Construction Update - June 2022

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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE June 2022

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June 2022

Alternative Global Energies Replacing Russian Power Chris Goggin examines the landscape of global energy in the post invasion era of Ukraine by Russia. Specifically he gives focus to the rapid advancement of alternative fuels from which international governments will now be working hard to integrate into their own separate domestic energy mixes.

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iversification of global energy options will be intensified as purchasing Russian oil and gas has been suspended from major economies across the globe. Efforts will have to be made by major European economies to introduce alternative energy options for use in domestic power. EU dependence on Russian oil and gas will be reduced by two thirds inside a year, meaning that European energy capacity will have to be filled by alternative sources. European decarbonisation has received extra incentive to maintain and rapidly advance plans to introduce a range of energy options to consumers. European and UK energy administrators are giving priority to introduce solar, wind, wave, nuclear, electrification, heat pumps and hydrogen into a future domestic energy mixes. UK and European leaders have already published strategies that outline a pathway towards reducing reliance on any Russian power source. Recent announcements in the UK include two potential new large solar panel sites that will provide power to nearby residents in Norfolk, eastern UK. French Energy Company EDF plan to install a 49.9 MW solar farm located between the villages of Mulbarton and Swainsthorpe, south of Norwich. If approved the solar farm could generate enough electricity to power 14,600 homes. Additional plans to construct a 130acre solar farm, the size of 65 football pitches are also under review. If approved, Pathfinder Clean Energy

(PACE) a UK based international clean energies company could power over 12,000 homes and reduce regional emissions by over 9,000 tonnes. The site will be also located in Norfolk Colton, west of Norwich. To create alternative UK domestic energy markets £375 million will be provided by the Government towards green hydrogen manufacturing as part of its Energy Security Strategy. The bulk of this investment will focus on supporting green hydrogen production and widening capacity. Work will also begin on legitimizing green hydrogen costs to consumers and producers alike. The European strategy – RepowerEU - will concentrate on strengthening a European energy system by pursuing two aims in the short and long term: the short term target will focus on regenerating gas capacity by diversifying gas supplies through alternative gas markets and to also purchase imported American LNG. Long term EU energy security will concentrate on increasing biomethane and hydrogen production and imports. By 2030 EU member states want to be free from energy security issues which result from potential Russian government manipulation that has proved a divisive political tool across eastern EU member states. Hungary retains a heavy reliance on Russian oil and gas and so appears to be pro-Moscow. Lithuania however is the first of the old Soviet countries to completely eradicate Russian gas from domestic power options. It has also been reported that Bulgaria and Poland have had gas supplies cut by Russia due to payments not being

made in roubles. Russian energy supplies influence regional politics. In preventing future energy security issues major European economies such as France, Italy, The Netherlands and Germany will soon begin constructing various renewable projects designed to introduce sustainable domestic energy supplies and to prevent future political leverage by Russia. Each aforementioned country has to suit its future energy needs on its current energy mix. Present French energy demands are met through a mixture of imported Russian gas and domestically generated nuclear powered electricity. To nullify Russian power imports France is going to construct 6 further nuclear facilities that yield low carbon electricity and extend renewable capacity for on and offshore wind power. France will construct 50 offshore wind sites by 2050. French renewable company Neoen has been awarded seven contracts that amount to 92.5 MWp of solar capacity. This capacity will be spread across 7 new sites that range from 4.7 MWp to 30 MWp. These 7 new sites will bring the active total of MWp capacity in Neoen solar panel projects in France to 661.4 MWp. The French government has also introduced legislation that ensures owners of domestic use PV panels and heat pumps will pay less on electrical charges. Domiciles that have installed PV panels with a capacity of 500kW will pay around 40% of the current grid rate, whilst owners of heat pumps will pay around 20%.


June 2022 The Netherlands also announced its intention to increase renewable capacity and green gas production in the coming years. Solar energy as well as offshore wind power are options the Dutch government is keen to explore. UK based oil and gas company Neptune Energy and German energy company RWE signed an agreement to work together in constructing a green hydrogen project using offshore wind to convert into green hydrogen. This project will be located in the Dutch sector of the North Sea. Once generated, hydrogen will then be transported to land through existing pipeline. Gas dependant Italy aims to replace former Russian gas imports with Egyptian gas whilst targeting future hydrogen usage. Italian gas operators Snam and Eni are both heavily involved in multiple hydrogen projects both independently and in collaboration with each other. Current hydrogen projects include the construction of a hydrogen valley. The Puglia Green Hydrogen Valley project plans to build three green hydrogen production plants in Brindisi, Taranto and Cerignola - all based around Foggia. All 3 hydrogen facilities will combine to generate capacity of 220 MW. PV panels will absorb sunlight which will then be converted into green hydrogen. Once all three plants become operational around 300 million cubic metres of renewable hydrogen could be annually cultivated. Germany is aiming to vastly increase renewable capacity. German plans focus on providing domestic electrical needs through renewable solar and wind power. Germany’s original plan was to make this possible by 2035; since the start of the Ukraine conflict, Germany has decided to bring these plans forward.

Germany is also investing in alternative gasses such as hydrogen. 8 billion euros has already been invested into 62 large scale hydrogen projects covering the entire value chain. Amongst these plans is the idea of laying 1,700 kilometres of new hydrogen pipeline.

Germany’s Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) have begun the process of revising maritime spatial plans to include an additional 3 GW of offshore wind capacity in the North Sea. 3 GW of transferable wind power could potentially generate electricity to power around 3 million households.

It is evident that the majority of EU member states are opposed to Russian expansion at the expense of Ukraine independence. Russian oil and gas will no longer be imported. The resulting reaction has seen alternative methods of energy procurement, cultivation and distribution be rapidly advanced.

Wind, solar, nuclear, electrification, heat pumps and hydrogen gas will now be viewed as medium to short term energy security aims rather than long term decarbonisation goals. Oil and gas was already on a shortened shelf life, Russia may have shortened that shelf life in a way ecological campaigners have struggled to do so.

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ENGEL WORKWEAR’s High-Vis sustainable ‘Safety Super Stretch’ (left) & examples of Galaxy sustainable workwear (right) - both made with REPREVE® regenerated polyester from recycled plastic bottles.

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Engel Workwear’s Sustainable & Stretch-Comfort Collections Help Save the Environment Alongside a continual policy of developing products to keep ahead of the highest comfort and protection standards demanded by their customers, Danish manufacturer, ENGEL WORKWEAR also focus on making a positive contribution to aiding the Global climate challenge. With comfortable and functional clothing designed for almost every work situation and a wide choice of sizes for both men and women, the company’s ‘Safety SuperStretch’ High Visibility range incorporates 50% of regenerated polyester REPREVE® eco-fibres which are spun from recycled plastic bottles. Combined with Engel’s FE Super Stretch fabric, the fibres are woven together into a polyester and cotton mix; the resulting flexibility of this sustainable, hard wearing but light-weight fabric allows the wearer to be clearly seen in daylight or at night and to be able to work unrestricted even in the most confined spaces.

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By the use of regenerated polyester in the manufacture, the Environment benefits from significant consumption savings on energy, water and greenhouse gas emissions. Verified numbers of recycled plastic bottles used to produce the fibres are typically 19 for a pair of trousers, 20 for a work jacket and 37 for a boiler suit; the range is available in a choice of 8 different colour combinations.

Continuing its support of the Green Environment, ENGEL WORKWEAR includes the versatile ‘Galaxy’ range amongst its collections which now combine a mix of 65% sustainable REPREVE® regenerated polyester fibres with 35% cotton. Giving strong protection, with the emphasis on style and fit, the range includes slim-cut, functional trousers and jackets available in a choice of two-tone colour combinations plus soft-shell and winter jackets, a comfortable fleece cardigan, bib-overall and boiler suit. Most items incorporate many practical details such as several spacious pockets giving quick and easy access to tools and personal accessories, concealed buttons and zippers; the jackets have adjustable cuffs and are reinforced with CORDURA. There is also a wide choice of Galaxy sustainable workwear specifically designed to be practical, comfortable and stylish for women. For more details contact Gareth Bladen at gbl@f-engel.com Telephone +44 (0) 7759 520034 or visit www.engel.eu/en


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June 2022

New RiserDeck Cast-in System – Safer Floors. Sooner Eliminates the risk that a riser void presents with Step on Safety’s exclusive NEW GRP system while saving you time and money.

The modular units are built to your specification in the Step on Safety workshop and delivered to site BEFORE the floors are poured. Simply tie them into place and pour the concrete. The Cast-In Service Riser Floor System – until now only available in steel – reduces the risk of falls from height because there is never a void. They are also up to 20% cheaper and 50% faster – installed months earlier in the construction process – than using the traditional post-fix system which is installed AFTER the building floors are poured. What’s more, they are supplied by SoS but installed by the concrete contractor as the building goes up which means one less team onsite and fewer delays.

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Made entirely from GRP using Step on Safety’s exclusive profile with stainless steel fixings, the modular floors are light enough to be manhandled into position. The GRP Mesh Grating is easily cut on site as required for the services. Every unit is made with a Safe Working Load of 5kN/m2 – twice the industry standard.

The system comprises a specially engineered, exclusive GRP profile used to create a frame; this comes as a standard depth of 300mm but can be cut down to suit. Once a frame is made, 38mm yellow GRP Mini Mesh Grating is cut to fit and dropped onto the frame. They then add a temporary Corex cover to stop concrete or other debris falling through it. Once the floor is poured, the RiserDeck Cast-in units provide a non-slip, non-trip floor surface that can be traversed safely from day one. The hi-vis yellow finish alerts workers to the change in surface, ensuring vehicles don’t drive across it in error. If provided with a plan of the services going into the riser, extra joists can be added to each unit prior to delivery to ensure the strength is maintained once holes are cut. Alternatively, they can be installed at a later date.

By choosing GRP for your riser floors you’re already reducing the costs of manpower and lifting equipment. By choosing RiserDeck Cast-in you save even more: • • • • •

No riser protection required No specialist installation team required No install towers required No time or material wasted creating shuttering No return visits as services are installed

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June 2022

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anufactured in Germany, Pentair Jung Pumpen equipment is well known for its ultra-reliability, particularly for commercial applications. Jung pumps (both regular and hot water versions) are installed in Pump Technology Ltd.’s wastewater systems, the DrainMinor and DrainMajor range.

To discuss your application and view these products digitally via the company’s online showroom call the Pump Technology Jung team.

The Hebefix range offers further proven wastewater pumping options, from the HebefixMini for domestic applications to the HebefixPlus for commercial applications.

i.V. Werner Schuhegger, Vertriebsleitung, Water Disposal EMEA, Water Technologies, Pentair comments: “Pentair Jung Pumpen GmbH (Germany) and Pump Technology Ltd unite a long and trustworthy relationship. Pentair Jung Pumpen are proud to have Pump Technology Ltd as an effective partner and stockist for the UK market. This partnership has generated several leading pump projects and Pentair Jung Pumpen is confident in the specification, selection, supply and maintenance work completed by Pump Technology Ltd. We are looking forward to a successful and growing cooperation.

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Health & Safety June 2022

Changing lives through safety training Health and safety is seen as unnecessary by some, but it’s a lifeline for many. Not just in terms of the literal lives it saves, but the opportunity it offers to many people. NEBOSH courses are a prime example: a certificate that teaches a whole range of valuable safety skills, and sets learners up for a rewarding career in the health & safety industry.

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t SAMS, we believe that an investment in safety is an investment in your future. That’s true of individuals as well as businesses. Our safety training courses not only protect people from harm, but empower them to make better decisions. When employees feel safer in their work, they are more productive, and more committed to the cause. NEBOSH is perhaps our flagship course, and the one which garners the most positive feedback from our learners. A wealth of 5* reviews back up our status as a NEBOSH Gold Learning Partner, the highest grade awarded by NEBOSH. We go above and beyond to ensure learners not only pass, but absorb and understand everything we teach them. While the NEBOSH General and Construction Certificate courses are among our most popular, we offer a whole host of courses and consultancy options. The pandemic both tested and galvanised us: we took the drastic decision to shift many of our courses online, and now teach hundreds of learners up and down the country with our Zoom training.

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Our safety training company in rural Kent is now one of the biggest in the UK. Having always been a popular destination for the UKATA Asbestos Awareness course, we’re now a major provider of CITB, IOSH, and Qualsafe courses. We’ve also expanded into pre-recorded video courses, and returned to traditional in-person training.

Consultancy has also grown to be a bigger part of our work at SAMS. With a history of successful event management, we shifted into advice and safety checklists for COVID. Today, we provide everything from fire safety reports to display screen equipment checks, and offer a range of ongoing consultancy packages for businesses of all stripes and sizes. Our mission has always been to make safety make sense, both for individuals and businesses. Our courses aim to provide prestigious safety qualifications at reasonable prices, giving people


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key skills to boost their CVs. In the process, we empower them to spot hazards at home and work, and make positive changes that affect the people around them. Our trainers are constantly adding to their skill sets, and we continue to expand our course offerings to meet demand. The recent addition of new mental health first aid and environmental safety courses reflects our desire to improve the world and communities around us through safety training, and meet new challenges head on.

To learn more about our range of safety courses and consultancy services, visit our website. Alternatively, get in touch with us via phone, email or live chat, and learn how we can protect your future today.

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Health & Safety June 2022

NEBOSH Shortlisted in e-Assessment Awards 2022 The e-Assessment Association has announced the shortlisted finalists for the sixth international e-Assessment Awards.

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he e-Assessment Awards programme holds a unique and truly global position, as it encompasses all sectors of education from schools, through further and higher education to workplace training and professional exams. The past two years have seen probably the greatest advance not only in the uptake of organisations switching to use some form of online assessments, but also a recognition that both learning and assessment can be enhanced by embracing digital technology. Matt Wingfield, Chief Executive of the e-Assessment Association said, “Digital Assessment is now at the forefront of many discussions and is transforming the way assessment is approached across the world. This year entries have once again come in from the continents of Asia, Africa, Europe, Oceania, and North America; giving us a real opportunity to learn from those who are innovating, researching, and driving change in the industry.” Professor Bob Harrison, Chair of the Judges said, “This is my second year as Chair of the judging panel and yet again it has been an enormous privilege and a tremendous source of inspiration to see how collaboration between educators, assessment bodies, technologists and commercial interests have worked together, despite the challenges of the pandemic. These awards demonstrate the capacity and capability within the world of e-assessment to use technology to improve the assessment process and make it more accessible, reliable, valid, relevant, and cost effective.”

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NEBOSH is delighted to be recognised as a finalist in the Best International Implementation category.

Best International Implementation sponsored by TestReach

Most Innovative Use of Technology in Assessment sponsored by Vretta

Excelsoft Technologies working with Securities Industry Development Corporation, Malaysia

Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) with ACER Swift – online Standard Setting application

NEBOSH International Digital Assessments

Certiverse

University of Waterloo and PebblePad

Qpercom Ltd with Remote Clinical Assessment & Interviews

Tata Consultancy Services with TCS iON PAPER

Best Formative Assessment Project sponsored by Prodigy Learning •

ACCA and TestReach with the ACCA CBE Practice Platform

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University of Derby and Vretta Inc with Elevate My Maths

Best Summative Assessment Project sponsored by Certify Assessment Solutions •

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology

Prodigy Learning with DOTS on Skillify - online standardised assessments national roll-out in Ireland

University of Jeddah

Best Transformational Project sponsored by SQA •

Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) with PAT Adaptive assessment and the PAT Data Explorer

Excelsoft Technologies - Assessing and Certifying Home Care Aide Workers for Geriatric Care

Fry-IT Practique platform for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)

Prodigy Learning & Educational Research Centre - Transforming from paper to online assessments in Ireland

Best Research sponsored by RM •

Examity, Inc with Remote proctoring: 6 common test-taker challenges

Brightpath Assessment and Reporting Software

The International e-Assessment Conference is the world’s foremost digital assessment conference which returns as a face-to-face event in London on 21-22 June. The winners will be announced at the Awards Gala Dinner on 21 June 2022. Find out more on the e-Assessment International Conference and Awards website.



Health & Safety June 2022

Snickers Workwear – SUSTAINABLE Hi-Vis Protective Wear Class 1 and 2 Hi-Vis Stretch Work Trousers with Sorona® sustainable performance fibres. Whether its dusk, dawn or dark, Snickers Workwear has a superior range of Hi-Vis protective wear for both men and women to ensure comfort, safety and certified protection. The latest additions to the HiVis range are the new Stretch Work Trousers made from the innovative Sorona® sustainable performance fibre. Sorona® delivers both environmental benefits and great performance. This recyclable, bio-based fibre offers exceptional softness for maximum comfort as well as excellent durability to help extend the lifetime of a garment. The new Hi-Vis Work Trousers with Sorona® also offer longlasting elasticity for ease of movement. Sorona® is also quick-drying, breathable and soft to the touch for optimal comfort and workday performance. With advanced designs, hightech fabrics and performance reflection features, all Snickers Workwear Hi-Vis protective wear has durable colour-fast protection that will last through wash after wash, retaining shape, comfort and protection levels throughout the life of the garments. Added to which, Snickers Workwear High-Vis garments can be custom-profiled to ensure ‘stand out’ coverage for your corporate brand.

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Health & Safety June 2022

National Accident Helpline supports safe work in honour of key awareness day To mark World Day for Safety and Health at Work (28 April), National Accident Helpline is showing its support to raise awareness of the injustices seen across many workplace industries.

World Day for Safety and Health at Work is a remarkable initiative, which promotes the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally. While there are strict rules and regulations in place to mitigate fatal injuries, in 2020-21 alone there were 142 workers killed across various industries such as agriculture, manufacturing and construction . What’s more, a staggering 441,000 people sustained a nonfatal workplace injury . In 2021 the personal injury experts uncovered worrying research surrounding the construction sector. It was revealed that workers fear the potential repercussions if they were to speak out and make a claim after suffering from an injury at work, through no fault of their own. Examples of feared consequences if they were to claim included job loss, a bad atmosphere at work or future employment concerns if news that they’d made a claim got around to other employers. To help tackle the issue and raise awareness, ‘Rights on Site’ was born - a campaign actively calling on

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the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to do more and challenge unfair treatment on site. Jonathan White, Legal and Compliance Director at National Accident Helpline, said: “Everyone has the right to feel safe at work, no matter what industry they work in. The fact is, if someone is afraid to speak out about an accident or make a claim, who’s to say the accident won’t happen again, but with worse consequences? “This is why it’s so crucial that these issues are addressed in the right way. If an accident happens, companies can put in appropriate measures and learn from it before it’s too late. We fully support everything that this day stands for and pay our respects to those who have lost their lives or have been injured while on the job.” For more information please visit: www.national-accident-helpline.co.uk/news/post/ construction-workers-fear-repercussionsspeaking-out https://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/fatals.htm https://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/causinj/index.htm


Over 5,000 people die in the UK each year due to asbestos related diseases. It is a legal requirement that all who may come across asbestos in their day to day work have been provided with the relevant asbestos training. Asbestos can be found in many products used in building materials and may also be present in soils and surrounding grounds.

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June 2022

How Hydroscand Reduce Costly Downtime Through Effective Hose Maintenance Forklift trucks are an expensive asset to your company. You invest in them because you need them to keep things moving. The last thing you want in your busy operation is for your FLT to be out of service. Downtime is expensive. Estimates on the cost of downtime range from £500 to £5,000 per hour depending on the size of your business. The optimum way of reducing downtime caused by hydraulics hose failure is to carry out regular maintenance checks on your hoses. By doing this, you will replace your hoses when they have worn out, thereby not only increasing the life expectancy of your hose but saving time and money and decreasing the hours you are not able to use your forklift. It is good practice at the start of each day to carry out daily inspections and visual checks of hydraulic hose lines. This way, you can minimise hose failures and call a technician quickly if there is a problem.

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Forklift trucks are essential to keeping goods moving and our team have the experience and expertise to replace broken hoses quickly, minimising your downtime.


June 2022 Jason Bray, HoseExpress Development Manager at Hydroscand UK, explains: “Due to the design of forklift trucks hoses, especially on mast hydraulic hoses, are constantly under tension to enable the hoses to run smoothly over guide rollers and through clamps. Over time, due to the nature of how forklifts operate, these hoses can ‘stretch’ and ‘crack’ the outer cover of old hose assemblies. By doing daily visual checks this can be prevented by ensuring hoses are tensioned correctly. “Hydroscand mobile hydraulic engineers while on site replacing an old hose due to failure or hose fatigue, will ensure that all hoses are visually checked for fatigue and report findings to our customer. It is about understanding why hydraulic hose

has failed and supplying a solution that can prevent this from happening again. This could be for various reasons. For example: • • • •

General wear and tear Original hose too long for the application required Rubbing or ‘catching’ Incorrect routing of original hose assembly”

Our mobile hose technicians have been called out on numerous occasions to replace side shift hoses, auxiliary hoses, and several high-pressure hydraulics hoses on Combi Lift drive circuits on forklift trucks for our customers.

Stuart Larkin, Mobile Hose Technician at our Birmingham branch, attended a job where the customer needed a repair on a forklift. He replaced two side shift hoses and cleaned up the spilled hydraulic oil. He said: “I left the job with happy customers, ready to start their days work.” Jason Bray said: “The Managing Director of a local company called me as the side shift hoses on their forklift truck had failed. I inspected the hoses and discovered the hoses had been incorrectly routed. I had a look at routing the hose assemblies differently and after turning valve adaptors 90 degrees, new hoses were now free from being caught. Sometimes the best solution is the simplest.”

Josh Legg, Mobile Hose Technician from our Southampton branch also replaced side shift hoses on a forklift. Josh said: “We always have our customers’ needs in mind, which helps to reduce their downtime and ensures they work efficiently.” When Josh inspected the old hoses, he discovered they had failed. So, he wrapped plastic hose protection on the new hoses to avoid abrasion which made it better, as the old hoses were rubbing together. “The customer was very happy with the result.” Craig George, one of our long-term customers said: “There are hundreds of hoses that can fail on combi lifts. We use Hydroscand as they are a first-time fix. I will call Jason Bray and the job is done. I would never use anyone else apart from Hydroscand, and their prices are reasonable too. They have an electronic system, so, you can see what they have done and how they have done it.” If you need our reliable and trusted hose technicians, call us on 0800 0116 999 or visit: www.hydroscand.co.uk/uk_en/ branches

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Industry News June 2022

Gilberts Protects Environmental Retrofit

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ne of the latest buildings to benefit from the Renewable Energy Retrofit scheme is Scott House in Huntingdon, where an air heat source pump has been installed to service the three-storey Council office block.

In the drive towards reducing carbon emissions, Cambridgeshire County Council is leading by example. It is actively working towards becoming net zero, as a result of diverse measures including a £16m Environmental Fund to convert all Council buildings to fossil-free heating by 2025.

To ensure the pump works at optimum efficiency without disturbing the office occupants or passers-by, leading independent air movement specialist Gilberts has designed and supplied a protective acoustic screen around the installation on behalf of project contractor P Woods Construction. Measuring 8.5m x 5.7m x 3.5m, the screening effectively creates a box around the pump. The ALS30 single bank screen louvres provide fresh air to prevent over-heating, delivering 34% actual (50% visual) free ventilation area through the screen to the pump behind. The acoustic treatment modulates heat pump operational noise from up to 78dBA to a weighted SRI of 18 dBA (validated by performance tests at Salford University). A double door also constructed from the louvre screening facilitates maintenance works. Gilberts powder-coated every louvre section in traffic grey to further mitigate the screen’s environmental impact.

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Phil Woods, managing director @ P Woods Construction elaborated, “It was a complex project because of the site constraints: the only suitable site for the pump was within a courtyard behind Scott House, already occupied by a bike shelter. All the equipment had to be offloaded next door and hoisted over a wall. The constrained space meant a significant amount of preparatory design work

by Gilberts, to ensure proper airflow whilst still including an access point for maintenance etc, and allowing repositioning of, access to, and safe use of the bicycle shelter. As a result, the actual installation went smoothly and the finished screen looks stunning!” Added Chris Phillips, Cambridgeshire County Council Senior Building Services Engineer, “The louvre screen was crucial to create and maintain a stable, correct, protective environment for Scott House- for the heat pump itself, and people in and around the building.” Gilberts’ range of kitform and factory-assembled standard architectural, weather protection and acoustic louvres are just part of its range of solutions that have established it as the UK’s no 1 independent commercial air movement supplier. Gilberts’ louvres have been installed in locations as diverse as Wimbledon no 1 Court, National Composites Centre, Blackpool FC, Papworth Hospital and Museum of London (formerly Smithfield Market). Family owned, the company has a 60 year heritage of innovation, operating from a 95,000 sq ft facility in the Northern Powerhouse of Lancashire. Gilberts tel 01253 766911 E: info@gilbertsblackpool.com


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Smoke Extraction Solution Fire safety remains a top priority for all involved in the construction industry, with many manufacturers offering many solutions. GEZE, a leading manufacturer of door and window control systems, offers one more, which they believe is a unique solution for smoke extraction systems in the market place.

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less than 60 seconds. Yet the door remains readily accessible due to the freely positioned activation of the lever by means of a pressure roller.

The powerful drive with­­high torque opens a door to 90° in

The RWA K 600 is perfect for use in supply air systems where large opening angles are required, it is suitable for single and double leaf smoke and heat extraction fresh air doors and can be installed on both the hinge or opposite hinge side.

he RWA K 600 retractable arm drive can be fitted to emergency exits on escape routes and in the event of a fire it can be used as a fresh air supply which when the fire alarm is sounded the door opens automatically allowing a large amount of air to flow into the building and forcing smoke out.

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Said Andy Iredale, National Sales Manager for Automatic Doors and Window Control, “The RWA K 600 is a unique solution in the extraction of smoke from a building in the case of fire. It’s suitability for use in a variety of situations makes it perfect for use on escape routes.” To find out more about the RWA K 600 email info.uk@geze.com or visit www.geze.co.uk


June 2022

Roann Limited, the granite and quartz worktop supplier, celebrated a record-breaking month in February, reaching a sales total of £1,102,060. The Wakefield-based business secured three sixfigure project deals with credible housebuilders and construction businesses which contributed to this sales peak, including Midgard Construction, Hill Partnerships and Vistry Partnerships. The news comes shortly after the business reported a record-breaking year in 2021, with a total sales value of £6,440,579. Following this profitable month, Roann Limited is seeing higher than ever before production figures and anticipates an average of £200,000 per week, in the very near future.

Scott Wharton, Sales Director at Roann Limited, says “We’re thrilled with the results in February here at Roann Limited! These projects have been in the pipeline for over a year, and we’re delighted that we have now secured them all. We’ve been experiencing a large period of growth over the past two years, and it’s only set to continue. We’re really excited to get started on these new projects and continuing to expand our business growth.”

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June 2022

Latest innovative Schöck solution reaches new heights The Hörnlihütte (Hörnli Lodge) at almost 15,000 feet (Photograph – Michel Bonvin)

Minimising linear thermal bridges at the wall connection to the floor, or floor slab, has been a long-standing problem with reinforced concrete construction. Around 40% of all thermal bridges in a building are caused by walls and supports, which in turn are responsible for about 10% of heating energy losses However, Schöck has now introduced a dedicated new solution – the Sconnex type W. It is a product that offers outstanding insulation performance, even at 10,000 feet on one of the most iconic mountains in the Alps.

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caling the Italian-Swiss border at almost 15,000 feet, the Matterhorn is both one of the most recognisable of the Alpine peaks and one of the most challenging. For mountaineers, the favoured access route is along the Hörnli Ridge, a few kilometres to the southwest of Zermatt in Switzerland. Which is why, near the foot of the ridge at just over 10,000 feet, the Hörnlihütte (Hörnli Lodge) was first built there as a base camp in 1880, followed by the Hotel Belvédère in 1909. The two were merged in

1987 and although the buildings have been subject to a number of changes since their original construction, by far the most ambitious and challenging project is the recent demolition of the Hörnli Lodge, replaced by a completely new state-of-the art structure, incorporating the Belvedere.

The High Alps is a harsh working environment Since the Hörnli Lodge is not connected to public utilities, natural resources like solar energy and the water supply are crucial. The

sloping roof is now equipped with solar panels and a natural meltwater pond nearby provides the water source, which is pumped to an underground storage tank before purification. On the ground floor of the lodge a 130-seat dining room provides a 180° panoramic view and untreated spruce wood dominates the interior, helping to provide a sense of warmth and well-being. The buildings with their latest energy-saving and environmental technologies may be a comfortable refuge for climbers and other guests, but


June 2022 it was not that comfortable for those involved in the design and construction of the project. The working environment in the High Alps is a harsh one. The ground is extremely steep, there are very narrow site conditions and keeping to a tight schedule for the outside work was crucial, given the limitations imposed by seasonal Alpine weather conditions. In addition, the only access to site is by means of a narrow, steep path and the construction teams and all materials – including the concrete for the base slab and walls for the basement – had to be flown in using helicopters. Two helicopters commuted constantly between the site and the concrete plant to fly in the required 17 cubic metres of concrete and pour it from the air. Each carrying around a cubic metre of concrete each flight.

Minimising any heat transference was critical As the building was constructed on a poured in-situ concrete slab, a particularly critical area was the importance of minimising any heat transference between the buildings and the slab. With reinforced concrete construction, linear thermal bridges at the wall

The construction teams and all materials were flown in using helicopters. (Photograph – Michel Bonvin)

connection to the floor, or floor slab, have always been a major problem for the building industry. Schöck, the market leaders in the development of structural thermal breaks for balconies and other cantilever constructions, has now innovatively applied its Isokorb expertise to reinforced concrete wall and support. The result is the Sconnex type W, an applicationfriendly, dedicated solution that contributes to a permanently sustainable building concept.

For further information on the new Sconnex type W product contact Schöck on 01865 290 890; or download the brochure at www.schoeck.com

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June 2022

As the weather improves, spending time outside is good for our health and wellbeing. But with the Great British weather not always complying, creating an all-weather outdoor space with CRL Glass Rooms is a perfect, simple to install solution.

All-year round outdoor living with CRL Glass Rooms

Featuring an intelligent modular design, the aluminium structure means very few supports are needed even over large areas. The innovative connectors give a high degree of flexibility with many variations possible, while optional extras including sliding doors, vertical blinds and ceiling blinds makes it simple to create a unique space that can be enjoyed throughout the seasons. The system’s modular design enables the Glass Room to be configured to suit any space, from simple rectangles to more complex L shape designs. The drainage is cleverly integrated into the post, with rainwater channelled through the gutter into the drain pipe. The front profile of the post can be easily removed using a clip system to allow easy access to the drain. All rafters come with integrated channels for fitting lighting and attaching motorised awnings. Available in a Range of Standard RAL Colours CRL Glass Rooms have a maximum projection length of 6m. The sleek, lightweight look of the aluminium, combined with the stability, robustness and longevity of the material make CRL Glass Rooms the perfect way to add an attractive shelter to a garden on any style of property.

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For further information call 01706 863600, email crl@crlaurence.co.uk, or visit www.crlaurence.co.uk


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Gilberts banks on sustainability and wellbeing Rabobank is leading by example with its new Ireland head office, helped by Gilberts Blackpool to deliver an energy-efficient environment for staff that simultaneously enhances wellbeing.

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he bank- one of the world’s largest co-operative banking operations- has a sustainability policy to achieve an A energy rating across its estate, and actively encourages its customers to adopt sustainable practices. Its relocation into three floors of a multi-storey office in Sir John Rogersons Quay, Dublin has seen that achieved for its Ireland division in part through the specification of Gilberts’ linear slot diffusers and swirl diffusers linked to a ducted fan coil system. The building has LEED Gold and BER A3 energy ratings. The 16,000sq ft of predominantly open-plan space is ventilated by 23no GSFR swirl diffusers with coanda plates and 76no GSL slot diffusers, supplied by Gilberts via Keane Environmental and installed by Axiseng. In the main desk work areas, which have exposed building services to compliment the aesthetics of the bank’s “no nonsense” brand, Gilberts’ GSFRs with coanda plates have been installed. The fixed swirl diffusers are a patented design to optimise horizontal air flow, with the coandas enhancing the throw and providing rapid entrainment and intermixing thereby avoiding risk of cool air “dumping” on staff below. Around enclosed areas, Gilberts’ linear slot diffusers in runs up to 4m long compliment the office design aesthetics whilst providing accurate airflow with almost 60% free ventilation area. Supplied in lengths up to 2m, the aluminium diffusers include a concealed alignment feature to enable a positive, seamless abutment of lengths to provide a continuous, unbroken aesthetic. A unique design of air deflection vane enables each run to be finitely adjusted to the precise ventilation requirements within the space.

The diffusers were powder-coated in Rabobank’s corporate colours of orange and blue. “It goes without saying that good ventilation is critical for a healthy indoor environment, and to enhance occupant wellbeing,” commented Keane Environmental Sales Engineer Ryan Caldwell. “The quantity has to be balanced with quality, and how it is delivered: there’s little worse than sitting at a desk for hours and feeling a cold draught or being overwarm. The trend towards exposed ceilings can exacerbate this, throwing up practical issues regarding air movement and comfort conditions. Most grilles are designed and built to operate with a ceiling. If there’s no full ceiling, an alternative strategy needs to be found. Gilberts is at the forefront of resolving this issue, having developed a range of coanda plates to integrate with its swirl diffusers and deliver an attractive solution that works. “We can rely on Gilberts’ designs to deliver the ventilation quantity, efficiently, and give M&E contractors on

site the ability to minutely adjust airflow and direction to create the best overall working environment, to optimise staff productivity and wellbeing.” Gilberts is recognised as the UK’s leading independent air movement specialist, offering grilles, louvres, and diffusers for natural, hybrid and mechanical ventilation. Founded 55 years ago, Gilberts Blackpool is unique in its ability to develop components, be it ‘mainstream’ or bespoke- entirely in-house, from initial design through tooling, production, testing and supply, at its 8825m2 manufacturing facility. Its state of the art test centre, designed and built in-house, is one of the most technically advanced in the country.

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June 2022

Updated Part F CPD from Titon Now Available Following the update to the Building Regulations 2010 (Part F1 Dwellings 2022), Titon has revised its popular ‘Part F 2010 Domestic Buildings Compliance’ CPD presentation to help gain a deeper understanding of the new requirements. With the updated edition of Part F released in December 2021 for implementation in June 2022, there have been many important changes which are clearly demonstrated within the updated CPD. Titon’s aim is to provide an explanation of the requirements of the Part F 2022 update regarding ventilation, and the three systems examples that are used, and to emphasise the need to ensure that the installed performance meets the designer’s expectations in order to achieve full compliance. Ventilation is a legal requirement clearly set out at the beginning of Part F

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which the Titon CPD guidance is aimed at achieving, if followed in full. By the end of the CPD, you will have clearer knowledge of Part F, PCDB and a look at good practice for installation and a check list of ventilation systems. To book the new CPD, please get in touch: www.titon.com/uk/cpd-registration For more information on this CPD and to view our other CPD presentations, please visit the CPD UK website: www.cpduk.co.uk/courses/titon-part-f-2022-domesticbuildings-compliance


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Increase in ventilation requirements? Let us clear the air. The revised Building Regulations require an increase in ventilation to improve indoor air quality and balance the need for more energy efficient residential dwellings. Talk to us now to discuss how we can explain the changes and offer our expert advice on ventilation to help clear the air.

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BUILDING HOMES

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June 2022

In the current climate, more businesses than ever are choosing to support the UK economy by purchasing homegrown products and brands. At West Fraser, formerly known as Norbord, all engineered wood panels are made in the UK and the company is committed to making better products for a sustainable future. The latest generation of OSB3, SterlingOSB Zero, is made at the state-of-the-art facility in Inverness, Scotland. Each board has a smooth finish and is made without adding any formaldehyde, so is safer to work with and builds greener homes.

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The range includes SterlingOSB Zero OSB3 and SterlingOSB Zero T&G. For specifiers and housebuilders looking for an OSB supplier who is committed to sustainable production and supply, West Fraser is the one. With visible end-to-end supply chains and dedicated, streamlined logistics, coupled with excellent customer service, more companies are choosing West Fraser as their supply partner of choice. • Streamlined logistics • Sustainable supply chain • Improved product availability • Recyclable packaging • Excellent technical and customer support To find out more about West Fraser’s products for housebuilders, get in touch with Dan Clarke – email Daniel.Clarke@westfraser.com or download product brochures from the housebuilder page of the West Fraser website https://uk.westfraser.com/housebuilders/ For further information, call 01786 812 921 or visit https://uk.westfraser.com/

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June 2022

The problem with plastic:

Are plastic pipes damaging our bodies? Since the 1950s, when plastic started to be produced on an industrial scale, researchers estimate we have produced over 8.3 billion tonnes of the material globally. Shockingly, evidence shows that only 9% of this has been recycled.

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he construction industry plays a huge role in this and is a major contributor to waste. According to the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs, UK construction, demolition, and excavation made up 62% of all waste generated in 2018 – that’s three times higher than industrial waste and five times higher than household waste. It was in the late 1970s that plastic started to become a popular material for plumbing systems, and it’s still widely used today due to its affordability. However, the effect this material has on the environment is devastating and new research suggests that it is not only the planet that it’s damaging, but also our bodies.

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While campaigners have been pressuring the government in the UK to introduce more regulations

on plastic manufacturing and usage, there has been a research project published in the Journal Environmental International by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The study consisted of testing 22 anonymous blood samples from healthy adults for microplastic particles. The study found that 17 out of the 22 human blood samples contained microplastic particles. The most prominent type of plastic, found in over half the samples, was PET plastic, which is commonly used in water bottles and food packaging. A third of the samples contained polystyrene, which is famously used for packaging products, and a quarter of the samples contained polyethylene, a plastic commonly associated with plastic carrier bags. Polyethylene plastic is also used in plumbing pipes, with polyethylene (PE) and cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) pipes commonly used. With a quarter of the blood samples

from the study containing plastic of this kind, it begs the question of whether the water we drink from these types of plastic pipes has a part to play. Are plastic pipes contributing to us having microplastics in our blood? The fact that plastics we use on an everyday basis have been


June 2022 kill waterborne bacteria such as legionella pneumophila, as it has the ability to withstand thermal shocking at 70 degrees Celsius. In fact, copper is an essential element for good health and, when it forms part of a healthy diet, the element supports healthy blood vessel formation, heart and cardiovascular function, brain development, bones, teeth, and collagen levels.

Choosing copper over plastic On top of its superior ability to supply safe drinking water, copper, unlike plastic, is 100% recyclable and can be infinitely recycled with no loss in quality. To date, at least 65% of all copper mined remains in circulation or available for use and around half of Europe’s copper demand is currently being met by recycled materials.

scientifically proven to enter our bloodstreams is a frightening prospect and this is the first indication in science of polymer plastic particles in human blood.

Is finding microplastics in human blood dangerous? The simple answer is that we do not know yet with this being a ‘breakthrough’ study. But academics such as Dr Fay Couceiro, an expert in environmental pollution at the University of Portsmouth, explains that, as blood travels throughout the body and around every organ, it is likely microplastics can be found in more than just the blood inside the human body. One theory states that microplastics could latch on to the outer membranes of red blood cells and could therefore limit cells’ ability to absorb and transport oxygen. This theory is supported by the effect plastic pollution has on our planet; bacteria in the ocean that produce 10% of the oxygen we breathe are susceptible to plastic pollution in the same way our red blood cells could be.

What we can do whilst the science continues to develop around this subject is to reduce our reliance on plastic products, reducing the ability for microplastics to be absorbed into our bloodstreams. Likewise, in the construction industry, we can look to reduce the use of plastics in our piping, opting for more sustainable materials such as copper in their place.

Copper as the healthy choice Copper pipe is the professional choice for the construction industry. In contrast to the potential health risks associated with plastic, copper pipe is proven to support health and wellbeing with its naturally occurring antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, preventing the growth of harmful organisms and bacteria. Additionally, unlike synthetic plastic pipe such as polyvinylchloride (PVC), polyethylene (PE), or cross-linked polyethylene (PEX), copper pipe is 100% natural and therefore does not emit any harmful contaminants or synthetic compounds into drinking water. It can also be used to effectively

As recycling techniques improve, this figure will only continue to increase and the need to mine will continue to decline. This is great news for the industry and the planet, as the recycling of copper actually uses 85% less energy than mining the raw material. What’s more, evidence from the US Geological Survey shows that there are approximately 5.6 billion metric tonnes of copper in circulation – a figure more than sufficient to surpass both current and future demand. Every decision we make, not just about the materials we use in the construction industry, but across all aspects of our lives, will make a difference to the levels of microplastics in our ecosystems. Choosing more sustainable materials, such as copper, can lead to a healthier future for all. Make the healthy choice. Choose copper. www.cuspuk.com

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June 2022

Housebuilder’s two unique schemes score chance for major planning awards

Two unique housing schemes by a national housebuilder have been shortlisted as finalists at a major industry awards – and are hoping to go all the way. Vistry Group’s Oaklands Rise – which involves Queens Park Rangers FC as part of a joint venture – is a finalist in the ‘Best Use of Brownfield Land in Placemaking’ category of the Planning Awards 2022. The Willesden Junction location in Harlesden has been shortlisted alongside Vistry’s Horsforth Campus location, in Leeds, which is in the running for the ‘Award for Planning for Affordable Housing’ category.

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Vistry Partnerships London – part of Vistry Group, which builds Bovis Homes and Linden Homes properties – completed £175

million contracting scheme, Oaklands Rise, in December. It is being delivered for housing association Notting Hill Genesis, in a joint venture with QPR. The project is seen by the football club as a long-term strategic investment and is part of the UK’s largest regeneration scheme. It sits within the Old Oak Common and Park Royal Development Corporation area, created to oversee the development of 650 hectares of land. Vistry Partnerships Yorkshire is building 152 homes on the former Leeds City College campus. Vistry and affordable housing provider, Stonewater, worked together with the college to design a bespoke

high-quality development that has 100 per cent affordable housing – compared to a Local Plan target of 35 per cent. Fiona Milden, group planning director at Vistry, said: “We’re delighted that Vistry’s Horsforth Campus location and Oaklands Rise have both been shortlisted as finalists in this year’s Planning Awards. This recognition is very well-deserved – both for the high quality of the developments and the hard work of the teams behind them. “Horsforth Campus is an environmentally friendly development with the latest technology and a soon-to-be impressive ecological area. The development will deliver high


June 2022 quality new homes that are designed by Vistry specifically to respond to its setting and the housing need in the local area, while enhancing the environmental features that have been preserved through the delivery of this new affordable housing scheme. Oaklands Rise offers impressive homes and commercial space catering for a wide-range of needs, as part of the largest regeneration project in the UK.”

and the proposed HS2 and Crossrail Interchange – and north side to the Grand Union Canal.

Oaklands Rise provides 605 new homes – 40 per cent affordable and 60 per cent private rented sector properties – and 3,500 sqm of mixed-use commercial and office space. This includes a nursery, health centre, shared workspace offices, shops, cafes and a community centre, all at street level, within three new major blocks, rising in height from 10 to 26-storeys.

Meanwhile, Vistry’s Horsforth Campus location is gas free and includes air source heat pumps that serve all homes. Solar panels are included on every house to generate electricity for the heat pumps. A 2.9 hectare ecological mitigation area is being built to the south of the development and trees are also being planted.

CZWG Architects designed the landscaped boulevard which runs north-east across the development. A green play area and pedestrianised street with amenities connects the south side

Vistry project director David St. John, said: “To be in the running for a Planning Award is a great result – Oaklands Rise is a tremendous scheme, managed and built by our impressive teams, and part of a vital regeneration scheme for the capital and rest of the UK.”

Work on the 72 social rent, 53 shared ownership and 27 rent-tobuy homes started in November. As well as building sustainable energy efficient homes, for every tree removed for the development, three new trees are planted. Stonewater will also plant an

additional five trees for each home built off site. Lindsay Rich, associate director for Vistry Partnerships Yorkshire, said: “The team working on the Horsforth Campus development – across land, commercial, technical and build departments – is so proud the site is a finalist in the Planning Awards – this is a testament to all their hard work and our relationship with Stonewater.” The Planning Awards recognise excellence in planning and associated placemaking disciplines including heritage conservation, urban design, economic development, partnership working, environmental consultancy, housing and law. Winners will be announced at the live awards showcase on the 9th June at the Mermaid Theatre in London. For more information on Vistry locations in London or Yorkshire, visit www.bovishomes.co.uk and www.lindenhomes.co.uk.

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Windows & Doors June 2022

As The Focus On Climate Change Continues To Grow So Does The Need For Net Zero Buildings And Improving Our Carbon Footprint.

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EZE’s ECdrive T2 automatic sliding doors with a thermally broken profile system – the GCprofile Therm offer a solution. The GCprofile Therm accommodates up to 32 mm glass thickness in either twopane insulation glass with 2x ESG 6mm, UG value 1.0, or threepane insulation glass with 3x ESG 4 mm, UG value 0.8. The profile system uses slim aluminium frames which reduce visible sightlines by approx. 30 mm – giving designers greater ability to produce a clean design aesthetic while providing greater efficiency. With increased performance for leaf weight of up to 140 kg, the GCprofile Therm also boasts improved air tightness (compared to other ISO profile systems), better sound insulation and improved wet weather durability aided by its fit and an optional floor guide with drainage. It can be combined with manual and motorised GEZE hook bolt locks, without losing thermal separation and the appearance of the system remains discreet, even with locking. A new brochure has been produced to explain the package. This is available by calling the marketing team on 01543 443015 or emailing info.uk@geze.com.

For more information about GEZE UK’s comprehensive range of automatic and manual door closers call 01543 443000 or visit www.geze.co.uk

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KAWNEER’S SOLUTIONS CREATE AN ENVIABLE NEIGHBOURHOOD IN THE HEART OF LONDON VISION One of the most significant challenges architects can face is regenerating an area full of personality, but in desperate need of renovation. The challenge can be even more demanding if the project involves changing the purpose of the site. But that’s precisely what the architects in charge of the Primrose Hill project in London, had to face. With a project value of approximately £16m this project required a highly sensitive design solution to address a complicated urban context involving 28 neighbouring residential and commercial properties. The transformation visioned by PKS Architects, and developed by main contractor Knight Harwood, involved converting some of the buildings into high-quality apartments and high-specification offices using Kawneer’s solutions. The task was immense and involved six neighbouring commercial properties. The goal was achieved using multiple highperformance Kawneer products. TRANSFORMATION Through site-specific technical visits and studies, Kawneer

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specified and costed various façade packages and options. The lack of natural light was one of the many problems that needed to be rectified. It was solved using Kawneer’s AA®100 sloped rooflights. Additionally, GT70S windows were specified to replicate the building’s original steel windows to compliment the building aesthetics. For the entrance and balcony doors, the chosen product solution was Kawneer’s AA®720 doors with Glass Balustrading, thanks to the products superior aesthetics and thermal performance. For the curtain wall specification, the natural choice was AA®100 SSG, since it has smooth and seamless glass-to-glass joints without external capping. REALISATION The resulting specification helps to enhance the aesthetics of the building façade and increase the

energy performance of the building whilst meeting the cost requirements of the build with Kawneer’s market-leading product range. Shortlisted in the 2017 BREEAM Awards, this development sustainably refurbishes and reimagines a group of six buildings to create 3,500m2 of high specification office space and four new luxury flats. The impressive results haven’t gone unnoticed. The Primrose Hill project won the 2020 GGP’s Best Commercial Installation, by Kawneer’s customer and specialist facade subcontractor, JPJ Installations Ltd. Find out more about Kawneer’s products at www.kawneer.co.uk


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Vehicles June 2022

Boris Johnson pictured with JCB chairman Lord Bamford at JCB India’s new £100m factory in Gujurat

UK prime minister Boris Johnson took time on his trip to India last week to conduct the official opening of JCB’s newest factory. The new factory in India, in Vadodara near the Gujarat port of Surat on the west coast of India, represents a £100m investment for JCB. It will make parts for global production lines. began manufacturing JCB first in India in 1979 and is

site, will be capable of processing 85,000 tonnes of steel a year.

India has been JCB’s biggest market every year since 2007 and one in two of every construction machine sold in India today is made by JCB. JCB now has six factories in India at locations including Jaipur and Pune. The new facility, which is on a 47-acre

JCB chairman Lord Bamford said: “In its first year of full production, JCB India manufactured just 39 machines and by next year will have made a total of half a million. This country is now a major engineering power and being here has transformed our business. It has been a fabulous success, with so much more potential for growth. Such progress has

now the country’s leading producer of construction equipment.

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only been possible by continued investment and the opening of our new Gujarat facility is an important step in growing our business here and around the world.” JCB India chief executive Deepak Shetty said: “This new facility will create around 1,200 direct jobs when complete and thousands more in the supply chain. It will also be a benchmark in the industry on gender diversity and modern technologies in laser cutting, welding and machining. Vadodara is a strategic location for JCB India given its proximity to ports and availability of raw materials and skilled talent. We would like to thank the government of Gujarat for its phenomenal support with this project.”



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Red diesel removal means price hikes – here is how telematics can help you offset the increase The tight margins the UK construction industry has been trying to navigate its way through with rising labour and material costs are set to tighten once again. With the change in red diesel legislation last month, we look at the financial impact businesses are facing due to higher costs and higher theft, and how the adoption of telematics technology can offer a solution. April 1st - this date had been looming over the UK construction sector like a dark cloud. It’s the day it became illegal to fill vehicle and machinery tanks in the UK with red diesel, leaving businesses faced with a fuel duty bill five times higher overnight.

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This change in law follows the Finance Bill 2021, introduced to help meet the objectives surrounding climate change and quality of air. Low-tax red diesel makes up more than 15% of all diesel used in the UK, contributing to more than 13

million tonnes of CO2 each year. In 2018, construction in London alone was responsible for 7% of nitrogen oxide emissions. In short, the government hopes by restricting the use of red diesel, the construction sector will be pressured to source and invest in cleaner alternatives. Some firms have already announced they will be switching to alternatives such as hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) and Shell GTL - there are also talks of widespread introduction of Biomethane HGV refuelling stations. However, trade bodies are arguing that the removal of red diesel is going to have the opposite effect. A survey by the Civil Engineering Contractors Association in September 2021 warned of the colossal negative impact. Data

showed that tax changes would cost SMEs in the sector between £250,000 and £600,000 each year – with 50% of businesses voicing real concerns about their ability to continue trading while shouldering this new financial burden. Another consequence of increased volumes of white diesel on construction sites is fuel theft. So, what can businesses do to get control over tightening margins? Ultimately, it comes down to visibility and changes in behaviour – you need one to encourage the other. More than ever, construction businesses should be exploring the world of technology on offer. The right telematics system is going to give you increased visibility over fuel costs, operational processes and criminal activity.


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Optimised logistics The ability to plan routes more strategically improves fuel management. Greater visibility results in increased efficiency and less fuel being used unnecessarily on trips. It also has a positive impact on customer service, with the ability to provide accurate details on arrival and collection times through live map data. Our case study with a plant and machinery hire business is a real world example of this.

Driver behaviour Bad driving burns fuel. Fact. In the new era of fuel costs, and Co2 reporting, businesses can’t afford to waste money or expose themselves to potential brand damage. By monitoring driver behaviour, you’re able to clearly identify training needs and manage those that are presenting a risk to your business. And if you’re also exposed to out of hours use, telematics provides the ability to monitor usage and prevent unauthorised use that sees businesses footing the bill.

data-led, mileage-based pricing – never paying more than the minimum base rate when vehicles are off the road. One customer saved £30,000 by making use of this - you can learn more about this partnership here.

Idling The financial impact of idling should not be overlooked - in a vehicle with a 5-litre engine, every 10 minutes of idling burns 500ml of fuel. Data from CAT shows that, construction equipment idle time can be as much as 40-50% of total operation time – it’s unavoidable but it can be reduced, and with rising fuel costs a reduction can equate to significant savings. Telematics technology will highlight idling time per vehicle, allowing site managers to identify areas where improvements could be made.

Theft

Reduced insurance costs

In 2020 the cost of theft and vandalism in construction sat at £800 million. Rising prices in the industry have led to predictions that crime rates - and the knock-on financial impact will increase further in 2022.

While fuel costs are rising, it’s possible to reduce insurance costs by using a telematics system. Our partnership with Zego means that businesses can benefit from

Geofencing and live positional data on vehicle, plant and tools offer accurate and real-time data – helping theft prevention and vastly improving rates of recovery.

This customer story explains how their business recovered equipment worth £25,000 using the ABAX system, read in full here. When it comes to fuel theft - mileage count functionality allows businesses to compare miles covered vs fuel spent – an opportunity to identify a shortfall.

Machine usage With plant and equipment hire, it’s crucial to accurately bill for the correct usage. ABAX reporting provides this functionality – also allowing for better servicing and maintenance planning, and so reducing unexpected downtime.

In summary Unfortunately, there is no hiding from the cost implications that come with paying higher duty on red diesel. However, as demonstrated above – there are a number of areas where telematics delivers a ROI across the business, improving operational efficiency and resulting in some real short and long term savings for a business. ABAX telematics units are selfinstallable, provide HMRC compliant data and offer livetracking solutions, all allowing you to access actionable location and usage data on all your assets – and via one easy-to-use interface. Grey, mixed, large and small fleets can all be tracked in an efficient and cost-effective manner, whilst also provide vital reporting data on demand. If you’re looking for your fleet to make environmental, financial and productivity savings, then ABAX could be the solution for you. Go to ABAX.com/uk or call 01733 698888.

“Since having the trackers on our vehicles and plant, productivity has increased by 33% and a stolen van was recovered within 2 hours of being reported stolen.” – JMC Construction

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Vehicles June 2022

172 Tonnes for Collett’s New Girder Bridge Collett’s new 250 Tonne capacity Goldhofer girder bridge takes on its first project as the Team transport a 172 Tonne super grid transformer to the National Grid’s Feckenham substation.

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ith the National Grid’s Feckenham substation in Redditch currently being upgraded to replace ageing equipment, Collett were appointed to complete delivery of a 172 Tonne super grid transformer from Sundon. Showcasing the latest addition to their fleet, the Collett Team mobilized their new 250 Tonne capacity Goldhofer girder bridge to facilitate the movement of the super grid transformer to its new location 118 miles away. Housed at their Goole Heavy Lift depot, Collett mobilized the modular trailer, travelling as two separate 10-axle combinations. Arriving on site the two 10-axle sections allowed for the modular girder bridge to be built around the transformer to form a 20-axle loaded configuration. Undertaking jacking and skidding operations to manoeuvre the 172 Tonne cargo, Collett’s Heavy Lift

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Team positioned and raised the transformer to allow for the construction of the girder bridge configuration. With the transformer raised to the optimum height Collett reversed each half of the girder bridge trailer positioning the side beams under the transformers transport arms and securing the load. With the transformer securely loaded to the girder bridge trailer the Collett Team departed the substation site. Travelling in a push/pull formation with one 8x4 tractor unit pulling the combination and one unit pushing, the convoy began its journey with police escorts in attendance from Bedfordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire constabularies. After careful route planning by the Collett Team, in liaison with both Central Bedfordshire and Worcestershire Councils, the 65.8 metre combination completed the 118-mile journey to Feckenham substation.


June 2022 Vehicles Once on site at Feckenham, the Collett Team hydraulically raised the side beams of the girder bridge, lifting the transformer and allowing for the positioning of timber supports. Once in place the girder bridge was then lowered, resting the super grid transformer on the timbers and allowing for the modular trailer to be split and disassembled from the payload. With the new Goldhofer girder bridge clear of the super grid transformer, Collett once again employed their hydraulic jacking and skidding system to provide final positioning of the transformer. To ensure maximum safety throughout, as with operations on site at Sundon, Collett had undertaken detailed pressure calculations, detailing the forces and ground pressured during the jacking and skating operations to and from the trailer. Once lowered to rest on the skid track, the hydraulic push pull units extended and retracted between the jacking points on the track to gradually bring the 172 Tonne cargo to its resting plinth. Over the course of the weekend, the Collett Team safely delivered and positioned this 172 Tonne super grid transformer, assisting with the upgrade of Feckenham substation. The completion of this project sees Collett’s new girder bridge become an integral addition to their fleet, joining Collett’s 350 and 550 Tonne capacity Scheuerle girder bridge and offering an added flexibility for heavy transport projects.

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Snickers LiteWork 37.5® Work Shorts – For Cooling Comfort This Summer Lightweight Work Shorts - designed to deliver superior comfort and freedom of movement. Great for summer working on site, these lightweight Work Shorts have a street-smart fit with a cool working comfort in warm conditions. They’re made of quick-drying 37.5® technology fabric that delivers efficient moisture transport, ventilation and UPF40 sun protection in sunny weather. They have a functional design and come with or without extra robust holster pockets. There’s also a 4-way stretch panel at the crotch and reinforcement at critical areas for extra durability. They’re packed with comfort and functionality and specially designed for the fast-paced professional who’s always on the go and always delivering top class work on site. For professionals who rely on their gear in demanding environments, they’re a must for everyone who wants the ultimate in cool comfort this summer.

For more information on Snickers Workwear’s LITEWork range and it’s sustainability philosophy you can call the Helpline on 01484 854788; check out www.snickersworkwear.co.uk or email sales@hultaforsgroup.co.uk


Over 5,000 people die in the UK each year due to asbestos related diseases. It is a legal requirement that all who may come across asbestos in their day to day work have been provided with the relevant asbestos training. Asbestos can be found in many products used in building materials and may also be present in soils and surrounding grounds.

Have you received asbestos training? UK Asbestos Training Association “UKATA” sets standards in asbestos training and ensures that its members meet those standards. Book with a UKATA approved asbestos training provider using the nationwide directory online at www.ukata.org.uk or call 01246 824 437.

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Snickers Workwear – SUSTAINABLE Hi-Vis Protective Wear Class 1 and 2 Hi-Vis Stretch Work Trousers with Sorona® sustainable performance fibres. Whether its dusk, dawn or dark, Snickers Workwear has a superior range of Hi-Vis protective wear for both men and women to ensure comfort, safety and certified protection. The latest additions to the HiVis range are the new Stretch Work Trousers made from the innovative Sorona® sustainable performance fibre. Sorona® delivers both environmental benefits and great performance. This recyclable, biobased fibre offers exceptional softness for maximum comfort as well as excellent durability to help extend the lifetime of a garment. The new Hi-Vis Work Trousers with Sorona® also offer long-lasting elasticity for ease of movement. Sorona® is also quick-drying, breathable and soft to the touch for optimal comfort and workday performance. With advanced designs, hightech fabrics and performance reflection features, all Snickers Workwear Hi-Vis protective wear has durable colour-fast protection that will last through wash after wash, retaining shape, comfort and protection levels throughout the life of the garments. Added to which, Snickers Workwear High-Vis garments can be custom-profiled to ensure ‘stand out’ coverage for your corporate brand.

For more information on the Snickers Workwear range of Hi-Vis Protective Wear, call the Hultafors Group UK Helpline on 01484 854788, checkout the website at www.snickersworkwear.co.uk or email sales@hultaforsgroup.co.uk https://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/fatals.htm https://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/causinj/index.htm



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ENGEL WORKWEAR’s High-Vis sustainable ‘Safety Super Stretch’ (left) & examples of Galaxy sustainable workwear (right) - both made with REPREVE® regenerated polyester from recycled plastic bottles.

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Engel Workwear’s Sustainable & Stretch-Comfort Collections Help Save the Environment Alongside a continual policy of developing products to keep ahead of the highest comfort and protection standards demanded by their customers, Danish manufacturer, ENGEL WORKWEAR also focus on making a positive contribution to aiding the Global climate challenge. With comfortable and functional clothing designed for almost every work situation and a wide choice of sizes for both men and women, the company’s ‘Safety SuperStretch’ High Visibility range incorporates 50% of regenerated polyester REPREVE® eco-fibres which are spun from recycled plastic bottles. Combined with Engel’s FE Super Stretch fabric, the fibres are woven together into a polyester and cotton mix; the resulting flexibility of this sustainable, hard wearing but light-weight fabric allows the wearer to be clearly seen in daylight or at night and to be able to work unrestricted even in the most confined spaces. By the use of regenerated polyester in the manufacture, the Environment benefits from significant consumption savings on energy, water and greenhouse gas emissions. Verified numbers of recycled plastic bottles used to produce the fibres are typically 19 for a pair of trousers, 20 for a work jacket and 37 for a boiler suit; the range is available in a choice of 8 different colour combinations.

Continuing its support of the Green Environment, ENGEL WORKWEAR includes the versatile ‘Galaxy’ range amongst its collections which now combine a mix of 65% sustainable REPREVE® regenerated polyester fibres with 35% cotton. Giving strong protection, with the emphasis on style and fit, the range includes slim-cut, functional trousers and jackets available in a choice of two-tone colour combinations plus soft-shell and winter jackets, a comfortable fleece cardigan, bib-overall and boiler suit. Most items incorporate many practical details such as several spacious pockets giving quick and easy access to tools and personal accessories, concealed buttons and zippers; the jackets have adjustable cuffs and are reinforced with CORDURA. There is also a wide choice of Galaxy sustainable workwear specifically designed to be practical, comfortable and stylish for women. For more details contact Gareth Bladen at gbl@f-engel.com Telephone +44 (0) 7759 520034 or visit www.engel.eu/en


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