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Contents Autumn 2017
Benfield Gismos, Gadgets & Good Design IT & business innovations from beyond the housing sector
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Roland Plastics Welcome to the world of Durapath - our newest ground solution!
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Brogan Group Common User Towers for High-Rise Projects
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It’s time to enter the UK Roofing Awards 2018 The 2018 UK Roofing Awards are now open for entries, with 14 categories to choose from. Now in their 12th year, these awards recognise the most outstanding roofing projects in the UK as well as individuals who have demonstrated excellence across the roofing industry. James Talman, Chief Executive of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors which hosts the event, said: “The UK Roofing Awards have become an established and eagerly-anticipated highlight of the roofing industry calendar, celebrating businesses and individuals who consistently deliver superb workmanship, innovation and quality in the built environment. “This event promises to be as spectacular as ever, with more categories to enter and glittering awards ceremony bringing together clients, architects, suppliers, contractors and
other partners under one roof.” Among established categories, three new categories have been added including innovation, large scale project over £250,000 and small project under £25,000. Fourteen of the categories can be entered online using a simple and user-friendly form. The awards ceremony will be held on May 11th, 2018 at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London. Representing over 70% of the roofing industry by value and volume, NFRC is the largest and most influential roofing trade association in the UK and its primary aim is to promote quality contractors and quality products, ensuring that is members are at the forefront of all roofing developments.
Soluis Group secures £1 million innovate UK grant for the construction industry A Soluis Group-led consortium has secured £1 million of funding from Innovate UK to develop an Augmented Worker System (AWE), pioneering the use of virtual and augmented reality for the construction industry. The system will enable the intelligent design, construction, maintenance and whole-life value of buildings, supporting construction and infrastructure growth. AWE will also realise significant value from Building Information Modelling (BIM) and will target a 25% reduction in cost, 25% reduction in waste, and increased productivity of 30% for projects. Soluis Group will work with partner organisations that will add considerable skills, knowledge and connections in the industry. These include, Pinnacle Business Solutions, an information systems consultancy; Carbon Dynamic, an innovative world leading modular timber building construction company; two High Value Manufacturing Catapult centres – the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC). The consortium will be supported by key industry organisations that will comprise a steering group. These include AECOM, Doosan Babcock, Laing O’Rourke, Autodesk and Microsoft. With the construction sector being a key sector to the UK economy and one with a considerable growth opportunity, the government has been investing through its Digital Built Britain (DBB) programme. Through the implementation of DBB, the industry will be able to deliver faster builds to a higher quality with fewer defects and more sustainable buildings. The challenge for industry is meeting the DBB Building Information Modelling (BIM) level mandated by the UK Government. The Augmented Worker
System will provide the construction industry with augmented and virtual reality to improve the construction process at every stage, meeting these standards. Business Secretary Greg Clark said: “Research and innovation are at the heart of the Government’s vision for a modern Industrial Strategy. The adoption of cutting-edge virtual and augmented reality technology in industries like construction will be vital in helping us identify new, smarter ways of working.
Soluis Group will work with partner organisations that will add considerable skills, knowledge and connections in the industry. “This Government-backed initiative will help build the UK’s reputation and expertise in the pioneering use of this technology, while helping make construction projects of the future more efficient, cost effective and productive.” Lead partner in the awarded consortium, Soluis Group, is a leading construction visualisation company that has pioneered the application of realities technology, including development of an augmented reality asset management tool, In-Site, that was piloted at Crossrail’s Liverpool Street station with Laing O’Rourke. Martin McDonnell, Chairman of Soluis Group said: “The proof of concept project with Crossrail showed how this technology could be applied and add incredible value to the industry. Our vision was to develop this concept much further and create a set of tools that would form the augmented worker of the future. For a business like us, we could only drive this innovation a certain amount and working with the consortium and receiving funding from Innovate UK will help us achieve this much faster and more effectively.”
certainty, safety, efficiency and sustainability through five key areas – co-design, digital job guidance, progress monitoring, safety guidance and asset management. This will allow jobs to be delivered on time, and within budget, whilst also giving a greater level of collaboration and communication between teams and partners on projects. Reducing the need for paper or mobile based handheld devices, gives workers a hands free, heads-up solution for a greater level of safety whilst providing real-time visualisation on-site. David Philp, BIM Director at AECOM said “Construction technology is reshaping how we deliver and maintain our built assets, it is increasingly helping us place digital information into the real world in the right context supporting and augmenting the decision-making process. Real time access to individualised data, analytics and instructions during the construction and operational stages will greatly improve productivity, quality and also help worker well-being. Creating a framework and guidance around the augmented worker is critically important if we are to successfully unlock this value proposition.” The funding was awarded by Innovate UK as part of the Infrastructure Systems competition which aims to stimulate innovation that creates UK business growth in infrastructure systems. The project will launch on September 1st with a kick off meeting attended by the consortium organisations.
The AWE system will be designed to drive greater
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Caledonian wins place on £50m ESFA School Framework Caledonian has been awarded a position as an approved supplier on the £50m Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) Framework to act as Lead Designer and Principal Contractor for the design and build of new schools, academies, and other educational facilities. Caledonian and its Design partner HLM Architects will deliver innovative design led solutions that promote the intelligent use of Building Information Modelling (BIM), Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DFMA) and the use of Lean Manufacturing techniques to eliminate waste. This will enable entire school buildings to be manufactured off-site with only minimal works required onsite to install, connect and commission the buildings. The national agreement for the design and build of modular primary schools is one of three
batches procured directly by Central Government, with Caledonian being selected as one of the two suppliers on the second batch to provide offsite building solutions. The Framework, which falls under the second wave of the Priority School Building Programme (PSBP), is due to go live in August 2017 for a period of up to 4 years. Sixteen schools will initially be delivered, with further schemes expected up to a value of £95m. The ESFA plans to continue to develop and apply the modern methods of construction (MMC) provided through the framework to further programmes, revolutionising the way education buildings are specified, procured and delivered. “I’m delighted that our collaborative stance and quality of Caledonian’s approach has been recognised by our place on the framework and our innovative offsite solutions will play a significant part in delivering the Government’s strategy for the education sector,” said Paul Lang, Chief Executive Officer of Caledonian. Gaining this place on the Framework underpins our strategy to double revenues in the current financial year, where we have already created over 100 new jobs since January, with significant growth anticipated in Education, MoD, MoJ and residential sectors. This follows on from winning a £50m contract to design and build a 1,500 hotel style living accommodation for key workers on the Hinkley Point C power station development”.
Green light for £12m town centre leisure scheme in Haverfordwest
Fairacre Property has been granted planning permission for a landmark town centre development in Haverfordwest, Wales, to be designed by Holder Mathias Architects. The planning application, originally submitted in November 2016, received unanimous council support and will result in the delivery of four restaurants/shops at ground floor level with a five-screen cinema at first floor level, covering 1,400 sq m of leisure floor space. In support of the application, Fairacre has also secured commitment from national cinema operator, REEL Cinemas. Holder Mathias’s design intent is to create a new leisure offer that fully engages with the River Cleddau, and the proposals include widening and improving the existing riverside walkway, creation of new restaurant units
Britcon completes 13 unit industrial scheme at Markham Vale Building and civil engineering company Britcon has completed the construction of 13 modern new SME units at Markham Vale in Derbyshire. Britcon were appointed to build to scheme by development partnership Priority Space and Hunt Group which acquired the 1.6-acre site last year and subsequently secured planning consent to deliver 25,000 sq ft of accommodation from Derbyshire County Council. The scheme sits within the Markham Vale flagship regeneration zone which is a 200-acre business and distribution park at Junction 29A of the M1 motorway. The industrial units range in size from 1,200 to 3,050 sq ft and are designed to support small to medium sized businesses looking to expand or start up and are available to purchase. Britcon delivered 13 units of steel frame structure with metal cladding and curtain walling. It also completed site infrastructure works and landscaping with sister company Specialist Surfacing. Paul Clarkson at Britcon said, “We are pleased to complete our second project with Priority Space. The first, Kiln Park in Yorkshire, was a great success offering a 21,000 sq ft of accommodation with units of unusual design for industrial space. It also incorporated complementary retail units. We were able to apply a full design and build turnkey solution at Markham Vale that was fully managed and delivered by Britcon and its subsidiary team.”
Britcon’s sector experience includes the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Sheffield, Treleigh Industrial Estate in Cornwall, and Langage Science Park in Plymouth. Established for more than 26 years, Britcon is £50 million turnover business headquartered in Scunthorpe and directly employs 90 people on its project sites across the UK. Key contracts secured in the last 12 month includes a £13.5 million contract to deliver a new anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Dagenham for food waste recycler ReFood (UK) Ltd, a series of new developments, extensions and refurbishment projects valued over £10 million for Lidl, and contracts worth over £4 million for global chemicals business Kemira. Britcon is currently listed by the London Stock Exchange in its latest report of ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Europe’.
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Project News with spaces for external terrace seating, as well as improved public realm. Terry Morley, Partner at Holder Mathias, commented: ‘In introducing this new leisure offer into the heart of the town centre, we are looking to improve the vibrancy and attractiveness of Haverfordwest as a destination through the day and evening for locals and tourists alike. Our goal to design a modern high-quality leisure destination that will function as a focus for the town centre.” Jeannie Pritchard of Fairacre commented: “The redevelopment of this town centre site will provide widespread opportunity for existing retailers and traders in Haverfordwest. Our aim here is to attract more visitors to the town during the day and to also boost the nighttime economy. The commitment from REEL is very positive and we are looking forward to progressing with this scheme.” Construction work is expected to begin Summer 2018.
ADP wins go-ahead for Arts and Craftsinspired house in Sevenoaks ADP has won planning permission for this 430m² house on a ‘highly sensitive site’ in Sevenoaks, Kent Replacing an existing bungalow, the scheme in The Drive will sit between a Grade II-listed house on one side and a locally listed house on the other According to the firm, the design was inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement ‘but expressed in a contemporary manner’ and was described by Sevenoaks District Council’s planning officers as ’high quality and sustainable”.
Olsson appointed as part of Google Kings Cross development team Fire and risk engineers Olsson which established its UK HQ in Manchester last year, will work on Google’s new London campus at Kings Cross. Olsson moved into the UK market just a year ago, having originally operated out of Australia and New Zealand. The project win will see Olsson work on the fire strategy for the building, working closely with the client, architect and design team. The news comes following Google’s submission of a planning application to Camden Council for its King’s Cross Campus. This building will be the first, wholly owned and specifically designed Google building outside of the United States. Construction on the purpose-built 11-storey building, comprising of more than 1 million square feet, of which Google will occupy 650,000 sq ft, will commence in 2018. The building, designed by Heatherwick Studio and Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) will feature a natural theme, with all materials sourced through Google’s healthy materials programme. This new building, combined with its current building at 6 Pancras Square and an additional third building, will create a Google campus with the potential to house 7,000 Google employees. The new building is being developed from the ground up and will contribute to the Knowledge Quarter and King’s Cross’s growing knowledge-based economy.
The project features natural ventilation chimneys, a mechanical ventilation heat recovery system, photovoltaics and ground source heat pumps. Underground tanks will store rainwater for irrigation of the landscape. A spokesperson for ADP said: ‘The internal layout reflects the traditional Wealden House arrangement, with a large double-height central void. The work of Baillie Scott – who was active in Sevenoaks – and the adjoining listed house by CW Bowles have also influenced the design. ‘Passive low-energy design has been integral to the design concept, with heavily insulated facades on three sides, and a higher proportion of glazing on the south side for winter warmth.’ The project is being delivered by ADP’s sister company Corde, a combined architecture and engineering design service. ADP chairman Roger FitzGerald said: ‘This is an important project for Sevenoaks, showing that high-quality design can be respectful of history and setting, whilst being contemporary and sustainable.’ Work is expected to start on site in early 2018 and take 12 months to complete.
Olsson director Sam Lipitott, who alongside former AECOM colleague Simon Lay founded Olsson’s UK presence said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be a part of this team on such a pioneering project. “In just 12 months we’ve established a UK wide team and partnered with some incredible clients to work on exciting projects, so we are perfectly placed to help Google realise its ambitious vision for this landmark project.” Added Thomas Heatherwick, Founder of Heatherwick Studio, who jointly designed the new building: “As my home and the home of my studio for more than 15 years, I have a close relationship with King’s Cross. The area is a fascinating collision of diverse building types and spaces and I can’t help but love this mix of massive railway stations, roads, canals and other infrastructure all layered up into the most connected point in London.” “Influenced by these surroundings, we have treated this new building for Google like a piece of infrastructure too, made from a family of interchangeable elements which ensure that the building and its workspace will stay flexible for years to come”.
Major Shoreditch redevelopment plans unveiled by Douglas and King Local practice Douglas and King Architects has revealed plans for a major redevelopment in Shoreditch, east London Plans for the 9,000m² scheme on the triangular site - dubbed Shoreditch Island - include renovating and extending two 19th century terraces, as well as the replacement of the exisitng Picture House with a ten-storey office building, both in Great Eastern Street. The project will also involve replacing the 1970s Titchfield House in Tabernacle Street and Singer Street with a five-storey office block; creating a new 90m² building on a vacant site in 95 Tabernacle Street; and a public courtyard in the centre of the site. Detailed plans are expected to be submitted in November. If approved, work is expected to start on site in in Spring 2020, with a completion date anticipated for Spring 2022.
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Welcome to the world of Durapath - our newest ground solution! We have been working with an award winning design agency for the last 18 months here in Suffolk, and we are finally launching the latest addition to our flooring family. Applications include car parks, pathways, construction sites and helipads to name just a few – in short, anywhere outdoors where you need a cost effective and robust ground cover. As we are the manufacturer, we are able to present an advantageous offer either for a straight forward purchase or through partners who will deliver and install. To meet your design and budget, Durapath is available in either black recycled HDPE or alternatively in any colours made from recycled PP. The unique shape means that you can mark any area in diagonal, round or geographical shapes without seeing the edges. Our markers are also available in a colour of your choice, even in fluorescent or glow in the dark materials! In the first 4 weeks of the launch we have sold 2348 sqm, and early feedback ranges from a “fabulous product” to “simply the best” on the market. If you would like to receive a sample tile or two just contact us on 01728-747777 or alternatively email our Sales and Marketing Director email@example.com
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FLOORMATE™ 500-A A and XENERGYTM MK K specified for Westfield London shopping centre expansion An extension to Westfield London, the largest covered shopping development in the capital, will use Dow Building Solution’s FLOORMATE™ 500-A in the provision of new car parking facilities. The £1bn extension will add a further 740,000 sq ft of retail space in addition to leisure and community facilities, and much needed housing for the local area. Dow has provided technical support to Zoontjens, a leading provider of rooftop parking systems, and 9000sqm of FLOORMATE™ 500-A and XENERGY™ MK is being supplied by Radmat. Zoontjens and Dow have partnered on several similar projects, including at Westfield Stratford City, near the London 2012 Olympic Park. FLOORMATE™ insulation products from Dow are suited for high load bearing applications and is used in projects ranging from parking decks to cold stores, aircraft hangars to residential projects. The versatility of the product can be attributed to its mechanical strength, high design load as well as resistance to moisture and repeated freeze/ thaw cycles. FLOORMATE™ products come with a range of compressive strengths to match a project’s loading requirements and are blown with CO2 for foam with a Global Warming Potential of less than five. The boards offer low thermal conductivity to help meet energy efficiency demands, easy and fast installation as well as a durable floor structure long-term.
FLOORMATE™ insulation products from Dow are suited for high load bearing applications and is used in projects ranging from parking decks to cold stores, aircraft hangars to residential projects.
Paul Heerkins, Managing Director, Zoontjens said: “The strength and versatility of FLOORMATE™ 500-A makes it suited for use in rooftop car parks and we are pleased to be working with Dow on this landmark project. Insulation products manufactured by Dow are capable of coping with extreme changes in temperature and humidity, making them suited for use in car parks.” Richard Powell, Sales Manager, Dow Building Solutions, said: “Dow are delighted to be working on this key project in partnership with Zoontjens, with whom we have worked on a number of other significant developments recently. By pooling our technical expertise we have provided a great sustainable solution that achieves the project requirements.” Gary Sutton, Divisional Manager for Radmat, said: “We chose Dow’s insulation products for their consistent high performance and versatility. FLOORMATE™ 500-A can be used in a range of different environments and its high compressive strength means it is suited for high load bearing floors such as car park decks.”
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Restoration for Ram New Orders in Construction Fall to Brewery the Lowest in Three Years Chinese developer Greenland Group has gained planning for phase 3 of its £600m redevelopment of the historic 4.5-acre Ram Brewery site in south London.
ONS figures published today show that construction output in July fell by 0.9% and was 0.4% lower compared with one year earlier. In addition, new orders in Q2 declined 7.8% and fell 12.6% on an annual basis. Rebecca Larkin, Senior Economist at the Construction Products Association, commented: “Today’s data from the ONS confirms that alongside a 1.3% contraction in output in Q2, new orders in construction hit the lowest level since 2014 Q1. “In particular, the sectors suffering the largest falls were the industry’s largest three; private housing, commercial and infrastructure.: private housing, commercial and infrastructure. Commercial new orders began tailing off in the second half of 2016 and are 11.2% lower since the EU Referendum. Whilst this downward trend was expected amid the rising uncertainty giving way to a reluctance to invest in new offices space, private sector house building and infrastructure are the key drivers of growth in the CPA’s forecasts for 2018 and 2019. New orders in these key sectors were the lowest since 2015 and highlight that there are now lower volumes of work queued up in the pipeline. “Nevertheless, for the year to date, construction output is still 1.3% higher than a year ago. The weakness in new orders is factored in to the CPA’s forecasts for 2018, with construction growth slowing to 0.7% as activity on projects reaching an end is not replaced at the same rates.”
Phase 3 of the redevelopment of Britain’s oldest brewery site will see 50 new homes, office and workshop space, and public realm works to connect to the new river walk alongside the Wandle in Wandsworth. The project also includes the restoration of a Grade-II* listed terrace that is one of Wandsworth’s finest architectural assets. The row of houses will form 16 of the 50 new homes.
In previous phases, Greenland Group has also undertaken the restoration of the original Ram Brewery site, which will be turned into a heritage centre and microbrewery, the Coopers Lofts, which are being sensitively converted in just 14 warehouse-style residences and also the reimagining of the old brewery stables, which will form part of phase 2. Contractor Ardmore secured the £170m phase 1 of the scheme, which involves building 338 of the 663 planned new homes and is due to be completed later this year. Along with a strong retail, leisure and residential offering, Ram Quarter will also include a heritage centre, which will display some of the original machinery that had been in use when the site was a full-time brewery, and a microbrewery to continue the site’s 500-year tradition. The River Wandle, previously hidden behind the brewery walls, is now a central feature of the scheme, running alongside the open courtyard, with restaurants and cafés fronting onto a pedestrianised boulevard on the river.
Contractor Ardmore secured the £170m phase 1 of the scheme, which involves building 338 of the 663 planned new homes and is due to be completed later this year.
ISG has been awarded a £2.5 million contract by Alliance Leisure to deliver the refurbishment and extension of Hambleton Leisure Centre in Northallerton, Yorkshire. The project will result in a new 5,100 sq ft extension to the complex that will house a gym and toning area to allow the current gym space to be converted into studios, including an immersive spinning studio. New energy-efficient lighting will also be installed in the sports hall and the timber sprung floor will be upgraded. The refurbishment of the existing centre will include repair and upgrade works to the existing water slides, flumes and wave machine in the pool area. The changing facilities will also be upgraded with the addition of a new members’ change area.
planned works will breathe new life into the leisure provision in Hambleton and expand the choice of activities open to the community, offering something for everyone for many years to come.” The centre, which is run by Hambleton District Council, is due for completion at the end of the year.
Andy McLinden, managing director of ISG’s UK Construction North and Scotland business, said: “Our team will be working in a live environment to deliver this important improvement project for the local community. We have had a framework agreement with Alliance Leisure since 2010, which is built around Sport England’s need to engage people in fitness initiatives. This is putting governmentfunded provision in direct competition with the commercial sector as they now boast top of the range facilities.” James Foley, commercial director at Alliance Leisure, added: “The
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ALIMAK K HIGH RISE Alimak Hek, world leaders in the design and manufacture of rack & pinion driven access lifts, construction hoists and mast climbing work platforms, have been in business for nearly 70 years. Their unique knowledge in producing modular lifting systems, continues to offer an efficient solution to the vertical transportation of passengers and materials.
Alimak have recently secured 5 high rise projects in the Canary Wharf area of London, using their modular access system. Some of these projects have been provided in combination with a common access tower that acts as an interface & foyer between the hoists and building, and enables the contractor to weather proof larger areas of the building interior early and therefore allows for early fit out and programme reductions on the contract. The hoists offered for these projects range from 2000kg capacity hoists with travel speeds of 42m/min and a floor area of 5.85m², to high-speed units with capacities up to 3200kg, floor areas up to 9.20m² and travel speeds of 100m/min. These units are in various combinations of single hoist/single mast and two hoists/single mast, to maximum site traffic movement within the site space restrictions. In addition to these conventional & high-speed hoists, Alimak Hek have developed a twin masted “Mammoth” hoist, with a capacity of 5500kg and floor area of 15.0m². The Mammoth has been designed to enable the contractor to deliver large/heavy glazing & cladding units in bulk and fully manufactured toilet & kitchen POD’s, to vastly reduce materials handling and final fit out periods.
For projects that do not require the common tower access system, Alimak Hek have developed the “Triplex” hoist access system. The “Triplex” enables two standard hoists and one “Mammoth” to be installed with only two mast columns, reducing space With the diverse design of requirements, structural hardware, transport costs and installation periods, to give the building structures, the flexibility contractor cost, programme and space savings. of the Alimak Hek hoist & common The “Triplex” currently in operation has a tower access system will enable combined capacity of 10,800kg and a floor area these complex construction of 32.50m².
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A total of 18 conventional & high-speed hoists will be supplied, as well as 6 “Mammoth’s”, with units in operation until late 2020. With the diverse design of building structures, the flexibility of the Alimak Hek hoist & common tower access system will enable these complex construction projects to be fulfilled more safely, efficiency and easily, offering the contractors cost and programme reductions. For further information please contact Maria Shaw, Alimak: telephone +44 1933 354700, email info.uk@alimakhek. com or www. alimakhek.co.uk
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Looking to add colour to your concrete paving, flooring or walling? PICS provide the best in quality manufactured decorative concrete, and textured lightweight render walling systems for specification, and installation for the commercial and domestic construction markets. Whether the construction process requires Colourmix to integrally colour concrete, or the use of Picspave to create a pattern imprinted concrete finish, PICS have the solution through our range of coloured and textured systems. Coloured exposed aggregate, or Picstain for colouring existing plain concrete, there is almost no surface finish that cannot be recreated. Wallcrete coloured and textured renders offer a bespoke option for matching original wall surfaces or being creative with wall finishes, adding colour and textured finishes to projects from theming work in the commercial leisure or retail sectors through to standard finishes in the domestic property market. Full training and technical support from PICS offers the construction market the opportunity to get involved in the design and specification through to the final installation or utilising the experienced Picspave installer network in the UK and abroad. Using products and installation techniques recognised worldwide, PICS continue to expand and offer both PICS and Hatcrete branded colouring products for the ready-mixed concrete industry, concrete product manufacturers and industrial flooring sector - whatever your role in construction, PICS are here to work with you. Simply call us to discuss any project or application that needs a colour or texture solution.
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Ecophon offers new FocusTM on acoustic design The spectrum of sounds that surround us in the workplace, and the different acoustic characteristics created by the way we use interior spaces can be as varied as the colours of the rainbow; a fact highlighted by the timely update of Ecophon’s comprehensive Focus range. Along with an even greater choice of colours and improvements to installation and transition details, the acoustic ceiling family now also includes a new and innovative solution – Ecophon Focus EzTM. Ecophon recognises the way in which the senses of sight and hearing are inextricably linked in creating people’s perception of their surroundings; and therefore the necessity of considering both together when designing interiors. Through the combined offering of vibrant colour and outstanding acoustic control, the essence of Focus is in delighting the eyes while soothing the mind. As Ecophon’s most comprehensive product family, Focus was created with people and their activities in mind. Focus offers excellent acoustic properties and appealing looks giving the opportunity for visual flair and flexibility so
almost any project need can be met. But before the solution can be implemented, it is important to truly understand the acoustic challenge of the room itself. Ecophon call this approach ‘activity based acoustic design’, a concept that considers three main influences: Activity, People & Space. The designer is invited to evaluate the noise, which could be generated by occupants from phone calls, meetings, lessons or perhaps a performance; as well as the personality, age range and other attributes of the occupants. These factors must then be considered alongside the size, location and materials forming the space. Analysis completed, the appropriate acoustic treatment is utilised to control the reflection, propagation and reverberation of sound within the space, helping to create acoustic comfort as well as visual interest.
The revised FocusTM family of products encompasses an expanded range of 16 AkutexTM colours, inspired by the tones found in nature. There are 11 standard sizes, 10 edge details and six innovative design solutions addressing FocusTM offers interior designers, locations such as level architects and acousticians an unrivalled changes and wall transitions. toolbox for creating an activity-based
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Unobstructed pitch views at bet365 Stadium This summer, Q-railing supplied 250 metres of its revolutionary Easy Glass Pro glass railing system for an ambitious redevelopment of the bet365 Stadium. The frameless balustrades give supporters in the newly constructed disabled bays a spectacular, unobstructed view of the pitch. As an official Platinum Club partner of Stoke City FC, Q-railing were proud to be involved in this project, which greatly improves the match-day experience for disabled fans. The railings were installed by local metal fabricator Xtraweld Services. Balcony railing for high-level disabled bays The bet365 Stadium redevelopment included the creation of several new disabled bays – two high up in the stands and three more at pitch side – and the addition of super-risers in existing bays. Balcony railings were installed in each of the locations to ensure safety and a totally clear view, even when other spectators are standing. The disabled bays now fully comply with the latest recommendations of the Accessible Stadia Guide.
The glass balustrading that has been supplied by Q-railing has provided an excellent finish to the new facilities making them look first class. We are absolutely delighted with the outcome as are supporters both home and away. Richard Smith, Managing Director at Stoke City
Richard Smith, Managing Director at Stoke City: “The stadium development project we embarked on in the early part of 2017 represented the most significant investment in our stadium since it was opened in August 1997. The glass balustrading that has been supplied by Q-railing has provided an excellent finish to the new facilities making them look first class. We are absolutely delighted with the outcome as are supporters both home and away. Together with the addition of new seating, the changes we have made make the stadium look brand new again 20 years on.” The project, which had to be completed before the start of the new Premier League season, has closed off one of the previously exposed corners of the stands. Additional seating in this area has
increased the ground capacity from just over 27,000 to 30,000. Two new LED screens have been constructed: one suspended above the new seating and another in the opposite corner of the stands. Easy Glass Pro railing system Easy Glass Pro is a frameless balustrade solution. Its ultra-minimalist structure provides a railing of almost-uninterrupted glass without compromising on safety. In the bet365 Stadium project, 250 metres of Easy Glass Pro have been installed, with 21.52 mm SentryGlas®. Each glass panel is aligned with the others, thanks to Q-railing’s ingenious Safety Wedge system. Incorporated in the base shoe, this feature allows panels to be individually adjusted. Installation of Easy Glass Pro is straightforward, the whole process can be carried out from inside the railing. With no scaffolding required, it is ideal for high-level locations. The system can cope with the most challenging of construction scenarios, there are five different base shoe models available: two for top mounting and three for fascia mounting. Easy Glass Pro has been used in Q-railing projects all over the world. It can be found in a huge diversity of settings, both indoor and outdoor, fulfilling many different roles. Project locations range in size from residential properties and small offices to huge public venues. Q-railing Platinum Club partnership In 2016, Q-railing extended their Platinum Club partnership with Stoke City FC for three more years. Q-railing will continue with their sponsorship of the West Stand at the bet365 Stadium until at least the end of the 2018/19 season.
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Common User Towers for HighRise Projects The solution to access requirements for personnel and materials during construction. High-rise tower projects are on the up in and around London and the numbers are rising still. According to the 2017 London Tall Buildings survey, there are now 455 towers in the pipeline, of which 420 are marked out for residential. With the number of new skyscrapers and tower developments transforming the capital’s skyline already, and this number set to climb further in the next few years, contractors need efficient and fit for purpose access solutions more than ever before. Common user towers and hoists make the construction of high-rise structures (up to 300m high) more efficient in terms of cost, time and money and greatly improve building logistics. Brogan Group are one of the few access contractors in the capital that can offer design, hire and installation of common user towers – a dynamic access solution that eases the construction of tower designs drastically. A Common user Tower is a temporary structure tied to a high-rise building during construction that enables all hoisting facilities to be arranged around and tied to it. Only the common tower itself is tied into the main structure, providing a common access area for all trades and goods, whilst reducing the need to leave openings for access into the building. Hoists can be attached to all three of the open sides of the tower and many also incorporate an escape staircase. Employing common user towers affords maximum capacity for the transport of materials and personnel to optimum working heights of the building with minimum interference. By positioning hoists and temporary staircases in just one concentrated area of the building, work such as cladding can be carried out more efficiently on the entire envelope of the building, with the exception of only
Brogan Group are one of the few access contractors in the capital that can offer design, hire and installation of common user towers – a dynamic access solution that eases the construction of tower designs drastically.
one area for the common tower tie in. This system also allows for the fit out of the lower floors to commence earlier as the building is being constructed.
Rapid fit outs are enabled as the tower/ hoist system allows contractors to fully exploit floor level openings and optimise the use of the floor heights when distributing cladding and installing prefabricated pods. The deck level can be set either flush with the slab level or above it depending on requirements.
As an established hoist contractor, Brogan Group offer a range of cage sizes on single or twin mast hoists, with cages as large as 3m wide and 5m long available on a twin mast. We design the optimum configuration for the programme of works with a choice of hoists to all sides of the tower or a mixture of hoists and bespoke temporary staircases that integrate with the common tower system. Brogan Group common towers are extremely strong and safe. Towers are manufactured to the highest standards with a rigorous quality manufacturing process. Additionally, the tower, along with the ancillary access elements, are designed, inspected and maintained to the highest safety standards by Brogan Group design engineers, estimators and installers. To find out more about Brogan Group’s common user towers and hoists or to see more about the full-range of access solutions they offer please visit www.brogangroup.com or call 0333 358 0007.
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With NACE and FROSIO level 3 (the highest standards in the industry) qualified inspectors on the books, the group can offer additional ‘We want to be able to offer customers services to accompany their products. Paint the complete package and support them throughout their project, we strive to build good training can be arranged to give customers a better understanding of the products, We want to be able to offer customers techniques and the complete package and support them processes. Inspection is readily available throughout their project, we strive to build good to ensure work is relationships with our customers and providing completed correctly quality service is what we pride ourselves on. and to the highest g
standard possible. Even after the work is complete, New Guard can help its customers dispose of any paint and solvent wastage, quickly, safely and easily. More recently New Guard Coatings Group have begun offering up to 15 year warranties on Roofing & Cladding projects. ‘We want to continue our g growth in the roofing and cladding market and have found that providing warranties has gone down very well with our customer base – giving peace of mind that the coatings will not fail for the next 15 years.’ Ultimately, the group is aiming to make life as easy as possible for it’s customers, by ensuring all the required products and services can be readily available in one place - in turn allowing people to ‘Think Paint? Think Coatings? Think New Guard Coatings Group’.
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ROCKWOOL reacts to post-Grenfell Tower fire guidance UK Department of Communities and Local Government issues post-Grenfell fire guidance. ROCKWOOL welcomes the guidance while raising concerns about the tests on which it’s based and advocating for changes in UK building regulations. We welcome the DCLG’s consolidated advice to building owners following its series of full-scale fire tests – particularly the guidance that ‘one way to ensure that a cladding system adequately resists external fire spread is for all of the relevant elements of the wall to be of limited combustibility’. The combination of A2 limited combustibility cladding and noncombustible stone wool insulation is a good example of such a solution. This test series was designed to give owners of potentially unsafe buildings immediate guidance on reducing fire risk based on current UK regulations. While certainly relevant, the tests were nevertheless conducted under ideal conditions that do not reflect real-world construction experience, nor allow for a margin of error either in installation or material performance over time. The test results’ value as a guide for the significant regulatory changes that are required is therefore limited. The fact that more than 95 percent of buildings screened and covered by the large scale tests fail to meet current fire safety standards clearly demonstrates the ambiguity, complexity, and confusion that exists among landlords and local authorities regarding compliance with the standards as well as an urgent need for clearer guidance on UK building regulations. Current UK regulations and practice have allowed tall buildings to be wrapped in combustible cladding and insulation. We believe that to truly ensure public safety and building resilience, the UK should adopt a simple binary system – with building materials classified as either combustible or non-combustible. We also believe the UK should follow the example set elsewhere in Europe that only non-combustible cladding and insulation be allowed on mid- to high-rise buildings. This system would be a simple, easily implemented, and effective way to safeguard lives and property. We fully support the DCLG advice from 02 August 2017, which states ‘An obvious option to ensure that the cladding system adequately resists external fire spread, is to replace the system with one where all of the elements of the wall are of limited combustibility’. We believe this should become the standard required for all UK buildings taller than 18 metres as well as for public buildings such as hospitals, nursing homes, and schools. Individuals, organisations and authorities responsible for or living in tall buildings should ask themselves whether it makes sense to wrap their buildings in combustible materials. It’s hard for us to imagine a scenario where it’s worth taking that risk.
Current UK regulations and practice have allowed tall buildings to be wrapped in combustible cladding and insulation. We believe that to truly ensure public safety and building resilience, the UK should adopt a simple binary system – with building materials classified as either combustible or non-combustible.
Historic chimneys restored at Battersea The painting of all four chimneys at Battersea Power is now complete in the exact colour of the originals. All four of Battersea Power Station’s chimneys had to be painstakingly dismantled and rebuilt, following completion of detailed surveys, very close consultation and engagement with Historic England and the London Borough of Wandsworth. Rob Tincknell, CEO of Battersea Power Station Development Company, commented: “It is wonderful to see the chimneys, which have become a permanent fixture on the London skyline, freshly painted and the finishing touches applied. This is a great opportunity to thank the BPS team, the specialist contractor and everyone else who was involved in ensuring one of the most important parts of the redevelopment project was successfully completed.” Cllr Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council, said: “An exciting new skyline is developing at Battersea but it is fantastic to see our old friends, the Power Station chimneys, restored to their former glory: a proud landmark for Wandsworth and for London. Rebuilding the chimneys as exact replicas was a key condition of the overall planning application so it’s great the pledge has already come good, ahead of schedule.” Emily Gee, London Planning Director at Historic England, said: “Historic England welcomes this final stage of the rebuilding of the chimneys, ensuring that the Power Station will retain its landmark status along this evolving part of London’s skyline.”
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Across the Mersey In the North West of England, Heightsafe Systems have been involved in the design, supply and install of a complete, safe roof access system for Seacombe Ferry Terminal. Most commonly know from the Beatles song Ferry Across the Mersey, the terminal forms a central part of the famous ferry service from Wirral to Liverpool and has been running since the 1800’s. Seacombe Ferry’s Terminal roof slopes are very steeply pitched and are therefore virtually impossible to access. Heightsafe Systems took on the challenge and installed levelled aluminium walkways, sitting on bespoke fabricated brackets as well as installing restraint safety lines. By installing these safety lines, workers will be protected from reaching a fall area when walking along the perimeter of the roof space. Heightsafe Systems have provided a safe working area, in what may look like a dangerous working environment surrounded in the most part by the River Mersey. As Heightsafe Systems can provide bespoke services and special project fabrication, Merseytravel (owners of Seacombe Ferry Terminal) opted for some additional features to their structural and robust aluminium walkway. To allow ease of access for gutters underneath and any ongoing maintenance, individual panels
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Working with companies such as Merseytravel only further strengthens the foundations on which Heightsafe has been built.” Heightsafe Systems is a family owned and run business providing specialist access and height safety services and products giving advice on a nationwide scale, and in recent years has expanded product supply services to Europe. Heightsafe Systems also offer their clients a personable and bespoke service by ensuring transparency through in-house client management software, raising the bar in health & safety standards, making advances in technology a key focus. To name a few clients who share in Heightsafe’s vision: Selfridges, City West Homes, Manchester United, Ascot Racecourse, Berkeley Group, Westminster Government and Whitbread PLC. Whether your building is old or new, Heightsafe Systems are happy to offer free advice on all work at height installation, testing, legislation and certification with roof, gutter and all other building maintenance work. Their team are fully trained in both areas and can provide you with cost effective services that will ensure your building is work at height compliant.
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We have successfully delivered projects including supplying safe hoarding solutions to the University of Cambridge as part of a £1bn development, as well as designing and installing sleek, freestanding screens in the reception of prestigious professional service company, EY.”
Steve Mathews, founder of Plasloc, comments: “Over the past few years the UK economy has had to tackle some major headwinds such as general elections and Brexit. However, at Plasloc we’re thrilled despite this, our company has continued to go from strength to strength. “We strongly believe that our increased growth is due to our reputation for delivering a high-quality service utilising our patented product across multiple sectors and industries.
WSP to improve southern connectivity with Great Western project appointment The south of England and Wales is set to gain increased route capacity, performance and greater connectivity as the next phase of work begins by WSP on the main Great Western lines in the region. This next phase of the Greater West infrastructure and rolling stock programme will focus on delivering upgrades to the Great Western main line high-speed routes from Paddington to Newbury, Oxford, Bristol, south Wales and the Cotswolds. Work for the £2.3m contract is due to be completed by March 31, 2019; it continues the specialist work WSP has previously carried-out on the programme for the past three-years.
The project will see the biggest step change in capability on the Western route, culminating in a new timetable aimed to improve journey times on high speed routes and increase capacity on regional services. Plans for this latest upgrade will enable the introduction of electric commuter services between London Paddington and Reading as well as Didcot and Newbury. Whilst services in Bristol and the west country can expect to see improvements to the infrastructure that will allow bigger and longer trains. Global consultancy WSP, will provide programme integration support to the Greater West Programme and Heathrow Rail Access by achieving greater clarity in communication and an improved understanding of programme objectives for stakeholders.
The reappointment is testament to the hard work carried-out by the WSP Rail System Engineering and Integration team for the last three years and it is a sincere commendation from the industry for our contribution. Adam Andrews, director for the project
Throughout the upgrades WSP will be helping to meet programme objectives and supporting decision making through applying systems engineering and programme management tools to areas including change, risk management and schedule management. Adam Andrews, director for the project said: “The reappointment is testament to the hard work carried-out by the WSP Rail System Engineering and Integration team for the last three years and it is a sincere commendation from the industry for our contribution. “During the initial contract we successfully supported industry partners to introduce new electrified rolling stock on the Great Western Route. The challenge in the new contract will be to support the entry into service of the new Intercity Express Trains (IET) and one of the biggest timetable changes to the Western Route. In this unique role we will continue to implement our ‘whole system’ approach to bring greater collaboration to the rail industry partners to address the complex technical and programme challenges.”
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Reducing Utility Strikes Construction companies work hard to avoid striking buried cables and pipes when they excavate – the reasons are obvious: cable strikes can cause harm to workers, as well as damage to underground utilities. A key element in reducing the rate of damage to buried cables and pipes has been logging the data collected by advanced Cable Avoidance Tools (CATs), and using that data to improve on-site behaviour. For several years, managers and supervisors have been able to recover data logs from CATs and see how well they have been used. Major contractors who have incorporated this into their standard work practices have consistently reported reductions in the rate of damage when excavating. Despite this success, contractors have discovered two big obstacles to realising further improvements:
1. no easy way to collect data from all their operators and analyse it comparatively, and, a delay between the CATs being used, and the data being analysed. 2. Both these obstacles are serious problems. If it’s onerous to collect all the data, and to perform comparisons then it is much less likely to be done. The process can be time-consuming and resource-intensive. Not every team will have access to a suitable computer and internet connection to upload the data, and these end-of-day tasks can be overlooked. For larger contractors, these challenges are particularly severe.
The greater the delayy between poor practice occurring and it being identified, the greater the expossure to the risk of cable strikes. Some companies have worked to address th hese obstacles with changes to workking practices, for example having daily uploads of data, or using a mo obile app to e-mail the results to a central server. However, these apprroaches do not address the burden of data collection and aggreg gation, or the need for rapid analysis. The way forward To overcome these challenges, a leading g manufacturer of cable avoidance tools, Radiodetection n, has developed a revolutionary system m that requires minimal intervention n to collect and consolidate the data ffor allll CAT CATs iin a company. This data is provided to managers and supervisors in near real-time via a standard web browser. The system works by using a standard mobile device, Apple or Android, that connects to the CAT via Bluetooth. The mobile device extracts the data logs form the CAT, and then sends the data to a secure cloud. When the data is in the cloud, it can be accessed using a webbrowser. The system is designed so that it needs no intervention from the operator: so long as the mobile device is paired and within range, the data upload to the cloud is automatic and immediate. tool, C.A.T
Radiodetection’s new online Manager Online, revolutionises the ability of companies to supervise and monitor effectively the work that their teams do. The quality of work can be monitored and assessed centrally, and corrective action taken if necessary before teams have left the site.
In customer trials of the system, it’s become clear that managers are routinely checking the quality of use of the CATs before the team leaves site. If the tools have not been used correctly, the team is instructed to re-do the scanning immediately. This closes the qualityimprovement loop, and significantly reduces the risk that buried services have not been identified. Online systems such as this need to be designed
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with security as a primary concern. The system must comply with legislation regarding the transmission and storage of personal information, and it must also ensure the confidential company information is kept secure and private. Radiodetection has used the latest security techniques and web standards to ensure that its system is secure and safe. The system uses secure transmission of all data, encrypted storage of personal information, and highly secure physical locations for its servers. The system is also periodically tested for weaknesses by an external security specialist. Summary Damaging underground pipes and cables when excavating is a serious and expensive problem of growing importance. By focusing on three key straightforward steps companies can significantly reduce the risk of damage and harm:
1. Use the best cable detection tools 2. Develop excellent working procedures and ensure that people are trained 3. Change on-site behaviours by effective supervision and monitoring Radiodetection’s new online tool, C.A.T Manager Online, revolutionises the ability of companies to supervise and monitor effectively the work that their teams do. The quality of work can be monitored and assessed centrally, and corrective action taken if necessary before teams have left the site.
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our countries GDP and is a vital component of our future economic growth. Its importance cannot be underestimated. Scotland has a wealth of construction talent and the key to leveraging that skill, experience and enthusiasm in order to ensure our industry is fit for the future, is communication, collaboration and innovation. The annual Scotland Build event has proven to be a tremendous enabling platform, bringing the very best of Scottish Construction together in one place. At Scotland Build 2017, I look forward to once again meeting with our best contractors, consultants and their supply chain expertise to help ensure that our industry is well placed to ensure our hard work translates to a series of sustainably successful outcomes – William McBride – Chair of the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre and MD of Westcrowns Kier is delighted to be presenting and exhibiting at Scotland Build 2017. This is a fantastic opportunity to network with clients, consultants and other stakeholders in the construction industry and to demonstrate how we can support the public sector in the delivery of their Community Benefits requirements – Gordon Reid, Regional Business Development Manager at Kier I am looking forward to Scotland Build 2017 not only for the knowledge sharing opportunity but as a vehicle to catch up and network with the Scottish construction community – and beyond. - David Philp, Global BIM/MIC Consultancy Director at AECOM
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In just six weeks Timber Expo, the UK’s only event dedicated exclusively to Timber, will return to Birmingham NEC from 10 – 12 October 2017. Not to be missed, this year’s show will explore the latest advances across the industry and offer visitors a first look at some of the latest products, applications and innovations from across Europe. At a time when building materials and regulations are under scrutiny it is now more than ever before crucial for the industry to take a proactive step toward educating and inspiring those that work in the built environment. The Timber Expo will provide visitors with a series of free to attend workshops and importantly play host to a vast range of timber applications, from timber frame to fire protection, through to plywood, CLT and timber cladding. At the show, visitors will find fire containment technology at manufacturer Envirograf® Intumescent Systems’ stand and can get up close and personal with White Haus’s high-quality hybrid timber frame building materials. Gaujas Koks Ltd will bring 25 years of CLT manufacturing to the show, operating two major sawmills with a total output of 300,000m3 of finished products, this topquality company is not one to be missed. STEICO will showcase its European Technical Approval (ETA) awarded product SteicoFloc, a high-quality air injected cellulose insulation, manufactured from recycled paper. Visitors can test out screws from Schmid Scrauben Hainfeld and its range of RAPID® and StarDrive GPR® quality fixings. They can also experience a comprehensive collection of building boards, facades and
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Timber Expo sets out to provide visitors access to the latest products and innovations in the timber sector but also importantly act as a learning platform to deliver the latest information on issues affecting the built environment from some of the leading experts in the industry. Nathan Garnett, Event Director at Media 10 (which runs the show) air-tightness products by RCM. Czech distributor, Orlimex will display its full range of plywood and packing, and Latvian sawmill, Vudlande Sawmill, will showcase the newest form of sawmilling technology at the show. Other great names include Garnica, Biesse, Bodino Engineering, Glennon Brothers, Piveteau Bois, Swiss Krono and Vandecasteele. Nathan Garnett, Event Director at Media 10, which runs the show, said: “Timber Expo sets out to provide visitors access to the latest products and innovations in the timber sector but also importantly act as a learning platform to deliver the latest information on issues affecting the built environment from some of the leading experts in the industry.” Consisting of Build Show sponsored by Easy-Trim, Civils Expo, Plant & Machinery Live, Energy 2017, Smart Buildings 2017, Surface & Materials Show (featuring Kitchens & Bathrooms Live), HVAC 2017 and Grand Designs Live, UK Construction Week caters for the entire spectrum of the industry from builders, architects, innovators and consultants, each show provides exhibitors with the opportunity to network alongside decision makers and purchasers while showcasing their services and products to thousands of visitors.
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It all makes for a wonderfully energetic and highly interactive couple of days that produce moments at London Build’s seminars, workshops and individual stands that are illuminating, captivating and quite often down right funny! Fundamentally I love the event because you come away energised from networking with some really friendly, intelligent people, who together can inform one another of where the industry is right now; where it is headed; and how you can play an integral part of that positive movement. Attending London Build is, most definitely, time well spent. - MACE - ELVIN BOX, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR - HEALTH & SAFETY If you’re looking to get more out of your visit, you could even upgrade to a VIP pass to our London Construction Leaders Summit. Meet with C-Level executives over our exclusive networking breakfast and lunch sessions. Access premium conference sessions throughout the day with speakers from the Department of Health, Kier Living, London Borough of Southwark, London Borough of Hounslow, Transport for London, and NHS Procurement among others. The evening of October 25th will celebrate the most deserving companies in the industry at the 3rd annual London Construction Awards. Last year saw a range of companies winning awards for their dynamic approach to working in London. This year, at a ceremony presented by Canadian Comedienne Katherine Ryan at the Royal Garden Hotel, a host of companies will be receiving the plaudits of the industry having been selected by our elite panel of global construction experts.
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The publication provides an extensive look at breaking news, analysis, features, projects, product launches, discussions and interviews from...
Published on Nov 10, 2017
The publication provides an extensive look at breaking news, analysis, features, projects, product launches, discussions and interviews from...