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Working in challenging marine environments is second nature to global drilling specialist Fugro Seacore Working in challenging marine environments is second nature to global drilling specialist Fugro Seacore. Whether it encounters large ocean swells, difficult ground conditions, hostile monsoonal climates or projects on an unprecedented scale, Fugro Seacore has the experience and technical knowledge to tackle all challenges and aspects of foundation installation.

sockets into which pre-cast concrete piles were installed; saving time which would have been wasted waiting several days for the concrete to set. Fugro Seacore also showed its skill and expertise by overcoming the presence of loose rock armour, carefully drilling through it to reach the basaltic andesite bedrock without losing any additional time.

Firm foundations are the all-important aspect of construction, and the fact that Fugro Seacore owns and operates the largest range of specialist pile top drills in the world - capable of drilling foundations from half a metre to eight metres in diameter - ensures that it comes well equipped to address all challenges. Whether that is for the construction of jetties, bridges, renewable power installations, nuclear and desalination plant shafts, or for other projects that require drilled foundations, Fugro Seacore is the market leader.

Alex Reyes, Client Representative for the project, commented “I wish we could have moved as fast as you (Fugro) and your equipment moved, absolutely the correct tool for the job”.

The work completed by Fugro Seacore for a new terminal jetty on Melones Island in Panama last year is testament to this. Working in a demanding environment with large swells close to shore, Fugro Seacore introduced the client to European drilling techniques which would dramatically decrease the drilling time needed to complete the project. Rather than drilling through steel piles to create a rock socket, into which concrete would be poured, Fugro Seacore drilled 3m-deep rock

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Fugro Seacore has over 34 years experience in developing pioneering, safe equipment for drilling in the marine environment.Ê The company’s success can be attributed to the fact that it designs, develops and operates its own in-house pile top drilling equipment, ensuring each contract, large or small, is carried out with tools that are tailor-made to suit the requirements of the job, and the often exceptional scenarios that can arise in the marine environment.

Units are reconfigured to meet all shaft d drilling and pile socket requirements before being transported to projects all over the world, and usually dispatched immediately after the contract is signed. Fugro Seacore’s equipment is backed by a highly trained, experienced team with an extensive track record, and knowledge of different ground conditions in different parts of the world. TheÊpool of experienced field operatives are trained in health, safety and drilling techniques beyond industry standards, and the dedicated in-house design and engineering team based in Falmouth, Cornwall, continually develops and tests new equipment and operational techniques which are then deployed on projects worldwide. As part of the Fugro Group, the company also has the advantage of being able to offer integrated packages for all phases of onshore and offshore renewable energy developments. "From operations such as drilling bridge foundations for the San Rafael, Unalaska and Kincardine Bridges to installing marine shafts for Flamanville Nuclear Power Station and embedding pile foundations for numerous renewable energy projects, we pride ourselves on offering very efficient and accurate drilling work. We continue to push the boundaries of marine technology and performance to provide our clients with an excellent service" said Sam Whitaker, Marine Installation Services Business Unit Manager for Fugro Seacore.

Tiles Direct is one of the UK’s largest independent distributors and retailers, drawing on more than 25 years of experience that has been accrued since the formation of Al-Murad Tiles, who set up this sister company in 2009. This experience is in the supply of tiles to architects, specifiers, designers, contractors, developers, distributors and discerning consumers.

get a good quality product that is 65%-80% cheaper than going to a studio in London, and we offer a next day delivery service.”

The family ethos for Tiles Direct remains the same as it is for Al-Murad, which is to provide ‘value centred design’, and to help you ‘own your design for less’.

The extensive range of the latest products from Europe’s leading manufacturers, available for anybody in the trade who undertakes shop fitting, apartment blocks, or residential projects for example, puts these organisations at the forefront of cutting edge designs and technologies.

In the last six months of 2012, Tiles Direct has come into its own within the trade side of the business. The facilities are already there, with a 200,000sq ft warehouse and more than 10,000 pallets of tiles in stock, so there are massive quantities of many different types of tiles imported from every leading manufacturer, which Tiles Direct can trade successfully. Irfaan Murad, the Managing Director of Al-Murad and Tiles Direct, said: “We have businesses all over the UK and 25 years experience in sourcing tiles from around the world. We import tiles, porcelain, granite, marble, quartz and mosaics. “We’re trying to market Tiles Direct with contractors, working on a very low margin so they

The Company’s longstanding relationships with its manufacturers and huge leverage in buying power ensure the best deal online for all customers. Tiles Direct’s lean operations and strategic distribution sites throughout the country, with substantial stock holdings co-ordinated from the central hub in Leeds, ensures the entire operation is geared towards meeting the most demanding schedules. Going forward, Al-Murad is hopeful that Tiles Direct will become one of the top ten online trade suppliers in the country.

It offers a free sampling service, sourcing products, and if a customer is looking for specific products Tiles Direct can provide special deals in large quantities. The Company is also looking for people in the construction industry who can add to Tiles Direct’s experience, looking for the right people to join the business. This vast array of experience comes from Al-Murad, a Company committed to a simple principle – the finest tiles at the lowest possible price. As Britain’s largest independent ceramic tiles and natural stone importer and retailer, Al-Murad has 40 stores and 30 family run franchises throughout the UK, specialising in ceramic tiles and natural stone from all over the world, including Spain, Turkey and Italy. The Company routinely imports 20 containers a week from across the world, ensuring customers are always first to see the latest tiles to hit the market.

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The landmark Southampton City Gateway project is underway A development deal to build the Southampton City Gateway project, one of the city’s most distinctive new buildings, has been closed by Bouygues Development. The development deal secured by Bouygues Development will see the design and build contract completed by Warings Contractors. Both Warings and Bouygues Development are part of Bouygues Construction, a global player in the building, civil works, energy and services sector. This is the second successful partnership for the two companies, the first being the Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone, which was completed earlier this year. Warings Contractors, the company responsible for the Swan Centre extension in Eastleigh, the redevelopment of Bournemouth Airport and the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth, will construct the

15-storey high landmark mixed-use development at one of the main entrances to the city. As well as housing 364 student bedrooms let to the University of Southampton, a medical centre, a pharmacy and four retail units, the contract includes the resurfacing of Parkville Road and a significant upgrade to the adjacent Market Buildings car park. Preparatory work is underway on the Swaythling site with the main building works scheduled to be complete by summer 2014. Warings Managing Director, Philippe Jouy, said: “Warings is proud to be delivering yet another of the region’s most high profile projects. This development promises huge benefits for the community and fantastic quality accommodation for the students as well as a truly impressive new gateway to the city.”

ISG appointed to build world class Liverpool Exhibition Centre Moves to develop a world class exhibition and events facility on Liverpool’s waterfront have taken a significant step forward, with the appointment of a contractor for the scheme. Following a competitive tender, ISG has been granted the contract to deliver the £40M development at Kings Dock, which will form part of ACC Liverpool, home to the BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena. The appointment of ISG means Liverpool can drive forward with its plans to deliver the 8,100sq m, three hall Exhibition Centre Liverpool, along with an integrated hotel, which will be developed by the city council. The city council is seeking an operator to manage the upscale hotel.


The city council and ACC Liverpool will now work with ISG to further the design of the exhibition centre and hotel, with a planning submission scheduled to be submitted in March 2013. Construction of the new facilities is set to commence in autumn 2013, with a scheduled completion date of spring 2015. Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “I’m delighted that we have secured such a high quality contractor for this vital scheme. ISG has an excellent track record in delivering large scale, international projects and its appointment brings our vision to deliver a world class exhibition centre at Kings Dock a major step closer to reality.

“Building on the success of ACC Liverpool, Exhibition Centre Liverpool will continue our city’s transformation into one of Europe’s leading destinations for large-scale conferences, exhibitions and events. It will bring major economic benefits to our city, providing a massive boost for local businesses and creating jobs.” Plans for Exhibition Centre Liverpool include a public atrium, food and beverage outlets, meeting rooms and a business centre. The three halls will each be 2,700sq m and will be separated by movable walls. The facility will be capable of hosting trade and consumer exhibitions, concerts and sports events on a national and international scale.

Local charity served up with new kitchen A Gedling based charity is praising the generosity of local companies after they donated a brand new kitchen for their building. Three months after it was broken into, the Gedling Play Forum on Wollaton Avenue in Gedling, Nottingham has been supplied with a new, fully fitted kitchen thanks to local contractors working in the area. The community centre that it operates from was broken into in August, with vandals leaving the kitchen in a state of disrepair. They broke units, damaged the sink and deliberately flooded the kitchen, which caused mould to spread across the walls and doors. Hearing of their plight, local social landlord Gedling Homes provided a new kitchen free of charge, with housing and regeneration specialist, Keepmoat offering to install the new units, tiles and flooring. Gedling Play Forum, which is run by volunteers, provides a range of services to support local community groups. Activities include table top arts and crafts for children and adults up to the age of 25 with learning disabilities. It also provides ideas training and a meeting area. Over 1,800 children access the service each year, which also operates a very successful scrap store, with businesses from all over the country offering free surplus stock or materials that would have normally gone to landfill, to be used in a non profit making way.  The building is used by members of the local community so the kitchen is an essential facility for community groups and individuals. Councillor for St. James Ward and Portfolio Holder for Community Development, Cllr. Kathryn Fox, said: "I fully support the outstanding work that Gedling Play Forum do in the local and wider community. The help that they have received is testament to the high regard in which they are held and has enabled them to continue to provide these valuable services."

High tech power systems cut carbon emissions at London luxury development One of the UK’s largest open loop ground source systems has been installed at a major luxury development along the River Thames; minimising the impact of the development on the local environment and cutting carbon emissions. The system, which provides heating and cooling to residential and commercial properties at Riverside Quarter, Wandsworth, London, is estimated to reduce carbon emissions and the production of greenhouse gasses by nearly 10% in comparison to traditional sources of energy. This sustainable form of energy generation has been designed to provide 100% of the cooling and over half the heating requirements for six of the buildings across the development, which consists of 572 apartments and 30,000sq ft of commercial space, requiring only minor external electric input.   The £100M landmark development

incorporates eight 100m length bore holes, developed and designed by MEP consultants Hoare Lea. The development’s significant renewable energy contribution has been implemented in accordance to GLA planning policy, making it one of the few London accredited schemes. Dr Stanley Quek, Chief Executive of Frasers Property, comments: “Creating a development that is as magnificent as it is sustainable and kind to the environment has been a long held vision of mine, and it’s fantastic to see that this dream has been realised. “We have gone some way to ensure that Riverside Quarter is a luxury development that is in harmony with the local environment. Using state-of-the-art technology we have been able to ensure that the development emits as little carbon as possible and is sustainable for generations to come.”

Horsted Park scoops housing development honours at BDA awards A project showcasing bricks from Hanson UK has scooped first prize in the ‘Best housing development 6 to 25 units’ category at the 2012 Brick Development Association (BDA) awards. Horsted Park in Chatham, Medway, Kent, uses the Company’s Chelsea Smoked Red and Dark Moroccan Smooth bricks. It is a mixed-tenure scheme where the houses feature an unusual two-and-a-half-storey design and an original protruding brick feature. The judges said: “This reasonably sized development is not ‘run of the mill’. While using traditional construction methods the designer has shown meticulous detailing and fantastic brickwork has been accomplished. It is hoped that this project will be an example to other developers.” Horsted Park was designed by Proctor and Matthews for Countryside Properties. The BDA awards recognise excellence in design and construction using bricks and are one of the longest established and most widely respected design awards in the UK. Paul Lacey, Hanson UK’s Head of Sustainability, said: “We are delighted to

have received recognition from the BDA for this project from among the hundreds that were submitted to this year’s awards.”


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Kershaw achieves mechanical excellence on Waitrose transformation Waitrose has relaunched its Bath store following a major refurbishment and extension project with £1.1M of mechanical services courtesy of Kershaw Mechanical Services Ltd. The floor area was increased from 16,000sq ft to 40,000sq ft, enabled by expanding into the adjacent space next door, previously occupied over two floors by mixed-use retail units. The existing units were stripped out and cleared to make way for a Waitrose customer cafe, improved staff facilities and warehousing on the first floor, and increased retail space, an espresso bar and Food for Now hot food servery on the ground floor. The store’s transformation includes new fresh service counters, a section dedicated to selected John Lewis kitchen and home ware products, a new wine department, increased checkouts and the retailer’s scan-as-you-shop service, Waitrose Quick Check.


Kershaw installed a new plant room and boiler house, and air handling units on the second floor, and ductwork throughout, which was manufactured in house at its Cambridge workshops. In the food retail areas, traditional refrigeration units were replaced by hydro carbon units and cold aisle retrieval systems implemented to provide heating and cooling to the shop floor. Kershaw also installed two new chillers on the roof with 108mm carbon steel pressed pipework that feeds chilled water to all refrigeration cabinets on the sales floor. Alastair Brown, Construction Project Manager at Waitrose, said “We have worked with Kershaw Mechanical Services for over 20 years so they have a great understanding of our requirements and have helped transform our Bath store into a fantastic Waitrose Food and Home with a minimum amount of disruption to customers, staff and neighbours.”

Manchester jobs initiative scoops top regional award A social enterprise scheme which has found jobs for more than 500 residents in south Manchester has won a sought after regional award from the National Housing Federation. City South Manchester Housing Trust, a social landlord with homes in Hulme, Whalley Range, Moss Side and Fallowfield, won a Community Impact Award from the National Housing Federation, for its flagship jobs and financial inclusion training initiative, The Works, and a range of other employability projects. The Works is a social enterprise initiative set up in partnership with The University of Manchester, run from City South’s housing office at Alexandra Road in Hulme. It helps local people into work by forging close relationships with local employers, and delivering a wide range of pre-recruitment training. Since opening in April 2011, The Works has directly filled 520 job vacancies and provided training for more than 2,000 people. Manchester Credit Union also operates from The Works premises, and has helped local residents access affordable financial products and services and save an estimated £300,000. Dave Power, Chief Executive of City South Housing Trust said: “It is very gratifying to have The Works recognised in such a prestigious national awards programme. “There are lots of employment initiatives out there that simply offer advice or information. The Works is different, in that we have readymade job vacancies, thanks to arrangements with big local employers such as the universities and NHS Trusts.  “The results speak for themselves. We’ve found work for more than 500 people and training for more than 2,000 in our first 18 months. We’re also providing advice for those who want to set up their own businesses, and are holding events in local neighbourhoods to make even more people aware of the opportunities on offer.”

The Carlyle Group to submit plans to regenerate London’s South Bank Global alternative investment manager The Carlyle Group has announced that it intends to submit a detailed planning application for a major residential and office led mixed-use regeneration project to create a new urban town centre to the south of the River Thames between the South Bank and Bankside. This landmark development would mark a significant step forward in the ongoing renaissance of this part of Southwark by providing a destination neighbourhood with 492 new homes for those working in the area and the city. The site has been identified as an Opportunity Area in the Mayor of London’s London Plan and The Carlyle Group believes that, by developing both sites either side of the railway viaduct, its proposals provide a once in a lifetime opportunity to remove the highly impermeable and overbearing barrier created by the current structures and create a new, thriving and sustainable riverside quarter with much improved employment and retail facilities. This new urban quarter, which has been designed by PLP Architecture, will comprise nine new buildings of between five- and 48-storeys in height and open up the arches under the railway viaduct to create pedestrian access and additional cultural, retail and restaurant space to breathe new life into the street frontages, while retaining the character of historic streets such as Hopton Street. The application follows extensive liaison with the London Borough of Southwark’s planning officers, the GLA, local councillors and politicians, residents’ organisations, neighbouring boroughs and other interested bodies. Two public consultations took place, as well as an online consultation, which in aggregate showed that almost 90% of respondents welcome a redevelopment of the site. The project will be delivered in multiple phases, which are dictated by both existing lease structures and the desire to minimise the impact of the works on the local community. It is anticipated that works will be completed between mid2020 and early 2023.

Center Parcs Woburn Forest off to a flying start Specially designed bird boxes were installed at the new Center Parcs Woburn Forest site to mark the start of leisure buildings and lodge construction. Center Parcs Chief Executive, Martin Dalby, was joined by the business’ Landscape Asset Manager, Rich Watson, Woburn Construction Director, Don Camilleri and representatives from contractors, Birse Civils, Bowmer & Kirkland and ISG. Two bird boxes were handcrafted from FSC sourced timber by local carpenter, James Archer, whilst Chief Executive Martin Dalby, who is himself a keen amateur carpenter, created his own unique bird box. Two of the boxes, which have been fitted to trees in Woburn Forest, have been designed to resemble the buildings that will feature at Woburn Forest when it opens in spring 2014. One of the bird boxes, which has been designed to resemble the Subtropical Swimming Paradise, was fitted by Paul Lomas, Construction Director from Bowmer

& Kirkland, the Company responsible for building the leisure buildings and facilities at Woburn Forest. Jonathan Kell, Regional Managing Director from ISG, the contractor responsible for construction of the 625 lodges, hung a bird box which had been designed in the shape of one of the woodland lodges that will be built at Woburn Forest. Martin Dalby hung his own bird box creation inspired by the complete layout design of Woburn Forest. Martin Dalby, Chief Executive, Center Parcs UK, said: “We are committed to protecting and enhancing the natural environment during the build of Woburn Forest and the fitting of the bird boxes will mark the continuation of our commitment to the care and protection of this forest. The start of the leisure building and lodge construction is a true milestone in this project and it is exciting to think that in around 18 months time, we will be welcoming our first guests to this new Center Parcs.”

Sanderson renovates new £2M JDW hotel Principal Contractor, Sanderson, has been awarded the contract to renovate and refurbish a new JD Wetherspoon hotel in Whitby. The former Angel Inn is an existing fourstorey building and will be renovated into a 34-bedroom hotel due to open in spring 2013. The project involves partial demolition, extensive refurbishment and a huge amount of complex structural alterations as well as new build elements. Sanderson will fit out the interior with a modern look but will retain the character of the historical building. There will be significant internal remodelling to include

the creation of 20 additional hotel rooms on the building’s third and fourth floors. Ian Sanderson, Managing Director of Sanderson, said: “While the construction industry as a whole has shown significant decline in output this summer, we have been fortunate to be consistently busy with our longstanding clients but also winning new tenders in a variety of sectors. “It is great that JD Wetherspoon has continued to invest in developments such as this, especially during tough economic times. This is a fantastic opportunity to not only transform a historic site, but also to improve Whitby’s local economy.”


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CHALLENGES, WHAT CHALLENGES? If you thought the last change to the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations was a challenge – the impending ones could be life changing to many Design and CDM co-ordinator practices – especially when combined with the culture change that the industry will have to absorb as result of BIM (Building Information Modelling).

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With HSE about to announce their proposals for changes to the CDN Regulations, now is the time to ask some radical questions. Who might be Project Supervisors in the design phase? Who might they be in the construction phase? Who will be responsible for co-ordinating health and safety information? Who will be the BIM Model Manager (or whatever title is eventually agreed upon)? Who will deal with overall issues of information management and clash detection? Given that both roles are much concerned with information management, co-ordination, design integration and clash detection and given that BIM has the potential to show up health and safety construction and workplace risks, are there inherent opportunities for a more integrated team?

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There are, in fact, some real synergies between the CDM Co-ordinator and the BIM Manager. For example: CDM-Cs and BIM Model Managers both need to see the design information flowing from the whole team; Both need to identify and track sources and flows of information; Both need to know what is up to date, what has been superseded; Both are concerned with the way(s) that the project will be constructed practicalities and problems;

Both will be concerned about design and management clashes (though clearly not all aspects for each); Both will have concerns about practicalities of maintenance and repair; Both need to apply rigorous checks – rapidly; Collaboration is a key to both roles – so soft skills will be similar; Virtual objects, with health embedded information, will be beneficial to both – with respect to both construction and facilities management – the latter being one of the key drivers of BIM and, via the Health and Safety File, of particular concern to the CDM-C. So, the obvious conclusion – some of their work overlaps; they share similar concerns – and therefore some priorities; they could benefit from working closely together. BIM has its conundrums – and one of the main ones is who will be the BIM Model Manager(s)? But one emerging notion is that this role, like that of the design-phase CDM Co-ordinator, also rests well with the lead designer. So, if both of these roles go to the lead designers how will those duties be discharged? Could both roles reside with the same people? Could CDM-C organisations become BIM Model Managers and CDM Co-ordinators? Will lead designer teams provide both services as integrated elements? How many do so already? The first obvious thought is that the lead designer may not have the in-house resources to lead the design development, deal with all of the CDM Coordination duties and manage

information flow, BIM model development and clash detection without help. Clearly the lead designer’s own team could deal with these issues – provided it has the requisite experience and expertise either within that team – or accessible to it. However there is a danger here. Much in the same way that Planning Supervision was expected to be handled by lead designers, it soon became apparent that this was not practical and, especially in smaller organisations, Planning Supervision soon became an in-house specialist service / skill or was outsourced to those who specialised in, and offered, such services. This distancing from design led to a range of problems that the HSE attempted to resolve by, amongst other things, placing the client firmly in the firing line and introducing the CDM-C to advise and assist. Are we heading in the same direction again? Perhaps the next set of CDM Regulations needs also to make sure that if the lead designer becomes the home for CDM Co-ordination and a duty to ‘advise and assist’ designers is also introduced then this role might also align neatly with that of the BIM Model Manager. James Ritchie Head of Corporate Affairs Association for Project Safety
















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NHBC Raising standards for homeowners has been at the very heart of NHBC since its inception over 75 years ago, and will remain pivotal as we look ahead to 2013 and beyond. Here, Mark Jones, Group Head of House-Building Standards, explains how the depth of data collected by NHBC and its analysis to inform future standards is crucial to achieving this objective NHBC almost certainly has the best data in the world relating to new homes, both during construction and in occupation. Our monthly, quarterly and yearly registrations data is held in wide esteem by both the industry and media as a barometer of health for the housing market, but NHBC also has a wealth of other data, including claims information and reportable items found during construction that can pinpoint key issues for houses built in a certain era or location. We have established a framework that looks back and considers claims experience in detail, looks forwards at issues that may impact on the standard of new homes of the future and examines what our Building Inspectors and Claims Inspectors are experiencing on a day-to-day basis. Campaign – pitched roof defects In 2010, we identified that over half of all claims against Buildmark warranties related to pitched roofs; in 2011 the proportion rose to almost 70% of all claims. By focusing on the issue of problems with pitched roof coverings and using our extensive data to inform what action needed to be taken, we were able to devise a range of solutions and deliver a detailed programme of training and practical guidance to the industry. Early signs are that the action taken is starting to make an impact. By helping builders to address the underlying cause, reduce defects, and so reduce the cost of repairs and disruption to purchasers, we are further raising standards for new build homes. And to ensure that all future homes are built to include the new guidance, we have revised Chapter 7.2 Pitched roofs in our 2013 standards, published in December and effective from 1st January 2013. Following the success of the pitched roofs campaign, we now have a new standards framework that is informed and shaped by our data. This means we can now look in detail at what has and is going wrong with the construction of new homes, and assess how best to address these issues. Looking ahead, external masonry walls offer the most substantive scope to raise standards, but beyond this there are other clear areas for improvement in areas such as glazing, basements and balconies to name just a few.


Benefits to the industry NHBC currently has many channels for communicating its standards, raising activity direct to the industry. These include the published NHBC Standards, Technical Extra guides, research publications through NHBC Foundation, Building for Tomorrow seminars, technical training, annual Pride in the Job Awards, and structured feedback via our Builder Reports. We are in the process of developing a range of reports that will provide the industry with information on the areas of build that, according to analysis of our extensive data, require further attention in order to prevent defects, drive up still further the standard of new homes and drive down costs. This type of information is only available through NHBC because of the depth, breadth and date span of data that we hold. Our technical team is also heavily involved in the research carried out by the NHBC Foundation, which both supports and informs future standards. For example, the forthcoming changes to Chapter 5.1 Substructure and Ground Bearing Floors notes the two-part BRE DG522 guide Hardcore for supporting ground floors of buildings published in 2011. NHBC Foundation has since published a supplementary guide to DG522, The use of recycled and secondary materials in residential construction, providing an overview for specifiers, builders and developers into these types of materials.

The future The housebuilding industry is still operating in a hugely challenging environment, with NHBC’s Q3 statistics revealing a relatively flat housing market across the UK. But this is no excuse for not continuing to improve the standards of new homes, so we are actually increasing our efforts to ensure the homes of the future are built to better and better standards. To further enhance the focus and impact of NHBC’s standards raising activity, now and in the future, we have brought together our Standards and Technical team with our research and development activity to form a new House Building Standards Department. The work of this new department and the overarching standards raising strategy will help us to prepare the industry in responding to future challenges, both technical and volume related. Drawing on the depth of information and experience across the Company will focus our standard raising activity to ultimately benefit homeowners, builders and the industry as a whole. The work we do from vetting builders before they join the register, setting standards, inspecting homes during construction, collecting data and subsequently providing structured feedback and training - raises standards and help builders to save on costly repairs in the process.

Mark Jones

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Slimming down planning processes By Angus Walker, Bircham Dyson Bell Coinciding with a Bill in Parliament to speed up planning, last autumn the government launched two Planning Act-related consultations, which could herald important changes to the existing regime. One focused on combining and managing consents, and the other looked at the business and commercial field which is to be added to the Planning Act regime by the Growth and Infrastructure Bill. Meanwhile, the Bill was amended to remove some certification requirements from the Planning Act. The first consultation surrounds the 'one stop shop', reducing the need to obtain many different consents for the same project. The first category of consents is in the Planning Act itself – not subject to the consultation, I’m pleased to see that these are simply being removed. These amendments have now been incorporated into the Bill as clause 20. The tests for taking land remain, without needing separate certificates, and are taken into consideration when the main application is made. The changes are welcome and remove an unnecessary strand of procedure for project promoters – and those affected by projects.  The next category of consents isn’t to be altered in legal terms, but 'bespoke consent management arrangements within the Planning Inspectorate' are to be introduced, applying to 12 of the separate consents listed in regulations - presumably this may increase or decrease depending on the results of the consultation.  Consultees were asked whether these arrangements will make the process efficient, without much detail on what those arrangements will actually be. The proposals could be promising, as long as they have some integration with the main consent process and timetable.  The third category of consents is to be removed from the legislation that requires the original consenting body to agree they can be included in a Development Consent Order under the Planning Act, instead of being applied for directly.  The 18 consents to be taken out, however, are only those which are out of date or unlikely to be needed for a Planning Act project so this slimming down will have little practical effect. The consultation lists 14 remaining consents which are to stay in the regulations and won't have bespoke arrangements. I don't quite see what the rationale is for not introducing consent management arrangements for these as well – or are they too important and specialised for the Planning Inspectorate to get a look-in?  

The list of statutory consultees for preapplication consultation is long (generally involving over 100 organisations), and many such consultees have rarely or never responded, or have positively asked not to be consulted, which of course applicants cannot accede to as the law stands.  The government proposes to reduce the list in two ways: by striking out 21 of the entries (although adding one - the Ministry of Defence), and by removing certain words from the definition of 'relevant', which should reduce the geographical spread of consultees.  The second consultation is on the new field of business and commercial projects which would be able to benefit from the Planning Act regime on a voluntary basis. The government estimates that 10-20 projects will do this per year. The field will only apply to projects in England, and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government will make the decisions. If the projects are in London, however, they will need the Mayor's consent before they can use the Planning Act regime. Aside from the categories and thresholds themselves, consultees are asked whether retail developments should be included, and whether one or more National Policy Statements should be produced. The government thinks not.  Housing is not to be included, no questions asked. I do feel that could rule out some genuinely nationally significant development just because there's a flat above a pub or something. Proposed categories:  • Offices, research and development facilities - over 40,000sq m gross internal floors pace (gif) • Manufacturing, processing proposals over 40,000sq m gif, • Warehousing, storage, distribution - over 40,000sq m gif, • Conference, exhibition centres - over 40,000sq m gif, • Leisure, tourism, sports stadia - over 100 hectares or over 40,000 seats, • Extractive industries - all coal mining, 500 tonnes per day petroleum, extraction, 500,000 cubic metres for gas extraction, over 100 hectares for other mining and quarrying,  • Mixed-use developments (excluding housing or where retail is a main use) 100,000sq m floorspace.

well, with six criteria to inform the decision (paraphrased): • Scale • Impact, • Location, if it gives rise to cross-boundary or national controversy • Economic impact • Rarity and importance of a mineral being extracted • National security or foreign government involvement. I have previously suggested adding, not a test of national significance, but another factor which might affect growth - whether the complexity of land assembly and the consenting process without using the Planning Act regime would affect the viability of the project. I'm not quite sure why the thresholds are needed with a test of national significance on top. The Planning Act currently has just thresholds, or for projects below the threshold, a test of national significance. One of the consultation questions is whether to have thresholds at all.  The consulting process closed in early January - so the outcome is yet to be reported. Let’s hope it proves positive in slimming down the process to help with much needed growth in the construction sector.

Angus Walker

It's not enough to be above the threshold, though - the government has to consider that the project is nationally significant as


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Fitness for purpose under design and build contracts: Trebor v ADT By Jonathan Marvin, Sheridan Gold LLP Section 4 of the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982 provides that: where under a contract for the transfer of goods, the transferor transfers the property in goods in the course of a business; and the transferee, expressly or by implication, makes known to the transferor any particular purpose for which the goods are being acquired; there is an implied condition that the goods supplied under the contract are reasonably fit for that purpose, whether to nor that is a purpose for which such goods are commonly supplied. This fitness for purpose obligation is more onerous than the duty to merely exercise reasonable skill and care, which is an implied term in a contract for the supply of services. The distinction between “goods” and “services” is obvious in certain situations; for example if you are supplying widgets from a factory or in business as a consultant. In the construction industry, the position is less clear-cut in the context of design and build, where the contractor is responsible for the design and construction of the works. The position was generally thought to be that the courts will readily imply a term of fitness for purpose of the completed works, unless excluded by the express terms of the contract or other particular circumstances. In the case of IBA v EMI and BICC (1978), the House of Lords considered that a main contractor might be liable upon an implied term of fitness for purpose for the negligent design of a sub-contractor. However, in the recent case of Trebor Bassett Holdings Ltd v ADT Fire and Security plc [2012], the Court of Appeal found that a contract for the design and construction of a fire suppression system did not include an implied term of fitness


for purpose. The claimants in this case were Trebor and Cadburys. Cadburys produced popcorn in an extension to Trebor’s factory in Pontefract. Cadburys entered into a contract with ADT to design, supply, install and commission a fire suppression system for the popcorn production area. In 2005, a fire started in that area that destroyed the factory. The fire suppression system did not extinguish the fire and the claimants sued ADT. At first instance, the judge held that ADT owed Cadbury a contractual duty to exercise reasonable skill and care in carrying out the design of the system and had breached this duty. However, Cadbury was found to be partly responsible for the damage suffered. On appeal, Cadbury argued that the contract was one for the supply of services, pursuant to which goods were also to be supplied. Under sections 4(2) and 4(4) of the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982, there were implied conditions in the contract that the fire suppression system was to be of satisfactory quality and reasonably fit for purpose. The Court of Appeal found that the fire suppression system was not “goods” for the purposes of the Act. In his judgment, Tomlinson LJ said: “...the system does not have any inherent characteristics which can be independently assessed as indicative that, as a free-standing system, it is or is not of good quality. Furthermore there are no purposes for which this system is commonly supplied. It is a one-off bespoke system, designed for one particular application. All this tends to support my view that it is not a natural or accurate use of language in this context to regard “the system” as simply “goods” attracting without more the well-known

statutory incidents of quality and fitness for purpose. What ADT was agreeing to supply was primarily design skills and reasonable care in exercising them, not goods, and the goods which they supplied were of good quality.” What products might constitute a “system”, in distinction to “goods”, will no doubt need to be considered further (Tomlinson LJ emphasised its bespoke nature). While the compatibility of this decision with that of the House of Lords in IBA v EMI has been questioned, it should not be overlooked that the relevant comments in IBA v EMI were dicta and not binding.

Jonathan Marvin

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Adjudication: Don’t pay for a none-decision By Kim Teichmann, Construction Senior Associate, Thomas Eggar LLP We all understand that adjudication is about pay now argue later, that it is rough and ready justice. However, there is a growing opinion that the justice can sometimes be a bit too rough and ready, leaving it an entirely unpredictable dispute resolution process. Adjudicators can get it wrong and you cannot challenge their decision on the basis that they answered the question incorrectly. This can be very frustrating for those involved, as an award can make or break small contractors or employers, and it is not much comfort for them to hear that there is no consequence for an adjudicator who has made a glaring legal or factual error. A recent Court of Appeal case: PC Harrington Contractors Ltd v Systech International Ltd published on the 23rd October 2012 will hopefully make adjudicators a little more accountable personally for a bad decision; they will not get paid for it. It is not unusual for an adjudicator to refuse to deal with a defence on the basis that it is outside the ambit of the dispute referred. In this case the claiming party was claiming unpaid retentions on three different projects. The defending party in the adjudication claimed that they had overpaid the contractor and that this had to be set off against the outstanding retention. It is not surprising that the adjudicator found that the retentions were due and had to be paid. Adjudicators tend to award what is fair, and let’s face it, holding onto retentions is not. However, the adjudicator refused to deal with the defending party’s defence that it had overpaid the claiming party and that this should be set off against the retention. The adjudicator found that this defence

was outside of his jurisdiction because it was a final account matter. The adjudicator was wrong in law; he should have considered the defence. His failure to do so meant he was in breach of natural justice. Everyone agreed that the adjudicator was acting in good faith and that he unwittingly got the law wrong. However, the court found that the adjudicator, by failing to take into account the over payment defence, was in significant breach of natural justice. The court found that when the parties agreed to pay the adjudicator, he agreed in return to provide an enforceable decision. The court was not impressed with the poor decision and said that making a decision which was unenforceable by reason of a breach of natural justice is a default or misconduct on the part of the adjudicator and a serious failure to conduct the adjudication in a lawful manner. It is interesting that the court discussed not only unenforceable decisions because of a breach of natural justice, but also those unenforceable decisions because the adjudicator did not have jurisdiction. It said in both cases such unenforceable decisions left the parties to the adjudication in a futile position. The court said that parliament must have intended that an adjudicator which produces an unenforceable decision should not be entitled to payment of his fees. It is interesting that the court noted that if one of the parties raises a challenge on jurisdiction before the decision is reached, and then having received a decision from the adjudicator on his jurisdiction, elects that the adjudicator should proceed to a decision, then that party cannot later refuse

to pay the adjudicator’s fees even if it is later found that the challenge to the jurisdiction was correct. A word of warning: watch out for terms in the adjudicator’s appointment which say that you will pay his fees even if the award is unenforceable. Do not agree to such terms, why should you? Kim Teichmann, Construction Senior Associate, Thomas Eggar LLP

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Latent Defects Insurance and Commercial Buildings Are Funders finally waking up and smelling the coffee? Three Christmases past I penned an article about the impact Latent Defects Insurance (“LDI”) could have on the UK property sector in the years ahead. I speculated then that the increasing number of contractor insolvencies was going to become a major issue and that building owners and funders were likely to be left with part completed buildings with no contractual guarantees from insolvent builders. I said that this in turn would have an impact on the ability to sell on part-complete buildings and this is one of those occasions when I hate to have been proven to be right. I realise that nobody loves a smart-arse – so sorry! When I wrote the article, I wasn’t intending to preach “doom and gloom” and I did suggest that the way to avoid disaster was for Employers and Funders to take out LDI cover from the outset of a project. Unfortunately, clients do not always listen to good advice and will often refuse to pay the modest premiums for LDI cover at the outset of a project, particularly if the bank that is funding the project has no idea of what LDI is or the benefits it can offer by way of protection to both the bank and the borrower and has not insisted on LDI being put in place. In the last three years, my colleagues and I have toured the length and breadth of the UK explaining the benefits of LDI to banks and funders. It has been a hard task. Many banks are

still insisting on a plethora of collateral warranties from the Architect to the window cleaner to try and protect their position. But, as we all know, these warranties are worthless if the builder or any other member of the supply chain goes bust. I could be flippant and suggest that the old model of demanding a virtual forest of collateral warranties to try and protect an employer and the funders has come from the same armies of lawyers who charge huge fees for drafting these documents, but I won’t. I do understand where these lawyers are coming from. The legal position is clear. Warranties are demanded so that beneficiaries can sue in contract for losses arising from the default of the warrantor. This is all well and good, but what happens if the warrantor goes bust? Where are you then? Latent defects insurance cuts through this obvious problem. A well thought out policy of LDI will insure the Employer, the funder, consecutive owners, the tenants and future tenants against losses arising from a failure of the building fabric. It will even insure against consequential losses! And before anybody says it must be expensive, think again because it is not. But what about part-complete buildings where a member of the supply chain has ceased to exist? In most cases LDI cover can be bought

retrospectively to insure the existing building fabric and the remaining building work yet to be undertaken against subsequent failure. Yes, it is more expensive than buying it at the outset but the sheer fact that it can, in most cases, still be bought retrospectively, even if the supply chain member has gone bust, is pretty amazing. There is increasing evidence that funders are now realising that borrowers who are committing to capital expenditure for new buildings need LDI cover purchased at the outset of the project so that all relevant stakeholders are protected by one policy of insurance. Funders are finally beginning to make LDI cover a condition of the funding. You just can’t beat the smell of fresh coffee in the morning, can you! Peter Vinden is a practising adjudicator, arbitrator, expert and mediator. He is Managing Director of The Vinden Partnership and can be contacted by email at The Vinden Partnership arranges LDI insurance as part of its service

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RLF Adopting a more collaborative approach to risk mitigation For far too long, the UK construction industry has suffered from the inability of those overseeing the procurement process at the start of a build project to coordinate and consolidate both materials and labour. Traditionally, within the building industry, where projects are geographically distant from one another and unique in design, this has led to a fragmented supply chain. There is invariably little spend on new ways of working or product development to reduce overall procurement costs and as such, inefficiencies in the build process prevail. But by reassessing the supply chain configuration so that the prime contractor is put in a position where they have full responsibility for the completion of a project and where they manage all design and construction activity, this has the potential to achieve a more cohesive and less fragmented build process. Building on the well documented principles of the Building Down Barriers report (1999), it is essential that collaboration lies at the heart of the build and that this is properly facilitated through strong leadership, training and incentives. By engaging with all those involved in the supply chain at the outset – from design through to development – such as key suppliers, subcontractors and so forth, problematic issues can be kept to a minimum and dealt with before construction even begins.   rlf|3PM’s latest involvement as Project Mentor for the team working to deliver the University of East Anglia’s new Norwich Research Park (NRP) Enterprise Centre demonstrates this collaborative approach in action. The Centre is set to become an exemplary low carbon project, which itself will house a new Centre for the Built Environment. The project is being part-funded by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), in addition to funding from UEA, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBRSC), Norwich Research Park (NRP) and BRE (Building Research Establishment). It will not only aim to become a world class


building of sustainable credentials designed to stimulate commercial enterprise, but it’s creation will aim to establish a new benchmark for procurement. We have engaged with the client, Adapt and the University of East Anglia, as well as local SMEs in the Norwich area to help source materials for the development of the Enterprise Centre. To ensure the client needs are closely considered, resource is sought nearby and everyone is aware of their role on the project. This close ‘partnering’ idea is based on the MoD/industry partnering concept, which we are working on with Morgan Sindall as the Single Point Delivery partner. This concept is generally recognised as a method for demonstrating that successful collaboration is not about formulaic words and compromise; it is about working together in a climate of openness and trust. The point of this whole approach is to ensure enhanced profitability for the team and a high quality finish that will deliver long-term cost benefits over the building’s lifespan. In the case of the UEA scheme, the challenge for the Mentor and the team was to ensure all parties understood the commercial reality but without the end users getting dispirited in the process. It was necessary for all of the core management team to fully understand the reality of the situation. By creating an environment where views can be openly aired and discussed in a safe manner, these differences can be highlighted, ensuring the team focus remains on resolving the issues. The UEA project has also adopted Neutral Risk Monitoring, a service provided by rlf|3PM and delivered in partnership with a company called ResoLex, which helps projects with communication, supports collaborative working and reduces risk. The purpose of this innovative service is to provide a safe and confidential arena in which individual project team members can feedback information about their perceptions of different project attributes. On first inspection, many projects assume that this already exists through traditional

reporting mechanisms and team meetings. However, from experience, we have found that this reporting tends to concentrate on historical fact, rather than the perception of people who have many years of valuable project experience. So what we concentrate on are gut feelings. We capture good news and any concerns, monitoring them over a number of metrics; time, mutual goals and risks, to allow the team to explore emerging issues, changes in working practices and inter-team differences while they are current and before they become unchangeable historic facts. The reports are already highlighting some issues and different perceptions. Our challenge as Mentor is to ensure the teams remain aligned in tackling these challenges.

Patrick Watson

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Lytag Gareth Moores, Managing Director at Lytag Ltd discusses the importance of material choice in bringing together sustainability and innovative design, while meeting ever important time and cost constraints.... Good sustainability credentials have become a critical requirement on all construction projects. However, in a complex economic climate where costs, and keeping them to a minimum, are imperative, designers and contractors must carefully consider their choice of materials. By doing this, they can not only satisfy both sustainability and cost criteria, but also create effective and innovative designs. Creating a healthy atmosphere for future generations and triggering the economic benefits of building efficiently and durability are key. As such, the government is committed to lowering the carbon impact of construction, and by 2019 all commercial buildings will be legally required to achieve zero carbon. Sustainability is here to stay and all parts of industry must embrace it. Tighter project budgets do not mean that sustainability should be disregarded. In fact, by approaching environmental credentials as an integral part of the design and construction method, incorporating sustainability can bring significant economic benefits for clients. By giving careful consideration to materials choice from the earliest stage of a project, construction teams can use materials that will not only enhance the sustainability credentials of a build, but often bring further benefits. Secondary aggregate is a fine example of this. It can be made from a number of materials, including with colliery spoil, china clay waste, and fuel ash. Importantly, secondary aggregate reduces the industry’s reliance upon quarried aggregates. LYTAG LWA, for example, is made using pulverised fuel ash (PFA), which is a by-product of coal fired power stations. This use also diverts

the PFA from landfill, and the material is recognised by the BREEAM environmental assessment for its ‘green’ credentials. LYTAG LWA is not only sustainable because of its base materials, but also because it is light - 50% lighter than traditional aggregate. This LWA can be used in a number of ways, including in concrete for walls, floors and screed. This reduced weight allows architects and engineers more flexibility in design, as the reduced weight of concrete made with LYTAG LWA needs less reinforcement. There are a number of examples of projects where this material has been used to great effect, and one such project is Bradford University in West Yorkshire. The University’s Sustainable Enterprise Centre (SEC) has been designed as a focal point for the University’s ‘Ecoversity’ programme which aims to embed sustainable development across all of the University’s functions. The design team had specified that the building was to be supported by a timber frame. The upper floor slabs used were precast lattice girder slabs that required an in situ concrete fill. As the building had also been designed to incorporate a green roof, the dead load of weight on the building’s timber structure would have been too great using a traditional concrete solution for the floor slabs. Structural engineer WSP chose to fill the upper floor slabs using 370cu m of LYTAG LWA concrete to be used as the topping to the concrete floor slabs and use expanded polystyrene void formers fixed to the precast units. This reduced the weight of the floor slabs, meaning that it was possible to deliver the desired design using a timber frame, and within the specified timescales

and budget. As demonstrated by the Bradford University project, choice of materials can play a significant role in reconciling sustainability, design and cost. With the outlook for the construction industry set to remain bleak, materials such as LYTAG LWA can provide valuable quick wins for project teams, helping meet client sustainability requirements while bringing added design and cost benefits to the build.

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Cyber-Duck BAM Construct (, one of the UK’s largest construction companies, serves a wide range of market sectors including education, retail, health, law and defence. Being an innovative construction company, BAM are always looking to use the latest platforms to improve their communication with staff, suppliers, customers and local communities. Consequently, they commissioned digital agency Cyber-Duck ( to create a number of bespoke Facebook pages for them with the aim of improving internal communication between regional departments and external communication with customers, key stakeholders and the public. Two separate Facebook pages were created, one of which was designed to provide information on BAM’s construction projects (BAM Construct), and the other designed to improve communication throughout the Company (BAM People). The result has been a resounding success with BAM able to communicate interactively with their key audiences and do this much more cost effectively than in the past. Objectives The objectives of the project were to: 1. Increase brand awareness and provide an interactive information outlet for customers and the public, extending the reach of their newsletters to local communities 2. Provide BAM stakeholders with the latest news from the company 3. Improve engagement between internal regional departments while discontinuing their quarterly magazine, ‘People’ which was distributed to all BAM employees, costing £60,000 per annum to produce.

and events 2. Upload latest project photos and videos 3. Excellent customer relations and a customer service tool that also helps BAM in bids 4. Transparent and efficient communication with the local community on local issues 5. Far greater audience reach 6. Cost savings as Facebook pages are easier to maintain than bespoke interactive websites Furthermore, BAM’s use of Facebook was welcomed by the Considerate Constructors Scheme. BAM’s Facebook page for their Leeds Arena project is a good example of an engaging project page (, offering a resource for all those directly

affected by, or involved in, the project. For example, BAM posted a message to engage with the community, asking users who they would like to see open The Arena. The results were: 1. Virality - 9.7% of the people who saw the post created a story from it 2. Engaged users – 13.3% of people who saw the post clicked on it 3. Talking about this – 9.4% of people who saw the post created a discussion about it Aside from engaging users in ways that were previously impossible, Facebook also gave BAM insights that were previously not available.

BAM Construct UK Facebook Page A Facebook landing page, BAM Construct ( was created for some of BAM’s construction projects, opening a two-way form of communication between the Company and local communities and stakeholders. From this landing page, users can click on ‘BAM sites’ to access Facebook pages for different projects, enabling: 1. BAM to post progress, news, activities


BAM People Facebook Page: BAM People ( was created for staff so they could stay on top of Company news and social events within their region, replacing BAM’s previous “People” magazine.

Clicking on the ‘BAM People’ tab on this page, users can see social activities in their region and other regions. This enables 1. Improved internal communications 2. Easy communication of regional news and activities 3. Seeing and being invited to latest events 4. Connecting BAM colleagues from different region(s) 5. A dialogue with users who can post feedback and likes 6. Sharing photographs 7. Having some fun! Results BAM’s Facebook pages have been a resounding success with the following results. 1. Financial Benefits - Reduced printing costs by discontinuing the ‘People’ magazine meant BAM saves £60,000 per annum. 2. Reduced Waste – BAM met their goals to improve their CSR, by reducing print, paper and waste which was spent on the ‘People’ publication. 3. Man Hours – The use of social media has enabled BAM to greatly reduce the amount of time spent on marketing materials 4. Branding – The BAM Facebook pages have helped to improve the viral reach of the Company and position it as a customer-centric innovator in the construction industry. 5. Reduced time to market – News can now be updated instantly, providing stakeholders with news as soon as it’s announced. 6. International Reach – Facebook insights show the pages are attracting a great deal of international exposure. 7. Increased User Engagement – BAM are able to engage with users, prompt responses and measure the success of such activities. Finally, Cyber-Duck set up the pages for BAM in such a way that they can easily add new project and people pages themselves. Consequently, BAM now have a wide range of BAM Construct and BAM People Facebook pages, all with differing degrees of likes, engagement and virality.


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Youngs Doors manufacture and supply bespoke & standard flush doors and door sets with either laminated, paint grade or timber veneered facings. They also supply timber panelled doors & door sets, all of which meet the BS476 Pt22 fire requirements. Based in Norwich, Youngs Doors, who are part of the Drayton Building Services Group and a division of R.G. Carter Holdings Ltd, have been manufacturing bespoke & standard flush and panelled doors for over 30 years, distributing them across the UK and abroad. In 1989, the company achieved registration to BS EN ISO 9001, and in 2006 to ISO 14001,with OHSAS 18001 being added in January 2009. A Commitment to Achieving Investors in People has been registered. The Quality Management Systems in place are regularly audited to give assurance to all of their customers that their high standards are maintained throughout all of their management and manufacturing processes. The company first exhibited at Interbuild in the 1970s. All products are manufactured to the highest design and specification standards and are fully compliant to all current fire and acoustic test evidence. All Fire rated doors and doors sets are third party accredited through the BM TRADA Q MARK fire certification scheme. Youngs Doors product range features bespoke & standard flush doors and door sets to meet both 30 and 60 minute fire performance levels, door

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Chaddesley Corbett Primary School Ecologically-friendly school in the Green Belt of north Worcestershire A brand new one-form entry primary school has been built on a greenfield site to replace Chaddesley’s existing school, which was originally a first school. When Worcestershire County Council went from a three tier to a two tier scheme, the existing school wasn’t big enough to accommodate the additional classrooms. As a result, some temporary accommodation was provided, as well as some relocatable buildings for the last few years since the switch while the new school has been planned and built. Temporary classrooms have been used for two years on the site of the existing building, which is of Victorian origin and was added to in the 1960s and 1970s. Having outgrown these premises, Chaddesley has moved to a site on the edge of the village just off the main road, whereas the existing building is on the village street. The new single-storey primary school includes four junior classrooms, two infant classrooms, a nursery, a dedicated music room, a food science/design & technology room, a hall, reception, staff rooms and offices. Built by A&H Construction & Development Plc, the building is set on traditional strip foundations; the walls are built from a


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Landscaping has sought to minimise the visual impact of the building from the main road. Sound deadening mounds have been introduced, as there is quite a busy road that runs past the school. Being located on the periphery of Chaddesley Corbett, which is a conservation area, strict guidelines on construction traffic were established, ensuring all vehicles accessed the site via main roads and no vehicles were to enter through the village. Initially, sorting out the necessary funding for the project was an issue. The school was part of the Wyre Forest review of all primary education in the region. When the county did the review, Chaddesley Corbett Primary School was identified as one that could be extended rather than rebuilt, so the budget was set at a certain level. When it became clear that it had to go to a new site, there were some major implications in terms of services. A&H Construction & Development Plc had some long discussions with the county to get to a budget that could be worked with. Designed by Boughton Butler, work commenced on the project in January 2012 and it was completed in November 2012. The development cost £3.95M.

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Westfield Park Nursing Home A purpose-built, 66-bed nursing home is closing in on completion, after administrative delays caused the schedule to be put back. Initially expected to be completed in May 2012, the three-storey care home is a new building that will extend the operation at Westfield Park, which already has a nursing home on site with 45 beds, half of which is dedicated to nursing, whilst the other half is dedicated to dementia patients. The new facility, which will complete in February 2013, will be a nursing only facility, and the existing building will become dementia only. Designed by Fluid Design Associates LLP, the exterior of the building has been designed to tie into and have a relationship with the existing structure, picking out eaves details and the proportion of the windows. It combines a mixture of facing bricks and, to provide a contrast, elements of render. This gives a distinct visual break between the two buildings. Internally, there are many striking features,

with bespoke joinery elements to create a bar for the residents. There are traditional shops also set within the building, all with Victorian facades. Thanks to the effort and commitment of the Yorkare Homes, who is the client, Fluid Design, and Havercroft Construction, who is the Main Contractor, it will result in a high quality fit-out. The existing structure is single-storey and is a H-shape. The new facility is to the rear of this, forming a Tsection. There is an insertion that fits between two wings of the existing home and forms two internal courtyards. It has its own driveway and car parking too. To the rear of each wing there was some storage and an

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Westgate Centre A progressive and sustainable mixed-use scheme Conveniently located within Aldershot town centre, close to numerous public transport facilities, Westgate Centre is a major regeneration scheme with an 86,512sq ft foodstore, seven screen cinema, restaurants and 91-bed hotel around a new piazza that is over a decked, 500-space car park. It is only a three minute walk between Westgate and the retail core of the town centre, via the pedestrian Upper Union Street. Family restaurants will provide a range of food choices throughout the day and evening, while each restaurant will have its own outdoor seating within an attractively landscaped piazza. The hotel will provide additional accommodation for visitors to Aldershot and the state-of-the-art cinema, opened at the end of October, will show the latest blockbuster films. The foodstore, a Morrisons, will improve customer choice and enhance the range and quality of convenience shopping in Aldershot town centre, and is complete with a petrol filling station. It will be linked by a travelator and lift system to provide easy pedestrian and shopping trolley access directly from the car park. The variety of day and evening uses will ensure Westgate attracts additional visitors


to the town centre. Westgate will boost the the energy being provided from renewable or local economy by retaining retail and leisure low carbon sources. The Westgate expenditure within Aldershot, which used to development aims to minimise waste and be spent elsewhere. encourage recycling. The cinema, Morrisons and all restaurants The Architect for the project is Mountford can be accessed from the central piazza, Pigott and the Main Contractor is McLaren with pedestrian access located on Barrack Construction. Some of the facilities are now Road and Alexandra Road. The piazza offers open, with the Cineworld and Travelodge al fresco dining and public seating in a both opening at the end of October 2012. continental town square atmosphere. It is a wonderful place to meet, relax and enjoy some great hospitality. Accessible from Wellington Avenue, the car park provides more than 500 spaces and offers well-lit, safe and secure Draughting ● Steel Decking ● Reinforcement ● Insulation ● parking facilities with Concrete ● Under Floor Heating ● Screeds generously sized spaces incorporating Tel: 01204 694983 (Office) - Fax: 01204 468222 designated disabled Email: and parent and toddler parking, as well as a Sidlow Brothers Construction Ltd CCTV system. The Adlington Suite, Paragon Business Park, The scheme has Chorley New Road, Horwich, Bolton BL6 6HG embraced energy efficiency with 10% of

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Timber Trade Federation Building on strong foundations Established in 1892, the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) is growing the use of wood through innovative and high quality representations to politicians, industry and customers. The Federation represents the timber industry’s views to all stakeholders including central and local government, the devolved political institutions and the European Commission. It is working particularly closely with the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Department for International Development on a number of issues. Last autumn, the Chancellor announced several initiatives, which he claims will boost the construction sector. Among the announcements was an additional £5Bn over three years for capital investment. However, as the Construction Products Association, the Ernst & Young Item Club and many others have pointed out, there is little evidence this will have much impact as the industry is currently contracting by more than double that amount every year. John White, Chief Executive of the TTF said: “While we applaud the Chancellor for recognising that the construction industry is key to economic recovery, this announcement of £5Bn is a small drop in the ocean and is unlikely to stimulate the recovery or the sector or the economy. “The Chancellor also promised billions of

pounds in his statement last November but less than half of this has actually been paid out. Instead of designing ever more complicated mechanisms, such as guarantees to get pension funds to invest, the government should actually spend some money directly on shovel-ready housing projects. This would have a far more positive effect on the economy than a hundred schemes and announcements which don’t pay out.” Diana Montgomery, Chief Executive of the Construction Products Association said: “Throughout this year (2012) construction has been contracting by £1Bn each month, so the announcement that there will be an additional £5Bn added to the capital budget over three years will do very little to offset the losses we are already experiencing, especially as that £5Bn is not just for construction but also for IT, exports and skills.” The Guardian has reported that, following last autumn’s housing strategy, only 7,000 of an expected 27,000 people have taken up the FirstBuy initiative, while of the 18 new major road schemes announced since May 2010 not a single one has seen diggers go into the ground. Autumn 2012 also saw Wood for Good, the timber industry sustainability and promotion campaign, announce the start of a collaborative research and development project: Wood First Plus!

The aim of the project is to create a central point of information containing all of the data necessary to promote timber and timber products as a first choice, ‘primary and preferred construction material’ along with a programme to communicate this key data to key audiences. This process should also help improve on current industry sector performance. Stuart Harker, managing the project from the TTF, said: “Environmental impacts, along with cost and performance, are going to be key customer drivers for the foreseeable future across the construction products sector. Environmental sustainability assessment is increasingly delivered through assessment of supply chains, design, construction, whole-life assessment and end-of-life aspects. As these measurements increase in importance, so too does the demand for robust, accessible data. This project aims to deliver that.” Wood First Plus – named after Wood for Good’s Wood First campaign – is targeting three areas key to specification and design with timber: Carbon; Lifecycle assessment and Environmental Product Declaration (LCA & EPD); and Engineering, with a focus on requirements of and compatibility with BIM and structural analysis software. The information will be made freely accessible to all and promoted through the Wood for Good website.


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White Cliffs Medical Centre Enlarged facilities The new White Cliffs Medical Centre in Dover was completed at the end of last year on the site of a previous pair of semidetached houses. Located on Folkestone Road, one of the houses was the original smaller surgery, and the other was a residential dwelling. Both were demolished to make way for the new, larger surgery in the built up residential area on the outskirts of Dover town centre. The Medical Centre belongs to Dr P & R Premnath, and was built by Jenner (Contractors) Ltd. As well as demolition of the houses, work included the underpinning of the adjacent property under the watchful eye of a party wall surveyor. The new building is spread over threestoreys, and is a steel frame structure, built on piled foundations. The ground and first floors are for patients and staff. The ground floor has a reception, consulting rooms, a treatment room with a large waiting area and patient facilities including disabled toilets, while the first

floor has further consulting rooms, minor operations rooms and private staff areas, which comprise a staff room with a kitchen, practice managers office, an administration office and IT server room. The second floor offers private facilities for patients and a large training room, comprising of a private consultation room, the large training room and kitchen facilities. All is based around a central core consisting of single staircase and passenger lift to serve all three floors. Air conditioning and air source heat pump provides heating and cooling throughout the building. The surgery and all facilities in it are fully compliant for disabled access, and safety provisions are present in the form of CCTV and fire alarm system throughout the building. Hard landscaping has been incorporated to the front and rear of the building to form the new car park. The public parking is at the front, and the staff parking at the rear. The sloping site has chalk ground

conditions and has an external façade mix of red brick and horizontal coloured cladding, which is blue and dark grey on the walls. The roof is dark grey Marley Eternit modern interlocking tiles, while windows are double glazed and made from aluminium; other glazing features include Velux rooflights. Other sustainability features include solar panels installed on the roof to provide hot water. The contract took a year to complete, with a team consisting of Bob Garlinge as Contracts Manager, Lee Foottit as Contracts Surveyor and Rod Wooldridge as Site Manager, assisted by Darren Charters throughout the majority of the contract period. The Architect was Duncan & Graham Partnership. Work on site commenced in July 2011 and was completed in August 2012. The contract was worth £1.1M and the building opened in November 2012.


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Wyre Council Marine Gardens and Rossall Point now open Rossall Point proposed redesign

Wyre Council has seen the completion of many projects this year, and one of the most significant is at Rossall Point, with the iconic 14-metre tower now completed. Part of the wider Sea Chance programme adding a new dimension to Wyre’s waterfront, it boasts several viewing platforms that are open to the public, a public education centre on the ground floor where views from the top are projected on to screens and a new home for the National Coast Watch Initiative (NCI) volunteers. The viewing platforms give fantastic views over the Irish Sea, the Lune Deep, Lakeland fells and the Flyde Coast. Artwork inside and out links the project to both the Mythical Coast Trail and the refresh of Marine Gardens. To protect the natural environment as much as possible, most of the concrete construction took place off site. The interior of the building features interpretation and artwork that reflects the natural environment of the coastal area and elements from The Sea Swallow - a children’s book specially selected for the exposed location of the Tower. Work started at the beginning of 2012. Initial works involved piling the existing ground for the foundations followed by partial demolition of the existing structure. Volunteers, wardens and the waterfront rangers supervise the building so that it can be opened up every day and be a well used resource for anyone to enjoy since its opening in the summer of 2012. Linking to Rossall Point are the Marine Gardens, also part of the Sea Change project. Completed and opened in September, much of this work was only possible thanks to a generous donation from the Lofthouse family of Fleetwood. Mrs Doreen Lofthouse was therefore given the honour of cutting a ceremonial ribbon and officially declaring the gardens open. The landscaping is designed in the style of a

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The Baden Powell Centre Offering support for young adults This new building is a residential, respite and day student development centre for young adults with identified learning difficulties. Based on their learning profile, students will endeavour to develop an appreciation for challenges and learn to embrace them as opportunities. Located on Victoria Street, the Baden Powell Centre is within the Abercrombie Street Conservation Area on the former site of Abercrombie Primary School. The existing buildings have been retained and converted for the Centre, and the north and west ‘wings’ of the former school have been converted into individual dwellings. It is a 15-bedroom development in nine different units, comprising of four twobedroom units, one three-bedroom unit, two-step down units, each comprising one bedroom, a one-bed disability unit and finally a one-bed respite care unit. All units except the respite care unit are used for permanent accommodation for people with learning difficulties. Each is self contained and equipped with facilities to enable the residents to live in a normal environment, albeit with staff supervision. The respite care unit enables one person to be accommodated for short time periods and is therefore provided with a separate access. The dwellings are accessed via a shared corridor and the occupier has access into shared gardens immediately adjacent to the units. All residential units are staffed, and the residents spend their day time involved in the teaching and related activities within the complex or off site. The east and west wings have been retained as teaching and learning activity rooms and a first floor structure has been incorporated in the tall section of the building to give extra space. The teaching and activity areas are utilised not only by the on site residents, but also by visiting clients who attend the Centre during the day and these spaces are used for a variety of activities, while some space is also given to form staff training areas. The main reception and arrival point of the Centre is located centrally so that it is visible from the main street and a glazed waiting area and entrance point has been added. This is a single point of entry into the Centre to ensure the necessary controls and supervision are established. A secure and private courtyard has been created using a fence to enclose the space,


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Corporate Architecture Ltd 25 years of experience Corporate Architecture Ltd thrives on working on a variety of projects from small domestic extensions to multi-million pound developments throughout the UK and abroad. The Practice was originally set up by Malcolm Foulkes-Arnold in 1983, and two years later it merged with another established practice and formed the Foulkes-Arnold & Weston Partnership. By 1994, the Company had developed and progressed, hence the launch of Corporate Architecture Ltd. Today, the senior management is a team of four, including Malcolm Foulkes-Arnold, Richard Coppock, Jason Edwards and James Evans. With a head office in Leicester, but also based in Cambridge and London, Corporate Architecture designs buildings as well as undertaking a broad spectrum of work, offering a range of services that can be selected at the start of a project or as the project progresses. This includes strategic planning, listed building application, employers agent role, project management, quantity surveying, interior design, client brief development through to planning application, concept scheme and visualisation, measured surveys of existing buildings, land and sites, building regulation full plan submissions, construction management and CDM 2007 co-ordinator service. Corporate Architecture believes that good service comes from commencing a project in the right frame of mind, working closely with each client to prepare the brief, before commencing feasibility appraisal of the project. From the feasibility stage, the Practice will then work at providing outline scheme proposals where informal discussions would commence with the local authority, progressing through to full scheme design proposals to accompany detailed planning applications. It is sometimes difficult to describe the dream development or building and therefore, Corporate Architecture believes in taking time with clients in making their

dream come to fruition by using a variety of concept realisation and visualisation techniques to develop ideas before fully developing the brief. The client base is traditionally very varied and consists of care home providers – from residential care homes to care villages hotels, schools, retail, housing developers, industrial units, as well as boasting a whole host of domestic clients, which are extremely varied, from alterations and extensions through the spectrum of private housing. One of the projects that has benefited from Corporate Architecture’s high quality workmanship is Peaker Park, which consists of three design care centres, offering a total of 137 places for clients whose needs are associated with old age, frailty and dementia, with a specialist nursing service available for clients with complex medical conditions. Melody Court offers 89 single ensuite bedrooms for clients with nursing and dementia related conditions, while Mulroy House and Fiddlers Corner both offer 24 single bedroom apartments for clients who are able to retain a degree of independence in their daily routine. As a result of some clients being able to retain independence, the latter two have kitchenettes. Clients with physical disabilities can be accommodated, offering permanent or short-term respite stays in addition to a highly specialised palliative care service. Corporate Architecture’s work on this scheme in Leicestershire was recognised at the LABC Building Excellence Awards this year, as it was nominated in the Best Community Development category. One of the plots on Peaker Park has also seen a two-storey office building erected, which provides accommodation for TGW logistics group, who want to relocate and expand within Market Harborough. Also in Leicestershire, the Practice has provided an extension and refurbishment to the Old Manor House.

Based in Leire, the Grade II listed house, a largely 16th century former collection of buildings in a terrace consisting of a farm house and associated agricultural accommodation, had for many years stood as a neglected, run down eyesore within the heart of Leire. The internal layout was extensively cleared, removing the plethora of modern stud partitioning and the inappropriate additions. Roof space was utilised to provide ensuite bathrooms to two of the smaller bedrooms via their own staircases. A porch extension to the front elevation, as well as a rear extension and conservatory were removed. In their place, a large twostorey rear extension was added providing a kitchen/dining space at ground level with the master bedroom suite above. To the front elevation a timber open thatched porch was added, more in keeping with the existing building. A vehicle store was added within the front garden, becoming part of the boundary wall with the road creating a semi-courtyard feel to the frontage. This ten month project cost £640,000 and was completed on time and in budget. Work has also been undertaken to redevelop the Park Plant factory and manufacturing facility on Canon Street in Leicester. It has refurbished this historical industrial site with new insulated wall and roof cladding, while also rearranging internal layouts of the manufacturing and production line. Corporate Architecture has helped refurbish the offices, providing a contemporary image, as well as providing a contemporary gateway into the site thanks to a refurbished site entrance. Finally, part of the building was demolished to make way for new factory facilities and an open storage yard area, all of which showcases the portfolio of this award-winning Practice. Corporate Architecture, 35 Leicester Road, Blaby, Leicester, LE8 4GR. Tel: 0116 278 9257.

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Ffwrnes Theatre Regenerating in Llanelli The Works 2, now known as ‘Y Ffwrnes’, is located in the heart of Llanelli’s cultural quarter and is bristling with modern technology and recreational areas, with a strong sense of community and belonging. It is a venue for drama, musical theatre, opera, concerts, dance, cabaret, public meetings and social functions. As part of the scheme, a multi-purpose 504 seat main auditorium with a stage, orchestra pit and a flexible seating system was constructed. Other features include bars, cafes, dressing rooms, and administration facilities. This is the first theatre in Wales to have full accessibility allowing wheelchair access to the fly tower, affording disabled people the opportunity to be trained and gain employment as lighting and backstage technicians. The Theatre is constructed next to Zion Chapel in Llanelli. The Grade II listed chapel and neighbouring Old Sunday School were also renovated. Y Ffwrnes forms part of the Eastern Gateway into the town and will play a major

role in the regeneration of Llanelli and the will open with the Friendship Theatre wider South West region, bringing new Groups’ annual pantomime, which will employment and training opportunities to be Aladdin . people across the region by accommodating Ffwrnes has received funding from the 51 jobs within the creative industries sector European Regional Development Fund, and creating an estimated 35 full and part Targeted Match Fund through the Welsh time jobs by the end of December 2013. It is Government, Carmarthenshire County thought that the whole development will Council and the University of Wales. attract more than 70,000 visitors as well as playing a major role in community life. The Architect for this £15.2M flagship project is Lawray Architects, and the Main Contractor is Double Glazed Units - Door & Window Repairs TRJ Contractors. Shop Fronts - Mirrors, Shelves, Tabletops Work is on course to be completed by 7 Day Service December 2012 with the Theatre planned to open in Tel: 01554 752023 January 2013. email: The comprehensive programme of events

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University of Central Lancashire Fine Arts building extended

Located off Flyde Road in Preston, the Hanover building campus extension was designed to provide more studios for the Arts, Design and Performance Centre. The Arts School was founded in 1859 and has worked hard to capture creativity in all its forms across the North West of England. The Fine Art discipline has an established study centre working within the newly refurbished and extended development. It has been relocated to the Hanover building so that the extension incorporates studios, doubling up as the entrance area and new offices for staff. The rest of the building was worked on externally to make it look nicer, with cladding in cedar panelling. Demolition work took place to a singlestorey pre-school crèche on site. This has been relocated to another building that is now finished – the Tom Finney building – which is a sports complex building. The previous building was an old factory, red brick building with in-situ concrete frame and in-situ concrete floors. It was a slipper factory at one stage, and has had various other uses through the years. It was built in the 1800s as a three-storey building with a flat roof, but more room was needed for further studios, therefore relocation was necessary. Located in an area with some light industry buildings nearby, other university buildings, and a pub in another direction, the development is very close to an old canal that is no longer used but still not on very good ground so this had to be piled. The new and existing buildings have been linked by an entrance foyer and display areas for exhibitions. It is like an atrium, but instead of glass, a system called Kalwall has been used, which is insulated panel that lets in a good amount of natural light but also insulates the building.


The wall has been rendered with a throughContractor for the project was Construction colour render in blue, red and yellow. In Partnership UK. Work commenced in addition, rooflights are in the extension, August 2011 and was completed in July which let through a soft, gentle light rather 2012, at a cost of £1.4M. than harsh sunlight. The interior of the single-storey building has a series of four studios and a large bench workshop for model buildings, as well as storage and plant rooms. The main toilets are 21 Winckley Road, in the existing building but two new Broadgate, Preston, PR1 8EL single disabled toilets have been incorporated into the new building, while COMMERCIAL & DOMESTIC PLUMBING, the building also HEATING & GAS WORK. benefits from level access. GLAZING, GUTTERING, A swipe card entry system and detectors DRAINAGE & JETTING SERVICES. have been installed so the doors open when - Established Over 60 Years someone approaches. Security is guaranteed thanks to CCTV, intruder alarms and We are pleased to support fire alarms. There are some stone University of Central Lancashire effect flags around the courtyard and in front of the building to keep a tidy look. A feature within the courtyard includes a blue sail structure for people to shelter underneath. Designed by Mellor Architects, the Main

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Stobbarts Ltd Maintaining a solid working relationship with Sellafield Having already provided some of the services at Sellafield under an old agreement, Stobbarts Ltd beat off competition for a whole host of multinational companies to win a contract that draws together a range of services including civil engineering, mechanical and design, plant and lifting equipment hire and provision of mobile crane and rigging services. The four-year maintenance contract started in March 2012 and NMP’s Commercial Director for Sellafield Ltd, Keith Case, said: “This is proof that there are opportunities for West Cumbrian companies who deliver to win work with us. “Our relationship with Stobbarts has matured over recent years and they’ve grown as an organisation. For their part, Stobbarts has demonstrated the commitment to driving change and collaboration that is essential to delivering

effective, consistent performance and value the Company since then has been for money at Sellafield.” tremendous. I’d like to think that we are Stobbarts has years of experience in an advert for other businesses in West working with the nuclear industry and Cumbria to see that you can be already provides many services to Sellafield successful and that you can grow to meet Ltd. The new contract serves to complement the demands of industry.” key work programmes on the Sellafield site The Company employs 250 people at its and encourage closer collaboration between head office at Tam How in Workington and Sellafield and its supply chain. its base at Sellafield. Part of Stobbarts’ bid John Stobbart, the Company’s Managing included a commitment to recruit more Director, said: “This is a tremendous apprentices, with the intake set to increase opportunity for us to continue to grow by to up to eight a year. working collaboratively with Sellafield and providing a first class service in what is a highly complex and varied contract. “We first started working on the Sellafield site around 15 years ago and the Industrial and Domestic growth in the size of

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Crawley Town Football Club GFS Stand launched In line with the Club’s rapid rise up the Football League ladder, Crawley Town have improved facilities at Broadfield Stadium with a new all-seater stand. Just two years ago, the club was playing nonleague football in the Blue Square Bet Premier League, but two back-to-back promotions later has seen the Club in the higher reaches of League One, and pushing for a record third successive promotion. As a result, the stadium has been upgraded, as Football League rules meant that the number of seats in the stadium had to be increased. The east stand now has 2,145 seats, and has been named the GFS Stand, after Crawley Town reached an agreement for the Company to become sponsors of the stand in August 2012. Billingshurst-based GFS, who are the UK’s premier parcel and carrier management company, took over as main sponsors of the club in July 2011, and have extended that sponsorship to the stand. Crawley Town’s Commercial Manager is Ewan Dunlop and he said: “GFS have become fantastic partners of the club during our rise up the Football League and we are delighted that they are now putting their name to our new East Stand.” Neil Cotty, Managing Director of GFS, said:

“We are really proud of our sponsorship of Crawley Town and this opportunity to extend our partnership was too good to miss. “We have enjoyed watching the rise of Crawley Town and we are sure it will continue under Richie Barker. Attendances are increasing at the Broadfield Stadium and the GFS Stand is a great addition to the facilities and we are proud to be its new sponsors.” It means that Crawley Town now complies with stadia regulations for League One football, which would enable the Club to move into the Championship, where they would have three years to comply with regulations for that level too. The extra seating has increased the stadium capacity from just under 5,000 to nearly 6,000. The structure took a year in planning, but only took a week to build and was completed comfortably before the deadline of 1st May 2012 that was imposed by the Football League. It cost £1M to construct but this was split between the Club and a 50% grant towards the cost from the Football Foundation. Broadfield Stadium has been Crawley’s home since 1997, when they moved after 48 seasons at Town Mead, which was sold for redevelopment. The first match was a friendly against Port

Vale on 24th July 1997 and the stadium was officially opened on 19th October of that year by the then Minister for Sport, Tony Banks MP. After going full time in 2005, the Club suffered a series of financial setbacks but five years later benefited from Susan Carter and Bruce Winfield becoming majority shareholders, which attracted new investment to the club. Since then, the Club has seen has seen a phenomenal rise in fortunes, including a narrow defeat in the FA Cup fifth round to Manchester United in front of a crowd of 74,778 at Old Trafford. In April 2011, Crawley guaranteed their promotion to the Football League, and ended the season with a record points total of 105, while also setting a new record for the longest unbeaten run, having extended it to 30 matches by the end of the most memorable campaign in the history of the club. The season after, Crawley again reached the FA Cup fifth round, losing to Premier League opposition before again finishing the season strongly to secure automatic promotion to League One, where the club continues to flourish. The Main Contractor was Badger Construction and the Architect was Douglas Edwards.

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LIGHTING YOUR WAY Volts Electrical offers the highest quality in professional electrical services within the electrical industry, covering Commercial, Industrial and Domestic work from design through to installation.

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Volts Electrical has been established since 2005 and has grown over the course of the years to provide the services required by our clients. We have carried out some very high profile jobs from Media companies through to government buildings. We were very excited when awarded the work to install the new 20m floodlights at Broadfield Stadium. It was nice to be involved in a local project with local engineers and the end result was very satisfying. Ridgewood Stud, Ironsbottom, Sidlow, Reigate, Surrey RH2 8QG

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Enterprise Plc Enterprise is the UK’s largest dedicated maintenance and frontline service provider to the public sector and utility industry. More than 15 million people use the Company’s services, which is 25% of the UK population. The Company has long term partnerships with local and central government, working together to ensure that people’s essential daily services are delivered efficiently and on time. Enterprise work closely with utility companies to provide people’s homes and businesses with reliable power, gas, water and communication links every day. For local authorities, Enterprise provide daily frontline services, with its teams repairing and maintaining essential utility infrastructure for gas, power, water and telecoms companies. The work for central government includes property and asset maintenance, and repairs to strategic highways. Services can be provided as a single activity or bundled into full asset management packages to achieve the best benefits in terms of value and efficiency. Enterprise offers a one-stop-shop approach to service delivery, working with customers from stage one; helping to shape the vision and requirements for future service delivery and procurement, ensuring that services are as efficient as possible and respond to the needs of the customer and the local area. Enterprise focus on developing partnering agreements with mutual goals, a high level of transparency and open communication. The Company believe this mutually supportive framework creates better relationships

and effective working solutions. The many successful long-term partnerships are testament to this approach. Enterprise has partnership arrangements with customers and complementary organisations alike. The flexible, proactive nature of these arrangements allows contracts to evolve with the changing needs of the customer and the industry. People drive and shape Enterprise’s organisation. The collaborative culture of the Company encourages its people to work at their best in partnership arrangements. Enterprise also appreciate that everyone needs to fulfil their potential, participate and engage fully in the Company and work in a fair and ethical environment – which is Enterprise’s commitment to its people. The Company has a number of successful partnerships, one of which includes working with the National Grid since 2005. Three years after this, Enterprise deployed 50 gas engineers to restore gas supply in Rawtenstall, Lancashire after an incident had left 18,000 local residents without gas. Enterprise also enjoys an innovative service delivery partnership with Liverpool City Council. Together they form the joint venture partnership EnterpriseLiverpool. The first of its kind, this joint venture has produced exceptional results including reducing highways budget by 28% while improving the level of service, reducing the number of annual tripping claims from 6,000 to 500, and improving the frequency of highways inspections from less than 50% to 100%. Another joint venture, EnterpriseMouchel, works in south London maintaining the

Transport for London (TfL) road network. London’s Blackwall Tunnel runs under the River Thames and at the time of its opening was the world’s longest underwater tunnel. The large amount of traffic going through the Tunnel on a daily basis makes it difficult to maintain high levels of cleaning without causing major disruptions. EnterpriseMouchel identified some new, improved equipment that would enhance the efficiency of the cleaning process. The joint venture worked closely with Mercedes-Benz to develop an innovative cleaning method using one specialist vehicle called a Unimog Mulag washing unit. This only needs to pass through the tunnel once to complete thorough cleaning. The purpose-designed machine uses flexible, long reach arms, has a ‘rotating wrist’ brush mechanism to reach the most difficult areas, has interchangeable heads allowing for different operations to be undertaken, uses brushes to ensure a better finish than the previous jetting system and requires a minimum amount of water, enabling the 3,000 litre tank to last for a full shift. Enterprise collects the rubbish and recycling for over one million homes, keeping the streets clean in four major cities and large areas of London. The Company also looks after parks and gardens in six city regions, including three of The Royal Parks and the gardens of 10 Downing Street. The teams at Enterprise upgrade over 400km of water pipes every year and repair power networks in every country across Britain. Enterprise also maintains 34,000km of strategic highways and local roads including in London. >


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The Company maintain the infrastructure of the UK, and the way it manages, plans and delivers these services makes all customers happy. Another major organisation Enterprise work with is the London Underground, and there are several framework contracts to inspect, maintain and upgrade. Typically, trains and cranes are used to move heavy materials to the necessary area. However, this is not always possible and often very costly to implement. Enterprise created a new solution by introducing conveyor belts to move the loose materials. This eliminated the need for 2530 operatives to carry heavy materials across the station. The Company has also applied an innovative approach to the improvement of catchpit covers. These have traditionally been made of galvanised steel that is extremely heavy and has to be made to order, as the Underground system has 173 different sizes of catchpit chambers. Enterprise’s teams have managed a project which proved that Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) is a suitable replacement for galvanised steel. The GRP covers are lighter, longer lasting and 40% cheaper to produce. Enterprise’s health and safety systems and policies are rigorous, thorough and proven. The Company has an outstanding record that has been recognised by RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) with a Gold Medal Award in 2010, the fifth consecutive award within this category, having held the RoSPA Gold Award for the

previous five consecutive years. Placing the highest premium on health and safety, Enterprise ensure regular, comprehensive training for all employees tailored to specific jobs that meet industry requirements. Enterprise encourages personal ownership of health and safety and to develop this further the Company launched a Behavioural Safety Programme in 2010. The Company continues to develop its TargetZero initiative, which communicates the importance of health and safety and emphasises that all accidents and incidents can be prevented. Within Enterprise’s local roads services and across the transport industry, the ability to enforce temporary traffic management signals is extremely challenging. Many drivers fail to obey instructions at mobile site works, which has led to a number of accidents and incidents industry-wide. Enterprise encouraged employees to offer suggestions for improvement. Following a suggestion from one employee, Enterprise had a meeting with the local Police Chief Inspector in Shropshire. Various options were discussed and the idea of filming the approaching traffic was introduced. The Police approved the ideas and agreed to take appropriate action with drivers who ignored the signs if the necessary evidence is provided. Cameras are now mounted on a traffic cone at either end of any sensitive sites and can be used in prosecution as evidence.

This innovation has led to significant improvement in the number of drivers abiding by traffic management signals, as well as a large reduction in ‘near miss’ reports. Enterprise also won the Shropshire Tripartite Innovation Award 2009 for this initiative. Enterprise also supported the Homes and Community Agency innovative self-build project. This enabled people in need of housing and training to contribute to the construction of their own homes and receive NVQ training. The Company teamed up with Lewisham College to help ten people take part in this project. Enterprise provided the hands-on experience and training in the local community, while also providing property management services to the Council. In 2010, Enterprise introduced solar powered traffic lights onto a number of its projects with Severn Trent Water. They reduce environmental impact and minimise disruption to the local population. The lights are silent, causing much less disturbance than diesel powered lights and they require no re-charging like battery powered lights. Enterprise will continue to enhance its reputation by working on a wide range of projects, displaying technology and innovation, working to sustainable practices, as well as with each community and local authorities. For more information, please visit

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Powys Council Benefiting from significant investment in education provision Ysgol Gymraeg Dyffryn y Glowyr is one of four new primary schools in Powys as part of the Maesydderwen Catchment School Project, which includes the refurbishment of Maesydderwen High School. The Welsh Government provided more than £17M towards the £38M project, with the remainder of the funding coming from Powys County Council. The new school is expected to open after Christmas. The Finance Minister, Jane Hutt, visited the school in September to hear about what had been achieved by the Welsh Government’s Community Benefits policy, which encourages contractors on public sector projects to deliver wider local benefits as part of their contract. This is done through the provision of benefits such as training, employment, work experience and the development of local supply chains. Jane Hutt said: “Growing the economy and creating jobs is central to everything we do as a government. Public sector contracts have a key role to play in that. Taking this approach, which helps give jobs and training to local people when public money is spent, provides real benefits for the community. “This investment in Powys schools will not only improve the learning environment for pupils and teachers but have the added benefit of providing local people with jobs, valuable skills and work experience.” “The actions taken to support unemployed people and the training provided for apprentices will have a profound effect on their future. The Community Benefit project has contributed greatly to the local community and will support the local economy.” It is one of a number of new schools in the area that have been handed over to the local authority ahead of official openings. Three new primary schools opened to pupils in early September. These schools are Ysgol Bro Tawe in Glanrhyd, Ysgol y Cribarth in Abercraf, and Ysgol Golwg y

Cwm in Penrhos. update and enhance teaching facilities in the Each of the new primary schools will be home area, it provides an opportunity to reinvest in to between 180 and 300 pupils, and each the community by creating several on site school has achieved BREEAM ‘Excellent’ positions for local unemployed people.” status, showing that they were built as Designed by Capita Symonds, this school sustainably as possible. will open in January 2013. Willmott Dixon was the Main Contractor for the schools at Penrhos, Maesydderwen, Glanrhyd and Abercraf. The cluster of new developments is the result of a threeyear strategy by Willmott Dixon to enter council The Powys Primary Schools were frameworks. designed to maximise day light to reduce energy consump on and The Company expects improve well being. All classroom that its growth in the areas feature high-level clerestory education sector will windows. Specialist contractor Ske!y Blinds provided a window continue as it recently shading solu on to manage the rolled out the daylight and control glare, ensuring the safety and comfort of staff and nationwide launch of students alike. Over 400 blinds Sunesis, a were installed across the 4 schools. programme that cuts HeliosTM motorised roller blinds out up to 30% of the from Umbra Shading were used on all the clerestory windows, cost and 18 months operated in groups via dado-level out of the process of switches. Another example of school construction. brighter shadingTM successfully delivered by Ske!y Blinds and Neal Stephens, Umbra Shading. Managing Director of Umbra Shading manufacture Willmott Dixon in specialist roller blinds for shading Wales, spoke about and blackout applica ons. Put some brighter shadingTM into your the project in next project: contact 0845 677 0020 Maesydderwen. He or said: “As a company that strives to make a positive impact on the communities it works in, Willmott Dixon has endeavoured to create a lasting legacy for Ystradgylnais with the construction of this wonderful new facility that generations of children will enjoy. “Not only will it



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Sykes Specialist Contracting Ltd Six years of continued growth Established in 2006, this subcontracting company specialise in the installation of external wall insulation, proprietary render and cladding systems such as Wetherby Building Systems Ltd, Permarock, STO and Marley Eternit. Though Sykes Specialist Contracting Ltd has only been trading for six years since it was set up by Chris Sykes, he brings more than 15 years of experience in the use of external wall insulation systems and renders and rendering walls to projects in both social housing refurbishment and new build applications, meaning the Company is ideally placed to meet the requirements on any project better than anybody else within the industry. Based at a main office in Gateshead, as well as one satellite office in Lancashire, the Company has access to 100 trained operatives, all supervised by senior management staff who are SMSTS trained. All operative training is carried out in accordance with the latest legislation, so staff members are trained in asbestos awareness, manual handling, working at height, while all health and safety training is managed by consultant Priory Safety Systems. Success is built on the promise of delivering all projects on time, in full, to the agreed cost and without compromise, with the end result being a quality of project that brings about repeat business. Sykes Specialist Contracting is a sustainable and socially responsible business, with all employees having CSCS cards and the Company is a recognised business that is registered with Constructionline, CHAS, INCA, NIA, FENSA and is currently finalising its BBA Approved Installer accreditation. As a UK market leader in the supply and installation of external wall insulation combined with its vast experience in social housing


refurbishment, the Company has over the last 12 months been responsible for the installation of EW1 to some 800 houses as part of CESP schemes in and around the North East. The experience gained in this sector will put them at the forefront of future programmes as part of ECO and the Green Deal External wall insulation is a method of finishing the external envelope of a building to meet building regulations for the external walls, achieve high levels of acoustic performance, low fluctuations in temperature, and higher levels of insulation value in the external wall, while dramatically reducing heat loss. The insulation creates a heat store in the external fabric, which eliminates problems associated with cold bridging, provides protection to the structure using high polymer or silicone based render finishes, allows for the implementation of complex design arrangements and design freedom in aesthetics and colour choice, while bringing the important result of adding value to the clients’ building/property. In new build applications, EPS and mineral wool are the most common insulation types, as these are used with lightweight thin coat renders with silicone finishes. In this market, the Cork insulation selection is offered as an alternative where environmental considerations are paramount. Phenolic and Urethane insulation mediums are much more popular in social housing, where the thickness of the insulation must be kept to a minimum without impacting on thermal performance. A range of finishes can be applied to these boards. Sykes Specialist Contracting supply and install a wide range of finishes for external wall insulation systems and render systems, together with other façade finishes, with choices of finishes on offer including cedar

cladding, polymer modified renders, acrylic and traditional brick slips and silicone and acrylic textured finishes. The benefits of silicone renders are that they are water repellent and have excellent resistance to driving rain, are flexible, durable, impact resistant, available in 400 colours with different grain sizes and textures and are self cleansing. Their resistance to soiling over time also brings the advantage of reducing maintenance. The polymer modified renders also have excellent water repellence and resistance to driving rain, but have greater resistance to crazing and potential for cracking compared to traditional sand cement renders. They are durable and maintenance free, and boast an extensive range of finishes including dash render, smooth, brick effect, tyrolean and scratch. The Company has won awards in the past for both the work and the standards provided, including an INCA Award in 2010. Working on social housing projects, the Company has been a key installer for South Tyneside Homes and their partnering contractors, Keepmoat and ESH Property Services. This year alone, the Company has worked on more than 500 homes. Over the last six years, the Company has enjoyed significant growth in the social housing and social housing refurbishment sector, with hard work undertaken to heat homes. The key aim for the future is to experience further growth in the next three years, expanding into the eco and Green Deal as part of the growth. As part of this, Sykes Specialist Contracting is a British Board of Agreement approved installer. Sykes Specialist Contracting Ltd, Unit A 11, Design Works, William Street, Felling, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE10 0JP. Tel: 0191 423 6200.

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Wetherby Warms Up With Award Wins Wetherby Building Systems Ltd, the UK market leader in the manufacture and distribution of insulated render systems, is celebrating carrying off three awards at the Insulated Render and Cladding Association (INCA) 2012 Awards. The Awards, which took place on 3rd October, recognise the UK’s most successful external wall insulation projects. Wetherby was proud to win the Domestic Refurbishment Low Rise (six or more houses) and Domestic New Build of the Year categories, as well as the prestigious Project of the Year award. Wetherby stood out from the crowd with double award winner Myddelton Place, a multi-storey new-build scheme in London for Notting Hill Housing Association, and a BISF refurbishment project in Litherland, Merseyside for One Vision Housing. In Litherland, One Vision Housing needed to improve the poor insulation and thermal inefficiency of its BISF properties while giving them a smart new facelift. Triangle Architects specified a WBS Insulated Render System with 100mm EPS insulation, which massively reduced the homes’ U-value from 2.79W/m2K to 0.30W/m2K. Said Wetherby’s Marketing Director, Anne-Marie Armstrong: “This is a fantastic accolade for us and we’re gratified that our contribution to improving both energy efficiency and aesthetics has been recognised by the industry.”


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Quinn London Ltd Building an invaluable reputation of success These are exciting times for the forward thinking main contractor Quinn London Ltd, after significant contracts have recently been secured, and the coming weeks will also see the re-launch of a new look website and branding package. Delivering a completely refreshing, full scope of construction service to its clients, Quinn London continues to outperform the market, with a 36% growth this year, up 14% from last year. Headquartered in self-built offices located in Mill Hill, north London, the Company is also supported by strategically positioned regional offices, making it ideally situated to service clients across London and the south of England. These new projects include the £2.1M design and build form entry expansion at Orleans Primary School for the London Borough of Richmond, while the Company has also been appointed as framework partner with Kingston University to deliver a programme of minor refurbishment works. The Company has also been appointed to deliver a £550,000 project to design and install an MRI scanner for the Kings College Hospital. Unlike its competitors, Quinn London has a broad business portfolio that spreads interests across the design and build and traditional construction markets, spanning public sector, residential, higher education, primary and secondary education, healthcare and commercial sectors, enabling the Company to gain exposure in a number of markets while remaining competitive. Future opportunities for company growth are in the higher education, commercial and healthcare markets. With a solid reputation in public sector housing and primary education, Quinn London is well positioned to build upon this experience and evolve the business to strategically respond to the differing needs of these sectors. A key statistic in the quality of the Company’s work is that 80% of its business comes from repeat custom – this is a direct result of customers experiencing an increased level of service. Over the last decade, Quinn London has


carefully expanded its operations, ensuring room facility within the desirable Barbican resources are not over-leveraged. This has Estate of the City of London. allowed the Company to be more Success on this scheme was recognised by competitive in the current market being given first place in the public buildings conditions, while also offering clients category for the Architects’ Journal Retrofit certainty and reliability when having work 2012 Awards. undertaken by Quinn London. With such project success, Quinn London is Committed to operating in the most confident that growth predictions this year sustainable manner possible, Quinn London will be exceeded, resulting in a further rise is proud of its reputation as a totally in turnover of more than 20%. environmentally responsible contractor. This commitment is underpinned through Quinn London Ltd, Dome House, 8 Hartley the Company’s ISO 14001:2004 accredited Avenue, London, NW7 2HX. Tel: 0208 238 1950. Environmental Management System. The Company recognises how business activities have a direct impact on the environment and is committed to mitigating and offsetting these at every opportunity to guarantee communities are enhanced and environments are preserved. As a result, Quinn London is heavily involved in implementing SPECIALISTS IN STONE CLEANING sustainable initiatives to ensure MARBLE TERRAZZO AND it continues to deliver excellence in BUILDING RESTORATION sustainability. Recent project success includes completing work on the award winning Golden Lane Oakleigh House Leisure Centre for the Riverside Avenue Corporation of London. Broxbourne This £2.3M design and Herts. EN10 6QZ build comprised of a two-storey swimming Telephone: 01992 464536 pool centre, Fax: 01992 464345 badminton court and a single-storey club


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Glass and General are experienced in manufacturing and fitting quality aluminium and glass products and we aim for complete customer satisfaction in everything that we do. We cover all aspects of aluminium and glass works, such as curtain walling, shop fronts, roof domes and many more. All of our work is manufactured in a Dagenham based factory, from here we are able to supply and fit our products or we can complete supply only orders. All of our work is carried out by experienced fitters and contractors, and all of the work comes fully guaranteed and is compliant with industry standards and meets all required regulations. Recently, we have been recognised for our new hybrid system which is eco friendly sustainable sourced. The hybrid system offers you a new concept in façade systems using sleek engineered timber internally and a high level durable polyester powder coated aluminium externally for the following systems; Casement, Tilt and turn, over swing, curtain walling and doors.

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Royal Mail Delivering a first class extension in Sheffield New facilities that will be part of the Royal Mail Centre in Sheffield will include an extension to accommodate additional merchandised mail processing equipment and internal re-planning as part of a strategic review that will see the closure of the Doncaster centre, with mail sorting transferred to Sheffield. Located on Brightside Lane, the extension and internal alterations will incorporate four additional raised loading bays and a new/re-provided flat dock area beneath a full width canopy. The existing vehicle service workshop is contained within the overall site boundary providing ancillary Royal Mail fleet facilities but is unaffected by works, other than modifications to the yard area to accommodate alterations to the adjacent access road. The key requirement for the extension was to have the ability to accommodate the additional mail sorting equipment while allowing the existing centre to remain operational. The optimum arrangement established was an extension to the north east and north west sides of the building.

It is being formed as a continuation of the existing parapet line with a vehicle canopy alongside. This is in keeping with the scale of the existing mail centre and surrounding buildings and so will not have any adverse impact on adjoining properties, or detract from the appearance of the existing building. Externally, due to the north east extension, some of the small/medium sized operational vehicle parking is being relocated into an existing concrete area. Private parking displaced by the extension will be positioned on the existing undeveloped area and the new HGV docks will be accessed via the existing link road alongside the development. The building will comprise of steel, using an arrangement that extends the existing structural form. This will ensure the extension and existing frame act in a similar manner and deflect in similar ways, limiting any potential issues at junctions and interfaces. The extension has a piled foundation arrangement, with ground bearing floor slab. This is not only suitable for the ground conditions but is also consistent with the existing structure, which will reduce the

likelihood of potential differential settlement between the existing and new buildings. Minor alterations will be necessary to remove the small islands within the car park areas to accommodate the extension. The HGV yard will be constructed in brushed concrete to suit HGV use with heavy duty block paving used for the main flat dock and small van parking area. Built by Wates Construction and designed by Watson Batty Architects Ltd, work started in January 2012 and will be complete in April 2013.


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Sweepers Depot New development in London Work has completed in Maida Vale, London, to construct a new council street sweepers depot between the east and westbound carriageways of Harrow Road, beneath the elevated A40 Westway flyover. This has released the existing depot in North Wharf Road for redevelopment and as part of this whole scheme, features of it include a contraflow cycle lane in Hermitage Street, which involved the construction of two traffic islands at either end of Hermitage Street and the widening of the footway in Hermitage Street at its junction with Harrow Road. There is a new crossing point between Hermitage Street and the island located immediately north of the junction of Harrow Road and Hermitage Street. A modernisation and conversion to a cycle ramp of the existing pedestrian ramp that links St Mary’s Terrace and Harrow Road has been incorporated, as has a new


pedestrian footway and ramp to link Harrow Road and St Mary’s Terrace, immediately north of the toucan crossing on Harrow Road. There is also a lighting upgrade under Westway and on the approaches to the toucan crossings. The depot structure is set away from the flyover abutment to the east to maintain access into the existing substation and plant room, which allowed a new surface level pedestrian and cycle link to be created. The entire depot facility is enclosed to maintain security as well as avoiding noise or light nuisance to nearby residents or the depot staff, while preventing distraction to passing vehicles. Accommodation is arranged over a vehicle yard with a suspended mezzanine floor for ancillary welfare and office accommodation. The mezzanine has two access stairs along with a wheelchair platform lift to ensure the facility is fully accessible.

A pedestrian priority route runs along the south side of the central circulation zone and is defined by pavement markings. This route links into the stores along with the pedestrian vehicle yard and mezzanine level ancillary accommodation to the west. A central wash area is located on the south side of the depot, accessed off the pedestrian route. The mezzanine accommodation contains office, mess and changing facilities, and includes windows overlooking the yard from the office and mess room. Primary access to the mezzanine is to the south, past the office with an alternative means of escape to the north. Designed by Proun Architects and built by John Sisk + Son, work was completed in September 2012.

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Kier Construction Comprehensive construction services Kier is a leading construction services and property group that specialises in building and civil engineering, support services, public and private house building, property development and structured property financing. The Group employs over 10,000 people worldwide and has an annual revenue of £2.1Bn. In 2012, work was completed at Poynton High School in Cheshire, creating a new sixth form centre for 338 students that is supported by facilities from the existing main school, and is an inspiring learning environment. The facilities at the sixth form centre include ten teaching classrooms, three of which have folding acoustic walls that open to form an exam hall; there are two IT suites, supporting offices, meeting rooms, stores and ancillary facilities. These centre around the hub space of the centre, which is split across two levels into a café/workzone and breakout spaces for the classrooms. 2012 also saw the completion of work by Kier on the £3.4M Stretford Sports Village, which was opened by Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson and Richard Scudamore, Chief Executive of the Premier League. The project consists of a new four-court sports hall, dance studio, fitness suite and community room, as well as all weather and grass pitches at Stretford High School and on land in Gorse Hill Park. The sports hall is in keeping with Sport England requirements and the development

first floor of the sixth form block. also comprises of the entrance reception, and The underused conference facility at the administrative offices, as well as changing sixth form centre has also been refurbished, facilities, storage and plant room areas. providing a café, and the ground floor Surrounded by Great Stone Road and Talbot refurbishment has provided vocational Road in Manchester, the building is known classrooms, a relocated isolation room and as the Talbot Centre and is a steel frame a new block of toilets. Work was completed construction with the use of three elements for the elevations – a brick plinth, composite in November 2012. Another significant project by Kier has been cladding panels and fenestration. to build Rochdale’s new community fire Kier has also completed work for station. It confirms to a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ Tytherington High School in Macclesfield. rating and is situated on Halifax Road. Work comprises of ten classrooms and the New facilities include office accommodation, refurbishment of an existing sixth form training facilities, a drill tower, a threeblock and learning resource centre, with an vehicle appliance bay, car parking, storage IT block. areas and gardens. The new solution provides circulation space with double-width staircase allowing an ‘up’ and ‘down’ side to accommodate a class change of up to 20 classes within ten minutes. This space has been further enhanced by a large feature skylight and EWS Ltd are pleased to be associated with glazed entrance. Kier Northern Refurbishment of the Bridgeman Street, Bolton, Lancashire BL3 6BS sixth form facilities T: 01204 454455 F: 01204 454466 has provided a more E: W: curriculum appropriate suite of 5th Floor, Horton House, Exchange Flags, Liverpool L2 3PF seminar rooms, work T: 0151 244 5460 areas and support staff offices on the

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Anglo Holt Construction Ltd Through a personal and professional approach, Anglo Holt Construction Ltd provides a seamless and fully integrated design and construction service through a single point of responsibility. Anglo Holt specialise in the design and construction of industrial and commercial buildings for clients on a nationwide basis. Based in West Bromwich in the West Midlands, Anglo Holt employs around 100 people. The Company’s objective is to guarantee to deliver quality, reliability and added value throughout the total process of design, construction, project management and cost management. Anglo Holt has carried out development projects for the last 30 years and is currently using their capabilities to expand this part of the business to generate work for their construction activities. Opportunities exist for standalone projects, joint venture partnerships, forward funding or debt financing of suitable sized projects. More recently the focus of the developments has been based on the leisure sector and in particular, hotels. With the Company’s in-house skills, it is capable of carrying out full development, design and construction of projects to tenants’ requirements, with the ability to finance or provide finance to develop suitable projects and work closely with various funding agents when necessary to achieve this. Addressing change over more than three decades has been an underlying factor in shaping a business formula, which has resulted in consistent success in niche market sectors nationwide. With the emphasis on effectively managing the processes of quality and delivery of core services, action has been taken to strengthen the senior management team to drive forward the key functions of sales, project management and design. Each member of the five man executive board is responsible for individual client portfolios and business development in core market sectors of distribution, retail, leisure, automotive, education, industrial and commercial developments. Change has been addressed in creating best practice with cost efficient means of procurement and an ever watchful eye on providing client benefits, but even in times of change, the fundamentals that have made Anglo Holt the success it is today, remain in place. Anglo Holt work in a wide variety of sectors. Within the automotive and industrial sectors, client names such as the Ford motor company’s automotive group, including Land Rover, Jaguar and the prestigious award of Q1 status recognises Anglo Holt as a member of an elite group of suppliers of construction services to the best of the world’s automotive industry giants. Anglo Holt’s credentials are confirmed through the specialist contracts they have won for the Ministry of Defence, including engine testing facilities for the Typhoon project – weapon storage facilities, as well as transport depots


and training centres for the police force. The Company also work within the commercial sector, where the opportunities and challenges set by each design and construction contract are different and diverse. Aspects such as specification, energy and sustainability, impact on the environment – during the construction process and after completion – are typical of the criteria that now judge the effectiveness Travelodge. This successful partnership has and performance of the workplace. seen Anglo Holt complete 53 hotels, with a With large corporate clients demanding further eight contracts currently in progress, evermore environmentally friendly worth a total of more than £192M. warehouses, Anglo Holt are well ahead of the The 61 UK Travelodge hotels, as far afield as game in managing change in line with the Fort William in the north and Paignton in the impending energy performance in building south, include 5,317 bedrooms. The average directive within the distribution sector. contract length is 29 weeks, with an average As a result of its belief that good business goes value of £3M. Contracts worth a total of £31.4M hand in hand with responsible environmental now in progress include Eastleigh, Epsom, St practice, Anglo Holt operates to ISO 14001 Helens, Wincanton, Poole, Woolwich, and accreditation, awarded for its environmental Vauxhall, London. design systems. The largest individual contract was the building Live campus environments at schools and of the £7.5M, 201-bed Travelodge at colleges create their own particular Manchester Airport, closely followed by a 200challenges, which is where Anglo Holt’s bed hotel at Birmingham International Airport. considerable construction experience in this Anglo Holt Managing Director Andy Elwell sector pays off. spoke of his pride at the Company’s Finite planning will ensure that restricted contribution to the growth of Travelodge in the access to education facilities throughout the 12 years the two firms have worked together. various stages of the project will not affect He said: “To pass the 5,000-bed milestone is a completion deadlines and will not interfere major achievement for Anglo Holt and clearly with the day-to-day running of the campus. demonstrates our ability to deliver hotels on In the automotive retail sector, Anglo Holt has time and on budget for Travelodge.” a well-stocked portfolio of design and build landmark premises for Sytner – the UK’s largest retailer of specialist and prestige cars. Individually designed and purposebuilt, the objective is to create customer focused landmark destinations to compliment the latest models from the world’s finest manufacturers such as Bentley, Mercedes Benz, Chrysler and Audi. Anglo Holt has extensive experience in HOTELS • AUTOMOTIVE • RETAIL • LEISURE • EDUCATION leisure and enjoys a long and productive DESIGN & BUILD • HEATING & VENTILATION • AIR CONDITIONING • PLUMBING • PUBLIC HEALTH relationship with Travelodge, Britain’s fastest growing budget hotel operator. The ongoing challenges to find new cost effective design and construction solutions has provided the Hartle Special Projects Limited Company with an 19 Chestnut Court, Jill Lane, exceptional portfolio of development skills in Sambourne, Worcestershire B96 6EW the hotel, catering and Tel: 01527 895030 • Fax: 01527 895039 leisure related sectors. The Company is celebrating smashing through the 5,000 bedrooms barrier for

Robertson is a privately owned portfolio of individual companies working in investment, support services and construction throughout the UK. There are currently ten Robertson business units. Robertson companies directly employ over 1000 people and are developing across six market sectors. Operating throughout the whole of the UK, Robertson has a presence throughout Scotland and North East England. These include four regionally-based construction companies and a property development company, a timber engineering business, a facilities management company, a capital projects business dedicated to PFI and PPP investments and a house-builder that builds superior homes in the best locations. All Robertson companies are dedicated to quality, creating value and operating in a safe environment for the clients they work for. We aim to deliver environmental and sustainable solutions for our clients and we will continue to work in partnership with our clients to achieve these goals. Robertson has also worked hard to develop a strong entrepreneurial culture across all of its diverse companies. Here at Robertson, we pride ourselves on the quality of our work and our dedication to our clients. We are also proud of the entrepreneurial culture we have created across all of our companies and the rewards that they are able to achieve from this culture.

To date, the building has won a total of ten awards, including the much coveted BREAMM excellent award - it scored 84%. At the time, this score was the highest ever achieved by any office building anywhere in the UK. This score has only recently been surpassed. Great Glen House has won the following awards: Building Research Establishment Office Building of the year 2006 – UK award Building/Building Design Sustainable Building of the Year 2006 – winner Civic Trust Awards Sustainability award Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Sustainability Award 2007 - Commended British Council of Offices Corporate Workplace 2007 - National Award winner Government Opportunities Award Excellence in Public Procurement 2007 Short-listed as a finalist in sustainable procurement Scottish Design Awards 2007 Finalist Green Apple Sustainability Award 2007

All Robertson companies are also mindful of management processes and environmental standards and, as a result, some of our companies have gained accreditations that surpass the minimum standards expected. Here are some of the awards and accreditations that Robertson companies have been awarded or achieved: Profit Track 100 The ninth annual Profit Track 100 league table was published as a supplement in The Sunday Times on 20 April 2008. Profit Track 100 ranks Britain's fastest-growing private companies by average profit growth, over the last three years of available audited accounts. In 2008 Robertson ranked number 4 in the UK. Top Track 250 The fourth annual Top Track 250 league table was published in The Sunday Times on 19 October 2008. Top Track 250 ranks Britain's biggest mid-market private companies, based on sales in their latest accounts. In 2008 Robertson were placed at number 205. Great Glen House Great Glen House, Inverness is the headquarters of Scottish Natural Heritage. The construction of this building was brought about following the government's de-centralisation policy that called for the relocation of applicable public sector offices from the main conurbations like Edinburgh and Glasgow. Great Glen House was built by Robertson Northern on a site developed by Robertson Property. Everyone involved with this building knew that it would be a special building. However, none expected it to be quite as special.

Scottish Property Awards Green Building of the Year 2007 Architects Journal AJ100 Award for Sustainability 2007 The Safer Parking Award 2007-09 Investors in People The Investors in People Standard is a business improvement tool designed to advance an organisation's performance through its people. At Robertson, we recognize the importance of our people and we strive to put in place the mechanisms and practices that will allow our businesses and our people to grow. ISO 9001 & ISO 14001 In addition to Investors in People, Robertson Facilities Management and Robertson Timberkit both hold these quality standards. ISO 9001 This is a framework for effectively managing your business and meeting your customers' requirements. It is also by far the world's most

established quality framework, currently being used by over ¾ million organisations in 161 countries and sets the standard not only for quality management systems, but management systems in general. It helps all kinds of organisations to succeed through improved customer satisfaction, staff motivation and continual improvement. ISO 14001 ISO 14001 is an internationally accepted standard that sets out how an organisation can go about putting in place an effective Environmental Management System (EMS). The standard is designed to address the delicate balance between maintaining profitability and reducing environmental impact; with the commitment of your entire organization, it can enable you to achieve both objectives. Both Robertson Timber Engineering and Robertson Facilities Management embrace these quality standards whole heartedly and work towards exceeding the minimum standard required. British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) Robertson Facilities Management was recognised in 2006 in the Best Practice in a PFI/PPP Contract category for its service delivery at Chester-Le-Street Hospital in County Durham. The award is made by BIFM and Robertson Facilities Management was short listed in the same category in 2007 for the Shiremoor LIFT facility in Newcastle.

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Staffordshire County Council Launch pad for prosperity Staffordshire County Council’s progress in bringing greater facilities to Staffordshire has continued with the opening of a major regional business and innovation hub. i54 South Staffordshire will be the base for Jaguar Land Rover’s advanced engine plant, with other global businesses also choosing it as their base. Jaguar Land Rover will invest £355M in its new facility as well as create 750 jobs on site, which will open in 2014. Many more advanced manufacturing companies will follow. Moog, a manufacturer of products for the commercial aircraft industry and Eurofins UK, a leading scientific testing and analysis company, are already up and running on site. At the end of August, leaders from Staffordshire County Council, Wolverhampton City Council and South Staffordshire Council toured the site to see how construction work was progressing. i54 South Staffordshire will greatly enhance the prospects for the area, creating jobs and attracting millions of pounds’ worth of investment. The three councils are working in partnership to develop the site. As a result of this, a new local access bridge across the M54 is currently being built. Construction of a dedicated motorway junction for the site on to the M54 also commenced in October. A significant part of the site is already


occupied, with the remaining plots being actively marketed to advanced manufacturing businesses together with offices, hotel/leisure and other suitable uses. Remaining plots could be split or grouped according to the types of business locating there. Moog Aircraft Group officially opened its new centre in September following an open day. Andy Hughes, Moog Aircraft Group’s Operations Director said: “The i54 South Staffordshire business park gives us the opportunity to offer location continuity to existing employees as well as an ideal future off-ramp exit from the M54 motorway. “We have a beautiful new building that affords us the unique opportunity to incorporate optimised flow-line technologies and development labs.” Staffordshire County Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Enterprise Ben Adams said: “Moog’s official opening on site is a key milestone for i54 South Staffordshire and demonstrates it is very much open for business. “It’s great to see a world leading company up and running on site, joining Eurofins and soon to be followed by Jaguar Land Rover.” Other work in the county includes the education facilities, with Staffordshire University Academy in Hednesford, being part

rebuilt and completely refurbished after it was awarded £9.7M in government funding. In July, students and staff saw the last parts of the old school building, which was formerly Blake Valley Technology College, removed marking the beginning of the construction work. Initial groundwork started in the spring after the Council approved the planning application in March. Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills Liz Staples said: “It’s exciting for everyone associated with the Academy as we’re seeing the beginning of the construction phase of the new building and extensive refurbishment. “Students and staff at Staffordshire University Academy are really looking forward to being in a new and improved building. However, this is about far more than buildings. “The Academy will look to raise the profile of education in Cannock Chase and Staffordshire. We look forward to working with the Academy, the community and the district council to extend further the huge successes already achieved.” Staffordshire University Academy replaced Blake Valley Technology College in the existing buildings in September 2011 in a move designed to attract funding to improve facilities at the school.

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Castleford Forum Improved library and museum facilities The transformation of the Castleford Library is getting ever closer to completion, turning it into a community hub. Construction work at the Carlton Street building, which will now be known as Castleford Forum, cost £1.4M and included demolition work to make way for an expansion of the library. The building’s museum space will be doubled to display more of the town heritage and is the next stage in providing new and improved library and museum services for Castleford residents. Wakefield Council worked closely with community groups, local members and the town centre partnership as part of a steering group to make this refurbishment happen, with the end result being a fantastic facility, the building of which has moved forward quickly. Development work marked the end of a 13 year campaign by members of Friends of Castleford Library (FOCAL) and the Castleford Heritage Trust for a combined library, museum and arts service in the town, which was blighted by funding problems including three failed National Lottery bids. Dave Wilders, Chairman of FOCAL, said: “One of our primary aims was to work for a new library and museum – it’s had its ups and downs to say the least, but it’s fantastic


to know we have contributed to bringing new, modern facilities to Castleford.” The library has been operating from a temporary location at Bridge Arts in Sagar Street since the end of 2011 where users have been able to borrow books and use services there until the library reopens. This temporary library gives access to PCs and audio/visual material, and users have been able to benefit from extended opening hours. Councillor David Dagger, Cabinet member for Culture and Libraries, said: “The improved library and museum space will be a big asset to the community.” The new facilities offer an increase of library and museum space that totals 141sq m. Without the addition of the third storey, the increase in total floor space would only be 27sq m. Given the demand for services, the previous size of Castleford Library was deemed inadequate, something which was apparent during public consultation. Wakefield Council’s museum services permanent collection includes around 20,000 objects, which span 3,000 years of Castleford and the surrounding area’s history. In terms of quality, importance and uniqueness, the collections range from objects of international importance, such as a unique Iron Age chariot, to items of local

significance and interest. The new facility will allow the service to display and interpret a significant range of this material in the spaces of the new building. This has been designed to meet the desire of the local community to see Castleford collections, owned by the Council, on display in a suitable space in the town itself. Additional floor area was required to allow access to more of the Castleford collection, without compromising the library offer. The library and museum has been spread over the three-storeys, with the library concentrated on the lower two floors. Access to the building is via a new ramped and stepped access at the front of the building as part of the inclusive design. The new lift is located centrally and there is an addition of escape stairs to the rear of the building. The site of the development is on Carlton Street and is conveniently located in the town centre of Castleford and its public transport infrastructure. There are a number of local amenities nearby, together with all the shops and social activities associated with a busy town centre. The Architect is NPS North East Ltd and the Main Contractor is Kier Sheffield. Work will be completed in February 2013.

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Mansell Plc Increasing its education portfolio From houses and hospitals to colleges and classrooms, the scope of Mansell’s building work can be summarised in just two words; constructing communities. With offices spreading from Truro right up to Elgin, the Company can offer a locally-led and focused service with the backing of national capability and shared experience. At approximately £800M, turnover is significant and is achieved through ongoing success in chosen market sectors. Following government funding being confirmed and the subsequent granting of planning consent, construction work started in 2012 on the new £16.7M Thetford Academy. A groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of the work was held, with principal Cathy Spillane and pupils turning the first sod. The event was attended by Thetford’s Mayor, Terry Lamb, governors, sponsors, and a number of other stakeholders involved in the project. In addition to numerous classrooms, distributed throughout the new two- and three-storey building, are specialist areas such as a new sports hall, fitness suite, sixth form centre, learning and resources centre and ICT rich areas. There will also be a large central courtyard, which will offer learning and social facilities, located close to extensive new dining facilities constructed in the retained elements of the existing buildings. An impressive double height atrium entrance area includes a café which,


together with selected sports and learning said: “We are delighted to be working with facilities, will create enhanced opportunities Norfolk County Council again to deliver this for community interaction. high profile academy project, which gives us Additional playing fields and a multi-use the opportunity to offer training and career games area will be created on newly opportunities to local young people as we obtained land adjacent to the existing site. are employing four apprentices through our The development is set to achieve a own apprenticeship scheme during the BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’ and will have construction period.” a number of green features including solar Cathy Spillane said: “Our new academy will panels, biomass boiler, water saving be a 21st century building for the students features, lighting controls and materials of Thetford. It is what they deserve – a with a very high recyclable content. modern, up to date facility that will make Mansell is the Main Contractor that has learning fun and it will provide a building, been appointed to the scheme, and the which all the community can access.” Company has previously delivered a Work will be completed by September 2013 number of school projects for Norfolk in time for the new school year. County Council. In the last 12 months, Mansell has worked with Norfolk County Council, and Academy advisors NPS Group and Building Partnership to develop designs that will meet the Academy’s key core values of a learning centre with high performance achieved through quality leadership with Unit A3b, Lakeside Business Park, a strong Broadway Lane South Cerney, Gloucestershire GL7 5XL community focus. Dean Burgess, Tel: +44(0)1285 863 222 Fax: +44(0)1285 869 064 Regional Managing Director for Mansell

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Wren Academy New sixth form Opening this year, the Wren Academy Sixth Form is another exciting phase in the School’s development, helping to establish an outstanding sixth form, which achieves excellent academic results while giving students access to the best higher education and employment opportunities. It will be a sixth form that meets the aspirations of parents and students and that also provides young people with two happy and fulfilling years of education. Approximately 80% of the Academy’s buildings are brand new, with the remaining 20% comprising high quality refurbishment of buildings that previously occupied the site. The Academy is developing strong foundations for its sixth form and it will become a full 11-18 secondary school. Work on this sixth form is now complete and was opened in November 2012 by Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, giving plenty of time for the building to be prepared for the arrival of the first intake of sixth form students this September. It will have a total size of 250 pupils, with

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FoundOcean Reaching new depths FoundOcean is a leading engineering company with over 40 years experience of offshore grouting for oil and gas construction companies. The Company offers a range of services including foundation and structural grouting, structural repair and strengthening, as well as pipeline and cable support and protection in all the oil and gas protection areas of the world. More recently, FoundOcean has moved into advising and working with offshore renewables companies. FoundOcean is also helping to shape the emergent renewables supply chain, having been active in offshore and subsea foundation grouting in the oil and gas fields since the 1960s. Successful structural grouting relies on project preparation, experienced engineers and attention to detail during every stage of the project. FoundOcean understands that every platform is unique and so develops individual operating procedures for each project, giving details of the grouting operation and outlining contingency measures. On completion of a project, detailed reports are provided covering all offshore grouting operations and materials testing results. FoundOcean is also a single-source for the design, manufacture and installation of all types of fabric formworks. In fact, the Company holds the record for deploying the deepest fabric frameworks at a depth of 1,224m. Fabric formworks are flexible shutterings constructed from woven fabric, which is


filled with grout in-situ. The final shape of the support is defined by the shape of the fabric formwork. Fabric formworks may also be used to raise a pipeline or structure by jacking to a desired elevation. FoundOcean has experience of installing fabric formworks for supporting and stabilising pipelines, J-tubes and risers in both preventative and curative conditions, and depending on the environment can be deployed by divers or ROVs to undertake this work. The Company has recently grown its services for the repair and strengthening of offshore structures. Jim Bell, Managing Director, said: “Maintenance is an essential part of ensuring the longevity of an offshore structure. FoundOcean has a strong track record in providing inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) services. These costeffective upgrade and reinforcement solutions can be used to remedy damage or extend a structure’s design life.” The Company completed five IRM contracts in the last half of 2012, with four of these providing grouted repair clamps to restore structural integrity, and the fifth rectified movements in a platform by addressing seabed scour. Because repairs take place in live platform environments, special air-driven batch mixing equipment was used to comply with Hazardous Zone 2 regulations. In November 2012, SeaRoc awarded the Company the grouting contract for

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Lincolnshire Energy from Waste Project Treating 150,000 tonnes of waste each year Following detailed research and an extensive public consultation, Energy from Waste (EfW) technology emerged as the solution to Lincolnshire’s waste problem. It will provide a sustainable, safe and affordable waste treatment solution and allows energy to be recovered from waste that isn’t recycled or composted in the form of electricity. The contract between Lincolnshire County Council and Waste Recycling Group, now FCC, was signed in March 2011 after being appointed by the Executive Committee to design, build and operate a new EfW facility at the end of 2010. Construction started in April 2011 at the site just off Whisby Road in North Hykeham, and it was officially marked by a special tree planting ceremony led by the Chairman at the time, Councillor Peter Bedford. Work will develop facilities to treat, recycle and dispose of waste materials arising from the EfW facility. The facility forms part of Lincolnshire County Council’s solution to meet environmental targets set by the Landfill Directive, which aims to recover 67% of waste by 2015. As a key member of WRG’s bid team for the project, CNIM Clugston Lincolnshire Ltd was selected to design and construct the facility. Working in joint venture with process partner CNIM, Clugston is working to provide the £40M civil engineering works


package incorporating structural work, associated offices, control rooms and a visitor centre to cater for the 150,000 tonnes per annum plant. The EfW project will be fed from a series of new waste transfer stations strategically situated throughout the region. Household waste will be collected, sorted and then sent to the EfW facility for processing. Waste transported to the facility is to be stored within a large underground bunker before being used as fuel to power a hot water boiler. This in turn drives an 11megawatt turbine. Electricity, which is generated, is then exported to the National Grid thus reducing the need to burn fossil fuels to create electricity. As a by-product of the process IBA or Incinerator Bottom Ash is produced. This material is then used in different applications including as an aggregate replacement in road construction. This complex project involves heavy civil engineering works, undertaken in testing conditions. The waste storage bunker was constructed using secant piles in order to obviate ground water ingress into the underground structure. Found seven metres below ground level in an old gravel extraction quarry, the bunker made for an interesting start to the project. Heavily reinforced concrete walls surround

the bunker and continue from the underground structure to terminate at a height of 20 metres above ground level. These were formed on site using a proprietary metal framework system, lifted and positioned using the site’s tower crane. The structure’s huge primary steelwork frame measures 190 metres long, 30 metres wide and, at its peak, reaches 45 metres high. Supported by piled foundations, the steelwork has provided phasing challenges to meet the delivery dates. Phasing the different facets of the construction is key in order to hand over different areas to allow the installation of the process equipment. Managing these key interfaces has been challenging, but has been managed by the site team to the commendation of the client. The facility will include a visitor centre, operate 24 hours a day, create approximately 33 jobs and will generate enough electricity to power 15,000 homes. In addition, opportunities are being explored to make use of the heat produced by the facility in local homes and businesses in the future. Not only will this facility reduce the nation’s overall carbon footprint, but it will dramatically reduce the need for landfill. The site will be up and running in autumn 2013.

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Dyffryn House Restoration of a stately home Located in the heart of the Grade I registered Dyffryn Gardens in the Vale of Glamorgan, Dyffryn House is benefiting from a £600,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to restore the main rooms. This Grade II listed building was originally the family home of coal magnate John Cory and his family from 1891-1937, and was then used by the Glamorgan local authorities as a police academy and dog training centre, before becoming a conference centre. After the main rooms are restored and repaired to bring them into the visitor experience as part of the heritage at Dyffryn, the remainder of the house will close while options are reviewed as to the possible use of these rooms. A vestibule opens on to a grand vaulted hall in Dyffryn House with a stunning stained glass window depicting Elizabeth I at Tilbury. Feature rooms open off the main hall, including a billiard room, red and blue drawing rooms and the morning room. Separate from the main hall is the granted staircase, which leads to the first floor

landing. The original master bedroom is being reused as the Plant Hunter Room, with its splendid views of the gardens and the botanical collections. John Cory’s third son, Reginald, was a passionate plant collector, who went plant hunting and also sponsored the activity, and this legacy makes Dyffryn gardens a mecca for plant connoisseurs as well as the Edwardian design – a collaboration between Reginald and the famous landscape architect of the time, Thomas Mawson. For the first time, the house will have a lift and an environmental management system to control room temperatures and humidity to assist with the conservation of the original features. The Main Contractor

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Aylesbury Vale District Council Progressing its planning strategy for the next 19 years Aylesbury Vale District Council has continued to improve Aylesbury over the last few years despite the tough economic times, and understands further difficult decisions will have to be made in the coming years about how to spend money. Over the last few years, the Council has generated a number of savings and has been able to freeze council tax for two consecutive years, thanks to a grant from the government. The central strategy over the next four years is to put customers at the centre of everything that is done within Aylesbury, with aims such as growing the economy of the Vale, delivering efficient and economic services, and protecting and improving the living experience in the Vale. Of the many projects taking importance in Aylesbury, one is the residual waste treatment contract. This 30-year contract was awarded to FCC Environment in July 2012 by Buckinghamshire County Council’s Cabinet. FCC Environment, formerly Waste Recycling Group, was confirmed as preferred bidder for the project in February 2011. The Council’s Development Control Committee voted to grant planning permission to Greatmoor Energy From Waste (EfW) in April this year and the Environment Agency granted the facility a permit to operate in May this year. Greatmoor EfW will convert household and business waste that cannot otherwise be recycled into valuable, renewable energy and help reduce the UK’s dependence on fossil fuels for electricity. It will treat up to 300,000 tonnes of residual waste each year and will generate 22MW of electricity. This is equal to the amount of energy required by up to 30,000 homes. Some temporary jobs will be created through the three-year construction phase, with 64 permanent jobs at the facility and 31 more

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Lambrook School Redevelopment to provide a performing arts centre Completed late last year, this outstanding facility will further enhance the School’s ability to stage first class productions to ensure that all musicians are given the optimum environment in which to learn and perform. Lambrook School’s performing arts centre hosts the music, dance and art department, all under one roof. It includes an auditorium to hold up to 300 people at any one time for concerts, productions and assemblies; there is a suitable area for parents/teacher meetings, receptions and other gatherings. The music department provides the best environment for the development of the school children and their capabilities, while the art department inspires further creativity. The increased space for ceramics, textiles and displays is coupled with the most outstanding views across Lambrook’s idyllic grounds. The facility serves the needs of the whole School, while also providing the specific space required for music, drama and art students, and it enables the School to host music and drama workshops, as well as conferences and other similar events. Situated on a beautiful 45-acre site offering stunning grounds and sports fields, Lambrook is a thriving school that is home to 450 boys and girls. The Lambrook experience combines first class teaching and superb facilities with traditional values, in the tranquil surroundings of the wonderful Berkshire countryside.

From 1860 to the present day, the School has been nurturing boys and girls from the ages of three to 13, ensuring that they enter senior school life as confident, outgoing, intelligent and creative young people. The School is proud of its high academic standards, excellent facilities and sporting provision, providing fun boarding, that is friendly and flexible, with a real family atmosphere, but is not compulsory. There has been a School at Lambrook since 1860 when Robert Burnside bought Lambrook House with an eye on tutoring the sons and courtiers at Windsor Castle. The School grew steadily as an all boys’ boarding school until 1992 when day pupils were accepted. Since then, the School has developed a pre prep and nursery for three to seven year olds, and become co-educational. The School merged in 1997 with Haileybury Junior School from Windsor, which was an all boys day and boarding school for seven to 13 year olds. The ethos of the two Schools was very similar in spite of the fact that there had been relatively little contact between them

before the merger. In 2009 the School formally withdrew from this arrangement and Haileybury now stands as an independent Charitable Trust in its own right. Lambrook has continued to go from strength to strength, with the arts centre part of a range of facilities including a swimming pool, and a full redevelopment of the School campus, such as a new science laboratory, dedicated food studies classrooms, and a relocation of the library. The Architect for the performing arts centre was Architecture PHB and the Main Contractor was Amiri Construction. Work was completed at the end of 2012.

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Swansea Metropolitan University Regenerating the former central library site Work to redevelop one of Swansea’s muchloved buildings has received funding from the Welsh Government’s Swansea Regeneration Area programme, as Swansea Metropolitan University breathes new life into the city centre with the creation of a world-leading centre of design excellence. Housing Regeneration and Heritage Minister Huw Lewis made the announcement about the funding in November during a visit to the University’s new Swansea Business School campus for a meeting of the Swansea Regeneration Area Programme Board. The Minister said: “Swansea Metropolitan’s


plans for the central library are ambitious and along with the University’s other city centre facility, Swansea Business School, will make a significant contribution to the regeneration of the city centre as well as ensuring that the buildings are accessible, both in terms of location and physical access, and inviting welcoming places in which both students and the local community can learn. “I am very pleased that Welsh Government Regeneration Area funding is being put to such good use to benefit so many people and improve the city centre.”

Professor David Warner, Swansea Metropolitan Senior Provost, said: “This is a prime example of Victorian architecture and conservation of its appearance is key to the development work. We will retain the grandeur of the building’s original façade, ensuring any new additions complement the original design. “From the day it first opened in 1887 the building has served as a beacon of educational enlightenment for the people of Swansea. This exciting development, which has the support of the city and county of Swansea, will ensure that the University

maintains this great tradition of providing first class education in the heart of the city as well as helping to move forward the Welsh economy.” In 2011, Swansea Council’s Cabinet agreed to sell the historic former central library, on Alexandra Road, to Swansea Metropolitan so it can be revamped into an international institute of sustainable design. Construction on the project, being undertaken by the Main Contractor, Andrew Scott Ltd, has commenced, towards which Swansea Metropolitan is investing nearly £8M. It will involve the refurbishment and repair of the original building and its architectural features, as well as the creation of extra space and an exhibition area. The former central library was opened by British PM William Gladstone in 1887. Since the facility was transferred to its new seafront location in the civic centre in 2007, the Victorian building has been home to the University’s sector-leading Swansea School of Glass. When finished, the University’s School of Industry Design, which offers programmes in product and automotive design, will also be located in the building. It will become an international centre for research and design, focusing on automotive design, sustainable product design and architectural glass. The former central library building is a Grade II listed property and conservation and refurbishment of the building fabric is a key aspect of the project. The development, devised by Architect, Powell Dobson, will include a glazed wing that will bring a new dimension to this part of the city while creating a vibrant and updated seat of learning for the

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Waltham Forest Dramatically improving green spaces in Leyton Renamed Leyton Jubilee Park in August, this is a key project for Waltham Forest Council to rejuvenate a semi-rural open space covering approximately 14 hectares to make it more like a park in its look and feel. The £2M investment in the Park brings sports facilities, including natural turf football pitches. A dilapidated sports pavilion has now been rebuilt to Sport England standards and there is a strong play theme at the Park so there are two new playgrounds, one for children up to seven years old, and the other for those between eight and 13 years old. Entrances into the space have been improved and general landscaping improvements have also been undertaken. As well as this, more parking facilities have been added in a sensitive but attractive way, supporting the pavilion. A new basketball court has been introduced, with the previously existing court removed to make way for this new one, which is again built to Sport England standards. It is open and free to use by the public. Very much in keeping with Play England’s new thinking about natural play, those facilities are of a very high standard and quality, with both areas featuring mainly bespoke items. Lots of timber products were used, including hardwearing timber, and there are many intuitive play features that are really exciting for children of all ages. Despite being located in a densely populated area, Leyton, Jubilee Park has a uniquely rural feel to it, and has seen


the planting of wildflowers to ensure it is in keeping with Lee Valley, using the same principles used when landscaping the Olympic Park. It is different from many other developments because the community was consulted as part of the design phase of the project. Because the site is next to a secondary school, an established running club, and some temporary allotments, it was important to ensure that all these groups took part in a public consultation, helping to create a space that brings them all together and reaches out to the wider community, something that has been undertaken successfully. The Main Contractor was The Landscape Group. Work commenced in February 2012 and was completed this month, costing £2M. Part of this contract for Landscape Group is the development of Abbotts Park, which is a more traditional park situated on the other side of Leyton. Now completed, work included refurbishment work to upgrade its sports pavilion, improvements to the public realm surrounding the pavilion and, significantly, refurbishment of the tennis courts. The pavilion was completely renovated inside, while the roof was repaired and a zinc overlay was added. The façade has been dramatically improved and is very modern in its aesthetic appearance. A multi-functional community room can be found within the building, as well as a small kitchenette and improved toilets.

Tennis court redevelopment was undertaken in partnership with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), who also part funded the scheme. The LTA approached Waltham Forest to upgrade these courts because they were investing in all the Olympic boroughs as part of their capital programme. They looked at issues that others may not, such as the correct run off space required and the orientation of the courts and decided refurbishment was necessary. This resulted in a better run off space, and a rotation of 90 degrees to make best use of the prevailing wind and sunlight to the courts. Instead of six full size courts, there are now four full size and two mini courts. Crucially though, the quality is much higher and a progression of training and coaching is now possible. Children can be taught in a more appropriate environment, while there is also a pathway into adult coaching. It is now classed as a development site for tennis, which is important for further funding in the future. The hard standing surfacing has been resurfaced and rather than covering one side of the Park as they used to, the courts are now split so there is a walkway between them, resulting in the pavilion now relating more to the open space and the courts now appearing integral to the Park, rather than a stand-alone facility. The overall value at Abbotts Park was £500,000 and like Leyton Jubilee Park, it is now completed.

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NEW College State-of-the-art building Renowned playwright John Godber made a visit to the College in Pontefract at the beginning of October 2012 to open the brand new performance academy building named after him. The playwright officially opened the academy and marked the occasion with his experience of the world theatre. Guests were greeted to a champagne reception followed by a student production of ‘Edward’, featuring dance, drama and music in the John Godber theatre. Initially, the existing building was demolished, which left a space between the existing sports hall and adjacent block D for the construction of the new performing arts building. The steel frame, three-storey building incorporates a single-storey section along the full length to the rear that incorporates a drama studio, an IT suite, an internal gym and a recording studio with balancing, mixing equipment with soundproofed areas. Also on the ground floor within the main building, there are practice rooms that are acoustically sealed so people can practice singing and playing the piano and other instruments in isolated areas. There are ground floor ancillary areas and toilets, while the floor is also the main entrance to the two-storey theatre space with retractable seating and specialist lighting. At first floor level, there is a dance studio and staff room areas and the upper entrance to the theatre space off the atrium balcony to the main entrance atrium. At second floor there are eight classrooms that are also acoustically sealed from the drama and theatre space below. A spine corridor runs between the eight classrooms with a full length glazed


atrium roof, the building also incorporates two staircases, and a lift to one of the staircases. The floor construction on the steel frame is metal deck and concrete, while the roof construction is in built up roof cladding. The external envelope is primarily brickwork, although on the front elevation there is full height curtain walling and high gloss Kingspan Benchmark ceramic cladding to the main atrium entrance and adjacent staircase. Within the main entrance there is the twostorey atrium with a curved balcony and automatic entrance doors within a ceramic clad foyer. The site is very constrained, with a car park in front, gym on one side, occupied building on the other side and Pontefract Park to the rear. Therefore, everything had to be done from the rear of the building, utilising a self erecting tower crane, and a temporary roadway was created through the park under licence from the local authority. Access to the site was therefore a huge challenge to Britcon, the Main Contractor for the development. The self-erecting tower solution was looked into before construction commenced and it was decided this was the best way to access the building. It is something that worked really well, with the building only accessed from the front via the car park on one or two occasions undertaken outside of college hours and carefully scheduled around the holiday periods. An acoustic consultant was employed to model the building and the Architect for the development, Cordonier Vaughan LLP, put forward its recommendations for DB ratings to the various areas. This led to internal walls being

constructed using metal stud lightweight partitioning systems because they guaranteed DB ratings through tested standard robust detailing. The M&E work was also challenging. With a theatre space of 100 people watching a performance, it means ventilation needs to be of good quality, but then other times there will only be a few students working in there, so it also needs to be a flexible system that reacts to occupancy and also minimises the carbon footprint of the building. All aspects of the building are compliant with building regulations, as there is a lot of heat gain because the front elevations are fully glazed, the project includes a natural ventilation solution to the atrium and main staircase areas where fresh air comes in at low level and exits through a chimney system and is vented at roof level to minimise overheat without the addition of mechanical cooling. In addition, there is a natural ventilation system in place to maintain the temperature of the staircase in summer conditions. Work on the £1.9M building started on site in December 2011 and was completed in October 2012. Pauline Hagen, Principal of the College, said: “The new building will be an amazing addition to the College’s performing arts department, not only will students benefit from having facilities to learn a range of different courses to a high standard, but it will attract other companies and the companies and the community for productions and theatre work.” The adjacent block D has now also been demolished as part of the overall master planning and the College and Britcon have commenced construction of a learning resource centre in its place.

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Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust PRIDE of Sunderland and South Tyneside One of the largest mental health and disability Trusts in England, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust employs more than 6,000 staff and serves a population of approximately 1.4 million, providing services across an area totalling 2,200sq miles. With a budget of more than £300M, the Trust’s services include urgent care services, planned care services and specialist services. The Trust works from over 100 sites across Northumberland, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland and North Easington, as well as having a number of regional and national specialist services. The main sites are St Nicholas in Newcastle, St George’s Park in Morpeth, Prudhoe in Northumberland, Monkwearmouth in Sunderland, Walkergate Park in Newcastle, Northgate in Morpeth and Cherry Knowle in Sunderland. The latter is currently under development to create a new mental health hospital campus. The Ryhope Hospital site project will become a hub for Sunderland and South of Tyne Trust. As well as the hospital accommodation on site, there will also be a facilities management premises to serve a wider area. Effectively, it will be a hospital campus but also a hub for that region of the Trust too. The campus is the re-provision of all services on site. All dilapidated and semi-derelict buildings have been removed, with a portion of the land being kept to develop the new hospital. The Hospital will include six 18-bed wards for urgent care assessment and treatment, older people’s functional mental illness and stepped care rehabilitation services, and a 14-bed psychiatric intensive care unit. An existing 15bed unit on the site will also be retained. A new central facilities building will include a range of other service user related services and the new facilities management building will accommodate estates, facilities and information technology services. For the ward block accommodation, a timber frame construction on in situ concrete bases will be used. This will be rendered or clad in weatherboarding. The building typology tends to be singlestorey with a monopitch roof, with buildings arranged around courtyards and the roofs tilled in reconstituted slate tile. The serving strategy for those buildings is that there is a walkway at first floor level. The central facilities building and facilities management building will be predominantly comprised of prefabricated concrete panels. There are small elements of steelwork within the structure, particularly at higher levels, but much of the retaining structure


and the structure on the ground is dementia services already on the hospital prefabricated concrete along with all the site, it will form a specialist dementia care floor slabs and many of the columns. Those centre. Building work at Monkwearmouth buildings are clad in a mixture of composite Hospital started in August and the new unit panels and vertically hung reconstituted is expected to be opened in autumn 2013. slate and render.   Turner & Townsend is supporting the Trust One of the big drivers of the project is to with a wide programme of capital projects, look at the FMA solutions. In the ward block as well as a number of minor works and accommodation, all the timber frame is maintenance projects. The partnership, prefabricated off site, while the ensuite delivered through the NHS P 21 bathroom pods are being prefabricated in procurement process, is multi award Italy, plumbed and ready to be craned into winning and is recognised within both the position with the timber frame around them. healthcare sector and the building industry, Many of the windows are being supplied recently winning World Health Care project directly to be factory fitted. Elsewhere, the of the year, National Integrative and tiling to the roofs will come with the felt and Collaborative Working Awards and best use the battens on them. They’ll get tiled at low of Public Art in a Health Care project. level on a jig and craned into position with Darren Laybourn, Director within Turner & the tiles on. This is to mitigate against the Townsend said: "We are delighted to have need for having lots of scaffolding and been working alongside a world class health working at height. provider in Northumberland Tyne & Wear All of the buildings are naturally ventilated NHS Foundation Trust. The PRIDE project apart from where there are clinical reasons for demonstrates the art of possible, and will not doing so. The massing and orientation of now be able to provide a leading standard the buildings has been carefully considered, and benchmark in healthcare provision for such as using roof overhangs to protect many years to come". against summer over heating. Demolition started in autumn 2011 because separate planning permission was granted before permission to develop the new building. This was sought in November 2011 and approved in February 2012. Work commenced in May, with the drainage work currently half Specialists in: completed. The UÊi>Ì…V>riÊ>˜`Ê `ÕV>̈œ˜ÊÊUÊ,iÌ>ˆÊ>˜`Ê œ““irVˆ> substructures and UÊ-…iÌiri`ÊVVœ““œ`>̈œ˜ÊÊU��œÜÊ >ÀLœ˜Ê-ÕÃÌ>ˆ˜>LiÊ iÈ}˜ retaining structures UÊÎ Ê,iۈÌÊEÊ -Ê/…iÀ“>Êœ`iˆ˜} , ]Ê- ]Ê * ÊEÊ Ê‡Ê , Ê>VVri`ˆÌi` are going in at the moment and work will complete on the £40M project in April 2014. There is a sister project to this scheme that is under construction on the CAD21 (Newcastle) CAD21 (Teesside) CAD21 (Yorkshire) Monkwearmouth Unit 21 Unit 15 46 Pure Offices Hospital site. This will Apex Business Village Halegrove Court Icon Business Centre comprise a new 244100 Park Approach Newcastle Upon Tyne Cygnet Drive Thorpe Park Tyne & Wear Bowesfield bed unit, comprising NE23 7BF Stockton-on-tees Leeds of two 12-bed wards, TS18 3DB LS15 8GB providing an acute assessment and Tel: 0113 3970 851 Tel: 0191 250 2211 Tel: 01642 608 421 treatment service for Fax: 0113 397 0450 Fax: 0191 250 2191 Fax: 01642 608 262 people with dementia. Along with other Email:

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FM Conway Strength in civil engineering With more than 50 years of experience, FM Conway delivers the infrastructure services to support, develop and maintain the UK’s vital transport networks, built environment and open spaces. Working on behalf of both communities and businesses, the Company has developed a self-delivery model that combines in-house consultancy expertise with front line operational excellence. From initial inspection through to design, delivery, refurbishment works and ongoing maintenance, this approach enables FM Conway to supply all services required to keep the nation’s infrastructure and open spaces operating effectively and efficiently. The Company has worked extensively with many local authorities and commercial organisations to provide integrated and cost effective sustainable solutions. Renowned for the flexible and creative approach and excellent customer service, FM Conway work collaboratively with its customers to become a valuable project partner. The Company made a great start to 2012, winning four new civil engineering contracts worth £6.5M on behalf of Transport for London, Kent County Council, the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, and

Land Securities. In London, FM Conway has been awarded a £3.5M contract by TfL to deliver dedicated bus lanes in selected complete the second phase of the East areas to improve journey times, reduce London Transit (ELT) project. The congestion by removing parking and loading project will deliver road improvements necessary to expand the ELT bus transit from traffic lanes, better footways, as well as a tree-lined avenue along River Road. system to incorporate new housing developments situated along the route. FM Conway, Conway House, Rochester The ELT modern bus service provides fast, Way, Dartford, Kent, DA1 3QY. frequent and reliable journeys and links to Tel: 0208 636 8822. the wider transport network, including Network Rail, London Underground, Crossrail and other local bus services. There are two phases of ELT. The first is now completed and services are running from Ilford to Dagenham Dock station via Barking town centre. Phase II, from Barking town centre VolkerLaser Head Office to the Barking 223 London Road,Worcester, Worcestershire WR5 2JG Riverside T 0844 800 4560 F 01905 352060 development, will

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Talbot Gateway New business district for Blackpool A groundbreaking ceremony took place in Blackpool in October last year to mark the start of construction on the Talbot Gateway Central Business District (CBD) scheme, which is being delivered by national developer Muse Developments in partnership with Blackpool Council. Phase I will see Talbot Road multi-storey car park fully refurbished with new retail units created, a new Sainsbury’s food store with parking, and the introduction of new council offices. In total, 280,000sq ft of new commercial floor space and parking for over 1,400 cars will be provided. The development will provide 120,000sq ft of new office accommodation and meet the highest efficiency and environmental standards. Overall, the £220M Talbot Gateway CBD scheme will create new retail, commercial and community space for Blackpool in addition to town centre parking and transport facilities. The masterplan also includes a new public square, which has been named Bickerstaffe Place by local school children, a restaurant, and three hotels. The 58,000sq ft Sainsbury’s store will be built on the area previously occupied by Seed Street car park, Larkhill Street and the indoor bowls centre. The new store will be built to the highest sustainability standards, and will offer an extensive range of food and non-food products. It will include 600 car parking spaces, and a mezzanine level customer restaurant.


Michael Morris, Development Surveyor for Sainsbury’s, said: “This new store is part of a significant investment in Blackpool, which will help regenerate the area. This is in addition to the 20 new jobs announced at our nearby Red Bank Road store.” The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has invested £7.5M in the scheme. Nick Jackson, Area Manager at the HCA said: “Construction of the Talbot Gateway CBD is great news for Blackpool and highlights the commitment of partners to support economic development, improve job opportunities for local people and promote a thriving economy. The transformation of this important area will provide better facilities for residents and help to attract much needed inward investment.” At the ceremony to mark the start of construction in October 2012, Mike Horner, Regional Director at Muse Developments, said: “Today is the first step towards realising the transformation of this part of central Blackpool into a vibrant commercial district. “This is the first phase of a comprehensive scheme, which will revitalise this important gateway to the town’s Blackpool North Station. We are looking forward to working closely with our partners at Blackpool Council to bring about this much needed change for the benefit of all visitors, but particularly local residents and businesses.” Councillor Gary Coleman, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Development commented on the scheme when construction commenced: “We

estimate that 400 people will be working on the construction of the Talbot Gateway. It’s a great boost for the economy of the town centre as well as creating local jobs for local people. “I’m sure everybody agrees that this area needed a lift and today marks the start of the project that we’ve been talking about for so many years. It’s such an exciting time and I look forward to seeing the new landscape take shape.” Work on the new council building, which has been designed by Aedas Architects and is being constructed by Eric Wright Construction, is expected to complete in April 2014. Planning consent for Phase I was granted in October 2011 and work on the multi-storey car park and Sainsbury’s store commenced in autumn 2011. The multi-storey car park will be reopened in July 2013 and the Sainsbury’s is due to be completed in January 2014. Planning consent for Phase I was granted in October 2011. Work on the new council building, which has been designed by Aedas Architects and is being constructed by Eric Wright Construction, started in autumn 2012 and is expected to complete in April 2014. Shepherd Construction are scheduled to commence work on the Sainsbury’s store in December 2012 which is targeted for completion in early 2014. Tolent Construction are under way with the refurbishment of the multi-storey car park, which will reopen to the public in July 2013.

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Rivelin Water Treatment Works Drinking water supplies in Sheffield are receiving a boost as Yorkshire Water works on a massive £15M scheme to upgrade the Rivelin Water Treatment Works near Sheffield. This huge investment involves major improvements to the site’s water treatment process and supports the Company’s three year, £16.7M revamp of Sheffield’s water mains, which completed in October 2011. The Drinking Water Inspectorate imposes regulatory obligations on all water companies to provide a prescribed quality of drinking water to the general public. The treatment processes required to turn raw water from the holding reservoirs into potable water leaving the water treatment works are generally chemical and filtrationbased and are tailored to meet the composition of the local raw water. In common with most other reservoirs with upland Pennine catchments, raw water quality was deteriorating and the water arriving at Rivelin from the upstream reservoirs suffered from increasing colour and periodic high turbidity. Add to this, raw water sources contain high levels of Trihalomethane (THM) precursors, which must be removed efficiently to meet the regulatory prescribed concentration value within the distribution system. THMs are of concern because they are carcinogenic. Chlorine is used within the raw water treatment process to oxidise iron and manganese in the water into particles so that they can be removed by filtration. Unfortunately, the chlorine reacts with the THM precursors in the raw water and instigates the formation of harmful THMs.


Consequently, to reduce the formation of THMs, the organics must be removed from the water prior to the addition of chlorine. The key element of the project is therefore to move the chlorine dosing process to a point downstream of the previously existing primary filters, where the organics will have been removed, therefore avoiding formation of THMs. The chlorine will then react with the iron and manganese ions still in the water to form particles that must be removed by a second filtration process. Because there was no available space within the existing buildings, a new manganese contractor building was required to house the new secondary filters and associated mechanical and electrical equipment required to control the process. In addition, the building also needs to house a new high-lift pumping station to transfer the treated water up to the existing service reservoir tanks. Work is being undertaken in two phases, with Mott MacDonald Bentley carrying out these improvements on behalf of Yorkshire Water. Phase I saw initial work within the existing buildings to replace much of the chemical dosing systems, together with the associated control systems. This phase was completed in September 2012. John Bond of Yorkshire Water’s community engagement team, commented at the beginning of work. He said: “We’re committed to ensuring all of our customers benefit from some of the best drinking water in the world. “This latest investment is part of a wider scheme of work aimed at improving our

water treatment works and maintaining and replacing thousands of kilometres of water pipes, to help ensure that we continue to provide customers with a fantastic service. “As this work is taking place within the works, there shouldn’t be any disruption to local residents, and we’ll be communicating with everybody throughout the scheme to update them on progress and the benefits this work will bring, including the Rivelin Valley Conservation Group.” Rivelin Water Treatment Works opened in 1994 and is capable of processing 75 million litres of raw water every day. Yorkshire Water supplies 1.24 billion litres of drinking water each day – the equivalent of 49,600 Olympic sized swimming pools full of water – and operates more than 40,000 miles of water and sewerage mains, which is enough pipework to circulate the earth. Rivelin is one of five water treatment works built to supply Sheffield with drinking water. It treats Pennine waters from peaty catchments, which are typically acidic, coloured and contain iron, aluminium and manganese associated with the peat. Phase II of the project is currently ongoing. This involves the construction of the new filter building for manganese removal. It is being constructed to fit in with the surroundings, and Yorkshire Water worked with local interest groups on the final design. The new building will be a simple rectangle, developed around the treatment process and seven metres high to eaves, with a single roof ridge running east-west. The chosen site for the new building enables a simpler architectural approach, which, >

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Yum! Brands Inc Expanding in the UK market Yum! Brands Inc, based in Louisville, Kentucky, is the world’s largest restaurant company in terms of system units, with more than 36,000 restaurants in over 117 countries and territories, and more than one million associates. It is ranked at 214 on the Fortune 500 List and as recently as 2010, generated more than $11Bn in revenue. The Company’s brands include KFC, the Pizza Hut delivery service, and Taco Bell, global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican style food categories. The Yum! system includes four operating segments: US International (Yum! Restaurants International), China and India Divisions. Outside the United States in 2010, the Company opened approximately four new restaurants on each day of the year, making it a leader in international retail development. The Company is building a vibrant global business by focusing on four key business strategies. These are to build leading brands across China in every significant category, to drive aggressive international expansion and build strong brands everywhere, to dramatically improve US brand positions, consistency and returns, and finally to drive industry-leading, long-term shareholder and franchisee value. Yum! is proud of the unique culture it has built, one that is filled with energy, opportunity and fun. The Company believes in its people, trust in their positive intentions, encourage ideas from everyone, and have actively developed a workforce that is diverse in style and background. Yum! is a place where anyone can, and does, make a difference. One of the brands, the world’s leading Mexican-style quick service restaurant chain that is Taco Bell, has enjoyed recent growth in this country.


The first Taco Bell in the UK was opened in June 2010 at the Lakeside Shopping Centre in Essex, selling its popular burritos, quesadillas, nachos and more to diners on the Lakeside Food Court and its existence continues to generate a buzz in the shopping centre. Draftfcb London handled Taco Bell’s UK launch campaign, which started with the Lakeside Shopping Centre Taco Bell and has continued to build the brand’s national presence throughout its expansion plans in the UK. The London agency has developed a communications strategy based on the brand’s tagline and global creative platform ‘Think Outside the bun’, and position it as the smarter fast food alternative. The campaign has brought a unique local personality to the brand, while appealing to a younger audience and has included sales promotions, retail point of sale, outdoor and direct response advertising. More recently, Taco Bell has opened a new restaurant in the Manchester Arndale Centre with the help of Draftfcb. The Company has identified Manchester Arndale as the perfect location for its first store in the North of England, and the food court will help reach the brand’s target audience of young adults and fast food fans, looking for something new and exciting, at an affordable price. The Manchester store is the third in the UK after the opening of the Lakeside Shopping Centre restaurant and a second in nearby Basildon late in 2010. The stores are already proving to be a great success with strong sales results and a dedicated customer base, with some fans travelling over 100 miles to try the delicious menu. As well as offering great food, the new restaurant in Manchester has created more than 40 jobs in the local area, with the Company filling a range of positions from

team members to managers, and like the first two restaurants, the one in Manchester is franchise operated. With the help of Draftfcb, Taco Bell used its bright and eye-catching brand colours and truly connects with the local ‘Mancunian’ personality and humour. One of the most profitable food brands in the USA, Taco Bell serves more than two billion people a year in over 5,000 restaurants and there are plans to establish a sustainable presence in the UK over the next few years. The Kentucky Fried Chicken concept was introduced to Britain in 1965 when the first store opened in Preston. Many more followed, and in 1997, became part of the Tricon Group, which changed its name to Yum! in 2002. The KFC Corporation is based in Louisville, Kentucky and is the world’s most popular chicken restaurant chain. Despite changes in ownership, the strength of the KFC brand has seen the expansion of the UK & Ireland restaurant network, with some company operated and others franchised. The achievement of excellent restaurant standards has also resulted in the British operation acting as a training base for many of the new KFC restaurants operating throughout Europe. In July last year, KFC announced the intention to launch a major new drive-thru outlet in Redditch. The move will change the face of the town, seeing the demolition of MacLellan House on Clews Road. The site purchase and KFC drive-thru construction represents an investment in excess of £2M, becoming a terrific development for the town that will attract customers and the location will be convenient for residents and workers, while also complementing other leisure facilities in the town. Construction work commenced in late >

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summer and a planned opening date has been scheduled for March 2013, though it is hoped this can be moved forward. The other food chain within the Yum! brand is Pizza Hut, and Yum! is taking the business in the direction of focusing on the delivery side.

With more than 150 delivery outlets, the aim is to more than double this estate by 2020, creating approximately 5,000 jobs in the process. These will be built in appropriate locations, chosen from criteria such as accessibility, good visibility, and in

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Facilitas The Facilitas Group of Companies delivers a full range of property services to both public and private sectors, with work comprising of design, management and installation services to a wide range of customers across the UK. Because of how the Company is structured, customers receive the flexible, customerfocused approach of a small company, backed by the professionalism, systems and financial backing of a larger business. Projects and contracts delivered range from £5,000 to £15M and work is provided in specialised environments such as live mental health wards, housing association properties, schools and other occupied premises where a sensitive approach is required. Facilitas also delivers major and complex new build projects using the latest materials, techniques and design. Its companies each specialise in different areas such as roofing, mechanical and electrical consultancy and design, mechanical and electrical installation, new build, refurbishment, and planned and reactive maintenance. Facilitas works with primary care trusts, acute trusts, mental health trusts, private clinics and nursing homes. The skilled and experienced staff are sensitive to the specialist needs of the healthcare environment, working across the full range of occupied premises, where patient and customer sensitivity is paramount and health and safety a priority. The Company works closely with clinical and non-clinical staff to ensure that work is carefully planned to fit in with the operational priorities of wards and have a completely flexible approach that ensures ward operations and patient needs take priority. Facilitas works in partnership with schools, colleges and universities across the UK, providing a full range of maintenance and building solutions tailored to the specific needs of educational establishments. Each project is in safe hands, as Facilitas has experience of working on sites in the midst of busy term times, and the Company

can customise its approach accordingly, commercial properties, residential, mixedworking closely with Heads and teachers to use, and for central and local government. minimise disruption to classes and other The Company is proud of its local school activities. knowledge, believing that the workforce Services offered include planned and reactive should be part of the community. Therefore, maintenance in the form of specialised they employ skilled trades people local to packages such as playground maintenance or the area, who can add something different roof overhaul. In addition, more extensive to the Company. services can be offered, including full-scale refurbishment and new build. Facilitas, Unit A, Wimblestraw Road, Many educational establishments have Berinsfield, Wallingford, Oxford, OX10 7LZ. historical or conservational importance and Tel: 01865 342 600. form an essential part of the local landscape. Facilitas can count on the services of specialists and experts to assist in sympathetic refurbishing and restoration projects, where the highest standards of workmanship are imperative. Facilitas also provides local authorities and housing associations with comprehensive property services, including planned and reactive maintenance and new build. A dedicated contract manager is responsible for ensuring a project’s success and looking after the client’s requirements, all of whom can be certain Precolor Tank Division is part of a privately owned group of that total companies, and has served the water industry for many years. commitment can be Precolor has been a family business for three generations. The delivered to every experience gained over many years has allowed Precolor to design project undertaken. and manufacture some of the highest quality water storage tanks Other sectors include available. We manufacture one piece, semi-sectional & fully work in the hotel and sectional water tanks with kiosks and housings. leisure sector, while also working on


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M62 Junctions 25-30 Significant upgrade scheme to alleviate congestion A long-term programme of redevelopment is underway to improve the M62 by making it a ‘managed motorway’ between junctions 25 and 30. Managed motorways help relieve congestion by using technology to vary speed limits. They also allow the hard shoulder to be used as a running lane at peak times to create additional capacity. They deliver these benefits at a significantly lower cost than conventional motorway widening and with less impact on the environment during construction. Once complete, this scheme will allow the hard shoulder to be used as a running lane from junctions 26 to 28 and from junctions 29 to 30 eastbound during congestion periods. The section between junctions 28 and 29 already has four lanes so there does not need to be additional capacity created there. Due to complicated merges and diverges between junctions 25 and 26 and between junctions 30 and 29 westbound, the hard shoulder cannot be used as a running lane. Instead, it will be turned into a permanent running lane, giving these sections of the M62 four permanent lanes, which is known as ‘controlled all lane running’. Emergency refuse areas will be created approximately every 800-1,000 metres. These provide vehicles a dedicated safe place to stop in the event of a breakdown if


the hard shoulder is in use as a running lane. The refuge areas have emergency telephones and are monitored by Regional Control Centre cameras so that assistance can be sent if required. Work is needed on this route because it is used by over 144,000 vehicles each day and suffers from heavy congestion and unpredictable journey times, especially during peak periods. Congestion on the motorway and strategic road network in England costs an estimated £3Bn every year, with 25% of this resulting from incidents. Approximately £136M is being invested in this scheme. Implementing managed motorways on the M62 in West Yorkshire will improve safety and make journeys more reliable. This in turn creates economic benefits for the region and the country as a whole. The economic assessment carried out on the scheme has concluded that every pound invested in improving the M62 between junctions 25 and 30 will generate approximately six pounds in economic benefits in return. There is already ample evidence of the benefits that a managed motorway scheme can bring. The first managed motorway scheme opened to traffic on the M42 in 2006. Recent analysis of the data gathered since opening has found that journey time reliability improved by 22% and reduced

emissions by up to 10% due to traffic flowing more smoothly. In addition, personal injury accidents have reduced by more than half (55.7%) since hard shoulder running was introduced. There was also an overall reduction in the severity of accidents, with zero fatalities and fewer seriously injured. The final phase of the scheme commenced in November 2012, with work taking place on weeknights between junctions 28 (Tingley) and 29 (Lofthouse) until midDecember, which required the closure of one carriageway at a time during the week between 8pm and 6am. All carriageway closures allow the Highways Agency to upgrade existing gantries on the stretch so they can house the technology and electronic signs required for the new managed motorway. Overnight closures were also required on most Saturday nights up until midDecember 2012 for gantry upgrade work between junctions 29 and 30 (Rothwell). These closures took place from 8pm on Saturdays until 9am on Sundays. The Main Contractor for this development is the BAM Joint Venture bm JV, consisting of BAM Nuttall and Morgan Sindall. Construction commenced in October 2011 and is on schedule to be fully completed in 2014, though some sections will be opened this year.

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National Football Centre Important to generating future national team success in Wales Chosen from a list of six prominent locations across South Wales, Newport will be home for the new National Football Centre, which will encompass a headquarters building and changing facilities with two premium grass pitches and a third generation artificial pitch. Newport was selected because it had the level of support needed by the Council in order for the project to proceed. This included granting long-term leases for development of the land, which has ensured all money for the project has been used to develop football pitches, rather than it being spent on land acquisition or provision of road access and utilities. With the help of funding from the Welsh Assembly Government, Sport Wales, FIFA, UEFA, and the Football Association of Wales, there will be meeting rooms and conference rooms that can host events for up to 100 people, as well as the playing facilities. The aim is to commercialise the facility and offer it for use to professional clubs and international teams that are visiting Wales to play Cardiff City, Newport County and Swansea City. Another key aim is to build a relationship with South Wales businesses and for it to be seen as a training and host venue for corporate events. The purpose of the facility is to be the spiritual home of Welsh football, providing a


facility to inspire and develop the next generation of international players and coaches so that Wales will become more successful on the international stage. This is essential because it generates wealth within the game and ensures that football has a higher profile in the country, with the main bonus being it will increase the money available to the grass roots level of developing future players. The development is well situated, as it is part of an existing £23M supporting infrastructure, with the same site housing the Wales National Velodrome, which the Great Britain Olympic team trained at. There is also a regional swimming pool, tennis centre, Newport Cricket Club, and Newport Stadium – used for athletics and football. Such a site with an array of sporting facilities on site was of particular attraction to using it as a venue. It will make the National Football Centre part of a larger sporting complex that would be developed into a real sporting hub and a gateway to Wales. The facilities at the Centre will not only develop future elite footballers because the 3G artificial pitch is predominantly for community use. It was opened in May 2012 by the First Minister Carwyn Jones and has already seen significant use by the community.

It will also act as a fall back position for player, team and coach education if the weather is poor, as in these instances, the grass pitches cannot be used. Work involved relocating the previously existing sand-based artificial pitch that has been replaced by the 3G pitch on another part of the site, and that land is being used to build the premium pitch and headquarters. There has been some land transfer and it also meant the relocation of the existing skate park was necessary. This has been moved to Tredegar Park instead, a convenient and more suitable location. The Main Contractor for the project is ISG and the Architect is Boyes Rees. Work on the pitches commenced in February 2012 and the headquarters began a month later. Work is complete on the pitches, with the artificial pitch now in use, but the grass pitches won’t be ready until September 2013, giving them the required two growing seasons they need. The headquarters will be completed in February 2013 and occupied in March 2013. The £4.7M state-of-the-art Centre will be opened in April 2013 at an official ceremony attended by UEFA President Michel Platini and First Minister Carwyn Jones.

Whitehead Building Services An emphasis on staff training and development has enabled Whitehead Building Services to build on the impressive reputation it has already built within its Welsh heartland by utilising its strong set of skills on projects in other parts of the UK. Originally founded in 1978 in Newport, south Wales, as a small privately-owned electrical contractor, Whitehead Building Services has since grown over the years with the help of some increasingly prestigious contracts, such as the development of the clubhouse at the Celtic Manor Hotel in 1999, which hosted the Ryder Cup in 2010. In 2004, the business was acquired with the view to building the business into a leading M&E provider throughout Wales and across the border into the West Country and the Midlands. To herald this process, the company was rebranded and a robust expansion plan was put into motion that involved the forging of links with new clients. “We have continued building the business to the extent that we now have 150 staff and a turnover of £20m, which is rapidly approaching the £25m-mark,” explains Rhys Morton, Managing Director. “In addition to our head office in Newport, we have a satellite site in Swansea and a Bristol-based facility that covers the Midlands across to Reading, just outside the M25, down to the south-coast and back across to the West Country.” The growth that Whitehead has seen has been all the more impressive given the tough market conditions. “The economic situation is worrying due to the downward effect on the mainstream construction sector but we’re fortunate in that we operate in such a wide range of sectors because of the diversity of our skills set,” adds Mr Morton. “We therefore have a presence in the public sector, particularly education and health, as well as commercial, retail, rail and more mainstream construction. In addition, we have our direct end user market, which is continuing to blossom despite the recession.”

In terms of recent projects, Whitehead has been involved in the development of the BBC studios and the Media Wales headquarters in Cardiff, whilst on the commercial side it has developed the headquarters for financial services company Hargreaves Lansdown in Bristol. It also has completed numerous medical centre and hospital projects throughout the UK, whilst the education sector has proven particularly fruitful in recent years. “We have been strongly involved in primary, secondary and higher education development having carried out over 200,000m2 of educational space. The fact that a typical secondary school is around 10,000 sq m in size puts our involvement in the sector into some sort of perspective. In the last five years, we have also been involved in significant numbers of new build for universities in Birmingham, Bristol, and Cardiff amongst others. “Our objective has always been to have as highly skilled a workforce as possible and we therefore spend a great deal of time and resources on education and training as our apprenticeship schemes demonstrate. By investing strongly in our people, coupled with the emphasis we place on health and safety throughout the business, we have been able to retain a committed and settled workforce. As a result, we are a forward-thinking employer with a growing and developing team of loyal and committed staff. The family ethos we have as a company has also been a significant factor in our ability to provide an approachable face to customers whose expectations we continually strive to exceed.” These strengths as a business not only enabled Whitehead to develop its operation commercially but has also attracted industry recognition from outside bodies. This year saw it being nominated for a Constructing Excellence in Wales 2012 Awards that it just missed out on. “Whilst it would have been great to have won the award, we were still incredibly pleased to have been deemed worthy of a place in the last four, particularly as we were in competition with such great contenders,” outlines Mr Morton. “From a personal perspective, I was extremely pleased

with the achievement but it was also tremendous recognition of the hard work and effort that all our staff put in. “ As it looks to build on the industry recognition it has received and the strong infrastructure it has in place, Whitehead is now keen to build further on the momentum it has built up. “As a family business, we have the vision and the workforce needed to maintain our position as the regional contractor of choice. We have a sustainable growth plan in place and as we’ve expanded, we’ve been careful to ensure that we have the necessary infrastructure required to underpin it. Following the creation of our sites in Swansea and Bristol, we now aim to take our offering further afield by pushing more into the Midlands and the South. Rail and managed services in particular are two areas that we’d also like to build upon. “We appreciate that we’re only as good as our last job so we strive to ensure that we deliver highly consistent levels of quality whilst building close working relationships with our clients that will hopefully lead to repeat contracts. We’re also extremely proactive in terms of driving better efficiencies and reducing waste, which is another area that many of our customers are looking at.” These attributes have been especially important in Whitehead being successful in being appointed on a four-year healthcare sector framework contract that has just commenced and which will involve the development of various health-related facilities across Wales. “The healthcare sector has the potential to be a strong market for us moving forward,” concludes Mr Morton. “We’ll therefore be looking to capitalise on the opportunities that come our way in this area, both within Wales and elsewhere, whilst also continuing to develop our skills within the various disciplines of the business.” This forward-thinking approach has obviously worked well for Whitehead so far and is sure to continue being a successful formula in the months and years ahead.

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Heanor Gate Science College Improved art classroom provision This education facility has been a specialist science college since 2002 and was converted to an academy in November 2011. Work was completed in autumn 2012 to improve the building further – extending it to provide two additional classrooms with two, three-bay modular buildings, as well as altering the internal layout of the existing building to suit the College’s current needs. The College has been designated as a high performing specialist school and is the lead school in the area for the diploma in IT. The existing building was supplied by Ideal Building Systems Ltd in 2010 and was made up of a 13-bay modular building, comprising of four classrooms and associated rooms. Work was needed because Heanor Gate suffered serious fire damage in February 2010 that resulted in more than 500sq m of teaching accommodation being destroyed, with a loss to the College of six teaching areas, associated storage and disabled toilet provision. The majority of rooms destroyed were designated for the school art faculty and one area utilised by the school’s vocational programme for construction. Following evaluation of the fire and the lost facilities, a modular building was used to cover the immediate curriculum requirement in the short term. The College had been identified as being

part of wave 3 of DCC Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme to be completed in 2015, so only temporary planning permission was applied for and granted. Since then, the BSF programme has been cancelled by the government and the College is no longer part of the DCC framework. As a result, the College needed the elements of the temporary permission to be made permanent, plus the two additional classrooms. These rooms were to be part of the new BSF development planned for the College to provide the required teaching space recommended by the Department for Education for art subjects, in order to maintain the curriculum delivery. The failure to provide the two modular classrooms would have meant the art curriculum would have been impossible to deliver, due to lack of available teaching space, while also affecting the quality of the teaching standards provided to students. The two classrooms are 64sq m and 74sq m, each with a separate storage room directly off the classroom area. Demolition wasn’t necessary because the extensions are sited on a used grass bank and tarmac area between the buildings. The two buildings comprise of a timber frame construction with lattice steel floor

skids and roof beams, and match the existing 13-bay modular structure, as well as staying in keeping with the other modular buildings on site. The external façade has an acrylated resin textured paint finish applied to nine millimetre FE plywood, and the roof has a single layer membrane. Windows are white uPVC framed, double glazed units with Pilkington ‘K’ low E glass. The interior of the building is lined with cream vinyl faced plasterboard with a white exposed grid suspended ceiling system. The building is heated by hot air convector heaters mounted at a high level and supplied from a gas fire combination boiler mounted in the store of the existing building. Each classroom was installed with compartment trunking to allow the College to extend the IT system into the new classrooms. The Main Contractor and Architect for the project was Ideal Building Systems Ltd, who worked closely with the College to develop the project and provide them with all the information required for development to run smoothly on site, enabling handover to be achieved for the College to use the new extension at the beginning of the 2012/13 academic year. Work commenced in July 2012 and was completed by the beginning of September 2012.

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Taylor Wimpey Thriving in Manchester Taylor Wimpey’s impressive portfolio of luxury homes has continued to grow, and in the Manchester area there have been many significant additions to it. Cotton Mills in Hyde allows people to escape the hustle and bustle of Manchester city centre, yet remain well connected. Located on Ashton Road, it boasts an impressive collection of two- and threebedroom mews, four-bedroom townhouses and three- and four-bedroom detached homes.

The development is ideally placed for the Peak District National Park that offers a number of outdoor pursuits, from gentle footpaths to long distance trails for hikers, as well as large open access areas that are commonly used by mountain bikers and paragliding. Cotton Mills features a wide range of property styles. Many homes are new designs that have been perfected over time using Taylor Wimpey’s years of experience in building stylish, spacious and practical

homes to perfectly suit individual needs. Taylor Wimpey also has a development in Swinton that offers a range of two-bedroom apartments, and two-, three-, and fourbedroom homes that is perfect for first time buyers, couples and families alike. Nightingale Gardens, situated on Manchester Road and adjacent to Hospital Road, is in the thriving community of Swinton, which offers a wide range of amenities, including a nearby supermarket, restaurants, cafes and pubs, a post office >

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Stressline Takes the Stress out of Specification For a developer like Taylor Wimpey that puts quality at the heart of its design, construction and project delivery on each and every scheme, choosing robust materials that will stand the test of time is essential. That’s why so many of the company’s regional businesses deal with Stressline; a specialist in structural building products and cast stone architectural features. Stressline has manufactured its varied range of pre-stressed concrete and steel products at its Leicestershire site for almost 50 years, providing a guarantee of quality, fast delivery and unparalleled technical support. Earlier this year, the company expanded its capabilities to include cast stone production and now offers a range of popular and bespoke cast stone features to answer any architectural requirement, all vapour-cured for durability and faster delivery to site. Explains MD Chris Fox from Stressline: “Our customers come to us because we can offer them reliable quality standards, excellent customer service and a wide range to suit all their needs. The recent addition of cast stone to our range has further enabled our customers to rationalise their supplier base in line with BIM

objectives, safe in the knowledge that our cast stone adheres to the same high standards that our customers have trusted since 1964. Indeed, we are one of only a few UK companies that supplies vapour-cured cast stone, a process that not only dramatically cuts manufacturing times – reducing lead times for all orders – but also improves the durability and service life of the product.” It’s an emphasis on quality that has led Taylor Wimpey’s South Wales, West London, Oxford and Manchester regions, to use Stressline’s cast stone products. One recent highlight was to supply the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Barracks scheme, a former MoD property that was once home to the Ghurkha regiment. Here, Stressline has produced large scale pier caps for the entrance gates to create a stunning feature for maximum visual impact. Chris continues: “Our cast stone products are visible on the finished building but we put just as much care and attention into the products that you can’t see. From hollow core pre-stressed concrete floor sections to steel lintels, our range is designed for buildings that are built to last and our technical support means that our customers can always rely on us to help them specify exactly the right product for their needs.”

Cast stone items were supplied complete with a matched steel lintel, manufactured by Stressline, saving significant man hours when being installed.

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and many local convenience stores. There are also numerous schools close to the development, including St Augustine’s Primary School and St Ambrose Barlow High School. Just a short walk from Nightingale Gardens, there is the delightful Victoria Park, which boasts a wide range of facilities for people of all ages to enjoy, including tennis courts, bowling greens, outdoor gym equipment and children’s play areas. It is ideally positioned for commuters, with the M60 and M62 motorways within a ten minute drive – putting Bolton, Wigan and Liverpool within easy reach, while Manchester is just five miles away. On the development, there are 15 different property types, one of which is The Grassham – a four-bedroom townhouse. The fitted kitchen with dining area features French doors leading out to the rear garden, providing the room with plenty of light. The first floor has a spacious lounge, which benefits from French doors leading to a Juliet balcony overlooking the rear garden. The fourth bedroom is also located on this floor, as is the family bathroom, making it ideally situated for everyone to share. The master bedroom is on the second floor and features an ensuite shower room for added luxury. Two other wellproportioned bedrooms on this floor complete the property. The Knutsford, a three-bedroom mews home, has a fitted kitchen overlooking the

front of the property and is proportioned ideally for those who like to show off their culinary skills. The spacious lounge has a dining area and French doors out to the rear garden, which is perfect for opening on hot summer days. The first floor features a large master bedroom, which benefits from its own ensuite shower room, and there are two other bedrooms located off the central landing. The stylish family bathroom completes the house that is perfect for all to share. Just over two miles away from Nightingale Gardens, people can get away from it all at the beautiful Clifton Country Park nature reserve. Spread over nearly 50 hectares, the Park offers the opportunity to explore acres of woodland and meadows, enjoy lakeside walks, relax with a picnic or spend a day fishing on the lake. Another nearby property of Taylor Wimpey is The Vistas – a stunning collection of two-, three- and fourbedroom homes. The choice of 14 different

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detached, mews and townhouse designs means people are sure to find the homes of their dreams in this fantastic location. Nestled between Bury and Rochdale, Heywood is situated in a superb location for the commuter, with close proximity to major motorway routes such as the M62 and M60, which provide excellent links to Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds. The properties include a mixture of spacious lounge and dining areas, fitted kitchens, well proportioned bedrooms, a family bathroom (some properties have a master bedroom with ensuite facilities), separate dining areas, and a garage, giving a wide variety of choices of homes, in various sizes.

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Forecast set fair for Seawork The 16th annual edition of Seawork, Europe’s largest on-the-water commercial marine exhibition, will take place from Tuesday 25th to Thursday 27th June 2013, in the ABP Port of Southampton. The exhibition, with 60 vessels afloat on 250 metres of pontoon, 300 metres of quayside and 12,000sq m of internal exhibition space, regularly attracts over 6,500 visitors from all over the world. It has a track record of continued growth and effectiveness due to the nature of its business and the invigoration of the offshore wind energy industry. Over 50% of visitors to Seawork in 2012 were either employed by Port/Harbour Authorities or wharf and terminal operators or vessel owners, operators and managers, vessel builders and repairers; 80% of visitors authorised or influenced the purchasing decisions for the companies they represented. The quality of the exhibition and its visitors has resulted in the event being extended for 2013 and exhibition space is already 70% sold. At the close of Seawork 2012, Richard Simpson of Netherlands-based exhibitor Ravestein, commented: “Seawork is a very important exhibition for us and an excellent forum in which to meet our clients. We will definitely be back next year.” The Seawork community of commercial

marine professionals converges annually on Southampton to meet colleagues, identify competitors, listen to conference presentations and study innovations in underwater surveying, diving, port infrastructure, development, management and security, as well as insurance and safety. Exhibitors and visitors use Seawork to identify new business opportunities, source suppliers, close deals and extract every iota of potential from the commercial marine industry in one place for three days in June. Exhibitors also benefit from initiatives by UK Trade & Investment, seeking to assist companies export goods and services, and from the attendance of London Embassy-based foreign naval attachés looking for suppliers. In addition to some 30 companies from the marine construction and associated industries, Seawork includes representation from every aspect of the commercial marine industry. The exhibition includes a number of special features to aid visitor navigation by creating areas of special interest and expertise. They include the Marine Renewables Trail & Pavilion in association with RenewableUK, the Ship Building & Ship Repair Pavilion, the Maritime Security Pavilion, the Small Business Enterprise Zone, the DiveWork Trail and Pavilion, the Innovation Showcase

and the Maritime Training and Careers Trail, which attracts students from Southampton University, the National Oceanography Centre, the Warsash Maritime Academy, as well as professionals already involved in the marine industry. Seawork has developed strong relationships with key organisations including the Institution of Civil Engineers, the International Institute of Marine Surveying, the Ministry of Defence, UK Trade & Investment Defence & Security Organisation, the Association of Diving Contractors and the UK Harbour Masters Association. David Evans of the River Hamble Harbour Authority visited Seawork in 2012 and said: “It’s is a great opportunity to see what’s available and learn about new products. I always see products I didn’t know people had thought of making – and it’s great for networking.” Conference Call A three-day CPD-certified conference is organised on site at Seawork; supporters include RenewableUK, the Ministry of Defence, the RNLI and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. The conference will open with a ‘state of the nation’ paper on wind, wave and tidal continued page 98 >


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Fibreglass grating and fiberglass reinforced plastic products Fibergrate Composite Structures is a global manufacturer of glass reinforced plastic (GRP) products for industrial and recreational use. Created by the merging of Fibergrate, the inventor of the moulded fibreglass grating process, and Chemgrate, a leading supplier of moulded grating for three decades, today's Fibergrate sets the standard for high performance composite products. Fibergrate invented the Moulded Grating manufacturing process in 1966. Since then, Fibergrate has become the key word for GRP moulded and pultruded grating, flooring, ladders and handrails, stair treads and GRP structures. Part of the RPM group, Fibergrate Composite Structures Ltd has grown over the years into a worldwide manufacturer of fiberglass gratings and structural profiles, with their main manufacturing facility being located in Stephenville, Texas USA. Unlike their competitors, Fibergrate do not purchase Chinese or Far Eastern products, providing their own high performance composite solutions for specific applications, supported by rigorous testing and certification. Fibergrate’s head office is located at Stockton-on-Tees. From there, the company offer a full turnkey service, from design and fabrication through to installation. The lightweight and anti-corrosive qualities of GRP are becoming increasingly important in both the installation process and the final end product, replacing steel in many modern applications. Added to this, the low maintenance requirements make it is easy to appreciate the benefits of GRP. Managing Director Richard Maddy took the helm in January 2009. Since then, Fibergrate have experienced solid growth, in spite of difficult economic circumstances. Richard explained that Fibergrate is recognised as the brand leader within the GRP industry, saying “We are very proud of the extremely high standard of workmanship

achieved by our craftsmen and this has led to high levels of repeat business from very satisfied customers. Our established Sales Team continue to find new business, whilst maintaining our existing customer base. On top of that, our Export sales have climbed considerably over the last two years, putting Fibergrate firmly on the European map.“ In line with Fibergrate’s continuous growth, many markets have opened up for the company in the Marine Industry, including Ship Building and Repair, Harbours and Marinas, as well as offshore platforms and support vessels for Wind Turbines. Providing the latest GRP technology in grating and profiles, Fibergrate offer the marine industry improved strength and range of material, reduced material weight and of course no corrosion. Many companies, including the RNLI, Premier Marina Group and a number of Port Authorities, are

using the products and solutions offered by Fibergrate. Fibergrate GRP products and structures are used for a variety of different applications and sectors. As well as covering the Marine Industry, Fibergrate’s products are consistently used in the Oil & Gas, Power, Water and Waste Water Treatment and Rail sectors.

renewable energy technologies and emphasise the importance of developing efficient and cohesive supply chains, including the impact on port development and infrastructure. The programme will also include a workshop to present and discuss the findings of a significant research project to understand how smaller ports can diversify activities and enhance future viability. This project, funded through the Interreg IV EU programme, considers the role of ports within their wider economic and social communities and develops a port-centric approach to regional regeneration. The workshop is targeted at port authorities, local authorities and shipping related businesses. It will show how a holistic portcentric approach involving all stakeholders in a port’s operations working together towards a common strategic goal can increase value to all. During the project, the research team interviewed ports, local authorities and users of ports along the coasts of Northern France and Southern England. The lessons learned will be presented and discussed in the workshop to demonstrate how such an approach can: • Encourage business development in and around ports • Enhance operational efficiency and reduce costs • Open new markets through vertical integration along the supply chain • Reduce the impact on the environment The presentations will be led by Dr David


Cooper BSCm PhD, Ceng, MIMechE, FRSA, FHEA and Dr Dawn Robins BA, MRes, PhD, both of the University of Chichester. Innovation Showcase 2003-2013 The Innovation Showcase at Seawork has proved to be a very popular attraction with visitors and an invaluable opportunity for exhibitors to showcase and publicise new products, technologies and services. The overall winner of the Showcase will receive the coveted Spirit of Innovation Trophy. Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, Stephen Hammond MP, has been invited to make the Seawork Innovation Awards. Easy access Located at the heart of the Port of Southampton, which hosts over one million cruise passengers every year, Seawork has established itself as the leading on-the-water commercial marine exhibition in Europe. Of huge importance to exhibitors and visitors alike, one of Seawork’s greatest advantages is its accessibility by car, train, plane – and even boat. Indeed, Southampton’s success as a cruise ship port has resulted in improvements to domestic and European transport connections: halfhourly trains from London Waterloo arrive at Southampton Central in 80 minutes and Seawork is just minutes away by free shuttle bus. Regular flights from key destinations, including Aberdeen, Amsterdam, Brest, Barcelona, Dusseldorf, Glasgow,

Manchester, Paris and Stavanger arrive at Southampton Airport just a five-minute train ride away from the central train station and Seawork shuttle bus stop. In addition, road access via motorway right to the heart of Southampton makes it an attractive destination for visitors. Seawork visitors will benefit from the same, highly popular car parking arrangements as in 2012 with free parking at nearby Ocean Village Marina and a regular shuttle bus service to and from Seawork. Demonstrable success One of the facets that makes Seawork a must-do event in the commercial marine professional’s diary is the opportunity to see vessels, diving equipment, communications systems and safety equipment in action in its environment. Many exhibitors take full advantage of the arena Seawork offers, whether it’s showing Remotely Operated Vehicles at work in the 17,000 litre Dive Tank, taking a vessel out on Southampton Water or conducting a quayside or on-stand demonstrations. Further information at, email or call +44(0)1329 825335.

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Cheam School New building in Thatcham An ambitious development has been completed to create a fantastic art and design centre, coupled with new facilities for the pre-prep. This two-storey teaching building has a long access running approximately east-west, with the pre-prep school occupying the ground floor and the art and design centre is on the first floor. The building is laid out so that the main access to the pre-prep school at ground floor level is from the existing courtyard to the west, and the new building enhances the nature of the courtyard space. Alterations to the paving and soft landscaping further improve the external space and help to link the pre-prep buildings as a unit. Access to the art and design centre at the upper floor is from the courtyard, lying at the centre of the school, and via the existing CDT centre building. There is a helical staircase rising up from that space, in a brick and glass cylinder, with a glazed bridge across to the building. The two different uses of the building are separated from each other by floor and by access route, but with an interconnecting staircase and a lift at the east end of the building. At ground floor, the south side of the building is largely shaded by the existing building to the immediate south, while at the

first floor, the classroom and technology workshop is shielded from solar glare and overheating by the projecting roofline. The large overhang on the south west corner shields the upper windows in that quadrant from low sun glare, and the overhang on the north side of the building gives weather protection to the decking area at ground floor below. The long axis of the building running eastwest allows the first floor art and design studios to be flooded with north light. This aspect is also advantageous for the classrooms and other principal rooms at ground floor level, avoiding solar glare and overheating. A conscious decision was taken to create a contemporary design for the new building. The location at the north edge of the main school site, with the new sports hall to the north west and rising open playing fields to the north encourage this approach. The building is steel frame with concrete

pad foundations for the columns and concrete footings for masonry walls. The ground floor is a ground bearing slab and the first floor is of precast wide slab construction. Heating is provided throughout the building by a ground source heat pump, and the building has achieved a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ standard. The Main Contractor for the project was Beard (Swindon) and the Architect was Gotelee Orchard-Lisle. Work commenced in August 2011 and was completed in October 2012, though the £2.53M building was occupied a month earlier.

Cheam School, Art and Design Block Heating is provided by two ground source heat pumps on an open loop system, serving underfloor heating throughout. Each space is a zone. Ventilation to classrooms is by passive natural ventilation with user trim adjustment. The hall is mechanically ventilated with a heat recovery air handling unit with pre-heat from the gshp to provide heating and cooling tempering all year round. A full system of Trend BMS control is provided. The internal and external lighting meets all the requirements necessary for BREEAM compliance. All luminaires have excellent Light Output Ratios (LOR’s). Class space luminaries are controlled by digital “DALI” controls linked to a computerised control system with luminaries programmed in groups in various scenes from multi position momentary switches. Daylight dimming and absence detection is incorporated. Display area lighting uses colour change LED’s with scene setting and mode lighting options. External luminaries are linked to daylight sensing photocell and digital solar time clock. The luminaries mounted in the underside of the roof canopy overhang are ultra low energy LED spotlights. An extensive IT network has been installed to all areas and incorporates wireless connectivity to most spaces. A comprehensive audio-visual multi-media system has been installed with interactive whiteboards and projectors in all class spaces and a cinema quality projector with a surround sound system in the hall.


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Oak Tree Lodge Outstanding quality of care A 60-bed residential care home is close to celebrating its one year anniversary since being opened. Oak Tree Lodge, located in Gipton, Leeds, is a three-storey home for older people, providing associated car parking and aesthetic landscaping. As well as providing high quality care for older people in need, the home has provided 60 jobs for local people, and is situated off Foundry Approach and Foundry Avenue in an elevated position, offering expansive views across the city. Comprising 2,604sq m, this scheme has everything necessary for older people in need of care. All 60 bedrooms have ensuite shower room facilities, there are principal communal lounge and dining areas on each floor, a cafe, bar/social area on the first floor, secondary quiet lounges on each floor, a coffee shop and a hairdressers. The fully landscaped gardens boast wander paths, paved patio areas and raised planting beds. Centrally situated within an established residential area and community, the scheme gives a landmark building and community focus that offers a local community care service.

There is a curtain glazed corner feature that offers floor to ceiling glazing to the main communal lounge spaces on each floor, giving expansive views of the city. The secondary quiet lounge areas are within a curtain glazed semi-hexagonal feature on the west-facing elevation, which offers views out across the roundabout junction and an inclusive design offering within the community. The project was designed and built by LNT Construction, and has reinforced concrete strip foundations, as well as a masonry cavity wall construction with suspended precast concrete floor beams at all floor levels, and a pitched roof. LNT Construction, as part of the LNT Group, which includes the client - Ideal Care Homes - offers over 20 years of specialist experience in the design and operation of care facilities for older people. As a consequence, the home incorporates wider than standard corridors, larger than standard rooms, level access throughout, lift access to all floors, freedom of movement throughout and a choice of lounge and activity spaces for residents. The landscaped garden areas have been

specifically designed for use and participation by elderly residents in safe, secure and amenable surroundings. During development, the site initially had severe level issues, which required some filling of pre-existing ground levels and some under-building on the principal corner of the building to overcome. The result of this within the design is the expansive and attractive views that can be enjoyed out from the principal rooms of the building. LNT Construction's experience in the care sector meant this facility was allowed to be a turnkey package, delivered to budget within a tight 52-week build programme. At approximately ÂŁ4.5M, this scheme benefited from the use of LNT Construction's in-house design team, making construction more cost effective and efficient. Work started in March 2011 and was completed in March 2012, and because of the quality of construction, the scheme was a finalist in the West Yorkshire LABC Building Excellence Awards for 2012.

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St Clements Church Internal renovation for the community St Clements Church, made famous in the hit television series Foyle’s War, has undergone a major refurbishment thanks to a generous funding donation. St Clements in Swan Terrace in Hastings Old Town has been given a complete overhaul in order to make it even more accessible to tourists and visitors. The building has been in need of refurbishment for several years and applied to the Diocese of Chichester to carry out an extensive list of work. This included provision of a kitchen, a parish office, three meeting rooms as well as a new heated floor and redecoration. The provision of a new floor for the bellringers enables easier disabled access and the installation of a new, state-of-the-art, digital organ has replaced the old pipe organ. St Clements Church is one of two ancient churches that form the Old Town Parish of

Hastings. St Clements can trace its origins back to 1080 AD, although it had to be rebuilt in 1380 following attacks by the French on it in 1339 and 1377. Internal sub-division of the west end of the Church has taken place for purposes of providing community, fellowship and cloakroom facilities. It involved the rearrangement of spaces within the nave and north and south aisle, which included the removal of some pews, replacement of the floor, new mechanical and electrical services, and refurbishment of stonework. In addition, work included the provision of gas and water services and drainage connection to the main sewer in the passing road. In the TV series, the Church was used as a regular backdrop for filming and Inspector Foyle’s house was just around the corner. As well as featuring in Foyle’s War, the Church

is known as the place where English poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti got married 160 years ago. The Priest in charge, Father Robert Featherstone, said the works were in response to the vast numbers of visitors to the area and to make use of the opportunities for mission work in the community. The funding for the project was received from a generous benefactor, but the Diocese of Chichester said it was unable to reveal who donated the money. Father Robert said: “Even on a cold day in February when there’s a gale blowing in the Channel, the Church gets visitors coming in wanting to light a candle, say a prayer or just for someone to talk to.” The Main Contractor was Westbridge Construction and the Architect was John D Clarke and Partners. Work commenced in June 2012 and was completed in December 2012.

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University of Hertfordshire Stunning new atrium The University of Hertfordshire has benefited from a major refurbishment of a previously cold and underutilised atrium space that was converted into a warmer, more welcoming area used as a place for events and a breakout space. In addition, work has provided a specific area for study in the pods and workbenches with data sockets and WiFi. Additional areas were created for vending machines, recycling areas, coffee pod, student union offices and a more prominent box office. Work was needed to upgrade the insulation value of the external envelope, while introducing underfloor heating and also creating a mezzanine. The ground floor area is the main hub of the campus, where all students and staff pass through regularly each day, so it is the ideal position for small events and presentations. The new mezzanine is required to provide the additional and much needed breakout space for the students to work and socialise, while also taking the pressure off the existing learning resource centre library study areas. The atrium area covers four floor levels, with the new mezzanine going in at first floor level, and the refurbished area is approximately 1,200sq m. Constructed by Pexhurst Services Ltd, work was undertaken on the ground floor, with excavation taking place to allow foundation pads to be constructed to carry the new structural steel mezzanine structure.


All the ground floor had to be removed in preparation for the installation of underfloor heating. Several new doorways were cut through existing reinforced concrete walls, and the removal of the high level ceiling and bulkhead was necessary to improve the acoustic qualities of the area. All surrounding external wall finishes had to be removed to allow the connection of

the new mezzanine to the existing structure, and the structural steel was also adapted at ceiling level to create a new curved bulkhead. Externally, the curtain walling was reglazed and thermally upgraded, and the street roof was also thermally upgraded to include a new membrane roof covering that was installed.

Four 15m high glazed smokescreens have been constructed close to the ends of the atrium, while new suspended linear feature lights have been installed throughout the structure. Colour changing LED ribbon lighting has also been added in a trough feature to the underside of the mezzanine. Disruption during the development process was minimised by most of it being carried out during the summer holidays so there is no disruption to the students. Extensive Heras fencing works and temporary partitions were carried out to separate the public from any deliveries, operatives and works, and this also minimised the spread of dust in the

University. A temporary footpath and toilets were installed to replace the toilet facilities at the auditorium. Designed by Moses Cameron Williams Architects, work commenced in June 2012 and was completed in September 2012, costing more than ÂŁ1.5M. The biggest challenge for Pexhurst Services Ltd was to complete work on time, which was limited to the 16-week period between the end of one academic year and the start of the next. Much of the design and procurement took place before work started, and trial digs were undertaken at Easter to give time to counter any potential problems. The Company utilised a management team

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Sisco Joinery Proud of its working relationship with Kier Sisco Joinery was originally formed back in 2002, born out of a friendship and worked as a partnership for three years before becoming a limited company in 2005. The Company is made up of two Managing Directors, Simon Wilson and Scott Booker. The workforce consists of four joiners who have been used for the last six years, helping the Company to aim for and provide very high class joinery work. Both Scott and Simon also play a very active role in the hands on working of the Company and are both on the tools most days. Sisco mostly focuses on project works such as new schools and health centres, however, Sisco is now moving into domestic projects such as house extensions and conversions. One of the projects took place at Castleford Library, with Sisco providing all fixed joinery including skirting and architraves in solid ash. The doors are solid ash veneer, fire safe and there is a bespoke solid oak staircase. Sisco has just completed work on a project on Wooley Wood School in Sheffield. This

worked successfully through challenging times school was a brand new school for children and with the quality of work on show, the with disabilities and Sisco did the whole future looks very bright indeed. joinery package and external cladding. This project has won numerous awards for the Main Contractor, Kier Group, which is a great reflection on the Company. This relationship with Kier has been going for ten years, and in this time Sisco has successfully worked on a wide range of projects, such as schools and training academies. Looking to the future, Sisco is in the process of launching a new Suppliers of quality Kitchens & Joinery website that will give products to SISCO Joinery and Sheffield Tradesmen the Company a greater platform to Unit 3, Sheffield Industrial Estate, Surbiton Street, Sheffield S9 2DN increase its profile. Tel: 01142 436 539 Fax: 01142 561 428 E-mail: In this current climate, the Company has

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Holt Park Active Support for people of any age or ability to live active lifestyles Work on this £27M contract will provide an innovative fitness and wellbeing centre in Leeds, which is being funded through a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) and built through the Leeds Education Partnership for Leeds City Council Due to complete in September 2013, Holt Park Active will replace Holt Park Leisure Centre and will include a 25 metre swimming pool, a two-course sports hall, café, older people’s hub, learning disability services, a 70-station gym, hydrotherapy pool, six multi-purpose rooms, a training kitchen, two lounges, and accessible changing. The Main Contractor is Interserve and the Project Manager, Simon Walton, said: “Holt Park is quite a unique design. Its most interesting feature to me in terms of design is the louvered area of the rear elevation, which is functional but striking.” Entering from the main car park into the ground floor reception area, the building will split. The main entrance will have a comfortable and relaxed feeling with comfy chairs and sofas, while when turning right,


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Marbank Construction Ltd The design an build specialists

Marbank is a design and build construction contractor with a high proportion of repeat clients and an excellent track record of more than 200 projects, with a total value in excess of £400M. The Company takes a design-led approach to tendering for projects, combined with a wealth of technical knowledge and practical experience. Wherever possible, Marbank is keen to use its design expertise, practical experience and broad technical knowledge to develop and improve the design concept and practical ‘buildability’ of any project, adding both value and reducing overall cost. The Company’s origins, which remain a core market, were in portal framed buildings, used extensively in manufacturing, distribution, retail, service and data storage sectors. Alongside this base, Marbank has developed a proven track record in the following sectors:• Medium-rise hotel, residential and student accommodation projects. • High-specification residential projects. • Fit-out projects. These have always been part of Marbank’s workload, though usually as part of a larger industrial or office project. Currently, however, office fit-out is being developed as an independent activity by office fit-out

specialist Robin Roe, who formerly built up the sector specialist Lansdowne Group. • Refurbishment/upgrading of existing commercial and residential buildings. Geographically, being located within the M25, Marbank has substantial experience of working in central London. However, the Company has also successfully completed projects nationwide, ranging from Exeter in the South West to Workington in the North West, Sunderland in the North East and Ashford in the South East. Typical project values range from less than £1M to more than £10M. Larger contracts include a £12M distribution centre in Harlow and the £10M construction in 2002 of a new factory and head office for Ercol furniture, a project that continues to win design and sustainability awards. Marbank is committed and strives to provide a professional and competitive service to all clients, in a safe, professional and modern working environment that meets the expectations and aspirations of all staff members and industry partners. In the wider community, Marbank recognises its responsibility to work in a socially responsible manner and, where possible, to mitigate the inevitable problems that can arise from construction operations. Marbank’s materials, procedures and

operating methods are selected, which pay due regard to sustainability and seek to minimise the Company’s impact on the environment. Policies, procedures and staff training are developed in accordance with this commitment. One significant project for Marbank was the £2M contract for the design & build of nine B1/B2 industrial units for Downham Properties at London Business Park, Wycombe Marsh in High Wycombe. Opened in December 2012, stores on site at this green development include Fitness First, Wickes, PC World and KFC. Designed to achieve the BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating, this business park will get at least 10% of its energy from renewable sources, which makes the cost of occupation cheaper. In July 2012, Marbank was awarded the £1.9M contract for construction of a new PassivHaus in Sevenoaks, Kent, for a private client, and in the same month, was awarded another contract in excess of £1M for the design & build of a new Fedex Depot at Westcott Venture Park in Buckinghamshire. Marbank Construction Ltd, St George’s House, 24 Queens Road, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 9UK. Tel: 01932 823970.

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SIP Car Parks Simple, intelligent parking SIP know all about car park management and understand the complexities around building an efficient service that works for all customers. The Company appreciates that every parking facility needs to be different, to meet the changing demands of visitors, planners and car park owners. It is because of this knowledge that SIP is one of the fastest growing car park management companies in the UK. As the volume of cars on the roads continues to increase, the solutions that have evolved to meet the ensuing demand for car parking have become increasingly complex. SIP fully understands the challenges these represent and how to overcome them – through simple processes and simple solutions. No matter how small, large or unique the parking needs are, the Company objectives stay the same. The Company is well established and respected in the parking industry, with extensive experience in car park management, design and operation. From retail to the public sector, leasing and management, SIP has a thorough knowledge of the specific demands of each sector of the market and is able to tailor solutions accordingly. The approach goes well beyond traditional parking models, combining simplicity and innovation with a focus on generating value and revenue for all clients, as part of SIP’s standard process.


As well as focusing on technology and process, the Company is a people business too. Every SIP client has a designated personal account manager who understands their industry, to help them through every step of the process. So whether a customer has an existing car park that needs to be managed more efficiently, or whether customers are looking to plan, design and build an entirely new facility, SIP can provide solutions for all. Management services at SIP include retail parking management, public sector services and car park leasing and purchasing. As a retailer, an efficient, well managed car parking facility is a real asset. SIP is a specialist in retail parking management, from optimising the use of available space, to clear, simple navigation. From automated access systems to secure payment solutions, SIP offers a broad range of options to suit requirements. Local authorities are coming under increasing pressure to maintain services with decreasing budgets, so transparency, cost effectiveness and operational efficiency are key factors to consider in selecting service providers. At SIP, this is understood, as is the impact that a well managed car park has on the local community. From planning and development to administration and management, SIP provides a wide range of services and solutions to help local authorities achieve

their operational and financial objectives. Based in Manchester and providing parking facilities for thousands of drivers every week, SIP decided last March to introduce hassle-free mobile parking payment technology to 20 of its car parks, eliminating the need for car park users to carry change to cover parking fares. The contract to install this innovative secure payment system was awarded to Creative Parking Solutions, whose Phone and Pay systems already have a strong presence in the North West. Managers at SIP chose Creative Parking Solutions to provide this mobile payment technology for the flexible approach to car park management and fair, reasonable pricing. Aside from Phone and Pay technology, Creative Parking Solutions is known for having introduced the UK’s first Automatic Number Plate Recognition security system in 2004. With this pairing of two of the North West’s most trusted businesses in the car park management sector, drivers in the region can now look forward to an easier and more flexible parking payment experience. This new bespoke system eradicates the mass printing of parking tickets, promotes a safer and more efficient parking experience, and is a long-term environmentally friendly operation.

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The Working Woodlands Training and Education Centre Solution to under-utilised woodlands This brand new development in Bedfordshire will transform the area, stimulating the rural economy associated with woodlands, creating and sustaining local jobs, acting as an exemplar in positive woodland management and carbon reduction, while improving the visitor experience at Maulden Wood. Phase I has resulted in construction of the Working Woodlands Centre main building, including a training and education facility, toilets, biomass boiler, office space and a small car park. It has also delivered a series of workshop ‘incubator’ units for wood and woodland related businesses, helping them to get started and develop markets as well as providing equipment and volunteering opportunities in the conservation of local woodlands. These are located a short distance away on the edge of Maulden Wood and will be let from early 2013. The Working Woodlands Centre is a training


and education centre that specialises in wood and woodlands, helping people of all ages gain skills and learn about woodlands and their management, again from early 2013. It has benefited from the use of a woodfuel boiler that provides the heating for the building (from locally sourced woodchip) and larch cladding, which provides an attractive and durable finish. Its location on the edge of Maulden Wood provides an ideal venue for woodland and environment related training courses, events and educational visits. This project was instigated, developed and delivered by the Greensand Trust, an independent environmental charity that works with local communities and landowners to conserve and promote the distinctive landscape, wildlife and history of the Greensand Ridge and surrounding areas.

Woodlands provide a valuable resource for both wildlife and people, supporting a wealth of biodiversity, providing timber and often providing a recreational resource for the general public. Once popular traditional management practices such as coppicing not only provide valuable timber products, but also increase the biodiversity of the woodlands, benefiting birds, flowering plants and invertebrates in particular. The Jobs in Ancient Woodlands (JAWS) report (The Greensand Trust, 2005) indicated that many of Bedfordshire’s woodlands were under-managed and under-utilised, and that if they could be brought back into active management, it would bring benefits for wildlife and the local rural communities. A Working Woodlands Centre was proposed as part of a solution, as it was thought it could act as a base for exploration and a focal point for wood and woodland related >

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business, bringing them together and into contact with the wider public. With much of Bedfordshire’s woodland – ancient semi-natural and plantation – located on the Greensand Ridge, it was considered most appropriate to locate such a centre at a publicly accessible woodland site on the ridge. The Deadman’s Hill lay-by at Maulden Wood was considered the ideal location, because it is situated off the A6 between Bedford and Luton, adjacent to the Maulden Wood Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), which is a 250-hectare area of woodland and meadows. The Deadman’s Hill lay-by was created when the A6 was dualled in the 1960s, and the island created within this, where the centre has been constructed, became a picnic site that was rarely used and a place of anti-social behaviour, so the construction of this centre was a great idea for everybody. A pond has been created to take rainwater from workshop roofs. While it was originally constructed with a regular, steep-sided shape, liaison with the contractor for the initial phase, Kehoe, resulted in its reprofiling to create something that has also

and various charitable Trusts. become a valuable wildlife habitat with Future phases are planned that will deliver dragonflies and newts already using it. interpretation, café and retail facilities and Landscaping will also take place around other visitor infrastructure, but these are the main centre to create a natural play dependent upon highway improvements, and area, further car parking and a further funding. wildflower meadow. The Main Contractor on the project was The Architect for the project was Nicholas Tye Architects. Work started in January 2012 Hillson Group. and was completed in November 2012, with a contract value of almost £800,000. Work on this project would not have been completed without the funding support EBM Electrical Services Ltd. is a leading electrical business providing commercial electrical services in Corby, Northamptonshire and our from EEDA’s experienced and qualified electricians work throughout the United Kingdom Investing in and European areas. At EBM Electrical Services Ltd, our team of electrical Communities, The engineers is well equipped to carry out all types of commercial and industrial Greensand Ridge work quickly and efficiently. We strive for 100% customer satisfaction with our Rural Development friendly and efficient service. Programme, Our industrial and commercial electrical services include: emergency lighting Woodfuels East, office lighting and power design - mains distribution - fire alarm system Central Bedfordshire maintenance and fault finding - security lighting - telephone and data - door Council Economic entry and CCTV. In the case of refurbishments and new builds, we have the Participation Fund, expertise in small electrical repairs and maintenance as well as complete design and installation services. Natural England, The Forestry Our electrical engineers have the necessary skills and knowledge to carry out Commission testing and inspection of all existing wiring in your commercial property in accordance with the 17th edition of the IEE Wiring Regulations, BS 7671. We can provide with an Electrical Installation Condition Report and carry out a full assessment of your existing electrical installation and advise you on any work that maybe required to bring it up-to-date with regulations.

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Russell-Hughes Cyf Promoting innovative design Due to the successful growth of RussellHughes Architects, the private architectural practice formed in 1989, 2006 saw the formation of Russell-Hughes Cyf. This RIBA-chartered practice and limited company was brought about as a direct result of a growing order book, which reflected the nature of the Practice, while enabling it to recognise the dynamic and enthusiastic team with suitable rewards of ownerships. Based in Llangefni, the Company has benefited from the strong and successful leadership of Leuan Russell-Hughes. It is the Company’s conviction that in being a RIBA practice and adopting systems such as those herein, will help RussellHughes Cyf deliver its objective of providing a reliable and competent architectural service to its clients and the users of the building and spaces designed, as well as other services provided. There is 100% commitment within the Practice to the operation and upkeep of systems, which are regularly reviewed and updated against the Practice’s methods and innovations and against changes in external influences, be they quality standards, legislation, industry standards, custom or practice. All new staff are instructed in the requirements and use of the system as part of their introduction to the wider objectives of the Practice. All commissions that are undertaken are carried out under the direct supervision of Leuan Russell-Hughes. Certain commissions require the support of his fellow Director – Owain Evans – although Leuan always maintains programming and quality control, and overall responsibility of a project. Russell-Hughes Cyf is committed to raising the level of understanding throughout all projects of important issues such as sustainability, its holistic application, and its

ability to add value to projects. The Practice recognises the importance of environmental protection and aims to operate business responsibly and in compliance with all ISO 14001 requirements. Aims including regularly assessing the environmental effects of services, training staff in environmental issues, minimising the production of waste, minimising material wastage, minimising energy wastage, and promoting the use of recyclable, renewable materials and wider sustainability issues. These aims are communicated to all staff, suppliers and sub-contractors. Each project team is selected on the nature and complexity of the project, and the staff chosen have the required design and technical expertise to meet these demands. The new legislation such as the revisions to Part L of the Building Regulations, The Sustainable and Secure Buildings Act, and the Code for Sustainable Homes require professionals to work more closely across disciplines in order to address sustainable construction issues. In order to achieve a sustainable building, the appointment of subcontractors at the earliest stage is essential. It is essential that, for the building to achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, a BREEAM Assessor is appointed at the earliest stage of the project. The Practice’s experience of working closely with a BREEAM Assessor at Botwnnog has reinforced this and enabled the building to achieve the desired rating. The Construction Regulations 2007 requires the client appoints a CDM Co-ordinator at the inception stage of the project. The key aim of the CDM2007 is to integrate health and safety into the management of any project, and to encourage all disciplines to work together. Experience on previous projects has shown that the appointment of the Quantity Surveyor at inception stage

allows preliminary approximate estimates to be prepared and amended as the scheme develops, establishing an overall budget for the scheme and providing a cost plan for the project. Russell-Hughes Cyf has shown it has the personnel, experience and ability to successfully manage large and complex building projects, and over the years has built up strong and successful working relationships with key stakeholders on a wide variety of projects. This includes work for the local authorities, Environment Agency, North Wales Police and Countryside Council for Wales. The Practice has been involved in a number of high profile projects, including the enterprise centre at Congl Meinciau, which achieved BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standards. It involved the demolition of the Congl Meinciau farmhouse and outbuildings and the construction of a two-storey building incorporating office accommodation, training and meeting rooms together with a canteen, ancillary accommodation and a car parking area. The building was designed to create flexible office space and is the result of intensive community consultations. Internal arrangements of the building vary with the requirements of end users. It is possible that the building could be occupied by one company, or each floor could be separately let, and there is also scope for subdivision between floors. This development includes low or zero carbon technologies such as solar hot water, photovoltaics and ground source heat pumps, while a ground source heating plant provides zone underfloor heating. At a cost of £1.26M, work was completed in November 2011. A particularly prestigious project undertaken by Russell-Hughes Cyf was the work on the control tower and pit garages at The continued page 114 >


Peninsula are Home Improvement and Glazing specialists for both the Domestic and Commercial sector. We specialise in all manner of glazing; Composite (Aluninum / Timber), PVCu, Hardwood and Aluminium windows, doors and conservatories. As part of our portfolio we also install; Passivhaus Products, Folding, Sliding Doors, Garage Doors, Garden Pods, Glass Balustrades and Balconies, GRP Flat Roofs, Aluminium guttering....

We offer a completely turn-key operation from design to completion. Peninsula Home Improvements, Star Crossroads, Gaerwen, Anglesey LL60 6AL Tel 01248 715555 Fax 01248 713383

WR Peters is well established construction company, which was established in 1976 with a reputation for high craftsmanship and customer service. We are a widely respected company and undertake many varied projects from complete new build to renovations. Over the years, we have establised a strong and satisfied client base. Quality workmanship means repeat business from clients which include Anglesey Borough Council, North Wales Police Authority and North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Cadw, and Bedfordshire Council. We also do many private sector work such as renovations, new builds, extensions. Not only has it developed a reputation for quality in construction,

but the manner in which we manage building contracts has cemented our business relationship with the clients. Working in close association with local architects, we have carried our many conversions and refurbishments to many properties in the area. Close attention is given to presenting quality work that, wherever possible, blends in with the local enviroment. Only top class workmanship is acceptable. The construction of new buildings is an increasingly important part of our company’s work, providing high quality housing to exact specifications. We operate a design and build service to our clients.

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Russell Hughes Cyf has developed over the last 25 years and expanded into various fields, from small domestic into large scale commercial building design. In 2006, the original practice was formed in to a limited company following the successful growth of Russell Hughes Architects. The change of status was brought about as a direct result of a growing order book and to reflect the nature of the Practice and to enable us to recognise the dynamic and enthusiastic team. The company has been based continuously in Llangefni on the Isle of Anglesey and have recently opened a new satellite office at the Galeri in Caernarfon. Since formation, the practice has developed a wide range of completed building projects both in the public and private sectors. The diversity of the commissions undertaken is a feature of the practice’s work.

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The practice has a track record of successful commissions in the educational, commercial, residential, leisure, health and community care, industrial and museum sectors. We have recently completed a number of prestigious projects such as the Kyffin Williams Art Gallery extension, a new Control Building and Pit Garages at the renowned Anglesey Racing Circuit. Botwnnog Enterprise Centre, which is a Breeam Excellent building was completed in 2011.

Anglesey Racing Circuit, in Ty Croes. It saw the removal of the existing two-storey modular control tower and the development of a three-storey building that incorporates office accommodation, reception, race timing, a stewards’ area, meeting room, media facilities, track side garaging, commentator facilities, a canteen, and ancillary accommodation. Set on the west coast of Anglesey overlooking the Irish Sea and the Snowdonia mountain range beyond, Anglesey Circuit provides visitors with a challenging and exciting circuit in a breathtaking location. It is one of the few circuits to be designed and constructed with an entirely new concept. The superb surface is 12 metres wide and the circuit offers an outstanding facility for the professional, as well as amateurs. Spectators can enjoy exciting racing with overtaking opportunities that other circuits are unable to offer from a variety of vantage points, including the elevated position above the Corkscrew and the area at the Booka Track Banking. On the ground floor of the new building is the race administration centre, with the first floor housing race control, the stewards’ office, kitchen and viewing balconies to both sides. The second floor is for the commentators and media, who have


unrestricted views to go along with the vantage point to control race meetings, required degree of privacy. with ample work area for the timekeepers The 22 garages each have the capacity to to operate in comfort. It is well equipped, take two cars, offering garage space for at with power points, WiFi and timing screen least 44 cars in total or more than 80 access points. motorcycles. There is rear access to the Not only does the second floor offer a great paddock and front doors directly on to the aspect over the circuit, but it also looks out pit lane that offer plenty of natural light and on Caernarfon Bay. have 13 amp, 16 amp and 110-volt electrical Russell-Hughes Cyf has achieved an supplies. The paddock also has 48 environmentally sustainable design solution, additional 16 amp hook-ups. which enhances the local character, and The project has raised the bar for many continues the model of the Practice, which other European ventures, with its multipromotes innovative design. function concept. At weekends, the ground floor provides an ideal driver sign on area and plenty of room for race administration staff to carry out their duties. This can be quickly transformed into a corporate or Civil Engineering, Concrete Repair, operations centre for Refurbishments and New Build midweek customers, ranging from media to Private and Commercial manufacturers and Welsh Water Approved other organisations. There are toilets on the ground floor and a Tel :01492 518960 / 07736 371881 lift to the first floor. Email : The first floor offers clubs the ideal

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Horton Park Primary School New facilities helping pupils to succeed A ÂŁ3M extension at a Bradford primary school, which is to house a range of new facilities including a library and learning resource centre for books and computers, which families and children are able to use together, was officially handed over in November 2012. The extension at Horton Park Primary School in Canterbury also houses a sports hall, administrative and technical staff bases, alongside the six classrooms required for the expanding school population. A two-form entry school since welcoming its second cohort of 60 reception children in September 2010, this 51-year-old building has had a series of structural improvements in the past and is in excellent condition, with its central hall, three groups of classrooms and a staff facilities wing. The new extension has provided space for learning for the additional class groups. Horton Park has a large and developing reception outdoor learning area, an arts room and multi-purpose sports pitch, outdoor classroom, performance stage and 'Trim-Trail'. The School's age range is four to 11 years, and the feeder nursery is a separate school - Canterbury Nursery School and Centre for

Children and Families. The School is full, with 275 children on the register, and it runs nurture groups for younger children who require a smaller group learning context for specific aspects of the curriculum. Local dignitaries and Bradford Council officers were on hand as the Main Contractor, Willmott Dixon, handed over the building. On the day of the official handover, Headteacher, Sarah Dawson, said: "We are really looking forward to using this fantastic resource to benefit the learning of the children and the community, and the School would like to thank all those that have been We are pleased to be associated with the Horton Park Primary School project involved so far." and wish all involved continued success for the future The Architect for the project was BMDC Jewitts Joinery Rotherham Ltd, Facilities 19 Wentworth Road, Kilnhurst, Rotherham, South Yorkshire S64 5TN Management Building Tel: 01709 571774 Fax: 01709 577807 Services. Work started at the end of 2011 and Mobile: 07970 186349 was completed in Email: November 2012.


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St Marks Development New student accommodation in Leeds Located close to the Leeds University campus just off Woodhouse Lane, this new development will provide state-of-the-art student accommodation. The land is just on the periphery of Leeds city centre and has seen the demolition of previous accommodation as part of the same contract. The new accommodation will provide 526 student bedrooms for the University, with kitchen and living areas, as well as external landscaping. It is effectively four separate structures and is being constructed using a prefabricated panelised timber frame system that provides a sustainable and fast construction programme solution. The size of the blocks in terms of storeys range, with the tallest being six-storey and the shortest is four-storey. There will be an administration block with offices for the student services officers, and some areas for the students to socialise,

and then the living quarters. Each cluster of flats has a lounge, kitchen, and dining area, and rooms are ensuite. There will be disabled access rooms, with different category rooms for different types of disabilities. There are some rooms with hoists for wheelchair users and others for ambulant disabilities. The hoist-enabled rooms are within blocks A to D, and the others will be spread throughout the blocks. In terms of interior design features, there will be a lift and at least one stair core in each block. Air conditioning has been omitted because it doesn’t fit in with the sustainable nature of the development, but rooms will be naturally ventilated and the blocks mechanically ventilated from the bathrooms and kitchens. Controlled access to the blocks will be incorporated with the use of key fobs. The apartments have been arranged to follow the natural topography of the site and

to carefully frame views and features surrounding the site – the listed church and green spaces to the north, and almshouses to the west. GB Building Solutions is the Main Contractor and is bringing its experience of timber frame construction, which will be the composition of the student accommodation. The project is aiming to achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, and there is a CHP on site to help achieve this. Windows will be double glazed aluminium and the roof will be a single ply membrane flat structure, while the external façade will be a mixture of masonry and cladding. Designed by Architect Design Partnership, work commenced in January 2012 and will be completed in July 2013 at a cost of approximately £20M. The first students to benefit from this exciting project will move in at the beginning of the next academic year in September 2013.

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Trafalgar One Elegant living space A unique development is opening this month, creating premium residential lateral apartments and a duplex penthouse overlooking Trafalgar Square and The Mall. The Trafalgar One project, located at Canadian Pacific House, involved the removal of previously existing roof plant and structure to construct a new fifth and sixth floor steel frame structure. Being located in the historic Canadian Pacific House building on the south side of Trafalgar Square, it is positioned right at the heart of what is arguably now the world's most vibrant and exciting city. With uninterrupted views directly over Nelson's Column and the National Gallery, these apartments are amongst the very few residential properties ever to be constructed around one of London's most famous landmarks, and are the only residential properties in London with a Trafalgar Square address. One of Trafalgar Square's most recognisable landmarks, the Canadian Pacific building was constructed as the London headquarters of the eponymous

North American railway, hotel and steamship company. Built to an extremely high standard and faced with Portland Stone, the building and its clock tower have been familiar to generations of visitors to London's most famous square. The top two floors of the redeveloped building contain a remarkable duplex penthouse, with private lift access and views over Trafalgar Square, The Mall and Buckingham Palace. The fifth floor has two spacious reception rooms, an impeccably designed study room, a kitchen and dining area and a terrace overlooking some of the best sights of the city. The sixth floor has four bedrooms, including one master bedroom, a dressing room, ensuite facilities to all four rooms, and another terrace overlooking London. The apartments at Trafalgar One have been created within the shell of a landmark period building, but have been designed and specified without compromise to facilitate the lifestyle expectations of today's most discerning buyers.

Superbly laid out, with each apartment occupying an entire floor of the building, there are high coffered ceilings with recessed lighting, solid wood floors with underfloor heating, marble bathrooms, comfort cooling, acoustically designed windows, state-of-the-art security systems, category six cabling throughout, a secure key-operated lift to all floors and fully programmable Crestron systems to manage lighting, heating and multi-media installations. Kitchens have been designed to operate as family/open plan facilities, or to be enclosed when staffed by caterers. There is also secure internal parking in an adjacent building, and a porter. All apartments include oiled, oak doors with bespoke recessed chrome handles, professional lighting design incorporating SAD technology, automated blind control, wireless data distribution, independent central heating and hot water, and parking for all residents. The first floor apartment comprises of three continued page 120 >


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We pride ourselves on high quality workmanship together with a strong commitment to professional standards. We have extensive experience and knowledge in the construction industry with highly qualified tradesmen, reliable services and competitive pricing. We have a strong commitment to customer satisfaction and continuous site supervision that ensures high Health & Safety Standards and constant availability for client consultation. Brick, block & stonework projects ongoing or successfully completed recently include: Trafalgar One at Canadian Pacific House, Trafalgar Square & Langham Street


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Fourways plant was formed in 1983 and commenced trading in early 1984. From a humble beginning in Edmonton, North London, the business has grown over the years and has, during that time, moved to a two-area site, also in Edmonton. Eight years ago, a further branch was opened in Cambridge. The Company is still run by the founding directors and continues to offer a full range of scaffolding, hoists and other related products, to our customers. Our customer base is wide and, we believe, impressive and includes The British Library; The British Museum; Earl’s Court and Olympia; Royal Chapel, Windsor; Cambridge University; many international pharmaceutical companies and other industries. We also have a strong customer base in the construction industry.

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Our workforce is long-serving, loyal, dedicated and very capable. We are trusted with many difficult tasks but our customers know that we will not let them down. The length of service of many of our staff is long and is one significant reason why we are so confident in the quality of the service we offer. We operate a policy of directly-employed staff and use our own plant and transport fleet. The Company is also a full member of the National Access and Scaffolding Confederation.


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bedrooms, with the master bedroom boasting a separate dressing room and an ensuite toilet and bathroom. The 2,298sq ft apartment has a large reception and dining area, a study for privacy, and a kitchen with all amenities. At 2,310sq ft, the second floor apartment is the largest of the four. This one has only two bedrooms, but the master bedroom is very large indeed, with a dressing room and ensuite bathroom included. Like the first floor apartment, this one has a study area, reception room and dining area, with the kitchen space adjacent, while the third and fourth floor apartments follow the same style as that of the second floor, albeit slightly smaller at 2,298sq ft. Ideally located for the residents' busy business and social lives, the apartments are adjacent to Covent Garden's Theatre District and only minutes away from The Royal Opera House, National Gallery, Whitehall, Pall Mall, The Houses of Parliament, Piccadilly, St James's Park and Buckingham Palace. The Main Contractor for the project was Blenheim House Construction, a privately owned company undertaking projects from ÂŁ1M to ÂŁ20M. Since its formation in 1996, the Company has developed an enviable reputation for delivering value and quality on every project undertaken. That is apparent at Trafalgar One, as Blenheim House Construction was appointed to carry out the residential refurbishment at this prestigious six-storey building after extensive negotiations and a swift value engineering period. Work comprised construction of the additional storey following the Phase II structural contract previously undertaken. The building has been re-clad with new masonry and windows to meet the strict acoustic requirements stipulated by the


Planning Department. The initial design was modified in several areas to ensure the apartments conform to this complex planning condition. Blenheim House Construction has extensive experience in design and build, as well as traditional contracts, working across a variety of sectors including listed buildings, arts and leisure, commercial and residential. Based in Surrey, the Company is well placed to carry out contracts in the south of England but also has successfully completed projects for repeat business clients in Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and Glasgow. The Company strives to exceed expectations of its clients, and by taking the time to understand their needs, Blenheim House Construction constantly achieve this goal. In addition, providing cost effective solutions is a huge aim, not just throughout the construction process, but for the whole life of a building. This philosophy has led to a high level of repeat business from clients and consultants. The focus on delivering excellence and forming lasting relationships with clients and consultants is key to the continued success of the business, with everybody there confident in the ability to assist in producing a well considered, economical and quality project under any form of contract. Blenheim has diversely skilled, highly experienced staff, whose technical abilities and overall approach to project management are considered a great asset to any project, and the knowledgeable and dependable support staff work with the project teams to ensure they have the resources necessary to complete every contract to an exceptional standard. Opus Brickwork were employed as a subcontractor.

These principles were apparent at Trafalgar One, which has been fitted out with luxury finishes to a specification befitting the address, including Hacker and Pronorm kitchens, bespoke joinery and hand selected natural stone wall and floor finishes. The design of this striking residential development was the work of moreno:masey architecturestudio, whose design helped punctuate the penthouse centrally with a sculptural staircase flooded with daylight, and it capitalised on the wide floor plates to create truly sensational living spaces that are both rich and elegant. The Practice is led by Rodrigo Moreno Masey, a fully qualified architect and a member of RIBA and ARB. During the last 12 years in private practice, he has worked on a wide range of projects, specialising in exceptional residential developments and private homes, as well as many concept and boutique restaurants, bars and hotels. moreno:masey architecturestudio was formed in 2007 to create a design-led architecture practice with a strong client focus, consistently delivering innovative, thoughtful and thorough architecture. Since its creation, the Practice has grown, employing a handpicked young, talented and vibrant team that includes architects and graduates with excellent design and work ethos. The Practice remains intentionally small and focused, which allows principal direct involvement at every level of the architectural process without dilution of ideas and clear control of delivery from start to finish. Trafalgar One has benefited greatly from this approach. The show apartment on this ÂŁ6M development was completed in July 2012, and the rest will be completed this month.

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De Lacy Primary School Start spreading the news With the new year well and truly underway, excitement builds in Pontefract, West Yorkshire, as the construction of a replacement school draws to a close. Scheduled for a February 2013 completion, De Lacy Primary School’s new building will replace an existing structure and provide state-of-the-art education facilities for staff and students alike. First established in August 2010, De Lacy Primary School was formed following the


amalgamation of the Chequerfield Infant and Willow Park Junior Schools - a move that came in response to a high percentage of unused classroom space. The newly formed De Lacy Primary School now accommodates an approximate 300 pupils aged three to 11 years. In the years since its formation, however, the School’s premises on Rookhill Road has struggled to meet the needs of a modern educational facility. To remedy this, the

Leeds office of Bardsley Construction, has undertaken a £3.5M new build scheme to deliver a significantly improved School. The contract was acquired via the YORbuild framework, which provides a procurement route for new build, refurbishment and design build construction projects for local authorities and public sector organisations in the Yorkshire and Humber region. As part of their commitment to YORbuild, >

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Bardsley Construction has engaged the School in a number of workshops to educate the students and involve them in the construction process. Walls have been painted and floors have been laid by the students themselves to give a real sense of ownership. De Lacy Primary School has been designed by NPS North East; a distinguished practice which has also provided mechanical and electrical consulting, quantity surveying and project management services The new building is situated immediately adjacent to the existing School. Spanning 2,199sq m, the two-storey construction is composed of a steel frame with concrete slab foundations and traditional cavity walling. As part of a sensitive design process, the brickwork – a prominent design

thematic throughout the building – has been broken up and softened by a mixture of render and timber cladding. Inside, the building features a combination of blockwork and metal stud walls, fully plastered and decorated, below a suspended ceiling system. To ensure a high performance building, a considerable sum of money has been invested in renewable energy. Ground heat exchangers buried deep beneath the earth will provide considerable heating support for the School. Elsewhere, solar panels within the roof space of the building will do much to bolster the School’s green credentials. A high performance under floor heating system has also been implemented, which will free up much needed wall space. Upon completion the existing building will

be demolished. An extensive hard and soft landscaping package will follow to provide car parking facilities alongside a hard court fenced play area and playing fields for general school usage. With completion nearing, the new De Lacy Primary School will soon be in full occupation. Its construction mirrors a similar scheme in Castleford, also undertaken by Bardsley. The new Oyster Park Primary School, also formed through amalgamation, has been built concurrently with De Lacy Primary School and to a similar high specification. The finalisation of both schools can only mean good things for education provision in the Wakefield region for years to come.

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Gelder and Kitchen LLP Sustainable architecture Gelder and Kitchen LLP is an award-winning UK multi-disciplinary construction consultancy with more than 130 years of experience across a wide range of market sectors. This enables the Practice to provide creative and cost effective solutions for new builds or refurbishments, which incorporate the latest innovations in design and sustainability, and meet relevant standards and legislation. As a multi-disciplinary consultancy which incorporates architects, structural engineers, quantity surveyors, civil engineers, project managers, CDM coordinators, and health and safety specialists, Gelder and Kitchen work in partnership with clients through the whole process to help turn vision into practical reality and to create places that customers will be delighted to use. The Practice has considerable experience in healthcare, assisted independent living, education, industrial, commercial, leisure, listed buildings, residential and domestic, and ecclesiastical projects. Gelder and Kitchen employs 45 staff members and has offices in Hull, East Yorkshire and Richmond, North Yorkshire, form where it works with clients across the country, and many of whom use the services time and time again, with the majority of business coming from recommendations. One of the Practice's many prestigious projects is Townend Court. Located on Cottingham Road, Hull, it was developed to provide a positive, open and inclusive environment for adults with learning disabilities from the Hull

and East Riding area. Practice worked to provide a specialist unit Gelder and Kitchen was employed as lead for children and teenagers with cancer in designers on the part new build, part partnership with the Teenage Cancer Trust. refurbishment of Townend Court, and the The new unit incorporates a day care area, building was ideally suited for the Practice's procedures suite and eight-bed children's multi-disciplinary approach, where its whole ward, as well as a five-bed teenage ward. team worked to achieve design solutions for Support areas include a recreation room a total healing environment. complete with an activities area, juke box A new single-storey building was developed and gaming zone. Fitted cupboards in to provide six beds for crisis services and bedrooms, decorative wall art, colour eight treatment and assessment places. The changing light boxes and attractive finishes revamp and extension of the two-storey all help to make the stay in hospital as Aysgarth House provided an additional six enjoyable as possible for patients. beds for rehabilitation. The project cost ÂŁ820,000 and was All patient bedrooms are ensuite and have completed in December 2012 after two years views out onto the surrounding landscaped of planning and fundraising. courtyards, which were conceived as outside rooms to access or see, to enjoy or meditate, to console and reassure. Perrins House Townend Court 11 Caroline Place provides a hub for the Hull wider learning HU2 8DR disability services 01482 226 444 and can be accessed 365 days a year. BUILDING SERVICES ENGINEERS Another project worked on by Gelder Sutcliffe Consulting Engineers Limited has significant expertise in and Kitchen was the the design and supervision of building engineering services conversion of Ward required by the Commercial, Industrial, Public and Private 27 at Leicester Royal Infirmary. sectors. We have developed a high reputation providing a Appointed as proactive personal service meeting the demands of our clients architects and lead for responsive yet innovative solutions. We offer the following consultants, the services; Traditional Design, Performance Specifications, Condition Surveys, Energy Efficiency Audits, Sustainability and Renewable Technology Feasibility Studies. We are also Accredited Energy Assessors and Low Carbon Consultants. Sutcliffe Consulting Engineers are accredited under the Safe Contractor scheme and ConstructionLine schemes and are ISO 9001 Quality Assured. We are proud to be associated with Gelder and Kitchen and wish them every success for the future. 125

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Aylesbury High School Building for the next 50 years The brand new sixth form centre, history department and library were opened in October 2012 with a visit by eminent historian and broadcaster, Dominic Sandbrook. After speaking to A-Level students on the subject of post-War Britain in the new sixth form centre, he met guests, staff, governors and students in the brand new library, before officially declaring the buildings open. The development was launched on the School’s 50th anniversary in 2009, which set out to address a number of longstanding issues with the buildings, providing a real boost to facilities, with every student benefiting from work. The sixth form building provides a sixth form study area, four full-sized classrooms, a meeting and study room, new student and staff toilets, which include facilities for the disabled, offices and a lift. Refurbishment of the new block comprised of the new library, four classrooms where the previously existing library was located, and two larger sixth form teaching rooms have been created where four smaller rooms were so they are now more useable. In this block, there is also a new base for the school counsellor and special needs teaching, and it has new student and staff toilets, including disabled toilets. The funding for all of this has come from a variety of sources, including the School’s capital funding reserve, significant parental donations over many years, the enthusiastic fundraising of the AHSA and a generous grant from the William Harding Charity. In earlier years, capital funding was provided through the local authority but the School decided the severe shortage of classrooms had to be addressed, despite the fact that the local authority was unable to offer financial support. As an academy, Aylesbury High School had the chance to apply to the Academy Capital Maintenance Fund and submitted bids for


funding, one to contribute to the new building and one for the internal refurbishments. The funding meant that the School could reorganise the teaching for a large number of subjects. Previously, the ground floor of the new block, apart from art, had been a no-go zone for years seven to 11, but that is no longer the case. Many subjects will have most of their lessons, regardless of age group, in their suite of classrooms. In addition, many teachers have their own classroom for the majority of their lessons, which is a major first for the School. In the move, the history and politics teaching rooms have moved to the top floor of the new building, languages have taken over new classrooms at the previously existing library, and business studies and economics are in L6 and L7. Psychology teaching rooms are now better sized, while geography, maths and English gain a classroom each. The Main Contractor for the project was Ashe Construction, and it was designed by AT4 Architects. Work on the

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Garran Lockers With more than 50 years of experience in designing and supplying top quality lockers for the workplace, education, leisure and emergency services, Garran Lockers is the leading UK manufacturer, offering a wide range of standard and tailored lockers to customers in many industries, including the public sector, retail, manufacturing, transport, leisure and business services. Garran employs 70 staff members at the lockers manufacturing plant in Caerphilly, Wales. Investment within the plant has enabled the Company to provide its clients with a wide choice of high quality lockers in different styles and colours. The advanced powder coating plant has been upgraded to provide the very best powder coated finish, and Garran was the first UK lockers manufacturer to obtain BS EN ISO 9002 accreditation back in 1992. Consistency and reliability are hallmarks of all ranges offered by Garran, and the business philosophy is to focus on meeting individual customer needs. This is why complete locker solutions are offered flexible design, quality manufacturing, prompt delivery, on site installation and personal customer care. Garran prides itself on providing the complete locker solution. Rather than a 'one size fits all' approach, the Company talk things through with every customer to identify exact requirements before commissioning work.


The promise constantly met is to deliver a seamless, exceptional customer service day in, day out, by combining a strong sales focus with high standards of 'after sale' support. A complete range of services is on offer from Garran. This includes storage area and locker design, during which the professional design team work alongside clients to capture their storage requirements, attend the site visits, conduct all necessary measurements and to create a detailed 'needs' survey. Garran then design a locker room layout, which is then refined with further on site consultation meetings with the clients. Garran has three teams of experienced fitters, which cover the whole of the UK. These professionals are committed to providing quality work, which often surpasses a customer's expectations. These fitters first arrive on site to handle delivery of the lockers. They will also unload and unwrap the lockers, dispose of waste and carry them to the specified storage area location. Once the lockers are in position, the fitters will bolt and fix them as required. The lockers are then commissioned, tested for use and keys are handed over. Garran's fitters handle every aspect of the process, from delivery, unpacking and installation, to testing. If a locker maintenance contract has been

agreed, the Company's dedicated account management team is always there to answer the queries and provide the relevant advice, while the professional installation teams carry out the regular replacements and servicing of doors and locks. On most of its standard range, Garran will dispatch the lockers using its own dedicated transport and deliver to tailgate. The experienced delivery team takes great care in handling and carrying the lockers, so that no damage can occur during the transportation. As a certified SAFE contractor, Garran's engineers ensure that all work conducted on the customer premises is done so in a safe way. Method statements and risk assessments are fully adhered to and in the majority of cases, cordless hand tools are used to minimise the risks when working on site. Whether customers are looking for a standard or bespoke storage locker system, Garran has the solutions that meet any requirements or budget. Lockers are available in a wide range of sizes, door choices, storage compartment options and colours. With a high profile portfolio that includes providing lockers for the likes of the NHS Trust, Tesco, the London Underground and the Metropolitan Police, Garran's reputation will continue to soar.

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Bunhill Energy Centre Part of Islington Council’s Decentralised Energy Programme Work is nearing completion on a local energy centre and district wide heat network in Bunhill that will provide cheaper, greener heat to homes on several estates and buildings. The first of its kind within Islington, the Bunhill Energy Centre will supply energy to over 700 residential properties and two leisure centres. The Energy Centre will be connected to satellite and estate plant rooms around the scheme by the installation of hot water pipes forming a district heating network. In essence, the system is similar to that found in a residential property where a boiler is used to heat and then pump hot water around a radiator circuit, though this

is on a far bigger scale, with the Energy Centre like a more efficient boiler and the estate plant rooms like the radiators. Unlike normal electricity production that wastes up to two-thirds of the fuel used to make it, Bunhill Heat and Power will use the otherwise wasted heat to heat homes, the baths and leisure centres, so it is much more efficient. Combined heat and power technology will be used to run the Energy Centre and there will be strict monitoring of the air quality. The Energy Centre enclosure is being constructed of sustainably sourced green oak cladding with two new mature trees and climbing plants in the planting that surrounds it.

It is all part of Islington Council’s Decentralised Energy Programme, a groundbreaking scheme to cut carbon emissions and fuel bills in the borough. It will yield both financial and environmental benefits by generating heat and power locally. The scheme will work through a series of underground pipes carrying hot water between the local Energy Centre and the buildings connected to the network. Designed by Tim Ronalds Architects, and built by Vital Energi, work will be completed in time to give cheaper and greener heating to homes for winter 2012.


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Eagle House School Sports centre and performing arts building Progress on the construction of an energy efficient sports hall and performing arts centre at Eagle House School in Sandhurst is well underway. One of the oldest preparatory schools in the country, the new buildings will complement the top class facilities offered by the School, which is part of Wellington College. Built on the site of the old sports hall and cooking classrooms, these were demolished to make way for the new development, which also comprises of changing rooms and a viewing gallery. Designed by HJ Stribling & Partners, the building is being constructed on level ground, with sandy ground conditions. Features of note include a curved entrance with floor to ceiling glass wind catchers on the sports hall and performing arts roof, and a corbelled chimney and internal curved walls. The external façade will consist of orange bricks, with wood cladding, a cream render and curtain walling with grey roof and gutters, as well as flashings. Windows will be aluminium and a slight pitched roof is being incorporated. Other glazing features include curtain walling to the main entrance, a roof light, and windows on the viewing gallery to the sports hall.

Minimising disruption is especially important. Careful segregation of the site with safe walkways ensures normal school routines can continue and construction traffic is timed to avoid the busiest periods in the school day. The noisiest work and any construction that creates dust is planned out of school hours to minimise any disruption to staff and pupils. Disabled access will be guaranteed with ramps to all entrances, while there will also be a disabled toilet. Both hard and soft landscaping is incorporated and car parking will accommodate 40 vehicles. The Main Contractor We are able to offer a wide range of services from standard for the project is independent to design scaffolds, like temporary roofs and Beard Construction. support work. If it can be built from scaffold, we can build it. Work started in March Helping you reach new heights 2012 and will be completed in February Units 10 and 11, Kendrick Industrial Estate, 2013, with the Galton Way, Swindon, Wiltshire SN2 2DU opening expected a Telephone: 01793 513900 Email: month later.

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St Dunstan’s Primary School Exciting changes ahead The expansion of the School, located on Drayton Road in Kings Heath, is part of a Birmingham City Council initiative to increase primary place provision in schools. There are insufficient places within the existing schools in the area and a number have to be expanded, including St Dunstan’s. Currently, it is a one and a half form entry School, but this will be increased to two form. The nursery will remain at its existing intake level, with the rest of the School requiring five additional classrooms. These are being built on the site of a previous classroom that was demolished to make way for this. As well as the five classrooms, there will be new withdrawal areas where staff can work in small groups with gifted and talented children or those who need extra support. Three new foundation classrooms and a dedicated outdoor play area will be incorporated, as well as a research library for children to work in. The whole School will become wireless, and there will be new toilets, a staff


room, administration offices and a new incorporated in the form of the redesigned play School entrance. areas for nursery and reception children. Structural features will include full height The Main Contractor for the development is curtain walling on two elevations and there Moorland Building, and the Architect is will be coloured render, while the extension Wood Goldstraw & Yorath. Work started in will comprise of a steel frame, brick and February 2012 and will be completed in block cavity construction. February 2013, costing almost £1.4M. Classrooms will have suspended ceilings, plastered walls, and concrete GROUNDWORK SERVICES staircases, while all classrooms will have comfort cooling. Windows will be double glazed, all in aluminium, and solar Justin Sheard Groundwork Services are a specialist groundwork reflective glass will be contractor and civil engineering contractor based in Cheshire. used at first floor level. We provide a professional service to undertake groundworks, road The extension will also construction, sewerage and drainage solutions for both small and have a kingspan low larger projects across the North West and throughout the UK. pitch roof deck. All facilities will be DDA 3 Ash Grove, Congleton, Cheshire CW12 4PN compliant and Tel: 01260 297224 Mobile: 07976 803 789 landscaping will be Email:


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BPA relaunch parking charter to promote professionalism and standards in the healthcare sector First published in 2010, the British Parking Association (BPA) has re-published its Charter for Healthcare Parking which aims to strike the right balance between being fair to patients, visitors and staff, ensuring facilities are managed effectively for the good of everyone. The BPA are keen for both managers of healthcare facilities and car park operators, who the Charter is predominantly aimed at, to recognise the importance of car parking policy in terms of the wider transport strategy and the need to manage traffic and parking in line with demand and environmental needs. The BPA aims to increase public confidence in parking and parking management through the setting and raising of standards

across the sector, believing that providing, managing and charging for parking at healthcare facilities needs to be seen in the context of delivering a better and fairer service to users. Whilst many people attending healthcare facilities, either as patients or visitors, expect car parking to be free, the limits on space, costs involved and demand for spaces means that car parking needs to be managed properly. Often the most effective way to do this is by charging for parking. This recognises: • the value of a car parking space • the needs of other users of the facility • the environmental impact of driving • the need to maintain and improve car parks by reinvesting income

The BPA believe that both managers of healthcare facilities and car park operators should recognise the importance of professionalism in delivering their services and providing a high standard of customer care and they encourage both to sign up to this Charter and to abide by its letter and spirit. A number of NHS Trusts and car park operators have already added their names to the Charter. A full list, along with the Charter itself can be found at Contact Dave Smith at the British Parking Association on 01444 441316 or by email at


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The Tile Association Formed in January 2000, The Tile Association (TTA) represents the whole of the UK wall and floor tile industry under one organisation. It has more than doubled in size since it originally formed and now has more than 750 members, consisting of tiling contractors, independent fixers, distributors, retailers and manufacturers. Its mission is to promote professionalism and technical standards in the tiling industry, as well as provide technical support to both members and their customers. TTA will not accept just any company as a member. Every company and individual wishing to join will be carefully checked for financial, technical and service standards. For all projects, large and small, people need confidence that the people taking on their job are skilled professionals. Membership of TTA gives this peace


of mind. There are many benefits of choosing a Tile Association member supplier or fixer. Every member of TTA is checked out for a good trading record and to ensure they are financially sound, while all contractor and fixer members have their workmanship assessed. TTA fixer members can offer the Association Guarantee Certificate, and they have access to TTA training schemes and through the website and newsletters, are kept up to date with technical information. With TTA checking all potential member companies for financial health and insisting on references, it isn’t surprising that the fellow members trust each other and like to work together. TTA supports its members by providing the economic benefits of preferential rates on a range of essential business services. It supports the members and the industry in

general with its work on British, European and international standards and with its technical support and publications. Its retail and fixer training programs are aimed at raising standards across the industry and its extensive marketing campaigns raise the profile of tiling in general and its members specifically. TTA owes a huge debt of gratitude to all volunteers who help. Every one of the board, committee and working group members give up their time without receiving payment or expenses, to work on behalf of the industry. Membership of TTA is open to any business that works in or is associated with the wall and floor tile industry in the United Kingdom. TTA doesn’t just accept anyone into their ranks, every business wishing to join has its financial health and company reputation checked out. Fixers and tiling >

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working with training organisations such as the Association for Ceramic Training and Development on all matters relating to training for the supply chain. At the time of taking over, the economy was in recession, so Ian took over when members needed TTA more than ever. He said: “It is TTA’s responsibility to steer the ship by continuing to promote professionalism and technical standards within the tiling industry. “The exceptional standards within wall and floor tiling were evident at the recent TTA Awards Dinner, and with over £75,000 available in Qualifying the Workforce funding, we are striving to ensure that all our members have staff equipped with the knowledge to face the challenges of an ever-evolving industry. With that in mind we look forwards as an Association priding itself on providing quality, knowledge and confidence.” Also appointed as new Directors at the Annual General Meeting were Tony Cotton, Paul Luff, Henry Williamson and Billy Valler. There are many examples of cooperation between TTA members in the last couple of years, one of which was the London Olympic Aquatic Centre by Ardex UK Ltd/WB Simpson & Sons Ltd.

The winner of The Tile Association Award in 2012 for best use of tile within the leisure or hospitality industries was the London Olympic Aquatic Centre. WB Simpsons & Sons Ltd is a specialist tiling contractor in the supply and installation of hard wall and floor tiling on commercial, industrial, leisure, retail and residential projects. They teamed up with Ardex UK, the manufacturer of premium quality specialist tiling products and construction materials, to provide the perfect finish to the 2012 Olympic Aquatic Centre pools and the surround. The Aquatic Centre in the Olympic Park with its distinctive curved roof is the first venue visitors see upon entering the Park and these pools were the focus of the world’s attention during the London 2012 Olympics. St Andrews Cathedral by Mapei UK Ltd/Tilecraft Paisley was the winner of the Tile Association Award in 2012 for best use of tile in the public sector. Tilecroft Paisley undertook the challenge of creating the new floor for St Andrews Cathedral in Glasgow during its renovation. Using a combination of varying sized Burlington slate and Carrera marble tiles, they created a durable, distinctive and >

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attractive floor. The new cathedral floor boasted a unique mosaic featuring the Archdiocese of Glasgow’s crest. This circular mosaic had been crafted by a family in Jerusalem and commissioned by the Archbishop while on a visit to the city. A professional installation and use of a complete system of Mapei products ensured Tilecraft were able to create a high specification floor that the project required. TTA member Casa Ceramica was contracted to carry out tiling works to the public areas in the recently completed Blackpool FC hotel & spa. The work comprised of wall and floor tiling to restaurant toilets, walkways on the restaurant floor, main reception and lobby areas using Italian porcelain stoneware. Hotel Manager Sam Oyston requested a visually stunning product for the main entrance so Casa Ceramica installed its Dark Smoke Marble in 60x60 format on diamond with a border to give the desired effect. TileMaster Adhesives was Casa’s manufacturer of choice, and its lightweight adhesive was used for applying the 60x30 tiles to the walls. Trade Fast Flex was used for fixing all floor tiles. Grout 3000, a flexible, mould resistant wall and floor grout was used for grouting all tiled areas. There are many benefits of using a TTA member for work, as on many projects, these members can work together. Four TTA members each played a part in the construction of the £8.5M Warwick Premier Inn, which opened its doors in early 2012. Tile distributors, Albert & Michael Heath Ltd, won the contract to supply tiles for more than 120 ensuite bathrooms, washrooms, the main foyer and other communal areas in a deal worth more than £10,000. Managing Director Ashley Heath, whose company has also supplied tiles to De Vere Hotels and Travelodge, said the deal was great for Midlands business as the tiles were manufactured by Johnson Tiles in Stoke-on-Trent and fitted by Coventry-based W.B Simpson & Sons, using adhesive made by BAL, also based in Stoke. Work at Magheralin Parish Church was carried out by Trainor Contracts who worked closely with fellow TTA member Armatile Ltd. The original cross, which is 169 years old, was restored and great care was taken to ensure its final resting place was that off Magheralin Parish Church. The main floor was laid with Armatile’s Cathedral range, perfectly fitted by Trainor Contracts and it is one of the highlights of the Church. The Association’s members have also worked to successfully rejuvenate The Oasis Food Court, which is part of the Meadowhill Shopping Centre. TTA member and long-standing Ultra Tile account, The Great Northern Tiling Company worked on this project.


Tiling was completed using one of Ultra Tile’s best-selling cementitious adhesives, ProFlex SP. Perfectly suited to natural stone and regularly used by The Great Northern Tiling Company, ProFlex SP was an ideal choice for fixing the required slate tiles. TTA membership can make a huge difference to any company. Jonathon Minoli of Minoli Distributors and Retail Showroom

in Oxford, said: “Membership of the TTA is exceptionally useful for making contacts and as I have said many times before, it is far better to be on the inside looking out.” With so many members who provide a first class service, using a TTA member for any work is the best option for any project. The Tile Association, Forum Court, 83 Copers Cope Road, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 1NR. Tel: 020 8663 0946.

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Browns Garage Showcasing P & A Wood’s attention to detail P & A Wood will soon benefit from a brand new coach workshop and showroom facility. Since the Company was established in 1967, it has continued to grow. As time passed, this growth made it necessary to move in 1988 to larger premises to the village of Great Easton, Essex. The Company also wanted to upgrade its facilities for more efficient dealing with modern crash repair work. The showroom is for Rolls-Royce motor cars that require a showroom fitted out as per their standards, something that was not in keeping with the current building. The workshop is on two levels, with all metal and paintwork being carried out at ground level and the clean build/finishing facility is on the first floor. The showroom will take up to six Rolls-Royce cars with an office, rest room, and toilet facilities above. In the workshop there will be a

spray booth with mixing room and two smart repair bays on the ground floor with a body jig, scissor lift and space for a further 12 cars. On the first floor there will be space to work on 20 cars plus a storage area. The site of development is ideal - across from the Company’s current site, so the two premises will form an impressive entrance to the village of Great Easton. The existing filling station and workshop had to be demolished and the fuel tanks were removed or decommissioned prior to starting. During the mandatory archaeological dig, evidence was found from Roman times which was previously unknown in the area, and even some possible Bronze Age artefacts. This resulted in the dig being extended by several days. Although the showroom inside will be a modern Rolls-Royce space, externally the building needed to blend in with the local

built landscaped so has a very traditional look to it, similar to the existing showroom building, which was completed in 1995. P & A Wood’s work was recognised in 2001 when the Company was appointed as ‘The Official Rolls-Royce and Bentley Heritage Dealers’ in recognition of the knowledge and expertise that the Company has built up with the classic and vintage cars. Today, with the support of fully trained and diligent staff, the Company continue to provide an extremely high standard of service for its customers, and this will increase when the new development is complete. The Main Contractor is M G Cosgrove Construction Ltd, and the Architect is BRD Tech. In addition, PBBC Consulting Ltd is providing all the sustainability design guidance for the development. Work commenced in spring 2011 and will be completed this Christmas.


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Novus Leisure Premium operator of 52 bars and restaurants With its 44 sites dominating London’s West End and City districts, as well as operating eight Tiger Tiger brands in nine towns up and down the country, Novus Leisure is the UK’s largest private bar and club operator. The business was founded in 1999, and is continuing to develop sales through its existing sites and new joint venture opportunities, while also seeking to expand the number of sites it operates. The Novus focus on customer service and pre-booked events means it is in a unique position within the UK’s bar scene and will continue to grow from the excellent operating platform that is in place. The key brand,, has a dedicated sales team that drives over a significant chunk of the total revenue through corporate events, private functions and pre-booked dining. Novus is looking to open premium, hybrid ‘restaurant bars’ in suitable buildings. The Company has the capacity to operate very large venues to small, more intimate sites and currently works with a wide range of landlords. Other brands of Novus Leisure include Jewel in Covent Garden and Piccadilly, fast becoming the destination bar of choice for those looking to enjoy sumptuous cocktails in chic surroundings. Both venues encompass superb design, excellent service and an air of exclusivity without the air of intimidation. The White Room is the ultimate VIP experience. With plush leather white booths, VIP champagne packages, table service and a personal host, it


offers the premium experience to exceed all expectations. Groovy Wonderland offers the ultimate 70s and 80s disco experience, with the best disco floor fillers and party tunes playing all night long. Novus Leisure continues to focus on driving sales throughout the trading day. From enjoying high food sales during lunch and into the early evening, the venues then become the perfect place for dance and entertainment into the late night and early morning. Novus Leisure’s joint ventures with well known entrepreneurs is also key in creating new ideas for the business, as well as being crucial to the drive of innovation. Staff are trained to the highest standards so they represent the Company’s reputation in the best possible light. All venue management employees are trained for 12 weeks, while a five-day bar school is available for those wanting to be bar tenders before being placed in the appropriate venues. A sales academy for all sales staff is also being opened in 2013, and a raft of central training days for all employees depending upon the business needs throughout the year, coupled with a calendar of business specific courses are available for all venue management and staff. Bespoke development programmes are put on for senior operators and head office employees to ensure they receive the required training they need for their specific job role. Part of the expansion drive has seen the

Company secure joint owners LGV Capital and Hutton Collins. LGV and Hutton Collins have backed the existing management team, led by CEO Steve Richards, in a deal worth £100M. John Kelly is non-executive Chairman. The transaction has provided a value exit for the incumbent majority shareholders Barclays Ventures and RBS Strategic Investment Group. LGV and Hutton Collins will support the Group’s future strategy to double its central London portfolio over the next three years. The Group will have access to tens of millions of pounds of growth funding to strengthen its existing footprint and double profitability. This will consolidate and enhance Novus’ market leading position in the premium bar London market. Looking further forward, Novus also has the potential to expand outside its London core to cities such as Manchester, Bristol and Leeds. Novus has continued to trade well in the year that ended 30th June 2012, with total revenue growth of 25.5%. Correspondingly, profit has increased by 51% in the year ending 30th June 2012. L4L sales for the year were 11.3% or 21% on a two-year basis. Revenue has been driven by Novus’ well invested, sophisticated and state-of-the-art pre-booking system and a strong performance from new sites including the acquired Balls Brothers estate. Pre-booked sales accounted for 55% of sales throughout the year and are forecast > to hit 65% within 24 months.

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Profit has been enhanced by concentrating on high margin corporate parties and events of which food accounts for 35% of sales. In addition the business has concentrated on ‘premiumising’ its range of wine, cocktails and spirits and extending its trading window to the extent that now 60% of revenue is now taken pre-11pm. Rothschild advised Novus, Barclays Ventures and RBS Strategic Investment Group. Deloitte advised LGV and Zolfo Cooper advised Hutton Collins. Steve Richards said: “Novus has a resilient model that has served it well over the years. Our focus and investment in our pre-booked system has given us the ability to take market share and deliver predictable high quality earnings. “These attributes have resulted in keen interest by the private equity community to invest in the next stage of Novus’ development and in LGV and Hutton Collins we have secured investors who have an


enviable record of backing successful businesses in the leisure sector. “We really look forward to working with them over the next few years and to maximise the growth potential of Novus Leisure.” Bill Priestley, a Managing Director at LGV Capital, said: “We are delighted to have completed this acquisition. Novus has one of the best collections of bars and venues in the UK, which, together with its website,, has enabled it to outperform its market and peer group for some years. We are backing a first class management team, led by Steve Richards, and look forward to developing the business by growing the estate through acquisitions. “This will be LGV’s fifth investment in the pubs and bars sector. We backed the original start up of Enterprise Inns before it floated in 1995, co-funded the acquisition of The Unique Pubco, which was sold to Enterprise Inns in 2004, backed the 2008 management buy-out of The Liberation

Group, the Channel Islands’ leading pub company and brewer and acquired Amber Taverns, the northern community pub specialist in 2010.” Graham Hutton of Hutton Collins, said: “Although Hutton Collins has not invested in this specific sector before, we have a depth of knowledge in the closely related dining sector, having previously made successful investments in Pizza Express and Loch Fyne, and having significant continuing investments in Caffe Nero and wagamama. “When investing, we look for a differentiated product, strong growth prospects and a high performing management team, Novus ticks all those boxes and we’re looking forward to helping the Company to grow.” Novus Leisure, Ciareville House, 26-27 Oxendon Street, London, SW1Y 4EL. Tel: 0207 968 2400.

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Hafod Y Parc Extra care and support in Wales Hafod Y Parc is the second extra care home scheme in Conwy and is a partnership between North Wales Housing and Conwy County Borough Council. It will give a superb opportunity for people to benefit from an independent and secure lifestyle, backed up by care and support, which is flexible and tailored. The project will comprise of 49 one- and two-bedroom apartments, giving independent living with care, designed to cater for the needs of each individual. Demolition of the former residential home at the site has now taken place and preparation work for construction has begun. The project will make extensive use of precast manufactured concrete panels, which will result in a much reduced construction period and improved fire ratings. The panels will also play a key role in enabling the project to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating. North Wales Housing and Conwy County Borough Council will liaise closely with the local community throughout the project, with regular updates about the development as the scheme gathers pace. The appointed Main Contractor, K&C

Construction, is already working with local schools as part of an engagement programme, as many pupils pass through the park, which runs alongside the site on their journey to and from school. The new scheme will be of contemporary design set in a peaceful and tranquil setting and has been developed to be exceptionally high quality with modern amenities throughout. Building on the success of its first extra care housing scheme – Llys y Coed in Llanfairfechan – North Wales Housing has been able to replicate key elements at Haford y Parc. The extra care concept is a relatively new one and is being embraced by older people wishing to retain their independence, safe in the knowledge that support is available as and when needed. Phil Danson, Places Director at North Wales Housing, said: “There is a clear need throughout North Wales for more extra care housing that allows people to sustain an independent lifestyle with peace of mind through a care option. “Extra care housing facilitates this need and we are pleased to be able to

announce plans to develop a second scheme of this nature in North Wales. A controlled demolition has now taken place, with preparation of the site ready for construction underway. We look forward to the project really beginning to take shape and gaining momentum.” The facilities at Hafod Y Parc will include a door entry system, a range of social activities and ensuite facilities, while there will be independence and privacy, as well as the comfort of knowing care and support is available for 24 hours a day. The building will be wheelchair accessible and lifts are being installed to comply with all disability requirements. Parking facilities are available for visitors. Councillor Chris Hughes, Cabinet Member for Social Care and Health, said: “Modernising residential care is a key priority for the Council and we’re partners in four extra care schemes across the county borough. “We want to provide the best possible services for local people and I’m delighted to see work start on this exciting new scheme right in the heart of Abergele.” Designed by ISP Architects, the scheme is due for completion in November 2013.

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Red Hot World Buffet Reconstructing the Buffet After turning the UK buffet scene on its head eight years ago with the launch of their revolutionary restaurant concept, Red Hot World Buffet, Parmjit and Helen Dhaliwal are set to frustrate their copycat rivals by taking another giant stride forward; investing £2.7M in a unique new branch opening in Nottingham this month. Originally launched in 2004, Red Hot World Buffet challenged preconceptions about the UK buffet scene with the central belief that buffet food should be fresh, authentic and served in a fun environment. Over the last eight years, this is an ethos the Company has built on, opening seven branches across the UK in key locations including Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and Cardiff. Each restaurant pitch is selected after extensive location scouting and the Company has demonstrated it is not afraid to take on unusual or challenging positions, provided they represent a significant opportunity, housing its restaurants in anything from shopping centres to former office buildings. This tactic has led to its most interesting project to date, the launch of a new 27,000sq ft flagship branch in Nottingham, located at the site of a former underground nightclub. Relocation, Relocation, Relocation The very first Red Hot World Buffet was also located in Nottingham but, thanks to the business growing exponentially and shifting consumer patterns in the city, the Company decided to relocate to a new, larger site in a more central position. After assessing several options, a location team led by Corporate Director Parmjit Dhaliwal decided a vacant former nightclub at The Cornerhouse offered a prime location for the ambitious project in the brand’s hometown. With relatively constrained shop frontage space and the bulk of the area below ground level, careful consideration of the use of space and lighting was required, particularly


at the entranceway. A Company that seemingly relishes a challenge, Red Hot set about transforming the site. The entrance has been completely redesigned to appear more welcoming and inviting, with a giant installation in the shape of a rotating, 7ft globe drawing attention from passersby. Lighting the Way The layout of the pitch, extending underground over several floors, placed several demands on the design and construction teams, as Head of Project Dan Brown explains: “On a purely practical level and in terms of logistics, this has certainly been the most challenging build to date. We haven’t had open shopfront access, so all equipment has had to fit through a 6ft wide door, which has meant some items had to be cut down to size and then reassembled. With the ceiling reaching over 25ft high in places, we’ve actually had to use cherry pickers to decorate the higher sections and to fit lights, and getting the machines down two levels was certainly interesting”. The nature of the site, which has not previously been used for cooking, has led to extensive improvements. The entrance has been completely reformed, mezzanines reinforced, total rewiring carried out and a sophisticated extraction system put in place. Previously sealed off areas have been opened up to create more floor space, but keeping everything open has not proven to be easy. Such extensive structural improvement over a large space has needed plenty of reinforcing steelwork, and the design has been careful to keep this necessary work hidden, while maintaining an incredibly open feel. A subtle yet crucial means of achieving this has been the installation of an innovative lighting system. Staircases and routes have been deftly lit to make navigation from entranceway to the tables and buffet areas instinctive and intuitive. Lighting on the

mezzanine levels is adaptive, meaning the system can be used to make the dining area appear more intimate or expand at peak times. The restaurant also has two independent lighting presets for different serving times, with ‘day/lunch’ mode activating more fluorescent, bright light levels and ‘night/dinner’ mode switching to softer, mood lighting. A Grand Design for Life Despite Red Hot’s restaurant sites varying from ground floor and open locations to upper and basement levels, the brand has worked hard to maintain a consistent identity and ambience across all of its branches, inviting diners into an escapist world where any culinary combination is possible. The newest restaurant builds on and evolves this winning formula, fusing styles, materials and techniques to create a fantastical world of juxtapositions and possibilities. The process begins with a floor plan, after which Dan and his team will go on site to formulate a general design scheme, visualising installations and taking note of key lines of sight. This is then translated into a computerised 3D rendering of the proposed project. The team analyses contemporary styling trends, but they are wary of falling into the trap that befalls many restaurants, which require refurbishment every five years. Red Hot prefers to strike out in its own direction, inserting classic and timeless touches which means that the restaurant will not seem dated even ten or twenty years after opening. The fusion of styles extends to the materials used, with robust products like MDF, laminates, concrete effect and painted surfaces used to create clean, modern lines which sit alongside touches such as stretched ceilings and fabric walls. This juxtaposition sets the foundations for what Dan calls an ‘escapist eating experience’, where the surroundings reflect the dazzling array of food choice Red Hot is famous for. >

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Decorative Dishes Indian, Chinese, British, Mexican, Japanese and Italian cuisines are all on offer inside the restaurant, and decorative cues from each country can be found throughout the venue. Giant pasta dishes sit in front of Mexican themed murals, ornate Italian mirrors rest alongside British brickwork, while huge Indian doors are dotted with Chinese lanterns. All have been sourced from their country of origin, reflecting the authenticity of the food on offer. Head of Red Hot’s culinary unit and part of the Nottingham site’s development team, Corporate Chef Deepak Bahuguna says: “While the feel of the restaurant is similar to existing venues, the diners will be able to enjoy something that’s never been done before, not by Red Hot and certainly not by any of the other buffet chains.” What sets Nottingham apart is a combination of its sheer scale and the focus on the customer driven experience. Deepak continues: “We’ve always worked to the motto ‘your food, your way’ and have installed live cooking stations in several other locations, but here we’ve really turbo boosted the concept. It’s not just the stations which are front of house now, but the entire specialist chefs’ kitchen, which we’ve lifted from behind the scenes, so that diners can see the whole cooking process from start to finish. Now customers can see the ingredients being prepared and then interact with our five star chefs to design bespoke dishes, using our trademark fresh ingredients, cooked to order”.

Customer Driven Construction The Company’s desire to place the customer at the centre of the experience has led to unprecedented construction efforts to ensure its high end cooking apparatus and chefs are placed in full view of diners. Each preparation zone is divided according to the type of cuisine, boasting specialised equipment rarely seen in British restaurants. These range from the first state-of-the-art imported Italian oven of its kind in the UK, which can cook up to 16 pizzas at once, to a full size Mongolian grill where chefs use traditional sword and shield techniques to stir fry fresh meat, vegetables, sauces and spices. This has led to a departure from traditional restaurant construction, with the team using the increased available space to improve the circulation of customers through the room and dining area, taking the bold step of reducing the number of covers proportionate to space. Diners in the main buffet area can also gaze up towards a 13ft wide glass window into a custom built patisserie kitchen, where Red Hot's head pastry chef Darshan Choudhari leads a team in baking a constant supply of pastries, cakes and desserts in full view of the restaurant. With so many areas front of house, kitchen design took on increased importance. Design and construction teams collaborated closely with service managers and head chefs in order to perfect the layout of the kitchens. Polished aluminium surfaces, fully mirrored back walls and

angled lighting combine to show off the professionalism and skill of the chefs. The Future of Buffet Building Deepak points out the rationale behind making all of the kitchens as open as possible: “Closing off what you’ve put so much effort into is counter intuitive. Red Hot is incredibly proud of its chefs and the quality of its food and it made perfect sense to share this with customers. No one else is doing this on the scale Red Hot is, all of our chefs are visible, even those preparing the ingredients used on site”. Dan Brown adds that through constant development and design, Red Hot is continually learning and evolving its construction techniques and design philosophy, with each new buffet building on the last: “We’d never be bold enough to say we’d nailed it and that this is it”, Brown says. “We’re pioneering a new way of building buffets, but to stay at the forefront you always need one eye on the future”. And what of the future? Red Hot is already planning ahead, with talk of four more new restaurants opening over the course of 2013 and the management team discussing what innovative construction and design techniques might push customer driven dining and the Red Hot escapist experience even further.

Fiesta Furniture is one of the UK’s most reputable and trusted contract furniture suppliers. For over seven years we have supplied the restaurant trade, hospitality industry, hotels, events & entertainment venues as well as councils and educational establishments. Quality is our hallmark, which is why our clients have established long relationships with us, trusting in our commitment to supply only the best. Our website provides customers with an easy way to source exactly the right products. Divided in to straightforward categories, all our listings have an accompanying image so that you can see exactly what it is you’re ordering. The Fiesta Furniture team are experts in the supply of contract furniture. We have a large facility located in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, and we always maintain high stock levels to service the quick turnaround that is often demanded by our customers. Whether you’re looking for event furniture, restaurant furniture or hospitality furniture, speak to the most knowledgeable supplier in the business.

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D Morgan PLC 60 years of success With over 60 years experience, this family business was founded by Denis Morgan in 1950. At the turn of the millennium, Brock PLC Civil Engineering division was merged with the Company, expanding its client base. D Morgan PLC can act as lead partner with clients and can provide project finance with specialist advice and solutions, maintaining a strong capital position to support its clients. The Company is profitable and well capitalised with clear underlying strength and an experienced management team. The fundamentals of the business have stood the test of time, and the Company is well positioned to fund future growth opportunities. On the larger complex projects, the Company operates nationally, but a high proportion of services are used in Wales, Northern England and the West Midlands. Millions of pounds are invested in new technology by D Morgan PLC, with more than 200 people employed and a high regard on retaining a stable and trained workforce that guarantees on site knowledge, experience and a safe approach to work in using this technology. Integrity, commitment and respect run through everything done by D Morgan PLC, and these principles create sustainable business partnerships that see employees cared for, along with clients and the environment. The employees and Mrs Morgan, who is the co-founder, represent more than 400 years of experience in the industry, which was acknowledged back in 2009 with a 30 and 35 years awards evening.

The family culture is to provide long-term employment, actively manage safety issues and constantly review its procedures. D Morgan PLC is committed through its business culture to the prevention of injury, promotion of wellbeing and health to improve the quality of life and performance of its employees, the benefits of which is a healthy, knowledgeable, experienced workforce motivated to perform areas from widened and reconfigured safely and efficiently. highway between the two new roundabouts. The Company has worked on a number of The A561 required improvement of two different projects in a wide range of sectors. major highway junctions to increase peak Work has included developments on highways and bridges, canals, rivers, coastal engineering, traffic flows for increased use of the expanded airport. nuclear projects and airports, while demolition Lane widening has occurred on the A561 work is carried out, as is land remediation and in four directions at two traffic lightearthworks, quarrying and recycling, and the controlled junctions. Company provides plant hire such as LGV hire. D Morgan PLC has worked on the D Morgan PLC, New Hey, Chester Road, roadworks at Liverpool John Lennon Airport Great Sutton, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, and the nearby A561. The airport terminal CH66 2LS. Tel: 0151 339 8113. building has been extended to increase passenger capacity. This required redesign and Corrosion Engineering Limited reconstruction of the adjacent road system. Traffic We offer a full suite of blast cleaning, water jetting and management and specialist industrial coating services, both on pedestrian access to and off-site and much more... the terminal was a key client Over 30 years of specialist surface preparation and consideration. industrial painting experience. The terminal building now has a new public Unit 18a Talargoch Trading Estate transport access Meliden Road, Dyserth, Denbighshire LL18 6DD provision and new Tel: 01745 571551 Fax: 01745 571886 access to car parking


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Wates Living Spaces Wates Living Spaces is one of the UK’s leading affordable housing construction service providers. Under the bracket of the Wates Group, Wates Living Spaces has been involved with a huge number of housing schemes across the country. The Company specialises in building, maintaining and refurbishing affordable housing and in 2010 alone refurbished over 30,000 properties. With services ranging from assisting funding solutions, upgrading existing homes to Decent Homes and Scottish and Welsh Housing Quality Standards, providing the best all-in-one responsive maintenance service and identifying and implementing the best solutions for addressing energy efficiency in properties, Wates Living Spaces has

gathered a reputation for providing the best for their clients. Current works undertaken by Wates Living Spaces include a partnership with the Peabody Trust. This partnership, as part of Peabody’s SOUND programme, has seen the repair of a large number of Peabody housing stock since 2006. This planned maintenance included repairs to the external fabric of properties, including the replacement of windows, roofs and doors where necessary. The works often include the repair and redecoration of internal shared spaces such as staircases, which are carried out following liaison with the tenants. The programme is ongoing and means that work will be carried out on homes every six to eight years and works in partnership with

the government’s Decent Homes programme. The partnership between Peabody and Wates Living Spaces is a fiveyear contract encompassing 36 estates across London at a total of £40M. Wates Living Spaces is currently undertaking work on blocks A to F, H and J to L of the Peabody Estate on Farringdon Lane in London. This work will see the replacement of all windows within the blocks. The existing windows will be replaced with double glazed, timber framed, sliding sash windows and will help insulate the flats ho a higher standard. The work is due to complete in March 2013 following an eight-month construction phase.

Delivering specialist flooring solutions since 1981 Russell Flooring was established in 1981 and in the last 30 years we have built up a solid reputation for quality and expertise. We offer competitively priced, high quality, branded floor coverings, all installed by our own experienced fitters. All types of work undertaken: from domestic kitchens and bathrooms to large commercial showrooms and offices. We have a broad range of contract and industrial customers and we regularly work in new and refurbished homes, schools, hospitals, shops, offices, nursing homes, factories and commercial premises. Emphasis on quality and service: As a result, we continue to attract and retain a broad range of clients. Russell Flooring is an approved contractor to Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees councils as well as to a number of local and national builders. Fully qualified and certificated team: Our employees are all CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) registered, CRB checked, and trained to NVQ level 2 in floor fitting. With so many of our installations in food preparation areas, we have implemented the SPA (Safety Pass Alliance) Passport food and drink training programme, which focuses on hygiene and food safety. We are also a CHAS (The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme) approved company, underlining our commitment to health and safety. When it comes to flooring solutions, with over 30 years’ experience, we’ve not been floored yet… Here’s to the next 30 years! Pop into our showroom or give us a call on 01422 343 264 – we’re here to help. 149

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East Gate Bright new Llanelli dawning Opened at the end of 2012, East Gate will regenerate five acres of Llanelli town centre, and adjoining the existing St Elli Shopping Centre, it brings a mix of uses comprising of a multiplex cinema, restaurants, cafes, retail, a hotel, office accommodation and a new bus interchange, which is forecast to generate some one million users each year. East Gate will become a thriving and unique destination for both leisure and business trips across Carmarthenshire and south west Wales. This new dynamic leisure quarter brings a new five-screen digital multiplex cinema to the centre of Llanelli. It was let to Odeon Cinemas and hundreds flocked to the gala opening in October 2012. They marvelled at the sumptuous setting with confectionary, Costa coffee shop and Ben and Jerry’s ice cream lounges greeting guests through the Odeon’s entrance doors. The Odeon cinema’s screens include one of 230 seats with three disabled, and others of 154, 83, 74 and 58 seats each with two areas for those with disabilities. Public performances were fully booked from the following day with Llanelli’s community having waited patiently for 74 years since the last new cinema – again Odeon – opened in Llanelli. One of the honoured guests at the East Gate Odeon opening was retired Swiss Valley Deputy Head Teacher, 92 year old Stanley Phillips, who ironically at the age of 18 queued to get a reserved ticket for the Odeon cinema that became the St Elli Entertainments Centre. On this occasion, he was allocated a premier seat. Stanley’s verdict on the new Odeon was as emotional but he says, better than his experience 74 years ago. “It was eye wateringly spectacular,” he said. “I remember then being quite awe-struck as a teenager. But the East Gate experience


was mind-blowing. The sound was extraordinary and with 3D glasses making everything leap out of the screen. What an experience. What a wonderful new Llanelli attraction. How cinema has changed. I wish I was 18 again.” Odeon’s Chief Officer Roger Harris said Llanelli’s Odeon had the best sound system of any cinema in the UK, thanks to the support of Carmarthenshire Council. Already cinematic aficionados were booking from all parts of the country to visit and experience Llanelli Odeon’s revolutionary 3D sound. Council Chief Executive Mark James said: “The Odeon is a pivotal first moving cog of the £26M East Gate regeneration with restaurants, a hotel, offices and bars overlooking a new public realm which is still to come – all set to drive Llanelli’s future prosperity and regeneration. The Costa coffee shop plaza has entrances from the foyer of the 610-seat cinema and a second access point directly from the bus station, which is alongside. Britannia Construction, who has been delivering all the buildings at East Gate, was approved to fit out the Odeon and Costas, which meant it was delivered in time for the October opening. Costa Coffee is a great coup for Llanelli and is signalling a huge amount of commercial interest in the Henry Davidson development that was delivered in conjunction with Carmarthenshire County Council. Llanelli Scarlets have taken one of the restaurants within the development, including a merchandise shop and cafeteria, and Jenkins Bakeries has taken one of the retail outlets. The leisure scheme will also provide for six restaurants, cafes and bars overlooking the striking new public realm areas and town square.

The scheme also benefits from a new bus interchange with associated retail units. It is therefore very accessible and includes 240 surface car parking spaces as well as good access to the A484 east-west road linking to Carmarthen and Swansea. The development provides for a mix of other uses, including a 53-bed Travelodge, 20,000sq ft of office accommodation, and 10,000sq ft of prominent retail space fronting on to the new busy bus station. Adjacent to East Gate, a new regional theatre is under construction, which when completed will provide a modern 550-seat facility that will be a considerable attraction for the whole county of Carmarthenshire. Greene King’s family pub restaurant chain Hungry Horse exchanged contracts on the largest restaurant unit on the site in August 2012. Hungry Horse is Greene King’s range of pub restaurants, which provide good food, outstanding value and an inviting atmosphere for the whole family. The new pub and restaurant will feature bright, modern and comfortable décor, and an outside play area. Matt Brown, Operations Director for Hungry Horse, said: “We are very excited about this addition to Hungry Horse and to be bringing our fun, great value and family friendly offering to Llanelli. “The development will also enable us to provide career opportunities for people in the local community with the creation of around 50 full and part-time jobs.” County Regeneration Director Dave Gilbert said: “Llanelli’s major regeneration programme will not only transform the town’s look, but its fortunes too.” The new bus interchange opened in August 2011, a full month ahead of schedule. Putting the finishing touches to the >

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terminus, Britannia Construction carried out trials with First Cymru, who ran a bus in and out of the new interchange that feeds on to Swansea Castle roundabout. In the trials, buses circumnavigating the roundabout at the top of Park Place surprised some road users resulting in the call for drivers to be alerted to this new traffic arrangement and obey the Highway Code by giving way to traffic, especially buses, from the right entering the roundabout. The old bus station on the opposite side of the development behind Iceland has been closed and became a building site as the new smart, spacious and comfortable interchange opened to serve the new development. East Gate leisure scheme is located at the entrance to Llanelli town centre,


which is the largest town in Carmarthenshire with a population of 46,500. The town has been enhanced by a number of recent developments. These include Llanelli Waterside, a joint venture between Carmarthenshire County Council and the Welsh Assembly Government, a project that aims to drive the regeneration of the Llanelli area by transforming the waterfront into a business, leisure and residential community. The Jack Nicklaus designed Machynys Golf Course is nearby. This new golf resort has a modern links style layout overlooking Carmarthen Bay and the Gower Peninsula in south Wales. The Millennium Coastal Park is a project to transform a 20km stretch of the south Carmarthenshire coast in to green parkland. The Park includes the development of new

facilities such as the expansion of Burry Port and the construction of housing and leisure complexes at Llanelli’s North Dock. The new £25M Ffos Las racecourse is a horse racing, equestrian sports and conference venue. After completion of Phase I of construction for a first race meeting in June 2009, the Ffos Las racecourse became the first new National Hunt racecourse to be built in the United Kingdom for 80 years, and Wales’s third racecourse. Opened in November 2008, the Parc Y Scarlets stadium in Llanelli became the new home of the Scarlets and Llanelli RFC, providing facilities for matchday supporters and non-matchday revenue generation, as well as a training pitch with athletics track. With East Gate now added to this, it makes Llanelli a place with something going on all the time.

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3m`s Timberframe & Carpentry Ltd: helping to build the future 3m`s Timberframe & Carpentry Ltd is a well-established company based in South Wales. Having completed many successful projects, we can say that we have the experience and the expertise needed to complete the construction or renovation project that you have in mind. Although we are based in South Wales, we do and have taken on projects in Wales and all over England.

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P Chapman Construction P Chapman Construction was established and is owned by Phil Chapman. Offering a range of building projects across the Cornwall area, the Company has a great understanding that no two projects are the same. P Chapman Construction employees listen to each client to establish which aspects of the project are most important, ensuring that the project gets a personal touch and is delivered to the best possible standard. The experience of the Company covers all aspects of construction with projects including new build, conversion, extension and refurbishment within the commercial, education and residential sectors. Projects completed within the last 12 months include work to extend and fully refurbish Creek House near Mylor. The luxury home had extensions to the front and rear, and external decking areas were extended so the house owners and their guests can further enjoy the views over Restronguet Creek. The latest project for autism trust Spectrum, at Silverdale in Redruth, saw the conversion of a former mother and baby home to create four living spaces for adults with autism and facilities for two on site carers. P Chapman Construction carried out the extensions and external works on the detached period house, which was completed in September 2012. The most recent project to date is that of the Crossroads Care Home development, the Company’s latest development for local care provider Anson Care Services. The conversion has seen extensions and refurbishment to the former Crossroads


Lodge hotel at Scorrier, near Redruth, in order to provide a specialist dementia care facility. Refurbishment was needed to upgrade the 40 year old building, which has been in decline for many years, and bring it up to modern standards. Work included long overdue maintenance and redecoration to the exterior and improvements to the mechanical, electrical and plumbing services in order to reduce energy consumption. The previous manger/owner living accommodation has been converted to fit additional ensuite bedrooms and the existing bedrooms were upgraded with modern bathroom fittings. The function rooms, conservatories and dining facilities along with other amenity areas underwent full redecoration. New facilities for the residents will include a shop, hair salon and a chapel. The existing features for disabled users were not up to modern requirements and did not meet the standards which the Equality Act sets. To meet the standards required, upgrading of all access and circulation within the building was carried out. This included installation of a new, larger, lift and new staircase which connects to all parts of the building, unlike

the previous staircase. A new main entrance and reception was installed to improve security for the residents with a warm welcome to the visitors. The new reception area is considerably larger than the previous to account for better access and movability. The care home will provide respite for sufferers of dementia and the design aspects reflect that, with a secure, enclosed garden for the residents relaxation. The Architect for the ÂŁ350,000 conversion project was Hulley and Kirkwood of Plymouth. The Crossroads Lodge Care Home is the fourth care home for husband and wife team Mary and John Anson, who have other homes in nearby Redruth, Portreath and Penzance. Once open the Crossroad Lodge Care Home will provide between 40 and 50 full/part time jobs.

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Vision Express Flagship store reveals vision for the future Celebrating 25 years of business this year, Vision Express opened its first store in the MetroCentre, Gateshead in 1988. Since its conception, the brand has built a solid reputation for unparalleled customer service, providing the best individual optical care, the right product and great value across its 326 stores in the UK and Ireland. Vision Express harnesses the latest technology lenses, offering a range of designer brands such as Cartier, Chanel and Dior, through to complete glasses from £29. During a successful 2012, in addition to opening a flagship store on Oxford Street, London, Vision Express welcomed iconic spectacle-wearer Heston Blumenthal as a brand ambassador. Heston’s creative input into the product strategy is supported by his own signature range of eyewear, which will

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be available exclusively to Vision Express from this spring. Leading British eyewear designer Tom Davies also joined forces with Vision Express during 2012, in a unique partnership bringing a bespoke made-to-measure service to a major high street chain for the first time. Characteristics such as the shape of a client’s cheekbones, arch of brows, width and length of nose, position of ears and the kind of prescription needed are all considered during the design process. To ensure this bespoke service could be delivered in a busy retail environment, a Tom Davies expert dispenser and trainer works alongside Vision Express staff. Renowned for a celebrity clientele, TD Tom Davies forms part of the luxury product offering at the Vision Express flagship store, Oxford Street East.

This new store offers an exceptional customer experience and houses over 40 brands including Polo Ralph Lauren, Tag Heuer, Ray-Ban, Hugo Boss, Prada, Tom Ford, Cartier and Alexander McQueen. It is the result of an ambitious renovation project which began in June 2012, encompassing a comprehensive internal redesign of a period building to create a visually-stunning customer environment spread across three floors on the Tottenham Court Road side of Oxford Street. Architects and designers Child Graddon Lewis created the layout, with the project managed by Overbury. The store was designed to maximise floor space visible from the street and provide as much light as possible to create a stimulating, inviting space. An elliptical opening was installed between the ground >

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and first floors, to allow customers entering the store to view the display areas above. The store entrance was opened up, with full curtain walling to the front of the ground floor and arched timber windows on the first floor, which are a design feature sympathetic to the history of the building.

A pre-existing stair core between the ground floor and the basement was filled in and a glass staircase created towards the rear of the store, linking all three floors. A glass atrium installed between floors maximises natural lighting. The layout has a natural flow with a

reception desk, main frame display areas, and a dispensing area on the ground floor. One side of the ground floor is dedicated to sunglasses range, Solaris. The basement floor provides a first-of-itskind luxury space and waiting area, designed with relaxation paramount, to >

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Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning At ACE Environmental Engineering Ltd (ACE), the relationships built with our customers around the UK in the commercial and industrial sectors are crucial to our success. As a leading heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) company, we know it is important we listen carefully to understand exactly what each customer requires, and to meet and exceed expectations wherever possible. This is delivered by placing the customer at the heart of everything we do, giving professional and technical excellence, together with a first class service. Established in 1984, ACE is a privately owned business offering specialist HVAC services throughout the UK, and is targeted to achieve a turnover of £7M by 2014. The Company’s values are an intrinsic part of all its plans, and lead the way in all dealings with employees and customers. These values include securing long term customer relationships, developing trust and honesty in all relationships, technical and professional excellence, the training, development and welfare of all employees, and also taking great care of the environment and communities in which we work.

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There are two main operating divisions, working in the industrial, commercial, retail and hotel sectors. These divisions are installations & projects, and service & maintenance. Installations & projects provides a full heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) installation service, including in-house design using the very latest software and technology. The Company can provide a solution for any form of indoor environment challenge. As well as workspace heating, cooling, humidity control and ventilation expertise, ACE has a vast experience of IT server and communications room cooling systems, including full function humidity and temperature close control. A client might ask for a response to a performance specification requiring a full design and build approach, or to a fully designed scheme. Whatever their project, ACE aims to work closely with them and offer a range of viable options to achieve a quality and energy efficient solution. The service & maintenance division undertakes nationwide planned, reactive and responsive HVAC maintenance for public

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and private sector clients, backed by a 24-hour, 365 days in-house ‘out of hours’ service. Contracts range from large industrial/commercial plant and equipment, domestic-based systems for smaller buildings and vital backup for commercial and business critical IT systems. ACE provides dedicated teams of directly employed engineering staff based strategically around the UK with specific sector expertise and specialist knowledge. ACE have worked with Vision Express for over 11 years, and during this period we have provided a full package of planned and reactive maintenance, small works and full store development design and installation works. More recently, in response to new legislation such as the F Gas regulations, Vision Express has contracted ACE to provide the necessary checks in accordance with this legislation, continuing the work that makes this forward thinking Company stand out from the rest. ACE are proud to have recently designed and delivered the HVAC systems to Vision Express’s new flagship store in Oxford Street, London and wish them continued success for the future.

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offer a unique and comfortable haven right in the centre of Oxford Street. A dedicated eye care clinic and contact lens centre, initial exam pre-test area, seven eye test rooms and four positions where contact lenses consultations take place are situated in this area. State-of-the-art scanning equipment and a laboratory are located on the first floor,

alongside luxury display areas and an eye test and dispensing station for specialist brands. This space is currently dedicated to Oakley, housing the largest Oakley collection available in Europe. Energy use in the new building was an important consideration because Vision Express is committed to minimising its carbon footprint wherever possible. This aim

is supported by the choice of lighting in the flagship store. In addition to opening up the staircase and entrances to exploit daylight, 95% of the lighting is provided by LED low energy fixtures, which reduce energy consumption by approximately 60%. Light reflective paint also helps deliver a bright, vibrant store environment. Pioneering materials never used >

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in the UK before were incorporated into the store’s interior design, including next generation OED light mirrors from Phillips, porcelain tiling sourced from Italy and Vescom wall coverings installed on the first floor. Officially opened to the public on 12 October by Heston Blumenthal and Vision Express Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Lawson,


the flagship store opening follows a period of growth for Vision Express, weathering a challenging time for the retail sector. Jonathan Lawson commented: "We are very excited to be bringing this fantastic new store to London. This will be a true flagship, stand-out store in our portfolio, offering the highest standard in professional eyecare, lens technology and premium

product ranges. "We are passionate about ensuring our customers receive the very best treatment in our stores. In London we have created a stylish, contemporary flagship which we hope will stimulate and excite everyone who visits.�

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Foryd Harbour enhancement project Regeneration in Rhyl is well underway The ÂŁ10M regeneration of the Foryd Harbour in Rhyl, north Wales, has been under construction since May 2012. The area will be transformed in the hope to increase visitor volumes and improve the availability of employment. Work to the Harbour has been funded by Sustrans, Denbighshire County Council and The European Region Development funds administrated by the Welsh Government. Once completed there will be an iconic pedestrian and cycle bridge linking Rhyl and Kinmel Bay, a new quay wall with pontoon facilities, a new public square and a quay side building, situated within the public square, accommodating a cafe, an operational base for the Harbour and Maritime Service and a business unit. It is hoped that the new facilities will provide an attractive and enjoyable visitor destination and will focus on the needs of a working harbour. The existing users, who

range from boat owners, walkers, cyclists, recreational fishermen and bird watchers will have improved facilities to carry out their hobbies and the development of the Harbour and Maritime Service will offer new jobs to the area, in addition to offering further opportunities for people to enjoy the coastal waters off Denbighshire. At present cyclists and pedestrians share the existing A548 listed road bridge between Rhyl and Kinmel Bay, which is further inland than the proposed new bridge and is very busy. The proposed bridge will allow these users to stay closer to the coast, put in place a new section of the north Wales coast section of the National Cycle Network (Route 5) and provide a safer, more direct route across the Foryd. The Wales Coast Path, which opened during 2012 and follows the entire coastline of Wales will also feature the bridge as part of its route. The twin lift bridge will be constructed

from stainless steel and glass fibre reinforced polymers (GFRP). GFRP was suggested to fabricate the two 32m decks due to its lightness. The material allows the decks to be lifted with very little power compared to more conventional steel decks. There will be a 50m stainless steel central mast tower which will hold the pulleys for the deck cables and a plant room on the central mast. The tower will be guyed by a series of cables tensioned against the central pier, giving it an appearance similar to the rigging on a ship. The parapets and handrail will be stainless steel and pedestrians and cyclists will share the same decking space. Completion of the bridge is expected in July 2013, a competition is currently underway at local schools; Emmanuel CP, Bryn Hedydd CP, Mair RC, Christchurch CP, Dewi Sant, Ti’r Morfa, Babanod y Foryd and Maes Owen, to name the bridge. >


The Main Contractor for the bridge and the other regeneration works is Dawnus Construction Ltd. Restrictions on the site have led to Dawnus Construction Ltd working around significant access problems; the single access to the site is off the busy A548, on a route shared with the adjacent caravan park. With this and the locality of the site in mind, the construction traffic has been managed to avoid deliveries at peak times and at night. A feature entrance to the bridge will be created using hard landscaping on the Rhyl side of the Harbour. The additional regeneration works of the public square, harbour building and quay wall improvements will take place on the Kinmel Bay side of the bridge. The scheme on Kinmel Bay will see a 188m extension to the quay wall and a deepened harbour channel to improve navigation. There will be additional mooring point on pontoons alongside the quay wall and in the centre of the channel. Care has been taken to ensure that the extended quay wall complements the existing and is aesthetically pleasing to view from Rhyl town centre. The extension was constructed from RediRock which is a rapid construction method, allowing the team from Dawnus Construction Ltd to build the wall up quicker. To reduce scour on the quay wall steel sheet piles will be placed in front of the Redi-Rock wall. 40,000 tonnes of backfill material from the dredged channel will be used to create the public square and extended quay wall. The material is being removed from the channel using land based excavation plant and then screened on site to the required backfill specification, reducing the number of vehicles on site and the environmental impact of the development. The extension of the quay wall has provided the space for the public square and an area of public amenity. This space will create a hub for the Harbour and enhancement works to the surrounding sand dunes will provide the right environment for visitors to relax and enjoy the coastal environment. Soft landscaping will be carried out around the public square to provide an informal picnic area. The public square will provide the link from the new bridge to the existing coastal footpath and a vehicular access route to the quay wall.


The quayside building will provide a cafe, meeting room, toilets and management office for the harbour estate. The management of all Harbour and Maritime functions will be carried out from the office, including the operation of the pedestrian and cycle bride.

The regeneration scheme has been designed by Denbighshire County Council’s Major Projects Group which includes Groundsolve, Mott MacDonald and Dawnus Construction Ltd. Work is expected to be complete by December 2013.

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Walker Activity Dome Located in the east of Newcastle, the Walker Activity Dome was born from Newcastle City Council’s investment in sporting facilities and the wider regeneration of the Walker area. The Walker Activity Dome was formerly known as the Lightfoot Centre and was rebranded following a multi-million pound refurbishment scheme. The new name came from a competition with pupils in Central Walker School and the users of the original Centre. Aura, the Council’s development partner, worked to create the new look centre over two phases. The first phase was completed in February 2012, with an official opening taking place on 2nd March, following an eight-month construction phase.  The upgraded facilities from the first phase of works included a new 19,000sq m artificial turf 11-a-side pitch with capability to split into three seven-a-side pitches and 10 five-a-side pitches, complete with associated fencing and floodlighting. CCTV was also installed on two of the smaller pitches in order to aid training of players. Refurbishment inside the centre included brand new reception facilities, improved activity rooms and refurbished changing rooms. The centre’s two squash courts and function suite were also improved and an activity studio and indoor cycling studio were developed. A player’s lounge was created which features cafe and bar for the centre’s users.  Aura assisted the City Council to obtain a successful funding bid from the Premier League Community Facility Fund in partnership with Newcastle United Football Foundation, to further upgrade the facilities in a second phase of works. The £338,819 grant cheque was handed over by Newcastle United star Papiss Cisse and manager Alan Pardew in a special presentation to

Councillor Gerald Bell in October 2012.  Aura has been commissioned to deliver The second phase of works have further seven projects for the Council in the Walker improved the centre’s physical appearance, area alone and has recently developed more upgrading the lighting and existing sports than 20 schemes across Newcastle. Aura floor in the main hall, implementing new are currently developing the new Central floor finishes and decoration throughout the Walker CofE Primary School, a 420 place > centre, whilst also installing accessible changing facilities. Scheduled for completion in January, the Walker Activity Dome will also use the funding to create a football Our nationwide company specialises in the supply, delivery and development installation of all types of rolling shutters, fire shutters, insulated programme in fire shutters, insulated shutters, glazed shutters, smoke and fire partnership with curtains, steel doors, folding shutters, retractable security grilles, Newcastle United sectional doors, high speed doors, static bollards, telescopic Foundation to bollards and security cabinets. increase sports participation in the In addition to our superb product range Armourpost have an Walker Area.  extremely versatile management team of experienced Neil Winskill, Football professionals fully supported by a strong workforce, enabling us to Development provide some of the most innovative security solutions on the Manager at Newcastle market. We provide standard and bespoke products across a range United Foundation of sectors including commercial & retail, education, sport & leisure, commented: “We run medical & healthcare and industrial. a whole host of programmes at the Customers working with Armourpost can expect a genuine 24 Dome, for all ages hour manned national emergency call out service, in addition to and abilities, ranging the 1 year warranty period offered on all our products. from three year olds up to adults. It is paramount that we offer first rate Armourpost Ltd | Unit 14, Saltmeadows Road, facilities for East Gateshead Industrial Estate, Tyne & Wear NE8 3AH participants and coaches to develop Tel: 0191 478 7878 Fax: 0191 478 2588 their skills in the right Email: environment. The facilities at Walker are now second to none.”


school, on land adjacent to The Walker Activity Dome. Kirsty Thirlwell, Chief Executive of Aura said: “Aura has built up a strong relationship with the City Council and has been delighted to be it’s partner in redeveloping the Walker Activity Dome.  “Aura and the whole team are proud of the outstanding sports and leisure facilities that have been developed and the new opportunities that they will provide for the people of Walker and the surrounding community.”

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T: 0191 4200515 F: 0191 4604185 E: W: UKC housing Haughton Green Towers prior to refurbishment

Haughton Green Towers Upgrade to 1960’s tower blocks in Manchester Haughton Green is a residential area within the Tameside district of Manchester. The housing on offer is a mix of housing association stock and private dwellings. The Irwell Valley Housing Association provides housing and management services to over 7,000 households across Greater Manchester. One of the areas Irwell Valley manage is the Haughton Green Estate, which comprises of 927 homes in Denton. Since the stock transfer from Manchester City Council in 2005 Irwell Valley has invested £27M in Haughton Green Estate, making dramatic improvements to the homes and environment. One of the most recent investments of the estate is the upgrade to the estate’s well known tower blocks. The three tower blocks, Castleton Court, Fitzgerald Court and Southey Court are located close to one another on Mancunian Road and are typical of 1960’s high rise construction. The buildings are concrete, 13-storey constructions with infill spandrel panels and uPVC windows.


Following extensive tenant consultations regarding the minimal insulation, poor thermal ratings and badly performing windows causing draughts within the flats, it was proposed that the tower blocks were brought up to modern standards. Irwell Valley Housing Association appointed leading Main Contractor, ISG Construction, to carry out regeneration work on the tower blocks. This included the overcladding of all external wall surfaces with an insulated, coloured silicon, render with natural brick slips at ground and first floor. All existing windows were replaced with ‘A’ rated uPVC windows, which incorporated coloured foil to match the

coloured render. Earlier work within the tower blocks included boiler replacement and re-roofing. The overall outcome of this work will be major improvements to the blocks’ internal and external environment, reducing the running cost for the users and the housing association.

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