Construction UK Magazine June 2016

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JUNE 2016

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ISD single envelope construction Driving warehouse and cold store design

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Contents JUNE 2016


Construction worker at Queensferry Crossing is killed by crane


Hird buys biggest ever Maeda mini crane – number 00001


ISD single envelope construction Driving warehouse and cold store design


A Successful Launch for North England Build


Japanese Knotweed To Be ignored


Rolec Services Ltd Demand For Electric Vehicles At An All Time High


GenCat New Emissions Standards For Non-Road Mobile Machinery


Rinnai ERP A-ratings: six months on and market makes definitive choices


MEP Solutions Why modular prefabrication makes so much sense


Water Industry Registration Scheme: What you need to know


Chamber Bases In Stock at SVR Plastics


BeanAir A new generation of time-synchronized Wireless Sensor Networks for Structural Health Monitoring


Kemper System answers towering challenge in New York














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Modular construction specialists McAvoy awarded BRE BIM certification first The McAvoy Group who specialise in modular buildings for the health, education and hospitality sectors have become the first UK offsite construction company to achieve BRE BIM Level 2 business systems certification. This means that McAvoy can demonstrate compliance with the UK Government’s new BIM Level 2 requirement for centrally procured construction projects which came into effect yesterday (4 April 2016). McAvoy’s Design Manager, David Clark said ‘By harnessing BIM we can ensure all aspects of design and planning is shared and all team members are working to the same standards. Our specialist design teams have been using BIM to develop virtual models of our building spaces and construction processes thereby providing our clients with a full understanding of their building concept as the design progresses for several years.’

With two state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Northern Ireland, McAvoy has delivered over 3 million m2 of modular accommodation for the private and public sectors. BRE Group Director for BIM Guy Hammersley said ‘This is a fantastic achievement for McAvoy, the potential for modular construction to meet the demands of public sector building procurement is significant - BIM compliance puts McAvoy is a great position to capitalise on these opportunities.’ BRE Global’s BIM Level 2 Business Systems Certification scheme assesses a business in relation to its BIM capability and policy as outlined in the PAS 1192-2:2013 and PAS 91 standards. It also considers the ability of the business to meet the requirements of an employer to implement BIM on a project.

Construction worker at Queensferry Crossing is killed by crane A construction worker has died on the site of the new Queensferry Crossing after reportedly being struck by part of a crane. Another worker suffered minor injuries in the incident on the north tower deck at about midday on Thursday. The new £1.4bn road bridge is set to open in December and will carry the M90 across the Firth of Forth between South Queensferry, near Edinburgh, and North Queensferry, in Fife. Work on the site has stopped while the death of the 60-year-old man is investigated. The construction workers’ union Ucatt said it is

understood the man was struck by the boom of a crane he was directing.

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of our colleague and co-worker at this time.”

Union leaders said the death on Workers’ Memorial Day was a poignant reminder of the dangers in the construction industry. Work on the bridge started in 2011 and the death is thought to be the first at the site. A spokesman for the project said: “We are deeply saddened to have to confirm there was an incident just before noon on April 28 on the Queensferry Crossing’s north tower in which a person has lost his life. “One other person has been taken to hospital. All activity has been stopped at the north tower.

Ucatt regional secretary Harry Frew said: “Ucatt sends its sincere condolences to the family of the worker who has suffered this tragic accident. It is impossible to imagine how they must be feeling. “Ucatt will be doing everything it can to find out how and why this accident occurred, and to ensure that similar fatalities are prevented in the future.” A Police Scotland spokesman said the force received a call at about 12.20pm on Thursday. “Sadly, the man was pronounced dead a short time later. Another man on the bridge also sustained minor injuries. Inquiries to establish the full circumstances surrounding this matter are ongoing.” Pat Rafferty, Unite’s Scottish secretary, said: “Our thoughts are with the deceased’s family to whom we offer our profound condolences. Once again, a loved one has gone to work and will not return home. That is hard to swallow any day but on today of all days, on International Workers’ Memorial Day, when we remember those who have perished at work, this loss is especially poignant. “We call on the Scottish Health and Safety Executive to thoroughly investigate what has happened here.”

ISG secures hotel contracts worth a total of £20M in Edinburgh ISG has secured two contracts with a combined total of £20M, to create country’s newest “hub by Premier Inn hotel” ISG has been appointed by TH Real Estate, to create the country’s newest “hub by Premier Inn” hotel, in two contracts worth a combined total of £20M.

ISG is also main contractor for the first venture in Edinburgh by European operator, the Carlton Hotel Collection, delivered in partnership with The EDI Group. The Hanover Buildings in the city’s popular Rose Street will be transformed by ISG, into Premier Inn’s innovative new hotel format,

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becoming the second “hub” site in Edinburgh. The transformation will include modernising and extending the former Edinburgh office building by adding a two storey steel frame extension at roof level, increasing the property’s total floor area by circa 4,900sq ft.


Taemar Ltd win Government multi-million pound construction targets impossible due to a Lidl contract lack of ‘feet on the ground’

A lack of manpower is the biggest concern for the Government in meeting construction targets, according to construction and rail recruitment specialists, One Way. This comes in light of a recent survey from property consultants McBains Cooper which revealed that just three in ten of England’s housebuilders believe the Government’s target of building one million homes by 2020 can be achieved. The report listed the biggest barriers as land shortages, the slow granting of planning permission, a lack of finance and skills shortages.

Taemar Ltd have secured a multi-million pound contract to build a new Lidl store in Blyth. The contract was won following a competitive tender process to build a new branch of the popular grocery store chain. The supermarket will replace an exisiting outlet on the former Bates Colliery site on Cowpen Road in Blyth, with a building that will be double the size on additional land at the site. The new store layout will be 2,470 sq m including a sales area of 1,424 sq m, and will include 134 car parking spaces, seven parking spaces for those with disabled badges, as well as dedicated parent-and-child parking. The “Lidl of the Future” will have a cutting edge design, and will also work towards reducing its environmental impact by reducing the CO2 emission rate by over 20% when compared with a building of the same type, size and use; that is circa 40 tons of CO2 a year, which is equivalent to flying a jumbo jet over 700 miles. Natural daylight entering the building will be maximised, with a fully glass front façade, whilst sensor controlled exterior sun blinds automatically operate to mitigate the effects of unwanted heat from solar gain. Throughout the construction process, up to 200 jobs in construction will be created, and 10 new jobs will be created at the Lidl branch on completion.

However, the firm has argued that the biggest problem facing the Government’s target is the lack of ‘feet on the ground’. One Way has highlighted that these targets should have included greater consideration of the manpower requirements which will have a significant impact on productivity. Paul Payne, managing director at One Way, comments: “While I agree with the general concerns raised in the report from McBains Cooper, I was concerned that the issue of manpower wasn’t at the forefront of the discussion. There are numerous challenges facing the completion of these targets, but many can be addressed. While there are incentives in place to address the skills shortage – such as the upcoming apprenticeship levy – the immediate lack of feet on the ground should be the number one issue to address. Amendments to the planning permission process can be – and in some instances are already being – made and more investment can be sought, but all of this will be in vain without the people in place to fulfil projects.” “While there’s no immediate solution to this, the fact that the Government target has been set without due consideration as to the people needed to achieve it is a concern. Yes there is a need for more homes to be built, but setting unrealistic targets isn’t a solution for an industry which has long felt the impact of a talent brain drain.”

Lidl UK’s Regional Head of Property, David Murphy, commented: “We could not be more delighted to have received planning permission, and look forward to getting started on construction with Taemar. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the local community for their continued support, and very much look forward to opening our doors and offering our fresh, quality, great value products in the not too distant future.”

Throughout the construction process, up to 200 jobs in construction will be created, and 10 new jobs will be created at the Lidl branch on completion. The existing façade will be cleaned and repaired and curtain walling elements installed to enhance the building’s aesthetics and improve thermal performance. The Market Street Project will create a new four star 98 room boutique hotel, which will transform a key under-used site located next to Craig’s Close, which has been vacant for more than 50 years. Works on what is currently a site gap will include the removal of the current building,

followed by associated works, before construction can commence on the seven storey, steel framed building, which will be clad in Natural Sandstone, Granite Rainscreen, and Zinc Wall, which will house the hotel and transform the cityscape. Andy McLinden, ISG’s Scotland regional managing director, said: “As Scotland’s hospitality scene continues to thrive, these important new wins, which will further enhance Edinburgh’s burgeoning hotel sector, demonstrate our strong sector credentials

Taemar Ltd’s Managing Director, Rob Wilson said: “We are delighted to be working with Lidl on what is an important development for Blyth”. and reputation for delivering complex change-of-use schemes in logistically challenging city environments.” ISG is also the contractor for a multi-million pound upgrade at the Trump Turnberry resort, and counts the iconic Old Course Hotel and Hamilton Grand development in St Andrews, as well as at the world famous Gleneagles Hotel and the luxurious Cameron House Hotel in Loch Lomond among its customer base.

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Hird buys biggest ever Maeda mini crane - number 00001 Mini crane and glass lifting hire specialist Hird has become the first company in the world to buy the largest spider crane ever manufactured by Maeda. Hird had snapped up the first MC-815 straight off the production line in Japan. The machine is ideal for steel erection, glass and curtain wall installation, building maintenance and machinery moving. Hird Managing Director Phil Hird said: “We’re expanding our fleet because clients are increasingly aware of the benefits of mini cranes over other lifting technology, in terms of productivity, safety and cost.” Hird, which has its HQ in Hull, East Yorkshire, is one of the UK’s fastest-growing crane and glass lifting sales and hire specialists. The company also provides powered access hire, contract lifting and machinery moving services. Alan Peck, European Sales Director for Maeda distributor Kranlyft, said: “Hird is one of our most important UK customers, so we’re very pleased that they got the first MC-815. By all measures it’s a major step forward in crane technology.” The crane has a maximum lifting capacity of 8 tonnes at a radius of 2.4m. With an optional two-section 1,500kg telescopic jib fitted, it has a maximum lifting height to 25.5 metres.

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ISD single envelope construction Driving warehouse and cold store design Modern warehouse and cold store developments using single envelope composite panel construction has a lot going for it, explains Tony Wall, MD of ISD Solutions. With smart design, expert delivery and proven know-how, cost reductions of up to 20% can be achieved whilst delivering virtually airtight, high-performing buildings with low lifetime running costs. The requirement for low cost, ultramodern and virtually airtight cold store and warehouse solutions has seen a step change in design and building practice with insulated composite panels and single envelope construction fast outpacing traditional building methods. With rising energy costs and ever tougher efficiency targets it’s hardly surprising. A traditional build by contrast will be more time consuming to construct and not particularly sustainable or thermally efficient when complete. Build efficiency Single envelope warehouses and cold stores can be constructed around 20% faster than

The requirement for low cost, ultra-modern and virtually airtight cold store and warehouse solutions has seen a step change in design and building practice with insulated composite panels and single envelope construction fast outpacing traditional building methods.

traditional builds when using cold store specification composite roof and wall panels. The inherent strength and spanning characteristics of these materials, some spanning 15 metres or more, significantly reduce the requirement for secondary steelwork, representing a real cost saving. Significant savings in build cost and maintenance Apart from requiring lower capital investment, a single envelope cold storage facility requires an estimated 30% fewer raw materials. It can also deliver significantly lower long-term running costs than a traditional build - due to increased thermal efficiency and air tightness of the envelope, reducing the need to run duplicate services for a ‘building within a building’. Good for the environment Cold store spec single envelope design also achieves WRAP and BREEAM targets by using low carbon composite panels with a reduced ‘global warming potential’ (GWP). The thermal qualities of metalfaced composite

panels keep temperatures constant and virtually airtight, regulating heat loss and gains to reduce a building’s energy consumption. Aldi’s new 52,000m2 distribution centre at Goldthorpe, designed to operate 24/7, 365 days a year is a good example. With air leakage measured at below 0.1m3 per hour, the building far exceeds 0.5m3 design guidelines set by the International Association for Cold Storage Construction. Environmental factors like these significantly improve carbon reporting too. So there is certainly no stopping the popularity of composite insulated panels and single envelope construction in a range of commercial and industrial applications is only likely to increase. Technical and insulation qualities are improving too - witness Kingspan’s new IPN-QuadCore technology offering yet more thermal gains. But installation, design and manufacturing expertise remain crucial and choosing the right construction partner should be a key priority.

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Construction starts for National College for High Speed Rail Breaking ground ceremonies mark construction start for National College for High Speed Rail in Birmingham and Doncaster.

was celebrated with breaking ground ceremonies at the two sites yesterday.

The official start of construction in Doncaster’s Lakeside and Birmingham’s Construction works have begun in university district is the latest milestone Birmingham and Doncaster on The National for what will be a high tech training facility, College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), which which will support HS2 and future rail infrastructure projects by providing the future workforce with specialist training, skills and qualifications required. The college will equip thousands of students with the engineering skills required to build, operate and maintain a railway. Minister of State for Transport Robert

Goodwill, said: “This landmark moment means we are one step closer to seeing students walk through the doors of the College in 2017, learning the cuttingedge skills we need to deliver HS2 and world-beating rail infrastructure. “This shows the transformational effect that HS2 is already having on our country – boosting skills, generating jobs and supporting economic growth – before spades are in the ground next year.” Birmingham City Council and Doncaster Council have been working closely will HS2 Ltd, setting up the structure of the college and developing the curriculum. The college will bring growth in Doncaster and Birmingham, bringing new investment into the area, providing highly skilled jobs for local people. The college is on track to open its

BEPE project progress report released

The Department of Work and Pensions has published the ‘Built Environment Professional Education Project: Report of Progress’ in which the role of the Construction Industry Council in the project is outlined.

its current diversity, education and training projects, and its work streams.

They will be attained through professional institutions employing their inclusive design education and training commitments; the higher A progress report for the Built Environment Professional Education education (HE) sector will be helped to improve the student and (BEPE) project has been released by the Office for Disability Issues educator approach to inclusive design education; by providing in-kind and the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) two years after its support to the Royal Society of Arts to run the Inclusive Cities Student creation as part of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games Design Award in 2016/17; by encouraging the professional institutions, legacy. the HE sector, and others to develop additional educational resources for undergraduates, postgraduates and practitioners; by encouraging The report examines the progress so far and looks at the next stage members to integrate BEPE project initiatives with initiatives being in the hand over from government to the construction industry, via undertaken to implement the Department for Communities and Local the Construction Government’s Industry Council. The (DCLG) Inclusive The CIC has been entrusted by the government with the job next steps will look Environments Action of widening the industry’s engagement in BEPE’s objectives and to embed inclusive Plan; by promoting design into education the Disability increasing awareness of the need for an inclusive environment and training for Confident campaign through its current diversity, education and training projects, and built environment among its members its work streams. professionals at all and with employers levels. in the construction industry to become disability confident and; by putting in place The BEPE envisage that every newly qualified construction arrangements to enable the BEPE project to be sustained in future professional should be equipped with the requisite skills and years. knowledge to provide accessible and inclusive buildings, places and spaces. Further, the skills to do so should become second nature The CIC will hold quarterly meetings of the BEPE Project Board and give and teachers will be able to inspire students to gain the knowledge, progress reports to the Minister for Disabled People twice in 2016/17 confidence and commitment to standardise inclusion. This should lead and to the Paralympic Legacy Advisory Group as required. to all construction industry professionals integrating the principles of Looking to the future of the BEPE project, CIC will create a new Inclusive inclusive design into all projects. Environments Award to be presented at the Construction Industry The CIC has been entrusted by the government with the job of Summit Dinner in Central London in September. This new award will widening the industry’s engagement in BEPE’s objectives and pick a winner from among existing award winners for exceptional and increasing awareness of the need for an inclusive environment through inspired inclusive design in the built environment.

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News doors to students in September 2017. It will be open to a wide range of people including new entrants, existing workforce, students studying a foundation degree in rail engineering, access students, mature entrants, higher apprentice rail engineering students, progression from L3 diploma rail engineering, continuous professional development and career changers.

and providing the opportunity to create the diverse workforce that the industry aspires to.

Beth West, HS2 Ltd Commercial Director and member of the College Board, said: “The National College for High Speed Rail will help re-define what it means to be employed by the rail industry by attracting new people

“This shows the transformational effect that HS2 is already having on our country – boosting skills, generating jobs and supporting economic growth – before spades are in the ground next year.” Robert Goodwill, Minister of State for Transport

“It is vital that we act now to ensure we have enough skilled people to build HS2 and the College will provide specialist vocational training for the next generation of engineers and apprentices.”

HS2 will improve capacity across Britain’s rail network, shortening journey times between major cities and providing a major boost to the economy, supporting 100,000 jobs nationwide. Around 25,000 jobs will also be created during construction of Phases One and Two.

CPA cast doubt on latest ONS construction industry output figures The Construction Products Association has questioned the latest Office of National Statistics construction output figures, suggesting they may be subject to upward revision at a later date ONS report says construction industry growth experiences biggest fall in three years March saw output in the construction industry fall by 3.6% compared to February according to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics. When compared with March 2015 construction output decreased by 4.5%; the largest year-onyear decrease in three years. The first quarter of 2016 (January to March) saw a 1.1% decrease in comparison with the final quarter of 2015. When compared with the first quarter of 2015, output fell by 1.9%. Playing a role in March’s fall in construction output was a drop in new work (0.6%) and repair and maintenance work, which decreased by 1.9%.

construction industry supply chain, from the largest contractors to the smallest SMEs, have reported an increase in activity during the first quarter of the year compared to the previous quarter and the previous year, albeit at a slower rate than previously.

1.9% in 2015 Q1 compared with the previous quarter and rose 6.2% year-on-year.”

“It is disappointing to see that the ONS construction output data do not currently reflect this, but we anticipate that ONS data will be revised upward, as has happened previously. At this time last year, the ONS reported that output declined 1.1% in 2015 Q1 on a quarterly basis and declined by 0.3% on an annual basis. Following later data revisions, however, ONS reported that construction output increased

Professor Noble said: “Significant revisions to ONS’s construction output may occur due to late data returns, revisions to output price deflators and seasonal adjustment. In addition, the ONS has also stated in its release today that the timing of Easter means that March’s construction output data will be subject to larger than normal data revisions.”

The timing of the Easter break may mean that March’s figures are subject to larger revisions than would otherwise normally be expected.

“Significant revisions to ONS’s construction output may occur due to late data returns, revisions to output price deflators and seasonal adjustment. In addition, the ONS has also stated in its release today that the timing of Easter means that March’s construction output data will be subject to larger than normal data revisions.” Professor Noble Francis, Economics Director at the Construction Products Association

The report did contain some some positive news, however, in terms of new house building with the ONS reporting an increase of 4.8% in comparison with the fourth quarter of last year. There were increases seen in both public and private new housing of 4.2% and 4.9% respectively. Total housing was up 3.4% compared to the same period in 2015. The ONS figures, however, would appear to contradict other recent reports on construction activity in 2016 and the CPA has suggested that the data may need to be revisited, as has happened in previous years. Professor Noble Francis, Economics Director at the Construction Products Association, commented: “Contrary to today’s report, all other surveys of activity across the entire

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A Successful Launch for North England Build Last month the saw doors open at Manchester Central for the inaugural North England Build Expo. As with the “four seasons in a day” weather, the show delivered something for everyone. Both days saw a 100+ booth exhibition, a high-level conference, CPD accredited training workshops, live demonstrations, VIP networking sessions, the Skills Hub careers zone, entertainment and many fantastic prize give-aways.

MACE, Futureworks (Yorkshire) and many more key industry professionals. As a small business focusing on encouraging young people into the construction industry, what a fantastic opportunity being involved

The conference and workshops offered a range of high calibre speakers, with representatives from organisations such as the Cabinet Office, ARUP, CIOB, Confederation of Cooperative Housing, Design Council Cabe, NFB, HBA, Homes and Communities Agency, Skanska,

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“An interesting and open event that brings together the industry to challenge stereotypes and find solutions”. Rico Wojtulewicz, House Builders Association

partners, including lead supporters, the CIOB and Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, and many more brilliant supporters. “An interesting and open event that brings together the industry to challenge stereotypes and find solutions”. - Rico Wojtulewicz, House Builders Association

in the North England Build Expo has been. More companies need to support next year’s event. For the industry to grow, let’s focus on young people being the heart of your future! - Mark Scott, Futureworks (Yorkshire) The expo also featured four exclusive Meet the Buyer sessions for our exhibitors and VIP guests. Sessions included: Meet the Architects, Contractors and Engineers, Developers and Home Builders.

The North England Build Expo received outstanding support from the industry, with over 40 official event and media

We welcome you to join us for the 2017 show, but if you can’t wait that long, join us for London Build on October 26th & 27th at Olympia, London or Scotland Build at the SECC, Glasgow on November 23rd & 24th.

“As a small business focusing on encouraging young people into the construction industry, what a fantastic opportunity being involved in the North England Build Expo has been. More companies need to support next year’s event. For the industry to grow, let’s focus on young people being the heart of your future!” Mark Scott, Futureworks (Yorkshire)

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Senior Administrator Required The Lead Contractors Association (LCA) and Federation of Traditional Metal Roofing Contractors (FTMRC) are two significant contractor organisations within the heritage roofing sector with a proud reputation for demanding the highest quality ethic of their members, both in terms of craft skill and attitude. Sharing the same secretariat, these organisations are now seeking a similarly committed individual as a Senior Administrator to succeed their long serving Secretary who has recently announced his intention to retire. The present incumbent is based at our offices in East Grinstead, although this need not restrict applications for the role which has a wide variety of senior administration and management responsibilities for our UK wide federation memberships. This hands on management role calls for an experienced administrator and organiser with a progressive outlook and proven interpersonal and communication skills, demonstrated at all levels and through varied media. Knowledge of the sector would be an obvious advantage, as would relevant technical and / or training experience As well as ongoing liaison with contractor members and manufacturing associates, responsibilities include event management (conference, training and seminars) meeting organisation and attendance, financial control and reporting, publication creation and editing, promotions and PR, website maintenance and development, liaison with key players in the construction and heritage sectors and further wide ranging responsibilities crucial to the well being and future development of two progressive trade associations. It is envisaged there will be a hand over period of upto eighteen months during which the successful candidate will undergo an initial “bottom up” thorough induction before gradually taking on a greater hands-on role as the present incumbent reduces direct involvement with both organisations from July 2016, retiring completely in December 2017. The position is for a self employed, self motivated and dynamic individual and the successful candidate will be rewarded with an initial three year contract with both organisations. The combined contract fees will range from £40-£50K, commensurate with experience and ability as the LCA and FTMRC look to further build upon the secure foundations which have been laid and developed for their members.

Applications are initially being processed through the East Grinstead Office and should be forwarded to the Lead Contractors Association, Centurion House, 36 London Road, East Grinstead RH19 1AB or emailed to by the deadline of 10th June. Interviews of shortlisted candidates will take place during June, with the appointment to be made from July 2016 onwards.

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Demand For Electric Vehicles At An All Time High Those involved in the construction industry throughout the UK are being reminded of the benefits of catering for the massively growing numbers of Electric (EV) and Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) Vehicle drivers. Lincolnshire-based Rolec EV, widely recognised as one of Europe’s leading designers, manufacturers and suppliers of EV charging points and accessories, issued the alert after the UK experienced yet another dramatic increase in sales of EVs throughout the first quarter of 2016. The award-winning company, based in Lincolnshire, is believed to provide the widest range of electric vehicle charging points in Europe and has manufactured and supplied over 40,000 charging points throughout the UK in the past two years – for home builders incuding Barratt Homes, Persimmon Homes, Taylor Wimpey and Redrow, as well as large corporate companies such as Tesco, Boots, McDonald’s, Hilton Hotels, Heathrow Airport and many more. Darren North, Rolec’s Power Solutions General Manager, commented: “Recent figures showed a 23% year-on-year rise in EV sales, taking the number of plug-in vehicles on UK roads to a record high and building further on a bumper year for EVs - which saw 2015 registrations outdo the previous five years combined. “These growing sales figures mean there are many obvious benefits for including EV charging points in new constructions to cater for an ever increasing numbers of EV drivers. Planning regulations are also starting to stipulate that certain developments must include provision for EV charging points.

“With almost every leading car manufacturer around the world now introducing new EV and PHEV models, the current monumental increase in EV sales is set to continue at an increasingly rapid rate. As a company, we have been actively involved in the EV industry for over 7 years and are well placed to really see it flourish now. “The types of electric vehicles available, and the range they can travel before needing a charge, are also constantly growing, and the Government is investing heavily too - with many hundreds of millions of pounds being directed into the EV industry in the UK to further stimulate and support the uptake of electric vehicles and increase the charging infrastructure. “Running EVs is proving very

“With almost every leading car manufacturer around the world now introducing new EV and PHEV models, the current monumental increase in EV sales is set to continue at an increasingly rapid rate. As a company, we have been actively involved in the EV industry for over 7 years and are well placed to really see it flourish now.” Darren North, Rolec’s Power Solutions General Manager, economical for motorists and brings many environmental benefits. It is precisely because of all these positives that EVs bring that increasing numbers of motorists are requiring easily accessible EV charging points.”

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New Emissions Standards For Non-Road Mobile Machinery New emissions standards have been introduced for Non-Road Mobile Machinery (NRMM) used on construction projects in London, as part of plans to improve air quality in the capital. The emissions standards for NRMM apply to all projects in Greater London and will be enforced by local authorities. The Bersy DPF systems are designed to be retrofitted to construction equipment, avoiding the need to replace or re-engine equipment. All Bersy DPF systems are fully certified by the Energy Saving Trust. Contact us for more information or a quote

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Foundations for success: the future looks bright for family businesses in the construction sector t The construction sector is leading the way,

with family firms making up almost one in five of all organisations within the industry t UK family businesses celebrate another successful year with employment and turnover up t Half of the UK’s family businesses plan to grow their organisations over the next few years and will invest in the skills of their staff to do so Family firms across the UK are setting their sights on expansion following another hugely successful year for the sector. New research by Oxford Economics for the Institute for Family Business (IFB) Research Foundation reveals the vast contribution family firms make to the UK economy – employing over 11.9 million people and making up 87 percent of all private sector firms in the UK. There are now more than 800,000 family firms in the construction sector, making up almost one in five of all businesses in the industry. Family businesses also account for 94 per cent of all private sector firms in the construction sector one of the highest concentrations in the UK. Kate Woods, a spokeswoman from construction family business, Osborne, added: “Osborne echos the amazing and timely achievements of family businesses and this year we are excited to

celebrate our 50th anniversary. We rebranded to a vibrant magenta in 2014 and we are committed to finding customer led solutions, listening to our customers and working in collaboration with their needs.”

Since 2013 family businesses have increased employment by six per cent and turnover has also seen a strong rise, increasing by two per cent to reach £1.3 trillion. In addition, family firms paid £125 billion in taxes and contributed over a quarter (26%) of the UK’s entire GDP. Speaking about the new findings, Peter Armitage, Chairman of the IFB, said: “The report sheds light on the sheer size and scale of the family business community. It’s an important reminder of how vital family-run firms are to the UK – serving as the backbone of our economy, with family firms making a phenomenal contribution across all sectors, industries and regions. “Family businesses have always been at the very heart of the UK economy and based on the

steady rise in their recruitment and turnover, it is clear they are here to stay. It’s encouraging to see family firms with such a buoyant attitude towards their future expansion - almost half of family SMEs expect to grow over the next two to three years.” Growth and expansion is a top priority for many SME family firms with just under half (49%) stating they aim to grow over the next twelve months. Looking to how they will turn this ambition into reality just under a half of firms (43%) say they will invest in improving the skills of their workforce to support growth, with a third (33%) planning to boost productivity through investing in new machinery and premises. Looking beyond their traditional activities to diversify their business and customer base, 42% of family firms are planning to move into new markets and 37% are developing and launching new products and services.

“Family businesses have always been at the very heart of the UK economy and based on the steady rise in their recruitment and turnover, it is clear they are here to stay. It’s encouraging to see family firms with such a buoyant attitude towards their future expansion - almost half of family SMEs expect to grow over the next two to three years.” Peter Armitage, Chairman of the IFB

UK’s Most Considerate Sites revealed Four constructors triumph at Considerate Constructors Scheme National Site Awards 2016 Costain, Gentoo Construction, Robert Woodhead Ltd and Walter Thompson (Contractors) Ltd have each been awarded the prestigious title of Most Considerate Site at the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s 2016 National Site Awards. This year marks the first time four sites have won the esteemed Most Considerate Site accolade, as a result of ‘value bands’ being introduced, enabling sites to be assessed against projects of similar value. The value bands are: Under £500k; £500k to <£5m; £5m to <£10m; £10m and over, and the award-winning sites are:

t Denton Green Bungalows project - Robert Woodhead Ltd (under £500k) This t t t

project involved the construction of four new-build bungalows on a brownfield site in a recognised area of social deprivation in Broxtowe, Nottinghamshire. Linthorpe School Extension and Refurbishment - Walter Thompson (Contractors) Ltd (£500k to <£5m) This project was the construction of a single-storey classroom and office extension in Linthorpe, Middlesbrough. The Cheviots - Gentoo Construction (£5m to <£10m) This project was the construction of a 40-bed extra care home, alongside six new bungalows in Ashington, Northumberland. A556 Knutsford to Bowdon Improvement Scheme - Costain (£10m and over) This scheme was the construction of a 4.7 mile section of main road, together with associated bridges and underpasses in Cheshire.

Over 3000 guests from construction sites of all different sizes attended award ceremonies held from 11-29 April in Edinburgh, London and Manchester. This year’s National Site Awards applied to registered sites that completed in 2015. Projects registered with the Scheme must demonstrate an appreciation of the

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impact of their work on the community, the environment and their workforce, and this year was no exception with around 9000 sites eligible to win a National Site Award. The Scheme held 13 ceremonies and presented a total of 932 National Site Awards. In addition to the four Most Considerate Site awards, there were 430 Bronze, 293 Silver and 173 Gold and 32 Most Considerate Site Runners-Up. Edward Hardy, Chief Executive of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, said: “Congratulations to each and every site receiving a 2016 National Site Award. Every year, the Scheme is taken aback by the many different ways contractors demonstrate their considerate credentials. This year has been no exception, with project teams across the UK serving as beacons of best practice. “Special congratulations go to each of the 2016 Most Considerate Sites. These sites have shown truly exceptional performance, making tremendous efforts in going way above and beyond compliance with the Scheme – taking considerate construction to a new level. “They have worked with enthusiasm and dedication to ensure that they showcase the very best of the construction industry, helping to make construction a more attractive career choice. “This year’s introduction of value bands underlines that no matter what size or scale of construction site, consideration towards the community, workforce and environment makes a marked difference in improving the image of the industry. “My congratulations again, and also my thanks to all winners for their continued commitment and hard work in striving towards an ever improving construction industry. All those winning awards this year are at very forefront of making the construction industry great and they should all be very proud of how their efforts are improving our industry’s image.”


Construction industry trainees earning dud qualifications despite skills shortage Information from an FOI request has revealed that the majority of the 167,000 young people studying for construction qualifications will be ignored - unless they have an NVQ Tens of thousands of trainees wanting to work in the building trade are leaving with dud qualifications, new research shows. Despite a shortage of skilled workers only 18,000 people secured an apprenticeship in the construction industry last year. A Freedom of Information request by the UCATT union found 167,000 young people started a training course in construction but the vast majority will not get the qualification needed to work on site. UCATT said the Government was effectively “pouring money down the drain” by funding dead end courses. To work on site you need an NVQ qualification that is best achieved through studying an apprenticeships. But the analysis found only 12% the trainees on construction courses secure an apprenticeship. Of the 167,970 students who started a construction course in 2014/15, 136,960

“The clearest and easiest way for us to solve the housing crisis is by building more homes, and to do that we need to ensure that the construction industry has enough appropriately trained and qualified workers.” Teresa Pearce, Labour MP were at General FE colleges and tertiary colleges, 19,780 were in private colleges funded by the public sector, and 11,240 were social enterprises. Labour MP Teresa Pearce said: “The clearest and easiest way for us to solve the housing crisis is by building more homes, and to do that we need to ensure that the construction industry has enough appropriately trained and qualified workers. “These figures show that the Government is standing by while the construction industry suffers a skills crisis, and while young people’s futures are put at risk. Read more: Pensioner aged 86 finally graduates 50 YEARS after dropping out of his university “The Government urgently needs to get a grip on this situation, and work with the construction industry, colleges, and students to ensure that we have a construction sector capable of providing the homes we desperately need.”

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UCATT Acting General Secretary, Brian Rye, said: “I’m horrified by these figures. What a waste of talent and Government money, to take these young people through a course and then have

them ignored by the construction industry. “We have a well-documented skills shortage in the construction industry and we have major constructors failing to take on apprentices. “And yet hundreds of thousands of young people who want to work in the industry are just left on the scrap heap.” Mr Rye added: “This is a calamity for the British construction industry. Young people are being thrown to the wind. Hundreds of thousands of talented, enthusiastic young people are having their career hopes dashed by a complacent and self-serving industry. Meanwhile, the Government will announce plans to reform Britain’s universities on Monday. These will include allowing more colleges to apply for university status. Universities will also have to publish details of applications broken down by ethnicity, gender and socio-economic background. The Department of Business said this would “shine a spotlight” on institutions which fail to recruit students from under privileged and black and minority ethnic backgrounds.

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ERP A-RATINGS: SIX MONTHS ON AND MARKET MAKES DEFINITIVE CHOICES Six months on from the implementation of the Energy Labelling Directive (ErP) and Rinnai is reporting direct benefits from the legislative transparency for buyers wanting and needing the most energy efficient range of hot water heating units for commercial and domestic applications.

whereas Rinnai shows A rated for its HD50i, HD55i and HD55e. This is a defining key performance indicator for specifiers, installers and end users alike, giving confidence they are buying the best energy efficient kit available today.”

The legislation came into effect on 26 September 2015* and Rinnai has been expanding its customer base exponentially as installers and specifiers clearly see, due to the labelling directive, the advantage of installing the widest range of A-rated continuous flow water heaters.

Goggin goes on to explain that specifiers have come to realise that advantages of the Rinnai system don’t stop at the A-rated label., The Rinnai the range has even more to offer in terms of efficiencies as the A-rating applies only when a unit is in use – i.e. when fuel is being burnt. As a Rinnai unit will only use fuel when water is drawn it scores even more efficiencies over any stored hot water system.”

Rinnai is the UK’s leading innovator in the design and manufacturer of hot water heating systems. It offers the industry’s leading A-rated range of Infinity continuous flow gas fired water heaters, The ErP A-rating applies over the complete Infinity range – from small domestic models to XXL sized industrial units. Rinnai is the only manufacturer that can field a expansive range of continuous flow gas fired water heaters which meets and exceeds the demands of the new legislation. The level of enquiries about the A-rated, technically advanced appliances from consultants and contractors in all sectors has escalated ever since the publication of independent testing results were announced. “We are very happy that the transparency of the Eco labelling directive clearly shows that Rinnai’s best-in-themarket energy rating scores has made the Infinity range the No 1 one choice for both professionals and end users looking for proven efficiencies,” says Goggin. “ErP labelling offers a clear guide for choosing the most efficient units.” To make sure the appliances comply with EU rules for energy labelling Rinnai ensured all its appliances were tested twice – first at

Goggin concludes: “The industry has embraced Rinnai’s A-rated “The industry has embraced Rinnai’s A-rated Infinity range since Infinity range since the implementation of ErP the implementation labelling just six months ago and this is recognition of ErP labelling just of the hard work by Rinnai’s engineers and six months ago and designers and the company’s commitment to invest this is recognition of the hard work by heavily in R&D”. Chris Goggin, Associate Director Rinnai’s engineers of Rinnai UK and designers and the company’s the Rinnai plant where units undergo rigorous commitment to invest heavily in R&D. The uptake interrogation by the company’s expert engineers on the whole series of low NoX, high efficiency and then again a notified body that bestowed the product, across all sectors, has been nothing coveted A- rated label on the products. short of phenomenal and that is due to the transparency the EU energy labelling directive has Goggin continues: “The facts are there to be seen. conferred on product selection for specifiers. In an ErP competitor comparison, the nearest competing brand to Rinnai have A rated labels in * All water-heating products sold in the UK need to there condensing category, yet close inspection meet minimum energy performance criteria in order of the labels will reveal that there are significant to be legally placed on the market, and require an differences in kWh annum and GJ annum energy label. performance WHEN comparing Rinnai to other brands. The competitions have also produced For more information on the RINNAI B rated labels for their non-condensing array,

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Peace Recruitment reveals ambitious expansion plans Construction specialist will now recruit for placements in London and international markets Peace Recruitment, experts in the construction, engineering and property sectors, today announces ambitious expansion plans which means it can now recruit for placements in London and international markets. Peace’s huge success in the Scottish market, and the growing demand from its clients for it to expand into these new markets, has led to this ambitious decision. The company has grown from a ‘oneman band’ in 2009, into a limited company with a team of 14 expert consultants and a multi-million-pound turnover. It now plans to not only be the construction and engineering recruitment company of choice in Scotland over the next three years, but also compete in the London and international markets. The Edinburgh-based firm, recently named the best small

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recruitment firm in Scotland, has appointed the experienced Kenan Beverton to manage its expansion, with the built environment specialist having started with Peace on 09 May 2016. Kenan, who was previously a director with Balmoral Global Resourcing, has over 18 years’ experience in specialist global markets including oil & gas, renewable energy, consulting engineering, construction, telecommunications and IT. He will join Peace as the Manager for the London and International business. Beverton explains: “Peace ticks every box for me in terms of being a progressive, ambitious and client-orientated business. It shares the common values that I consider ‘a must’ in business which include, honesty, flexibility, excellent customer service and a valued business partnership with its clients and candidates. This approach has worked

News The Water Industry Registration Scheme (WIRS) has been developed to allow contractors who meet the scheme’s requirements to become registered as accredited WIRS providers. Any business looking to carry out work on the installation and commissioning of water mains and services to be implemented by a Water Utility including Project Management, Design and Construction need Water Utility approval. WIRS is backed by Water Utilities as it negates the need for them run their own approval schemes and as such, they encourage all WIRS providers involved in the construction of new water mains and services for adoption to obtain WIRS accreditation. Being an accredited and subsequently registered WIRS provider gives companies the opportunity to tender for and undertake installation and commissioning of water mains and services, in keeping with their accreditation level, with the Water Utilities in whose area the work is being done. Any WIRS provider contracting to undertake contestable work (as defined by OFWAT and detailed in the National Self-Lay Code of Practice) can be accredited, and registered under this scheme. The scheme is recognised by all Water Utilities within England and Wales and enables WIRS Providers to tender for, and if successful, carry out design, installation and commissioning of water mains and services. The Water Industry Regulation Scheme is operated by the Lloyds Register Group and is used to independently assess service providers looking to work within the water industry. Lloyd’s Register EMEA is a worldwide accreditation and inspection body that has been chosen as the Scheme Operator for WIRS. The controlling body of WIRS is the WIRS Advisory Panel (WIRSAP), which consists of representatives from WUs and WIRS providers

and has input from OFWAT, Energy and Utility Skills and Lloyd’s Register. The requirements of the scheme are discussed and agreed upon when the group meets every four months. There are three main categories of accreditation available: Project Management: for those WIRS providers who don’t have construction site staff but want to engage in contract negotiations with clients for connection work and play a role in the adoption agreement with the relevant Water Utility. Design: for those WIRS providers who want to carry out the design aspect of the installation of the infrastructure. Construction: This is divided into seven sectors that include:

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well for me personally over the years and I am delighted to continue with these standards in my new role. “I intend to capitalise on Peace Recruitments current client agreements, developing these relationships further into the London and International markets. I will also be able to secure new clients by using my extensive recruitment experience within the construction, oil and gas, renewable energy and the technology sectors. My intention is to deliver senior level staff to market leaders initially within the London region and to build a new recruitment delivery team dedicated to the needs of these new clients. Chris Peace, managing director of Peace Recruitment, adds: “We took this decision as the market is booming currently, and increasingly more of our clients are asking us to assist them in London and abroad. Also, after our recent awards win it seemed like the perfect time to make this happen. It is now our aim to grow this company further in the next three years, and not only make it the construction and engineering recruitment company of choice in Scotland, but also compete in the London and international markets. “To make this work it was vital we found a highly experienced individual to manage the process to ensure we maintain our very high standards while moving into new markets, and Kenan stood out as soon as I was introduced to him. He is a big hitter with a proven track record in our key target sectors, and has vast experience and knowledge of

statements and competencies and that their health and safety capability is appropriate for the work being undertaken. The partial accreditation allows for contractors who don’t have a track record in the water industry to gain a foothold as a WIRS provider in the water industry. If the company can demonstrate their competencies, they could be awarded partial accreditation and be able to bid for work. Once successful, the company would be required to contact Lloyd’s Register who would undertake a site assessment on their first contract to enable them to gain full accreditation. Without the partial accreditation and subsequent registration phase it would be difficult for contractors with no water track record to enter the contestable market. For a company to achieve full accreditation, it must be verified that it has work control, contract change control, HR, Procurement and storage systems available to make sure work processes are consistent and competency is maintained both on site and in office-based support services. Full accreditation can only be attained upon the company being awarded work and undertaking the full scope of works for which accreditation was sought. An assessor will visit one or more of the sites where work is being performed to assess the competency and methods of work applied, to make sure consistency with the competency and method statements reviewed under the partial assessment process. The costs of accreditation are based on a set of standard charges and an information sheet outlining costs is available on the Lloyds Register WIRS website. The cost will depend on the scopes requested and the size of the WIRS provider.

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London recruitment and overseas. We plan to expand our London and international team to at least five consultants over the next 3 years.” Kenan was hand-picked by Martin Kay, of Route2Recruitment, a recruitment consultancy specialising in the recruitment sector. He commented: “I’ve had a business relationship with Chris and Peace Recruitment for a couple of years and enjoyed watching the business grow. I’ve got to learn the values and the type of people that would enhance and develop it further. Chris set me a task to source a “premier league marque signing that would make the business stand out further”. I had a couple of ideas and used my network to explore additional options. I was then introduced to Kenan and straight away I knew we had found our person. It was so obvious, a match made in heaven. Kenan exudes the qualities that Chris prides himself on, he’s hugely successful on an international level and has fantastic business acumen.”

The Edinburgh-based firm, recently named the best small recruitment firm in Scotland, has appointed the experienced Kenan Beverton to manage its expansion, with the built environment specialist having started with Peace on 09 May 2016.

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Kemper System answers towering challenge in New York Kemper System’s Kemperol 2K-PUR cold liquid applied membrane has been used as the waterproofing system for the tallest building in the Western hemisphere: the 1,776ft One World Trade Center in New York. Rising to 104 storeys and constructed in a $3.9 billion project lasting more than a decade, the One World Trade Center, also known as the “Freedom Tower” is the Centerpiece of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex constructed on the site of ground zero. The 1800m2 roof is not only extremely high, but also features extensive exposed steel details and up to 400 penetrations, including the spire, with no area larger than 10ft x 10ft without some form of penetration; all of which had to be sealed effectively using a system that could be applied by a small team, with restricted access and without the use of hot works or heavy equipment. Kemper System’s Kemperol 2K-PUR liquidapplied resin membrane was specified for the main roof and the louvre areas on lower floors. The penetrations, drains, curbs and perimeters were all protected and then overlapped by the membrane in the larger expanse to provide a seamless, durable and reinforced waterproofing membrane across the entire roof. As the coldapplied resin bonds directly to the substrate it is particularly effective in coping with wind-uplift

“Few projects are as iconic or as challenging as the One World Trade Center scheme but Kemperol 2K-PUR’s ease of application and long-term waterproofing performance made it ideally suited to both the installation challenges and the long-term requirements of the building.” Stuart Hicks, Kemper System which was a major consideration for the chosen system. In line with US Building Code requirements, the system was completed with a white reflective coating to reduce the urban heat island effect. Stuart Hicks from Kemper System comments: “Few projects are as iconic or as challenging as the One World Trade Center scheme but Kemperol 2K-PUR’s ease of application and long-term waterproofing performance made it ideally suited to both the installation challenges and the long-term requirements of the building.”

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Construction in March gains momentum after a slow start to the year After a subdued start for construction in 2016 the industry picked up the pace in March, with £6.1 billion worth of construction contracts delivered. This is the highest figure of the year to date which was particularly influenced by the continued strength of the residential sector. According to the latest Economic & Construction Market Review from industry analysts Barbour ABI, total construction contract value figures for March were almost 10% higher than in February. Alongside the improving figures, residential construction contract values were worth £1.9 billion in March, 31 per cent of the total amount of contracts for the month (please see figure 1.1). The positive news from March continues as the commercial & retail sector increased its monthly contract value by 25 per cent and Infrastructure by 30 per cent, which is an extra £500 million of contract value compared to February. Commenting on the figures, Michael Dall, lead economist at Barbour ABI, said: “it’s encouraging to see the industry pick up the pace after a lacklustre start to the year. Housebuilding once again continues to storm ahead in the industry, as housebuilders continue to try to keep pace with the demand and appetite for new housing.”

“It’s encouraging to see the industry pick up the pace after a lacklustre start to the year. Housebuilding once again continues to storm ahead in the industry, as housebuilders continue to try to keep pace with the demand and appetite for new housing.” Michael Dall, lead economist at Barbour ABI About UBM: UBM helps businesses do business, bringing the world’s buyers and sellers together at events and online, as well as producing and distributing news and specialist content. Its 5,500 staff in more than 30 countries are organised into expert teams which serve commercial and professional communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently. For more information, go to or follow us on Twitter at @UBM_plc for all the latest UBM corporate news.

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Figure 1.1 – March contract value by sector

“With both the commercial & retail and infrastructure sectors increasing their levels of activity in March, it would be good to see this continue and take some of the pressure away from private housing, which has been the only sector that has continually grown and at times propped up the industry in recent years.” “With the EU referendum looming, this will be interesting to follow over the coming months to see what affect it will have across the construction sector as there is anecdotal evidence to suggest this is starting to make an impact on investment decisions inside the boardrooms of construction firms.” dedicated lead economist, it provides commercially relevant insight and unique analysis of trends and developments within the building and construction industry. Barbour ABI is the chosen provider of Construction New Orders data to the Office for National Statistics and the Government’s Construction and Infrastructure Pipeline, outlining future construction and infrastructure projects where public funding is agreed. Barbour ABI also provides data for independent organisations, such as the Construction Products Association. Barbour ABI is part of global events-led marketing services and communications company, UBM, and is headquartered in Cheshire Oaks, Cheshire. For more information, go to or follow us on Twitter @BarbourABI for all the latest construction data news.


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Lining Systems - The importance of Fabrication By R D Mantle FIoR Managing Director of Ampteam Limited Sometimes a spark of clarity will result in a “eureka” or “light bulb” moment and an idea will evolve into a unique product. I don’t know how many people get such moments but it is certainly not uncommon as it is one of the things that makes us Human, our inventiveness! Such was the case many years ago when the idea for the Unifold® hinge was born, only I called it my “beer mat” moment, because at the time I was bending a beer mat and you can probably guess where I was when I was doing it! Since those early days of trials, tests, disappointments and triumphs, Unifold® has become a complete system and this has been achieved through an evolutionary process more by necessity than design, most often encountering a problem on site and returning to the factory and solving it in the workshop, employing fabrication techniques and whatever tests were necessary to prove the solution. Most of the fabricated components which are vital to the Unifold® system were designed in the early years of product development and we had many “light bulb” moments in that process along the way, such as the patented Clip Joint used for difficult and narrow applications. We learned the use of our hinge principle in so many ways to aid the fabrication process and to produce components which would be impossible any other way. From the outset this produced fabricated components fit for purpose and of exemplary quality. We also realised early on that site working inside a gutter cavity could often be very difficult and to expect site operatives to “cut and carve” and then effectively seal a lining system was too much to ask, so our intention was and has been throughout for us to provide all fabrication, factory manufactured with simple gutter joints so the installation is constant and repetitive and as easy as we can make it. We became a “single product company” concentrating on providing product and service excellence. The system has proven to be entirely versatile with the ability to correctly line almost any existing system whether it is a level gutter or laid to falls. Some of our fabricated components are corners, tees, side boxes, sumps and expansion joints and these are just a few! In fact there are solutions for any circumstances however difficult or complex. For quite some time now we have insisted that anyone who installs Unifold must be trained to install the system. This is to ensure conformity and continuity of the system quality on site. This supports our 25 year comprehensive guarantee that includes the installation as well as quality of materials and manufacture. An industry first in gutter

lining applications. It is also without doubt that Unifold® is a technical product which the following photographs clearly demonstrate.

This first photograph shows part of a fabrication that was probably one of our most complex and certainly one of our largest.

And this is the complete fabrication in situ, 18 pieces in total! And five gutters entering a single space! Not easy, and not a common occurrence, but if you are going to “set your stall” to line gutters then the ability to cope with such circumstances is elemental and vital. This is a two piece corner detail with an intruding pier section.

This photograph shows a sump unit with two coned outlets and demonstrating that each end is a gutter section for ease of installation. Can you imagine attempting the manufacture of this on site?

The message is clear, any lining system must be able to cope with whatever the site conditions dictate and if a 25 year guarantee is offered then this must warranty that the system is going to work, without leaking, for that period of time and beyond. Our quality and fabrication expertise means we are content with our promises.

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We’ve set the standard everyone else follows Once in a while a product comes along and changes everything, from the way it’s crafted to the way it works. Products are often copied and many are great ideas that never really see true success in their application. Many years are spent searching for a product that will ultimately surpass expectations, stand the test of time and become recognised as the leader in its field. We created one of those successful products nearly two decades ago and still today it has never been equalled. Why? Because we have never compromised on quality.

UNIFOLD® Unrivalled excellence in gutter lining technology.