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Pedestrians crushed by huge site hoarding

September 30th, 2014 Comments off

Two pedestrians have been crushed by a falling site hoarding in east London.

The man and woman were hit by the huge hoarding while walking by Bellway Home’s Pembury Circus site in Hackney on Wednesday afternoon.

A 70metre x 2metre high section of the hoarding was blown over

Ambulance crews were called to the scene where they treated two patients – a man and a woman – for leg, back and hand injuries and took them to Homerton Hospital.

The woman was seriously injured, officials said.

A London Ambulance Service spokeswoman told the London Evening Standard: “We were called at 1.39pm to Pembury Road at the junction with Dalston Lane to reports of a collapsed advertising board.

“We sent a duty officer to the scene, two ambulance crews and a single responder in a car. We treated two patients; a woman reported to be in her 30s for leg and back injuries and a man reported to be in his 30s for a wrist and hand injury.

They were both taken to Homerton Hospital – the woman was taken as a priority.”

A spokeswoman for Bellway Homes said: “As a matter of priority, we are working with our principal contractor Ardmore Construction to investigate the incident. Our thoughts are with the injured parties, who we wish a speedy recovery.”

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Steel problems discovered on Olympic Stadium roof

September 29th, 2014 Comments off

Problems have been discovered with steel work on the new Olympic Stadium roof.

The Enquirer understands that cracking was spotted in some of the welds during recent lifting operations at the site.

roofSources close to the project also claimed that some strengthening plates in parts of the new roof structure had been missed out.

Steelwork contractor William Hare is believed to be working around the clock overseeing remedial work.

Balfour Beatty is main contractor on the £154m job to convert the stadium into a new home for West Ham United football club.

The cost of the roof reconfiguration work is estimated at £41m to create the world’s largest cantilevered roof which will be 84 metres wide at its deepest point.

Work has involved dismantling and removing the previous roof and floodlight towers.

An extensive cable net system will support the new roof which will be constructed on the floor of stadium and then lifted into position.

A number of 600 tonne cranes operating within the stadium will then tandem lift the supporting roof steelwork into place.

It is understood problems were noticed on the main tension ring during work to lift some of the cables into place.

The site source said: “While lifting the cables in using strand jacks some cracks were noticed in the welds.

“Some strengthening plates had also been missed so work was stopped and now it’s a case of working round the clock to put it right.”

The stadium operator is confident the steel problems won’t delay the overall construction schedule.

An E20 Stadium LLP spokesperson said: “We are building the world’s largest single span cantilever roof which poses some challenging engineering issues.

“This is being managed as part of our quality assurance work and won’t affect our long-term construction programme.“

The stadium will host five matches during the Rugby World Cup next year and will be the permanent home of West Ham from 2016.

 

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Comparison of Galvanized Steel with Stainless Steel

September 26th, 2014 Comments off

Comparison of Galvanized Steel with Stainless Steel

By:  Jake Hyet

Even though both galvanized steel and stainless steel are technically steel, they are very different from each other and have many different applications.  It is important that you know the difference, particularly when you have to decide which material to use for a home improvement or construction project.  Here is an explanation of what each steel is composed of and their uses.

Uses for Galvanized Steel

Galvanized steel is frequently used for home construction projects.  It is also commonly used in framing homes.  Nails, nuts and bolts are made from galvanized steel.  You may not know this, but it is also an established and commonly used choice for ornamental fencing.  What people believe is iron fencing is often really galvanized steel tubing.  It is frequently preferred due to its capability to resist rust.  Galvanized Metro Steel has many uses outside of the home and garden too.  It is used to frame heavy-duty vehicles such as trucks and buses, and parts of it are even used in automobiles and commercial construction vehicles.

Because of its rust-resistant properties, galvanized steel is also used in household appliances that may be exposed to water and therefore more easily corroded, such as washing machines and dish washers.

When Not to Use Galvanized Steel

Galvanized Metro Steel does have a variety of uses, but it is not the answer to every job.  It is usually the perfect choice in situations where there may be exposure to water, but it performs badly when exposed to salt water.  What happens is that the salt turns the zinc coating ineffective and down the road will leave you with a rusted product.  Also, galvanized steel nails shouldn’t be used when building cedar fencing.  The zinc coating reacts to a naturally occurring enzyme found in the cedar, and gradually this will cause black stains to run from the nail down the length of the cedar picket.

Uses for Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is the primary metal used in construction.  It is used often for building applications because of its strength and ability to resist rust.  Skyscrapers are framed with it and homes are built with it.  Also, it is used to make pipe for building and plumbing.  It is used for most hardware, saw blades and hand tools. The list of its uses could go on and on.

A Stainless Metro Steel sheet is an excellent material to use in marine environments as well.  It doesn’t rust and holds up well in wet and salty environments.  It makes up the mechanics and exteriors of household appliances, and most cutlery is made from it.

When Not to Use Stainless Steel

Stainless steel should not be used when any two pieces have the potential to rub together.  The reason is that friction can break down the oxide layer of the steel and the pieces could actually weld together.  Also, stainless steel is a bad choice if there is the possibility of exposure to chlorine.  Chlorine will eat through the oxide layer of stainless steel, thus leaving it no longer rustproof.  For this reason, a Stainless Metro Steel sheet or any other should never be cleaned with a solution that contains chlorine bleach.

 

 

Biography:  Jake Hyet is considered an expert on virtually anything to do with steel, having worked for various steel companies and had experience with both Galvanized Metro Steel, and Stainless Metro Steel sheets.

 

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First packages up for grabs on £1.2bn Shell Centre

September 26th, 2014 Comments off

canary-wharf-Canary Wharf Group is starting the hunt for package contractors on its massive redevelopment of the Shell Centre site on London’s South Bank.

The move comes despite an ongoing legal challenge against the scheme which has delayed the start of construction.

Canary Wharf Group is construction manager on the project and joint development manager with Qatari Diar.

The scheme was approved by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles in June but is now facing a legal challenge by a lone objector.

The High Court challenge is due to be heard in December but the developers are confident of victory and are pressing ahead with the scheme.

Canary Wharf Group majority owner Songbird Estates said: “A Section 288 objection to the Secretary of State’s decision was filed and a court date has now been set for the case to be heard in December 2014.

“In anticipation of a successful outcome, the joint venture is continuing to work towards completing documentation with Shell; design of the first phase of buildings and tendering of the initial construction packages; and preparation of the marketing and sales campaign for the private residential apartments.”

The 27-storey Shell Centre Tower will remain the centrepiece of the new site, and will continue to be owned and occupied by Shell.

It will be complemented by eight new buildings, one of which will incorporate a further 245,000 sq ft of new offices and trading floors for Shell, enabling all of their 4,000 London-based staff to be located together on the South Bank for the first time.

Around 800,000 sq ft of office space, including the Shell Centre Tower, along with around 80,000 sq ft new retail units, restaurants and cafés, will be accompanied by up to 877 new homes.

The construction, which will run over a six-year period, will employ an average of 700 workers on-site rising to 1,630 at the peak of work.

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MORGAN SINDALL SEALS THE DEAL TO BECOME THE 80,000th CONSIDERATE CONSTRUCTION SITE IN THE UK

September 24th, 2014 Comments off

The Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS), an initiative which aims to improve the image of the industry by encouraging best practice, has reached its 80,000th registered site.

The 80,000th site belongs to Morgan Sindall’s Brampton Village Primary School site in Huntingdon, and the Managing Director for Construction East and the project team from Morgan Sindall were presented with a plaque on Friday 19th September to mark the occasion.

Registering a site with the CCS demonstrates a commitment to improving the image of construction, as all registered sites must adhere to a Code of Considerate Practice. This involves a commitment from sites registered with the Scheme to care about appearance, respect the community, protect the environment, secure everyone’s safety and value their workforce. All registered sites are regularly monitored by an experienced industry professional to assess their performance against these points.

Mike Petter, Chairman of the CCS, who celebrated with Morgan Sindall said: “We’re delighted to present Morgan Sindall with a plaque to celebrate their site becoming our 80,000th. We’ve seen the Scheme grow year on year since it began in 1997 as our members appreciate the importance of both the direct and indirect image of sites and how they have a wider impact on the industry as a whole.”

John Homer, Morgan Sindall Managing Director for Construction East, who accepted the plaque, said: “The CCS plays an invaluable role in ensuring best practice across the industry and we’re very pleased to be joining them to celebrate this significant milestone. Reaching this landmark project is proof of the industry’s enthusiasm for the Scheme and the widespread commitment and dedication to improving our working practices and encouraging positive engagement with the community, the environment and the workforce.

“Morgan Sindall has been a steadfast supporter of the CCS and the values it seeks to encourage in the industry since the Scheme’s inception and we look forward to continuing to play our part in promoting best practice in the industry.”

Any work that could be construed by the general public as ‘construction’ can be registered as a site with the Scheme, with many construction companies and clients automatically registering all their sites as company policy. All registered sites are monitored against the Code of Considerate Practice, with very highest performing sites considered for the Scheme’s annual National Site Awards which take place across the UK and are attended by thousands of construction industry professionals.

For more information, please visit www.ccscheme.org.uk

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Dumper truck mows down worker on Leadbitter site

September 23rd, 2014 Comments off

Contractor Leadbitter has been fined £100,000 after a worker was critically injured when he was run over by a nine tonne dumper truck.

David Windsor, 62, from Bristol, suffered life changing injuries, including severe brain damage, in the incident at a site in Devonport, on 7 October 2010.

He also sustained facial fractures, serious injuries to right arm, fractured ribs, a fractured pelvis, leg fractures and foot injuries all on his right side where the dumper ran over him.

He spent two weeks in intensive care, a month in a high dependency unit and was finally discharged home from a brain injury rehabilitation unit in April, 2011 – more than six months later.

Plymouth Crown Court heard that Windsor, a delivery driver, was delivering a mortar silo to the Leadbitter site – a former MoD property where 159 new homes were being built.

He was wearing high-visibility clothing, but was hit by the dumper as he was crossing the site to return to his lorry.

HSE established that there was no segregated, defined area provided for people on foot.

JB Leadbitter, as the the principal contractor for the site, had not produced or put in place a suitable traffic management plan to ensure the separation of vehicles and pedestrians using the roadway at the site.

JB Leadbitter and Co Ltd, of Abingdon in Oxfordshire, was found guilty of safety breaches and was fined £100,000 and ordered to pay full costs of around £100,000.

HSE Inspector Jonathan Harris, speaking after the hearing, said: “This terrible incident has left Mr Windsor with significant and lasting injuries and could easily have led to his death. It is unlikely he will be able to return to work again.

“Simple forethought and planning could have avoided this happening.

“JB Leadbitter failed to identify risks to site workers and visitors, such as delivery drivers, in their construction phase plan and made no provision for segregating site vehicles and pedestrians at the top end of the site.

“Other workers on this large site were frequently exposed to serious risks as a result of this lack of planning.

“Workplace transport incidents are the second most common cause of serious and fatal incidents in the construction industry, yet they could easily be avoided by having proper plans in place and provision for pedestrians on site.”

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British Land sells Mayfair flats for £11.6m each

September 22nd, 2014 Comments off

British Land has set a Mayfair record for apartment sale price at its Clarges site being redeveloped by Laing O’Rourke.

The developer confirmed today that it has already exchanged on 18 flats at the site at an average price of £4,750 per sq ft.

mayfairThe 18 apartments will cost buyers £210m at an average price of £11.67m.

British Land said: “This pre-launch was limited and targeted at an exclusive list of known potential buyers and has been very well received.”

Laing O’Rourke started work on the Clarges Mayfair site earlier this year and the job is due for completion in 2017.

The residential-led scheme will contain 34 apartments over ten floors alongside 47,800 sq ft of high quality prime office space and 14,800 sq ft of retail and leisure space.

The total construction cost of the scheme will be £228m and the site cost British Land £130m to acquire.

The firm said: “Full marketing of the remaining units will be undertaken closer to completion when purchasers can appreciate the unique design of the building, its location and the panoramic views from the upper floors.”

Chris Grigg, CEO of British Land, said: “Clarges Mayfair is a great example of what we do well – investing in the right places and creating environments where people prefer to live and work.

“We have used our core development skills to increase significantly the value of the scheme creating a landmark building for this important area of London and further enhancing our presence in the West End.”

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Construction industry relief at Scottish No vote

September 19th, 2014 Comments off

Construction and property leaders hope the Scottish no vote to independence will lead to a work surge in the country.

The result was confirmed this morning with a 55% to 45% vote in favour of remaining part of the union.

Construction information specialists Barbour ABI had warned that £7bn of planned projects were at risk if Scotland had voted for independence.

Kevin Bradley, Head of Scotland, Programme Cost Consulting at consultant AECOM said: “Now that Scotland has voted to remain in the Union and provided the result is accepted as permanent and the risk of any ongoing campaign is removed it takes away uncertainty for investors, we are likely to see a significant increase in commercial property transactions over the coming months.

“The Government is committed to investment in public infrastructure to secure long term economic growth, so we would anticipate an announcement of this pipeline in the autumn to prime the market for delivery.

“This could result in additional funding for public sector infrastructure investment as well as potentially tax advantageous conditions to attract foreign direct investment and for private sector businesses to locate in Scotland.”

But some confusion still remains on the level of extra powers the Scottish Parliament will be given in the wake of the no vote.

David Melhuish, Director of the Scottish Property Federation, said: “The uncertainty over Scotland’s constitutional future is now settled and it is important that political certainty is now regained if market confidence is to be secured in the commercial property sector.

“Certainty on the content and substance of the UK political parties’ proposals to enhance the powers of Holyrood and a commitment by the Scottish Government to work constructively with this process is vital if we are to ensure normal business and investment activity in the wake of the uncertainties expressed during the referendum campaign.”

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “To those in Scotland sceptical of the constitutional promises made, let me say this we have delivered on devolution under this Government, and we will do so again in the next Parliament.

“The three pro-union parties have made commitments, clear commitments, on further powers for the Scottish Parliament.

“We will ensure that they are honoured in full.”

 

 

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£7bn of construction at risk if Scots vote ‘yes’

September 18th, 2014 Comments off

Over £7 billion of planned construction works could be in jeopardy if Scotland votes for independence next Thursday.

Scotland is presently benefitting from a work boom with more than £38bn of construction projects planned.

union jack no scotlandBut, according to research by construction intelligence specialist Barbour ABI a fifth of these are being funded by investors based outside of Scotland.

Researchers warn that the likelihood of these projects going ahead as intended may hang in the balance depending on next week’s result.

Scotland has a higher prevalence of contracts in the infrastructure, healthcare, education and industrial sectors compared to the wider UK market. It is under-represented in the commercial, retail, residential, hotel and leisure sectors.

Michael Dall, lead economist at Barbour ABI, said:  ”There are a large number of projects in the pipeline in the renewable energy sector which is subsidised by the UK-wide renewable obligation, calling these into question.

“If Scotland does choose independence, it’s likely that negotiations between UK and Scottish Governments will be prolonged and complex, posing a potential risk to both public and private sector contracts.

“With the lion’s share of planned works being funded by non-Scottish businesses, the currency question will also have a direct impact.”

Contracts research company Glenigan has seen a sharp fall in the value of projects securing planning approvals so far this year.

The value of  industrial, office and retail projects granted planning dropped by £230m.

The utilities sector has also suffered a notable decline in the first seven months of this year, with the value of approvals falling 26% compared to the same period in 2013 – a £100m deficit.

Allan Wilén, Economics Director at Glenigan, said: “The drop in activity, which follows a relative positive performance in 2013, appears to reflect investors’ temporarily deferring decisions.

“The danger is that these uncertainties persist following the referendum.

“Commenters have raised concerns that firms headquartered outside of Scotland may reassess their investment plans in the event of a yes vote next week.

“However, construction product manufactures supplying the UK market from Scotland face similar pressures.

“In the event of a yes vote it will be important that the key economic issues, from the currency to the operation of energy markets, are quickly resolved in order to provide the private sector with the confidence to press ahead with planned investments.”

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London super sewer gets the green light from Government

September 16th, 2014 Comments off

The Government has granted development consent to build the giant Thames Tideway Tunnel project along the Thames in London.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles and Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss both today signed the order granting development consent for giant_sewer_thames2the 25km Thames Tideway Tunnel to be built and operated.

Pickles said: “This is a challenging infrastructure project, but it is clear that the Thames Tunnel will help modernise London’s ageing Victorian sewerage system, and make the River Thames cleaner and safer.”

A construction start has slipped from May 2015 as originally planned to 2016.

The 7.2 metre diameter ‘super sewer’ is designed to stop more than 39m tonnes of untreated sewage being flushed into the Thames every year.

Construction will involve work at 24 sites from Acton in the West to Abbey Mills in the East, along and underneath the Thames.

It will involve using six tunnel boring machines from five drive sites and will directly create more than 4,000 jobs.

The new 25 km tunnel along the river will connect with the Lee Tunnel which is currently under construction.

Work on the Tideway Tunnel will be divided into three lots with contract awards next year.

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