O’Rourke fined £800,000 for Heathrow dumper truck death

Laing O’Rourke has been fined £800,000 after a worker was killed by a dumper truck driven by his brother at Heathrow Airport.

Southwark Crown Court heard how Philip Griffiths died in October 2014.

His brother Paul accidentally reversed into his 38-year-old sibling when the pair were trying to move a broken down scissor lift on a service road, while working for Laing O’Rourke.

Paul Griffiths tried to tow the scissor lift away using a dumper truck under the direction of managers.

During the attempt his foot got stuck between the brake and the accelerator and the truck reversed.

Philip, who was standing between the two vehicles, suffered crush injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

An HSE investigation found that neither worker was authorised with the appropriate certificate to use the dumper truck, and that the operation was not properly overseen or managed.

Laing O’Rourke Construction Limited of Dartford pleaded guilty to breaching the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations and was fined £800,000 and ordered to pay costs of £10,000.

Speaking after sentence, HSE Inspector Jack Wilby said: “This incident was a tragedy for all concerned and, as revealed by our investigation, entirely avoidable.

“Laing O’Rourke did nothing to address the trend of these workers carrying out tasks they weren’t trained or authorised for.

“These dedicated staff, including Philip and his brother, needed appropriate supervision.

“Had there been appropriate supervision, then better segregation between Philip and these two vehicles could have been established and maintained.

“This case should act as a reminder of the dangers of using workplace transport without proper planning, management or monitoring of the risks involved.”

A Laing O’Rourke spokesperson said: “Laing O’Rourke fully accepts the findings of the court following the tragic events in October 2014.

“Our deepest sympathy and thoughts remain with Philip Griffiths’ family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.

“The company is committed to continually reviewing and improving its health and safety systems.”

from The UK Construction Blog http://ukconstructionblog.co.uk/2017/03/31/orourke-fined-800000-for-heathrow-dumper-truck-death/


The growth of construction industry and property investment in UK

The Property Investment Companies UK has started investing towards the construction industry in the present situation as the property investment in this area has gained a lot of momentum. The construction industry in the UK have seen a lot of improvement and growth since the year 2007 as the government itself has given the permission to build multipurpose domestic buildings for the citizens in many cities. This has attracted many property investors and has benefited them to invest in the construction industry as well.

The UK companies have recently undergone a survey that suggested the growth in the year 2013. The constructions units showed that the Property Investment Companies UK had done greater activity in the third quarter of the year. The growth in the construction sector was seen in the housing and domestic sector as stated above which is due to the reason of permitted number of constructions allowed by the British government. The director at CPA, Francis declared that the growth in the construction industry was seen to be immense while a decline was seen in the repair and maintenance workings of the houses.

The boost in the construction industry can be verified through the fact that the largest number of homes were built by the construction companies are highest. The numbers have shown that the total number of houses built in the year 2013 were 133,670, which is said to increase by the year 2014. The biggest kind of construction companies and the Property Investment Companies UK have stated that the 250,000 houses will be required this year to compete for the desired number of credential buildings required in the country. This state for a huge investment opportunity for the construction companies and property investment companies. The construction companies have matched a high level of expectancy from the other kind of businesses. Thus, the newer trends have shown growth and investment opportunities.

The city of London alone needed to have the right kind of investment opportunities by the investors. The city of London needed the biggest amount of homes in the sector previous years. The number of new houses built in the year 2013 was 26,230 in this city. The number was found to be 26 percent which is the highest in the history. The history showed that the trend would be increasing positively in the days to come as well. The increase in the industry is a very prominent fact for the Property Investment Companies UK has.

This also calls attention for the foreign investors as well. The investors from all over the world are known to be attracted towards this region for the most positive results in the sector. This can be proven better for the future for the industry again. The boost in the industry, which is the highest one after the year 2007, shows that the region of Europe has considerable amount of chances for the investors.

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Redrow abandons Bovis merger talks

House builder Redrow has walked away from talks to merge with Bovis Homes after an initial approach was rejected by the southern house builder.

This morning Redrow said it would not be in its shareholders’ best interests to increase its proposal above the level which was rejected by the board of Bovis.

Its share and cash offer would have given Bovis a 32.4% stake in a merged house building business.

The move leaves Galliford Try as the last remaining bidder still in discussions although its initial approach was also rejected by the Bovis board.

Galliford Try’s current offer values Bovis at £1,191m and would make Galliford Try the 52.25% majority shareholder in the merged group.

Under City takeover rules the firm now has until April 9 to make a firm offer for Bovis.

In a statement this morning Redrow said: “We will instead continue to focus on its highly successful organic growth strategy that has delivered approximately 55% compound annual growth in pre-tax profits from financial years 2012 to 2016.

“Redrow’s strong land bank and disciplined approach to its operations means it is well-placed to both continue to grow its profits and progressively increase dividend payout rates to 33% in the medium term.”

from The UK Construction Blog http://ukconstructionblog.co.uk/2017/03/29/redrow-abandons-bovis-merger-talks/

All-clear for first concrete on Hinkley nuclear station

Bouygues/Laing O’Rourke has got the go-ahead to start pouring concrete on the first key structures for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.

Hinkley Point

The Office for Nuclear Regulation has approved first structural concrete for the ‘technical galleries’ of the power station.

These are a series of underground reinforced concrete structures to be located beneath the site and some above-ground structures, connecting services such as cooling water and electricity to the two reactor units and other structures.

Up to now the on-site construction activities have been limited to preparatory and enabling works, including the construction of several concrete batching plants and aggregate stores.

Hinkley Point

Following First Nuclear Safety Concrete, the site workforce will grow rapidly to several thousand.

Mike Finnerty, Director of ONR’s new reactors programme said: “Our consent for the first nuclear safety concrete at Hinkley Point C is a key regulatory milestone marking start of construction of the first nuclear power station since Sizewell B in Suffolk.

“We have carried out extensive assessment of EDF’s safety case and preparedness for this important step at Hinkley Point C.

“However, this does not give consent for all elements of construction. We will continue to regulate NNB Generation Company – a subsidiary created by EDF Energy -activities and have implemented a number of hold-points to ensure we have full regulatory control over the various construction and commissioning stages through to start of operation.”

from The UK Construction Blog http://ukconstructionblog.co.uk/2017/03/28/all-clear-for-first-concrete-on-hinkley-nuclear-station/

Twin office blocks for Newcastle Science Central site

Plans for two major new office blocks at the Newcastle Science Central site have moved forward with the appointment of Ryder Architecture.

The site covers 24 acres

Ryder will now work up designs for the first 100,000 sq ft building which will be followed by a similar sized second block.

The office towers will form the gateway to the £350m Newcastle Science Central site which is being developed by Legal & General Capital, Newcastle City Council and Newcastle University.

Sir Robert McAlpine picked-up the latest job on the site for the £29m Learning and Teaching Centre project for the University which is due to start in September.

McAlpine also finished the flagship Core building on the site more than two years ago while Bowmer & Kirkand is constructing the Urban Sciences Building which is due for completion in September.

Newcastle Science Central is a 24-acre science and technology hub on the former brewery site, famed for brewing Newcastle Brown Ale.

The development is located in Newcastle’s city centre and is set to create over 4,000 jobs, 500,000 sq ft of office space, and 450 new homes.

Laura Mason, Director of Direct Investments at Legal & General Capital, said: “Forming a significant next step in this major city centre regeneration project, the delivery of the Grade A office space will help to act as an important catalyst for further investment in Newcastle Science Central.

“With a proven track record in cutting edge, quality design, and experience working with the team on the laboratory facility, we feel confident that Ryder is the right firm to help us achieve our vision.”

from The UK Construction Blog http://ukconstructionblog.co.uk/2017/03/22/twin-office-blocks-for-newcastle-science-central-site/

Peel launches £5bn Liverpool Waters major phase

Developer Peel has unveiled plans for the next phase of its vast Liverpool Waters scheme, releasing a raft of new construction plots.

Liverpool Waters central docks

New Central Docks plan includes buildings up to 44 storeys high

The firm said the eight new plots in the Central Docks area were attracting interest from investors and developers, with several groups visiting Liverpool to see the opportunities on offer first hand.

It has already signed up a developer for a residential scheme and expects more than £300m of construction work to be underway across the historic docklands site by the end of the year.

The Central Docks neighbourhood forms part of the £5bn scheme to transform 150 acres in the biggest regeneration project in the history of Liverpool.

Liverpool Waters central docks

Peel has already agreed terms for a residential project on the Central Docks site

Peel hopes the Central Docks neighbourhood will be built out with over 2,000,000 sq ft of mixed-use floorspace including 750,000 sq ft of offices and over 1,000 new waterfront apartments. 

Lindsey Ashworth, Director of Development of Liverpool Waters, said: “Liverpool Waters is a unique opportunity to invest in a world-famous waterfront and it’s no surprise that this latest phase of the project has already generated interest from investors and developers.”

Although the masterplan for Liverpool Waters was announced ten years ago, progress has so far concentrated on the Princes Dock neighbourhood, the new home of the Cruise Liner Terminal, with the bulk of effort going on behind the scenes to secure detailed planning permissions.

Liverpool Waters Central dock

Princes Dock neighbourhood matersplan

By the end of this year, the team at Liverpool Waters are expecting to see over £300m of construction work starting on site. 

Ian Pollitt, Assistant Project Director at Liverpool Waters, said: “Central Docks represents a watershed moment for Liverpool Waters.

“There has been an incredible amount of work done behind the scenes to get us to this point but thanks to the positive attitude of the people of Liverpool, Liverpool City Council and other partners we are now in a position to proceed with this next exciting phase of the project.”

from The UK Construction Blog http://ukconstructionblog.co.uk/2017/03/20/peel-launches-5bn-liverpool-waters-major-phase/

The Classic Barn Company

The Classic Barn Company

Our Background

Our family business specializes in crafted English oak framed buildings, our business has grown from a small acorn to a grand old oak tree by simply sticking to good business ethics. Our ethos is simple. To create beautifully detailed oak framed barns that become renowned for their superior quality. Support this with a service that is both transparent and efficient to ensure each client receives excellent overall value, enabling our good name to be passed on.

This ethos has won us numerous awards, appearances on TV and various publications.


“The Best of British, facing Brexit”. So Brexit is on its way and apparently we all have a challenge. No one knows what effects are on the horizon but one things for sure we all share a common denominator, we own one of the best brands on the planet – Great Britain ! So we’ve decided to play to our strengths by encouraging others to stop devoting time to Brexit ‘what if’s’, ignore those who have a self-vested interest in forecasting about Brexit and instead start focusing on starting your own campaign by showcase your #BestOfBritish product, be proud and switch your mind set to being proactive. Lets show them what were made off !

We’ve kicked this off by launching our new video to the world – British Craftsmanship At It Best !

If, like us you feel inspired to support this campaign then go ahead and show others.

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from The UK Construction Blog http://ukconstructionblog.co.uk/2017/03/15/the-classic-barn-company/