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Building consultancy takes its own steps to counter Hackitt Review “failings”

May 24th, 2018 No comments

Building surveying, cost management, architecture and project management specialist Trident Building Consultancy has taken the decision to set its own rules regarding fire safety following what it sees as the “extraordinary failings” of the final recommendations from the Hackitt Review which were published yesterday.

Trident is banning the use on its projects of any desktop fire safety studies to prove the suitability of a product or system, and will only specify rigorously tested and proven non-combustible materials for use on refurbished and new buildings.

In addition, it now requires a far more robust method of large-scale product testing, and is considering reintroducing a clerk of works type service on projects wherever possible to try and ensure a much higher standard of installation.

Matthew Clare, one of the founding directors of Trident, said:

“I was disappointed when I read the Hackitt Review report. Expectations were very high and have not been met.

“Of course, we welcome the commitment to tighten the loose and ambiguous wording of the Building Regulations and Approved Document B. The current wording is so grey, so thin, so open to wildly different interpretation. This is one step in the right direction.

“But I was flabbergasted that the use of desktop studies in the process of material selection was not completely struck out in the Hackitt Review recommendations. Relying on someone else’s work and picking out bits of it to suit your case is not a sound basis for demonstrating compliance.

“Indeed, it’s worse than that. In multiple buildings that we have been looking at over the last year, we have found that not even a desktop study had been carried out before getting sign off from the local authority’s building control department or an approved inspector. Nothing. No checks whatsoever that cladding or an insulation system was fit for purpose.”

Trident is now refusing to accept desktop studies, and is advising property investors, developers and owners to carry out careful assessments of the risk and costs of remedial works on certain projects, including student accommodation and other multiple occupancy blocks.

Having completed more than 20 large-scale fire tests since last June, Matthew Clare is highly critical of how some manufacturers of cladding and insulation systems have been able to manipulate the testing regime to get a Euroclass A2 ‘limited combustibility’ rating for products which were patently not appropriate.

“We will always advocate empirical testing on large-scale samples,” he says.

“Before Trident will specify any product, we will want to see that testing has been carried out in a robust fashion, using a faithful replica of what will be used on a building and that building’s design features. The devil is in the detail.

“Furthermore, we must be entirely sure that what is tested is what will then be installed – and to exactly the same tolerances. I’ve seen systems that pass fire safety tests when used with a 10mm gap but fail when there’s a 12mm gap. There is absolutely no substitute for quality control of installation, as well as product manufacture and testing.”

Trident Building Consultancy provides building surveying, cost management and project management services across a wide range of sectors in commercial and residential property, and across all parts of the private sector, local and central government.

Most recently, it has been involved in assessing, specifying and project managing the remedial works required on a number of high rise residential buildings that had been clad with similar systems as used at Grenfell Tower, and which also displayed many of the same passive fire safety failures such as lack of compartmentation and missing or damaged fire doors.

Trident was formed in 1998 and currently employs more than 100 staff across 11 offices in the UK and Ireland, enabling it to have a nationwide capability to deliver sound, reliable advice from a solid base of qualified and experienced surveyors and architects.

www.tridentbc.com

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Tradespeople need to do more to keep up with smart home technology

May 22nd, 2018 No comments

Tradespeople need to do more to keep up with smart home technology

 

84% of tradespeople said they had never undertaken any training in smart home technology, according to a recent poll carried out by the UK’s largest online supplier of ironmongery, IronmongeryDirect.

Conducted in the lead up to Smart Home Week (21- 27 May) the poll revealed that despite the rise in popularity of smart home products, many tradespeople are still unprepared for the increasing customer demand.

Nearly 30% of UK homeowners now own at least one smart home product[1]. This increase is reaffirmed by IronmongeryDirect expecting sales of smart technology to more than double this year.  This is in addition to previous national research carried out by the leading online ironmongery supplier, which showed that almost 90% of tradespeople are not confident when advising customers on smart products.

Only one in ten tradespeople said they felt “very confident” when it comes to offering guidance on smart products, including products such as smart cameras, smart alarms and locks which can be connected to smartphones.

Now in its second year, Smart Home Week aims to raise the profile of smart home technology and to inform, educate and reassure consumers about the benefits and opportunities of living in a smart, connected way.

Wayne Lysaght-Mason, Managing Director of IronmongeryDirect, said: “Smart products are redefining the way that a property functions, and there is a clear need for tradespeople to keep abreast of the developments involving smart technology. With basic burglar alarms now enhanced to monitor, control and interact with a home or business premises from a smartphone or tablet, we are just at the beginning of this smart tech revolution.

“There is still a demand for traditional products, but these new smart alternatives should not be ignored. There are some fantastic products on the market, whether you want to specialise in security, lighting, heating or household appliances.”

Training organisations around the UK offer courses in smart technology, including the AWE Smart Home Academy in Surrey, which equips tradespeople with the skills and confidence they need to advise customers on the technology. For instance, its Foundation Workshop is aimed at the less experienced residential smart technology installer and focuses on the fundamentals of custom installation.

IronmongeryDirect stocks a variety of products including the The Yale® Easy Fit Telecommunicating Alarm, a top-of-the-range house alarm, the Yale® Smart HD1080 4 Camera CCTV Kit a durable and hard-wearing product that can monitor a property with its high definition video quality camera and the Yale® Conexis L1 Multipoint Smart Lock.

The customer service team are available from 7am-8pm 7 days a week and can help with any questions or queries you may have about smart home technology.

IronmongeryDirect has over 16,500 products available and in stock. Orders can be placed as late as 8pm for next day delivery from Sunday through to Friday and by 4pm on Saturdays. Free, no quibble returns are available on all products.

For more information, visit IronmongeryDirect.com or call their team of specialist advisors on 0800 168 28 28.

[1] https://www.smarthomeweek.co.uk/about/

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The sky’s the limit — Edinburgh Airport’s construction history

May 21st, 2018 No comments

Edinburgh Airport started life as a small Royal Flying Corps aerodrome named Turnhouse in 1915 —the first commercial services weren’t launched until 1947.

But by the end of 2014 it exceeded the 10 million passenger mark — the busiest year ever for a Scottish airport.

And the hub’s transformation over the course of a century involved some fascinating civil engineering projects.

So it’s worth reviewing a few highlights from its construction history.

Control tower

Edinburgh’s stylish air traffic control tower opened in 2005 after taking a year to complete.

The 57-metre-high structure cost £10 million to complete and was designed by Reid Architecture, with Laing O’Rourke as principle construction partner.

Advocates of aesthetic design appreciate the award-winning tower’s sleek, stretched pepper-grinder silhouette.

But it’s also innovative — featuring a seven-metre diameter concrete circular core with service riser and stairs clad in diamond-shaped aluminium shingles.

A slide-out drawer in the first floor for removing and replacing technical equipment adds a final ingenious flourish.

Parking facilities

Edinburgh has also displayed innovation in terms of its parking facilities.

In 2004, owners BAA opened a new five-storey car park opposite the terminal building with a terminal walkway and 2000 additional spaces — rapidly reducing the time taken to enter and exit the main building.

The design has a one-way search to all floors, independent vertical circulation and payment areas kept separate from vehicle thoroughfares to protect pedestrians — features that helped it win Best New Car Park at the British Car Parking Awards in 2005.

Private firms also provide excellent secure parking options near Edinburgh Airport that further enhance its provision and offer drivers a range of long- and short-term options.

Terminal expansion

Over the past 10 years, Edinburgh has undertaken a comprehensive terminal expansion project aimed at increasing its capacity and making facilities more efficient and comfortable for customers.

The first stage of the project was completed in 2010 and involved the construction of a new departure lounge with a wider choice of bars, restaurants and retail outlets than previously available.

An initial £25 million terminal expansion plan was announced in 2013, which added 6000 square metres of additional space for passengers, shops and a security area — this was opened in 2015.

Finally, work on the new three-storey terminal building at Edinburgh began in early 2017, with BAM Construction awarded the contract for its first phase.

This latest addition is part of a wider £80 million investment that will futureproof the airport to cope with a significant projected rise in passenger numbers.

It’s also attempting to address environmental concerns by committing to a carbon trading system that lowers emissions in a sustainable way in the long-term.

Edinburgh Airport’s evolution closely shadows that of aviation itself — it’s moved from housing some of the first reconnaissance and fighter planes to gargantuan commercial models that carry passengers to far-flung destinations daily.

If it continues as an agile business, the sky’s the limit in terms of where it’s flights might carry passengers in another 100 years.

What’s your favourite airport construction project? Share your opinions in the comments section.

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WSP Uses Advanced 3D Modeling to Optimize the Design of London’s Newest Iconic Skyscraper

May 21st, 2018 No comments

Bentley’s RAM Software Provides Innovative Structural Solutions for Unique Geometry of One Blackfriars Tower

 

Prime Location, Multiple Challenges

Considered one of Europe’s most iconic building projects, One Blackfriars London is a mixed-use development that features a 50-story residential tower as its centerpiece, an adjoining three-story podium housing a gym and retail facilities, and a boutique hotel with 161 rooms, all built over a three-story basement with a swimming pool, spa, and parking facilities. Developed by St. George and designed by Simpson Haugh Architects, the project is situated on the south side of Blackfriars Bridge overlooking the River Thames, offering spectacular views of St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, and Westminster’s Big Ben, and the houses of Parliament. WSP was appointed to provide structural modeling and engineering services.

 

The project site varied in depth and had remaining elements of a previously demolished building, which could not be removed without collapsing the surrounding infrastructure. Performing a 3D laser site survey enabled the team to understand the site challenges and design the new three-story basement down to 13 meters, fitting around the site’s constraints.

 

WSP also faced challenges designing temporary on-site client facilities, including developing structural solutions for the complex geometry of the 170-meter landmark building. MicroStation, RAM Concept, and RAM Structural System provided WSP an integrated BIM solution to streamline workflows and push the limits of structural design to create an elegant silhouette on London’s skyline.

 

3D Design Coordination Saves Time and Space

Given that St. George desired a strong, on-site marketing and sales presence, WSP designed a temporary three-story, steel-framed facility fitted with replica apartments to serve as the marketing suite. To support it at ground level, the team partially modeled the ground floor slab and supported the slab on plunge columns so that the three levels of the basement could be constructed around and underneath the marketing suite while in use. This piling configuration enabled temporary and permanent works to be combined and facilitated a top-down construction sequence. The interoperability of Bentley technology allowed WSP to share the 3D design models with the construction contractor for generating logistics plans and sequencing work packages. As the works reached the ground floor, the marketing suite was removed and the tower construction commenced.

 

To complicate matters, the rooftop structure of the tower housed the main building maintenance unit (BMU), which contained a shaft extending down into the multi-level penthouse floors. WSP worked with its in-house façade access consultants, sharing 3D MicroStation models to determine how to prevent the BMU from intruding on the penthouse space. Using the WSP model, contractors could fully understand the space and reduce the size of the BMU to a more compact unit.

 

In addition to coordinating with the contractors, WSP opted for a collaborative design process to analyze numerous options and determine innovative solutions to ensure structural integrity of the asymmetrically shaped tower. The design team used the architect’s 3D model in MicroStation and developed a framing skeleton for the model. Floor plate layouts were then extracted and seamlessly imported into RAM Concept, where multiple design iterations were analyzed and automated drawing productions generated for client and design team coordination. This process streamlined workflow and optimized optioneering, enabling various alternatives to be analyzed in half the time.

 

Post-tensioned Design Adds Value

The geometry of the tower consists of a narrow base extending upward to a bulge, where the private viewing lounge offers panoramic views of London, and then slopes back in and continues rising upward. A multi-level penthouse accommodates the top five floors of the 50-story building. The tower includes 274 luxury apartments, all varying in layout with floor plates of different shapes and sizes and no repetition throughout the building. Not only did WSP need a structural solution for the varied floor plans, but it also needed to design support columns that offered unobstructed views without intruding on the apartment spaces.

 

Based on the MicroStation architectural model and using RAM Concept, WSP determined that the optimal structural solution was a combination of fitting reinforced concrete blade columns between the party walls and circular feature columns. With all the various sized apartments, the team needed to determine the location for the columns that best suited the individual layouts while still ensuring structural integrity. Bentley’s interoperable technology optimized the column configuration and automatically generated arrangement drawings that were shared with the contractor for construction.

 

Finally, with RAM Concept, WSP designed the apartment floor slabs as thin as possible. The team modeled and designed 225-millimeter thick, post-tensioned concrete floor slabs, which proved to be the most cost-effective solution based on minimum structural zone. It reduced the self-weight of the floors, which proved the most cost-effective solution based on minimum structural zone. It reduced the self-weight of the floors, which allowed for maximum slab spans and floor-to-ceiling heights to increase apartment value. The post-tensioned slab design saved 10 percent in overall concrete volume for the floors alone, equivalent to five additional floor plates.

 

Interoperability Ensures Stability

Using RAM Concept, WSP conducted finite element modeling to analyze the entire building, testing stability against wind and numerous forces. The team applied the software’s meshing algorithm to accurately predict the floor slab concrete behavior and integrated it with other software, designing the stability system and producing an overall building model.

 

A glittering pinnacle of One Blackfriars Tower is the multi-level penthouse. Tasked with finding a structural framing solution for the most expensive part of the building, the design team used RAM software to develop structural support for the glass rooftop. With Bentley’s structural design and analysis software, WSP introduced a transfer slab to support the entire dead weight of the roof cap and restrained it with horizontal and vertical restraints.

 

The team conducted a detailed deflection cap analysis that included testing the structural robustness of the main BMU on various transfer slabs. The interoperability of Bentley software optimized analysis, ensuring structural stability of the unique building geometry and achieving an iconic design.

 

RAM Optimizes Structural Solutions

Consistent with the elegant design of the tower, the architects were keen to have feature columns at the base of the building. The columns were narrow at the base and extended upward 10 meters in height, which forced the team to adopt high-strength concrete to ensure optimal axial stiffness and strength. However, the client also wanted a two-level mezzanine above the lobby without any of the columns interfering with the open lobby space. Using RAM Structural System, WSP designed a steel framework and hung the entire framing system from the first residential floor slab. With RAM Concept, the design team could enhance the thickness of the first level slab to support the frame loads.

 

WSP faced additional challenges of ensuring structural support for the post-tensioned floor slabs for the different apartment layouts. After conducting numerous design iterations, the team adopted a combined solution of walking columns, raking columns, and split reverse-Y columns. As the raking columns also generated horizontal forces, WSP use the floor plates to tie the column horizontal forces to the building.

 

Further up the tower structure are two smaller BMUs that required a variation in column design to avoid clashes as the columns rose from the floors below. RAM Concept enabled the team to determine an optimal solution, using reverse-Y transfer columns to allow space for the BMUs but still support the floors.

 

Finally, as with any high-rise building, lateral stability is a crucial issue. And with residential buildings like One Blackfriars Tower, the building cores tend to be smaller compared to commercial buildings. To ensure lateral stability, WSP designed a staggered outrigger system that extended out and attached to the columns. This solution also provided the construction team complete access to each floor.

 

 

Pushing the Limits of Structural Design

Bentley’s RAM software saved considerable time throughout all stages of the project. The technology allowed multiple iterations and design changes to be explored and adopted from the initial design proposal stage through construction, while ensuring compliance with European design codes. Within a short period of time, WSP achieved an efficient, cost-effective structural solution incorporating longer, thinner slabs and fewer columns. RAM enabled the design team to push structural design to the limit, providing innovative solutions for each bespoke room and floor.

 

Using Bentley’s integrated 3D modeling applications enabled WSP to design and deliver an iconic landmark for London and reinforces the notion that with the right capabilities, anything is possible and there is no limit as to what can be achieved. One Blackfriars will inspire the next generation of designers to think outside the box and promote London as the capital for world-class architecture and engineering.

 

According to Aret Garip, technical director, structural project manager and design lead, WSP UK, “Bentley’s RAM Concept and MicroStation software packages enabled WSP to design and deliver one of the most iconic projects in Europe. The software was very effective to coordinate and design cost-efficient and environmentally friendly solutions for the benefit of the client and the local community. The project stands proud as a centerpiece for architectural and engineering excellence.”

 

 

Project Summary

 

Organization:  WSP

Solution:  Buildings and Campuses

Location: London, England, United Kingdom

 

Project Objectives:

  • Provide structural engineering solutions for site constraints and complex geometry of One Blackfriars Tower.
  • Design cost-effective, efficient framing to fit 274 apartments within the 50-story skyscraper.
  • Optimize collaboration with architects, client, and contractors to deliver an elegant super-structure with spectacular views of London.
  • Push the limits of structural design to inspire the imagination of future designers.

 

Products Used:

MicroStation, RAM Concept, RAM Structural System

 

Fast Facts:

  • One Blackfriars is London’s mixed-use development accommodating 274 apartments and a multi-level penthouse.
  • WSP used RAM Concept to design the floor slabs for this geometrically complex building.
  • Using MicroStation, the design team shared 3D models and produced automated production drawings, facilitating collaboration.

 

ROI:

  • RAM Concept optimized optioneering to achieve a cost-effective structural solution within a short time period, saving the equivalent of five additional floor plates.
  • Bentley’s 3D technology coordinated modeling and streamlined workflows to save 50 percent in design time.
  • Bentley applications’ interoperability combined temporary and permanent works, increasing efficiency and reducing construction time.

 

 

“Bentley’s RAM Concept and MicroStation software packages enabled WSP to design and deliver one of the most iconic projects in Europe. The software was very effective to coordinate and design cost-efficient and environmentally friendly solutions for the benefit of the client and the local community. The project stands proud as a centerpiece for architectural and engineering excellence.”

 

Aret Garip, Technical Director, Structural Project Manager and Design Lead, WSP, UK

 

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Jones Bros wins retendered £14.5m Wigan Link road

May 17th, 2018 No comments

North Wales contractor Jones Bros Ruthin (Civil Engineering) Co has secured the Wigan link road four years after plans were given the green light.

Wigan Council was forced to rebid the road scheme after initially awarding the design contract to Galliford Try in June 2015 but then failed to agree a final build price.

Jones Bros secured the 2.5km A49 Link Road project with a £14.5m bid.

The new dual carriageway will provide a new high-capacity route into Wigan town centre from the south of the borough

The proposed A49 Goose Green to Westwood Park Link Road project includes three major structures to bridge existing watercourses, canals and a primary road.

The upgrade scheme will improve two junctions along the A49 and pave the way for housing projects at Pemberton Park and Wigan Arc.

Work on the long-delayed project is now due to start in June.

 

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Subcontractors wanted for south coast sites

May 15th, 2018 No comments

Main contractors in the south of England are looking to boost their supply chains at a major ‘Meet the Buyer’ event this week

Constructionline is hosting the event in Brighton where local subcontractors can discuss upcoming projects with some of the south’s largest building contractors and public-sector authorities.

It takes place at the American Express Community Stadium, Village Way, Brighton, BN1 9BL, on Thursday 17th May 2018, between 8:30am and 2:00pm.

Andrew Lowe, Constructionline Sales Director said: “We are very much looking forward to meeting new businesses in Brighton. Previous events in the area have drawn our attention to some great businesses and we are sure the event is going to be very successful.”

The event is open to members and non-members of Constructionline and will feature representatives from Bouygues, McGoff Construction, Baxall Construction and Westridge.

Tickets are free but the event is expected to be in very high demand, so all wishing to attend must book in advance here

 

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New national research suggests 1 in 10 suspect illegal drug use by workplace colleagues

May 14th, 2018 No comments

New national research suggests 1 in 10 suspect illegal drug use by workplace colleagues

  • One in five don’t take any action if they suspect a friend, family member or colleague of using illegal drugs
  • Regional variations show that almost twice as many Londoners suspect colleagues of drug use compared to national average
  • Would simple drug tests in the workplace help? New technology enables employers to screen employees using a simple fingerprint sweat test

New research released today suggests that more than one in ten workers across the UK have suspected a colleague of taking illegal drugs. This figure rises to 24% in London – almost twice the national average, while at 6% those surveyed in the North-East appeared to be far less suspicious of their colleagues.

The research, commissioned by Intelligent Fingerprinting to determine UK attitudes to drug screening in the workplace, also shows that one in five employees took no action to help or confront the colleague they suspected of drug use. This, despite the fact that 43% of people worry that working alongside someone under the influence of drugs makes their workplace unsafe. Similarly, just under a quarter (22%) have suspected a friend of taking illegal drugs, but again those one in five did nothing about it.

Dr Paul Yates of Intelligent Fingerprinting commented: “drug misuse has always been a concern when it comes to health & safety in the workplace, however this latest research suggests the issue could be even more widespread than previously thought. It is clear that drug usage not only puts the safety of individual employees at risk, but also contributes to the cumulative workplace accidents that cost the UK some £4 billion every year[1]. It’s particularly an issue in those sectors where drug misuse takes place in safety-critical working environments such as construction, manufacturing, logistics, public transport networks and utilities.”

“What is notable from the research is that colleagues are reluctant to act – perhaps because they do not have the ability to provide proof or evidence that drug usage has actually taken place,” adds Paul Yates. “Employers who do implement a drug and alcohol policy are often frustrated by the practical challenges within their specific workplaces. Operating a traditional drug screening service using urine tests on a construction site, for example, is rather inconvenient. It’s perhaps no surprise that our new fingerprint-based drug screening test – thanks to its portability, ease-of-use and non-invasive approach – is already generating interest from those health & safety managers and occupational health professionals who are responsible for safety in the workplace. It takes only a few seconds to collect a fingerprint sweat sample and screens for multiple drugs of abuse – amphetamines, cannabis, cocaine and opiates – in a single test, delivering results in under eight minutes. It’s an ideal platform for spontaneous workplace drug screening and we know that regular random drug screening, combined with an effective drug and alcohol policy, acts as a strong deterrent to drug use in the workplace.”

Interviews are available with Dr Paul Yates, a Director at Intelligent Fingerprinting and Abigail Morakinyo of Health in Check – to find out more information about the research.

Facts and figures from the research and regional breakdown

The research for Intelligent Fingerprinting was carried out online by Opinion Matters between 27/04/2018 and 30/04/2018 amongst a panel resulting in 1,200 respondents. All research conducted adheres to the MRS Codes of Conduct (2010) in the UK and ICC/ESOMAR World Research Guidelines. Opinion Matters is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office and is fully compliant with the Data Protection Act (1998).

National
13%
have suspected a colleague of taking illegal drugs while at work
43% worry that working alongside someone under the influence of drugs makes their workplace unsafe
20% took no action to help or confront the colleague they suspected of drug use

East of England
11%
have suspected a colleague of taking illegal drugs while at work
46% worry that working alongside someone under the influence of drugs makes their workplace unsafe
17% took no action to help or confront the colleague they suspected of drug use

London
24%
have suspected a colleague of taking illegal drugs while at work
37% worry that working alongside someone under the influence of drugs makes their workplace unsafe
21% took no action to help or confront the colleague they suspected of drug use

East Midlands
11%
have suspected a colleague of taking illegal drugs while at work
42% worry that working alongside someone under the influence of drugs makes their workplace unsafe
18% took no action to help or confront the colleague they suspected of drug use

West Midlands
12%
have suspected a colleague of taking illegal drugs while at work
42% worry that working alongside someone under the influence of drugs makes their workplace unsafe
13% took no action to help or confront the colleague they suspected of drug use

North East
6%
have suspected a colleague of taking illegal drugs while at work
44% worry that working alongside someone under the influence of drugs makes their workplace unsafe
11% took no action to help or confront the colleague they suspected of drug use

North West
12%
have suspected a colleague of taking illegal drugs while at work
42% worry that working alongside someone under the influence of drugs makes their workplace unsafe
29% took no action to help or confront the colleague they suspected of drug use

Northern Ireland
15%
have suspected a colleague of taking illegal drugs while at work
50% worry that working alongside someone under the influence of drugs makes their workplace unsafe
40% took no action to help or confront the colleague they suspected of drug use

Scotland
13%
have suspected a colleague of taking illegal drugs while at work
49% worry that working alongside someone under the influence of drugs makes their workplace unsafe
22% took no action to help or confront the colleague they suspected of drug use

South East
13%
have suspected a colleague of taking illegal drugs while at work
42% worry that working alongside someone under the influence of drugs makes their workplace unsafe
22% took no action to help or confront the colleague they suspected of drug use

South West
12%
have suspected a colleague of taking illegal drugs while at work
45% worry that working alongside someone under the influence of drugs makes their workplace unsafe
23% took no action to help or confront the colleague they suspected of drug use

Wales
15%
have suspected a colleague of taking illegal drugs while at work
39% worry that working alongside someone under the influence of drugs makes their workplace unsafe
11% took no action to help or confront the colleague they suspected of drug use

Yorkshire and the Humber
11%
have suspected a colleague of taking illegal drugs while at work
45% worry that working alongside someone under the influence of drugs makes their workplace unsafe
21% took no action to help or confront the colleague they suspected of drug use

The Intelligent Fingerprinting Drug Screening System consists of a four-panel test cartridge and the portable Intelligent Fingerprinting Reader 1000 analysis instrument. Together these have the potential to be used almost anywhere, any time to support a range of applications including drug rehabilitation programmes, tackling drug use as part of offender management, police initiatives such as roadside testing for drug driving, coroner services, as well as establishing fitness for duty in safety-critical workplaces such as the transport and construction industries.

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FIRST LOOK AT LIVERPOOL WATERS’ VISION FOR THE FUTURE

May 10th, 2018 No comments

Incredible new visuals for the £5 billion Liverpool Waters project, which will transform Liverpool’s Waterfront, have been released to show how the 60-hectare development will look once completed.

The new CGI’s bring to life Liverpool Waters’ vision to completely restore the city’s northern docks, regenerating the 2 million sqm site to create a world-class, mixed-use waterfront quarter in Liverpool.

Within this vision are five unique and dynamic neighbourhoods, running from the edge of the already established Princes Dock, nearly 2km north along the waterfront until it reaches Bramley Moore Dock, the proposed site for the new Everton football stadium.

 

As well as aerial views of the entire project, the CGI’s also offer a glimpse of some of Central Dock’s most impressive features, including Clarence Square, Central Park and a new cultural hub. The 185,860 sqm neighbourhood will also be home to family housing with private gardens as well as residential and office buildings that will offer views of Central Park and the River Mersey.

 

These CGI’s have been created to accompany a refreshed masterplan for the project which encompasses all five unique neighbourhoods. The masterplan has been updated to maximise the project’s potential and ensure it is future-proofed for generations to come.

 

One of the biggest changes in the plan is the relocation of Central Park, with the intention to move it closer to the River Mersey. Covering almost two hectares, Central Park will be one of the many jewels in Liverpool Waters’ crown and will perfectly encapsulate the distinctive mix of culture and community to be found at the Central Dock neighbourhood.

 

Other changes in the plan include a re-imagined Clarence Square at Central Dock, which is set to be one of the most distinctive and interesting public spaces on Liverpool’s waterfront. The masterplan also showcases many changes to the layout of various pedestrian areas to prioritise pedestrians and cyclists and ensure that views of the River Mersey are maximised and highlighted where possible.

 

Managed by Peel Land and Property (Ports) Limited, this year Liverpool Waters has already moved forward with a number of developments including breaking ground on the sixteen-storey residential tower Plaza 1821, which when finished will house 105 one and two bedroom apartments as well as offering commercial space on the ground floor.

 

Darran Lawless, development director at Liverpool Waters, said:

 

“This really is a landmark time for the Liverpool Waters project. Following a decade of meticulous planning, we are now firmly in the delivery phase of this project, and I am excited to see these plans take shape. The aim of the Liverpool Waters project is an ambitious one, but one that will expand the city centre as well as creating jobs and bringing economic benefits to not only North Liverpool, but the region as a whole.”

 

Ian Pollitt, assistant project director at Liverpool Waters, said:

 

“For over 10 years we have developed this project from an initial idea into the biggest single regeneration project in the history of Liverpool and one of the biggest of its kind anywhere in the world. It’s the comprehensive re-imagining and subsequent restoration of this derelict dockland which will reinstate the area back to its former glory. With these new CGI’s and our updated masterplan, we are demonstrating that Liverpool Waters will truly be a waterfront to the world.”

 

To learn more about the Liverpool Waters Development project led by Peel Land and Property (Ports) Limited, please visit http://www.liverpoolwaters.co.uk.

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Garage, barn, outbuildings, do they increase your property value?

May 9th, 2018 No comments

Lots of people wonder if a garage, barn, outbuilding increase their property value, and if so, by how much?

 

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Retentions Bill second reading pushed back to June

May 4th, 2018 No comments

The second reading of the private members Bill to overhaul the hated cash retentions system has been pushed back seven weeks.

Tory MP Peter Aldous was due to deliver the Bill’s second reading tomorrow but now the process has been put back to 15 June.

The change comes after concern that tomorrow’s crowded parliamentary schedule risked it not being read and abandoned by parliament.

Aldous is seeking to amend the 1996 Construction Act and ensure that retentions are held in a third party trust scheme.

There is a now strong groundswell for reform in both parliament and the industry.

In recent weeks political support for holding cash retentions in trust has soared to over 120 MPs in favour of ring-fencing subcontractors’ money. Cross-party support for reform includes Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, SNP, DUP, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party.

And earlier this week a delegation representing 76 specialist trade bodies – representing over 355,000 companies and many self-employed professionals – petitioned the Prime Minister for urgent reform to payment practices and the retention system.

Aldous said: “The industry loses around £1m for each working day, mostly from SMEs. There have been proposals to stop the abuse of retentions before, but this time there is the largest coalition on fair payments ever.”

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