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Esh Construction Awarded £10m Contract for Hexham Bunker Retail Development

Esh Construction’s commercial build division has secured a £10 million contract to transform the Hexham Bunker into a 69-bedroom Travelodge and Lidl retail outlet. Delivered on behalf of Union Property Development (Hexham) Ltd, the retail development will be based on land formerly used as a nuclear bunker and will also provide a new 250-space public car park for the town. The project will include significant works on the highways infrastructure which will improve access to the site and the safety of pedestrians. The 5.5-acre site known as the ‘long-neglected bunker’ was purchased in October 2018 by Newcastle-based Union Property after being vacant for nearly 30 years. Plans to open a new Lidl store and Travelodge hotel were given the go ahead by Northumberland County Council in late 2019
Construction Machines & Vehicles

PHIL Introduces SSAB Hardox® Hiace Steels for Acidic Environments

Philippi-Hagenbuch Inc., a global leader in off-highway truck customization, introduces SSAB Hardox® HiAce steel for products operating in acidic environments. PHIL has used Hardox material exclusively in its range of custom products — including truck bodies, water tanks and trailers — since 1983. As technology has changed in SSAB’s steel-making process, PHIL employed harder versions of the Hardox material — starting with Hardox 400 and moving to Hardox 450 in 2000, standardizing on one specific grade along the way. The recently introduced HiAce material is specially formulated to provide an optimized life in high-acid environments. With strategic employment, PHIL can provide long-lasting equipment for industries such as mining, construction and other applications working with acidic

Metso Outotec To Supply Primary Crushing Stations for A Mining Company In Russia

Metso Outotec will deliver two primary crushing stations for a mine located in the Russian Far East. The EUR 23 million order, which has been booked in former Metso Minerals’ Q2 2020 orders received, will be delivered by Metso Outotec Corporation (formed when Metso Corporation and Outotec Oyj completed the combination
Building Products & Equipment

Engineered Wood Products: The Best Choice for Use in Any Project

Engineered wood, also called man-made or composite wood, has become popular in construction as it is used as a substitute to hardwood and concrete. It is also used as an alternative to steel beams in many building projects. Thus, the global market for engineered wood, is expected to grow steadily in the forecast period. Engineered wood products are a good choice for use in construction as it they are made of recycled wood, thus serving as an environment friendly option. They are manufactured for years of trouble free and for dependable use. It helps to reduce waste by decreasing disposal costs and product damage. It is referred to as one of the best materials of choice for last few decades for residential and non-residential infrastructure due to its modern enhancement on a construction

Interior Architectural Coatings Market to Register A Burgeoning Growth

Interior architecture includes technically and scientifically managing the interior space of a building while considering several construction aspects, such as finishes, plumbing, lighting, materials, electrical requirements, and smart use of the available space. Architectural coatings typically consist of organic
Digital Construction Techs

Leveraging Digital Twins from Concept to Operations in the Road Industry

Digital twins are becoming one of the most important technology trends for transportation infrastructure because of their potential to improve design, visually enhance collaboration, and increase asset reliability and performance. Digital twins can be considered the backbone of infrastructure decision-making as they provide up-to-date information about projects, their status, and the risks associated with them. Digital twins provide civil engineers with the ability to visualize assets across their entire lifecycle to track change and to perform analysis that optimizes asset performance. What Are Digital Twins? A digital twin is a digital representation of a physical asset, process, or system, as well as the engineering information that allows us to understand and model its performance.

A First 4 Steps to Industry 4.0 Success

Against the backdrop of an increasingly uncertain global economy, one area of consistent investment has been digital transformation. Within manufacturing, that means the ongoing evolution towards Industry 4.0. The rationale is simple enough. Manufacturers that are willing to embrace Industry 4.0 connectivity and modern
Interviews & Profiles

How the EU Is In Danger of Making Construction Less Productive

Proposed European data privacy laws could hinder the flow of data around construction sites. In this article Riccardo Viaggi, Secretary General of the Committee for European Construction Equipment (CECE) talks about how the EU can be both a force for good and ill when it comes to boosting construction’s output. While other industries have radically modernized their processes, construction remains one of the most stagnant major industries in the world, still using many of the same methods first used in the 19th century. As a result, productivity is falling, the construction workforce is shrinking, and demand for construction continually outpaces supply. So how can legislation help boost productivity? That was the theme of questions asked of CECE Secretary General Riccardo Viaggi.
Security & Fire Protection

Australian Fire Testing Laboratory Achieves Additional NATA Accreditation

Exova Warringtonfire Aus Pty Limited has received additional accreditation from the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA), the national accreditation body for Australia, to perform a broad scope of fire testing. Exova Warringtonfire is part of the Exova Group, which was recently acquired by Element Materials Technology (Element) to create one, world-class global testing services partner. The Melbourne laboratory has been accredited by NATA for many years but following a rigorous assessment, its scope was recently extended to include nine more tests and methods. The new accreditations cover testing, classification and fire performance for external walls, cladding, facades, and building materials and products, and also an extension to include approvals for testing of

Security & Fire Protection in Factories

Fire Protection is the study of alleviating the unwanted effects of fire and its potentially destructive hazards. The design of buildings and infrastructures, provision of isolating fires, firewalls and doors, use of fire resistant materials in construction, fire detectors, fire alarms, and automatic fire sprinklers
Real Estate

Real Estate Transparency Improvement Slows Despite Increasing Sustainability Commitment And Proptech Adoption

Although there is greater emphasis on corporate social responsibility and a widespread use of new technologies in the commercial real estate industry, the biennial proprietary Global Real Estate Transparency Index published by JLL and LaSalle shows the slowest rate of transparency improvement since the period directly following the Global Financial Crisis. Increasing standards in sustainability Top-performing “Highly Transparent” markets, including the UK, U.S., Australia and France, are driving higher standards in sustainability. For example, France and Australia lead on sustainability transparency as the first adopters of new initiatives such as water efficiency standards and resilient building frameworks. Countries that made the greatest improvements in their rankings are undertaking

Mondi Acquires Two Paper Bag Lines and Signs Exclusive Supplier Agreements with Leading Cement Producers in Egypt

Mondi Paper Bags, part of Mondi Group has acquired two paper bag lines from Helwan Cement Company and InterCement Sacs, two major cement producers in Egypt. The acquired production lines will increase Mondi’s capacity by approximately 60-80 million bags annually and strengthen Mondi's position in the Middle Eastern bag market, particularly in supporting suppliers to the construction industry. Mondi Paper Bags, a global producer that operates two plants in Egypt, will also become the exclusive supplier of paper bags to Helwan Cement Company and InterCement Sacs. “We are excited to have signed long-term supply agreements with two of our biggest customers in Egypt further securing our position in the Middle Eastern market. These collaborations will offer Helwan and InterCement access to our

UK construction – is there a resurgence on the cards?

The UK construction industry has had a hard time over recent decades. After experiencing a period in the doldrums, it has since had to face the uncertainty of Brexit, as well as having to cope with the Coronavirus pandemic. However, could brighter times now be on the horizon? While lockdown restrictions are eased and

Industrialization Fuels the Construction Expenditures in China

China has massive construction plans underway, including making provision for the movement of 250 million people to its megacities in the next ten years, despite efforts to rebalance its economy to a more service-oriented base. Domestic consumer spending is growing, shifting dependence away from the export sector,

The Big 5 Postponed to September 12-15, 2021

The Big 5, our annual trade event connecting the global construction community in Dubai, is moving dates from 23-26 November 2020 and will be held next on 12-15 September 2021, at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The new dates also apply to the specialized events that are held alongside The Big 5 - The Big 5 Heavy, Middle East Concrete, HVAC R Expo, Middle East Stone, The Big 5 Solar, and the Urban Design & Landscape Expo. It was not an easy decision to take, but we believe it is the best for the construction players we proudly connect and have served since 1979. Over the past weeks, we made it our priority to listen to our exhibitors, visitors, and other key stakeholders. We understand how crucial a successful trade event is for your business, and how challenging planning ahead can be in

Build. Connect. Expand in Oman

The Sultanate of Oman is considered as one of the fastest-growing countries in terms of infrastructure development. The country’s five-year plan and Vision 2040 program outline the roadmap to diversifying the economy through increased government spending on key non-oil sectors and stimulating private investments in



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