Northern Builder Magazine Issue Vol27-No6 2016

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MIVAN ON BOARD FOR TOP AWARD South Eastern Regional College apprentice Jemual Chamos, Gold medal winner in bricklaying, receives his award from Oliver Farrell, CITB GB.

APPRENTICES SHINE AT SKILLS SHOW Twenty local apprentices from Northern Ireland representing the Built Environment brought home seven medals from the WorldSkills UK Show, held recently at NEC Birmingham. The Skills Show is the UK’s largest skills and careers event and it is designed to reward talent and drive up levels of expertise in further education. From South Eastern Regional College, Jemual Chamos achieved Gold in bricklaying; William Campbell, Gold in carpentry; and Luke Courtney and Chris Hoy Gold and Silver respectively in refrigeration. From South West College, Stuart Graham achieved Gold in electrical installation, Gareth Elliott Bronze

in joinery; and Daniel McAteer Bronze in plastering and dry wall systems. Highly commended in their categories were Christopher Jeffery, cabinet making; Richard Shannon, joinery from Southern Regional College; and Jamie Howe, joinery from Southern Regional College. Those who excel in the WorldSkills UK Show competitions may be invited to join the training programme to represent the UK at the international WorldSkills competitions, which take place every two years. The next WorldSkills competitiion will be held in Abu Dhabi in 2017. For more information, visit

Mivan Marine has won the Hospitality Fit Out Project of the Year at the annual Fit Out Awards 2016 in Dublin. The Antrim-based specialist contractor won the accolade for its work in fitting out 10 luxury carriages for the Belmond Grand Hibernian train. A total of 60 skilled craftspeople and 35,000 man hours were dedicated to transforming the former Mark III Irish Rail carriages into elegant cars with interiors reflecting Dublin’s Georgian architecture and the Irish countryside. Neil Ward, Mivan CEO, said: “Mivan has earned a reputation for delivering superlative results on the global stage, resulting in a 50% year-on-year growth in 2016, an aspiration to employ 200 skilled staff by the end of 2017 and a strong forward order book stretching into 2018.” For more visit



GGER UK’s new OSB HDX 30mm load-bearing panels have been used by Wyder Engineered Timber Systems as part of a £250,000 expansion of its manufacturing facility near Preston in Lancashire. The company has increased its production facilities on-site by creating a 280sqm mezzanine level using EGGER OSB HDX boards to house modern, spacious offices for its growing workforce, new meeting rooms, catering and washroom facilities. EGGER UK specialises in the design and manufacture of structural flooring boards for use in both residential and commercial build

The mezzanine level at Wyder Engineered Timber Systems.


projects throughout the UK and Ireland. The high cost of moving premises is leading many businesses to look at installing mezzanine floors as a way of utilising space, and the new 30mm structural flooring board is ideal – being wider, lighter and stronger than conventional 38mm boards, as well as having higher load points and UDLs. EGGER OSB HDX is a 2400mm x 675mm board with a tongue and groove on the two long edges. When compared to a typical 38mm chipboard equivalent with a 600mm width, the user gains just over 11% more coverage per panel. Despite this extra width, it is around 20% lighter than 38mm chipboard making it easier to manoeuvre and quicker to fit. The low swelling properties of OSB HDX mean that the board is less likely to pick up moisture that can lead to uneven floors, which is another added benefit to the installer. To find out more about EGGER OSB HDX, telephone 0845 602 4444, e-mail or visit



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