Hinkley builders could earn £60,000 each a year

Construction workers at the £18bn Hinkley Point construction site are on course to be the best paid builders in the industry.

We understand that pay talks have set the bar at nearly £60,000 a year for full-time builders on the site.

Talks are currently ongoing between main contractor joint venture Bouygues Travaux Publics/Laing O’Rourke and the construction unions.

And the industry’s ongoing skills shortage means the unions are in a strong position.

One source close to the talks said: “This is the biggest construction site in the country and everyone wants to get it built on time.

“The unions know that and any pay deal will be better than the one at Heathrow T5 where everyone made sure people were paid industry leading rates to get the job done.”

from The UK Construction Blog http://ukconstructionblog.co.uk/2017/04/26/hinkley-builders-could-earn-60000-each-a-year/


HSS racks-up £17.4m loss as closures continue

Tool and equipment hirer HSS racked-up a pre-tax loss of £17.4m last year as it continues to close branches and distribution centres.

Results for the year to December 31 2016 show losses grew to £17.4m from £13.8m last time as turnover ticked-up to £342.2m from £312.3m.

HSS said the losses were down to “a year of investment in a new distribution network structure” and “right-sizing” plan for its branches.

HSS shut 18 under-performing branches during the last quarter of 2016 and seven distribution centres during the year.

A further 37 branches are being closed during the first half of this year.

John Gill, Chief Executive Officer of HSS Hire, said: “2016 was a year of significant operational change and investment for the Group.

“The result is an enhanced operating platform that will enable us to deliver superior fleet availability to customers right across our network, creating the foundation for future sustainable profit growth.

“While we made good progress in key accounts, specialist rental and our fast-growing Services business during the year, this was not matched by revenue growth in our core Rental business and re-establishing momentum in this area is our primary focus in 2017 and beyond.     

“Our markets remain competitive on price, but the initiatives implemented over the last 12 months – and the ongoing programme of network optimisation – have strengthened our capabilities and leave the Group well positioned to continue to serve our existing and future customers.”

from The UK Construction Blog http://ukconstructionblog.co.uk/2017/04/24/hss-racks-up-17-4m-loss-as-closures-continue/

BAM fined £260,000 after worker hits power line

BAM Construction Limited and its groundworks subcontractors have been fined after a man suffered multiple life changing injuries including severe burns to his neck.

Winchester Crown Court heard how BAM had been appointed by Network Rail to construct a new railway operating centre in Basingstoke.

BAM later appointed Shoreland Projects Ltd as the groundworks contractor for the project.

On 26 January 2015, when work began to install lampposts on the site entrance road, the fifth lamp post touched the 11kV overhead power lines when it was being lifted into position by an excavator, causing Mark Bradley to suffer his injuries.

A colleague rushed to Bradley’s aid, using a piece of timber to push him away from the lamp column.

An HSE investigation found a failure to properly identify the presence of the overhead power lines and appropriately plan this work activity.

No suitable control measures were in place to prevent contact with the overhead power lines putting a number of workers at risk.

BAM Construction Limited, of Hemel Hempstead, pleaded guilty to breaching Electricity at Work Regulations and was fined £260,000 and ordered to pay costs of £9415.13.

Shoreland Projects Limited of Botley also pleaded guilty to and was fined £22,000 and ordered to pay costs of £8442.53.

Speaking after the case HSE inspector William Christie said: “While this entirely preventable incident has had a permanent and very substantial effect on Mark’s life, his very serious injuries could have been even worse had it not been for the quick thinking of his colleague.

“This case highlights the importance for all work to be planned properly by all duty holders. Overhead power lines pose a significant threat to the safety of workers.

“Construction work in the vicinity of live conductors must be properly planned, managed and monitored to ensure the risks are controlled.”

from The UK Construction Blog http://ukconstructionblog.co.uk/2017/04/20/bam-fined-260000-after-worker-hits-power-line/

What Should You Know About Boiler Servicing?

When you are hiring the services of boiler company, make sure that you are choosing a reliable one who possesses the qualifications to perform it. If you thought a plumber would be able to deal with all the repairs of the boiler, then you need to think again as they might not have the qualification or knowledge to handle major issues which would lead to severe damages. If you thought that the process of boiler service is a long one, then you would be amazed to know that they take just 30 to 45 minutes to complete it. However, the time might extend if the type of the boiler is different one or has major issues.


Maintaining the standards:

The engineering team would inspect to check whether it is connected adhering to all the standards of the building, electrical safety and gas safety. This is because they want to make sure that you are not facing any legal issues on the placement of the boiler. As the laws of the state tend to change now and then, these services would let you know if there is a wrong placement of the boiler and would offer free advice to place it in the correct position.


Inspection at home:

When you approach the boiler servicing company and order for their services, they would first conduct a spot inspection to know the condition of your boiler and arrive at an estimate of the service charges. This estimate would be highly helpful for you as you will be bale to arrange for the money and then ask them to drop in for the service to save you from the embarrassment. This estimate would also consist of the rate of the spares that are much needed for replacement in case if it is worn out after prolonged use.


Free advice and tips:

As soon as your boiler service is over, the team of professionals would tell you what you must do to avoid and to save yourself from the trouble of facing any mishaps, the way to operate it safely and how to handle kids or pets at home when you have a boiler. These tips or advice are offered for free and can be highly useful for you. They will also let you know how to take care of your boiler now and then, which would help it to function well and keeps repairs at bay!


Regular check-ups:

As soon as you have sought the help of boiler servicing Wimbledon, they maintain periodical check ups to make sure whether there are any leakages or damages to the boiler and would make sure that you do not face any repairs all of a sudden. You might be busy with your hectic life, and hence such periodical check ups by the services would be a boon in disguise as you need not be worried about the condition of your boiler.


When so many benefits are obtained through boiler servicing company, what more could you ask for?

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from Econ Construction LTD http://www.econconstructionltd.co.uk/know-boiler-servicing/

Hinkley workers get £50m ‘hotel style’ site accommodation

Hinkley workers get £50m ‘hotel style’ site accommodation

Offsite accommodation specialist Caledonian Modular has checked-in with the £50m contract to design and build campus living accommodation for Hinkley Point C .

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Workers facilities include nearly 1,500 en-suite bedrooms across 44 individual buildings

The vast workers’ village will set new standards in site facilities and is considered to be the largest hotel-style development in Europe for 25 years, equivalent to a 3-star hotel.

When completed in 2017/18, it will provide 1,496 en-suite bedrooms across 44 buildings at two key locations.

The Bridgwater Campus is the larger of the two developments, with Caledonian providing twenty-nine accommodation blocks, each offering en-suite rooms for 34 workers.

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Hinkley Point C on-site accommodation campus

A further 15 buildings will be located at the Hinkley site providing direct access to the construction zone.

The three-storey buildings will complement the surroundings, with natural timber and stone-effect cement cladding on exterior facades.

Caledonian is manufacturing the 1,496 volumetric modules at its facility in Newark, Nottinghamshire, over a 51-week period.

The firm competed with an international supply chain to win the contract with Laing O’Rourke and has doubled its workforce and re-launched its apprenticeship scheme to complete the order.

Campus accommodation will be delivered to site 96% complete, with all en-suite rooms fully fitted-out.

All external cladding will be applied during the manufacturing process, which will enable each 34-bedroom block to be completed in six weeks once delivered to site.

Caledonian chief Paul Lang, who has been closely involved in the process, said: “This is a hugely significant project for Caledonian and the wider offsite industry.

“This contract award is testament to the commitment of the project team and we are delighted to be working on one of the most important construction projects in Europe.”

Laing O’Rourke Project Leader, Scott Palmer said: “We look forward to working with Caledonian across the two Somerset campus site locations, to deliver high quality accommodation to the Hinkley Point C workforce.”


Caledonian Modular chief Paul Lang (centre) shows Hinkley Point C commercial team the quality benefits of offsite construction

from The UK Construction Blog http://ukconstructionblog.co.uk/2017/04/18/hinkley-workers-get-50m-hotel-style-site-accommodation/

New homes can now be built in just five days

Construction giants H+H UK Ltd and SIG Offsite have launched a new house building system which sees homes built in just five days.

The SIG I-House combines all the speed of offsite construction with the familiarity of a traditional build – from foundations to roof in just five days.

The system can encompass the inner leaves of external cavity walls, floors, lintel, cavity closers, insulation and roof trusses.

With the inclusion of soffit and fascia, the system delivers the internal skin of a property, fully wrapped and ready for follow-on trades.

The system is a one stop shop for clients – with a single contractor required to deliver the whole house shell.

It is intended for the construction of domestic houses of up to two storey height, replacing the structure of the inner leaf of external cavity walls, separating walls and internal partitions with storey height Celcon Elements.

Installed by the SIG Offsite team, Celcon Elements are craned into place and fixed using H+H element mortar.

Timber I-Joist cassette floors are used in conjunction with the system to maintain the speed of build and roofs are either standard truss construction or the ‘Roofspace I-Roof’ – panelised roof system.

All components are raised into position by crane.

from The UK Construction Blog http://ukconstructionblog.co.uk/2017/04/13/new-homes-can-now-be-built-in-just-five-days/

Costain wins contract for A40 Westway revamp work

Costain has been selected by Transport for London to work on a revamp of the A40 Westway dual carriageway and the Marylebone flyover.


The route is used by more than 96,000 vehicles entering and exiting the capital each day.

Costain has secured a £6m contract for a feasibility study and concept design on planned upgrade work.

It will undertake a number of investigations of the 21 structures along the 4.6km of the route that runs through Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham and the City of Westminster.

Costain will assess the condition of key parts of the existing structures and identify the potential scope for future refurbishment work.

The investigation works will take place in the summer.

The feasibility study will take around 10 months to complete after which Costain will develop a concept design and model how best to deliver the refurbishment works.

Marcus Hollan, Project Manager at Costain, said: “The A40 Westway is a vital transport link for Londoners. Tens of thousands of people use it every day to get to work, take their children to school or make deliveries.

“We are looking forward to working with TfL to help them improve the journey for people travelling in and out of London.

“This refurbishment will ensure that the Westway continues to keep Londoners moving in the decades to come.

“We will bring our strong technical knowledge and experience of the project so far to bear in assessing the feasibility of this refurbishment and planning out exactly how best to achieve it.”

Dana Skelley, TfL’s Director of Asset Management, said: “We are pleased to be working with Costain on this important and complex civil engineering project. It is a key part of the Westway’s ongoing maintenance.”

Costain was awarded a place earlier this year on Tfl’s £500m large -scale civil engineering framework.

The other firms on the framework are Morgan Sindall and Skanska.

from The UK Construction Blog http://ukconstructionblog.co.uk/2017/04/11/costain-wins-contract-for-a40-westway-revamp-work/