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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

HSE gets fees from one in three sites | Construction News | The Construction Index

HSE gets fees from one in three sites | Construction News | The Construction Index

A two-week site blitz of 560 construction sites by the Health & Safety Executive has resulted in 35% of them being issued with a bill for the privilege under the Fees For Intervention scheme (FFI).

Monday, 21 July 2014

A property maintenance firm has been prosecuted for failing to check a wood dust extractor in its joinery workshop.

http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/8k-fine-for-machinery-inspection-neglect
Stockport-based High Peak Remedial Services Ltd was prosecuted by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) after it failed to comply with an enforcement notice requiring its wood dust extractor to be properly tested, as required every 14 months by law.
Trafford Magistrates’ Court heard that an HSE inspector issued an improvement notice during a routine visit to the Park Road workshop on 13 July 2013, after it emerged the company had not arranged a recent test of its extraction system.
The company was given just over eight weeks to comply with the enforcement notice, but asked for an extension on the day before it was due to expire. The firm was then given another four weeks to arrange a test but it again failed to meet the deadline.
High Peak Remedial Services Ltd, of Buxton Road in Stockport, was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £1,662 after pleading guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 by failing to comply with an Improvement Notice.
HSE inspector Emily Osborne said after the hearing: “High Peak Remedial Services put its employees’ health at risk by not arranging for its wood dust extraction system to be tested. We gave the firm several chances to arrange for an engineer to visit the workshop over a three-month period, but it failed to take any action. We therefore had no choice but to prosecute.”

NBJ complies with HSE guidelines and we ensure our dust extraction is maintained and inspected within the specified time period.  Joinery workshops are inevitably dusty and we are proud to achieve very good air quality readings with our Extraction Plant.  Our last inspection recorded a result of "very satisfactory", on a sample taken from an employee, working in our machine shop.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Government hails record employment

Government hails record employment

The Government has hailed an "important milestone" after figures showed record employment and another huge fall in the numbers out of work.

More than 30 million people are in a job, an increase of almost one million over the past year, the best figures since records began in 1971, while unemployment has fallen by 121,000 to 2.12 million, the lowest since the end of 2009

Monday, 14 July 2014

Battersea Power Station reveals first luxury apartment

 
The Power House, a two-bedroom apartment atop the iconic London landmark, gives a taste of what’s to come in Battersea Power Station’s redevelopment
The Power House Living Room
The Rooftop Terrace

By Sarah Royce-Greensill
July 14, 2014 14:46

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/property-and-architecture/39871/battersea-power-station-reveals-first-luxury-apartment.html


 

The Power House at Battersea Power Station
Only a few of the 254 brand new apartments within south London’s iconic Battersea Power Station remain on the market, and investors now have a taste of what their money has bought. The Power House is the first show apartment for phase two of the seven-stage, £8 billion redevelopment. Photos released today showcase its art deco-inspired interior, designed by London-based Michaelis Boyd Architects, and decked terrace with views reaching across the Thames.

Built on the top eastern corner of the Grade II listed Power Station, the two-bedroom apartment demonstrates the two interior design styles available to buyers. Purchasers can choose Heritage ’33, with features such as dark herringbone flooring inspired by the classic elegance of the original power station which was built in 1933, or Heritage ’47, which includes modern, sharper touches like brushed stainless steel to tie in with the architectural crispness of the station's second building, designed in 1947.

Michaelis Boyd describe the design, which includes exposed brickwork, oak chevron flooring and concrete kitchen worktops, as “refined industrial-authentic, highly tactile and visually dramatic”. “It has been an incredibly exciting process so far and very refreshing to work with a team who want to challenge the traditional development model and look at new ways of design,” said Tim Boyd and Alex Michaelis, the firm’s founding directors.

The project was not without its challenges: Donban Contracting UK, the contractor responsible for the build, brought in specialist cranes to lift the “modules” that fit together to form the glass structure. Christy Hayes, managing director of Donban Contracting UK, explained: “this was one of the most challenging builds we have worked on in some time but one of the most rewarding. Even when the team was encountering the challenges of the project, the view once you reached the Power House and the client participation gave us fresh desire and the determination to complete the project ahead of schedule and the end result in the quality is a testament to all those involved.”

The redevelopment also includes plans for two penthouse apartments situated between the building's two sets of chimneys. The Power Station is expected to open to the public for the first time in over 30 years in 2019.

The Telegraph - by Sarah Royce-Greensill - July 14, 2014

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Construction’s fatality rate gets worse | Construction News | The Construction Index

Construction’s fatality rate gets worse | Construction News | The Construction Index

The construction industry’s fatal injury rate deteriorated slightly last year and deaths from long-term asbestos-related disease also increased.


In the year ending 31 March 2014, the Health & Safety Executive recorded 42 fatal injuries to workers in construction, compared to 39 the previous year. Although there was more activity in construction last year, the fatal injury rate still worsened marginally, from 1.9 per 100,000 to 1.98 per 100,000 workers.
Construction remains safer than both agriculture and the waste & recycling sector.
Steve Murphy, general secretary of construction union Ucatt, said of the increase in building site fatalities: “Each of these deaths was a terrible tragedy where someone’s loved one went to work one day and never came home. Sadly in the vast majority of cases these fatalities could have been easily prevented."
He added: “The rise in fatalities should send a chill through the industry and it corresponds with a very modest upturn in construction. All the previous evidence shows that as the industry gets busier deaths and accidents increase. These dangers are being exacerbated by the massive cuts that the government have made to the HSE’s budget and their continued attack on safety laws and regulations. Rather than cutting safety laws the government should be taking action to ensure that proper measures are introduced to punish employers who are prepared to risk the lives of their workers.”
Construction worker health is also under the spotlight with the revelation that 2,535 people died in 2012 from mesothelioma, a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. This is a 10.6% increase from 2,291 in 2011.
HSE chair Judith Hackitt said: “The high numbers of deaths relating to mesothelioma are a reminder of historically poor standards of workplace health and safety, which decades later are causing thousands of painful, untimely deaths each year. While we now recognise and are better positioned to manage such health risks, these statistics are a stark reminder of the importance of keeping health standards in the workplace on a par with those we apply to safety.”

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Flexible working rights extended to all

Previously the right to flexible working hours has only been available for carers, or people who look after children, but now it is being extended to all employees. Ministers say flexible working helps people balance their work with other responsibilities which keeps more people in long-term employment.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

The Bridge Showroom | London | NBJ

Photographs showing the progress of Showroom fit out for Coppin Dockray Architects.

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Monday, 26 May 2014

Sunborn London: first look inside the superyacht hotel


The Telegraph gets a sneak peak inside the luxury Sunborn London -- the world's first custom built Yacht Hotel -- moored at London's Royal Victoria Dock

Starting this month, Britons unwilling to spend upwards of £150,000 a week to charter a superyacht can instead stay overnight on one for £180, and it won't even be necessary to leave the country.

Britain's first "superyacht hotel", 394ft (120m) Sunborn London is now permanently moored in the capital's Royal Victoria Dock, just east of Canary Wharf.

Standing by the hotel's gilded lobby, the Sundowner bar has impressive views of Canary Wharf, the O2 and the Emirates Air Line, and its terrace should prove popular come summer. Land's End restaurant will serve Mediterranean food, and, in tribute to its Finnish origins, the boat's gym features a 12-man sauna. The hotel plans to launch an "Under the Sea" afternoon tea, featuring octopus-shaped cakes and the like.

That may be because, despite its unconventional infrastructure, Sunborn London is a business hotel at heart. Adjacent to the ExCel exhibition centre and by London City Airport, the property caters to business travellers, with a large auditorium at its core, meeting and event spaces throughout, and the ship's wheelhouse converted into a private function room.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Inspiring Homes in London and Surrey


The Penthouse, Number One Hyde Park (London)

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Under guard by British Special Forces and offering some seriously high-tech security, including iris scanners and bulletproof windows, the penthouse at this exclusive London property was reportedly purchased in 2011 by the Ukraine’s wealthiest man, Rinat Akhmetov, for $216 million. Designed for making a hasty escape or just discreet drinks, a secret tunnel leads to the chic Mandarin Oriental hotel.

Franchuk Villa (London)

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Occupying 21,000 square feet of living space in central London’s Kensington, this five-story home was once an elite prep school for girls. Now the home of Ukrainian businesswoman Elena Franchuk, it has a price tag of $161 million and is rumored to contain antiques and artwork worth half of its total cost.

Updown Court (Surrey)

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Photo credit: qualitybath / Flickr
This 1924 $139 million Surrey, England estate spanning 50,000 square feet isn’t just for bluebloods of the human variety; the property also houses purebred horses as well as room for eight stretch limos. With a reputation as Britain’s “tackiest” home, it spent six years on the market before being purchased in foreclosure by an undisclosed Indian businessman.
http://www.citiesjournal.com/top-11-places-with-the-most-awe-inspiring-homes/


Sunday, 18 May 2014

Bespoke Staircases | Bespoke Staircases London

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Thursday, 8 May 2014

Bespoke Joinery London | Gates | NBJ

NBJ London were contracted to manufacture and install Bespoke Gates in Prime Grade European Oak to Fulham Palace in London. Please see images below.

Bespoke Joinery London | NBJ


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Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Stepnell wins £5.9m Oxford university library | Construction Enquirer

Stepnell has won a £5.9m contract to refurbish and extend the New Library at Magdalen College, Oxford.
Construction will start on site on the new scheme designed by Wright and Wright Architects in June and complete in early 2016.
Glenigan said Stepnell beat Beard, Feltham Construction and Kingerlee to land the job.
Stepnell will extend, refurbish and reroof the 1850s-built Grade II listed Victorian building which was originally designed by John Buckler and built as a single hall school.
In 1932 it was converted into a library for the Magdalen community supporting 200 students and 35 Fellows but student numbers have since tripled and the library needs to be revamped.
The basement of the existing Victorian building will be extended by Stepnell creating three storeys along with a new connecting one-storey extension.
The firm will also create new library areas and study rooms, flexible working spaces, a passenger lift, staircases and washing facilities.
Pete McDonald, Stepnell contracts manager, said: “We are delighted to be working with Magdalen College and respected architects Wright and Wright on this stunning project which will provide much-needed new library facilities for the academic community.
“Stepnell has significant expertise in delivering specialist schemes like this for the university sector and we’re committed to ensuring that this project creates local jobs and brings other economic benefits to the community.”
http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2014/04/29/stepnell-wins-5-9m-oxford-university-library/

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Gherkin goes into administration | News | Architects Journal

Gherkin goes into administration | News | Architects Journal


The Foster + Partners-designed skyscraper in the City of London has fallen into receivership despite being described as in ‘trophy condition’.
The building, which was voted as London’s top skyscraper in a recent Ipsos MORI survey, has been leased consistently since it opened in 2004, but its owners have struggled with debt, defaulting on payments for the past five years.
Neville Kahn, joint receiver and restructuring services partner at Deloitte said: ‘The senior lenders were reluctant to appoint a receiver but felt they had no choice due to the ongoing defaults, which have remained uncured for more than five years, and concerns that the borrowers’ lack of equity in the transaction had caused their incentives to become misaligned with the lenders’.
He added: ‘The Gherkin is a truly exceptional building, a landmark recognised around the globe. Our priority is to preserve the value of this asset. We are in the process of communicating with all tenants and working with the property manager to ensure the continuation of all property management services with no interruption to tenants.’
The iconic 30 St Mary Axe building, which is the headquarters of Swiss Re, is co-owned by Germany’s IVG Immobilien, which went into bankruptcy in 2013.
A spokesperson for Evans Randall, adviser to Skyline Investments, which owns the Gherkin in a 50-50 partnership with IVG, commented: ‘As widely reported previously, the default has arisen largely as a consequence of the IVG tranche of the loan being denominated in Swiss Francs and has been exacerbated by the insolvency at IVG. These factors have so far impeded Evans Randall’s ability to restructure the financing on the asset, including the injection of new equity.
They added: ‘Evans Randall has equity ready to invest and has been unable to do so because of the inability to agree a consensual solution with IVG, given these uncertainties. We will be continuing the constructive discussions to date on a new financial structure. The Gherkin is a strong, well-let asset and one that we are firmly minded to continue our involvement in.’
30 St Mary Axe declined to comment on the announcement.


Thursday, 10 April 2014

NBJ London | Bespoke Joinery | Cabinet Maker

NBJ London, Specialist Bespoke Joinery and Cabinetry Manufacturer and Installer, are pleased to announce that we have now moved into our new offices. We would be delighted to welcome clients to our premises, to also view our Bespoke Joinery Workshop with our new CNC machine, which is now fully commissioned.

Please click here to visit NBJ Website
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Natalie at work in her new office

 
Keith Aubrey | Production Manager | Happy to be in new office






Monday, 7 April 2014

Bay Windows | Bay Window Storage Ideas

Architecture, interior design, and more ∨

Hire a decorator to find that just-right loveseat and coffee table for your living room.
Select outside patio furniture to match your style, designer garden shed designs or even a greenhouse design to personalize your landscape.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

HSE | Firm fined for workers’ injuries tackling fire

Two workers suffered burns, one seriously, when hot material from an industrial drier hit them as they tried to tackle a fire at a factory in South Wales.

The employees of Maxibrite, in Llantrisant, were trying to fight fire at the Maxibrite coal briquette plant on 16 December 2012 when they were hurt, one suffering severe burns to his back, legs and hands.

The incident was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) which prosecuted Maxibrite at Pontypridd Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard works manager Simon Gilbody and works engineer Andrew Price were alerted by staff, who saw smoke coming from the top of a tower used to produce solid fuel.

After several attempts to control the fire by hosing the tower failed, Mr Gilbody decided an inspection hatch at the bottom of the tower should be opened to let out any dust that might be causing an obstruction.

A company employee, Carl Lewis, opened the hatch but hot cinders cascaded out, burning Mr Gilbody on the chest, neck and face but without causing serious injury. As Mr Lewis tried to close the hatch, he was himself engulfed by hot coals. After showering for 30 minutes he was taken to hospital and received skin grafts for severe burns.

HSE’s investigation found Maxibrite had not carried out a suitable risk assessment for the safe working of the rotary drier and failed to provide a safe way of working including adequate information, instruction and training for workers using the equipment, and in procedures to follow in the event of a fire.

Maxibrite Ltd, of Esh Winning, Durham, was fined a total of £20,000 and ordered to pay £5,115 in costs after pleading guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and a single breach of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations.

HSE Inspector Steve Lewis, speaking after the hearing, said:

“Mr Lewis and Mr Gilbody could have suffered far worse injuries or even death in this incident, which could have been prevented.

The drying process at the plant involved intensive heat so the risks of fire should have been obvious. There had been a fire at the plant previously involving a similar drying process.

“Employers must make sure they have proper plans for dealing with emergency situations and that workers are trained to know what to do when something like a fire breaks out.”

Further information on fire safety can be found on the HSE website at http://www.hse.gov.uk/toolbox/fire.htm

George Osborne commits to 'fight for full employment'

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Construction industry calls for more support from government | News | Heating and Ventilation News

Construction industry calls for more support from government | News | Heating and Ventilation News###

Sunday, 30 March 2014

FSC - Be Part Of The Solution


The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests. When you see the FSC logo, you can be confident that your purchase benefits the world’s forests!





NBJ successfully achieved FSC® Chain of Custody certification from BM Trada and are committed to compliance with the requirements of FSC® standards FSC-STD50-001 (Version 1.2) EN and FSC-STD40-004 (version 2.1) for the purchase, processing (including outsourcing), storage sales and distribution of certified bespoke joinery products.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Staircases | Cantilevered Stairs: Walking on Air |Houzz

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Sunday, 23 March 2014

The Shangri-La hotel, At The Shard


Take a look at The Shard's new hotel with each guestroom featuring a floor-to-ceiling windows with views across the River Thames, the Houses of Parliament, the City of London and other landmarks.The Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, will take up floors 34 to 52 in one of the world's tallest - and most famous - buildings, designed by Renzo Piano.



This is one of the incredible views guests at the Shangri-La hotel in the Shard will be offered later this year



Shangri-La's At The Shard hotel has an indoor swimming pool on level 52 as well as a stylish cocktail bar
Room prices start at around £450 a night per person, and suites - which include a personal butler service - will cost as much as £3,250 a night
 




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In all, the hotel will open with 202 guestrooms, each offering breath-taking views across the capital


Monday, 17 March 2014

Oak Staircase | John Smart Architects | Dezeen

Five Storey Oak Staircase

A dramatic oak staircase with a sweeping handrail connects the five storeys of this Victorian convent building in south London, which has been converted into four homes by John Smart Architects

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Friday, 14 March 2014

Eleventh hour plea to shelve self employment crackdown

Construction Enquirer - eleventh hours plea to shelve self employment crackdown

Recruitment agency bosses have issued a last minute plea to George Osborne to think again over plans to restrict self-employment in construction.

The crackdown is due to come into force on April 6 and hit more than 200,000 construction workers.

The move could push up labour costs by as much as 25%.

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation has now written to the Chancellor ahead of next week’s Budget warning that “the plans will remove self-employment as an option for anybody sourcing work via an employment agency.”

The confederation is calling on the government to delay implementation of the proposals laid out in the recent Onshore Employment Intermediaries consultation to give businesses time to renegotiate contracts and adjust project budgets to accommodate the changes.

REC chief executive Kevin Green said: “This draft legislation was sprung on businesses at very short notice.

“There is now less than a month to go before the new rules would come into effect and the government still hasn’t published its final guidance for employers.

“This scramble to implement shows a lack of understanding about how business works and the complexity of contracts for long-term projects.

“If these changes are rushed through they risk having a negative impact on job creation and growth in sectors that are vital for the recovery of the British economy.”

An agency looking to fully comply with the legislative changes would need to take a typical self-employed worker onto their direct payroll.

That would mean paying 13.8% employer NICs, along with increased employee NICs and income tax liabilities and other statutory payments leaving a compliant agency looking at a minimum 25% cost increase for the supply of labour.