Weekly News Bulletin - 1st September 2017

Metsec Weekly News Bulletin

This week, we shared the BBC’s news on Queensferry Crossing being lit up ahead of it’s opening, which officially opens on Monday 4th September, and will open to traffic on the 7th September. This was a brilliant project to be involved in with our cable management division. You can read more about this here.

The Construction Enquirer reported on the bidding starting for two London stations with the promise of nearly £3bn of work and 4000 jobs being supported during the construction. The formal invitation to tender will be issued to contractors next January, please see the link below for more information.

We also posted about our MetSPEC software, which gives a more complete solution to engineers using the software through calculating purlins requirements faster and easier for them. Please see the link below for more information and how it could help you.

As reported by The Construction Index, the large-scale fire safety tests as a result of the Grenfell Tower were also completed. This final test of a wall cladding system passed which means that only three out of the seven cladding systems have passed the Government's fire safety testing regime.

Finally, Construction News reported that industry leaders are calling on clients and contractors to manage risk on a more collaborative basis, after the CN100 revealed the industry’s largest 10 contractors had an average pre-tax margin of -0.5 per cent. Here at Metsec, we strive to manage all risk with our clients through collaborating from the earliest stage possible.

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Bidding starts for £3bn works on HS2 London stations

HS2 has called up contractors to bid for its two big London stations with the promise of nearly £3bn of work.
http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/08/29/bidding-starts-for-3bn-works-on-hs2-london-stations/

Queensferry Crossing lit up ahead of opening

The new £1.35bn Queensferry Crossing has been lit up to mark the handover of the bridge from the contractors to the Scottish government.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-41076596

Metsec Launches Latest Version of MetSPEC

voestalpine Metsec plc is launching its latest release of its popular MetSPEC software, 28 years after being first-to-market with its widely-adopted software for designing purlin systems.
http://www.metsec.com/news/metsec-introduces-new-metspec-14/

Stone wool insulation passes cladding fire tests

The Building Research Establishment has completed the seventh and last of its large-scale fire safety tests that were commissioned by the government in the wake of June’s Grenfell Tower blaze.
http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/stone-wool-insulation-passes-cladding-fire-tests

Industry leaders call for 'fundamental change' to improve margins

Industry leaders have called for “fundamental change” to improve collaboration and risk management after the performance of construction’s biggest firms was laid bare by this year’s CN100.
https://www.constructionnews.co.uk/data/industry-leaders-call-for-fundamental-change-to-improve-margins/10022895.article?blocktitle=News&contentID=14653