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
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.
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
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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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’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
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.
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
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
Why is a Toolbox talk
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
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
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
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 www.TIMco.co.uk