One Third Of British Workers Admit To A ‘Three Meal at Desk Day’ At Least Twice A Week

New research by a money saving website in the UK has discovered that over one third of workers in Briton have to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at work at least twice a week. Furthermore it was found that on average Britons work 12 hours more per week than they are contracted too. 

Workers across the country have admitted that they often find themselves consuming all three of their daily meals whilst at work, according to new research by a money saving website in the UK.

The team at conducted the research as part of an ongoing study into the average Britons working day. A total of 2,015 UK-based workers aged 18 and over, all of whom stated they were in full-time work, were quizzed about their average working week. Respondents polled in the study were from a wide variety of professions.

Initially all respondents were asked how often they found themselves working unpaid overtime in order to complete their assigned work. 87%, the majority, stated they worked over their working hours ‘very frequently- at least once a week’. Following on from this, participants were asked if this overtime was voluntary; 61% told researchers it was, whilst the remaining 39% admitted they felt pressured by their employers or manager to work the extra, unpaid, hours.

Researchers then asked ‘Roughly how much overtime do you work in a typical week?’ The collated results showed that the average worker worked 12 hours more than they were contracted too. All respondents were then asked ‘Do you often have to eat meals at work?’ to which over one third (34%) confessed that they consume all three of their meals within their work environment around twice per week.

Finally, to find which profession found themselves eating all three meals the most often at work, participants were asked to provide which sector they worked in. The following emerged as the top 5:

  1. Construction workers– 23%
  2. Doctors/Nurses – 21%
  3. Chefs/Cooks – 19%
  4. Lawyers/Solicitors – 16%
  5. Lorry drivers – 13%

George Charles, spokesperson for, made the following comments:

“There is such a thing as too much work; and when you find yourself eating breakfast, lunch AND dinner at your workplace, it should probably be a warning sign that you’re pushing yourself too hard. I am all for voluntary overtime on occasion in order to prove to employers how motivated and dedicated to your career you are, but when you begin to have no time for yourself or a social life that’s just not okay.

“Some professions obviously do call for longer hours such as doctors, but this is why we have to treat them with the upmost respect. Eating all three of your meals in a massive rush while standing up or sitting at your desk isn’t healthy or fun.”

from The UK Construction Blog


Chubb Breaks Ground on New High-Performance Blackburn Development

BLACKBURN, England, May, 2016 – Chubb Fire & Security Limited, a leading provider of security and fire-safety solutions for businesses and industry, held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new high-performance workspace in Blackburn. The project will transform Chubb’s existing Blackburn office campus into an advanced, integrated and sustainable space for Chubb, as well as UK affiliates of Otis Limited and Carrier Controls Limited, and serve as a showcase for the capabilities of all three brands. Chubb is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

Alastair Reynolds, managing director of Chubb Fire & Security said, “This is an exciting day for our company. With this new building we are creating a safer, smarter and more sustainable environment that will be a great place for our employees to work, and an asset to the local community in terms of our efforts to blend in with the local environment, and also the investment in Blackburn.”

IMG_0022The building will be constructed by Lancashire-based nationwide contractors, investors and developers, Barnfield Construction, and has the full backing of Blackburn with Darwen Council. Councillor Phil Riley, Blackburn with Darwen Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said, “This is great news for the borough, securing jobs and opportunities for local people. Blackburn with Darwen is home to many national and international companies which are bringing more investment and prosperity to the area and I look forward to seeing this development start.”

Steve Riley, contracts director of Barnfield Construction said, “On behalf of us all at Barnfield we’re delighted to have been awarded the contract to construct the brand new 55,000 square foot offices for such a prestigious company. The first of the three former buildings has already been demolished to make way for Chubb’s brand new facility.”

The development, which will involve the demolition of three existing Chubb buildings on the Shadsworth Business Park and temporary relocation of employees whilst work is undertaken, will result in a modern and a high-performance building for hundreds of employees working in information technology, finance, supply chain and customer service. It will also be the new home for Chubb Systems and Chubb Community Care, including their research, development and engineering teams.

“This development demonstrates our commitment to green building technology – it will incorporate a number of the most modern and eco-friendly technologies possible to provide our employees with an environmentally responsible, smart and energy-efficient workplace for them to enjoy. We are aiming for a completion date of summer 2017,” added Reynolds. “This is the culmination of many years of hard work for the Chubb team of which I am immensely proud.”

from The UK Construction Blog

Builders confirmed for £14bn Wylfa nuclear power station

Horizon Nuclear Power has struck a deal with joint venture partners Hitachi, Bechtel and Japan’s JGC Corporation to deliver the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station project.

Wylfa Newydd
Proposed design for Angelsey’s new nuclear power plant


This JV will work as a Tier-1 contractor responsible for engineering, procurement and construction of the £14bn project in Anglesey.

The deal paves the way for the JV known as Menter Newydd, meaning New Venture in Welsh, to strike deals with key subcontractors.

Menter Newydd will scale up its UK presence in the coming weeks and months, developing construction plans for the Wylfa Newydd site.

Suppliers interested in any aspect of Menter Newydd scope should register details at and Menter Newydd will communicate further contracting structures, routes to market and contact points, in due course.

Duncan Hawthorne, Horizon CEO, said: “This is an important step in any large, complex infrastructure project and it adds to Wylfa Newydd’s growing momentum.

“The depth and breadth of expertise Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe, Bechtel and JGC bring to the Menter Newydd venture will help us ensure the timely delivery of our project, which will be vital for meeting the UK’s energy gap.

“We look forward to working with the team and continuing to make great strides with our plans.”

Combined, the partners have been involved in the delivery of more than 170 nuclear power stations, as well as a huge array of complex infrastructure mega-projects.

Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe draws on Hitachi’s 50 year history of Boiling Water Reactor deployment, including 4 ABWRs, the technology that will be built at Wylfa Newydd, while Bechtel last year completed construction of the first nuclear power station authorised to operate in the USA this century, at Watts Bar in Tennessee.

Hitachi’s Malcolm Twist, Project Director for Menter Newydd, said: “We expect to begin firming up relationships with our main subcontractors – many of them British – very soon.”

Hitachi-GE, which has been operating under a front end engineering and design contract to Horizon for more than three years, will continue to provide the UK ABWR technology, under subcontract to Menter Newydd. 

The appointment comes as Horizon continues to make progress across all areas of the Wylfa Newydd project, having just completed a further stage of public consultation in North Wales and recently launched its apprenticeship scheme.

Site development work is also continuing to advance and the UK ABWR remains on track to complete its regulatory Generic Design Assessment by the end of 2017. 

from The UK Construction Blog

BREXIT: its impact on the design and construction sector

–       Members of the design and construction sector are welcome to attend this debate on Wednesday 15 June at the University of Huddersfield

–       The debate will be webcast

CAN Britain build a better future in or out of the EU?  The likely impact on the UK construction sector of either BREXIT or a vote to remain in Europe is to be debated at a special University of Huddersfield event featuring leading industry figures.

Titled BREXIT – it’s impact on the Design and Construction sector, the debate takes place on Wednesday 15 June (17:30–19:00) at the University’s 3M Buckley Innovation Centre.

In the chair will be Bernard Ainsworth, who has been in the construction industry for over 40 years, the majority of those spent with firm J. Laing.  He has led the delivery of many major projects, which have included the Millennium Dome at Greenwich, for which he received an OBE.  He has also been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Huddersfield.

Also among those taking part will be Peter Cartwright, director of the architectural practice Cartwright Pickard, for which he heads the  Leeds and Manchester offices; plus Mike Connolly, a director of multi-national infrastructure firm Turner and Townsend.

Also confirmed for the panel is Christopher Bovis, who is Professor of Business Law at the Business School of the University of Hull.  International business and trade law and European Union law are among his specialties.

One of the organisers of the free event is Patricia Tzortzopoulos, who is is Professor of Integrated Design, and Head of Department of Architecture and 3D Design in the University of Huddersfield’s School of Art, Design and Architecture.

“The idea is to provide people with an opportunity to look at the impact of Brexit in terms of the construction industry.  We will have a group of people pro and a group of people against, so we have a balanced argument.  Just a week before EU referendum, it will spark discussion and provide a forum for people to share their views.”

Opinion polls have been showing that up to 85% of people in the construction industry want the UK to remain in the EU.  Now, the University of Huddersfield event will be a discussion between industry and academic experts on the potential impact of BREXIT on the sector.

There have been fears that BREXIT could it worsen the construction sector’s skills shortage and constrain investment in new housebuilding.  There are also claims that changes, in taxation and restrictions on labour migration from other EU states affect the cost of construction projects.  The event on 15 June will explore whether such fears are justified.

·       A place at the event can be registered online.  The debate is to be webcast live via AdobeConnect.  Attendees will also be able to browse large numbers of posters, architectural models and other presentations that form the School of Art, Design and Architecture’s final-year undergraduate show.

from The UK Construction Blog

The New Industrial Revolution

Many commercial, customer facing businesses have been disrupted by the notion of a comprehensive customer ‘experience’ that has been introduced largely by tech giants Apple and Google. In view of this, they are presented with customers and clients that have an insatiable appetite for a new ‘experience’. The challenge inherently begins with the business premises themselves, they need to hint towards the promise of being ‘interestingly different’ as we are all aware of the old cliché, “first impressions count”.

The space that a commercial business occupies has a number of requirements, it needs to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing but it also must carry the energy of the brand. The premises are integral to brand perception as well as productivity levels and staff morale. They need to be authentic; does this mean raw? Has the demand for authenticity caused us to shun whimsical and bohemian trends that have been favoured of late and revert to materials that are raw and elemental? These kind of materials only serve to embark a message of transparency; they are not masking themselves or dressing themselves up – they send a message of brand integrity.

The dynamic around industrial material has changed, no longer considered cold and necessary. The once clinical ambience of such materials are now bringing a much warmer and more sentimental, almost residential energy to commercial workspaces.

The term ‘industrial design’ is more than appropriate when talking about new trends in commercial spaces. Much more than an image, materials within industrial design serve to optimise function and value. I’m talking in particular about materials such as concrete, Corian, metals and brick. As separate entities, all of the materials have function and purpose, which will be explained shortly in their own right; but when used together they offer a contemporary combination of textures that has an underlying accent of masculine strength.

Commercial spaces are usually exposed to high traffic and for this reason they need to be adorned with materials that with withstand this. Flooring materials such as tiles and hard wood are being ditched for concrete. Usually found ‘polished’ when used within a space, concrete offers itself as a highly durable flooring option that is low maintenance and sustainable. It also comes with eco credentials, another important factor in todays ‘green’ obsessed world. Concrete is being increasingly used as a versatile option for interiors; as well as being used as a flooring option, it has also been known to be used on walls.

“As on any large development, we have used concrete extensively,” says Phil Sullivan, senior projects director at Argent. “It’s in the groundworks, big retaining structures, basements, embankments and roadways. But I have been privileged to work with some very talented engineers and architects who are really pushing boundaries and showing what can be done with concrete. I’ve learned a lot about the way the material can be used – especially within buildings from a sustainability point of view.”

Contrary to popular opinion its not a cold or inviting material, it can be stained to take on colours and various finishes, such as wood or marble – perfect for high end businesses. Its ability to impact the light within a space is one of the reasons that many businesses are turning to the material. Due to its natural high light reflectivity means that natural light is amplified, having an effect on the morale of both employees and customers in the environment.

As many businesses are looking for ways to become more innovative in their approach, Corian seems to be an increasingly favoured option. It has deep seated roots in the healthcare sector due to its ability to uphold strict hygiene levels within medical and dental practices, it has now filtered into the hospitality and retail sector, as well as many corporate offices. Considered to be a quality and elite material, Corian is used in a vast number of ways.

Roz Fairbank from Superior Surfaces gives her take, “Corian has been around for a long time but I think people are only just beginning to understand its numerous applications.  One of the wonderful things about Corian is that you can thermoform it and so form it to a 3D so that it becomes one solid, seamless piece. Architects and designers are beginning to use the fabric more and more in various settings. Commercial designers are always looking for ways for a space to become more creative and Corian allows for this and stands out even against beautiful surfaces such as granite because of the flexibility it offers.”

Corian has even been used to create high tech installations, or ones that multitask as a screen by using fibre optic technology – creating a high impact space.

I wanted to touch upon glass. Perhaps not necessarily to be classed as an ‘industrial’ material, it has strong roots in the industrial trend and heavily used as an architectural feature. Using glass can transform a commercial interior into a dynamic space; it has gone far beyond being used as a simple window, but has been extended to being used as internal partitions and even entire walls, exceeding the necessary and decorate to being functional and even structural. As the era of ‘collaboration’ is upon us, glass is becoming increasingly relevant, particularly in businesses where teams are divided into different departments. It has been argued that using glass internally increases visibility, employee interaction and morale – all positive factors within any commercial space where ultimately the need to invoke the right culture to secure profits prevails.

from The UK Construction Blog

Northern Gas Network chooses DTL for £1m operational training contract

Develop Training Ltd (DTL), the UK’s leading training and consultancy specialist, is pleased announce that it has been awarded a large scale contract for the provision of operational training to Northern Gas Networks (NGN), following a competitive tender process.

The gas distributor is responsible for the delivery of gas through some 37,000km of pipelines to over 2.7 million homes in the North East, Northern Cumbria and much of Yorkshire. NGN directly employs around 1,300 people and provides regular work to around 800 contractors.

In order to manage the learning and development of such numbers, NGN has contracted DTL to deliver gas network technical training and health & safety training.  The technical training will be conducted at DTL’s York training centre, while classroom-based learning will be delivered on-site at various NGN depots.

“We are pleased to place this contract with DTL, with whom we’ve enjoyed an excellent working relationship in the past,” said Lyndsay Ellis, Operational Training Manager for NGN, “The variety of courses DTL offers, combined with their superior facilities and what we consider to be world class trainers, made them the strongest contender for this programme of work.”

Chris Wall, Sales & Marketing Director for DTL, said: “I’m delighted that our partnership with Northern Gas Networks continues to flourish. The award of the contract followed a hard fought tender process, in which DTL’s quality of delivery and variety of programmes prevailed. We are looking forward to working closely with NGN and explore innovative training solutions for their operational training.”

The contract, which will run for an initial two year period, has an option for two one-year extensions, and has an anticipated total value of over £1m. Training is set to commence in May 2016.

from The UK Construction Blog

Government construction targets impossible due to a lack of ‘feet on the ground’

A lack of manpower is the biggest concern for the Government in meeting construction targets, according to construction and rail recruitment specialists, One Way.

This comes in light of a recent survey from property consultants McBains Cooper which revealed that just three in ten of England’s housebuilders believe the Government’s target of building one million homes by 2020 can be achieved. The report listed the biggest barriers as land shortages, the slow granting of planning permission, a lack of finance and skills shortages.

However, the firm has argued that the biggest problem facing the Government’s target is the lack of ‘feet on the ground’. One Way has highlighted that these targets should have included greater consideration of the manpower requirements which will have a significant impact on productivity.

Paul Payne, managing director at One Way, comments:

“While I agree with the general concerns raised in the report from McBains Cooper, I was concerned that the issue of manpower wasn’t at the forefront of the discussion. There are numerous challenges facing the completion of these targets, but many can be addressed. While there are incentives in place to address the skills shortage – such as the upcoming apprenticeship levy – the immediate lack of feet on the ground should be the number one issue to address. Amendments to the planning permission process can be – and in some instances are already being – made and more investment can be sought, but all of this will be in vain without the people in place to fulfil projects.”

“While there’s no immediate solution to this, the fact that the Government target has been set without due consideration as to the people needed to achieve it is a concern. Yes there is a need for more homes to be built, but setting unrealistic targets isn’t a solution for an industry which has long felt the impact of a talent brain drain.”

from The UK Construction Blog