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August 18, 2020

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE RISING STAR AWARD 2020

The shortlist for the Chartered Institute of Building’s (CIOB) first ever Rising Star Award has been revealed. A total of 12 of the very best construction professionals at the beginning of their careers have been named in the shortlist. The Rising Star Award is being run by the Chartered Institute of Building

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HS2 launches Part Two of Innovation Accelerator recruitment programme

Move comes after “wave of applications to Part One beat all expectations” HS2 Ltd has today (Monday 17 August) launched the second tranche of recruitment to its Innovation Accelerator programme, following the overwhelming response to its first call out to tech start-ups and innovative SMEs earlier this year. The company

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Atlas Copco takes the factory into the field with smart battery nutrunner range

Delivering safer, faster, more cost-efficient and traceable high torque bolt tightening for critical applications in the energy sector are the key objectives of a new range of cordless smart battery nutrunners, launched by Atlas Copco Tools and Industrial Assembly Solutions. Previously expensive and time-consuming installation and maintenance processes carried out

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Suburban Taskforce announces ‘Call for Evidence’

Parliamentary Taskforce will investigate key opportunities and challenges facing UK suburbs. The cross-party Suburban Taskforce has today launched a public ‘Call for Evidence’ to help chart a course towards a suburban renaissance across the country. The Taskforce draws politicians from both Houses of Parliament to review evidence of the state

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Natural Light: The Benefits on Learning and Development in Children

Until the 1960s, there was a big focus on how daylight could help prevent the development of myopia in children. Now, there’s a renewed interest in daylighting classrooms to protect the eyesight of young children, with solutions like our modular classrooms proving incredibly popular. With this in mind, we consulted

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Housebuilder Secures Funding Package

Housebuilder Secures Funding Package

A £10 million funding package from Lloyds Bank could help a North East housebuilder double its turnover by 2023. The support package – an increase of £3 million on a previous facility between Lloyds Bank and Cussins – will support the housebuilder’s ongoing growth strategy, enabling it to acquire new,

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Spencer Group Completes Rail Project

Spencer Group Completes Rail Project

Spencer Group, the Hull-based rail infrastructure specialist, has completed a £30 million capacity enhancement works at Stevenage Station in Hertfordshire. The engineering business completed the works a year ahead of the scheduled opening, working with client Network Rail, end user Govia Thameslink Railway and other stakeholders. “We’re proud of our

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WernerCo’s Director of Product Engineering takes on EMEA responsibility

WernerCo’s Director of Product Engineering, Steve Lock, has recently been promoted to take on new responsibilities for EMEA projects and aligning the European offering. With over 15 year’s experience leading multi-disciplined engineering teams to deliver product solutions for customers, including five years as Technical Director at J.P Hare Ltd, Steve

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August 18, 2020

£5.4m Gosforth Regent Centre apartments set to complete ahead of schedule

Work on Kapex Construction largest contract win, the construction project is three months ahead of schedule and is due to complete in early 2021. Eldon House at Gosforth’s Regent Centre is undergoing a £5.37million transformation to redevelop the former vacant office building into 66 luxury apartments. Kapex Construction, part of Newcastle-based Morton Group, was appointed by Regent Centre owners Omnia Property Group to deliver its 2nd phase of its residential scheme, with Broadfield Project Management acting as client representative. Construction work started on the Eldon House development, which will create a mix of one- and two-bedroom apartments over 8 floors, in March. The extensive redevelopment project was originally due to complete in Spring 2021 but despite lockdown it is scheduled for completion in early 2021. Work on the scheme involves the complete removal of the existing façade, new cladding of the existing structure, along with thermal upgrades, a complete new MEP installation and internal fit out. It will be the second ‘office to residential’ conversion at the Regent Centre – the first being Northumbria House – and will be available to rent through Omnia Space. The area is known to be popular with students and employees based within the business park. Gary Morton, CEO of The Morton Group, said: “The conversion of Eldon House was one of our early tender wins, and we’re particularly pleased that despite lockdown it looks like we will be able to deliver this office to residential development three months ahead of schedule. “To be able to repay the trust our client showed in us in our early stages of growth as a company is really important to me, the level of dedication and approach to time, quality and cost is adopted from Senior Management Team right through to the Delivery Team on site. The results speak for themselves. “Our track record in converting concrete frame office blocks into sleek, high quality living spaces is second to none, and we have decades of expertise in this field. This allows us to draw on our experience gained through the conversion of Eagle Star House into Regents Plaza apartments just 300 metres away.” Dave Lovatt, Commercial Director at Kapex Construction, said: “It’s exciting to see the progress starting to take shape at Eldon House, which will breathe new life into the 1970s office building and provide much needed housing in a highly sought after residential location. “In the past, Eldon House has been home to tenants such as Rolls Royce so it’s exciting to prepare the building for a fresh wave of tenants who will benefit from the close proximity to Gosforth High Street and bus and Metro transport links into Newcastle. It will be a thriving space tailored to modern, active lifestyles.”

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North East consortium in the running to secure £50million to boost regional economy

A consortium of North East organisations renowned for driving transformation in the global construction market have been shortlisted for the chance to secure up to £50million to boost the region’s economy. Led by Northumbria University, Newcastle, the International Centre for Connected Construction, known as IC3, is one of just 17 projects from around the country that will receive £50,000 in seed corn funding. The funding, announced today, will enable the project team to prepare a detailed bid for up to £50million from UK Research and Innovation’s flagship Strength in Places Fund – a competitive scheme to support significant local economic growth using a place-based approach to research and innovation funding. Bringing together a wealth of expertise from across the North East, IC3 is designed to attract more investment, skills, and jobs to the region. It proposes to provide a range of interventions to build on the impressive reputation of the North East as a hotbed of innovation in digital construction. IC3 will be a global hub for the creation and dissemination of knowledge and understanding about connected construction. The IC3 team will curate a selection of key building projects regionally, nationally, and internationally to demonstrate the expertise of the partnership, and the value of new ways of working to inspire the sector. It will work as an accelerator to nurture and catalyse new commercial businesses and ideas that solve major challenges in the industry; as well as leading an intensive industrial research programme designed to develop new products, services and processes from the region. Encompassing both Northumbria and Newcastle universities and various public sector organisations, the IC3 consortium is dominated by industry representatives including NBS, Ryder Architecture, Arup, Cundall and Dynamo North East – the region’s digital network. These strong links between higher education, public sector and industry are critical to its success, and represent a key differentiator for the Centre. Professor Andrew Wathey CBE, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Northumbria University said: “Today’s government announcement highlights the critical role the North East region will play in leading a digital revolution in the construction industry. The scale of activity planned by IC3 will place the region at the forefront of excellence for digital construction with global impact. “We are delighted to play a leading role in this consortium, which brings together some of the region’s foremost organisations. IC3 will use innovation, research and development to open up global market opportunities and ultimately bring jobs and investment to the North East. “This is particularly important as we move into regeneration following the COVID-19 pandemic, and IC3’s success here demonstrates the important role our region has to play in the national and global recovery.” Pat Ritchie, Chief Executive of Newcastle City Council, said: “The North East is renowned as a world-leading centre of innovation and we are proud to be part of the IC3 bid which will place our region at the cutting edge of global construction. “The city is poised to get started on a number of construction projects and this project will provide a welcome boost to business and job creation in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic; laying the foundations for us to develop and retain local skills and attract further investment to the region.” In response to immediate and arising challenges facing the industry, IC3 will focus on three main areas to underpin more effective and collaborative ways of working that lead to better outcomes for businesses, occupants, society, and the environment. It will transform the way buildings are procured to ensure lifetime value in social and environmental terms rather than lowest cost, and implement recommendations from the post-Grenfell Hackitt Review that stipulate all buildings must have up-to-date digital records to ensure assurance and traceability, and ultimately safety. It will also improve the performance of buildings to ensure they are sustainable, healthy and safe places to live and work. Rob Charlton, CEO of Space Group and co-founder of BIM Show Live, the original show dedicated to Building Information Modelling launched in Newcastle, said: “The North East has, for a long time, punched way above its weight when it comes to the impact on the global construction market. “The close proximity of key industry players has driven a unique ecosystem here where even the biggest competitors come together to make positive changes. But we’re at a critical stage where other destinations are catching up, and we need a mechanism to support and boost what we have already created. “IC3 is the perfect vehicle for that, and now, as the industry looks to build back better post-COVID-19, is the perfect time.” IC3 plans to work with partners across the construction ecosystem over the next five years to bring to life 15 demonstrator projects that incorporate and exemplify the digital technologies and processes developed through IC3. These will encompass a range of building projects from tourism and leisure, to social housing and hospitals and infrastructure. Alongside this, IC3 will provide innovation support to around 100 businesses in its first three years and will work to create up to 20 new businesses in the same period, helping to develop new products, services, processes, and spinouts. The consortium will also lead on collaborative research projects between industry and academia and will work towards reforming and revitalising education for construction, through the creation of new programmes that will upskill the existing workforce and inspire the next generation. Dame Kate Barker, chair of the Strength in Places Fund panel said: “The Strength in Places panel was pleased to recommend this bid for early stage funding. It provides evidence of excellent research that meets business need and great potential for collaboration, by bringing together a consortia to contribute to increased growth and productivity in areas of local economic activity.” The IC3 consortium is led by Northumbria University, in partnership with Arup, BIM Academy Cundall, Dynamo North East, NBS, Newcastle City Council, Newcastle University, North East Local Enterprise Partnership, North Star Ventures, Ryder Architecture, Space Group, Waterstons and Womble Bond Dickinson. 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FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE RISING STAR AWARD 2020

The shortlist for the Chartered Institute of Building’s (CIOB) first ever Rising Star Award has been revealed. A total of 12 of the very best construction professionals at the beginning of their careers have been named in the shortlist. The Rising Star Award is being run by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) for the first time this year, as an extension to their prestigious Construction Manager of the Year awards (CMYA). This brand new category is for rising stars who have been in the construction industry for seven years or less, and demonstrated excellence in their work, the industry and amongst their peers. The finalists have been whittled down by a panel of CIOB and construction professionals to Silver and Gold winners. The awards for the first ever CIOB Rising Stars will be presented at a glittering ceremony on 25 November 2020 in London, with the Rising Star winner being handed their trophy at the CMYA celebration event. Further details of the night and how to attend can be found on the CMYA website: www.cmya.co.uk/. Caroline Gumble, Chief Executive of the CIOB said: “These awards are a wonderful way to acknowledge the hard work and dedication shown by the emerging talent in our industry. I’m thrilled that we had so many nominations for our first ever Rising Star award and I’m looking forward to finding out who takes the title this year. My congratulations to everyone who’s made the shortlist.” The finalists are as follows: Kelly Attwood – Morgan Sindall Sam Bambury – Barratt London Vasiliki Bowler – Faithful + Gould Ellie Carswell – Faithful + Gould Annabel Clark – Faithful + Gould Cedric Fournier – Prime Pillar Group (Mauritius) Nicola Hodson MCIOB – Wates Group Graham Kinnear MCIOB – Graham Kinnear Property Consultant Ltd Mercy Ogunnusi MCIOB – Student & part-time lecturer at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen Lindsey Platt MCIOB – Orbit Housing Association Benjamin Valliquette – Gillam Group (Toronto) Robert Watson – NHBC

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HS2 launches Part Two of Innovation Accelerator recruitment programme

Move comes after “wave of applications to Part One beat all expectations” HS2 Ltd has today (Monday 17 August) launched the second tranche of recruitment to its Innovation Accelerator programme, following the overwhelming response to its first call out to tech start-ups and innovative SMEs earlier this year. The company behind Britain’s largest-ever transport infrastructure project is looking to recruit five more small firms with bright ideas on (i) how people can best spend time at stations before their train goes; and (ii) how to optimise digital solutions for building HS2 to make every second count. The winning five entrants will join the first cohort, chosen from 109 applications from the first recruitment programme, who will work on the challenges of: productivity; environment; and the circular economy. Ideas include 3D concrete printing and using automated drone technology to assist with the planting of seven million trees along the HS2 route.   From today (17 August) an online application portal [https://www.innovationbham.com/high-speed-two-ltd-accelerator] will be open for one month, after which time HS2 Ltd will choose five of the companies entered to take forward on the Innovation Accelerator. The Accelerator will provide commercial and technical support and rent-free Birmingham-based working space to develop their proposal. After six months, solutions will be showcased and pitched to industry investors and HS2’s supply chain, which is made up of the thousands of suppliers. HS2 Ltd Head of Innovation, Howard Mitchell said: “We received over 100 applications from innovative tech start-ups and SMEs to join Cohort One of HS2’s Innovation Accelerator programme, which beat all our expectations. “The level of interest underlines the opportunity that HS2 offers to some of the most innovative and dynamic young firms in the country. “I’m therefore extremely positive about the prospects for Cohort Two, and new thinking on how we build Britain’s new high speed rail network, and enable passengers to make best use of their time in our stations. “ The Portal closes to applications on 18 September. HS2 will announce the successful enterprises in the autumn.

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Atlas Copco takes the factory into the field with smart battery nutrunner range

Delivering safer, faster, more cost-efficient and traceable high torque bolt tightening for critical applications in the energy sector are the key objectives of a new range of cordless smart battery nutrunners, launched by Atlas Copco Tools and Industrial Assembly Solutions. Previously expensive and time-consuming installation and maintenance processes carried out using hydraulic wrench methods, on wind turbines for example, have been made much faster and more cost-effective, as a result of Atlas Copco’s proven tensor motor technology, which delivers the world’s most productive output. Enhancing safety and comfort further, the ergonomically optimised SRB HA smart battery nutrunner is the only product of its type on the market equipped with a dual trigger, designed to minimise the risk of finger pinch injury.  The single operator tool has a torque rating of up to 4000Nm and an internal torque transducer for maximum control and reliability.  Clear operator feedback is provided with multi-functional LEDs, displaying OK/NOK status messages based on torque and angle readings. With three models available, the entry level SRB HA Digital version has a ‘Set and Go’ function, so it’s ready for use straight out of the box.  The Smart and Connected models feature an internal WIFI server, allowing the tools to be linked to any mobile device.  This enables torque, angle and batch data collection without the need for additional software.  For the ultimate in functionality and process control, the SRB HA features an accessory bus for a barcode scanner and can also be integrated into overlying systems for live data feed and analysis. Commenting on the launch of its new smart nutrunner range, powered by Lithium-Ion 36V battery technology with charging and health indicators, James McAllister, General Manager, Atlas Copco Tools and Industrial Assembly Solutions, said: “By combining market-leading safety and performance with mobile connectivity, the SRB HA enables operators to take the smart factory into the field, making it the world’s most advanced and productive battery nutrunner.  Being able to control and measure torque in real time with precise accuracy adds significant value to customers operating in challenging environments, as it not only improves safety but also reduces time spent on tasks and saves money.  This frees up operators to work on different applications and we believe some companies could save over £40,000 per year in direct costs alone. “Atlas Copco’s launch of the SRB HA range represents an innovative addition to our portfolio of smart tooling solutions, in pursuit of zero defect assembly and maintenance.  This superior level of traceability and data-driven insight is a real asset in helping companies improve both human and business performance, which is all the more compelling in the current economic climate.”

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Suburban Taskforce announces ‘Call for Evidence’

Parliamentary Taskforce will investigate key opportunities and challenges facing UK suburbs. The cross-party Suburban Taskforce has today launched a public ‘Call for Evidence’ to help chart a course towards a suburban renaissance across the country. The Taskforce draws politicians from both Houses of Parliament to review evidence of the state of Britain’s suburbs and then make recommendations to the Government on policy initiatives to enhance them. The Taskforce, which is co-chaired by Dr Rupa Huq MP and David Simmons MP, aims to support the long-term sustainability of suburban areas. It was announced in March 2020, following a commitment by Jake Berry MP (formerly Minister of State for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth) that the Government would consider its recommendations.  The Taskforce will seek to identify national trends but, in first phase, have particular regard to London. When identifying solutions, it will pay attention to current circumstances (social, economic and environmental) as well as policy tools available (taxation, investment and the planning system).  It will be supported by UCL’s Bartlett School of Planning, the All Party Parliamentary Group for London’s Planning and Built Environment, and an expert Advisory Board. Commenting on the launch of the Taskforce’s Call for Evidence its Co-Chair of the Taskforce, Dr Rupa Huq, MP for Ealing Central & Acton stated:  “Our Suburbs are the home of the majority of our population and at risk of being overlooked and neglected. It is net curtains for representatives who ignore the plight of suburbia; the majority of those in parliament represent precisely such constituencies.” “The traditional vision of the Suburbs as an ideal balance between town and country is being challenged conceptually, visually and operationally. Suburbs have been considered unproblematic and left by themselves under the pressures of austerity and are now facing the problems of inequality and underfunding whilst still being under pressure to expand or intensify.” “This Taskforce draws those from all political backgrounds to focus on the suburbs, seeking to understand what ‘suburban’ really means in modern Britain. Now, as we emerge from a pandemic which may well redefine our relationship to the places in which we live, work and play is the right time for that.” Chair of the Advisory Board, Jonathan Manns, added: “The recent pandemic has reminded us of the importance of our suburbs and the Taskforce is a key step towards giving these areas the attention they deserve to ensure they are sustained and enhanced in the future.”  “I wish to encourage those from all backgrounds, whether individuals or organisations, whatever their experiences or expertise, to actively support this important work and respond to this ‘Call for Evidence’. The more data and perspectives received, the more effective the Taskforce can be in considering the issues and opportunities facing these crucial parts of our towns and cities.”   Academic Advisor, UCL’s Dr Lucy Natarajan, commented: “The purpose of this consultation is to hear from suburban areas about the challenges and opportunities facing them. This is vitally important to the Taskforce, in order to work towards a shared understanding of the unique situations facing suburbs in the UK today and what this means for achieving aspirations of equality.” www.suburban-taskforce.org

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Natural Light: The Benefits on Learning and Development in Children

Until the 1960s, there was a big focus on how daylight could help prevent the development of myopia in children. Now, there’s a renewed interest in daylighting classrooms to protect the eyesight of young children, with solutions like our modular classrooms proving incredibly popular. With this in mind, we consulted an expert to help us learn more about the link between daylight and a child’s learning and development.  The Benefits of Natural Light: The Expert View  To help us learn more about how natural light helps the learning and development of children, we spoke to Dhruvin Patel, who is the Optometrist & Founder of Ocushield.  “Thank you for speaking to us Dhruvin. Firstly, what are the wider health benefits of natural light?” The most common benefit of natural light is its positive impact on our health. It regulates our sleep-wake cycle and puts different hormonal functions in place. It also increases serotonin levels, which are responsible for our sense of appetite, memory, energy and sleepiness. “How does natural light impact learning? For example, how does it help brain function, memory and health?” In humans, the retina detects light using specialised photoreceptor cells. These can be further expressed by a photopigment cell called melanopsin, which sends messages to an area in the brain called the suprachiasmatic nuclei (SCN). Here, a cascade of events take place that regulate many functions in the body such as metabolism, attention, stress response, endocrine function and more. Therefore as you wake up, natural light is a great resource for your body to get into action. If you’re someone who struggles to get out of bed, you should open the blinds as soon as you wake up. If this isn’t possible, use a specialised light source that emits a powerful intensity light. About 10,000 lux at 25cm is the industry standard and it will take about 30 minutes for you to feel the full effects. “What are the differences between an adult brain and a child’s brain in this context?” Children’s eyes absorb more light and more blue light in general. This is because their pupils generally are larger than an adult’s, which means more light enters. A child’s eyes are not fully developed until their teenage years, therefore children are more at risk of having their circadian rhythms (sleep-wake cycle) disturbed. “From a brain function, memory and health point of view, what makes up the ideal learning environment for children?” We know putting down devices is not always possible; especially with schools now giving iPads to children to do homework on. But, you can use software that limits blue light such as night mode on iPads, or you can use blue light filters such as Ocushield.  Interestingly, high levels of oxygen also keep us more awake. This means breathing exercises in the morning can kick start a child’s body for the day. When in classrooms, learning with sufficient fresh air or even outside (not always practical) would work best. How Else Can Parents Prepare Their Children for the School Day?  Increasing the amount of natural light your child receives is clearly very important for their learning and development. With classroom environments expected to look different to accommodate the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, more open spaces will be one avenue explored. But, there are a number of other ways you can also help prepare them for the school day, including…  Altering their sleeping environment  Your young child’s sleeping environment shouldn’t be a place where they play, so consider removing all toys from the room.  Once you’ve established the room as a place for sleep, you should make every possible effort to help make them feel safe and secure. This could include the addition of a nightlight and maybe the presence of some additional heat.  Establishing a routine A bedtime routine helps your child understand what is expected of them when it’s time to go to bed. The activities you choose are entirely up to you, but you should do the same things at the same time each night.  Stop technology use before bed Televisions, mobile phones and tablets are all useful for keeping children entertained, but they can prevent your child going to sleep because they suppress the hormones that cause sleepiness. So, try replacing this device use with either calming music or a bedtime story.  Encourage self-settling  Hearing your child cry is awful, but teaching them to self-settle rather than being reliant on you is a crucial step. Always encourage your child quietly back to bed and ensure they receive the same response from you each time.  Establish a healthy diet  Your child’s food and drink intake can impact their learning and sleep. For example, if they drink caffeinated drinks such as coffee or fizzy pop, they’ll find it harder to sleep.  Similarly, eating a large meal before bed can prevent sleep. If your child has an early bedtime, then it’s likely they’ll need to eat before the rest of the family does.  Encourage your child to exercise If your child is inactive throughout the day, they may struggle to sleep at night. So, encourage them to take part in after-school activities like clubs and sports teams. If they’re not particularly sporty, then just walking with them will help.   To conclude, the amount of sleep your child receives each night is very important for their learning and development but, as our expert has shown us, the amount of light they receive in a school setting is also crucial. Thankfully, our modular classrooms are designed to filter in as much light as possible, so children receive the full learning benefits of working in natural light rather than potentially damaging blue light. Contact us today to learn more.

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Housebuilder Secures Funding Package

Housebuilder Secures Funding Package

A £10 million funding package from Lloyds Bank could help a North East housebuilder double its turnover by 2023. The support package – an increase of £3 million on a previous facility between Lloyds Bank and Cussins – will support the housebuilder’s ongoing growth strategy, enabling it to acquire new, larger, tracts of land for future development and meet construction costs. It also comprises a revolving credit facility and an overdraft. “These past few years have very much been a growth story for our business, and this backing will mean we can go further still. We have had a long-standing relationship with Lloyds Bank, and their support has been key to achieving our past growth ambitions. It has backed us once again and increased the size of the facility to ensure that we have what we need to help us work towards our targets,” commented Peter Cussins, executive chairman at Cussins. “The company has exciting plans which will see us continue to expand production across the region. We have secured some excellent new schemes which will offer a wide range of options for our purchasers. A key focus for us is in maintaining the design and build quality our customers expect.” Over the next three years, the housebuilder aims to treble its number of housing plots to about 1,000 units, increasing its annual housing output from the current level of more than 100 units per year to about 300. Turnover is projected to rise to £70 million by 2023. “Cussins is a business that has big ambitions for the future. With this funding in place it will have the liquidity it needs to secure and develop prime sites to meet its growth targets, ultimately bolstering its revenue, supporting jobs in its business and its supply chain and increasing the availability of high-quality housing here in the North East,” added Hannah Douglas, relationship director at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking. Cussins, headquartered in Alnwick, constructs houses and apartments across the North East, specialising in mid-market three-, four- and five-bedroom detached properties.

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Spencer Group Completes Rail Project

Spencer Group Completes Rail Project

Spencer Group, the Hull-based rail infrastructure specialist, has completed a £30 million capacity enhancement works at Stevenage Station in Hertfordshire. The engineering business completed the works a year ahead of the scheduled opening, working with client Network Rail, end user Govia Thameslink Railway and other stakeholders. “We’re proud of our industry-leading capabilities on complex major rail infrastructure schemes and this project has been a prime example of our expertise and performance,” commented Joe Bennett, production director at Spencer Group. “We completed the design and build of this project using our multi-disciplinary experience, in-house capability and close partnerships with our specialist supply chain.” The works carried out by Spencer Group included constructing a 130m-long platform, complete with about two kilometres of new electrified track and signalling, to enable two additional services per hour into London King’s Cross from Stevenage. Long-distance trains can now use the Hertford Loop to connect to Stevenage Station without using existing timetable space on the East Coast Main Line, which, in turn, allows the two additional services into London. “The safe and secure way the team has adapted and re-planned the remaining works since the pandemic took effect is testament to the quality of the people working on this project and is representative of the approach seen over the past two years, throughout its design and delivery,” added Phil Daniel, Network Rail project manager.

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WernerCo’s Director of Product Engineering takes on EMEA responsibility

WernerCo’s Director of Product Engineering, Steve Lock, has recently been promoted to take on new responsibilities for EMEA projects and aligning the European offering. With over 15 year’s experience leading multi-disciplined engineering teams to deliver product solutions for customers, including five years as Technical Director at J.P Hare Ltd, Steve is now responsible for delivering EMEA projects and the European business, which aligns all major products and utilises the wider company expertise in this field. Steve now also leads product engineering and development across all UK brands as WernerCo bids farewell to Paul Bruton, who retired last month after 45 years spent in the ladder industry, following an in-depth transition period. Justin White, Managing Director at WernerCo, commented: “We are delighted to have Steve in the team, as he brings with him extensive knowledge that will be invaluable to the future development of our product ranges in the coming years. His responsibility for EMEA projects also comes at an exciting time as we look forward to a number of major new product developments later this year as we get back to business following the impact of Coronavirus. “Steve steps into the large shoes left behind by Paul Bruton, who has been an integral part of the team at WernerCo over many years.” To find out more information on the range of access solutions from WernerCo visit www.wernerco.com

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