Vision 2017 are offering an opportunity for architect and their firms to stay ahead of the game when it comes to the increased change in technology and what this means for the built environment. It is thought that in order to stay abreast of all of the challenges and at the forefront of technological solutions, continuous learning will be demanded.
Vision has been looking at the market trends, with particular attention being paid to new products and building solution as well as the insurgence of new software. Vision is considered as a CPD accredited event that is popular for the professional development of the architectural industry.
The BRE, RIBA and NLA all host talks and events as part of Vision and it thought that Vison 2017 will see the gathering of industry experts for an opportunity to learn and network.
The event will be taking place between the 6th and the 7th June and is free to attend. Taking place at Olympia London the convention. Amongst the things on display, Pocket Living will be there to outline what would be required by architects in order to create an efficient and more viable built environment.
Also at the event is Archio, who will be looking more in to bespoke and prefabricated construction and how technology in this sector can be adapted in order to make one-offs or from bespoke kiosks to new micro-housing.
Bio buildings will also be discussed as part of Vison 2017, with the focus being on working alongside students and academics in biology, computer science and business in order to create new materials.
Astudio have been doing just that and some of these will be on display to show the significance of design while creating resilient environments. BRE, Vision’s BIM Partner, will also be giving those that attend the event the chance to network with BRE speakers in order to improve BIM education and the different certification services available.
Source: Property & Development Magazine
They returned an 87% vote in favour of strike action and action short of strike.
A continuous work to rule will begin on Monday 22nd May followed by an initial 24 hour strike on Friday 26th May.
The drivers, who supply bulk cement across the UK, are based at four depots: Rugby, Tilbury, Barton-on-Humber and Newport.
The work to rule will include drivers: adhering to 48 hours maximum working week, adhering to 11 hours’ daily rest, adhering to 45 hour weekly rest period, no electronic proof of delivery (EPOD) on while driving, no unpaid training of drivers, no supervisor intervention work to be carried out by drivers on EPOD.
Adrian Jones, Unite national officer for road transport, said: “Cemex still has time to avert this dispute by returning to the negotiating table and making an offer which meets our members’ expectations and properly rewards them for their skills, dedication and hard work.
If Cemex doesn’t act and this dispute goes ahead it will create chaos throughout the construction industry. Sites will swiftly run out of materials which will create delays throughout the entire project.”
As previously reported, Cemex has contingency plans in place to ensure a continued supply of bulk cement to customers.
Three company directors have been sent to prison following the death of a man who fell while repairing the roof of a warehouse in Essex.
The warehouse, called Ozdil House, was owned by Ozdil Investments Ltd. Ozdil Investments denied corporate manslaughter and a HSWA offence but was convicted following a trial at Chelmsford Crown Court. Two of its directors, Firat Ozdil and Ozgur Ozdil, were convicted of an HSWA offence.
At the court on Friday (19th May 2017) Firat Ozdil was jailed for one year, Ozgur Ozdil for 10 months and Kadir Kose for eight months.
Both the Health & Safety Executive and Harlow District Council issued warnings to the company about the dangers involved in the repair work and specifically the need for safety measures such as netting to be put in place.
Despite this, Firat Ozdil and Ozgur Ozdil paid their friend Kadir Kose and his company Koseoglu Metalworks Ltd to carry out the work without netting or other safety measures.
The court heard that Koseoglu Metalworks Ltd had no experience of roofing work and the fee paid by the Ozdils was approximately £100,000 less than a recognised roofing contractor would have charged.
Kose did not carry out a risk assessment at the site and sent staff employed by his company onto the roof without training.
While working on the roof, Mr Valkov stepped onto a discoloured skylight and fell to his death.
In addition to the jail sentences, Ozdil Investments was fined £660,000 and ordered to pay costs of more than £53,000. Koseoglu Metal Works was fined £400,000 plus £21,236 costs.
Crown Prosecution Service specialist prosecutor Luke Bulpitt said: "By ignoring the safety measures they knew were required, the Odzils and their company risked the lives of everyone working on the roof in an attempt to save money.
"Kadir Kose and Koseoglu Metalworks undertook the work to the roof without taking any appropriate safety steps, gambling with the lives of their employees.
"Faced with the evidence against him, Kose and Koseoglu Metalworks admitted their guilt but the Ozdils and their company contested the charges. However, having heard the compelling case put forward by the prosecution, the jury returned guilty verdicts.”
Working at height remains the biggest danger for construction workers, according to the Building Safety Group (BSG).
BSG’s figures echo statistics published by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). Despite an overall drop in fatalities, falling from height still remains the single biggest cause of fatalities on construction sites and in the workplace.
Over the last five years they have killed 97 construction workers, accounting for 45% of all fatal injuries on site. They are also the largest single cause of non-fatal accident related injury, responsible for 33% all non-fatal injuries, including 11% of the injuries resulting in an absence of more than seven days.
The three main sources of falls from height injuries and fatalities are fragile roof lights, scaffolding and ladders.
Most accidents can be easily prevented according the Building Safety Group’s technical manager, Chris Chapman: “Working at height is clearly the most dangerous activity carried out in the construction sector.
Everyone can do more to ensure that work is properly planned, supervised and conducted by qualified workers who have the required skills for the task in hand.”
He added: “To significantly reduce the dangers of working at height, construction companies should always try to complete as much work as possible from the ground, ensure safe access and egress and importantly, make certain that any equipment used is suitable, stable and strong enough for the job.”
Source: Construction Index
With these new regulations landlords are worried as it could mean that they lose some income if their properties do not meet the required grade. According to the survey conducted by E.ON, only 9% of landlords feel that the properties in their portfolio meet the minimum required grade with a year until the regulations come in to effect.
Landlords have expressed their concern about meeting the specified requirements in the Minimum Energy Efficient Standards because failing to meet them could lead to having problems with mortgage repayments. 45% of the landlords that were consulted as part of the research carried out by E.ON have said that they weren’t aware or only vaguely aware of the new standards that are coming in to place next month.
Other results from the research show that more than half of the landlords thought that at least 40% of their properties were F and G rated. Also, 34% are concerned that the new regulations will affect whether they will be able to renew the leases on their properties.
The research has revealed that landlords are more focused on meeting the regulations than other more typical landlord concerns. 37% of landlords are focusing on meeting the EPC regulations, 34% are focused on being able to meet their mortgage repayments, and 27% focus of keeping tenants happy.
However the new regulations are more than just a headache for landlords. 43% of landlords have stated that they find it easier to persuade tenants to let out the commercial properties that meet the regulations, and 39% have found the value of their properties has increased.
Source: Property and Development Magazine
In terms of volume, this adds 3.2 million sq ft into the development pipeline, a rise of 13%. Despite this, the total office space currently under construction across the capital is now 13.9 million sq ft, a 6% decrease from the previous survey (14.8 million sq ft).
Nigel Shilton, managing partner at Deloitte Real Estate, said: “The decrease in overall volume of space under construction could suggest that developers have slowed down, yet this is more a result of timing and two years of elevated levels of construction completing rather than developers holding off.
Demolition levels remain high at 7.9 million sq ft, which chimes with the sentiment of our surveyed contractors who expect a rise in workload over the coming 12 months. Looking at the development pipeline, we forecast around 39 million sq ft to be delivered by 2021. Very few schemes have been cancelled, highlighting continuing developer confidence.”
Shaun Dawson, author of the London Office Crane Survey at Deloitte, said: “The sheer volume of completed space is no surprise given the surge in development activity 18 months ago. In total 4.4 million sq ft completed in 2016 and this momentum has continued into 2017, we expect this year’s annual total delivery to be the highest since 2003.”
The City continues to dominate development activity with 10 new schemes totalling 1.9 million sq ft taking the City’s construction pipeline to 8.2 million sq ft. This represents a 7% decrease, but comes on the back of a number of large schemes having completed in the last six months.
The largest decrease in construction activity was recorded in the West End, down 27% in six months. This is notwithstanding the addition of nearly half a million sq ft across eight schemes starting construction. Other markets remain active with Midtown and Southbank’s development activity increasing by 9% and 6% respectively.
Occupier demand remains resilient, Deloitte said, with 43% (six million sq ft) of space currently under construction already let. Mr Dawson added: “Good quality new stock is attracting significant tenant demand with 10 of the new schemes starting construction already achieving leasing success and of the 3.9 million sq ft of completed space, half was pre-let. This early leasing activity has softened the impact the volume of space completing has on the market.”
Source: The Construction Index