Travis Perkins launches innovation awards
Travis Perkins plc has announced the first Travis Perkins Innovation Awards will be open for entries in March 2016. The awards will be open to a wide range of sectors for the submission of projects and ideas in an attempt to find ground breaking product innovation and problem solutions for the UK construction industry.
Anyone with a good idea can enter the awards, which will have two entry streams: Problem Solving and Product Innovation.
New construction products are the focus of the Product Innovation category with applicants invited to submit their ideas and specifications. Applicants to the Problem Solving category can put forward solutions to industry-specific problems identified by Travis Perkins plc customers.
The discretionary award structure is based on providing substantial financial and business support for product and idea development, including up to £10,000 in financing, an opportunity to trial products in selected Travis Perkins plc locations around the UK, and business mentoring and support from Travis Perkins plc’s senior team.
The Travis Perkins Innovation Awards will have its official launch at Ecobuild in early March. All the details of the awards will be available on a dedicated website which will be open for applications from 1 March, with a closing date of 30 June.
John Carter, Chief Executive of Travis Perkins plc, sees the competition as an important expression of the group’s commitment to innovation and new ideas. He said: “Getting new ideas and products to market and finding the right channels for support can be very hard. This competition provides an opportunity for all the people out there who been harbouring a great new idea for the construction industry to bring it to the attention of market experts and get the support they need for development and marketing.”
Applications will be judged by an expert panel during the summer, with the winners announced by the end of September.
Skanska invests $225m in Houston office project
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: sees.ai 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.”