms to predict and plan optimum scheduling of construction projects – potentially reducing construction time AIMCH – consortium includes UK’s biggest housebuilder, Barratt, and one of the largest social landlords, L&Q, which aims to bring down the cost of off-site manufacture for housebuilding HIPER Pile – Led by Keltbray Group, project will develop new piling solutions to integrate energy and rainwater re-use when laying foundations


30| Interview

Latest technological advances in construction - Specify talks to Melanie Dawson, Director of Digital Construction at GRAHAM… Recognised as industry leaders, GRAHAM continues to set the pace when it comes to the implementation of digital technologies. Specialising in building, civil engineering, interior fit-out, facilities management and investment projects, the truly national contractor has built its reputation on pushing the boundaries of innovation with a focus on transforming workflows from office to site and site to handover.

Renowned for its exemplar BIM processes, GRAHAM became the first UK wide contractor to achieve dual British Standards Institute (BSI)

Kitemark™ certification for both BIM Design and Construction (PAS 11922) and Asset Management (PAS 11923) in 2017. Shaping GRAHAM’s digital transformation is its ten-strong Digital Construction Team, which is led by Director of Digital Construction, Melanie Dawson. In conversation with Specify, Melanie provides a robust assessment of the digital revolution taking place in construction and predicts what the future might hold. Is technology changing the construction industry?

The world is embracing technology at a rate like never before. From business through to everyday life,

digital tools have made an impact, and construction is no different. While the rate of change in construction may be slower than other industries, it is gathering pace as it attempts to achieve targets set out in the UK government’s ‘Construction 2025 Strategy’. For me personally, as a busy working mum, Melanie Dawson I am always looking we had robust processes in place. for smarter ways to get things done. Ultimately, BIM is the process driver I want better results with greater for digital construction at GRAHAM, accuracy - fast. Having been working and we demonstrate our pioneering, in construction for over a decade, the industry leading approach in that field. industry is demanding the same thing. Contractors and clients are searching For us, we then identify digital for smarter ways to streamline construction solutions, looking for everyday tasks. I spend most of my technologies that help us deliver time trying to solve these everyday these processes on our sites. Through construction challenges, exploring extensive research and development, ways to integrate technology to we have incorporated a number automate our processes. of technologies into our workflows Our Digital Construction Team including; various types of immersive are always on the lookout for new technologies such as Virtual Reality technological solutions to support and Augmented Reality, laser scanning digital construction delivery. Essentially, and drone technology falling under it’s about identifying solutions to the realms of geospatial tools as well resolve potential problems. This is as specialist BIM software including why thinking innovatively is so crucial, Navisworks and BIM 360 Field. and why we are handpicking the best ideas from other industries, making We use Virtual Reality and them relevant while adding value to Augmented Reality within our the construction industry. daily workflows. From client and What is the most needed innovation in the construction industry?

We don’t believe that there is any one particular piece of technology or hardware that the industry needs in order to be innovative. It’s much bigger than that. The industry as a whole needs to embrace the ‘fourth industrial revolution’. With clear digital workflows, cleaner information and limitless possibilities available as a result of that, we can really start to benefit from Artificial Intelligence, Internet of things and 3D printing. How has GRAHAM embraced digital technologies?

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stakeholder workshops to design developments, these immersive technologies play an integral role in our digital transformation.

We use VR to submerge our stakeholders in a simulated environment, allowing them to experience the project in a whole new dimension. We implement AR in the bid process, allowing our clients to view and interrogate the model from the on-set, offering an altogether interactive experience. Geospatial technology including laser scanning and drone technology is used to create visualisations that can be then used off site to take accurate measurements and track progress. We have a range of BIM software, which allows us to work with models right from the pre-construction stage to handover. We use the different


Interview|31 access to training material. As an ISO 44001 certified organisation, we also work collaboratively with our clients, design teams and stakeholders to ensure they are up to speed in terms of the technologies we are using. The best results come from our joined up, integrated approach, and working collaboratively right across the board. How has technology changed your job role?

Technology has exponentially changed my job role. In fact, my job in general has changed significantly from this time five years ago; digital construction did not really exist. Five years ago, we were only starting to talk a little bit about BIM and the role it could play. But fast forward to now and digital technology is at the core of our business. Technology is advancing at a speed like never before.

As things keep progressing and changing at a phenomenal rate, it is my role to make sure we stay on top of new and emerging technologies. Of course, they must add value to our business. We firmly believe that this approach will help us catch up on the race for Industry 4.0 and propel construction back in line with other industries. Why do you think the construction industry has been so late to adapt new technologies?

I think change is always challenging, particularly for traditional industries like construction where there are enormous commercial and time pressures. To introduce innovative change, you do need to step back and take a wider view of how you are working. Often in the construction industry it is difficult to do this because of very real time and money constraints. Our operational delivery teams don’t have the breathing space that is required to objectively analyse workflows. This is where I come in. To a large extent, I don’t have those time and money constraints, which gives me the ability to step back and look for smarter solutions that fall under the digital construction banner. How has the implementation of new technologies helped GRAHAM?

software to interrogate the models, make design changes and capture vast amounts of data, which can then be analysed remotely. With over 2,200 employees across the UK and Ireland, we deliver

bespoke training internally so that our colleagues not only understand these tools but can confidently apply them on site. Our commitment to upskilling the GRAHAM business extended into an online platform, which allows 24/7

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Technology has benefitted us in lots of different ways. Importantly, it allows us to get it right the first time on many sites, saving time and cost while exceeding client expectations. Applying 3D models and virtual simulations helps us have a much

greater and deeper understanding of a project, in turn strengthening engagement with our clients. Our team know exactly what we need to build and, using digital tools, we know that we have the full confidence of the client. Experience has taught us that clients are much more engaged with the process and that’s down to the improved communication digital solutions provide. In parallel, we are also gathering a massive amount of information as we go through the construction process. This has changed our focus from not only capturing the information but also using it to help us make smarter decisions not just on site but for the future as well. What do you think the future holds for construction?

I can’t wait to see what the future holds for digital construction. There are so many emerging technologies being launched, each one bringing with it a wealth of benefits for different aspects of construction.

As I mentioned before, I think that our industry can work towards the future by studying other industries. We can learn so much from them and bring the very best parts of those across to benefit our own industry. Increasingly, we are implementing off-site manufacturing, modern methods of construction and prefabrication techniques in collaboration with our supply chain partners. I also believe that data analytics will play a major role in shaping our industry in the future. More and more companies like ourselves are gathering huge amounts of information and subsequently using that data to benefit projects; inevitably helping us all to save money and deliver on time to an even higher quality. I’m also looking forward to seeing the next disruptions that transpire. My prediction would be that because data analytics and, I suppose, the holders of the information will have a huge amount of power going forward, there could be a few left field providers who enter the market. For example, the likes of Google, who currently know how to manage massive volumes of information perhaps they could be the next big disrupter in the construction industry. Either way, I am excited to see how technology will evolve and transform our industry.


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EIGHT SUSTAINABLE INNOVATIONS THAT ARE SHAPING THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR With the UK construction, operation and maintenance industry accounting for 48% of the UK’s carbon emissions, the focus of many innovations in construction is now on reducing the construction sector’s CO2 output. Protection Supplies have uncovered the cutting-edge yet conscious building materials of the future before revealing how these materials are changing the way that buildings are now being constructed. The UK’s construction industry also needs to build 300,000 homes a year to overcome the current housing shortage. As the industry is failing to do this, materials which can shorten the time it takes to build homes and make them more affordable are crucial for revolutionising the industry. Some of the benefits of these innovative materials include: • Speeding up housing production • Improving the longevity of buildings • Helping buildings to adapt to their surroundings, such as in the event of earthquakes • Increasing natural light • Reducing fuel bills • Making construction more environmentally friendly by lowering CO2 production

1. Transparent Wood Invented by Swedish researchers, wood can now be treated and compressed to become a transparent material. What it does: Researcher Lars Berglund creates the transparent wood by compressing strips of wood veneer in a process similar to pulping. This removes the lignin and replaces it with the polymer, making the wood 85% transparent. Benefits: This material will create a strong and environmentally friendly

2. Hydrogel Architects at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia in Barcelona are in the process of creating walls which are able to cool themselves down, using the substance Hydrogel. What it does: Bubbles of Hydrogel are layered between two ceramic panels. These can then be installed into already constructed walls. Benefits: Hydrogel is able to absorb water when the air around Hydrogel heats up it evaporates and cools the room down by up to 5°C. The mechanism is inspired by the way the human body cools itself down. Once installed in buildings it will act as an alternative to the overuse of air conditioning which is detrimental to the environment, producing 100 million tonnes of CO2.

3. Cigarette Butt Bricks Smoking is bad for your health and bad for the environment as discarded cigarettes make up an estimated 38% of all waste. Researchers at the Australian RMIT University have found that adding discarded cigarettes to bricks lessens the amount of energy needed for baking. What it does: The bricks made with the addition of cigarette butts, require less baking time than traditional bricks. This means they are cheaper and more eco-friendly to produce. Benefits: As the cigarettes within the brick reduce the time of baking bricks, they reduce the energy required to produce them by up

to 58%. Additionally, the bricks are better insulators than those without cigarette butts within them and solve an ongoing pollution problem of what to do with discarded cigarettes to prevent contamination.

4. Super-hydrophobic Cement Scientists in Mexico have discovered that changing the microstructure of cement can make it absorb and reflect light, creating super-hydrophobic cement, also known as luminescent cement. What it does: The cement is able to absorb and reflect light, offering an alternative to street lighting as the ground would be lit up using this luminescent cement. Benefits: Often cement needs to be replaced within thirty to fifty years, however, this alternative product is far more durable and will last for up to hundred years. It also offers power free lighting and therefore can reduce the energy consumed and CO2 produced by lighting the streets of the world.

5. Synthetic Spider Silk A spider’s web is the strongest material in the natural world. It is a naturally tough and strong material that for years scientists have been trying to create a synthetic version. Now, with the help of 3D printing, they are closer than ever. What it does: The synthetic spider’s silk is created at room temperature using water, silica and cellulose which are all

easily accessible. The finished product could be used as a biodegradable alternative to nylon and other tough fabrics. Benefits: The material will offer an alternative to the textile industry which is currently one of the biggest producers of CO2 in the world. The product will be used as an alternative to an array of strong materials such as parachutes and eventually it is hoped the Synthetic Spider Silk will be used in creating building materials such as blocks as well as in mechanics, making super strong car parts.

6. Breathe Bricks Acting as a secondary layer of insulation, these pollution absorbing bricks can remove 30% of fine particles and 100% of coarse particles making air within office spaces and public buildings healthier to breathe. This is particularly useful in areas with poor air quality as a way to improve air within buildings. What it does: Composed of two key parts, concrete bricks and recycled plastic coupler, the aligned bricks create a route from the outside into the brick’s hollow centre. The surface of the bricks themselves helps to direct airflow and a cavity removes pollution. Benefits: This is a cost-effective way to reduce air pollution as it requires no further maintenance once installed. It would be particularly helpful in developing countries where air quality is poor and other solutions could be too expensive to maintain.

7. Bamboo-reinforced

Transparent Wood

Concrete A natural alternative to the steel reinforcement usually used in most countries, this Singaporean method of reinforcing concrete is far more sustainable.

Hyrdogel alternative to plastic and glass. The material has the strength of lumber but is far lighter. It can be used in the construction of homes to bring more light in and reduce the need for artificial light which can quickly use up a lot of power. It is as environmentally friendly and biodegradable as normal wood.

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BreatheBricks

Bamboo reinforced Concrete

Superwood

What it does: The use of bamboo rather than steel to reinforce concrete is more environmentally friendly and creates flexibility within the concrete that can better withstand earthquakes. Benefits: Bamboo grows at a high rate, meaning it absorbs a lot of CO2 as it grows and therefore increased production of bamboo would benefit the environment. It is also a great alternative to materials which cause harm as they are produced. Bamboo also has a higher tensile strength than steel because its fibres run axially

and it is flexible so is great for use in earthquake-prone areas.

molecules within the wood are strengthened.

8. Super Wood

What it does: The compressed wood is far stronger and more durable than wood in its natural state, therefore it can be used in a greater range on construction projects. Benefits: As this product relies on the already abundant and natural material of wood, it is still affordable and can be created in an environmentally sustainable way according to its creators at University of Maryland,

Although wood has been used for millennia in construction, it isn’t as strong as metals used in building today. Scientists have now discovered a way to add strength to wood by boiling it in a solution of sodium hydroxide (NaOH) and sodium sulfite (Na2SO3) before it is compressed so that the

Super-hydrophobic Cement Synthetic Spider Silk

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College Park. The wood is so strong it can stop bullets but is far lighter than comparable materials of the same strength. The diversity of these materials showcases how much the industry is starting to consider the environment and the affordability of construction. The construction industry is revolutionising the way that we live. Even the materials that make up our homes are increasingly innovative and futuristic.


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BRICKS INVIGORATE NEW CITY CENTRE STUDENT HOUSING

a building that both complements its urban environment and manages to carve out its own distinctive niche. Alongside its aesthetic appeal, Kavanagh Court Student Accommodation has also been lauded for its sustainable credentials. The high-spec new-build is A-rated and BREEAM certified for energy efficiency. Located on the corner of Gardiner Street, it’s also just a 15-minute walk from Trinity College Dublin, Dublin Institute of Technology and the National College of Ireland. The success of the project has underlined the importance of having quality student housing in city centre locations and it’s expected that Kavanagh Court Student Accommodation will contribute to and become part of the local community.

DETAILS OF BRICKS USED ON KAVANAGH COURT STUDENT ACCOMMODATION Kingscourt Grafton Multi with “Standard Grey” Mortar –Class M4 used onto the Gardiner Street and Summerhill elevations i.e. the Georgian streets.

Just a stone’s throw away from O’Connell Street, Kavanagh Court Student Accommodation has not only provided Dublin city with much-needed student housing but has also laid down the blueprint for future projects in this sector. Completed in September 2017, Kavanagh Court is one of Dublin’s largest purpose-built student accommodation projects. The Design and Build Contractor on the seven storey building, which comprises a gross floor area of approximately 17,000m2, was Bennett (Construction) Ltd while the architect was John Fleming Architects. The new residence provides accommodation for 491 students with bedrooms, kitchens and living rooms that sit within 88 self-contained ‘house units’ of varying sizes. All bedrooms contain private bathrooms along with fitted study desks, beds and shelves, large windows and all the technological necessities of the modern student. Communal facilities are also provided, including a gym, a games room and a roof terrace to allow students enjoy views across the city centre’s famous sites including the Spire on O’Connell Street. Only the highest grade materials were specified for the project and that included the bricks which were provided by Kingscourt Country

Kingscourt Brown Smooth with “Ultra-White” Mortar –Class M4 for the Gardiner Street & Diamond Park elevations. Kingscourt Buff Smooth with “Standard Grey” Mortar –Class M4 for the elevation facing Gloucester Place. Weinerberger Platinum White with “Ultra-White” Mortar - Class M4 for the internal courtyard elevations.

PROJECT DETAILS

Client Uninest Student Residence Name of project Kavanagh Court Student Accommodation, Gardiner Street, Co. Dublin Manor Bricks. As the project is situated in the historic North Georgian Quarter of Dublin city, an area synonymous with beautiful brick buildings, the design team decided to follow this precedent by introducing volumes and materials that are familiar to the street, namely brick elevations with punched windows. A range of ‘character’ bricks were selected for each of the three distinct volumes; a red brick faces the historical Georgian Street, a buff for the residential Gloucester Place and a brown brick facing the neighbouring Diamond Park. “When it came to the selection of bricks, John Fleming Architects were looking for four very specific colour

tones in smooth faced bricks - buff, brown and red for the outward facing elevations and a smooth white brick for the internal walls and courtyard, on this prestigious project. The specific colour tones in the buff and brown were not available off the shelf so we created both bricks at our Kingscourt Brick factory to suit the Architect’s exact specification. The red brick selected is the renowned Grafton from Kingscourt and the white brick is the Platinum White from Wienerberger” said Keith O’Sullivan, Director of Sales & Marketing at Kingscourt Country Manor Bricks. By using a range of bricks on this project, the design team has created

Architect John Fleming Architects Contractor Bennett Construction Brick Used KC Grafton Multi, KC Brown Smooth, KC Buff & Platinum White. Year built 2017 For more information on the bricks used on this project contact distributor Kingscourt Country Manor Bricks on 028 9077 7321, e-mail info@kcmb. co.uk or visit kcmb.co.uk. Alternatively, visit the showroom at 12 Herdman Channel Road, Belfast, BT3 9LG.

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Taking offsite concrete to new heights T digest

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MULTIMILLION POUND HOUSING DEVELOPMENT TARGETS FIRST TIME BUYERS went on sale. A multi-million pound investment in 108 he current pace of change in offsite “At Saul Road, new homes in the technology andis the emergence we’re building Downpatrick area set three of new is bed to address a construction shortage options detached and ofunprecedented. affordable properties Creagh Concrete is in semi-detached for first time buyers. that mix, representing a combination homesof that The investment by KAP comeinequipped innovation with a solid track record Properties will create 30 with SMART new jobs and is being offsite manufacturing. technology part-funded by Danske such as Nest Bank.

Creagh are championing the use of

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of their Rapidres fastrack build system, which is currently winning residential

suited to multi-storey projects where the layout is replicated consistently across each

apartment projects of up to 22 storeys.

floor. While most projects will have variation of layout in mixed use spaces on the ground

“We are seeing strong interest in our

floor, this is routinely dealt with by the use of

rapid build concrete systems because a structural podium which forms the base for Several factors are driving interest inthermostats. offsite developers now understand the true value the off-site structure. There has been KAP Properties was established technology, with contracts signed at a rate of slashing programme times,” Managing a lack of new in 2014 and has built several not previously experienced by the industry. Creagh Concrete’s latest Rapidres projects in developments Director of Creagh Concrete Seamus developments in the Downpatrick in the area so The acceleration in this market is partly McKeague said, adding that funding construction include several large residential area. The new Saul Acres housing we’re hoping to scheme is being built on the north explained by the well-reported pressures arrangements for the private rental sector developments such as Arena Central in complete at least and south side of the Saul Road in in housing, which is driving continued favour offsite for faster turnaround on Birmingham, the second application of 50 units in 2019. Downpatrick. The 108 homes will be This is our third growth in the pool of investment available projects. Rapidres on a project for Dandara Group / built across three phases in the next Pictured at the Saul Acres development are Philip Polly, Director of KAP Properties development in two years, with phase two going on for apartment schemes in the private rental and Paula Owens, Business Manager at DanskeGalliford Bank. Try following a highly successful Downpatrick and sale next month. sector. “Investors not only benefit from revenue build on the Forbes Place apartment we’ve created a more first time buyers. We’vedevelopment already reputation in a short time. Philip strong reputation gained by the early occupation of units in Aberdeen. Two further Philip Polly, Director of KAP identified a site in Killough where we is known for creating properties for building good quality affordable Properties, said:the “Thenationwide first time buyers Add to that demand for newbut, also, from the mobility ofbuild their47 units.” apartment blocks at Glasgow Harbour will hope to to a high standard that are priced housing. ” market is experiencing a resurgence competitively in summer. a challenging market. build student accommodation and you begin capital resource. Quite simply, shorter also went on site over the ■ inINNOVATION the Downpatrick area. We’ve IN CONCRETE Paula Owens, He added: actively looking to understand offsite in the “We’rebuild times mean developers can Business Manager at completed 20 unitswhy on our first construction site Danske Bank, commented: “KAP “This new housing development will at sites in Belfast, Newtownabbey and we had people campingmarket outside has established For more details Contact news – Structures@ multi-storey residential complete more projects with theis same Properties a relatively young be welcome to people in the and Newtownards with a view to the estate agents the day before they creaghconcrete.co.uk company but it has built an impressive local area. ” such a solid base. pot of finance. delivering affordable housing to

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£30M WELLBEING LEISURE CENTRE OPENS IN ARDS

Ards and North Down Borough Council has officially opened the doors of its new state of the art Ards Blair Mayne Wellbeing and Leisure Complex. The Council’s £30M investment in the complex represents a tremendous boost for the social, leisure and economic wellbeing of local residents and everyone right across the Borough and is set to transform leisure provision in Ards and North Down. Open seven days a week with extended opening hours, the new Ards Blair Mayne Wellbeing and Leisure Complex delivers the most modern and advanced leisure amenities. Inside, the facilities include a 110 station gym and three fitness studios; luxury spa; six lane main pool and minor pool with moveable floors; a splash play area for toddlers and young children; an indoor soft play area and unique Blacklight adventure zone as well as a vibrant new 100 seat café. There is a fully fitted gymnasium with

courts for netball, basketball and racquet sports. A full sized covered all-weather playing field for team sports suitable for schools and the wider community can be found in the Dome area. Outside, there is a Diversity Play Zone with sensory garden, a Pump Track for biking and Wheel Park for skateboarding, scooters, BMX and inline skating. Mayor of Ards and North Down Borough Council Cllr Richard Smart said: “This is a marvellous day for everyone in the Borough. Stepping through the doors, you are immediately aware of the scale of this project and the attention to detail is first class. It’s a great start to the new year and a great investment in our social wellbeing and health. “The Council is delighted to bring this facility to residents and I hope that everyone will be encouraged to make full use of it,” he said. Check us out on social media www.specifymagazine.co.uk


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Garden Escapes were responsible for the outdoor leisure facilities at the new Blair Mayne Wellbeing and Leisure Complex in Newtownards. The state of the art development features an inclusive play area and sensory garden, a wheeled sports park and a BMX pump track. Garden Escapes looked after the project right from the planning stage through to completion. The company also researched, imported and fitted the very latest in play equipment from France and the USA as well as making use of a range of contemporary surfaces throughout the project. Richard Stuart is the Managing Director of Garden Escapes and he told Specify, “this was a fabulous project to work on. We produced a number of different designs which were developed into the final scheme. We worked in partnership with the council, consultants principal contractor and other stakeholders to ensure the final outcome met everyone’s needs and expectations. Working from a basic hardcore

foundation, our works took in the region of six months to complete, finishing on the last working day of 2018. The finished project is a state of the art play area that children of all ages and abilities can play together and is also wheelchair friendly

throughout.” Ballynahinch based Garden Escapes specialise in design and build of outdoor play and leisure facilities, predominantly for councils right across Ireland. Having completed several major schemes in 2018 and with a

promising order book for 2019, the company look forward to another busy year. Garden Escapes can be contacted on 028 97564477, online at www. gardenescapesni.com or on Facebook @gardenescapes

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CARELLA LAMINATE SYSTEMS AT ARDS LEISURE CENTRE As an integral part of this fantastic development at the Blair Mayne Ards Leisure Centre, Carella Laminate Systems worked closely with McAdam Design and main contractors Heron Bros. to achieve an excellent sports and recreational centre for the local community. Compact Grade Laminate is fast becoming a versatile product in all areas of furniture manufacture in terms of performance and quality of finish. The changing and shower cubicles were made from 12mm CSG and fitted in both the wet and dry areas. Seating and benches are installed throughout the facility. In the Spa area detailing and finishes have been upgraded to include translucent glass shower cubicles and

LED mood lighting to the curved desk. The reception desks are all finished in a mix of Colorcore laminate and timber detailing, the main reception echoes the laminate cladding to the staircase. Having now completed a number of leisure centre projects across Northern Ireland and Great Britain, Carella Laminate Systems offers a service and quality along with experience that is second to none.

Making a Splash In association with Heron Bros and McAdam Design, Carella are delighted to have been awarded the fit-out of Blair Mayne Leisure Centre. Including changing and shower facilities, washroom areas, reception desks and fitted furniture. Carella Laminate Systems Ltd. Eglinton, BT47 3XX. T: 028 7181 0330 E: info@carella.com

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CIVIL AND UTILITIES ProjectID Title

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Category

Value

Contract Awarded Tender

Civil and Utilities Civil and Utilities

€80,000,000

Tender

Civil and Utilities

£27,750,000

Co. Antrim

Stage

Category

Value

County

858245 €32m - Office Development 868685 £5m - Multi Franchise Car Showroom 902365 £45m - Office Development

On Site

Commercial

€32,879,895

Co. Dublin

On Site Contract Awarded

Commercial Commercial

£5,000,000 £45,000,000

Co. Down Co. Antrim

967333 £2.4m - Car Showroom

On Site

Commercial

£2,450,222

Co. Londonderry

Stage

Category

Value

County

Tender Tender

Community and Sport Community and Sport

£6,000,000 £6,000,000

Co. Down Co. Down

Contract Awarded

Community and Sport

£22,500,000

Co. Antrim

Stage

Category

Value

County

Tender

Construction Supplies

£4,820,000

Co. Antrim

Stage

Category

Value

County

On Site On Site

Education Education

£4,000,000 £11,500,000

Co. Antrim Co. Londonderry

Stage

Category

Value

County

982148 €75m - Residential/Student Accommodation Development On Site 912190 €32m - Hotel Development On Site

Hospitality

€75,743,600

Co. Kildare

Hospitality

€32,118,000

Co. Dublin

Stage

Category

Value

County

On Site

Industrial

£5,592,502

Co. Antrim

On Site

Industrial

£1,792,149

Co. Londonderry

Stage

Category

Value

County

956037 €500m - Town Centre Development 1016560 €41m - Housing Development 789129 €35m - Residential Development

On Site

Residential

€500,000,000

Co. Dublin

Contract Awarded On Site

Residential Residential

€41,400,000 €35,116,599

Co. Dublin Co. Dublin

1011127 €30m - Supply and Installation of Temporary Modular and Portable Homes 988838 £4.5m - Residential Development 968606 £2.8m - Housing Development, Change of House Types

Contract Awarded

Residential

€30,000,000

Co. Dublin

Contract Awarded

Residential

On Site

Residential

135105 €80m - Interchange Improvement Scheme 115407 €1bn - M20 Cork Limerick Motorway Scheme 1011542 £27m - Maintenance & Improvement to Structures 2019

County

Co. Cork €1,000,000,00 Co. Cork

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THE VOICE OF THE INDUSTRY IN NORTHERN IRELAND

News in Brief... THREE KEY STEPS FOR ADDRESSING CYBER RISK IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY Paul Becker, a dedicated Construction Specialist at Federation Patron Willis Towers Watson, has put together an article on addressing cyber risk in the construction industry. This is available to view via the Federation website at: http://www.cefni.co.uk/ downloads/Three_key_steps_ for_addressing_cyber_risk_in_ the_construction_industry.pdf

CSR CARD CHANGES – 1 APRIL 2019 From 1 April 2019 CSR will no longer issue any new or renewal General Construction Operative (GCO) cards. GCO cards issued up to 31 March 2019 will continue to be valid for 4 years from the date of the health and safety training. A new CSR Labourer card will be introduced on 1 April 2019. Applicants must complete the CSR one day health and safety course and have an employer declaration completed to confirm they are working in a labouring occupation. The card will be valid for 4 years from the date of the health and safety training. Card holders whose GCO cards expire from 1 April 2019 should apply for a Labourer card, if they meet the requirements above, or another CSR card that is more appropriate for the job role they carry out. Historically GCO cards have been issued to construction related occupations that do not fall under the remit of the Joint Council for the Building and Civil Engineering Industry (Northern Ireland), the owner of the scheme. These occupations including electricians, plumbers, heating and ventilation and gas installation will not be eligible for a Labourer card when it is launched in April 2019. Other CSCS partner card schemes are available for these occupations.

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ust before Christmas, the Government published a White Paper on its proposed future skills-based immigration system. The full paper can be read here: https://www.gov.uk/ government/publications/the-uks-future-skills-basedimmigration-system Its key points are: • There will no longer be one immigration system for non-Europeans and another for EU citizens • Priority will be given to skilled migrants • The new system will not come into play on 29 March when the UK leaves the EU – rather it will take effect, in a phased way, at the end of the Implementation Period as agreed in the UKEU Withdrawal Agreement (which is still to be approved by Parliament). The Implementation Period is proposed to end on 31 December 2020   EU Settlement Scheme (further information available here: https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eucitizens-families) • In the meantime, the Government will implement the EU Settlement Scheme which will give EU citizens protected by the Withdrawal Agreement security as to their future status • Irish Citizens will not need to apply for this as their current rights to live and work in the UK are preserved in the Common Travel Area • The Settlement Scheme will be opened to all other eligible EU and EFTA Citizens by 29 March • The Settlement Scheme will be open until 6 months after the end of the Implementation Period • The Settlement Scheme establishes the principle that EU Citizens must obtain a specific, individual permission to stay on in the UK after the end of the Implementation Period • The application is fully digital with EU Citizens immigration status recorded in a digital database – thus making it easier to share with employers • EU Citizens who have been living continuously in the UK for 5 years will be eligible for settled status • EU Citizens who arrive before the end of the Implementation Period, but have not yet been here for 5 years, will be eligible for pre-settled status, enabling them to stay until they have accumulated 5 years, after which they may apply for settled status • Close family members will be able to join an EU Citizen in the UK at any time in the future

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Following the Implementation Period those who intend to work, study or join family in the UK will need permission to do so – normally in the form of an electronic status which must be obtained before coming to the UK For simplicity, this rule will apply to all non-UK or Irish Citizens The new digital checking service – already available for non-EU nationals, makes it easier for employers to confirm an individual’s rights and eligibility, based on their immigration status Currently a dual system of admittance exists – high skilled workers from outside the EU and workers of all skill levels from the EU A single route will be created instead of this – giving employers access to highly skilled and skilled workers from all countries Those coming on this route will need an employer to sponsor them Such individuals will also be allowed to bring their dependents, extend their stay and, in some cases, settle permanently There will be no cap on the number of skilled workers Employers should not use migrant labour, however, to put downward pressure on wages where there is a ready supply of labour. That being said, the Government will no longer require employers of skilled migrants to carry out a resident labour market test as a condition of sponsoring a worker The Government intends to process the great majority of work visas within 2-3 weeks The new skilled route will include workers with intermediate level skills – this is defined as RQF 3-5 level, A level or equivalent The minimum salary threshold will stay at £30,000 However, the Migration Advisory Committee is currently looking at the Shortage Occupation List and the compilation of a Northern Ireland-specific one – this is an ongoing consultation which the Federation is making a submission to. The MAC will report in the spring There is no specific route for low skilled workers However, in construction, the Government recognises that some employers would find it hard to immediately adapt. Therefore there will be a time-limited route for temporary short-term workers. This route will allow people to come for a maximum of 12 months, with a cooling off period for a further 12 months All applicants will pay a fee for their work visa Other than what has been outlined, there will be no sectoral specific schemes – except potentially for agricultural work A full review will be conducted in 2025 In an economic appraisal of the new system, the Government has estimated that the changes for skilled workers could result in an 80% reduction in in-flows of long-term workers from the EU


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The website tool includes information on: Employing EU Citizens Importing, exporting and transporting Operating in the EU Regulation and standards for products and goods Using personal data European and domestic funding Intellectual property Energy and climate Public sector procurement (although this relates to arrangements in the event of No Deal and, principally, internal UK arrangements for projects over the current OJEU threshold) There is also more detailed guidance for sectors such as construction if you answer the seven questions that are asked.

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Some of the most construction industry relevant notices are: Accessing public sector contracts if there’s No Deal Preparing for changes at the UK border after a No Deal exit Travelling in the Common Travel Area if there’s No Deal Citizens Rights: UK and Irish nationals in the Common Travel Area Apply for grants if your business completes customs declarations Exporting and importing goods if the UK leaves the EU with No Deal

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Declaring your goods at customs if the UK leaves with No Deal Classifying your goods in the UK Trade Tariff if there’s No Deal Trading with the EU if there’s No Deal Get a UK Economic Operator and Registration Number to trade within the EU Accounting and audit if there’s No Deal VAT for businesses if there’s No Deal Structuring your business if there’s No Deal Vehicle insurance if there’s No Deal Driving in the EU if there’s No Deal Workplace rights if there’s No Deal EU Settlement Scheme: Employer Toolkit Data Protection EU Exit Guidance Data Protection if there’s No Deal

Offering to help any EU staff you employ secure settled status in the UK If any of your supplies cross borders, check your contracts to see who is responsible for paying any tariffs and absorbing the risk of delay If you own any intellectual property, make sure you secure an EU trade mark or community design registration Check to see if you’re moving any customer data across borders. You may need to take steps to ensure these transfers can continue postBrexit If you import or export goods to and from the EU, make sure you are registered for an Economic Operator and Registration Number

URGENT ADVICE ON GREEN CARDS FOR CROSS-BORDER TRAVEL The Association of British Insurers has recently advised all drivers who cross the border to arrange a Green Card. The key points of the advice are: • •

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Those without one, in the event of no-deal, may be breaking the law The ABI has said that insurers may apply a small administrative charge to issue the cards – but that you wont be required to purchase additional or new car insurance It is important to note that, even in the event of a no-deal, an agreement was reached last May between European insurance authorities to waive the need for Green Cards – but this agreement has not yet been ratified by the European Commission – therefore this is the reason the advice has been issued today If the agreement isn’t ratified by the EU, then the Green Cards would be required under EU regulations as proof of insurance All members are therefore strongly advised to contact their insurer immediately – especially those who have staff that cross in and out of the Republic on any basis If you don’t have a Card, then the only other legal option if the agreement isn’t ratified is to buy insurance locally after crossing the border Meanwhile the government is still pressing for the European

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Commission to give the Green Card-waiver a green light. A spokesperson from the Department for Transport said: “The UK meets all requirements to remain a part of the Green Card-free circulation zone when we leave the EU, and we urge the Commission to issue a decision which would ensure UK motorists can drive in the EU without a Green Card.”

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rom 1 April 2019 CSR will no longer issue any new or renewal General Construction Operative (GCO) cards. GCO cards issued up to 31 March 2019 will continue to be valid for 4 years from the date of the health and safety training. A new CSR Labourer card will be introduced on 1 April 2019. Applicants must complete the CSR one day health and safety course and have an employer declaration completed to confirm they are working in a labouring occupation. The card will be valid for 4 years from the date of the health and safety training. Card holders whose GCO cards expire from 1 April 2019 should apply for a Labourer card, if they meet the requirements above, or another CSR card that is more appropriate for the job role they carry out. Historically GCO cards have been issued to construction related occupations that do not fall under the remit of the Joint Council for the Building and Civil Engineering Industry (Northern Ireland), the owner of the scheme. These occupations including electricians, plumbers, heating and ventilation and gas installation will not be eligible for a Labourer card when it is launched in April 2019. Other CSCS partner card schemes are available for these occupations.

INDUSTRY EXPRESSES SIGNIFICANT CONCERN AT COLLAPSED NIHE PROCUREMENTS In a joint statement, the Construction Employers Federation and the Federation of Master Builders have, on 28 January, expressed their significant concern at the news that the Northern Ireland Housing Executive has collapsed the tender process for two major frameworks, valued at more than £1bn in total. The statement reads: “With the formal collapse, on Friday, of the tender process for the planned maintenance framework and the recent collapse of the window and doors framework there is significant concern within the industry as to how hundreds of people, currently engaged, will continue in employment. These procurement collapses call into question the deliverability of planned maintenance across the Housing Executive’s estate over the coming 6 months, at least, meaning there could be a drastic curtailing of the maintenance required to people’s homes all over Northern Ireland. “When taken together, these frameworks represent over £1bn of investment in the Housing Executive’s stock over the coming years. At a time when the Housing Executive is faced with a major shortfall in their available budget against their actual maintenance need, this is a situation that no-one can afford – indeed it is a situation that we believe could and should have been avoided if procurement issues that had arisen had been dealt with in a proactive and timely manner. “It is a matter of absolute urgency that the Housing Executive inform the market, and indeed their tenants, on what their next steps are with respect to the procurement of both frameworks. A significant amount of

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Specify talks to… Barry Neilson Q: Did you plan to get involved in the Construction Industry? In a way, yes. As a youngster I was, as many were and are, a big Lego enthusiast. I was always building things and working on them over and over again to make “improvements”. Later, when at school, I was always attracted to “technical studies” and won the “school Prize for technical studies three years in a row. So, I suppose it is no surprise I ended up in the construction industry. Q: How did you start off? I was not a particularly high achiever in school but managed to leave with a bundle of “O” Levels and Highers (Scottish system). I knew I wasn’t academically orientated so didn’t really consider University. I applied for a few jobs as an Apprentice within the areas of Civil Engineering & M&E Engineering. I was offered a couple of options and ended up opting for Civil Engineering. I started as an Apprentice Draughtsman and attended College to do my ONC and HNC in Civil Engineering to move to a Technician grade. Working in a supportive environment, I was encouraged to keep progressing and learning so left to do my Degree and ultimately became a Chartered with the Institution of Civil Engineers. Q: What have been the highlights of your career so far? I suppose the first “working highlight” was becoming Chartered with the ICE. It was the culmination of many years of study and support from employers and individuals I worked with. I can honestly say that the industry trained me and helped me grow too. It’s something that I think construction sector has always been good at. Later, working with the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), a highlight has always been seeing experienced construction managers, many without formal qualifications, progress through the CIOB system to become Chartered themselves. To see the sense of achievement they have, and to have in some way assisted in the process is a great privilege. I also have to say that taking up the role with CITB NI is itself a highlight. Unconsciously I have always had

a passion for helping others to develop their skills and abilities. To be in a position where I can do this strategically for the sector in NI has to be a highlight of anyone’s life. Q: What was the best piece of advice you’ve been given? That’s an easy one. Probably within the first month of my working life as an Apprentice, an experienced Technician took me aside and told me “no matter what job you are given, do it as well as you can, ask as many questions to help you understand why you’re doing it, and learn from those around you”. I was probably moaning about some unpleasant task I’d been given but I still believe today that this is the best advice you can give someone, at any point in their career. You can always learn from those around you. Q: What would you say to any students considering a career in construction? Apart from the advice above? It’s a sector that will reward you for the effort you put in to it. It doesn’t matter if you come in to it as a labourer or a graduate. Most construction employers readily identify talent and encourage it to progress. Sometimes those who don’t achieve particularly well in school thrive in the practical environment of construction. Achievement at school isn’t always about intelligence, it’s often about learning styles. So, I would say if you have a practical approach and a sense of adventure, it is a sector that will take you as far as your own abilities and ambition can (educationally and geographically). I would tell them to have a plan of where they want to go, always be reaching for the next step. But also, be prepared to change direction when opportunity comes along. The plan you start with will always lead you to a bigger and better plan. Q: Do you think the Construction Sector needs more support from Stormont? The easy answer to that is yes. But I don’t think its that simple. What the sector needs is a degree of

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Barry Neilson CITB NI Chief Executive certainty and leadership in terms of the overall economy. I believe the role of Government is to facilitate an environment that all sectors can thrive within. This means providing the infrastructure to encourage investment and an educational framework that allows people to make the best of their abilities. Do we have this in place? Not entirely. And we won’t have until our politicians are back making the right decisions for the economy. Q: What needs to be done to help the Construction Sector? I think a stable political and economic environment that allows businesses and the construction sector, to plan further into the future. That will allow so many supporting elements to work better. If there is a higher certainty of work, in all sectors, employers will employ and train

people with increased confidence. Our businesses can plan for expansion rather than survival, which is always good for the construction sector. We are the sector on which all others are founded (no pun intended). No enterprise or activity can take place without the support of the construction or built environment, sector. We create the world that everyone works and lives in. Q: Tell us something surprising about yourself… About 4 years ago I took up cycling. Anyone who knows me (or has seen a photo) will know I’m a bit of a fat bloke. However, 3 years ago I cycled from Newcastle (upon Tyne) to London, a distance of 370 miles or so (if you count the times I got lost) in 27 hours. Now that has to be an inspiration for old fat blokes everywhere!


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