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News NSC 9 June 17 The steel frame for the £40M Wood Norton retirement village near Evesham in Worcestershire is nearing completion. BAM Construction is building the project for BUPA-owned client Richmond Care Villages. The job’s structural steelwork is being fabricated, supplied and erected by Adstone Construction. The development will create 48 village apartments for independent living, 46 suites for assisted living, and a 60- bed care home providing nursing and dementia care. In addition, there will be a wellness spa, lounges, library, terrace café, Monday 19 June 2017 Fire Design of Beams and Columns This webinar will cover design methods for fire protection, and how free design tools can simplify the process. Available to Corporate and Sole Trader Members only. Repeated Tuesday 20 June 2017 Thursday 22 June 2017 Light Gauge Steel Design A 1-day course to introduce the uses and applications of light gauge steel in construction. Bristol Monday 10 July 2017 Fabrication Economics This 1 hour webinar will provide an overview of best practice in design in order to arrive at a cost-effective structural solution. Repeated Tuesday 11 July 2017 Benjamin Finley Hoppe OBE, former British Constructional Steelwork Association BCSA President died on 25th April, aged 83, at the Royal Gwent Hospital, after a short illness. Mr Hoppe spent more than 50 years working in the steel construction sector, founding Rowecord Engineering and serving as the BCSA’s President from 1996 to 1998. Born in the Mumbles in 1933, Ben as he was usually known is remembered by all who knew him as a true gentleman, with great charisma matched with a degree of humility. These attributes and his long illustrious steel career were recognised in 2004, when he received his OBE from Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Ben’s long association with the steelwork sector began in 1950, when aged 16 he made his first career choice and joined a local firm as an Apprentice Structural Draughtsman. Following National Service, Ben was employed by Braithwaite Engineers of Swansea. His first role was at the Port Talbot Steelworks as their Site Agent. In 1961, while working as a Site Agent for Rees & Kirby, Ben was heavily involved in the construction of Llanwern Steelworks near Newport. Ben was persuaded to go it alone in 1970 setting up steelwork contractor Rowecord Engineering in a small workshop at Newport’s Old Town Dock. The company grew and undertook some of the most prestigious projects in steel construction, including Blast Furnaces, the London 2012 Olympic Aquatics Centre, the British Museum Extension and the graceful and iconic Peace Bridge in Londonderry. As well as a busy and energetic businessman, Ben was also a keen sportsman, having represented Swansea schools at both rugby and cricket. He continued to play first team football until the age of 41 and cricket into his 50s. Ben leaves behind his wife Val, sons Andrew and Ian, daughter Gill, and ten grandchildren. Steelwork sector remembers former BCSA President Diary For SCI events contact Jane Burrell, tel: 01344 636500 email: education@steel-sci.com restaurant and garden bar. BAM Design developed the designs for the scheme. Its expertise in 3D co-ordinated design, working with the structural engineer and M&E subcontractor, is said to have been fundamental to the integration of over 1,000 services holes through the steel frame. “This is a significant high quality private development in a specialist sector. We are very appreciative that the client has put its trust in us,” commented BAM Construction in the Midlands Regional Director Rod Stiles. “We are pleased to be working with BAM again on this prestigious new retirement village for Worcestershire. Richmond Wood Norton is an extremely complex development with a main Village Care Centre of 9,200m2, but I am confident that BAM has the expertise to deliver a fantastic building for us to provide the very best in retirement living and care,” said Richmond Care Villages Managing Director Paddy Brice. Construction should be completed in September 2018. Retirement village rises with steel Silverstone racetrack in Northamptonshire, the home of British Formula One, has received a lottery grant to help fund the construction of a £20M motor racing museum. Contractors are now being sought for the project, which involves the conversion of a World War II hangar on the former aerodrome site. A large extension to the existing structure is also planned. Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund Sir Peter Luff said: “Silverstone is a place where so many legends of British motor racing have their roots. The speed and glamour though are only part of the success of motorsport since the late 1940s.” “When completed this project will help visitors, many of whom will know little about Silverstone’s history, to understand much more about the site’s heritage.” According to a spokesperson for Silverstone racetrack, the project will bring the extensive heritage of Silverstone and British motor racing to life for an estimated half a million visitors a year, through the creation of a dynamic, interactive and educational visitor experience. The Silverstone Heritage Experience will include a permanent exhibition that will take visitors on an exciting two-hour journey through motor racing past, present and future. The Project Architect, heading up the building services team, is Jane Lock-Smith of Cube Design who was awarded Architect of the Year at the Women in Construction Awards 2016. Silverstone museum gets the chequered flag


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