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NEWS New safety rules broaden scope of what is said to be the world’s Nhas just boughtEnglish Heritage erington Flax Mill in Shrewsbury. EWS design responsibility “father of the skyscraper”, Dith-first metal-framed building and Definition of a designer will be dra- responsibilities clearly enough,” said steelwork contractors if, as often The grade 1 listed mill was de- matically widened when the revised British Constructional Steel Associa- happens, they are consulted infor- signed by Charles Bage and built ment) Regulations come into force ter Walker. early stages of a project. bridge on the Shrewsbury Canal. i-in 1796–97, upstream of Ironmally by structural engineers in the-tion Health and Safety Manager Pe- Construction (Design and Manage early next year. Designers are accountable for They would also apply to tem- It has been empty since 1987 and BR Advice given by telephone will the health and safety implications proary works engineers, or to a pur- is in a poor state of repair. come within the scope of the rules as of their design decisions on others. chaser who buys materials where well as designs produced on paper They are defined in the new regula- the choice has been left open. The government is to publish or on a computer. tions as those who have a trade or Designers’ duties extend to modi- its report on modern methods The new regulations were issued business which involves them in fications to designs: hurriedly pro- of construction a year early as i for a 12-week public consultation preparing designs for construction duced solutions to problems or other part of an effort to increase the period on 31 March in one of the final work, including variations, or anyone last minute changes need to be prop- rate of housebuilding. It hopes stages before they come into force. who specifies or alters a design. erly thought through. that the increased use of off- They were drawn up by a work- This includes preparing drawings, Mr Walker said: “The new regula- site construction or factory built ing party under the auspices of the design details, specifications and tions will cover an awful lot of peo- units will help it reach its target Health & Safety Executive including bills of quantities as well as analysis ple who might not normally think of of 200,000 additional units by representatives from the construc- and calculations. The definition also themselves as designers.” He add- 2016. tion industry and trade unions. applies to someone whose employ- ed: “Regulations very rarely change “The HSE felt that the existing reg- ees prepare designs. significantly at this stage of the proc- The stainless steel industry ulations didn’t define the designer’s The regulations would apply to ess.” needs to sustain its effort to de- velop target markets, said Direc- Argos the annual luncheon of the Brit-tor Nigel Ward in his address to chooses Much development effort con-.ish Stainless Steel Association award to Billington MD Steve Fareham Presenter Dara O’Briain (left) and the BCSA’s Gillian Mitchell present the Multibeam the architecture, building andtinues to be directed towards construction but the association will also explore sectors such as the water industry and infra- structure including road and rail bridges. Billington scoops award nounced record profits of- has anSeverfield Rowen £12.2M pre tax with turnover Billington Structures scooped the Billington Structures received up 20% at £204.3M for 2004. The steelwork category in the inaugural the award from Gillian Mitchell, forward order book stood at Kingspan Metl-Con has sup- Construction News Specialists in deputy director general of the £165M. The company expects plied over 300 tonnes of Multi- Construction Awards at a ceremony British Constructional Steelwork to see its exports, currently beam purlin and rail products at Grosvenor House in London last Association, which supported the some 10% of turnover, increase. for a regional distribution cen- month. steelwork category along with the Severfield Rowen employees’ tre for retail giant Argos. The awards, established with Steel Construction Institute and productivity has increased due The 72,800m2 centre will serve the National Specialist Contractors’ Corus. to investment in upgrading plant Argos’s entire store network Council and the Specialist The high-profile panel of judges, and machinery. and direct sales operations Engineering Contractors’ Group, chaired by Sir Michael Latham, across northern England, Scot- recognise the “critical role played by described Billington Structures “as A new model specification for off land and Northern Ireland. specialist contractors of all sizes and simply a superb company — its site applied intumescent coat- Multibeam’s high strength to types on this country’s construction exceptionally high standards across ings has been launched by the weight ratio and long span- projects, raising the profile of the board tipped the balance in its Steel Construction Institute. The ning capabilities contributed companies that are often the unsung favour”. new guide - Structural Fire De- to a construction time for the heroes of the industry.” Fairfield-Mabey was highly com- sign: Off-site Applied Thin Film structural frame of only eight Finalists were shortlisted on mended. The judges described it as Intumescent Coatings (Second weeks, said Kingspan Metl- the basis of a written submission, “a long-established company that Edition) - is a new edition of SCI Con Marketing Manager John and the winner selected following has undergone a culture of change P160 which was published in Williams. Steelwork contrac- a rigourous panel interview. in order to face new challenges” 1996. The guide was launched at tor for the project is Atlas Ward Companies had to demonstrate and praised it “for having got to grips a well attended London seminar Structures and main contractor their credentials in areas such with key issues”. on 21 April and can be down- is Bowmer & Kirkland. as technical expertise, business Rowecord Engineering and loaded at www.steelbiz.org. management, and health and safety. Waagner Biro were also shortlisted. NSC May 2005 9


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