Ramboll appointed by Welsh Government as lead designer for A55 Junctions 15 and 16 Improvements project

December 2017 in News by Publisher

Engineering, design and consultancy company Ramboll has today announced their successful bid to lead the design team appointed to upgrade two junctions on the A55 North Wales Expressway.

The aim of the improvement project is to remove two traffic bottlenecks and provide free flowing junctions for this vital stretch of road. Between 1970 and 2000 the entire length of road was fully reconstructed to form a dual carriageway link between Chester and Holyhead, and it has since been designated as part of the E22 Trans European Network Route between Dublin and Moscow. The length of Euroroute within the UK (Hull to Holyhead) comprises grade-separated interchanges allowing the free flow of traffic, apart from the at-grade roundabouts at junctions 15 and 16.

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Partnership yields significant fuel efficiency improvement and accident reduction for CEMEX UK

December 2017 in News by Publisher

Building materials supplier CEMEX UK has achieved a 10% reduction in ‘blame-worthy’ accidents over three years and a six per cent improvement in fuel efficiency in the past year alone since partnering with Northampton-based telematics specialists, Isotrak. CEMEX, which supplies cement, aggregrates,  asphalt and building products in the UK,  has partnered with Isotrak to monitor and report on driving performance criteria to improve safety, compliance and efficiency of the vehicles responsible for supplying the asphalt and aggregate products.

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Are Interns the Key to Improving the Skills Gap in the Construction Sector?

November 2017 in News by Publisher

Johnathan Bulmer, Managing Director of Cleveland Containers, discusses addressing the skills gap in the construction sector, and whether internships are the answer.

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ADVANCED EMERGENCY LIGHTING SYSTEM SELECTED BY CENTRE OF SPORTS EXCELLENCE

November 2017 in News by Publisher

Lux Intelligent, the leading emergency light testing system, has been specified to replace an obsolete system at Plas y Brenin, the National Mountain Sports Centre in the heart of Snowdonia.

The Centre is the home of mountain sports, providing both residential and non-residential courses catering for all ages in a range of mountain and water sports.

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Top five tips on how to overcome the construction skills shortage by getting the best out of your recruitment agency

November 2017 in News by Publisher

Simon Girling is Founder and Director of Girling Jones Recruitment – Construction, Engineering and Property recruitment consultancy

Undoubtedly, the UK construction industry plays a huge role in the country’s employment figures. Approximately 10 per cent employment in the UK (equivalent to three million jobs) falls under the construction umbrella. The industry also continues to hold its own in the UK. Across the Eurozone, the construction industry has decreased by 0.2 per cent (from Feb 2017), whereas productivity had increased by 2.2 per cent in the UK.

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Grafton Group future proofs its operations with a Six Degrees Group Managed Network Solution

November 2017 in News by Publisher

Introduction

Grafton Group plc is one of the UK’s largest independent building materials group, owning brands including Selco, Buildbase and Plumbase. With operations primarily in the UK and Ireland, the Group has strong national and regional positions in the merchanting, DIY retailing and mortar markets.

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When to recommend a small house builder for a custom-built house

November 2017 in News by Publisher

Ryan Abell, owner of Abell Building Services, describes when it can be more advantageous to use a small house builder for custom house projects.

House building seems to continually be at the top of the agenda for the Government, but it is also a very popular way to invest money into something that is personal to you, or which will bring investors the greatest benefit.

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Western Thermal completes three major Trace Heating contracts

November 2017 in News by Publisher

Western Thermal, leading specialist engineers in thermal & acoustic insulation, ductwork, ventilation, trace heating, and fire stopping, with over thirty years’ experience, has completed three major trace heating projects at the Zig Zag Building in Victoria, London’s Victoria Station, and the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) building at Burghfield, Reading.
All three projects centered on Western Thermal’s frost protection service which provides constant hot water flow through pipes.

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VICTAULIC – VIRTUAL REALITY IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

November 2017 in News by Publisher

Virtual Reality (VR) was born as a tool for gaming. It enables people to immerse into a new dimension while playing their favourite games. The extraordinary characteristics of VR give users the chance to get thrown into a new, digitally constructed reality, which resembles real life. But the gaming industry is not the only place where VR is useful. Coping with reality is a real challenge for professionals working in the construction industry: it is indeed very well-known, when projects come to life, they can be threatened by a high amount of inefficiencies that result in low profit margins.

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FUSING THE OPTIONS

November 2017 in News by Publisher

Ventilation design and specification for multi-occupancy buildings is now as simple as A,B,C through an innovative approach pioneered by Gilberts.

Britain’s leading air movement specialist is the first to develop a stock, single-unit hybrid solution focussed on natural ventilation with heat recovery- its Mistrale Fusion System (MFS). The company’s pioneering approach has continued, with the evolution of the system that now enables simple addition of extra elements.

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