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FOR NI CONSTRUCTION net balance of +48). Private work at the interfaceSECTOR of the For the second year in a row, Newry-based Concerns around construction company the local political O’Hare & McGovern situation and the lack of availability of skills have taken the ‘Overall are adversely impacting Award’ at the Specify CEF on NorthernExcellence Ireland’s Construction construction sector, Awards. the latest RICS (Royal

Institution of Chartered Surveyors) and Tughans The Awards Gala Evening saw Northern Ireland the firm win the award for Construction its work on the IFAMarket National Survey suggests. Football Stadium at Windsor

Park. The 18,000 All other UKsuperb regionsnew saw the pace of seater stadium received itsthe official workload growth increase in first opening the awards quarter ofthe theday yearafter according to the survey,place whileatNorthern Ireland Hotel. saw took the Culloden ease within back. Expectations for Itgrowth was built the confines workloads amongst Northern Ireland of the existing Windsor Park respondents looking 12 months ahead which remained fully operational also softened, though remain relatively throughout the 98 week strong. construction facilitating Surveyors citedphase, the lack of a over 200,000 spectators functioning Northern Irelandat Executive and the and fact that there 63 international domestic are increasingly apparent skills the fixtures. The work involved shortages - partly to and Brexit - as demolition of thelinked south factors holding growth back. Some east stands, also refurbishment and respondents pointed to tender extension of thedue north west prices increasing to anand uplift stands. OHMG designed curved steel

North East and North West in material costs and rising wages, stands form Quadrant. This resultingtofrom thea lack of available curved design helped to create a skills. stadium to enhance the Ireland’s viewing Overall though, Northern construction of sector to remain experience the appears speactators in growth mode – albeit while at the same timethat the headline workload balance is at a on mitigating the impact of noise four-quarter low. neighbouring outside House-buildinghouses (both public and the stadium. private) and private commercial Our congratulations go to the construction were the sub-sectors experiencing workload growth, team at OHMG on their success. according Northern There wastoalso some Ireland cheer from respondents. The report. net balances for the latest RICS infrastructure and ‘public non-housing’ Building activity is still rising workloads however fell in the quarter. despite in Spokesman the The RICSuncertainty Construction economy, according to Sammon, the for Northern Ireland, Jim latest RICS (Royal Institution commented: “The picture painted by Chartered the Q1 survey is one of growth, of Surveyors) and and expectations looking 12-months Tughans Northern Ireland ahead remain relatively The Construction Market strong. Survey. growth in private commercial work Workloads were still rising in is welcome, and perhaps underlines the third quarter of the year, that Northern Ireland is a good according to Northern Ireland place in which to invest. However, surveyors, withsoftening only a very there is a clear in the data and surveyors remaininconcerned modest slowdown activity about thetopolitical relative Q2. situation and skills. I suspect there is also divergence in the market, with Greater Belfast

Housebuilding remained a key source of workload growth, with private housebuilding activity rising particularly strongly (a

Commercial activity was also perhaps seeing more activity than rising relatively robustlyIreland. (+23),And other parts of Northern according to the survey. local companies continue to do a

significant amount of work in GB, and

increasingly where the market In contrast Dublin, however, is buoyant and appears sustainably so. infrastructure workload Locally, we would urge the politicians growth remained weak (+5), to agree a deal as soon after the and below the UK Junesignificantly General Election as possible average (+17). and to form an Executive so that key Looking Northern decisions ahead, in relation to majorIreland projects can be taken. ” upbeat about the surveyors are Michael McCord, Construction prospects for growth, with a Partner, Tughans Solicitors, concurred: net balance of +50% expecting “Clearly some uncertainty lies ahead, workloads to be higher in a and rising input costs may impact on 12-month profitability. horizon. However, it is encouraging that the local construction sector

Infrastructure spending continues to drive growth is in still the face of some This is in relatively lowchallenges. in Northern part testament the ability of local Ireland and thetolatest companies to secure developments in theprestigious ongoing contracts in GB. The sector remains York Road Interchange does not crucial to the local economy as well, inspire confidence for the big in terms of employment, investment, government spending projects. and the benefits it delivers to society. Economist looks GovernmentJohn mustSimpson play its role in at creating an enabling so the Programme forenvironment Government that essential investmentBoards can happen.” Strategic Investment aspirations for next year and Pat Burns -Editor beyond… see pages 36 and 37. Pat Burns Editor

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McCue Helps Complete Ulster Hospital Redevelopment Invest NI Supports £10m Killeavy Castle Estate Hotel and Spa Development Trailertek were appointed as the distributor for Brian James Trailers in Ireland in 2012. The reputation of the Brian James Trailer as a premium quality product and the wide product range available has been a major factor in Trailertek’s success and strong sales performance since their appointment.

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NI Water recently held an event at Parliament Buildings at Stormont to highlight the achievements of the company’s first ten years - delivering what matters for the people of Northern Ireland.

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Balloo Hire has is celebrating 30 years in business this year, having started in 1987 by founder Dan Mc Caffery. Having started the business with only 2 compressors 1 roller and 1 van, the business has evolved significantly over the years…

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Colby House Reconfiguration Project for Turkington Construction.

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Problems of uncertainty for the public sector capital budget remain, according to John Simpson.

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Students from Southern Regional College (SRC) have won a record haul of awards at Northern Ireland’s premier construction skills competition.

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CITB NI are helping to develop skills and training for the local construction industry.

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Mantlin Ltd, owners of the Slieve Rushen Wind farm in southwest Fermanagh have announced a new community fund in conjunction with the Fermanagh Trust. Mantlin Ltd will donate £50,000 a year to the Fermanagh Trust to support the initiative and it is hoped that this funding will continue throughout the lifetime of the wind farm’s operation.

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HSS Hire opens a new depot in Limerick.

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At the Construction Employers Federation Annual Dinner, Federation President David Henry called for a new spirit of ambition and innovation within the Northern Ireland public sector to help stimulate and unlock infrastructure delivery.

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MCCUE HELPS COMPLETE ULSTER HOSPITAL Harvey Group acquires Solmatix as part of 5 year REDEVELOPMENT MCCUE Crafted Fit has growth plan in UK and Ireland. played an instrumental part in the completion services of NI newM&E Inpatient Ward Block at the Ulster Newtownabbey-based Hospital, which began in M&E services company, 2008 costing £261m. Harvey Group, has acquired Northern Ireland renewable Having provided bespokeSolmatix interiors energy specialists, for the new Phase B Inpatient Ward Renewables move the288 Block, in particular,infora the unique companies say will transform single en-suite bedrooms McCue used the edge renewable sector cutting materialsenergy and technology Northern Ireland and act for in advanced infection control. Theascompany used the for latest Corian a springboard further solidexpansion surface material for the walls and into the multisurfaces in the en-suite million pound UKbathrooms, and Ireland because of its hygienic properties renewable energy markets. and its durability. This product is The acquisition, for an thermoformed, with no seams or undisclosed sum, will bring to 110 joints, allowing for tighter infection the number of people employed control with the appropriate upkeep by the Harvey Group in anddirectly maintenance. Ireland and Great Britain. LesNorthern McCracken, Managing Director, McCueWith Crafted Fit explains: “McCue a turnover of £30 million is proud to have played our part in and over 80 staff, Harvey Group some providing Northern hasway overin30 years’ experience in the design, installation and maintenance of building services within every conceivable kind of building type throughout NI, GB and RoI, including Pharmaceutical/ Cleanrooms, Laboratories, Education, Government and Healthcare . Richard and NorahAnne Bell foundedofSolmatix Construction the new Renewables Ireland in 2008, andFire since & then Northern

Ireland a new Ward Block in the Ulster Hopsital. By supplying the most advanced infection control materials and utilising our bespoke joinery and havetoensured the workmanship company has we grown achieve a that it is fit for purpose and the 21st turnover of £6 million, with 30 staff Century.” operating from its Nutt’s Corner premises. With over 60 years’ industry As a result of the deal, Solmatix experience, Carrickfergus-based will continue toFit operate as anin high McCue Crafted specialises quality refurbishment and fitting out, autonomous and independent incompany addition within to offering bespoke Harvey Groupjoinery services to a wide range of customers Brian Harvey, managing director inofvarying Harveysectors. Group, said there was Les added; “Corian is on the cutting a perfect fit between the two edge of hospital infection control, organisations. and McCue Crafted Fit is a certified “We have beenprovider planninginto network-approved grow our Ireland. renewables involvement Northern The applications for materials are endless, with forthis some time, either organically some customers even requesting or through the acquisition of an the material to be usedHaving in theirworked kitchens established player. and bathrooms. ” with Solmatix Renewables on “It has always been important to a number of contracts, we’d us at McCue to be at the forefront been impressed with ofalways technology, ensuring we offer their engineering rigour and professionalism. In fact, there seemed to be a natural synergy between our two companies in terms of what we do and how we do it. I approached Richard Bell about a year ago to float the idea of our companies coming together, but only if there was a good fit. After careful consideration we both agreed that this would indeed be mutually

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

beneficial. From my perspective, having Solmatix as part of Harvey Group gives us a level of expertise thatmost would have taken us yearsand to the up-to-date products acquire to otherwise. services our clients. This new “Harvey Group and isSolmatix hospital redevelopment but one 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

as great news for Solmatix, its customers, suppliers and staff. “In many respects, it’s a case of ‘business usual’. However, such project as and we are glad toinhave real terms, being part of thissector larger in helped transform the health organisation will give Northern Ireland. ” us access to 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. “

WORK STARTS ON SITE OF THE NORTHERN IRELAND FIRE & RESCUE SERVICE’S NEW LOGISTICS SUPPORT CENTRE Rescue Service (NIFRS) Logistics Support Centre on Boucher Crescent, Belfast has recently commenced, following the appointment of Principal Contractors, Lowry Building & Civil Engineering. The £7.8m project is expected to be complete by spring 2018.

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

HLM, a leading architecture and design company with offices in Belfast, designed the new Logistics Support Centre, which will be the main hub for the maintenance, WItH a reputation for servicing and repair of the NIRFS’s excellence in constructing high fire appliances and operational quality projects, tAL Limited equipment. The service’s current has been awarded a significant workshops at Central Fire Station in Belfast, NIFRS Headquarters contract (£3.1m) by global in Lisburndiagnostics and the equipment medical company workshop Randox. in the Learning & Development Centre will all This initial contract is for the relocate to Boucher Crescent. construction of will a new for As the stores all facility be located

production of Randox’s pioneering medical diagnostic products and will also include associated administrative functions. The works are the first phase of a major capital expenditure project by Randox to develop the former Massereene Army Barracks into ‘Randox Science Park’ – a futuristic R&D and manufacturing facility. The award-winning, international biotechnology firm, under one roof it will allow for the effective provision of supplies unveiled its plans for an innovative to parts of acre the organisation huballon the 43 site earlier this and year.promote greater control across the business. The standby Welcoming the announcement, Regional Control Centre will also Damien Hughes, be located here.Director of TAL Limited commented: “We are Approximately NIFRS staff will delighted to have40 been awarded

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.” be The based at the bespoke project willnew be delivered facility, the benefit of to BIMwhich level 2with in partnership support alongside will with the services design team Ostick and greatly enhance efficiency. The Williams Architects, Rainey & Best, NIFRS will also run its technical Doran Consulting,workshops Delap & Waller communication from Consulting Engineers and Charles the new base. Hutchison Consulting. worked HLM has previously with on their flagship DrNIFRS 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 Headquarters whichand conditions suchinasOmagh, cancer, stroke has scooped nominated heart disease.and Webeen will also provide a for numerous significant boostawards to the including local economy a top Construction Excellence through new job creation. We very Award last year, both RICS and muchMaster look forward with FMB Buildertoofworking the Year TAL on this initial contract to deliver Awards, the William Keown Trust the high quality infrastructure we Accessibility Award and as runnerup in the require. ” Sustainable Ireland

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Clearpower wins SEAIasProduct Harvey Group acquires Solmatix part of 5 year growth in UKand and Ireland. of theplan Show Best Services NI M&E services company acquires renewable energy specialists Provider

the company has grown to achieve a Newtownabbey-based turnover of £6 million, with 30 staff M&E services company, operating from its Nutt’s Corner Harvey Group, has acquired premises. Northern Ireland renewable As a result of the deal, Solmatix energy specialists, Solmatix will continue to operate as an Renewables in a move the autonomous and independent companies say will transform company within Harvey Group the renewable energy sector Brian Harvey, managing director in Northern Ireland and act of Harvey Group, said there was as a springboard for further a perfect fit between the two expansion into the multiorganisations. million pound UK and Ireland “We have been planning to renewable energy markets. Celebrating the acquisition (from left) Norah-Anne Bell, Richard Bell, Brian Harvey, Gareth = The Eric Bolton and CiaranforMiller grow our Scale renewables involvement model showing the process from forest acquisition, an from Clearpower; Anthony Booth (Financial Controller, HarveyMulligan, Group). general manager, Clearpower, with Majella Joe Durkan, SEAI, Majella Kelleher, head of energy to heat end users, including logging, Kelleher, head of energy demand management, SEAI for some through time, either organically undisclosed sum, will bring to 110 as great news for Solmatix, its beneficial. From my perspective, demand management SEAI,employed Anthony Mulligan,or through seasoning, chipping,ofdelivery the acquisition an and combustion at end the number of people general manager, Clearpower, Tom Sheehy, customers, andwe staff. user sites. having Solmatix as Award’. part of”Harvey and by this, suppliers I mean that design, established player. Having worked directly by the Harvey Group in Clearpower and Brian Scannell, chairman of the “In fuel manyand respects, it’sour a case Group gives us a level of expertise install, maintain systems, Clearpower, with Solmatix Renewables on Northern Ireland and Great Britain. Commenting on their Judging Panel. of ‘business as usual’. However, into that would have taken us years to working with a client from start established in 2002, is one of Ireland’s Anthony a number success, of contracts, we’d With a turnover of £30 million finish and beyond. It gives ourlarger clients leading bioenergy companies. real terms, being part of this acquire wood otherwise. Mulligan, general The Forest to Harvey Heat Group always been impressed withmanager and over 80 staff, great confidence to know that they Its “Harvey Forest toGroup Heat Biomass system is organisation will give us access to and Solmatix Biomass of Clearpower, said, “I want their engineering rigour and to has over 30system years’ experience are dealingtechnical with theskills, samefinancial company ashare fully similar customisable heating system designed, supplied compliment our experienced and enhanced values, by which I mean professionalism. In fact, there seemed in thecontrolled design, installation throughout the entire process and for commercial customers. To and byand dedicated team at Clearpower, who resources and purchasing power. our commitment to professionalism, to be a natural synergy between maintenance of building services Clearpower in Tallaght, it helps to guarantee optimum date, the system has been installed were genuinely hopeful that our well Ultimately I believe lead and our desire to deliver our services to Dublin, won the overall our two companies terms of within every conceivable kind of performance of boththis thewill product for many well-known end users, established Forest toinHeat Biomass winner of the Product to greater growth and investment the very highest standards, andHotel the system. ” including IKEA, BSB Sky, Kelly’s what we do and how we do it. I building type throughout NI, GB System had the potential to do very ofand the Show Awards at within our operations, as well as importance we place Hotel, on treating our Rosslare, Brooklodge Monart approached RoI, including Pharmaceutical/ well at theseRichard Awards.Bell Weabout werea the Sustainable Energy Clearpower is ajob corporate Spa, Dublin’sour Charlestown Shopping more jobs and security. partner It’s a customers, suppliers and our staff year ago to float the idea of our Cleanrooms, Laboratories, absolutely delighted therefore that Authority of Ireland member of Engineers Ireland, a Centre, UCD, NUIG, OPW, Teagasc win-win relationship that’s good with courtesy and consideration.” in a very competitive field our (SEAI) Energy Show companies coming together, butentry only Education, Government and at member of theorganisation, Wood Fuel Quality andRichard the NHS. the RDS in April 2017. picked up, not only the best Service for our whole as Bell, the founder and if there was a good fit. After careful Healthcare . Richard and NorahAssurance Scheme (WFQA) and Ciaran Miller, design manager with Clearpower also won the consideration Category Award, the overall well as the to economy of ISO14001 Northern and managing director of Solmatix we but bothalso agreed Anne Bell founded Solmatix accredited ISO9001, Clearpower said, “The company’s Best Services Provider top accolade of ‘Product of The Show Ireland. “ Renewables described the acquisition that this would indeed be mutually Renewables in 2008, and since then ISO18001. USP lies in its very holistic approach Award.

DIAMOND FALSE FREE Lisburn firmSYSTEMS’ TAL awarded theALARM first major construction TECHNOLOGY SELECTED contract at Randox Science FOR Park NIFRS

Leading fire and security alarm specialists, Diamond Systems, were recently awarded the contract to install, commission, and maintain all of the electronic life safety and security systems within the new Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service Logisticsfor Support WItH a reputation Centre, currently under excellence in constructing high construction in Belfast. quality projects, tAL Limited has beenSystems, awarded a significant Diamond currently contract (£3.1m) by celebrating their 30 year global anniversary, medical diagnostics company were awarded the contract for IP video surveillance, biometric access Randox. control, gas extinguishing, intruder This initial contract is for the alarm, and fire detection and construction of a new facility alarm, for throughout the extensive site.

Steve Snoddon, Managing Director of Diamond production of Randox’s pioneering this contract with Randox, one of Director at Randox commented: “The Systems, explains, “Today’s medical diagnostic products and will Northern Ireland’s most dynamic development of Randox Science engineering solutions also include associated administrative and exciting businesses on a local Park is core to our plans to create must deliver value added functions.asThe are the first and global level. Through the quality innovative diagnostics, to improve benefits, wellworks as robust phase of a major capital of our work and the dedication and manufacturing efficiency to export functionality, and this is expenditure something do very project by we Randox to develop the professionalism of our team TAL has high-value healthcare capabilities to well. WeMassereene are delighted former Army Barracks steadily grown over the last 34 years world markets. This state-of-the-art to workingScience with Park’ – a intobe‘Randox and this contract award reinforces premises will become a centre of Caldwell Consulting on the futuristic R&D and manufacturing the strength of our expertise in the cutting-edge research, development NIFRS Logistics Support facility. The award-winning, healthcare sector. ” and diagnostic manufacture, covering Centre, with whom we international firm, The project will be delivered conditions such as cancer, stroke and have deliveredbiotechnology projects unveiled itsincluding plans forthe an innovative to BIM level 2 in partnership heart disease. We will also provide a in the past prestigious Bank hub on theUlster 43 acre site earlier this with the design team Ostick and significant boost to the local economy Headquarters in Belfast; year. Williams Architects, Rainey & Best, through new job creation. We very Victoria Apartments, Welcoming the announcement, Doran Consulting, Delap & Waller much look forward to working with Belfast; Ormeau Bakery Damien Hughes, Director of TAL Consulting Engineers and Charles TAL on this initial contract to deliver Apartments, Belfast; and Limited commented: “We are Hutchison Consulting. the high quality infrastructure we Whale Technology and Diamond Systems’ Directors (L-R Tom Snoddon, Steve Snoddon, Angela Bennett) view the plans delightedCentre, to haveBangor. been ”awarded Dr Peter FitzGerald, Managing require.” Polymer for the new NIFRS Logistics Support Centre in Belfast, following their recent contract award.

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INVEST NI SUPPORTS £10M KILLEAVY CASTLE ESTATE Harvey Group acquires Solmatix as part of 5 year HOTEL AND SPA DEVELOPMENT a valuable boost toand the tourism Ireland. the purchasing growth plan in UK infrastructure in the region. Invest of consumables

Invest Northern Ireland’s Chief Executive NI M&E services Alastair Hamilton has Newtownabbey-based announced a £983,000 offer Jaramas M&E to services company, Investments Harvey Group, NI has Ltd acquired toNorthern supportIreland the multirenewable million development of specialists, Solmatix aenergy luxury hotel and spa a move Estate. the atRenewables KilleavyinCastle companies say will transform Project. the renewable energy sector in Northern and act Alastair HamiltonIreland visited the historic as a at springboard further estate Slieve Gullionfor with Australian investor Mick Boyle. Speaking expansion into the multifollowing meeting, said: millionthe pound UKAlastair and Ireland “This is an exciting investment in renewable energy markets. SouthThe Armagh which will provide acquisition, for an undisclosed sum, will bring to 110 the number of people employed directly by the Harvey Group in Northern Ireland and Great Britain. With a turnover of £30 million and over 80 staff, Harvey Group has over 30 years’ experience in the design, installation and maintenance of building services within every conceivable kind of building type throughout NI, GB and RoI, including Pharmaceutical/ Cleanrooms, Laboratories, Education, Government and Healthcare . Richard and NorahAnne Bell founded Solmatix Renewables in 2008, and since then Killyhevlin Lakeside

the hotel company acquiresonce energy specialists andrenewable spa is

NI’s support is enabling Jaramas Investments to build and restore listed buildings into has an attractive the company grown todestination achieve a for visitorsofworldwide. turnover £6 million, with 30 staff operating from its Nutt’s Corner “The development of Killeavy premises. Castle, Hotel and Wellness Centre As a result the deal, is expected toofcreate overSolmatix 80 new will continue to operate as an jobs in the Newry, Mourne & Down autonomous andarea, independent District Council in addition to the employment generated during company within Harvey Group theBrian construction phase overdirector the next Harvey, managing twoHarvey years. Group, said there was of a perfect fit between the two “The economic benefits of this organisations. project also extend to the local supply “We havestands been planning chain which to benefittofrom grow our renewables involvement for some time, either organically or through the acquisition of an established player. Having worked with Solmatix Renewables on a number of contracts, we’d always been impressed with their engineering rigour and professionalism. In fact, there seemed to be a natural synergy between our two companies in terms of what we do and how we do it. I approached Richard Bell about a year ago to float the idea of our companies coming together, but only if there was a good fit. After careful consideration we both agreed of products support increasing that this wouldtoindeed be mutually

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operational in 2018.”

The multimillion project will involve the restoration of the Grade A Mike Boyle, Jaramas Investments Martair listed Killeavy Hamilton, Invest NI and Mark Donohoe, Project Castle for use Manager. as a Guest House and NI said: “We want to create a distinct meeting venue; the development visitor attraction that maximises the of a courtyard of Grade listed Celebrating the acquisition (fromBleft) Norah-Anne Bell, Richard and Bell, Brian Harvey, Gareth heritage beauty of the Killeavy Booth (Financial into Controller, Group). outbuildings a 40 Harvey bedroom Castle Estate and makes a positive boutique hotel and spa; and the as great newstoforthe Solmatix, its contribution local community. beneficial. From my perspective, construction of a permanent marquee customers, suppliers and staff. having Solmatix as part of Harvey as a special events suite, adjacent to “Support from Invest it’s NI aand “In many respects, caseNewry, Group giveswhich us a level of expertise the Castle will provide the Mourne and Down District willinmake of ‘business as usual’. However, that wouldtohave taken us years to frontage this space. a vital contribution in enabling us real terms, being of thisbuilding larger acquire otherwise. to undertake thepart extensive The formerGroup walledand garden on the organisation will give us access “Harvey Solmatix and restoration works. Progresstoon Estatesimilar will also be restored enhanced skills, financial share values, by whichand I mean the projecttechnical is well underway and the contain a café. Nature treks and walks Hotel, Spaand andpurchasing Wellness Centre resources power. is on our commitment to professionalism, will also be developed to align with track to beI believe operational by late Ultimately this will lead2018.” our to deliver services to the desire attractions of theour adjacent Slieve to greater growth and investment the very Forest highestPark. standards, and the Gullion Mick immigrated to Australia as within our operations, as well as importance we place on treating our a child in the late 1960s with his Commenting the significance more jobs and job security. a customers, ouron suppliers and our of staff parents, Michael and Pauline It’s Boyle the investment andconsideration. its progress,”Mick win-win relationship that’s good with courtesy and who both come from South Armagh. Boyle, owner of Jaramas Investments for our whole organisation, as Richard Bell, the founder and well as the economy of Northern managing director of Solmatix Ireland. “ Renewables described the acquisition

TWO NI BUILDERS RECEIVE UK’S MOST CONSIDERATE Lisburn firm TAL awarded the first major construction SITES AWARDS Hotel in Co Fermanagh has announced a £1.4 million investment in fourteen new lakeside lodges constructed by FastHouse, a modular construction company based in Limavady.

market demand for innovative solutions to shortages across construction sectors, including private residential and hospitality developments. The company is now supplying projects in the UK, Ireland and worldwide after a multi-million pound investment production of Randox’s pioneering in machinery and innovative medical diagnostic products and will technology last year. also associated administrative Johninclude Kelly from FastHouse functions. The works are the first commented: “The of Killyhevlin Hotelexpenditure Lodges phase a major capital are one-of-a-kind building project by Randox to develop the designed to a highArmy specification former Massereene Barracks and have benefitted from our into ‘Randox Science Park’ –a modular offsite timber system. futuristic R&D and manufacturing Our process not only brings the facility. benefitThe of award-winning, speed; as buildings are largely constructed in a controlled international biotechnology firm, factory its environment, the process unveiled plans for an innovative facilitates hub on the improved 43 acre sitehealth earlier&this safety standards, reduced waste year. and better quality. This method the is announcement, ofWelcoming construction providing Damien Hughes, Director of TAL an innovative solution for an Limited commented: are increasing range of“We customers. ”

contract at Randox Science Park Two of the six winning The lodges, situated on the bank of the scenic Lough Erne, were constructed in under 5 months using FastHouses’ signature closed panel timber frames, which are assembled offsite reducing completion times by up to 70% to ensure minimal waste and maximum efficiency. According to Leigh Watson, from WItH a reputation for Killyhevlin Hotel, Fermanagh excellence has played in anconstructing integral role inhigh quality projects, the expansion oftAL the Limited tourism has been significant sector in awarded NorthernaIreland, which has seen (£3.1m) a 12% increase with contract by global 1.1 million visitors recorded in medical diagnostics company 2016, yet quality self-catering Randox. accommodation facilities have not Thisthis initialincreasing contract isdemand. for the met construction facility for FastHouse of hasa new developed a range

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constructors fromone of this contract with Randox, around the UK who Northern Ireland’s most dynamic achieved the top award and exciting on a local from thebusinesses Considerate and global level. Through the quality Constructors Scheme are offrom our work and the dedication and N Ireland. professionalism of our team TAL has The Scheme’s National Site 34 years steadily grown over the last Awards are one of the most and this contract award reinforces revered accolades the in UKthe the strength of our within expertise construction industry. They recognise healthcare sector.” sites that have Scheme-registered The project delivered demonstrated will the be very highest to BIMoflevel 2 in partnership level consideration in respect of the community, environment and with the design team Ostick and workforce. Williams Architects, Rainey & Best, The two winning sites from N. Ireland Doran Consulting, Delap & Waller are: Consulting Engineers and Charles Hutchison Consulting. • Foyle College and Ebrington Dr Peter FitzGerald, Managing Primary School & Nursery - Heron

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Bros Ltd (Value Band 5: £10m to <£50m) Director at Randox commented: This ongoing contract involves “The development of Randox Science the construction of a new college, Park is core to our to create primary school andplans nursery on the site of a former army to barracks in a innovative diagnostics, improve residential areaefficiency of Londonderry. manufacturing to export high-value healthcare capabilities to • Ulster Hospital Phase B2 world markets. This state-of-the-art General Ward Block - Graham premises will become a centre of Bam Healthcare Partnership cutting-edge research, development (Value Band 6: £50m and over) and diagnostic manufacture, covering In the grounds large operational conditions such of as acancer, stroke and hospital in Dundonald, near provide Belfast, a heart disease. We will also this work involves the ongoing significant boost to the local economy construction of a new seven-storey through new job creation. We very ward building. much look forward to working with TAL thisNational initial contract to deliver The on 2017 Site Awards applied registered sites thatwe the high to quality infrastructure completed require. ” in 2016.

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TRAILERTEK INCREASE THE BRIAN JAMES TRAILERS DEALER Harvey Group acquires Solmatix as part of 5 year NETWORK ACROSS IRELAND. Multi Purpose – Connect Londonderry, The Trailer Company, growth plan in UK models and Ireland. Compact, Shifter, Tipper, Connect, Limerick City and Hanlon

Trailertek were appointed as the distributor for Brian NI M&E James Trailersservices in Ireland inNewtownabbey-based 2012. The reputation ofM&E theservices Brian James company, Trailer a premium Harvey as Group, has acquired quality product and Northern Ireland renewable the wide product energy specialists, Solmatix range available has Renewables in a factor move the been a major companies say will transform in Trailertek’s success the renewable energy sector and strong sales in Northern Ireland andtheir act performance since appointment. as a springboard for further expansion into the multiThe Brian pound James Trailers million UK andproduct Ireland range includes six Commercial & renewable energy markets. The acquisition, for an undisclosed sum, will bring to 110 the number of people employed directly by the Harvey Group in Northern Ireland and Great Britain. With a turnover of £30 million and over 80 staff, Harvey Group has over 30 years’ experience in the design, installation and maintenance of building services within every conceivable kind of building type throughout NI, GB and RoI, including Pharmaceutical/ Cleanrooms, Laboratories, Education, Government and Healthcare . Richard and NorahAnne Bell founded Solmatix Renewables in 2008, and since then

this year already ahead of target. The dealer network expansion will continue with further appointments to be announced in South Dublin, Cork and the border area, these appointments are expected to be confirmed and dealers trading in the near future. When the expansion plans are completed the dealer network will comprise of seven dealers in the Republic of Ireland and three in Northern Ireland. A strong dealer network is key for the continued success of the Brian James Trailer product range in Ireland and vital for customer confidence and satisfaction.

All Plant and Digger Plant and the Machinery Ltd Dundalk Co Louth. company acquires energy specialists European market leading range Therenewable new dealers join the existing

of Vehicle Transporter models the company has grown to achieve a which is ofwidely accepted as staff the turnover £6 million, with 30 industries top quality product. operating from its Nutt’s Corner Trailertek’s Managing Director premises. Clive Latimer is confident that the As a result thedealer deal, Solmatix expansion ofofthe network will continue to operate an success in Ireland will build onasthe autonomous and independent of recent years by continuing to increase within sales annually. company Harvey Group Brian Harvey, managing director New dealers have of Harvey Group, saidbeen thereappointed was the following locationsainperfect fit between the two Byrne Trailers Bunclody, Co organisations. Wexford, Eakin Bros Claudy, Co “We have been planning to grow our renewables involvement for some time, either organically or through the acquisition of an established player. Having worked with Solmatix Renewables on a number of contracts, we’d always been impressed with their engineering rigour and professionalism. In fact, there seemed to be a natural synergy between our two companies in terms of what we do and how we do it. I approached Richard Bell about a year ago to float the idea of our companies coming together, but only if there was a good fit. After careful consideration we both agreed that this would indeed be mutually

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established dealers, Trailertek (NI) Ltd Lurgan Co Armagh and Trailerstuff Ltd, Killybegs, Co Donegal. Full details of the dealer network in Ireland are available on Trailertek’s web site: www. trailertek.ie

Recently appointed dealers have reported an encouraging level of interest and sales enquiries since commencing trading, with sales for

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

as great news for Solmatix, its CBRE: 3,750 HOTEL ROOMS customers, suppliers and staff. IN THE PIPELINE “InAS many ASIAN respects, it’s a case of ‘business as usual’. However, in INVESTORS CIRCLE real terms, being part of this larger

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 The phenomenal revival share similar values,Ireland’s by which I mean in Northern our commitment professionalism, hotel sectortohas drawn thedesire attention our to deliver of our Asian services to investors, to the very highestaccording standards, and the agents CBRE. importance we place on treating our customers, our suppliers and our staff It said interest has emerged from with and ” Chinacourtesy for some of consideration. the most prized Richard Bell, the founder and hotel assets on these shores amid a managing director activity of Solmatix frenzy of building and steady growth in the number the of tourists. Renewables described acquisition “CBRE have had enquiries from Asian investors looking at Northern Ireland, some of whom may consider hotel development projects,” the agents said in a new report which tracks hotel development here. It counted 27 hotel schemes currently being built orwith in the planning this contract Randox, onestages of which in total account for 3,750 Northern Ireland’s most dynamic rooms in total. and on a local Alexexciting Speers,businesses Senior Surveyor, CBRE and global level. quality Northern IrelandThrough said thethe boom in supply will help strong demand. of our work andsatiate the dedication and “With a strong of demand for TAL hotelhas professionalism our team rooms and an over ever-growing steadily grown the last 34 years tourism industry, it is encouraging and this contract award reinforces to see developers addressing this the strength ofin our expertise in the requirement Belfast, ” she said. “The healthcare sector. ” hotel sector has strengthened over The willofbe delivered the lastproject number years and made significant strides in 2016 with the to BIM level 2 in partnership Bullittthe Hotel andteam phase one of with design Ostick andthe Ten Square extension in the City Centre Williams Architects, Rainey & Best, open. Doran Consulting, Delap & Waller “Interestingly, on top of new hotels, Consulting Engineers andhotels Charles a number of prominent in the Hutchison Consulting. city are proposing extensions and refurbishments to create a stronger Dr Peter FitzGerald, Managing

organisation will give us access to 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 offering; these include the Fitzwilliam for our whole organisation, as Hotel, Inn Express and Jurys well asHoliday the economy of Northern Hotel.” “ Ireland. Meanwhile, Jileen Loo, Head of Asia Desk, International Capital Markets for CBRE Hotels, said the potential for investment from Asia and for tourism is strong. “In 2016 we saw close to £2billion of hotels sold to Asian investors in the UK and Europe. This is a rise of Director at Randox commented: “The nearly 5 times as much as what Asian investors purchased at the peak of development of Randox Science the last cycle,toand notcreate the Park is core ourthough plans to dominant region of capital source, innovative diagnostics, to improve it is the fastest growing. In addition manufacturing efficiency to export to Asian hotel brands expanding high-value capabilities to overseas tohealthcare grow in international world markets. state-of-the-art markets, we are This increasingly seeing premises become a centre investmentwillfrom private wealth of looking to tapresearch, into thedevelopment burgeoning cutting-edge outbound Chinese tourism market. ” and diagnostic manufacture, covering “From beautiful castles in fairy tale conditions such as cancer, stroke and settings to a capital city rich in heart disease. We will also provide a history, Northern Ireland has much significant boost the local economy to offer first timetovisitors. However, through new job very understanding thecreation. Chinese We tourists’ much look forward working with characteristics, needstoand preference is important to hotel owners TAL on this initial contract to and deliver operators if theyinfrastructure want to future the high quality weproof themselves and respond to trends require.” which will impact their P&L.”

Lisburn firm TAL awarded the first major construction contract Science Park more than €60m in dividends Eugene Murtagh,at Randox the founder and chairman of Cavanbased insulation maker Kingspan, has sold €30m worth of shares in the group.

The sale still leaves Mr Murtagh with a substantial holding in the company, however. According to its latest annual report published WItH reputation for just earlier arecently, he retains excellence in constructing high over 29 million shares, or nearly quality tAL Limited 16.3pc projects, of the company following the been shareawarded sale, making him the has a significant single biggest shareholder contract (£3.1m) by globalin the group. diagnostics company medical That remaining stake is worth Randox. about €882m. Kingspan has a This initial contract is for the market capitalisation of €5.4bn. construction of ahas newalso facility for The chairman made

from the company over the years.

production of Randox’s Kingspan declined to pioneering comment. medical diagnostic products and will Shares in Kingspan have surged also include administrative about 24pcassociated in the past six months and hands functions. The were workschanging are the first yesterday at about €30.50. During phase of a major capital expenditure the depths of thetoRepublic of project by Randox develop the Ireland’s financial crisis, they were former Massereene Army Barracks trading at around €2. into ‘Randox Science Park’ – a Mr Murtagh (74) co-founded futuristic R&D and manufacturing Kingspan in Kingscourt in 1965 facility. The award-winning, with his brother Brendan. He grew the company into international biotechnology firm,a major international player and unveiled its plans for an innovative was CEO until 2005. Kingspan, hub on the 43 acre site earlier this whose CEO is now Mr Murtagh’s year. son, Gene, has notched up strong Welcoming the announcement, growth in recent years. Last year, Damien Hughes, Director of TAL its profits soared 33pc to €341m. Revenue at the group Limited commented: “Weclimbed are 12pc to to €3.1bn. delighted have been awarded

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DELIVERING WHAT MATTERS FOR Harvey Group acquires Solmatix as TEN part YEARS of 5 year NI Water recently held an event at plan in UK and Ireland. growth Parliament Buildings at businesses and local water industry suppliers – a taste of exactly what the company does to provide the water and wastewater services we all rely Stormont to highlight on every day. From promoting key the achievements of messages to encouraging visitors to the company’s first ten the company has grown to achieve Newtownabbey-based undertake a ‘taste test’ between oura years - delivering what turnover of £6 million, with 30 staff M&E services company, tap water and commercial bottled matters for the people of operating fromasitsexplaining Nutt’s Corner water, as well the scale of Harvey Group, has acquired Northern Ireland. our investment over the last decade, premises. Northern Ireland renewable there something for everyone! As was a result of the deal, Solmatix energy specialists, Setting up home for theSolmatix day in the will continue to operate as an Renewables in a move the Long Gallery, NI Water was on NI Water’s investment since 2007 site to give visitors ranging from autonomous and independent companies say –will transform has been immense. In all, NI Water company within Harvey Group the renewable energy sector Brian Harvey, managing director in Northern Ireland and act of Harvey Group, said there was as a springboard for further a perfect fit between the two expansion into the multiorganisations. million pound UK and Ireland “We have been planning to renewable energy markets. grow our renewables involvement The acquisition, for an for some time, either organically undisclosed sum, will bring to 110 or through the acquisition of an the number of people employed established player. Having worked directly by the Harvey Group in with Solmatix Renewables on Northern Ireland and Great Britain. a number of contracts, we’d With a turnover of £30 million Sarah Venning, NIHarvey Water, Sean Crossland always been impressed with and over 80 staff, GroupMcKeown, Tankers MLA their engineering rigour and has over & 30Paula years’Bradshaw experience professionalism. In fact, there seemed in the design, installation and to be a natural synergy between maintenance of building services our two companies in terms of within every conceivable kind of what we do and how we do it. I building type throughout NI, GB approached Richard Bell about a and RoI, including Pharmaceutical/ year ago to float the idea of our Cleanrooms, Laboratories, companies coming together, but only Education, Government and if there was a good fit. After careful Healthcare . Richard and Norahconsideration we both agreed Anne Bell founded Solmatix was a highly prestigious project The National that indeed mutually Renewables in 2008,Army and since then for this our would company andbewe

spends approximately £2 million every week in water and wastewater services. Some highlights of NI Water’s investment over the last decade include: £160 million in the Belfast Sewers Project, the ongoing £100 million Watermains Rehabilitation Project, £45 million in the North Coast wastewater project, £17.7 million in the North Down strategic trunk watermain scheme and much more besides.

our part in meeting the demands of a growing 21st Century economy; every day of the year, we safely treat and deliver 560 million litres of water to homes and businesses, as well as removing and cleaning over 330 million litres of wastewater before returning it safely to the environment. By any measurement, we are delivering what matters for the whole community, day in, day out.”

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Sara Venning Clara Burns, Farrans, Len O’Hagan, NI Water, Gary Curran, Chief NI Water, John Murphy Farrans Executive of NI Water said: ‘‘NI Water’s first ten years have seen Celebrating sustained the acquisition (from left) Norah-Anne Bell, Richard Bell, Brian Harvey, Gareth Booth (Financial Controller, Harvey Group). improvements in the delivery as great news for Solmatix, its beneficial. From my perspective, of water and as part of Harvey customers, suppliers and staff. having Solmatix wastewater “In many respects, it’s a case Group gives us a level of expertise services in of ‘business as usual’. However, in that would have taken us years to Northern real terms, being part of this larger acquire otherwise. Ireland as we organisation will give us access to “Harvey Group and Solmatix strive to play 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. “ Renewables described the acquisition

NATIONAL ARMY MUSEUM REOPENS FOLLOWING £13M GILBERT-ASH REFURBISHMENT Museum in London has unveiled a dramatic transformation to the public following a threeyear re-development project which cost £23.75m. Awardwinning construction and fit out contractor Gilbert-Ash refurbished and extended the army’s flagship Museum in a contract worth £13m.

were honoured to have senior members of the Royal family preview our work. Our brief included building a two-storey extension which will provide dedicated education facilities for the first time for the 200-plus production of Randox’s learning groups who pioneering visit every year.” diagnostic products and will medical He include added: associated “The building has also administrative been completed to the highest functions. The works are the first standard. It involved several phase of a major capital expenditure complex considerations, project by Randox develop including ensuringtothat the the former Massereene Army Barracks archive space is environmentally As part of the Museum’s Building into ‘Randox Science Park’ – that a the controlled to make sure For The Future project, which collections preserved. futuristic R&Dare andproperly manufacturing was supported by £11.5 million Gilbert-Ash has become well WItH a reputation for Fund, from the Heritage Lottery facility. The award-winning, established biotechnology in the arts and culture the company worked closelyhigh with international excellence in constructing firm, sector and our work includes architects BDP to complete a quality projects, tAL Limited unveiled its Stirling plans forPrize-winning an innovative the 2014 reconfiguration of the museum has been awarded a significant hub on the 43 acre site this Everyman Theatre in earlier Liverpool. site and create a more accessible contract (£3.1m) by global year. We are working on several other and flexible environment to meet medical diagnostics company projects at the moment Welcoming the announcement, the needs of a quarter of a million landmark including the refurbishment Randox. visitors annually. Damien Hughes, Director of TALof Bristol commented: Old Vic and“We Mountview The lagoons pictured before Ray Hutchinson, Managing This initial contract is for theand after theLimited are Academytoofhave Arts. ” Director atofGilbert-Ash, regeneration. construction a new facilitysaid: for “This delighted been awarded

Lisburn firm TAL awarded the first major construction contract at Randox Science Park 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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BREEAM EXCELLENCE FROM METAL TECHNOLOGY AT ARVALEE SCHOOL Metal Technology’s commitment to the highest quality, recyclable materials with performance engineering has played its part in the Excellent BREEAM rating achieved by Arvalee School in Omagh, Northern Ireland. The school, which caters for children with moderate and severe learning difficulties, is the first phase of a £130m project breaking new ground in shared education. The unique layout comprises a central spine with four dedicated offshoot ‘pods’ designed to maximise learning potential for children of various ages. Stringent timescales did not impact on use of the best products and methods in creating a school which is exemplary in both its design and its environmental performance. Systems company Metal Technology was the perfect fit for this high specification project. System 17 high rise curtain walling and 4-20Hi + casement windows glazed with clear and coloured feature glass helped create welcoming, light filled spaces. This was complemented with System 5-20D Hi+ doors externally and System 10 commercial doors in some internal spaces.

All products from Metal Technology offer exceptional structural, thermal, acoustic and security performance. The Hi + range performance is further enhanced with bespoke thermal gaskets, cellular foams and special polyamide thermal isolators, all of which contribute to impressively low U values. For more information visit www. metaltechnology.com

SELF BUILD GUIDE TO LOW ENERGY HOMES 2020 Architect Michael Howe provides an insight into sustainable technologies and materials which, can protect against spiraling energy costs and help future-proof new builds. 

The building envelope of your home is the first thing architects will look at and insulation is one of the most obvious points to consider. Clients frequently opt for pump bead insulation into the cavity wall.  If budget allows, using Rigid Foil Faced PIR (Polyisocyanurate) or Rigid Foil Faced PUR (Polyurethane) insulation board in cavity walls is the way forward – running with either 150mm or 200mm. Through a process of research and design, 2020 Architects champion a unique and environmentally responsive Eco House, which is an energy efficient building with a high thermal mass. In order to increase thermal

efficiency, it’s important to look at two things - the junctions and wall ties to help reduce thermal bridging. Using a wall tie that is manufactured from basalt fibers is an option that will help reduce the thermal bridge between blockwork and insulation. The other area is wall junctions themselves, where the floor and roof insulation meets the wall insulation.  In traditional built homes, where the horizontal and vertical plane of insulation meet, there is no connection between the two and a thermal bridge can occur.  This can be almost entirely eliminated by using an autoclaved aerated concrete block, also known as a thermal block. Quinn Lite blocks are the most thermally efficient concrete blocks currently available throughout Ireland. Underfloor heating in your home will increase what is known as the thermal mass of your floor.   The efficiency of your underfloor heating can be maximised by using Ultraflo® screed. An innovative

product by RTU, it is Ireland’s only ready mixed hemihydrate liquid floor screed. Mechanical Heat Recovery Ventilation (MHRV) is another option to reduce heat loss as it avoids the need to open windows or install noisy extractor fans. It works by extracting warm, moist air from bathrooms, shower rooms and kitchens via a system of ducting which passes through the heat via the exchanger into habitable rooms in the house such as bedrooms and living rooms. Follow 2020 Architects @2020architects


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PRONET SAFETY… SAFETY CONSTRUCTED. PRONET SAFETY IS THE UK AND IRELAND'S ONLY SAFETY AT HEIGHT SPECIALISTS OFFERING SAFETY NETTING, ROOF ACCESS, FALL PREVENTION AND ROPE ACCESS SOLUTIONS

After being in the industry for 12 successful years, the decision was taken refresh both our company brand and the way we look at the height safety business. As well as appointing a new dedicated sales manager, we are pleased to reveal our new corporate identity and web site. We feel the new logo and company slogan

reflect our strong position within the industry. Our new website can be visited at www.pronetsafety.com ProNet Safety is still the expert national provider of compliant height safety solutions, giving the certainty of a zero harm environment for all working at height activities. Industry knowledge, technical expertise and dedication to each and every project are the core values for all our qualified installation teams. Together with a dedicated management force, we can confidently ensure total compliance to all industry standards and regulations for all works at height. Safety is our main concern, creating peace of mind for the building professionals, owners and employers whilst ensuring that workers can comfortably and efficiently do their job without compromising safety. Working with architects, designers, property managers, quantity surveyors, building owners and business owners, we can deliver designs for all safety solutions fully compliant to BS 7883: 2005 ProNet Safety is the only company in the country that specialises in the supply of; •

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Guidance and design to meet requirements of BS 7883: 2005

We are continuing to expand the company as a whole, the sharp rise demand for fall prevention solutions has meant we have taken on additional staff. Both fall arrest and rope access divisions have seen new faces join the teams.

In addition to the new installation technicians we have a new sales manager in place

who will be targeting new clients and business throughout the UK and Ireland. •

Work in the province here continues at a steady rate but in the UK mainland and the Republic of Ireland we are seeing a steady increase.


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Balloo Hire celebrate 30 years in business This year, Balloo Hire is celebrating 30 years in business with its customers, partners and staff. Established in May 1987, Balloo Hire first opened in Balloo Industrial Estate, Bangor, with a small fleet of machines and lots of ambition.

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compressors one roller and one van ,the business has evolved beyond recognition, with over 6000 units across 600 lines and continually growing. The company is well known for the excellent service they provide and for having one of the most modern fleets in the industry. From humble beginnings the business grew to include the opening of new depots Belfast opening in 1993, followed by Lisburn in 2004, with the acquisition of East Antrim Plant Ballyclare in 2005 and take over of Mobile Minis Irish operations, Glenavy in 2014. Balloo can now service all sections of the market with construction, facilities management, events, andwelfare to name but a few. Throughout the past three decades

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With over 40 yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; experience of selling farm and plant machinery, established in 1974, D.A.Forgie is a leading dealer in Northern Ireland and throughout Ireland. Becoming the main dealer for many well-known brands such as Honda, Kubota Ground care, Agriculture & Construction and Merlo Tele handlers to name but a few.

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Glendun Plant is the sole distributor for the full range of Wacker Neuson construction equipment for Northern Ireland and the border counties.

Congratulations to Balloo Hire on their 30th Anniversary.

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Euro Towers are a leading UK manufacturer of mobile Aluminium Access Towers, access equipment, providing solutions for commercial working at height and Low Level Folding Units and Podiums, to meet the requirements of both domestic and industrial users.

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Congratulations to Balloo Hire Centre on your anniversary from A1 Hoses, looking forward to our continued business. Building 9, Unit 1 Central Park Mallusk BT36 4FS T: 028 9083 0008


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www.ladistributionltd.com LA Distribution is a well-established family run business based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. We have over 50 years combined experience and specialise in supplying Starter Motors, Alternators, LED Lamps, Beacons and Light Bars, Power Inverters, Cable and Wiring Accessories.

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Manufacturers of Excavator Buckets & Specialist Equipment. Spence Engineering Ltd manufacture high quality Excavator Buckets for machines ranging from 1 to 100ton & excavator related equipment. Also offering On-Site Line-Boring Hydraulic Rams & Repairs

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STANLEY Security specialises in security systems integration. With offices in Dublin, Belfast and Cork, we offer fully integrated electronic security solutions that are tailored to the specific needs of our customers across multiple sectors, from large ICT organisations to pharmaceutical companies, banking and retail. We take care of the entire security cycle for your business, beginning with risk-analysis and design to implementation, operational services and support. Whether you need access control, intruder alarms, fire alarms or video surveillance, we have you covered.

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Balloo Hire has been committed to giving excellent service, value and quality. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We work with a huge range of customers, from the private customer needing DIY help to large companies with multi million pound projects, helping them all to deliver their projects on time from start to finish. Our 30th anniversary is an exciting time and milestone for the business, we have stayed positive and worked hard despite tough economic times. We would like to take the chance to thank all of our partners, clients, suppliers and of course

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staff for their hard work and for helping to make the business the success it is today. We can look to the next 30 years for expansion and continued new business.” Balloo is also involved with community projects, they sponsor Kilclief GAC and Junior Bangor Rangers 2003 teams, with the distinctive Balloo branding on each kit. Balloo was involved with Tiny Life last year and raised a considerable sum of money for their great cause. “This year we are supporting the Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke, it is a charity which has touched a lot of our employees lives, with themselves, friends or family being affected by a chest/ heart condition or stroke. We did a sky dive for Tiny Life but plan to go even bigger this year, big plans are in place...But they have to stay under wraps for some time to make sure all the health and safety boxes are ticked!”

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KINGSPAN INSULATED PANELS ACHIEVES BES 6001

Kingspan Insulated Panel products, manufactured at its sites in Holywell and Sherburn, are the first to be certified as ‘Very Good’ under BES 6001.

Kingspan Insulated Panels’ continual commitment to responsible business practices has been recognised with the achievement of BES 6001: Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products certification. Developed by BRE Global, the standard provides an exacting framework of issues manufacturers must address to ensure responsible sourcing of construction materials. This includes organisational governance and supply chain management, in addition to environmental and social elements. All wall and roof panels manufactured at Kingspan Insulated Panel’s Holywell and Sherburn manufacturing facilities have been certified to BES 6001 ‘Very Good’, with particular success in the Greenhouse Gas and Resource Use categories of the scoring table. This provides clear assurance that the products are constructed from raw materials which meet the highest

levels of responsible sourcing practice. Additionally, the BES 6001 certification means that the Kingspan Insulated Panel products can also contribute towards the award of credits within BREEAM assessments. Phil Smith, Managing Director at Kingspan Insulated Panels, commented on the achievement: “It is becoming increasingly important for businesses to be able to demonstrate responsible practice in all aspects of their work. We are immensely proud to see our products meet the BES 6001 standard and, using the feedback from the process, we are looking forward to further develop our approach.” For further information, please contact: Kingspan Insulated Panels Carrickmacross Road, Kingscourt, Co Cavan, Ireland Tel: +353 (0) 42 96 98500 Fax: +353 (0) 42 96 9857 www.kingspanpanels.ie Info.ire@kingspanpanels.com


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COLBY HOUSE RECONFIGURATION PROJECT

Turkington Construction were appointed to the Colby House reconfiguration project by the Department of Finance and Personnel to undertake a turnkey design and construct contract that would provide approximately 34,500 square feet of office accommodation supporting up to 270 jobs. The works included the complete replacement of the external envelope, the construction of a three storey extension at the main entrance and the construction of a stunning new entrance piazza with under croft accommodation. Internally the building has been transformed, delivering 21st Century standard facilities for staff and the general public in accordance with the Workplace 2010 design and construction performance specification. Accommodation includes; open plan offices, spacious meeting rooms, informal break out areas, contemporary kitchen and dining and shower/toilet/changing facilities. The new environment actively contributes to the well-being and productivity of the workforce, with a rich pallet of high quality materials and bold colours being complemented by furniture, fixtures and fittings that are simple and neutral in style and which are integrated with the building services to ensure flexibility in terms of re-grouping when required by work teams and work flows. Given the location of Colby House, sited in a predominantly residential area, and also counting the Lyric Theatre amongst its neighbours, excellent community relations were

essential and this was achieved through continuous contact and interaction with organisations including; local residents /business groups, the Theatre, Belfast City Council and the emergency services. The project was registered with the Considerate Constructors Programme which independently evaluated the efforts and results being achieved by the dedicated Turkington project team. On appointment to the project Turkington Construction and their Design Team undertook review of the Employers Design Brief and developed the building design and specification to construction stage, achieving sign off from DFP and their team at gateways identified in the design programme, which was in turn coordinated with the construction programme. The work of the Turkington Design Consultants was augmented by Contractor Design Portions undertaken by specialist supply chain members including: • Ceiling rafts – Significant effort was invested in establishing the layout of the rafts to ensure that not only the aesthetic effect was optimised but also the services engineering aspects were fully accounted for, e.g. lighting levels, smoke detection, PAVA etc. • Reception Desk and Customer Counters – The reception and counters were designed to be fully DDA compliant and were fully coordinated with the M&E design and installation to ensure integrated equipment was serviced. • Glass Balustrading to the feature stairs had to be both pleasing to the eye and functional. The work of the architectural steelwork and concrete stair contactors was fully coordinated using computer aided design software to ensure clashes between rebar, cast in items and fixings were eradicated. • Structure and Fabric – Fabrication drawings for structural and façade elements were coordinated using design software to ensure a clean sharp appearance to the building

externally and internally and allowed builders work associated with the M&E services to be fully designed and scheduled. • M&E services – Turkington worked closely with the M&E designers and supply chain to ensure the services installation achieved the performance required by the Client brief while being fully integrated with the building fabric and finishes. Having been appointed from an early stage in the delivery of the project Turkington took advantage of Early Contractor Involvement during pre-construction to develop the Contract Management Plan in accordance with our ISO accredited Integrated Management System. This forward planning led to the construction, commissioning, handover and the commencement of Employer operations being delivered in a trouble free and seamless manner. Effective programme and cost management, rigorous implementation of the project quality plan combined with a comprehensive commissioning strategy and soft landings procedures ensured contract completion in accordance with agreed cost, time, quality, H&S and environmental targets and therefore a satisfied client and end users.


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PROBLEMS OF UNCERTAINTY FOR PUBLIC SECTOR CAPITAL BUDGET REMAIN by John Simpson

David Henry, Chair of the CEF speaking at their annual dinner

The construction industry in Northern Ireland has been recovering from the painful collapse in order books that came with the crisis in house prices nearly 10 years ago. Building work peaked in mid-2007 and then fell by 50% to a low point late in 2013. Since 2013, output has improved so that late in 2016 it was only 29% lower than in 2007: improving but still well down. This is a record of falling workload and later partial recovery that is more dramatic than in any other recent period. Ironically, such has been the scale of the changes that many skilled employees have found employment in GB to the point that, even with only a partial local recovery, skill shortages have reappeared. The immediate prospects for the construction sector are significantly influenced by the continuing uncertainty of the lack of a Stormont budget. The Northern Ireland Executive collapsed before a budget was

presented for 2017-18. It was overdue and with little explanation for the delay, no statement was tabled before the Stormont administration went into election mode. Arguably the available partial evidence points towards a very difficult framework within which the budget was to be set. The causes of the budget tensions are clear. The motivation behind the tensions is subject to greater dispute. First, the Stormont Executive is inheriting a number of spending commitments which are larger than would be justified by a strict assessment of parity with GB. These

commitments are, therefore, a first charge on the UK Block Grant to Northern Ireland which reduces the scope for further local discretion. They put a squeeze on a local budget. The continuing and new commitments

include: a. taking the cost of water services for domestic customers out of the Block Grant and the avoidance of separate domestic water charges b. charges through local rates bills that are below comparable


JOHN SIMPSON | 29 Richard Shannon, Skillbuild NI, Young Apprentice of the Year 2017 with Sarah Travers. Skill Shortages are now an issue for NI Construction Companies

Council Charges in England c. proportionately higher spending on social housing through the budget of the Housing Executive, and d. the agreed mitigation costs of interim support for welfare payments at levels higher than in GB (under the Fresh Start agreement). There is a number of other local variants which add to these commitments. The result is that the scope for discretion for local services is heavily constrained. Then, in addition, the value of the Block Grant, as part of overall UK policy on public spending, is falling. Depending on the assumptions made, there is an argument that the Block Grant is already more than £1m less than 5-7 years ago and that it will fall, in real terms, by nearly another £1m by 2020. Even allowing for lack of statistical precision, the squeeze on the Stormont budget is undoubted.

The interpretation of that process has become political. Should it be described as Northern Ireland’s share of a necessary UK deficit reduction strategy or should it be described as an imposed austerity agenda by a Tory government? Into this argument, London based Ministers are likely to add that Northern Ireland’s position should not be described as unduly painful since public spending per head in NI is nearly 20% higher than the UK average. In that context the squeeze on the Block Grant represents a defensible adjustment within the UK framework. The uncertainty caused by the new tax in the form of the apprentice levy was well summarized by David Henry, Chair of the Construction Employers Federation in his speech at the CEF dinner: “The lack of a stable, devolved political administration has also seen our industry been particularly negatively singled out as a consequence of the impact of the

Apprenticeship Levy. No matter who you would speak to in government over the last two years, the message was clear – we understand that it is not sustainable for the construction industry to be paying two levies as of April 2017. And now, for all that ‘understanding’, our industry stands here in the unsustainable position that we had all feared.” For the construction industry a critical part of the public spending debate is influenced by the earmarked capital spending budget. At first sight, the capital budget is less contentious. A five year profile of expected public sector capital spending was published within the UK budget statement. Northern Ireland was allocated spending of £1.1bn in 2016-17, followed by £1.2bn, £1.2bn, £1.3bn and £1.3bn in the succeeding years. Until a NI Executive is restored it seems that these allocations might

be delivered. However, what remains unclear is what further or other capital funds may be sourced. There is a further earmarked £114m available as Financial Transactions Capital. This is money available for allocation to projects which accept a repayment obligation (as a form of loan). A further possibility, possibly conditioned by the return of the Executive, might be direct borrowing from the Treasury National Loans Fund, in a continuation of the pattern in earlier years. If this does not materialize then overall capital spend by the public sector in 2017-18 may be reducing. The immediate current and capital budget spending plans merit a note of caution. Unless the NI Executive finds a new working agreement or Direct Rule is invoked, there will be a cumulative loss of public sector workload. The uncertainty is unfortunate and unhelpful.


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ANTHRACITE GREY MAKES A PLAY WITH OTHER COLOURS Offering versatility and sophistication, Anthracite Grey has become the neutral colour of choice for any building. What was once associated with gloomy, bad weather, this modern fresh colour offers the perfect neutral tone to any project and is incredibly compatible with other colours. Testament to its popularity, Anthracite Grey is now the nation’s favourite shade of grey on everything from doors to windows and is available across rainwater ranges from Brett Martin Plumbing and Drainage, allowing specifiers and their customers to capitalise on the growing market trend. Specifically developed to create an exact colour match to the true RAL 7016 Anthracite Grey, Brett Martin’s new Anthracite Grey colour option perfectly complements other building accessories such as windows, doors or other roofing components including fascias and soffits. The company offers the widest range of profiles and finishes in Anthracite Grey, making it easy to find a rainwater solution for any building type or capacity requirement.

“Grey has become the new go-to exterior colour for those wanting to add kerb appeal to properties. It’s also one of the easiest colours to integrate. Our Anthracite Grey offers the perfect colour match to RAL 7016 and is available in two finishes – modern gloss and cast iron style. This will give specifiers the opportunity to have the exact match, ensuring rainwater systems are in line with the overall building aesthetic,” said Hayley Lowry, Marketing Manager at Brett Martin.

The standard is gloss

The versatility and sophistication of Anthracite Grey has led to its rise in popularity across contemporary style homes. This timeless colour shade works across many a home but when you need to coordinate this colour with your rainwater system, then Brett Martin’s Anthracite Grey in a modern gloss finish offers the precise match. The new Anthracite Grey colour has been introduced in Deepstyle 115mm, Roundstyle 112mm and 106mm Prostyle gutter profiles with complimentary 68mm Round and 65mm Square Downpipe Systems in the Gloss Rainwater System range – all with a modern gloss finish. The final selection of the most appropriate Anthracite Grey gutter profile depends on the character of the build. The large proportions of the Deepstyle profile provides greater drainage and is preferred for larger roofs, Roundstyle is more discreet and a very popular traditionally styled gutter profile, whilst the sleek lines of the Prostyle profile offers a more modern finish to the roofline.

Classic looks

Responding to the popularity of Anthracite Grey for heritage styled buildings, Brett Martin’s new Anthracite Grey colour option is now available across the complete Cascade Cast Iron Style Rainwater and Soil System range. Designed with full consideration to original features, dimensions and detailing, the high-quality Cascade pipework, fittings and hoppers create a cast iron look for less. In addition to Anthracite Grey, the Cascade range is available in Classic Black, Oxford Blue, Olive Green, Graphite Grey, Sandstone and Porcelain White to

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PROTEUS CLADDING GETS MOLECULAR AT IMPERIAL COLLEGE Striking perforated panels from Proteus Facades in TECU Brass with a Capisco patinated finish have created a dynamic aesthetic on Imperial College’s new Molecular Sciences Research Hub in London. The concrete façade, combined with the perforated cladding and triple glazed curtain walling on the Hub fuse together to outwardly portray what this innovative research facilities does on the inside. Aukett Swanke chose Capisco’s CAP 55 finish for the Proteus SC perforated panels early in the design process because they were looking to complement the flat bare concrete façade and glazed elements. The CAP 55 effect was hand applied by patination specialist Capisco, which gave the Proteus SC TECU Brass perforated panels an enhanced flow, feel and texture. The appearance of the perforated and patinated panels now changes depending on the level of sunlight and the angle at which they are viewed from. The end result is a strikingly beautifully aesthetic that appears to move and shimmer across the visually flat façade beneath. The perforated panels seamlessly transition through the entrance glazing to form a striking feature within the atrium entrance. This creates an impressive solar composition, accentuated by spotlights, when visitors cast their eyes upwards. “The contrast between the concrete, glass and patinated brass couldn’t be more complementary and, with it, pleasing to the eye,” said Elias Niazi, Design Principal at Aukett Swanke. “The visual outcomes on this project have exceeded expectations. The

perforated patterns on the brass panels with artistic patinations add a sense of mystery and mirror the innovative research works carried out inside the building. Elias Niazi, Design Principal explained: “We specified Proteus SC because we liked the wide panels of its TECU Brass perforated system, as well as the company’s ability to work with Capisco on what is a completely bespoke cladding solution.” Proteus Facades, again working with Capisco to create a matching patinated finish, manufactured the window flashings for the Hub. Initially conceived as a simple window flashing, Proteus had to overcome a real technical challenge - the profile of the window reveal is a narrow box that tapers across the width to make it appear as though the window blends into the concrete. The maximum depth of the window reveal was too large for traditional manufacturing processes and so a multi piece flashing design was developed which could be stud welded and bolted together. This avoided any distortions that would have resulted from traditional welding processes, whilst creating a bespoke element that could be easily installed on site. Proteus Facades is able to supply the CAP 55 finish in either Brass or Bronze materials. The TECU Brass Proteus SC perforated panels were developed in conjunction with the supporting composite panel behind. These had a maximum capacity to support the perforated panels, with the required cavity zone, at 750mm centres. Proteus SC perforated hock on panel system was used, set off from the company’s 125x50mm mullion. The perforated panels encompass a PPC black stainless steel bird mesh,

carefully integrated into the back to ensure there was no visual impact to the panel face.

2014 with completion in 2016. The façade was installed by its in-house team, Laing Facades.

The Molecular Sciences Research Hub encompasses technical and laboratory areas clustered around a full height atrium. The striking new hub forms the centre piece of the Imperial West campus. Laing O’Rourke commenced construction works at the end of

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RECORD AWARDS HAUL FOR SRC AT SKILLBUILD NI

Students from Southern Regional College (SRC) have won a record haul of awards at Northern Ireland’s premier construction skills competition.

A total of 17 awards were presented to SRC during Skillbuild NI, the prestigious annual construction industry awards for apprentices, which was also held at the SRC campus in Portadown for the first time. At an event in which more than 80 promising students from right across Northern Ireland pitched their skills to win 11 coveted titles ranging from brickwork to wall and floor tiling, SRC sailed home with six first-place medal titles and six second and third-place medals combined. SRC was duly awarded the Skillbuild NI Department for the Economy Cup for the highest number of medals won in the competition as well as the Skillbuild NI Chairpersons Cup for the largest number of entries. SRC also won the prestigious David Cooper Trophy for biggest tally of medals secured across 40 years of competitions. Skillbuild NI is run and governed by CITB NI and is supported by the Department for Economy and key local employers and organisations such as the Construction Industry Federation, City and Guilds, Colleges NI and the Federation of Master Builders, is designed not only to encourage trainees to improve their skills but to showcase examples of the quality workmanship produced locally. Every apprentice is challenged to produce quality work in tight timeframes and are continuously assessed on their performance by an expert panel of industry professionals. Richard Shannon won the Haldane Fisher Cup for Best Overall Skillbuild NI Young Apprentice. Winners for SRC at Skillbuild NI 2017 were:

SRC Chief Executive Brian Doran with Lindsay Bronte, Head of Construction and Engineering. Brickwork 1st Thomas Fegan – Newry (Greenbank Campus) Cabinet Making 1st Tommy Helliwell Tandragee (Armagh Campus) Cabinet Making 3rd-Michael Hughes – Newry (Greenbank Campus) Joinery 1st Richard Shannon – Kilkeel (Greenbank Campus) Painting and Decorating 1st Conor McClelland – Hilltown (Greenbank Campus) Painting and Decorating 2nd Jordan Hughes – Bessbrook (Greenbank Campus) Plumbing 1st Nathan Dodds – Castleblaney (Armagh Campus) Plumbing 2nd Shane Murray – Keady (Armagh Campus) Plumbing 3rd Jacob Reid – Dungannon (Portadown Campus) Wall and Floor Tiling 1st Sean McLoughlin – Newry (Greenbank Campus) Wall and Floor Tiling 2nd Daniel McBurney – Banbridge (Greenbank Campus) Wall and Floor Tiling 3rd Cathal Murphy – Newry (Greenbank Campus)

Sarah Travers with Sean McLoughlin who won first place in wall and floor tiling

• SRC won Skillbuild NI Chairpersons Cup for highest number of entries • SRC won Skillbuild NI Department for the Economy Cup for highest number of medals won in 2017 competition • SRC won David Cooper Trophy for Most Medals over last 40 years of Skillbuild NI

David Cooper receives the Skillbuild NI Trophy from Brian Doran

Nathan Dodds who came top in the plumbing category competitions • Richard Shannon won the Haldane Fisher Cup for Best Overall Skillbuild NI Young Apprentice • Paddy Maguire, Painting lecturer, won the Hugh Gettinby Trophy for

Excellence in Construction Training (awarded each year to an individual involved in training of young people who has displayed high standards of success and dedication towards Skillbuild NI ethos)


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Sustainable solutions from Sika

Being a market leading global construction materials manufacturer, Sika is committed to research and development of new technologies and files approximately 70 new patents per year. Sika is also active in providing quality tools to assist specifiers such as BIM details, which you can access via the NBS BIM Library (http://bit.ly/sikaNBSBIM) and an ever growing library of 2D CAD details across the Sika Sarnafil, Sika Trocal and Sika Liquid Plastics roofing systems. In a move to help specifiers make buildings more sustainable, Sika Sarnafil is proud to announce the launch of its BRE Certified Thermal Details, available to download via its online Sustainability Hub (http:// gbr.sarnafil.sika.com/en/group/ sustainability-hub.html) and from the Certified Thermal Details and Products scheme website (www.bre. co.uk/certifiedthermalproducts).   The Certified Thermal Details and Products scheme, run by worldleading building science centre BRE, gives thermal junction details an independent third party assessment, assuring users of the ‘as designed’ thermal performance. Sika Sarnafil

has been working with BRE for the past year to become one of the first flat roofing manufacturers to have its thermal details certified. With legislative requirements to maximise thermal performance to deal with energy efficiency requirements, architects and specifiers are now actively encouraged to use details with thermal values attached, otherwise they may have to pay a penalty elsewhere. Easily accessible and straightforward to use, all Sika Sarnafil’s thermal details have been redrawn and modernised with values to help satisfy Building Regulations Technical Booklets F1 and F2 requirements. The specifier can be confident that all Sika Sarnafil thermal details assessed under the new scheme will perform as described, as well as being of a very high quality. Becoming part of the Certified Thermal Details scheme is part of Sika Sarnafil’s ongoing commitment to promoting positive, sustainable change in the industry, as Sika’s Martin Bidewell, technical services manager for Sika Single Ply Roofing, explains: “Insulation used in roofs

and walls to maintain heat works well, but this can fall down at junctions and thermal bridges where heat can escape. Recent research has shown that thermal bridging can be responsible for up to 30% of a dwelling’s heat loss, which is really significant. “Independent certification helps to address the problem of this performance gap – enabling us to build better buildings with superior thermal performance, which in turn are better for the environment. In addition there are serious cost savings for all parties involved in the project, not to mention those who will be paying the energy bills. “Of course, all of this work to provide accredited details falls down if they are not installed properly. That’s why we fully train our registered contractors and have a dedicated Applications Team that visit projects, inspect work and give advice.”   Graeme Hannah, Scheme Technical Manager from BRE, adds: “Since the launch of the Certified

Thermal Details and Products Scheme at EcoBuild 2015 we’ve had an excellent response from industry, with both manufacturers and designers realising the value of accurate and independently assessed thermal performance values. The free to access searchable online database is constantly evolving, and the increasing number of high quality suppliers, such as Sika Sarnafil, undergoing certification demonstrates a positive step change in reducing the performance gap and enhancing building performance.” With all the challenges that exist in selecting a suitable roofing system and meeting challenging design and legislative requirements, let Sika help you - contact us today to discuss your project and benefit from our know how. Tel: 028 9336 5868 Web: www.sika.ie/roofing Email: mccullough.barry@ie.sika.com


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COOKSTOWN’S ERIC LYTTLE HONOURED WITH LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

FMB President Gary Lewis with Eric Lyttle

Cookstown builder Eric Lyttle has a long list of achievements and added another to his collection after receiving a lifetime achievement award on behalf of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). A new addition to the popular Master Builder Awards to celebrate the FMB’s 75 year anniversary, the Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a Master Builder who has contributed positively to the building industry, the FMB and/or their community. Eric was a founder member of the FMB in Northern Ireland and for over twenty years has given the organisation a huge amount of time and energy, supporting its drive to raise standards and broadcast the excellent work carried out by FMB members. Most remarkably, he has done this while running his own traditional family building firm. Gavin McGuire, Director of FMB Northern Ireland said: His experience and support for FMB is an asset to the organisation – he is very strong advocate for high standards and the quality of work carried out by

smaller building firms. His absolute commitment to the industry is not in question and this award recognises his contribution to the building sector in Northern Ireland.

APPRENTICE Mayobridge apprentice Kieran Magee, has been named the Northern Ireland Apprentice 2017 in the Federation of Master Builders’ (FMB) Master Builder Awards.

FMB CEO Brian Berry with Martin McCrory of Regan Contracts

Kieran, who works as a self-employed wall and floor tiling specialist in Mayobridge, Newry, was chosen in a fiercely contested competition and recognised for his high standard of workmanship and professional attitude toward his work and studies. Nominated by his CITB representative, Kieran has impressed his peers, having competed and won gold medals at SkillBuild Northern Ireland 2015 and WorldSkills UK 2015. His membership of the UK squad and progression towards team selection for WorldSkills 2017 is a reflection of his potential to represent the UK at the highest level in vocational competitions.

COMMERCIAL PROJECT

Castlederg builder Lowry Building & Civil Engineering scooped the prize for best Commercial Project in Northern Ireland. Lowry Building & Civil Engineering won the award for its redevelopment of the Silverbirch Hotel; its work sets the hotel apart from its competitors as a wedding and events space. What really impressed the judges was that the firm carried out the work in a ‘live’ hotel making sure not to disturb guests or impact negatively on

Kieran Magee Apprentice

anyone’s health and safety.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Castledawson builder Setanta Ltd took the prize for best Energy Efficiency Project in the Federation of Master Builders’ (FMB) in Northern Ireland. Setanta Ltd was selected by the Northern Ireland judges to win the Energy Efficiency Award and will now go through to compete in the national finals for its chance to win the UK category title. The national awards will be presented at a ceremony held at the Intercontinental Park Lane Hotel in London on 15th September 2017, hosted by TV presenter and building enthusiast Nick Knowles. Setanta Ltd received the award for its modern farmhouse project, designed to zero carbon and Passivhaus standards - only achieved by a small number of homes in the UK. Not only do the heating, hot water and lighting bills amount to zero, this house actually makes money with a residual fund of £150.

HEAVENLY BUILDER

Martin McCroy from Regan Building Contractors has been named

Stephen Nickell, David Lyttle and Stephen Richmond


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Large Renovation Nickell Richmond New Home J Dynes

Heritage Project Alskea Contracts Setanta Energy Efficiency

Northern Ireland’s most Heavenly Builder as part of the Federation of Master Builders’ (FMB) Master Builder Awards 2017. The Heavenly Builder category is one in which the winner really epitomises what the awards are all about as it looks for evidence of professionalism, courtesy and exceptional customer service. Martin claimed the region’s Heavenly Builder prize thanks to his dedication in ensuring that his client, a 94

year-old disabled women, got the bathroom she had always wanted. Not only did he provide her with a space to fit her needs while making sure not to disturb her routine, he went above and beyond to surprise her with her favourite colour tiles after the originals were damaged in transit. Martin will now go through to the UK finals.

HERITAGE PROJECT / SMALL RENOVATION

The team from Setanta Construction lifted the energy efficiency award

September 2017, hosted by TV Dungannon builder Alskea Contracts presenter and building enthusiast Nick scooped two prestigious Master Knowles. Builder Awards, taking the prize for For best Large Renovation the best Heritage Project and best Small winning project was the restoration Renovation in Northern Ireland. of a Victorian property that retained The Heritage Project Award was the original features of the building presented to Alskea Contracts for works carried out on a five storey, Grade B2 Regan Builders Listed townhouse and Heavenly yard for Clic Sargent, Builders the UK’s leading cancer charity for children, young people and their families. The project has been meticulously crafted, marrying old and new elements respectfully, with precise attention to architectural detail and care in construction. Proving to be more than a one-hit-wonder, Alskea Contracts secured their second award, Small Renovation, for work while adding a two-storey monopitch on a stunning period townhouse for extension. This extension to the rear delighted clients. of the house has been blended in to the outside space with extensive and LARGE RENOVATION / seamless landscaping. KITCHEN / BATHROOM Bangor builder Nickell & Richmond NEW HOME Ltd has scooped two prestigious Master Builder Awards, taking the Kircubbin builder John Dynes & Son prizes for best Large Renovation took the prize for best New Home in and Kitchen/Bathroom Project in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland. The award was presented for the Nickell & Richmond Ltd was selected work conducted on a 6300sq. ft. by the Northern Ireland judges to family home located in semi-rural win the Large Renovation Award and Knockbracken, Belfast. The home Kitchen/Bathroom project categories benefits from unique, innovative and and will now go through to compete bespoke design detailing with cutting in the national finals for their chance edge features including a floating to win the UK category title at a walnut staircase and hanging stone ceremony held at the Intercontinental fireplace. Park Lane Hotel in London on 15th


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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 £40 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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PORTADOWN RECYCLING REVOLUTIONISES THEIR BUSINESS WITH WORKPAL

Ian Megahey, head of WorkPal sales with Robert Jameson, operations director at Portadown Recycling

Portadown Recycling and Skip Hire has revolutionised business procedures and drastically reduced admin time by implementing WorkPal. 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. Using the mobile app, workers have access to customised job sheets, can be guided easily through their tasks and can report back instantaneously on the progress. WorkPal manages jobs from assignment to invoicing, which can all be done from anywhere, even out in the field. Covering areas right across the province, from Lisburn to Lurgan and everywhere in between, Portadown Recycling needed an efficient way to track their jobs and manage their time more effectively. Wesley Jameson, managing director of Portadown Recycling said: “The purpose built app allows us to have a significantly improved line of communication with our workforce.

This ensures our jobs and tasks for our clients are completed faster and more accurately. “Our field based staff are able to view all the details of the contract with GPS drop locations and key contact personnel, along with any site specific notes and health and safety information. “The app prompts our field staff to conduct vehicle safety checks, take pictures of jobs/assets and carry out risk assessments. This all automatically syncs back to our head office meaning we are not waiting on paperwork, allowing us to process jobs quicker and invoice customers faster.  “WorkPal definitely allows us to sell our services to our customers in a more professional manner.  Customers are kept in the loop and can receive data within 60 seconds of the job being completed. This professional service means our customers are very satisfied, become repeat customers and even refer new business our way as a result. “The improved efficiency means our field staff need to come into

the office less, our administration staff are dealing with less paper and customers get their invoices quicker. All of this has resulted in an improved business process and we are expecting significant cost savings this year, so much so that I have recommended the app to friends in other businesses with field based staff.” Ian Megahey, head of WorkPal sales said: “Portadown Recycling’s business processes were outdated and essentially losing them money. They came to WorkPal for a way to change that. “WorkPal can be uniquely integrated with a company’s own internal systems, and is extremely user friendly, with completely bespoke packages available. “Portadown Recycling was able to transform how the company operates through online job allocation, job sheets, vehicle checks, KPI reporting, GPS

tracking, photos, signatures, CRM and asset management all from the app. “The end outcome for our clients is less paper, less admin time, more profit and overall a more transparent experience between them and their customers. With GPS, time tracking and management, WorkPal increases productivity and allows our clients to capture costs more accurately, putting an end to under billing or under estimating job times by improving quotes. “On average our clients are saving in excess of £25,000 per year in administration costs, meaning this money can be re-invested back into the business.” 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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CITB NI HELPING TO DEVELOP SKILLS AND TRAINING FOR THE LOCAL CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

The construction industry is constantly changing and forecasts are predicting that the industry is expected to return to growth in 2017 and expand by an annual average of 1.6% over the five years to 2021. Investing in a long term approach to training will save time in the future as trained staff will be able to take on more responsibility leaving you more time to think about developing your business. CITB NI are focused on driving investment in skills and training that a growing construction sector requires and offer key initiatives to help the industry train. Training on the Move CITB NI’s Mobile Training Unit (MTU) provides training on site to all registered in-scope construction employers. It is a convenient way of meeting training requirements with minimum disruption to site work whilst also helping employers meet their legal responsibility. As long as you are based in Northern Ireland, the MTU can come to you. The unit travels across Northern Ireland delivering short duration health and safety courses such as confined spaces, excavations, manual handling and working at heights encouraging the industry to build safely. In the 2016/2017 training year registered in-scope employers can book the Mobile Training Unit Free of charge. A cost of £300/ day will be applied to those who are registered but do not pay a levy. Booking is easy, you can contact Des on 07801 598 520 / 028 9082 5466 and we can facilitate your booking and answer any queries you have. Alternatively you can email desie.hegarty@citbni. org.uk

‘A Beginners Guide to Risk Assessment’ CITB NI have created a specialist training partnership with South Eastern Regional College (SERC) to deliver a brand new virtual environment risk assessment training programme to help businesses understand the basic processes involved in making their workplace legally compliant. And with figures showing many businesses have never carried out a risk assessment in the workplace, it could be welcome news for business and anyone who has responsibility for health and safety. 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 SME’s that need to be able to produce risk assessments to win or undertake contracts to large multi-national organisations that have a number of individuals responsible for health and safety issues. The course will be delivered at CITB NI premises using their virtual environment training facility (VET360) to place course participants in ‘virtual’ environments to identify potential risks in total safety. The course will be delivered by SERC head of health and safety John Gault. John explains; “We are delighted to be working with CITB NI on this brand new way of learning. Participants can

safely inspect potentially hazardous workplaces to spot hazards, assess risks and suggest solutions in a fun and interactive environment. David Cooper CITB NI and John Gault SERC getting ready or The course will help participants the Beginners Guide to Risk Assessment Training Programme. understand what contact Lorraine Fisher email: they need to Lorraine.fisher@citbni.org.uk Tel: do to assess and control risks in 028 9082 4202 the workplace and comply with                            health and safety law. As a result Employer Events business can improve their health and safety performance and their CITB NI is providing a series reputation amongst customers.” of short seminars on a range of topical business issues. These Barry Neilson, Chief Executive seminars are being delivered by of CITB NI commented, “We industry experts, giving attendees have been using VET360 to a detailed overview of the subject enhance the learning experience area and the practicalities of of participants on a number of dealing with these issues in the our courses with great success. construction industry. Being able to display 360 degree video footage that puts the In addition, CITB NI will provide observer in the middle of the a short overview of the services work environment really makes we provide to the construction the learning and awareness industry and their benefits to raising much more meaningful employers than traditional classroombased learning methods. The FREE to CITB NI registered development of this generic risk employers – please have your assessment course in partnership registration number when booking with SERC is the first in a series of training and awareness raising £25 for non-registered attendees projects we are planning to develop which will support many CITB NI will continue to focus on sectors of industry”. providing the support and services   needed to ensure local businesses Alongside the use of the have the right skills. Through a VET360 facility a number of mix of Grant funding and Direct practical staged scenarios have Training Interventions CITB NI will been incorporated into the help develop the workforce to training. These activities allow meet client needs and grow their the participants to practice business. undertaking a Risk Assessment using recommended pro forma For further information on what templates that they can adopt we can do to help you and to use in their own business or your construction training log organisation. on www.citbni.org.uk, like us on Facebook http://www.facebook. The next two training sessions com/CITBNorthernIreland and will be held on Friday 26th May follow the discussion on Twitter @ and Friday 16th June. For more CITBNI and LinkedIn. information or to enrol please

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SHORTLIST FOR RIBA NORTHERN IRELAND AWARDS 2017 REVEALED

Ballymena Health and Care Centre The 2017 jury for Northern Ireland from right to left, Kieran McGonigle (McGonigle McGrath), Colin Davidson (artist), Alistair Hall (Hall McKnight).

Six buildings have been shortlisted for RIBA Northern Ireland Awards 2017.

Clogher House, Lisburn

Tireighter Cairn, Co. Derry

The buildings that have been shortlisted are: • Ballymena Health & Care Centre by Hoskins Architects and Keppie Design • Clogher House, Lisburn, by McGarry Moon Architects • Fallahogey Studio, Kilrea, by McGarry Moon Architects • Linen Loft, Belfast, by McDowell+Bostock Architects • St Bernadette’s Church Refurbishment Phase 1, Belfast, by Kennedy FitzGerald Architects • Tireighter Cairn, Park Co. Derry, by Broadstone Architects All shortlisted buildings will now be further assessed on site by the regional jury with the winning buildings announced at an event in May. The 2017 jury for Northern Ireland is made up of distinguished architects Alastair Hall (Hall McKnight) and Kieran McGonigle (McGonigle McGrath) and the lay judge is world renowned artist Colin Davidson.

National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, the results of which will be announced in June. The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the best building of the year will be drawn from the RIBA National Award-winning buildings later in the year.

Regional Award winners will be considered for a highly-coveted RIBA

Ciarán Fox, Director of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA),

Linen Loft, Belfast

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said, “This year’s shortlist takes in a wide range of projects including housing, offices, restoration and public buildings. It is encouraging to see the high standard of architecture being achieved across so many sectors. We are fortunate to have such talented architects working in Northern Ireland and we’re working hard to create the conditions to allow that talent to flourish.”


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digest MANTLIN LTD AND THE FERMANAGH TRUST ANNOUNCE FINANCIAL BOOST FOR LOCAL ORGANISATIONS Mantlin Ltd, owners of the Slieve Rushen Wind farm in southwest Fermanagh have announced a new community fund in Lauri McCusker, Director Fermanagh conjunction with Trust, Adrien Pinsard, Director Mantlin, the Fermanagh Trust. Mantlin Arlene Foster, Former First Minister and Ltd will donate David Bolton, Chair Fermanagh Trust. £50,000 a year to located within a ten-mile radius of the the Fermanagh Trust Slieve Rushen Wind farm. to support the initiative Speaking at the launch of the and it is hoped that this new Fund in Enniskillen, Mantlin funding will continue Ltd Director, Adrien Pinsard said throughout the lifetime “As a company we have been very of the wind farm’s committed to doing something for operation. the local community which will leave The Fund will be open for applications through the Fermanagh Trust, to community and voluntary organisations/projects which are not politically affiliated and which are

a legacy long after we are gone. It is a long-standing principle of our business to become integrated with the communities where we invest. We regard ourselves as long-term investors, committed to our projects.”

NEW VIRTUAL RISK ASSESSMENT TRAINING

David Cooper CITB NI and John Gault SERC

CITB NI have created a specialist training partnership with South Eastern Regional College (SERC) to deliver a brand new virtual environment risk assessment training programme to help businesses understand the basic processes involved in making their workplace legally compliant. And with figures showing many businesses have never carried out a risk assessment in the workplace, it could be welcome news for business and anyone who has responsibility for health and safety. 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 SME’s that need to be able to produce risk assessments to win or undertake contracts to large multi-national organisations that have a number of individuals responsible for health and safety issues. The course will be delivered at CITB NI premises using their virtual environment training facility (VET360) to place course participants in ‘virtual’ environments to identify potential risks in total safety.

NORTHERN IRELAND’S PROPERTY INDUSTRY MUST UNITE TO END HOMELESSNESS, SAYS RICS

Michael Newey, RICS

Northern Ireland’s land, property and construction sectors must collaborate better to help end rising homelessness and deliver more affordable homes, says the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The professional body is asking those who work in the industry to pledge their support for its ‘A Home For Cathy’ campaign, which aims to deliver solutions to alleviate the country’s affordable housing crisis. Statistics from The Homelessness Monitor Northern Ireland show that in 2015/16, 18,600 households presented as homeless in Northern Ireland, with a 13% increase since 2012/13 in what are described as Full Duty Applicants, to 11,200 people. RICS – which sets professional standards in the land, property and construction sectors – launched its ‘Home for Cathy’ campaign to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Ken Loaches seminal film, ‘Cathy Come Home’ (an influential film which ignited a debate about homelessness at the time). RICS is now calling on the Northern Ireland’s wider property sector - as well as policy makers and advocates for change - to commit to helping deliver solutions to alleviate the affordable housing crisis by pledging support for its antihomelessness campaign. In doing so, those that pledge are invited to provide feedback on how the industry can end rising

homelessness and deliver more affordable homes across the region. Recent RICS market research has revealed that the UK faces a 1.8m shortfall of rental properties by 2025, and over the next five years rents are predicted to rise by 25% followed by house prices at around 18%, due to an ongoing chronic shortage of housing stock. Former RICS President, Michael Newey, who is part of the Homes for Cathy Group, said: “It’s hard to comprehend that over 50 years later – since Cathy Come Home first aired - we are once again in the grips of another housing crisis with rocketing unaffordability levels pricing even those on good incomes out of the market. “Rising prices along with recent caps to housing benefits, including the abolition of housing benefit for those under 21, are key reasons why those on lower incomes are being pushed out of the market. However, recent RICS research revealed that over 50 percent of private landlords would house homeless people if the Government introduced some form of state-endorsed deposit guarantor scheme. We need industry professionals to lend their expertise and tell us about any other such innovative ideas they have, that we, as a united property industry, can tap into and deliver to put an end to rising homelessness.” Find out more and pledge your support for RICS’ ‘A Home for Cathy’ campaign: www.rics.org/ homelesspledge You can also join the conversation on Twitter @RICSnews using the hashtag #AHomeforCathy.


HSS HIRE’S NEW DEPOT IN LIMERICK

With the opening of their new Limerick depot, HSS Hire, the only nationwide tool hire company in Ireland has now expanded their presence to 26 branches throughout Ireland

With the continued growth in the construction sector reaching increased levels in Q1 of 2017, national hire chain HSS Hire has opened another new branch in Limerick on the Ballysimon Road. Munster and Ireland rugby star C J Stander

did the honours cutting the ribbon and officially declaring the new branch open. HSS Hire’s new premises is conveniently located in the Brooks Building at Hanover Business Park and is open from 8:00am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday and 8:00am to 1:00pm Saturdays. The opening itself was a special day and there was a huge crowd in attendance to hear C J Stander talk about the recent victory in the 6 nations. Sporting the scars of war C J went on to

answer questions from his enraptured audience about his life in Ireland, playing for Munster and his hopes for the upcoming Lions Tour. He was highly complimentary of HSS’s new branch and spoke about the importance of companies like HSS Hire to the local community, both in terms of generating employment but also in providing support to the local economy and development businesses. Also in attendance was another rugby legend, Keith Wood, and both he and C J

are regular customers of HSS Hire in Limerick. Whether it’s a lawnmower on a sunny day to a dumper and digger for heavier work, C J and Keith know where to get the best range and value in Limerick! Acting as chef d’équipe and MC for the opening, Managing Director of HSS Hire and Laois Hire Group, Michael Killeen was fulsome in his praise for Manager, Ger Punch, and his team for all the work they had put in to developing the brand in Limerick over the years and for the exemplary


official opening ceremony itself; “Limerick has been a vital cog in the success story that is HSS and Laois Hire Group’s continued expansion over the past five or six years, even in the teeth of an enormous recession. Ger and his staff have developed and maintained key customer relationships over those years and their attention to detail and commitment to our customers has rightly earned them the plaudits they have gotten here today” he said. Commenting further of the new Limerick branch Michael went on to say; “The construction industry in Limerick has been resurgent in recent years and this has been

reflected in our own trading figures which are currently up over 35% on last year. There are a number of key infrastructural projects on the go and in the pipeline that we are delighted to be associated with. Companies such as Kirby Engineering & Construction, BAM, Sisk, and Mercury for example are all involved in local development projects and they are all part of HSS Hire’s progressive list of customers”.


Michael Killeen, Managing Director HSS Hire and Laois Hire Group with Munster, Ireland & Lions legend Keith Wood

Cutting the ribbon on the new HSS Hire Limerick depot Michael Killeen, Managing Director of HSS Hire and Laois Hire Group, Munster, Ireland & Lions star CJ Stander and Ger Punch, HSS Hire Limerick Branch Manager.


“As a market leader, HSS Hire and Laois Hire Group’s nationwide reach and dedicated customer service have secured the Irish agencies for top brands such as CompAir compressors, Western Global tanks, Selwood pumps Husqvarna. This, along with their dedicated divisions in pumping, variable messaging solutions (VMS), powered access, site welfare, road traffic management and generators allow HSS and Laois Hire Group cover the needs of their huge customer network, from the day they enter a site until the day they leave it.” To learn more about HSS Hire’s new branch and their extensive product range available for hire or sale, please visit hss.com.

Michael Killeen, Managing Director of HSS Hire and Laois Hire Group with Munster, Ireland & Lions star CJ Stander


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CECC MEETS GOVERNMENT CLIENTS The Construction Employers Federation’s Civil Engineering Consultative Committee, in late April, met with the Government Clients to review their procurement programmes over the coming months. The three times yearly meeting saw updates from:

t the Construction Employers Federation Annual Dinner at the Culloden Hotel on 28 April, Federation President David Henry called for a new spirit of ambition and innovation within the Northern Ireland public sector to help stimulate and unlock infrastructure delivery. Speaking at a dinner which was attended by 300 people and was addressed by BBC correspondent Fergal Keane OBE as its Guest Speaker, Mr Henry said: “If we accept as fact that the Northern Ireland Executive’s Block Grant is the main source of finance for investment locally then Northern Ireland has significant problems. The private sector, primarily due to issues surrounding risk and return on investment, is not investing the sums of money locally which we need to gradually ween us off our dependence on the public purse.

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“Therefore, the public purse has to be innovative both to grow the quantum of finance available to government clients and to de-risk the investments that the private sector should be making, particularly in respect of our dire need for a pipeline of new office development.

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

“To make this ambitious vision a reality though, we do need political decisions to be taken. We need to set out a longerterm vision - and it’s only a coherent and united Northern Ireland Executive in partnership with others such as local councils, developers and local contractors that can do this.

SEARCH LAUNCHED FOR MANAGER OF £100M GOVERNMENT FUND Commenting, in late March, on the launch of the procurement of a fund manager for the Northern Ireland Investment Fund, Federation Managing Director John Armstrong said: “The announcement of this procurement for a fund manager is a hugely significant and welcome moment. Industry has long called for the widening and deepening of the Northern Ireland public purse in respect of infrastructure investment. The approach outlined by way of the Investment Fund mirrors that taken in other jurisdictions where it has been met with great success. “In the midst of current uncertainty around the Northern Ireland Executive’s budget, it is vital that government presses on with enhancing Northern Ireland’s competitiveness and attractiveness as a region to do business and invest in. The Fund rightly seeks to leverage in private sector funding to address many of our strategic economic and infrastructure challenges as a region, notably Grade A office space, and it is vital that certainty is now provided by sticking to the timelines laid out in the procurement.” i

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“A combination of local council borrowing and the now out to procurement Northern Ireland Investment Fund has to be seen as a package to unlock our true infrastructure potential.” Turning to the ongoing political impasse at Stormont, Mr Henry said:

“From our perspective, the lack of strategic planning that has blighted the spending plans of Northern Ireland government clients is a huge matter of concern. Without an agreed Executive budget which deals with many pressing issues we are risking the progress that had been made in areas like streamlining the procurement pipeline and agreeing seven flagship projects for delivery. “Of course, the statement the Secretary of State made on Monday in respect of the budget is to be welcomed. The publication of an indicative set of departmental allocations will allow government clients to plan, prioritise and deliver their capital expenditure over the coming months in a way that had, until now, been difficult. “However, even this statement falls short of where we should be at this point in the financial year – and, to be absolutely frank, it should have been a statement made by the Northern Ireland Executive itself in December.” Resulting from this impasse, and on the subject of the Apprenticeship Levy, Mr Henry said: “The lack of a stable, devolved political administration has also seen our industry been particularly negatively singled out as a consequence of the impact of the Apprenticeship Levy. No matter who you would speak to in government over the last two years, the message was clear – we understand that it is not sustainable for the construction industry to be paying two levies as of April 2017. And now, for all that ‘understanding’, our industry stands here in the unsustainable position that we had all feared.” David Henry’s full speech is available via the Federation’s website.

BUSINESS AND CIVIC SOCIETY MAKE URGENT APPEAL TO LOCAL POLITICIANS

he Construction Employers Federation, along with other business representative bodies, the trade unions T and the voluntary and community sector, made, in mid-April, a final plea to local political leaders to form an Executive for the sake of Northern Ireland’s future. The full statement was as: During the month of April nineteen years ago, people across Northern Ireland were presented with an amazing agreement which would deliver a path for peace and prosperity in the years ahead. That Agreement won overwhelming support in a referendum one month later. The business community and civic society are united in our gratitude to the UK and Irish governments of that time and of course international support from President Bill Clinton and Senator George Mitchell. Similarly, we recognise that Northern Ireland is indebted to many people from right across society who have transformed communities by putting themselves forward as peacemakers, compromisers and economy builders during the past two decades. Lives have been transformed and a generation of young people have benefited enormously.


News in Brief... INDUSTRY WELCOMES SECRETARY OF STATE STATEMENT Commenting on the Written Statement in Parliament by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in relation to Northern Ireland Finances on 24 April, Construction Employers Federation Managing Director John Armstrong said: “In the context of the lack of formation of a Northern Ireland Executive and the imminent dissolution of the UK Parliament ahead of the General Election, today’s statement by the Secretary of State is a welcome step. “Although a much needed Northern Ireland Budget for 2017/18 has not been passed by virtue of the statement, the publication of an indicative set of departmental allocations will allow government clients to plan, prioritise and deliver their capital expenditure over the coming months in a way that had, until now, been difficult. “This statement will therefore give government clients the absolute certainty that a budget akin to that announced today would be passed between now and the start of July. “For many construction companies, public sector work is their absolute lifeblood. Today’s statement will give industry the certainty that work will continue to flow – from the flagship schemes such as the A6 to the minor works which so many depend on.”

Northern Ireland’s power-sharing government that emerged from the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement has brought peace to our streets, put an end to sectarian killings and allowed economic growth to ensue. Devolved government has also delivered to Northern Ireland autonomy over our local public services and has dramatically improved our international reputation for investors and tourists alike. But, as President Clinton has recently reminded us, there is much more to be done. Indeed, as the UK re-negotiates its relationship with Europe, a united voice from Northern Ireland politicians is urgently needed to protect our unique interests. Today, business bodies (representing employers, investors and entrepreneurs), the Community and Voluntary Sector (representing organisations which transform lives through voluntary work and community groups) and many other members of civic society such as universities and membership organisations make a final plea to local political leaders, and the two governments, at this critical juncture. Devolved government is the only option for maintaining our precious peace and allowing the people of Northern Ireland to shape their own destiny; a local Executive must be formed for the sake of Northern Ireland’s future. Business and civic society are today directly asking local politicians to find a way forward for creating a powersharing government that works for all the people of Northern Ireland. Our future can only be a shared one. It is only through local government that we can guarantee peace, attract investment and deliver job creation and social progress for this small region. We remind local politicians that they have a duty to their electorate to pursue the best way forward for everyone residing in this region. Today the voice of business and civic society join together with one message. Together our organisations represent hundreds of thousands of people across all religions, backgrounds and sectors. We unequivocally state that the best way forward for everyone in Northern Ireland is through a local power-sharing government which is built upon a desire to maintain our peace process, demonstrate respect to all communities and deliver compromise where needed.

BUILDING KEY PARTNERSHIP ACROSS INDUSTRY SECTORS

patronage partnership between the Construction Employers Federation and Northern Ireland’s leading contract A hire and vehicle management company, Fleet Financial, enters its second year and has already proven a huge success and of extensive benefit to the Federation and its membership. Officially announced in July 2016, Fleet’s Patronage has been developed in response to the needs of CEF members with regards to corporate vehicle management and the subsequent provision of industry insight and invaluable assistance for member organisations, regardless of size. Fleet Financial joined leading industry names including Danske Bank, Carson McDowell and JP Corry as part of the CEF’s official Patronage Scheme and has ultimately resulted in the company engaging directly with CEF members over the last nine months, providing professional, industry-leading guidance. Fleet Financial represents more than a thousand individuals and local businesses across a variety of sectors and its strong, unrivalled position as Northern Ireland’s top contract hire provider provides a firm foundation on which to build a beneficial partnership with the CEF. Philip Miley, Sales and Marketing Director, Fleet Financial said: “We are delighted with how successful our Patronage has proven to be to date as we interact with members, employees, partners and stakeholders of the CEF. “As a company with a fundamental responsibility and investment in the growth of business across Northern Ireland, we have been proactively delivering strategic advice with regards to vehicle finance, fleet maintenance and the importance of health and safety technology, measures and training that can all be utilized by the CEF.” The Construction Employers Federation represents over 800 companies as members, ranging from micro businesses employing just a handful of people to some of the largest construction companies in Northern Ireland. In total, CEF member companies account for over 70% of all construction output in NI. John Armstrong, Managing Director at CEF, said: “It has been very beneficial to our members to have Fleet Financial on board as a Patron since last year and our members are already reaping the benefits. “Fleet have been educating our broad and varied membership base on issues of relevance including those that drive their own cars for business, or the “Grey Fleet”, the importance of ‘duty of care’ by organisations to their company car drivers, and what the overall ‘whole-life costs’ may amount to as workforces grow and demand increases.”


SPRING BUDGET 2017 T

he following article has been prepared for Federation members by one of our Patrons, BDO Northern Ireland.

Following the vote to leave the European Union last June, there has been uncertainty across the business sector in Northern Ireland and the UK as a whole, with issues like the weakening pound becoming cause for real concern for some. Despite this however, businesses have proved resilient and it was anticipated that the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Phillip Hammond, would mirror this feeling in his first Budget. What we got was a relatively cautious approach from Mr Hammond with few headline grabbers, particularly for Northern Ireland. The Budget urged a period of stability, seemingly preparing for the triggering of Article 50 when Brexit becomes a reality. There was no windfall giveaway from the Chancellor, certainly not compared with the Autumn Statement, and he made it clear that the Government would not be drawn into spending more than it collects. It is completely conceivable that the Treasury is looking at what funds it may need to release over the next couple of years following Brexit. Not surprisingly, he did not characterise this money as a “Brexit fighting fund” – indeed Brexit was barely mentioned. The Budget does provide a modest increase in capital expenditure for the Northern Ireland Executive, with the caveat of course that we have an Executive in place to spend it. This additional funding of £120million will contribute to major issues such as our infrastructure, which will in turn contribute to our competitiveness and ability to attract foreign direct investment (FDI). To make this happen we need a working Executive in place and with it an agreed budget for the forthcoming financial year. A local commentator quipped that Mr Hammond’s Budget may have been dull, but at least the UK had a Budget. We also have the long-standing issue of Corporation Tax in Northern Ireland. It is imperative that we get a rate that is competitive enough that we attract lucrative foreign direct investment; particularly given our neighbours in the Republic of Ireland currently have a 12.5% rate to attract this investment. Perhaps the most standout announcement from the Budget was the National Insurance hike for the self-employed, aimed at aligning the taxation of the employed and self-employed. We will have to wait and see how this truly affects the 130,000 self-employed in Northern Ireland but it does create concern and a potential barrier for people setting up their own business. The construction industry would be hit significantly with this measure, with around 40% of the local industry being self-employed. This will now not proceed as planned, as confirmed by the Chancellor on Wednesday 15th March. Another area of concern is the progress of the NI Investment Fund, aimed at stimulating private sector investment in infrastructure projects that benefit the region. Following the EU referendum result, the European Investment Bank (EIB) said it would provide the NI Executive with advisory support in relation to the development of its own Investment Fund. Without sounding like a broken record, this can only be progressed and implemented once we have a new Executive in place. This was a slimmed down Budget with few forays into areas like infrastructure and housing, not much on transport and only glancing references to the devolved regions. It remains to be seen how the extra £120m funding for the NI Executive will be spent and how businesses will be impacted by measures such as the National Insurance hike for the self-employed. In conclusion, this is a Budget that will be aimed at steadying the ship ahead of much choppier waters.

PARTNERSHIP TO BOOST BUSINESS PLANNING FOR CONSTRUCTION FIRMS I

n late February, the Construction Employers Federation announced a new partnership that will put specialist tax and business planning support within reach of more than 800 building companies.

The exclusive tie-up with BDO Northern Ireland will see CEF’s membership, ranging from micro-businesses to industry heavy hitters, gain access to a series of specialist advice services and tailored workshops over the next ten months. John Armstrong, Managing Director of the Construction Employers Federation, said: “As a forward-thinking and innovative sector, our members in the construction industry have always taken a strategic and partner-led approach, which is why we are delighted that BDO Northern Ireland has joined us as an official Patron of the Federation and for their commitment to assist in driving renewed growth and success over the years ahead through the business-critical advice and support that they can offer. “Our objective is to deliver one shared ‘voice of the construction industry’ to ensure that our work delivers for our people, our members and the wider economy and are excited to have the backing of BDO Northern Ireland for the future.” Brian Murphy, Partner at BDO Northern Ireland said: “A thriving construction sector is not only good, but essential for the whole economy. Confidence has been slow to return, but we’re now seeing progress on the skylines with a number of landmark developments, residential properties and hotels nearing completion across the Province. It’s important that construction companies of all sizes across Northern Ireland maintain this momentum and continue to grow smartly and sustainably. “Our partnership with CEF is about gearing a range of professional advice and services towards the emerging needs of the sector and its long-term prospects. Through focused workshops and consultations, building firms will have access to the practical planning support and expertise that can help boost jobs and growth potential.” BDO Northern Ireland is an award-winning business advisory and accountancy practice that employs more than 170 people in Northern Ireland and provides professional services to more than 1,000 local companies. The new partnership sees BDO Northern Ireland join an exclusive list of CEF Patrons which already includes Danske Bank, Fleet Financial, JP Corry, Carson McDowell and JLT.


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DAVID JAMESON ROOFING ACHIEVES BS8555 LEVEL 6

Certificate of Environmental Management

27​th​ July 2016

To whom it may Concern:

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Tarian Inspection Services, Y Fron, Trawsfynydd, Gwynedd, LL41 4UG TeL: 0845 8388 543 E-Mail: ​david@inspections.org.uk

Our Environmental Management System is the BS8555. We are the first organisation in the world to have achieved Level 6 in the BS8555 Environmental Management System Protection and enhancement of the surrounding environment and its biodiversity and the avoidance of pollution: Our company has 2 divisions, Roofing and Asbestos. Both occupations can

be hazardous to our environment. Within the Roofing division there is a risk with bitumen products and propane gas. The asbestos division has the risk of contaminating the air we breathe. To ensure we are fully prepared for worse case scenarios on the job we have control procedures put in place. Use of recycled building products and renewable energy: Our main recycled material would be our roofing felt. Felt roof cuttings, as small as 300mm x 1m, are kept in our

T: 028 38 339366 E: davidjr@djrs.co.uk W: www.davidjamesonroofing.co.uk

stores and are constantly used on repair works. In our premises we re-use rainwater that we collect from a pitch roof gutter into a water bowser ready to use when required.   Measures to demonstrate the mitigation of climate change: We have installed tracker devices in our fleet of vehicles to assist us when

urgent call outs come in. In the past when a call out was reported we guessed what squad was closest to attend. With the tracker device we can pin point who is closest and how long it will take that squad to arrive. This will save a lot of man hours and fuel over an extended time and help to keep our environmental footprint down.


62| Hays

NEW INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP AIMS ‘TO ATTRACT SKILLS TO THE MARKET’

From left are Jessica Wan, Senior Recruitment Consultant, Hays Northern Ireland; Mark Wade, Director of Construction & Property, Hays Northern Ireland; and Susan Mason, Regional Services Manager, RICS.

Northern Ireland’s construction sector appears, overall, to be in growth mode. That’s one of the big messages coming out of the recent Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Tughans Northern Ireland Construction Market Survey. This ties in with the Ulster Bank’s PMI report (published in April) which found that Northern Ireland’s

construction sector - as well manufacturing, retail and services grew in March. The RICS survey found that workloads had increased across all UK regions in the first quarter of the year. However, the pace of growth dipped slightly in Northern Ireland between Q4 2016 and Q1 2017. Looking ahead, the forecast for workloads over the coming 12 months suggests a slight slowdown albeit whilst remaining relatively strong.

SKILLS Despite a positive outlook, the survey revealed that a lack of skills remains one of the biggest challenges faced by local employers. Four-in-10 respondents to the RICS survey felt that a lack of skills was stifling growth. Respondents also said tender prices were increasing due to rising material costs and to rising wages (another factor which is linked to the lack of skills). In addition, one challenge that isn’t going away will be the lack of EU funding post Brexit, including EIB and ERDF funding. While the trade

agreement will be up to the UK government, the onus falls on industry to secure the domestic skills pipeline. OPPORTUNITIES Feedback we are receiving from clients suggests Quantity Surveyors with 1-2 years’ experience and Project Managers within consultancy are in highest demand. At a local level, we are working with young people to build awareness and understanding of the opportunities available through a career as a Quantity Surveyor. And within a global context, we are using our network of over 250 international offices to attract talent


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back to Northern Ireland and are actively showcasing the wide range of opportunities available here. This work is starting to bear fruit as we have seen several experienced graduate surveyors being lured back into the region by firms confident of growth. On the employer side, we would

stated that Belfast is “on an upward trajectory” as 30 major schemes are either underway or recently completed across the city. More than 1,000 hotel rooms will soon be created, boosting the local tourism and hospitality industry. Investment continues to flow into the city. Indeed, RICS in Northern Ireland has set attracting inward

in this regard. Initiatives such as the Inclusive Employer Quality Mark (IEQM) are designed to help firms in the profession gain a competitive advantage by adopting inclusivity standards. According to Susan Mason, Regional Services Manager, RICS: “As the industry’s professional body, RICS understands that talent can be retained through observation of

opportunities.”

The IEQM asks employers to pledge commitment to adopting and continually improving against six globally applicable principles. To find out more about the IEQM ‘Diversity in Practice’, log on to www.rics.org.

PARTNERSHIP APPROACH To maximise Northern Ireland’s potential to attract inward investors, we should be doing everything we can to help nurture growth within the construction industry. For our part, we aim to deepen our support for the industry and have forged a new partnership with RICS. This is in addition to similar partnerships we have established with the Chartered Institute of Builders (CIOB), the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA). The objective of this latest partnership is to support RICS in their drive to attract new skills to the market. We will be joining forces with the organisation to deliver amongst other things - a series of clinics that will help employers to exploit new growth opportunities and for those looking to embrace new opportunities to develop their skills capability.

WItH a reputation for excellence in constructing quality projects, tAL Limit has been awarded a signifi contract (£3.1m) by global medical diagnostics compa Randox. This initial contract is for the construction of a new facility fo High on the agenda for these clinics will be discussions on staff retention strategies. This involves addressing questions such as: what does a positive induction process look like; how do new people integrate with the team; how does the business communicate and engage with new talent; how can a firm create a positive culture within the business; and how clear is the appraisal and salary review system.

Professional clinics aimed at RICS members will also look at areas such as employee engagement and retention. We will also share valuable market insights generated through Hays-led research which includes the annual Hays Salary & Recruiting Trends Guide.

encourage firms to take a long-term view on how they invest in talent. For example, seeking out candidates that are eager to learn and who can acquire new skills through continuous professional development.

investment as a major policy objective. The tangible outworkings of this have been events in Parliament Square, London, and in New York for potential investors which identified “a real interest amongst those in attendance”.

INVESTMENT On the plus side for the construction industry, Invest NI is reporting that foreign direct investment (FDI) interest in Northern Ireland is still high, even after the Brexit referendum result. This builds on the Deloitte Belfast Office Crane Survey 2017 which also

BEST PRACTICE We are working with the industry to tackle issues around the supply of suitable skilled individuals and to support employers in meeting demands for talent as part of their growth plans. RICS is making a valuable contribution

best practice. The Inclusive Employer Quality Mark encourages all firms, large and small, to look carefully at their employment practices and have inclusivity at the heart of what they do. The principles that lie behind the IEQM offer a differentiator for firms during recruitment - in effect, potential candidates can be assured of high quality staff practices and promotion

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 MAY 2017 Prices are exclusive of VAT. Discounts will apply. This information is compiled specifically for Specify periodicals and is copyright.

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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

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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

JULY/AUGUST EDITION

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

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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INTERVIEW

Specify talks to Gerard Graham FCIOB, Chair of CIOB Belfast Hub

Q: Did you plan to get involved in the Construction Industry? I was always interested in construction. As a child I spent many hours playing with Lego. Lots of prototype tall buildings were constructed in the Living Room of my mother’s house.

Q: How did you start off? I did the BSc (Hons) Construction Engineering & Management degree at Ulster University. I then did my placement year with Farrans at the £90m Odyssey project in Belfast. Getting exposure to a large complex project at an early stage helped see the opportunities and challenges involved in the construction industry. I then did a Master’s Degree. Although I aimed to work in the construction industry, I was presented with an opportunity which would involve working for leading manufacturing company Wrightbus overseas; I did so and was based in Central Europe, attended Dutch language classes and thoroughly enjoyed it. There are many similarities between manufacturing

and construction companies. The same methodology is used throughout both. I then later moved back into the construction industry and now work for Martin & Hamilton which I fully enjoy.

Q: What have been the highlights of your career so far? Highlights so far include: • Being elected Chair of the Chartered Institute of Building’s (CIOB) Belfast Hub earlier this year. • Project-managing a refurbishment project at W5. The exhibits were really modern and eye-catching which caught my attention. I managed that particular project from preparing the PQQ submission, to coordinating the tender, and then visiting the site each day to monitor progress.

Q: What was the best piece of advice you’ve been given? My late father used to say ‘a wise man learns more from a fool than a fool learns from a

wise man’. Listen and learn from everyone is how I interpret that.

Q: What would you say to any students considering a career in construction?

investment will go elsewhere.

Q: What needs to be done to help the Construction Sector?

There is a role for everyone in the construction industry. Friends who I did the Degree with are working in many different roles. For example, Neil is implementing BIM within Farrans, Michael is a Project Manager for construction consultancy Turner & Townsend, and Ryan is a Director for global construction giant Mace. There are exciting opportunities available for those who want to progress.

There are many areas of the industry that could be improved. One issue is the skills shortage. Leaders and managers within the industry need to unite somehow to address this within schools and colleges collectively. The industry is still viewed less favourably than main-stream professions. There are so many wide ranging trade as well as professional roles that need to be communicated to teachers, students and parents. The STEM Ambassador Programme is a great initiative to help.

Q: Do you think the Construction Sector needs more support from Stormont?

Q: Tell us something surprising about yourself…

In my opinion, for the construction industry to grow in any region, public confidence and political stability are both essential. We need a functioning Assembly as soon as possible. This cannot be over emphasised. The longer the political vacuum continues, the higher the chance that private

My best achievement outside of work was completing the Portaferry Triathlon. The first leg was the swim from Strangford to Portaferry. Swimmers had just 28 minutes to get across the lough at slack tide otherwise they were plucked out!


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