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Combined Authority builds on its plans for housing

Combination of SchĂśck Isokorb types meets Berlin project demands

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Three in five small and mediumsized construction businesses admit to having no succession plan Combination of SchĂśck Isokorb types meets Berlin project demands


SWIGA Guarantee provides peace of mind

QuickBuild Combined Authority builds on its plans for housing The latest innovations from Gripple


Considerate Constructors Scheme launches in Ireland Gismos, Gadgets and Good Design IT & business innovations from beyond the housing sector


Pear Stairs


VELUXÂŽ New Curved Glass Rooflight Range


Formica Group Rising construction costs spark growth in UK office refurbishment


Alimak High Rise


Turfdry nominated for 2017 IOG Contractor Of The Year Award



BUFCA Builders can raise insulation values with polyurethane

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Three in five small and medium-sized construction businesses admit to having no succession plan t 58% of UK small and medium-sized

enterprises (SMEs) in the construction sector admit to having no clear plan in place to ensure their business does not suffer when a key employee leaves; t However, only one in seven (15%) of these SMEs say they have no employees who are indispensable or would be difficult to replace. The Aldermore Future Attitudes report has found that three fifths (58%) of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the construction sector – equating to 565,283* UK

Naismiths bolsters Midlands team with new appointment Leading property and real estate consultancy Naismiths has strengthened its midlands team with the appointment of a senior consultant. Luke Voce will join the Leicester office, where he will work within the national project monitoring team. He will bring his five years’ experience within the private commercial sector to add to the team’s expertise, providing project monitoring services on new-build developments and property conversions for a number of banks and financial institutions. Luke, a keen tennis player and football fan, said: “Naismiths is a growing consultancy that is going from strength to strength and is consistently being appointed on prestigious projects all over the country. “It is the natural next step in my career path and I’m looking forward to continuing my professional development under the guidance of a very talented and experienced management team.” Luke started his career in 2012 as a graduate building surveyor with a global consultancy, after completing a master’s degree in Building Surveying at Nottingham Trent University, progressing to the position of lead surveyor. Marcus Higgins, national head of project monitoring services, said: “Luke is an extremely bright talent with a great future ahead of him. We are extremely happy to have brought him on board and are confident he will prove to be a very valued asset.”

firms with fewer than 250 employees – have no clear plan in place to ensure that their businesses do not suffer when key staff leave. This is despite the survey of over a thousand senior business decision-makers at UK SMEs revealing that only one in seven (15%) SMEs in the construction surveyed felt they could survive without a succession plan on the basis that none of their staff members were indispensable or would be difficult to replace. Moreover, a further one in ten (9%) SMEs in the construction sector have no defined plan in place because they are

not expecting any key employees to depart in the short-term. Of the two in five (42%) SMEs in the construction sector that have a succession plan in place, over half (55%) say this includes ensuring employees view their long-term future at the company and providing training to widen employees’ capabilities beyond their current roles. A third (32%) of those SMEs in the construction sector with a succession plan already have individuals in mind to take on the pivotal and specialist roles in the business if other employees leave or step down.

Crossrail overrun by £1bn Crossrail has revealed that construction costs on the £14.8bn project’s major contracts have increased by almost £1bn from the award values. Figures released by Crossrail following a Freedom of Information request reveal details of 44 tier one contracts completed as of 31 July 2017. The release shows that some contracts almost tripled in cost between being awarded and reaching completion. The contracts cover enabling works, construction of the running tunnels, and initial station construction, including piling and utility diversions. Crossrail awarded a total of 65 contracts covering construction of the line, which is now 85 per cent complete. Work on station construction and tunnel fit-out is still under way, with 21 contracts still to complete. Parts of the Elizabeth line are scheduled to open in December 2018, ahead of the eastwest route becoming fully operational by the end of 2019. Large contract overruns include the Eastern Running Tunnels contract awarded to a JV between Dragados and John Sisk, which was initially valued at £479.4m but reached a final cost of £756.4m. The Western Running Tunnels and Bond Street / Tottenham Court Road SCL contract awarded to the JV between Bam, Ferrovial and Kier (BFK) rose from an initial £472.6m to £745m. Another contract at Bond Street, the Bond Street station (piling & dwall), undertaken by

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a JV between Costain and Skanska, was valued at £33.2m when awarded but ended up costing £95.4m once completed in January 2014. The main works at Paddington Integration undertaken by Carillion also ballooned from £27.7m to £98m during the course of the project. In a statement accompanying the release of the information, Crossrail said: “None of the major Crossrail tier one contracts were awarded as fixed-price contracts covering 100 per cent of the scope, design and cost, and therefore it was never anticipated that these contracts would be completed for the award price. “The contract value at award does not reflect the risks that were retained by Crossrail Limited and contingency was allocated for this. The actual costs of these works are in line with Crossrail Limited’s initial estimates.” Despite the overruns, the cost of the line still fell below the £14.8bn funding envelope for the project, which was reduced from an initial £15.9bn funding package approved in 2007.

News Carl D’Ammassa, Group Managing Director, Business Finance at Aldermore, said: “It is concerning to find that the majority of SMEs in the construction industry do not have any succession plans in place despite being conscious of the adverse consequences that may result should crucial employees leave the business. “When faced with the day-to-day demands of running their company, business owners can easily push succession planning down their list of priorities. However, good employees are hard to find so for SMEs putting in place a strategy to deal with the departure of key individuals is imperative, particularly since the departure of a key employee has the potential to hit smaller firms with fewer employees hardest.”

CIOB helps members visit schools to promote construction careers Britain’s schools are being targeted in a major new recruitment drive by the Chartered Institute of Building which aims to address the poor image construction still suffers among pupils in the 14 – 19 age group and their teachers. The just-launched ‘Think Construction’ toolkit from the CIOB has been developed in partnership with teachers and young people to help CIOB members structure careers advice sessions. The kit contains film, presentations, case studies, games and content to describe the many managerial career opportunities on offer across the sector that are open to those without a degree, as well as graduates.

Woodhead takes home two regional construction awards Robert Woodhead Ltd has been named winners of two awards at this year’s Constructing Excellence in the East Midlands Awards.

12th Century building (supported by £3.6m of Heritage Lottery Funding), was delivered by the company’s conservation specialists, Woodhead Heritage.

The East Midlands Constructing Excellence Awards focus attention on some of the most important issues for the sector. They recognise the very best companies, collaborations and projects sharing best practice and inspiring others to adopt new and better ways of working that deliver outstanding results.

The project has engaged hundreds of people in the repair and conservation process. Working with the Trust, the Woodhead Heritage team delivered an ambitious engagement programme, which included supporting a documentary film of the project produced by local schoolchildren, 26 talks on the project delivered to local groups, four Public Heritage Skills open days and over 600 people taken on hard-hat tours.

Woodhead’s work on the already awardwinning King Edward Skate Plaza, was recognised with the Value Award, for its commitment to offering wider social value on such a short timescale and low value project. This is the second consecutive year Woodhead have won the Value Award. The Nottingham City Council scheme, which was procured through the empa ii Minor Works Framework, has already been named the Most Considerate Site in the UK by the Considerate Constructors Scheme, and is now serving the skating community of Nottingham. The King Edward Skate Plaza was also this year named the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s Most Considerate Site in the UK (under £500,000). This success was followed by the restoration of Delapre Abbey for Northampton Borough Council, which was handed the Preservation and Rejuvenation Award. This is the third year in a row Woodhead have been recognised for their heritage and preservation works. The £6.1m restoration of the Grade II* Listed

Craig Pygall, Construction Director for Robert Woodhead Ltd, said: “We’re delighted to be able to share these awards with our clients. Every project we work on is very much treated as a partnership, we all have shared goals and aim to deliver these to a high standard. “Each project awarded tonight could not have been so successful without the hard work and commitment of our site and project teams. From design to the finishing touches of a build, we all work together to achieve the best results possible. Congratulations to everyone involved.” With two other projects sitting as finalists in five other categories, Woodhead is now celebrating the accolades with its clients. The other finalists included:

t University of Nottingham - Ingenuity Centre (finalists in four categories)

t Bolsover District Council - the B@Home Partnership

To help put schools and CIOB Members and their firms in touch with each other, the CIOB is working with Inspiring the Future to provide a match-making service which facilitates introductions. Jacqueline Balian, Commercial Director at the Chartered Institute of Building said: “We are very conscious many pupils and schools are only aware of the trade level jobs in construction and that is hampering the sector’s recruitment scope. We aim to show the full range of management positions and help our members attract the new people they need. “Now that they have clear targets in terms of careers advice, schools are looking for people to talk to pupils about careers and CIOB Members can volunteer to do that. We are particularly keen to get our Novus Members involved where they can talk in schools about their job and what it’s like to work in construction. We are asking Members to give us just one hour of their time to inspire young people into the sector.”

members develop their presentation skills and the pack gives them all the content they need to do a really engaging presentation including video clips, games, information and presentation templates.”

She added: “We think this will also help our

Think Construction is the latest in a series

of initiatives from the CIOB that engage with young people. It follows on from the Institute’s work taking construction challenges into more than 4,000 UK schools and colleges through My Kinda Future and the development of Craft Your Future, the industry’s first Minecraft lessons.

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CA Roofing Services, along with CA Group’s specialist cladding division SCS, has announced completion of work on phase one of the £140m Rushden Lakes development in the Nene Valley, Northamptonshire. The retail, leisure and tourism destination, when complete, will include a 14-screen cinema, cycle hire, indoor trampoline and climbing facility as well as restaurants and access to some of the UK’s biggest high street shopping brands. CA Roofing Services worked closely with main contractor Winvic to complete phase one which is focused on the retail side of the development. The team worked on multiple buildings throughout the complex including the three 70,000 sq ft terrace buildings, which make up the main shopping areas, and three 15,000 sq ft restaurant buildings, situated adjacent to the lake side.

Danny Nelson, Business Delivery Director for Winvic, explained: “This is a landmark project for Winvic. Rushden Lakes will house some of the most recognisable UK brands including Boots, Marks and Spencer, Next and Primark and our objective from the outset has been to deliver the highest quality work within the timeframe set by the client.

been crucial in helping us to deliver outstanding results.”

Steven Forster, Sales and Estimating Director for CA Roofing Services, explained: “The various buildings, which make up phase one of Rushden Lakes, showcase a range of different skills. From standard, pre fab boxes serving as boat houses and stores, which “This has meant working with partners, such as have been transformed by wooden cladding CA Roofing Services, who are experts in their to match their lakeside surroundings, to field. Their involvement, from the outset, has high end restaurant and cafe facilities which feature an abundance of glass, This has meant working with partners, such enabling diners to as CA Roofing Services, who are experts in their take in the view.”

field. Their involvement, from the outset, has been crucial in helping us to deliver outstanding results. Danny Nelson, Business Delivery Director for Winvic

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“We have worked closely with Winvic for a number of years but this was the first time we have collaborated on a retail development. With such a high profile project, involving so many stakeholders, there were a number of priorities: ensure any bespoke design requirements made by the tenants were met, create a high end finish with attention to detail at every step and keep to the strict time scale which had been allocated. I am very pleased to say that we were able to tick all of these boxes - the team did an incredible job and the end product looks fantastic.”

The specially fabricated d PRIME rainscreen panels, which give the development its unique finish, were desiigned by CA Group’s Rainscreen division and d installed by the company’s specialist cla adding team. Chris Priestley, Rainscreeen Manager at CA Group, explained: “Ru ushden Lakes is a real showcase developm ment so getting the aesthetics of each individ dual building right, was crucial. We worked very closely with the project team to develop a range of PRIME rainscreen panels featurring multiple finishes including stone work and d timber cladding. “Because we manufactu ure in-house, it was a straightforward processs to design the exact look and feel that the client wanted to achieve. Once we knew w the client was happy, we manufactured the panels and they were installed by the CA Roofing Services team.” Danny Nelson, Business Delivery Director for Winvic, concluded: “The project was a collaborative effort which drew on the expertise of all of those involved. We are delighted with the look and feel of the project.”

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Combination of Schöck Isokorb types meets Berlin project demands Affordable living space has long been a scarce resource in Berlin and one of the latest developments to help resolve the problem is a contemporary inner-city housing complex called Paragon Apartments, in the Pankow district. The project centres on the historic Prenzlauer Berg Hospital building, originally built as a school in 1912, but defunct in recent years as a hospital. Two new upper storeys have been added to the original building, three further existing buildings have been modified and there are two new structures. The ‘cube theme’ design framework comprises 217 high specification apartments – ranging from compact studios to rooftop duplexes – plus a kindergarten, a café and a supermarket. All are formed as a threedimensional façade involving terraces and a shifting stacked balcony pattern. The balconies, made of prefabricated concrete elements with glazed surfaces, are of varying depths, giving the apartments a spacious quality.

A complex structural design The Paragon building envelope and balcony construction is complex and it was important to address any possible thermal bridging problems. To meet the challenge, Schöck has supplied its Isokorb type KXT products, for concrete-toconcrete applications. The products offer such a high level of insulation that the Passivhaus Institute in Darmstadt has awarded them with the low ‘thermal bridge construction‘ certificate and confirmed their suitability even for passivhaus construction. With the balcony design, the plate and the canopy element for the balcony below act structurally on the same floor. So it was

Schöck has grown to become Europe’s leading supplier of innovative structural load bearing insulation products. The main product is the Schöck Isokorb – a thermal break for various types of cantilever constructions in new buildings and for renovation. necessary to connect the two free-cantilevered reinforced concrete plates using the appropriate Isokorb types in an alternating pattern. The standard Schöck Isokorb type KXT element with straight shear and tension rods, was alternated

with the Isokorb type KXT-HV. This has offcentre shear and tension rods on one side of the unit to enable connection to a downstand beam, where the balcony lies lower than the floor slab. Both units meet the most demanding concreteto-concrete specifications and transfer both negative moments and positive shear forces

Two additional Isokorb types In addition to the type KXT, the Isokorb types EXT and KS are also incorported. The EXT normally complements the type KXT in bearing high loads involving cantilevered external corner balconies, but on this occasion it is used to support the side wall loads. The Isokorb type KS is used where there is a requirement for the free cantilevered steel girder canopy elements of the structure to be secured to the reinforced concrete slab. The Paragon Apartments project provides an interesting example of how a variety of differing project specification challenges can be met, by designing-in a combination of Schöck Isokorb types. For a free copy of the Schöck Thermal Bridging Guide and / or the Thermal Bridging Solutions brochure – contact the company on 01865 290 890 or visit www.schoeck.co.uk

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Closed cell foams offer superior energy performance and are resistant to driving rain meaning that the material stays dry with no loss of thermal properties. The insulant can help act as a barrier to prevent flood waters from entering the building through the walls.

When sprayed to a depth of 100mm, the U-value of a typical roof with 100mm fibreglass at ceiling level is reduced from 0.34W/m²K to 0.16W/m²K bringing the building up to current Building Regulation requirements. This can save the equivalent of more than one tonne of CO2 per annum by reducing energy consumption. A survey is carried out before installation to check that the building fabric is sound, with any necessary rectification works carried out. Polyurethane foam is not just an insulant – it can be used for stabilisation purposes, for instance to hold tiles in place for a stronger roof structure or to take the place of failing wall ties. The material can often be used when other materials are not suitable. Injected polyurethane foam can be used in

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the cavity walls to provide a superior performing insulant which also helps to bond the inner and outer leaves providing strength to the building. Air leakage through the cavity can be reduced to zero. Because of the greater thermal performance and reduced air leakage PU foam outperforms alternative cavity fills.

Materials Closed cell foams offer superior energy performance and are resistant to driving rain meaning that the material stays dry with no loss of thermal properties. The insulant can help act as a barrier to prevent flood waters from entering the building through the walls. The British Board of Agrément certification approves this insulant for cavity walls in all exposure zones. Closed cell foams which achieve a Class 1 fire rating when tested to BS476 Part 7 are available. Or, where non-Class 1 materials are used on internal applications these must be covered by plasterboard, or a similar thermal barrier.


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Land Release Fund must enable SME house builders The Government has announced the launch of the £45 million Land Release Fund to help local authorities “release some of their unused or surplus land for housing”. The Land Release Fund is the result of a partnership between the Cabinet Office and the One Public Estate (OPE) programme. Managed by the Local Government Association (LGA), it takes the total amount of available funding up to £54 million. The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) expects this funding to release enough public land to build 160,000 new homes by 2020. The House Builders Association (HBA) – the house building division of the National Federation of Builders (NFB) – has frequently advocated that the most productive solution to the housing crisis lies in enabling small and medium-sized (SME) developers to build more homes in their local communities. Rico Wojtulewicz, policy advisor for the HBA, said: “While the announcement of extra money to unlock land for new homes is certainly

welcome, we must ensure that it ends up enabling SME house builders to do their job. SMEs unlock supply more quickly, drive a competitive local market and win work on reputation. They also employ and train the majority of construction employees, retaining two out of three of them. We cannot waste those intrinsic values for another decade.”

Planning chiefs West Midlands construction firm get green light builds stronger future thanks to for Manchester’s new finance Tallest Tower Telling Architectural, a West Midlands2017 the most successful year yet for Planning chiefs have recommended for approval developer Allied London’s high-rise Trinity Islands development in Manchester. The scheme consists of a cluster of buildings, two towers of 26 storeys, one of 37, another of 41 and what will be the tallest in Manchester at 67 storeys. A planning meeting due to be held next week is now expected to rubberstamp the ‘vertical village’ plan designed by architect Child Graddon Lewis. Manchester’s race for the sky is now confirming it as Britain’s second city for towers. The next tallest building will be a 64-floor block of flats in a group of four at Owen Street, now under construction, by developer Renaker. Allied London, which is also pressing ahead with its more centrally located St John’s Place high-rise scheme, said it aims to start work subject to planning before the end of the year. The Trinity Island towers will offer residents farmers’ markets, shops and educational facilities forming the core of a city-centre village. Its town square within the cluster will offer cafe and bar life, event space as well as a new boat club.

based developer and distributor of advanced building facades, has agreed a new finance facility worth £1 million with Aldermore, the specialist bank.

Established in 2002 and based in Four Ashes near Wolverhampton, Telling Architectural serves clients in the UK and North America. The business has grown consistently since launch and in July 2016 moved into new premises to accommodate its growing staff and support its rising sales. The company had a turnover of £5 million in 2016 and forecasts that this will double by 2018, with the new funding from Aldermore allowing it to meet its projected targets. Mike Wood, Managing Director at Telling Architectural, said: “Our existing lender was not able to offer the financial support we needed to maintain our recent strong growth so we were introduced to Aldermore by one of our independent consultants. It was immediately clear that the Bank would be the ideal partner. “The team at Aldermore has demonstrated a strong desire to deliver a bespoke funding solution in a very short space of time and we found them extremely easy to work with throughout the deal. The specialist support from the Bank has also supported our smooth transition to new premises, and we look forward to making

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Karen Allen, Head of Specialist Finance at Aldermore, said: “Over the past fifteen years Telling has built a strong reputation for delivering the highest quality products to clients in both the UK and North America. We’re thrilled to be able to provide the company with this new funding which will ensure it has the financial means to meet growing customer demand and achieve its forecasted growth.”

Stoford’s development team adds another layer with appointment of Edward Peel Experienced Acquisitions Manager Edward Peel has joined the growing team at leading commercial property developer Stoford. Edward joins the Birmingham-based company from Mitchells & Butlers, where he spent three years acquiring city centre and suburban sites for core brands. His role as development manager at Stoford will see him working alongside the team of Dan Gallagher, Gerard Ludlow and Tony Nash


Developer looks to ditch PRS homes from Foster + Partners’ Cardiff scheme The developer behind Foster + Partners’ new bus interchange scheme in Cardiff is looking to ditch nearly 200 proposed private rental homes and replace them with offices or student housing According to recently revised proposals, developer Rightacres is looking to cut up to 195 PRS units from the top floor of the city-centre development. The developer claims the current plans, which were approved in March, to put the homes above new offices, a ground-floor bus interchange and a 225-space car park are no longer viable. Rightacres also warned that the overall

project faced ’significant funding challenges’ and could yet face further delay, It is understood that the former administration felt there was an excessive number of student accommodation schemes proposed around the city. A report drawn up by the council’s director of economic development, which will be discussed by the authority on 27 July, states the developer is mooting plans to replace the consented PRS units with student accommodation. Rightacres will pursue plans to build office space on the top floor but will only start construction if at least 50 per cent of the office area is let.

Senior project monitor joins Naismiths’ expanding London team The London team of leading property consultancy Naismiths has been bolstered with the arrival of senior project monitor Richard De Coster. Richard joins the firm’s project monitoring team from Rex Proctor and Partners, where he was senior project manager. He played a key role in a number of multi-million pound retail and residential developments in London and beyond. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the industry, having also worked for Ward Williams, Northcroft and EC Harris as senior surveyor and project manager. Richard said: “Naismiths is a very well-regarded consultancy with a deserved reputation for delivering an excellent service to its clients and I am thrilled to be part of such a dynamic

on major projects including developments in Bristol, Worcester and Leamington Spa. He said: “Stoford is one of the UK’s most active developers who are involved in many projects covering the length and breadth of the country. It has a first class reputation for delivering excellent results and I’m excited to be part of such an ambitious and dynamic team.” Joint Managing Director Dan Gallagher said: “Edward is a consummate professional and we are delighted to welcome him to the Stoford team. His experience and enthusiasm make him a valued addition as we continue our growth, with over 2 million sq ft of industrial space currently under development and many more projects in the pipeline.” Edward’s career began at Colliers International in Birmingham where he became a Senior Surveyor. He graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2009 with a degree in Real Estate Management.

team. I’m looking forward to working with my new colleagues on its many projects and developing my career further.” Welcoming Richard to the consultancy, Naismiths director Blane Perrotton said: “Richard has a great deal of experience in his field and his skills are the perfect fit as we continue to grow our project monitoring teams across the country.” Naismiths is a national multi-disciplinary, independent property consultancy with offices in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Leeds and Leicester. Its range of services includes project monitoring, project management, building surveying, restructuring and recovery, expert witness and dispute resolution.

The report said the council and Rightacres were ‘pursuing a number of live enquiries which have the potential to be secured over the next few months’. However, the developer will look to deliver student accommodation across the whole of the top floor if office tenants are not secured within a “reasonable timescale”, the report says. The report recommends that the top floor’s use should be ’driven by market demand’ instead of by council planning constraints. Since winning the job in June 2015, Foster + Partners’ scheme has seen several alterations.

‘Constructive rewards’ for students at Chichester College Students studying for qualifications in the construction sector have been presented with awards for their hard work during the Construction Prize Giving 2017 at Chichester College. Three of the awards presented on the evening – Best Level 1 Carpenter, Best Level 3 Apprentice, and the Award for Brickwork – were sponsored by builders and timber merchants, Covers, which is based on Quarry Lane. The respective winners of the awards were announced as Oliver Diment, Jake Hickman and Brandon Harwood-Telfer, who each received a trophy and set of tools courtesy of Covers. Elizabeth Knight, Commercial Delivery Coordinator at Chichester College, said: “I would like to thank Covers for their generous donations and for supporting the college’s Construction Prize Giving this year. The evening was a great success and really enjoyable for everyone involved. Congratulations to all our winners!” Ben Gale, Marketing Manager at Covers, who attended the event, said: “At Covers we run a comprehensive apprenticeship scheme so we are always keen to invest in the future and those wanting to develop a career in construction. It was fantastic seeing so many talented and determined stars of the future during the evening, and it was a pleasure to support Chichester College. Congratulations to all the winners.”

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SWIGA A Guarantee provides peace of mind The Solid Wall Insulation Guarantee Agency (SWIGA) is a not-for- profit guarantee provider for solid wall solutions. Set up by industry to encourage continuous industry quality improvements through the use of its unique quality framework. SWIGA provides direct support to the customer through its extensive network of member’s expertise. The SWIGA guarantee offers cover for; external wall, internal wall and hybrid systems for traditional solid wall properties, non-traditional properties such as no-fines concrete and frame buildings. As well as providing cover for low and high rise apartments. Andrew Champ, Executive Director of SWIGA, commented; “SWIGA’s commitment to provide the consumer and the insulation industry with a dependable Guarantee is shown in the quality of the over 250 companies that have joined SWIGA to date. “We differ from insurance companies in that in the unusual event of installation issues, we will arbitrate directly with the home owner and installer on any disputes, working with our network to obtain the best outcome for the owner in a timely manner. SWIGA is not an

The SWIGA warranty is backed by a robust 25 year guarantee with an industryleading Quality Assurance framework and at a cost of £150 plus VAT per standard house; we believe this represents fantastic value for money. Andrew Champ, Executive Director of SWIGA

insolvency only guarantee our prime focus from the outset has always been on prevention, not cure. Our Quality Assurance framework is key and our pre-vetting procedures do more than any other to avoid issues from the outset. “SWIGA’s Contractor and System holder membership has to meet stringent entry criteria prior to joining to ensure they are trained correctly, understand the systems and installation techniques needed to fit the systems correctly as well as ensuring the companies that join are financially viable as business’s to carry out solid wall insulation work. “The SWIGA warranty is backed by a robust 25 year guarantee with an industry-leading Quality Assurance framework and at a cost of £150 plus VAT per standard house; we believe this represents fantastic value for money.” Andrew added: “Not only does SWIGA provide consumer protection with our independent 25-year Guarantee we can offer the consumer independent industry expertise – our membership includes all major system designers who we can draw on, but we also have an independent approach and can offer expert opinion on client projects.”

For more information about SWIGA contact info@swiga.co.uk or call 01525 854977

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products, Gareth will be able to help us maintain our high standards in this respect as well as introducing the benefits of our range and the support we provide to new outlets who are progressively taking on the Engel brand” FE Engel will be displaying a wide choice of products including the introduction of some brand new items from its 2017 catalogue, on stand number U18, at this year’s Safety and Health Expo, 21 – 23 June, Excel exhibition halls, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London E16 1XL. http://www.safety-health-expo.co.uk/

Commenting on the appointment, head of sales for For more information visit: http://www.fe.dk/en/ the UK Mark McBrayne said: “One of the company’s email: Mark McBrayne at mmc@f-engel.com or main objectives is always to ensure that we give the telephone: +44 (0) 7933 150197 best possible customer service; as One of the company’s main objectives is always to ensure that we continually introduce new items we give the best possible customer service; as we continually and a steadily increasing number introduce new items and a steadily increasing number of endof end-users become aware of users become aware of the value and comfort of our products. the value and comfort of our

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Top marks as Overbury wins university projects National fit out and refurbishment specialist Overbury has been instructed to deliver projects for four Midlands universities in time for the start of the new academic year. Overbury has been appointed to deliver creative learning spaces at University of Birmingham as well as the refurbishment of flexible teaching spaces and staff accommodation at Aston University, ensuring the buildings are ready to welcome students in time for the new term in September. The five projects at the universities, including Staffordshire University and University of Warwick, are worth a total of around £7 million. Danny Parmar, business development manager at Overbury’s Birmingham office, said: “We’re recognised for our expertise in the higher education sector and we’ve completed many similar projects over the years. Summer is traditionally a time when universities are busy upgrading buildings in time for the new academic year, which means these projects have to be completed to a strict deadline. “It is imperative that the facilities are ready for staff and students when the academic year begins. To be appointed to ensure these projects are delivered on time is a great compliment to us, and demonstrates that we are seen as a very safe pair of hands.” At the University of Birmingham’s Education Building, Overbury will refurbish its teaching facility to create new

learning spaces for additional students. The refurbishment will include M&E adaptations, new finishes and AV and catering equipment. The refurbishment at Aston University’s Main Building will be undertaken to form new staff offices and two additional teaching spaces on its third floor. The latest university rankings for 2018 lists Aston University inside the top 50 universities in the UK, while University of Birmingham comes in at 16th in the Complete University Guide’s table. University of Warwick remains one of the country’s highest ranking, in at eight place. Overbury has carried out considerable work in the education sector and its head of environmental and sustainability, Dr Joe Croft, recently chaired a Birmingham seminar on SKA HE – a new assessment tool for higher education fit outs and refurbishments. It has also been appointed to deliver two schemes at the University of Warwick. At the Engineering Building in Coventry, the work comprises of a strip out back to shell and core and refurbishment of part of the building including teaching spaces, offices and circulation spaces across the first and second floors. Meanwhile, at its T-ERA Building also within the engineering department, Overbury will provide a fit out to deliver laboratories and other academic environments for the research department.

It is imperative that the facilities are ready for staff and students when the academic year begins. To be appointed to ensure these projects are delivered on time is a great compliment to us, and demonstrates that we are seen as a very safe pair of hands. Danny Parmar, business development manager at Overbury’s Birmingham office

Overbury has worked with the university in the past, having recently delivered a refurbishment and fit out at its University House building, to provide a modern working environment for both staff and students. Overbury has been appointed to deliver new learning spaces for Games Design and Fashion courses at Staffordshire University, ensuring that the facilities are ready to welcome students in time for the new term in September. The new learning spaces will be created in the university’s Cadman building and will include building services adaptions, new finishes, new furniture and learning technologies.

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Britain’s only demountable container that can be built without tools, by two operatives in just 5 minutes! In the rapidly expanding and fiercely competitive market of portable containers, national distributors QuickBuild have been successfully supplying demountable containers to the building industry for over ten years. With depots in London and Devon, both branches of the company have recently relocated to new larger premises as QuickBuild expands in line with growing demand for their products. The secret to the success of the company lies in the quality of the QuickBuild range. QuickBuild containers are built to the highest standard but they are still surprisingly simple to use. The units are totally unique in that the only components used to fasten the whole container together are four spring clip pins. Yet the containers remain very stable and resilient keeping the contents dry safe and

secure. Additional security measures can be fitted for greater peace of mind. Using either a crane, lifting from the roof, or a forklift, lifting from underneath with the forklift points, the container can be transported with up to an incredible 3 tonne load, or upgraded for a 6 tonne load. All the units are galvanised with a five year guarantee and are fully CE tested for lifting safety.

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in almost any application, above or below ground particularly where space is an issue. QuickBuild containers are produced in the standard sizes of 2.1 x 2.1 x 2.1 metres through to 6.1 metres in length, but with the option of connecting units side to side, or end to end, their versatility means they can meet virtually all requirements. In addition bespoke Containers and Warehouses are made to order to your specifications, are available on request. QuickBuild have produced a DVD demonstrating the unique construction method of their containers in real time. For a copy of the DVD or further information on the range of QuickBuild products please contact us 0207 473 2712 or fill in our simple enquiry form, Email info@quickbuild. uk.com or download The full Catalogue & DVD from our Website www. quickbuild. uk.com

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DWP tenders Job Centre fit-out framework worth £375m The Department for Work & Pensions is tendering a £375m framework for fit-out and building works across UK job centres. The Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) new estates contractor framework goes live in April 2018 to provide minor works and capital projects for four years across more than 700 properties in England, Scotland and Wales.

DWP is coming to the end of a 20year PFI contract (the Prime contract) for its estate. This framework will replace that. It will also be available to other government departments. The framework has a total value from DWP of £375m. It is divided into three lots according to scale of work to be carried out (works up to £250k; £250k to £2m; and £2m to £8m). Each lot is divided into five regional bands.

Combined Authority builds on its plans for housing A housing summit hosted on Monday 24 July has seen a pledge laid down to accelerate much-needed high quality housing in Cambridgeshire. The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority have hosted the event with builders, developers and social housing providers in the area to look into how the public and private sector can work together. The ‘Building for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’ housing summit took place at South Cambridgeshire Hall in Cambourne and included presentations by the National Housing Federation and the Homes and Communities Agency. Around 80 delegates contributed through a series of interactive workshops led by partners from the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Housing Association Group,

The Housing & Finance Institute, Laragh Homes and David Keeling Consulting.

Swansea approves £24m student block Plans for a £24m purposebuilt student accommodation development in Swansea have been approved. Crosslane Student Developments has secured planning consent for the 307-bed scheme on The Kingsway in Swansea as well as for a smaller 83-bed student accommodation development on Calton Road in Edinburgh. Completion of both schemes is scheduled for September 2019 and they will be operated under Crosslane’s Prime Student Living brand.

Crosslane has appointed Day Cllr Peter Topping, Architectural as architect for the Portfolio Holder Swansea development and JM of New Homes Architects in Edinburgh. and Communities for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and Leader of South Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “It is crucial that our plans for housing are shaped by the provider partners across the region. By starting the dialogue with key stakeholders at such an early stage, we can inform and shape our ideas and plans with those who will help to accelerate the delivery of our ambitions and establish a stronger and industry-informed strategy. One of the key outcomes of the summit is a commitment from housing providers to support small local housebuilders. This is a real opportunity for high quality affordable homes being delivered more quickly.” James Palmer, Mayor of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, said: “I am proud to say that my team and I have delivered another commitment from my 100 day plan. Delivering a summit which brings members of the region’s housing industry together, was a fundamental step in establishing our future plans for the region’s housing needs. We will take stock of the views that have been raised and use these to inform our strategy going forward.”

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Titan 650 For Piling Industry Atlas Pile Testing Systems has launched the Titan 650, a fully automated and unmanned static load testing system posed to set new industry standards for safety, accuracy and control. The Titan 650 is fully compliant with the new Third-Edition of the ICE Specification for Piling and Embedded Retaining Walls and has been described as a ‘revolution’ for the piling industry. It allows tests to be controlled remotely - and utilises wireless monitoring equipment to provide the most accurate, controllable and safest pile testing system in the world. Test controllers can remotely apply and maintain a load in a schedule of steps for any desired duration, with absolute control and efficiency. The Titan 65 improves safety by removing the requirement to remain on site beyond the initial set-up - which a single operative can achieve in less than 20 minutes. The Titan 650 is the result of two years of research and development by Rory O’Rourke, founder of Atlas Pile Testing Systems and CEO of European monitoring leaders, the Datum Group. Speaking at the launch of the Titan 650, O’Rourke, said: “The Titan 650 is a long overdue development for the foundation testing industry, setting unparalleled standards in safety, accuracy and control. It has the capacity to deliver precise loads for testing soil nails or large scale static load tests, as well as having a wireless control systems that facilitates rapid set-up and for precise control.”

The Titan 650 can be used for any type of pile, anchor or bearing test and operation is simple, with programming entered into the system from a built-in touch screen HMI from a simple menu system. Standardised or customised test regimes to suit any standard or specification are available. The Titan 650 utilises a sophisticated pressure control system which allows load to be delivered to any pile of any size through one or more hydraulic jacks with pile and reaction movement is recorded continuously. Wireless displacement sensors record pile settlement and reaction uplift, whilst wireless load cell sensors records data eight-

The Titan 650 is a long overdue development for the foundation testing industry, setting unparalleled standards in safety, accuracy and control. It has the capacity to deliver precise loads for testing soil nails or large scale static load tests, as well as having a wireless control systems that facilitates rapid set-up and for precise control. Rory O’Rourke, founder of Atlas Pile Testing Systems and CEO of European monitoring leaders, the Datum Group

times-per-second to provide the controller with continuous feedback. Further wireless rotation sensors record the performance of the reaction frame or kentledge during, and after, the completion of the test to provide greater than ever before seen levels of accuracy. The data is presented continuously via an innovative and highly useable software suite and can be accessed via lap-top, smartphone, tablet and desktop. This immediate access allows test controllers to react to ‘live’ test results by remotely pausing or modifying test steps. This access to data provides total testing transparency and even allows users to provide clients with the opportunity to view data ‘as-it-happens’ when required. The Titan 650 is low voltage, self-powered and operates silently and efficiently for many weeks between recharging, can be trailer mounted or delivered to site via top mounted lifting eyes or fork lifting inlets. To learn more about the Titan 650 or to arrange to view a demonstration contact Atlas Pile Testing Systems at info@ ataspiletesting.com or visit the website: www.atlaspiletesting.com

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The Value of Exhibitions In today’s marketing world, there have never been more options as to how you communicate with potential clients and try to generate new business opportunities. The world is now almost completely online. 82%* of adults in Great Britain used the internet daily in 2016 with 70%* accessing the internet through mobile devices. Yet, despite the trend for everything online and mobile, the face-to-face world of exhibitions remains a vibrant and hugely effective marketing opportunity. Through a 2016 survey** of 16,000 marketing professionals and business directors, almost 85% stated they attend up to 10 shows per year. 75% said that they were considering exhibiting at more shows in 2017, and 42% said that they spend most of their marketing budget on attending shows. Whilst these results may be surprising to some, to those companies who do exhibit, the value of exhibitions is clear. The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) revealed the following research following an extensive survey of exhibition visitors:

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directly influenced their buying decision 87% of exhibition visitors will share some of the information obtained at an exhibition 64% of exhibition visitors tell at least six other people about the event 58% attend only the show in which you are exhibiting 40% are first-time attendees It costs 22% less to contact a potential buyer at a show than it does through traditional field sales calls

In a time when everyone is used to online banking, video calling, social media noise and virtual reality, the stats really do prove that there is no substitute for the results that faceto-face, touch it and feel it experiences that exhibitions continue to deliver.

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Gripple develops its Pipework Solutions product range mechanical services specialist, has added new products and developed others in its piping range to add breadth, depth, strength and more solutions for easier and quicker heating installation of all pipework applications. Notable improvements are in Gripple’s Universal Clamp range for the suspension of pipe from 15mm copper to 6” steel, replacing more than 13 different pipe ring sizes with one product. This development improves functionality and

robustness, as well as adding new variants to the range for better suitability using larger diameter pipe. A new acoustic Universal Clamp has been developed specifically for projects where noise reduction is a key criterion, for instance in offices, hospitals and theatres. The technical development of the rubber pad component, together with the replacement of the nylon sleeve with pre-cut rubber tubing, achieves a market leading 23dBa noise reduction. Also, newly offered by Gripple is a Wall Bracket, utilising the unique quick twist attachments and Universal Brackets which adds depth to the company’s pipework solutions range for non-suspended applications. The Wall Bracket is

supplied pre-assembled to a Gripple Universal Bracket as a complete system. They enable pipework to be installed and supported close to a wall or soffit, cantilevered or parallel, using traditional mechanical fixings. More details about the extensive improvements and impressive additions in Gripple’s pipework range can be found at gripple.com or by calling Glenn Bills on 0114 2288 713.

Gripple simplifies Business Information Modelling Gripple, the construction products innovator, has launched a data library to simplify Building Information Modelling (BIM) on building projects, making the company one of the first in the M & E systems’ suspension sector to offer this valuable facility. Via Gripple’s website, contractors, consultants and architects can access the library of Autodesk Revit files and technical support materials and view or download Gripple’s innovative range of products as digital objects, which can be placed directly into digital building models. The global construction industry has seen a steady rise in the adoption of BIM – a digital, collaborative means of creating and managing information on a construction project throughout its lifecycle. Some government-led mandates have enforced BIM on public sector projects across Europe. BIM encourages collaboration throughout projects’ supply chain, allowing them to run in a more timely and effective manner, while reducing costs and improving carbon efficiencies.

Gripple’s wire rope suspension systems offer a time, cost and labour efficient solution for suspending building services, when compared to traditional methods, with the system in use on high profile construction projects across the world. The business, with headquarters in Sheffield and additional sites in Chicago, Obernai and New Delhi, recently celebrated the sale of its 600 millionth unit. Frazer Belafonte added: “We constantly look to improve our customer service and the data library to ease BIM projects is the latest stage in our efforts. The synergy between the benefits of utilising BIM and those of the Gripple system are very clear, so we are excited to see how we can develop our BIM support in the future.” Customers can access the Gripple data library by visiting www.gripple.com and selecting ‘My Gripple’ from the homepage menu.

The business continues to grow its global technical services function, with dedicated teams in the UK, France, USA and India providing support for consultants and contractors within the more than 80 countries in which the company operates. Frazer Belafonte, Gripple’s technical services manager, said: “On a daily basis we offer considerable technical support for our customers which is delivered through our installation design service, CPD presentations, BIM consultation, embodied CO² assessments, BREEAM accreditations and onsite support. The data library is a natural step in improving the availability of our data and making it even easier to use the Gripple system on BIM projects.”

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Goldfinch Developments complete first care home project Care home construction company Goldfinch Developments, has completed their first project. Chamberlain Court, a 72-bed Hallmark care home in Royal Tunbridge Wells held its official grand launch event on Tuesday 11th July with guest of honour, television presenter and Alzheimer’s Society ambassador Fiona Phillips. As part of the grand launch event, guests were invited to view the home’s state-of-the-art facilities, which include a £50,000 cinema room and whole home audio visual package installation, hairdressers, barbers, therapy room and café. Other design innovations include; enhanced assisted bathrooms featuring walk in and musical therapy baths and the unique Buckingham suite on the third floor of the home with an adjoining terrace, which can be hired out by residents and their relatives for functions and special events. Managing director of Goldfinch Developments, Kevin Storey said: “We are proud to have delivered this prestigious new home for Hallmark Care Homes.

“They have shown enormous faith by selecting us to complete this three-year build project for them, which was interrupted when the building contractor went into administration. “We are extremely pleased with the result, which has come together through team work and months on hard work.”

Managing director of Hallmark Care Homes, Avnish Goyal said: “I am delighted that Chamberlain Court Care Home in Royal Tunbridge Wells is now officially open and welcome all of our new team into the Hallmark Care Home family. “I am proud of everyone who has been involved in the building and opening of

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.

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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 office-based, learning CAD drawing and BIM and I’ve really enjoyed the site 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;

News the care home, including Goldfinch Developments and the team involved in the grand launch. “We are looking forward to making Chamberlain Court a part of the community providing outstanding care for residents in the future, enabling them to live life to the full.” Goldfinch Developments are currently on site in Girton, Cambridge working on their second project with Hallmark Care Homes, an 85-bed care home due to be opened in early 2018. They are also on site in Sleaford, Lincolnshire for Glenholme Senior Living after having located the site, helped with the design development process and offered engineering solutions. This is scheduled to open in late summer 2018.

Considerate Constructors Scheme launches in Ireland The Considerate Constructors Scheme - the organisation established to improve the image of the construction industry - is now international, having launched its first registered site in Ireland. The Scheme is delighted to welcome its first contractor to register projects in Ireland family owned John Sisk & Son - a member of the international construction company, SISK Group. The first registered Irish site is located at The Exchange, which forms part of the International Financial Services Centre at the heart of Dublin’s financial district. This project involves the construction of a six-storey office block with a basement car park and two retail units at street level.

one that offers a future with no debt and a job offer on completion.” Chris Toon, deputy principal at Gateshead College, said: “Employers across the built environment industry have expressed a need for a greater convergence of skills that traditionally sit within the disciplines of architecture, urban planning, engineering, surveying and landscaping. The PlanBEE programme has been designed to equip students with valuable experience in all of these important subject areas. “This will help to provide industry with a pipeline of work-ready talent that enables companies to become more productive and competitive now and in the long run.” It will also assist the industry’s attempts to overcome a crippling skills shortage. A 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 higher-level skills is a challenge that PlanBEE aims to tackle.

The Scheme – which introduced site registration in the UK in 1997 – has received increasing interest from contractors with sites in Ireland asking to register construction activity. All are keen to improve the image and reputation of the construction industry, in line with the Scheme’s Code of Considerate Practice, which commits those registered to care about appearance, respect the community, protect the environment, secure everyone’s safety and value their workforce.

change, for the benefit of the workforce, local communities and the environment. “We are delighted to now be able to provide monitoring and support services to Irish-based construction sites to help raise their standards beyond statutory requirements – pushing the bar of considerate construction to a new level in Ireland.” Brian Handcock, Head of Sustainability at Sisk commented: “We are proud to have worked with the Considerate Constructors Scheme to deliver the first project registered in Ireland. Indeed, Sisk was one of the early supporters of the Scheme, and has attained the highest standards possible on its projects on numerous occasions. “As a business that is over 158 years old and with over 1300 staff employed, it is important to all of us to be recognised for the good work our industry does for the communities, workforce and environment that we live in, are a part of and care for. Being part of the Considerate Constructors Scheme gives us an objective viewpoint of our performance, helping us and the wider industry to improve our image and reputation. We look forward to seeing the Scheme being taken up by our peers across Ireland so that the whole industry benefits.”

Sisk led the pilot of site registration to help ensure that this model of registration within the Irish construction industry was appropriate and fully tried and tested, before making it available to all construction activity in Ireland. Considerate Constructors Scheme Chief Executive Edward Hardy said: “The opportunity for contractors to now register sites in Ireland is a huge step forward for the Considerate Constructors Scheme. With over 18,000 monitoring visits to UK-based sites, companies, and suppliers every year, the Scheme is highly regarded across the construction industry as a central part of instigating positive long-lasting

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Glendower House Cladding Combines Classic with Contemporary Named after the Welsh nobleman who led a rebellion against Henry IV, Glendower House brings a pioneering ‘study hotel’ concept to Cardiff from developer, TVE Ltd. Designed by John Wotton Architects, the student accommodation is conveniently located on St Andrew’s Lane in Cardiff, just a five minute walk away from both the city centre and the University of Cardiff Campus. The development also sits on the edge of a conservation area close to the Portland Stone clad civic centre buildings, and the planners were keen that the external envelope of the new development should reflect the colour palette, materiality and verticality of these local buildings.

provided the ideal solution, incorporating large format panels with a natural finish and a slim and comparatively lightweight profile.” Shackerley’s engineered stone façade panels were specified in a creamy-white colourway with a subtle speckled fleck and a smooth honed surface, very close in appearance to traditional Portland Stone. The large format panels used were just 20mm thick, resulting in structural loadings much lower than the design team could have achieved with quarried stone panels. John Wotton continues: “To use natural stone would have been cost-prohibitive not only because of the cost of installing the material itself, but because of the structure that would have been required to support the additional weight.

SureClad façade system gave us the best of both worlds, delivering the appearance of natural stone cladding but with panels of a much slimmer profile, because the material, which is an ‘engineered’ product, has none of the inherent fissures and imperfections associated with quarried stones. “It provided us with a robust, lightweight and practical solution that was fast and easy to install and will keep its high quality appearance over time.” Ease of Installation Shackerley’s façade system was installed by cladding specialist, Britannia Site Solutions. Despite never having used SureClad® engineered stone or the SureClad® Access installation system on any previous project, the company found the façades very easy to install.

As a result, Shackerley’s SureClad® engineered stone ventilated façade system was selected for the main elevations, creating synergy with the existing surroundings. The large Buttermilk “Shackerley’s engineered stone and their coloured façade panels also provide a We knew of the system but had never used it before. Despite being clear visual contrast large format, the panels were comparatively light and easy to handle with the ochre tones and Shackerley pre-fabricated every panel with all the necessary of the terracotta cladding also specified fixings attached and delivered them to site as an installation-ready for the project.

façade system. Mark Wallace, Britannia Site Solutions

Complementary Aesthetic TVE Ltd acquired the site with planning permission already in place but the project was redesigned by John Wotton Architects, who remodelled the internal layout and value engineered the project to meet the developer’s requirements.

“We knew of the system,” explains Mark Wallace from Britannia, “but had never used it before. Despite being large format, the panels were comparatively light and easy to handle and Shackerley pre-fabricated every panel with all the necessary fixings attached and delivered them to site as an installationready façade system.” Enduring Appeal

Explains John Wotton from John Wotton Architects: “The original scheme had been designed with 17 different materials on the façades, which added unnecessary cost and complexity to the project.

The Glendower House project has now been completed, creating a showpiece development in Cardiff that both echoes the heritage of the local area and achieves a very contemporary high quality appearance aligned to its status as a pioneering new approach to student living.

“The planners were keen to reflect the colour and finish of the nearby civic buildings and to complement the lines of local Victorian buildings in the re-designed façades. Shackerley’s SureClad® engineered stone ventilated cladding system

John Wotton adds: “Engineered stone has none of the structural weaknesses of natural stone so it is hardwearing and provides a consistent pattern and colour that looks fantastic now that the building is finished and will still look great for years to come.”

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Pear Stairs A staircase is not only a practical feature but a focal point too, so it’s essential to get the design and installation right. Professional builders, above all, require short lead times and trouble-free fitting. Step this way Pear Stairs. With a completion time of only 7 to 10 days in most cases, the company manufactures competitively priced bespoke staircases in a wide variety of timbers including oak, ash, walnut, sapele, idigbo, pine and hemlock. Such is its reputation that the firm was chosen to supply staircases for the London Olympic village in 2012. Founded more than 100 years ago, Pear Stairs’ highly skilled craftsmen are still leading the way in staircase design today, even developing the latest technology to manufacture curved stairs. Whether customers are looking for contemporary metal and glass or traditional oak, they will be able to produce something stunning. Pear Stairs aims to make the whole process as easy as possible. An interactive staircase planning tool on the website lets visitors try out different designs to visualise the end result and get a full quote within minutes. Once an order has been placed, a designer will get in touch to discuss the plans and answer any questions. They will be able to help with any problems that crop up during the planning process such as awkwardly placed windows and doors, building regulation conflicts and sharp turns. Even a basic customer sketch can be swiftly transformed into a complete technical drawing to meet individual requirements. Busy builders and carpenters won’t need to worry about whether the stairs will line up Founded more than 100 years ago, Pear Stairs’ highly skilled properly. All staircases craftsmen are still leading the way in staircase design today, even are dry-fitted in the factory before being developing the latest technology to manufacture curved stairs.

sent out, saving hours in installation time.

For those who don’t want a complete staircase but merely need to repair or update existing stairs, individual components such as handrails, spindles, treads, stringers and newels are available through the online shop.

Professionals know they can rely on Pear Stairs, and the fantastic customer feedback speaks for itself. Hundreds of positive comments are displayed in the Case Studies section of the company’s website, which features photos, descriptions and design drawings of completed staircases.

To find out more, visit https://www. pearstairs.co.uk where you can have a go at designing your own staircase and obtain an instant online quote. Alternatively, email any queries to webenquiries@pearstairs.co.uk or call the Pear Stairs team of experts on 01938 553311.

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Construction bounces back after a recent stall in growth After a torrid month in May for construction, figures began to move in the right direction across June, with contract awards increasing by 12%, as a number of high profile projects were given the green light. The latest edition of the Economic & Construction Market Review from industry analysts Barbour ABI, highlights the levels of construction contract values awarded in June across all regions of Great Britain, which totalled £5.5 billion based on a three-month rolling average, an increase on the £4.9 billion from May. London led all regions with 26 per cent of the total construction contract value for June. This was greatly helped by the North Quay Poplar development contract award, worth £800 million, the largest project across all of construction on the month.

Residential building that produced the highest value on the month, reaching £2.5 billion, bouncing back admirably after a dip in May when it decreased to £1.7 billion. Furthermore, four of the top ten biggest projects in June came from the Residential sector. There were also monthly increases in Industrial, Commercial & Retail and Medical & Healthcare. The largest decrease came from Infrastructure, which lacked a high value project on the month to help increase its figures. Looking at construction in June across the UK regions outside of London, the dominance continued across southern England with the South East in second place for construction contract value with £713 million awarded, followed by the South West in joint third place with the North West, each tied at £627 million.

Commenting on the figures, Michael Dall, Lead Economist at Barbour ABI, said: “The construction sector bounced back after an election-focused month in May, as the residential sector once again performed strongly, continuing the trend of it holding the construction sector steady. However with declines in value from Hotel, Leisure & Sport and in particular Infrastructure, there is continuous pressure on Residential to achieve high values non-UK workers is curtailed, every month. ” the Government’s housing and

Across the various construction sectors, it was

Immigration Bill is priority for construction, says FMB The Government’s Immigration Bill must ensure that British business has access to sufficient levels of EU workers or major construction projects will grind to a halt, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said in response to the Queen’s Speech. Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “In terms of today’s Queen’s Speech and the focus of British business, all eyes are on the Immigration Bill. As suspected, we now know that the Bill will end the free movement of people but that begs the question: what will replace it? The Government has not set out what our post-Brexit immigration system will look like but it is crucial that key strategic industries, such as construction, are able to draw upon sufficient numbers of EU workers. EU tradespeople have come to play a crucial part in plugging the industry’s chronic skills gap and if the ability to employ

infrastructure plans will be no more than a pipe dream.”

Berry concluded: “The sector stands ready to work with MPs to shape the Immigration Bill into something that serves the economy and provides vital human resource to British business. The construction industry is also ready to significantly upscale the training and recruitment of UK construction workers so we welcome the recommitment to a proper industrial strategy and high skilled learning. In the longer term, being able to train more of our own workforce is without question part of the solution to our enduring skills deficit. Nevertheless, the Government must be pragmatic and introduce an immigration flexible system that allows skilled EU nationals to work in the UK with relative ease.”

“With the Governments increasing focus on raising the levels of major infrastructure projects, it’s surprising to see a lack of development in this sector across June. The anticipation however, is that we will see larger public sector contracts come to the forefront, such as offshore wind farms, energy plants and motorway upgrades as we continue into 2017.”

The construction sector bounced back after an election-focused month in May, as the residential sector once again performed strongly, continuing the trend of it holding the construction sector steady. Michael Dall, Lead Economist at Barbour ABI

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VELUX® New Curved Glass Rooflight Range The VELUX curved glass rooflight, designed for flat roofs, is now available in eight different sizes and features CurveTech, an innovative curve-shaped glass top that lets rainwater easily drain off the surface – even on completely flat roofs. That means daylight is able to shine through without raindrops getting in the way. The new curved glass rooflight offers a number of other unique benefits for homeowners looking to bring in more daylight through the roof:

t A fully programmable control pad offers remote control operation

of out-of-reach rooflights. Practical pre-fitted rain sensor closes the rooflight automatically in the event of rain. t A combination of insulating PVC frame and double-glazed, lowenergy inner pane ensures heat does not escape through the window and helps to maintain the home’s ideal indoor climate. t The curved glass shape provides natural drainage of rainwater, negating the need for regular cleaning. Toughened glass makes it virtually impervious to damage from the elements. Maintenance free PVC material used on the interior frame is also easy to clean. The eight different sizes of rooflights provide homeowners with flexibility when looking for roof windows to match their room size. Recent research into the flat roof window market by

It’s a great feeling to launch another three sizes to our new curved glass rooflight launch – the first of its kind in the world – giving homeowners more choice when it comes to improving their home. Grant Sneddon, product manager at VELUX

VELUX revealed that over half of single-storey extensions in the UK have flat roofs, and over two thirds of flat roof extensions have no glazing in the roof. Grant Sneddon, product manager at VELUX said: “It’s a great feeling to launch another three sizes to our new curved glass rooflight launch – the first of its kind in the world – giving homeowners more choice when it comes to improving their home. “Our own research has shown that many homeowners do not realise the daylight potential of glazing in the roof until after they have completed their projects. With our new curved glass rooflight we have expanded the choice of flat roof windows available to homeowners to eight different sizes, allowing them to mix and match to suit each room in their home. “Flat roof extensions can often be seen from other levels of the house so, as well as providing a range of interior benefits, we have designed the curved glass rooflight to look great both inside and out.” The curved glass flat roof windows are installed in the same way as other VELUX flat rooflights and use the same base units as the existing range, meaning installers don’t need to learn new methods of installation.

The new curved glass rooflight is available now. For more information visit www.velux.co.uk/curvedglass

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£25m student accommodation block completed ahead of new academic year A joint venture between student accommodation and build to rent investors, Student Residence Investments Limited and property and construction group Osborne, has completed delivery of their latest property, Riverside Way, in Winchester.

achieve a BREEAM Excellent sustainability rating and is practically fully let for the 2017/18 academic year. Originally an industrial site, the new building was designed by Architecture PLB. The property is owned by a joint venture between Student Residence Investments Limited (SRIL) and Osborne, with Amro Real Estate Partners overseeing the investment on behalf of SRIL.

The £25M GDV scheme will provide luxury accommodation for 239 students in a product mix, consisting of en-suite rooms with shared kitchens and self-contained studios. The property has been designed to

Particular attention was given to providing facilities to meet the needs of millennial students, with 100MB high speed WiFi throughout the building and the provision of a fantastic communal area consisting of student co-working spaces, a leisure and gaming area, and a creative workshop zone that caters for students of Art & Design courses at the Winchester School of Art. The building has a dedicated parcel store with a drop off and collection service, to meet the needs of students who rely on online shopping for a significant proportion of their retail consumption. Ami Kotecha, development director at Amro Real Estate Partners, says: “The student accommodation sector has come a long way over the last few years. There is a much greater emphasis on the provision of convenience and lifestyle facilities, in much the same way as in the Build to Rent sector. Riverside Way brings a new level of luxury to student living in Winchester with large and airy bedrooms, state of the art facilities and high quality, modern fit outs.”

Riverside Way brings a new level of luxury to student living in Winchester with large and airy bedrooms, state of the art facilities and high quality, modern fit outs. Ami Kotecha, development director at Amro Real Estate Partners

Morgan Sindall has reported a 44% leap in pretax profits in the first half of 2017 as it doubled its construction margin For the six months to 30th June 2017 Morgan Sindall made pre-tax profit of £23.1m (2016 H1: £15.4m) on revenue up 14% to £1,307m (2016 H1: £1,148m). The company’s Construction & Infrastructure division has improved its profit margin to 1.1% this year from just 0.5% last year by better selection of work to take on. This resulted in operating profit of £7.6m for Construction & Infrastructure, up 138%, on revenue of £694m, up 13%. Fit Out has been doing particularly well, with revenue of £339m up 15% and operating margin hitting 4.3% (2016 H1: 3.9%). Two-thirds of the company’s fit-out work is in London. Chief Executive John Morgan said: “This

is a strong set of results, driven by another period of margin and profit growth in Fit Out and further progress on margin recovery in Construction & Infrastructure. Reflecting our overall profit performance, our strong balance sheet and cash performance, and our confidence in the quality of our business, we are increasing the interim dividend by 23% to 16p per share.

“With the current trading patterns in Fit Out and the forward visibility provided by the size and quality of its order book, together with further margin improvement in Construction & Infrastructure and an increase in scheme completions in Partnership Housing and Urban Regeneration, we are confident of another strong performance by the group in the second half.”

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XENERGY™ SL MK™ is specified for new phases of Royal Wharf development Dow Building Solutions’ XPS solutions have been specified for buildings at the Royal Wharf development in London. The multi-phase reshaping of the 40-acre site will include over 3,300 homes, shops, and other amenities, building on the transformative regeneration efforts in East London surrounding the London 2012 Olympics. 34000sqm of XENERGY™ SL 160mm and XENERGY™ MK is being supplied over two development phases to the main roofing contractor Turners. Dow will be deploying its extensive product knowledge to provide assistance during all stages of the design process, ensuring that the benefits of XENERGY™SL are realised. Dow’s XENERGY™ SL product is endorsed by the British Board of Agrément (BBA), which provides a Our XENERGY™ products recognised symbol can allow architects to push of quality and aesthetic boundaries to reassurance for the construction new limits while delivering industry. This exceptional environmental mark provides performance. Richard Powell, reassurance of Sales Manager, Dow Building the products of quality, safety Solutions and reliability, and provides designers and specifiers with independent data on performance, assuring them that Dow’s insulation products will perform as described if installed in accordance with the guidance set out in the certificate. XENERGY™ SL is a flameretarded, XPS roof insulation product, which achieves significantly improved lambda

insulation performance delivering a Global Warming Potential (GWP) of less than five. It is also the first XPS to attain the coveted BRE Green Guide Rating A+, meaning that it can help the buildings at Royal Wharf achieve a better BREAAM rating due to its superior performance. Henry Bareham, New Build Director, Alumasc said: “Royal Wharf is a huge development and we are confident Dow’s products will provide a consistently high performance, in line with our client’s requirements. This confidence is reinforced by recognised industry schemes including BBA certificates and exceptional BRE Green Guide Ratings.” Richard Powell, Sales Manager, Dow Building Solutions, said: “This landmark development is the largest single project that Dow have worked on in the UK. Royal Wharf will continue to build on the Olympic legacy in East London, and we are proud to be providing the product knowledge and expertise of our technical team to assist with the design process of this landmark project. Our XENERGY™ products can allow architects to push aesthetic boundaries to new limits while delivering exceptional environmental performance.”

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Rising construction costs spark growth in UK office refurbishment

Formica Group comments on the shift from new build to office refurbishment Savills’ World Research spotlight on Office Refurbishments in UK Regional Cities Summer 2017 reveals that rising construction costs, along with build cost inflation, is causing developers to switch their attention to refurbishments.

Refitting, often a key element of refurbishment, has also become a key component of many of today’s office upgrade. Formica Group, aware that a war on talent is feeding office design, is increasingly seeing the delivery of creative internal fit-outs that aim to inspire staff and entice millennials. The addition of attractive reception areas and the installation of gyms and bars being prime examples of the extra dimension being added to offices to secure top tier talent. Research indicates that over the next three years, 38% of the total speculative office space in the UK will be delivered in the form of refurbishments. As a result, the average rent of UK offices will rise. Savills believes we are now at the stage in the cycle where landlords have an opportunity to refurbish secondary stock to secure rental uplift. Phil Wise, European Marketing Director at Formica Group, comments: “Attitudes to refurbishment are changing with landlords and facility managers viewing the process, when executed correctly, as being on par with the build of new stock. “The material properties of the interior and exterior surfacing specified for office projects is integral in terms of ensuring functionality and aesthetic. Office builds need to look good to set the right tone for occupiers and clients alike. At the same time, materials need be durable, hygienic and low maintenance to ensure value for money and for the investment in the refurbishment to be an attractive proposition for landlords.” Just as the life cycle of a building deteriorates over time so too does office aesthetic, often at a faster rate. Manufacturers that offer easy to install surfaces with substantial décor options facilitate the freedom for offices to change and adapt their look to support increased productivity and comfort. Smart surfaces with a versatility of application that include properties such as anti-fingerprint and thermal healing, thereby permitting the revival of burnished surfaces, are also being increasingly specified for their aesthetic durability. Over the last five years the UK refurbishment market has grown. In 2016, refurbishments accounted for 25% of Manchester’s Grade A takeup and is expected to continue growing over the next year. With many cities expanding, fringe locations which were once undesirable are also experiencing significant refurbishment activity, Birmingham’s inner ring being a prime example. Furthermore, in Bristol refurbished rental growth has exceeded new build rental growth. Increasingly landlords are refurbishing secondary space to attract and retain tenants. With UK regions at their lowest level of Grade A availability on record, it is understandable why investment is moving away from new builds to the lower relative risk Office builds need to look good of refurbishment to set the right tone for occupiers projects. Since and clients alike. At the same time, refurbishment projects materials need be durable, hygienic also present an and low maintenance to ensure value opportunity to refit an office to further for money and for the investment in appeal to occupants, the refurbishment to be an attractive the benefits of proposition for landlords. Phil Wise, versatile surfacing that offers the freedom of European Marketing Director at adaptive design is an Formica Group attractive proposition.

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ALIMAK K HIGH RISE Alimak Hek, world leaders in the design and manufacture of rack & pinion driven access lifts, construction hoists and mast climbing work platforms, have been in business for nearly 70 years. Their unique knowledge in producing modular lifting systems, continues to offer an efficient solution to the vertical transportation of passengers and materials.

Alimak have recently secured 5 high rise projects in the Canary Wharf area of London, using their modular access system. Some of these projects have been provided in combination with a common access tower that acts as an interface & foyer between the hoists and building, and enables the contractor to weather proof larger areas of the building interior early and therefore allows for early fit out and programme reductions on the contract. The hoists offered for these projects range from 2000kg capacity hoists with travel speeds of 42m/min and a floor area of 5.85m², to high-speed units with capacities up to 3200kg, floor areas up to 9.20m² and travel speeds of 100m/min. These units are in various combinations of single hoist/single mast and two hoists/single mast, to maximum site traffic movement within the site space restrictions. In addition to these conventional & high-speed hoists, Alimak Hek have developed a twin masted “Mammoth” hoist, with a capacity of 5500kg and floor area of 15.0m². The Mammoth has been designed to enable the contractor to deliver large/heavy glazing & cladding units in bulk and fully manufactured toilet & kitchen POD’s, to vastly reduce materials handling and final fit out periods.

For projects that do not require the common tower access system, Alimak Hek have developed the “Triplex” hoist access system. The “Triplex” enables two standard hoists and one “Mammoth” to be installed with only two mast columns, reducing space With the diverse design of requirements, structural hardware, transport costs and installation periods, to give the building structures, the flexibility contractor cost, programme and space savings. of the Alimak Hek hoist & common The “Triplex” currently in operation has a tower access system will enable combined capacity of 10,800kg and a floor area these complex construction of 32.50m².

projects to be fulfilled more safely, efficiency and easily, offering the contractors cost and programme reductions.

A total of 18 conventional & high-speed hoists will be supplied, as well as 6 “Mammoth’s”, with units in operation until late 2020. With the diverse design of building structures, the flexibility of the Alimak Hek hoist & common tower access system will enable these complex construction projects to be fulfilled more safely, efficiency and easily, offering the contractors cost and programme reductions. For further information please contact Maria Shaw, Alimak: telephone +44 1933 354700, email info.uk@alimakhek. com or www. alimakhek.co.uk

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Turfdry nominated for 2017 IOG Contractor Of The Year Award Turfdry has been nominated by Concord College, Shropshire, for the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) Contractor of the Year Award following the recent handover of a £750k sports field ‘feasibility, design & build’ project that has been three years in the making. The award is to recognise “those who demonstrate a strong client relationship, high professional attitude and attention to detail”. College Bursar, Barbara Belfield-Dean, first approached Turfdry in June 2014 with ideas to develop Hall Meadow - a 32-acre agricultural field directly in front of the college’s historic main building - into sports pitches and other grassland for amenity use. Turfdry was subsequently employed to carry out a full feasibility study involving topographical surveying, digital 3D land remodelling, and a Ground Investigation Report via specialist geotechnical consultants. Turfdry’s design proposal was well received by the client. It provided all the required sports pitches, designed to suitable gradients, in a visually attractive and user-friendly layout. The proposed landform also addressed peak-storm flooding of residential properties on the site’s western boundary: an existing problem caused by surface water run-off from the agricultural field. Turfdry also purposely engineered the design so that no soil needed to be brought onto or removed from site, as to minimise project’s impact on the local community. The scheme was submitted for planning approval in April 2015 and received planning consent in October, following Sport England endorsement Turfdry was subsequently appointed as contractor for the works, and also CDM

Land drainage systems of varying intensity were installed over different parts of the site using the unique ‘Turfdry Drainage System with Hydraway Sportsdrain’, a technically superior sports turf drainage system that has been tried, tested, and proven over 20 years.

Principal Contractor responsible for Health & Safety. This included liaising with another civil engineering firm appointed by the college to lay the new foul and storm sewers across the site – at the same time that Turfdry was carrying out the major earthworks, which involved over 25,000m3 of topsoil strip, over 25,000m3 of subsoil ‘cut & fill’, and the construction of a large attenuation lagoon. Following the completion of the earthworks using GPS-controlled machinery, land drainage systems of varying intensity were installed over different parts of the site using the unique ‘Turfdry Drainage System with Hydraway Sportsdrain’, a technically superior sports turf drainage system that has been tried, tested, and proven over 20 years. After the drainage installation an extensive programme of operations followed, including: stone burying; sand spreading and amelioration; cultivation; seed-bed preparation; and seeding using five specialist seed mixes for different areas of the site - including two wild flower meadows - completed in October 2016. Turfdry remained in charge of the site throughout the growing-in period and undertook maintenance operations including: mowing; fertilising; selective herbicide; and aeration, until handover in July 2017. The IOG was appointed by the College to undertake independent monitoring of the project and awarded Turfdry the highest possible marks when the site was assessed at handover using the IOG’s Performance Quality Standards.

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Double celebration as Robertson Group becomes first Ultra Site in Scotland

Construction of new world-class Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre recognised as beacon of best practice by Considerate Constructors Scheme Robertson Group’s construction of the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre (AECC) has been designated national Ultra Site status - the highest level of attainment with the Considerate Constructors Scheme.

achievement for Robertson Group, its clients Henry Boot Construction and Aberdeen City Council, and its associated supply chain.

wonderful to have this independently recognised and I am certain that our success on-site to date is in large part thanks to this approach.

“Since the introduction of Ultra Sites as a pilot in July 2015, only 11 out of over 14,000 registered sites within this period have received Ultra Site status, clearly demonstrating how AECC site is a beacon of best practice within the UK construction industry.

“Working in this way delivers economic, social and environmental benefits and all three are considered in all that we do on-site at the AECC.”

Aberdeen City Council finance, policy and resources committee convener Councillor Douglas Lumsden said: “The quality of Robertson Group the new exhibition and Our achievement is testament to the project delivery team and their conference centre for has achieved the commitment to teamwork and collaboration across the supply chain. It hugely prestigious Aberdeen is extremely Ultra Site status by important for the is wonderful to have this independently recognised and I am certain taking considerate that our success on-site to date is in large part thanks to this approach. development as we construction to the want to anchor existing Derek Shewan, Robertson Group’s Chief Operating Officer, highest level through international events spearheading increased and compete nationally collaboration and raising industry standards within and internationally for new events, as well as by “Robertson Group is working relentlessly to drive the project’s supply chain. broadening the appeal of the north-east to a global even greater collaboration within its supply chain. audience. The multi-million pound AECC project - a joint This commitment has resulted in a huge number venture between Henry Boot Developments and of benefits for the construction workforce, local “The new AECC will be a world-class destination Aberdeen City Council - will deliver a new worldcommunity and environment – all helping to raise which will help to grow and bolster the local class facility for Scotland. The 12,500-seat arena standards to improve the image of the construction economy while attracting major artists and events will host major events including, conferences, industry.” to the city, so we are delighted that Robertson exhibitions and music concerts. Construction has been awarded the accolade for Robertson Group’s Chief Operating Officer, raising the industry’s standards.” As well as building the new arena and conference Derek Shewan added: This recognition is part centre and one of three on-site hotels, Robertson of Robertson Group’s strategic approach to Nick Harris, Director at Henry Boot Developments Group is also undertaking site preparatory works developing our business, in recognising the said: “Working collaboratively is key to a successful including ground and infrastructure works. importance of collaboration and integration of, not project, so we’re absolutely delighted that our main only our supply chain, but also the local community. contractor Robertson has achieved Ultra Site status During the construction period, which commenced The AECC project demonstrates our commitment on the new AECC. Both Henry Boot Developments in August 2016 and is due to complete in 2019, to CCS and the award of Ultra Site status is an and Robertson Construction are committed to 600 new jobs will be created, including a number of outstanding achievement for everyone involved in achieving high standards on every aspect of this new apprenticeships. this landmark project. flagship new facility for Aberdeen and the north east, and having Ultra Site status demonstrates Considerate Constructors Scheme Chief Executive “Our achievement is testament to the project that the project has reached exemplary levels of Edward Hardy said: “Being designated Ultra delivery team and their commitment to teamwork best practice in terms of community, workforce and Site status for the AECC project is a momentous and collaboration across the supply chain. It is the environment.”

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New Blowerproof Liquid set to transform air-tightness of buildings Airtightness is a dominant factor affecting a building’s energy performance. It can be argued that airtightness is more important than insulation in terms of thermal performance.


ven small gaps in doors and windows can cause significant heat loss and once a building is constructed, stemming unwanted air flow can prove difficult and expensive.

When deciding how to seal construction gaps, one common option is to use a polyurethane-based, spray foam filler or silicone or acrylic sealant to ensure air-tightness, but there are acknowledged problems, with shrinkage and adhesion being the main disadvantages. A new, BBA-certified, liquid air-tight membrane called Blowerproof is a clever, quick, easy and cost-effective way to ensure outstanding air-tightness. Blowerproof has been used widely across Europe for many years as a proven and effective method of achieving high levels of airtightness, in many different buildings on a wide range of substrates.

“Blowerproof performed satisfactorily in all aspects of the assessment and tests so we’ve certified it as being an effective way to improve the airtightness and consequently the thermal efficiency of buildings.” Jack Georgiou, Project Manager at BBA

Simply brushed on, Blowerproof quickly forms a permanent, secure and continuous air-tight seal across a range of draught-prone points: wall/floor/ceiling connections, fenestrations, pipe connections including water, electricity, gas and data; all with no need for primers.

BBA, says: “Blowerproof was subjected to a rigorous assessment by the BBA. The results of stringent tests were assessed including fatigue testing after accelerated ageing to verify the efficiency and durability of the air-tight seal.

Applied as a blue, thick liquid, fibre reinforced ‘paint’, Blowerproof Liquid Brush quickly cures to form a black sealed membrane which is highly resistant to punctures. Blowerproof is also available in white, so it doesn’t show through a plaster finish.

“Blowerproof performed satisfactorily in all aspects of the assessment and tests so we’ve certified it as being an effective way to improve the airtightness and consequently the thermal efficiency of buildings.”

Brushes rinse out under cold water, making Blowerproof Liquid Brush quick to deploy and pack away. It’s safe to use in high risk environments such as food, childcare and medical environments as it is free from both volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and harmful chemicals. A building that leaks air is always thermally inefficient. These air leaks cost the building owner, so it’s easy to make the case for using Blowerproof. It quickly justifies both its product and labour costs.

BBA certification is recognised by Government departments and throughout the construction industry as confirmation that a product is fit for purpose. Only products and systems that have passed a series of comprehensive assessments – including laboratory tests, on-site evaluations, quality management checks and inspection of production are awarded a BBA Certificate. Once a Certificate has been issued, six monthly surveillance of production and comprehensive three yearly reviews are required to maintain its validity. In addition to the BBA, Blowerproof has Certification from a wide range of recognised European bodies, a full list can be found on the Blowerproof website.

Any easy way to ensure leaks are sealed, helping limit applicator error is a major step forward to improving building performance. Blowerproof can’t be beaten for how quickly, easily and effectively an applicator can achieve a permanently secure and continuous seal. Blowerproof helps deliver energy performance well beyond building regulations.

Blowerproof is also available as a roller application which can be used directly on blockwork, brick, masonry and as a spray which is ideal for larger areas such as walls and roofs. It can be directly applied to mineral wool, sprayed set foams or PIR insulation.

Blowerproof has recently been awarded BBA (British Board of Agrément) Certificate 17/5410. Jack Georgiou, Project Manager at

For further information, or to purchase Blowerproof in the UK, please visit: www.blowerproof.co.uk.

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