The Construction Index News The Construction Index - Latest News http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/public/v2/img/logo.gif The Construction Index News http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/public/v2/img/logo.gif Fri, 25 Apr 2014 03:25:45 +0100 Zend_Feed_Writer 1.12.3 (http://framework.zend.com) http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news 2014 The Construction Index Anfield expansion plans make progress Liverpool Football Club is aiming to begin construction work on its Anfield stadium expansion plans early next year as final agreement nears in negotiations with neighbouring property owners.]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:09:55 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/anfield-expansion-plans-make-progress http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/anfield-expansion-plans-make-progress

Liverpool Football Club is aiming to begin construction work on its Anfield stadium expansion plans early next year as final agreement nears in negotiations with neighbouring property owners.

The club has unveiled more details of its stadium expansion plans with detailed proposals for the expansion of its Main Stand and outline proposals for expansion of its Anfield Road Stand.

Liverpool FC is going out to public consultation ahead of lodging a planning application in the summer.

The new Main Stand will comprise three tiers with the existing lower tier re-profiled to accommodate a widened player tunnel, new team benches, media tribune, premium seating and wheelchair viewing positions. Capacity of the Main Stand will increase from 12,000 to 20,500.

 

 

The outline proposals for the Anfield Road Stand provide for an increase in its capacity of around 4,800 seats.

Overall stadium capacity will rise to around 54,000.

In October 2012, Liverpool City Council announced its plans to transform the Anfield area with a comprehensive regeneration plan. The club committed to working with the city council and Your Housing Group in support of their delivery of the regeneration plan and also confirmed its preference was to expand Anfield stadium rather than relocate, as had been considered at one stage.

 

 

Ian Ayre, Liverpool FC managing director, said: "As part of our proposed stadium redevelopment project, we have unveiled the detail of our ambitious plans for an expanded Main Stand and Anfield Road stand and are embarking on a consultation process which will shape and inform our planning application.

"In order to move forward with our expansion plans we need to have certainty that we can navigate the complex planning process and secure the support of the community, local home owners, businesses and other key stakeholders. This consultation exercise is an important part of this process.”

Liverpool City Council has confirmed that negotiations with property owners are progressing well and all parties are close to agreement but there are still details to be finalised.

Following this consultation process, Liverpool FC expects to refine its plans and submit a planning application to the City Council during the summer.

If consent is granted, construction work on the proposed Main Stand could begin early next year and it could be complete in time for the 2016-17 season.

 

 

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: "This is another important step in our ambitions to transform the Anfield area, bringing new jobs, investment and housing.

"The overall regeneration of Anfield will see £260m invested in the local community and will deliver hundreds of jobs – Liverpool Football Club's proposals for the stadium are a key part of this."

 

 

 

 

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Does a rising skills shortage undermine or strengthen UKIP's message? Just as UKIP starts to play the ‘immigrants are stealing British jobs’ card, data emerges indicating that labour shortages are starting to impact on the construction industry.]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:13:22 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/does-a-rising-labour-shortage-undermine-or-strengthen-ukips-message http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/does-a-rising-labour-shortage-undermine-or-strengthen-ukips-message

Just as UKIP starts to play the ‘immigrants are stealing British jobs’ card, data emerges indicating that labour shortages are starting to impact on the construction industry.

Far from keeping eastern European construction workers out, as UKIP leader Nigel Farage is advocating, it seems like we might be needing another influx.

The latest Construction Market Survey published by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors says that 41% of its respondents are having difficulties sourcing skills across a range of disciplines. While all trades people are now in greater demand, bricklayers are in particular short supply due to the robust recovery of the housing sector.

Brian Boys of Rossendle-based B&E Boys Ltd says: “There are a limited number of good quality specialist sub-contractors that serve the market and contractors will find choice limited and margins under threat if this is not considered over the coming 12 months.

According to Paul Meadows of Salus Approved Inspectors in Leicester, it is not just trades that are in short supply. “There is still a huge skills shortage of experienced professionals in our industry,” he says.

 

 

The UK Independence Party garnered some attention this week with a publicity poster showing a British construction worker begging on the streets – a direct result, the copy suggests, of the free movement of labour across the European Union. "British workers are hit hard by unlimited cheap labour" the poster says.

UKIP leader Nigel Farrage said it was "a hard-hitting reflection of reality". Labour MP Mike Gapes said the poster was "racist". Conservative MP Nicholas Soames called it "deeply divisive,offensive and ignorant".

The evidence suggests that UKIP's strategy might be mis-timed, as construction workers (British or otherwise) are less likely to be out of work today than at any time in the past 10 years or more, so long as they are halfway competent.

On the other hand, if there is about to be a new wave of East European migrant labour this could play directly to the prejudices to which UKIP is evidently pandering – regardless of national economic necessity.

The Q1 2014 RICS Construction Market Survey highlights a continuing improvement in activity at the national level and across all parts of the UK. The headline workloads net balance, which captures the change compared to the previous quarter, reached a series high of 43, up from 38 in Q4 last year. The private housing, commercial and industrial sectors were the drivers of this growth. The net balance of workloads in these three sectors all reached series highs in Q1 as the economic recovery and stronger consumer and business confidence of recent quarters encouraged a stronger pick-up in activity.

 

 

Confidence in further future growth in workloads increased again in Q1 with the RICS 12 month Workload Expectations net balance reaching a series high value of 77. On average, respondents expect workloads to expand by a further 3.8% over the coming year. Expectations for employment growth are equally positive with the RICS Employment Expectations series creeping above last quarters high to reach 56. Respondents now envisage headcounts in the industry increasing by roughly 3% over the year. With about 2.12m employed in the sector, this roughly translates into about 64,000 more jobs created over the next 12 months.

 

 

 

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Thames Tideway Tunnel releases final construction procurement package All main works construction procurement packages for the Thames Tideway Tunnel have now been released with the invitation to tender this week sent out for the third and final section.]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:59:10 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/thames-tideway-tunnel-releases-final-construction-procurement-package http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/thames-tideway-tunnel-releases-final-construction-procurement-package

All main works construction procurement packages for the Thames Tideway Tunnel have now been released with the invitation to tender this week sent out for the third and final section.

Thames Water has sent out the invitation to tender (ITT) for the Central package of work to construct the 25km tunnel in London, with the successful bidders expected to be announced in May 2015.

The project has been split geographically into three main construction contracts, with the ITT for West sent out in December 2013 and East in January 2014.

The three main works packages are worth a total of up to £2.3bn: West is estimated at £300m to £500m; Central at £600m to £950m; and East at £500m to £800m.

The Thames Tideway Tunnel is a major new sewer that will help tackle the problem of overflows from the capital’s Victorian sewers and will protect the tidal River Thames from increasing pollution for at least the next 100 years.

The development consent application is currently being considered by the Planning Inspectorate. Subject to consent being granted, construction on the project is due to start in 2016 and will involve 24 construction sites across London.

Thames Tideway Tunnel managing director Mike Gerrard said: “We are making excellent progress with the tender process and we are confident that we will receive competitive bids that will result in the best value for our customers.

“We are building for 22nd Century London to create a cleaner, healthier River Thames. The Thames Tideway Tunnel is needed to tackle the tens of millions of tonnes of raw sewage which discharge into the tidal River Thames every year. The river needs cleaning up and it needs to be cleaned up now.”

Alongside the environmental improvements to the tidal River Thames, the tunnel will create more than 9,000 jobs. Already, around 500 people are working on the project.

The project will be financed and delivered by an independent infrastructure provider (IP), with its own licence from Ofwat. Procurement of the new IP is expected to begin next month.

 

 

 

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Balfour Beatty scheme named one of USA’s top 10 green buildings The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has named the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt (EGWW) Federal Building as one of the USA’s top 10 examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions.]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:01:20 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/balfour-beatty-scheme-named-one-of-usas-top-10-green-buildings http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/balfour-beatty-scheme-named-one-of-usas-top-10-green-buildings

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has named the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt (EGWW) Federal Building as one of the USA’s top 10 examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions.

The LEED Platinum building is owned by the US General Services Administration (GSA) and was constructed by Howard S Wright, a Balfour Beatty company. The architects are Sera Architects and Cutler Anderson Architects.

The award from the AIA’s Committee on the Environment (COTE) will be presented in June.

“We are elated that the EGWW Federal Building project was selected by COTE, from a field of hundreds, to be included in this prestigious group of award-winning projects,” said Jim Sather, Oregon division president at Howard S Wright. “By working as an integrated team with GSA, our subcontractors, and design counterparts, this modernisation project is now among the most efficient facilities in the GSA portfolio. It is an outstanding example of the best of our industry.”

The US$139m (£82.7m) Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building in the heart of Portland, Oregon, is an 18-storey facility that is home to more than 16 federal agencies and 1,200 federal employees.

Through the efficiencies from the systems and envelope revisions, the team generated results that included a re-allocation of space that increased the gross building area by two additional floors of rentable area. Additional sustainable project design solutions include a    180kW photovoltaic array on the roof and new mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems that will save hundreds of thousands of dollars over the life of the project.

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EU launches in-depth investigation into Cemex and Holcim deal The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether the planned acquisition of Holcim’s Spanish operations by its Mexican rival Cemex is in line with the EU Merger Regulation.]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:48:25 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/eu-launches-in-depth-investigation-into-cemex-and-holcim-deal http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/eu-launches-in-depth-investigation-into-cemex-and-holcim-deal

The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether the planned acquisition of Holcim’s Spanish operations by its Mexican rival Cemex is in line with the EU Merger Regulation.

Both companies are global suppliers of cement and other building materials and the Commission has concerns that the transaction may reduce competition in certain areas of Spain where the two companies' activities overlap. The Commission now has 90 working days, until 5 September 2014, to take a decision.

Cemex intends to acquire sole control over the whole of Holcim's activities in cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates and mortar in Spain.

The Holcim assets comprise plants and quarries dedicated to the production and supply of cement, aggregates, ready-mix concrete and mortar in Spain.

The Cemex/Holcim assets transaction is linked to two other transactions. Through the first related transaction Cemex intends to acquire control of the whole of Holcim's activities in cement, ready-mix concrete and aggregates in the Czech Republic. This operation has been cleared by the Czech competition authority in March 2014, as it mainly concerns competition on the Czech market.

In another linked transaction, Holcim intends to acquire certain assets of Cemex located in western Germany. The Commission opened an in-depth investigation into that transaction in October 2013, for which the deadline is 8 July 2014.



The Cemex/Holcim assets transaction does not meet the turnover thresholds of the EU Merger Regulation. However, following a referral request from Spain, the Commission agreed to assess the transaction related to Spain.

 

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Drake & Scull wins Algiers development Drake & Scull Construction has won a turnkey project worth AED147m (£23.8m) to build a mixed-use development in Algiers, Algeria.]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:56:36 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/drake-and-scull-win-algiers-development http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/drake-and-scull-win-algiers-development

Drake & Scull Construction has won a turnkey project worth AED147m (£23.8m) to build a mixed-use development in Algiers, Algeria.

Under the terms of the contract, DSC will undertake the civil construction portion of the project, which covers a total built-up area of approximately 66,500m2. The development comprises of multi-storey residential units, which also contain commercial retail space.

Saleh Muradweij, managing director for Drake & Scull Construction, said: “Algeria remains one of our key growth areas and our gateway into the North African market and our teams will utilise our experience in the region and our skilled workforce to deliver more mega projects in the future. We remain optimistic about the potential of the Algerian real estate sector.”

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Ritchie Bros holds timed auction Auctioneers Ritchie Brothers is holding a sale of construction plant and equipment at Donington Park next week using ‘timed auctions’ for the first time.]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:26:32 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/ritchie-bros-holds-timed-auction http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/ritchie-bros-holds-timed-auction

Auctioneers Ritchie Brothers is holding a sale of construction plant and equipment at Donington Park next week using ‘timed auctions’ for the first time.

The timed auction approach, familiar to Ebay users, takes place online without an auctioneer and is open for bidding for a set period. Ritchie Bro. Auctioneers will use the method between Saturday 26th April and Tuesday 29th April to sell machinery attachments and smaller items. Larger and mobile plant equipment, tractors and trucks will still be sold in the live ‘ramp’ auction, with an auctioneer and bidcatchers at Donnington Park next Tuesday.

Ritchie Bros used the timed auction system at several auction sites around the world in 2010, enabling it to handle a higher volume of lower value auction items without an auctioneer and other supporting staff. It has not used the system in the UK before.

Anyone registered for the upcoming Donington Park auction can start placing bids on timed auction lots from Saturday. Bidders can use their own computer or mobile device to place bids via rbauction.com, or use the timed auction kiosks at the Donington Park auction site. On the day of the live auction at Donington Park next week, bidding will close on each timed auction lot at a set time and every item will go to whoever is the highest bidder at the moment the bidding closes.

More than 500 items will be sold exclusively through the timed auctions, including:

  • 20 unused hydraulic hammers
  • 25 unused excavator buckets
  • 16 unused Emiliana Serbatoi fuel tanks
  • A range of handtools, including drills, sanders, disc-cutters and heaters.

The Donington Park live auction next Tuesday features more than 730 items of industrial and agricultural equipment, including:

  • Four unused 2014 Dynapac CC800 tandem vibratory rollers
  • 10 Volvo A40E articulated dump trucks
  • 19 telescopic forklifts, including a 2013 JCB 540-140
  • 12 John Deere 4WD tractors (including several unused)

Click here for a full list of equipment for sale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Turner & Townsend picked for 12 Irish schools Healy Kelly Turner & Townsend (HKTT) has been appointed project and cost manager, technical advisor and employer’s representative by Ireland’s Department of Education & Skills (DoES) to deliver the Rapid School Programme for 2015.]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:02:20 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/turner-and-townsend-picked-for-12-irish-schools http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/turner-and-townsend-picked-for-12-irish-schools

Healy Kelly Turner & Townsend (HKTT) has been appointed project and cost manager, technical advisor and employer’s representative by Ireland’s Department of Education & Skills (DoES) to deliver the Rapid School Programme for 2015.

Since the programme began in 2010, HKTT partnered with the DoES for the delivery of over 45 school buildings. Its reselection for the next phase involves tackling 12 schools on 10 sites across Ireland, ranging from extensions to new builds. The phase is set to be delivered by September 2015.

The DoES said: “Healy Kelly Turner & Townsend is providing a one-stop service for us by delivering this fast-track rapid schools programme. The team has continually brought efficiencies in the management and controlling of this multi-faceted programme, and we are delighted to have them on board.”
 

 

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First design contract awarded for A9 dualling The first of three large design contracts for the A9 dualling programme in Scotland, each valued at £40m to £60m, has been awarded.]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:30:43 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/first-design-contract-awarded-for-a9-dualling http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/first-design-contract-awarded-for-a9-dualling

The first of three large design contracts for the A9 dualling programme in Scotland, each valued at £40m to £60m, has been awarded.

Transport Scotland has selected a joint venture of CH2MHill and Fairhurst as consulting engineer for the dualling of a 43km of the stretch of the A9 between Glengarry and Dalraddy.

Transport minister Keith Brown said: “The A9 dualling programme is the most expensive transport project in Scotland’s history and presents some of the most challenging work ever witnessed. The appointment of the first design consultancy for this mammoth project marks another significant milestone in this government’s commitment to the project.”

He said: “As well as delivering faster and more reliable journey times and road safety improvements when complete, the design work offers the prospect of steady work for many years ahead for the three successful contractors.

“There will also be many opportunities for small and medium enterprises through sub-consultancy work and the winning bidder has also committed to providing 35 full time roles and 28 summer placement opportunities for apprentices, work experience students and graduates, bringing much-needed opportunities for young people to gain experience working on this vital project linking central Scotland to the Highlands and Islands.”

Transport Scotland is also set to award the ground investigation contract for the 8km Birnam to Tay Crossing section to Soil Engineering.

Work is expected to begin next month and last for six months.

Mr Brown added: “Last month, we announced that the dualling programme would comprise 12 sections to be dualled by 2025 with three sections expected to be shovel ready in 2017, subject to completion of required statutory procedures.

“There is no let-up in the work going on and these important ground investigations will give us the detailed information needed to progress the draft Orders for the difficult Birnam to Tay Crossing section, expected to be published in 2015.

“Like much of the route, this section is very constrained and we are working to minimise any impacts to properties, the railway and the environment.”

The three design contracts for the A9 Dualling programme, to be let by the end of 2014, will cover:

  • Pass of Birnam to Glen Garry
  • Glen Garry to Dalraddy
  • Dalraddy to Inverness.

 

 

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Another highway technology deal for Balfour Beatty Balfour Beatty has signed its third regional technology maintenance contract (RTMC) with the Highways Agency.]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:29:51 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/another-highway-technology-deal-for-balfour-beatty http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/another-highway-technology-deal-for-balfour-beatty

Balfour Beatty has signed its third regional technology maintenance contract (RTMC) with the Highways Agency.

The contract, worth £8.7m over five years, sees Balfour Beatty maintain approximately 28,000 technology assets in the East and West Midlands – Highways Agency’s Areas 7 and 9.

Balfour Beatty will be responsible for managing and maintaining road-side technology systems such as the ‘Birmingham Box smart motorway’ sections, variable message signs, CCTV cameras, traffic data loops and emergency telephones, as well as control equipment at regional control centres.

The contract starts on 1 July 2014 for five years, with an extension option of a further three years.

Balfour Beatty is also already responsible for the Highways Agency’s RTMC contracts in the southwest and in the northwest. With this new contract award Balfour Beatty is now responsible for half of England’s roadside technology assets.

Highways Agency Midlands regional director Tim Harbot said: “The regional technology maintenance contracts deliver vital maintenance to traffic technology equipment on motorways and trunk roads in England. We are delighted to have appointed Balfour Beatty to carry out this new RTMC in the East and West Midlands.”

Balfour Beatty executive general manager for highways Mick McCarry said: “Balfour Beatty’s achievements in delivering RTMCs in both the southwest and northwest areas have been instrumental in the award of this contract. We are applying our experience and knowledge in order to be the most innovative and efficient service provider in this industry.  We look forward to building on our successful partnership with the Highways Agency to improve safety, journey time reliability and information for travellers on the Midlands network.”

 

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Offsite fabrication for Lend Lease barracks Lend Lease has subcontracted off-site fabrication of accommodation units on its £100m Beacon Barracks contract to Premier Interlink (Waco UK Ltd).]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:21:22 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/offsite-fabrication-for-lend-lease-barracks http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/offsite-fabrication-for-lend-lease-barracks

Lend Lease has subcontracted off-site fabrication of accommodation units on its £100m Beacon Barracks contract to Premier Interlink (Waco UK Ltd).

Lend Lease, in joint venture with NG Bailey, is preparing Beacon Barracks in Staffordshire for the return of two signal regiments from British army bases Germany.

Six modular, steel-framed accommodation blocks will be built off-site at Premier Interlink’s factory in East Yorkshire under a £5m contract. These will provide housing for single-living junior ranks. 

 Each of the six blocks will be three storeys high, constructed from 45 modular bays and provide communal areas and 72 bedrooms – equating to a total of 432 bedrooms and 270 modular bays for the entire project.

Each building will take two weeks to install on site after delivery. Site installation will start in July and should be completed by October.

Premier Interlink has previously delivered other single living accommodation modernisation (or SLAM) projects at RAF Benson, RAF Coningsby, RAF Wyton and RAF Chicksands.

The company has developed a lifting frame and carousel to address height safety issues for site personnel. The carousel sits on top of the modules with the lifting frame and equipment carrying out the main lift. The carousel has safety access gates and once the module is in place the operatives can access the module roof and carousel and carry out activities without the need to be reliant on safety harnesses at all times.

 

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Yanmar unveils first of its new mini-excavator series The SV26 is a new French-made 2.6-tonne excavator from Yanmar Construction Equipment Europe.]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:17:15 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/yanmar-unveils-first-of-its-new-mini-excavator-series http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/yanmar-unveils-first-of-its-new-mini-excavator-series

The SV26 is a new French-made 2.6-tonne excavator from Yanmar Construction Equipment Europe.

It is the first model in a new range of SV mini excavator models that Yanmar is planning.

Selling points include low transport weight of 2600kg and a three-cylinder Yanmar diesel engine with direct injection.

Jean-Marc Reynaud, managing director of Yanmar Construction Equipment Europe, said: “Our new mini-excavator SV26 is the perfect partner for every construction project. It is extremely compact and easy to transport while showing highest power and performance. With enhanced security standards and maintenance possibilities, the SV26 offers everything a good machine needs – especially in the rental business.”

Claimed fuel consumption is less than four litres per hour while working with high power: 17.4kW at 2,400rpm. Auto-idle is an optional extra for further savings. The patented VIPPS hydraulic system (ViO Progressive 3-Pumps System) combines three systems that work simultaneously. Pumps are activated in response to the demands of the workload.

A new digital display provides real time information of the status of the machine, helping to manage working time and daily maintenance operations.

 

 

 

 

 

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New excavator trio from LiuGong Three new excavators from Chinese manufacturer LiuGong are coming to the European market next month.]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:25:54 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/new-excavator-trio-from-liugong http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/new-excavator-trio-from-liugong

Three new excavators from Chinese manufacturer LiuGong are coming to the European market next month.

The new E-Series of excavator includes the 922E and 925E versions – upgrades from the current 922LC and 925LC machines – and the larger, all-new 930E machine.

The smaller 922E has an operating weight of 22,000kg and a maximum digging depth of 6595mm.

The 925E has an operating weight of 25,500kg and a maximum digging depth of 6925mm.

The 930E has an operating weight of 31,300kg and a maximum digging depth of 7300mm.

“Each new E-Series excavator has been built on the values that LiuGong strives to achieve in all our machines: reliability, safety and service,” said Xiaorong Zeng, LiuGong’s excavator product marketing manager.

All are powered by a Stage IIIB Cummins 6.7 litre engine. Net power is 117kw@2000rpm for the 922E; 129kw@2000rpm for the 925E; and 147kw@1900rpm for the 930E.

Compared with the previous 922LC and 925LC machines, the 922E and 925E have reduced fuel consumption by 8% and 5% respectively, and feature increased bucket digging forces of 5% and 11.8% respectively.

Six selectable working modes are available to optimise performance and fuel consumption depending on the type of work being carried out: Power, Economy, Fine, Lifting, Breaker and Attachment. In addition, the machines have a two-speed automatic shift, enabling them to go from fast in normal conditions to slow when driving over obstacles.

Should extra power be required while excavating, a power boost control system can be activated to temporarily increase breakout force by 7% for a greater lifting capacity.

In the cab, the field of view has been widened with bigger windows and an enlarged skylight and there is a new shock absorber to reduce vibrations.

 

 

922E

925E

930E

Engine

Cummins QSB6.7

 

Gross Power 

127 kW (173 hp) @ 2,000 rpm

 

Net Power

117 kW (157 hp) @ 2,000 rpm

 

Maximum Digging Depth

6,595 mm

 

Standard Bucket Capacity

1.0 m3

 

Operating Weight    

22,000 kg

 

Engine

Cummins QSB6.7

 

Gross Power

142 kW (190 hp)@2,000 rpm

 

Net Power

129 kW (173 hp) @ 2,000 rpm

 

Maximum Digging Depth

6,925 mm

 

Standard Bucket Capacity

1.2 m3

 

Operating Weight

25,500 kg

 

 

Engine

Cummins QSB6.7

 

Gross Power

169 kW (227 hp) @ 1,900 rpm

 

Net Power

147 kW (197 hp) @ 1,900 rpm

 

Maximum Digging Depth

7,300 mm

 

Standard Bucket Capacity

1.4 m3

 

Operating Weight

31,300 kg

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Orkney contractor fined for roof fall An Orkney construction firm has been prosecuted after a worker was injured falling through a roof sheet.]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:06:58 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/orkney-contractor-fined-for-roof-fall http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/orkney-contractor-fined-for-roof-fall

An Orkney construction firm has been prosecuted after a worker was injured falling through a roof sheet.

William Paterson, then 58, was one of three workers employed by Daniel Harcus Construction repairing a fragile roof at a farm in Tuquoy, Westray, when the incident occurred on 16 April 2012.

Kirkwall Sheriff Court heard yesterday (23rd April) that Mr Paterson and his colleagues were lifted on to the roof by a telehandler and had then stepped onto the fragile roof to begin work without any crawl ladders or other safety measures in place.

Having replaced a couple of broken fibre cement sheets, he moved over the ridge from one pitch of the roof to the other. At this point he stepped on a sheet that fractured under his weight.  He fell through the sheet on to the concrete floor some six metres below.

Mr Paterson, who had worked for 24 years for the company, broke his left arm and suffered multiple fractures and vascular damage to his left foot along with pelvic bruising. He continues to suffer pain in his left foot and arm and has not recovered sufficiently to return to labouring work.

An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) found that Daniel Harcus Construction had failed to come up with a safe alternative system of work once it became apparent that existing crawling boards could not be used because of the curved ridge of the roof.

Daniel Harcus Construction, of Old School, Rapness, Orkney, was fined £5,000 after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 4 of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.   

Following the case, HSE principal inspector Niall Miller said: “Daniel Harcus Construction should have carried out a risk assessment before work started. The dangers of fragile roofs are well-known in the industry and consideration should have been given to alternative approaches, for example replacing the boards from underneath.”

 

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Water company fined for polluting streams Northumbrian Water has been fined a total of £30,000 for two sewage pollution incidents that occurred last year.]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:16:04 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/water-company-fined-for-polluting-watercourses http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/water-company-fined-for-polluting-watercourses

Northumbrian Water has been fined a total of £30,000 for two sewage pollution incidents that occurred last year.

In two separate cases that were both heard before Peterlee magistrates this week, the water company admitted its guilt and was sentenced for two offences of discharging polluted matter into watercourses. The prosecution was brought by the Environment Agency.

The court heard that the first pollution incident affected Kyo Burn, the source of the River Team, to the southwest of Stanley, in June 2013.

The watercourse was running an unusual grey colour and smelt of blocked drains, and an ecological survey found sewage fungus and dead invertebrates along a 1.8km stretch of the watercourse.

Investigating officers found that the burn had been affected by sewage discharge from a storm overflow on the Tanfield Trunk Sewer. In normal circumstances, the storm overflow only allows a discharge in times of heavy rain, to alleviate flood risk. But the overflow had operated incorrectly because of a blockage, and the company had not been aware because its monitoring equipment on the sewer was not working correctly.

The second pollution incident occurred in August in Bowburn Beck, which flows into the River Wear south of Durham City. This watercourse had been affected with sewage when a blockage in a sewer had caused a manhole cover to lift, allowing sewage to flow out, across a farmland and into the beck.

Northumbrian Water was informed about the problem, but failed to investigate the issue for four days. It claimed that it had difficulty accessing the site because of the presence of dogs on the farm, although alternative access routes could have been considered.

The firm eventually found that the blockage had been caused by rags, oil, fat and grease.

Water samples and an ecological survey showed that a 1km stretch of Bowburn Beck had been significantly affected. There were many dead and dying invertebrates, with a small number of dead fish. There was also a thick sewage fungus present.

Northumbrian Water admitted one offence for each of the pollution incidents. For the Kyo Burn offence, the company was fined £14,000 and ordered to pay £3,996.04 costs and a £120 victim surcharge. For the Bowburn Beck offence, the firm was fined £16,000 and ordered to pay £4,772.52 costs.

Environment Agency team leader Graham Siddle said: “In both of these incidents, the sewage had a detrimental effect on the natural environment. That’s why it is vital that water companies and other industries ensure they work within the rules and meet all conditions of their environmental permits.

“Where possible, the Environment Agency works with companies to help them meet their environmental obligations, but where significant breaches are seen, enforcement action will be taken.”

 

 

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ISG to refurbish London hotels ISG has been awarded fit out projects to refurbish guest bedrooms at two central London hotels, Sanderson and St Martin’s Lane, both managed by Morgans Hotel Group.]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:00:25 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/isg-to-refurbish-london-hotels http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/isg-to-refurbish-london-hotels

ISG has been awarded fit out projects to refurbish guest bedrooms at two central London hotels, Sanderson and St Martin’s Lane, both managed by Morgans Hotel Group.

ISG will refurbish all 150 guest rooms at the Sanderson and all 204 rooms at the St Martin’s Lane and communal corridors, with both projects delivered simultaneously. Both hotels are rated five star.

ISG plans to phase the projects on a floor-by-floor basis to minimise the impact of the work on hotel operations. Both hotels will remain open for business throughout. The contractor will remove all existing fixtures and fittings from guest rooms. Walls and ceilings will be modified to integrate new services and then decorated, repairs made to timber floors, contemporary door furniture installed and a package of electrical upgrades undertaken, including the provision of new multi-media hubs.

Peter Kilby, divisional managing director for ISG’s hotels and hospitality division, said: “Adding Morgans Hotel Group to our growing portfolio of international luxury hotel operators represents a key win for the business, especially as we are now able to showcase our credentials within two of London’s most prestigious and design-oriented hotels. Delivering these significant upgrades without impacting on the guest experience is central to the success of both projects and we are liaising closely with hotel staff to ensure a seamless roll out of this new high-specification accommodation.”

 

 

 

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March contract awards up 25% on the year After a rain-soaked February, construction’s recovery regained momentum in March, a new report out today suggests.]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:52:34 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/march-contract-awards-up-25-on-the-year http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/march-contract-awards-up-25-on-the-year

After a rain-soaked February, construction’s recovery regained momentum in March, a new report out today suggests.

Barbour ABI’s latest Economic & Construction Market Review puts the value of contracts awarded in March at £5.2bn, up 7.2% on the previous month and 25% up on March 2013.

House-building continues to lead remains the recovery, accounting for 35% of the total contracts awarded by value last month.

The report also highlights how a disproportionate share of major contracts continues to be in London. The capital accounts for 14% of contracts by quantity but more than 25% by value. Five of the top 10 most valuable contracts were in London, namely a £150m Crossrail maintenance contract, two large office schemes and two large residential schemes including the 737 housing units at Nine Elms Point worth £73.7m.

Barbour ABI economist Michael Dall said: “All the indicators pointed towards a poor month for construction in February, with the severe weather possibly forcing contractors to put work on hold and new projects unable to commence. Therefore it’s positive to see that activity has picked up again in March, with a healthy 7.2% rise on the month before.

“This is backed up by the latest ONS [Office for National Statistics] construction output data, which showed construction output in the first two months of the year at 4% higher than a year ago and growth forecasts for 2014 revised up to 4.5%.

“It’s clear that the continued strong performance of private housing and upturn in wider infrastructure has aided the upturn in this month’s figures, but necessary repair works and flood defence projects will have played a significant part too.

“Looking ahead, business indicators and official survey data all point to plenty of momentum in the economy and growing confidence, which is great news for the construction industry.”

 

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Contract signed for Kencot Hill solar farm Conergy has been awarded a contract by RWE to build a 37 MW solar plant on an abandoned airfield in Oxfordshire.]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:36:47 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/contract-signed-for-kencot-hill-solar-farm http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/contract-signed-for-kencot-hill-solar-farm

Conergy has been awarded a contract by RWE to build a 37 MW solar plant on an abandoned airfield in Oxfordshire.

It is RWE’s first investment in the UK solar energy market.

The 129-acre site is a disused airfield – formerly RAF Broadwell – at Kencot Hill near Brize Norton.

Conergy will mount 144,000 panels to the ground. Once connected, towards the end of this summer, the plant should produce enough electricity to power 10,000 homes. Hedgerows will be reinforced to hide much of the site from public view.

RWE Supply & Trading has an agreement to sell the solar farm once complete to Foresight Solar Fund Ltd, a LSE-listed fund managed by Foresight Group, a UK-based infrastructure asset manager.

Conergy has already installed 68MW of solar capacity in the first three months of this year.

Conergy COO Alexander Gorski said: “Conergy has worked on large solar plants worldwide with a combined capacity of 600MW and we are proud to have been selected by RWE for its first solar project in the UK, which will be one of the largest in the country.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Hitachi to deliver world's fastest lifts Hitachi is to deliver the world's fastest elevators - with a speed of 45mph - to the 530m-tall Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre in China.]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:00:47 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/hitachi-lands-deal-to-deliver-worlds-fastest-lifts http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/hitachi-lands-deal-to-deliver-worlds-fastest-lifts

Hitachi is to deliver the world's fastest elevators - with a speed of 45mph - to the 530m-tall Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre in China.

The mixed-use skyscraper is currently under construction and will open in 2016.

Hitachi will install a total of 95 elevators at Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, consisting of two of the world's fastest elevators; 28 double-deck elevators; ultra-high-speed elevators with a speed of 600m per minute; and other elevators.

Hitachi said that the 1200m/min ultra-high-speed elevators will feature systems that support safe and comfortable operation, in addition to the drive and control technologies needed to attain the world's fastest speed.

The lifts will travel a shaft height of 440m from the 1st to 95th floor in approximately 43 seconds. It will feature technologies to prevent lateral vibration and to reduce the sensation of ear blockage caused by air pressure differences. This uses Hitachi's proprietary air pressure adjustment technology, which reduces the changes in air pressure inside the elevator car that would otherwise be caused by the vertical movement.

 

 

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Europe continues to see rise in construction output Output in Europe’s construction sector rose by 0.1% in February compared with January.]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:39:38 +0100 http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/europe-continues-to-see-rise-in-construction-output http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/europe-continues-to-see-rise-in-construction-output

Output in Europe’s construction sector rose by 0.1% in February compared with January.

The 0.1% figure was the same both in the group of the 18 countries of the Eurozone (EA18) and across all 28 countries of the wider EU (EU28), according to first estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In January, production in construction rose by 1.6% and 1.4% respectively.

In February 2014 compared with February 2013, production in construction increased by 6.7% in the Euro area and by 5.5% in the EU28.

The increase of 0.1% in production in construction in the euro area in February 2014, compared with January 2014, is due to civil engineering rising by 1.1%, while building construction fell by 0.4%.

In the EU28, the increase of 0.1% is due to civil engineering increasing by 1%, while building construction dropped by 0.4%.

The highest increases in production in construction were observed in Poland (+17.4%), Hungary (+8.2%) and Spain (+3.0%), and the largest decreases in Slovenia (-4.9%), Italy (-3.7%) and the United Kingdom (-2.8%).

The annual increase of 6.7% is due to building construction rising by 6.6% and civil engineering by 7.6%.

The highest increases in production in construction were registered in Slovenia (+33.1%), Hungary (+28.3%), Spain (+23.9%), Poland (+14.4%) and Germany (+14.1%), and the largest decreases in Romania (-14.7%), Portugal (-11.5%) and Italy (-7.9%).

 

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