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November 6, 2017

Leeds City Council Develops Plans for £270m Transport Improvements

Plans have been developed by Leeds City Council for £270 million worth of transport improvements, which included a new parkway rail station to connect to the local airport. After scrapping plans for a trolleybus project earlier in the year, the council has funds to spend. The new transport strategy in

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VIP Polymers Ltd Awarded UK Patent for New Segment Gasket

VIP Polymers Ltd has been awarded a UK patent for a cast-in rubber gasket corner joint system which has been specifically designed to reduce the risk of tunnel segment cracking taking place whilst being installed. The new compliant and compressible corner that has been awarded a UK patent makes sure

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Hinkley Point C and the Nuclear Future of Britain

EDF Energy are building the first nuclear power station in the UK for a generation at Hinkley Point in Somerset. The new plant is expected to cost £18 billion to build and it is thought that most of this investment will be financed by EDF, the French utility company. Hinkley

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Freyssinet Becomes Highways England Registered

Freyssinet has recently been registered by Highways England for modular highway expansion joints. The Freyssimod LW modular (multi-element) expansion joint developed by the company is described as easy to install, durable and excellent for use in heavy traffic. The product has been approved for use on projects by Highways England.

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National Flooring Equipment to Exhibit at Batimat

National Flooring Equipment, the leading surface preparation specialist has revealed that they will be exhibiting at Batimat, an event that will take place in Paris, France. The Batimat exhibition will be taking place between the 6th and the 10th of November 2017. The surface preparation company will be on stand

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Marko Tuorilin has Been Appointed as Managing Director of R&M Nordics

Marko Tuorilin has been appointed as the new Managing Director for R&M Nordics. The company specialise in connectivity and work to strengthen the Nordic countries with the support of expert in Datacentre, LAN and FTTx. The Swiss cabling specialists Reichle & De-Massari (R&M) has announced recently that they have welcomed

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Statues Moved at Curragh Racecourse While Work Carried Out

O’Carroll Haulage and Crane Hire the Irish rental firm has used a modular spreader frame in order to lift two famous bronze statues and move them into temporary storage while major construction work was carried out at Curragh Racecourse, which can be found in the Curragh plain in County Kildare,

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BakerHicks provides vital engineering support to upgrade The John Smith’s Stadium to Premier League standards

BakerHicks, the multi-disciplinary design and engineering company, has helped the John Smith’s Stadium kick off the football season with new stadium dugouts, lighting, and the media and advertising facilities required of a team in the English Premier League. Kirklees Stadium Development Limited (KDSL) approached BakerHicks, with whom it has an

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November 6, 2017

Leeds City Council Develops Plans for £270m Transport Improvements

Plans have been developed by Leeds City Council for £270 million worth of transport improvements, which included a new parkway rail station to connect to the local airport. After scrapping plans for a trolleybus project earlier in the year, the council has funds to spend. The new transport strategy in Leeds comes after a major consultation process that highlighted a need for better bus and rail services. The new parkway station would be built on the existing railway line between Leeds and Harrogate, while two further stations are also proposed to be built at Office Park and the White Rose Shopping Centre. The new stations are set to be funded partly by the £173.5 million of Department of Transport funding secured after the decision not to proceed with the New Generation Transport (NGT) trolleybus in May, with the funds needing to be invested in public transport before the end of 2021. Support from private sector stakeholders and from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority has increased the funding available for Leeds to more than £270 million. Judith Blake, City Council leader, commented: “Through the transport conversation we have been given a clear message that people want improvements to be made to benefit all areas of the city as soon as possible, not in another 10 or 15 years’ time but now. I am very pleased to say that everything we are putting forward in this plan is deliverable in the short to medium term. “Providing a connection by rail to the airport has long been an ambition for the city and this plan will deliver it in a cost-effective way, along with two other new stations at the White Rose Shopping Centre and Thorpe Park to help drive forward job creation, productivity and economic growth.”

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The royal stopover that is one of Scotland's oldest castles is for sale with Savills

If Her Majesty the Queen ever finds her summer residence at Balmoral too roomy, she could always downsize to Craig Castle (or ‘The Craig’ as it is more often known), a magnificent house dating back to the 13th century which is positively dripping in history and royal connections.  Tradition claims that Sir James Douglas spent his final night in Scotland here, protecting the heart of Robert Bruce before transporting it faithfully to the Holy Land in battle against the Saracens. Visits by King James V are noted in 1535 and 1539, and Mary Queen of Scots is said to have stayed twice overnight. The Old Pretender, James Edward Stuart, is thought to have passed his final night at the castle before leaving for exile in France in 1688. Set high above the Montrose basin in the Angus countryside, The Craig is regarded as one of Scotland’s oldest properties.  The approach is dramatic and wildly romantic, as a tree lined avenue sweeps past ivy covered drum towers and through an arch in the 15th century curtain wall.  Corbelled parapets, a carved loggia, tunnel vaulted rooms, stone flag floors, Georgian staircases, Adam fireplaces and intricate painted friezes all combine to create an atmospheric aura of centuries past.  Layers of history continue to be uncovered: fragments of a 16th century Renaissance painted ceiling bearing the date of 1529 were discovered in 1921 during restorative work and these fragments are presently on display in the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. More recently, the well-known American architectural and decorative artist, Richard Jordan, was commissioned to design and paint the drawing room ceiling at The Craig; he included the historical fragments in the design which includes birds and beasts, human figures and initials from the period. Records for the castle begin as far back as the 1200s and unusually, The Craig has been occupied continuously ever since.  Set in the centre of beautiful formal gardens, every single window offers a lovely view.  All seven reception rooms display a treasure trove of original features, from the morning room with its fine stone fireplace to the drawing room standing out with its recreated painted ceiling, 18th century Palladian windows and Adam fireplace; and an exquisite dining room with another remarkable frieze painting – this one depicting extinct Scottish wildlife. And yet this extraordinary house is not simply a showcase for Scottish history. It has steadfastly kept up with the times, and the castle kitchen is a good example of how modernisation has taken place but with great sensitivity. There are marble topped cabinets, Delft tiles, a hand painted floor and not one, but two, midnight blue Agas, all contributing to a farmhouse kitchen that sits perfectly in its historic setting yet is also a warm and welcoming hub for the home. A much more ancient former kitchen with vaulted ceiling has become a sauna room / gym; demonstrating how the current owners have breathed new life into this ever evolving building. The six bedrooms at The Craig display wonderful period details, especially the master which boasts Tudor style panelling, an 18th century mantel, timber lined dressing room and even a window seat hiding an original ‘convenience’.                                           The linked walled gardens at The Craig originate from the 17th century with box hedging, paved terraces, herbaceous borders, an enchanting summerhouse with latticed windows and an alpine garden.  There are woodlands and paddocks, and included in the sale is Gardener’s Cottage, a pretty two bedroom house with a woodburning stove and its own garden. There may also be a further two bedroom cottage available. Ruaraidh Ogilvie for Savills comments: “Over the centuries, The Craig has mercifully been spared neglect and in fact has undergone significant restoration, improvements and modernization of the best kind.  And so it is that this utterly unique castle, one of the oldest in the country, is now fit for 21st century living.” Source link

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VIP Polymers Ltd Awarded UK Patent for New Segment Gasket

VIP Polymers Ltd has been awarded a UK patent for a cast-in rubber gasket corner joint system which has been specifically designed to reduce the risk of tunnel segment cracking taking place whilst being installed. The new compliant and compressible corner that has been awarded a UK patent makes sure that there is a consistent load performance along the entire perimeter of the tunnel segment gasket. This new rubber gasket removes the risk of a buildup of pressure created on one or more of the gasket’s corners during the installation which could then lead to the segment cracking. VIP is a company that is based in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire and is known for being a global leader in the manufacture of rubber seals and gaskets that are used for tunneling and the water industries. It is great news for the well-known company that the innovative design of this new cast-in rubber gasket corner joint has been awarded with a UK patent. VIP Polymers Ltd uses this innovative corner joint across their extensive range of cast-in gaskets. It is though that there is also an international patent pending for the product. Segments cracking during tunneling operations is known to be a significant cause for concern for tunnel designers and tunneling contractors. This challenge has been addressed directly with the development of this new corner joint which has been received favourably by the tunneling industry. The project has already been used on a number of tunneling projects and has so far achieved excellent results. The design by VIP has already been specified for use on a number of future developments. The traditional cast-in TSGs are made with conventional shot-joint corners. During the moulding process, the rubber in these corners fill the compression cavities in the extruded corner of the gasket sections, which then leads to the creation of a solid rubber corner.

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Hinkley Point C and the Nuclear Future of Britain

EDF Energy are building the first nuclear power station in the UK for a generation at Hinkley Point in Somerset. The new plant is expected to cost £18 billion to build and it is thought that most of this investment will be financed by EDF, the French utility company. Hinkley Point C will be constructed next to the two existing facilities in the areas, Hinkley Point A and B. It is thought that this new nuclear plant location will be the largest construction site in Europe. Hinkley A was decommissioned in 2000, and it is thought that Hinkley B will be decommissioned in 2023. Once the construction work is complete and the site is up and running, Hinkley Point C will have the capabilities to deliver 7% of the UK’s electricity. The construction of this new plant is thought to create 25,000 jobs, with the completed plant itself employing around 900 people. This jobs creation is great news for workers as many nuclear power stations have closed down. It is thought that nuclear energy will play a vital role in the security of Britain’s energy supply while also working towards tackling climate change. Vincent de Rivaz, the CEO of EDF Energy has expressed his confidence in the development at Hinkley point, saying that Hinkley Point C will provide the necessary first step to an increased adoption of nuclear power. It has been calculated that since 2010, a quarter of the UK’s electricity generation capacity has closed. It is thought that by 20130, a further 40% of that older 2010 capacity will close, this will include all but one of the UK’s nuclear power stations. Hinkley Point C will start to provide electricity by 2025, and consumers will not pay anything until the electricity is produced, with the investors taking on the risk of ensuring that the construction of the power station occurs on time and on budget.

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Freyssinet Becomes Highways England Registered

Freyssinet has recently been registered by Highways England for modular highway expansion joints. The Freyssimod LW modular (multi-element) expansion joint developed by the company is described as easy to install, durable and excellent for use in heavy traffic. The product has been approved for use on projects by Highways England. These expansion joints are an essential part any reinforced concrete, pre-stressed or steel structure. The joints are particularly important for bridge decks as they absorb the movements while also accommodating for any shrinkage, creep effects and changes in temperature that can be experienced by the structure. Highways England works to operate, maintain and improve England’s motorways and Major A roads. With the recent registration of their modular expansion joint, Freyssinet has further improved their reputation as the civil engineering company’s position as a leading expansion joint specialist that offers the widest range of approved expansion joints in the UK. The Highways England approval that has been granted covers the traditional expansion joints that are developed by the company as well as the use of galvanisation used to help extend the life of the joint. The team at Freyssinet has said that they are incredibly pleased to have managed to achieve the Highways England registration, especially during a crucial period in the lifespan of a large number of modular joints in different structures across the UK. Most of these types of joints have now been in place for nearly 40 years and are now in need of replacement, which Freyssinet’s newly registered joints could be used for. The range of Freyssinet’s expansion joints incorporates a wide range of different requirements such as traffic frequency and movement range in order to improve driver comfort and resistance to aggressive elements such as gravel, salt, sand etc. and selecting the right type of joint is vital.

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National Flooring Equipment to Exhibit at Batimat

National Flooring Equipment, the leading surface preparation specialist has revealed that they will be exhibiting at Batimat, an event that will take place in Paris, France. The Batimat exhibition will be taking place between the 6th and the 10th of November 2017. The surface preparation company will be on stand 5B-W74 and will have on show their cutting-edge surface preparation machines as well as their international distributors in order to help expand the company’s European clientele. The architecture trade show is an international exhibition that will take place in France’s capital city and will offer an opportunity for improve their client base in Europe. Batimat is one of the leading international trade shows for the building and construction industry that will offer National Flooring Equipment an opportunity to improve their relationships with European clients and expand. National Flooring Equipment will be displaying an innovative surface preparation machines that have proved popular in Europe. These machines include the 5700 which is a ride on battery powered floor stripper as well as two walk behind strippers, the 5280 which is a self-propelled floor stripper, and the 6280 Commander which is a hydraulic floor stripper. At the exhibition, the company will also be showcasing one of their latest products, the Helix grinder which has been specifically designed for use on harder to reach areas. This is the first time that National Flooring Equipment will be showcasing at Batimat and the company will be using the trade show as a chance to cement their place in the European market in 2017. The company will also be showcasing their products at another six European trade shows in the coming months, this includes the Word of Concrete trade show in Las Vegas and Intermat, which is also being held in France. National Flooring Equipment will also be exhibiting at the Executive Hire Show in the UK.

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Britcon Expands Mechanical & Electrical Offering With New Senior Management Appointment

Britcon, the Building and civil engineering business has announced that they have expanded their in house expertise with the creation of a Mechanical & Electrical position at their offices in Scunthorpe, North Lancashire and Wakefield in West Yorkshire. Patrick Kenworthy has joined in this new electrical role and will bring more than 30 years of experience in building services management to his new position. Patrick is a qualified energy assessor and has an extensive track record for the delivery of complex projects in the public and private sectors. With a particular knowledge base in education health and renewable energy, Patrick will be an asset to Britcon and will be joining the company from Centrica DE&P. In his previous role, Patrick recently completed a 20MW generation plant that was created in Scunthorpe. It is great news for Britcon, the building and civil engineering business that they have such an experienced professional joining the team in this newly created role. The company have expanded their remit significantly for M&E installations. This area commonly represents 50% of the brief for a large number of different projects. With M&E being such a vital part of many building and civil engineering projects, it makes sense for the company to expand their knowledge in this area with the creation of a new in-house role and offer direct energy assessment and dialogue with their subcontract supply chain. The appointments that have been made as a part of this expansion reflect the continuous growth Britcon is striving to achieve. The company is specifically looking for growth in highly complex projects and the specialist expertise that would be required for this. One of the projects that Britcon has expanded for is the new £14 million product line for Kemira Chemicals as well as the £30 million anaerobic digestion plant for ReFood in Dagenham.

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Marko Tuorilin has Been Appointed as Managing Director of R&M Nordics

Marko Tuorilin has been appointed as the new Managing Director for R&M Nordics. The company specialise in connectivity and work to strengthen the Nordic countries with the support of expert in Datacentre, LAN and FTTx. The Swiss cabling specialists Reichle & De-Massari (R&M) has announced recently that they have welcomed Marko Tuorilin as the new Managing Director for the Nordics region of the company’s operations. Marko is based in Sweden and has been connected to the industry for a number of years. Marko is experienced in the Data Centre, LAN and FTTs markets and also understands the requirements of the end users and sales channels in this area. Marko has worked in the past is various sales and business development roles for a number of suppliers and distribution companies for connectivity infrastructure. Over the course of his professional career, Marko has worked for and been associated with a number of companies such as TE Connectivity, Hexatronic, Coromatic and Rexe. In addition to his wealth of experience and expertise in this area, Marko is also fluent in Swedish, Finnish and English. He is also adept at consulting his customers in regards to their network requirements and has a profound technical knowledge and insights into the market. In his new role as Managing Director for R&M Nordics, Marko’s area of responsibility will be Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden. With this new appointment, R&M will be continuing their aim to deliver their customers with best in class solutions as well as a range of other relevant service. The company focuses on Data Centers, LAN Environments and FTTx infrastructure, the countries in Northern Europe are a vital market for R&M. The appointment of Marko Tuorilin is an ideal opportunity to expand their reach in the Nordics and Marko will no doubt help the company to expand in this area.  

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Statues Moved at Curragh Racecourse While Work Carried Out

O’Carroll Haulage and Crane Hire the Irish rental firm has used a modular spreader frame in order to lift two famous bronze statues and move them into temporary storage while major construction work was carried out at Curragh Racecourse, which can be found in the Curragh plain in County Kildare, Ireland. The Limerick-based O’Carroll has made use of the Modulift CMOD modular spreader frame and the supporting rigging gear below the hook of a 100t Palfinger PK 10002 Performance loader crane mounted articulated truck. During the operation, both of the statues were both lifted, one at a time, onto a vehicle before being secured and then moved to an on-site storage area around 500m away, before being unloaded. The main contractor for the work was John Sisk & Son Limited. The contractor presented the haulage company, O’Carroll with a challenging scope of work to temporarily relocate the two heavy statues, weighing 6.7t and 4.5t. The move took place in order to help to protect them with a covering while the construction work was being carried out at the racecourse. The two bronze statues are thought to be of great historical importance to the racecourse and it was essential that they were protected while the work was carried out. The larger of the two statues feature a jockey and commemorates Vintage Crop, the British-bred and Irish trained thoroughbred racehorse who was the first overseas runner to win the Melbourne cup. The lighter of the statues is Nijinsky, the Canadian-bred, Irish trained thoroughbred and sire. Both of the statues needed to be moved with their concrete foundations, adding to the challenge. The statues have been moved for the time being from the racecourse’s parade ring which will be transformed as a part of this new development. The new Curragh will also will ensure that more patrons can share in excitement and build up to the races as well as see the creation of world-class facilities that, when completed, will be on par with other locations around the world.

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BakerHicks provides vital engineering support to upgrade The John Smith’s Stadium to Premier League standards

BakerHicks, the multi-disciplinary design and engineering company, has helped the John Smith’s Stadium kick off the football season with new stadium dugouts, lighting, and the media and advertising facilities required of a team in the English Premier League. Kirklees Stadium Development Limited (KDSL) approached BakerHicks, with whom it has an ongoing working relationship, to provide civil and structural engineering support for the upgraded The John Smith’s Stadium. BakerHicks assessed how urgent upgrade works would impact the existing stadium structure and ensured they did not compromise either the buildings or the safety of fans, players and staff. This included assessing whether the previous floodlight columns and the existing roof structures could accommodate bigger, heavier lights, as well as whether new LED ribbon advertising hoardings could also be safely installed. BakerHicks also advised on the development of new TV Studio and balcony camera seats, plus the installation of new ‘Recaro’ seats in redesigned and lowered dugouts for the managers and coaching staff. Andy Gotts, director of civil and structural engineering at BakerHicks says: “The new floodlights were a particular challenge, in assessing the floodlight towers we recognised that the weight and size of the new lights would attract significantly higher wind loads. “Careful analysis and design enabled KDSL to utilise the existing columns, confident that they presented no risk to the larger crowds expected with Huddersfield Town’s Premier League promotion.”

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