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NSC 7 NEWS IN BRIEF July/Aug 16 SSDA shortlist highlights steel success stories The British Constructional Steelwork Association and Steel for Life have announced the shortlist for the 48th Structural Steel Design Awards (SSDA). The 21 projects shortlisted showcase steel’s flexibility and versatility in a number of different and varying applications. The shortlist also reflects the wide geographical spread of steel’s appeal for a variety of projects ranging from stadia to education buildings, with entries also received for a variety of bridges, commercial developments and industrial facilities across the UK. Chairman of the SSDA Judges David Lazenby said: “It is reassuring that the number of submissions for the Award scheme remains high, and that quality and interest of the projects is as strong as ever. “One impression is that these days there are few easy projects and this Steelwork is nearing completion on Asda’s first Level 2 BIM (Building Information Modelling) project in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex. Working on behalf of main contractor ISG, Walter Watson is erecting the steelwork for the 3,200m2 supermarket that is being constructed on the site means teams must work closely and constructively together.” The winners will be announced at an evening reception in London on 5 October. The 2016 shortlist is: • Land Rover BAR America’s Cup HQ Building, Portsmouth • Leeds Station Southern Entrance • Thames Tower Redevelopment, Reading • Energy from Waste Plant, Peterborough • Energy from Waste Facility, Ardley • Plant-support Structure Ferrybridge Multifuel 1 • New Watford Market • University of Cambridge Primary School • The Diamond Engineering Building, Sheffield University • Sports Hall & Sixth Form Centre, Channing School, London • London Olympic Roof Conversion • South Stand Expansion, Etihad Stadium, Manchester of a former multi-occupancy retail development. The steel-framed building will include a customer café, deli counter, an in-store bakery and staff areas with shower and changing facilities. The site also includes an automated petrol filling station and a large car park with four electric vehicle • South Bank Tower, London • Whyke Horizon Footbridge, Chichester • Harlech Castle Footbridge, Gwynedd • Lagan Weir Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge, Belfast • Strabane Footbridge, Co Tyrone • Information Age Gallery, The Science Museum, London • The Memorial Spire, International Bomber Command Centre, Lincoln • Kiosk and Shelter, Bournemouth Pier Approach • 6 Bevis Marks Roof Garden, London charge points. The build programme has been fully designed in BIM with all consultants working in collaboration software system Autodesk Revit, resulting in the production of seven fully-annotated 3D models. ISG’s Western Regional Managing Director Rob Martin commented: “The Clacton-on-Sea project represents the culmination of a journey by Asda into advanced collaborative working practices, where ISG has played a key role as a trusted project partner and influencer. “In a sector where operational costs and asset management are critical, BIM not only creates efficiency benefits during the build phase but also throughout the service life of the store and we are thrilled to be working with Asda on such a milestone project.” Three Victorian cast iron gas holders have been refurbished and are now being re-erected as part of a residential development at Kings Cross, London. Bourne Steel has been contracted by main contractor Carillion to erect the gas holders as independently-standing feature structures around three circular residential blocks that will contain 144 apartments. The erection process is challenging and care has to be taken to not damage the cast iron columns and beams, as they are fragile. The gas holders also have to be rebuilt in a certain sequence as they are not tied back to any existing or new structure. In total there are 41 columns, each approximately 14m-tall, to be erected, along with connecting lattice beams and guide rails. News Software specialists Trimble and Autodesk have entered into an interoperability agreement aimed at saving customers time and reducing project costs typically associated with workflow inefficiency across different suppliers’ technologies. The companies said this will benefit architects, engineers and contractors, and importantly, project owners by enabling more freedom to optimise technology workflows. Severfield has reported increased revenue and profit for the year ending March 2016, and its strongest order book for more than six years. In its annual results, the company posted revenue up 19% to £239M, up from £201M in 2015, while profit before tax was up 59% to £13.2M. Severfield’s UK order book, as of 1 June 2016, amounted to £270M, up from £185M in November last year. After two years of design work, Sherwin-Williams said it is now ready to launch a Tekla plugin tool that allows steelwork contractors to accurately put intumescent coating thicknesses into their 3D models. The company added that it will allow customers to quickly produce fabrication drawings with this important information in print, as before this work had been a laborious manual process. Voortman Steel Machinery has launched the compact V302 plate-cutting machine, which is said to be equipped with all basic functions of Voortman’s existing plate cutting machines, while being compact, fast and user-friendly. It is available with either a plasma cutting torch, an oxy-fuel torch or a plasma/oxyfuel combination. Computer technology company Advanced RISC Machines (ARM) is expanding its Cambridge headquarters at Peterhouse Technology Park, with the construction of a new steelframed building. Working on behalf of main contractor Kier, Caunton Engineering is fabricating, supplying and erecting 1,500t of steel for a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ building that will increase ARM’s onsite office space from 16,500m2 to 35,000m2. Steel-framed BIM store for Asda Historic gas holders return to Kings Cross


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