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CONSTRUCTING FUTURES AT UK CONSTRUCTION WEEK The Lincoln Eastern Bypass project Four 108-tonne bridge beams lifted into place

The future of the surface preparation industry


FEIN: Celebrating 30 years serving British tradespeople

Contents September 2018


Bennetts chosen for HB Villages apartments project


Four 108-tonne bridge beams lifted into place for bypass project


FEIN: Celebrating 30 years serving British tradespeople


The 2018 Structural Awards shortlist reveals how engineering influences modern design


Lamington Group wins permission for listed hall conversion


SchĂśck meets curved balcony challenge in Docklands


Constructing futures at UK Construction Week


London Build 2018, Olympia London on October 23rd & 24th


Digital Construction Week, 17th and 18th October at London’s ExCel


James takes up role as new Nottingham lead for Curtins


Demand change! The future of the surface preparation industry


Balfour Beatty - Driving forward customer focussed delivery in Highways


Envenio launches BIM & CFD survey


Riwal UK looks pretty in pink for breast cancer campaign

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Latest News

Report Reveals that Almost Half of all UK Works Put Workers at Risk of Striking Underground Assets Text According to a new report, 44% of all excavation work in the UK takes place without a thorough underground asset search, putting site workers at constant risk of injuries caused by accidently striking utility infrastructure such as electrical cables or gas pipelines. The report, Digging Up Britain, by LinesearchbeforeUdig (LSBUD), has revealed that despite there being a 27% increase in location-specific searches between 2016 and 2017, only 2.25 million of the estimated 4 million work projects which took place last year included a thorough search for the utility assets which might be present underground. Of those searches, 305,542 were made in relation to highways works – an increase of 23% on 2016. The nature of the works ranged from enquiries relating to street furniture (120,652), resurfacing (56,185), road/track construction (12,840) and traffic calming measures (2,322). Richard Broome, Managing Director of LSBUD, comments: “Inadvertently hitting an electrical cable or a gas pipeline can cause lifechanging injuries to unfortunate highways workers and, during the five years to 2017, 318 injuries (including fatalities) caused by underground electrical cable strikes were reported to the HSE with many more likely to have gone unreported.” The report also highlights that the number of safety related electrical incidents reported to the HSE almost doubled to 1,244 in 2016/17 while the number of reported pipeline strikes in the last five years reached 6,746. Richard Broome continues: “These figures show why it’s so vital that comprehensive utility asset searches become recognised as standard practice when firms are planning and preparing for any works involving digging. Alongside this, all asset owners must protect their infrastructure by doing everything they can to make access to their data easy for those third parties that need it to work safely. It is only by doing both these things that we can better protect workers and manage and reduce the vulnerability of our national utility infrastructure.” LSBUD’s report reveals that the risk of strikes comes from many fronts. The highest volume of searches by sector came from firms working on behalf of telecoms companies, with just under 800,000 searches made during 2017. Using LSBUD’s data as an indicator of all work being carried out in the UK, it can therefore be said that over a third (35%) of all works being undertaken relate to the telecoms sector. Water companies and their contractors

generated the second highest volume of search enquiries during 2017. The six most prolific regional water suppliers requested details of underground assets on 523,043 occasions – 23% of all searches made last year. Using LSBUD’s data to build an accurate picture of the UK’s construction activity, the report also shows that 80% of searches carried out were to inform utility work and 13% related to highways works. Government drives to increase housing provision and reduce flooding meant that searches ordered for housing projects rose by 34% in 2017, while there was also a 17% leap in work relating to watercourses. Richard Broome concludes: “The sheer volume of work taking place across the country means that the risk to our utility

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infrastructure is coming from all directions and asset owners cannot possibly keep track of all the work going on that might affect their infrastructure. The most effective way to mitigate this is by ensuring information about asset location is made available to as wide an audience as possible. LSBUD facilitates that and we’re delighted that over 70 asset owners including the National Grid, UK Power Networks, WPD, SGN, Northumbrian Water and the majority of the major electricity, gas and fuel networks are already seeing the benefits of being registered with us. Whilst we’re still some way off reaching our goal of having all asset owners making their information available through us, we believe that the insights revealed by our report will help other asset owners understand the wider benefits of protecting their network of assets through the service.”

Latest News THE APPRENTICE WINNER, JAMES WHITE, LAUNCHES NEW PROPERTY & CONSTRUCTION DIVISION Six months after securing a £250,000 investment from business mogul Lord Sugar, The Apprentice winner, James White, has expanded Right Time Recruitment with a new Property & Construction division. The IT recruitment firm, which offers expertise in specialist recruitment, has now developed a Property & Construction division to cover permanent recruitment solutions, including contract and contract-topermanent recruitment solutions. The new division showcases the firm’s keen focus within Quantity Surveying, growing into Project Management and Site Management. The aim of this new avenue gives Right Time Recruitment the ability to cover a national portfolio of clients that range from small consultancies to large multi-disciplinaries. James White, Director of Right Time Recruitment, commented: “I’m proud to announce that we are now expanding into the construction market. This new division gives us the potential to increase the services we

currently provide to a larger audience, which is a very exciting prospect for us.” On the recent expansion, Lord Sugar commented: “It has been an impressive six months for Right Time Recruitment, and this new growth proves the high demand for recruitment within this sector. I’ve watched James work hard throughout the year and, with further plans to broaden the company’s offering in the next six to twelve months into additional specialist areas, the future of the business looks very promising.” White has also hired Property & Construction recruitment specialist, Lakhvir Kumar, who brings a wealth of knowledge in the sector and will allow Right Time Recruitment to offer a comprehensive service for Property & Construction specialists and clients. Launched in 2016, Right Time Recruitment was created with the mind-set of finding “Careers That Work” for the UK’s IT and Infrastructure professionals.

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY NEEDS WOMEN ONSITE, NOT OUT OF SIGHT, TO BRIDGE SKILLS GAP In the past few years significant progress has been made to make the construction industry accessible to women; whether that be lowering the gender pay-gap or increasing the amount of jobs on offer. Whilst the changes are positive and reassuring, there are still some gender imbalances which need addressing. Baumit, a global building materials manufacturer, is making a commendable effort to make the sector more inclusive for women, standing as a fine example of how the construction industry is levellingout gender biases in the sector. Whilst the construction industry appears to be heading in the right direction, with women currently accounting for 18.8% of the sector’s workforce compared to 12.1% a decade ago, the figures still show how building and associated trades predominantly remain a man’s world. This is an issue that urgently needs to be addressed, and companies should be focusing on how they can change this. The industry is missing a trick by not tapping into the largely ignored talent pool at its disposal, and further attention needs to be paid to how women can access jobs

within the construction industry. Whether by learning the skills to be a plasterer or becoming head of marketing for a building company, there are plenty of opportunities for women. They just need to be highlighted and made available. A survey commissioned by house builder Keepmoat, for example, revealed that only 13% of women aged 16 to 25 would consider a career in construction. To find out why this figure is so low, certain questions need to be raised. For example, are women not encouraged to enter the industry, or are they simply not being given the right opportunities to make construction their career? Baumit’s current employment ratio of men to women is almost at 50%, showcasing how the company is leading a new generation of building manufacturers that are bringing women into the job sector. At Baumit, employees are hired on merit and credibility and the company is a known advocate for equal pay in the construction industry. Research carried out in 2016 by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors found that on average men earned £11,000 more than women in a similar role. This

was up from a pay gap of £7,000 in the same survey a year earlier. At Baumit, both men and women in the same roles are paid similar rates, and both female and male employees are given equal opportunities. This equal environment allows women to cultivate their skillset while working for one of the leading innovators in the built environment. It is important that the construction industry continues to make positive attempts to promote inclusivity in the sector. Organisations such as Women in Roofing seek to inspire and support young women hoping to make their way into the trade. Hopefully, organisations such as this will help dismantle perceptions about the sector being inherently male. The annual Women in Construction conference is another important step, providing a space for discussion on equal rights and female representation throughout the industry. Change is happening because of these timely and honest conversations, but in the meantime, Baumit remains a testament to equal opportunities and gender equality in the construction workplace.

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Project News

Wyboston Lakes Resort awards multi-million pound construction contract to Revo Wyboston Lakes Resort, the UK’s largest privately owned single site conference and leisure venue, has awarded the multimillion pound construction contract to carry out the comprehensive upgrade of its meeting and events spaces to Revo Leisure Services. Work is already underway and is scheduled for completion in March 2019. Synergy Architects Ltd were commissioned to assess ways the existing building, which opened in 1998, could be adapted sensibly to accommodate the latest trends in conferences in the 21st century and meet the needs of the latest and future generations of conference delegates. Their plans encompass a comprehensive interior refit to modernise and upgrade the facilities

sensitively and in keeping with the existing building. The construction work will double the size of the main function space of the Woodlands Event Centre to accommodate up to 300 people and include internal reorganisation of the meetings and break out areas, providing a fresh modern look with current finishes and high spec tech. Matching ceiling heights, installing movable walls to expand training rooms and pillar-less views are some of the unique architectural features to be implemented. A Paddy & Scott’s Coffee Shop will also be constructed within the revised footprint. Steve Jones, Operations Director at Wyboston Lakes Resort, says: “Revo have worked on similar projects for other

operators of dedicated conference and events spaces, and appreciate the quality and levels of attention to detail that are essential to us. “They also understand how to carry out such extensive works whilst allowing us to trade safely and to provide high levels of guest satisfaction. Their previous experience of working with Synergy, our architect and interior designer, also played a part, as did the positive and proactive approach we noted during the tendering process.” Philip Basford, Managing Director at Revo, comments “This is an exciting project that enables us to apply our experience and expertise in the hospitality and leisure sector.”

Bennetts chosen for HB Villages apartments project Aluminium glazing specialists Bennett Architectural have been chosen to work on a new 28 apartment scheme from HB Villages for people living with disabilities. Oak House, based on College Road in Birmingham, was the site of a former care home and will be adapted for people living with physical disabilities or learning development challenges. Bennetts is working alongside main contractor Lovell and Calderpeel architects, providing Kawneer AA100 curtain walling and doors on the £4m scheme. Lionel Grant, Managing Director at Bennett Architectural commented “We’re delighted to be working on the brand new apartment scheme from HB Villages, which will provide a state of the art facility for people living with disabilities. As always we will ensure that we’re providing the highest quality of work and service.”

Alistair Sheehan, Development Director at HB Villages added, “We’re proud to be part of this scheme and the best bit is yet to come; welcoming the residents into their new home.”

Oak House is set to be completed by the end of 2019.

Galliford Try appointed to £500m highways framework Galliford Try has secured a place on the new edition of the Midlands Highways Alliance framework. The total value of the work is £500m over the four-year term which will be shared among four contractors. The framework is operated by a regional highways maintenance procurement partnership which covers 21 local authorities. Galliford Try was first appointed to the framework for its previous edition in 2014. The programme will encompass delivery of the whole lifecycle of road

projects including road reconfigurations, resurfacing, waterproofing, enabling works, and design and delivery of new bridges and carriageways. Duncan Elliott, Managing Director of Galliford Try Highways, said: “Our reappointment is strategically important to us for the coming years and is a testament to the rapport and trust established with clients within this alliance. This is a great opportunity to build upon

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Our reappointment is strategically important to us for the coming years and is a testament to the rapport and trust established with clients within this alliance. the good work done under the previous arrangement which delivered high quality and many award winning schemes.”


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Four 108-tonne bridge beams lifted into place as part of bypass project Four 41-metre long, 108-tonne bridge beams were lifted into place this past weekend during a twelve-hour Market Rasen to Lincoln rail line closure possession. Cllr Richard Davies, Executive Member for Highways and Transport, said: “This is a huge milestone in the construction of the new bridge in Greetwell. Not only does it show we’re making significant progress in getting the new crossing completed, but it shows that we’re making big strides with the bypass, overall. Now that the beams are in place, Galliford Try will start building the bridge deck over the next eleven weeks, with a view to the whole bridge being complete by the end of October. From then, we can start using it to transport materials over the rail line for use elsewhere onsite.” As part of the work, the Market Rasen

to Lincoln rail line was closed as a crew of twenty specialist operatives worked with a 1200-tonne crane to safely place the beams above the rail line. Below are some facts and figures about the bridge beams and the new bridge, itself: • All the bridge sections were manufactured by Braithwaite Engineers Ltd in Newport, South Wales • When complete, the bridge deck will have span for 40m over the existing Market Rasen to Lincoln railway lines • The bridge beam sections were assembled next to the new bridge supports and lifted into place using a 1200-tonne mobile crane • The bridge deck will be constructed using heavily-reinforced concrete • A total of around 30,000 work hours have been spent on the road

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bridge project to date, including the manufacture of the bridge beams Cllr Davies added: “Getting the beams lifted into place and constructing the bridge deck is just one of the many important jobs happening on-site at the moment. This month, we’ve also started stripping soil across the site and starting the bulk earthworks, as well as making a start with constructing the new Greetwell Road roundabout. The scheme as a whole is progressing ahead very well, and we’re still on track for having the new road open by May 2020.” The Lincoln Eastern Bypass project is part-funded by a £50m Central Government capital grant and aims to minimise traffic congestion, support Lincoln’s growth as a principal urban centre, and enhance the inter-city environment.

FEIN: Celebrating 30 years serving British tradespeople

Recognised around the world, FEIN was first set up 150 years ago and has since grown into a world leader in the industry, providing only the very best and most outstanding power tools and accessories. The family owned business was first founded by Wilhelm Emil Fein in 1876, specialising in manufacturing physical and electrical equipment. Based in Germany, the company steadily grew and grew until 1895, when Wilhelm’s son invented the world’s very first electric hand drill. The motor powered drill was a world first and cemented FEIN’s reputation as a pioneer in engineering. Since then, they have gone from local innovators to worldwide champions of engineering innovation. The UK branch was first set up over 30 years ago, with FEIN knowledgeable of and prouder than ever to serve the UK power tools market. We spoke with Marketing Manager Dan Wood who explains, “Here at FEIN, we’ve always been about innovation, and are committed to providing the best, most powerful, durable and outstanding tools possible. As specialist manufacturers, we are proud to say that we are leading the market in powerful Multitools that satisfy a number of purposes.” FEIN can offer a tool for almost any industrial application, including everything from drills to fasteners, grinders, saws and cutters, sheet metal and surface processing solutions, and their highly regarded oscillating multi-tools. One of its most recent innovations was the Starlock

mounting system for oscillating which was launched in 2016. The Starlock mounting system is the result of a joint development between FEIN and Bosch, and is the world’s leading mounting system for all oscillators. Now, FEIN is shifting their focus to providing yet more cordless applications. A marvel of invention, FEIN produced the world’s most versatile cordless magnetic core drill, the newest addition to their range of 16 drills. Compact, powerful and highly flexible, FEIN’s cordless drills operate on a battery system and are the first in a new line of cordless devices. This year, FEIN has also unveiled their cordless grinders, hammer drills and much more. Dan added, “There is plenty in the pipeline that we’re excited about, including the new cordless angle and die grinders, polishers, multi-tools, mag drills, and much more. Naturally, we have seen a great response from the FEIN community who have traded in cordless models, for the new and improved cordless versions of the SuperCut and MultiMaster, but now we are witnessing demonstration requests nationwide for the cordless drills, mag drills and grinders.” FEIN UK’s new M.D, Raphael Rudolph commented “It’s an exciting time for our community who can now expect the same power they would find in corded FEIN machines. We at FEIN UK will now be working hard to approach more British endusers than ever before. We will continue to hire more local British workers and we will

FEIN can offer a tool for almost any industrial application, including everything from drills to fasteners, grinders, saws and cutters, sheet metal and surface processing solutions, and their highly regarded oscillating multi-tools. also continue to improve and invest in our facilities to ensure our service is as great as it can be for all of our customers. For over 30 years FEIN has served and been committed to serving British end-users. We are committed to offering that legacy to future generations in Britain, for another 30 years, and many more thereafter.”

Please feel free to get in contact today using the number T: 01327 308 730 or check out the company’s site: www.fein.com/en_uk

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Awards News

The 2018 Structural Awards shortlist reveals how engineering influences modern design The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) reveals the shortlist for the Structural Awards 2018, featuring 53 entries selected from 115 projects globally.

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Now in its 51st year, these prestigious annual awards celebrate the world’s best engineering structures and demonstrate the diversity of structural engineering. The shortlisted projects highlight the ingenuity and creativity of these forwardthinking professionals and honour today’s most cutting-edge examples of engineering. Finalists include: • Louvre Museum, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Structural Engineer: BuroHappold Engineering • Tamina Canyon Crossing, Bad Ragaz, Switzerland, Structural Engineer: Leonhardt, Andrä und Partner Beratende Ingenieure VBI AG • The Hoover Building, London, UK, Structural Engineer: Interrobang • Haiti Chapel, Structural Engineer: Webb Yates

This year’s shortlist of ground-breaking projects offers a glimpse into a diverse selection of buildings, commending excellence through exemplary engineering solutions. The buildings, bridges and landmarks selected are beyond the ordinary, indicating technical superiority, clever design and absolute attention to detail. Chair of the awards judging panel, Professor Tim Ibell, comments: Tencent Seafront Towers

“This year we’ve received an unusual and imaginative collection of entries, from sculptural monuments by renowned artists through to a cricket stadium which has been dubbed the ‘Lord’s of East Africa’. The shortlist gives a fantastic overview of what’s going on in the structural engineering community on a global scale, highlighting the ambition, imagination and expertise of our profession. We’re delighted to have seen many more new firms entering Tamina Canyon Crossing by Leonhardt Andra & Partner © Bastian Kratzke

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Awards News their work for consideration in our unique celebration of structural engineering excellence.”

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Martin Powell, Chief Executive of The Institution of Structural Engineers, says: “Where in the past structural engineers have often been seen as the unsung heroes of built environment projects, we are starting to see greater recognition for the important work they do. The media interest attracted from last year’s diverse shortlist gave both the construction industry and the wider public an insight into how engineers creativity, innovation and problem solving skills help make a structure iconic, ensuring it is fit for purpose and safe for our use and enjoyment.” He continues: “Structural engineers remain the guardians of public safety who ensure any structure can withstand all kinds of stresses and strains. Given that 2018 is ‘The Year of Engineering’, our awards are more relevant than ever. They prove just how innovative our industry is in bringing truly ambitious and monumental projects to life.” Following strict judging criteria, shortlisted entries were selected for excellence, creativity and innovation, as well as elegance and detailing. Sustainability, economic viability and value for money were also core considerations.

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The complete shortlist can be viewed at www.structuralawards.org. The winners will be announced at the awards dinner and ceremony which takes place on Friday 16 November 2018 at The Brewery, London. Louvre-Museum by BuroHappold © Mohamed Somji

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NORTHAMPTON CARPENTER IS BRITAIN’S TOP TRADESPERSON 2018 It’s your time to shine Stuart Roache – the Northampton carpenter has been officially crowned Britain’s Top Tradesperson 2018.

He said: “It feels totally surreal. I didn’t have any expectations on Friday and was just determined to enjoy the experience.”

The married Father of three scooped one of the trade industry’s most coveted awards during a grand final held at the world famous Twickenham Stadium on Friday. The competition is organised by omnichannel retailer Screwfix and supported by Mitsubishi Motors.

Stuart qualified in both joinery and plumbing after training at night college for six-years after deciding on a career change at the age of 30.

More than 3,000 people entered the annual contest, first launched in 2009, but it was Stuart, who trades under the name Abington Home Maintenance who triumphed, impressing judges with his passion, his commitment to customer service and his desire to support adult learners. Caroline Welsh, Director of Brand and Marketing at Screwfix said: “It was a tough decision this year as our 11 finalists were outstanding in their trade but Stuart’s passion for customer service and dedication to his trade was overwhelming. As a late starter into the trade himself he is also devoted to supporting adult learners and plans to recruit and train them so they are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to also succeed. Stuart is a true people’s champion and a very worthy winner.” For his achievement, married Fatherof-three Stuart not only collects the prestigious title of Britain’s Top Tradesperson, he also gets a Mitsubishi L200 Warrior pick-up truck worth £33,000.

“Putting myself through college while running a family was hard but the support I got from my wife, who is my rock, and my children made me determined to succeed. Because I started from scratch and know how difficult it can be to retrain and learn something new and make that work, I just want to give others the opportunity to achieve the same as I did. I love my job and I wouldn’t change it for the world. My customers are my everything because without them I’d be nowhere, that’s why I always aim to deliver the highest standards of service.” Rob Lindley, Managing Director of Mitsubishi Motors in the UK commented: “Reaching the final of any national competition is a huge achievement but to make the grade in a competition as fiercely contested as this, against so many talented and dedicated tradespeople, is truly an accomplishment to be very, very proud of.” During Friday’s grand-final multitradeswoman Christina Valentine from Epsom and heating engineer Ben Kuchta from Nuneaton were also highly commended by the judges.

MARTIN-BROOKS APPRENTICE WINS CONSTRUCTION AWARD Sheffield roofing specialists, MartinBrooks, are celebrating after one of their trainees bagged a prestigious local award celebrating the talents of young tradespeople. Korneliusz Kasa was presented with the Construction and Technical prize at the Sheffield City Council Apprenticeship Awards 2018. Martin-Brooks’ managing director, John Elmore, accompanied Korneliusz to a special ceremony, held at Sheffield Town Hall, at which the winners were announced. He also collected a certificate of commendation for the firm recognising its efforts in nurturing a top performing apprentice.

Korneliusz was praised by the judges for his positive attitude to work and further education, along with his drive and determination to succeed. He is undertaking a roofing apprenticeship at Martin-Brooks with day release at Sheffield College and is expected to complete his NVQ level two in just 18 months. John Elmore said: “We were keen to put Korneliusz forward for this award, as he has shown maturity and professionalism beyond his years since the day we interviewed him. To receive independent commendation of his efforts is the icing on the cake. He is a credit to the firm and particularly his mentors on site, who are helping him become a highly competent roofer.”

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The Apprenticeship Awards 2018 were organised by the council’s employment and skills service, Opportunity Sheffield. Categories included: Office (Business Administration), Office (IT and Housing), Hospitality and Care, Early Years and Education and Construction and Technical.

WLTP AND WHAT IT COULD MEAN FOR YOUR COMPANY VEHICLES At Daimler Fleet Management we understand the complexities that you face within your fleet responsibilities, so we’ve developed a handy video and PDF guide to help illustrate the key things that you need to be looking out for in this period of changing legislation, and how it may affect you in the months and years to come. Visit www. daimlersixty.co.uk to request a copy of our free PDF guide to WLTP and watch our video explaining what WLTP could mean for you and your company vehicles.

ACT SMART AND SAVE THE DATE GEZE UK will demonstrate some ‘joined up thinking’ when it takes part at this year’s Smart Buildings Show (7-8 November 2018) at the Barbican, London. Its stand, F3, Hall 2, is a third bigger than last year and will feature the latest integrated products that can form part of intelligent building networks.

By using smart building interfaces such as the GEZE Cockpit, IQ box KNX or the IO 420, modular solutions can be applied to achieve natural ventilation and climate control, security and fire safety. In turn, they can be integrated into building management systems which ‘talk’ to each other for complete control – often remotely. Using GEZE’s range of automatic door and window systems, these ‘hubs’ can transform premises into smart buildings – making them more pleasant environments in which to live and work – conditions that help people feel more happy, healthy and productive. Visitors to the stand will see products such as the Slimchain, IO 420, IQ box KNX, IQ locks, WS 1000 touch screen controller, Flat scan sensor, the GEZE Cockpit – which will be available in the UK very soon – and a first look at the Perlan AUT NT, a cost-effective alternative to the manual sliding door system - ideal for use in difficult-to-access areas which can help reduce accidents. For details of the event visit www.smartbuildingshow.com For more information about GEZE UK’s comprehensive range of products and system solutions call 01543 443000 or visit www.geze.co.uk

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Project News LAMINGTON GROUP SECURES PLANNING PERMISSION TO DEVELOP LISTED MISSION HALL INTO FLEXIBLE WORKSPACE Hammersmith-based property developers Lamington Group and HUT Architecture are pleased to announce they have secured planning permission and listed building consent to redevelop and refurbish the Grade II listed building at 41 Iffley Road, Hammersmith into nearly 7,000 sq ft of Grade A office accommodation. The former mission hall, which dates from 1883-4, was used as a set painter’s studio from 1966 to 2014, and is now being reimagined as a flexible workplace for the creative industries. Lamington Group is working with HUT Architecture, an award-winning architectural practice based in East London responsible for major projects across the city spanning residential and commercial properties.

fabric as is practical in order to celebrate its historic and aesthetic value.” Lamington Group is also seeing success and expansion in other areas of its business. Its unique hometel concept, room2, launched with room2 Hammersmith in 2016, followed recently by the opening of room2 Southampton in June 2018, and now a third hotel has just been confirmed for Manchester. The move confirms the hometel offering and its potential for growth outside the south east. room2 offers a unique home plus hotel experience, creating a flexible, considered design and a welcoming environment which makes guests feel comfortable and at home.

Works will open up the hall, extend the basement and insert a new mezzanine level to create an open plan floor space and bring a new viewpoint to the unique vaulted roof. In addition, complete restoration works of the listed building will be carried out, including stonework, metal work glazing and paintwork. The property will be marketed for pre-letting this autumn, and completion is expected mid-2020. The renovation will offer a boost to the Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (LBHF) with increased employment opportunities and longer-term benefits to the area. The development has the potential for over £2.1m of economic multiplier benefit once open. Robert Godwin, CEO of Lamington Group, commented, “We have run our business in Hammersmith for over 30 years, and as a local business we’re very much looking forward to bringing this much-loved building back to life and giving it a new purpose with a full historical restoration. HUT Architecture is a specialist in the design of places to work and will be the perfect partner to help restore as much of the original building

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“We’ve seen a proliferation of design-led hotels in the south east but we believe there are additional opportunities elsewhere,” Godwin explained. “Following the successful launch of room2 Southampton, we wanted to expand our regional approach. A lack of investment in new offerings outside London means the regions are increasingly receptive to new ideas. Consumers are demanding more, and we’re seeing a move away from corporate vanilla brands to ones with character and personality. Good quality, good design, good value and good service will always be in demand; it just requires someone to take the leap of faith into smaller cities.”

Project News

Balfour Beatty lands luxury residential scheme in London Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, has been selected by Brockton Capital to deliver the new, luxury 60 Curzon Street residential scheme. Located in the heart of London’s exclusive Mayfair district, Balfour Beatty will draw on its experience in operating within a constrained city-centre environment, to deliver 32 luxury apartments formed around a south-facing courtyard garden, as well as a range of private 24 hour amenities.

Throughout the project lifecycle, Balfour Beatty will utilise the latest digital solutions, including Building Information Modelling (BIM) to generate and manage vital information on site and efficiently deliver the scheme with minimal disruption to local residents and the community alike. Dean Banks, Balfour Beatty Chief Executive Officer for UK Construction Services, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this key contract and to be part of 60 Curzon Street’s exciting development plans.

“Our selection to this project builds on our vast wealth of experience in delivering significant developments across the UK, including the No.1 Palace Street residential scheme overlooking Buckingham Palace. We look forward to continuing our work with Brockton Capital over the coming years, successfully delivering a new firstclass residence and its associated facilities.” Balfour Beatty has already commenced work, with the project scheduled for completion in 2020. At construction peak, the project will employ a workforce of 250.

Lake Lothing Third Crossing reaches an important milestone On Friday 10th August, The Planning Inspectorate accepted the application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) for Lake Lothing Third Crossing. This will now start the examination process and continue the involvement of engineering and professional services consultant WSP, bringing the project a step closer to reaching consent. Lake Lothing Third crossing is a new lifting road bridge proposed in Lowestoft, Suffolk, which will alleviate traffic on the Strategic Road Network. This is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project, which requires a Development Consent Order in order to achieve planning approval. Upon the Development Consent Order

being granted by the Secretary of State for Transport, construction could begin in 2019-2020 with the £100m bridge opening as soon as 2022.

WSP will continue to be involved with the scheme through the examination process, as well as being advisors to Suffolk County Council during detailed design.

Consultants WSP have provided a multidisciplinary range of services for the project since 2015 including structures, highways, maritime, land referencing, consultation and stakeholder engagement, environmental disciplines, landscape and urban design, town planning, geotechnical, 3D visualisation, transport planning, intelligent transport systems, quantity surveying and project management. Collaboratively the team at WSP have produced the preliminary design for the scheme, environmental statement, consultation report and other key documents for the application.

“I am thrilled to see this project enter its next phase. Having been involved with it since 2015, seeing a simple sketch come to life, being well received by the local community in consultation, it is now another step closer to becoming a reality with this exciting milestone”, says Joanna Lyon, Project Director at WSP. “This is a significant achievement for the team and a big step forward for the project and I look forward to continuing to work with WSP in the next stages”, says Jon Barnard, Project Manager at Suffolk County Council.

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ENGEL’S ‘GALAXY’ WORKWEAR HAS UNIVERSAL APPEAL ENGEL WORKWEAR, the Danish company which is recognised as one of the World’s leading manufacturers of comfortable and practical workwear includes the ‘Galaxy’ range amongst its collection. One of the company’s best-selling brands, ‘Galaxy’ offers a comprehensive selection of smart and functional clothing with the emphasis as much on comfort, style and fit as it is on being protective and hardwearing; the trousers are narrower than normal, the jackets slim-cut and all garments are available in a choice of three colour combinations giving wearers a pride in their appearance and a professional image. Designed to suit every type of workplace situation the collection also consists of soft-shell and winter jackets, a comfortable fleece cardigan, bib-overall, boiler suit and shorts with fabrics made from durable, two-ply cotton/polyester yarns; most items feature several spacious pockets and many other shared functional details such as concealed buttons and zippers, adjustable jacket cuffs and CORDURA reinforced jacket elbows. The company also offers the Galaxy ‘Light’ range which includes the 210 g/m2 ‘Light’ work jacket (1290-880) that has a longer, pleated back for added freedom of

movement and stylish reflectors on both front and back for greater visibility. Available with or without matching trousers (2290880), each incorporate many practical details giving maximum comfort, weather protection and quick and easy access to tools and personal accessories; both garments are made from 65% polyester, 35% cotton and are available in a choice of Anthracite Grey or 3 other colour combinations, in sizes XS-4XL.

All Engel products are available from The Workwear Trade Centre, Milton Keynes; Telephone: 01908 561569; email: sales@wtc-workwear.co.uk and Anchor Safety, Ipswich; Telephone: 0800 328 5028; email: sales@anchorsafety.co.uk For more information visit: www.engel.eu/en/ email: Mark McBrayne at mmc@f-engel.com or telephone: +44 (0) 7933 150197

COTSWOLD CAFÉ EXTENDED USING STEEL SCREENS FROM SWA MEMBER Longborough in Gloucestershire is located in one of the UK’s most beautiful landscapes, with a unique architectural style that uses mellow limestone walls containing metal framed windows. This heritage continues with a member of the Steel Window Association having recently been called upon to supply W20 screens and doors for the extension of a popular café and food store. Cotswold Casements is based five miles away in Moreton-in-Marsh and has developed a good working relationship with local builder, Nathan Clarke: carrying out the design, manufacture and installation of three screens at the Cotswold Food Store in Longborough, the largest measuring just over three metres wide by 2.2 metres high. With the central screen including a double door and each side screen having top opening casements to allow ventilation into the café, this contract demonstrates the full potential of W20 profiles. The slim section size offers optimum glass area to maximise light entering any building; while offering a distinctive appearance. Then, employing ‘parliament hinges’ enables the doors to fold fully back when the weather allows. Satin chrome Frank Allart door handles and SWF satin chrome window furniture further enhance the performance and appearance of the installation.

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In addition to renovation and replica refurbishment projects where architectural heritage often influences the choice of fenestration, Steel Window Association members are also involved in a lot of new build work. Both the W20 and W40 steel sections provide the high security and durability regularly required for school and hospital buildings as well as commercial developments, with the use of high performance IG units enabling the different options to comply with Part L of the Building Regulations. The Cotswold Food Store & Café (www.cotswoldfoodstore.com) has been run by husband and wife, Bernard and Joanne Williams since 2014, championing local produce and top quality, friendly service. Cotswold Casements completed its work at the Café around the turn of the year. For further information on the Steel Window Association, please visit www.steel-window-association.co.uk or call 020 8543 2841.

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TARDIS4G - @tardis4g We are the UK’s leading provider of construction site broadband and related solutions. Over the past two decades, we’ve supplied temporary WiFi services to more than 20,000 sites and we truly understand the importance of on-site connectivity. We are first choice for first-in communications because we provide an unparalleled solution, not just in service delivery; we have a superb network infrastructure that enables us to be as flexible as our clients need us to be – we’re in a very unique position where we can provide API’d connectivity on all four major networks under the TARDIS4G brand – No other provider can offer the same level of service! When we first launched Tardis 3G fifteen years ago, we replaced our estate of satellite broadband solutions in eleven cities that had 3G infrastructure - One of our early-adopting clients was Willmott Dixon, who are still clients today, and they were impressed with the efficiency we provided back then... Fast-forward to 2018, a recent example of an existing solution is One Snow Hill in Birmingham, where 40+ Willmott Dixon Site Professionals are connected via two of our solutions – Each router was configured on two networks with a total data

Tardis 4G can seamlessly connect our sites with multiple networks which provides the resilience we need. We can download several large blueprint drawings at any one time and support wise, we rarely call upon Tardis’ help because their solution works. - IT Project Manager at One Snow Hill, Birmingham

capacity of 600Gb. One of the IT Project Managers said, “Tardis 4G can seamlessly connect our sites with multiple networks which provides the resilience we need. We can download several large blueprint drawings at any one time and support wise, we rarely call upon Tardis’ help because their solution works.” – This is exactly what we want to hear from our customers! 4G is considered “the norm” and we regularly push all the major networks for better performing masts – one or two don’t show much interest, but, one or two do! Ultimately, this helps our position (and our competitors)

Over the past two decades, we’ve supplied temporary WiFi services to more than 20,000 sites and we truly understand the importance of on-site connectivity. and our ambition is to revolutionise the construction industry, including the sub-sectors, by providing “4.5G” solutions. We’ve actually generated “4.5G” on our kit in Manchester on one of the major networks and this was outside of construction, however, when we are able to deploy this innovative service freely, contractors that have partnered with TARDIS4G will benefit from the infrastructure straight away.

For more information about us, please flick to pages 36 and 49 for testimonials and an introductory offer.

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ACCESSING QUALITY High quality, innovative access products from Lyte Ladders & Towers

Established in 1947, Lyte have been manufacturing aluminium and glassfibre access equipment for over 70 years. Ladders and towers from Lyte have been used in many countries all over the world and for all sorts of reasons. One of the most famous expeditions in the world, the ascent to the summit of Mount Everest in May 1953, was completed by Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay and involved the use of a Lyte sectional aluminium ladder. This was used to negotiate the crevasse they encountered and we believe that ladder is still there today!

The Lyte Product Range With a wide portfolio of products ranging from the ever-popular ELT extension ladder range, used throughout the country and beyond, through to our innovative and versatile Hilyte Tower range. Lyte have a highly skilled production department and excellent team of engineers who successfully build our current product range to the highest quality as well as dealing with bespoke.

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In an ever changing world of Health & Safety, Lyte are fully aware of the issues our customers face. With this mind, we have a fully PASMA & Ladder Association accredited training centre, giving customers and users of Ladders & Towers the opportunity to ensure they are fully competent to safely use the equipment they have!

Our experienced sales and customer services team are available to deal with any queries and can guide any customer through the process of buying the ‘correct tool for the job’.

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Schöck meets curved balcony challenge in Docklands When the Royal Victoria Dock finally closed to commercial shipping during the 1980s, it resulted in widespread dereliction and unemployment in that part of East London. At the time it would have been totally inconceivable that just over a generation later, the Royal Victoria would witness such remarkable and vibrant change. The latest landmark and part of the £1.2 billion transformation masterplan, is Gateway Tower (previously Pump Tower), just a few hundred yards west of the ExCeL Exhibition Centre. With its striking series of curved forms, it is an intriguing example of modern urban design. The 73 metre high, 24-storey mixed-use scheme provides 161 spaciously designed apartments and penthouses, with office and retail space at ground level sitting over an underground car park. Each Gateway Tower, Royal Victoria

A striking series of curved forms

apartment features a terrace, a winter garden style ‘sun lounge’, or a balcony. The design specifications on the project were demanding and the avoidance of thermal bridging at any of the critical connectivity points was naturally a key consideration. To counter any such problems, the widely used Schöck Isokorb structural thermal break element for concrete-to-concrete applications was incorporated – but there was an installation challenge or two. Curved façade meant a tight radius The first being that there was a tight radius in which to position the thermal breaks, due to the unusual curved styling on the façade. To resolve the issue, the Schöck Isokorbs were supplied with alternating depths of rebar and 35 mm and 50 mm concrete cover to the tension bars. This allowed the rebar in the Isokorb to sit underneath the internal slab reinforcement and not clash with the bars from the Isokorbs on either side of each unit. In addition, Schöck also had to create a bespoke unit for one of the balcony types, where a beam was introduced to the balcony by the Structural Engineer, to reduce the deflection of the slab. The thermal break had

The Schöck Isokorbs were supplied with alternating depths of rebar to both connect the beam back to the slab, which required a bespoke unit in itself and also connect the beam at an angle to the insulation line. Totally verifiable performance The product type used at Gateway Tower is for concrete-to-concrete, but the comprehensive Isokorb range from Schöck also offers solutions for concrete-to-steel situations, a modular product for steel-tosteel applications – and even a maintenance free alternative to wrapped parapets. When any Isokorb product type is incorporated into residential buildings, the required fRsi value – the temperature factor used to indicate condensation risk that must be equal to or greater than 0.75 – is always comfortably met. The range also complies with the Government Standard Assessment Procedure, SAP 2012, concerning CO2 emissions from buildings and respectively heat losses through non-repeating thermal bridges. Products meet full compliance with the relevant UK building regulations, have NHBC approval and offer LABC Registration. There is also the security of independent BBA Certification.

Contact Schöck on 01865 290 890; or visit the website at www.schoeck.co.uk for a free copy of the Schöck Thermal Bridging Guide; the Schöck Specifiers Guide and to view the full range of downloadable software.

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Liner Mobiles don’t need connection! The Liner DM100 roller pan mixer The original Liner fast tow mixer was designed in collaboration with English Heritage in the 1990’s. Their latest machine (pictured) has an air cooled Yanmar diesel engine and direct automatic drive through a heavy-duty reduction gearbox. The DM100 is easily towed from site to site and can be used anywhere!

The Liner MFA400 forced action mixer A firm favourite with Limecrete and concrete repair contractors the MFA400 has a low filling height and comes with its own low-profile barrow.

Liner Contractor A dual purpose mixer with interchangeable mixing elements. Fitted with rollers it is ideal for lime based products, when the rollers are removed and forced action blades fitted it can be used for a wide range of other materials. The Contractor is perfect for hire companies due to its interchangeability.

Liner MFA1000 Fitted with a Kubota 3 cylinder water cooled engine and heavy duty transmission the MFA 1000 is just right for those larger jobs where high quantities of material are needed. Also available with adaptions for mixing Hempcrete.

Liner Products are manufactured by Multi Marque Production Engineering Ltd, Wakefield, West Yorkshire. T. 01924 290231 E. enquiries@multi-marque.co.uk W. www.multi-marque.co.uk

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Constructing futures at UK Construction Week Contractors celebrating the recent construction boom may want to step away from the party and back to the drawing board, as rising skill shortages, a buckling supply chain, increasing material costs and a looming Brexit, threaten to derail an otherwise prosperous industry. Contractors determined to compete must refresh their techniques, product knowledge, supplier relationships and industry awareness. This year’s UK Construction Week (UKCW) has it all at Birmingham’s NEC between 9 – 11 October. More than 10,000 products and 650 exhibitors, seminars, CPD sessions and networking opportunities span nine shows: Build Show; Energy 2018; Timber Expo; Surface and Materials Show; Building Tech Live; HVAC 2018; Civils Expo; Plant and Machinery Live and Grand Designs Live. ‘Future of Construction’ theme The Future of Construction Hub provides an immersive opportunity to discover how digital construction, 3D printing, robotics, AI and AR and modern methods of construction can deliver the new Construction Sector deal and is a new collaboration with Birmingham City University. Alongside this is the state of the art construction simulator from Coventry University used by construction firms for professionals and students. An Innovation Trail takes visitors on a journey of the latest innovative ideas, products and systems from companies including: 3THERMO, Architextural, Canon, Containex, Kore Wireless, Okappy, Soudal, Timber Structures and Yu Energy .

Gooee is hosting the Internet of Things (IoT) Arena at Building Tech Live, showcasing its IoT ecosystem with companies including Aurora Lighting. Digging deep into the big issues The UKCW Stage hosts expert discussions on hot industry topics, including: • Barbara Res, the project manager behind Trump Tower, sharing her experiences as a female in construction and working with Donald Trump. Advanced booking is essential; • Lord David Blunkett, discussing how technology and diversity can transform the skills gap; and • Kunle Barker, property expert and TV presenter, leading the panel discussion ‘Political correctness has gone mad?’. Other UKCW seminar programmes include: • Regeneration Hub, sponsored by EasyTrim, exploring self-build homes and Passivhaus at the heart of regeneration; • Sustainability Hub, covering air quality and residential centralised LPG connections with speakers from HygroMatik and Flogas; • REA Theatre, covering power for a cleaner, quieter World and green strategy

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– energy policy post Brexit featuring former Green Party leader, Natalie Bennett; • Digital Construction Hub, delving into BIM maturity and project management in construction. Speakers include: Alex Giles from Action Sustainability and Ivan Gasparetto from BIM Direct; • Offsite Theatre, supported by MPBA, covering hybrid concrete solutions and factory-built bathrooms with The Concrete Centre and Offsite Solutions; and • Building Tech Live Theatre, delivered by Voltimum and ECA, bringing topics including cybersecurity and market networks, from speakers including Professor Prashant Pillai and the ECA. Other highlights include the Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) Time for Timber workshops; Timber Focus Theatre, delivered by TRADA; and the Surface and Materials Hub. Building up your industry knowledge Following last year’s booked-out success, free CPD sessions return, with an additional Working at Height hub supported by the Access Industry Forum and health and


safety CPD sessions from OM Group’s stand. Topics include Building Regulations postGrenfell, fire doors, the future of your construction performance and building quality. Advanced booking is essential. The BRE Academy is running a separate CPD programme, covering topics such as BIM, offsite construction, urban planning and more. Forums for change UKCW will host a number of conferences including the Midlands Construction Summit, IEMA Conference and the first BMF Young Merchants Conference. Future leaders will be championed as the winner of the UKCW Role Models initiative is announced on 10 October. Other highlights for aspiring construction professionals include: • Launch of the 2019 Passivhaus Student Competition; • Design your home of the future, with George Clarke’s MOBIE; • The Institute of Civil Engineers with its ‘Save Civil City’ challenge; and • The Finishes and Interiors Sector’s #iBuiltThis2018 photography competition. Be inspired This year’s exhibitor list is extensive with new products including Velux’s curved glass rooflight and futuristic smart window system; IDS’ quick to lay vinyl

flooring collection; and The Builder’s Pal’s networking tool. EON Energy, Libra Energy and Rolec EV will be advising professionals on the latest in the energy sector, including proposals for electric vehicle charging points to be standard in all new builds. Fibo’s wall panels that provide an instant and affordable waterproof alternative to tiles will be displayed, alongside Rothoblaas whose products make timber a success in any project; and the Flooring Industry Training Association (FITA) is repeating its Floorlaying Demo Zone. Opportunities to unwind The Beer Festival, sponsored by Velux,

features street food, rockaoke, a gin and fizz bar and FIX Radio will be broadcasting from here throughout the event. The Central Bar, sponsored by Elliott Group, will be in Hall 11.

Registration, sponsored by Total Gas & Power, is live. Get your free visitor tickets from www.ukconstructionweek.com and keep up-to-date on the website or on Twitter at @UK_CW or using the hashtag #UKCW2018.

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RCM exhibiting at major industry event for second time running After last years’ triumph, RCM are delighted to announce their plans to exhibit at this years’ Timber Expo again. The Timber Expo forms part of the Construction Week UK exhibition, held at the NEC, Birmingham on 9th -11th October 2018. Following on from last year’s huge success RCM, a major supplier of complete through-wall solutions, are looking forward to a repeat performance at this years’ Timber Expo in October. Last year RCM underwent a major rebranding exercise and introduced a newly designed exhibition stand as well as launching a brand new website in time for the event. This year, the 24 sqm eye-catching exhibition stand will once again feature RCM’s complete facades and building boards range. There will also be samples for interested visitors to take away. Back by popular choice, the visually exciting display of Supertech Weatherboard will showcase again, featuring a full range of colours, thereby giving visitors a good impression of the choices on offer. Further RCM will also be demonstrating 8 revolving modules of through-wall solutions and 2 special fire-rated through-wall solutions, all comprising a selection of portfolio materials. These modules can also be rotated, allowing visitors to look at the construction from several angles. They will provide a good understanding of how the different elements integrate to make up a truly effective through-wall solution. “RCM are once again looking forward to taking part in this prestigious event. Last year’s exhibition was a huge success for RCM and we have again been very busy

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with preparations for this years’ show. We hope to be able to replicate our success and hope visitors will like what we, as a company, can deliver. Please visit us at our stand located at T230.” (Ian Quinton, Managing Director RCM) As the UK’s only timber show, the three days Timber Expo covers a wide range of timber applications from timber frame to cladding, fixings and so much more Highlights will include the latest products, innovations and developments across the timber sector. As well as attracting important visitors such as architects, merchants and housebuilders, all of timber’s governing bodies and associations will be present at the exhibition.

Established in 2004, RCM is a major supplier of complete through wall solutions to the UK construction industry. Supplying specialist building boards, façades, breather membranes and airtightness solutions, RCM offers a fully integrated approach to the building envelope whilst delivering on time and budget. RCM are a market leader in providing innovative products and solutions designed and tested to meet the demanding needs of construction. Specified for use in external façades, fire protection, acoustic, airtightness and decorative applications, RCM’s extensive portfolio has been installed on many of the UK’s largest projects. CPD Seminars For those interested in finding out more, RCM provides informative CPD sessions including a guide to materials, applications and specification considerations for building boards, internal and external linings and rainscreen façades, covering: • What a specifier needs to consider • Board materials and benefits • Board applications • Work on site For more details call 0800 612 4662 or email info@rcmltd.biz.

It is promised to be a great event of major importance and RCM are excited to welcome you to their stand: T230

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Healthier families live in healthier homes The development of building materials has advanced rapidly since the 1970s and today everything seems technically feasible. However, there is also a steadily increasing number of health problems, whose causes can be traced back to people’s immediate living environment. Residential poisons which radiate from building materials and furniture can release harmful substances for many years. They are considered a possible cause for allergies and other illnesses. The effects caused by the interaction of vapour-releasing plastics, sheeting of all kinds, solvents, adhesives and other construction chemicals on our health continue to present doctors with new challenges. Holz100 not only surrounds you with a completely non-toxic building material, it can also strengthen your immune system, revitalize your nervous system and help you live a longer life. Rooms made of wood have such a calming effect on us that we save our heart an hour’s work every night we spend in them.


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Many thought it was a passing fad and that it wouldn’t amount to much. But with the recent popularity of Amazon Echo, it doesn’t look like it is going away anytime soon! The connected home refers to gadgets and appliances that can be controlled remotely. Using WiFi, the homeowner can control devices via their mobile, tablet or computer. With the ability to communicate with each other, individual items such as heating systems, lights and security cameras begin to form an ecosystem in the home. This allows appliances and systems to sense and anticipate your needs and seamlessly work together to meet your preferences.

WiFi Remote Control

With more devices connected to WiFi than ever before, not only does this give you control but it provides access to data no matter where you are. For example, you can see your energy consumption in realtime on your phone or watch home security footage from your computer at work. This data can be used to modify behaviour on an individual level. For example, activity tracking stats may encourage you to walk more during the day. Information about your heating costs, may remind to close doors behind you or turn the temperature down 1 degree. Data can also be aggregated and utilised on a larger scale by companies to spot trends and trigger warning systems. We used our EcoWifi app portal to monitor and compare running costs during the Beast from the East storm earlier in 2018. Take a look at

our blog about running costs to see an example of how consumption patterns are shown.

Amazon Echo

Alexa by Amazon Echo is a voice activated, cloud based device that can play music, answer questions and give you the weather forecast. Alexa learns your speech patterns the more you talk to her, and also gets to know your preferences. It can also work with home devices such as lights, switches, TV’s and thermostats. If that’s not enough, Alexa can also learn ‘skills’ such as ordering flowers and pizza!

The Future

With broadband becoming faster, more widely available and more reliable, the future of the connected home looks bright. The signal range of WiFi routers is improving and they can even

cope with thick stone walls nowadays. This improved technology will equip homes with full mobile control and visibility of their consumption, and consequently best control of their running costs. Further improvements such as geolocation will ensure no unnecessary electricity consumption as your electric radiator will only work when it senses you are home. VeriSmart Heating’s latest product, the EcoWiFi offers all the benefits of ceramic core electric heating together with amazing WiFi controllability. Our EcoWiFi range is also integrated with Amazon Echo and geolocation technology. Get your free ticket to pre-arrange a meeting at their stand: H105

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Isuzu builds on strong reputation with impressive truck range debut at UK Construction Week Isuzu Truck is recognised as one of the leading suppliers of commercial vehicles to the building and construction industry in the UK and this year the Hatfield-based manufacturer is making its first ever appearance at UK Construction Week, which is being held at the NEC during October. Over the years, Isuzu has developed a very strong reputation for manufacturing trucks that provide outstanding ‘on the road’ performance, backed by proven reliability and unrivalled payload, which is key to the success of any business operating vehicles within the competitive construction industry. Isuzu Truck UK continues to set the highest of standards, becoming the ‘go to’ truck marque for vehicles at 3.5 tonnes and 7.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight (GVW) and at UK Construction Week, they will be displaying one of their latest range of Grafter Green trucks at 3.5 tonne GVW for the first time. At the same time, visitors on the Isuzu stand will also be able to enter a competition to win tickets to see the

Autumn International rugby match between Wales and Australia at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Since Isuzu launched its Grafter Green range earlier this year, the company has experienced a significant uplift in demand for its 3.5 tonne trucks, and as Richard Waterworth, Head of Sales at Isuzu Truck UK says, “Innovation is a key theme at this year’s UK Construction Week so the Isuzu Grafter Green is a perfect example of how proven technology has been adapted to new models designed for modern, progressive companies.” The new 3.5 tonne Isuzu Grafter Greens are available in both single and twin rear wheel configurations, offering improved performance, significant weight savings and a better ride quality. Perhaps most importantly, there is no need for AdBlue on the new, Euro-6 compliant vehicles. Richard Waterworth continues “The Grafter Green demonstrates new proven technology to the UK market, with many changes to the specification that will certainly differentiate the range from its predecessors. We have listened to UK

customer feedback over the years and the changes have now been incorporated throughout the new Grafter Green range for the UK market.” Visitors to the stand at UK Construction Week will also be able to learn more about the Isuzu range of pre-bodied trucks. Isuzu Truck UK has partnered with some of the UK’s leading bodybuilders to develop a ‘Driveaway’ range of pre-bodied trucks from 3.5 tonne to 7.5tonne. Both single rear wheel and twin rear wheel Grafter Greens have already been added to the successful Driveaway range, with the readily available tipper and dropside models providing industry leading payload carrying capacity. “Without doubt, our Driveaway programme has proved to be incredibly popular with customers. By consistently adding new models to the range, we now have a comprehensive selection of the most sought-after vehicle specifications at both 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes, enabling customers to reduce the lead times and costs for fleet replacements and additions,” commented Richard Waterworth.

The Grafter Green demonstrates new proven technology to the UK market, with many changes to the specification that will certainly differentiate the range from its predecessors. We have listened to UK customer feedback over the years and the changes have now been incorporated throughout the new Grafter Green range for the UK market. The full range of Isuzu trucks can be viewed on the company’s website www.isuzutruck. co.uk Get your free ticket to pre-arrange a meeting at their stand: B245

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LONDON BUILD 2018 London’s leading construction and design show, London Build, will return to the Olympia London on October 23rd & 24th. Since its launch four years ago, London Build has established itself as the largest construction show for London, covering all sectors within the built environment. After reaching full capacity in the Central and West halls, London Build will be moving to the Olympia’s National Hall for this year’s show. The extensive exhibition will feature over 300 exhibitors, including Bentley Systems International Limited, Daikin UK, Kingspan, G-SMATT Europe, Powerday, Topcon, British Steel, Blok N Mesh, Aedas, RedSkyIT, Johnson Controls, Ideal Standard, Procore, Trimble and Catnic. Hundreds of leading suppliers will be showcasing their latest innovation, products and services across 9 specialised zones: Buildings, Infrastructure, BIM & Digital Construction, Fire Safety, Interior and Fit-out, London Design, Product Innovation, Site Machinery & Equipment and Sustainability. Each zone acts as the focal point for eight ‘Summits’ – with over 200 hours of free CPD conference and workshop sessions discussing the latest developments, challenges and opportunities across the UK’s built environment. This is your one-stop-shop to gain all over your CPD points over two days.

Speakers include senior representatives from Greater London Authority, Crossrail, Homes England, Heathrow Airport Ltd, Tideway, Mace, Laing O’Rourke, Costain, HS2, Skanska, Land Securities, Bal-four Beatty, Transport for London, Clancy Docwra, TateHindle, L&Q, Space group, Sir Robert McAl-pine, David Miller Architects, Sweco UK, HKR Architects, Zaha Hadid Architects, Royal Docks Team, Paradigm Housing Group, Mott MacDonald, Arup, AECOM, Kier Group, Mace Group, Scott Brown-rigg, Bouygues, Canary Wharf Group, Vinci, Interserve, Wates, Skanska, BPD and many more. London Build is extremely active in the promotion of inclusivity, diversity and equality in the indus-try. The annual Women in Construction Morning Networking session, now in its third year will take place on October 24th, attracting thousands of empowering women working in construction. This is the largest gathering of women in construction in the UK.

The involvement of 100+ high profile partners such as Constructing Excellence Club, Construction Meet the Buyer, BIM Open Mic and Passivhaus, enables London Build to continue delivering on the exciting content and high-level networking for all in attendance. This is not your average construction show, there will be loads of entertainment, competitions, networking parties, including the construction industry’s very own Oktoberfest and Festival of Construction Hour. The

involvement of 100+ high profile partners such as Constructing Excellence Club, Construction Meet the Buyer, BIM Open Mic and Passivhaus, enables London Build to continue delivering on the exciting content and high-level networking for all in attendance. The Built Environment Networking Hub will host free-to-attend exclusive networking events across two whole days. Build your connections, gain inspiration from industry thought-leaders and win business at the show which offers it all. A few words from the shows exhibitors and attendees: “It’s the first time we’ve exhibited at London Build and it was great to talk to so many people across the industry. We found the show very effective to raise awareness of the British Steel brand and let the construction sector know that we don’t just manufacture steel – we also sell a range of construction products through our distribution channels” Lisa Coulson, Marketing Manager, British Steel “Besides the exhibition and speaking opportunity we had at London Build, we really appreciated the business appointments program proposed by the London Build organization team. The team swiftly understood our targets and needs, which led to very high quality meetings and real business opportunities” - Aurelien Blaha, Marketing Director, FINALCAD Join 20,000+ industry professionals at London’s leading construction show and register today for your free ticket: www.londonbuildexpo.com/rrn-ticket

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Digital Construction Week Digital Construction Week will return for its fourth year in 2018 on the 17th and 18th October at London’s ExCel. The exhibition features over 90 hours of free to attend seminars, across multiple stages focusing on: Business Transformation, Visualisation, BIM, Geospatial, Industry 4.0, skills and training, and many more. Over 150 Industry leading companies such as BAM, Bluebeam, Innovate UK, PlanGrid, ARUP, Kier, Trimble, HP and many more will be exhibiting, showcasing their technologies and solutions, and providing the opportunity to get hands on and test out their products for real world use.

There will also many exclusive event features, including the DCW Onsite Arena, powered by BlueBeam. This is an event first and will give visitors the opportunity to do a live walk around of a construction

site, set-up within the exhibition space. There are also multiple free to access theatres and workshops. New for this year is the Business Transformation Hub that focuses on supporting business to implement technology, to improve internal and external project collaboration, productivity and ultimately profitability. The Skills Hub, in partnership with CITB is a workshop and seminar theatre that is aimed at supporting businesses to upskill and train their current workforce to utilise new technologies and processes. This year will also see the return of the Leadership Conference. Featuring a varied group of respected industry experts, they will be sharing their knowledge, experiences and best practice for digitising the industry, as well as showcasing some cutting-edge projects that are using technology to deliver ground breaking results. The team at DCW are also, proud to announce the launch of the Digital Construction Awards. The awards are open to the entire industry, with nine prestigious categories to enter, it is an opportunity showcase the outstanding work of individuals and teams over the past 12 months. Digital Construction Week aims to help the industry understand the value of innovation and technology and provides a platform for all levels and disciplines in AECO to come together to share insight, discuss and recognise how technology and the people utilising it are delivering a better built environment. To be kept up to date with the latest event news, and to register for a free to attend ticket, please visit the DCW website: www.digitalconstructionweek.com

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JAMES TAKES UP ROLE AS NEW NOTTINGHAM LEAD FOR CURTINS EXPERIENCED engineer, James Garment, has taken up the role of Nottingham office lead for engineering consultancy, Curtins. Technical director James has been with the firm for more than five years and will now head up its Nottingham office, leading its 30-strong team of experts in delivering a range of schemes across the region and further afield for its clients. James, who is a Nottingham Trent University alumni, has extensive experience within the construction sector and is proud of the team the firm has built in the city and its commitment to staying ahead of the curve to best service its clients. Speaking of his new role, James said: “I have worked in Nottingham my entire career and I was really excited about the opportunity that Curtins afforded me. When I joined the firm in 2013, we had a small but highly experienced team on which we have built, allowing us to go from strength to strength. “In that time, we have grown into a larger practice offering multi-disciplinary engineering services, leveraging our wide range of expertise and experience to deliver an exceptional service to a varied selection of clients thanks to the real team ethos we have fostered here. “I am extremely passionate about the team we have built in Nottingham; we have cherrypicked the very best people who all have a real passion for their work, are honest and hard-working as well as incredibly talented and consistently in pursuit of new and innovative ways of

working, which allows us to exceed our clients’ expectations.”

experience and expertise which has played a key role in driving the business forwards.

The firm has worked on a number of high profile schemes throughout Nottinghamshire and the wider Midlands, including the award-winning Heart of the Campus scheme at Nottingham Trent University’s Clifton campus and the striking Vijay Patel building at De Montfort University in Leicester as well as a number of projects for private clients.

“With James at the helm of the Nottingham office, we will be able to build on the strong foundations we have put in place over the last five years and focusing on our plans for growth across the region and within our target sectors. The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little bit extra which I firmly believe we offer. We have been established in Nottingham for nearly 40 years and have a pedigree of clients for which we continually strive to deliver creative and innovation solutions. I would like to congratulate James and I wish him every success in his new role.”

Curtins director Dave Strong is responsible for the firm in the Midlands. He said: “In Nottingham, we have built an incredibly strong team with a range of different

RCM Strengthens Its Façade Sales Team RCM, Roofing and Cladding Materials Ltd, specialists in complete through wall solutions, are pleased to announce the appointment of Ricky Beadle as Regional Facades Sales Manager for the south of England with immediate effect. The appointment follows an ever increasing demand for RCM to supply specialist external facades to the UK construction industry. Ricky Beadle joins from FGF Ltd and brings more than 14 years’ experience of the industry to RCMs growing facades division. Ricky is extremely knowledgeable on modern building façade systems and knows how to build trusting and lasting relationships with customers. Working alongside an already successful facades

team he will be reporting to Ian Quinton, Managing Director of RCM. Commenting on the new appointment, Ian Quinton said: “Ricky brings a wealth of experience to the position and has a passion for the industry, something which is immediately evident in his personality. He is outgoing and extremely genuine and approachable. RCM are looking to increase solutions for our customers and grow our market share in offering a great variety of specialist building facades. This is something I believe Ricky will significantly contribute to. We believe Ricky will embrace RCM’s vision wholeheartedly and we all welcome our newest member with great enthusiasm.”

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Ricky commented: “I have been impressed with RCM and believe in the company’s vision for the future. My experience will help support and advance the facades division of RCM and I am looking forward to building great long-lasting working relationships with new and existing customers on behalf of the company.”

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Leading Tile Specialist Strengthens Team with New Appointment Tile distributor, Ceramique Internationale, has expanded its experienced team with the appointment of a new Specification Sales Executive for the Northern region. Michelle Foreman joins the senior sales team with a specific remit to work with housebuilders and developers across the region. She will be responsible for building Ceramique Internationale’s sales, nurturing the company’s existing accounts and furthering relationships in the housebuilding sector. Michelle, originally from Leeds and currently living in Bradford, joins the Ceramique Internationale team from PID systems where she dealt exclusively with housebuilders across the North on their onsite security systems. An experienced professional with over 20 years of experience in sales, Michelle has established a successful history of new business wins and consistently maintains fantastic customer retention levels. Although new to the tile industry, Michelle has spent time at leading European tile shows Cevisama in Valencia and Cersaie in Bologna, where

she has established strong connections with leading figures in the industry. Director of Ceramique Internationale, Cameron Fraser, said: “We are delighted to welcome Michelle to our team. With her extensive sales experience and outstanding customer network we believe that she represents a perfect fit for the company, enabling us to continue our growth and ensure our products

reach an even wider audience.” Ceramique Internationale employs 18 people, six of whom have been with the company for more than 20 years. The Leeds warehouse holds 100,000 square metres of tiles in stock at any one time, comprising hundreds of styles of floor and wall tiles, mosaics and associated products.

New appointments strengthen the British Woodworking Federation Council and Executive Board Executive Board and Council focused on driving forward the Build It Better with Wood strategy The British Woodworking Federation, the UK’s woodworking and joinery industry trade association, has made new appointments to the BWF Council and its Executive Board. Andrew Madge, Managing Director of Gowercroft Joinery has been appointed to the Executive Board, while Wolfgang Gorner of Allan Brothers and Simon Badham of Arden Windows have both joined the BWF Council.

Conduct and its training schemes, as well as reviewing and agreeing its annual plan and supporting discussions surrounding influencing key Government policies. Wolfgang Gorner and Simon Badham will be part of the strategic conversations that will drive forward the BWF strategy, to make wood the construction material of choice by celebrating its benefits and promoting the vast range of woodworking and joinery expertise available in the UK.

Sitting on the Executive Board and representing the membership, Andrew Madge will be supporting the growth of the BWF’s initiatives including the Code of

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Demand change! The future of the surface preparation industry If you ask someone how the floor in their house was prepared, how much do you think they could tell you? In the construction industry, preparation is as important as the final product. So, the industry must change to increase the awareness of proper surface preparation and support its growth. Here, Claude Besson, country manager for France at surface preparation equipment specialist, National Flooring Equipment explains how the industry is set to change in the future. It is unlikely that someone would know how the floors in their house were prepared. However, under the tiling, carpet, hardwood flooring or other covering, the concrete must be properly cleaned and prepared to make sure the new floor stays secure. It is not surprising that homeowners aren’t aware — the flooring industry also knows little about surface preparation. Current challenges Many people are unaware of the importance of proper surface preparation. During a renovation, some contractors only sweep the surface or rush preparation before laying the new coating — as that is all the customer will see.

Inefficient surface preparation and lack of awareness has put an economical strain on the industry. Contractors either have little knowledge of the industry or, those who do know about it undercharge for their work because of lack of awareness of its importance. Surface preparation is also struggling because of traditional views of the industry. The working conditions can be a challenge as the jobsite is often dirty, dusty and the working hours are inconvenient. Traditionally, surface preparation is also a labour-intensive industry, as companies prefer to hire labour rather than invest in equipment. Industry associations need to make equipment manufacturers, distributors and contractors aware that it doesn’t have to be like this. If we demand that trade associations should bring in new training schemes, safety and environmental regulations for the industry, surface preparation will change for the better. Looking ahead If the associations do make changes, we are set for a revolution in surface preparation.

The demand for housing and modern infrastructure is increasing and with the right equipment, expertise and regulations, the surface preparation industry can grow with the global construction industry.

The demand for housing and modern infrastructure is increasing and with the right equipment, expertise and regulations, the surface preparation industry can grow with the global construction industry. As the surface preparation industry grows, it will also gain recognition for its importance and become more attractive. In the next ten years, contractors will require more quality equipment and engineering experience on the jobsite to improve productivity. We also need a more qualified and knowledgeable workforce to make the most of this technology. Only companies that embrace change will survive this growth. If they choose not to adapt and refuse to invest in talent or equipment, they will be left behind. To avoid this, companies should invest in training, monitor and adapt to market trends and acquire the right expertise and equipment to improve productivity and working conditions. Technology Advances in technology enable contractors to meet the growing demands of their customers. Currently, contractors remove coverings using shanks or blades attached to walk-behind or ride-on scrapers. As more advanced technology supports the growth of the construction industry, we may see similar changes in surface preparation. 20 years ago, contractors were using manpowered push along scrapers that had little to no safety features. Now, manufacturers provide multiple types of plug-in or fuelpowered floor removal machines that all attach to dust collectors. In the next two decades, we will see more changes to how we prepare substrates for new coverings. Drones are currently used for 3D mapping, deliveries and surveillance. In the future,

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More services and more advanced equipment requires a more knowledgeable workforce. Contractors must invest in proper training to be able to correctly choose and efficiently use the advancing equipment. Market trends are set to change rapidly as more technology is introduced to the industry. Contractors should visit trade shows to understand the range of equipment available to them as well as sharing expertise and monitoring market trends. This will ensure that they are not left behind as the industry changes. The next 20 years

it could survey a jobsite for a contractor before they start any work. They can use the collected information to efficiently determine the best equipment for their work. There are also technologies that could change how we prepare the substrate. Other industries use lasers for surface treatment this could be a new way to treat concrete. Chemicals could be ideal for removing glue, paint or dirt from a substrate without the noise or vibration of machines. However, the industry needs to manufacture a safe chemical to keep workers and customers safe. High pressure water could also efficiently prepare concrete for a new covering if manufacturers can develop a way to capture and recycle the water to keep it off the jobsite. Competitiveness As well as investing in the right technology, companies need to focus on their service offering to remain competitive in the surface preparation industry. The internet will become more important for businesses that want to communicate

with these global customers. They can share their expertise by posting helpful training assets as well as success stories and advice on social media. Manufacturers can also benefit from developing apps to give distributors and contractors the information they need to select the right machines for each application. Manufacturers should also approach different distribution channels to increase the number of contractors who can access their equipment. They can approach general rental companies, demolition equipment distributors, paint dealers and more. The workforce More services and more advanced equipment requires a more knowledgeable workforce. Contractors must invest in proper training to be able to correctly choose and efficiently use the advancing equipment. Contractors also need to be more performance driven. They need to correctly communicate, promote and quote their jobs to ensure they improve productivity both in the job itself and the service they offer.

By adapting now, businesses can fully embrace the changing industry and be a part of its growth over the next twenty years. Over this time, equipment will be built to improve productivity and avoid downtime, as it will need little to no maintenance. Equipment may also be remote-controlled so that it can run without breaks as the operator monitors it away from the jobsite. This will reduce fatigue and risk of injury for workers. In the next 20 years we will also see cleaner jobsites with less harmful substances, such as silica, in the air. Equipment will capture dust at the source, stopping it from becoming airborne. Most people do not realise how much work went into preparing the floor they are stood on. However, the only way to change people’s view of surface preparation is to demand change. Manufacturers, distributors and contractors must request improvements in education, equipment and service offering to increase awareness of the importance of surface preparation and support its growth. For further information, please visit www.nationalequipment.com/en

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Pockets of tech investment won’t cure construction’s dwindling productivity, expert warns Construction firms must look at improving efficiencies across all operating systems in order to meet targets, rather than investing in pockets of activity, according to insight from Engage Technology Partners. Following calls from the House of Lord’s Science and Technology Committee for the sector to increase its use of offsite manufacturing and other new technologies in order to improve productivity, the software and service supplier has warned that a focus on such outputs alone won’t deliver the required increase in production. Drey Francis, Director at Engage explains: “While investing in more efficient processes such as offsite manufacturing is certainly a step in the right direction, this alone won’t solve the problem of hard to meet targets. There’s immense stress on the industry at the moment,

with a high demand of expectations and low availability of talent. What we need to see is a greater focus on the use of technology across the entire construction remit, rather than just pockets of investment in the likes of offsite manufacturing. For example, small steps in back office systems which provide real-time, transparent data can help firms keep project costings on track, identify staffing shortages early on and, ultimately, ensure completion targets are more likely to be met. If we look at examples from other sectors – such as travel and entertainment – it’s clear that the integration of technology across all areas of the business can help a firm thrive. With pressure on the sector set to increase, now really is the time for construction to play catch up.”

Construction growth continues but Hammerson’s debacle may halt momentum - BLP Insurance comments on latest PMI: Following the release of the latest Construction PMI figures, Phil Harris, Director at BLP Insurance, comments on why construction sector growth is masking some fundamental issues in the industry: “In July, new orders continued to be the main driver of sector growth, as a result of the continuing high demand for residential housing. Consumer confidence is still relatively strong, boosted by the government’s commitment to deliver on housing. Other green shoots of optimism include the build-to-rent (BTR) market, which is continuing to gain momentum, especially in regional areas. “Despite impressive performance over July and the summer period, there remain some short term and longerterm challenges for the industry to tackle. The potential effect of Brexit is still impossible to quantify. This is

having a tangible drag on the market, causing a perpetual mire of indecision over the short and medium term. “While employment numbers were the strongest since December 2015, the skills shortage shows little sign of abating, leading to increasing labour costs as the availability of tradespeople shrinks further and wages rise. Combined with increasing material leadtimes, development is being hindered, especially in the residential market where supply is failing to meet demand. “July was another strong month for commercial activity but the sector remains vulnerable to volatility. British retailers continue to close shops at a pace and the full impact of shopping centre developer, Hammerson’s failed takeover of rival Intu may have yet to be fully felt. With many predicting the closure of more Hammerson sites, growth in July may prove a false dawn.”

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NFB: Vocational education powers the UK economy Speaking to the Commons Education Skills Committee, Skills Minister Anne Milton stated that the Department for Education and its providers need to make it clear the additional qualifications that learners get from T-levels. Milton also said that many parents may “leave it a year” before recommending a new qualification to their children.

T-levels offer a unique opportunity to follow an educational path that employers really value. They can also offer an increased number of opportunities to learners who find traditional academic learning inappropriate. The National Federation of Builders (NFB) welcomes this straightforward appraisal from the skills minister and hopes that the Government will redouble efforts to promote T-levels as a firstclass learning and career choice. Technical education does not just offer more flexibility in learning, but an increased number of opportunities to students who do not believe that a traditional academic route suits them. The increase in vocational opportunities at university shows that employers value employees who can actually do the job. Richard Beresford, chief executive of the NFB, said: “T-levels offer a unique opportunity to follow an educational path that employers really value. They can also offer an increased number of opportunities to learners who find traditional academic learning inappropriate. “Vocational education enables the training of skilled workers in innovative and crucial sectors of the economy. We must do more to convey this message to parents and schools.”

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Driving forward customer focussed delivery in Highways Four million people use Highways England’s Strategic Road Network (SRN) each day. This is forecast to grow by a further 40% by 20401 with the cost of congestion expected to increase by 63% by 20302. Over the coming decades, both the SRN and local assets will require constant upgrades, maintenance and expansion to handle the increased reliance on our road networks. This traditionally means an increase in roadworks and delays as a result of further closures, reduced speed limits and increased congestion. Today, Balfour Beatty has launched the latest of its policy papers, “Customer Driven: Delivering roads for the future”, presenting an alternative way of delivering highways works

to dramatically improve customer satisfaction, by evolving the way in which contractors deliver works. While Highways England introduced a stronger focus on the customer, the road users, following its establishment in 2015, more is required; contractors must also broaden their customerfocused culture and play their part in responding to the evolving needs of the customer. With eight key points and recommendations outlined within the paper, Balfour Beatty presents a number of ideas to address the issues, based around two key themes: • Improving the customer experience through better communications

• Reducing the amount of time roadworks take, utilising new technology with the ultimate goal of roadworks rarely being necessary Phil Clifton, Managing Director of Balfour Beatty’s Highways business, said, “In today’s digital age, we must provide a digital solution. With technology infiltrating all aspects of life, customers expect the same level of technological advancement in their journeys on the road; industry must adapt to respond to this expectation. “We must embrace technology, both in our construction practices and communication with customers, if we are to become a truly future-focussed highways industry”.

NFB: Standardisation is a must for the construction industry The Government has announced that the UK will undergo a massive improvement in electric charging point availability, after Parliament passed the Automatic and Electric Vehicles Act on 19 July 2018.

charging points because it will inspire confidence in the consumer market, as well as motivating the construction industry to deliver many of these facilities either through new builds or retro-fitting.

The legislation will ensure universal compatibility of charging points with different vehicles, standardise how charging points are paid for, and set reliability standards.

However, the planning process remains a barrier to delivering this transformation change, unless it undergoes reform.

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) welcomes the decision to standardise

Richard Beresford, chief executive of the NFB, said: “The Government clearly recognises the importance of standardising charging points for

consumers and businesses alike and house builders will certainly welcome this move. Unfortunately the local planning system, which will deliver this transformational change, remains an interpretation of national planning policy. “If the Government wants to tackle the housing crisis with the same vigour it is addressing air quality, it must build on its own plaudits and deliver a planning system that is consistent and clear for the entire house building supply chain.”

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Project News DEVELOPERS HARNESS INNOVATIVE CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES TO DELIVER HUNDREDS OF NEW HOMES IN SOUTHWARK REGENERATION AREA Leading property and construction consultants McBains today announced the completion and partial completion of two major multi-use developments in London’s Southwark Regeneration Area: Elephant One (Phase One) and Two Fifty One. McBains’s involvement in the Phase One redevelopment of Elephant One, Elephant and Castle, in London’s Zone 1, has stretched over a decade, and is the largest multi-discipline project the company has undertaken in the capital. The team has provided project management, contract administration and design services on the build from its early planning phase in 2007, through to its completion in June 2018. The mixed-use development, situated opposite Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, was designed entirely in BIM

(Building Information Modelling) and its construction was fully coordinated by the design team, both on and off-site. This method helped reduce activity and pressure on-site, benefiting the project and the local environment. Comprising three towers, of 374 apartments, 270 student rooms and 12 commercial units – including an on-site Sainsbury’s superstore and GymBox –the development is one of city’s first build to rent (BTR) schemes. The borough also recently saw a further sectional completion at Two Fifty One Southwark Bridge Road. This project comprises a single 41-storey residential tower and a 7-storey office block – with the former delivering 338 apartments, across an array of tenures including affordable, private, premium and premium plus. It is being completed in five stages, with all of the 65 affordable and the majority of private tenure apartments being completed in March and May 2018. The penthouse suites will follow in August 2018, and the final touches to the external features are set be completed in October 2018. Features at Two Fifty One include a communal lounge, gymnasium, club and conference rooms, a private cinema, a green wall and communal garden. McBains supported the design team and contractor with the design and manufacture of concrete frames for both Elephant One and Two Fifty One, using a ‘Design for Manufacture and Assembly’ (DfMA) system developed by Laing O’Rourke. As employer agents and project managers, they also supervised installation on the 0.51 acre site. Clive Docwra, Director at McBains, said: “Elephant One and Two Fifty One exemplify the growing appeal of this centrally-located borough and the need for new and improved housing stock. Elephant One carries particular importance for us, at McBains, in so much that it was our largest and most complex inter-disciplinary project to date. So, to have been involved in its development from start to finish, and to have played a part in one of Europe’s largest regeneration programmes, is a real coup.”

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Construction Site Broadband The rugged TARDIS4G router provides ultra-reliable LTE and WiFi connectivity – Our clients think it’s perfect for their site-based offices. Each solution is capable of providing broadband and WiFi up-to 30 simultaneous users and our API’d network flexibility means we’re in a very unique position to offer all four major networks under the TARDIS4G brand. Coupled with NO CONTRACTS, Fixed IP SIMs and International Roaming SIMs (for international contractors), we have disrupted the market again and continue to be the leading provider. Lastly, “T by Tardis” is our IoT solution which we are developing in-house and alongside a couple of UK universities, including 5G Innovation Centre at University of Surrey – The construction industry will never be the same again! If you’re intrigued by what we have planned, awesome! We’d love to tell you a little bit more!

Costain: IT Installation Manager “We found Tardis4G to be a great solution for us. We’ve used it on hundreds of sites in the last 6 years including Crossrail and London Underground.” Jenner Group: Chief Buyer “Openreach have increasingly longer response times, the infrastructure costs keep rising. Tardis 4G have solved our connectivity issues very well! Their construction site broadband service is available next day and is up and running in a matter of minutes, not months! We highly recommend Tardis 4G.” Morris Homes: Group IT and Network Manager “Tardis 4G is the perfect solution for us for a number of reasons... It is cost-effective, the hardware is so easy to use and the customer service / support team are always very helpful. If you’re procuring temporary 4G solutions, make sure you contact Tardis 4G.”

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NORTH EAST CONCRETE MANUFACTURER CEMENTS ITS FUTURE AT LYNEFIELD PARK H-Mix, one of the first tenants to move to Lynefield Park, the site of the former Alcan Aluminium smelter plant, is looking towards future expansion with plans to increase production facilities supporting Harworth Group’s multi-million pound plans to regenerate the area. The company, which serves the North East’s construction industry including homebuilders, civil engineering companies, builders’ merchants and general contractors, has bucked market trends and a decline in overall industry growth, with construction output reported as being down 1.7% in May 2018 (three months on three months series *ONS). In contrast, H-Mix has seen concrete production at its Northumberland facility increase by 18% since January. Formed in 2015, the ready-mixed concrete manufacturing business has recently recruited two new employees at its one acre, two plant site in order to meet demand from local and national customers. This has taken current numbers to eight along with 1.5 temporary staff. The company also has plans to increase production facilities at its Lynefield Park HQ with the possibility of new investment in external plant equipment, manufacturing capability and additional commercial space. This would further support site owners, Harworth Group’s long-term vision to develop a strategic industrial zone attracting significant inward

investment, large manufacturing companies and creating a gateway and sustainable masterpan for South East Northumberland that encourages new employment and benefits the region and local communities. John Hudson, Managing Director of H-Mix Limited commented, “Despite the construction sector going through somewhat of an uncertain period over the last few years with the exception of the housing sector, we have seen demand for our products continue to grow and therefore we are looking very much to the future with expansion in mind. “We’re currently a £3m turnover company with a number of significant business opportunities in the pipeline. This is with a view to expanding our concrete manufacturing capabilities, widening our services, entering into new markets, creating more jobs and further demonstrating our commitment to the area as a local employer. “Our plans very much compliment the vision that Harworth has for the site and creates a strong ‘manufacturing hub’ alongside neighbouring companies such as Lynx Precast Limited. We’re very much looking at our long-term future here at Lynefield Park as the site meets all of the requirements that a business like ours needs; namely large-scale industrial space, excess land and good access to main transport links, especially road, rail and the nearby port. We’re therefore in a

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very good position to move forward and grow the business.” Working closely with Harworth Group, H-Mix is one of a number of manufacturing companies located at Lynefield Park, with several new tenants due to relocate to the 1.3 million sq ft (175 acres) brownfield site over the forthcoming months. It has a number of B1, B2 and B8 industrial units available ranging from 9,000 to 40,000 sq ft and can accommodate future units of up to 500,000 sq ft on a freehold or design and build basis. Eddie Peat, Director of Harworth Group (North East & Corporate Development) added, “Lynefield Park is one of the largest brownfield development sites in the North East and Harworth Group has planning permission for four industrial zones including opportunities for bespoke-build units. We work very closely with tenants like H-Mix to support their ongoing business activities and plans by the company to expand can only be a good thing for the site as well as the local community. “We have significant interest in Lynefield Park from companies looking to relocate or grow regionally and this could provide new and replacement jobs following the closure of traditional industries. This is a crucial part in our vision for the site in order to stimulate growth, investment and deliver a sustainable long-term plan.”

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Risk Management for Infrastructure An IRM training course delivered in conjunction with

Learn to apply risk management principles to infrastructure projects with the IRM’s latest training course. The Risk Management for Infrastructure one day course will teach you how to develop a functioning risk management strategy tailored to the infrastructure industry. Sign up now for our first London session, 13 November 2018 Find out more at www.theirm.org/infrastructure We also offer a Certificate in Enterprise Risk Management “The risk management field is gaining in prominence within the Infrastructure industry and clients have developed a very high expectation of the risk management function. IRM qualifications are a necessary quality benchmark.”

Companies we have worked with:

Vinay Shrivastava, Group Chair of the IRM Infrastructure SIG Director, Turner & Townsend Infrastructure

“In business you are surrounded by professional people with qualifications in their specialisms and having a formal qualification in risk management reinforces that it is a vital component of successful business.” Phil Parratt, CIRM Risk Manager, Kier Group

Keep up with the IRM’s work in the infrastructure sector by joining our dedicated Special Interest Group www.theirm.org/infrastructureSIG

Company News

Rudridge Gravesend welcomes new fleet of lorries Rudridge Gravesend has welcomed five new lorries to its delivery fleet. The groundwork and materials supplier, which is one of the only companies of its type to provide a next day delivery service to its customers, has invested in five 32-tonne Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3240 Tridem 8x4 lorries. The grab loaders feature improved manoeuvrability meaning they are easier to handle in areas with restricted access, such as building sites. Each lorry is capable of a carrying capacity of 17 tonnes and has a HIAB X HiDuo 188 B-2 remote control crane, specifically chosen to handle the more

specialised civils materials supplied by Rudridge. The lorries will operate alongside the branch’s existing vehicles – a 7.5 tonne Mercedes Canter and a Citroen van. Craig Lyons, Branch Manager at Gravesend, said: “We are delighted with our new lorries. Their arrival means we will be able to provide a more extensive delivery service to our customers, fulfil more orders and meet additional next day delivery requests. The drivers are looking forward to getting behind the wheels and out on the road.”

ENVENIO LAUNCHES BIM & CFD SURVEY Engineering software developer, Envenio, has launched an online BIM (Building Information Modeling) and CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) Survey. The 5-6 minute survey has been designed to collect baseline data directly from industry, and aims to find out more about BIM and the role for CFD in building design and HVAC system optimization. “The results will enable us to better understand how BIM and CFD tools are being used, and identify new areas where they could be used” says Scott Walton, VP of Envenio. Respondents will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win $500 worth of compute time on Envenio’s cloud hosted, on-demand CFD platform EXN/Aero. Advances in both BIM and CFD technology have enabled complicated building models

to be digitally constructed with precise geometry and accurate information to support the project construction, fabrication, analysis and procurement activities. Mapping 3D flow patterns, evaluating occupant thermal comfort, and predicting contaminant dispersion are just some of the reasons more and more in the built environment have been turning to CFD as a general purpose flow simulator, and

engineers are using CFD to trial new design ideas at low cost or to identify problems with existing systems during retrofits. The survey will ask questions about existing BIM and CFD use, identifying current attitudes and perceptions, training and usability issues, and costs. Results from the survey will be shared in September.

RGB’s penalty shoot-out raises over £389 for children’s hospice With football fever having gripped the country over the past month, RGB Building Supplies recently gave customers and staff the chance to score a penalty against the company’s mascot Archie Bee, helping to raise £389.73 for Children’s Hospice South West. Penalty takers made a £1 donation to take their shot and all those that beat Archie Bee were entered into a prize draw to win a Sharp 49” LED TV. Kevin Fenlon, CEO at RGB, commented:

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“The penalty shoot-out was great fun and, although Archie Bee’s performance wasn’t quite up to the standard of Jordan Pickford, he did save a fair few shots! We’d like to thank all our customers who took part for helping us to raise funds for Children’s Hospice South West.” Children’s Hospice South West is RGB Building Supplies’ chosen charity and the builders merchant is organising a number of events to raise funds. The hospice provides care for children with life-limiting conditions and their families across the South West.


ALIMAK MAMMOTH With a total payload capacity of 5,500kg, a load space of 45 cubic metres and measuring 3m wide x 5m long x 3m high, the Alimak Mammoth is one of the world’s largest construction hoists. The twin masted hoist offers flexibility, efficiency, safety, productivity, low energy consumption and low cost of ownership, making it the ultimate choice for both construction and rental companies on projects with extremely high demands on performance. Alimak Hek products are designed and built to operate in the harshest environments, including construction sites, offshore oil production vessels, cement plants, power stations, mines, ports and warehousing.

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Company News

Riwal UK looks pretty in pink for breast cancer campaign launch Riwal UK is to offer clients pink powered access as part of a year-long campaign to support leading research charity Breast Cancer Now.

prolonging the lives of tens of thousands of people. It has ambitious targets for further success, and we want to help the charity achieve them.”

associated with some breast cancers, since Claire was 29 she has been having annual mammograms and additional checks.

It has repainted two of its most popular access platforms pink and named them Suzie and Betty to raise awareness about the disease on worksites and in public places up and down the UK.

Riwal UK is part of the global Riwal company that delivers innovative, high quality powered access rental and sales services in 17 countries. It launched its Breast Cancer Now campaign at its first ever summer conference.

Claire said: “I have many colleagues at Riwal whose lives have been touched by breast cancer and are living with its effects, and that will be the same at workplaces up and down the country. “That’s why we’re all passionate about wanting to help Breast Cancer Now. Through hiring out Suzie and Betty and fundraising throughout the year, we have a chance to change lives for the better, which is fantastic.”

‘Betty Boom’ and ‘Suzie Scissor Lift’ will be hired to clients to promote the work of Breast Cancer Now, which is playing a leading role in reducing the number of deaths caused by the cancer. For the duration of the campaign, five per cent of all hire fees for the eye-catching machines will be donated to the charity - while employees have pledged to take part in more fundraising events during the year . Mick Ledden, Riwal UK Country Manager, said: “We are very excited about what we hope to achieve for Breast Cancer Now in the next 12 months. Our staff voted for the charity and are ready to put their all into supporting it. “We already have advance orders for Suzie and Betty, so there are early signs that our clients will be enthusiastic with their support as well. We’d like to urge other powered access users to do the same. It really will be the case of powered access being pretty in pink for a very good cause. Breast Cancer Now does brilliant work carrying out research that is saving and

Sue Stannard, who has had the disease, spoke at the conference on behalf of Breast Cancer Now. She said: “The commitment shown by Riwal to supporting Breast Cancer Now is incredible. Suzie and Betty will be seen by tens of thousands of people, which is very exciting. Breast Cancer Now’s vision is that by 2050 nobody should die from the disease. That’s a very bold statement. But we hope, by then, that breast cancer will be viewed not as a deadly disease, but as a chronic condition that can be managed over many years, saving thousands of lives as a result. That can only be done with continued research and awareness about what can be achieved. Over the next 12 months, I’m sure the team at Riwal, and their customers, are going to help immensely on both counts.” Riwal UK Human Resources Manager Claire Waples has played a key role in organising the company’s Breast Cancer Now campaign. Her mother, Diana, died from the disease, aged 48. Due to the hereditary risks

Powered access has never looked so pretty as the entire Riwal UK team wear pink to launch breast cancer campaign

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Suzie, a Holland Lift B-195DL25 4WD scissor lift, and Betty, a JLG 600AJ Boom, will be available for hire anywhere in the UK via Riwal UK’s four depots. As well as donating five per cent of hire fees for Suzie and Betty, Riwal UK’s teams will also take part in quarterly fundraising events during the campaign which runs until July 2018. Mick Ledden said: “Riwal UK always aims to make a positive difference in the local communities where we work. We see this as a great opportunity to work with clients to raise awareness about Breast Cancer Now and share the positive impact of supporting such a good cause.” Anyone who wants to make a donation to the Riwal UK Breast Cancer Now campaign can do so on our Just Giving page: www.justgiving.com/riwal


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