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Contents November 2019

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Amey wins place on key Yorkshire Water framework

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Future Generation completes its first PBSA project

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Balfour Beatty secure manufacturing facility contract in Hong Kong

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First phase of the new A6 dual carriageway complete

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London Build 2019 Show Preview

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Property developer launches training programme with the Caribbean

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PDC Construction completes UK Hard Rock hotel external refurbishment

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HOMES UK Show Preview

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Moy Materials Training across the nation

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Foster + Partners reveals its vision for the Le Dôme winery in Saint Émilion

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Rap Interiors Begins Work at Maidstone Distillery

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Company News

Kier appointed to deliver School of Digital Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University Kier has been appointed by Manchester Metropolitan University (Manchester Met) to deliver its brand-new £35m School of Digital Arts (SODA): a project jointly funded by and Manchester Metropolitan University and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

Amey wins place on key Yorkshire Water framework Leading utility and public services provider Amey has been appointed by Yorkshire Water to join its Minor Civils framework.

The purpose-built 5,200m² school will comprise state-of-the-art teaching facilities over 5 floors. The building will bring creative, digital, technology and business assets together. The interdisciplinary school will house subjects that span film, animation, User experience design, photography, games, AI and more. The new facility with be located on the site of the Students Union car park on Higher Chatham Street, Manchester and, once completed, it will have the capacity to teach 1,000 students per year.

The contract, worth up to £20m, will run from 2020 to 2025, with an option to extend a further three years, covering minor civil and building works and specialist activities for waterretaining structures such as pumping stations and tanks.

The project will start on site in winter 2019 and is due for completion in spring 2021. Throughout the build programme, Kier has committed to creating 10 apprenticeship opportunities and engaging with the City of Manchester workforce by hiring 100 local people and engaging with the local supply chain.

The contract award will see Amey build upon its existing relationship with Yorkshire Water, having worked with them for nearly ten years.

Peter Commins, managing director for Kier Regional Building North West, commented:

David McLoughlin, Managing Director for Amey Utilities, said: “We are delighted that Yorkshire Water has decided to continue our partnership together. Amey makes over 30,000km of new clean water connections and completes 200,000 successful repair and maintenance jobs every year, and we’re excited to apply our expertise to the challenges that lie ahead for Yorkshire Water.

We are absolutely delighted to continue our relationship with Manchester Met the project is a key part of Manchester Metropolitan Universities Estates Masterplan. The SODA building will give students access to state-of-the-art facilities, enabling them to study an exciting range of subjects under one roof.

“The next investment cycle is expected to raise a variety of issues for the water industry. This includes population growth increasing the demand for water, on infrastructure that needs updating, along with the need for innovative problem solving, as the importance of looking after the environment increases. We look forward to supporting Yorkshire Water over the next five years in tackling these problems whilst delivering an excellent service to customers.”

This latest win for Kier reinforces its position as a leading provider of educational facilities and it has previously completed 6 Great Marlborough Street, a facility to house a number of professional services teams across Manchester Met.

Mark Baker, Head of Programme Delivery at Yorkshire Water, said: “We are excited to see the conclusion of this process and welcome our partners to support our ambitions and challenges over the next five years. “It will result in the formation of a truly collaborative, innovative and efficient delivery vehicle through our aspirations of the Enterprise delivery model.” This framework will enable Yorkshire Water’s ‘Programme First’ approach, choosing dynamic, focused and driven partners with self-delivery capabilities. Amey already has a strong presence in the region through infrastructure services such as delivering street lighting on behalf of Wakefield Council, through the Building Schools for the Future initiative in Bradford and the delivery of Allerton Waste Recovery Park.

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Awards News

Railway Industry Association wins best trade body award at Association Excellence ceremony in London The Railway Industry Association (RIA), the voice of the UK rail supply community, took the top ‘Best Overall Association’ award at the Association Excellence Annual Awards ceremony on Friday 11 October. The reasons given for RIA winning the award were: • Focusing on delivering for members and on building a bigger and better rail supply industry; • Providing a welcoming environment for staff and members, where new ideas and inventive solutions are encouraged; • Developing as a voice for the rail industry to senior political and stakeholder groups with lobbying campaigns and complementary media engagement; and • Increasing profile – focusing on the railway industry’s issues of the day – to ensure the rail supply chain is heard, at a time when key decisions about the future of the sector are being made. Darren Caplan, Chief Executive of the Railway Industry Association, said: “It is great that the Railway Industry Association and its members are being recognised by peers in other sectors in this way, and we are excited to win this award for excellence, our third in two years. “At a time when much reporting on rail focuses on negativity and controversy, the RIA team and its members are working incredibly hard to overcome the challenges – boom and bust in infrastructure and rolling stock investment, lack of an enhancements pipeline, and a political arena dominated by structural change and Brexit – and promote the positives, with the railway industry generating 600,000 jobs, £36bn GVA and fostering rail innovation, for the ultimate benefit of UK plc. “So we think this award reflects positively not just on the team at RIA but also on the whole railway industry. A big thank you to Team RIA and, of course, the efforts of our fantastic membership, without whom this award would not be possible!”.

Hardies-built Tynecastle Nursery shortlisted in Education Buildings Scotland Awards Tynecastle Nursery, built by Hardies Property & Construction Consultants for the City of Edinburgh Council, has been shortlisted in the Early Learning and Childcare Category of the Education Buildings Scotland Awards. The nursery opened last year inside the new main stand at Tynecastle as part of an innovative partnership between Heart of Midlothian Football Club and City of Edinburgh Council. The old Tynecastle Garden nursery building was demolished as part of works to build the 7,000 capacity terrace in 2017 with the promise that the project would include space for the replacement school. Derek Ferrier, project manager at Hardies, said: “The nursery has been neighbours of Hearts for nearly 90 years and to be fully integrated into its building is testament to the close partnership between the football club and the Council and the strength of the local community. The nursery includes a large outdoor play area, with flexible learning spaces and play zones for youngsters. A beautiful design of the new nursery school is the use of wood and wood products to create a natural, calming environment for play and learning. The light, open design of our nurseries gives children the opportunity to express themselves and can only help stimulate them in such a fantastic learning environment, helping them on their journey to becoming successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors.” Hardies partner Murray Warner added: “We are delighted with the recognition this shortlisting signifies for Tynecastle Nursery, part of comprehensive £2 million fit out we completed last year at Tynecastle Park for Heart of Midlothian FC. In addition to the nursery, a new supporter’s bar and shop, we altered the police command centre, laid a new pitch with undersoil heating and irrigation systems, improved supporters’ toilet facilities and completed a new TV studio.” The work was carried out under a construction management contract with Hardies, which also acted as Quantity Surveyor, Principal Contractor and Clerk of Works. The fit out followed Hardies work on the £16 million new main stand at Tynecastle Park.

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Project News FUTURE GENERATION COMPLETES ITS FIRST PBSA PROJECT — THE £25MILLION HYTHE MILLS COMPLEX IN COLCHESTER Student accommodation specialist Future Generation has successfully completed its first PBSA scheme — the £25million Hythe Mills project in Colchester, Essex. The scheme is a model of what top tier student accommodation will offer well into the future, with shared spaces designed to encourage social interaction and healthy lifestyles. The developer can also reveal today that ‘Hythe Mills’, constructed by Kier, was fully pre-let in February amid intense local competition for high-quality student accommodation. The complex in Hawkins Road boasts 229 bedrooms, an interactive fitness studio and a riverside networking hub. The fitness suite is equipped with virtual training programs including Spin, Body Pump and Body Combat, and is delivered in partnership with world-leading group fitness specialist Les Mills. London-based architect Levitt Bernstein created a mix of en-suite rooms and studios across the scheme’s riverfront setting with landscaped grounds fronting the River Colne in the centre of the town. Two thirds of the rooms have been let at affordable levels below market rents. Future Generation — the PBSA arm of developer Southern Grove – delivered the scheme as a joint venture with Tadhamon Capital. All tenants, most of whom attend the University of Essex, benefit from Future Generation’s partnership with Samsung which sees Samsung digital appliances, TVs and air conditioning installed in every room.

In 2017, Future Generation embarked on an ambitious mission to build 10,000 student beds in five years, while simultaneously raising the quality of affordable student homes. To date, the firm has a pipeline of approximately 5,000 student beds. Andrew Southern, Chairman of Southern Grove and Future Generation, commented: “I’m incredibly proud of this development. It’s the first of a number of student developments we are working on and it’s also the first project we’ve done with Samsung. The quality of the accommodation offered is second to none and we’re leaving clear water between us and the competition. We absolutely refuse to create schemes that aren’t design led, and Hythe Mills is a thing of beauty. We are determined that we are not going to end up among the ranks of developers whose buildings are pointed out in 30 years’ time as examples of hasty mistakes created by accountants. It’s all about the environment and an architectural legacy, as much as turning a profit.”

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Global News FIDIC signs contract training collaboration agreement with Philippines Department of Trade and Industry International engineering federation FIDIC (the International Federation of Consulting Engineers) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Philippines Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to train government engineers and other construction professionals in the use of FIDIC contracts. The two-year MoU was signed following detailed discussions between FIDIC and DTI and has been ratified by the Construction Industry Authority of the Philippines (CIAP), the policy making body for construction in the country. The agreement will assist in the implementation of the Philippine Construction Industry Roadmap 20202030, which aims to improve the quality of construction services and promote integrity, professionalism and innovation across the supply chain. Under the terms of the MoU, the DTI will conduct a national awareness campaign on FIDIC contracts amongst construction industry stakeholders and include the contracts in its regular training programmes. They will also provide training on FIDIC contract modules for government engineers and other professionals involved in the procurement, contract drafting and administration of contracts for government infrastructure contracts.

Balfour Beatty joint venture awarded HK$4.75 billion (c. £490 million) manufacturing facility contract in Hong Kong Commenting on the signing of the MoU, FIDIC chief executive Dr Nelson Ogunshakin said: “We are delighted to have signed this agreement with the Philippines DTI and to be working in collaboration with them on delivering a FIDIC contract training programme for their staff over the next two years. This is excellent news for FIDIC and also the construction sector in the Philippines and we look forward to working closely with stakeholders there over the coming months and years.” Rowel Barba, undersecretary at the Philippines DTI, said:

The MoU will pave the way for greater understanding and easier adoption of FIDIC contracts among Filipino engineers, particularly in the government agencies that implement Official Development Assistance international competitive bidding and public private partnership projects. We hope that this will lead to progress as we continue into the Golden Age of Infrastructure in the Philippines. FIDIC president Alain Bentéjac said: “I look forward to FIDIC building a strong working relationship in partnership with the DTI and the Construction Industry Authority of the Philippines as we collaborate to raise the awareness and use of FIDIC contracts. I am confident that this MoU will help in promoting mutual understanding and enhanced cooperation across the entire construction sector in the Philippines, thereby improving the quality, sustainability and delivery of services in the sector.”

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Balfour Beatty today announces that its 50:50 joint venture, Gammon Construction, has been awarded a HK$4.75 billion (c. £490 million) contract to deliver an Advanced Manufacturing Centre (AMC) on behalf of the Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation. The contract will see Gammon deliver the 108,000m² AMC facility, including a seawater district cooling system. This system, which will be used to cool the entire AMC building, is a cost-effective and environmental friendly solution for building cooling. The works will include all mechanical, electrical and plumbing services, the building façade and a significant amount of steelworks. To ensure the project’s safe and efficient delivery, Gammon will deploy a wide range of innovative technologies and methods including BIM, modularisation and off-site manufacturing techniques to improve safety and quality and contribute to a significant reduction in the duration of the works programme. Thomas Ho, Chief Executive of Gammon, said: “This impressive and complex facility for one of Gammon’s long-term customers is designed to meet the increasing need for high-end on demand manufacturing in the region. This latest success is testament to our proven experience in constructing complex buildings and our market leading engineering and technical capability.” Early works commenced in Summer 2019 with completion expected in 2021. At construction peak, the project will employ a workforce of around 1,800.


Global News DYNAMIC INFRASTRUCTURE IMPLEMENTS DEEP AI TECHNOLOGY TO PREVENT BRIDGES AND TUNNELS FROM COLLAPSING The New York and Tel Aviv based startup Dynamic Infrastructure is implementing the world’s first deep-learning solution which allows bridge and tunnel owners and operators to obtain visual diagnosis of the assets they manage. The system provides live, cloud-based, 3D views of the bridge or tunnel and automatically alerts when changes are detected in maintenance and operation conditions - before the issues evolve into large-scale failures. With huge Opex and Capex positive impact, Dynamic Infrastructure is already conducting projects in the U.S., Germany, Switzerland, Greece and Israel with different transportation infrastructure stakeholders. The company’s clients operate a total of 30,000 assets, ranging from Departments of Transportation to Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) and private companies. Dynamic Infrastructure quickly creates “medical records” for every bridge, tunnel and elevated highway, based on existing images taken through periodical condition inspections along the years, including images from smartphones, drones and laser scanning. The proprietary technology compares old and archived images to new ones, detecting maintenance and operation issues, defects and anomalies. Like MRI for humans , the 3D “medical records” serve as the basis for the alerts on changes in maintenance conditions. The diagnostics can be easily accessed through a simple browser and can be instantly shared with peers and contractors to speed maintenance workflows and increase return on investment. Dynamic Infrastructure, which operates from New York, Berlin and in Israel, was founded in 2018 by Saar Dickman and Amichay Cohen. Dickman and Cohen collaborated with a group of industry experts in the US and Europe who share the same vision – creating visual medical records for mega infrastructure elements, focusing on the challenging conditions of bridges and tunnels. Prior to Dynamic Infrastructure, Dickman served as VP Automotive Cyber Security at Harman, a Samsung-owned company, following the successful acquisition of TowerSec, his previous company, by Harman. Amichay Cohen served as the CEO of Carmel Tunnels and is currently acting as the COO of D.E Highways Management, where he is responsible for an annual revenue of $350 millions, operating toll-roads and toll tunnels.

Atkins selected for up to $20 million US Georgia Department of Transportation contract for Safety Design Services Atkins was once again selected as prime consultant under an up to $20 million USD, three-year contract with two oneyear optional extensions to provide oncall regional safety design services to the Georgia Department of Transportation’s (GDOT) Office of Traffic Operations. Atkins has partnered with GDOT since 2003 to deliver projects for the safety program in multiple districts through five consecutive on-call contracts. Continuing that support, the team of traffic and roadway engineers, environmental experts and surveyors will complete traffic engineering (TE) studies, road safety audits (RSAs), concept reports, designing and surveying. Additionally, the “The world faces an infrastructure crisis,” said Saar Dickman, co-founder and CEO of Dynamic Infrastructure. “Specifically, deficient bridges and tunnels represent a severe infrastructure challenge in the US and worldwide and their poor condition leads to life losses and millions in unplanned expenditures. Trying to repair America’s deficient infrastructure without adopting new technologies will not work. Technology allows you to change the equation of one-dollar problem equals one dollar of solution. “A single dollar of the right technology in the right place can save much more than one dollar of maintenance of a bridge.” Dickman continued: “Till recently, there has been no effective system that can quickly and precisely identify defects in bridges throughout their lifetime. We provide actionable monitoring and alerts that can better manage expenditures and help prevent the next collapse. We are bringing the data revolution to the decision-making process of bridges and tunnel maintenance based on our cutting-edge imagery analysis.” In total, there are more than 616,000 bridges in America. Of those, more than

team will support safety improvement projects, providing engineering services for sight distance improvements, intersection realignments, turn lane additions, pedestrian accommodations, restricted crossing U-turns (R-CUTs) and roundabouts. “This contract is proof of our longevity in delivering high quality service offerings across North America. We have managed and delivered safety projects with GDOT and their traffic operations staff for the last 16 years,” said George Nash, CEO, Atkins North America, SNC-Lavalin. “We will continue that support and remain committed to helping GDOT prevent roadway injuries and fatalities across Georgia.” 47,000 are structurally deficient and need urgent repairs, according to a report issued earlier this year by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). Americans cross these deficient bridges 178 million times a day. The average age of a structurally deficient bridge is 62 years. More than 235,000 (38%) of U.S. bridges have identified repair needs. ARTBA estimates the cost to make the identified repairs for all 235,000 bridges is nearly $171 billion. The pace of repair in 2018 slowed in comparison to 2017, and therefore ARTBA warns that at this pace, it will take 80 years to make significant repairs in America’s bridges. Tunnels are no different. According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), more than 350 highway tunnels have been identified in the United States. About 40% percent of these tunnels are now more than 50 years old; and approximately 5 percent of these tunnels already exceed 100 years of service. Therefore, according to Dynamic Infrastructure, a system of the type offered by the company is vital for maintaining and operating tunnels in America.

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Latest News NEW INFRASTRUCTURE COST TOOL WILL HELP CONSTRUCTION PROFESSIONALS ASSESS THE RISK OF INFLATION ON PROJECTS

NETWORK RAIL’S LEAF-BUSTING MACHINES READY TO TACKLE AUTUMNAL DELUGE As the cold mornings draw in and the leaves start to brown, Network Rail is busily preparing its 61 leaf-busting trains to keep passengers moving safely over autumn. Passengers expect and deserve a reliable, punctual train service, which is why this autumn, Network Rail and its train operating colleagues will be working flat out – preparing specialist equipment and undertaking specialist driver training – to better cope with the annual blight of ‘leaves on the line’ – the railway’s equivalent of black ice on the roads. Nick King, network services director at Network Rail, said: “Leaves on the line is a well-known issue on railways across the world. Our leaf-busting trains and highlytrained frontline teams will be working around the clock over the next few months to keep the tracks clear and rail services running. Even with these plans in place, on some particularly autumnal days it will be a challenge to operate the railway as punctually as we would want to. I would like to thank passengers for their patience and understanding while our staff work to keep them moving safely and reliably this autumn.”

A unique infrastructure cost and market forecast tool will help contractors and clients assess the risk of inflation on infrastructure schemes and benchmark the cost of their built projects to ensure they make the bestinformed and competitive investment and budgeting decisions. The RICS’ Building Cost Information Service (BCIS) – which is the leading provider of cost and price information to the construction industry - has launched the new online service, known as BCIS Civil Engineering Trends and Forecasts. It offers over 30 insightful market intelligence resources to help those in the infrastructure sector better understand and prepare for inflationary pressures on their business and built projects. Resources include market demand reports, five-year sector forecasts, tender price studies, wage agreements and information around construction output, new orders and state of trade surveys, along with cost and price indices for civil engineering. Joe Martin, BCIS Lead Consultant, RICS Data Product Management said: “In uncertain times the need for a consistent analysis of the factors that drive project costs is becoming increasingly

When leaves fall on to the tracks, they stick to damp rails, and passing trains compress them into a thin, black layer which can affect train braking and acceleration. This forces drivers to slow down earlier for stations and signals to avoid overshooting them. Autumn can also present problems for our signallers, because the build-up of leaf mulch makes it harder to detect a train’s location, causing delays when subsequent trains are unable to proceed until the train in front is further up the line. Network Rail’s autumn preparation programme includes a number of measures: • A total of 61 leaf-busting trains – 29

important. Therefore, we have used our 50 plus years’ experience - of measuring and forecasting construction demand cost and prices - to create this one-of-a-kind infrastructure cost product, which will help those in the sector gain unrivalled insight into the relationship between cost, demand and price. James Fiske, Global Director and Data and Information Products at RICS added: “The insight from this new tool will enable contractors and clients to best prepare and plan for financial risks on infrastructure schemes and apply the most appropriate inflation measures in contracts, which in turn will help them develop more transparent and competitive strategies for cost-effective and sustainable built projects.”

Railhead Treatment Trains (RHTT) and 32 Multi-Purpose Vehicles (MPV) – which move around the network, cleaning the top of the rail by spraying it with a water jet at very high pressure (1500 bar) to blast away leaf mulch • These trains also lay adhesion modifier, a composite material of sand and steel shot suspended in a gel-like substance, which is applied to the rail to clear the tracks and help ensure the signalling system works correctly • We have teams available 24/7 at key locations to scrub the top of the rails by hand with a sand-based treatment • Management and replacement of lineside vegetation with species less likely to shed leaves on to the tracks • Between 1 October and 13 December, Network Rail receives adhesion forecasts twice a day from a specialist weather forecaster, highlighting locations that require action. This allows resources to be planned more effectively • As an industry, we work together to run a safe and reliable service. In areas with heavy leaf-fall, some operators publish special autumn timetables with revised journey timings to allow train drivers to drive more cautiously than usual. Network Rail’s autumn treatment trains covered 1,418,169 miles in 2018 – the equivalent of travelling to the moon and back three times.

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The Offsite Construction Show 2019

The UK’s “Blue Riband” Offsite Construction Event all set for it’s 5th year! Doors open on November 20th, 2019 at London’s ExCeL exhibition centre for edition 5 of this top class event specialising in offsite construction (OSC). According to show director, Steven Callaghan, offsite construction (OSC) is now more in the news than at any time since he launched the show in 2015. “Housing shortages in the UK, in particular the lack of affordable housing, have seen OSC advanced as something that could make a major contribution to solving these particular problems. This has lead to a wider appreciation of the other benefits of OSC such as improved quality of the finished product and, vitally, improvements in health and safety at work. Shortages of skilled labour are another good reason why OC needs to be considered very seriously – many employers are finding that current entrants to the workplace are less enthusiastic about working on a windswept building site than their fathers and forefathers, this is the digital generation” Steven adds. Head of Sales, Maddie Maclellan takes up the story. “We organise the show in association with London based organization, buildoffsite, (www. buildoffsite.com) who we call the ‘voice of the offsite construction industry’. They are a membership based organization who sole role is to promote the use of offsite construction technology and it only takes a brief glance at their list of members online to see the extent of their influence – it’s a real who’s who of end clients, contractors, manufacturers even government departments. “A very popular feature of the Offsite Construction Show is the buildoffsite Seminar Theatre and I’m pleased to confirm that it will be making an appearance once again in 2019. The programme is yet to be published but for a flavor of what can be expected, please follow this link to see details of the 2018 presentations

in the programme of events - https://www. buildoffsite.com/content/uploads/2017/12/ Day-1_Programme-for-website-2.pdf - there is also a series of Masterclasses plus the show’s own seminar theatre and programme and it’s all absolutely free of charge”, says Maddie. The organisers feel that the show’s high turn out and excellent visitor quality is strongly influenced by it’s location in London, one of the Worlds most dynamic cities and the home to many spectacular flagship OSC projects. “London ExCeL is located in the heart of the Docklands and is a truly World class venue,” continues Steven Callaghan, “with superb facilities for visitors and visitors,” and nowhere is this more evident than with it’s communication links, he stresses.

The show is THE place in the UK to do offsite business and we cater for all aspects of the process – whether your reason for visiting is to learn more about OSC with a view to incorporating it in your future projects or to look to develop your supply chain, the show has something to offer you

“Visiting the show could not be easier,” says Maddie, whether by public transport or by your own car. “ExCeL has 2 of it’s it’s own onsite DLR Stations (Docklands Light Railway) and this is the most popular way of travelling to the show – fast, cheap and efficient however if you do prefer to come under your own steam, the venue has an underground parking garage with over 3000 spaces.” “Register online on the show website – www.offsiteconstructionshow.co.uk - for your free entrance ticket beforehand, it will save you time on arrival at the show hall’. According to the organisers, this means that the show has easy access to the many thousands of senior construction, design and specifying personnel based in the capital city, as well as both central and local government. In 2018 the show was attended by over 4,000 people, a record attendance, and a similar number are expected in 2019, with up to 100 exhibitors anticipated to show at the latest event, ranging from specialist manufacturers of offsite buildings, construction technology and design to product supply chain producers and the 2019 show will feature at least 20% brand new, first time exhibitors.

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“The show is THE place in the UK to do offsite business” says Maddie and we cater for all aspects of the process – whether your reason for visiting is to learn more about OSC with a view to incorporating it in your future projects or to look to develop your supply chain, the show has something to offer you,” concludes Maddie.


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CONSTRUCTION COURSE HELPS TRANSFORM MAIDENHEAD MAN’S LIFE Wates and Biosite Systems Ltd join forces to support previously unemployed trainee following free construction course A jobseeker has turned his life around thanks to Wates Construction, the contractor building the new Braywick Leisure Centre in Maidenhead, securing his first ever job following a free training scheme for the long-term unemployed. Upon completion of Wates’ accredited Building Futures programme, in which candidates aged 19+ are provided with two weeks’ construction training, Breaze Roberts (26) was one of two participants invited to work with Wates full time, thanks to support from workforce management partner, Biosite Systems Ltd. Prior to taking part in the course, Breaze had yet to find a job, having spent his late teens and early twenties getting into trouble with the police. A lack of confidence had proved a barrier to meeting people and learning new skills but after meeting course organisers, Ixion at the local JobCentre, Breaze decided it was time for a fresh start. Now employed through workforce management and security specialists,

Biosite Systems Ltd, on Wates’ Braywick Leisure Centre project as a gate supervisor. His main role is to manage vehicles coming in and out of the site, helping to ensure the site runs efficiently and safely. Wates Construction’s Community Investment Advisor, Sally Kinchin, explains: “From the outset of the course, Breaze stood out and during the interviews, he really shone. Everyone was impressed by the amount of research he had done to prepare, as well as his enthusiasm. We were extremely keen to find a permanent position for him on site upon completion of the Building Futures training and were grateful that our partners, Biosite, also saw his potential and agreed to employ and train him.” Breaze comments: “I was very apprehensive about starting the course and the first day was tough but my advice to anyone starting out on the Building Futures programme is to stick it out – it has definitely changed my life for the better. “I’m able to plan for the future now. I’m saving to learn to drive and hope to progress to become a crane operator in the future. I wouldn’t have known this job existed before

I came here and this industry has a lot of different roles, so you never know where you might end up. It’s exciting.” Building Futures is an award-winning twoweek pre-employability programme for anybody not in employment, education or training aged 19+. Candidates are offered taster sessions in the likes of multi skills and carpentry as well as employability support and interviews with employers. At the end of the Building Futures programme, participants receive a BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Construction, which is accredited by the qualifications and credit framework (QCF), as well as the opportunity to sit their CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) test, which is beneficial for employment within the industry. Over 1500 people have taken part in over 100 Building Futures programmes since its launch and Wates has supported more than 67% into employment or further learning either with Wates, its supply chain or other employers and training providers. Simon Oakley, Operations Director – Security at Biosite Systems Ltd, adds:

When we heard about Building Futures, we were keen to get involved, as helping young people enter employment and investing in the next generation of talent is crucial. “Breaze has had an excellent attitude from the start and absorbed the training readily. It’s fantastic that his experience has inspired him to pursue a career in the construction industry and it’s why courses like Building Futures are so important.” Once complete, the new Braywick Leisure Centre will include a 10-lane swimming pool, larger training and splash pools, a 200-station gym, four squash courts, a larger sports hall, improved accessibility for disabled users and sports teams. While the services offered will be improved and expanded, the centre’s eco-friendly approach will see it use 70% less energy than the previous building.

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First phase of the new A6 dual carriageway between M22 and Toome is complete GRAHAM Farrans Joint Venture has completed a four-mile stretch of dual carriageway between Belfast and Londonderry ahead of schedule.

The first phase of the £185 million, ninemile dualling, of the A6 North Western Transport Corridor between Randalstown and Castledawson went live to traffic on

Sunday, August 4th – with M22 J3 grade separated Junction and associated side roads now complete. An estimated 20,000 vehicles a day will benefit from the opened upgrade between Randalstown and Castledawson. The first phase of the scheme includes the construction of 10 major structures: • Four overbridges carrying side roads and accommodation access roads over the new A6 mainline. • One compact grade separated junction constructed online at the M22 J3. • Four accommodation underpasses to service local landowners. • A pedestrian footbridge constructed to link the village of Toome to the new Park and Ride facility at Drumderg Roundabout. Gareth McLaverty, GRAHAM contracts manager commented “We’re delighted to have completed the first phase of this major project in Northern Ireland. It will help to strengthen the links between Belfast and Derry/Londonderry and will bring the longterm benefits to road users and the local

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Project community of reduced journey times and improved road safety.

It has been a complicated project, but GRAHAM has a strong reputation for completing high-quality civil engineering projects which each bring their own unique complexities. Our team is well-prepared and has worked hard to adapt to all working landscapes to ensure that they first phase was completed on time and to a high standard. “We have done our utmost to limit the environmental impact. An acoustic barrier, re-grading of agricultural land to reduce the impact of embankments, sustainable drainage ponds, farm accommodation tracks, overbridges and underpasses, landscaping planting and boundary treatment are among the work carried out. “The hard work continues, and it is straight onto phase two of the work. Once fully completed, this project will bring great social and economic benefits to the local area, most notably reduced journey times and improvements to the road safety.”

from the existing A6 through Moneynick. • Allows the retention of the existing A6 Moneynick Road as a local facility. • Provides positive economic returns, improved road user benefits and accident benefits. Next phase The second phase will see the construction of a 4.5 miles dual carriageway between Toome and Castledawson. It starts east of Creagh roundabout and continues part offline and part online to the Castledawson roundabout. The existing single carriageway, Hillhead Road between The Creagh and the western end of the Castledawson Bypass will be retained to provide local access. The second phase is due to be completed in 2021. Importance of work The whole project will upgrade over nine miles of the A6 North Western Transport Corridor between Randalstown and

Castledawson. It is a route used by 20,000 vehicles each day and often experiences congestion at key times. The A6 is a strategically important transport corridor, which strengthens links between Belfast, Derry/Londonderry and the wider North West. The £185 million project is being delivered by the Department for Infrastructure and will bring the long-term benefits to road users and the local community of reduced journey times and improved road safety. Once completed it will bring social and economic benefit to the local area, most notably reduced journey times and improved road safety. The ongoing work is also benefitting the local construction industry delivering local jobs and investment. It’s estimated there is £2.30 of benefit to the local economy for every £1 of capital investment and during the whole construction period 15-20 new paid employment and training opportunities have been created.

Impact of first phase Prior to the completion of phase one, the existing road between Randalstown and Toome was a rural single carriageway trunk road, starting at the M22 Junction 3 west of Randalstown and continuing west for about 7 kilometres to the Drumderg Roundabout east of Toome. Parts of the route had been improved over the last four decades. This included the bends at Derryhollagh being reconstructed in the 1960s, the existing road at Clonboy and Drumberg both being widened and strengthened in the 1970s. Improvements to the remainder of the road had been limited to minor junction improvements and routine maintenance surfacing. Poor alignment combined with an increase in traffic volumes had reduced the number of safe overtaking opportunities, leading to increased journey times and an increased risk of frustrated drivers attempting to overtake in unsafe circumstances. The new dual carriageway has been designed to reduce, as far as possible, damage to the environment, whilst taking account of factors such as road safety, engineering design and cost. The results of the first phase of the scheme: • It provides a high-standard dual carriageway between the M22 at Randalstown and the A6 Toome Bypass dual carriageway. • Enables the removal of strategic traffic

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Feature

ARE YOU READY FOR IR35? Construction firms depend on armies of contractors and suppliers – but with reforms to IR35 due to come into force in April 2020, finance teams must prepare for change. While there is every chance your business is not guilty of employing ‘disguised workers’, a responsible financial controller will need to demonstrate compliance. Here, Steve Berridge, finance technology specialist at The Access Group, explains why the time is now to prepare for IR35. Five months to go It’s been about a year since then Chancellor, Philip Hammond, announced reforms to IR35 would be coming into force in the private sector in April 2020. But there are still some businesses that are yet to prepare for the changes. The reforms are being made to IR35 to level the playing field between employees and contractors who broadly do the same roles at a business but don’t necessarily make the same national insurance and income tax contributions – because of their differing employment statuses. The government is also making these changes to IR35 to bring the private sector in line with the public sector where £550 million was raised in income tax and national insurance in the first year since its inception (it was introduced in the public sector in 2017). For industries like construction that depend on contractors, the legislation is going to have a significant impact and with under six months to go, the time is now for finance teams to act – if they haven’t already done so. Confusion As an industry we have had a year to digest

the news, but you won’t be alone if you still haven’t quite managed to get your head around the complexities of the reforms to IR35. As providers of services, contractors are responsible for their own tax payments, sick pay, holiday pay, pensions and more. They may work in the office with the rest of the team, have a desk at the organisation, be invited along to social events, but they are not classed as employees. This is where the government is determined to root out the ‘disguised workers’ – yet the lines are extremely blurred. This is demonstrated by quantity surveyor Mark Daniels’ IR35 tax appeal win against HMRC earlier this year. The court found that he was ‘not’ treated as an employee by Structure Tone Ltd, after he claimed that ‘despite being expected to work in shift patterns set by STL, this did not constitute control, as all construction sites are run in this way ’. The case revealed the real complexity of defining who is and who isn’t a disguised worker in construction. In the governments’ eyes, some contractors are using their position to pay less income tax, as they can pay a lower rate of tax through their company. The government wants to clamp down on those who are for all intents and purposes, an employee. Unlike the public sector, in the private sector it will be up to you as a business to determine and demonstrate IR35 status of your contractors. If you can’t, you could be hit with a significant fine. So before the legislation comes in, it’s important that the finance and HR departments of construction businesses put polices in place that ensure they know the IR35 status of each of its contractors.

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The departments have to work together, otherwise it could mean contractor fees, salaries or other key quantitative metrics are worked out inaccurately across the business, which could lead to wasted time at best and fines for non-compliance at worst. Put a data system in place One of the best ways to ensure data is accurate cross departments, is to have a strong data system in place that allows information to be shared seamlessly. It’s important to choose a system that offers full visibility of employee, supplier and financial data, with functions such as ‘off payroll’ that allows you to accurately assess what your employees’ national insurance contributions might look like. Investing in a data-backed finance software package isn’t just a short-sighted investment only applicable for IR35. Over the coming years, HMRC is going to insist that corporation tax returns are submitted via accounting software that integrates with the government’s APIs, as tax moves digital. A system where figures are automatically calculated, without any room for error, means that the organisation is more likely to be compliant and hence reduce the risk of fines for incorrect or incomplete information. A centralised data dashboard that can be accessed by everyone from marketing to product development, means finance staff won’t have to respond to constant requests for information, so they can work more efficiently and productively. Ultimately, it’s not just IR35 compliance requirements that might lead an organisation to choose a data-oriented finance solution: it’s about avoiding waste and paying taxes properly as well. If you don’t feel ready for IR35, now is the time to act.


CCTV Monitoring Focuses on Growth with BigChange Mobile Workforce Tech CCTV Monitoring, one of the fastest-growing construction site CCTV installation and monitoring businesses in the UK, has rolled out a mobile workforce system as part of a cloud-based business system from Leedsbased BigChange. Equipped with rugged tablets running a 5 in 1 app called JobWatch, CCTV Monitoring engineers are tracked and connected in real-time to the central system giving management 24/7 visibility of their field operations. CCTV Monitoring has a team of CCTV and security specialists with engineers that can be deployed quickly nationwide to provide a complete CCTV service from site assessment to installation, monitoring and servicing. The company also operates a 24 hour monitoring station to protect key building sites across the UK for many of the biggest names in industry including Kier, Balfour Beatty, Morgan-Sindall, Galliford Try, Willmott Dixon and Skanska.

engineers use their tablets for navigation, job sheets, timesheets, parts ordering and vehicle safety inspections. The devices can also be used for capturing time and location stamped photographs; providing indisputable evidence from site should future customer queries arise. Customer service has also had a big boost through improved communication with clients. With better and more up to date information clients are kept in the picture with emails with expected time off arrival on site and job completion reports, backed up with photographs from site. Founded 2005, CCTV Monitoring was formed to resolve the problems caused by opportunistic and professional theft from construction sites by using cost effective, technologically based CCTV alternatives to manned guards. After consolidation last year, CCTV Monitoring is expected to grow by 40 percent in 2019 with expansion not only in the construction sector but also into new markets and new areas of service such as access control and fire prevention. “The thing about BigChange is that we are no longer constrained as a business. We can expand freely without needing to worry about our IT capability – it is all on the cloud and mobile,” Capstick explains. www.cctvmon.com

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BigChange has provided a complete end-to-end solution to CCTV Monitoring which handles the entire business process. From logging incoming service requests on CRM software, to work scheduling and job allocation, through to routing and tracking to live job reporting, invoicing and management reporting. “We knew straight away that BigChange provided a tremendous opportunity to improve the way we worked. The potential became very clear when we installed some large screens in the office and we could all immediately see our entire operations in real time and see the exact status of each job,” says Stuart Capstick, Managing Director of CCTV Monitoring. “BigChange really has revolutionised our business and it helps that it is very intuitive, very easy to use; it’s just ‘out there.” With BigChange CCTV Monitoring has improved the way resources are allocated as the system gives an instant overview of each engineers’ location, status and capability. Linked to GPS trackers on their vans,

Signposting to Success: Brammer Buck & Hickman to Offer New Signage for Customers Brammer Buck & Hickman, the UK’s leading supplier of industrial maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) products and services, is delighted to see the development of a new safety signage offering in partnership with international sign and label manufacturer, Brady Corporation. The Brammer Buck & Hickman range covers safe condition signs, fire exit and assembly signs, first aid signage, general prohibitive signs, mandatory signs, danger and hazard signs and multi message signs. In addition, Brammer Buck & Hickman has a range of signs targeted for construction and site safety, which includes stanchion signs, construction banners, roll top signs, maintenance and scafftag, ladder and tower inspection signs. A selection of wall posters covering legislation, first aid, manual handling, electric shock and COSHH will also be available. Mark Chandler, Product Manager for Site Safety, Storage & Handling commented, “This is a unique and exclusive offering from Brady to Brammer Buck & Hickman. The new signage offer means customers now have access to a comprehensive range of high-quality products which should cover most if not all of their signage needs at a great price in one catalogue.” Brammer Buck & Hickman is part of the Rubix group. With a turnover of more than €2.2 billion in 2017, Rubix is Europe’s largest supplier of industrial MRO products and services. For more information please go to www.bbh-rubix.com or call Brammer Buck & Hickman on 08450 510 150.

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The Humans of Construction photography exhibition will be displaying 1,000 of the most influential and inspiring professionals working in the UK’s built environment, featuring individuals from a wide array of fascinating backgrounds in the industry, from CEO’s to architects, pioneers to students and future leaders. Networking London Build is looking forward to welcoming over 25,000 registered contractors, architects, engineers, developers, councils and construction professionals over the two days. We’re expecting a high level of attendance from the UK’s top 100 contractors and architects, offering an unbeatable opportunity for networking with peers and clients alike. We want you to leave London Build armed with a wide range of new connections and friends, and make sure you become part of an ongoing exciting and vibrant new community of like-minded professionals. Networking opportunities include our first ever LinkedIn Networking Lounge – a ground-breaking networking initiative which enables attendees to network and make new contacts whilst simultaneously building their online network through LinkedIn using QR codes and a timetable of Speed Networking events.

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Scottish property developer launches new training programme with the Caribbean Scottish property developer FM Group has launched a major training and skills programme with the Caribbean. The programme aims to upskill participants from the Caribbean in different sectors such as construction, agriculture and hospitality, by bringing them to Scotland. The objective is to exchange knowledge, work practices and provide participants with new skills in a variety of environments, which are transferable to different workplaces and will help improve their expertise, both in the Caribbean and in Scotland. Individual programmes will last for 6 weeks at a time. First participant to come across from the Caribbean has been Randolph Hackshaw (39). Originally from St. Vincent and the Grenadines and with over 20 years of experience as a joiner, he currently lives on the Grenadine island of Bequia with his family of four and works as a joiner for FM Group. In light of his vast experience and recent appointment as maintenance manager for the FM Group luxury resort ‘The Liming’ in Bequia, Hawkshaw has undertaken this programme to not only improve his expertise but also help train his Scottish colleagues. The scheme is also being supported by Liming JV investor K-Group and the intent is to expand this throughout the Caribbean. Randolph has taken part on large construction sites with a value of £35 million involving over 130 flats which has given him experience in steel frame construction, cranes and pre-fabricated construction through supply chain partners.

He is currently working in two of FM Group’s flagship projects: the former Scottish Power Cathcart House (Glasgow) and the historic Dalnair Castle and Estate (Croftamie near Drymen); both being refurbished into luxury residential developments. Through the Caribbean Training Programme, the company aims to establish a closer relationship initially with the community of St Vincent and the Grenadines but reaching out to the Eastern Caribbean in general. Randolph’s experience in Scotland will be used to encourage other Caribbean workers to take advantage of this unique opportunity. The company intends to write to schools in the Caribbean to attract interest in those looking to work in construction, hospitality and agriculture. The Liming resort includes a five-star hotel,

hotel, high-end beach cottages and villas with private beach, restaurant, marina and tennis court. The resort also offers the possibility to buy real estate, which gives buyers the possibility to rent their property to visitors when unoccupied, translating in a return on their investment. Graeme Lurring, CFO of FM Group said: “We are delighted to be playing a major part in launching this training programme, allowing skills and experiences to be shared between Scotland and the Caribbean. There is already a strong Scottish presence on Bequia and it is great to be strengthening these ties. As a company, we very much specialise in luxury developments in often challenging contexts and this programme gives those coming on it a great opportunity to develop their skills. There is also much the workforce here can learn from them.” Kelly Glass, CEO of K-Group said:

This training programme aims to help improve workers’ skills in a variety of sectors such as construction and agriculture. The scheme gives individuals like Randolph the opportunity to travel abroad and improve their skillset outside their comfort zone, allowing them to thrive and reach their full professional potential. We hope Randolph has a great time in Scotland and his experience encourages others here in Bequia and further afield to take part in the programme

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Company News

Construction recruiter marks 50th year with record results Global staffing solutions specialist, the Morson Group, has recorded a record year with turnover reaching £867million and the group is now on track for further growth during its 50th year in business. Group revenues increased by 6.5 per cent to the end of December 2018 thanks primarily to continued organic growth in core sectors and subsidiary companies, whilst infilling and expanding into complementary and additional marketplaces where Morson can add value through its specialist talent-based service capabilities. Growth was spearheaded by three strategic acquisitions made during 2018, which saw the Morson Group acquire Canadian and USA-based recruiter, Strategic Infusion Inc. and UK-based companies, Anderselite Holdings Ltd and Waldeck Holdings Ltd. Strategic Infusion Inc. continued the Morson Group’s North American expansion into mature markets in power, nuclear, telecommunication and aerospace. With a focus closer to home, specialist recruiter, Anderselite Holdings, strengthened the Group’s presence and offer in construction, civil engineering, facilities management and rail, whilst Waldeck established a complementary offer alongside Morson Projects, boosting

its design capabilities in rail, civil structural engineering and architecture, whilst adding significant Building Information Modelling (BIM) expertise.

remains the UK’s largest independentlyowned recruitment company and collectively employs more than 1,100 people.

Morson Group CEO, Ged Mason, explains: “2018 was a landmark year for the Morson Group as we cemented our position as market leaders of talent and go-to strategic partners across a number of technical sectors.

Ged continues: “Growing a successful business is about people and our staff really are the backbone of the group. Having a team that’s committed to delivering great service day in, day out, is a major part of our company culture and I’m proud of every member of the Morson family for committing their time and support, and making our group of businesses exceptional places to work.

An intensifying competition for talent also means that more organisations are examining their end-to-end recruitment processes and outsourcing these functions to specialists like ourselves to source the candidates they need, whilst delivering efficiencies and cost savings throughout the recruitment lifecycle. The Morson Group family comprises a number of complementary awardwinning and talent-driven businesses that specialise in recruitment and outsourced solutions, including Morson International, Morson Projects, Vital Human Resources, The Bridge and Morson Training. Founded in 1969, the Morson Group

“Looking back at where Morson came from, it’s incredible to think that my father set up the business 50 years ago from under the staircase in our family home. “What’s even more inspiring is that we have the potential to take the Morson Group to new heights and as an entrepreneurial business rooted in family values, we’re focused in delivering excellence to our clients and candidates, whilst maintaining working environments that attract and retain great people who thrive. “Our continued focus on high quality staffing solutions as well as successful sector diversification, both in terms of our geographical footprint and products offered, will take us towards our goal of reaching a £1billion group turnover.”

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Schöck Combar for major Eurotunnel transformer project ElecLink, a wholly owned subsidiary of Getlink, formerly known as Groupe Eurotunnel, is building an electricity interconnector between the United Kingdom and France. Two direct current cables installed inside the Channel Tunnel will enable the electricity produced on either side of the Channel to circulate between the two countries. It will increase the current transmission capacity between the United Kingdom and France by 50%. The project, valued at around £580m, is due to become operational in 2020 and a key element is the construction of two converter transformers on either side of the channel. Their purpose is to convert electricity between High Voltage Alternating Current (HVAC) and High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC). HVAC is used in each country’s transmission systems and HVDC is used for sending electricity along the cable through the Channel Tunnel. By utilising

the existing tunnel any disturbance of the seabed under the English Channel will be avoided and support the country’s environmental commitments. The proposed 51km HVDC cable will stretch between National Grid’s 400kV substation at Sellindge, near Folkestone in Kent and RTE’s Les Mandarins substation at Peuplinques in Nord-Pas de Calais. The cables will be located in the Channel Tunnel’s north rail tunnel and benefit from having primary utilities, including cooling equipment, already installed. Combar is more effective than steel rebar The transformers weigh in at 318 tonnes, requiring substantial concrete groundbearing base unit slabs. Traditionally steel rebar has been used as the standard reinforcement in concrete construction, but despite its strength, steel is not the ideal solution for reinforcement, especially in electromagnetically sensitive environments.

Transformers operate with high electric currents and inductive currents are generated within the reinforcing steel. If the rebars are located too close to these coils, it can cause them to heat up, resulting in a loss of strength. This is where Schöck Combar comes into its own, a ribbed reinforcing bar made of corrosion resistant glass fibre bound by a vinyl ester resin. Combar was installed within the whole concrete ground bearing base unit slabs, involving a total area of around 416 square metres. The cages involved a combination of prefabricated bent bars, straight bars, tubes and spacers. Wide range of applications The high quality components and the unique manufacturing process result in an outstanding material that is highly durable, much stronger than steel, corrosion resistant – and not electrically conductive. Therefore, Combar reinforced foundations, can be built near transformer coils; and reactors and the enclosures can be much smaller without hindering the units performance, which significantly reduces construction and operating costs. Combar is also ideally suited for installations in switchyards; steel mills; aluminium smelters; research and industrial facilities. Wider application examples include its easy machinability in tunnel construction and complete corrosion resistance when building bridge parapets and barrier walls. Website: www.schoeck.co.uk

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Training & Education

MKC TRAINING My career in the construction industry began in 2005 when I started working as a CAD apprentice for a small building services company. Back then, my main job entailed working alongside engineers to produce construction drawings; these drawings were then used as a guide on site to ensure the services were being installed as per the requirements of the job. I had been recruited by the company along with one other to replace the CAD Manager who had left, who just happened to be female. I never got the chance to meet her, and when I asked about her and why she left, all I was told was that she was crazy. During the beginning of my career, there was very little representation of females within the construction industry. I remember my first ever site visit; everyone just stopped and stared at me. It was very unnerving as a young apprentice! Luckily, over the last 14 years, this attitude seems to have faded, and now I’m just another person on site. That said, there is still a massive gender imbalance within the industry, I have still never worked for a female employer or manager, and I only ever had one female employee during 7 years of being a Drawing Office Manager. The military construction and engineering environment, in which I now work, can be particularly unforgiving of those who differ from the perceived traditional norms.

Being the only female in my area can be isolating, I often have to remind myself that I am doing a good thing by promoting change for the future. MKC Training is using events and heavy involvement in STEM to try and address these issues. Since taking on the role as Draughtsman Instructor with MKC Training at a military construction college, I have noticed more than ever the severe under-representation of females within the construction industry. As a quick statistic, after three years of working here, I have only ever taught one female compared to 47 males! My job at the college involves teaching lessons on plumbing, heating, air conditioning and electrical services. I also have to answer many technical questions about building services as well as having to have extensive knowledge of the AutoCAD software and presentation of building services drawings. I am currently the only female in my department and one of only four females within our faculty. Being the only female in my area can be isolating, I often have to remind myself that I am doing a good thing by promoting change for the future. MKC Training is using events and heavy involvement in STEM to try and address these issues.

people’s perceptions as a whole. I think it is essential for me as a woman to continue to fight against these gender stereotypes within the construction environment and try to inspire those young females who may want to join as well as showing young males that it is normal for women to work in construction and engineering too. Without role models to look up to, young females may feel as though there is no place for them here and therefore miss out on pursuing a great career. With a growing acceptance within the industry to look at how organisations can make changes to welcome more women into the workforce, it is agreed that the power of mentoring or a network for women to be a part of and supported by is an affirmative and effective action to take. This is something all businesses who have a male-dominated workforce can do to make their organisations more welcoming for women to work for, as well as creating a public statement of their commitment to gender diversity. MKC Training is a world-class trades trainer in the construction and engineering industry and is a critical voice in trying to address the skills agenda in STEM. To find out more, please visit www.mkctraining.com

Since moving into education-based construction, I have become much more aware of my responsibility to promote gender equality. I believe it is not just the industry that needs to change, but

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PDC Construction completes first UK Hard Rock hotel external refurbishment PDC Construction recently completed an extensive external refurbishment, including installation of 650 windows, external cleaning, brick and stonework restoration at the UK’s first Hard Rock Hotel

Recently, the eight-story Cumberland Hotel at the corner of Oxford Street and Park Lane near Marble Arch in central London was transformed and re-launched as the UK’s first Hard Rock Hotel. PDC Construction Services Ltd undertook a full window replacement and exterior clean and stonework restoration

The PDC works has provided the best possible backdrop for the new Hard Rock Hotel.

of the imposing art deco building, to enable the best external image for the re-launch. The transformation of the hotel’s exterior supports the design and memorabilia collection of the internal design, which has been curated to reflect key aspects of London’s musical heritage. Its 900 rooms have hosted stars including Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix, Diana Ross and Stevie Wonder. The hotel remained open to guests for the duration of the contract period. With approx. 900 rooms, there were significant logistic challenges, being located on the busy Oxford Street with high density commercial and retail use, and an entrance to Marble Arch tube station as part of the building foundation. Continuous high traffic flow and pedestrian footfall had to be considered when the significant gantry, scaffold and mast climber arrangements had to be coordinated. PDC had to make suitable assessments of any requirements to liaise with regulators, authorities, building landlord, hotel operator and other main contractors on site, while being keenly aware of any implications on the regular management of the hotel, staying guests and the huge flow of people in this buzzing location. Throughout the project, the rights of way, both pedestrian and vehicular along adjoining roads and pavements, was kept clear for use of the public and surrounding building occupants at all times.

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PDC Construction Collaboration, value and delivery The completion on time and on budget of this extensive renovation is a key example of PDC Construction’s commitment to its commercial clients, created from the core strengths of its directors in the fields of construction and commercial fabric maintenance. PDC specialises in project work, commercial refurbishment, hospitality, education and heritage as well as facilities management. The project portfolio includes a wide range of projects, from offices and public sector buildings to hotels, theatres and schools. Owners and directors Robert Callander and Harry Wildman’s joint personal efforts ensure that the company provides support, strong management and craftsmanship to its clients. It is these practices that have resulted in Considerate Constructor Awards in 2017 and 2019, and earned the company its ISO9001/ ISO14001, ConstructionLine, SafeContractor and Considerate Constructors accreditations. Live environment measures One of the most challenging parts of the project was working in a live environment, alongside other main contractors. As a company, PDC is keenly aware how management procedures, including health and safety, quality and communication relate to the live environment and the mitigation measures required. Site project manager Michael Bailey comments, “PDC did not have the benefit of having a completely segregated site from the hotel guests. We had the logistical issues of distributing materials and removing waste from the rooms along corridors with guests within the vicinity.” The rolling programme of guest bookings was paramount, as under no exceptions could the rooms be returned late, as guests were booked in. “Liaison directly with the chief engineer and back of house manager for programming was crucial. We would also have operatives undertaking brick, stone repairs and cleaning externally and guests within the locations would require notification from the hotel. The key to the project was communication so all stakeholders were aware of all activities,” explains Bailey.

“People, delivery and relationships are at the heart of our business - based upon customer satisfaction, collaboration, value for money and reliable delivery. We believe in customer service and in creating lasting, trusting relationships,” says executive director Harry Wildman. Effective refurbishments, combining resources and activities, are vital to the success of projects. The team is highly experienced in working in occupied buildings and within restricted time frames, allowing clients to remain operational whilst works are carried out. Managing director Robert Callander explains, “Our experience contributes to the delivery of strategic and operational objectives and provides a safe and efficient working environment, which is essential to the performance of our clients.” Sustainable environmental practices PDC Construction recognises that concern for the environment should be an integral and fundamental part of the business. Callander confirms, “We are aware of the impact of our

day-to-day operations on the environment; our objective is to balance the need to achieve our business aims with an effort towards sustainable environmental improvement, which can be measured and monitored on a regular basis. We implement this through our ISO14001 Environmental Management System.” Company management have specific responsibility for policy development, coordination and evaluation of performance. Environmental and sustainable aspects of processes and activities are effectively managed in order to protect the health and safety of employees, customers and the public whilst contributing to the future wellbeing of the environment. A key aspect of the Hard Rock Hotel works was a dedication to quality of delivery. PDC’s ISO9001 management system spans all phases of the project life cycle, from initial assessment and analysis, accurate pricing structure, in-depth monitoring of achievement of the project requirements to high quality finishes. Meeting these objectives required a clear understanding of the qualitative and quantitative principles of management, costings, programme and delivery of the project. The Hard Rock Hotel will still be operated by GLH, London’s largest hotel owneroperator, which also owns Thistle, Guoman and Amba hotels. PDC is now involved in other extensive works across the GLH Group’s other properties, including events rooms, conversions and other internal refurbishments. Gareth Dearing, GLH Group Property Projects Manager, comments, “The PDC team has been professional, accommodating and responsive, working in strong collaboration with the project team and other contractors.” The works that PDC undertook, external facade clean, brick and stone repairs and window replacement of 650 windows transformed the appearance of the building, and has provided the best possible backdrop for the new Hard Rock Hotel.

Several elevations of the project had the same access arrangements, which was a challenge as all areas were live, with not only the guests but also the general public. The Oxford Street scaffolding in particular presented a challenge, due to load restrictions over Marble Arch tube station. This was overcome by changing the gantry and mast climbers for a lightweight scaffolding system.

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Show Preview 2019

HOMES UK HOMES UK is an unrivalled event that will look at the entire ecosystem of home building and maintenance for every type of accommodation in the UK from affordable to market sale and the rapidly growing build to rent, student, co-living and retirement sectors. Following stellar growth over the previous two editions, the event will be moving in to the ExCeL, London from the 2728 November this year, providing the UK’s residential property sector with the opportunity to connect, learn and do business over an action-packed two days. A unique event for a diverse sector It is the only event of its kind to unite so many residential players, driving collaboration and discussion, and providing a showcase for the latest solutions necessary to deliver a diverse and high-quality supply of new homes to address the UK crisis. HOMES UK also consistently attracts the largest concentrated audience of senior decision-makers (70% of attendees have budgetary responsibility), making it a fantastic platform for doing business. All of the action in one place The show floor is set to host over 200 exhibitors, showcasing innovative products and services designed for HOMES UK’s key market. Meanwhile, the extensive conference programme will run over 7 varied theatres covering everything from sustainability, design quality and regeneration, to planning reform, Brexit and the sector’s future workforce. Bringing together a programme that covers every type of residential accommodation is no mean feat, but we’ve curated the best of your sector’s expertise and achievements through over 70 hours of high-calibre content.

Although now in its 8th year, the ethos of HOMES UK hasn’t changed – keeping the design, build and management of great quality homes in thriving communities at its heart. The programme will provide insight on complex challenges while also offering practical advice and success stories led by peers. Choose from topics spanning the entire lifecycle of residential development and asset management. This year, you’ll find industry heavyweights and rising stars alongside even the odd celebrity, making HOMES UK an event not to be missed. Conference highlights include: • How should we reform the planning system? • Brexit or bust? What’s next for the residential market? • Design quality: Building better, not just building more • Hackitt 18 months on: What still needs to change? • Regeneration: How do we drive quality community engagement? • Homes for an ageing population: At crisis point?

• Sustainability and the carbon zero challenge • Health and wellbeing in our homes and towns Why should you attend HOMES UK? • Learn from proven case studies on what is working in the sector – we’ve spent hours researching the answers to your biggest challenges so you don’t have to! • Gain fresh ideas from international speakers from Vienna, the US and more – access world-leading expertise that you rarely find at other UK events! • Rapidly expand your network at one of the biggest meeting places for the entire sector. Meet potential partners and talent from over 6,000 attendees at curated networking events. • Keep up-to-date with product innovations and sector announcements at our biggest-ever exhibition of 250 suppliers! What’s new for 2019? • A focus on rapidly growing markets like Build to Rent, student accommodation, intergenerational and co-living – keep up with trends or research expansion opportunities! • Reimagine what housing looks like at the Home of 2030 charette led by the Ministry of Building Innovation & Education (MOBIE). Generate ideas by collaborating with students and sector leaders! • New TECH theatre dedicated to digital innovation and customer experience – a one-stop shop to help progress your digital journey! Register for your free* visitor pass at homesevent.co.uk/register today and you’ll be able to start planning your content schedule. Tell us what you’re most looking forward to by joining the conversation on Twitter @HomesEvent. We look forward to welcoming you to the ExCeL later this year to explore the #futureofliving. *Free to attend for public sector and not-for-profit employees. Private sector and for-profit visitors will be subject to a £165+ vat per day ticket fee.

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Feature Are Your Building’s Windows Protected Against Bomb Blasts & Explosions? Imagine how many people could potentially be injured should all the glass in this building suddenly shatter, as the result of a bomb blast or explosion? It’s not hard to conceive the catastrophic impact flying fragmented glass could have on the thousands of employees working inside the structure. And that’s not to mention the damages that would occur to unsuspecting passers-by below.

UK EXPLOSION INCIDENT DATA: • A gas explosion at a block of flats, in South London, caused extensive damage to the building and left four people injured. • The world-famous 007 set at London’s Pinewood Studios reportedly went into lockdown after being rocked by explosions. • A bomb disposal team were attending a hoax threat with a bomb exploded in Fermanagh, close to the border with Ireland. • The terror attack in May 2017, that happened at Manchester Arena, killed 22 people and injured more than 800. • A series of bombings in London on 7th July 2005 killed 52 people. There’s been several bomb and industrial explosions in the UK so far this year. Only recently, Whirlpool’s UK HQ in Peterborough was engulfed in a huge blaze with explosions heard by nearby residents. Luckily no deaths or injuries were reported however, the devastating impact on the company’s financials will no doubt come to light in time- as at least 40 trailers containing spare parts were destroyed. It’s common knowledge that certain buildings are at a much higher risk of a blast occurring, typically public authorities or landmarks such as banks, courts, police stations and shopping centres. However, Government, Defence and Petro-Chemical sectors where manufacturing and engineering takes place, are also at heightened risk. It’s easy to see the damage or injury that flying and broken glass can cause after an explosion, whether it’s from a deliberate terrorist attack or an accidental explosion.

The responsibility for this will be held by quantity surveyors and estimators in the construction industry; and the main solution for this is ensuring the building’s windows are shatter resistant. What is shatter mitigation? As the name suggests, rather than the window breaking into tiny pieces and showering an area with shards or granules of glass, the impact of the blast or explosion is mitigated by holding the broken glazing together. How do Bomb Blast Mitigation Window Films work? When installed onto the glass, the strong adhesive bonds to it, creating a barrier. When smashed or broken, the film holds all the shards together, eliminating the normal hazard. Anti-blast films are made up of a thicker polyester than standard safety film and have a much more aggressive adhesive system. Blast mitigation films can be combined with an edge retention system which attaches the film to the window frame for added protection. Here’s an Example Case Study: Oil Refinery Where: Essar, Stanlow Industry: Oil Refinery When: 2004 and 2016 Installation Size: 3000sq ft Goal: Protect personnel working in the main administration block from injury from broken glass in the event of an explosion.

It’s the nature of explosions that the damage can spread far beyond the immediate site, and far beyond the cost of the glass itself. Depending on whether the explosion comes from inside or out, it can ruin entire premises, businesses and in the worst-case scenario, lives. The most difficult task is assessing the perceived level of risk of an explosion or attack, and safeguarding these structures to prevent glass related blast injuries.

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Project brief: Because of the very nature of the site and for obvious reasons, safeguards had to be put in place for the unexpected. A petro-chemical blast can be every bit as devastating as a bomb explosion, so this called for the installation of a specialist Blast Mitigation Film. Solution: A mixture of 200-micron clear safety film and 200-micron combination solar control window film was installed. A ‘catch bar’ system was also installed involving cleats bolted to the window frames which were connected by strong marine ropes spanning each pane of glass. Product Analysis: The window film had an effective lifespan of around 10 years and is normally warrantied for that length of time by the film manufacturers. In 2016 the state of the film was assessed via a series of peel tests to determine the effectiveness of the film, should it be called upon to serve its purpose. Peel tests determine whether the film has become brittle and whether the adhesive system is still sufficient. This is a scientific measurable test where the film is cut into a narrow strip on the window and then has a series of weights attached to it. The length of time it takes for the weighted strip of film to travel down the window determines the condition of the installation. Once the peel tests were completed it was concluded the film had served its effective life span and needed replacing; so all the existing blast mitigation film was removed and replaced. Conclusion Unfortunately, it often takes a disaster to strike before moves are taken to implement preventative measures such as this, but when something so simple as applying window film can keep the premises, business and staff safe, it makes sense to take action, rather than reaction. Save lives in the event of explosions and blasts with Bomb Blast Mitigation Window Film. Author Bio: This article was provided by Richard Lancaster, Managing Director of Lustalux Ltd, who have been advising and supplying the construction industry with Blast Mitigation Window Film for over 30 years.


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Project News

Over 168 new homes for Luton Street Work started this week to deliver 168 new homes on Luton Street, part of the Church Street Regeneration programme. More than a third of the homes will be affordable and the project and also includes a sports hall and community space. Cllr Rachael Robathan, Westminster City Council cabinet member for finance, property and regeneration, said: “This is the beginning of an exciting new future for Luton Street and part of our overall commitment to deliver 1,850 new affordable homes across Westminster. We’ve worked with our local residents to make sure we deliver the right scheme for the community. We believe that the new sports hall and community space will be a good thing for the local area, alongside the much-needed new affordable homes. Luton Street is a major part of the Church Street Masterplan and demonstrates our commitment to supporting the community.” Westminster City Council is delivering the project alongside property development company Linkcity. Bouygues UK is the main contractor. At present the site is made up of 14 vacant affordable residential dwellings and two vacant community buildings. Olivier Soulier, Deputy Managing Director of Linkcity, commented: “It is exciting to be working again with Westminster City Council,

helping to turn the borough’s vision for high-quality affordable housing into a reality. Breaking ground today is a huge milestone in bringing forward this project that will provide much-needed new homes and significant benefits for the local community.”

As part of the Section 106 agreement (designed to provide benefits for the local community) Westminster City Council and Linkcity will engage with local schools and this could include access to the sports facilities.

In total the development will include 109 homes for sale and 59 affordable homes. 40 of these will be for social rent, and 19 will be intermediate. There will be 76 underground car parking spaces, a threecourt sports hall and a community space.

The completion date is expected to be in 2022.

Any additional surplus made from the sale of private homes on site will be reinvested back into more affordable housing and community projects in Westminster. In addition, a £3 million contribution will be made to infrastructure and public realm funds and £2.4million contributed for work to surrounding residential buildings.

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The project is part of the wider Church Street Regeneration programme which is expected to deliver 1,240 new homes, over half of which will be affordable. Both Luton Street and the overall Church Street programme have been subject to extensive consultation with residents, who have given it their backing. The council has made a commitment to deliver 1,850 affordable homes across Westminster by 2023.


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MOY MATERIALS - TRAINING ACROSS THE NATION… Investment into the next generation of roofing operatives is said to be a key corporate value held by Moy Materials, a supplier of waterproofing and insulation systems. In the year MOY are celebrating their 40th year they are also celebrating having trained over 600 liquid waterproofing operatives in conjunction with its partners, Enke-Werk, in little over four years.

As a member of the Liquid Roofing and Waterproofing Association (LRWA), Moy Materials has focused on the upskilling of operatives from across the UK and Ireland to ensure the highest level of workmanship using its liquid waterproofing products. With continued growth across the construction industry across various market sectors, many roofing companies are focusing on the

upskilling and development of their staff, particularly in areas of liquid waterproofing, a fast-growing technology in the roofing industry. Cathal Quinn, Global Sales Director Moy Materials, said: “Through our valuable partnerships we have worked hard to upskill over 600 roofing operatives in the sector of liquid waterproofing, providing positive investment to their respective parent companies and ensuring highly-skilled roofing operatives who are committed to the highest standard of workmanship.” Read more about our technical services https://moymaterials.com/technicalservices/

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Foster + Partners reveals its vision for the Le Dôme winery in SaintÉmilion Apple today reopened its landmark Fifth Avenue store, located on the corner of Central Park, one of the greatest public urban spaces in the world. Set against the backdrop of the famous General Motors Building by Edward Durell Stone, the site has a long history; a sunken urban plaza in the 1960s that was filled-in at turn of the Millennium, it was later transformed in 2006 into one of the most photographed attractions in the city with the insertion of the iconic glass cube, Steve Jobs’ defining symbol for Apple Fifth Avenue. Through the careful peeling back of layers of history and the sensitive restoration of the cube, Apple Fifth Avenue seeks to revive the plaza by making it more accessible from three sides, reinforcing the progressive and innovative spirit that is emblematic of Apple. The project is the result of a close collaboration between the design team at Apple led by chief design officer, Sir Jonathan Ive and the integrated design and engineering teams at Foster + Partners. Sir Jonathan Ive commented: “The Fifth Avenue store was and is a continuation of Steve’s vision for Apple, with its iconic transparent cube, which is one of the most visited places in the city. The new design seeks to build on the original idea and create

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a public plaza that celebrates the vibrant nature of New York City. It gifts Manhattan its greatest new urban room, a celebration of city life, diversity and creativity.”

protection, allowing people to use them throughout the year. The mirrored glass floods natural light into the expanded store – double the size of the previous space.

The plaza is the perfect stage for celebrating Apple’s passions: photography, music, art and design, coding, and more. Wide steps along the edges invite people up into the space, to gather in a bustling epicenter of urban life. Stone seaters shaded by trees and bordered by linear fountains along the edges of both 58th and 59th Streets create a place to rest and a quiet buffer from the busy traffic, alongside two discrete auxiliary entrances that enhance access to the store below.

At the center of the plaza is the distinctive glass cube, signifying the hub of activity and drawing life into the store below. Visitors descend under the light-flooded glass cube, down a new circular lift and spectacular stainless-steel staircase. Each element from the elevator drum to the stair treads is made with mirrored stainless steel, reflecting the sights and energy from the surrounding area. The carefully chosen materials completely dematerialize the form and the infinite reflections of light and the skyline create an exciting and stimulating experience.

Nine beautiful innovative mirrored ‘Skylenses’ are arranged in a grid either side of the glass cube. These public sculptures allow visitors to interact with the famous New York City skyline in a completely new way. Their seamless curved surfaces create a place to sit while providing a reflected perspective of the city’s architecture. The skylenses feature an innovative circulatory cooling system beneath the top surface, designed to absorb solar energy and offer frost

A grand hall beneath the plaza matches the energy of the public square above, with a backlit, cloud-like ceiling made from a three-dimensional curved fabric innovatively combines artificial and natural light to match the changing tones of daylight through the day – producing an experience that has never been achieved before. Even in low-light conditions, the intensity is higher around the skylights and gradually recedes away from it, giving the impression of natural light flooding the interior. A ring of lights around each skylight contains focus lighting that highlights the products on the display tables. The ventilation system is discreetly integrated within the stone floor and responds intelligently to the levels of occupancy and outdoor weather, optimizing energy usage. Stefan Behling, Head of Studio, Foster + Partners, said:

Inspired by the original vision of the sunken open-air plaza, we wanted to completely dematerialize the roof of the store and flood the interior space with daylight. The Skylenses literally bring the skies underground and the innovative tunable white light ceiling allows us to match the exact wavelengths of sunlight at different times of day, blurring the boundary between inside and outside.

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Six high-rise residential towers on the Warwick and Brindley estates, known as the Little Venice Towers, are having the timber from their balconies removed as a safety measure. While the balconies came up to previous fire safety standards, in the wake of Grenfell new advice was published which the council has moved quickly to adopt. Removing the timber decking panels and replacing them with non-slip easy to clean concrete tiles is costing the council £3m, but resident safety remains the top priority. The 3,000 square metres of decking is not going to waste, instead some of it is being used in allotments on the estate, and the rest will be recycled through social enterprise Community Wood Recycling. Cllr Andrew Smith, Westminster City Council cabinet member for housing services, said: “The safety of our residents is our top priority and as a forward thinking council, when it comes to fire safety works, we’re keeping ahead of changing building regulations. “We’re acting swiftly and safely, doing so in a green and environmentally friendly way. The timber may be no good for a balcony, but it’s great for an allotment.”

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Rap Interiors Begins Work at Maidstone Distillery Commercial design and build company Rap Interiors recently started work on a new gin distillery in Maidstone, Kent. The space will also include a bar and tasting area, making for a unique and exciting addition to the town. The client, Maidstone Distillery, is restoring the tradition of pioneer Maidstone distiller George Bishop, who created quality and renowned spirits in the 18th and 19th centuries. Darren Graves, the founder of Maidstone Distillery, has chosen a listed building in the famous Market Buildings (Corn Exchange) for the project. Originally a hairdressing salon, the space is currently undergoing phase one demolition works to remove all fixtures and fittings to make way for the new design. Phase two will involve getting the distillery up and running to enable Darren and the team to make their gin on site. Phase three will entail installing the gin tasting area, while phase four will comprise the final fit out works to the bar area as shown in the 3D design render. There is of course much excitement surrounding the project, both amongst the Maidstone locals and the Rap Interiors

team. Julie Anderson, Rap Interiors Design Director, says:

We are delighted to be on board for this exciting venture. It will undoubtedly help to bring more tourism to the area and offer a fantastic new venue for locals to explore. Like everybody else, we can’t wait for the grand opening! The Maidstone Distillery comes after a busy summer for Rap Interiors, which included fit out and refurbishment works to a number of schools and offices in the South East. Among the highlights were a 30 classroom refurbishment project at Haringey Sixth Form College and a large scale office fit out for London-based construction consultancy Pick Everard.

The Maidstone Distillery looks set to be another unique project for Rap Interiors’ portfolio, which is growing ever more diverse as the company enters its 32nd year in trading. And after another busy in 2019, the Rap team will undoubtedly enjoy a tipple when the distillery opens. Rap Interiors is a major design, fit out and refurbishment company with offices in London, Maidstone, Brighton and Croydon. The company specialises in transforming offices, schools, retail outlets, healthcare facilities, warehouses and more, helping clients to build towards and bright future and achieve their long-term goals. Find out more at www.rapinteriors.co.uk.

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Company News

Experts in Safety’ expands Southern operation for the capital’s construction sector Arco, the UK’s leading provider of safety products and professional safety services, is continuing its expansion in the South East, with particular focus on the construction sector in the capital city. As part of its expansion plans, Arco will stock locally, the largest range of high quality and compliant PPE products, workwear and a range of site consumables. Major product brands from Pulsar, 3M, Uvex, Showa, Riley, Rockfall and JSP and Bolle will be available for same day despatch to London sites via its fleet of FORS accredited vehicles. This is in addition to the seven Arco stores, strategically located in and around the M25. Utilising its dedicated team of construction safety experts at Arco’s Customer Engagement Centre, alongside a local fieldbased sales team, Arco is able to offer site visits to give bespoke advice and guidance on all health and safety related matters to help keep people safe at work. Dave Cox, Head of Construction at Arco, said: “Our reputation within construction is second to none, which is why our investment

and expansion of our delivery hub in the capital was an obvious next step. With over 130 years of industry experience and as a trusted partner of many large organisations such as Wates, Tarmac, J. Murphy, Lendlease and BAM, we’re excited about our growing presence in London. There are a number

of factors that differentiate Arco from competitors such as our network of stores that offer the largest range of sector specific PPE, our in-house experts who are always on hand offering bespoke advice and guidance, and our dedication to supply quality, fully compliant products.”

FIT OUT CONTRACTOR CELEBRATES 15TH BIRTHDAY Fit out contractor Workspace Design and Build celebrates a significant milestone this month with their 15th birthday. The firm was founded by Russell Davis and David Barfield in 2004 and since its inception has gone from strength to strength – from winning awards to maintaining an average of 95% repeat business, above industry average.

Russell Davis, Managing Director said: “We have come so far since our launch 15 years ago and achieved this milestone through the hard work of all our employees. “We have dedicated ourselves to becoming a market leader and providing our clients with the best possible service. As a business, we’ll be reflecting on where we started, what we have achieved and our plans for the future.

Over the last 15 years a couple of my proudest moments include winning our first award with the BCO in 2007 and becoming the first founding partner of Tackle 4 MCR, helping to end homelessness in Manchester. From launching a team in the Midlands to becoming a member of Constructionline Gold to doubling the head count in the last year, Workspace Design and Build has really put themselves on the map in the construction industry. To celebrate 15 years in the industry, Workspace Design and Build are launching a ‘Listen Create Care’ ethos which they will roll out across the business. This aims to embody the spirit of Workspace Design and Build and emphasise the values of the company to all employees, clients and sub-contractors. Workspace Design and Build are continuing to build on their strong client base, working on exciting schemes with Bruntwood, Schroder Real Estate, Investream and etc urban.

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Company News

Congrid shortlisted for two construction industry awards in the UK The Finnish construction software company Congrid has received wonderful news: it has been shortlisted for two major construction industry awards in the UK. In the first, the Building Innovation Awards in Manchester on 23rd of October, Congrid is a finalist in the Best Technology Partner category. The awards promote the UK construction industry, highlighting successes and new perspectives on how to develop the sector further. Construction industry pioneers embracing digital transformation in the industry were shortlisted. The other event, the London Construction Awards, is held on 27th of November and has become established as London’s leading construction awards event. The awards recognise innovations which promote London’s construction industry. Congrid is competing in the Construction Software of the Year Award category. In both award events, the judges are UK construction industry professionals, organisations and associations with in-depth knowledge of the industry’s development and growth potential. The construction industry is a key sector in the UK, generating up to GBP 110 billion a year. The country is investing heavily in the digital transformation of the construction industry, creating continuous growth in the role of technology and new business models involving digital technology. An increasing number of actors view digitalisation as a major opportunity. Timo Makkonen, CEO of Congrid, finds it important that the company is involved in promoting Finnish construction industry expertise abroad.

We have actively networked with industry professionals in the past year, participating in a number of events in Finland and abroad. We are honoured to be exporting Finnish quality and safety expertise around the world.

Forterra Chief Executive and colleagues conquer Mont Ventoux in charity cycle challenge Staff at Northampton-based building products manufacturer Forterra, including Chief Executive Stephen Harrison, have successfully completed Challenge Adventure Charities’ four-day, 620-mile cycle relay. The eight team members set off from Ouistreham in France on 2nd October and arrived in Vaison-la-Romaine, at the foot of the notoriously challenging Mont Ventoux Tour de France route, on 4th October. From here on the following day, the contestants rounded off the relay with a taxing 18-mile climb to the mountain’s 1,900m summit. Accompanying Stephen Harrison in the first team were two Forterra employees – National Sales Manager Neil McLafferty and Land & Planning Manager Tim Darling – as well as FTI Consulting Managing Director Nick Hasell. The second team was made up of Contracts & Logistics Manager Nick Clark, Business Manager for Merchant Buying Groups Jason Drinkwater, Business Support Manager Ian Holmes and Sales Administration Coordinator Marc Taylor. 75% of all funds raised will be donated to the British Heart Foundation, with the remaining 25% going to Cancer Research UK. Both charities were chosen in recognition of several Forterra staff who have been affected by these conditions. Prior to setting off, the teams had already raised over £10,000.

Congrid was founded in 2013 by a team of construction site managers who had become frustrated with the use of pen, paper and Excel-files to control the quality and safety of construction sites. Congrid’s cloud-based software offers users one platform to handle quality and safety management on any construction project, reducing quality costs, improving safety and maximising site productivity. Customers include major developers, construction firms, contractors and subcontractors in the Nordic region.

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Feature

What Exactly is Part B of the Building Regulations? By Alex Manning, Associate Director Fire & Life Safety, AESG A frequent statement I have heard as a fire engineer is “…this design is not compliant as it does not follow Approved Document B”, which is confusing and incorrect, especially when a fire-engineered design is proposed. Fortunately, it is not as frequent nowadays as it once was, but with the recent changes to the Building Regulations with regards to the fire safety design of building facades, the same confusion is coming up again. So why is the statement confusing and incorrect? This is because Approved Document B (ADB) is only a guidance document; it is not something that can be “complied with”. What needs to be complied with is the Building Regulations relevant to the UK country in which the building resides. Focusing on the Building Regulations for England and Wales (which have recently been amended), Part B of Schedule 1 is the fundamental requirements that need to be adhered to

with regards to fire safety. Part B is further split into five sections:

compliance with the relevant sections of Part B.

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However, there are many alternative fire safety documents and routes that can be used instead of ADB, which include:

Part B1: Means of Warning and Escape Part B2: Internal Fire Spread (Linings) Part B3: Internal Fire Spread (Structure) Part B4: External Fire Spread Part B5: Access and Facilities for the Fire Service

Each section provides statements that are the fundamental requirements that need to be complied with, for example: B1. The building shall be designed and constructed so that there are appropriate provisions for the early warning of fire, and appropriate means of escape in case of fire from the building to a place of safety outside the building capable of being safely and effectively used at all material times. Approved Document B is a guide, provided by the government, with possible designs and recommendations that will achieve

• • • •

Building Bulletin 100 for schools A risk-based approach using BS 9999 BS 9991 for residential buildings A fully fire-engineered approach (e.g. using the suite of documents in BS 7974, or the SFPE Handbook) with a complete qualitative review of the design using risk assessments, calculations, smoke modelling etc

Following any of these guides/routes means you can achieve compliance with Part B of the Building Regulations. There is also allowance in these guidance documents as well as ADB, to use fireengineering principles to justify deviations from the guidance, provided that compliance with the relevant section of Part B can be demonstrated. It should be noted that whichever route is chosen, as well as the end design, needs to be discussed and agreed with the Building Control Body, such as an Approved Inspector or the Local Building Control Authority. At the end of 2018, Regulation 7 of the Building Regulations was amended (for England only) to provide requirements on “relevant buildings” (blocks of flats, student accommodation, schools etc) that are 18m or greater in height. These include the use of Class A2-s1, d0 rated materials (i.e. materials that are practically non-combustible and have very low smoke production and no flaming droplets) or better, in the build-up of the external walls and on balconies. This change in Regulation has been implemented in the updated 2019 editions of Approved Document B (Volumes 1 and 2), but has yet to make into the other fire safety guides (BS 9991, BS 9999 etc). However, as this is a Regulation change it supersedes the guidance elsewhere and has to be complied with no matter which fire safety guide or route is taken in the design. This is something that all fire engineers and designers need to be mindful of when designing high rise relevant buildings. Going back to the original statement, a design can only needs to be compliant with Part B of the Building Regulations, which is not to be confused with the guidance contained within Approved Document B, or any other fire safety guidance document.

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CASE STUDY: Regional Water Association (RWA), Connecticut

Radio Frequency Friendly Fibrelite Composite Manhole Covers Solve Remote Meter Reading Issues for Over 200 Sites This case study details a successful pilot of Fibrelite’s new range of Radio Frequency Friendly composite manhole covers, designed for remote underground monitoring systems (in this case monitoring water usage). The cover design draws on the low signal attenuation (absorption)/reflection of composites in contrast to metal or concrete covers. Following the success of this pilot, Connecticut’s Regional Water Association (RWA) will be installing several hundred of the covers across Connecticut. Problem RWA were experiencing remote meter reading problems and so contacted Fibrelite about the possibility of installing automatic water meter readers in or beneath Fibrelite composite covers. RWA uses the SmartPoint 520M module (a Sensus product) to collect water meter usage data and transmit it to an aboveground receiver allowing for remote, real-time data collection (rather than collecting this information manually). Many of RWA’s installations are located in roadways or areas that may be trafficked by vehicles and therefore require a load rating which will allow this. Transmitters were previously installed in heavy cast iron manhole covers which did not transmit radio signal from underground as effectively as they desired and unfortunately exposed the radio antenna at the surface which led to it being damaged by snowplough blades, vehicles and pedestrians.

Previously installed metal covers exposed the antenna above the cover in order for the system to work

Fibrelite composite cover with central recess, designed to embed RF antenna in top surface of the cover Fibrelite radio frequency friendly composite covers are designed to withstand heavy vehicle loads Solution RWA contacted Fibrelite, whose engineering team designed and manufactured a custom solution that allowed them to embed the SmartPoint antenna in a circular recess moulded into the underside of a 97.5mm thick composite manhole cover. Mounting the antenna in the recess kept the antenna housing below the top surface of the cover and therefore safe from impact from snowploughs, vehicles and similar. Fibrelite’s composite access covers are lightweight, durable and very strong. Every Fibrelite cover is manufactured using high-technology resin transfer moulding production methods to create a highly engineered, monolithic composite product. Even with the 152mm diameter moulded antenna opening in the centre of the cover, the Fibrelite manhole cover still allows for heavy vehicle traffic across its surface. Download the Whitepaper Here Learn More About Fibrelite’s Radio Frequency Friendly Covers

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Simpson Strong-Tie Introduces Their All-New Catalogue of Connectors for Timber and Masonry Construction It’s been a busy time for Simpson Strong-Tie, we’ve really pushed the boat out to increase our core product range, engineered to stand the test of time. With our new enhanced product lines, along with our rapid made-to-order service, we really can say that if we don’t have it – you don’t need it.

Leading construction connector manufacturer Simpson Strong-Tie has released their all-new 2020 catalogue; a comprehensive product guide which showcases the company’s most recent innovations and product line extensions. Alongside the UK’s largest collection of connectors for timber and masonry construction, sit numerous new products, including the GPC, Gable Panel Connector, a high movement timber frame tie, decorative and a heavy duty post bases, an adjustable mini hanger, purlin anchor, twisted restraint strap and a 4mm reinforced angle bracket. The catalogue also contains comprehensive technical data, performance characteristics, safe working loads, plus easy to follow installation instructions. Managing Director, Malcolm Paulson explains: “It’s been a busy time for Simpson Strong-Tie, we’ve really pushed the boat out to increase our core product range, engineered to stand the test of time. With our new enhanced product lines, along with our rapid made-to-order service, we really can say that if we don’t have it – you don’t need it”. Available now in print on request, and online in the Resources / Literature section at www.strongtie.co.uk.

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Construction UK Magazine - November 2019  

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