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WINTER 2017 BDP completes ÂŁ278m Westgate Oxford retail development MC Construction completes largest contract in its history Milliken ARX HD A new generation of entrance flooring solutions

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The UK’s European University shows confidence by investing in a new School of Economics during Brexit negotiations.




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Contents Winter 2017


BDP completes £278m Westgate Oxford retail development


for all three phases of Manchester’s Adelphi Wharf


MC Construction completes largest contract in its history


Mick George Ltd provide solid foundations for A14 improvements


Milliken ARX HD: A new generation of entrance flooring solutions


Thomas & Adamson Property consultant remains positive for post-Brexit UK construction sector

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BDP completes £278m Westgate Oxford retail development The new centre comprises a department store, over 100 retail units ranging in size, and 30 restaurants and cafes. A new public roof terrace with walkways and courts leads to the restaurants and bars which provide views across the city’s historic roofscape. BDP led the masterplan for the development which required seamlessly stitching into the historic city fabric. The new Westgate arranges

integrate with the surrounding city streets and lanes to form a cross weave of arcades and lanes, linking the blocks together while integrating with and connecting the different areas of the city.

a series of four individual urban blocks, tied together by public spaces and urban fabric that operate as a single entity. The public spaces

BDP was also the lead architect in the selected collaborative group of architects for the scheme, working closely with Glenn Howells, Allies and Morrison, Panter Hudspith and Dixon Jones, and has been responsible for the design of all the common areas which join all the buildings together. These include three distinct glass covered urban spaces plus a two-storey underground car park and service yard. BDP designed the glass roofs over each space, which let in maximum daylight and complement the architecture of the different blocks without overwhelming them.

Grimshaw reveals plans for world’s largest botanic garden A team including Grimshaw has unveiled designs for the world’s largest botanic garden, near Muscat in Oman

to work as the architects for a project that has the conservation of biodiversity as a core design driver.’

Working with the guidance of the Sultan of Oman, Grimshaw has collaborated with engineer Arup and cultural sector design firm Haley Sharpe Design on the 420ha Oman Botanic Garden.

The gardens will showcase eight separate habitats of Oman, with the biomes simulating conditions in two of these: the northern mountains and the moist green Dhofar region.

The garden will be partially contained within two biomes, reminiscent of Grimshaw’s Eden Project, and will celebrate and conserve plant species native to the sultanate.

The project will be built in the foothills of the Al

Grimshaw partner Keith Brewis said: ‘The Oman Botanic Garden is an astonishing project with many layers of interwoven cultural and environmental significance. Its scale and diversity are truly world-leading, and we are honoured

“We’re really proud to be a family business. The company was started 40 years ago by my Dad, Keith Adams. He still works here, as does my wife, my brother, my cousin and even family friends. We’ve grown and diversified a lot since then. The fact that we’re a strong, family business has been really key to that success. We know how each other think, work and thrive in the business environment. We know each other’s strengths. We also have the freedom to challenge

A statement from the scheme’s promoters said the design uses passive and active shading, and optimises natural daylight, cooling and efficient plant irrigation. ‘Building form, shape and materials have been considered and selected in response to atmospheric conditions and the natural topography,’ it said. ‘Orientation of the sunlight, weather patterns and human behaviour have informed the design of visitor flow through the site.’ The project is due to start on site imminently.

Ceiling and interiors specialist wins family business award Great Yarmouth Ceilings, a leading interiors contractor, has won the Great Family Owned Business Award at their local Spirit of Enterprise Awards. Great Yarmouth Ceiling’s Managing Director, Stuart Adams, explains why this award means so much to them:

Hajar Mountains on one of the few locations in the world where the ancient seabed is still visible, having been raised to 100m above sea level following tectonic activity.

each other’s ideas, which can make for some interesting discussions, but ultimately brings the best out of the business.” Great Yarmouth Ceilings provides a single point of contact for ceilings, partitions, glazed partitions, dry lining, plastering and more, working with both commercial and residential developers. Stuart continues: “Whilst we now work on big projects across East Anglia and into London, Great Yarmouth still holds a special place in our hearts. It felt very fitting to be recognised for our hard work in our “home town” as we celebrate our 40th anniversary.” The awards, now in their 10th year, are organised by enterpriseGY, Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s business support service, to encourage enterprise in Great Yarmouth. The award was presented at a prestigious annual celebration. “It was great to see the construction industry represented at these awards. The past decade has come with its challenges for the industry. Thanks to our strong reputation and our ability to adapt to the changing economic situation, we’re able to show that we’re thriving.”

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GRAHAM Construction named as building industry’s top contractor National contractor GRAHAM Construction has been named Major Contractor of the Year at the annual Building Awards, surpassing some of the industry’s biggest names to win one of the evening’s most prestigious prizes. GRAHAM Construction is part of the GRAHAM Group, one of the UK and Ireland’s leading construction, asset management and project investment businesses. In the financial year ending April 2017, the company increased its turnover to £565 million, attained its highest ranking to date in The Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 (number 16th) and achieved the coveted Investors in People Platinum standard. Commenting on the award, Executive Chairman, Michael Graham said: “GRAHAM remains focused on its continued and sustainable

News An energy loop system delivers heating and cooling to shops and restaurants, using air source heat pumps in place of conventional boilers. This system avoids the use of natural gas, keeping costs down for retailers and reducing reliance on fossil fuels. The construction of Westgate Oxford created around 1,000 jobs, with Chapman Taylor supporting the contractor Laing O’Rourke, as the delivery architect. Landsec worked closely with Aspire Oxford to create employment programmes in construction and customer service for ex-offenders, the long-term unemployed and those who have been homeless in the past into work. The centre itself will create 3,500 full time-equivalent retail jobs.

Jonathan Tuckey wins Pocket Living design role Jonathan Tuckey Design is to create the ’look and feel’ of the next generation of compact homes specialist Pocket Living’s open market units The practice, which has offices in London and Switzerland, has won a competition to draw up design guidelines for the next wave of Pocket Edition homes. Pocket typically builds one and two-bed flats available only to first time buyers from the local per cent. area at a discount of at least 20 p Earlier this year the developer secured almost £60 million of public money to help it build 1,000 affordable homes in London. Its Pocket Edition homes have up to three bedrooms and

are available to anyone at market rate. They are designed to encourage communal living through shared terraces, courtyards and amenities. The developer said its next wave of Pocket Edition homes would be designed to balance calm private spaces with areas to entertain guests. Pocket Living chief executive Marc Vlessing said: ‘Jonathan Tuckey immediately understood our brief that Pocket Edition needed to create ideas that build on our Pocket homes and communities. ’The first release of Pocket Edition homes is already in the market, and we are using Jonathan’s design guidelines for the next wave of Pocket Edition homes.’ Jonathan Tuckey said: ’We are delighted to be appointed by Pocket Living to craft the look and feel of its new Pocket Edition homes. ’Our practice is deeply concerned with the ways in which homes interact with urban life and this has been incorporated into many of our projects. Pocket Edition will provide the right mix of spaces to help maintain a healthy and varied city population.’

growth, working collaboratively with clients and industry partners to successfully deliver lasting impact, value and innovation across a wide range of sectors and signature projects. We are delighted to have received this accolade, which comes towards the end of another highly successful year for the business. We continue to invest significantly in health and safety, BIM, digital construction, off-site manufacture, and the wellbeing and development of our outstanding GRAHAM teams, while further enhancing the financial position of the company. It is the collective creativity and hard work of our 2,200 colleagues that has helped us get to where we are today.” GRAHAM Construction currently boasts over 100 live construction locations across the UK and Ireland, with works spanning a range of signature healthcare, education, defence and civic projects. The portfolio includes a £150m partnership with Barnet Council to enhance education, community, leisure and operational assets across the borough, a £30m stateof-the-art Proton Beam facility within the Thames Valley Science Park in Reading, a new £134m Family Hospital and Cancer Treatment Centre for NHS Grampian in Aberdeen and a £100m ‘Schools for the Future’ programme for Dumfries and Galloway Council. The company also continues to extend its client base in interior fit-out across retail, shopping centre and office sectors, including Next, Debenhams and KPMG. The ceremony was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Tuesday 7 November. It was hosted by comedians Katherine Ryan and Rory Bremner and attended by more than 1,200 people from across the construction industry. The Major Contractor category was open to companies in the UK with turnover of £300 million and above.

More than 40,000 new homes could be built on London’s roofs New research conducted by global property consultancy Knight Frank, has found that as many as 41,000 new dwellings could be built in central London using rooftop development space, without altering the iconic skyline. The study, which uses the latest geospatial mapping software, highlighted that more than 28 million sq ft of potential additional residential floor area could be developed, with this airspace having a potential value of £51 billion. Stimulated in part by the 2017 Housing White Paper, the research project aimed to identify the extent of the Government’s pledge to seek out opportunities for higher-density housing in urban locations particularly “where buildings can be extended upwards by using the ‘airspace’ above them”. In response, Knight Frank has developed ‘SKYWARD’ – a method to systematically analyse the potential of each building. SKYWARD analyses 3D spatial data from the Ordnance Survey, cross referencing Land Registry data to assess ownerships and Historic England data to filter out listed buildings. Representing the sheer scale of the opportunity, some 23,000 buildings could be suitable for rooftop development in Zones 1 and 2, and the volume of the unused plots across the same area is equivalent to eight

Burj Khalifa towers (830m high), crucially without the corresponding impact on London’s skyline. Charles Dugdale, Residential Development partner at Knight Frank commented: “Skyward is a fantastically powerful tool for identifying development opportunities to unlock thousands of new homes in London and ease housing supply pressures, particularly in those areas where availability of land is becoming increasingly rare. It also has the potential to add an objective approach to planning decisions on a semipermissive basis.” Ian McGuinness, Head of Geospatial at Knight Frank, commented: “Using 3D mapping technology the findings of this analysis can be related to other geographies easily, including to client land ownership portfolios. We can now say where the opportunities are, how much value they unlock, and which land owners are best placed to drive this transformation.” The mapping product initially defines each contiguous block by its maximum height, then excludes unsuitable buildings (listed buildings and those where historic airspace rights are recorded by Land Registry), before extruding all remaining buildings up to the maximum height. Only those that can be extended by a minimum of 3 metres are deemed to be potential SKYWARD developments.

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Schöck Isokorb for all three phases of Manchester’s Adelphi Wharf Manchester is a city rich in architectural styles and rightly proud of its industrial heritage. Something that is reflected in the design of Adelphi Wharf, a high-end development by Fortis, being delivered over three stages in Salford, alongside the River Irwell. It is within easy reach of both the city centre and MediaCityUK at Salford Quays. When complete it will offer a mix of over 500 townhouses, studios, one, two and three bedroom om apartments; along with an onsite gymna asium, concierge and rooftop gardens. To reflect both its indu ustrial heritage and Salford’s expansion ass a contemporary academic and creative e centre, the h to Adelphi Wharf architectural approach combines solidarity an nd playfulness. The lower levels consist off stout blue engineering brick, contrasting with h the reactive colourchange panels of the upper levels. As the observer’s position changes, these vary visually in tone and co olour, which accentuates the manyy recessed balconies on the development. In addition to the recessed concrete balconies, there are The Isokorb Type also steel balconies KS– – Schöck Ltd connected to the concrete frame, with spans of up to 1.8m. It is crucial that any risk of thermal bridging is minimised at these various connectivity points. So the use of effective structural thermal breaks is critical. The main consequences of thermal bridging Local heat loss is a major factor, resulting

in more energy being required to maintain the internal temperature of the building. Also, low internal surface temperatures in the area of the thermal bridge can cause condensation, if they are below the dew point. This is likely to result in structural integrity problems with absorbent materials, such as insulation products or plasterboard. Mould growth is also a possible risk. risk Which in a residential situation can cause asthma and allergies, particularly for older people and children. To counter any such problems, Adelphi Wharf incorporates the Schöck Isokorb types K and KS structural thermal breaks. The Schöck

Isokorb type K with compression module HTECompact and 80 mm insulation thickness, is a load bearing thermal break element for free cantilevered balcony construction. Whereas the type KS is

suiitable for cantilevered steel balconies and canopies. Both types transfer negative moments and positive shear forces and block the outflow of heat by means of a high-quality polystyrene insulation core. Verifiable performance guaranteed The Schöck Isokorb types K and KS units guarantee totally verifiable performance standards, meet full compliance with the relevant UK building regulation regulations and offer BBA Certification and LA ABC Registtration. In additio on to providing highly effective connecctivity solutions forr these two appl ap p ic pl ications, the Schöck S Isokorb ran ra nge also so o offers a modu ular product forr st fo ste eel--to-steel to applicattions – and ther th erre is is even a maintenan nce free altternative al te to wrapped pa arapets. When any Isokorb product type is incorporated in residential buildings, the req quired fRsi value – the temperature facto or used to indicate condensation risk that must be equal to or greater than 0.75 – is always comfortably met. For a free copy of the Schöcck Thermal Bridging Guide and / or the Thermal Bridging Solutions brochure e – contact the company p y on 01865 290 890 or visit

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External phase Adelphi Wharf– Courtesy of Fortis Developments

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University opens doors to STEM students as landmark construction nears completion A traditional topping-out ceremony took place recently at the University of Chichester’s £35m Engineering and Digital Technology Park on its Bognor Regis. In a ritual believed to date back centuries Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane Longmore poured oil and wine and scattered corn and salt over the highest point of the building before completing the last section of concrete with a hand trowel. The historic moment was witnessed by members of the University’s Board of Governors, senior executives of the construction company, Galliford Try, and other members of the construction team. Professor Longmore, pictured, said that the Engineering and Digital Technology Park will specialise in STEM subjects and, on the eve of the Year of Engineering, will help to drive the muchneeded regeneration of the coastal region, providing educational opportunities for a broad range of students and jobs in sectors identified as a priority in the government’s recent Industrial Strategy. Opening next September, the Technology Park aims to attract 500 undergraduates and postgraduates to the University every year by 2021. The topping-out ceremony was attended by engineering student Louise Grainger from the University’s integrated foundation course launched this year to make STEM degrees more accessible. The 19-year-old, who will progress onto one of the Technology Park’s undergraduate degrees when it opens next autumn, said: “I’m so excited that I will take my first steps into engineering in such an incredible place.

B&K K gets green light for £14m Heriot Watt job Bowmer & Kirkland has got the planning green light for its £14m project to build a teaching and learning facility for Heriot-Watt University. Construction work on the Sheppard Robson designed building is now expected to get underway before the end of the year. Located at the Riccarton Campus on the outskirts of West Edinburgh, the 57,000 sq ft teaching and learning facility consists of two teaching blocks that are arranged either side of an atrium. The southern block facing the site’s loch curves to enlarge the central atrium and the northern block is regular shape. Glasgow-based KJ Tait is building services engineer with Atkins acting as structural engineer on the project. James Dick, partner at Sheppard Robson, said: “The design has been carefully composed to encourage collaboration between students and staff, embrace new ways of learning that will have a direct impact on students’ ability to put theories into practice. “The back drop to the exchange of ideas will be the campus’ green spaces, with the building making the most of this setting.”

MC Construction completes largest contract in its history A £9.5m upgrade of the building which houses the University of Manchester’s School of Arts, Languages and Cultures has been completed. MC Construction undertook the two-year project at the Samuel Alexander Building, the largest contract in the Salford company’s 46-year history. Work began in 2015 and was carried out in phases to minimise disruption to staff and students. The Grade II listed building on Oxford Road has been remodelled and refurbished across all of its four wings. The scheme involved refurbishing and expanding office areas, creating language hubs and common rooms, upgrading the café, IT cluster, the Classics wing and one entrance, improvements to the courtyard and replacing services such as power, heating and lighting. Many works were scheduled outside of term time while at other times contractors began

the working day early to ensure drilling and other noisy tasks were completed before staff and students arrived. MC Construction’s project delivery team was led by commercial director Eugene O’Callaghan. Other professional firms involved in the scheme included project manager Gardiner & Theobald, architect Halliday Meecham and consulting engineers WYG Group. Mr O’Callaghan said: “A major refurbishment project in a live environment presents a number of challenges. “Careful planning and a great deal of hard work by our delivery teams, combined with a proactive, collaborative approach from all

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involved, have produced an excellent result for this landmark project. “The successful completion of this scheme strengthens our expertise in the education and commercial sectors, and we are now targeting similar-sized projects as part of our ongoing expansion strategy.” For more information on the company, visit


Mick George Ltd provide solid foundations for A14 improvements

The A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme recently marked its first anniversary. Great progress has been made to date, along the 21-mile route of this 1.5 billion Highways England scheme.

impressive growth figures and forecasts to reinforce this.

required for the bridge-decks is also well underway.

The organisation has now landed a lucrative contract worth over £16 million, for the exclusive supply of concrete for the main highway build. In its entirety, 300,000m3 of concrete will be supplied over three and a half-years, from two dedicated on-site plants. These have been established on site at Brampton and Ermine Street, with further supplies sourced from Mick George’s existing local facilities.

In addition, the business has already made significant earthworks, concrete and waste management provisions on the project’s five site compounds within the Cambridgeshire region, which are critical to the development of the project.

The A14 Integrated Delivery Team (IDT) which comprises three joint ventures, between Costain-Skanska, Balfour Beatty-Carillion and Atkins-CH2M Design, is working on behalf of Highways England to deliver ‘much more than a road’. The work will ‘relieve congestion, reduce accidents, connect communities and decrease journey times’, with the new road on-course to open by Mick George’s the end of 2020.

Total aggregate requirements for the duration of the project are likely to exceed 10 million tonnes and Mick George Ltd’s contribution brings numerous benefits. Using local suppliers to distribute materials principal services include earthworks, along haulage routes significantly reduces demolition, concrete & aggregate supply and waste The project team carbon emissions, management. The company is recognised as a positive is committed whilst maximising presence in the construction industry, with impressive growth local employment to positive engagement with opportunities. In figures and forecasts to reinforce this. excess of 650,000 local communities, tonnes of various employing local workers and companies wherever possible. To date, the concrete supplied has been aggregate materials have been delivered in To that end, local business Mick George Ltd instrumental in the advancements made to this way so far. has been contracted to complete a significant build 34 new bridges and other structures. proportion of work on the project, for which Michael George, Contracts Director of Mick The first side road bridge on the A1198 circa 1,000 locally-sourced staff members opened to traffic in September 2017, with George Ltd commented: ‘’The A14 Cambridge are employed, of which 150 have been the Grafham road bridge, which will pass over to Huntingdon improvement scheme has been recruited for this project alone. the A1 and A14, also nearing completion. long overdue and we are extremely excited about playing a key role in the scheme’s Many of the columns and foundations for Mick George’s principal services include development and delivery. It is fantastic that earthworks, demolition, concrete & the remaining bridges are in place, including Highways England recognise the strategic aggregate supply and waste management. the 750m River Great Ouse viaduct. This benefits of utilising local suppliers, adding The company is recognised as a positive structure alone will require 800 concrete significant value and benefits to the wider presence in the construction industry, with panels and the manufacturing of panels local economy and communities.’’

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Milliken’s new ARX HD range aims to provide an entrance flooring solution that is functional, without forsaking design, and which can provide that first line of defence against the elements that a building needs. While a lot of time and effort is spent deciding on the interior décor and flooring of a building, the entrance is often overlooked and neglected. First impressions are vital, and there is nothing more damaging to this first impression than a dirty and slippery floor.

The Need For Entrance Flooring Up to 90% of the soil entering a facility is walked in through the front door, which can result in several kilos of dirt brought in per day (Rain can double or even treble this amount). When approximately 40% of a maintenance budget is allocated to floor cleaning, and we know that efficient matting can save up to 65% of the cleaning costs dedicated to floors, it makes sense to choose your entrance flooring solution very carefully.

Milliken’s aim is to provide a complete entrance flooring solution that helps you to protect your floors and keep them safe; saving on future floorcovering replacement costs and considering aesthetics and design. A mat shouldn’t be an afterthought of building design, but a key functional and aesthetic consideration.

A Complete 3-Zone Concept Solution For the best protection against the outdoor elements, public spaces and commercial buildings can benefit from a three-part entryway system. Depending on the size of the area, this system ensures that there is at least 25 feet of walk off distance, which prevents dirt and moisture from entering the building. ZONE 1 - OUTDOORS: The area just before the building access - requires a product with scraping action to remove grit and heavy dirt particles, as well as the draining of rain when exposed to the elements. ZONE 2 - INDOORS: The primary area just inside the building - requires a product with dual action for dirt scraping and moisture retention, to prevent floor contamination. This area often features a recessed mat well. ZONE 3 - INDOORS: The secondary area inside the building - after Zone 2 - requires a textile product for moisture retention. This is also applicable to circulation areas within the building. Milliken’s OBEX product range offers highly-effective, comprehensive, modular entrance solutions specifically designed as a three-zone barrier system to help facilities managers and building owners maintain clean and safe floors.

Zone 1 & 2: Arx Hd - Prior, Tergo And Forma First invented and patented by Milliken OBEX, the ARX collection features an ultra-durable interlocking modular system made of UV resistant and recyclable PVC, combined with high performance textiles to deliver functional and aesthetically-pleasing entrance flooring solutions. The innovative ARX HD product line is the second generation of this unique concept based on modularity, function, design and ease of installation on site, providing a quick delivery for last minute requirements.

“Protect your floors and keep them safe.”

The ARX HD collection consists of three products: Prior, Tergo, Forma, which are all offered in both 11 and 16 mm thicknesses to meet all architectural requirements for installation in recessed mat wells or surface mounting on the floor, with open or closed construction for outdoor and indoor installations. ǩ Prior is a flexible multi-purpose modular flooring product with a structure that incorporates resilient scrapers to remove particulate dirt. The grid structure of Prior is made of UV-resistant PVC that can resist temperatures between -30°C and +50°C. It incorporates resilient scrapers to remove heavy dirt particles, with a choice of open construction for drainage or closed structure for dirt storage. ǩ Featuring the same ultra-durable interlocking grid system as Prior, Tergo modules include heavy-duty, solution-dyed textile insert,s made from 100% Econyl® polyamide monofilaments to provide a strong brushing action. Tergo provides a powerful first line of defence and stops dirt and dust before it enters the building. ǩ Forma HD combines interlocking scraping modules with a textile insert constructed with two types of Econyl® polyamide high quality fibres: multi filaments that instantly capture moisture as people walk on the product and mono filaments that provide a tough scraping action against dirt particles carried in from the outside. These yarns are twisted and heat set into a unique textile construction providing superior performance in stopping dirt and moisture and easy dirt release during the cleaning process. Forma HD can be complemented by Prior HD as a border on the perimeter of the flooring area, for a perfectly finished installation. ARX products are extremely easy to install with simple tools, and are available with various edging options, which should be selected to suit the specific installation.

All three products are designed to be combined and work as an initial Zone 1 and Zone 2 barrier system, offering great protection for your flooring, which can be further improved with a textile modular tile such as Quadrus as a Zone 3 solution.

Zone 2 & 3: Quadrus And Foris Designed to offer the ultimate combination of function and design, Quadrus entrance tiles provide the protection and performance expected from the OBEX system whilst at the same time meeting the styling and ergonomic expectations of a Milliken carpet collection. Quadrus is supplied in a modular tile format with an integral cushion backing that delivers underfoot comfort, improved acoustics and durability. Featuring ECONYL® 100% regenerated polyamide yarn, Quadrus has been designed to stop dirt and moisture, while allowing easy removal during maintenance. Quadrus is offered in three contemporary designs, Galaxy, Comet and Star, each available in a range of colour options. The designs have been created to be installed alongside Milliken’s modular carpet collections. Totally coordinated with Quadrus, Foris is a textile product made from the same resilient yarn and available in the same patterns and colours. Available in impervious vinyl backed rolls and washable rubber-backed mats, Foris is flexible and as easy to fit as the modular products from the range, allowing you to find the perfect solution for any building or entrance.

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Property consultant remains positive for post-Brexit UK construction sector One of the UK’s leading construction and property consultancies, Thomas & Adamson, believes despite the negative outlook among many for the construction sector in 2018, plenty of opportunities remain in a post-Brexit UK. “The outcome of Brexit for the construction industry will ultimately depend on the terms of any Brexit deal and the industry’s ability to adapt to its new situation and capitalise upon that,” said Chris Narrowmore, Partner at Thomas & Adamson. He added: “We expected a downtown on the back of Brexit, but it hasn’t kicked in fully across the UK yet. There are still real opportunities out there. The main concern is how UK-based major funds will be looking to place investment. This could initially mean more outward investment rather than into the UK. That said, we have seen a fair amount of foreign investment in 2017 especially into the UK student accommodation market.” While forecasters at trade body Construction Products Association believe the sector will expand just 0.7 per cent in 2018, the slowest rate in six years, it remains positive about the overall construction output growth for 2017, which they expect to be 0.3 per cent higher than previously thought, at 1.6 per cent, beating the CPA’s previous estimate of 1.3 per cent. Senior Partner at Thomas & Adamson, Alastair

Wallace, said: “Although uncertainty has the potential to derail the industry in the short term, the construction sector has a unique opportunity in a post-Brexit world to market itself.” He added, “It must clearly define what a prosperous post-Brexit construction sector looks like. We cannot wait on politicians to determine the sector’s success. The construction sector’s players need to take the market by the horns and push ahead. Economists are talking about a decline in construction, but this really is more attributed to big infrastructure projects. There are still a lot of opportunities outside of governmentfunded projects and that’s what we as a company are focusing on.”

Thomas & Adamson has a strong pipeline going into 2018, building on some current key projects, including: Jaguar Land Rover, Cityheart, Greenwich Millennium Village, Tesco, Pears Property, Muse Developments and British Land. “We continue to focus on our key sectors: commercial, retail, hospitality and residential as they are the strongest sectors in the UK right now. In hospitality for example, there are still occupancy issues in Edinburgh and London for hotels so the demand is there, but unfortunately access to capital isn’t presently as easily accessible,” said Wallace. Wallace adds, “Life science and the high-tech sectors are also very strong for us and will remain so going forward into 2018 and beyond. We have a number of projects ongoing in these sectors with clients incuding, MeiraGTx, Vascutek and Leonardo MW ltd - the largest inward investor in the UK defence sector.”

Mr Wallace points to Thomas & Adamson’s internal growth as a positive sign for the industry in 2018. “We continue to invest in the development of our staff and focus on our existing clients, with 93 per cent of It must clearly define what a our business coming prosperous post-Brexit construction from repeat clients and referrals. We saw sector looks like. We cannot wait on an increase in the politicians to determine the sector’s number of new hires success. The construction sector’s players in 2017 compared to the previous year and need to take the market by the horns our London team in and push ahead. Alastair Wallace, Senior particular has grown Partner at Thomas & Adamson substantially.”

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GROHE SmartControl Conceale Excealed Exposed The unique GROHE Rainshower® SmartControl system is the first of its kind on the market to offer on-off and volume control at the push and turn of a button to turn up your shower experience!


he shower has been designed to deliver a luxurious and personalised bathing experience, whilst being extremely easy and intuitive to use and install. The user simply selects the spray pattern by pushing a button on the sleek control. Turning the button allows the user to choose the perfect strength and volume of the water flow. The award-winning shower is now available in three variants, including exposed, concealed and excealed options with a brand new Smartbox three-way diverter.

The Smartbox comes with three water outlets allowing you to have either a hand held shower and fixed shower head with two different spray options or hand held shower, fixed shower head and bath options, helping to save time and money for the specifier and installer as all three are controlled through the one concealed valve. The Smartbox can be combined with various design choices including glass and chrome trims and new two-jet showerheads for a luxurious shower - with or without the shower rod depending on style preference. An installation video is available to make set up as quick and simple as possible.

Through SmartControl, GROHE has designed a shower system which provides an option for all making it a perfect specification choice.

SmartControl Concealed

All SmartControl models are designed for all of the family, with advanced safety functions including a SafeStop button on the thermostat handle which limits the temperature to a maximum of 38 degrees Celsius, unless deliberately overridden. Meanwhile, GROHE TurboStat® thermostatic technology ensures that the chosen temperature is reached within fractions of a second and maintained reliably until the user chooses to change it. The thermostat also features GROHE CoolTouch® technology which removes the risk of scalding by keeping the shower’s surfaces cool. Through SmartControl, GROHE has designed a shower system which provides an option for all making it a perfect specification choice. The model features a wide range of spray patterns, including a relaxing TrioMassage spray, the GROHE Rain spray and the GROHE Rain O2 spray. This provides an option for all of the family and ensures a spray pattern for any type of mood – from a relaxing showering experience to a quick morning shower. The shower nozzles also feature SpeedClean technology, for a clean shower with minimal effort.

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To make choosing the right SmartControl straightforward for everyone, GROHE has provided a clever shower configurator so you can easily find the perfect model for your overall design and needs. Please see here: http:// showersystems/configurator

Looking to add colour to your concrete paving, flooring or walling? PICS provide the best in quality manufactured decorative concrete, and textured lightweight render walling systems for specification, and installation for the commercial and domestic construction markets. Whether the construction process requires Colourmix to integrally colour concrete, or the use of Picspave to create a pattern imprinted concrete finish, PICS have the solution through our range of coloured and textured systems. Coloured exposed aggregate, or Picstain for colouring existing plain concrete, there is almost no surface finish that cannot be recreated. Wallcrete coloured and textured renders offer a bespoke option for matching original wall surfaces or being creative with wall finishes, adding colour and textured finishes to projects from theming work in the commercial leisure or retail sectors through to standard finishes in the domestic property market. Full training and technical support from PICS offers the construction market the opportunity to get involved in the design and specification through to the final installation or utilising the experienced Picspave installer network in the UK and abroad. Using products and installation techniques recognised worldwide, PICS continue to expand and offer both PICS and Hatcrete branded colouring products for the ready-mixed concrete industry, concrete product manufacturers and industrial flooring sector - whatever your role in construction, PICS are here to work with you. Simply call us to discuss any project or application that needs a colour or texture solution.

Using products and installation techniques recognised worldwide, PICS continue to expand and offer both PICS and Hatcrete branded colouring products for the ready-mixed concrete industry, concrete product manufacturers and industrial flooring sector

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Formica® Laminate lands at new Bergen Airport terminal Norway’s second busiest airport, Bergen Airport, was in need of modernising to facilitate further expansion. With over 6 million passengers passing through in 2014, the airport recently increased capacity to 7.5 million to accommodate growing passenger traffic.

As part of the airport’s Terminal 3 facelift, a total area of 4000m2 of Formica® Compact in shades of Soft White, Storm and Xenon now clads the internal walls of the terminal’s public spaces with Blaze Red and Spectrum Green being used in the customs area. Construction was completed in August 2017. With the airport being dominated by fjords, valleys and mountains, the surrounding region provided inspiration in the redesign of the airport’s public spaces and customs area. Glass was used extensively to give the new Terminal 3 a light and airy feel; complemented in the interior space by a timber ceiling, oak slats and the warmth of Formica® Compact for an unmistakably Scandinavian feel.


Stud Welding: with the mega-power Nelweld N6000 The Nelweld N6000 brings stud welding into the 21st century. With its innovative microprocessor control and patented digital user interface the N6000 gives you high power stud welding at the touch of the button.

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Engel’s ‘Galaxy’ workwear has universal appeal FE Engel, the Da anish company which is rrecognised as one of the World’s leading manufacturers of comforrtable and practical workwear includes the ‘Galaxy’ range amongst its coll collection. One of the company’s best-selling brands, ‘Galaxy’ offers a comprehensive selection of smart and functional clothing with the emphasis as much on style and fit as on being protective and hardwearing; the trousers are narrower than normal, the jackets slim-cut and all garments are available in a choice of three colour combinations giving wearers a pride in their appearance and a professional image.

The Engel Galaxy ‘Light’ work trousers (2290-880)

Designed to suit every type of workplace situation the collection also consists of soft-shell and winter jackets, a comfortable fleece

cardigan, bib-overall, boiler suit and shorts with fabrics made from durable, two-ply cotton/ polyester yarns; most items feature several spacious pockets and many other shared functional details such as concealed buttons and zippers, adjustable jacket cuffs and CORDURA reinforced jacket elbows. The company also offers the Galaxy ‘Light’ range which includes the 210 g/m2 ‘Light’ work jacket (1290-880) that has a longer, pleated back for added freedom of movement and stylish reflectors on both front and back for greater visibility. Available with or without matching trousers (2290-880), each incorporate many practical details giving maximum comfort, weather protection and quick and easy access to tools and personal accessories; both garments are made from 65% polyester, 35% cotton and are available in a choice of Anthracite Grey or 3 other colour combinations, in sizes XS-4XL. All Engel products are available from The Workwear Trade Centre, Milton Keynes; Telephone: 01908 561569; email: and Anchor Safety, Ipswich; Telephone: 0800 328 5028; email: For more information visit: email: Mark McBrayne at or telephone: +44 (0) 7933 150197

The Engel Galaxy ‘Light’ work jacket (1290-880)

One of the company’s best-selling brands, ‘Galaxy’ offers a comprehensive selection of smart and functional clothing with the emphasis as much on style and fit as on being protective and hardwearing.

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£15 million district centre delivered by HDD A new £15 million mixed-use development in Oxfordshire, with occupiers including a major supermarket chain and High Street retailers, has reached practical completion, property developer Henry Davidson Developments (HDD) announced today. The district neighbourhood centre at Didcot boasts an Asda supermarket, 10 retail units, a public house, 20 apartments, a children’s day nursery, a dentist surgery, chemist and a care facility. It has been delivered by Birmingham-based HDD – which specialises in retail-led and mixeduse developments - as part of a residential development of 3,300 homes at Didcot’s Great Western Park.

Anchored by an 11,000 sq ft Asda store, other secured occupiers in the 9,400 sq ft of ancillary retail space include Domino’s, Costa Coffee, an estate agent, vets and a hairdresser. The public house has been sold to Marston’s PLC, while Bright Horizons has purchased the nursery plot. Retirement house builder McCarthy and Stone has delivered Extra Care housing. All of the residential units have been acquired by Oxford City Council as social housing. Knight Frank Investment Management (KFIM) acquired the Asda supermarket, while the retail units – which have all been pre-let - have been acquired by Oxford and Oriental Limited. Located in the heart of Great Western Park, the district centre forms the social and retail hub for the parks’ residents as well as the wider Didcot population, catering for the day-to-day needs of the community. The entire site should be operational by the end of the year. Scott Davidson, managing director

McBains secures contract for new Oxford hospital Leading interdisciplinary consulting and design agency McBains has secured the contract for management of the construction of a new £12m hospital for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, it was announced today. The new 22-bed facility, a Learning Disability Unit, will be located on the Littlemore Mental Health Centre site. It will be a secure unit where patients with learning difficulties can be treated safely and securely. Design work will commence immediately and the unit will be fully operational by July 2019. McBains will provide project management and full design team services including architectural services and civil and structural engineering services. Anthony Coumidis, Director - Public Sector Head, McBains, said: “We are delighted to have been appointed to this contract. The new unit will provide safe and secure services for patients with learning difficulties in the Oxford area and have a strong focus on the environment being autism-friendly.” McBains has already worked on a number of major public sector projects in health sector including providing new facilities at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading.

of HDD, said: “We are delighted to announce practical completion of the district centre at Didcot. It is an important part of the wider Great Western Park development and, with a great range of retail occupiers, it will prove to be a real asset.There has been a lot of interest in its progress since the plans were announced, so it is very satisfying to deliver the much needed local centre. It highlights experience and our ability to deliver developments of this size and variety.” Construction of Great Western Park began in 2011. Currently more than 1,600 homes are occupied, with completion of the whole site scheduled for 2022. HDD is currently delivering major retail-led mixed-use developments across the UK, including Newton Leys in Milton Keynes, Hampton at Peterborough and the final phase of Lawley Village in Telford. HDD recently completed the relocation of its headquarters to Birmingham and has quickly capitalised on the city’s booming commercial property market. The ambitious property developer – which specialises in retail-led, mixeduse developments – is expanding its operations after relocating from Nottingham with support from Finance Birmingham.

Construction output decreases for a second quarter ONS figures published today show that construction output contracted 0.9% in the third quarter of 2017. This is a downward revision from the preliminary estimate of a 0.7% decline released in October and follows the 0.5% fall in output recorded in Q2.

confidence sustained by the Help to Buy equity loan. The £10 billion extra funding for the policy announced last month will maintain impetus in house building, with greater certainty over affordable rent-setting also supporting building by housing associations.

Rebecca Larkin, Senior Economist at the Construction Products Association, commented: “At a headline level, today’s data shouts ‘construction recession’, marked by two consecutive quarters of falling output. However, output remains at relatively high levels – 1.1% higher than a year ago and 7.1% higher than 2015 Q3.

“Nevertheless, areas of weakness include private commercial, where new orders have fallen for three quarters and signal a lack of offices and retail projects to replace those now coming to an end. This is echoed in the public non-housing sector, which is suffering from lower volumes of work on schools and a dearth of new large hospitals projects.”

“There is also a clear variation in performance by sector, as highlighted in the CPA’s forecasts. Private housing output rose 1.8% to a record high during the quarter, with demand and

Blu-3 supports construction project for homeward-bound soldiers Specialist multi-utility and civil engineering company, blu-3, is helping to support serving soldiers returning from army bases in Germany as part of a major resettling programme by the Ministry of Defence (MoD). blu-3 is principal civils contractor to UK Power Network Services and the work is being carried out as part of Project Allenby/ Connaught - a 35-year PFI contract awarded to Aspire Defence in 2006. The works are taking place in Wiltshire and Hampshire, spread across six garrisons including

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Tidworth, Bulford, Larkhill, Perham Down, Warminster and Aldershot. blu-3 started work on the contract in 2008 and was awarded a full term contract in January 2010 with UK Power Network Services, which manages and maintains the electrical network on behalf of Aspire Defence. The annual project value is approximately £2.5m. blu-3’s scope has included two key streams of work, carrying out Lifecycle Works to upgrade and maintain the power network, including cables and equipment. This involved installing


Construction Activity Shifts Across Great Britain Contract awards on major regeneration and infrastructure projects have seen ‘hotspot’ pockets of construction emerge across Great Britain as investment in housebuilding, infrastructure and commercial shifts away from London and the South East.

driven by the award of contracts for the regeneration of the city centre, including a combined 1,500 flats at the Connaught Square and Exchange Square redevelopments and high-profile new office space at Paradise Circus, Arena Central and Snowhill.

The ‘Regional Construction Hotspots in Great Britain 2017’ report from industry analysts Barbour ABI and the Construction Products Association, highlights the levels of construction contract values awarded in 2016 across all regions of Great Britain, with the majority of the work taking place in 2017 onwards. A number of districts are experiencing unprecedented growth; however regionally only Scotland and the West Midlands saw any total annual growth in construction value.


Norwich and East Norfolk led all districts across the UK in 2016 (see Figure 1.1), with more than £2.7 billion worth of construction contracts, helped greatly by the year’s largest contract award, the £1.8 billion East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm. Only two London regions made it into the top ten – Tower Hamlets and Camden and City of London, fourth and eighth respectively. The report compared regional construction contract values in 2016 against the average of the last four years, resulting in ‘hotspots’ and ‘coldspots’ for last year’s commissioned projects in the residential, commercial and infrastructure sectors. Hotspots In past years, London dominated the ‘hotspot’ pockets of construction activity, however the report for 2016 indicates a spread across Great Britain, with London only holding six of the 61 hotspots. Scotland was the leading region with nine hotspots after doubling its contracts awarded value for infrastructure to £3.8 billion. Birmingham was the only UK region that experienced a combined ‘hotspot’ for commercial, residential and infrastructure construction contract values last year when compared to 2015. This was primarily

The majority of the coldspots are clustered in the residential sector and replicated across the country, as contract award values fell from the highs registered in 2015, falling below long-term averages. In the South East, Yorkshire & Humber and the East Midlands, onethird of sub-regions were residential coldspots. Of the 42 coldspots across Great Britain, the South East led all regions with seven of the total, all for residential. London was actually the sole region where there were no residential coldspots, with contract awards for large developments keeping values relatively unchanged from 2014 and 2015. Commenting on the figures, Michael Dall, Lead Economist at Barbour ABI, said: “The Government is focused on raising the levels of major infrastructure projects, in particular public sector schemes such as offshore wind farms, energy plants and motorway upgrades have considerably boosted construction value in more rural regions. Districts such as the Isle of Anglesey and Norwich and East Norfolk have experienced year-on-year construction contract value growth of 916 per cent and 744 per cent respectively.” Rebecca Larkin, Senior Economist at the Construction Products Association commented; “Coldspots permeated through the residential sector last year, in a marked contrast to its strength in the previous regional report. The sector has ramped up house building activity over the last 12 months, reflecting the flow of work generated by the peak in contract awards in 2015, but there are now question marks as to what impact the fall in contract values will have on construction over the next 12 months. Monitoring contract value in 2017 will give an early indication of the sector’s near-term performance.”

Bonham Quay is granted planning permission Galway City Council has granted planning permission for Bonham Quay a new high end office development overlooking the docks. Aiming to attract modern high-tech industries to Galway, the BDP designed scheme will strengthen the area’s reputation as a fast growing European city. The €104m campus comprises four office blocks surrounded by two adaptable public squares and linked together by landscaped bridges. The blocks range in size to allow for user flexibility. Additional facilities include retail and restaurants, a commuter centre encouraging smarter and sustainable travel, a fitness centre and a larger dedicated arts and cultural facility. Bonham Quay will make maximum use of the spectacular views over the docklands with extensive use of external glazing and will benefit from daylong sunlight from the west coast. The development will be delivered to an exemplary environmental performance exceeding recently set zero carbon targets. overlaying cables and excavating ground outside and within substations to upgrade. The works also required blu-3 to excavate and cast concrete plinths, supply and erect new fences. Capital Works involved the power infrastructures related to the demolition and build of new living quarters and buildings.

Since autumn 2016, blu-3 has supported the Army Basing Programme (2020 project) to provide the MoD with living accommodation and commercial buildings such as workshops and car parks prior to the relocation of troops returning to the UK from Germany by 2020. These works are due to be completed by mid 2019.

blu-3 has also constructed three brickbuilt primary substation switch rooms, including the entire infrastructure around them consisting of drainage, footways and carriageways, as well as erecting security fencing around the sites.

Contract Manager, Dave Murray, has led the blu-3 project team for the past nine years. He said: “Speed of delivery is key to this project. Our ability to deliver high quality works within deadline was recognised early and resulted in blu-3 being awarded a full term contract.

blu-3 has helped lay the foundations and deliver key infrastructure required to support the Army’s operational success now and for many years into the future.” “We are very proud to be involved in a programme that is focused on supporting serving army personnel and their families settle back into life in the UK. Beyond main infrastructure works, we have engaged in community projects to support families such as allocating funds and resources to help build a new play area in Larkhill, providing a place for parents and children to meet and make new friends.”

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Ron Construction Job Title: Civil/Structural Engineer Position requires thorough knowledge of civil/structural design and engineering management. Responsible to plan and conduct independent work requiring judgement in the evaluation, selection, application and adaptation of engineering techniques, procedures and criteria. Devise new approaches to problems, and prepare or modify drawings, specifications, calculations, help execute and monitor work. Ideal candidate will be mainly based on site but will be expected to spent one day a week in head office.

Duties and Responsibilities: Duties u s include e butt nott limited m d to:

t Duties include but not limited to: t Civil/Structural engineering calculations. t Civil/Structural engineering plans, design, and layout. t Civil/Structural project specifications. t Day-to-day management of the site, including supervising

t Liaising with quantity surveyors for project budgeting. t Ensuring projects meet agreed specifications, budgets or


t Carrying out As-built Surveys t Checking steel reinforcement.

and monitoring the site labour force and the work of any subcontractors. Providing technical assistance and solving problems related to projects.


t Overseeing quality control and health and safety matters on site. t Communicating with clients and their representatives. t Setting Out (RC Frames/ Ground works/ Foundations/ Drainage/ Slabs/ Externals/ Landscaping etc).

LOCATION: Luton (Mainly Site based) Education/Experience: t Diploma in Civil Engineering, with 6 to 8 years of experience with knowledge in civil and/or structural engineering, obtainable usually through a combination of experience and education; or

t Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, and 4 to 6 years of experience with technical knowledge in civil and/or structural engineering, obtainable usually through a combination of experience and education; or

t Equivalent combination of education, training and experience. t Experience managing a diverse range of engineering projects

Skills and Special Requirements: t Full working knowledge of operating all Robotic Lei ca Surveying Instruments t Working knowledge of Auto Cad or other drafting software. t Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Suite.


The salary for this permanent role is circa £37k-£40k per annum, depending on experience.

Closing Date of Applications: 11.01.2018 Company Profile: Ron Construction is a modern, progressive-thinking and highly successful contractor, specializing in Groundworks, concrete substructure,Design and Built & other associated construction works. The company have a wealth of experience within the Construction & Civil Engineering Industries, this ensuring the company’s reputation for reliability, site safety and quality of services provided. Ron Construction offers to the clients the experience and expertise to provide the professional, non-contractual and proactive approach, which is essential to the success of every project. We are proud of our strong on-going relationships with a variety of reputable clients from large main contractors and private developers. Email:

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FLOORMATE™ 500-A A and XENERGYTM MK K specified for Westfield London shopping centre expansion An extension to Westfield London, the largest covered shopping development in the capital, will use Dow Building Solution’s FLOORMATE™ 500-A in the provision of new car parking facilities. The £1bn extension will add a further 740,000 sq ft of retail space in addition to leisure and community facilities, and much needed housing for the local area. Dow has provided technical support to Zoontjens, a leading provider of rooftop parking systems, and 9000sqm of FLOORMATE™ 500-A and XENERGY™ MK is being supplied by Radmat. Zoontjens and Dow have partnered on several similar projects, including at Westfield Stratford City, near the London 2012 Olympic Park. FLOORMATE™ insulation products from Dow are suited for high load bearing applications and is used in projects ranging from parking decks to cold stores, aircraft hangars to residential projects. The versatility of the product can be attributed to its mechanical strength, high design load as well as resistance to moisture and repeated freeze/ thaw cycles. FLOORMATE™ products come with a range of compressive strengths to match a project’s loading requirements and are blown with CO2 for foam with a Global Warming Potential of less than five. The boards offer low thermal conductivity to help meet energy efficiency demands, easy and fast installation as well as a durable floor structure long-term.

FLOORMATE™ insulation products from Dow are suited for high load bearing applications and is used in projects ranging from parking decks to cold stores, aircraft hangars to residential projects.

Paul Heerkins, Managing Director, Zoontjens said: “The strength and versatility of FLOORMATE™ 500-A makes it suited for use in rooftop car parks and we are pleased to be working with Dow on this landmark project. Insulation products manufactured by Dow are capable of coping with extreme changes in temperature and humidity, making them suited for use in car parks.” Richard Powell, Sales Manager, Dow Building Solutions, said: “Dow are delighted to be working on this key project in partnership with Zoontjens, with whom we have worked on a number of other significant developments recently. By pooling our technical expertise we have provided a great sustainable solution that achieves the project requirements.” Gary Sutton, Divisional Manager for Radmat, said: “We chose Dow’s insulation products for their consistent high performance and versatility. FLOORMATE™ 500-A can be used in a range of different environments and its high compressive strength means it is suited for high load bearing floors such as car park decks.”

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Gripple strikes again with a revolutionary system to speed up and ease services installation Gripple, creator of an increasing range of pioneering building services suspension systems, strikes again with Fast Trak™ which is designed for even faster and easier installation of many mechanical and electrical services, particularly where ceiling space is limited. Fast Trak™, a pre-fabricated, trapeze bracket, also ‘hits the spot’ for flexible and safe installation of electrical containment, ductwork, pipework and other mechanical services. Up to six times faster to install than traditional methods, including threaded rod and channel, the product offers tool-free adjustment, and an ideal solution for instances where ceiling space is less than 800mm. Fast Trak™ comprises metal tracks, from 284mm to 534mm in length, accompanied by mounting brackets, from 309mm to

959mm long, and is designed to suit differing installations in residential buildings, highrise office blocks, hotels, hospitals, open retail spaces or transportation hubs. For quick and simple measuring there are indicators at the end of each a bracket as a handy guide. Compact in size and efficient, Fast Trak™ systems are delivered to site in pre-cut lengths, which not only reduces vehicle movements during transport and eases handling on-site but also eliminates cutting, and filing with no need for a ‘hot works’ permit, making the system safer to install.

Up to six times faster to install than traditional methods, including threaded rod and channel, the product offers tool-free adjustment, and an ideal solution for instances where ceiling space is less than 800mm.

Prior to installation Fast Trak™ systems can be stacked on-site in small areas to reduce storage and promote cleaner working environments. During installation, the Fast Trak™ is adjustable as the brackets can be moved along the tracks to facilitate any required position changes. For more information about the new Fast Trak™ system contact Mark Kimberley on 0114 2288 623, or visit YouTube to see Fast Trak™ in action!

Gripple presents next generation of wire rope suspension solutions The construction products innovator, Gripple has developed in-house a complete solution for the installation, in all applications, of HVAC, mechanical and plumbing services, also delivering increased speed, higher load performance and easier adjustment. Replacing the Gripple Trapeze and Trapeze Plus products, the UniGrip combines their functionality and best features and adds to them. With three models, UniGrip boasts

an increased load rating performance up to 33%, each with a greater safe working load (SWL) of 5:1.

With three models, UniGrip boasts an increased load rating performance up to 33%, each with a greater safe working load (SWL) of 5:1.

The new and patented UniGrip features an attachment to secure it to a substrate at the top and to the service at the bottom, making installation up to six times faster when compared to traditional methods such as threaded rod and channel. This saves contractors’ time and money onsite and reduces time working at height thereby safer for installers. Versatility is added to the UniGrip with the offer of a range of ‘feet’ options which cater for many building services and installation methods. Also added features

on the UniGrip are an ergonomically designed button, to ease release and adjustment during installation and a locking indicator, which ensures security afterwards. As with all Gripple wire suspension solutions, the UniGrip arrives on-site, in compact, cardboard boxes, as ready-touse, pre-engineered kits which include the customer’s choice of ‘foot’, specified length of wire and chosen end fixing. This eliminates cutting and filing rod to size on-site - also an important health and safety issue - and requires fewer vehicle movements, meaning less CO² consumption. For more information on UniGrip, and any Gripple product, please contact Glenn Bills on 0114 2288 713, by email at g.bills@ or by visiting

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The UK’s European University shows confidence by investing in a new School of Economics during Brexit negotiations. The University of Kent (UoK) - which is branded as the UK’s European University - has commissioned a new School of Economics, designed by Bond Bryan Architects, which achieved planning consent in August 2017. This is a collaborative scheme with Willmott Dixon Construction and is part of UoK’s continued investment into its Canterbury Campus Masterplan and part of a new Business Hub focusing on Economics, Business, Maths and Statistics & Actuarial Science. This University is one of the country’s leading academic institutions with strong bilateral links with Europe. They are producing worldclass research and leading the way in many fields of study. The development proposals seek to provide a new three-storey building for the School of Economics - including shared teaching and amenity facilities with associated landscaping and cycle stores. The building will be naturally ventilated and is a hybrid of steel frame and crosslaminated timber designed by structural engineers Engenuiti. The design of the exterior facades of the School of Economics building aims to be timeless - through the juxtaposition of traditional and contemporary materials; the architectural language and the palette of materials, chosen for the building, is one of simplicity and elegance. Adrian Stubbs, Lead Architect on the project, commented: “The design aims to create an economic, sustainable and flexible solution that will, nevertheless, create a distinctive, high quality addition to the campus that reflects the importance of the subject and the confidence of the University for the future.”. Work will begin on site in January 2018 with doors opening to students in September 2019.

Three major Ventilation projects for Western Thermal Western Thermal Ltd, leading specialist engineers in thermal & acoustic insulation, ductwork, ventilation, trace heating, and fire stopping, with over thirty years of experience, has been awarded three major ventilation projects at Pittville Campus in Cheltenham, Trago Mills retail outlet in Merthyr Tydfil and Ysgol Bro Gwaun school in Fishguard. The Pittville Campus student village, a 570-bed university halls of residence, adds to the Company’s fast-growing portfolio of major residential projects and involved the installation of ventilation systems as well as thermal insulation. The Company’s work on Trago Mills retail outlet also involved the installation of ventilation systems and thermal insulation. This 30,250 sq m department store has created 350 permanent jobs and boosts the retail offering in the area. Phillip Jones, Executive Operations Director at Western Thermal, said: “Pittville Campus, Trago Mills and Ysgol Bro Gwaun are excellent projects and the appointment of Western Thermal recognises our commitment to providing the best quality services in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry. “The installation of high-quality ventilation and thermal insulation systems to buildings in both the residential and retail sectors is key for the comfort of people using the premises, as well as being costeffective and environmentally friendly”. Ysgol Bro Gwaun is a multidiscipline project involving the installation and insulation of Ductwork to the school’s three-storey building extension. The division has contributed to numerous landmark projects including the Met Office in Exeter, the Biffa waste disposal facility in Horsham and Exeter University’s Living System. More recently, it has completed work at Pittville Campus in Cheltenham, Trago Mills retail outlet in Merthyr Tydfil and Ysgol Bro Gwaun school in Fishguard.

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£28 million Gilder’s Yard development gets underway Work has started on site to deliver a £28 million build-to-rent scheme which will create 156 new homes in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, Blackswan announced today. The beginning of construction work on the site in Great Hampton Street follows a deal which saw the UK’s largest listed residential landlord, Grainger, agree to forward fund and acquire the private rented sector (PRS) development, known as Gilder’s Yard, from Blackswan. It marks an important milestone for Birmingham-based Blackswan as the first of several exciting developments it has in the pipeline in the historic Jewellery Quarter. Planning permission was awarded earlier this year to develop the industrial site into 156 high quality one and two-bedroom apartments, with 47 parking spaces, 28 cycle spaces, and commercial units. Blackswan will develop the site and Midlands-based construction group Shaylor has been appointed as contractor. The development will involve demolishing some of the existing buildings and the renovation of the three-storey Grade II listed former jewellery factory at 16-18 Great Hampton Street, which was once home h to J Ashford hf d & Son. Blackswan managing director Marcus Hawley said: “It’s wonderful to see work finally begin at Gilder’s Yard, an exciting and attractive scheme which will give this part of the Jewellery Quarter a huge lift. Great Hampton Street is full of character and we hope Gilder’s Yard will act as a catalyst that brings this important street back to life. “This project marks a major milestone for us. The Jewellery Quarter is a unique location and forms a key part of our

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Advertise your jobs for under a penny a day! Offer extended to 24th December! business growth strategy. We are based locally and we can appreciate the enormous potential it offers us to create great places that knit in the historic environment and character with high quality new spaces. “Gilder’s Yard, and the other potential developments we are currently exploring, will improve the Jewellery Quarter, offer high quality new homes, and make the area even more vibrant than it is now.”

Grainger is the UK’s largest listed residential landlord. Birmingham is a key target city for Grainger’s PRS investment strategy due to its strong economic prospects and growth potential. which will create 156

We are very excited about Gilder’s Yard brand-new, high quality homes, built specifically for the rental market. Ed Ellerington, national acquisitions director of Grainger

Ed Ellerington, national acquisitions director of Grainger, said: “We are very excited about Gilder’s Yard which will create 156 brand-new, high quality homes, built specifically for the rental market. Birmingham is a key target city for us. We know it well, with an established local property management office, and we hope that this is the first of several new developments that we can help bring forward in the area.”

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