Recently, boutique property agency Redwing Living, was joined by Vermont Construction Group and Peel L&P at Princes Dock, to witness the topping out of the £21 million residential development, Plaza 1821.

The first development to reach this stage at Princes Dock as part of Peel L&P’s wider Liverpool Waters regeneration scheme, Plaza 1821 will offer 105 one and two bedroom apartments along with dedicated amenity space on the ground floor.

The scheme is just a stone’s throw away from the Three Graces – the Royal Liver Building, Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool Building – that give the city its iconic waterfront.

Plaza 1821 is named after the year Princes Dock opened and will be a private rental sector (PRS) development, undertaken by Peel L&P. The development is managed by Redwing Living – a Liverpool-based property company which is a subsidiary of the Regenda Group – and built by contractors Vermont Construction Group.

Darran Lawless, development director at Liverpool Waters part of Peel L&P, said:

“Plaza 1821 is the first of three PRS developments to start on site at Princes Dock and is one of numerous schemes underway a part of the Liverpool Waters masterplan, so this is an incredibly important milestone for us. It has been a pleasure to work with the team at Regenda helping us turn the vision into reality, creating a high-quality residential space with spectacular views of the River Mersey and the surrounding waterfront.

“We look forward to seeing this part of Princes Dock and the wider scheme progress even further over the coming months and years, helping us to create homes, jobs and a new community breathing life back into our historic docklands.”

Fiona Coventry, managing director of Redwing Living, said:

“The topping out ceremony marks a significant moment in the development of this landmark project for Redwing Living and The Regenda Group.

“The internal designs for Plaza 1821 are fantastic and we are looking forward to seeing the individual apartments and commercial space progress over the coming months.

“Plaza 1821 will be a state-of-the art residential scheme and part of one of Liverpool’s most iconic developments, Liverpool Waters. We are looking forward to welcoming residents in 2020.”

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HLM’s Design Drives Innovation and Creativity at University of Glasgow’s New Learning Hub

HLM Architects, a leading design and architecture company with studios in Glasgow, attended the celebrations held to mark the topping out ceremony for the James McCune Smith Learning Hub at the University of Glasgow.

Attended by students, University representatives and the design and construction teams, the ceremony marked the significant milestone for the £90.6 million project, located on University Avenue. It is the first project which will be completed within the University of Glasgow’s £1 billion Campus Development programme.

HLM Architects were selected to create a stand-out design for the flagship 16640m2 development, providing over 2,500 students with state-of-the-art learning and teaching facilities.

HLM worked collaboratively with the University of Glasgow throughout all design stages to ensure that the University’s ambitious vision for the future education of its students is successfully brought to life. The thoughtful design has been inspired and driven by user-group consultation at every level, emphasising the student experience now and as it will develop in the future.

A particular focus has been the incorporation of technology and innovation, including a 500-seat lecture theatre, technology-enhanced seminar rooms of various sizes and multi-purpose advanced learning spaces; combining flexible and social areas with reflective study environments.

The location for the Hub, in the heart of the estate, overcomes the development constraints of the historic Gilmorehill campus, and is a clear statement of intent from the University to its staff and student community. The site will be pivotal in the connectivity across the expanding campus and creates a ‘gateway’ building, providing a sense of arrival for visitors to the University.

The new building is named after abolitionist and medic James McCune Smith – the first African American to be awarded a medical degree, receiving an MD from the University of Glasgow in 1837.

Patrick Clark, Project Lead Consultant at HLM Architects said, “It has been a privilege to lead the design process on the James McCune Smith Learning Hub at the University of Glasgow. We listened to the ambitions of the University and were truly inspired by the user-group consultations; the research we gathered on the student experience was critical to our meaningful design approach. Our aim has been to develop a environment that is open, enjoyable and accessible for all, striving towards a world-leading educational facility for a world-changing University.”

The University’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli, said, “It’s tremendously exciting to see the progress being made on the James McCune Smith Learning Hub, and I would like to congratulate all our construction partners, on their work to this point. Once complete, this will be a fantastic new facility, enhancing our world-class learning and teaching credentials, and helping to inspire future generations of students and staff at the University of Glasgow.”

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SD Sealants launches new painting and decorating service

SD Sealants, one of the largest sealant and finishing groups in the UK, is branching out by launching a new painting and decorating service across both commercial and residential sectors.

As well as it’s highly successful sealant, cosmetic repair and tiling divisions, the company will now provide painting and decorating services for businesses in residential, hospitality, leisure, healthcare and retail industries to name a few.

SD has also strengthened its management team with the appointment of Richard Courtenay, who will be heading up the new department. Richard has over 19 years of experience in the painting and decorating industry, having previously led a large team in the new build and refurbishments subsector.

Nick Jones, Managing Director, SD sealants said, “We’re really excited about launching this new service as we’ve seen so much demand from customers who want to know if our team can offer painting and decorating to the same high standard that we set for all of our projects.

“With Richard leading on this expansion into a new area of the business, we will now be able to provide our clients with the same market leading service carried out by highly skilled professionals that they’ve come to expect from us.”

Richard Courtenay, Contracts Manager for Painting and Decorating at SD, said: “SD Sealants is already the UK’s leading sealant, repair and tiling specialist, so I’m delighted to have the opportunity to build something new within the framework of a long-established stand-out business.

“I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds for SD and it’s certainly a bonus to be able to bring more business and recruitment opportunities to the South West.”

Launched in 1973, SD Sealants originated as a family run business in Somerset that specialised in the supply and application of sealant. Since then, the business has gone from strength to strength – headquartered in Caldicot, Wales it was become one of the UK’s largest tiling, repairs and sealant companies, with nine offices across England, Scotland and Wales.

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New research suggests UK taxpayers could foot a £19 billion bill because of outdated construction technology

New research has unveiled that almost half (44.3%) of businesses in the construction industry have limited or no insight into company or project performance.

The impact of this is significant, as analysis from Mace, a global construction consultancy, found almost 80% of large construction projects experience cost or program overruns and that if project delivery does not improve, the UK taxpayer could left to pick up a tab of around £19 billion in 10 years’ time.

The research conducted by Bentley Systems, the design, construction, and infrastructure software provider, of more than 720 construction professionals across the world also found less than half (43.5%) of workers said they have no digital capabilities for collaboration or that their information is either paper-based or siloed.

With Interserve, one of the largest government contractors in the UK, entering administration recently and the collapse of Carillion in 2018 triggering the largest ever trading liquidation in the UK, the construction industry cannot afford to ignore new technology any longer.

You can download the full report as well as a write up from Mark Coates, Industry Director for Project Delivery at Bentley, here:

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Toolbox Talk: Why is it Important?

A toolbox talk is an open discussion on safety information that includes details about hazards, associated risks, and updates about the project or the specific tasks involved. It is done before the team commences work, and covers methods, plans, location, and individual roles of each employee. Toolbox talks are commonly used in high-risk industries such as construction, mining, manufacturing, and more.

Why is a Toolbox talk important?

Based on the ABC 2017 Safety Performance Report, conducting regular toolbox talks reduces about 64% in total recordable incidents. It is evident that having regular updates is an effective way to refresh employee’s knowledge and ensure that safety protocols are in place.

The main purpose of having a toolbox talk is to keep employees safe. It helps avoid unnecessary incidents by keeping employees looped in regarding safety issues, project updates, and mechanical defects. It promotes employee awareness and familiarity with their workstations and equipment, which makes them comfortable in performing their tasks.

A toolbox talk helps maintain open communication between leaders and employees. Employees are encouraged to raise any work-related concerns during a toolbox talk meeting so that possible action plans and solutions can be proposed and discussed. A toolbox talk is one of the avenues where both employees and leadership teams can share information about new and existing hazards, preventive tools, and employee experiences.

Ensuring employee participation during toolbox talk meetings helps ensure that they get an in-depth understanding of the organization’s safety protocols, which will help them in integrating these into their daily tasks and processes. This also helps employees identify and prepare for potential risks associated with the project. It is crucial that employees recognize and comply with safety rules to prevent avoidable incidents.

Toolbox talks can be conducted for a smaller group of employees so that individual roles can be fully evaluated. It helps identify employees who need guidance and extra training. Toolbox talks are designed to focus on relevant topics for day-to-day activities. As an example, if your team needs to change the roofing of a building. Toolbox talk topics should be about working at heights and all appropriate safety measures in place should be discussed. This includes PPE, fall protection equipment, and fall hazards.

Recorded toolbox talks can help ensure everything is discussed and understood by employees before they proceed with their regular tasks. It serves as an updated record of hazards and completed topics. Implementing regular toolbox talk meetings helps maintain a safe environment for employees. It also plays a major role in keeping employees productive, efficient, and competent in their roles.


Jona Tarlengco is a content writer for SafetyCulture, a software company that enables businesses to perform inspections using digital checklists.

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TIMco, one of the UK’s largest, independent and fastest growing wholesalers to the construction industry, is expanding their SHIELD brand with the official launch of a First Aid range, as well as introducing the new SHIELD Protective Board. These new introductions will sit under the rapidly expanding SHIELD Site Protection range. These new extensions reflect the company’s commitment to safety in construction, as well as delivering on the company’s strategy of becoming a ‘one stop shop’ for builders’ merchants.

The new range includes a selection of workplace and vehicle first aid kits, as well as a heavy bleed and burns kit. The range also includes an eye care kit, heavy duty plasters and an accident book.

The workplace first aid kits include BSC and HSE kits. The BSC kits meet the first new standard for statutory First Aid Kits in the workplace since 1997. These kits reflect the changes in both workplace practice and risks, making them demonstrably more ‘fit for purpose’ in today’s environment. The kits come in a durable and stylish polypropylene case and are wall mountable with an integrated bracket. The HSE kits contain content based on 1997 Approved Code of Practice and come in a durable polypropylene box with green safety clips, integrated carry handle, and a secure airtight lid to provide protection from dust and water. All workplace kits are available in three sizes – small, medium and large.

The Heavy Bleed & Burns kit has been specifically designed to provide rapid and effective treatment to the kind of serious injuries tradespeople may face on site. It includes a major bleed trauma dressing and sterile burn dressings. The Eye Wash Station kit includes saline solution, eye pods and pipettes and meets current HSE regulations. Both kits come in a wall-mountable polypropylene case.

The SHIELD Protective Board has been developed to protect and preserve all hard floor and short twill covered floor surfaces from dust, dirt, spills, sprays and site grime. This new product complements the existing Ram Board product in the SHIELD range. The FSC certified board is made from recycled compressed fibre board and this innovative protection system is also 100% recyclable and reusable. It is also breathable and can be laid on wooden floors and new concrete. It will not trap any moisture, therefore allowing the substrate to dry whilst also protecting it from damage.

Stewart Lloyd, Associate Director of Purchasing for TIMco, comments: “The welfare and safety of our end users is of paramount importance to us here at TIMco, which is why we have launched this extensive First Aid range under our growing SHIELD brand, as well as our new SHIELD protective board. We look forward to introducing exciting new product additions to our expanding customer base.”

The new First Aid range and SHIELD Protective Board are now available to purchase on the TIMco website.

TIMco won the title of ‘Best Distributor Brand’ at this year’s coveted Builders Merchant Journal (BMJ) Awards in London. The company was also named as ‘Brand of the Year’ by the National Buying Group (NBG) in November 2018. TIMco was ranked at No. 154 in the 10th annual Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 2019 league table.

TIMco, one of the UK’s largest independent wholesale suppliers of screws, fasteners, fixings, nails, building chemicals and adhesives, power tool accessories, building hardware, site protection and ironmongery, is headquartered in Nantwich, Cheshire and imports and supplies more than 7,000 product lines from around the world to distributors throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe. The company was established in 1972 and now employs 160+ members of staff from its offices in the UK, Ireland and Taiwan. For more information, visit

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Design unveiled for Commonwealth Games stadium

Designs for the redevelopment of Alexander Stadium in Birmingham to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games have been published, as public consultation begins.

The construction plan is to build a new main west stand and construct new north and south bowl seating areas

The redeveloped stadium at Walsall Road in Perry Park will increase its permanent seating capacity from 12,700 to 18,000 allowing up to 40,000 during the Games through additional temporary seating.

The design and build contract, presently out to bid, is expected to be worth around £63m and will involve revamping Birmingham’s 40-year-old Alexander Stadium.

Consultant Arup has been working up the new stadium design, with Mace onboard as project manager for the council.

The construction plan is to build a new main west stand and construct new north and south bowl seating areas with the remaining 5,000-capacity back straight stand built in 2012 retained.

Key features

  • A new western stand replacing the Main, Knowles and Nelson stands
  • New tiered seating to the north and south
  • A new 400m 6-lane warm up track and re-laying of a new IAAF Category 1 track (400m 9-lane competition standard track)
  • Improved public realm and parking provision, with additional landscaping and signage
  • Installation of new stadium lighting and practice throwing field
  • A new access road from A453 Aldridge Road (to be used for event/maintenance use only)

Demolition of the current west stand within the stadium is subject to a separate application, which will be submitted to Birmingham City Council this summer.

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