Weekly News Bulletin - 4th August 2017

Metsec Weekly News Bulletin

In the news this week, we saw the continued industry reactions from the fallout from the Grenfell Tower fire, which began on the 14th June. This included UK Construction Week announcing that they will hold free, one-hour CPD-certified sessions that will address the specification and use of products from the viewpoint of safety, quality and fire prevention in buildings. These will be held at Birmingham NEC from the 10-12 October. We also shared how Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital has closed its trauma unit over the fire risk presented by its cladding for a 12-month programme of repairs.

In other industry news, it was announced that Landsec and Canary Wharf Group have sold their 50% stakes in the Walkie Talkie tower at 20 Fenchurch Street for a combined £1,282.5m. The buyer is Hong Kong based LKK Health Products Group Limited.

Finally, we shared the viewpoint that construction sites should not wait to get online, through utilising technology including 4G to become wireless and available, regardless of where they are.

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UK Construction Week targets fire safety

UK Construction Week has announced that it will be holding a series of safety workshops that respond to the issues raised by the Grenfell Tower fire.
http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/uk-construction-week-targets-fire-safety

Hospital moves out patients over fire risk

Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital is closing its trauma unit over the fire risk presented by its cladding.
http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/hospital-moves-out-patients-over-fire-risk

Walkie Talkie sold to Hong Kong buyer for £1.28bn

Landsec and Canary Wharf Group have sold their 50% stakes in the Walkie Talkie tower at 20 Fenchurch Street for a combined £1,282.5m.
http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/07/27/walkie-talkie-sold-to-hong-kong-buyer-for-1-28bn/

Construction site offices should not wait to get online

Hubert Da Costa, VP EMEA at Cradlepoint shares the importance of ensuring construction site offices are online and why they should utilise technology
https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/planning-construction-news/construction-site-offices-online/34319