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News in Brief: March 2016

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This year’s MACH 2016, the UK’s premier manufacturing technologies event, to be held at Birmingham NEC April 11-15, will host the latest innovations in steel processing equipment.  FICEP will be previewing its full range of steel plate, beam and angles processing machinery, Kaltenbach will be showing examples and technologies from its recently expanded product portfolio and Peddinghaus will also be showcasing equipment.

Severfield has seen its UK order book grow by a third to £246M in just three months signaling the structural steelwork sector is in good health. Chief Executive Officer Ian Lawson said the firm’s operating margins were also on the rise in line with management expectations. In a trading statement, he said: “The market continues to present a good level of opportunities although as indicated in November’s interim results, slippage in potential timescales still remains a risk as clients scrutinise forecast overall project costs with caution.”

The ‘Best Digital Campaign’ category at the annual Construction Marketing Awards (CMA) was won by voestalpine Metsec for its video case study of the partially steel-framed 66 Queen Square, Bristol. The CMAs showcase the construction industry’s creativity, innovation and effectiveness in marketing. There are a number of categories including best marketing campaign, best use of content, and best use of website as well as awards recognising the marketing agencies that support the industry.

The University of Cambridge has been granted planning permission for ‘Project Capella’ – a new £79M research facility being delivered by Kier and designed by architects from The Fairhursts Design Group. The six-storey steel-framed 18,000m² centre will be located adjacent to the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute within the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, and will provide state-of-the-art research laboratories.

Yorkshire County Cricket Club has unveiled plans for a £50M project to transform its Headingley Cricket Ground. The scheme includes the installation of floodlights and the rebuilding of the North/South Stand, which will become the centerpiece of the project. The capacity of the cricket ground will increase from 17,000 to 20,000.

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