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Pollution



Preventing Air Pollution
 

Local controls

Your local council can introduce extra controls on emissions if there are air quality problems in your area.

Air Quality Management Areas

If air quality falls below required standards, your council will declare an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) and plan for improvements.

Check if your business is in an AQMA and if you’re affected by:

  • road charging
  • parking restrictions
  • increased restrictions on waiting and loading times
  • taxes to encourage moving goods by rail
  • the review of planning applications by a pollution control team

Smoke Control Areas

Your council can also declare a Smoke Control Area. This means you can only use authorised fuels, or exempted furnaces and boilers. Chimney smoke is not allowed, with only a few exceptions.

You could be fined up to £1,000 for each offence.

If you’re a contractor working at different locations you should always check if you’re in a Smoke Control Area.

Dark Smoke
 

Dark smoke

The darker the smoke, the more polluting it tends to be. Smoke darker than a specified shade of grey is officially classified as ‘dark smoke’.

The Ringelmann chart is used to define dark smoke. The chart has 5 shades of grey with 0 being clear and 5 being black. Smoke is considered ‘dark’ if it is shade 2 or darker.

Chimney and boiler restrictions

You mustn’t release dark smoke from your premises, including from:

  • chimneys serving furnaces
  • fixed boilers or industrial plants, whether they’re attached to buildings or not

There are some exemptions if emissions won’t damage health or cause a nuisance.

Boilers, Furnaces and Chimneys
 

Boilers and furnaces

You need a permit for most generators, furnaces and boilers.

Get a permit

You’ll need a Part A(1) environmental permit if your appliances:

  • have an aggregated rated thermal input of 50 megawatts (mw) or more
  • burn waste oil, recovered oil or any fuel made from waste, with a rated thermal input of 3 to 50 mw

Get a Part A(1) permit from:

You’ll need or a Part B environmental permit if your appliances:

  • have a rated thermal input of 20 to 50 mw
  • burn waste excluded from the Waste Incineration Directive (WID) with a rated thermal input of 0.4 to 3 mw

Get a Part B permit from your local council.

Small Waste Incineration Plant (SWIP) environmental permit

You’ll need a Small Waste Incineration Plant (SWIP) environmental permit if your appliance can burn either:
less than 10 tonnes per day of hazardous waste
less than 3 tonnes per hour of non-hazardous waste (equivalent to 72 tonnes per day)
Get a SWIP environmental permit from your local council.

Installing furnaces

Your local council must approve:

  • the use of a new non-domestic furnace in a building, fixed boiler or industrial plant
  • changes to an existing furnace

Contact your local council about grit and dust arrestment if you don’t have an environmental permit and your furnace is going to be used to burn:

  • pulverised fuel
  • any other solid matter at a rate of 45.4 kilograms (kg) or more an hour
  • liquid or gaseous matter at a rate equivalent to 366.4 kilowatts (kw) or more an hour

You might not need approval if your boiler won’t create emissions that can damage health or cause a nuisance. Contact your local council to check if you’re exempt.

Chimney height requirements

Your chimney must be high enough to prevent smoke, grit, dust, gases and fume emissions from damaging health or causing a nuisance. Your local council can refuse your application if your chimney isn’t high enough.

You must apply for chimney height approval if:

  • you don’t have an environmental permit
  • your boiler’s fuel consumption exceeds 45.4 kg of solid fuel an hour
  • your boiler’s fuel consumption exceeds 366.4 kw of liquid or gas fuel an hour

If your approval application is refused your local council will tell you the minimum chimney height you need.

A chimney may be exempt if it is used as part of:

  • a temporary replacement, for example if the boiler or furnace is being repaired
  • a temporary source of heat or power for building works
  • an auxiliary plant to bring the main plant up to operating temperatures
  • a mobile source of heat or power for agricultural purposes

If the use of your chimney changes you must re-apply for approval.

Boiler emission requirements

You must fit all boilers with grit and dust arrestment equipment. You can apply to your local council for an exemption if your boiler won’t create emissions that could damage health or cause a nuisance.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Permit
 

The European Union Emissions Trading System applies to the following business activities:

  • combustion installations with a rated thermal input exceeding 20 megawatts eg operating boilers, electricity generators and combined heat and power (CHP) schemes
  • metal ore (including sulphide ore) or sintering installation
  • iron and steel businesses
  • mineral oil refineries
  • coke ovens
  • the mineral industry (cement, glass, ceramics, lime production)
  • production of pulp from timber or other fibrous materials
  • paper and board with a production capacity greater than 20 tonnes per day
  • nitric acid production
If you carry out any of these activities you must hold a greenhouse gas emissions permit from one of the following regulators:
  • the Environment Agency in England and Wales
  • the Scottish Environment Protection Agency in Scotland
  • the Industrial Pollution and Radiochemical Inspectorate department of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency in Northern Ireland
Once you have a permit, you may be eligible to an allocation of free emissions allowances.

Applications for the permit must be accompanied by the prescribed fee.

Applications must include:
  • a description of the installation and site and its address and national grid reference and the name of the local authority or authorities the installation is situated in
  • the emissions-generating activities to be carried out in the installation including a description of the technology used and the materials used in carrying out those activities
  • the sources of specified emissions from the relevant activities
  • a description of planned measures to monitor and report specified emissions
  • a description, including the reference number, of any environmental licence issued in relation to the installation
  • any further information which the applicant wishes the regulator to take into account
  • the name, address and telephone number of the applicant, the correspondence address if different, the registered number and the registered or principal office address if the business is a registered company and the name and address of the ultimate holding company if the applicant is a subsidiary
  • a non-technical summary of the installation information
You must provide any other information requested by the regulator.
The regulator will decide your application within two months of the date the application was received. Conditions will be attached to a permit.

You will not be granted a permit if the regulator believes that you will not be the person operating the installation or that you will ensure that monitoring and reporting conditions will be met.

Where an application is for a permit to operate more than one installation, the application must contain the required information in relation to each installation.

Conditions

You must comply with all of the conditions contained in the permit. Your regulator may review the conditions of the permit at any time. You are required to notify the regulator when you cannot comply with conditions.

Conditions will include requirements to monitor and report on emissions, including specifying the frequency of monitoring and methods used and that annual reports are submitted. Conditions will require you to surrender allowances that are equal to your reportable emissions within four months of the end of the scheme year when the emissions took place.

Fines and penalties

If you fail to comply with requirements you may commit a criminal offence and be fined, imprisoned for up to two years or both. In addition there may be civil financial penalties for excess emissions or understating reportable emissions. If you fail to pay required fees your permit may be revoked.

Yellow Fish Scheme – Preventing Water Pollution
 

‘Yellow fish’ is an Environment Agency project (in England) that builds on an international approach to protecting the environment. It involves stencilling a yellow fish symbol beside drains to remind people that any waste entering them may go directly to the nearest stream, river, lake, canal, beach or bathing water - causing pollution and killing wildlife.

Complete and return the feedback form with your project details and the Environment Agency will add your project to our yellow fish map.

Yellow Fish Guidance Manual for Businesses

Yellow Fish Feedback Form.

Noise Assessment and Control
 

This document outlines permit conditions and regulation of noise. It also describes the principles of noise measurement and prediction and the control of noise by design, by operational and management techniques and abatement technologies.

Noise Assessment and Control Guidance

Ensuring your alarm doesn’t cause a nuisance
 

Ensuring your alarm doesn’t cause a nuisance

Repeated or prolonged ringing of alarms can cause nuisance and distress to neighbours. In such circumstances the council can take steps to disconnect alarms and charge or even prosecute owners for doing so.

You should therefore ensure that your alarm is properly maintained and serviced and complies with BS 4737 (1986). Alarms should be fitted with an automatic cut out to silence the alarm after 20 minutes. You should notify the Police and local council in writing of the names and contact details of two keyholders who can attend within 20 minutes. Code of practice Burglar alarms should cut out and reset after 20 minutes.

This is not law, but a recommendation and we can take action if alarms cause noise nuisance. Notifying of nominated keyholders It is important that you register your alarm keyholders with the Police and the council. This information will be needed if your alarm malfunctions and causes a nuisance to your neighbours. Inform the Noise and Pollution team with the most up to date information and we will pass a copy of this information on to the West Yorkshire Police

Getting Light Right
 

This information leaflet is designed to clearly and simply inform consumers how to install their security lights effectively to reduce light pollution.

It was jointly written with Campaign to Protect Rural England, Campaign for Dark Skies and the Institution of Lighting Professionals.

Getting Light Right Leaflet

Asbestos Regulations for Commercial Properties
 

If you’re the landlord, tenant or managing agent of a commercial property you may be responsible for managing asbestos, unless your contract or lease says otherwise.

What you must do

  1. If you have a lease or contract, check who is responsible for asbestos.

  2. Find out where the asbestos is (you’ll probably need an external accredited surveyor to carry out an asbestos survey).

  3. Have the material analysed and keep a record of what you find.

  4. Carry out a health and safety risk assessment.

  5. Share the information with anyone likely to come into contact with the area, eg builders.

  6. Keep anything containing asbestos in good repair or have it sealed or removed.

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) will help you find an accredited surveyor and testing laboratory.

Penalties

If you don’t have a plan to deal with asbestos and put it in action, you could face:

  • a fine of up to £20,000
  • imprisonment for up to 12 months

For a serious breach you could face an unlimited fine and/or imprisonment of up to 2 years.

Owners of derelict or vacant premises and warehouses also need an asbestos survey.

More detailed information

In England, Scotland and Wales

Find more on managing asbestos on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website.

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New heritage interpretation to reveal industrial mining past of North York Moors

Wednesday 22 November 2017

Work is underway to create an exciting new interpretation of historic mining sites across the North York Moors. As part of the National Lottery funded project This Exploited Land of Iron, the mixture of interventions both out in the landscape and in local hubs and centres, will tell the story of one of the most industrial periods in the moors’ history. Huddersfield-based Leach Studio has been appointed to lead the interpretive design for the scheme. The team is currently developing themes and concept designs which aim to map stories across this vast area. On completion in 2019, the project will provide an inter-connected network that visitors can explore, revealing the astonishing stories and scale of the mining industry that once dominated this landscape. The focus of the core exhibition at the Moors National Park Centre in Danby will draw upon the history of the area from medieval smelting to the trailblazing Victorian railways. Visitors will be able to use digital maps, projected archive film and an interpretive play area for children, to learn about this chapter of the story and other places where the tale continues. A multitude of other sites such as Grosmont Village, East Kilns and Rosedale Abbey’s iconic Bank Top will continue the industrial heritage exploration, with innovative interpretive solutions in the landscape set to include bespoke furniture and hands-on engagements. At Grosmont iron works, for example, visitors will learn that the now leafy car park was once the site of a major industrial complex producing nearly 1,000 tonnes of pig iron a week. Elsewhere, at Ingleby Incline, interpretation explaining the story of ore-laden wagons being transported up and down the 1 in 5 gradient will provide a welcome break for walkers on the steep ascent. Commenting on the project, Nichola Ward, head of creative at Leach Studio said: “Ironstone mining and the Victorian industrialisation had a significant impact on this community and the surrounding landscape, so we’re telling this story on a huge, far-reaching scale. “The challenge is that this heritage isn’t always very well known or even easy to uncover, as in many places nature has taken over since the decline of the industry in the last century. Our brief is therefore to create a range of design solutions that help different types of visitors understand, explore and uncover the astonishing moors for themselves.’ Tom Mutton, programme manager for This Exploited Land of Iron added: “Through community engagement programmes, research by local history groups and enthusiasts, and dialogue with the North York Moors National Park Authority, we’re building a rich picture of our landscape’s cultural and natural heritage. The solutions created by Leach Studio will leave a legacy for future visitors to help appreciate the incredible past of this landscape and will bring together the work carried out by all project partners.” In March 2016, the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded £2.8 million for the project to be undertaken. This sum was co-supported by the North York Moors National Park Authority, David Ross Foundation and other partners, to bring the total project value to £3.8 million.
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Around Town In the Huddersfield Live Hygge Tipi

Wednesday 15 November 2017

What better time to get together than Christmas? Around Town believe that connecting the business community of Huddersfield in its iconic locations and organisations is a brilliant way to share ideas, hear inspirational stories and have some FUN. Organised by Oli Smith, Michelle Crowther and Chris Buckley Around Town create memorable events every 3 months. 2018 plans are already underway; “as well as meeting at some amazing businesses we are walking Around Town in Spring - a fantastic way to get to know each other whilst experiencing some award winning locations and scenery in Huddersfield “ says Michelle And with Huddersfield Live December promises to be a memorable Around Town event. Hosted in the Hygge Tipi in St Georges Square, hear Sam Watt and Poppy Stahelin tell of the fabulous work the team at Huddersfield Live are doing and some of the stunning events planned for next year. Laura Drury sets the backdrop of how she formed the The Hygge Tipi and how it creates a convivial atmosphere for Huddersfield folk to mingle, drink mulled wine, and keep the winter night out in front of the log fire. All In the heart of Huddersfield. Tickets are limited and can be reserved FREE here. Chamber members old and new are very welcome. Around Town Events for 2018 confirmed. March 1st - Valli Opticians May 17th - Owen Scott Tailors May 25th - (Walk) Around Town - 15miles (approx) Breakfast Sarnies, The Kirklees Way, Finish in a Brewery!
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Huddersfield-based Leach appointed by international outdoor leisure brand Regatta

Friday 27 October 2017

International outdoor leisure brand Regatta has overhauled the visual merchandising strategy at its Manchester headquarters, with the help of Huddersfield-based display specialist Leach Impact. Regatta’s showroom is a regular destination for corporate customers, keen to be among the first to see what could soon adorn their retail shelves. But with footwear previously housed on a dark, permanent wooden wall, the 180sqft space struggled to do the hero products justice. The brand has therefore invested in a 6.8m x 2.5m state-of-the-art bespoke display from Leach’s Product Wall Lite range. At only 65mm thick, the streamlined wall-mounted system integrates eye-catching graphics with ultra-bright LED illumination and slick magnetic shelving, for maximum impact as soon as a customer arrives. “Following an initial design consultation, we knew the team was interested in the flexibility of this graphics display alternative,” elaborated Dale Broadhead, Leach’s project lead. “However, to meet the exact requirements of this brief, our in-house innovation team built a number of prototypes to evaluate how to best showcase Regatta’s footwear range.” The finished solution was then installed only one day, which included full magnetic assemble, graphic installation and 180 shelves added and aligned. Regatta’s marketing director Jo Hawkins expanded: “We were initially drawn to the system because of its brightness and large-format photographic quality. But the construction of Product Wall Lite now allows us to change the graphics and products as often as we like, without any external input or specialist shop-fitting expertise. “This means we can refresh our showroom campaigns in line with the changing seasons, which should deliver an ongoing wow factor and a lasting impression, much more in-keeping with what we’re trying to achieve as a brand.” On the back of positive feedback from visitors to the Manchester HQ, Regatta now plans to roll the Product Wall Lite system out into its store environments. Established in 1981 with a 12-strong team, Regatta now has 200 stores and concessions throughout the UK and operates in 55 countries worldwide.
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Leach appointed as approved fabric graphics supplier to beMatrix

Monday 02 October 2017

beMatrix – one of Europe’s most renowned modular exhibition stand specialists – has appointed Yorkshire-based Leach as its preferred fabric graphics production partner for the UK. The Belgian owned events giant launched the industry’s first customisable, reusable and tool-less frame system back in 1993. And almost 25 years later, the product has gone on to be sold via an international network spanning Europe, the USA and Asia. But as the team prepared for further penetration of the UK market, they sought a reputable fabric graphics partner that could help bring their stands to life. The search stopped at Huddersfield-based Leach. Commenting on the reasons behind the partnership, beMatrix’s UK Managing Director Antony Burton said: “The build of exhibition stands is often fraught with stress, risk and cost, even for experienced contractors. This was the rationale for us creating our modular stand system. It is quick and easy to erect, not to mention adaptable and reusable. This longevity maximises stand builders’ return on investment, particularly when compared to the typical wooden stand structures that are usually disposed of after every event. “But fabric graphics are still needed for every show, and, recognising that this is an incredibly specialist area of print production, we have always sought expert partners in this field. As we prepared for growth in the UK, Leach was clearly the perfect fit.” The new collaboration means that stand builders can procure fabric graphics as high in quality as the frame system itself. Expanding on the partnership, Richard Leach – managing director of the 4th generation family business – said: “It is unfortunately widely acknowledged within the events industry that 50% of fabric graphic installations fail first time. Disappointing colour reproduction, damaged ink, poorly-sized fabrics and incorrect material choice are just some of the perceived risks. But it’s not the fabric graphics themselves that are to blame – these failings arise when they haven’t been produced properly. “When executed professionally, on the other hand, such graphics provide a modern, seamless and crease-free solution, with unparalleled photographic quality and illumination capabilities. They’re also simple and cost-effective to transport, which adds to the ‘business case’. “By working closely with beMatrix we can therefore ensure clients experience maximum ROI – rather than headaches – from the fabric graphic stands that their customers demand.” Already a well-known name within the retail, exhibition and brand environments, Leach is targeting a 25% increase in fabric graphic production over the next 12 months.
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Vibrant growth outlook prompts relocation for Plasticolour

Monday 02 October 2017

Plastics specialist Plasticolour Ltd has announced its relocation to Ashfield Close on the Whitehall Road Industrial/Trade Counter Estate in Leeds, after signing a 5-year tenancy contract with commercial and industrial landlord Towngate PLC. The company – which supplies polymers and colours to the injection and extrusion moulding industry, and specialises in the production of small-batch bespoke orders – celebrated a successful first year of trading in March this year. And now, formerly based in Armley, the team has moved into the 2,397 sq ft unit at Ashfield Close as it prepares for further growth. Commenting on the new base, Plasticolour’s managing director Ian Morgan said: “We had a brilliant first year in business, and once we realised that we were on track to at least double in size over our second, it became clear that additional space was needed to expand our operations. As well as increased warehouse square footage and larger offices, we also required better accessibility for larger vehicles to fulfil our delivery and collection needs. “Ashfield Close was actually the first place we looked at, and even though we scoped out other similarly sized premises in the Leeds area, nothing could beat it for suitability or affordability. Plus, it was obvious that Towngate shared our values of providing excellent customer service and building great relationships, so the choice was easy.” Relocating alongside its sister company Academium – a digital marketing agency – the plastics firm will now benefit from a vast warehouse with 4m high ceilings, steel loading door, additional office accommodation, new toilet facilities, kitchenette and trade counter. Situated on the well-established Whitehall Road Industrial Estate, the premises also have the advantage of security fencing and lockable gates. Towngate’s property manager Tom Lamb commented on why this is such an exciting let for the client: “Thanks to its combined warehouse and trade counter offerings, proximity to Leeds city centre and accessibility to the M621, Ashfield Close is a favourite amongst industrial firms. We are delighted to welcome Plasticolour as the site’s newest tenant and now that Unit 7 has been leased, the whole estate is fully occupied.” Plasticolour’s tenancy announcement comes at a busy time for Towngate, as the property specialist has recently relaunched Units 4A and B of Olympia Trading Estate. Following an extensive refurbishment – including comprehensive recladding works and a refreshed interior – the 10,786 sq ft space on Gelderd Lane is now available to let. Elsewhere, the company has newly welcomed turbo repair and reconditioning expert Turbo Clinic UK to Unit C3 at Copley Hill Trading Estate, and is preparing for the much-anticipated unveiling of the revitalised Copperworks site in Stourton, due to take place in November.
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El-fresco dining just got a whole lot more exciting

Monday 25 September 2017

DELIVITA has taken outdoor cooking to the next level with the launch of their new Italian-inspired wood-fired oven. Joe Formisano and Olivia Robinson created the DELIVITA oven to inspire a passion for wood-fired outdoor cooking and to bring families and friends together to share good food. Having Italian heritage they knew exactly what was needed. Launched earlier this year this flagship product, a stlyish hand made table-top wood fired oven is manufactured in Yorkshire, and was initially designed to cook the perfect pizza. However, it’s proved itself a great all rounder and cooks chicken, meat, fish, breads and vegetables perfectly too. Unlike many ovens available on the market today the DELIVITA wood-fired oven is portable, weighing in at just 30kg and measuring 35cm (H), 59cm (W), 59cm (D). Due to the size of oven, it is compact enough to sit within any setting including urban balconies and gardens. The oven itself has also been designed with style in mind. Available in a range of on trend colours including Hale Grey, Vintage Blue, Very Black and Olive Green the oven has clean and simple lines, offering a contemporary addition to any setting. “We wanted a design that would adapt to our own lifestyle: fast, portable, stylish and social. We also wanted it to be hand made in Yorkshire and - most importantly - simple and pleasurable to use.” explained Olivia who has a background in creative design and product design with Liberty of London and Mamas & Papas. “To compliment the DELIVITA wood-fired oven, we have also developed a range of accessories. Again these are hand made in Yorkshire (both the wooden handles and steel additions) and include a portable stand for the oven pizza peel, pizza cutter, dough cutter, wood prodder, oven brush and a newly developed mini axe which was launched at GLEE 2017.” explained Joe, whose experience is in sales at well known brands including Mamas & Papas and Shark Ninja. DELIVITA have recently secured funding from AD-VENTURE, have been nominated for the White Rose Awards 2017 - Yorkshire Producers and Makers, were a winner of the Huddersfield Town Shooting Stars Award and were a runner up for new product at this year's GLEE, NEC Birmingham. All in all not a bad first year .
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Horizon Risk Consultancy Ltd signed the Contract for Services with NSF

Friday 01 September 2017

On 10 August 2017, Huddersfield based Risk Management Consultancy Horizon Risk Consultancy Ltd signed the Contract for Services between NSF Safety & Quality UK Ltd. As the Service Provider and independent contractor for NSF, we represented to NSF that we have the necessary experience, skills and abilities to provide a range of professional service to the company and its clients such as Health and Safety, Environment, Food Safety and certified management systems. About NSF Founded in 1944, NSF International is an independent, accredited organization who develops standards, and test and certify products and systems; provides auditing, education and risk management solutions for public health and the environment. Find more about NSF at: http://www.nsf.org/about-nsf/locations/europe/united-kingdom-ireland Find more about Horizon Risk Consultancy Ltd and how we can help with your business at: http://horizonriskconsultancy.com
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Access North elevates technical team with new appointment

Monday 14 August 2017

Rope access specialist Access North Structures has appointed Richard Knight as its new Technical Project Manager, to oversee its growing portfolio of assignments across the UK. Joining the Huddersfield-based team of height professionals with 13 years’ industry experience, Richard brings a wealth of technical and work at height expertise to the newly created role. Having been self-employed as an industrial rope access subcontractor for more than ten years, he will be undertaking more management and client-facing responsibilities in his new position. Qualified at the highest grade for the industry with IRATA Level 3 certification, Richard’s duties will include building client relationships and providing job quotations, alongside project and team management. Prior to scaling tall buildings and leading teams of technicians over the past decade, Richard initially qualified as a mechanic. Transitioning into work at height when he was employed as a tree surgeon in 2004, he moved into industrial rope access and building maintenance two years later. His previous subcontractor role didn’t just see him overseeing health and safety at sites all over the world – he was also tasked with training other technicians in onsite tower crane rescue and telecomms access. With an expanding portfolio of rope access projects across many different sectors, Access North Structures required someone with adaptability and considerable technical experience to take on this challenging management position. And according to Managing Director Berenice Northcott, this is just what Richard brings to the role. She comments: “With such a varied client base, we needed someone to join the team who is versatile, personable and skilled, and not put off by the travelling that this position entails. Richard has worked on a huge array of projects worldwide – from maintaining indoor rollercoasters in Dubai, to steel erecting on the Shard in London – so his technical know-how, vast on-site experience and charisma makes him an excellent fit. “As we set our sights on expanding into more challenging areas, Richard’s past expertise in working on demanding projects – such as oil rigs and petrochemical plants – will be invaluable for our wider project planning and management.” Elaborating on the responsibilities and objectives of his new role, Richard comments: “With my background in rope access and site safety, taking on this more office-based technical management role is a whole new challenge for me. I’m looking forward to learning from the other side of the fence, and helping to progress the business further. “The creativity and forward-thinking nature of Access North is what attracted me to the position, as they’re not afraid to do things differently. I’m excited to be able to play a part in bringing the company even more success, by putting my own expertise into practice.” Access North Structures is based in Armitage Bridge, Huddersfield and provides specialist rope access, ETFE, tensile fabrics and fall protection services to sites across the UK.
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Power specialist Smith Brothers sets its sights on solar

Tuesday 25 July 2017

Elland-based high voltage power specialist Smith Brothers has added the energisation of two prominent solar farms to its fast-growing success story. Having been assigned the design and build contract for Wreay Farm in Carlisle by renewables developer Anesco, the team of electrical engineering experts was also enlisted as the independent connections provider by solar giant Ethical Power for Netley Farm, near Southampton. With work on the Wreay Farm energisation beginning in December last year, the engineers were tasked with laying cabling to connect the site to the DNO, as well as building two 33kV substations – one brick structure for Electricity North West Ltd, and one Glass Reinforced Plastic customer enclosure. But what started as a straightforward connection project soon became more complex, as the team had to contend with landowner requests which led to new cabling routes. The original 1.8km dig for six cables to be laid grew to 2.6km, incurring a number of road closures, council negotiations and licensing difficulties. Yet despite these external challenges, the engineers still completed the work on time. “Accommodating landowner requests resulted in the overall project growing by 25%,” comments Dan Wagner, Smith Brothers’ senior project manager for the Wreay Farm assignment. “But even though the job didn’t quite go to plan, the team’s dedication and perseverance meant we still managed to hit the overall programme energisation deadline.” By far the smoother project for the high voltage specialists, the Netley Farm energisation for Ethical Power similarly involved the build of a 33kV distribution network operator substation – this time to be adopted by SSE. As well as the substation building and fit-out at the former landfill site, the engineers were assigned to install a 3-panel Siemens NX Plus switchboard and battery unit, and lay the required 200m of cabling. “Seeing through projects from start to finish, like these ones at the Netley and Wreay farms, is what we specialise in,” says Smith Brothers’ project manager Ryan Smith. “By providing the design, build and commission work in one turnkey package, we completed the job far more efficiently and effectively than if a different team had been brought in at each specific stage.” Now that both sites are fully operational, the solar farms are expected to generate 5 megawatts of power each. Ryan continues: “It’s great to see that solar and other renewables are becoming a real mainstay in our portfolio, at the same time as our operations within other areas such as STOR and battery services are also expanding. This strengthening of our presence across sectors just goes to show the versatility and expertise of our team.” The electrical engineering firm works on an array of high voltage electrical assignments up to 132kV for the commercial, industrial and renewables sectors nationwide, and was recently announced as the design and build partner for the prestigious Hallburn Wind Farm.
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Interpretative signage project complete on 26 hectare heritage estate

Friday 07 July 2017

Huddersfield-based Leach Inspire has completed a 3 month project to overhaul the experiential signage around Culzean Castle in Scotland. Brand design specialists StudioLR partnered with the heritage display experts, to deliver the 147-sign installation on time and to budget. Drawing on their collaborative experiences from ‘The Plock’ project in Kyle of Lochalsh, the duo worked to tight schedules for this unique brief. But this was not before an extensive research phase which saw the team walk 17km around the coastal site of Culzean Castle to meticulously plan the job. Overlooking the Firth of Clyde, the Castle – former home to the Marquess of Ailsa – is situated on a prestigious and opulent estate. It was therefore crucial that the signage would enhance the visitor experience from the minute of arrival. But the interpretative element of the graphical displays hasn’t been the only consideration. The beach location – whilst picturesque – means the external signs will be subject to extreme weather conditions during their lifespan. The research therefore presented a number of key manufacturing considerations when it came to the production of the signs themselves. Heavy duty materials were carefully chosen, for instance, 40 of Leach’s renowned Vault signage systems were crafted from hard-wearing external-grade oak that was left outside for three weeks prior to any carpentry, to prevent warping. 200 x 100mm planks were then cut down from 4m long timber and bolted together to complete the oak signage. All joinery, down to the final lacquering, was carried out by Leach’s own team for maximum quality control. Three 6m tall flagpoles were also manufactured and installed, plus 49 powder-coated, marine-grade stainless steel directional signs with two-colour print faces. 55 waymarkers with etched and infilled discs, constructed from 90mm diameter stainless steel, completed the signage suite. Elaborating on the assignment, Leach Inspire’s project manager Andy Cope said: “A signage project elsewhere in Scotland at The Plock was evidence of the quality of work that StudioLR and Leach could produce. But that was a 27-sign project, not 147 like Culzean Castle! “We transported a staggering 8 tonnes of signage to this coastal beauty spot – there aren’t many projects of this size. But careful coordination of the job from start to finish meant that the actual installation was completed in only three weeks – two days ahead of schedule!” Much of the project’s success was down to collaboration, communication and value engineering, believes Andy. “We worked closely together from start to finish, ensuring we left no stone unturned. We all genuinely enthused about the job too – I think we’d finalised the production schedule and product specs before the end of our first train journey home from Culzean! “But, as is the case with every single job we tackle, we remained committed to innovation. We used new print technology, for instance, which meant we could manufacture signs that are even more durable than normal. They’re virtually vandal proof and can last 10 years with ease. This won’t just prolong the quality of the visitor experience – it will protect National Trust for Scotland’s investment too.” Andy Gray, managing director of StudioLR concluded: “The end result looks fantastic, and the professionalism, attention to detail and quality product has already been complemented on.” Culzean Castle, Robert Adam's 18th-century masterpiece - a real 'castle in the air' - is perched on a cliff high above the crashing waves of the Firth of Clyde. The castle has a spectacular Oval Staircase, impressive Armoury and the Circular Saloon, with its panoramic views over the Clyde. Outside, visitors can explore a deer park, swan pond, miles of woodland walks and extensive coastline.
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