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March 1, 2018

Electrical Industries Charity all set for the London Marathon

The Electrical Industries Charity has announced its nine runners for the Virgin Money London Marathon 2016.   The Virgin Money London Marathon is one of the biggest fundraising events in Great Britain bringing thousands of people together to raise money for different charities. This year the Electrical Industries

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BAM Nuttall Wins Contract at the London City Airport

The construction company BAM Nuttall has won an £85 million contract to deliver a new concrete deck extension for London City Airport. Part of the £480 million City Airport Development, the work will see the 75,000 m2 extension supported by over 1,000 concrete piles with steel casings. The City Airport

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Roof and Concrete Maintenance from Sika

Nic Collins, the area technical manager at Sika Refurbishment, wants to remind us how important the roof and concrete maintenance is for the upkeep of buildings, particularly for those of historical interest. Pitch-less roofs unadorned by modern drainage features are susceptible to ponding, which can lead to blistering to the

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FMB Announces Heavy Snow to Stop Construction Work

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) announced that a number of construction sites across the UK have ground to a close because of heavy snow. “Heavy snow showers have led to many construction sites across the UK grinding to a halt. Some construction bosses have told their staff to take

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Considerate Constructors Scheme Launches Air Pollution Campaign

Considerate Constructors Scheme has launched its ‘Spotlight on… air pollution’ campaign, which will help the construction industry to address the air pollution issues. The campaign was created after a survey revealed that 84% of nearly 600 respondents believe there is an issue with air pollution and not a lot is

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Graham Construction to Receive Double BIM

Graham Construction has become the first UK and Ireland contractor to be awarded a double BIM certification due to the fact that it has incorporated BIM across its construction business and has trained more than 500 people on its team in the technology. The company achieved the BSI Kitemark certification

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Three Aesthetically Pleasing Materials for Construction in 2018

When it comes to building design, there will always be certain constructions regarded as being more pleasing on the eye than others. Certainly, this often relates to the layout or design of the building. However, often this is down to the materials used. Some materials are simply more aesthetically pleasing

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BDC 317 : Jun 2024

March 1, 2018

Electrical Industries Charity all set for the London Marathon

The Electrical Industries Charity has announced its nine runners for the Virgin Money London Marathon 2016.   The Virgin Money London Marathon is one of the biggest fundraising events in Great Britain bringing thousands of people together to raise money for different charities. This year the Electrical Industries Charity is proud to announce their nine runners who are all set to take on the 26 mile long challenge and raise money to help those in our industry who need help most. The Charity’s runners who are taking part in this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon are; Alun Evans from Phase Electrical Distribution Ltd, Andrew York from GCL Ltd, Joe Ellis from Edmundson Electrical, Watford, Juan Subira from Schneider Electric, David Grimes and Steve Franklin from Edmundson Electrical Ltd. Kings Lynn, Tom Panton from Spring Electrical, Philip Thomas Woolley from Electrical Review and John Richard Rothwell from Certsure LLP. Show your support for the charity’s runners now and help them to make a difference in people’s lives by making a donation today. Managing director, Tessa Ogle says: “We would like to wish all of our runners the best of luck. The Virgin Money London Marathon is a fantastic way to raise money for those in our industry when they need it most, and we are thrilled to have so many people running for our charity this year. Last year our runners raised a massive £33,000, and we are looking forward to raising even more this year. www.electricalcharity.org Source link

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BAM Nuttall Wins Contract at the London City Airport

The construction company BAM Nuttall has won an £85 million contract to deliver a new concrete deck extension for London City Airport. Part of the £480 million City Airport Development, the work will see the 75,000 m2 extension supported by over 1,000 concrete piles with steel casings. The City Airport Development is supporting a new infrastructure that includes aircraft stands, a parallel taxiway, and an enhanced passenger terminal extension. In addition, it will deliver improved facilities for customers, an expanded offer of flights, and greater space to accommodate increasing passengers, enabling annual passengers to grow from the current 4.5 million to 6.5 million. The airport will remain operational while the work will be carried out. Once the unexplored ordnance (UXO) survey is completed, the construction work can begin. The extension is expected to be delivered by early 2020. “The contract is the first big step forward in the airport’s development programme, essentially creating new land that will provide the base upon which we will build the majority of the transformational infrastructure, including the extended terminal building and additional aircraft stands,” said Peter Adams, Chief Development Officer at London City Airport. The new deck will consist of precast reinforced concrete planks with a reinforced concrete topping spanning onto precast concrete beams, which will be supported on more than 1,000 large diameter bored concrete piles with steel casings in the dock bed. Additional work will include the partial demolition of the King George V Dock wall, the construction of a partly submerged service trough and drainage channels and around 50 land based piles adjacent to the airport entrance. “This scheme will play a significant part in the overall Airport Development Programme and will support the planned infrastructure such as the aircraft stands and new world class passenger terminal extension. We are looking forward to successfully delivering this prestigious project, working alongside London City Airport and Bechtel,” commented Martin Bellamy, BAM Nuttall Executive Director.

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Roof and Concrete Maintenance from Sika

Nic Collins, the area technical manager at Sika Refurbishment, wants to remind us how important the roof and concrete maintenance is for the upkeep of buildings, particularly for those of historical interest. Pitch-less roofs unadorned by modern drainage features are susceptible to ponding, which can lead to blistering to the roof’s surface and valuable assets within the building becoming damaged. Exterior concrete elements such as soffits and parapets are also at risk of deterioration due to long-term ingress. To make sure this doesn’t happen to your building, Nic gives us a few advices. The first step towards avoiding the costly repairs of a water damaged roof is preventing it from becoming a major issue. A good corrosion survey, such as the one provided by Sika, measures the rate of delamination, its source and the effect on the concrete. Additionally, it also identifies the right products and systems to use as part of a refurbishment programme. The Sika survey investigates dust samples for chloride content and covers a meter reading and a test for levels of carbonation. A factual report based on the findings is then drawn-up and implemented as necessary. If a leak emanates from the roof’s area and threatens to cause long-term damage to surrounding concrete features, a roof survey is also advised. The Sika Liquid Plastics Area Technical Managers can conduct this survey and produce a full specification of the repair solution, with the project being monitored until its full completion by highly-experienced Field Technicians. Sika provided the products and expertise for two Grade II-listed buildings – the Hoover Building in Perivale, west London during its transformation into a luxury residential complex, and the Cunard, a former Second World War air raid shelter, now a high-end office block situated in a desirable dockyard location. By providing both the expertise and the quality products, Sika’s solution simplifies the refurbishment process for the client.

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FMB Announces Heavy Snow to Stop Construction Work

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) announced that a number of construction sites across the UK have ground to a close because of heavy snow. “Heavy snow showers have led to many construction sites across the UK grinding to a halt. Some construction bosses have told their staff to take the rest of the week off and not return to work until Monday. But it’s not just the snow that’s playing havoc with construction projects – some firms are reporting that the freezing temperatures mean it’s too cold to lay bricks. The overall impact of bad weather on construction growth remains to be seen but this situation is concerning given that the FMB’s latest research shows that growth among construction SMEs slowed in the final three months of 2017. We hope that the cold weather we have seen this week is just a blip and that all workers will be able to get back on site in coming days,” said Sarah McMonagle, Director of External Affairs at the FMB. The Federation of Master Builders is the largest trade association in the UK dedicated to the construction industry and which represents thousands of firms in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. It was established back in 1941 aiming to protect the interests of small and medium sized (SME) construction firms. The association is independent and non-profit making, lobbying for members’ interests at both the national and local level. The FMB is a source of knowledge, professional advice and support for its members, providing a range of modern and relevant business building services to help them succeed. Moreover, it is committed to raising quality in the construction industry and offers a free service to consumers called ‘Find a Builder’. To find out more information about the association, please visit their website at: www.fmb.org.uk.

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Considerate Constructors Scheme Launches Air Pollution Campaign

Considerate Constructors Scheme has launched its ‘Spotlight on… air pollution’ campaign, which will help the construction industry to address the air pollution issues. The campaign was created after a survey revealed that 84% of nearly 600 respondents believe there is an issue with air pollution and not a lot is done about it. Other findings comprised in the survey say that 91% of respondents agreed that air pollution is a nationwide issue; 88% revealed that the importance of minimising air pollution is being communicated to the workforce on their site; 62% said their site has appropriate measure sin place to address air pollution; 56% of them have a good understanding of the issue, while 39% have an average understanding of the regulations surrounding air pollution. The campaign aims to raise awareness and understanding of how the construction industry could tackle this problem and erase it from its activities in and around construction sites. Additionally, it provides a variety of practical steps, case studies, resources, and regulatory information. This is well needed because apart from affecting the health of the workforce, it is also costing the UK at an economic level. “A staggering 40,000 deaths a year are linked to air pollution in the UK, and many people are suffering long-term health problems caused by poor air quality. As construction is a significant contributor to air pollution, it is essential for the industry to put measures in place to clean up our air by working together to reduce our impact on air quality,” said Considerate Constructors Scheme chief executive Edward Hardy. “The Scheme’s campaign provides everyone within the industry access to a practical suite of resources including best practice, guidance and case studies from Scheme-registered construction sites, companies and suppliers on how to tackle this issue,” added Edward. “We are proud to be at the forefront of collaborative efforts to tackle air pollution.”

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Graham Construction to Receive Double BIM

Graham Construction has become the first UK and Ireland contractor to be awarded a double BIM certification due to the fact that it has incorporated BIM across its construction business and has trained more than 500 people on its team in the technology. The company achieved the BSI Kitemark certification for both BIM Design and Construction (PAS 1192-2) and BIM Asset Management (PAS 1192-3). Some of the projects that use BIM are the Baird & Anchor Hospitals on behalf of NHS Grampian, the framework for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in Richmond, London, and the University of Reading’s Thames Valley Science Park development in Shinfield, Reading. “Embedding BIM into our everyday business practices has been a priority at Graham. We are using the growing volume of information on construction projects to make smarter decisions, control costs and deliver consistently excellent projects,” explained Melanie Dawson, head of BIM at Graham Construction. Additionally, she argues that BIM is improving efficiency in the supply chain, which not only benefits the company but the clients as well. “More importantly it gives our clients and stakeholders the confidence and assurance that we will deliver consistent excellence from project inception through construction and into asset management.” Gavin Summerson, senior certification manager at BSI explains that the BSI BIM Kitemark is the most difficult test on the implementation of BIM that an organisation can take and for this reason, Graham should be very proud for achieving it. “Not only have they demonstrated the delivery of BIM projects during the design and construction phase in accordance with PAS 1192-2, they have also demonstrated that they are continuing to work to BIM level 2 at the asset management phase, in accordance with PAS 1192-3,” said Gavin Summerson.

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Three Aesthetically Pleasing Materials for Construction in 2018

When it comes to building design, there will always be certain constructions regarded as being more pleasing on the eye than others. Certainly, this often relates to the layout or design of the building. However, often this is down to the materials used. Some materials are simply more aesthetically pleasing than others. With this in mind, we’re going to look at three of the building materials currently favoured in the UK and how they are applied. These are classics that are also kind to the environment, representing where we believe the future of the industry lies. Glass To enhance all available light and space, both on the inside and outside of a building, almost nothing beats glass – which is why this material is such a timeless choice for construction professionals. What’s more, like clear perspex, it can be recycled, making it a perfect fit into the greener, more considered construction landscape for 2018. Just some of the applications are: Glass facades, giving an entire building a stunning appearance, Structural glass walls, creating a beautiful and functional feature that lets natural light flood in, Glass lift shafts and cars, making a feature of what would otherwise be a practical part of a building; Glass balconies, utilising any outdoor space to the fullest. When choosing glass for walls, windows or balconies it can also be a good idea to also install protective elements such as those from Barrier Components. This way, you can be sure that visitors to a building are protected from any accidents which might occur. Stainless Steel The group of alloys known collectively as stainless steel are highly regarded for their corrosion resistance, strength and beautiful appearance. One just has to look at the Chrysler Building in New York for a classic example of this material in use. And it is still in favour today. High-grade stainless steel is resistant to staining and relatively easy to maintain. Additionally, it is 100% recyclable, making it not only beautiful but kind to the planet. Reclaimed Wood Timber is going through something of a renaissance at the moment, with gorgeous constructions from this material popping up all over the planet. Perhaps the best way to use wood is by choosing it from a sustainable or reclaimed source. This is a highly versatile material that is also incredibly pleasing aesthetically. There’s just something about a warm, wooden surface that agrees with our senses. What’s more it is almost endlessly recyclable. This list focuses just three aesthetically pleasing materials that could be considered relevant today. But, really, there are many more. It is up to construction professionals to find materials which fit best with their current projects and to use them in a way that works well.

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