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Lindapter has launched a new generation of hook-over clamps for connecting rolled steel sections. The type CF clamp is said to securely connect channel, angle and I-beam secondary steelwork without drilling or welding, dramatically reducing construction time and costs.

A management buy-out has been successfully completed at Poole based steelwork fabricator James Bros (Hamworthy). The buy-out team consists of senior managers John Charles and Michael Pryke, together with local businessman Stephen Dyke. The company has been in operation since 1921 and has a turnover of £6M per annum.

The new stand at the Brit Oval cricket ground has won the 14th Annual Hot Dip Galvanizing Award. Three projects where highly commended: Bellmouth Passage Footbridge, Canary Wharf; Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and the Fawood Children’s Centre in London.

Structural engineers Hyder Consulting has scooped the Australian Steel Institute’s 2006 award for the best multi-level steel design. The award was presented for the 55-storey Ernst & Young Centre, located in Sydney’s business district.

A partnership of BCSA, Corus and SCI has been awarded a contract by the Department for Communities and Local Government to develop the National Annexes for the following parts of Eurocode 3 and 4. The relevant parts are: EC3 Part 1.1 General rules and rules for buildings. EC3 Part 1.2 Fire. EC3 Part 1.8 Joints. EC3 Part 1.9 Fatigue. EC3 Part 1.10 Through thickness properties. EC4 Part 1.1 and EC4 Part 1.2. After public comments the National Annexes will be updated and published by BSI in early 2007.

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