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Aarsleff Ground Engineering awarded the Piling for Phase Two of Segro Park Rainham

December 9th, 2019 Comments off

Segro Park Rainham is set to be one of East London’s most advanced industrial and warehouse developments. As part of the East Plus Scheme to regenerate under-developed and brownfield sites, the park is expected to create many new employment opportunities for local people across a broad range of industries.

The success of phase one of the development, which saw in excess of 200,000 sq ft of unit space constructed, has led to start of phase two, which will bring an additional 108,000 sq ft of unit space to the park. Phase two will also bring advanced sustainability innovations and on-site amenities to the facilities to enhance the well-being and productivity of its occupiers.

A & H Construction awarded Aarsleff the foundations contract towards the end of September, which included the structural and slab foundations of all five units encompassed within phase two.

Commencing works on the 2nd December, Aarsleff will utilise three of its Junttan PMx22 and PM20 piling rigs to install over 1,140no. precast concrete piles of 250mm and 300mm square. The 300mm square section piles will be used for the building frame foundations, whilst the 250mm square section piles will be utilised for the floor slab foundations.

Some of the piles in a small area of the site were specified to be installed using minimal vibration methods due to being in close proximity to the London Tilbury rail line. Fortunately, Aarsleff was able to offer a CFA solution for these piles which will be installed using their Soilmec SF50, one of Aarsleff’s latest rig investments.

Aarsleff’s Senior Technical Estimator Dan Coe said,

“We are pleased to be awarded the piling works for phase two of Segro Park Rainham. It is also great to be working with A & H Construction again this year, having installed precast concrete piles in July for them on a new retail development off Newport Road in Cardiff.”

Aarsleff Ground Engineering expect to complete their piling works before Christmas with construction to be complete and ready for lease in Quarter 3 of 2020.

For more information about Aarsleff Ground Engineering’s ground engineering and piling solutions please call 01636 611140, visit www.aarsleff.co.uk or email info@aarsleff.co.uk.

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Launch of new methodology offers joined-up approach to investigating damp in traditional buildings

December 6th, 2019 Comments off

Professional and heritage bodies are working together on a new blueprint to develop a best practice approach to investigating damp and excessive moisture in traditional properties.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Historic England, Historic Environment Scotland, and Cadw , have all collaborated with national trade body The Property Care Association to produce a working document on the subject.

Entitled ‘Investigation of moisture and its effects in traditional buildings,’ the discussion paper proposes a framework centred around seven key pillars.  These emphasise the importance of understanding the building and its context, the behaviour of moisture, and moisture-related defects. Differences between old and new buildings are highlighted. 

Also included are issues that need to be considered when assessing building condition, diagnosing defects, and making recommendations.  Legal requirements and the content of reports are discussed as well.

The paper was revealed to delegates at the PCA’s International Building Preservation Conference, held at The Slate, University of Warwick.

Stephen Hodgson, chief executive of the PCA, said: “The document offers a guide to the level of knowledge for anyone involved in the investigation of dampness and its outcomes in traditional buildings.

“This is the first time heritage organisations and building surveying and preservation specialists have joined forces on this matter.

“Ultimately when completed and adopted, the methodology will see a greater accountability and expectation placed on those tasked with investigating dampness in traditional and heritage buildings.

“It will ensure that all surveyors have the skills and knowledge that are presently expected of our members, and that is demonstrable in the qualifications required by PCA of its membership.”

The partner organisations are committed to the publication of the methodology and its use as a guide, standard and measure of competence. Currently it has the status of a working draft, and further amendments are possible before the process of drafting is completed. Also, the consultation procedures for each of the partner organisations must be followed before the methodology is formally adopted or endorsed.

Until then it cannot be used to dictate, measure or benchmark competence or measure a duty of care.

The PCA is confident in the abilities members the Association has unilaterally pledged to meet the expectation of the paper by January 2021.

Mr Hodgson added: “Damp, uncomfortable homes take their toll on the health and wellbeing of the people who live in them and can really impact on a person’s quality of life.

“Such conditions can also lead to costly defects in a building’s structure and fabric.

“By working together, using new technologies and advances, coupled with time-proven expertise and knowledge, we can find the very best solutions to address this important issue in traditionally built UK properties.”

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Quick guide to delivery, storage and installation of Trussed Rafters

December 5th, 2019 Comments off

New guidance from the Trussed Rafter Association (TRA) is designed to reduce risk to construction workers.

Improving safety at height is vital so to help, the TRA has produced guidance on delivery, storage and installation of trussed rafters.

Delivery

Planning is essential when it comes to delivery of trusses. Information on the quantity, weights and sizes of the trusses in the roof package will be provided in advance to give site staff time to develop a safe construction phase plan for unloading, handling and installing the trusses.

A level, dry area is required for unloading and it must be clear of overhead obstructions that could get caught on the trusses.

Mechanical handling is the preferred method and it is the builder’s responsibility to ensure that suitable equipment is available for the safe unloading of trusses.

Storage

Once on site the trusses, either bundled or individual need to be stored fully supported and restrained at all times to prevent them toppling over.

Trusses should be protected from the elements and should never be left in or near water. When longer periods of storage are anticipated the trusses should be protected with covers allowing for ventilation.

Care should be taken when removing bindings from a bundle of trusses. To avoid destabilisation of the bundle, prior to the removal of the bands the builder should ensure timber battens are fixed across the bundle in several locations with a part driven nail in every truss. This will allow the safe and stable removal of single trusses once the bands are removed.

Installation

The installation of roof trusses should only be undertaken by suitably experienced and qualified personnel, such as those with a Level 2 Diploma in Site Carpentry.

A full site-specific risk assessment must be carried out before any work commences.

Here are several steps that builders should take before starting to install trusses:

  • Check and read all assembly drawings and information provided by the truss supplier
  • Ensure all personal protective equipment (PPE) is worn and correctly fitted
  • Ensure scaffolding is in place and signed off
  • Make sure that there is a safe working platform within the structure
  • Ensure hop-ups and scaffolding edge protection are in place
  • After reading the truss layout drawings, identify the easiest starting point using the simplest roof of trusses.

Due to the size and shape of trusses, mechanical handling is essential for all but the smallest  trusses. Temporary bracing needs to be used during the initial stages of construction and where appropriate this will require input from a temporary works specialist. Once a stable base is achieved with the first group of trusses, this can be comprehensively braced providing a substantial element from which subsequent work can take place.

Nick Boulton, chief executiveof TRA said: “Educating the sector on all areas of  good practice is part of what drives the TRA. We believe that it is important to share as much health and safety information and safe ways of working as possible. By working with a range of partners, including the Home Builders Federation and the HSE, we can ensure that the construction sector has access to the latest information.”

Further guidance on safely handling and installing trussed rafters is available via the TRA website at www.tra.org.uk

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LIVERPOOL WATERS WELCOMES START-UPS TO PRINCES DOCK

December 4th, 2019 Comments off

Liverpool Waters has welcomed two start-up business tenants to The Quay, Princes Dock, with professional services firm, Odin Consulting and financial services provider, Epic Finance, having recently moved into the city centre location.

For Epic Finance, this move is a reflection of the newly launched firm’s success to date, with further expansion planned. The start-up plans to use this office as its base, initially focusing on a niche market with future plans to expand into the mainstream vehicle and asset finance markets.

Ty Willson, Director of Marketing at Epic Finance, said:

“Liverpool Waters offer a great working environment right here in the city centre, bringing fantastic opportunities for us to recruit locally and allowing us to achieve our ambition of developing our business throughout the country.

“Liverpool is an ideal place to grow a new business and we foresee significant expansion over the next three years. This location will provide great opportunities for our people’s careers to flourish and grow with the business.”

Another newly launched business and having previously seen its staff working in Manchester and remotely, Odin Consulting brings its staff to the Liverpool city centre location. The team were looking for their own office space rather than a shared or co-working environment close to the city centre but ideally in a quiet location with light and airy office space.

Tamlyn Stone, Director at Odin Consulting, said:

“The quality of the building, the estuary and dock views and the fact that it is close to Moorfields station and the city centre were key factors in our decision to move to Liverpool Waters.

“To leave our home offices and move to a city centre base, the office needed to be somewhere inspirational where we and our clients want to travel to and this location ticks all of the boxes. The use of the internal atrium, the ability to hire a variety of meeting rooms and have a car park just next door mean that our relocation to Liverpool Waters made perfect sense.

“We plan to establish and grow our business providing professional accounting and business advice to entrepreneurial businesses using this location as the catalyst for servicing existing and obtaining new clients. Much of our work is conducted in our clients’ offices so this space will provide a perfect hub to tie our business operations together.”

Liza Marco, asset manager at Liverpool Waters, part of Peel L&P, said:

“It’s incredibly exciting to have these two start-up businesses joining us at Liverpool Waters, using the location as a catalyst to help their businesses grow. Being surrounded by so many businesses across all sizes and sectors, means that these new tenants will have enviable access to a huge number of organisations and prospective customers and clients in the city centre. We look forward to seeing what the future holds for these new businesses.

“There continues to be significant demand for commercial office space at Princes Dock which allows us to progress with our plans for the wider Liverpool Waters scheme.”

If you’re interested in finding out more about available space at Liverpool Waters, visit www.liverpoolwaters.co.uk/spaces/.

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Two new CPDs focus on smart technologies and environmental change

December 3rd, 2019 Comments off

Architects and specifiers of door hardware products can now benefit from two new RIBA-approved CPDs on the Internet of Things (IoT) and ironmongery and the environment. 

The new CPDs have been created by the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) for delivery exclusively by GAI members across the country.? 

The CPD on ‘Ironmongery and the impact of the Internet of Things’,?advises on the appropriate?products?for?smart homes and smart buildings.  ??? 

The training looks at how the rise of interrelated technology is impacting the ironmongery industry, including various smart locking and access control products. It also looks at the integration of these smart products with building management systems, as well as how future trends in technology and legislation may have further impact.  ? 

The other CPD is on ‘Ironmongery and the impact of the environment’. 

The presentation is designed to highlight the environmental sustainability impact of construction products, including door hardware, and how architectural ironmongers can help to reduce carbon emissions from buildings as well as how they can also change their own processes to reduce the impact on the environment.    

It covers industry initiatives and programmes including the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) activities, building certification schemes such as BREEAM and LEED, as well as ISO 14001 and other relevant environmental standards. It also discusses the role of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and how these relate to architectural ironmongery specifically.  

Both CPD presentations are RIBA-approved so architects will receive double learning points for attending. The GAI now has eight RIBA-approved CPDs covering a range of issues that architects and specifiers may encounter when specifying architectural ironmongery.  ? 

For further information?on the CPD seminars, contact?the GAI’s technical manager,?Douglas Masterson on?technical@gai.org.uk.? 

www.gai.org.uk

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Trio launches ‘Project Rescue’ to help clients avoid wasting money on property projects

December 2nd, 2019 Comments off

Trio Maintenance Ltd., a property maintenance company working with agents, housing associations, private landlords and hotels, has launched ‘Project Rescue’ a consultation service designed to help clients avoid wasting money on property projects.

Sandro Heitor, co-founder of Trio, is one of the masterminds behind the new initiative, Project Rescue, which allows clients to consult experts and overlook their projects in order to check if they are on track with their current builder. Trio’s expert team will then guide the client and provide advice on whether they should be releasing more funds and if they have been priced correctly on the works involved.

The inspiration for Project Rescue comes after it was discovered that new clients looking to Trio for help had been left with 50% of their budgets wasted on projects that had only been 30% completed. This was often the result of poor money management, inaccurate valuations and unacceptable project management. Trio aims to prevent their clients from becoming victims of bad industry practices, instead helping them get the best value for their money. 

Project Rescue helps clients to solve their construction and property woes by providing timely and effective solutions that gets the job done, and many clients are already benefitting from Project Rescue.

In November 2019, Trio closed a joint venture development with a client going through a divorce and looking to develop her 5-bedroom house into 7 apartments in Streatham. Still having a mortgage to pay, and no lender, she faced experiencing huge financial loss to her property. After looking around for the right developer and builders for her situation, she was introduced to Trio and Project Rescue who helped her structure the deal to the best advantage.

The scheme went on to deliver results beyond the client’s expectations, helping her to keep all 7 of the apartments at the end of the build, completed in less than 6 months, as well as £300,000 liquid on day one. 

Sandro Heitor, co-founder of Trio says “We believe our approach and methods in business are way ahead of how most business owners we come across behave and approach business ventures, this is what makes Trio unique and different in the London property market. Project Rescue is just another way we are helping people to achieve better outcomes for their property construction projects.”

Project Rescue appears to be the answer to complex issues others cannot solve. Trio provides the client with creative ways to work around hurdles and constraints whilst making sure they are getting the best deal. The services they offer are unparalleled and extremely unique in the world of property and industry. 

For more information visit https://www.trio-thedifference.com/

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