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News in Brief: Nov 2013

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The steel framed Coop headquarters in Manchester is said to be the UK’s most environmentally friendly building after it was given a BREEAM score of 95.16%, the highest ever awarded.

A 30m tall man of steel sculpture is set to be installed on a hill overlooking both Sheffield and Rotherham. In recognition to the area’s steelmaking heritage, the work of art is set for a public opening in 2015. Creator of the sculpture, Steve Mehdi said: “The figure represents mankind and despite its size it does not impose itself on people.”

Newport Galvanizers (part of the Wedge Group) has provided hot dip galvanizing to 30t of structural steelwork for the Hanham Hall development in Gloucestershire. The project will include 185 homes and is set to become one of the preliminary zero carbon communities in the UK.

Tekla has launched BIMsight 1.8, the latest version of its free software tool for building information modelling project coordination. The company says the design tool concentrates on the three C’s: combining models, checking for conflicts, and communicating.

Netherlands based manufacturer Voortmann has started production of its new V304 plate processing system. The machine is said to be ideal for repeat and simultaneous cutting jobs as well as layout marking. A maximum of six oxy-fuel torches, two plasma torches or a combination can be added to the steel gantry.

Kaltenbach has ceased representation of the German machinery manufacturer, Behringer. Customers of Kaltenbach that have purchased Behringer equipment will, however, be able to continue to receive technical support and after sales support services.

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