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Contents October 2019

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Bid launched to TRiM mental stress in water industry by Drainage and wastewater specialist Lanes Group

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15 stunning new homes in Helsby, Chester with 100% buy and build funding from Go Develop

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GRAHAM wins contract to build new school for Milton Keynes’ Western Expansion Area

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Gleeds gets the green light for next phase of EMI factory development in West London

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Amey Consulting designs innovative demolition process for Churchill Flyovers

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UK Construction Week Show Preview - Short of time for learning and networking?

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World’s largest crane “Big Carl” goes on show at Hinkley Point C - 250m tall in its tallest configuration

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Regen 2019: Exhibition, Conference & Networking Event for the UK Regeneration Industry

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Going Global Live London Excel 27th & 28th of November

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Counting down to ‘biggest ever’ Digital Construction Week 2019 London ExCeL on 16-17 October

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In safe hands with Schöck and Brooksby at regeneration project in Wembley Park

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Kier is first contractor in Liverpool to fund supply chain apprentices through Apprenticeship Levy

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Features

Bid launched to TRiM mental stress in water industry Drainage and wastewater specialist Lanes Group plc has become the first service provider in the water utility industry to support its staff by using trauma risk management.

The technique has already been used to support a wastewater engineer who was called to control wastewater at a house fire and saw the body of a deceased person being removed from the building.

The process, known as TRiM, originated in the Royal Marines and was used to assess battlefield trauma. Outside the military, it is most commonly used to support staff in the emergency services.

In another case, TRiM was used to assess and support two colleagues who had provided emergency traffic management after a pedestrian was killed in a hit and run incident.

Now Lanes has funded the training of a TRiM practitioner to work within its teams delivering a comprehensive range of wastewater network maintenance services for Thames Water. It is thought to be the first time TRiM has been introduced in the water utility industry.

Kelly said: “Intervention may be as light-touch as having one conversation and monitoring an individual’s behaviour. Or it could be more involved, with a package of intensive support which can including referring an individual for trauma counselling.

TRiM is a structured method for assessing the impact of a traumatic event on individuals or teams, with their consent, so colleagues can be offered the right support, appropriate for their needs, and for as long as it is required. Lanes Technical Director Andy Brierley said: “Broadening the use of TRiM outside the military and blue-light services makes huge sense because we’re now much more aware that people respond differently to a wide range of potentially traumatic events. “For us, it’s a natural extension of the mental health support we provide for our teams.

We’re doing this because we care about their wellbeing and because it creates a safer and more effective workforce.” The Lanes TRiM practitioner is Kelly Hansford. She is a qualified mental health practitioner already involved in the delivery of a ground-breaking internal counselling service for Lanes staff. Kelly said: “People are unique, so we needed to identify a way to quickly and concisely identify areas of concern and allow us to tailor a solution and package of support for those in need. TRiM allows us to do that.”

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“We’ve also used TRiM to support colleagues who’ve experienced traumatic events outside work or even before their career in Lanes began because their previous trauma was triggered by a present-day event.” TRiM is part of wider suite of services to promote wellbeing and mental health at Lanes. The company has an award-winning wellbeing app and practitioner programme that assesses the happiness of the workforce and delivers counselling and advice to people who ask for it. Lanes also has a team of qualified mental health first aiders.


Features

Planning for the effects of Brexit While the political Brexit brinkmanship carries on in Westminster, businesses and industry are still being urged to prepare for a no-deal exit from the European Union. Backed by a £100m advertising campaign the Government wants organisations and individuals to prepare themselves for a no-deal scenario. With the October 31st deadline looming, time is running out to make any fundamental changes to operating processes and supply chains. So how can the construction industry, very often the first barometer of market peaks and troughs, try and prepare for what may be ahead?

Matthew Grellier, Head of Construction & Engineering at Slater Heelis Law, Manchester, looks at what action firms should be considering: “In a no-deal scenario the default position of World Trade Organisation (WTO) tariffs, together with a weak pound undoubtedly means that the cost of imported materials will rise. Changes to customs checks and regulatory requirements could also lead to delays in obtaining imported materials disrupting supply chains.

“There are steps you can take when negotiating construction contracts to look to address Brexit-related risks. For example, fluctuation provisions which provide a mechanism for dealing with inflation and changes in the cost of materials, labour and transport, should be considered. Businesses using certain NEC forms of contract should look at whether to select the Secondary Option X1 if the employer agrees to accept the risk of inflation; and Secondary Option X3 if the employer is prepared to bear the risk of exchange rate changes.

“Construction businesses need to try and put a safety net under these issues by considering risk allocation and understanding who will bear those risks associated with price increases, currency fluctuations, delay in obtaining materials and labour shortages.

“Given the uncertainty over supply chains it may be prudent to amend contracts to include – or exclude – certain events that would allow an entitlement to an extension of time and/or loss and expense. “Thought should also be given to what constitutes ‘force majeure’ and whether any Brexit related supply chain disruption may be considered beyond the control of the contracting parties and have the effect of relieving a party from the consequences of failing to fulfil its obligations. “Businesses will need to keep track of standards for work or materials which are set by reference to EU regulations incorporated into English law which may change post Brexit and keep an eye on whether the government seeks to amend legislation relating to matters such as health and safety and the environment which impact on the construction sector. “In these coming weeks nervousness over Brexit may mean funding is more difficult to obtain with a consequence that projects are put on hold. This, coupled with the potential for increased costs for labour and materials makes it a tough landscape for construction firms and may increase the risk of insolvency. It is therefore even more important in this pre-Brexit limbo that contracting parties are proactive and consider the merits of step in rights, performance bonds, parent company guarantees and retention bonds to help shield against insolvency.”

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New antimicrobial-coated access control devices kill 99.9 per cent of prevalent bacteria Contamination of clean environments could soon become a thing of the past, as Remsdaq launches its EntroPad range of access control readers, keypads and request to exit buttons with antimicrobial protection built in.

“Every card reader, keypad or request to exit button touched by an infected person becomes a virtual petri dish, incubating and potentially distributing bacteria to anybody who comes into contact with the device next.

Third party testing to ISO 22196:2011 proves the high-rated coating on the new EntroPad devices kills up to 99.99% of E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria over a 24-hour period. This makes the EntroPad range ideal for use in access-controlled areas in hospitals, laboratories, surgeries, food manufacturing & preparation companies.

The new EntroPad access control devices help to eliminate this issue, reducing sick days caused by bacteria transmission and preserving the integrity of secure environments.

Robin Koffler, sales and marketing director at Remsdaq says: “Without antimicrobial protection, access control devices can become a breeding ground for a wide range of highly infectious bacteria.

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System agnostic, the EntroPad range is designed to work with any Wiegandcompatible access control system, including the Remsdaq Entro range of 2-door and 8-door controllers. An OSDP version will be made available later in the year.


Case Study

15 stunning new homes in Helsby, Chester with 100% buy and build funding from Go Develop An experienced developer in need of 100% buy and build funding approached Go Develop to finance the development of 15 town houses in the charming village of Helsby, on the outskirts of Chester. This exciting project involved the demolition of the existing Horse and Jockey Public House and construction of 4 x 2 bedroom and 11 x 3 bedroom homes set in a private cul-de-sac. Echoing the heritage of the former public house, the development is named ‘The Paddock’ and the individual houses are named after traditional horse breeds with subtle design references of the 200-yearold tavern. The properties are of varying design and while in keeping with the local area, they feature a bold choice of brick, window and sill colour. As a result, The Paddock has a contemporary finish both internally and externally. Located at the foot of Helbsy Hill, the development offers the convenience of modern life set close to the peace and tranquillity of the countryside. Highly sought-after schools, a wide range of local amenities and excellent transport links make The Paddock perfect for both families and professionals. Go Develop could see the potential in the project and agreed to cover 100% of the cost including the land, build, stamp duty and soft costs, without any fees or deductions. In contrast, the developer need not put a penny in and is guaranteed the lion’s share of the profits after the development is sold.

This scheme fitted the funding criteria perfectly with full planning permission in place, a timeline of up to 24 months duration and a GDV between £2million£15million. The funder also specify that a development should involve a multiunit residential new build or conversion and of course if the developer has some experience that’s a great advantage. Finally, Go Develop need to see a margin of 25% on GDV pre-finance. A new ‘SPV’ was set up quickly for the developer, to hold the project until it was finished and sold, and a profit share contract was created for both parties. Housebuilders and developers are always impressed with Go Develop’s professional

approach, speed of funding and the benefits offered from of a superb longterm strategic partnership. As one satisfied developer comments…

We already had a development underway when we came across an opportunity that was too good to miss. Being a joint venture partner has allowed us to snap up a very profitable opportunity which would not have been feasible otherwise. The whole process was really straightforward and the team were extremely personable, working quickly to turn things around in a time pressured environment. We are already looking for our next joint venture opportunity with Go Develop. 92% of partners return to Go Develop a testament to how easy the funders are to deal with. They also believe in rewarding their brokers and introducers with some of the best introductory fees in the Industry. Why not take a look at a selection of case studies on go-develop.co.uk.

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Company News

Willmott Dixon unveils ‘green’ roads for new Bristol development Residents at Bristol City Council’s Ashton Rise development will drive on some of the UK’s ‘greenest’ roads when they move in next year. Willmott Dixon is using an innovative method that incorporates non-recyclable plastic originating from the scheme into the asphalt used on Ashton Rise’s new roads. By replacing part of the traditional carbon intensive bitumen usually found in asphalt with waste that would otherwise have gone to incineration or landfill, the innovation will stop the equivalent of 150,000 single use plastic bags from being incinerated or going into landfill.

It will also save 1.6 tonnes of carbon entering the atmosphere and because it contains plastic, the asphalt will be more flexible, meaning it can cope better with movement caused by changes in the weather, reducing cracks and potholes. To deliver this scheme, waste management company ETM collects any non-recyclable plastic from the Ashton Rise site before plastic road company MacRebur processes it so that the resulting asphalt can be laid back at the development by Gworks Surfacing. Also, as the plastic melts into the mix, there are no microplastics present.

GRAHAM wins contract to build new school for Milton Keynes’ Western Expansion Area GRAHAM has been appointed to build Watling Academy, a £40 million new secondary school that will serve the Western Expansion Area (WEA) of Milton Keynes and eventually create 1,800 new school places for 11-16 year olds. Milton Keynes has grown from a collection of small towns and villages into a significant sub-regional centre in less than 40 years. The WEA is the largest of the expansion areas in Milton Keynes and covers 350 hectares west of Watling Street, between Stony Stratford, Kiln Farm, Two Mile Ash, Crownhill and Grange Farm. The WEA consists of two major new developments, Whitehouse and Fairfield, which are separated by Calverton Lane running through the middle and will serve as the catchment area for the new school. As part of the project, GRAHAM will build a three-storey main building with an adjacent sports hall and carry out external works to create new car and cycle parking

facilities for staff and visitors, sports pitches and playing fields. GRAHAM will use BIM to manage the design and construction programme of the 10.88-hectare site. GRAHAM procured the contract through the LGSS framework, the shared services venture set up in 2010 by Cambridgeshire County Council and Northamptonshire County Council. Milton Keynes Council became the third full partner and coowner of LGSS in 2016, which resulted in the Western Expansion scheme. The venture ranks as one of the largest of its kind. The works will be carried out over an 86-week construction programme, with completion expected in late 2020. The Denbigh Multi Academy Trust (MAT), which currently operates through Denbigh School, will operate Watling Academy to deliver the high-quality secondary education curriculum.

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It’s the latest in a series of ways that Willmott Dixon is helping to nurture and protect the environment. Earlier this year the company won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development before being named ‘Environmental Contractor of the Year’ last month by industry magazine Construction News for achieving a 61% reduction in carbon emissions intensity (against 2010 performance), as well as ensuring all sites and offices are powered by 100% clean renewable energy. Willmott Dixon, which employs over 290 people in the South West, is behind a host of key projects shaping Bristol’s future, including the Aurora office and Build to Rent development at Finzels Reach, Queen’s Building at University of Bristol, the Bower Ashton campus at University of West England, three new fire stations at Kingswood, Hicks Gate and Temple Back for Avon Fire and Rescue, plus the Centre for Nanoscience & Quantum Information for the University of Bristol.


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People on the move

From Apprentice to MD - the Career Journey of Carl Heslop Work experience with a local building firm led Carl Heslop on to two courses at City College Plymouth - and he now owns a construction business with a turnover of £6million working with global giants such as Mars and Princess Yachts. The 44-year-old from Plymstock has worked in the building trade since leaving school and set up Plymouth-based Obedair Construction four years ago. Carl realised how much he enjoyed the building industry during work experience with Hill and Lang when he was 17, so went on to do a two-year ONC in Building at City College, later returning to do a three-year degree in the subject. The courses were part-time meaning he worked four days a week for Hill and Lang,

and later Morgan Sindall, and went to college one day a week.

its windows, surveying stonework and scaffolding every building.

Carl said: “We are essentially a principal contractor so we manage the whole process and do most of our work business to business. We generally work for companies who are looking to develop, expand and alter their existing business premises. We work for all the local authorities and there are three global clients that we’re working with. From a blank sheet of paper to where we are now, it’s grown quite rapidly.”

The company does a lot of heritage work, and has just finished the £1.2million redevelopment of Pearn House, another listed building.

Before setting up Obedair, highlights of Carl’s career included being involved in the preparation of the Royal William Yard for its massive redevelopment back in 1998 to 2001. He worked on completely refurbishing the New Cooperage, including re-roofing the Grade 1 listed building,

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And it’s not just smaller firms Obedair deals with. They are working with global clients Becton Dickinson in Roborough, having finished a £3.5million job for them last year and now moving on to an extension to their warehouse.They do client lounges for Princess Yachts and some internal alterations for the manufacturing spaces at Wrigleys, owned by Mars. Carl said: “At this stage of the business to be working for three global clients is great.”


People on the move But it was when he was 17 that Carl got his first taste of construction, when he did work experience during his A Levels at Stoke Damerel Community College. He said: “I didn’t know anything about the industry but I enjoyed it, enjoyed the environment, and enjoyed the type of work I was doing.” His plan had been to go to university but he spent the last year of his A Levels working for Hill and Lang for free every Friday, when he had no lectures. They then asked him to stay, offering him an Apprenticeship-type role. He enrolled on City College’s ONC in Building which he did

one day a week for two years. He then did the HNC course at Exeter College and returned to Plymouth to do the degree in Building, again at City College. Studying at the same time as working meant Carl could not only earn money but also put the skills he was learning at College to the test straight away. He said: “I’m someone who likes to see the relevance of what I’m learning so the good thing about the course was that you’re learning your trade, you’re earning money and also seeing the relevance of what you’re learning at college. Therefore you can relate the two and it really helped to get the academic knowledge alongside the practical knowledge as it complements each other.” During his degree, Carl did some management modules which sparked his interest. He later went into managerial roles and ran two businesses, eventually doing a masters degree at the University of Warwick.

NICK ROBERTS STARTS NEW CEO ROLE AT TRAVIS PERKINS

He added: “I probably wouldn’t have known about what management is, and that was my first taste of it at City College. It broadened my horizons to other disciplines within the industry rather than just the bubble I would have been in.” Carl says the industry, as it is today, has plenty of opportunities for young people to study alongside working in construction. He said: “There are many opportunities in the industry, particularly in construction, where doing your qualifications alongside experience is a bit of a golden ticket really.”

We work for all the local authorities and there are three global clients that we’re working with. From a blank sheet of paper to where we are now, it’s grown quite rapidly.

Nick Roberts has formally taken up his new post as CEO for Travis Perkins, the UK’s largest supplier of building materials. Mr Roberts first joined the Group as CEO designate on 1st July to ensure a smooth handover with his predecessor, John Carter, before taking up the CEO role on 5th August. He said: “Since joining, colleagues across the Group have welcomed me with great warmth, and I have been struck by their quality, character and commitment, as well as the capability we have across the Group. Over the coming weeks and months I will be focused on the clear plan that we’re in the middle of executing, which is to focus on the trade and simplify the Group, and positions us well for the future. “This is an exciting time from an industry perspective and, based on the changes that lie ahead of us in areas such as customer expectations and rapidly evolving sales channels, my job will be to ensure Travis Perkins, with its strong reputation and market leading brands, is well positioned to deliver change and maximise

the opportunities they bring. I feel privileged to lead the company through such a period of change, and to bring my experience together with that of the Group’s management team to build long term sustainable value for all of the Group’s stakeholders,” he continued. Mr Roberts joined Travis Perkins from design, engineering and project management consultancy, Atkins, where he was President. He has over 25 years of international consulting experience, and is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion. A geologist by profession, Nick holds an MSc in Environmental Impact Assessment from Aberystwyth University and a BSc in Geology from the University of Reading, and is a Chartered Geologist, Fellow of the Geological Society and an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He supports the Travis Perkins’ Armed Forces Covenant programme, and is a Deputy Chair and Director of the Forces in Mind Trust in the UK.

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Project

Farrells completes first phase of Chelsea Waterfront The first phase of Chelsea Waterfront, a £170 million landmark scheme offering 179 luxury apartments, has completed. Designed by renowned architecture practice, Farrells, on behalf of Hutchison Property Group, the development offers a place for Londoners to enjoy a significant and beautiful part of the Thames waterfront. Farrells embraced the unique challenge of regenerating the last remaining riverfront site on the north bank between Chelsea and the city to deliver an architecturally pioneering scheme that reflects the character and mood of its River Thames setting. The first phase comprises four riverside buildings, including Tower West, a 37 storey tower, offering uninterrupted views of the capital. In addition to this, an entrance pavilion, two new pedestrian bridges providing key connections throughout the development and into the wider surrounds landscaped gardens and a new riverside walk have been designed for both the resident’s and public’s enjoyment, as well as a way of linking the first phase to the Lots Road Power Station, which is due to be sensitively refurbished as part of the second phase.

Partner and project lead Shevaughn Rieck comments; “As the masterplanners, architects and interior designers for Chelsea Waterfront, the project has given us the challenge of designing at all scales, from the macro to the micro. The towers are designed to have an elegant relationship to each other in every viewpoint, strongly influenced by Lyon Chadwicks sculpture ‘The Dance’. The towers are striking additions to London’s skyline, and offering residents unrivalled panoramic views of the River Thames from sunrise to sunset. The first phase has been a success in terms of bringing this vision to life and we look forward to seeing the second phase start on site.” Robin Gevell, Chief Marketing Manager for Hutchison commented, “Chelsea Waterfront brings together luxury living with the history of an iconic London landmark. We have achieved this in the heart of Chelsea, one of the most sought-after areas of London, close to the Kings Road and home to many of the capital’s finest shops, bars and restaurants. People buying here do so because they want to live next to the river in a desirable area with world class amenities on the doorstep.” Tower West acts as Chelsea Waterfront’s landmark building. The structure is the

tallest in Chelsea and comprises a selection of 73 high-end apartments. It uses bespoke shadow box detailing made up of glazed units sandwiched around a ‘zig zag’ metal sheet. This façade intelligently reflects light and gives the effect of a building that is fully glazed during the day and creates a chequerboard design in the evening. The low-rise buildings, Compton House, Charlton House and Chadwick House, are equally as prominent with glazing and natural stone cladding facades, which reflect the local stucco renders seen in the borough. Internally, Farrells’ design for each apartment within uses luxury, traditional materials including timber and marble and have been spaciously designed, creating large hallways and living spaces, similar to those of a maisonette or townhouse. Within the wider masterplan, the elegant entrance pavilion forms an integrated part of the landscaped entrance to the Chelsea Waterfront development. It is an open and welcoming pavilion for visitors that also provides a soft and discreet security presence. Farrells’ also carefully designed two pedestrian bridges to present a narrow and elegant profile, with centralised structure and rib supports that align with the stainless steel and hardwood balustrade above in order to provide an almost invisible deck structure without using central supports. They satisfy a key constraint maintaining a navigable channel below for water traffic, while linking both sides of the 40m creek. Due for overall completion in 2023, the second phase will comprise the remaining 420 apartments, of which 39% are affordable, across an additional four new buildings and the refurbished Power Station. Including a further bridge completing the Thames Path across to Kensington and Chelsea – incorporating restaurants, bars, retail, doctor’s surgery, nursery alongside resident leisure facilities.

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Latest News

First ships dock at Hinkley Point C - keeping some 100,000 lorry loads off Somerset’s roads The first shipload of some 6,000 tonnes of sand was delivered by the MV Aastun, sailing from Bristol Port and the 500m long jetty has now been declared fully operational. Each delivery keeps around 300 lorry loads off the roads and the jetty is expected to handle the equivalent of around 100,000 lorry loads over its life. The majority of aggregates are quarried in Somerset and are being used to make concrete for the new nuclear power station. Much if it comes from Hanson UK’s Whatley quarry near Frome, where it can be transported directly by rail to Bristol Port, before travelling the last 32 miles to Hinkley Point C by ship. Other large loads are being delivered by sea to Combwich Wharf on the River Parrett. The scale of the operation means that the Hinkley Point C has its own Harbour Master. Will Barker, HPC Harbour Master, said: “The new jetty is part of our plan for helping the

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Latest News BRICK MANUFACTURERS GEARING UP With the NHBC reporting the highest number of new home registrations since 2007*, it’s good to see brick manufacturers continuing to increase production numbers, ensuring the supply of British-manufactured bricks keeps pace with demand. Brick production figures have been consistently rising over recent years and this month’s figures, showing a modest but positive 2.2% rise for the first six months of 2019, demonstrate the result of ongoing investment in the sector. “In a time where construction output is starting to be affected by uncertainty it is good to see housebuilding remaining buoyant. The pressing need for additional housing should make this sector resilient to economic headwinds over the next quarter and our members are certainly not taking their foot off the accelerator when it comes to investment in UK manufacturing” observes The Brick Development Association’s Tom Farmer. While the number of new housing starts has been relatively subdued in the year to date, the news of a 12% rise in new home registrations over the same period last year is extremely encouraging. “Manufacturers need certainty in order to invest in new plant” Farmer points out. “Recent Government moves to encourage affordable and public sector housing, alongside reassurances around the Help to Buy scheme are all supporting a longer-term view that housebuilding volume will be maintained.”

construction of Hinkley Point C to be both efficient and to lessen its environmental impact. The power station will play a major part in fighting climate change and its low carbon electricity will avoid the emission of over 600 million tonnes of C02. The jetty is an example of how we are making a difference during the construction phase too.”

be discarded as a waste product. Further efforts to reduce environmental impact are also being developed during the construction phase. They include recent trials of electric buses and site-vehicles and a commitment to zero waste to landfill through a partnership with locally-based Viridor.

The jetty opening follows other steps taken by Hinkley Point C to lessen its environmental impact. These include a new roundabout on the A39 and a by-pass for Cannington village – complete with underpasses for bats, otters and badgers and a new pond for great crested newts.

Hinkley Point C’s secure low-carbon electricity will power some 6 million homes when the new power station begins operations, and its lifetime carbon emissions are comparable with on and offshore wind and significantly less than solar power.

As well as using local aggregates, Hinkley Point C is also cutting the Co2 impact of its concrete by using recycled industrial materials in its mix, such as ground granulated blast furnace slag (GGBS). GGBS is a by-product from steel manufacturing plants in South Wales which would usually

EDF Energy’s proposals for the construction of Sizewell C in Suffolk will also take advantage of sustainable transport solutions with the planned use of a beach landing facility and improvements to an existing freight branch line to allow rail deliveries direct to the site.

The 2.2% increase in production volume precisely mirrors the increase in dispatches to site – indicating a focus on efficient stock control and product ordering that is one characteristic of an industry determined to reduce waste and improve flexibility.

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Project News

Gleeds gets the green light for next phase of EMI factory development Plans for a £7 million redevelopment of the Powerhouse building at The Old Vinyl Factory on Blyth Road in Hayes, West London, have recently been given the green light by the planning authorities. International property and construction consultancy Gleeds will continue to project manage the scheme until construction begins on site, which is expected to be January 2020, before taking up its role as employer’s agent through to completion. The historic Old Vinyl Factory covers a total of 17 acres and was originally built in 1907 by the Gramophone Company to act as the headquarters of EMI, where ground-breaking records by the likes of The Beatles and Pink Floyd were pressed. Since its closure, the complex’s many buildings have been transformed by development and investment business U+I and it now comprises nearly 650 homes, 550,000 sq. ft. of office space, and 70,000 sq. ft. of retail and leisure facilities; including a cinema, gym, cafés and restaurants. In 2015, a pioneering research and

design hub from U+I known as the Central Research Laboratory (CRL) took up residence in the site’s Shipping Building. The revolutionary co-working space now supports tech entrepreneurs at every stage of their lifecycle and was the inspiration behind the development of the neighbouring Powerhouse, which is set to be used primarily as an innovation hub for the regeneration specialist’s Plus X business.

architectural heritage which has been given a new lease of life by U+I. The latest phase of works to reinstate the Powerhouse will not only serve to add to that story but will also support Plus X’s vision of accelerating the growth of hundreds of fledgling creative businesses. I am thrilled that Gleeds is to play such an integral role in the delivery of this exceptional building”.

Plus X strives to blend flexible workspaces with a wealth of facilities and support including media studios, prototype workshops and bio labs. Designed by Pilbrow and Partners, the reimagined Powerhouse will give the brand the scope to offer 29,000 sq ft of BIM Level 2 standard accommodation ideally suited to start-ups and SMEs, as well as reinstating the building’s original Blyth Road frontage and creating an attractive pedestrianised piazza and café.

Richard Upton, Chief Development Officer at U+I, went on to say: “By offering inspiring workspace, incredible facilities and countless opportunities for collaboration, The Powerhouse will play a key role in supporting young and established businesses and entrepreneurs to flourish. The Plus X Innovation Hub will further position The Old Vinyl Factory as a worldclass creative and innovative campus. Our partnership with Plus X will allow us to unlock potential and drive business growth, innovation, collaboration and positive social impact among occupants and further transform the local area.”

Kevin Griffiths, Director at Gleeds, said: “The Old Vinyl Factory is a site with a fascinating history and incredible

Plus X hopes to start welcoming entrepreneurial designers and engineers into its new premises by October 2020.

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Hempel intumescent saves bar after three-hour blaze People often think that a fire is something that will never happen to them, but reality shows that it can. Our intumescent coatings not only ensure a durable, good looking finish, but assure you that if the worst should happen, your assets are afforded greater protection. Raiz cocktail bar is a trendy nightspot in the centre of Ponta Delgada, the bustling capital of the Azores. A busy venue, popular with locals and tourists alike, Raiz bar is a modern, industrial design, featuring exposed steel beams and glass walls with steel staircases connecting two floors. It was important to the owner, Gabriel, that as a main feature of the building design, the steelwork was not only protected against corrosion and fire, but also looked good, to enhance the ambience of the bar. One night, soon after closing, a fire took hold. The fire raged through Raiz bar destroying many fixtures and fittings and causing a substantial amount of damage. Initially it was thought the cause was from an electrical short-circuit but having been ruled out it is now being investigated as a deliberate, criminal act. The fire burned for three hours before being brought under control and finally extinguished by the fire crews. Being outside of opening hours, the building was empty and fortunately no-one was hurt.

As the damage was assessed, it became apparent that the steel structure remained intact. Hempel’s intumescent coatings not only protected the steel against the heat and flames, but allowed additional time for the Fire Department to bring the fire under control. With the Raiz Bar, Gabriel has been advised that once the steel has been abrasively blasted, it will be ‘as new’ and ready to take a new coating system that includes Hempel’s intumescent coatings to assure protection against cellulosic fire. “Without the protection of the intumescent coating the Fire Department believe that the glass structure would have collapsed. Thanks to this added protection the structure is in place and we can rebuild as good as new,” says Gabriel. How do passive fire protection coatings work? Structural steel generally starts to lose its strength at around 400°C; by 600°C, its integrity will have been reduced by more than half; by 700°C, its strength is a fifth of what it once was. Applied to structural steel in thin coats, passive fire protection coatings expand to form an insulating char in the event of fire exposure. This protects the steel beneath from the effects of thermal increase and enables it to retain its load-bearing capacity for longer, giving extra time for evacuation and emergency response.

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For the structure-R60-500°C For the staircase-R30-500°C

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Project News Amey Consulting designs innovative demolition process for Churchill Flyovers Amey Consulting has designed an innovative dismantling process which will see the half-century old Churchill Flyovers in Liverpool demolished by December this year. The methodology, devised collaboratively by Amey Consulting, demolition contractor Graham Construction and other specialist contractors, will enable deconstruction without having to implement a three month road closure on major roads servicing Liverpool city centre and the Birkenhead (Queensway) Tunnel. The phased dismantling of the two flyovers has also been devised to minimise vibrations to protect antique art and cultural collections, as well as wildlife housed at the Walker Art Gallery, Central Library and World Museum Liverpool – all of which sit next to the south flyover. Liverpool City Council approved the demolition after the two-lane highways were closed at the end of September 2018 following the discovery of construction flaws. A Post-Tensioned Special Inspection (PTSI) report completed by Amey Consulting was handed to the city council in February

2019, following more than 140 different types of structural testing. The tests found multiple flaws including that the quality of the concrete and steel was poor, with tendons and ducts corroded and signs of structural distress including cracking over some supports. It concluded the structures could not be strengthened. The first phase of the dismantling process will begin in early September 2019, with the taking down of the three footbridges that sit underneath the two flyovers. Once removed, the focus of the engineering task will swing to the removal of the flyovers – each of which are more than 240m in length. This phase will involve heavy machinery removing individual spans in a pre-determined sequence.

Each span – weighing between 300 and 600 tonnes – will be temporarily supported, before being cut free and moved on to a special transporter to a nearby compound, where it will be lowered to ground level, cut into smaller sections and removed off site to be crushed. A total of 20 spans and supporting piers will be removed over a four-month period. Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “The Churchill Way flyovers are a relic of a cancelled highways plan from half a century ago and given the overwhelming weight of evidence from independent experts about their safety, their removal was the only viable option. We simply have no choice but to take them down as soon as possible. “This deconstruction is going to be a complex process. It cannot be done overnight and a lot of thought has gone into the methodology to ensure the inconvenience to city centre traffic and surrounding buildings is kept to a minimum – but people need to understand that this is going to cause a huge amount of unavoidable disruption. “Detailed designs for junction improvements are also a key element in making the area a better experience for everyone, post demolition, and we will be working hard to keep all of our city centre stakeholders and the public informed at every stage of the dismantling and how the new traffic proposals will look.” Steven McKinney, Principal Engineering Manager, Amey Consulting, said: “Our design engineers have worked closely with Liverpool City Council and demolition contractors, Graham Construction, on an innovative engineering solution that aims to minimise disruption and ensure the safety of the public. Provisions have also been made to protect local landmarks such as museums and galleries. We believe this represents the best solution for the city and for local communities.”

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Awards News

Lilstone Awarded Accolade for Staff Training THSP are proud to announce that Enfield-based heritage and restoration contractors, Lilstone, were overall winners of this year’s THSP Training Award for their commitment to training their staff. Lilstone have been customers of THSP Risk Management, health and safety consultants since 2010 and as well as being Business Safe customers (THSP’s annual health and safety service) take a wide range of training every year. Over the past twelve months this has included Asbestos Awareness, First Aid, PASMA Mobile Towers and CITB Site Supervision to name a few. THSP give annual awards to those customers who not only invest in training their staff but have a strong sense of a duty of care towards their people. Brian Coyle, Managing Director received the trophy from Chris Ivey. On receiving this recognition, his colleague Richard Scola, Contracts Manager at Lilstone said, “THSP are the best! Our employees come back with good knowledge. When we book training with THSP we know that our employees will learn something of value and aren’t just attending for a certificate.” Chris Ivey, Consultant Director for Health and Safety at THSP said, “it’s a real pleasure to be giving this customer our top Training Award as Lilstone really deserve to be recognised for the support of their staff’s training needs. These awards recognise the investment in time and money made by Lilstone on behalf of their employees and demonstrates the value that Lilstone place on their wellbeing.”

STANLEY Security Handed RoSPA Gold Award 2019 For Health and Safety Practices for Second Year in a Row The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has awarded STANLEY Security a prestigious award in recognition of its practices and achievements in helping its colleagues and subcontractors get home safely at the end of the working day. STANLEY Security has achieved a Gold in the internationally-renowned RoSPA Health and Safety Awards, the longest-running industry awards scheme in the UK. The RoSPA Awards scheme, which receives entries from organisations around the world, recognises achievement in health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement. Pete Walker – Stanley Security EHS Manager said: “We are honoured to have won the Gold award for our health and safety practices. Our ‘think safe, work safe, go home safer’ campaign is a great initiative to continually improve our health and safety practices and for our peers to look up to as being the flag bearers of health and safety for the workforce - and beyond. We consistently document by recording, monitoring and reviewing all internal accidents to study how they can be avoided in the future. It’s great that we have been recognised by RoSPA.” Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of qualifications, awards and events, said: “The RoSPA Awards have become

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the key fixture in the health and safety calendar with new sponsors and new awards this year including the Leisure Safety Awards, the Safe@Work Safe@ Home Award and the Inspiration Awards. “Highly-respected, with almost 2,000 entrants every year, RoSPA award winners benefit from the wide-ranging rewards of improved sector reputation.” The majority of awards are noncompetitive and mark achievement at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels. Gold medals, president’s awards, orders of distinction and the Patron’s Award are presented to organisations sustaining the high standards of the gold level over consecutive years. Competitive awards go to the best entries in 24 industry sectors including construction, healthcare, transport and logistics, engineering, manufacturing and education. There are specialist awards for health at work, environmental management and fleet safety, and excellence trophies for the best international, new entry, workforce involvement and organisation operating or based in Scotland. RoSPA’s top accolade is the Sir George Earle Trophy. Headline sponsor of the RoSPA Awards 2019 is NEBOSH – the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health – for the 14th consecutive year.


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Company News LAND & WATER GROUP SPEND THE SUMMER IMPROVING THE RIVER THAMES In late 2018 award-winning Land & Water Group gained consent for developing a habitat creation scheme on the River Thames at Rainham Marshes, the largest habitat creation project ever constructed inside the M25 and London’s biggest wildlife haven. The project involves creating a significant area of new wetland habitat from re-engineered spoils, coupled with a strategic investment in riverside infrastructure to support significant projects along the Thames Corridor for decades to come. This summer, Land & Water has started handling the main tunnel drive spoils from the Thames Tideway Tunnel project at its river-side marine logistics centre, Coldharbour Lane Wharf. The Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) is initially producing material at a rate of approximately 2000t/day. Land & Water is receiving material in 1500t barges and unloads one to two barges a day. The team will be working to tight deadlines and work has been scheduled to cope with peak tunnelling production. From the wharf, the waste spoils and material will then be shipped to the group’s adjacent habitat creation site at Rainham Marshes. The material is London Clay and will be used to begin the restoration on the North East corner of site with the ultimate aim of creating natural rainwater harvesting wetlands as per the company’s restoration plan. A new access road and weighbridge facility have also been built and new offices and welfare units will be arriving to the site soon.

The wharf has three berths in total. Berth’s one and two will be dedicated to Tideway whilst berth three will be supporting major projects managed by Land & Water Services. One of these projects is a dredging campaign which will be carried out for Cemex at Dagenham Quay. Land & Water Services will also be busy at its Enderby Wharf site where the team is working to create a bio diverse intertidal terrace zone. This will be planted up with a variety of native plant species to an estuarian environment. This will encourage plant and animal species to the location which was previously devoid of both. This is part of a wider strategy for offering a green stepping stone of habitats and wildlife havens for the tidal Thames. The work is being carried out on behalf of Townshend Landscape Architects. James Maclean, CEO at Land & Water comments: “As part of our 25th Anniversary celebrations we are looking towards the future and the important aspect of our work in safeguarding and improving environments for future generations to enjoy. An integral part of this plan has been to invest in UK infrastructure, building end-to-end relationships with key partners. Our new wharf is helping us to use the River Thames more intellectually, transporting construction materials by water. Development Chiefs at Tideway have estimated that by using this method of transportation for the London Super Sewer, we are taking an estimated 200 lorries of London’s roads each day. This is something we are really proud of and delighted to play our part in.”

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Company News

Leedale Recognised For High Quality Standards Alfreton-based Leedale, a market leader in providing a range of plant and vehicles for the construction industry, has been awarded two accreditations for the quality of its operations – paving the way for future expansion plans.

IBSTOCK PARTNERS WITH MILLER HOMES TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN MALAWI Ibstock Brick has teamed up with Miller Homes to help rebuild a community in Malawi, as part of Habitat for Humanity GB’s pledge to build more ‘Habitat Homes’ and its WaSH (water, sanitation and hygiene) programme. Adrian Jones, Area Sales Manager for Ibstock Brick, and a team of volunteers spent just under a week in the village of Salima, Malawi to construct three new homes for the community. Built using traditional building methods of bricks and mortar, rather than the mud brick structures seen in Malawi, the properties feature windows and doors, a corrugated roof, a rendered exterior and tiled floor throughout. The homes will offer two bedrooms and a living room, which is a stark contrast to the single room the villagers currently live in. The village chief chooses the families who will live in the homes and it is estimated that up to 40 family members, many of which are orphaned or experience a form of disability, will move into the properties. Adrian, who is based out of Ibstock Brick’s Leicestershire headquarters, commented: “I found the trip extremely inspiring, when we arrived we were given a tremendous welcome and during our time with the villagers we were given a real sense of the community spirit they shared. It was also a real eyeopener for me, seeing their living environment and the terrible poverty they faced was extremely sad, the homes were mud brick structures with no windows and straw roofs, which would leak. “However, the villagers continue to have a real positive outlook on life. When one of the mothers took her first steps into her

new home she did a little dance out of pure excitement and the children were so excited to spend time with us and read their books to practice their English. One man told us that he now no longer has to work to improve his home, he can work to help his family, it showed us the difference we were making.” The trip, organised by Miller Homes, aimed to raise greater awareness of the work undertaken by Habitat for Humanity GB, which helps some of the most vulnerable people in the world by focussing on long-term development, aid and poverty alleviation. As well as building the three homes, Miller Homes set out to raise £30,000 to fund the construction of a new bridge in the Chikwawa district, which will facilitate the movement of construction materials into Mazongoza village. As a river surrounds the village, the bridge will provide the necessary infrastructure to deploy a drilling rig and allow the WaSH programme to be implemented at the nearby school. In addition to improved water, sanitation and hygiene at the school, the programme will have a long term broader impact for the entire village through increased access to services and income generating activities.

Leedale, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, has been awarded the bronze award in the UK-wide Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS). This accreditation confirms that the company employs good practices and complies with a wide range of standards including dedication to driver and vehicle safety, fleet management and monitoring vehicle safety and emission requirements. The family-owned company has also been re-awarded the Safe Contractor standard which recognises sustainable and ethical practices across the construction industry. Leedale operates across the Midlands and South Yorkshire with a fleet of 72 vehicles ranging from tipper lorries, concrete crushers and road sweepers to cranes, grab lorries and tankers. Commercial Director Oliver Walkup explained: “In the highly regulated construction industry, it is important that we demonstrate to our customers that we share their standards and commitment to best practice in all aspects of our operations. “Scrutinising all aspects of our operations and making improvements in line with these quality standards has been a highly worthwhile process to ensure that we are at the top of game. “FORS accreditation will be particularly important in Leedale’s future expansion and will enable us to better serve highways contractors who require 24/7 access to plant and vehicles.”

Adrian concluded: “This was the best experience I’ve ever had. If anyone wants to help I’d urge them to get in touch with Habitat for Humanity and do one of these trips. I’d love to go again and take my family along to show them the incredible communities who are still so inspiring when they have so little.” So far over £35,000 has been raised for the Miller Homes Malawi partnership, to donate, click here.

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UK Construction Week

Short of time for learning and networking? Here’s seven ways to sway busy construction professionals

We all know we need to get out more. How else will we meet new people, learn new things, find new ideas and discover new products? Yet the pressure on our time is unrelenting. It can be difficult to justify time out of the office with all those deadlines looming and emails piling up.

(UKCW) you can tick off all the above at one event.

The internet provides part of the answer, of course. But the smartest solution for busy construction professionals is also about choosing days out that can be crammed with as much value as possible. By taking advantage of UK Construction Week

1. Products, products everywhere

If you’re not yet registered to attend the UK’s largest construction event, here are seven things that ought to convince you to pop over to the NEC on 8-10 October.

New products are always being developed to meet different and emerging needs. Staying up to date with all the latest technology is essential to find the right product for the job. So, if you need to

source a new heat pump, find a new sustainable material, discover new roofing products or even new BIM software, then look no further than UKCW. With over 10,000 products being showcased at the event, it makes it the ideal marketplace to source your new product. With eight different sections ranging from build to timber and from surfaces to civils everything you need is right there under one roof. 2. That lucky encounter Year after year, visitors at UK Construction Week say they won new work as a result of a planned meeting or a chance encounter at the show. People do business with people – and with 35,000 visitors set to attend UKCW, that is a lot of potential leads. Meeting face to face is the most engaging way to do business and UKCW can facilitate that. If you have spotted a business that you want to connect with contact them through the exhibitors’ portal and arrange the meeting in advance. 4,000 business meetings were booked by UKCW visitors prior to the show last year, and exhibitors reported that they had generated 70,000 new business leads at the event. To help with meetings, there’s a new business and networking lounge with free WIFI. 3. Genuine innovation, not another widget You could leave the future of the industry as a surprise. But where’s the business

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Show Preview sense in that? Disruptors are now present in many different markets, so this year UKCW is shining a spotlight on the serious change-makers in construction. To aid the search, a new Innovation Zone has been established in partnership with the Construction Innovation Hub (the Hub). Another new addition for this year is the Innovation Station in partnership with On the Tools. This is a demonstration area specifically for power tools, with all the latest biscuit jointers and heavy-duty bench grinders from top trade brands in action. Visitors can pick up tips from the experts on how to get the most from their range, try out the latest products, and cut a deal with the manufacturers as show discounts will apply. 4. Your own personal industry MBA Condense your strategic business learning into one, two or three days of insights. UKCW brings together more than 300 expert speakers including Mark Farmer who is spearheading policy initiatives on MMC, Professor Birgitte Andersen of the Big Innovation Centre, Chandru Dissanayeke, director of building safety reforms at MHCLG, Keith Waller, programme director at the Construction Innovation Hub, Sarah Beale, chief executive of CITB and Sonia Zahiroddiny, BIM Strategy Manager for HS2. The UKCW main stage is the place to head to. It offers a programme of keynote talks and panel discussions on many of the big issues of the day around Government policy, digital innovation, MMC, sustainability, diversity, housebuilding, productivity and skills. And if that’s all a bit too high level, get stuck into the details at a wide range of workshops. This year there will be more than 150 hours of CPD content available. The programme will take on a different theme for each day of the show, tackling fire safety, health and wellbeing and sustainability. There are mini-theatres covering regeneration, MMC, digital construction, energy and HVAC,

surfaces and materials, timber and the workplace. There’s a new Careers Centre offering workshops on career progression, apprenticeships, staff retention, diversity, career change and new talent. 5. A bit of myth busting on MMC Everyone knows that Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) are back in vogue, but what is the reality this time? MMC is a strong theme at this year’s UKCW. Full-scale builds will be erected onsite with live demos of MMC technology in action. Head to the MMC Hub for other digital demos and simulations too. Examples of the pre-manufactured structures at the show range from a modular care annex for the healthcare sector and a SIPS panel residential building, to a factory-finished modular bathroom pod for the high end hotel sector, and offsite solutions for the education sector. 6. An experience not easily forgotten To really understand another person, as the saying goes, you need to walk a mile in their shoes. So, when did you last get to run a building site? Make a beeline for

the Coventry University stand and its site simulator. It’s hailed as one of the most powerful experiences of any construction show. If you’re feeling brave you can step into the site hut, take on the role of the site manager and get first-hand experience of what it’s like to work on a busy project. Not for the faint hearted! 7. Celebrations and a beer festival Everyone enjoys a good awards night and UKCW is no exception. The show hosts the UKCW Role Model of the year, the new Building Trades Awards with Fix Radio and the new UKCW Construction Awards. Plus, to encourage young people into construction the iBuiltThis competition is back and the winners will be announced at UKCW. And if you’re not involved in the celebrations, just unwind each day with a beer, some street food and a spot of music. The Fischer bar is in Hall 11 and the Rawlplug bar is in Hall 12. Don’t forget the Beer Festival and of course the ‘Rockaoke’ on Wednesday night. UKCW is one event with many sections, including Build, Building Tech, Civils, Energy and HVAC, Surface and Materials, and Timber. It also features Concrete Expo (8-9 October only) and Grand Designs Live (9-10 October only). Single registration gives access to all areas of the show. For further information follow @UK_CW or search for the hashtag #UKCW2019.

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Major Trade Event Provides New Product Launchpad RCM are hoping to excel on their past successes at this year’s UK Construction Week. The exhibition is taking place at the NEC, Birmingham and runs from 8th – 10th October. Exhibiting together with their sister company SPSEnvirowall, the collaboration will see huge product offerings ranging from building boards, facades, insulated render systems and rainscreen cladding to complete through wall solutions. Specified for use in external façades, fire protection, acoustic, airtightness and decorative applications, the extensive portfolio has been installed on many of the UK’s largest projects. The shared 50sqm exhibition stand will showcase 360-degree interactive displays from both RCM and SPS, comprising a selection of their joint portfolio materials. A certified 120-minute fire-rated through wall solution will also be on display.

Visitors will be able to inspect these displays to get a better idea of how different products integrate with each other to form a solution. Dynamic Cladding, offered exclusively by SPS Facades and RCM’s popular Supertech Weatherboard cladding will also be featured, highlighting some of the great choice of façade options available. RCM have also recently celebrated their appointment as UK distributor to Allface Smart Fixing Systems and further information on this exciting venture will be available on the stand. “We are proud to be exhibiting at UK Construction Week again this year. The last two years were very successful for both RCM and SPSEnvirowall and we managed to welcome a great amount of visitors to our stand. This time we are using this occasion to also promote a product launch with a drinks reception on day two of the show. At this stage I can reveal that it is in fact an A1 ‘scribeand-snap’ external sheathing board, which will add another great product to our building boards portfolio.” (Ian Quinton, Managing Director, RCM)

About RCM Established in 2004, RCM is a major supplier of complete through wall solutions to the UK construction industry. Supplying specialist building boards, façades, breather membranes and airtightness solutions, RCM offers a fully integrated approach to the building envelope whilst delivering on time and budget. RCM are a market leader in providing innovative products and solutions designed and tested to meet the demanding needs of construction. Specified for use in external façades, fire protection, acoustic, airtightness and decorative applications, RCM’s extensive portfolio has been installed on many of the UK’s largest projects. CPD Seminars For those interested in finding out more, RCM provides informative CPD sessions including a guide to materials, applications and specification considerations for building boards, internal and external linings and rainscreen façades, covering: • What a specifier needs to consider • Board materials and benefits • Board applications • Work on site For more details call 0800 612 4662 or email info@rcmltd.biz.

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THE SARENS SGC-250 IN NUMBERS • “Big Carl” is the biggest land-based crane in the world • Capable of lifting 5,000 tonnes at a radius of 40m • 250m tall in its tallest configuration • Supported by 52 counterweight containers - weighing 100 tonnes each • Powered by 12 engines • Runs on 96 individual wheels as it travels between 3 different lift locations • Will lift over 700 pieces of prefabrication including the heaviest components for the reactor buildings

WORLD’S LARGEST CRANE GOES ON SHOW AT HINKLEY POINT C The world’s largest crane is ready to start work at the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station site. Able to stand up to 250m tall, “Big Carl” can reach higher than the tallest tower at London’s Canary Wharf and can carry 5,000 tonnes in a single lift.

by EDF and CGN at Taishan in China. Its use at Hinkley Point C is another example of the innovation made possible by experience gained and applied from other nuclear construction projects

The new Sarens SGC-250 crane was shown off onsite at Hinkley Point C today where it will be used to lift large prefabricated sections of the power station into place. The crane was developed to support the growing trend towards modularisation in big construction – and its deployment allows Hinkley Point C to exploit this innovation on a large scale.

The SGC-250 runs along six km of rail track and will lift 700 pieces, with a maximum weight of 1,600 tonnes. At 50 metres radius, the crane can lift the equivalent of 32 singlestorey houses or 1,600 cars. It was brought to Hinkley Point C in 280 loads from its base in Antwerp via Bristol Port’s Avonmouth Docks. The port is also handling aggregates being brought to the site by sea and large loads like the tunnelling machines.

The crane’s huge size and capacity allows large components to be built in covered factory conditions on site, improving quality and saving time. The success of prefabrication has already been proved during construction of the two operational EPRs built

Rob Jordan, Hinkley Point C Construction Director said: “The crane is an impressive piece of kit and a world beater. It allows us to innovate in the way we build the power station, lifting complete pieces out of our factory bunkers and into place across the site. Prefabrication helps us boost quality,

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Project gives better conditions for skilled workers and saves time – that’s good news for the project and an example of learning lessons from success at other projects.” BYLOR – a joint venture between Laing O’Rourke and Bouygues TP will use the SGC-250 as they complete the main civil engineering works at Hinkley Point C. Martin Westbury, BYLOR’s Construction Director said: “BYLOR are proud to bring the world’s largest land-based crane to the UK for the first time. We will use the SGC-250 crane to lift more than 700 pre-fabricated elements; including the five major sections of the steel containment liner and dome for each reactor building.” The crane is named after Sarens Director of Technical Solutions, Carl Sarens who said: “The SGC-250 is a game changer. Sarens is proud to have conceived its design, designed it, and built it. We believe that this creation will serve Hinkley Point C and other sites around the world like no other crane can”. Cllr David Hall, Cabinet Member for Business and Inward Investment at Somerset County Council said: It’s great to see leading innovation in construction happening right here in Somerset. This project presents a fantastic opportunity for our local HPC workers to upskill and will only accelerate the rapid progress already being made on site at Hinkley Point C. Hinkley Point C’s reliable low carbon electricity will play a vital role in helping the UK tackle the climate change crisis. With a large expansion of renewables, nuclear will make net-zero decarbonisation possible, reducing the cost of periods with too much or too little wind and sun and ensuring a secure supply. Innovations such as the increased use of prefabrication and the transfer of design, skills and experience from Hinkley Point C will provide a direct benefit to the proposed near-identical project at Sizewell C in Suffolk, making it cheaper to build and finance.

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REGEN 2019

REGEN 2019 Welcome to Regen 2019, the 6th Annual free-to-attend Exhibition, Conference & Networking Event for the UK Regeneration Industry. All of the statements and facts below are taken from individual Council’s / company’s official website, and are the precise reason that Regen was launched 5 years ago and is now firmly established as the regeneration industry’s leading forum. Urban & rural regeneration is a massive industry in its own right, and continues to transform the prosperity of every town and city in the UK. Whether you wish to exhibit with us to market or sell your products and services, attract new investment, or establish new long-term business contacts and relationships, visit to meet potential suppliers or partners, or attend the conference to learn, discuss and debate the hot topics in regeneration, Regen offers something for everyone involved in the industry.

** The Exhibition ** For the 50+ exhibitors, Regen is expected to once again sell out of available exhibition space, and will provide significant sales and business development opportunities whilst also offering an outstanding networking platform. Delegates from around the UK from all the following sectors, will converge on Liverpool, and as such represents a unique opportunity not to be missed. • Urban & rural regeneration industry professionals • Procurement Depts. of Town, City & County Councils, Local Planning Authorities • Main contractors, construction companies • Commercial, industrial & residential property developers • Housing associations & house builders • Town planners & urban design • Civil & structural engineers • Architects, specifiers, building designers & surveyors

• Local & central government agencies • Investment agencies • Product manufacturers, service suppliers & consultants

** The Conference ** After the huge success of the 5 previous events, the Conference has firmly become the industry’s leading forum for thought leadership in UK regeneration and economic development. The 24 speaker Conference can be found on the relevant page of our website, and will once again address the latest issues in urban & rural regeneration, policy and implementation, highlighting the key successes made in major towns and cities, in areas such as city centre and waterfront redevelopments. As Regeneration is about people, place, economic growth and investment which can create sustainable and resilient communities, the Conference will examine the challenges that face towns and cities, in terms of economic development, housing and neighbourhood renewal, and will bring delegates together with policy experts, real-life case studies and industry leaders.

** The Drinks Reception / Networking Evening ** As the Exhibition & Conference finishes for the day on Wednesday 6 November, we move straight into the free–to– attend, complimentary 2 hour drinks reception & networking evening with hundreds of industry colleagues, from 5.00pm - 7.00pm.

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Project Foster + Partners’ first project in the Philippines breaks ground The Estate Makati, an innovative residential tower located in the heart of Manila’s Makati Central Business District, marks the practice’s first project in the Philippines. The design embodies a unique approach to residential living, creating expansive, flexible homes in the sky that combine lush landscaping with panoramic views of the city. Situated on the last undeveloped site along the famous Ayala Avenue, the 54-storey tower combines the life and bustle of Ayala Avenue, and the quiet calm of Urdaneta Village to create an unparalleled residential experience. Luke Fox, Head of Studio and Senior Executive Partner, who is leading the project said: “Capitalising on its unique location, we have designed a cantilevered, column-free structure to provide flexible loftlike spaces that respond to different needs of the residents. Set against the backdrop of panoramic views of the city, the entire experience has been designed as a journey – from the moment the residents enter the site through to the flow of spaces in every apartment.” The main vehicular access is to the north-east of the site, from Apartment

Ridge Road. Residents are immediately transported into an oasis of calm, as they drive up a private road around the building – much like a private country estate – surrounded by lush greenery. The ground floor lobby is designed as a ‘living room’, with a sequence of interlinked, yet secluded pocket spaces overlooking tranquil bodies of water for residents and guests to enjoy. Four banks of private

lifts take residents directly into the heart of their apartments, each occupying a single quadrant of the cruciform plan. The living spaces are arranged radially, which ensures every apartment is a true corner unit with panoramic 180-degree views of the city. The building incorporates the concept of an ‘inhabited façade’, where the building’s skin is treated as a three-dimensional space, which allows the residents to literally move into the outer skin of the building. Bath tubs, desk spaces or day beds have been integrated with the specially designed bay windows that allow privacy yet permit natural light and framed views. The façade features deep horizontal fins that provide shade and allow for natural ventilation, making an essential contribution towards achieving a LEED Gold rating, alongside electric charging stations for 50 percent of the parking bays. The building structure is designed flexibly to accommodate the changing lifestyles of the residents, with a generous floorto-ceiling height of up to 4.6 metres. It features innovative double slabs that carry the services in the void between the top and bottom surfaces. Wiring and pipes can be reconfigured easily to match any new layout of spaces in the future – each apartment is therefore completely customisable. The building is entirely column-free due to the unique core and cantilevered beam design concealed within the double slab, which enhances the flexibility of the layouts. The notion of flexibility carries through to the spatial layouts of the apartments – multiple units can be connected on every level to form full-floor apartments.

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“We are delighted to be working with the SMDC and Federal Land on this innovative project and look forward to delivering a new approach to residential living in the Philippines,” added Fox.


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The Construction VAT reverse charge – what is it actually about? You have probably heard about VAT changing for the construction industry later this year, but some of the information about those changes can be very complex for non-tax-experts. This article aims to give you a high-level and simplified explanation of the changes, to help you understand the basics and consider how the changes may affect you. How VAT currently works A very simplified structure for a construction project could be as follows: • Developer wants to build the project, enters into a building contract with a contractor • Contractor agrees to build the project, enters into the building contract with the developer, and a subcontract with a subcontractor • Subcontractor agrees to help the contractor build the project, enters into the subcontract with the contractor. In this scenario, VAT broadly works like this at the moment: • Developer pays VAT to the contractor on amounts invoiced by the contractor • Contractor • pays VAT to HMRC for works and services that it provides itself, and • pays VAT to the subcontractor for works and services that the subcontractor provides and invoices to the contractor • Subcontractor pays VAT to HMRC on the works and services that it provides and invoices to the contractor.

So all the VAT payments cascade downwards, with more than one party paying VAT to HMRC on the project. How VAT is changing On 1 October 2019 VAT will change for construction, with “reverse charge” VAT rules coming into force – through section 55A of the Value Added Tax Act 1994. (Some works and services will still fall under the current VAT regime, but we expect the reverse charge VAT rules will apply to many projects and construction industry businesses, bringing major change to VAT obligations and processes in construction.) It is called “reverse charge” because the flow of VAT is going to change from the downwards process (set out in the example above) to an upwards one. Subject to the below, under the new rules, the “recipient” of the works and services up the chain will, instead of paying the VAT to the party charging it, retain that VAT and pay it to HMRC (essentially discharging the VAT liability of the supplier of the works and services). However, if you are the “end user” of the works and services, then you are not that recipient. What does that actually mean? It means that the simplified structure above would change so that it would work like this instead: • Developer is the last party in the chain and is the end user of the works and the services – so, as before, the developer pays VAT to the contractor

• Contractor is now the last recipient of the works and services before the end user – so it retains the VAT chargeable on the invoice supplied by the subcontractor (instead of paying the VAT to the subcontractor). It then pays to HMRC (i) that VAT it has retained, and (ii) after accounting for that retained VAT as “input tax”, the balance of the VAT it charges the developer. In essence, this means that it would account for the full amount of VAT expressed in the invoice to the developer, whereas in the past it would have only accounted for the amount by which that exceeds the “input VAT” which the contractor itself had been charged by the subcontractor • Subcontractor is not the last recipient of the works or services before the end user – so no longer pays the VAT to HMRC on the works and services that it provides as this is done on its behalf by the contractor. It will still invoice the contractor for VAT, but the contractor will withhold or deduct the VAT from its payments to the subcontractor. In its tax return, the subcontractor informs HMRC that VAT was invoiced but that it was paid by the contractor. So the VAT payments flow upwards now, with only one party (in this example) paying VAT to HMRC on the project, including on others’ behalf. Changes to the chain The chain above could change though, for example if a purchaser wanted to buy the project from the developer while works were continuing. That would make the purchaser the end user, and the developer the last recipient of the works and services before the end user, so the developer would have to account for the VAT which it had been charged by the contractor.

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Feature In practice, the VAT landscape is inevitably going to be far more complex and the points that you need to consider will vary from project to project. How does this affect me? The first thing to consider is whether the reverse charge VAT rules actually apply to your project, works or services. In particular consider whether any exemptions apply eg for new buildings, or zero-rated supplies of goods or services. If the rules do apply, points to consider include: 1. what is your status in the chain – eg are you an end user or the one who has to pay the VAT to HMRC (there may be more than one end user eg the property owner and a tenant depending on the facts) 2. if the chain changes – reassess your position in the chain and whether your obligations in relation to the reverse charge have changed 3. do you need to make changes to your building contract or subcontracts to reflect the parties’ obligations under the reverse charge rules eg if you are the one who has to pay the VAT to HRMC, does the contract allow you to withhold or deduct VAT from your payments to others down the chain? Does the contract cover a scenario where the end user changes if it could affect you? 4. are your accounting staff sufficiently trained on the VAT changes and are your accounting systems updated to process the reverse charge VAT 5. will the reverse charge impact your cash flow (because the 20% VAT payment is no longer passed down to you when your bill is paid, or because your bill is queried by the party who is to pay it) 6. whether you should be applying the reverse charge on ongoing contractual payments (as the reverse charge will apply to all construction contracts which are operational on 1 October 2019, not just new contracts entered into from that date). HMRC will grant a grace period of 6 months as suppliers and recipients come to terms with the new regime (as mentioned below), and will allow supplies between the same parties to be treated in the same way while the parties determine whether the rules apply to each type of contractual supply 7. the position of developers can be quite sensitive in this new regime. In many cases it may be obvious that it is the end-user, but a change of intention or a further supply of a completed building by the developer to an investor could raise

tax complications and contradictory tax objectives due to the interaction of SDLT and VAT rules. HRMC’s approach HMRC has issued guidance “VAT: domestic reverse charge for building and construction services”[https://www.gov.uk/guidance/ vat-domestic-reverse-charge-for-buildingand-construction-services] which includes helpful information, such as a list of services affected by the reverse charge and list of services excluded from it. It has also produced a flowchart “VAT: domestic reverse charge for building and construction services” [https://assets. publishing.service.gov.uk/government/ uploads/system/uploads/attachment_ data/file/806596/Annex_1_-_VAT_ domestic_reverse_charge_for_building_ and_construction_services.pdf ] to help you decide whether to apply normal VAT rules or the reverse charge. Finally in the guidance, HMRC has clearly

stated “HMRC understands that implementing the reverse charge may cause some difficulties and will apply a light touch in dealing with any errors made in the first 6 months of the new legislation, as long as you are trying to comply with the new legislation and have acted in good faith. Any errors need be corrected as soon as possible… HMRC officers may assess for errors during the light touch period, but penalties will only be considered if you are deliberately taking advantage of the measure by not accounting for it correctly.” Final thoughts The above has set out some very simplified examples of how the reverse charge will work, and some key points for you to think about. In practice, the VAT landscape is inevitably going to be far more complex than those examples, and the points that you need to consider will vary from project to project. If you would like any assistance, please do contact us. Article by: Ronan Lowney and Michelle Essen.

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Digital Construction Week

Counting down to ‘biggest ever’ Digital Construction Week 2019 HP, Lenovo, Skanska, Bluebeam, Bentley Systems and Kier, are among the 180 industry-leading companies preparing to showcase their latest offerings at the ‘biggest ever’ Digital Construction Week, which returns to London ExCeL on 16-17 October. Attendees to the UK’s leading exhibition for innovation and technology in the built environment will have an exclusive opportunity to meet the teams behind the biggest and newest companies working to revolutionise the construction sector, and to experience live demonstrations of pioneering tech, products and services. Event director Oliver Hughes explains: “Digital Construction Week is back for its fifth year and it’s already on course to be its biggest ever edition. As well as a long list of top exhibitors and the show’s extensive seminar programme, there’s also a host of additional features, larger seminar theatres, and a brand new conference arena for visitors to enjoy. “We’re thrilled to be welcoming so many new names to the show floor, including SAP, UNIT4, GCP Applied Technologies, Deltek, CEMEX Ventures, Cyviz, Geomni UK, Graitec, Make Real, NavVis, Tech Soft 3D, Onwave UK, SierraSoft, Nutanix Xi Frame, Ecodomus, NBS, Secura, Xinaps, Construction Innovation Hub, bimstore, and Ogun. “That’s not to mention the many returning exhibitors, including BAM, Wipro, Royal Haskoning RHDV, Leica, BSI, FARO, Procore, Viewpoint, Topcon Positioning, Graphisoft, Egnyte, ASITE, Matterport, PlanGrid, Vectorworks UK, BIM Object, Alice Technologies, Excitech, ALLPLAN, nPlan, Invicara, Murphy Surveys, Pix 4D, and more.” To see the full exhibitor list, please visit www. digitalconstructionweek.com/exhibitors. In addition to the central exhibition and the range of choice content on offer (over 160 hours of content-rich sessions delivered by more than 300 expert speakers across 11 theatres), the show also boasts a wealth of exciting features. The DCW Onsite Arena is a replica construction site where exhibitors and partners will showcase their technologies ‘in the field’. Running in partnership with Bluebeam, the arena will feature a series of live demos and ‘walkarounds’ with the Bluebeam team, offering visitors the opportunity to get to grips with the latest technology linking from the office to the field. Drone Drag Racing is back for 2019. Visitors will have the chance to sign up and take flight in the show’s drone racing competition, enabling them to get hands on with the latest technology and learn about its application in the built environment, while having a little competitive fun. It’s free to enter and winners on the top flight leader board will win a drone of their own. Also returning for 2019 is the Start Up Zone, which will bring together the freshest new

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exhibitors offering a selection of up-to-theminute technologies and concepts with the potential to solve some of the industry’s biggest challenges. They’ll offer live demos and tutorials so visitors can get their hands on the latest technology and equipment before anyone else. At the After Hours Drinks Reception visitors can catch-up with speakers and exhibitors they’ve seen through the day, meet up with colleagues and network with like-minded professionals. Drinks will be served to all guests on the exhibition show floor on Wednesday 16 October from 4.30pm to 6.00pm. Reflecting its strong industry backing, the event enjoys the support of more than 40 key industry organisations, businesses, associations, publications, training bodies and charities. Headline partners for the 2019 event include BAM, Bluebeam, Construction Innovation Hub, PlanGrid, and Procore. Among the show’s sponsors and industry partners are HP, BIMobject, myConsole, Viewpoint, bimstore, UNIFI, Bentley Infrastructure, Allplan, Revizto, CITB – Construction Industry Training Board, Graphisoft, and Kier Group. Other organisations supporting the show include UK BIM Alliance, BESA – Building Engineering Services Association, Cabinet Office, CIAT – Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists, CIOB – Chartered Institute of Building, Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, Catapult Digital, Enterprise Ireland, i3P, ImmerseUK, Process Innovation Forum, Tideway, RICS – Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, IET – The Institution of Engineering and Technology, AMRC – Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, Association for Robots in Architecture, BIFM - The Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management, Digital node, Women in BIM, BIM4M2, and BIM regions, as well as relevant media partners, such as Premier Construction, Premier Engineering, Construction Tech Review, The B1M, Construction Manager, and Construction UK Magazine. Commenting on the impressive industry endorsement the show has inspired, event director Oliver Hughes says: “Our partners and supporters represent tens of thousands of professionals working across the digital construction industry. We’re delighted that they have shown so much support for the event and we look forward to welcoming them, and their members and partners to Digital Construction Week for two days of innovation, education and networking.” Free trade registration for Digital Construction Week 2019 Digital Construction Week takes place at London ExCeL on 16-17 October. For further information, and to register for a ticket to attend, please visit www. digitalconstructionweek.com/register.


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LEEDS MAJESTIC MOVES FORWARD WITH CONSTRUCTION WORK UNDERWAY RUSHBOND has appointed Sir Robert McAlpine as the sole contractor for The Majestic, as construction work starts on this new speculative flagship office development for the City of Leeds. Sir Robert McAlpine, one of the country’s leading building and civic engineering companies, has started an 18-month construction programme on the £40 million Grade A super-prime office scheme, right in the heart of the City Centre. The iconic City Square landmark is being transformed by the award-winning Leedsbased property company Rushbond, as the future of this historic building is redefined to provide exemplary new office space, right opposite the North’s busiest railway station. The 66,000 sq ft of contemporary workspace will be housed behind the original external envelope of the building, which first opened as a 2,400-seat cinema back in 1922. An elegant, new three-storey atrium will create a grand majestic entrance to the building from City Square. Situated over seven levels, The Majestic will also feature stunning terraces on the fourth and fifth floors, overlooking City Square, alongside a new domed circulatory space, re-creating the historic Palm Court, and a flexible ‘Stage’ space

within the lower ground floor, as part of a comprehensive scheme to set the future of this landmark building. Mark Finch, Real Estate Director at Rushbond, said: “We are delighted to make the dual announcement that Sir Robert McAlpine has been selected as the contractor and that construction work is now underway. “When complete in 2019, The Majestic will provide a stage for modern, forward-thinking, imaginative and ambitious businesses who are seeking a distinctive landmark presence at the heart of the Leeds City Region. Located within the largest city region economy outside London, The Majestic not only respects the heritage of this great City but represents the future of a vibrant and growing City economy.” Mark Gibson, Sir Robert McAlpine’s Managing Director for Scotland & Northern Region, said: “We are delighted to be involved in this project that will see this iconic building playing a new role in the City of Leeds and its burgeoning economy. “Now that we have started work, we are looking forward to turning Rushbond’s exciting vision into a reality, to seeing The Majestic standing tall and proud as a true Leeds landmark.” Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council said: “I’m delighted to see that plans for this iconic and much-loved building

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are moving forward. The transformation of the site will provide a great opportunity for businesses to occupy a prime location in Leeds and contribute to our growing economy.” The exceptional quality and design of The Majestic, designed by DLA Architecture, blends contemporary architecture while combining the essence of its historical significance and place. The Majestic provides the opportunity for both a single tenant to occupy the whole building or multiple occupation, with floor plates ranging from 6,100 sq ft to 11,094 sq ft. Richard Thornton, JLL’s Director of Office Agency and leasing agent for The Majestic, said: “The Majestic provides a rare opportunity for occupiers to acquire space in what is undoubtedly a superprime location. It will provide exceptional office accommodation for a whole range of occupiers looking for space from 6,100 sq ft to the whole building at 66,000sq ft. With practical completion scheduled in June 2019, timing could not be better as we project that the current supply of brand new Grade A City office space will all be let over the next 12-18 months.” Leeds is an international City at the core of the Leeds City Region, home to three million people and with an annual economic output of more than £64 billion.


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In safe hands with Schöck and Brooksby at Wembley Located in the heart of the vast new Wembley Park regeneration project, the two residential buildings that make up the Landsby East and Landsby West development (Danish for village) are contemporary in design, with apartment interiors that continue the Scandinavian theme. Externally there are roof terraces and first floor level podium gardens, along with 280 generous balconies that add a stylish and aesthetic feel to the exterior finish of the building. Their appearance is undoubtedly pleasing, but inevitably there were technical challenges involved in both initial installation and long term performance of the balconies that had to be addressed – among them safety, precision, reliability and thermal efficiency. It needed a collaborative approach from two of the leading companies in the business, Brooksby Projects Ltd for its balcony technology and Schöck for its load-bearing thermal insulation solutions.

Slide-on balconies were a must Wates, the main contractor on the project, were very specific in requesting cantilevered, slide-on balconies and FlightDeck® balconies from Brooksby Projects Ltd offered the ideal solution. FlightDeck® balconies do not need to be fixed from a balcony below, which reduces the on-site health and safety risks. In addition, this ability to install from the top down, means that the balcony system saves crane time and requires no scaffolding or other external access. On a large high-rise project with multiple elevations, the installation time saved is considerable when compared with traditional bolt-on balconies,. An additional challenge was that the building’s design demands required that many of the 280 balconies installed involved subtle design adaptations and in total thirteen different variations were supplied to meet the Landsby project requirements.

Thermal break elements are key A key element in the structural and long–term insulation performance of the balconies was the installation of Isokorb structural break units from Schöck. Early involvement was necessary to ensure that the connectors were accurately cast into the building during the mainframe construction phase and Brooksby provided installation templates to ensure the line and level of all balcony connections were precise.

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A Brooksby stub bracket was attached to the Isokorb units prior to the concrete being poured. The balcony cantilever support arm was then attached (same depth as the balcony) to the stub and the fully pre-assembled panel glass balcony chassis slid on to the cantilever arm and locked into position. The Schöck Isokorb units are structural, but their other long-term purpose is to minimise the risk of thermal bridging. Ineffective insulation at the connection points, especially with 280 balconies involved, means local heat loss, resulting in more energy being required to maintain the internal temperature of the building. This is a major consequence of thermal bridging, but there are other issues too. Low internal surface temperatures in the area of the thermal bridge can cause condensation, which leads not only to structural integrity problems with absorbent materials such as insulation products or plasterboard, but the potentially serious occurrence of mould growth. So for any project involving balcony connectivity the prevention of thermal bridging is a critical issue.

Success is about teamwork The success of this project has been very much about teamwork and this was recognised at the London Construction Supply Chain Awards in late 2018. Hosted by Wates, to acknowledge subcontractors with whom they have worked throughout the year, Brooksby were awarded ‘Best New Supply Chain Partner’ for the Landsby project.

A balcony being fitted and the cantilever arms ready in position at the next level Brooksby Managing Director, Simon Goodenough commented: “It was great to have won this award which reflects how hard the whole team worked on the project to ensure that at all stages we delivered an excellent product, backed by exceptional service”. Client

Quintain Ltd

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Flanagan Lawrence

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Wates

Schöck For a free copy of the Schöck Thermal Bridging Guide; the Schöck Specifiers Guide or to view the range of downloadable software, contact Schöck on 01865 290 890 or visit the website at www.schoeck.co.uk

Structural Engineer Price & Myers

Brooksby For full information on the FlightDeck® balcony range and other services such as architectural metalwork and structural steelwork; contact Brooksby on 020 7731 3310 or visit the website at www.brooksby.co

The Isokorb with stub bracket fitted

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Company News Kier is first contractor in Liverpool to fund supply chain apprentices through Apprenticeship Levy Kier, a leading infrastructure services, buildings and housings & developments group, is the first contractor in Liverpool to transfer funds from its Apprenticeship Levy to its supply chain in Liverpool. The funds have been transferred to Fieldway, an established electrical contractor based in Liverpool, to upskill two of its current employees to management level through apprenticeships. Peter Commins, managing director at Kier Regional Building North West, said: “We’re thrilled to have been the first contractor in Liverpool to able to transfer some of our apprenticeship levy. Fieldway is a valued supply chain partner of ours and we have worked with them on a number of projects, most recently at the enabling works for Shakespeare North. “Having the ability to support not only the upskilling and training of our employees, but of our supply chain employees is something I’m really proud of and I look forward to continuing to support both local apprentices in our region and the construction industry generally through the use of unspent levy.” Fieldway Managing Director Tony Carden highlighted how this wouldn’t have been possible without this support, saying: “Identifying managers is important but SMEs don’t always have the funds to support them and that’s where the levy transfer comes in. We look at our staff development from the point of view of getting our new

staff qualified in their specialist areas so they can work on site. What Kier and Sysco have done is enable us to take our training opportunities to the next level and we now have clear progression routes to management for established staff in our organisation.” Becky Dutton, Business Development Manager from Sysco, said: “For the Liverpool City Region to deliver it’s aspiration of 20,000 new apprenticeships each year by 2020, more levy paying employers need to consider transferring levy funds and supporting their supply chain. Sysco has a long history of developing skills and knowledge across industries and the newly designed apprenticeships, funded by employers, are the perfect way to ensure organisations are prepared for the future. Kier have given Fieldway the opportunity to develop future leaders within its business, ensuring they have leadership with skills and knowledge needed to continue to prosper.” This news follows on from the Kier skills initiative in Liverpool. Last September, senior member of the Kier team, including Pater Commins, met at Liverpool Town Hall to discuss skills issues with Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram. Here, Kier discussed the success of its skills initiative in Liverpool, and revealed that in the last three years, it has taken on 85 new apprentices, organised work experience for 234 young people, employed 16 graduates and created 124 jobs for the local community.

Civil engineering apprentices power ahead with new team development experience A Midlands-based civil engineering company gave its apprentices a unique opportunity to develop and thrive together, in an environment that draws on military, business and engineering perspectives to fine-tune team performance. Whitehouse Construction put seven of its apprentices through a unique development programme at The Dragonfly Team Synergy Centre, a new facility which provides forward-thinking organisations across the region with access to pioneering team development opportunities.

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Company News Gleeds strengthens global energy business with new hire International property and construction consultancy Gleeds has announced the appointment of Paul Allen as business development director, based out of the firm’s Atlanta office in the USA. “The team development day allowed us to bring our values to life and show the impact of working together and the benefits of collaboration. It also helped reflect to the apprentices the importance of a two-way dialogue between themselves, their leaders and mentors in sharing health and safety best practice.” Located at Ednaston Park, on the outskirts of Derby, the Dragonfly Team Synergy Centre has been developed by Army Colonel Adam Fraser-Hitchen and former Army Captain, Amanda Foster. As Chartered Engineers and, in the latter part of their careers, business development strategists through their consultancy Dragonfly Directors, they have both drawn on more than 60 years’ experience, from barracks to the boardroom, to create the facility. The apprentices, aged between 16 and 21, took part in a day-long programme which saw them tackle command exercises, think differently, plan effectively and take part in bespoke indoor activities. Focused on health and safety in the workplace, the day formed part of their on-going training to develop into the next generation workforce of the future. The programme was geared up to meet the specific needs of Whitehouse Construction. Josephine Ewart-Sear, a Director of Whitehouse Construction, based in Ashbourne, and operating across the Midlands region, said: “Our directlyemployed, civil engineering tradesmen and women operate in highly-complex, processdriven environments, with tight controls and procedures. “The Team Synergy Day was designed to bring health and safety to the forefront of our apprentices’ thinking to meet the demands of these environments, both now and in their future careers. We invest significant resources to ensure our multi-disciplined teams have the training and development to work to the highest levels of safety and competence. “Apprenticeships are important to the business as they enable us to develop our own people and training new entrants ensures we will serve our client base well into the future.

The outdoor all-weather command exercises are designed to challenge participants and encourage them to develop a mindset that values problemsolving, parallel thinking, planning and collaboration. Amanda, Managing Director, said “In the military, command exercises are used to develop teams and also to assess and finetune leadership potential. The apprentices at Whitehouse Construction got involved from the outset, and in just one day, it was clearly evident how the team developed and grew stronger as a unit. “It’s great to see people come together and take part in activities that deliver immediate benefits for the greater good of the team and the business overall. This is a team day that creates a culture of collaboration from the word go, with skills that can be injected into the workplace immediately and remain of value for the longer-term.”

Paul joins the team from global infrastructure company Cardno, where he was responsible for building client relationships across utility engineering and surveying, infrastructure, and development projects throughout the south-east region in his capacity as business development manager. He brings with him 20 years’ experience within the construction industry and has earned an exceptional reputation for developing opportunities on behalf of startups and Fortune 500 companies alike. Commenting on his appointment, Paul said: “This is a hugely exciting time for Gleeds on a global scale. The business already has a track-record for delivering excellence across this dynamic sector which extends back 35 years and its offering continues to develop. I’m thoroughly enjoying being part of such a driven and ambitious team and look forward to playing my part in its future success”. Chris Williams, president of Gleeds Americas, went on to say: “Earlier this year, our business underwent a complete restructure to enable us to better meet the needs of our increasing client base – particularly in the energy and industrial sectors here in the Americas. Paul’s hire represents the consultancy’s commitment to continuing our expansion in these areas and we are delighted to be welcoming someone with his level of experience and local knowledge to the team”. Gleeds has secured a host of high-profile project appointments and portfolios across the UK, Middle East, and China thanks to its specialist experience in the energy, oil and gas industries. In the Americas, the business has completed substantial schemes for both Piedmont Natural Gas and NiSource and is currently working with a stellar roster of clients, including NextEra Energy, Southern Company Gas, and Nicor Gas amongst others.

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Surface preparation can be a tedious, time-consuming and messy task, but shortcuts are always risky. By doing the job properly and thoroughly you can ensure long-term bonding of the overlay and guarantee customer satisfaction.

A GUIDE TO CONCRETE PROFILING When oil painting, priming your canvas with gesso protects the fibres and means your painting will last the test of time. If poorly primed, the oil can sink into the canvas and leave dull patches on the painting. Similarly, correct concrete profiling is essential for beautiful, long-lasting flooring. Here Claude Besson, country manager for France at surface preparation equipment manufacturer National Flooring Equipment, explains the risks of taking shortcuts and advises on best practice. Concrete surface profile (CSP) is a standardised measure for the roughness of a surface defined by the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI). To understand CSP, we can think of the concrete surface as a landscape with mountains, where the CSP indicates the average distance between the highest peaks and the lowest valleys. This measure ranges from one to nine ― the higher the number, the rougher the surface. Concrete profiling is required in two major areas, surface preparation and surface finishing, though it can also find a variety of other applications.

Surface preparation During surface preparation, concrete profiling is critical to ensure that the overlay will adhere properly. In this phase the substrate is cleaned, pre-existing coatings are removed, and the concrete is treated to

obtain the right CSP. Overlays bond best to surfaces with a rough, sandpaper-like finish. The thicker the overlay or topping, the higher the CSP should be. Surface preparation can be a tedious, timeconsuming and messy task, but shortcuts are always risky. By doing the job properly and thoroughly you can ensure long-term bonding of the overlay and guarantee customer satisfaction.

The beauty underneath Surface finishing involves no coating or overlay and is all about revealing the beauty of the concrete itself. The first step is to determine the condition of the floor, which may be new and flat, or old, uneven, cracked and covered in contaminants. All these problems can be addressed, but the client needs to be aware that a polished concrete floor is heavily dependent on the condition of the concrete at the start of a project. After establishing the concrete’s condition, the contractor must determine whether the concrete will be able to meet the specifications of the brief and what processes to complete to achieve them. Concrete may require a simple polishing of the top surface, or a deeper grinding that reveals the aggregate stones. When revealing the aggregate, the type, distribution and colours in the mix can vary.

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Hand grinding a small sample area will give a good indication of the finished result. Evident cracks can be left and stabilised or filled and colour matched for a more uniform result.

Establishing the right technique A single surface preparation or surface finishing project can require a variety of techniques that have a set number of steps, and only a qualified and well-trained professional can advise on how to achieve a quality result. As well as establishing the conditions of the substrate, it’s important to consider the size of the project. Large applications can accommodate large equipment like ride-on scrapers, wide shotblasters, big grinders and scarifiers or milling machines. However, some sites will only allow for compact, portable walkbehind or even hand-held devices. Secondly, the contractor must respect the client’s requirements in terms of noise, vibration and dust, which might have to be limited due to proximity to other businesses or residential areas. Finally, when working on a surface preparation project the contractor should consider what covering or flooring they will be applying. Thicker coverings, such as overlays, require rougher surfaces with a CSP of six and up. Thin film coatings usually require a smoother finish with a CSP ranging from one to four.


When working on a surface preparation project the contractor should consider what covering or flooring they will be applying. Depending on these variables, the contractor will decide what CSP to achieve and establish the best method to do so. Common techniques are abrasion, expansive pressure, pulverization, impact, or chemical reaction.

The importance of tooling Concrete profiling is much more efficient when done using the right machines. The first one to use is a floor stripper, which uses blades and shanks to remove all types of existing bonded solid and soft floor coverings quickly and easily, minimising surface damage and limiting dust. Instead of removing coatings by hand, using a professional heavy-duty floor stripper helps contractors to preserve the surface, optimize the old coatings evacuation, guarantee operators’ safety and comfort and ultimately maximise profitability. After that step, for fine profiling, the best option is a shot blaster. These machines throw a large amount of steel abrasive media at the surface – 400 km/hr – which then rebounds and is recycled by the machine. Dust and contaminants circulate through a clever system of deflectors and are sucked in and removed to a dedicated pre-separator and dust collector. This makes the process almost dust-free. For rough profiling, scarifiers are best. In these powerful machines, cutters are loosely fitted on lateral shafts, which are then placed inside a drum housing. Once the machine is switched on, the drum rotates to generate a centrifugal force, which throws the cutter at the surface, causing a mechanical cutting action. Like with shot blasters, dust and contaminants are moved to a dust collector and only heavier debris might remain on the floor. Grinding machines are ideal for levelling any uneven floors without having to remove too much material or for prepping a concrete that is so soft that any other surface preparation technology would dig too deep. Single headed disc grinders use horizontally rotating discs to perform a multitude of tasks, from light texturing to opening the pores of the surface or removing paints and thin coatings. Planetary grinding machines are equipped with three grinding plates, which ensures that the grinding head will always follow the floor to give the best possible result.

Surface preparation education Though concrete profiling is an essential phase of surface preparation, it is often underestimated. Consequently, the biggest challenge is to educate the market on the importance of not taking shortcuts and explain that they should rely on the advice of trained professionals. Appropriate

training can help contractors save time and money, as well as avoid health and safety hazards that may occur as a result of using equipment incorrectly. Unfortunately, over the decades contractors have often used harsh chemicals or other aggressive techniques that have irremediably damaged surfaces and jeopardised operators’ health, contributing to a poor reputation of our field in construction. For this reason, our priority at National Flooring Equipment, as a Global Market Leader, is to educate the market to prefer mechanical and environmentally friendly solutions, and to use each technology correctly. Every day our experts support contractors by advising on best practice to limit dust, noise and vibration, so that operators can work safely, comfortably and productively. Artists study for years to master the secrets of their discipline and learn the best techniques and tools to express themselves.

Similarly, contractors need to be trained in the best approaches made available by modern technology, so that the beauty of their flooring won’t be compromised by a poor preparation job.

To find out more about concrete profiling, visit www.nationalflooringequipment.com.

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Project PLANS REVEALED FOR LIMASSOL’S LATEST RESIDENTIAL ICON Leading Cypriot developer Leptos Estates has released eagerly awaited details of its latest waterfront project, Blu Marine. Located in vibrant Downtown Limassol, Blu Marine will house 247 sea-facing apartments set across three striking towers of 33 floors, 29 floors and 5 floors respectively. The development will feature breath-taking views of the Mediterranean Sea, deep private balconies, 24 hour concierge and luxury amenities including a state-of-the-art Health Spa and Gym. Apartments are available in a range of sizes, from one-to-five bedrooms, with prices starting at €615,000. As the majority shareholder and project manager of Blu Marine, Leptos Estates aims deliver an internationally renowned landmark, gathering a team of celebrated professionals for the design and build. These include Benoy Architects, the experts behind the Bahrain Marina Yacht Club, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Westfield London, and BurroHappold Engineering, of Morpheus in Macau and Skywalk in Bangkok. Local architectural firms Armeftis & Associates and Loakim & Loizias, alongside a selected team of other advisors have contributed to the projects compliance with local and EU rules and regulations. Named after the ancient Greek Gods; Poseidon, Zeus and Oceanus, the three imposing towers of Blu Marine pay homage to the sea, with generous balconies, column-free layouts and large, south facing windows maximising natural light and far-reaching views of the apartments. Each tower is strategically placed to ensure uncompromised views of the water, and each is surrounded by extensive landscaping and green spaces, providing a lush contrast to the stark blue of the surf. The residences at Blu Marine will feature premium specification and interior finishes, smart home technology, German branded kitchen appliances, as well as heating & cooling. Residents will also have access to secure, underground parking. The new development, where earthworks have already started, will also offer the highest level of lifestyle offerings and world-class services to afford every comfort and convenience. These include a 24-hour concierge, property and rental management, housekeeping and security, perfect for investors looking for a “lock up and leave” or ready to rent option. The elevated podium, overlooking the sea will host a spectacular 50 metre infinity pool, beautifully landscaped gardens, a double height gym, bistro and residents’ lobby and concierge. Residents will have access to over 1,300 sq.m. of luxury health and wellness facilities, including treatment

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rooms, sauna and steam rooms and a naturally-lit 25 metre heated indoor pool. Located on the south coast of Cyprus, Downtown Limassol is a thriving business hub in the midst of major urban regeneration. As part of the municipalities plan for regeneration of the city centre, the area has been successfully revived through heavy investment in infrastructure from both private and public sectors. These investments include a totally revamped seafront park, the mediaeval castle area, the old port and Limassol Marina. The area today with the addition of numerous cafes, restaurants, shops and super yacht Marina, plays centre stage to the city’s vibrant entertainment, business and leisure scene. Sandy beaches, scenic coastal walkways and parks with plenty of entertainment for the whole family, as well as year-round sunshine, a thriving international business community, favourable tax regime, and international schools make Downtown Limassol an ideal seaside retreat. In addition, it is the perfect destination for the relocation of international companies, HNWI and ambitious business professionals and their families from all over the world. Blu Marine sits on the beachfront, at the heart of this newly regenerated area and only 330 metres from the Limassol Marina. The development is adjacent to new pedestrian walkways and cycling routes, namely Aktaia Odos; which will connect Downtown Limassol to the Marina and Dubai World Cruise terminal, new casino and golf resorts, creating what will become Europe’s new Riviera. The new neighbourhood of Aktaia Odos has been master-planned with state of the art, high rise buildings covering residential and commercial, tourism and leisure, sat amongst large open green spaces, bicycle lanes and pedestrian walkways. There is also significant restoration of local heritage sites, bringing Limassol in line with large-scale regeneration projects such as London’s Canary Wharf. The area, in accordance with the strategy of CIPA (Cyprus Investment and Promotion Agency) to promote and enhance Cyprus’s competitive advantages; will become a hub for international headquarters. Downtown and West Limassol are expected to generate an additional 14,000 new jobs under these guidelines. Residents at Blu Marine, will have easy access to offices, an abundance of independent eateries and fine dining restaurants, boutiques, golf courses, casinos, private schools and of course numerous historical and archaeological sites. Blu Marine is only 35minutes’ drive from both Paphos and Larnaca Airports.


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Company News Flying into the Future: Hollis appoints Surveying Innovation Partner

Tom Dillon

Stuart Belfield

International independent real estate consultants Hollis has tapped drones as the future of building surveying, with the appointment of Tom Willcock as Surveying Innovation Partner. The appointment cements Hollis’ focus on innovation in the property sector and in drone technology. Advances in data quality and volume, safer surveying and the cost reduction they offer, means the use of drones by building surveying firms is becoming increasingly popular. However, Hollis is looking beyond the ordinary for their use. Willcock is an engineer by trade but has worked in a variety of corporate management roles throughout his career. He is the founder of Auster Aviation, a business that provides industrial and commercial drone surveying, and has previously worked with Hollis as a subconsultant. His focus includes technology systems, innovation and risk, with a special interest in using drones to solve problems and improve efficiencies for clients. Willcock will be based out of the firm’s Birmingham office. “My passion has always been engineering innovation. I aim to use drones to solve actual problems that surveyors face every day. So much of the technology we use is designed to solve problems we have created, rather than the real issue at hand, and for us to use technology to its full potential, we must be vigilant about the problems we can solve,” said Willcock. “I am delighted to have been appointed Surveying Innovation Partner and look forward to leading Hollis into this new field of expertise.” John Woodman, Senior Partner, Hollis, says: “The world is changing, and at Hollis we intend to change with it. The possibilities that drones offer are almost endless from a building consultancy perspective, and we look forward to working with this new technology. Tom has always been a great addition to any project as a consultant, and we are pleased to have him as part of the Hollis team.”

CROSSFIELD ATTRACTS NEW SENIOR STAFF FROM WATES AND WILLMOTT DIXON Liverpool-based construction and development company, Crossfield Group, has strengthened its growing team with two high profile appointments from major tier one contractors. Former Wates Commercial Manager, Tom Dillon, will lead commercial operations across Crossfield Group, which has Construction, Living and Development arms. Meanwhile, Stuart Belfield has made the move from Willmott Dixon to become Operations Manager within Crossfield Living. He brings with him more than 30 years’ experience in the construction sector. The addition of the two senior team members further continues Crossfield’s growth as a business. Since it was founded in 2012 by Managing Directors David Cain and John Paul Cassidy, Crossfield has grown to more than 50 staff and is projected to turn over £35m this year. Like Dillon and Belfield, many members of the senior team at Crossfield, including Cain and Cassidy, boast significant experience working for some of the region’s and nation’s largest contractors, including Wates, Willmott Dixon, Kier, Pochin, and Vinci. Tom Dillon and David Cain have a longstanding working relationship having worked together at Wates. David said “I worked with Tom for the best part of eight years and personally learned a huge amount from him. Because of that, it’s particularly good to be able to welcome him to the Crossfield Team as I know just how much experience he has to share and what he will bring to our commercial activities across the Group.”

Tom Willcock

Tom Dillon said “I’m very pleased to be joining Crossfield Group. It’s a growing business with

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an excellent reputation and is based in my hometown of Liverpool. I know firsthand that the leadership team here is experienced and astute as well as being fresh and agile, which is quite a powerful combination and accounts for their significant growth in recent years.” The Speke-based business works across both the public and private sectors and currently has a range of high-profile projects underway including a development of 130 residential apartments in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle and a large partnership in place with social housing provider, Onward to create 65 affordable new homes across the North West. They also recently completed Hugh Baird College St Winefride’s Campus and a Medical Centre in Hunts Cross. As a senior appointment within Crossfield Living, Stuart Belfield will further bolster a team which is enjoying significant success in both public and private sector residential development schemes. Stuart worked with Crossfield Living Director David Dobson for a number of years at Willmott Dixon, and commenting on the move Dobson said “Stuart brings with him a wealth of experience from a major player in construction so attracting him to join Crossfield Living is a real coup for us. “Our Living division has enjoyed a very successful year and we have a strong pipeline ahead of us, so further strengthening our team with Stuart’s appointment is important for us in continuing this success.” Stuart said “Crossfield has become a really strong name in the construction industry and the team here is earning respect for being dynamic, knowledgeable and competent, so it’s a pleasure to be able to join them and support their continued growth.”


More than a drop in the ocean... Westgate’s circular economy initiative received positively within construction. Westgate are proud to announce our Hoardfast sustainability promise. Centred around the ethos of relocate, reconfigure, reuse and recycle, it aims to minimise waste during construction projects and the money that is generated from the sale of the recyclable internal hoarding panels is donated to the Marine Conservation Society (MCS). Working extensively within the construction and fit out sectors, we appreciate the growing need for contractors to find cost effective ways to reduce waste on their projects, and through our sustainability promise, as well as following guidelines on circular economy, we can help Hoardfast customers deliver on those targets.

Hoardfast is a modular screening system used to create temporary internal site rooms, welfare spaces and partitions, and is completely reusable across multiple projects or relocatable during phased project work. At the end of each project, Hoardfast items are removed from site and returned to Westgate, reducing waste for the customer. Made from PVC, our sustainable panels are manufactured from up to 85% recycled plastic, on reaching the end of their usable life, panels are crushed down and recycled to manufacture new panels and other plastic items. Funds generated from the sale of unusable panels are then donated to the Marine Conservation Society, as well as other UK charities. Caroline, Corporate Partnerships Manager, MCS said of the partnership: “We are delighted that Westgate Group has chosen to support the work of MCS through recycling their end-of-life Hoardfast panels. This is exactly the sort of circular economy initiative which we would like to see more companies adopting, to reduce the amount of plastic waste generated throughout industry.”

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With reducing the amount of single use plastic, a big concern for those working in the commercial and industrial sectors, we’re proud to do our bit to support such incredible work being undertaken by MCS. The Marine Conservation Society is the UK’s only dedicated marine charity working solely to secure healthy seas, shorelines and marine wildlife. David, Marketing Manager, Westgate said: ‘By providing an internal hoarding system that is completely reusable and recyclable, we aim to support companies looking to reduce the amount of waste on fit out and construction projects and deliver on their targets for sustainability. Creating funds from our recycled panels means that by using Hoardfast, together we can support a charity that works to reduce the impact of plastics on our environment.” You can learn more about our sustainable hoarding product below. Website: www.westgateuk.co.uk LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/westgateuk Facebook: facebook.com/westgateuk1977


Fibrelite’s new Radio Frequency friendly manhole cover

Announcing Fibrelite’s New Generation Of Radio Frequency Friendly Manhole Covers – Designed For Remote Underground Monitoring Fibrelite’s New Generation Cover

The Technology Explained

Following increasing demand for Radio Frequency (RF) friendly manhole covers, composites manufacturer Fibrelite has developed a new range of manhole access covers, designed to support data transfer between antennas underground and aboveground.

Traditional ductile iron and reinforced concrete manhole covers aren’t conducive to the transmission of RF signals. Metal reflects the signal, while concrete greatly weakens it (exhibits high attenuation coefficients). This means that the transmitted signal is greatly weakened, restricting range and functionality. Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) in contrast, absorbs far less of the signal (lower attenuation coefficient). Full details in whitepaper.

One of the primary current uses of RF/smart manhole covers is as part of (real-time) remote underground monitoring systems/ telematics in utilities, where transmitters under covers are used for monitoring and/ or control of oil/water usage, sewer flow, floodwater and similar. Other industries adopting these include mining and telecoms (e.g. 5G signal boosters).

Recent Installations: From Cadiz To Connecticut Over a five-year period, Fibrelite’s standard GRP covers have been installed by the municipality of Cadiz in Spain (case study)

for their drinking water monitoring system (initially cast-iron covers had been installed over the system, but the signal was being blocked). Over 100 bespoke radio frequency manhole covers (designed to fit the Sensus flow meter antenna) have been installed in Connecticut (case study) as part of an effort to automate their water meter collection services (automated water meters installed below the covers) following a successful 6-month trial. Tried And Tested Fibrelite’s new Radio Frequency manhole cover, the FL60RF draws on the low attenuation (signal absorption) properties of GRP and includes a thin structure in the middle of the cover to contain the antenna; further lowering the attenuation of the signal without compromising the strength or deflection properties of the cover. Tested at university of Lancaster on behalf of Fibrelite, the new FL60RF showed far lower attenuation compared to a 2mm thick aluminium plate (see image) and passed the load bearing test EN 124 C250 (now certified to C250 (25 tonne) load rating). Full details in whitepaper.

Fibrelite FL60RF attenuation compared to a 2mm thick aluminium plate

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