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Foster + Partners to build China Merchants Bank HQ in Shenzhen





AED670 million joint venture resort takes shape at Deira Islands


9 Bid Trends for 2019


Stay Safe at Height This Winter

JCS: Putting your money where your mouth is

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Contents February 2019


No deal and Immigration White Paper are damaging to construction


Construction workers warned to prepare for harsh winter


Stephen George + Partners sees warehouse development completed


BakerHicks to support regeneration of Coventry cultural landmark


GRAHAM wins £25 million Gramophone Works design and build contract


Schöck wrapped parapets solution for Grade 1 listed rebuild


Making easy work of hard goods removal


App launched to support Construction Worker’s Mental Health


BAFSA: Did sprinkler legislation stop new housebuilding?


Heightsafe Systems: Stay Safe at Height This Winter


JCS: Putting your money where your mouth is


Mock Trial helps construction team master health and safety challenges


McCann paves the way for future success


Rem & Sellar celebrate 26-storey Shard Palace “topping out”

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Britain’s high health and safety standards must be protected after Brexit, demands British Safety Council The British Safety Council reiterates its demand that the UK’s withdrawal from the EU must not in any way erode the progress made in the UK over the last four decades on workplace health, safety and welfare standards, together with the protection of worker’s rights and product safety. The adoption of EU directives into the UK legislative framework has been instrumental in the continual improvement in these areas, resulting in dramatic reductions in workplace fatalities and injuries, as well as enhanced recognition of occupational health issues. Lawrence Waterman, Chairman of the British Safety Council, said: “The

government has repeatedly stated that there are safeguards for employment protections in the backstop – the legally binding Withdrawal Agreement’s arrangements that will be triggered and hold sway until all parties agree to a comprehensive trade policy. However, in Parliament, in answer to some probing questions, the Attorney General Geoffrey Cox admitted on Monday 3 December that these clauses are ‘not enforceable’. “The politicians, who brought us the assertion that ‘health and safety is a burden on business’ and a commitment to destroy health and safety culture, are now going back on their previous declaration that employment rights and environmental protections are safeguarded under their deal due to the

presence of non-regression clauses. It has now been admitted that these clauses are not enforceable internationally by the EU institutions or by the arbitration mechanisms under the Withdrawal Agreement, claiming that this gave the UK ‘regulatory flexibility’ during the backstop. “This reinforces the British Safety Council’s view that we shall need to watch developments closely to protect hardwon worker protections. We call on other champions of health and safety, such as RoSPA and IOSH, to join with us and others to ensure that our high standards in workplace health and safety are defended whatever the outcome of the shambolic Brexit process.”

Construction SMEs are being left behind by off-site solutions The House of Lords will debate the Science and Technology Committee’s report ”Offsite Manufacture in Construction: Building for Change” which, among other concerns, cites a need to improve the productivity of the industry. Lord Mair has said that the principal barrier to off-site manufacturing becoming widespread in the construction industry is fragmentation and lack of collaboration. Identifying ”presumption in favour” of off-site development in five government departments, the Baron of Cambridge would like the Government to give the policy more teeth. The resulting uptake of this process can help transform construction and tackle major problems such as an

ageing workforce, low productivity and more regional jobs outside large urban areas. The National Federation of Builders (NFB) welcomes the debate because off-site has a lot to offer construction, but it remains concerned by the lack of focus on 99% of the construction industry, our small and medium sized businesses (SMEs). Lord Mair correctly identified the planning process as a major barrier to improving the uptake of off-site manufacturing, but stops short of recognising that 99% of the industry experience low productivity. This means they are unable to invest in off-site because the planning process stifles their business growth.

The Building for Change report also ignores this fact, despite multiple reports over the last decade identifying planning as the major barrier for SME business growth. Richard Beresford, chief executive of the NFB, said: “We cannot rush into solutions without understanding the wider problems that the industry faces. Making planning easier for big companies will further fragment the industry and slow the widespread adoption of off-site construction. “An ageing workforce is also cited as a reason for change, yet SMEs, who train 66% of construction workers, build less than a third of the UK’s homes. ‘Building for Change’ did not report this, or recognise that SMEs are our predominant rural employer.”

No deal and Immigration White Paper are damaging to construction Leaving the EU without a deal would be more catastrophic for the construction industry than the financial crisis of 2008 The National Federation of Builders (NFB) believes that leaving the EU without a deal would be more catastrophic for the construction industry than the financial crisis of 2008, when it lost more than 250,000 skilled workers On 18 December, the Government set aside £2 billion to step up preparations for leaving the EU without a deal on 29 March 2019. And cabinet ministers agreed that businesses should begin preparing their no-deal contingency plans. The Government will be sending 140,000

letters to businesses and put 3,500 troops on standby. A no-deal Brexit would make life harder for SME house builders and regional contractors at a time when the country is suffering from an acute skills shortage and a chronic housing crisis. The Government is also making the situation worse with its Immigration White Paper. The paper’s proposals would impose an annual salary threshold of £30,000 for immigrants in low-skilled trades, among which it includes construction. Richard Beresford, chief executive of the NFB, said: “Construction businesses need

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stability and, with 100 days from Brexit, the Government seems to be working toward providing the exact opposite. A no-deal Brexit would not only make it harder for SME house builders to grow and prosper, but would make it impossible to build 800 homes a day and train the skilled workers of tomorrow.” Monika Slowikowska, director of NFB member company Golden Homes, said: “Telling businesses to prepare for nodeal while launching policies that would undermine construction, among other sectors, is setting the industry up to fail. The Government needs to work much harder to deliver a Brexit which provides certainty to business.”

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CONSTRUCTION WORKERS WARNED TO PREPARE FOR HARSH WINTER With recent long range weather forecasts suggesting the UK could be facing the coldest winter for almost a decade, roof systems manufacturer Marley is urging construction workers to get prepared for freezing winter temperatures. Bitterly cold weather, ice and shorter periods of daylight mean there is a much greater risk of accidents on construction sites during the winter months. As well as the risk of slips and falls, prolonged exposure to the cold can cause construction workers to suffer from more colds, bronchitis, asthma, painful joints and fatigue. In extreme cases, workers outside for long periods, without the right protection, could even suffer hypothermia and frostbite. Pete Flynn, health and safety advisor at Marley, explains: “While heavy snowfall usually brings work to a standstill, even the smallest amount of snow or ice can create major hazards and health risks on building sites. It is important that all construction workers understand the hazards of working in winter and know what precautions to take when cold weather sets in. Builders and subcontractors must carry out their own thermal risk assessments and take appropriate action to protect their employees.”

So, how should construction workers prepare for winter weather? For managers / supervisors… 1. Monitor the weather forecast so you can anticipate and be prepared for poor weather conditions. Carry out a risk assessment every day to check it is safe to work and conditions haven’t changed. Pay particular attention to working at height platforms and do not work on roofs in icy conditions - this is a requirement of the Working at Height Regulations 2005. 2. Make sure workers are trained on winter hazards and ensure they have the appropriate PPE. 3. Limit worker exposure to cold through job rotation and provide plenty of breaks in heated areas with hot drinks available. For site workers… 1. Make sure you are wearing the right PPE and extra clothing suitable for the job and the weather conditions. This usually involves using several layers of clothing, as well as waterproofs or wind resistant fabrics where necessary.

Also, choose water resistant footwear, with enhanced slip resistance or ice grips if required. 2. Wear gloves when fine manual dexterity is not required and the temperature drops below 4°C. 3. Cold weather increases the risk of hand-arm vibration syndrome, so keep your hands and arms warm when using vibratory equipment such as drills, nails guns and even hand tools, such as hammers. 4. Choose hats that work with safety headgear and don’t compromise any eye or hearing protection. 5. Be aware of the symptoms of cold exposure – heavy shivering, uncomfortable coldness, numbness, aching, severe fatigue, confusion, drowsiness and/or euphoria. 6. With reduced daylight hours, visibility can be a problem, so wear reflective PPE. 7. Take breaks in heated areas and drink plenty of fluids, including water and warm beverages. 8. Report any hazardous areas to the site manager and do not put yourself at risk just to complete a job.

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Workplace wellbeing – is it working? Employee wellbeing is being compromised by a lack of understanding of how to implement effective programmes, reveals the latest research from the British Safety Council. Only one in six (17 per cent) organisations evaluate the impact of their health and wellbeing initiatives (source: CIPD). In nearly two thirds of companies (63 per cent), other priorities take precedence over employees’ wellbeing (source: Britain’s Healthiest Workplace survey). 28% of SME leaders think their companies are too small to take employee health and wellbeing seriously. A third (32%) of them thought health and wellbeing was the domain of large businesses (source: Bupa 2015 survey).

programmes and policies. The report, which is a comprehensive review of the existing literature and market intelligence, is a call to action for employers in Britain to place the wellbeing needs of their workers at the top of the executive agenda. Lawrence Waterman, Chairman of the British Safety Council, said: “Discussions about health and wellbeing permeate our daily lives, whether it’s the accessibility of good clinical care, the stresses of modern living or the importance of physical activity and good nutrition. They are supported by common beliefs: work sometimes contributes to ill health; the workplace can provide an environment where good health can be promoted; and everyone should play a role in encouraging and protecting good health and wellbeing.

The main reasons for this situation are the difficulties of defining wellbeing, selecting the best tools for assessing wellbeing programmes and measuring the cost-effectiveness of these interventions. Inadequate people skills of many line managers and low priority given by them to employee wellbeing are also important factors.

“Too often, unlike the highly professional approach applied to risk assessment and risk control, wellbeing efforts have been marked by a combination of real enthusiasm and commitment married to a woeful ignorance of what will make a difference. This positivity could dissipate into incoherent programmes of free bananas and occasional ‘health weeks’, featuring Indian head massage and aromatherapy.

Responding to these challenges, the British Safety Council has published a report Not just free fruit: wellbeing at work. The report defines wellbeing in the workplace and suggests a set of metrics for effectively measuring wellbeing

“The Wellbeing at work report represents the British Safety Council’s contribution to establishing rigorous, evidence-based workplace interventions which enhance the wellbeing of everyone involved. It calls for commitment, clear thinking and effective

ENGINEERING SECTOR’S ASTONISHING GENDER PAY GAP Research conducted by one of the UK’s largest accountants has revealed that men in engineering earn up to 30% more than women in the same roles.

been shocking. This information now highlights the genuine impact that this can have not only on employees but their families and long-term prospects.”

Hemel Hempstead-based SJD accountants has analysed salaries of both male and females in the sector revealing some astonishing figures. According to the analysis females with job titles such as mechanical engineer or maintenance engineer earn almost a third less than males with the same occupation.

The gender pay gap has been an increasingly important and developing conversation for a number of years within the media and government. Increasing pressure has been put on businesses to disclose their gender pay gaps and redress the balance to aim for more equal pay.

Derek Kelly, CEO of Optionis which owns SJD Accountancy said: “The gender pay gap has been a topic of increasing conversation, putting the difference in salary into real terms has

The survey by SJD Accountancy saw more than a 1,000 contractors questioned, and data gathered on their salaries to create a better picture of which sectors are closing the gap and which are still struggling to find parity.

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action, not only to make our workplaces healthy and safe, but also to make a tangible impact on improving the lives of all workers.” The report makes several recommendations to employers for creating and evaluating workplace wellbeing programmes, including the following proposals: 1.

Employees must be given the opportunity to participate in the creation and development of initiatives designed to improve their own health and wellbeing.


Line managers must be appropriately trained in mental health awareness and the relevant support mechanisms, so that they have the confidence to communicate with employees in a caring and sensitive manner.


Organisations should evaluate the impact and efficacy of their health and wellbeing interventions on a regular basis, to ensure that they adapt and respond to the changing needs of their workers.


Workers’ wellbeing is linked to job quality, which is expressed through a healthy working environment, fair wages, strong relationships with managers and colleagues, job design, a degree of responsibility and authority, workload, working hours, and career development prospects.

9 Bid Trends for 2019

Andrew Morrison Managing Director AM Bid

It’s a brave person who would confidently state what 2019 will bring! While no-one can be certain of the exact impacts of all the possible political, economic, societal, technological, legal and environmental changes, what is certain is that 2019 will bring some of the most challenging conditions for business since the last recession of 200809. Business works better with a degree of certainty and the trading environment is now more uncertain than it has been for a long time. What will the likely impacts be for bidding within the construction industry? Here is my take on some of the main ones: 1. Brexit uncertainties Following the Brexit vote in June 2016, there was an immediate impact on the currency markets which affected both the cost of imported materials and the attractiveness of the UK for EU national labour. Continuing uncertainties about the eventual outcome of Brexit including the prospect of a “neverendum” situation will likely impact on both buyer willingness to go to market and bidder appetite for fixed price contracts. Expect to see both buyers and bidders focussing on the change control provisions of contracts to try to mitigate some of the potential downsides of currency and labour market fluctuations. 2. Access to finance Some Tier 1 contractors are facing financial difficulties. The aftermath of the Carillion collapse is continuing to be felt, especially in the construction sector. Some lenders are looking to reduce their exposure not just to the main contractors but also to the supply chain partners of these large contractors. We may see more company failures if access to finance becomes a more enduring issue – when the tide of borrowed money goes out, we will find out who was swimming with no trunks on! Of course, this also presents opportunities for well-capitalised, well-run SMEs to move to first tier position on manageable contracts. This accords with the UK Government’s aspiration of 33% of procurement spend to be with SME businesses by 2022. 3. Payment Terms There is now a greater focus on payment terms throughout the supply chain. The public sector is wakening up to the problems caused both by themselves if they are late in paying (not such a common issue now) and if the large contractors are slow at paying their supply chain. For example, we are seeing more invitations to tender expecting to see membership of the Prompt Payment Code. SME businesses will also be able to report slow-paying main contractors to the public sector who may begin to start excluding the late payers from contract awards. 4. Grenfell Tower The Inquiry is likely to publish some reports which will have something to say about the

“value engineering” that took place to bring down the original tendered prices … with the well-known disastrous consequences. Greater emphasis on technical specifications, materials testing, health, safety and risk will all feature on construction, refurbishment and energy efficiency projects. There is a likely to be a move away from generic method statement type questions to more site specific responses being required at the bid stage for projects. This will necessitate buyers giving bidders more access to information and more time on site visits. 5. Ageing Workforce & Skills Shortages The construction sector, in particular, is highlighting the double whammy of an ageing workforce and skills shortages. These issues are likely to impact over time on contract delivery. Organisations that can attract and retain a young workforce are likely to score well in bid processes as they can provide some evidence / pointers on delivery capability. Making a career in the construction industry attractive to Millennials and Generation Z does present some challenges particularly as younger people switch jobs and careers more often than earlier generations – however, this is where the next trend of innovation could be of some assistance. 6.

Modern Methods of Construction and Innovation There are ambitious house building targets both in the public and private sectors. We are seeing growing interest from buyers in off site manufacture as well as BIM and BREEAM. Compared to many other sectors, the construction sector has not been an early adopter of technological change … however, the pace of change now seems inexorable. Achieving efficiencies in time and spend will be of greater importance in a rising prices scenario.

8. Outsourcing Bidding This is a growing trend with many bidders seeing the value of bringing in specialists who bring valuable external perspectives to their strategic bids. In-house teams can also be strengthened by bringing in additional external resource to cover busy periods. This is particularly important for SME businesses looking to move from being sub-contractors to winning contracts in their own right, where they will be up against larger bidders with inhouse bid teams. 9. Procurement Rules There will be some changes if there is a no deal Brexit with the UK Government planning to set up a new UK e-notification service if access to OJEU/TED is closed off to UK public sector bodies. Access to OJEU would be the main difference rather than expecting to see immediate changes to the Public Procurement Regulations which are already enshrined in UK law. Future trade with the EU and other countries will depend on having robust procurement arrangements in place and there does not currently appear to be any appetite for wholescale changes to procurement arrangements. While all eyes will be on what’s happening (or not happening) with Brexit, this article has highlighted that there are also other important issues which will affect bid trends for 2019. As ex-Prime Minister Harold Wilson once remarked: “A week is a long time in politics” and writing this as we begin 2019, his comment seems more prescient than ever! Website: www.ambid.co.uk Phone: 0800 043 0495 Email: info@ambid.co.uk

7. Added Value As budgets get tighter, buyers are looking to added value within bids as a way of getting something extra. Monetising your added value benefits is important to demonstrate the financial value; of course, there can be other benefits too e.g. social value.

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Project News BRITCON TO BUILD 68,000 SQ FT SCHEME IN HEREFORD Commercial property developer Priority Space has appointed building and civil engineering Company Britcon to deliver a 68,000 sq ft industrial and office development over two phases at Centenary Park in Hereford. Centenary Park is a £6 million collaboration with Herefordshire County Council to deliver sixty new SME units at Skylon Park, a 110-acre business site located in the Hereford Enterprise Zone. The project is the largest speculative industrial and office investment in Hereford since the 1950’s.

Britcon is now on-site delivering phase one which includes 17,000 sq ft of industrial space for completion early 2019 and 18,000 sq ft of offices which will be ready by Spring 2019. The scheme will be the most sustainable buildings ever constructed within the Enterprise Zone with the benefit of solar PV and electric car charging points. Paul Clarkson, Managing Director at Britcon said, “We are pleased to secure this major contract with Priority Space which is building a strong portfolio of commercial

property investments across the UK. We have already successfully completed three previous design and build projects with the team and look forward to cementing our relationship further with Skylon Park.” Britcon’s commercial sector experience includes the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Sheffield, Markham Vale in Chesterfield, Treleigh Industrial Estate in Cornwall, and Langage Science Park in Plymouth. Established for more than 30 years, Britcon is £47 million turnover business headquartered in Scunthorpe and directly employs 110 people on its project sites across the UK. Key contracts secured in the last 12 month includes Key contracts secured in the last 12 months include a £5 million project for McCain Foods, a £13.5 million contract to deliver a new anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Dagenham for food waste recycler ReFood (UK) Ltd, a series of new developments, extensions and refurbishment projects valued in total over £20 million for Lidl, and contracts worth over £4 million for global chemicals business Kemira.

Stephen George + Partners sees landmark warehouse development completed Stephen George + Partners LLP (SGP) has completed work on two Grade A warehouse units at Leicester Commercial Park, Lubbesthorpe. The £15.75 million project for global industrial property group, Goodman, includes a 336,635 sq ft distribution warehouse with three-storey offices totalling 12,922 sq ft and a 95,978 sq ft warehouse unit with 8,813 sq ft of office space across two floors. Says Kenny Leadbeater, Associate at SGP: “Goodman took this strategically located logistics site to market and developed the brief from the established need for larger units. “The two buildings are landmarks, providing a

dynamic entrance to the park and setting the tone for this high quality development.” SGP’s design balanced the client’s brief with local planning requirements. Although the site is bounded north to south by the M1 motorway, the east of the site has views to Enderby Hall private apartments across an open Park. To lessen the visual impact of the warehouses, the buildings have been clad in vertical stripes, to provide a dynamic pattern when viewed close up, but from afar the checker pattern emulates the “patchwork” character of the horizon and reduces the perceived volume of the buildings. A tree covered landscape bund further softens the views.

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SGP’s design placed the offices on the corners of the main building, addressing the spine road to add interest and aid wayfinding. Projecting out to emphasise the changing of volume, the offices use different materials - timber and glass - to the warehouses but keep the vertical aesthetic. SGP has developed the usual corporate branding of a ‘Goodman Green’ flashing around the front office entrance by pulling this out and away from the main building to create an empty canopy feature. Both units have been developed to a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ specification and an EPC ‘A’ rating.

Project News

Nakheel’s AED670 million joint venture resort takes shape at Deira Islands Master developer Nakheel and Spain’s RIU Hotels & Resorts’ AED670 million, 800room beachfront resort and water park is taking shape at Deira Islands, with all accommodation floors almost complete, and roofing work under way. Façade and installation work at the nine-storey property – the first international hospitality joint venture for Nakheel and the first allinclusive 4-star family beach resort in Dubai – will begin early next year, the master developer said.

corridors and 800 rooms is ahead of schedule while outside, the resort’s three swimming pools and restaurant and amenity buildings are well under way.

Inside the property, floor tiling in the

Located on a prime seafront plot at

Under the joint venture, Nakheel and RIU Hotels & Resorts are delivering a new hospitality concept for Dubai: 4-star, family-orientated, all-inclusive beachfront accommodation. The resort, RIU’s first in the region, is one of the emirate’s largest in terms of rooms.

Nakheel’s new, 15.3 sq km Deira Islands coastal city, the resort features seven food and beverage outlets, three pools, a fitness complex, children’s club and water park. Two major new Nakheel projects – The Night Market and Deira Mall – are nearby. Deira Islands, where Nakheel has invested more than AED8.8 billion in infrastructure and project construction so far, will add 40km of coastline to Dubai. The development is expected to have a population of 250,000, and create 80,000 jobs.

R&M Williams delivering new housing development in Narbeth A development of high-quality homes is being built in the Narbeth area, with local construction firm R&M Williams already starting work on the site. The Maes Yr Orsaf development will contain 19 four-bedroom properties and will comprise of private and affordable social housing, with work due for completion in 2019. Darryn Parry, managing director of R&M Williams said on the project: “We’re delighted to be providing new-build housing for residents in Narbeth this year. This is a highly sought after area for homeowners, particularly with the reputation Narbeth has for being a shopper’s haven and being so well connected to Haverfordwest, Tenby, Cardigan and Carmarthen. The development will also be within close reach of Canaston Woods, which offers residents a wealth of opportunity for walking, cycling and horse riding so we expect that there will be high demand once the properties are open for occupancy.” The properties at Maes Yr Orsaf are set to be laid out over two floors, with three bedrooms on the second floor and the master bedroom in the attic with en suite attached. Each property will be valued between £210-

£240k and will be available for sale from 2019. Darryn added: “This is a great opportunity for more families to enjoy everything that Narbeth has to offer. The development of Maes Yr Orsaf has been designed to help provide quality, affordable housing for people in Pembrokeshire and attract new residents to the community. We’re very much looking forward to breaking ground on the project today.”

R&M Williams is an award winning house builder which has construction, maintenance, development, mechanical and electrical installation, as well painting and decorating divisions, has experience across an extensive range of sectors and was recognised for its services to construction this year, earning a Local Authority Building Control Building Excellence Award and a silver Considerate Constructors National Site Award for its work on the Urban Quarter.

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Project News MARTIN-BROOKS BRINGS LISTED LINCOLN HOME BACK TO LIFE Heritage roofing specialists at Sheffieldbased Martin-Brooks have helped transform a dilapidated former boys’ home in Lincoln into a modern centre of learning. The firm has completely reroofed grade II listed St Hugh’s, 23 Newport House, near the city centre as part of a project to create a new science laboratory for the city’s university. Working with main contractors, Woodhead Heritage, Martin-Brooks used salvaged Welsh slate and clay pantiles to recover the pitched roofs on the imposing structure, which dates from the late 18th century. All leadwork was also renewed by the firm’s craftsmen and new conservation windows installed. The project took eight weeks to complete. St Hugh’s is believed to stand on the site of an Augustinian friary and may

contain fragments of medieval walling in its foundations. The property was most notably opened by the Church of England Waifs and Strays Society as a home for boys in 1896, accommodating 36 seven to 12-year-olds. By the 1960s, it had become a hostel and it was eventually closed in 1972. Since then, it has been used as office accommodation, but most recently had fallen into disrepair. Martin-Brooks is no stranger to the ancient architecture in Lincoln, concluding a fouryear project on the castle’s prison block in 2014. It included installing a sand cast lead

roof on a state-of-the-art subterranean building constructed in the former exercise yard to mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.

NEW £5 MILLION VISITOR CENTRE COMPLETES IN SHERWOOD FOREST ONE of the country’s most iconic, natural landmarks, Sherwood Forest, has benefited from a new visitor centre which will accommodate the forest’s 350,000 annual visitors. The Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre was completed by Woodhead Construction and designed by JDDK Architects. The national building services consultancy Building Services Design (BSD) provided mechanical and electrical engineering (M&E) services for the project and was appointed by Kartar Consulting – which provided employers agent and quantity surveying services. The new centre is run by an RSPB-led consortium, working together with Nottinghamshire County Council. Chris O’Boyle, associate director at BSD, said: “The amazing new visitor centre is a predominantly wooden building, which required entirely exposed services. This meant that we had to create a design that was conscious of the overall aesthetic; considering both the centre itself as well as the surroundings. Sherwood Forest is obviously a site of significant natural importance, so we needed to design a building that was both visually appealing as well as practically functioning. We managed this by ensuring that all high-level services followed the curvature of the building, particularly the high-level containment which houses the electrical cable. The roof has a unique, curved shape which means the containment baskets are more prominent and act as feature of the internal space.”

area, retail space and a double height atrium which houses the centre’s café with views out over the forest. The design also includes a ‘changing place facility’ which is specifically designed for disabled people and wheelchair users, with the inclusion of hoists and handrails. “It was important for the client that the building was also as environmentally friendly as possible,” continued Chris. “We completed a considerable amount of thermal modelling to make sure that it achieved its required ‘B’ energy rating. As the site is quite tight, we installed air source heat pumps – rather than ground heat pumps – which is just as environmentally friendly but requires much less space and means that the required heating and hot water is available

The 560m2 gross internal area (GIA) of the building boasts: a contemporary reception

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on demand. We’re incredibly proud to have been part of such a transformative project, which I’m sure will be a well-used and widelyenjoyed facility for the RSPB and Sherwood Forest’s visitors.” Ross Frazer, project manager at RSPB said: “Our remit was to provide a modern gateway to the ancient forest here and I’m delighted with the building we’ve created. We had to make something special which was befitting of this legendary place, and are thankful to BSD for the important part they played in helping us all achieve this.” This project was procured through Scape Venture, a collaborative procurement consultancy, which supports the private sector and charities achieve best value in their programmes of work.


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BAKERHICKS TO SUPPORT REGENERATION OF COVENTRY CULTURAL LANDMARK BakerHicks to provide civil and structural engineering for regeneration of Belgrade Theatre BakerHicks, the Warwick based multidisciplinary design and engineering company, will deliver a range of innovative civil and structural engineering solutions over two phases to support the regeneration of the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry in 2019. With an overall brief to engineer significant improvements to the existing theatre to attract new visitors whilst still appealing to its traditional audiences, BakerHicks is working closely with architects Corstorphine & Wright and consultants Tandem Projects to make their vision a reality.

engineer on the project for BakerHicks, does not underestimate the scale of the task ahead: “Working safely and efficiently in the tight confines of an existing building where there is limited space will be a test for our teams,” he said. “The structural alterations being discussed will require an innovative approach and close consultation to deliver a result worthy of such an historic building. As a local company ourselves, we are delighted to be helping to bring the theatre to life.” Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre was built in 1958 and is very much a building of its

time with liberal use of heavy concrete and brutal architecture. A prominent and well-known destination in the city centre, the building is Grade II Listed, adding another layer to the challenge of its regeneration. Close attention is being paid to retaining and re-using existing fixtures and fittings as far as possible. The theatre last underwent major refurbishment in 2007 and is one of the largest regional producing theatres in the UK. Website: www.bakerhicks.com

This vision includes the upgrade and refurbishment of theatre’s main auditorium, café, restaurant and front of house areas, to provide visitors with an improved experience and allow for the stage area to be more easily adapted for different performances. The design will also support the theatre’s sustainability requirements, incorporating a number of highly sustainable features to improve the theatre’s carbon footprint. Coventry will become the City of Culture in 2021 and is undergoing substantial regeneration of its city centre. Significant investment has already been made in new student accommodation, hotels and retail premises, the theatre management recognises the importance of harnessing these investments to maximise their own revenues and opportunities. Although it is still early days, Steve Pinnegar, the lead civil and structural

The structural alterations being discussed will require an innovative approach and close consultation to deliver a result worthy of such an historic building. As a local company ourselves, we are delighted to be helping to bring the theatre to life.

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Awards News Moores receives gold accreditation from Constructionline Moores is delighted to announce it has received gold accreditation from Construc-tionline. Constructionline is the UK’s largest supply chain and procurement organisa-tion within the housebuilder sector. Constructionline is used by major UK developers such as Balfour Beatty and Wates as a way of checking that suppliers like Moores kitchens comply with the strictest standards expected from the industry. With the Constructionline Gold award comes the assurance for developers and buyers that Moores has been subjected to – and passed - increased scrutiny of its governance and risk management, as well as proving the strictest compliance with Health and Safety legislation Environmental Management, Quality Management, Equalities and Diversity.

Rising star scoops Mecalac accolade Mecalac Construction Equipment UK Ltd (MCEUK), has awarded its 2018 Construction Equipment Shield to a star student from Harper Adams University.

Gold Membership requires a strict process of due diligence where suppliers have to submit a significant amount of evidence to be validated and prequalified with requirements appropriate to work in Public and Private sector procurement. Constructionline is a highly-regarded seal of approval from the industry.”

The award recognises academic excellence for students enrolled on the BSc (Hons) Off-Road Vehicle Design course at the university. Nick Finlay (23) from Tranent, East Lothian, received the shield following his final year project, which saw the student design and install a safety system for an all-electric quad bike. The award reflects the long-standing relationship between the two parties. This also includes a 12-month placement scheme for second-year students at the Mecalac manufacturing facility in Coventry, UK. From new product development and factory operations management to equipment testing and industry research, each successful scheme applicant gets hands-on training experience across a range of roles within the business, developing practical skills to support their academic studies. The award was presented by Steve Price, Engineering Manager (site dumpers) at Mecalac. Price commented: “Congratulations to Nick, whose impressive performance, both in grades and in his final year project, made him the very worthy recipient of this year’s award.

Emma Warrington, Tenders and Contracts Manager for Moores comments: “We are delighted to have received this accreditation. To achieve

“We are very proud of this academic partnership and of the opportunity it presents to build relationships with the rising engineering stars of tomorrow. “Since partnering with Harper Adams in 2013, we have helped numerous students gain valuable experience in equipment production as part of our internship programme, with the aim of encouraging and fostering new engineering talent in this area. “Indeed, we have even recruited one of the programme’s very first students as a full-time team member. We look forward to continuing to inspire the next generation in this way for many years to come.”

SUCCESS FOR TREMCO ILLBRUCK AT ASFP AWARDS The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) announced the winners of the annual Passive Fire Protection Industry Awards at a ceremony in London recently. Award categories included innovation, installation and individual contribution to the industry. tremco illbruck is delighted that Ian Outram, Technical Manager, Passive Fire Protection Solution division, won the Advocate of the Year award. The award recognises an individual’s work in raising awareness, educating and

promoting high quality passive fire protection by demonstrating that they are a major advocate of high quality installed PFP. Ian has vast experience in assisting customers in dealing with the rapidly evolving regulatory landscape, providing best practise advice on site and guiding specifiers and main contractors to the most appropriate solutions. Ian received his award from BBC Business TV presenter, Steph McGovern, and ASFP COO, Niall Rowan.

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Shanco provides top class groundworks solution for modular school schemes in Oldham

Located on the outskirts of Solihull, Blythe Valley Park is an established 2 million square feet master planned campus for businesses and employees, with over 122 acres of beautiful parkland. The park has 500,000 square feet left to be developed, and the latest project to complete was a campus of five high specification industrial / distribution units.

Groundworks and civil engineering specialist, Shanco, has been appointed by modular construction specialists Extraspace Solutions for groundworks with a combined value of £1million to help two schools in Oldham increase their capacity and improve their facilities.

The award winning developer, IM Properties, invested over £26 million in the new ‘Connexion’ scheme and needed to source the right suppliers to carry out the work on the high-quality project. The brand-new campus of units range from 30,000 sq ft to 56,500 sq ft, with two units already let to Gymshark and Hofer Powertrain products. So, when it came to selecting a professional manufacturer, leading door manufacturer, Hörmann UK, was the partner of choice. Understanding the requirements of large warehouses and distribution centres, Hörmann was able to provide the site with products from their award-winning range of loading bay technology. As a result, the

business supplied and fitted 13 dock bays, 11 level access doors and 29 fire escape doors. With the ability to customise requirements to suit clients’ needs, Hörmann worked closely with IM Properties project delivery team to tailor a solution suitable for them. This led the company to ensure four of the dock bays were adapted for double deck bays and the level access doors were also fitted out with full panoramic vision windows. Projects director at Hörmann, Tom Langley, was delighted when IM Properties selected Hörmann to undertake work on Connexion. He commented: “The Blythe Valley Park Connexion scheme was an exciting project for us to take on and being part of the very first industrial and logistics space on this site is something we’re proud of. We hope that the space will continue to appeal to a variety of business sectors. We also hope that IM Properties will consider us their partner of choice for future projects.”

Supporting specialist modular contractor Extraspace Solutions, Shanco has won the two new projects following successful completion of a similar scheme in Oldham at Northmoor Academy. Early engagement with Extraspace Solutions and existing, well-established supply chain relationships will benefit the projects from both a planning and technical perspective and will help ensure the critical programme requirements of the schools are achieved. A requirement for additional student capacity at Oldham Academy North in Royton has led to a £5million state of the art modular construction project with units installed on a redundant greenfield site in the school grounds. Greenfield Primary School is also no longer large enough to meet demand for placements in the catchment area, leading to the construction of a replacement modular school building on a nearby site. The existing school will then be demolished to make way for new sports facilities.

GRAHAM wins £25 million Gramophone Works design and build contract GRAHAM has won the £25 million design and build contract for Phase 2 of The Gramophone Works, a new commercial campus in Kensal Rise, London. Once home to Saga Records and at the forefront of London’s reggae scene, the 20th century buildings are being developed by Resolution Property to make way for up to 85,000 sq ft of contemporary workspace by the Grand Union Canal. Phase one of the redevelopment, which has completed, features 20,000 sq ft of office space, communal terrace and four outside terraces.

As part of the second phase, GRAHAM will deliver an additional 65,000 sq ft of contemporary workspace across five floors, with some of the upper offices benefitting from 6,500 sq ft of rooftop access space. There will also be a new shared reception/ event space and canal side café, as well as a cycle hub with 130 spaces.

improvements will include a louvred rooftop plant enclosure, green roof and photovoltaic solar panel installation. Mechanical and engineering works include the installation of a new plant including a generator room and sub-station. Internally, new suspended ceiling lights and heating and cooling systems will be fitted throughout.

GRAHAM will adapt and refurbish the existing Gramophone Works building to create the new commercial campus. A fourstorey timber extension above the building will be installed with new brick and glazed façades added to all elevations, while other

Mark Owen, Head of Development at Resolution Property, said: “This is a major office project that will further establish this part of West London as a growth area for new and existing businesses. We are pleased to be working with GRAHAM to deliver such a

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Project News For both schools, Shanco will demonstrate a wide range of technical capabilities in ground work and civil engineering. Works will commence with investigations to ascertain the existing ground conditions, followed by ground stabilisation and installation of a piling mat to support the additional weight of piling rigs. Shanco will then install the foundations and the ground beams, and undertake new drainage works.

We have worked in close collaboration with Shanco over a number of months and their technical input has been very valuable in developing the right solution for each school. Once the modular units have been successfully installed by Extraspace Solutions, Shanco will complete the finishing works and external landscaping to provide a high-quality overall finish. Shanco has appointed piling company, M&D Foundations, to assist with the works and will coordinate all activities across both projects to manage the programme effectively and ensure on time completion. Logistical challenges will include the management of construction traffic to ensure both schools can operate as normal throughout the project with minimal disruption. For Oldham Academy North, Shanco has assisted Extraspace Solutions with Council planning requirements to provide a new site entrance and has developed the site traffic management plan to coordinate all traffic movements and deliveries outside of school drop off and pick up times. For Greenfield Primary School, the only site access available is near the existing school entrance, so careful control over all construction traffic will remain critical throughout.

and ensuring every Oldham school is ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by 2020. These two projects are part of our £37 million investment in improving school facilities and meeting the growing demand for places.” James Southall, Extraspace Solutions commented: “Choosing a modular solution over a traditional build means the schools will benefit from a faster and more efficient construction programme which can result in cost savings, and increased quality due to offsite manufacture in a controlled environment. “We have worked in close collaboration with

Shanco over a number of months and their technical input has been very valuable in developing the right solution for each school.” Shanco’s health & safety manager, Thomas Rowling added: “These two new projects will add to Shanco’s impressive portfolio in supporting modular construction specialists Extraspace Solutions for the education sector and will demonstrate our strengths in managing challenging logistics in operational facilities. We are looking forward to continuing our strong relationship with the project team to help deliver state-of-the-art educational facilities for children in Oldham.”

Cllr Paul Jacques, Cabinet Member for Education and Culture, commented: “These are two really significant and important developments for Oldham. They underpin our commitment to improving our education offer striking and innovative office scheme.” Rob Joyce, GRAHAM’s London office Director, added: “This new development will provide state-ofthe-art business facilities and public spaces to support the needs and talents of the local community and workforce in Kensal Rise. Our aim is to create a modern, fit-for-purpose facility that offers a real ‘London Village’ community feel.” The scheme has been designed to meet the standards set out in the London Plan, as well as aiming to achieve BREEAM ‘Very Good’ certification. The project will also comply with ‘Secured by Design National Building Approval’ guidelines. Works are due to commence and will take place over a 120-week programme.

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Foster + Partners to build China Merchants Bank HQ in Shenzhen Illustrating the practice’s growing presence in Shenzhen, designs for China Merchants Bank’s new global headquarters have been revealed. The first building to be approved in Shenzhen’s new prestigious Super Headquarters District, the 350-metre office tower will bring the company’s 13,000 strong workforce under one roof. Complemented by a 180-metre-high luxury hotel and office mixed use tower, cultural and retail amenities, and green connections to the waterfront, the design makes a positive contribution to the Shenzhen Bay Area. Young Wei-Yang Chiu, Partner, Foster + Partners commented: “The tower forms part of a new complex that connects with the next phase of the Shenzhen Bay development, featuring a well-connected urban square linked with the metro, retail, cultural spaces and Shenzhen Bay’s amazing waterfront.” The 310,000 square-metre office

tower features large-span columnfree floorplates that are supported by offset cores on either side. This unique structural solution maximises flexibility in planning the office spaces, while also allowing the building to be lifted up off the ground at ground level to create seamless connections with the outside. The glazed façade has been carefully designed to avoid downdrafts and make the open spaces on the ground floor more comfortable for pedestrians. The green plaza, lined with shops and restaurants, links to the waterfront, while the north side of the building provides a direct link to the metro. The podium level features a gallery area for art alongside sport and fitness facilities for employees. Grant Brooker, Head of Studio, Foster + Partners said: “We are delighted to have been chosen by China Merchants Bank to design and engineer their new headquarters

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in Shenzhen Bay. The tower’s design represents a significant step in the evolution of the workplace, which we have evolved in close partnership with the client to create a highly flexible floorplate that can be adjusted to their fast-changing needs and provide an excellent working environment for their staff. The building will be a symbol of the bank’s premier status in the industry, embodying its strong legacy while looking firmly towards the future.” The top of the building is open to the bank’s customers and invited members of the public, and are arranged around a quadruple height atrium, offering a gallery and event space alongside executive meeting and dining areas against the stunning backdrop of the Shenzhen Bay. The location of the split cores towards the east and west helps reduce solar gain and the rainwater harvesting systems will satisfy up to 70% of the water demand.

Structural Testing, Inspection and Monitoring Swantest is a specialist testing, inspection and monitoring company providing a wide range of services across the demolition and construction industry. We specialise in on-site testing of existing structures, fixings and materials. With vast experience in the industry, our engineers are qualified to cater for an ever-growing need in the market to test, certify and monitor works before and during the demolition phase. We pride ourselves on being able to carry out any required testing or inspection works to our client’s specification or design bespoke test solutions for more complex projects. Swantest are UKAS accredited for a number of testing and inspection services. Please get in touch to find out more. Our main services include: • Anchor and fixing testing • Load capacity tests • Balcony and barrier testing • Plate bearing and CBR tests • Structural Surveys • Cladding Tests

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Schöck wrapped parapets solution for Grade 1 listed rebuild At the Regent’s Park end of London’s Portland Place, passers-by have been astonished to discover that the iconic Park Crescent West, a Grade 1 listed residential Regency terrace built by architect John Nash, is no more. However, all is not as it seems. The original Nash terrace, completed in 1821, was badly damaged during the Second World War and restored in the 1960s. The work though was considered flawed and not true to the original. As a result this is now a rare case where the demolition of the Grade I listed terrace ‘and its replacement with a more scholarly replica would preserve and enhance rather than obliterate its significance’. Offering 76 luxury apartments, with nine mews houses at the rear and renamed Regent’s Crescent, the project will see the terrace rebuilt with new brickwork and stucco to represent the original Nash design.

The Original Park Crescent West (Courtesy of CIT)

The Schöck Isokorb types AXT in position and (below) integrated into the parapets

Avoidance of thermal bridging is critical The construction comprises a reinforced concrete frame with concrete columns, horizontal flat slabs and a lightweight steel roof. The project is to a very high specification and great attention has been paid to avoiding the risk of thermal bridging problems. Prevention along the parapets is critical, because as with balconies, parapets can allow conductive materials to transfer energy through the thermal barrier. Often the method of insulating parapets and parapet walls is to wrap the perimeter with an insulation barrier. However, the Schöck Isokorb used here offers a solution that is both more costeffective and more thermally efficient than conventional wrapped parapets. Its 120mm

insulation thickness results in low psivalues and therefore significantly reduces heat loss – and there is no wrapping required. The Isokorb solution does not require maintenance and there is no risk of expensive restoration due to waterproofing problems. It also allows greater freedom of design and there is no risk of any additional thermal bridging through balustrade fixings.

cantilevered steel girders to steel structures. It can be used to minimise the risk of therrmal bridging in new construction or renovation projects involving penetrating support structures such as canopy roofs, frame system crossbars or balconies.

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The Schöck product types used at Regent’s Crescent are for wrapped parapets and steel-to-steel connectivity, but the comprehensive Isokorb range also offers solutions for concrete-to-steel situations and concrete-to-concrete. The range complies with the Government Standard Assessment Procedure, SAP 2012, concerning CO2 emissions from buildings and respectively heat losses through non-repeating thermal bridges. Products meet full compliance with the relevant UK building regulations, have NHBC approval and offer LABC Registration. There is also the security of independent BBA Certification.

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Predictions for manufacturing: Industrial trends for 2019 Industry 4.0, the Fourth Industrial Revolution or the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Regardless of the phrase used to describe digitalization in manufacturing, there’s no denying that a shift has already taken place. But, is the age of industrial buzzwords coming to a grinding halt? Stefan Reuther, Chief Sales Officer at COPA-DATA, gives his three predictions for industrial automation in 2019 — no buzzwords included. ‘INDUSTRY 4.0’ IN PRACTICE Manufacturers have long felt the pressure to invest in new technologies. In the so-called age of Industry 4.0, this pressure has been heightened by an influx of products and initiatives, all claiming to help manufacturers digitize their operations. Unfortunately, some of these schemes are nothing more than a waste of money. Don’t get me wrong, there is certainly value in investing in technology to enable digitalization in factories’ practices. However, rushed approaches have led to some manufacturers making haphazard investments. For example, some have delegated digitalization to third parties and as a result, are not in charge of their own automation. Before embarking on a digitalization scheme, manufacturers should first examine which technology is practical to their facility. A good place to begin is to listen to the people on the factory floor. Understanding how technology can practically help workers can ensure that investments are pragmatic. Another thing to consider is simplicity, by reducing complexity of processes and gaining a clearer overview and full control. Manufacturers should choose technology that is easy to understand, implement and scale up in the future. Looking forward to 2019, digitalization should be approached in a more practical manner — a steady, incremental transformation is better than a failed one. LESS DATA HOARDING, MORE DATA USE Software is another area that has been constantly hallmarked as a method to speed up manufacturing digitalization.

Manufacturers should choose technology that is easy to understand, implement and scale up in the future. Looking forward to 2019, digitalization should be approached in a more practical manner — a steady, incremental transformation is better than a failed one. However, before investing in software for data collection, manufacturers should begin 2019 by implementing a coherent data strategy. Rather than simply collecting and storing data, manufacturers must identify the results that they want to achieve and decide how data can help them to meet these business objectives. Consider this as an example. Let’s say a manufacturer wants to improve return on investment (ROI) in the facility by reducing the amount of materials wasted from production. To identify areas of improvement, manufacturers would need to collect production data and compare this with data from Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). Without a pre-determined strategy like this, manufacturers run the risk of simply collecting and storing hordes of data. There’s no value in data if it is left to gather dust. Over the next twelve months, we hope to see data strategies become an integral part of manufacturing. That said, data strategies are only comprehensible when using the correct software. THE SOFTWARE EVOLUTION Recent years have seen a shift in the amount of investment manufacturers assign to software. Traditionally, hardware would have received the largest bulk of cash, but this is beginning to

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change — particularly as more advanced software platforms emerge. Software for manufacturing facilities is no longer limited to Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA). The realm of industrial software is experiencing a convergence of IT and operational technologies (OT), giving birth to new platforms which integrate a plethora of different areas — including enterprise data from the corporate level, through to field and process level automation. While this may sound more complicated than traditional systems, these platforms often boast better design, visualization, calculation logic and ergonomics than their predecessors. This makes the operation of systems safer, simpler and more transparent. I might have promised no buzzwords, but software is the driver of what is so commonly referred to as Industry 4.0. As a result, it is no surprise that we are likely to see increased investment in integrated platforms like these over the next twelve months. The age of conceptualizing the possibilities of manufacturing digitalization is over. During the next twelve months, the products and initiatives hailed as ways to transform manufacturing facilities will finally be put to practical use.

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Is it time for the construction industry to adopt alcohol and drugs screening legislation? Suzannah Robin, alcohol and drug safety expert at AlcoDigital, has helped numerous companies to address their alcohol and drugs testing requirements. She explains why implementing testing policies and procedures will help to improve workplace safety. Alcohol and drugs misuse is becoming something of a thorny issue for the UK construction sector. For reasons that aren’t fully understood, the industry has been identified as ‘higher risk’ in terms of drug use, and more than a third of construction workers say they have witnessed a colleague under the influence of drugs or alcohol. According to a survey carried out by risk assessors protecting.co.uk on employees from a range of sectors, nearly a third admitted to using drugs at work. A significant number claimed to be ‘under the influence’ every working day. In fact, many of those admitting to taking drugs were using cannabis or other illegal narcotics. Despite the availability and increasing use of screening tests, around 65% of workers say they have never been tested, while a quarter said they had been tired at work because of the effects of drugs or alcohol. Construction is the most dangerous industry to work within in the UK. There were 38 fatalities in the past year, according to provisional figures issued by the Health and Safety Executive. Falls from a height were the most common cause of death, followed by being struck by moving vehicles or objects. In terms of non-fatal injuries, there are 58,000 incidents each year, and there are 82,000 work-related ill-health cases. Of these ill-health cases, 62% were caused by musculoskeletal disorders and 25% were caused by stress, depression and anxiety. This is significant as these conditions have been linked with the use of drugs and alcohol. While there is no data available

to establish if any of these incidents were related to drugs or alcohol, it seems likely that they may have played a part in a proportion of cases. SCREENING AND THE LAW So what is the law for workplace testing in construction? Testing is legislated for in certain sectors, such as the aviation, rail and shipping industries. But while most larger companies now have a policy in place to deal with drug and alcohol misuse in the workplace, the construction industry is not legally required to enforce testing. However, employers do have a duty of care to maintain a safe working environment under the provisions of the Health and Safety at Work Act. If methods for detecting misuse are not implemented and an accident occurs, employers could face hefty fines or even be prosecuted. In the high-risk construction industry, it’s therefore vital that a robust policy is introduced. EVIDENTIAL TESTS For high associated risk industries, it’s recommended that drugs and alcohol testing is carried out on a regular basis. For alcohol testing, a range of professional police-grade breathalysers are available for screening workers, such as AlcoDigital’s AlcoSaber (£295 + VAT), that will provide quick, accurate and instantaneous results. Alcohol interlocks are also available, which prevent equipment or machinery from starting until a negative breath test has been given. For many years, urine tests have been used as a reliable and cost-effective form of drug testing, providing instant results. This is useful for random testing and can serve as a deterrent to employees. However, urine tests often fail to reveal if an individual has consumed drugs in the last two hours.

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Blood testing is the most accurate method of establishing what drugs are in a person’s system – but the medical training and laboratory analysis required mean it’s impractical for regular testing policy. Hair testing can provide historical data of what drugs a person has used – but not from the most recent few weeks. For this reason, oral fluid collection has been established as the most practical method for drug-testing. With a far simpler collection process and a window of detection that mimics that of blood testing, this is the method of choice for UK Police roadside testing. ACTION IS NEEDED Over the last decade, huge progress has been made in terms of tackling illegal drug use and alcohol abuse in the workplace. Now it’s time for the construction industry to address the issues head-on and direct their attention towards putting in place policies and practices to make drug and alcohol screening compulsory across the industry.

Messagemaker Displays MINIMISE ACCIDENTS, CONTROL TRAFFIC AND REDUCE SPEEDING As more vehicles are venturing out onto British roads each year, health and safety precautions are becoming of paramount importance across all industries. On 20 miles per hour roads, 81% of car drivers exceed the speed limit, with 44% of these exceeding 25 miles per hour. Similarly on 30 miles per hour roads in built-up towns and cities, 53% of car drivers exceed 30mph, with 19% of drivers exceeding 35mph (https://bit.ly/2Fzs46L), leading to local communities expecting this trend is set to continue as the population grows at an alarming rate. Combatting these statistics to make British roads and highways a safer place, Surreybased Messagemaker Displays (https:// www.messagemaker.co.uk), a subdivision of the Stocksigns Group has developed a range of electronic speed reduction safety signs suitable for use across local roads and highways. Following a pledge by the Welsh Traffic Minister the “Safer Routes to School” Messagemaker rose to the challenge to supply the remotely programmable Speed Reduction Signs to reduce the speed limit to 20MPH during school start and finish times. These LED signs are designed to protect parents and schoolchildren alike in areas of heavy traffic during peak hours. Implementing speed reduction safety signs has a positive influence on the driver’s behaviour when compared to the

traditional speed camera. Anecdotally, the introduction of these signs across Wales significantly altered driving behaviour in local communities, as drivers were made more socially aware of their speed and their surroundings for the long-term future. Managing Director of the Stocksigns Group, Danny Adamson said “As sign-specialists in the industry, it is our duty to support the local community by raising awareness for an important cause. Having raised awareness for our national partnered charity, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA / https://www.rospa.com), we are re-enforcing the importance of speed signs as the safety of children and families are important to us. We are proud to have had such a positive influence in the local schools across Wales with students and parents alike. “The magic of these safety signs is that it can be remotely configured. The optics for this new generation of signage are fully compliant with EN 12966 and have a narrower, yet brighter beam which reduces light pollution in adjacent

buildings and houses. These LED signs have 128 displays of brightness to suit all conditions from broad daylight to night time. Using 3G modems, it allows the user to remotely set sign parameters and for retrieval of collected speed data. This is fantastic for local schools and communities as the effectiveness of the speed limits and signs can be monitored and assessed.” Unfortunately, traffic incidents and roadworks cause delays to our roads. With the use of LED signage that is instantly and easily updated, traffic can be efficiently controlled and most importantly accidents can be prevented. Whether this is done by updating a VMS sign with the latest traffic information, deploying a VMS trailer or simply using lane control cross arrow signs, there is always an LED solution. To view the latest developments for the signage industry, please visit the Messagemaker Displays website here: www.messagemaker.co.uk.

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Making easy work of hard goods removal You wouldn’t expect a cake to rise if you hadn’t preheated the oven. Similarly, you can’t expect your new floor to lay perfectly if the surface hasn’t been prepared. Here Nick White, UK and Ireland country manager at surface preparation expert National Flooring Equipment, gives contractors advice on effectively removing hard goods.

will take you to complete the work. If this is new to you, you can contact a machine manufacturer like National Flooring Equipment, who would be happy to attend a site visit with any contractor and give tailored advice. A careful site assessment means that the contractor can give the customer a more accurate price for the work.

When replacing a floor, one of the most expensive elements of the job is labour. Often, it can take up to five workers multiple days to replace the floor in an industrial or commercial space. This drastically eats into the contractor’s profit margin. Despite this, many contractors still opt for excessive labour, rather than putting their trust in a machine. Usually, this is because machinery has let them down in the past. However, this is normally because an unreliable machine has been selected for the job.

When assessing the site, think about the tools you need and how long you think it will take you to complete the work. If this is new to you, you can contact a machine manufacturer like National Flooring Equipment, who would be happy to attend a site visit with any contractor and give tailored advice.

There are several things to consider when approaching a hard goods removal job. When assessing the site, think about the tools you need and how long you think it

It doesn’t have to be hard work Hard goods such as wood, laminate flooring, ceramic tiles and quarry tiles are usually applied directly to a concrete floor

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using adhesives. When removing this type of flooring, it is particularly important that contractors have the right tools for the job. Not only do they need a machine capable of removing the floor, they also need the necessary blades to remove the adhesive and leave a clean surface for the new floor to be laid on. Typically, shank blades are used to remove hard goods as they are angled in a way that allows them to slide underneath the floor and lift it, rather than breaking the floor into smaller pieces. When removing adhesives, a sharper blade should be used and the angle between the machine and the floor should be increased. This will allow the adhesive to be peeled off the concrete floor more effectively. Adhesive can be particularly tricky to remove, depending on the type that has been used. Each situation should be approached individually, rather than basing any decisions on previous work completed. For example, it is sometimes thought that adhesives underneath water-damaged floors will be easier

to remove. In fact, it is rare that water loosens the adhesive at all. Rather, it acts as a moisture barrier in the event of a flood. Aim to take up hard goods in large sections. Walk behind machines are ideal for applications like this because they usually have an oscillated head. This allows the shank to lift the floor properly, as opposed to creating a hammer action to smash the flooring. Correct lifting saves time on the job and on the clean-up. In my experience, it’s best to cut hard goods into smaller sections with a circular saw before trying to remove them. This is particularly important when removing wooden flooring as it is usually interlocked when laid, which means that it can splinter if not lifted correctly. Contractors should also be aware that there will be expansion joints in the concrete floor. Approach these diagonally to avoid catching the lip of the joint and damaging it.

take its toll on your average surface preparation machine. Most machinery operate using belts, which need to be adjusted constantly as they start to slacken on the job. Rather than using belts, our machines have a hydraulic pump that drives the wheels and the motor. National Flooring Equipment’s patented hydraulic drive technology means that its machines need little maintenance. When contractors have finished using a National Flooring Equipment machine, they only need to clean off excess adhesive from the machine’s head and wheels to extend the machine’s operational life. The equipment is less likely to perform unreliably, so contractors can feel safe opting for a surface preparation machine, rather than five labourers. Ultimately, this impacts the job’s bottom line, but is also leaves the

contractor able to lay a perfect floor – just as pre-heating the oven helps a cake to rise.

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Safety implications Of course, silica dust is a major safety concern on construction sites. In some surface preparation applications, like shot blasting, it is more of an issue than others because the concrete floor is being grinded. With other applications, like scraping, the concrete is not being lifted and dust is less likely to be produced. However, silica dust is not the only safety concern for contractors. First of all, contractors need to use equipment safely and effectively to avoid damaging the machine or risking harm to themselves. For this reason, many manufacturers like National Flooring Equipment offer operator training. Training helps ensure the contractor is not putting themselves at risk by operating the machine incorrectly. When using a scraper, contractors should be aware that there is a risk of flying debris. For walk-behind scrapers, contractors need to consider the cable that is necessary to power the machine. The voltage running through this cable can be extremely high, so care needs to be taken to avoid snagging. To account for these potential issues, contractors should wear the correct personal protective equipment (PPE). National Flooring Equipment recommends always wearing safety shoes, glasses and gloves to lessen the risks further. Machine maintenance Typically, removing hard goods can

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IMMIGRATION WHITE PAPER SHOWS GOVERNMENT ISN’T LISTENING, SAYS FMB The Immigration White Paper shows the Government isn’t listening to the business community as it sets out a post-Brexit immigration system that would devastate the construction industry, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Commenting on the Immigration White Paper, published this afternoon, Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “The Government seems hell-bent on ignoring the business community when it comes to its immigration policy, as demonstrated by this disastrous White Paper. Despite more than two years of constructive engagement, what has been proposed by Ministers takes on none of our feedback. If the Government wants to jeopardise the UK economy for the sake of meeting an arbitrary immigration target, it’s going the right way about it.”

Berry continued: “What’s particularly worrying is the Government’s obsession with salary thresholds for migrant workers entering the UK. The figure of £30,000 was floated in the Migration Advisory Committee report and was met by fierce opposition from almost all sectors. It makes no sense to draw meaningless lines in the sand when we should base our immigration policy on what will make our economy strong and productive. The White Paper also states categorically that it will make no allowances for so-called low skilled workers. This is wrong on two levels – firstly, the definition of low skilled will cover most construction tradespeople and secondly, genuinely low skilled workers, such as labourers, are essential to the safe and smooth running of any construction site.” Berry concluded: “12-month work visas

for occupations in short supply during the transition period simply won’t cut it. Small and medium-sized construction firms, which make up 99 percent of the industry, do not advertise for roles internationally. Also, from a migrant worker’s perspective, why go to the UK for just 12 months when they can settle in other countries for much longer and put down roots if they wish. If the 12-month work visa idea was supposed to be an olive branch to the business community, it leaves much to be desired. The Government describes the construction and house building sectors as strategic and central to delivering its own aims. However, the plans set out today would make it impossible to meet the Government’s house building targets and the world-class infrastructure projects we have in the pipeline will be nothing but a pipedream.”

New App launched to support Construction Worker’s Mental Health The statistics are grim, with two construction workers taking their own life every single day. And stress, anxiety and depression currently account for a fifth of all work-related illness. A new collaboration between the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity, construction software firm ‘COINS’ and ‘Building Mental Health’, aims to address this sensitive subject with a new ‘Construction Industry Helpline’ app. This free mental health app will provide vital information, advice and guidance on many wellbeing topics including stress, anxiety, depression, anger and suicidal thoughts. The app, which is 100% confidential, will be launched on Friday 7th December 2018 at the Charity’s annual Christmas Lunch at the Westminster Park Plaza Hotel in London. Bill Hill, CEO of the Lighthouse Club charity said: “The app is aimed at

construction workers and their families and complements our 24/7 Construction Industry Helpline. We recognise that not everyone feels comfortable talking about their feelings or personal situation, so the ‘Construction Industry Helpline’ app is aimed at people who would like to find out more information about how they can perhaps help themselves or if necessary, take the next step in seeking professional help. “It is a preventative tool and aims to provide support at the initial stages of a situation so that the problem does not reach a life critical stage.” Although the construction industry is rising to the challenge of creating a healthier workplace, finding the right support is not always easy. The Lighthouse Club are already helping to drive significant change through a variety of mental health and wellbeing support programmes – but realise that there is still a long way to go before the culture in

The app is aimed at construction workers and their families and complements our 24/7 Construction Industry Helpline. We recognise that not everyone feels comfortable talking about their feelings or personal situation, so the ‘Construction Industry Helpline’ app is aimed at people who would like to find out more information about how they can perhaps help themselves or if necessary, take the next step in seeking professional help. It is a preventative tool and aims to provide support at the initial stages of a situation so that the problem does not reach a life critical stage

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construction removes the stigma about talking about mental health and wellbeing. By providing a free app, which can be downloaded by anyone in the industry, they hope to combat this. The ‘Construction Industry Helpline’ app will provide information, advice and guidance about how people can relieve the long term effects of stress, anxiety or depression as well as providing access to other areas of support such as anger management, drug and alcohol dependency, debt management, legal advice, and emergency financial aid. COINS, who have over 35 years of developing software solutions for construction companies, are also passionate about giving something back to the industry and their CEO, Robert Brown, adds: “Collaborating with the Lighthouse Club in building this important app to help support construction workers and their families has been a privilege. “It is great way for COINS to give something back to the construction industry and we look forward to seeing its widespread availability and hope that it will be a great help to both construction workers and their families when they need it the most.” The Construction Industry Helpline app can be downloaded for free from the App Store or Google Play.

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Two construction firms admit to illegal cartel The CMA has provisionally found that 3 drainage product manufacturers broke competition law by coordinating prices for customers and sharing the market. Two of the businesses – Derbyshire-based Stanton Bonna Concrete Ltd and Somerset-based CPM Group Ltd – have admitted breaking competition law by taking part in a cartel, which started in 2006 and continued for almost seven years. A third company, FP McCann Ltd, headquartered in Northern Ireland, is also under investigation and has not made any admissions. In a ‘statement of objections’ issued today, the CMA provisionally finds that the companies held regular secret meetings to set up and operate an illegal cartel. Its aim was to fix or coordinate prices and share out the market for certain pre-cast concrete drainage products in Great Britain, with the intention of increasing prices and reducing competition. These products are used in large infrastructure projects across Great Britain, including water management, roads and railways. Typical customers include engineering and construction companies; utilities providers; and local and national government. Throughout the period of the alleged cartel activity, the companies were leading players, accounting for over half of the market. From 2010 onwards, they held over 90% of this market. Michael Grenfell, Executive Director of Enforcement, said: “Cartels damage competition and lead to less choice, less innovation and increased prices for

customers. We’ve provisionally found that these three firms secretly shared out the market and colluded on prices for construction products used in many building projects across Great Britain. The CMA does not tolerate such practices and will use our enforcement tools to crack down on those it believes are taking part in illegal cartels.”

The CMA does not tolerate such practices and will use our enforcement tools to crack down on those it believes are taking part in illegal cartels. As part of a settlement process, Stanton Bonna and CPM have admitted to participating in the alleged cartel and have agreed to pay fines, which will be determined at the end of the CMA’s overall investigation. FPM is not part of this settlement and, at this stage, no assumption can be made that it has broken the law. Some recent examples of the CMA’s action against cartels include: fining two of the main suppliers of bagged charcoal and coal for households in the UK over £3.4 million for taking part in a market sharing cartel and fining water tank firms over £2.6 million after they formed a cartel agreeing to fix the price of certain tanks, divide up customers and rig bids for contracts. The CMA also runs a ‘Stop Cartels’ campaign, which aims to educate businesses about which practices are illegal and urges people to come forward if they suspect a business has taken part in cartel behaviour, such as fixing prices or rigging contracts.

Consumers twice as likely to be satisfied with homes built by small house builders, new FMB research reveals Consumers are twice as likely to be ‘very satisfied’ with the quality of their new home if it was built by a small and medium-sized (SME) house builder, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Key results from the FMB’s research into satisfaction rates among people who have bought a home in the past five years show that twice as many people (36%) say they are ‘very satisfied’ with the quality of their new build home if purchased from an SME house builder, compared with those whose home was built by one of the top 20 large builders (17%). Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “There is a popular misconception that new build homes are poor quality compared to period properties that were built to last. Small local house builders, who hang their hat on delivering highquality new build homes, find this view immensely frustrating. Our research shows that you are twice as likely to be ‘very satisfied’ with the quality of your new home if it was built by an SME house builder as opposed to one of the large top 20 firms. This research draws a clear distinction between what is being delivered by SMEs and what is being delivered by larger firms.” Berry continued: “For a small, local builder, reputation is everything. They will typically reside in the same community that they’re building in and are therefore doubly motivated to deliver a high quality product that the home buyer will love. Furthermore, SME building firms are more likely

to work with a small team of broadly skilled tradespeople. For example, if an SME house builder only employs three bricklayers, they all need to have a wide range of skills and experience. Large house builders tend to use gangs of semi-skilled bricklayers who can lay row upon row of bricks in a line but only a handful of broadly skilled brickies who can turn corners, build chimneys and arches.” Berry concluded: “If we are to improve the image of the house building sector, all house builders, large and small, need to put quality at the heart of every project. Not only will this make our industry more attractive to new entrants, including children and young people, it will soften planning committees to the prospect of new developments. We are in the midst of a serious housing crisis and in order to win people over and make them more pro-development, we need to deliver fantastic new homes that local people would be proud to have built in their community.”

Our research shows that you are twice as likely to be ‘very satisfied’ with the quality of your new home if it was built by an SME house builder as opposed to one of the large top 20 firms. This research draws a clear distinction between what is being delivered by SMEs and what is being delivered by larger firms.

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ENJOY YOUR SWIMMING POOL ALL YEAR ROUND WITH A RETRACTABLE ENCLOSURE Owning an outdoor swimming pool is one of the most rewarding investments you can make. Swimming on a warm summery day when the weather is mild and dry is very refreshing and energising. What a way to start or finish your day... But as soon as autumn arrives and days get cooler and wetter, the thought of dipping into your pool is suddenly less appealing. ALUKOV offers a solution where you can benefit of having an outdoor pool and enjoy hot summer days, and have the very same pool enclosed and protected from bad, cold weather. The answer is retractable swimming pool enclosure. The gliding system allows you to slide the whole structure off the swimming pool with ease and change an outdoor pool into indoor. This way you have the best of both worlds. There are many additional benefits of having enclosed swimming pool. The structure stops debris, grass, leaves, pine

needles, insects etc. falling into the pool therefore less maintenance, less chemicals, no waste of heat energy stored in the water from the sun or heater, security, prevention of accidental falls and most importantly extended swimming season. Having ALUKOV enclosure means you may swim when you want. ALUKOV has very wide choice of styles, shapes and heights to choose from. The most popular is full height enclosure where you can stand up in. If you prefer an enclosure which will not obstruct the views we can offer you a low version (you can still swim underneath). Enjoy a swim all year round by adding a telescopic swimming pool enclosure to your outdoor swimming pool. Whether you’ve yet to have your pool built or you’ve owned one for long time, swimming pool enclosure can easily be added.

Do you have a patio area but never use due the unpredictable British weather? Do not be limited by wind and rain, enjoy the maximum benefits of sliding patio enclosure CORSO™. This unique enclosure is fully retractable. The lean-to aluminium structure works on two rails – one is mounted on the house and one on the ground. Thanks to those rails you can slide each section (roof included) in both directions. Only this way you can enjoy your patio in sunny days as well as when it rains. There are endless uses of the patio enclosure – you can create a play room, covered outdoor dining area or simply storage space. Every structure is bespoke.

For a free site visit call office on 0118 909 98 44 or mobile 07557 668906. More information www.alukov.co.uk.

FUTUREBUILD 2019 - LAUNCHPAD OF AN EXCITING NEW VENTURE Closer collaboration between RCM, SPSenvirowall and SPS Facades will see the sister companies jointly exhibiting at Futurebuild 2019 at London’s ExCel on 5th -7th March on stand D72. Futurebuild 2019 was chosen as the ideal venue to announce the greater integration between RCM, SPSenvirowall and SPS Facades. All three companies are part of the Benx group. Futurebuild, which is held at ExCel, London on 5th – 7th March is the evolution of Ecobuild. The show is a unique destination for visitors to gain unrivalled insights and hands-on experience around the latest innovations, products and materials. Following on from last years’ successful event, RCM has decided to once again showcase its portfolio of building boards, facades, airtightness solutions and complete through wall solutions; this time joined by SPSenvirowall and SPS Facades.

By working closer together the three companies will open up a joint portfolio of high-quality innovative products and services meeting the needs of different sectors across the construction industry. Customers will be able to choose from a vast array of products for the building envelope. To celebrate this new and exciting venture, a brand new shared 50sqm exhibition stand has been specially commissioned. The eyecatching stand will showcase 360-degree interactive displays from both RCM and SPS, comprising a selection of their joint portfolio materials. A certified 120-minute fire-rated through wall solution will also be on display. Visitors will be able to inspect these displays to get a better idea of how different products integrate with each other to form a solution. Dynamic Cladding, offered exclusively by SPS Facades and RCM’s popular Supertech Weatherboard cladding will also be featured, highlighting some of the great choice of façade options available.

As part of product development for 2019 RCM will introduce a number of products including a cassette system and aluminium planking at the show. SPSenvirowall will showcase its new Cavity System 1 & Cavity System 2. Cavity systems are extensively used on lightweight framed structures to create a void between the cladding and the sheathed framed structure. SPSenvirowall’s CS systems 1 & 2 are the next generation of this solution. Cavity System 2 with flexible brick slips has recently been awarded a KIWA BDA certificate, achieving the EU reaction to fire rating of A2 – s1, d0.



Steel Window Association (SWA) member, West Leigh, has won the gratitude and admiration of a client local to its south London premises, for the quality of the firm’s W20 window and door package which completed the renovation and re-configuration of an old Victorian tannery building.

Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK) in Finland focuses on education, research, innovation and development activities. Its newest campus located in the city centre of Pori caters for 4,200 students. Construction of the campus began in 2014 with 9,000m2 of the 14,000m2 campus being completely redeveloped. The project was finished in spring 2017 and the education facility began its work for the autumn term of 2017, with around 3,000 students and 500 teachers crossing its thresholds daily.

Dating from 1850, Number 3 Tanner Street in Bermondsey was purchased by Sanjay Sharma ten years ago with the intention of turning it into a permanent home for himself and his family. Having carried out a phase one renovation in 2008, Sanjay and his main contractor, Kraft Electrical, have now completed the transformation; with the SWA’s West Leigh having produced a bespoke package of W20 windows and doorsets to replace the old timber sash windows. Close to London Bridge station and lying within the Bermondsey conservation area, the Tanner Street property has a floor area of 5,000 sq ft, providing Sanjay with a fully open plan office on the ground floor, while the bedrooms, as well as a study and gymnasium, are on the next two levels. Then, in line with the concept of New York loft apartments, the top floor forms a striking living space where a set of W20 doors open out onto a large roof terrace, offering views towards The Shard.

The design of school projects often gets weighted in terms of costs. However, the architects behind SAMK wanted a feature that would also provide a point of contrast to the otherwise grey and white façade. Head architect Matti Asmala of Oy Asmala decided to specify VIVIX® by Formica Group panels due to their durable properties and ease of installation, whilst also ensuring the contemporary building had an aesthetic that would fit into its leafy surroundings in a sympathetic fashion. Asmala searched for an envelope material that would resemble wood as closely as possible to soften the otherwise efficient style of the build, characterised by clean lines and functionality. VIVIX® panels in Erable Whisky were applied to the extended window frames.

There are three more doorsets in the rear elevation above ground floor level, plus six double glazed steel windows; all finished in RAL 7015 Slate Grey Matt. The front elevation retains the original timber front door, but has a total of seven more W20 windows now filling the old openings. All of the frames contain 4-8-4 IG units which, with a soft coat, low-E inner leaf and Krypton gas filled cavity, provide significantly better energy performance than the fenestration they replaced.

Specifying VIVIX panels for the SAMK campus turned out to be a simple choice. The local authorities welcomed the use of these panels, as they achieve Fire Retardant Certificate Euroclass B-s1, d0 (EDF grade) in accordance with European regulation EN 13501-1.

Members of the Steel Window Association offer a UK wide service for the repair and replacement of various types of old metal windows, doors and screens, as well as being able to manufacture new fenestration which fully meets the requirements of the Building Regulations. Choosing an SWA member to manufacture and install your steel windows and doors ensures that you are receiving the highest standard of fabrication, Installation and customer service.

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Tories still on course to miss unambitious housing pledge in 2018 – Joseph Daniels, Project Etopia “Talk is cheap but it’s even cheaper when pledges don’t amount to very much and the Conservatives are still on course to miss their unambitious housing pledge. The Conservatives’ pledge effectively meant 174,000 homes needed to be built a year but that amounted to fewer than 10,000 extra homes beyond the rate the country was already building.

“A 12% annual rise in new build starts is a relatively big leap but the annual rate of building is still approximately 10,000 homes a year off the pace, with 163,420 achieved over the last 12 months. In short, housebuilding in England is still in the pits. “Rapid progress will have to be made if the pledge for a million homes by 2020 is to be met. The manifesto target will effectively be

met if Q4 witnesses a further 53,890 homes – a figure well beyond anything achieved in recent years. “However, it is between 2020 and 2022, when the Conservatives have promised to build a further half a million homes, that we will really be able to judge whether their commitment to solving the housing crisis really cuts the mustard.”

Two construction firms admit to illegal cartel The CMA has provisionally found that 3 drainage product manufacturers broke competition law by coordinating prices for customers and sharing the market. Two of the businesses – Derbyshirebased Stanton Bonna Concrete Ltd and Somerset-based CPM Group Ltd – have admitted breaking competition law by taking part in a cartel, which started in 2006 and continued for almost seven years. A third company, FP McCann Ltd, headquartered in Northern Ireland, is also under investigation and has not made any admissions.

infrastructure projects across Great Britain, including water management, roads and railways. Typical customers include engineering and construction companies; utilities providers; and local and national government. Throughout the period of the alleged cartel activity, the companies were leading players, accounting for over half of the market. From 2010 onwards, they held over 90% of this market.

In a ‘statement of objections’ issued today, the CMA provisionally finds that the companies held regular secret meetings to set up and operate an illegal cartel. Its aim was to fix or coordinate prices and share out the market for certain precast concrete drainage products in Great Britain, with the intention of increasing prices and reducing competition.

Michael Grenfell, Executive Director of Enforcement, said: “Cartels damage competition and lead to less choice, less innovation and increased prices for customers. We’ve provisionally found that these three firms secretly shared out the market and colluded on prices for construction products used in many building projects across Great Britain. The CMA does not tolerate such practices and will use our enforcement tools to crack down on those it believes are taking part in illegal cartels.”

These products are used in large

As part of a settlement process, Stanton

Bonna and CPM have admitted to participating in the alleged cartel and have agreed to pay fines, which will be determined at the end of the CMA’s overall investigation. FPM is not part of this settlement and, at this stage, no assumption can be made that it has broken the law. Some recent examples of the CMA’s action against cartels include: fining two of the main suppliers of bagged charcoal and coal for households in the UK over £3.4 million for taking part in a market sharing cartel and fining water tank firms over £2.6 million after they formed a cartel agreeing to fix the price of certain tanks, divide up customers and rig bids for contracts. The CMA also runs a ‘Stop Cartels’ campaign, which aims to educate businesses about which practices are illegal and urges people to come forward if they suspect a business has taken part in cartel behaviour, such as fixing prices or rigging contracts.

Immigration White Paper shows Government isn’t listening, says FMB The Immigration White Paper shows the Government isn’t listening to the business community as it sets out a post-Brexit immigration system that would devastate the construction industry, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Commenting on the Immigration White Paper, published this afternoon, Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “The Government seems hell-bent on ignoring the business community when it comes to its immigration policy, as demonstrated by this disastrous White Paper. Despite more than two years of constructive engagement, what has been proposed by Ministers takes on none of our feedback. If the Government wants to jeopardise the UK economy for the sake of meeting an arbitrary immigration target, it’s going the right way about it.”

Berry continued: “What’s particularly worrying is the Government’s obsession with salary thresholds for migrant workers entering the UK. The figure of £30,000 was floated in the Migration Advisory Committee report and was met by fierce opposition from almost all sectors. It makes no sense to draw meaningless lines in the sand when we should base our immigration policy on what will make our economy strong and productive. The White Paper also states categorically that it will make no allowances for so-called low skilled workers. This is wrong on two levels – firstly, the definition of low skilled will cover most construction tradespeople and secondly, genuinely low skilled workers, such as labourers, are essential to the safe and smooth running of any construction site.” Berry concluded: “12-month work visas

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for occupations in short supply during the transition period simply won’t cut it. Small and medium-sized construction firms, which make up 99 percent of the industry, do not advertise for roles internationally. Also, from a migrant worker’s perspective, why go to the UK for just 12 months when they can settle in other countries for much longer and put down roots if they wish. If the 12-month work visa idea was supposed to be an olive branch to the business community, it leaves much to be desired. The Government describes the construction and house building sectors as strategic and central to delivering its own aims. However, the plans set out today would make it impossible to meet the Government’s house building targets and the world-class infrastructure projects we have in the pipeline will be nothing but a pipedream.”

ENGEL’S ‘GALAXY’ WORKWEAR HAS UNIVERSAL APPEAL ENGEL WORKWEAR, a leading manufacturer of comfortable and practical workwear has the ‘Galaxy’ range amongst its collection which offers a comprehensive selection

of smart and functional clothing with the emphasis as much on comfort, style and fit as it is on being protective and hardwearing; the trousers are narrower than normal, the jackets slim-cut and all garments are available in a choice of three colour combinations. Designed to suit every type of workplace situation this best selling collection also consists of soft-shell and winter jackets, a comfortable fleece cardigan, bib-overall and boiler suit with fabrics made from durable, two-ply cotton/polyester yarns; most items feature several spacious pockets and many other shared functional details such as concealed buttons and zippers, adjustable jacket cuffs and CORDURA reinforced jacket elbows.


Also included is the stylish Galaxy ‘Light’ range with a 210 g/m2 ‘Light’ work jacket (1290-880) that has a longer, pleated back for added freedom of movement and reflectors on both front and back for

greater visibility. Available with or without matching trousers (2290-880), each incorporate many practical details giving maximum comfort, weather protection and quick and easy access to tools and personal accessories; both garments are made from 65% polyester, 35% cotton and are available in all sizes. Further details can be found by visiting www.engel.eu/en or contact Gareth Bladen at gbl@f-engel.com or on +44(0) 7759 520034.

MCS Corporate Strategies Ltd - Research & Development : Land Remediation Claims MCS Corporate Strategies Ltd is a very specialist company working in Research and Development Tax Credits, Land Remediation cost recovery. Support for these activities is growing rapidly as Government policy actively encourages companies to take up claims. Do you claim? Main Tax relief schemes are: • Land Remediation Tax Relief • Research and Development Tax Credits • R&D Allowance The single key criterion for qualification is that you be registered as a UK corporate entity. Claims are retrospective (two years) and intended to be claimed year-on-year. SME’s and large Companies qualify. Success Fee Claims Manufacturing, engineering and all disciplines, activities, parts, products, prototypes; IT software and first-of-class items are examples of what is included as items for research and development. The CIRD definition of R&D is wide and inclusive of very broad activities.

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Did sprinkler legislation stop new housebuilding? The Domestic Fire Safety (Wales) Regulations 2013 (the regulations) was the first piece of Legislation in the World to mandate the fitting of automatic water suppression systems into new and concerted dwellings on a nationwide basis. So, did the legislation stop new house building in Wales? The evidence is that it didn’t writes Ritchie O’Connell MBA Msc FIFE, BAFSA’s representative in Wales. The legislation was introduced despite some strong opposition. including prophesies of house builders ‘pulling out of Wales’ and despite cost benefit analyses not being wholly favourable. More than two years since full implementation what has changed regarding the regulations? The implementation of the regulations was in two parts, in brief the first phase of the implementation took place on 30 April 2014 and required the fitting of AWSS to new build or converted; care homes including children’s homes, hospices, student accommodation, boarding houses, and hostels. Phase two, arguably the more contentious portion of the legislation in some quarters, was introduced on 1 January 2016 and extended the regulations to encompass all new houses and flats including those formed by change of use or by knocking one or more existing residences into a greater or fewer number of residences. So, did the legislation stop new house building in Wales? The evidence is that it didn’t! The Welsh Government statistical release, New House Building in Wales, 2016-17 (Revised) https://gov.wales/docs/ statistics/2017/170614-new-housebuilding-2016-2017-revised-en.pdf shows that during 2016-17, the number of new dwellings started increased by 2 per cent compared to the previous year to 6,871 dwellings. This is the second highest annual number recorded since the start of the recession in 2007 to 2008.

Notably one of the larger housebuilder’s in Wales who announced they would not be building north of what they termed a “snowline” above Pontypridd (“snowline” the point at which nothing grows because of perpetual snow and ice) have on their website 6 new sites north of this imaginary line; perhaps there’s been a thaw? TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS The two-stage implementation of the legislation came about in part due to the need to allow the sprinkler industry to ‘gear up’ to meet the increased demand for domestic sprinklers in Wales, and more so due to the vociferous opposition to the regulations by housebuilders, it was strongly asserted that full implementation of the legislation in 2014 would adversely impact housebuildersparticularly SMEs In addition, the legislation, as is common with Building Regulations implementations, was introduced with transitional provisions which it was felt would assist in reducing the burden on housebuilders. The effect of the transitional provisions, in respect of phase two of the implementation, was that where applications were submitted prior to the 1 January 2016 and building work commenced on or before the 1 January 2017 the requirement to provide automatic fire suppression system did not apply. The law of unintended consequences defined as the “actions of people—and especially

of government—always have effects that are unanticipated or unintended” came into play, and the transitional provisions of the legislation, created an uneven playing field which disadvantaged the SMEs significantly. As predicted by some members of the working group considering the legislation, the planning offices and building control bodies were inundated with applications, and as a result those companies who could afford to ‘land bank’ prospective sites did so in huge numbers. Whilst the small builders, who could not afford to hold onto multiple sites were forced to fit sprinklers immediately, their larger counterparts could, or so it seemed, start work on multiple sites before 1 January 2017 and then mothball them indefinitely. This ‘loophole’ caused a furore in Welsh Government in September 2017 when then cabinet secretary, the late Carl Sargeant informed the equality, local government and communities committee that “There are some big industry builders who hate the thought we’re introducing sprinklers anyway and are doing everything they can to circumnavigate the system. I would personally like to close the loophole.” Whilst no accurate figures were available MR Sargeant opined there were “many thousands” of homes affected. It transpired that the commencement of work had been very loosely interpreted by some and that in some instances removing the vegetation from the site was considered as sufficient to sidestep the legislation. This had been previously addressed by Welsh Government who issued a circular outlining what works were considered as commencement of work for the purposes of the legislation. Whilst this went some way to addressing the issues it still allows housebuilders to begin work on one dwelling unit on a large multi dwelling site and then mothball the site effectively circumventing the legislation. AMENDMENTS TO THE LEGISLATION The law is constantly evolving, and the regulations are no exception, they continue to develop as a result of clarifications and appeals/challenges. Two such changes are a determination regarding holiday lets. and the clarification of the requirements regarding hostels.

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for where shall a man be safe, if it be not in his house?

Whilst suppression systems are required in new build and concerted dwellings, there was a perceived ‘grey area’ regarding those properties constructed as or converted into holiday lets. The definition of residence used in the drafting of the regulations includes a reference to buildings containing rooms “intended to be used for living and sleeping by a person or persons other than as part of a single household which occupies the whole of that building”. As a result, hotels are not ‘caught’ by the regulations as they are places where people stay for leisure and business purposes, whilst they are away from their main place of residence (which is where they live), so they cannot be said to “live” in a hotel. As the purpose of a short term let was considered by some as being similar in intended use to a hotel, it was argued that the regulations would not extend to purpose built holiday lets. Whilst the exclusion of hotels from the regulations is understandable, the possibility of holiday lets being excluded from the regulations caused some concern amongst regulators. The reason for this concern is that many holiday lets are built or concerted as single-family units, which in every way could be identical to a purpose-built residence. If building regulations approval was given for a holiday let which later came to be occupied as a family home the requirement to fit sprinklers may be missed. This was addressed in April 2017 when the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs determined that under 37A (Provision of automatic fire suppression systems) of the Building Regulations 2010 (as amended), an automatic fire suppression system would be required in

the conversion of a coach house into a holiday let. A further, related, clarification of the regulations took place in January this year when regulation 37a of the Building Regulations which gives force to the sprinkler regulations was amended to extend the requirements to include hostels, other than hostels which provide temporary accommodation to those who are ordinarily resident elsewhere. This amendment makes explicit that backpacker type hostels are not., in the same manner as hotels, considered as residences and are excluded from the regulations. The sprinkler regulations will remain largely unchanged but the amended building regulations will, in all likelihood, continue to evolve as clarifications and determinations are sought regarding the application of the legislation. In some quarters the legislation remains contentious, there can be no real doubt however that the introduction of this legislation will make people safer in their homes in Wales and it is to be hoped that this will be extended to the rest of the U.K. in due course. Whilst we often hear, in argument against the imposition of laws affecting the home, or in rejection of the ‘nanny state’ (the usually misquoted), “For a man’s house is his castle.” I for one would like to see the application of the Domestic Fire Safety Regulations across the whole of the U.K. as Sir Edward Croke. When making the above quote, went on to say, “for where shall a man be safe, if it be not in his house?”

For the past 45 years the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association (BAFSA) has provided free, expert and impartial information regarding the effectiveness, costs and benefits of automatic fire sprinklers to Housing Associations, Local Authorities, Fire & Rescue Services and Parliament. Since the tragic Grenfell Tower fire, BAFSA identified that factual and helpful information for those people whose lives, families and communities could be protected by sprinklers was nonexistent. If you are considering further fire protection measures for your housing stock – high rise or low rise – then, on application to marketing@ bafsa.org.uk, you can obtain copies of the leaflet entitled “Fire sprinklers will protect my family & the things we love” which will introduce the concept of living with automatic fire sprinklers to your residents, clients and tenants. Designed and written by experts using everyday language and images, and inspired by the UK Fire & Rescue Services, “Fire sprinklers will protect my family & the things we love” introduces individuals and families to how and why sprinklers work; the benefits of living with this form of robust fire protection; basic fire safety dos and don’ts. It will also bust common myths surrounding the operation and efficiency of sprinklers. BAFSA also runs free to attend seminars around the UK, often in collaboration with he Fire & Rescue Services, which examine the challenges and solutions which exist when protecting people from fire in a multitude of buildings (high rise and not so high rise) which have homes, offices, hotels, restaurants, car parks and leisure facilities as part of their daily function. These seminars represent an unmissable opportunity to gain vital knowledge and question the experts about how best to residential and business communities. To find out more visit bafsa.org.uk

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Stay Safe at Height This Winter The winter of 2018 saw temperatures plummet to lows of -13C across Britain, and with more snow, wind and punishingly cold conditions expected in 2019, it is important to prepare for Work at Height.

Low temperatures can have numerous negative effects on the human body, so when personnel are Working at Height for long periods of time, it is important to be prepared.

These cold conditions, paired with adverse weather, high winds, poor visibility and reduced daylight can present a wide range of risks for personnel Working at Height – so how do you prepare for winter? Follow Heightsafe’s five simple steps!

environment and decide whether it is safe enough for personnel to proceed.

3. Update Your Personnel Pre-Work Procedures

2. Proactively Forecast

Low temperatures can have numerous negative effects on the human body, so when personnel are Working at Height for long periods of time, it is important to be prepared.

1. Visually Inspect the Work Environment Overnight temperatures can quickly drop, affecting the work environment for personnel the following day. In this instance, you should visually inspect the work

By proactively checking weather forecasts, as well as monitoring the outside temperature and conditions multiple times a day, you can estimate how severe working conditions will be – giving you extra time to plan additional safety measures and in some cases suspend work if conditions are too hazardous.

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Ensure personnel wear specialised equipment for cold environments, layering up of normal workwear can also be efficient.

Food fuels the body with energy, so it is important to ensure that personnel make breakfast a priority and have regular breaks to refuel.

Schedule these breaks for personnel, giving them ample time to go inside to keep warm, consume hot drinks and rest.

4. Implement Equipment Pre-Use Checklists All competently trained Work at Height personnel will know the importance of pre-use checks, for all Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Fall Protection Equipment. Adverse weather can affect the safety and stability of Fall Protection Equipment – for example snow and ice can cause components to freeze, whilst consistent rain can lead to corrosion. By implementing a pre-use checklist for

All competently trained Work at Height personnel will know the importance of pre-use checks, for all Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Fall Protection Equipment. Adverse weather can affect the safety and stability of Fall Protection Equipment personnel this winter, you can ensure that these risks are mitigated. 5. Plan for Emergencies and Rescues Personnel should be aware of your sitespecific emergency procedures and rescue plans, as a proactive measure if an incident was to occur at height. It is imperative to ensure that all personnel who are working in high risk areas not only fully understand these procedures and plans but are also trained and competent to undertake a rescue if required – regular refresher training courses will further ensure this.

TIP: consider how your building’s structure could also have an impact on personnel Working at Height in winter weather conditions – for example, a gutter system which is full of debris or ice can begin to overflow onto the roof space if not correctly maintained, causing slip hazards for personnel, especially if frozen. For free, no obligation advice on any of your Work at Height requirements, get in touch with Heightsafe’s specialist team today! heightsafesystems.com info@heightsafesystems.com 020 3819 7199

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heightec is a leading authority within the professional height safety and rescue industry, designing and manufacturing innovative equipment and delivering specialist training. Their mission - to be the most sophisticated supplier for specialist work at height, by joining these values of elegant, innovative products and expertise in methods of use. heightec was founded in 1997 by people with extensive practical experience of rope access, caving

and mountain rescue. It was clear existing equipment for work at height was not sufficiently adapted for more technical or industrial applications. The first significant innovation was the Phoenix advanced rescue harness designed for UK Fire & Rescue Services and industrial rescue teams. The Phoenix earned a UK Design Council Millennium Award for innovation and remains the most widely used harness by UK fire services. heightec has since developed the most advanced combination of height safety rescue systems available anywhere. The Rotor automatic rescue and evacuation descender was developed for demanding environments and is a core product in their Rotor Tower Crane Rescue System. The Rotor is designed for self-evacuation or recovery of a casualty from a tower crane cab, jib or ladder. heightec benefits from extensive technical design, development and production teams complete with CAD, material simulation, rapid prototyping, 3D printing and test facilities complying with international standards.

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Keith Jones, Managing Director, stated “Our approach is to work very closely with customers to ensure designs achieve exactly what they need to in terms of functional performance. For heightec, innovation is not merely

a route to new products but a core competence at the heart of everything we do. This is a continuous challenge for our design team. Our strength as a manufacturer lies in our ability to respond rapidly to users’ needs and changes in industry. We continue to pursue excellence at every opportunity, ensuring our products go above and beyond the norm where performance and safety are concerned.” heightec is also the largest provider of height safety and rescue training delivered via their UK national network of centres based in Aberdeen, Kendal, Leeds, Birmingham, London. They launched their specialist Tower Crane Rescue course over a decade ago, it is their most popular course for the construction industry and remains in high demand for delivery on client sites. Subsequently heightec supported the CPA’s (Construction Plan-hire Association) Tower Crane Interest Group by contributing to the development of the Technical Information Note on “Rescue of Personnel from Height on Tower Cranes.” This document provides guidance on the planning for rescuing persons from height on tower cranes. The company continues to work closely with the construction industry, offering tailored solutions for specialist work at height and rescue.


People on the move

Rudridge appoints new Area Sales Executive at Brentford Materials and groundworks supplier Rudridge has appointed Danny Edwards as its new Area Sales Executive at its Brentford branch. Danny, who has over six years’ experience in the industry and working for the Travis Perkins Group, will be responsible for face to face account management of the branch’s customers. He will also attend site visits to discuss specific job requirements, and work

closely with the Sales Director and Branch Manager to develop new and existing business in the area. Commenting on his new role, Danny said:“I am really excited to be joining the team at Brentford. Rudridge has an excellent reputation in the industry for customer service and expert advice. “I am very glad to be part of such a successful company.”

New recruits help Cornish developer to record year A multi-award-winning property development company in Cornwall has recruited six new members of staff following a record year of growth. Established in 2008, Legacy Properties specialises in building high-end coastal properties and contemporary family homes in spectacular Cornish locations. The appointments support Legacy’s expansion across its portfolio; growing into the homes market in addition to building luxury developments. With a permanent base on the outskirts of Newquay, the new recruits bring the total number of staff to 17. Lisa Lloyd recently joined as sales and marketing manager. She said, “Joining such a forward thinking business in Cornwall has been a real joy. We’re currently working on a flagship development of ten luxury properties at Woodlands which overlooks the Gannel Estuary, the likes of which I don’t think have been seen before in Cornwall. “The Legacy team culture is wonderful. The workplace is friendly, charitable, supportive, and being based in a dog friendly office has immense benefits. It’s an exciting place to

work which is adding something new to the property market in Cornwall.”

House and Thirty Six on the Pentire peninsula in Newquay,” he said.

Also joining the team are office manager, Charlotte Olford; civils manager, James Poulson; contracts manager, Ken Arnold; site manager, Pete Turner; and quantity surveyor, Dave Collins.

“Legacy has also broken ground in a new market - we’re now in the early stages of building 59 houses at Legacy Homes’ first development: Halwyn Meadows in Crantock.

Managing Director, Nick Long, says the latest appointments allow the company to continue its expansion across Cornwall. “The past 12 months have been highly successful, winning two accolades at the UK Property Awards and overseeing the completion of two high quality builds: Fistral

“With many more exciting developments in the pipeline for 2019, we’re excited to grow the company mindfully, investing back into the local economy and drawing on the best craftspeople, tradespeople, suppliers and employees that Cornwall has to offer. These fantastic additions to our team will help us to achieve the high-end finish we strive for across all of our projects.”

INTERNATIONAL CONSTRUCTION CONSULTANCY MPG HAS APPOINTED RYAN DANDO AS COMMERCIAL MANAGER Mr Dando has more than 17 years’ experience in the construction industry, including over a decade working on various forms of the NEC contract. He has worked across sectors including retail, social housing, stadia and residential as well as commercial offices, aviation, rail and design. His experience includes work on landmark projects, such as Westfield at

White City, the London Olympic Games and the redevelopment of Heathrow Terminal 2. Prior to joining MPG, Mr Dando was a commercial manager with Atkins, and previously worked as a senior cost engineer and contract administrator with Crossrail on the Bond Street station project and with Morgan Sindall as commercial manager for MEP and fit out of Crossrail stations.

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His core skills include cost engineering, project controls and contract administration under the NEC form of contract. Other skills include anticipated final account management, procurement of works packages, tender analysis and contract negotiation as well as early warning and compensation event management.

People on the move Willmott Dixon promotions to parent Board Willmott Dixon has strengthened its senior team by promoting its two chief operating officers (COO) onto its parent board. The move will see John Waterman, COO at Willmott Dixon Construction, and Mike Hart, COO at Willmott Dixon Interiors, join the Willmott Dixon Holdings board from the start of 2019 and adds to the appointments earlier this year of Graham Dundas and Wendy McWilliams. John and Mike have a combined service at Willmott Dixon of 55 years and their promotion underlines the company’s strategy to focus on its core business of construction and interior fit-out. Group Chief Executive Rick Willmott explains, “These promotions reflect John and Mike’s exceptional commitment, astute contribution and loyalty to our business over many years, which have resulted in the increasing success and the sustained growth and profile of our Construction and Interiors companies under their leadership.” Talking about preparing for a post-Brexit market, Rick continues, “Strengthening our most senior team is another prudent step to

ensure we are in the best possible shape to adapt to life after Brexit. Our secured order book for 2019 already stands in excess of 80 per cent of next year’s budget and our identified future workload is nearly £2 billion. “While our network of customer relationships remains deliberately focused on built environment projects in the public sector, especially those procured through collaborative frameworks, it’s also been encouraging to see many of our private sector customers being sufficiently confident to continue to grow market share ahead of Brexit. “We have also worked hard to ensure that our banks view us as ‘best in class’ with no bank borrowings or overdrafts; whilst maintaining the best supply chain payment terms and payment record in the industry.” From the beginning of 2019 the Willmott Dixon Holdings board will be made up of six executive directors; Colin Enticknap, Group Chairman, Rick Willmott, Group Chief Executive, Graham Dundas, Mike Hart, Wendy McWilliams and John Waterman plus two non-executives in Jonathon Porritt and Christopher Sheridan.

LEGAL & GENERAL EXPANDS BTR TEAM AS IT DEEPENS ITS CAPABILITIES ACROSS CONSTRUCTION, PLANNING AND ASSET MANAGEMENT Legal & General is pleased to announce that it has expanded its Build To Rent (BTR) team to support the continued growth of its platform, using long term capital to provide large scale sustainable rental schemes which will have a positive long term socioeconomic impact. Bringing in expertise from across some of the UK’s biggest residential developers, Legal & General has made three new hires as it develops and deepens its capabilities across construction and planning, surveying and asset management. Legal & General has hired Senior Asset Manager, Nisha Kerai, from Grainger plc. Kerai was instrumental in the successful delivery and launch of Grainger’s nationwide Build to Rent programme, comprising over 3,000 units across the country. Kerai’s track record for target delivery and project management background will be essential in the continued roll out of Legal & General’s BTR units for elective renters as its existing pipeline of 3,300 homes continue to come to market. A chartered construction manager, Alex

With further site acquisitions identified for 2019 and an already robust portfolio of over 3,000 units now reaching the rental market, we are delighted to have brought Alex, Andrew and Nisha on board to diversify the teams’ skill-set, broadening our expertise ahead of future expansion Sangway, has been hired from Berkeley St. Edward where he managed the construction and project management of multiple highprofile schemes including the 800 unit West End Gate development in Marylebone and 275 unit Abell & Cleland scheme in the heart of Westminster. Sangway will play a key role in bolstering the teams’ construction management capabilities as it seeks to have 6,000 homes for elective renters in planning, development or operation by the end of 2019. A qualified Chartered Surveyor, Andrew Esam also joins the team from Upside London where he was Associate Director. Joining as Development Manager and bringing a diverse range of residential experience from appraising affordable housing to mixed-use schemes and Build to Rent development opportunities, Esam will play a pivotal role in the future development of Legal & General’s Build to Rent platform.

Michael Barrie, Director of Fund Management at LGIM Real Assets, commented: “Over the last three years since launch, our Build To Rent Fund has seen significant growth. Our investment capacity in the sector currently stands at over £1.3bn, deployed across 10 UK-wide locations, as we have sought to institutionalise the UK’s rental sector into a mainstream asset class. Through continued investment in talent, we are further widening the scope of our residential investment, development and management capabilities, as our ambitious plans for our BTR platform come to fruition. “With further site acquisitions identified for 2019 and an already robust portfolio of over 3,000 units now reaching the rental market, we are delighted to have brought Alex, Andrew and Nisha on board to diversify the teams’ skillset, broadening our expertise ahead of future expansion.”

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INTRATONE KEEPS STOCKPORT HOUSING RESIDENTS UPDATED Intratone, one of Europe’s largest access control specialists, has installed 25 of its digital noticeboards in the communal areas of a number of tower blocks in Stockport Housing Group’s property portfolio supporting the group’s aim of enhancing digital communications.

T. Gunning Ltd, the Chartered Building Company specialising in interior/exterior refurbishment, has completed a major project to refurbish and renovate Fairfield Hall, a magnificent, historic building in Bedfordshire.

Stockport Homes is an Arm’s Length Management Organisation that is responsible for managing housing stock comprising more than 11,500 homes on behalf of Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council. Stockport Homes wanted to be able to communicate important messages to residents such as maintenance works, lifts being out of operation and fire safety information in a quick and simple way via a cloud-based system that can be accessed remotely, 24/7. The asset managers, compliance managers and the communications team can upload PDFs, spreadsheets, word documents or design their own messages, and can manage individual boards or whole groups at a time through Intratone’s cloud-based management portal. The noticeboards use GSM technology so wireless networks are not required, and they are quick and easy to install. The digital noticeboards are 15in diameter; IP65 rated and made of 10mm thick glass so they are vandal resistant. Intratone is one of Europe’s largest access controls specialists and manufactures a range of costeffective door-entry and access control solutions designed around the customer need. Its systems are installed across a range of Housing Association, Social Housing and Private Properties throughout the UK and Europe.


McCoy Pearce was appointed on behalf of the management company to deliver the planned maintenance programme and to invite tenders from a selection of suitably qualified Contractors. T. Gunning was subsequently appointed to carry out works to the Grade II Listed former hospital on the maiden major works contract known as Phase 1. Working closely with Chartered Building Surveyors McCoy Pearce, T. Gunning has helped to transform the building, cleaning and repairing masonry and undertaking an extensive series of repairs to the building’s timber-framed windows. It has also conducted repairs to the roof, replaced guttering, and redecorated throughout – all of which has been done using materials appropriate to the building’s historic status. After successfully completing Phase 1, T. Gunning was invited to tender for the successive phases and has since successfully completed Phase 2 (in 2017) and Phase 3 in 2018. Built in the middle of the nineteenth century, the hospital is now the magnificent site for some 350 luxury apartments, set in private land amid well-manicured gardens. Although the works were predominantly to the external fabric, it still required an awareness of the sensitive local residents’ needs, especially in terms of logistics to cause the minimum disruption. To this end, T. Gunning established a methodical system of working from initial site set-up and scaffold erection, through to repair surveys and final completion. A dedicated site management team meant that any issues that were identified could be swiftly dealt with. Regular surveys and cost analysis reports ensured the project could be closely monitored, and any sub-contracted packages strictly managed for quality and compliance.



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TUFF PHONES Better mobile network coverage for construction workers as TUFF Phones unveils a Multi-Network SIM solution alongside its third generation of handsets. Rugged mobile phone manufacturer TUFF Phones has begun 2019 with the dual launch of its new TUFF T500 handset and a MultiNetwork SIM solution, which the company says delivers the connectivity of three major networks via one SIM card to improve network coverage for itinerant workers. The announcement comes alongside news of deals with several well-known builders’ merchants that will see TUFF Phones being merchandised on the counters of over 500 stores across the UK. Commenting on the latest developments, CEO Kevin Aspinall Nessling said, ‘Connectivity for transient construction workers is often an issue as they can frequently find themselves in dead spots without a signal or in situations where a network operator might provide decent signal strength in one area but a relatively weak or nonexistent signal in another (and vice versa with an alternative network operator). Our Multi-Network SIM provides a solution to this by bringing connectivity via the strongest signal from three major networks: Three, O2 and Vodafone.’ The T500, the first of TUFF’s third generation of 4G-enabled handsets to be launched, runs on the recent Android 8.1 operating system with a 1.5 GHz Quad-Core processor and boasts technical functionality such as face recognition unlock and fingerprint security. A Sony 13MP CMOS camera sensor offers crisp and detailed photos, and a massive 5000 mAh battery means the device will last for days without a charge (up to 580+ hours standby time). The phone is housed in a military grade, fibreglass-reinforced, rubberised body with a 5.7-inch Gorilla Glass screen and is IP69 certified waterproof and dustproof. The T500 comes with a two-year warranty and unlimited free screen replacements in the unlikely event of breakage for the lifetime of the warranty. Aspinall Nessling went on to say, ‘The pairing of the Multi-Network SIM with our third generation of devices offers a step change in rugged mobile technology and connectivity. For the same cost as a single network contract, construction workers can now enjoy better network coverage within a smartphone that will withstand the harshest of environments but while delivering the kind of capability which up until now could only be found in mainstream smartphones on the high street. Builders’ merchant stores offer the ideal environment within which to market this combination directly to small and medium-sized construction businesses for which connectivity is absolutely vital.’ The company says that two of its TUFF Phone models paired with the Multi-Network SIM solution will be available in several leading merchants from the end of January 2019, direct from the TUFF Phones website www.tuffphones.co.uk and in all 55 Get Connected retail stores across Wales and the South West.

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BUILDING EQUIPMENT CME Builds on Growth with New Account Manager Specialist marketing company, Construction Marketing Experts (CME), has appointed Eleanor Cessford to the role of account manager, signalling the business’s growth just weeks after its move into Liverpool. The new hire follows a busy year for CME after a number of new account wins and an extended remit for some of the company’s existing clients, all of which are companies operating within the built environment sector.


Eleanor joins an existing six-strong team, which services clients across the UK from its Old Hall Street offices, providing strategic direction and branding along with delivery of all elements of marketing activity including design, websites, PR, e-marketing and social media.

If you’re fed up with reading tapes upside down, get to grips with Fisco’s new ‘Mark-Right’ Tape. It’s designed for right-handed craftsmen and women with a blade that reads from right to left. So measuring and and marking gets a whole lot easier and more accurate because you wont have to read the tape measure upside down and use your left hand to hold the tape in position whilst marking. What’s more, the ‘Mark-Right’ reduces marking and cutting time for a right-handed user by 50%. Check out the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECTpcx7JzGI Available in 5m lengths, the blade is graduated in mm and inches, is accurate to EC Class II and housed in a tough ABS case with a positive action slide lock brake, belt clip and zeroing end hook. 17/09/2018 10:18:23 Construction UK Magazine - [Month] 20xx xx 2019 52 Construction UK Magazine - February

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Putting your money where your mouth is JCS are the UKs leading manufacturer of worm drive hose clamps but since the introduction of their unique TamperResistant clamps in 1997 many of their products never come into a contact with a hose. Tamtorque tamper-resistant clamps are an evolution of the JCS Hi-Torque clamp which themselves have built an unrivalled reputation for strength, durability and quality across a number of demanding industries. Fitted with a hardened stainless steel screw featuring a unique seven sided socket head along with the patented tail buckle, Tamtorque offers unrivalled levels of security strength and ease of use in comparison to all band type installation products. Tamtorque was predominantly designed for use in

the sign installation market and as such is approved and specified by many councils and highways agencies. Other uses include the installation of street furniture and valuable security equipment such as CCTV cameras. As the list of applications grew people were using Tamtorque for larger, heavier and more expensive equipment. The question was asked how much can Tamtorque actually hold?

testing and destroying lifting equipment used on North Sea oil and gas rigs.

The first tests conducted at the JCS factory were a somewhat crude arrangement with a fork-lift truck and a roll of steel however it was quickly realised for the clamps to be tested to their full capabilities a more controlled environment was required.

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The results were better than expected and installed an even greater level of confidence in their product for JCS staff, non-more so than their Sales and Marketing manager whos own vintage tractor you can see in the pictures dangling from one Tamtorque clamp.

The tests at independent lifting services showed Tom really had nothing to worry about as all the Tamtorque clamps failed at least 1.6 tons and the tractor comes in at just under 1.2.

Although in the real world Tamtorque clamps will never be used for such heavy applications its reassuring to know a simple-to-use, reliable and safe product is available and could possibly be the solution to one of those on-site problems.

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WSP appointed as Partner to the Northern Powerhouse Professional services and engineering consultancy, WSP has been appointed as Partner to the Northern Powerhouse. The Rt Hon Jake Berry, The Northern Powerhouse Minister confirmed and welcomed the WSP appointment saying: “Providing jobs and local growth lies at the heart of our vision for the Northern Powerhouse. I welcome engineering and professional services consultancy firm, WSP, as the latest member of the Northern Powerhouse Partners’ programme. Their work on upgrading the M62 between Warrington and Manchester, the Stockport Interchange and the Metrolink extension are all clear indications that WSP share our ambitions for improving people’s journeys and boosting economic growth, developing transport networks between our great towns and cities. We’re making the Northern Powerhouse a magnet for business, trade and tourism and this starts with making the North an even better place in which to live, work and travel.” With more than 2,000 staff in the North across its Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and Teesside offices, WSP is already intimately involved in delivering on the Northern Powerhouse’s potential and has worked or led on a number of major infrastructure schemes including the £104m two-stage design and build smart motorways contract upgrading the M62 between Warrington (J10) and Manchester (J12). WSP is also supporting Transport for the North (TfN), developing its plans for increasing the connectivity between northern cities, as well as helping other local authorities develop masterplan and

regeneration schemes across a number of towns and key hubs. Its work with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) on major schemes such as the Stockport Interchange and the Metrolink extension and tram station at Trafford, helped single out WSP during the partnership application process, demonstrating its knowledge and support of the Northern Powerhouse ambitions for 2019 and beyond. Its biodiversity and sustainability directors have also been working for some years with Green Manchester and Liverpool City Council to promote and deliver on its clean energy strategies. Only last month WSP Sustainability Director Simon Clouston was appointed to a key secondment on the UK Green Building Council which has its sights firmly set up on supporting and highlighting its progressive work in Greater Manchester and the North. Across the Pennines in South Yorkshire, the WSP transport, environmental and technical teams have been involved in supporting the Sheffield Innovation Corridor which is part of a Sheffield City Region bid for the Government’s £1.7bn Transforming Cities Fund; whilst in neighbouring Leeds, the design and transport divisions have been helping to drive progress on the Leeds LPTiP transport strategy. The WSP Partnership appointment comes hot on the heels of the Chancellor’s recent Budget announcement that saw a further injection of £37m earmarked for Northern Powerhouse Rail.

The recent decision by Channel 4 to bring its HQ to Leeds is another testament to the success of the Northern Powerhouse strategy of promoting and celebrating key industries, such as creative digital and media, that demonstrate the tangible growth of the Northern economy. WSP Managing Director of Planning and Advisory Ian Liddell, said: “WSP is committed to the success of the Northern Powerhouse and is delighted to continue our work with all the stakeholders, communities and political leaders to make this a true partnership that delivers long term benefits for all the regions. We aim to be a very active and vocal partner that will champion the North’s innovation, transport improvements, skills and job opportunities, culture and tourism; demonstrating the North is connected and energised. We want to enable the Northern economy as a whole to be greater than a sum of its parts and attract new inward investment that taps into the wealth of skills, opportunity and ambition we all have to offer. Moving into our new offices at No 8 First Street shortly also demonstrates our commitment to Manchester and the North as a whole.” The Northern Powerhouse itself will enable individual cities and towns of the North to pool their strengths, investing in better transport to connect up the North; backing sciences and innovation; investing in culture, housing and the quality of life to make the North a magnet for new businesses and talented people; and devolving powers and budgets, and creating powerful new elected mayors to give people in Northern cities and towns a strong voice.

DIRECTOR OF LOCAL CONSTRUCTION AND SHOPFITTERS TO WALK 630 MILES FOR CHILDREN IN NEED Neil Ball Director of Swindon-based Bushton Ferris Ltd is walking the South West Coastal Path to raise money for Children in Need. “I started to walk the 630 miles of the Coastal Path about seven years ago and so far have walked from Poole Harbour in Dorset to Mawgan Porth in Cornwall which is 440 miles!” explained Ball. With his friend, Susan Ritchie, Ball walks as much as he can at weekends, due to his work commitments with Bushton Ferris. With a proven track record of delivering work of the highest quality, both nationally and locally, Bushton Ferris provides professional construction services to suit a wide range of needs, including conversations and extensions to residential properties as well as shop fitting.

“Susan and I relished the challenge of walking the entire length of South West Coastal Path. Our aim is to complete the remaining 190 miles from Mawgan Porth to Minehead in Somerset before the 2019 Children in Need Day, so we have just under a year to do it. Although walking the path is hard work a lot of the time, the spectacular coastal views and amazing diversity of the countryside more than makes up for the real effort we have to put in to complete some of the sections.” Ball and Ritchie decided to make the best possible use of their walking experiences, which they share across their social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram, by raising money for Children in Need. This is the first of many charity activities that Bushton Ferris is planning to undertake

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with all money raised going to children’s charities. “Susan and I are going down to Cornwall to complete the next section of the Coastal Path over the New Year holiday, so watch out for updates across social media. Let’s hope the weather is kind to us,” said Ball.

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Company News 150 jobs created for Welsh construction firm R&M Williams, thanks to Bristol Airport A partnership between R&M Williams and Bristol Airport has this year created 150 new job opportunities for the construction sector in Wales.

Cardiff and Swansea-based R&M Williams has won three building contracts with the Airport, the latest awarded this month with news that a new £5million Airline Crew Building project will be built by the firm. The projects, worth a combined total of £18 million to R&M Williams, are part of ongoing development which will enable to the Airport to handle up to 10 million passengers by the early 2020s. In the past 12 months, the company has started work on a new fire station - due for completion in January - and is currently providing the framework for a state-of-theart administration building on site, which

will be in development until September 2019. The latest Airline Crew Building will provide a new security search area for staff entering the building, and will provide premium accommodation for airlines, ground handlers and partners who need to be close to the terminal and aircraft operating areas. Darryn Parry, Managing Director of R&M Williams, said: “We are thrilled that Bristol Airport has chosen to partner with us on a number of its expansion projects this year. With the announcement of each new building, R&M Williams has had the opportunity to create yet more jobs for local construction workers, as well as for Wales and South West Supply Chain Partners. We hope that this will pave the way for a great deal more collaborations in the future. The construction sector in Wales is second-to-none, and it’s great that the project

The Vortex Companies Hires Karl Bissinger to Run Its Quadex Europe Division Quadex LLC, a division of the Vortex Companies, has hired Karl Bissinger to develop and grow its newly formed Quadex Europe Division. Bissinger will focus on building a certified applicator base and expanding Quadex equipment and repair material sales throughout Europe. “We are excited to have Karl on board. His notable industry experience and knowledge of the European market will make him a valuable asset,” states Mike Vellano, CEO Vortex Companies. “With some of our products passing critical performance tests in Europe, it’s time for us to accelerate our growth plans. Karl’s primary charge will be to build an applicator network for the Quadex Lining System and sprayMASTER manhole rehabilitation rigs, overseeing product sales such as GeoKrete® geopolymer and a Structure Guard™ epoxies and opening up new markets throughout Europe.”

team at Bristol Airport has recognised that a strong relationship across the border carries with it some amazing opportunities for high quality and unique developments.” Andrew Goodenough, Development Director at Bristol Airport, said: “We are delighted to be working with R&M Williams on a third project this year. The building projects are the first that staff, airline partners and business partners will see and so it was vital that we work with a contractor that would prioritise quality and high standards, as much as energy efficiency – a key focus of our development plans. We’re really pleased with the work that R&M Williams has carried out in 2018 and we are looking forward to working with them again. It’s a testament to the professionalism and skills available in the construction sector in the region enabling us to use local companies for all of our construction projects.”

D.W. Nye helps schoolboy to complete ambitious Lego project A Year 10 pupil from Christ’s Hospital, who appealed to the local community to donate Lego bricks to complete an ambitious project, has received a welcome cash boost from D.W. Nye in Kingsfold. 14-year-old Levi, who has been interested in Lego and making things all his life, is attempting to build a large model of his school and requires an estimated 60,000 bricks to complete the replica 19th century building. Rex Nye, who is Managing Director at builders’ merchant D.W. Nye, and is a keen Lego fan himself, spotted Levi’s story in the local news and felt compelled to assist. He said:“I’m a huge fan of Lego, and of course construction. When I saw Levi’s quest to recreate what I consider such a beautiful building and one of our local landmarks, I couldn’t help but immediately think it would be great if our company could assist with funds. I’m really looking forward to seeing the end result of all Levi’s hard work.” Levi is hoping to have his project completed during 2020. The School and Levi have thanked Mr Nye for his kind support and offered him an invitation to the unveiling.

Bissinger has a wealth of design, production and business management experience in wastewater and stormwater industry. “I am extremely excited about this new stage in my career,” said Bissinger. “The Vortex Companies is completely committed to the improvement of our global infrastructure. Its expansion into Europe is a testament to that commitment,” he added. Mr. Bissinger’s resume is impressive. Throughout his 15+ year career, Bissinger has held a number of key management positions with the likes of Budaplast a manufacturer pipe, fittings, and shafts for trenchless reconstruction; Amiblu, a joint venture operation between Amiantit and Hobas Europe, Amiantit Corporation, and Neropipe & Design GmbH, a company he started in 2011.

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Company News Mock Trial helps construction team master health and safety challenges Woodhead Group has hosted a ‘mock trial’ of a serious on-site accident, to highlight the importance of robust health and safety policies. The trial took place in the Chambers at County Hall in West Bridgford, Nottingham, and has been carried out in partnership with Via, Safety Management Consultants AW Safety, construction company Tomlinsons and legal service specialists rRadar. More than 50 people took part in the training course, which was staged as a ‘mock trial’. Attendees acted as ‘the jury’, which was played out by a cast of eight made up of employees from AW Safety, Tomlinson and rRadar. Those taking part in the course came predominantly from Woodhead’s supply chain, health and safety reps from other businesses and the insurance sector. It aimed to raise awareness of the importance of following best practice and legal requirements. Kerri Grocock, Health, Safety and Environment Manager at Woodhead Group said: “This event has been a year in

the planning, it involved a huge amount of preparation, and I’m so pleased it went well. I attended a mock trial ten years ago and thought it was something we would benefit from. Our actors were kitted out in traditional legal dress, with wigs and gowns, and the whole event will resemble a condensed, but real trial. It’s a fantastic way to show how an accident or health and safety breach can impact on a company, and how this would play out in court. We expected our attendees to observe what was happening, and come to their own conclusions, acting as our jury.” The scenario used in the trial involved a digger hitting a high voltage cable, causing someone nearby serious burns. Nobody died in the scenario, but the future of the fictional building company, which already had a poor health and safety record, and the

company director himself, was in question. The diggerdriver, banksman, Health and Safety Executive, Company Director and Site Manager were all questioned and forced to defend themselves at trial. The event also included guest speaker, Jason Anker MBE, who spoke about the effects on the injured person, family, friends, colleagues following an accident. His speech was moving and thought provoking and tied in very well with the event. Following the success of this first event, Woodhead Group plans to hold future similar mock trials, in partnership with rRadar, AW Safety and the Council, as well as the Working Well Together Group, which is supported by the HSE. ‫‏‬

KAM celebrates five years in business and 64% growth in the last 12 months Construction consultancy KAM Project Consultants is celebrating five years in business. The independent company of project managers and cost consultants focuses on delivering schemes across two primary markets - industrial/distribution and commercial mixed-use. Directors Kevin Sims and Mike Wilcock set up KAM in 2013 after 30 years of working together on a range of high-profile clients at an international consultancy. Since then they have been joined by seven directors to take the business forward on to the next stage of its growth cycle. The company now has a 34-strong team across its offices in Milton Keynes and Leicester and an impressive array of clients including GLP Gazeley, Bericote, Panattoni, Sainsbury’s and DHL.

growth and a 40% increase in staff in just the last year. The company is continuing its expansion plans and its current recruitment drive is focusing on cost managers for both of its UK offices. Projects in mainland Europe are also a possibility in 2019. Kevin said: “Five years ago Mike and I set up our new venture with a lot of hard work and hope. Our vision was to build a project manager/quantity surveyor (PM/QS) business that puts customers at the forefront of everything it does. Since then, along with many other dedicated and talented individuals, KAM has grown into the company it is today – the premier PM/QS business in the industrial and logistics sector. Our success

This ethos combined with the diverse calibre of expertise in the KAM team, is the reason KAM has experienced significant expansion and the company was listed in the top three of the 150 fastest growing companies in Building magazine with 64%

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is derived from exceptional hard work across the team and delivering high quality recruits. We pride ourselves on developing long lasting relationships and ensuring customer satisfaction throughout the delivery of every project. All of our team are empowered to forge and maintain relationships with both clients and other consultants and we take every pride in each client project that we take on, from the first meeting to completion.” Significant schemes that KAM is currently working on include multiple sites for Panattoni, Bericote’s Littlebrook development, Clipper Logistics’ new warehouse in Crick for Halfords, and a multi storey distribution centre in central London for GLP Gazeley.

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McCann paves the way for future success with the next wave of industry experts! Investment in the next generation of civil and electrical engineering specialists is vital for Nottingham-based McCann in order for the company to remain at the forefront of the industry. The business has recently placed significant investment in two of its youngest employees, after Alex Scott and Liam Brennan both successfully achieved their respective apprenticeship and CPCS qualifications. Over the past 12 months, Alex has completed his McCann Intermediate Level Apprenticeship in Highways Maintenance while Liam has worked through his dumper (category A09a) and excavator (category A58a) trained operator tickets as part of the CPCS card scheme. After joining McCann in September 2017, Alex is delighted to now have his apprenticeship under his belt and is looking forward to a bright future in the industry as he looks to progress further with McCann. “I always knew I wanted to go down the apprenticeship route so when McCann offered me the chance to complete my Highways Maintenance qualification, I grabbed it with

both hands. Apprenticeships offer on-the-job training, something which is invaluable when learning any skill or trade. I think there’s a resurgence in these types of qualifications and I have definitely seen the benefits helping me learn and up-skill quickly while benefiting from the very best training available.” Liam is equally pleased to have achieved his qualification, which sees him taking the first step on the path to becoming a plant operator with McCann. He sees it as the perfect grounding for a successful future career. “McCann is recognised as an expert within electrical and civil engineering so to be able to receive training and on-the-job experience from such a reputable company alongside my CPCS, is fantastic!”

“In 2017, McCann became a member of the 5% Club - demonstrating our long-term commitment to educating and bringing through the next generation of civil and electrical engineering experts,” said Ben. He continued, “To see such a high standard of apprentices and new-starters coming through the ranks is very rewarding for everyone at the company. Alex has the option to progress further now as does Liam - who will be enrolling on the appropriate NVQs to upgrade his CPCS card categories. We look forward to further developing Alex and Liam’s skills over the coming years as they, alongside fellow apprentices, contribute to the businesses long term future success.”

In the short time Alex and Liam have been with the company, they have made their mark and are an example of the Company’s commitment to training - as McCann’s Quality and Lean Manager Ben Feltham goes on to explain.

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PRETTYS OUTLINES WHY IT’S ESSENTIAL TO MAKE A LAWYER PART OF YOUR TOOLKIT… The construction industry is booming. 2018 alone saw work valued at over £100 billion take place in the UK and the number of construction firms operating in the country rose by 6.2%. In addition to the usual tools and equipment you’d expect to find in the toolkit of any operator in the industry there is something extra that needs to be considered to give your business the ultimate edge: a lawyer. The construction industry contends with a wide range of legal issues, each of which needs addressing swiftly by practitioners with a thorough understanding of that industry. This is where leading law firm Prettys steps in. Based in Ipswich, the firm has experts in all areas of commercial law and an experienced Construction team that can provide responsive support on the full breadth of matters faced by businesses throughout the supply chain, both contentious and non-contentious. Rebecca Palmer, Senior Associate in Prettys’ Construction team gave her insights into how a lawyer can become an integral part of the toolkit of construction businesses of every tier of the supply chain. SOLUTIONS NOT PROBLEMS Prettys’ lawyers tackle a variety of

construction-based legal issues on a daily basis - from reviewing, negotiating and finalising documentation, to analysing the client’s position in respect of a brewing dispute and navigating the client through next steps. A client’s needs determine Prettys’ approach – sometimes the appropriate tools are a chisel and some sandpaper; on other occasions an axe may be called for! Whatever the requirements, the team offers a bespoke package of services and a client-centred approach. The Construction team’s members make sure they are available for those ad hoc queries and present clients with solutions, not problems. REGULAR COMMUNICATION Prettys differentiates itself from competitors by delivering tailored solutions in a jargon-free way. This ensures letters are moulded to fit how they talk to their clients so that delivery is packaged in a manner that works for the client’s business. This could mean short emails with straight to the point bullets, phone calls or face-to-face visits. As well as this, to take away any administrative burden from the

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client, the team will ghost-write letters of correspondence on their behalf. GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND For many clients, Prettys acts as an instantly available helpline for any construction law issues they may have. The firm is very much an extension of its clients’ businesses. Price transparency is key. Prettys prioritises certainty for its clients and steers clear from issuing invoices that contain surprises. But it’s the level of support the client requires that dictates the level of input supplied - sometimes clients need urgent support, on other occasions all that is required is a quick chat and corroboration on an approach. FIGHTING FOR CLIENTS Prettys always puts clients’ interests at the forefront of everything it does. It is important to get the balance right between being approachable and friendly and being able to go into that tense negotiation ready to fight the client’s corner and achieve a timely solution. Prettys will not let clients be bullied. Moulding its service to match the needs of each and every client, Prettys’ lawyers pride themselves on being more than just providers of legal advice. Instead, they quickly become an extension of the clients’ own teams and share with everyone they work with the benefits of: • industry-leading advice; • commercial insight; • cost effective solutions; • one-to-one support; and • exemplary levels of flexible, prompt and responsive service.

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Project News Major milestone achieved for the world’s tallest modular towers Award winning developers, Tide Construction has reached a new milestone in delivering the world’s tallest modular towers in Croydon, by completing their core structures. Their offsite company Vision Modular will install the fully-fitted modules around the concrete cores, using one of the most modern and robust off-site construction systems. The two towers at 101 George Street will be the tallest structures to be built off-site using modular construction methods, and will reach heights of 44 and 38 storeys. The development, which has been forward-funded by Greystar and Henderson Park, will be operated by Greystar and will offer 546 high quality homes for rent within the Build-to-Rent market, providing residents with shared amenities, a professional management team and a 24/7 onsite service. The short construction process, of just over two years, is made possible through Tide Construction’s efficient delivery. This is compounded with the modules being manufactured in the Vision Modular Systems’ Bedford factory, and then transported onsite. Following the rapid completion of the concrete cores by Tide Construction, Vision Modular will install the precision-manufactured modules and securely position them into place.

Designed by HTA Design, the building will also benefit residents and the local community, who will enjoy amenities ranging from winter gardens, an art gallery, an incubator hub for local businesses and an on-site café. Each tower will also contain gyms, club rooms and garden terraces. Building with our Vision Modular System has also led to a higher quality finish, with 80 per cent less waste and construction traffic, fewer onsite workers and greater certainty on costs and time. It is clear to see that modular is the future as this a method of construction that can quickly install units of high-quality architectural design, in a safe and controlled environment. Tide Construction currently has 1500 residential units under construction across the Greater London area. Tide Construction and Vision Modular Systems are also working in partnership with Greystar on the first phase of the Greenford Build-to-Rent scheme in Ealing, whereby they are delivering 400 homes within an 18 months programme. They have recently completed a 100-unit apartment building for Pocket Living in Wandsworth - Mapleton Crescent, which again was developed on a constrained urban site, and are currently delivering a 120-unit modular, residential scheme for Pocket in Ealing.

REM AND SELLAR CELEBRATE SHARD PALACE “TOPPING OUT” AS 26-STOREY RESIDENTIAL BUILDING REACHES ITS HIGHEST POINT Real Estate Management (UK) Limited (“REM”) and Sellar, the joint development manager, celebrated Shard Place, the third phase of development at Shard Quarter, reaching its highest point with a traditional construction topping out event. The 26-storey residential building stands between The Shard, Western Europe’s tallest building, and The News Building in London Bridge and will comprise of 176 apartments.

one of London’s most vibrant communities.

The topping out event was led by Michael Baker, CEO of REM, and James Sellar, CEO of Sellar. They welcomed representatives from the project team, which includes architect Renzo Piano Building Workshop, construction managers Mace and project engineer WSP, and local dignitaries. To mark the event, a delegation travelled to the very top of the building to fill one final section with concrete using a ceremonial spade.

James Sellar, CEO, Sellar said: “In keeping with the now well-established Shard Quarter, this latest phase brings a residential building designed by a world class architectural team. Our joint venture with the State of Qatar is creating a beautiful building with apartments of the highest design standards. As well as creating an integrated lifestyle building with outstanding amenities and spectacular views across London, Shard Place completes our vision for a truly mixeduse development at London Bridge which we commenced development of in 2008. This latest phase reflects Qatar’s commitment to both The Shard Quarter and its confidence in London and the UK, as well as the continuing strength of the relationship between the two countries”

Shard Place is the third phase of the £3.5 billion redevelopment of the estate next to London Bridge station, now known as Shard Quarter. The project team will now turn its attention to completing the cladding, which is in keeping with the aesthetics of The Shard and The News Building. The interior fit out has already commenced with the installation of high-quality fixtures and fittings. When completed in late 2020, Shard Place will provide a choice of studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartments alongside amenities for the exclusive use of residents including a cinema, spa, and private roof garden. The building will appear to ‘float’ nine metres above ground level providing 13,000 sq ft of public realm and circa 12,000 sq ft of retail space, further reinforcing Shard Quarter as

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Residents will benefit from Shard Quarter’s exceptional transport links given its proximity to London Bridge Station. Alongside the onsite amenities, Shard Quarter is next door to world-famous cultural hotspots and historical locations, such as Borough Market, Bermondsey Street and Tower Bridge, making the area an attractive place to live, as well as work and visit.

Michael Baker, CEO, Real Estate Management (UK) Limited, said: “The vision for Shard Quarter was to create a mixed-use quarter where people could live, work and relax. Shard Place will make this a reality when the first residents move in towards the end of 2020. With London’s population projected to grow rapidly over the next 15 years, we know that there will be strong demand for well-located homes and we have chosen to satisfy the need for high quality apartments. Shard Place will offer its residents an enviable lifestyle with exclusive amenities

Project News ONWARDS AND UPWARDS! NEW £35M SRC ARMAGH CAMPUS ON TRACK FOR 2020 OPENING Key milestone reached as stunning new campus reaches its highest point with ‘digital twin’ created as part of major innovation. Southern Regional College’s new £35 million landmark campus in Armagh is well on track for a grand opening launch in 2020 after reaching another important construction milestone. Key representatives, including Southern Regional College’s Chief Executive Brian Doran, Neil Madeley from Further Education Division within the Department for the Economy who are providing the funding for the project and Mark Campbell from construction lead Felix O’Hare and Co. Limited, gathered this week at the site to witness the new building reach its highest point. Constructed on the existing Lonsdale Road site, the 14,000 square-metre campus stands 18.4 metres tall and will house an unrivalled blend of specialist accommodation designed to facilitate world class professional and technical education and training. It will also include learning facilities required for students studying at degree and postgraduate levels. Around 200 jobs are being created within the construction phase of the project which also includes 25 apprenticeship opportunities. Southern Regional College Chief Executive, Brian Doran, said: “I’m delighted to see for myself how quickly things have moved forward from when we

were here to mark the construction work commencing last spring. It’s so exciting to see many very notable and visible milestones being reached on schedule, with the full steel structure now firmly in place, in addition to concrete floors, stairs and roof coverings. With internal walls now being positioned and mechanical and electrical installations under way, there’s a real momentum gathering behind the build.” Designed by WYG Group with Kennedy Fitzgerald Architects, a key feature of the new Armagh build is the provision of innovation hubs through which students will directly engage with business and industry in real life projects. A compelling platform for harnessing capability, focusing investment and stimulating enterprise, these new commercially-focused hubs will provide a natural fit for local businesses keen to benefit from collaborative opportunities available.

The campus has been carefully designed to include a modern new Learning Resource Centre, integrated student social areas and Learning Support services, in addition to specialist spaces to support practical and theory-based learning in ceramics, photography, fine art, dance, music, performing arts, hair and beauty. Five world class construction and engineering workshops will also enhance its STEM-focused credentials. The next project milestones currently ongoing and due for completion include the new window systems, the internal walls and cladding for the external walls while all mechanical and electrical work is underway.

Newry-based Felix O’Hare Limited, which is spearheading the building project, has also scored a new first for Armagh by creating a ‘digital twin’ or replica of the building that details the complete makeup of the building, the “nuts and bolts” and materials used.

Already a national and international success, the new Armagh campus was recognised earlier this year as Northern Ireland’s best initiative at the UK-wide Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards from more than 30 finalists.

Building and maintaining a ‘digital twin’ or interactive online model of the Armagh campus provides both a life history of its development and a platform that can be used to maintain auditable records of its maintenance, operation and performance – all of which improves efficiency, value for money and longevity for the investment made.

The local team behind the project also secured the global New Engineering Contract (NEC) ‘Client of the Year’ Award 2018 at a ceremony in London. NEC is endorsed by governments and industry bodies worldwide and has an unrivalled track record for assisting in delivering largescale projects – including the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games venues.

within the building and one of London’s most vibrant neighbourhoods on their doorstep all a stone’s throw from a major transportation hub.” Gareth Lewis, Mace’s Chief Operating Officer for Construction, said: “Shard Place will be an iconic addition to the London skyline and a fitting conclusion to delivery of the Shard Quarter. It’s a project that Mace is very proud to be working on, having been involved in the delivery of the Shard Quarter from the very beginning. This topping out reflects a significant milestone on the journey to delivering this complex and challenging construction project.” Joost Moolhuijzen, Architect, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, said: “Topping out is always a great moment, you finally start to see what the building will become. Some of its secrets get unveiled. It tells us also that the name “Shard Place” is right: “Shard” as it

really feels like an integral part of The Shard. “Place” as it shows that once the hoardings will disappear a great Public Realm will appear

connecting the Shard Quarter Piazza with St Thomas Street, opening up a whole new pedestrian route.”

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