completes ÂŁ28.5 million Dundee Railway Station and Hotel
Retirement Villages Group appoints new Planning Director
Amey collects RoSPA awards for health and safety practices
Martin-Brooks showcases skills at Heritage Day
Magnox sets the new standard for storing radioactive waste
Planning application submitted for landmark Nottingham site
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Contents August 2018
Construction businesses need to start making changes to beat Brexit blues
Park 66 bucks the retail and industrial trend in Pilsworth, Bury
Balfour Beatty completes £28.5 million Dundee Railway Station and Hotel
Linton Group & Henika Group secure permission for 6-10 Ingate Place,
Cemfloor cement based liquid screed
Planning application submitted for landmark Nottingham site
Earthborn Paints - High quality, environmentally friendly paint finishes
Hannah Vickers appointed Chief Executive for ACE
Rudridge promotes Paul Duke and Emma Taylor to operational roles
NMC quick to pave the way for exCrummock Director David Jardine
Magnox sets the new standard for storing radioactive waste
A-Plant apprentices named ‘Stars of the Future’
Amey collects RoSPA awards for health and safety practices
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News Stories Campaign launched to promote the UK’s exceptional woodworking skills and the many benefits of building with wood The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has launched ‘Build it Better with Wood’, a campaign designed to make wood the construction material of choice by celebrating its many benefits in the built environment and promoting the vast range of woodworking and joinery expertise available in the UK. Wood has many significant advantages as a cost effective, versatile, highperforming and truly sustainable building material that can be used in a broad range of applications. And with around 700 BWF members across the UK, there is no shortage of highly skilled and trusted suppliers to choose to build with. “Build it Better with Wood strengthens the collective voice of the woodworking sector with the aim of making wood the
first-choice material in any build.” said Iain McIlwee, CEO at the British Woodworking Federation. “Build it Better with Wood isn’t just a statement, it embodies the values of this organisation. The 21st Century is waking up to the potential of timber and we are working with a growing network of customers and specifiers to ensure that they appreciate the benefits of building with wood. But, as a supply chain, we cannot be complacent and rely on the inherent qualities of the material - we can do more to be healthy, sustainable, efficient and safe. “Every member joining the BWF is visited and audited against our Code of Conduct. This means that our community is made up of people who share these values and that customers can be assured that they are working with a supplier who is committed
to best practice in all areas of operation, including customer care and complaints, technical expertise and training, environmental impact and waste as well as employment, education legislation and health and safety. With wood delivering on so many levels, from its aesthetic beauty through to its environmental benefits, and the woodworking sector boasting craftspeople and engineers of the very highest calibre, the proliferation of wood in the built environment presents exciting opportunities for the construction sector.” The BWF has produced a range of resources for members to support compliance and to help promote the many benefits of building it better with wood and encourage those considering a build or renovation to choose wood.
Construction struggles continue as new work dips to a five year low The value of new construction contracts in May reached £4.5 billion, a decrease of almost ten per cent compared to April and the lowest amount for over five year. The two largest sectors in construction; residential and infrastructure, both saw a decline as the industry continues its slump this year so far. The latest edition of the Economic & Construction Market Review from industry analysts Barbour ABI highlights levels of construction contract values awarded across Great Britain. The largest project by value across the month was the £130 million Wembley Stadium Station housing development. The residential sector saw a
dip in activity of 5.7 per cent compared to the previous month but still managed to claim the top spot as May’s largest project by value.
cent of the total, with four of the largest ten projects across May. The capital was the followed by the East of England with 14 per cent and the North West with 13.5 per cent.
Across the rest of construction, industrial and education were the only sectors in May that produced positive growth in contract values, increasing by 2.2 and 4.6 per cent respectively compared to the previous month. The biggest fall came from commercial and retail construction, which despite having the largest project of the month, fell by almost 30 per cent when compared to April figures.Regionally, London was the region with the largest share of contract awards value in April with 18.8 per
Commenting on the figures, Michael Dall, Lead Economist at Barbour ABI, said: “Across May we continued to see the decline in housing and infrastructure construction, with the value of new work in construction reaching its lowest point since January 2013. Whilst it’s encouraging that the industrial and education sectors saw contract values increase, the deficit was too large to make up the shortfall, with both housing and infrastructure continuing in their slump.”
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Northern Ireland construction workers’ mental wellbeing targeted for improvement as Mates in Mind launches education initiative The charity Mates in Mind has today announced that it will be delivering a series of educational sessions in a bid to start raising awareness, address the stigma of poor mental health and improve positive mental wellbeing amongst Northern Ireland’s construction workforce. The issue of mental ill-health in the UK construction sector is a significant concern, with over a third of workers having experience some condition in the past year. Almost a quarter of workers consider leaving the industry due to mental health-related problems, which is exacerbated by a prevailing belief that employers are neither able to recognise or address these problems. Furthermore, the UK construction industry suffers from rates of suicide that are higher than any other industry sector, a fact compounded further by Northern Ireland’s already high rate of suicide compared to other parts of the UK & Republic or Ireland, which leaves its workers at potentially even greater risk.
Joscelyne Shaw, Executive Director or Mates in Mind, said: “Today marks an important step for the Northern Ireland construction sector as it looks to tackle the stigma associated with poor mental health. This is achieved by creating a culture built on an understanding of what good mental health looks like. As a result of the generous funding provided by CITB (NI) and the efforts of our collaborators, we can now start the process of opening up the subject of mental health with conversations that can make a crucial difference to so many people’s lives.” Working to address this, the Health in Construction Leadership Group and IOSH (NI) have been instrumental in bringing Mates in Mind to Northern
Chichester College’s carpentry course benefits from donation of materials
Leadership – in collaboration with the Workplace Health Leadership Group (NI) and working with delivery partner, Inspire Knowledge and Leadership. CITB (NI) are providing initial funding for this kick start initiative, and offering: (a) twenty half-day training sessions, (b) a two-day mental health first aid training course that will lay the foundations for improving mental health and (c) two sessions specifically tailored for board members. On completion of the sessions, delegates will also have access to 24/7 telephone counselling support. As a result, a cross section of around 400 people in Northern Ireland’s construction sector will be provided with the information, tools and techniques to spot the signs of poor mental health and learn how to guide their colleagues towards appropriate support. The sessions will focus on: • Getting construction workers thinking and talking about mental health; • Raising awareness of mental health literacy; • Reducing stigma around mental ill health and give attendees confidence in guiding people towards appropriate support and • Recognising how mangers’ behaviours can affect workers’ wellbeing
The Chichester and Bognor Regis branches of Covers have donated materials and kitchen units to help students studying carpentry and joinery as part of the company’s new sponsorship agreement with Chichester College. The timber and builders’ merchant, which has depots in Quarry Lane, Chichester and Station Yard, Bognor Regis, is a long-term supporter of the college having been involved for many years, including sponsoring three awards at the college’s Construction Prize Giving in June 2017. The new sponsorship agreement will continue the work Covers does to encourage and inspire students hoping to undertake a career in the timber and construction trades.
At Covers we are extremely proud of our highly skilled team. It is only through courses like those offered by Chichester College that we can continue to welcome new professionals into the trade. We are really keen to support and encourage the next generation so that they can develop their skills and be part of such a rewarding industry.
Announcing the launch, Joscelyne Shaw, Executive Director or Mates in Mind, said: “Today marks an important step for the Northern Ireland construction sector as it looks to tackle the stigma associated with poor mental health. This is achieved by creating a culture built on an understanding of what good mental health looks like.
Henry Green, Managing Director at Covers, said: “At Covers we are extremely proud of our highly skilled team. It is only through courses like those offered by Chichester College that we can continue to welcome new professionals into the trade. We are really keen to support and encourage the next generation so that they can develop their skills and be part of such a rewarding industry. We wish the students the very best of luck with their studies.”
“As a result of the generous funding provided by CITB (NI) and the efforts of our collaborators, we can now start the process of opening up the subject of mental health with conversations that can make a crucial difference to so many people’s lives.”
Warren Guildford, who is Study Programme Leader for Level 2 Carpentry at Chichester College, added: “I would like to thank Covers for its continued support in assisting our students in their studies. Donations like this really make a difference to the overall educational experience, providing the students with the opportunity to undertake practical tasks and develop their skill sets.”
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Leading North East construction lawyer chairs national conference A leading regional construction lawyer has become the first North East based solicitor in recent years to chair the prestigious Construction Law Conference held in London. Attended by the UK’s most prominent construction lawyers, Keith Bishop was chosen to chair the national conference for his strong specialist expertise. Keith, who heads the construction team at Newcastlebased commercial law firm Muckle LLP, is the first North East lawyer in recent years to chair the high profile conference. ‘Construction: Shaping New Law into Solution – Focused Advice For Your Clients’ was held at the Caledonian Club, London, on Wednesday 27th June. The conference posted 13 ‘thorny’ questions which were answered directly by fives QCs and two solicitors of ‘outstanding ability’. Keith opened the conference with a short address, offering insight on shaping new law into solution-focused advice for clients, before chairing the debate on a series on construction industry issues.
Clara Hope, conference director at even organisers White Paper, said: “Chairing the conference is an incredibly important role, due to the exceptional calibre of expert speakers we had, including fives QCs. It was a high profile and well attended conference and we needed a strong and highly experienced specialist to challenge the panel and help shape the debate. Keith has a vast amount of practical knowledge and experience, and a great strategic eye, so he was a superb choice to be chair.” Keith Bishop, head of construction at Muckle LLP, added: “It was a tremendous honour to be asked to chair the conference. I’ve done a few presentations but this is the first time I’ve been asked to chair, so I was flattered and a little surprised.Usually, the conference is chaired by senior engineers and architects or by someone from a London law firm, but to my knowledge there hasn’t been a North East lawyer as chair before. “Muckle LLP is a national law firm working from one, single office in Newcastle and it is encouraging to see us continue to be considered alongside other national players in the sector.
We discussed how lawyers can best advise clients on legislation and how it can impact their business, as well as finding solutions to real problems. With the impact of Brexit still to be determined, uncertainty about how the industry fits into the current economic climate and the collapse of Carillion, for example, construction is quite a difficult market to be in. These really are significant challenges that led to an exciting and though provoking debate and one which was a great privilege to be part of.”
Construction businesses need to start making changes now to beat Brexit blues Midland Pallet Trucks is urging construction businesses to look at how small changes could help them tackle the challenges of Brexit now in order to provide some security in the future. Recent figures show that despite an improvement in activity, many firms still have a gloomy outlook when it comes to the future. The recently published May 2017 construction purchasing managers’ index (PMI) showed a slight improvement in activity. However, this was linked to better weather conditions allowing firms to clear a backlog of work rather than books boasting new work. As a result, the increased activity wasn’t reflected in confidence, with many businesses fearing uncertainty related to Brexit would further slow down the sector. Another key Brexit concern is accessibility to employees, with firms worrying there will be skills shortages without access to the EU labour market. Phil Chesworth, Managing Director of
Midland Pallet Trucks, said: “While at first glance, the construction PMI suggests an improvement for the sector, there’s actually a lot going on beneath the service. With Brexit doom and gloom clear to see, businesses really need to start taking steps to ensure they’re in a good position, whatever the outcome of the negotiations. From taking the time to put in place staff retention strategies to investing in solutions that mean general tasks can be completed quicker, there are plenty of options for firms.” While business clamour to get ready for post-Brexit economy, Midland Pallet Trucks is also reminding firms not to neglect equipment and health and safety
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commitments. The business, which sells a range of pallet trucks to meet differing company needs, explains that investment in the right equipment cannot only significantly cut the number of workplace injuries but saves companies money too, both in terms of a reduction in lost days to employee illness and due to a boost in productivity. Chesworth added, “It’s important to consider how the right equipment can provide essential support for employees and help them to get the job done as efficiently as possible. Despite all the uncertainty politically and economically, businesses shouldn’t be deterred from planning for the future.”
Footage captures challenging A47 bridge repairs GRAHAM’s Highways Director, Dave Brown, has praised his team’s “technical expertise” following the repair of two accident damaged bridges on the A47 in Norfolk.
PARK 66 BUCKS THE RETAIL AND INDUSTRIAL TREND SLADEN Estates and Peveril Securities have commenced the construction of a mixed retail and industrial unit scheme at Park 66, Pilsworth, Bury. The scheme will see Home Bargains, The Food Warehouse, Costa Coffee and KFC open their doors for trading in Spring 2019 and a further 8,790 sq ft of retail space made available in unit sizes from 1,250 sq ft. “We are delighted to see this brownfield site being redeveloped with retail and much needed industrial units,” said Nigel Jones, development director of Sladen Estates. “We have secured a strong tenant line up in a tough retail market and are encouraged by the keen interest we have in the remaining retail units.” The four industrial units, which range from 9,075 sq ft up to 24,212 sq ft, are being developed on a speculative basis and will
be ready for occupation in March 2019. “We knew that there would be keen interest in the industrial space, as there is limited supply of these size units, but with one already under offer and another shortly to be placed into solicitors’ hands, reality has exceeded expectation,” added Jones. The industrial units will be developed to a high specification and will be available on a leasehold and freehold basis. Avison Young and CBRE are appointed as agents on the industrial units with LSH, CPS and Knight Frank retained on the retail. Sladen Estates and Peveril Securities are experienced in delivering high quality developments throughout the UK across a range of sectors and have a development pipeline of circa £800 million.
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A time-lapse video has captured the painstaking work, which shows two 28-metrelong beams, each weighting ten tonnes, being lifted into position on the bridges at the Saddlebow interchange in Kings Lynn.
The restorative programme was necessary following damage incurred by an over-height vehicle. The £3.1m project began last October and was completed in May 2018. It was delayed slightly as a crack was unexpectedly uncovered on one of the bridge decks. The scheme involved jacking
Balfour Beatty completes £28.5 million Dundee Railway Station and Hotel Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, today announces that it has successfully completed works to the £28.5 million Dundee railway station, on behalf of Dundee City Council. Balfour Beatty utilised its extensive experience in the construction of complex projects on a live, operational railway, to deliver a new station and concourse, hotel development and associated retail facilities with minimal disruption to train services. the bridge, the hydro demolition of the bridge deck and the removal of the steel edge beam before the damaged beams on the bridge were replaced. The deck was subsequently concreted. “This was a very challenging project and one, which demonstrated the full range of technical expertise of our team,” said Dave. “The footage in the video showcases the complexity of the work involved and how our team rose to the challenge. We are pleased to have
supported Highways England in improving road safety while also improving journey quality for drivers.” The repair work to the bridges at the Saddlebow interchange was part of a wider £18m package of work, consisting of approximately 70 different schemes, to maintain the A47 in Norfolk. GRAHAM has also carried out similar works in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk. Highways England Project Manager, Ajith Nair, said: “We’re very grateful to drivers for their patience while we completed this vital work. The footage shows the amount and scale of the work we’ve been doing. It will help drivers to realise how busy we’ve been and why the roads over the bridges needed to be closed while we were repairing them.”
As part of the works, Balfour Beatty erected a 2600 tonne steel frame with another 500 tonnes of metal bridge beams, the longest of which was 38.5 meters. Balfour Beatty’s workforce worked through the night to support the build and installation, ensuring minimal disruption to the rail interface and travelling public. The new railway station forms a part of Dundee City Council’s regeneration programme, aiming to create a strong and sustainable city economy that will raise the quality of life and improve the local environment. Hector MacAulay, Managing Director of Balfour Beatty’s regional business in Scotland and Ireland, said: “The completion of the new railway station and hotel marks a significant milestone in the
exciting regeneration of Dundee. “At project outset, we committed to making a real and sustainable contribution to the local economy and have worked closely with the Council to generate 58 local employment opportunities and 10 apprenticeship positions, with 100% of local applicants guaranteed an interview. “We look forward to furthering our relationship with Dundee City Council as the transformation of Dundee continues.” Joe FitzPatrick, Minister for Public Health and Sport said “The revitalised Dundee Station creates a gateway to the city and is an excellent example of how the industry can work in partnership with the public and private sector to deliver to wider regeneration goals. It is also delivering additional benefits through significantly increased cycle facilities, providing cycling capability to all parts of the Waterfront Development. “The investment in this station is just one part of our efforts to build the best railway Scotland has ever had. We look forward to the delivering more services and more seats in the north east making rail travel even easier, bringing with that benefits for communities, business and tourism alike.”
GRAHAM has extensive highways experience and has delivered complex projects throughout the UK and Ireland including the award winning A138 Chelmer Viaduct in Chelmsford, Essex and the £277m M80 Stepps to Haggs scheme, which has transformed one of Scotland’s busiest stretches of road network.
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Linton Group & Henika Group secures planning permission for 6-10 Ingate Place, Battersea The Joint Venture between Linton Group and Henika Group has secured planning permission for 6-10 Ingate Place in Battersea. Following a committee meeting that took place on 26 June, the joint venture partners were granted consent on a 10 storey building comprising of office space to accommodate co-working, small and medium sized enterprises, along with some light industrial space on the ground floor together with a café. The project will be the first major planning consent for the partnership between Henika and Linton, which will primarily focus on commercial sites with asset management potential in London and the South East. The project follows the acquisition and successful refurbishment of 9-11 Wellesley Road, Croydon last year and is part of Linton Group’s new commercial strategy arm. The vision is to create a technological hub, the first for Wandsworth, which will accommodate local and international SME businesses within a 10-storey office block.
We are very excited by this planning consent at 6 -10 Ingate Place as this marks the second venture between Linton and Henika, in what we hope will be a long list of joint ventures. It will act as a hub for small and medium sized enterprises, which are becoming increasingly important to the Capital’s growth.
The overall site, which extends to 0.15 hectares (0.38 acres), occupies a highly desirable location; within 100m of Queenstown Road Station and easily accessible via cycling and pedestrian routes. There will also be the added benefit of the new underground station, which will provide an extension of the Northern line, set to open in 2021 and within 600m of Ingate Place.
Plan, which identifies key areas that can provide workspace for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The proposal to create a technological hub that serves as a platform for both local and international SME business’s and promotes collaborative workspace will further develop the area and continue to foster business growth in the Capital.
The area is close to neighbouring amenities, such as local newsagents, electrical goods stores, launderettes and florists, which will benefit from serving the future occupiers of the building. Further, the sites proximity to Battersea Park will allow future occupiers of the building to be within a 15 minute walk to the green spaces and variety of shops, restaurants and cafes that characterise the area.
The schemes design aims to maximise space for both the building’s future occupiers and the public, allowing the public realm to conceptually carry through to the first four storeys of the building. The first four storeys will sit behind glazing, which will blur the distinction between the building and the street, whilst the front portion of the building will be set back to create more useable public space.
The Greater London Authority (GLA) had previously identified 6-10 Ingate Place as within the Vauxhall, Nine Elms, Battersea Opportunity Area, identified as an area with potential to accommodate substantial numbers of new jobs and homes. The site is also within a Strategic Industrial Location (SIL), as identified in the GLA’s London
The schemes landscape design will also help to create a streetscape, continuing the curve of the street with green landscaping extending into the building. Trees and garden areas on both sides of the building along with garden roof terraces will create opportunities to enhance biodiversity whilst providing an environment where employees
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can both work and rest in a calming environment. Speaking about the scheme, Founder and Managing Director Gary Linton commented: “We are delighted that planning permission has been secured for this exciting project, that will allow for small and medium sized enterprises to continue growing with the city they work in. The development will bring more jobs and business to the Battersea and Nine Elms area, and I am confident that this project will be something that all of London can be proud of.” Chris Reid, Founder and Managing Director of Henika Group commented: “We are very excited by this planning consent at 6 -10 Ingate Place as this marks the second venture between Linton and Henika, in what we hope will be a long list of joint ventures. It will act as a hub for small and medium sized enterprises, which are becoming increasingly important to the Capital’s growth. The vision for the wider area, including the imminent arrival of Apple at Battersea Power Station, is central to our plans, and we look forward to realising our ambit.”
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REINFORCED CONCRETE: THE MATERIAL OF CHOICE FOR HI-RISE CONSTRUCTION With 500 high-rise buildings in the development pipeline across the UK, Steve Elliott Chairman of the British Association of Reinforcement (BAR) explains why reinforced concrete is the best way upwards. In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of high-rise buildings proposed and approved for construction in the UK. AMA Research calculates that UK development pipeline stands at around 500 buildings, of which over 85% are planned in London, while the rest are clustered in key cities such as Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and Salford. In term of end-use some 70% are primarily residential. The choice of material for the structural frame of a high rise building has a significant impact on its building time cost and performance. Reinforced concrete has a range of inherent performance benefits that means it has a number of competitive advantages over other structural options. Indeed, the many inherent and free benefits of reinforced concrete means that it is particularly suited for fast and economic high rise construction
The old adage “time is money” is never more apt than when talking about construction programmes. Here, concrete with a lead time of 8 - 10weeks compared to 12- 14 weeks for structural steel has a distinct economic advantage. A faster start on site means a faster total construction times and a quicker return on the capital investment. Firstly, construction scheduling. The old adage “time is money” is never more apt than when talking about construction programmes. Here, concrete with a lead time of 8 - 10weeks compared to 12- 14
weeks for structural steel has a distinct economic advantage. A faster start on site means a faster total construction times and a quicker return on the capital investment. The range of inherent performance benefits of reinforced concrete offer further time and cost savings. The material’s built-in robustness and sound insulation minimise or even negate the need for additional finishes, while its mass means that concrete floors generally meet vibration criteria without the need for extra stiffening. Concrete’s mass also provide a high level of thermal efficiency that when used as part of a fabric energy storage (FES) approach can reduce plant costs by reducing or removing the need for air conditioning. A reinforced concrete structure also offers a high level of fire resistance. A premium is incurred on steel frame for sealing and fire stopping at partition heads against the irregular soffits of the steel decking and around irregularly shaped intersecting frame members. Unless this is considered at the early design stage it can result in expensive and time-consuming remedial work late in the construction programme. Staying with internal savings, mechanical and electrical services represent up to 34 percent of overall construction costs. The flat soffit of a concrete floor slab provides a clear zone, free of downstand beams. This allows more services to be pre-fabricated off-site and increases the simplification and ease of installation. In addition to these potential savings are those offered by the use of high strength concretes and post-tensioned concrete floors. Studies have shown that the use of C50/60 concrete can reduce the cross section of vertical elements due to the provision of increased strength and stiffness. The same approach when used for reducing slab thickness can result in savings in other building elements, for instance the area of the cladding and the
internal partitions, thereby saving materials and reducing the overall building costs. The use of a C60/75 concrete can reduce the volume of the vertical elements still further. This has the additional benefit of increasing the net lettable area. Cost savings are also possible with the use of post-tensioned (PT) concrete floor slabs. PT offers several benefits, not least of which is the fact that the PT floor slabs are generally thinner than an ordinary reinforced concrete slab. They can be up to 300mm thinner over one-storey than a steel frame. This minimises the building’s height to the extent that this could mean an extra storey on a ten storey building. PT slabs can economically span further than a reinforced concrete slab. This in turn reduces the required number of columns and foundations and increases flexibility for space planning. The clear flat soffits of PT slabs enable complete flexibility of service layout. The absence of trimming beams around service cores avoids conflicts between services and structure. There is also flexibility in positioning holes through the slab because tendons are widely spaced and can be positioned around openings. Plus, PT equals rapid construction. There is less reinforcement which reduces fixing time and early stressing of the concrete allows the formwork to be struck quickly. Above all, the use of high strength concrete or PT allows thinner structures and the thinner the overall structural frame, the lower the cladding costs. Given that cladding can represent up to 22 per cent of the construction cost, minimising the cladding area represents considerable savings. For the skylines of many of our cities the only way is up. The inherent performance benefits of reinforced concrete mean that the way up is fast and economic.
TRAINING IS KEY AS FIRMS FACE DASH TO COMPLY WITH NEW ELECTRICAL WIRING REGS Industry leading training provider, Develop Training Ltd (DTL), is warning that firms will face a dash for compliance when new electrical wiring regulations are released next month.
The Institution of Engineering and Technology’s 18th Edition Wiring Regulations, which form the basis of the updated BS7671:2018, will require significant retraining for all UK electricians.
DTL says many firms will be caught unawares by the scope of the changes in the new British Standard requirements for electrical installations.
It is due for publication in July but the major changes to the previous edition have already been announced, and they look set to have a big impact on the UK’s 265,000 electricians and electrical fitters as well as
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the organisations that employ them. DTL says many operatives will need to attend a three-day course, rather than the one-day refresher courses that have previously sufficed after an update was released.This could place a huge operational burden on organisations employing multiple electricians. DTL is recommending that only those
Nearly 80% of builders and consumers support licensing construction, says FMB Almost 80% of builders and home owners are calling on the Government to introduce a licensing scheme for the UK construction industry to stamp out rogue traders once and for all, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). The FMB has published an independent research report by Pye Tait entitled ‘License to build: A pathway to licensing UK construction’, which details the benefits of introducing a licensing scheme for the whole construction industry and puts forward a proposal for how it could work. Also, new consumer research undertaken by the FMB reveals the impact poor quality building firms are having on consumers and demonstrates that most home owners support the introduction of a mandatory licensing scheme. Key results from both pieces of research include: • 77% of small and medium-sized construction firms support the introduction of licensing to professionalise the industry, protect consumers and sideline the cowboys; • 78% of consumers also want to see a licensing scheme for construction introduced; • Nearly 90% of home owners believe that the Government should criminalise rogue and incompetent builders; • Over half of people (55%) who commission home improvement work have had a negative experience with their builder. Commenting on the research report, which was launched at a high profile event in the House of Lords on the afternoon of Monday 2nd July, Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “The vast majority of builders and home owners want to see the construction industry professionalised and it is time for the
Government to act. It’s unacceptable that more than half of consumers have had a negative experience with their builder. However, we shouldn’t be surprised by this given that in the UK, it is perfectly legal for anyone to set up a building firm and start selling their services without any prior experience or qualifications. This cannot be right given the nature of the work and the potential health and safety risks when something goes wrong. In countries like Australia or Germany, building firms require a license and we want to see the Government regulate our industry in a similar manner.”
Aside from the obvious health and safety benefits, the advantages of a licensing scheme are manifold. Licensing would bar from the industry the very worst firms operating in the construction sector. Consumer protection would increase and with it, the appetite among home owners to undertake more construction work. We also believe that if we can improve the image of the industry through licensing, young people, parents and teachers will have a more favourable impression of our sector and therefore be more likely to pursue, or recommend, a career in construction. Berry continued: “Aside from the obvious health and safety benefits, the advantages of a licensing scheme are manifold. Licensing would bar from the industry the very worst firms operating in the construction sector. Consumer protection would increase and with it, the appetite among home owners to undertake more construction work. We also believe that if
We are now keen to reach out to the whole construction sector to get their input on the proposal. If we can demonstrate broad support for this approach, we are optimistic that the Government will take it forward. we can improve the image of the industry through licensing, young people, parents and teachers will have a more favourable impression of our sector and therefore be more likely to pursue, or recommend, a career in construction. Over time, this would gradually help ease the construction skills shortage we currently face. For too long, the very worst construction firms, most of which undertake private domestic work, have been giving the whole sector a bad name. So that’s why this scheme should be of interest to the whole sector and not just to small local builders.” Berry concluded: “In terms of how the scheme might work, it needn’t be too costly or bureaucratic. Our report draws on the experience of experts from across the construction industry and puts forward a clear proposal. We are suggesting that the scheme covers all paid-for construction work by firms of all sizes, not just those working in the domestic sector. Fees should be tiered and could start at as little as £150 every three to five years, with the largest contractors paying around £1,000 over the same period. In terms of how it’s governed, the license should be administered by a single authority with a broad range of scheme providers sitting underneath. We are now keen to reach out to the whole construction sector to get their input on the proposal. If we can demonstrate broad support for this approach, we are optimistic that the Government will take it forward.”
The new regulations reflect the changing technological, regulatory and political environment. For example, there are new introductions covering energy efficiency, electric car charging and the way that wiring should be supported to protect it from a building collapse in the event of fire. There are many other changes, which amount to a very significant evolution in the regulations. Clearly, the fallout from a non-compliance event could be immensely damaging for any organisation that employs electricians. who have gone through 17th Edition third amendment training in the past six months will be eligible for a fast-track one-day course. However, with all new installations having to be designed to meet the new standard from January 2019, DTL says the stakes are too high to risk skimping on training.
Chris Wood, CEO of the training company, said: “The new regulations reflect the changing technological, regulatory and political environment. For example, there are new introductions covering energy efficiency, electric car charging and the way that wiring should be supported to protect it from a building collapse in the event of fire. There are many other changes, which
amount to a very significant evolution in the regulations. Clearly, the fallout from a non-compliance event could be immensely damaging for any organisation that employs electricians. So the new edition is sure to have major implications when it comes to training people to ensure that the regulations are met.”
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NEW SPECULATIVE DEVELOPMENT LAUNCHES AT NIMBUS PARK, DONCASTER SLADEN Estates and Peveril Securities are set to start the speculative development of two high quality industrial and distribution buildings at Nimbus Park, Doncaster. Construction of the buildings, measuring 164,000 sq ft and 106,202 sq ft, will commence later this month, with completion scheduled for March 2019. Bowmer & Kirkland has been appointed as main contractor. Nimbus Park is located just minutes off J6 of the M18 at Thorne, Doncaster, which offers excellent connections to the national motorway network. NP164 and NP106 will have clear internal heights of 15m and 12m respectively and both units will benefit from generous and fully contained secure yards and high quality office accommodation.
“It is great to see activity on Nimbus Park, with the development of two high quality buildings at a time when there is increased occupier demand and focus on the South Yorkshire market,” said Rachel Wood of Sladen Estates. “Regional and national occupiers appreciate the benefits that Doncaster has to offer particularly Thorne - due to the excellent labour availability. “With the likes of The Range and BMW choosing to locate in Thorne for their national distribution hubs it demonstrates the strength of the location and it is a trend we only see continuing as other occupiers look towards the area,” added Wood. CPP and Moriarty & Co are retained as agents for the buildings which are available on a leasehold basis.
PLANNING APPLICATION SUBMITTED FOR LANDMARK NOTTINGHAM SITE The transformation of one of Nottingham’s most significant development sites has taken a step forward as proposals to create a brand new mixed-use scheme on the former Boots Island site are submitted for planning. Nottingham City Council will now consider the planning application, which comes after several months of consultation and site evaluation, extensive design work and discussions
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with city stakeholders. The plans will see the 40-acre site, which has laid derelict for many years, totally transformed to bring new homes, grade A office space, creative market space, a five-star hotel, retail units, a ‘linear’ park and community space as well as new student accommodation to the city. Christopher Ware of Conygar Investment Company plc –
Mosaic-designed Queen Elizabeth Hospital Travelodge starts on site The 60-bedroom £3m Queen Elizabeth Hospital Travelodge located on the doorstep of the hospital in Govan, Glasgow, designed by Mosaic Architecture + Design, one of Scotland’s most experienced practices, has started on site. Located at the junction of Linthouse Road and Govan Road, the three-storey hotel will incorporate a ground floor bar-café. Completion is scheduled for early 2019.
the firm which purchased the site in 2016, said: “Since purchasing the site, we have been carefully considering our plans for this high-profile site; it has seen a number of false dawns over the years and we have been working hard to ensure that our plans are realistic and will allow us to deliver an achievable scheme that will benefit Nottingham. “We know how significant this site is for Nottingham and we are committed to delivering a scheme which is not only unique to the city but the UK. We have been working alongside Nottingham City Council and key stakeholders
to ensure that our plans complement their vision for the city.” Lorraine Baggs, head of inward investment at Invest in Nottingham, added: “We are very pleased to see a planning application submitted for this significant site within the city centre. It is one of a number of planned schemes that forms part of the Southern Gateway and will breathe new life into a site which has sat unloved for many years.” Conygar is working with regeneration specialist Lavignac Securities to deliver the site, which lies between Manvers Street at the bottom of Sneinton and London Road. Greg Miller-Cheevers of Lavignac, said: “This scheme forms an integral part of Nottingham’s Southern Gateway and we will be creating new places to live, work and play – creating a new community within the city centre.
The new hotel is one of five the hotel company plans to build across Glasgow as part of a national expansion programme to create 21 new hotels across Scotland, representing a £100m investment and up to 400 new jobs. Other Travelodge hotels in Glasgow have been earmarked for sites in the West End, city centre, the SECC, Silverburn and in the East End near the M8. Neil Haining, Director of Mosaic, said: “This new hotel is located on the remaining site within the Linthouse Business Park mixed use masterplan and sits on the most prominent location within the local street scape, on the corner of Linthouse Road and Govan Road, with the southern corner of the site facing directly on to the main access route into the new Hospital. “The site was formally occupied by the famous Alexander Stephen and Sons shipyard, which was once an icon of Glasgow’s illustrious industrial
past. As times have changed, this has become a disused brownfield site which is now seeing substantial regeneration. “As the site enjoys a prominent position within its urban context, it provides the opportunity to form a gateway building to this mixed-use regeneration site. A mixture of planting, shared surfaces and car parking will be used to integrate the hotel with a neighbouring village green as part of Linthouse Point.” A spokesperson for Linthouse Business Park Ltd, said: “The proposed site is located in Govan, an area to the South West of Glasgow city centre, on the south bank of the River Clyde. “This area has benefited from substantial investment and development in recent years and is currently reaping the benefits of the newly opened Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, which is located on the opposite side of Govan Road from the proposed development site. The proposed hotel development will therefore directly serve the users of the hospital and be a valuable addition to the local community.” Travelodge became Britain’s first value hotel brand when it launched in the UK in 1985. It is now the UK’s largest independent hotel brand, with more than 540 hotels and 42,000 guest bedrooms.
“Our plans for a mixed-use scheme including homes, retail, office, creative and leisure spaces will complement the other development happening in the city; we are delighted to see this important scheme taking a step forwards.”
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Specifying for sustainability, Downs Merrifield chose Ecopro Matt Emulsion for this new build home. Here, white walls pick up a warm glow from the timber stairs, doors and flooring. (Photo courtesy: Rob Boltman Photography and Downs Merrifield architects)
The environmentally aware specification for Overhill Cottage included Claypaint in Donkey Ride on the kitchen walls and Marbles on the ceiling. well on timber substrates. The Ecopro trade paint range features matt and low sheen water based emulsions, and an eggshell. Their unique formulations cover well and are durable. Eggshell’s smooth, flexible finish allows wood to breathe and will not fade or discolour with time. The Ecopro Silicate Masonry System is a highly durable, long lasting alternative to limewash and conventional masonry paints. It bonds with underlying materials to create a water and weather resistant barrier that is also highly breathable. Ideal for stone, harling, brick, concrete or render, there are 24 standard colours, giving a classic matt finish that will not yellow with time. Ecopro emulsions and eggshell are available in the full BS4800 colour range, while Claypaint has a signature palette of 72 inspirational shades. Bespoke colours can be developed through Earthborn’s nationwide network of stockists. earthbornpaints.co.uk
Winner of two Daily Telegraph Homebuilding and Renovating Awards, the restoration of two miners’ cottages by Design Storey called for Claypaint on the rough sawn timber panelling and Ecopro Matt Emulsion on plastered walls. (Photo courtesy: Design Storey)
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People on the move NFB welcomes new Midlands regional chair Catherine Windibank Catherine Windibank, business development manager at Richard Jackson Ltd, became Midlands regional chair of the National Federation of Builders (NFB) on Thursday 8th June at the NFB annual general meeting (AGM). The AGM saw the outgoing NFB Midlands regional chair, Neil Walters, become national chair of the NFB. With Neil Walters taking on the role of NFB national chair, a new Midlands regional chair needed to be appointed. Catherine Windibank was happy to be put forward and was nominated for this position. As the business development manager
of engineering consultancy and chartered building surveyors Richard Jackson Ltd, Catherine is the first woman to have held the role as the NFB Midlands regional chair, enabling her to inspire other women and promote diversity within construction. Windibank said: “I am honoured that the NFB has made me the new Midlands regional chair. During my time in post I will work towards tackling the skills crisis, as it is a fundamental step in driving economic growth and promote conditions our members and SMEs need to thrive.The current skills shortage is one of the biggest challenges facing
the construction industry today, as the sector continues to struggle to meet the demand for skilled professionals. We need to focus on training and developing local talent. I will strive to promote careers in construction across the Midlands and overcome the major shortage of skills in the construction industry.” At time of appointment, Windibank was working as business development manager of Warwickshire-based maintenance, refurbishment and construction company Arden Construction Ltd.
HANNAH VICKERS APPOINTED CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE ASSOCIATION FOR CONSULTANCY AND ENGINEERING (ACE) Hannah Vickers has been appointed new chief executive of the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE). She replaces Dr Nelson Ogunshakin OBE who, as previously announced, is joining the International Federation of Consulting Engineers, FIDIC in Geneva. She will take up her new role at ACE on 11 September 2018. A civil engineer by profession, Hannah joins from the Institution of Civil Engineers where she led the policy and public affairs team. Prior to this she advised Ministers at HM Treasury on infrastructure delivery policy, while also working as a consultant to senior stakeholders on a number of major projects including Crossrail 2, a geological disposal facility for higher-activity nuclear waste and the redevelopment of London’s Olympic Park. She has also trained and advised the governments of Argentina, Indonesia, Egypt, Brazil and China in infrastructure planning and delivery. Commenting on her appointment, current ACE chair, and managing director, UK at Ramboll, Mathew
Riley said: “Despite a strong shortlist, the board had no hesitations in offering Hannah the role as chief executive and we are delighted that she will lead ACE on behalf of its members. “Her background as a civil engineer and as an advisor on some of the country’s largest infrastructure projects, as well as extensive government experience, means she is the ideal person to take ACE forward and to help it continue to champion infrastructure at the highest levels. “I’m sure all ACE members will join the board in wishing Hannah the very best over the coming weeks and months and we look forward to working together soon.” Commenting on her appointment, Hannah Vickers said: “I am delighted to be taking over at ACE as we enter an exciting and evolutionary period for the consultancy and engineering industry with new opportunities across UK and international markets. I look forward to working with our talented staff and the full range of our members to build further success in the coming years.”
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LEGAL & GENERAL HOMES EXPANDS SENIOR TEAM AS IT CONTINUES TO GROW ITS PIPELINE OF NEW HOMES Legal & General Capital (Legal & General) announces that it has made some key hires for its housebuilding arm, Legal & General Homes. As it continues to expand within the house building sector, Legal & General Homes is dedicated to becoming the residential developer of choice in the UK. Legal & General is committed to delivering much needed quality homes, establishing housing capabilities across all tenures, as it works to address the chronic shortfall of housing in the UK, with ambitions to deliver over 80,000 properties over the next five to ten years. With three sites across Berkshire and Oxfordshire, Legal & General Homes now has a pipeline of over 3,000 new units. Chris Sly has been appointed as the new Finance Director joining from FTSE100
property developer, Berkeley Homes where he held the position of, Head of Finance for the Western division. A Chartered Accountant, Chris was heavily involved in demerging the business from St James Group and spearheaded growth from £25m to £124m turnover. Prior to joining Berkeley Homes, Chris was Senior Finance Manager at BT Openreach, Commercial Finance Manager at E.ON and was also Finance Director of two SME’s. Chris also spent six years as NonExecutive Director of Bromsgrove Housing Initiatives Limited, a public sector housing association. Legal & General Homes has also appointed Matthew Stubblefield as the new Health and Safety Officer. Stubblefield has 16 years’ experience in construction health and safety management and joins from Croudace
Homes Group, where he was Group Head of Health and Safety. James Lidgate, CEO of Legal & General Homes, commented: “As well as addressing the chronic shortfall of housing in the UK, Legal & General Homes is looking to regenerate the UK’s landscape for the better and build vibrant communities where people want to live. Using Legal & General’s long term capital, we are seeking to create a legacy that we are proud of. To do this, we are putting together a capable and experienced team. Both Chris and Matthew are excellent additions to the company and join at an exciting time for Legal & General Homes as we build thousands of new homes and our schemes come to life across Berkshire and Oxfordshire.”
Rudridge promotes Paul Duke and Emma Taylor to operational roles Groundwork and materials supplier Rudridge has promoted Emma Taylor and Paul Duke to jointly take on the day to day running of the business.
sales, operations and strategic direction and leading all Branch Managers, Sales and Estimating Teams.
Emma Taylor, who joined the company as Financial Controller two and a half years ago, will take up the role of Commercial Financial Manager. She will be responsible for overseeing the finance, credit services and admin departments and will be key to Rudridge’s ongoing financial and commercial success.
Commenting on their respective promotions, Emma Taylor said: “I am delighted to be taking on the role of Commercial Financial Manager. Rudridge is a fantastic place to work thanks to the great relationships that exist between our team, customers and suppliers. I am looking forward to working together with Paul to lead Rudridge into an exciting future.”
Paul Duke will move from General Manager of the Farnham branch to become the Sales Director. Paul has worked at Rudridge since the business began, starting off as Branch Manager at Farnham. He will be responsible for focusing on the company’s
Paul Duke added: “These are incredibly exciting times for Rudridge. I am looking forward to what the future holds and continuing to deliver the outstanding customer service that we are renowned for.”
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Company News NMC quick to pave the way for ex-Crummock Director David Jardine NMC Group who operate as a Surfacing and Civil Engineering specialist throughout the UK were quick to take the opportunity to appoint David Jardine following Crummock entering receivership last month. John Hatton, NMC Operations Director said “David brings a wealth of industry knowledge and experience within the Scottish region where we are enhancing our operations, as part of our success and growth plans we are opening a new prestigious office south of Edinburgh and David is the ideal person to
lead such a development”. David joins the well-established contractor as Regional Manager for Scotland following eighteen years at Crummock and is tasked with growing the brand and reputation of NMC and their work throughout Scotland. David said “this was a perfect fit and following a captivating conversation with John NMC offered a simple transition for me. The plans and developments of the organisation offer an exciting future.”
LK2 EXTENDS LINCS TEAM WITH NEW HIRE LINCOLN-based architectural firm LK2 has expanded its team with a new senior architectural technologist as part of its ambitious growth plans. Richard Kettleborough joins the team with more than 15 years’ experience in the industry, having worked on a multitude of residential, commercial, leisure and retail projects including a recent £13m mixed use scheme in Wokingham.
previously worked at Simons Design and Savills. LK2 is a unique company of chartered architects and sports and leisure business advisors. It specialises in using sport and leisure as a vehicle to blend together a range of sectors including mixed use developments, residential, retail and urban regeneration schemes.
Richard said: “I’m excited to be joining the team at LK2. I’ve already worked extensively on retail and leisure projects, and I’m looking forward to getting stuck into the exciting projects LK2 has going on both in the UK and overseas.”
Andrew Kitchen, director at LK2 said: “We’re delighted to welcome Richard to our growing team. His wealth of experience in retail and leisure makes him a perfect fit for LK2 and we are certain he will play an integral role in our flagship projects thanks to his extensive knowledge of retail and leisure.
Richard has also experienced working on large European retail projects in both Moscow and Bratislava. He joins LK2 from Benoy, having
“LK2 continues to grow and we’re taking on some really exciting projects, making this the perfect time for him to join us.”
Retirement Villages Group appoints new Planning Director Retirement Villages Group (RV) has appointed Guy Flintoft as Planning Director. Guy, 41, joins Retirement Villages with a wealth of planning experience behind him, having worked with Medway Council in Kent, before spending 10 years as a planning consultant with Barton Willmore.
Villages team to help us see these projects through to completion. I’m looking forward to working closely with Guy and drawing on his considerable talent to help move the company forward.” Guy said he is eager to meet the challenges the sector faces and is keen to change the perception of downsizing to a positive one.
Will Crawford, Group Development Director, said:
“I’d like to help make downsizing (or rightsizing) in retirement a normal and positive thing. It does not need to be something people see negatively or a decision they delay, but something that enhances later life and allows people to live well in older age.
“We have a number of developments in progress and in the pipeline, so it was important we had someone with a great degree of experience to oversee these projects. I’m delighted someone of Guy’s calibre has agreed to join the Retirement
“That means the right developments in the right places with an appropriate tone and experience in the services offered, but also positive advocacy of the lifestyle and wellbeing retirement housing and housing with care can bring.”
Following this, Guy spent four years at PegasusLife as planning director working on a number of retirement developments as far apart as Newcastle and Falmouth.
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Company News MARTIN-BROOKS SHOWCASES SKILLS AT HERITAGE DAY Sheffield’s Martin-Brooks has joined forces with fellow heritage building experts to share the unique work it is undertaking at a North Lincolnshire church with next generation roofers. The specialist firm played an integral role in a heritage skills day, held at Holy Trinity Church in Messingham, to provide awareness and training for apprentices and young site operatives. Martin-Brooks is working on the grade II* listed church to renew all Westmorland slate coverings. The roof’s shallow and varying pitches are highly unusual and mean replacement slates have to be specified exactly to suit the angle at which they will sit and head nailed to improve performance. Apprentices, students and staff from Sheffield and North Lindsey colleges, along with roofers new to the trade, were taken up onto the roof by Martin-Brooks and architect Stephen McConnell, where they could see the shallow slopes first hand. Director, Nick Brooks and heritage craftsman, Paul Wassell, demonstrated how the existing slates had been stripped and how those that can be reused are selected and re-sorted according to size and condition. A training rig and work bench were erected at ground level, so attendees could try their hand at cutting natural slate, as well as battening and redressing a roof slope. Nick Brooks said: “Our work at Messingham forms part of a multi-phase project to revitalise
this historic church. The very shallow pitches on the roof are extremely rare, making it an ideal case study for newcomers to the trade. We welcomed the opportunity to share our skills with an enthusiastic audience and help educate the heritage roofers of the future.”
church are translating into practise. MartinBrooks’ knowledgeable team demonstrated perfectly the time, patience and skill required to complete the project sympathetically and we hope they have inspired attendees to embrace heritage roofing.”
The skills day was organised by MartinBrooks in conjunction with Holy Trinity, Knox McConnell architects and main contractor, Historic Property Restoration. Heritage roofing consultant, Richard Jordan, provided aspects of the training, whilst Denise Cherry of Yorkshire Independent Roof Training Group, assisted with planning and attracting attendees.
Holy Trinity Church in Messingham has been awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund of more than £200,000, for this first phase of an aspirational £1 million project to preserve the building for the enjoyment and use of the local community.
Ian Till, Holy Trinity’s church warden and project lead, added: “It was fascinating to see how the theoretical renovations of our much-loved
Alongside the roof replacement, the work being undertaken includes high level stone repairs and the installation of a redesigned rainwater collection and disposal system.
Balfour Beatty collaborates relentlessly to achieve international accreditation for collaboration Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, has achieved an industry-first with a company-wide international accreditation for collaboration. The IS044001 accreditation, which is the first international standard for collaborative business relationships, is a result of the evolution of British Standard BS11000, which Balfour Beatty was accredited for in 2013. BS11000 has since evolved into international standard IS044001 to help organisations to build and develop effective competitive business relationships based upon a collaborative approach. Balfour Beatty will work to apply the standard to support effective relationships across the Group; from individual business relationships with customers to more complex relationships such as partnerships and joint ventures. The Company will utilise a collaborative business relationship management system, a tool which supports the delivery of best practice management approaches to help ensure that
businesses of all sizes get the maximum value from working with each other to achieve a common goal or outcome. Collaborative business relationships have been shown to deliver a wide range of benefits, including enhancing competitiveness and performance, through improved engagement and efficiencies, process strengthening and management of business risk with improvements as significant as 53%1. . The accreditation is further testament to the strength and importance of Balfour Beatty’s company-wide values - ‘talking positively, encouraging constantly and collaborating relentlessly’. Assessment for the standard included review of related project performance on the Balfour Beatty Living Places contract for the servicing of local highways for Southampton Council. Catherine Crespin, Balfour Beatty’s Group
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Head of Customer Experience, said, “We are extremely proud to be the first company to achieve certification to the new ISO44001 international standard across the company. This achievement is testament to the strength of Balfour Beatty’s collaborative culture and our commitment to a more collaborative industry”. Leigh Verrall, Client Manager, British Standards Institution, said, “Aspirations for the future are that collaboration is accepted as the way forward for the construction industry and that Balfour Beatty is recognised as a leader in collaborative working”. Richard Crouch, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Southampton City Council, said, “This is excellent news for all. Strong relationships are key to great partnerships. This accreditation recognises the strength of our relationship with Balfour Beatty and the hard work that has been invested in making it work. Congratulations to everyone involved in securing it.”
Company News Magnox sets the new standard for storing radioactive waste A project designing stores to hold radioactive waste from 12 Magnox sites has cut the cost of decommissioning the UK’s first generation of nuclear power stations by £45m. Various types of radioactive waste are generated throughout a nuclear power station’s operational and decommissioning life. Even though over 99% of the radioactivity leaves the site when the spent nuclear fuel is removed, some intermediate level radioactive waste (ILW) remains and needs to be stored safely on-site until the UK’s geological disposal facility becomes available. The final three stores, currently under construction at Chapelcross, Harwell and Hinkley Point A sites, will be the last ones to be built at Magnox sites and will signal the end of a project that has saved £45m for the UK taxpayer. A major part of a Magnox site’s decommissioning and hazard reduction programme involves retrieving this waste, stabilising it and placing it into a protective package that is suitable for this type of ‘interim’ storage. The earliest Magnox waste stores were built to one-off designs, but a programme of work was set up to come up with the single best possible design for these stores and then to ‘roll it out’ across the rest of the Magnox. Matt Buckley, The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s (NDA) Higher Activity Waste Strategy Development Manager, said: “By developing a standardised design and consolidating waste in fewer stores we’ve seen a real positive impact on the entire Magnox decommissioning programme,
realising significant savings for the UK taxpayer. “It’s great to see Magnox implementing the NDA guidance which has been developed working with Industry, for the robust interim storage of radioactive waste.” The store design has been so successful that it has even been used to store radioactive waste at Sellafield in West Cumbria, the UK’s largest and most complex nuclear site. Rather than building a store at each of its 12 sites, Magnox developed a strategy where sites close together will share just one store, saving an additional £45 million and cutting down on the disruption during construction. David Hubbard, Magnox’s Programme Manager responsible for the project to construct ILW stores, said: “We saw a real opportunity to learn from our experience and make some significant savings by coming up with a common design for ILW stores. The first two stores to be built under this programme were at Berkeley and Bradwell sites, but we will have seven in total by the time the project is complete.
“The innovative design cuts down the need for maintenance and reduces the amount of hands-on control needed to provide a safe and secure environment for the waste containers for up to 150 years.” The distinctive steel-framed building design has curved outer surfaces and is designed to shed rainwater without the need for gutters, dramatically reducing the potential for leaks – even in the worst weather conditions. The store’s design also incorporates thick concrete internal ‘shield walls’ to provide additional levels of radiation shielding. The store at Harwell Site has been clad with Siberian Larch, chosen by the local community as part of the engagement programme, to blend in with the local environment. The stores have been designed to be flexible and are able to accept the whole range of radioactive waste packages currently used to hold waste from the Magnox decommissioning programme. The main construction work has just finished at Harwell Site’s store, with the store at Chapelcross Site on target for completion later this year, closely followed by Hinkley Point A Site’s early in 2019. Craig Tatton, Managing Director Regional Building, at Interserve, the international support services and construction group, said: “We are proud of the collaborative relationships that have developed whilst we have been working on the Chaplecross and Hinkley Point A sites. The ethos of cooperation, shared learning and a one team approach with the same supply chain partners on all four projects has enabled us to share best practice and lessons learnt across the multiple sites.” And Brendan Dowd, Business Development Director at Trant Engineering said: “Trant Engineering are delighted to be able to showcase our proactive and collaborative approach to high quality and safe work systems as we work closely with Magnox to deliver this project.”
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A-Plant apprentices named ‘Stars of the Future’ Two A-Plant apprentices have been recognised as rising stars in the plant hire industry. Tyler Lloyd and Imran Ahmed, both apprentice fitters at the UK’s largest equipment rental company, were honoured at the Construction Plant-hire Association’s (CPA) ‘Stars of the Future’ young Apprentice Awards 2018. Now in its sixth year, Stars of the Future is a national awards scheme designed to recognise the plant hire industry’s brightest young talent. Held in association with headline sponsor A-Plant, the event is run in conjunction with UK colleges offering plant mechanic apprentice training and is supported by CITB (Construction Industry Training Board). There are separate prize schemes for Level 2 and Level 3 apprentices, at both regional and national level, with nominees assessed throughout the academic year on their enthusiasm and commitment shown to training. Tyler Lloyd, a ‘bright and promising’ Apprentice Fitter at A-Plant’s Newcastle service centre, scooped a regional award in
the Level 3 category. While ‘inspirational’ Imran Ahmed, a Level 2 Apprentice Fitter in Heathrow, came out on top in his region. A-Plant’s Head of Training, Bob Harper, said the company was thrilled to see two of its apprentices receive accolades. He said: “We are extremely proud that two of our apprentice superstars managed to come out on top in their regional categories and over the moon to see that all of their hard work has paid off. “Last year we invested more than £2m in our apprenticeship programme and we currently have 150 apprentices in all areas from engineering and customer service to plant maintenance and driving. “As a Top 100 apprentice employer we are committed to developing apprentices and training the next generation of future leaders. We firmly believe that investing in the younger generation is investing in the future of A-Plant.” Stars of the Future is intended to recognise and reward outstanding apprentices who not only bring ability and commitment to their learning and work, but also possess those extra capabilities which mark them out as being not only the foundations of the future of the industry, but also potentially its leaders. When it came to selecting a Level 3 winner, it was Tyler’s consistently high exam results, wealth of knowledge and quality of both his written and practical work that impressed the judges. Bob Harper explains: “At his young age, Tyler’s knowledge and attitude portray that of a very mature, competent individual. “This is evident in the number of qualifications he has already obtained,
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including: NVQ L2+3 in Plant, PAT Testing, PTS (Personal Track Safety), Rail Competency, Abrasive wheels, Cable Avoidance and Banksman competency.” Imran, who scooped the Level 2 regional award, was described as a ‘real inspiration to others’ and praised for his “can do” attitude, ambition and drive. Bob explains: “Since joining A-Plant at our Heathrow Service centre, Imran has impressed the team with his enthusiasm and work ethic. He is welcoming towards colleagues and customers alike and goes the extra mile in his work. “Imran has always abided by health and safety protocol and ensures those working around him do too. He shows excellent potential to progress within A-Plant and I am sure his hardworking nature will help him go far in this industry.” As well as coming out on top in their regional categories, both apprentices were also nominated for national awards. Tyler was one of three finalists to be shortlisted for the National Level 3 award and Imran was one of five apprentices nominated in the National Level 2 category. Alongside learning their trade from A-Plant service centres, the winning duo also attend Reaseheath College, Cheshire, on residential block release as part of a three-year Plant Mechanic Apprenticeship Programme. Awards were presented by Kevin Minton, Chief Executive of the Construction Planthire Association (CPA) at the Heart of England Conference and Events Centre in Fillongley, near Coventry, on June 14 2018. Regional winners won Snap-on student tool kits.
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Awards News Amey collects RoSPA awards for health and safety practices Amey has received prestigious awards in recognition of its practices and achievements in helping its employees, clients and contractors get home safely at the end of the working day. The internationally renowned RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) Health and Safety Awards are the longestrunning industry awards scheme in the UK. Amey’s Consulting, Rail and Utilities businesses each received Gold Medal awards – which are given to organisations with between 5 and 9 consecutive gold awards. Its Highways business also received a silver award. They were presented with the award during a ceremony at Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. The RoSPA Awards scheme, which receives entries from organisations around the world, recognises achievement in health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement. Gary Booton, Group HSEQ Director of Amey, said: “I am delighted that we have again been recognised with so many prestigious RoSPA awards. Safety is one of our core values and this continued recognition clearly demonstrates our commitment to the safety and health of
anybody undertaking work on behalf of the business. We will not rest until we have eliminated all incidents of harm across our entire organisation. These awards are a credit to the hard work and diligence of all our employees, and encourage them to go further in our quest for zero harm.” Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of qualifications, awards and events, said: “The RoSPA Awards are the most highly-respected in the health and safety arena, with almost 2,000 entrants every year, and allow organisations to prove excellence in the workplace, demonstrating a commitment to the wellbeing of not only employees but all those who interact with it.” The majority of awards are noncompetitive and mark achievement at
merit, bronze, silver and gold levels. Gold medals, president’s awards, orders of distinction and the Patron’s Award are presented to organisations sustaining the high standards of the gold level over consecutive years. Competitive awards go to the best entries in 24 industry sectors including construction, healthcare, transport and logistics, engineering, manufacturing and education. There are specialist awards for health at work, environmental management and fleet safety, and excellence trophies for the best international, new entry, workforce involvement and organisation operating or based in Scotland. RoSPA’s top accolade is the Sir George Earle Trophy.
Ashford Borough Council highly commended in national housing award Ashford Borough Council’s reputation for excellence in the housing sector continues to earn national recognition, with the authority highly commended in the prestigious Housing Heroes Awards. Ashford was one of 6 finalists in the hotly-contested category of Development or Maintenance Team of the Year for organisations with under 15,000 properties, in an annual award scheme jointly organised by Inside Housing and the Chartered Institute of Housing.
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Awards News Anel Group handed RoSPA Silver Award for health and safety practices Anel Group, has been handed a prestigious award in recognition of its practices and achievements in helping its staff get home safely at the end of the working day. Anel Group has achieved a Silver in the internationally-renowned RoSPA Health and Safety Awards, the longest-running industry awards scheme in the UK. They were presented with the award during a ceremony at ExCeL, London on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. The RoSPA Awards scheme, which receives entries from organisations around the world, recognises achievement in health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement. Engin Yarlıgan, Anel Group’s Project Manager said: “As AnelGroup, Occupational Health and Safety is a culture rather than an obligation to us. Our goal is to ensure that all our employees to go back their homes and loved ones safe and feel certain about their safety by the end of a workday. For this purpose, all our employees and each level of management contribute Health and Safety management system from A to Z. With this devotion to our philosophy, we have been awarded by many of our employers with certificate of appreciation. We have been appreciated by our employer as we have completed 10 million manhours without LTI at the Qatar Rail Redline South Underground Project. This year we have achieved great accomplishments in this field. To formalize our Health and Safety practice, we applied RoSPA awards and we have been awarded the Silver Prize for Best Occupational The talented five-strong project delivery team from Ashford has been supported by officers from across the housing, finance and property departments in an exemplary display of teamwork and collaboration. The team is proud of its involvement in delivering some notable ‘firsts’ in the last 12 months. The housing department – with excellent support provided by the development team – has delivered Farrow Court, which is a rarity in modern-day social housing provision for older people. Built, owned and run by the council, this 104 home dementia-friendly centre is a flagship
Health and Safety Practice from the Worldwide United Kingdom-based RoSPA Organization which is the most effective society for safety and prevention of accidents. RoSPA Silver Prize is a proof of our company policy, that we are eager to improve and always aiming the perfection of good management systems. We will continue to increase our performance together with all employees for the purpose of developing further and most top quality.” Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of qualifications, awards and events, said: “The RoSPA Awards are the most highly-respected in the health and safety arena, with almost 2,000 entrants every year, and allow organisations to prove excellence in the workplace, demonstrating a commitment to the wellbeing of not only employees but all those who interact with it.” The majority of awards are nonproject in the area and is recognition of the need to make special provision for the needs of an ageing population – by 2026 it’s anticipated that 40% of the residents of the Ashford borough will be aged over 50. Noakes Meadow is the first bespoke wheelchair-user friendly bungalow that has been constructed by Ashford Borough Council and contractors DCB Kent. It has been built for Mr and Mrs MacGregor to accommodate Mrs MacGregor’s disability. Occupational therapists have commented that it should be the blueprint for the type of bespoke wheelchair-friendly accommodation
competitive and mark achievement at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels. Gold medals, president’s awards, orders of distinction and the Patron’s Award are presented to organisations sustaining the high standards of the gold level over consecutive years. Competitive awards go to the best entries in 24 industry sectors including construction, healthcare, transport and logistics, engineering, manufacturing and education. There are specialist awards for health at work, environmental management and fleet safety, and excellence trophies for the best international, new entry, workforce involvement and organisation operating or based in Scotland. RoSPA’s top accolade is the Sir George Earle Trophy. Headline sponsor of the RoSPA Awards 2018 is NEBOSH – the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health – for the 13th consecutive year. that ought to be built across the UK. Ashford Borough Council also made the finals of two other national awards this summer, prompting Cllr Gerard White, the authority’s portfolio holder for housing, to praise the professionalism, skills and dedication of staff working in the housing team. He said: “Only the very best make it through to the finals of these prestigious schemes and this success reflects the council’s vision to deliver quality housing and homes for all at a time when local government are under pressure as never before.”
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Searching for ‘Can Do’ Firms A name that seems to keep cropping up when we look for capable off-site manufacturer’s is Benfield ATT, so we thought we’d investigate them a little more. Apparently the firm was founded in 1995 to manufacture Swedish style timber frame houses for Scandia-Hus, having themselves been established to import and sell the products of their Scandinavian parent company in the early ‘70’s. The business had grown well, so when it faced an adverse exchange rate against the Krone, it was only logical to transfer the technology and the fabrication to the UK. The houses were not cheap, but the superior performance standards of the Scandinavian technology employed in their design, made their sustainable, low energy, air tight characteristics very popular with those that could afford it. Thus, the little company that was formed to replicate this was, arguably, one of the very first to promote these benefits throughout the UK. It has to be remembered that it is only since that time that even the UK Building Regulations caught on to the improvements needed. While these have been progressively upgraded, they
remain woefully behind the northern European standards that the firm offered at that time. Although the gap has narrowed, it still maintains a lead having become increasingly focussed on delivering Low Energy Buildings since the recession. Initially known as AbbacHus, to capitalise on its technological superiority the firm soon changed its name to Advanced Timber Technologies (ATT). Additionally it began to offer Canadian style platform frame homes, competing with other UK firms to supplement and grow business from its base of replacing imported homes. This also meant offering 38x89 stud panels, rather than the 140 stud Scandinavian convention which are also its mainstay today. At that time UK Building Regulations enabled them to build 4 and more storey blocks of flats with such frames. In fact, in 2000 a unique demonstration building - Timber Frame 2000 (TF2000) – became one of the most significant research projects undertaken. This collaborative project involved the construction of a six storey, timber frame building – at that time the tallest of its type in the world – to show the commercial and technical benefits of using timber for medium rise buildings in the
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UK. Its success encouraged greater adoption of timber frame in construction. Today, solid and composite timber buildings of 11 stories have been built with 30 and more on international drawing boards. In 2002 ATT was acquired by a firm owned by leading environmentalist, Professor Dr. Michael Benfield, changing its name to Benfield ATT. As he explains “Applying Marshall McLuhan’s famous phrase, ‘The Medium is the Message’, it is absolutely clear that timber buildings have symbiotic relationship with nature. What better way, then, to promote the need for environmental sustainability than designing, making and building timber buildings.” To support this belief the firm was first in the sector to gain ISO quality, TRADA ‘Q Mark’, and FSC Chain of Custody certifications, bolstering this with HRH Prince Charles’ sponsored Business in the Community ‘Big Tick’ awards for 3 years in a row. With this ethic flowing through its corporate veins, it was not long before Benfield ATT were involved in commercial, educational, healthcare, leisure, and industrial projects using engineered timber structures. Besides flats and houses it gained a reputation for tackling some of the more intricate and difficult construction challenges – in timber! Examples of this are a dental and health clinic
created on a curve and balanced on a single row of piles to meet exacting ground and site conditions in Exeter, the complex curved glulam ‘Armadillo Shell’ roof for a visitor centre near Cardiff, a huge 30m span portal frame for a furniture factory in the wilds of Dorset, the UK’s first amphibious house in Marlow, and a circular crèche for an international ‘cherry picker’ manufacturer in Milton Keynes. As Prof.B (as he has become known) smilingly states, “The things other people shy away from are exactly what we like to get to exercise our skills, experience and capabilities. While we’re very happy to prefabricate and build ‘standard’ houses, if it’s ‘different’ it ‘gets our juices going’.” This ethos of doing different things, often differently, has spurred the firm’s development of traditional carpentry, modifying this to produce standardised feature roof trusses, ‘systemised’ post & beam structures, and the use of hybrid glulam ‘cross laminated’ timber for solid timber walls, floors and roofs of ‘interesting’ carbon neutral structures. As Porf.B concludes, “We like to work with people who have new ideas and who, like us, see timber as a key sustainable material in our quest to ‘save the planet’. It is, after all, the only renewable building material on earth.” www.benfieldattgroup.co.uk
Control your roof windows with your voice for a healthier living environment New smart home solution VELUX ACTIVE with NETATMO compatible with Apple® HomeKit™ lets you control roof windows with your voice or at the touch of a button. Homeowners can now for the first time ever tell their roof windows to open or close for a better and healthier living environment. Global roof window leader VELUX and smart home company Netatmo launch VELUX ACTIVE with NETATMO, the first ‘plug-and-play’ smart home solution for remote sensor-based operation of roof windows, blinds and shutters. VELUX ACTIVE with NETATMO is the first smart roof window system that connects with Apple HomeKit, allowing homeowners to manage indoor climate control at home or remotely across all Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and HomePod. The system can be controlled using Siri®, Apple’s voicecontrolled intelligent assistant, or with the touch of a button on the Apple Home app. According to research we spend a staggering 90 per cent of our time indoors and often forget to ventilate our homes. But now if it’s too hot or too cold in your home, if the air starts to smell or it’s damp, the new smart home system from VELUX automatically airs out the room for you. “We are extremely excited to see how consumers will respond to our smart home
We are extremely excited to see how consumers will respond to our smart home innovation that makes it easy to have a comfortable and healthy home. - Kent Holm, SVP, global product management, the VELUX Group innovation that makes it easy to have a comfortable and healthy home,” says Kent Holm, SVP, global product management, the VELUX Group. Sensor-based automatic operation Built on the newest smart-sensor technology, the VELUX ACTIVE with NETATMO system, developed in partnership with the leading smart home company Netatmo, thinks and acts on your behalf. Smart indoor sensors
monitor the temperature, humidity and CO2 concentration inside the home and activate a gateway to open or close the roof windows to improve the climate indoors. “Few are aware of the impact of indoor air on their health and wellbeing, but the air we breathe is just as important as the food we eat or the water we drink. An average adult breathes in around 15,000 litres of air every single day and spends up to 90 per cent of their time indoors. A healthy indoor climate goes way beyond simple convenience, which our new smart home solution ensures,” continued Holm. The smart home device is preprogrammed so that roof windows automatically open to let fresh air into your home when needed. The device also prevents homes from overheating by proactively closing shutters and awning blinds. Effortless control giving you peace of mind in your pocket VELUX ACTIVE with NETATMO works along with a control app for iOS and Android. Therefore, you can manage and monitor your windows with a few touches on your smartphone using the Apple Home app across all Apple devices and VELUX ACTIVE’s own app. www.velux.co.uk
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Prosperity Capital Partners and Assael Architecture have successfully secured planning for a £175m regeneration development in the centre of Manchester. The 556-home mixed-use scheme, named Old Brewery Gardens, is part of a residentialled regeneration on the first phase of redevelopment of the famous Boddingtons Brewery, a regional landmark opposite the Manchester Arena. Out of the 556 homes, 181 will be for sale and the remaining 375 have been designed specifically for rent. Prosperity Capital Partners, a leading investor and developer, has 1700 student accommodation and BTR units either completed or in the pipeline. Old Brewery Gardens, their first BTR scheme in the regions, has been designed by London-based Assael Architecture, who have extensive experience in delivering high-quality BTR projects. The project is set to transform the existing site from a surface car park into a hive of activity with a mix of exciting ground floor retail and community space alongside a
range of amenities for residents. Residents will also benefit from great connections to Manchester city centre and surrounding towns, with Victoria Station just a twominute walk away. The buildings will be clustered around a striking communal garden at the heart of the scheme, which will be used intermittently for uses such as an open-air cinema and brings vital green space to Manchester’s centre. Other amenities will include a gym, residents’ lounges and rooftop terraces that will be used for outdoor yoga. Centred around a strong cultural strategy, the development will also include 40,000 square foot of retail and commercial space that will drive further investment and job creation into Manchester’s thriving economy, as well as creating a new retail district for the wider community. Assael Architecture’s design will create high-quality homes that allow communities to meet and thrive. The design is mindful of Manchester’s existing character, using materials, colours and an architectural
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language all consistent with the surrounding red brick buildings, helping tie the new in with the old. Planting complete with trees, shrubs and stone surround the proposed access to Great Ducie Street, which will improve the current streetscape and add some much-needed greenery to the area. The development aims to tie the existing community into the site, giving locals the opportunity to set up businesses within the new development. The bustling retail spaces, combined with the public realm, will provide an exciting shopping and leisure experience for both residents and the wider public. Old Brewery Gardens is to start on site in Q2 2019 and will be completed by Q4 2022.
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New look Construction Industry Helpline packs Our Construction Industry Helpline packs have got a new look and now provide even more information about how to reach out for help in times of need. As well as providing information about our own 24/7 helpline, we’ve now included contact details for other charities that can offer advice and guidance on a range of issues varying from mental health, cancer and bereavement support. In addition to this, the new look posters and cards also provide contact information for specialist professional institutions that can also offer help. The packs will provide your workforce with handy walletsized Construction Industry Helpline cards, as well as A2 posters for your site or place of work. There are nine packs in total, so you can choose a pack size which suits your organisation. The helpline provides a completely free and confidential employee assistance programme for all construction workers and their families in the UK and Ireland and provides advice on welfare and mental wellbeing, emergency financial aid and support on legal, tax and debt management matters. Bill Hill, Chief Executive of the Lighthouse Club Charity said, “We want to ensure that our construction workers can access as much help as possible when they need it and that is why we have included the additional information about other helplines on our posters and cards. In response to the serious issue of poor mental health wellbeing in construction, we’ve also augmented our helpline services to fully support callers suffering from mental health issues such as stress, anxiety and depression.”
We receive no public funding and rely entirely on the generosity and support of organisations within the construction community to help us continue our vital work. By purchasing a pack, you will also be pledging to hold a ‘Lighthouse Day’, which is where you choose what you want to do and when to raise much needed funds for our charity.
How to get your Construction Industry Helpline Pack If your construction site is registered with the Considerate Constructors Scheme 0800 783 1423
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But we need to reach even more people and make sure that every one of our 2.1 million construction workers know where to turn to in times of need. You can help us achieve this by ordering your helpline pack today.
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