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December / January 2015

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE: News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg 3-6 Education . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg 7-8 Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg 9-11 Social Housing . . . . . . . . Pg 12-14 Urban Regeneration . . . Pg 15 WELCOME The Government has placed a significant emphasis on construction in recent years and as we head towards the 2015 General Election it has outlined a bold blueprint of major infrastructure projects running into tens of billions of pounds. Getting Britain building again has been a clear priority and the construction pipeline shows just how many schemes the Government is proposing or backing. On paper it all sounds like positive news. However, there remains a very big, dark cloud which the Government has seemed determined to ignore. The continuing skills gap that has existed within the construction industry is still to be addressed. Although the Government has worked with the housebuilding industry to boost skills training, the fact that a similar gap still exists elsewhere in the industry and has still to be tackled is a cause for concern, Indeed, a recent KPMG-backed survey concluded that with 20% more workers required to meet the pipeline of around £96 billion of construction projects in 2014-17, the London and South East is facing a major skills crisis. This could impact the wider economy as early as April 2015, when a total of over 600,000 workers will be needed on site to deliver major projects currently in planning. The industry has experienced great difficulties in recruiting enough skilled workers, for both professional roles and manual trades, to keep pace with new work. According to the report, a 51% increase in training provision would be required to meet Grosvenor House, Central Park, Telford, TF2 9TW T: 01952 234000 F: 01952 234003 E: T A N N E R S T I L E S P U B L I S H I N G TSPMEDIA GROUP EDITOR Paul Groves EDITORIAL CO-ORDINATOR Katie Heath ADVERTISEMENT PRODUCTION Charita Lala DESIGN & ARTWORK Kat Jones Terms and Conditions - While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of all articles and information appearing in Public Sector Building Specification the publisher does not accept liability for errors and omissions, printing or otherwise, that may appear in this publication. The journal includes photographs provided and paid for by suppliers. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or any retrieval system without the consent of the publisher. CIRCULATION MANAGER Becki Everitt ADVERTISEMENT MANAGER Martyn Smith TELESALES Nicky Vandersande PUBLISHER David Stiles demand for skilled labour between 2014 and 2017 to plug a gap of nearly 15,000 people. Unless the supply of construction labour is increased, the delivery of large infrastructure projects will be jeopardised. With 255,000 workers needed on site to deliver the 2015 pipeline of housing and 400,000 of the workforce expected to retire in the next 5-10 years, change to the industry has never been more pertinent. The report includes recommendations such as Infrastructure UK should drive a commitment to embed skills and employment requirements in public procurement contracts, aimed at both Tier One contractors and suppliers. It also suggests Government should ensure schools provide obligatory, quality and unbiased careers advice from Year 7, and submit annual careers reports evaluating the range of careers and training options covered. These and the other recommendations are common sense proposals that will go a long way to addressing the problem. It is time for the Government to get its hands dirty and work hard to close this damaging skills gap. Best Wishes Paul Groves, Editor 02 Contents To make an enquiry - Go online : Send a Fax: 01952 234002 or post our : Free Reader enquiry card READER ENQUIRY 2 READER ENQUIRY 3 The first phase of an extensive regeneration of a listed Town Hall complex in East Ham, London, has won the Best Public Building category at the 2014 Brick Awards. Situated amongst Edwardian Buildings that front the busy Barking Road, the London Borough of Newham decided to return its core team after years of relocations elsewhere within the borough. The client's brief was to create a building of civic presence but was also a natural fit within surrounding area. Brick was the natural material choice for Rick Mather Architects as the Town Hall conservation area is home to some of the finest examples of Edwardian Grade II* brick and terracotta buildings in Newham. Michelmersh's i-line bespoke blend and Farnham Red/Light Victorian Red bricks were selected to complement the surrounding re-pressed Victorian and London stock bricks. Built by Brickwork Contractor Pyramid Builders Ltd, the external appearance of the Customer Service Centre and Library is solid and arranged in large brick planes framed by expanses of glass with some areas of terracotta dressing. A long, thin modular brick has been used in vertical and horizontal courses and to create further visual interest, vertical brick ribbing was used in choice locations. Reveals, soffits and setbacks were also faced in brick. A lime based mortar with 10mm struck joints and minimalist weep holes rounding off the brick detailing. The Customer Service Centre and Library is a well designed building which sits well in its immediate context joining together the Civic Campus and the Town Hall. It provides a valuable resource for the neighbourhood and will help reinvigorate the town centre of East Ham. The judges felt the quality and use of brick detailing is high and consistent throughout and its solid structure is beautifully put together and well executed. You can see pictures and find full details of all the winning projects on the BDA's website: New Customer Service Centre and Library Shows Excellence at Brick Awards Telephone: 020 7323 7030 | Email: The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London, WC1E 7BT

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