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Aspiring ironmongers receive globally recognised door hardware qualification

September 28th, 2018 No comments

The next generation of architectural ironmongers is celebrating its Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) education results.

Exams were sat in 23 different countries by 355 learners. So far, 102 students have attained the Certificate in Architectural Hardware and 32 students have now completed the GAI Diploma this year.

The Guild’s education programme continues to grow overseas, with 49% of learners based outside the UK. There has been a particularly high number of learners in the UAE, China, India, Hong Kong and South Africa.

Rachel Tipton, manager of the GAI education programme, said:

“The GAI has been providing a unique education, qualification and CPD programme for people who work in and around the architectural ironmongery industry since 1961. It’s the only recognised programme in the world that leads to a qualification in architectural ironmongery to British and European standards, and with over 60 of these standards to get to grips with, gaining this qualification is something that all our students should be incredibly proud of. We look forward to celebrating with our newly qualified Diploma holders at this year’s Education Awards.”

The core of the education portfolio is separated into two qualifications. The Certificate in Architectural Hardware (CiAH) consists of two stages with 24 education modules covering everything an architectural ironmonger is required to know, supported with eight block assessments to test the students’ understanding.

Once learners have gained their CiAH, they can continue their studies to achieve the GAI Diploma. This stage focuses entirely on the skills and learning needed for scheduling the architectural ironmongery, electric hardware and key control for a project, and is of particular importance to those architectural ironmongers working on projects being built to UK and European standards across the globe. Once they have completed the diploma, they become a DipGAI, an industry recognised symbol of professionalism.

The 2018/19 education programme prospectus has been published on the GAI website, outlining the qualifications, course content and training support available. It also gives further information on becoming a RegAI through the Continued Professional Development (CPD) programme. The programme was revamped last year to make the process more flexible and give busy professionals more opportunity to gain CPD points.

Enrolments are now open until 31 December 2018.

Download the prospectus here: www.gai.org.uk/prospectus

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Trade Direct Insurance

September 27th, 2018 No comments

Trade Direct Insurance  one of the UK’s leading Tradesmen Insurance providers 

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Since the Brexit referendum in 2016, construction wages have risen by an average of 11% according to data from a staffing software supplier

September 27th, 2018 No comments

Since the Brexit referendum in 2016, construction wages have risen by an average of 11% according to data from a staffing software supplier

Over the past two years, Crawler crane operators have seen their pay increase by 54% followed by Electrical testers who have seen a 34% increase and steel fixers who have seen a rise of 22%.

The analysis of pay trends since June 2016 was conducted by Engage Technology partners which attributed the pay rise to shifting patterns of migrant labour.

Bradley Post, Managing Director at RIFT Tax Refunds commented: “It’s great to see the rise in construction wages and it’s something we expect to see continue in the coming years.  Currently the UK construction industry is facing a serious skills shortfall in the next 10 years. We’re looking at a potential 25% drop in the labour pool over the coming decade and that’s before we even consider the effects Brexit might have.

“Short term, a high demand for skilled labour is likely to mean lower unemployment rates among construction workers and possibly higher wages. The trouble with a shrinking talent pool, though, is you can quickly find yourself with too few skilled hands for your workload. Projects get delayed or cancelled and investors get nervous about putting money at risk. It looks like we’ll be feeling the aftershock of Brexit for the years to come but we’ve always worked closely with the construction industry and will continue to do so to make sure we’re on top of any rules and regulations that may start to change.”

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Two 1,000 tonne bridges to be wheeled into place on A14

September 26th, 2018 No comments

Two 1,000 tonne bridges are set to be slid into place later this month as part of an innovative engineering solution on the £1.5bn A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement job.

The abutments for the two new bridges can be seen just south of the existing bridge and further down on the right of the road, the bridge decks are under construction

The bridges have been built at the side of the road and will be wheeled into place over just one weekend to cause minimum disruption to traffic by joint venture Balfour Beatty, Skanska, Costain, CH2M and Atkins.

Over the past few months they have built four abutments to support the new bridges as well as two 44 metre bridge decks at the side of the live carriageway.

The new bridges at Bar Hill, will be installed during the weekend of 14 September.

They will form a new, improved Bar Hill junction which will connect the A14 to the future local access road between Cambridge and Huntingdon, as well as to the existing local road between Bar Hill and Longstanton (B1050).

David Bray, project director for the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon upgrade at Highways England, said: “Redesigning and building the Bar Hill junction was identified from the start of the project as one of the main challenges we would have to tackle.

“I am delighted that we’ve found a way to build the two bridges while keeping the A14 open as much as possible and disruption for people locally and road users to a minimum.

“And I am also excited that we’re using such an innovative solution to our challenge – that’s what makes my job so interesting.”

The new bridges will ultimately replace the old crossing which will be demolished in 2019.

The team has produced a video highlighting the engineering solution

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Spurs boss loses confidence in stadium builders

September 24th, 2018 No comments

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said he is not confident about the ability of Mace and its contractors to deliver the delayed stadium to a revised timetable.

His comments came as the club confirmed it would be shifting the Man City fixture to Wembley on October 29 plus all Champions League group stage games up to Inter Milan on November 28.

The new ground was due to open on September 15 but that was postponed due “issues with the critical safety systems.”

Spurs have been in constant contact with Mace and its team as the club tries to agree a firm revised opening date.

Levy said: “We are now being regularly updated on progress and as soon as we have confidence in our project managers’ and contractors’ ability to deliver against the revised schedule of works, we shall be able to issue dates for test events and the official opening game.

“We are all focused on ensuring contractors deliver our new stadium in the shortest possible period of time and opening our stadium at the earliest opportunity.

“We are facing many issues, but although disappointing, costly and frustrating, I am uncompromising in my determination to deliver something extraordinary to our fans.”

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Warden wins contract for new Preston Porsche centre

September 20th, 2018 No comments

Preston contractor Warden Construction has been appointed by the Bowker Motor Group to build a new 43,000 sq ft Porsche Centre in the city.

Demolition on the Watery Lane site is now complete and Warden will now start work on the new Porsche Centre which is due to open in Spring 2019.

Bowker Motor Group chief executive, Paul Bowker, said: “Congratulations to Warden Construction. We are looking forward to working with them as the Porsche Centre Preston takes shape.

“Wherever possible, we prefer to work with Lancashire companies. Bowker Motor Group’s strategy to work with the world’s most prestigious automotive brands unlocks exciting opportunities for other local businesses too.

“That’s why we spoke to a selection highly-regarded Lancashire construction companies before we appointed Warden.

“Warden faced some stiff competition to win the business. But there was a good fit with our respective project teams: not least with their experience; and, their passion to deliver a remarkable new building on a landmark site for Preston.”

Warden managing director Richard Kenworthy said: “Everyone at Warden is delighted to be working with Bowker Motor Group on such a prestigious retail development.

“It’s an area of Preston that many of us have driven past all our lives. That’s why we are proud to be part of a construction project which will transform the area.”

The designs for the new Porsche Centre Preston were prepared by Preston-based architects Cassidy and Ashton.

The building design features a 35-car showroom and a 13-bay workshop.

Richard Kenworthy managing director Warden Construction Ltd and Tom Fox director Bowker Motor Group

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McAvoy targets offsite housing with 7-day build pledge

September 19th, 2018 Comments off

Offsite construction specialist McAvoy Group is aiming to make a mark in housing with a new seven-day foundations-to-finish modular system for all tenures.

In collaboration with Queen’s University Belfast, McAvoy has developed a steel-framed offsite housing solution for multi-storey apartments, detached, semi-detached and terraced family homes.

It claims an entire house can be assembled in a single day – with a total programme of foundations to occupation in just seven days.

The McAvoy approach to housing will slash programme times in half compared to site-based construction.

This will allow earlier occupation for public sector housing providers and generate a faster return on investment for private developers. It will use proven factory processes to deliver greater certainty of completion on time, on budget and to higher quality standards.

Terraced family homes solution

Eugene Lynch, managing director of The McAvoy Group, said: “We have ambitious plans for growth in the residential sector and have capacity already in place to meet demand using our highly skilled labour and flexible production facilities.

“We are also advancing plans to further expand capacity to meet the anticipated growth in demand.

New McAvoy offsite housing system

  • An innovative floor construction created using highly sustainable recycled material – an alternative to energy-intensive concrete – and offering excellent thermal performance and acoustic properties
  • A highly flexible building system with a wide range of façade treatments, roof options and module configurations
  • A roof module pre-tiled in the factory, which is safer, faster and avoids work at height and in poor weather conditions
  • Bespoke housing designs can be developed and there is a library of standardised layouts to reduce design time for planning and cost
  • BOPAS accreditation for reduced risk, and the assurance of durability for a 60-year design life to ensure mortgageability.

“We have a proven track record, strong project management expertise and highly transferable skills in the successful delivery of offsite solutions across a range of other sectors.

“These factors combined with our financial stability and pioneering work in digital construction technology, mean we are well placed to become a significant player in the provision of high-quality family housing manufactured offsite.”

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Galliford Try wins £29m sports science centre contract race

September 17th, 2018 Comments off

Galliford Try has is starting work on a new £29.3m contract to build a teaching and research centre at Leeds Beckett University’s Headingley campus.

Work will see the creation of a new home for the Carnegie School of Sport.

It will include research laboratories, an indoor rooftop sprint track for performance training and analysis and a roof walking track and terrace.

Cliff Wheatley, Managing Director for Galliford Try North East and Yorkshire, said: “We are delighted to be working with Leeds Beckett on such a prestigious project.

“We have a proven track record in providing high-quality buildings for higher education and we look forward to working with the University to ensure that their students and staff have the world-class sports science facilities they demand.”

Professor Peter Slee, Vice-chancellor of Leeds Beckett University, said: “This £45m world-class facility will underline our global reputation for delivering high-impact sports teaching and research.

“It is part of a wider £200m programme of investment across our campuses which will further increase the positive contribution we make to our city region and beyond.”

Construction is due for completion in Autumn 2019.

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Barratt launches safety drive after site accidents increase

September 14th, 2018 Comments off

Barratt Developments has launched a safety review after accident rates on its sites increased.

It said: “Increased activity levels across the industry in terms of site openings and production volumes combined with shortages of skilled workers has contributed to an increased risk of accidents on sites.

“We remain fully committed to the highest standards of health and safety on our sites.

“In the year, our reportable injury incidence rate has increased with 462 (2017: 379) reportable incidents per 100,000 employees.

“We have already undertaken a review into factors that have contributed to this increase and will be working with our management teams to drive improvements in the prevention of injuries.”

Barratt has also set a target of increasing construction levels by up to 5% in the medium turn to boost completions to 20,000 a year.

That will be step change on the current output of 17,579 units which only increased by 1.1% on last year.

The figures were contained in latest results from Britain’s biggest house builder which posted a pre-tax profit up 9.2% to £835.5m on turnover up 4.8% to £4,874m for the year to June 30 2018 as gross margins hit 20.7%.

Barratt said: “We have a robust and carefully managed supply chain with around 90% of the housebuild materials sourced by our centralised procurement function manufactured or assembled in the UK.

“On labour, we continue to see some pressure on skilled labour supply with shortages remaining location and trade specific.

“We are also improving construction efficiency and reducing demand on labour through implementing the new housetype ranges, which are easier to build, and through the use of alternative build options such as Timber Frames, Large Format Block and Light Gauge Steel Frames.

“We continue to expect that overall build cost inflation for FY19 will be c. 3-4%.”

 

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Inside the Acivico architectural story on the NEC ‘project facelift’ transformation

September 13th, 2018 Comments off

An Acivico architect has been at the heart of the NEC’s £4.5million transformation by supplying concept designs for the stunning and technically innovative pyramid formations which will completely change the look and feel of Birmingham’s iconic premier international conference and leisure venue.

Using the latest design software, Principal Architect Alan McBeth developed three gigantic custom designed trapezoidal shapes, each the size of a three-story house. When connected, these form a 3D wall of 37 units, reinventing and giving life to the flat facades on five of the halls, originally constructed in 1976.

Using state-of-the-art membrane technology and a healthy dose of imagination, the vision was for the facade to be covered with stretched membranes combined with colourful vector graphics panels, positioned between the 3D trapezoidal shapes.

The final colour changing boulder pattern was designed and supplied by international PR and advertising firm McCann whose programmable LED animated backlighting has created a dynamic and engaging environment for the 7 million annual visitors to the campus… but it’s at night that guests can really see the complex come to life.  Acivico has used graphic visualisation technology to share the display.

You can take a fly through the pyramids here;  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6VCWvkANlQ

Alan McBeth has been delighted with the results of this unique and original approach to facade design on such a high-profile landmark project. Alan said;

“The design required the use of the latest in tensile fabric innovation from within the UK and we found the print graphics specialist in Holland – the only company in the world who could print the polyester fabric which covers the trapezoids to the correct lifespan requirement.

“The magnitude of this work has to be seen to be appreciated, but it is very scaleable and there is no doubt this type of design treatment can be applied to give an economical facelift to other aging buildings, large or small, in need of some TLC.”

Martin Clarke, NEC Marketing Director says; “We are delighted with the outcome of these concept designs by Acivico. The team understood the brief perfectly and came up with a unique concept using innovative technology which they brought to life using superb 3D visuals. The finished results are stunning”

The NEC’s ‘project facelift’ will be officially revealed with the launch of the Bear Grylls adventure world in October 2018.

Technical facts and figures;

  • The building facades are very large with Hall 5 alone being 210m long x 19m high.
  • Considerable research was done to identify the best design solution using different types of membrane fabrics that would work well with 3D geometric backlit shapes.
  • The pyramids are covered in a printed polyester fabric with an ultra violet acrylic protection layer with at least a 10 year no fade lifespan. This process was carried out by a specialist in Holland – the only company in the world with the expertise to complete the project.
  • The challenge was to design something that looks as good at night as during the day as many of the events around the NEC occur during the evening.

Statistics – NEC  

  • The revamp includes installations on 37 trapezoidal 5m wide translucent shapes, each the size of a three-storey house.
  • Each trapezoid has three powerful led floodlights that are programmable to produce any colour, including a sonic interface.
  • The installation also includes 62 x 5m wide graphic panels – each 10m high
  • The projects also included the installation of 12277 m² specially designed metal cladding (known as zebra cladding) – almost 3 football pitches worth

Project Value –   £4.5m by negotiated tendering.

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