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DW Windsor raises the bar with futureproofed flagship luminaire
16.05.2022 Exterior lighting solutions provider DW Windsor announced significant performance enhancements for its flagship functional luminaire, Kirium Pro. Designed to support Local Authorities as they work to lower energy consumption and cut carbon emissions, the upgrades are set to also offer significant savings to taxpayers. Featuring DW Windsor's latest generation LED technology, Kirium Pro has been re-engineered to deliver increased performance of over 51,900lm, and market-leading efficiency, up to 192lm/W, resulting in lower whole-life costs read more

Metabo HPT’s 36V MultiVolt Cordless Triple Hammer BOLT Impact Driver
08.05.2022 The Pro Preferred Brand of Pneumatic Nailers*, Metabo HPT announced the newest addition to its lineup of over 100 cordless tools and nailers with the launch of the 36V MultiVolt Triple Hammer BOLT Impact Driver (model WH36DC). This next-level Triple Hammer impact driver incorporates a third anvil for up to 1, 903 in-lbs of torque, less vibration and faster tightening speed. It's ultra-compact in size and weight at only 4-1/2" in length and 2.0 lbs. Plus, it includes 5 speed settings which allow it not only to be a beast on long screws or tough bolts, but read more

World’s First Plug-and-Play IoT LED Streetlight Controller
30.04.2022 Urban Control announced that working together with Nordic Semiconductor it has developed a plug-and-play IoT LED streetlight luminaire controller that is quick to install and can scale-up to millions of lights. The Urban Node 324 Cellular city streetlight LED luminaire controllers each include the Nordic Semiconductor nRF9160 multi-mode NB-IoT/LTE-M System-in-Package (SiP) and plug into an industry-standard 'Zhaga' LED lighting socket. They then connect over the local cellular IoT network allowing them to be remotely controlled by any smart city read more

BI4ALL develops an Analytics solution for Algeco
24.04.2022 BI4ALL developed an Analytics solution for Algeco which allowed the company to integrate its different BI platforms into a single solution, helping the Group to drive the performance in every country where they operate. With a presence in 20 countries, Algeco pioneered the concept of modular construction, currently providing more than 220,000 modules, and has more than 3,000 employees in Europe. With a large number of IT/ERPs systems among the multiple business units, Algeco had BI services on platforms with different owners and in read more

Mega Scaffolding Kit comes into its own in the heart of Zurich
22.04.2022 Construction management firm Wanner + Fankhauser AG was responsible for planning and overseeing the general refurbishment of Bahnhofplatz 2 in Zurich. The building, built around 1890, was completely hollowed out with the exception of the steel beams, which were still intact. From the very beginning of the project, digital 3D planning was used to visualise the deployment of the scaffolding required for the refurbishment work, thus simplifying communication between the various decision-makers and trades involved. This made it easier to decide on read more

Peace of mind for diners across Taiwanese restaurant chain
22.04.2022 Signify installs its Philips UV-C lighting disinfection solutions in 80 restaurants run by TTFB, the largest Asian cuisine chain restaurant operator in Taiwan. Restaurants were among the hardest hit business sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic. When lockdown regulations were lifted in August 2021, TTFB began the rollout of their advanced disinfection strategy across 80 of its chain restaurant locations, including Thai Town Cuisine, Very Thai Restaurant, and Shann Rice Bar. Philips UV-C disinfection luminaires provide a well-established method of read more

Metabo HPT’s 36V MultiVolt Cordless 2-Gal Brushless Compressor
10.04.2022 The Pro Preferred Brand of Pneumatic Nailers*, Metabo HPT announced the newest addition to its cordless lineup with the 36V MultiVolt 2-Gallon Cordless Compressor (model EC36DAQ4). This brushless compressor delivers 135 Max PSI, yet weighs only 27.3 lbs., packing usability into a portable package. It can easily drive over 1,000 18-Gauge brad nails on a single charge** while providing the most demanding trim carpenter or remodeler all-day use without the restraints of an extension cord. As part of the expanding MultiVolt System of power tools from read more

Telent provides fire and rescue station communications refresh
03.04.2022 Telent has completed a network refresh to support station end systems for a major fire and rescue service in England. The upgrade has replaced soon to be retired back-up networks and prepared the organisation's mobilisation solution for ESN compatibility. The end-to-end proven solution from Telent is currently live across over 20 stations and can be rapidly deployed and easily procured through several Crown Commercial Service (CCS) frameworks. The project will provide improved resiliency and security and deliver an alternative back-up bearer read more

New Leica AP20 AutoPole
27.03.2022 Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, announced the introduction of the Leica AP20 AutoPole — an innovative solution for automated total stations that boosts productivity to the next level through tilt compensation, automatic pole height readings and unique target identification. The AP20 AutoPole combines an intelligent sensor module with the new AP Reflector Pole and operates with Leica Geosystems' existing automated total stations to create a unique solution for autonomous workflows. It opens up new possibilities and is the world's first device read more

exhibitions and other events

Autonomous construction machines as a development goal
04.05.2022 Machines that drive and work autonomously are among the big visions for the future of the construction industry. "However, 'true' autonomy in construction machines is highly unlikely in the foreseeable future, because—unlike in the self-contained working environment of a quarry or mine, for example—there are complex technical and safety-related challenges, " says Tim-Oliver Müller. The Director of the Hauptverband der Deutschen Bauindustrie e.V. believes that it is far more realistic and achievable for the construction industry to develop and use "intelligent" construction machines with semi-automated, automated or supporting functions—and to do so for selected construction processes, such as in earthwork, road construction or special heavy construction. read more

Construction processes and materials for the challenges of our time
04.04.2022 Climate change, finite natural resources, the lack of specialist staff: the global construction machinery industry too must face up to today's big problems. Modern construction processes and materials could be part of the solution. bauma, which will take place in Munich from October 24–30, 2022, will provide a comprehensive overview of the latest technologies and major developments in this area. Sourcing and processing building materials, the construction process itself, maintenance and the demolition of buildings and other items of infrastructure result in significant carbon dioxide emissions. read more

HS2 contractor EKFB awarded industry-first sustainability status
24.03.2022 HS2's main works contractor, EKFB - a team made up of Eiffage, Kier, Ferrovial Construction and BAM Nuttall, has become the first construction joint venture to achieve a new sustainability status awarded by the Supply Chain Sustainability School (SCSS). read more

Diébédo Francis Kéré receives the 2022 Pritzker Architecture Prize
15.03.2022 Diébédo Francis Kéré, architect, educator and social activist, has been selected as the 2022 Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, announced Tom Pritzker, Chairman of The Hyatt Foundation, which sponsors the award that is regarded internationally as architecture's highest honor. Born in Gando, Burkina Faso and based in Berlin, Germany, the architect known as Francis Kéré empowers and transforms communities through the process of architecture. read more

industry news

BAM re-appointed to Government’s health framework for England
31.03.2022 BAM has been re-appointed to Crown Commercial Service's (CCS) £9 billion healthcare capital projects framework for England - ProCure23 (P23). P23 is the fourth generation of NHS England and NHS Improvement's route to market for the provision of design and construction services to NHS capital projects. P23 supports the public sector to achieve maximum commercial value when procuring common goods and services. In 2020/21, CCS helped the public sector to achieve commercial benefits equal to £2.04 billion - supporting world-class public services that offer best value for taxpayers. read more

Skanska Commercial Property Development divests Epic in Malmö, Sweden
31.03.2022 Skanska Commercial Property Development has divested the office building Epic in Malmö, Sweden, to Skanska Investment Properties for about SEK 750M. The internal transaction has no effect on the cash flow and will be recorded in the first quarter 2022. The transfer will take place immediately. The office property Epic consists of two buildings with a total leasable area of approximately 12,000 square meters. The property, which is developed and built by Skanska, was completed in 2020 and is fully let. Among the tenants are Verisure, Spaces, Baker Tilly, Delphi, Web Manuals, Sproud and LoCali. read more

Skanska completes groundwork for railway station in Bergen, Norway
11.02.2022 Skanska has signed a contract with Baneservice for the completion of groundwork in the Fløen railway station project in Bergen, Norway. The contract is worth NOK 384M, about SEK 400M, which will be included in the Nordic order bookings for the first quarter 2022. read more

Dunfermline Learning Campus breaks ground
11.02.2022 It was shovels at the ready at the site of the new Dunfermline Learning Campus as the official 'groundbreaking' ceremony took place. Although enabling works on the site are already underway by BAM, the symbolic ceremony was a chance for those involved to welcome the work starting. Council Leaders, Cllrs David Alexander and David Ross were joined by pupils, project contractors and Council Officers to mark the occasion. read more

South Gloucestershire Council invests in new low carbon primary school
18.01.2022 Work is underway on the development of a new £10 million, low carbon primary school in the village of Frenchay, near Bristol. The redevelopment of Frenchay Church of England Primary School is part of South Gloucestershire Council's largest ever investment into schools. Following a competitive process, BAM Construction has been appointed to deliver the scheme under the Southern Construction Framework (SCF). read more

CIMIC's CPB selected for Sydney Metro - Western Sydney Airport
28.12.2021 CIMIC Group's CPB Contractors, in joint venture with Ghella, has been selected by the NSW Government to deliver the Sydney Metro - Western Sydney Airport Station Boxes and Tunnelling Works (WSA-SBT). read more

Holcim to acquire Malarkey Roofing Products
28.12.2021 Holcim has signed an agreement to acquire Malarkey Roofing Products, a leading company in the US residential roofing market with projected 2022 Net Sales of USD 600 million and EBITDA of USD 120 million. Malarkey Roofing Products has a track record of double-digit growth in the highly profitable USD 19 billion US residential roofing market. read more

Vinci to prepare Noisy-Champs station for Grand Paris Express
28.12.2021 Société du Grand Paris has awarded the contract to upgrade the future Noisy-Champs station and ancillary facilities to Vinci Construction via its subsidiaries Chantiers Modernes Construction (lead) and CBI. This landmark in the Grand Paris Express will be the station connecting future Line 15 South and Line 16 with RER Line A. Straddling Noisy-le-Grand (in Seine-Saint-Denis) and Champs-sur-Marne (in Seine-et- Marne), it will will feature two monumental timber helixes, one emerging from each city, converging into a spiral at the top. read more

BAM sells operating company BAM Galère to Thomas & Piron Group
02.12.2021 Royal BAM Group nv has reached agreement to sell the shares of its operating company BAM Galère (including its subsidiary BAM Lux and BAM Galère's plant and equipment, managed by BAM Mat) to the Belgian construction company Thomas & Piron Group. The transaction, which is subject to approval of the competition authorities, is expected to close in the first quarter of 2022. Financial details of the transaction are not being disclosed. The transaction will have limited impact on the 2021 income statement, and will not change BAM's outlook for 2021. read more

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