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​Looking for inspiration for refurbishment projects within your education facility?

Looking for inspiration for refurbishment projects within your education facility? …take a look through three of our case studies where we show you how we have helped transform some local schools. Within these we discuss the task our customer addressed us with, the solutions we presented to our customer to resolve these and how we went about completing the project. You will also find lots of useful photos to show the finished results along with a list of all the trades involved in the construction work.

School Classroom and Entrance Renovation

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School Maintenance and Refurbishment

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School Classroom and Toilets Renovation

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Feeling inspired, why not take a look at some of our other case studies to see how we have resolved your construction problems or call our team today on 01753 534826 to discuss your construction project and discover how we can help you.

The most common disruptions reported by schools during construction projects and how we work to resolve these

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With over 25 years of construction experience in the education sector, at Adamson Construction we have a deep understanding of the constraints and compliance issues that can arise within your education facility.

We have listed below the most common disruptions reported by schools during construction projects and how we work to resolve these as part of your project:

Dust and dirt

Problem: Apart from being particularly uncomfortable, airborne dust and dirt can give rise to medical complaints leading to staff and pupil absences.

Resolution: We can liaise with you prior to the work commencing the options of locating classrooms which require natural ventilation away from construction activities and ensuring the constructing and maintaining of seals in affected areas can help to minimise the ingress of dust and dirt. In some cases, it may be appropriate to arrange additional cleaning for the school during the project.

Noise

Problem: Health and Safety regulations ensure that noise levels will not be hazardous to health, but they may still be extremely distracting.

Resolution: Where construction works are in close proximity to the school, we will agree with you before the work commences whether we will need to be excluded from undertaking certain noisy activities during particular periods such as exams.

Distractions from increased traffic, both vehicular and personnel

Problem: Continuous distractions from construction works.

Resolution: In order to avoid continuing distraction, we always ensure site activities are appropriately screened and discuss options as to whether it may be possible to locate particularly sensitive school classes and activities away from the main site access and construction works. This decision will be agreed between yourselves and us prior to the work commencing.

Frequent changes to access points and circulation routes

Problem: The need to advise school users of continuing changes in access arrangements can be disruptive and resource intensive.

Resolution: This will be considered and agreed between you and ourselves during the planned phasing sequences of the construction works.

Planned and unplanned interruptions to water, gas, power, ICT services

Problem: Loss of gas and power supplies interrupts lesson times

Resolution: Prior consultation and contingency planning with ourselves and staff about the consequences of a particular service failure or disconnection, will allow the school to better manage these situations in the event they occur.

Reduced playground space, loss of playing fields and car parking

Problem: The loss of amenities during the construction process is often an unavoidable source of inconvenience to school users.

Resolution: Early consultation with ourselves and those who are affected, will provide the opportunity to investigate and implement safe alternatives.

Health & Safety is fundamental to how jobs and projects are planned and carried out. We are committed to providing a safe working environment for all our employees and anyone affected by our works. We pride ourselves on customer care and always go the extra mile.

For further information on Adamson Construction and how we can assist you and your construction project, please contact our team today:
Phone: 01753 534826
Email: enquiries@adamson.co.uk

Sika ComfortFloor 3000 – the new substrate within the Sika ComfortFloor Decorative range

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A two part, self-smoothing polyurethane resin, ComfortFloor 3000 is the new substrate within the Sika ComfortFloor Decorative range. It is available in a range of colours to meet a wealth of aesthetic requirements in public and commercial buildings and is the new high performance base for the market leading Comfortfloor Decorative range of resin flooring.

It has been developed to offer low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) levels which improves health and safety conditions during the floor installation process, this easily applied, high performance liquid can even be used to create two tone floors by mixing colours during application to help realise the most modern creative concepts. With it’s tough, durable and seamless assets, ComfortFloor 3000 is easy to clean, low maintenance and the ideal flooring solution for hospitals, schools, retail, leisure, offices, entrance halls, lobbies, museums as well as residential use.

Combining innovation in product development, the highest standards of manufacturing and technical expertise, the Sika ComfortFloor range of floor and wall solutions for domestic, commercial and industrial applications will meet and exceed client expectations, industry best practices, and building regulations and legislation.

For further details on Sika Flooring and how this can benefit your construction project contact Adamson Construction today on 01753 534826 or email enquiries@adamson.co.uk

Sika Flooring

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With more than 40 years’ experience in the flooring industry, Sika flooring systems meet the latest standards and requirements in the industry.

Sika’s resin flooring systems are ideal for new build and refurbishment projects in the industrial, commercial and public sectors. Each product delivers long term performance and provides a durable barrier against the rigours of foot traffic, production equipment and heavy machinery.

The company’s full range of resin flooring products is ideal for a number of applications including:

– Commercial and Public Buildings
– IT Department / R&D Centres
– Production and Processing Areas
– Storage, Logistic and Sales Areas

For further details on Sika Flooring and how this can benefit your construction project contact Adamson Construction today on 01753 534826 or email enquiries@adamson.co.uk

5 Construction Industry Trends to Look Out For in 2016

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5 Construction Industry Trends to Look Out For in 2016

2015 has now come and gone, so construction professionals are focusing their attention on the year ahead. As ‘DDA’s 2016 Construction Outlook Report’ predicted a 6% growth, with the value of construction reaching an estimated £495 billion, 2016 is predicted to be a strong year for the industry.

Here are the top 5 trends to look out for in 2016, according to the Analysts:

1. Prefab/offsite construction methods will become more popular

Offsite (also known as modular or prefabricated) construction has been gaining ground as an alternative building method that offers the benefits of reduced construction time, less waste and possible cost savings.

2. Building Information Modelling (BIM) will become a necessity, and owner interest in the technology will grow

Building Information Modeling has been a growing trend for years, as it is no longer relegated to just the largest firms. Experts have said BIM provides tangible business benefits, no matter what level of implementation. Many have cited BIM’s ability to provide more consistent, more accurate and less time-consuming project document generation. In addition, BIM users can expect better collaboration and coordination among the different parties involved in a project, according to industry users.

3. Green building will grow in commercial and residential sectors

Commercial construction has typically led the pack in green adoption, but the residential sector is starting to catch up. The growing trend in both sectors is driven not just by a desire to produce environmentally friendly structures, but by consumer demand, higher-quality results and lifecycle cost savings, according to experts at ‘Greenbuild 2015’.

4. Laser scanning technology will gain popularity

Although BIM tends to dominate the construction technology narrative, experts pointed to another emerging technology that is having a significant impact on the industry: laser scanning. 3-D laser scanners can create a digital reproduction of the dimensions and positions of objects in a certain space, and then turn that information into a point cloud image.

5. Homebuyers will seek out simple, walkable communities

Last month, the ‘AIA’ released the results of its third-quarter ‘Home Design Trends Survey’ and found that design elements such as access to public transportation, multi-generational housing, walkable neighbourhoods and mixed-use facilities dominate homeowner preferences.

If you would like to find out how Adamson can support your construction needs this year, get in contact with us today.

Safecontractor Accreditation – What does this mean for Adamson?

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Safecontractor Accreditation – What does this mean for Adamson?

Adamson are proud to have been awarded our accreditation with Safecontractor, to support our health & safety procedures of our construction work on-site.

Safecontractor is a leading health and safety assessment scheme, with just over 24,000 contractors supporting the scheme, so with their growing membership in the UK, they provide high quality, value added benefit to our business.

What does this accreditation mean for Adamson?

Safecontractor is a health and safety assessment scheme that is recognised all over the UK. The standards cover core elements including health and safety policies, risk assessment and first aid.

Construction companies, like ourselves, use Safecontractor to reduce risk as well as developing and maintaining our approved contractor and service provider lists. With legislation placing an ever-increasing burden on businesses to ensure the health and safety competency of contractors providing services whilst on-site, it is vital to have a reliable system in place.

More than ever, there is a need to determine how seriously we, as a business, take health and safety, so a Safecontractor accreditation professionally assesses the suitability of our arrangements.

Should you require further details on our Safecontractor accreditation or any other of our accreditations awarded to us, please contact us today.

Global Construction Market set to Grow by 85% to $15.5 trillion worldwide by 2030

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New research has shown that the global construction market is expected to grow by 85 per cent to $15.5 trillion worldwide by 2030, with China, US and India leading the way and accounting for 57 per cent of all global growth.

Executive Director, Graham Robinson, at Global Construction Perspectives, said China’s share of the world construction market (currently the largest) will increase “only marginally” as growth slows, however new types of construction in education, social infrastructure and healthcare, together with the abolition of China’s one-child policy, will help drive growth in the longer term.

In contrast, US construction will grow faster than China over the next 15 years, at an average rate of five per cent per year and we are expected to see a surge in construction rates in India as it overtakes Japan to become world’s third largest construction market by 2021.

Although Europe is not expected to recover to reach pre-crisis levels until 2025, the research showed the UK is a stand-out growth market, overtaking Germany to become the largest in Europe and the world’s sixth largest construction market by 2030.

London Construction in Numbers

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18 – % increase in construction over last six months

24 – % increase in demolition of buildings

25 – % increase in construction at the Square Mile

26 – number of new construction projects started in last six months

77 – number of construction projects currently in place

220,000 – construction area in sq ft of the largest building to have been completed at Alphabeta Building in Finsbury Square

867,000 – construction area in sq ft of the largest building to have been started at 100 Bishopsgate

3.3 million – construction area in sq ft which will be completed in 2015

11.1 million – area in sq ft which is now under construction

Top 10 Advantages for Using Galvanised Steel

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Top 10 Advantages for Using Galvanised Steel

The use of galvanising for structural steel protection gives you ten major, measurable benefits.

#1. Lowest first cost. Galvanising is lower in first cost than many other commonly specified protective coatings for steel. (The application cost of labour intensive coatings such as painting has risen far more than the cost of factory operations such as galvanising.)

#2. Less maintenance = Lowest long term cost. Even in cases where the initial cost of galvanising is higher than alternative coatings, galvanising is almost invariably cheapest in the long term (because it lasts longer and needs less maintenance). And, maintenance causes problems and adds to costs when structures are located in remote areas, and when plant shutdown or disruption to production is involved.

#3. Long life. The life expectancy of galvanised coatings on typical structural members is in excess of 50 years in rural environments, and over 25 years in severe urban and coastal exposure.

#4. Reliability. Minimum coating thicknesses are applied. Coating life and performance are reliable and predictable.

#5. Toughest coating. A galvanised coating has a unique metallurgical structure which gives outstanding resistance to mechanical damage in transport, erection and service.

#6. Automatic protection for damaged areas. Galvanised coatings corrode preferentially to steel, providing protection to small areas of steel exposed through damage. Unlike organic coatings, small damaged areas do not need touching up.

#7. Complete protection. Every part of a galvanised article is protected, even recesses, sharp corners and inaccessible areas. No coating applied to a structure or fabrication after completion can provide the same protection.

#8. Ease of inspection. Galvanised coatings are assessed readily by eye, and simple non-destructive thickness testing methods can be used. The galvanising process is such that if coatings appear sound and continuous, they are sound and continuous.

#9. Faster erection time. As galvanised steel members are received they are ready for use. No time is lost on-site in surface preparation, painting and inspection. When assembly of the structure is complete, it is immediately ready for use, or for the next construction stage.

#10. Full protective coatings can be applied in minutes. Weather conditions do not affect the galvanising process.

Surge in Demand for Concrete Admixtures as the Focus is on “Construction Quality”

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Cement is the most common binding material used in construction activities. It is mixed with crushed rocks, sand and water in specific proportion to create concrete.

Admixtures are chemicals that are added to concrete at the initial mixing stage to enhance or modify the working properties of the mix. They increase compressive strength, workability & durability and reduce the water content within the cement.

COMMON TYPES OF CEMENT ADMIXTURES

There are many cement admixtures available, here are three of the most common types of admixtures you will find on the market:

– Sulfonated Naphthalene Formaldehyde (SNF)
– Sulfonated Melamine Formaldehyde (SMF)
– Polycarboxylate Ether (PCE)

GETTING THE MOST OUT OF CEMENT ADMIXTURES

Optimum use of admixtures depends on several factors:

– Type of cement
– Amount of cement used
– Working temperature of concrete
– Air and water content

BENEFITS OF CEMENT ADMIXTURES

Developers, engineers, contractors, builders, architects use cement admixtures for:

– Corrosion resistance
– Reduced permeability
– Improved resistance to chemical attack
– Effective placement of concrete in extreme weather conditions
– Effective underwater placement of concrete

MARKET TRENDS FOR CEMENT ADMIXTURES

The demand for concrete admixtures is directly related to cement consumption trends. Some of the drivers of the concrete admixtures market are improving quality of construction in developing economies, increasing demand for high rise buildings, roads, bridges, tunnels and dams.

Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific:

– Growing residential requirements and urbanisation trend is creating high market opportunities for concrete admixture manufacturer
– Repair and maintenance applications also provide potential opportunities, supported by increase in renovation and repair activities
– This has seen a double-digit growth rate for concrete admixture consumption
– Asia Pacific is expected to hold the market share of over two-thirds of the total global admixtures market
– Various factors such as foreign direct investment (FDI) in developing markets such as India and China is providing new market opportunities in the concrete admixtures market

Europe and North America:

– The gradual aging of the housing stock is offering major opportunities for concrete admixtures market.

DEVELOPMENTS IN CEMENT ADMIXTURE TECHNOLOGY HAS ENABLED:

– The development of mid-range water reducers
– Concrete mixtures that contain up to 85% recycled material
– An additive called Elemix, which consists of expanded polystyrene beads, allowing the creation of a lighter weight concrete with the same structural strength, while enhancing its thermal properties, retarding properties and cracking resistance.

A number of changes in the construction industry have added impetus for manufacturers and contractors to follow sustainability and green building codes. Concrete admixtures have evolved over the past few decades and with growth in the construction industry globally and development of new construction techniques, concrete building systems are becoming more durable and sustainable using environmental friendly techniques.

Contact Adamson Construction for further details on cement admixtures and other ways we are improving the ‘Quality of Construction’.