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NSC 7 NEWS IN BRIEF September 15 Royal opening for The Kelpies The Kelpies have received a royal seal of approval as Her Royal Highness Princess Anne has officially opened what are said to be the world’s largest pair of equine sculptures. HRH the Princess Royal led a flotilla of around 40 boats along the Forth & Clyde Canal to the sculptures, before meeting some of the groups and individuals involved in the project. The colossal Kelpies, which tower over a new section of the historic Forth & Clyde Canal, are the centrepieces of the £43M Helix project. The scheme, driven by a partnership Forming an integral part of the redevelopment of Liverpool FC’s Anfield stadium, the 650t steel roof truss for the new main stand has been lifted into place. Having been delayed for one day due to high winds, work started just after 9am, when the 140m long structure was lifted up above the stand by two of the largest cranes in the country. Within an hour of the work starting the truss was moved over the incomplete steel frame for the new main stand. It then stayed hovering between the new and old sections of the stand for about two hours while more weights were added to the cranes to allow them to safely lower it into position. The structure was then lowered onto two new towers, either side of the stand, and fixed into place. Work then took place to secure the truss and release it from the cranes. The work was the latest development in the stadium’s expansion, and is set to make of Falkirk Council and Scottish Canals and supported by an award of £25M from the Big Lottery Fund, has transformed 350 hectares of underused land between Falkirk and Grangemouth into a vibrant parkland, visitor attraction and marine hub with the canal and The Kelpies at its heart. More than one million visitors from all over the world have stood in the shadow of the sculptures since their unveiling in April 2014, bringing renewed vibrancy and income to the area and boosting the local economy by an estimated £1.5m per year. Councillor Adrian Mahoney, Falkirk the main stand one of the largest all-seater single stands in Europe’s top divisions. The redeveloped stand, on target for completion during the 2016/17 season, will comprise three tiers with the existing lower tier featuring a widened player tunnel, new team benches, a media platform and wheelchair viewing positions. Council’s spokesperson for Culture, Leisure and Tourism, said: “It seems particularly appropriate that Princess Anne – with her love of horses – has agreed to officially open the Kelpies, the world’s largest equine sculptures. Standing at around 30m tall, they dominate the skyline and act as a beacon to tourists from all over the world.” The complex steelwork for The Kelpies was fabricated, supplied and erected by S H Structures. The project was recognised by the Structural Steel Design Awards in 2014 as a unique and iconic artwork, and was honoured with an Award. The redevelopment plans will add around 8,500 seats and take the Main Stand capacity to over 20,000, increasing the overall capacity of Anfield to around 54,000. Working on behalf of main contractor Carillion, steelwork for the project is being fabricated, supplied and erected by Severfield. News AceCad Software has released its BIMReview V8, a collaborative Building Information Modelling (BIM) project review tool for use across construction projects. The company says it is a low cost, feature rich tool, to import BIM models and associated data from multiple CAD authoring tools to consolidate effective review and visual communication. Wessex Galvanizers (part of the Wedge Group) is playing an important part in the ongoing restoration of the fire-stricken Hastings pier. The company has provided its hot-dip galvanizing protection to over 250t of steel used to fabricate components of the new pier structure. NEO Bankside, the first major residential scheme in the UK to feature an external steel bracing system and a 2012 SSDA Commendation winner, has been shortlisted for this year’s Stirling Prize. The luxury flats are located behind the South Bank’s Tate Modern in London and were designed by architect Richard Rogers. 

 Billington Structures has installed the first truss for a £60M hangar at RAF Brize Norton that will be used to maintain Airbus A400 Atlas four-engine military transport aircraft. In total the company will erect approximately 3,000t of steel for the hangar and an associated three-storey office block. Barrett Steel has ranked on both the Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 league table and the Yorkshire Insider’s annual Top 500. Fifteen companies from Yorkshire, including Barrett Steel, featured on the list of the 200 UK businesses with the fastest growth in overseas sales. The International Track 200 ranks companies with total sales of more than £25M that have international sales of at least £1M. Truss installed for Anfield’s new main stand Photo: Peter Sandground/Scottish Canals


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