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Walltransform ( wall-Reform

wall-Reform is a thermally efficient plaster developed by inventor Glenn Melvin to renovate and insulate existing buildings.

Glenn is a time-served plasterer with 20 years' experience in the building industry. His new product is being commercially launched in the UK with support from Nesta, following a pilot project in Hexham 16 months ago.

The project for Tynedale Housing involved renovating buildings with wall-Reform that would otherwise have been demolished. Polystyrene boards were used to build out the shape where necessary, ensuring the original features were retained. The project attracted much interest from local authorities and other organisations.

wall-Reform can be applied internally and finished with a traditional skim or externally and finished with a British Board of Agreement approved specified top-coat.

It will be invaluable in insulating the estimated seven million "hard to heat" solid wall construction homes in the UK, which are highly inefficient in terms of energy consumption.

As a result of the successful project Walltransform entered into talks with the largest cavity wall insulation company, the Mico Group. They have agreed to be distributors of the product and also have a national network of contractors to install it.

NG Bailey & Co Ltd ( various projects.

NG Bailey at Wynyard Business Park and Newcastle Business Park was commended for supporting an innovative working ethos, which they introduce to all their projects and promote to the rest of the construction industry.

The firm believes the off-site manufacturing of mechanical and electrical services can be hugely beneficial in terms of controlling process, quantity and cost.

Whereas some providers offer bespoke prefabricated units, usually as one-offs for each project, NG Bailey has developed standardised prefabricated systems to drive down costs.

4-Projects Limited is part of Sunderland-based technology group Leighton, one of the world's leading suppliers of collaboration and project management software to the construction industry.

4-Project's aim is to save their clients time and money by improving the Project Management process. The firm's software has helped transform the way in which the industry works. Version 6 will be released this year.

The Centre for Construction Innovation and Research (CCIR) was established at the University of Teesside to support the construction sector with consultation, research and development.

The VIRCON project is a Virtual Construction Site, which also allows planners to understand construction schedules better through 4D (3D plus time) simulation and the ability to visualise congestions and hot execution spaces on sites.

VIRCON tools allow different contractors to get the same mental picture of any problems they are likely to face at any particular time, on site or working remotely.

A consortium of private sector contractors and consultants led by Balfour Beatty were awarded the contract for The New Relley Railway Bridge, Durham in August 2002.

Working with the "in-house" teams at Durham County Council, the team faced a number of problems such as the restriction of overhead power lines when putting beams into place and the weight of the deck construction, which required piled foundations.

All were overcome thanks to early contractor involvement and close liaison with the structural steel subcontractor, Fairfield-Mabey and consultant Jacobs-Babtie.

Esh Group's Fit for Employment Programme in conjunction with Deerness Valley Comprehensive School, has revolutionised the way in which forward-thinking construction companies can recruit apprentices.

Early results are excellent and a similar scheme has been set up in Stockton, with another proposed for North Tyneside.

No other programme nationwide is delivering comparable results.

The Metek Steel Gyvlon Flooring System is a pre-fabricated light weight steel flooring system which enables the construction of a large spanning floor which is ideal for brown field site developments. It can be erected quickly, is environmentally friendly and satisfies the Egan compliance initiatives.

The main market is in flooring joists of five to nine metre spans, where timber joists can't achieve this span and concrete is heavy and ineffective. The project brought together the skills of Metek Building Systems (MMP Group), Lafarge-Gyvlon and Lewis-Reppel, who have produced a showcase seven-metre spanning mezzanine floor at MMP Group's offices in Newton Aycliffe.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 2, 2005
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