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Schรถck retrofit solution for major office-to-residential conversion

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Construction skills scheme extended after first year success

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Berry Hill Mansfield Scheme gets underway

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Trench collapse on refurb site A Fife-based construction company has been fined after a worker had to be dug out of a trench that collapsed onto him.

Emergency services helped the rescue operation following the incident in September 2011 at a house renovation in Falkland.

Dundee Sheriff Court heard the 43-year-old employee of Wallace Roofing and Building Limited suffered a broken shoulder and collarbone as well as punctures to both of his lungs and fractures to all but two of his ribs.

A trench was being dug with an excavator to help connect the drainage system of the old property with a new extension. When the workers came across a boulder preventing them from further digging, gg g the excavator was used to tryy and move the rock. The injured man, who was in the trench laying the new piping, was trying to help guide the excavator. During this operation one of the trench walls, nine feet deep, subsided, burying the worker under the dislodged earth. Workers immediately started digging the soil away from the man’s head to allow him to breathe. He remained partially buried in the trench until the emergency services arrived and dug him free. He remained in hospital for almost three weeks.

McCann supports the next generation as part of national Go4SET initiative

Aecom has been appointed to manage and supervise site investigation works for a new cruise liner terminal for Liverpool City Council. Liverpool City Council wants to double the number of cruise ships that visit the city so it plans to develop a new terminal on the Mersey to allow larger liners to dock and spill their throngs of tourists onto the street.

Electrical and civil engineering firm, McCann, support GO4SET initiative for next generation of construction workers.

The new cruise liner terminal will form part of a 60-hectare historic dockland site to create a mixed use waterfront quarter in central Liverpool.

McCann, has been supporting a group of students from local independent school Trent College in Long Eaton, in their nationally-recognised Go4SET initiative to design an eco hotel.

Aecom will deliver the site investigation for the terminal, which will involve a preliminary desk study, overseeing and implementing a complex river and land based geotechnical and environmental site investigation and carrying out geophysical surveys followed by a jack-up drilling rig.

As part of Go4SET, an industry-related visit is required for all participating schools and the group of 6 students, along with their Design & Technology teacher Ms J Rigley, visited the Pentrich Fields Development at Giltbrook, Nottinghamshire – which is being constructed by McCann’s house building division, Peter James Homes. The visit took place at the end of May and the students were taken around the site by McCann’s Lean/Quality Manager, Ben Feltham – who approached Peter James Homes with the idea of assisting the students with their project. The students were escorted to the Peter James Homes Site Office and introduced to project manager, Steve Waring. Steve provided them with a site induction, followed by a presentation on the design, programming and building processes required to successfully deliver a residential development such as Pentrich Fields. The students then went on a tour of the site wearing their McCann issued high-visibility vests, safety boots, gloves, glasses and hard hats. As part of the tour, the group were able to view a partially-finished house with a recently completed roof – allowing them to see the construction of the internal walls and supporting floor joists. The students were then taken to a vantage point where Steve used visual examples to illustrate the construction activities relating to scaffolding, bricklaying and concreting. Ben Feltham has been supporting Trent College’s Go4SET team in his role as STEM ambassador and team mentor for the past eight weeks. He is privileged to be supporting the students with their project and helping to shape the next generation of Scientists, Technicians, Engineers and Mathematicians. “It is widely known that there is a shortage of young talent coming into our industry,” says Ben. “At McCann and Peter James Homes we are passionate about educating the next generation of civil and electrical engineers and providing them with the foundations upon which they can progress and develop”

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Doug Lewis, associate director & ground engineering lead, said: “We are delighted to be working closely with Liverpool City Council on this important project which will help encourage more investment and visitors to this iconic city. This project has already opened up other opportunities for Aecom along the River Mersey and we look forward to working with the council and its other stakeholders.”

Strong growth in Germany’s construction activity continued in May, with the rate of expansion the second-fastest in 14 months The findings are from the lastest IHS Markit Germany Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) survey. New orders increased for a survey-record seventh consecutive month. Growth rates for employment and purchasing activity were found to have accelerated since April and were among the strongest registered in the survey history. Adjusted for seasonal factors, the headline PMI – which is based on a single question asking respondents to report on the actual change in their total construction activity compared to one month ago – remained well above 50.0 in May, indicating strong growth in


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BAM Construction to redevelop Perth City Hall

An HSE investigation found that the trench had not been supported or ‘stepped back’, to control the risk of the trench collapsing. Inspectors also found that nobody had formal health and safety training for managing a construction site and that work involving the excavated trench had not been risk assessed. As a result, workers were given instructions through verbal briefings rather than detailed, mapped out planning. Wallace Roofing and Building Limited, of Fife, pleaded guilty to safety breaches and was fined £14,000. Speaking after sentence, HSE Inspector Ritchie McCrae said: “The risks associated with collapsing excavation walls are well known, as are the necessary control measures which could easily have been employed. On this occasion, the company failed to identify the risk and consequently there was a total absence of any control measure which would have prevented this incident from occurring. The injured worker sustained serious, permanent injury and is extremely lucky to still be alive.”

BAM Construction has been appointed by Hub East Central Scotland to redevelop Perth City Hall on behalf of Perth & Kinross Council. The building is to be transformed into a visual arts visitor experience which will stimulate the local economy by attracting visitors from across Scotland, the UK and worldwide. It is envisaged that the redevelopment will help Perth in its efforts to become UK City of Culture 2021. The iconic Perth City Hall was built in 1914 and is located Perth City Hall. The Grade B listed

building was originally designed by Glasgow architect H.E Clifford. The revamped building will feature a new 1,500 sq m flexible exhibition hall that can house displays of differing content and scale. The plans also include a 150 sq m learning suite, 250 sq m collections handling area and up to 275 sq m of commercial visitor facilities including a café and retail area. Bruce Dickson, Regional Director, BAM Construction said: “Having already been appointed on the refurbishment of Perth

Museum and Art Gallery, we are absolutely delighted to be given the opportunity to work with hub East Central Scotland and Perth and Kinross Council on the City Hall. “It’s fair to say that, once completed, these two buildings will transform the city’s arts and culture scene while at the same time retaining the links to the city’s rich heritage.” Five architects have been short-listed for the project following an RIAS led design competition and include Austin-Smith: Lord, Hoskins Architects, LDN, Mecanoo and Richard Murphy Architects.

Kajima delivers £60m retirement project Kajima, the public sector investor and developer, has completed the £60m development of Staffordshire’s largest PFI retirement living project with the handover of the Maple West Extra Care Scheme in Chell.

this is a landmark development and one which reflects our longstanding commitment in ensuring that older people are able to live independently whilst enjoying the very highest standards of care.

The developments across Stoke-on-Trent provide 390 self-contained apartments at three sites including Maple West in Chell, Oak Priory in Abbey Hulton and Willow Barns in Blurton.

German construction activity. Moreover, the PMI increased from 54.6 in April to 55.3, signalling the second-fastest rate of expansion since March 2016. Demand for construction inputs placed pressure on suppliers, whose delivery times lengthened to the greatest extent in over 10 years. Input prices continued to rise sharply, albeit at the slowest rate in five months. Meanwhile, the outlook for activity over the next 12 months was the secondstrongest in the survey history.

Kajima is the primary developer, investor and funder, working in partnership with Your Housing Group (YHG) and Eric Wright Group to form Sapphire Extra Care. This consortium was selected by Stokeon-Trent City Council in 2014 to build and manage the three facilities.

Strong growth of activity was broad-based across the three monitored areas of the construction sector in May. Civil engineering recorded the sharpest rate of expansion and the third-fastest growth in the series history. The rate of expansion in residential construction almost matched that seen in civil engineering, while commercial activity increased at a slower rate.

Richard Barnett, asset manager of Kajima Partnerships, said: “We are delighted to announce the completion of the Stoke Extra Care retirement living project. We believe

“We have worked intensively with Your Housing Group and Eric Wright Group to ensure that each retirement living village is completed to the highest design standards and provides a wide range of facilities that cater to a diverse range of care needs, effectively creating ‘a home for life’ for each resident.” Councillor Ann James, Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s cabinet member for health and social care, said: “The collaboration of all partners has been integral to the continued success of this project in ensuring that older people have access to high quality accommodation that is well adapted to their needs. The Maple West development has been significant in driving benefits for the whole community, fuelling the growth of the economy and channelling wider investment in the region.”

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double in 10 years The proportion of households living in the private rented sector (PRS) has doubled in the last 10 years to five million, and is expected to reach 5.79 million by the end of 2021, when nearly one in four households will be living in the PRS. The growth of PRS, or multi-housing, is analysed in a report from property consultant Knight Frank, which puts the sector’s current size at £25bn and suggests it will grow to £70bn by 2022. Knight Frank says PRS growth has been spurred by conditions in the housing and labour markets. “Younger workers especially are taking advantage of the increased flexibility of

renting as a tenure which allows moving between locations without any of the costs associated with buying or selling a property,” it says. “Affordability constraints in the sales market are also curtailing some tenants’ plans for house purchase, resulting in a longer stay in the PRS as they save for a deposit.” Commenting on the report, Darryl Flay, chief executive at Essential Living, a London-based developer and operator of homes for rent, said: “Essential Living

was the first company set up to deliver hotel-style apartments for rent in London, in 2012. “Our ambition is to make renting aspirational, providing professional service, onsite management and a range of lounges and workspaces that enable renters to think of the whole building as their home. This is only possible because we develop and design our buildings specifically for renters, and have no plans to sell any of the apartments.”

Younger workers especially are taking advantage of the increased flexibility of renting as a tenure which allows moving between locations without any of the costs associated with buying or selling a property. Knight Frank, property consultant

Construction Youth Trust announce partnership with Mediaocean Leading construction charity, Construction Youth Trust, have been chosen as a charity partner for advertising software provider Mediaocean, who will work with them to fundraise and raise awareness of their programmes and campaigns.

responsible for carrying their own kit, clothing and spares, and will be responsible for their own repairs en-route.

Both organisations are passionate about helping young people access training and employment. Mediaocean staff based in their London Kicking off the fundraising with a bang is a 355 mile cycle challenge office will engage with CYT’s vision and aspirations, participate in lots from London of fundraising activities to Dusseldorf. and help introduce We are so grateful for the support of Mediaocean and Taking place many young people to a look forward to working with them and their staff over the next month, career in construction. coming year to help us reach more young people. Carol the 8 cyclists taking part in Gill Robinson, Director Lynch, CEO at Construction Youth Trust this challenge of HR at Mediaocean (Craig Heron, Thomas Kluth, Todd Rankin, Christian Maschke, Paul commented: “We are very excited to partner with Construction Youth Mahon, Lenny Oseni, Godwin Joseph and Michael Sugrue) have been Trust to help them continue the incredibly important work they do for training hard to prepare themselves both physically and mentally for young people all across England and Wales.” this arduous event. Carol Lynch, CEO at Construction Youth Trust commented: “We are so The cyclists will spend over 7 hours in the saddle each of the 4 days, grateful for the support of Mediaocean and look forward to working will ride through 5 countries and cover approximately 355 miles. The with them and their staff over the coming year to help us reach more challenge will be made more difficult as each of the 8 riders will be young people.”

UK’s safest house builders honoured NHBC, the leading provider of health and safety services to the homebuilding industry today announced the winners of the first round of its annual Health and Safety Awards; the UK’s only awards scheme to honour the safest home builders.

of working areas and access routes many of these could be avoided, whilst also helping to reduce the number of working days lost to a business. The matter of health, safety and environment (HSE) continues to be one of the top priorities in housebuilding and construction.

Every year several thousand construction workers are injured whilst working on a building site. Through effective management

The NHBC Health and Safety Awards, now in their seventh year, are designed to recognise and reward the very best in health and safety, and are also helping to drive up Every year several thousand construction safety standards workers are injured whilst working on a building in the industry by showcasing site. Through effective management of working and sharing best areas and access routes many of these could practice.

be avoided, whilst also helping to reduce the number of working days lost to a business.

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managers have been awarded Commended status for their sites and will now go on to compete for the Highly Commended and National titles. The winners are to be announced at a gala event on 7 July 2017. All of the competing sites have been visited by NHBC Health and Safety advisors and were scored against the highly stringent health and safety standards set for the competition. Stephen Ashworth, NHBC Health and Safety Services Manager, said: “Congratulations to all the winners on achieving their NHBC Health and Safety Commended Award. In 2017 we saw a record number of entries and an outstanding shortlist of finalists. This underpins the importance given to health and safety on house-building sites across the UK.”


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70% of industry unaware of new data protection rules British construction and building firms are unaware of the new wide-ranging data protection rules which come into force in less than a year’s time, despite 25% admitting the maximum fine for non-compliance would force them out of business.

According to a YouGov survey of 190 construction firms, which was commissioned by national law firm Irwin Mitchell, only 30% admit to being aware of the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) which begin on 25 May 2018.

Costain wins contract to plan refurbishment of vital London transport link - A40 Westway

GDPR represents the biggest change to how businesses process personal information in 25 years, replacing existing data protection laws.

Costain has been selected by Transport for London (TfL) to undertake investigation works and to plan the refurbishment of the A40 Westway dual carriageway and the Marylebone flyover - a vital London transport link used by over 96,000 vehicles entering and exiting the capital each day. Costain has already contributed to the first stage of the project - the new £6m contract is for a further two preparatory stages; feasibility study and concept design. Costain will undertake a number of investigations of the 21 structures along the 4.6km of the route that runs through Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham and the City of Westminster. These investigations will assess the condition of key parts of the existing structures and identify the potential scope for future refurbishment work. Costain will work with TfL to consult with key stakeholders to gain access to the structures such as Network Rail as well as more than 120 local businesses who occupy premises nearby. The investigation works will take place in the summer. The feasibility study will take approximately 10 months to complete after which Costain will develop a concept design and model how best to deliver the refurbishment works. Marcus Hollan, Project Manager at Costain, said: “The A40 Westway is a vital transport link for Londoners. Tens of thousands of people use it every day to get to work, take their children to school or make deliveries. We are looking forward to working with TfL to help them improve the journey for people travelling in and out of London. “This refurbishment will ensure that the Westway continues to keep Londoners moving in the decades to come. We will bring our strong technical knowledge and experience of the project so far to bear in assessing the feasibility of this refurbishment and planning out exactly how best to achieve it.” Dana Skelley, TfL’s Director of Asset Management, said: “We are pleased to be working with Costain on this important and complex civil engineering project. It is a key part of the Westway’s ongoing maintenance.”

Under the new rules, the maximum fine for certain data breaches in the UK will rise from £500,000 to €20m, or 4% of global turnover, whichever is larger. 77% of respondents were unaware of the new fines and 25% admitted they would go out of business if they received the maximum punishment. Joanne Bone, partner and data protection expert at Irwin Mitchell, said: “These results are concerning because with next May’s deadline fast-approaching and with so much at stake, our study reveals there’s a very real possibility that a large number of construction companies will not be compliant in time.”

Under the new rules, the maximum fine for certain data breaches in the UK will rise from £500,000 to €20m, or 4% of global turnover, whichever is larger.

The notification of certain data breaches where there is an impact on privacy must be given to the Regulator within 72 hours under the new regime. However, Irwin Mitchell’s survey found that only 18% of construction companies are certain that they would be able to detect a data breach within their organisation. And only 27% said they were confident they could notify the relevant stakeholders within the required timescale of three days. Irwin Mitchell believes the low level of awareness of GDPR is caused by a number of misconceptions that exist about the new rules with 40% of respondents claiming that GDPR is not an issue for their sector. Yet GDPR is wide-ranging and comprises employee data, customer data, and supplier data, all of which construction firms process and retain.

Bone added: “It is hard to think of a business today that does not use personal data – if the data relates to an individual you will be caught by the new data protection laws.” Gordon Anderson, head of construction London at Irwin Mitchell, added: “Good data governance can build customer trust and the right permissions may also help construction businesses take advantage of the Big Data revolution, enabling them to commercialise their data to their advantage. But ignoring the new rules can lead to hefty fines, at the very least.”

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ISG makes headlines with BBC Cardiff HQ “With this project, everything is about the detail,” says ISG project director Kevin McElroy, pointing up at a colossal 2,000-tonne steel frame, which will ultimately be the floor of a rooftop garden above the BBC’s new headquarters in Cardiff. The frame has precise connections, with some forming triangular shapes. A diamond design spans across the floor at the centre and will be left exposed underneath a glass floor. We’re standing in the middle of what will be the BBC’s media hub, where news will be broadcast to millions across the country. “You’ll probably see Huw Edwards on the telly here,” Mr McElroy says, pointing to the edge of the floor that overlooks Cardiff Central station. The first thing you will see stepping out of the capital’s train station will be the glittering façade of the broadcaster’s headquarters. It is part of the wider

regeneration of Central Square – developer Rightacres Property Company’s flagship scheme.

mere 7 m from pedestrian walkways and is located on the edge of the busy Wood Street.

The site used to be a bus station and is being replaced with office space, student accommodation, retail space, apartments and a new bus terminal.

Mr McElroy explains that the location meant it required some rigorous planning, especially when the team was working on the substructure stage.

ISG is currently building the broadcaster’s media hub, which is part of phase two of the overall scheme.

Around 47,500 cu m of material was removed to make way for a 75,000 sq ft basement structure, described by Mr McElroy as “something to behold”. He explains how a mammoth mud shift was required to create the substructure, taking 40 weeks to complete after piling was installed. “A big challenge we faced was excavating the enormous volume of materials without any disruption to the operations of the city,” he says.

Set over four floors, the building will be the new home for 1,200 BBC Wales staff and will include 150,000 sq ft of office, studio and production space. The contractor is now into week 73 of the 122-week project and has had to tackle a mammoth logistical challenge, making sure work on site has not stopped the city from being business as usual. The 180,000 sq ft site, located in the heart of the city, is incredibly tight. It sits a

On average, 100 lorries were coming to and from site to remove the materials every 10-hour day. However, it was essential this mass movement did not block up the roads in and around the city centre.

The contractor is now into week 73 of the 122-week project and has had to tackle a mammoth logistical challenge, making sure work on site has not stopped the city from being business as usual.

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forming due to lorries departing and arriving. A massive 5,588 vehicle movements were completed over a 10-week period – with no complaints made about congestion. “The biggest technical challenge for the project was putting in the steel frame,” Mr McElroy says. The vast frame is an essential design feature, as part of the design’s focus on the building’s visibility. The steel frame will be left exposed underneath a glass roof garden canopy, with the frame’s connections forming a diamond shape in the centre. “The frame was a big [consideration] in the design,” Mr McElroy says. “All of [it] was manufactured off site and will be left on show. It was important for us to get the quality right.” Because of the prominent role it plays in the design of the building, it was vital the frame was left in pristine condition. “There was a worry the steel would be cut into when we were installing it, leaving marks,” Mr McElroy explains. “We needed to make sure there was a flawless topcoat.” In addition, 10 28.2 m-high supporting steel columns needed to be installed to prop up the roof canopy, which also needed to be immaculate. Around five connections were made to link the columns with the main supports for the floors – which took up a lot of

time, according to Mr McElroy. “We had to make sure the quality of the welds was exactly right, as when you walk through you’ll be able to see those connections. It needs to be perfect.”

All 10 columns were brought on site in a single piece, as a splice would ruin the appearance. They are the longest steel sections to leave steel contractor Severfield’s factory in Northern Ireland, according to ISG. The contractor aims to leave behind a legacy in the Welsh capital and has been engaging with local schools, colleges and communities that will inspire the next generation to consider entering the industry. “With a project of this size and nature, you want to promote the construction industry,” Mr McElroy says.

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ISG opened its doors for local pupils to take a look at works on site and has been offering students from Cardiff and Vale College with placements on site. Mr McElroy says this provides the next generation an opportunity to gain insight into what the industry can offer. “We also have a new trainee on site every week,” Mr McElroy says. “They can get some real experience and get motivated about the careers available to them. It’s a great opportunity for them to say, ‘I worked on that project’.” As a scheme that is fundamental to the regeneration of the Welsh capital, locally sourcing resources and a supply chain was a crucial focus for ISG. A target of 70 per cent of both was set to ensure the project both benefited and reflected the city. Delivering the project to the highest standard in such a central area also required intense stakeholder engagement.

With the ISG opened its doors for local pupils to take Principality a look at works on site and has been offering Stadium behind students from Cardiff and Vale College with the development placements on site. Mr McElroy says this and Central station directly in front, provides the next generation an opportunity to contractor, stadium gain insight into what the industry can offer. and Network Rail were in continuous communication. ensuring entrance and exit to the station “We have to thoroughly co-ordinate, are not blocked up,” Mr McElroy says. making sure everything is clear for when “Dialogue is constant with Network Rail – events are taking place at the stadium and we hold weekly conversations with them.”

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680 tonnes of concrete poured by hand at Battersea Battersea Power Station’s four iconic chimneys have been rebuilt using the same construction technique as when they first graced London’s skyline. Since the first pour on 14 May 2015, nearly 25,000 wheelbarrow loads of concrete have been hand-poured into the chimneys that each stand 51 metres tall. Rather than use a hose to pour the concrete, it was decided to replicate the original construction methods and 680 tonnes of concrete was lifted in a hoist to the top of the chimney, transferred into wheelbarrows and then hand poured into the structures.

recognised the world over and as the local planning authority we have a profound duty of care to make sure the rebuilding process is a success. The site’s owners have understood their significance from day one and have gone to great lengths to restore them to their former glory. And delivered on their promises.” Emily Gee, London planning director at Historic England, said: “Historic England welcomes this final stage of the rebuilding of the chimneys, ensuring that the Power Station will retain its landmark status along this evolving part of London’s skyline.”

The Malaysian shareholders of the Battersea Power Station project are committed to giving back to the communities in which they operate. They recognise the importance of creating The rings that can be seen around the new chimneys, and shared value and this is embedded in all of their undertakings that could also be seen around the old ones, are formed by to ensure that using a “jump form” shuttering These giant chimneys are recognised the world over and they contribute towards building method. Using as the local planning authority we have a profound duty of a harmonious steel and timber, care to make sure the rebuilding process is a success. Cllr and considerate the metal rings Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth council community. are filled with concrete then moved up and filled again. Overall, the hoist has travelled the equivalent of 21 miles, lifting the concrete to the eight workers waiting on boards high above the ground. The original chimneys, two of which were built in the 1930s and the second pair in the 1950s, had to be demolished as they were deemed unsafe because they were badly crumbling after so many years. The rebuilding of the chimneys won a prestigious award from the London Civil Engineering Award at a ceremony last month. The north-east and south-west chimneys will still be used for the new energy centre that will provide heating and cooling to the development with water vapour being released from their flues. The north-west chimney is the last to be finished. Rob Tincknell, CEO of Battersea Power Station Development Company, said: “Battersea Power Station’s chimneys have been the backdrop for films, music videos and album covers and really are world famous. On behalf of our shareholders, I would like to say it has been an honour to restore this iconic symbol to the London skyline so that it can be enjoyed by generations to come.” Cllr Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth council, said: “These giant chimneys are

Ultimate Finance reaches £14m milestone in construction funding Ultimate Finance Group, a leading independent provider of finance to UK business, has now provided £14m of funding to SMEs through its Construction Finance product. This represents yearon-year growth of 75%, as of April 2017. In total, Ultimate Finance Group’s overall lending to SMEs is now £132 million, as it continues its commitment to invest in business growth in the UK. “The construction industry faces a number of challenges, not least a weak pound, skilled labour shortages and managing the costs of raw materials,” Martin Bennison, Managing Director of Construction Finance at Ultimate Finance, commented. “Despite this, these figures prove that our customers are confident in accessing funds, and are positive about their future.”

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Schöck and Marble Mosaic team up for 345 precast balconies Horizons is one of the most recent additions to the skyline on the Thames, to the east of Canary Wharf. It features 190 private apartments with one, two and three-bedrooms, plus six penthouses. The considerable number of balconies involved throughout the development naturally demanded the minimisation of any possible thermal bridging problems. The Isokorb structural thermal break solution from Schöck comfortably met theses demands, but precast balcony specialists Marble Mosaic played a big part too. T pr The preca preca cast ca st st Balcony units had to be integral with the main structure

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Marble Mosaic specialise in the provision of high quality precast concrete clad-ding panels and structural units. Joint MD Dennis Vittle takes up the story. “We have been associated with Schock on various projects for many years now. This particular project required the balcony units to be integral with the main structure and both insulated and fire-stopped from it. There was a requirement for 345 individual pre-cast balconies, as well as standard insulated balcony-to-slab connections, plus a number of downstand and upstand connections. The precast columns were supported off the balcony slab at one end only, so there was a heavy eccentric shear load transfer as well. The agreed design used a combination of Schock Isokorb types K and Q to ensure structural integrity with the frame, whilst avoiding any clashes with the concrete frame reinforcement”. The Schöck Isokorb type K is a load-bearing thermal insulation element for con-crete-toconcrete cantilever balconies and transfers

Horizons sits alongside Poplar Dock Marina Image: Schöck Ltd

b bending moment, stress and shear forces. The Schöck Isokorb type Q serves as a shear T force transfer element for loggia’s or column supported balconies with relatively low load ex-pectations. Verifiable performance standards

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There are more than 12,000 variants in the Isokorb range, enabling connections to be made between concrete-to-concrete, concrete-to-steel and steel-to-steel. There is even a a solution that offers a cost-effective and more thermally efficient alternative to wrapped parapets.

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T There are more than 12,000 variants in tthe Isokorb range, enabling connections to be made between concrete-to-concrete, b cconcrete-to-steel and steel-to-steel. There is even a a solution that offers a T ccost-effective and more thermally efficient alternative to wrapped parapets. All units meet full compliance with the relevant UK building regulations, which require that the temperature factor used to indicate condensation risk (fRSI) must be greater than or equal to, 0.75 for residential buildings. The latest BBA Certification awarded to Schöck is tthe culmination of an unprecedented standard of assessment, resulting in a much more demanding new generation of Agrément Certificates for thermal break products. The range also provides Local Authority Building Control Registration and there is compliance with the UK government Standard Assessment w Procedure (SAP 2012) concerning CO2 emissions from buildings and respectively heat losses re through non-repeating thermal bridges. Here, the Schöck Isokorb enables energy loss in various connective situations to be reduced by as much as 84% to 91%.

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Schöck retrofit solution for major office-toresidential conversion in North West London, previously the London headquarters of the international turnkey projects contractor M.W Kellogg, is being transformed into a contemporary residential scheme known as Atrium Point. The existing buildings are being sustainably refurbished, with solar panels, air source pumps and heat recovery units, all contributing to meet CO2 reductions in the redevelopment. It is currently one of the largest office-toresidential schemes in the capital and will result in a mix of a 290 studios, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments. Many of the new units will benefit from a cantilevered steel balcony, supported to the existing reinforced concrete slab and naturally, structural thermal performance is a key consideration. Marketleading thermal break suppliers Schöck are the go-to company for this type of specification with their innovative Isokorb type RKS for refurbishment applications. First introduced into the German, Austrian and Swiss markets, primarily as a retrofit product, the type RKS has a 120mm insulation element thickness and is a load-bearing thermal break that allows the replacement, or addition, of balconies to an existing building by connecting cantilevered steel balconies to the reinforced concrete slab. It minimises thermal bridges at concrete-to-steel cantilever balcony connections and transfers negative moments and positive shear forces. This offers a number of different options for integrated, energyefficient building renovation and guarantees enormous scope for design. Refurbishment to Passivhaus standard An additional feature is that the product has been fully certified as an “Energy saving component” by the Passivhaus Institute in Darmstadt, Germany, which highlights the importance of thermal performance, even for refurbishment projects of this type.

units, which allows Schöck is a specialist in the provision of connections to be advanced solutions for thermal energy structural made between concrete-to-concrete, insulation. Best known though for its range of concrete-to-steel Isokorb structural thermal break units, which allows and steel-to-steel. connections to be made between concrete-toAll units meet full compliance with the concrete, concrete-to-steel and steel-to-steel. relevant building The requirement described in the Building regulations and provide LABC registration Regulations that the temperature factor used to and the highest level of BBA Certification. indicate condensation risk (fRSI) must be greater than, or equal to, 0.75 for residential buildings is easily met by incorporating the Isokorb.

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Construction super campus phoenix rises from the ashes in The Smoke The University of Wolverhampton celebrated its investment of £100 million in a construction super campus at a prestigious event at the House of Lords in London. The investment is part of the University’s ‘Our Vision – Your Opportunity’ £250 million ambitious project to invest in world class education and training in support of economic growth in the region. The regeneration of the former Springfield Brewery in Wolverhampton has brought together businesses and the education sector with the aim of creating jobs and providing technical and professional experts required by the industry. The derelict 12 acre site, a former Grade II listed brewery, is currently being transformed into Europe’s largest specialist construction and built environment campus, providing a pathway for construction education and training from the age of 14 through to senior professionalism. The transformed site is currently the home of the newly opened West Midlands Construction University Technical College with plans in place to start work on the University’s School of Architecture and Built Environment. A hub for the Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills is due to open in September this year. The event at the House of Lords, hosted by the University’s Chancellor, Lord Swraj Paul, brought Faculty of Science & Engineering staff together with key people from construction companies,

education trade and technical awarding bodies and former Springfield Brewery employees to celebrate the completion of its first phase.

strings of activity and we can’t continue to have wistful and wasteful concepts for growth. We need innovative approaches to skills and training.

Professor Geoff Layer, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “The House of Lords celebration event recognised the efforts and commitment of partners who have invested time and money in the first phase of this ambitious project whilst at the same time highlighting that there are opportunities for developers, investors and partners to work with us on phase two of the project.

“Building is at the heart of quality of life for people and we need a seamless transition from the past to the future. Springfield will most certainly make that difference.”

“Construction is a vital growth sector for the Black Country with the global construction industry forecast to grow by more than 70% over the next ten years. The new super campus will be well placed to take advantage of this rising international demand with strengths in architecture, engineering and sustainable construction – all designed to address the national skills shortage of engineers and construction workers.”

James Hewitt was the Brewery Manager at Springfield, following in the footsteps of his father Geoffrey, who had been head brewer. He said: “I loved working at Springfield; the people were lovely and the atmosphere of the whole place was really good. I very much enjoyed visiting the site and seeing the marvellous reconstruction that is occurring.” The Springfield site was originally purchased in 1873 by William Butler to house his growing brewing business, with the Springfield Brewery opening in 1874 under the William Butler and Company name. The brewery closed in 1991 and a fire destroyed much of the historic structure in 2004. The University purchased the site in 2014.

Chris Blythe, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Builders, The construction industry isn’t different to any other who was a guest speaker at the event, industry. We have the ability to pull together many said: “The construction strings of activity and we can’t continue to have wistful industry isn’t different and wasteful concepts for growth. We need innovative to any other industry. approaches to skills and training. Chris Blythe, Chief We have the ability Executive of the Chartered Institute of Builders to pull together many

Construction skills scheme extended after first year success Construction skills scheme extended after first year success An innovative scheme to attract more talent into the built environment sector is being extended after a successful first year. Last year Gateshead College teamed up with a powerful partnership of architects, designers, contractors and engineering specialists to launch PlanBEE in a bid to tackle an industry skills shortage. Together they developed a unique, flexible training programme designed to attract and retain the brightest new talent in the region, plug skills gaps, and create a more flexible workforce capable of working across various construction disciplines. An initial cohort of 13 students enrolled on the scheme last September and all have been retained having completed a Higher National Certificate (HNC) qualification. They will now work towards a Higher National Diploma (HND) in year two and an honours degree in year three and these qualifications will help them secure a guaranteed job on completion of the programme. Now a recruitment drive has begun to hire a second tranche of students, who will start on the programme this September. Rather than follow a traditional training model where students complete their qualifications while working in one company, PlanBEE gives trainees the chance to work across several companies and therefore gain a more rounded understanding of

the built environment industry. Working with Gateshead College, the group has created a bespoke higher level skills programme that provides budding professionals with study and off-the-job training at the college’s construction facility on Team Valley, along with a job working with some of the region’s leading companies. It has been tailored specifically for and by the North East construction sector, providing students with a starting salary of £10,700 per year, a professional qualification and a guaranteed job opportunity on graduation. Established by Ryder Architecture, the scheme has already attracted some high-profile names, including Brims Construction, Sir Robert McAlpine, Xsite Architecture, Robertson, 3e Consulting, Cundall, Arup, FaulknerBrowns, Sadler Brown Architecture and Tolent. Matthew Hardman, 19, from Gateshead, initially spent time with Cundall and has been with Sunderland firm Brims Construction for the last few months. He said: “I was keen on a career in construction but was not sure what discipline I wanted to pursue and did not want to get to the end of university and realise I hadn’t really enjoyed my choice, while having amassed £30,000 of debts. “So I’m really pleased to have secured a place on this course through Gateshead College. My first placement was mainly officebased, learning CAD drawing and BIM and I’ve really enjoyed the site

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Independent building firms hitting a wall when it comes to council contract awards needs addressing if our cash-strapped councils are to get real value for money. For instance, I’m aware of a smaller building firm which recently tendered for a special needs school rebuilding project being run by a local council. It was work the company specialised in, having carried out similar refurbishment programmes at numerous such schools. Council members were astonished at the Smaller, independent companies are being priced price quoted for the work – they couldn’t believe out of prestigious projects, particularly those how low it was. However, as the independent tendered by councils. It means less-known building firm wasn’t on the council’s ‘tender list’ and contractors are not only missing out in terms of didn’t meet its rigid criteria, the authority couldn’t finance; the chance to carry out high profile work appoint it. In cases in the community and such as these, where It establish a reputation There’s a perception that small companies carry greater risk, and whilst makes financial sense is also passing them by. it’s understandable funding groups adhere to tried-and-tested architects or to look outside ‘the list’, It’s absolutely correct contractors, there are many benefits to seeking out an independent firm. would it not be worth that local authorities councils and the like or groups funding appointing contractors or developers on a projectschool building projects apply risk adverse policy potentially greater cost to the client, Richardson by-project basis? Perhaps the administration work and procedures when issuing contracts for tender. and Peat takes care of every aspect of the involved precludes such an arrangement, but a Unfortunately, these unyielding terms are applied construction process; from design and planning, degree of flexibility is worth considering. blanket-fashion regardless of project size or value. through to building and the handing over of the For instance, a recent school building scheme was property’s keys to yet another satisfied customer. Support for all put out to tender via a consultancy firm which Reduced costs and personal, face-to-face service Of course, seemingly ‘open portals’, in which required the construction firm awarded the project are two very good reasons to look beyond firms are invited to tender for work without the to provide £5million personal indemnity cover construction conglomerates when it comes to imposition of council-style procedures, may contain even though the scheme’s total build-cost was an contractor specification. an element of favouritism – that’s life, I’m afraid. estimated £500,000. On a build such as this, there But there has to be scope for a more level playing However, local governments are often bound by is little or no chance of £5 million-worth of risk field at local authority level regarding the issue of incurring. However it does rule-out smaller firms existing agreements with building firms, meaning building contracts, especially in schools. After all, competing for such contracts despite being fullyplanning committees’ hands are tied – they have businesses are part of an area’s community that qualified and able to carry out the work. no option but to offer a project to the name on the contract. It’s common practice, but maybe one that the council is employed to support. With school and local authority building contracts continually being awarded to the largest construction firms and best-known architects, proving that ‘biggest doesn’t necessarily mean best’ within the construction industry is becoming increasingly difficult.

Big benefits of small firms There’s a perception that small companies carry greater risk, and whilst it’s understandable funding groups adhere to tried-and-tested architects or contractors, there are many benefits to seeking out an independent firm. A company such as Richardson and Peat, which provides turnkey solutions for a range of new-build and refurbishment projects, has the flexibility to tailor designs and construction to a client’s precise requirements. And whilst larger contractors subcontract work once a contract’s been procured at

engineering experience with Brims including the quantity surveying side. This has definitely been the right choice of course for me.” Brims director Richard Wood said: “We are a fast-growing business and realise how important it is to play our part in nurturing the talent of the future. Matthew is the second placement we have had from PlanBEE and has been a great addition to our team. We look forward to welcoming more students to the company. “We initially became aware of and involved with PlanBEE following discussions with Mark Thompson of Ryder and so far it has been an excellent programme, which we hope inspires a new generation of bright, talented individuals to consider a rewarding career in construction. It is a real alternative to full time education; one that offers a future with no debt and a job offer on completion.”

lack of skills is hindering construction firms’ efforts to service contracts, according to the latest Construction Market Survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Meanwhile, the Construction Skills Network’s most recent ‘Insight’ report has highlighted a growing skills shortage in the industry. The study identifies that an additional 179,000 UK construction jobs will need to be filled from 2017-2021 to meet rapid growth in demand for infrastructure and housebuilding across the country. Many of these new jobs are graduate level roles in technical, professional and management occupations, rather than traditional craft trades – and the need for higherlevel skills is a challenge that PlanBEE aims to tackle.

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Thermal breaks specialists improve energy efficiency of luxury hotel by 60% A luxury hotel in Yorkshire has improved its energy efficiency by up to 60% with an innovative thermal bridging solution delivered by Armadillo, as part of a £9.5 million refurbishment project. The thermal breaks specialist was appointed by Aim Applications to deliver the solution which will add to the hotel’s existing facilities with the addition of a new spa extension. The team’s solution insulated the hotel’s roofing system, which involved isolating the rooftop balustrade

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The solution For more information visit www.armatherm.com implemented by the team will help to dramatically reduce specified to isolate temperatures in cladding or condensation issues, along with improving the façade projects, but they can be implemented energy efficiency of the hotel when the spa is anywhere a transition occurs in the building complete in Spring 2017. envelope. Roofing structures are a key location at which heat can be lost, impacting heavily on the Commenting on the project, Armadillo’s managing energy efficiency and running costs of a building.” director, Jonathan Shaw said: “The Rudding Park project was an interesting job that demonstrated Armatherm™ 500 has been used in a variety the versatility of our Armatherm™ material. of construction projects, from structural steel framing connections and façades to residential “Our thermal breaking solutions are often builds and freezer rooms.

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Berry Hill Mansfield Scheme gets underway Mayor of Mansfield Kate Allsop has visited one of the area’s key development schemes following the start of infrastructure works on site. The first phase of the Berry Hill Mansfield development, a mixed-use scheme on the boundary of Nottingham and Mansfield, will see the delivery of approximately 500 new homes as part of an urban extension to the south of the town. The scheme, which received £8.5m in in funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) earlier this year, will provide much-needed homes for west Nottinghamshire as well as creating jobs and business opportunities through a new innovation park, varied employment land opportunities as well as a retail and leisure offering. Kate Allsop, executive elected mayor of Mansfield, said: “There is a real need for new housing within Mansfield and the large development at Berry Hill, currently underway will be a fantastic site. There will also be community facilities, such as shops, a school and a medical centre to facilitate a new community within the district. “We are starting to see the detailed plans for a phased development, which will see a good mix of housing and employment land. It will be advantageous to see plenty of open spaces and play areas for the new families to enjoy. This has been a long time in the planning and I am excited to finally start to see the detailed plans, followed by new homes coming forward. “With works now beginning on site we are keen to keep residents informed, we know there will be disruption and we are working with the developers to keep that to a minimum. The HCA funding received will make a huge difference to our district, as with it will bring new homes, jobs and opportunities for local people. The boost to the local economy will be significant and we are looking forward to seeing new homes available in Berry Hill very soon.”

Richard Bowden, project representative for The Lindhurst Group, developers of Berry Hill Mansfield, said: “We are very pleased that work on this significant scheme is progressing ahead of housebuilders moving into the site later this year. “The support from the HCA is hugely important in allowing us to deliver this scheme, which will have a really positive impact on the local area; it will have a real impact on the local economy through job creation as well as creating a community where people want to live, work and spend their leisure time.” The Lindhurst Group is to develop some 480 acres of land, delivering up to 1,700 new homes, a brand new primary school, children’s nursery, health centre and care facilities; the scheme will also include serviced land for hi-tech research and development facilities, offices and industrial accommodation and leisure and retail uses. Jas Hundal, service director for environment, transport & property at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “We’re delighted to see work starting on the Berry Hill development, which will provide a massive boost to the economic prospects of the whole area and a significant extension to Mansfield’s southern boundary.

This is exactly the type of development and regeneration we envisaged when we built the Mansfield & Ashfield Regeneration Route (MARR) in 2004. “This development will provide significant economic boost to the area, bringing over £100 million of investment, creating new jobs, 1,700 much needed new homes, over 40 acres of high-tech offices and commercial/ industrial premises, a new school and many other community facilities.” Mike Robinson, director of economic growth at Mansfield District Council, added: “We are extremely pleased that work has started on site. The much-needed high quality family homes, employment and leisure opportunities this development will bring are vital for the regeneration and growth of the entire district.” This long-term collaboration between Nottinghamshire County Council, Lindhurst Jersey Ltd and W Westerman Ltd will bring more than £100m of investment into the area and will provide much-needed homes as well as high-tech office space and commercial land opportunities.

This development will provide significant economic boost to the area, bringing over £100 million of investment, creating new jobs, 1,700 much needed new homes, over 40 acres of high-tech offices and commercial/industrial premises, a new school and many other community facilities. Jas Hundal, service director for environment, transport & property at Nottinghamshire County Council

Not only has work started on site, but housebuilder Avant Homes has recently received approval on its reserved matters application for up to 99 new homes.

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Breathing Safely improved substantially on its Safety record over the last few decades, but certain Health issues in the industry are under some scrutiny at the moment. Respiratory complaints such as COPD and occupational Asthma caused by exposure to harmful dusts, gases and vapours are often not immediately diagnosed, and are on the rise. Symptoms do not manifest themselves for a number of years or even decades, by which time it is often too late to reverse debilitating medical conditions. The health issues caused by Silica dust (Silicosis) are a top priority for the HSE who are looking to reduce the worrying increasing number of sufferers. With over 35000 workers reporting they currently have breathing/ lung problems, caused or made worse by work, the cost to the construction industry in both lost time and expertise is enormous. Are you masking a problem?

Sundström are a third generation family company witth a passion for designing and manufacturing respiratory equipmeent. We have 90 years’ experience, and are proud of our reputation for quality and innovation. Our range includes a solution to most environments found in construction from half masks to airline, powered solutions to escape hoods. UK Sales Manager Tonyy Smith added; ‘It is not only about understanding the contaminant, but also the needs of the wearer, the employer and their legislative requirements. The equipment must be acceptable to all parties but above all it must be

comfo ortable and compatible with all other PPE used d by the wearerr.’ Sundström’s exttensive range provides a solution to o all your respiratory problems. The SR 100 half mask is widely used as the product of choice in the asbestos industry due to its excellent face fit performance. Due to the popularity of facial hair and the legal requirement to undertake face fit testing, the use of negative pressure masks may not be acceptable. Our powered units offer a comfortable and highly effective solution to extended respiratory practices, the problems encountered with facial hair, and do not require a face fit. Our new SR 900 respiratory system gives the user the option to use a remote housing worn on a belt which takes the cumbersome heavy filter away from the face. This facilitates usage under visors, welding masks or just to improve on wearer acceptability. The same mask can also be used on both powered and airline equipment offering a complete inter connective respiratory solution. With a team of technical experts UK wide Sundström are happy to visit your sites. Give us a call and ‘unmask’ your respiratory issues; let us help you to breathe more easily!

For further information, please contact Tony Smith on 07508 417925

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Roofing company fined £80,000 after ignoring HSE notice A west London roofing company has been fined £80,000 for safety failings related to working at height. Brighton Magistrates’ Court heard how numerous concerns were raised by members of the public about work being carried out by G & S Roofing. The company twice ignored written advice to address the issue of working at height in an unsafe manner. In August 2016, a further concern was raised by a member of the public who contacted the HSE after seeing more evidence of operatives hired by G & S Roofing working unsafely from height. Inspectors then visited the site. The HSE investigation found one of the operatives to be working on the flashings of a chimney from a ladder resting on the pitch of the roof at the unguarded gable end of the two storey house. There were no suitable measures in place to prevent a person falling from the gable end, a fall which could have caused personal injury. A prohibition was served but the

company took no action to rectify the dangerous working conditions. G & S Roofing of Pembroke Lodge, 3 Pembroke Road, Ruslip, was found guilty in its absence to breaching Regulations 4(1)(a) and 4(1)(c) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 by virtue of Regulation 3(b). The company was today fined a total of £80,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,574. Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Rebekah Dunn said: “The dangers associated with working at height are well known and G & S Roofing had a duty to protect all operatives from the risk of falling from height. Despite repeated advice, the company failed to put in adequate precautionary measures. “It is vital for duty holders to ensure that all issues related to health and safety are suitably addressed, particularly when the issues are highlighted.”

The dangers associated with working at height are well known and G & S Roofing had a duty to protect all operatives from the risk of falling from height. Despite repeated advice, the company failed to put in adequate precautionary measures. HSE inspector Rebekah Dunn, Speaking after the hearing

Lavendon Group Finance Director Lavendon Group today announces the departure of Alan Merrell, Group Finance Director, who will leave the business at the end of June after 19 years at the helm. Alan is succeeded by Tom Murray who joined the UK business, Nationwide Platforms, in 2016 as Finance Director. Alan has been instrumental in guiding the organisation through major changes and challenges across its operating territories and geographies and is well respected throughout the rental industry for his pragmatic approach and experience.

of Lavendn Group, commented: “Alan’s departure is most certainly the end of an era for Lavendon Group as he has been a cornerstone of our success story. On a personal note, I would like to thank Alan for his valued partnership over the last few years and I know everyone at Lavendon wishes Alan the very best for the future. He leaves Lavendon in very good hands as we enter a new and exciting chapter with Loxam Group.”

the appointment of a UK Finance Director will be made in due course.

Tom Murray will formally take up his new role on 1st July 2017 following a period of transition and handover between the two Directors.

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British consumers projected to spend £35bn on home improvements by the end of the year British homeowners are set to spend an estimated £35bn upgrading their homes by the end of the year. Despite the country’s current economic and political uncertainty, six out of ten Brits look set to splash the cash on home refurbishments and upgrades to the tune of about £1,500 per project. Sprucing up walls with fresh paper or paint will be the priority for the majority of people (62%), while the kitchen (25%), bathroom (24%) and bedroom (23%) are the rooms most likely to be freshened up by adults who are tired of their cooking, washing and sleeping areas. The findings are part of a retail report commissioned by Manchester based mixed reality company DigitalBridge, which warned earlier this year that the

home retail sector could be missing out on an extra £1bn a year due to customers walking away from purchases because they couldn’t imagine what products or completed projects would look like at home. This “imagination gap” is a significant challenge for retailers, and could impact the industries financial prospects, with 36% of home owners admitting to already putting off or decided against making a purchase because of this problem. David Levine, CEO of DigitalBridge, which has won financial backing from John Lewis and innovation specialist L Marks, said:

“The UK’s home retail sector is a major part of the economy – as these spending predictions show – but retailers, especially those in the home décor market, shouldn’t ignore the potential hurdle this imagination gap could cause in the future. “While nearly 60% of homeowners are planning to spend money upgrading or refurbishing parts of their homes in the coming months, a significant number have already put off making any changes, meaning retailers are missing out on potentially millions, if not billions of pounds, of extra sales.”

This “imagination gap” is a significant challenge for retailers, and could impact the industries financial prospects, with 36% of home owners admitting to already putting off or decided against making a purchase because of this problem.

Work begins on transformation of former Durham Hospital into student accommodation being made towards the restoration of nearby Wharton Park, which will further enhance the area.

Work has begun on the transformation of Durham’s former County Hospital into new state-of-the art student accommodation by national developers, Sladen Estates, Peveril Securities and Helios Properties. The former Victorian hospital will be converted and two new blocks of residences built to create a 363-bedroom scheme comprising a mixture of studio rooms and cluster flats for the city’s students. The work is being carried out as part of a £34 million investment in the site that is situated just off North Road, Durham. Head of student accommodation at Sladen Estates Charles Fish said: “We are delighted the conversion of this historic building has started, that is perfectly situated for students. It is a landmark development for Durham which will breathe new life into one of the city’s most recognised, but now disused and derelict buildings.”

Charles Fish added: “Conversion of the old County Hospital will be sympathetic to its original features, whilst incorporating modern design and technology. The significant investment to bring this iconic building back to its former glory will benefit Durham residents and students alike, and is a positive reflection of investor confidence within the region.” The first students will be able to move into the accommodation from the start of the Autumn term in September 2018.

Once complete, the development will be owned and operated by Unite Students - the UK’s leading provider of student accommodation. Students will be able to enjoy the purpose-built accommodation, whilst also benefitting from its central location near the university campus and Durham’s shops, bars, restaurants and transport links. It will incorporate communal outdoor space, plus a more formal garden. A contribution is also

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Construction UK Magazine - Spring 2017  

The publication provides an extensive look at breaking news, analysis, features, projects, product launches, discussions and interviews from...

Construction UK Magazine - Spring 2017  

The publication provides an extensive look at breaking news, analysis, features, projects, product launches, discussions and interviews from...