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The Royal Liver Building to pay respects to fallen heroes with commemorative light display

November 7th, 2019 No comments

Liverpool’s most recognisable building, The Royal Liver Building, will pay tribute to the Armed Forces, veterans and allies through a specially commissioned commemorative light display.

Following on from the inaugural light show, Flight, which launched this year’s River of Light festival, the Remembrance Day display at the 108 year old building will be a tailored light show that will illuminate the exterior of Liverpool’s globally recognised landmark.


The display will allow people to pay their respects every hour between 6pm and 9pm on both Sunday 10 and Monday 11 November. 

The display has been organised by real estate consultancy practice CBRE and designed by engineering and consultancy firm, Arup. Prior to creating the story, Arup’s lighting design team brainstormed what Remembrance Day means to them. The team then used these ideas to develop a series of scenes depicted with light during the five minute tribute. Starting with the poppies in Flanders Fields and honouring the graves, recognising the Armed Forces and then the sun setting on the day, the display will be a memorable and fitting tribute to past and present armed forces.

Lauren Blow, Senior Lighting Designer at Arup said:

“The Remembrance Day light display is a tribute to all those who have lost their lives in the line of duty and is designed to be calm and respectful, with slower fades and transitions of light. It extends the Remembrance Day tributes into the evening, using the fabric of the Royal Liver Building as a canvas – a building which was once connected to the war efforts, having housed HMS Eaglet.”

Ian Edwards, Senior Building Manager at the Royal Liver Building, commented: 
“There is a deep-rooted connection between the Royal Liver Building’s history and Remembrance Day. Many previous Royal Liver employees, who worked for the company for many years, return to the Royal Liver Building each year to host a small ceremony to honour previous workers who lost their lives during the wars. We are proud to offer people a place to pay their respects to loved ones.”

For more details about the Royal Liver Building’s Remembrance Day tribute please visit www.rlb360.com

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What is powder coating?

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First developed in the 1960s, Powder Coating has become an increasingly popular alternative to liquid paint, and now makes up over 15% of the industrial finishing market. Versatile in its applications, long-lasting and durable; powder coating is an ideal metal finishing method well suited to a diverse range of projects and industries. 

But what exactly is powder coating, and what is it that makes it so desirable?

What is Powder Coating? 

Powder coatings can be thought of as being like paint, but minus the solvent. They are made up of a polymer resign, such as epoxy or polyester, combined with curatives, levelling agents, pigments and other additives. These ingredients are melt mixed, cooled and ground into a homogenous powder. 

The powder coating process is generally broken down into three stages: 

• Preparation & Pre-Treatment

• Application of the Powder Coating

• The Powder Coating is then cured under heat

Typically used to finish metals, the coating is usually applied as a free-flowing dried powder using a spray gun. This particular method applies an electrostatic charge to the powder which causes the particles to be attracted to the ground substrate prepared in the pre-treatment process. Once the powder has been applied, the coated parts are then cured in an oven, wherein the temperature causes a chemical reaction that produces long molecular chains of high cross-link density. In addition to metal substrates, powder coatings can also be used on a range of non-metallic surfaces such as plastic.

What are the benefits of Powder Coating?

From items you use every day to heavy-duty industrial machinery; powder coatings are used to provide an attractive and durable finish for all kinds of products across a range of industries. There are several benefits to this finishing process that make it superior to traditional liquid paint in many applications. 

From a functional standpoint; powder coatings offer a greater level of durability. Powder-coated surfaces provide significant resistance to everyday wear and tear.  Unlike liquid paints that are delivered using an evaporating solvent; they can be applied in thicker coats without sagging, dripping or running. For industries such as constructionautomotiveelectrical engineering and agriculture; this reduces the need to replace equipment as powder coating can last for decades, ultimately saving businesses money over time. 

In addition to its durability, powder coatings are more Eco-friendly than traditional paint finishes. Because this method does not require the use of solvents, they offer less of a carbon footprint. The process of powder coating also cuts down on the amount of waste, not only that but in many cases – it can even be recycled. This reduction of the wasted product presents significant cost savings, not only because less product goes further, but also it reduces the burden on companies to dispose of volatile organic compounds and remains compliant with industry regulations.  

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MIND THE SKILLS GAP: SITECH SUPPORTS PLANTFORCE WITH LAUNCH OF NEW CONSTRUCTION TRAINING

November 7th, 2019 No comments

It is well documented that the construction industry faces the continual challenge of a skills’ shortage, with an ageing workforce and shrinking talent pool.  

According to the Federation of Master Builders, 22 per cent of the current construction workforce is over 50 and 15 per cent are in their 60s.  At the same time, the industry is also losing younger workers to competing sectors where work is perceived as more stable or appealing and pay is more competitive.

This is why SITECH, the UK’s premier Trimble construction technology provider is supporting Plantforce, leading supplier of plant hire machinery, to deliver new technology-focused, training courses designed to tackle the skills’ issue head on.

The new site-ready operator training packages will serve a dual purpose. First, helping to upskill existing construction workers to operate machines on a digitally enabled, high performing construction site thereby retaining valuable skills within the industry and second; training the next generation of employees on modern machine control in order to attract much needed talent into the sector.

The new courses are the first of their kind in the UK and will be delivered at Weston College’s Construction Training Centre in Weston-Super-Mare, with a view to expanding the training to other colleges across the country as demand increases.

Alongside Plantforce’s significant investment in technology for use by students, the courses will provide access to the latest Trimble technology, with SITECH offering expertise on how to utilise machines to their full capability.

Steve Breen, General Manager at SITECH said,

“It’s encouraging to note that 60 per cent of employers in the construction sector already have some kind of skills’ development system in place, with 71 per cent of businesses recognising that technology plays a role in attracting talent.[1] 

“At SITECH, we want to take this further and believe the key to developing talent is to ensure that employees are equipped with the latest digital skillsets that are so sought after across the industry.  These skillsets are now a key requirement for many Tier one contractors delivering services to some of the country’s major infrastructure projects, where machine control and ‘dig to design’ technologies are now an expectation – helping to drive health and safety standards and improve productivity and profitability.”

Dale Hawkins, Marketing Manager from Plantforce added:

“Ensuring operators are ‘site-ready’ and have the necessary skills and competencies for Tier one projects requires different skillsets than much of the standard training available on the market can deliver. Rather than taking a basic excavator course and earning a beginner’s licence, our exclusive five-day training package provides the operator with experience of the latest technology, a practical test and simulator profiling alongside a medical examination. This provide customers with peace of mind that their operators are fully conversant with the latest practices.”

Simon Werkshagen, Head of Commercial Construction Training and Logistics Centre at Weston College concluded:

“Weston College is rated Ofsted Outstanding, plus offers a quality training environment; delivering group sessions through to individual upskilling.  This unique partnership with Plantforce and SITECH, enables us to offer simulated training after the basic course; bridging the gap that currently exists, by creating a virtual construction site and teaching people how to use the various pieces of technology that are required for higher level contracts.”. 

To watch how the training centre helps reduce the skills gap, follow the link https://bit.ly/36eneJV.

The Centre also offers apprenticeships and other construction and logistic training programmes. To enquire about our training offer or for more information please go to www.construction-training-centre.co.uk, email enquiries@construction-training-centre.co.uk  or call 01275 465555.

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