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News in Brief: June 2015

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The Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC) at the University of Strathclyde is now open for business, with a full programme of conferences scheduled for the coming weeks and most of the building’s occupants having taken up residence. More than 2,600t of steelwork was supplied and erected by Severfield for the wedge shaped nine-storey steel-framed project.

Jack Tighe has been awarded a SC21 Bronze Recognition Award for its manufacturing excellence. SC21 is a change programme designed to accelerate the competitiveness of industry by raising the performance of supply chains.

A two-storey steel-framed Ikea store is due to begin construction in Reading during June. Main contractor for the project is RG Group and it has yet to appoint a steelwork contractor.

Acrow Galvanizing (part of the Wedge Group) has used hot-dip galvanizing to protect the Cow Parsley ‘Gone to Seed’ sculpture, which appeared on BBC1’s Glorious Gardens. Standing 3.6m tall with 10 seed heads and spanning 6m wide, the steel sculpture was designed and manufactured for the popular scenic gardens of East Ruston Old Vicarage in Norwich.

Arup claims new and radical designs for steel connections in construction can be achieved using 3D printing. The company said the process could also enhance the design and production process to the point that the weight and resulting cost of future construction materials could be reduced significantly. Steel connections could be designed 50% smaller and with a weight reduction of approximately 75%.

Construction of a new steel composite road bridge over the River Wear in Sunderland is now under way. Sunderland City Council has signed a contract for the bridge and approach roads with Farrans Construction and it has now begun preliminary works. The new bridge will be a three span cable-stayed bridge with supporting A-frame pylon rising to a height of 105m.

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