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Carillion starts huge roof truss lift at Anfield

July 30th, 2015 Comments off

Carillion started work last Friday morning to erect a 650-tonne roof truss over Anfield’s new Main Stand expansion project.

Work started at 6am  to lift the truss onto two 28m high towers at either side of the Main Stand.

The lift is being performed by two of the UK’s largest cranes the AK680 and AK912 which are 252ft-high.

anfield liverpool trussWork was due to start Thursday but was delayed by high winds.

The lift operation was scheduled to take a full day to complete and follows months of detailed planning by Carillion.

Ian Ayre, chief executive officer of Liverpool FC, said: “This is an historic milestone in Anfield’s history as the stadium transformation continues to take shape.

“We embarked on this significant expansion project just seven months ago we’ve lifted the Main Stand’s new truss and marking another incredible chapter in the club’s history.”

Installing the 20m-high truss, which will be visible from several points in the city, will enable work to get under way on constructing the Main Stand’s new roof, as the site’s cranes began the task of lifting and securing steel roof rafters into place.

Liverpool FC announced the redevelopment of Anfield in December 2014 and plans to add around 8,500 seats, taking the Main Stand capacity to over 20,000 and increasing the overall capacity of Anfield to around 54,000.

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Contractors celebrate £1.5bn motorway wins

July 28th, 2015 Comments off

Highways England has awarded a raft of smart motorways jobs to contractors worth up to £1.5bn.

Balfour Beatty in a joint venture with Vinci has taken the largest deal for a 10-mile stretch of the M5 Junctions 4a to 6 in Worcestershire; a 12-mile section of the M6 Junctions 2 to 4 in the Midlands, and a 32-mile stretch of the M4 Junctions 3 to 12 in London and Berkshire.

The contract is worth up to £607.4m and work on the first £45.4m package on the M4 will start this autumn.

The M6 deal is expected to start work in 2017/18 and the M4 scheme in 2016/17.

Kier has secured work worth up to £475m in a 50/50 joint venture with Carillion under the Collaborative Delivery Framework.

The JV will work on the 19 mile stretch of the M6 running from Junction 16 to 19 and the M6 running from Junction 13 to 15, as well as the M20 between Junction 3 and 5 and the M23 from Junction 8 to 10.

The first phase of the contract on the M6 (J16-19), worth £129.5m is due to begin this autumn with the other packages phased for delivery over the next four years.

Galliford Try has also won deals worth up to £367m in a joint venture with Costain.

The Galliford Try and Costain joint venture has won a construction package including delivery of the M1 J19 to J16 Smart Motorway in Northamptonshire, starting this autumn at a value of £65m.

It has also been appointed to construct two future schemes: the M1 J24 to J25 in the East Midlands, and the M1 J13 to J16 in Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire.

Both are expected to commence in 2016/17 at an estimated combined value of up to £302m subject to the agreement of target costs.

Amey and Arup have also won deals worth up to £25m on the M1 to design a smart motorway to relieve congestion between junctions 24 and 25 and junctions 13 and 16.

Working across 45km of road network, Amey and Arup will design the technology and infrastructure required to operate a smart motorway; including strengthening of the hard shoulder, creation of emergency refuge areas, new signage, gantries and central reservation barriers.

Joint ventures between CH2M and Hyder and Jacobs and Atkins have also won design deals.

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Government pulls funding for Green Deal

July 27th, 2015 Comments off

The Government is pulling funding from the Green Deal Finance Company due to “low take-up and green-brickconcerns about industry standards.”

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd said she will now “work with the building industry and consumer groups on a new value-for-money approach.”

The Government said: “Future schemes must provide better value for money, supporting the goal of insulating a million more homes over the next five years and the Government’s commitment to tackle fuel poverty.”

Existing Green Deal Finance Plans and Green Deal Home Improvement Fund applications and vouchers will be honoured.

Mark Bayley, Chief Executive, Green Deal Finance Company (GDFC) said: “The most important thing at the moment is for us and the Department to reassure those who currently have Green Deal finance plans in place and those with approved applications, that today’s announcement does not change anything for them.”

The GDFC currently has a network of 70 Green Deal Providers who carry out the work.

Bayley said: “Our network of small and medium size firms – the 70 Green Deal Providers – have done a fantastic job of making the Green Deal work.

“Our very strong growth over the past year has been driven by their efforts and investment.

“We’ve also provided over £75 million in trading lines to our small business partners over the last two years.

“My priority now is to ensure an orderly closure to new business and to fund eligible plans already submitted by the Providers.”

Rudd said: “It’s now time for the building industry and consumer groups to work with us to make new policy and build a system that works.”

The move is the latest shock to the energy efficiency sector after zero-carbon homes targets were dumped earlier this month.

Julie Hirigoyen, Chief Executive of the UK Green Building Council, said: “With each passing day, this Government puts an end to another green policy.

“Government’s strategy on dealing with high energy bills through home energy efficiency is now dead in the water.

“While the Green Deal was by no means perfect, the principle of enabling households to install energy saving measures without paying upfront costs was sound.

“The irony is that the scheme was finally becoming established and the number of plans was growing.

“This is yet another announcement with no forewarning that will leave the energy efficiency industry battered and bruised.”

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Buyers line-up for Queen’s builder

July 23rd, 2015 Comments off

A string of potential buyers is lining-up to buy parts of historic building restoration specialist Fairhurst Ward Abbotts.

The firm went into administration earlier this month when most of the 235 staff were made redundant.

FWA was established back in 1941 and holds the royal warrant for building and decorating services to the Queen.

The company built up a countrywide reputation for delivering renovation and refurbishment of historic properties, plus luxury new build projects.

A statement from administrators Begbies Traynor said: “The Administrators are receiving a number of enquiries from parties interested in acquiring parts of the business; some of which are in the early stage due diligence processes.

“No further information can be provided due to the confidentiality of the negotiations taking place at this time, but to date, no formal agreement has been completed.”

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Lorry fire melts stretch of the M6

July 20th, 2015 Comments off

Emergency resurfacing work took place on a stretch of the M6 on Saturday after a lorry fire melted parts of the road.

lorry fire M6Highways England said: “The M6 southbound is closed between junctions J13 (Stafford South) and J12 (Cannock) due to a severe HGV fire which engulfed all lanes of the carriageway shortly after 01:30 this morning.

“The intensity of the fire has caused extensive damage to the carriageway and resurfacing is required.

“The southbound carriageway is therefore expected to remain fully closed into the mid/late morning today.”

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BRITCON COMPLETES MAJOR RECYCLING PROJECT

July 20th, 2015 Comments off

Building and civil engineering contractor Britcon has completed a £2.6 million contract to deliver a new state of the art In-Vessel Composting (IVC) facility near Hull in East Yorkshire.

Britcon has successfully managed the design and build, acting as principal contractor for the entire  £4.5 million project for East Riding based recycling company Biowise.

Recycling plantWith funding assistance from the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Biowise secured a ten year contract with Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire Councils to operate the new facility.  It will process over 60,000 tonnes per annum of garden and food waste from 263,000 households in the region. The plant, which utilises the proven and highly regarded Dutch ‘Gicom’ technology, will convert the organic waste into quality compost for use in horticulture and agriculture.

Lincolnshire and Yorkshire based Britcon secured full management of the contract because of its sector expertise and proven success in delivering complex renewable and recycling sites. It delivered the entire project within a tight 37 week timeframe and on budget.

James Landau, managing director at Biowise said, “We chose to work with Britcon on the strength if its credentials in similar projects.  The fact that we could rely upon one single contractor to deliver all of the complex building elements to house the process was reassuring. Britcon really did work in partnership with us to deliver value engineering and we are delighted with the handover.”

The project brief included earthworks, piling operations and major structural works for a reception hall building, two tunnel structures with aerated pipework, plant rooms and biofilters, and a new substation.  Works also included draining, ducting, underground process pipework and service installation, retaining walls, access road, external yards and domestic electrical installation.

John Collingwood, Contracts Manager at Britcon said, “This is a very specialist area of building work and the site footprint is very linear which presented a number of challenges, mainly due to access.  We had to plan works carefully to meet a very tight timeframe and we were able to achieve this through our proven process of value engineering, ensuring best value at all stages of the project.”

Britcon has a depth of experience working within the waste and renewables sector with particular credentials in biomass, solar PV, CHP, anaerobic digestion and thermal and ground source energy.  Is it an active member

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DIY Failures Cost Britons Almost £2,000 a Year

July 17th, 2015 Comments off

A new study has revealed that more than two thirds of British homeowners have suffered a costly accident due to a failure regarding a DIY project; with the average cost of DIY accidents adding up to £1,830  per year. The most common accidents emerged as a result of ‘breaking something with a hammer’ and ‘not following the instructions’.

Over two thirds of people who attempt to carry out complicated DIY projects by themselves at home have had an incident that has ended up potentially costing them more money than if they were to hire a specialist

In a bid to further extend its research into home DIY and the costs associated with it, the team at www.constructaquote.com polled a total of 2,038 British people for the purposes of the study. Those taking part within the research were all aged 21 and over and had owned their own property for at least a year.

Respondents were initially asked to reveal whether they’d had a costly accident due to a failure in a DIY project undertaken at their home in the past year. More than two thirds (67%) of respondents revealed that they’d had an accident that resulted in a monetary cost; with the majority of these people (53%) revealing that the cost of repairing the damage amounted to more than the initial price of having the work carried out professionally. Of those who had an accident, 58% admitted that they had suffered a costly DIY failure more than once in the past twelve months.

In a bid to discover more about costly DIY accidents, researchers then asked relevant respondents to reveal why they think their DIY attempts had resulted in a costly repair. The top five most common answers emerged as follows:

  1. Drilling/hammering through wires – 48%
  2. Inaccurate measurements – 42%
  3. Improper use of instruction manuals – 35%
  4. Lack of correct permit/permission – 31%
  5. Unsuitable paints/sealants – 27%

Those who stated that had costly accidents from a DIY project were then asked how much it cost in the past year to rectify the mistakes, with the average amount revealed as £1,830.

Individuals were then asked whether previous DIY accidents had deterred them from attempting trickier DIY tasks in the future, with the majority (58%) confessing that they would prefer to leave it to the professionals from now on.

Lyndon Wood, CEO and creator of www.constructaquote.com, made the following comments regarding the study and its findings:

“I hope that people realise from the results of this research that Britons need to be a lot more careful when carrying out DIY projects in their precious homes. If you don’t have so much competency with DIY, then maybe you should consider hiring a professional to carry out the job correctly, and more importantly, safely. There is no shame in hiring someone to do the job for you, there is even more shame in bungling a project and it ultimately costing you a lot more money.”

He continued:

“If you are planning to continue with your own DIY, I’d recommend keeping a good eye on your tools, and making sure you don’t stretch yourself too far by trying to do something you have no prior knowledge of.”

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Osborne to rip-up planning rules

July 15th, 2015 Comments off

Chancellor George Osborne is launching a radical revamp of planning rules in a bid to boost house building levels across the country.

house-constAutomatic planning permission will be granted on many brownfield sites while major housing schemes could also be fast-tracked.

The moves will be part of a plan called “Fixing the Foundations” to boost the UK’s productivity revealed today by the Chancellor as a follow-up to his latest Budget.

Planning powers will also be devolved to Mayors in London and Manchester while councils will be sanctioned if they take too long to deal with applications.

Osborne said: “Britain has been incapable of building enough homes.

“The reforms we made to the planning system in the last Parliament have started to improve the situation: planning permissions and housing starts are at a seven-year high.

“But we need to go further and I am not prepared to stand by when people who want to get on the housing ladder can’t do so.”

Melanie Leech, chief executive of the British Property Federation, said: “The raft of planning announcements today really hit the nail on the head for a number of planning issues.

“We are particularly pleased to see a commitment to bring forward brownfield land for redevelopemnt and also the focus on Local Plans, as the absence of such is a real block to local growth.

“In order for these changes to make a difference, however, we strongly urge government to begin a dialogue with both the public and private sectors on how to address the severe shortage of funds which is afflicting local planning departments.

“The private sector will need to play a part in helping to address this funds shortage, and this needs to be explored fully if we want these new measures to work.

“We would also have liked to have seen some commitment to growing the purpose-built rental sector, which has an important part to play in solving the housing crisis and creating a balanced housing market.

“We warmly welcome the government’s recognition of how a functioning and efficient planning system can contribute to the UK’s growth by creating not just new homes, but also the infrastructure that supports great places.”

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Government kills-off zero carbon homes

July 13th, 2015 Comments off

Green construction campaigners were left reeling today as the Government dumped its zero-carbon homes targets.

Chancellor George Osborne’s “Fixing the Foundations” report confirmed that zero-carbon building policy is being dropped along with targets for homes to be compliant by 2016 and other buildings by 2019.

Julie Hirigoyen, Chief Executive of the UK Green Building Council, said: “Let us be in no doubt this announcement is the death knell for zero carbon homes.

“It is short-sighted, unnecessary, retrograde and damaging to the house building industry which has invested heavily in delivering energy efficient homes.

“Britain needs more housing but there is no justification for building homes with a permanent legacy of high energy bills.”

Rob Lambe, Managing Director of Willmott Dixon Energy Services, said: “Since the original Zero Carbon announcement Willmott Dixon has been supportive of setting a long term trajectory enabling industry to invest with confidence.

“This announcement seriously undermines industry confidence in government policy and will diminish future investment.”

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Queen’s builder Fairhurst Ward Abbotts goes under

July 8th, 2015 Comments off

Long-established historic building restoration specialist Fairhurst Ward Abbotts has gone into administration.

More than 200 staff with the Dartford-based firm are understood to have received letters informing them they have been made redundant.

The news comes as two other contractors – Nottingham M&E specialist D H Fathers and Tyneside builder Turney Wylde Construction – also entered administration bringing total job losses to over 400 last week.

FWA was established back in 1941 and holds the royal warrant for building and decorating services to the Queen.

The firm built up a countrywide reputation for delivering renovation and refurbishment of historic properties, plus luxury new build projects.

As well as the Royal Palaces, FWA worked on some of the UK’s finest historic buildings including the National Galley, the V&A and Chatsworth House.

Kevin Brush - managing director of Fairhurst Ward Abbotts,

In 2006, ex-surveyor Kevin Brush (above) bought a majority stake in the then £10m turnover firm and launched FWA on an expansion drive as managing director.

In recent years, the builder grew strongly and was projecting to raise turnover from around £50m to over £80m.

According to its last accounts the firm’s 246-strong team includes 148 directly employed craftspeople and tradesman.

It recently completed the £2.5m restoration of Hoxton Hall, one of Britain’s few surviving Victorian music halls and won trade magazine awards for its restoration of Bletchley Park, the famous home of the Second World War’s Enigma codebreakers.

Begbies Traynor (Central) took over as the administrators in the last few days.

Also administrators from Newcastle corporate recover specialist Tait Walker took control of Wallsend building contractor Turney Wylde Construction.

Turney Wylde was established in 1967 and built its business working with local authorities, housing associations and commercial clients in the region on new-build and refurbishment projects up to £7.5m.

The firm was bought from the Wylde family by managing director Ken Parkin and fellow director Ian Cuthbertson in 2011 in the depths of recession.

Ken Parkin Turney Wylde

Parkin (above), who was a former Skanska project director, joined the firm in 2009 and prided the company on developing talent from site starters to managers.

The last set of accounts filed at Companies House showed the firm turned over nearly £6m in 2013 but had high hopes of doubling this last year to its more traditional trading position as more contracts were won.

Many of the 80 staff had been with the firm for over 25 years.

Another long-established Nottingham firm, M&E specialist D H Fathers, also entered administration with the loss of up to 100 jobs this week.

The £16m turnover contractor was established back in 1957 and worked on many projects for Blue Chip clients.

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