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Reasons Why Managed Travel is a Must for Construction

March 18th, 2020 No comments

During the trip that we will make through the following paragraphs we will visit the destinations chosen by construction companies for managed travel, the origin and the reasons that drove their internationalization, the difficulties and the results obtained. These companies manage projects in a comprehensive way -including design, execution, financing, operation and maintenance-, in over 80 countries, allowing them to successfully solve the challenges posed by extra-budgetary infrastructure financing systems. Challenges from the right pick of car hire to strategies and luggage requirements.

Additionally, they have demonstrated ease in managing and adapting to local production factors, establishing alliances and agreements with partners from different countries, and dragging a wide base of competitive subcontractors and suppliers.

Finally, these are highly diversified groups towards other sectors such as environmental services, comprehensive building management, the airport sector, the integral water cycle or renewable energy, reaching high figures in their portfolio of businesses that in many cases exceed construction activity. This feature allows them to more efficiently manage the entire life cycle of the infrastructure, generating the necessary confidence in financial investors and public authorities to raise funds from capital markets and finance projects.

As a result of technical development, internationalization, diversification and business concentration, the associated companies have established themselves as world leaders in infrastructure, both in the field of construction of all types of projects and in the management of transport infrastructure.

In general terms, we can indicate that the main motivations of companies to boost their construction activity in the international arena are the maintenance of turnover and productive capacity, participation in major projects in which they contribute their extensive experience and knowledge or the geographical diversification of their activity to minimize risks.

On the other hand, the foreign presence has evolved according to the different approaches to the different countries, responding to the strategies of the companies themselves or according to the requirements set by local markets. In this sense, the entrances to the countries where they operate today have been able to start in very different ways, which could be through a specific tender, a subcontracting contract, a joint venture agreement for a specific project, the creation of a branch or a subsidiary, the formation of an international consortium, or the acquisition or merger with a local company. Recently we are witnessing movements within the latter form of exit, which intensify the creation of large international groups made up of companies of multiple nationalities and with very diverse activities not necessarily related to construction.

Likewise, the infrastructure companies to which we have been referring have acquired significant experience in toll motorway concessions and business travel, and subsequently expanded their concession activity to other types of infrastructure and services. As is well known, knowledge in infrastructure management also moved abroad. The geographical distribution of international activity has evolved with the experience of companies, with the development of countries and with the interests of both. In general terms, we can point out as main current destinations to countries that offer certainty, that guarantee physical security of displaced persons and legal certainty for companies, which have medium and long-term development plans, and offer credit capacity with a developed financial market. These requirements are even more demanding in the case of concession projects, since the very long term of them requires it. Therefore, without being a generalization, it is observed how the activity is greater in North America (30%), Europe (20%), South and Central America (13%), and a growing interest in Oceania. However, the first destinations of these companies were Latin American countries, North Africa and some European neighbors.

Undoubtedly, we can question the advisability of continuing to speak of the internationalization of these companies or the sector, since, as we have seen, they have been internationalized for several decades, and even more so when the environment in which we operate is increasingly globalized. However, it is a process in evolution and constant revision for which there are still many destinations to discover.

We can end this enriching journey through internationalization with the feeling of having carried light luggage, on a simple path, of having found facilities at each stop and even of returning home without any scratches on the heels. However, the trip that we have counted for several paragraphs has no return ticket, it is a walk into the future in which our ‘house’ will get bigger and bigger and the distances will get shorter.

Undoubtedly, companies will continue to encounter challenges, those that come with their own projects and those that will bring destinations with their different languages, laws, cultures, tax systems, currencies, local business fabric etc. New frontiers to explore in an increasingly competitive world will also have to be added, with relevant demographic changes, with new technologies at hand, setting Sustainable Development Goals, bridging the differences for project financing in those countries where there is more need of infrastructures and finding new formulas to continue in excellence.

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4 Key Construction Site Safety Trends to Watch in 2020 and Beyond

March 18th, 2020 No comments

When it comes to construction site safety, there are a whole host of high risks to employees and contractors that need to be accounted for in order to provide a safe and healthy working environment on site. Therefore, ensuring you’re on top of site safety both now and for the future is of paramount importance.

To help you decipher what you should be focusing on when it comes to ensuring the safety of your onsite members, today we’re taking a look at some of the key construction site safety trends that are set to be hot topics of discussion in 2020 and beyond. From prioritising worker wellbeing to exploring the safety benefits of AI and smart technology, we’ll provide you with an informative view of how to lay the right foundations for cultivating health and safety best practice on your building site.

Wearable smart tech

While organisations can carry out all the right risk assessments and implement appropriate prevention protocols to optimise onsite safety, there also has to be a level of responsibility put on individual workers to be more safety conscious.

Of course, much of this comes down to common sense and educating workers on safety best practice, but there are reports indicating that the industrial wearable market is set to grow significantly over the next few years. This means that wearable technology could soon become the norm for construction sites.

For safety on site, this could entail workers better monitoring their physical health in relation to job efficiency and safety by using wearable sensors. A study last year already demonstrated that wearables can prevent fatigue-related injuries in the workplace, so having this kind of real-time data available to onsite workers could provide the capability to monitor core health parameters such as blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen levels.

Other benefits of wearable tech come in the form of geo-location tracking that could improve safety monitoring for lone workers – as proven by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), who have already begun using tracking devices to monitor locations of consultants out in the field.

With this growing market comes a whole host of possibilities to track and manage employee safety more efficiently in ways previously unexplored, so this is definitely an area to keep a watchful eye on for this year and beyond.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and automation

It seems the wearable market isn’t the only area undergoing technological advancements in the construction industry either. While the use of AI in construction has been slower to take a hold than in other sectors, it’s now becoming a key focus for improving safety for site workers.

There is now AI software that utilises object recognition via video feed taken in real-time that can quickly identify potential risks on site, such as alerting construction workers when personal protective equipment isn’t being worn correctly. This quick identification works to reduce or prevent risks before they happen, optimising staff member safety as a result.

Other innovations also include the use of drones and automated robotics that use similar AI software to scan large building sites from above and on the ground respectively, feeding data back to a centralised system to highlight potential hazards with up-to-date information. Whether it’s pin-pointing tripping hazards on the ground or a possible risk for workers at height, the use of AI and automated machinery can help to bolster safety on site as well as speed up typically labour intensive processes.

Worker wellbeing

The importance of wellbeing in the workplace has become a major focus across all sectors over the past few years – but as with technology, the construction sector has been slower to implement strategies to address these concerns than other industries. However, 2020 is seeing more emphasis being put on prioritsing employee wellbeing on site, taking a more comprehensive approach to employee health and safety that goes beyond the typical physical ailments associated with construction work.

With figures released by HSE for 2019 showing that 21% of the 79,000 work-related ill health cases were attributed to stress, depression and anxiety, it isn’t surprising to see why wellbeing is becoming an important element of onsite safety. Construction industry charity Lighthouse Club also reported a rise in the number of calls they received from construction workers or their families in need of financial and mental support.

All this suggests that we’re likely to see more measures being taken to highlight the importance of wellbeing in construction environments. While minimising the physical risks to workers is still a top priority, more companies are beginning to openly discuss the issues surrounding mental health too. As a result, this should work to raise awareness and encourage individuals to prioritise their own physical and mental wellbeing as an integral part of construction site culture.

Improved day-to-day safety

While the above initiatives all offer exciting prospects for improving onsite safety in the future, the physical risks faced on a day-to-day basis should still remain a core focus for creating a safe working environment on construction sites.

While HSE figures report a downward trend on non-fatal work related injuries, there were still 54,000 reported in 2019, which implies there is still work to be done in getting this figure down even further. In order to achieve this, construction site managers and workers need to continue to be vigilant in their daily operations, carrying out best practice to minimise potential hazards.

Certainly, addressing any areas on site that could cause trips, slips or falls is a good place to start – these accounted for 29% of non-fatal injuries last year. This could entail ensuring walkways remain clear at all times, securely taping up any loose wires and cordoning off potential hazardous areas with high-visibility tapes and suitable warning signs.

Other areas for consideration should also include frequent checks of personal protective equipment (PPE), making sure all workers’ safety gear is in good condition and appropriate for the jobs they’re undertaking. These small measures will all go far in cultivating a safer and healthier working environment for construction staff at every level.

It’s fair to say that we’re set to see some significant progress in how construction companies operate in 2020 and beyond. While some of these trends may not be fully integrated right away, we can certainly expect to see more emphasis on technological advancements, worker wellbeing and continued vigilance with the day-to-day safety aspects to help bolster on site safety in the future.

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Alex Jones is a content creator for No1 Packaging – one of the UK’s lowest cost packaging providers.

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Aarsleff Ground Engineering awarded geotechnical contract for new high-end car dealership

March 17th, 2020 No comments

Several high-end car showrooms have opened their doors in the last 12 months in the Leeds area and Aarsleff Ground Engineering (AGE) are pleased to announce their involvement in the design and build of the foundations and remediation work of a new prestige car showroom on behalf of MCS Group Ltd.

Once completed the showroom will have the capacity to display up to 19 new and used vehicles across two storeys’, with an additional display space for an extra 15 vehicles. The development will also house a 13-bay specialist vehicle preparation and repair centre.

AGE will commence the remediation of the shallow Black Bed coal Seam under the site on at the beginning of May for 3 weeks. This will involve the drilling of 287nr boreholes to 16m below ground level and the injection of grout to prevent potential void migration of workings.

Shortly after the remediation phase, Aarsleff will mobilise their Banut 300 rig to install 148No. 200mm square, 8m long precast reinforced concrete piles.

Aarsleff’s Geotechnical Estimator Chris Purvis said,

“We are highly confident in executing this multi-disciplined project for our Client having recently completed a number of similar projects in the Leeds area over the last 12 months. Our previous experience of remediating and piling through the Black Bed Coal Seam was used to assist in the design phase and to hopefully deliver a robust and cost-effective solution.  

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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Aggregate Industries Supports International Women’s Day by Organising Personal Branding Sessions

March 16th, 2020 No comments

As a business committed to helping create an environment which drives greater diversity and inclusion, Aggregate Industries recently held a series of ‘Women in Construction Micro-Learning Sessions’ on personal brand development to mark International Women’s Day 2020.

Taking place each year on the 8 March, International Women’s Day is designed to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year’s theme ‘Each for Equal’ is focused on the importance of equality.

Aggregate Industries marked the day by joining forces with personal brand expert and author, Jennifer Holloway, in running a series of ‘Women in Construction Micro-Learning Sessions’ around personal branding, geared towards empowering its female colleagues.

During the course of the day, employees were able to attend any of three separate sessions, which covered ‘Personal Brand’, the importance of personal brand in the modern workplace; ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’, how to define your personal brand and how to gain insight into how it’s perceived by others; and finally, ‘Blowing Your Own Trumpet’, ways to subtly promote your personal brand, whilst keeping your credibility intact, so you can make the most of the opportunities on offer.

Following hot on the heels of the business’ highly successful annual women’s networking event, also fronted by Jennifer last October, the micro-learning sessions were purposely designed to enable personal brand development and, in turn, aid in career progression. 

Talking of the event, James Roberts, Human Resources Director at Aggregate Industries UK, said: “International Women’s Day is an important date, as it reminds us all that true equality is something that our society is still striving for. Within Aggregate Industries, we have been working hard on our diversity and inclusion strategy and initiatives. In recent years, for example, we have introduced enhancements to our existing maternity and paternity policies and successfully delivered our ‘Respect at Work’ campaign.

“This is why we felt it was important to mark this day and following on from the success of last year’s women’s networking event, it was great to have Jennifer on board once again to provide our workforce with even more insights into how to develop their own personal brand.”

Jennifer Holloway added: “By making personal branding so accessible in these bite-sized sessions, Aggregate Industries is encouraging everyone to find time in their day to focus on themselves – and in turn, on what their brand can do for their careers in the company.”

For further information about Aggregate Industries, visit www.aggregate.com 

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Budget response

March 12th, 2020 No comments

Keith Richards, executive director at Trident Building Consultancy in Leeds, and Danny McEvoy, executive associate director for the North West.

Keith’s comments:

The lack of detail around infrastructure investment, particularly for the North, could point to HS2 draining most of the investment pot. If this is the case, other key investments, such as the northern answer to Crossrail, could be sidelined.

And though the detail was thin on the ground, there is too much emphasis on roads and using private cars. It was a missed opportunity for investing in public transport, cycling and walking schemes and positioning them as legitimate modes of transport.

That said, the funding for a network of charging points for electric cars is a small but positive step. It would have been sensible to subsidise the production of electric cars and to encourage the UK to establish itself as a leader in this field.

Yorkshire has been greatly impacted by flooding in recent times and the budget for repairs and defence schemes are unlikely to get close to resolving the problems in a sustainable way. 

The investment in carbon capture is encouraging though.

The additional £1bn pledge to removing cladding is a substantial commitment but the Government needs to continue this work through rapidly creating new systems and processes to assure safe buildings; not just tall buildings clad with aluminium composites or high-pressure laminates.

Finally, the government’s plans to move 22,000 of its staff out of the capital is an interesting notion. It would be good news for both the commercial and residential property sectors, a substantial boost for construction and for local economies. But that brings us full circle to infrastructure again and the impact more people would have. The comprehensive spending review has a lot live up to.

Danny’s comments:

The government may be ‘putting spades in the ground’ for growth in the North, but where and when? Until there is an overall detailed plan, we cannot see the results we need.

It is encouraging to hear the Green Book is being reviewed. The North has long been neglected and we need the funding to be devolved to metro mayors.

It was a welcome change to see a ‘splashing the cash’ approach to the Budget but we want a Northern Budget with a say on where it gets spent. Where were the updates on rail infrastructure for example? 

The £1bn cladding fund was a welcome surprise and is undoubtedly a relief to leaseholders. Now it needs rolling out to make people’s homes safe again.

Liverpool’s business district has been seriously lacking in broadband infrastructure, particularly where refurbs are concerned. The situation has been the same in Manchester, the cost of installing a personal line or paying for a separate dedicated broadband line can make office costs soar in the North West. The £5bn investment in faster broadband is essential to enable businesses to work more efficiently.

Clarity on how the property and construction sector can achieve the government’s net zero 2050 goal has not been achieved today. There is huge investment in infrastructure but no guidance on green delivery. The £800m for carbon capture is a drop in the ocean compared to what was available from the Budget. It questions the government’s commitment to collaborating on finding the best solutions.

Finally, dropping business rates for retail, leisure and hospitality businesses with a rateable value below £51,000 is a boost for local high streets, particularly in towns.

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Aggregate Industries and Tarmac bring the industry together to talk road safety

March 12th, 2020 No comments

Leading construction materials suppliers Aggregate Industries and Tarmac recently gathered logistics professionals from across the industry to discuss best practice and take a look at two of the safest vehicles on the market.

Delegates from Tarmac, CEMEX and Hanson joined Aggregate Industries at its London Concrete site in Battersea, London, where they discussed the steps they were taking to make road logistics as safe as possible for drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and other road users.

Two of the latest, five-star Direct Vision Standard (DVS) rated vehicles used by Tarmac and Aggregate Industries hauliers working in the capital were onsite to showcase some of the latest advances in construction fleet technology; the Scania L-Series “urban truck” and the Mercedes Econic “low entry crew cab truck” respectively.

The DVS standard is an essential requirement for HGVs operating in London. It measures how much an HGV driver can see directly through their cab windows. This indicates the level of risk to vulnerable road users, such as people walking and cycling, near the vehicle. The vehicles demonstrated achieve the maximum rating, thanks to their superior visibility around the vehicle through a combination of windows.

Commenting on the day, Ben Young, Head of Road Logistics at Aggregate Industries, said: “Health and safety on the roads is an absolute priority for every company that operates in a similar space to Aggregate Industries, which is why sharing best practice is crucial. We all agree that loss of life on the roads should never be seen as acceptable or inevitable.

“It was, therefore, brilliant to get our counterparts from across the industry together at our London Concrete site to share knowledge, experience, and ultimately encourage each other to further improve our ways of working to make the roads a safer place.”

Sean McGrae, Senior National Transport Manager at Tarmac, said: “As operators of one of the largest HGV fleets in the country we are committed to improving safety for all road users.

“Collaboration and best practice sharing play a key role in ensuring continuous improvement and so it was great to be able to discuss this critical topic with colleagues and the range of initiatives and ongoing efforts to drive safety performance.”

David Dench, Area Logistics Manager for CEMEX, commented: “This was an excellent opportunity to network with other people from the industry, and discuss their approach to the Direct Vision Standard and experiences with using the five-star rated vehicles. We acknowledged there was still some work to be done across the industry to make these trucks accessible for all operators; however they are impressive vehicles which reflect the latest advancements in safety features and will make the roads safer for vulnerable road users.

“It was particularly beneficial to talk to the drivers themselves, who were very positive about the trucks and the incredible visibility they offer. Health and safety is a priority for all of us, making the opportunity to share knowledge amongst our peers invaluable.”

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Aggregate Industries achieves prestigious energy management certification

March 11th, 2020 No comments

Leading construction and infrastructure player Aggregate Industries has achieved certification from BSI to ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems, after demonstrating its company-wide commitment to energy efficiency.

This follows and expands upon the successful certification of its cement business, Lafarge Cement, in 2018.

The latest version of the standard offers organisations guidance on how to manage energy consumption and reduce usage. As part of Aggregate Industries commitment to this, it set up a dedicated energy taskforce, overseen by the company’s executive committee, which has specific monitoring and performance targets.

Guy Edwards, Chief Executive Officer at Aggregate Industries UK, said: “Receiving formal recognition of our effective energy governance is a great achievement for our entire company, as it further demonstrates our pledge to minimise outputs across all operations, which will in turn lower our CO2 emissions.

“Sustainability remains at the heart of what we do and our aim is to make a positive contribution to the built environment now and for future generations. In order to do this, we will continue to maximise our energy efficiencies, as well as offer a wide choice of sustainable products and services designed to help our customers lower CO2 emissions released over the whole life-cycle of a project.”

Carla Whyte, Key Accounts Proposition Manager EMEA at BSI, said: “Aggregate Industries has demonstrated its commitment to sustainability and the environmental benefits certification to the Energy Management standard brings. Additional business benefits include; compliance with legislation and a reduction in cost, waste and risk. The team should be delighted that this certification has been achieved.”

For further information on Aggregate Industries, please visit www.aggregate.com

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BIM’s social impact in the spotlight

March 11th, 2020 No comments

The role of digital construction in driving social change was in the spotlight last week, as over 400 delegates and 50 speakers from around the world attended BIM Show Live on 26-27 February.

This year’s event was based on a theme of ‘BIM For Good’, designed to lead the debate around ways in which Building Information Modelling (BIM) can respond to topical challenges such as environmental management of carbon emissions, poverty reduction and an ageing population.

Delegates heard from keynote speakers and Stuart Maggs (CEO of Scaled Robotics), Timandra Harkness (BBC presenter, author, comedian and data expert), Oliver Heath (TV presenter and sustainable architect and designer), Nic Palmarini (Director of the UK National Innovation Centre for Ageing).

Topics covered by the full programme of speakers included ways in which the UK’s expertise in BIM is now being shared around the world to improve outcomes in countries as far afield as Vietnam and Peru; the implications of designing for changing demographics and how robotics and machine learning can be used to deliver more value on construction sites.

Rob Charlton, CEO of Space Group and co-founder of BIM Show Live, said: “This year’s event shows just how far digital construction has come in the UK and how our collective expertise and experience is driving the adoption of BIM not just in the UK but on a global scale. The programme for this year was more outward-looking than ever before and our fantastic panel of speakers over the two days reflected this. It’s clear we’re now on a path to realising that the true value of BIM has can, and should, go far beyond how we manage the design and delivery of buildings. We all have a responsibility to use digital construction and data to drive better outcomes for communities and society as a whole.

“It is genuinely inspiring to see how BIM can be a real game-changer. However, what was also very clear from the talks and discussions at BIM Show Live this year is that we still have a lot of work to do to get our own house in order. Many of the people I spoke to, like me, are following the Grenfell Inquiry Phase 2. It’s extremely concerning to see how much urgently still needs to change in the way the sector operates. We now have the tools and the expertise to work more effectively together and ensure the issues emerging on a daily basis around Grenfell are never repeated. A consistent theme of the event was the need for construction to wake up and do better. We can’t wait for legislation to drive process and culture change, we need to be the ones making it happen now.”

As part of BIM Show Live’s theme, a new category was created this year for its national BIM Awards. The BIM for Good Award championed pioneers working to help others and the environment. The winner of the inaugural award was David Miller Architects. Other winners on the night included NBS Chorus (Best New BIM Product), TwinView (Most Innovative BIM Solution) and Auriens Chelsea Project (BIM Project of the Year).

Sustainability was at the heart of this year’s BIM Show Live. Food was all locally sourced and vegetarian and vegan, the printed delegate programme was replaced by a digital app, all drinks cups were reusable, with delegates encouraged to bring their own, and the BIM Awards trophies were made from sustainable source of wood.

Rob Charlton concluded: “BIM Show Live was a real showcase for the expertise, passion and ambition around digital construction in the UK. We are rightly acknowledged as leaders in this field and have much to be proud of. But it also highlights that the challenges we face in moving forward are significant. There’s no doubt we have the capability as construction professionals to take these on, but we need to focus on the big picture, roll our sleeves up and get on with it.”

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The future of the electric SUV…

March 10th, 2020 No comments

Over recent years, the popularity of electric vehicles has skyrocketed. Greater awareness of environmental issues paired with increased availability of affordable and stylish electric cars has led to them becoming an attractive option. What’s more, the recent announcement that the ban on new petrol and diesel has been brought forward to 2035 gives even more urgency to the production of electric vehicles. 

This highlights that we have always loved our SUVs here in the UK, yet with the post-Brexit pollution legislation, the low-emissions limit will be harder than ever to hit. After leaving the EU, our emissions will no longer be set-off by countries such as Italy who tend to favour smaller, more fuel-efficient cars.

In the past, electric cars were associated with small, streamlined, sporty vehicles. In 2008, Tesla released the Roadster, which lived up to this stereotype. This model was the first all-electric car to use lithium-ion battery cells, and the first to travel 200 miles per charge. Setting an impressive precedent, this marked the dawn of a new age of electric vehicles.

Therefore, if we want our love-affair with larger SUVs to continue, then we need to look towards the electric SUV market. So, if you’re considering making the switch this year, read on to find out the best electric SUV options on the market today.

Fast forward to 2016 however and Tesla was leading the way again with the first pure electric SUV — the Tesla Model X. Tesla was certainly a trailblazer in this department, but recently, a plethora of options have come to the market, posing fierce competition. In 2019, the Mitsubishi Outlander proved to be the top electric vehicle by fleet size (41,265) The fact that this SUV had out-sold smaller, more traditional electric vehicles, such as the Nissan Leaf, proves the impressive rise of the electric SUV. Join us as we join Lookers, retailers of Mercedes motability cars, as we discuss this further.

The Luxurious: Audi E-Tron

If you’re looking for an electric SUV that ticks all of the boxes, and you’re willing to splash out for the car of your dreams, then you’re bound to fall in love with the Audi E-Tron. Setting the standard for 2020, this vehicle lives up to the luxury that Audi promises, with a sleek interior and top of the range touch-screen infotainment system.

This vehicle has an impressive ten-minute charge time and is equipped for every eventuality, including light off-roading. A full charge will allow you to drive for 204 miles. 

The Affordable: Hyundai Kona EV

If price and practicality are high up on your list of priorities, then opt for the Hyundai Kona EV. Fully charged, it will go as far as 258 miles and can get from 0-60 mph in 6.4 seconds — not too shabby considering the relatively low price tag!

This vehicle may not have as many high-tech features as the more expensive models on the market, but its impressive design has already earned the title of 2019 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year, so it is clearly doing something right.

The Stylish: Mercedes-Benz EQC

Silent and sleek, the Mercedes-Benz EQC brings sophisticated quality to the electric SUV market. For lovers of new and used Mercedes alike, this vehicle will satisfy every desire you might have for an electric SUV — silence, efficiency, safety, and style.

Comfort is also at the forefront of this design, and the smoothness of the drive is unrivalled. The battery charge time is 41 hours at 220V, or 0.67 hours at 440V, allowing for ultimate flexibility.

The Hybrid: BMW X5 xDrive45e

Boasting two extra cylinders, a significant increase in battery capacity (now 24kWh, up from just 9.2kWh), and an overall more economical drive, the BMW X5 xDrive45e is the perfect hybrid option. Many people still don’t feel ready to take the plunge into a pure electric drive, but if efficiency and the environment are still at the forefront of your concerns, a hybrid vehicle is the next best thing.

This SUV has an incredibly smooth electric to hybrid switchover, which is hardly more noticeable than a gear change. The upgrade from its previous four-cylinder form has rocketed this hybrid SUV into becoming one of the most highly recommended models.

Whatever your priorities, the electric SUV market has expanded so much in recent years that now there is truly an option for everyone. With the introduction of new Low Emission Zone (LEZ) standards and the post-Brexit pollution legislation, there has never been a better time to invest in an electric vehicle. If space, functionality, and off-road ability are some of your main concerns, make that vehicle an SUV.

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The Top Benefits of Diversifying Your Construction Skills

March 9th, 2020 No comments

Many construction workers train in one discipline when they start in the industry. Though this can initially provide you with a lot of work, you should also think about diversifying your skills so you can apply for more jobs. If you are a self-employed construction worker instead of working for a specific firm, this could lead to several benefits for you.

Easy Coverage

You might be concerned that adding more skills to your abilities will push your insurance fees even higher. However, it might be easier than you think to track down reasonable quotes that will fully cover you in the event of accidents or mistakes.

For example, if you qualify as a scaffolder, you will have to search for scaffolding insurance quotes in order to make sure you are properly covered. However, you might find that some insurance providers are able to extend your existing insurance policy to include cover for scaffolders, which could work out more cost effective than taking out a separate policy.

More Jobs

One of the biggest benefits of diversifying your construction skills will be that you will be able to apply for more jobs. You also might be able to stay with a project until its completion. For example, if you were hired for a kitchen refit as a joiner, your job might come to an end once the cupboards are installed. However, if you also have a tiling or plumbing qualification, you will also be able to help out with some of the connections and finishing touches in this kitchen.

Being able to tackle multiple areas of one project is also incredibly beneficial from the point of view of the customer. They will like being able to leave everything with you instead of sourcing multiple tradesmen to finish the job.

Self-Improvement

It is always good to push yourself to learn new things, no matter what industry you are in. If you have a real passion for both the construction industry and learning, you might love throwing yourself into every new course.

There are so many different facets to the construction industry and you never know where you might find something you really enjoy doing. If you started off as a bricklayer, you might never expect to get a buzz out of carpentry until you give it a go. Every avenue could lead to something new and exciting and you should explore as much of it as you can.

The construction industry is never going to run out of tasks and specialities for you to explore. If you are becoming tired of your current role, consider diversifying. Before you know it, you could have added an entirely new set of skills to your CV and you could have a whole new raft of jobs to apply for. Take a look at some courses today and get ready to diversify your construction skills.

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