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construction news for thecompany local O’Hare & McGovern housing market in February. Official have taken the ‘Overall figuresat show that house Award’ the Specify CEF prices in Northern Construction Excellence Ireland rose by almost Awards. 6% in 2016. Prices rose

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Gilbert-Ash has commenced construction work on a 474 bedroom student accommodation scheme at Great Patrick Street in Belfast, which will see an overall investment of £37m in the city.

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Heron Bros has got 2017 off to a flying start by announcing over £110m worth of new construction projects in Northern Ireland and Scotland. Construction workers from Northern Ireland are being barred from building sites in the Republic over a lack of recognition of their health and safety qualifications, it has been claimed. NI Water has recently been completed on a multi-million network upgrade / Environmental Improvement Scheme in the Holywood/Kinnegar area. The project involved a major programme of sewer laying, tunnelling work and the construction of a major pumping station.

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Specify talks to Brendan McGurgan, Managing Director of Cookstown based CDE.

19 CONSTRUCTION REVIEW

Trevor Leaker, Director – Architecture and Engineering Ireland, AECOM Northern Ireland reports on the findings of the AECOM Ireland Annual Review of the Construction Industry 2017.

26 JOHN SIMPSON

Belfast needs new planning guidelines that actively support urban regeneration.

29 HERON BROS

Since six brothers laid the foundations in Draperstown in 1956, Heron Bros has evolved significantly. The company is now renowned for the positive impact they are having on the construction industry throughout the UK and Ireland and now employs 250 people across its divisions.

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THE new generation Taggart Homes has unveiled plans to increase its annual high-spec house building programme across the UK and Ireland from 250 to 1000 by 2020.

46 CEF NEWS

The lack of clarity surrounding the Northern Ireland Executive’s budget post April, says the CEF, is adding to the sustainability challenges and it is incumbent on all parties, post the election, to speedily address outstanding issues and get on with delivering the type of unified devolved government that Northern Ireland is desperately crying out to see.

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Construction workers from Northern Ireland are being barred from building sites in the Republic over a lack of recognition of their health and safety qualifications, it has been claimed.

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CONSTRUCTION IN BELFAST AT HIGHEST LEVEL IN Harvey Group acquires Solmatix as part of 5 year ALMOST A DECADE SAYS NEW REPORT growth plan aninupward UK and Ireland. trajectory as a location students, wanting to live in the city expect to see even more cranes Construction in Belfast is at its highest level inNI almost a decade, M&E services according to a new Newtownabbey-based report. Eleven new M&E services company, development schemes Harvey Group, has acquired were completed in the city last year, Northern Irelandincluding renewable two hotels. energy specialists, Solmatix Renewables in a move the

A companies further six hotels aretransform currently say will under construction, set to deliver the renewable energy sector more than 1,000 new hotel in Northern Ireland and act rooms. a springboard forare further A as total of 30 schemes under expansion into the multiconstruction or just recently million pound Ireland completed in the UK city, and including the eight hotels, four new markets. educational renewable energy facilities, newfor student The seven acquisition, an accommodation six undisclosed sum,projects will bringand to 110 office developments, the number of peopleaccording employed to the first Belfast Crane Survey directly by the Harvey Group in report produced by Deloitte Real Northern Ireland and Great Britain. Estate. With a turnover of £30 Simon Bedford, partner in million and over Real 80 staff, Harvey Groupsaid Deloitte’s Estate practice, thehasreport shows Belfast is on over 30 years’that experience in the design, installation and maintenance of building services within every conceivable kind of building type throughout NI, GB and RoI, including Pharmaceutical/ Cleanrooms, Laboratories, Education, Government and Healthcare . Richard and NorahConstruction and Anne Bell founded Solmatix fit-out firm GilbertAsh has commenced Renewables in 2008, and since then

for investment and development. Ulster University’s move to a larger campus in Belfast has seen company grownhousing to achieve a athenumber of has student turnover ofalready £6 million, with 30 staff schemes being built. The report calculates almost operating from its Nutt’sthat Corner 2,500 student accommodation premises. bed-spaces major As a resultacross of the seven deal, Solmatix projects are to currently will continue operate being as an built in the city centre area. autonomous and independent This is in addition to 413 bedcompanythat within Harvey Group spaces completed in 2016. Brian Harvey, managing Queen’s University is alsodirector of Harvey Group, said thereinwas continuing its investment new teaching facilities a perfect fit between theand two supporting organisations.new student residential development in the city centre. “We have been planning to Suzanne Wylie, chief executive grow our renewables involvement of Belfast City Council, said: for some time, either organically “The report demonstrates that or through the acquisition of and an private sector developers established player. Having worked investors see the opportunities with Solmatix on in being createdRenewables by a growth a numbernew of contracts, we’dlocating tourism, companies here, in our own alwaysgrowth been impressed withbusiness base and more people, including their engineering rigour and

centre.”

on the skyline in 2017 and 2018,”

Ms Wylie claimed that over energy the he said.specialists company acquires renewable next five years more ambitious

targets will create 15,000 new jobs, double tourism spend and encourage another £1.5 billion of investment in more buildings and regeneration projects to meet demands. According to the report, retail and leisure investment is also healthy, with Deloitte noting that the business rate revaluation is leading to more store openings and new brands coming to the city, filling space in Ann Street, Castle Lane and Castle Court. Celebrating the acquisition left) Norah-Anne Bell, Richard Bell, Brian Harvey, Gareth However, office and (from residential Booth (Financial Controller, Harvey Group). development activity was subdued. The reportFrom saidmy that 84 residential as great news for Solmatix, its beneficial. perspective, units completed the city customers, suppliers and staff. havingwere Solmatix as part ofinHarvey centre in 2016, but none are “In many respects, it’s a case Group gives us a level of expertise scheduled to come to the market of ‘business as usual’. However, in that would have taken us years to in 2017. real terms, Wylie, being part this larger acquire otherwise. Suzanne ChiefofExecutive “Belfast’s development pipeline is organisation will give us access to “Harvey Group and Solmatix Belfast City Council in good shape and we therefore

professionalism. In fact, there seemed to be a natural synergy between our two companies in terms of what we do and how we do it. I approached Richard Bell about a year ago to float the idea of our companies coming together, but only in the development of After careful if there was a good fit. this large scalewe student consideration both agreed accommodation that this would indeed be mutually project. We anticipate that the project will support 300 construction jobs over the next year and a half.

share similar values, by which I mean our commitment to professionalism, our desire to deliver our services to the very highest standards, and the importance we place on treating our customers, our suppliers and our staff with courtesy and consideration.” Richard Bell, the founder and managing director of Solmatix Renewables described the acquisition

production the of Randox’s pioneering “Alongside City medicalHotel diagnostic products and will Quays in Belfast Harbour, Great Patrick administrative also include associated Street represents one are the first functions. The works of the of largest contracts phase a major capital expenditure that we by have worked project Randox to develop the on in Northern Ireland former Massereene Army Barracks in recent years and Park’ – a into ‘Randox Science we are pleased to be futuristic R&D and manufacturing working on another facility. The award-winning, major project here.” international biotechnology firm, Olympian Homes, a unveiled its plans for an innovative London-based firm, hub on the 43 acre has been trading for site earlier this year. 20 years and over the announcement, hasWelcoming brought similar Damien Hughes, Director of TAL schemes to key student Limited commented: “We are markets in London and delighted to have been awarded Oxford.

this contract with Randox, one of Northern Ireland’s most dynamic and exciting businesses on a local and global level. Through the quality of our work and the dedication and professionalism of our team TAL has steadily grown over the last 34 years and this contract award reinforces the strength of our expertise in the healthcare sector.” The project will be delivered to BIM level 2 in partnership with the design team Ostick and Williams Architects, Rainey & Best, Doran Consulting, Delap & Waller Consulting Engineers and Charles Hutchison Consulting. Dr Peter FitzGerald, Managing

enhanced technical skills, financial resources and purchasing power. Ultimately I believe this will lead to greater growth and investment within our operations, as well as more jobs and job security. It’s a win-win relationship that’s good for our whole organisation, as well as the economy of Northern Ireland. “

GILBERT-ASH COMMENCES CONSTRUCTION ON £22m STUDENT ACCOMMODATION PROJECT

construction work on a 474 bedroom student accommodation scheme at 28-30 Great Patrick Street in Belfast, which will see an overall investment of £37m in the city.

Lisburn firm TAL awarded the first major construction contract at Randox Science Park The design and build contract is worth £22m to Gilbert-Ash. The project is being developed by Olympian Homes and is expected to be completed in late August 2018 ahead of the opening of Ulster University’s new Belfast city centre campus. WItH a reputation for excellence constructing high As well as thein474 bedrooms, the quality projects, tAL Limited scheme will also feature a ground has awarded significant levelbeen retail unit, sharedaliving spaces and a landscaped courtyard. contract (£3.1m) by global Ray Hutchinson, Managing Director of medical diagnostics company Gilbert-Ash said: “The built landscape Randox. in This the centre of Belfastis isforgoing initial contract the to see major changes in the coming years construction of a new facility for and we are excited to play our part

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Director at Randox commented: “The development of Randox Science Park is core to our plans to create innovative diagnostics, to improve manufacturing efficiency to export high-value healthcare capabilities to world markets. This state-of-the-art premises will become a centre of cutting-edge research, development and diagnostic manufacture, covering conditions such as cancer, stroke and heart disease. We will also provide a significant boost to the local economy through new job creation. We very much look forward to working with TAL on this initial contract to deliver the high quality infrastructure we require.”

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HERON NEW YEAR WITH £110M Harvey BROS GroupBEGIN acquires Solmatix as partOVER of 5 year WORTH OF NEW PROJECTS growth plan in UK and Ireland. Heron Bros has got 2017 off to a flying start NI M&E services by announcing over £110m worth of new Newtownabbey-based construction projects in M&E services company, Northern Ireland and Harvey Group, has acquired Scotland. Northern Ireland renewable energy specialists, Solmatix The projects include Belfast Leisure Renewables in a move Transformation Programme, the companies sayComplex will transform Dairy Hall Leisure in the renewable energy sector Newtownards, Porsche Dealership in in Belfast, Bargarran Primary School Northern Ireland and act in as Renfrewshire and Arthurlie Family a springboard for further Centre in East into Renfrewshire. expansion the multiThe Belfast Leisure Transformation million pound UK and Ireland Programme is the largest single renewable capital contractenergy ever let markets. by Belfast The acquisition, for Heron an City Council at £105m. Bros sum, will on bring to 110 willundisclosed initially begin work three theleisure number of people employed new facilities across the city with a capital value of £60m. These directly by the Harvey Group in willNorthern replace the existing at Ireland and facilities Great Britain. Andersonstown Leisure the With a turnover of Centre, £30 million Robinson and BrookGroup Activity and overCentre 80 staff, Harvey Centre. Preparatory works are already has over 30 years’ experience underway at the Robinson Centre, in the design, installation and maintenance of building services within every conceivable kind of building type throughout NI, GB and RoI, including Pharmaceutical/ Cleanrooms, Laboratories, Education, Government and Healthcare . Richard and NorahAnne Bell founded Solmatix Lagan Homes Renewables in 2008,Ltd, and since then

with building also scheduled to start this summer at Andersonstown and Brook. All three new centres are due for completion by summer 2019. the company has grown to achieve a The new £30m Leisure Facility at turnover £6 act million, with 30 staff Dairy Hallofwill as the primary operating from its Nutt’s Corner leisure destination for Newtownards premises. and the surrounding area. Inside the centre swimming As athere resultwill of be; the 3deal, Solmatix pools, gym, spa will continue to facilities, operatespin as an& dance studios, 6-court hall, changing autonomous andsports independent areas, internal play areas, support company within Harvey Group spaces, party rooms, café and kitchen Brian Harvey, managing director area. The outdoor facilities are to of Harvey Group, said there was include; 60m x 43m covered pitch, aExternal perfect play fit between the two Park areas, Adventure organisations. and Skate Park and a proposed “We have been planning external BMX/Mountain Biketotrack. Principal Bros, is grow ourcontractor, renewablesHeron involvement to begin siteeither in Newtownards for someon time, organically in February 2017 and the scheme or through the acquisition of an is to last 20 months, with worked handover established player. Having expected to take place in October with 2018Solmatix Renewables on aHeron number of have contracts, Bros begunwe’d on site of the always been Porsche impressed with The new £4.5m dealership. their rigour facilityengineering will comprise of aand car centre professionalism. In fact, there seemed to be a natural synergy between our two companies in terms of what we do and how we do it. I approached Richard Bell about a year ago to float the idea of our companies coming together, but only if there was a good fit. After careful consideration we both agreed the keys for our first Rent to Own that this would indeed mutually properties in Lynn Hallbe Park Bangor

for sales and servicing in the Titanic Quarter, as part of the larger regeneration of Belfast’s Titanic Quarter. Project completion is expected in Autumn 2017. Heron Bros is set to continue their operations in Scotland, having been recently awarded two prestigious projects by Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire Councils. Damian Heron, Group Managing Director at Heron Bros, said; “The Belfast Leisure Transformation Programme and the New Ards Leisure facility will Celebrating the acquisition (from left) Norah-Anne Bell, Richard Bell, Brian Harvey, Gareth enable us to expand on our Booth (Financial Controller, Harvey Group). impressive portfolio of leisure as great news for Solmatix, its beneficial. From my perspective, facilities whilst providing customers, suppliers and staff. having Solmatix as partbenefits of Harvey significant community to the wider Belfast andof expertise “In many respects, it’s a case Group gives us a level Damian Heron Newtownards of ‘business as usual’. However, in that would haveareas. takenHeron us years to Bros willotherwise. deliver a world-class, real terms, being part of this larger acquire luxury Porsche dealership continued ability to construct highorganisation will give us access to “Harvey Group and Solmatix in Titanic Belfast illustrating our end facilities.” enhanced technical skills, financial share similar values, by which I mean resources and purchasing power. our commitment to professionalism, Ultimately I believe this will lead our desire to deliver our services to to greater growth and investment the very highest standards, and the within our operations, as well as importance we place on treating our more jobs and job security. It’s a customers, our suppliers and our staff win-win relationship that’s good with courtesy and consideration.” for our whole organisation, as Richard Bell, the founder and well as the economy of Northern managing director of Solmatix Ireland. “ to Own homeowner Carolyn Renewables described the acquisition Conor Mulligan, Lagan Homes is pictured with Rent

company acquires renewable energy specialists

LAGAN HOMES COMMITS TO ‘RENT TO OWN’ SCHEME

part of the Lagan Group, has announced its commitment to support and grow the innovative ‘Rent to Own’ scheme following the announcement that 22 new households are now on the path to home ownership at the Lynn Hall Park development in Bangor.

with five new households moving in and another 17 to follow in the coming weeks. Initiatives such as the Department for Communities ‘Rent to Own’ scheme is a policy intervention that can make a telling difference for first time buyers and young families in their aspiration to achieve home production of Randox’s pioneering ownership. ” medical diagnostic products and will Opportunities in primeadministrative locations with also include associated great infrastructure, amenities and functions. The works are the first access to local cities and towns will phase a major capital enableofthe Rent to Ownexpenditure scheme to project Randox develop the flourish.byThat’s whytothe development former Barracks at LynnMassereene Hall Park in Army Bangor is ideal to support the needs people into ‘Randox ScienceofPark’ – a looking to buy their and Lagan futuristic R&Dfirst andhome manufacturing HomesThe is committed to playing its facility. award-winning, role in addressing our growing home international biotechnology firm, ownership needs and enabling more unveiled plansoffor innovative people toitsavail theanRent to Own hub on the scheme. ” 43 acre site earlier this year. The scheme was introduced in 2016 following a £12.5m investment by the Welcoming the announcement, Department for Director Communities and Damien Hughes, of TAL is targeted at supporting range of Limited commented: “We aare households to buy their own homes. delighted to have been awarded

McAuley and Mark Graham, Co-Ownership Housing

Lisburn firm TAL awarded the first major construction contract at Randox Science Park

According to Conor Mulligan, Managing Director, Lagan Homes, with the shortfall in supply and the growing demand for new homes, particularly with first time buyers, it is incumbent WItH a reputation for to on the construction industry excellence in constructing support initiatives that will helphigh achieve Northern challenging quality projects, Ireland’s tAL Limited infrastructural need. a significant has been awarded Commenting on theby potential contract (£3.1m) global impact of the ‘Rent to Own’ scheme medical diagnostics company and Lagan Homes commitment Randox. to support it, Conor Mulligan said, Thisare initial contract is for the “We currently handing over construction of a new facility for

this contract with Randox, one of Northern Ireland’s most dynamic and exciting businesses on a local and global level. Through the quality of our work and the dedication and professionalism of our team TAL has steadily grown over the last 34 years and this contract award reinforces the strength of our expertise in the healthcare sector.” The project will be delivered to BIM level 2 in partnership with the design team Ostick and Williams Architects, Rainey & Best, Doran Consulting, Delap & Waller Consulting Engineers and Charles Hutchison Consulting. Dr Peter FitzGerald, Managing

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Director at Randox commented: “The development of Randox Science Park is core to our plans to create innovative diagnostics, to improve manufacturing efficiency to export high-value healthcare capabilities to world markets. This state-of-the-art premises will become a centre of cutting-edge research, development and diagnostic manufacture, covering conditions such as cancer, stroke and heart disease. We will also provide a significant boost to the local economy through new job creation. We very much look forward to working with TAL on this initial contract to deliver the high quality infrastructure we require.”

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U-TURN IN ACCEPTANCE TRAINING Harvey Group acquires Solmatix OF as part of 5 year QUALIFICATIONS NI BUILDERS growth plan in UK andBLOCKING Ireland. FROM SITES IN REPUBLIC NI M&E services company acquires renewable energy specialists Newtownabbey-based M&E services company, Harvey Group, has acquired Northern Ireland renewable energy specialists, Solmatix Renewables in a move the companies say will transform the renewable energy sector in Northern Ireland and act as a springboard for further expansion into the multimillion pound UK and Ireland renewable energy markets. The acquisition, for an undisclosed sum, will bring to 110 the number of people employed directly by the Harvey Group in Northern Ireland and Great Britain. With a turnover of £30 million and over 80 staff, Harvey Group has over 30 years’ experience in the design, installation and maintenance of building services within every conceivable kind of building type throughout NI, GB and RoI, including Pharmaceutical/ Cleanrooms, Laboratories, Brendan Crealey Education, Government and Healthcare . Richard and NorahPortadown health and Anne Bell founded Solmatix safety firm Industry Renewables Services in 2008, and since Training (ITS)then

says NI qualifications should be recognised across Ireland

the company has grown to achieve a turnover of £6 million, with 30 staff operating from its Nutt’s Corner premises. As a result of the deal, Solmatix will continue to operate as an autonomous and independent company within Harvey Group Brian Harvey, managing director of Harvey Group, said there was a perfect fit between the two organisations. “We have been planning to grow our renewables involvement for some time, either organically or through the acquisition of an established player. Having worked with Solmatix Renewables on a number of contracts, we’d always been impressed with their engineering rigour and professionalism. In fact, there seemed to be a natural synergy between our two companies in terms of what we do and how we do it. I approached Richard Bell about a year ago to float the idea of our companies coming together, but only ifjurisdictions. there was a good fit. After careful consideration weare both agreed However, there recent signs that that this would indeed be mutually policy is changing. Some local bodies in the Republic have written to Northern Irelandbased contractors stating they are no longer prepared to accept workers without southern accreditation.

some common sense to the situation.” The issue appears to relate to some cards issued under the CSR (Construction Skills Register) scheme. Malcolm Keys, who runs civil engineering firm Mills Contracts in Dromore, Co Tyrone added: “It has got to the stage now just aren’t tendering for contracts as great news for border. Solmatix, its over the customers, suppliers and staff. “Even if you win work, “In many respects, it’s athe case you end up paying out of ‘business as usual’. However, inagain for pretty much the same real terms, being that partyour of this larger training workers organisation will give us access to already have. enhanced technical skills, financial is totally needless. If resources“Itand purchasing power. somebody is competent Ultimately I believe this will lead enough work in Northern to greater growthtoand investment Ireland, the same should go in within our operations, as well as the Republic.” more jobs and job security. It’s a win-win relationship good Gordon Best,that’s regional for our whole organisation, as director, Quarry Products Association NI (QPANI) said: well as the economy of Northern Ireland. “ “Previously there wasn’t an issue with the recognition of qualifications but that has changed in recent months.

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

beneficial. From my perspective, having Solmatix as part of Harvey Group gives us a level of expertise that would have taken us years to acquire otherwise. “Harvey Group and Solmatix share similar values, by which I mean our commitment to professionalism, our desire to deliver our services to the very highest standards, and the importance we place on treating our customers, our suppliers and our staff with courtesy and consideration.” Richard Bell, the founder and across industry and promote safety managing director of Solmatix of construction operatives and Renewables described members of the public.the Theacquisition schemes are also effectively identical in terms of content.

Lisburn firm TAL awarded the first major “The safety standards in the building construction industry across the UK are considered “It appears there is now a much CONSTRUCTION workers from tighter interpretation of regulations among the highest in Europe. contract at Northern Ireland are being barredRandox Science Park being applied in the Republic. from building sites in the Republic over a lack of recognition of their health and safety qualifications, it has been claimed.

Brendan Crealey, Managing Director of Portadown-based Industry Training Services (ITS), wants politicians to address the issue which he said was leaving contractors “out of pocket” as they pay out for additional accreditation. WItH a reputation for excellence in constructing high All construction workers are required quality projects, tAL Limited to pass health and safety training has been awarded a significant before going onto any site. Separate contract (£3.1m) byinglobal qualifications provided Northern medical diagnostics Ireland, the Republic andcompany Britain Randox. vary only slightly but have previously been acceptable Thismutually initial contract is foracross the all construction of a new facility for

Mr Crealey of hasRandox’s raised concerns production pioneering that authorities south of theand border medical diagnostic products will are “creating a hard border to our also include associated administrative construction workers even before functions. Brexit”. The works are the first phase of a major capital expenditure project by Randox develop the He founded ITS in to 2001 and has grown the firm into Army the largest former Massereene Barracks dedicated health and Park’ safety– training into ‘Randox Science a provider R&D in Northern Ireland. futuristic and manufacturing facility. The award-winning, The company operates from a international firm, at 15,000 sq. ft. biotechnology purpose built facility unveiled its plans forjust an innovative Derryneskan Road, off the M1 motorway. hub on the 43 acre site earlier this year. Brendan Crealey Welcoming the said: announcement, Damien Hughes, Director of TAL “The logic of all the various schemes Limited commented: “We are is the same - to ensure competence delighted to have been awarded

“As contract it stands,with the schemes in the this Randox, one of Republic ofIreland’s Ireland most are largely Northern dynamic modelled on those in the UK. and exciting businesses on a local and global level.safety Through theisquality “Whilst some training of our work and theboth dedication mutually acceptable sides ofand the professionalism of our TAL has border, skills cards suchteam as for plant and machinery are not. steadily grown over the last 34 years “Wethis now have a award situation in and contract reinforces Northern employers the strengthIreland of ourwhere expertise in the are happy to accept Republic of healthcare sector. ” Ireland cards because they know it is The project delivered a good scheme,will butbewe are not seeing to level 2happening in partnership theBIM opposite south of the border. with the design team Ostick and Williams Architects, Rainey & Best, “In my Consulting, opinion, thisDelap requires a political Doran & Waller solution so I am calling on politicians Consulting Engineers and Charles on both sides of the border to Hutchison Consulting. get their heads together and apply Dr Peter FitzGerald, Managing

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Director at Randox “I am already aware commented: of a number“The of development of Randox Science road contractors which have had Park is core to create workers put to offour sitesplans because they are not deemed to betocarrying the innovative diagnostics, improve correct cards. ” manufacturing efficiency to export high-value healthcare capabilities to Since its launch, ITS has delivered world This state-of-the-art aroundmarkets. 50,000 qualifications to premises will become a centre of people across the construction, cutting-edge research, development civil engineering, utilities and food manufacturing and beyond. and diagnostic sectors manufacture, covering conditions such as cancer, stroke and Its training centre a 10-acre heart disease. Wesits willon also provide a site and includes specially designed significant boost to the local economy areas for covered street works through new job creation. We training very training facility, confined spaces much to machinery working with facility,look largeforward plant and TAL on area, this initial contract deliver training scaffolding andtoworking at height. the high quality infrastructure we require.”

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MINISTERS HIGHLIGHT CONTINUED COMMITMENT TO Harvey Group acquires Solmatix as part of 5 year NARROW WATER BRIDGE PROJECT The Ministers confirmed that the the economic in particular the growth plan in UKandand Ireland. focus of their joint work is now on tourism potential of one of our most

Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard and Shane Ross, Minister for NI M&E services Transport Tourism and Sport in the south have Newtownabbey-based set outservices their company, continued M&E commitment to the Harvey Group, has acquired Narrow Water Northern IrelandBridge renewable Project. energy specialists, Solmatix Renewables in a move the Highlighting the potential benefits of say will transform thecompanies project, Minister Hazzard said: the renewable energy sector “Since coming into office I have made in Northern Ireland andtoact clear my strong commitment the as a springboard Narrow Water Bridge.for Thisfurther is a project which, as the review of options expansion into the multi-has highlighted, has the UK potential to be million pound and Ireland truly transformative in unlocking renewable energy markets. The acquisition, for an undisclosed sum, will bring to 110 the number of people employed directly by the Harvey Group in Northern Ireland and Great Britain. a turnover of £30 million NI With Water has recently and over 80 staff, Harvey Group been completed has a over 30 years’ experience on multi-million in the design,upgrade installation and network of building services /maintenance Environmental Improvement Scheme within every conceivable kind of in the type Holywood/ building throughout NI, GB Kinnegar area. The and RoI, including Pharmaceutical/ project involved a major Cleanrooms, Laboratories, programme of sewer Education, tunnelling Government andwork laying, Healthcare Richard and Norahand the .construction Bell founded Solmatix ofAnne a major pumping Renewables in 2008, and since then station.

local stakeholders which our officials have taken forward, both to inform the review of options and to begin to identify a preferred option. This level of engagement has been key to clarifying the opportunities that the Narrow Water Bridge Project offers and the need to consider this in the wider context of tourism development.” The Ministers confirmed that a meeting is currently being arranged in February with key stakeholders to assist in identifying preferred options for consideration at the next plenary meeting of the North South Ministerial Council.

considering a range of options to stunning yet underdeveloped regions.” company renewable energy specialists identify the best possible solution for Welcoming the progressacquires that has

beencompany made Minister Rosstostated: the has grown achieve a “The Fresh Agreement out turnover of Start £6 million, with 30setstaff the joint commitment of the Irish operating from its Nutt’s Corner Government and the Executive to the premises. Narrow Water Bridge Project and to As aforward result ofa the deal,toSolmatix taking review identify will continue to operate as an options for its future development. I autonomous am delighted and thatindependent over recent months significant within progress has been made company Harvey Group on Brian that commitment. It is clear from Harvey, managing director theHarvey reviewGroup, that ansaid appropriately of there was designed and integrated project has a perfect fit between the two the potential to deliver significant organisations. economic and social benefits for the “WeMournes have been lower andplanning Cooley to Peninsula.” grow our renewables involvement for some time, either organically or through the acquisition of an established player. Having worked with Solmatix Renewables on acarried numberout of contracts, we’d network into the local always beenlongstanding impressed with following problems their and of with engineering odours in rigour the vicinity Kinnegar Wastewater Treatment professionalism. In fact, there seemed Works (WwTW). Thisbetween confirmed to be a natural synergy thattwo three Combined Sewer our companies in terms of Overflows what we do (CSO’s) and how discharged we do it. I into the lagoons adjacent to approached Richard Bell about a Kinnegar WwTW. year to float the idea ofwhich our The ago man-made lagoons companies but only are ownedcoming by NItogether, Water were a ifsignificant there wascause a goodoffit.the After careful odours, consideration both agreedproject and a major we construction wasthis developed to divert these that would indeed be mutually

the area. Minister Hazzard continued: “If we are to deliver the right project which delivers the maximum benefits for the area it is essential that we explore all options and how these can be integrated into a wider strategy to realise the undoubted tourism potential of the region. I am determined this is taken forward as priority.” Welcoming the joint approach to progressing this work, Minister Ross stated: “A key strand of this work has been the joint engagement with Celebrating the acquisition (from left) Norah-Anne Bell, Richard Bell, Brian Harvey, Gareth Booth (Financial Controller, Harvey Group).

as great news for Solmatix, beneficial. NETWORK From my perspective, NI WATER HOLYWOOD/KINNEGAR UPGRADE &its customers, suppliers and staff. having Solmatix as part of Harvey “In many respects, it’s a case Group gives us a level of expertise ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT SCHEME COMPLETED of ‘business as usual’. However, in that would have taken us years to

three CSO’s away from the Kinnegar lagoons on to a new Pumping Station for onward pumping and treatment at Kinnegar Wastewater Treatment Works. production of Randox’s pioneering Phase one of medical diagnostic productswas and will the project also include associated administrative completed in functions. TheSummer works are2016 the first andcapital successfully phase of a major expenditure diverted two ofthe the project by Randox to develop three Army CSOs.Barracks Phase former Massereene 2, completed in into ‘Randox Science Park’ – a December 2016 saw futuristic R&Dthe andremoval manufacturing of the WItH a reputation for facility. The award-winning, third and final CSO excellence in constructing high international biotechnology firm, discharge from the quality projects, tAL Limited lagoons. unveiled its plans for an innovative which has been awarded a significant hub on the 43Modifications acre site earlier this had already been contract (£3.1m) by global year. carried out to medical diagnostics company Welcomingthe the outlet announcement, of the Randox. Damien Hughes, Director of TALthe lagoons reduced Theinitial lagoons pictured before This contract is for the and after theLimited commented: “Weand are severity frequency regeneration.of a new facility for construction of odours being delighted to have been awarded A detailed investigation was

McCUE FINDS ‘PERFECT organisation will give usFIT’ access to enhanced technical skills, financial WITH CHILDREN’S CANCER resources and purchasing power. Ultimately I believe this will lead CHARITY to greater growth and investment

acquire otherwise. “Harvey Group and Solmatix share similar values, by which I mean our commitment to professionalism, our desire to deliver our services to the very highest standards, and the importance we place on treating our Staff from Co Antrim customers, our McCue suppliers and our staff business, Crafted with and consideration. Fit,courtesy has nominated a” Richard Bell, the founder and local children’s cancer charitydirector as their new managing of Solmatix ‘Charity described of the the Year’ for Renewables acquisition

2017.

real terms, being part of this larger

within our operations, as well as more jobs and job security. It’s a win-win relationship that’s good for our whole organisation, as well as the economy of Northern Ireland. “

Cancer Fund for Children is set to Lisburn firm TAL awarded the major benefitfirst from the partnership, which construction is the first time staff at McCue have chosen an official charity of the year, causes and we were delighted that contract at Randox Science Park having supported many worthy local our staff vote led us to choosing causes in thewith past.Randox, one of this contract Northern most dynamic Launching Ireland’s the partnership, Marketing and exciting businesses on aAlastair local Executive for the company, and global level. Through the to quality Chambers said, “We wanted nominate anand official in 2017 of our work thecharity dedication and to focus our fundraising efforts, professionalism of our team TALand has make a grown bigger over impact the34work steadily theonlast years of that one charity. Our charity and this contract award reinforces committee nominated several local the strength of our expertise in the healthcare sector.” released to the The project willatmosphere. be delivered This work increased sewer to BIM along level 2with in partnership network maintenance, andand the with the design team Ostick removal of the three CSO’s has Williams & Best, made a Architects, substantialRainey improvement Doran Waller to theConsulting, condition Delap of the&Kinnegar Consulting Engineers and Charles Lagoons. Based on Consulting. studies and monitoring Hutchison toDrdate, the view is that the Peter FitzGerald, Managing

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Cancer Fund for Children as our “The first Director at Randox commented: official partner.ofWe are really looking development Randox Science forward to planning several events to Park is core to our plans to create fundraise for this fantastic charity.” innovative diagnostics, to improve For more information about how manufacturing to export your company efficiency can get involved with high-value capabilities to supportinghealthcare Cancer Fund for Children please markets. contact Sorcha Mac Laimhin world This state-of-the-art on 028 9080 5599 or avisit www. premises will become centre of cancerfundforchildren.com. cutting-edge research, development and diagnostic manufacture, covering lagoons should permitted conditions such asbe cancer, stroke and to continue cleanse heart disease.to We will alsoand provide a regenerate naturally. that significant boost to the Now local economy all overflow discharges have through new jobto creation. We very been diverted the WwTW, NI much to working with Waterlook willforward continue to monitor TAL on this initial contract to deliver the odours in the area and the high lagoons toinfrastructure ensure natural the quality we regeneration occurs as anticipated. require. ”

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AWARDS AND INNOVATION AT CDE Specify talks to Brendan McGurgan

To say Brendan McGurgan has achieved a lot in a short space of time is something of an understatement. The boss of one of the most innovative companies in one of the most innovative sectors in Northern Ireland – materials handling – has led the firm into new geographies, new sectors and in a new manner since taking over the top job in 2007. Along the way he kept his head down before very nearly sweeping the board at this year’s Institute of Directors Awards, picking up the title of Young Director of the Year together with the ultimate title of Director of the Year. Both titles were from a UK-wide field and are awards which aren’t given lightly, so what sets the 42-year old apart from his peers when it comes to leading from the front? “Authenticity, positivity, ability to challenge, good communication

skills, being a good listener, a willingness to learn, great attitude, passion for the brand, an ability to understand the numbers, be trustworthy, be approachable, be decisive and have the ability to set clear goals aligned with a vision,” he told Specify, before drawing breath. “I am still working on some of these every day!” Such a comprehensive remit has been front and centre of his thinking in the job, one which called for an outside-the-box approach to what is a traditional industry. “When I came into the role of managing director, the big challenge for me was how to bring something different to the role. I’m not from an engineering background but, given that we have some of the best engineers in the industry, there was no need for me to be.” Having the ability to recognise your own and others’ strengths is something Brendan learned in his early career. After studying at Ulster University

Brendan McGurgan, Managing Director of CDE

he joined PwC in 1998 before being admitted to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in March 2000. He then joined Amacis Ltd, a software startup company, as Group Financial Controller, which gave him experience of raising finance through venture capitalists and the mechanics of setting up and conducting business in America and Asia Pacific. Brendan then joined CDE in October 2003 as Financial Controller and was appointed to the Board of Directors in March 2004 before becoming Managing Director of the company in May 2007. And despite picking up a lot of experience in a short space of time, he’s well aware that there’s always more to learn. “I have always been hugely ambitious and remain so but it is important to remember that success in your career comes from trying to improve yourself a little every day.” Under Brendan’s leadership, CDE

has grown substantially in the last few years. It now operates across five sectors in eight regions regions “empowering our customers to demand more from the world’s mineral resources”. It works in sectors as diverse as mining, construction material, industrial sands, construction & demolition waste recycling and environmental but in almost everything tries to help customers turn material that has been traditionally seen as a waste product into a valuable resource. CDE has grown substantially in the last few years under an allencompassing approach. “We have managed our recent growth by having a clear, wellcommunicated strategy that people are engaged with because they’ve been involved in the creation of that strategy. We launched our 2020 Vision strategy last year which sets some very ambitions targets for further growth. “These targets didn’t come from the board of directors; they were created after we consulted with every person in the company to understand where they felt the challenges and opportunities lay for us over the next five years. As a result our people have all invested in the strategy and are committed to its successful execution.” As a result, Brendan expects to add 100 to the company’s headcount between now and 2020 on the back of one simple plan: “Our Vision is to be the number one wet processing equipment company in every country in the world.” It sounds grand, but he will probably achieve it.


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OVER HOMESasPLANS Harvey GroupTAGGART acquires Solmatix part ofTO 5 year £10MILLION GROW ANNUAL OUTPUT FROM growth plan in UK and Ireland. INVESTMENT 250 TOacquires 1000 PROPERTIES 2020 NI M&E services company renewable energyBY specialists FOR FOUR the company has grown to achieve a Newtownabbey-based worth £1m with turnover of £6 million, with 30 staff TBF Thompson of M&E services company, SCHOOLS TO operating from its Nutt’s Corner Garvagh and David Harvey Group, has acquired Forgie, of Limavady premises. Northern Ireland renewable PROCEED for plant machinery. As a result of the deal, Solmatix energy specialists, Solmatix Renewables in a move the

Education Minister, companies say will transform Peter Weir, confirmed the renewable energy sector recently that work in Northern Ireland and act valued at over as a springboard for further £10million will expansion into the multinow begin at four million pound UKthe and Ireland schools under renewable energy markets. School Enhancement The acquisition, for an Programme (SEP).

undisclosed sum, will bring to 110 the number schemes of peopleatemployed Improvement St Malachy’s College, Lady’s Grammar directlyBelfast, by theOur Harvey Group in School, Newry, St Michael’s College, Northern Ireland and Great Britain. Enniskillen SlemishofIntegrated With aand turnover £30 million College, Ballymena have been and over 80 staff, Harvey Group given approval to move to the has over 30phase. years’ experience construction in the design, installation and The Minister said: “This £10million maintenance of building services investment will provide new within every facilities conceivable and improved and kind of accommodation which will NI, GB building type throughout enhance workingPharmaceutical/ and learning and RoI,the including environment pupils and school Cleanrooms,forLaboratories, staff. Education, Government and  “Improving the schools estate is Healthcare . Richard and Noraha priority for me and the School Anne Bell founded Solmatix Enhancement Programme is an Renewables in delivering 2008, and capital since then excellent way of work projects which have an immediate positive impact on the schools, staff and pupils.”   The School Enhancement Project (SEP) was announced in 2013 for projects costing between £500,000 and £4,000,000. The programme is targeted to meet the immediate and pressing needs in schools where major capital works are not deemed deliverable.

Taggart has recently will continue to operate as an invested around autonomous and independent £200,000 and company within Harvey Group created ten new jobs Brian Harvey, managing director within an industryof Harvey Group, said there was first 6,000 sq ft a perfect fit between the two marketing suite at organisations. Crescent Link - akin “We have been planning to Celebrating the acquisition (from left) Norah-Anne Bell, Richard Bell, Brian Gareth car toHarvey, a high-end grow our renewables involvement Booth (Financial Controller, Harvey Group). showroom - where for some time, either organically as great news forprospective Solmatix, itsbuyers beneficial. From my perspective, or through the acquisition of an can choose customers, suppliers and staff.from having Solmatix as part of Harvey established player. Having worked a wideit’srange “In many respects, a caseof Group gives us a level of expertise with Solmatix Renewables on fixtures and fittings of ‘business as usual’. However, in that would have taken us years to a number of contracts, we’d through to bespoke real terms, being part of this larger acquire otherwise. always been impressed with advice. organisation will mortgage give us access to “Harvey Group and Solmatix their engineering rigour and It isskills, understood enhanced technical financial share similar values, by which I mean professionalism. In fact, there seemed that both Derry resources and purchasing power. our commitment to professionalism, to be a natural synergy between schemes mark the with to its previous of its new our Barleyfields Ultimately I believe this will lead desire to deliver Taggart, our services THE our twonew companies in terms of last of permitted housing management team still in development in Culmore, to greater developments, growth and investment the very highest standards, and the generation what we do and how we do it. I for some Derry which, together we placeplace. within our operations, as well as importance on treating our approached Richard Bell about a time, under current Taggart Homes Theand firstour phase with a similar scheme our suppliers and job legislation, security. It’s customers, staffof themore jobsplanning year to float the idea of our in aan hasago unveiled 30-acre Barleyfields site underway at Crescent Link win-win relationship that’s good with courtesy and consideration.” companies coming together, butinonly area suffering “pent-up” comprises 70 homes the city represents a plans to increase for our whole organisation, as Richard Bell, the founder and if there was a good fit. After careful demand for new homes. from an overall proposed £50m investment in two its annual well as theThat economy ofevidenced Northern director of Solmatix need is consideration we both agreed strategicallymanaging complement of 280. located sites high-spec Ireland. “ by the unprecedented Renewables the acquisition that this would indeed be mutually Taggart Homes is further straddling either side ofdescribed level of enquiries Taggart house building building 250 new high-end the River Foyle. The two has received about the homes at Oak Country schemes will deliver 530 programme Culmore scheme. Manor on a 35-acre site in new homes in the North across the UK The news comes on the West over the next three the city’s Waterside close and Ireland from back of figures which years. to Crescent Link. revealed house prices in 250 to 1000 by Together the projects Derry and Strabane shot 2020. will create 350 jobs, with The new division of production of Randox’s pioneering this contract with Randox, one of Director atupRandox “The by 11%commented: in the last year, local businesses poised to Taggarts was reformed medical diagnostic products and will Northern Ireland’s most dynamic development of Randox Science the fastest rate of growth The news follows the under the new share from the investment. also include associated administrative andofexciting on a has localconfirmedPark is core to of ourNorthern plans to create in all Ireland. release of the first phase management Nick businesses Taggart deals functions. The works are the first and global level. Through the quality innovative diagnostics, to improve phase of a major capital expenditure of our work and the dedication and manufacturing efficiency to export project by Randox to develop the professionalism of our team TAL has high-value healthcare capabilities to former Massereene Army Barracks steadily grown over the last 34 years world markets. This state-of-the-art into ‘Randox Science Park’ – a and this contract award reinforces premises will become a centre of Councillor Peter Johnston, said: installed on the newexpertise Titanic Walkway, Street, adjacent to the new Ulster futuristic R&D and manufacturing the strength of our in the cutting-edge research, development “Belfast City Council was pleased to is one of the last”surviving lighthouse University The 11-storey facility. Thecampus. award-winning, healthcare sector. and diagnostic manufacture, covering be able to such support the restoration optics of its kind the world, and conditions building brings to around 5,500 international biotechnology firm, the The project willleft beindelivered as cancer, stroke and of this important piece of maritime one of the largest ever constructed. number of student beds approved by unveiled its plans for an innovative to BIM level 2 in partnership heart disease. We will also provide a history, and we are equally delighted the Council since it took over planning Dating back to 1887, it was one of hub on the 43 acre site earlier this with designwith teama Ostick and significant to the economy that now boost the next steplocal has been only the 29 optics hyper-radical powers in April 2015. year. Williams Rainey & Best, through job that creation. very to taken tonew ensure it will We continue lenses. It Architects, was originally installed on And a new landmark in the Titanic Welcoming the announcement, Doran Consulting, Delapbut & Waller much forwardrole, to working play alook prominent as one ofwith the Tory Island in Donegal moved Quarter has taken a step closer with centerpiece attractions of the Titanic to Mew Island, the outermost of the the granting of planning Damien Hughes, Directorpermission of TAL for Consulting Engineers and Charles TAL on this initial contract to deliver Quarter. ”The main contractorwe for the Copeland Consulting. Islands at the mouth of its installation. Limited commented: “We are Hutchison the high quality infrastructure project”is Eden Contractors Limited. Belfast Lough, in 1924. Managing delighted to have been awarded Dr Peter FitzGerald, require. The Chair of the Planning Committee, The Mew Island Optic, which is to be

Lisburn firm TAL awarded the first major construction contract at Randox Science Park FINAL NEW STUDENT COMPLEX GIVEN PLANNING PERMISSION Belfast City Council

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Will NI Construction benefit from the ‘Golden Age’ of Infrastructure?

Given the outcome of the Brexit referendum last summer and the Northern Ireland Assembly election, 2016 was a year of political and economic uncertainty. Even after the UK government triggers Article 50, there will be ongoing uncertainty as negotiations play out. Despite this backdrop, the construction industry in Northern Ireland is looking hopeful. The industry experienced a fairly stable year in 2016, with modest growth of 4.5 percent. Construction output in the year to mid-2016 was up 8 percent, and continued growth is expected.

rent across the residential sector in Belfast is around 35 percent cheaper compared to the equivalent in Dublin.

These insights are perhaps what triggered a rather positive response from industry to AECOM’s Ireland Annual Review of the Construction Industry 2017, which was launched in Northern Ireland earlier this month. The review includes the findings of a survey of approximately 4,000 people from across the Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland’s property and construction sectors and highlights a number of opportunities for the sector over the coming months.

The quicker pace of projects moving through the planning process in Northern Ireland is potentially largely down to the recently devolved planning process, with decisionmaking powers shifting from a centralised agency to local authorities. The Review found that decisions are being made in a more timely manner since the change. Council’s infrastructure plans are also starting to take shape.

Although the availability of Grade A commercial office space in the city is likely to worsen in the short term, the sector remains optimistic. This is likely due to a number of schemes currently underway or in the pipeline, with local authorities, land owners and developers progressing with projects that are set to be completed at the back end of this year or in 2018 and should go some way in easing the shortfall. Currently, office rents in Belfast are at around half central Dublin levels, while

Hopefully the recently mooted ‘golden age’ of infrastructure promoted by the Westminster government will also bring benefits to Northern Ireland in the longer term. Across the Northern Ireland construction sector, plans for a third runway at Heathrow have certainly been welcomed. Northern Ireland will need to continue to become more outward looking if it plans to grow and greater connectivity to Heathrow will be essential. This has already been acknowledged by

the Northern Ireland government, which is working with local airports and airlines to provide financial assistance to retain key routes in and out of Northern Ireland.

local apprenticeship scheme in civil engineering officially launched by the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Department for the Economy in June last year.

While there are a number of current opportunities for the sector in Northern Ireland, there are also challenges that must be considered. Above all, skills shortages and cost competitiveness are the principle risks in 2017 identified by the respondents to AECOM’s survey. Tender price inflation of around four percent is expected this year and the reduced value of sterling will potentially increase the possibility of

The outlook for construction in the Republic of Ireland is very encouraging, with growth of 20 percent expected this year. While there has been some growth across all sectors and the Republic of Ireland regions, the central Dublin commercial sector is thriving.

further inflationary pressures.

While the picture in Dublin may seem promising, the market is experiencing similar but more pronounced problems to Northern Ireland, with tender prices likely to rise by as much as 8 percent this year. AECOM’s analysis suggests that if the Republic of Ireland’s construction industry had developed at the recognised ‘normal’ level of 12 percent of GNP from 2009 to 2016 inclusive, there would have been €63 billion more spent on construction compared to actual spend in the same period. While this is an oversimplification, it is evident that years of underinvestment by both the private and public sectors in infrastructure will weaken the attractiveness of investing in the Republic of Ireland if spending is not accelerated. These issues open up a number of opportunities for the construction industry in Northern Ireland to become more competitive, while companies could take advantage of increased work in the Republic.

Meanwhile, the labour market is showing clear signs of shortages in key trades and it is essential the industry attracts experienced craftsmen and encourages new people to join the sector in order to maintain competitiveness. Employing more apprentices is one way to address the capacity challenge. At the end of 2016, AECOM had nine apprentices employed across Belfast, where our civil infrastructure teams support the NI Work+ initiative, a

Overall, respondents to the survey gave a positive outlook for 2017, with 60 percent expecting business to grow. While such optimism among the construction sector is hopefully justifiable, the backdrop of political and economic uncertainly will unfortunately remain for a while longer. Industry still awaits details on how the UK plans to leave the EU and the focus must, therefore, remain on progressing key programmes of work.


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to introduce ready mix mortar to the Northern Irish construction market, then leading to diversifying to supplying Ultraflo® hemihydrate liquid floor screed in September 2008, another first for the Northern Irish Market. Ultraflo, however, is a well-established calcium sulphate screed used throughout Europe further endorsing its reliability as a preferred choice

for our clients floors especially with underfloor heating systems. To enable RTU to provide a punctual yet environmentally conscious service to a diverse customer base, they have invested in innovative technology and equipment as a means to meet and exceed customer expectation. This includes an advanced computerisedbatching dual plant has the capacity to produce over 90m³ of concrete per hour

and a fleet consisting of over 20 lorries supporting RTU to easily supply to any site and a more recent addition to the fleet is the concrete conveyor lorry which now enables the placement of

for the cooperation and service you gave Adston Constructionfor the large 843m3 ready mix concrete pour for the new Lidl in Andersonstown, Belfast. With careful planning prior to the

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12 hour pour and ongoing hard work throughout the day, it was a big operation all round but it worked out well. We look forward to continue our work with RTU going forward”.

HEALTH AND SAFETY AT THE CORE With an exceptional health and safety record, RTU strive to ensure the wellbeing and safety of employees with continual on site health and safety training covering operation of machinery and good working practices according to stringent procedures. CUSTOMER TESTIMONIAL The efficiency of the system can be seen each day of operation and as testament to the dedication the company has to its client base and continual unequalled service, Shane McCluskey, Adston Construction notes; “Thanks to all in RTU

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24| ProNet

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Bombardier Panorama Serving the construction industry throughout Ireland and the UK, ProNet Safety Services is one of the UK and Ireland’s leading fall prevention, rope access, safety netting and edge protection specialists. They pride themselves on promoting safe working environments and only use the highest quality equipment for both temporary and permanent solutions. For over thirteen years ProNet has been delivering project design and installation and have an industry leading accident free 100% RIDDOR safety track record. ProNet provides a complete solution – with seamless management that begins with first point of contact,

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impartial advice, roof surveys and production of drawings for each Permanent Access System project through to certification, handover, training and future maintenance. ProNet’s Rope Access Services deliver projects on time, and on budget; whilst their Fall Protection Systems diligently meet what are ever more demanding legalisation requirements – keeping workers safe through industry leading product design and quality.

Covanta The past 12 months have been a busy time for the company. At the start of 2016 they moved to new larger premises just outside Larne and embarked on a number of large scale safety netting, fall prevention and rope safety projects ranging from cable fall prevention system on Bombardier in Belfast totalling over 5000m to the euro70 million redevelopment of Pairc Ui

Chaoimh GAA stadium in Cork. The stadium in Cork will be one of the largest stadiums in Ireland when it is completed and ProNet have fitted all the safety netting during construction and the fall prevention systems to the stadium roofs. The cantilever roof was assembled, complete with safety netting, on the ground and lifted on to the top of the stadium by cranes. Another massive project that ProNet is involved with is the new Covanta waste energy plant in Dublin Port. The Dublin Waste-toEnergy project is a Public Private Partnership (PPP) between Dublin City Council and Covanta, to provide a thermal treatment plant to treat municipal waste that cannot be reused or recycled. Located in Poolbeg, in Dublin Port, the plant will generate energy from up to 600,000 tonnes of waste per year that would otherwise go to landfill and will


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Páirc Uí Chaoimh generate enough electricity for up to 80,000 homes annually, as well as district heating for up to a further 50,000 homes. This project saw the ProNet team having to work at night installing safety nets over 170 feet above the ground. Over 15,000 square metres of rope access for the installation of netting for roof decking was utilised at the Severfield steel works in Enniskillen and was fitted by the ProNet team of abseilers who scaled the steel framed building using ropes. Similarly, over 7,000 square metres of netting and debris mesh was fitted to the roof of the Saica factory. ProNet are also involved in the fall protection requirements for 9 new Primary Care Centres being built in the Republic of Ireland and are again working with JJ Rhattigans on this project. The Bombardier roofing project

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protection to be completed in 4 phases. During 2016, ProNet completed the first phase 2 weeks ahead of schedule and if this pace continues, the second phase will be complete 4 weeks ahead of schedule. Phases 3 and 4 will commence shortly. Another recent project involved fitting safety equipment for the 16,500 square metre roof at Henderson Distribution in Mallusk while ProNet also fitted safety systems for Lagan Ferrovial on the bridges over the M8 and M74 in

Scotland. The company works with some of the biggest and best names in construction in Ireland the UK and 2016 proved to be a very successful year for the company with even more to come in 2017. The company has refreshed its image with new logos which will soon be seen on roofs across Ireland. ProNet is accredited and associated with UKAS ISO 9001, SafeTcert, Constructionline, FASET & CSR. All ProNet staff are trained, competent and experienced in their field.


26| John Simpson

BELFAST NEEDS NEW PLANNING GUIDELINES THAT ACTIVELY SUPPORT URBAN REGENERATION The progressive development of Belfast City faces a number of critical tests. High on the agenda will be the improvement in urban transportation (including investment in and management of the arterial roads) and taking steps to incentivise sufficient new housing meeting the higher standards of amenity expected with modern living standards. Belfast City Council, as it is required to do under the new local government rules, is well advanced in the preparation of a Local Development Plan which will set the framework to guide the overall development of the City from 2020 - 2035. In January, the Council published an extensive set of ideas in a Preferred Options Paper which is now available for consultation for a 12 week period. The consultation on this Options Paper is an important policy shaping step. When a framework of options is approved by the City Council, that framework will have formal status and will be critical in the determination of planning decisions affecting many aspects of life and work in the city. The Belfast Options

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Paper will also be an important precedent to be studied by the other 10 local authorities as they go through parallel processes.

state sensible options for the plan period to allow for the impact of uncertain market forces from a wide range of development agencies.

At the outset, there must be an appreciation that a Local The Belfast Options paper Development Plan (LDP) serves has started with ambitions: to indicate the decision making 1. For a supply of sufficient guidelines for planning applications employment land to support the and, to do that, the Plan should creation of 46,000 additional jobs envisage patterns of development 2. To grow Belfast’s population by but, also, that the Plan is a statement of Phil Williams, Suzanne Wylie Local, Development Plan ambition. The Plan will facilitate expansion, growth and change but is not itself an operational mechanism to incentivise specific changes. However, the Plan can be a negative instrument where the Plan constrains some types of development or introduces negative ideas to prevent unwelcome proposals. Consequently, the LDP and the options under-pinning its formulation must err on the side of optimism about local ambitions and therefore should over-

66,000 people, to over 400,000, by 2035 3. To make provision for the development of 37,000 new homes


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Cllr Johnston launch of LDP consultation

at an average rate of 1,750 dwellings each year. Behind each of these headline ambitions lies a series of contributory building blocks which would facilitate the outcomes. The Belfast plan also references a more ambitious series of objectives but the emphasis stays on these baseline figures. The Planning Options Paper reviews perspectives on topics which would contribute to: a. Shaping a liveable place b. Creating a vibrant economy c. A green and active place d. A smart connected and resilient place For the construction and civil engineering sectors, the scenario for the development of Belfast inevitably means a large investment programme ranging from extended work places in offices, factories and leisure facilities to ambitious housing developments all linked to a continuing public sector investment plan for education, health, roads, utilities and amenities. The construction sector has a strong interest in both the scale and timing

of all the urban developments. Decisions on the continuing investment in the urban infrastructure will be the result of plans made and implemented by many organisations in both the private and public sectors. The City authorities are committed to facilitating an improved degree of co-ordination particularly with all the statutory agencies and central Government departments. That offers an ambitious agenda which will test the leadership and goodwill of the relevant people. High on that agenda are the continuing problems of traffic management, public transport and congestion on the urban highways as well as an increased number of new homes. The implementation of the LDP will, in part, depend on the motivation and incentives enjoyed by the private sector as plans are submitted for commercial developments, retail outlets and hotels and visitor accommodation. Implementation will also depend on the mixture of plans for housing emerging from private sector developments and from the providers of a range of housing types

whether classed as affordable homes or social housing. The Policy Options Paper falls short on some key questions. The paper has little to suggest in terms of urban regeneration policies which might take an active role in market intervention to incentivise housing regeneration in the areas of the city where waiting for private sector initiatives to invest in new housing will take so long to emerge that areas of urban dereliction become likely. There is a need both to complete the reform of local government by transferring urban regeneration responsibility to the new local authorities and, even more critically, to introduce legislation for more active instruments of urban regeneration. A further weakness in the scope of the Policy Options Paper is the absence of a coherent responsibility for traffic management and the related issues of on-street parking, off-street parking (including commercial multi-storey parking). This calls either for a radical change of responsibilities at the

Department for Infrastructure or for a transfer of this policy area to local government. The current hands-off policy on maximising the usage of arterial roads and vain (often empty) pleas about public transport is not adequately reflected in the Belfast paper. Perhaps, for the construction sector, the most critical prospect emerging from the Options paper is the baseline expectation that, in Belfast, 1,750 new homes would be needed each year. Socially, the scale of that target can readily be accepted. However, that falls short of making its achievement likely. This target for new homes must inevitably link with the way in which urban regeneration is implemented. This raises new home building policy questions that the Belfast plan has not fully acknowledged. The Belfast Planning Options Paper is stimulating, ambitious and worthy. Would it leverage positive attitudes to investments in new Belfast retail centres, office blocks, hotels, owner-occupied houses, and providing more social houses? The Paper makes a useful start but raises supporting questions that should not go unanswered.


28| Heron Bros

Heron Bros Celebrate 60 years in business Sod Cutting at the Dairy Hall Leisure Park site in Newtownards

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eron Bros has celebrated 60 years in business by unveiling a stunning new corporate brand which captures the rich history of the company and reflects their ambitious vision for the future. Since six brothers laid the foundations in Draperstown in 1956, Heron Bros has evolved significantly. The company is now renowned for the positive impact they are having on the construction industry throughout the UK and Ireland and now employs 250 people across its divisions. The new brand represents Heron Bros’ successful transition from humble beginnings to the award winning construction and property development company that it has become. The business continues to grow under the current leadership of Group

Managing Director Damian Heron who has expanded on construction, property and manufacturing operations across the UK, Ireland and Europe. The new Heron Bros logo conveys strength and solidity, a trusted foundation and a partner that will always deliver. The logo is a recognisable symbol that communicates with impact and immediacy. The colours have evolved from the company’s preceding branding and they serve to represent Heron Bros’ professionalism and passion for their industry. This refreshed visual identity helps to convey trust, strength and dependability whilst embracing the Heron Bros strong family heritage and reputation which has brought them abundant success. Throughout the past six decades in business, Heron Bros has combined its traditional values with an advanced innovative approach to construction. They are committed to delivering excellence in project value, quality and client satisfaction. The company works with public, private and third sector clients delivering education, leisure and stadia, commercial

retail and office space, industrial, health, pharmaceutical, community and regeneration projects. Speaking about the momentous 60th anniversary and the refreshed visual identity, Damian Heron, Group Managing Director at Heron Bros, said, “Our 60th anniversary is a key milestone for us as a business that has achieved consecutive years of cumulative growth, despite economic adversity. We are proud to mark the occasion of our sixtieth year with a new look that represents who we are today. Our new brand signifies a fresh and confident visual identity with a strong yet contemporary look, which serves to position Heron Bros as the award winning, innovative business we have become.” “Throughout the past six decades, the expertise of our divisions combined with our strong partnership ethos and culture of continual improvement keep us at the forefront of the industry. This is underpinned by the quality of our experienced professional and skilled workforce who share our vision of achieving excellent standards in quality, health

and safety, and environmental management, whilst providing value for money at all times. Our approach is driven by our Integrated Management System, which is accredited to ISO 9001, 14001 and OSHAS 18001.” We are committed to employing the best people to ensure we retain the in-house knowledge and expertise required so that we continue to deliver the high quality service our clients expect. At Heron Bros, we believe in providing ongoing training and development opportunities for all of our employees and providing a work place environment that inspires them to be the best that they can be. Our approach has resulted in a committed workforce that is dedicated to ensuring we remain leaders within our industry.” “We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our clients, partners, supply chain and staff for their unwavering support throughout the years. We would not be as successful as we are today without the backing we have received and this is why we are committed to ‘Building the future together’.”

Heron Bros Celebrating 60 years in business 2 St Patricks St, Draperstown, Magherafelt BT45 7AL. |Telephone: 028 7962 8505 Email: info@heronbros.com | Website: www.heronbros.com


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Four of the six Heron brothers - Stan, Michael, Charlie and John in 1960

Six Heron Brothers (Brian, Stan, Michael, John, Charlie, Austin)

ANNIVERSARY

2016 marks Heron Bros’ 60th year in business. Established as a building contractor in 1956, the business has grown and diversified to reflect the brothers’ keen interests in construction, land and property development, specialist joinery manufacture, quarrying, building supplies, plant hire, farming and wind energy. The business now operates across the UK, Ireland and Europe. Heron Bros has achieved high recognition for its design and construction work within the UK and Irish construction industries in particular. The company has enjoyed significant geographical expansion into the UK, with the Scottish market proving particularly

lucrative. Six years ago the company made a strategic decision to open a permanent base in Scotland and it is now paying dividends, with 40% of the current order book procured in Scotland. Another factor which has helped Heron Bros on their way to doubling their turnover in 2016, was being awarded the jointventure contract to build the new €55m National Indoor Arena in Dublin. Although the construction and property industry was a sector that was hit hardest by the economic downturn, Heron Bros has not only been able to withstand this, but has remained profitable. Moreover, the company’s financial stability was acknowledged in the Dun & Bradstreet rating of 5A1 which is the highest possible

financial grade. Naturally, the company’s expansion has led to the need for growth in their workforce. The number of direct employees has increased by 20% each year, bringing the number of total staff to 250 people. Heron Bros also positively contributes to a wider labour pool of over 500 subcontractors who are employed on their sites throughout the UK and Ireland. Meanwhile, sister company, Heron Property continues to thrive securing new tenants both North and South of the border. The Property development company has been expanding their strategic investment assets including the purchase of a £10m office portfolio which is let on a long term lease to a blue chip

Heron Bros Celebrating 60 years in business

2 St Patricks St, Draperstown, Magherafelt BT45 7AL. |Telephone: 028 7962 8505 Email: info@heronbros.com | Website: www.heronbros.com

tenant. Heron Bros’ Group Managing Director, Damian Heron, said: “We are delighted with our company’s ongoing growth. We are committed to being a partner of choice by building robust, long-lasting relationships with our stakeholders. Through early project involvement, we implement best practice collaborative management procedures as part of our customer care policy. These are explained in simple terms as providing our customers with a full understanding of how we intend to meet their needs. “Our aim is to work with like-minded companies that will join us on our journey towards becoming a more sustainable business, and our success has been built on the firm foundation of integrity. The expertise of our divisions in regional, national and international markets, combined with our strong partnership ethos and commitment to continuous improvement keep us at the forefront of the industry. This is underpinned by the quality of our experienced professional and skilled workforce who share our vision of achieving excellent standards in quality, health and safety, and environmental management, whilst providing value for money at all times. It’s an approach that is driven by our Integrated Management System, which is accredited to ISO 9001, 14001 and OSHAS 18001.” Damian further added ‘In all the projects that we undertake, we aim for the highest possible standards of quality and efficiency to consistently strive to exceed our clients’ expectations.’


30| Heron Bros Shelna Sinte, Operations Manager at Investors in People, presented Heron Bros HR Manager, Grainne O’Kane, and Deputy Group Managing Director, Martin O’Kane, with the award

IIP Platinum PRESENT DAY IIP PLATINUM

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eron Bros, has become the first organisation from any sector in Northern Ireland and first construction company throughout the entire UK to be awarded with Investors in People Platinum accreditation. In achieving the highest possible IIP status, Heron Bros has demonstrated that the company and its people are going above and beyond to ensure their on-going success. This achievement demonstrates the organisation’s commitment to high performance through good people management. Investors in People is the international standard for people management, defining what it takes to lead, support and manage people effectively to achieve sustainable results. Underpinning

the Standard is the Investors in People framework, reflecting the latest workplace trends, essential skills and effective structures required to outperform in any industry. Investors in People enables organisations to benchmark against the best in the business on an international scale. Following a thorough assessment process from both IIP NI and IIP UK, Investors in People Assessor Gill Fairley, commented on the company: “Heron Bros can be regarded as an exemplar of excellence in people management practice. The organisation demonstrated significant strength across all nine of the indicators that underpin the Investors in People Framework.” Recognising and rewarding high performance is one of the most challenging aspects of the IIP framework for organisations, yet Heron Bros has demonstrated strength in this area that can only be described as outperforming their IIP peers. The drive for continuous improvement can be regarded as part of the DNA at Heron Bros. In fact, the loyalty which employees have at Heron Bros goes far beyond what is normally

observed in typical workplaces. Heron Bros has a solid valuesbased and people-focused culture which has enabled them to achieve high performance and sustained growth. Heron Bros should be justifiably proud to be amongst the elite of IIP organisations who are operating at Platinum level.” Grainne O’Kane, HR Manager at Heron Bros reflected on the global accolade: “The IIP award recognises the commitment, experience, skills, integrity, dedication and professionalism of our people and business. The IIP Platinum Award is not only the result of progress and developments within the last few years. Rather, this prestigious accreditation is testament to the values of the founding Heron Brothers. Our core values of passion, relationships and forwardthinking continue to underpin and drive the Heron Bros Team as we look ahead to 2017 and beyond.” Commenting on the award, Martin O’Kane, Deputy Group Managing Director at Heron Bros said: “I am delighted to announce that Heron Bros has been awarded Investors in People Platinum Level which makes us the first

company in Northern Ireland from any sector to receive this level. We have also become the first construction company throughout the whole of the United Kingdom to receive this level of award. Investors in People is a prestigious and global award with 15,000 members across 75 countries which recognises the commitment, experience, skills, integrity, dedication and professionalism of our people and business. To put this achievement into context, only 0.17% of accredited businesses across the globe achieve platinum status.” Martin continued: “Heron Bros is committed to employing the best people to ensure we retain the in-house knowledge and expertise required so that we continue to deliver the high quality service our clients expect. We believe in providing ongoing training and development opportunities for all of our employees and providing a work place environment that inspires them to be the best that they can be. Our approach has resulted in a committed workforce that is dedicated to Building the future together.”

Heron Bros Celebrating 60 years in business 2 St Patricks St, Draperstown, Magherafelt BT45 7AL. |Telephone: 028 7962 8505 Email: info@heronbros.com | Website: www.heronbros.com


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HERON BROS BREAK CIOB RECORDS

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eron Bros has broken CIOB records. Never before in Ireland have so many members from one company been conferred before in the same ceremony. Heron Bros had seven of their employees conferred as CIOB members at the Ceremony on Saturday 15th October at 10am in The Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings, Stormont Belfast. The CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building) was granted a Royal Charter in 1980 with the objective of ‘promoting the science

and practice of building and construction for the public benefit, and to advance public education in this science and practice, including all necessary research and the publication of the results of all such research’. The CIOB is now considered the leading professional body in construction management and leadership, with corporate members authorised to use the designatory titles of ‘Chartered Builder’ or ‘Chartered Construction Manager’. Both of these titles are a mark of professionalism in the field of construction management and leadership. The CIOB has assessed and continues to monitor that its members are properly qualified, competent and abide by a code

of professional conduct and behaviour. The construction industry is moving at a very fast pace in terms of modern methods of construction, legislation and technology, so it is essential that chartered professionals keep up with changes for the benefit of the public, their employers and clients. If Continual Professional Development (CPD) is not carried out nor recorded, members run the risk of having their membership terminated. Grainne O’Kane, HR Manager for Heron Bros, said, “We are delighted to have had so many of our employees conferred as CIOB members in one ceremony. This is a testament to the

Heron Bros Celebrating 60 years in business 2 St Patricks St, Draperstown, Magherafelt BT45 7AL. |Telephone: 028 7962 8505 Email: info@heronbros.com | Website: www.heronbros.com

culture at Heron Bros and the great commitment of our staff. We encourage and support staff to continually develop and progress as professionals. By becoming Chartered CIOB members, our employees vow to keep their job knowledge and qualifications current and up to date and they commit to abide by a strict code of ethical conduct.”


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LOOKING FORWARD

£110M WORTH OF CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS SECURED

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eron Bros has got 2017 off to a flying start by announcing over £110m worth of new construction projects in Northern Ireland and Scotland. The projects include Belfast Leisure Transformation Programme, Dairy Hall Leisure Complex in Newtownards, new Porsche dealership in Belfast, Bargarran Primary School in Renfrewshire and Arthurlie Family Centre in East Renfrewshire. The Belfast Leisure Transformation Programme is the largest single capital contract ever let by Belfast City Council at £105m. Heron Bros will initially begin work on three new leisure facilities across the city with a capital value of £60m. These will replace the existing facilities at Andersonstown Leisure Centre, the Robinson Centre and Brook Activity Centre. Preparatory works are already underway at the Robinson Centre, with building also scheduled to start this summer at Andersonstown and Brook. All three new centres are due for completion by summer 2019. The new £30m Leisure Facility at Dairy Hall will act as the primary leisure destination for Newtownards and the surrounding area. Inside the centre there will be 3 swimming pools, gym, spa facilities, spin & dance studios, 6-court sports hall, changing areas, internal play areas, support spaces, party rooms, café and kitchen area. The outdoor facilities are to include a 60m x 43m covered pitch, External play areas, Adventure Park and Skate Park and a proposed external BMX/ Mountain Bike track. Heron Bros is to begin on site in Newtownards

in February 2017 and the scheme is to last 20 months, with handover expected to take place in October 2018. Heron Bros has also commenced on site the new £4.5M Porsche dealership. The facility will comprise Porsche’s new centre for sales and servicing in the Titanic Quarter, as part of the larger regeneration of Belfast’s Titanic Quarter. Project completion is expected in late 2017. Heron Bros is set to continue their expansion in Scotland, having been recently awarded

Plans for the new £4.5m Porsche dealership in Belfast

Dairy Hall Leisure Park in Newtownards

two prestigious projects by Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire Councils. In Renfrewshire, Heron Bros has been appointed as main contractor of the £14m Bargarran Primary School, St John’s Bosco Joint Faith Primary School & Nursery. The project involves the construction of a new two storey building and shared site facility to replace the existing two adjacent schools. The works are to be carried out in phases to ensure the safe running of both existing live schools while the new shared building is being constructed. Works are scheduled to last 185 weeks, beginning in February 2017 with handover expected in January 2019. In East Renfrewshire, the £5m Arthurlie Family Centre is located within the grounds of the former Auchenback Primary School. The contract involves the construction of new single storey building to create a family centre, providing early

education for age 0-5 year olds with a total capacity for 170 child spaces. Heron Bros are also to provide secure outdoor play areas and sufficient car parking and drop off areas for parents. The project is to be delivered over 42 weeks with work beginning on-site in January 2017 and is expected to be completed in November 2017. Noel Mullan, Commercial Director at Heron Bros, said; “Following a successful 2016, we are delighted to begin a New Year by announcing that Heron Bros has been awarded over £110M worth of construction work both in Northern Ireland and Scotland.” “The Belfast Leisure Transformation Programme and the New Ards Leisure facility will enable us to expand on our impressive portfolio of leisure facilities whilst providing significant community benefits to the wider Belfast and Newtownards areas. Heron Bros will deliver a worldclass, luxury Porsche dealership in Titanic Belfast illustrating our continued ability to construct high-

end facilities.” “Bargarran Primary school further cements our reputation on high quality education projects, whilst the Arthurlie Family Centre showcases our expertise in delivering specialist education and secure facilities.” “Heron Bros is committed to developing long-lasting and collaborative relationships with our supply chain partners as we recognise the value this adds to our business. As always we are eager to build a network of contacts in the respective locations so that we can make our local supply chain as robust as possible.” Heron Bros’ Subcontractor Handbook is now available on their website. This handbook provides more information about the company and further details on how to become an approved partner. Applications to become a quality-approved subcontractor can also be submitted online at: www.heronbros.com/connect/ work-with-us/supply-chain

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Troup Bywaters + Anders one of the first in UK Construction Industry to achieve Platinum Investors in People standard. Troup Bywaters + Anders (TB+A) are an award-winning consulting building services and engineering partnership that have been ‘bringing buildings to life’ since 1958. We employ approximately 210 technical and administrative staff in eight design centres UK-wide. With nearly sixty years of experience we have had the opportunity to work for a wide variety of clients, completing a diverse range of projects across the UK and Europe. In 2016 Troup Bywaters + Anders were delighted to join just two other organisations in the construction industry to be awarded the Platinum standard by Investors in People (IiP). Organisations that meet the world-recognised Investors in People Platinum Standard reflect the very best in people management excellence and is designed to highlight the top employers, with only 26 businesses globally accredited at Platinum level (as of 13th January 2017). “To have achieved the coveted platinum standard means so much and is testament to our great teams of people across the country and our commitment to providing the very best service to our clients.” said Peter Anderson, Managing Partner at Troup Bywaters + Anders. He adds “The growth and development of our people are fundamental to our strategy and to the future success of our business. To be recognised for our people management is an exceptional achievement and one the whole team at TB+A are extremely proud of ”. In the last five years our work has achieved more than 35 awards of excellence, a testament to our winning teams across the sectors. In 2016, we were included in the Building Good Employer Guide for the 8th consecutive year, were crowned winners of the Excellence in Social Responsibility category at the IiP Awards, winners of the Medium Employer of the year category at the National Apprenticeship Awards, winners of Best Apprenticeship Scheme at the CIPD People Management Awards and winners of Best Apprenticeship Scheme at the Construction Investing in Talent Awards.

The TB+A Belfast office have enjoyed forming partnerships with our clients and design teams to set the standard for building services in the region. From educational and commercial projects through to healthcare and retail we continue to work in close collaboration across all these sectors, providing the highest quality service our clients expect.

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+ TB+A Belfast office was opened in 2010 operating successfully for over 7 years. + Have a team of 9 people one of which is an apprentice and one a graduate. + Some of our major clients include Queens University Belfast, Deloitte, PwC, DENI. If you would like to speak to us about any forthcoming projects or M&E requirements, please do not hesitate to contact: Andrew Campbell on +44 (0)2890 687 955 or a.campbell@tbanda.com

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Sika has continued to strengthen its position as the worldwide market leader in construction chemicals during the last few years, despite the global economic situation. As part of this expansion, Sika has maintained a strong focus on providing flooring and coating systems for many different applications and extending them worldwide. Today Sika provides a full range of flooring and coating solutions, which meet or exceed all of the latest standards and requirements for both new and refurbishment works. The latest developments from our new technologies and new systems from our acquisitions, together with testing and approvals to updated standards, make it necessary to update and expand this brochure for our flooring products and their system build-ups. Additionally Sika has developed new products for additional industrial and commercial applications, and also now helps you to define the most suitable flooring products and systems for your projects in accordance with the latest information on sustainability and in regard to their whole life cycle costing.

Comfort and Care Sikas ComfortFloor® sytems for commercial, healthcare and public building areas are soft enough to provide underfoot comfort in those areas where personnel stand for long periods of time. These resilient flooring solutions not only reduce footfall noise and horizontal noise transmission, but also resist scratching by their elastic deformation and recovery. Possibly the most fundamental criterion and certainly the first question to ask when selecting a floor is: What is the required design life – 2, 5, 10 or 20 years? Is frequent or regular maintenance feasible or desirable? The floor specification must obviously be designed to meet this life expectancy and durability, including the intended maintenance free periods. Sika ComfortFloor® systems can also be over-coated and given a facelift to effectively give them a second life without losing your original investment. Life Cycle Costing Different industries have different life cycle expectations for flooring systems.The cleaning and maintenance regime required for the floor has the highest impact on the life cycle cost. Sika can provide optimized flooring solutions to meet all of the specific requirements you may have.

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Thinking of a dream project? 13–19 May 2017


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Now running in its second year, ask an architect will be held across Northern Ireland from 13 May to 19 May 2017. During that week architects across the region will offer their services free of charge, giving advice to those considering a building or renovation project, in exchange for a minimum ÂŁ40 charitable donation to The Jill Todd Trust in partnership with Friends of the Cancer Centre. The initiative gives members of the public the opportunity to get expert advice from a chartered architect on building projects of all variations and sizes.

Thanks to our sponsors, all funds raised from ask an architect will be donated to The Jill Todd Trust, which was set up to commemorate the life of Jill, whose very active, talented and personable life was tragically taken by cancer. Jill was 23 and the daughter of local, well-known architect, Barrie Todd. The trust will present the final figure raised to the Friends of the Cancer Centre, to support local research at the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology, Belfast City Hospital, into finding a cure for cancer.

ask an architect is a Jill Todd Trust initiative, delivered by the Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA) and PLACE (the Built Environment Centre for Northern Ireland), with support from our kind sponsors.

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SUCCESSFUL CIOB ANNUAL DINNER IN BELFAST Conferring Ceremony at Parliament Buildings, Stormont. Retired Ireland and Ulster Rugby Captain Andy Ward was the after-dinner speaker and recalled various amusing stories about his professional rugby career. The event concluded with a presentation to David Little - long-serving member of the CIOB for his services to the Institute.

Over 190 people attended the Chartered Institute of Building’s (CIOB) Annual Dinner at the Hilton Hotel in Belfast on Friday 17th February 2017. With 18 top table guests from various professional bodies and organisations, along with representatives from a vast array of firms from throughout the construction industry, this was one of the CIOB’s largest events in recent years. The evening was hosted by Gerard Graham, Chair of the CIOB Belfast Hub, who gave an update on changes to the Institute, including the recently launched CIOB Academy. Tom Reid, Director at the Department for Infrastructure delivered the keynote industry address and highlighted that there will be an increase in early contractor involvement as well as more use of Design & Build contracts for future public sector construction projects. The special guest was Paul Marlow from McAleer & Rushe, who was recently crowned CIOB Construction Manager of the

Year UK for his work in projectmanaging the construction of a £29m student tower block in London. In landing the prize and beating 85 other finalists, at the age of just 30 he has become the youngest ever holder of the title throughout the competition’s 38 year history. Other local finalists in the competition who were recognised were Ciaran Tiffany from McAleer & Rushe (category winner), Seanie O’Hare from O’Hare & McGovern, Declan Doherty from Farrans Construction and Paul McClements from Farrans Construction. Students who won prizes were Julie-Ann Steele from McAleer & Rushe and Kerry Breen from Translink for top marks respectively on the full-time and part-time BSc (Hons) Construction Engineering and Management course at Ulster University, while Adrian Mullan from Mac-Interiors was awarded best Chartered Management Programme (CMP) student in Ireland. Draperstown-based Heron Bros was applauded for having the most conferrers at the recent CIOB

Sponsors of the event were: • Ridgeway • Hays • Tughans • JP Corry • Creagh Concrete • Training LMS • Keystone Group The CIOB is the world’s largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership. For more information,

visit www.ciob.org.uk.

Upcoming CIOB Events in Northern Ireland Event Title: Site Visit to Redevelopment of Windsor House Date: Thursday 16th March 2017 Time: 3:30pm Venue: GRAHAM Construction site entrance, 9-15 Bedford Street, Belfast, BT2 7EG Status: Fully booked Event Title: Workshop on Microsoft Project for Construction Managers Date: Tuesday 21st March 2017 Time: 6:00pm Venue: Mullan Training, 8-10 Amelia Street, Blackstaff Studios (Floors 1 & 5), Belfast, BT2 7GS Status: Last few places remaining Event Title: Meet the CIOB Date: Tuesday 4th April 2017 Time: 4:30-7:30pm Venue: Crowne Plaza, 117 Milltown Road, Shaw’s Bridge, Belfast, BT8 7XP Description: Come along and find out about: How to gain membership of the CIOB or upgrade your existing membership. How the relaunched Chartered Building Company/Consultancy scheme can help companies win new business. The new CIOB Academy. How Novus is developing the next generation of construction industry

leaders and managers. The change from Branch/Centre to Hub structure. This event will also give you the opportunity to meet the local committee and network with fellow construction professionals. Tea/coffee and refreshments will be served throughout. Status: This is drop-in format. This event is open to all and free to attend, although booking is encouraged. Other events being planned include: 1. Update on CDM Regulations in Northern Ireland. 2. Social Media use in Construction. 3. CIOB Annual Conferring Ceremony. Enquiries: Karen Menagh Member Services and Events Coordinator Belfast The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Tel: + 44 (0)7760 164101 Email: kmenagh@ciob.org.uk Web: www.ciob.org.uk


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AG ELECTRICAL GOES PAPERLESS WITH WORKPAL

WorkPal business development manager Ian Megahey with managing director of AG Electrical Adam Gilmore Local electrical and mechanical engineering company AG Electrical has saved money, countless hours of admin work and generated greater profits all while completely scraping their paper based system. WorkPal is a mobile and desktop app which streamlines workflow, with job management, time tracking, job reports and invoicing all from the palm of your hand. Mobile workers have access to customised job sheets from the mobile app, can be guided through their task and have the ability to report back instantaneously on the progress. Once a job is completed, WorkPal allows for speedy invoicing straight from the app. WorkPal’s customisable reporting tool allows AG Electrical to create reports in minutes, rather than days. With no need for paper reports AG Electrical is able to carry out risk

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Adam Gilmore, managing director at AG Electrical, who most recently completed the full electrical installation of the Bullitt Hotel in Belfast, said:

“AG Electrical was using a number of paper-based forms for each job, the delay in getting job reports and information back to the office, as well as the time taken for data re-entry was proving inefficient and expensive. WorkPal was able to transform how the company works by allowing them to track data in real time and invoice customers immediately, as well as including any risk assessment and vehicle checks required on the app.

“WorkPal has transformed the way we operate, from job scheduling to invoicing, everything is more efficient, allowing us to spend more time developing our business and less time trawling through paper work.” “We’ve used the system for less than two months and have already noticed a huge difference in the way our company operates, dramatically reducing the time we spend on admin.” Ian Megahey, business development manager for WorkPal said: “WorkPal is extremely user-friendly and with completely bespoke

“With GPS, time tracking and management, WorkPal increases productivity and gives clients an accurate method of capturing costs, putting an end to under billing or under estimating job times by improving

quotes. Logged job times and breakdowns of reports create both added value for client’s customers and a more transparent experience. “Businesses have saved up to £25,000 per year in administration costs, allowing the money to be put back into the business. With the app costing as little as £15 per month per user, customers can see further return on investment.” For more information on how WorkPal can transform your business and put an end to your paper work, contact one of the WorkPal team on 028 9027 1777, info@yourworkpal. com or visit yourworkpal.com


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INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO RISK ASSESSMENT TRAINING

CITB NI is working in partnership with South Eastern Regional College (SERC) to offer an innovative generic risk assessment training course. The course entitled, ‘A Beginners Guide to Risk Assessment’ has been devised to combine the theory behind why risk assessments are necessary with practical activities that will enhance understanding of the process using an innovative and novel approach. The training will be delivered over three hours and is designed to be useful to all sectors of industry from small businesses that need to be able to produce risk assessments to win or undertake contracts to large multinational organisations that have a number of individuals responsible for health and safety issues. The course will be delivered at CITB NI using their virtual environment training facility (VET360) to place the course participant in ‘virtual’ environments so they can identify potential risks in total safety. Barry Neilson, Chief Executive of CITB NI commented, “We have been using VET360 to enhance the learning experience of participants

on a number of our courses with great success. Being able to display 360 degree video footage that puts the observer in the middle of the work environment really makes the learning and awareness raising much more meaningful than traditional classroom-based learning methods. The development of this generic risk assessment course in partnership with SERC is the first in a series of training and awareness raising projects we are planning to develop which will support many sectors of industry”. Alongside the use of the VET360 facility a number of practical staged scenarios have been incorporated into the training. These activities allow the participants to practice undertaking a Risk Assessment using recommended pro forma templates that they can adopt to use in their own business or organisation. CITB NI and SERC are planning to commence the courses around Easter and the full programme of courses for the remainder of the year will be advertised through their websites and social media accounts so interested parties are advised to subscribe to receive updates. CITB NI is currently recruiting for its very successful Site Supervisor NVQ Level 4 Programme commencing in March 2007. This is aimed at potential

and current site supervisors and site managers working in the construction sector. The programme is delivered in a supportive workshop environment alongside personal mentoring, expert advice, support and site visits, as well as interactive training sessions in the VET360 to help achieve the

qualification. If you would like further details in relation to any of the above courses and how they can enhance your or your employees knowledge and understanding, please contact Lorraine at CITB NI on lorraine.fisher@citbni. org.uk or at 028 9082 4202.


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SPECIFYING INTELLIGENT FIRE DETECTION AND ALARM SYSTEMS

If you are a specifier of fire detection and alarm systems, it’s useful to be aware of the features and benefits of the latest fire alarm technology, to equip you with the knowledge to present an innovative and cost effective solution to your client. Local fire and security specialists, Diamond Systems, work closely with specifiers to provide the best solution to their client’s life safety needs. As a Systems House, Diamond Systems has partnerships with the world’s leading fire alarm manufacturers, who themselves invest heavily in research and development, to produce the very latest in innovative life safety systems. Siemens Building Technologies, one such partner of Diamond’s, is a market leader in fire and security systems, and a trendsetter in technology and innovation. Siemens provides some of the most advanced technology in the world. Diamond Systems were selected by Siemens as a Solutions Partner, based on over 30 years’ experience of delivering high quality, innovative fire and

security solutions. The Cerberus Pro range from Siemens is an intelligent fire detection and alarm system and is available from Diamond Systems.

7 INTELLIGENT FEATURES OF THE SIEMENS CERBERUS PRO RANGE: 1. ASA™ Technology – ASA™ Technology is a unique feature of the Cerberus Pro system. ASA™ detectors offer immunity to deceptive phenomena including steam, dust, and gas, whilst providing very fast, highly reliable detection in demanding environments, without false alarms. Typical applications include data and IT centres, hospitals and nursing homes, restaurants, garages and education facilities. 2. Degrade Mode – The Cerberus Pro system offers unrivalled protection with unique degrade mode functionality. Even in the event if a processor failure, a detector can still communicate an alarm to the panel, setting off all connected sounders, including loop sounders. Remote transmission to the fire brigade is unaffected.

3. EN54 & BS7273:4 Compliance – Powerful cause and effect programming allows solutions with the added benefits of full EN54 compliance. Cerberus Pro offers an EN54 approved, industrial LAN technology, otherwise known as a Backbone, connecting up to 14 clusters and networking up to 64 panels, allowing you to easily realise campus wide solutions.

complexities of applications. Utilising a phased approach to modernising existing conventional or addressable systems, Cerberus Pro can be installed in stages. 7. True Open Protocol – Cerberus Pro’s BACnet connection provides true open protocol integration with other BMS, security, plant, and lighting control systems. It is a future proof, intelligent solution for your client.

4. Enhanced Security and Safety – C-Net is installed as a loop, with all peripherals equipped with turbo isolators. The result? If a short circuit occurs, the defective part is detected and isolated. Alarms will still be transmitted.

The Diamond Systems Team offer free design support to specifiers, as well as CPD accredited training on applicable standards and codes of practice within the electronic fire and security industry.

5. A Cost Effective system–Cerberus Pro requires less installation time than other systems, less cabling and minimal operating costs. All detectors and peripherals communicate via and are powered by the C-Net, reducing wiring costs.

Visit www.diamondsystems.co.uk to find out more and register your interest in upcoming CPD sessions, and request a demonstration of the Siemens Cerberus Pro system by emailing sales@diamondsystems. co.uk.

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BELFAST TELEGRAPH PROPERTY AWARDS The Belfast Telegraph Property Awards took place recently in the Crowne Plaza Hotel. It was the second year of the awards and attracted over 500 guests. MC was Pamela Ballantine with entertainment from comedian Colin Murphy. There were 13 awards across 11 categories.

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award for Best Interior Design from Mark Reilly of Propertynews.com D: : Martin Mallon of Lambert Smith Hampton is presented with the award for Property Deal of the Year from Neil Logan of category sponsor Wilson Nesbitt Solicitors E: Joanne Stewart is presented with her trophy from Stuart Blair on behalf of Recruit NI F : Robert Ditty of CBRE is presented with the award for Commercial Estate Agency of the Year from Tracey Schofield of category sponsor A & L Goodbody G: Kirsty Finney is presented with her award from Anne Skeggs of category sponsor Mills Selig H: Michael and Laura Chandler of Michael Chandler Estate Agents collect their Award for Residential Estate Agency of the Year (Sole Branch) from Declan Moore of category sponsor Progressive Building Society and left Pamela Ballantine I: Art O’Hagan and Neil Conlon of CPS Property are presented with the Award for Residential Estate Agency of the Year (Multi Branch) from Declan Moore of category sponsor Progressive Building Society and left Pamela Ballantine


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THE VOICE OF THE INDUSTRY IN NORTHERN IRELAND

News in Brief...

CECC MEETS GOVERNMENT CLIENTS The Construction Employers Federation’s Civil Engineering Consultative Committee in mid-December met with the Government Clients to review their procurement programmes over the coming months. The three times yearly meeting saw updates from: • Northern Ireland Water • Transport NI • Translink • The Central Procurement Directorate • Rivers Agency To view the detailed updates please visit the Resources section of the Federation’s website. Alternatively, Federation members can request copies of the reports from David Fry: davidf@cefni.co.uk Federation publishes its responses to Programme for Government and Apprenticeship Levy consultations After detailed member consultation, the Federation published just before Christmas its responses to two key Northern Ireland Executive consultations: The Programme for Government and the Apprenticeship Levy. These are available to view on the Federation’s website via: https://www. cefni.co.uk/news/federation-publishesits-responses-to-programme-forgovernment-and-apprenti

FEDERATION PUBLISHES ITS RESPONSES TO PROGRAMME FOR GOVERNMENT AND APPRENTICESHIP LEVY CONSULTATIONS After detailed member consultation, the Federation published just before Christmas its responses to two key Northern Ireland Executive consultations: The Programme for Government and the Apprenticeship Levy. These are available to view on the Federation’s website via: https://www. cefni.co.uk/news/federation-publishesits-responses-to-programme-forgovernment-and-apprenti

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY RESPONDS TO RESIGNATION OF DEPUTY FIRST MINISTER

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ommenting after mid-January’s resignation by Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MLA, John Armstrong, Managing Director of the Construction Employers Federation said:

“At this time of significant political instability we would, yet again, encourage all parties to urgently find a way through this latest crisis by engaging in dialogue to resolve the impasse between now and the calling of an election. “However, this latest crisis is the latest in a very long line of crises which have and are continuing to drain confidence within the construction industry and indeed the wider business community. Put quite simply, Northern Ireland cannot go on like this. “Industry wants devolution to work. However we are currently faced with no budgetary certainty in terms of the public sector construction projects which will be coming to the market from 1st April and no certainty in respect of how Northern Ireland is going to respond to the significant challenge of the imposition of the Apprenticeship Levy and the double levy impact on many local contractors. This lack of certainty will have a huge impact on a significant number of construction firms whose future workloads, given their dependence on the public sector, are now met with a question mark. “Accompanied by the significant challenge of Brexit, which led to a downturn in 2016 of infrastructure workloads across the UK, we need a Northern Ireland Executive that works. The six months from May 2016, notably the development of an outcomes focused Programme for Government, had given rise to renewed optimism within the industry that a better era of government was evolving. It is hard to know exactly where we are today, but it is undoubtedly a mess that needs urgently resolved.”

FEDERATION COMMENTS ON TAL LIMITED ENTERING ADMINISTRATION

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ommenting on the news that Lisburn-based firm TAL Limited has entered administration, Construction Employers Federation Managing Director John Armstrong said: “This devastating news is a reminder, if one was needed, of the incredibly difficult circumstances that continue to face many firms within the local construction industry. Workloads are short, margins are tight and industry confidence remains incredibly low. “Indeed, in light of the ongoing political challenges at Stormont, this news reinforces the need for the Northern Ireland Executive to pro-actively address the challenges that our industry faces. “We hope that a positive resolution to TAL Limited’s current administration can be found so that jobs can be saved as well as maintaining existing workloads for subcontractors and suppliers.”

ARE YOU READY FOR THE NEW GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION?

Carson McDowell, the Federation’s Legal Patron, have put together important information for members on the impact of the new Regulation. The new Regulation will most likely become effective before the UK exits the EU. This means that regardless of the form of exit finally adopted, you’ll need to be ready. Please visit the Federation’s website to access the update. For further advice or information, please visit their website or contact a member of the Commercial Team on 028 9024 4951.


News in Brief... FERGAL KEANE OBE TO BE GUEST SPEAKER AT ANNUAL DINNER We are delighted to announce that Fergal Keane OBE, BBC Special Correspondent and Author, has agreed to be the Guest Speaker at our Annual Dinner at the Culloden Hotel on Friday 28 April. Following the great success of last year’s Dinner, we this year very much look forward to welcoming Fergal and hearing about his career and experiences as one of the BBC’s best-known international correspondents over the last three decades. A full biography of Fergal is available via the Federation’s website. Our format will continue to bring together the construction industry, key business professionals, senior civil servants and a wide variety of other dignitaries. Join us in the Stuart Suite of the Culloden Hotel on Friday 28 April for a drinks reception, followed by dinner, with further after dinner entertainment. If you would like to attend, please contact Tracy Windrim on tracyw@cefni. co.uk or 028 9087 7143. This special Black Tie event is designed for those members who want to entertain clients and business associates as well as those who just want a relaxing evening with partners. Either way it promises to be a truly memorable night!

ROAD TAX CHANGES – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Key changes to Vehicle Road Tax are coming in from 1 April and Federation Patron, Fleet Financial, have provided members with a free guide. The guide covers several areas including: •What cars the changes are applicable to •How Road Tax rates will be calculated •Impact on cars with a list price of over £40,000 The guide is available on the Federation’s website.

NOVEMBER 2016 BUDGET AND YOUR VEHICLES On the back of November’s Autumn Statement, Fleet Financial, one of the Federation’s Patrons, have put together a detailed update on how it affects members’ vehicles and your wider fleet. The update, which can be viewed on the Federation’s website, covers subjects including: • • • • • •

Tax allowances for purchased and leased cars, commercial vehicles Fuel Duty Vehicle Excise Duty Car Fuel Benefit Charge Company Van Benefit in Kind Company Car Benefit in Kind

If you would like further information on how Fleet Financial can help you and your business then please contact Damian Campbell, Sales Manager, on damiancampbell@fleetfinancial.co.uk or on 028 9084 9777.

SAFETY FOCUS: NEW BESPOKE HEALTH & SAFETY SERVICE Regardless of size, the safety of their workers is of paramount importance to all construction companies. Maintaining the constant focus required on health and safety can be difficult with all the other pressures on site. Every company’s requirements will be different whether it is advice and guidance or a complete review of health and safety processes and procedures. Safety Focus is the Construction Employers Federation’s (CEF) new health and safety service. The service provides members with access to a highly qualified but practical health and safety expert. Jon Mowbray is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and has in excess of twenty years’ experience as a construction health and safety practitioner. Safety Focus will deliver a service bespoke to each company’s needs, allowing a tailored approach to improving users health and safety performance. The options available include, but are not limited, to: * CDM Compliance Check * Documentation review * Review of site practices * Site inspections * Accident investigation * Reaction to an improvement notice * Action plan development for health and safety improvement * Health & Safety mentoring Members can use the service as and when required providing flexibility in a constantly evolving area of the industry. A free ten minute consultation is available for users to discuss their needs with Jon prior to arranging any further visits. Safety Focus will be charged on a half or full day basis. To arrange your free consultation please contact Janet Millar on 028 9087 7143.

LATEST ITERATION OF PROCUREMENT PIPELINE PUBLISHED The latest quarterly iteration of the Northern Ireland Executive’s Infrastructure Investment Pipeline was published at the end of January. Members can view the pre-procurement and in-procurement reports by accessing the Member Dashboard of the Federation’s website. Copies are also available for members on request from David Fry: davidf@cefni.co.uk The next update of the pipeline is due in April 2017.


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MIXED PICTURE FOR ‘CHALLENGING’ CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY Commenting on the Q3 2016 Northern Ireland Construction Bulletin, Federation Managing Director John Armstrong said: “The latest Northern Ireland Construction Bulletin reflects the incredibly challenging environment facing many local contractors and housebuilders. As we know from monthly data such as the PMI surveys which show that construction has contracted for nine months in a row, there are significant sustainability challenges in the short to medium term that are tied to low margins, insufficient pipelines of work, skills shortages and the potential impact of the Apprenticeship Levy. A vibrant construction industry is absolutely vital to economic growth and, with Northern Ireland now facing an Assembly election, many of the challenges and risks that confront us will only be exacerbated especially from a budgetary point of view. Given the recent administrations of several key players in the industry, this is a time of uncertainty that our industry can ill afford and we would encourage all parties to speedily

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY DETAILS ITS KEY PRIORITIES AHEAD OF ASSEMBLY ELECTION With a Northern Ireland Assembly election called for 2 March, the Construction Employers Federation has laid out its key priorities for the coming campaign and Executive formation thereafter.

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John Armstrong, Construction Employers Federation Managing Director, said: “A vibrant construction industry in Northern Ireland is absolutely vital to economic growth. In its totality, the industry employs north of 60,000 people locally and provides substantial additional economic benefits through its multiplier effect. However, the latest political impasse comes at a challenging and uncertain time for local contractors. Growth over the last 12 months has been limited at best, with the short to medium term horizon of new work looking mixed due to a combination of factors, undoubtedly including Brexit. “Ours is an industry facing significant sustainability challenges in the short to medium term that are tied to low margins, insufficient pipelines of work, skills shortages and the potential impact of the Apprenticeship Levy. The lack of clarity surrounding the Northern Ireland Executive’s budget post April is adding to these sustainability challenges and it is incumbent on all parties, post the election, to speedily address outstanding issues and get on with delivering the type of unified devolved government that Northern Ireland is desperately crying out to see.” Key calls to action are: • Urgent agreement of a 2017-21 Executive Budget that deals with, specifically, those ongoing construction projects that currently have no funding lines post the end of March • Delivery on procurement reform that deals with the key sustainability issues arising from low margins and insufficient pipelines of work that currently blight our industry • Addressing the impact of the Apprenticeship Levy in Northern Ireland where many contractors face paying two levies as of April • Agree and deliver a clear and unambiguous Northern Ireland voice on Brexit that addresses key industry concerns such as the need to maintain a soft border with the Republic; a continuation of the existing ease of bidding for work in the rest of the EU; access to the skills the industry needs to compete and grow and; access to the Single Market • A strong focus on the need to deliver more private housing by addressing key regulatory hurdles which hold back vital development unnecessarily – notably, the timeframes and processes involved in obtaining planning approval for schemes • The need for a multi-year budget approach for key spending areas such as water and waste infrastructure, road maintenance and social housing • Greater accountability around the timely delivery of the Executive’s infrastructure pipeline • A laser like focus on the completion of ongoing flagship schemes as well as a clear path towards the delivery of the York Street Interchange and Belfast Transport Hub projects including the full examination of alternative forms of finance to achieve this • The widening of the budget envelope available to the Northern Ireland public sector to invest in capital expenditure, notably via local council borrowing. In addition, key decisions must be urgently considered and taken in respect of separate domestic water charges and other so-called ‘super-parity’ measures to put Northern Ireland’s public finances on a sustainable footing • A timeframe for the taking forward of the Northern Ireland Investment Fund • Create, in the medium term, an entirely new public sector procurement and delivery agency Concluding, John Armstrong said: “The construction industry will be the bedrock of Northern Ireland’s future economic growth. A vibrant, modern, dynamic and growing industry is one that can enhance Northern Ireland’s global competitiveness – and it is that ambitious vision that we believe the Executive must achieve over the coming term and beyond.”


CSR CARD ACCEPTANCE IN THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND The Construction Skills Register (CSR) has a mutual recognition agreement with SOLAS in the Republic of Ireland that confirms the CSR one day health and safety course is deemed equivalent to the Safe Pass health and safety course and vice versa. The CSR one day health and safety course is the only course recognised as equivalent to the SOLAS Safe Pass course and CSR cards continue to be accepted in the Republic of Ireland. Current Regulation in the Republic of Ireland requires any construction worker who is engaged in any of the tasks listed in Schedule 5 of the Regulations to be in possession of the relevant valid Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) registration card. Included in the list of tasks are a number of types of plant machinery, scaffolding, roof & wall cladding/sheeting and built up roof felting. CSR does not have mutual recognition with the CSCS in the Republic of Ireland therefore CSR cards in these categories will not be accepted on site. CSR has met with SOLAS and continues to discuss a potential solution to this issue. It is likely that the work required to agree mutual recognition will take some time however there is an interim solution. The rules for a person who is legally established in an EU Member State to provide temporary services to a host EU Member State are more flexible than applications for recognition of qualifications for established workers. The requirements for individuals providing temporary services in Ireland must satisfy the following requirements: • The applicant must be legally established in an EU Member State. • The applicant must possess a relevant qualification (this does not have to be deemed equivalent to the FETAC qualification). • Where the profession is not regulated in the home state, they must have a minimum of two years’ experience in the last ten years working in their home state in their profession. • The applicant must not be prohibited from practicing their profession in their established state. • They must submit a signed declaration to the host state “Point of contact” or the Designated Authority, (SOLAS) before starting work and every year thereafter. The signed declaration should include: • • • • • • • • • • •

Full name of the individual Contact details (address, phone number, email address) The nationality of the individual Profession engaged in where they are established Regulated profession intended to engage in the host state (which must be the same profession/occupation) Confirmation of whether this is the first declaration in the host state or a renewal Documents to be submitted with the signed Declaration (copies will suffice): Proof of nationality (e.g. copy of Passport) Proof of legal establishment in an EU Member State (e.g. copy of Passport) Evidence of professional qualification (certificates) Proof that the person practiced their profession/occupation for at least two years in the last ten years in their home state (e.g. Employer statement).

Applications should be made to SOLAS, Castleforbes House, Castleforbes Road, Dublin 1. There is no charge for applying although the process must be completed on an annual basis. Applicants who meet the requirements receive a letter of confirmation.

CEF HEALTH & SAFETY COMMITTEE’S PLANS FOR 2017 The Construction Employers Federation (CEF) Health & Safety committee has been set up to encourage collaboration amongst CEF members leading to regular sharing of best practice in the interests of improving overall health and safety standards in our industry. One of the key functions of the committee is to liaise with the Health & Safety Executive Northern Ireland (HSENI) to promote improved health and safety standards on member construction sites. The committee has been developing a programme for work for 2017 that will focus on a key issue each quarter. Reflecting the continuing prevalence of working at heights in HSENI accident statistics the first quarter will focus on this along with scaffolding and excavations. Various materials will be made available over the coming month to assist contractors in dealing with these issues. The committee is chaired by David Wallace from Henry Brothers. The other current committee members are Michael Purkess (F P McCann), Jim Leitch (Northstone NI), Anthony Robb (Antrim Construction Company), Eleanor Forrest (Dixon Contractors), Martin McCann (Donaghmore Construction) and Caroline Hughes (Heron Brothers). Members come from a wide range of companies operating across the industry from civil engineering to private housebuilding to ensure a breadth of health and safety knowledge.


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CIVIL AND UTILITIES ProjectID Title 845451 €30m - Blanchardstown Regional Drainage Scheme (BRDS) 789874 £150m - A6 Dualling

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€30,000,000

Co. Dublin

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Community and Sport Community and Sport

£20,000,000 £20,000,000

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Education Education

€12,000,000 £9,200,000

Co. Wexford Co. Londonderry

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£100,000,000

Co. Tyrone

COMMUNITY AND SPORT ProjectID Title 888650 £20m - Leisure Centre 888649 £20m - Leisure Facility

EDUCATION ProjectID Title 802706 €12m - School Building 855320 £9.2m - School 882017 £100m - Shared Education Campus

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805402 £9.3m - Hotel 848435 £8m - Designer 63-Bedroom Hotel 806183 £5.4m - Student Accommodation 834067 £30m - 4-Star Hotel

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£9,307,720 £8,000,000

Co. Antrim Co. Antrim

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£5,435,786 £30,000,000

Co. Antrim Co. Antrim

850228 £25m - Hotel Development

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804596 €25m - Radiation Oncology Centre 824367 €17.2m - Nursing Home Development 850192 €12m - Nursing Home Development

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€25,000,000

Co. Cork

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Medical Medical

€17,206,875 €12,000,000

Co. Dublin Co. Dublin

896884 £9.1m - BHSCT Frameworks for Consultancy Services 836168 £35m - Hospital Extension

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£9,100,000 £35,953,421

Co. Antrim Co. Londonderry

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€51,079,000 €50,000,000

Co. Dublin Co. Galway

Tender On Site

Residential Residential

€14,000,000 €12,000,000

Co. Dublin Co. Dublin

576093 £8m - Housing Scheme, Phase 1 794169 £7.1m - Residential Development 899782 £320m - Heating Services 2016 903751 £17.5m - Social Housing Development

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Residential Residential

£8,142,165 £7,166,724

Co. Antrim Co. Antrim

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£320,000,000 £17,500,000

Co. Antrim Co. Londonderry

854435 £17m - Residential Development (246) 890640 £100m - Social Housing, Land, Design and Build

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Residential Residential

£17,021,250 £100,000,000

Co. Down Co. Antrim

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NEW DEPOT OPENS IN ASHBOURNE, CO. MEATH

Ridgeway officially opened doors to the public in an open day celebration at Ashbourne, Co. Meath with a range of suppliers, local media, dignitaries and construction representatives in attendance. Established in 1969 in Ridgeway Street, Belfast, this news of another Irish depot marks a significant development for the company which supplies to construction and

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engineering sectors. during the set up Fine Gael TD for Meath East and process, encouraging Government Chief Whip, Minister them to invest in the area. Regina Doherty, a Ratoath resident, Ireland-wide Delivery Service Ridgeway offer nationwide delivery opened the branch with a warm welcome to the area and genuine to customers within the RIDGEWAYservice enthusiasm for the added value construction, engineering and approach Ridgeway bring to their manufacturing industries. A vast Belfast business. Also in attendance range of products spanning metal Co. were counsellor Nick Killian and Antrim mesh, site, sports & perimeter Kevin Stewart, the Economic fencing, WPC Decking & Cladding, gabions, access equipment and Development Officer from Meath solutions, spray & pump, industrial County Council. Both have been of great assistance to Ridgeway walkways, PPE & Safety Solutions

complementing a hire, sale, service and training delivery. Both depots in Belfast and Ashbourne feature a call in trade counter, which is fully stocked with quality brands at competitive prices and coffee bar for passing trade en route to site. To speak to someone at Ridgeway, please call +353 (01) 8027173 +44 (02890) 454599 or visit www. ridgeway-online.com


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NEW NAME, NEW BRAND AND NEW 8000SQFT MANUFACTURING PREMISES HAS SEEN CARRICKFERGUS BASED SIGNAGE MANUFACTURERS BEYOND SIGNAGE EXPAND THEIR COMPANY REACH RIGHT ACROSS THE WHOLE OF IRELAND AND INTO THE UK.

Formerly known as Creative Designs NI LTD the company re-branded to Beyond Signage at the start of 2017. Company Director, David Foster, says “our growth over the last two years and the services we offered just didn’t correspond to our old brand any longer. We now offer a full wayfinding consultancy and design service, isometric and structural drawings as well as a full

signage specification service for larger projects that is being made available to architects and main contractors. After consulting with a long term client and branding specialist Darragh Neely from Darragh Neely Design, Darragh recommended the name Beyond

Signage with the tagline Over and Above as he felt this reflected the service that he had received from us over the years, as well as covering the new services we had started to offer new and existing clients” From their new premises in Carrickfergus the company have now got a full manufacturing facility and have invested heavily in a new CNC router, aluminium brake press and new wide format printer and laminator in the graphics department. Beyond Signage can now manufacture in house: braille & tactile signage, wayfinding systems, totem signs, built up letters, petrol station canopies and all types of retail and corporate signage requirements. They are also ideally situated 12 miles outside Belfast so have established themselves in a location that makes the whole of Ireland easily accessible and easily covered by their installation teams. The new services offered should

appeal to architects and main contractors at the beginning or tender stages of new builds. The design team are able to provide a full consultancy service that includes the design of all internal and external signage as well as the specification required of each sign to

suit each site, government and DDA regulations when required. This can be provided as a general consultancy service or as a package that can be sent out to tender at the outset of a project. The company’s main aim over the next two years is to establish itself as a main signage contractor for the construction and petrol forecourt markets. “We want to build upon the foundation we have already set with some of Ireland’s main contractors and fuel suppliers” says David. “We believe the wayfinding and external identity signage we supply is second to none in terms of efficiency, cost, design and end user experience. All of our systems can be designed to suit each environments corporate colours or brand, and government and DDA regulations will always be taken into consideration from the outset”. “This is an exciting time for Beyond Signage and we are so excited to see what the future holds. The capabilities we now have are endless and our client list is growing week by week. We are looking to branch out even further into

the petrol station forecourt and construction markets in 2017 and have invested in the equipment and resources to make that happen. We consult with project managers, architects, designers, shop-fitter’s, main contractors and end users to discuss in detail their requirements no matter how bespoke, and our in house design and manufacturing team will help turn their ideas into a finished product that always exceeds all expectations” Beyond Signage , Unit 6, 75 Woodburn Road, Carrickfergus, BT38 8PX. www.beyond-signage.com


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Hays |63

HAYS WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CIOB

The construction industry in Belfast is going through a resurgence, with latest reports revealing 30 major schemes are either underway or recently completed across the city.

According to the Deloitte Belfast Office Crane Survey 2017, more than 1,000 hotel rooms are currently being constructed or have recently been completed across the city, including the Grand Central and Maldron hotels, in the Bedford Street area, and a new Marriott Hotel at Belfast Harbour’s City Quays. It’s good news, but one of the biggest challenges now for construction employers is staff retention within what has always been a fluid labour market. The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) says this is one of the prime concerns at the moment for its members - which is why it has teamed up with Hays Recruitment to attract students into the industry and invest in its people. Over the past number of months, we have been involved in Q&A sessions with the CIOB and its members to build understanding of issues such as ‘employee experience’ – including successfully onboarding new talent and how to build a trusted ‘employer brand’. Gerard Graham, Chair of the CIOB in Northern Ireland, says: “Our aim is to advance the relationship with Hays and other professional firms in order to create more value for our members. “Construction is all about people – human capital is every firm’s most valuable asset. It’s important to understand what motivates people and our aims in the CIOB are to help educate construction industry employers and guide them on how to attract and retain staff. “Listening to members, I understand that staff retention is important to them.” Mr Graham said the Cranes Survey has provided a welcome insight into the positive activity that construction organisations are seeing around Belfast. It revealed that 2,500 student bed spaces are being delivered across six developments, including schemes at York Street, next to the new

Mark Wade with Gerard Graham, Chair of the CIOB in Northern Ireland University of Ulster campus, the former Athletic Stores on Queen Street, Dublin Road, Great Patrick Street and College Avenue. Mr Graham conceded: “Uncertainty remains over macro issues like Brexit, however, I note a mood of cautious optimism within the industry. The main challenge is to ensure it is sustainable and that there is a steady pipeline of activity going forward, both in public and private sectors, to maintain growth.” Hays is the only accredited recruitment agency to be endorsed by CIOB in Northern Ireland, and has teamed up with the construction industry body to talk to students

about the opportunities that are out there. CIOB is now reaching out to more colleges and engaging with students to highlight the variety of potential pathways on offer within the construction industry. In cooperation with Hays, the CIOB regularly conducts presentations and information sessions with students to tease out more detail on salary levels, skills shortages and career avenues. Hays also publishes an annual ‘Salary & Recruiting Trends’ Guide, which this year surveyed 231 employers and 460 employees from across Northern Ireland. I would urge professionals, and those considering a career within

the industry, to request a copy of the Salary Guide at hays.co.uk/salary-guide our team are happy to meet with professionals who are interested in discussing the findings further. As well as working with the CIOB within colleges, Hays is also making use of its network of global offices to track down graduates that were lost to the industry in Northern Ireland during the toughest recession years of 2007 to 2013. To find out more about opportunities available in Northern Ireland or to meet with a Hays professional, log on to www.hays.co.uk/northern-ireland/ or call 028 9044 6900.


V B Evans & Company are pleased to have been chosen to undertake responsibility for the bi-monthly collation of this data and sponsor its publication. With over 70 years of experience in business the firm provides a wide range of quality assured professional quantity surveying and other consultancy services to Northern Ireland clients who seek value for money and appropriate contract advice for their building design or refurbishment proposals. The Specify Prices published here are representative of the market price of each building material, having been assessed from a variety of local sources which in the present competitive economic climate prefer not to be named. Readers are advised to verify individual prices with a local merchant for their particular needs since our prices are necessarily averaged for guidance purposes. We hope that these pages may be of assistance to readers but would welcome any constructive suggestions for amendment to include information which would be appropriate to your needs. Material prices at DJ January 2017 Prices are exclusive of VAT. Discounts will apply. This information is compiled specifically for Specify periodicals and is copyright.

Building Materials Prices

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

Web: www.vbevans.com

Quantity Surveying Building Surveying Project Management CDM Planning Supervision

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

FINISHED SOFTWOOD

Metric-sized concrete bricks delivered

Per 100 metres, ex-yard, random lengths, finished sizes. per 100m Parana Pine £63.00 20x8 £97.00 44x8 Whitewood £53.00 32x12 £84.50 69x12 £64.00 32x19 £75.00 44x19 £82.00 32x32 £142.50 69x32 £179.00 69x44 £230.00 94x44 £264.00 69x69

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

per 1,000 £380.00 £390.00 £345.00 £370.00 £370.00 £340.00 £335.00

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

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

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

Bulk Cement delivered in 15-tonne loads to Greater Belfast Area per tonne £153.00 Ordinary Portland Cement £181.00 Sulphate Resisting Cement

per tonne £372.00

CEMENT MORTARS In full loads delivered to Central Belfast per tonne £27.00 Standard 1 lime mortar Y4 £47.00 Tinted mortar ref. Y15 £54.00 Y135 £46.00 Y91 £52.00 Y10 £57.00

6mm sanded £54.00

9mm sanded £57.00

12mm sanded £74.00

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

CEMENT

Ordinary Portland Cement

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

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

BRICKS

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

Chartered Surveyors

CONCRETE BLOCKS

6mm £68.00

9mm £82.00

12mm £105.50

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

£322.00 £379.00 £336.00 £11.00 £15.00 £17.00 £11.50 £11.00 £14.00 £28.00


Evans |81 of In theVB next issue READY MIXED CONCRETES Ordinary Portland Cement in full loads delivered to Central Belfast per cub. metre £68.00 1:10 by volume £83.00 1:2:4 by volume £74.00 1:3:6 by volume £69.00 20 N/mm2:20mm aggregate £73.00 25 N/mm2:20mm aggregate £77.00 30 N/mm2:20mm aggregate

Thrutone Thrutone Relief

per 1,000 £1540.00 £1650.00

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

£890.00 £890.00 £890.00 per tile £5.00 £5.80

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

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

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

£94.00 £69.00 £80.50 £98.50 £108.00

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

STEEL REINFORCEMENT

ROOF SLATES AND TILES Fibre Cement Slates ex-yard

SOFTWOOD FLOORING, SHEETING AND PANELING

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

SAWN WHITEWOOD

Mild Steel reinforcing bars to BS 4449. High yield steel reinforcing bars to BS 4449/4461. One size, bent and labelled, per tonne, delivered to Central Belfast Diameter/mm Mild Steel High Yield 6 £770.00 £865.00 8 £770.00 £865.00 10 £770.00 £865.00 12 £770.00 £865.00 20 £770.00 £865.00 25 £770.00 £865.00 32 £770.00 £865.00 40 £770.00 £865.00 Mesh Fabric to BS 4483 ex-yard per sheet (one or mixed references) per sheet BS reference A 98 £38.50 A142 £38.50 A193 £42.50 A252 £47.00 A393 £80.00 B503 £80.00 B785 £88.00 Heavy section steel ex-yard in lots of over 5T per tonne UC 152x152x23 £1030.00 203x203x46 £1375.00 254x254x73 £1435.00 305x305x118 £1320.00 356x368x153 £1505.00 UB

305x165x40 356x127x37 406x140x39 457x152x52 533x210x82

£1320.00 £1320.00 £1320.00 £1320.00 £1320.00

MAY/JUNE EDITION

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

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

TERMS FOR GLASSROCK Non-combustible asbestos-free fire-resisting board - price per sheet up to 149m2. 6mm 10mm 12.5mm sanded sanded sanded 2400x1200 £54.00 £56.00 £75.00

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

£83.00 £98.00 £115.00 £171.00 £101.00 £135.00 £180.00 £245.00 £340.00

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

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

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66| INTERVIEW

Specify talks to Martin Hare, RIBA, Chairman, Northern Ireland Construction Industry Group Professionals Council Q: How did you start off? A: At the age of 16 as several of my friends headed off to pursue football careers at illustrious English clubs I realised Manchester United really was only ever going to be the “Theatre of Dreams” for me. So, I settled on my next passion – Architecture. I graduated from QUB and became RIBA chartered in 1990 after which I joined McAdam Design. In 1994 I completed an MSc in Construction & Project Management at Ulster University and joined the Association for Project Management (APM) the following year. I became a Director in McAdam Design in 2000.

Q: What have been the highlights of your career so far? A: In 2008 McAdam Design won a PFI Design Competition to replace the Boys Model School in Belfast. Upon completion in 2011 it won the CEF Achieving Excellence Award for both the Best Education Project and the Best Overall Project in Northern Ireland that year. This was particularly satisfying as I was a past pupil of the school. In addition, I have been honoured to serve as both Chairman of APM’s Northern Ireland branch and RSUA President.

Q: What was the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

A: Compromise can be the bed fellow of mediocrity! While I firmly believe that construction is a team game and collaboration is key sometimes bloody mindedness is required.

Q: What would you say to students who are considering a career in construction? A: Construction is challenging however it delivers something tangible and long lasting (often beyond your lifespan) which can create a tremendous sense of achievement

Q: Do you think the construction sector needs more support from Stormont?

A: The world is changing and perhaps not for the better. Brexit has created a large degree of uncertainty and trepidation at a time when the Northern Irish construction Industry was beginning to emerge from recession. It is against this challenging backdrop that Stormont must work closely with the local construction industry to provide certainty and stability. This is no small task and may require a degree of new thinking from both the Public and Private sectors. As the new Chairman of the Northern Ireland Construction Industry Group Professionals Council I represent an umbrella group which brings together 18 leading construction professional bodies. This provides a unified voice for engagement with Stormont on the issues which really matter.

Q: What needs to be done to help the NI construction sector? A: We need greater integration between Consultant and Contractor and more efficiency between inception and delivery. The recently formed NI Construction Group which brings together all aspects of the construction industry will provide an excellent opportunity for holistic thinking on these issues. From the Professional Council standpoint, we will promote: 1. Education & Training by assisting government initiatives and where appropriate identifying gaps and

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suggesting improvements via analysis of current trends & future forecasts Recruitment & Employment by helping to establish viable career paths underpinned by general pay & conditions which are sustainable and attractive. Professional Appointments founded on fair contracts, concise Scope of Service agreements and appropriate Professional Indemnity insurance cover arrangements. Appropriate Fees & Payment via fair and open competition which supports value-for-money appointments which are linked to realistic Payment Schedules to improve cash flow

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Procurement via collaboration with Government to ensure public procurement policy is implemented and that prequalification, as well as tender assessments are fair for all sectors

Q: Tell us something surprising about yourself… A: In 1998 I both sky dived from 13000 ft. and fell theatrically from the 3rd highest Bungee Jump in the World. While both events were life affirming, I have never been moved to repeat either.


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GreenďŹ eld Business Park no.2 Holywell Flintshire CH8 7GJ

T: +353 (42) 9698500

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