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August 2012

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6 INDUSTRY NEWS ISG helps King's College London deliver sustainable goals ISG has been awarded a £3.5 million project to construct a sustainable sports facility at the research-led university, King's College London. The site has a rich sporting tradition and enviable facilities for rugby, hockey, football, lacrosse and cricket, and is used by 23,500 students and 6,000 staff. The new BREEAM Excellent rated facility at the College's Honor Oak Park sports ground in south east London – the original home of one of the oldest rugby clubs in England – will see ISG construct a two-storey building with changing facilities and function rooms to the ground floor and a first floor viewing gallery. The project involves the construction of a traditional brick and blockwork building adjacent to one of the two artificial pitches (installed in the first phase of the redevelopment) and it will offer 10 changing rooms. The ground floor accommodation also includes function rooms with curtain walling to maximise the amount of natural light entering the building and affording views across the surrounding sports fields. A first floor viewing gallery will be of steel frame construction with an open plan configuration to provide spectators with a full 360 deg vista. The site extends across a Roman road and ISG is working closely with a team of local archaeologists, who will be surveying and cataloguing any remains found ahead of the commencement of the main construction work. www.isgplc.com The Plant Protection Products (Sustainable Use) Regulations 2012 came into force on July 18 and they transpose the Sustainable Use Directive, 2009/128/EC in relation to the use of pesticides that are plant protection products. The following are the main activities where responsibilities will change: • Distribution of professional and non- professional pesticides • Use of professional products and application equipment • Use of non-professional pesticides • Purchasing professional pesticide products • Disposing of pesticide waste, including packaging • Training certification of those who work with pesticides. IOG members are advised to visit www.pesticides@hse.gsi.gov.uk for the revised guidance covering: • Obligations on those who use pesticides • Obligations on those who supply pesticides • The situation for advisors. New legislation on the use of pesticides The guidance notes include: • Clarification as to which existing UK requirements will continue under the new regime; • Those new requirements which have immediate effect as of 18 July; and • New requirements that will be phased in over the next four years. Jon Allbutt, Technical Director of Britrisk Safety (www.britrisksafety.com) comments: "It is also important to note that most public amenity sites have been identified as areas where the use of pesticides should be avoided, to assess the risks to the public and vulnerable groups, to choose the least harmful substance and be able to justify their decision – this amounts to having a risk assessment and this is a new duty." In our September issue, Jon will elaborate and answer questions such as Who will do this? What information and training will they need? Is a user's PA certificate sufficient? the Groundsman August 2012 Allett mowers in training at Euro 2012 Seven Allett Buffalo 34 pedestrian mowers helped produce the playing surfaces at four Polish training centres used for Euro 2012. The cylinder mowers were selected by STRI which, as part of the pitch consultancy agreement, was asked to provide technical and practical input to several of the stadia. "The brief was to raise the standard of the training pitches to international level and prepare them so they played and looked exactly like the stadia hosting the Euro 2012 matches," explained Andy Cole, STRI's head of stadia services. Having advised on and overseen the necessary pitch renovations, STRI set about improving the machinery used to maintain the turf. "We chose the Buffalo with eight-bladed cylinders because we knew the mower was capable of producing a high quality finish," said Andy. Allett's input extended beyond providing the mowers, added Andy. "We also asked the company to source and supply 15 pedestrian rotary mowers and to provide on-site training in the setting, maintenance and operation of these machines." • An Allett C-34 lightweight mower with interchangeable cartridge heads is the principal grass-cutting machine for Twickenham Stoop Stadium, shared home of the Harlequins FC rugby union team and the London Broncos rugby league side. The machine was selected by Head Groundsman, Paul Sykes, following extensive evaluation of its features and performance on the pitch. The eight- bladed cutting cylinder machine was delivered complete with 34 inch cartridge heads for cylinder mowing and verticutting, both interchangeable in less than a minute. www.allett.co.uk

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