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February 10, 2018

The Collaborators

Collaborators Transport for London When the words Transport for London are muttered, collaboration is not usually the first thing that comes to mind, but that is why the public body was awarded the top spot in EG’s Collaborators Top 50 last year… Read more on Pages 14-16 » U+I Sometimes

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Chemical company fined £200,000 following toxic chemical release

A chemical company was sentenced today in Leeds Crown Court for safety breaches when a very toxic chemical was ejected under pressure. A company maintenance technician unintentionally opened a valve on top of an isotanker at Syngenta Ltd’s Huddersfield plant resulting in the release of between 3.5 and 3.8 tonnes

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Israel to pay $1bn in oil pipeline ruling

©Reuters Oil storage containers at Ashkelon operated by EAPC, the joint venture set up 1968 A Swiss court has ordered Israel to pay its arch-enemy Iran about $1.1bn after it lost an appeal in a long-running dispute over an oil pipeline that predates the 1979 Islamic revolution. The Swiss Federal

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Safety First As Owen Pugh Launches Advanced Training Courses

Category: Construction Industry Today | Subscribe to Construction Industry Today Feed Published Fri, Mar 18th 2016 A NORTH East training provider has launched two bespoke courses designed to improve construction site safety. Posted via Industry Today. Follow us on Twitter @IndustryToday A NORTH East training provider has launched two

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February 10, 2018

The Collaborators

Collaborators Transport for London When the words Transport for London are muttered, collaboration is not usually the first thing that comes to mind, but that is why the public body was awarded the top spot in EG’s Collaborators Top 50 last year… Read more on Pages 14-16 » U+I Sometimes when you take a listed corporate and marry it with a creative and edgy private company, great things happen. It is still early days but the birth of U+I appears to be a happy one. Read more on Page 11 » The Office Group Co-working is the word on every developer’s and designer’s lips. Workspace has to be collaborative if it is to attract the fresh, new TMT occupiers everyone is clamouring for. The Office Group, founded by Charlie Green and Olly Olsen in 2003 is doing just that… Read more on Page 7 » MIPIM Love it or loathe, chances are you’ve met and worked with a whole host of people you quickly pressed the flesh with or more leisurely enjoyed a glass of rose with at MIPIM. Is it the biggest collaboration in property? Read more on Page 5 » Source link

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Leeds to London prime office rental gap is widest on record, says Savills – Josh

The rental gap between prime offices in Leeds and London is the widest it has ever been according to the latest Spotlight: Leeds Offices report from international real estate advisor Savills.  The firm states that Grade A rents in Leeds city centre currently stand at £27 per sq ft (£291 per sq m), compared to £95 sq ft (£1,023 sq m) in the City of London, which will be a key factor in attracting ‘north-shoring’ firms seeking lower staff and property costs outside the capital. Clare Bailey, associate director in the commercial research team at Savills, comments: “With London rents continuing to increase at speed, Leeds is an extremely attractive alternative.  Over the next five years, almost 10,000 new office jobs will be created in the city, partly as a result of major occupiers relocating back office functions from London to the North.  Although we expect prime rents in Leeds to rise to £30 per sq ft (323 per sq m) in 2019, this will still offer a large discount in comparison to London.” Savills highlights robust city centre take-up of 121,178 sq ft (11,257 sq m) in Leeds for Q1 2016, which is 51% up on the 80,335 sq ft (7,463 sq m) seen in the same period last year.  This was boosted by a number of large deals including 39,605 sq ft (3,679 sq m) let to Hestview Ltd (Sky Bet) at 6 Wellington Place, 25,000 sq ft (2,323 sq m) let to RSM at Central Square and 13,800 sq ft (1,282 sq m) let to Dentsu Aegis at the newly refurbished 6 East Parade.  Strong take-up has been a catalyst for speculative development and Savills says 689,000 sq ft (64,008 sq m) of office space is now under construction in Leeds, including 556,387 sq ft (51,688 sq m) due to be delivered this year of which 47% is already pre-let. Paul Fairhurst, head of Savills Leeds, comments: “While low availability of prime office space has been an on-going theme in the city centre, the completion of 5 and 6 Wellington Place, Central Square, 3 Sovereign Square and 6 Queens Street in Q2 and Q3 this year will deliver a step change in the quality and variety that Leeds can provide.   There are currently more than 500,000 sq ft of named occupier enquiries in excess of 20,000 sq ft, much of which is from the professional and financial services sector, demonstrating the city’s attractiveness.” The office investment market in Leeds is also thriving and last year’s £323 million total was the highest recorded since 2006.  Savills says that although the forthcoming EU referendum has largely seen UK-based investors pause for breath, many overseas investors remain active.  In fact 32% of the £49 million worth of office transactions in Q1 2016 can be attributed to overseas investors compared to just 19% of transactions in 2015.  Key foreign investment deals in the first quarter included the £16 million acquisition of the Yorkshire Bank headquarters by a Spanish family office. Simon Lister, investment director at Savills, comments: “Leeds is on the cusp of some major investment deals, with around £113 million worth of offices currently in solicitors hands.  We understand that around 90% of this is under offer to global investors, which is an important reflection of the UK market as a whole.  If available, we believe that prime 15-year office stock in Leeds would achieve a net initial yield of circa 5.25%, providing a real buying opportunity while the market is in a state of flux surrounding Brexit.” Click here to view the Leeds office market report. Source link

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Chemical company fined £200,000 following toxic chemical release

A chemical company was sentenced today in Leeds Crown Court for safety breaches when a very toxic chemical was ejected under pressure. A company maintenance technician unintentionally opened a valve on top of an isotanker at Syngenta Ltd’s Huddersfield plant resulting in the release of between 3.5 and 3.8 tonnes of paraquat dichloride solution. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted the firm over the incident. Syngenta Ltd of Leeds Road Huddersfield pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4 of the Control Of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 1999 and Regulation 5(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and was fined £200 000 with £13 041 costs by Leeds Crown Court. After the hearing, HSE inspector Angus Robbins commented: “This incident could have been prevented if Syngenta had properly assessed the real risk of the valve being opened while the tank was under pressure” Notes to Editors: The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training; new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. www.hse.gov.uk More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: www.legislation.gov.uk/ Journalists should approach HSE press office with any queries on regional press releases. Source link

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Israel to pay $1bn in oil pipeline ruling

©Reuters Oil storage containers at Ashkelon operated by EAPC, the joint venture set up 1968 A Swiss court has ordered Israel to pay its arch-enemy Iran about $1.1bn after it lost an appeal in a long-running dispute over an oil pipeline that predates the 1979 Islamic revolution. The Swiss Federal Tribunal’s verdict, dated June 27 and published on the court’s website, ruled in favour of Iran in regard to the Eilat Ashkelon Pipeline Company (EAPC), an Israeli-Iranian joint venture set up in 1968 when the Jewish state had friendly relations with the royalist Iranian regime. More On this topic IN Middle East & North Africa The Swiss court ruling also ordered Israel to pay Iran SFr450,000 ($461,700) in court costs and legal fees. The decision is a blow for Israel in its secretive court battle with Iran over proceeds from the pipeline company, which was set up as a way for Tehran to pipe crude from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean via a cheaper and less politically volatile route than the Suez Canal. Israel nationalised the company after the Islamic revolution in 1979, but has pursued Iran in court in France and Switzerland for billions of dollars of damages for assets and revenues it alleges it lost in the years since. Parviz Mina, a Paris-based consultant and former official at Iran’s national oil company before the revolution, said Israel has also sought redress against Iran for its embassy and other assets that were seized by the Islamic republic. “There are claims and counterclaims on both sides,” Mr Mina said. The EAPC, based in Ashkelon, operates under an Israeli state decree that shrouds its affairs — including the company’s earnings — in secrecy. News reports relating to it in Israel are subject to military censorship. Israel says the secrecy order is in place for national security reasons, but does not specify what they are. There are claims and counterclaims on both sides – Parviz Mina, oil industry consultant There has also been no public reaction to the ruling in Iran. Israel, which sees Iran’s nuclear programme and threats made by Iranian officials against it as a paramount security threat, classifies the country as an “enemy state”. It is unclear whether it will repay the money ordered by the court. When the Swiss court originally ruled in Iran’s favour last year, Israel’s finance ministry said that laws of trade prohibited it from transferring funds to an enemy country. Last year’s conclusion of the US-led nuclear deal with Iran — which Israel vocally opposed — and the subsequent easing of sanctions on the lslamic republic, has raised speculation among people who follow the pipeline dispute that Iran might now find it easier to collect on any financial claims against Israel. An Israeli government spokesman declined to comment on Israel’s loss of the appeal. In December 2014 the oil pipeline, which the EAPC uses to transport crude from other countries, sprang a leak in southern Israel, causing the worst environmental disaster in Israeli history. The spill is the subject of a civil suit. Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2016. You may share using our article tools. Please don’t cut articles from FT.com and redistribute by email or post to the web. Source link

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Safety First As Owen Pugh Launches Advanced Training Courses

Category: Construction Industry Today | Subscribe to Construction Industry Today Feed Published Fri, Mar 18th 2016 A NORTH East training provider has launched two bespoke courses designed to improve construction site safety. Posted via Industry Today. Follow us on Twitter @IndustryToday A NORTH East training provider has launched two bespoke courses designed to improve construction site safety. Owen Pugh Training Services, which is headquartered in Dudley in North Tyneside with clients throughout the region, has developed short courses in Advanced Manual Handling and Deep Excavation after recognising a need to provide additional, tailored training to improve site safety beyond legislative requirements. The two half-day courses were initially developed as part of the Owen Pugh Group’s safety first approach to improve standards among its own staff across its civil engineering divisions; and to date over 70 Owen Pugh operatives have completed the courses, which are now being rolled out externally to other businesses and organisations operating in the civil engineering arena. The Advanced Manual Handling course recognises that specialist techniques, sometimes involving equipment such as ropes and hoists, are necessary when dealing with heavyweight objects such as manhole covers and kerbstones, and these are not currently covered by standard manual handling courses. Similarly, Deep Excavation Awareness has been developed to supplement the regular excavation course so that operatives are better prepared for different types of excavation work including trenches and open foundation pits.  The courses comprise both theory and a practical assessment and all delegates receive an Owen Pugh Training Services certificate which states they have completed Advanced Manual Handling. Steve Egglestone, a trainer at Owen Pugh Training Services who developed the courses, said: “These advanced level courses offer companies extra reassurance that their staff are fully trained, safe and knowledgeable. Previously, manual handling has been confined to classroom based instruction in most cases and not delivered to fit specific customer requirements.  In some cases it’s merely productivity driven or, even worse, a tick box exercise.  The Advanced Manual Handling course attempts to identify real world examples where employees need to adapt their lifting style. This training will help employers identify who is competent and this can’t be done by lifting empty boxes.  “Likewise, Deep Excavation Awareness veers away from the ‘one size fits all’ approach and looks at the management process and identifies the relevant levels of training needed to stay within the current Construction Design Regulations. It gives an overview of the levels of responsibility along with information on the checks that should be made pre and post excavation including video training on construction of manhole and trench boxes.” Tracey Forshaw, general manager of Owen Pugh Training Services, said: “Owen Pugh’s commitment to health and safety is evident across the business and where a need is recognised to improve safety above and beyond legislative requirements, we’re in a position to develop the courses to do just that.  We’re also able to adapt this bespoke approach for other companies, individuals and local authorities to meet their own specific needs.” Kier North Tyneside is the first external company to enrol on the Advanced Manual Handling course. The company, which delivers a repairs and maintenance service for North Tyneside Council’s housing stock and public buildings, will see over 200 front-line operatives complete the course from April. Kier regional director, Mike Furze, said: “Our front-line operatives carry out thousands of repair and maintenance jobs across the borough each year.  This bespoke industry programme provided by Owen Pugh Training Services supports our commitment to provide our employees with ongoing training opportunities to ensure they are fully qualified and able to carry out their duties safely.” Owen Pugh is a leading provider of training to the North East’s construction industry delivering training to Local Authorities, PLC’s, independent companies and individuals, as well as its own staff.  Owen Pugh Training Services is accredited by industry leading certifying bodies such as CPCS, Construction Skills, National Plant, and City & Guilds.   Source link

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THREE NEW HIRES AT TOP CONSULTANCY PROVE THAT ENGINEERING IS NOT A ‘MAN’S JOB’

NATIONAL mechanical and electrical engineering (M&E) consultancy, Building Services Design (BSD), has welcomed three new engineers at its Kettering and Birmingham offices, reinforcing its representation of women across the business. With almost 15 years’ experience between them, Charu Gupta, Christina Iona and Dominika Ruszkowska have added a wealth of experience to the expanding M&E firm. Charu, who is the Birmingham office’s newest energy and sustainability engineer, is a qualified level five building simulation expert. She said: “I specialise in carbon reductions and assisting in supporting required zero carbon targets and I really hope to make my mark at BSD, making a difference at the business and supporting our clients. “I’m looking forward to working closely with the BSD team to deliver a range of exciting schemes across the West Midlands and beyond.” BSD has eight offices across the UK, turning over more than £6 million and, at its Kettering headquarters, Christina has joined as an energy and sustainability engineer She said: “Engineering and construction is a fascinating industry and I’m very excited to have joined BSD as I have a real passion for sustainable design. Christina hopes to dispel the misconception that engineering is ‘just for boys’ and believes that more women should be encouraged to take up STEM subjects. “I started pursuing engineering in Cyprus and, as a woman, I wasn’t encouraged at all – it was a very difficult start. However, being in a male-dominated industry has actually helped improve my confidence,” Christina added. “I think we need to focus on encouraging the next generation of women so they become more self-confident, in turn thriving in not only the construction industry, but other sectors as well.” Also at the firm’s Kettering office, Dominika has been appointed as a junior mechanical engineer after completing a training placement at BSD. “Last year, I started training with BSD for a week each month before joining the company permanently. This allowed me to see what engineering is all about and find out how interesting it is, inspiring me to move from contracting into design,” said Dominika. “There are not many women in the construction environment, especially on the mechanical engineering and estimating side. I do think women should be encouraged more as it brings new skill sets – like problem solving and organisation – opinions and experiences to the table,” she continued. Last year, Jo Jones became the first woman at BSD to be promoted to associate director. She said: “Construction is a great career path – it’s not all about being on a building site in a hard hat. People need to realise the opportunities available to them because development and infrastructure is important for the whole country. “BSD is not a gender specific company. You are judged on your abilities and dedication to the job, not on whether you are male or female. We’re working hard to achieve a gender balance in the business and our experienced new hires are a testament to this.”

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