May 16, 2020

CITB awards roofers £15,000 for drone training

Lacy Roofing drones
Robots for Roofing project
Construction Industry Training Board
CITB’s Flexible and Structured funding.
Catherine Sturman
2 min
Worker with drone
Independent company Lacy Roofing is set to train five members of staff to fly drones in new“Robots for Roofing” project. The scheme, based i...

Independent company Lacy Roofing is set to train five members of staff to fly drones in new “Robots for Roofing” project. The scheme, based in Liverpool will aim to reduce potential risks within construction and will be funded through the Construction Industry Training Board under the CITB’s Flexible and Structured funding.

Drones are becoming increasingly valued within the construction industry and provide potential benefits in the support of developments and potential restorations.

The £15,000 project will provide training at Civil Aviation Authority standard. Geeta Nathan, Head of Economic Analysis at CITB, said: “It’s inspiring to think of the impact these projects may have, not only in the near future but also in years to come.” If the project is successful, it will be rolled out across the industry.

Drones will be utilised to carry out assessments and detect potential concerns within builds to support construction workers, rather than potentially putting them at risk through carrying out difficult tasks manually, improving quality and safety.

The CITB is currently supporting a range of construction projects. In a bid to tackle the skills shortage, £7 million has been allocated in a project to develop the careers of individuals who wish to remain in construction and develop themselves further.

In addition, a comprehensive training programme at a cost of nearly half a million pounds has been developed to train 60 adults who have autism or similar disabilities, who wish to work within the construction industry. The project will be run by Mitie Property Services, who will collaborate with the National Autistic Society, Geason Training, Graham Roofing, Remploy, ASC Scaffolding and RL Scaffolding to ensure the project is a success.

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Jun 24, 2021

Skanska invests $225m in Houston office project

Dominic Ellis
2 min
Skanska plans to build a 28-floor office tower in Houston as its London office receives WELL Platinum sustainability ranking and drone trials are underway

Skanska is investing US$225m in an office development project, 1550 on the Green in Houston, with construction expected to begin in June and scheduled to be completed in 2024.

The construction contract is worth US$125M, which will be included in the Q2 order bookings. International law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has signed a 15-year lease for about 30 percent of the building.

Located at 1550 Lamar Street, adjacent to Discovery Green, in downtown Houston, Skanska plans to develop and build a 28-floor, 34,800 square meter office tower.

1550 on the Green will be the first part of a three-block master plan by Skanska, which will transform the parcels into a distinguished district known as Discovery West and consist of 3.5 acres of mixed-use development full of restaurants, retail and lush green space. The project will target LEED and WiredScore Platinum certifications.

Since 2009, Skanska has invested a total of US$2.8 billion in commercial and multi-family projects, creating more than 1 million square meters of sustainable and community focused developments in select U.S. markets. Skanska USA had sales of SEK66 billion in 2020 with 7,600 employees in its operations.

Skanska’s flagship London office has set the standard in sustainable workspaces by becoming the first in the UK to achieve WELL Platinum under the new v2 pilot scheme.

The accreditation from the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) was awarded through the v2 pilot, the newest version of the WELL Building Standard. It looks at all building features and management processes – from air and water quality to lighting, acoustics, nutrition, thermal comfort and mental wellbeing. It’s widely recognised as the industry yardstick for measuring how workspaces can contribute to the wellbeing of occupants.

The offices – which span three floors of the newly developed 51 Moorgate – contain floor-to-ceiling windows for extensive natural light, dedicated wellbeing and quiet spaces, as well as stringent air and water quality monitoring, among a range of other features that have helped earn the standard.

The company has also been exploring drone flights for use in industrial environments.

Peter Cater, Development Manager, said it was invited to carry out trials because of its use and knowledge of drone capability. "The trials have benefited everyone involved: get to test their equipment and remote use of the drones and we get access to accurate, real-time data on our construction activities which benefits us and our customer, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation."

“Projects like this – at the forefront of innovation – go to show what an exciting industry construction is to be involved in. We are always looking for innovative ways of working, ways to be more sustainable so we can find better solutions for our customers. These trials are just one small part of our digital transformation journey.”

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