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Manufacturing employment rises in 2Q 2014

17/09/2014


Workforce jobs in manufacturing increased by 1.2% in the second quarter of the year, marking the sixth consecutive quarter of growth, according to the latest statistics from the Office for National Statistics.

Manufacturing vacancies have risen by 37% over the year, meaning employment in the sector is on track to meet a forecast of 0.8% growth in 2014. 

The figures also reveal that average weekly earnings in the manufacturing sector increased by 1.7% year-on-year in the second quarter, compared with a 0.7% increase across the economy as a whole.

Lee Hopley, chief economist at EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, said: “These figures highlight that, despite a more uncertain economic outlook overall, manufacturing employers are continuing to recruit at a strong level. Employment prospects in the sector are at their best for some time with no sign there will be any let up in demand for highly skilled and talented engineers. Manufacturing continues to offer some of the best opportunities of any sector, especially for young people.”

Across all sectors, the number of people in employment rose by 74,000 to 30.61 million over the quarter, the smallest quarterly increase since the April to June quarter in 2013.

 

Source: IMechE


Interserve wins £43m‘world’s advanced factory' job

17/09/2014

University of Sheffield Factory 2050 Visualisation

Interserve Construction has scooped the job to build a £43m next generation factory building for the aerospace industry in Sheffield.

The Factory 2050 project will be the UK’s first fully reconfigurable assembly and component research factory.

The advanced design means it will be capable of rapidly switching production between different high-value components and one-off parts.

Work will begin on site this month at the Sheffield Business Park with completion scheduled for Autumn 2015.

Factory 2050 will be the first building on a new Advanced Manufacturing Campus, which could result in the University of Sheffield building up to a million square feet of new research facilities on the site over the next seven to 10 years.

It will combine technologies including advanced robotics, flexible automation, unmanned workspace and off-line programming in virtual environments linked to plug-and-play robotics.

Other capabilities will include 3D printing from flexible automated systems, man-machine interfaces along with new programming and training tools.

John Gittins, Yorkshire divisional director of Interserve said: “This isn’t just another project for Interserve, it is the opportunity to work on a truly world class project that will help to ensure the region remains at the forefront of the advanced manufacturing sector.

“The building design is unique and the completed project will provide a superb environment for both researchers and engineers.

“During the construction phase we will adopt a considerate approach as always to minimise disruption and keep all stakeholders updated in respect of project progress.

“We will also develop a bespoke plan to maximise local small and medium enterprise involvement and generate as many employment and training opportunities as possible to provide a real legacy for the surrounding area.”

Source: Construction Enquirer


Everton find site for 50,000-seater stadium

16/09/2014

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Liverpool City Council and Everton Football Club have struck a deal to draw up plans for a new stadium-led regeneration scheme at Walton Hall Park in North Liverpool.

The football club believes 39,600 capacity Goodison Park can no longer generate sufficient revenue and are planning a 50,000 seater stadium.

The partners will now work up a detailed a funding model to deliver the regeneration scheme and the new stadium.

Everton has made a commitment to make funds available and this will act as the catalyst for the overall scheme development.

The city’s major social housing provider Liverpool Mutual Homes will also help work up plans.

Significant sections of the park will be retained to provide better quality and more varied leisure and recreational facilities.

The scheme could include schools, universities and health centres in addition to new homes and sports and leisure facilities – all of which have helped to support regeneration.

A formal planning application is due to be lodged in the next 12 months.

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson said: “I am really pleased that we have identified this exciting opportunity for North Liverpool.

“We know that this is an area of the city that requires substantial investment and this project could bring this in a unique form.”

“Everton’s investment into this area would be the catalyst for a development which could make a real difference.

“This is a starting point for something which could be a real game changer for this part of the city.”

Meanwhile, Liverpool hope to receive the go-ahead from city councillors for their proposed £75m Anfield upgrade before the end of this month.

A planning report delivered to Liverpool City Council has recommended permission be granted for the rebuilding of Anfield’s Main Stand at a meeting to be held on September 23.

Carillion is due to start the Main Stand development in late December or early January, 2015, continuing for 20 months.

Source: Construction Enquirer 


Autodesk & Local Motors work on Spark 3D Platform

15/09/2014

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Earlier this year, Autodesk announced plans to introduce Spark, a new open platform for 3D printing, aimed at making it simpler and more reliable to print 3D models and easier to control how that model is printed. Now, Autodesk is collaborating with Local Motors, the leader in open-source hardware innovation, to utilize the Spark platform as Local Motors continues to develop the Strati, the world’s first 3D printed car.

“The Spark platform is set to accelerate manufacturing innovation,” said Alex Fiechter, head of community management for Local Motors“From capturing our ideas more accurately to guiding Design for Additive Manufacturing (DFAM) and simplifying the creation of machine code, Spark will help us to turn digital models into an actual physical production parts far faster than was previously possible.”

The recently unveiled Strati is being developed by Local Motors team at the DOE’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), one of the nation’s leading innovation centers around additive manufacturing. The Strati vehicle design was chosen from entries submitted by Local Motors’ global co-creation community and as the project progresses Local Motors plans to use the Spark platform, which will make it the first large-scale industrial application of Spark.

“Local Motors recognizes the capabilities of the Spark platform for industrial manufacturing projects,” said Samir Hanna, vice president and general manager, Autodesk. “This collaboration is a natural fit to push the boundaries of large format 3D printing to fundamentally change how things are designed and made.”

ORNL and Cincinnati Incorporated created a BAAM (Big Area Additive Manufacturing) machine similar to a fused deposition modeling (FDM) printer by taking a 6.5’ x 13’ foot bed laser cutter adding custom hardware to transform it into a massive 3D printer. Spark will help connect automobile digital design information to the 3D printer in a streamlined way for easier visualization and optimization of 3D prints.

According to Local Motors, the Strati simplifies the automotive assembly process and is a result of leveraging the contributions of community, advanced manufacturing tools, and software, like the Spark platform. This could bring many advantages, including reduction in by decreasing the number of parts in a vehicle’s Bill of Materials (BOM) from 25,000 components to less than 50. The on-demand nature of 3D printing means that automotive manufacturers can change aspects of their design—or even come up with an entirely new one—with little or no additional cost in tooling or time.

About Autodesk

Autodesk helps people imagine, design and create a better world. Everyone—from design professionals, engineers and architects to digital artists, students and hobbyists—uses Autodesk software to unlock their creativity and solve important challenges. For more information visit autodesk.com or follow @autodesk.

About Local Motors

From bytes-to-bits, the Local Motors platform empowers anyone to design, build, and sell the world’s coolest machines. The platform combines global co-creation and local micro-manufacturing to bring hardware innovations to market at unprecedented speed. The Company stewards a global co-creation community made up of enthusiasts, hobbyist innovators and professionals that come together to solve complex mechanical problems. The Company operates a growing global network of micro-factories, each operating as a nexus for next generation product development, where innovators create amazing products and consumers come to marvel and shop.

Learn more at localmotors.com.

Autodesk is a registered trademark of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders. Autodesk reserves the right to alter product and services offerings, and specifications and pricing at any time without notice, and is not responsible for typographical or graphical errors that may appear in this document.

© 2014 Autodesk, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

 

Source: Autodesk


Galliford Try clinches East London 1100 homes deal

15/09/2014

Silvertown Quays

The Greater London Authority has selected Galliford Try as preferred developer to construct the £360m Silvertown Way development in Canning Town, East London.

The development is the largest standalone housing scheme that Galliford Try has undertaken.

It will see the firm deliver 1,100 mixed tenure homes across 11 individual blocks at the site to the south of the Royal Docks.

The project will be delivered through an existing joint venture with Thames Valley Housing Association with a third of the homes built for market rent.

Galliford Try’s Linden Homes, Partnerships and Infrastructure businesses will all be involved in the project.

The 5.9 acres hectares development site is bounded by Silvertown Way to the east and the railway line to the west with the northern boundary connecting to the A13 and Canning Town underground station.

It will consist of homes for sale, rent and shared ownership, a hotel, restaurant, employment and commercial space.

Also, Galliford Try has been appointed as preferred developer for a further 210-home regeneration scheme in the Bristol region by the Homes and Communities Agency’s Delivery Partner Panel.

This scheme is anticipated to have a gross development value of approximately £40m.

Galliford Try Chief Executive Greg Fitzgerald said: “We are delighted to have been selected for both these schemes which underline our strong relationship with the GLA and HCA.

“These schemes are testament to the combined resources of the group and our proven expertise in regeneration and affordable housing projects.

“It underlines our continued investment in delivering much needed homes and working in long-term partnerships with our partners in the sector.”

Source: Construction Enquirer 


Enquirer daily newsletter hits 35,000 subscribers

10/09/2014

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The Enquirer daily newsletter is now sent out to more than 35,000 subscribers every morning.

The latest landmark comes as print rival Construction News saw its weekly circulation fall to 8,595.

The surge of readers looking online for the latest news is highlighted by the Enquirer’s reach into the country’s biggest contractors.

The table below shows the top-ten companies in terms of subscribers to our daily newsletter.

CompanySubscribers
Laing O’Rourke 600
Kier 580
Balfour Beatty 500
Willmott Dixon 380
Skanska 310
BAM 300
Carillion 250
Interserve 250
Vinci 230
Mace 230

No other construction news service can boast such penetration into the heart of the industry’s biggest players.

And that coverage is replicated at thousands of smaller companies who rely on the Enquirer for a subscription-free news service.

Google Analytics show that our monthly page views total 1.2 million every month from 194,610 unique visitors.

Our latest reader survey showed 70% of subscribers are contractors alongside 15% who are clients and professionals and 15% materials and equipment suppliers.

Editor Aaron Morby said: “Our growing numbers highlight how the construction media market has transformed in the last few years.

“News is now viewed in real-time online while traditional subscription magazines and web-based services struggle.

“The Enquirer has a huge and growing audience which is the perfect place for advertisers to promote their latest products and services to every part of the industry.”

Advertisers are enjoying industry-leading response rates on their campaigns with a recent banner generating more than 1,000 click throughs in a month.

Our social media club is also proving a real-hit with more than 700 firms signed-up and spreading their latest updates via blogs and Twitter.

The Social Club is currently free but will be converting to a paid service from next year.

Industry skills shortages have also seen more contractors turn to our Jobs Spy recruitment pages to post their latest vacancies.

For as little as £200 per vacancy firms are enjoying an average of 750+ click throughs a month from our vast pool of experienced construction people.


UK factory output rises in July

10/09/2014

UK factory output rises in July

UK factory output increased in July thanks to a surge in the plastics and transport equipment sectors, according to data released yesterday.

Production output was up 2.2% on the year, marking a 13th consecutive month of growth for the industry.

However, industry output remains below pre-crash peaks, with manufacturing still 7.6% below the record output levels of early 2008.

And the wider production industries – including manufacturing as well as sectors like mining and waste disposal – remain 11.3 per cent below the highs of 2008.

Lee Hopley, chief economist at EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, said the “weakness in overseas markets remains a drag”.

She added: “This could make sustaining growth more challenging going forward and it is therefore critical that efforts are maintained to keep growth on track in manufacturing and across the whole economy in the remaining months of this parliament.”

Source: The Manufacturer.


Rolls Royce to build new tech centre-Bognor Regis

09/09/2014

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars will build a new Technology and Logistics Centre at Bognor Regis.

The new 30,000m2 development is close to the firm’s home at Goodwood, West Sussex.

The Technology and Logistics Centre will be located on the Oldlands Farm Business Park on the northern edge of Bognor Regis.

It will be ideally situated to take advantage of the forthcoming Bognor Regis Northern Relief Road, due to open in 2015.

Around 200 people will be employed at the centre which is planned to be fully operational in early 2016.

The Technology and Logistics Centre will consolidate three current operations – an inbound warehouse for production parts; a distribution centre, including an inbound body store and finished car store and a workshop for car preparation.

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said, “I am delighted to announce our new Technology and Logistics Centre, which reflects the sustainable development and ongoing success of our business.

“Every Rolls-Royce motor car is built at the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood and this new facility will provide the required local logistics support for our current and future models.”

Source: Construction Enquirer


Go-ahead for £42m Portsmouth student scheme

08/09/2014

Unite Portsmouth

Student housing specialist Unite has gained planning for a 836-bed scheme in Portsmouth city centre.

The planned halls of residence project involves four stepped main buildings rising to 25 storeys.

A deal to buy the Greetham Street site from Portsmouth City Council will now be completed and the search for a contractor started.

Richard Simpson, managing director of property for Unite Students, said: “The acquisition forms part of our regional development strategy where there is a growing demand for student accommodation.

“This year we have seen university applications continue to outstrip available places and there is a growing need for safe, secure purpose built student accommodation.

“The site is ideal for University of Portsmouth students, being close to campus and will provide a safe and modern home that supports students’ success.”

Unite said the high-rise student block will be built in time for the 2016/17 academic year.

Source: Construction Enquirer 


Nine win places on £1.6bn Network Rail frameworks

05/09/2014

Nine contractors have secured places on 20 framework agreements with Network Rail worth £1.6bn over the next five years.

The deals cover an extensive programme of enhancements and renewals to the London North Western and East Midlands routes.

The winners are: Amalgamated Construction Limited, Amey, Buckingham Group Contracting, Carillion, J Murphy & Sons, Miller Construction, Skanska, Story Contracting and VolkerRail.

Network Rail’s infrastructure projects director, Rob Offord, said: “The awarding of these frameworks represents a significant milestone in the implementation of our new procurement and contracting strategy.

“This will bring improved safety, whole-life cost efficiency and delivery performance through collaborative relationships with a consolidated and strategically aligned supply chain.”

The awards by regions are:

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Source: Construction Enquirer