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Contents January 2019
£1m to create more construction jobs in Nottingham
100% buy and build funding for 25 homes in Mistley, Essex
Phil Crowther to lead Willmott Dixon Interiors’ Midlands office
Contaminated Land Challenges
Landmark Midas student hub wins top design award
ONSO - New app promises to set free on-site ordering
Sustainable flooring – Choose floor coverings and remain sustainable
Waldeck announces future plans through acquisition by Morson Group
Mecalac expands UK dealer network
Adey Steel Targeting Niche Sectors for Growth
Morgan Sindall chief attends topping out ceremony at University
Delivering improvements across the Northern road network
Pick Everard to deliver new £60 million development for the King’s School
WSP get green light for the £520m plans at London’s Ruby Triangle
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NFB: CITB must continue targeting skills shortages NFB hopes that CITB will continue making headway to support other construction roles that are deficient. Funded by the Department for Education and launched by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), the Construction Skills Fund (CSF) has awarded more than £20 million for 26 projects in England to support the development of on-site construction training hubs. Tasked with tackling the skills shortage to build the homes the country needs, seven infrastructure and 19 housing hubs will
train up to 17,000 people to become site and employment ready by March 2020. The 26 projects based across England are all unique in scope and focus on the specific needs of individual project ambitions. For example, a hub next to Luton airport will train staff to deliver the Luton Direct Rail to Air Transit (DART). In Hampshire, on-site and off-site venues in key locations aim to provide a geographical spread of training in house building. The National Federation of Builders (NFB) welcomes this targeted approach to
specific skill shortages and hopes that CITB will continue making headway to support other construction roles that are deficient, but not strictly within scope of the CITB levy. Richard Beresford, chief executive of the NFB, said: “We can only tackle the construction skills crisis by ensuring that training supports more people into the industry. Training hubs are a good way to do that, but we must also make sure that trades such as electrical, heating and plumbing are brought into scope of the CITB levy.”
ECITB to support mental health awareness training for industry The ECITB has recognised the importance of mental health awareness across engineering construction industry workplaces by committing £350,000 to fund training over the next two years. Feedback from this year’s survey of ECITB companies and face-to-face engagement with industry employers has shown increased demand for mental health training and highlighted that this is a key area of focus for the sector. Working with engineering construction employers, the ECITB aims to make supervisors, managers and staff more aware of mental health issues in the workplace and to equip staff with the skills to recognise and deal with mental health problems. Not only will this help improve the lives of workers who suffer from mental illnesses, it will address productivity with lost working days due to conditions like anxiety and depression estimated to cost the UK economy an estimated £105bn each year. Chris Claydon, Chief Executive of the ECITB, said: “Like roles in many dynamic areas of the UK economy, engineering construction
industry jobs can be demanding, high pressured and involve irregular working patterns, all of which can impact on an employee’s mental health. “In recent years industry has worked tirelessly to eliminate hazards, reduce risks and address the health and safety implications of projects. With the known impact of mental health on an individual’s physical abilities and decision-making, it makes sense that we view mental health and safety with the same importance as physical health and safety. Support for this training will not only improve wellbeing of our workforce and the safety of workplaces, but will also have a positive impact on efficiency and productivity.” The announcement that the ECITB has pledged to fund courses for supervisors and managers provided by charities Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) and Mind to the tune of £100K of support in 2018 and a further £250K in 2019 has been welcomed by industry. Dawn James, Vice President for New Nuclear and Generation Services at Wood and
ECITB Board member, said: “Since I started in industry 30 years ago I’ve seen a shift in how mental health in the workplace is viewed, with the consensus now that it has both serious human and financial costs. Recent research points to around 400,000 lost working days across the UK each year due to stress, anxiety and depression, so this is clearly a significant issue for industry. “I’m really pleased the ECITB has recognised the need for greater mental health awareness in the workplace and responded to demand from employers to support this important area of training.” Caroline Hanson, HR Director for Cavendish Nuclear, said: “As part of our forward people strategy, we are fully committed to the allround wellbeing of our staff which includes both their physical and mental health. “We have invested significant effort in developing greater understanding and awareness of mental health and we are starting to see a very positive impact on our employees. This new training support from the ECITB is very welcome.”
RIBA Chief Executive to sit on new ‘best of British’ creativity board The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Chief Executive, Alan Vallance, will sit on the Creative Industries Trade & Investment Board to represent the profession, taking a leading role in supporting the expansion of UK architecture’s services overseas. News of the board was announced today by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
Chief Executive, Alan Vallance says, “UK Architecture is a global success story which contributes £4.8 billion to our economy. To grow the influence and reputation of the sector it is vital that we expand internationally and I am delighted to join the new Creative Industries Trade and Investment Board to support this. 1 in 5 architects want to work internationally
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but they need more financial support and market information in order to so. “I look forward to working with Annette King, Chair of the Board, and my colleagues in the creative industries to ensure that architects have the support they need to successfully grow overseas.”
£1m to create more construction jobs in Nottingham Government funding of £1million has been given to Nottingham to get more people into construction training and jobs. Partners in Nottingham have been given a slice of a £22million funding pot, which will be used to launch construction academies with Nottingham College. These academies will bring training to construction sites - allowing learners to apply their knowledge in a real-world environment. The money will be used to help local residents secure industry jobs and will pay for training and resources. The Construction Skills Fund was launched in June 2018 and Nottingham has been chosen as one of 26 successful bidders from across the country. The bid was led by Nottingham College, along with partners Nottingham City Homes, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham City Council, Wates Construction and local construction firm Robert Woodhead. It is anticipated that the fund will help meet the needs of employers and tackle the construction skills shortage, while also supporting those who want to join the industry, particularly adult learners. The 18-month scheme is funded by the Department for Education and will be administered by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). Today, (Friday 16 November) the Department for Education announced the successful candidates for this year’s fund – Nottingham being one of them. James Whybrow, Nottingham College Vice Principal - Partnerships, Apprenticeships and Enterprise, said: “As one of the largest construction
training providers in the Midlands, we have invested significantly in our facilities. Our state-of-the-art Basford campus, with its industry-standard construction workshops, means students are well equipped to enter the world of work. “This funding will give hundreds of local people the opportunity to develop their skills on site and secure jobs in construction. “We are particularly excited that our own City Hub site will be one of the sites to offer this opportunity, meaning our new campus will be educating its first students 18 months before it opens for business. “We’re looking forward to working with our partners and excited to get the project underway.” Nick Murphy, Chief Executive at NCH, said: “Winning this bid means that Nottingham people will be able to get the best training and skills they need to start in the construction industry. “NCH have a strong reputation for training
local people and employing apprentices. Our work includes improving existing housing and building new homes, and we have numerous projects starting in the future. This will be a great opportunity for people to work on a live site and work firsthand with developers. “On-site training is hugely beneficial, not just for us as employers but for trainees too, as it will help bridge the gap between training and working in the industry, meaning trainees are site-ready sooner. We hope this will encourage more people to look at training and working in the industry.” Nationally the fund will support: • 20 on-site training hubs in England • Work experience and placements for people working to join the industry • Entry pathways for those currently unemployed • Pathways for career switchers. The funding will only support on-site training provision, and access to live construction projects is essential to qualify.
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NEW CONSTRUCTION FIGURES SHOW 2.1% INCREASE IN OUTPUT IN 3 MONTHS TO SEPTEMBER 2018: LEADING PROPERTY CONSULTANTS MCBAINS COMMENT Commenting on construction figures published by the ONS today, which show that output increased by 2.1% in the third quarter of 2018. Clive Docwra, Managing Director of leading construction consulting and design
agency McBains, said: “Today’s figures are encouraging and show that the industry is building some momentum – with threemonth on three-month growth recorded again” “However, issues such as Brexit and the
high cost of imported materials are still hanging over the sector and holding back key investment decisions. Recruitment is also a growing issue, with wages of scarce skilled tradespeople continuing to rise and the future status of EU-workers in the UK still unclear beyond March 2019.”
Concerns over institutional building fire safety measures that are too often overlooked The importance of fire safety has been at the forefront of the public’s and industry’s consciousness following the devastating Grenfell Tower tragedy. The Hackett review, as well as the enhanced media scrutiny on the subject, has rightly resulted in a far more comprehensive assessment of fire safety measures and processes. According to leading multi-disciplinary construction and property consultancy Ingleton Wood, which specialises in services for the public sector, a number of fire safety requirements are sometimes unwittingly overlooked by those that are responsible for estates and facilities. Fire risk assessments and compartmentation plans are required for all properties and keeping them up to date and fit for purpose is essential.
Scott Barlow, Director of Building Surveying at Ingleton Wood, said: “It is important to reduce the confusion that currently exists when it comes to fire knowledge and more specifically fire risk assessments. Property managers need to be aware of their ongoing responsibilities. “A property’s fire risk assessment should be a live document which is checked on a regular basis. If any alterations are made to a property, the assessment should be reviewed. Often we find that this is not being done. “In the event of an incident, building insurers will always look at how a fire has spread so it’s vital that plans are up to date and fit for purpose. “In hospitals – because patients can’t be moved too quickly – fire safety and compartmentation plans will often be zonal, preventing the spread of fire and loss of life. Where the plan isn’t available it is often a challenge to establish how the building was originally designed and zoned. Particularly if it’s an old building where the original strategy is unknown. We’re quite often asked if we can put together a fire safety plan retrospectively, but that is very difficult. “In schools, evacuation is often quicker, the issue then becomes about saving the building. But increasingly we are finding that insurance policies are at risk because fire safety and compartmentation plans are not up to scratch.” The role of the property manager is vitally important in relation to the overall fire safety of a building. There are many factors to consider which could affect the fire safety of a property, including work carried out by external tradespeople.
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Scott continued: “Unsupervised contractors can sometimes damage fire barriers – something as simple as running IT cables through a ceiling or a wall for example can have a significant impact. The property manager should be aware of their responsibilities and should manage these situations to ensure all work is completed correctly. “We are also finding that fire-rated foam is being seen as a solution to making good penetrations in fire barriers in an attempt to comply with fire regulations. “The Association for Specialist Fire Protection advises that foam is the last option to be used. The method often leaves gaps which makes it ineffective and the property is therefore at risk.” Fire doors are an integral part of a property’s fire risk protection and general safety. They are often downgraded when specified or neglected during their service life. It is important to ensure that the correct installation and maintenance is carried out to properly guarantee their performance. Scott added: “We see many examples of poorly installed fire doors. The measurements only need to be a few millimetres out to make the door ineffective and negate the presence of an intumescent strip. “Fire doors should be inspected on a regular basis for damage. This is particularly relevant where doors are subject to a lot of wear and tear. It is also important to note that any additional fixings to a door, such as door bells or digital locks will mean the door is no longer certified as a fire door.”
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A new ‘SPV’ was set up the same day to hold the project until it is finished and sold, with a profit share contract in place for both parties. On completion and sale of the property, the profit will be split in favour of the housebuilder. In total £5,780,359 is to be funded over 15 months but Go Develop go above and beyond funding. With shared interests, goals
and commitment, Go Develop support their partners by providing a range of exceptional services. Housebuilders are often stretched in terms of resources or time and that’s where Go Develop step in. They understand that a housebuilder’s time is precious and can take on the headache of administration, VAT returns, valuations and the chasing of solicitors and surveyors saving time and cost. There is a whole team of dedicated and experienced property experts to draw on at Go Develop, from accounting and legals, to risk and due diligence, to sales and marketing, allowing the housebuilder to get on with what they do best. In the Mistley project, Go Develop supported their partner with a full marketing suite, providing branding, brochures, and website design as well as hoardings, CGIs and drone footage. Plus, the funder proved flexible when ongoing ecological works caused a slight hold up. The delay has now been resolved and the project is on target to complete in early April 2019.
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People on the move Galliford Try makes senior Highways appointment Nick Culshaw has been appointed as Operations Director by Galliford Try Highways with responsibility for its work with Highways England. He previously held a similar role with Volker Stevin and will succeed Bryan Kennedy who has chosen to leave the company at the end of January.
Duncan Elliott, Managing Director of Galliford Try Highways, said: “Our business has grown at a phenomenal pace following recent bidding successes such as the Highways England DIP framework. Nick’s appointment will support further growth and strong business performance.”
MEA PROMOTES PAUL RUGGLES TO ASSOCIATE As a result of continued growth, MEA are delighted to announce that Paul Ruggles has been promoted to the role of Associate. Paul has worked as a Senior Quantity Surveyor at MEA for over 10 years and has successfully delivered many high profile developments and prime residential projects for both new and existing clients. During Paul’s career he has worked on a wide variety of projects often specialising in conservation work, residential developments and commercial projects. Over the years he has provided QS services on some very prestigious projects including work for the Royal Household at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and Clarence House, together with numerous
National Trust projects and Salisbury and Worcester Cathedrals. Recent work includes high-end prime residential developments in the Mayfair and St James’s areas of London and the £13 million refurbishment of a 1960’s mixed use office, retail and residential development in Woking Town centre.
Commenting on his promotion Paul Ruggles says “This new role comes at an exciting time for MEA who continue to go from strength to strength. In my new role as Associate I am looking forward to providing strategic direction towards the ongoing growth plans for MEA together with an increased focus on Business Development.”
NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR SIGNALS LAUNCH OF NEW BUSINESS As part of exciting expansion plans, Linear Group has unveiled a brand new business – Linear Design & Construct (LDC) – which sits alongside Linear Projects which celebrated its 25th anniversary earlier this year. Linear Design & Construct (LDC) is set to provide intelligent design and construction solutions through collaboration from project inception to aftercare. As a principal contractor, the business will strive to ensure the right expertise to inform the right solution, tailored to the specific requirement of its clients. A robust approach and proven experience means LDC can minimise complexity and deliver efficiency which has long term benefit to both client and project. The new business will be headed up by newly appointed Managing Director, Ryan Broadley, who joins from Kier Scotland. Ryan brings over 26 years’ practical construction management experience through working for large contractors across a range of sectors and major projects.
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Commenting on the new business, Stephen Holmes, CEO of Linear Group, said, “We are delighted to be unveiling our new venture and welcoming Ryan on board. With collaboration and client-focus at its core, Linear Design & Construct will be committed to meeting long term needs of our clients, whilst ensuring the highest standards of safety and quality. “We are committed to honesty and integrity from the outset of every project, through to the very best aftercare. For us it is truly about taking a long term view about both the relationship and the project to ensure we understand the needs of our clients at each and every stage.” Ryan Broadley, Managing Director, Linear Design & Construct, said, “For a long time, I’ve admired the team and ethos at Linear so I am thrilled to be taking up this position at such an exciting time for the business. I am confident that the combination of the existing business reputation and track record along with my experience, skills and relationships, will make for a very fruitful and successful partnership.’
People on the move Phil Crowther to lead Willmott Dixon Interiors’ Midlands office Willmott Dixon Interiors continues to grow its team in the West Midlands by appointing Phil Crowther as director for its new office at Two Snowhill in Birmingham city centre. Phil will oversee all activity in the region with a focus on building a strong customer base, a robust supply chain and expansion of the team. Prior to joining Willmott Dixon Interiors, Phil developed his career at construction firms Vinci and VolkerFitzpatrick, and spent five years as West Midlands director for Willmott Dixon’s housing activities. Phil said: “We’ll be drawing on the outstanding skills base within this region to support the growth of our team, as well as use our knowledge and expertise to explore new opportunities and expand on our customer base. “The Midlands has unbridled potential but has needed the investment to unlock it and through significant projects such as the Commonwealth Games and delivery of HS2, we are finally seeing the realisation of many of these opportunities. “Our ambition is to utilise truly amazing buildings – both new and historic
– to create fantastic spaces able to accommodate continued inward investment and meet the aspirations of businesses seeking high quality commercial accommodation within the region.
Willmott Dixon Interiors also provides a dedicated team for customers looking for smaller fit-outs and refurbishments up to £2 million, offering a service that normally wouldn’t be fulfilled by Willmott Dixon’s construction arm.
“Through our close connection to Willmott Dixon’s construction arm, we are in a unique position to provide a fully one-stop service for our customers.” Phil Crowther’s appointment follows that of Principal Sales and Marketing Manager, Phil Taylor who is responsible for driving and developing new business for the company. Willmott Dixon Interiors is one of the UK’s largest specialists in high-quality interior works up to a value of £30m. The scope of its work includes brand rollouts and refreshes as well as property fit-outs and refurbishments. In the Midlands, Willmott Dixon builds on an established track-record for fit-out and refurbishment. The company has delivered interiors for four floors at Two Snowhill, the refurbishment of L&G’s The Lewis Building and similar projects for Coventry University and Milton Keynes Council.
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Contaminated Land Challenges Land that is contaminated can cause major issues and pose health risks to workers operating on construction sites. Jon Clements, Commercial Director of Ensafe Consultants, provides industry insight into issues surrounding brownfield land (land that has previously been developed) and advises what steps can be taken to keep workers safe and construction projects on track. When it comes to any major construction project it’s vital the land is inspected properly to help identify and eliminate risks posed by contaminated land and any potential contaminates. The need to inspect potentially contaminated land is rapidly rising within the industry. Clements has seen a “massive rise in requests” for contaminated land survey specialist services, something he attributes in part to the increase of construction taking place on land that’s previously been utilised. “With the slowdown in the construction market people have tended to try and clean existing buildings or use existing land because greenfield is difficult to develop coupled with a requirement to locate new projects near infrastructure, such a railway stations and transport routes.
“While inner city sites and land adjacent to major networks like the railway is obviously attractive, the downside is because it’s been built on and used before, there is a fair chance that it could have some form of contamination in it.” Land is legally defined as ‘contaminated land’ where substances are causing or could cause: • significant harm to people, property or protected species • significant pollution of surface waters (i.e. rivers and lakes) or groundwater • harm to people as a result of radioactivity Contaminates could include asbestos, heavy metals, such as arsenic, cadmium and lead alongside oils, tars, chemical substances, gases or radioactive substances. “If you want to dig in the ground then you need to make sure you are not going to disturb this material. Ultimately if there are contaminates in the ground you need to know it’s there and then you have to ensure it is safely consigned to landfill.”
an accredited organisation, like Ensafe, would be enlisted to undertake a suite of environmental testing that would look for heavy metals, carbons, arsenic, asbestos, oils and other contaminates. “We would then advise on a remediation strategy to either be able to hopefully clean that land in situ, clean the soil and reuse it on site in some form. Or worse case if it does have to go to landfill, to be confined as contaminated waste, we can prove what the waste is. “Our expertise means we can reassure the landfill tip that the materials in the waste are accepted because they won’t just accept unspecified waste. You need to ensure it has been correctly identified, then there are tactics that apply depending on the material you are looking to consign.” To ensure compliance the process would be: • undertake a contaminated land survey – including digging of trial bore pits to extract core samples, which are sent to an accredited laboratory
The issue is how to find out if the ground is contaminated or not?
• samples undergo a suite of testing to identify what materials are in the ground and a strategy implemented to be able to remediate ground.
With years of expertise operating in this specialised sector Clements explained
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and would welcome legislation to bring some clarity to the sector. “One of the challenges currently is there isn’t a piece of legislation that actually states what the process should be, so it’s more a discussion and acting prudently. “There’s a number of white papers and legislative drafts that are going through statute currently. We would work to those principals but ultimately it would be good housekeeping to identify what the contaminates are and agree what can be done with it. “However, we’re also commercial and the cost of putting it back in the ground or consigning it to landfill is very expensive.
But sometimes that material cannot then be used again because it’s not environmentally sound and you have no choice.”
“The process needs to be managed to ensure all of the works undertaken are done safely and legally so that everybody is safeguarded whilst that work is carried out.
The advice to contractors undertaking work on construction sites would be to integrate contamination checks early on to ensure there is no delay and minimum disruption to the project’s programme of work.
“At the end of it you would have someone like Ensafe who would do the legal sign off. Outlining the materials that were dirty, the process undertaken, the specification of any material that had to be consigned and where it’s gone.
Then it’s a question of getting all necessary safety measures in place. “It’s essential to set up a demarcation or an area of exclusion, which is the work area. Whilst the survey is being undertaken you have to ensure there’s no elevated fibre counts, of particularly asbestos, in the air.
“Providing procedural processes and sign off then reassures anybody that comes after you, the road builders, schools contractors, house builders, anyone who wants to work in the ground, that they are safe to do so.”
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A-Plant awards apprentices A-Plant, the UK’s leading plant, tool and equipment rental company, recognised some of the industry’s brightest rising stars at its annual Apprentice Awards, last week. The ceremony, which took place on Wednesday 7th November at JCB’s World Headquarters in Staffordshire, has been designed to celebrate the success of the company’s apprentices and highlight the many career progression opportunities available across the group. During the event, several A-Plant apprentices and university undergraduates received awards in recognition of outstanding achievement. A-Plant Chief Executive, Richard Thomas, said: “Apprentices are a vital part of A-Plant’s future, bringing fresh eyes to the workplace and creating a healthy and dynamic environment for the whole team. We’re extremely proud that our apprenticeship
scheme has become much sought after and believe our annual awards ceremony highlights the company’s commitment to training and celebrating the next generation of future leaders.” Last year A-Plant invested more than £2m
in its apprenticeship programme and the company currently has over 150 apprentices in all areas from engineering and customer service to plant maintenance and driving. All of this year’s 59 graduating apprentices were offered permanent employment with the company.
TLJ engineering apprentice wins two prestigious training awards Hull-based TLJ Security Systems’ electrical engineering apprentice, Lewis Wankiewicz, has won two awards at the Hull Training and Adult Education (HTAE) Awards 2018. The event, held at Hull’s Guildhall on 9th November, was a celebration of the achievements of apprentices, learners and businesses across the Hull and East Yorkshire region. Born out of the successful partnership HTAE has with local employers and partners each winner had an inspiring story to tell, making them true ambassadors in their field. The awards themselves were sponsored by local companies who are all passionate about providing apprenticeship and work placements to local people. TLJ are delighted to announce that Lewis,
19, won two headline awards at the event: The Engineering Centre Apprentice of the Year and the HTAE Learner of the Year prize. A distinguished panel of judges, including local employers, past apprenticeship award winners and partners chose Lewis for his dedication and commitment to the business, as well as his exceptional professional, technical and personal development. Claire Martin, TLJ’s Head of Human Resources, said: “We are so proud of Lewis! He has visibly grown in confidence and stature during the time of his apprenticeship with us but was, frankly, a little overwhelmed by his double win. But it was fully deserved: despite being a naturally shy person, Lewis has grown into a strong team player and demonstrates an active focus on site safety. He has not only become technically skilled within the area of
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access control but also developed the ‘soft’ skills required when dealing with customers. Lewis’ success confirms our belief that even smaller companies can benefit from employing apprentices.” Sharon Gamble, Assistant City Manager with Hull City Council, said: “We truly believe that good education and work-based training plays a crucial role in building a bright future for our learners. It’s great that, through the HTAE awards scheme, we get the chance to celebrate the achievements of our apprentices, employers, trainers and partners. It’s great for the commercial future of our city, and the wider economy of the country.” TLJ were also category sponsors for The Engineering Centre Mike Brown Award for Outstanding Achievement.
BUILDING ON SUCCESS The National Building Awards celebrate the very best of the building and construction industry. With 22 categories to choose from these independent awards will allow the very best of businesses irrespective of size and influence to lift a national accolade at the iconic Wembley Stadium in March 2019. Commenting on these prestigious awards, Trevor Diviney, Managing Director of Ground Construction Ltd said “We are thrilled to support these exciting new awards. Too many times
the SME’s are not recognised for their innovation and success. I’m looking forward to judging and celebrating with the best of our trade”. Speaking on behalf of the organisers, Awards Director Damian Cummins remarked “We have seen so many entrants from across our portfolio of awards it was only a matter of time that we introduced independent building awards and are excited to see who makes it to lift a trophy at Wembley, home to so many winners.”
Landmark Midas student hub wins top design award The transformation of a landmark building in the heart of Portsmouth by Midas Construction, part of the Midas Group, has been praised by judges as a piece of ‘standout’ design. The £11million Europa House project saw Midas revamp a former office block on the Portsmouth waterfront into a hub of student life, with 242 bedrooms and facilities including a gym, cinema and study areas. Celebrating the successful project, the Portsmouth Society 2018 Design Awards presented the Midas team with the top accolade in its Best Re-Use category at a ceremony recently. As part of the shortlisting process, Europa House was visited and assessed by an expert panel of judges chosen from the architectural sector. The scheme was commended by the panel as a shining example of design, construction and finish, which also has functionality and sustainability at its heart. Midas was presented with the Re-Use winner’s award by the Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor David Fuller at a special ceremony in Portsmouth recently. David Baynes, organiser of the Portsmouth Society 2018 Design Awards, said: “The building has a truly homely atmosphere, plus amazing views across Portsmouth harbour and beyond. If I were a student in the city, it would be where I would wish to live.”
APPRENTICE ENGINEER SCOOPS PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL AWARD A Thermal Insulator has beaten off competition from all parts of the UK to win a major national apprenticeship award. Brand Energy and Infrastructure Service employee Adam Brophy scooped the Thermal Insulation Contractors Association (TICA) Level 2 Apprentice of the Year Award at a recent ceremony held in London. Adam joined industrial access, insulation and painting specialist Brand in 2017, and now works on a major maintenance contract near Immingham. He overcame challenges from 7 other hopeful competitors who were representing various companies from different parts of the UK, to take the award. TICA’s 2018 Skills Test saw them undertake a rigorous practical assessment test, before Adam emerged as the outright winner to earn the Apprentice of the Year title. “The finalists were selected on the basis of their practical skills, their
overall attitude to training and their behaviour and commitment at work.” explains Ronan Sheils, managing director of Brand Energy and Infrastructure Service UK & Ireland.
Midas is one of the UK’s largest independent construction and property services providers. The company’s strategy is to become the contractor of choice in the areas in which it operates, by developing long-term relationships through the delivery of its vision to be leaders in customer service and performance. It is a strategy which is already showing success with more than 75% of the Group’s projects being carried out on a repeat business basis.
“Adam had impressed people with his very professional approach to his work, as well as his outstanding skills and his great keenness to learn. Those attributes helped him gain a place in the competition, and ultimately to win the title. We’re extremely proud of his performance, and delighted that he’s achieved this success which he undoubtedly deserves.” “We place a great emphasis on training so that we can guarantee our customers will receive the high levels of quality, safety and service they have come to expect from us. The recognition that Adam’s success has earned is evidence of our strategy in action, and we really wish him well for the future.”
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New app promises to set free on-site ordering Construction companies big and small are set to reap the rewards of faster, more efficient ordering following the launch of a new digital purchase ordering tool. The app – known as ONSO – promises to modernise the interaction between site, office and supplier, enabling orders to be requested, approved and submitted in three easy steps using a smart phone, tablet or laptop. Short for ‘Onsite Orders’, ONSO is designed to be easy to use and quick to set up. Chris Murphy, Managing Director, explains: “In construction, if the right part isn’t there at the right time, the job simply can’t move forward. “I’ve been working on building sites for more than ten years, and in my experience the process of buying supplies and parts can often be complicated and slow. We wanted to build something simple to use so when you’re out on site, you can place an order on your phone and have it approved and off to the supplier in
seconds, with an accurate record of what the order was.” A subscription to ONSO also includes access to built-in analytics tools, which its owners say can help businesses to better understand their purchases, including recognising the source of any overspends and identifying areas for improvement. Chris adds: “In my experience, there are still areas of the British construction industry which are yet to unlock the full potential of technology. We believe that tools like ONSO have a real part to play in helping UK businesses stay competitive post-Brexit.” UK drainage company DASA was among the site’s first users. “We were up and running in no time and are already seeing the benefits,” says Tim Dawson, Director. “ONSO has helped to enhance and streamline our ordering processes and the integration with Sage compliments our invoicing. 2018 has been a particularly
In my experience, there are still areas of the British construction industry which are yet to unlock the full potential of technology. We believe that tools like ONSO have a real part to play in helping UK businesses stay competitive post-Brexit.
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Chris Murphy, Managing Director busy year for us, so having ONSO has helped to minimise human error and ensured that projects can run smoothly. I would recommend it to businesses like ours that want to keep on top of their orders and ensure their systems are robust.”
To mark the launch, ONSO is offering users a free trial until the end of February 2019. To find out more and get started, visit onso.co.uk/constructionuk
TARDIS4G - @tardis4g We are the UK’s leading provider of construction site broadband and related solutions. Over the past two decades, we’ve supplied temporary WiFi services to more than 20,000 sites and we truly understand the importance of on-site connectivity. We are first choice for first-in communications because we provide an unparalleled solution, not just in service delivery; we have a superb network infrastructure that enables us to be as flexible as our clients need us to be – we’re in a very unique position where we can provide API’d connectivity on all four major networks under the TARDIS4G brand – No other provider can offer the same level of service! When we first launched Tardis 3G fifteen years ago, we replaced our estate of satellite broadband solutions in eleven cities that had 3G infrastructure - One of our early-adopting clients was Willmott Dixon, who are still clients today, and they were impressed with the efficiency we provided back then... Fast-forward to 2018, a recent example of an existing solution is One Snow Hill in Birmingham, where 40+ Willmott Dixon Site Professionals are connected via two of our solutions – Each router was configured on two networks with a total data
Tardis 4G can seamlessly connect our sites with multiple networks which provides the resilience we need. We can download several large blueprint drawings at any one time and support wise, we rarely call upon Tardis’ help because their solution works. - IT Project Manager at One Snow Hill, Birmingham
capacity of 600Gb. One of the IT Project Managers said, “Tardis 4G can seamlessly connect our sites with multiple networks which provides the resilience we need. We can download several large blueprint drawings at any one time and support wise, we rarely call upon Tardis’ help because their solution works.” – This is exactly what we want to hear from our customers! 4G is considered “the norm” and we regularly push all the major networks for better performing masts – one or two don’t show much interest, but, one or two do! Ultimately, this helps our position (and our competitors)
Over the past two decades, we’ve supplied temporary WiFi services to more than 20,000 sites and we truly understand the importance of on-site connectivity. and our ambition is to revolutionise the construction industry, including the sub-sectors, by providing “4.5G” solutions. We’ve actually generated “4.5G” on our kit in Manchester on one of the major networks and this was outside of construction, however, when we are able to deploy this innovative service freely, contractors that have partnered with TARDIS4G will benefit from the infrastructure straight away.
For more information about us, please flick to pages 36 and 49 for testimonials and an introductory offer.
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Building for the Future At the start of last year, the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) announced plans to embrace ‘workplace’ as a key differentiator for its members, and to establish facilities management as a chartered profession. The institute ended the year with a new name and a new focus. In this article, we explain how we plan to improve going forward, and how we think we can collaborate with our friends in construction. For decades BIFM had been the largest, and most prestigious, industry body in FM. But in this fast-changing world we understood that you have to keep swimming forward if you don’t want to sink. Our members agreed and at the end of 2018 we rebranded to become the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM). This meant more than just a new name, logo and website. The evolution was symbolic of our determination to stand up for our profession and everyone working within it, to raise awareness of what excellent workplace and facilities management can bring to the table, especially how it can
increase organisational performance. While facilities management originated with organising the physical work environment and remains strongly associated with the built environment, we have recognised that people are central to this – and that’s where the workplace bit comes in. We wanted to tap into what the 2016 Stoddart Review had called the Workplace Advantage, which identified that an effective workplace can improve productivity of between 1 and 3.5%, potentially delivering a £20 billion up-lift to the economy. So, we have tasked ourselves with helping our
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members to improve their skills to meet the needs of modern organisations and raising the profile of facilities management and the general understanding of the value it creates. That involves getting boardrooms to seriously understand the FM’s role in unlocking the productivity potential in the workplace – and even to establish FMs in board rooms to make the case for human centred development. We want organisations to know just how significant an impact our profession can have, but we also want the people who make up our profession to know that. We are tired of hearing people say they “fell into” FM and instead we are going to help make it a career
of choice not of chance that can attract the most talented men and women around. Embracing workplace is a real opportunity for this profession to raise its voice and raise its game. Too often we get hung up on definitions: if it’s this it can’t be that. This is not disregarding ‘traditional FM’ its importance as a profession or its close ties to other built environment professions on vital matters like safety and sustainability. It is taking the opportunity to recognise and explore the value of workplace and facilities management in a twenty first century knowledge economy. The rebrand is the start of this process. Our long-term aim is chartered status, but at all stages of our journey we want to make sure we are supporting our members and advancing our profession. With this in mind we recently made public a ten-point plan to ensure we remain an effective professional body into the future. As well as streamlining and improving all aspects of our offering, we will be putting customers at the centre of everything we do, improving communication, ensuring we are there for them at every stage of their career path, whether they are just entering the industry or are looking to take the next steps and providing practical help in the form of our Good Practice Guides. We will also be undergoing the most extensive research and insight programme undertaken in our industry to date, learning about the impact technology will have, as well as AI, sustainability and all the other factors which will influence the future. Later in the year we will launch our industry’s first, free to access, market information index.
IWFM will be the organisation best placed to represent, promote and improve the FM industry in the 21st Century. This also means that we will be ideally positioned to build closer ties with the construction industry. We will take our world class Professional Standards, which are already the gold standard for FM, and refine them to make them even better and ensure they are fit for purpose in the years to come. Finally, we will align our entire proposition to the IWFM development pathway which will form the cornerstone of all IWFM products and services ensuring that our professionals’ plans for development can be supported by the right tools, easily navigated. We believe that, by doing all of this, we will firmly establish ourselves as the authoritative voice of the FM and Workplace sector. IWFM will be the organisation best placed to represent, promote and improve the FM industry in the 21st Century. This also means that we will be ideally positioned to build closer ties with the construction industry. Gone are the days where a building would be thrown up, then handed over to the FM team for the next thirty or more years. Part of our vision is collaborating in those areas where people in both our industries can benefit. Our move to workplace and FM means recognition of our wider role but allows us to support and collaborate with other built environment professionals.
functions and underpins the productivity of the business. FMs play a key role in the utilisation and evolution of breakthroughs such as BIM and AI, and the knowledge of the workplace which we can provide will ensure continuity of purpose from design, through construction, to occupation. This will provide essential input to the building’s life cycle management and, ultimately, costs. IWFM’s push to further professionalise facilities managers and to seek Chartership will be integral to this. The entire point behind IWFM is about creating the conditions for our profession to thrive and grow. If FM thrives, so will the Construction industry, what helps one of us, will help the other. If we work together, we can both head into a tumultuous future confident of success. Website: www.iwfm.org.uk
Our evolutions sees us bring a whole raft of information not about how buildings are run, but also how the workplace
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Sustainable flooring – how you can choose floor coverings and remain sustainable Sustainability is top of the agenda within the built environment, an industry notorious for its carbon impact. With an increasingly number of construction contracts being won based on sustainability, there has never been a better time to evaluate a company’s stance on its environmental impact. Whether it’s the methods used within construction or the products that are installed, the industry is unanimous in the opinion that construction could be more green. From changing providers of materials used in the construction process, to looking at how deliveries are made to site, there are steps that can be taken by all levels of the supply chain to improve the sustainability of a project at build stage. Here, Jon Smith, National Supply Chain Director at CFS, discusses how those working in construction, particularly in the specification and installation of floor coverings, can take steps to reduce their environmental impact and become a more sustainable industry. At CFS, we have noticed a definite increase in the number of clients wanting to use providers that remain sustainable and this is something we champion wholeheartedly. By discussing the environmental impact of products and service at the procurement stage, we can encourage suppliers and manufacturers to adopt an eco friendly mindset, providing benefits to the whole industry. This doesn’t just mean building zero carbon buildings and revolutionising the industry as we know it; smaller steps can be made to help meet achievable targets. Recent studies show that 32% of landfill
waste within the UK comes from the construction and demolition of buildings, with 13% of products delivered to construction sites being sent directly to landfill without being used. This shouldn’t be happening. Whilst the industry has taken steps to improve the sustainability of a project at design level, often furnishings such as floor coverings are not considered, something that can have a huge impact. The considered specification of products at design stage can ensure that waste is reduced. For example, specifying carpet tiles as opposed to broadloom can significantly decrease the amount of waste generated through flooring specification as cut offs are reduced and excess product can be installed elsewhere in the building. It is also worth bearing in mind that when installing vinyl flooring, any leftover product can be recycled using the national vinyl take-back scheme Recofloor. Recofloor will collect post-installation vinyl flooring and recycle it into new flooring, further limiting the industry’s carbon impact. This also has a positive impact when it comes to the repairs and maintenance of floor coverings. Whilst it is important to consider the environmental impact of the original products installed, the maintenance process can negate any hard work carried out at the specification stage. When installing broadloom carpet, if the floor becomes dirtied or damaged, the whole floor covering needs to be replaced. With carpet tiles, however, only the damaged tile needs to be replaced,
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safeguarding the environmental impact of the product throughout the life of the building. In order to prolong the life of floor coverings within a building, reducing repairs and maintenance and the consequent environmental impact, entrance matting can be installed. Studies show that more than 70% of dirt and moisture in buildings is tracked in by pedestrian and wheeled traffic, something that can be significantly reduced through the use of entrance matting, extending the lifespan of the floor covering. By doing so, floor coverings remain in better condition for longer, limiting the carbon impact of the building. Moreover, as entrance matting is generally hardwearing and durable, it will only need replacing every three to 10 years. We would also encourage architects and specifiers to use floor coverings that are graded as environmentally friendly. At design stage, it is possible for BRE A+ rated floor coverings to be specified for installation within a building. BRE is the industry standard environmental assessment method and the industry leading accreditation system for sustainable buildings and construction materials. In order to achieve BRE status, products are assessed from cradle to grave, evaluated on environmental impact across the entire life span of the product. The accredited environmental rating scheme is set out as an A+ to E ranking system, where A+ represents the best environmental performance, or least
Flooring environmental impact. By evaluating the performance of materials and building systems against their environmental impacts, specifiers are able to select specifications on the basis of personal or organisational priorities, or take decisions based on the performance of a material against a particular environmental impact. Specifying BRE A+ rated products doesn’t mean sacrificing style. Suppliers, including CFS, are designing style-led products that meet BRE requirements, allowing architects to utilise products that combine aesthetic with a limited environmental impact. In terms of the distribution of products, there is a lot that can be done to reduce the impact transportation has on the environment with simple steps. For example, Carpet and Flooring, approved stockist of CFS products, has recently made a large commitment to reduce carbon use within the company by reviewing how it plans its delivery fleet and trunking operations. Thousands of deliveries are undertaken each week and by refining journeys and geographies, Carpet and Flooring will be able to reduce miles travelled by 200,000 per year, resulting in an estimated reduction of 216 tonnes of CO2 annually. The optimisation of its deliveries will mean Carpet and
Flooring can take three vehicles off the road and also reduce general stem mileage, whilst having no impact on deliveries to customers.
Companies within the construction industry, no matter how large or small, can look to the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) for advice and guidance on their energy usage. If this change in logistics was made across the many distributors of products within the built environment sector, we would be able to significantly reduce our carbon use without changing the products we specify, or how they are manufactured. If possible, we would also encourage distributors to upgrade their fleet to more environmentally friendly vehicles. This is something we would encourage all distributors to re-assess, to see the carbon savings that can be made, without impacting the supply chain in any way. Companies within the construction industry, no matter how large or small, can look to the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) for advice and guidance on their energy usage. ESOS is the legislation
that organisations in the UK can comply with by attaining ISO50001 certification, setting the standard for organisations that strive to limit environmental impact and helping with the first steps of becoming a more environmentally responsible business. In the next five to 10 years, we expect to see unprecedented growth in the investment towards making flooring - both in terms of manufacturing and delivery - more environmentally friendly. As technology advances, as do the methods of manufacturing, which are often thought of as very expensive and complex. There are, however, more simple steps we can take today, that can have a positive impact on the environment and the industry we work in. As a sector, right across the supply chain we must become more sustainable and start to play a wider role in the way we work day-to-day. From examining the manufacturing process, to the logistics of distributing products to site, and recycling the waste we all have a role to play. We’ll be looking closely at the measures we can take to become a greener, more environmentally responsible company, and we’re encouraging our suppliers and customers to do the same.
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INNOVATION AND EVOLUTION SEES RILEY LAUNCH NEW STREAMTM EVO Performance safety eyewear specialist Riley® has enhanced its highly popular STREAMTM safety glasses with the launch of the new STREAMTM EVO https://www.riley-eyewear.com/safetyglasses/stream-evo. Featuring a sports style frame with a high performance, impact-resistant F-rated Polycarbonate protective lens as standard, the new STREAMTM EVO is ultra lightweight and highly comfortable. Suitable for use across a wide range of industry sectors, STREAMTM EVO offers a comprehensive range of lens options for different environments, ensuring clarity of vision for the wearer. Providing a perfect blend of safety, style and comfort, STREAMTM EVO is metal-free and has been designed with a number of innovative features including: • TECTON 400 K&N rated - anti-scratch, anti-fog moisture repellent coating applied to both sides of the lenses • Soft, adjustable, anti-slip nose bridge • Soft, ventilated TempFLEX™ temple tips providing a comfortable, secure fit • Co-injected bi-colour thermoplastic rubber temples providing a secure fit • Slim temples to enhance comfort when worn with ear defenders • Lateral protection • UV 400 protection The enhanced Riley TempFLEX™ system – flexible, Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) side arms and temple tips, inclinable temple mechanism, adjustable nose bridge and
length adjustable temples - enables the wearer to create a tailored fit for their individual face shape. STREAMTM EVO is also available with a separate Accessory Pack , containing an adjustable headband and gasket. The robust polycarbonate wraparound lens gives a clear panoramic view, ensuring high performance protection from impacts, delivering perfect optical quality in accordance with EN166. Lens options include: • Twilight – designed to improve contrast and colour perception in low light conditions particularly for outdoor workers at dawn or dusk. Will also filter out more than 75% of blue light - reducing stress to the eyes. • Anti-Reflective (AR) – ideal for workers in bright environments, AR lenses also eliminate reflections from the front and back surface of the lens providing better vision for night driving and improved vision for work • Blue - enhances vision in the presence of excessive yellow light environments such as night time street lighting
STREAMTM EVO builds upon the highly successful STREAMTM range of safety glasses, with enhanced innovation to increase comfort whilst delivering exceptional safety through the use of impact resistant Polycarbonate lenses. - Peter Bartholomew, Riley Product and Brand Development Director
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• Clear - provides true colour recognition and are ideal for general purpose indoor and outdoor work in normal to low light conditions • Grey - reduces brightness, minimising eyestrain in moderate to bright environments and making them ideal for daytime wear or outdoor tasks Supporting the range even further is Riley’s ‘On-Sight” Service which includes Riley’s fully trained Optometrist and state of the art, mobile optician vehicle. This makes testing the eyesight of workers on site easy, saving time and money. The full Riley RX Prescription Service also enables workers requiring prescription safety glasses to have higher impact Polycarbonate lenses made specifically for them by Riley’s in-house laboratory. “STREAMTM EVO builds upon the highly successful STREAMTM range of safety glasses, with enhanced innovation to increase comfort whilst delivering exceptional safety through the use of impact resistant Polycarbonate lenses,” said Peter Bartholomew, Riley Product and Brand Development Director.
To request a sample of Riley® STREAMTM EVO and to find out more about the benefits of the full Riley range visit www.riley-eyewear.com, call the Riley team on 0161 877 4747 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mecalac expands UK dealer network Mecalac Construction Equipment UK Ltd (CEUK), a global leader in compact equipment design and manufacture, has further expanded its national dealer network with the appointment of SM Plant Ltd. From August 2018, the Warwickshire-based business will be responsible for retailing Mecalac’s market-leading range of heavyduty site dumpers to customers across the Midlands. Alongside product sales, the dealer will offer comprehensive service agreements, maintenance checks and aftersales support. With an already expansive equipment portfolio, joining the Mecalac network will complete the company’s compact offer. A ‘one stop shop’ for construction professionals, SM Plant Ltd is renowned across the region for excellent product knowledge, unparalleled sector experience and exceptional customer service. Commenting on the announcement, Paul Macpherson, UK Sales and Marketing Director at Mecalac CEUK, said: “As a global leader in the compact construction marketplace, further developing our distributor network is a key corporate goal.
Alongside increasing access to our latest range of innovative site equipment, this strategy aims to broaden our service and maintenance reach. “Following the launch of our MDX cabbed site dumper at this year’s INTERMAT exhibition, we identified the requirement to develop our brand presence in central England. With considerable pedigree in the market, we approached SM Plant Ltd to further bolster our national network. “The team is experienced, passionate and committed to delivering outstanding service. We’re confident that this new partnership
will be highly successful, and we look forward to working closely together over the coming months.” Simon Milligan, Managing Director at SM Plant LTD, added: “Now more than ever, our customers are looking for compact solutions. The multifunctional nature of the latest Mecalac dumpers makes them a fantastic addition to the range of compact plant and machinery we have to offer. With many years’ experience working in this sector, we are also able to offer a huge selection of spare parts from stock and fully-trained field service engineers are available to deal with any support requirements you may have.”
Waldeck announces future plans through acquisition by Morson Group We are pleased to announce the acquisition of Waldeck by the Morson Group, with the full support of the management teams of both companies. Morson Group has a global presence across all engineering markets including Rail, Aerospace & Defence, Energy/Power, Infrastructure & Built Environment, IT and Oil & Gas, and is the UK’s leading technical recruiter. Morson has over 50 offices worldwide and is headquartered in Manchester, pay rolling over 14,500 individuals daily. Under this agreement Waldeck will become a wholly owned subsidiary within the Morson Group maintaining its own brand and contracts whilst working alongside other Morson Group companies. Waldeck will be working intimately alongside Morson Projects, an existing subsidiary of Morson Group, which is a multi-disciplined management, engineering and design company who specialise in delivering services and solutions to clients across a variety of heavy industrial sectors. They have
teams operating in areas such as Power and Automation Control Engineering, Mechanical, Civil and Aerospace Engineering, through to Asset Care and Technical Services. Morson Projects and Waldeck, together, will have a workforce of circa 800 professional staff, and a turnover of over £50 million per year. Waldeck’s Founder, Paul Waldeck said: “Having founded Waldeck over 20 years ago, it was imperative for me to find a partner whose values and cultures matched our own. This is an exceptionally exciting time for everyone at Waldeck and our team is looking forward to joining the Morson Group.” “This acquisition places Waldeck in a strong position to offer clients an even wider breadth of expertise, capabilities and services. “There are many market and sector synergies between the two businesses, and we now have the scale and geographic
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coverage to deliver our strategic objectives within the UK and internationally. “Like Waldeck, Morson Group is a privately owned, family run business which has many similarities and cultural attributes which align with our business. Together, we become part of a larger organisation that will open the door to new opportunities for further growth and development, enabling the business divisions to succeed and achieve their goals.” Ged Mason, CEO of Morson Group, commented: “We are delighted that the team at Waldeck are joining the Morson family and look forward to a prosperous and exciting future together. “Waldeck has a strong brand and reputation within the UK, and specialist expertise in the Engineering, Technologies, Construction and Property markets. The addition of Waldeck to our portfolio means we are well placed to service the future growth expected in these sectors while consolidating our market leading position.”
Company News Henry Boot prioritises employee work/ life balance with transformation of its people processes Leading property, land and construction company Henry Boot PLC has undertaken a transformation of its HR function in collaboration with MHR, designed to streamline and optimise its processes to enhance the work/life balance of its people. New employee focused services implemented through its iTrent system, including Total Rewards Statements and a holiday ‘buy and sell’ scheme, combined with an expansion of its Self Service modules and new levels of automation has resulted in better streamlined systems for holiday, payroll, benefits and pensions, a reduction in manual administration and increased engagement across the organisation. The transformation project was carried out as part of a company-wide initiative called ‘One Henry Boot’, conceived in late 2016 / 17 to better understand what defines its culture - ‘The Henry Boot Way’ - with a focus on its vision, purpose and values. Rachel White, Head of HR at Henry Boot said: “Our people are central to our overall performance and success. At the heart of ‘One Henry Boot’ project was a strong commitment to identify what is important to our employees and put in place efficient processes and systems to improve their work/life balance and experience. By fostering close links with an experienced and knowledgeable partner in MHR we have been able to customise our software and introduce new tailored processes to meet the needs of the business and the support the wellbeing of our people.” MHR carried out a comprehensive strategic review of Henry Boot’s existing HR and
payroll processes to identify areas for improvement, and facilitated a trial of its latest software modules to enable Henry Boot to experience the benefits first-hand.
solution. The fact that this is all available within the ESS module means we can save time on admin, and our people can remain in control of what they need and value.”
Following the assessment, Henry Boot introduced MHR’s Total Rewards Statement module to increase employee awareness of the value of the benefits they receive as part of their contract, such as Life Assurance or Permanent Health Insurance.
The transformation project has reduced the amount of queries Henry Boot’s HR team has to answer, freeing up their time for more vital tasks such as recruitment, employee relations and the implementation of ideas from the One Henry Boot project.
To further improve employee work/life balance, MHR extended Henry Boot’s Employee Self Service (ESS) module to accommodate additional activities, such as Learning and Development, to increase user engagement while empowering employees to take control of their transactional tasks and personal growth.
Rachel said: “We expect to make significant cost savings in 2018 due to the reduction in manual admin time, while we have already reduced the amount of paper produced by the team, and also the number of days taken to produce contracts, deal with administration of new employees, and L&D administration.”
Meanwhile, a holiday ‘buy and sell’ scheme has been introduced as an additional benefit, giving employees greater ownership of their working time.
Anton Roe, Chief Executive Officer at MHR comments: “We’re delighted to have supported Henry Boot through this transformation journey. The transformation project at Henry Boot is a perfect example of how working in collaboration with our strategic team, organisations can embrace new ways of working and innovate their HR processes to deliver business improvements while meeting the expectations of their people.”
Rachel said: “We understand how much our people value extra time with family, or a bit of extra income when it’s needed. iTrent offers a solution that is completely flexible for the different needs of our people rather than a one size fits all
Property managers urged to put air quality in order as temperatures drop As winter approaches, a national trade body is issuing a timely reminder to property managers to ensure air quality management is on their radar. With the arrival of dark nights and dropping temperatures, moisture levels in buildings start to increase. Air becomes more laden with water, meaning that issues such as condensation, and even damp and mould, can take hold.As a result, the Property Care Association (PCA) is urging property managers to ensure appropriate servicing,
repairs and checks are made to ventilation fans and air management systems, to tackle the issue.
“However, despite the contribution they make to air quality, it’s not uncommon for their service and repair to be overlooked.
Steve Hodgson, chief executive of the PCA, said: “Ventilation fans and air management systems are at the front line in providing a healthier environment for people to live and work in. They play an invaluable role at this time of year at addressing the heavy, cold air that can circulate in buildings as temperatures drop.
“Without a structured servicing regime, waste can build up in the system. This can become a breeding ground for bacteria and also reduce efficiency. It is also not uncommon for systems to be installed which are not the correct specification for their particular environment. This is unfortunate as effective ventilation is the most effective way to tackle excess moisture in buildings.”
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Company News Bouygues UK CSR Manager appointed as one of Wales’ first Fairness, Inclusion and Respect Ambassadors Increasing Fairness, Inclusion and Respect (FIR) throughout the construction sector supply chain is one of the challenges facing Julie Timothy of Bouygues UK, as she has been appointed one of Wales’ first FIR ambassadors. As part of the work of the Supply Chain Sustainability School, FIR Ambassadors have been trained and appointed in the construction sector to imbed principles of equality and diversity into their companies. With that in mind, Julie Timothy, the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Manager for Bouygues UK for South Wales and the West, has been appointed as a FIR Ambassador. Speaking of her new role, Julie said: “Bouygues UK is already a forward-thinking and inclusive company, but with my FIR Ambassador role I can work to further imbed these practices into our supply chain, to ensure that all who work with Bouygues UK, whether a sub-contractor or employee, are treated with fairness and respect. “Construction is seen as a bullish and macho industry, but in truth it is a professional and highly skilled sector which employs a diverse and varied workforce, which is why I feel it is even more important that FIR Ambassadors are in place to ensure these key behaviours are maintained.” The Supply Chain School in Wales has been created to provide support to organisations by providing free resources enabling
construction companies to understand what sustainability in construction means in Wales. It is funded by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). The CITB predicts that Wales will lead growth in the UK’s construction sector until 2020, with an estimated 12,250 jobs created over the next five years. The industry also has to tackle the challenges of different regulations on building sites in Wales because of devolution. FIR Ambassadors are important for the future of the construction sector; the skills shortage in the industry means that organisations need a wide talent pool so increasing diversity in this talent pool helps to address this – and a diverse workforce
also ensures that companies are able to reflect the diverse needs of their clients. Small to medium construction businesses are being encouraged to join the FIR Ambassadors scheme, to help encourage these good behaviours throughout the construction sector, support compliance within the sector and help create an open, positive and inclusive working environment. As the FIR Ambassador scheme is funded by the CITB, e-learning modules, workshops and training are all free to access. The benefits to SME building businesses in embracing the FIR scheme include better productivity, improved staff engagement and innovation, a way to attract new talent to the business and an improved reputation.
Adey Steel Targeting Niche Sectors for Growth Loughborough-based Adey Steel Group has announced plans to grow its presence as a specialist steel fabricator in the rail and energy sectors and has targeted the housebuilding sector to continue its construction growth. The changes will see Adey Steel Group, which have been established for 90 years, increase its focus on working with rail, energy and specialist clients, while taking a more selective approach to work in the broader construction industry. Managing Director, Andrew Adey, commented, “It is in these niche rail, energy and specialist sectors that we
have enjoyed the most success in recent years, so we are looking to maximise our opportunities there and exercise caution in other, more volatile sectors.”
nuclear and energy sectors, so we are structuring our business to ensure we are well positioned to support those initiative and deliver on our growth plans.”
Over the past five years, Adey Steel has developed key specialisms that have enabled them to establish a strong position as an expert supply chain partner to key national infrastructure projects, such as Sellafield, Hinkley Point, the Midland Mainline and Crossrail.
In addition, Adey SteelShop Ltd, a sister company in the Adey Steel Group, is increasing its activity in the UK housebuilding sector, supplying structural steel and architectural metalwork to many of the most prominent regional and national housebuilders.
Andrew Adey added, “We see growth opportunities presenting themselves in rail ahead of the CP6 and HS2 projects, combined with heavy investment in the
Adey is targeting the sector to service its unique requirements and to meet the very specific challenges involved with dealing with the UK’s growing housing shortage.
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Morgan Sindall chief attends topping out ceremony for University’s new £30m building CONSTRUCTION of the University of Huddersfield’s new £30 million centre for the study of art, design and architecture is months ahead of schedule, and it has witnessed an unusual “topping out” ceremony conducted by the granddaughter of Dame Barbara Hepworth, the famous artist who has given the building its name, in the presence of the main contractor’s MD for Construction. Dr Sophie Bowness – who is an art historian and a trustee of the world-famous Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield – was invited to turn a bolt on one of the 146 aluminium panels that will be fixed to the glazed walls of the new building. Their function will be to reduce solar
glare, but architects AHR have ensured that they are also an artistic adornment. One of the great sculptors of the 20th century, Barbara Hepworth, who lived from 1903 to 1975, was born and educated in Wakefield. She was the first choice to be commemorated by the new University of Huddersfield building and at the topping out ceremony Vice-Chancellor Professor Bob Cryan thanked Dr Bowness for giving permission to use her grandmother’s name. The ceremony was attended by key figures from building firm Morgan Sindall, including its Managing Director for Construction, Pat Boyle. Morgan Sindall recently completed
the University’s £28 million Oastler Building, opened in 2017, which was announced as the Best Education Building at the West Yorkshire Local Authority Building Control Awards. After Dr Bowness had carried out the ceremony, Professor Cryan said that the University’s policy of naming buildings after famous local people was designed to inspire students, and the legacy of Barbara Hepworth would be sure to do that. Professor Cryan praised the “dream team” from Morgan Sindall who had ensured that construction work was nine weeks ahead of schedule. The Barbara Hepworth Building will be completed in the spring and be ready for use at the start of the 2019 academic year.
£29.8M INDUSTRIAL LOGISTICS SCHEME TRANSFORMS FORMER LANDFILL SITE IN READING ISLAND Road West, a new prime urban logistics scheme in Reading, has seen the second phase of development completed this month on a former domestic landfill site off the A33.
Providing civil and structural engineering designs, BE Design has delivered a fiveunit, industrial scheme over two phases, transforming a site which features domestic landfill with a depth of six metres. More than 34,160 sq ft has been delivered
across two phases, with a global logistics firm pre-letting one of the units delivered in the second phase. Director at the engineering and architecture practice BE Design, Stephen Oakden said: “There is a real demand for space to build residential and commercials schemes, and that is only on the increase. Developing on greenbelt land can be somewhat contentious, so we are seeing more and more former landfill sites and brownfield land around the UK being earmarked for redevelopment – meeting the demand and protecting greenbelt land at the same time. This move towards sustainable regeneration means that sites, such as Island Road West, now provide businesses with the real potential to turn dead-end land into usable – and profitable – space.” First phase completed in 2017, with the second phase starting on site in 2018. During both phases of development, ground consolidation techniques - including rapid impact compaction - were employed to minimise the ongoing settlement and subsidence that can occur on landfill sites.
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Project News Delivering improvements across the Northern road network Amey Sir Robert McAlpine – a Joint Venture between infrastructure support service provider Amey and construction and civil engineering company Sir Robert McAlpine – has been announced as a Delivery Integration Partner. It will be responsible for delivering improvements schemes across the North of England, as part of Highways England’s Regional Delivery Partnership. As a preferred partner for Lot 3, Amey Sir Robert McAlpine will design and construct motorway and trunk road improvement projects worth up to £100m. This will support Highways England to deliver the next phase of its Roads Investments Strategy over the next six years. The first package of works includes two improvement schemes on the M56 and M6, with additional schemes allocated on future performance. As well as delivering investment in local communities, Amey Sir Robert McAlpine will use its membership of the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry to bring transferable knowledge from other sectors to contribute to Highways England’s planned Centres of Excellence – helping to drive innovation across the highways sector. Working collaboratively with other Delivery Integration Partners, Amey Sir Robert McAlpine is committed to developing a more diverse workforce for the future, and will deliver a regional resourcing plan to support trainees, apprentices and graduates into the highways industry. Amey and Sir Robert McAlpine have a strong track record of working together over the last 23 years. The Joint Venture became the first delivery integration team to jointly enter a Collaboration Charter with the whole supply chain to deliver value to
clients and customers. Continuing the focus on collaboration, Amey Sir Robert McAlpine will operate a fully integrated design and construction team. This will focus on addressing mutual risks, and efficient and effective ways of working – all while offering an excellent customer experience. Andy Milner, Chief Executive, Amey, said: “We are pleased to have been awarded this new contract from Highways England through renewing our successful partnership with Sir Robert McAlpine. Under the new Regional Delivery Partnership arrangement, we will be working in collaboration to make vital network improvements and ultimately, enabling easier travel for the people of the north of England.” Paul Hamer, Chief Executive, Sir Robert McAlpine, said: “It is with great pride that the team received news of our successful
appointment as part of Highways England’s Regional Delivery Partnership. Working in collaboration with our colleagues at Amey enables us to bring the best of both our businesses together as we focus on creating travel efficiencies in the North. Together, we look forward to growing a long and successful relationship with Highways England.” Amey is already responsible for maintaining the road network across the East Midlands on behalf of Highways England, and has also recently been announced as the new provider for the Area 10 contract, delivering highways maintenance services across the North West from April 2019. Additionally, Amey Consulting is responsible for designing maintenance and improvement schemes for nearly 840 miles of strategic road network in Areas 13 and 14.
As well as this, multiple safety measures have been employed to safely release gases from the decomposing landfill matter into the atmosphere. Of course, landfill sites present a lot of unique challenges when it comes to construction, which have to be considered at the very base of any design service but, as long as the environmental challenges are met with practical and safe solutions, construction on sites such as Island Road West in Reading can be just as successful as developments elsewhere. “By taking careful measurements both before and after ground improvement techniques are applied to sites, we are able to measure the amount of consolidation achieved, and this data is likely to prove invaluable in the future are more former landfill sites are earmarked for regeneration.” Two of the five units delivered across the two phases delivered by BE Design remain available to let.
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Green light for Bristol project to provide vital affordable housing for young homeless people Plans to restore an empty property into much-needed affordable housing for young homeless people in Bristol have been given the go ahead by Bristol City Council. With preparatory works, including asbestos removal, having been completed over the last few weeks, the redevelopment of
this dilapidated building on East Street in Bedminster is due to start imminently. The East Street Mews initiative will create contemporary but affordable apartments that will transform the lives of young homeless people in the city. The project has been set up by a team of
local businesses, charities and property experts to provide a solid foundation on which young people can build towards the next stage of their lives in education and employment. The first residents are expected to be welcomed into East Street Mews in 2019 after extensive renovations are carried out. The restored property will also include space on the ground floor for local businesses or social enterprises. East Street Mews is the brainchild of Bristolbased property developer Cubex, property industry charity LandAid and local charity Developing Health & Independence (DHI). Realising there was a major gap in provision for young homeless people who are not eligible for other forms of support, they decided to donate their time, investment and expertise to address the problem. Together, the team has enlisted the support of other businesses in the property and construction supply chain, such as contractors Willmott Dixon and Lancer Scott to help convert the empty properties in Bedminster into high quality housing. The building is owned by Bristol City Council and will be managed by DHI.
MITCHELLS & BUTLERS CHOOSE MITTON GROUP FOR M&E MAINTENANCE SERVICES Further expanding their client portfolio in the leisure sector, mechanical and electrical services specialists Mitton Group have won a competitive tender let by Mitchells & Butlers, one of the largest operators of restaurants, pubs and bars in the UK. The agreement means Mitton Group will supply planned and reactive maintenance services across the Mitchells & Butlers estate for an area covering covering Scotland and the central/north eastern section of England as far west as Yorkshire and south to Lincolnshire. Mitchells & Butlers currently operates more than 1,700 restaurants and pubs located all over the UK. The work carried out by Mitton Group will include mechanical and electrical maintenance work for heating and cooling systems, emergency lighting, fire alarms and ancillary services including PAT testing as required. Both companies subscribe to the philosophy of establishing strong and collaborative partnerships to deliver excellent levels of service. The Mitton team will be on call for Mitchells & Butlers sites on a 24/7 basis, providing an emergency call out service alongside the provision of planned service and maintenance schedules.
Mitton Group has seen significant expansion over the past five years, with service centres in Scotland, the North of England, the Midlands and the south of the country. Winning this tender reflects the organisation’s commitment to providing professional, value for money services meeting response deadlines to match customer requirements and ensure optimum reliability and efficiency of mechanical and electrical services.
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“At Mitton Group, we are continuing to build our client portfolio across sectors including leisure, retail, commercial and industrial premises,” stated Neil Burns, Group Operations Director for Mitton. “For Mitchells & Butler, we will be using our established expertise and national network of engineers to ensure we support their commitment to the safe, responsible and hygienic operation of their business premises at all times.”
Project News Gavin Bridge, director of developers Cubex who are responsible for regenerating Bristol’s new quarter at Finzels Reach, said: “With planning permission now granted, we can now forge ahead with construction works, bringing us one step closer to providing vital affordable housing for young people in our city. The level of support we have received from local businesses and organisations has been phenomenal and we are hugely grateful for their time and expertise. However, we would still love to hear from others who would like to lend their support as we approach the next stages of construction, so would urge interested people or organisations to get in touch.” Planning consent was granted by Bristol City Council this week. Paul Smith, councillor and cabinet member for housing at Bristol City Council, said: “Our big gap in housing for the homeless is ‘move on’ from the hostels. This amazing project fronted by Cubex, LandAid and many other partners meets that key need. I hope we can replicate this is other locations across the city. A real public, private and voluntary sector success.” When complete, the apartments will be offered for rent by DHI’s social enterprise ‘Home Turf Lettings’ at rental levels set according to the amount young homeless people can afford to pay; approximately 40% of market rent.
Young people in the UK are three times more likely to experience homelessness than the rest of the population and are disproportionally impacted by job insecurity and poverty. Paul Morrish, chief executive at LandAid, said: “As the property industry charity we are so proud to be supporting East Street Mews. Youth homelessness is a problem which continues to rise - Centrepoint estimates that there are over 86,000 young people will experience it this year, and it is a problem which is rising in Bristol. But by bringing together the charity and the property sector we can make a huge difference to the lives
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of young people. We hope that East Street Mews will be the first of many of this kind of project.” John Boughton, deputy managing director at Willmott Dixon, said: “As a business we are proud to be part of this fantastic initiative, and play our part in helping bring back to life this building to provide some much-needed accommodation to young homeless people in Bristol. It is great to see the construction industry coming together to deliver this project and we encourage anyone interested to join us and help give something back to the city.”
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Alternative insulation materials â€“ polyurethane foam for better insulation
By Leonie Onslow, Executive Director, British Urethane Foam Contractors Association Polyurethane foam can be used as a high performing insulant for all types of new build or refurbishment project to meet or exceed todayâ€™s standards. It is also widely used for remodelling purposes, for instance in barn conversions. When used for airtightness or stabilisation under the roof or within the cavity it outperforms most other materials. The sprayed or injected foam is not just an insulant â€“ it can be used for stabilisation purposes, for instance to hold tiles in place for a stronger roof structure or to take the place of failing cavity wall ties. The material can often be used when other materials are simply not suitable. The material is so versatile that it can be used in many different situations from buildings to boats! The polyurethane insulant is a twocomponent liquid system which produces a highly-efficient blanket of insulation with an exceptional thermal conductivity figure. It is particularly cost-effective and easy to apply to a wide variety of substrates. Its closed-cell nature renders it very resistant to moisture ingress and grades are available which achieve both Class 1 and Class 0 fire ratings when tested to BS 476 Part 7 and 6 respectively. The urethane foam can be applied in any thickness to suit the insulation requirements of the building. The trade association for the sprayed and injected polyurethane foam industry is the British Urethane Foam Contractors Association. BUFCA is a central resource for the application of polyurethane foam systems. The association consists of polyurethane foam installers operating to
high standards, together with material and equipment suppliers. Polyurethane foam can be installed to help meet Building Regulations as wall insulation, roof insulation, floor insulation or to fill voids and other areas providing a seamless, thermal insulation barrier. Other jointed systems give rise to a potentially weak point, leading to a significant loss of insulation value. For wall insulation, injected polyurethane foam can be used in the cavity to provide a superior performing insulant which also helps to bond the inner and outer leaves providing strength to the building. Air leakage through the cavity can be reduced to zero. Because of the greater thermal
performance and the reduced air leakage PU foam outperforms all other forms of cavity fill. It is a much less costly alternative to reroofing and can be applied to slates, tiles and other various roof coverings. It permanently cures the problems of nail fatigue and makes the roof much more resistant to storm or impact damage. Because it is liquid when it is applied, it seeks and seals any unwanted air leakage that may occur preventing the ingress of wind-driven rain, snow and dust and dramatically reducing heat loss. The foam also slows the deterioration of tile/slates by frost. On the underside of the covering frost damage is eliminated. On the weather side the frequency of the freezing/ thawing cycle is reduced. Slates and tiles will be less prone to damage by impact as the foam distributes the forces. When choosing a BUFCA registered installer, builders, contractors and developers can be assured of the highest standards of quality and service. www.bufca.co.uk.
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UK FIRST AS PROJECT ETOPIA COMPLETES SCHOOL FIT FOR THE FUTURE Modular smart homes and schools provider Project Etopia has completed the UK’s first modular school extension built with cost saving energy technology at Brightlingsea Primary School in Colchester, Essex. The building of modular schools comes at a crucial time with population rises putting an ever greater strain on schools, with studies revealing 1 in 5 primary schools are over capacity. The Brightlingsea project was completed from groundwork through to the installation of its pioneering technology in just 6 weeks and the exterior shell came together in just 8 hours. The nursery extension includes one classroom, a dining room, staff room, store room, toilet facilities, atrium and kitchen able to accommodate 30 students and two teachers — allowing Brightlingsea Primary School and Nursery to increase its yearly intake of pupils. The extension is in line with the learning space guidelines outlined by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). Project Etopia’s modular builds offer viable alternatives to local councils who are having to react to the increasing competition for school places, especially among schools that have been rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. The Brightlingsea Nursery extension cost around £150,000, working out at just £1,400 per square meter, excluding foundations. The site includes all of Project Etopia’s state-of-the-art intelligent building controls and the ability to generate its own electricity. A traditional timber-framed extension of a similar size, without the technology which comes as standard with Project Etopia builds, usually costs around £220,000.
Project Etopia classifies the build as ‘Energy+’, the firm’s own standard in revolutionary energy technology for buildings. With this, the school can store the additional energy it creates to be used at a later date, reducing costs to the school in the long term. Since the completion of Brightlingsea Infant School, Project Etopia has entered discussions to construct a stackable classroom unit in collaboration with Mitie and Essex County Council. Peter Robertson, Head of Projects Mitie Essex County Council, commented: “The speed and accuracy of erection of the shell was totally amazing, the end product has provided the nursery with an ultra high level of top quality accommodation and the comfort of the staff who never need to adjust the heating/cooling controls as the ambient temperature is near perfectly constant to body temperature, so the room can be enjoyed in all weathers.”
Project Etopia’s modular schools offer flexibility, because they can be extended further at any time. In the case of Brightlingsea, where space was limited, Project Etopia developed a bespoke design that reflected the specific needs of the school. Project Etopia incorporated pioneering technology including Daikin heating and ventilation, energy storage and energy generation, daylight mimicry lighting and intelligent building controls into the extension. This level of technology ensures that the extension will remain up-to-date even as modern technology evolves.
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Joseph Daniels, CEO of Project Etopia, commented: “With the population increasing at such a rapid rate it is no surprise that schools are being put under pressure with large pupil numbers in classrooms and the best schools always ending up oversubscribed. “Project Etopia can build units from scratch in less time than a school’s summer holiday, allowing local governments to confront school oversubscriptions head on and with very little disruption to teachers and pupils. “Schools shouldn’t be an active building site for over a year, distracting from education when modular builds can provide state-of-the-art learning environments with minimal impact. “Brightlingsea is a great example of how effective modular builds can be for local communities, allowing more children to be taught in high quality environments that support and aide their learning.”
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PICK EVERARD TO DELIVER MOST AMBITIOUS PROJECT IN SCHOOL’S 516-YEAR HISTORY WORK has started to deliver state-of-theart facilities as part of a new £60 million development for the King’s School – one of the largest independent day schools in the UK. Pick Everard – the independent property, construction and infrastructure consultancy – is providing full design and engineering services for the 80-acre, Derby Fields development in Macclesfield, which is expected to be completed in May 2020. The school’s current three sites will be united into one area, creating a new 16,000m2 academic building with 350 rooms, in addition to a new sports centre – which will include: a six lane, 25m swimming pool; a six-court sports hall and a dedicated indoor cricket centre. Externally, five new rugby pitches, one rounders field, two AstroTurf hockey pitches and six netball courts will be created. Duncan Green, managing partner at Pick Everard said: “We are delighted to be
working on such a major project for both the King’s School and Macclesfield as a town. We’ve been working with the school consolidating its estate onto a single site with brand new buildings so we’re pleased that work has now begun to realise this vision.” Natalie Clemson, associate director said: “As well as including fantastic educational and sporting facilities, the new building will be highly energy efficient and sustainable with a BREEAM rating of ‘very good’. It will also score highly on environmental management, responsible construction, resource efficiency, low energy and water use with a reduced carbon footprint, as well as efficient heating and lighting systems and controls, among other sustainable features.” The new development – the most ambitious project in the school’s 516-year history –will supplement, and sit adjacent to, the school’s existing Derby Fields campus. The project has been funded by the school
selling its existing two sites in Fence Avenue and Cumberland Street to housing developers, which will provide sustainable and affordable homes in the area along with retirement and assisted living options. The King’s School, which has 300 employees, provides education for more than 1,200 students from pre-school through to sixth form. Headmaster Simon Hyde added: “We are extremely keen to ensure that our legacy is a positive one both for the school and Macclesfield in general. The development of a mix of sustainable housing close to the town centre will hopefully continue to bolster the attractiveness of Macclesfield as a place to live and support the many excellent new shops and businesses currently taking root.” Pick Everard employs more than 500 staff across its 11 UK offices, providing a range of project, cost and design consultancy services.
Mick George Land £1.7m University Package Having recently secured a £250 million contract for the new University of Cambridge ‘Cavendish III Physics Laboratory’, Bouygues UK have appointed local construction specialist Mick George Ltd to begin enabling works, imminently. Located on the West Cambridge campus, Cavendish III will be a purpose-built laboratory for world-leading research for the university’s Department of Physics, bringing the large number of research groups in the department together under one roof to encourage collaboration. The project has received a funding contribution of £75 million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. Professor Andy Parker, Head of the
Cavendish Laboratory at The University of Cambridge, said: “This is an exciting step forward for the new Cavendish Laboratory, which will serve as a home for physics research at Cambridge as well as a first-rate facility for the UK as a whole. This world-class facility will meet the educational needs of future generations of students much better than is possible at our existing site and its design also facilitates public events, enabling us to continue our extensive programme of work with schools and the wider public.” With a GIA of around 354,000 sq. ft (33,000 sq. m), Cavendish III will house a range of laboratories, offices, clean rooms, workshops and multiple lecture theatres, while the independent Shared Facilities Hub, with a net area of approximately
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50,000 sq. ft (4,700 sq. m), will provide catering, collaborative teaching, meeting, study and library spaces to the West Cambridge campus. The original Cavendish Laboratory was established in the centre of Cambridge in 1874 and was named in honour of the Chancellor of the University, William Cavendish. Practitioners from the institution have been contributing to the development of science over the past 140 years, including understanding electromagnetic phenomena, the discovery of the electron, of the neutron, the unravelling of the structure of DNA, and the discovery of pulsars. The physics department moved to the new Cavendish Laboratory buildings in West Cambridge in the early 1970s.
Project News CONSTRUCTION KICKS OFF AT NEW £2.8M ENGLAND LANE ACADEMY A ground-breaking ceremony has celebrated the start of construction at a new primary school in Wakefield. Spatial Initiative – the joint venture of Styles&Wood and Extraspace Solutions – is beginning construction of England Lane Academy in Knottingley, part of Delta Academies Trust. The £2.8m project will see Initiative completely rebuild the primary academy including new classrooms, hall, support areas and external play spaces. The new school buildings will accommodate 210 pupils, and will also incorporate a 26-place nursery within the single-storey building. The new academy is part of the Department for Education’s £4.4billion Priority School Building Programme, which is rebuilding and refurbishing school buildings across the UK deemed to be most in need of renovation. Completion is expected in summer 2019, in time to welcome staff and pupils for the new academic year. Speaking at the ceremony, David Irving, associate executive principal for England Lane, said: “It’s very exciting for everyone here to see the new academy becoming a reality. The ground-breaking event celebrates the start of the building process, and pupils and staff are looking forward to seeing it take shape over the coming weeks
and months. We’re grateful to everybody involved and look forward to teaching our children in a new, state-ofthe-art school.” Sarah Morton, framework director at Initiative, said: “We’re very excited to put the first spade in the ground at England Lane. This development forms part of an important series of projects which will provide primary schools across the country with the best possible learning facilities. We know how important it is to minimise disruption and delivery time on school builds to help keep academic timetables running smoothly. Our work at England Lane has been carefully planned to allow pupils to access their new facilities as quickly as possible.” The existing school will be demolished on the opening of the new building. Spatial Initiative was formed to bring together Styles&Wood’s skills in pre-construction, fit-out and project delivery with Extraspace Solutions’ innovation in modern methods of construction. Styles&Wood is part of Extentia Group – 11 specialist businesses offering services across the full lifecycle of real estate assets – from design, project management and delivery, to optimisation, FF&E solutions and facilities management.
WSP celebrates green light for the £520m plans at London’s Ruby Triangle The London Borough of Southwark has now approved the plans for the mixed-use regeneration scheme known as the Ruby Triangle in the Old Kent Road Opportunity Area. Engineering and professional services consultants, WSP, has provided multidisciplinary support since 2017 for Avanton’s mixed-use regeneration scheme on the Old Kent Road in the London Borough of Southwark. The development will transform the site known as Ruby Triangle and provide 1,152 homes, more than 40% of which will be affordable, in buildings up to 48 storeys. It will also have supporting commercial spaces, residential and communal amenities along with a public sports hall and new publicly accessible open green space. In order to meet the ambitious targets for planning submission, WSP applied a ‘Future Ready’ thinking throughout the design process to ensure the development
is ready for the transition to increasingly widespread connected, automated and ondemand modes of transport. The transport team at WSP has been able to promote a carfree approach to the scheme, minimising impacts on local roads and helping to deliver a sustainable development which will help to meet the objectives of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy. The development will encourage cycling through the provision of ample cycle parking and the Borough’s first of its kind cycle hub in the centre of the development. It will also be re-providing an existing Enterprise-Rent-a-Car facility on site who will be responsible for running car club services. The scheme is the latest in a growing stream of projects WSP has helped Avanton deliver, most notably the new home for the Royal Academy of Dance in Wandsworth. Work on site is likely to commence in 2020.
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Welcome to The Marketplace – A New Innovation in Lead Generation The best business ideas often come from identifying processes and systems which no longer work; are out-dated or are too complicated. This is what led business partners, Jason Kay and Gareth Alexander, to launch The Marketplace – an online portal giving live and flexible access to thousands of UK construction related leads. Specialists in their field of procurement and supply chain management, with over 35 years experience in the construction industry, Jason and Gareth knew that there must be a far simpler way to access tenders and live leads, all in one place. They launched The Marketplace to provide a flexible, simple and proactive service, and offers access to opportunities that traditionally would never even be advertised (95% of planning applications are for private works). They have also changed the game plan on the cost of using the system by moving away from the traditional model of minimum term subscriptions or annual contracts – a win, win for SME’s with tight budgets and the need for a flexible approach. They began looking at how the construction industry finds leads, especially how they could help the SME market. It was clear that the systems currently available, which ‘follow’ contracts down the chain so that smaller companies can bid for sub-contracts, was seriously flawed. The companies winning these larger contracts have done this type of work many times before, that’s how they grew to the size they are. This means that they generally already have their
We have shown that The Marketplace process works and generates a steady stream of work opportunities direct to the clients’ inbox every week. By using our planning leads database, you will know about opportunities before they go to tender/quote, allowing you to get to know the clients before they are even looking for your services. supply chain in place, so when the smaller companies inquire about the sub-contract work, it’s usually too late, the work has already been dished out. Jason explains further benefits of how The Marketplace takes a different approach. “We have shown that The Marketplace process works and generates a steady stream of work opportunities direct to the clients’ inbox every week. By using our planning leads database, you will know about opportunities before they go to tender/ quote, allowing you to get to know the clients before they are even looking for your services. This pro-active approach means they will already know you when they are ready to buy and will ask you to price the work. All without becoming that annoying and often desperate ‘salesperson’. How many times have you driven by a job, wishing you’d had the chance to quote? Building contacts with the right people, mastering the ‘know, like and trust’ process is vital. One of the principal ways this system differs from existing services, other than by drawing everything together in one place, is that it includes archived records of planning applications so you can see where previously completed works such as a ten-year-old housing development, for example, may present new opportunities for the entrepreneurial contractor.”
The system has been designed to be easy to use and by clicking on the ‘common-sense’ filters, users can adapt their search and drill down into the thousands of records on the Marketplace database. Take a simple search for conservatories that are more than 10 years old for example, that could bring up nuggets of information for a potential demand for a builder, electrician, furniture supplier, reflective heat film supplier and so on.
One of the principal ways this system differs from existing services, other than by drawing everything together in one place, is that it includes archived records of planning applications so you can see where previously completed works such as a ten-year-old housing development, for example, may present new opportunities for the entrepreneurial contractor. The Marketplace portal offers lowcost national access to the entire system on a rolling monthly basis for as long as you wish with a 7-day no quibble money back guarantee for all new users. Quarterly and annual subscriptions are also available.
To find out more, go to http://bit.ly/ConmagUK or call The Market Place on 01652 631510.
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The publication provides an extensive look at breaking news, analysis, features, projects, product launches, discussions and interviews from...
Published on Dec 18, 2018
The publication provides an extensive look at breaking news, analysis, features, projects, product launches, discussions and interviews from...