CHARCON HELPS LEIGHTON BUZZARD RAILWAY STAY ON TRACK FOR OPENING
Charcon, the commercial hard landscaping division of Aggregate Industries, has supplied Leighton Buzzard Railway with block paving, helping the heritage railway stay on track to open its brand new station building.With a local manufacturing facility within a quarter of a mile, Charcon was approached by the railway who, after a long, hard battle to fund the much-needed new building, were looking for help from local construction and materials suppliers. Charcon supplied 800m² of Europa block paving for the project – located at the main terminal, Page’s Park – in a warm red hue, complementing the white station building and providing a highly attractive landscaped frontage and surrounding pathway.
● Further information from Charcon. Web: www.charcon.com
CULVERT CLEARED OF 400 TONNES OF DEBRIS TO PREVENT FLOODING
Drainage engineers from Lanes Group have removed 400 tonnes of silt and debris from a culvert – part of work commissioned by Highway England to protect against flooding.The three-metre-wide concrete box culvert under the A38, near Derby had been full almost to its roof before work began.Lanes deployed seven drainage engineers and excavation operatives at any one time on the project, along with a powerful Superflex wet-dry vacuumation tanker and a jet vac tanker.A team of up to four Lanes personnel worked in the culvert, using shovels and rakes to feed silt into the Superflex's vacuumation hose. The material was then over-pumped to the tanker and taken away for disposal.
● Further information from Lanes Group. Web: www.lanesfordrains.co.uk
COOPERS FIRE RELEASES NEW SMOKESTOP CONCERTINA SMOKE CURTAIN
Coopers Fire has added to its range of smoke and fire curtains, with the release of the innovative new SmokeStop Concertina smoke curtain barrier system. The unique features of the SmokeStop Concertina allow it to be used in place of traditional smoke control features, allowing architects, fire engineers and specifiers to create open-plan designs which meet all the requirements of a building’s smoke control strategy.Barriers remain invisibly retracted until activated by an alarm or detector signal, at which time they descend safely to their operational position to control smoke and assist with smoke channelling, ensuring that areas such as means of escape, remain tenable and free from smoke.
METSEC ANNOUNCED AS FIRST TIER-TWO SUPPLIER TO ACHIEVE NEW BSI
KITEMARK FOR BIM
The UK’s largest specialist cold roll-forming company, voestalpine Metsec plc, based in Oldbury, West Midlands, has been announced as the first tier-two organisation globally to have achieved the new Kitemark PAS 1192-2 from BSI, the business standards company. The Kitemark relates to BIM (Building Information Modelling) helping construction businesses around the world prove their capabilities in delivering projects at the design and construction phase. It is to act as a seal of approval for companies qualified to deliver projects even at the design and construction phase. Established more than 80 years ago, Metsec provides steel framing, cable management and purlins for construction and manufacturing industries.
SYKES PUMPS PLAYS KEY ROLE AT TARMAC’S BORRAS QUARRY
Hire specialist, Sykes Pumps, has supplied two Super Wispaset pumps to ensure the smooth operation of the
plant at Tarmac’s Borras Quarry. The quarry, situated in North Wales, is a key supplier of building sand and gravel to the construction industry, and Sykes Pumps is on hand to ensure that the water used in the washing of sand and gravel is moved around the on-site lagoons.The two eight-inch diesel pumps transfer water from one lagoon to the clean water lagoon supplying the washing process plant. One is used continuously while the plant is in operation, and the second is used intermittently in 11-13 hour shifts to move more water when required.
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS REACH MAJOR BUSINESS LANDMARK
A leading structural and civil engineering consultancy has reached a significant business landmark by completing its 20,000th project. Rhodes & Partners has worked its way through this huge number of commissions since being established in 1992, and the business is currently enjoying another period of growth and success.The business, which also received the accolade of ‘Property & Construction Business of the Year’ at a recent awards ceremony, offers a wide range of professional services for both domestic and commercial projects. Managing Director, Nick Ribbeck, says: ‘We have many different specialist skills within the business, allowing us to offer whatever services are required for an effective solution to a client’s requirements.’
● Further information from Rhodes & Partners. Contact: Alison Keaton. Tel: 01614 278388.E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.rhodesandpartners.co.uk
KEMPER SYSTEM PROVIDES SOLUTION FOR CHESTER ZOO’S MONSOON FOREST
Waterproofing specialist, Kemper System, has provided the roofing solution for a hot, humid environment in Cheshire at Chester Zoo’s £40m ‘Islands’ development. The company’s solvent-free Kemperol 2K-PUR cold liquid-applied waterproofing membrane has been used for the roof of the ‘Tree House’, which will form a covered walkway for visitors under a giant polymer dome – Monsoon Forest. Roofing contractor, K. Pendlebury Roofing taped the seams of the 200m² plywood surface to prevent any resin from seeping through the joints during the application. Following application of a primer mixed with quartz sand, the cold-liquid Kemperol 2K-PUR resin was then applied directly onto the roof. The team then laid Kemper System’s 165gsm flexible reinforcement fleece.
NEW ADDITIONS TO SIKA REPAIR MORTAR RANGE
Sika has added two new products to its superb repair mortar range that will enable large-scale infrastructure refurbishment projects to be completed more quickly, simply and cost-effectively. Suitable for use in horizontal or vertical repairs, Sika® MonoTop®-614F is a high-quality, fast-setting pourable grout; an ideal rapid-apply solution for a wide range of large-scale repair projects such as bridges, marine structures, tunnels and buildings. Generally compliant with Highways England (Agency) standards, this proven repair mortar contains shrinkage compensators and high-range water-reducing agents, meeting the Class R4 of BS EN 1504-3 requirements. It is capable of repair depths up to 150mm in one application, making it the practical, cost-effective alternative to hand-applied mortars.
● Further information from Sika. Tel: 01707 394444. Web: www.sika.co.uk