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Science Flagship ‘Pro-tected’ With State-of-the-Art Roofing Technology
24.04.17Science Flagship ‘Pro-tected’ With State-of-the-Art Roofing Technology A flagship innovation facility which will enable energy research and development is using advanced ‘green’ technology in its building. Willmott Dixon has refurbished the existing building on the University of Chester’s Thornton Science Park to create a new, multi-million-pound Intelligent Energy System Demonstrator (IESD). The project includes upgrading the five-storey building’s roof. Sub-contractor Range Roofing has used Protan single ply polymer membrane, secured using a combination of traditional mechanical fix systems and the innovative SFS intec isoweld® 3000 system. In total, Range used 1200m2 of Protan SE1.6mm, supplied in 2m wide rolls. Range Roofing’s Nick Haves explained: “The main plan area is timber, so we could use traditional mechanical fixing techniques; the other element is a concrete slab overlaid with infill material, plus over the years there have been several lots of repairs undertaken. “As a result the thickness varies massively across the roof, up to 500mm in places! It also had a variety of fall across its span, and screed. We therefore needed a method that delivered optimum adjustability, hence our choice of isoweld®.” Wider material He added: “Protan’s ability to provide wider material was a big benefit too, giving us greater flexibility in our positioning of the fixings, not necessarily at close centres, yet still ensuring the roof would perform. It also offers environmental benefits, which complemented the end use of the building.” Due for completion in spring 2017, the IESD will deliver a space where industry can work alongside the University of Chester’s Faculty of Science and Engineering to new power saving and distribution technologies for low cost, environmentally responsible energy sources. It is being funded through the Growth Deal awarded to Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP). Philip Cox, Chief Executive of CWLEP, said: “The IESD is a nationally significant project that will be a flagship for the site.” Protan SE, available in 1.2mm, 1.6mm and 1.8mm, is developed to cope with even the most extreme weather conditions without detriment: it is certified to ≤ -30°. Hot-air welded at joints and mechanically fixed to the roof, the membrane achieves durability in excess of 30 years, with air leakage controlled/minimised in line with latest building regulations. It has been proven to perform with the SFS intec isoweld® 3000 field fastening system solution for flat roofs. Isoweld® works with induction technology and is non-penetrating. Secure attachment is achieved through the welding of the membrane to a dedicated stress plate, independent of the membrane overlaps. Protan SE membrane is under the Green Guide, accredited with achieving a A+ rating. The single ply membrane is just part of Protan’s comprehensive quality offering, which includes green and protected roofing solutions, all fully BBA certified. Established some 75 years ago, and still privately-owned, Protan is one of the top three membrane manufacturers in Europe. A manufacturing member of SPRA, Protan can provide a full support service, from a comprehensive RIBA-approved CPD programme in single ply membranes, NBS specification and in-house CAD design through to technical advice from Protan UK’s Warrington office and training facilit...
Grey is the New White!
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Engineered Solutions are Taking Over from Natural Wood
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Alumasc Skyline Adds Perfect Finishing Touch to Assisted Living Complex
18.04.17Alumasc Skyline Adds Perfect Finishing Touch to Assisted Living Complex Alumasc Skyline was recently chosen by contractors Tetraclad to design and supply bespoke soffits and fascia for the assisted living complex Greenfields in Leighton Buzzard. The prestigious development is made up of 82 one and two bedroomed apartments, designed for over 55s. The apartments are finished to a high standard and are available on a rental or shared ownership basis, with extra care assistance available for those who need it. Alumasc Skyline designed, manufactured and supplied tailored soffit and fascia products for the entrance hall and a circular feature at the back of the building. Matt Swaffer, Contracts Manager at Tetraclad, explained: “I’ve worked with Alumasc Skyline before, and I know they can produce a bespoke solution from design to delivery. We needed fascia and soffits for the curved structure which wouldn’t be available off-the-shelf. So we called Skyline’s Technical Sales Manager Ivan Colvil to provide a suitable solution. It’s always best to go to the experts!” Ivan visited the site and drew up the plans for a comprehensive fascia and soffit system for the entrance, both for the front and rear of the building. Ivan said: “The challenge was to design a system to the customer’s requirements, which was to fit the curved outline of the entrance hall. Once the drawings were completed and the product manufactured, I visited the site to advise on installation and help with any queries. The job was finished within six weeks, from first site visit to delivery.” Alumasc Skyline is part of Alumasc Water Management Solutions (AWMS), the first joined up brand in the industry to provide an overall water management solution, from rain to drain. AWMS also includes Alumasc Rainwater, Harmer Building Drainage and Gatic Civil Drainage. To find out how Alumasc Skyline’s bespoke solutions can benefit your domestic or commercial projects, call 0808 100 2008 or visit the Alumasc website here. ...
More Team Developments at AWMS
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Innovative Youth Centre is Regenerated
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Being ‘Green’ Puts Care ‘In The Pink’
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Mosque Returned to New: Dome Roof Receives Waterproof Repairs
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Ecological Building Systems Teams Up with Experts for UK’s First CLT Masterclass
31.03.17Ecological Building Systems Teams Up with Experts for UK’s First CLT Masterclass Sustainable building products and Passivhaus project supplier, Ecological Building Systems, will bring together experts from across Europe on Thursday 11th May 2017 to hold the UK’s first ever masterclass in Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) design and construction. A full day event designed specifically for architects, Passivhaus designers and construction professionals, the masterclass shares insights from some of Europe’s leading experts in natural wood fibre insulation, intelligent air tightness and wind tightness and specialist fixing systems, at The Building Centre in central London.  Architect Review The itinerary will include an opportunity to review CLT projects with the architects that designed them, including Will Garner from the Midas Group and Bernard Tulkens from Tectonics architects who designed a CLT residential property alongside fellow masterclass presenter, certified Passivhaus designer, Peter Ranken, which won the Passivhaus of the Year award (Passivhaus Trust - Urban Category) and a Hackney Design Award in 2016. The opening address will be delivered by, Christiane Lellig, campaign director for Wood for Good, the timber industry’s campaign for promoting the use of wood in design and construction. Ecological Building Systems’ senior engineer and certified Passivhaus consultant, Niall Crosson, will then give an overview of the use of CLT in the UK followed by a series of presentations from specialist insulation, air tightness and wind tightness system providers from across Europe, including; Pro Clima, the intelligent air tight and wind tight products provider; Gutex, the vapour permeable wood fibreboard specialist; and leading fixing and fastenings company, HECO-Schraben. Q&A Session Alongside case study presentations from the architect presenters, there will also be an opportunity to discuss practical applications with the Ecological Building Systems team and a Q&A session with the entire panel. Comments Niall Crosson: “CLT construction has seen a significant increase in popularity over the past few years and, as we continue to address the challenges of sustainability by addressing issues such as material consumption, embedded carbon, energy efficiency and longevity, it looks set to become even more significant. “This masterclass provides a unique knowledge sharing opportunity to learn from best practice from across Europe and examine how CLT can contribute to sustainability, comfort, reduced carbon consumption and extended building lifecycles for both Passivhaus and conventional builds. CLT is proven in the UK across projects as diverse as multi-occupancy residential schemes in London, a range of commercial and public buildings, and affordable living schemes on the Isle of Mull.”  “The purpose of the CLT Masterclass is to help architects drive innovation in wood-based building design so that they can derive the greatest advantages from this most functional and traditional building material to address the sustainability and buildability challenges of the 21st century built environment.” CPD Credits Each attendee will receive a certificate of attendance and 5 structured CPD credits. The event starts at 9.30am at The Building Centre on Thursday 11th May, concluding at 4.30pm, with a buffet lunch provided. Tickets are available from Eventbrite at a cost of £120 per delegate with a 10% discount for members of the Passivhaus Trust, The Green Register, AECB, ASBP, STBA or the Structural Timber Association. For more information visit Ecological Building Systems’ website h...
Social Housing Becomes a Firm Focus for Wienerberger
27.03.17Social Housing Becomes a Firm Focus for Wienerberger In a bid to sup...
EJOT Opticore Delivers Black and White Benefits for Membrane-faced Composite Panels
27.03.17EJOT Opticore Delivers Black and White Benefits for Membrane-faced Composite Panels In response to building application trends, EJOT UK has technically updated its Opticore fastening system. Opticore, the unique integral nylon fastener head, is manufactured with precision cutting fins that core through membrane faced insulated panels, with the encapsulated fastener self-drilling the substrate in one simple operation. Installation is via a bi-hex or internal torx dual-driving option. EJOT’s research and development team has taken on board customer feedback by lengthening Opticore’s light section fastener within the range, to 32mm - thus taking into account multi-lap applications. The black encapsulated Opticore carbon steel specification offers a corrosion resistant ‘Climadur’ organic coating, whilst the white encapsulated A2 stainless range is manufactured from high quality grade 304 stainless steel. The Opticore range also includes stitchers, defined for site by a new grey encapsulation. The overall result is a fastening range for hot and cold rolled steel as well as timber substrates, that cores, drills and fixes without compromise to the liner sheet - and improves thermal retention. A specifier’s sample pack is available directly from the ma...
Kemper Provides Roof Terrace and Balcony Solution at Millbrook Park
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A ‘Stitch Up’ for Richmond?
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Trace-in-Metal Granted Prized Secured by Design Status
20.03.17Trace-in-Metal Granted Prized Secured by Design Status Innovation Re...
Epic Releases Airtightness Guidance Paper
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OMG Roofing Products Hires in Europe
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Forticrete to Supply Cast Stone to Pure Residential and Commercial housing Development
20.03.17Forticrete to Supply Cast Stone to Pure Residential and Commercial housing Development Forticrete has been awarded a contract by Pure Residential and Commercial to supply high performance cast stone solutions for the construction of Livingstone Place, a new multi-million pound development comprising 83 luxury one, two, three, four and five bedroom properties on the outskirts of St.Asaph in North Wales. The properties, which are set overlooking the picturesque views of the Clwydian Hills, utilises Forticrete cast stone detailing components including cills, decorative heads and surrounds in a bespoke deep red colour. Jason Davies, Procurement Manager at Pure Residential and Commercial, commented: “We were looking for a cost effective, yet sensitive alternative to natural stone architectural features in order to enhance the character and charm of each of the development’s properties. “Forticrete’s ability to create a bespoke colour to suit our requirements and the ability to replicate the aesthetic of natural stone meant that Forticrete’s crafted cast stone components provided a great solution, a high quality finish at a fraction of the cost.” Forticrete's Cast Stone dressings are the perfect example of craftsmanship and technology working together in perfect harmony. The result is a wide range of unrivalled quality Cast Stone products to create inspiring, elegant features and detailing. To find out more about Forticrete cast stone, visit the Forticrete website here. Alternatively, watch http:...

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Union Launches Legal Challenge to Bogus Self-Employment in Construction
13.04.17Union Launches Legal Challenge to Bogus Self-Employment in Construction The union Unite has launched a legal appeal case at the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) to tackle bogus self-employment in the construction and other sectors. The case is the first appeal launched by Unite’s new Strategic Case Unit which will focus on tackling bogus self-employment and sham contracts. The case is significant as the EAT’s decision on the appeal will set a legal precedent, which Employment Tribunals nationwide will be obliged to follow when dealing with claims involving agencies and employers that use sham payroll or umbrella companies. UCATT's general secretary, Steve Murphy, has estimated fake self-employment is costing the exchequer almost £2bn a year.  The case concerns Unite member, Russ Blakely, who was employed as a pipefitter on the NHS-funded, Broadmoor hospital redevelopment project in Berkshire, from 19 January 2016 until 20 May 2016. The main contractor was Kier and the mechanical contractor was Fascel. Mr Blakely received a text from employment agency On-Site Recruitment Solutions Limited to confirm he was to undertake work on the project and that he needed to contact an umbrella/payroll company, Heritage Solutions City Limited for payment. Management fees Mr Blakely was paid weekly and was charged a weekly fee of £18 by Heritage for his pay (described as Management Company Margin). He was also charged the employer’s national insurance contributions, labelled on his payslip as ‘HMRC Payment NIERS’. In total he was charged £324 in management fees and £725.59 in employer NICs. Mr Blakely was not asked to sign any form of contract until March 2016 when Heritage asked him to sign ‘a contract for services’. This document stated that he was neither an employee nor a worker and it sought to exclude the most basic worker rights, including auto-enrolment pension, holiday pay under the Working Time Regulations 1998 and sick pay. The contract also attempted to authorise deductions for employer’s class 1 national insurance from Mr Blakely’ pay and included a menacing ‘indemnity’ clause aimed at dissuading him from pursuing any legal claims and gagging him from raising complaints with HMRC (who regulate employers’ compliance with the National Minimum Wage, as well as tax matters). He was told that if he did not sign the agreement his pay would be stopped. Despite this Mr Blakely refused to sign. He continued to work until 20 May 2016, when he took holiday and was told that he was not needed to return. Employment tribunal With the support of Unite Legal Services Mr Blakely took an employment tribunal case for unlawful deduction of wages for the management company deductions and the employer’s national insurance. He also claimed for the accrued holiday pay he had earned and not been paid. The member’s total claim is worth between £2,500-£3,000. The case was initially heard at the Reading Employment Tribunal which dismissed the claim as they found he was not a worker, having failed to properly understand the evidence provided. Unite lodged an appeal with the EAT on 3 March 2017 based on the tribunal wrongly applying law and reaching a perverse conclusion. The decision is expected to provide some much needed legal authority and protection for workers being exploited by bogus self-employment arrangements that use umbrella or payroll company scams to satisfy the taxman, but fall short of minimum worker rights. Unite, assistant general secretary for legal services, Howard Beckett, said: “For too long employers, agencies and accountants in construction and other industries have believed that they can boost their profits and evade basic employment protections by classifying workers as bogus self-employed. Unite has drawn a line in the sand and will be throwing the full force of our resources behind our members who are sick of being exploited and treated as disposable units that can be hired and fired at will. “We expect the EAT will uphold our appeal and establish a legal precedent for employers and agencies operating these sham contracts, which bear no relationship to the actual employment relationship, and mean this exploitation loophole can be closed. “It is astonishing that both the agency, On-Site, and the payroll company, Heritage, thought it was somehow legal and acceptable, on the one hand, to deduct employer’s NI from Mr Blakely’s wages, and on the other, claim our member was self-employed to avoid paying holiday pay and basic minimum pension contributions, whilst charging a ‘Management Company Margin’ for doing so”. “It’s a disgrace that this was allowed to happen, least still on a publicly funded NHS project.” “Companies big and small need to take note that Unite’s Strategic Case Unit has been set up for dealing with precisely this type of legal case and we will be shining a light on those who seek to shamelessly dodge worker rights with bogus self-employment and other precarious models and those that allow this to occur in their supply chains.” “Whilst this isn’t the type of case or appeal that a mistreated worker might bring on their own, employers should beware, as Unite members have the unwavering support of the UK’s largest trade union.”  ...
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