continues to pile up about continued fire door failures in residential and
commercial property, according to Trident Building Consultancy.
Door Safety Week takes place this week, two of Trident’s building surveyors
have catalogued the most common fire door defects they find when undertaking
Grenfell Tower tragedy, Trident has been working on a number of projects where
buildings have required replacement cladding and updated fire risk assessments.
This work has also revealed hundreds of failing fire doors.
included multiple residential tower blocks. An intrusive survey was carried out
on a sample of seven fire doors per each block. Architraves were removed to
expose the detailing between the door frame and structural opening to allow the
surveyor to cross check it with requirements of the fire test evidence. The
survey found that the door frame installations were not compliant with the
relevant test evidence and wouldn’t provide the required period of fire resistance.
This defect, among others found, resulted in all of the fire doors and frames
needing to be replaced.
Watkins, an assistant building surveyor at Trident who worked on the project,
shocking to see that every single one of the sample fire doors we inspected was
non-compliant. Once the architrave was removed, we could see the back of the
door frame was packed with pink foam. This wasn’t going to act as any sort of
barrier and clearly wasn’t in accordance with the test evidence for the fire
doors. These buildings were only refurbished in 2015.”
failings that Christian Watkins and Trident executive director, Matt Clare,
have recorded on a regular basis included:
Lack of maintenance records.
Missing or painted intumescent seals, which compromises
Fanlight windows above doors being replaced with
plywood, which doesn’t offer the fire resistance needed.
Integrated ventilation grills without any fire resisting
Gaps between the door and the door frame are often
build is partly to blame. It is absolutely clear to me that such contracts and
procurement routes, where risk in construction contracts is being shifted onto
the contractors, has driven the wrong behaviours when it comes to building
that the loss of the clerk of works from construction is another factor. There
are things being done that you would never have got away with in a
traditionally procured contract because the clerk of works would have told you
to take it down and do it again. That doesn’t happen anymore.
“But there’s also an overall
decline in standards of workmanship and care and pride when it comes to our
buildings. And that’s the very pernicious attitude we need to change fastest,
across all trades and professions.”
responded to the interim Hackitt Report last year, calling for clerks of works
to be reinstated as the norm. It referenced one of its recent projects – a new
build care home in Scarborough – and praised how the clerk of works on that
site oversaw the installation of fire doors:
inspected the development during the plastering stage when the fire doors were
also being installed. It was interesting to note that the carpenters were
fitting the doors extremely tight into the frame. This was to allow for the
timber shrinkage that occurs when heating is applied to the building and the
plaster finishes dry out. Once the moisture levels had stabilised, final
adjustments were made to the doors. This approach ensured that gaps between the
door, frame and threshold didn’t shrink and then exceed the maximum acceptable
standards. I’ve never seen that method being used before and it prevented
anyone having to go back and rectify the doors post-build.”
to having a clerk of works on new build projects, Trident has given its
strongest support to the idea of a compulsory competency register for fire door
installers, in line with the recommendations in the Raising the Bar report.
Trident recommends to all its clients that only complete fire door sets are
specified, tested through a third-party certification scheme such as
BWF-CERTIFIRE, which provides full traceability.
“It is our
responsibility both as property owners and construction professionals to ensure
that we are
prioritising fire safety throughout a building’s
life. Properly specified, fitted and maintained fire doors are a fundamental
part of this.”
forward thinking crowd of 34,327 construction professionals attended UK Construction Week on 8-10
October. There was a particular swell in visitors keen to learn about future
technologies and how they could be applied to their businesses.
The future of
construction and how it is driving change was a major focus at this year’s
event and it was clearly a driver to bring the crowds to the show at the NEC in
Kevin Reeves, director of IoT
& digital twin at Costain, said:
“Being my first time at UK
Construction Week, I was blown away by the scale and diversity of the event, it
was very impressive.”
Mark Ireland, chief
engineer of technology strategy at the Manufacturing Technology Centre
“It was a busy
few days and there were a great mix of attendees, from new industry entrants to
managing directors and chief executives. It was really engaging to meet with
the next generation and to meet people who aren’t already entrenched in
traditional attitudes around construction.”
Feedback from a
new business perspective was also extremely positive. Brendan Hourican,
national sales and marketing manager at CircofloPro said:
“It was an
incredible show. I came away with at least 60-70 excellent business leads. One
project alone will pay for the cost of attending the show. It’s been so
successful, if I’d known I’d have gone for a larger stand and brought more of
our team along.”
divisional account manager at Tradepoint B&Q also commented on the levels
of interest from younger attendees, saying:
“We’ve had some
great conversations. It was a good show, very busy, and we spoke to a lot of
young professionals who are the future of the industry. They were really
Among the 300
speakers and 150 hours of content, major highlights last week included the
first industry appearance for the Construction Minister, Nadhim
Zahawi MP, and keynote speeches and debates featuring Lord Digby
Jones, architect George Clarke,
modern methods of construction (MMC) advocate Mark Farmer
and diversity champion Angela Dapper,
principal at Grimshaw Architects.
Mental health in
the industry was also a major focal point at the show, making UK Construction
Week the largest event in the sector to address these issues. UK Construction
Week worked alongside Public Health England to launch Every Mind Matters to the
Sam Park, head of
marketing at Aliaxis, said:
“I was very
impressed with the Every Mind Matters connection as I’m a mental health first
aider at work. The focus on mental health at UK Construction Week was great.
This is an audience which typically doesn’t like to talk, and they should.
There was a lot happening on the stands and the support which is available.
Hats off to UK Construction Week, from a mental health first aider perspective
this really helps get the message out.”
UK Construction Week took innovation to
a new level this year with its partnership with the Construction Innovation Hub
(the Hub) and the new innovation zone.
On a practical front there were a record number of product launches, showcases
and demos providing something for all construction professionals regardless of
trade. This was also the inaugural year for the co-launch of the very
successful Concrete Expo.
in its second year, the UK
Construction Week Role Model of the year award went to Anjali Pindoria,
project surveyor at Avi Contracts. She is a passionate advocate for diversity
and inclusion within construction.
was a major push for the event with all exhibitors being encouraged to sign up
to a ‘net zero’ agreement to boost awareness of the UK’s carbon-cutting goals
and encouraged to follow tips
to boost their own sustainability. The printed show guide was switched for
an environmentally friendly app, and to help reduce single-use plastic, free
water fountains were installed around the show and free reusable bottles given
very successful show, Nathan Garnett, event director said:
“This year’s UK Construction Week for me was brimming with
positivity. In a time of political and economic uncertainty, the UK’s largest
showcase for the sector showed signs of transformation, as it adopts innovation
at a faster pace than ever. The feeling all around was that we have a lot of
work to do, come what may, so let’s get on with doing it in the safest, fastest
and most efficient way possible by harnessing the potential of new
Construction Week 2019 also tackled mental health in the sector head on with
the support of the Every Mind Matters campaign, as we continue the role of
improving mental health in construction for good. I was delighted how open the
construction industry has now become on this subject and great conversations
to see the talent and diversity on stage for our UK Construction Awards, Fix
Radio Awards and Role Model 2019 presentation shows how far we have come in the
fifth edition of the event. Although there is a mountain still to climb, as an
industry we should all be proud of that transformation.”
Looking to the
future, UK Construction Week will be hosting a series of specialist summits in
the New Year, including:
New machine delivers usual Kubota efficiency with a cleaner design and improved performance
Kubota, a leading manufacturer of construction
machinery, today announces the launch of the KX080-4a2 as the latest in its
range of midi excavators.
This new machine is capable
of the same reliable performance as previous models but includes Kubota’s V3307
direct injection engine – which is now fully Stage-V compliant. The new
model has a reduced engine RPM DPF re-gen, giving reduced noise levels,
increased DPF re-gen intervals and increased DPF replacement life. This reduces
maintenance costs and the machine’s environmental impact whilst enhancing
productivity for a wide range of tasks.
The KX080-4a2 incorporates a
brand new 2-pump load-sensing hydraulic system which ensures smoother
operations when using front attachments, regardless of loading size. By
allowing hydraulic oil to flow according to the specific range of the
operator’s lever motion, the new system reduces fuel consumption and improves
the overall operating performance. The machine’s auto idling system is fitted
as standard – reducing not only running costs but noise and exhaust emissions,
enabling users to operate in a wider range of environments. What’s more, vital
components such as the battery, fluid tanks and filters are now easier to
access, making maintenance simpler than ever.
Numerous safety features
come as standard on the KX080-4a2; such as the auto-stop function on the tank’s
electric refuelling pump, an anti-drop valve on the boom and arm cylinder,
advanced visibility mirrors, a seat belt indicator and increased stability. The
machine is protected by Kubota’s highly regarded anti-theft system, meaning
only programmed keys will enable the engine to start up. Anyone attempting to
start with an un-programmed key will activate the alarm. Newly enhanced
features send an alert to remind the operator to extract the key after
operation, and an LED to alert potential thieves that the system is activated.
The updated excavator – which
is a compact width of 2,200mm comes with a floating dozer blade fitted as
standard. This model has been designed with improved operator comfort,
including a more spacious cab, improved foot space, including a re-designed
foot pedals and deluxe high-back suspension seat. The cab features an air
conditioning unit and an easy-to-read LCD panel so users can monitor the
machine’s status at all times.
The machine can also be
equipped with a two-piece boom. This feature’s user-friendly design makes
operation simple whilst its innovative hydraulic mechanism enables smooth
operation. Users benefit from expanded working range, impressive dumping range
and the ability to operate in narrow spaces.
Glen Hampson, Business
Development Manager, Construction Division, Kubota UK, comments: “We are delighted to be unveiling our
latest midi excavator. At Kubota, our customers and their needs are at the
heart of every one of our products and the KX080-4a2 is no exception. Offering
a market leading performance with improved comfort and lower maintenance costs,
this newest addition to our fleet will enhance convenience and boost
productivity for users, without compromising on Kubota’s well-renowned
reliability. It will also aid compliance with the latest environmental and industry
standards, making it the ideal excavator for a range of different jobs and
deeply immersive experience that allows architects, engineers and contractors
to explore, touch and annotate 3D BIM models as they ‘walk’ through
construction and civil engineering projects will be on display at next week’s Digital
Construction Week (DCW) at ExCeL, London.
Repo, the pioneer of a cloud-based digital construction platform for design
collaboration in 3D BIM, has partnered with Mission Room to bring one of its
large touch-screen media displays to the show. This installation enables a
virtual walk-through of construction and infrastructure projects, giving
greater depth of understanding of the projects’ complexities, risks and
of three large screens and suspended projectors, Mission Room’s theatre-style
viewing system allows project managers to view their BIM models like never
before. Clients, contractors and designers can conduct detailed
cross-functional reviews of models from any location, and the software allows
them to annotate content and quickly share results across the business.
can email 3D Repo at firstname.lastname@example.org
to request a secure link so they can upload their models prior to the event.
Jozef Dobos, founder and CEO of 3D Repo, says:
Construction Week is all about exploring the potential of industrial
technologies to help create a better built environment, and we’re excited to
join the conversation, to discover new opportunities, and to showcase the
possibilities of our own digital platform.”
Repo is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform for BIM coordination in the
cloud. Its platform allows users to manage 3D model revisions and to highlight
potential issues using live collaboration tools, which enable the whole project
team to work from a single source of truth anywhere and at any time.
of architects, engineers and contractors sharing massive proprietary files in a
costly and time-consuming manner, they can simply point their web browser to an
encrypted cloud platform in order to examine each project stage virtually.
3D Repo team has collaborated on a number of large-scale projects with
companies such as Atkins, Balfour Beatty, Bryden Wood, Buro
Happold, Canary Wharf Contractors and Crossrail among others.
A work uniform
holds more significance than just being a branded garment that is worn in a
workplace. The uniform
speaks about the type of business, and the service you can expect, after all if
a company takes pride in their employees then you can expect motivated staff
who are dedicated to the company and strive to deliver 100% customer
satisfaction. A uniform also emphasises inclusion within the workplace, making
the employees feel valued, part of the team and possibly the most importantly
is the fact nobody stands out, meaning each employee can be treated equally.
What Kind Of
Before you jump
into kitting out your workforce, it is important to understand the kind of
uniform you will need for your staff, as different job roles have different
demands from the garment being worn. Take an electrician for example, you would
expect hardwearing materials, plenty of pockets, knee pads and a level of
protection from the elements, whereas someone working in a shop you would expect
a smart casual outfit in the company colours, a name badge and potentially a
hat to top off the uniform.
So, before we
get into the detail of what garments to buy, we should first ask ourselves what
do we need and expect from the uniforms we will be wearing? Is there a specific
style in mind, or certain garments you are trying to avoid for any reason?
These are both very different questions but are both highly important, after
all you don’t want to invest time money and effort into staff uniforms to have
members of your team demotivated by the prospect.
Have you considered
personalisation? There are many great companies out there such as a Banana Moon Clothing who not only
specialise in personalised clothing printing, but also have a dedicated location in London for those
customers in the south of England. Here you will find a family run business
with a passion for personalisation, as well as a wealth of resources and an
impressive range of garments for any industry and personalisation.
Is plain and
simple more your business? Maybe personalisation isn’t your cup of tea and you
are looking for plain garments for your employees to out their own stamp on it.
If this is your plan, then have you considered a name badge? This is a great way for your staff to
appear approachable, as it puts a name to the face, allowing a greater degree
of customer service.
Now it’s down
to you, we have explored the benefits of having a staff uniform, and the
options available for your employees. Before you place an order though, it
could be worthwhile getting the buy in from your employees, as dictating their
outfit for work can be demotivating, but getting the buy in from the get go can
eliminate this problem before it arises.
Ltd (Red), specialists in the treatment, re-use and disposal of construction
soils throughout the UK, has invested in the Catâ Next-generation D6
Dozer, the first to be sold in the UK – in a deal with Finning UK &
Ireland. The machine is the latest addition to the company’s expanding
Caterpillar fleet and was chosen for its efficiency and improved technology.
The dozer has replaced a D6T (2015)
and joins the existing Caterpillar fleet at Red Materials which includes 730
Articulated Dump Trucks, 950 Wheel Loaders and Cat 320 Excavators along with
the tried and trusted D6 Dozer fleet. Red continues to expand their spread of
facilities, working alongside major UK landfill operators throughout the UK in
the Midlands, Surrey, Yorkshire and Wales.
Despite reporting a growth in demand for
fire safety products and devices in the last year, a new poll by online
ironmongery supplier IronmongeryDirect has revealed that over half (54%)
of tradespeople do not know how to check that a fire door is operating
correctly and complies with regulations.
The poll also found that 84% of
respondents don’t believe there is enough fire door safety information readily
available to tradespeople, despite extensive media coverage about the dangers
of inadequate fire protection following the Grenfell disaster in 2017.
The results are published in support of
the seventh annual Fire Door Safety Week (23 September – 29 September), which
aims to highlight the importance of fire doors and increase good fire safety
practice across the trade industries.
The online poll follows a national
survey of 2,000 adults which was carried out by IronmongeryDirect. The
results show a disturbing lack of general awareness on the life-saving role
that fire doors play, with almost six in ten (59%) of the general public
admitting they do not know how to identify a fire door.
Ian Moore, CEO at the Fire Industry
Association, said: “Fire door-sets are a critical fire safety measure,
designed, tested, manufactured and third party certified to exacting
standards. For that reason, they need to be maintained in line with the
door-set manufacturer’s instructions with the correct replacement parts.“
The research emphasises the need for
tradespeople and the wider public to be more aware of the essential role that
fire doors play in keeping them safe. Fire doors are designed to withstand fire
for between 30 and 240 minutes and, when maintained correctly, they can make a
remarkable difference in saving lives and reducing spread during a fire.
Managing Director of IronmongeryDirect, Wayne Lysaght-Mason, commented:
“We are pleased to see an increase in the sale of fire safety products across
the industry. However, it is worrying that a large proportion of tradespeople
still seem to lack basic fire door safety knowledge.
“A well installed and maintained fire
door can really be the difference between life and death for building
occupants. We urge all tradespeople to use our new online fire door checklist
to help assess whether fire doors they are responsible for are safe and legally
industry awards to recognise the 10 best businesses in construction as voted by
the sector’s role models were announced yesterday, on the first day of UK
Construction Week (8 October 2019).
Construction Awards celebrate innovation and excellence among a range of
large and small contractors, architects, clients, suppliers and manufacturers
serving the industry. The winners were announced by architect George Clarke at
the UK’s largest construction event which is now in its fifth year.
10 winners were:
of 2019 – Sir Robert McAlpine
Client of 2019 – Scape Group
Practice of 2019 – Grimshaw Architects
Builder of 2019 – Swan Housing
Supplier of 2019 – Ward
Project of 2019 – Royal Opera House
Employer of 2019 – Aylaa Exclusive
Pioneer 2019 – Atkins
Methods of Construction Pioneer 2019 – Mace
Innovation Award 2019 – Laing O’Rourke for its D-Frame demountable
Garnett, event director at UK Construction Week, said:
have wanted to host these awards for some time, but this year it was made
possible by our industry Role Models who gave
us their very honest and forthright views on who should receive these
businesses chosen as winners from a shortlist of more than 60 companies have
convinced the toughest of judges – the people who are part of their delivery
partners or supply chains, and the people who are inspiring others to join the
it is great to be able to recognise the excellence we see all around us in this
sector, and the businesses who are forging ahead on innovation despite the
climate of uncertainty that is affecting construction so badly. They are
beacons of light for the whole sector.”
UKCW Role Model of the Year award, a separate celebration, is happening at the
show today (9 October).
Discount supermarket chain Aldi is stepping up its store opening programme with a focus on London within the M25.
Its target is to expand the existing 840 stores network to 1,200 stores by 2025.
Over the next two years alone, the German grocer will invest £1bn to double the number of stores inside the M25, from 45 to 100 and build a further 100 stores across the UK.
The stores will be a mix of standard-sized stores costing from £2.5-£4m and its smaller convenience stores often using existing high street property.
New stores opening soon include Sydenham and Blackheath in southeast London, and Watford.
In the pipeline, Aldi has plans to open standard stores in Ruthin, Wales; Cumnock, East Ayrshire; Glasgow; Salford; Wolverhampton; Derby; Leicester; Luton; Ipswich; Sittingbourne, Kent; and Feltham in London.
UK boss Giles Hurley said: ‘While our expansion will continue to reach every part of the UK, we’re increasing our focus on London, where our market share is just 3.4 per cent, compared to 8.1 per cent nationally.”
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