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Invisible Connections Shortlisted for British Construction Industry Awards

Invisible Connections has been chosen as one of the companies shortlisted for this year’s British Construction Industry Awards. The company is the primary supplier and manufacturer of ‘invisible’ connections for precast beam construction and precast staircase construction and has been chosen to be one of the contenders in the category

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BDC 318 : Jul 2024

British Construction Industry Awards

GRAHAM awarded M40 noise barrier installation with Highways England

GRAHAM has been awarded a scheme to install conventional noise barriers on the M40 motorway as part of a series of improvements on behalf of Highways England. The scheme will take place between Junctions 3 and 8 of the motorway, with the ultimate goal being to reduce noise pollution along the route. The commitment to deliver these improvements is set out in Highways England’s Delivery Plan. Highways England has been working in partnership with the M40 Chiltern Environmental Group (M40 CEG), Wycombe District Council and South Oxfordshire District Council, to develop proposals to reduce noise along the M40 corridor between Loudwater (near junction 3 of the motorway) in Buckinghamshire and Wheatley (near junction 8) in South Oxfordshire. The organisation has been liaising with the M40 Core Group since 2005 over road noise along the M40 corridor. Following feasibility reports into using photovoltaic enabled noise barriers and PV panels, Highways England asked suppliers to develop a more cost affordable solution, and in 2016 the decision was made to revert to conventional noise barriers. Noise barriers are planned for sections of the M40 as it passes near High Wycombe, as well as near the Buckinghamshire villages of Lane End, Stokenchurch and Chepping Wycombe. Five of the sites involve direct work to highway structures, and account for 1.9km of the proposed 4.9km of barrier. The contract will be overseen by Dave Brown, who was recently appointed to lead on GRAHAM’s collaborative delivery framework (CDF) with Highways England. Upon award of the scheme, Dave said: “GRAHAM is pleased to be leading on this scheme for Highways England, which will make a huge difference to residents based along the M40 motorway. “To ensure the scheme is as cost effective as possible, the supplier has identified innovative solutions at Loudwater Viaduct, limiting barrier height while still maintaining a reduction in noise. “GRAHAM is committed to undertaking schemes like this in a collaborative manner, engaging the local community and working closely with Highways England to deliver improvements which will be beneficial for those who reside in the area.” GRAHAM’s civil engineering team has been involved in some of the most prestigious projects within the UK and Ireland, including the Tennison Road Bridge Replacement for Network Rail, the A138 Chelmer Viaduct for Highways England, and the high-profile M80 Stepps to Haggs Upgrade in central Scotland. The company has a very strong civil engineering track record which is underscored by two recent short-listings in the Major Civil Engineering Project of the Year (over £50m) category at the 30th British Construction Industry Awards 2017.

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Invisible Connections Shortlisted for British Construction Industry Awards

Invisible Connections has been chosen as one of the companies shortlisted for this year’s British Construction Industry Awards. The company is the primary supplier and manufacturer of ‘invisible’ connections for precast beam construction and precast staircase construction and has been chosen to be one of the contenders in the category for the Product Design Innovation Award. For the initial judging stage, the company submitted an innovation project called ‘Telescopic connection system for achieving robustness in precast concrete stair-landing installations’. Having been named on the shortlist, the nominees are to present their innovations to the judges, with visits to the different sites taking place prior to the ceremony. The judging panel is made up of 33 construction experts, consisting of prominent engineers, architects, contractors and clients in the country. Finalists will be presenting their projects in person to the panel. Among the judging panel are Rab Bennetts, who is the founding director of Bennetts Associates and Katrina Dowling, Skanska managing director. Mark Hansford, editor of New Civil Engineer, said that this years list of nominees demonstrates the breadth and depth of quality in the British construction industry. He added that the judging panel are looking forward to choosing their winners at October’s awards dinner and that the panel will be looking at how the projects have made an impact on communities. Managing Director of Invisible Connections, Derek Brown, said that the company is thrilled to be chosen as a contender for the award and that their industrious team have put forward an innovate product. The glamorous awards ceremony will take place at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, with more than 1,300 elite members of the construction industry coming as one for a memorable night of celebration, networking and entertainment. Further information about the awards and a full shortlist of finalists can be seen at: bci.newcivilengineer.com

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