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House building on the up but infrastructure activity falls again Strong growth in housebuilding led to a pick-up in overall construction activity during the second quarter of this year, according to the latest RICS and Tughans Northern Ireland Construction Market Survey. A net balance of 56% of surveyors in Northern Ireland reported a rise in private housing building during the past three months, compared to 26% in the previous quarter. In contrast however, infrastructure workloads fell sharply, with the balance of Northern Ireland surveyors pointing to a drop in activity. Northern Ireland was the only region of the UK in which the balance of surveyors reported a decline in infrastructure workloads. RICS Construction Spokesman for Northern Ireland, Jim Sammon, says: “Overall, the

report is pointing to rising construction activity, driven by house building, but we are not seeing evidence of any pick up in infrastructure investment, which is essential to future economic growth. Surveyors are also expressing concern about the potential impact of Brexit on some investment plans in the construction sector.” Michael McCord, Construction Partner, Tughans Solicitors, says: “The latest survey chimes with the anecdotal evidence from the market, where there have been a range of residential development schemes coming forward locally. However, the lack of infrastructure activity and the potential impact on investment plans from the EU Referendum result will be of concern to firms in the sector. On the positive side, the weakening of sterling since the June 23 vote could help increase the competitiveness of Northern Ireland companies working south of the border.” In terms of the 12-month

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outlook, sentiment amongst Northern Ireland surveyors in relation to workloads remained broadly unchanged from the last quarter. Employment expectations however softened, and expectations for profit margins remained weak. CEF Specify Awards On a much brighter note, we are delighted to preview all the finalists in this years CEF Specify Awards. Once again, the judges have a difficult task selecting the winners, with a broad range of construction excellence from which to choose. Finalists this year range from the redevelopment of Windsor Park and Galgorm Resort and Spa as well as the refurbishment of the Waterfront in Belfast to the restoration work at St Patrick’s Church Donaghmore and Schomberg House, the museum of the Orange Order. We wish all the finalists good luck!

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Housing Executive Contracts could see up to £1bn spend over 10 years


Beechill Developments building new homes in Newtownards


Powerscreen celebrates their 50th birthday


John Simpson looks at how Stormont will roll out the Building and Managing the Public Sector spending programme.


ProNet, Protection by Prevention

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Never mind Brexit, there’s still a lot we can learn from Europe


Multi Million pound investment for Belfast ‘Streets Ahead’ project


£160m investment for new A6 Randalstown to Castledawson dual carriageway


Specify features all the finalists in the Construction Excellence awards


Specify talks to Stuart Murphy, Partner and Head of Construction Law, Carson McDowell.


Fleet Financial adds fresh drive to construction sector growth


Architects call for free movement following Brexit


Specify talks to Colin Clements, Global Product Line Director at Powerscreen

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08 DIGEST Beechill Developments building

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new homes in Newtownards


Multi Million pound investment for Belfast ‘Streets Ahead’ project

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Housing Executive contracts could see up to Harvey Group acquires Solmatix as part of 5 year £1bn spend 10 years growth plan inover UK and Ireland. “Wespecialists are delighted to have been through these contracts and NI M&E services company acquires renewable energy appointed as one of the Housing that the local communities

the company has grown to achieve a Newtownabbey-based Executive’s four contractors we work with benefit from turnover of £6 million, with 30 staff M&E services company, for housing repairs, which is this. It is a requirement for operating from its Nutt’s Corner Harvey Group, has acquired testament to the high quality and each contract lot area to premises. Northern Ireland renewable competitiveness of our offering.  establish a social housing As a result of the deal, Solmatix energy specialists, Solmatix orientated social enterprise.” will continue to operate as an Renewables in a move the “This is a hugely significant autonomous and independent companies say will transform development for CTS Projects. Carillion Chief Executive, company within Harvey Group the renewable energy sector I conservatively estimate that Richard Howson, said: Brian Harvey, managing director in Northern Ireland and act we will take on an additional of Harvey Group, said there was as a springboard for further 70 employees, doubling our “We are delighted to a perfect fit between the two expansion into the multiemployee numbers to 140. We’ll have been awarded these organisations. million pound UK and Ireland be delivering a total building two important contracts, “We have been planning to renewable energy markets. Celebrating the acquisition (from left) Norah-Anne Bell, Richard Bell, Brian Harvey,which Gareth maintenance package which build on the strong grow our renewables involvement The acquisition, for an Booth (Financial Controller, Harvey Group). means the roles will be many and relationship we have with for some time, either organically undisclosed sum, will bring to 110 as greatincluding news for joiners, Solmatix,bricklayers, its beneficial. my perspective, varied, the From Housing Executive for or through the acquisition of an the number of people employed customers, suppliers and and staff. having whom Solmatixwe as have part of Harvey quantity surveyors contract provided established player. Having worked directly by the Harvey Group in “In many respects, it’s a case Groupservices gives us afor level of expertise managers. many years.  with Solmatix Renewables on Northern Ireland and Great Britain. of ‘business as usual’. However, in that would have taken us years to Launching the new Housing Executive contracts is Chief Executive Clark Bailie (centre right) with We look forward to a number of contracts, we’d With a turnover of £30 million real terms, larger acquire otherwise. contractors to right) Joe Keenan, Director; Kieran Adams, “We willbeing also part offerofanthisincreased supporting the Housing always been impressed with Carillion Senior and over (left 80 staff, Harvey Group CFM Contracts organisation will give us access to “Harvey Group and Solmatix Contracts Collins, Contracttheir Manager H&A; Serena number of apprenticeships, which Executive in achieving engineering rigourHylands, and Assistant Managing has overManager; 30 years’ Martin experience enhanced technical skills, financial share similar values, by which I mean Director of CTS; John Morgan, Carillion’s Regional Director Ireland and the Housing Executive’s is good news in terms of youth its objectives for professionalism. In fact, there seemed in the design, installation and resources and purchasing our commitment to professionalism, Director of Housing Services,services Gerry Flynn andtoPaul Directorbetween of Asset Management. employability and key topower. ensuring providing an excellent be Isherwood, a natural synergy maintenance of building Ultimately I believe this will lead our desire to deliver our services to we have the necessary skill sets to service to its tenants. ” our two companies in terms of within every conceivable kind of The Housing Executive has initiative. to greaterour growth and investment the very highest standards, and the support business expansion,” what we do and how we do it. I building type throughout NI, GB announced details of its within our operations, as well as importance place onoftreating our he added. ContractsweDirector approached Richard Bell about a and RoI, including Pharmaceutical/ Chief Executive of the Housing new repairs contracts more jobs and job security. It’s a customers, our suppliers and our staff year ago to float the idea of our Combined Facilities Management Cleanrooms, Laboratories, for Executive, Clark Bailie, said: itsEducation, 87,000Government homes across win-win that’s good with courtesy and consideration. companies coming together, but only and  Hughrelationship McWilliams, Chief (CFM) Ltd, Joe Keenan, said ” Northern Ireland. The for our whole organisation, as Richard Bell, the founder and if there was a good fit. After careful Healthcare . Richard and NorahExecutive of H&A Mechanical “We are delighted to announce contracts could Solmatix potentially well as the economy of Northern managing director of Solmatix consideration we both agreed Anne Bell founded Services , said: “CFM has been delivering new contracts as amutually real see expenditure tothen these Ireland. “ RenewablesBuilding describedServices the acquisition that this would indeed be Renewables in 2008, of andup since Integrated

£1bn over a maximum 10 year period and could see up to 900 jobs created and secured.

opportunity to provide tenants with high quality repairs service. Alongside the organisation’s planned maintenance programme, the repairs service will see a substantial investment in the local economy and provides long term production of of job Randox’s pioneering assurance security and medical diagnostic products training opportunities for and fourwill also include associated administrative local contracts.

and Maintenance contracts to the Housing Executive since 1979, and we are delighted to have been awarded these two 10-year contracts which will see this relationship continue, whilst also evolvingwith andRandox, continuously this contract one of improving the service Northern Ireland’s most delivery dynamic of Social Housing Maintenance. and exciting businesses on a local and global level. Through the quality contracts will see the of “These our work and the dedication and opening of our fourth operations professionalism of our team TAL has and office baseover in the North steadily grown the last 34 years West tocontract assist with thereinforces delivery of and this award planned andofreactive maintenance the strength our expertise in the to 26,900 sector. properties throughout healthcare ” all The six counties ofbe Northern project will delivered Ireland and will provide secure to BIM level 2 in partnership employment for staff along with with the design team Ostick and dozens of apprenticeships across Williams Architects, Rainey & Best, all trades. ” Doran Consulting, Delap & Waller

H&A are delighted to have been awarded the contract on this recent procurement and look forward to working in partnership with the Housing Executive over the term of the contract. H&A commented: has a long “The Director at Randox history of working withScience the development of Randox Housing Executive and to hascreate been Park is core to our plans successfully delivering contracts innovative diagnostics, to improve of amanufacturing similar nature for over efficiency to twenty export years. high-value healthcare capabilities to

Lisburn firm TAL awarded the first major construction contract The four contractors at are Randox Science Park

Carillion Energy Services Ltd, Combined Facilities Management (CFM) Ltd, CTS Projects Ltd and H&A Mechanical Services Ltd.

The new contracts will begin this summer and will allow for more flexibility when scheduling repairs, an emphasis on first time repairs wider usefor of mobile WItH and a reputation working to keep customers excellence in constructing high informed of appointments. quality projects, tAL Limited has been awarded a significant Local communities also contract (£3.1m) by will global benefit with many apprenticeships medical diagnostics company created Randox.across a range of trades forThis young initialpeople. contractA isnumber for the of social housing enterprises construction of a new facility will for

also be created as a result of the

functions. The works are the first phase of athe major “Over pastcapital year,expenditure we have project by Randox to develop the reviewed contracts, to determine former Massereene Army how best a modern andBarracks efficient into ‘Randox Science Park’ – a service should be delivered. futuristic R&D and manufacturing We have taken into account facility. The award-winning, experiences of contractors, best international biotechnology firm, practice elsewhere and the views unveiled its plans for an innovative of customers. hub on the 43 acre site earlier this year. “Given the potential value of the announcement, thisWelcoming contract could be £1billion Damien Hughes, of TAL over a ten-year Director period, the Limited commented: “We organisation is also eagerareto delightedthat to have awarded ensure socialbeen value is realised

Consulting Engineers and Charles Managing Director of CTS Hutchison Consulting. Projects, Connaire McGreevy, Dr Peter FitzGerald, Managing said:

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world markets. This state-of-the-art “The award of thisacontract premises will become centre of allows H&A research, to sustain its already cutting-edge development in place workforce of 300covering but and diagnostic manufacture, more importantly it will stroke lead and conditions such as cancer, to some 70 new overprovide the a heart disease. We jobs will also contract term. It will also allow significant boost to the local economy H&A to new continue to invest its through job creation. Weinvery apprenticeship programme much look forward to workingover with the years.contract We envisage TALcoming on this initial to deliver that 30 new the high qualityapprenticeships infrastructure wewill be created. require. ” ”

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Lisburn building technology firm Harvey Group acquires Solmatix as parttoofcreate 5 year 60 new jobs growth plan in UK and Ireland. its best ever trading NI M&E services for company acquires renewable energy specialists year.

A Lisburn-based firm which designs and installs Newtownabbey-based sophisticated automated M&E services company, technology for use by Harvey Group, has acquired the rich and famous has Northern Ireland renewable announced up to 60 new energy specialists, Solmatix jobs as it prepares for Renewables in a move the record breaking growth. companies say will transform Clear AV, which recently added the renewable energy sector a London-base to its Lisburn in Northern Ireland and act HQ, is springboard currently working on as a for further around 45 fast track installation expansion into the multiprojects millionthroughout pound UKthe andcapital Ireland in renewable properties energy where values range markets. fromThe £10m-£100m. Included in acquisition, for an Clear AV’s blue undisclosed sum,chip will portfolio bring to 110 arethesome of the world’s top number of people employed developers, design teams andin directly by the Harvey Group interior designers as well as Britain. luxury Northern Ireland and Great brands such as Claridges, Hilton With a turnover of £30 million Hotel Group, LouisHarvey Vuitton, Moët and over 80 staff, Group Hennessy andyears’ W hotel. has over 30 experience The which began in thecompany design, installation and life asmaintenance an installer of of building TV aerial systems services operating from a garage kind almost within every conceivable of type has throughout NI,new GB 25building years ago begun its and RoI,year including financial with Pharmaceutical/ a multi-millionCleanrooms, Laboratories, pound order book and is poised Education, Government and Healthcare . Richard and NorahAnne Bell founded Solmatix Renewables in 2008, and since then

theAs company has grown to achieve a MD, Philip turnover of £6 million, with 30 staff Dowds explains, “Clear operating from its Nutt’s AV designs and installs Corner premises. bespoke building As a result of the deal, Solmatix technology that will continue to operate as an integrates building autonomous and independent information systems company within Harvey Group within the fabric of a Brian Harvey, managing director building. of Harvey Group, said there was “In the luxury a perfect fit between the two commercial organisations. sector we install “We technologically have been planning to complex projects that grow our renewables involvement aresome controlled usingorganically for time, either a simple or throughinterface the acquisition of an on a customised established player. Having worked ipad Solmatix that we Renewables have developed with on in collaboration with Apple. a number of contracts, we’d  These devicesbeen function differently always impressed with from a standard ipad and enable their engineering rigour and users to control every aspect of theseemed room professionalism. In fact, there from and audio tobetween climate and to be TV a natural synergy access. our two” companies in terms of Clear within what we AV is do andunique how we do it. its I niche sectorRichard in having state-ofapproached Bell aabout a year ago design to floatlab theand ideamirror of our build the-art companies coming together, but only if there was a good fit. After careful consideration we both agreed that this would indeed be mutually

Celebrating the acquisition (from left) Norah-Anne Bell, Richard Bell, Brian Harvey, Gareth Booth (Financial Controller, Harvey Group).

beneficial. From my perspective, having Solmatix as part of Harvey facility where every project is Group gives us a level of expertise literally ‘mirror built’ and rigorously that would have taken us years to tested in a controlled offsite acquire otherwise. environment. “Harvey Group and Solmatix In the past year Clear AV has share similar values, by which I mean invested heavily in training its team our commitment to professionalism, of experts. our desire to deliver our services to Mr Dowds continued: “We the very highest standards, and the invest around 25% of our annual importance we place on treating our profits in training and I believe customers, our suppliers and our staff we have the most knowledgeable with courtesy and consideration.” Richard Bell, the founder and managing director of Solmatix Renewables described the acquisition

as great news for Solmatix, its customers, suppliers and staff. team in our sector. In recent “In many respects, it’s a case months our guys have been of ‘business as usual’. However, in to California, Las Vegas and real terms, being part of this larger Amsterdam for leading-edge organisation will give us access to training to enable us to harness enhanced technical skills, financial global best practice.  Having the resources and purchasing power. best people and training them Ultimately I believe this will lead to be even better is hugely to greater growth and investment important for us as we seek to within our operations, as well as deliver on our ambitious plans.” more jobs and job security. It’s a win-win relationship that’s good for our whole organisation, as well as the economy of Northern Ireland. “

Allstate lay the foundation of largest single office building to be constructed in NI in 15 years Lisburn firm TAL firstcompanies. major construction January awarded 2018. Over six floors willthe international ” architects WDR-RT-Taggart and Technology company be large, sociable working spaces, The new Allstate building construction company O’Hare Allstate Northern contract attheRandox Science a restaurant, outdoor terrace and Park represents a total construction & McGovern to create a new Ireland recently laid foundation stone at its new headquarters on the banks of the River Lagan, a further indication of the company’s long term commitment to Northern Ireland.

Minister for the Economy Simon Hamilton joined Suren WItH a reputation for vice Gupta, Allstate executive excellence in constructing high president, and John Healy, Allstate NI Managing Director to lay the quality projects, tAL Limited foundation stone atathe new has been awarded significant Belfast Headquarters building. contract (£3.1m) by global medical diagnostics company Allstate NI’s 1,300 Belfast Randox. based employees make This initial contractwill is for the the new headquarters their home construction of a new facility for by

high tech software development

production of Randox’s pioneering labs. medical diagnostic products and will alsoEconomy include associated Minister administrative Simon functions. are the HamiltonThe said:works “Allstate hasfirst been phase of a major a significant partcapital of theexpenditure business project by Randox to almost develop20 the landscape here for years. Massereene It’s great toArmy see that the former Barracks company is Science continuing into ‘Randox Park’to – ainvest in Northern The fact futuristic R&D Ireland. and manufacturing they are to locate this facility. Thechoosing award-winning, impressive headquarters in Belfast international biotechnology firm, demonstrates confidence in unveiled its plans for an innovative our highly educated workforce, hub on the 43 acre site earlier this competitive cost base and our year. research andthe development Welcoming announcement, capability. This is further proof Damien Hughes, Director of TAL that Northern Ireland is an Limited commented: “We are attractive base for award winning delighted to have been awarded

investment for Northern Ireland

this contract with Randox, one of of tens of millions of pounds, Northern Ireland’s most dynamic will sustain 150 construction and businesses on aprovide local jobsexciting for 2 years and will and globalneeded level. Through quality a much stimuli the for the of oureconomy work and by theutilising dedication and local local professionalism of our materials team TAL has construction trades, and suppliers. Thethe new steadily grown over lastbuilding, 34 years located betweenaward central station and this contract reinforces andstrength the River Lagan includes over the of our expertise in the 140,000 sq. ft. of” Grade A office healthcare sector. space, extensive The project will refurbishment be delivered of the towpath and adjacent boat to BIM level 2 in partnership marina and a restaurant with the design team Ostickunit andat ground level with unrivalled views Williams Architects, Rainey & Best, of the Consulting, river. Doran Delap & Waller Consulting Engineers and Charles Allstate NI have worked Hutchison Consulting. collaboratively with renowned Dr Peter FitzGerald, Managing

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headquarters that is inspirational,

Director at and Randox “The distinctive builtcommented: for innovation. development of Randox Science Park is core to our plans to create innovative diagnostics, to improve manufacturing efficiency to export high-value healthcare capabilities to world markets. This state-of-the-art premises will become a centre of cutting-edge research, development and diagnostic manufacture, covering conditions such as cancer, stroke and heart disease. We will also provide a significant boost to the local economy through new job creation. We very Minister for the Economy Simon Hamilton much look forward to working with joined John Healy, Allstate Northern NI TAL on this initialand contract to deliver Managing Director Suren Gupta, Allstate the high vice quality infrastructure we executive president to lay the foundation stone at ”the new Belfast HQ of Allstate require.

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Beechill Metal as Technology Harvey Developments Group acquires Solmatix part of 5 year specified in award-winning building 14 new homes growth plan in UK and Ireland. regeneration project in Newtownards NI M&E services company acquires renewable energy specialists the company has grown to achieve a Newtownabbey-based turnover of £6 million, with 30 staff M&E services company, operating from its Nutt’s Corner Harvey Group, has acquired premises. Northern Ireland renewable As a result of the deal, Solmatix energy specialists, Solmatix will continue to operate as an Renewables in a move the autonomous and independent companies say will transform company within Harvey Group the renewable energy sector Brian Harvey, managing director in Northern Ireland and act of Harvey Group, said there was as a springboard for further a perfect fit between the two expansion into the multiorganisations. million pound UK and Ireland “We have been planning to renewable energy markets. grow our renewables involvement The acquisition, for an for some time, either organically undisclosed sum, will bring to 110 or through the acquisition of an the number of people employed established player. Having worked directly by the Harvey Group in Renewables Northern Ireland and Great Britain. John McAree of Beechill Developments withwith GarySolmatix Barr of Ulster Bank ononsite at a number of contracts, we’d With a turnover of £30 million Wyndell Park in Newtownards. always been impressed with and over 80 staff, Harvey Group will quality homes Ulster Bank is supporting theirprovide engineering rigour and to a has over 30 years’ experience range of purchasers the seemed Ards the development ofand professionalism. In fact, in there in the design, installation area and we are very pleased 14maintenance new homes outside to be a natural synergy between to of building services support it.” Newtownards. our two companies in terms of within every conceivable kind of It isweone of the residential   what do and howlatest we do it. I building type throughout NI, GB development projects receive Beechill Developments is approached Richard Bell to about a and RoI, including Pharmaceutical/ Ulster investing £2million with the bank’s backing year ago by to float theBank idea through of our Cleanrooms, Laboratories, bank’s coming Commercial Real support in the scheme at companies together, butEstate only Education, Government andWyndell the team. Park off the Donaghadee Road in if there was a good fit. After careful Healthcare . Richard and Norah  the town. consideration we both agreed Anne Bell founded Solmatix Other schemes to be receive  Renewables in 2008, and since then that this would indeed mutually

Eight detached and six semidetached properties are being built by the company, which will be completed later this year. Gary Barr, Relationship Director, Commercial Real Estate, Ulster Bank, says: “We are keen to support good residential development projects and have the funding available to do so. This scheme by Beechill Developments

the bank’s support include the 32 property Riverhill Manor development in Ballyclare, as well as a residential development on the North Road in Carrickfergus. Ulster Bank also announced earlier this of year that itpioneering is providing production Randox’s £7m to diagnostic support Triangle medical products Housing and will Association in the delivery of also include associated administrative 575 new The social homes functions. works are across the first Northern Irelandcapital overexpenditure the next phase of a major five years. project by Randox to develop the

Celebrating the acquisition (from left) Norah-Anne Bell, Richard Bell, Brian Harvey, Gareth Booth (Financial Controller, Harvey Group).

Girdwood beneficial. FromCommunity my perspective, Hub Solmatix in North Belfast having as part of Harvey brings together Group gives us a level physical of expertise regeneration and that would have taken us ecoyears to design principles in the acquire otherwise. creation of a state-of“Harvey Group and Solmatix the-art, socially share similar values, by inclusive which I mean centre offering leisure, our commitment to professionalism, community and education our desire to deliver our services to facilities. the very highest standards, and the importance we place on treating our Part of the overall regeneration customers, our suppliers and our staff of the former Girdwood with courtesy ” Barracks site,and theconsideration. Michael Whitley Richard Bell, the founder and Architects design achieves high managing Solmatix levels of director thermalofperformance Renewables described theaesthetics acquisition without compromising using an integrated range of products from leading aluminium systems manufacturer Metal Technology.

4-20D from as great Hi+ newswindows for Solmatix, its the Thermal range. customers, suppliers and staff. “In many respects, it’s a case Complying with the latestin of ‘business as usual’. However, British Standards, System real terms, being part of this 17 larger provides structural integrity, organisation will give us access to weather performance, thermal enhanced technical skills, financial enhancement and complete resources and purchasing power. design versatility. The Metal Ultimately I believe this will lead Technology 5-20D Hi+ door and to greater growth and investment 4-20Hi+ window systems blend within our operations, as well as seamlessly and offer advantages more jobs and job security. It’s a of polyamide thermal break win-win relationship that’sthe good technology in meeting latest for our whole organisation, thermal requirements of as the well as the economy of Northern current building regulations. Ireland. “ Opened in January, Girdwood Community Hub has already brought recognition to Michael Whitley Architects with the RSUA (Royal society of Ulster Architects) Regeneration Award Director at project Randox commented: 2016. The also won “The development of Randox Scienceof the ‘Community Benefit Project Park is core to our plans to create year’ at the Property Excellence innovative diagnostics, to improve Ireland Awards 2016.

Lisburn firm TAL awarded the first major construction contract at Randox Science Park Both System 17 SP (silicone

former Massereene Army Barracks into ‘Randox Science Park’ – a futuristic R&D and manufacturing facility. The award-winning, According to the leading rural international biotechnology insurer, among the items firm, most unveiled its plans for anbyinnovative commonly targeted thieves hub on the 43 acre Ireland site earlier thisthe across Northern over last 12 months were quad bikes year. (ATVs) and tractors. Welcoming the announcement, Martin Malone, NFU of Mutual Damien Hughes, Director TAL Regional Manager for Limited commented: “WeNorthern are Ireland said: “Webeen are awarded very delighted to have

Rural Crime Rising in NI WItH a reputation for Rural crime cost Northern excellence in constructing high Ireland £2.7m in 2015, up quality projects, tAL Limited from £2.4m in 2014 – despite has been awarded a significant remaining broadly static at a UK level. The figures form contract (£3.1m) by global part of NFU Mutual’s annual medical diagnostics company Rural Crime Report, revealing Randox. that the cost of rural crime contract is for thenow toThis theinitial UK economy has construction of a new facilityaforyear. reached £42.5 million

concerned that rural crime in

pointed) curtain walling with

this contract with Randox, one of concealed vents and System Northern Ireland’s most dynamic 17 capped curtain walling and exciting businesses on a local were specified for the project, and global level. Through the quality complemented with System of our work the and dedication and 5-20D Hi+and doors System professionalism of our team TAL has steadily grown over the last 34 years and this contract award reinforces the strength of our expertise in the healthcare ” has risen steeply Northernsector. Ireland The project will delivered – particularly at abetime when it to levelin2other in partnership hasBIM fallen parts of the UK. with design of team Ostick and In the a survey NFU Mutual Agents, 65% reported thieves Williams Architects, Raineythat & Best, in theirConsulting, area are becoming more Doran Delap & Waller sophisticated in theand wayCharles that they Consulting Engineers operate and cyber crime is also Hutchison Consulting. a growing Dr Peter concern FitzGerald,amongst Managingtheir


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manufacturing efficiency to export high-value healthcare capabilities to world markets. This state-of-the-art premises will become a centre of cutting-edge research, development and diagnostic covering The survey manufacture, also revealed that conditions suchis as cancer, social media now the stroke main and heart disease. We will information also provide a resource for sharing significant boost the communities local economy about crime in to rural and is a new valuable tool – not through job creation. We only very in thelook prevention rural crime much forward of to working with but forinitial catching criminals and TAL also on this contract to deliver returning stolen goods. the high quality infrastructure we require.”

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Barclays announces First ever UK built offshore Harvey Group acquires Solmatix as part of 5 year £1.5m financing deal with wind turbine blades arrive at growth plan in UK and Ireland. Brookvent Belfast NI M&E services company acquires renewable energy specialists

Newtownabbey-based M&E services company, Harvey Group, has acquired Northern Ireland renewable energy specialists, Solmatix Renewables in a move the companies say will transform the renewable energy sector in Northern Ireland and act as a springboard for further Declan Gormley, Managing Director, expansion into the Brookvent and ChristophermultiMurray, million pound and Ireland Relationship Director,UK Barclays. renewable energy markets. Dunmurry firm for Brookvent is The acquisition, an the first company to avail undisclosed sum, will bring to 110 of Barclays’ launched the numberrecently of people employed £100m loan fund to support directly by the Harvey Group in Northern Ireland SMEs. Northern Ireland and Great Britain. With Doran, a turnover of £30 Adrian Head of million and over 80 staff, Harvey Group Corporate Banking for Barclays Northern Ireland has over 30 years’commented: experience delighted to announce in“We the are design, installation and Brookvent as the first local maintenance of building services company to avail of our recently within every conceivable kind of launched £100m loan fund to building type throughout NI, GB support small and medium sized and RoI, including enterprises (SMEs)Pharmaceutical/ in Northern Cleanrooms, Laboratories, Ireland. SMEs are the driving Education, and and force of ourGovernment local economy Healthcareis. an Richard and NorahBrookvent excellent example ofAnne whatBell Northern design foundedIreland Solmatix and manufacture has and to offer a Renewables in 2008, sinceinthen

global marketplace.” Brookvent has been manufacturing and supplying

energy savinghas ventilation the company grown tosystems achieve a to residential construction sectors turnover of £6 million, with 30 staff in the UK and Republic of lreland operating from its Nutt’s Corner since 1984. Exports account for premises. more than 44% of sales and the As a result the deal, Solmatix company has of major contracts will continueand to operate an in Central Eastern as Europe, Australia andand New Zealand. In autonomous independent addition, within the U.SHarvey market is a major company Group focus for growth in 2016 and Brian Harvey, managing director beyond. of Harvey Group, said there was The company, which employs a perfect fit between the two 60 people, also has an office in organisations. Wroclaw in Poland, with a new “We have centre been planning to to distribution scheduled grow renewables involvement open our soon. forDiscussing some time,the either organically financing package, Declan Gormley, Managing or through the acquisition of an Director, Brookvent, says:worked established player. Having “We choseRenewables Barclays as on a with Solmatix result of their ability to provide a number of contracts, we’d a tailored and innovative funding always been impressed with our solution capable of meeting their engineering rigour requirements. In a fast and growing professionalism. In fact, there seemed business it is important to have to be a to natural synergy between access the appropriate banking facilities, and equallyin important our two companies terms of to work with people who what we do and how we do it. I understand Richard your business needs. approached Bell about a The ago combination the of expertise year to float theofidea our of the local team in Belfast backed companies coming together, but only up by the support of the bigger ifBarclays there was a goodmade fit. After network thecareful consideration we both decision to avail of theagreed facilities that this would indeed mutually on offer via their newbe£100m SME loan fund an easy one for Brookvent.”

Blades designed, tested and manufactured on the Isle of Wight have arrived at MHI Vestas’ preassembly facility in Belfast ready for installation at DONG Energy’s Burbo Bank Extension project.

and growth that the UK has targeted with the continued investment in offshore wind power.” UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark said: “By building a strong, competitive UK supply chain wegreat are news creating jobs, attracting as for Solmatix, its investment,suppliers and providing customers, and staff. the“Incertainty and confidence many respects, it’s a case businesses need.

Celebrating the acquisition (from left) Norah-Anne Bell, Richard Bell, Brian Harvey, Gareth Booth (Financial Controller, Harvey Group).

The first six 80 metre long blades forFrom the 258 MW Burbo beneficial. my perspective, Bank Extension have having Solmatix asproject part of Harvey arrived at the MHI Vestas Group gives us a level of expertise Offshore Wind pre-assembly that would have taken us years to facility in Belfast, Northern Ireland. acquire otherwise. The blades for the V164-8.0 MW “Harvey Group were and Solmatix turbines –which designed, share values, by whichat I mean testedsimilar and manufactured the MHIcommitment Vestas blade on the our to factory professionalism, Isle desire of Wightwill be first to our to deliver ourthe services locally built blades to be installed the very highest standards, and the at a UK offshore wind power importance we place on treating our plant. customers, our suppliers and our staff with courtesy and consideration. The MHI Vestas factory on” the is founder theRichard Isle ofBell, Wight whereand the unique skills and ofprocesses managing director Solmatix were developed described that are necessary to Renewables the acquisition

produce blades on a large scale.

CEO Jens Tommerup said, “It’s

of ‘business as usual’. However, in real“We terms, part of this larger arebeing committed to our organisation will give us access world-leading offshore windto enhanced technical financial industry and now skills, we have the first ever and offshore windpower. turbine resources purchasing blades built in thethis UKwill by lead MHI Ultimately I believe Vestas. ” to greater growth and investment within our Harbour’s operations, Commercial as well as Belfast more jobs Joe and O’Neill, job security. It’s a Director, added: win-win good “Belfast relationship Harbour isthat’s delighted to welcome Vestas and for our whole MHI organisation, as to haveasthe well theprivilege economyofof handling Northern the world’s largest blades in Ireland. “

serial production. In 2013, we completed the development of a 200,000 m2 offshore wind terminal, the first bespoke facility of its kind in the UK in order to facilitate this style of operation. Supporting the growth of the renewable energy sector is Director at Randox something we are commented: proud to “The development Randox Science be a part of of and look forward to working with to Park is core to ourMHI plansVestas to create ensure thediagnostics, successfultocompletion innovative improve of the Burbo efficiency Bank Extension manufacturing to export project.”

a significant for the Lisburn firm TAL awarded the firstmilestone major construction industry to see the world’s largest blades in serial production arriving BRITISH GYPSUM LAUNCHESScience Park contract at Randox in Belfast ready for installation.

CERTIFIED PLASTERERS SCHEME production of Randox’s pioneering British Gypsum is calling on experienced plasterers across the UK to join its Certified Plasterers Scheme, which helps put homeowners in contact with reputable plasterers, following a successful trial in Nottinghamshire.

To qualify, applicants WItH a reputation formust have experienceinin constructing domestic plastering, excellence high excellent customer service skills, quality projects, tAL Limited and must be able to demonstrate has a significant theirbeen skillsawarded on site and with contract (£3.1m) globalwill references. British by Gypsum assess alldiagnostics applicationscompany before medical accepting plasterers onto the Randox. Scheme. This initial contract is for the construction a new facility Certified ofPlasterers will for be

able to use the British Gypsum

medical diagnostic products and will logo on their marketing materials also associated administrative and include their details will be added functions. Thea works are database. the first to the Find Plasterer The database plasterers phase of a majormatches capital expenditure with homeowners looking project by Randox to developfor the reputable tradespeople and offers former Massereene Army Barracks customers peace of mind through into ‘Randox Sciencetwo Park’year –a a British Gypsum futuristic R&D and manufacturing workmanship guarantee. facility. The award-winning, To celebrate launching firm, the international biotechnology scheme nationally, British Gypsum unveiled its free plansmembership for an innovative is offering for hub on to thethe 43 acre site earlier this a year first 100 plasterers that join up. year. Welcoming the announcement, Paul Cassidy, Marketing Damien Hughes, Product Director of TAL Manager at British Gypsum, Limited commented: “We are explained: “We know that delighted to ishave been awarded reputation really important

This marks the first time locally

this contract withmajor Randox, one of manufactured components Northern Ireland’s dynamic for offshore windmost turbines are and exciting being used businesses in the UK.on ”. a local and global level. Through the quality “Through investment and and of our work and the dedication collaboration with our partners professionalism of our team TAL has in the Solent region, we have steadily the lasttraining 34 years createdgrown jobs, over increased and this contract award reinforces opportunities and stimulated the strength of our expertise in the growth throughout the entire supply chain, ” said healthcare sector. ” Jens Tommerup, and “We believe that Thecontinues: project will be delivered our efforts reflect the stimulation to BIM level 2 in partnership with the design team Ostick and for tradespeople Williams Architects,when Raineyit &comes Best, to finding work. That’s we’ve Doran Consulting, Delapwhy & Waller launched the Certified Plasterers Consulting Engineers and Charles Scheme, to give plasterers a way Hutchison Consulting. of demonstrating their expertise Dr Peter FitzGerald, Managing through a certification that

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high-value healthcare capabilities to world markets. state-of-the-art Work at theThis pre-assembly site premises will become centreand of commenced in Aprila2016 cutting-edge research, development since then the first towers have beendiagnostic fully assembled, tested and and manufacture, covering pre-commissioned, ready for and conditions such as cancer, stroke offshore installation. heart disease. We will also provide a significant boost to the local economy homeowners can recognise through new job creation. We and very trust. much”look forward to working with TAL on this contractintobeing deliver If you areinitial interested the high quality infrastructure we part of the Scheme, please contact require.Gypsum ” British on 0115 784 2354.

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CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OFpart POWER Harvey Group acquires Solmatix as of 5 year growth plan in UK and Ireland.

NI M&E services company acquires renewable energy specialists Newtownabbey-based M&E services company, Harvey Group, has acquired Northern Ireland renewable energy specialists, Solmatix Renewables in a move the companies say will transform the renewable energy sector in Northern Ireland and act as a springboard for further expansion into the multimillion pound UK and Ireland renewable energy markets. The acquisition, for an undisclosed sum, will bring to 110 the number of people employed directly by the Harvey Group in Northern Ireland and Great Britain. With a turnover of £30 million and over 80 staff, Harvey Group has over 30 years’ experience in the design, installation and maintenance of building services within every conceivable kind of building type throughout NI, GB and RoI, including Pharmaceutical/ Cleanrooms, Laboratories, Education, Government and Healthcare . Richard and NorahAnne Bell founded Solmatix Renewables in 2008, and since then

the company has grown to achieve a turnover of £6 million, with 30 staff operating from its Nutt’s Corner premises. As a result of the deal, Solmatix will continue to operate as an autonomous and independent company within Harvey Group Brian Harvey, managing director of Harvey Group, said there was a perfect fit between the two organisations. “We have been planning to grow our renewables involvement for some time, either organically or through the acquisition of an established player. Having worked with Solmatix Renewables on a number of contracts, we’d always been impressed with their engineering rigour and professionalism. In fact, there seemed to be a natural synergy between our two companies in terms of what we do and how we do it. I approached Richard Bell about a year ago to float the idea of our companies coming together, but only if there was a good fit. After careful consideration we both agreed that this would indeed be mutually

Celebrating the acquisition (from left) Norah-Anne Bell, Richard Bell, Brian Harvey, Gareth Booth (Financial Controller, Harvey Group).

beneficial. From my perspective, having Solmatix as part of Harvey Group gives us a level of expertise that would have taken us years to acquire otherwise. “Harvey Group and Solmatix share similar values, by which I mean our commitment to professionalism, our desire to deliver our services to the very highest standards, and the importance we place on treating our customers, our suppliers and our staff with courtesy and consideration.” Richard Bell, the founder and managing director of Solmatix Renewables described the acquisition

customers around the

as greatworld news for Solmatix, its today, Powerscreen customers, suppliers andteamwork. staff. is the story of Our respects, customers “In many it’s ahave case trusted us and helpedin of ‘business as usual’. However, us to build and real terms, being part of define this larger the industry, as access well to organisation will give us as technical creating skills, waysfinancial for enhanced people to work safely. resources and purchasing power. It is through teamwork Ultimately I believe this will lead that we will continue to to greater growth and investment find new solutions and within our operations, assaid wellColin as opportunities” more jobs and job Powerscreen security. It’s a Clements, win-winProduct relationship good Linethat’s Director. for our whole organisation, as In the last 50 years, well as Powerscreen the economy ofhas Northern gone and beyond in its Ireland. above “

product development efforts, focusing on what customers need to be successful in their industries and applications — Powerscreen innovations are changing the market Directorand at Randox commented: setting the industry“The standard for quality, reliability development of Randox Scienceand safety crushing Park is incore to our and plansscreening to create equipment. innovative diagnostics, to improve Key to the success manufacturing efficiencyoftothe export Powerscreen brand capabilities is the global high-value healthcare to distribution network, there are world markets. This state-of-the-art over 120 distributors operating premises will become a centre of globally providing local service and cutting-edge research, development support service to end users. Pat and diagnostic manufacture, covering McGeary, Blue Group Chairman, conditions such as cancer, stroke and said “Powerscreen is in my blood, disease. Wewhen will also provide Iheart joined in 1968 it was just a boost to theand local economy asignificant little local factory today its through newfamily’s job creation. Weproud very part of my life. I am to have been part to ofworking the success much look forward with story and see contract the passion and TAL on thistoinitial to deliver dedication thatinfrastructure was there when the high quality we I joined” still there today.”

Lisburn firm TAL awarded the first major construction contract at Randox Science Park Powerscreen, one of the world’s leading providers of mobile crushing and screening equipment, recently celebrated half a century of serving the crushing and screening industry around the world. Established in WItH reputation forhas 1966, aPowerscreen achievedinitsconstructing five-decade excellence high legacyprojects, through industry quality tAL Limited leadership, customer input has been awarded a significant and innovation. contract (£3.1m) by global Powerscreen was founded in medical diagnostics company 1966 under the name of Ulster Randox. Plant in Country Tyrone and This initial contract is for the today that is where the research, construction of a new facility for development and manufacturing

production of Randox’s pioneering of products continue. By the medical diagnostic products and will 1970’s the Powerscreen name also associated was include born. When the administrative founders functions. The works the firstthey set up Powerscreenare in 1966 phase of a major capital expenditure pioneered the concept of mobile project by Randox to develop the to screening, taking the machines former Massereene Armythan Barracks the quarry face rather the expensive moving into ‘Randoxprocess Science of Park’ – a the material R&D to the In 1969 futuristic andmachine. manufacturing Powerscreen exported their first facility. The award-winning, machine to biotechnology Sweden which cost international firm, £2.5k. Today Powerscreen has unveiled its plans for an innovativea trueon global presence, hub the 43 acre site operating earlier this in worldwide scale in over 80 year. countries. In 1966 Powerscreen Welcoming the announcement, employed eight people, now that Damien Hughes, of TAL figure has risen Director to six hundred Limited commented: “We areof over people producing a range delighted to have been awarded thirty machines.

this contract with Randox, one of Powerscreen started out from Northern Ireland’s most dynamic mobile machines in a sand pit to and exciting businesses on adesigns local industry leading machine and global level. Through the now serving quarry, mining,quality C&D of our work and the dedication and and recycling industries globally. professionalismnot of our TAL has Powerscreen onlyteam pioneered steadily grown over theconcept last 34 years the mobile machine but also set contract new standards for many and this award reinforces products and the strength of technologies our expertise that in the have become widely adopted healthcare sector. ” in The the industry, including the project will be delivered Chieftain and Warrior ranges to BIM level 2 in partnership of mobile screens. 2015and with the design teamInOstick Powerscreen launched the Williams Architects, Rainey & Best, Warrior 600 making the Warriors Doran Consulting, Delap & Waller the most comprehensive range Consulting Engineersunits and Charles of mobile scalping in the Hutchison Consulting. industry. Dr PeterUlster FitzGerald, “From Plant Managing to serving

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Building and managing the public sector capital spending programme by John Simpson

Finance Minister Martin O’Mulleoir and the MLAs in Stormont have some difficult decisions to make...

The Northern Ireland Executive has reached a critical stage in assembling and presenting a refreshed Programme for Government for the lifespan of the current Assembly. After the recent Assembly elections, the Executive issued an invitation for people to respond to a draft framework for Government and to offer advice on the setting of priorities. Compiling and approving a Programme for Government (PfG) is a complex process even when the political framework at Stormont is ready to work according to the formal rules and constraints of the power sharing Executive. This year and probably running beyond 2017-18, the Stormont model must cope with an even more difficult agenda.

The PfG is being developed alongside the emerging details and consequences of the UK referendum outcome with a new UK Government committed to withdrawal from the EU, Brexit.

New complications

The management of the immediate situation could be described as fraught, complex or even nearly impossible. The current budget and fiscal assumptions underpinning the Stormont arrangements are based on assumptions made before the result of the Brexit referendum. Now, in the early autumn of 2016, there is a major degree of uncertainty about the implementation of the outcome of the referendum. The range of decisions affecting future arrangements for trade and payments between the UK

and the EU (and in the wider international setting) pose a series of possible outcomes which might range from maintaining something close to the present easy flowing trade and payments for goods and services to serious changes which could introduce market incentives, or impediments, affecting business decisions.

Brexit outcomes, the Stormont administration must continue to function. Until there are some reliable indications of the outcome and timing of the Brexit process, the NI Ministers and Assembly will need to make plans on the basis that life goes on with current resources until any changes are agreed and timetabled.

An important element of the Brexit negotiations will be the repercussions for farming policies and support arrangements. The UK government has not committed to the continuation of the EU Single Farm Payments support mechanism. Stormont will need to make decisions on what it can afford for farm support and whether a parity type parallel system to GB will be appropriate.

There is a worrying degree of uncertainty about the likely timetable to adjust to Brexit. There is no dispute that, given the complexity of the multidimensional issues, the UK will continue to live within the current EU rubric at least until 2018-19 and possibly even longer.

Whilst there is a continuing level of uncertainty about the

For the NI Executive the short-term working arrangement must be to devise a PfG based on the existing budget and fiscal arrangements. This approach carries the caution that, despite

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some of the earlier speculative arguments, the likelihood is that the Brexit outcomes will make the Stormont budget more constrained rather than introducing extra resources.

Transition budgeting

The Executive must maintain a coherent PfG knowing that adjustments in policies and budgets will be needed. There is an expectation that, to respond to the emerging slowdown in the growth of the UK economy, during the autumn the new Chancellor of the Exchequer will try to find fiscal changes which ease the impact of the austerity measures supported by his predecessor. The Minister of Finance, Mairtin O’Muilleoir, has already made this request. The Executive have started preparations for a 4-5 year Stormont budget which is due for release during the autumn. The starting position for the next Stormont budget is framed by two specific features. First, the inherited assumptions of a fall in the ‘real’ value of the Block grant

for which forward estimates are static in cash terms but would fall to the degree of inflation. Second, the Stormont budget is subject to the implications of the Fresh Start agreement which, amongst a series of adjustments, leaves the local Executive with a net increase in some policy commitments, including welfare reform transition, to be financed from within the existing funding.

Capital programme

The transitional budget arrangements for the next 4-5 years must combine the ambitions of a refreshed Executive with improved decision making structures and a search for coherent delivery. The combination of 14 wide ranging themes, supported by 42 specific indictors to assess the outcomes of the new PfG, is potentially a big step change in organisation and priority setting. However, there are constraints. The inherited Stormont budget has allocated available resources to avoid some social questions. Should the budget commit

spending to avoid domestic water charges, to minimise rents charged on public sector housing, to keep University fees below fees in England and to maintain too many smaller schools. Stormont Ministers have ambitions including a larger infrastructure capital programme and a bigger effort for urban regeneration and housing. Unhappily, there continues to be a danger that the capital programme will be lower than in some recent years and also that the programme will be dominated by some large (and desirable) communications assets such as the A5, A6 and inner Belfast link to the M2/M3. Regrettably the forthcoming PfG seems likely to do little to encourage an increase in the current too modest house building programme or add discreet measures to enhance urban regeneration.

The construction sector must hope that the Executive will give the capital programme greater priority, might be prepared to use alternative sources of finance and ask Ministers to place an enlarged capital programme at the centre of the new PfG. No assurances have been given.

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ITB NI’s Leader in Construction participants recently visited the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, based near Brussels in Belgium. They had a busy two days learning about doing business in Europe and further afield. Over the two days spent in Leuven they heard from local speakers and visited the Living Tomorrow initiative and a dockside regeneration project. The objective of the study visit was to broaden participants experience – giving them insights into how business is done elsewhere and the potential for innovation within their own businesses here in NI. The programme was designed to be applicable to exporters and non-exporters and incorporated networking opportunities and site visits designed to inspire and enthuse the future leaders and give them ideas for the development of their own businesses. The group were welcomed by Dr Christina Geary, Operations Manager and Mr Malachy Vallely, Director, both of the Leuven Institute for Ireland

Never mind Brexit – There’s still a lot we can learn from going to Europe in Europe. They highlighted the extent and scope for construction opportunities within the Benelux Countries and the wider European market. Culturally, the Benelux area is an easy first step for UK companies looking to expand their horizons, however there are some customs and practices that companies need to be aware of when doing business outside their own area. The group were able to discuss this and the assistance available to Northern Ireland businesses from the Leuven Institute and other similar organisations. The group then moved on to The Living Tomorrow Project which is a unique ‘future living’ project inaugurated by Bill Gates in 1991. It features and promotes prototypical and futuristic concepts around construction, electronics and energy efficiency. From initial welcome by ZUZU the interactive robot, through to innovative building and product design to enhance how we live, the experience encourages us to look at things differently, or to use familiar things in a more innovative way. The idea was to show

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our future industry leaders that they can, and should, think more widely about the world, and buildings, they are creating as well as how their own businesses operate. Then it was back to the Leuven Institute to hear from Mr Adrian Joyce, Secretary General, EuroACE (European Alliance for Energy Efficiency in Buildings) and also Director of the Renovate Europe campaign. Adrian is at the forefront of developing European and global policies around Improving Energy Efficiency in Buildings including proposals and issues around more efficient use of energy in buildings and he provided examples from across Europe. He highlighted how pan-European policies help those wishing to work outside their normal areas. The policies remain the same but the methods used, and the products and materials available are often different to those familiar to UK contractors. Common issues were explored and Adrian highlighted how different countries are tackling the same issues in different ways. Mr Ulrich Paetzold of the

European Construction Industry Federation spoke about opportunities for NI companies to do business in Europe and how to make useful contacts for future opportunities and identify potential partners. As one of the two major European employer federations (the other being the European Builders Confederation), Ulrich highlighted the work they do at European policy level and the support available to companies who are members of federations under their umbrella. The day was rounded off with a networking reception and evening meal with guests Mr Adrian Joyce, Mr Riccardo Viaggi (Secretary General, European Builders Confederation) and representatives from the Flemish Construction Federation (Nicola Loxham and Freddy Thuysbaert). Our future leaders learned a lot from these experienced construction professionals, each leaders in their own organisations. The second day started with an overview of EU

LIC participants in the courtyard at Leuven Institute, June 2016.

Redevelopment of former industrial area in Leuven

Redevelopment of former industrial area in Leuven policy on the construction industry from Mr Tapani Mikkeli, Head of Sector, Sustainable Construction Unit, DG Growth, European Commission. This session provided the participants with an opportunity to meet with an official from the European Commission to gain an insight into the development of the industry across Europe. Tapani discussed how the construction products directive helps companies and specifiers to work with unfamiliar products by ensuring they have access to clear information on performance and operation. By providing clear information on the performance standards of products that may be unfamiliar, the mobility of contractors throughout Europe is facilitated. Mr Olivier Van Kerkhove took over and delivered an enlightening lecture on approaching European tenders. Olivier explained some of the common pitfalls those new to these encounter as well as the opportunities. He focused on identifying improvements in selecting and preparing tender submissions, learning and applying good practice for large and small, exporters and non-exporters alike. This was an area that many in the group can relate to and a discussion on how European tender processes and law impact on our NI

procurement process grew out of his presentation. Following on from the networking experience of the evening before, Professor Marco Hellemans of Dynamite Consulting, provided a session on communication and sales techniques for senior managers attacking International markets. With the aim of providing the participants with effective communication / sales approaches (for use at home or in international markets), Marco walked our group through the standard stereotypes that we all have. In an illuminating and entertaining presentation Marco blew away some myths and highlighted many pitfalls in perceptions on how we can work with other cultures. His basic mantra is “do your homework on the people as much as on the stereotypes�. Many of the messages apply no matter whether you are doing business locally or abroad. The last few hours of the programme were spent on a tour of the Vaartkom Construction Project, led by Ms Veronique Henderix. This is a large-scale urban renewal project that has transformed a former industrial area (previously occupied by the Stella Artois brewery) into a stylish, lively and green urban district that includes a

high-quality combination of accommodation, work and leisure facilities. The group were able to view this state of the art construction project and obtain an understanding of the tools, techniques and approaches used. It was also interesting to compare development and planning issues that arose in the redevelopment, with those we encounter domestically. The big lesson here is that Planners are Planners and Developers are Developers no matter what country you operate in. The rules, design and materials may be different but the core issues of commercial viability and community benefit are still there. On returning from the trip, Barry Neilson, Chief Executive, CITB NI, commented that the experience will have widened the perception of these future leaders and the potential for innovative thinking in all areas of their business. The group certainly started to think about what their organisations do now and what is possible in terms of personal and organisational development. Feedback from the participants indicated that the key learning points were challenging traditional thinking or thinking outside the box, use of communication

techniques, insights into European culture, procedures and legislation, and a better understanding of what innovation means. The participants are now planning on taking this back to their companies to help develop a change culture, evolve their existing practices, and tailor their communication both internally and externally. Upon their return from Leuven the Leader in Construction participants met again in late July to partake in the fourth local workshop. This time the focus was on Organisation and Project Management. As part of the workshop, two guest speakers, Tim Kinney and Michael McCord from Tughans specialist construction team (sponsors of the programme), provided the participants with guidance on managing variations in construction contracts and in dealing with adjudication.

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€27 million in funding secured for Irish energy research projects under Horizon 2020 Irish research institutions and industry have consistently won funding for energy-related research under the EU Horizon 2020 programme with over €27 million in funding secured to date. As the programme’s National Delegate, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has been supporting many of these organisations in their Horizon 2020 bids, as well as providing

additional research funding. Horizon 2020 is the EU’s largest research and innovation programme with an energy research budget of €6 billion for the period 2014 to 2020. SEAI, with Enterprise Ireland, helps identify opportunities for Irish research institutions and industry in the programme. The Irish energy research community is reaping the rewards from active

participation in the programme and, in doing so, is addressing some of the main challenges facing the energy system. Ireland has also been successful in securing funding in largescale energy-related projects. RealValue, a consortium led by Glen Dimplex, won €12m for its energy storage project which will see physical demonstrations of its technology in Ireland, Germany

and Latvia. SEAI, with Enterprise Ireland, will work with Irish participants to continue to identify large-scale funding opportunities for Ireland in the energy sphere. For more information on the national support structure for Horizon 2020, see

Givan announces multi-million pound investment for Belfast Streets Ahead Communities Minister Paul Givan MLA has announced a multi-million pound investment to improve the streetscape from Castle Place to the new University of Ulster campus on York Street. A tender process has commenced to appoint a contractor to complete the works which will also extend to some surrounding streets.  The public realm scheme, which was designed by a team led by McAdam Design, will see the area transformed to include new paving, street furniture, lighting and public artwork.  The Department for Communities (DfC) is contributing over £20 million to the scheme which forms Phase Three of the Belfast: Streets Ahead programme

which aims to regenerate the entire city centre in a number of separate delivery stages. Belfast City Council has also agreed to contribute £5 million.  Minister Givan said:  “My Department’s Belfast Streets Ahead Programme aims to regenerate the entire city centre in a number of phases.  “This latest phase, will deliver a high quality, sustainable Public Realm scheme in the north of the city centre that will make a significant contribution to the wider regeneration works in the area. “These works will make the area more welcoming, vibrant and attractive to further investment

Paul Givan, Communities Minister with Belfast Lord Mayor Brian Kingston.

and will build on the successful implementation of Belfast Streets Ahead in the heart of the shopping district which has helped transform the city centre.”

The procurement process has now opened and will close on 1 September, with work on the new scheme due to commence on site in Spring/Summer 2017.

Powerful results charge growth at Continu Back-up power solution specialist, Continu, is celebrating the company’s most successful year on record following a sustained period of growth and investment. As more businesses implement IT and digital technologies, the firm is responding to a growing need for stable, uninterruptible power supply.   The Belfast based company is the sole sales and service partner to Schneider Electric in Northern Ireland. It supplies back-up power products and services, including the installation and maintenance of uninterruptible power supply

systems across the public and private sector throughout Ireland. Announcing an increased turnover of 20%, Continu has achieved year on year growth since it was established in 2008 and has doubled its customer base since 2013.   Speaking about a growing demand for services, Continu Managing Director Tom Hall said;   “Clean, stable, uninterruptible power supply is essential to all businesses that manage information and processes. We have seen a particular growth in demand from larger corporate

Tom Hall, Managing Director, Continu and Alison McFadden, Director, are pictured as they celebrate the company’s most successful year on record..  

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Oplan Office Furniture is the Northern Ireland division of Edit Office, one of Irelands largest Office Furniture and Interior wholesalers. Due to the company’s success and vast logistics network in Ireland, UK and Europe it has resulted in unrivalled buying power. It is for this reason it enables Oplan Office Furniture to offer unbeatable prices on its high quality, design led office furniture, direct to the end client in Northern Ireland. Oplan Office Furniture recently completed their move to a new 4000 sq. ft. showroom based in Antrim. This is further enhanced by the move of their wholesale division, Edit Office, to a new showroom facility in Citywest in Dublin spanning 11000 sq. ft. This enables clients, old and new, to view a selection of their vast portfolio and to see for themselves that all their products are of the highest quality. Customers can choose from

a wide range of colours and finishes depending on their preference. Oplan Office Furniture are able to offer their clients the full fit out package, from concept and design through to delivery and installation. Thanks to a combination of their free consultation and design process along with a wealth of experience in the industry, it has enabled them to go from strength to strength and work with some of Northern Irelands largest companies. Boasting an impressive client list that includes Wilson Auctions, Domino’s Pizza, Subway, Country Estates, Beatties Freight to name but a few. At Oplan Office Furniture they don’t just tell you what you need they listen to the client’s requirements and preferences. They go through an extensive consultation process to ensure the project exceeds the client’s expectations, completes on time and most importantly on budget. With all their products being manufactured in the UK and Europe

it enables them to keep extremely high standards when it comes to quality, which means they can offer unrivalled warranties such as 25 years on their entry level Ashford range or a lifetime warranty on their most popular Switch bench range. An extensive logistics network throughout Europe, UK and Ireland allows Oplan Office Furniture to offer excellent lead times on made to order furniture. This coupled with their huge stock holding in Ireland also means they can deliver furniture to your door within 48 hours, for those clients seeking a fast and reliable service. Oplan Office Furniture have ranges to cover all aspects of the modern working environment to include, office, receptions, canteen, boardroom, breakout and seating. Their procurement team based in Poland work tirelessly with their manufacturing partners to ensure new ranges are constantly being developed and existing ranges updated to keep up with the latest industry and design trends. They travel the length and breadth of Europe every year seeking new manufacturing partners that can enhance their current portfolio.

Any factories that are considered must meet their very strict production and quality guidelines, ensuring that Oplan Office Furniture’s clients continue to receive cutting edge design led products at the price and quality level they have been accustomed. Oplan Office Furniture do not only offer the furniture but have an experienced team that can complete the full office fit out. From building works and partition walls to carpets and decorating, they really can project manage the entire process from start to finish. For Oplan Office Furniture no job is too big or small. From a single office chair to a complete office move or refurbishment then please get in touch. Why not come and visit us and one of our showrooms where you can see the vast range of products and quality for yourself. Sit down and relax with an experienced member of the team so we can start you on your journey to a truly amazing work space. For a free, no obligation consultation and design, please get in touch on any of the following contact details: For a free, no obligation consultation and design, please get in touch with a member of the design team 028 9581 0189


£160 million investment for A6 Randalstown to Castledawson Dualling Scheme Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard has announced his decision to proceed with the A6 Randalstown to Castledawson Dualling Scheme, which represents an investment of £160 million. The scheme will provide approximately 14.7km of new dual carriageway: 7.3km between Randalstown and Toome and 7.4km between Toome and Castledawson. Minister Chris Hazzard said: “One of my key priorities over the next 5 years is redressing the North’s infrastructure deficit, particularly west of the Bann. “I am determined to contribute towards economy growth in a

regionally balanced way and I believe it is vital that infrastructure projects such as this are prioritized. “My commitment to this area in delivering this £160 million flagship investment will strengthen the links between Belfast and Derry and positively develop the A6 as a key transport route into the wider North West area. “Road users and the local community will directly benefit from this new all-purpose dual carriageway as it will reduce journey times and improve road safety. “I am confident that my decision to proceed with the scheme will come as welcome news for the construction industry and I look forward to continuing work to deliver the project with the Joint Venture contractor for the project Grahams/Farrans.”

Minister Chris Hazzard with Deirdre Mackle and Andrew Hitchenor from TransportNI

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New Cork Dept now offering large plant machinery and specialist powered access

New Super Centre and major investments at the HSS / Laois Hire Group The HSS / Laois Hire Group have opened a second depot in Cork as well as investing in a new range of Hamm Rollers and CompAir compressors... The award-winning tool and equipment hire company has opened its second depot in Cork. The new HSS Hire branch is centrally located on a 1.5 acre site at Fortwilliam, Tivoli, in Cork. It will offer ease of access, more choice and larger equipment. It will also incorporate training rooms offering a range of industry recognised technical and safety courses. The company will also retain its already well established branch at Kinsale Road in Cork as the company’s market

share in the region continues to grow. Councillor Chris O’Leary, Lord Mayor of Cork City Council, commented at the opening, “I am very pleased HSS Hire has chosen Cork as the location for its super centre. In addition to the very welcome additional employment, 10 jobs, this decision reinforces Cork as a major distribution centre, which is not surprising given its high quality connectivity through road, rail, shipping and telecommunications”. Robert Tobin, Regional Sales Manager for Cork, who is well experienced in the industry, especially in territory development, is delighted with the progress made. “We have already won some good local contracts and there is great

New Cork Super Centre on 1.5 acre Site

potential to grow the business even further in this part of the country,” says Robert. “We are looking forward to a long and successful future here.” The new branch carries a wide range of equipment and tools, including specialist powered access, large plant machinery, generators up to 1250kVa, Reintec cleaning equipment, and the new HSS training division. As with all HSS Hire branches, the new facility is supported by an extensive fleet of liveried vehicles and underpinned by an industry-leading operating and distribution system. Customers also benefit from the expert workshop and refurbishment capabilities which are a feature of the HSS Hire network operations. The HSS Hire / Laois Hire Group is currently focused on a programme of expansion in Ireland. With a new branch recently opened in Enniscorthy, and two other new branches

recently opened in Northern Ireland – at Connswater in Belfast and in Portadown in County Armagh - and a further two branches due to open this year in Limerick and the Dublin Docklands. This adds to the HSS Hire and Laois Hire Group’s established network of 26 hire branches and super centres across Ireland and Northern Ireland. Michael Killeen, Managing Director of HSS Hire Ireland, Scotland and Isle of Man and the Laois Hire Group, says: “We’re committed to offering our customers more safety, more availability, more value and more support in order to ensure an unrivalled hire experience. The new branch in Tivoli will help us deliver the highest quality service to our customers.”

Laois Hire Group Roll out new plant HSS Laois hire have recently

New Hamm Rollers added to Laois Hire Fleet

Niall Brennan of Laois Hire with Declan Kelly, Gardner Denver Country Sales Manager Ireland at handover of COMPAir Compressors purchased new Hamm rollers. This significant investment represents an increase in business for the popular hire company and also demonstrates the upturn in the Irish construction industry across the board. Darran Hutchinson, Laois Hire Head of Ireland Sales commented that,“The quality of the equipment Hamm supplies has proven itself, a lot of our key customers have specifically asked for this brand when requiring a roller.” He also pointed out that even when other brands are available, customers prefer using Hamm because of their performance and because they are comfortable to use. Another reason given is the service and back up given by Hamm makers, Wirtgen. We all know that in this industry it is crucial to have excellent service and response when a machine needs technical attention. Another key reason for the purchase was the value for money provided by the manufacturer.” Director of HSS Laois Hire Michael Killeen commented, “Customers will be benefitting from this new investment.

They are responding well to the excellent quality of the new machines. A trouble free machine means no customer down time and undue costs to contracts that need to be completed on tight schedules. We have noticed big demand all most immediately for these machines. We just roll them out in our depot and they go straight out on hire.”

New Agency Win for Laois Hire The group has recently taken on the highly regarded CompAir range of portable compressors. Founded as Holman Bros in 1801, as a mining equipment manufacturer, based in Camborne, Cornwall, Holman was one of the largest mining equipment manufacturers globally, which included drill rigs, rock drills, air tools and compressors. As mining got less popular, the company focused on compressors as key growth area in the 1900’s and then merged with Broomwade in 1968 to form CompAir. Since then CompAir has continued to be a global market leader in portable compressors, and

The HSS Hire Team Pictured at the Cork Branch Open Day with Robert Tobin, Regional Sales Manager for Cork; Michael Killeen, MD for HSS Hire and Laois Hire Group; GAA Star, Seán Óg Ó hAilpín; and Niall Reddy, Branch Manager of Tivoli Cork. was acquired by Gardner Denver in 2008. “CompAir were looking for a large distributor with a network of depots in Ireland and Laois Hire fitted the bill with strategically located depots coupled with a great reputation,” says Declan Kelly, Country Sales Manager Ireland. “We approached Niall Brennan of HSS Laois Hire and the rest is history. The two organisations are such a good fit because of our similar approach and drive towards business, with a passion to grow and for customer service and experience.” The CompAir full range of portable compressors is available from Laois Hire, from 35-953cfm (FAD) at pressures from 4 bar(g) to 24 bar(g). This will be complemented by the full range of accessories and extras, including on board generators, aftercoolers and additional filtration, to hoses, jackhammers, demolition guns and scabblers. “The quality of product and back up service are second to none and the competitive pricing is an additional bonus”, says Niall Brennan of Laois Hire. Predominant focus industries will be the civil engineering and groundworks companies, along with other specialist

industries including dry ice blasting, shot blasting, ground exploration, grouting, drilling, piling, cable blowing, refurbishment plus many more. Declan Kelly, Country Sales Manager for CompAir sees the relationship between the two companies developing further in the future:

“We want to develop the relationship to the point that anybody looking for a compressor in Ireland thinks of Laois Hire and CompAir as the most trusted and reliable source to buy from, by not only supplying an industry leading product, but by also giving second to none support and backup for complete peace of mind.” With the opening of new branches and an ever increasing range of equipment available, with the upturn in the construction industry across Ireland, the HSS / Laois Hire Group is ready to look after all the requirements of the building sector.

Laois Hire team at the handover of Hamm Rollers from Wirtgen Ireland



World Class Office development for Donegall Place

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Donegall Place

Exciting plans to develop one of Belfast’s most prominent, centrally-located buildings into highspecification worldclass Grade A office accommodation have been revealed. Major plans have been lodged for the building at 35-47 Donegall Place, which currently houses Boots on the ground and part of the upper floors. A consortium including Bywater Properties, LRE Capital and Belfastbased Ashmour acquired the prominent 82,000 sq ft retail and office building last year.   Award-winning, Coleraine-based GM Design Associates is the local architect behind the multi-million-pound project.   The cutting-edge plans for the building include striking new modern façades as part of a top spec, Grade A office development.   Patrick O’Gorman, Principal, Bywater Properties, added:   “We’re confident that the

combination of the traditional external architecture with the cutting edge and contemporary office accommodation will further unlock the potential of this strategically-important location, creating a new amenity which will create multiple benefits for the city. “Long term, we have no doubt that this exciting addition will help to bolster Belfast’s growth and provide opportunities for new and existing businesses to thrive.   “With our partners, we plan to make a significant investment in the building and, ultimately, a massive contribution to Belfast’s commercial and retail success. The new scheme will also incorporate key elements to reference its historical importance in Belfast’s role as a major powerhouse of linen production in the 19th and 20th centuries.   A brand new open-plan, atrium-style reception lobby and stunning roof terraces with views across the city and beyond are also included in the plans. Staff cycling to work will benefit from bike storage and shower facilities.   A total of 65,000 sq ft of useable office space has been earmarked

for development in the five-storey building, access to which can also be gained from Fountain Street at the rear of the building. An additional 37,000 sq ft of retail space on the ground and first floor is also included. James Armstrong, Investment Director at LRE Capital, said: “Belfast is an ambitious, forwardthinking and business-friendly city filled with companies and organisations which not only require but desperately need the type of high-specification Grade A office accommodation currently available in other cities across the UK and Ireland.   “Our plans for this prime city centre building represent an exciting opportunity for us and for Belfast and we look forward to delivering a development scheme which will set a brand new benchmark and rival the very best that other global cities have to offer.” Once complete, more than 700 office and retail workers could be employed within the scheme. Additional jobs will be created during the construction and fit-out phases.   Ashley Stewart, Director, Ashmour

Donegall LLP, said: “Ashmour is delighted to be involved in the proposed redevelopment of 35-47 Donegall Place. “This exciting new development will give confidence to the many firms looking for contemporary, state-ofthe-art Grade A office space in Belfast city centre which is currently in very short supply.” Project Architect, Timothy Robinson, GM Design Associates, said: “Our proposal for this landmark office building in Belfast reflect the ambitions of a dynamic, experienced and enthusiastic award-winning team. “The proposals strike a careful balance between respect for what exists already and the desire to bring to Belfast world class office accommodation which would not be out of place in London or Frankfurt. “Through cutting-edge design, the use of both natural and modern materials, and by incorporating and enhancing detail from the building’s history, these provide for a major office amenity which befit an exciting, modern and forward-thinking city.”

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The newly transformed Belfast Waterfront has seen the creation of an eye- catching, colourful and prominent riverfront façade that is an integral part of the bold new £29.5 million extension. One of Belfast’s most important civic buildings and located in the heart of the city, Belfast Waterfront has undergone a remarkable metamorphosis. The stunning new 7000m2 extension, built by McLaughlin and Harvey in collaboration with McAdams Design from a design by TODD Architects, not only regenerates the river frontage but also re-establishes the building’s connection with the

River Lagan. The new building features a 2000 seat auditorium and an additional 4000m2 conference facility which includes a 2000m2 major hall and a minor hall of 750m2. The public facing façades are an integral element of a building of superior architectural quality. Brett Martin’s innovative and thermally efficient glazing system, Marlon Clickfix1040, played a vital role in achieving this aim whilst at the same time helping the extension establish its own identity. The building’s 150m long riverfront façade was wrapped with over 1750m2 of multiwall polycarbonate with many panels approximately 14m in length. For a glazing system which would not only maximise daylight but also

offer exceptional air tightness, durability and UV stability, Marlon Clickfix1040 from Brett Martin proved the most adaptable solution and ensured a fast and straightforward installation for roofing and cladding contractor, Thornton Roofing. Creating a palette Another key consideration for this project was the colour of the glazing panels, with Brett Martin creating a palette of seven colour samples in a range of tint variations. These were installed at a high level on-site to allow the design team to decide on three completely new colours – petrol, viola and glass green - which were each extruded in two different intensities, creating a graduated flow of colour along the

elevation. “The use of Marlon Clickfix1040 polycarbonate glazing panels enabled us to create a stunning variation in colour and transparency, so that the façade almost changes during the day, depending on how the light hits the building,” said Peter Minnis, Director at TODD Architects. “Combine this with the fact that Marlon Clickfix1040 offered us a full height 14 metre panel and is manufactured locally, this made it an ideal choice for the prominent riverfront façade.” Offering high levels of light transmission, the polycarbonate panels provide a naturally diffused daylight. Click and fix Brett Martin attended

Brett Martin |27 many technical meetings, both with the architect to discuss aesthetics, material properties, structural support requirements and detailing, as well as attending onsite meetings with the main and specialist subcontractor, Thornton Roofing, in order to demonstrate correct installation techniques.      Brett Martin also worked with Thornton Roofing and came up with a system for labelling individual panels which were then cut to size, taped and packed onto pallets in the order of installation sequence. Commenting on the project Peter Hanvey of Brett Martin said: “The Belfast Waterfront site is constrained by the abutting River Lagan restricting material storage space. This factor, along with the number of contractors working in the same confined area at any one time made the storage of pallets onsite impossible. Brett Martin worked with the contractors to come up with a system that ensured the pallets of Marlon Clickfix1040 material were delivered to site in the correct sequence as and when the sheets were required for installation.” Central to the Marlon Clickfix1040 system is the lightweight polycarbonate panel with integral interlocking connections that simply click into place forming glazed areas of unlimited size and shape. The 40mm structured polycarbonate glazing panel has 10 insulating walls to achieve a U-value of 0.99 W/m²K, for a high performing and thermally efficient glazing solution. It has a choice of thermally broken aluminium glazing bar systems depending on the application. The Marlon Clickfix VF glazing bar system has been specifically developed for vertical installations such as façades, partitioning, rain screens and vertically glazed northlights whilst Marlon Clickfix RL has been designed for use in low pitch rooflights and canopies. Marlon Clickfix1040 provides high-quality natural light, superior thermal insulation and UV protection. In addition to the impact resistance, resilience and structural strength that is inherent in all of Brett Martin’s high performance polycarbonate sheet products, it is also lightweight and easy to handle. Now open, this world class conference centre is poised to be a game changer for the city and thanks to the installation of Brett Marlon Clickfix1040 its colourful façade will transform the riverside location. Brett Martin Daylight Systems | Telephone: 024 7660 2022 | Email: | Website:

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Calor Gas – A Fuel for the Future

Liquefied Petroleum Gas, more commonly known as LPG is used by thousands of homes and businesses every day. From cooking and heating, and providing the fuel for cars, forklifts and commercial vehicles, to powering factories, hotels and businesses of all sizes. For decades, many businesses across Northern Ireland have trusted Calor to provide bespoke solutions and deliver their energy needs. Lowering emissions is a key consideration for all businesses. Achieving better environmental standards is no longer just the right thing to do, it is now the sensible business decision – one which is helping businesses to win new customers. More and more large businesses are demanding a fully traceable, low carbon, supply chain. Calor LPG is one of the cleanest energy sources available, producing far lower carbon emissions than oil, coal, peat and even electricity. In a kilowatt hour, LPG emits 53% less CO2 than electricity, 33% less CO2 than coal,

and 12% less CO2 than oil.* This is why more and more businesses are turning to LPG to reduce their carbon footprint. To ensure the best solution, Calor has established a dedicated team of specialised Energy Advisors to deliver tailored and complete energy solutions for companies across the wide range of business sectors. Calor also offers a oneto-one service for specifiers. From an initial first meeting, to the site visit (or visits), to the design of a tailored proposal for a project. This includes help and support with equipment specification, appliance options and technical support. Ultimately, Calor engineers can design the complete gas installation, also providing advice on health and safety requirements and assisting where necessary, providing regular consultations throughout the process, to make things as simple and straightforward as possible. In their work with specifiers Calor have highlighted the demand that exists for training on the utilisation of LPG and have devised the Calor Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programme which is accredited by Engineers Ireland, the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland (RIAI) and

Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE). The ultimate goal of the Calor CPD programme is to improve the professionals understanding of LPG and the technology through which it is deployed. Among the elements taught on the CPD programme are LPG Product Knowledge, Gas Regulations & Standards, Bulk Tank Installations, Cylinder Storage, Pipe Work Unit and Utilisation of LPG. Stuart Savage, Calor Business Development Engineer, comments: “Calor Continuous Professional Development Courses are designed to keep you abreast of the latest developments in energy solutions, for every type

of build. Whether you’re involved in planning, designing or building for the domestic, commercial or industrial sector, a course with us helps ensure you have the most up-to-date thinking at your disposal.” The courses are free of charge and can be provided either on or off site, depending on the preference of the participants. For further information on Calor CPD and to request a place on a Calor course please email cpd@ or visit Alternatively, to speak to a Calor Energy advisor contact Calor on 028 9045 5588. *

Construction Celebrates Excellence T

he competition to win the highest accolade in the local construction industry will take a step forward at the start of September as the Showcase of Shortlisted Finalists for the Construction Excellence Awards 2016 will take place at the WellcomeWolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine, Queen’s University Belfast on 7 September. The Awards, which are run by Construction Employers Federation (CEF) in partnership with SPECIFY magazine celebrate the best construction projects delivered by Northern Irish companies in the past year. John Armstrong, CEF Managing Director commented, “The Awards recognise the very diverse and excellent work carried out by the industry that we represent. Last year O’Hare & McGovern won the Overall Award for the hugely impressive WellcomeWolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine at Queen’s University Belfast and we are delighted to return there for this year’s Showcase. “The Showcase is an uplifting opportunity to discover more about some of the best projects and initiatives that the local industry has delivered over the last year. The fourteen categories in the Construction Excellence Awards recognise the industry’s contribution to society in providing clean water, new roads, new homes, modern hospitals, fit-for-purpose schools and places to shop, work, worship and socialise. They also celebrate the preservation of our built heritage and the efforts of construction companies to protect their workers, the environment and jobs.

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“I warmly congratulate all of those companies who have been shortlisted for an award. Over the summer our distinguished judging panel has been visiting each of the shortlisted projects to identify the 14 category winners and the overall winner. They now have some very difficult decisions to make.” The winners of the Construction Excellence Awards 2016 will be revealed at a Gala Dinner on 6 October 2016 in the Culloden Hotel.

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JLT Benefit Solutions provides advice and services designed to meet all the requirements of UK pension scheme trustees. With over 3000 clients, we are one of the major pension consultancies and a leading administration services provider in the UK. We have considerable experience and a proven record in designing, implementing and reviewing pension scheme benefit arrangements. Our services include • Pension Consulting including Auto Enrolment • Trustee consulting • Actuarial consulting

• Pensions administration • Trustee governance services • Trustee training • Member communications • Documentation and technical support • Windup and discontinuance advice We are part of a large multi-national organisation but face our clients through small client-centric teams. This improves communication with, and about, our clients and facilitates the building of long –standing relationships. We have more than 80 Actuaries, 160 actuarial students and 45 pension consultants, as well as over 1000 administration and support staff, providing local service to our clients from over 10 locations in all parts of the UK. Our people

are experienced, knowledgeable and highly competent. We are a people business specialising in execution of complex strategic projects. We combine the delivery of practical advice with all the training that trustees require to empower them to address any of the issues that their schemes are facing. Our delivery model makes it easy to do business with us. Our job is to deliver solutions for pension scheme management that are cost effective and efficient and we can design programmes to suit any size and any kind of scheme. From extensive projects to schemes where all that is required is advice on legislative issues. You can be confident that your pension scheme is in safe hands.

Crescent Specialist Recruitment

Crescent Specialist Recruitment (CSR) Ltd is a specialist Recruitment Consultancy that works within the Construction & Technical markets in Northern Ireland, mainland UK, and ROI. With over 15 years’ experience in the industry, CSR is made up of a team of specialist recruiters with dedicated Consultants for the industry. CSR put a high value on both our clients and candidates that work with us. Through our high level of service, working in partnership and finding the right jobs for the right people, our business has continued to grow from strength to strength. As a specialist Construction and Technical Recruitment Agency with offices in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland we operate on behalf of both our Clients and Candidates throughout the region as well as on an International basis as required.   • Mechanical & Electrical Design Engineers/ CAD We offer both permanent and contract roles in the following areas: Technicians  • Construction & Technical Appointments • Resident Engineers • Site, Project & Contracts Management • Trades & Labour • Site Engineering • International Opportunities • Quantity Surveying & Commercial Management • Security Services • Professional Quantity Surveyors/ Cost Managers   • Project Managers – Consultancy Our aim is to offer a tailored service every time we recruit for a client. We • Estimating understand every company and role is vastly different to the next and therefore • Buying requires the attention to detail that has become synonymous with CSR. • Health, Safety, Environmental & Quality • Bid Management & Bid / PQQ Writing • Mechanical & Electrical Contracts Management / Coordination


The Department of Finance and Personnel is the sponsoring department for the construction industry in Northern Ireland. Des Armstrong, Chief Executive of Central Procurement Directorate (CPD), chairs the Construction Industry Forum for Northern Ireland (CIFNI) which is the interface between government and the construction industry. CPD, as the lead procurement body in Northern Ireland, promotes best practice in procurement and supports and encourages efficient, proportionate and modern construction procurement techniques. CPD reviews and develops procurement policy, including construction procurement policy, for endorsement by the Procurement Board. This policy applies directly to Government Departments, their Agencies, Non-Departmental Bodies and Public Corporations, and is implemented by the Centres of Procurement Expertise across government. CPD itself incorporates three Centres of Procurement Expertise, one for supplies and services and two for construction – the Construction CoPE and the Construction Health Projects CoPE. The Construction CoPE provides a procurement service to Northern Ireland departments and other public sector bodies for a range of construction related works and services. The Construction Health Projects CoPE provides a procurement and project management service specifically to the Department of Health Social Services and Public Safety and its arm’s length bodies for their capital construction programmes.

Department for Infrastructure Planning Policy Division

The Planning Policy Division in the Department for Infrastructure develops planning legislation and policy in line with Ministerial direction as well as providing advice and guidance on design, policy and practice. The Division is also responsible for the review, monitoring and implementation of the Regional Development Strategy (RDS) 2035 which was published in March 2012. In addition, the Division provides support to the local councils in monitoring performance management and to bring forward continuous improvement initiatives.

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Towergate Dawson Whyte Towergate Dawson Whyte is part of the Towergate group of companies, one of the UK’s leading insurance intermediaries specialising in arranging commercial policies and providing risk management advice. We have many clients in the Construction industry and a strong understanding of your business. As the key service provider to the CEF for insurance matters our negotiating power in the market place has enabled us to offer tailor made policies designed to help ensure you meet your risk management obligations whether your business is a small, medium or large construction company. We look to ensure that the Federation member receives value for the premiums paid and benefits from the extensive range of cover offered by our selected approved insurers. We can also offer advice on many other lines of business including other commercial and residential property, home, car and travel… why not give us a try? Part and parcel of the Towergate Dawson Whyte service delivery is access to our professional claims team. In the event of a claim, trained personnel will provide advice on how to ensure correct presentation of the claim. Our Claims Team can provide initial assistance to enable you to make informed choices on any necessary course of action. Appropriate experts can be recommended including experienced Chartered Loss Adjusters, Surveyors and Engineers whose involvement is often necessary in large or complex claims. Our expertise in the handling of claims ensures experts are available to provide technical advice and assistance. Emergency and first aid repairs can be arranged by Insurer approved contractors to expedite the process and facilitate resumption of turnover. Our team can also assist in pre-risk surveys and valuations where necessary to ensure adequate cover and risk reduction.


Established in 1936, NHBC is the home warranty provider of choice, currently insuring over 1.6m homes, with a market share of approximately 80%. Over the course of our history, we have provided warranty for around 30% of the total existing housing stock in the UK, which equates to over 7 million homes. With no shareholders, we are able to invest in our purpose of raising standards to improve the quality of UK house-building. As an authority on the housing industry, active in research and development, we work with government and stakeholders to help shape housing policy. We embrace a culture of fair treatment for all our customers, whether house builders or homeowners, and aim to meet and exceed the FCA principles of ‘Treating Customers Fairly’. NHBC is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA).


Constructionline is the UK’s leading procurement and supply chain management service that collects, assesses and monitors standard company information through a question set that is aligned to PAS 91, the standardised pre-qualification questionnaire developed by BSI to reduce duplication within the construction industry. Its aim is to provide efficiency savings to public and private sector buyers and the construction industry as a whole by streamlining procurement procedures and improving the supply chain management processes by reducing risk, creating cost efficiencies and helping buyers engage with new suppliers, including SMEs and local companies.   Constructionline has over 24,000 contractors, material supplier and consultant members whose details are accessible to over 8,000 procurement professionals from 2,500 registered buying public and private sector organisations, including the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, Apex Housing Association and many of the leading main contractors, such as McLaughlin & Harvey and Vinci Construction.  


Encouraging a vibrant and profitable construction sector, with its sustainable employment and long supply-chain is vital to Northern Ireland’s economic recovery and will play a pivotal role in the region’s future growth. For that reason, we are pleased to support the CEF in providing regular economic analysis of the sector’s performance, employment and prospects, both in Northern Ireland and in export markets. We are also pleased to support our clients in the construction, civil engineering, infrastructure and extraction industries, through project development, economic and investment appraisals, viability studies and the preparation of outline and final business cases And as Northern Ireland’s largest firm of professional advisors, we will continue to invest in people, services and expertise to enhance our clients’ competitiveness at home and in new export markets.

Northern Ireland Environment Agency

The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) is an Executive Agency within the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs. The strategic objective of the Agency is to create prosperity and wellbeing through effective environment and heritage management and regulation. The Agency’s four key objectives are: 1. Deliver effective compliance and implementation of legislation and international obligations 2. Improve understanding and appreciation of our environment 3. Support a sustainable economy 4. To deliver reformed and effective planning

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Meet the Judges... Housing Awards

Aileen Nelson

Member of Planning Guidance Team, Planning Policy Division, Department for Infrastructure

Dann Corr

Chair of Chartered Institute of Housing Northern Ireland.

Neil Dunlop

Chair of the Royal Town Planning Institute Northern Ireland

General Construction Awards

Jenny Russell

Associate Head of School of the Belfast School of Architecture at the Ulster University

Martin Hare

Past President of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects

Robert Colvin

Former Chair Building Control NI

Paul Crowe

President of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects

Health/Safety & Training Awards

Barry Neilson

Chief Executive of CITB Northern Ireland

Richard McIvor

Chair of the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health Northern Ireland

Keith Morrision

Chief Executive of the Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland

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Health & Education Infrastructure Awards

Gerard Graham

Chair of the CIOB in Ireland – Northern Centre

Ciarán Mackel

Board member of PLACE - The Northern Ireland Built Environment Centre

Transport & Utilities Infrastructure Awards

Alan Skates

Chair of the Institution of Civil Engineers Northern Ireland

Peter Quinn

Steven Caldwell

Former Chair of the Engineers of Ireland Northern Region

Chair of the NI Branch of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation

Environmental Sustainability Award

Terry Waugh

Deputy Director of Action Renewables

Patricia Smyth

Client Manager at Invest NI

GB & ROI Construction Award

Ciarán Mackel

Board member of PLACE The Northern Ireland Built Environment Centre

Paul Crowel

President of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects

Neil Dunlop

Chair of the Royal Town Planning Institute Northern Ireland

Peter Quinn

Chair of the Engineers of Ireland Northern Region

The Finalists in full... Company


Project name

Gilbert-Ash Martin & Hamilton QMAC Construction TAL

Restoration Restoration Restoration Restoration

Heron Brothers Martin & Hamilton O'Hare & McGovern P & K McKaigue

Commercial Commercial Commercial Commercial

Dixons Contractors Gilbert-Ash Woodvale Construction Company

Fit-Out Award Fit-Out Award Fit-Out Award

Maurice Flynn & Sons QMAC Construction TAL Woodvale Construction Company

Social/Community Social/Community Social/Community Social/Community

Carr Brothers Dixons Contractors Donaghmore Construction Porter & Co

Private Private Private Private

Donaghmore Construction Hagan Homes Lowry Construction P & K McKaigue

Social Social Social Social

General Construction Award Award Award Award

Construction Construction Construction Construction

Housing Housing Housing Housing

Construction Construction Construction Construction

Award Award Award Award

Award Award Award Award


& & & &

Republic Republic Republic Republic

Award Award Award Award

Mascott Construction Maurice Flynn & Sons O’Hare & McGovern Tracey Brothers

Education Education Education Education

Felix O’Hare & Company Glasgiven Contracts O’Hare & McGovern H&J Martin

Health Health Health Health

Fox Building & Engineering Fox Building & Engineering John Graham Construction McLaughlin and Harvey

Transport Transport Transport Transport

Adman Civil Projects DAWSON-WAM Lagan Construction Group Terra Solutions

Utilities Utilities Utilities Utilities

of of of of

Ballymisert Supported Housing Fort Hall Manse Court Holly Lane

Ireland Ireland Ireland Ireland


Infrastructure Infrastructure Infrastructure Infrastructure

Infrastructure Infrastructure Infrastructure Infrastructure

Award Award Award Award

Institution of Engineering & Technology Eolas Building at NUI Maynooth Stevenson Hive Project Ellon Academy Community Campus

Award Award Award Award

MENCAP Building St Joseph's Carnacaville SERC Space Campus New Dromore Central Primary School

Award Award Award Award

Infrastructure Infrastructure Infrastructure Infrastructure

Infrastructure Infrastructure Infrastructure Infrastructure

Award Award Award Award

Award Award Award Award

QUALITY PERFORMANCE David Jameson Roofing Services Donaghmore Construction Farrans Construction Maurice Flynn & Sons

Training Training Training Training

Adman Civil Projects David Jameson Roofing Services Tracey Brothers

Environmental Sustainability Award Environmental Sustainability Award Environmental Sustainability Award

Farrans Construction Heron Brothers Maurice Flynn & Sons McAleer & Teague

Health Health Health Health

Principal Sponsor

& & & &

Award Award Award Award

Safety Safety Safety Safety

Award Award Award Award


Waterfront Hall Refurbishment The Junction Schomberg House Queens Boat Club Bannview Court Retirement Village Redbridge Development Fairfields Saddlers Hall

GB & Republic of Ireland construction award

Gilbert-Ash Tracey Brothers Heron Brothers Farrans Construction

Forthriver Innovation Factory Galgorm Resort & Spa IFA National Football Stadium Causeway Rural & Urban Network (CRUN) Building 16 College Street, Belfast PwC / Google Innovation Lab Stranmillis Refectory


Housing Housing Housing Housing

Award Award Award Award

The Crown Bar and Dining Rooms St. Bernadette's Church, Belfast St. Patrick's Church, Donaghmore Restoration of Portaferry Presbyterian Church

Banbridge Community Treatment & Care Centre Ballymena Ambulance Station Ballymena Health Centre Northern Ireland Adult Hospice Valley Park Strabane Pedestrian Bridge A2 Shore Road, Carrickfergus Glynn River Bridge Eglish Wind Farm Newcastle Wastewater Treatment Works Castor Bay to Belfast Strategic Trunk Main York Street Interchange Storm Chamber

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Commercial Construction Award The Finalists: • Martin & Hamilton • Heron Bros

• O’Hare & McGovern • P&K McKaigue

Forthriver Innovation Factory Heron Bros


orthriver Innovation Factory (FIF) is a £9M D&B scheme project funded by Belfast City Council (BCC), INI and European Regional Development Fund, under the Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland. FIF provides 382 workstations across 111 business units, and will house more than 100 businesses supporting 400 jobs. HBL and Turner & Townsend (TT) worked collaboratively with stakeholders to ensure the needs of the end user were considered. TT Project Manager Colm Lavery stated, “The relationship with the Heron Bros Team has been very collaborative. The completion ahead of programme and the smooth handover is a testament to the professionalism of the Heron project team.” HBL held pre-contract design meetings to ascertain buildability solutions. Our Design Manager identified VE solutions across key work packages including substructures, steel frame and M&E. BIM enabled us to co-ordinate three primary design functions, integrate supply chain design and identify conflicts and clashes. We provided BIM training and supported suppliers not yet BIM enabled. We launched our HBL quality control & defect management system Keystone. We delivered the project with ZERO Defects. FIF has been completed to a Grade A standard. Delivered within a very strict timescale, pre-contract design meetings provided a platform to identify opportunities to improve performance, increase efficiency and fast track the programme. All stages of project were carried out in accordance with our IMS. Coordination meetings were held with the project team to maintain programme. Utilising our collaborative work environment, use of BIM and innovative Keystone software, we completed 3 weeks ahead of schedule, on time and on budget.


Glasgow University Stevenson Building

Heron Bros Ltd is delighted to be shortlisted for the CEF Awards in the following three categories: Commercial Construction Award Health and Safety Award GB & ROI Health and Education Infrastructure Award CONSTRUCTION EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2016

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Galgorm Resort & Spa Martin & Hamilton

his project was undertaken to create a world-class addition to the already outstanding guest facilities. TCreate The primary objectives of the project were to: a world class spa facility to attract visitors from outside Northern Ireland. Enhance the spa experience. Create more bedroom accommodation.

The project involved the construction of a new four-storey extension consisting of 45 deluxe guest rooms, three luxurious suites along with a new 20m indoor swimming pool, associated spa facilities and an outdoor thermal spa village. Key Project Facts: Partial steel frame structure. Reinforced concrete columns and slabs, with load bearing masonry to upper floors. Thermal spa village is the first of its kind in Ireland. Hotel remained fully operational throughout. Successfully completed within 18 months. The client praised the team as “true professionals”. Won RICS Tourism & Leisure category award 2016. Features That Make The Project Stand Out: Unique construction: The new thermal spa village is the first in Ireland. It involved a complicated build. Hotel remained fully operational Procurement of high quality materials: High quality, locally sourced materials were used. Other materials were sourced from throughout Europe. Skilled local craftsmen: Local craftsmen with traditional building skills were used. Sustainable construction: Fair and transparent contract conditions were used. An Environmental Management System was also used throughout. Conclusion: The project has resulted in the creation of a world-class venue. The new thermal spa village is acting as a catalyst to attract out-of-state visitors. Out of the 48 new bedrooms, the jewel in the crown is the breath-taking signature suite which comprises 1,300 sq. ft. of luxury. Occupancy rates within the hotel have increased dramatically. The project is helping to develop the economic and tourism potential of the area.

General Construction: Commercial Construction Award

Award Winning, Quality Assured Chartered Building Company

Professionalism with Integrity martin & hamilton 46 Doury Road Ballymena BT43 6JB Tel: 028 2565 3672

Irish Football Association’s National Football Stadium Redevelopment at Windsor Park O’Hare & McGovern


he IFA’s new National Football Stadium at Windsor Park is a phenomenal five development stadium which rates alongside many of the major soccer venues in Europe. It was built within the confines of the existing Windsor Park, which remained fully operational throughout the 98 week construction phase, facilitating over 200,000 spectators at 63 international and domestic fixtures. The work involved the demolition of the south and east stands; the erection of south and east stands; refurbishment and extension of the north and west stands OHMG designed curved steel work at the interface of the North East stand with the North West stand to form a Quadrant. This curved design helped to create a stadium to enhance the viewing experience of the spectator while at the same time mitigating the impact of noise neighbouring houses outside the stadium. The curved steelwork, cantilevered glass facades, Irish stone cladding and the coloured pattern seating were all important aspects of the transformation of the existing North stand resulted in a masterful 21st Century stadia bowl which has already met with massive public acclimation. The stadium, which has a maximum seating capacity for 18,500, was designed and constructed to maximise its functionality and deliver a range of services for the players, spectators, local community and the IFA.

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Causeway Rural & Urban Network P&K McKaigue


auseway Rural & Urban Network (CRUN) was established with the aim of enabling regeneration and encouraging sustainability within the local communities. This building now provides both office and multi-purpose space to a wide range of community & charity based organisations including Age Concern & Citizens Advice. The existing building acquired by CRUN was completely demolished and the original foundations grubbed up. Once the building was demolished and before sub-structures commenced an archaeological report had to be conducted and planning sought because the site was in an historic part of the town. Subsequent site visits during excavation were arranged however nothing found. Main drainage was designed & installed within the building because of lack of space around the external site perimeter. Neighbouring buildings had to be underpinned in places closely managed by the Temporary Works Co-ordinator. The high standard of finish to the build included a contemporary mix of tiled, timber and carpet floor finishes, oak veneered doors and screens with brushed chrome ironmongery. The offices are fronted with glazed screen systems with glazed side panels. The main multipurpose area can be divided by a sliding glazed track mounted partition system. The stair balustrades are a mixed of glazed and mild steel painted with oak handrail. Specialist joinery items include reception counters, office equipment inc computer desks, washroom systems, kitchens & fitted storage furniture.

General Construction: Fit-Out Award

Refurbishment and fit-out works of 6 storey building, College Street, Belfast Dixons Contractors Ltd


ituated in the busy centre of Belfast City, the works at 16 College Street required a full strip out and refurbishment of 4 floors of a 6 storey Health and Social Care Trust (HSCT) building. The departments housed in this building were HSC Sexual and Reproductive Health and NIBTS Blood Donations on the ground floor and HSC Business Services Organisation on the 3rd, 4th and 5th floors. The works included including asbestos removal and removal of all existing facilities and layouts of floors on 4 floors. The works included internal reconfiguration and upgrade of all floors, stairs and vestibules including creation of offices, waiting areas and patient treatment rooms, upgrade of all mechanical, electrical and service installations, new toilet and kitchen facilities, new floors, suspended ceilings, windows, doors and full redecoration with lift improvements. Glass was used in the fit out of the reception areas of the floors 3-5 to create a minimalist look with bespoke oak panels in the main foyer area on the Ground Floor. Bespoke furniture was fitted into the reception areas of the Blood Donation Unit and the Sexual & Reproductive Health Unit. The external works included repairs and replacement of almost 10,000 Belfast bricks to renovate the external brick façade.

General Construction: Fit-Out Award The Finalists: • Dixons Contractors • Gilbert Ash

• Woodvale

PWC – Google Innovation Lab Gilbert Ash


his Cat B office fitout brought together two high profile clients, to launch a new Google Innovation Lab at PWC’s Headquarters in Belfast, the first of its kind in Europe and only the third such office facility worldwide. This is a very high profile project and while based in Belfast, its impact goes beyond Northern Ireland and represents a showcase of Northern Ireland fitout skills. The project value was £2.8m and covered 80,000 sq ft carried out in 5 phases. Each phase was handed over on time, whilst working within a live occupied environment. Works included the soft strip out and alterations to the layout of the spaces, installation of glazed/stud partitioning, M&E installation/alterations, suspended ceilings, soft floor finishes, painting/redecoration, coordination and management of direct furniture and catering installations. The project included more complex elements such as UPS Battery Back Up, Leak Detection System, Aspirated Fire Alarm System, Trend BMScontrolled lighting system, Access Control / Intruder Alarm. Space was maximised via the installation of quirky ‘think pods’ and a soundproof mobile phone booth in line with Google’s pioneering office design. The office designs included Laconi partitions – movable glass screens that are used to divide different work areas. These partitions incorporate a space at the top which negates the requirement to redesign the HVAC system, giving a more flexible & adaptable workspace. Each of the work areas is accessible only by use of a swipe-card, segregating different areas which are used to provide support services to different clients.

General Construction: Fit-Out Award

Stranmillis Refectory Woodvale Construction Company Limited


his project transformed the dark, underutilised basement of the Stranmillis Refectory building into a bright, welcoming social hub for students and staff. The new hub provides a bar, performance space, café, meeting room, toilets and storage. The building sits at the heart of the college campus and functions as a social hub for students and lecturers. The design maximises natural light, with daylight flooding through new windows to the North elevation. The materials chosen are high quality, and yet durable and functional to withstand student wear and tear. With exposed brickwork and concrete and a mixture of formal and informal meeting spaces it has been enjoyed by students and staff as a space to relax and unwind after a hard day’s study. Each phase of this project was meticulously planned and controlled through team collaboration, open communication, and active risk and programme management. The enabling phase of the project relocated the existing laundry and stores. The footprint of the basement was extended and internal walls demolished. Props were inserted under the collaborative supervision of the client engineer and our temporary works coordinator, two internal columns removed and large steel beams inserted to open up the space. The basement was thermally upgraded – the single glazed steel windows were replaced with PPC aluminium, and insulation and STO render applied to the exterior.

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General Construction: Restoration

The Finalists: • Gilbert Ash • QMAC Construction

St Bernadette’s Church Martin & Hamilton

• Martin & Hamilton • TAL

The Crown Bar and Dining Rooms Gilbert Ash he Crown Bar is an original Victorian gin-palace, T purchased by the National

Trust in 1978 and leased to Mitchell & Butlers who run it on a day to day basis. It is the only building of its kind in the National Trust portfolio. The Crown Bar is wellknown for its intricate Italian décor dating back to the 1800s and attracts tourists from all over world. The ten individually shaped and elaborately decorated wooden booths contain gunmetal plates for striking matches, and an antique bell system, very common in Victorian houses where servants were employed, to alert bar staff. The restoration of the bar included improvements to the glass, mirrors, woodwork and ornate tiles. The bar is in a busy city centre location, pollutants from traffic covered the external tiles in dust and left the internal snugs dull. The ceiling required careful cleaning as the original gas lighting had left carbon deposits in the form of sooty grey halos directly above. The heat had caused damage to the famous papier maché ceiling.

St. Patricks Church, Donaghmore QMAC Construction

very heritage project exudes history, but few can claim a direct connection to the introduction of Christianity in E Ireland. That brought an obvious pressure for QMAC Construction during the restoration of St Patrick’s Church in Donaghmore. St Patrick brought the Christian faith to the Donaghmore area around 450AD and it later became a monastic centre, as evidenced by the ancient High Cross in the village. One of the major aspects of the work undertaken was the roof, which had been badly damaged by a bomb in the village during the Troubles. The bomb had lifted the whole roof up and set it off position. As well as repairing the existing trusses, beams and wall plates, QMAC installed 10 new queen post trusses and replaced all the rafters. In addition to the roof, QMAC was also tasked with providing a solution to some of the additions that had been made to the rear of the church. This work included having to pile the foundations and involved moving the oil tank, which had actually been installed under the altar, to a newly constructed plant room to the rear of the building. The new plant room is the hub for a completely new heating system that incorporates trench heating in the main body of the church. Despite all the new aspects to the church, QMAC has been able to retain the quintessential heritage of the building.

he 1967-built Church is distinguished for its use of innovative T construction techniques on a scale which is extremely rare; it is therefore of national and international interest. A seven month

programme of specialist refurbishment and improvement work was conducted to the B+ Listed Church. The project included the renewal of the coloured Dalle De Verre glass panels which make up the main curved façade of the building, improved access and facilities for disabled users, a new radiant heating system, thermal improvements and replacement of the existing flat roof. The entire glazing scheme was replicated to the original design; 220 Dalle De Verre panels were replaced whilst reusing 20,000 pieces of coloured glass and making new coloured glass pieces where required. Traditional building skills were used throughout to preserve the architectural integrity of the building. The project has been described as an ‘exemplar scheme’ by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) Historic Buildings Unit. The client praised the project team for the attention to detail pr vided throughout.

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Portaferry Presbyterian Church TAL


he friends of Portaferry Presbyterian Church (fPPC), a registered charity, acquired ownership of Portaferry Presbyterian Church (Grade A listed Greek Revival temple), raised funds and undertook its restoration and conversion to an accessible Arts and Heritage Centre ‘Portico’ to 21stC standards. The Presbyterian congregation still uses the building but it is now a nondenominational centre for the region. “This project is a wonderful example of how determination, commitment and a shared vision can transform a heritage asset and deliver outstanding benefits for the local community.” Paul Mullan, HLF. The philosophy was conservation then restoration and, only where necessary, replacement and alteration. Salvaged Bangor Blue slates were reused, cast iron railings were reconditioned and reused and salvaged Art Deco glass was reworked into backlit stained glass windows in a new extension. Working closely with fPPC and the design team led by Maxwell Pierce Architects, the construction team used historical techniques where possible: the exterior was rendered in lime plaster, rotted cast iron windows were replaced, old Scrabo stone was used for new steps and to replace old concrete steps and reconditioned cast iron railings were supplemented with exact cast copies. A major achievement was removal of the Microcrete exterior paint which had trapped damp and damaged the building. It took six months for three stonemasons to remove with hand held disc grinders. This project provides a long-term, sustainable and viable future for the building. Its restoration has replaced a dilapidated building in Portaferry Conservation Area with a stunning landmark. With its various income streams from private hire, guided tours, concerts, film etc, Portico should be financially secure.

TAL is one of Northern Ireland’s most respected and innovative construction companies delivering high quality, professional services and solutions to our public and private sector clients. TAL has gained a reputation for excellence in delivering high quality new build and refurbishment projects in numerous sectors including: • Education • Healthcare • Historical Buildings • Sport & Leisure • Ecclesiastic • Residential • Commercial & Industrial • Civil Engineering TAL is delighted that two of our projects have been shortlisted in this years CEF Specify Construction Excellence Awards.

Growing through the quality of our work and the dedication and professionalism of our staff

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General Construction:

Social/Community Construction Award The Finalists: • Maurice Flynn & Sons • Woodvale

• QMAC Construction • TAL

Waterfront Refurbishment Maurice Flynn & Sons


his project saw Flynn undertake upgrade works to the existing Waterfront Hall to compliment the recently completed extension.

With the new conference centre nearing completion, the Belfast Council tendered a package of works to upgrade the existing Waterfront Auditorium Minor Hall and various interface works. Work entailed significant Mechanical and Electrical between the existing building and new conference centre, acoustic panelling, painting and replacement floor finishes. The programme for this project was very stringent with no window for overrun due to a full calendar of events scheduled to coincide with reopening of the venue. Although the number of elements to be undertaken within this contract were few, the scale on which they were delivered were immense. The redecoration of the Concourse was a huge challenge given a ceiling elevation in excess of 20 metres. Initially, the plan for painting to this height was to use a Spider Boom but the complex architecture of the building didn’t lend itself to this solution and Flynn had to revert to traditional scaffolding. A complex scaffold was designed, erected dismantled by Flynn’s CISRS Scaffolders. Despite the scale of the installation, it left no damage to the tiled foyer in its wake and there were no major incidents or injuries onsite. Another element which presented a challenge was the flooring in the Auditorium. Addressing the specification for flooring, Flynn sourced the original carpet manufacturer and had the same carpet reproduced, providing the client with a high specification luxurious wool carpet. The installation of the carpet involved removing all seating, the auditorium was split into 2 zones to achieve this and careful methodical planning ensured each numbered seat was returned to the correct place.

General Construction: Social/Community Award

The Junction, Dungannon QMAC Construction


he Junction is a mixed-use £3.75 million community development, designed by Alistair Beckett at Hall, Black & Douglas Ltd, and constructed by QMAC Construction Ltd. Owned by community rights-based organisation, STEP, it is an imposing three-story building situated on the busy fringes of Dungannon town centre, and the sharp, industrial style of the external façade belies the light and spacious interior of this very modern project. The Junction was initially referred to as the Peace Centre, to reflect its location, origin and concept. However, the new name links the building to the previous use of the land on which it is situated. It was formerly a railway halt for the historic Dungannon railway line and represents the junction at which the various organisations using the centre will meet. The project comprises of office space and meeting rooms for three anchor tenants – STEP (South Tyrone Empowerment Programme), Inspire Mental Health and Willowbank – with additional flexible, multi-purpose spaces for community use, including meeting rooms, training facilities and exhibition space, totalling 2,140 sqm. The beautifully designed central atrium and circulation core encourages integration with the existing park and pedestrian walkways, while a community café leads directly onto the adjacent Railway Park.

General Construction: Social/Community Award

Queen’s Unversity Boat Club Woodvale Construction Company Limited


he original Queen’s University boat house, dating from 1951, was a ‘temporary’ wooden structure which was replaced with a permanent boat house in 1976. The extension and refurbishment to this facility has expanded and upgraded the existing facilities, providing new crew meeting rooms and new boat storage, shower and WC facilities, with a new floating boat launch pontoon and motor boat launching slip. The single storey steel framed timber clad extension houses additional boat storage. The existing accommodation was fully refurbished, and new windows, external insulation, render and timber cladding updated and thermally upgraded the exterior. The vertical cedar cladding fins with an open texture to the new boat storage allows natural ventilation and light to this area. The boat storage area has a galvanised steel structure with cedar cladding panels. The bespoke boat racking was powder coated steel – it was important that these elements would be able to withstand the marine environment and be finished to a very high quality. Quality control on site was exceptional: the consultant structural engineer has used photos of the tidy ground beams as an example of good workmanship for engineering students. The upgraded and extended facilities have increased the capacity of the boat club and enabled wider community participation in the life of the club.

Building Excellence. Flynn are delighted to be nominated for

4 CEF Construction Excellence Awards 2016 Social/Community Construction Award

Waterfront Hall Refurbishment

Education Infrastructure Award

St Joseph’s Primary School, Carnacaville

Training Award Health & Safety Award

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Schomberg House TAL


he aim of the Museum of Orange Heritage (MOH) is to create understanding, education, tolerance and mutual respect through a modern ‘shared space’ education and resource centre. The centre tells the story of the foundation of the Orange Institution as well as its traditions, development and place in Irish, British and World society. The MOH at Schomberg House has three overarching strands: Education – promoting the Institution’s cultural heritage to a wider audience. To date the MOH has contacted over 400 schools across Northern Ireland and the border counties of the Republic of Ireland to inform them about the project and encourage engagement. Peace and Reconciliation – encouraging greater understanding about Orangeism, its legacy, activities and place in society; Preservation of historic artefacts-relating to the history of Orangeism. Within 6 months of opening over 5,000 visitors have made use of the centre which is situated in East Belfast at the upper end of the developing Connswater

Community Greenway project. The majority of these visitors have been attracted into this part of East Belfast by our project which has benefited this part of the city and the businesses therein. The MOH continually takes feedback from individual and group users to ensure that the visitor experience is maximised. To date this feedback has been extremely positive and is reflected in the visitor and comment book.

GB & Republic of Ireland Construction Award

GB & Republic of Ireland Construction Award: The Finalists: • Gilbert Ash • Heron Bros

• Tracey Bros • Farrans



he 8,000m2 EOLAS BUILDING at MAYNOOTH UNIVERSITY provides state of the art Information Communication Technology facilities for undergraduate, post-graduate and research users as well as a Business Incubations Centre for startups. The building is a major strategic investment by the University as part of an ambitious plan for growth. The building was the largest standalone building to be constructed on the Maynooth University Campus when commissioned, demonstrating the University’s desire to consolidate building projects and provide bigger flagship buildings on its campus. The University steering group developed an exciting brief and engaged with the Design Team to ensure the results were achieved. The budget and programme were closely monitored during the construction phase with regular Client and Contractor Reviews. A good working relationship between all parties was key to a successful outcome. Eolas was completed on time and on budget. Located in the heart of the North Campus, Eolas is a landmark building. It is 4 storeys high with a substantial 2 storey overhang at the south facing main entrance, creating a dramatic welcome on approach. The use of strong colour in the delightful mosaic benches, in combination with the red soffit, creates a vibrant social hub at this sunny focal point of the campus. The overhang merges with the side elevation, folding its way along the east side of the building where it meets the Business Incubation Centre entrance. Eolas is a clever IT building that is user and student friendly, and achieved goals of collaboration, provided through forward looking and flexible spaces which will adapt with the needs of the University in the years to come. Eolas is clad in a bespoke perforated metal filigree cladding. The perforations are based on an abstract Binary pattern and of ‘punch cards’ used in 20th Century data processing, reflecting the research and teachings within. The metal façade contrasts with elements of glazed curtain walling and natural stone cladding, providing a durable low maintenance solution. The pattern in the external cladding has also been carried through into the internal manifestations and the building signage, providing a strong identity and brand for Eolas.

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GB & Republic of Ireland Construction Award

Institute of Engineering and Technology Gilbert Ash

he Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) refurbishment and T extension is an excellent example of how modernisation can enhance an existing environment whilst maintaining the clarity and brilliance of the

original architecture. The stunning building is a unique blend of past and present beautifully placed on the north bank of the River Thames at Savoy Place next to the world famous, five star luxury, Savoy Hotel. The Savoy Place building, home and headquarters of the IET, was built in 1889 and still retains a number of period features. This project included the extensive refurbishment/remodeling to preserve Savoy Place’s important heritage, and make a number of improvements to provide a modern home for the IET. With its opulent interiors and commanding views, the

refurbishment creates over 90,000ft2 of event space, making it one of London’s most technologically advanced conferencing facilities.

The project included the rationalisation of the circulation within the building, the remodeling and refurbishment of the existing 460 seat lecture theatre, the addition of a second more intimate performance space with 180 seats at second floor level, the complete restoration of the existing façade including a biocide treatment and a specialist nebulous clean.

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Ellon Academy Community Campus Farrans Construction


llon Academy and Community Campus was the first contract secured by Farrans under the Main Contractor Framework for Aberdeenshire Council and also the largest ever undertaken by the Council. The project included the construction of a state-of-the-art 3-storey academy (GIFA 18,459m) together with sports facilities, 25m swimming pool, a Further Education College outreach facility, upgrade of existing sewer and roads network, and a 150m, 5-span new bridge over the river Ythan. We integrated stakeholder engagement and end-users into our approach by including them in our fortnightly design team meetings, ensuring we understood their requirements. Regular site visits by stakeholders, community groups and councillors provided feedback which was incorporated into the scheme. Andy Westwood, CCS Monitor, commented on his Audit “Community involvement is one of the best I have observed with good engagement with the schools and local community groups”. We introduced an online document management system to manage information and processes across the entire project team. Monthly financial meetings were held to update the Council on any additional expenditure or cost savings. We proposed alternative products to the Council, resulting in savings of £180,000, with no impact to the high quality finish. The Council made in excess of 130 variations, totalling over £3m, which we delivered within the original contractual completion date. All works were measured through our lean initiative against quality, programme, and cost. A snagging database, rolled out to our supply chain and the Council, was used in an open book manner and our Project Manager, Paul McClements, took the “Right First Time” approach to quality, all of which ensured all finishes were completed to the highest standard with services fully commissioned and demonstrated prior to handover. We worked over 838,000 man hours and managed health and safety through implementation of our bespoke CARES system. Regular Safety initiatives were delivered, the largest involving 150 site personnel. Formation of berms around the three new football pitches, and re-programming of the three pitches until excavations were completed, allowed all arisings to be retained on site. This had BREEAM advantages and kept 12,000m3 off local roads. We were very keen that there should be considerable community benefits from the construction phase leaving a legacy of equality, inclusion, sustainable employment and training. We engaged a Community Benefits Officer and consciously strived to employ a local supply chain, local people on site, and to engage with local schools and the wider community. This was no mean feat in the Aberdeenshire area, given its micro oil-based economy where there was a shortage of local labour. We issued our Inform newsletters bi-monthly to businesses and neighbours advising of upcoming works and their potential impact or inconveniences that may be caused. For example, we advised about upcoming sewer works within Ellon town, which we programmed during the summer period when pedestrian and traffic flow would be reduced. Whilst still impacted, this was managed through our Disruption Management Plan. In delivering Ellon Academy Community Complex we have produced a quality product for a satisfied client.

GB & Republic of Ireland Construction Award

Stevenson Hive Project Heron Bros Ltd


Heron Bros Ltd (HBL) delivered the £10million Stevenson HIVE project for The University of Glasgow. The project was delivered over 15 months including a 5 storey sports centre, administration space and nightclub. The University of Glasgow wanted a must-visit venue that would meet the expectations of their 11,000 students enhancing their sporting and social needs. Heron Bros developed an inclusive and collaborative environment for all stakeholders. This resulted in the delivery of a truly dynamic, high quality, state-of-the-art facility providing four cafe/bars with Wi-Fi access, four-court multi-purpose activity hall with viewing gallery, cardiovascular and muscle conditioning suites, exercise studio space and a martial arts dojo studio. This was a complex project located within a busy city centre conservation area. The building itself had to be tied into two existing listed buildings as well as base formation works to house the new nightclub. All works had to be carried out within a live campus environment. We ran a meet the buyer event with Constructionline and coordinated just in time deliveries to manage supply chain. The project was handed over on time and on budget with a significant area of income generating space being handed over 6 months early. The project achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating.

We have over 60 years experience and have grown to become an ambitious and innovative Building and Civil Engineering Company We tailor our service for each client and the sectors we work in, our main areas of work are:

• Healthcare • Commercial • Education • Restoration • Community & Leisure

McAleer & Teague Ltd., 41 Main Street, Dromore, Co. Tyrone, BT78 3AG Tel: +44 (0)28 8289 8535 •

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Private Housing Award The Finalists: • Dixons Contractors • Donaghmore Construction

• Porter & Co • Carr Brothers

Redbridge development, Crawfordsburn Dixons Contractors Ltd


edbridge was a private development built for Clandeboye Estates. The development of 5 detached homes offered privacy and exclusivity in the highly sought after North Down countryside, set within walking distance of Crawfordsburn village and the famous “Old Inn”. It is surrounded by existing high quality homes on the Ballyrobert Road, the development was designed to complement the area and the characteristics of these homes. The project consisted of the removal of an existing hedgerow, site clearance including preparation and making of a new site entrance and associated entrance building works, erection of 5 new designed dwellings with detached garages, preparation of roadways, footpaths and associated service provision to the site. Existing mature trees were protected to ensure that the characteristics of the land and setting were retained.

Bannview Court Retirement Village Carr Brothers Ltd

Saddlers Hall – Hillsborough



annview Court Retirement Village is located within an idyllic rural setting on the periphery of Banbridge. The land was originally purchased by Lotus Group after the local council identified a need for a care home facility for the elderly in the Banbridge area. Planning permission for an 80 bedroom nursing home was submitted in 2009 and subsequently granted in 2010. Construction work immediately began on the nursing home with completion of the works being achieved in 2012. The location of the lands offered strong transport and physical links to the town while enjoying direct access to the open countryside. It was decided that a small residential grouping nestled into the landscape with dwellings sensitively arranged around a village green, over which all residents would have direct views. Accessed from the Bannview Road by way of a standard roadway junction and avenue flanked by the nursing home to the southwest and open country side to the Northeast, the location of the nursing home was ideal to provide additional security and would coexist superbly as part of the retirement village.

Porter & Co

addlers Hall is an exquisite development of 26 detached and semi-detached homes in Georgian style, with each house featuring the classic Porter & Co attributes including: Rumbled brick Solid concrete floors to kill sound penetration Natural Slate roofs Forged iron railings and gates Porter developments, even when newly built, look established and mature. This site on Hillsborough’s Carnreagh Road is set in a rural background and has been designed very sympathetically with generous plots and lots of trees and shrubs. Saddlers Hall is beautifully laid out and blends a variety of exterior finishes from cream painted to rumbled red brick and natural grey stone (quarried in Castlewellan). This makes each avenue visually interesting and the alternating colours add texture and sophistication giving each resident their own particular look whilst visually combining to form a cohesive streetscape. Porter & Co has a deserved reputation for not cutting corners in pursuit of profit. The brand is synonymous with exceptional quality so using more expensive rumbled brick, heavy timber doors, forged iron railings and gates, solid concrete floor between ground and first floor level and a high specification in every aspect of detailing inside and out is the company’s trademark.

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Donaghmore Construction


istorically, the Fairfields site was part of a group of zonings put forward by a group of local housing developers. Prior to construction of the new housing, the consortium delivered the North Lisburn Feeder Road (NLFR), a major contribution to Lisburn’s road infrastructure. Fairfields has brought its own sense of place to the NLFR. Emanating from the Malone Conservation Area, it incorporates heritage colours & architectural details at the heart of a classical design. Two gatelodges, constructed in an ‘Arts & Crafts’ style, provide an impressive entrance feature & create a sense of identity for the NLFR. The site then progresses into a series of small clusters, each having unique features, hence the development being a village. Steep site topography necessitated substantial civil engineering works prior to construction. This has further added to the character of the clusters & an overall sense of vitality in the layout. This phase of the development comprises 24 dwellings, including both large family homes as well as more affordable townhouses & semi-detached properties. The houses offer traditionally-designed family living & they each have an individual character, whilst being tied into an overall theme. The idea is that the roads & houses within the development are unique, giving residents visual references to orientate themselves as they navigate their way through the development. The NLFR also gave rise to the development being ‘gable on’, reducing the impact of noise & giving visual glimpses into the development. The homes have been designed to mirror a typical south Belfast streetscape, incorporating wonderful heritage colours of brick, stone & architectural detailing.


Social Housing Award The Finalists: • Donaghmore Construction • Hagan Homes

• P&K McKaigue • Lowry Construction

Ballymisert Supported Housing Donaghmore Construction


uilt on the site of Gustav Wolff ’s former dwelling (founding partner of Harland & Wolff), Ballymisert is a purpose-built supported housing scheme, providing stateof-the-art accommodation for 21 residents with mental health needs (general needs & wheelchair users). The development also features offices/staff accommodation & a common room - designed to promote social interaction amongst residents. The housing is set within a beautifully landscaped site, providing further opportunities for recreation. Developed in partnership between Triangle Housing Association & Beacon Wellbeing, Ballymisert was delivered in line with Lifetime Homes & Secure by Design standards. The main aim was to provide improved accommodation for residents formerly residing at Kirkliston Drive – an old building no longer fit for purpose. Ballymisert was designed & delivered with its future residents at the heart of every decision made. Medical & construction experts (including our supply chain partners) joined forces, working together from inception to completion to optimise best outturn. Their collaborative endeavour resulted in a state-of-the-art facility which has been revered as a phenomenal success by both Triangle, Beacon & the families/friends of those now resident there. But most importantly is the residents themselves – there is no substitute for their own testimony & we were delighted with the feedback received. To give you a flavour, resident Liz Bell describes how her new home “Lifts my life, brightens me up & gives me back my independence”

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Housing: Social Housing Award

Fort Hall

Holly Lane



Hagan Homes or too long, “social housing” has been allowed to become a term that conjures up images of low-cost, poor quality housing. Hagan Homes saw Fort Hall as the opportunity to break new ground and break down old preconceptions. With 37% of identified housing need for the Castlereagh area within Dundonald, and the number of units in the social housing development programme falling short of that housing need, the challenge to provide urgently needed housing in a quality setting was formidable. The fifteen homes comprising seven apartments; two three bedroom semidetached units; and six three/four bedroom townhouses in a mixture of stone and brick present a sophisticated palette that visually enriches the arrival to the development. Fort Hall marks a new direction for Hagan Homes; a partnership with communities and highly respected providers to secure quality developments that people are proud to call homes and neighbours. As much as Hagan Homes has prided itself on stylish, quality homes in the past, Fort Hall is a project that has presented a challenge that has proved hugely rewarding, proving that “social housing” can result in sociable housing for all.

P & K McKaigue olly Lane comprises 16nr single-storey units and one communal nursing unit, purpose built for the recuperation and reintegration to independent living for individuals recently discharged from mental health care. The units are located on Western Health & Social Care Trust grounds at Gransha and include a fully staffed nursing unit equipped with nurse call and remote monitoring facilities. Careful consideration was given to the middle centre thoroughfare of the scheme, including a contained external social area with recreational space and attractive landscaping. P&K McKaigue (P&K) liaised and corresponded closely with both the client, Apex Housing, and the Western Health & Social Care Trust to ensure all requirements were satisfied, especially considering the level of dependency and vulnerability of the end user. Careful consideration was given to all finishes and specifications within the units and the outdoor space to keep the design minimalistic and conducive to recovery and harmonious living. The high standard of finish is evident. All roof coverings are slate with hardwood windows. Brick masonry supports were used to achieve architectural overhang with a stylish exterior and hardwood cladding. The external communal site furniture and landscaping are of the highest standard and quality; as well as integrated brick paving, natural limestone, iroko timber and ornate site railings.

Housing: Social Housing Award

Manse Court

Lowry Construction


his project was for the construction of 12 new build social housing units on a brownfield site within Saintfield town. Works included the demolition of the old police station as well as extensive Siteworks and the construction of retaining walls and various boundary treatments. The end users would eventually be the tenants occupying the new premises, however Lowry Brother’s client was Choice Housing with whom they worked extremely closely with from inception to completion to ensure that the needs of the eventual tenants were not only met but exceeded. Some examples of this included the additional lowering of the entire site to provide additional privacy for the tenants as there was an apartment complex adjacent to the site so lowering our site not only helped the privacy of the eventual tenants but that of the neighbours also. Other considerations included leaving provisions for future hoists, adapting the kitchens to suit wheelchair users, etc.


Health Infrastructure Award The Finalists: • Felix O’Hare • Glasgiven Contracts

• H&J Martin • O’Hare & McGovern

Banbridge Community Treatment & Care Centre Felix O’Hare


elix O’Hare & Co Ltd was appointed Main Contractor by the SHSCT to carry out redevelopment works in Banbridge for a brand new Community Treatment & Care Centre (CTCC). This new facility provides new accommodations for general community outpatient treatment facilities alongside the facilities for learning and physically disabled clients. The site has strong historical significance and has been associated with healthcare provision in Banbridge for over 150 years. This new CTCC and Daycare building marks a new phase of development that acknowledges and is sensitive to the history of the site itself. This flagship scheme provides for the replacement of three existing facilities in Banbridge – the Health Centre at Scarva Street, Copperfields Centre for adults with a physical disability and Banbridge Social Education Centre for adults with a learning disability. As part of Banbridge Health Village, the new Health and Care Centre accommodates approx 220 staff, providing a range of community services including Allied Health Professional (AHP) services, a rehabilitation suite, two dental surgeries, children and young people’s services, older people’s services, specialist nursing and a promoting well-being service.

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Ballymena Ambulance Station Glasgiven Contracts


CL met regularly with the Client at the outset of the project and continued this approach through construction. This meant that potential ‘guesswork’ was taken out of the equation as the users were speaking directly with the Contractor and Design Team. Contribution to buildability and evidence of a high standard of finish • GCL worked closely with Design Team and Client to procure a palette of materials that met with the requirements for each area internal and external. • Early discussion with the Trust’s Estates Department allowed informed options to be offered by GCL for approval. • Maintenance, cleaning and life span of all products were key factors that were used in all material offered.

Infrastructure: Health Infrastructure Award

Ballymena Health Centre O’Hare & McGovern

allymena Health Centre is a state-of-the-art facility valued at £25 million and is the largest of its kind in Northern Ireland, located on the north side B of the Braid Valley Hospital site.  During construction, O’Hare & McGovern rendered a balance between stringent health requirements whilst achieving an elegant finish. The new centre brought together six local GP practices delivering a range of acute, primary and community care, adult and children’s services. The project blends a range of services in a modern, accessible, one-stop facility. GP services, selected acute outpatient, diagnostic services as well as a large number of community and primary care multidisciplinary teams are now available under one roof. The centre not only delivers exemplary facilities but also employs over 500 staff who provide health and wellbeing services to over 700 patients daily. The central feature of the building is the two storey atrium, which creates a warm welcoming atmosphere for staff, patience and visitors. This open feature encourages social interaction among staff, patience and visitors promoting health and wellbeing for all. A ground-breaking building such as Ballymena Health would not have come to fruition without the hard work of a group of dedicated individuals, not just from the main contractor O’Hare & McGovern, but from a wide scope of companies who helped create this exceptional building, whilst on time and on budget.

Infrastructure: Health Infrastructure Award

Northern Ireland Adult Hospice H&J Martin


ver a period of five years the client Northern Ireland Hospice undertook an extensive period of review of their facilities at Somerton House and how these sat within the modern requirements for a Hospice. Over the years Somerton House has been remodelled extensively, both internally and externally, in a somewhat ad-hoc fashion and hospice staff now found themselves operating in outdated facilities that did not address the clinical and administration needs of the Hospice, rendering compliance with evolving regulations increasingly difficult. After considering a myriad of other potential locations for their new and enhanced hospice facility, the benefits of this politically neutral and central existing location prevailed as the single determining factor for staying on the Somerton Road site. It has become very important for Northern Ireland Hospice that they realise the development of the new Adult Hospice within the heart of the community that has accepted and nurtured its evolution from the outset.


Education Infrastructure Award The Finalists: • Mascott • Maurice Flynn & Sons

• O’Hare & McGovern • Tracey Bros

MENCAP Building Mascott

he £4.6M Design & Build Contract was for the provision of a new T Mencap purpose-built facility in Belfast, for the future of children and young people with a learning disability and their families across

Northern Ireland. Mascott were responsible for the adoption, development and completion of the design for the whole of the Works, the co-ordination of that design and issue of the working / production drawings (including As Built information) and construction of the building through to completion. The whole project took approximately 12 months, with preconstruction period approximately 2 months and following approval / sign-off, a 10 month construction period, finishing in early 2016. The state-of-the-art centre will serve as a new model for MENCAP’s early intervention services across the UK and Ireland and provides much needed support services for families and young adults with a learning disability. It was a traditional build using a steel frame with a red brick external envelope. Internally, it is part school, part health centre, but Mencap wanted it to be as inviting as possible, so it is bright and vibrant throughout.

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St Joseph’s Carnacaville Maurice Flynn


lynn were delighted to be awarded this project at St Joseph’s, Carnacaville, at the foot of the Mourne Mountains in the heart of a rural community. The new build comprised 4 new classrooms, resource areas and multipurpose hall with associated storage facilities and kitchen. With the addition of refurbishment and alterations to existing overcrowded school buildings, dating parts from 1838. The local people had waited very patiently for this generational upgrade to the heart of their community. The objective of the project, dubbed ‘The Big Build Carnacaville’, was to provide much needed space to the schools 182 Pupils and to modernise the facilities. The extensive new space provided a multi-purpose hall – more than three times the size of the school’s existing hall, six indoor classrooms, resource areas and a host of other new features. Flynn brought 30 years’ experience of education construction to this project and liaised tirelessly with the principal to accommodate tests and special events occurring throughout the school year and scheduled non-disruptive work around these periods to minimise disruption. The Flynn team who managed the project were senior contract Manager, Stephen Darragh overseeing the delivery of the project ensuring the timescale was achieved ensuring the highest quality of work was maintained. Contract Manager, Connor McCambridge, co-ordinating operations on site and the supervision a range of skilled tradesmen. And Senior QS John Tohill, responsible for ensuring value and budget were achieved, maintaining cash flow throughout the contract, liaising with Client QS to agree these variations and valuations. Declan Kearney, HSEQ Manager, controlled Health and Safety and Quality for this project ensuring that in this live school environment, a safe working environment was maintained while ensuring minimal disruption to the school environment. Continuity of these key personnel was essential to delivering a quality and timely outcome, lending on their combined experience we were able to provide value engineering to this rural project as the client refined their specifications.

Infrastructure: Education Infrastructure Award

Dromore PS Tracey Bros

he construction of a new 25 class base primary school at Mossvale Terrace, Dromore, Co Down was never going to be easy. A T brownfield site in a densely populated area with many redevelopment issues, such as ground contamination from its former use as a builder storage yard, a designated water course bisecting the site which feeds into the River Lagan to its poor ground conditions including peat requiring extraction.

Regardless of the contractual terms for both parties, the practicalities of redevelopment of this site were guaranteed to test to the limit, the relationship between the Contractor and the Client, the Education Authority! From the commencement of the project, the Tracey Brothers Ltd team, led by Mr. John Tracey, clearly demonstrated to the EA the genuine approach and commitment by their company to collaborative teamworking approach in meeting and exceeding the EA’s requirements for this project.

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SERC Bangor

O’Hare & McGovern


outh Eastern Regional College, Bangor, Co Down is a state-of-the-art space which aspires to attract over 600 students to study Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) subjects. The building is called ‘The Space’ due to its innovative and dynamic social interaction areas which provides a stimulus for learning and creativity. The various teaching blocks are connected by glass atrium creating an area to enhance educational experience. ‘The Space’ is constructed over piled foundations. The sweeping steel frame superstructure incorporates a variety of specialist M&E engineering and expert technological fixtures and fittings. The structure itself provides STEAM all under one roof - a first for Northern Ireland. The project was delivered via collaborative working to overcome the restrictions of working on a live college campus. Formerly a school car park, ‘The Space’ campus is neighboured by apartments, Bangor Academy and Sixth Form College to both the side and rear. As a result, O’Hare & McGovern had to adhere to strict noise, dust, vibration regulations and adhere to working hour restrictions as well as a number of planning restrictions regarding the building’s design in order to meet approval. The adjacent buildings remained fully operational throughout the entire contract, with O’Hare & McGovern work schedules that were mindful to sensitive periods such as exams and peak school drop off and pick up times and to ensure deliveries were made on a just in time basis.

Infrastructure: Transport Infrastructure Award


Transport Infrastructure Award The Finalists: • Fox Building & Engineering • Fox Building & Engineering

• Graham • McLaughlin & Harvey

Strabane Pedestrian Bridge Fox Building & Engineering


he Strabane Footbridge was conceived as a landmark pedestrian and cyclist bridge offering a crucial missing link between the residential areas and schools south of the river and retail centre to the north. Previously access across the river was by means of the busy road bridge 260m upstream of this new footbridge. Partnership and collaboration was key in realising this superb engineered solution through concept, design, fabrication and installation of this 96m iconic bridge spanning the river Mourne. The resulting cantilevered footbridge is cable stayed, with a curved and steeply inclined main pylon (18m wide base by 45m high), the upper reaches of which are stiffened by a wishbone-shaped pair of Vierendeel trusses to enhance aesthetic appeal. The bridge was designed to be light and exciting in appearance, with the hope of stimulating the imagination of both visitors and the local population alike.

Infrastructure: Transport Infrastructure Award

Valley Park

Glynn River Bridge



Fox Building & Engineering ox Contracts, as principal contractor, is delighted to have contributed to creation of this inspiring, high quality, shared space environment, a positive legacy for the whole community. This impressive public realm Design & Construct project transformed a previously contested waste space to a state-of-the-art development containing a civic linear park with a performance area for events and a unique ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ themed adventure play area for families. This family friendly shared space also includes a floodlit 3G pitch suitable for football, rugby and Gaelic sports, open expanses, meandering paths, public art displays and picnic areas. This project received £3.58million under the EU PEACE lll Programme consequently the design ethos of this development was to encourage people from all backgrounds to come together through sport, recreation and arts based activities. This CEEQUAL Whole Team project was delivered through imaginative park design, where for example; mounds were formed to simulate being in Lilliput and an innovative weir was constructed to create an educational wetlands and pond environment complete with suspended boardwalk. The 3G pitch was located to the centre of the site to allow it to be visually absorbed into the wider parkland and limit the potential influence of the floodlights on neighbouring areas

Mclaughlin & Harvey

his £500k project involved the design and construction for the replacement of Glynn River underbridge, on the Belfast-Larne railway adjacent to Glynn station. The existing 3 span bridge was in poor condition and was demolished. The replacement bridge was constructed over a 9 day blockade and consisted of a two span (with central pier in river) bridge with tubular steel driven piles. Delivery to programme was of vital importance to ensure no unplanned disruption to rail services. Great effort was put into developing the design and methodology to maximise off site production, provide flexibility in positioning elements and allow construction to begin alongside demolition. Engineering solutions included breaking the bridge down into pre-cast reinforced concrete sections to minimise on site concrete works with sections stitched together in-situ with high strength gain concrete/grouts. Temporary works were incorporated into the permanent with a top-hat fitted to the piles allowing construction to continue without waiting for the cross head stitches to cure. Trail erection was carried out in advance to ensure fit. Foundations were off-set from the existing to allow piling to commence during demolition. Project Team

Consideration of the needs of the end user

Health and Safety

Client: NIR Translink Principal Contractor: McLaughlin & Harvey Designer: Atkins Client Representative: WDR & RT Taggarts Value: £500,000 Programme: March 2015 — September 2015 Contract: NEC3 Opt A

• The successful delivery of this project on time and budget has removed a constraint to rail operations and provided a more durable and reliable railway service with improved safety for maintenance workers and passengers. • Cantilevered walkways were provided to allow safe passage across bridge for rail workers. • Bridge designed with ballasted trackbed to provide smoother running.

• Fatigue managed through shift change and maintaining three squads of staff across all safety roles. • No Reportable incidents/injuries occurred. • The Glynn river was susceptible to flash flooding from the Antrim Glens and tidal conditions with heavy rain falls preventing access to the central river pier.

Engineering solutions to overcome constraints

Project: Glynn Bridge Reconstruction

Award Category: Transport Infrastructure McLaughlin & Harvey successfully delivered the Glynn River Bridge Reconstruction which involved demolition of the existing bridge and full construction of the new one within a 9 day closure of the Belfast-Larne Railway.

• Design and construction for the replacement of Glynn River underbridge, on the Belfast-Larne railway adjacent to Glynn station. • Existing 3 span bridge was > 100 years old, in poor condition and fully demolished. • Replacement bridge was constructed over a 9 day blockade of the railway. • Two span (with central pier in river) bridge with circular steel driven piles. • All Bridge elements were pre-fabricated to reduce programme risk. • Flexible design and construction method • Bridge broken down into pre-cast reinforced concrete sections to minimise on site concrete works with sections stitched together in-situ with high strength gain concrete and grouts. • Foundations were off-set from existing bridge to allow pile installation to commence prior to completion of demolition. • Highly constrained site


• Delivery to programme was of vital importance and great effort was put into developing the design and methodology to maximise off site production, provide flexibility and allow construction to begin alongside demolition. • Trail erection was carried out in advance to ensure fit and confirm programme achievable.

Project management with particular regard to finishing the work on time and on budget and management of supply chain

• Works involved 24-7 working over 9 day programme. • Detailed micro-programme ensured all tasks were achievable with shift changes planned around 3 teams. • All Supply Chain were involved in planning and had a long term relationship with McLaughlin & Harvey. • Flexible programme during high river flows allowed acceleration of non-river works until flows had reduced allowing access.

Sustainability Performance

• Located adjacent to an ASSI with consideration given to the wildlife inhabitants which included swans and the river is also an important eel passage. • All temporary works were designed to avoid increased flood risk in line with Rivers Agency Consent

Management of Public Impact

• Very constrained site in Glynn village • Access through local Rugby club with no disruption to their operations. • Programme planned to avoid noisy activities such as piling during night-time with lighting units placed to avoid light spill into adjacent property. “This is a very significant investment in our railway infrastructure. It reflects the growing popularity of rail travel and my commitment to driving forward improvements not only on the Larne Railway Line, but right across Northern Ireland.” — NI Transport Minister Danny Kennedy

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A2 Shore Road GRAHAM


esign and Construction project for 1.9km online and 1.6km offline road widening scheme from single carriageway to dual 2-lane carriageway, with 1 new overbridge and 5 new at-grade junctions including 4 traffic signals. Construction works carried out while maintaining 2 lanes of traffic between the hours of 6am and 8pm to ensure continuous movement of 35,000 vehicles each day. The GRAHAM team at the A2 hosted a site visit that showcased the project and the skills of the workforce behind the scheme. The Institute of Civil Engineering (ICE) brought along 50 students, some of which were graduates currently working within the industry. The GRAHAM Construction team at the A2 Shore Road site played a key role in the transformation of four derelict houses along the route where works are being carried out as part of a major road upgrade. Following enquiries from local residents and Councillors about the properties, a complete refresh of the exterior of four houses owned by the Roads Service has taken place with the intention of re-sale following completion of the A2 project. The properties had become derelict and were described as an ‘eyesore’ for local residents after being unoccupied for a long period of time. The GRAHAM team cleared paths, weeds and debris from outside each property and hired two local unemployed people to finish the project. A graphic designer and painter worked for four months to create newly painted boards to improve the look of the houses until they can be put back on the market. Both workers were sourced through the Glengormley Community Group.


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Utilities Infrastructure Award The Finalists: • Adman Civil Projects • DAWSON WAM

• Lagan Construction Group • Terra Solutions

Eglish Wind Farm Adman Civil Projects


his project contained major elements of site re-profiling for turbine foundations, crane hard standings, sub-station compounds, etc. Significant works to Public Roads and footpaths were also included in the contract to facilitate construction works and final operation. All works were completed using the highest quality materials sourced in accordance with the project specification (including geotextiles, stone products, bitmac surfacing, etc.). Quality control was managed in line with Adman’s integrated management system (IMS) which is accredited to ISO 9001 QMS and ISO 14001 EMS.

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Infrastructure: Utilities Infrastructure Award

Upgrade of Newcastle Wastewater Treatment Works DAWSON WAM

Castor Bay to Belfast Strategic Trunk Main



he upgrade of Newcastle Wastewater Treatment Works represented a major investment by NI Water to improve the standard of discharge so that the quality of bathing waters in this popular seaside town would meet future EU directives. To meet this important target, stipulated by NIEA, the JV had to design and construct an extension and install additional treatment processes, in the form of bacterial reduction, at Newcastle WwTW within 16 months. Thereafter, the JV was required to prove the successful operation of the new UV plant for a subsequent two annual bathing seasons and complete a host of other improvements before handover to the client. The improvements included: refurbishment internally and externally of existing WwTW; completion of new extension, including construction of fully sustainable ‘green roof; upgrades to two nearby wastewater pumping stations and cleaning of existing long sea outfall. Due to the complex build of the new extension (the works extends from the coastline into the Irish Sea) and significant temporary works that would be required to construct a further extension, it was decided to build in additional capacity into the treatment process to ensure compliance, protect against greater-than-anticipated population growth and provide redundancy to ensure security of treatment.

Lagan Construction

ne of the biggest Northern Ireland Water pipeline schemes to be undertaken in recent times providing a vital new source of water to meet peak period demands in Lisburn and Belfast and help the existing network cope with any future emergency situations. Northern Ireland Water identified the need to construct a new water pipeline to link the Castor Bay Water Treatment Works (WTW) in Craigavon with Lisburn and subsequently Belfast, by connecting into the existing trunk main which transports water to Northern Ireland’s largest city with a population of almost 300,000. The project was urgently required to address current and future potable water deficits in the system, to provide improved inter-connectivity (security of supply) and aid recovery at key locations in Northern Ireland during major incidents. The scheme involved Lagan Construction Group laying of 30km water pipeline from Castor Bay WTW to south Lisburn, where the pipeline links into an existing trunk main to transport the water supply further into Belfast. Half the length of the new pipeline was laid with 700mm epoxy-coated cement-lined, ductile iron, spigot and socket pipe. The remaining 15km was made up of 600mm with a small amount of 500mm diameter pipe.

Infrastructure: Utilities Infrastructure Award

York Street Interchange Scheme Terra Solutions


erra Solutions were directly employed by Transport NI as part of the York Street Interchange Scheme to design & build a Storm Chamber located on Steam Mill Lane in Belfast City Centre. This project was the first stage of ‘Advanced Works’ on the Interchange Scheme & were carried out early due to future works planned in the area. The project comprised of a 6mø x 11m deep storm chamber, constructed using the caisson sinking technique. The shaft was sized to accommodate the storage capacity required to meet the requirements of the new drainage network. The works were located in an existing car park & was in close proximity to the harbour Commissioners Offices. Ground conditions consisted of ‘Belfast Sleech’, the water table lay only 1.2mBGL & close proximity to the River Lagan meant it was tidal. Terra Solutions designed the shaft to be sunk ‘wet’ which meant no dewatering is established, therefore reducing the risk of settlement. This was a key solution as the shaft was located under the M3 Lagan Bridge which was monitored during the works to ensure no settlement occurred. The 6.0mø shaft was sunk under its own weight by using controlled excavation to approximately 6mBGL, when the stiffer clay was encountered hydraulic jacks were used to push the shaft to finial formation level.

Quality Performance: Health & Safety Award The Finalists: • Farrans • Heron Bros.

• Maurice Flynn & Sons • McAleer and Teague

Heron Bros


tarting Smart’ within their 60th year, Heron Brothers Limited has rolled out an innovative health and safety campaign which aims to enhance company-wide H&S. Heron Brothers is dedicated to the health, safety and welfare of our employees and supply chain. Recognising that the workforce is a company’s greatest asset, Heron Brothers make their health and well-being the top priority. In 2015, they launched the Start Smart campaign in order to drive business improvement across H&S, and environmental and quality (HSEQ) management performance. In accordance with the campaign, Heron Brothers will improve H&S performance while raising the level of occupational health and behavioural safety practices. This demonstrates their ongoing commitment to the continual improvement in H&S. Heron Brothers ongoing commitment to H&S measures has had a profoundly positive impact on the entire company. While turnover has been increasing yearly, Accident Incident Rate (AIR) has decreased. This is evidence that the ongoing H&S strategy is effective in reducing injuries. In addition, performance has been reflected commercially in loss prevention, reduced insurance premiums and claims. It has also increased the company’s ability to tender for more prestigious contracts.

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arrans Construction commitment to safety management is demonstrated through external certifications such as Safe-T-Cert and OHSAS 18001. They are certified to ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management which also focuses on aspects of Health and Safety. Internal H&S management includes the Farrans bespoke CARES (Consider Accidents Recognise Everyone’s Safety), in addition to CRH’s 16 Life Saving Rules (LSR’s). The CARES system was reviewed in 2015, incorporating new internal and industry requirements. The 16 Life Saving Rules requirements AwardWinning are detailed through guidance documents such as booklets and Performance DVD’s.

H&S achievements in 2015 include improved accident frequency and severity statitics based on CRH KPI’s. We have continued to maintain our position of ROSPA Gold, and British Safety Council. Commitment to H&S training is demonstrated through employees attending courses to inlude CISRS Scaffold Inspection, Temporary Works Co-Ordinator Training, Appointment Persons, Excavation Safety, First Aid, Underground Services, and Manual Handling to name few.

Francie Gordon recipient of the CRH Health and Safety Award (2016)

Health & Safety Initiatives Going beyond statutory requirements



Senior Management are committed to continual improvement in health and safety, there are several mechanisms that allow this to be achieved, to include; -Management review is carried out which is attended by all senior managers, directors and the managing director of the company. Details of improvement plan objectives and targets are also proposed at this meeting.

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• Health and Safety underpinned by Safety Leadership Interactions (SLI’s) by Directors and Senior Managers. • Continually engaging with industry bodies and Health Safety Executives (HSE). John Campbell recipient of the ROSPA Gold Award (2015)

Richard Guy recipient of the British Safety Council Award (2016)

• CRH technical audits undertaken through operations.

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Farrans are committed to promoting Health and Well Being amongst its employees and subcontractors.

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• Practical health and safety advice readily available to all. • Enhancing safety knowledge through E-Learning

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-Monthly progress is monitored by senior management at the SHEQ review meeting, this is attended by the managing director and other senior managers and looks at the previous months performance. -Commitment to resources for Health and Safety is demonstrated by the appointment of Kevin Corley, as SHEQ Director, Alex Anderson as SHEQ Dept Manager, 3No SHEQ Managers, 3No SHEQ Advisors and H&S Co-Ordinators on various projects.

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Many of us can experience difficulties or encounter issues that cause us distress, either at work or at home, therefore Farrans have launched an Employee Assistance Programme, through Carecall.

Farrans Health and Safety performance is continually monitored through monthly senior management meetings.

Confidential counselling service facilitated by Carecall provides all employees with 24 hour independent counselling and support as required.

KPI’s measured against objectives include: • Accident Frequency and Severity • Employee Engagement • Health and Safety training delivered to Employees and Sub-Contractors

The Chest Heart and Stroke provides employee health assessments, which can raise awareness of your current and potential health risks.

Farrans are committed to promoting healthy eating amongst its employees.

Free provision of Spin and Pilates sessions are provided to all staff

• Employee Involvement • Employee Engagement • Safety Observation reporting • Making a contribution to industry through knowledge sharing

Industry Standards Farrans management systems include Safe T Cert Grade A and OHSAS 18001.

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Maurice Flynn & Sons


espite a good H&S performance, Flynn implemented a 3-year strategic plan to become ‘Best in Class in Health and Safety’. To do this, Flynn endorsed the 12 Key Pillars to achieve a Successful Proactive Safety Culture. Each Pillar uses innovative ideas and best practices. This has led to remarkable improvements in our safety performance in 2015 and 2016. A selection of these best practices includes: Increased on-site focus - To enable change, Flynn moved to Lean Process, where inspections are conducted without forms while still maintaining our due diligence Risk Awareness -To implement risk awareness successfully, Flynn utilised a multi method campaign to raise awareness of risk and create a behavioural change that would last. This included behavioural safety training, risk assessment tools, tool box talks and the Take 5 Campaign Hazard Reporting - There was a large area of improvement required here for Flynn. Only lagging indicators (incidents and injuries) were being reported, while leading indicators (Unsafe acts, conditions and near misses) were not being reported. To reduce the number of incidents, it was vital that a proactive reporting culture was created. Flynn introduced a behaviour observation tool called the ‘SOS Campaign’. This has resulted in a dramatic increase in hazard and Near Miss Reporting with operatives on the ground. The SHEQ team also increased their presence on sites dramatically

Communication - A positive safety culture requires effective channels for top-down, bottom-up and horizontal communication on safety matters. Effective communication from management to staff is key to providing successful health and safety leadership. Flynn have utilised Visual Management to display KPI’s on notice boards, newsletters, screen savers and LCD screens. This motivates employees to strive for better performance as scores are visible around HQ Training & Competency - Flynn have consistently had a strong commitment to training, by ensuring that all persons within the organisation receive adequate training, so that they can carry out their job effectively and efficiently, while also continuing to grow and develop their careers. In partnership with Springvale Employment and Learning, Flynn have developed a bespoke career progression pathway for apprentices, trainees and long-term unemployed. In the past 6 years in excess of 60 individuals from Springvale have been taken on and Flynn have provided permanent employment for up to 40 of those. Many remain in the business years after completing their training and several have progressed to more senior positions. Flynn ensure that all our subcontractors have the required safety training through our Stringent PQQ system. Flynn also provide and deliver CSR training in house, as well as other training and seminars to our sub-contractors including behaviour safety training and healthy eating.

Incident Investigation - Flynn received training on Incident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis. This enabled identification of trends and proper corrective actions were put in place and closed out Leadership - Flynn have ensured integration of H&S with management of business by integrating H&Ss into each person’s job role and personal KPI’s starting with top management

Quality Performance: Health & Safety Award

McAleer and Teague Health & Safety


cAleer & Teague is a family owned building and civil engineering business, based in Dromore. A broad range of construction projects are undertaken in the fields of commercial, healthcare, education, and community / leisure facilities. McAleer & Teague also undertake building restoration work and manufacture some specialist joinery on site. Theyemploy 52 Full Time Staff and achievements include: Accredited to Safe T Cert for all aspects of their business Achieved a Grade A in Safe T Cert in November 2015 Members of Northern Ireland Safety Group Members of Buildhealth NI Employ a full time H&S Manager The Company operate an incentivised Good Catch / Near Miss reporting scheme which encourages employee involvement, promotes a good H&S culture and ultimately reduces accidents on site Safety Triangle forms a key part of the good catch / near miss reporting scheme – the more good catches/ near misses reported less accidents occur The Company focus on reporting first aid injuries to assist with trend analysis to reduce the risk of an accident

Quality Performance:

Training Award The Finalists:

• David Jameson Roofing Services • Donaghmore Construction

• Farrans • Maurice Flynn & Sons

Farrans or the past 7 years, Farrans Construction has been increasingly developing its F people beyond investment in Health and Safety. Technical, professional and managerial training have been provided across all levels and in 2015, they began to focus on developing managers with potential to move into senior positions. Aims and Objectives: • Develop more rounded managers who can see beyond their current role/function • Facilitate managers in gaining experience/thinking outside their functional areas so they are better prepared to move into more senior posts • Enable managers to better appreciate their strengths and knowledge gaps and the limits this places on their future contribution so that they are highly motivated to close the gaps • Engage managers in collaborative work with each other across departments/functions that creates valuable business outcomes The programme comprised group learning events, cross-functional projects and one-toone coaching to embed the learning into Farrans Construction so that real value would be generated. Workshops addressed key skills areas for emerging senior managers: Emerging Senior Managers Programme is successful and further cohorts will be taken through the programme in the years ahead to ensure that Farrans Construction is continually developing a pool of talent that can facilitate its continued growth.

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David Jameson Roofing Services


raining and development are vital to the company as it helps ensure that the company achieves their aim of progressing. Its purpose at David Jameson Roofing is to better the performance of employees to enable the company to meet their business goals. Allowing employees to acquire new skills, expertise and qualifications supports employee progression which leads to increased motivation. David Jameson Roofing have achieved many recent awards all due to well trained and competent staff, without knowledgeable employees the company would not achieve the following awards: NFRC Gold Award in Roofing Safety 2015, Investor in People, CEF Finalist for the Training Awards 2015, Construction News Specialist Awards - Roofing Specialist of the Year 2016 Finalist and maintain all other bodies such as Safe T-Cert, BS8555 Environmental Management and ISO9001:2008 Site supervisor/ Operative training During the last year Jameson have employed 68 supervisors & operatives. Out of this amount of onsite supervisors & operatives we carried out 261 training courses, see the list below. That works out at just shy of 4 course per a man in the last year! Courses Number of people Telehandler 3 NEBOSH- Occupational Health & Safety 1 Confined Spaces 1 Asbestos Project Management 1 Scaffolding Part 2 (10 day course) 2 CSR Health & Safety 31 CSR Supervisor 10 New Asbestos Operatives Training Course 4 Scaffolding for House Builders 8 Licensed Contractor Management 1 UKATA Asbestos Awareness Course 16 Safe use maintenance & storage of safety harnesses 16 Fire Extinguisher Training 26 Touch Screen Test 19

Anchors for Scaffolding 2 Emergency First Aid At work 6 360 Excavator 1 Asbestos Supervisor Refresher Training 10 New Asbestos Supervisor Training 3 Refresher Asbestos Operative Training 10 HSENI Seminar 4 Basic Operator Training Course 2 New Asbestos Operative 8 Aluminium scaffolding 34 MEWP (Cherry picker) 16 Amey Clearance Training 25 Asbestos Licensed Management Training 1 Management / Office staff training • David Jr - Director / H&S manager Training: Chartered construction manager (waiting on result of application form), Refresher Licensed Asbestos Management Course, • Justin Timmins- Asbestos contracts manager / Environmental manager Training: Asbestos Project Management Training Course • Jessica Robson – Administrator Training: Level 3 extended diploma in computing • All office staff - fire extinguisher training • All office staff – sage training

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Donaghmore Construction


irroring Richard Branson’s famous quote, Donaghmore Construction’s ethos is to “train our people well enough so they can leave, but treat them well enough so they don’t want to!” It’s Donaghmore Construction’s policy to continually assess the training needs of their employees in order to better serve their Clients. Over the last 10 months Donaghmore has provided our employees with over 1,000 hours of training, an investment of £22,000. Direct employees/subcontractors have attended CITB-approved training courses in H&S, quality, environmental, wellbeing, leadership, IT & technical aspects. During their most recent annual appraisal, it was identified that QS’ & Contracts Managers would benefit from some coaching on law & contract management. Following a 12 week training programme at Quigg Golden, they are now equipped with a more in-depth, practical knowledge of the NEC contract & management. Feedback has been extremely positive, with fewer contentious disputes reported across the board. Training is not just reserved for management staff. 100% of staff ‘on the ground’ hold relevant CSR Cards. In addition, they have provided on job training/mentoring for 4 directly-employed site apprentices & placement students. Donaghmore also provide NVQ Level 2&3 training to subcontracted staff in areas such as joinery, plastering etc. In 2015 Donaghmore noticed an increase in cable strikes during groundworks. In response to this trend, all Site Managers attended Streetworks Unit 1 in Location of Underground Services training. The improvements have been immense, with a 70% reduction in cable strikes! Quality Performance: Training Award

Maurice Flynn & Sons


lynn is a family run business that has strong values and ethos. These family values give the organisation an extra sense of purpose, pride and a competitive edge within the construction industry. One of Flynn’s core values is encouragement and support of young people to gain skills and employment, in particular the provision of apprenticeships & training placements beyond what is required by government contractual clauses, particularly during the tough recession period This strong performance contributed to Flynn being award Investors in People Silver accreditation, bypassing the Bronze accreditation. A rising number of apprentices, trainees, long-term unemployed have been welcomed by the company in conjunction with a range of public bodies and agencies. Six years ago the introduction to Springvale Employment & Learning created what has become a long-term relationship built upon mutual synergy of needs & ambition. Since joining Flynn in 2014 as HR Manager, Paula McGleenan has developed the relationship with Springvale to formally cement a partnership for the future provision of training & apprenticeship places. In addition to the partnership with Springvale, strong links have been made with other educational establishment & organisations with whom Flynn collaborate with in providing placement opportunities, apprenticeships and work experience.

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Founded in 1972, OHMG has an extensive portfolio of successful construction projects delivered in Education, Leisure, Residential, Health, Office and Retail sectors. These projects are delivered under traditional construction contracts, design and build contracts, and design, build, finance and operate contracts. We directly employ a large pool of highly trained and mobile staff permitting us to carry out work in all parts of UK and Ireland. We work with our Clients and supply chain partners on an open book basis to reduce costs, improve quality and deliver value for money with reduced construction times on all contracts.





Proud to be taking part in the CEF Specify Construction Excellence Awards for another year!

Address: Carnbane House, Shepherds Way, Carnbane Industrial Estate, Newry, County Down, BT35 6EE. Email: Phone: +44 28 3026 4662

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Quality Performance:

Environmental Sustainability Award The Finalists:

• David Jameson Roofing Services • Adman Civil Projects

• Tracey Bros

David Jameson Roofing Services avid Jameson Roofing Services Environmental Management System is BS8555. For the last 3 years they have achieved level 5 in this D accreditation. The company has 5 segregation skips in its yard: (Timber, General, Plasterboard, Metal and Glass/paint tins) to help with recycling needs and also to help keep our costs down. The company has 2 divisions, Roofing and Asbestos. Both occupations can be hazardous to the environment, to ensure they are fully prepared for worse case scenarios on the job DJRS have control procedures put in place. On all roofing jobs the main hazard is liquid bitumen primer spilling, to combat this hazard the company has spill kits in all vehicles. On asbestos jobs the risk of removed asbestos coming into contact with the environment would be a great public danger. Again, DJRS have procedures in place and detailed method statement for all types of emergencies that may arise on an asbestos project. The main recycled material would be our roofing felt. The cuttings from large jobs are sufficient for smaller repair jobs. These cuttings, as small as 300mm x 1m, are kept in our stores and are constantly used on repair works. Use of measures to minimise energy use during construction and occupancy: In the last few years we have started using petrol powered leaf blowers to dry roofs down prior to re-roofing. In the past we would have used our roofing torches connected to a propane gas bottle to dry the roofs but found we used a lot of gas and created more fumes. The petrol leaf blowers does the job is less time, which saves not only money but also less time and fumes to dry the roof out.

Quality Performance: Environmental Sustainability Award

Adman Civil Projects


t all of Adman Civils Ltd sites Environmental Plan is produced and is specific to each project and is a living document that will be continuously updated and reviewed during the life of the project. The Plan contains sitebased systems for the effective management of Environmental matters during the construction phase of this project. The aim of the Plan is to ensure that all aspect of Environmental matters are considered throughout the project from conception to completion. For the systems in the Plan to be effective they must be read and applied in conjunction with our Environmental Policy and procedures. An aspect/Impact risk assessment is carried out also. Surface Water Run-off and Silt All operations on site are carried out in a manner to minimise the production of silty waters. In particular where any dewatering has to be carried out an assessment will be made as to the method of disposal of the waters. This may be through discharge to land via a series of settlement ponds, cut-off trenches or tankered away from site directly. The management of surface water run-off are defined within the operation specific method statement and risk assessment. This will ensure that the right solution is implemented for each work site. See attached picture. The storage or materials are controlled in such a manner to ensure that materials are not damaged prior to use either through any vehicle or people movements or through exposure to the elements. On all sites a designated area for the washout of concrete wagons shoots and mortar bins at each work site. This will be either a lined skip or a pit lined with visqueen to prevent the escape of the alkaline and silty waters entering groundwater or surface water. These pits will be located in areas of low groundwater sensitivity. Once each worksite has been completed any solid concrete in the washout area will be broken out and used either as suitable fill or disposed of to a licensed tip. At all Adman sites environmental training is carried out to provide information to all staff. Adman also are deeply involved in the design of their project to ensure that all mitigation measures are in place for the protection of wildlife, noise and vibration to our neighbours, ecology effects as per best practice.

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Tracey Bros


racey Brothers Ltd has great experience in delivering on-site renewables for low carbon heat &Â power. Working with leading renewable energy technology specialists, they have provided biomass, solar PV and solar thermal solutions for the industrial, public and commercial sectors. From design and installation to O&M, Tracey Brothers Ltd have already delivered projects of outstanding quality. Together with the expertise of their supply chain they find out which technology, or mix of technologies are right for each particular project, guaranteeing reliable heat and power through provision of renewable energy. On each site they monitor and minimise construction waste, therefore ensuring that less is sent for disposal, which helps to minimise its impact on the environment. Waste arising is segregated so as to identify the options for re-use vs. disposal. They advocate that materials should be reused and recycled and that new and primary materials should be substituted where possible with appropriate recycled/reusable materials.

Proud to be nominated for the CEF Specify construction excellence awards 2016 for the Health Infrastructure award. Address:

88 Chancellors Rd, Cloughoge, Newry BT35 8NG Email: Phone: +44 28 3026 1134

Glasgiven Contracts Ltd are proud to be nominated for Health Infrastructure Award in the CEF Specify Awards 2016‌ Address:

16 Ashleigh Court | Glasdrumman Road | Annalong | Newry | BT34 4PD

Phone: +44 (0) 28 4376 8824





Architects call on UK Government to protect free movement post-Brexit The Presidents and Directors of the five professional bodies representing architects on the islands of Britain and Ireland met in Belfast recently to discuss the implications of Brexit. Today they have released a joint statement calling for free movement to be protected. “The uncertainty caused by the result of the EU referendum in the UK could have a major impact on

the construction industry across these islands and we know that some building projects have been put on hold. Restoring stability and confidence as a matter of urgency will enable us to maximise the opportunities presented by the UK’s new relationship with the EU and the rest of the world. It is our view that the free movement of people, goods and services throughout Europe is of paramount importance to the economic, social and environmental well-being of these islands. We call on the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, as it negotiates the UK’s exit from the European Union,

to protect free movement.”

Representing architects in Northern Ireland, Paul Crowe, President of RSUA, said, “Unlike in other parts of the UK, the level of investment in Northern Ireland’s built environment was still significantly below pre-recession levels even before Brexit. The modest recovery we were experiencing is now in jeopardy. There are concerns that Brexit might hit Northern Ireland harder than elsewhere in the UK and we believe there is an onus on the UK Government to take account

of this as it rolls out measures to mitigate the impact of Brexit. Looking ahead it is essential that some way is found to maintain free movement and free trade across the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.” Official statistics released in July show in real terms that annual construction output in Northern Ireland has recovered from its low point of £2bn in 2013/14 to £2.4bn in 2015/16. However between the years 2000/01 to 2006/07 annual construction output averaged £3.4bn so current output remains £1bn or 29% below pre-recession levels.

Hamilton visits Moore Designing an Concrete Products Ltd in Architectural Pavilion Ballymena for Belfast

Ciaran McConnell, Managing Director of JP Corry (Ireland), Paul Crowe, RSUA President, Chris McComb, Sales Manager at JP Corry and Ciarán Fox, RSUA Director launch the pavilion design competition at the Jaffe Fountain .

Economy Minister Simon Hamilton on a visit to Moore Concrete Products Ltd Ballymena with MD Wilbert Moore

Moore Concrete Products Ltd was established in 1978 and is a manufacturer of specialist pre-cast concrete products for the building, civil engineering and agricultural markets. Speaking as he met management and staff at the Ballymena factory, Minister Hamilton said: “It is a pleasure to visit Moore Concrete Ltd, an award winning company that has been manufacturing in the Ballymena area for almost 40 years. Companies like Moore Concrete are at the heart of the Northern Ireland economy driving job creation as well as making a significant contribution to export levels. I want to transform Northern Ireland into a globally competitive economy.”

RSUA and JP Corry have launched a competition for young architects to design an architectural pavilion for Belfast. The competition has been inspired by the annual Serpentine pavilion in London’s Hyde Park and the success of the Yellow Pavilion in Kings Cross last year which was designed by Belfast practice Hall McKnight as part of an international programme of events to showcase Irish design talent. Paul Crowe, RSUA President, said, “To the best of my knowledge Belfast hasn’t had an architectural pavilion in recent history. We hope this competition can kickstart a process that changes that. A temporary pavilion can enrich the cityscape and delight the public by really challenging our pre-conceived ideas of what buildings should be. This presents a wonderful chance to celebrate the power of architecture to create places that uplift the soul and impact on wellbeing.” The competition asks architects to design a pavilion that recognises the role of buildings in addressing climate change whilst embracing an overarching theme of ‘comfort’.

Developing traditional skills for the local heritage sector


or the past 7 years CITB NI has been working hard to address the skills shortages affecting builders and craftspeople working in Northern Ireland’s built heritage sector.

gained 5 years experience within the engineering sector and was working as a welder in the Belfast Shipyard when he saw CITB NI’s advertisement for a unique training programme in the Heritage Sector.

Research completed by CITB NI has shown that there is a skills shortage in trades such as stonemasons, heritage carpenters, joiners, painters, blacksmiths and lime plasterers and that training provision was virtually non-existent. CITB NI decided to take action and for the past seven years has been addressing these issues including utilising almost £900,000 of Heritage Lottery Funding to help provide training for people to develop traditional building skills in Northern Ireland and develop the training infrastructure.

Owen was successful in gaining a work based placement in Conservation Metalwork with the Historic Environment Division based at their Moira Depot who are in charge of the upkeep and maintenance of over 150 monuments throughout Northern Ireland. Throughout his training Owen was learning metalwork skills and gained experience in replacing and fitting gates in Bonamargy Friary, modifying hand railings for Bishops Gate and forged and painted hinges and latches for Carrickfergus Castle.

These programmes have enabled 35 craftspeople and 10 college lecturers to be upskilled in heritage occupations including; Carpentry & Joinery, Heritage Painting; Blacksmithing; Stonemasonry; Plastering and Thatching with most achieving an NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Heritage Skills. It has also provided a team of 10 Heritage Ambassadors/ Mentors and 3 NVQ Assessors and has seen the formation of the Sustaining Traditional Building Skills Trainers Forum. Some of the trainees have gone on to full time employment or have started their own business. Here are a few of the trainees and their stories.

Once Owen had completed his training he set up his own business, Black Anvil, which is based on the family farm in the remote and tranquil Clogher Valley, County Tyrone.  Through Black Anvil, Owen is working on a series of heritage projects: restoring railings, gates and ornamentation using the same techniques with which they were made decades or even centuries before.

Owen Mort Shortly after the programme finished Owen Mort started his own business using an ancient craft. A BEng Mechanical Engineering graduate, Owen

Owen Mort

Owen said: “It’s incredible really, the farm gates I am repairing today were made by a blacksmith who lived less than a mile down the road. A hundred years ago wherever you were you were never more than a mile away from a forge. Today by my reckoning there are just five blacksmiths in Northern Ireland qualified to do heritage work.

was keen to get back into the workplace. Peter spotted CITB NI’s advertisement for the training programme and spent his year’s placement with Historic Environment Division, based in Moira. Peter worked all over the country from the likes of Carrickfergus Castle to Enagh Church and Graveyard in Derry/Londonderry.

Peter Sloan Read more about Owen’s enterprise on the Black Anvil website

Peter Sloan Peter started to serve his apprenticeship as a carpenter in 1993 and since then gained many experiences and knowledge along the way. In 2006 Peter found himself a Co-Director of a successful joinery company with three employees and two apprentices. Like most other tradesmen the “ Big Crash” of 2008 brought the building trade and many businesses to a virtual standstill. The UK economy it seemed wasn’t Peter’s only challenge as his two wonderful boys were both diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and Peter took some time out to assist his family and their needs. Once the children were settled into schools for their needs a level of normality returned at home and Peter

As part of the training programme, Peter and the other trainees had to build a green oak gazebo using traditional building methods. All hand cut and methodically planned it helped demonstrate traditional skills and what was involved. This gazebo is now on display in the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra. Speaking about the Programme Peter said, “This scheme and the funding provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund is a fantastic initiative and should be continued. This programme helped me to get back into the workplace and do something I love. I have recently started Sloan Joinery and have already repaired a huge “Clokey” stained glass window at a church in Newry along with one of the other bursary students. Check out Peter’s success on his Facebook Page, Sloan Joinery

Conor Scullion Conor Scullion, an NVQ Level 3 qualified Bricklayer from Lurgan, Co Armagh was awarded the bursary in Stonemasonry with the Historic Environment Divsion. Conor was based in Derry/ Londonderry working on the City’s Walls, one of the city’s main tourist attractions. Everyday Conor travelled from Lurgan to Derry/Londonderry,

earthquakes in 2010 and 2011. Conor set up C S Masonry & Restoration Specialists a small business based in Christchurch, specialising in all aspects of brick, block and stone structures from modern day to heritage buildings. Conor returned home in February 2016 to get married and has set up home in Derrytrasna outside Lurgan and has continued to develop the company in Northern Ireland. Find out more on Conor’s Facebook page, CS Masonry & Restoration

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Jonathan was already qualified in NVQ Level 3 in Wood Occupations and working within the industry when he heard about the Heritage Lottery Funded ‘Heritage Specialist Apprenticeship Programme in Wood Occupations.’ Always having an interest in restoring old buildings he was successful in gaining a placement in restoration and workshop

Since completing the programme Jonathan has set up his own business J B Heritage Joinery and was the first in Northern Ireland to get a heritage endorsed CSR card.   He is currently working subcontracting to The Glass Shutter Company where he has been involved in restoration projects in Belfast and Cullybackey and will be moving on to work in Hillsborough Castle. See some examples of Jonathan’s work on his Facebook page, J.B. Heritage Joinery

a 140 mile round trip at his own expense to undertake his placement which showed his tremendous commitment to the bursary placement.

Leon McVeigh

Conor obtained an NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Heritage Skills (Construction) - Mason but due to the downturn in the construction industry in Northern Ireland, on completion of his placement, and after many attempts to get work, Conor left Northern Ireland in April 2013 and went to New Zealand. After 3 months of doing bricklaying and always knowing where his passion lay, an opportunity opened at the Arts Centre, Christchurch who were recruiting heritage specialists to complete the biggest restoration and conservation project ongoing in the world at that time following a number of

doors for restoration projects throughout his placement. As part of the programme Jonathan and the trainees were involved in 4 weeks practical off-the- job training where they learnt about traditional techniques, tools and dealing with wood. At the end of the 12 month training programme Jonathan gained an NVQ Level 3 in Heritage (Construction) – Wood Occupations. Speaking about the programme Jonathan said, “I really enjoyed this programme and it combined my love of wood with my love of restoration.

Jonathan black joinery with Millar Woodcrafts Specialist, Joinery Limited. Jonathan manufactured and produced stairs, windows and

Leon McVeigh from Ballycastle has over 10 years’ experience in woodworking and joinery in the construction industry and holds a Foundation Degree in Building Technology and Management. Leon studied part time allowing him to work as a joiner on key restoration projects for the National Trust including Murlough Bay and Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge which started Leon’s love for heritage projects. Leon was successful in gaining a

placement in Heritage Joinery with National Museums NI in the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum. During his placement Leon was involved in repairing, manufacturing and fitting windows, doors, shutters, fencing, gates and associated ironmongery. Leon also restored a newsagent’s kiosk which was situated at a train station in Larne and is now installed on site at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum and is used for historical story telling. He was also involved in the restoration and conservation of woodwork in pre-1919 buildings and the repair and replacement of woodwork in modern buildings. Speaking about the programme Leon said, “The work was very diverse, no two days were the same. Each project had its own set of challenges and rewards but meant we all gained valuable experience. I loved meeting new people with similar interest in restoration of our local heritage. My fellow trainees have now become friends and we are able to share our experiences further in our own individual projects since completing the programme.” On completion of the ‘Heritage Specialist Apprenticeship Programme in Wood Occupations’ Leon was successful gaining full time employment with the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, working on maintaining over 50 exhibit buildings that are housed on site.

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Fleet Financial adds fresh drive to

construction sector growth

(L-R) Back row: Jonathan Caughey (CEF), John Armstrong (CEF), Philip Miley (Fleet Financial), Damian Hughes (Fleet Financial), John Tracey (Tracey Brothers), David Magee (Antrim Construction). Front row: Eamonn Sweeney (Northstone), David Henry (CEF) President and Henry Brothers), Rhona Quinn (QMAC Construction), Damian Campbell (Fleet Financial), Archi Rowan (CEF). The photo was taken at the quarterly meeting of the CEF Council, held at QMAC Construction in Donaghmore.


eading Contract Hire and Vehicle Management Company, Fleet Financial is behind a new drive after backing the Construction Employers Federation (CEF) to become an approved new Patron of the largest representative body for the construction industry in Northern Ireland. Celebrating its 20th successful year in business in 2016, Fleet Financial already represents more than a thousand local businesses across a variety of sectors, and individuals, and this latest initiative formalises its commitment to assist in strengthening the local construction industry. The Construction Employers Federation represents over 800 companies as members, ranging from micro businesses employing just a handful of people to

some of the largest construction companies in Northern Ireland. In total, CEF member companies account for over 70% of all construction output in Northern Ireland. Philip Miley, Sales and Marketing Director, Fleet Financial said: “As an unrivalled provider of innovative vehicle management solutions which directly support business growth and expansion, Fleet Financial is always acutely aware of the challenges faced by new, established and fast-growing businesses of every size. “The construction industry remains vitally important to the development of a strong economy and we are pleased to join the CEF as a Patron and to join others in providing the assistance, advice and encouragement which will underline and assure growth and future expansion for the benefit of all.”

Fleet Financial joins leading industry names including Danske Bank, Carson McDowell and JP Corry in the CEF’s official Patronage Scheme, which brings organisations from a range of sectors together to support the industry with expertise and guidance. John Armstrong, Managing Director at CEF, said: “As a forward-thinking and innovative sector, our members in the construction industry have always taken a strategic and partner-led approach, which is why we are delighted that Fleet Financial have joined us as an official Patron of the organisation and for its commitment to assist in driving renewed growth and success over the years ahead. “Our objective is to deliver one shared ‘voice of the construction industry’ to ensure that our work delivers for our people, our

members and the wider economy and are excited to have the backing of Fleet Financial for the future.” Based in Mallusk, Fleet Financial employs more than 30 staff and has more than a thousand customers driving 4,100 vehicles ranging from cars to light commercial vans. Clients include some of Northern Ireland's best-known companies in construction, utilities, agri-food and distribution such as Gilbert Ash, McLaughlin and Harvey, Phoenix Gas, Sky, SHS Group and Dale Farm, as well as small firms with fewer than 10 employees As part of its 20-year celebrations, Fleet Financial helped to raise more than £30,000 for Hope for Youth NI, a charity which helps young people in Northern Ireland, particularly those from disadvantaged areas.

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News in Brief... Joint Council discusses Wage Claim The Joint Council for the Building & Civil Engineering Industry (Northern Ireland) met in late June to discuss the Pay and Conditions Claim submitted by the Employee Representatives. At the meeting the Employee Representatives outlined the claim in detail. It was agreed that the Employer Representatives would review and respond as soon as is practicable. It is likely to be autumn before agreement is reached on any potential changes. The industry will be informed as soon as agreement has been reached. For further information, please contact Jonathan Caughey:

Executive announces its June Monitoring Round


ne of the first major political statements since May’s Northern Ireland Assembly election took place in midJune – the publication of the Northern Ireland Executive’s June Monitoring Round.

New Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir announced allocations and reallocations totalling £175m, the key points of which include: £5.5m more going to Co-Ownership Housing – this is an element of Financial Transactions Capital funding £17.2m of FTC remains to be spent in 2016/17 – Minister has urged other Ministers to come up with workable ideas Further £67m of Resource money to Health Further £30m of Resource money to Education Further £20m to Department for the Economy for skills – as had been promised £5.3m of Resource to go to the Department for Infrastructure for ‘routine roads maintenance’ Department for Infrastructure to get further £22.9m of Capital – majority to roads - £20m £1.5m more of Capital for flood prevention Waterways Ireland to get £1.4m to help with their Capital investment plans £1.3m of Capital for HMS Caroline Executive exits the Monitoring Round with an £11.4m over-commitment on Capital Department of Finance officials to now work closely over the summer with other departments in forming the budget from 2017 onwards The Ministerial press release accompanying the statement is available to read here While the full statement itself, including budgetary tables, is available here The June revisions now mean that, in the current financial year, the Executive plans to spend the following on key industry areas of focus: Housing - £108m of Capital Higher Education - £30.5m of Capital Invest NI & Tourism - £37.7m of Capital Employment & Skills - £16.3m of Capital Schools Infrastructure - £184.6m of Capital Civil Service Accommodation - £17.6m of Capital Hospital Services - £191.4m of Capital Roads - £155.5m of Capital Rivers - £9.1m of Capital Transport - £71.9m of Capital Water and Sewerage - £146.7m of Capital In line with the development of the Executive’s Programme for Government, it is expected that the budget for the years 2017-21 will be agreed by late autumn. There will be two further Monitoring Round’s in this financial year – October and January. For further information, please contact David Fry on

Ó Muilleoir meets Construction Employers Federation

O Muilleoir meets Federation – photo attached (l-r) – David Magee, Antrim Construction, Martin O Muilleoir MLA, Finance Minister and John Armstrong, Construction Employers Federation

News in Brief... Federation submits its response to Draft Programme for Government Framework After consulting with members, we have now submitted our response to the Northern Ireland Executive’s Draft Programme for Government Framework. Key themes picked up within the response include: The need for the Executive to focus on medium to long-term sustainability issues within the industry Embark on an ambitious programme of procurement reform The importance of prioritising and delivering a globally competitive infrastructure offering as well as making sure the Executive’s infrastructure pipeline is delivered on time and on budget The need to further enhance the skills offering and opportunities for our people Create the conditions the industry needs to grow housebuilding to identified demand levels and increase the levels of home ownership Further detailed design work on the action plans that will underpin the PfG will be conducted by the Executive in late summer/early autumn so this will, by no means, be our last chance to comment – but it is very important that we convey the above views of the industry on the Draft Framework at this stage. For further information and a copy of the response, please contact David Fry on or 028 9087 7143.

Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir MLA, met representatives from the Construction Employers Federation on 1 Finance July. Speaking after the meeting, which took place at Antrim Construction Company Ltd’s Lagmore Housing Development site, the Minister said: “I was delighted to meet the Construction Employers Federation on this development site, as house building plays an important role in the local construction industry and makes a vital contribution to our local economy. “It is vital that government continues to work in partnership with the construction industry and I want to build on the excellent work that has already been done in this regard. Today’s meeting was a great opportunity to hear firsthand from the industry about the particular challenges they are facing and how we can work productively together over the years ahead. “Following the EU referendum I want to give my assurance to the industry that I will be working with my Executive colleagues and partners across these islands to act in their best interests. The Executive allocation of capital funding, for key infrastructure projects identified in the Fresh Start Agreement will give a degree of certainty and help companies plan ahead.” John Armstrong Managing Director of the Construction Employers Federation said: “Given the vital contribution our industry makes to the local economy, it is important that we continue to pro-actively engage with the Executive and we were delighted to meet with the Finance Minister today. “Housing is a critical issue and we thought it important to showcase the work of home builders at the Lagmore development as well as discuss how we can grow levels of home ownership again. “In addition, today was a useful opportunity to discuss potential options for public procurement reform which we are keen to take forward with the Minister and the wider Executive. There are significant opportunities to develop reforms which can enhance sustainability in the industry and ensure delivery of the Executive’s procurement pipeline.  We look forward to developing these themes further.”

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Update on the Apprenticeship Levy Mid-August saw the UK Government publish further information on the Apprenticeship Levy which is due to come into force in April 2017. The Proposals for Apprenticeship Funding in England shed some further light on proposed funding rates, the funding rules that will apply in the new system and information about becoming an employer provider of training. An online calculator has also been launched to help companies calculate their levy payment and plan their levy expenditure.  The proposals are open for consultation until 5th September. Thereafter, the UK Government will publish the consultation outcome in October, which will be followed by the final funding and eligibility rules in December. December will also see information about further employer guidance from HMRC on how to calculate and pay the apprenticeship levy. The new Digital Apprenticeship Service will go live for levy payers in January.  Although much of the information published by the Government relates to English-specific arrangements, there is a separate employer’s guide which has now been updated.  In respect of the guide, below, we would urge all members to familiarise themselves with it and its contents - albeit remembering that the information below will change again between now and April and that a more Northern Ireland-specific guide is being developed by the Department for the Economy.  Apprenticeship Levy - How It Will Work Guide - Key Sections from a Northern Irish perspective Paying the apprenticeship levy (This applies to all employers who operate in the UK). You will need to pay the apprenticeship levy if you are an employer, in any sector, with a pay bill of more than £3 million each year. For the purposes of the levy, an ‘employer’ is someone who is a secondary contributor, with liability to pay Class 1 secondary National Insurance contributions (NICs) for their employees. The levy will be charged at a rate of 0.5% of your annual pay bill. You will have a levy allowance of £15,000 per year to offset against the levy you must pay. This means you will only pay the levy if your pay bill exceeds £3 million in a given year. You will pay the levy to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) through the Pay as You Earn (PAYE) process. What counts as your pay bill Your pay bill will be based on the total amount of earnings subject to Class 1 secondary NICs. Although earnings

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below the secondary threshold are not counted when calculating an employer’s NICs, they will be included for the purposes of calculating the amount of levy the employer needs to pay. Earnings include any remuneration or profit coming from employment, such as wages, bonuses, commissions, and pension contributions that you pay NICs on. We will not charge the levy on other payments such as benefits in kind, subject to Class 1A NICs.

Habitat for Humanity Big Build 2016

Calculating what you have to pay You will pay the levy on your entire pay bill at a rate of 0.5%. However, you will have a levy allowance to offset against this. The levy allowance is worth £15,000 for each tax year. This means the levy is only payable on pay bills over £3 million (because 0.5% x £3 million = £15,000).

Habitat for Humanity are currently promoting their Big Build 2016 and they want construction companies to get involved!

The levy allowance will operate on a monthly basis and will accumulate throughout the year. This means you will have an allowance of £1,250 a month. Any unused allowance will be carried from one month to the next. For example, if your levy liability in month 1 is £1,000 you will not pay the levy and your allowance in month 2 will be £1,500.

The Big Build, which will happen this year from 1-8 October, will take place in Bacau, Romania. The aim is to build 40 homes in one week, celebrating 40 years of Habitat for Humanity. Work will begin on the 7th annual Big Build event on Monday 3 October. More information is available on the Habitat for Humanity website.

If you have some unused allowance in a month, but paid the levy previously in the tax year, you can receive a credit which you can use to offset against your other PAYE liabilities. The credit will also reduce the amount of levy paid. If you have multiple PAYE schemes and do not use the full £15,000 allowance, you will be able to offset the unused amount against another one of your schemes once the tax year has ended. How to pay the levy You will calculate, report and pay your levy to HMRC, through the PAYE process alongside tax and NICs. If you have calculated that you will pay the apprenticeship levy, you will need to declare this and include it in your usual PAYE payment to HMRC by the 19th (or 22nd if you report electronically) of the following month. The first submission in which you will declare that you will pay the levy will therefore be in May. We’ll publish a set of detailed funding rules that will provide further information on exactly how apprenticeship funding can be used. We’ll publish a draft set by October 2016.

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A vibrant construction industry will underpin our economic future The below opinion piece by John Armstrong, Managing Director of the Construction Employers Federation, appeared in the local media on 9 August: Beyond any doubt, the construction industry and the wider business community in Northern Ireland is presently facing a time of immense challenge and uncertainty. While the realities of the situation that confront us still, in the immediate sense, pale in comparison to those of the 2008/09 recession and its aftermath, there is a clear risk that the current lack of investor and investment confidence could quickly reverse any of the modest growth our sector has seen in the past three years and have a significantly detrimental effect on industry sustainability.

News in Brief... Federation comments on latest construction data Commenting on the latest Markit/ CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers Index for July, CEF Managing Director John Armstrong said: “The July PMI reaffirms the clear soundings we have been taking from the bulk of our membership in recent months. The run up to the EU Referendum, followed by its outcome, has led to a renewed and unwelcome period of uncertainty for the construction industry across the UK. These figures come after the publication last week of the Q2 GDP data which showed a second successive quarter of decline thus entering the industry into technical recession. “Even for the modest return to growth of the last three years, margins have remained incredibly tight and workloads comparably low. Notwithstanding the impact of Brexit, there are significant sustainability issues at play within the local construction industry – issues which we must get to grips with to, frankly, ensure the viability of the industry in the near to medium term. “From delivering the confidence critical infrastructure pipeline of the Northern Ireland Executive, to creating the conditions the industry needs to grow housebuilding to identified demand levels, to resolving our members key concerns around Brexit such as free movement across the border with the Republic and access to the skills from across the EU that we need, we are in a time of immense challenge and uncertainty and we must collectively act fast to reverse the alarming realities that confront us

In the past two weeks, UK-wide data on both Q2 GDP and the Markit/CIPS Purchasing Managers Index has painted a very bleak picture for our industry. The weakening confidence in the run up to June’s referendum is now, very clearly, being seen in the market in terms of new work coming out to tender as well as a significant number of major jobs that have been awarded to contractors that are facing delays in getting on site. That gradual decline in confidence in the run up to June 23rd has clearly only been exacerbated in the weeks since. Let us not though doubt that in these challenging times there does lie significant opportunity. However, for that opportunity to become an economic, jobs driven reality there are a series of steps which we believe the industry and government need to take together. In respect of Brexit it is absolutely vital that the Northern Ireland Executive, at the earliest possible stage, comes to a clear and unambiguous position on how it should seek to influence and what it wants from the negotiations the UK Government will take part in over the coming months and years. Purely from our perspective, the key demands are: Maintenance of the existing soft border between Northern Ireland and the Republic given the necessary and daily flows of labour as well as the contracts that our members will seek to bid, win and deliver in the Republic; Irrespective of what immigration system we move to post-Brexit, it is critical that the industry retains the access to the skills that it needs; Clarity around the future of EU funded infrastructure works and related programmes – including the future of the critical Northern Ireland Investment Fund and the York Street Interchange Scheme and; Access to the Single Market No-one could or should underestimate the level of the task facing our Executive and the UK Government more widely when it comes to Brexit but, as we and others in the business community have often said, to achieve our economic potential and deliver on our ambitions, the conditions must be right. Many of the key enablers do of course stand outside the Brexit issue, and it is important that we do not shift our focus from these over the months ahead. While the Federation welcomes the outcomesled approach that the draft Programme for Government Framework proposes to take, it is absolutely critical that this Executive mandate sees a much higher level of accountability than those previous. For us, that higher level of accountability has three specific strands: Enhancing the sustainability of the local construction industry – with a specific focus on growing the margins on public sector infrastructure projects achieved by giving greater weighting to quality over price; Delivering the confidence critical infrastructure pipeline – inclusive of the Executive’s seven flagship schemes, there must be a much higher percentage of schemes delivered on time and on budget and;  Create the conditions the industry needs to grow housebuilding to identified demand levels – with a much stronger emphasis on making sure the levels of new private housing available increase substantially on current volumes as well as reversing the alarming trend of declining home ownership When you add to this the additional uncertainty of the proposed Apprenticeship Levy and the fact that, at this stage, approximately 25 Northern Irish construction companies will have to pay two statutory levies as of April with little clarity as to where the funds from the new Levy will be spent, we believe it is no exaggeration to say that many of today’s challenges truly do pose serious viability questions for our industry. Enhancing Northern Ireland’s competitiveness and attractiveness as a region to do business and invest in remains our ultimate goal. The challenges before us to achieve that laudable aim will take a united effort. 

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Closer pan-industry partnerships key to sustainable construction industry: Hays Things are on the up in the construction sector but deeper partnership is needed to ensure that key professionals are in place to help bolster the recovery.

In order to encourage sustained growth, industry bodies and private sector partners will need to work together to ensure companies have the skilled people they need.

The Northern Ireland economy grew by 0.4 per cent in the first quarter of 2016, with the construction sector showing growth.

From our position, Hays is using its network of global offices to find graduates lost to the industry during the toughest recession years of 2007 to 2013. As the industry adopts new technologies and practices ever greater opportunities are opening up. For example, Building Information Modelling (BIM), Design Co-Ordination and Tender Management are becoming attractive options for new talent. Additionally we are targeting the skills exodus to global locations such as Australia, Middle East and North America to retrieve valued experience back to Northern Ireland.

And the Northern Ireland construction bulletin showed the total volume of output in Northern Ireland in the first quarter was up by 3.4 per cent over the quarter and up by 2.3 per cent over the year. This has been put down to a 12.9 per cent rise in repair and maintenance work while there was only a marginal 0.2 per cent increase in new work output. Across the different sectors, infrastructure work was up by 9.6 per cent over the quarter, while housing output was down by 1.6 per cent. The figures only cover work in Northern Ireland and do not account for firms operating elsewhere in the UK, with many of our largest construction firms carrying out major works in England and Scotland and further afield. But growth pangs associated with this resurgence are significant. The overriding message we’re hearing from industry is that the skills gap is deepening. Indeed, it’s fair to say that skills shortages have never been more acutely felt within the Northern Ireland construction industry. This dearth of skills runs from trades people to senior managers. Anecdotally, we’ve seen a 40% increase in vacancies registered against this time last year, and these vacancies are widely dispersed across a range of disciplines.

As the only accredited recruitment agency to be endorsed by the Chartered Institute for Building (CIOB) in Northern Ireland, the organisation is partnering with us to talk with students about the opportunities that are out there. The CIOB is also planning its own round of school visits this Autumn. According to the Chair of the CIOB in Ireland’s Northern Centre, Gerard Graham, the big challenge for the industry is to continue the important work of going into schools and educating both teachers and students on the opportunities available to young people. “The Construction Industry has many exciting career opportunities that require both technical and

commercial awareness that many students are simply not aware of. I feel that professional bodies need to collaborate more closely in the future to address this,” he said. “Construction is cyclical. At the moment we’re going through a period of resurgence so we need to use this time to build skills and protect against contractions in the future. “At the CIOB we plan to work in greater partnership with other professional bodies such as the

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Institute of Civil Engineers to educate young people, their families and their peers about the professional opportunities that a career in the construction industry can offer.” To find out more about opportunities available in the Northern Ireland construction industry, log on to http://www.hays. or call 028 9044 6900.





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Building Materials Prices

80 | prices 80| VB Evans AGGREGATES Full loads delivered Central Belfast 50mm Crusher run 100mm Crusher run Fine Blinding Coarse Blinding 6mm Stone 10mm Stone Building Sand Washed Sand


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Metric-sized concrete blocks, delivered to Belfast area, full loads, mechanically off-loaded per 1,000 £424.00 440x215x100 3.5N/mm2 £433.50 440x215x100 7Nmm2 £434.00 440x215x100 10Nmm2 £513.50 440x300x100 7Nmm2 £535.00 440x300x100 10Nmm2 £410.00 Concrete brick 15Nmm2 803.00 440x215x100 Tolite


Metric-sized concrete bricks delivered

Per 100 metres, ex-yard, random lengths, finished sizes. per 100m Parana Pine £61.00 20x8 £94.00 44x8 Whitewood £51.00 32x12 £80.50 69x12 £61.00 32x19 £73.00 44x19 £79.50 32x32 £136.50 69x32 £175.00 69x44 £226.00 94x44 £258.00 69x69

Facings Blanchardstown Antique Fergustie Country Mixture Richmond Mixture Irish Dacharne Devenish Ardagh Gold Textured Lismore Slate Textured

per 1,000 £372.00 £377.00 £337.00 £362.00 £337.00 £337.00 £327.00

NB Clay brick prices are not included because of the enormous variation in types, quality and prices from various sources.

CARCASSING TIMBER Per 100 metres, ex-yard, random lengths, not exceeding 5.7 metres. per 100m £46.50 50x19 £69.00 75x19 £112.00 125x19 £42.00 38x25 £51.00 75x25 £99.50 150x25 £78.00 50x38 £118.00 100x38 £93.50 150x38 £93.50 50x50 £148.00 100x50 £168.50 125x50 £205.00 100x75 £460.00 200x75 £380.00 150x100

INDUSTRIAL AND FIRE-RESISTING BOARD Prices are exclusive of delivery. Terms for SUPALUX non-combustible asbestos-free fire-resisting board - price per sheet up to 149m2 2440x1220

Bulk Cement delivered in 15-tonne loads to Greater Belfast Area per tonne £139.00 Ordinary Portland Cement £164.00 Sulphate Resisting Cement

per tonne £355.00

CEMENT MORTARS In full loads delivered to Central Belfast per tonne £26.00 Standard 1 lime mortar Y4 £45.00 Tinted mortar ref. Y15 £52.00 Y135 £44.00 Y91 £54.00 Y10 £55.00

6mm sanded £50.00

9mm sanded £52.30

12mm sanded £70.00

MASTERBOARD Class O asbestos-free multi-purpose building board sanded finish. Price per sheet up to 149m2 2440x1220


Ordinary Portland Cement

3 Pilot's View, Heron Road Belfast BT3 9LE Tel: 028 9045 7000 Fax: 028 9045 7040

per tonne £16.00 £16.50 £15.50 £15.50 £17.50 £20.50 £21.00 £18.50


Bagged cement delivered in 15-tonne loads to Greater Belfast Area

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6mm £62.50

9mm £75.00

12mm £96.50

PLASTERING MATERIALS Per tonne, ex-works (delivery by arrangement) Lightweight aggregate pre-mixed gypsum plaster to BS 1191, Part 2. Metal lathing undercoat Bonding Finish Gypsum plasterboard to BS 1230 per sheet (2400 mm x 1200 mm) 9.5mm thick plasterboard 9.5mm thick foil-backed plasterboard per bundle (6 Nr 1219mm x 406mm) 9.5mm thick plasterlath 9.5mm thick foil-back plasterboard per 100 lin. feet Galvanised standard angle bead Galvanised plasterstop (10mm) Galvanised external renderstop

£301.00 £358.00 £320.00 £10.00 £14.00 £16.00 £10.80 £10.00 £13.00 £26.50

Evans |81 of In theVB next issue READY MIXED CONCRETES Ordinary Portland Cement in full loads delivered to Central Belfast per cub. metre £65.00 1:10 by volume £79.00 1:2:4 by volume £71.00 1:3:6 by volume £66.00 20 N/mm2:20mm aggregate £70.00 25 N/mm2:20mm aggregate £73.00 30 N/mm2:20mm aggregate

Thrutone Thrutone Relief

per 1,000 £1500.00 £1600.00

Concrete tiles delivered Central Belfast Interlocking flat tile Double roll tile Single roll tile

£860.00 £860.00 £800.00 per tile £4.80 £5.40

Half round ridge tile - 457mm long Angular ridge tile - 457mm long

SAWN REDWOOD Per 100 metres, ex-yard, random lengths. 100x50 150x50 100x63 150x63 200x63 100x75 150x75 200x75

Per 100 metres, ex-yard, random lengths, finished sizes. 114x19 89x12 114x12 89x12 94x12

£94.00 £69.00 £80.50 £98.50 £108.00

T + G Whitewood TG + V Whitewood TG + V Whitewood TG + V Redwood TG + Open V Redwood


ROOF SLATES AND TILES Fibre Cement Slates ex-yard


£224.00 £318.00 £243.00 £379.60 £519.00 £304.00 £457.00 £683.00


Mild Steel reinforcing bars to BS 4449. High yield steel reinforcing bars to BS 4449/4461. One size, bent and labelled, per tonne, delivered to Central Belfast Diameter/mm Mild Steel High Yield 6 £755.00 £845.00 8 £755.00 £845.00 10 £755.00 £845.00 12 £755.00 £845.00 20 £755.00 £845.00 25 £755.00 £845.00 32 £755.00 £845.00 40 £755.00 £845.00 Mesh Fabric to BS 4483 ex-yard per sheet (one or mixed references) per sheet BS reference A 98 £36.50 A142 £36.50 A193 £40.50 A252 £45.00 A393 £78.00 B503 £78.00 B785 £85.00 Heavy section steel ex-yard in lots of over 5T per tonne UC 152x152x23 £955.00 203x203x46 £1300.00 254x254x73 £1360.00 305x305x118 £1245.00 356x368x153 £1430.00 UB

305x165x40 356x127x37 406x140x39 457x152x52 533x210x82

£1245.00 £1245.00 £1245.00 £1245.00 £1245.00

Per 100 metres, ex-yard, random lengths. 50x25 100x25 150x25 275x25 75x50 125x50 175x50 250x50 100x75 200x75 250x75

£40.00 £74.00 £102.50 £191.50 £120.00 £204.00 £260.00 £440.00 £227.50 £492.00 £753.90

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TERMS FOR GLASSROCK Non-combustible asbestos-free fire-resisting board - price per sheet up to 149m2. 6mm 10mm 12.5mm sanded sanded sanded 2400x1200 £49.50 £51.50 £69.00

UPVC DRAIN PIPES AND FITTINGS SOFTWOOD SHELVING Per 100 metres, ex-yard, random lengths, finished sizes 119x12 144x12 169x12 219x12 119x19 144x19 194x19 244x19 269x19

£79.60 £94.80 £110.30 £164.30 £97.30 £129.10 £173.50 £234.50 £325.60

Pipes and fittings to BS 4600. List price ex-yard. Large quantities will attract considerable discounts. Plain sewer, per 6m Pipe coupler, ea Single oblique branch, ea Single swept branch, ea 45˚ short radius, ea 87½˚ short radius bend, ea 45˚ long radius bend, ea 90˚ long radius bend, ea Straight channel 45˚ curved channel, ea

110mm 160mm £23.00 £10.50 £7.50 £3.50 £11.00 £25.00 £12.00 £25.00 £6.20 £17.00 £6.20 £15.50 £17.00 £32.00 £19.00 £32.00 £31.00 £18.50 £23.00 £58.00

October/NOVEMBER 2016.

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Specify talks to Colin Clements, Global Product Line Director at Powerscreen… Q: Did you plan to get involved in the construction industry? Not initially but I have worked in engineered capital equipment businesses throughout my career so when this opportunity opened up to me it was a good fit with my experience and areas of interest.   Q:  How did you start off? My interest in engineering started at an early age as I was always interested in mechanical devices and liked tinkering with machines as a kid. I had a habit of taking things apart and probably not putting them back together very well. Dismantling is more my skillset. I studied mechanical and manufacturing engineering in Liverpool and joined FG Wilson in 1993 as a design engineer, which was then still a family business before its acquisition by Caterpillar. I spent a total of 19 years at FG Wilson / Caterpillar, including 20 months in another of the Wilson family businesses, Wilson Double Deck Trailers in Craigavon. Particularly during the period of the Wilson family ownership the businesses were fairly dynamic and entrepreneurial. At that stage it was all about fast decision-making, limited bureaucracy and development of people and this is something I have tried to maintain in the teams I have worked with throughout my career..   Q:  What have been the highlights of your career so far?

I have been fortunate to work in companies with strong global brands and product lines, such as FG Wilson, Caterpillar and now Powerscreen. As well as this I have worked with some great people within those companies and globally in the Dealer networks each company utilises to distribute their product. Working with great people and on a global basis are things I have enjoyed most over the years. Q:  What was the best piece of advice you’ve been given?   Be a genuine person. Don’t change your attitude or approach depending on who you are dealing with. Work with all levels of people equally and don’t alter your behaviour just because you’re interacting with someone above you in the organisation versus someone in your team.    Q:  What would you say to any students

who are considering a career in construction?

which therefore generates business for us.

t’s an ever evolving industry and there’s never a dull day particularly in current market conditions that are still challenged. Despite Powerscreen being a 50 year old business every day brings new challenges and opportunities and this holds true for the whole construction industry. Q:  Do you think the construction sector needs more support from Stormont?

Q: What needs to be done to help the NI construction sector?

Working in an equipment manufacturer that works on a global stage I am maybe a step removed from the local construction sector in the true sense of the word, however our business is heavily influenced by home building and infrastructure development. There is no doubt major road projects drive significant work for the industry and for Powerscreen customers,

Having met with customers in the industry one of the biggest issues I see in the construction industry, and in associated industries such as us as a construction equipment manufacturer is the skills shortage. Whether that is welders, fabricators, electricians or joiners the skilled trades appear to be less popular than they historically were. This impacts companies such as ours that are striving to grow locally but finding recruitment of new members of the team more difficult year by year. Increased support for apprenticeships across construction and engineering industries is vital to help create the next generation coming through and ensuring our businesses remain at the forefront of these sectors.

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Number of Projects Added or Moved Stage on CIS System

*This data was generated on 25th August. For further details on any of thes projects simply contact us on: Phone: Email:

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858410 851647

€300m - PPP Social Housing Design Team £5m - Social Housing Units

€300,000,000 £5,000,000

Co. Dublin Co. Down

890115 890116

£26m - Provision of Site, Design and Build, Social Housing Scheme £26m - Site, Design and Build, Social Housing Scheme

£26,000,000 £26,000,000

Co. Londonderry Co. Antrim

832135 849629

£2.7m - Housing Development £2.6m - Residential Development

Contract Awarded Tender Tender Tender Tender Tender

£2,700,000 £2,647,750

Co. Down Co. Antrim






799246 819051

€40m National Rehabilitation Hospital - Phase 1 €11.1m - Primary Care Centre

€40,000,000 €11,192,400

Co. Dublin Co. Cork

814775 836168

£9.2m - Frameworks for Consultancy Services for Minor Works Schemes £38m - Hospital Extension

Tender On Site Contract Awarded Tender

£9,250,000 £38,000,000

Co. Antrim Co. Londonderry





€15m - Warehouse Facility £400m - Gas Storage Facility

On Site Contract Awarded

€15,552,450 £400,000,000

Co. Dublin Co. Antrim





€40m - Change of Use to Student Accommodation £30m - 4-Star Hotel

On Site On Site

€40,000,000 £30,000,000

Co. Dublin Co. Antrim





756616 836195

€70m Trinity College - Business School £5m - Shared Education Campus, Appointment of Consultants

€70,000,000 £5,000,000

Co. Dublin Co. Londonderry

863275 830829

£4.7m - College Building Refurbishment, Phase 6 £3.9m - School Development & Youth Club

£4,770,000 £3,900,000

Co. Londonderry Co. Down


£3m - Integrated Primary School

Contract Awarded Tender Tender On Site Tender


Co. Antrim





£8.8m - Redevelopment of Brandywell Stadium



Co. Londonderry

INDUSTRIAL ProjectID 846100 548077

HOSPITALITY ProjectID 838914 834067








828608 821211

€19.5m - Mixed Use Development €110m - Capital Dock Development

€19,500,000 €110,000,000

Co. Dublin Co. Dublin

822108 854515

£50m - Grade A Office Accommodation £2.5m - Forecourt and Retail Development

On Site On Site On Site Contract Awarded

£50,000,000 £2,500,000

Co. Antrim Co. Antrim






768457 610307

€15.8m - Skibbereen Flood Relief Scheme £6.3m - Link Road & Flood Wall

€15,856,942 £6,300,000

Co. Cork Co. Tyrone


£27m - Belfast Streets Ahead, Phase 3

On Site Tender Tender


Co. Antrim

• Reduced laying depths, weight and drying times • Dramatically increases heat response times with underfloor heating • Virtually self-levelling for less labour intensive installation • Light traffic allowed after 24 hours RTU Ltd supply screed for both commercial and residential floors across Northern Ireland. The range includes; Traditional Sand: Cement Screed, Fibre Screed, Improved Drying Screed and Ultraflo® Liquid Screed.

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