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Contractors scrambled for RAF Marham runway revamp
The MoD’s estate procurement arm is firing up plans to start work on large-scale runway improvements at RAF Marham in Norfolk. The base is set for a major expansion after being earmarked as the European maintenance hub for the new generation of strike and fighter aircraft deployed around Europe. The Prime Minister a year ago announced that more than £300m will be invested at RAF Marham, creating up to 1,000 extra jobs in its construction phase, ahead of it becomming the home base for two frontline F-35 Lightening II squadrons. Work is expected to start on the two-year contract in January 2017 and will involve runway and taxiway improvements. The Defence Infrastructure Organisation said there was also potential to extend the scope of the works to include a new build two-storey squadron office facility and refurbishment of hardened aircraft hangars. It has estimated the works will be worth between £100m-£140m. Interested contractors have until 4 March to formally express an interest. Further information can be obtained by emailing DIO.
Wet weather knocks year-end project starts
“Shutdown” at Ainscough as crane drivers go on strike
Dire weather at the end of last year is being blamed for a 20% fall in the value of project starts in the three-month period to the end of January.
Union leaders claim that “rock solid strike action by crane operators” at mobile giant Ainscough caused a “near total shutdown of operations” yesterday.
It amounts to the worst winter since 2013 for construction, according to the latest figures released today from construction experts Glenigan.
Officials at the Unite union claimed that “less than 10” of the company’s 500 cranes left its 30 depots to go to work on construction sites.
Office construction was the only sector of the industry to edge higher, with starts declining across residential, nonresidential and civil engineering work. The dire weather impacted construction sites across the UK, although; only Wales saw starts hold above the level of a year earlier.
Picket lines were also in evidence at depots after 500 crane operators and support staff voted for strike action in protest over a two-year pay deal offer from Ainscough. Yesterday’s strike is the first in a series of escalating actions planned over the coming weeks through to 23 March.
Glenigan’s monthly barometer of project starts has now been in negative territory for eight out of the last ten months.
A programme of overtime bans started on 30 January and will end on 20 March. A further day of strike action is planned for next Monday.
Allan Wilén, Glenigan’s Economics Director, said: “The atrocious weather has clearly halted project starts. This has exacerbated an already evident softening in workloads, with new construction activity now in the worst period of decline since crashing in 2009.” He added: “The official output figures show R&M spending by both government and private institutions was already slowing in the second half of last year. Glenigan’s data on project starts suggests that new build activity will also be constrained in the coming months.”
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Unite national officer for construction Bernard McAulay, said: “Our members are highly skilled professionals, operating cranes on some of the UK’s largest construction projects. Ainscough has been sent a clear warning today by the workforce. Our members demand fair treatment for their hard work. The company needs to get back to the negotiating table ready to reach an amicable settlement to resolve this long running dispute.”
Huddersfield Uni signs BIM deal with Chinese contractor The University of Huddersfield is to sign a five-year deal with Chinese construction giant Beijing Construction Engineering Group to help develop the contractor’s use of new technology. The deal with the new UK division of one of the largest Chinese construction businesses will also provide opportunities for research staff and students, including work placements and possible employment. BCEG launched a UK construction
Oxford Uni Tinbergen Building revamp approved Planning permission has been granted to refurbish and extend the University of Oxford’s Tinbergen Building to create new chemistry teaching laboratories. The scheme will enable an expansion of the
existing Sir Leslie Martin building to meet the Chemistry Department’s growth projections beyond 2020. Designed by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, the redevelopment plan has been drawn up to be sympathetic to its brutalist style and stepped structure.
British Gas shuts loft and cavity wall insulation arm British Gas is to make 500 staff redundant as it shuts its loft and cavity wall insulation business. The cuts form part of parent company Centrica’s plan to shed 6,000 jobs in an attempt to slash its costs and become more efficient. Going forward British Gas will outsource any further energy efficiency work that is required to meet Government targets. Over the last two years British Gas teams installed insulation to over 6,800 homes and schools. Mark Hodges, chief executive, energy supply &
services, UK and Ireland, said: “We are focused on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of our organisation to meet the changing needs of our customers. “British Gas is well positioned to grow, but we must ensure that our costs allow us to be competitive for our customers. I recognise that this will be difficult news for the employees who may be affected. However I believe today’s announcement is in the best longterm interests of the business. Our priority is to support all those potentially impacted, and to ensure a fair and transparent consultation process.”
Work is expected to start this month and will involve several building pod extensions to the existing complex. CPC Project Services is project managing the refurbishment works on behalf of the University, which will include a new entrance, student hub and improved teaching laboratories. The project will be delivered over several phases with the first due for completion in Summer 2017. Long & Partners is the M&E consultant. CPC’s Managing Partner Steve Mole said: “Our relationship with the University of Oxford has developed well over the first two years of our framework appointment, we are delighted to continue to offer our best team to support the University’s ambitious plans.”
Balfour Beatty clinches £245m Warwickshire highways deal Balfour Beatty has won a seven-year, £245m highways maintenance contract for Coventry City Council, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and Warwickshire County Council. The three councils have joined forces in the hope of achieving greater efficiencies of scale across the region. Balfour Beatty Living Places has delivered highways maintenance services across Warwickshire over the last five years. Now a 120-strong directly employed workforce, including 30 local apprenticeships and 10 graduate placements, will deliver a variety of services to over 5,000km of roads, winter maintenance across 2,000km
of roads and maintenance of over 55,000 street lights. Leo Quinn, Balfour Beatty Group chief executive said: “This contract award is a real endorsement of the excellent service we have provided across Warwickshire since 2011 and gives us the opportunity to build upon our successes.” Last week Balfour Beatty Living Places also secured a £55m, two-year extension to its West Sussex highways works. The contract includes highways improvements such as resurfacing, safety fencing, footway, cycleway and carriageway reconstruction; highways maintenance including defect repair, grass cutting and reactive emergency response.
division after joining the consortium undergraduate and postgraduate students of the University, where the School of Art, planning to invest £800m in Manchester Airport City. Ranked as one of the world’s Design and Architecture has a new MSc top 50 contractors, it employs some 20,000 around the world.
course, entitled Design Integration and Building Information Modelling, launched in September 2015.
The Memorandum of Understanding will involve developing the construction giant’s expertise in lean construction, healthcare infrastructure and capacity in BIM. This will be done by holding workshops, live projects and will be boosted by research from University staff and students. “BIM improves collaboration at the design stage, reduces changes during construction and also improves facility management at the operational stage,” said Song Wu who is Professor of Surveying and IT at the University of Huddersfield. Joint projects will be developed, special events will be held and there will be placement opportunities at BCEG for
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Lillehammer hosts second Winter Youth Olympics Kebony creates a sustainable legacy for the Olympic Games SOPP, the innovative student accommodation development located in Lillehammer, is hosting athletes of the Winter Youth Olympic Games from 12 - 21 February 2016. This will be the second ever Winter Youth Games but also the second time since 1994 that Lillehammer has played host to the event. Distributed across four blocks, the 360 apartments have been home to those attending Lillehammer University College since September 2015, and have helped to meet the high demand for student accommodation in the area. Kebony has created a sustainable future for this accommodation and prospective students of Lillehammer.
which is far more environmentally friendly than comparable construction materials. Kebony is impregnated with a biowaste product, and heated under pressure to give the product structural stability and robustness. This ensures that SOPP is protected from the harsh Norwegian weather of the Gudbrandsdalen region while also ensuring that the natural beauty of the region is maintained. Over the course of the Games, up to four athletes share each of
15 and 18 years-old, compete in 70 medal events across sport and winter disciplines. This year a number of new events have been added to proceedings including cross-country and slopestyle skiing. So far, 12,000 accredited guests from all over the world have been confirmed for this exciting event with over 3,000 young volunteers. Petter Syverud, the development’s Project Manager at Ekstenso, commented “The Youth Olympic Games is all about encouraging young athletes and preparing for the future, so we wanted to incorporate sustainability into the project. Kebony was an obvious choice because it allows us to do just that without compromising on design or build quality.”
“The Youth Olympic Games is all about encouraging young athletes and preparing for the future, so we wanted to incorporate sustainability into the project. Kebony was an obvious choice because it allows us to do just that without compromising on design or build quality.” Petter Syverud, Project Manager at Ekstenso.
In line with the Games’ legacy goals, “Go Beyond and Create Tomorrow”, the development has been designed by Henning Larsen Architects and SGB to reflect ‘passivhaus’ principles with a particular focus on sustainability in the selection of construction materials. The accommodation draws influence from traditional Nordic architecture, with wood panelling used throughout. Kebony was chosen for the external wooden cladding of the buildings, both for its striking silver-grey patina, but also as it is a sustainable alternative to hardwood
the spacious units, which spread across an area of 13,000 m². During normal university terms however students have their own en-suite flat with a kitchenette and access to a shared communal area. All buildings have TEK10-standard, environmentally friendly paint, new bio fuel-heated district heating and have been built by a local workforce, using environmentally-friendly and sustainable materials. 1,100 young athletes from 70 different nations, aged between
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Mette Valen, Sales Team Leader at Kebony said “It is fantastic to see large projects which have a true concern for the environmental impacts of construction moving towards the more sustainable materials like Kebony. We hope that Kebony’s robust durability ensures that this beautiful building will be an important and popular aspect of Lillehammer’s town centre for many years to come.”
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Court shuts network of phantom University of construction companies Cambridge gets green light for Biomedical research lab A network of construction and civil engineering companies with reported combined sales of over £50m and assets of £8.4m has been shut down after investigations revealed they never really existed. It turns out they were phantom businesses, bought off the shelf, as part of an elaborate fraud.
The companies never actually traded – they just filed bogus accounts, with fictitious directors, and were run solely to obtain credit. The High Court has now ordered them into liquidation on grounds of public interest following an investigation by the Insolvency Service. The court heard how some 15 ready-made companies had been bought off the shelf from two company formation agents by a person using the name Jonathan Hunting. Although the companies were dormant and had never traded while under the control of the formation agents, when bought and activated by the new owner fictitious directors were appointed. The dates of their appointments were back-dated by several years to the date of incorporation of the relevant company so as to lend legitimacy to the false accounts. These accounts showed significant assets and trading since incorporation by some of the companies. None of the companies had any physical presence at their registered offices located in different parts of the country and ostensibly each was independently owned and operated. Chris Mayhew, company investigations supervisor at the Insolvency Service, said: “These supposedly unrelated companies had no legitimate purpose and existed solely to seek to obtain easily disposable goods on credit including expensive motor vehicles on lease finance with no intention of paying for them.
I would urge businesses approached for credit to question why a potential new corporate customer would choose to back date the appointment of its recorded officers and to file accounts showing significant trading and assets at a time when clearly the company was still on the shelf of the company formation agent dormant awaiting sale.
The University of Cambridge has been granted planning permission for ‘Project Capella’ - a new £79m research facility designed by architects from The Fairhursts Design Group and being delivered by Kier. The six-storey 18,000 m2 centre will be located adjacent to the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute within the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, and will provide state-ofthe-art research laboratories in a collaborative environment to stimulate the exchange of ideas.
“False accounts were filed by some of the companies to create the impression that they were substantial and credit worthy businesses and had been trading profitably for a number of years which the investigation found to be blatantly untrue. Where no trading accounts had been filed the first step, backdating the date of the director’s appointment, had been taken to continue with the fraud. “I would urge businesses approached for credit to question why a potential new corporate customer would choose to back date the appointment of its recorded officers and to file accounts showing significant trading and assets at a time when clearly the company was still on the shelf of the company formation agent dormant awaiting sale. “We work closely with a number of partners such as Companies House to prevent the abuse of the corporate regime by such deliberate lack of transparency and the Insolvency Service will continue to investigate and bring to a halt companies harming or about to harm legitimate business by operating in this way.”
Atkins wins higher education projects of over £250m in construction value With the announcement of recent wins at Bournemouth University and the University of Glasgow, design and engineering consultancy Atkins has dramatically increased its presence
in the higher education sector over the last six months. With major wins at leading universities across the UK, Atkins is now working on higher education projects totalling over £250m in construction value. Philip Watson, Atkins UK design director, said: “These project wins are the result of significant investment in our people and into research and development of solutions to the design challenges facing higher education institutions. In a sector that demands clever thinking and solutions to complex challenges, we are showing that Atkins can punch its weight in architecture as well as engineering.” Atkins is also leading the design of a £40m academic building which will provide a new home
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UK construction sector slows down in January Growth in the UK construction sector slowed down in January to its weakest level for nine months. The Markit construction purchasing managers’ index (PMI) fell to 55 from 57.8 - well below the 57.5 forecast by economists. The figure contrasted with a stronger-than-expected start for the manufacturing sector published on Monday. Factory output rose from 52.1 in December to 52.9 in January. Any figure above 50 indicates growth in the sector.
for Bournemouth’s Faculty of Health & Social Sciences, and wider services to support the implementation of the University’s development masterplan including: space planning of existing buildings, landscaping, infrastructure (road and transport interchanges) and facilities management overview. Atkins’ other work in the higher education sector includes the design of an Innovation Centre and Campus Hub at the University of Edinburgh’s Easterbush Campus.
News Due for completion in Q2 2018, the development, for the UK’s top ranked University, will accommodate Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, Cambridge Institute of Therapeutic Immunology & Infectious Disease, The Milner Therapeutics Institute and Cambridge Centre for Haematopoiesis and Haematological Malignancies. Externally the building features a two storey glazed box with gold metal detailing and double height entrance foyer, while the spine is to be clad in a flat-faced graphite panel. A variety of materials have been selected to define specific elements of the structure and to avoid the blank façades that a building of this scale can create. In addition, a ‘green screen’ will be developed to enhance the ‘Oval’, a prominent public area adjacent to the development, and a bespoke timber frame structure with a green ‘wildflower blanket’ roof will provide 324 cycle spaces on site – one for every two building users. Professor Patrick Maxwell, Regius Professor of Physic and Head of the School of Clinical Medicine at the University of Cambridge, said: “Project Capella will bring together a number of medical research groups to create a centre of excellence and provide a foundation for the development of new medical treatments. We are extremely proud of the achievements of the development team thus far and the vision it has created for our biomedical research laboratories. We are delighted that the proposals have been approved and we look forward to construction work proceeding.” The wider development team includes Arup as Consulting Engineers, Arcadis as Project Managers and Aecom as Cost Consultants. Markit economist Tim Moore said construction firms were struggling for momentum, with increased economic uncertainty holding back new orders and contributing to one of the weakest rises in output levels since summer 2013. Bricks shortage “Taken together with the slowdown in new order growth, the latest survey suggests that construction companies are braced for a relatively subdued first quarter,” he said. David Noble, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, which compiles the survey along with Markit, said a shortage of bricks and blocks contributed to the slowdown. Samuel Tombs, chief UK economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, said weakness in construction orders and a downturn in public sector infrastructure work, which accounts for about a quarter of total construction and is not covered by the PMI, suggested the sector would post only “lacklustre growth” this year. Optimism among construction companies waned to its lowest level since December 2014, the survey showed. “Some firms highlighted concerns that underlying demand conditions had started to soften,” Markit said. Analysts use the PMI surveys for early signals about the economy. However, the construction sector figures have been at odds with data used in official growth figures in recent months.
Construction sector optimistic, says industry boss
Skills shortages loom over the industry As we approach World Plumbing Day on 11 March, the industry grits its teeth against the news of further skills shortages. The Employer Skills Survey 2015, published on the 28 January this year by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), gives a comprehensive picture of the UK labour market. It found that vacancies for skilled workers had grown significantly in the last two years, with a shortage of 43% in the trades. The building industry in particular was feeling ‘heightened difficulties’ in recruiting staff, with over a third of vacancies for electricians, plumbers, gas engineers and construction workers being termed as ‘skill shortage vacancies’. This comes at a time of economic growth, especially in construction, which means the impact of this worrying situation is being felt more acutely. CIPHE Chief Executive Officer Kevin Wellman commented, “This report has highlighted a problem that has existed for a long time. Although the Government is now actively promoting apprenticeships for all trades, it is playing ‘catch-up’. Too many years have passed where the younger generation were led to believe that a university education was the only way to achieve a good career. “On top of that, many came into the industry via fast-track courses and sub-standard training, which meant they were not competent to do the job. However, times are changing with the overhaul of the apprenticeship system, so there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Only when we have a world class training system in place will we be able to step up to both attract and train a highly skilled workforce at the levels we now require.”
THE construction sector is showing signs of recovery, with companies increasingly buoyant about their prospects, according to a North-East industry boss. Jeff Alexander said businesses’ optimism is returning as a steady flow of contracts maintains order books. Mr Alexander’s comments come as a contrast to a latest industry report, which suggests the sector has suffered a slowdown, with confidence and job creation on the slide. However, Mr Alexander, director of Tynesidebased Surgo Construction and chairman of the Construction Alliance North-East (CAN), which aims to help firms win a greater share of public sector work, said his experience conflicts with experts’ view. He said: “There is certainly a feeling of cautious optimism and things seem to be going in the right direction. There are more opportunities for regional companies; there aren’t too many big jobs around, but we seem to be doing better as an industry. There is optimism for the remainder of the year.” Mr Alexander, who is also president of the Northern Counties Builders Federation, added work on CAN was progressing well, with more now receptive to the qualities of local companies. He added: “What we are trying to do is convince people that there are a lot of good companies around in the North-East to do the work. In the past, a lot of work in the public sector has gone out of the region to national, larger contractors. All that means money flowing out of the local economy, so it would be hugely beneficial if it stayed here. We are getting a strong response from the public sector.” Last week, Mr Alexander’s company, Surgo, revealed it had secured contracts worth nearly £10m to carry out work across housing, healthcare and education projects in the North-East, which includes a £950,000 agreement to refurbish and extend Polam Hall School, in Darlington. Yet, according to the latest Markit/CIPS purchasing managers’ index survey, which scrutinises the sector’s performance in detail, Surgo’s successes are somewhat of a rarity. Tim Moore, Markit senior economist, said the industry decelerated in January, with commercial work’s strong performance diluted by housebuilding’s second weakest expansion for more than two-and-a-half years. He added: “Construction firms struggled for momentum at the start of this year, with heightened economic uncertainty acting as a brake on new orders and contributing to one of the weakest rises in output levels since the summer of 2013. “Business confidence appears to have subsided across the construction sector, and companies are less upbeat about their prospects for growth than at any time since December 2014.”
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Ministers call on Construction Industry to invest and build home grown talent Ministers have today called upon the construction industry to remove barriers to get more young people to consider careers in construction and develop an ambitious action plan to address the skills pressures and other constraints that are limiting housebuilding and infrastructure development. Housing Minister Brandon Lewis and Skills Minister Nick Boles want the construction industry to look at whether current business models are holding back the industry from developing the skills it needs – and to consider new models of construction such as offsite manufacturing. The Construction Leadership Council has been called upon to review what skills the construction industry need to deliver the homes the nation needs. The Council has asked Mark Farmer, of real estate and construction consultancy Cast, to identify actions that will help bring more workers to the industry. Views are being sought on how to best train a workforce which has a high level of self-employment and bring about greater use of off-site construction. The review will also look at how the industry can introduce measures that encourage more investment and new ways of working. Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said: “The number of new homes is up 25% in the last year – and this is further proof we’ve got the country building again and delivering the homes the nation wants “This means thousands of jobs are now up for grabs and we’re determined to make sure that there are enough skilled workers to get the job done.
“Construction offers an exciting and rewarding career and we need to build a new generation of home grown talented, ambitious and highly skilled construction workers.” Skills Minister Nick Boles said: “The government is committed to getting Britain building. We are investing in measures to cut red tape and increase the number of young people doing apprenticeships and traineeships to ensure we have a pipeline of skilled workers.
A healthy and robust construction sector is vital to underpinning the Government’s commitment to delivering critical new housing and infrastructure projects. It will also ensure the unrivalled economic multiplier effect related to construction activity continues to play its part within the wider UK economy. “As leaders in the industry, the Council is best placed to advise on how to boost productivity in the sector and build the houses and infrastructure our nation needs.” Mark Farmer, chief executive officer at Cast, said: “I’m delighted to be asked to lead this review. The construction industry’s skills shortfall has been growing progressively and its ageing workforce now means affirmative action needs to be taken to avoid more acute issues in the future. “A healthy and robust construction sector is vital to underpinning the Government’s
commitment to delivering critical new housing and infrastructure projects. It will also ensure the unrivalled economic multiplier effect related to construction activity continues to play its part within the wider UK economy. “The industry needs to seize the opportunity to celebrate the vital contribution it makes and, in partnership with Government and other key stakeholders, ensure it overcomes the current barriers to fulfilling its potential.” Building future skills The 2008 housing crash devastated the industry and led to the loss of a quarter of a million construction jobs. But the housing market has now turned a corner, with government investment returning builders to sites across the country and the number of new homes is up 25 per cent in the last year. New research from the Home Builders Federation shows that over 100,000 new construction jobs were created in England alone in the last year – the review will look at how we can go further to ensure young Brits leaving school or those looking for a career change will see building as a viable and exciting career. Housebuilding is at the heart of the government’s long-term economic plan with plans to build 275,000 new affordable homes during this Parliament. The housebuilding process requires a wider range of different people – as well as traditional on site trade jobs, there are a number of roles such as land buyers, accountants, engineers, sales and marketing staff.
EAPFP backs European guide to intumescent coatings for constructional steel The European Association for Passive Fire Protection (EAPFP) has joined with CEPE (the European Council of paint, printing ink and artists’ colours industry) and EAIPC (the European Association of Industrial Painting Contractors) to release a European Industry Best Practice Guide on the Application of Intumescent Coatings to Constructional Steel The Guide explains that the use of intumescent (reactive) coatings for structural steel is becoming increasingly widespread and highlights the importance of correct selection, application, installation and maintenance of these technical products, in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, to ensure that the intended in-service performance is achieved. Recognising that many stakeholders are involved in the design and construction of buildings that use intumescent coatings, the document provides guidance to the owner (or the owner’s nominated representative); the applicator of the coatings; and the coatings manufacturer. It details the roles and responsibilities of each stakeholder group and provides guidance on product selection, verification of dry film thickness, product storage, substrate and coating preparation, application and dry film thickness and measurement. It also provides advice on ongoing maintenance. Explaining that the intumescent coating system normally comprises
a primer, intumescent coating and topcoat, the guide states that it is essential that equal attention is given to the selection of each of the components of the system to ensure their compatibility. It recommends that ideally any system should be supplied by the same manufacturer and that to ensure that the correct products are specified; factors such as the required fire resistance performance, the environmental conditions and the required service life of the system should be considered. The guide draws particular attention to environmental conditions on site, stating that no application should take place on site when environmental conditions – such as air and steel temperatures, relative humidity, or dew point – are outside the limits laid down by the coating supplier. It also contains detailed information on assessing the effectiveness of the application by means of comprehensive surveys of dry film thickness according to a prescribed plan. In this way, confidence is assured that the correct quantity of coating is applied. The guide recommends that product selection should be based upon test evidence from an independent laboratory, backed up with manufacturer’s data, and that applicators should chose products with appropriate approvals such as a CE Mark, third party certification, or national approvals. In addition to third party certification of products, the EAPFP also
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Skills gap tracker: Construction and trade apprenticeships falling out of favour?
t Construction and trade positions make up just seven per cent of all apprenticeships, down from a high of 12 per cent in 2006 t Volume of construction skills apprenticeships falls from 1st to 9th place since 2006 t Vocational qualifications fall by 14 per cent in one year
New analysis1 from small business insurer Direct Line for Business reveals that construction and trade apprenticeships made up just seven per cent of all apprenticeships last year, down from a high of 12 per cent in 2006. While the number of total apprenticeships has increased by 57 per cent in the last five years to 434,630 during 2013/14, only two construction and trade focused apprenticeships rank in the top ten (construction skills at 9th and industrial applications at 10th). This is vastly different to 2006/07 when construction skills apprenticeships topped the table, with more than 20,000 apprenticeships undertaken in this field. TABLE: Top 10 Apprenticeships by volume of available places, 2013/14 Type of apprenticeship
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Source: DL4B Analysis of ONS data Additional analysis suggests that the number of National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs), Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs), Vocationally Related Qualifications (VRQs) and Qualification and Credit Framework Qualifications (QCFs) awarded between 2013 and 2014 fell by 14 per cent from 5,443,000 to 4,684,000. The number of NVQs/SVQs achieved in the UK has decreased sharply over the last four years from 1.0 million in 2009/10 to 44,000 in 2013/14. In line with NVQs/SVQs, the number of VRQs achieved in the UK also decreased from 2.1 million in 2009/10 to 190,000 in 2013/14. Additionally, Qualifications in Construction, Planning and the Built Environment made up only 5% of all qualifications in 2013/14 (232,200 out of 4,684,000). Nick Breton, Head of Direct Line for Business said: “Construction and trade based skills are vital to the UK economy. It’s tradespeople who come to the rescue when our boiler fails, and are the ones who are working every day to build homes, offices and help improve our roads. “Apprenticeships are important for budding builders, plumbers and electricians to get into the workplace. With fewer people in apprenticeships there is a risk of creating a skills gap that will affect businesses and consumers alike. The introduction of the new £3 billion apprenticeship levy in the Government’s Autumn Statement and the promise of three million new apprenticeships across the UK is a positive move, which we hope will make it easier for SMEs to ensure that they have access to skilled young workers.” Last year a poll2 from RatedPeople.com suggested that young people are failing to apply for apprenticeships because they feel there is more focus in the UK on securing an academic qualification. Over half (53%) admitted to dismissing the trade industry in pursuit of a more academic career path. Other reasons listed included a reluctance to work evenings and weekends (16%) and the belief that the starting salary of a tradesman is too low. Benefits and training opportunities for trade apprenticeships: t You get to work alongside experienced staff and can learn on the job t You get a chance to develop your skills and confidence t You will earn a wage and get holiday pay t You can choose different levels of apprenticeships depending on how far you want to go. strongly advocates the use of third party certification of contractors for the installation of any passive fire protection product. By specifying a third party certificated company, managers can be assured of the competency of the contractor, since under certification a third party will verify that installations are satisfactory. The process is undertaken by a mixture of audits of records and randomly
selected site visits, by the third party, at which workmanship is checked for compliance. For further information on the EAPFP, or for a free download of the guide visit www.eapfp.com; tel: +44 (0)1420 471616; e-mail: email@example.com
New analysis from Creditsafe, the world’s most used provider of on-line company credit reports, reveals eight of the 10 most searched for UK companies on the Creditsafe system in 2015 operate in the construction industry or are specialist suppliers to the sector. In terms of growth, the construction sector has experienced a dramatic upturn in 2015. On average, 1,840 new construction companies opened per month in the UK, compared to 862 in France and 230 in Belgium. In Germany, the number of construction companies fell by an average of 25 per month. Yet despite this, the UK construction sector remains a volatile industry - the UK’s third and tenth most searched for companies, GB Solutions Limited and Fairhurst Ward Abbotts (which held a royal warrant as builder and decorator to the Queen) were placed into administration. Number one on the “Creditsafe Most Searched Companies 2015” list was SPIE UK, a subsidiary of SPIE group, a provider of energy, safety and environmentally focused solutions across multi-technical and support services. Searches spiked following the IPO of its French parent company in June last year, which valued the company at around €2.5 billion.
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U+I brings forward plans for £180 million regeneration projects in Ashford
quarter offices, town centre cinema and design and will designer outlet expansion, these sites will offer affordable than 800 homes and over 200 jobs to local area play a key part in the changing face of the long-term rents. town centre in the coming years - these This strategic Sale agreed on one site to deliver 400 homes for are exciting times for the town.” regeneration the private rented sector in partnership with Kent project will help developer Quinn Estates Mark Quinn, Managing Director of Quinn to link Ashford Estates: “I am delighted to be working town centre with Leading property regeneration company with U+I in transforming a long derelict Victoria Park to the south, creating a new U+I is developing plans to bring forward parcel of land into a scheme that we can residential community and breathing life more than 800 homes and new amenities into a long unused site. all be proud of. This scheme will deliver across two sites in Ashford with a total massive economic, social, community GDV of £180 million. and environmental benefits to the local An expert in working with public partners on its developments, U+I has also area and with a deal signed with the PRS Both sites are in close proximity to Ashford exchanged contracts subject to planning provider Neighbour, we are in a position to International Station with direct fast start building quickly so that the benefits to acquire a second site, located opposite trains into central London. The proposed can be delivered.” Ashford International Station, from the schemes for both sites, designed by local Homes and Communities Agency. Almost architect, Guy Holloway, will help to create six acres in size, over 200 jobs for the local area and build a masterplan “I am delighted to be working with U+I in a new community on Victoria Way, which is currently in is already benefiting from £25m of public transforming a long derelict parcel of land into progress for realm investments and improved highway a significant a scheme that we can all be proud of.” Mark infrastructure. regeneration project Quinn, Managing Director of Quinn Estates. that will house The first site, totalling nine acres, is approximately 200 located next to Victoria Way on the former residential units, Powergen site. U+I, in partnership with a 120-bed hotel Canterbury-based mixed use developer and an Aldi food Quinn Estates, has submitted plans for a store. U+I aims to total of 660 homes to be developed. It has submit a planning also exchanged contracts with Neighbour, application in April a specialist residential partner, to deliver 2016. 400 of these as modern stylish homes for the private rented sector (PRS). These Along with the homes will be of high-quality Scandinavian college, commercial
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Designed to Overcome Skills Shortages and Meet Building Regulations As widely reported, the recession caused a vast fall in the demand for bricks, resulting in many kilns ceasing to manufacture and bricklayers having to find alternative employment. As the industry emerged from the downturn, in 2014, it became clear that housebuilders were challenged by two major factors - a shortage of materials and traditional labour skills. Although many businesses grappled to find the best way forward, Alumasc Facade Systems turned this situation into an opportunity by developing a new and innovative facade technology designed specifically for the offsite structural timber sector – the Alumasc Ventilated System (AVS). The initial product development remit was to design a ventilated system that would replicate traditional building aesthetics, whilst providing a lightweight solution that could be fixed directly to structural timber systems. Alumasc’s main goal was to ensure the system was engineered to deliver structural stability across all applications whilst providing adaptability to all forms of structural timber construction.
Alumasc’s main goal was to ensure the system was engineered to deliver structural stability across all applications whilst providing adaptability to all forms of structural timber construction.
This innovative, engineered system provides the solution to overcome the fundamental issues of brick shortages. AVS, as an offsite manufactured system, improves efficiency and speed of construction, addresses skills shortages and enhances quality of finish, whilst delivering the final aesthetics to meet the exacting requirements of architects, designers and housebuilders. The product offers specifiers a ventilated cladding solution for timber frame construction, together with volumetric modular and structurally insulated panel systems (SIPS). It protects the fabric of the building whilst providing a wide choice of aesthetic options. The system accommodates a range of cavity depths - the free-flowing system ensures that the substrate remains continuously ventilated and prevents any moisture tracking back to the primary structure, removing condensation – providing a protective facade.
Offering an alternative method of construction, AVS can replicate any brick in the market via patented, lightweight acrylic brick slips. The system is not just limited to using acrylic brick slips as the final facade finish - it is also approved for use with textures, throughcoloured silicone renders, along with an extensive range of dashing renders. AVS is erected via Alumasc’s network of registered installers to ensure correct application onsite. The AVS installer training programme is independantly assessed and approved by the BBA. AVS comes with a 10 year warranty offer for all projects installed by an Alumasc registered contractor.
The AVS system has been rigorously tested, resulting in compliance with all UK Building Regulations and became British Board of Agrément approved (Cert No: 15/5211) in May 2015. It is the only ventilated system in the UK to be BBA certified with an external acrylic brick slip finish and offers an industry-leading A2 rating, providing the building with improved fire performance when compared to other cladding solutions. During the development of the system, Alumasc worked very closely with a number of companies and bodies to ensure AVS would meet the demands of the offsite and onsite construction industries, whilst providing optimum performance and longevity. These organisations include CCG, Exova Fire Research, Warrington (fire testing); Lucideon (UKAS accredited testing body); Pell Frishmann (Consultant Engineers) and the British Board of Agrément. AVS is the solution to overcome current construction industry skills issues and is wellpositioned to be part of the building technology of the future.
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THE ROLE OF THE CONVERTER IN THE INSULATION MARKETPLACE
In the global drive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, one of the main focus areas is the reduction in energy consumption in relation to the heating and cooling of buildings. This energy demand is, in many countries, met largely by power stations driven by the burning of fossil fuels, with consequent copious release of carbon dioxide, the main culprit in the greenhouse gas mix.
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A major advantage offered by converters to those seeking advice regarding a bespoke product is the impartial approach. A converter such as U-Spec has experience of a wide range of generic insulants, from traditional mineral wool to modern materials such as aerogels, vacuum panels and multi-foils. In in the UK and other western countries, where there is a continuing drive by the EU to implement energy reduction and conservation legislation, high levels of thermal insulation are seen as a key element in the overall strategy. Here in the UK, manufacturers of thermal insulation products have been investing for decades in increasing production capacity, across a range of generic insulation materials, including mineral wool and foam plastic insulants. The insulation companies produce in bulk for greatest-demand applications such as loft insulation, with little manufacturing flexibility for anything outside the norm. In addition, their ‘economies of scale’ model includes logistics, where ‘full loads only’ is the mantra.
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However, there is a myriad of applications where ‘one size fits all’ insulation products are not appropriate. There is probably many a frustrated architect whose novel design idea is back on the drawing board as manufacturers’ standard product ranges are not in tune with his design. Very often, the insulation manufacturer may have the desire, but not the capability or equipment to make products to an end-user’s specific requirements. Equally, there are instances where the manufacturer does have niche products in his range, but the end-user can still be frustrated by long lead times and minimum order quantity restrictions. The solution to these problems is provided by insulation converters, such
U-Spec carry quality management, environmental management and health and safety management certification, as well as CEMark product labelling and fire certification where required. as U-Spec, whose main function is to meet the demand for insulation products outside the ranges of the bulk producers. Very often this is simply applying a facing or covering to off-the-shelf standard products. This is particularly common in HVAC and power generation facilities, where thermal insulation for plant, equipment and distribution pipelines and U-Spec Encapsulated ducting may need Loft Insulation to be supplied with factory-applied weatherproof coverings or acoustic damping layers. A common end-use demand is for insulation products with coloured foils, typically black or white, as alternatives to the bright aluminium facings available from manufacturers. Adapting and converting mass production line insulation products is what converters such as U-Spec do. The important role of the insulation converter should not be seen as competing with the main manufacturer, as in many cases the two parties work in partnership. The manufacturer will refer enquiries for a specialist or non-standard product to a converter to handle directly, or outsource the production of the specialist product to the converter whilst marketing the end-product under the
manufacturerâ€™s brand. A major advantage offered by converters to those seeking advice regarding a bespoke product is the impartial approach. A converter such as U-Spec has experience of a wide range of generic insulants, from traditional mineral wool to modern materials such as aerogels, vacuum panels and multifoils. Whereas a bulk manufacturer of one type of insulant has a vested interest in promoting only their products, U-Spec will offer guidance on selecting the appropriate generic type which will meet all the design and operational criteria. Sometimes, the solution will involve the offer of a combination of diverse insulation materials, an area were insulation converters have expertise.
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Crest Nicholson and the Starr Trust selected for £200 million redevelopment of King Alfred site in Hove Crest Nicholson, in partnership with the Starr Trust, has been selected by Brighton and Hove City Council for a £200 million redevelopment of the King Alfred site on Hove’s seafront. The scheme will include a modern public sports centre costing around £40 million, a development of 560 flats – 20% of which will be affordable homes – as well as community facilities and commercial space. In a decision overseen by councillors from all parties on the King Alfred Project Board, Crest Nicholson and the Starr Trust were selected ahead of Bouygues following a year-long competitive dialogue with specialist council officers. Under the current plans, the existing 1930s sports centre will be demolished and replaced with modern public sports facilities including three swimming pools, eight badminton courts, a 120 piece gym, a gymnastics centre, café and crèche as well as a martial arts dojo. Plans also include a development of around 560 flats in four main blocks, the highest of which will be 18 storeys. The sale of these flats will partially fund the development of the new leisure centre. Around 20% of these homes will be affordable, for either rent or shared ownership.
The private units will comprise properties for sale and the private rented sector.
“We’re delighted to have been selected by Brighton & Hove City Council, along with our partners the Starr Trust, to deliver the King Alfred Leisure Centre in Hove.” Duncan Innes, Regional Development Director at Crest Nicholson.
Duncan Innes, Regional Development Director at Crest Nicholson, said: “We’re delighted to have been selected by Brighton & Hove City Council, along with our partners the Starr Trust, to deliver the King Alfred Leisure Centre in Hove. Our proposals incorporate world-class leisure and community facilities set to benefit local residents, together with outstanding new mixed tenure residential properties in this enviable location on the Hove seafront. We look forward to working closely with the council and the wider local community to bring our proposals to life and deliver new investment and vitality to the local area.” A planning application is expected to be submitted, with architects Haworth Tompkins and LA Architects, in early 2017 following a planning consultation exercise in the second half of 2016. The first phase of the development, including the new public sports centre, could be open as early as 2020. Chair of the council’s policy and resources committee and council leader, Warren Morgan, said: “I’m pleased that we can now show residents the initial designs of what will be a high-quality but deliverable leisure centre on the King Alfred site. It’s important we consult with local residents however it is vital that we move forward with the much-needed and unavoidable replacement of the ninety-year old facility, one that costs huge sums to keep running.”
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Opening the Door to a Bygone Era at
Fortnum & Mason Boon Edam was delighted to be chosen as the main supplier for the bespoke entrance to the new ‘bygone era’ style restaurant at Fortnum & Mason based in London. The new restaurant aptly named 45 Jermyn Street is the latest addition to the high-end department store which has been successfully running since 1707. Turning Old into New Due to its old fashioned glamour and vintage beauty, the designers of this new restaurant wanted to create a lasting impression right from the start by incorporating an authentic looking entrance to this chic new eatery. As experts in the field of entrance design, Boon Edam were chosen by the restaurant designers to design, manufacture and install a traditional-style entry way which would also be fitting for the modern world. The bespoke revolving door was entirely hand made out of timber with a power assisted drive and an additional collapsible door set added to allow for the passing of bulky items and larger items of luggage. This prestigious door design was chosen by the designer for many reasons. Due to its prominent position in Piccadilly, London, the architects were tasked with creating a statement entrance piece which would also ooze a quintessential look and feel which would, in turn, blend in with the overall quintessentially English theme of the department store. The revolving door was also a first choice option as a way of overcoming the great British weather of cold winds and wet weather! Typically, a revolving door can eliminate the amount of cold air that enters a building during its use and rivals that of a more traditional swing door which lacks any control of draughts during cold spells. Experts in Design As a world leader in entry design, our client opted to work with Boon Edam Ltd whose reputation is synonymous with reliability and quality. Like Fortnum & Mason, the Boon Edam brand is long standing and internationally recognised for providing its customers with the quality workmanship that they’ve come to expect over the years. As a unique company which started life in designing wooden revolving doors back in 1873, our client knew that Boon Edam Ltd were more than experienced in this field. Having initially discussed their needs and expectations and by providing examples of previous timber based revolving doors, Boon Edam were able to easily supply the client with a design they were after. Customisation and Communication Putting our client at the forefront of this project, Boon Edam ensured that all communication was thorough throughout the entire design and manufacture stages of this project and that clear communication was continued right through to completion. By working closely with our client, we were able to ensure that all design
As a world leader in entry design, our client opted to work with Boon Edam Ltd whose reputation is synonymous with reliability and quality. Like Fortnum & Mason, the Boon Edam brand is long standing and internationally recognised for providing its customers with the quality workmanship that they’ve come to expect over the years. needs were met at every step of the process. It was obvious during the early stages that certain aspects such as lead times, costs and material matching could potentially cause problems for the designer but Boon Edam helped to alleviate these concerns and kept communications open during the whole process. A unique aspect of this working relationship was the option given for the client to visit the Boon Edam factory based in the Netherlands. This gave a further opportunity for our client to view the bespoke door product as a completed product prior to it being delivered to the UK. It also gave the architects the opportunity to get a clearer idea of what was being provided and to allow for any changes that needed to be made before being dispatched. David Healy, Area Project Manager at Boon Edam Ltd said “From start to finish, liaising closely with the client and the architect, the Fortnum & Mason bespoke revolving door
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progressed efficiently throughout the design, manufacture and installation process. In my view, the uniqueness of this door comes down to it being manufactured from Oak in order to compliment the look of the new restaurant and to help retain its functionality required in its day-to-day use”. Due to the impeccable communication and seamless working relationship between supplier and client, the installation of this majestic product was turned around in less than 5 months, leaving both the architects and Boon Edam Ltd delighted with the results.
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SCS Expands to Manage Sustained Growth Specialist Cladding Systems, a division of CA Group Limited, has appointed Michael Cinnamond to manage the business through a period of sustained growth. Cinnamond joins SCS from his previous role at Deepdale Solutions, where he spent 10 years specialising in the development of commercial building facades. SCS has already secured a strong order
book for 2016, As part of CA Group, SCS benefits from close with projects links between the contracting and manufacturing including divisions, which ensures access to quality Winvic’s Helix, in Birmingham. materials that can be delivered quickly and The student efficiently to site with minimum disruption. accommodation, work on which is cladding. We have a strong team in place due to start at the end of January, will supported by the wider Group and this feature 800 square meters of Prime V rainscreen, from CA Building Products, as ensures that we have the necessary expertise to deliver innovative solutions well as over 3000 to highly technical projects in a wide square metres of variety of sectors. single ply roofing, together with aluminium copings “As part of CA Group, SCS benefits from close links between the contracting and and window picture frames. The manufacturing divisions, which ensures access to quality materials that can be project is expected delivered quickly and efficiently to site to be completed in with minimum disruption.” May of this year.
Cinnamond comments: “The industry is experiencing a period of growth which is fueling the demand for expertise in the design and application of specialist
In addition to supporting CA Group, SCS works with a range of external partners to deliver a wider variety of rainscreen cladding solutions including timber, terracotta and stone products. Cinnamond concluded: “I am extremely excited to be joining the company at such a significant point and look forward to supporting the business as it continues to grow.”
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National Lighthouse Day Join us to celebrate 60 YEARS of delivering charitable ﬁnancial and welfare support to the construction community. Help us to eradicate poverty, promote health and safety initiatives and deliver education projects within the construction community... Register for National Lighthouse Day 2016 Every year there are on average 40 fatalities on our building sites Every year there are over 2,000 major accidents that incapacitate the worker in such a way they cannot return to work Every year there are over 31,000 new cases of work related illness reported that can be directly attributed to working within construction. Over 40% of all occupational cancer cases in the UK are directly attributed to working in construction Every year over 2.1 million man days are lost through injury or illness in our industry.
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This fund supports the Construction Industry Helpline. This helpline is a 24x7 telephone and web service that is not only the access point for emergency ﬁnancial aid, it also offers welfare, occupational health and legal advice to everyone in construction. It is funded by the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity and marketed by the Considerate Constructors Scheme.
This is a fund that can be accessed through the Construction Industry Helpline and is available to anyone who has suffered injury or illness within construction to access ﬁnance to re-train within our sector. It also ﬁnances socially disadvantaged young people and young offenders through education programmes to get into construction.
This fund reviews applications from companies or individuals and ﬁnances innovative and implementable ideas to improve health or safety in the work environment.
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Armstrong launches its project showcase A Book for 2016 Bold and colourful – that’s Armstrong Ceilings’ project showcase for 2016. Bold use of a suspension system without any actual ceiling tiles in an airport and gold tiles that flow from the soffit through to the walls of a retail unit are just two of the stunning projects featured in Armstrong’s A Book showcase for 2016. The 94-page coffee table-style annual brochure takes readers on a grand tour of new-build and renovation projects in the UK, Netherlands, France, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Russia, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Latvia, Poland, Austria and Lithuania.
The 2016 A Book shows in eye-catching detail how Armstrong has called on its 150 years of expertise to deliver ceiling system solutions in a multitude of materials, shapes, colours and sizes for challenging applications in the retail, commercial, healthcare, education, transport and leisure sectors. It delivers an inspiring visualisation of how Armstrong’s peerless portfolio of floating and wallto-wall ceilings and suspension and perimeter systems
delivers solutions that are aesthetic, acoustic, healthy, sustainable and recyclable, and easily installed and maintained… and leaves readers wanting more. To download Armstrong’s 2016 A Book go to http://www.armstrong.co.uk/assets/global/ commclgeu/files/Literature/3539.PDF
It delivers an inspiring visualisation of how Armstrong’s peerless portfolio of floating and wall-towall ceilings and suspension and perimeter systems delivers solutions that are aesthetic, acoustic, healthy, sustainable and recyclable, and easily installed and maintained… and leaves readers wanting more.
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VIDEO RELEASE: Rhodar completes one of the UK’s largest asbestos removal projects at Millennium Mills, London
Watch the Millennium Mills video case study HERE Rhodar was commissioned by The Silvertown Partnership as Principal Contractor, as part of the £3.5billion Docklands Silvertown Regeneration project to oversee the process of returning the Millennium Mills building back to its original structural shell. This is in preparation for its development into a multi-use centre for new business and enterprise. Throughout 2015, Rhodar successfully removed a range of hazardous materials, using specialist techniques that ensured many of the original building features could be retained. Amongst other waste and recyclables, this resulted in the removal of over 660 tonnes of Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) over a 10 month programme period.
11-storey industrial mill occupies 55,000 cubic meters and sits within a site spanning 50 acres, it has been referred to as the last ‘part of the jigsaw’ for the regeneration of East London. On completion, the building is set to house half a million square feet for commerce and industry in the heart of the Docklands.
Rhodar (part of Lexia Solutions Group) is one of the UK’s largest specialist asbestos removal companies. Rhodar has a national reach delivered through its 12 strategic locations and has delivered projects throughout the UK and EMEA including works as far afield as Antarctica. It currently employs over 450 specialist staff. Established in 1976, Rhodar is entering its fifth decade of business. Such longevity is testimony to its commitment to quality of workmanship and health and safety compliance. Rhodar Ltd Unit C, Astra Park, Parkside Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5SZ
At the beginning of the project, 0800 834 669 a number of The iconic former flour mill is located on the firstname.lastname@example.org challenges presented Royal Docks alongside London Excel, the City themselves, the Airport and the Thames Barrier. The sheer entire building was structurally unsound and achieved this by engaging with structural size and scale of the mill meant Rhodar an extremely hazardous environment. Before engineers so that a sequential working plan had an extremely challenging task on their any activities could commence, all openings, could be agreed and implemented. hands, but one that they mastered from the drops and unsafe flooring had to be identified outset; through intricate planning and multiand then made safe for working. Rhodar Due to the enormity and complex structure disciplined, standard-setting methods. The of the building, it needed to be split Rhodar’s large workforce utilised a precision ‘dustless blasting’ technique to into three different facilitate the skilled asbestos removal process. This type of process uses specialist zones: A, B and C, recycled substrates and was the most effective and efficient method to remove so that work could be run in the most asbestos paint coatings on such a large scale; stripping back the surface of the efficient way –
walls and ceilings to the required ‘raw’ state.
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sequentially from top to bottom through a detailed programme of scaffolding, precleaning, dismantling, asbestos removal works and demolition of internal walls and floors. In order to preserve the heritage of the building and to follow the architectural design specifications, some of the most historical features, such as the existing mill equipment and delicate soughtafter fixtures had to be carefully removed and reinstated as part of the development. The video captures perfectly the specialist techniques used on such a large scale to achieve these working plans.
Summary of Key Project Statistics Material removed: 53,000m² of asbestos containing paint via ‘precision dustless blasting’ 5,600m² of timber floors 2,040m² of internal brick walls 700 tonnes of mill equipment Cameraman during filming
Simon Webster, CEO at the Silvertown Partnership, said: “Millennium Mills is an iconic building with a rich heritage and history. We’re proud to give it a new lease of life through a sensitive restoration. Once complete, the building will be restored to retain its art deco frontage, high ceilings and industrial charm. The completion of this huge asbestos removal job is the first step in the journey towards this.”
424 tonnes of recycled glass blastmedia used Waste material: 660 tonnes of asbestos contaminated waste Recycled material: 160 tonnes of Timber Waste 700 tonnes of Metal Waste 650 tonnes of Brick Rubble 170 tonnes of General Waste 90 staff worked on the site during the peak period
Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/Gr0oTpH9HKQ
Precision “dustless blasting” technique in progress
Rhodar’s large workforce utilised a precision ‘dustless blasting’ technique to facilitate the skilled asbestos removal process. This type of process uses specialist recycled substrates and was the most effective and efficient method to remove asbestos paint coatings on such a large scale; stripping back the surface of the walls and ceilings to the required ‘raw’ state.
Jason Davy, Managing Director, Rhodar commented:
One of the levels prior to asbestos removal
“This has been a fantastic project for Rhodar. We are proud to be responsible for one of the biggest asbestos removal jobs in the UK, especially at such a prestigious and iconic location. We chose to capture the intricate processes applied on site via this video, to demonstrate our multi-disciplinary capabilities on such a large-scale complex project. We want the video to be an historical reference that shows how Millennium Mills preserved its distinctive identity within the Docklands landscape. The successful conclusion of this asbestos removal phase by our company completes stage-one of the redevelopment of this historic site and is a key step towards the realisation of the overall Silvertown docklands vision over the next decade.”
An example of one of the levels, following asbestos removal
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NEW BANDSAW FOR CUTTING METAL TUBE Specifically for cutting tubular material, KASTO has introduced a new bandsaw, called KASTOwin tube A 5.0, on which the blade cuts from the bottom upwards - the reverse of the action on other bandsaws. It reduces wear on the band and avoids damage to its teeth that often occurs when a blade travels downwards into swarf that has accumulated inside the bottom of the tube. Until now, this problem made it virtually impossible to use a tungsten carbide tipped (TCT) blade for sawing tube, as the delicate teeth were invariably damaged. A bimetal blade was the only option. This is a thing of the past with the KASTOwin tube A 5.0, on which TCT blades may be used without fear of premature wear. The automatic saw has a feed mechanism rotated through 180 degrees so that the cutting action starts at the surface supporting the stock. Capacity is 500 mm diameter for round tube and shortest cutting length is 10 mm. The frequencycontrolled drive can be adjusted steplessly to deliver a cutting speed between 12 and 150 metres per minute. The upfeed is equipped with zero-play linear guides, while ballscrews ensure controlled cutting and material infeed. The saw band is clamped in position hydraulically for cleaning by a replaceable, electrically driven chip removal brush. The intelligent SmartControl ensures
The KASTOwin Tube A 5.0 bandsaw being launched at an event held by Kasto at its main factory in Achern, Germany.
The intelligent SmartControl ensures easy operation and, as it contains a comprehensive material database, is able to set all sawing parameters automatically for nearly all types and cross sections of material. easy operation and, as it contains a comprehensive material database, is able to set all sawing parameters automatically for nearly all types and cross sections of material. In addition, a new KASTOrespond feature
continuously records the force on the tool, without the need for additional sensor systems that are often fault-prone. An intelligent algorithm continually varies the feed rate so that the force on the blade is maintained at a constant, optimised value. The feature was developed for the KASTOwin tube A 5.0, as tube in particular presents a blade with widely varying conditions throughout the cut, especially at material breakthrough. It is, however, applicable to cutting all types of stock. The tube saw boasts all of the benefits that characterise other units in the German-built KASTOwin series. Since all models are built to a similar design and the components are mostly identical, Kasto is able to offer this range of automatic production bandsaw saws at considerably more attractive prices than comparable products, without compromising quality. The blade of the KASTOwin Tube A 5.0 bandsaw cuts from the bottom upwards, improving chip flow and reducing wear on the band and especially the teeth. Consequently, TCT as well as bimetal blades can now be used for cutting tube.
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UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE GETS GREEN LIGHT FOR BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH LAB The University of Cambridge has been granted planning permission for ‘Project Capella’ - a new £79m research facility designed by architects from The Fairhursts Design Group and being delivered by Kier.
height entrance foyer, while the spine is to be clad in a flat-faced graphite panel. A variety of materials have been selected to define specific elements of the structure and to avoid the blank façades that a building of this scale can create.
The six-storey 18,000 m2 centre will be located adjacent to the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute within the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, and will provide state-ofthe-art research laboratories in a collaborative environment to stimulate the exchange of ideas.
In addition, a ‘green screen’ will be developed to enhance the ‘Oval’, a prominent public area adjacent to the development, and a bespoke timber frame structure with a green ‘wildflower blanket’ roof will provide 324 cycle spaces on site – one for every two building users.
Due for completion in Q2 2018, the development, for the UK’s top ranked University, will accommodate Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, Cambridge Institute of Therapeutic Immunology & Infectious Disease, The Milner Therapeutics Institute and Cambridge Centre for Haematopoiesis and Haematological Malignancies.
Professor Patrick Maxwell, Regius Professor of Physic and Head of the School of Clinical Medicine at the University of Cambridge, said: “Project Capella will bring together a number of medical research groups to create a centre of excellence and provide a foundation for the development of new medical treatments. We are extremely proud of the achievements of the development team thus far and the vision it has created for our biomedical research laboratories. We are delighted that the proposals have been
The facility, which aims to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, incorporates a variety of laboratory spaces alongside office and meeting suites, all set within a collaborative working environment. Externally the building features a two storey glazed box with gold metal detailing and double
approved and we look forward to construction work proceeding.” Shak Chowdhury, Project Lead at Kier, said: “Project Capella is a great example of how lean construction techniques can be used in the development of a project to get it from the drawing board and into construction in the shortest timeframe. The University is one of our longest-standing clients, having first worked together in 1996. Collaboration has always been key to the long-term success of this relationship, and once again it’s this teamwork by all involved that has formed the successful foundations for Project Capella, our 23rd scheme together. This open and transparent approach has enabled an £79m complex research facility to progress from having no design to being on site in just twelve months.” The wider development team includes Arup as Consulting Engineers, Arcadis as Project Managers and Aecom as Cost Consultants.
“Project Capella is a great example of how lean construction techniques can be used in the development of a project to get it from the drawing board and into construction in the shortest timeframe.” Shak Chowdhury, Project Lead at Kier.
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it protects both anodic and cathodic areas within a corrosion cell. It contains a synergistic blend of amino-alcohols and salts of carboxylic acids which form a protective layer on embedded reinforcement delaying the onset of corrosion as well as reducing existing corrosion rates. MCI®2020 is recommended for: preventative maintenance of existing reinforced, precast, prestressed, post-tensioned, or marine concrete structures , bridges, highways, and industrial floors exposed to aggressive environments (chemicals, deicing salts, carbonation, atmospheric attack), parking garages, concrete piers, dams, offshore platforms, piles, pillars, pipes, utility poles, cooling towers and concrete potable water structures. It is also an important component of Cortec®’s High Performance Repair System™ (HPRS®). MCI® 2020 is easily applied by spray, brush, or roller and does not etch, stain, discolor, or otherwise harm glass, metals, or automotive paint. It does not contain calcium nitrite or wax and no removal of sound concrete is required. It’s excellent performance is proven in both lab and field testing. MCI® 2020 conforms to ASTM G 109, ASTM E 96, meets ANSI/NSF Standard 61 Approval for structures containing potable water and is RoHS compliant.
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Plans for Highbury Surge of big projects boost UK Corner published construction to prefor consultation recession levels Transport for London and Islington Council have published plans to transform Highbury Corner and consultation is now underway.
New plans to improve safety and transform one of the busiest parts of the capital have been published by TfL and Islington council, which would see the western side of the roundabout completely removed and replaced by a major new public space.
UK construction expected to return to pre-recession levels after a surge in road, rail and energy projects. According to the Construction Products Association, construction work is expected to rise 3.6% in 2016 and 4.1 percent in 2017, generating more than £10.4Bn for the building industry, which
The work proposed would make the area more accessible by improving pedestrian facilities allowing more people to move around Highbury Corner safely and directly, including widened crossings at the junctions of Holloway Road, Canonbury Road, and Upper Street. The public can respond to the Highbury Corner consultation, which closes on 20 March. All comments will be considered and TfL and Islington Council will publish a response in autumn 2016.
BIS retentions on review on protecting subcontractor funds triggered by Lords The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has commissioned a full review of the industry practice of holding retentions, possibly leading to new measures limiting their use and offering additional protection in the event of an insolvency. The review of one of the the industry’s longest-standing dilemmas was commissioned towards the end of last year from consultancy Pye Tait, which is due to produce a draft report next month. The firm has already held round-table discussion groups and met a number of businesses in the sector, and is this week launching an online survey to gather opinions from a broader range of businesses across the industry. The review came about following a debate in the House of Lords on the Enterprise Bill. Lord Aberdare – following lobbying from the the Specialist Engineering Contractors Group – initially proposed an amendment to the Bill calling for retentions to be held in trust accounts. However, after discussions with Baroness Neville-Rolfe, representing
BIS in the House of Lords, Lord Aberdare instead moved a different amendment, calling for a full review of the practice. Describing the problem, Lord Aberdare said: “On average [retentions] amount to about 5% of payments due and about half of this is retained well beyond practical completion of a project, on average for a further 12 months but sometimes for very much longer. “Some £3bn of cash is estimated to be held back in the form of retentions at any time. This year alone, small businesses have already lost £30m as a result of their debtor companies going into liquidation before paying the sums that they owe but have retained.” He highlighted previous select committee reports on payment in 2003 and 2008, and the commitment to drop retentions by 2025 under the industry’s forthcoming Supply Chain Payment Charter. Lord Aberdare added: “The Bill presents a perfect opportunity finally to address this festering issue. I am not suggesting that retention should be abolished overnight or removed altogether. I am suggesting that
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the government could deliver a really good stimulus to the productivity and output of small firms in the construction sector by starting the process of lifting this unfair burden from them now, with a view to having a better system in place by the end of this Parliament rather than having to wait for 2025 or even longer.” According to Pye Tait, the scope of the review will be to “undertake an evaluation of the current practice of retentions, its costs, benefits and impacts for the sector, and the costs and benefits of alternative practices”. Rudi Klein, chief executive of the SEC Group, told us that new measures enforcing thirdparty accounts would bring the UK into line with industries in other countries. “We want to see legislation that means retention money is placed in a separate account, in the same way as happens with tenancy deposits,” he said. “In Germany, for instance, they are put in an independent stakeholder account and protected.
News accounts for 6.3% of GDP. Director of the CPA, Noble Francis, said that despite poor weather in January which slowed down growth, the industry is “positive about the next 12-18 months because the fundamentals in the sector are still good.”
Private house building has risen sharply over the past few years, as a result of government subsidy schemes such as Help to Buy. It is expected to rise a further 22.7% in the next two years.
“It’s been a tough decade for the industry due to the prolonged impacts of the financial crisis so the growth is a welcome relief,” he added. An increase in housebuilding has driven growth in the sector, but infrastructure projects have been the biggest contributor, with work forecast to rise by 56.9% between now and 2019. Private house building has risen sharply over the past few years, as a result of government subsidy schemes such as Help to Buy. It is expected to rise a further 22.7% in the next two years. Major rail projects are included in the forecast, such as HS2 highspeed railway line and the new £4.3Bn sewer that will run 16 miles under the Thames River in London. Other major projects include the £563M upgrade of Bank station in central London and the electrification of cross-country rail routes including the Great Western Railway and the north west network. Although there are a large number of ongoing infrastructure projects in the UK, the CPA have warned that there may be delays.
The electrification of the Midland Mainline and Transpennine routes have already been delayed until 2019, and the planned nuclear power station at Hinckley Point C, which is set to supply 7 percent of Britain’s energy when completed in 2025, is also at risk of stalling. Road construction is expected to benefit from the government’s £15.2Bn Road Investment Strategy run by Highways England, however there are concerns that work may need to be refocused on a small number of projects as some are running behind schedule or over budget. Although growth is expected, it is forecast to be slower than in previous years as the industry struggles with rising costs and widespread difficulty recruiting skilled workers. The skills shortage that affects housebuilders is at risk of spreading to the rest of the industry, with employee numbers falling by 13 percent since 2008. Medical facilities are expected to grow by 12.8%. Spending on schools is expected to grow by 22.5% by 2019. Although the coalition scrapped the schools building programme when it came to power, it is now starting to build a small number using a revamped Private Finance Scheme initiative. Work in the education sector is also being boosted by billion pound programmes in universities.
“Some £3bn of cash is estimated to be held back in the form of retentions at any time. This year alone, small businesses have already lost £30m as a result of their debtor companies going into liquidation before paying the sums that they owe but have retained.” Lord Aberdare. In New Zealand, they have just brought in legislation that requires the money to be put into trust. We will persist in seeking legislation that requires retention monies are protected.” Sarah McMonagle, head of external affairs at the Federation of Master Builders, said that the FMB had been campaigning alongside the SEC Group on the issue, and was pleased that the review was going ahead. “We’ve never had a government review of retentions, so we’re happy it’s being taken relatively seriously. They certainly don’t have retentions in every country and every industry, and they can be a huge financial drain if the employer company goes bust. “The Payment Charter has an ambition to get to the point [where signatories] are operating without retentions, but it’s just a statement of intent, so it would be good to have something else with legislative backing. But let’s wait and see what comes out of it.” It’s understood that the findings of the review could be taken forward by the Construction
Leadership Council, where chair Madani Sow – until recently chief executive of Bouygues UK – is leading on the “business models” workstream. CLC member Simon Rawlinson, also head of strategic research and insight at Arcadis, told us: “The Payment Charter is being taken forward. It sits with the Business Model workstream, as a priority activity, alongside the findings of the retention review, under Madani Sow.
is a strong term, requiring complex steps. But it could be that a wider range of people choose not to use retentions. An organisation could take the view that they will get more benefit from not holding retentions, than by holding retentions. “So in addition to the Payment Charter, there is work being done on looking at retention as a potential means of getting money into the system.”
“The findings of the BIS study will include short-term recommendations on retention and could lead to a change in current retention practice.” Responding to a suggestion that government could “outlaw” retentions, he said: “Outlaw
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University of Essex B & K Structures - the UK’s leading sustainable frame contractor, specialising in the design and delivery of hybrid structural solutions - has had a phenomenal year increasing their portfolio of award winning projects. Nick Milestone, Managing Director of B & K Structures commented: “2015 was a truly outstanding year with many highlights and award successes. The extraordinary projects that B & K Structures have been involved with, have offered us an excellent opportunity to showcase our product portfolio and specialist services. It is rewarding to be recognised for our work across a variety of sectors.”
Sector: Residential Banyan Wharf t Evening Standard New Homes Awards 2015 - Outstanding Architectural Merit
t Structural Timber Awards - Best Use of Timber t Offsite Awards - Winner of Winners, Best Hybrid Construction Project t East Midlands Celebrating Construction Awards – Innovation Award Timber technology was the preferred core structural component for Banyan Wharf - the tallest hybrid cross laminated timber residential building in Europe. Home to 50 one, two and three bedroom apartments, its unique twisted design ensures all flats are corner units, allowing them to have dual and in many cases triple aspect views. A complex hybrid cross laminated timber and steel structure was vital in creating the most efficient and sustainable solution for the building. The innovative ‘cross’ floor plates create complex geometry that did not lend itself to being purely in timber but through careful design detailing and value engineering, B & K Structures were able to offer the best possible construction solution.
Through careful design detailing and value engineering, B & K Structures is able to offer the best possible construction solution, ensuring a smooth integration for follow-on trades delivering award winning, environmentally sustainable projects on time and to budget. B & K Structures delivers innovative, economic and sustainable solutions across a wide range of sectors including:
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Sector: Education University of Essex B & K Structures provided an optimised hybrid structure comprising a glulam, CLT and pre-fabricated wall cassettes for Essex Business School a three storey educational building and a single storey lecture theatre at the University of Essex.
The building sits at the heart of the University of Essex and was designed to reflect the University’s vision for growth, excellence and sustainability. As the UK’s first carbon neutral business school, the building showcases renewable technologies, featuring a range of innovative sustainable products.
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Sector: Retail - Tesco Newmarket With a state-of-the-art design, ventilation scheme using roof mounted wind catches, large roof lights created to bring natural daylight into the store and an optimised hybrid structure, Newmarket’s new 66,000 sq ft Tesco Extra Store is one of Tesco’s most eco-friendly stores to date. B & K Structures provided the full structure for the construction including timber to the customer facing areas which features Y shape columns. The new store is home to a bakery, delicatessen counter, pharmacy and customer café, as well as being the location for the Tesco’s 2015 Christmas advert.
Sector: Commercial - Sky Trio t 2015 Wood Awards - Judges Special Award t Structural Timber Awards - Winner of Winners, Best Educational Project, Best Commercial Project, Best Low Energy Project
t Offsite Awards - Best Use of Timber t East Midlands Celebrating Construction Awards - BIM Project of the Year B & K Structures worked with high profile client BSkyB, to design and install not one but three optimised hybrid structures. The first project was the award winning BSkyB Believe in Better Building (BiBB) – a new educational facility for graduates, apprentices and staff training. Based in Osterley, West London the 3,800m2 development encompasses a three storey linear building with an additional storey accommodating a restaurant and roof terrace – all providing an inviting multi-functional amenity. B & K Structures provided an optimised hybrid structure for the build – comprising a glulam frame with cross laminated timber (CLT) floor, roof and stability walls, together with perimeter wall cassettes. The structure was designed to deliver permanent quality, adaptability and long term energy efficiency, to meet the sustainable objectives of the client. In 2015 BSkyB Believe in Better Building attained seven industry awards.
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BSkyB Health & Fitness – a purpose built staff amenity building – was designed to rehouse the Sky Campuses oversubscribed gym, as well as providing other health and wellness facilities. B & K Structures provided an optimised hybrid structural solution consisting of glulam columns and beams supporting cross laminated timber perimeter walls, floors and roof. As an all timber fitness centre, BSkyB Health and Fitness boasts an eye-catching exposed timber internal structure thanks to the use of visual grade CLT. When paired with the natural light achieved from the west facing glass façade and extensive views across the campus, the timber frame creates a warm and welcoming facility that seamlessly blends into the surrounding rural landscape. B & K Structures started on site in November 2014 constructing the optimised hybrid roof structure for BSkyB Building 2, to be launched as BSkyB Control Centre, a three storey mixed used scheme forming a central part of the
The structure was designed to deliver permanent quality, adaptability and long term energy efficiency, to meet the sustainable objectives of the client.
redevelopment of BSkyB’s Osterley Campus Headquarters. The hybrid roof structure consisted of 2,693m2 of glulam rafters, with the primary members spanning up to 21m fixed to the structural steel section beams with 3m dummy purlins placed in between the structural rafters, creating an interesting random structural form when viewed from below. Just under 16,000m2 of pre-fabricated roof cassettes were supplied with the gutters integrated into the cassette during manufacture. External finishes - including roof lights which were built into pre-formed openings at ground level, minimised onsite operations and working at height, whilst providing a higher level of accuracy.
Upon completion, BSkyB Building 2 will encompass approximately 41,000m2 of office space, studio, production and research and development facilities.
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Big projects to drive 4% annual construction growth Economists have ticked down construction growth forecasts for this year from 3.8% to 3.6% because of slower growth in the UK economy. But major projects like HS2, the London super sewer and Hinkley Point are expected drive the industry along after that at a booming 4% average annual growth level in the medium term. Forecasters at the Construction Products Association have dismissed fears of gathering global headwinds with an upbeat and steady growth forecast through to 2019.Professor Noble Francis, economics director, said: “The key fundamentals for the sector are generally positive and construction growth is set to be more balanced. “Private housing work, especially in London and the South East, provided the majority of growth between 2012 and 2015. During this forecast period, however, all three of the largest construction sectors – private housing, commercial and infrastructure – are expected to drive industry activity.
anticipated from 2018, though Francis warned: “There are further delays cannot be ruled out,” significant risks to this forecast. he said. “The chief concern remains weakness in China and the effect “Roads construction is also likely to it can have on other countries. increase throughout the forecast Second is the EU Referendum, period, by 37.2%, but this is likely due this year. While we make substantially less than was initially no assumption about the result, expected as Highways England we note the uncertainty around struggles to enact its project the issue is already affecting pipeline to time and budget.” investment decisions. Francis said that the commercial sector was forecast to improve 3.7% on average per year through to 2019. This would be driven by a flurry of new offices construction in London, Birmingham and Manchester delivering, 7% growth this year and next. Retail construction, on the other hand, was expected to remain flat this year with a modest 2% in 2017. Private housing starts were also forecast to rise 5% in both 2016 and 2017, buoyed by a high latent demand for home ownership, while public housing starts fall 5% in 2016.
“Third and perhaps of most importance for the industry is the urgent challenge around skills shortages. The availability and cost of skilled labour has clearly impacted the house building sector; the recovery in other sectors is already showing a similar vulnerability.”
“The infrastructure sector is set to stand out, rising 56.9% by 2019 owing to substantial activity in the rail, energy, roads, water and sewerage sub-sectors. Professor Noble Francis, economics director.
“The infrastructure sector is set to stand out, rising 56.9% by 2019 owing to substantial activity in the rail, energy, roads, water and sewerage sub-sectors. The giant HS2 project, which was excluded from previous forecasts due to uncertainty regarding its cost, planning and timing, is now being included. “The energy sub-sector will be boosted by work on Hinkley Point C where main works are
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Project Vault fifth generation software to debut at Ecobuild Show 2016
Popularity of the Software as a Service (SaaS) applications within the AEC sector has risen in recent years after technology benefits such as security, ease of use and portability have cut down on project costs. ProjectVault has achieved success in the sector by providing online collaboration, information & document management solutions scalable to any organisation, department or project. Clients can simplify and automate project procedures from concept through to completion, managing all their data requirements using the Cloudbased platform. The inefficient distribution of documents can cause lengthy delays and increased costs to a project. The ProjectVault platform ensures reliable document distribution, communication and collaboration for all of a construction project’s requirements, with all documents, data & communication hosted on the Cloud in a single central location with access through a web browser. ProjectVault has provided a Cloud-based
platform for over 15 years under the ‘Software as a Service’ (SaaS) model, and comes backed by a company with more than 100 years’ experience in document production and management. This year ProjectVault is launching the fifth generation of the platform, aptly named ProjectVault 5.0. The team has ensured that they are constantly evolving the software to continue delivering innovative tools to manage, organise and distribute documents integrated into construction industry best practices and processes. ProjectVault has already helped several architects and project managers work more effectively by saving time, generating measurable cost savings, improving control, reducing risk and increasing productivity. Simplicity and value have been at the core of ProjectVault’s sustained success: easy-to-use solutions
delivered with clarity and ease. As a result, 100% of the tools and functionality provided are utilised by their customers. “This new version of ProjectVault is optimised for the end client with many new features - it is better than ever. The new website also allows all our clients to access and manage their projects in oneuser friendly hub and caters to all their construction and design needs”, says head of the ProjectVault team Dal Lehal. “Ecobuild is going to give us a fantastic opportunity to meet future customers, and demonstrate the service’s invaluable features”. The Project Vault team will be standing at Stand E5092 at Ecobuild 2016, based in Excel London, on 8th – 10th March 2016.
“This new version of ProjectVault is optimised for the end client with many new features - it is better than ever. The new website also allows all our clients to access and manage their projects in one-user friendly hub and caters to all their construction and design needs”
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STANLEY Security Introduces Wireless Intruder Detection Series. Wireless communications for Commercial Installations with ‘self-healing’ functions delivering unparalleled communications reliability. STANLEY Security announced the launch of the next generation of wireless security designed to reduce false alarms in residential and commercial environments. The new wireless technology; Ricochet® Mesh delivers more performance than any other wireless security system.
Quick and easy to 54% of UK business’ premises are not install our wireless adequately protected from breaches in security. intruder system is an economical For the price of a coffee a day you can have and reliable option round the clock peace of mind including ideal for homes and monitoring from our Alarm Response Centre. businesses. Each Ricochet® enabled from our Alarm Response Centre. device provides signalling routes to and from STANLEY Control Panels. Should the wireless The introduction of wireless intruder detection connection between two devices weaken, the portfolio strengthens STANLEY Security’s network will ‘self-heal’ and automatically reposition as the leading provider of intruder route communications via alternative solutions by providing customers with a truly Ricochet enabled devices delivering unparalleled communications reliability. unique portfolio of high-performance indoor motion detectors that satisfy the demands STANLEY’s wireless intruder detection of virtually any installation. All sensors have products enabled with Ricochet® are a sleek, modern look, and contain selectable truly scalable, with multiple wireless features that let installers use the same networks running side-by-side capturing hundreds of wireless devices. models in a variety of different applications – reducing the need to stock multiple units. For those premises that require a greater level of This innovative intruder detection security, this platform also supports Grade 3 system with its breakthrough wired detection.” capabilities with Ricochet® Mesh Technology is ideally suited for today’s security For further information on our Ricochet environments. 54% detection range please visit https://www. of UK business’ stanleysecurity.co.uk/solutions/intruderpremises are not adequately protected detection/intruder-alarms from breaches in security. For the price of a coffee a day you can have round the clock peace of mind including monitoring
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SMART HOMES AWARD WINNERS It has just been announced that Smart homes technology specialists Cyberhomes have won the custom installation (CI) industry’s Install and Technology Solutions Award (ITSA) for ‘Best Whole House Integration’. The award recognises the quality of a fully integrated automation and entertainment system designed, built and delivered by Cyberhomes. Having worked with the property developer client on several previous projects, Cyberhomes were given the opportunity to provide the integration of the AV (including a cinema room), lighting, heating and security systems for his own luxury family home in Hampstead. Cyberhomes Director Ion Smith said: “The client had previous experience of Lutron lighting control and multi-room audio but the concept of integrating these, along with all the AV controls, heating and security into a single control system was new to him. Once we had demoed the Savant Pro system to him he was sold on the concept.” Cyberhomes’ client added: “Having worked with Cyberhomes on several
upmarket property development projects, I knew they could deliver the type of smart capabilities I wanted for my own home—and they didn’t disappoint.” The ITSA judges commented: “The results of Cyberhomes’ work speak for themselves – a tour de force of custom install in every room they reached, creating a smart house that ticks all the
“The results of Cyberhomes’ work speak for themselves – a tour de force of custom install in every room they reached, creating a smart house that ticks all the boxes of advanced 21st century living and ups the home automation ante.” ITSA judges.
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boxes of advanced 21st century living and ups the home automation ante… the client couldn’t have asked for more from this team of innovative installers. A truly deserving winner in what was our toughest category to judge, this is what CI is all about!” Cyberhomes work closely with clients, architects, developers, interior designers and M&E consultants from the very start, wherever possible, to integrate control and AV systems with the overall building design and performance. The Cyberhomes founders have a background in outsidebroadcasting technology for the BBC and take the same rigorous approach with the equipment, cabling and software behind home automation projects. AV racks are built and tested at Cyberhomes’ rack building facility in Thame and all the wiring looms created in a controlled environment before installation.
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