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Around the Press – March 2011

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Construction News
27 January 2011
Steel threat to commercial projects
“It’s isn’t likely to have any effect on steel in terms of competitiveness. This isn’t just structural steel – it’s all steel – so this is just as much as a problem for concrete contractors who use a lot of steel rebar,” said British Constructional Steelwork Association director general Derek Tordoff.

New Civil Engineer
3 February 2011
Newark’s road to recovery 
(A46 Improvements) In all there are 22 new structures on the route, including eight grade-separated junctions, 11 overbridges, two underbridges and a major rail bridge. “One of the benefits of the project is that we’ve been able to rationalise the bridge design, and a lot of them now look very similar,” says Balfour Beatty project director Tony Dixon. The same design has been used for 12 of the overbridges, which are being built as integral structures with steel beams and composite decks, typically spanning 30m.

New Civil Engineer
10 February 2011
Managed packages at London 2012 Olympics
Head of temporary venues David Coulson set up a series of packages for civil engineering, building services, lightweight structures, event fit-out, modular buildings, temporary seating and general building. There are also specific packages for the 2m deep stainless steel, sectional swimming pools that will be erected two weeks before the Games  start for training purposes.

Building Magazine
4 February 2011
Battersea: the last chance
(On Battersea Power Station redevelopment) A spokesman for the developer said: “Some of the steel will need repairing, but the steel frame will not be replaced.”

Building Magazine
11 February 2011
A touch of class
(Restoration of Midland Grand hotel) Much of the work was concentrated on the ceilings. These sag over time so stainless steel hangers are used as supports.

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