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APRIL 2018

Barberry unveils £60 million homes development at MIPIM

Canmoor snaps up Westway Park in Glasgow from administrators

Architex 2018 at St Georges Hall, Liverpool

NBC Environment celebrate 25 years in business

Multi-million pound industrial development at Lynefield Park

UK Social Housing Market worth £11.4 billion in 2017

Schöck software optimises Hollowcore connector usage


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Contents April 2018


Green light for 156 new homes in Pollokshaws


NBC Environment celebrate 25 years in business


Brogan Group offer common user towers for High-Rise Projects


£750k secured for world class performing arts and music facility


Canmoor snaps up Westway Park in Glasgow from administrators


Vicaima reaches new heights with their Visual Sensations Collection


Schöck software optimises Hollowcore connector usage


UK social housing market worth an estimated £11.4 billion in 2017


Drilling yourself a hole - exploring drill bit characteristics


Architex 2018 at St Georges Hall, Liverpool


The UK pipes and fittings market grows 21% since 2012


Multi-million pound industrial development at Lynefield Park


Barberry unveils £60 million homes development at MIPIM


Station Square - designed by humans, built (in part) by robots

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Project News

Construction Solutions awarded complex refurb contract in Spitalfields Solutions will also need to design, lift and install two triangular trusses, each weighing 10 tonnes and that span the full width of the building to provide a column-free top floor. Mark Farmer, managing director of Construction Solutions said: “This is a very complex refurbishment project both in terms of its design and location. Situated on a narrow, one-way street in the heart of London, we have to overcome many logistical challenges as are unable to close the road or use a tower crane to help lift equipment and materials. This means that we will have to manually lift, move and distribute the structural work using the internal space. Deliveries will also need to be carefully planned to ensure that no vehicles block the street.” Construction Solutions, which specialises in structural alterations, has secured a new £1m contract as part of a major £9m refurbishment project near Brick Lane in London. The 32,200 sq ft office building is located on Princelet Street and was originally constructed in the 1800s. It is being extensively refurbished and extended, including the addition of two floors, a new

roof structure, and a larger atrium featuring a new cantilevered staircase. Appointed by main contractor Collins Construction, Construction Solutions will be responsible for designing and installing the temporary works and structural steelwork as well as carrying out groundworks and demolition. This will involve removing the existing roof, supporting the entire façade, and underpinning party walls. Construction

William Bowers, senior project manager at Collins Construction added: “We have appointed Construction Solutions as our specialist partner on a number of projects, so we know they have the expertise and experience required to manage the challenging structural elements of this project. Working within such a constrained site will require the team to go the extra mile, carefully co-ordinating its activity and ensuring minimal disruption to the surrounding area.”

GREEN LIGHT FOR 156 NEW HOMES IN POLLOKSHAWS Glasgow-based construction company CCG (Scotland) Ltd has been given planning approval to build 156 contemporary, energy-efficient homes in Glasgow’s south side. To be delivered by CCG Homes, Riverford Gardens will offer a range of exclusive properties in a highly desirable location on Riverford Road in Pollokshaws. Planning approval has been granted by Glasgow City Council for 40 three and four-bedroom townhouses, 12 three-bedroom semi-detached houses and 104 one and two-bedroom flats. The site is bound by views of the White Cart River and is complete with public green space and is adjacent to local amenities and transport links. Calum Murray, Director of CCG, said: “CCG has significant experience and expertise in housebuilding. Across Glasgow we have delivered award-winning developments in affordable housing as well as a series of luxury developments in Glasgow’s west end.These credentials have given us the confidence in the market to re-launch the CCG Homes brand and the development at Riverford Gardens, which will be one of the largest private housing developments in Glasgow. With a range of house types and a contemporary design, we are confident this development will be a success and one that the market eagerly awaits.” CCG is set to begin full construction works this spring.

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NBC Environment Celebrate 25 Years in Business Unique business start-up supported by the Princes Trust in 1993 celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. 2018 marks the 25th anniversary and NBC Environment will be celebrating this milestone by fundraising for the Princes Trust to help give other businesses the opportunity to have the same support NBC has received. NBC Environment was founded by Managing Director John Dickson with a Prince’s Trust Grant in 1993. John received mentoring and even won an award from the Princes Trust in 1994 where he was lucky enough to meet Prince Charles. Over the years the company has gone from strength to strength expanding their services. This position was bolstered by the strategic merger with Blackdown Environmental in January 2017 and is now a whollyowned NBC Environment company. Blackdown offers ecological consultancy and environmental contracting to support the rural economy. Now in their 25th year the company is providing employment for over 150 families with a turnover of over £7m – a fantastic achievement to reach. To celebrate this milestone NBC are hosting a conference to promote environmental sustainability in business; ‘Creating a Sustainable Environmental Strategy; Innovation in Environmental Sustainability and Compliance’. To be held at Twickenham Stadium on Monday 23rd April, 9.30am – 5.30pm where NBC will be welcoming delegates from a variety of industries including construction, aviation, utilities, facilities, waste management, highways and rail. A fantastic schedule of inspirational speakers are planned, such as Simon King - Wildlife Expert, Penny Simpson -

Environmental Lawyer and Andy Baxter – Bird Strike Advisor plus many more due to cover topics such as; • Brexit and how it may affect environmental laws • The use of Drones in bird management and environmental planning • The responsibility of all business’s to manage bird strike hazard and best practice • Mitigating the impacts of commercial operations on ecology • The importance of environmental sustainability in business • Creating a strategy for environmental sustainability There will also be a number of demonstrations by industry experts including live bird of prey, robotic falcons, surveying with drones and the latest bird management technology such as lasers. It is a ticketed event with the full price of admissions donated to the Princes Trust with an aim of raising over £10,000. Tickets will be priced at £45 for standard admission £55 including a tour of the

stadium plus there will be higher priced options for those that wish to make a larger donation to the trust. Delegates are encouraged to register early for the conference as due to high demand there are limited places available. NBC Environment feel this is the perfect way to raise awareness of environmental sustainability, the legal responsibilities and highlight the innovative options available to businesses across a wide number of industries. While raising funds to support young people going into business through the Princes Trust just like Mr Dickson 25 years ago.


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News Stories

Steelpark secures second occupier before completion A multi-million pound trading estate development in the West Midlands has secured an occupier before the unit has reached completion, commercial property company Goold Estates has announced. The undisclosed occupier has signed a 10-year lease on a 10,000 sq ft unit at Steelpark Trading Estate in Wednesfield, Wolverhampton. It is the latest deal to be announced at the trading estate, a 70,000 sq ft speculative development of six industrial units on a 4.5-acre site. It is expected to generate dozens of jobs in the area. Late last year, it was announced that Kinetrol Ltd, manufacturers of rotary pneumatic actuators, had acquired a 7,754 sq ft unit at Steelpark, for an undisclosed sum, to be used by its Powerite division, suppliers of valves, actuators and actuated valve assemblies. Dominic Goold, director of Midlands-based Goold Estates, said: “This is a high quality development, which has attracted a lot of interest from potential occupiers. The latest deal we have agreed highlights the potential that this development offers. It is in an

excellent location with great transport connections so we were confident there would be strong demand in the market for the units.” The Steelpark Trading Estate gained speculative development finance through Finace Birmingham and the West Midlands Combined Authority Collective Investment Fund. It provides access to the motorway network, being just 4.6 miles west of J10 M6 and four miles south of J1 M54. Units vary in size from 7,754 sq ft to 21,450 sq ft.

Jobs boost as business park expansion approved Plans for the third phase of a multi-million pound business park in Leamington Spa that could bring hundreds of jobs to the Warwickshire town have been given the go-ahead, leading property developers Stoford Developments has announced. The joint development with leading asset management company BlackRock, will see the 31.7-acre site on Tachbrook Road transformed with the construction of seven industrial units at Spa Park. Work is due to start shortly on phase three at the site – once home to Leamington’s largest employer Automotive Products. The development is expected to create hundreds of new jobs and bring further investment to the area. The industrial/warehouse units, complete with ancillary offices, will be available from 30,000 sq ft to 288,000 sq ft and will be suitable for light industrial/ business, general industrial and storage and distribution (B1, B2 and B8 classes). Warwick District Council’s planning committee has approved the plans for the development, which is within an allocated employment site within the local authority’s local plan.

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Dan Gallagher, Stoford joint managing director, said: “Now that we have planning consent we are looking forward to starting construction. Demolition of existing buildings will start in April. This is a significant development that will create much-needed business units of a size that are very much in demand in this area. We are confident that this new scheme will generate huge interest from prospective occupiers based on the positive discussions we have already had. We hope to make announcements on the first occupiers in the not too distant future.”

News Stories HORBURY’S FIRE SAFETY AGREEMENT WITH RE-ALLIES Leading property maintenance provider Horbury Property Services has been successful in becoming an approved fire safety contractor on the procurement framework Re:allies. Re:allies is a partnership between Procure Plus, Efficiency North and the Central Housing Investment Consortium and has selected approved companies across four areas of the country as part of its new Fire Risk and Mitigation Framework. Horbury Property Services has been approved to provide fire compartmentation and fire stopping works to the Wales, Midlands and South areas. The framework is for a four year period and was designed with the help of the Greater Manchester High Rise Taskforce, which was set up in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire to help deal with fire safety issues. Richard Sutton, General Manager at Horbury Property Services, said: “We’re delighted to be an approved fire safety contractor on the Re:allies framework. Using approved contractors on this framework gives social housing providers the reassurance that the work will be carried out to the highest standard, whilst

protecting tenants and the housing stock.” Paul Tennant, chair of the Re:allies Partnership, said: “This is a critically important matter for the housing industry and we have worked with the Greater Manchester High Rise Taskforce in its development and packaged the framework so that it is not subject to variations in pricing.” Horbury Property Services provides a full range of repair, refurbishment and maintenance works, This includes inspection, installation, repair and maintenance of fire doors, joinery works, fire stopping, sealing, fire compartmentation, planned preventative maintenance regimes, portable appliance testing, electrical testing and installation work, building fabric repairs as well as external cladding and render repairs.

decorating, ceiling and flooring upgrades and de-mountable screens, amongst others. The company has regional offices in London and South Wales together with a South Yorkshire Head Office, ensuring a truly national capability. This regional presence enables its teams to successfully deliver responsive repairs or large planned refurbishment and maintenance programmes. For more details, visit www.horburypropertyservices.com or call 01709 917555.

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“The Government will continue to fail clean air targets if it ignores construction site emissions,” London’s former Deputy Mayor for Environment urges Following the UK Government losing its third court case after being told it must tackle illegal levels of pollution due to its “seriously flawed” approach, Matthew Pencharz highlights the role that construction sites are playing in pollution. As the Government’s current policy to tackle the growing problem of air pollution is declared “unlawful” in another High Court ruling, Matthew Pencharz, former Deputy Mayor of London for Environment, has urged ministers to re-evaluate their construction practices in their efforts to clear the dirty urban air. “The Government has now lost three cases at the High Court over its plans to improve air quality across the UK,” said Pencharz, current director of Off Grid Energy. “We are in breach of legal limits for Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), and action needs to be taken across the country to prevent more harmful air pollution and further embarrassment for ministers.” Previously, just 28 local authorities in England were included in the new air quality plan, but this has since risen to 45 English and Welsh authorities which are now required to take action. While the focus

is on transport related emissions as the greatest contributor to the UK’s poor air quality, Pencharz highlighted the immense benefits that cleaner construction practises could have to the quality of air. “The Government continues to miss a trick in not taking action on emissions from temporary power generating systems and construction equipment,” he said. “In London, construction equipment is estimated to be responsible for 7% of NOx emissions, of which 25% is due to temporary power generators. There is no question that construction activity in densely populated areas should be addressed.” London has brought forward reasonable regulation on Non Road Mobile Machinery (NRMM) to ensure that only the cleanest plant equipment is used on construction sites. “The Government needs to show leadership by following the capital’s lead and having such regulations across areas of poor air quality. They need not be a burden on business but, on the contrary, lead to a triple win of lower emissions, lower cost and growth of a clean tech sector, which the

UK is a world leader of.” He went on to suggest an alternative technology for construction practices that comes in the form of battery storage. The offering from companies like Off Grid Energy was built to deliver affordable, high performance solutions while also reducing the amount of emissions by only burning fuel when it is at its most efficient. “Battery storage technology has progressed so that modular hybrid power systems can easily be built. A battery and diesel generator can be used in tandem to create a hybrid system just as in a bus or car. In times of low load just the battery runs and in times of high load or when the battery needs charging, the generator is switched on.” In times of low load, just the battery runs, while in times of high load or when the battery needs charging, the generator is switched on, saving up to £500 a week in fuel costs and 2.5 Tonnes of CO2. “There is no question about it, implementing cleaner technology to construction sites is a triple win – healthier air, less CO2 and less cost,” he added.

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A sound effect on people – Ecophon’s acoustics podcast Acoustics, sound, noise. All impact our lives every day. Yet it is not a subject that is often discussed. Until now. Welcome to “A sound effect on people” a podcast series that explores how we are affected by sound and how poor acoustics can be harmful to your wellbeing. We all know that certain sounds can change the way we feel, but can we improve our lives simply by improving the acoustics of the rooms we are in? Our hearing is the one sense we can’t turn off, yet in evolutionary terms it is tuned for outdoor environments. But with many of us now spending up to 90% of our time indoors, we struggle when excessive noise and reverberant echo trigger our ancient fight or flight response. The physiological response to constant loud noise causes fatigue, stress and elevated heart rates, quite the opposite of what is needed for successful healing or productive work. And if we cannot communicate effectively in schools, teaching will be ineffective and children’s attainment may suffer. In the office we know that some people like to work in quiet, while some feed off the buzz, so we should also explore the effect of personality on the way our bodies and minds respond to the noise that surrounds us. Ecophon are building a series of podcasts to follow discussing acoustics in healthcare, education and office environments; as well as broader topics including biophilia, physiological and psychological factors in office design, silence, creativity and the use of technology. A new podcast is released every month, and available via iTunes, Soundcloud or wherever you prefer to listen. Alternatively they can be listened to at www.ecophon.com/uk/podcast.

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Common User Towers for HighRise Projects The solution to access requirements for personnel and materials during construction. High-rise tower projects are on the up in and around London and the numbers are rising still. According to the 2017 London Tall Buildings survey, there are now 455 towers in the pipeline, of which 420 are marked out for residential. With the number of new skyscrapers and tower developments transforming the capital’s skyline already, and this number set to climb further in the next few years, contractors need efficient and fit for purpose access solutions more than ever before. Common user towers and hoists make the construction of high-rise structures (up to 300m high) more efficient in terms of cost, time and money and greatly improve building logistics. Brogan Group are one of the few access contractors in the capital that can offer design, hire and installation of common user towers – a dynamic access solution that eases the construction of tower designs drastically. A Common user Tower is a temporary structure tied to a high-rise building during construction that enables all hoisting facilities to be arranged around and tied to it. Only the common tower itself is tied into the main structure, providing a common access area for all trades and goods, whilst reducing the need to leave openings for access into the building. Hoists can be attached to all three of the open sides of the tower and many also incorporate an escape staircase. Employing common user towers affords maximum capacity for the transport of materials and personnel to optimum working heights of the building with minimum interference. By positioning hoists and temporary staircases in just one concentrated area of the building, work such as cladding can be carried out more efficiently on the entire envelope of the building, with the exception of only

Brogan Group are one of the few access contractors in the capital that can offer design, hire and installation of common user towers – a dynamic access solution that eases the construction of tower designs drastically.

one area for the common tower tie in. This system also allows for the fit out of the lower floors to commence earlier as the building is being constructed.

Rapid fit outs are enabled as the tower/ hoist system allows contractors to fully exploit floor level openings and optimise the use of the floor heights when distributing cladding and installing prefabricated pods. The deck level can be set either flush with the slab level or above it depending on requirements. As an established hoist contractor, Brogan Group offer a range of cage sizes on single or twin mast hoists, with cages as large as 3m wide and 5m long available on a twin mast. We design the optimum configuration for the programme of works with a choice of hoists to all sides of the tower or a mixture of hoists and bespoke temporary staircases that integrate with the common tower system. Brogan Group common towers are extremely strong and safe. Towers are manufactured to the highest standards with a rigorous quality manufacturing process. Additionally, the tower, along with the ancillary access elements, are designed, inspected and maintained to the highest safety standards by Brogan Group design engineers, estimators and installers. To find out more about Brogan Group’s common user towers and hoists or to see more about the full-range of access solutions they offer please visit www.brogangroup.com or call 0333 358 0007.

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Project News

Almost £1m private investment secured for world class educational facility with iconic bell tower One Creative Environments Ltd. (One) has announced that £750k of private investment has already been secured for a world class performing arts and music facility, only weeks after planning was secured. This news has been announced during MIPIM, the world’s leading property market in Cannes, where One, which has a Midlands HQ and a London office, is a senior partner with the Midlands-wide delegation, Midlands UK. This purpose built educational building, which has been fully designed by the multi-disciplinary design company, One, will provide a wealth of opportunities for students. The addition of the bell tower, which is being privately funded, means that Christopher Whitehead Language College (CWLC) and Sixth Form in Worcester will be the only state school in the country to have such facilities on a school site. A ‘sponsorship’ package and promotional document are being developed, along with a tender pack to RIBA Stage 4, over the next few months for this £5million exciting and iconic development. However, this funding has already been secured through private investors even though the formal funding process is yet to start. This latest announcement now means that One and the school are well on the way to making this vision a reality, with

building planned to start during 2019. The remaining private investment of just over £4million will now be sought which includes meetings this week at the global property and real estate show in France. One is a multi-disciplinary building design company and has provided all aspects of the design: masterplanning, architecture, landscape architecture, structural and civil engineering and building services all modelled in a 3D Building Information Modelling (BIM) environment – the future of intelligent building design. The contemporary and innovative building was fully supported by the planners for its sustainability principles. The form of the building was inspired by the movement of dance and how a dancer can be held effortlessly in the air. In this design, the weight of the bells are disguised in an elegant bell tower structure that people walk underneath which is now affectionately known as “the ballerina tower.” The multi-functional facility for teaching will combine music, drama, dance and vocational studies. It will help students learn about business and there is a radio station, booking office, hair salon and small kitchen and servery. Marketing of events will also provide opportunities for students to understand more about business promotion. The addition of the bell tower as an

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iconic entrance will enable the teaching of bell-ringing which has wide ranging educational benefits in the teaching of art, science and mathematics. Bell-ringing sheet music is based on mathematical formulas and requires mental agility for synchronisation and the combination of the bells. It will also help improve student’s physical agility, co-ordination, reaction time and balance, improve muscle endurance and cardiovascular fitness as well as help to keep this 500 year old art form alive. Stunning views will also be provided across Worcester from the viewing platform of the tower, which includes the historic Cathedral, with local overlooking avoided by the careful positioning of opaque screening glass. Neil Morris, Headteacher of Christopher Whitehead Language College and Sixth Form, in Worcester said: “This entire performing arts centre will make an incredible difference to our students and the breadth of what we can offer through the curriculum.” “Our school motto is ‘In Pursuit of Excellence’. We believe that students should have every opportunity to learn and we aren’t afraid to provide a unique offer to benefit our students. For example, we have language college status and are one of only 30 schools in the UK, and one of 8 state schools nationally, identified to teach Mandarin, Chinese – the most

Project News CPO DECISION PAVES WAY FOR REGENERATION IN BRENTFORD – CREATING A NEW WATERSIDE COMMUNITY FOR THE TOWN all of the scheme’s new homes will be located, as well as more than 7,000 sq m of commercial space and extensive public realm. Speaking on the day Cllr Steve Curran said: “Regenerating the High Street and restoring access to the waterside will contribute positively to the identity of Brentford, enhancing civic pride and cultural opportunities.

Plans to redevelop land between the southern side of Brentford High Street and the River Brent moved forward last week with a ground-breaking event at the Ballymore site off Brent Way. The event coincided with an announcement later that same day by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, confirming a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) for the planned regeneration of the area which will see Ballymore bring almost 900 homes, more than 25,000 sq m of commercial space as well as a public square, new connections from the High Street to the waterside – something which will reinstate historic

yards – an extension of the Thames Path across the site along the waterfront and improved waterside infrastructure with permanent mooring spaces. Hounslow Council Leader, Cllr Steve Curran, Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr Katherine Dune and Cabinet Member for Finance and Citizen Engagement, Cllr Theo Dennison, Brentford ward councillors Mel Collins and Guy Lambert were all in attendance on the day, as well as Ballymore’s Managing Director John Mulryan and the company’s development manager for the scheme Ed Heppenstall. Together, they formally mark the commencement of demolition works within the first phase, in which a third of

“The scheme will also give a boost to local employment opportunities, with some 950 new jobs as a result of the scheme. This long-anticipated redevelopment will create a high quality and vibrant area within the heart of the town centre, creating an attractive place to live, shop, work, and for leisure.” Added John Mulryan “We are delighted to have made progress and commenced these works at Brentford Waterside; we know that there has been much anticipation locally around the scheme. “We are passionate about creating an exciting, contemporary district and I am delighted that, with demolition underway, we can turn our vision into a reality for the people of Brentford.”

spoken language in the world.” “This is now a great cultural and educational opportunity to become the first state school to have a non-intrusive, sound proofed, beautiful bell tower and I really appreciate the enthusiasm and commitment shown by private investors to date.” Mark Martin, Director of One Creative Environments Ltd. and the designer behind the building, said: “We are delighted with the response from the private sector. We are developing ‘sponsorship’ options, however, this investment has been secured even before the formal funding process has begun which is great news.” “As a company we have attended MIPIM, Cannes and its London counterpart, MIPIM UK, for many years and seen great success in securing investment for clients and work for our integrated building design company.” “This is another wonderful educational project for One to be involved in. We are now looking forward to many more

productive meetings this week including meeting those who may be interested in investing in this iconic, new building which we believe is a great investment opportunity that will inspire future generations.”

For more information on One Creative Environments Limited (One), visit www.oneltd.com and follow @Oneltd_ Media on Twitter. Further information on the school is also available at www.christopherwhitehead.co.uk

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VELUX® launches MyDaylight – the world’s first virtual reality app for renovation design The app enables homeowners to design their own room, visualising the real effect of daylight, with 3600 view and virtual reality options. MyDaylight is a powerful new app by VELUX that enables homeowners to design their own room or renovation project by easily selecting parameters such as floor dimensions, roof height and ceiling pitch. They can then customise further by adding windows, floor and wall finishes, the room’s location, and more. After approximately ten minutes, they receive a digital simulation which can be viewed in 3600 or virtual reality, and gives a life-like recreation of the room and the changing effects of daylight inside. The app bridges a gap, leading homeowners from imagination to implementation: “Many people who are looking to reshape their home find it difficult moving from imagination to concrete proposals. The app brings homeowners one step closer to the home they have envisioned, as the 3600 and virtual reality visualisations make it both tangible and achievable,” says Grant Sneddon, Daylight Expert, VELUX. Fueling the home renovation market digitally The do-it-yourself market is booming, with Europeans spending as much as EUR 377 billion on home improvement in 2016 [European Home Improvement Monitor, 2016]. Meanwhile, the building industry is becoming ever more digital, and with MyDaylight, VELUX is empowering homeowners with a groundbreaking digital tool to inform their home investment decisions. Sneddon continues: “As the market for home improvement is growing and our customers are getting more digital, we see a clear business potential in launching an app, which for the first time will enable homeowners to see just how much daylight can change a home, adding value and ensuring that the renovation pays off. “We anticipate it will boost sales revenue throughout 2018 and beyond thanks to new renovation projects triggered by use of the app.” Private capital available for renovation projects across Europe reaches a staggering EUR 30 trillion [Copenhagen Economics, Healthy Homes Barometer 2017], and providing homeowners with the best possible information is key to unlocking this potential.

“The search for inspiration is truly moving into the online space. With this app we meet our customers where they are. Homeowners can investigate different renovation ideas wherever they are - on the bus, the train or at home,” says Sneddon.

The future is digital The app is a unique opportunity for homeowners to experiment with different renovation options, and a mobile application means the service is available anywhere, anytime – thereby meeting the growing consumer trend for online customisation, browsing and shopping.

The time spent browsing on mobile devices is accelerating and has almost doubled across Europe, from an average of 53 minutes per day in 2012 to 1 hour 38 minutes in 2016 [Global web index 2016]. Today, more than 515 million Europeans are internet users, while 296 million are e-shoppers, corresponding to 43 per cent of Europeans over the age of 15 [Ecommerce Europe 2016 Report]. E-commerce increased from EUR 402 bn to EUR 510 bn from 2014 to 2016, while mobile commerce is expected to triple from 2014 to 2018 [E-commerce report 2015]. World first using cloud and virtual reality technology in a home renovation app For the first time ever, homeowners have the benefit of the most cutting-edge technology in order to experience daylight in an environment matching the specific characteristics of their own home.

“We are using advanced new technology, which no company has ever deployed before, to provide an immersive feeling of light and space. You can customise your own room in the rendering, helping to take your ideas and inspiration to the next level,” adds Sneddon. The rendering technology is built on cloud and virtual reality gaming technology taking the app to new levels. You can play with endless scenarios and designs and create as many simulations as you like. Time and imagination are the only limits. The MyDaylight app is free of charge for everyone and available in the Apple and Google Play Stores from Monday 29 January 2018 in Great Britain, Ireland, Denmark, Austria, Belgium and Slovenia, and on 30 January in Germany. In February, it will be available in Poland, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Spain and Hungary, and more countries are to follow later in the year. A version for the US will also be available later in the year.


To imagine and design with daylight in mind you simply: 1. Download the MyDaylight app 2. Configure your space by plotting in data, such as floor dimensions and roof pitch 3. Create different daylight designs by playing with the positioning and size of windows 4. Within minutes, you will receive a notification that your personal daylight render is ready (expect around 1 minute for loading of your simulation the first time you see it, as it loads a big data file) 5. With the rendering saved on your phone, you will be able to experience the room in both 360° and VR formats. VR goggles will make you feel as if you were standing in the middle of the room you just created!

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Canmoor snaps up Westway Park in Glasgow from the administrators Canmoor has completed the acquisition of Scotland’s largest fully enclosed Industrial park for £40m and plans to make a substantial investment to breathe new life into the area. The 135 acre self-contained site is home to numerous national and international businesses including Doosan Babcock, the highly skilled engineering firm. Tom White, director at Canmoor, said: “We are delighted to complete the acquisition of Westway Park and are excited to be part of the next phase of its development. We intend to work closely with current and new occupiers to deliver fit for purpose warehouse, manufacturing and business space. The existing buildings have real rarity value through their high eaves, heavy cranage and large power capacity and through our refurbishment programme we aim to take advantage of these attributes, to attract new occupiers.

“We are also excited that Westway Park will play a key part of the Renfrewshire City Deal Project, including the recently announced National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland and the development of a new bridge over the River Cart, linking Westway with Glasgow Airport. This marks the start of an exciting new chapter’’.

Canmoor is a leading asset manager and developer in the warehouse and business space sectors with an existing portfolio of 14,000,000 sq ft and developments totalling 4,000,000 sq ft. Brodies LLP and JLL represented Canmoor.

Construction’s finest prepare to be honoured at National Site Awards UK and Ireland’s highest-performing considerate constructors to receive top industry accolades. The very best performing construction sites registered with the Considerate Constructors Scheme are getting ready for the prestigious 2018 National Site Awards in April. The National Site Awards recognise those registered sites that have shown the highest levels of consideration towards the public, the workforce and the environment. Out of over 6500 eligible sites, 816 have been selected to win Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards, within each of the following project value bands: Band 1: Under £500k; Band 2: £500k to <£1m; Band 3: £1m to <£5m; Band 4: £5m to <£10m; Band 5: £10m to <£50m; and Band 6: £50m and over. One Gold Award winner per value band will also be given the prestigious title of ‘Most Considerate Site 2018’, with all shortlisted sites for this accolade receiving Runner-up Awards. More than 3000 guests from construction sites of all different sizes will be attending award ceremonies taking place between 9 - 27 April in Edinburgh, London and Manchester.

The highly revered National Site Awards will be presented by a number of leading industry figures. They are: • Nick Baveystock, Director General Institution of Civil Engineers • Jean DuPrez MBE, Director - Women into Construction • Paul Everall, Chief Executive - Local Authority Building Control (LABC) • Dr David Hancock, Head of Construction - Government Construction Team, The Cabinet Office • Professor Peter Hansford FREng University College London • Stewart Henderson, President - Royal Incorporate of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) • Bill Hill, CEO - Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity • Tom Parlon, Director General Construction Industry Federation • Sir Terry Morgan CBE, Chairman of Crossrail - Highways Infrastructure • Clare Watson, National Chair National Federation of Builders (NFB) • Helen Wollaston, Chief Executive Women into Science and Engineering (WISE) Considerate Constructors Scheme Chief Executive Edward Hardy said: “The Scheme’s National Awards programme has grown beyond recognition since their launch back in 1998, to become one of the most highly respected industry accolades in construction. They

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are held in such high regard that, achieving an Award at a certain level is now often a stipulation of tender contracts. “The growth of the National Site Awards year-on-year reflects the expansion of the construction industry’s commitment to raise standards in considerate construction across an ever increasing number of sites throughout the UK and Ireland. “This year’s award-winning sites have all demonstrated a relentless commitment to help improve the image of our industry. They have taken this commitment to new levels and we look forward to recognising their success at the upcoming 2018 National Site Awards.” Follow the Scheme on Twitter @CCScheme #ccsawards #loveconstruction for all the latest news about the awards.

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RINNAI ANNOUNCES PRICE HOLD FOR SECOND YEAR, OTHERS HAVE PRICE INCREASES OF UPTO 5% REPORTED….. RINNAI HOT WATER – INSTANT, CONTINUOUS, LIMITLESS AND SENSIBLY ECONOMIC FOR EVERY TYPE OF COMMERCIAL SITE Rinnai, the UK leader in hot water heating units and systems for all commercial and residential sites, has announced that it is holding its price for the second year in succession - in the face of reports that some other manufacturers are increasing prices by almost 5%. Two other manufacturers are reportedly ghosting through price rises of between 3 4.5%. “We see no justification whatsoever to submit price increases and seek to stabilise market prices for our customers. We offer what we believe is a first-class product proposition of energy efficiency, economic cost in use, limitless hot water on demand where you only pay for the fuel you use to heat the water, completely compliant with all existing or pending UK and EU legislation”, says Rinnai Managing Director Tony Gittings. The Rinnai natural gas or LPG water heaters guarantee a limitless supply of accurately temperature controlled safe and useable hot water. The Rinnai range delivers energy saving performance and low greenhouse emissions through new low NOx burner technology. All units and systems can be installed as stand-alone or manifolded to provide unlimited hot water for the largest of all commercial sites such as big hotels, busy gyms, high rise offices etc. Water temperature is and can be pre-set through easy-to-use built in digital controls, eliminating the risk of scalding. The newly updated Rinnai Infinity range is designed for use directly off the mains, with no need for large, ungainly and energy inefficient storage vessels.

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Schöck software optimises Hollowcore connector usage The Schöck Isokorb structural thermal break for concrete-to-steel connectivity has been widely incorporated into the latest phase of the Islington Wharf project in Manchester. This landmark residential scheme, designed by Ryder Architecture, lies adjacent to the attractive waterside setting of the Ashton canal, just north of Manchester Piccadilly Station; and is the third phase of an established residential development. The project includes 220 new build dwelling units, comprising a mix of town houses together with one, two and three bedroom apartments, the tallest block being 10 storeys. They are all built around a central mews-style courtyard and the attractive ‘buff-coloured’ brick finished dwellings will each feature a balcony.

An Isokorb hollowcore combination To minimise any risk of thermal bridging at the balcony connections, the Schöck Isokorb structural thermal breaks have been designed in throughout the project. Block A is a conventional recessed balcony installation; but Block B had a number of different requirements. The Schöck Regional Sales Manager responsible for the project, Ashley Houlton, explains the situation. A typical example of the Isokorbs in position

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“One of the UK’s largest manufacturers of prestressed hollowcore, Acheson & Glover, supplied the flooring and the diameter of the core allowed many of the Isokorbs to be cast easily inside. This involved casting in-lap reinforcement bars at AG’s manufacturing facility and once on site, breaking out the cores to suit the balcony steelwork and introducing lap splice reinforcement within the hollow cores. The Isokorb products were then installed using a template to keep the spacing correct and to prevent any of the units twisting. The last step was to fill the broken out cores with insitu concrete. However, in a number of cases, the balcony span was perpendicular to the Precast Planks and here AG Precast offered an unpropped composite PlateSpan system. This allowed a fast, flexible solution to accommodate the Schöck Isokorb units within an insitu topping”.

Eliminating undesirable vibration Another factor though was the relatively large cantilever depth. This can easily influence the natural frequency and therefore the vibration behaviour of the free cantilever steel balconies. To assess how prone to vibration the chosen solution might be, Schöck has

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SHERFORD SCOOPS SUSTAINABILITY AWARD First phase of new community earns international recognition from trade assessment scheme, CEEQUAL While still in the first phase of construction, Sherford’s sustainability credentials have already been internationally recognised, with the new community development scooping an award from sustainability assessment scheme, CEEQUAL. Supporting best practice across civil engineering, infrastructure, construction and landscaping projects, and despite being only at the start of its 20-year development, the Sherford Consortium was awarded the accreditation by demonstrating its commitment to developing a sustainable community, going beyond the industry minimum required. Currently under development in Devon and set to take 20 years to complete, Sherford will be a new community eventually home to over 20,000 people, with the first of 5,500 homes now in construction. Since work began in 2016, and as part of the first phase of development, over 120 homes have already been completed with another 150 in progress. CEEQUAL assesses projects against a set of strict criteria, with submissions must being able to demonstrate that significant attention and consideration has been made against several factors, including energy efficiency, materials and waste reduction. The rating and awards scheme supports improved project specification, design and construction, rewarding projects and teams which demonstrate distinctive environmental and social performance in their work. As part of the long-term commitment into creating a sustainable new community, the Sherford Consortium – the network of homebuilders responsible for the town, Bovis Homes, Linden Homes and Taylor Wimpey – has invested more than £1.6m towards ecofriendly initiatives on the site so far. To date nearly 62,000 trees have been planted at Sherford, along with 200,000 plants and shrubs. Sherford’s community park, some of which is set to be open to the public in 2018, will provide access to countryside walks around the new town. Work has also begun on more outdoor space and facilities, including multi-use game

The commitment to sustainability also extends to our workforce and the new £370,000 Sherford Skills Training Centre, set to open its doors in Spring 2018, will help contractors and individuals already working at Sherford retrain or learn new skills – addressing the construction skills challenge while also supporting the growth of the South West economy. areas, sports pitches and tennis courts, as well as community play areas and allotments. Paul Boileau, Project Manager for the Sherford Consortium said: “CEEQUAL is an internationally respected assessment scheme and it is fantastic that Sherford’s sustainability credentials have already been recognised. Our shared objective is to create a new community which respects and enhances the surrounding landscape, with the first residents already benefitting from sustainable ways of living, including significantly reduced energy supply requirements and energy efficient homes. “While still being in the first phase of development, we are focused on sustainable building and construction practices and initiatives at every level, working with the local environment. This includes looking in detail at the topography and geology of the land, and implementing systems which support the natural landscape, such as sustainable urban drainage systems, wildlife corridors and greenways, while also ensuring residents have access to ample amounts of green space and outdoor areas. “The commitment to sustainability also extends to our workforce and the new £370,000 Sherford Skills

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Training Centre, set to open its doors in Spring 2018, will help contractors and individuals already working at Sherford retrain or learn new skills – addressing the construction skills challenge while also supporting the growth of the South West economy.” Cllr Michael Hicks, Lead South Hams Member for Sherford said: “This recognition by such a prestigious organisation as CEEQUAL, truly puts Sherford into a special category. As the main copy notes, the original intention of the Sherford project was to provide much-needed homes of high quality and to develop a sustainable community. “I am pleased that we are well on track in achieving this ambition.” John Hart, Devon County Council Leader said: “Sherford has been designed to be sustainable, so this is a well-deserved recognition from CEEQUAL. Everything from energy efficiency to waste reduction is being considered as part of this development, and the extensive planting in the area will provide residents with valuable green space in their surrounding environment.” Sherford has also been recognised in the RICS Awards South West, with the development shortlisted in the Infrastructure and Residential Categories.


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News Stories UK social housing market worth an estimated £11.4bn in 2017 Housing Associations account for around 60% of social housing stock in 2017-18 and also form the largest not-for-profit group in the UK, working closely with both private and public organisations. Around 76% of market stock owned or managed by housing associations is general needs housing, which is primarily social rental accommodation. In terms of value, the social housing construction market was estimated to be worth around £11.4bn in 2017, including both newbuild and RMI activity. The social housing sector is diverse with over 1,700 registered providers in the UK. Most of these are small players, but the leading associations hold larger portfolios and much of the sector’s development capacity. A series of significant mergers have taken place over the past couple of years to achieve economies of scale and greater development influence. The top 30 housing association groups now account for around 59% of the social housing market, compared with 41% in 2015. The sector is currently experiencing funding issues influenced by increased financial constraints on local authorities and social rent cuts of 1% a year from 2016-17, something which has led to reduced discretionary spending on maintenance and improvements. The Affordable Rent model has also had a considerable impact on income streams. As a result of successive programmes which place an emphasis on affordable, rather than social rent, the number of new homes for social rent has continued to decline as housing associations build fewer homes and acquire fewer properties. Housing association starts in 2016-17 were down by around 6.3% on the previous year for the UK as a whole, while completions were also down by around 3%. The majority of social housing completions were for affordable rent, while the main area of decline was in social rent completions. The Government’s primary focus for the housing sector at present is

home ownership and getting people on the housing ladder, by subsidising first-time buyers with policies such as ‘right to buy’, ‘help to buy’ and ‘rent to own’. However, recent Government announcements in both England and Scotland have seen ambitious targets to tackle the housing deficit, including a recent announcement of a further £2bn for affordable housing in October 2017. The Government is also making available £4.7bn of capital grant through the Shared Ownership and Affordable Homes Programme (SOAHP), and in London, £3.15bn has been secured under the London Affordable Homes Programme 2016-2021 to start building at least 90,000 new affordable homes up to 2021, of which around 50% will be affordable. In addition, the Scottish Government plans to deliver at least 50,000 affordable homes by March 2021, 70% of which will be for social rent. Despite these ambitious targets, there is still widespread doubt across the sector that these targets will be met, with a lack of suitable sites and continuing delays to the planning process also hampering delivery. There is now a much-reduced role for the social housing sector in newbuild

housing. Funding for affordable housing has fallen in recent years and housing providers are now expected to build homes for sale and rent at full market prices, and using the profits to provide a smaller portfolio of social homes. Expenditure on planned maintenance work in order to maintain homes in a good condition has remained static over the past few years. However, expenditure on major repairs has declined slightly in 2016/17, as the Decent Homes Programme moved into its final stages. Growth in expenditure on housing association RMI is expected to slow from 2017 onwards. Other issues influencing repair and maintenance include tower block safety and the Building Safety Programme. “Prospects for the sector in the shortmedium term remain challenging. The limited grant funding under the Affordable Housing Programme, driven by the emphasis on the Affordable Rent investment model, has prompted Social Housing providers to seek finance and support from alternative sources, with some forming partnerships with private sector providers” said Hayley Thornley, Research Manager at AMA Research. “Going forward, social housing completions are expected to remain relatively flat, rising by between 1-3% to 2021-22.” The ‘Social Housing Construction and Maintenance Market Report – UK 20182022’ report is published by AMA Research, a leading provider of market research and consultancy services with over 25 years’ experience within the construction and home improvement markets. The report is available now and can be ordered online at www.amaresearch.co.uk or by calling 01242 235724.

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Stamford Stone Company Guarantees its Reserves by Acquiring Clipsham Quarry Company Stamford Stone Company is pleased to confirm the acquisition of the Clipsham Quarry Company from former owner and Managing Director, Sue Thomas. This acquisition makes Stamford Stone Company the sole supplier of Clipsham limestone worldwide and guarantees its reserves for generations to come. Stamford Stone Company currently operates the Clipsham Medwells and Greetham quarries, both on the famous Lincolnshire limestone belt. The Clipsham Quarry off Bidwell Lane has now been added to that portfolio. Clipsham Quarry has been in the Davenport-Handley family since the 1880s. It has a site area of 293 acres to the south of Clipsham village, made up of 110 acres of agricultural land, 33 acres of woodland, 93 acres of former and operational quarry area and 29 acres of amenity land. It also has freehold rights to 1,893 acres of mineral reserves. The quarry currently has permitted reserves of 28 acres which at present are being worked by a third party. The application for an extension will shortly be submitted to Rutland County Council. Laura Green, Director at Stamford Stone Company said: “As a family business, we are passionate about the future of Clipsham Limestone in the UK market and share the same values as Sue, who sees her family’s legacy

When Stamford Stone approached me, the time just felt right to sell. The sale will mean that the Quarry will be looked after by a company who are passionate about the stone we produce here and all its various uses. I am delighted that the quarry will continue to operate and look forward to seeing it go from strength to strength. carrying on through our business as a positive move. Last year we celebrated 20 successful years of supplying local stone so we are very excited about the future which now includes Clipsham Quarry Company.” Speaking on the acquisition, Sue Thomas, former Managing Director of Clipsham Quarry Company said: “When Stamford Stone approached me, the time just felt right to sell. The sale will mean that the Quarry will be looked after by a company who are passionate about the stone we produce here and all its various uses. I am delighted that the quarry will continue to operate and look forward to seeing it go from strength to strength.” Daniel Wilson, Director at Stamford Stone Company added: “We’ve been working solidly over the last four years promoting Clipsham Limestone to the industry as one of the UK’s premier limestones. We’ve secured its specification in some very prestigious projects including the restoration of the Houses of Parliament, the renovation of the University

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Arms Hotel in Cambridge, the new orangery at Grade I listed Rushton Hall in Northamptonshire, and new development and restoration of historic colleges in Oxford and Cambridge. As we are now the sole supplier of this precious commodity, we can push forward with confidence, knowing we have control over the quality and specification of the supply.” Stamford Stone credits its longevity to continual investment in advanced production technology, forging strong relationships with a wide range of clients and being environmentally sustainable and responsible in its quarrying activities and production. Clipsham Quarry Company will continue to trade under its existing name alongside Stamford Stone Company Ltd under the ownership of Stamford Stone Holdings Ltd. Added Daniel: “We will be contacting Clipsham Quarry Company’s customers and suppliers in the very near future to introduce ourselves and are very much looking forward to continuing to grow and promote the business.”

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Drilling yourself a hole Depending on the task at hand, there is a kitchen knife designed specifically for the food item you are handling. Whether you are slicing an apple or a loaf of bread, using the most suitable blade makes the process safer and easier. Similarly, drill bits come in various sizes and shapes to create different kinds of holes in many different materials. Here, we explore the distinctive characteristics that make up a drill bit and how these features impact the actual drilling of an application. There are typically four characteristics that dictate the type of hole created, which is referred to as drill bit geometry.

Rate of twist The spiral is the rate of twist in the drill bit. This is designed so that the front edges cut into the material, while the spirals along the length of the bit remove the debris from the hole. Responsible for controlling the rate at which the chip is removed, a fast spiral or high twist rate is required for the removal of a large volume of chips and is often used in high feed rate applications under low spindle speeds. A fast spiral is generally used on tougher materials that have a tendency to work harden, like stainless steel. Low twist rate bits, or low spirals, are used in applications where high cutting speeds are traditionally used and where the material is known to clog the hole in the process. This is a common problem when cutting softer materials like aluminium and copper.

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A drill bit that has a 135-degree split point is able to penetrate the surface of an application quicker in comparison to a 118-degree angle drill bit. This is because it has a flatter angle that comes to a definitive point at the tip. This feature enables the drill bit to centre itself without the need for markings, making it ideal for handheld drill machines.

Flute length The spiral section of the drill bit is referred to as the flute length and it is this that determines the maximum depth of drilling. It also controls the accuracy and stability of the bit and directly affects the outcome of the hole created. For example, while deeper holes require a drill bit with a longer flute, they are more prone to wear as their flexibility produces more friction. In comparison, a shorter flute creates less friction and has a greater life span but the user is restricted by the depth of hole.

Drill bit material Traditionally, drill bits were made from high speed steel (HSS), which has since been replaced by carbon steel. The temperature resistance of a drill bit previously depended on the HSSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s composition. Generally, the higher the cobalt content in the material,

When it comes to handheld drill bits, speed and precision is important. The performance of the drill is largely impacted by the angle selection of the drill bit, which differs depending on the material of the application. The point angle of a drill bit is traditionally between 118 and 135 degrees. A 118-degree point angle, also known as a chisel point, does not have any selfcentring capability. This means that unless the centre of the hole is manually marked with a centre point, the drill will take longer to penetrate the surface. This can cause work hardening, which increases the surface hardening and may drift as a result, producing an inaccurate hole.

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the greater the temperature resistance. M42, which is classified as high-speed steel with cobalt (HSS-Co), has been identified as offering optimum heat resistance but the increased cobalt in the material also increases brittleness. To overcome this, Cryobits have been designed to include many of the best design geometry features, such as the 135-degree split point, and combined them with a modified grade of HSS-Co. This offers optimum heat resistance with a reduced chance of fracturing the drill bit. The Cryobits are then enhanced by the NCH cryophase process. This cryogenically cools the steel to -170 degrees Celsius, so that it converts the soft Austenite into hard Martensite. This process causes the steel to form carbide particles, which fill microscopic gaps in the metal structure to increase the wear resistance. This makes it tougher than standard maintenance drill bits and lasts twice as long. Just as you wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cut the meat for your Sunday roast with a bread knife, engineers should also be making sure they understand the requirements for their drill bit to achieve the desired outcome.


ENGEL’S ‘CARGO’ TROUSERS CARRY IT OFF Engel Workwear, the Danish workwear manufacturing company which has established a solid reputation in the UK for designing well-fitting, tough and versatile work clothing includes a range of highly practical trousers designed for all-day comfort and to keep everyday tools and equipment readily to hand. Called ‘CARGO’ these multi-pocketed, functional trousers feature CORDURA, ergonomically-shaped, reinforced knee areas and an inner crotch seam-panel made from a stretchable and ventilated material which ensures maximum, all-day comfort in any position. Engel have even thought to insert an elasticated section at the back of the trousers which keeps them in place when, for example, getting in or out of a vehicle. Perfect for any job situation but especially ideal for those who work in warehouses and with service or freight, the slim-fit trousers have spacious pockets at the front, a thigh pocket with a flap, a separate one for a mobile phone and an inside one


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ARCHITEX 2018 The 3rd Annual, free-to-attend, 2 day Exhibition, Conference & Networking Reception for the UK Architecture & Building Design Industry Dear Industry Colleagues Welcome to ArchitEx 2018, the 3rd Annual CPD Certified Exhibition, Conference and Networking Reception for the UK Architecture and Building Design Industry. We, as the organisers of the event, are absolutely thrilled that so many of the leading names in Architecture and Building Design from around the UK, including the RIBA Stirling Prize Winners 2017, will be joining us once again in Liverpool in April, and will offer something for everyone involved in the industry, whether they be exhibitors, sponsors, speakers or delegates alike.

1. The Exhibition For exhibitors, ArchitEx 2018 will once again provide significant sales and business development opportunities during the 2 days. An anticipated 1,500 Architecture & Building Design Industry professionals from all the following sectors will converge on Liverpool, and as such represents a rare opportunity not to be missed. • Architects, Specifiers, Technologists, Building Designers & Building Surveyors • Commercial, Industrial & Residential Property Developers • Town, City & County Councils, Local Planning Authorities, Town & City Planners • Construction Companies, Builders & Contractors • Products & Services Industry Suppliers

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2. The Conference The 2 day, uniquely free-to-attend CPD Certified conference programme, with 26 industry leading speakers, has already become one of the leading forums for the UK Architecture and Building Design Industry. It will bring delegates together with policy experts, real-life case studies and industry award winners, and will address the latest sustainable developments and technology in the design, planning and construction of recent, current and future Architecture and Building Design projects. Availability at this uniquely free-to-attend conference is limited so early delegate registration is highly recommended. To receive further information about how you can take part, or to tell us what you would like to see on the programme, please contact us.

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The UK pipes and fittings market has grown by 21% since 2012 The UK pipes and fittings market has achieved good levels of growth over the last five years, and although growth has slowed more recently, the market has achieved overall value growth of 21% since 2012. Key factors influencing market growth in recent years include increasing levels of demand from key end-use sectors, principally in new housebuilding and non-domestic construction, and rises in raw material prices such as copper and plastic over the last two years. The plumbing pipe systems sector accounts for over half of the pipes and fittings market, as defined by AMA Research, with the rainwater, soil and waste products sector accounting for the remainder. Flexible plastic plumbing pipe systems are the dominant material used in hot and cold potable water installations, particularly for new build. Factors driving the growth of the plastic sector include technological developments, improved reliability, installation efficiency, the growth of underfloor heating and the price advantage over metal products. In addition, in the residential sector, the faster rate of growth of new build, compared with RMI, has boosted the market share of plastic, as plastic tends to dominate the new build sector.

Hayley Thornley, Research Manager at AMA Research, commented: “In particular, plastic push-fit and pressfit fittings have experienced growth due to the considerable savings made on installation time. In addition, with increasing health and safety legislation, and the lack of ‘traditional’ skills of soldering and welding pipework, there has been a continuing shift in the market towards flame free jointing. Use of multilayer barrier pipes, including a metal layer to protect against degradation, has also grown significantly in the water supply sector.”

PVC-U continues to dominate the above ground rainwater guttering, soil and waste pipework sector. There is continuing demand for seamless aluminium guttering and cast-iron effect PVC-U guttering, which provides the effect of cast iron.

Although the market for copper pipe has grown relatively more slowly in recent years, it is still used across the majority of heating installations, and copper pipe remains a popular choice among plumbers, particularly in exposed areas, where its ‘traditional’ aesthetic appeal remains strong, and copper shows signs of starting to stabilise its market share

The outlook for the UK pipes and fittings market in 2018 is moderately positive, supported by continued growth in construction levels and RMI expenditure, though the rate of growth is likely to be slower than in the period 2012-2016. However, residential RMI – which the market is highly reliant on - is likely to experience low annual growth rates reflecting weaker consumer confidence, rising inflation, a reduction in the DIY skills base and fewer high value RMI projects such as bathrooms, kitchens and extensions. A flat house moving market is also having a negative impact on RMI activity at present.

The focus on reducing water consumption has increased in recent years and rainwater harvesting has become an important way of achieving this, especially in densely populated areas, such as London and the South East, where water shortages are more likely.

The ‘Pipes and Fittings Market Report – UK 2018-2022’ report is published by AMA Research, a leading provider of market research and consultancy services with over 25 years’ experience within the construction and home improvement markets. The report is available now and can be ordered online at www.amaresearch.co.uk or by calling 01242 235724.

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Next stage of multi-million pound industrial development to start at Lynefield Park A complex, 18 months demolition and excavation programme to clear and prepare more than 175 acres of brownfield land for 1.3m sq ft of development at the former Alcan aluminium plant has been completed with owners, Harworth Group, announcing plans to start the next phase of ground engineering work. Lynefield Park, a multi-million pound industrial site at Lynemouth, Northumberland, is one of the largest brownfield regeneration projects in the North East and its redevelopment is being seen as the masterplan for growth in an area where the closure of traditional manufacturing and coal mining industries has had a significant impact on the local economy and surrounding communities. Demolition work carried out so far has included the safe removal of the pot rooms, associated buildings and extensive ground clearance where the smelter plant’s former iconic chimneys once stood. This month also marks six years since production at Alcan ceased and almost three years since Harworth Group purchased the site. Harworth Group, one of the UK’s leading land regeneration and property development organisations, has worked closely with its ten existing tenants to ensure minimal disruption and provide new opportunities for growth and employment creation. The company now plans to start a phased, four-stage ground engineering and earth moving programme to prepare over 40 acres of land for the approved development using 400,000m³ of inert engineered fill. Eddie Peat, Director North East & Corporate Development commented, “Given the size, scale and nature of the site, this has been a complex operation but now demolition is

complete, we’re looking to enter the next phase of engineering work soon. Our aim is to generate growth, attract new investment and encourage large organisations to the North East and Lynefield Park could be a real catalyst for the region, its economy and the wider business community. “This next stage will start Summer 2018 and will allow land to be prepared, filled and released for development in a phased approach, especially in relation to bespokebuild units. We expect engineering works for individual areas to be carried out over a 12 months period. “Whilst we have a number of existing B1, B2 and B8 industrial units currently available and ranging from 9,000 to 40,000 sq ft, planning permission also allows us to accommodate future units of up to 500,000 sq ft on a freehold or design and build basis

and we’re currently working closely with a number of organisations interested in the site and the North East.” Harworth Group has a long and successful track record transforming sites like Lynefield Park into strategic business zones and sustainable places to live. Its flagship Advanced Manufacturing Park at Waverley, Rotherham is an example of such a transformation having attracted leading commercial occupiers such as Rolls Royce, Boeing and McLaren Automotive as well as national homebuilders. Lynefield Park is home to existing tenants including H-Mix, Cook & Turnbull, NB Clark and Harmison Fitness and has world-class companies such as AkzoNobel within a few miles of the site. Close to main road, rail and sea transport links, it has planning permission for four industrial zones. Eddie added, “Lynefield Park could become a key strategic site for organisations looking at the North East to invest and expand current operations, or provide the ideal location to compliment nearby companies as part of a regional supply chain. We are working very closely with key stakeholders including Northumberland County Council and the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to attract new interest and appeal to a wide range of industries. The planning permission allows us to offer huge development potential in phases along with the opportunity of job creation to stimulate further investment.” For commercial enquiries regarding Lynefield Park, please contact Nick Atkinson at HTA Real Estate on t: 0191 245 1234 or e: nick@htare.co.uk

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Barberry unveils further £60 million homes development at MIPIM Barberry Developments announced on Wednesday, March 13 that it is continuing its transformation of part of Coventry city centre as it unveiled plans to build around 300 apartments next to its £100 million student accommodation scheme. The new plans for Bishop Gate East were revealed at MIPIM – the world’s biggest property development and investment show in Cannes – where the company is part of the Coventry and Warwickshire MIPIM Partnership. Barberry director Henry Bellfield said the latest exciting development will see 260 apartments delivered across three blocks of up to 14 storeys on the Dale Buildings site in Cook Street under a £45 million build-to-rent scheme. Under the new proposals, Bishop Gate East will also include a development of six townhouses with 72 student bedrooms and a further block of 34 apartments. A planning application is expected to be submitted to Coventry City Council later this year. It brings the gross development value of Barberry schemes in Coventry to over £165 million. Henry said: “Coventry is going through an exciting renaissance and we are delighted to be playing a significant role in the comprehensive transformation of this quarter of the city by delivering outstanding accommodation options. “This phase of our Bishop Gate redevelopment promises to deliver almost 300 high quality apartments and six townhouses

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comprising 72 student bedrooms. It will provide much-needed homes for local people which will help to revitalise the 24-hour economy in the heart of the city.” He added: “Bishop Gate East will continue the regeneration of an area of Coventry that was in desperate need of redevelopment and will help to promote the city’s reputation as a leading location to study, to live and to do business after being voted the City of Culture 2021.” The new plans were unveiled for the first time at MIPIM during a meeting of Barberry directors and Coventry council officials. It is the eighth year that Barberry has attended MIPIM as part of the Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership, which is made up of more than 20 companies and organisations representing the area. Phase one of Barberry’s £100 million Bishop Gate student accommodation development is on course to be completed in time to welcome students to the city in September. The first phase will deliver 725 residential units for Coventry University students in time for the start of the academic year. The three major towers have been substantially completed and the tallest of the three towers at nearly 165ft already has several entire floors completed ready for handover. As well as student accommodation, the development includes retail units for a convenience store and coffee shop, a large communal area and a gym.


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Project News Thomas & Adamson appointed project manager for the UK’s first Virgin Hotel India Buildings Limited announces the appointment of global construction and property consultancy, Thomas & Adamson as project managers and quantity surveyors for the landmark development of the first Virgin Hotel outside of the US. The 225-bed project will occupy the 19th century India Buildings on Victoria Street in the Old Town of the Scottish Capital and is set to open in 2020. India Buildings forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, bordered by the historic Cowgate and the Grassmarket to the South and Victoria Street to the North, which leads up onto the world-famous Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle. Thomas & Adamson will oversee the development of the five-star blend of bedrooms with multiple bars and restaurants. The property will include one of the brand’s flagship Commons Club restaurants, meeting

and conference facilities and function rooms. The scope of work for the project comprises refurbishment of the three existing listed buildings and a new-build pavilion extension housing guest rooms, landscaping and public realm works. The project will be developed by Flemyn LLP assisted by Jansons Property and managed by Virgin Hotels. Brian Donaldson, Partner at Thomas & Adamson, said, “We are delighted to have been selected to work on an iconic project such as the country’s first Virgin Hotel, which has attracted such international interest. We have some fantastic hospitality projects under our belts across the UK and Middle East in particular.

The hotel is expected to provide a £5 million boost to the local economy every year, as well as support hundreds of jobs during its construction.

This sector, despite the widely anticipated challenges of Brexit, has continued to develop. We have a strong pipeline of hospitality projects coming through this year and expect growth to continue.”

“This is a significant success for our Scottish business and our hospitality team globally. It is a positive affirmation of our continued growth in the hospitality sector,” Mr Donaldson added.

Station Square – designed by humans, built (in part) by robots Worthing’s multi-million pound Teville Gate redevelopment looks set to become the first site in Britain to benefit from modular housing using robotic construction. Sixty members of the Sussex Property Alliance heard from Aized Sheikh of Mosaic Capital, the developer behind the proposed Station Square transformation. He described how they have set up an advanced robotics facility to build the 1000 self-supporting steel-framed pods that will make up the 350 homes destined for the town centre scheme. The vision for Station Square is to create a new, vibrant, public space that will bring together beautiful apartments, retail spaces, leisure facilities and public car parking. Work has just started on the 25week demolition phase. “This will be a very different way of developing and building,” said Mr Sheikh. “Our architects are experts in modular design and this, together with our unique

(L-R): Dan Hobbs (MHA Carpenter Box), Cian Cronin (Worthing Borough Council), Gemma Lawrence (Bennett Griffin), Aized Sheikh (Mosaic) and Steve Berrett (Michael Jones).

off-site construction capability, means that once the site is prepared by local contractors, we will simply crane in the fully-fitted pods. This will cut the time on-site by about 40% over conventional methods, and reduce construction costs by up to 20%.

To wrap up the meeting Dan Hobbs, Tax Associate at MHA Carpenter Box, provided expert insight into the requirements of the Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings (ATED), which is often overlooked by property companies and can result in significant financial penalties if neglected.

“Through our partnership with the council in Worthing, we will be creating a community that will breathe life back into this part of the town,” he said.

The Sussex Property Alliance provides a forum where property professionals get together, exchange ideas, and build relationships. It is supported by Sussexbased MHA Carpenter Box chartered accountants, Bennett Griffin solicitors and Michael Jones commercial real estate agents.

At the meeting, Worthing Borough Council Project Officer Cian Cronin outlined the progressive approach being taken to future development, with a focus on a number of strategic sites to meet the housing and business needs of the local economy.

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Richardson Barberry selected to deliver £140m business park Richardson Barberry has been selected as the development partner to deliver a £140 million business park - with more than 1.75 million sq ft of accommodation - in the North East, it was announced at MIPIM today. Richardson Barberry has signed an agreement as retained development partner with joint venture company Forrest Park Newton Aycliffe Limited for the expansion of Aycliffe Business Park on the 116 acre Forrest Park site with potential to accommodate a rail freight interchange. The announcement was made at MIPIM – the world’s biggest property development and investment show in Cannes. A planning application for Forrest Park, at County Durham, will be submitted shortly to Durham County Council. The proposals include a range of business, industrial / distribution units varying in size from 30,000 sq ft to 500,000 sq ft, a trade park consisting of 11 units from 5,000 sq ft to 10,000 sq ft, and ancillary amenity uses including roadside food offerings / public house and restaurant. Forrest Park – which has attracted £13 million funding from the Local Enterprise Partnership - could create 3,200 jobs and deliver a gross value added economic boost to the area of £495 million over the next 10 to 15 years. A planning decision is expected later this year. Jonathan Robinson, Barberry Developments director, said: “We are very pleased to have been selected as development partner for this prestigious project and we are excited at the prospect of delivering one of the North East’s premier business parks. “Working alongside Durham County Council, the Forrest family and the Local Enterprise Partnership, we will create a business park that provides a wide range of high quality accommodation that will attract major investment and jobs to the region.” Cllr Carl Marshall, Durham County Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, said: “Providing land for developments like this is a critical part of supporting the creation of more and better jobs for our residents and the appointment of a delivery partner is the next piece of the jigsaw in bringing

these to fruition. Richardson Barberry has an established track record of success in this area and we very much look forward to seeing this project progress.”

Richardson, said: “We are delighted to be working alongside both new and existing joint venture partners to deliver Forrest Park.

Aycliffe Business Park is already home to around 500 companies and around 10,000 employees. The preparatory groundworks, site infrastructure including new substation, service connections and highways improvements known as the Forrest Park enabling works began in 2016 and have now been completed.

“This will be our fourth major project in the region in recent years, having already delivered two phases at Freemans Reach in Durham, and adding to our existing Milburngate project. Richardson and Barberry have a successful and longstanding relationship that spans over 35 years, having completed numerous developments together. We are very much looking forward to working together again delivering a circa 1.75millions sq ft scheme at Forrest Park.”

Jonathan Robinson added: “The LEP funding clearly illustrates a valuable commitment to fast-tracking the new infrastructure improvements, including a new 24MW primary substation, connecting services, and a new highways access that will enable us to bring forward the development pipeline and investment necessary to attract occupiers and new jobs to the North East. The LEP’s commitment has already provided comfort to several local, regional and international businesses we are speaking to, illustrating Forrest Park’s imminent delivery and opportunity to provide them with a suitable business premises that can satisfy their occupational requirements.” Ben Holmes, director on behalf of

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Richardson Barberry has recently started construction of the first phase of a multimillion pound business park in the South West. The phase 1 construction of a speculative development of five mid-box industrial units, totaling 170,000 sq ft is underway at the 40-acre site in Bristol, which was acquired by Richardson Barberry late last year. Located at Central Park, Western Approach, the development will provide the final industrial phase of the already highly successful 350-acre park.


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Construction UK Magazine - April 2018  

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