Construction Update - August 2022

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- Diesel And AdBlue Bucket Bundie for J A Jackson Established in 1967, J A Jackson Quarries & Recycling Ltd are a family run business who supply quarried and recycled aggregates. Providers of sustainable building materials, aggregates and ready-mix concrete, the company also provide domestic and commercial skip hire and have a fully licenced waste transfer station and facilities for inert tipping. J A Jackson operates a fleet of more than 20 tippers, artics, skip wagons and concrete mixers. The company’s quarries in Preston, Leyland and Lancaster are all within easy reach of the region’s motorway network making access and distribution as efficient and effective as possible.


A Jackson have recently added the first combined Diesel / AdBlue Bucket Bundie Fuel Bowser to their fleet provided by manufacturers, Ace Plant. Ace Plant, home of the ‘Bundie Bowser’ fuel storage range, are a plant hire and sales company based in Buckinghamshire who utilise their engineering roots to manufacture Fuel Storage Solutions and Dust Suppression equipment for hire and sale throughout the UK. Based on the same concept as the patented Bucket Bundie Fuel Bowser, Ace Plant’s Bucket Bundie Store was seen shortlisted in the Institute of Quarrying’s Excellence Awards in the knowledge and innovation category - a fantastic accolade for the ‘Bundie Bowser’ name.

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Ace Plant have recently launched the first Bucket Bundie that is capable of carrying both Diesel and AdBlue at the same time. This capability can already be seen in Ace Plant’s static, site tow and road tow ranges but has finally been made possible within the Bucket Bundie range. J A Jackson first found out about the Ace Plant Bucket Bundie Bowser after searching the internet about fuel bowsers. They liked the fact that the Bucket Bundie can be transported by existing site machinery without the need for a tractor. These units remove the need for lifting chains as well as the need for the operator to leave the safety of the machine’s cab to attach any chains. It features a patented bucket loading system with special slots above the support legs that allow a wheel loader operator to easily pick up and move the bowser using the machine’s front bucket. With the loader bucket crowded back, the Bucket Bundie is held securely for safe transport across rough ground – this combination works

much better than a towed bowser which can be difficult to move and reverse – particularly on rough terrain. J A Jackson say that the Bucket Bundie will be a benefit to their business as the unit will result in “less risk of contamination and we no longer need to use the 5 gallon drums”. In turn, this also makes refuelling a faster and safer processes with less risk of spillage.

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Construction Update August 2022

Features This Month:

18 Industry News

8 Editor’s Choice @ConstructionUpd


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Aluprof Helps Push the Boundaries of Passivhaus by Wojciech Brozyna - MD of Aluprof UK When we talk of Passivhaus we generally think of ‘one-off’ grand designs style projects where costs seem no objection, but this is a dated view as Passivhaus is rapidly becoming a mainstream construction methodology. Recent cost analysis from the Passivhaus Trust (1) suggests that a Passivhaus certified residential scheme is around 8% more expensive than an equivalent competitive tender build; further analysis suggests as Passivhaus claims more middle ground in construction, the extra-over costs can reduce to just 4%. Passivhaus is not all about cost, it is about a commitment to netzero carbon emissions. Currently housing stock is accountable for approximately 35% of our total global energy consumption, so insulation is key in order to reduce our reliance on energy and our ability to reduce and phase out fossil heating fuels, such as gas. There are also health benefits and fuel poverty issues which are completely covered by adopting a Passivhaus construction.


Given the background growth of Passivhaus, Aluprof are delighted to announce their involvement in what is claimed to be the

world’s largest low-carbon student residential development taking place in Bristol for The University of the West of England (UWE). The new development taking place at the Frenchay Campus covers approximately 65,000m2 and provides 2,250 new student residences. The scheme started on site in 2021 and is set to have the first phase complete for first-year student intake in 2023. Designed by Passivhaus Trust members Stride Treglown Architects and QODA Consulting, the new halls will offer carbon neutral accommodation which falls inline with the University’s ‘2030 strategy’. The project follows on from what now will be the second largest student accommodation project completed to date, ’The House’ at Cornell Tech in New York. Aluprof UK became involved in the design development of the scheme from RIBA Stage 2 and worked alongside Stride Treglown, QODA Consulting and Turner & Townsend to develop a high performance

facade solution which helps the new development to achieve Passivhaus standards. Facade detailing and cost analysis support was provided by Aluprof UK prior to tender release to ensure budgets met stakeholders’ expectations. Aluprof UK also offered tender support to VINCI Construction UK, the main contractor awarded the scheme, in the careful selection of Aluprof experienced subcontractors to deliver a compliant tender. Aluprof UK have been involved in a collaborative process from RIBA Stage 2 onwards and will continue to support the project through to its completion. Denval, located in Cardiff, have been nominated to install the high insulation windows and doors on the project. Alex Wysom, Operations Director at Denval takes up the story, “Aluprof worked with Stride Treglown Architects to provide a comprehensive specification for their high performance Passivhaus certified MB-104 window system from the

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earliest stage, Denval provided cost plan and technical support to the project management company and subsequently the main contractors who were providing tenders for the scheme. “Since the earliest stages of our involvement with the project, we have worked closely with Aluprof, who have supported Denval with excellent technical information, to enable the most cost effective solutions to be established for this large Passivhaus development”. The Aluprof systems specified for the project consist of MB-104 SI (Passivhaus Certified) windows and doors and the MB-SR50N HI+ (Passivhaus Certified) curtain walling system. The specified finish uses a Super Durable Polyester or Class 2 powder coat in an AkzoNobel Interpon ‘Gold Pearl’ colour, reference YY217E. Aluprof have long been recognised across Europe for providing Passivhaus certified products and Aluprof UK are active members of the Passivhaus Trust in the UK. The project is to be completed in two phases, first is the redevelopment of Carroll Court

on campus where student houses have been demolished to make way for the start on site in November 2021 by main contractor Vinci Construction. Phase one will see the 900-bedroom Stride Treglown designed buildings take shape and will be the first to complete in 2023. Installation of the Aluprof windows and doors on site is anticipated to begin in July 2022.

Further information is available on the company’s website at or direct from their UK head office in Altrincham on 0161 941 4005.

The second phase will see the redevelopment of three existing car parks offering a further 1,350 rooms that will comprise phase two are expected to be available one to two years after the completion of phase one. Once complete the new buildings will yield a 54% reduction in running costs and carbon emissions compared with a typical building built to current building regulations. Aluprof UK are delighted to be leading and supporting the development of Passivhaus construction across the UK and are already working with specifiers and developers on further schemes to help active the UK’s challenge of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.


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Titon’s MVHR Provides a breath of fresh air for lexington residential apartments Titon’s powerful but compact HRV1.6 Q Plus MVHR unit has recently been installed in Moda Living’s Lexington Tower.

Situated on the Liverpool waterfront, the new residential tower has over 325 apartments ranging from studios to one, two and three bedrooms with penthouse accommodation on the upper levels. With premium features such as garden spaces, fitness studio and amenity areas. Briggs and Forester delivered the building services equipment over a 22 month period, which consisted of design, supply, installation, commissioning and included installing over 300 of Titon’s HRV1.6 Q Plus. The Lexington Tower is part of a 5.5 billion regeneration plan by Liverpool Waters Regeneration Plan. Commenting on the partnership with Titon and Briggs and Forester, Andy Cowell, Area Sales Manager stated “The Lexington Tower is a prestigious building that is part of a massive investment in the area. It was a pleasure working with Briggs and Forester, Titon were able to meet the design criteria and offer full technical support”.


The ultra-compact HRV 1.6 Q Plus is a highperformance MVHR unit measuring just 600mm wide, enabling it to fit into tight spaces for easy installation and access. It has extremely low specific fan power (SFP) of 0.49 W/l/s and a heat exchanger

offering efficiencies up to 89%, which enhances SAP performance via Appendix Q. Furthermore, despite its compact size, the lightweight HRV 1.6 Q Plus can achieve excellent flow rates of up to 100 l/s (359 m3/h) as independently tested by the BRE.

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Why SMEs in construction should consider M&A Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) might just be the key for construction leaders looking to navigate the headwinds in their sector. Amid a plethora of geopolitical issues, comprising rising raw material costs, inflation, war in eastern Europe, Brexit and the hangover effect from the pandemic, the industry is in the middle of a perfect storm and many companies need solutions. Paradoxically, SME owners may find they are asking themselves the wrong question: instead of strategising how to grow as a company, they are figuring out how to survive. Smaller construction companies might consider a merger as a way not just to stabilise, but ultimately be a successful business in the short to medium term. This is largely down to the pulling power, or indeed lack, of a company’s earnings. Indeed, smaller businesses face two issues. Firstly, those with earnings lower than £5 million are exposing themselves to a significantly greater risk of missing out on projects compared with bigger competitors (i.e. those with earnings greater than £5 million). And secondly, smaller businesses face difficulties in securing funding through traditional lenders as banks have demonstrated a reduced appetite to support SMEs. Therefore, scale is very important. As a rule of thumb, if a company’s earnings are around £2 million, they should certainly consider the potential benefits of a merger with another business (often a known competitor of the company in question) of a similar or slightly larger quantum, to push the figure up towards the £5 million mark. If a business reaches this number, not only are they in a better position to navigate through the aforementioned headwinds, which are continuing to squeeze margins, thanks to the greater financial power they possess, but they are also better placed to win those elusive but lucrative contracts. The UK obviously has some major ongoing construction projects, including the government-run HS2 and Hinckley Point C developments. Due to the increased level of scrutiny these projects attract, the government’s

most pressing concern is often simply getting the job done, rather than negotiating a price with a company. In many instances larger companies stand a greater chance of securing such contracts due to their size as a counterparty to a contract, which often requires bond arrangements favouring more resourced players. Larger firms also have better access to the market and thus greater procurement capabilities. Projects often overrun in terms of cost, but the most important aspect for the government is the security of knowing that it will be completed. Amid rampant inflation, securing projects and running them on time is going to be increasingly challenging.

The positive news is now could be a good time to acquire a business. While many will not see these markets as being opportunistic, the storm can’t last forever? Rick Martignetti is Manager - Business Funding, at corporate finance experts Shaw & Co. To download a copy of the company’s latest ‘Shaw Report’ which looks at the Property & Construction sector visit news/shaw-co-launches-propertyconstruction-industry-report

In order to adapt and remain competitive, companies need to ensure they remain adaptable, creative, and willing to network. Mergers not only enable a company to grow in size but also provide access to a broader portfolio of business, ensuring said company becomes more rounded and balanced, with a larger footprint and brand, helping it succeed. As with any business, it’s important to take a strategic approach to understand what’s missing and subsequently address that accordingly. For further financing options, companies should always think about an all-of- market approach, covering both traditional and alternative lenders. Using an experienced corporate finance adviser can be a sizeable advantage, as the funding market is very broad and a company, on its own, might not know which lender is best suited for their needs and how to deal with them.


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R-Link: A Step Forward for Risk Management Technology It’s time to take the next step on your journey towards preventing health issues in your workplace. For twenty years, Reactec have guided our customers as they’ve navigated complex legal landscapes, changing regulations, global crises, and the day-to-day challenges and opportunities that arise in the industries we serve. Through working with clients and partners across construction, rail, manufacturing, and countless other sectors for over two decades, we’ve had the unique opportunity to gain unprecedented and exclusive insight into how organisations, duty holders, and workers perceive and prevent workplace health issues, and how that’s changed over time. Over the years, we’ve collected those insights and poured them into our research and development. We’ve been able to stay ahead of the field when it comes to building partnerships and launching products and features that we know our customers will use, and love. That’s why, when we created our latest product - the successor to our trusted HAVWEAR - we felt a responsibility to create something truly special, and innovative.


Introducing: R-Link. R-Link is the next step on your journey from being a mitigator of workplace risk, towards becoming a prevention engineer. The R-Link watch has been designed specifically to stand up to the rigours of construction sites and heavy industry while offering an easy and familiar user experience. By creating an interface that people are instantly comfortable with from their use of smartphones or smartwatches, we’ve created a resilient device that looks and feels like something you’ve already been using for years. When it comes to functionality, R-Link is truly in a class by itself. This is a device built for purpose, with purpose. Initially launched

with HAV exposure and an ability to warn of proximity to danger, R-Link will ultimately contemplate your universe of risk, and include geofencing, lone worker, employee messaging, evacuation, and mustering, and more. As with HAVWEAR, R-Link will provide real-time alerts to notify workers of unsafe exposure levels to any number of known workplace threats. R-Link will be supported by the powerful Reactec Analytics that our customers have known and relied upon for years, ensuring that organisations, duty holders, and workers can all access vital information and insight, as quickly as possible. Reactec’s world-class Analytics will enable R-Link users to shorten the distance between insight and action - meaning the decisions that our customers make on the ground or in the office will be based on the most reliable, most accurate information available.

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R-Link Features and Benefits: HAVS: Based on Reactec’s proven and validated Hand-Arm Vibration monitoring methodology, which has seen over 100,000 employees across the UK protected, R-Link easily and reliably measures workers’ exposure to HAV and ensures simple, effective monitoring by providing workers with real-time data about their exposure to vibration from tool use. Dangerous Proximity: Keep your workers safe from proximity to dangerous locations or vehicles with R-Link. By alerting workers to unsafe proximity in real-time, R-Link not only offers immediately actionable insight, but also provides an overview of near-misses, enabling you to refine your controls more effectively. Reactec Analytics: R-Link is powered by Reactec’s industry-leading Analytics, which provide datadriven insight to organisations, empowering them to understand their risk environment easily and reliably. Reports are generated automatically and circulated to duty holders for effortless, effective risk management. Coming soon . . . •

Geofencing: Monitor and prevent unauthorised entry into restricted areas with cuttingedge geofencing technology. Lone Worker Support: With man-down alerts, check in/ checkout capabilities, and

panic mode functionality, you can help ensure the safety of workers operating alone or in the field. •

Employee Messaging: Empower workers with easy, familiar messaging to enable two-way communication and help ensure information is transmitted when and where you need it.

Evacuation and Mustering: R-Link makes it easy for you to account for your employees during an evacuation and mustering situation.

Let’s build the future of prevention engineering, together. R-Link is available for pre-order now! We’re thrilled to be offering the chance to pre-order the R-Link watch, which will offer HAV monitoring and dangerous proximity technology. As we continue to add functionality to R-Link, we welcome feedback from early adopters of R-Link to help us ensure that each and every feature is as useful as possible. Just as we have for 20 years, we’re always looking for ways to refine and improve our products, and we know the best place to get that information is from the people who use our devices every single day. By pre-ordering and adopting this technology before additional features are released, you’ll have the unique opportunity to contribute to the future of R-Link

in a hands-on way that will help ensure that every feature and update is as practical and useful as possible. To help us build the future of workplace prevention engineering, and to ensure that we tailor a deployment that fits your needs, just give us a call and one of our dedicated R-Link experts will help you put together the perfect package. 01312210930


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Monster Mesh


heir friendly and approachable nature, combined with expert design solutions tailored to individual needs means they have grown year on year, impressing customers with their quality of service. The company specialises in the supply of large format print products, including custom designs for Heras fence covers, PVC & ACM hoarding panels, PVC and mesh banners, large scale scaffold wraps and more helping increase brand visibility in venues or construction projects. These products also have longevity, with the premium Heras fence cover proving popular for long projects as well as its potential for re-usability. Each is compatible to fit all brands of temporary fencing and include free delivery on fence covers.


Much of Monster Mesh’s business comes from business exhibitions, venues, festivals, events and construction,

with the later booming in 2021, despite the reduction in many other outdoor events. Monster Mesh has been working incredibly hard to maintain their high results, going so far as having their record year in 2021. This has been down to a number of factors, including a focus on brand strengthening and continual digital marketing efforts. The business has also added several new products to their site, generating more interest and a broader choice for customers. The business has proved to be a popular choice for clients since its launch, due to their commitment to ‘good old fashioned’ personal customer service. This personal service means that clients can be confident in their decisions, having the ability to browse online before speaking directly to one of the team to discuss any particular requirements.

Established in 2018, Monster Mesh has worked in the event and construction branding sector since inception and is now an established market-leader in this field.

Founder of Monster Mesh, Mark McLennan is committed to maintaining this service with all construction products, complete with a team that are always happy to help advising and talking through options. This commitment to service also includes free design and artwork for products, ensuring the highest quality products and personalisation. We spoke to Mark who stated, “2021 was our busiest year ever despite restrictions and we have grown our customers in the construction sector considerably. It’s great to see the construction industry to boom and the sector is certainly doing its bit to move things forward. Our growth has been down to more customers with repeat business and recommendations, as well as increasing our focus on building the Monster Mesh brand and securing our place in the industry.” 01709 432001


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Yanmar wheeled excavators – the perfect team players


anmar’s next-generation range of compact wheeled excavators have been designed from the ground up to offer class-leading performance and maximum productivity. Comprising three proven models – the B75W, B95W and B110W – operators benefit from world-leading engine technology, state-of-the-art in-cab equipment and a wide range of attachments and optional extras to ensure complete suitability for the job in hand. Perfect for construction, civil engineering, landscaping, agricultural and recycling applications, each model delivers outstanding digging, lifting and carrying capabilities. Thanks to Yanmar’s unmatched expertise in compact design, the range is perfectly suited to tight, urban job sites where space comes at a premium. As with every Yanmar model, the B75W, B95W and B110W set the standards in performance, control, versatility, comfort and safety. The perfect team player for every job site, operators can be confident of a truly world-class solution.


B75W (7,400-7,600kg operating weight) – Efficient, precise and dependable, the B75W is perfect for urban jobsites, highway construction and landscaping projects. Powered by the latest 73hp Yanmar 4TNV98CT turbocharged diesel engine with DPF as standard, the compact model is fuel efficient, environmentally friendly and fully-compliant with EU Stage V emissions legislation.

Delivering 295.5Nm torque @ 1,365rpm, the B75W is extremely powerful and can reach travel speeds of up to 36km/h. With a digging depth of 3,500mm (TPA boom), digging force of 38,000N (at bucket edge), max reach of 6,990mm (TPA boom) and max dumping height of 5,050mm (TPA boom), operators are guaranteed impressive performance for maximum productivity. An LUDV hydraulic system with four independent circuits mean the operator can simultaneously operate a tilt rotator with a hydraulic quick-hitch system and a hydraulically-driven tool (such as a sorting grab, asphalt cutter or cutting unit). Despite its compact size, this makes the B75W perfect for a wide range of applications. Thanks to a unique axle design (with 14° pendulum angle), minimum tail swing, laterally installed engine and low centre of gravity, the B75W-5 offers exceptional stability even with the boom fullyextended. Further design benefits include articulated joint with wide angle of articulation for working closely to walls. B95W (9,100-9,500kg operating weight) – Offering unbeatable performance and total versatility, the B95W compact wheeled excavator is ideal for heavy load lifting and precise placement in construction, infrastructure development, agriculture and landscaping applications.

August 2022 Powered by a 3.6 litre, 74.4kW 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine, the B95W is EU Stage V-compliant. Thanks to the addition of a charge cooler, diesel particulate filter (DPF), Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (DOC) and Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology as standard, emissions are minimised. Common rail and direct injection help to boost power and fuel efficiency, allowing the B95W to reach travel speeds of up to 36km/h (22mph). Designed from the ground up to set the standards in loading and carrying capability, the B95W features four independent hydraulic circuits for complete multifunctionality. Achieving a digging force of 45.8kN (arm) and 40.9kN (bucket), with dig depths of up to 4,100-4,200mm and a maximum reach of 7,5707,740mm (depending on specification), operators benefit from class-leading performance figures, while a high-pressure hydrostatic transmission provides smooth power delivery without unnecessary traction interruption. To maximise stability with heavy and bulky loads on uneven terrains, the B95W can be fitted with a front dozer blade, rear stabilisers or a rear support blade to achieve effortless levelling. The dozer blade can be specified with Yanmar’s optional float function to make levelling, filling and removing debris both quick and simple. B110W (11,000kg operating weight) – The perfect combination of speed, stability and outstanding productivity, the Yanmar B110W wheeled excavator is renowned for its power and precision. Delivering class-leading performance and featuring state-of-theart operator technologies, the impressive model is the perfect solution for urban jobsites, infrastructure projects and landscaping.

Driven by a 116hp (85kW) Tier 4 Final compliant engine, featuring an improved combustion and injection system, diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology, emissions are reduced by up to 90%. Operators benefit from 400Nm torque at 1600rpm and a top speed of up to 36km/h. With a digging depth (blade lowered) of 4,440mm (4,810mm with the optional dipperstick), digging reach of 8,640mm and ability to lift loads of up to 2.81 tonnes to a height of three metres, the B110W is perfect for a wide range of applications. The laterally-installed engine, unique axle design with minimum tail swing, 13° pendulum angle and low centre of gravity delivers world-class stability, especially for craning work. The B110W uses four independent hydraulic circuits. The working hydraulic circuit uses an axial-piston variable displacement pump for a working pressure of 330 bar in combination with load sensing and a loadindependent flow distribution system (LUDV). This allows for smooth, simultaneous and independent control of all movements, regardless of load. For fingertip precision, the B110W utilises electrical proportional activation of the hydraulic circuits with an ergonomic control layout. A 7-inch anti-reflective display provides a comprehensive overview of machine data and status. Operators can also boost their efficiency thanks to Yanmar’s Smart Control System, which optimises excavator power for a variety of different applications. Available to order through approved dealers nationwide, more information about Yanmar’s next-generation range of compact wheeled loaders can be found at


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Increasing environmental responsibilities and sustainability targets are driving the construction industries ongoing needs for cost effective, easy to use solutions for dealing with wastewater onsite. Sites need quick replies, concise information, simple transactions and deliveries without hassle. For the past 9 years Kelly Tanks has enjoyed providing all of these whilst building a large customer base, expanding their team and facilities, and responding to customer demand with innovative new products year on year.


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ark, Kelly and team KT provide a selection of Water Treatment and Concrete Washout Solutions for hire or purchase. Their popularity and proven track record is a result of providing the kit you need, in the manner you want, at a price you’re happy with. Match this with their eager to please attitudes and above and beyond aftercare and its easy to see why their customers keep returning.

CONCRETE WASHOUT Various concrete washout solutions, to allow concrete trucks and equipment to be washed off safely onsite, including closed loop washwater recycling, washwater filtration sacks, pH correction, robust washout trays and skip washouts.

WATER TREATMENT Self contained units or full systems to separate and treat wastewater and Water Quality Monitoring Systems including Settlement & lamella Tanks, flocculation and pH adjustment dosing, pH/TSS/ Turbidity remote monitoring, auto desludging.

HYDRODEMOLITION Water Treatment Solutions for high alkaline hydrodemolition waste, used to retain solids and automatically correct pH.

DRUMBLASTER Automated daily prevention for concrete drum build-up. Using recycled or fresh water the highly efficient electric driven pump combined with the water jets at the tip of the boom remove the days build up before it hardens. DrumBlaster Build-up Control Technology incorporates an extendable boom with a rotating head allowing the mixer drum to remain stationary.

BESPOKE SYSTEMS Tailor made solutions to suit all applications. Whether an idea or a full plan, we can accommodate. We can also tweak our existing products and/or have them sprayed in your corporate colours.

WATER MANAGEMENT Complete onsite Water Management. Consultancy, Testing, Supply, Install and Maintenance.

KEY BENEFITS YOU CAN EXPECT FROM KELLY TANKS EQUIPMENT: • Designed to meet the rigours of the construction industry

• Easy to Maintain and Monitor equipment

• Fast and Simple to Set up

• Reduce off-site disposal costs

• Small Footprint equipment available • Units can be linked to handle range of flows, pumps sizes & particle characteristics

• Reduce risk of pollution • Easy to use equipment

Kelly Tanks take pride in the quality of their products and have a classy approach to customer service making them a real pleasure to deal with. If you weren’t able to experience their hospitality for yourself at Hillhead this year, you can catch them again at the Contamination Expo, Birmingham NEC in September. If you need anything in the meantime give them a call on 01889 508944, email or check out their website


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Gilberts helps Gleneagles deliver understated luxury in historic setting One of the world’s most iconic hotel brands is diversifying into the city with the opening of the Gleneagles Townhouse. The air of understated luxury which will pervade all areas of the historic building will be delivered courtesy of Gilberts’ ventilation control throughout the guest areas. In St Andrew Square-a world heritage site in the heart of Edinburgh- the new venue features 33 individually-designed bedrooms, an all-day restaurant, members club, roof terrace and spa & wellness centre, carefully created within the Grade A listed building to preserve the classical architecture dating back to the 1850s. Environmental Design Consultants Atelier Ten had to design the ventilation solution with care to deliver the levels of fresh air required in the boutique hotel environment without adversely impacting on the elaborate plasterwork and interior décor. It turned to Gilberts (Blackpool) to deliver. Air supply has been achieved through a combination of DGA louvre face diffusers (plaster-in version), and LGN linear bar grilles with concealed fixing in runs up to 2m long. The combination ensures compliant levels of ventilation with a discreet visual appearance and clean horizontal air distribution pattern. Linear bar grilles and GECA egg crate grilles return the air for extraction through to WGC external louvres discreetly integrated into the windows. In its in-house state of the art powder-coating facility, Gilberts finished many of the grilles satin black, chosen to deceive the eye and blend the grilles into the interior décor. Toilet areas feature Gilberts’ GX air valves.


Gilberts’ Ductgard fire and smoke dampers and associated controls complete the portfolio of solutions. Ductgard has been specifically engineered to provide up to four hours’ protection against smoke and fire, in one unit, in most ductwork. Fully tested, it is certified to BS EN1366-2. Mechanical contractor Arthur McKay undertook the installation. Atelier Ten, commented, “It was critical that we extended due consideration to the quality and history of the setting, whilst designing a solution that met- or exceededmodern day demands. We have a history ourselves of using Gilberts, with only positive experience of its quality- of product and back-up. We knew Gilberts would help us fulfil the brief and be able to deliver a complete package of fresh air, smoke/fire protection and associated controls. Being able to address this aspect from one, reliable source was a major benefit.” Lee Doherty, Arthur McKay Project Manager, added, “It was inevitably a difficult project because of the need to protect and preserve

the interior building fabric. We were able to install Gilberts’ grilles and diffusers easily and discreetly so that the ventilation became an invisible element.” Founded some six decades ago, Gilberts has built a reputation for delivery of quality products and service. Today its 95,000 sq ft head office and manufacturing facility includes its own research and development and test facilities, enabling it to continue to evolve its product range and develop bespoke solutions for specific client requirements. Gilberts is now acknowledged as the UK’s leading independent air movement specialist, offering mechanical natural and hybrid ventilation distribution solutions.

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CONTRACTORS SHOULD BE LOOKING TO ENTREPRENEURS RATHER THAN MONEY MEN AS ROLE MODELS Contractors are moving away from the winning-a-job-at-all-costs and to hell with anyone else mentality to a more ‘everybody wins’ way of conducting business, according to design and construction specialist Dan Grimshaw. Dan says, post pandemic, he is seeing a departure from the dynamics of traditional competitive tendering to a rise in open book contracts where contractors, design partners and clients all work together to identify project risks, deliver certainty and importantly control costs. “Until now it felt like the industry took its lead from the world of finance where success is tied up with winning by bidding the lowest price. True, if you get the project in at a certain number and get the deal done, that is success but it’s very biased. “People think they are going to get the best deal if they go to tender and then pick the lowest based on price. But that reasoning is flawed. “There is no way you’ll be able to deliver a good deal that way which is one-sided and most likely delivered either by hammering other people up the chain or ripping them off. This is just not an ethical, good way of doing things.” Dan, founder of Beam Development, whose work focusses on residential homes for clients in London with project values up to £3 million, says he now takes inspiration from the way entrepreneurs work. “Running a business where you just bludgeon everyone into the ground is really not that sustainable. It might make some money in the short term, but it doesn’t build relationships. “The entrepreneur, on the other hand, understands that the success of a project relies on it working for everybody. Success where everybody wins is true success: everybody should come away happy with their deal. “A good contract is not one person winning and getting a good price;

everybody must be happy for it to be a good deal, especially if you are going to be doing another one.” Dan says he no longer puts his firm forward for competitive tenders chosen on price alone. “Some clients are nervous about entering into an open book contract because they think it is open-ended and it will finish when it finishes and cost what it costs,” he added. “However, you only pay for what you’ve done and for what it costs; and if the actual cost of the project is lower than the target cost, any savings can be shared between the parties to the contract on a preagreed basis. “In our own case, we provide the same detailed costings and same plans for open book contracts as we

do for fixed price contracts. We don’t sign the contract on it but use it as a base. You still know what is going to happen.” Dan says in a recent project, his firm did less structural work than anticipated and saved the client £8000. On a fixed price contract, he would have been allowed to value the work at £15,000 but as the actual work required came in at just £7,000 this is what the client was charged.   An open book or cost-plus contract contracting is an agreement between an owner and contractor that lays out a work or service plan with complete transparency on costs, prices, budgets, and materials. Construction estimates are based on the actual cost of work.


Industry news August 2022

The Environment Act Air Quality Targets 2022: How Can Industry Prepare? As Clean Air Day draws widespread attention to tackling air pollution, industry expert Tim Turney from Casella, a leading manufacturer of air monitoring equipment, shares insights on reducing site emissions Air pollution is the leading cause of environmentrelated deaths worldwide, estimated to result in seven million premature deaths—4.3 million from outdoor air pollution and 2.6 million from indoor pollution. It is now recognised that negative health impacts kick in at much lower levels than previously thought, and almost the entire world (99%) is breathing polluted air that exceeds internationally approved limits.1 The most dangerous pollutant for human health is fine particulate matter (PM2.5), produced by vehicles, wood burning, industry and farming.

Currently, PM2.5, which includes soot and dust, is widely spread by industry. According to the 2019 Lord Mayor’s report, construction alone is responsible for 15% of all London’s particulates. The common denominator is a combination of high population density and the sheer intensity of construction and demolition activity, which is synonymous with dust. However, advances in air quality monitoring technology can help achieve the early detection of air contaminants, allowing businesses to reduce exposure for their workforce and surrounding communities.

In March 2022, the Government proposed to set air quality limits that would reduce levels of PM2.5 to 10 micrograms per cubic metre by 2040, representing a 35% reduction in population exposure, compared to 2018 levels. However, the targets fail to meet the PM2.5 concentrations recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO), resulting in criticism from industry campaigners that the Government is not going far enough to tackle air pollution.

Using air monitoring technology to cut harmful exposure

As the air quality targets continue to undergo review, industry must be prepared to assess and actively reduce site emissions. The misalignment with WHO recommendations and widespread criticism from campaigners means companies should pre-empt the possibility of needing to go above and beyond the proposed targets.


Air pollution measurement instruments serve multiple purposes: publishing dust information online to update the public and issuing cautionary statements if required. Having this data in real-time can ensure that the right people act when increased levels are reported and control measures can be put in place and continuously evaluated. Environmental monitoring and protecting against potentially dangerous conditions can be difficult to manage without reliable data streams and monitoring of a site perimeter that gathers environmental data. For this reason, more and more companies are turning to boundary monitoring technology to measure the level of risk and make sure they adhere to environmental limits and guidelines, while also protecting against health hazards.

Industry news August 2022

Boundary monitoring refers to the use of dedicated systems that monitor dust as well as noise and vibration, and for short-term detection of harmful contaminants in the soil around a worksite, to ensure that companies are complying with all applicable limits at work. Boundary monitoring systems are typically deployed across construction and demolition projects, environmental remediation sites, mining and quarrying, waste transfer, heavy road traffic and other places where compliance-related monitoring is required. Perimeter air monitoring is an important component of a construction worksite, helping companies to remain compliant with control measures required for them to carry out the project, paramount as new air quality targets are anticipated to come into force. Boundary monitoring could help protect the reputation and revenues of construction companies and other industrial firms. If complaints arise, responsible companies using boundary monitoring have proof points to show they have been diligent with their monitoring in operations and abiding by operational requirements. Data evidence from a boundary monitoring system is also helpful if a worksite is accused of issues caused by another operation, allowing site managers to respond rapidly, minimising reputational damage.

testing before the start of operations and continued throughout the operation to observe site emissions and ensure compliance with planning conditions. The duration of monitoring should be sufficient to take weather conditions and seasonality into account, as well as the effects of remedial measures. Companies operating in fast-changing environments can also use a hand-held particulate monitor such as the Casella Microdust Pro to instantly detect dangerous concentrations of airborne particles during spot checks and walk-through surveys. Short-term dust monitoring is often used to quantify an existing problem and is suitable for identifying areas, or specific equipment on a site responsible for excessive dust generation. As safety and environmental regulations have grown much tighter globally, it is becoming more important for employers to ensure they have adequate means to test the dust pollution levels in their workplaces to ensure the safety of their workers and surrounding communities. Clean Air Day is a reminder that we need to make decisions that will support health and keep more people safe. Having access to real-time, near-reference data can help achieve this.

Real-time air quality monitoring systems are designed as a cost-effective alternative to having on-site experts conduct manual monitoring Air quality monitoring solutions such as Casella’s Guardian2 require little upkeep or maintenance while continually measuring conditions on or around a worksite and are designed for easy setup and use. If possible, baseline conditions should be established by


Doors & Windows August 2022

Improved Smoke Protection Series 61 (S61) is the latest smoke control damper to come to market from Gilberts, Britain’s leading independent air movement specialist. The single ‘door sized’ S61 compliments the company’s established, successful UKCA certified and CE marked Series 60 (S60) smoke evacuation damper. The new S61 has been designed, tested and certified to EN1366-2, EN1366-10 and EN12101-8 in both open-to-closed and closedto-open (with its associated grille attachment). It has attained ES classification for integrity and smoke in air leakage tests, exceeding current legislative requirements and guidance. As its counterpart Series 60, S61 is manufactured from galvanised steel and will provide up to 120 minutes’ smoke and fire integrity. Providing up to 1m2 geometric free area within a 800mm x 1920mm opening list size, S61 delivers a unit specifically to suit mechanically ventilated smoke shafts, with its enhanced air leakage reduction. Front access actuators and grille alignment brackets further simplify installation, operation and maintenance. Says Ian Rogers, Gilberts’ Sales Director: “Series 60 goes from strength to strength: we believed it was the best of its kind when launched, and that has been reinforced with its attainment of certification for maintenance of opening confirmation. It remains the ‘go to’ option. Series 61 is engineered to offer specifiers an alternative with improved area and smoke leakage when exceptional capability is demanded, with an increase in size to suit mechanically ventilated shafts and enhanced leakage reduction.” The development of S61 builds on Gilberts’ 60+ years’ heritage of bringing to market advanced technology that enhances the design, installation, energy efficiency and occupier comfort of non- domestic buildings.


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Accessibility and Convenience Combined GEZE’s TS 5000 ECline overhead door closer with guide rail combines accessibility and convenience in one innovative all-round closer.


EZE, a leading manufacturer of door and window control systems has called the product the TS 5000 ECline, pronounced EASYLINE, to highlight the ease of opening the closer offers. Providing barrier-free, easy to open doors the TS 5000 ECline is suitable for right and left single action doors with a door leaf width of up to 1250mm. It also has integrated back check, hydraulic latching action, and the closing speed can be individually adjusted. In addition the closer offers flexibility in installation as it can be installed on the door leaf on the hinge side or on the transom on the opposite hinge side and all functions can be adjusted from the front of the closer. The L version of the closer enables it to be mounted on the push side of the door. It is part of the GEZE family of closers that have the same styling, perfect for when different closers are needed throughout a building, and it has the same fitting footprint as other GEZE closers allowing it to be fitted in place of other closers without having to re-drill the door. With a closing force of EN 3-5 with variable adjustment the TS 5000 ECline is suitable for fire and smoke protection doors. Andy Howland, Sales & Marketing Director of GEZE UK, said “The TS 5000 ECline is one of our most flexible closers and can be installed anywhere where the convenience of passing through a door easily is required and perfect for ensuring access for all.


Add in that it is suitable for smoke and fire protection doors and you have a great all-rounder!”

August 2022

Air conditioning: Leading the way with copper pipes With the summer well and truly upon us and the UK more frequently experiencing heatwaves, it’s no surprise that air conditioning systems are becoming increasingly popular.


ata from the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy even suggests that, due to its popularity, air conditioning could increase the UK’s power consumption by up to an estimated 15% during the summer by the end of the century. With heatwaves pushing up the demand for air conditioning in the UK, we are also seeing an increased demand for copper pipes, as they are the trusted material of choice for these kind of installations. And it’s easy to see why installers love copper so much – it is a trusted, reliable, and infinitely recyclable material.

Practical considerations One of the main reasons for why copper is the material of choice for air conditioning systems is because copper is a superior conductor of heat, so can withstand large variations in temperature without expansion or contraction issues.


An air conditioner requires high efficiency heat transfer in order to be as energy efficient as possible and reduce power consumption, so the pipes must be made of materials with a high thermal conductivity – making copper the perfect match. Another reason why copper works best with air conditioning is its ability to be bent and brazed, which is good because the installation of air conditioners often requires sharp bending of pipes. Not only this, but copper can also be jointed using press fittings, which speeds up installation times. Corrosion also needs to be considered when choosing which pipes to install an air conditioner with. Copper does not react with other chemicals, meaning that it is excellent at resisting corrosion. The pipes inside an air conditioner are constantly in contact with refrigerants at different temperatures, as well as water, depending on

the installation. With its anticorrosion properties, using copper will ensure that the pipes don’t suffer from cracks and leakages, offering a longer lifespan compared to using other types of pipes. In recent years, manufacturers have introduced Hybrid Variable Refrigerant Flow system conditioners, using water as the cooling and heating agent. Also used in heat pumps, these systems can be used with plastic pipes, but construction professionals and installers have continued to use copper and are right to question the suitability of plastic. Plastic pipes are not good thermal conductors and are much thinner and weaker than copper, so are unable to withstand a wide range of temperatures and pressures without cracking – making them the wrong choice for air conditioning units and heat pumps. What’s more, heat pumps have the ability to be used as a source of cooling, as well as heat, so are an alternative to air conditioning units. With this in mind, and with the popularity of heat pumps rising, there is an increasing requirement for professional installers who use reliable, sustainable materials like copper.

August 2022

Putting the planet first If air conditioning is to become the norm in UK commercial and residential spaces, we must continue to use environmentally friendly materials to accompany them. Some air conditioner manufacturers have started to suggest that installers can use multilayer plastic pipe alongside their systems, as an alternative to copper, but installers should not be tempted to do this – it would only be a backward step when we already have a practical, sustainable material in copper. Multilayer plastic pipe typically consists of three layers: an outer plastic layer which is usually made of polyethylene, which encases a central aluminium layer which in turn encases a final plastic layer, usually made from a similar material to the outer layer. Due to the addition of aluminium tube in its composition and the complexity of its make-up, multilayer plastic pipe is virtually impossible to recycle as it’s very difficult to separate the metal from the plastic. According to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, around 100 million tonnes of multilayer thermoplastics are produced globally each year and, because there is no way to separate the polymers, almost all of that plastic ends up in landfills or incinerators. Many claim that multilayer plastic pipes are recyclable but, as it stands, there are no recycling frameworks in place,

so its recyclability is nothing but theoretical. This is simply an example of greenwashing; focusing on the benefits of plastic and greatly exaggerating its recyclability. Copper, on the other hand, is an infinitely recyclable material. It has been recycled and re-used for as long as the material itself has been in use and there is a fully developed scrap-collecting infrastructure which has existed for centuries. When copper pipes come to the end of their life, they are taken to a scrap merchant and, unlike multilayer plastic pipes, are 100% recycled. They simply go into the furnace and are melted down to form a billet of copper, which is stretched out, cut to size, and made into brand new pipes. What’s more, this recycling process doesn’t cause any loss in performance or properties of the new pipes. Copper used once will be identical to that used 1,000 or 1,000,000 times so you should never see scrap copper on a skip.

As a result of this effective recycling process, around half of Europe’s copper demand is currently being met by recycled materials and, to date, at least 65% of all copper mined remains in circulation, available for use. As recycling techniques improve, this figure will only increase and the need to mine will continue to decline – which is good, because the recycling of copper uses 85% less energy than mining raw material. So, for any construction professionals who are beginning to see an increase in air conditioning installs, we urge you to continue using copper, the traditional, professional choice. Why make the switch to an environmentally damaging, unreliable product like multilayer plastic pipe when copper is readily available and offers a much more sustainable, energy efficient and reliable solution? Continue to make the professional, sustainable choice. Continue to choose copper.

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August 2022 to monitor fuel consumption and machinery usage. But as with any tool, it needs to be time efficient, as well as holistic to be of value. A good starting point is to consider what information the construction industry needs to collate to generate impactful outcomes.

For example:

New CAP Framework highlights UK construction is ready to embrace technology It’s true to say the UK construction industry faces a tricky landscape to navigate. The ongoing threat of theft and vandalism remains very real, with the cost exceeding the 2020 figure of £800 million by the end of this year, as well as shouldering the financial burden of rising fuel and material costs.


ut with margins already so tight in construction, we are increasingly aware that telematics is one of the sector’s go-to routes to combat the risk theft poses. And there is another important change within the industry; the Connected and Autonomous Plant (CAP) - first of its kind scoring system. National Highways recently unveiled and demonstrated the new standardised scoring system, which is based on a machinery’s level of automation, at this year’s Futureworx event. Visitors to the industry event received a first look at the CAP framework, which will offer clarity and a clear way to compare different types of machinery to suit different tasks – and which we believe will revolutionise decision-making in the industry.


It also highlights the growing acceptance of new technology and software as well as changing attitudes within the sector. The CAP

introduction is one element of a wider process when it comes to turning data into information and information into decisions in construction and heavy plant.

Information allows for better decision making Plant and construction machinery tracking, via telematics, is something the sector is already familiar with. Its use has been somewhat one-dimensional until recently successfully to combat high theft rates, aid recovery post theft and to increase visibility of machinery usage and tool location. However, the capabilities of telematics solutions such as ABAX has become complex with in-built machinery tracking leading to sites no longer having to juggle different types of brand-specific tracking software at any given time. When used and utilised efficiently, tracking has huge potential, not only in reducing thefts but in helping

Information to run businesses more efficiently when it comes to the location of assets and their usage.

Job specific requirements, such as evidence that operating hours are being adhered to.

Financial considerations when it comes to payroll, accurate timesheets and staff working hours across multiple sites.

Inventory management to proactively ensure each team is equipped with the right tools and plant before setting off to a job to minimise travel time and fuel costs.

Legislative obligations, such as CO2 or SECR reporting.

The National Highways’ new CAP system reinforces the need to observe, understand, decide and act – but this volume of information cannot be gathered without the right software solution.

Multiple systems for mixed fleets can be a drain on resources If your fleet consists of one piece of plant or machinery or multiple pieces from one OEM – you have a smooth ride ahead. However, in reality, most construction or plant hire companies are operating mixed OEM fleets. And while each piece has its own fantastic software solution, a mixed fleet means that you are required to use multiple systems, logins, passwords, as well as the time and resource to collate the data from each system and find a unified way to report and analyse the information. That’s not to say there isn’t a consistent standard across these systems – but what happens if you have machines that aren’t covered by the ISO data

August 2022 construction sites and plant hire companies complete visibility of assets. Finally, companies can use the software for accurate usage logs for invoicing and maximising the value of each asset while on hire.

Realising the full potential of telematics – with just one screen Imagine trying to track plant and machinery in a theft situation across multiple platforms. Not only does is become a lot to juggle, but there is a greater chance that some misplaced or stolen items could remain untracked – leading to financial loss. standard, or other assets such as vehicles and tools? We refer to this as asset compatibility.

True and full visibility over mixed OEM fleets can impact your bottom line Construction firms can often run into difficulties over asset location, particularly when operating fleets that include vehicles, plant and tools. Logistical challenges arise over staff delivering or collecting items, arriving on site with the right tools and equipment, quickly locating and collecting misplaced tools across sites. Today, asset tracking is not only a good idea, but business critical. It saves the cost of replacing lost tools and time for searching, additional travelling to depots or merchants, and project delays. With asset compatibility and asset location in mind, we created ABAX Smart Connect. This is a software solution that provides businesses with full control over a mixed OEM fleet, all while reducing risk and increasing efficiency – and importantly, being incredibly user friendly. ABAX Smart Connect complies with ISO 15143, connecting data across your ENTIRE fleet from assets both with and without OEM connectivity. This includes all types of plant and machinery, vehicles and tools, to give you instant access to a sustainable, consistent format that allows for easy analysis. All of this happens in one platform with one interface, one log in and one set of reports that pull together

information that covers a range of information points. With all the data you need in one platform you can easily see fuel consumption, spotting potential costdrainers like unnecessarily idling machinery. On average, ABAX tracking solutions save users 18.5 per cent on fuel costs alone. Staff punctuality can also be improved, saving you admin time and costs of overclaimed timesheets. Finally, plant and machinery usage can be monitored too, so you can quickly identify issues and keep an eye on servicing and maintenance intervals.

Rapid plant hire visibility Plant hire businesses can benefit hugely from the technology, gaining greater visibility over an entire fleet while also being able to confirm details of plant and machinery for customers – saving countless admin hours. This greater visibility also ensures that the high-value plant fleet is all where it should be, and when, helping to reduce theft. Telematics is one of the sector’s go-to routes to combat the risk theft poses – particularly with margins already so tight in hire & rental. GPS tracking devices brings live positional updates every 60 seconds and are available 24/7, with customisable geofences and usage reports also to hand, allowing

This is where Smart Connect brings huge benefit to sites and companies managing multiple brands of plant and machinery. The in-built telematics technology can still be utilised, but Smart Connect can save time and reduce any risk of error by pulling all the vital data needed to have visibility over the entire fleet in one platform. By harnessing technology to do the ‘heavy lifting’ of tracking, monitoring and reporting on ALL of your assets with the right information, companies are more equipped to meet business needs such as improved efficiency as well as contractual and regularity obligations. The power of telematics is critical for many businesses as margins remain tight in the current climate. If you’re looking for a solution that will save admin time, simplify plant and machinery tracking and help you realise the full potential telematics can bring – from cost-savings through to reduced fuel consumption, to better visibility of equipment to combat the risk of theft – then a solution like Smart Connect could be perfect for your business.

Search for ABAX Smart Connect or call ABAX UK on 01733 698888 to book in a demo today.


Fire Safety August 2022

Almost a third of those responsible for fire doors do not understand fire door responsibility under Building Safety Act Nearly a third (30%) of those responsible for fire door safety say they do not fully understand their responsibilities under the Building Safety Act, a survey from the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Fire Door Alliance has found.


he survey of 1,000 people with responsibility for fire door specification, installation, and maintenance across the UK identified a lack of understanding of fire safety-related responsibilities under the new legislation. Almost one in ten (8%) were unaware of how new laws will affect how fire doors are specified. However, in signs of an early positive effect of new legislation, more than half of respondents said they would now ask for more information on product traceability and seek more proof of performance. Helen Hewitt, Chief Executive of the BWF Fire Door Alliance, said: “Our findings clearly show that while the new legislation appears to have had a positive initial impact, there is still some work to be done in disseminating the detail, and building an understanding of how compliance with the law can be met. This must be made an urgent priority for all those responsible for fire safety.”

The research, published in a new report as part of the BWF Fire Door Alliance’s Be Certain, Be Certified campaign explored understanding and attitudes towards third-party certification of fire doors. While, encouragingly, more than half (55%) of fire doors that respondents had responsibility for are thirdparty certified, 80% said that end clients, such as building owners and managers, do not require thirdparty certification. Helen Hewitt said: “Third-party certification provides robust proof of performance and traceability of a fire door’s components, its manufacture and journey through the supply chain. Despite this, there is still no mandatory requirement under Building Regulations for the use of third-party certified fire doors, despite the essential role fire doors play in protecting building occupants from the spread of smoke and fire. “Our latest report, which we’re proud to launch as part of our Be Certain, Be Certified campaign, calls for those ultimately responsible for building fire safety to specify third-party certified fire doors as a requirement throughout all UK buildings. Not only will this raise the standard of fire door safety but crucially, it will help protect lives.” Among those who do specify or use third-party certified fire doors, the primary reason for doing so is to meet and comply with fire safety legislation (47%). 40% said that the reason was to provide traceability of fire door components,


manufacture and journey through the supply chain – highlighting a strong awareness of the benefits of third-party certification. However the research also highlighted major barriers to the adoption of third-party certified fire doors. Over a third (35%) cite cost as the primary reason, while 33% reported a lack of end client demand.

Certification delivers allimportant traceability While end clients typically don’t insist on certification, the overwhelming majority (88%) of respondents agree that the traceability of a complete fire door assembly is important to the organisations they’re working on behalf of. However, less than a third (28%) said they will go as far as to specify third-party certified fire doors to meet their obligations. Helen adds, “Clearly there is not a price that can be put on safety or protecting the lives of building users, particularly those where people sleep or that house vulnerable occupants.” Find out more from the Be Certain, Be Certified campaign.

THE FIRE GLASS PROMISE. WORKING WITH YOU FROM CONCEPTION TO COMPLETION AND BEYOND. Expectations of any supplier are much higher than they used to be, due to more choice within the market place. Cost and service play a big part in this and although you want the best price available, without good company service to back this up, is it really worth it? With over ten years in business, Fire Glass UK has built up an enviable reputation to become the nation’s leading supplier of fire-rated and specialist safety glass. Having an expert installation team on-hand to make sure any projects glazed to Firas standards. Supplying fire-rated, acoustic, laminated and toughened glass and offering a specialist cut-size service for glass partitions, partnering industry experts to deliver integral blinds in IGUs and supply manifestations for a complete finish.


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With lots of industry confusion and regulation changes, Fire Glass UK believe their technical support is an essential asset to their customers to ensure safety is met at all times. Working together to interpret project specifications and find the right product for the job, all at the best price. Fire Glass UK’s expert team knows all there is to know about fire-rated glass and if you need support, you can email:


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EZE UK has revised and updated its popular and informative RIBA-approved CPD Safeguarding Pedestrians from Accidents at Power Operated Doorsets. The 40-minute seminar looks at the European standard EN 16005 in detail and explains the responsibilities of all involved to ensure safety and compliance at all stages of construction. It explains everything from activation distances for escape routes and non-escape routes; the

danger points of automatic sliding, swing and revolving doors and how safety features such as finger guards and protection leaves can be used to reduce the risk of injury; and looks at revolving doors which are potentially the most dangerous and which received the most significant changes. It is intended for Chartered members of RIBA but is also suitable for facilities managers, property managers and contractors. Offering architects and specifiers invaluable advice and guidance,

PUTTING PEDESTRIAN SAFETY FIRST Since it was introduced in 2013 the European safety standard EN 16005 remains a key standard to be followed to ensure pedestrian safety at automatic doors. Considered to be a more onerous standard it defines the responsibilities of all those in the construction industry from manufacturer to end user and including architects and contractors.

which contributes to their continuing professional development, this updated training seminar gives a better understanding of the standards and regulations surrounding pedestrian safety at automatic doors. The seminar is included in RIBA’s core curriculum: Design, Construction and Technology; Health, Safety and Wellbeing; and Legal, Regulatory and Statutory Compliance for the General Awareness knowledge level. It can be presented in person or virtually via a variety of online platforms and at a time to suit, usually lunchtime but breakfast seminars or afternoon sessions can be accommodated. To find out more or to book a CPD seminar, email or visit the cpd page on National Specification Manager Richard Richardson-Derry said: “Automatic doors are a machine and just like any machine they can cause harm if not used properly, however we cannot expect pedestrians who may not be so familiar with them to be aware of the potential danger, therefore those of us in the industry need to take responsibility and ensure they are safe for all to use. This CPD explains how to do just that and that if we all play our part we can limit or even eliminate accidents at pedestrian doors.” RIBA Chartered Architects are obliged to undertake a minimum of 35 hours a week to maintain their competence. Visit for more information on those obligations. Other presentations offered by GEZE UK, include Specifying, Installing and Maintaining Ironmongery for Fire Doors; Designing Effective Natural Heat and Smoke Ventilation; and Removing Barriers to Access. For more information about GEZE UK’s comprehensive range of automatic and manual door closers call 01543 443000 or visit



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.

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 Super-Stretch’ 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 lightweight 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 Telephone +44 (0) 7759 520034 or visit




ELIS PROVIDES SUSTAINABLE ALTERNATIVE FOR PROTECTIVE WORKWEAR AND LAUNDRY With businesses looking for ways to improve their sustainability, protective workwear and laundry services provider, Elis UK, explains how its circular economy approach can help. Elis was the first company in its sector to announce its target of net zero emissions by 2045 and is one of only twelve companies selected to join the NHS Net Zero International Leadership Group. It uses a circular economy model to provide its customers with a more sustainable solution. Elis supplies protective workwear on a rental basis, collecting used items and delivering laundered garments on a schedule to meet the needs of the customer. In its circular economy approach, customers’ items are maintained, repaired, reused and redeployed in order to optimise their lifespan. Elis’s expertise and processes in its highly efficient industrial laundries help to minimize water, energy and cleaning product consumption to reduce the impact on the environment. The use of workwear maintained by Elis, rather than at home or using a traditional laundry, reduces CO2 emissions by up to 37% and water consumption by 48% (Source: EY). Based on the circular economy, Elis’s services increasingly enable customers to reduce their emissions. Comments Elis UK marketing and customer experience manager, Paul Swift: “The circular economy is specifically designed to eliminate waste and pollution, circulating and sharing products and materials and regenerating nature. The Elis circular economy model, primarily through reducing the consumption of natural resources and keeping products in use, is a sustainable solution that addresses environmental issues. In 2021, the Group’s CO2 emissions per kg of delivered, laundered textiles were 19% lower than in 2010, which is testament to the efforts made over many years. Our mission is to make our customers’ lives easier and contribute to their success through a sustainable, responsible process.” As part of its commitment to net zero carbon emissions, Elis is undertaking a number of major initiatives, which will help to ensure that its customers receive services that leave an eversmaller environmental footprint. These include continuing to improve the energy efficiency in its operations; constantly improving the vehicle fleet and delivery routes; optimising the product lifespan,

optimising the choice of materials and expanding reuse and recycling of textiles. In three years, Elis UK has already reduced its CO2 emissions by 33% and its consumption of water per kilo of laundered linen by 23%. Elis UK has been certified over many years by the Carbon Trust for reductions in CO2 emissions and water usage.” For further information see or call free on 0808 1698265.


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