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Construction Firms Want Government to Increase Projects

The construction industry wants more projects

There is a political and economic instability faced by the UK at the moment caused due to the Brexit vote. However, even in such circumstances, the construction firms in the country are pressing and urging the government to increase major housing projects and skill development projects. The firms opine that if the government will support them by showing commitment towards labor intensive projects, then the industry will be able to provide sustainable infrastructure.

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The message from the Scottish Building Federation (SBF) came as its latest quarterly survey found that confidence among construction employers north of the Border has sunk to a three-year low in the wake of last week’s Brexit vote.

The Scottish Construction Monitor, which surveyed 65 Scottish construction firms this month and allowed members to update their views after the EU referendum, dropped by 22 points to -19.

It paints a picture of deteriorating confidence across the industry over the last year. From a peak reading of +35 in the second quarter of 2015, the monitor dropped to +3 in the first quarter of this year, before sliding significantly in light of the referendum.

It is the first time since the second quarter of 2013 that the Scottish Construction Monitor has recorded a negative overall confidence rating since from industry employers.

The findings come after the previous survey found that one in three SBF members said they thought a vote in favor of the UK exiting the EU would be bad for their business.

Having peaked at around 2,700 in 2007, apprentice numbers slumped to 1000 at the height of recession, before steadily rebounding.

It is hoped the total will climb to the 1,600 this year, however Mr. Hart said there are fears that the “process of negotiating the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union could result in paralysis within Government”.

On the possible risk to apprenticeship recruitment, Mr. Hart said: “My fear is that we could go back the way. And I think if it does that would be a huge retrograde step the industry does not need.

Author: Scott Wright

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An Amazing Footage of Construction of Exam Building in Cambridge University

This incredible fast forwarded footage shows the construction of the exam building in Cambridge University

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A footage, which has been fast forwarded to last a mere 56 seconds, shows an incredible construction of an examination building in the Cambridge University. The footage is amazing and fascinating and reveals that the construction company Bouygues UK is working on the third floor of the four storey building. It is an amazing footage and you must not miss it and it will take only 56 seconds of your time!

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A spokeswoman for the company said: “As you’ll see in this fascinating time-lapse footage it’s coming along fast, with main contractors Bouygues UK now starting work on the third floor of the four storey building.

“The building design is both contemporary and in keeping with the neighbouring conservation area and surrounding buildings and will include a courtyard entrance and extensive green and outdoor spaces. Also starting to emerge is a seven storey (39m) tower, that will be topped by a major piece of public art set to be a landmark when approaching Cambridge from the south of the city.

“The artwork, by leading artists Vong Phaophanit and Claire Oboussier, will feature layer upon layer of script in different languages that will be printed onto glass. A second work will feature at the entrance to the building. The tower art will be a parchment colour and the 33m long entrance artwork will be in an indigo/inky shade (both colours chosen for their link to academic practice).

“The words are made up of answers to the question ‘What is Knowledge?’ which have been submitted by the public in 34 different languages. The artists have also used Cambridge Assessment’s extensive archives to find words for the work.

Author: Raymond Brown

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The Biggest Dam on Earth

Some information on the biggest dam on the surface of this planet

The Three Gorges Dam in China is the biggest dam in the world. It is more than 2 km long and 60 stories tall! It spans the Yangtze River in Central China. 40,000 workers worked for 17 years to build this superb and gigantic structure. The dam has a capacity of over 20,000 MW of power generation, which is twice as much as the total capacity of all the nuclear stations in the United Kingdom! Before building the dam, China had to divert the Yangtze River and move around a million people from the area that was going to be flooded due to the diversion. This video provides detailed information on the Three Gorges Dam’s construction and engineering aspects with some exclusive camera footages.

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Some Impressive Gigantic Projects

These are some of the biggest and most expensive projects in the world

Technological advancement has enabled us to conquer new spheres and create extraordinary structures. These days, buildings are breaking records for being the tallest on a regular basis, projects all across the globe; be it energy, transportation or the entertainment sector, some brilliant minds are constantly creating colossal and gigantic structures. This article provides information on some very impressive mega projects across the globe. Read the article and enjoy learning about these amazing feats of engineering.

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Panama Canal Expansion, Panama


Time to build: 11 years

Cost to build: $5.25 billion

The Panama Canal is so 1914. That’s why the expansion project, set to complete in 2016, will carve out a new 3.8-mile-long channel for new locks—which require 4.4 million cubic meters of concrete—and widen and deepen what is already there. Ships have grown a lot over the past century, and so the world’s most famous canal must do the same to keep pace, even if that does mean whittling away more of Panama.

Port Mann Bridge, Vancouver, B.C.


Time to build: 6 years

Cost to build: $1.93 billion

The widest bridge in the world (until the Bay Bridge’s east span recently opened), the bridge east of Vancouver, B.C., which opened in 2012, remains the second-longest bridge in North America. The cable-stay bridge uses an impressive 288 cables to reach a total bridge length of 6,866 feet.

Aizhai Suspension Bridge, China


Time to build: 5 years

Cost to build: $600 million

The world’s highest bridge, connecting two tunnels in China, is also one of the world’s longest suspension bridges. Opened in 2012, the bridge sits 1,200 feet over the Dehang Canyon and spans a tower-to-tower distance of 3,858 feet. The mountains on either side anchor the suspension towers.

Marmaray Tunnel, Turkey


Time to build: 9 years

Cost to build: $4.5 billion

It took nine years and $4.5 billion to build, but the 47-mile underwater railway tunnel connects the European and Asian sides of town, giving Istanbul a new rail line into and out of the city when it opened in 2013.

London Crossrail, London


Time to build: 11 years

Cost to build: $23 billion

London continues to grow underground. Eight tunneling machines recently wrapped up 26 new miles of tunnel for new subway track that will connect 40 stations—including 10 completely new ones—to improve transportation in England’s largest city.

Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, China


Time to build: 7 years

Cost to build: $10.6 billion

The incredible scope of this mega-infrastructure project includes a 16-mile bridge-to-tunnel structure, with the tunnel portion spanning about four miles. Two artificial islands for the tunnel landings will help engineers create both the tunnel section and anchor the bridge portions, which will connect Hong Kong and the mainland via a mega-crossing.

Etihad Rail, United Arab Emirates


Time to build: Unknown

Cost to build: $11 billion

Rail may soon be the fastest and easiest way to get around the United Arab Emirates. The three-phased Etihad Rail project, which now has the first phase wrapped, plans to connect 745 miles of new rail across the country to link with Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, and Kuwait.

Beijing Daxing International Airport, China


Time to build: 5 years

Cost to build: $13 billion

This will be the home of the world’s largest airport terminal, the gleaming Terminal 1, designed by Zaha Hadid. Built to accommodate 100 million passengers per year and with seven runways and 7.5 million square feet of the space, the airport’s first phase should finish in 2018, with the rest slated to wrap up in 2025.

New Century Global Centre, China


Time to build: 3 years

Cost to build: Unavailable

At more than 18 million square feet, the New Century Global Centre is the world’s largest freestanding building in terms of floor space. The structure includes multiple shopping malls, hotels, offices, theatres, theme-park-like attractions, and even a water park.

Atlanta Falcons Stadium, Atlanta


Time to build: 3 years

Cost to build: $1.2 billion

Any new football stadium is probably going to get a retractable roof. This $1.2 billion altar to opulence, however, has one that’s rather unusual: It’s made of eight roof “petals” that create a camera lens-like effect when the roof opens and closes. Made of ETFE fabric, the translucent panels allow light into the stadium even when they’re closed. The roof will take eight minutes to open and expose the brand-new stadium planned for a 2017 opening.

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A New Addition to Loadall Telehandler

This new machine has a lifting capacity of 8500-lb (3855 kg)

JCB is a renowned organization, famous for producing equipment for the industry. Most of the machines JCB manufactures are used in the construction, agricultural, demolition and waste handling industry. JCB is a huge multinational firm and is ranked the third largest construction equipment manufacturer in the world. JCB has recently revealed its fourth model in its Hi Viz telescopic handler range, which is named the 540 – 140 Hi Viz.

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This new model offers four key benefits for customers in the rental sector and the construction industry:

  • Improved onsite safety through its Hi Viz design
  • Simple, intuitive, easy-to-use controls
  • Ground-level daily checks and serviceable components along with extended service intervals for easier serviceability
  • Superb capacity at reach for greater performance

The 540-140 Hi Viz Loadall has the lowest boom mounting in its class, up to 9.25 in. (23.5 cm) lower than the standard 540-140, ensuring excellent visibility across the offside and to the rear of the machine, boosting safety on site. Visibility is further improved due to a 13 percent reduction in the boom section and a more compact rear chassis section which reduces overhang by 13 in. (33 cm). Hydraulic performance is closely matched with the engine’s output, while lift performance has been tailored to the machine’s stability, both when working on wheels and with the stabilizers down.

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New Courses Now Available

SB Skills Solutions Ltd have broadened their product range with the release of 2 new qualifications; CPCS Appointed Person (4 day course) and Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations.

We have testing courses and safety courses running monthly for the Appointed Person course with our first course running on Monday 18th – Thursday 21st August at Aintree Racecourse, Aintree.

Induction dates for the Controlling Lifting Operations NVQ will be available throughout July and August at our facility in Aintree. Our first induction will take place on Saturday 12th July.

For further information please speak to one of our sales team on 0151 5230079.

SB Skills Launch Funding Partnership

SB Skills Solutions Ltd are happy to announce that we have secured a partnership with WIrral Met College to deliver on their Employer Skills Fund (SSW) Contract. We are able to offer clients within the Merseyside and Halton area the opportunity of a fully funded Level 2 NVQ in Warehousing for your staff.

The qualification will also include a free Forklift Truck license on either a Counterbalance or Reach truck. To take advantage of this fantastic offer, employers and learners would need to meet the following eligibility:

  • Employer must not employ more than 250 staff
  • Learners must be at least aged 19 at the time of the programme
  • Learners must be employed by the company and have a contract of employment working at least 8 hours per week
  • Company must be based within the Merseyside/Halton area
  • Learners must live in England.

Please contact Neil Beaumont on 0151 5230079 to take advantage of this offer.

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NPORS Instructor Upgrade

Due to the increase in demand for our NPORS Plant courses, SB Skills Solutions Ltd has put both William Callaghan and Gary Levens through their NPORS Instructor courses.

We are glad to report that both passed with flying colours and are now fully accredited NPORS instructors, which will allow SB Skills Solutions Ltd to meet the demands of our clients.