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O’HARE & MCGOVERN SCORE TWICE! net balance of +48). Private work at the interface of the the second year in Faorrow, Commercial activity was also North East and North West Newry-based construction company O’Hare & McGovern have taken the ‘Overall Award’ at the Specify CEF Construction Excellence Awards.

The Awards Gala Evening saw the firm win the award for its work on the IFA National Football Stadium at Windsor Park. The superb new 18,000 seater stadium received its official opening the day after the awards took place at the Culloden Hotel. It was built within the confines of the existing Windsor Park which remained fully operational throughout the 98 week construction phase, facilitating over 200,000 spectators at 63 international and domestic fixtures. The work involved the demolition of the south and east stands, refurbishment and extension of the north and west stands. OHMG designed curved steel

stands to form a Quadrant. This curved design helped to create a stadium to enhance the viewing experience of the speactators while at the same time mitigating the impact of noise on neighbouring houses outside the stadium. Our congratulations go to the team at OHMG on their success. There was also some cheer from the latest RICS report. Building activity is still rising despite uncertainty in the economy, according to the latest RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) and Tughans Northern Ireland Construction Market Survey. Workloads were still rising in the third quarter of the year, according to Northern Ireland surveyors, with only a very modest slowdown in activity relative to Q2. Housebuilding remained a key source of workload growth, with private housebuilding activity rising particularly strongly (a

rising relatively robustly (+23), according to the survey.

In contrast however, infrastructure workload growth remained weak (+5), and significantly below the UK average (+17). Looking ahead, Northern Ireland surveyors are upbeat about the prospects for growth, with a net balance of +50% expecting workloads to be higher in a 12-month horizon. Infrastructure spending is still relatively low in Northern Ireland and the latest developments in the ongoing York Road Interchange does not inspire confidence for the big government spending projects. Economist John Simpson looks at the Programme for Government Strategic Investment Boards aspirations for next year and beyond… see pages 36 and 37. Pat Burns Editor

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Graham Construction selected for £4bn P22 government healthcare framework

7 DIGEST Co-Ownership Housing Secures £165m in funding through private finance

11 DIGEST The twentieth Facilities Management conference is launched at Stormont

12 SAFETY AT HEIGHT Incorporating height safety in building design with Kingspan

17 SPECIFY CEF AWARDS For the second year running, OHMG take the top award, this time for the Windsor Park National Football Stadium

36 JOHN SIMPSON A prioritised capital programme is critical for the new Programme for Government to succeed

41 McALEER & RUSHE Paul Marlow takes the top UK wide Construction Manager of the Year Award

52 DIGEST Keystone is honoured by the Chancellor of the Exchequer and wins prestigious award

54 CITB The Leader in Construction programme draws to a close

64 DRAINAGE Stormcrate provides a line of defence against flooding

73 INTERVIEW Specify talks to Michael Howe of 2020 Architects

82 INTERVIEW Mark Graham, the new Chief Executive of Co-Ownership Housing

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Graham Construction selectedasfor £4bn Harvey Group acquires Solmatix part of 5P22 year government framework growth plan inhealthcare UK and Ireland.

Barnet has appointed Graham “We’re looking forward Construction as its Partner for to working with its £150m portfolio of major the company has grown to achieve a the Department works on a five-year basis (with turnover of £6 million, with 30 staff of Health and the option to be extended operating from its Nutt’s Corner our PSCM to 7 years). The works will premises. and PSCP include the enhancement of As a result of the deal, Solmatix colleagues once education, community, leisure will continue to operate as an the framework and operational assets across the autonomous and independent comes into borough. company within Harvey Group place. The Brian Harvey, managing director in Northern Ireland and act combination of Graham Construction will of Harvey Group, said there was asThe a springboard for further Keith Hayes, Healthcare Director at Grahams the GRAHAM Department of Health now deliver both improvements a perfect fit between the two expansion into the multiregional office has appointed Graham as one and new build works as part of organisations. million pound UK and Ireland between clients, PSCPs and network, of six Principal Supply Chain the council’s Capital Projects “We have been planning to aim renewable energy markets. supply chains – all with the carefullythe assembled specialist Partners (PSCPs), along with Kier, Celebrating acquisition (from left) Norah-Anne Bell, Richard Bell, Brian Harvey, Gareth pipeline. The work will be carried grow our renewables involvement The acquisition, for an Booth (Financial Harvey Group). of supporting enhanced clinical supply chainController, members, BIM focus Interserve, Galliford Try, BAM and out across the next five years for some time, either organically undisclosed sum, will bring to 110 and extensive experience across IHP (a joint venture between Vinci outputs for patients and better asand great for with Solmatix, beneficial. From my perspective, willnews begin twoitsalready orenvironments through the acquisition of an the number of people employed for staff and visitors. having the full spectrum of of healthcare and Sir Robert McAlpine). customers, and staff.schemes Solmatix as part Harvey approvedsuppliers leisure centre established player. Having worked directly by the Harvey Group in Keith Hayes, Healthcare facilities means we will be able “In school many respects, it’s a case Group gives us a level of expertise and developments. with Solmatix Northern Ireland and Great Britain. Director at Renewables GRAHAM on to help NHS clients successfully P22 is the third iteration of of ‘business as usual’. However, in that would have taken us years to a number of contracts, we’d With a turnover of £30 million Construction, said: “With the deliverotherwise. improvements across their realBarnet the framework that provides the terms, being part of this larger acquire is the most populated always been impressed with and over 80 staff, Harvey Group P22 framework focusing on estates and ultimately contribute NHS with30the tools to deliver organisation give us and access “Harvey Group and Solmatix borough inwill London theto their engineering rigour and has over years’ experience quality, value, cost certainty, to optimum outcomes for patients improved estate performance enhanced technical skills, financial share similar values, by which I mean framework aims to deliver a professionalism. In fact, there seemed in the design, installation and collaboration, standardisation and our andcommitment staff.” while lowering construction resources power. to professionalism, to be a natural synergy between maintenance of building services broader and andpurchasing more varied range a drive for efficiency savings, we and maintenance costs. This Ultimately I believe this will lead new our desire to deliver our services to our two companies in terms of within every conceivable kind of of facilities that will include are confident that the knowledge the £150 London new framework is designed to toschools, greater growth investment very highest standards, and the what we do and how we do it. I building type throughout NI, GB leisure and centres and and experience gained from our further increased efficiency contract within our operations, as as importance we place on treating our approached Richard Bell about a and RoI,drive including Pharmaceutical/ community centres towell meet extensive ongoing healthcare and productivity, streamline more jobs and job security. It’s announced customers, our suppliers and our staff year ago to float the idea of our Cleanrooms, Laboratories, the needs of a growing anda portfolio coming will help furtherbutenhance the procurement process win-win relationship that’s good with courtesy and consideration.” companies together, only Education, Government and and increasingly diverse community. outcomes. produce stronger partnerships for our whole organisation, as The London of Richard Bell, theBorough founder and if its there was a good fit. After careful Healthcare . Richard and NorahGraham Construction has been awarded a place on ProCure22 (P22), Newtownabbey-based the government’s £4bn M&E services company, construction procurement Harvey Group, acquired framework forhas delivering Northern NHS and Ireland social renewable care energy specialists, capital schemesSolmatix in RenewablesThe in aframework move the England. companies saythis will transform commences month the renewable energy and will run for foursector years.

NI M&E services company acquires renewable energy specialists

Anne Bell founded Solmatix Renewables in 2008, and since then

consideration we both agreed that this would indeed be mutually

managing director of Solmatix Renewables described the acquisition

well as the economy of Northern Ireland. “

Murdock Builder’s Merchants Acquires the

Lisburn firm TALDivision awarded major in construction Merchanting of the FR first Cathcart Enniskillen opportunities for all of our Cathcart Ltd to Murdock Builder’s extend its reach across Northern Park Murdock Builder’sat Randox contract Science customers and staff. We feel Merchants. Ireland where it already has nine Merchants, which has branches across Northern Ireland and in Dublin, has acquired the merchanting division of FR Cathcart Ltd in Enniskillen, bringing its total number of branches to twelve. FR Cathcart Ltd, which has

WItH a reputation for successfully operated as a family excellence in constructing high business since 1972, is widely quality projects, tAL Limited regarded as one of Northern has been awarded a significant Ireland’s leading independent contract (£3.1m) by global suppliers of building materials. medical diagnostics company Randox. The acquisition offers a This initial contract is for the strategic opportunity for the construction of a new facility for

Newry-based Murdock group to

production pioneering branches,ofasRandox’s well as two outlets medical diagnostic products in Dublin. The move willand alsowill also include associated administrative enable Murdock’s to enhance its functions. The works arethe thewest first service levels across phase of province a major capital expenditure of the by providing its project by Randox developcounties the customers in thetoborder former Army and Barracks with aMassereene local collection delivery into ‘Randox Science Park’ – a point. futuristic R&D and manufacturing facility. The award-winning, Twelve existing members of international biotechnology firm, FR Cathcart staff are transferring unveiled its plans for an innovative over to Murdock’s as part of the hub on the 43agreement, acre site earlier thisthe acquisition joining year. company’s 300-strong workforce. Welcoming the announcement, Damien of TAL Ann Hughes, Morgan,Director Murdock’s CEO Limited commented: “We are said “This investment offers delighted to have been awarded new challenges and positive

this contract to with Randox, of privileged bring suchone a wellNorthern Ireland’s most dynamic respected family-owned company and exciting businesses on athe local as FR Cathcart Ltd into and global level. Through the quality Murdock Builders Merchants ofGroup our work dedication and andand arethe grateful to Richard professionalism of our team TALtheir has and Roisin Cathcart for all steadily grown over the last 34 years assistance and cooperation and this contract award reinforces through the acquisition process. the “With strengththe of our in we the dealexpertise complete healthcare sector. ” look forward to working with the The project be delivered team at the will Enniskillen branch and toinBIM level 2 in partnership particular to building upon their with the design team previous success. ” Ostick and Williams Architects, Rainey Richard Cathcart also& Best, Doran Consulting, Delap & Waller commented: “The Cathcart family Consulting Engineers andisCharles is confident that this the right Hutchison Consulting. time to hand over the reins of Dr Peter FitzGerald, Managing the merchanting division of FR

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Director commented: “We at areRandox extremely proud “The development of Randox Science of the business that we have Park core to our plans to the create builtis up since 1972 and innovative diagnostics, to improve wonderful staff relationships that manufacturing efficiency toover export have been developed those high-value healthcare capabilities years. Looking to the future,toour world markets. This state-of-the-art priority was to take the business premises will become of to the next level, soa itcentre was vital cutting-edge research, development that we found an independentlyand diagnostic manufacture, covering owned and progressively-minded conditions such stroke and company suchasascancer, Murdock’s heart disease. We will also provide a to take over our merchanting significant division. boost to the local economy through We veryand “Wenew wishjob allcreation. our employees much look forwardcontinued to workingsuccess with our customers TAL this initial contract to deliver withonMurdock’s and thank them the infrastructure we forhigh theirquality loyalty and friendship require. ” over the past years.”

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Co-Ownership Housing secures Harvey Group acquires Solmatix as part of 5 year growth plan in UK and Ireland. £165m in funding

NI M&E services company acquires renewable energy specialists that is trusted

Co-Ownership Housing, Northern Ireland’s primary Newtownabbey-based provider of shared M&E services company, Harvey Group, acquired ownership hashas secured Northern Ireland in renewable £165m to invest the energy specialists, provision of 2,800Solmatix homes Renewables in a move over four years. This the will companies say4,000 will transform enable up to people renewable energy sector tothe get on the property in Northern Ireland and actthe ladder and will support as a springboard for further creation of new jobs in the expansion into the multiconstruction sector. million pound and Ireland £65m has beenUK raised renewable energy markets. through private finance from acquisition, an facility BankThe of Ireland. Thisfornew undisclosed sum, will bring to 110 complements Co-Ownership the number of people employed Housings’ existing government directly by the Harvey Group in funding of £100m financial Northern Ireland and Great Britain. transactions capital (FTC) from With a turnover of £30 million the Department for Communities. and over 80 staff, Harvey Group Combined, this is one of the has over 30 years’ experience largest finance deals in Northern in the design, installation and Ireland and represents a real maintenance of building services investment in people and the local within every conceivable kind of economy. building type throughout NI, GB “Co-Ownership is a brand and RoI, including Pharmaceutical/ Cleanrooms, Laboratories, Education, Government and Healthcare . Richard and NorahAnne Bell founded Solmatix Renewables in 2008, and since then

by customers the company has grown to achieve a and mortgage turnover of £6 million, with 30 staff providersfrom alike,its” Nutt’s Corner operating said Mark Graham, premises. chief As executive, a result of the deal, Solmatix will continue to operate as an Co-Ownership autonomous independent Housing. “Toand date company we have within helpedHarvey over Group Brian households Harvey, managing director 26,000 of Harvey said there was onto the Group, property aladder, perfectand fit between the two we know organisations. the difference the “We have been planning to scheme is making Celebrating the acquisition (from left) Norah-Anne Bell, Richard Bell, Brian Harvey, Gareth grow our renewables Booth (Financial Controller, Harvey Group). in people’s lives. involvement for some time, either organically Pictured are: Mark Graham, CEO, Co-Ownership Housing with Ian Sheppard, Regional Director NI, Our work couldn’t as great news for Solmatix, its beneficial. From my perspective, or throughwithout the acquisition of anof Ireland and Minister for Communities, Paul Givan MLA continue the Bank customers, suppliers and staff. having Solmatix as part of Harvey established player. Having financial support from worked is aimed at us firsta level timeofbuyers and 50% 90%respects, and pay on “Into many it’srent a case Group gives expertise with Solmatix Renewables on the Department for Communities others returning to the market the remaining share, significantly of ‘business as usual’. However, in that would have taken us years to aand number we’d funding Bankofofcontracts, Ireland. This who could not otherwise afford less rent than they would pay on real terms, being part of this larger acquire otherwise. always been impressed with allows us to continue to support to “Harvey buy a home onand their own. the open market. Purchasers can organisation will give us access to Group Solmatix their engineering rigour and lower income households, Homesimilar buyers choose theirI mean own then increase theirskills, share in the enhanced technical financial share values, by which professionalism. In fact, there seemed particularly first time buyers, to property up to the value of property at any time in part or in resources and purchasing power. our commitment to professionalism, to be a natural synergy between realise their aspirations of owning £150,000, Northern full to ownI believe their home a Ultimately this willoutright, lead our desire toanywhere deliver ourin services to our two companies in terms of their own home.” Ireland. buy a starter process staircasing. greaterknown growthas and investment the veryThey highest standards, andshare the in to what we do and how we do it. I The Co-Ownership scheme the value ofwetheir between within our operations, as well as importance placehome on treating our approached Richard Bell about a more jobs and job security. It’s a customers, our suppliers and our staff year ago to float the idea of our win-win relationship that’s good with courtesy and consideration. ” companies coming together, but only for our whole organisation, as Richard Bell, the founder and if there was a good fit. After careful well as the economy of Northern managing director of Solmatix consideration we both agreed Ireland. “ Renewables described the acquisition that this would indeed be mutually

HABINTEG HOUSING ASSOCIATION ACQUIRES 24 NEW HOMES IN CARRICK FROM HAGAN HOMES Hagan Homes has completed the construction of 24 new homes in Scotch Quarter, Carrickfergus and Habinteg Housing Association has acquired the development for £2.3million.

the site became an eyesore in a prominent location in the town. “When Hagan Homes acquired the site and started work on it in 2015 the local community reacted positively. They recognised that production of Randox’s pioneering Hagan Homes builds affordable, quality, homes and that medical stylish diagnostic products and will we this by appointing also achieve include associated administrative award-winning architects, functions. The works are theinterior first designers ” phase of a and majorcraftspeople. capital expenditure Discussing the to acquisition of project by Randox develop the the Scotch Quarter development former Massereene Army Barracks Andrew Corkill, Development into ‘Randox Science Park’ – a Manager, Habinteg Housing futuristic R&D and manufacturing Association said: facility. The award-winning, “Habinteg is an ambitious and international biotechnology firm, expanding organisation with unveiled its plans for an innovative in excess of 2,000 properties hub on the 43 acre site earlier this currently in management. We aim year. to build or purchase high quality Welcoming the of announcement, housing in areas high housing Damien Hughes, Director of TAL need. The purchase of the Scotch Limited commented: “We areactive Quarter development for delightedaccommodation to have been awarded elderly helps us

realise our vision through reducing the housing need in this area and

the Scotch Scotch Quater development was Warrenpoint

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

Construction at the 0.46 acres development of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments started in November 2015. Jamesy Hagan, Managing Director, Hagan Homes, commented on the development WItH a reputation for and the positive impact it willhigh have excellence in constructing on the local community: quality projects, tAL Limited owners of has“The beenprevious awarded a significant the Scotch Quarter site in contract (£3.1m) by global Carrickfergus had started medical diagnostics company construction in 2008 but Randox. unfortunately had to suspend This initial contract is for the all development due to the construction of a new facility for property crash. This meant that

this contract with Randox, one of Director at Randox commented: “The Northern Ireland’s most dynamic development of Randox Science and exciting businesses on a local Park is core to our plans to create and global level. Through the quality innovative diagnostics, to improve of our work and the dedication and manufacturing efficiency to export professionalism of our team TAL has high-value healthcare capabilities to steadily grown over the last 34 years world markets. This state-of-the-art and this contract award reinforces premises will become a centre of the strength of our expertise in the cutting-edge research, development healthcare sector.” and diagnostic manufacture, covering Pictured are Katrina Development Manager, Habinteg The project will beSmyth, delivered conditions such asHousing cancer,Association; stroke and Jamesy Hagan, Managing Director, Hagan Homes; Darren McKinney, Chief to BIM level 2 in partnership heart disease. We will also provide a Executive, Habinteg Housing andsignificant Andrew Corkhill, Development with the design team OstickAssociation; and boost to the local economy Manager,Architects, Habinteg Housing Association. Williams Rainey & Best, through new job creation. We very Doran Consulting, Delap & Waller Consulting Engineers and Charlesby strengthening the community Hutchison Consulting. providing “Homes for All”. Dr Peter Managing The mainFitzGerald, contractor for

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much look forward to working with TALScotch on this Quarter initial contract to deliver the development the high quality infrastructure we was Warrenpoint based Eden require.” Contractors Ltd.

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Lisburn company ‘lifts’ up a as £415,000 Harvey Group acquires Solmatix part of 5 year growth plan in UK andcompany Ireland. contract with glass

NI M&E services company acquiresinrenewable energy Northern Ireland, will see Johnspecialists McNally, Encirc Logistics this contract not only help to secure further jobs and match ambitions for both companies but the large order also represents an increased partnership between the two Northern Ireland companies.

Newtownabbey-based M&E services company, Harvey Group, has acquired Northern Ireland renewable energy specialists, Solmatix Renewables in a move the companies say will transform the renewable energy sector in Northern Ireland and act as a springboard for further expansion into the multimillion pound UK and Ireland renewable energy markets. The acquisition, for an undisclosed sum, &will bring to 110 Keiron Holmes John McNally the number of people employed directly by the Harvey Group in Lisburn based forklift Northern Ireland and Great Britain. company, The Alexander With a turnover of £30 million Group, has secured a and over 80 staff, Harvey Group significant contract worth has over 30 years’ experience £415,000 to supply vehicles in the design, installation and tomaintenance Encirc Glass Ltd services in of building Fermanagh. within every conceivable kind of building type throughout NI, GB TheRoI, latest deal between the and including Pharmaceutical/ Cleanrooms, Laboratories, Education, Government and Healthcare . Richard and NorahAnne Bell founded Solmatix Renewables in 2008, and since then

the company has grown to achieve a turnover of £6 million, with 30 staff operating from its Nutt’s Corner premises. As a result of the deal, Solmatix will continue to operate as an autonomous and independent company within Harvey Group Brian Harvey, managing director of Harvey Group, said there was a perfect fit between the two organisations. “We have been planning to grow our renewables involvement for some time, either organically or through the acquisition of an established player. Having worked companies, who have worked in with Solmatix Renewables on partnership for a number of years, a number of contracts, we’d will see The Alexander Group always been impressed with supplying 16 new Linde Forklifts their engineering rigour and to Encirc to add to the exisiting professionalism. In fact, there seemed fleet of circa 100 Linde trucks to be a natural synergy between our two companies in terms of TheweAlexander Group, what do and how we dothe it. I sole supplier of Linde approached Richard Bell Forklifts 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

beneficial. From my perspective, go forward into 2017 with having Solmatix as part of Harvey a relationship that provides Group gives us a level of expertise top range Linde Forklifts for an that would have taken us years to innovative company based here in acquire otherwise. Northern Ireland. “Harvey Group and Solmatix share similar values, by which I mean Encirc manufacture container our commitment to professionalism, glass and offer a complete supply our desire to deliver our services to chain from its Derrylin base and a the very highest standards, and the site in Elton, Chesire. 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

PUBLIC sector built environment specialist Scape Group has boosted its provision for clients in Northern Ireland with the appointment of its first dedicated regional business manager for the area. The appointment of highly experienced chartered building surveyor and project manager, Gavin Wallace, is part WItH a reputation for of Scape’s commitment excellence in constructing high to ensure local expertise quality projects, tAL Limited is embedded into every has been awarded a significant project it delivers. contract (£3.1m) by global Scapediagnostics has developed medical company and managed construction Randox. industry This initialframeworks contract is for the for public of sector construction a new clients facility for

throughout the UK for more than ten years, bringing together strong delivery teams and achieving measurable time, cost, productionand of Randox’s pioneering quality community medical diagnostic products and will benefits on every project. also includewill associated administrative Gavin be based in functions. Theand workswill are the first Coleraine operate phase of a majorNorthern capital expenditure throughout project by Randox to develop Ireland. He has more the former Massereene Army Barracks than 18 years’ experience into ‘Randox Science Park’ working for leading– a futuristic R&D and manufacturing national and international facility. The award-winning, commercial building international biotechnology firm, consultancy practices in unveiled its plans for an innovative Dublin and Belfast. hub on the 43 acre site earlier this He said: “Scape appealed year. to Welcoming me because it is a public the announcement, sector-owned commercial Damien Hughes, Director of TAL organisation with strong Limited commented: “Weaare commitment to delivering delighted to have been awarded

social and community benefits. Scape’s proven consultancy, construction and facilities management frameworks will play this contract with Randox, one in of vitally important roles Northern Ireland’s dynamic supporting themost public sector and exciting businesses years on a local over the coming and and global level.to Through the of quality I’m excited be part of ourprocess.” work and the dedication and that professionalism of our team TAL has As regional business steadily grown over the lastin 34 years manager for Scape and this contract award reinforces Northern Ireland, Gavin’s the strength of our expertise in the role is to support clients at healthcare sector.” a strategic and operational The project will be delivered level, providing guidance to BIM level 2 in partnership on procurement solutions with the design team Ostick and through Scape’s suite of Williams Architects, Rainey & Best, frameworks. will& Waller also Doran Consulting,He Delap maintain close contact Consulting Engineers and Charles with clients and framework Hutchison Consulting. partners throughout the Dr Peter FitzGerald, Managing

“I’m delighted that we have secured this significant deal with our colleagues at Encirc,” said Kieron Holmes of the Alexander Group

Manager Ireland & England said: “This spend on our forklift fleet is part of an ongoing process of investment and improvement. “Linde Forklift trucks have been our first choice for many years due to their fuel efficiency, durability and safety. This coupled with the service support provided by The Alexander Group makes Linde the perfect fit for our materials handling needs”

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

“This means that we can

Established in 1967 by as great news for Solmatix, its Robin Alexander to serve the customers, suppliers and staff. growing need for material “In many respects, it’s a case handling equipment in Northern of ‘business as usual’. However, in Ireland, The Alexander Group real terms, being part of this larger has developed and grown to organisation will give us access to become one of the leading enhanced technical skills, financial forklift equipment suppliers in resources and purchasing power. the country whilst remaining a Ultimately I believe this will lead local family owned and operated to greater growth and investment company. 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. “

SCAPE BOOSTS SERVICE IN NORTHERN IRELAND WITH NEW REGIONAL BUSINESS MANAGER

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

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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 Gavin Wallace Scape cutting-edge research, development and diagnostic manufacture, covering conditions such as cancer, stroke and delivery of their projects, heart disease. We will also provide a helping them that significant boost to to theensure local economy the work runs smoothly through new job creation. We very and consistent much delivers look forward to working with quality, value for money TAL on this initial contract to deliver and social the high qualityvalue. infrastructure we require.”

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TAL EDUCATION CONTRACTS WORTH £5M SITE Harvey Group acquires Solmatix as part of 5ON year administration/staff facilities, school Newry which is also TAL has been awarded growth plan in accommodation UK and meals and a Ireland. on site. two school contracts at Broadbridge Primary School in Eglinton and St Louis Grammar School Newtownabbey-based inM&E Ballymena valued at services company, £5.1m. Harvey Group, has acquired

library.

NI M&E services company acquiresOther renewable energy specialists projects

Northern Ireland renewable

The Lisburn based building energy specialists, Solmatix andRenewables civil engineering firm will in a move the deliver a new £2.8m and companies say willCreative transform Expressive Art Facility at St Louis the renewable energy sector Grammar School by undertaking in Northern Ireland and act the refurbishment of the listed as a springboard for further former convent building and expansion into the multiconstructing a 2-storey extension.

million pound UK and Ireland renewable energy markets. The £2.3m contract at The acquisition, for an Broadbridge Primary School undisclosed sum, will bring to 110 will provide a new 10 class the number of people employed base extension and new Sports directly by the Harvey Group in Hall facility. The existing school Northern Great Britain. building will Ireland also beand refurbished With a turnover of £30 million to provide additional classrooms, 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

Director thegrown firm, to Damien the companyofhas achieve a Hughes said, “We are delighted turnover of £6 million, with 30 staff to have secured these education operating from its Nutt’s Corner sector contracts which are core premises. to our plans to grow the firm As a result of the deal, Solmatix by developing our portfolio in will continue to operate as an different sectors. These projects autonomous and independent will provide long awaited new and company within Harvey Group enhanced education facilities for Brian Harvey, managing director pupils and staff.” of Harvey Group, said there was a perfect fit between the two These projects are two of the organisations. twelve schools across Northern “We have been planning to Ireland which are to share the grow our renewables involvement £35m funding from the School for some time, either organically Enhancement Programme (SEP) or through the acquisition of an announced in February. established player. Having worked with Solmatix Renewables on Earlier this year TAL was a number of contracts, we’d awarded a £1.3m contract at always been impressed withSchool in Sacred Heart Grammar 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

delivered by TAL recently include Portico Arts and Heritage Centre – Restoration of the Grade A listed Portaferry Presbyterian Church, Serum Production Facility at Randox Science Park and The Museum of Orange Heritage. The firm is also on site at Altnagelvin Celebrating the acquisition (from left) Norah-Anne Bell, Richard Bell, Brian Harvey, Gareth Booth (Financial Area HospitalController, Harvey Group). constructing as great news for Solmatix, its beneficial. From my perspective, Northern Ireland’s customers, suppliers and staff. having Solmatix as part of Harvey first health “In many respects, it’s a case Group givesand us a level of expertise wellbeing of ‘business as usual’. However, in that wouldcampus. have taken us years to acquire otherwise. “Harvey Group and Solmatix share similar values, by which I mean our commitment to professionalism, our desire to deliver our services to the very highest standards, and the importance we place on treating our customers, our suppliers and our staff placed on and sustainability with courtesy consideration.” and building Richard Bell, the performance, founder and the technical were managing director ofteam Solmatix able to highlight how, Renewables described the acquisition

real terms, being part of this larger 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 properties than traditional concrete win-win relationship that’s good blocks, can be used to address for our whole organisation, as design issues such asofThermal well as the economy Northern Bridging. Our thermal bridging Ireland. “

QUINN TECHNICAL TEAM WELCOME CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGISTS TO NEW INNOVATION ACADAMY

through their CPD seminar, the use of Quinn Building Products and a fabric first approach can help address design issues.

details, coupled with our sector leading Building Information Modelling (BIM) services, allow professionals to accurately predict how a building will perform at the design stage. We were pleased to see the very positivecommented: reaction from Director at Randox “The the CIAT members who attended, development of Randox Science and we looktoforward now Park is core our plans to to create delivering diagnostics, our range of innovative to seminars improve out across Irelandefficiency and the to UK.” manufacturing export This CPD seminar capabilities offered CIAT high-value healthcare to members in attendance to engage world markets. This state-of-the-art with Quinn premises willBuilding becomeProducts a centre of Technical team to help enhance cutting-edge research, development and develop their knowledge on and diagnostic manufacture, covering the area ofsuch thermal bridging and conditions as cancer, stroke and other disease. design concepts. CIATprovide “Vice a heart We will also President boost Practice” andlocal “Northern significant to the economy Ireland Regional Chairman” through new job creation. We very Eddie look Weirforward highlighted how thewith much to working company’s developments are TAL on this latest initial contract to deliver proving very popular with building the high quality infrastructure we professionals. require. ”

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

Quinn Building Products Technical Team were delighted to welcome over 40 members of the Chartered Institute WItH a reputation for of Architectural Technologists excellence in constructing high (CIAT)projects, from all over quality tAL Limited Ireland to the company’s has been awarded a significant new Innovation contract (£3.1m) byAcademy global for a CPD Seminar. The medical diagnostics company group heard a series of Randox. presentations how This initial contracton is for the the company’s construction of a newtechnical facility for team have developed

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 tools and services project by Randox to develop the which are designed to former Massereene Army Barracks help the architecture into ‘Randox Science Park’ – a fraternity daily futuristic R&Din andtheir manufacturing work. The presentations facility. The award-winning, were followed by a firm, international biotechnology number of tours Quinn unveiled its plans for anof innovative manufacturing facilities hub on the 43 acre site earlier this to help the attendees year. understand the Welcoming thehow announcement, products which they Damien Hughes, Director of TAL specify to their“We clients Limited commented: are are manufactured. With more delighted to have been awarded

and more emphasis being

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this contract with Randox, one of Kevin Lunney said that the Northern Ireland’s most dynamic company had put considerable and excitinginto businesses on a the local resources improving and global level. Through the quality services they provide to help of our work and the dedication building design professionals and professionalism of which our team has create buildings areTAL more steadily grown over the last 34 years sustainable and energy efficient and this contract award reinforces through their initial design. the“Quinn strengthBuilding of our expertise in the Products has healthcare sector. ” always been at the forefront of The project will be delivered innovation in terms of the products to BIM level 2 in partnership and services we’ve introduced over with the design team Ostick and the last four decades. Now the Williams Architects, Rainey & Best, company is reaching out directly Doran Consulting, Delap & Waller to architectural and building Consulting Engineers and Charles professionals to highlight how Hutchison Consulting. specifying Quinn Lite Blocks, which Dr Peter FitzGerald, Managing

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MSM complete Railway Preservation Harvey Group acquires Solmatix as part of 5Project year 15,000 visitors locomotive turntable along with growth plan in UKsignal and in the museum’s a period-style cabin, theIreland.

A ceremony has taken place at the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland in Whitehead toNewtownabbey-based mark the successful completion the M&E servicesofcompany, Harvey Group,phase has acquired construction of Ireland renewable aNorthern new £3.1m railway energy specialists, Solmatix museum.

construction of new sheds and

first full year of

facilities. the company has grown to achieve a DenisofGrimshaw, chairman, turnover £6 million,RPSI with 30 staff said the Society’s base Corner had been operating from its Nutt’s transformed thanks to the £2m premises. construction As a result ofcontract. the deal, Solmatix will“This continue operate as an is a to pivotal point in terms autonomous and independent of the development. We will company within Harvey now commence fittingGroup out the Brian Harvey, managing director museum with multimedia displays, of Harvey Group, said there was educational facilities and audio alinks, perfect two will plusfit abetween café, all the of which organisations. be key to creating this significant “We have been planning to new tourist attraction. grow ourexciting renewables involvement “An element of the for some time, either organically museum will be the opportunity or of an forthrough visitorsthe toacquisition walk through established player. Having worked historic carriages, examine with Solmatix Renewables mainline steam engines on at close aquarters number of contracts, and see thewe’d engineering always been impressed with works in action. their engineering rigour and “We aim to attract at least 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 upgrades our internal ifextensive there was a good to fit. After careful IT systems andwe in both tandem with this, consideration agreed identified an urgent need put that this would indeed be to mutually structures in place to protect our technical infrastructure and data. “As one of the largest housing associations in Northern Ireland, with plans for significant expansion, it was essential that we choose the most reliable system and service provider in the market. We are delighted production of Randox’s pioneeringwith the service Continuproducts has provided to medical diagnostic and will date and look forward to working also include associated administrative with them,The confident our first data functions. works that are the and ITofsystems futureexpenditure proofed.” phase a majorare capital

complement other tourist attractions in the area, such as the Gobbins Cliff Path and Black Head lighthouse “Together this Pictured at the official handover ceremony at RPSI Whitehead will make the are (from left) MSM Contracts site manager Alan McNeill, railway town of RPSI chairman Denis Grimshaw, MSM contracts manager Whitehead a Spencer Savage, Morgan Haylett, project manager from ‘must-see’ stop consulting engineers RPS, and Tom Wilson from architects on the Causeway Ostick & Williams. Photographer FRANK ROBINSON Coastal Route.” Celebrating the acquisition (from left) Norah-Anne Bell, Richard Bell, Brian Harvey, Gareth Booth (Financial Controller, Harvey Group). Robert “The project has required our Mackey, director of company to for overcome as great news Solmatix,aitsnumber beneficial.managing From my perspective, MSM Solmatix Contracts, said: of “MSM is of unique suppliers challenges customers, andassociated staff. having as part Harvey delighted to have worked as with delivering the project “In many respects, it’s a casewithin Group gives us a level of expertise mainwould contractor alongside a ‘live’ working environment of ‘business as usual’. However, inwith that have taken us yearsthe to RPSI and their design team in the ongoing being real terms,restoration being part ofworks this larger acquire otherwise. redevelopment theSolmatix Whitehead carried out will by give RPSIusmembers. organisation access to ” “Harvey Groupofand Railway Museum. enhanced technical skills, financial share similar values, by which I mean

NI M&E services company acquiresoperation. renewable energy specialists We will the extension of the existing

Renewables in a move the companies say will transform MSM Contracts from the renewable energy Portadown finished worksector on the in Northern Ireland and act 12-month construction contract a springboard for further atasthe start of September and the expansion multinew buildingsinto havethe now officially million pound UK and been handed over to the Ireland RPSI. renewable energy The next stage willmarkets. be to fit out for anthe RPSI’s the The newacquisition, museum and undisclosed sum, will 110 target is to open thebring newtotourist the number of people employed attraction to the public in April directly by the Harvey Group inthe 2017. While work progresses, Northern Ireland and Great Britain. site is closed to visitors. With a turnover of £30 million The construction phase has and over 80 staff, Harvey Group involved the installation of a 60ft 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 One of Northern Ireland’s Healthcare . Richard and Norahlargest registered Housing Anne Bell founded Solmatix Associations, Helmand Housing, Renewables in 2008, since then has appointed local backup power solution specialist, Continu, to implement stateof-the-art back-up power solutions at its headquarters in Belfast.

IT is ‘as safe as houses’ at Helm HQ

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.” Martin for our whole organisation, as Richard&Bell, the founder and Hamilton well as the economy of Northern managing director of Solmatix has recently Ireland. “ Renewables described the acquisition commenced construction work at Wallace High School in Lisburn. The contract is for the provision of three extensions this contract with Randox, one of Director at Randox commented: “The comprising: Northern Ireland’s most dynamic development of Randox Science and exciting businesses on a local Park is core to our plans to create two extension and•A global level.storey Through the quality to innovative diagnostics, to improve ofprovide our workaand the dedication and manufacturing efficiency to export professionalism of our team & TALArt has high-value healthcare capabilities to Home Economics steadily grown over the last 34 years world markets. This state-of-the-art Departments. and this contract award reinforces will become a centre of •A single storey extension topremises provide a Technology the strength of our expertise in the cutting-edge research, development Systems Room. healthcare sector.” and diagnostic manufacture, covering •Aproject singlewillstorey extension toconditions providesuch a Fitness The be delivered as cancer,Suite stroke and and associated changing facilities. to BIM level 2 in partnership heart disease. We will also provide a with the design team Ostick and significant boost to the local economy The contract alsoRainey includes millionnew from School We very Williams Architects, & Best, through jobthe creation. the relocation of existing Enhancement Programme (SEP). The Doran Consulting, Delap &mobile Waller much look forward to working with classrooms. The school was included project is expected to take two years Consulting Engineers and Charles TAL on this initial contract to deliver in 12 schools across Northern Ireland to complete. Hutchison Consulting. the high quality infrastructure we which benefitted in a share of £35 Dr Peter FitzGerald, Managing require.”

Martin & Hamilton starts work on Wallace High

Lisburn firm TAL awarded the first major construction contract at Randox Science Park The contract, worth over £70,000 is designed to protect Helm Housings IT infrastructure and will see Continu install the MGE Galaxy 300 and the APC Smart-UPS high spec uninterruptible power supply (UPS) project by Randox to develop the units and provide on-going former Massereene Army Barracks maintenance support. into ‘Randox Science Park’ – a Kate Cronin, IT Manager futuristic R&D and manufacturing at Helm Housing added: WItH a reputation for facility. The award-winning, “At Helm Housing we excellence in constructing high international biotechnology firm, manage over 5,500 homes quality projects, tAL Limited unveiled its plans for an innovative throughout Northern has been hub on the 43 acre site earlier this Ireland andawarded rely heavilya significant contract (£3.1m) global year. on IT to provide theby best medical diagnostics Welcoming the announcement, quality service to the company Randox. Damien Director TAL thousands of residents Tom Hall and AlisonHughes, McFadden fromofContinu Thisdepend initial contract who on our is for the with Kate Cronin Limited from commented: “We are Helm Housing construction of a newmade facility for facilities. We recently delighted to have been awarded

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20TH FM SUMMIT LAUNCHED AT STORMONT The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) and their growing Northern Ireland branch officially launched its annual FM Summit which is due to take place on Friday 25 November 2016 at Croke Park, Dublin. Now in its 20th year, hundreds of facilities management professionals from Northern Ireland are set to attend the event to discuss current opportunities and challenges facing the FM industry. At a lunch sponsored by H&J Martin Asset Management Services and Eurest, delegates gathered at Parliament Buildings, Stormont to celebrate the Summit’s return and announcement of this year’s theme ‘Workplace partnerships – Rethinking FM’. The BIFM Ireland FM Summit

attracts FM professionals from Northern Ireland to discuss the summit’s core theme through innovative talks delivered by specialist speakers, exhibitions demonstrating the latest cuttingedge FM services and excellent networking opportunities for all levels of FM professionals. Facilities Management (FM) in Ireland has come a long way since the 1990s and today’s innovative FM is mixing with architects, construction project managers and building services engineers using threedimensional building information modelling (BIM) to build better business and operations across the island of Ireland. Today senior facilities managers rank among the most valuable assets to a professional organisation and can be responsible for hundreds of millions of pounds worth of corporate and public estate, both in Northern Ireland, the Republic

of Ireland and globally. Wilton Farrelly, Chair of BIFM Ireland’s Northern Branch said: “The FM Summit has been instrumental in spearheading the thriving facilities management industry in Northern Ireland. With Brexit’s implications still unclear, this event provides an excellent opportunity for FMs to assemble together and discuss the potential problems that may

arise, and collaborate to identify the latent opportunities following these political decisions. It is highly likely that businesses will look to the facilities management function to stabilize operations. Information and idea exchange opportunities available at the FM Summit will strengthen FM professionals’ ability to respond to changing dynamics in the wider environment.”

CHANCERY HOUSE SALE PRESENTS PRIME CITY CENTRE INVESTMENT AND DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY A prominent office building on Victoria Street in Belfast has been put on the market by commercial property agents Lambert Smith Hampton with full planning permission for the construction of a new building which could provide

extensive retail and office accommodation. Chancery House is fully let to MTB Solicitors until 30th April 2020 at a rent of £95,000 per annum. The property comprises of a 4 storey purpose-built office building, which was constructed in 1987. It

occupies a prominent position on the corner of Victoria Street and the pedestrianised section of Chichester Street, a five minute walk from Belfast City Hall. The planning permission provides for the demolition of the existing building and the development of five ‘full’ storeys and two ‘set back’ storeys. The completed development will provide for retail accommodation at ground floor with offices above. The agents are seeking offers in excess of £1,450,000. Neil McShane, director of capital markets at Lambert Smith Hampton, said: “This is a fantastic investment

opportunity with secure rental income from a sitting tenant. However, the property also benefits from planning permission to develop a brand new building in what is a unique location near to the Royal Courts of Justice and Laganside Courts. “Subject to securing vacant possession, the successful purchaser can demolish the existing building and develop a new 23,000 ft2 building with retail at ground floor and offices above. Alternatively, subject to planning, the property could lend itself to a multitude of other uses. We anticipate strong interest from investors, developers and potential owner-occupiers.” He added: “Following decades of rental stagnancy, the Belfast office market has experienced a significant rejuvenation. Through the period of recession, existing Grade A space was gradually absorbed, leading to the current chronic shortage. This property offers investors a unique opportunity to tap into the demand which exists in Belfast city centre.”


Safety first: incorporating height safety in building design There’s no doubt that working at height is safer than it used to be. From architects and specifiers, through contractors and installers, all the way to maintenance professionals and other rooftop workers, there has been a concerted effort to make rooftops safer working environments.

that may be compromised without a complete assessment of the compatibility of a chosen height safety system with the building’s roof.

But there is so much more that can and should be done to further ensure the safety of rooftop workers. Much of the responsibility for this change now lies firmly with architects and specifiers. Put simply, they must act to ensure that height safety is fully considered in the initial specification of a building, and that the building is fit for purpose in the real world as a result.

Ensuring height safety Architects and specifiers must give due consideration to all potential future roof access needs when designing the building, and incorporate the appropriate height safety systems in the design from the start. The different height safety regulatory requirements and minimum standards ensure that every possible angle is covered – from specification to ongoing working practices.

In this article, we examine the core principles behind height safety specifications, including the regulatory requirements that apply to architects and specifiers. We also explore other factors that should inform the specification of height safety systems for a building, such as structural integrity and thermal efficiency – factors

For specifiers, the most pertinent of these is the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (hereafter CDM). Published by the Health and Safety Executive, this sets out the duties

and responsibilities of owners, designers and contractors as they relate to construction projects. It is particularly focused on the planning, management and mitigation of risks, both during construction and in the building’s operational life. CDM is a major driving force behind improved site safety for construction workers, including those working on roofs. An important change in the most recent edition of CDM has shifted responsibility for height safety planning further upstream in the building design process. This is most clearly seen in the change of designation for the person responsible for CDM compliance – from CDM Co-ordinator to Principal Designer. Beyond CDM, the Working at Height Regulations 2005 (WaH) assign responsibility for the planning and managing of working at height, and the provision of suitable equipment to enable this to take place safely. Understanding WaH can help inform building design decisions, providing greater clarity on the desired building safety

elements that architects and specifiers should be aware of when planning CDM compliance. Another relevant set of standards is BS 8560 (2012): Code of practice for the design of buildings incorporating safe working at height. This requires building designers to assess future work at height requirements early in the process, and respond either by removing the need entirely if possible, or through the provision of practical, efficient height safety solutions. While not a legal requirement, BS 8560 sets out expected best practice for architects and specifiers, and can be used to assess designs in the event of a later incident. Complying with the regulations is the starting point, but your system choice should go beyond the base requirements to consider other factors that determine how well a system works to prevent falls. For example, how does the system mitigate forces on an individual during a fall arrest (which can exceed 12kN), or the ease (and therefore likelihood) of use of the


system.

performance.

Other system considerations With the safety performance of the chosen system assured, it’s important to understand its broader impact on the building, in terms of structural integrity and thermal efficiency.

About Kingspan’s height safety systems Kingspan Insulated Panels offers a range of height safety systems that have been fully tested and approved for use on its range of insulated roof panels. Each system is certified to the relevant BS & EN standards, and is covered by the comprehensive Kingspan guarantee.

Structural integrity can sometimes be compromised by the installation or activation of a height safety system. The powerful forces exerted when the system is deployed can cause serious damage to the roof or its substructure if the two are not compatible with the chosen system. Architects and specifiers should seek height safety systems that are tested and recommended for use specifically with the roof products already chosen in the building design. Insulated panel roof systems have a distinct advantage over built-up here, as they are often accompanied by height safety systems specifically designed to be compatible with them. Thermal efficiency is another important consideration in the specification of a height safety system. Failing to include a height safety system in the initial specification increases the likelihood of compromised thermal performance during later unplanned construction work to retrofit one. Where height safety systems are included in the initial specification, thermal bridging should be avoided as much as possible. Opting for a system that has been tested and certified for use with a particular building envelope product or range – particularly one with penetration-free fixings – will minimise the effect this has on building

Contractors are supported with extensive product and installation training options, to ensure each system is set up correctly to provide the maximum protection for workers on the roof.

Safepro2 Safepro2 comprises a high-strength steel cable, supported on energy-absorbing roof anchor posts. The posts are made of stainless steel, with aluminium components, which ensures the system retains its strength even in harsh environments. Safepro2 incorporates force minimisation technology, which limits the force exerted during a fall arrest to 5.2kN on the worker and less than 6kN on the roof. This is a significant improvement on the typical 12kN force exerted on a falling worker and the 10kN load applied to roof anchor posts under other, inferior systems. Safepro2 can be installed anywhere on the roof to provide the most practical solution for rooftop work. Moreover, Safepro2 is simple to use – reducing the risk of contractors failing to follow correct safety procedures on site.

Safetraxx & Saferidge Safetraxx is a flexible anchor system comprising a discreet high-grade

precision-extruded aluminium rail. Saferidge is a similar system, but with the rail factory-fitted to a bespoke fabricated steel apex cap. Both systems dissipate forces in a fall arrest event to mimimise potential damage, and provide protection, across the whole roof area.

Safeside Safeside is a flexible guard rail system for walk-on ceilings and flat/pitched roofs up to 10º. It is simple and cost-effective to install, and can quickly provide fall protection to the perimeter of the roof and other accessible areas of any size and layout.

What to do next Height safety is increasingly becoming a core element in the fundamentals of good building design. Incorporating an appropriate, fully-tested height safety solution from the start saves time and money, protects the overall performance of the building, and ensures it is fit for purpose for all future uses. Most importantly of all, it helps to prevent serious injuries, and protects lives. If you want to learn more about incorporating height safety into your specifications, or you want advice on solutions for your specific project, email fsl@kingspan.com, or call 01352 716 100.


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Lagan Cement Products supplies Bagged Cement – Concrete Blocks – Ready Mix Concrete – Roof Tiles and Accessories – Building Sand – Pots & Flues Quality as Standard Lagan Cement Products is leading the field when it comes to product quality and innovation. Strong The bagged cement range has been designed to give a superior smooth finish for screeds and plastering and deliver a light bright colour and high strength performance. Lagan’s range of roof tiles are a favourite with roofing contractors, renowned for their quality and strength. A variety of profiles and colours is available to suit new build or renovation projects alike. Innovative Lagan’s four Ready Mix Concrete plants in Belfast, Glengormley and Comber supply new and innovative concrete mixes including fibre reinforced

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O’HARE & McGOVERN TAKE TOP PRIZE FOR NATIONAL FOOTBALL STADIUM

Martin Lennon (O’Hare & McGovern) David Henry (CEF President) & Nick Oldfield (O’Hare & McGovern

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or the second year in a row, Newry-based construction company O’Hare & McGovern have taken the ‘Overall Award’ at the Construction Excellence Awards. The Awards Gala Evening, held at the Culloden Hotel & Spa, saw the firm win the award for its work on the IFA National Football Stadium. Hosted by the Construction Employers Federation (CEF) in partnership with Specify magazine, the awards also recognised an additional 14 category winners from across the construction industry in Northern Ireland for excellence in general construction, housing, infrastructure and quality performance.

Congratulating the overall winners, CEF Managing Director John Armstrong said: “O’Hare & McGovern’s work in delivering the wonderful stadium is an excellent example of how our local construction industry is pivotal to the development of so many important projects across a wide range of sectors in Northern Ireland each year. “Winning the ‘Overall Award’ for a second year in a row is a significant achievement and it speaks to the relationship that O’Hare & McGovern consistently have with clients, sub-contractors and other construction professionals in terms of delivering high quality infrastructure”. Mr Armstrong also commended each of

the 14 category award winners for their success against what he described as a ‘time of significant sustainability challenge’ for the construction industry in Northern Ireland. “Beyond any doubt, the construction industry and the wider business community in Northern Ireland is presently facing a time of immense challenge and uncertainty. While the realities of the situation that confront us still, in the immediate sense, pale in comparison to those of the 2008/09 recession and its aftermath, there is a clear risk that the current lack of investor and investment confidence could quickly reverse any of the modest growth our sector has seen in the past three years and have a significantly

detrimental effect on industry sustainability. “Let us not though doubt that in these challenging times there does lie significant opportunity. Enhancing Northern Ireland’s competitiveness and attractiveness as a region to do business and invest in remains our ultimate goal. The finalists at this year’s awards continue to innovate and strive towards that goal and we are delighted to celebrate their achievements again”. Now in their 17th year, the Construction Excellence Awards continue to go from strength to strength with this year seeing a record number of over 110 entries across all 14 categories.


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Who was there....

JLT, John & Elsie Armstrong

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John Armstrong, Gladys Greer, James Greer, Specify Magazine

Philippa McIntyre, Elsie Armstrong, Liz Atkinson, Fiona McCandless

John McGrath, Brett Hannam, David Small

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Who was there....

John Armstrong, Diane Henry, Elsie Armstrong, Karen Patterson, Julie-Ann Moore, Gareth Moore

John Armstrong and Peter May

Alan Bridle & Oliver McAllister

Shaun McAnee, Geoff Sharpe, David & Diane Henry

Eleanor & Archi Rowan

John Armstrong & Ann McGregor

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John, Elsie, Eleanor, Archi

Philip Miley, Tracy Windrim, Liz Atkinson

John & Elsie Armstrong, Paula Bradley, Mervyn Storey


20 | CEF / SPECIFY Achieving Excellence in Partnering Award Sponsored by CPD Fox Building & Engineering Valley Park, Newtownabbey GB & ROI Construction Award Sponsored by PwC Tracey Brothers Eolas Building at NUI Maynooth General Construction Commercial Construction Award presented by Peter May, Department for Infrastructure O’Hare & McGovern IFA National Football Stadium Fit-Out Award presented by Jim Addy, JLT Woodvale Construction Company

Stranmillis Refectory

Restoration Award presented by Paul Crowe of the RSUA QMAC Construction St Patrick’s Church, Donaghmore Social/Community Construction Award sponsored by CSR QMAC Construction The Junction Housing Private Housing Award sponsored by NHBC Carr Brothers Bannview Court Retirement Village Social Housing Award sponsored by the Department for Infrastructure Donaghmore Construction Ballymisert Supported Housing

Award Winners

Infrastructure Health Infrastructure Award presented by Brett Hannam, SIB O’Hare & McGovern Ballymena Health & Care Centre Education Infrastructure Award presented by Ann McGregor, NI Chamber of Commerce Tracey Brothers Dromore Central Primary School Transport Infrastructure Award presented by Andrew Murray, Transport NI John Graham Construction A2 Shore Road, Carrickfergus Utilities Infrastructure Award presented by Bill Gowdy, NI Water Lagan Construction Group Castor Bay to Belfast Strategic Trunk Main Quality Performance Environmental Sustainability – sponsored by the NIEA Adman Civil Projects Health & Safety sponsored by Towergate Dawson Whyte Maurice Flynn & Sons Training presented by Barry Neilson, CITB Maurice Flynn & Sons


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Who was there....

Diane and David Henry, Mervyn Storey

Steve Aiken, David Fry, David Henry, Karen Patterson, Mervyn Storey

GB & ROI Construction Tracey Bros Eolas Building at Maynooth The 8,000m2 Eolas Building at Maynooth University provides state of the art Information Communication Technology facilities for undergraduate, post-graduate and research users as well as a Business Incubations Centre for start-ups. The building is a major strategic investment by the University as part of an ambitious plan for growth. The building was the largest standalone building to be constructed on the Maynooth University Campus when commissioned, demonstrating the University’s desire to consolidate building projects and provide bigger flagship buildings on its campus. The University steering group developed an exciting brief and engaged with the Design Team to ensure the results were achieved. The budget and programme were closely monitored during the construction phase with regular Client and Contractor Reviews. A good working relationship between all parties was key to a successful outcome. Eolas was completed on time and on budget.


22 | CEF / SPECIFY Private Housing Award Carr Bros Bannview Court Retirement Village Bannview Court Retirement Village is located within an idyllic rural setting on the periphery of Banbridge. The scale of the development was carefully considered within the context of the site with a mixture of mainly single storey detached and semi-detached cottages and a small number of chalet type cottages. The chalet type units would facilitate flexible living, providing additional roof space accommodation to cater for family members/ carers during periods of ill health. The variation in the house types created an attractive streetscape. Carr Brothers Ltd were appointed as the primary contractor to bring this concept into reality. Strong relationships on previous sites had already been formed between Lotus Group and Carr Brothers and it was deemed that this established relationship would ensure the successful delivery of this new project. As the project focused on creating homes for people wishing to enjoy life in the later years the Homes for Life brand was born to fully enhance the nature of this development.

Environmental Sustainability Award Adman Civil Projects At all Adman Civils sites a Site Environmental Plan is produced and is specific to each project and is a living document that will be continuously updated and reviewed during the life of the project. The Plan contains site-based systems for the effective management of Environmental matters during the construction phase of this project. All operations on site are carried out in a manner to minimise the production of silty waters. In particular where any dewatering has to be carried out an assessment will be made as to the method of disposal of the waters. The storage of materials are controlled in such a manner to ensure that materials are not damaged prior to use either through any vehicle or people movements or through exposure to the elements. On all sites a designated area is created for the washout of concrete wagons shoots and mortar bins. At all Adman sites environmental training is carried out to provide information to all staff. General Construction Restoration Award St. Patricks Church, Donaghmore Every heritage project exudes history, but few can claim a direct connection to the introduction of Christianity in Ireland. That brought an obvious pressure for QMAC Construction during the restoration of St Patrick’s Church in Donaghmore. St Patrick brought the Christian faith to the Donaghmore area around 450AD and it later became a monastic centre, as evidenced by the ancient High Cross in the village. One of the major aspects of the work undertaken was the roof, which had been badly damaged by a bomb in the village during the Troubles. The bomb had lifted the whole roof up and set it off position. As well as repairing the existing trusses, beams and wall plates, QMAC installed 10 new queen post trusses and replaced all the rafters. In addition to the roof, QMAC was also tasked with providing a solution to some of the additions that had been made to the rear of the church.


CEF / SPECIFY | 23 General Construction Fit Out Award Woodvale Construction Company: Stranmillis Refectory This project transformed the dark, underutilised basement of the Stranmillis Refectory into a bright, welcoming social hub for students and staff. The new hub provides a bar, performance space, café, meeting room, toilets and storage. The building sits at the heart of the college campus and functions as a social hub for students and lecturers. The design maximises natural light, with daylight flooding through new windows to the north elevation. The material chosen are high quality and yet durable and functional to withstand student wear and tear. With exposed brickwork and concrete and a mixture of formal and informal meeting spaces it has been enjoyed by students and staff as a space to relax and unwind.

Health & Safety Award Maurice Flynn & Sons Despite a good H&S performance, Flynn implemented a 3-year strategic plan to become ‘Best in Class in Health and Safety’. To do this, Flynn endorsed the 12 Key Pillars to achieve a Successful Proactive Safety Culture. Each Pillar uses innovative ideas and best practices. This has led to remarkable improvements in their safety performance in 2015 and 2016. A selection of these best practices includes: • Increased on-site focus • Risk Awareness • Hazard Reporting • Incident Investigation • Leadership • Communication Infrastructure Education Tracey Brothers Dromore Central Primary School The construction of a new 25 class base primary school at Mossvale Terrace, Dromore, Co Down was never going to be easy. A brownfield site in a densely populated area with many redevelopment issues, such as ground contamination from its former use as a builder storage yard, a designated water course bisecting the site which feeds into the River Lagan to its poor ground conditions including peat requiring extraction. Encountering many substantial difficulties in the delivery of this project, quality, health and safety never faltered. Even when faced with encountering ground conditions that had the very experienced design stumped for answers or solutions, the proactive management response by the Tracey Brothers team, and the response given to Tracey Brothers Ltd, by their supply chain in the solution to this problem, again shone out as a demonstration of a genuine relationship based on years of good working relationships.


24 | CEF / SPECIFY Transport Infrastructure GRAHAM A2 Shore Road This project involved the Design and Construction for a 1.9km online and 1.6km offline road widening scheme from single carriageway to dual 2-lane carriageway, with 1 new overbridge and 5 new at-grade junctions including 4 traffic signals. Construction works carried out while maintaining 2 lanes of traffic between the hours of 6am and 8pm to ensure continuous movement of 35,000 vehicles each day. The GRAHAM Construction team at the A2 Shore Road site played a key role in the transformation of four derelict houses along the route where works are being carried out as part of a major road upgrade.

Social Housing Donaghmore Construction Ballymisert Built on the site of Gustav Wolff’s former dwelling (founding partner of Harland & Wolff), Ballymisert is a purpose-built supported housing scheme, providing state-of-the-art accommodation for 21 residents with mental health needs (general needs & wheelchair users). The development also features offices/staff accommodation & a common room - designed to promote social interaction amongst residents. The housing is set within a beautifully landscaped site, providing further opportunities for recreation. Developed in partnership between Triangle Housing Association & Beacon Wellbeing, Ballymisert was delivered in line with Lifetime Homes & Secure by Design standards. Training Maurice Flynn & Sons Flynn is a family run business that has strong values and ethos. These family values give the organisation an extra sense of purpose, pride and a competitive edge within the construction industry. One of Flynn’s core values is encouragement and support of young people to gain skills and employment, in particular the provision of apprenticeships & training placements beyond what is required by government contractual clauses, particularly during the tough recession period This strong performance contributed to Flynn being award Investors in People Silver accreditation, bypassing the Bronze accreditation. A rising number of apprentices, trainees, long-term unemployed have been welcomed by the company in conjunction with a range of public bodies and agencies. Six years ago the introduction to Springvale Employment & Learning created what has become a long-term relationship built upon mutual synergy of needs & ambition. Since joining Flynn in 2014 as HR Manager, Paula McGleenan has developed the relationship with Springvale to formally cement a partnership for the future provision of training & apprenticeship places.


CEF / SPECIFY | 25 Utilities Infrastructure Award Lagan Construction Castor Bay to Belfast Strategic Trunk Main Scheme One of the biggest Northern Ireland Water pipeline schemes to be undertaken in recent times provides a vital new source of water to meet peak period demands in Lisburn and Belfast and help the existing network cope with any future emergency situations. The scheme involved Lagan Construction Group laying of 30km water pipeline from Castor Bay WTW to south Lisburn, where the pipeline links into an existing trunk main to transport the water supply further into Belfast. Half the length of the new pipeline was laid with 700mm epoxy-coated cement-lined, ductile iron, spigot and socket pipe. The remaining 15km was made up of 600mm with a small amount of 500mm diameter pipe. Lagan Construction Group also carried out several infrastructure upgrades, all of which are linked to the new pipeline. These included the re-commissioning of local service reservoirs that were out of operation at Danescroft, Lisburn and St. Andrew’s, Temple, the upgrade of the existing Castor Bay Water Pumping Station in Craigavon; the construction of a new water pumping station at Sprucefield (Lisburn) and a new water pumping station at the refurbished St. Andrew’s Service Reservoir.

Health Infrastructure Award OHMG Ballymena Health & Care Centre Ballymena Health Centre is a state-of-the-art facility valued at £25 million and is the largest of its kind in Northern Ireland, located on the north side of the Braid Valley Hospital site.  During construction, O’Hare & McGovern rendered a balance between stringent health requirements whilst achieving an elegant finish. The new centre brought together six local GP practices delivering a range of acute, primary and community care, adult and children’s services. The project blends a range of services in a modern, accessible, one-stop facility. GP services, selected acute outpatient, diagnostic services as well as a large number of community and primary care multidisciplinary teams are now available under one roof. The centre not only delivers exemplary facilities but also employs over 500 staff who provide health and wellbeing services to over 700 patients daily.

General Construction Social Community Construction Award The Junction, Dungannon The Junction is a mixed-use £3.75 million community development, designed by Alistair Beckett at Hall, Black & Douglas Ltd, and constructed by QMAC Construction Ltd. Owned by community rights-based organisation, STEP, it is an imposing three-story building situated on the busy fringes of Dungannon town centre, and the sharp, industrial style of the external façade belies the light and spacious interior of this very modern project. The Junction was initially referred to as the Peace Centre, to reflect its location, origin and concept. However, the new name links the building to the previous use of the land on which it is situated. It was formerly a railway halt for the historic Dungannon railway line and represents the junction at which the various organisations using the centre will meet.


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O’HARE & MCGOVERN TAKE TOP PRIZE AT THE CEF SPECIFY AWARDS FOR IFA NATIONAL FOOTBALL STADIUM

the North East stand with the North West stand to form a Quadrant. This curved design The IFA’s new National Football Stadium at Windsor Park is a phenomenal development which rates alongside many of the major soccer venues in Europe. It was built within the confines of the existing Windsor Park, which remained fully operational throughout the 98 week construction phase, facilitating over 200,000 spectators at 63 international and domestic fixtures. To ensure the safety of players and spectators the stadium was designed and built in full compliance with UEFA Category 4 Standards. All existing access and egress points were upgraded to comply with UK Safety at Sports Grounds legislation and guidance including acoustic improvements. The work involved the demolition of the south and east stands; the erection of south and east stands; refurbishment and extension of the north and west stands. In addition to the stands, the work also included associated safety and accessibility ground improvements, turnstiles, site works, external lighting, a magnificent new world class pitch with under pitch heating, drainage and irrigation. OHMG designed curved steel work at the interface of

helped to create a stadium to enhance the viewing experience of the spectator while at the same time mitigating the impact of noise on neighbouring houses outside the stadium. Refurbish work included painting steelwork and new seating and the coloured pattern seating were all important aspects of the transformation of the existing North stand resulted in a masterful 21st Century stadia bowl which has already met with massive public acclimation. The stadium, which has a maximum seating capacity for 18,600, was designed and constructed to maximise its functionality and deliver a range of services for the players, spectators, local community and the IFA, including • Provision of world class football and sporting facilities • Commercial office

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space for the new IFA headquarters Preservation of IFA legacy through the new education and heritage centre Indoor training warm up

areas Entertainment, media and conference zones Hospitality and refreshment areas, Replacement flood lighting, Upgrade of pedestrian access points and boundary fencing & Coach & car parking.

One of the main aims of the project was for O’Hare & McGovern to promote sustainable economic development, maximise social returns and tackle socioeconomic inequalities through Training & Employment. OHMG doubled the

targets set by DCAL and IFA for social clauses and as a consequence, OHMG employed the following: 32 Long Term Unemployed 19 New apprentices One Apprentice was awarded Apprentice of the year 5% of Tier 1 sub-contractors’ workforce were apprentices 20 student placement Increasing capacity from 12,000 to 18,000 A Building Information Model (BIM) was used in the collaborative process between all parties to find solutions to Buildability issues. The implementation of BIM, aided dynamic design and embedment of product and asset data. This landmark sporting venue would not have come to fruition without the hard work of a group of dedicated individuals, not just from the main contractor O’Hare & McGovern, but from a wide scope of companies who helped create this exceptional building, whilst on time and on budget. The following table includes a list of all the participating groups which made this fantastic stadium a reality:


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Health Infrastructure Award: Ballymena healthcare centre

Ballymena Health Centre is a state-of-the-art facility valued at £25 million and is the largest of its kind in Northern Ireland, located on the north side of the Braid Valley Hospital site.  During construction, O’Hare & McGovern rendered a balance between stringent health requirements whilst achieving an elegant finish. The new centre brought together six local GP practices delivering a range of acute, primary and community care, adult and children’s services. The project blends a range of services in a modern, accessible, one-stop facility. GP services, selected acute outpatient, diagnostic services as well as a large number of community and primary care multidisciplinary teams are now available under one roof. The centre not only delivers exemplary facilities but also employs over 500 staff who provide health and wellbeing services to over 700 patients daily. The Northern Health & Social Care Trust vision’s for the Ballymena Health Centre was to provide a diverse range of healthcare services to act as a catalyst for improving the health and wellbeing of the local community. They include: Six general medical practitioners and GP

Treatment areas Community and general dental department

warm welcoming atmosphere for staff, patients and visitors. existing Braid Valley Hospital Buildings. The collaborative contract team has established a welcoming environment for patients. Furthermore, the internal courtyard creates an area for the wellbeing and relaxation of staff, patients and visitors. An exemplary finish to the project was achieved by developing and incorporating BIM for services integration and clash detection.

Diagnostics and treatment and assessment departments, such as community dental, physiotherapy and X-ray, podiatry and occupational therapies Separate outpatient and community mental health clinics Children’s services department Pharmaceutical services Office and workstation and meeting rooms local out-of-hours, Dalriada Urgent Care Service, which will relocate from its current accommodation The central feature of the building is the two storey atrium, which creates a

This open feature encourages social interaction among staff, patients and visitors promoting health and wellbeing for all. With vibrant internal and external styles, the new centre delivers its visions for achieving a modern tranquil atmosphere unlike like any other healthcare centre before in Northern Ireland. The colour and the aesthetic of the brickwork and local stone were chosen in order to harmonise with the

A ground-breaking building such as Ballymena Health would not have come to fruition without the hard work of a group of dedicated individuals, not just from the main contractor O’Hare & McGovern, but from a wide scope of companies who helped create this exceptional building, within time and on budget. The following table includes a list of all the participating groups which made the Ballymena Health Centre a reality:


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BALLYMISERT SUPPORTED HOUSING SOCIAL HOUSING AWARD

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allymisert Supported Housing is a recently completed development of 17 apartments and 1 house, providing state-ofthe-art accommodation for 21 residents with mental health needs. The development also features offices/staff accommodation and a common room, designed to promote social interaction amongst residents. Donaghmore Construction Ltd were appointed as Main Contractor, successfully delivering an exemplar scheme for Triangle Housing Association, on time, under budget and to the most exacting quality standards. Developed in partnership between Triangle Housing Association and NIAMH, the main aim was to provide improved accommodation for residents formerly residing at Kirkliston Drive. This was an old building, offering shared accommodation with communal facilities. Meals

were provided, as was a laundry service, therefore residents had limited independence. The site itself is steeped in history, once home to Gustav Wolff, founding partner of Harland and Wolff. He set up home here, living in a cottage named “the Den”, while he headed up the most well-known shipyard in the world. Prior to the newbuild works commencing, this existing cottage was demolished. Donaghmore Construction worked closely with Belfast Historical Society throughout the construction phase to ensure a smooth transition from the site’s historical past to it’s new use. In a nod to its famous former resident, the common room at Ballymisert has been named “The Den”. This room forms a centrepiece to the development, with patio doors opening out onto the external gardens. Here, residents enjoy a variety of social events – all adding to the sense of community felt at Ballymisert. The scheme was constructed traditionally with strip foundations,

precast concrete slabs and concrete roof tiles on contractor-designed trusses. Brickwork was incorporated along with reconstituted stone window surrounds and painted render to integrate the range of design styles in the area. Photovoltaic panels were installed, between them producing up to 110kW of electricity from renewable sources. The homes all have gas-fired central heating and are pre-wired for satellite TV. Located along one of Belfast’s busiest arterial routes (Holywood Road), the housing is set within a beautifully landscaped site, providing further opportunities for recreation. Care was taken to sensitively enhance the outdoor space, including enhanced landscaping and community gardens. Following the scheme’s success at the 2016 Construction Excellence Awards, Donaghmore Construction’s Managing Director Mark Currie commented: “It was our pleasure to work alongside Triangle Housing Association, NIAMH & McAdam Design on Ballymisert Supported Housing and we are delighted that the scheme has been recognised with a Social Housing Award! Ballymisert was designed & delivered with its

future residents at the heart of every decision made. Medical & construction experts (including our supply chain partners) joined forces, working together from inception to completion to optimise best outturn. Their collaborative endeavour resulted in a state-of-the-art facility which has been revered as a phenomenal success by both Triangle, NIAMH & the families/ friends of those now resident there.” But most importantly is the residents themselves – there is no substitute for their own testimony and Donaghmore Construction were delighted with the feedback received. To give you a flavour, resident Liz Bell described how her new home “Lifts my life, brightens me up and gives me back my independence”. Where fit, residents are largely free to come and go as they please, however, where individual needs dictate, residents are accompanied out into the local community. This ensures that they can avail of all that the locality has to offer including restaurants, shops, churches etc. Since moving to Ballymisert, residents have learnt to cook, shop and budget their own finances. They now have their own individual space, decorated to their own taste, helping to build their confidence and independence.


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FLYNN are delighted to be Winners of 2 CEF / SPECIFY Construction Excellence Awards 2016 Training Award Health & Safety Award

And FINALISTS in 2 categories Social/Community Construction Award

Waterfront Hall Refurbishment

Education Award

St Joseph’s Primary School, Carnacaville

St Josephs' Primary School, Carnacaville


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Double Top for Flynn!

There were double celebrations for Maurice Flynn & Sons at the prestigious Specify CEF Awards. The Dunmurry based construction company won the top accolade in both the Training and Health & Safety categories – both tremendously important aspects of the building industry. Flynn were also Finalists in the Specify CEF awards under the Education category for their new build school, St Josephs, Carnacaville in Newcastle and in the Social/Community category for the Refurbishment of the Waterfront Hall Belfast. Flynn is a second generation family run business employing 250 staff in construction and maintenance contracts for a wide range of clients. Training & Development One of Flynn’s core values is encouragement and support of young people to gain skills and employment, in particular the provision of apprenticeships & training placements beyond what is required by government contractual clauses, particularly during the tough recession period A rising number of apprentices, trainees, long-term unemployed have been welcomed by the company in conjunction with a range of public bodies and agencies. Six years ago the introduction to Springvale Employment & Learning created what has become a long-term relationship built upon mutual synergy of needs & ambition. Flynn has developed the relationship with Springvale to formally cement a partnership for the future provision of training & apprenticeship places. In addition to the partnership with Springvale, strong links have been made with other educational establishment

& organisations with whom Flynn collaborate with in providing placement opportunities, apprenticeships and work experience. Recognising the business-wide efforts in terms of workplace wellbeing, employee support and development, the firm was also this year awarded Silver Investors in People and has clear plans to achieve Gold within the next 2 years. Health & Safety The Specify CEF Award comes hot on the heels of being finalists for H&S in the Irish Constructions Awards 2016 and having been recognised with a ‘Distinction’ Award at the recent National Irish Safety Organisation Awards. Flynn recently implemented a 3-year strategic plan to become ‘Best in Class in Health and Safety’ that impressed the judges. To do this, Flynn endorsed the 12 Key Pillars to achieve a Successful Proactive Safety Culture. Each Pillar uses innovative ideas and best practices. This has led to remarkable improvements in our safety performance in 2015 and 2016. A selection of these best practices includes: • Increased on-site focus - To enable change, Flynn moved to Lean Process, where inspections are conducted without forms while still maintaining our due diligence • Risk Awareness -To implement risk awareness successfully, Flynn utilised a multi method campaign to raise awareness of risk and create a behavioural change that would last. This included behavioural safety training, risk assessment tools, tool box talks and the Take 5 Campaign • Hazard Reporting - There was a large area of improvement required here for

Flynn. Only lagging indicators (incidents and injuries) were being reported, while leading indicators (Unsafe acts, conditions and near misses) were not being reported. • Incident Investigation - Flynn received training on Incident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis. This enabled identification of trends and proper corrective actions were put in place and closed out • Leadership - Flynn have ensured integration of H&S with management of business by integrating H&S into each person’s job role and personal KPI’s starting with top management • Communication - A positive safety culture requires effective channels for top-down, bottom-up and horizontal communication on safety matters. Effective communication from management to staff is key to providing successful health and safety leadership. • Training & Competency - Flynn have consistently had a strong commitment to training, by ensuring that all persons within the organisation receive adequate training, so that they can carry out their job effectively and efficiently, while also continuing to grow and develop their careers. In partnership with Springvale Employment and Learning, Flynn have developed a bespoke career progression pathway for apprentices, trainees and long-term unemployed. In the past 6 years in excess of 60 individuals from Springvale have been taken on and Flynn have provided permanent employment for up to 40 of those. Many remain in the business years after completing their training and several have progressed to more senior positions. In summary Flynn is preparing for the next phase in its own development and building on the essential foundations of every successful business, namely its people and their development and safety.


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Double Celebrations for Tracey Bros – Eolas Building Maynooth and Dromore Primary School take top awards

There were double celebrations at the CEF Awards for Tracey Bros as the Enniskillen based company took two of the top awards. The Eolas Building at Maynooth took top spot in the GB and ROI Construction Award, while Dromore Central Primary School was the recipient of the Education Infrastructure Award. The new €20.6million Eolas building at Maynooth University is a state-of-the art research powerhouse that is driving innovative teaching methods, fostering collaboration with industry and deepening a culture of ‘spin-out’ companies. The iconic Eolas building is located in Maynooth University’s North Campus

with their supply chain and the client and their design team, engaging fully to focus on exceeding client expectations to deliver a high quality, complex and highly serviced building. This was demonstrated by collaborative working with the client, their designers and Tracey Brothers supply chain through technical and coordination meetings to resolve issues by sharing knowledge. Eolas Building Maynooth This interaction enhanced Tracey Brothers knowledge of Client’s needs ensuring most appropriate details/ products/systems were installed. Buildability was enhanced by our experienced managers and supply chain reviewing designs in advance and being openly encouraged to suggest how to Dromore Primary School enhance buildability whilst respecting the and supported more than original design and 300 jobs during its two other trades. This resulted years of construction. It is in high standard finish clad in bespoke perforated which client and designers metal filigree cladding. The monitored and expressed perforations are based on their delight & immense an abstract Binary pattern satisfaction with at handover. and of ‘punch cards’ used in President Philip Nolan 20th Century data processing, stated ‘how happy each and reflecting the research every occupant is with the and teachings within. The design and execution’ and building has the capacity to paid tribute to architects, accommodate 575 staff with professional team and teaching facilities for 350 contractors responsible. students in labs and classrooms at any one time. On this project, Tracey Brothers Ltd fostered a collaborative approach,

Demonstrating the company’s versatility within the education centre is the work on from Dromore Central Primary School. The £8.5million project involved the replacement of the original Dromore Central Primary School with a new 25-classroom school constructed on a brownfield site in a densely populated area with many redevelopment issues, including ground contamination from its former use as a builder’s storage yard, a designated water course bisecting the site and poor ground conditions. The School is designed to give a strong statement about the vision, connectivity, culture and its end purpose. In addition to the new classrooms, the school includes two special needs rooms as well as grass and hard play outdoor areas. All have been finished to offer a bright and modern school environment that offers pupils and staff access to the latest technology. The new school facility provides Dromore Central Primary School with extended play space, extended car parking and an assembly hall twice the size of their previous facility Tracey Brothers have delivered a complex highly serviced new school on a landscaped site that bears no resemblance to its challenging origins.


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Bannview Court Retirement Village – Winner of the Private Housing Award Bannview Court Retirement Village is located within an idyllic rural setting on the periphery of Banbridge.

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Carr Brothers Ltd Building & Civil Engineering Contractors

The scale of the development was carefully considered within the context of the site with a mixture of mainly single storey detached and semi-detached cottages and a small number of chalet type cottages. The chalet type units would facilitate flexible living, providing additional roof space accommodation to cater for family members/carers during periods of ill health. The variation in the house types created an attractive streetscape. Carr Brothers Ltd were appointed as the primary contractor to bring this concept into reality. Strong relationships on previous sites had already been formed between Lotus Group and Carr Brothers and it was

deemed that this established relationship would ensure the successful delivery of this new project. As the project focused on creating homes for people wishing to enjoy life in the later years the Homes for Life brand was born to fully enhance the nature of this development. Day to day on site works were managed by Stephen Carr who ensured each and every home was finished to the exact specification required by the home owners. The project which was overseen by Paul Carr was a huge success on all counts. All 14 homes were sold, built and completed by May 2016, an 11 month turnaround with a contract value of ÂŁ1.4m for Carr Bros.


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Fox Contracts takes, Achieving Excellence in Partnering Award for Valley Park – V36

Fox Contracts, as principal contractor, is delighted to have contributed to the creation of this inspiring, high quality, shared space environment, a positive legacy for the whole community. We gratefully appreciate the presentation of the prestigious

Achieving Excellence in Partnership Award as recognition of our collaborative approach fully involving client, Design & Construct team, supply chain and most importantly the end users to successfully deliver this imaginative and iconic communal facility. This impressive public

realm project transformed a previously contested waste space to a state-of-the-art development containing a civic linear park with a performance area for events and a unique ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ themed adventure play area for families. This family friendly shared space also includes a floodlit 3G pitch suitable for football, rugby and Gaelic sports, open expanses, meandering paths, public art displays and picnic areas. This project received £3.58million under the EU PEACE lll Programme consequently the design ethos of

this development was to encourage people from all backgrounds to come together through sport, recreation and arts based activities. This CEEQUAL Whole Team project was delivered through imaginative park design, where for example; mounds were formed to simulate being in Lilliput and an innovative weir was constructed to create an educational wetlands and pond environment complete with suspended boardwalk. The 3G pitch was located to the centre of the site to allow it to be visually absorbed into the wider parkland and limit the potential influence of the floodlights on neighbouring areas.


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Woodvale Construction Company Limited Wins Fit-Out Award for the Stranmillis Refectory

This project transformed the dark, underutilised basement of the Stranmillis Refectory building into a bright, welcoming social hub for students and staff. The new hub provides a bar, performance space, café, meeting room, toilets and storage. The building sits at the heart of the college campus and functions as a social hub for students and lecturers. The design maximises natural light, with daylight flooding through new windows to the North elevation. The materials

chosen are high quality, and yet durable and functional to withstand student wear and tear. With exposed brickwork and concrete and a mixture of formal and informal meeting spaces it has been enjoyed by students and staff as a space to relax and unwind after a hard day’s study. Each phase of this project was meticulously planned and controlled through team collaboration, open communication, and active risk

and programme management. The enabling phase of the project relocated the existing laundry and stores. The footprint of the basement was extended and internal walls demolished. Props were inserted under the collaborative

supervision of the client engineer and our temporary works coordinator, two internal columns removed and large steel beams inserted to open up the space. The basement was thermally upgraded – the single glazed steel windows were replaced with PPC aluminium, and insulation and STO render applied to the exterior.


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Prioritised capital programme critical to new Programme for Government by John Simpson The draft Programme for Government (PfG) is due to be published as this edition of Specify is in preparation. Advance publicity says that this time the PfG will be better co-ordinated than its predecessor and orientated towards specific policies to get measurable outcomes. The precise choice of preferred ‘outcomes’ will be an important indicator of the delivery expectations and priorities of the Executive. If specific measures of impact on the economy are not at the top of the list that will be a surprise. This time the phrase ‘the economy is the priority’ should come with forceful conviction and operational clarity. The Executive has inherited an economy that is growing too slowly and lagging behind other parts of the UK and the Irish Republic. What is needed now is a stronger statement of ambition on improved

living standards, improving average incomes, which closes the gap with other neighbouring regions, linked to better jobs and more of them. These could (and should) be the outcome of a more competitive, more productive, economy. Critical to the refashioning of the PfG will be a reconsideration and requantification of the updated infrastructure capital investment programme. That will call for a closer focus on the work of the Strategic Investment Board (SIB) and the publication of an updated and improved public sector investment programme expressed in a carefully articulated and sequenced delivery plan. In recent years, the Executive has drifted away from a phased articulated framework for these investment commitments. In the early days of

restored devolution, greater emphasis was placed on both the increased scale of the Northern Ireland investment programme and the earmarking of more capital funds, partly from Westminster and partly through increased borrowing, to begin to make up the leeway in infrastructure spending during the years of Direct Rule. In the last five years capital spending has been lower and less coherent. This critical shift was partly a consequence of the

switch of some available Stormont funds to sustain current services such as health and water services. Because of that allocation choice, Northern Ireland has been slower to tackle desirable infrastructural deficiencies or weaknesses. As a simple test of the orientation of the new PfG, there will be a particular interest in the annual levels of public sector capital spending, the choice of priorities, and the ability to supplement capital funds to a bigger baseline than provided through the Block Grant (Barnett allocation). As a yardstick to assess the new PfG, the expectation of public sector capital spending, averaged over the next four years, should exceed £1.3bn each year. At that level, the commitment would be no higher than plans published in 2014 for the years up to 2020-21.

The £36million Magherafelt bypass opened in October, but will PfG manage to find the funds for the proposed York Road interchange?

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buildings and facilities, in central Belfast. The merits of increased investment in the main utilities such as water, electricity and telecoms will be pursued by the provider organisations. Electricity and telecoms decisions need to be monitored and assessed but will usually respond to commercial criteria. Investment in N.I. Water is, regrettably, not amenable to market pressure and relies on restricted Government allocations. Large parts of the public sector capital programme fall within the general remit of the education and health and social services budgets. Particularly for health and social services the case for a critical reassessment of the need for facilities must follow the restatement of the delivery plans for primary, acute, mental and continuing care. The inherited ad hoc pattern of adding smaller projects in the absence of an agreed over view of services should be replaced on the outcome of the awaited long term review. Perhaps the most

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unsatisfactory section of the inherited public sector investment plans has been the proposals for housing and urban regeneration. The scale of new house building and the replacement of housing where standards are inadequate for todays’ minimum specifications have been modest. The existing investment provision takes little account of the over-due reform of the management and finances of the Housing Executive and the near absence of suitably scaled urban redevelopment schemes. The case for a larger public sector capital programme is easily made. The case for a clearer and stronger mechanism to compile and approve that programme is compelling. The SIB should now hold a higher public profile and be more publicly accountable. These developments should be the outcome of a more carefully designed PfG. The Executive now has the opportunity to make these desirable improvements.


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£3.3m Greenisland housing development reaches major milestone Developed by Choice Housing in partnership with the Northern Health and Social Care Trust and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, Greenisland House will provide 32 new state-ofthe-art homes and care services for older people when it is completed in spring 2017. Community representatives joined both organisations for a hardhat tour of the Shore Road site and viewed the final roof beam being set in place just 18 months after work started on the development. Michael McDonnell, Chief Executive of Choice said: “Work on this site has progressed at a rapid pace and we’ve wasted no time

in getting construction to such an advanced stage. We are committed to ensuring that our most vulnerable citizens are given exactly the same opportunities as everyone else to live independent lives. This new scheme is about doing that and more. Today is an important milestone for us and for the people who will ultimately benefit from the new homes in this area. “In meeting the needs of older people, we deliver our best outcomes by working in partnerships that augment and maximise our abilities. Support from Northern Health and Social Care Trust, Department for Communities and NIHE Supporting People teams is invaluable. We look

forward to opening this new scheme next year.” Bob McCann, Pictured from left, Northern Health and Social Care Chair, Trust Chief Executive Tony Stevens and Chair Bob McCann Northern Health and (right) alongside Choice Housing’s Chair Hazel Bell and Chief Social Care Executive Michael McDonnell. Trust said: “We have Newtownabbey area to now passed the half-way retain their independence point in the construction and remain part of their phase which is on course community.” to be completed early next year. That’s a great credit The scheme, designed to Choice, the architect and by RPP Architect with the contractor. Though M.J. McBride Construction this scheme shares its Ltd appointed as project name with the old facility contractor, is funded it is replacing, it will bring through a mix of private a new approach and financing secured by will play an important Choice Housing and grants role in allowing people from the Department for in the Greenisland and Communities.

RICS Awards- Search to find Northern Ireland’s top built schemes begins A four month search to find Northern Ireland’s most inspirational building projects is now on, following the opening of entries for the 2017 RICS Awards.

value to the communities they serve. Every year the awards attract dozens of entries from all over Northern Ireland, including small scale pioneering schemes, and large multimillion pound developments.

The annual awards celebrate the top initiatives and developments in land, property, construction and the environment that provide significant

Last year, the £32million Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine, situated in the grounds of Belfast City Hospital,

was named Project of the Year. The 9,000 square metre building provides accommodation for some 330 members of staff specialising in research into finding cures for eye diseases and diabetes, and the development of a global programme to aid understanding of the genetics of complex chronic diseases. Launching this year’s awards, Chair of the RICS Awards, Northern Ireland judging panel, Michael Hannaway, said: “The RICS Awards are a unique opportunity for professionals in the property and construction sectors to have their work highlighted on a local, UK, and international platform, and to showcase their talent and innovation”. There are eight categories to enter in which local property professionals must demonstrate how they have used their skills to develop, regenerate and conserve the environment in which we live and work.

These are: • Building Conservation • Commercial property • Community Benefit • Design through Innovation • Infrastructure • Regeneration • Residential • Tourism & Leisure An overall ‘Project of the Year’ is also awarded to the entry that demonstrates outstanding best practice and an exemplary commitment to adding value to its local area. All category winners go on to compete against other regional winners at the national RICS Awards Grand Final, for the chance to be crowned the overall UK winner in their respective category. Mr Hannaway continues: ““A wide range of local schemes have made a positive impact in communities and in business, have broadened our tourism offering, enhanced our infrastructure, revived residential areas, and have restored some of our most-loved buildings. I would strongly encourage the professionals behind them to take the opportunity to have their excellent work recognised.”


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Bassetts acquire Clady Plumbing SCHOOLS EMBARK ON Bassetts has acquired Ballymena-based Clady Plumbing Supplies, one of Mid-Ulster’s oldest established Plumbers Merchants. The company now has 15 outlets in Northern Ireland. Bassetts has experienced continued growth which has enabled investment over £500,000 in its Northern Ireland branches over the past 12-18 months which includes the opening of a new ‘showroom only’ branch in Boucher Crescent. The acquisition of Clady Plumbing, which employs 11, is part of the company’s continued expansion strategy driven by continued growth across a range of product areas. Tile sales are also on the up with Bassetts experiencing significant growth, selling nearly 250,000 tiles since the start of 2015. Bassetts’ Managing Director, Alan Wright, commented, “Eight to ten years ago, our customers were spending around £1,500 on a bathroom. In 2016, the average spend is approximately

£4,000 which is reflected by our growth over the last decade and extensive offering of products.” “The acquisition of Clady Plumbing is part of our continued strategy to bring our first class customer service, innovative product line and knowledge to meet the needs of customers in all areas of Northern Ireland. This highly respected Mid-Ulster business will benefit from investment in the coming months and with a great team in place, we are confident it will experience the same growth that continues across our network of branches.”

MINECRAFT CHALLENGE TO BUILD SUSTAINABLE CITY QUAYS HOTEL said: “We came up with this Gilbert-Ash, Belfast Harbour project because we wanted and STEM Aware have to do something different launched a schools’ challenge which would encourage the to design and build a version of the new Marriott Hotel using next generation to consider the globally popular Minecraft a career in the construction industry. It has been great to game. partner with Belfast Working Harbour and STEM with seven Aware to make Belfast it all come to life schools, the and we think that initiative giving the students is aimed the opportunity at raising to see the site at awareness the beginning of among the programme school will give them an children of insight into what the wide our roles actually range of involve.” exciting careers open to them Pictured at the launch within the of the Minecraft school construction challenge is (L-R) Jenni industry. It Barkley, Communications & Corporate will also demonstrate how Responsibility Manager at Belfast new technologies that the Harbour, Rachel McDermott, Education students are familiar with are being incorporated into & Programme Coordinator at STEM Aware and Warren Copeland, Project a work environment. Manager at Gilbert-Ash. They are joined The pilot school’s project by pupils from Malone College and will give students a hands on experience of the design Bloomfield Collegiate. and build process. Last month Gilbert-Ash “We introduced the theme was appointed to build the of sustainability to get the new £25m hotel project which students thinking about forms part of Belfast Harbour’s various solutions that could City Quays development. be incorporated on a hotel build which would make Launching the challenge the building more efficient at Belfast Harbour’s Office to operate, having less following a tour of the site, impact on resources and the Maria Bradley, HR & Quality environment.” Manager at Gilbert-Ash,

Northern Ireland businesses to benefit from extension to 0% APR Energy Efficiency Loan Fund 0% APR Energy Efficiency Loan Fund available to firms in Northern Ireland to cut costs and environmental impact Firms in Northern Ireland that want to purchase energy efficient equipment to cut costs and environmental impact can continue to access Invest NI’s 0% APR Energy Efficiency Loan Fund for at least two more years. Following an independent review of the scheme’s

success over the past 13 years and a competitive tender, the Carbon Trust has been awarded a new contract to extend the loans scheme. Loans are provided to support businesses looking to replace their out of date and inefficient equipment, such as lighting, heating, air conditioning and refrigeration, or by investing in renewables. Staying competitive in an increasingly challenging market is going to become a

bigger priority for businesses in Northern Ireland. With our help, there are costs businesses can reduce without impacting their productivity. Abigail Hermon, Head of Loans at the Carbon Trust Businesses in Northern Ireland can borrow between £3,000 and £400,000 to fund their project, at zero interest. Loans are designed so that in most cases the monthly savings on energy bills should exceed the

monthly repayments, with the repayment term being between one and four years. One business that has benefitted from an energy efficiency loan was Beverage Plastics in Craigavon. The company was able to install a new injection moulding machine, which saved them 55 percent on their energy bills in just six months, providing an estimated reduction in carbon emissions of 700 tonnes a year.


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Paul Marlow takes top Construction Manager of the Year Award Competing against some of the most talented construction professionals in the UK, Paul Marlow, a Project Manager with McAleer & Rushe from Cookstown beat 85 other finalists and 10 gold medallists to the coveted Construction Manager of the Year (CMYA) trophy. Paul has also scored a CMYA first. He is the first overall winner to come from a residential category in the competition’s 38-year history. Despite facing a barrage of logistical and technical challenges, Paul lead his team to deliver the Angel Lane project in Stratford on time and on budget and with a ‘wow factor’ that delighted the client. The 759unit accommodation block has since become a standard setter for UNITE’s Homes for Success initiative, and a benchmark against which future projects are measured. Paul’s achievement is even more impressive because of the project’s difficult beginnings: the start date had to be delayed by two months to January 2014 due to late land purchase, but the completion deadline remained fixed at July 2015, in order for UNITE to prepare for the first intake of students. Leading Angel Lane from pre-construction phase, Paul and his team radically revised the build strategy to save two months from the programme. A notable time saving initiative included switching from a post tensioned to a reinforced in situ concrete frame and selection of a new lightweight cladding system that could be installed by scaffold, mast climbers and cradles, freeing up tower cranes for other activities. The project was very challenging in terms of programme, site logistics and budget and Paul’s ability to

communicate all issues and foster a real sense of teamwork to consistently deliver solutions has been a huge success and set a benchmark in terms of stakeholder management and leadership. ANGEL LANE The site at Angel Lane had major constraints: it was bound by a main road, a bridge and a neighbouring building site. A huge challenge was the proximity of live rail tracks, less than 6m from the building. As well as having to undergo an extensive pre-approval process with Network Rail, Paul and his team also provided and maintained 24-hour access to the operator’s maintenance teams. The provision of utilities also presented significant risks to the programme: as there

was no extra capacity in the local electrical network, a new supply had to be delivered from 1km away. Throughout the project, Paul and his team maintained close liaison with a large number of third parties who were critical to successful delivery. Paul also ran a series of design workshops that were pivotal in ensuring suppliers and

subcontractors were smoothly coordinated and integrated with the site team. Health and safety on site was also outstanding. With more than 500,000 man hours worked and 1,836 people inducted onto the project, there was not a single reportable incident or accident on site.


PAUL TELLS US HIS STORY AS PROJECT MANAGER ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF THIS MAJOR PROJECT IN STRATFORD, ENGLAND. My involvement began in the pre-contract phase of the Angel Lane project. I was nominated as the dedicated Project Manager and worked alongside the Commercial Director and Project QS, as well as the nominated Project Director, Construction Manager, Senior Project Planner, H&S Manager PRAISE FROM THE CIOB AND UNITE Chris Blythe, Chief Executive of CIOB commented: ‘This has been another extraordinary year for CMYA. In every category, we have seen Project Managers of all ages delivering exceptional projects, mastering multiple challenges, and achieving world class quality with exemplary leadership skills. It’s the first year that we have seen the use of Building

and Quality & Environmental Manager to provide the client with a comprehensive bid for the scheme. On award of contract, high levels of project collaboration were encouraged by bringing our design team, subcontract teams & suppliers together at a Project Initiation meeting to conduct a full review of the scheme for all to contribute their specialist expertise identifying any risks, clashes or potential issues from the outset & throughout the course of the project. This meeting provided opportunity to consider innovative solutions and to commence Value Engineering processes, with a view to improving the quality of certain items within the client’s budget. Although the original Information Modelling (BIM) from the conception to completion of many projects. This is an important milestone in the evolution of our industry, indicating the increasing complexity and sophistication of built environment work and the pivotal role that construction managers play within project teams. Congratulations to Paul and all our finalists and medalists. You are helping us take our industry to the next level.’

programme for this development had a start date November 2013 and completion July 2015, due to unforeseen complications encountered by UNITE Students in completing the land purchase, the main works could not commence on site until January 2014. Once

the delay was confirmed, I engaged with our Senior Programmer Fiachra Woods to develop a revised, extremely challenging but viable programme for the works which would meet the original July 2015 completion.

Luke Engmann, Development Manager for UNITE Students said: ‘Rather than reporting problems, Paul consistently delivered solutions. His foresight and suggestions enabled us to maintain programme and deliver the scheme in time for 2015 occupation. He also led by example on health and safety. The fact that we had zero accidents can be directly attributed to the conscientious work from Paul and his team.’ Chris Richards, an honorary

Life Member of the CIOB and CMYA Consultant said: ‘Competition was particularly intense at CMYA this year. An unprecedented number of gold medallists were strong contenders for the top trophy, but Paul’s entry was genuinely outstanding. He delivered a project of immaculate quality at a very rapid pace. Confident, positive and determined he demonstrated complete command of the situation. The judges’ decision was unanimous.’

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developed numerous short term and element specific programmes, including for the Structural Frame, External Façade, Internal Fit-out detailed short term look-ahead programmes. I ensured these programmes were communicated to our Site Management Team and Subcontractors and that the stipulated works were achieved on site. Programme reporting was delivered to our client at monthly Client Progress Meetings. Progress was presented on a drop line programme which clearly showed actual progress against planned progress. The decision to switch from a post tensioned concrete frame to a reinforced in-situ concrete frame was an innovative solution which enabled us to deliver the project within the challenging programme constraints that resulted from the client’s delay in closing the land purchase. Another innovative solution driven by the challenging programme was the selection of the new ‘Gebrick’ lightweight cladding system, which enabled the desired brickwork finish to be achieved without the extensive hook time from the Tower Cranes that a pre-cast solution would have. This is currently the largest scheme to utilise the Gebrick façade system in the UK at approx. 7000m2 over 14 storeys. The decision to incorporate this innovative system was critical

in achieving programme. The incorporation of 30 no. large feature copper pop-outs added a degree of complexity that demanded extensive design co-ordination through a series of cladding workshops. The façade was completed safely through effective selection and use of a variety of access equipment including scaffold, mast climbers and cradles. The incoming utilities for the development proved a considerable challenge, given the extent of works and number of third parties involved. I maintained regular interaction with the entire project team, client and consultants on this scheme and there was a true spirit of mutual trust and collaboration at all times. The proximity of the railway and underground routes resulted in an extensive approval process with Network Rail, both preconstruction and throughout the duration of the scheme for all key construction elements with potential to impact the railway lines. I closely managed this extremely involved process to ensure all design & works methodology submissions and approvals did not affect the critical path activities on the already challenging construction programme. This challenge was intensified by the requirement to maintain 24hr access for Network Rail’s maintenance

teams to their access gates in the extreme North East corner of the site. There was no available capacity on the local electric supply networks, meaning that a new supply had to be taken from over 1 km away. This proved to be a key project risk throughout, and was overcome through close liaison with all third parties.

This scheme has in excess of 900 individual rooms. This called for excellent planning, organisation and execution which was achieved through weekly and daily huddle meetings with all internal sub-contractors. I coordinated regular dedicated façade workshops with Façade Subcontractor and Window/ Curtain Walling Contractor to work through all interface


There was much to celebrate in Paul Marlow’s house last month. Not only did the Tyrone man win the coveted CMYA but the family also celebrated the birth of their second child. A keen sportsman, Paul was brought up in Eskra and played right up to County level. Paul played for Tyrone in the 2004 All Ireland County Minor final. Unfortunately his knees have paid the price of all his sports endeavours and he has had the cruciate ligaments in both knees repaired. After leaving St Ciaran’s in Ballygawley, he went to study Quantity Surveying at the University of Ulster at Jordanstown. His father is a local digging contractor so Paul was involved in construction from his teenage years working along with his father After graduating he was invited for an interview at McAleer and Rushe and while the company had plenty of quantity surveyors already, they were looking for a QS to work with the Contracts Manager in Project Management, looking for an individual to work alongside the contracts director in a project manager role. Like so many builders in Northern Ireland, much of Paul’s working week is spent in the UK. Paul generally spends Monday and Friday at the office and the middle three days on site. Now that Angel Lane is complete, Paul is now working on another student accommodation block for Unite in Edinburgh. The awards night at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London is one that will be remembered at McAleer and Rushe for a long time. In front of 900 guests, not only did Paul take the overall Construction Manager of the Year award but his colleague Ciaran Tiffney won the award in the Residential 7 Storeys and Under category.

details and de-risk the installation processes prior to commencing on site. Bi-weekly design team meetings were held to co-ordinate all aspects of the design. As Project Manager, I worked closely with the Project QS, John Canavan to deliver this scheme within budget. I regularly walked the project with the client’s Cost Controller to facilitate their certification of valuations and reported on commercial elements of the

scheme in monthly client progress meetings. McAleer & Rushe have earned an industry reputation as

a trusted partner who guarantee the highest levels of build quality, which often exceeds client expectation. This commitment was evident on our

Angel Lane project through the adoption of a rigorous Quality Control process. We successfully delivered the ‘Wow’ factor in terms of the quality of


finish on this project and set the standard for future student accommodation. I am pleased to say that I managed the delivery of this large scale and complex New Build Student Accommodation Scheme on time, within budget and to a quality level that has been branded the new benchmark for UNITE’s ‘Homes for Success’ initiative. As the dedicated Project Manager for McAleer & Rushe’s first Student Accommodation Scheme, I take pride in the hard work, commitment and ‘can do’ attitude of our entire Project Management Team. I was delighted to win the prestigious CMYA award.

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HLM celebrates continued growth on board SS Nomadic Leading design and architecture company, HLM, marked another successful year of growth in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland with an event on board the SS Nomadic recently in Belfast’s historic Titanic Quarter. HLM, with offices in Belfast city centre, provides architecture, landscape and urban design, interiors and environmental design to the commercial and public sectors in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, GB and internationally. The company, which employs 13 locally, hosted guests from across the public and commercial sector to celebrate major projects it has

secured and progressed in the last year. These include the Paediatric Out Patient Department (OPD) and Urgent Care Centres as part of Dublin’s new Children’s Hospital which is Ireland’s most significant 650m Euro healthcare investment to date, redevelopment work of Altnagelvin Area Hospital in County Londonderry and work on a new Logistics Support Centre Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS).

Pictured at the event is Nick Beecroft, HLM Executive Board Director, Karl Ruddle, who heads up HLM Ireland, Simon Bell, Associate Director and Steven Leenon, Associate.

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well as expert practitioners in the field of catchmentled water management. Government policies and best practice examples of opportunities that can offer multiple stakeholder benefits will also be explored. Speakers include flood risk management and analysis experts Brendan Quigley and Andrew Jackson of RPS; Peter Mullin, Landscape Institutes Policy Consultant for Northern Ireland and Chair of Northern Ireland Environment Links Land Matters Task Force; as well as the sustainable drainage expert Anthony McCloy. The event will be of interest to anyone in the property development and land owner/ management sectors. For further information contact William O’Donnell m. 07970225216.

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Laois Hire is Bringing in the BIG Brands Laois Hire has announced that it has now secured the agency – for rentals and sales – for major portable compressor marque, CompAir.

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stablished 25 years ago, Laois Hire is now the leading plant and tool hire company in Ireland with a comprehensive range of hire services covering everything from plant machinery and tools to highly specialised equipment. “CompAir is our newest agency and we will be supplying their range of top quality portable compressors,” confirms Laois Hire branch manager, Niall Brennan. “Highprecision construction projects demand that the efficiency and reliability of compressors is of the highest calibre. CompAir stands for continuous innovation and development of compressors and compressed air equipment. Ground-breaking compressed air technologies, such as Quantima, deliver superb efficiency and performance.”

Reliable mobile CompAir is a leading global supplier of portable compressor technology providing compressed air solutions for a broad range of applications. The company says it offers global expertise with truly local service

capabilities, ensuring the advanced technologies are backed up with full support. “Portable compressors from CompAir prove their reliability in the toughest site conditions and deliver significant cost savings through energy efficiency and low maintenance,” the company says. “The patented Bi-Turbo compression technology of the TurboScrew makes these compressors outstanding in efficiency. They consume up to 30% less fuel and are the smallest and lightest compressors in their class.”

CompAir and Laois Hire Partnership “We were looking for a large distributor with a network of depots in Ireland and Laois Hire fitted the bill with strategically located depots coupled with a great reputation,” says Declan Kelly, Country Sales Manager for CompAir. “We approached Niall Brennan of Laois Hire and the rest is history.” Niall is quick to emphasize that there were three main reasons why Laois Hire was keen to take on the CompAir brand: “The quality of product and back up service are second to none and the competitive

We were looking for a large distributor with a network of depots in Ireland and Laois Hire fitted the bill with strategically located depots coupled with a great reputation. We approached Niall Brennan of Laois Hire and the rest is history,” Declan Kelly, country sales manager, Ireland for compare (right) with ,” Laois Hire branch manager, Niall Brennan.

pricing is an additional bonus,” he says. Clearly the two organisations are a good fit. “We both have a similar approach and drive towards business,” says Niall, “with a passion to grow and for excellent customer service and experience.” CompAir products are renowned for their reliability and efficiency and Laois hire is offering its customers the full range of portable compressors, from 35-953cfm (FAD) at pressures from 4 bar(g) to 24 bar(g). “This will be complimented by the full range of accessories and extras,” explains Niall, “including on board generators, aftercoolers and

additional filtration, to hoses, jackhammers, demolition guns and scabblers. We are looking for business from all sizes and types of organisation, in hundreds of different industries. But our predominant focus industries will be in the civil engineering and groundworks sectors, along with other specialist industries including dry ice blasting, shot blasting, ground exploration, grouting, drilling, piling, cable blowing and refurbishment as well as many others.”

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KEYSTONE HONOURED BY CHANCELLOR OF EXCHEQUER AND WIN PRESTIGIOUS AWARD The Keystone Group, based in Cookstown, County Tyrone has experienced an exceptional run of achievements following its inclusion in this year’s Parliamentary Review manufacturing edition, and winning the hugely prestigious Construction Industry Award for Innovation. Its inclusion in the Parliamentary Review sets Keystone apart as the first Northern Ireland based manufacturing company to be singled out for Keystone chairman Sean Coyle (L) shows Secretary of State James Brokenshire around the Cookstown praise in the factory floor, joined by Sean Og Coyle and Keystone CEO Eithne Kelly publication by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip opportunity in the Irish so, given our ongoing with the official copy of Hammond. The national market which had been commitment to innovation the Parliamentary Review award for Innovation was under serviced by UK and quality.” by the Secretary of State announced at the British manufacturers. After James Brokenshire MP, Construction Industry initially working in The Group is multi Company Chairman (BCI) Awards, winning partnership with long award winning, and other Sean Coyle said this the Product Design standing friends McAleer recent accolades include latest accolade was an Innovation Award for its and Rushe, Sean then the prestigious Industry unexpected honour. ground-breaking Brick Slip set up Keystone as an Product of the year award “Since we set the Masonry Support System independent company. for 2016 and the National company up in 1989, from the group’s newest Realising that there was Housebuilder Award for making one product with division IG Masonry a huge opportunity for product of the year 2014 a handful of staff, it’s been Support. customised products, Sean for HiTherm Lintels and an incredible experience Founded in 1989, then developed Ireland’s Construction Innovation to see it grow to the level Keystone manufactures only indigenous Roof of the year Award 2015 we have reached today. and supplies a Window company, Keylite for IG’s Revolutionary Keystone is a company comprehensive range windows. Brick Slip Masonry Support which we are proud to of innovative building The Keystone Group systems. Earlier this year, lead, and which our products to the construction employees are proud to now consists of 6 divisions, Keylite Roof windows, the sector. With over 1000 Keystone Lintels, IG Lintels, fastest growing brand and work for. We feel honoured employees across Keylite Roof Windows, division within the group, that we have been chosen production facilities IG Elements, IG Masonry as the first Northern Ireland was named as one of in Cookstown, South Support Systems and Europe’s most innovative based manufacturing Derbyshire, Cwmbran Smartroof, and have just and inspiring companies, company to be featured in and Poland, the group entered into a strategic according to the inaugural the Parliamentary Review, has experienced relentless partnership with truss edition of London Stock coming in the same year growth, more than manufacturers Wyckham Exchange Group’s, ‘1000 as winning the Industry doubling its workforce in Blackwell. Companies to Inspire Product of the Year Award just 3 years. Turnover is The company firmly Europe’ report, and is for IG Masonry Supports now in excess of £80m, believes that its ongoing the fastest growing Roof Brick Slip Innovation, and driven by the introduction success is driven by its Window Brand across the group company Keylite of 3 new companies in constant innovation, with UK and Europe. being named by the the last three years alone, 30 full time Research and The Keystone Group London Stock Exchange with particular extensive Development staff. The was established by among the 1000 Most growth across Europe for group currently holds 50 then Building Control Inspiring Companies in the Keylite roof windows patents for innovative professional Sean Coyle Europe. The Keystone brand. building products. who had identified Group has grown rapidly, Speaking as the Steel Lintels as a niche and will continue to do company was presented


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CITB NI Leader in Construction programme draws to a close Participants on the inaugural CITB NI Leader in Construction programme attended their final workshop in September 2016. Focusing on communication with internal and external stakeholders, the workshop got them thinking about how they could use communication more effectively to achieve better performance. One said, ‘creating and ensuring clearer communication lines within the business and encouraging department heads to develop and improve communication with their own teams will hopefully lead to better business performance and staff having better understanding of their roles and responsibilities while hopefully building highly effective teams’. This is the first year of the programme which aims to develop the strategic and leadership behaviours required at a senior level and to help build leadership capability within participating companies and individuals. The eight month programme includes 360° assessment, practical workshops, coaching and a two-day European study visit. This CITB NI programme is delivered by Parity Professionals and sponsored by Specify Magazine, Tughans, and Farrans. Pat Burns, Editor, Specify Magazine, said

“We were delighted to be involved as the media sponsor of the Leader in Construction programme. The construction industry has been hit hard over the past eight

years so it is vital that programmes such as this help promote the industry and new talent coming through that will shape the future of Northern Ireland and the

Following thoughtprovoking presentations by Jim Leitch, Northstone and Jemma Lowry, Lowry Building and Civil Engineering, the employers discussed a range of issues associated with staff development and succession planning, as well as providing feedback on the programme.

construction industry. The organising team at CITB deserve great praise for the planning and operation of this initiative.”

Importantly, a number of employers noted the benefits the programme has had on their staff, who are starting to think about things differently and show more leadership within their own teams.

Given that the programme is nearing completion, employers with participants on the programme came together at an event

designed to start them thinking about the next steps for their employees.

Meet the construction industry’s future leaders Michael McCormick is a Contracts Manager for Lagan Homes, one of the largest house builders in

Northern Ireland and part of a larger civil engineering and materials business. Michael’s reasons for doing

the programme are to gain a better understanding of the financial aspects of how companies work and to develop the experience to improve his understanding of such. Lagan Homes have started on a period of significant strategic growth and want to encourage the personal development of their staff so Michael’s application to the programme was timely as companies will benefit from leaders equipped with the skills to increase sales and market share, analyse environmental conditions and set strategic direction with better connections both locally and at European level. Equally, participants will develop the ability to deliver improved results, to respond strategically to an everchanging environment, and to manage significant budgets and complex projects. They will create a plan for their future career and for the businesses they operate in. In terms of outcomes to date, Michael has gained a greater appreciation and understanding of how to lead people through change - painting a picture of what the company wants to achieve and how they hope to get there and taking on board feedback from colleagues. Michael said “The programme has helped me to step back from ‘usual’ business and look into potential areas of future improvement. Increasing workloads have meant Lagan Homes have been on a recruitment drive that I have been actively involved in. I have used the tools provided in the course to convey more clearly the roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders in order to ensure a shared vision of the company for the future.”


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Garden Escapes was founded in 2006 by Richard Stuart in his home town of Ballynahinch Co. Down. Having previously worked within the play industry in a number of roles including installation of equipment, design, sales and contract management, Richard took the plunge and started his own company. Garden Escapes initially focused on small-scale projects within the Northern Ireland schools market. Today, Garden Escapes is one of the country’s leading providers of playground equipment, outdoor gym equipment and safety surfacing and are distributors for some of the biggest manufacturers in the global market. The professional and

experienced team at Garden Escapes work with a wide range of clients including councils, schools, principal contractors, nurseries, private clients and consultants. Having enjoyed year on year growth in Northern Ireland, the 2015-2016 period saw Garden Escapes expand their operations into the Republic of Ireland and Scotland with these new markets now making up more than 35% of the company’s turnover. Mr Stuart commented ‘The last 18 months have been challenging for the industry due to local government reform and reduced public sector expenditure in Northern Ireland. Initially, this caused us some concern however every cloud has a silver lining and having been forced to look to new markets, we are now experiencing a great deal of opportunities and new growth’. When asked what the basis for the company’s success has been over the years, Mr Stuart said ‘From day one, we have always focused on quality. Quality in terms of the products that we sell, quality in terms of the

work that we carryout and quality in terms of customer service. We have built a great reputation over the years, which we work hard to maintain but this brings us a lot of repeat business and makes it easier to open the door to new business opportunities.’ As well as responding to public tenders and direct enquiries for the design, supply and installation of playgrounds and sports areas, Garden Escapes provide a free of charge design and consultation service which has proven very popular with schools, nurseries, community groups and architects. ‘We have a great deal of talent at Garden Escapes and have invested in some of the latest technology which allows us to manage all aspects of the design and construction process in house. We are able to take an existing or greenfield site and prepare a 3D design proposal including a full walk through presentation so the client can really get a full understanding of what the completed project would look like.’ Garden Escapes are pleased to announce that they have been appointed as the sole distributor in Northern

Ireland and the Republic of Ireland for Proludic – one of the industries leading playground equipment manufacturers based in Vouvray, France. Mr Stuart explained how this latest development would support the company’s plans for growth. ‘The Proludic brand is well known having had a presence in the Irish market for over 20 years. Proludic have an extensive product range and have worked hard to stay ahead of their competitors in terms of design, innovation and competitive pricing. We look forward to using Proludic products within our designs and believe that this will help us grow our share of the market.’ Garden Escapes would be pleased to help you with any playground related projects or queries. Contact details can be found on their website www.gardenescapesni. com or call directly on 028 97564477


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FEDERATION COMMENTS ON THE NORTHERN IRELAND INVESTMENT FUND

NEW HEALTH AND SAFETY SERVICE COMING SOON

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After many years of success, it has been decided to cease offering the Site Safety Inspection Service with immediate effect. Hundreds of companies have benefitted from the regular site inspections provided by the service contributing to a much safer industry. A massive thank you is offered to Wilson Lambe who has been instrumental in proving health and safety advice and guidance to the industry for many years. It is planned to offer an exciting new health and safety service later in the year to ensure the needs of members continue to be met in this very important area of the industry. Further details will follow in the near future.

CECC MEETS GOVERNMENT CLIENTS

ommenting, in mid-September, on the proposed Northern Ireland Investment Fund, Construction Employers Federation Managing Director John Armstrong said:

“While to some extent understandable in the context of Brexit, this announcement is nonetheless extremely disappointing for a local construction industry facing seismic sustainability challenges and for the partnership approach between the public and private sectors that was proposed. The Investment Fund had, rightly, earmarked specific areas where we have specific infrastructure challenges such as urban regeneration and housing. Enhancing the pipeline of work for the industry at a time of renewed economic challenge and uncertainty was and is the right thing to do and it is vital that speedy decisions are taken on how to take forward the delivery of the Fund in this new climate. “Some £55m has been set aside by the Executive in this current financial year for the Fund and questions must now urgently be asked, and reassurance sought, as to how this will be constructively spent. It may well be that the UK Government will propose an infrastructure stimulus in the Autumn Statement but it would be unwise to wait for further detail on this while a significant pot of money remains at our immediate disposal. Given the length of time a procurement process for a fund manager would take, in addition to the completion of deals to get the finance flowing, there is a clear risk of losing a lot of this funding to the Treasury at the end of the financial year. That is a situation we cannot afford.”

KEITH MORRISON UPDATES HEALTH & SAFETY COMMITTEE

The Construction Employers Federation’s Civil Engineering Consultative Committee recently met with the Government Clients to review their procurement programmes over the coming months. The three times yearly meeting saw updates from: Northern Ireland Water Transport NI Translink The Central Procurement Directorate Rivers Agency To view the detailed updates members can request copies of the reports from David Fry: davidf@ cefni.co.uk. 

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eith Morrison, Chief Executive of the Health & Safety Executive Northern Ireland (HSENI), attended the CEF Health and Safety Committee meeting in late September to update on current issues, future HSENI priorities and the importance of partnership working on health and safety issues in the sector.

The Committee, which welcomed Caroline Hughes of Heron Bros to her first meeting, also agreed the outline of its the programme of work for 2017. The committee will focus on a particular health and safety issue each quarter. More details will be available towards the end of the year. For further information, please contact Jonathan Caughey on jcaughey@cefni.co.uk or on 028 9087 7143.


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THE VOICE OF THE INDUSTRY IN NORTHERN IRELAND

News in Brief... JOBS RECOVERY IN LOCAL CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY SHORT LIVED Commenting on the Department for the Economy’s Annual Business Register and Employment Survey, Construction Employers Federation Managing Director John Armstrong said: “The increase in construction jobs over the period September 2014 to September 2015 reflects an industry that, at that specific point, had begun to see a recovery from the depths of the recession when, at its worst, construction activity fell by nearly 40% and approximately 26,000 people had lost their jobs. “However more recent figures to the end of June 2016 show that those 31,406 industry jobs last September has now translated into 30,110 jobs today. That reflects more recent industry concerns regarding workloads and future pipelines of activity. It is clear from this that there has been no jobs rich recovery in our local construction industry. “Given the industry’s key role in underpinning economic growth this remains of significant concern and goes right to the heart of the major sustainability challenges that we face in the short to medium term.”

FEDERATION COMMENTS ON IMPORTANCE OF INFRASTRUCTURE PIPELINE ommenting in late September on the recent award of two schools’ contracts to Lisburn-based firm TAL as well C the wider importance of the Executive’s infrastructure pipeline, Construction Employers Federation Managing Director John Armstrong said: delivery of the Northern Ireland Executive’s procurement pipeline is absolutely vital to the medium to long “thatThe term sustainability of Northern Ireland’s construction industry. This announcement is a welcome part of delivering pipeline given the positive impact it will have on jobs and wider economic output. With the construction industry across the UK having entered technical recession during the first half of the “Republic year, no-one should underestimate the importance of the public sector pipelines of work across the UK and the of Ireland. For many, even with the welcome return locally of private sector-led investment, these pipelines

are the lifeblood of industry and it is crucial that the information provided in them is detailed and accurate as well as coming with a much higher level of accountability than previously. The wider challenge of industry sustainability, as presented through the incredibly tight margins on public sector “period works, must also be a key focus for devolved government over the coming months. As we look to the budget from April 2017, there is also a need for the Executive to provide for much greater clarity and certainty in the

budgets for clients in areas such as road maintenance, Northern Ireland Water and social housing. Taking a multiyear approach to these budgets, as well as affording more end-year flexibility, will allow for greater planning and certainty of work on their part which will, obviously, be of major benefit to local contractors. The recurring one-year budget approach of recent years has done Government clients and industry few favours and we are hopeful that this will change significantly post the Autumn Statement.”

ACCURATE JOB DESCRIPTIONS AND PERSON SPECIFICATIONS ARE KEY TO SUCCESSFUL RECRUITMENT EXERCISES

McMaw, Director of Forde May Consulting, writes for Federation members on the key factors associated with Beth successful recruitment.

Members are entitled to a range of benefits with our HR advice and consultancy partner, Forde May Consulting. For further information, please contact Beth directly on 028 9043 2683 or by email on cefhrhotline@fordemayconsulting. com. Employment legislation continues to remain high on the agenda in Northern Ireland and as a result employers must follow procedures carefully. Aside from legislation, recruiting someone can be an expensive exercise, especially if it goes wrong, i.e. you don’t attract the right type of candidates or the person you appoint doesn’t work out. A key reason is because the job description and person specification hadn’t been given enough thought and attention. The purpose of this article is to offer a few tips to ensure the next time you recruit you get it right first time. The ‘employer’ may manage the recruitment him/ herself or depending on the role may delegate it to an appropriate person such as HR. Alternatively, it might be outsourced to an Executive Search and Selection Consultancy or a Recruitment Agency. The job description is prepared by identifying the duties or tasks to be performed, what the role needs to deliver and how the success of the role will be measured. It may be useful to analyse how much time (in percentage terms) is likely to be spent on each task. The person specification feeds from the job description by outlining the type of person, the technical skills and experience required to ‘do the job’. A job description and person specification are then written in conjunction with advertisements, scoring matrices for shortlisting purposes and of course interview questions/ selection methodology (e.g. will assessments be used). All of these documents work together and have the same purpose – they go back to the original criteria needed to do the job. Generally, the criteria, has a number of elements such as qualifications, employment experience, technical skills, and competencies. Depending on the role there may also be criteria around location and flexibility to travel and/ or work specific hours. All criteria must be measurable through the recruitment process, whether it’s from the application form/ CV itself or through questioning or assessment at interview. Upon receipt, application forms/ CV’s are assessed and measured against the criteria set. Those applicants who meet the criteria being assessed on the application form/ CV will be invited to the next stage, usually an interview and/ or assessment. Those applicants who do not meet the criteria being assessed will receive a rejection letter and will not be taken to the next stage. It is that simple! Whilst all documentation used in recruitment and selection is highly important and must be accurate and followed, the Person Specification is arguably the key to a successful or unsuccessful outcome.


CEF |29

THE VOICE OF THE INDUSTRY IN NORTHERN IRELAND

BREXIT LEAVES UNANSWERED LEGAL QUESTIONS FOR CONSTRUCTION SECTOR - BY STUART MURPHY, PARTNER AT CARSON MCDOWELL tempting to believe that because most construction Iontlawisdomestic - outside the sphere of public procurement - is based contract law, the industry won’t immediately be affected by Brexit.

But, as well as feeling the effect of any general uncertainty or potential downturn in the economy as a result of the Brexit decision, several issues arising from the UK’s exit from the European Union are likely to impact on the NI construction industry. The first has been one of the big talking points – whether the soft border with the Republic of Ireland will be maintained. Given the extent of cross-border work which the industry is involved in, the outcome of the border discussion will be hugely important. The industry is also closely watching what immigration policy will be adopted post Brexit as this will have major implications on the sector being able to access the skills and labour it needs. Brexit will trigger many employment related questions to which we currently do not have any answers. Pictured (L-R): John Armstrong (CEF), Stuart Murphy For example, what happens to the EU nationals already (Carson McDowell), David Fry (CEF) living in Northern Ireland and employed in local businesses? They have the right to work here currently by virtue of their country’s EU membership. Will they lose that right on Brexit? Will the UK grant an immigration amnesty to them so that they can stay here indefinitely? Will they be required to apply for the right to remain? It is difficult to see how the Common Travel Area between the UK and Ireland could survive Brexit in its current form. Similarly, many EU derived employment laws are also firmly entrenched in our working culture - the right to paid holiday, maternity leave and pay, and redundancy rights. It is difficult to envisage any such rights being radically altered. But there are other EU laws which are more controversial. Recent judgments on the calculation of holiday pay or the much maligned Agency Workers Regulations would appear to be more obvious targets for repeal or amendment. Construction firms in NI also need to know to what extent the industry will still have access to the Single Market. Many local contractors successfully branched out and won contracts in Europe when work dried up at home and this work is now a key part of their businesses. There are many other questions too, for example what is to happen to EU funded infrastructure projects going forward? Will there be any change to planning and environmental law? Getting clear answers to those questions is the only way to end the uncertainty hovering over the sector.

INDUSTRY HOLDS WELCOME ENGAGEMENT WITH INFRASTRUCTURE MINISTER

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n early October, representatives of the Construction Employers Federation had a positive engagement with Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard MLA at his Ministerial office in Belfast. Key items on the agenda included: The Minister’s key infrastructure priorities as well as updates on the flagship schemes such as the A5, A6 and Belfast Transport Hub that his Department is responsible for; The impact of Brexit; The linked subjects of low margins and industry sustainability; The Apprenticeship Levy and; Central government’s oversight of the planning policy regime within local councils

Pictured (L-R): David Henry (CEF President), Ray Hutchinson (CEF Vice-President), Chris Hazzard MLA (Infrastructure Minister), John Armstrong (CEF).

Several important areas of follow up and further discussion were agreed. For further information, please contact David Fry on davidf@cefni.co.uk or 028 9087 7143.


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64 | Brett Martin

STORMCRATE PROVIDES A LINE OF DEFENCE AGAINST FLOODING With the risk of flash flooding rising and another wet winter around the corner, the UK’s antiquated drainage and sewer system is still struggling to cope with intensive rainfall. Not helped by the continuing development of brownfield land, our flood resilience continues to raise tensions across householders, insurers, councils and the Environment Agency. One thing is for sure surface water run-off needs to be addressed, with best practice Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) offering a solution which avoids using the overloaded sewerage system. It’s a given that the more we urbanise the landscape, the less land we have for rainfall to be able to soak away into the ground. Surface water can’t be absorbed or drain away which leads to flash floods. One solution is to manage rainwater where it falls, reducing the

demand on built drainage and the sewerage infrastructure. A SuDS approach to floods Taking a SuDS approach to managing water, housebuilders and developers can manage the risk of surface flooding by integrating these solutions into developments, whilst at the same time influencing other aspects of the site and reducing impermeable areas wherever possible. Sustainable drainage mimics natural drainage processes by allowing rainfall to soak into the ground where possible or by delaying discharges. Reducing both the volume and rate of surface water run-off to sewers and watercourses, this helps to improve water quality, ecology and amenity value of watercourses. It is important, however, to remember that there is no single drainage solution for any one site. There are a number of options, from natural above ground SuDS solutions including swales, detention ponds, basins and permeable surfaces to engineered solutions such as concrete culverts, plastic pipes, attenuation tanks and soakaways. Faced with rising costs and stricter deadlines, modularisation is growing in popularity as contractors look to find the next generation of efficient and economical products and systems. Due to the numerous benefits both on- and off-site, underground modular geocellular units such as StormCrate from Brett Martin Plumbing

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66 | FP McCann

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FP McCann is a leading manufacturer in the supply and delivery of precast concrete drainage pipes that comply with accredited quality assurance schemes and meet the relevant British and European standards. With one of the largest drainage and water management product ranges in the UK and Ireland, they have become first choice for architects, developers and building contractors. The benefits of drainage and water management may be measured through a variety of elements. It has the versatility to meet project challenges headon and can easily handle heavy duty applications, detailed streetscape designs and sympathetic conservation schemes. In addition, advantages include excellent physical performance, pleasing aesthetic appearance, reconstitution abilities and overall life-long costeffectiveness. The range of drainage products from FP McCann includes: -

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68 | Fleet Financial

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Fleet Financial puts 2017 in its sights after a stellar year After a stellar 2016, contract hire and vehicle management company Fleet Financial is already gearing up for a year of renewed and sustained growth in 2017 in its mission to maintain its leading market position in Northern Ireland. As this year enters its final weeks, the company which employs 30 staff is about to wrap up the year in which it celebrated its 20th anniversary. Part of Northern Ireland’s largest car retailer, Charles Hurst Group and under the umbrella of one of the UK and Ireland’s largest and ambitious automotive retail groups, Lookers plc, Fleet Financial represents more than 1200 customers across a variety of key sectors. “Every business and every customer has specific challenges and needs, and, as a locallydriven company, we’ve worked hard to respond quickly to provide tailored solutions which bring flexibility, peace of mind and improved financial and economic certainty,” said Sales and Marketing Director Philip Miley. “The market is fast-paced and people’s needs change quickly. With focus and tenacity, we’re delighted to have grown alongside our longstanding clients while continually adding new clients who can also fully appreciate the benefits with vehicle leasing and effective vehicle management solutions.” Miley reflects on a year which

brought new and exciting opportunities. At the heart of its 20th anniversary celebrations was a Gala Ball held in association with its chosen charity partner, Hope for Youth NI, in which it helped to raise more than £30,000 for Hope for Youth NI, a charity which helps young people in Northern Ireland, particularly those from disadvantaged areas. “This was an outstanding outcome and a testament to the strong relationships and brand perception the company has and we’re grateful for the support of all our partners and customers in helping us to deliver for the communities in which we work,” said Philip. Fleet Financial also put its weight behind the Construction Employers Federation (CEF) to become an approved new Patron of the largest representative body for the construction industry

in Northern Ireland - it 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. It also continued to innovate, adding new technology solutions to its unrivalled customer offer. This year it unveiled its updated online management tool, Fleet Navigator, showcasing its growth and leadership in the sector. The bespoke web-based and mobile-ready product is designed to provide their customers with additional easyto-access online support and reporting tools whenever they need it. Fleet Financial also continues to drive growth in the personal contract hire market, building on the success of ‘Preferences’ which it launched in 2015. “We’re a nation of car lovers

but all of us aspire to driving a new one,” said Philip. “Now more of us are doing just that, thanks to the options available. “Contract hire has for many years been a popular way for SMEs and larger corporations to fund their vehicles but the door’s now firmly open for individuals too, as they avail of our fantastic discounts with motor manufacturers and marketing leading finance rates.” Miley is proud of the service which his team delivers, describing his staff as proactive and innovative, with excellent product knowledge and an enthusiasm for continual improvement. “We have a strong, hardworking team who care about their customers and they will always put the best possible options forward. It’s why I’m confident and together we’re confident that we can continue to reach our goals.


70 | RTU

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Listening to our customer demands and needs, RTU, a ready mix building supplies company, officially launches the new telescopic concrete conveyor.

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By investing in the lorry, the new conveyor lorry is at the core of becoming a onestop-shop, where RTU not only produce ready mixed concrete but deliver material in bespoke equipment to benefit customers in placing concrete much more efficiently and cost effectively. With a total reach of 11 meters, swivel range of 270 degree, and telescopic action of 4 meters, there are a range of settings the telescopic conveyor lorry is suited to. To date the concrete conveyor has placed concrete directly

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72 | Hays

Hays unveils new partnership with RSUA

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Five years ago Hays surveyed over 130 architectural practices in Northern Ireland. The aim of the survey was to identify the scale of the challenge faced by practices at that time and to understand how to best plan ahead and rebuild. The results made for stark reading. At that time, we found that up to 40% of practitioners had been made redundant over the past four years with opportunities for graduates severely diminished. Fast forward to 2016 and we’re pleased to see that the architectural sector is in a much stronger position, progressively attracting new talent and also welcoming back experienced professionals from overseas. Recent figures published by the NI Construction Group indicate that annual industry output rose to £2.4 billion this year, which is up £400 million on the previous 12

months. With the newly devolved planning powers to councils we are seeing a pipeline of new building projects coming on stream. The scale of new hotel builds and refurbishments taking place is welcome. Plans for a £60 million expansive new golfing development in Hillsborough indicate that this trend is not exclusive to Belfast. We want to see architecture benefit from this new investment and the new opportunities that flow from it. As Northern Ireland moves towards steady recovery, we feel that the time is right to do what we can to support the architectural sector still further. Hays has been sourcing professionals for the sector for more than 20 years now. Our aim is to reassure the sector of our intent to continue to offer innovative and tailored recruitment solutions and excellent service into the

longer term. For this reason we have entered into a formal arrangement with the Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA) spelling out exactly what members can expect when they work alongside Hays. In short, the partnership is simply a guarantee that Hays will continue to observe the highest professional and ethical standards when dealing with clients and candidates. I would urge RSUA members to read the agreement for themselves at http://www.rsua. org.uk/ According to RSUA Director Ciarán Fox: “Many architectural practices are in a positive mood at present and are seeing a rise in inquiries. RSUA members are exploring new opportunities in the Republic of Ireland, a market which is enjoying rapid growth at the moment. “As workload increases, it is vital to ensure the profession maintains the capacity to respond

to emerging opportunities. We are working with partners such as Hays to ensure we get the message out to school leavers and the diaspora that Northern Ireland is a really attractive place to practice and we’re working hard to make it even more so.” He added: “This partnership with Hays aims to explain why Hays are a trusted partner when it comes to the application process; candidate sourcing; contact with placed employees; and a fair approach to pricing.” This is an extremely exciting time to be involved in the profession. Hays were delighted to be one of the sponsors of the RSUA’s recent Architecture night and we are very pleased to be working with the RSUA and supporting their work going forward. For any questions on this or to find out more about opportunities available in Northern Ireland, log on to http://www.hays.co.uk/ northern-ireland/ or call 028 9044 6900.


2020 architects interview | 73

In this edition, we get up close with Michael Howe, director of 2020 Architects – a company whose innovative architectural vision is evident in its ability to continuously produce outstanding architecture throughout Northern Ireland. 1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic? Throughout every design, I aim to create beautiful architecture with a strong identity and timeless appeal. My style is a unique fusion of contemporary design with innovative techniques to create environmentally conscious architecture. I believe valuable architecture develops from an understanding of the local context, its culture, history and most importantly - the clients themselves. Each individual and family is unique and therefore the building must integrate their lifestyle. In architecture,

your creative process? First thing I do is a hand sketch. I still believe this is the fastest way to express an idea. Creativity means producing something that did not exist before and this takes time. Ultimately, the finished product must be a design that meets the needs and surpasses the expectations of the end user – be it a couple, customer or family home. No matter how you get there, or by what thought process you engage, this is the overarching goal. 3. Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most? Mies Vande Rohe is my ultimate legend for everything in design and architecture. Unfortunately, I never got to

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work with this man, but my design draws influence from his architecture. His architecture was before it’s time and even today (87 years forward) the Barcelona Pavilion has a modern, timeless element. By emphasizing open spaces and revealing the industrial material used in construction, Mies helped define modern architecture. 4. When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired? I love the outdoors and enjoy surfing. I’m very fortunate to live on the North Coast of Ireland so, whether ion and or sand, this is where I draw most of my inspiration. The views, serenity and quaintness of this part of the world just allows me to immerse myself in a thought process and ideas. I also like to take time and engage with the site pre-design to see how natural elements impact it – where the sunlight

reaches for instance and to ensure view optimisation. 5. What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?  Hard work, determination and a good team behind me. I would say, don’t be afraid to express you designs in the same way an artist would theirs. Always look towards things that enable you to do your job – only better. Strive to be the best in the industry. 2020 Architects are leading the way in Ireland in terms of design-led architecture. Architecture students must first learn to draw, then gain thorough knowledge of the features and use of building materials, and finally master the fundamental principles of design and construction.  


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Swiss Facades Contact Anne Hurl. Tel: +44 (0)7554 056930 Office Tel: +44 (0)28 79632026 Email us info@swissfacades.com www.swissfacades.com

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Acheson & glover Ltd. 64 Old Moy Road Dungannon Co. Tyrone BT71 6PU Tel: 028 8778 4208 Fax: 028 8778 4805 Email: solutions@acheson-glover.com Web: www.acheson-glover.com

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789129

€35m - Residential Development

On Site

€35,116,599

Co. Dublin

772403

€30m - Residential Development

On Site

€30,000,000

Co. Dublin

588508

£7.4m - Residential Development

Contract Awarded

£7,489,350

Co. Armagh

900266

£5.7m - Works to Existing Properties

Tender

£5,750,000

Co. Antrim

876528

£4.9m - Social Housing Development

On Site

£4,900,000

Co. Down

899782

£320m - Heating Services 2016

Tender

£320,000,00

Co. Antrim

829941

£3m - Homeless Shelter

Tender

£3,300,000

Co. Antrim

760719

£22.9m - Social Housing Development

Tender

£22,900,000

Co. Antrim

899170

£2.3m - Social Housing Development

Tender

£2,370,000

Co. Antrim

874831

£10m - Low Rise Double Glazing 2016

Tender

£10,000,000

Co. Antrim

Tender

€40,000,000

Co. Dublin

MEDICAL 799246

€40m National Rehabilitation Hospital - Phase 1

INDUSTRIAL 886215

€110m - Data Centre

On Site

€110,000,00

Co. Dublin

856280

£3.7m - Cold Room for Storage

On Site

£3,703,068

Co. Armagh

HOSPITALITY 775053

€60m - Hotel Development

On Site

€60,000,000

Co. Dublin

819446

€25m - Student Accommodation

On Site

€25,000,000

Co. Dublin

828132

£46m - Student Housing & Hotel

On Site

£46,000,000

Co. Antrim

828131

£40m - Student Accommodation

On Site

£40,000,000

Co. Antrim

EDUCATION 855320

£9.2m - School

Tender

£9,200,000

Co. Londonderry

878925

£6m - University Teaching Block

On Site

£6,000,000

Co. Londonderry

805187

£3.8m - Sports Hall/Changing Accommodation & New Classrooms

Contract Awarded

£3,800,000

Co. Fermanagh

837459

£3m - Integrated Primary School

Tender

£3,000,000

Co. Antrim

Tender

£30,000,000

Co. Down

COMMUNITY AND SPORT 821289

£30m - Leisure Centre Development

COMMERCIAL 847406

€30m - Office Development

On Site

€30,000,000

Co. Dublin

895756

£2.5m - Redevelopment of Service Station

On Site

£2,500,000

Co. Antrim

785865

£12m - DARD Office Headquarters

On Site

£12,000,000

Co. Londonderry

CIVIL AND UTILITIES 899750

€60m - Engineering Consultancy Services - Framework

Tender

€60,000,000

Co. Dublin

659196

€16m - Wind Farm Development

On Site

€16,000,000

Co. Galway


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www.ridgefence.com www.bestvaluegabions.com

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www.willisinsurance.co.uk www.whitemountain.co.uk

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www.mclarke.co.uk www.willisinsurance.co.uk

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

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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 £61.00 20x8 £94.00 44x8 Whitewood £51.00 32x12 £80.50 69x12 £61.00 32x19 £73.00 44x19 £79.50 32x32 £136.50 69x32 £175.00 69x44 £226.00 94x44 £258.00 69x69

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

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

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

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

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

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

per tonne £355.00

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

6mm sanded £50.00

9mm sanded £52.30

12mm sanded £70.00

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

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 £62.50

9mm £75.00

12mm £96.50

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

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


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

Thrutone Thrutone Relief

per 1,000 £1500.00 £1600.00

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

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

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

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

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

£94.00 £69.00 £80.50 £98.50 £108.00

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

£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 £755.00 £845.00 8 £755.00 £845.00 10 £755.00 £845.00 12 £755.00 £845.00 20 £755.00 £845.00 25 £755.00 £845.00 32 £755.00 £845.00 40 £755.00 £845.00 Mesh Fabric to BS 4483 ex-yard per sheet (one or mixed references) per sheet BS reference A 98 £36.50 A142 £36.50 A193 £40.50 A252 £45.00 A393 £78.00 B503 £78.00 B785 £85.00 Heavy section steel ex-yard in lots of over 5T per tonne UC 152x152x23 £955.00 203x203x46 £1300.00 254x254x73 £1360.00 305x305x118 £1245.00 356x368x153 £1430.00 UB

305x165x40 356x127x37 406x140x39 457x152x52 533x210x82

£1245.00 £1245.00 £1245.00 £1245.00 £1245.00

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

In the next issue of

STEEL REINFORCEMENT

ROOF SLATES AND TILES Fibre Cement Slates ex-yard

SOFTWOOD FLOORING, SHEETING AND PANELING

£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 £49.50 £51.50 £69.00

ROOFING + CLADDING TIMBER IN CONSTRUCTION

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

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

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

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

JANUARY 2017


82 | Interview

Mark Graham – Chief Executive, Co-Ownership Housing

Did you plan to get involved in the construction industry? Well not intentionally, I started my career in IT in the Northern Ireland Housing Executive; of course it was the perfect place to be to get involved in the industry. I then went on to hold a number of senior management positions where I was involved in housing issues. My last role was managing the Northern Ireland social housing development programme. I joined Co-Ownership in 2015 as Executive Director of Property and Development, before taking up the role of Chief Executive in September 2016. What have been the highlights of your career so far? It has to be my appointment to Chief Executive at Co-Ownership Housing! Co-Ownership is unique; it is the primary provider of shared ownership in Northern Ireland. I was delighted to have hit the 26,000 homes landmark this year and we have just secured £165m to invest

in the provision of 2,800 homes over the next four years. This will enable up to 4,000 people to get on the property ladder and will support the creation of new jobs in the construction sector. Our top purchase price is £150,000 though new homes through Co-Ownership are currently coming in at around £130,000. Mostly semidetached, they have been located in developments across Northern Ireland. We are here to provide different opportunities for people to get onto the housing ladder. Co-Ownership’s all about backing people who can get a mortgage to buy a home now, and we have recently introduced another way to make buying a new home affordable for more people through our new product, Rent to Own. Rent to Own is a product which is very distinct from our Co-Ownership model. Helping renters to get to where they want to be the home owners of the future. It allows customers to rent the new home of their choice for a period of three years. At the end of the rental period tenants

get a rent rebate of 25% as a property deposit and have the option to purchase their home either through Co-Ownership or through a traditional mortgage. I look forward to the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead and the future role Co-Ownership will play in helping to create sustainable communities across Northern Ireland. What was the best piece of advice you’ve been given? There have been lots of things over the years but one particular piece of advice comes to mind and it came from a colleague of mine many years ago, it is if you put your trust in people they can do great things. What would you say to any students who are considering a career in construction? Do it, there are great opportunities here in Northern Ireland. Do you think the construction sector needs more support from Stormont?

We need more houses built in Northern Ireland. Stormont could help with a more supportive and streamlined, planning system, and with sufficient land zoned for housing. Easier access to public sector land to develop housing could be a game changer and more support from government in the development and regeneration of brownfield sites is needed. Ultimately I believe that collaboration is needed within the housing sector and at government level to address the lack of housing supply in NI across all tenures. What needs to be done to help the NI construction sector? There is a skills shortage in Northern Ireland and the lack of capacity needs to be addressed and supported through training and education. Tell us something surprising about yourself… Well, that would be telling!


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