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Metsec provides offsite solution for new school

Palmerston School, based in Liverpool, provides education to 11-19 year olds with profound learning difficulties. Palmerston identified a need for a new school building as staff and pupils were hampered by the lack of outdoor space and modern learning facilities. The former Aigburth High secondary school site was selected on which to construct its new £7m facility.

The new T-shaped single storey building includes a sports and dining hall plus a new hydrotherapy and splash pool together with sensory learning spaces. There is also a five-a-side football pitch and four-lane grass running track around the pitch perimeter. The project started in April 2016 and is due for completion summer 2017 when pupils will move from the existing location in Woolton to Minehead Road in the Aigburth area of Liverpool.

Early Stages

Originally planned as a timber frame construction, the main contractor asked voestalpine Metsec plc to review the school design and see whether a load bearing steel frame solution (SFS) could be offered. Taking a consultative approach, Metsec was able to advise the main contractors on the layout, and worked in conjunction with installers, local company Mark One.

As the first tier 2 designer and manufacturer certified to BIM Level 2 for Design and Construction in the UK by the BSI, Metsec used its BIM capabilities within the design stages to provide detailed plans and costings. Metsec was required on-site from the start of the project, completing the steel framing in the summer of 2016.

Designing the SFS solution for Palmerston School using Revit, Metsec attended regular main contractor team meetings with the BIM model, allowing any issues to be resolved in advance of the build. By using BIM, the project benefitted from a reduced timing programme and no waste, both providing subsequent cost savings.

Design Requirements

The blueprint of the school building presented several structural challenges, but were all incorporated into the BIM model from Metsec, including the design aspects of the roof. Studs within the joisted roof were extended out to overhang the external walls in order to create the overhang desired. Another roofing design requirement within the structure was a duo pitched roof. To enable the sloping element, Metsec used longer stud sections of a high gauge to accommodate the longer spans required and the larger load placed on the studs.

The school has invested in a substantial server room, in order to house the complex technologies being implemented into the school, which required a large number of ducts. This needed a substantial amount of openings within the wall which Metsec incorporated into the specification.

Partnership

Metsec’s engagement in the project from the early stages meant it could provide bespoke, flexible solutions integral to enabling the complex design aspects desired by the client.

Steve Williams, director at Mark One, said: “Working alongside the manufacturer from the early stages of the project meant that we could work in conjunction with Metsec in designing and delivering the additional design requirements, and it was a smooth running project all round.

Ryan Simmonds, sales director of framing at Metsec, said: “Palmerston School was an interesting project from a design perspective and, in using BIM, all parties benefited from a central model that could be amended and revised throughout the early stages to produce an accurate plan during the delivery stages.”


 

Jangro expands sustainable Enviro Concentrates range

New high concentrate, low dosage air freshener and fabric deodoriser offer high performance, cost efficiency and environmental sensitivity

A dynamic force in the cleaning supply industry, Jangro has enhanced its innovative and environmentally sensitive Enviro Concentrates range with the addition of new A7 Air Freshener and Fabric Deodoriser.

Specially formulated to deliver chemicals easily and economically, A7 Air freshener and fabric deodoriser freshens the atmosphere and upholstery with an elegant fragrance of jasmine, rose and lime. Perfect for counteracting malodours, A7 is ideal for freshening up fabrics which cannot be cleaned in a washing machine, such as curtains, soft furnishings and carpets.

Because the range is highly concentrated, very low dosages are required, which can be accurately measured and used with Jangro’s trigger bottles and trigger spray heads. Each one-litre bottle of A7 provides up to 50 trigger spray bottles of air freshener and fabric deodoriser and the size of the packaging means that there is a reduction in emissions incurred in transportation.

Jangro Operations Director Joanne Gilliard said, “The Enviro Concentrates range has been developed with a sensible, lifecycle approach to the environment in mind. These concentrated cleaning products deliver chemicals easily and economically, and have been formulated, packaged and produced with sustainability considered at each stage.

“Using high concentration, low dosage cleaning products and highly accurate dosing methods means less packaging is required overall, and much less water is used during production. This also saves on C02 thanks to the products weighing less during transport, being packaged in smaller bottles and requiring far fewer deliveries. The overall result is reduced waste and minimal impact on the environment. And all of this comes with no impact on the quality and performance of the range!”


 

Chubb Secures Two Gold Awards for Occupational Health and Safety


Pictured left to right, Nichola Maher, EH&S Manager, Chubb Systems, Mark Redding, Head of EH&S and Paul Cosentino, EH&S Manager receiving the awards.

ASHFORD, England, Aug. 24, 2017 – Chubb Systems has received a Gold Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) for the fifth consecutive year, while Chubb Fire & Security received the Gold Award for the second time, following its first Gold Award in 2016. RoSPA Gold Award winners are recognised for achieving a high level of performance while demonstrating well-developed occupational health and safety management systems and culture, outstanding control of risk and very low levels of error, harm and loss. Chubb, a leading provider of security and fire-safety solutions, is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

Chubb Systems has been awarded a gold medal in recognition of achieving the top gold award for five years in a row. Nichola Maher, EH&S Manager, Chubb Systems, accepted the award on behalf of the organisation. “We are proud to have achieved the top Gold Award five times in a row. It demonstrates that we are never complacent, and we go to extensive lengths to protect employees, and have a robust, on-going commitment to ensuring every Chubb employee is working in the safest conditions.”

Mark Redding, head of environmental health and safety at Chubb Fire & Security, said health and safety is a core value and at the heart of everything Chubb does, at every level of the business. “We attribute tremendous value and importance on these awards, and achieving these results receives the utmost support from the most senior levels of our organisation.”

By achieving a RoSPA Award, an organisation is proving its commitment to maintaining a well-balanced approach to health and safety management, as well as demonstrating superior practices in areas such as leadership and workplace contribution.

This year, Chubb joined RoSPA in celebrating 100 years of saving lives at its Centenary Royal Garden Party Buckingham Palace. The event provided an opportunity for members, award winners and supporters to join staff and volunteers in marking a century of hard work and dedication to save lives and reduce injuries.

For more information, visit www.chubb.co.uk.



 
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