Structural waterproofing qualification reaches international audience

Structural waterproofing professionals from Australia tapped into expert training and development expertise in the UK, under an intensive learning programme.

Six delegates from the east coast of Australia – who currently provide underground waterproofing services – undertook the Property Care Association’s training programme to sharpen and then test their knowledge in this highly technical aspect of construction.

These highly focused specialists then submitted themselves for testing in an attempt to attain the Certificated Surveyor in Structural Waterproofing (CSSW) qualification.

PCA member Newton Waterproofing Systems organised the training, which was hosted at their training facility in Kent. The training also included another six professionals from the UK, including two of their own employees, for the intensive five-day event.

James Berry, Technical Manager at the PCA, said: “We were delighted to see the delegates come over from Australia to take part in the programme.

“It is a testimony to the value of the training and rigour of examination that the CSSW qualification has been recognised internationally.

“Regardless of geography, the knowledge and qualification is relevant internationally, and we expect further take-up from overseas as the demand to achieve the best solutions for underground works increases globally.”

To be successful in achieving the CSSW qualification, delegates should have prior expertise in the construction and waterproofing industry.

Candidates qualify after sitting and passing four and a half hours of written examination papers set by independent examiners.

This is complemented by a professional interview that must also be passed before the CSSW qualification can be awarded.

Mr Berry added: “The complexity and demands of structural waterproofing make it a very challenging, technical environment in which to operate and, over the years, the PCA has built-up an active development programme to support the industry and develop a culture of best practice.

“Nationally, our training and qualifications have evolved, signposting architects, specifiers and property owners to professionals in the sector, who are able to offer support in this complex, highly-skilled aspect of construction.”

As well as an established training and development programme and related industry qualification, the PCA also provides a searchable register of Waterproofing Design Specialists and a range of free technical documents including codes of practice and best practice guidance.

The association also holds an annual international structural waterproofing conference, designed to help professionals, both members and non-members alike, stay up to date with the latest industry developments.

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Crossrail sparks in pay row as more workers flood Bond Street

Electricians at Crossrail’s Bond Street Station site are unhappy about plans to flood the site with another wave of better paid sparks.

The existing workforce is holding a site meeting today to discuss possible industrial unrest on the delayed job.

It is understood that more than 50 new electricians are being hired on the station which was due to open last December but will not be ready until 2021 at the earliest.

Adverts have appeared offering basic pay rates of £22.50 an hour and overtime rates of up to £67.50 an hour.

That is more than existing sparks are making which has caused tension on the site.

One worker said: “There is so much still to do down there that they need more people.

“But you can’t offer more than existing rates – that’s going to give people the hump.

“We’ll be having a meeting on Monday to talk about what action we might take over this.”

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Work is well underway to deliver the next phase of development at The Royal Liver Building which will combine high quality office space alongside amenities, health and wellbeing activities.

Following planning approval in 2018, contractors are now on site and the scheme is on track to be completed by November 2019. Developed and managed by real estate consultancy practice CBRE, Liverpool’s most prestigious address will house a wide variety of office space in addition to social and community offerings all under one roof, located on the much-desired waterfront setting.

c. 43,000 sq ft of Grade A office space will be delivered over the ground, mezzanine and 1st floors, with accommodation on the 1st floor available by October 2019. A new restaurant, coffee shop, bar, gym and cycle facilities will also form part of the new offering providing tenants with the opportunity to take advantage of the health and well-being activities available in the building.

This phase of works includes the creation of an open plan, mixed use concourse with mezzanine and gallery spaces which opens up the entire ground floor area. A combination of small and large office suites from c.500 sq ft to c. 43,000 sq ft will be offered across three floors which have been designed to accommodate a wide range of companies from micro businesses to SME’s.

2019 is set to continue to be a busy year for the iconic Royal Liver Building with renovation work set to be completed by November 2019. Planning consent was obtained earlier this year for a restaurant and café/bar with CBRE leisure agents currently seeking suitable operators for the space. In addition to this the visitor attraction – Royal Liver Building 360 – recently opened up the building for the first time in its 108-year history offering the public the chance to explore the world-famous location including a new visitor centre and a world-class audio visual experience within the Clock Tower.

Neil Kirkham, Director, CBRE’s Office Agency team in Liverpool said:

“This really is a pivotal moment in the history of The Royal Liver Building. The work that has now commenced on site, really will reposition the offer of the building and experience to both occupiers and visitors alike. Opening up the building and creating new reception areas will provide a real sense of arrival in the building. In addition to this the new amenities on offer including coffee shops/bar, restaurant, break out areas, touchdown work zones and more formal meeting rooms will really provide tenants with a complete 360 office experience.’

Andy Byrne, Associate Director, CBRE’s Office Agency team in Liverpool said:

“A building in a prime location is no longer sufficient when considering the needs of a modern business. The health and wellbeing of employees is now a huge priority for employers when looking at office space and the new offering at The Royal Liver Building will really tick all the boxes by offering quality, flexible office space as well as leisure spaces and health and wellbeing activities. The repositioning of The Royal Liver Building has been focused around providing our tenants with a first class offering which increases productivity, inspires collaboration and encourages occupiers to see their work place as more than just office space.”

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New Chief Executive for Considerate Constructors Scheme

The Considerate Constructors Scheme – the national organisation established to improve the image of construction – is pleased to announce that Amanda Long will join as Chief Executive from 16 September 2019.

Amanda will succeed Chief Executive Edward Hardy who has held the post since 2009.

With over 20 years’ experience working in senior executive roles for a range of national and international organisations in the commercial, public, social enterprise and charitable sectors, Amanda brings a wealth of expertise to the Scheme. She has pioneered Corporate Social Responsibility frameworks to improve standards; helping organisations and member organisations in areas such as sustainability, workforce welfare and consumer rights.

Her previous roles include CEO of Morison KSi; Director-General of Consumers International; CEO of Corporate Culture; Head of Corporate Responsibility at Anglian Water Services; and International Projects Manager (Sustainability) at Unilever.

Amanda said: “It is a real honour to have the opportunity to lead the Considerate Constructors Scheme, which is a widely respected and successful organisation at the core of raising standards for communities, the environment, and the construction industry’s workforce.

“My career has been focused on engaging with organisations to raise standards across a range of industries. I look forward to working with organisations who are part of the Scheme and those that influence engagement with the Scheme, to help extend its reach and influence even further.”

Executive Chairman of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, Isabel Martinson MBE commented: “I am delighted to welcome Amanda to the Scheme as our new Chief Executive. Amanda brings a huge wealth of expertise in leading organisations in roles which are focused on improving standards through Corporate Social Responsibility programmes.

“This experience clearly resonates with the core values and mission of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, and we are excited about the future opportunities to embed the Scheme across our industry, through Amanda’s leadership.

“I would also like to thank Edward Hardy for his significant achievements over the last decade as Chief Executive, in shaping the Scheme to become the huge success it is today.”

Click here for further information about the Scheme.

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