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Mila Limited is Ireland's leading distributor of hardware to the window and door industries. Mila Limited proudly boasts that it can supply a hardware solution for virtually any application, whether that is for a budget, standard or premium window and door range or even a bespoke product for a particular customer requirement. We focus both on developing solutions which meet current market demands and at the same time, introduce innovative new products which give our customers the opportunity to win new business or give themselves a competitive edge. We focus a great deal of our resources in developing the kind of support services which make a real difference to our fabrication partners. As well as next day delivery on any of the 10,000 product lines in stock and On Time In Full delivery figures which set the standard for the industry, this also encompasses everything from a technical advice line to help with the selection and installation of its products to hardware testing at its own accredited UKAS test centre. The Mila team will visit customers to advise on installation and can even design bespoke packaging and delivery systems for Mila products which suit the precise requirements of a particular fabrication line. Mila offers free sales literature downloadable from our website and customers can also access technical data, product information and special offers. Established in 1982, Mila Limited is part of the Arran Isle group of companies. Our own range of Ideal, Pro-Linea and Evolution branded products provide you with a good, better, best proposition to offer your customers. Evolution branded products are designed to drive your business profitability through providing innovative design and additional features. Ideal and Pro-Linea branded products are the core items that will help you maintain profitability without having to compromise on quality. We are passionate about our products and are not content to produce bespoke products time after time without progress or innovation. Our in-house product development team continually design, develop, innovate, improve and enhance countless new and existing products. And because we want our products to make a difference to you, if you have a particular product requirement, we may be able to offer you a bespoke solution.

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Professional tunnellers demand powerful partners Energyst is the total solutions provider with a track record to prove it The construction of a tunnel is an extremely complex and demanding engineering task. It not only requires the right expertise and equipment, but also the right partners are needed. In such a complex process the guaranteed supply of sufficient power is a prerequisite for success. As Energyst Cat Rental Power CEO Gary Smith reveals, ‘With our experience in Spain, UK, Ireland and Germany we know what it takes to deliver’. Whether you are only tunnelling four meters below a busy city centre or drilling your way through thousands of m3 of silt far away from civilisation, a guaranteed supply of power is an absolute must. However, a fixed connection to an existing power grid is not always possible. As a tunneller, you want to focus on the complex job at hand and not worry about the power supply to the TBM and all the back-up system equipment such as conveyors, slurry pipelines or ventilation mechanisms. In these cases, power generation rental can be a solution. Energyst, a Cat rental company, has extensive experience with the challenges of tunnelling and the unique requirements that come with it. Reliability number one priority When it comes to power, the importance of a professional partner is critical. ‘We were involved in tunnelling projects in

several countries and, regardless of the geological conditions or the applied tunnelling technique, we know the stakes are high’, Gary confirms. ‘No power means no drilling and no drilling means costly delays. As a Caterpillar company, we are conscious that reliability is the number one priority. That is why we offer tailored project packages that can assure that reliability. And of course, using reliable equipment from a partner that understands your needs is crucial. The impressive Energyst fleet offers an extensive range of modern Caterpillar power generation equipment especially designed to meet the performance demands required.’ Your total solutions provider But when it comes to supporting and facilitating tunnellers, simply ‘delivering’ the power is just not good enough. According to Gary Smith, the key to

success is adding value right from the start all the way up to the completion of the project. ‘Customisation is key because all tunnelling projects are different. This means we need to be flexible and come Corrib Onshore Pipeline Tunnel BAM Civil Ltd and Wayss & Freytag Ingenieurbau AG will construct a 4.9km tunnel as part of the Corrib gas project, the largest energy infrastructure development in Ireland in 2012. The tunnel, which will be constructed beneath an estuary on the north-west coast of Ireland, is a key element of the onshore pipeline works. A TBM with an internal diameter of 3.5 metres will be used for the work and this is expected to arrive on site during the summer. Tunnelling is scheduled to start towards the end of the year and is expected to take around 15 months to complete. Energyst is responsible for providing the power. Energyst’s Ireland & European Team, led by Regional Manager John McKenna, handled the demanding consultation relating to the project’s power requirement and will be supplying up to 7mVA at 20kV at the project’s peak. Eight 810 kVA generators are being installed as part of an increased reliability package complete with load-follow supply, on-demand redundancy and remote monitoring functionality. The ambitious Shell Petroleum project is environmentally sensitive with a stringent focus on Health & Safety and has given Energyst an excellent opportunity to demonstrate our ability in meeting and exceeding demanding conditions in this field.


The Power Behind the Solutions Energyst Rental Solutions set the standards for reliability, technological innovation and fuel efficiency. Our generators and temperature control products have been specifically developed for us by Caterpillar and provide superior performance and reliability for large projects as well as small.

up with turnkey solutions every single time. For example, we support the BAM/Wayss & Freytag JV in the construction of the Corrib Onshore Tunnel by using eight 810 kVA generators instead of fewer generators with a larger capacity. This to meet specific load demands and efficiency specifications.’ Energyst offers solutions not only when it comes to hardware. Gary Smith continues, ‘It is all about service as well. We have an outstanding track record when it comes to our 24/7 call-out facility and our 24/7 remote and early warning alarm telemetry. If needed, we educate local employees to perform maintenance or preventative readings reporting. We thrive to achieve a real partnership with our clients and offer solutions with regard to all parts of the power supply, from engineering and design, through transportation and installation to maintenance and completion, all in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.’

It is still a people business Despite high level CAT factory design and build involvement, the power rental business is very much a people business. ‘This is not any different from the tunnelling industry’, Gary Smith explains. ‘Our dedicated people are defined by their ‘Can do’ Spirit and that is an absolute must in this line of work. They understand the customer demands and are always willing to go the extra mile. All our people are real experts and passionate about their job. This is shown by the excellent work they perform all around the world.’

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Pitch specialists engineer perfect playing surface for Euro 2012 final County Armagh based Clive Richardson Limited (CRL), specialists in sports ground construction and civil engineering works, were the unsung heroes of the Euro 2012 final in Ukraine, which was graced by some of Europe’s star players. Played at the state-of-the-art 70,050 capacity Olympic Stadium in Kiev and in front of a worldwide TV audience of millions, the match unfolded on a playing surface constructed by CRL. The Ukranian Government commissioned CRL in 2011 to deliver a first class pitch at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, as well as the FC Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv. With over 40 years experience of building pitches across Northern Ireland and around the world, CRL secured the contracts following a competitive tendering process. For the stadium in Kharkiv, CRL used a ground breaking ISASS (In Situ Air Sparaging System), partly manufactured and assembled in Northern Ireland, to facilitate optimum pitch growth where extreme temperatures are prevalent. To deliver two state-of-the-art pitches to meet the required standard for the

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European Championships, more than 15 engineers from CRL spent much of the last 12 months living in Ukraine experiencing sub zero temperatures of -25C. Clive Richardson, Managing Director, said: “Following on from our highly acclaimed work at the European Championships we are already in discussions with FIFA to undertake work at the next World Cup. “The economic downturn in Ireland has spurred the Company to seek opportunities further afield. The two projects in Ukraine created an additional 20 jobs at CRL alone. Our success in tendering demonstrates the growing reputation the business has in both domestic and international markets.” CRL has constructed pitches at numerous sporting facilities in Northern Ireland, plus notably the reconstruction of Croke Park, Dublin following the U2 concert there in 2009 and development of the pitch at the Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne) in Dublin 2010/11. In addition it has constructed the training grounds for Premier League football clubs including Manchester United and Fulham, as well as England’s Euro 2012 training pitch at Hutnik in Poland.

BAM awarded contract to build Corrib tunnel BAM Contractors Ltd has been awarded the contract by Shell E&P Ireland Limited to build a tunnel under Sruwaddacon Bay in North Mayo as part of the Corrib gas project. The 4.9km tunnel is a key element of the onshore pipeline works, which is the final phase of the Corrib project that remains to be completed. Welcoming the award of the Corrib tunnel contract by Shell E&P Ireland Limited, Theo Cullinane, Chief Executive of BAM Contractors, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Shell on the Corrib tunnel, which is one of the most significant energy infrastructure projects in the history of the state. “During the construction phase 100 fulltime jobs will be created, including project management, engineering and tunnelling specialist roles. BAM is heavily involved in sustainable Irish infrastructure and building projects, particularly in the engineering, healthcare, educational, transport, water and waste sectors. “We are an innovative company with the proven ability to drive efficiency through the construction process and a strong financial standing based on a strong balance sheet with no bank borrowings.” Work on the contract has already commenced, with preparations for the installation of the tunnel drive shaft currently under way. A tunnel boring machine with an internal diameter of 3.5 metres will be used for the work and is expected to arrive on site this summer. Tunnelling is planned to start towards the end of the year and is expected to take around 15 months to complete. The Corrib gas field lies about 80 kilometres off the North West coast of Ireland and is strategically important from an energy security perspective as it has the potential to supply up to 60% of Ireland’s gas needs at peak production.


Ireland strives to Energy Efficiency German Lighting Study Tour 2012 Dublin City Council was one of nine Irish organisations to take part in a study tour to Germany recently, striving towards energy efficient lighting in Ireland. The tour was organised by DEinternational Ireland, the consultancy wing of the GermanIrish Chamber of Industry and Commerce. During the intensive three-day programme the group visited 15 best practice energy efficient lighting projects throughout Germany. The projects ranged from conventional and historic street lighting retrofits to commercial, industrial and architectural lighting examples. The Study Tour examined how Germany is utilising and benefiting from energy efficient lighting in both public and private projects and so making significant energy savings. For the local authorities, the energy efficient street lighting projects were of huge interest as Ireland looks at phasing out its low pressure sodium street lighting over the course of the coming years. LED’s were suggested as the most popular energy efficient alternative to conventional lighting. There are many types of public projects in Ireland that could serve to benefit from such energy savings, from swimming pools, libraries and car parks, to cycle ways and river walkways. Pat Caden, Senior Engineer in Dublin City Council, said: “I wasn’t aware that LEDS were being as widely used as they are in Germany, in particular in public lighting projects. This Study Tour has shown that there is currently a very fast growing market for LEDs, and if Germany is investing heavily in this then Ireland should also be investigating how we can benefit.” The Study Tour also highlighted some important differences between Ireland and German lighting markets, which should be taken into consideration when planning projects in Ireland. In Germany there are a considerable number of gas lamps and high pressure mercury vapour lamps. This type of technology is now rare in Ireland so energy savings in Ireland may not be as stark as in Germany. Overall the Study Tour was rated very highly by both German and Irish groups.

Work commences on new development in Blanchardstown Village Cunningham’s Funeral Directors has officially announced that they will open a new funeral home in Blanchardstown Village in winter 2012. Signing the contracts, Robin Cunningham explained: “This is a proud day for our family. For some time we have wanted to serve the people of Blanchardstown at a local level. When we found the old St Brigid’s Parish Parochial House, in the heart of the Blanchardstown Village, it was the perfect fit for our needs.” The Cunningham family have, for four generations, been trusted undertakers in West Dublin and surrounding counties. Famed for their empathy, kindness and professionalism at a time of grief, Cunningham’s was first established in Clonsilla, followed by Lucan and Celbridge. Shane Walsh of McCrossan O’Rourke Manning Architects helped the Cunningham family to design a plan for the restoration of the building. He said: “Restoring the old Parochial House to create a tranquil space for people to mourn their loved ones was the challenge. We drew inspiration from the

character of this early 20th century Edwardian structure. We wanted to conserve the old building whilst fusing it with the new extension.” Michael Cunningham continued: “Our family business and the Parochial House date from the same period. It feels fitting that we should be the trustees of this historic building. It is a big investment for our family and we were delighted to appoint local contractors, Burns Construction, to undertake the work. It was great to see a team of local lads moving onto site and they are already making great progress. We look forward to moving in this winter.” The new funeral home in Blanchardstown will feature two chapels of rest. Chapels can also be used for non-denominational services. Each chapel will feature a webcasting system so that funeral services can be streamed on the internet for family or friends who may be living abroad. Other thoughtful features in the design include two restful reflection areas with water features.

Funding for Ennistymon conservation project Clare Fine Gael Senator, Tony Mulcahy has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan, that e10,000 is being allocated for conservation work to be carried out on a well known town centre building in Ennistymon. The funding will be used to carry out vital conservation work at Byrnes Shop in Parliament Street. The money has been made available to Clare County Council under the Department’s Structures at Risk Fund which assists with works to safeguard structures, in private and civic ownership, protected under the Planning and Development Acts 2000-2011. Senator Mulcahy said: “I am delighted that this money has been allocated to help preserve an important historical building in Ennistymon. This type of conservation work is vital in order to safeguard the town’s rich heritage and attract visitors. I

am confident that additional Clare buildings will benefit from further allocations in the coming months “This is part of an overall national spend of e712,000 announced by Minister Deenihan to support the conservation and protection of a range of important heritage buildings across Ireland as part of the Structures at Risk Fund. The money is allocated to assist with works to safeguard protected structures, in private and civic ownership. This year, 41 projects in 27 local authority areas, including Clare County Council, are being supported.” “This is an investment not just in our cultural heritage but also in our tourism industry. Our old and historical buildings are a real national asset and are a significant factor in attracting visitors to Ireland. Foreign and domestic tourism is a major source of job creation and provides financial benefit to many communities.”

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The Queen opens new Northern Ireland hospital Her Majesty the Queen officially opened the new state-of-the-art South West Acute Hospital, in the Northern Ireland town of Enniskillen on 26 June. The £276M hospital is the first hospital to be built in Northern Ireland in more than a decade and also the first UK project by Spanish firm FCC Construction. The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh, was in Northern Ireland on a two-day visit as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour of the United Kingdom. The hospital, run by Western Health and Social Care Trust, has been described as

one of the most modern in Europe. It is the first in Northern Ireland to be built under a public-private partnership arrangement, and is part of a broad programme of investments aimed at improving the UK's infrastructure. With 315 beds it is the first public hospital in the Northern Ireland and the second in the UK to be built with 100% single rooms, ensuring that patients can enjoy privacy. Baldomero Falcones, CEO and Chairman of FCC said: "It is a great honour for FCC Construction first UK project to be opened by Her Majesty the Queen. We are very proud to

have completed the project on time and within budget. The UK is a strategic country for FCC, and we want to continue being an active player in the development of the country's infrastructure.'' Built amid the scenic greenery of Wolf Lough, the 65,000sq m hospital sits on a 52-acre greenfield site surrounded by rolling countryside. The hospital, designed by Architect, Stantec Anshen + Allen, was created with patient and staff wellbeing in mind. The design maximises natural light and views of landscape, nature and Wolf Lough.

vegetables grown on the allotments were available to enjoy and as a means of encouraging others to get involved. According to Councillor McCabe: “The development of allotments and community gardens across the city is a key priority for addressing the quality of life, health and wellbeing and sustainability of the region. “It is the spirit of Active Belfast, where many organisations work together sowing seeds that we hope will, in the long term, flourish and get people more active. We want to stress that it doesn’t have to be high impact exercise to boost health, gentler pursuits like gardening and walking, activities suitable for all ages, make a difference too.

Seamus Mullan, Head of Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement (Belfast), at the PHA said the Musgrave site is a demonstration site. “Its aim is to explore good practice in community engagement and ownership, improvements to health and well being, and check out the longer term sustainability of community gardens and allotments. “We think it is a good way of spending public money because the benefits can be so widespread. It encourages physical activity, but it is good for mental health too working in the open air and it is a way of encouraging neighbours to get to know each other, so boosting community spirits too.”

Digging a healthy hobby The people of Belfast are being encouraged to get their hands dirty and dig in for a healthy hobby in community gardens and allotments across the city as part of Active Belfast. A `Growing Communities Strategy` for the city was launched at the opening of the latest community garden and allotments at Musgrave Park, Belfast. The new growing area, funded by the Public Health Agency (PHA), was officially opened by the Lord Mayor, Alderman Gavin Robinson, and the Chairman of the Parks and Leisure Committee, Councillor Gerard McCabe. Guests were invited to `dig in` at the event and many community groups are already involved in the park, where fruit and

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New £10M housing development for Londonderry The £9.8M development of 53 houses and eight apartments, on the former United Technologies site at Bligh’s Lane, is owned by Apex Housing and was part funded by the Northern Ireland Executive. The new homes have been allocated to families and older people from the housing waiting list. The two- and threebedroom accommodation has been designed to high energy efficiency specifications, including Secured by Design and Lifetime Homes accreditation, which builds in added security features and flexibility of adaptation if required at a later date. An attractive green open space with mature trees has been retained from the original site and the scheme also incorporates a children’s play area. Minister McCausland said: “I am delighted to be here today to hand over the keys for this major new housing development in Londonderry. The building of 61 new homes in this area of high housing need - on what was previously a long standing derelict site is a magnificent achievement and contributes significantly to the overall regeneration of this part of the city.” The name Cecilia’s Walk was chosen by local school children. The new development is located close to St Cecilia’s College and Apex Housing asked the school to decide on a name that would build on the strong community spirit in the area. The school suggested the name Cecilia’s Walk to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the school and in memory of the hundreds of former pupils who walked past the site on their way to school over the years. Apex was delighted to accept. Majorie Keenan, Chairperson of Apex Housing said: “This is a very important redevelopment for Lower Creggan, an area of high housing need. We are very pleased to have provided energy efficient housing on a former derelict site that was troublesome and which impacted adversely on the surrounding communities.”

Minister confirms strategic role for council in airport restructuring A Clare County Council delegation has met with Minister for Transport, Mr. Leo Varadkar, TD, to discuss issues relating to Shannon Airport's separation from the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA). The meeting was sought by the local authority's 32 elected members who unanimously backed a report by the Clare County Manager calling for the Government to involve the local authority in the ongoing restructuring process. The Government announced in May that the newly independent airport will be brought together with the surrounding airport landbank to form a new entity with a commercial mandate in public ownership, as proposed by Clare County Council in its submission to consultants Booz and Company in late 2011. However, no local authority representative from the Mid-West region was named on either of the three Government appointed groups tasked with formulating the restructuring strategy. Following the meeting at the Department

of Transport in Dublin, Mayor of Clare Councillor Pat Daly announced that the Minister had committed to putting a formal process in place to facilitate input by the Mayor and Clare County Manager, on behalf of the council, with the chairs of the recently announced steering group and two taskforces. Mayor Daly stated: "Minister Varadkar listened to our views and accepted we have a valuable contribution to make to the process. "The council accepted that if the minister was to add additional members to the taskforces that he would have to reopen the entire process and that could have delayed the work of the relevant taskforces. Therefore, the council did not request to be included on the taskforces. We asked for a process that would facilitate the council influencing, and participating in the decision making process. The minister positively responded to that request."

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Three Rivers Project – Strabane Brian Kelly, Turley Associates Cross border planning will deliver significant regional benefits, says Turley Associates’ Brian Kelly. A former border checkpoint and no-man’s land between Strabane in Northern Ireland and Lifford in the Republic of Ireland, known locally as the Camel’s Hump, is earmarked for a significant investment project. Situated at the confluence of the River Finn, Mourne and Foyle, the ‘Three Rivers Project’ includes a mix of education, employment, retail and leisure uses and establishes the framework for a Riverine Park which has secured European funding. Turley Associates is leading the planning and masterplanning of this 50 acre site on behalf of Riverside Building & Development, a purpose built vehicle headed by local investors. Unusually the land lies immediately adjacent to Strabane Town Centre but entirely outside the development limits of Strabane. Site development requires flood alleviation works, access onto a protected route and careful consideration of its relationship with River Foyle Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI). A fundamental planning policy requirement is that this project must prove to have regional significance. The current planning application was submitted in November 2011. The majority of the land already benefits from planning permission, secured by Turley Associates in 2010. Circumstances surrounding this project have evolved and

the economic climate is vastly different since submission of the first application. Other changes include delivering the ‘Reconciliation through the Riverine’ Project (a cross border initiative to deliver a shared landscaped space) and the Road Inquiry into the Western Transport Corridor (A5). Following significant effort to promote the October 2010 consent and respond to the changed circumstances the client market tested and devised an alternative mix of uses for the land. In securing the first permission on the land there was no doubt as to the credentials of a regionally significant scheme and further enhancement of a new scheme would ensure it at least meets that test. Technical challenges to site delivery were already understood and established an advanced head start for the alternative scheme. It is the non-speculative nature of these proposals that distinguishes this project from the earlier iteration and generally from planning/developer strategies adopted in the boom time. This latest and improved scheme was derived in partnership with future tenants/operators, thus ensuring high quality information within the planning application, complete clarity around economic and employment data, a full understanding of synergies between respective uses and ultimately ensuring the long term viability of the scheme. Co-operation from consultees within positive working relationships has been vital to the swift resolution of technical challenges. The downturn has brought

home the apathetic nature of investment and the role of Government in delivering a streamlined planning process that facilitates development. Once a highly contested space, the excitement generating around this project is palpable and is evidenced by representations to the design team at local meetings and to the planning application itself. Key to this support is the alignment of the project objectives with the regional priorities in seeking to establish shared (uncontested) space and generate employment and will act as a catalyst for further investment. Extracts from a representation to the application read “We are convinced that the project can further promote community cooperation and help to heal some of the past wounds felt by Unionists and Nationalists in West Tyrone”; and “There is a growing sense that at last something will happen to change the town’s fortunes and transform the future employment prospects of the entire district”. A final planning submission before the end of June 2012 will allow the DoE Minister to take a decision. Brian Kelly is a director in the Belfast office of planning and urban design consultancy. He can be reached by email bkelly@turleyassociates.co.uk. Visit www.turleyassociates.co.uk for further information.

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Construction Industry working hard to beat the economic storm There is no doubt that the construction industry has been hit very hard by the current economic downturn. The Construction Skills Network (CSN) predicts a slight growth in output over the UK in the next 5 years but as activity had declined significantly in Northern Ireland it will take longer to reach a full recovery. Key projects outlined in the Draft Programme for Government and the capital investment in 18 local schools will help secure work for a range of contractors. It is significant that in 2012 some high profile construction projects such as the Titanic Signature Building, The Causeway Visitors Centre and the new South West Acute hospital in Fermanagh have been completed across the Province giving the industry a welcome economic boost. However, with new house prices falling and the number of new house sales in decline, recovery is slow and there are more and more construction businesses that have ceased trading and have not been able to ride the economic storm. CITB-ConstructionSkills NI, along with key industry partners and Government sponsors (DEL), are working together to find ways of ensuring we maintain a skilled and qualified workforce both now and for the future so that we are ready to take advantage of new investment opportunities and, in the long term, the economic upturn. It is promising that in a recent poll of 100 construction employers 60% had provided training in the last twelve months and, whilst slightly fewer had trained staff to a nationally recognised qualification, more had taken on apprentices. Whilst the main barrier to training is cost, it is encouraging that despite the

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harsh economic conditions, employers are continuing to invest in training and skills. Training Grants The CITB-ConstructionSkills NI Grant Scheme forms a key element of the provision for businesses and offers an economic incentive to train and have a positive impact on the industry. The variety of grants available is indicative of the diversity of the construction industry and covers key initiatives such as qualifying existing workers, improving health and safety, and training new recruits, underlining the fact that all areas of industry can be improved by investment in training. To enhance the training routinely carried out by employers in the industry, CITB-ConstructionSkills NI are working in direct partnership with federations and industry bodies to directly fund demand led training of strategic importance to the industry. This scheme, titled ‘Tier 2’, is essentially a more proactive and flexible way of working in partnership with the industry to react and meet the ever changing demands it faces in delivering the needs of its clients. Since the inception of the scheme, over 500 individuals have been trained in areas such as Pre Qualification Questionnaires, Sustainable Construction, Business Improvement and basic estimating from all sizes of employers throughout the industry. This way of working takes into account the current economic climate, ensures we support the industry by working with employers, for employers and fully embraces our remit of encouraging training in the industry. The

training is demand led and the federations and industry bodies have been proactive in applying for funding to help meet the training needs of their members which, in turn, benefits the overall industry. Qualifying the Exisitng Workforce In an exciting initiative to enhance the skills of the construction industry, CITB-ConstructionSkills NI, the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) and the Joint Council for the Building & Civil Engineering Industry are working in partnership to train 500 currently unqualified, experienced and employed construction workers to NVQ Level 2. This aims to give NI construction employers a commercial advantage through being able to offer delivery to clients through a workforce that can evidence their competence through assessed and recognised qualifications. Speaking at the launch, Dr Stephen Farry, Minister, Employment and Learning said, “It is vital that employers and staff train through these challenging economic times and this is particularly important for construction. Through this project, we will help upskill those working in this sector ensuring we have a better skilled workforce which will assist to drive this industry and our economy forward.” For more information log onto www.citbcsni.org.uk or telephone 028 9082 5466 to speak to a member of our Training Operations Support Team. Barry Neilson CEO, CITB-ConstructionSkills NI


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From ‘Bleak House’ to zero carbon By Keith Riddle, Managing Director of Velux The notion of nearly 5 million UK households huddled together under blankets, struggling to keep warm, is like something out of a Dickens novel and not a scene you would expect to see in the 21st century. However, the latest annual report on fuel poverty statistics from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) reveals that a staggering 4.75M UK households were deemed to be in fuel poverty in 2010. This represents a fall from the even more shocking 5.5M in 2009 and has been attributed to rising incomes, stable energy costs and more energy efficient homes on the market. Although the latest figures reveal a stark improvement I would expect to see numbers increase again as more recent energy cost rises and falling household incomes take hold in 2011 and 2012. The findings add impetus to the Government’s green housing agenda and in particular schemes such as the Green Deal which stand to benefit the UK’s oldest and leakiest homes, improving their energy efficiency and cutting costs for homeowners. The Green Deal’s unique selling point is that there is no upfront cost, with the work paid for through future savings on energy bills. Due to launch in just four months the much talked about Green Deal still appears to be struggling to find its feet. Besides the ongoing questions surrounding the logistics of implementing the scheme, the results of an MP poll conducted by VELUX and our partners Land Securities and the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) as part of the Green Deal Dialogue Group, reveal that there is still some confusion among MPs over the details. Only half (49%) of the 100 MPs polled said they would promote uptake of the Government’s flagship green policy when it launches in October, with more than a fifth (21%) claiming they were unlikely to promote the scheme, 20% neither likely nor unlikely and 11% still unsure. The results reveal a shocking lack of familiarity among MPs with the flagship green policy. Only 59% said they understood the concept behind the Green Deal, with just 30% saying they had grasped its funding structure.

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It is crucial that steps are taken to ensure that they are familiarised with the scheme in order to ensure its success. A shamefully poor understanding of the Green Deal means that many will not be promoting its far reaching benefits to their constituents and helping to address the very real and growing issues of fuel poverty and unemployment as well as the UK’s carbon emissions attributable to buildings. The Green Deal certainly stands a real chance of turning round the fortunes of UK homeowners and ageing housing stock. At the other end of the spectrum, the new homes industry has also raised some concerns about whether the Government should be pressing ahead with its proposed changes to Part L in 2013. The HBF has called for the changes, which would mean that new homes would be built to increasingly strict energy efficiency standards, to be postponed until the industry has reached a consensus on the performance testing of finished homes to see if they meet the targets set out at the design stage. Although the Government is eager for all new homes to be built to zero carbon standards by 2016, it is imperative that the industry is made aware of areas where new homes are underperforming, to ensure the appropriate changes can be made and target levels achieved in practice. It will also ensure that buyers of new homes, sold on a promise of fewer carbon emissions and reduced energy bills, do not become disenchanted with the green agenda. The monitoring phase of VELUX’s CarbonLight Homes is intended to do just this and will launch later in the year when a test family moves in for a 12-month period. Of equal importance in the monitoring phase is how occupants respond to the home’s design, which is intended to promote health and wellbeing through increased light and ventilation. The results will be fed back to industry and, we hope, help in shaping the future of low carbon design and construction. However, it remains to be seen how anticipated growth in the self build market will influence the green housing agenda following the launch of the Government’s

£30M fund to finance projects. Championed as a means of building the many thousands of new homes the UK desperately needs, we hope that individuals will have access to the information needed to ensure their homes not only meet energy efficiency standards but also provide a healthy living environment. I know we will be making the findings of the CarbonLight Homes monitoring programme widely available to ensure it benefits not only the stalwarts of the industry but those looking to design and build their dream home. We would also hope that the proposal currently being discussed by the industry and Government to make new homes liable to post-construction testing, would apply to individual build projects. It would be extremely disappointing if the self-build initiative, although with good intentions, puts the drive towards a sustainable future on the back pedal.

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UK Quality Ash Association We need to get serious about concrete if the construction industry wants to be more sustainable, says Lindon Sear at the UK Quality Ash Association (UKQAA) - and Pulverised Fuel Ash (PFA) may help us pave the way... Concrete sits at the heart of the construction industry, and it is present in our buildings, bridges, roads, homes, schools and places of work. That makes it a vital ingredient in the construction mix and big business; in the UK alone it’s worth an estimated £2Bn and produces around 35 million tonnes of cement each year. However, it’s also a very old business. The Macedonians, Romans and ancient Greeks all used limestone-based cement to build, and you could argue that because their buildings are still standing, there’s no need to change the way we manufacture and use concrete. But as our understanding of construction and the world around us has changed, we’ve become more aware of our impact on the environment. While our ancestors didn’t need to understand BREEAM ratings and sustainable construction, we do, and the concrete industry accounts for near 5% of global carbon emissions. That’s a significant amount, so in 2008 the Concrete Centre, Mineral Products Association and the British Precast Concrete Federation launched the Concrete Industry Scheme to improve the sustainability of the sector and bring down carbon emissions in the UK. One key target within the scheme is the need to achieve a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions over the lifecycle of concrete.

That’s no easy task, but the sector has responded positively to the target and a new wave of more sustainable products has swept the industry in the past few years. But one crucial issue is addressing how we can improve the way concrete is manufactured, and that is where Pulverised Fuel Ash (PFA) can offer a significant advantage. PFA is produced as a by-product of coal fired power-station combustion and is a lightweight, powdered material that’s both versatile and inexpensive when compared to the natural aggregates that are used in concrete and cement manufacture. It’s also comparable to Portland Cement in terms of structural integrity, strength and durability and can be added to the cement mix in significant amounts, potentially replacing as much as 55% of the cementitious content in concrete. This reduces the carbon intensity of concrete considerably; while Portland Cement carries around 913kg/tonne of embodied CO2, PFA holds a tiny 4kg/tonne. That’s much less than many other alternatives, such as limestone fines, silica fume and Ground Granulated Blastfurnace Slag (GGBS). These are significant benefits for engineers and contractors, but sustainability must go hand in hand with quality assurances. PFA is very carefully regulated in the UK in order to provide potential buyers with confidence and security. For example, the BS EN 450 European standard for PFA in concrete marks material out that has been thoroughly tested against chemical and physical benchmarks to ensure it is safe and consistent. Likewise the Quality Protocol for

PFA – which is backed by the Joint Environmental Programme (JEP), the UKQAA and the Environment Agency – defines PFA not as a waste material, but as a commercial product in its own right. That makes it easier to produce, source and transport around the UK. Encouragingly, we’re seeing a considerable increase in the use of PFA. In the UK, some of our largest construction projects are making use of PFA in the cement mix to ensure durability and strength while reducing the carbon footprint of our building stock. At The Shard in London, for example, PFA has been used in the structure to improve workability of the concrete mix in the building’s core. And further afield, the Burj Khalifa’s superstructure uses a mixture of 13% PFA to enhance strength, and there are few better examples of engineering capability than the world’s tallest building. Given the tough environmental challenges that lie ahead, it’s important we look at greener ways to achieve our construction aims. And if we’re really serious about cutting costs and reducing our environmental impact, we need to think carefully about how we use concrete. PFA provides a stable, consistent and high quality option – and one that allows us to transform concrete into a sustainable material ready for the 21st Century. For more information about PFA and how to source it, please visit the UKQAA’s website at www.ukqaa.org.uk

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Final words of the Infrastructure Planning Commission A very short planning era came to an end in March of this year as the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) made way for the Planning Inspectorate – but what did the IPC achieve during its time? This summer saw the publication of the organisation’s final annual report, which provides an insight into its accomplishments during the two years it held responsibility for our planning regime. Interestingly, this second – and last – annual report says 'the year ended 31 March 2012 was a remarkable success story for the IPC'. That's one way of putting it - it didn't exist five minutes later! Seriously though, I think we can at least all agree that the transition from IPC to the Planning Inspectorate was as seamless as planned to the outside world, against a background of a growing caseload. In summary – as far as hard facts and figures go - the report shows that the IPC gave advice on more than 600 occasions, compared with nearly 500 the previous year, and 15 scoping opinions compared with 25 the previous year. The number of applications received rose from three to 12. All decisions - on scoping reports, accepting applications, and deciding an application - were made within the IPC’s statutory timescales. It even 'fesses up’ to extending the statutory time limit in one case (Brig y Cwm) when it decided to extend the examination period by two months. That was as a result of changes which were proposed to the application - although the application was later withdrawn and the extension was not used. In terms of finances, the IPC received £971K in application fees in its second year, compared with £188K in its first year, and spent £6.4M. So we can surmise that fees contributed to about 15% of the IPC's income, with the rest coming from Central Government (after having been cut by

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13.6%). We can also say that total payment to the IPC by applicants was £1,159,000. A little more difficult to measure is how the IPC performed against its five principles, which were openness, engagement, sustainability, independent decisions and consensus. In my view, they certainly fulfiled the first two of these - sometimes to the frustration of promoters. I can't really say much about the third one, and the fourth is no doubt true although should probably be in the singular. I think that the consensus principle is the most interesting and recent application examination practice has shown how this is developing beyond the IPC's lifetime. Also of interest, the policy of openness has meant very few requests under the Freedom of Information Act or the Environmental Information Regulations - only 14 in the year. This was just fewer than the previous year, when they dealt with 15, which is remarkable considering how much more information the IPC had in its second year. A curious thought – I wonder if, perhaps, someone will make a Freedom of Information request to find out what the 29 Freedom of Information requests were for, and whether they actually yielded anything that wasn't already on the IPC website? All in all, the report makes fascinating reading for anyone involved in the sector, giving a good overview of the planning environment under the IPC, and what was achieved during the time it was in place. It’s important for all of us with an interest in planning and construction to have a clear view of how those in charge of current and future applications are operating, and I assume this reporting approach will also be embraced by the Planning Inspectorate. I would also hope that an equivalent national infrastructurespecific section is included in its annual reports going forward, as this is really the only official record of the facts and figures surrounding the Planning Act regime.

If you want to read the report in its entirety, it can be found here: www.officialdocuments.gov.uk/document/hc1213/hc02/ 0232/0232.pdf

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Awarding Health and Safety Best Practice By Simon Mantle, NHBC Group Health and Safety Policy Manager Latest statistics from the HSE for 2011/2012 recorded 49 fatal injuries to construction workers - a rate of 2.3 deaths per 100,000 workers, compared to an average of 59 deaths in the past five years. This is a decrease from the 50 deaths (and rate of 2.3) recorded in 2010/11 but is very real evidence for the important role health and safety measures must play in today’s housebuilding industry. Now in its third year, the NHBC Health and Safety Awards programme recognises and rewards outstanding contributions to on-site health and safety best practice. Last month national accolades were presented to site managers, companies and individuals that have demonstrated exceptional attention over the last year to keeping people safe on site. The current commercial climate is increasing the pressure for housebuilders to make savings and the reduction of official inspections from the HSE is widening the potential for such savings to be made by reducing health and safety measures. Our awards therefore demonstrate some of the exemplary work that is still being carried out across the industry and highlight best practice measures that can be applied by sites large and small across the country. Only through such commitment and recognition by the industry as a whole to health and safety can official fatality figures be reduced. In May, more than 60 commended site managers were announced. In July, at the national final, highly commended entries were named, followed by twelve regional winners and the four 2012 Health and Safety Awards champions: National Winners: Small builder Organisation: Devonshire Homes Ltd Site: Moorhayes Park Site manager: Nick Bateman Medium builder Organisation: Kier Partnership Homes Site: Beasley Place Site manager: Craig Robson

Large builder Organisation: St James (Leatherhead) Site: Queen Mary's Place Site manager: Bob Rosenberger

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Multi –storey builder Organisation: Barratt East London Site: Loampit Vale Site manager: David Levy

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These sites scored the highest marks across a variety of criteria and offer clear examples of how best practice can be replicated. They were selected following an exhaustive and rigorous judging process and final assessment by an independent panel of experts which included Philip White, Chief Inspector of Construction at HSE, Kevin Fear, Head of Health, Safety and Environment at Construction Skills, Michelle Aldous, Chief Executive of Constructing Better Health and Mark Dickinson, Lend Lease’s Project Director responsible for the delivery of the Olympic Athletes Village. Certain criteria fulfiled to the highest standards by all winners included traffic management plans proportionate to the size of the project, established waste management practices, clear guidelines for working at height and well maintained compound storage areas. Well established signage and hoarding that addressed a multilingual workforce and ‘hazard boards’ alerting workers to any dangerous activity occurring each day were also highlighted as examples of best practice. However, as well as protecting workers on site, good health and safety practice must also extend to protection measures for the general public and contractors. To this latter point, the NHBC Health and Safety Awards also recognise the importance of collective buy-in and involvement of all workers to deliver effective health and safety policies. Three Special Awards were therefore also awarded last month to the following organisations recognising the importance of effective occupational health initiatives, workforce engagement and individual leadership qualities in health and safety:

Best Individual Health and Safety Leader Scotia Homes (North) Ltd

Best Health and Safety Worker Engagement Programme Kier Construction London The current economic climate shows little sign of abating in the near future and commercial pressures will continue to mount within housebuilding. Such pressures are likely to be felt most acutely by small and medium sized organisations which must prioritise costs and seek to make savings where they can. It is therefore increasingly important to establish effective knowledge sharing across the housebuilding industry to ensure that health and safety best practice is understood and applied. Our Health and Safety Awards aims to achieve just that and examples of best practice for 2012 can be accessed online now at: www.nhbc.co.uk/hsawards.

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White Ink Architects Excellence in design White Ink Architects has recently celebrated ten years in business; a decade of success in the provision of architectural services to an evolving and varied client base within both Ireland and the UK. The past ten years have proved witness to many changes and increasing challenges in the construction industry, but the Practice's client focused ethos and commitment to quality has remained constant and has ensured the continued delivery of award winning, high quality buildings, which continue to surpass client expectations. Since its creation in 2001 by the three current Directors, Claude Maguire, Joan McCoy and Sean Tunney, the eight strong Practice has been involved in numerous diverse projects within the commercial, industrial, residential, healthcare and

hospitality sectors. Project values range from fit-outs under £100,000 to multimillion mixed-use developments. Each project is approached individually and assessed on its own merits in line with the client's requirements and the context of the site. The aim is to ensure that the full potential of the client’s brief, budget, the site and the architectural solution is achieved. Every project is conceived as a result of a sound understanding of the wider issues that affect the client; their immediate and future business needs, ethos, priorities, aspirations which are then married to the physical brief and budget. White Ink Architects’ completed projects have been procured using a wide range of procurement and contract types including JCT Traditional Design & Build forms and

NEC forms. They have developed strong working relationships with some of the major NI contractors including McAleer & Rushe, Gilbert Ash and Farrans. White Ink Architects’ approach to working with contractors is collaborative and the service offered varies with project needs. Services include working with contracting teams to assist with project procurement including assistance with the preparation of PQQ and ITT submissions, providing advice on design development and value engineering during tender periods. White Ink Architects provided the latter service to FGA on the two stage tender for the £140M Victoria Square project and both services to Gilbert Ash on the recently completed flagship BFI National Film Archive. As the Practice has developed, the scale of > Primary Care Florencecourt

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Shell Ireland In spite of the many challenges along the way, construction of the Corrib gas project in North Mayo – which is set to continue until late 2014 – is providing hundreds of jobs in a small community, as well as availing of the expertise of a wide variety of local, national and international contractors. It will also contribute e1.6Bn to Ireland’s GDP throughout the complete construction phase, and will meet up to 60% of the country’s gas needs when producing The development of the Corrib Natural Gas field has been the single biggest infrastructural project in the West of Ireland. From an engineering, construction and regulatory perspective, it has also been one of the most challenging. The project itself is made up of four parts: (i) the subsea facilities at the Corrib field, (ii) the offshore pipeline, (iii) the onshore pipeline and (iv), the Bellanaboy Bridge Gas Terminal, which is the major construction element in the overall development spread over a 32-acre site. Work on three of these elements is practically complete. The subsea facilities are in place with five wells drilled and ready to go into production. The Bellanaboy Bridge Gas Terminal is substantially complete and is currently being maintained until gas flows from the field. The offshore pipeline was laid

in the summer of 2009, with only the control umbilical to be laid alongside it next year. The fourth and final section is the onshore pipeline, on which work commenced in July of last year. The onshore pipeline is 8.9km in length and will connect the offshore pipe at the landfall in Glengad to the terminal. Included in the final phase is a 4.6km tunnel under Sruwaddacon Bay – a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and a Special Protected Area (SPA). The tunnel is yet another exciting and challenging element of the overall development. It will have an internal diameter of 3.5m and will be built using precision precast segments. A speciallyconstructed tunnel boring machine (TBM), named Fionnuala, will be used to excavate the tunnel which will take approximately 15 months to complete. It will run at depths of

between 5.5m and 12m under the bay. Once the pipeline and ancillary services are laid the tunnel will be grouted and closed. The offshore context The Corrib gas development has been a marathon journey. The field was discovered in 1996 by Enterprise Oil, an independent London-based oil and gas exploration company. The Corrib field was the first important gas find in the Irish offshore for almost 25 years, following on from the Kinsale Head field. Kinsale Head was discovered 50km off the coast of Cork in a water depth of 90m and was developed as an offshore production facility Kinsale remains the single biggest hydrocarbon discovery in Ireland. It began continued page 24 > At peak construction there were more than 1,100 employed on the Corrib gas terminal. Photo shows a number of the workforce as the terminal nears completion.

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Seven major national and international contractors, including Roadbridge Ltd, PM Group, Mercury Engineering Ltd, SIAC Butlers Steel Ltd, Kilcawley Construction and Hertel Ireland Ltd, together with an equal number of smaller local contractors, were on-site throughout most of the terminal construction and considerable time and effort had to go into aligning all the work so that it could be completed in a safe and timely way. Apart from the removal of the peat and the levelling of the site, a considerable road network, car parking and set down areas had to be constructed; 1,449 piles were installed; 16,000cu m of concrete was poured; 77km of underground piping was laid; 1,800 tonnes of steel erected; 40km of steel pipe and 435km of cable was installed and 2,600 tonnes of scaffolding had to be erected. A total of 38 red loads (out of gauge) were transferred to site without incident. The terminal itself was declared ready for forward feed gas by May 2011and is now in a state of preservation to await delivery of gas from the field. The subsea facilities The Corrib Field has been developed in line with best industry practice for a gas field of this type. The subsea production facility with onshore processing means there is no need for a permanent offshore platform during the operations phase. Corrib gas is trapped in a reservoir 3,000 metres below the seabed by a layer of impermeable rock. The gas is extracted by drilling wells into the reservoir. Five wells have been drilled and are ready to go into production. All the offshore facilities are in

place on the seabed in water depths of about 350 metres. Such depths are too deep for manned diving and installation is carried out using underwater robots known as Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs). Each well has a ‘Christmas tree’ structure on top of it that contains all the necessary equipment to control, monitor and shut off the well. Gas from each of the five wells is piped through individual sections of flexible flow lines to the production manifold, where it is combined and co-mingled before being fed into the main pipeline for transport to shore. The wells will be controlled by way of an umbilical, a bundle of cables and small diameter tubes, which carry electrical and hydraulic power to operate the subsea controls. It is planned to install the umbilical in 2013, connecting the subsea facilities to the terminal at Bellanaboy. During the operations phase, the subsea facilities will be monitored and controlled 24 hours a day, seven days a week from the control room at the terminal. The offshore pipeline Work on this phase of the project started in June 2009. The works programme involved preparing the landfall site at Glengad, laying the offshore section of the Corrib pipeline, in addition to completing certain subsea infrastructural works at the Corrib Field. During the summer of 2009, the Solitaire (the world’s largest pipelay vessel) welded and laid 7,000 lengths of pipe from Glengad to the field. For the first 2km offshore Glengad, the pipeline is buried to a depth of 1.2m. From the 2km mark to the manifold, the pipeline was laid on the >


seabed and is protected at a number of locations by rock placement. An internal inspection tool, known as a ‘smart pig’, will be pushed through the pipeline at intervals to gather data on the internal condition as well as monitoring integrity throughout the pipeline. Safety measures incorporated in the pipeline include a design to withstand 345 barg in case of pressure increases above the normal operating levels. This is an extremely unlikely occurrence but nothing is left to chance in terms of the safety of the pipeline and project. In their 2006 report, Advantica, who were commissioned by the Irish Government to conduct an independent safety review, concluded that the necessary consideration had been given to all safety measures. As an additional safety measure Advantica proposed that a landfall valve installation (LVI) be constructed at Glengad, limiting the pressure in the pipeline to a maximum allowable operating pressure (MAOP) of 100 barg. The LVI has yet to be constructed and will form part of the final scope of work for the onshore pipeline. The onshore pipeline The decision to re-route the onshore pipeline came in 2006 and followed on the mediation efforts undertaken by the Government-appointed mediator Peter Cassells. The Advantica independent review resulted in a recommendation to limit the pressure in

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the offshore pipeline to 144 barg and the installation of the landfall valve at Glengad limited the pressure in the onshore section to 100 barg. An oral hearing into the application to construct the Corrib onshore pipeline was held by ABP in May and June 2009, following which ABP requested further information regarding the application. There was also a clear indication that the Corrib Gas Partners should look at Sruwaddacon Bay as an alternative route. A revised application was submitted in May 2010, outlining details for the routing and construction of the pipeline through Sruwaddacon Bay, including a tunnel under the bay, in which the pipeline will be laid. Under the new proposal the distance to the nearest occupied house was increased to 234 metres, the MAOP reduced to 100barg and the normal operating pressure to 85 barg, which is similar to the Bord Gáis Éireann’s transmission lines located throughout the country. Planning permission was granted for the revised pipeline in January 2011. A month later, a Section 40 consent was awarded under the Gas Act by the Department of Communications Energy and Natural Resources, while in July 2011, the final permit for the onshore pipeline was granted by the Department of the Environment. Roadbridge commenced work on the tunnel construction site at Aughoose in July 2011 and that work is progressing satisfactorily.

The tunnel boring machine (TBM) is now stored in Germany awaiting delivery to the site once the launch pit has been constructed. It is expected that work on the tunnel itself will begin in late 2012 and will take approximately 15 months to complete. The 8.9km section of onshore pipeline will run from Glengad to the terminal and will include a 4.6m section under Sruwaddacon Bay. Onshore, the pipeline is laid in a trench with a minimum depth of cover of approximately 1.2m. Once the trench has been filled in and the soil reinstated, there will be no evidence that the pipeline is present. Markers will be erected to help locate the pipeline at field boundaries, road crossings and changes of direction. Landowners are made aware of the exact location of the pipeline. Good neighbours and social investment in all of its operations around the world Shell is acutely aware of the impact oil and gas developments can have on the local community. One of the main aims of the Corrib Gas Partners is to be a good neighbour in the area. For this reason a decision was taken at an early stage to ensure that as many benefits as possible would accrue to the region. Jobs, services and accommodation have been placed, as far as possible, in Erris. This approach led to a significant increase in support for the project. During peak constructions on the terminal there was >


over 1,100 jobs and close to 50% were local workers. Those coming into the area for work stayed in the locality creating a demand for accommodation and services. Safety The safety and security of employees, contractors and the community is the number one priority for the Corrib Gas Partners. The overall safety performance objective for the development is Goal Zero – which means the aim is to have no incidents that might put employees, neighbours or facilities at risk. Also established is Corrib’s Driver Safety Awareness Programme (DSAP) to create a strong culture of safety and responsible road usage among employees and contractors alike, for their own benefit and that of the community around them. In 2010 more than one million kilometres were covered in road travel relating to the project. In recognition of this high volume of travel, along with challenging weather conditions and some poor roads in Erris, the DSAP ensures a road safety focus is maintained. Defensive driver training is a specific initiative available to all staff working under this programme, which focuses on preparing people to deal with the unexpected, and potentially dangerous behaviour of other road users. This successful training has been completed by almost 1,300 staff and contractors working in Mayo and Dublin. Minimising environmental impacts Environmental Management Plans (EMPs) have been prepared for every phase of the development. Implementing these plans has

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ensured that preventative and management measures identified in the EIS have been applied throughout the construction phase to ensure the environmental impacts associated with the development are avoided, minimised and mitigated. The Corrib gas terminal at Bellanaboy Bridge will be operated in accordance with an environmental management system ISO 14001 or equivalent. Emissions from the terminal will be monitored in order to demonstrate that emissions are within stringent limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Ongoing works Routine maintenance has been carried out every summer on the wells at the Corrib field. Recently the offshore pipeline was dewatered and filled with nitrogen to ensure the integrity of the pipeline up to first gas. In addition, this summer will see an ocean bottom seismic survey taking place at the field to provide more in depth information about the profile of the Corrib reservoir. The survey will provide enhanced data that will enable a better understanding of the size of the field. On the terminal, the plant has been placed in a state of preservation to await first gas. There is ongoing maintenance work and hiring is now under way for additional maintenance and operations staff, and a programme of testing and commissioning is scheduled to take place prior to start-up. Meeting the country’s gas needs The demand for gas in Ireland is growing, due principally to its increasing use for electricity power generation. Demand for gas-powered electricity generation is

expected to continue to grow as other less environmentally friendly fossil fuels are phased out. Once it comes ashore, gas from the Corrib Field will be processed at Bellanaboy Bridge Gas Terminal to the standard laid down by BGÉ. The terminal has been connected to the BGÉ national grid since 2009. Once complete, Corrib gas will underpin Ireland’s security of energy supply and deliver a number of economic benefits. In February 2012, Goodbody Economic Consultants reported on the development pointing to the benefits to date of the approximately 1,250 jobs sustained during the construction phase (between 2004 and 2010). The Goodbody Report also projected that the completion of Corrib will sustain over 700 full-time equivalent jobs between now and 2014, with 400 of these in Mayo and Donegal, while a further 760 indirect fulltime equivalent jobs will be sustained during this time. The economic boost to Ireland by this project cannot be underestimated, with the operation and construction of the Corrib project expected to add e6Bn to Ireland’s GDP. Previous benefits include the 1,250 jobs sustained during the construction phase from 2004 to 2010.


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Lighting up architecture Anello Architects The extension to form a main dining room was completed in 2006

After working for a number of firms in Dublin since his arrival in Ireland in 1994, Manfredi Anello set up his own Practice – Anello Architects in 2000. Aiming to develop a personal design vision, he always kept a presence in Italy through exchanges and contacts with his father and brother’s Practices. In 2002, Anello Architects became advisors to the Heritage Council, and have since been involved in a number of high profile conservation jobs. The Practice’s core issues have been demonstrated through the design exploration of innovative forms and spatial solutions in a number of residential and commercial projects, while pursuing a sustainable agenda both in design and construction. In 2005 Giuliano Mignemi joined the Practice and since then has been working with Manfredi, first in Ireland, and also in Sicily, on a number of projects, bridging the geographical and cultural divide. The Practice tries to work natural light within each project, trying to avoid over exposure and overheating in Sicily, or in Ireland, harnessing with the subtle qualities of the Northern Light. Anello Architects’ aim is to work into the various projects diverse shafts of light, flashes of hidden views or architectural elements that harness the warm rays of the sun, enhancing the quality of the spaces described within, dealing with different contexts and climatic conditions. Designing with the available light and fitting it with a design program ties in with the contextual factors guiding each design: each

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project is thought in terms of the context and the pre-existing conditions contributing to the satisfaction of the brief. An accurate reading of the contextual conditions of a site, whether they are historical, cultural or economic, generally better inform the direction of the design. Working with historical buildings in Italy and then in Ireland has ‘educated’ the Practice to the peculiarities of the architectural decisions and reasoning behind the historical stock of buildings and architectural culture of each country. The logical expression of a design that ‘uses’ light and carries the knowledge of the site and its peculiarities, is one that responds to the brief and becomes automatically part of the context, whether it blends or appears in stark contrast with the surroundings. As the design is conscious of these nonacademic constraints, it can then freely respond in a sustainable way to the materials and cultural constructions present outside the brief and throughout construction. There is also a continuous process of assimilation for each new project of various images, instinctive responses and conscious decisions that are triggered as a reaction to the brief and the context,

contributing to the long and complex task that is designing and realising architecture. The Practice works a wide spectrum of fields, ranging from private to commercial and committees. Anello Architects has also worked on behalf of the Heritage Council and is on the panel of architects for the Irish Landmark Trust. The Practice has also carried out contracts for the Catholic Church and Society of Friends. Anello has worked on the refurbishment of Ballinlough Castle, on behalf of the Heritage Council. This has included consolidation of the Georgian Wing, various roofing jobs, rendering the Georgian façade and the repair of joinery and re-rendering of other portions of the façade. Anello Architects, 6-9 Trinity Street, Dublin 2, Ireland. Email: info@anelloarchitects.com


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Marlborough Street Bridge On behalf of Dublin City Council The new Marlborough Street Bridge will be a public transport, cycle and pedestrian bridge linking Marlborough Street and Eden Quay on the north side of the Liffey to Hawkins Street and Burgh Quay on the south side. The bridge will allow for the reorganisation of the Dublin bus route network through the provision of new cross-city routing possibilities. It will provide additional capacity for buses and taxis crossing the River Liffey, as well as providing an additional river crossing for pedestrians and cyclists. The bridge can carry diverted bus and taxi traffic during the construction of Metro North. Approximately 26m wide and 48m long, the bridge will ease the pressure on O’Connell Bridge, which is the busiest walking route in the country with 6,000 pedestrians crossing every hour. It is expected that at least 10% of these pedestrians will be able to use the Marlborough Street Bridge instead. There will be knock-on economic benefits for Marlborough Street and Hawkins

Street, opening them up to new commercial opportunities. The bridge will have two southbound bus lanes, one heading down Hawkins Street and the other turning right onto Burgh Quay. There will be southbound and northbound cycle lanes, and footpaths on both sides. The cost of the bridge is being covered by the National Transport Authority (NTA), through funding provided by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. It will have an elegant, contemporary design, with a slender, single span, smooth concrete structure, with the underside of the bridge being designed to be as high above the water as possible so that river traffic is not inspected. The project has been

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Deaf Village Ireland A landmark project for the Catholic Institute of Deaf People Deaf Village Ireland has recently completed construction, providing a place where the deaf community have an administrative centre, social and community centre, and a lifelong learning centre. The intention for Deaf Village Ireland is for all the deaf organisations to work together as one, supporting, promoting and developing the deaf community and adopting a unified approach to ensure that deaf people have appropriate access to state services and making sure deaf people are individually enabled to reach their potential. The origins of the development began with a series of meetings five years ago looking at the properties that the deaf community were using and looking at the needs of the deaf community, particularly in regards to social facilities, community facilities and information facilities. As the deaf community is heavily involved in sports, the access to sporting facilities were also discussed. A consultation took place and this was moved on over the last three years, looking at the location, designs, what was appropriate and what would meet the needs of the community. This resulted in plans being drawn up in consultation with the community, and the agreement of plans. Features of the village include some new

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build and renovation. Part of the renovation has included keeping an original chapel wing, part of which has turned into a heritage centre for the deaf community. This shows the deaf community where it has come from, the history, culture, language and the role of education in developing the community. There’s also a state-of-the-art sports centre that will be open to the wider community in Dublin. Demolition of an old school on the site was required, while the original chapel wing was retained. It was a three-phase project overall. Phase I involved the building of the village, now known as Deaf Village Ireland. The second phase was the development of a centre for deaf education, amalgamating the girls and boys schools, and the final phase involved moving a facility that was in Stillorgan across the city from its previous location. It is a centre for older and more vulnerable deaf and deaf/blind adults. The idea was to develop a new facility so that people requiring a high level of care can be looked after, while at the same time, providing facilities for those people who are able to, and wish to live independently. Because this village was built to benefit the deaf community, their input was crucial. A number of committees were set up with

many deaf organisations who attended meetings regularly to give their input. Also the client, the Catholic Institute of Deaf People (CIPD), travelled abroad to look at the quality of facility that deaf people have. CIPD also involved Gallaudet University, the deaf university in Washington and the only one of its kind. The architectural department of that university came over to give guidance to guarantee that the development is deaf friendly. The greatest challenge of construction was to make sure that the deaf community is understood better throughout the country, which has not always been the case. This will be achieved with the new village. Two companies were set up to manage the sports side of the project and to build the development, and another two manage the village itself. Both of these are deaf-led companies, making this very much a community project. The Architect for the project was O’Mahony Pike and the Main Contractor was John Sisk & Son. At a cost of £14.5M, work started in June 2011 and was completed in July 2012. This unique development brings the deaf community together, to socialise in an environment with people they can communicate with.


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ODA Architecture Based in Dublin, ODA Architecture is skilled in the design and delivery of mixed-use and master planning projects, commercial refurbishment as well as one-off buildings. The Company has an impressive portfolio, with experience ranging from domestic house extensions to schools. It includes office buildings, retail centres, office fit outs, sports facility buildings, nursing homes, residential and housing refurbishments. ODA Architecture is a well-managed, compact organisation and working with strategic consultants also offer small works and maintenance solutions to new and existing clients. The Company is the regeneration of Collen Project Management (CPM) and maintains the extensive experience of successfully completing complex design projects. The Practice takes its professional approach very seriously, and as such provides continued professional development to all staff. The size, experience and level of excellence of the Practice gives it the strength and ability to respond to the needs of its clients in the most flexible way. ODA Architecture is proud of its reputation for creating value and the design team delivers complicated projects to the most exacting standards. More recently, the Practice has focused on refurbishment work, which includes the recent development of a Credit Union building in Dublin.

Work on this project involved the recovery system and also a combination of refurbishment of an existing building in external and internal insulation. The existing Christchurch, which is a conservation area. concrete floor was ripped out and insulation It was required because the client wanted to and a new slab were incorporated. expand their premises to have a presence In addition, the living environment is now on the ground floor. Before construction, much warmer and with the heat recovery they owned only the first and second floor, system there is continual air flow. This and when the opportunity arose to purchase system is now imperative if Part L of the the ground floor, they did this. new building regulations is to be On the ground floor there is the members’ complied with. banking counters and hall, and there are The Practice worked closely with the client back offices behind this. The first floor all through the project, taking all their comprises of a series of cellular architectural views into account, but also accommodation with open plan offices. On guiding them when necessary. This has resulted in a high quality the top floor there are cellular offices refurbishment and upgrade that both ODA with a board room, capturing fantastic Architecture and the client are both happy with. views of Dublin. Work started in November 2011 and was The three-phase project commenced in completed in July 2012. December 2010 and was completed in February 2012. ODA Architecture completed a house ODA Architecture, One Gateway, Eastwall refurbishment and extension in Co Road, Dublin 3, Ireland, Tel: 00353 1 512 Dublin last month. The house was 2000, email: info@odaarchitecture.ie originally built in the 1980s so the work has completely upgraded and refurbished the existing property. It was constructed from the old concrete hollow blocks and render on the outside, the refurbished house achieved an A3 BER. This was done Tel: (01) 639 2950 through air tightness, www. flameforce.com LED lighting throughout, a heat

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DRDNI Roads Service The Department of Regional Development (DRDNI) has a Road Service business unit within the Department that operates within the context of its overall vision and strategic objectives. There are a total of 2,064 employees who are located in a number of offices and local depots across Northern Ireland. The headquarters are in Belfast and the Department has four divisional offices in Belfast, Coleraine, Craigavon and Omagh. Each division is divided into a number of sections that generally correspond to district council areas. Separate consultant and contractor units have their headquarters in Downpatrick and Ballymena respectively. Roads Service is responsible for over 25,000km of public roads together with about 9,700km of footways, 5,800 bridges,

271,000 street lights and 367 public car parks. The key objectives are to:• Maintain the road infrastructure to keep it safe, effective and reliable. • Manage the road network to promote its safety and efficient operation. • Improve the road network. These objectives are achieved by:• Delivering quality services to customers and stakeholders in a fair and equitable way. • Operating to resource limits and delivering value for money. • Supporting and motivating all employees to achieve the Agency’s objectives. • Ensuring Roads Service is structured effectively to enable it to respond to the challenging financial environment. A huge step to the continuing improvement

of the road network came in February with the announcement that Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy has secured almost £500M investment in road infrastructure, balanced across Northern Ireland, with the potential to create an estimated 2,500 jobs over four years. The revised budged means that over the next four years Roads Service can bring significant elements of the A5 dual carriageway project, which has now been given the go-ahead, between Londonderry and Strabane, and Omagh and Ballygawley, along with the A8 Belfast to Larne project and a scheme to dual the A2 Shore Road at Greenisland. The Minister said: “Following a series of meetings with executive colleagues, and work by departmental officials, I have continued page 38 >

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Derryloran Bridge in Cookstown Introduction Derryloran Bridge is a twin span masonry arch structure spanning 19.74m between abutments located on the edge of Cookstown, Co. Tyrone. The bridge crosses the Ballinderry River at right angles to the flow. Scope of Works The scheme, which is currently being completed on behalf of DRD Roads Service, involved the widening of the existing structure, on the downstream side of the bridge by a distance of 4.5m. This additional widening allows for the provision of a full width footpath, together with a widening of the actual carriageway itself. This was an innovative scheme; the first time the Macrete Flexi Arch has been installed on a Trunk Road. This precast concrete structure was connected by dowels to precast concrete seating beams, located on the insitu concrete abutments and central pier. The works also include the construction of two number 40 metre long reinforced concrete walls, varying in height between 2.5 metre and 8 metre, which are clad with stone to match the existing listed structure. The existing bridge foundations, required to be underpinned, to facilitate the construction of the new extension. Environmental Considerations/Site Restrictions Works in the Ballinderry River were subject to strict controls due to the extent of works and the fact that the river is designated as an Area of Special Scientific Interest. To minimise pollution to the watercourse, MCB employed various methodologies. These methodologies included the provision of a watercourse diversion system for the duration of the works, together with the construction of sheet piled cofferdams at individual locations. We installed a three stage “geotextile/stone/straw” filled filtration bed system to eliminate pollution to watercourse. All works which were completed within the graveyard required permission from the NIEA and the presence of an archaeological observer.

DRD Roads Service Irishtown Road Footbridge, Omagh Introduction In December 2011, Roads Service appointed McCallan Bros Ltd to provide a dedicated pedestrian/cycle bridge over the Drumragh River on the downstream side of King James Bridge, Irishtown Road, Omagh to enhance the footway network of the local area under a Design and Build contact. Scope of Works The scheme was delivered under a project partnering initiative between McCallan Bros Ltd, Roads Service Consultancy, Roads Service Highway Structures Unit, designers for McCallan Bros, Doran Consulting. McCallan Bros Limited, together with Doran Consulting, designed a 3.00 metre wide and 57 metre long spandral arch footbridge along with construction of reinforced concrete bank seats, intermediate thrust blocks and precast concrete driven pile foundations and construction of the approach embankments. Work also included temporary works to allow the installation of the raking precast concrete piles, alterations and installation of sheet pile flood defence wall and capping beams, embankment construction and landscaping, transport of the structural steel bridge in two sections from Belfast under escort, installation of the bridge sections using a 250 tonne, installation of bespoke stainless steel handrails over the footbridge, construction and surfacing of the approach footpaths, installation of bespoke stainless steel pedestrian guardrails along the approach footpaths and landscaping to all surrounding areas. Due to the tight 12 week construction programme on this project, careful planning was imperative to ensure we achieved handover on the specified completion date. The project was completed on time and within budget in April 2012. Environmental Considerations Before work commenced, we installed a three stage “geotextile/stone/straw” filled filtration bed system to eliminate pollution to watercourse. All temporary watercourse management systems had to be pre-approved by fisheries board, Rivers agency and DRD Roads Service.


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reviewed spending priorities across my department and I am now in a position to bring forward a balanced programme of improvements to our strategic road network over the next four years, that will make a significant difference to the people of Northern Ireland. “This investment will provide a significant boost to the local economy and help to encourage inward investment. It will provide job security for many and create much needed jobs in the construction industry, across environmental and engineering consultancies, suppliers, contractors, infrastructure specialists and others. It will also offer opportunities for the long term unemployed, apprentices and students. “In the longer term it will serve as a catalyst for wider economic growth. If we want Northern Ireland to prosper we have to construct the infrastructure to enable us to compete effectively.” The A5 and the A8 are two of the five key transport corridors identified in the Regional Development Strategy for Northern Ireland. These improvements will dual key transport corridors; improving road safety and reducing journey times. The A5 and A8 dual carriageway schemes have been taken forward as a result of an agreement between the Executive and Irish Government. The Irish Government’s decision to defer further funding for these schemes, with a commitment to provide £25M per annum in 2015 and 2016 has required a re-evaluation of the roads programme in the current

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budget period. Development of the A5 beyond this period is being considered through the structures of the North South Ministerial Council. The Minister said: “The improvements to the A8, between Ballyclare and Larne, will complete a minimum of dual carriageway standard on the Eastern Seaboard corridor, reducing journey times, improving safety and supporting the continued development of the Port of Larne, Northern Ireland’s second largest port. The A5 project will improve links in the west and with the Belfast metropolitan area, providing more reliable and reduced journey times with improved safety. “The A2 project will widen 2.4km of the single carriageway, between Jordanstown and Seapark, and improve safety for pedestrians with the provision of new footpaths. Identified in the Belfast Metropolitan Transport Plan, the new dual carriageway will alleviate congestion for the 35,000 motorists who travel between East Antrim and Belfast every day. “Development work is also continuing on a range of other major projects including A26 Glarryford, A6 Randalstown to Castledawson, A6 Londonderry to Dungiven, the York Street Interchange, A24 Ballynahinch Bypass as well as other nonstrategic schemes such as Millennium Way in Lurgan. Delivery of these projects will be determined by the Investment Strategy for Northern Ireland 2011-21, which is currently published for consultation.” Last month, Danny Kennedy announced his

decision to proceed with two stretches of the A5 Western Transport Corridor dual carriageway project. This follows consideration of the Inspector’s Report into the A5 Public Inquiry, which was held last year. The A5 forms part of the strategic road network. It comprises the main arteries of Northern Ireland economy, linking towns, cities, air and seaports to help boost industry and commerce as well as facilitating tourist travel. Funding for the two stretches of the A5 project, from New Buildings, Londonderry, to north of Strabane and from south of Omagh to Ballygawley, was announced in February, subject to the outcome of the Public Inquiry. Announcing his decision, the Minister said: “The Inspectors recommended that the scheme should proceed as proposed by the department, subject to a number of key recommendations, including the postponement of the Ballygawley to Aughnacloy section of the scheme and retaining the A4/A5 Tullyvar Road roundabout at Ballygawley. “I concur with the main recommendations contained within the Inspector’s Report and I am satisfied that the proposed scheme will help to improve road safety and provide a more appropriate standard of road on this key strategic route. “There are almost 1,400 junctions and accesses onto the existing A5, which contribute to the potential for accidents continued page 42 >


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along this route. The collision history is a factor which cannot be ignored and the A5 upgrade will help to reduce the number of collisions by providing improved cross sections, forward visibility and alignment as well as separating strategic and local traffic.” Funding in the current budget period is committed to constructing the two stretches of the scheme. The construction of the remainder of the scheme will be dependent on the availability of funding through the Investment Strategy for Northern Ireland 2011-21 and subsequent budget settlements beyond 2015. The Minister’s decision will be followed by the publication of the statutory orders and this will pave the way for construction to start later this year. The northern section of the scheme between New Buildings and Strabane will

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be constructed by the Balfour Beatty/BAM/FP Mc Cann Joint Venture and will provide 15km of new dual carriageway. Construction of the southern section between Omagh and Ballygawley will be carried out by the Graham/Farrans Joint Venture and will provide 23km of new dual carriageway. At the southern end it is also proposed to upgrade the link between the new road and the existing Ballygawley Roundabout to dual carriageway status, thus ensuring continuous dual carriageway/motorway entirely between Omagh and Belfast. Work on both stretches is expected to start in the autumn and will take approximately two and a half years to complete. Danny Kennedy opened the £1.67M Madams Bank Road reconstruction scheme in Londonderry in April 2012. He welcomed the Principal and pupils from

the nearby Steelstown Primary School to the opening. The school lies close to the road improvements and the pupils can now use the widened footways and cycling facilities. The Minister also thanked FP McCann Ltd for delivering the scheme with minimum disruption to the travelling public. Speaking at the opening of Madam’s Bank Road, Danny Kennedy said: “This scheme will further improve travelling conditions for the people of the north west and complements the £2.75M Culmore Road Roundabout scheme which opened in October 2011. The road is a key part of the North Western Key Transport Corridor connecting Belfast to Londonderry City and on to Donegal. “This strategic road has been strengthened and widened to four lanes to significantly increase capacity of the road. “In addition the scheme has provided a 3.25- >


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metre wide shared footway and cycle track on each side of the widened road from the Culmore Road to Earhart Park. From Earhart Park to Ballyarnett Roundabout, a two metre wide footway has been provided on each side of the widened road with a link to the established cycle track, which runs along the base of the embankment.” The scheme was part-funded through the INTERREG 4A Programme for Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland, and Western Scotland. A further completion was announced in June with work finishing on two County Armagh road improvement schemes costing around £4M On a visit to the two schemes, one on the A28 Markethill Road at Edenaveys, south of Armagh city, and a second on the A27 Portadown to Newry Road, known locally as Jacksons Corner, the Minister said: “These improvement schemes will enhance safety and help traffic progression.” Speaking on the £3.3M A28 Edenaveys scheme, Danny Kennedy said: “The scheme commenced on the A28 Markethill Road at the junction with the Drumgaw Road on the Armagh side of Edenaveys Crescent and extends south-easterly towards Newry for a distance of 3.2km. “The provision of this climbing lane will assist the progress of traffic on this strategic Armagh to Newry Link Corridor and improve access to and from the minor roads along this stretch of the route. The project has provided 1,800m of climbing lane in the southbound, Newry direction,

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along with a number of right turning lanes.” Included among the construction activities of the Main Contractor, Gibson (Banbridge) Ltd, was the relocation of a number of services along the road, including substantial telecommunications services. At the £450,000 A27 Jacksons Corner scheme, which was delivered by WJ & H Crozier, Danny Kennedy said: “The completion of this scheme aims to improve upon the poor collision history at this location. Finance secured at the end of the financial year, along with a considerable effort by officials within Roads Service and the cooperation of landowners affected, enabled work to progress here at short notice. I trust that it will improve safety for those travelling along this route.” The A27 project started in January and involved road realignment and improvements to visibility and super-elevation. At the end of June, Danny Kennedy welcomed additional funding of £37.5M for road maintenance and transport services. The funding is reallocated from the Executive’s in-year monitoring of public expenditure, which provides an opportunity to adjust current spending plans. The Minister said: “Some £20M of the reallocated budget will be spent on much needed resurfacing, targeted primarily on local roads. The additional funding will help to improve road conditions throughout Northern Ireland. It will also come as a welcome boost for contractors and assist them to plan their workload and retain a skilled workforce.

“A further £7.8M will be used to ensure the continuing provision of other essential maintenance activities and provide additional expenditure on road repairs, where possible. “While there is almost £70M of road maintenance planned this year, a further £50M is needed annually, to maintain the structural integrity of the road network in its current condition. “Additional resources are always welcome and can be fully utilised on Roads Service’s pre-determined priority road repair programme, which is ready to start whenever funding becomes available.” Commenting on the £9.7M secured for improvements to bus and rail services, the Minister said: “This additional funding for Translink will assist in improving the levels of service delivered to both bus and rail users. “£5.8M of this allocation will go towards the purchase of new buses, enabling Translink to continue to invest in upgrading its bus fleet. This funding supplements other investment in buses over recent years, which has dramatically improved the level of accessibility and the average fleet age. “£2M of the additional funding will support the Executive’s commitment on concessionary fares while £1.9M will be used for ducting on the Londonderry to Coleraine railway line. This will enable Translink to make best use of the planned closure of the track for the second part of this year and will run in parallel with the already announced track relay. >


PETER FITZPATRICK LTD Peter Fitzpatrick Ltd has been supplying quarry products since the 1940’s, supplying asphalt products since the mid 1990’s DRDNI Roads Service awarded Peter Fitzpatrick Ltd the contract for the A21 Newtownards Road Resurfacing, Comber in September 2011, appointing them Principal Contractor. The contract involved the resurfacing of over 1.9km of 2 lane carriageway and hard shoulder. The works also included planing, removal and reinstatement of a footpath for the length of the works and all inherent civil engineering works. Due to the traffic count, ‘A Class’ categorisation, and importance of the traffic route in the DRD Road Service infrastructure, it was required to have the majority of the surfacing works completed at weekends to facilitate full and part road closures. Peter Fitzpatrick Ltd made use of three separate production plants, simultaneously supplying three pavers in order to complete the works in the time frame necessary. Substantial completion of works was submitted ahead of schedule by some weeks. The contract required and involved significant logistical, quality, health & safety and capacity planning in order to fulfill the scheduling requirements which Peter Fitzpatrick Ltd delivered with marked competence through its plant & equipment, ancillary plant and equipment, its valued partnerships, its high quality products and raw materials but most of all

through the skill, experience and professionalism of its employees. Peter Fitzpatrick Ltd has been in operation for more than 50 years. The company has gained its expertise through comprehensive experience, training and dedication to the establishment of a professionally organised and sustainable business. The company’s directors provide a combined experience in their fields of more than 125 years. Staff provide customers with a unique set of engineering, management and workmanship skills that has continued to be developed and improved throughout the years due to a low employee turnover. Forty-three full-time staff provide clients with the high level of service and skills that remain consistently available and contribute to the expertise of the company. Peter Fitzpatrick Ltd operates its own full-time laboratory for thorough quality control and provides quality assurance for all products through the use of robust procedures qualified by past performance that speaks for itself. The company has gained accreditation in Health & Safety, Environmental and Quality

standards through the award of Safe-T-Cert (awarded 2005), ISO14001:2004 (awarded 2008) and ISO9001:2008 (awarded 2011). In conjunction with the international quality standard ISO9001, Peter Fitzpatrick Ltd has been awarded Sector Schemes 14 and 16 for the production and laying of Bituminous materials and Factory Production Control including CE marking for bituminous mixtures and aggregates. The company’s management has asserted its commitment to its continued success through significant investment in its resources through training, recruitment capital expenditure and major plant refurbishments in recent months. Proudly moving forward through the new millennium, the sons and daughter of the present owners have added their professional expertise and skills to the ever expanding business. Peter Fitzpatrick Ltd, quarries and processes high specification aggregates of all sizes, supplying throughout the island of Ireland, the UK and mainland Europe. Together with a dedicated workforce of 43 exceptionally skilled and trained men and women, they deliver a premium quality comprehensive list of products and services to local, national and international markets.

Leod Quarries, Leode, Hilltown, Newry, Co. Down BT34 5TJ

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“The rescheduling of this work not only makes it more economical, by completing it during the closure, but has the added benefit for passengers of providing connectivity to the core network at the earliest opportunity.” The Minister concluded: “We must continue to invest in transport and maintain the road network to ensure it enhances Northern Ireland’s competitiveness and supports economic growth.” The quality of work was rewarded in June when Danny Kennedy presented environmental awards to the teams leading the development of three major road improvement projects in Northern Ireland. The Civil Engineering Environmental Quality (CEEQUAL) Awards recognise environmental excellence in civil engineering. Awards were presented to the A2 Shore Road Greenisland team from Roads Service Eastern Division and their technical advisors URS, and also to Roads Service Northern Division and their technical advisors Arup, for the A8 Belfast to Larne Road and A26 Glarryford to Drones Road schemes. The Minister said: “The Civil Engineering Environmental Quality (CEEQUAL) Awards confirm the environmental and sustainable credentials of Roads Service. The CEEQUAL process provides a very rigorous and evidential assessment of work against an established set of criteria which is widely used in the civil engineering industry across

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the United Kingdom and wider afield. “This is a measure of the high standards Roads Service has achieved in environmental and social performance in project specification and design. These achievements will be followed by a contractual obligation for Roads Service contractors and their supply chain to maintain these high standards.” Speaking at the presentation, Professor Roger Venables, Chief Executive of CEEQUAL said: “CEEQUAL provides an internationally applicable assessment and rating methodology for sustainability in civil engineering and infrastructure, and I am very pleased that Roads Service includes this as an objective within its Sustainable Procurement Action Plan. “Everyone will benefit from the way improvements have been designed into the project and confirmed within the specifications. I offer my congratulations to Roads Service and their project teams on achieving a very high standard in all three projects.” York Street Interchange will also undergo improvements, enhancing the environment, reducing congestion and delays, while also improving journeys for strategic traffic travelling between the Westlink and the M2 and M3 motorways. York Street Interchange is currently a traffic signal-controlled junction, which lies at the intersection of the A12 Westlink, M2 and M3

motorways. The area is crossed by elevated motorway and rail links. Road users currently experience long delays and congestion at peak periods travelling through the signalised junction. An initial assessment undertaken in 2006 concluded that it would be feasible to completely remodel the existing junction to create a ‘grade separated’ interchange within the constraints of the existing structures and road layout. This will allow free flowing traffic between the M1/Westlink and the M2 and M3. Roads Service appointed consultants to develop a scheme for York Street Interchange and the statutory procedures commenced in 2011. The DRD Investment Delivery Plan for Roads estimates that construction of this scheme is to commence between 2014 and 2018.


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Northern Ireland Water Northern Ireland Water is a Governmentowned Company (GoCo) set up in April 2007 to provide the water and sewerage services in Northern Ireland. That means the Company supplies 625 million litres of clean water a day for almost 1.7 million people, as well as treating 134cu m of wastewater every year. In order to deliver this service, Northern Ireland Water require a huge system of pipes, pumping stations, water and wastewater treatment works and reservoirs. There are 26,500km of watermains and 14,500km of sewers in Northern Ireland (combined, enough to stretch from Belfast to New York and back four times!). Though most of the time this system works well, the Company is planning a lot of investment over the next few years to ensure the public health of the environment is protected for many generations to come. By 2020, £3Bn will have been invested that will reduce leakage levels, lower the threats of flooding and improve water and wastewater quality. NI Water believes it can deliver much more than just water and sewerage services in the years to come. The Company owns one of the most visited tourist sites in Northern Ireland - Silent Valley, situated at an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and with a fantastic new visitor centre. NI Water also hopes to open many more sites to visits from the public.

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Belfast’s sewer network, which dates back to the Victorian era, was suffering as a result of sustained underinvestment, coupled with inadequate capacity as a result of the city’s continued expansion. To address the problem, NI Water undertook a major Stormwater Management Project called The Belfast Sewers Project. The £160M project will improve water quality in both the River Lagan and Blackstaff River, while reducing the risk of flooding within the inner city. It also incorporates the rehabilitation and upgrading of the sewer network to ensure compliance with European Union environmental standards. The project has already won several Considerate Constructor’s Awards based on a number of factors such as standards of site management, safety and environmental awareness. The project was completed in spring 2010 and benefits residents and businesses through:• Enhanced water quality in the River Lagan; • Reduced risk of flooding; • Reduced traffic disruptions that result from emergency road repairs; • Providing a healthy environment; • Providing capacity to meet increased tourism; • Providing an efficient infrastructure for future economic development in Greater Belfast.

NI Water has announced Phase II of the ongoing Water Mains Rehabilitation Project, with a planned investment of over £100M over the next five years. The project entails upgrading in excess of 1,000km of water main infrastructure throughout Northern Ireland during this period, dramatically improving the quality, reliability and flexibility of water supply across Northern Ireland, while also reducing leakage. NI Water’s existing infrastructure is aging and in certain areas, the system does not have the capacity to accommodate an increase in housing or tourism. Trevor Haslett, Interim Chief Executive, said: “NI Water is delighted to announce our plans for this major investment across the province. However, due to the scale of the water mains rehabilitation project, there may be some disruption on local roads. “In recognition of the extensive work carried out to date, I’d like to thank all householders and road users affected by the works, in advance for their continued patience. “In an attempt to minimise disruption and reduce the amount of waste material generated, the project team will use underground low dig technology where possible. Therefore, many of the mains will be laid without the need to open large trenches.”


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St Patrick’s and St Michael’s Road regeneration Two prestigious housing developments, one in Longford Town and the other in Ballina, Co Mayo, have now been completed on behalf of Cluid Housing Association. Regeneration of St Michael’s Road, one of Longford Town’s oldest and most historic streets, included the demolition, refurbishment and new build construction of this housing estate located in an urban area. The original estate comprised of 58 houses, some of which dated back to the late 1800s. The houses, at an average size of 40sq m, were two-storey and had two bedrooms. By the late 1990s however, the estate was suffering. Many houses were unoccupied due to their poor condition and the reputation of the estate made it difficult to find tenants. Therefore, the local authority made the decision to transfer the stock to Cluid in December 2007, and to support an application by Cluid to the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (DoEHLG) for funding to refurbish the estate under the voluntary housing capital grants scheme. Following an extensive consultation process with residents of the area, the new estate now comprises of 37 units that have replaced the original 58. These are a mixture of two-bedroom refurbished units, new two-bedroom bungalows and one- and two-bedroom apartments. In order to reach modern space standards, many of the old stone fronted units were amalgamated to create larger two-bed units while still retaining the character of the street. Some of the units at the lower end of the street, which were of little historical significance were demolished, and replaced with new bungalows and small two-storey apartment blocks. The street has been realigned to discourage its use by heavy traffic and to encourage pedestrian movement between the street and the Lanna Aoibhinn and Annaly Garden estates on either side of the street. This realignment has brought the existing community facility, Harmony House, into a position of central focus on the street. All houses have been constructed to a very high standard, attaining an B1 and A3 Energy Ratings. They have a very high level of insulation, solar panels and energy efficient gas boilers. The properties are designed with families in mind in accordance with Cluid’s own social housing design brief and the recommendations of the DoEHLG for

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residents, where the problem areas were, Sustainable Communities. how we needed to design out the problem Built by Kilcawley Construction, the areas and what they needed for the future to historical aspect of the development is create a sustainable community.” secured by the preservation of 18th century Fiona believes that regeneration is one of stone facades on the refurbished units. Ten the ways to deal with social housing issues properties have level access so are suitable in the future. for the disabled. She said: “Cluid is aware of many The Architect for the project was Rhatigan + similarities across the country that could Co Architects, and the first showhome was benefit from regeneration. opened in March 2012. There is lots of local authority housing that has St Patrick’s Estate development consists of fallen into disrepair and decline all over 78 units in total, 60 of these are social Ireland. There was a big building boom in the housing, which were either new build or 1960s and 1970s, and many of these estates refurbishment, and 18 privately owned declined throughout the 1980s and 1990s. homes, some that are new build and others “With regeneration comes the rebuilding of that are full refurbishments or external a new community, bringing new life and upgrade works. Work consisted of the demolition, activity to an area that has suffered neglect refurbishment and new build construction of and decay. Regeneration is not just about a housing estate and all necessary ancillary the bricks and mortar, but about the renewal of the community as well.” and site works. St Patrick’s Estate has benefited from As residents lived on site throughout construction, it was carried out over five phases. designing out of the alleyways and Originally built in the 1970s and 1980s, the unsupervised green areas. The result is an project is a collaboration between Mayo Town attractive estate with a specific character and individual identity, including features Council, Mayo County Council, Cluid Housing such as roof overhangs, bay windows, Association and the DoEHLG. porches, corner windows, and further The breakdown of the new estate is 53 new distinct elements of design provided by houses, 15 refurbished both internal and external, and 11 existing privately owned homes. Rhatigan + Co Architects. Contracted under the new Government There was extensive redesign of the layout Construction Contract Committee Contract for of the estate, including landscaping, new Works, the project commenced in January roads, and upgrading services. 2010 and was completed in January 2012. Of the 78 properties, 16 units are designed Fiona is delighted with the result of both as level access, single-storey units suitable estates: “Regeneration is a lengthy process for older people or those with limited and not without its challenges but looking at St mobility, and all units attained an A3 energy Patrick’s and St Michael’s Road’s dramatic rating through the use of high insulation, facelift today makes it all worthwhile.” airtightness and renewables. Fiona Cormican, Cluid Housing Association’s Project Manager for both schemes, spoke about the importance of residents to the regeneration because they are the experts on the estate. She said: “It is the residents who very often have the best JJ Rhatigan & Company is one of Ireland’s leading answer to the construction companies, with offices in problems. “When we were Galway, Dublin and Sligo. designing the regenerated St Wolfe Tone House, Father Griffin Road, Galway, Ireland Patrick’s and St Tel: +353 91 580800 Fax:+353 91 580888 Michael’s Road Email:building@jjrhatigan.ie estates, we really www.jjrhatigan.ie concentrated on the advice of the


BUILDING & CIVIL ENGINEERING Founded in 1934 by brothers Matthew and Tom Kilcawley, Kilcawley Construction are one of Ireland’s longest established and financially stable contracting companies. Indeed, a recent credit report by ratings agency, Vision Net, assessed Kilcawley Construction as performing better than 97.73% of other companies in the industry and highlights the fact that the company has no exposure to development loans. Brendan Henry, Managing Director, attributes the longevity and success of the company to adhering to its core business of main contracting while remaining committed to the philosophy of ‘Excellence in Construction’, instilled by the founders 78 years ago. “This philosophy forms the heart of our commitment to our clients and construction partners. To this end, we consistently monitor and improve our accredited Safe-T-Cert Health & Safety and ISO9001 Quality Management systems. We constantly incorporate the principles of sustainable construction into our work places. In July 2009, we rolled out our Environmental Management System (EMS) and gained accreditation and certification to operate ISO 14001. The EMS is now operational in all Kilcawley work places and is internally audited by our Environmental Management team and externally by the NSAI.” As expected from a company that has traded successfully for eight decades, Kilcawley Construction have completed projects across many sectors, but throughout this time, the delivery of Residential projects for Local

Authority and Housing Association Clients has been ever present. In some cases, such as the project for Clúid Housing Association at St. Michael’s Road, Longford, these projects entail stock transfer, refurbishment and regeneration and, as such require early involvement of the Main Contractor and proactive management of the interaction with the Client, Design Team, Local Authority and Residents. The Kilcawley Construction team carried out comprehensive Risk Assessments before compiling the necessary Method Statements to ensure effective project delivery while minimising the impact on the surrounding buildings, residents and traffic. Another previous example of successful delivery of a phased residential refurbishment and regeneration by Kilcawley Construction was at St. Brigids’ Place, Sligo. The works comprised the complete renovation of twenty-one Sligo Borough Council houses (incorporating some new build works) and remedial works to forty-six other houses as part of a 50/50 scheme where Sligo Borough Council and the home owner each contributed 50% of the costs. This project was phased over two years but effectively was sixty-two weeks on-site. Prior to the project commencing, Sligo Borough Council had a total of five vacant houses available on the estate. These houses were made available as ‘decant’ houses for the project. Sligo Borough Councils’ Housing Officer and Kilcawley Construction's on-site Liaison Officer had agreed a schedule of tenants to move to the decant houses whilst

renovation works were carried out to their homes. Once the renovation works were completed, the decant houses were again made available to Kilcawley Construction and this sequence carried through to the end of the project and finally the decant houses were fully renovated. Our Liaison Officer met with estate appointed spokespeople and representatives from Sligo Borough Council Housing Section on a weekly basis to ensure smooth transitions. Kilcawley Construction continue to successfully deliver projects on-time and to budget for many Blue-Chip, Government Department & Local Authority clients such as Abbott Ireland, Ballina Beverages, Elanco (Lilly), Shell Ireland, Bioniche, Elan, An Post, ESB, Department of Education & Skills, Sligo Borough Council, Office of Public Works, HSE, Sligo County Council, Athlone Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Sligo. Reflecting on the success of the company, Brendan Henry pinpoints some other reasons for the continued success of Kilcawley. “We are a small-to-medium sized business. In other words, we are small enough to be flexible, but large enough to be considered for significant and complex projects. We are fully staffed, with fifty-four full-time employees and our team is young and well qualified. The average age of our employees is 30-35 and most have a first degree in engineering or quantity surveying. Staff retention is high. We continue to acquire interesting projects and we believe our team enjoy working for us because we are a young, dynamic and progressive company.”

Sansheen House, Wolfe Tone Street, Sligo

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Under construction: A new parking landscape There is no doubt that parking is something that permeates the lives of everybody. As a car driver - a shopper, commuter, a visitor to or a user of services such as hospitals, leisure centres, schools, colleges and universities. Or perhaps simply as a resident, whether living in a block of flats, a town centre housing estate or a detached property with a private driveway, parking

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and where we choose or need to park our vehicles is often a daily consideration, and one that we increasingly have to give more thought to. The British Parking Association (BPA) has been in existence for over 40 years. It is the largest professional association in Europe representing organisations in the parking and traffic management sector

with over 700 members, including manufacturers, car park operators, local authorities, health authorities, universities and higher education facilities, airports, railway stations, shopping centres, theme parks and consultants. As the recognised authority in parking, BPA’s mission is to actively represent and promote the sector by advancing knowledge,


raising standards and professionalism, and using its influence to deliver excellence in parking for the benefit of all. A new Five Year Strategy has just been published, outlining the Association’s core objectives. In it, BPA express its desire to raise standards in the parking profession and enable members to provide better services for the motorist. New technology in the sector - including software and apps that help motorists identify and pay for parking, and energy efficient vehicles that are kind to the environment - is becoming more widespread and BPA hope that by promoting innovation, technology and sustainability, the Association can assist in developing, challenging and moving the sector forward. The annual Master Plan for Parking sets out what BPA think it must do with Government to achieve success for the parking profession. The issues outlined within this document are by no means exhaustive and BPA continue to develop the Master Plan each year as its profession matures. By continuing to work in a consultative and constructive manner, the Association aim to achieve the best outcome for the motorist and the wider parking profession. In addition, BPA want to work more closely with stakeholders to achieve its vision of excellence in parking for all. Links have already been forged with the healthcare and higher education sectors and BPA has developed a Charter for Hospital Parking which calls for fair and reasonable parking charges to ensure effective management and provision of service for visitors, staff and patients. BPA encourage all those who manage parking at healthcare sites to sign up to the Charter joining the 75 organisations that have already done so. More information can be found at http://www.britishparking.co.uk/Charter-forHospital-Parking. The Charter will shortly be updated and a higher education version will follow soon after. Another of the BPA’s concerns is the numerous aging car parks, which are not properly serviced and maintained. Many are prematurely reaching the end of their useful life and being closed for safety reasons.

Ideally, BPA would like to see owners and operators preparing and implementing a life-care plan and undertaking regular structural safety inspections, which will identify defects and prompt repairs to minimise the risk of structural failure. The closure of a multi-storey car park can have a detrimental effect on the community, which the car park serves and works against the regeneration of town centres. Clearly, there should be a much greater emphasis on the need to ensure that parking structures are properly inspected and maintained. To facilitate this, proper servicing and maintenance should be seen as a priority cost of the operation and not a call on so called ‘surplus’ funds generated at the car park. Of course there is no point in having a structurally sound car park if it does not feel safe. Reducing crime and the fear of crime is another key initiative of the BPA and the Safer Parking Scheme does just that. It is an initiative of the Association of Chief Police Officers, managed by the BPA and supported by the Home Office, Government and the Police Service of Northern Ireland. Safer parking status, or Park Mark® as it is known by the public, is awarded to parking facilities that have met the requirements of a risk assessment conducted by the police. These requirements mean the parking operator has put in place measures that help to deter criminal activity and anti-social behaviour, thereby doing everything they can to prevent crime and reduce the fear of crime in their parking facility. For customers, using a Park Mark® Safer Parking facility means that the area has been vetted by the police and has measures in place to create a safe environment. Through the planning processes, BPA’s aim is for all new car parks to be required to achieve a Park Mark® award. The BPA would like to see wider public awareness of Park Mark® and are asking Government, police organisations and other agencies to look at the regeneration of safer communities and become more proactive in promoting the benefits of the scheme. Better promotion and public awareness will increase its popularity. And while BPA strives to promote safer

parking for all, the Association is also embarking on a major awareness campaign of a different kind. On 1 October this year the landscape for parking on private land in England and Wales will change considerably as a ban on clamping and towing away on private land is introduced. When the clamping ban comes into effect on 1 October, all forms of vehicle immobilisation and removal will be prohibited in England and Wales. It will be unlawful to take any action that might be considered to be immobilising a vehicle – including the simple action of closing and locking a gate – unless acting with lawful authority. Lawful authority applies in cases where specific legislation is in force, which allows for vehicles to be immobilised or removed. There are obvious examples such as the public roads, where road traffic regulations could apply, and those statutory authorities that retain the ability to clamp such as the police and DVLA (and their agents). However, there are also parking areas where particular by-laws have been created that provide for parking enforcement. A good example of this is railway station car parks. Under the Railways Act 2005, the Secretary of State made Railway by-laws which allow for vehicles to be immobilised or removed in certain circumstances. There are many other organisations and public bodies which can establish ‘lawful authority’ through Acts of Parliament and local by-laws and these include airports, ports and harbours, strategic river crossings as well as some common land. Any terms and conditions imposed by a landowner do not normally in themselves establish lawful authority. The positive news for landowners and operators is that, following lobbying by the BPA, the Act introduces a duty on the keeper to identify the driver when enquiries are made by the landowner or his agent. Failing this, the keeper becomes liable for any parking charges due as a result of the breach of contract or trespass. This will make it easier for parking operators to more effectively manage parking on private land. It should reduce costs for parking operators too. The Government indicated that it would not introduce these provisions relating to keeper responsibility until the BPA had established an independent appeals service. This appeals service is in development and will be established and managed by London Councils, who also provide the adjudication service for local authorities in London. For the last few years access to the DVLA’s database – which enables operators to follow up unpaid charges arising from enforcement action on private land - has only been available to members of an accredited trade association (ATA). The BPA provides this through its Approved Operator Scheme (AOS) which has been in place since continued page 56 >

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www.carparkcoating.co.uk Responsible for 2 BPA Gold Medal award winning installations at Bolton Town Centre and Hyde Park Underground Car Park for the City of Westminster, Mike Williams l Managing Director says, “It has taken us over 30 years to learn what we know about this business yet new firms appear from nowhere convinced they can do it. My greatest frustration remains that our area of expertise is still regarded by many as basic painting or floor laying so there is, often, a reluctance to pay more than the cheapest available price, regardless of the experience of the applicator, the suitability of the coating system or the wording of the Guarantee. I welcome, therefore, this opportunity to briefly touch on some of the points for consideration when procuring the services of a specialist car park coating contractor. SITE SURVEY Concrete structures require protection against ingress of water borne carbons and salts that attack the steel reinforcement leading to expansion through oxidation and the resultant spalling of surrounding concrete that can be both unsightly and dangerous. A thorough technical site survey and report forms part of the free estimating service offered by CPC Ltd on all refurbishment projects. CPC Ltd partner with a number of specialist Structural Engineers should the initial survey reveal the requirement of a more detailed investigation.

CONCRETE REPAIRS CPC Ltd employ suitably trained and certified concrete repair technicians to undertake all repair and re-placement works to the Engineer’s requirements. By keeping all aspects of the installation in-house and under CPC Supervision, we are able to offer Insurance Backed Warranties for all of our works. SYSTEM SPECIFICATION Selection of the best material for the project is essential to the success of all new build or refurbishment projects yet most buyers still call in the representative of a familiar resin manufacturing company and ask what they would recommend. This ignores the rather obvious point that a manufacturer can only offer what his company supplies rather than what is truly best for the job. There is also a significantly higher cost to pay in this method as, once specified, the Manufacturer is less likely to discount his prices to the Applicator that purchases his materials to do the job. Selecting materials in this way normally leads to the Manufacturer also offering a list of approved installers but their place on the list may have more to do with how much product they purchase from the Manufacturer than car park coating ability or experience. He is more likely to be included on the list as the Representative owes him a return favour, than anything else. CPC Ltd are independent experts and have worked with just about every material there is, so are able to provide truly impartial advice. Only suitably tested and certified materials should be considered. The important facts are to be found in the test report data that is seldom understood if read at all. For waterproofing works, the starting point should be to consider compliance with current European testing standards.

Most resin based coating systems will either be polyurethane, polyuria, epoxy or MMA and all serve different functions. MMA systems are, generally, not suitable for asphalt overlay work and often specified for winter work as they can cure at sub-zero temperatures yet they can’t be applied to a wet deck and at sub-zero temperatures the deck is usually covered in ice. CPC Ltd can offer practical advice based on hands on experience with all available material types. WARRANTY Warranties full of exclusions or that only cover either materials or labour but not both will cause more problems than they solve. The Manufacturer should issue a warranty that guarantees the material, the installation and the performance of the specified system in service. CPC Ltd can arrange for such a warranty or an Insurance Backed alternative on all of their projects. INSTALLATION Perhaps the greatest advantage CPC Ltd can offer their customers is how to progress the works in unsuitable conditions. One of our toughest challenges was to complete the Rose Street Car Park refurbishment in Inverness for the Highland Council. The road to the site was sometimes closed due to the depth of snow, but we still managed to get the job done ahead of programme and it is still performing well. These techniques, more than anything else we have learned over the many years we have been learning our craft, are what sets us apart from most, if not all of the Flooring and Painting Contractors that have had a go and failed to deliver”.

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"Mike Williams and his team always provide a totally professional service and the work is always completed to the highest standard. Mike has completed waterproofing and car park surfacing projects of up to 70,000 sm using Deckmaster systems and we have always been pleased to provide either one of our own standard Warranties or arrange for an Insurance Backed Warranty for up to 20 Years covering the perfomance of both our materials and his installation." David Tomlinson - Deckmaster.

"Mike Williams proved extremely helpful and knowledgeable. The work undertaken at Edinburgh Airport car park under his supervision was completed to a very high standard and ahead of programme" Michael Meehan - Kier Construction.

"Mike and his team of highly skilled operatives have completed several successful epoxy and anti-slip coating projects for us. Mike's depth of knowledge and experience are an important asset to the Management Team and all works completed under his supervision are always of the highest standard and delivered to schedule". Paul Wise - Unilever.

Car Park Coating Ltd Oaktree Court, Mill Lane, Ness, Cheshire, CH64 8TP Mike Williams Mob: 0044 (0)7977 223344 Tel: 0151 214 0111 Fax: 0151 353 1105 www.carparkcoating.co.uk


2007 and currently has around 160 members. The scheme has in place a Code of Practice that sets standards of fairness for methods of parking enforcement on private land, including vehicle immobilisation (clamping), ticketing and ANPR technologies. As part of their lobbying in response to the Protection of Freedoms Act, the BPA called for all organisations involved in parking management and enforcement to be a member of an ATA, such as the AOS. Unfortunately, as the Act stands, this is not part of the legislation and could result in some of the rogue clampers becoming rogue ticketers: giving out tickets, and relying on the motorist to pay the ticket without appeal. Time will tell whether this fear is justified. The new Act applies to all private land regardless of who owns it, which means, as well as retail parks, supermarkets, leisure facilities and the like, it will affect local authorities and other public organisations who manage parking on their own private land. There are important implications for local authorities and public bodies here and the BPA is working with the DVLA to better understand their requirements with regard to accessing the DVLA registers in these circumstances. As the Protection of Freedoms Act provides for such significant change to the way landowners and their operators/agents carry out that management, the BPA’s Code of Practice for Parking on Private Land is undergoing a significant revision and will be

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reissued shortly. The Code will set out the key issues around levels of charging and signage, the two issues which motorists and consumers are most concerned about. As the Act only applies in England and Wales, the BPA is continuing to lobby the Scottish Government for the introduction of keeper liability provisions, but this will not happen by October. This means that current law and practice will continue in Scotland, where clamping has been banned for some time. Additionally, in Northern Ireland, immobilisation and towing away will continue to be lawful as the Northern Ireland Assembly decided not to adopt the powers contained in the Protection of Freedoms Act. Working across the borders with partner organisations and members from each of these nations is crucial to the BPA’s understanding of the issues that are faced nationwide. There is much that can be learned as well as being able to inform through shared experience and knowledge. BPA members are able to tap into a vast array of this knowledge through a variety of events and resources. A variety of special interest groups helps bring together members from specific fields of expertise to discuss and debate the latest topics and the regional and country network, covering England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, enables the BPA and its members to come together to impart and garner information that is helpful and often vital to their organisations.

Regular communications through traditional and social media channels helps keep all of the Association’s stakeholders up to speed with its work and each year the sector comes together for Parkex, Europe’s largest dedicated parking exhibition, where all of the latest innovations, ideas and inspirations can be located all under one roof. In 2013 the NEC-located event includes Traffex and Street Design, bringing suppliers, manufacturers and designers from all over the globe to create a truly international flavour. The parking sector is gradually becoming a parking profession as the BPA explore options for establishing the Association as an accrediting organisation for Frameworks of Excellence. There are already many qualifications for anyone interested in a career in the sector. The BPA is dedicated to ensuring it sees a measurable increase in qualification take through a campaign of employer engagement. Whichever way you look at it, the parking sector is thriving and although it does not always get the right kind of attention, it remains a subject that everyone has an opinion on. It is, after all, something that affects everybody’s lives. For membership enquires contact Alison Tooze, Events and Membership Manager: alison.t@britishparking.co.uk For more information visit www.britishparking.co.uk Find a Safer Parking Scheme car park: www.parkmark.co.uk


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Patrician Academy set for new sports hall The Patrician Academy, Mallow turned the sod to mark the start of an exciting new building project for the school in February 2012. The state-of-the-art sports hall incorporating a gym, changing facilities, a viewing area and meeting room will enhance the excellent teaching facilities at the school. Construction started on the e620,000 facility in mid-February and the project will be finished in August, with the facilities ready for the new school year. The facilities will also be available to the local community. School Principal, Catherine Fitzpatrick, welcomed the provision of sports and P.E. facilities on-site saying: “This is just the first project in a phased development at the Patrician Academy to cater for increasing enrolments in the school. Having improved sports and P.E. facilities will greatly enhance the experience of students in 62mmeducational H the areas of both curricular and extracurricular activities.” Board of Management Chairperson, Tod Kirby commented that: “The school will continue to improve and expand facilities to

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The Senior Hurling team also got through to meet future needs”. the semi-final of the Hurling B The development of this fantastic project Championship. In recent years the Patrician represents years of fund raising. The Academy has produced players for the Cork Parents Association has organised a Minor and Senior Football and Hurling number of fundraising activities which have teams, the most notable being: Ray Carey, helped the project no end. The board of Cian O’Sullivan, Cormac Murphy, Conor management deserve a positive mention too O’Sullivan and Kevin Sheehan. for their ferocious efforts in pushing for this This development opens yet another chapter project to go ahead and making sure the in the history of a school, which has been plan came off. As well as that, the Student educating young men in the Mallow area Council have raised over e7,000, primarily over the last 133 years. by holding an annual sponsored cycle. The building was designed by TG Lenihan The Patrician Academy, which has a proud and Co Ltd Consulting Engineers and is tradition of academic excellence, and is one being constructed by Joe Buckleys of the top feeder schools in Cork to Third Construction Ltd. Level Colleges, also has a proud tradition of participation and success in sport. This success was seen recently when the Senior Football team won the Cork Colleges “B” County Cup Final and also Plumbing, Heating & Mechanical Services Contractors recently qualified for the Munster Colleges DOMESTIC • INDUSTRIAL • RENEWABLE ENERGIES Senior Football final.

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Investing in the future North Eastern Education and Library Board The North Eastern Education and Library Board (NEELB) was established in 1973 and its constitution as revised is laid down in the Education and Libraries (NI) Order 1986. The Board consists of 35 members, appointed by the Minister responsible for the Department of Education for Northern Ireland, and representative of each District Council in the Board’s area. The Board is the local education and library authority for most of County Antrim and the eastern part of County Londonderry, comprising the Local Government Districts of Antrim, Ballymena, Ballymoney, Carrickfergus, Coleraine, Larne, Magherafelt, Moyle and Newtownabbey. The North Eastern Education and Library Board has a vision of developing world class education, youth and library services, with the aim of helping everyone realise their potential and contribute to a caring, inclusive and progressive society. Best Value is integral to the Government's modernising agenda. In 1999 the Labour Government introduced "The Local Government Act", more commonly known as "Best Value" and which came into effect on 1 April 2000 in England and Wales. One of the key principles of the Act, which centres around a culture of continuous improvement with a focus on customers and quality, requires local authorities to make arrangements for continuous improvement in service delivery. It requires authorities to review and reform the way that they deliver all of their services to secure continuous improvement. Also, it asks fundamental questions about the underlying objectives and priorities of their work, and about their performance in relation to other organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Best value authorities will be expected to consult local taxpayers and service-users about their views and priorities. Similar legislation to the Local Government

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Act 2000, was introduced for District Councils in Northern Ireland in April 2000. During this period and in the absence of specific legislation, NEELB entered voluntarily into arrangements from 1999, to develop a comprehensive approach to manage best value in the education sector. Since 1 April 2003 formal arrangements are now in place for the delivery of Best Value for NEELB, with the introduction of the Education and Libraries (Northern Ireland) Order 2003. Within the NEELB, a "Provision of Excellence Model" has been adopted that can be applied across the full range of services that the Board provides. The model comprises four key practical issues associated with 'Best Value' and takes cognisance of the effects that both the organisations' internal and external environments can have on its activities. Property Services provides the Board and schools with a wide range of professional and technical support services responsible for the day to day management and maintenance of all Board properties and for the ongoing development of the Board’s estate to meet the ever changing needs of the Education Service. A recent addition to this portfolio is Whitehouse Primary School, which has been rebuilt following an arson attack in July 2009. Designed by Knox & Clayton, the new building comprises of three main elements connected by a link corridor and a covered walkway. Housing a 2,535sqm primary school and a 288sq m nursery, the structure is of traditional brick and block construction with a 215mm inner leaf and isolated supporting steel elements. A steel frame has been utilised to the main hall, which is finished with a dramatic curved roof made using an aluminium standing seam system. Elements of glazed curtain walling feature throughout the scheme and rooflights

feature extensively to flood the School with natural daylight. A host of sustainable features such as rainwater harvesting systems and heat pumps firmly establish the School’s eco credentials, whilst safety and security systems such as sprinklers have also been incorporated into the design. At the sod cutting ceremony in July 2010, North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds joined Principal David McConkey, staff, pupils and other guests. Mr Dodds said: “This is a positive end to what has been a long and difficult year for all associated with the School since the senseless arson attack which destroyed their premises last July, followed by moving into temporary premises and then protracted uncertainty over whether funding for the new premises was going to be signed off by Education Minister, Catriona Ruane. ”Following public outcry and protest which I supported, that funding was finally approved and Whitehouse can now look forward to having new state-of-the-art buildings. ”I was delighted to join Mr McConkey, staff and pupils for this red-letter day, particularly to see the excitement on the faces of the children. I trust the work will continue smoothly and on schedule and I will take a keen interest in following that progress.” The Main Contractor on this project is Graham Construction, who have also recently carried out work at Lagan College and Top Bank School, both in Belfast. The most recent development that has been completed is the Magherafelt High School development. A new £11M school building was completed in November 2011, with the second phase, including the demolition of the previous school building completing in April 2012. The new school is an ultra-modern replacement for the 1956 building, situated directly behind the existing school. It >


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provides a large multi-purpose hall and big sports hall which are at the forefront of the development. In addition there will be a fitness suite, drama studio, library and resource centre, music practice rooms, changing facilities, spacious staff room, sixth form centre, science labs, careers suite and general and specialist classrooms. An outdoor performance area/ mini amphitheatre dominates a section of the external landscaping and the new canteen, made of corrugated metal, lends a spaceage air to the building. New rugby, football and cricket synthetic pitches and tennis courts have also been constructed. Heron Brothers carried out the construction work, creating the building designed by Architects Building Design Partnership. Each of the 42 classrooms is fitted out with state-of-the-art equipment including interactive whiteboards and the School has a range of flat-screen televisions providing up to the minute news and information for the students and staff. Principal Brian McCluskey commented: “It’s first class all the way from here on and the young people in this district deserve only the best.” The project was designed to meet BREEAM Excellent standards and was registered with the considerate contractor’s scheme for which a high score of 36.5 was achieved for going above and beyond the call of duty with a Good Neighbour strategy. Elsewhere, the ‘Extended Schools’ programme in the NEELB’s area has obtained over £1M to assist 61 schools to deliver programmes of benefit to pupils, families and communities. It also encourages clustering between funded and non-funded schools in contributing to the overall objectives of the programme. The Extended Schools programme has received favourable recognition in a survey by the

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Education and Training Inspectorate (July 2010) which reports: ‘in almost 90% of cases, where Extended Schools are serving disadvantaged communities effectively, significant improvements are evident in the educational outcomes and the personal and social well-being of pupils.’ The ‘Every School A Good School: A Policy for School Improvement’ identifies ‘a school connected to its community’ as a key characteristic of a successful school. All schools (funded or nonfunded through the Department of Education’s Extended Schools programme) should consider the work in the delivery of activities and services which effectively meet the needs of the community and nearby schools and which facilitate engagement and communication between the school, its parents and the wider community that it serves.

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Carlow Flood Relief The Carlow Main Drainage Scheme is a substantial development that started in May 2010 and includes a variety of work. The full contract name is Carlow Town Surface Water Drainage Scheme, Flood Relief Scheme Phase A and Watermain Rehabilitation Project Stage 2. It was required to protect Carlow town from flooding from two areas, including the overtopping from the Barrow and Burren Rivers, and also the under-capacity of the drainage system to deal with heavy rainfall. The design solution dealt with improvements to both of these. New flood defence walls were included to prevent the overtopping of the river, and the drainage network was upgraded to ensure no surface flooding for a 20-year rainfall event, to ensure all areas are capable of draining to the river, even when river levels are high. The overall scheme involves:- The upgrade of the sewer network of the town, which is the largest element. - A serviced land initiative called the Kernanstown SLI, which was a small bit of extra sewers and pumping stations to bring an area from the south east of the town into the network. - Stage 2 of the water rehabilitation works, including 8km of watermains. - Phase A of the flood relief scheme and the construction of an urban relief road, forming part of the flood defences in Phase A. Carlow has historically suffered badly from flooding over the years. The 1947 flood is the largest on record, which was in excess of a 100-year return period event, while there have been flood events in the 1990s too. More recently, in the run up to the contract there were two bad floods – in August 2008 and November 2009. The latter flood equated to a 40-year return period event.

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The same areas seem to be affected the most. Within the town centre, there is a low-lying area that entails Centaur Street, John Street, Kennedy Street and areas west of the Barrow, all of which were badly hit. There is another area just outside the town centre called Pembroke Road that will be protected by Phase B of the flood relief scheme. Phase A protects the town centre, but the small additional area towards the south of the town is part of the Phase B works. Phase A is completed. This work included a kilometre of flood walls along the east bank of the Barrow and the northern bank of the Burren. The flood walls are typically RC walls, with some sheet pile walls up to 100year flood levels.

The Carlow Relief road is an elevated road on the Barrow track, which forms the flood defences to that area. Work also included a new boat slip for Carlow Rowing Club, while the urban relief road was developed, which is important to traffic in the town. Existing outlets to the river had to be investigated. These were either sealed off or flat-felled, depending on whether they were still in use or not. Phase B commenced this month and will be finished before the end of the year. Wills Bros Ltd is the Main Contractor and RPS Group is the supervising consultants for the full project, while also being responsible for the vast majority of design elements. Work on the e20M development will complete in 2014.


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Irish Distillers Brewhouse extension Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard will soon have a brand new extension to their brew house facility in Midleton, Co Cork. Brewing is the first stage in the production of whiskey and basically involves the conversion of grain and water into mash, from which wort is extracted by straining through a vessel called a Lauter Tun. The wort is then fermented into wash, which in turn is distilled to produce the spirit. This process is housed in the existing Brewhouse and has been essentially the same since the current distillery was built in 1974. The extension will house a different process for extracting 62mm H the wort, by compressing the mash in filter presses. This will improve yields and energy efficiency and the sustainability of the process, which is a prime objective in the overall distillery expansion. The extension structure consists of a cladded steel portal frame with a 21m long x 9m high section of curtain wall glazing at the northeast corner. Rafters span 20m with eaves height 13.5m and a parapet varying in height up to 2m. Because of the high eaves height relative to the span, it was decided to introduce longitudinal bracing in the roof, which resulted in a more efficient design and ensured that the wind sway deflections were kept

within acceptable limits. Most of the heavy dead loads are supported directly off the raft floor, which helped to keep the building envelope itself lightweight. The site is underlain by shallow karst for the civil/structural works is P. J Hegarty limestone with a series of caverns running & Sons. north-east to south-west. The solution arrived The civil/structural elements commenced in at for the substructure was a raft foundation to January 2012 and will be complete in take general loading, with ground beams September 2012, with a value of added within the raft to take point loads to approximately e1.6M. areas where competent rock was identified. Congratulations to IDL on their success from However, when the formation was exposed, some caverns became unstable, and the design had to be Civil & Structural Engineers adjusted quickly to keep the work moving. Lean-mix concrete was used to stabilise these, and this operation also had to be carefully controlled as the caverns are both a drainage path and a Deanrock, Togher, Cork • Telephone: 021 4319291 Mobile: 087 2382742 source of cooling water. Email: rob@allenbarber.ie The Main Contractor

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The Institute of Technology Tallaght The Institute of Technology Tallaght is constantly evolving to provide the best possible facilities and environment for its users. The Tallaght Zip is a high-quality dedicated pedestrian and cycle corridor linking the Luas interchange to the Institute of Technology and Tallaght Village. The new link allows clearer and easier connectivity between both these centres of Tallaght. A main feature of the Zip is a ‘Greenwall’ that runs the length of the scheme creating a solid enclosure of planting that helps to mask the unsightly and inconsistent existing boundary walls to neighbouring properties. New public lighting poles have been designed especially for the project to light the Zip and existing roadway and up-lighters under every tree also help to create a safe and well-lit space. The use of rhythm and materials play a key part in defining uses of the Zip. The buff strip provides a clear zone for the cyclist. While the wider space for the pedestrians is defined by new trees, public lighting and changes in materials that create distinct and repeating bays that provide a continuous and connected urban space. The Main Contractor on this project, which completed in June 2012, was SIAC Construction Ltd and the Architect was Sean Harrington Architects. Elsewhere, the Centre of Applied Science for Health building, located in the grounds of the Institute of Technology Tallaght, is an extension to the existing infrastructure of the Synergy Building. which as the Institute’s business development incubation centre in itself supports and drives

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collaboration between ITT Dublin and the private sector. Collaboration and collegiality are to be the hallmarks of the combined Centre of Applied Science for Health and Synergy Centre building. The objective is to promote and encourage a continuing exchange of ideas and outside of the box thinking, revealing new approaches to scientific problems, and new applications of research skills and knowledge to the creation of innovative products and services. Designers should seek to maximise all spaces with respect to fostering and encouraging such interactivity. The design of the building is a threestorey structure, rectangular in plan with a central atrium that links into and expands the atrium of the existing Synergy Building, while allowing the potential for future expansion. The building includes many innovative elements including the structure which is a precast concrete sandwich panel which was prefabricated offsite and then hoisted into place. The external cladding is formed of a liner treatment of Tegral coloured panels in different shades of grey, which together with the fenestration treatment give a greater scale and presence to the structure.

Innovative environmental solutions include an ‘earth tube’ which uses the earth’s temperature to condition the air prior to providing same to a central meeting room providing pre-cooling of air in summer and pre-heating of air in winter. This efficient system is further enhanced by the use of a cross floor heat recovery unit that provides fresh air to the meeting room, building wide C02 and temperature monitoring system is interlinked with motorised windows providing automated ventilation throughout. The interior of the building provides bright, interactive spaces which will create an inspirational environment for the research of the future. The Main Contractor on this project is BAM Building Ltd and the design was created by Taylor Architects and RMJM.


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Work continues apace at NUI Galway In January 2012, NUI Galway awarded a contract for the completion of three new world-class research buildings to Galwaybased contractor, JJ Rhatigan & Co, including an Arts Humanities Social Sciences Research Building and two buildings dedicated to Biomedical Science Research. These buildings, which had been temporarily stalled by the receivership of a previous contractor, will be completed on a phased basis from the end of 2012 into early 2013. Speaking about the development of the research infrastructure at the University, President Jim Browne commented: “I am 62mm H delighted that these strategically important projects are underway. The investment in research infrastructure will have an immediate benefit in bringing much-needed jobs to the construction industry. Concentrating resources on biomedical science and arts, humanities and social sciences research at NUI Galway will have a major impact on the medical technologies and the creative arts industries in the West of Ireland. We have the opportunity now to provide two distinct Irish industry sectors with relevant, world-class research solutions, transforming national leadership

into global competitiveness.” Work has also got underway on an e8m extension to the Arts Millennium Building, which Projects, Mr Keith Warnock said: “The will house the University’s growing School of University will play its part in revitalising the Psychology. Scheduled for completion during economy and bringing much-needed jobs to 2013, JJ Rhatigan & Co is once again the the construction sector. We are investing in Main Contractor. world-class facilities for our students.” Totalling approximately 3,000sq m, the extension will house a number of academic units including dry labs for research, teaching rooms, and support spaces. The new extension will be adjoined to the existing building via a link atrium, and whilst the architecture reflects and respects the existing structure, it also stands alone, expressing its own design. The Architect behind the design is Claran | Headford | County Galway Moloney O’Beirne Architects. T | 093 34777 T | 087 9308134 Commenting on the E | info@alipscombetraffic.ie investment in the campus, Vicewww.alipscombetraffic.ie President for Capital

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St Patrick’s National School Quality without compromise St Patrick’s National School has recently undergone a e1.6M extension and refurbishment that has seen the School transformed to accommodate an increasing student population. Situated in Crossabeg, County Wexford, St Patrick’s National School currently caters to an approximate 190 pupils. Initially envisioned as a modest three classroom facility, the School has relied on additional prefabricated teaching spaces to cover the shortfall. The extension, designed by Sheridan + Tierney Architects, looks to rectify the situation by providing five new classrooms alongside a general purpose room, special tuition rooms and ancillary accommodation. 62mm H designed in 1992 by Tony Originally Sheppard, the current Chief Architect for the Department of Education and Skills, St Patrick’s National School was to be a blueprint for future schools across the country. While the expense of the natural slate roofing and forticrete blockwork was to prove too prohibitive for nationwide rollout, the use of such high specification materials have stood the single-storey building in good stead. With its angular monopitch roof and vertical slate cladding on the gable end, the existing building makes a striking impression; a factor which makes any additions all the more precarious.

With this in mind Sheridan + Tierney Architects have employed a sensitive design process, opting to replicate the finishes of the existing School in an effort to preserve the context of the original building. The extension has also allowed for the provision of a landscaped courtyard set between the new and existing buildings. The courtyard will house a bespoke metalwork sculpture, which the School has commissioned from a local artist. With a view to reducing energy consumption, low energy lighting has been used throughout. Furthermore, the extension has been designed to capitalise on natural lighting where possible. Construction of the 900sq m extension began in August 2011 with Mythen Construction acting as Main Contractor. A large amount of planning was required at the preconstruction phase to ensure a minimum of disruption to the

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National Federation of Demolition Contractors The voice of the demolition industry The National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC) is the voice of the UK demolition industry. It is dedicated to a continual improvement of the demolition industry for the benefit of its members, customers, and the general public through training, monitoring and policing of best practices. The NFDC want an enhanced flow of information and discussion between the demolition industry and Government, trade and technical organisations. They also aim to raise the profile of the demolition industry to ensure that it receives due recognition for its commitment to training, health and

safety, and the improved working conditions it affords its members and their employees. NFDC membership raises the profile of demolition companies by identifying them as reputable and trustworthy. Consequently, many public and private organisations and an increasing number of local authorities are now insisting that the contractors they employ must be members of the NFDC. Furthermore, the Federation’s Accredited Site Audit Scheme has been welcomed by many of the UK’s leading main contractors and is now seen by many as a mark of quality and dependability. The rigidly imposed high standards required

for admittance to the NFDC are monitored on an ongoing basis, ensuring that standards are maintained throughout the duration of membership. Recently, the NFDC and its training arm the National Demolition Training Group (NDTG) jointly hosted a dedicated training course on the safe use of high reach demolition specification excavators. Thought to be the first course of its kind anywhere in the world, the new course builds upon the operating principles detailed in the Federation’s recently published High Reach Guidance Notes and sets a new continued page 70 >

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Building, Civil Works & Demolition Contractors McCallan Bros Limited was formed in 1972 as a conventional family run building company based in Carrickmore, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. Since then the company has evolved, through initiative and ambition, to a multi faceted company providing a range of specialist activities, in addition to the core elements of demolition work.

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McCallan Bros. Ltd. is a market leader in the field of demolition, enabling works & façade retention, we are founder members of the Northern Ireland Demolition Association and Irish Association of Demolition Contractors, and members of the European Demolition Association.

Client: Dunnes Stores Consulting Engineers: Niall Fitzsimmon & Co. Contract Value: €1m

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Contract Description This contract included the removal of Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM’s), the relocation of existing underground and overhead services, demolition of the existing Dunnes Stores buildings on Patrick Street. Façade retention to the main elevation of the building on Patrick Street, the busy city centre shopping area, which included providing tunnelled access for pedestrian movement on Patrick Street.

We have successfully delivered a wide range of projects, from densely populated inner city areas to heavy industrial zones, ranging in value from £10k to £2M. Our ultimate aim is client satisfaction, from the earliest stages of a project when we provide technical, engineering, environmental and budgetary advice, through delivery to completion. We pride ourselves on being professional, flexible and pro-active in our approach from senior management through to our site teams.

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Through all our projects we work closely with our client to ensure that their programme and budget requirements are met. We achieve this by – Reviewing and agreeing the programme and budget with our client in advance of the works commencing. Keeping the client advised of costs and programme throughout the works. If an issue arises, or if we think an issue may arise that may affect the programme or budget we advise the client immediately. A course of action is then jointly agreed to eliminate or minimise any effects. The basis of our systems for quality delivery is a third party certified Quality Management System to ISO 9001, for Demolition and Civil Works and an In-House Safety Team Accredited to Safe T Cert.

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Contract Description This contract included the following elements: Type 3 Asbestos Survey and removal of all Asbestos Contaminated Materials. Soft strip of internal items including wooden floors, doors, partitions, mechanical and electrical fittings, industrial ovens and oil burners Design, supply and erection of a façade retention system to Ormeau Road red brick elevation. Design, supply and erection of internal propping system prior to demolition/ removal of internal structural elements. Structural demolitions to the bakery, in part, creating an internal void over four floors to allow for a future central garden. Removal of rooftop structure, internal staircases and lift shafts. Demolition and safe removal of existing four-storey silo’s.

40-42 O’Connell St, Dublin (Former Royal Dublin Hotel Client: Walls Construction Project Engineer: TJ O’Conner & Associates Tender Value: €1.40M Description of Works: • Removal and disposal of Asbestos containing material • Temporary works propping to adjoining structures to the perimeter of the site. • Demolition of 7 storey reinforced concrete frame structure. • Conservation works to No. 40 O’Connell Street (Oldest existing building on O’Connell Street). Works include removal, recording and protection to existing fixtures and fittings. Wall Stabilisation and remedial wall ties to protected façade. Conservation repairs to the roof structure and repairs and repointing to existing brickwork façade and internal walls using hydraulic lime mortar.


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standard in the operation of these highly specialised machines. The course was developed in conjunction with training specialist Duncan Ruddal and is designed to provide experienced excavator operators with a firm foundation in the operation of high reach machines with a working height of up to 30 metres. Held over a three-day period – the first two at the NDTG’s Hemel Hempstead headquarters; the third at Komatsu UK’s manufacturing plant near Newcastle – the course covers all the key basic operating practices included in the NFDC’s High Reach Guidance. Course content includes machine design, machine guarding, visibility, stability and ground pressure, drop and exclusion zones, start-up and shutdown procedures, and machine maintenance. Particular attention is paid to structural awareness, site suitability, and ground conditions. “Thankfully, the UK has an exceptional safety record with the use of high reach demolition excavators, but the incidents that have occurred have generally been the result of failing to identify underground voids when tracking a machine across a site or operating the machine wrongly for the type of building,” says NFDC CEO Howard Button. “To avoid these problems in the future, a large part of the new course content has been developed to ensure that operators are fully aware of their surroundings and the specific challenges presented by each new site.” The inaugural course was attended by experienced operators from some of the UK’s leading demolition companies, and the course content was well received by all of them. “The course was very informative,” says AR Demolition’s Tom Poole. “All the

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trainers involved have a great first-hand knowledge of the business.” Poole’s comments are echoed by those of Paul Best from Erith Contractors. “The NDTG trainers have done it all before and they clearly know what they’re talking about. The course provides a great foundation.” NDTG Training Group Manager Sophie Francis, who attended the first course herself, says that the delivery of the world’s first dedicated high reach excavator training course was a real team effort. “The course was written by Duncan Ruddal with input from Howard Button. The practical part of the course was held at Komatsu UK’s Birtley factory and the cost of each trainee’s participation was covered by a grant from CITB-ConstructionSkills,” she says. “Without their input and enthusiasm, this course could not have taken place and the NFDC and NDTG owe all of them a huge debt of gratitude.” The NFDC and the NDTG have also been heavily involved with UK Contractors Group (UKCG) launching a revised health and safety training standard that focuses on the level of health and safety training required by those who direct, manage, supervise or undertake construction related activities on UKCG sites. This standard is designed to support UKCG’s work in increasing competency and improving leadership in health and safety by developing knowledge and skill. This is an impressive achievement by the NFDC and NDTG and will go a long way to ensuring recognition of demolition specific training standard across the wider construction industry. The standard requires employers to establish a programme for ensuring their employees are working towards the training

standard. UKCG intends to monitor the uptake of this training and, over time, will require everyone working on UKCG sites in a leadership role to have undertaken training to meet the standard. “ This standard has been put together with support from contractors and their supply chain. It offers employers robust guidance for identifying the most appropriate training for employees at all levels,” says John Morgan, Safety Director at Kier Group and Chair of the UKCG Competency Working Group. “The challenge now is to cement this training into common industry practice. UKCG would like to see all construction employers embrace the standard and begin training their workforce to meet it,” says UKCG Director Stephen Ratcliffe. “Once the level of training has reached a critical mass, UKCG will be mandating this across all its sites.” “Effective health and safety training is a cornerstone of competency,” comments Philip White, Chief Inspector for Construction at HSE. In developing this standard UKCG has laid out a clear path for organisations to follow.” This is a view shared by incoming NDTG Chairman Richard Dolman. “This is a fantastic step in getting demolition training standards recognised on construction sites across the length and breadth of the UK and NFDC CEO Howard Button and NDTG Training Group Manager Sophie Francis should be praised for their perseverance in bringing this to fruition,” he concludes. “I am sure there will still be some hurdles to overcome before this standard is universally accepted, but NDTG members can rest assured that we will continue to assist them with any ongoing recognition issues.”


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St Munchin’s College gets e7.5M makeover St Munchin’s College was founded in 1796 by Most Rev. John Young, Bishop of Limerick. As one of the oldest Catholic schools in Ireland it has a long and detailed history. The site in Corbally was opened in 1962, following the £444,000 construction of a brand new college. Since then new facilities have continued to be added to the original building with classrooms, computing rooms, a library and a swimming pool having been added in the last 50 years. The College was originally a boarding college and the boarding aspect remained until 2004 when the last 19 boarders completed their exams and their St Munchin’s careers. The dormitories on the second floor of the College have remained empty and unused following the cessation of boarders; the new redevelopment will put this area back into use after nearly ten years. In addition to the refurbishment works on the second floor dormitories, other sections of the School require upgrading. The external areas are to be remodelled and a new build sports hall will be added to the School’s facilities. The construction of the redevelopment began in February 2012 by L & M Keating Ltd and is expected to take two years to complete. Split into phases the first phase is

currently underway, which involves the dormitory refurbishment and roof replacement for most of the school building as well as the construction of the new sports hall. New staircores will be put into place at two opposite ends of the threestorey, main school building. Scaffolding will be in place around the School for this phase. The second floor dormitories will be stripped and remodelled to provide ample space for six general classrooms, three specialist classrooms for maths, social studies and geography, a lecture room, multimedia laboratory and group room. The second phase of works will involve the refurbishment of the first floor, upgrading the nine general classrooms, career guidance suite, computing suite, staff room and science laboratories. The ground floor of the main building, known as the west wing, will be refurbished in phase three. There will be a general classroom, learning support areas, religion, meditation, demonstration and general purpose rooms, an additional science laboratory and administrative offices and areas. Phase IV is the final phase and will see the ground and lower ground floors of the east

wing refurbished. This wing will house the arts and craft, graphics, music, drama, technology and machine prep rooms. The library within the ground floor will also be refurbished and the lower ground floor will include two changing rooms for the sports hall, which will be linked to the east wing via covered walkway. The refurbishment and new build has been designed by Healy Partners Architects and will be carried out over three academic years. During the summers between these years there will be external works done including the extension and reorganisation of the car park with bus lay-by, soft landscaping, a ballcourt to the rear of the School, new bicycle racks and new paving and hard landscaping including seating areas. Funding for the development has been gathered mostly from the Department of Education and Skills with some being raised through fundraising events held by the School. Principal David Quilter commented: “We are really excited about the building project. The builders moved on site in late February and are making huge progress”

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Barretstown Gang Camp increase their facilities for sick children Founded by actor Paul Newman in 1994, the Barretstown Gang Camp provides a safe, secure location for children who have been diagnosed with cancer and other serious illnesses. The Camp is intended for therapeutic recreation purposes, offering a fun, activity based process of challenge, success, reflection and discovery. Once the children have visited the Camp it is hoped their confidence and self-esteem has greatly improved and they have been reassured that happiness is not only for healthy children. Barretstown Gang Camp is open for children from age seven to 17 and is a part of the Paul Newman SeriousFun Childrens Network which began in America in 1988. The Camp is situated within the grounds of Barretstown Castle in County Kildare; the 16th century castle and grounds provide a beautiful backdrop to the camp and its facilities. Administration, communications and fundraising offices are held within the castle itself, in addition to the medical staff accommodation which is needed on-site. Other buildings include the Med Shed, a restored stone cottage which acts as a hospital for the children during their stay, 13 children’s cottages housing the children on one side of each building and their ‘caras’

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on the other, a dining hall, a theatre and riding stables. In 2008 planning was accepted for the camp to build a new activity centre in the grounds, boosting the activities on offer for the children. The new 1,200sq m activity centre has since been built, with construction starting on site by Main Contractor Milltown Engineering Ltd in November last year. The new building provides a double height sports hall with ancillary store rooms, showers and changing facilities. The building will also provide additional administrative and fundraising offices. Horan Rainsford Architects designed the hall to provide an increased amount of natural light with floorto-ceiling glazed panels and a glazed roof area. The space will be used for sports and play activities, which allows for the Camp to increase not only the activities on offer but its season also, overcoming the seasonal weather constraints which were in place. The external façade of the building will vary dependent upon the position of viewing, with the camp-facing façade offering combined glazed and coloured panels in an exuberant design. The elevation which is viewed by the general public is mindful of this and

therefore works in visual harmony with the rural surroundings in which the Camp is situated. The new building will be fully accessible and includes underfloor heating, air conditioning and tube heaters. Construction work completed in May 2012 at a cost of £1.2M Milltown Engineering is based in Carlow and was established in 1986. Since its formation the Company has grown to become of Ireland’s largest fabricators of structural steel and cladding and has earned a solid track record for the building of quality structures. Projects completed range from complex industrial buildings to call centres, leisure and sporting arenas and office blocks. Horan Rainsford Architects are a relatively new practice built on the foundations of Tony Horan and Brian Rainsford’s combined 50 years of experience. The two architects merged firms to become Horan Rainsford following collaboration on a large mixed-use development in 2008 and have worked on residential, educational, leisure, commercial and industry based projects. Many of the recent projects have been honoured with RIAI and RIBA awards.


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Sligo Grammar School Sligo Grammar School has existed in various forms for over 400 years, its constitutions reflecting the changing outlook and needs for society. The School moved to the present site in 1907 and has slowly expanded out. In 1947 Sligo Grammar School was merged with Sligo High School, which was founded by Dean Ardill in 1911. The premises of the High School were closed and the residence known as the Hermitage, adjoining the Grammar School, was purchased from the Campbell family to house the girl boarders. A new teaching block was added in 1972 and in November 1976 the Hermitage was destroyed by fire and was replaced by a new residence in September 1978. There are now approximately 449 pupils at the School, consisting of 103 boarders and about 346 day pupils Now, after years of planning, numerous meetings and many stumbling blocks, the School is about to reap the benefits of a new block of classrooms and upgrade of their sporting facilities. The new block will

become the focal point of the School and the Grammar School are ensuring that they are in a position to provide a first-class accommodation will consist of two changing educational environment for students and rooms, art room, computer room, library, teachers now and in the years to come. staff room and five general purpose The Main Contractor on this project is classrooms and offices. A new rugby Sammon Builders. training pitch and astroturf hockey pitch are also included in the plans. This development is for the whole school community and all will benefit from its existence. Despite the current economic difficulties and a refusal for funding from the Department of Education and Skills, the School are MAIN CONTRACTORS proud that the Board SLIGO GRAMMAR SCHOOL of Directors and School Management Aughnasheelin, Co Leitrim are determined to see tel: 071-9644014 this succeed. email: sammonbuilders@eircom.net With this www.sammonbuilders.com development, Sligo

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Scoil Ruain Sports hall well underway Scoil Ruain is a modern, co-educational, multi-denominational second level school situated in Killenaule, County Tipperary. Highly regarded for its outstanding academic standards and sporting tradition, Scoil Ruain is soon to have a state-of-theart sports hall worth an approximate e1.4M. A decade in the making, the long awaited sports hall will provide the School with indoor sports facilities alongside a high specification fitness studio and viewing gallery. With a rich history dating back to the 1920s when the School was first established, Scoil Ruain has long since become a cornerstone of the Killenaule community. Named after the gifted scholar, scribe and historian, Saint Ruain, Scoil Ruain operates under the management of South Tipperary VEC and provides an extensive range of subjects, thanks in no small part to the School’s up-to-date facilities and dedicated teaching staff. In recent years much has been done bolster the School’s support of physical education. But while Scoil Ruain currently features a full size GAA pitch, two outdoor basketball courts and an astroturf playing pitch, access to indoor facilities has previously been restricted to a sports hall in nearby Munroe. The new facility, which includes four indoor badminton courts and an international sized

basketball court, will at last provide the School with its own indoor resources. Designed by W.O. Morrissey & Son, the sports hall will also feature a high quality gym and viewing gallery situated on an internal balcony area. Construction officially began in January 2012 despite some preparatory work taking place in December 2011. The construction phase, undertaken by Main Contractor Noel Regan Plant Hire, has proceeded without hitch despite potential complications on-site. While the land is open and owned by the School, the close proximity of the development to the existing school building has presented a significant health and safety risk during term time. With this in mind, South Tipperary VEC has worked extensively with Scoil Ruain and the construction team to ensure a minimum of disruption. Tight

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access has also required the rearrangement of traffic flows to allow for on-site deliveries. The development has also benefited the local economy, with many regional subcontractors taking part in the building’s construction. While some overlap with the coming academic year is expected, substantial completion of the sports hall is due for September 2012. Its completion will greatly enhance the provision of sport and physical education for the students of Scoil Ruain and the generations to come.


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The dawn of a new era at Antrim Area Hospital March 2012 saw Health Minister Edwin Poots mark a new era for Antrim Area Hospital when he cut the first sod on the site of the new £9M emergency department. The new state-of-the-art emergency department will provide services for up to 90,000 patients annually. It will include patient resuscitation areas, isolation rooms, additional diagnostic rooms with X-ray and CT facilities and clinical decision areas. The construction of the unit is one of a number of capital projects currently underway at the Antrim Hospital site. While on his visit, the Minister also cut the sod on a new 24-bed general medicine unit at the Hospital. When completed, the new ward will help the Trust address the pressures and demands for beds at the site. Mr Poots said: “The construction of units like these at Antrim is another signal that our service is undergoing a transformation. We are now engaging in a process that will change forever the way we deliver care. We are now implementing Transforming Your Care, a review of health and social care, to improve patient outcomes. We are putting in place a model where there will be a significant shift from provision of services in hospitals to provision of services closer to home, in the community or in the GP surgery where it is safe to do this. I believe these new units will offer a setting that ensure the highest quality of care for those that need it.

“We are delighted to be cutting the first sod “The construction of the new emergency on this new development. department and ward mark the beginning of “The design of the new emergency a new era for Antrim Area Hospital and for department is planned to improve the the people it serves. These modern facilities patient’s flow and experience, providing a will be constructed using the latest safe and secure working environment for innovations in design and technology and staff and visitors. The environment ensures will be well equipped to provide secure, the protection of patient’s privacy and safe, high quality services to patients. These maintenance of their dignity with all new facilities will enable all hospital staff to treatment areas being designed as single deliver a better service to the public. rooms except for the five-bedded Resus Patients and their families will be provided area and the eight recliners in the Clinical with a wide range of services in an Decision Area.” appropriate, comfortable and caring environment. The Minister added: “I must also pay tribute to the nurses, doctors, ancillary workers and administration staff who have worked tirelessly in sometimes very difficult conditions to provide the best care Proud to provide services for possible for the Antrim Hospital Accident & people of this area. I am sure that every Emergency Department member of staff is nigel.holmes@sweettgroup.com • Quantity Surveying looking forward to the t: +44 2890 765 959 • CDM day when these • BREEAM facilities are ready.” www.sweettgroup.com Africa | Americas | Asia | Australia | Europe | Middle East Sean Donaghy, Chief Executive at the Northern Trust, said:

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McAdam Design Innovative and effective design solutions Founded in 1963, McAdam Design has established a reputation as one of Northern Ireland’s leading multi disciplinary consultancies. With a Client-centric approach, McAdam Design is determined to deliver a quality service while providing innovative and effective design solutions. Headed by the three Directors; Reynold Anthony, Martin Hare and Mark Oliver, the Company is based in Belfast. McAdam Design does not believe in ‘offthe-shelf’ solutions but ensures that an open-minded and appropriate response is developed for every project.

From traditional, engineering designs to hitech solutions, each commission is carried out in sympathy with the Client’s wishes, needs and aspirations. This flexibility is combined with sensitivity to the relevant environment, be it rural or urban, built or natural. McAdam Design has extensive experience of all aspects of water treatment and supply, both for Northern Ireland Water and for PFI/PPP organisations. Commissions include both traditional and Design & Build procurement options for major UK water companies. By 2008 68% of all potable water in Northern Ireland will come from

water treatment works designed by McAdam Design. Now, some 75% of all clean water in Northern Ireland comes from projects and supply networks designed by McAdam Design. The Practice has over 40 years experience in delivering major water projects in Northern Ireland, while Waste Water Waste Water collection and treatment delivered by McAdam serves 50% the population of Northern Ireland. The Practice’s expertise covers projects for bulk water transfer mains, reservoirs, network distribution studies and zonal studies including network modelling. > Belfast Boys’ Model School

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Environmental sustainability is always a priority and McAdam’s water treatment schemes have won several environmental awards including a CEEQUAL rating of excellent, while its pipeline projects have been cited by Environment & Heritage Service as industry best practice. The Practice also covers all aspects of Wastewater Engineering from report and advisory work, through detailed design to Project management and construction of the treatment facilities and sewerage projects. In recent years McAdam Design has been at the forefront in delivering wastewater treatment solutions in Northern Ireland. The Practice has successfully delivered a variety of projects ranging in size from small rural plants to large treatment works such as Culmore WwTW for the City of Derry with a design population equivalent of 150,000. The current portfolio in wastewater treatment projects, in terms of population equivalent, exceeds 750,000. McAdam Design is also well established in the Education sector, across Northern Ireland the Practice has made a major contribution to the development of Primary School design, with more than 12,000 students attending Secondary Schools throughout Northern Ireland designed by McAdam Design. While McAdam Design has also delivered innovative buildings across the full spectrum of Tertiary Level education.

Working closely with Healthcare professionals McAdam Design has a reputation for sensitive caring environments. Looking at Infrastructure, McAdam has delivered projects important to the development of Northern Ireland, from major telecommunication networks to large scale Urban Regeneration. Award winning designs include an Historic Interpretive Centre, Aquarium, Zoo & a National 50m Olympic Pool & Sports Complex in the Leisure & Tourism sector. The Practice boasts over 35 years experience in the residential aspect of the industry and has delivered award winning designs from social and student housing to private dwellings and apartments. In the Natural Gas Industry, McAdam has delivered a reduction in the carbon footprint for Northern Ireland. Commercially, McAdam Design has added value for Government & Private sector Clients by flexible cost effective projects in both new build and refurbishment . Structural Engineering is another core discipline at McAdam Design, the Practice's expertise covers all structural forms and materials. In addition to a detailed design service, McAdam can provide specialist surveys and technical advice. The Practice has particular experience of Design & Build commissions. The range of expertise in structural projects is extremely diverse, often allowing the

Practice to bring both innovation and a positive attitude to realising the vision of Clients and Architects. At the recent Construction Employers Federation 'Constructing Excellence' Awards, McAdam Design was delighted to have no fewer than seven short-listed schemes, of which three won their class awards, and the Belfast Boys' Model School won the Overall Award. The Award winners are: Belfast Boys' Model School - Overall Winner & Education Infrastructure Award The Peace Bridge - Achieving Excellence in Partnering Award Bushmills Waste Water Project - Utilities Infrastructure Award The Short-listed schemes are: Antrim Waste Water Project, Utilities Infrastructure Award, Banbridge Academy, Education Infrastructure Award, Cultra Manor, Restoration Award, North West Regional College, Education Infrastructure Award Belfast Boys’ Model School Occupying a landmark location over looking Belfast, this 905 pupil secondary school contains a wide range of community facilities combined with enhanced educational spaces to provide ‘full service extended school’. The accommodation is arranged around two courtyard spaces on a

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steeply sloping site with single banked corridors maximising natural daylight throughout the plan. As lead design consultant and CDM-C, McAdam Design provided a full scope of service on this 26M scheme that was delivered on time and within budget. The Peace Bridge The £14M Peace Bridge in Derry~Londonderry was officially opened on Saturday 25 June 2011 by EU Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn alongside; the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD; First Minister the Rt. Hon. Peter D Robinson MLA; deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness MP MLA; and Social Development Minister, Nelson McCausland MLA. The opening of the 312m long, s-shaped, self anchored suspension bridge project brings to an end, five years of challenging work by McAdam Design. In 2007 McAdam Design were commissioned to produce a feasibility study for a pedestrian and cycle bridge linking Guildhall Square and the former army barracks at Ebrington. As part of this study the option to relocate the NIR train station to a location adjacent to the proposed bridge. Once the funding from the EU was secured, McAdam Design was commissioned in 2008 as Project Managers to oversee the procurement and construction of the bridge. The bridge was funded by the EU's Peace III programme under the Shared Space initiative which supports projects that bring together communities that have been formerly divided. Further recent awards for the Company include Conway Mill, which has won the Award for the Best use of a Heritage in Regeneration at the Regeneration & Renewal Awards 2011. Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness opened the newly restored mill in 2010. It is now home to 16 business units, artists studios and space for community groups and plans are in place for 100 jobs to be created over the next four years. Jim Neeson, the chairman of the Conway

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Mill Preservation Trust, who collected the award, said: "For the mill, the trustees, committees and local community, it is fantastic for the project to be recognised. We must give credit to The Prince's Regeneration Trust as we couldn't have done it without them. It really shows what a community can do when it puts its mind to it." Chief Executive of The Prince's Regeneration Trust, Ros Kerslake, said: "We are delighted that the work at Conway Mill has been recognised and celebrated. Conway Mill is a huge success we often refer back to it as a blue print for local people everywhere who are concerned to bring a much-loved historic building back into use." Bushmills Waste Water Project The scheme is centred on the construction of a new wastewater treatment works to serve the combined catchments of Bushmills and Portballintrae at a cost of £7M. Substantial rationalisation and upgrade of existing sewerage networks was also undertaken to raise the standard of discharge within the area in line with the latest European standards and bring about higher quality bathing and fishing waters in an area that attracts thousands of tourists every year. Recent contracts awarded include: £4M Rural Wastewater Programme Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy has announced a £4.3M extension to NI Water’s Rural Wastewater Investment Programme. Rural villages across Northern Ireland will benefit from this further investment in environmental improvements as NI Water extends its Rural Wastewater Investment Programme for a fourth year. The additional funding brings to over £22M, the amount of money NI Water has allocated since 2008 specifically to upgrading rural wastewater treatment systems which serve populations of up to 300 people. This latest phase of the contract has once again been awarded to local companies, BSG Civil Engineering (Maghera) and Williams Industrial Services (Mallusk), who

as a joint venture (JV) have undertaken the last three years’ work on the programme – completing 65 sites - with technical support from McAdam Design. Welcoming the JV team back on board, Bill Gowdy, Acting Director of Engineering Procurement said: “The project is both complex and logistically challenging but the rewards are far-reaching in terms of improved water quality in local rivers. NI Water is pleased to work with local companies on this scheme and will continue to develop new technologies and processes that will benefit wastewater services for our customers.” Melvin Bridge, Strabane McAdam Design has recently been commissioned by Strabane District Council to design and project manage the construction a £3M cable stayed bridge over the River Mourne. The landmark structure, which will be known as the Melvin Bridge, will span over 85m and will be located 250 yards upstream from the existing road bridge. The bridge will enable local residents to have easy access to leisure facilities and public services and provide alternatives routes for pedestrians and cyclists over the River Mourne. Confirming the scheme Alex Attwood said: "This is good news for people in Strabane. I can confirm that my Department has provided funding to Strabane District Council to undertake detailed design work for the Melvin Bridge. This Bridge will greatly improve the links between the communities on both sides of the River Mourne, provide greater access to the sporting facilities in Melvin Park, and introduce safer routes to local schools." For further information on the Practice please contact: 1c Montgomery House 478 Castlereagh Road Belfast, BT5 6BQ Northern Ireland T 028 9040 2000 F 028 9079 4144 admin@mcadamdesign.co.uk www.mcadamdesign.co.uk


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