Aarsleff Awarded Foundation Contract at Newhaven Port Development

Aarsleff Ground Engineering have been awarded the piling contract for a new aggregates processing plant at Newhaven Port in East Sussex.

The development will see a new aggregates processing plant at the Brett Group’s Newhaven East Quay site. The location of the plant will enable ships to unload aggregates which will be turned into building materials. The new plant will also make use of the recently redeveloped Newhaven Marine Sidings, allowing products to be transported via road and rail.

Aarsleff’s piling works include driving 752no. 300mm precast concrete piles of up to 37m lengths for a new storage area and conveyor system to be built. Aarsleff will also install 6no. 339mm diameter piles up to 40m lengths to support a hopper crane on the dock side. Chris Glenn, Aarsleff Ground Engineering’s piling estimator, talked about the conditions and reason for the pile lengths,

“The ground conditions at Newhaven Port consist of clayey fine sand and soft chalk, which means we have to drive piles down to depths in the region of 37m to obtain the required loads. We plan to utilise a crane to install the steel tubular piles for the hopper crane due to site constraints and poor ground conditions.”

Aarsleff carried out previous piling works at Newhaven Port, with the installation of 166no. precast concrete piles for new fuel tanks and steel tubular piles for two Davit crane bases back in 2017.

Aarsleff’s Managing Director Kevin Hague said,

“It is great to be working at Newhaven Port with Brett Group on their new aggregates processing plant. We have a good working relationship with Brett from previous projects, and I hope that it’ll only continue to strengthen.”

Aarsleff expect to commence works on the 24th June using two of its Junttan piling rigs to install the piles over a 10-week programme.

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Construction site hoardings given winning makeover

12 construction sites located across the length and breadth of the UK have triumphed as winners of the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s 2019 Ivor Goodsite Hoarding Competition.

Now in its seventh year, Scheme-registered construction sites and companies invite local schools and community groups to participate in decorating their site hoardings to create local masterpieces of colourful, attractive designs – many of which offer important messages such as: protecting the environment, the importance of education and children’s mental health.

This year’s winners are:

BAM Construction UK Ltd

With the help of: Lourdes Secondary School

Theme: BAM 150 Years Celebration

Berkeley Homes

With the help of: Ursuline Girls High School

Theme: Ecology – Our Home

Fox Building & Civil Engineering Ltd

With the help of: Knocknagoney Primary School

Theme: The Careful Rabbit Stays Safe in the City

Hart Builders (Edinburgh) Ltd

With the help of: Seven Local Primary Schools

Theme: Why you love living on the Scottish Borders

Hobson & Porter Ltd

With the help of: 500 Children aged 5-12 from the local community.

Theme: Pride in your Town & #loveconstruction

Kier Construction – Western & Wales

With the help of: Keynsham Youth Group & Salford School

Theme: The Gruffalo and World War Remembrance

Lovell Partnerships Ltd

With the help of: Heronsgate Primary School

Theme: Lend a Hand to Improve our Land

MID Contracting & Consulting Ltd

With the help of: Robert Clack School

Theme: Community & Importance of Education

Mulalley & Company Ltd

With the help of: All Saints Primary School

Theme: Our Fragile Land and Sea Environment

United Living (South) Ltd

With the help of: Long Mead Community Primary School

Theme: What can you do for the environment?

VINCI Joint Venture

With the help of: Norton Knatchbull School

Theme: A Message from Ashford

Willmott Dixon Construction

With the help of: The MacIntyre Charity

Theme: Love Makes the World Go Round

In addition to these winners, a further six competition entries were given recognition for their inspirational efforts, receiving the ‘Ivor’s Choice Award’. The winners of this award are:

Berkeley Homes West Thames

With the help of: Blair Peach Primary School

Theme: Careers & Aspirations in Construction

Lovell Partnerships Ltd

With the help of: Abronhill Primary School

Theme: Be Yourself

Midas Construction Ltd

With the help of: Watermore School

Theme: Respect, Responsibility, Perseverance, Friendship, Caring and Honesty.

Quintain Estates Ltd

With the help of: Place2Be Charity and 11 Local Schools

Theme: Children’s Mental Health: Staying Healthy Inside & Out

Solmaz Ltd

With the help of: Fulham Cross Girls School

Theme: Knife Crime

Willmott Dixon Construction

With the help of: St. Mary’s Primary School

Theme: Save Our Planet

The Scheme’s Chief Executive Edward Hardy commented: “Massive congratulations to all winners and runners-up of this year’s Ivor Goodsite Hoarding Competition. This competition offers a tremendous opportunity for those registered with the Scheme to collaborate with local schools and community groups to provide colourful and creative works of art across hoardings. Construction site hoardings are the ‘shop window’ of the industry, and it is excellent to see, through this competition, so many hoardings being used to communicate really important messages across our communities.

“Thank you to all the Scheme-registered sites and companies for participating and making a real difference to the local communities impacted by construction activity. These efforts continue to help improve the image of construction, and we look forward to even more sites entering the competition in 2020 and beyond.”

All entries receive congratulatory medals, certificates and fun packs as well as trophy and banner. There is also a special Ivor Goodsite Hoarding Competition brochure displaying all of the entries.

Find out more about the construction industry’s mascots Ivor and Honor Goodsite here.

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The rising build-to-rent property sector is driving investment in cleaner energy.

That was one of the key takeaways from a seminar attended by more than 100 property professionals and hosted by engineering partnership IN2 at the historic Screen on the Green cinema in London’s Islington.

James Redmond, a Director at IN2, spoke alongside Andrew Bradley of construction cost consultancy Core Five and architects Graham Hickson-Smith and Richard Fairhead, both from 3DReid.

James contrasted trends in the private rented sector in Dublin with those in London. IN2, has offices in both cities and is working on build-to-rent projects in both locations.

Planning and environmental requirements in Dublin have seen a rapid rise in the use of centralised air source heat pumps, which are taking over from CHP. “These are achieving great energy figures and allowing investors to meet their renewable obligations under Irish legislation,” James told the audience.

The scale of the energy savings and growing consumer demand for energy-efficient living could stimulate a growth in the use of the technology in London as well, he said.

Richard and Graham highlighted how members of project teams must work together to make Build to Rent assets as efficient as possible. Richard explained: “The fundamental difference with BTR is that the operator has to deliver amenity, which costs money. If you can be more efficient in the design, you can afford to invest more in amenity.”

Graham pointed out some of the key issues to consider when designing BTR developments, particularly adaptability and future proofing. “If a BTR development is going to be around for 25 years, what’s going to change?” he asked. “It needs to be a flexible product. What if you need to change the floorplate in future?”

He said allowing for a changing future meant developers would have to ask themselves whether or not a modular building approach was right for this kind of project. The answer could be ‘no’ if taking an uncompromising modular approach limited their ability to adapt the development to suit changing lifestyles and occupancy profiles over the lifetime of the building.

Andrew set out the key cost drivers involved in ensuring a return on investment in BTR. “These kinds of developments have to be some of the most cost-efficient buildings out there,” he pointed out. He urged investors to take advantage of the fact that there is now a vast amount of data on existing BTR developments to draw on, against which they can benchmark any proposed project.

Andrew said before embarking on a BTR project, developers had to ask themselves how many buildings would be optimal in a particular project, what kind of buildings they should be and whether towers had a useful role to play.

“Repetition in design is fundamental,” he said. “Stacking is important, and regular shapes and apartment sizes are key. Developers need to recognise that some design possibilities, such as basements and inset balconies, are cost prohibitive in BTR.”

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Prestigious contract highlights value of responsible business practice

The construction team at leading recruiter Acorn has been awarded the contract to supply workers for Bouygues UK’s pioneering Cardiff Innovation Campus (CIC) construction project on the basis of its responsible business practices.

Acorn will supply resources and provide employment opportunities for staff at the state-of-the-art Cardiff University campus, which will house two world-leading scientific research organisations – the Institute for Compound Semiconductors and the Cardiff Catalysis Institute.

In order to ensure they had the right skills available for the duration of the build, Bouygues UK was seeking a specialist recruitment partner, and one that would also be able to meet its social and ethical expectations. Acorn was able to demonstrate that it has previously led recruitment for the building of a variety of construction projects that demonstrated a real commitment to supporting local communities and people looking for a new chance to get their lives back on track.

Acorn presented examples where through supplying people to a construction project, they also incorporated providing opportunities to support rehabilitation of ex-offenders, help people affected by homelessness and help the long-term unemployed back into work.

Marc Jones, Director of Operations at Acorn Recruitment explained: “As a business, we have always believed that getting people into work is only half of the job we do. We are building communities, supporting economies and strengthening social structures.

“Knowing that Bouygues UK shares very similar values to Acorn and that it was looking for a recruitment partner that had social value at the core of its work, we were really keen to work with them.”

Bouygues UK aims to encourage an increase in local skills through the CIC project by providing around 30 work placements, creating 35 new apprenticeship opportunities and delivering nearly 2,000 training weeks.

Marc added: “Through our work in construction, manufacturing and engineering we have placed some 40 ex-offenders into permanent positions in the past two years alone. We work with local homeless charity The Wallich to help ex-offenders and those who have found themselves on the streets to start again, to work with a mentor and to secure permanent jobs.

“We also do a lot of work to encourage women into the construction industry and through a variety of events and schemes Acorn has organised or been involved with, we have recently placed 16 women on construction sites across South Wales alone.”

Leigh Hughes, CSR Director at Bouygues UK, said: “Bouygues is an innovative construction company, which has corporate social responsibility and ethical values at heart, and so when we were looking for a recruitment partner for this leading project we needed a company which understood the value of that ethos and shared our vision. We were delighted to find that in Acorn.

“The fact that most of what we were seeking in a partner was already happening as a matter of course at Acorn was a great encouragement to us. They didn’t have to start from scratch and set any of these schemes up, they were already in place and working well – which was a great help.

“Acorn already has a longstanding working relationship with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and many of its team members were Fairness Inclusion and Respect (FIR) Ambassadors, which is an initiative we wholeheartedly support and are using already in our supply chain.”

Leigh continued: “Cardiff Innovation Campus is a prestigious, ambitious and innovative project that will be the home to some of the world’s most exciting scientific institutions and we are very proud to be building it for the University.

“We are pleased to be working with Acorn Recruitment on CIC and look forward to welcoming new employees to Bouygues UK and the world of construction.”

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Trade body develops specialist course on Japanese knotweed

National trade body the Property Care Association (PCA) has developed specialist training to support property professionals in the identification of Japanese knotweed and other invasive species.

The ‘Invasive Plant Identification Course’ gives a comprehensive overview of the key issues surrounding certain plants listed on Schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act.

Growth stages, biosecurity, ecology, habitat and UK distribution are some of the areas covered by the one-day programme.

Participants are also able to see live non-native invasive specimens, which are being cultivated under stringent conditions in a specially created greenhouse environment on the PCA’s site.

Included in the list of non-native species covered by the programme are plants including, but not limited to;

  • American Skunk Cabbage
  • Rhododendron
  • Giant Rhubarb
  • Creepers
  • Buddleia
  • Hottentot Fig
  • Yellow Azalea
  • Giant Hogweed
  • Few Flowered Leek
  • Three Cornered Garlic
  • Bamboo

The first course takes place at the PCA’s training centre, in Huntingdon, on Thursday, August 1.

The cost is £295 plus VAT for PCA members, and £345 plus VAT for those not in membership of the association.

More information and booking details can be found at

All those taking part also receive a free copy of both ‘Practical Management of Invasive Non-Native Weeds in Britain and Ireland’ and the ‘Field Guide to Invasive Plants and Animals In Britain.’

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