MAGAZINE 2019 Media Pack
Sorting the wheat from the chaff when connecting construction sites
DIGITAL, DIVERSITY AND DISCUSSION AT UK CONSTRUCTION WEEK
CRANES BUILD A LUXURY RESIDENTIAL COMPLEX IN NIGERIA
Celebrates 30th Birthday with Kentish Cruise
MICK GEORGE KICK START NEW Â£4.75M FACILITY TO TRAIN CONSTRUCTION STAFF
EksoVest Trial & Robotics in Construction
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Readership 81,300 China Resources Land Suhewan project breaks ground in Shanghai The first office tower to be built in the newly regenerated Suhewan area of Shanghai broke ground in September. The 200-metre signature tower for China Resources Land forms the centrepiece of the Suhewan East Urban Complex, which aims to introduce a richer mix of functions to the predominantly residential area of the city. The development is part of the city’s 2020 vision of drawing development towards the eastern quarter of Shanghai. The 42-storey building is situated alongside a new Suhewan Park and an underground retail complex, with excellent connections to metro stations nearby, acting as a catalyst for bringing new businesses to the area. The tower has been designed as an animated backdrop to the park, with scenic lifts that rise to the rooftop. The lower levels capture views of the park to the east, and as the building rises above the surrounding
low-rise residential fabric it opens up to stunning 360-degree panoramic views of Pudong, the historic Bund and the Huangpu River to the west. Gerard Evenden, Head of Studio, Foster + Partners, said: “China Resources Land Suhewan project occupies a pivotal position in the city, as a rapidly growing area for new businesses. In consonance with the city’s future vision for the area, our focus has been to provide a modern landmark inspired by its rich history and industrial past.” The expressed structure of the tower draws on the industrial aesthetic of the nearby bridges and buildings. The building’s dark glazing reduces the reflective glare, while contrasting with the stainless steel structural frame, which has been pulled away from the corners to maximise views out. The flexible office
floorplates have been designed to suit a variety of layouts from single to multiple tenancies. The middle sections of the building along the western façade is recessed in the middle to allow natural light to flood the deep plan office spaces. This effectively splits the tower into two wings, giving the tower its elegant, slender proportions.
“We have designed the building in the most flexible way possible to accommodate the changing nature of the workplace. The floorplates have been designed to enhance collaboration and communication, with special emphasis on natural daylight, as organisations look towards healthier and more open spaces to work,” added Evenden.
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the construction of the three towers that form the complex, of more than 140 metres in height and up to 32 floors.
COMANSA cranes build a luxury residential complex in Nigeria
Among the six cranes, two are model 21LC550, one is a 21LC335 model and the remaining three are 21LC290 model. All of them were erected initially with low heights, but the team from ITB Nigeria used the hydraulic jacking cages in different occasions to jack-up the machines as the buildings were growing taller. The cranes are now working at their maximum height, reaching the tallest up to 163.5 metres. All COMANSA cranes at the “Azuri Peninsula” project were equipped with
the Effi-Plus system, which increases significantly the hoisting speeds with light loads. “Due to the height of the buildings, it has been essential to rely on cranes with high hoist speeds”, says Paul Kattar, Tower Crane Manager at ITB Nigeria. “The work cycles of the COMANSA cranes on site are very short, which increase its productivity, and helps us to also shorten work times”, adds Kattar. COMANSA’s PowerLift System, which improves the load diagram of the crane by 10%, was significantly used as well. According to Kattar, “The podium of the
building is formed mainly by precast elements from 6 to 8 tonnes and concrete beams of different sizes with maximum weights up to 13 tonnes. For its construction, the PowerLift System had to assist us many times in certain operations in which we required a 10% extra capacity”. The cranes are working 24 hours a day, lifting steel structures during the daytime and helping with the concrete works during the night. Many weekends, the tower crane team had to move and fix the collars and jack the cranes up to leave them ready before Monday morning.
Contractor ITB Nigeria is using 6 COMANSA cranes for the construction of the “Azuri Peninsula” apartments, developed by Eko Development Company in a brand new city on reclaimed land in Lagos. The keys of the 244 luxury apartments of the “Azuri Penisnula” complex will be amongst the first couple to be handed over of the entire Eko Atlantic project, a spectacular business and residential city under construction on an artificial peninsula in Lagos, the Financial Capital of Nigeria. The State of Lagos and the Chagoury Group are leading this ambitious project that will allow Africa’s most populated country to gain around 10 square kilometres of land that was lost to the Atlantic Ocean, hoping to create an important business hub for the entire continent. “Azuri Peninsula” is being built at the Marina District, one of the new ten districts of this city and the one that will concentrate most of its leisure opportunities. There are six COMANSA cranes working in this project all which belong to the fleet of the turnkey contractor ITB Nigeria FZE. The machines, all with flat-top design and maximum load capacity of 18 and 20 tonnes, are taking on
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Willmott Dixon trials industry first high-tech robotic vest that could revolutionise construction
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Willmott Dixon has teamed up with robotics firm, Eksobionics, to trial a hightech exoskeleton vest to protect supply chain partners working on a new school development in Cardiff. Willmott Dixon is the first company in the construction industry to trial ‘Eksovest’ – an upper body exoskeleton vest that supports the arms during heavy lifting. Funded by Eureka, Willmott Dixon’s central research and development fund, the vest, which costs approximately £5,650, is being used on the Cardiff West Community High School site. The company will then demonstrate Eksovest at other sites across the country before introducing as standard depending on how the trials perform.
Creatomus Solutions explores online customisation for home design Estonia-based company Creatomus Solutions has developed an interactive online 3D house configurator inviting buyers to visualise their future homes via web browser.
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This smart combination of architectural and computational design, planning, 3D modelling and web technology permits developers to offer a wide range of pre-designed layouts, building products and material choices. Buyers pick the most suitable solution and immediately visualise it in 3D alongside a real-time update of the total cost. “We believe that houses, like cars or shoes, can be bought and sold online. The one-size-fits-all ethos is no longer valid for the housing industry. Now, houses can be customised to suit buyers’ needs and budgets” – says Renee Puusepp, Creatomus Solutions’ CEO. Creatomus Solutions’ latest house configurator software has been created for the NU living’s Beechwood housing development of 251 units in Basildon (UK) . The two to four bedroom, 85 to 130 square-metre homes are made of CLT (Cross Laminated Timber). This highly sustainable construction material is formed of at least three bonded single-layer panels of massive wood.
In Cardiff, the vest is assisting those working at the Cardiff West Community High School, a £31m project which will provide a new school for 1,200 secondary students as well a new home for more than 300 sixth-formers. It also holds the coveted “Ultra Site” status from the CCS (Considerate Constructors Scheme).
The site was chosen to trial the newly developed technology due to the range of technical activities required to complete the build. Neal Stephens, managing director for Willmott Dixon Wales and South West, says: “Innovation is in our DNA and this could revolutionise the ability of our people on site to lift heavier objects. The wellbeing of our people and supply chain is always our
Five different residential Architectural design by Pollard Thomas Edwards, ©Source - NU living typologies have been designed by architectural practice Pollard Thomas Edwards for the Beechwood project (Park Corner House, Avenue House, Lane House, Terrace House and Fryth House). The general size is set, but each buyer can customise specific geometrical parameters, from window size to roof pitch, interior and exterior cladding paradigm shift towards a technologymaterials to safety installation systems driven do-it-yourself philosophy within and building products. Options can be the decision making process is evolving saved and budgeted, to give customers the architect’s role designer of outputs the clearest possible preview before (houses) towards system designer. contacting the suppliers. In an age when customisation and The spectrum of design choices, which would be impossible to reproduce using conventional CAD applications, is conceptually organised into complex decision graphs and carefully studied by Creatomus Solutions inventors. The modelling is performed using Rhinoceros 3D software, while the decision graph is woven together online through a content management system. Empowered with new digital tools, architects are now able to offer automated choices to customers. This
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online shopping have become part of everyday life, the building industry is moving towards a new, customer-centric environment. CREDITS Project name: Beechwood house configurators Housing development location: Beechwood, Basildon, UK Software developer: Creatomus Solutions Client: NU living Architect: Pollard Thomas Edwards
number one priority and the more we can use technology to support this, the better. “The Eksovest technology should lead to teams on site feeling less exerted, meaning improved wellbeing and productivity. This investment also demonstrates the development of our new Eureka fund in supporting technology and innovation that will drive change in our construction industry into the 21st century.”
Architectural design by Pollard Thomas Edwards, ©Source - NU living
Design phase: June 2017 – July 2018 Completion: July 2018 GFA: 85-130 sqm per house (251 houses) Costs: 345.000 - 510.000 £ Construction material: CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) These activities take place in the framework of a programme by the Estonian Centre for Architecture and are funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
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Project News Construction begins on new sustainable student accommodation Construction work has begun on new sustainable student accommodation for King’s College, University of Cambridge, the first of its kind in the city.
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Balfour Beatty secures contract for £60m state of the art learning and teaching facility in Glasgow Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, today announces that it has been selected by the University of Strathclyde to deliver its new £60 million learning and teaching building.
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The contract, worth £33m, has been awarded through the University’s Major Building Construction framework, to which Balfour Beatty was appointed in February 2018.
Balfour Beatty will be responsible for the refurbishment and extension to the existing Grade II listed Architecture building and the neighbouring Colville building, linking the two together to create a modern teaching space. Additionally, Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick will provide the mechanical and electrical engineering services for the new state-of-the-art learning hub.
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Facilities provided in the new Learning & Teaching building will include a new large-scale teaching spaces and a learning village for individual study,
student-facing support services and a modern, purpose built accommodation for the University of Strathclyde Students’ Association. Hector MacAulay, Balfour Beatty’s Regional Managing Director for Scotland and Ireland, said: “This award is testament to our longstanding relationship with the University of Strathclyde and to our expert knowledge and experience in delivering modern educational facilities across Scotland. With almost 23,000 students based on the central Glasgow campus, we look forward to providing an exciting and inspiring environment, while also delivering multiple social and economic benefits to the surrounding community.” Work is due to commence on site later this year, with completion expected in summer 2020. At construction peak, the project will employ a workforce of over 200, providing local employment opportunities and graduate positions.
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Leicester, UK- It had all the characteristic of a complex project: an historical city centre, heritage site full of tourists, narrow access road. But it did not stop an MB Crusher from sneaking in and reclaim the old Greyfriars car park.
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Now, proposals will see a sympathetic restoration of the site, which will include a modern sunken living space folded under the garden landscape. This will enhance the structure’s many original features while adding a new dimension without any visual impact on the external appearance.
R G Carter will be constructing the student accommodation, having become one of the UK’s leading Passivhaus homebuilders, through continued investment, upskilling of its workforce and expertise demonstrated across a number of award winning developments. Each accommodation block will reflect the surroundings in a contemporary way. Cranmer Villa will incorporate red brick walls, clay roof tiles and stone windows that reflects a style with neighbouring buildings. The Garden building has been designed to blend into the conservation of the area, with a glazed terracotta cladding and a sustainable ‘green’ roof. It is expected that students will take up occupation in Autumn 2019.
This car park is located next to the King Richard III Visitor Centre and a stone’s throw away from the Cathedral Church of St Martin. Usually known as Leicester Cathedral, were the remains of Richard III were buried in 2015 after being discovered nearby.
The key was to recycle as many material on site. So an MB Crusher Bucket BF60.1 was mounted on a Caterpillar 313F excavator, to crush the hardcore available to then reuse it, totally eliminating the need to bring wagons on and off site
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WORK ON £2.5M NEW NORTHUMBERLAND WALLED GARDEN HOUSE STARTS
The 1771 built walled garden originally supplied fresh produce for Newton Hall but had fallen into decline following years of neglect.
Philip Isaac, the Domus Bursar at King’s College, said: “We are delighted to have been given permission to develop this sustainable building on College land. It will provide much-needed accommodation for our graduates and foster the growth of a community spirit on the site.”
The renewal is part of a bigger expansion plan that will be carried out in the area, right in the heart of the historical site. Due to the location being a conservation area, accessibility is limited by extremely narrow streets and also the number of heavy equipment needed to be minimise.
The move is the latest phase of an ambitious project by Newcastle architects Pod to create a five-bedroomed property, which will revitalise and safeguard the Grade II listed walled garden in Newton-onthe-Moor under plans already approved by Northumberland County Council.
The student housing will be built to a Passivhaus standard, a sustainable housing initiative, resulting in ultra-low energy buildings which require very little fuel for heating or cooling.
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Plans for a stunning £2.5m walled garden house between Alnwick and Morpeth have moved a step closer to completion, as the first phase of construction work gets under way.
The development, situated in existing College grounds on Cranmer Road, will provide 59 graduate rooms built across two new accommodation buildings to create a unified campus around a shared garden, a short walk from the College’s historic courts. Within the grounds are two existing buildings.
modern entertainment wing and convert the disused potting sheds and greenhouses into luxury living accommodation. Featuring a sauna, bar, gym and a spiral staircase leading via a retractable glass roof to a restored walled garden that wraps over the new build element, the scheme has been designed to be sensitive and reflect the gardens original purpose. It was essential the project preserves and respects the heritage of the Walled Garden and its surroundings, said Pod’s project architect and director Martin Clay. Working closely with Northumberland County Council and its conservation officers to get the scheme of the ground, he said: “As architects, you always want to work on challenging projects and for clients
with ambition. Working with Hindhaugh Homes, we have designed a highly creative home that respects the sites heritage and provides an outstanding vision of modern living. On the back of a growing client base and an impressive portfolio of work, we are going from strength-to-strength. The opportunity to work for high-profile individuals is always one that we would welcome as a creatively-driven practice.” Pod was established by Craig and Ruth Van Bedaf in 2007 and provides a range of architectural and design services. It currently employs 12 staff at its office in the Toffee Factory, Newcastle, and undertakes residential work, primarily with large regional housebuilders across the North of England. These include national housebuilders Bellway and Storey Homes, as well as Northumberland Estates.
The news is the culmination of more than three years of hard work by Toffee Factorybased Pod, which has worked closely with client Paul Hindhaugh on designs for the 6,000 sq. ft. innovative property.
Sheffield’s roofing specialists, MartinBrooks, dug deep to ensure their heritage skills were on top form for repairs on the site of a scheduled ancient monument in Derbyshire. The firm carried out a full reroof of the former smithy at Magpie Mine in Sheldon, near Bakewell, which is widely regarded as the UK’s best example of a lead mine. Magpie Mine is an Historic England Scheduled Ancient Monument and the smithy and adjoining agent’s house are now used as Peak District Mines’ field headquarters. Open access was maintained whilst the work was underway. Chartered building surveyors, Weston Alison Wright, commissioned MartinBrooks to carry out the refurbishment, using like-for-like materials to ensure the appearance of the building was unaltered. Timber repairs were made to the roof structure, before natural stone slates were laid to the rear elevation and Hardrow concrete slates to the front. A bitumen, non-breathable felt also had to be applied, due to the presence of bats. Records show lead mining has taken place on the Magpie site since 1740 and every period of working can still be traced. The smithy and agent’s house were constructed a hundred years later by famous Cornish engineer, John Taylor, who managed the mine from 1840 to 1869.
Construction of the some of the outbuildings and garages is under way and will be followed by plans to build a
Keyhole pipe surgery restores hospital drainage system Drainage engineers from Lanes Group plc have carried out a programme of no-dig drain repairs at a primary care hospital, restoring the system to good health. In a process akin to keyhole surgery on the human body, they inserted 52 ‘patch liners’ in underground pipes at East Cleveland Primary Care Hospital in Brotton, North Yorkshire. The hospital, run by South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, provides a wide range of services, including general rehabilitation and assessment, diagnostics, drug initiation and administration, and pain control. Drainage teams based at the Lanes depot at Stockton-on-Tees carried out the drain rehabilitation work on behalf of Team Build Construction without causing disruption to hospital services.
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MARTIN-BROOKS PRESERVES INTEGRITY OF ANCIENT MINE
Lanes Area Development Manager Doug Meynell said: “Rehabilitating pipes by lining them is the least disruptive way to restore drainage systems across busy public sites like hospitals, schools or shopping centres.
Our pipe lining teams take up very little space and are very experienced at working safely and productively in live environments, so NHS patients and other visitors would have barely known we were there. “Our pipe lining teams take up very little space and are very experienced at working safely and productively in live environments, so NHS patients and other visitors would have barely known we were there.” Lanes had previously carried out a full-site CCTV drainage survey, providing details reports backed by HD-quality video clips, gathered with pushrod and robotic
Great care was taken to match all repairs at Magpie Mine to the existing construction, calling on traditional skills and the use of carefully selected products to give the appearance of the original roof. Dale Wright, Martin-Brooks’ contracts director, said: “The purpose of awarding a site scheduled ancient monument status is to preserve it for future generations in
cameras, which showed the extent of damage to the pipes. Problems found included circumferential and longitudinal cracking, displaced joints and root ingress. A programme of drain rehabilitation work was approved by Team Build to resolve the problems. A series of remote structural repairs, also known as patch liners, were installed to strengthen the surface water and foul drainage pipes, and to prevent water from getting into or leaking out of the system. In a repair programme that lasted three weeks, the Lanes drainage teams used a process called ambient cure in place pipe lining (CIPP) to repair each broken pipe. A resin-impregnated glass-fibre sleeve wrapped around an inflatable rubber packer was guided into the pipe to the point where it was damaged. The packer was then inflated with compressed air, pushing the liner against
much the same state. To this end, great care was taken to match all repairs at Magpie Mine to the existing construction, calling on traditional skills and the use of carefully selected products to give the appearance of the original roof.” The work at Magpie Mine was secured after a successful tender and took two months to complete. It was financed by Natural England’s Environmental Enhancement Scheme and overseen by Peak District Mines Historical Society, whose members provide visitor information and tours.
the pipe, where it was left to harden - or cure - a process that usually takes about 90 minutes. With the packer removed, the liner creates a new pipe-within-a-pipe, adding decades to the life of the drain line. A combination of straight liners and special curved liners to accommodate bends in the pipes were installed. Doug Meynell said: “The only alternative to this no-dig CIPP technique would have been to carry out 52 excavations and replace each section of cracked pipe. “This would have been exorbitantly expensive and caused major disruption to hospital services. With careful planning by our teams, and close partnership working with Team Build, all that was avoided. “Also, because the patch lining could be carried out while the hospital’s drainage system was still in use, the work could be done during daylight hours, avoiding the need for more costly night-time work.”
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