Kier in Islington is helping unemployed local residents to find suitable work and training by offering a programme of mentoring through an Islington Council scheme.
Under the initiative run by Islington Council’s Business and Employability Support Team, Kier’s learning & development advisor, Radha Corinaldesi, has dedicated a day a week to the eight-week work club programme to offer the benefit of her experience to help the attendees find work, along with a number of volunteers from the private sector. This is the first time Islington Council has initiated a project of this kind and the pilot is running at the Mildmay Community Centre in Newington Green.
Attendees are given support from the volunteers and assistance with preparing a CV, help with job applications, writing a covering letter, supporting statements and ongoing web searches for employment.
Radha said: “The general unemployment rate and the proportion of Islington residents on out-of-work benefits is currently around 24,000, significantly higher than the national average so we were delighted as a local company to be able to help alleviate this issue. I have been mentoring local resident Natalie Burrell for six weeks now which has seen her shortlisted for three interviews and on to secure a permanent post in a neighboring local authority office.”
Natalie said: “I couldn’t have got this far without the work club team. The preparation was very helpful, Radha has been amazing and very knowledgeable. I feel I couldn’t have performed as well in my interview if it was not for her guidance and support. A big thank you to Radha!”
Claire Tunley, Business and Employability Support Team manager, said: “We are committed to tackling the high numbers of out of work residents in Islington head on through partnerships with our business community. We are putting in place innovative projects, such as the work club, to give local people the best possible chance of securing employment and a better future for them and their family.
“The involvement of volunteers is essential to our success and Kier’s involvement is helping to find a solution and give job seekers valuable insight into the world of work.”
About: Kier has been delivering repairs and maintenance services plus gas servicing to the tenants of Islington Council through their Arm’s Length Management Organisation, Homes for Islington, for over ten years. It successfully won a contract in 2011 to continue to provide these services to up to 25,000 homes managed by Homes for Islington for a further seven to ten years.
Friday, June 29, 2012
Insulation Stop has supplied radiant barrier and reflective foil insulation nationally for over ten years and the addition of new products to the concrete insulation sector is a natural progression. Now in addition to standard size four feet wide insulation rolls, Insulation Stop offers wider roll sizes up to ten feet allowing larger square footage projects to be completed much faster.
“The under slab insulation or concrete side of our business continues to grow,” stated Nick Semon, owner of Insulation Stop. “The product is popular because it combines several products into one. When used in under slab applications, our layered bubble foil insulation is a radon barrier. It also takes the place of a vapor barrier so you do not need to use the standard poly sheets. Although not a radiant barrier in concrete applications it does provide a thermal break and R-value. There is nothing available at its price point in the market today.”
“We are excited to be offering the new sizes. Take for instance a typical 20,000 ft² building. You use 15 rolls less using the new 10’ wide rolls versus the standard 4’ wide. The installation costs are cut down dramatically due to less labor in installing the material and taping the seams. Our larger project customers are pleased because they immediately see savings. These products have now been added to our online catalog and available for our national audience as well.”
Nick Semon is co-owner of Insulation Stop. They offer individual and bulk orders of U.S. made radiant barrier and reflective bubble foil insulation products for commercial and residential use. The company is committed to offering extensive knowledge on the use and application of its reflective insulation products.
The demand for creating environmentally controlled space within manufacturing facilities is growing, as U.S. manufacturing continues to evolve into more highly technical industries. To help meet this need, PortaFab has expanded its line of SteelSpan “all-in-one” industrial wall panels. The new line extension features a “no profile” smooth surface option which provides an easy to clean solution for use in environmental control applications.
“Adding a flush surface provides an easy to clean wall solution for manufacturers in a medical, nanotechnology, micro-processing or other setting that requires an environmentally-controlled enclosure to house sensitive equipment or supplies,” said Mike Booker, Business Development Manager for PortaFab Modular Building Systems.
The SteelSpan system has traditionally been used to create demising walls for dividing plant space and it has proven to be a very cost effective system. Since SteelSpan wall panels do not require the use of wall studs for support, they cost less and can be installed more quickly than traditional post and panel construction methods.
Plus, the wall panels control dust, provide thermal breaks, vapor barrier, temperature, humidity, noise and other environmental concerns. “The advanced polyurethane core and impermeable steel faces provide insulation values that significantly lower heating and cooling costs, making them ideal for environmental control applications,” said Booker.
In addition to being easier to clean than traditional construction, the new wall panel system provides a level of flexibility that is inherent with modular construction. Primarily, the SteelSpan panels are easy to remove or reconfigure when needed, which is a welcome advantage within the constantly shifting environment of modern manufacturing and distribution operations.
The new smooth-surfaced wall panels have been designed to match PortaFab’s existing line of modular building systems in both appearance and color, allowing smooth and easy integration with all of PortaFab’s modular building systems.
About PortaFab: Located in Chesterfield, Missouri, PortaFab Corporation has been a leader in the manufacturing and design of pre-engineered modular building systems, cleanrooms, and preassembled structures for over 25 years.
Celebrating its first anniversary is a state-of-the-art training centre that helps people facing worklessness in the north-east find opportunities to gain essential gas qualifications and valuable on-the-job experience.
The first year since the launch of the Gas Training at Kier centre has seen fifteen operatives complete their re-assessment qualification, seven apprentices achieve their full gas qualifications and multiple external verification visits from industry professionals. Additionally, the centre has achieved partner status with the Careers Transition Partnership for the Ministry of Defence, meaning it is now a preferred supplier for training ex-forces personnel.
In February, the gas training team welcomed 42-year-old ex-serviceman Paul Timothy to carry out a 12-week work placement with the company. Paul received valuable work experience including hands-on training with operatives in the field, following 16 years serving with the Royal Engineers where he completed tours of Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo and Bosnia.
Paul has now been offered and accepted a full time role as a gas fitter with Kier carrying out gas servicing, installations and repairs to homes across North Tyneside. ‘Gas Training at Kier’ is a state-of-the-art gas assessment centre located in Killingworth, North Tyneside that offers BPEC accredited training and reassessments enabling new candidates to gain essential training, and engineers to stay up to date with current gas legislative requirements.
The centre trains candidates who want to start a career in gas engineering or renew their qualifications, and also provides a tailored package for candidates resettling after serving in the armed forces. With ex-service personnel making up part of the ‘Gas Training at Kier’ team, they are ideally positioned to deliver first-rate training opportunities, as well as being able to provide help and guidance on all aspects of resettlement.
Kier regional director, Mike Furze, said: “We are extremely proud the efforts of our gas training team who have worked so hard to make the centre a success. It is illegal for an operative to work on gas installations in the UK unless they are Gas Safe registered (either individually or through a company) and hold valid and relevant gas qualifications. Through our state-of-the-art gas training centre we are committed to supporting local people to retrain or learn new skills vital for securing job opportunities in the region.” The centre, which is offering discounts to businesses who send staff for training and assessments, was opened in June 2011 by North Tyneside cabinet member for housing, Paul Mason, along with Kier’s managing director for maintenance, Peter Brynes.
-Kier North Tyneside is a joint venture (JV) company formed between North Tyneside Council and Kier’s maintenance division to deliver a repairs and maintenance service for North Tyneside’s social housing and public buildings.
-This organisation carries out improvements and repairs to North Tyneside Council’s housing stock and other council-owned property for an initial ten-year term. The contract has a potential value of over £600m and is extendable for a further five years.
-The JV entailed the transfer under TUPE of 500 council employees to Kier North Tyneside and is based and operated from the council’s existing Killingworth site at Harvey Combe.
-This latest contract joins Kier’s well-established and extensive portfolio of local authority outsourcing contracts and brings the total number of public sector homes maintained by Kier to over 240,000.
-Kier North Tyneside undertakes repairs, maintenance and upgrade works to council homes and provides a design, build and maintenance service to schools and local authority buildings.
Euro Auctions, Brisbane hosted its second construction machinery and equipment sale at its new permanent sale site in Brisbane, Queensland, following the inaugural event earlier this year on the 22nd June. With over 500 lots of quality construction equipment and heavy machinery going under the hammer, Euro Auctions experienced un-precedented interest in the sale catalogue and the auction.
There was a large local turnout for the sale with over 500 registered bidders, not just from Brisbane, but from across New South Wales - 65% of whom were new buyers registering for the first time. There was heavy internet activity, typical of all Euro Auctions sales, due to the global marketing reach that Euro Auctions has. Conducted on a ‘moving parade’ basis, all machines were driven over an elevated ‘ramp’ in front of the assembled buying and selling audience. The general consensus was that Euro Auctions had provided the Australian market with exactly the range of equipment and machinery it was looking for, thus providing buyers with what they wanted, a good mix of unused and late, low hour’s quality machinery.
It was also evident that many of the consigners with equipment to sell were from Australia, proving that confidence in Euro Auctions’ ability to provide a good second sale was high. The underlying message from those attending was that it was good to see an organisation like Euro Auctions coming into the Australian Market and taking on the local competition. The general feeling was that Euro Auctions are building a good name and a reputation for providing quality construction machinery to the Australian market.
It was evident that Euro Auctions had listened to what customers wanted, following the first sale in March, and had fed this information back to consigners who were able to supply the high demand equipment requested. Customers were not just looking for usual ‘run of the mill’ equipment but seeking specialist items of auxiliary plant like, plant trailers, hydraulic hammers, specialist buckets, rollers, crushers etc along with the a supply of good quality and well priced smaller equipment pieces such as, mini excavators and conveying equipment. This is exactly what Euro Auctions provided to the delight of an audience that were clearly in the mood to buy. There were also a number of ‘STAR BUYS’ on the day which got the attention of buyers, including:
-Unused Terex ta250
-2 unused Volvo a25f
-Unused CAT 980H wheeled loader
-Unused CAT D8T dozer - which made AUS $675,000
-2010 Hitachi ZX 870 LCR-3 – which made AUS $625,000
Thomas Overton – Territory Manager for Euro Auctions, Brisbane enthused: “We knew this was going to be a great sale following the excellent feedback from our first one in March 2012. We had the right kind of stock that the market was looking for and the intrigue in the ramp style ‘parade’ was getting people curious. But, the measure of the day comes down to the ability to present quality equipment in the best way possible, which is exactly what Euro Auctions achieved.”
“From the last sale, the concept of running an ‘unreserved’ auction may have been difficult to comprehend as we continued to receive calls for weeks following the auction about certain lots. Buyers didn’t believe that ALL pieces were sold on the day. I think the Australian market now fully understands how Euro Auctions operates and have confidence in our ability to get the best prices possible. At this type of sale, we know that customers are looking for specific models, knowing exactly what they had to pay, with no hidden extras. Quality equipment draws better prices and most end users want to buy equipment and put it straight to work, with no delays.”
The next Euro Auctions sale will be held in Mid September at 153 Main Beach Road, Pinkenba, Queensland 4008, Australia.
With nearly 270 years of experience in the design and manufacture of high performance handling and lifting equipment, the J D Neuhaus company has updated their ‘logo and slogan’ to a design which more closely represents their latest products, including new developments, designed for applications in some of the toughest markets and environments.
For many years the logo slogan of ‘powered by air’ was fully appropriate for their full range of hoists, cranes and winches. More recently, however, the introduction of hydraulically powered products has been predominant, suitable for the operating conditions in heavy engineering markets such as shipbuilding, mining, tunnelling and oil and gas exploration which all have their own unique requirements. To do justice to these developments, the logo slogan has been updated to ‘engineered for extremes’, which the company feel is more representative of their current product performance and developments. The new logo also incorporates a modern typeface which is more powerful and vibrant, reflecting the changes in the markets served.
JDN products incorporate 100% duty ratings, insensitively to humidity and dust while operating at temperatures from -20°C to +70°C. They are ideally suited for working in hazardous atmospheres and are Ex rated for use in potentially explosive areas. Highly specialised operating conditions have also been accommodated, with hoists currently available for underwater applications (down to 70 metres in depth), as well as for operation at arctic temperatures down to -45°C.
To complement and supplement these changes, the JDN website address has been consolidated for worldwide operation to the website. Users of the site will be automatically routed to an existing site appropriate for their country and language. However, all existing email addresses will remain unchanged at the present time.
In addition, the website now incorporates an interactive online platform that has been designated as JDN Community. This provides an exchange medium for anyone involved with the JDN company and its products. Technical issues can be raised, together with product user experiences with images welcomed illustrating application sites of JDN lifting and handling equipment. Indeed, everyone posting a JDN story on the site will be entered in a prize draw for a 7 day holiday.
Part of Capita Symonds – Northcroft – has been appointed by KOP Properties to provide cost management services on the redevelopment of 10 Trinity Square in central London.
The redevelopment of the Grade II* listed site will comprise 41 serviced residences; a luxury hotel with 120 rooms and suites; a spa and fitness centre; a restaurant; two bars; and an exclusive club.
Located at the edge of the ‘Square Mile’, 10 Trinity Square is one of London’s most renowned landmarks, having been the headquarters of the Port London Authority (PLA) as well as the venue for a reception in honour of the inaugural meeting of the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1946.
The property offers spectacular views of the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, the River Thames and the surrounding London skyline including City Hall, Tate Modern, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and Canary Wharf.
The developer for the scheme is Bullet Investments Limited - a joint venture between KOP Properties Pte Ltd and the Beijing-based Reignwood Group – while the master architects are Woods Bagot.
Soft strip demolition has started on site with the main construction work anticipated to start in October this year. Completion is due in the first quarter of 2015
About Capita Symonds - Capita Symonds is one of the UK's largest and most diverse multidisciplinary consultancies operating in the building design, real estate, civil engineering, environment, management and transport sectors. With over 3600 staff in over 50 UK and international offices we offer an unrivalled scope of services and a unique blend of professional and technical skills to schemes of all types and complexities.
Located on the Penglais and Plas Gogerddan campuses, The Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) is a world class award winning research and teaching centre at Aberystwyth University, Wales. The venture brings together around 300 research, teaching and support staff to conduct basic, strategic and applied research into biology from the level of genes and other molecules to the impact of climate change and bio-energy on sustainable agriculture and land use.
Their aim is to help find workable solutions for some of humanity’s most urgent challenges, both nationally and internationally. This includes human and veterinary diseases, food production and bio-energy in the face of climate change, growing populations, water scarcity and competing demands for land and IBERS is already carrying out innovative work in producing fuels from energy crops such as high-sugar grasses.
A central requirement for both project briefs was to design an architecture driven by low energy and sustainable design principles to reflect the nature of the scientific research and the University’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This has been achieved by incorporating a number of environmental features, including sedum roofs, rainwater harvesting, natural ventilation and sustainable timber cladding with a biomass boiler at Gogerddan and ground source heat pumps at Penglais – all of which helped the project achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating and win two BRE national sustainable design awards.
To control access to and within both facilities, the University specified a SALTO smart access control system which has been supplied, installed and commissioned by SALTO Certificated Partner LOCK-TECH SYSTEMS, of Swansea.
Working closely with the University and building contractor Willmott-Dixon, one of the UK’s largest privately-owned capital works, regeneration and support service companies, LOCK-TECH installed a range of different door solutions to satisfy the broad requirements of the various teaching facilities, laboratories and public spaces that the buildings incorporate. The range of access control technologies used was instrumental in achieving the successful integration of the various systems.
With the installation of the SALTO access control system the University does not have the worry and cost of managing keys, or changing lock cylinders, but can now update, restrict or deny access to any lock remotely. This gives unmatched flexibility and a secure yet accessible site for the staff and students whilst also allowing controlled visitor access as required.
Both sites used a number of SALTO XS4 Mifare proximity handle sets as well as hard-wired off-line wall readers with one on-line update point connected to the University’s Ethernet network in reception to take advantage of the SVN network feature.
This allows the XS4 locks to read, receive and write information via the University’s staff and student access control fobs. Since most access related information is kept encrypted on these fobs, the wall readers are able to update and receive information from the fobs at any time. So not only is the system easy to use, but its functionality also provides 90% of the benefits of a fully on-line access control system at the cost of a standalone system.
The ‘smart’ fobs, which are in the process of being supplemented by Mifare proximity cards, build up audit trails through normal use giving the University complete control over access and enabling them to log the movement of staff, students and visitors through both the off-line and on-line parts of the system if required. This enables a complete access profile of each individual to be established and updated at the update wall readers as necessary.
Any fobs that become lost or stolen can be quickly and simply deleted from the system just by visiting the readers with up-dated fobs. The system also greatly reduces the number of visits necessary to off-line doors, since user data is simply transferred on fobs by normal use. This eliminates the traditional need to replace locks if security is breached due to the loss or theft of a fob or card.
Ramesh Gurdev, SALTO Systems UK Managing Director, says: “At IBERS, having access security that is robust, reliable and dependable is absolutely essential for such a world class facility.
The flexibility of their new SALTO XS4 system linked to its SVN capability means the University has the ability to manage up to 4 million users and up to 64,000 doors in a single system if required, ensuring their future expansion needs are taken care of now, without having to upgrade at a later date. This means they can securely control who has access to what, where and when at all times whilst providing a secure environment for their important research programmes.”
About SALTO Systems
Based in Oiartzun, Spain and with offices in the UK, USA, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Portugal, Australia, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Malaysia and the UAE, SALTO Systems was established in 2001 with the objective of creating a new advanced state-of-the-art access control concept. Products such as their SALTO Virtual Network have accelerated the company’s growth and this has now become the access option of choice on more than 1,000,000 doors in over 70 countries. Customer markets include airports, hospitals, government buildings, universities, corporate headquarters and hotels.
About LOCK-TECH SYSTEMS
Based in Swansea, South Wales, LOCK-TECH SYSTEMS are a SALTO Certificated Partner and take pride in supplying the market leading access control technology in the UK market place. SALTO Certificated Partners are trained and annually licensed to the highest achievable level by SALTO and are able to advise, consult, survey, supply, configure and install the full SALTO stand alone wire free and wireless product range.
Scape, local authority controlled company, is preparing to launch Sunesis Leisure in partnership with Willmott Dixon at the upcoming annual Local Government Association (LGA) conference and just a month before the start of London 2012.
Sunesis offers public sector clients a quick procurement route and a choice of tried and tested, ready-made building design solutions. The concept was originally developed to deliver new schools across the UK more quickly and at a fixed price.
The approach has proved so successful that it is now being applied to other markets. The launch of Sunesis Leisure means that 12 months is saved in the overall programme from initial inception to operation of a new build sporting arena, along with 25 per cent in cost savings.
As Steve Elkin, Development Director at Scape, which delivers cost and time savings to public sector construction projects across the UK, explained: “The business case for Sunesis Leisure is extremely strong. Central Government recognises the importance of providing good sporting facilities so people up and down the country can keep fit and healthy, lessening the burden on the NHS.
“But local councils keep telling us that they cannot afford to manage, run and upgrade or develop existing facilities, especially those with swimming pools. That’s because many are old, require extensive maintenance and are restricted in space and functionality.
“Closing such centres down often makes economic sense, but isn’t an acceptable option from a social perspective, particularly as the country is gearing up to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in just a few weeks time.
“We’ve listened to this feedback, and have come up with a solution that will help authorities to provide a high quality facility that is commercially viable and can trade without subsidy. Sunesis helps schools and leisure facilities become more valuable assets to both the organisations that run them and the communities they serve.”
Within the Sunesis Leisure range, clients can choose from three standardised designs. These have had extensive input from industry experts to optimise space and provide sufficient flexibility to tailor each building over the short and long-term. Each design features a swimming pool and learner pool of varying sizes, and can then be customised as needed.
A range of colours and finishes, as well as optional extras are available. These include wet and dry changing accommodation; a reception area; viewing and refreshment space; health and fitness suite; racket sports hall; aerobics studio; and spa, sauna and therapy options.
Scott Corey, Scape National Framework Manager at Willmott Dixon, commented: “Sunesis Leisure is an extension of our offer to help the public sector deliver more for less in this competitive market. We’re delighted to be able to showcase this latest innovation in a landmark year which will see London 2012 raise the profile of sport across the UK.
“An added benefit of Sunesis is that it offers business information modelling (BIM) as standard. That means authorities will be well on their way to helping the Government meet its target of slashing construction costs of up to 20% for publicly funded projects by 2016. There’s no doubt that BIM is changing the way that schemes are being planned, and we are embracing this approach on behalf of our clients as we know if will pay dividends financially over the long term.”
“With experience of successfully completing over 100 leisure centres with swimming pools spanning the last 15 years, the suite of Sunesis Leisure centres have been designed with industry best practice at the forefront, whilst reducing unnecessary space and cost to bring our Clients what they have been demanding for years.”
Full details will be on show at the LGA Conference from 26th to 28th June 2012 at Birmingham’s International Convention Centre. Scape and the Willmott Dixon team will be on stand B33.
The new RowanPark housing development in the London Borough of Merton has won the ‘2012 Project Winner’ accolade at this year’s national Housing Design Awards.
This flagship development will see the former Rowan school site, in Rowan Road, transformed into a 2.6 hectare landscaped public park, with 217 much-needed homes in Mitcham.
Once completed, the scheme will provide 131 family homes and 86 apartments. Each home meets high-quality design specifications, featuring solar panels on the roofs. Residents in the area will also soon benefit from a new scout and community facility, and a new medical centre and pharmacy. There will be 278 car parking bays and 171 cycle parking spaces set within a new ‘homezone’ street layout.
Thirty per cent of the housing is classified as affordable to buy or rent through shared ownership schemes. A further 10% of homes are part of developer Crest Nicholson’s First-Time Buyer’s Initiative (FTBI).
The judging panel commended RowanPark for a robust masterplan with a family friendly layout and community facilities. The architects were also praised for going above and beyond the sustainability brief, providing a new style and identity for the area which could be a model for London’s suburbs. The site was developed in partnership between the Council, Homes and Communities Agency, developer Crest Nicholson and architects Sheppard Robson.
Merton Council’s cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration, Councillor Andrew Judge, said: "It is very gratifying that RowanPark has been selected as a project winner at this year’s Housing Design Awards. From the outset, nine years ago, we aimed to achieve an exemplary eco development featuring a high quality of design, strong eco credentials and integration with new public green and open space. This scheme will provide more than 200 homes to local people, and particularly families, in Mitcham. RowanPark is at the forefront of innovative and sustainable design, and sets the benchmark for future developments in our borough.”
Cllr Judge also congratulated Merton Priory Homes’ new sheltered housing scheme at the Oaks in Morden, which was also nominated for an award.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
ATAK Trucking has announced the opening of their new pick-up location for those requiring smaller quantities of materials. ATAK Trucking now offers a location in East Brunswick, New Jersey for pick-up of small quantities of sand, stone, topsoil and other building, landscaping and construction materials.
The pick-up location in East Brunswick, NJ is the perfect solution for do-it-yourselfers, landscapers, and contractors that are located in Monmouth, Middlesex, & Somerset counties of New Jersey, including, New Brunswick, South Brunswick, Edison, Sayreville, Perth Amboy, Old bridge, Hillsboro, Woodbridge, Marlboro, & Matawan area of NJ and are in need of small quantities of landscape or construction materials.
ATAK Trucking has offered wholesale pricing of building, landscaping and construction materials, as well as convenient delivery service for quantities of more than twenty tons of materials to contractors, landscapers, builders, municipalities, parks departments, paving companies and more since 1986. With the addition of their pick-up location in East Brunswick, New Jersey, ATAK is now making available a wide selection of sand, stone and topsoil materials to those who do not need such large quantities to complete their projects.
“During the years that we have been operating as a wholesale supplier of construction and landscaping materials, we have received many requests from people that have been interested in purchasing lesser quantities for smaller projects,” says Torocco.
A Terex Finlay 694 Supertrak - supplied by Finlay Plant South East - is driving forward productivity at Scratchwood Depot, where a joint venture between Lafarge Aggregates and GRS Roadstone has been developed to recycle construction and utilities waste.
The 694 screen is reclaiming concrete, stone and masonry into five grades of recycled product at the site – located off the M1 on the outskirts of North London – where Essex-based demolition, crushing and recycling contractor Haigh is contracted by GRS Roadstone and Lafarge to crush and screen the material.
Haigh have invested in new machinery to deliver the contract, with the 694 screen central to the project’s operation. Currently, 240,000 tonnes of waste material a year are scheduled for reclamation at the site.
Once processed, the material leaving Scratchwood is used for a variety of construction-related products, including the manufacture of concrete that contains part-recycled materials, in line with the recent British Standard BS 8500.
The material leaves the 694 screen in sizes of plus 40 mm, 40-25 mm, 25-20mm, 20-10mm and minus 4 mm. The screen’s double deck vibrating grid head system scalps off the plus 40 mm, which is then re-crushed, for maximum efficiency.
Jon Fisher, regional director of GRS Roadstone for the London and South East, said: “By producing more single size products, the material is much more marketable and, as a result, the 694 drives more value out of the waste goods. The screening process is proving very accurate and the 694 offers a 20 feet deck, providing a good deal of space to enable more material to get through.
“This machine was the best choice for us in terms of productivity and performance and it is backed up by Finlay Plant South East’s comprehensive on-site service and support programme.”
Leon Sheehy, managing director of Finlay Plant South East – part of the Stafford based Finlay Group of companies - worked with Haigh and Leicester-based GRS Roadstone to introduce the Terex Finlay 694 Supertrak on the site.
A number of options were specified under the purchase, including a Caterpillar engine. Mobility was also important and Haigh chose the 694 on tracks for on-site mobility and a separate, purpose-built bogey to enable the plant to be transported to other locations where necessary, without the need for a low loader.
Leon said: “The 694’s output increases the volume and value of the reclaimed material, creating sought after products for the construction and utilities sectors from waste goods, which are being diverted from landfill. The 694’s capability, combined with the options that have been configured to meet the individual needs at Scratchwood, have ensured this is transforming operations on the site.”
Notes To Editors
The Finlay Group comprises of eleven stand alone companies offering the most modern and diverse range of material processing equipment available in the marketplace today.
With its headquarters in Stafford, the company has a national reach across England and Wales.
The Finlay Group acts as dealers for Terex Finlay as well as other brands including Trio, Baioni and Pilot Crushtec.
WCL’s Cranebrook Quarry - located between Lichfield and Brownhills – carries out wood waste recycling, inert waste recycling, decorative aggregate sales and landfill - along with the traditional extraction of dry screened building sand.
WCL is cutting down on waste and generating revenue from surplus material with the purchase of a new Terex Finlay 883 Reclaimer from Finlay Central. The new plant is enabling WCL to reprocess rejected sand from the quarry and convert it into backfill for the utilities industry.
The new Terex Finlay 883 Reclaimer replaces a five-year-old 883 also supplied by Finlay Central, which was used to screen inert material into soils, oversized hardcore and middle grade at the site.
The new 883 is continuing to be used as a multi-purpose machine, with WCL utilising it to process wood, as well as demolition rubble, which goes on to be used in building waste reclamation.
It is also reprocessing rejected sand - working with an existing Terex Finlay 390 Hydrascreen portable screening machine, used to process dry screened building sand.
Simon Winner, managing director of WCL, said: “The 390 is used to screen sand from the quarry face, with the fine sand then sold for building and the rejected sand stockpiled. The new 883 Reclaimer reprocesses the rejected sand - making easy work of breaking down lumps of sandstone.
“It produces three grades for us. The reprocessed sand, which is passed through a 20mm slotted mesh, is being sold for use as utilities backfill rather than being wasted. The medium grade sand is passed back through the machine several times and the oversize is added to hard core.
As well as the new Terex Finlay 883 Reclaimer and 390 Hydrascreen, other machinery at the site supplied by Finlay Central includes two Terex Finlay 683 three-way split machines, used to produce MOT Type 1 crushed concrete, and to recycle wood waste, as well as a Terex Finlay J-1175 jaw crusher.
The purchase of the 883 is the first time WCL has brought machinery new. Previously, all machines supplied by Finlay Central have been purchased second hand by WCL.
Simon added: "This new 883 replaces our 2005 version and offers increased ground clearance, allowing higher stockpiling capacities and easier access to the screenbox for cleaning and maintenance. It was the right time to part exchange the older model, considering its resale value for our first new purchase from Finlay Central. I had no hesitation in replacing the 883 Reclaimer like-for-like, as it is an extremely efficient and versatile machine."
Neil Bailey, sales engineer of Finlay Central, said: “The key to the Terex Finlay 883 Reclaimer is its adaptability, whatever the application or industry. At WCL, the plant’s capabilities are already driving new efficiencies and revenue streams.”
APS-100AT multi-component material washing system is developed for the quarrying, recycling and remediation industries
Aggregate Processing Solutions, the specialist washing arm of the Finlay Group, will be unveiling the latest edition to its portfolio at Hillhead 2010 - introduced after almost five years of research and development.
Billed by the company as ‘the contractor’s dream’ the APS-100AT is a unique, multi-component material washing system, developed for the quarrying, recycling and remediation industries.
Central to its design is the introduction of a highly efficient, extreme duty linear multi-deck screen, with ‘Atri-Jet’™ technology, developed by Aggregate Processing Solutions to help remove fines.
The unique, adjustable Atri-Jet™ system also ensures cleanliness of the final products. Floaters are removed and contained, and the plant also enhances the removal of lignite, wood, ash and clinker.
This is supported by a TRIO Course Material Washer, which scrubs to dissolve clays and separates lightweight materials.
John Dunne, managing director of Aggregate Processing Solutions, said: “The APS-100AT is a culmination of many years experience in the field. Designed in England and assembled in Northern Ireland, it has been developed to address a number of important requirements to meet the growing needs of the industry.
“This includes an easy to deliver format, with the entire plant arriving on site in just two lorry movements. The unit is also installed under a fast track programme, ready to operate just two hours after delivery.
“With planning restrictions an important factor on site, it is designed to a small footprint – just 12 metres by 2.9 metres in size - with best in class relocation ability. Economy is also another important factor, with the ATP-100AT easy to match existing mobile units to the system – and using up to 40 per cent less water than standard washing systems. It also accepts an ‘all in feed’ where fines, sand and stone get thoroughly scrubbed by the TRIO Course Material Washer.”
Other features include a self powered capability, with an on-board generator and PLC control, which is pre-wired with an onboard control panel.
Effective maintenance is introduced with features including easy access to all components and an on-board lifting beam to aid wear part replacement.
Set up in 2004 to provide a bespoke, turnkey solution in the provision of screening-washing and crushing equipment, Aggregate Processing Solutions sells complete systems, as well as contracting and hiring of processing equipment. Every aspect is covered, including the latest innovations in water clarification and silt recovery – with the expertise to deliver solutions in harmony with planning and environmental restrictions.
The company holds a UK and Ireland dealership for the Italian Centrifuge manufacturers Baioni. Aggregate Processing Solutions is also dealers for Pilot Crushtec and Terex Finlay, as well as TRIO.
ALLU processing bucket helps to transform contaminated land for a social housing development without the need to remove materials to landfill
A new ALLU processing bucket - supplied by Finlay Central to Portway Remediation - is helping to transform derelict, contaminated land for a social housing development, without the need to remove materials to landfill.
Using a proven methodology involving an ALLU bucket to fragment the contaminated soil, Portway Remediation – a division of Portway Plant Ltd – is carrying out the treatment by adding bacteria into the soil as it passes through the ALLU bucket.
The new ALLU bucket joins the plant fleet, which already includes another ALLU bucket fitted with cutting teeth, forming part of a new process using green waste and sub soils to produce topsoil.
This method further reduces the cost of importing topsoil for the redevelopment and recycles a waste stream.
Currently Portway Remediation are using both ALLU buckets on site in Leicester to treat 17,000m3 of hydrocarbon impacted material, to allow the redevelopment of the site by Westleigh Developments.
When the first phase of development is completed, 196 new dwellings will be created.
Ian Chambers, a Director of Portway Remediation, which is based in Redditch, said: “ALLU buckets are key to the remediation process for our application. The process involves using attachments to each bucket to spray the bacteria onto the soil as it is fragmented.
“Different levels of contamination and soil types require specific attention, and the ALLU buckets allow us to target and deliver the necessary treatments. We have been using ALLU buckets for eight years. We have tried different sizes and configurations and found the best for us is the SM3 –17 model. This is 1.7 metre wide and has three rotating shafts and we find our Volvo EC210CL excavator copes with very well with this type of machinery.”
Neil Bailey, sales engineer of Finlay Central – part of the Finlay Group of companies – said: “Before this bio-remediation process was developed, making good the land would have necessitated the removal of all the contaminated soil to landfill and refilling it with uncontaminated earth. The use of ALLU buckets on the site provides a sustainable way of converting brownfield sites, which have been subjected to contamination over the years into land ready for development.
“This process also reduces road usage by heavy lorries transporting materials in and out of the site, an important consideration in built-up residential areas.”
The Finlay Group is a supplier of ALLU products, which are developed for environmental care, improving recycling methods and the processing of different materials. Their main products are screener crushers, stabilisation systems and compacting plates.
Developed in Finland, ALLU is recognised for its reliability, versatility and ease of maintenance and service – features all combined with economic efficiency.
Notes To Editors
The Finlay Group comprises of eleven stand alone companies offering the most modern and diverse range of material processing equipment available in the marketplace today.
With its headquarters in Stafford, the company has a national reach across England and Wales.
As well as ALLU, the Finlay Group acts as dealers for Terex Finlay as well as other brands including Trio, Baioni and Pilot Crushtec.
Portway Remediation (a division on Portway Plant) Head Office is in Portway, Redditch.
Paroc is working actively working together with other members of EiiF to raise awareness about the contribution that industrial insulation can make to energy efficiency and CO2 reduction. This report clearly states that with current progress EU will achieve only half of these savings. This means that European industry is losing energy and money every day, emitting tonnes of avoidable CO2 emissions, says Lasse Satka, Business Area Manager at Paroc.
According to the study 10% or more of all equipment in industrial plants is not insulated or is covered with damaged insulation. Furthermore, the level of insulation applied is typically based on a minimum investment decision. Requirements like cost-effectiveness or maximum energy efficiency of the insulation system are often just not considered.
Industrial insulation is a way to help European industry to reduce its total fuel consumption by 620 PJ and emissions by 49 Million tonnes of CO2. If industry takes the opportunity and starts to tap the insulation potential this trend could be stopped. The first step would be to consequently insulate all not insulated parts and to repair damaged insulation. If however industry continues to ignore the large savings potential of industrial insulation, the gap between “current” and cost-effective insulation will further increase. Additional costs for CO2 emission allowances will even accelerate this trend, Mr. Satka adds.
In south east of Aberdeen, plans for a new specialist retirement development are set to become a reality after receiving planning permission from Aberdeen City Council.
Specialist retirement developer, McCarthy & Stone, is to redevelop the 1.2 acre site of the former Conference Centre of the Hilton Treetops Hotel in Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen into 44 quality retirement apartments for the elderly.
The new homes will provide a boost to housing options in the local area providing much needed accommodation for people of retirement age and helping free up family housing that older people no longer require.
The contemporary development will rejuvenate the site of the currently vacant building, complementing the surrounding residential area. Alongside attractive landscaped gardens surrounding the building, there will be a communal roof terrace and sun room for residents and visitors.
Stephen Wiseman, Managing Director of McCarthy & Stone in Scotland, explains: "Once complete, our scheme will significantly improve housing choices for older people in Aberdeen. From the outset our development has been sensitively designed to provide a prestigious, contemporary building that can be enjoyed by both residents and the community alike. We worked closely with the local community to form the plans and always ensure our developments bring benefits from being well designed and centrally located, close to local transport links, amenities and shops. In turn this helps to sustain the local economy.”
The application was submitted and approved at committee following an extensive consultation with the local community regarding the proposed development.
The site had previously been granted a planning consent to develop residential apartments for sale to the general market but the development failed to progress because of the economic downturn. As a result, the new proposals had to be clearly communicated to the local community.
Sir Michael Hirst, Chairman of Pagoda Public relations, who led on community consultation, explains: “It was always going to be important to consult closely with the local community to ensure they understood this was a new proposal from a different developer. We invited over 360 local residents to a public exhibition as well as local community groups, representatives and politicians to special meetings to consult on the plans and answer their questions. Following the consultation, feedback showed 90 per cent of those consulted supported McCarthy & Stone’s proposal.” Redevelopment of the site will begin with the demolition of the existing Conference Centre expected to commence on site in autumn.
New Bosch Daredevil reciprocating-saw blades, launched in order to give users longer life and maximum impact in tough demolition applications, are igniting reviews and discussion on reciprocating saws and blades within the ToolSelect.com community.
Designed specifically for demolition tasks, Bosch claims these blades last up to 20 percent longer than other blades in tough applications. The Daredevil blades are meant to cut faster and save time on the job, noting speed, lifespan and ease of use as the major benefits to these blades.
Bosch points to the Daredevil teeth, which use patented 2 x 2 tooth geometry to help the blades to give a clean cut up to 20% faster than competitive blades. The teeth can last up to twice as long with help from micro-blasting, and because the blades are made with metal alloy and protective coating, the increased heat resistance can also extend the life of the blades. With more height and thickness, these new blades give users straighter cuts and less vibration.
Blade sizes range from six to 12 inches and can cut wood (with or without nails), plastics, PVC, thin metal, aluminum and other non-ferrous metals. “Obviously, the actual reciprocating saw has a lot to do with the success and productivity of a job,” says Tom Klein, vice president of marketing and merchandising with ToolSelect. “But if you don’t have the right blades, it won’t matter how good the saw is—you’re going to struggle. We’re excited to see what our members have to say about these new Bosch reciprocating-saw blades in comparison to other blades out there.”
About ToolSelect: ToolSelect is an unbiased community powered by its members that covers all aspects, types and brands of tools, but does not actually sell any tools. ToolSelect’s members include everyone from experienced tradesmen to complete novices. Users trade tips, compare notes, debate their favorite tools and work together to help each other make intelligent purchasing decisions.
Engineers Provided with Construction Specs for Dashboards by Engineers with Construction Specs for Dashboards
Provider of the award-winning Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard®, QA Graphics, can now provide standard dashboard specification details and prepare custom bid specs for construction projects that require an interactive display to educate occupants about sustainable building features. This greatly simplifies the dashboard specification process.
The Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard is an interactive application used to educate about sustainable building practices and create environmental awareness. The solution can include a variety of educational features like demonstrations of sustainable building systems, building performance feedback and comparisons of resources saved into everyday relatable values, interactive quizzes, environmental tips and more.
This product is commonly included under the HVAC category of construction bids when projects require a solution to educate occupants or the public about a building’s green features. The interactive application is customizable to meet all of a building’s display needs and can be deployed anywhere – via building touchscreens or kiosks, on the web and on mobile devices. In addition, there are no recurring fees or contracts for the building owner.
To help simplify the bid specification process, QA Graphics has prepared a standard set of dashboard specification details that may be modified. The standard specs include hardware (32” touchscreen unless specified), software and programming allowing the building owner to share education about their building’s sustainable features. QA Graphics can also prepare custom specifications that include software, programming, and a variety of integrated touchscreen and walk-up kiosk options. QA Graphics offers quick turnarounds when writing bid specifications, typically providing details within 24 hours.
In addition to providing the industry-leading Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard, QA Graphics provides comprehensive design services for the building automation industry including BAS graphics, HVAC 3D development, symbol library development and floor plan development services. The company also provides creative design services including interactive content, mobile application development, 3D design and animation and other multimedia solutions.
About QA Graphics:QA Graphics is an Iowa-based creative design company specializing in interactive applications, 3D design and animation, mobile app development and other multimedia. The company is also a leader in the building automation and green building industries, providing HVAC graphic development services and energy dashboards to help organizations educate occupants about sustainable buildings.
Taking schemes at the National Cycling Centre and at Cledford House in Middlewich, ISG has secured further work from the North West Construction Hub Framework.
The contractor has secured a £550,000 refurbishment scheme with Cheshire East Council to convert the former Cledford Primary School in Middlewich into ‘Cledford House’, which will house office accommodation for Cheshire East Children and Families Services.
The refurbishment includes reorganisation of the internal space, alterations and upgrades to the mechanical and electrical systems, new decoration and floorcoverings throughout and a range of external works. The facility will provide both offices and play areas, creating a base for Children’s Services as they process applications to foster or adopt, and a dedicated environment for children to come into contact with prospective parents.
ISG will also be returning to the National Cycling Centre, where the company has previously carried out a full track replacement, creation of a new restaurant area and various infrastructure upgrades, taking on two new projects for Manchester City Council under the auspices of the North West Construction Hub framework.
The first of the two schemes involves replacement lighting for the velodrome track area to improve lighting intensity and ensure facilities are in line with requirements for high definition TV broadcasts. ISG has also been contracted to upgrade the lighting in the central area within the track, which is used for other sporting activities such as basketball and badminton. The project will include the installation of additional wiring and lighting controls.
The contractor has also secured a £580,000 project, independent from the framework, with Cheshire West and Chester Council, to refurbish two industrial units to provide a new office and storage facility for the authority’s library service. The 16-week programme will see ISG install new mechanical and electrical services, create offices within the building and install specialist racking for the book storage areas.
ISG’s Jim Parker, managing director - North West, commented: “The latest wins via the North West Construction Hub are indicative of the variety of schemes delivered through the framework. This approach to procurement reduces the tendering process for both the client and the contractor, which has a positive impact on costs, quality and project delivery timeframes.”
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Following are the IS codes which are used for Clay and Stabilized Soil products for Construction. It includes standardization in the field of burnt, unburnt clay and stabilized soil products for construction.
IS 654:1992 Clay roofing tiles, mangalore pattern – Specification.
IS 1077:1992 Common burnt clay building bricks – Specification
IS 1464:1992 Clay ridge and ceiling tiles – Specification
IS 1478:1992 Clay flooring tile – Specification
IS 1725:1982 Specification for soil based blocks used in general building construction
IS 2117:1991 Guide for manufacture of hand-made common burnt clay building bricks
IS 2180:1988 Specification for heavy duty burnt clay building bricks
IS 2222:1991 Specification for burnt clay perforated building bricks
IS 2248:1992 Glossary of terms relating to clay products for buildings
IS 2690(Part 1):1993 Burnt clay flat terracing tiles- Specification : Part 1 Machine made
IS 2690(Part 2):1992 Burnt clay flat terracing tiles – Specification : Part 2 Hand made
IS 2691:1988 Specification for burnt clay facing bricks
IS 3367:1993 Burnt clay tiles for use in lining irrigation and drainage works – Specification
IS 3495(Part 1-4):1992 Methods of tests of burnt clay building bricks:
Part 1 Determination of compressive strength
Part 2 Determination of water absorption
Part 3 Determination of efflorescence
Part 4 Determination of warpage
IS 3583:1988 Specification for burnt clay paving bricks
IS 3951(Part 1):2009 Specification for hollow clay tiles for floors and roofs Part 1 Filler type
IS 3951(Part 2):2009 Hollow clay tiles for floors and roofs-Specification: Part 2 Structural type
IS 3952:1988 Specification for burnt clay hollow bricks for walls and partitions
IS 3978:1993 Manufacture of burnt clay Mangalore pattern roofing tiles – Code of practice
IS 4885:1988 Specification for sewer bricks
IS 5454:1978 Methods of sampling of clay building bricks
IS 5779:1986 Specification for burnt clay soling bricks
IS 6165:1992 Dimensions for special shapes of clay bricks
IS 7556:1988 Specification for burnt clay jallies
IS 8920:1978 Methods for sampling of burnt clay tiles
IS 11650:1991 Guide for manufacture of common burnt clay building bricks by semi-mechanized process
IS 13317:1992 Clay roofing country tiles, half round and flat tiles – Specification
IS 13757:1993 Burnt clay fly ash building bricks – Specification
This Indian Standard Code list for Clay and Stabilized Soil products for Construction is updated as on January 31, 2012 on engineeringcivil.com. We have tried to list all Indian Standard Codes for Clay and Stabilized Soil products for Construction, but might have missed a few. If you know any code which we have missed, just comment below and help us add it in this list.
Following are the IS codes which are used for Construction Management including safety in construction. It also includes planning and organization at site for residential buildings, public buildings and offices, and industrial buildings, formulation of standards laying down safety requirements in the various operations involved in different types of civil engineering construction.
IS 3696(Part 1):1987 Safety code of scaffolds and ladders: Part 1
IS 3696(Part 2):1991 Safety code of scaffolds and ladders: Part 2
IS 3764:1992 Code of safety for excavation work
IS 4014(Part 2):1967 Code of practice for steel tubular scaffolding: Part 2 Safety regulations for scaffolding
IS 4081:1986 Safety code for blasting and related drilling operations
IS 4082:1996 Recommendations on stacking and storage of construction materials and components at site
IS 4130:1991 Safety code for demolition of buildings
IS 4138:1977 Safety code for working in compressed air
IS 4756:1978 Safety code for tunneling work
IS 4912:1978 Safety requirements for floor and wall openings, railings and toe boards
IS 5121:1969 Safety code for piling and other deep foundations
IS 5916:1970 Safety code for construction involving use of hot bituminous materials
IS 7272(Part 1):1974 Recommendations for labour output constants for building work: Part 1 North zone
IS 7293:1974 Safety code for working with construction machinery
IS 7969:1975 Safety code for handling and storage of building materials
IS 10067:1982 Material constants in building works
IS 10291:1982 Safety code for dress divers in civil engineering
IS 10302:1982 Unified nomenclature of workmen for civil
IS 13415:1992 Code of safety for protective barriers in and around buildings
IS 13416(Part 1):1992 Recommendations for preventive measures against hazards at workplaces: Part 1 Falling material hazards prevention
IS 13416(Part 2):1992 Recommendations for preventive measures against hazards at workplaces: Part 2 Fall
IS 13416(Part 3):1994 Recommendations for preventive measures against hazards at workplaces: Part 3 Disposal
IS 13416(Part 4):1994 Recommendations for preventive measures against hazards at workplaces: Part 4 Timber
IS 13416(Part 5):1994 Recommendations for preventive measures against hazards at workplaces: Part 5 Fire
IS 13430:1992 Code of practice for safety during additional construction and alteration to existing buildings
IS 15883(Part 1):2009 Guidelines for Construction Project Management: Part 1 General
SP 70: 2001 Handbook on construction safety practices
This Indian Standard Code list for Construction Management is updated as on January 31, 2012 on engineeringcivil.com. We have tried to list all Indian Standard Codes for Construction Management, but might have missed a few. If you know any code which we have missed, just comment below and help us add it in this list.
Continuing its great legacy, this year also Techkriti, IIT Kanpur’s Annual Technical and Entrepreneurship Festival is organizing TREMOR. As some of you might know, TREMOR has been the prestigious contest of Techkriti as it gives you opportunity to challenge The Earthquakes. And this time, it comes with a challenge to save your apartment building from being wracked by the mighty vibrations.
Here opens the gates to the battle to be won by creativity and thinking alone.A challenge to the architects and civil engineers out there to think of and come out with ideas that break stereotypes.
In BUILDREAMS, you will be posed with a few real life problem statements dealing with planning and designing of buildings and the various aspects of it.
The process is simple.Check out for the problem statements, think, dream, live..that’s everything….!
This is an online and onsite event.The Online Round starts on Dec 15th, 2011.The event is for 2 months with 4 sessions (15 days each,independent of one another).
The winner for each session will be selected based on the review on a specified date (Feb 1- 4,2012).Top 20% of the entries will only be called for a final review.
An invitation to voice your ideas and explore the new era of civil engineering!!! Anna University proudly announces “CIVILISATION 2012” a one of its kind tech fest of the College of Engineering Guindy, Anna University, Chennai, acting as a forum for all Civil Engineering students across the nation, to portray their skills and get them rewarded.
With a tagline that goes as ‘Innovation under Construction’, Civilisation has incorporated in itself a special motive to foster and develop innovation in the field of Civil Engineering ranging over and across all its sub-disciplines. Live every moment of the challenge we thrust upon you to make the event worth it. We throw a grand invitation to all the civil engineering wizards out there to come and add colours to the occasion.
“To raise a structure within the framework of affordability, without compromising on quality, aesthetics and time, indeed is a Herculean task…”
Here its a much more simpler task…Make a working Model with the best use of the materials provided. Judging Criteria will be based on Aesthetic Sense , Loading test, Best use of materials ..
Known for the ease, speed and affordability of its top quality kitchen makeovers, Granite Transformations has now complemented its made-to-measure replacement worktop overlays and cabinet doors with mosaics on a mattress. That’s the description for the quickest and smartest system ever for laying glass mosaic tiles on large surface areas like kitchen walls, alcoves and splashbacks. Developed in association with a sister company, Italian tile maker Trend, it allows genuine handcrafted mosaics to be installed over virtually any surface, even existing tiles, in a fraction of the normal installation times.
Just as ‘the top that fits on top’ can be installed neatly over existing work surfaces, without need for ripping out the old material, the flexible, cushioned base of Granite Transformations’ mosaic mattress can be used over smooth, curved or uneven surfaces and the tiles are pre-grouted for a perfect finish.
Most tiling jobs can be completed within half a day, enabling new worktops, doors, drawer fronts and mosaic splashbacks all to be installed by Granite Transformations’ factory-trained fitters in a couple of days or so, with no debris, disruption or builder’s waste. Also because the underlying cabinet carcases, drawer interiors, even sink units are retained, a new look kitchen can be achieved for around half the cost of complete fitted units.
To assist colour coordination with worktops and door facings, the company’s interior design consultancy has selected the Granite Transformations Collection of a dozen different mosaic colourways, which are designed to tone with popular granite, quartz and recycled glass finishes and woodgrain effects. The tiles are chosen from Trend’s classic 2 x 2cm range of semi-transparent mosaics, produced using the superior fused glass technique and coloured ‘en masse’, so that each piece is tinted throughout and resistant to wear, sunlight, heat, impact and chemicals.
Trend’s inspiring 2 x 2 palette embraces 150 different colours that extend from daffodil yellow to deep purple, although the harmonised Granite Transformations Collection focuses on the ambers, bronze, pewter, black and pearlescent whites that are thoroughly in tune with today’s kitchen décor. The collection features aventurina and enamel streaked Brillante mosaics, iridescent Shining designs and the eco-chic appeal of translucent Feel tiles made from post-consumer recycled glass. Yet beautiful as they are, these Italian glass mosaics are tough, hardwearing, wipe-clean and perfect for the most demanding domestic duties.
These mosaics are mounted on a flexible polyethylene support mattress, measuring 126 x 63cm and containing 1800 individual tiles, which is applied directly to the wall or on top of existing tiles. Based on Trend’s innovative Smart2Go system, this reduces installation times, eliminates waste and produces a highly professional finish that is ready almost immediately. Used as full-height mosaic panels from worktop to ceiling, half-height splashbacks to the underside of wall units, or a simple 100mm upstand running the length of the work surface, these glass mosaics add texture, colour and class to the final kitchen makeover.
As with the measuring up, fabrication and installation of worktops and replacement doors, the tiling work is carried out by a couple of Granite Transformations fitters, so there are no competing trades cluttering up the kitchen, and with the job usually completed in a couple of days, there’s no need to set up a temporary kitchen or eat out at restaurants while the makeover’s being finished.
Careful coordination has enabled Crown Utilities and house builders Mansell to rescue an affordable housing project from delays arising from the failure of the original contractor. As the contractor for the unified installation of gas, water and electricity connections, Crown Utilities managed all utility processes so that the scheme went to plan and schedule.
The development in Greenbrook Street, Bury, comprises 26 houses and eight flats sold on a part ownership basis and marketed by Plumlife on behalf of the Great Places Housing Group. Continuity of electricity supply for the neighbourhood was essential so the first task for Crown Utilities was the installation, commissioning and making live of a new substation to give a 500KVA supply. At the same time a 30KVA landlord’s supply was installed and a redundant sub-station dismantled and removed.
Crown Utilities provided multi utility electricity, gas and water services in accordance with Plumlife’s plan for the release and sale of the properties. Installing utilities in this unified way made it possible to win back lost time. There were technical complications. Crews had to work around existing buried high and low voltage power cables, take services across roads and follow a plan for careful traffic management.
Andy Kay, joint managing director at Crown Utilities explained, “We were already the chosen utility infrastructure partner when Mansell’s took over the contract. Despite all the engineering complexity and site problems we were able to meet the challenges and help them pull the programme back to schedule. Following the success of Greenbrook Street, Mansell’s have placed more orders with us including the New Islington development in Manchester’s Ancoats area requiring multi-utility service connections to 18 properties.”
Crown Utilities is one of only a few contractors in the UK with MURS accreditation (Multi Utility Recognition Status) with all crews able to install gas, electricity and water in a single combined operation.
A £3 million contract has been completed by Robertson to fit out a new life science building at Edinburgh’s BioQuarter suitable for laboratory use.
Robertson, the infrastructure, support services and construction group were responsible for the fit out of Scottish Enterprise’s recently opened £24 million bio-incubator and multi occupancy building, known as Nine.
They were required to fit out the 2,000m2 ground floor of the building creating an incubator unit and 25 offices and bespoke café suitable for start up firms specialising in life sciences.
The 30 week project included mechanical and electrical fit out installing ventilation, power data systems wiring, hot water outputs and lab gas installations as well as putting in high quality lab furniture such as autoclave cleaning systems and putting in place partition walls and ceilings to section up the lab space.
Regional Operations Director of Robertson, Bob Gray, said: “It’s an honour to be involved in such a high profile project that represents significant development for Scotland’s entire life sciences sector.
“We have produced a state-of-the-art laboratory suite suitable for the needs of technicians and scientists to work at the heart of Scotland’s world-leading life sciences industry.”
Nine, The BioQuarter is an integral part of Edinburgh BioQuarter’s plan to combine Edinburgh’s reputation for clinical and academic excellence with commercial facilities for new companies, growth companies and established leaders in the bio-pharmaceutical industry.
Edinburgh BioQuarter is one of Scotland’s flagship life sciences initiatives which brings together world leading research capabilities, an 870-bed teaching hospital and a world-leading clinical imaging centre.
It is located adjacent to the University of Edinburgh’s Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine, the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, the University’s Medical School and The Queens Medical Research Institute.
Work on this building has been supported through a £12 million investment from the UK Strategic Investment Fund and matched funding of £12 million from Scottish Enterprise.
Recently, personnel from the Corps of Royal Engineers completed a paver course attachment with road and pavement surfacing specialist, Eurovia Surfacing, allowing the corps to design, build and maintain a military road network or airfield when deployed abroad. The students were given a full site safety induction on arrival and spent three days with the Eurovia Surfacing team, benefiting from its expertise and facilities. During this time, Eurovia Surfacing offered its knowledge and experience to fulfil criteria towards the Military Plant Foreman title for which the attendees are training.
“We are extremely grateful to the Eurovia Surfacing team for offering its facilities and resources to train us,” says Sergeant James Collins. “It has been extremely beneficial to learn from experienced pavers how to use equipment and machinery safely and efficiently, whilst applying it all to a real life situation. We will be able to use this knowledge when working on military road and airfield networks whilst deployed, ensuring safer travel routes for the armed forces.”
The students benefited from Eurovia Surfacing’s knowledge of paving and surfacing issues including road construction and paver operations, incorporated with hands on experience working with the Eurovia Surfacing team on a live surfacing project on the A416 near Chesham.
“We were able to help the engineer’s complete hands on activities such as bond coating, rolling patterns, site mobilization and traffic management in order for the corps to apply these skills on military bases elsewhere,” says Peter Oakes, Contracts Manager at Eurovia Surfacing. “Our teams also offered their guidance and know-how in the operation of tandem rollers, paver and chipper machines.” The students learnt first-hand how to install, manage and improve a road network. Students will have completed key criteria to gain their MPF title, ensuring they are of maximum use to the army in the field.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Project Managers play very important role in Construction Projects.
A project manager is the person who has the overall responsibility for the successful initiation, planning, execution and closure of a project. This title is used in the construction industry, architecture, and many different occupations that are based on production of a product or service.
The project manager must possess a combination of skills including an ability to ask penetrating questions, detect unstated assumptions and resolve interpersonal conflicts as well as more systematic management skills.
Key amongst his/her duties is the recognition that risk directly impacts the likelihood of success and that this risk must be both formally and informally measured throughout the lifetime of the project.
Risk arises primarily from uncertainty and the successful project manager is the one who focuses upon this as the main concern. Most of the issues that impact a project arise in one way or another from risk. A good project manager can reduce risk significantly, often by adhering to a policy of open communication, ensuring that every significant participant has an opportunity to express opinions and concerns.
It follows from the above that a project manager is one who is responsible for making decisions both large and small, in such a way that risk is controlled and uncertainty minimised. Every decision taken by the project manager should be taken in such a way that it directly benefits the project.
Project managers use project management software, such as Microsoft Project, to organise their tasks and workforce. These software packages allow project managers to produce reports and charts in a few minutes, compared to the several hours it can take if they do not use a software package
Roles and Responsibilities
The role of the project manager encompasses many activities including:
* Planning and Defining Scope
* Activity Planning and Sequencing
* Resource Planning
* Developing Schedules
* Time Estimating
* Cost Estimating
* Developing a Budget
* Controlling Quality
* Managing Risks and Issues
* Creating Charts and Schedules
* Risk Analysis
* Benefits Realisation
* Scalability, Interoperability and Portability Analysis
* Team Leadership
* Strategic Influencing
* Customer Liaison
Last but not least, in order to be successful, the project manager must be given support and authority by senior management.
Epoxy Textured Coating is applied to be slip resistant coating for concrete and cement screeds. This flooring system can be subjected to normal up to medium heavy mechanical and chemical loading. It is designed for production areas, storage shed and assembly areas or exhibition areas etc.
Advantages of textured coating are slip resistant, good abrasion resistant, good chemical resistance, easy to clean etc.
This method statement is specified for the epoxy flooring system using Sikafloor 264 and other supporting products.
System build-up for Sikafloor 264 textured coating
1. Primer (2 solutions, depend of the substrate porosity)
a. Less absorbent/dense substrate Primer 1 / 2 x Sikafloor 2420 + 25 % Thinner C 0.1 – 0.2 kg/m²
b. Normal substrate / Porous substrate Primer* 1 x Sikafloor 161 0.3 – 0.5 kg/m²
2.If needed, moisture barrier (if > 4% pbw moisture content into the substrate)
Epocem Primer ( Primer coat) 1 x Epocem Primer Approximately 0.15 Kg/m²
Moisture barrier (Body coat) 1 x Sikafloor 81 Epocem (2 mm minimum): 2.1 kg/m²/mm
3.Roller and textured coat
1st coat Roller coating 1 X Sikafloor 264: 0.25 – 0.3 kg/m²
2nd coat Textured coating 1 X Sikafloor264 + Extender T (2%): 0.4 – 0.5 kg/m² + 0.008-0.010 kg/m²
(Approx. system thickness from 0.45 to 0.5 mm, without moisture barrier)
Note: In cases of limited exposure and normal absorbent concrete substrates priming is not necessary.
The concrete substrate must be sound and of sufficient compressive strength (minimum 25 N/mm2) with a minimum pull off strength of 1.5 N/mm2
Prior to application, confirm substrate moisture content, relative humidity and dew point. Moisture content must be not greater than 4%.
Test method: Sika Tramex meter or Standard Test method for indication of moisture in concrete by plastic sheet method according to ASTM D4263
Concrete substrates must be prepared mechanically using abrasive blast cleaning or scarifying equipment to remove cement laitance and achieve an open textured surface. Weak concrete must be removed and surface defects such as blowholes and voids must be fully exposed. All dust, loose and friable material must be completely removed from all surfaces before application of the product, preferably by brush and/or vacuum. If in doubt, apply a test area first.
Application of Epoxy Textured Coating using Sikafloor 264 system:
Primer coat: Make sure that a continuous, pore free coat covers the substrate. If necessary, apply two priming coats.
Seal coat: Sikafloor 264 as coating can be applied by short-piled roller for the 1st layer. The 2ndlayer is applied back-rolled (crosswise) with a textured roller.
Cyrill Spirig, Corporate Product Engineer Tunneling & Mining
Until recently, mainly standard superplasticizers were used for the production of shotcrete. No consideration was given to the fact that the requirements for a superplasticizer used for the production of shotcrete are quite different than for the production conventionally placed concrete. The additional requirements are the result of the mechanical application of shotcrete. Shotcrete which can be sprayed with lower pump pressure is kind to the machine and reduces wear. At the same time the accelerator can be injected more easily. Thanks to its long open time, shotcrete can be transported long distances without loss of workability. The easy combination with Sika accelerators guarantees high early strengths.
Contrary to conventionally placed concrete, shotcrete is not being cast, but sprayed onto the substrate. Traditionally, the dry mix is conveyed pneumatically. In the modern method, the concrete is conveyed in a dense stream to the nozzle with a double pump and, after the addition of an accelerator pneumatically sprayed onto the substrate.
Requirements to Superplasticizer for Shotcrete
In the past, superplasticizers were mainly aimed at the requirements for conventionally placed concrete, with emphasis on water reduction. Shotcrete however places additional requirements on a superplasticizer. Since shotcrete is mechanically conveyed, the wear of the equipment plays a decisive role. High pump pressure produces high wear. Therefore, superplasticizers used for shotcrete in the dense stream mode must reduce pump pressure to reduce wear costs and extend the machine’s life span.
Shotcrete is mainly used for protection work in civil engineering and tunnel construction. Especially in tunnel construction, there are long transportation distances from the batching plant to the spraying location. A superplasticizer for shotcrete must therefore also guarantee a long open time.
Once the shotcrete is applied, it must develop strength fast to be able to guarantee the safety of the work force at the excavation point. Long open time and fast strength development face each other diametrically. To overcome this contradiction, superplasticizers for shotcrete must contain additional components which, in combination with an accelerator support and further strength development.
With Sika ViscoCrete SC-305 we have made a decisive step forward in shotcrete technology and gained technical market leadership in the field of superplasticizers for shotcrete. Samples for trials can be ordered with Sika Schweiz AG. Tests are an absolute must for every shotcrete “guru” of the Sika family. The results will thrill you.
Following are two typical mix designs for shotcrete, one for dry process and one for wet process.As a fact concrete, shotcrete production is a “local” business, the admixture product range may differ from one country to another. And this especially due to the type and quality of cement.
Quantities in bulk as dry process
Cement 350 kg.
Sand and Aggregate: 1650 kg (58% Water: to be added at the nozzle with at leas 2 bars more pressure than delivery pressure but not less than 5 bars
Powder type Sigunit D 54 AF (3 to 6%) to be added while mixing dry component at the BP as long as moisture of plain mix is < 5%. Mix to be used within the 2 hours. Or direct dosage by hand in the hopper Liquid type: Sigunit L 54 AF or Sigunit L 553MY (as well non caustic accelerator). L 54 AF or L 53 MY as alternative of L14AF as show a higher Specfic Gravity then L14AF)
(typically 5 MPa after 8 hours, > 30 MPa at 28 days = underground preliminary support concept)
Cement: 470 kg/m3 (min if PCB = blended cement is considered)
W/C < 0,45
Sikament 163EX: 1,0 to 1,2%
Sand & Aggregate: 1650 – 1700 kg/m3 (58% < S/A < 65%)
Only Liquid type: Sigunit L 54 AF or Sigunit L 553MY (as well non caustic accelerator)
Liquid dosing unit eg Aliva AL 403 required as accelerator added at the nozzle or 3 m back from nozzle.
Note: depending on equipment use, required slump when discharging should be about 180 mm for rotor machine and about 150 for pump. Therefore the dosage of SM 163 EX in combination with a W/C < 0,45 and suitable grading curve should be adjust to obtain this slump.
Normally, construction job interview questions break down into a couple of categories.
One category includes questions which are intended to show the interviewer how you work, and what kind of working conditions you enjoy. Some examples of these kinds of job interview questions include: “How well do you work with a team?” “How do you deal with conflict in construction job sites?” “What are you looking for from a construction job?” “What are your long range career goals?” “Tell us about a difficult situation in your last job in a construction project and how you deal with it.” “What kind of hours/salary/benefits do you look for in a job?”
The interviewer will also ask job interview questions which are designed to open a window into your personality. These questions can be deal breakers, since they determine whether or not you will fit in with other employees. An interviewer might ask: “What would your former coworkers or bosses say about you?” “What’s your favorite book?” “What do you think are your strengths and weaknesses?” “How do you handle mistakes?”
Other questions are intended to directly probe your work experience. An interviewer will ask about previous relevant employment, along with your experiences in other workplaces. If you have been fired from a job, you will need to disclose this, but if you think about the answer, you can turn it to your advantage. Don’t say “I left construction company X because I was fired,” say “my supervisor decided that I was not a good fit with that company, but I think that certain traits would help me fit in really well with you,” and enumerate those traits.
Most employers also want to see how much you know about them. Read up on the companies you interview with so that you can answer questions about what the company does, people on the staff, and what you want to do with that company. You should also impress your interviewer with your desire for the position; if you are applying for other positions, try to minimize this fact, focusing on why working for the interviewer’s company is your goal.
Finally, one of the most common construction job interview questions is “Do you have any questions for me?” This question is not an invitation to haggle about salary, benefits, or working hours, but it is a chance to impress the interviewer with your interest in the position. You could make yourself memorable by asking a distinctive question, or you could pose a question about the direction of the company’s future or goals.
Managing Director of its Facilities Management and Life-cycle division: Miller Asset 24- Phil Wainwright
The latest senior industry professional to join Miller is Phil, adding strength to the management team. Miller Asset 24 focuses on using best practice and innovation to significantly reduce operating costs for a variety of clients while increasing productivity of services and offering whole life cost certainty.
Speaking of his appointment, Phil said: “I am delighted to join Miller Asset 24 and be part of the wider Miller management team. It’s an exciting time in the business as we move forward to deliver our strategy, which sees us offer complete end-to-end design, build, finance and maintenance propositions for our clients as well as stand-alone integrated FM with energy management solutions. Services will play a major part in the growth and expansion of Miller and I look forward to driving this area of the business forward, under the executive leadership of Chris.”
Phil previously held the position of Development Director at Carillion Facilities Management, where he spent four years. Earlier in his career, Phil held a number of main board and divisional board appointments within the construction and services industry after originally commencing his career with Air Products and Chemicals Inc.
Chris Webster, Chief Executive, Miller Construction, said: “We are pleased to welcome Phil to the business. He joins Miller at a pivotal time as we progress with our strategy which includes focusing on the management of services. Phil will be responsible for managing Miller Asset 24’s services, including building and fabric maintenance, mechanical and electrical maintenance, reactive maintenance, planned and preventative maintenance, statutory maintenance and compliance and life cycle replacement.
“Phil brings with him, an understanding of facilities management across both the public and private sectors. His experience will enable us to concentrate on areas where we have core skills, such as Education and Health, as well as increasing our presence in our identified developing markets.”
As the International division of national building envelope specialist Lakesmere continues to go from strength to strength, the company has appointed Duncan Johnstone to the role of International Sales Director.
Bringing with him many years’ experience in the construction sales market, Duncan previously worked for Corus Kalzip, one of Lakesmere’s key supply chain partners. Taking on a new dedicated sales role with Lakesmere’s flourishing International division to help further build its client base, Duncan will operate from both Lakesmere’s UK head quarters in Winchester and the company’s network of offices overseas.
Lakesmere’s Managing Director Mark Davey added: “Having worked with Duncan closely for many years during his time with Corus Kalzip, we are delighted to have been able to invite him to become a permanent member of the Lakesmere team. As the largest installer of Kalzip roofing in both the UK and Europe, Lakesmere will benefit greatly from Duncan’s extensive product knowledge and sales experience and I’m sure he will play a vital role in helping Lakesmere International continue to fill its order book and expand its global reach”.
Launched in 2009 in Abu Dhabi, Lakesmere International has now established further offices in Riyadh and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia in addition to premises in Muscat, Oman. Following appointments to work on a number of high-profile projects, including the Princess Noura University in Riyadh where the company delivered a multi-million dollar Kalzip roofing contract, Lakesmere International’s order book now includes several key contracts in the infrastructure and aviation sectors. Having recently secured a high-value infrastructure project in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Lakesmere is also currently on site completing a roofing package at a new airport in Salalah, Oman, various roofing works on several new ancillary buildings at Muscat Airport and a roofing contract for a new Civilian Aviation Centre and Air Traffic Control centre in Oman.
The world’s largest brick manufacturer, Wienerberger, has introduced the new Border Cream brick to its ever growing collection. Named for its creamy colour, the Border Cream is an un-sanded, plain buff, drag-faced brick and is a replacement product for the Thistle Cream which has now been discontinued.
The Border Cream has been developed in response to a growing demand for paler coloured bricks, with the off-white shades becoming increasingly popular within both residential and commercial construction. This versatile soft colour complements Wienerberger’s vast, 400-plus brick product portfolio and adds to the choice of off-white stocks available. This product has national appeal for developers and architects, especially in the North and Scotland where there is a demand for lighter coloured bricks which reflect much of the local stone vernacular.
Produced at Wienerberger’s Denton factory, which is one of the most sustainable brick factories in the UK, the Border Cream is 100 per cent made from materials from alternative, recycled and secondary sources(MARSS) and has a ‘very good’ rating in the BES 6001 Responsible Sourcing certification.
LNG, a terminal for liquefied natural gas, could be completed in Gothenburg, the largest port in Nordic region, as early as 2015. This is the aim behind today's signing of a letter of intent, stating that Gothenburg-based Swedegas and the Dutch company Royal Vopak are exploring the possibility to enter into a joint venture and invest in the terminal.
The terminal can store LNG to supply both shipping and industry and will be open to all parties interested in supplying the Swedish market. This will enable major environmental benefits with the switch from heavy fuel oil to gas.
The infrastructure company Swedegas, which owns and operates the gas grid in south-west Sweden, and Royal Vopak, the world’s leading independent provider of storage facilities for bulk liquids, have today announced that they will start a feasibility study for this LNG terminal. The Port of Gothenburg supports the initiative.
Lars Gustafsson, President of Swedegas AB is convinced of the benefits: "LNG is extremely interesting for shipping as an eco-friendly fuel. Also in industry, where there is a desire for environmental reasons to switch from oil and coal to natural gas, there is a demand for LNG. For the first time ever in Sweden, there is now the opportunity for LNG to become part of a more extensive infrastructure by linking the terminal to our gas grid. The infrastructure that is being developed for liquefied natural gas will in the future also work for liquefied biogas."
Open to all parties
An LNG terminal open to all parties is key to enhancing competition in the Swedish natural gas market. Ownership and operation of energy infrastructures will be kept separate from producing and selling energy, a principle that complies with regulations and directives from the European Union. This makes the terminal in Gothenburg unique among existing and planned LNG terminals in Sweden.
Dirk van Slooten, Global Director of Vopak LNG, said that the objectives of Vopak as an independent owner and operator of terminals are well suited to the objectives of the LNG project in the Port of Gothenburg. “Our mutual objective is that Sweden has a safe and efficient LNG terminal which is open to all customers and that is fully dedicated to serve the needs of the market.”
Major environmental benefits
LNG is natural gas that is cooled down to liquid form and is thus reduced in volume 600 times. This allows it to be transported by sea, rail and road and it can reach parts of the country that at present have no gas infrastructure.
An LNG terminal in Gothenburg would be of major strategic value, not only for the West Coast but also for industry in other parts of the country. A good example is Bergslagen, where Swedish basic industry is in the process of replacing oil.
The terminal will significantly contribute to a cleaner environment. In 2015, stricter emission rules for shipping will be introduced in northern Europe. By using LNG, emission of sulphur and particles which are considered to be the greatest problems in the shipping industry, will be eliminated completely. Nitric oxide and carbon dioxide emissions will also be reduced substantially.
Magnus Kårestedt, Port of Gothenburg Chief Executive, says: "We welcome this initiative. Vopak LNG and Swedegas offer a strategic alliance with a strong combination of international experience and local market knowledge. The Port of Gothenburg has worked for a long time to be able to offer the shipping industry LNG 2015 by latest.”
The Port of Gothenburg will be among the first major ports in the world where vessels will be able to refuel or bunker with LNG without having to enter a special terminal. As is the case today, bunkering will take place from a bunker vessel.
The planned tank capacity is 20,000 cubic metres, with further expansion potential, depending on future market demand. The initial throughput is estimated at around 0,5 billion cubic meter per annum (0,5 bcma). Natural gas will be brought to the terminal by sea using special LNG vessels. The terminal will be open to all companies that are interested in supplying the Swedish gas market. The feasibility study, as agreed in the Letter of Intent, will include technical and financial parameters and is expected to be completed by the end of this year
Jedward and other celebs were in London's Victoria Park at the weekend kitted in the internationally renowned workwear brand Dickies, coveralls helping to transform an area into a Children's Learning Centre. This was filmed for Channel 5 show ‘The Big Celebrity Clean Up’-on last Saturday (23rdJune).
Melinda Messenger congratulates Jedward, Cowboy Builders handyman John Russell, and EastEnders Nicola Stapleton and Joe Swash on their efforts at the P&G Capital Clean Up in Victoria Park at the weekend.
The celebs led an army of volunteers who wore Dickies Redhawk Economy Stud Front Coveralls cleaning up derelict land within the park grounds, transforming the space into outdoor classrooms to help local schools enjoy ecology learning at the park. New tarmac was laid down and a mural of urban art fixed to the storage facilities within the yard during the eight-hour operation.
Maurice Morton, Sales & Marketing Director at Dickies commented: “We were delighted to have kitted out the volunteers for such a good cause and this is a great initiative. “We have also just kicked off Dickies UK Worker of the Year for 2012. The scheme is now in its third year and is organised in association with SEAT to help find and recognise the very best of Britain’s workforce. Anyone over 17 who works in the UK can enter, for free, and a brand new £20,000 SEAT Exeo is up for grabs for the winner.”