Building Briefs – October 9th

Winner of the Health & Safety Award Harry Murji and Neil Thomson of Stewart Milne Group
Winner of the Health & Safety Award Harry Murji and Neil Thomson of Stewart Milne Group

Safety performance scoops two awards for Stewart Milne Group

Stewart Milne Group’s health and safety performance has been recognised by two recent awards.

Earlier this month the independent house builder and timber systems manufacturer won the award for Excellence in Health and Safety Award at the Northern Star Awards, organised by Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce.

This comes hot on the heels of its eighth consecutive Gold Medal awarded recently by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

The Northern Star award was in recognition of Stewart Milne Group’s performance on the overall health and safety of its business through its commitment, training and procedures.

The RoSPA gold medal rewarded the group’s ongoing commitment to raising health and safety standards within its own business and in the industry.

RoSPA award winners must demonstrate a rigorous approach to occupational health, have proven, robust health and safety management systems and a reduction in the number of accidents.


Indeglas moves into England with appointment of Manchester-based technical manager

Peter Mulligan
Peter Mulligan

Interior glass solutions supplier Indeglas is making a move into England with the appointment of Peter Mulligan as its new technical manager.

Peter, who is based in Manchester, is a highly experienced project manager who formerly held a senior position with the commercial interior glazing arm of a high-profile builders’ merchant.

Indeglas founder and managing director, Jeanette MacIntyre, said: “As exclusive supplier of the Deko of Denmark product range across the UK and Ireland, we are steadily gearing up our operations to meet the increasing demands of our customers throughout the country.

“Peter’s appointment is a key part of that strategy and reinforces our objective that Indeglas should be the name on everyone’s lips in the construction industry when it comes to internal glass applications.”

Amongst a series of successful projects, recently-rebranded Indeglas was responsible for all of the internal glass structures at City of Glasgow College City Campus, which has been nominated for the much sought-after RIBA Stirling Prize to be announced in October this year.


NorSea Group fueling the future in Peterhead

NorSea Group's new MGO tanks at Peterhead
NorSea Group’s new MGO tanks at Peterhead

NorSea Group UK (Ltd) has completed Phase I of its multi-million pound investment at its Shore Base within Peterhead Port with the opening of a new custom-built Marine Gas Oil (MGO) facility on Smith Quay.

Two MGO tanks, which hold a combined total of 3000m3 of fuel, are now operational. This represents an expansion in the range of services currently provided directly to clients by NorSea Group at Peterhead as project support and supply vessels can now be fuelled directly at the quay.

Phases 2 and 3 of NorSea Group’s expansion plans at Peterhead also include development of reclaimed land adjacent to Smith Quay, the construction of a mud plant and slops recovery tanks. When complete, NorSea Group UK will have a total of 58,000m2 of laydown area and 350m of berthing between the two quays enabling them to accommodate E&P logistics contracts and even larger projects for subsea, decommissioning and renewable work. NorSea Group clients will have access to a full range of base and logistics services at Peterhead, all managed on their behalf through a single point of contact.


Engineers to start next phase of Aberdeen-Inverness Improvement Project

BAM Nuttall and Network Rail are to begin work on the next phase of the Aberdeen-Inverness Improvement Project.

The 10-day scheme will get underway later tonight, 06 October.

Works will include;

  • Complete 1.5km of new track in Forres
  • Finish the new Forres station and link road
  • Complete 1.2km of new track in Elgin
  • Extend the platforms at Elgin
  • Upgrade Elgin level crossing to a full-barrier, CCTV crossing
  • Remove redundant signal boxes at Elgin and Forres
  • Upgrade signalling systems between Elgin and Inverness

The Aberdeen-Inverness Improvement Project is a Scottish Government-funded scheme to improve journey times and increase capacity on the route between the two cities.


Dundee’s development fuelling homes sale surge

The number of people who bought properties in Dundee rose by 21% in the past three months – the biggest increase in Scotland over the period.

It far outstripped the Scottish nine per cent increase which was, itself, the biggest regional rise in the UK.

Angus is also buoyant, with a 2% increase in purchases in the county, while the upswing in Perth and Kinross was an impressive 14%.

Fife fared worse, with a drop of 6% of sales in the kingdom.

The findings were released by eMoov, which analyses listings on websites Rightmove and Zoopla across all council areas in the country.

Russell Quirk, chief executive of eMoov, said projects such as the V&A, coupled with a steady price for property, has piqued interest in the city.


Work continues on waste water infrastructure upgrade in Glasgow

Work is continuing on a waste water infrastructure upgrade scheme in Glasgow.

The scheme is part of Scottish Water’s £250 million, five-year programme of work, launched in 2013, to improve river water quality and the natural environment and tackle flooding.

To continue work on the project, a short stretch of Aikenhead Road from its junction with Curtis Avenue to its junction with Curling Crescent will be reduced from four lanes to one lane, with temporary traffic lights for single-file traffic in both directions from 16 October. Diversions will be in place. Work is expected to last for two months.

The road traffic management will enable Scottish Water to work on the construction of new pipes and increased storage which will help tackle flooding in the area.


Work on Isle of Lewis War memorial refurb complete

Work on a war memorial restoration project on the Isle of Lewis is complete.

The £200,000 Lewis War Memorial refurbishment secured a £132,000 grant towards costs from the War Memorial Trusts (WMT) First World War Memorials Programme.

Features of the project include;

  • External stonework pointing to all elevations and faces of the memorial, removing the existing pointing and replacing with hydraulic lime/sand mortar
  • Replacement of 15 slim windows with new timber vented louvres and the replacement of the four nine-pane windows to level four of the memorial
  • Replacement and renewal of the top turret roof covering and structural members in code 8 lead
  • A new upgraded fit for purpose lightning conductors was fitted
  • The internal work was primarily the removal of existing secondary material (cement render, plaster and paint) and then subsequent repointing of the inner walls with lime / sand mortar. The significant benefit of this aspect of the works will allow the walls to ‘breathe’ whereas before water and moisture were trapped

In addition, the internal galvanised and steel spiral stair was refurbished, along with the two high level doors and the main entrance door.