most recognisable building, The Royal Liver Building, will pay tribute to the
Armed Forces, veterans and allies through a specially commissioned
commemorative light display.
Following on from the inaugural light show,
Flight, which launched this year’s River of Light festival, the Remembrance Day
display at the 108 year old building will be a tailored light show that will illuminate the exterior of
Liverpool’s globally recognised landmark.
display will allow people to pay their respects every hour between
6pm and 9pm on both Sunday 10 and Monday 11 November.
The display has
been organised by real estate consultancy practice CBRE and designed
by engineering and consultancy firm, Arup. Prior to creating the story,
Arup’s lighting design team brainstormed what Remembrance Day means to them.
The team then used these ideas to develop a series of scenes depicted with
light during the five minute tribute. Starting with the poppies in Flanders
Fields and honouring the graves, recognising the Armed Forces and then the sun
setting on the day, the display will be a memorable and fitting tribute to past
and present armed forces.
Senior Lighting Designer at Arup said:
Day light display is a tribute to all those who have lost their lives in the
line of duty and is designed to be calm and respectful, with slower fades and
transitions of light. It extends the Remembrance Day tributes into the evening,
using the fabric of the Royal Liver Building as a canvas – a building which was
once connected to the war efforts, having housed HMS Eaglet.”
Ian Edwards, Senior
Building Manager at the Royal Liver Building,
commented: “There is a
deep-rooted connection between the Royal Liver Building’s history and
Remembrance Day. Many previous Royal Liver employees, who worked for the
company for many years, return to the Royal Liver Building each year to host a
small ceremony to honour previous workers who lost their lives during the wars.
We are proud to offer people a place to pay their respects to loved ones.”
For more details about the
Royal Liver Building’s Remembrance Day tribute please visit www.rlb360.com
First developed in the 1960s, Powder Coating has become an
increasingly popular alternative to liquid paint, and now makes up over 15% of
the industrial finishing market. Versatile in its applications, long-lasting
and durable; powder coating is an ideal metal finishing method well suited to a
diverse range of projects and industries.
But what exactly is powder coating, and what is it that makes it so
What is Powder Coating?
Powder coatings can be thought of as being like paint, but minus the
solvent. They are made up of a polymer resign, such as epoxy or polyester,
combined with curatives, levelling agents, pigments and other additives. These
ingredients are melt mixed, cooled and ground into a homogenous powder.
Typically used to finish metals, the coating is usually applied as a
free-flowing dried powder using a spray gun. This particular method applies an
electrostatic charge to the powder which causes the particles to be attracted
to the ground substrate prepared in the pre-treatment process. Once the powder
has been applied, the coated parts are then cured in an oven, wherein the
temperature causes a chemical reaction that produces long molecular chains of
high cross-link density. In addition to metal substrates, powder coatings can
also be used on a range of non-metallic surfaces such as plastic.
What are the benefits of Powder Coating?
From items you use every day to heavy-duty industrial machinery; powder
coatings are used to provide an attractive and durable finish for all kinds of
products across a range of industries. There are several benefits to this
finishing process that make it superior to traditional liquid paint in many
From a functional standpoint; powder coatings offer a greater level of
durability. Powder-coated surfaces provide significant resistance to everyday
wear and tear. Unlike liquid paints that are delivered using an
evaporating solvent; they can be applied in thicker coats without sagging,
dripping or running. For industries such as construction, automotive, electrical engineering and agriculture; this reduces the need to replace
equipment as powder coating can last for decades, ultimately saving
businesses money over time.
In addition to its durability, powder coatings are more Eco-friendly than
traditional paint finishes. Because this method does not require the use of
solvents, they offer less of a carbon footprint. The process of powder coating
also cuts down on the amount of waste, not only that but in many cases – it can
even be recycled. This reduction of the wasted product presents significant
cost savings, not only because less product goes further, but also it reduces
the burden on companies to dispose of volatile organic compounds and remains
compliant with industry regulations.
It is well documented that
the construction industry faces the continual challenge of a skills’ shortage,
with an ageing workforce and shrinking talent pool.
According to the Federation
of Master Builders, 22 per cent of the current construction workforce is over
50 and 15 per cent are in their 60s. At the same time, the industry is
also losing younger workers to competing sectors where work is perceived as
more stable or appealing and pay is more competitive.
This is why SITECH, the
UK’s premier Trimble construction technology provider is supporting Plantforce,
leading supplier of plant hire machinery, to deliver new technology-focused,
training courses designed to tackle the skills’ issue head on.
The new site-ready operator
training packages will serve a dual purpose. First, helping to upskill existing
construction workers to operate machines on a digitally enabled, high
performing construction site thereby retaining valuable skills within the
industry and second; training the next generation of employees on modern
machine control in order to attract much needed talent into the sector.
The new courses are the
first of their kind in the UK and will be delivered at Weston College’s
Construction Training Centre in Weston-Super-Mare, with a view to expanding the
training to other colleges across the country as demand increases.
significant investment in technology for use by students, the courses will
provide access to the latest Trimble technology, with SITECH offering expertise
on how to utilise machines to their full capability.
Steve Breen, General
Manager at SITECH said,
“It’s encouraging to note
that 60 per cent of employers in the construction sector already have some kind
of skills’ development system in place, with 71 per cent of businesses
recognising that technology plays a role in attracting talent.
“At SITECH, we want to take
this further and believe the key to developing talent is to ensure that
employees are equipped with the latest digital skillsets that are so sought after
across the industry. These skillsets are now a key requirement for many
Tier one contractors delivering services to some of the country’s major
infrastructure projects, where machine control and ‘dig to design’ technologies
are now an expectation – helping to drive health and safety standards and
improve productivity and profitability.”
Dale Hawkins, Marketing
Manager from Plantforce added:
“Ensuring operators are
‘site-ready’ and have the necessary skills and competencies for Tier one
projects requires different skillsets than much of the standard training
available on the market can deliver. Rather than taking a basic excavator
course and earning a beginner’s licence, our exclusive five-day training
package provides the operator with experience of the latest technology, a
practical test and simulator profiling alongside a medical examination. This
provide customers with peace of mind that their operators are fully conversant
with the latest practices.”
Simon Werkshagen, Head of
Commercial Construction Training and Logistics Centre at Weston College
“Weston College is rated
Ofsted Outstanding, plus offers a quality training environment; delivering
group sessions through to individual upskilling. This unique partnership
with Plantforce and SITECH, enables us to offer simulated training after the
basic course; bridging the gap that currently exists, by creating a virtual
construction site and teaching people how to use the various pieces of
technology that are required for higher level contracts.”.
ENGIE, leading energy
and services specialist, has partnered with Edinburgh St James, the 1.7 million
sq ft development, to develop and operate a new low carbon decentralised energy
scheme, worth £90m.
The 33 year
partnership will develop and operate a new low carbon energy scheme at Edinburgh
St James, which will:
substantial savings in terms of capital and operational expenditure;
occupiers the costs of onsite plant provision;
all homes and businesses at the site with affordable heat and chilled
water for cooling (where needed)
cost-savings and a low carbon footprint
sustainability and recycling throughout the site, by using electricity
generated from the Energy Centre to supply power elsewhere.
By using a low carbon
and cost-effective energy solution through the onsite Combined Cooling, Heat
and Power (CCHP) energy centre, ENGIE, who is committed to long-term consumer
cost-savings, will meet all residents and occupiers energy needs, right on
CCHP typically has an
energy efficiency of over 80 per cent compared with 56 per cent for a more
conventional system. In addition, allowance has been made for expansion of the
service into even more sustainable technologies as they are developed.
The new energy centre is a
part of the Growth Accelerator Model (GAM) agreement between Edinburgh St
James, the Scottish Government and the City of Edinburgh Council. The funding
from this innovative partnership is helping to regenerate the capital’s east
end, with ENGIE’s recent deal the latest in a series of projects that have
already benefitted the local community and city as a whole.
ENGIE has been working
closely with Edinburgh St James since 2016 when it was appointed preferred
bidder, to agree future sustainable energy proposals for the site. Under the
terms of the new partnership, ENGIE will design and fit out a basement energy
centre and adopt the district heating and cooling network from Edinburgh St James
and provide ongoing operation and maintenance, including lifecycle
responsibility for the scheme.
Andrew Hart, Managing
Director for ENGIE’s Urban Energy business, said: “This hugely significant
project will be transformational for the city of Edinburgh. We have been
involved in conversations surrounding the future of the scheme for several
years so it’s fantastic to have agreed our part in bringing it to fruition.
“Too often, energy is an
after-thought when it can bring remarkable benefits to a scheme of this
size. The fantastic thing about Edinburgh St James is that they saw very
early on, how important a factor this would play in the successful delivery of
the scheme. It will also play a role in supporting City of Edinburgh’s target
of net zero carbon by 2030.
“We have several similar
schemes across the country and our unparalleled expertise in district energy,
coupled with our capabilities in construction and services, means we are
ideally placed to deliver this important project.”
Martin Perry, Director of
Development at Edinburgh St James, said: “It became clear from the outset that
ENGIE’s commitment to cost-savings in a low carbon environment aligned with
ours, CEC and the Scottish Governments aspirations for our existing and future
partners, residents and occupiers within the development.
“This deal marks another
milestone on the road to completing this transformational project for
Edinburgh. To have been fortunate enough to agree a partner of the quality of
ENGIE takes us another step closer to the project completion and we look
forward to a long and successful relationship with one of the very best energy
centre operators in Europe.”
Cllr Kate Campbell,
Housing, Homelessness and Fair Work Convener, the City of Edinburgh Council,
“We have set an ambitious
target of net zero carbon by 2030, so it’s very welcome that the Edinburgh St
James development has plans for a low carbon, energy efficient scheme. The
energy centre, which will be delivered as part of the infrastructure agreement
with the council, will provide homes and businesses at the site with affordable
heat and encourage sustainability by generating power to be used elsewhere”
ENGIE is anticipated to
complete the centre in late 2019. The retail element of Edinburgh St James is
set to open in October 2020.
Ben will join the awards, which?recognise the
outstanding educational achievements of the door hardware industry, at
the?Royal Lancaster?hotel in London on 7 November.
Ben started his motorsport
career in 1994, competing in Formula First, Formula Vauxhall Junior and
International Formula 3. He is best known as The Stig from
BBC’s Top Gear, but throughout his career he has also been a television
presenter, author, stunt driver and World Record holder.
Awards?include?Gold, Silver and Bronze awards for the top students in the GAI Diploma,
as well as the Pinnacle Award, sponsored by?Eurobond Doors,?for?the student with the best
aggregate results over the three years of the Diploma programme.?
The GAI Diploma?is designed
to?give students?a high level of?product knowledge and?the ability to
write?accurate hardware specifications and quotations.?The qualification?is
particularly suited to those in customer facing roles, contract
management, scheduling and estimating, and sales.?
GAI president, Julian Newman,
“Scrutiny of the skills
and competence of everyone in the building industry has never been higher, and
each part of the supply chain needs to prove its worth. The GAI Diploma makes
this possible in our sector – it is the only recognised architectural ironmongery
qualification to British and European standards in the world.
“As we celebrate the fantastic
achievements of this cohort of students, it’s important to reflect on how far
the education programme has come and to recognise the hard work of our members
and committees that have shaped the course to ensure it is always relevant to
today’s ironmongery professionals.”
The Guild’s education programme has?been
running for?more than?50 years, training future generations of architectural
ironmongers to British and European standards.??
national trade body conference, which provides insight into the latest thinking
and technology in the preservation and protection of buildings across the UK,
has unveiled its agenda for this year’s event.
2019 Property Care Association International Building Preservation Conference
takes place at The Slate, University of Warwick, on Thursday, November 21.
will include Lady Renee-Marie Young, of the National Landlords Association, as
well as representatives from Nationwide and Historic England.
Berry, PCA’s Technical Manager said: “Over the years, the conference has built
up a reputation as a key event for anyone looking at how to tackle moisture
issues in buildings.
challenges including a greater airtightness in buildings to meet environmental
performance requirements, fuel poverty and a changing climate, the issue is
becoming more and more significant in both the public and private sector.
format for the conference is a series of expert speakers and Q and A sessions.
day is designed to create engagement between speakers and delegates, all with
the common goal of finding new and innovative ways to adapt to the challenges
uncomfortable homes take their toll on the health and wellbeing of the people
who live in them and can really impact on a person’s quality of life.
conditions can also lead to costly defects in a building’s structure and
PCA International Building Preservation Conference sets out how new
technologies and advances, coupled with time-proven expertise and knowledge,
can be drawn upon to address the issue.”
the first-time in the Association’s conference history, the preservation event
will run concurrently with the PCA’s Invasive Weed Control Conference, at The