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We have been asked by Stuart Young MCIPR, Director for Construct Zero to circulate the below message with sector colleagues

An unprovoked and bloody invasion by Russia on Ukraine is underway by land, by sea and by air. In response, the Prime Minister today announced the largest and most severe package of economic sanctions we have ever introduced and that Russia has ever faced.  We are imposing these sanctions in close coordination with our US and European allies to ensure they have maximum impact. These sanctions are targeted at the people and financial institutions who have underwritten Putin’s war machine. Sanctions will also be applied to Belarus for its role in the assault on Ukraine.Please find below an overview of the new sanctions. You can read the Prime Minister’s statement to Parliament here.  If you have specific questions related to the impact these sanctions may have on your business, please contact us on BusinessPartnerships@CabinetOffice.gov.ukOverview of SanctionsIn close cooperation with our allies, we will impose on Russia the largest and most severe package of sanctions ever enacted on a major economy;

  1. We will starve the Russian state of their access to finance, introducing legislation by 1 March to:
  • Stop the Russian state from being able to borrow in UK markets and issue sovereign debt;
  • Block the ability of major Russian banks to operate in sterling around the world with a prohibition on clearing payments in sterling – in concert with the US this is the largest financial sanction ever;
  • Block major Russian state and private companies from raising funds in the UK, banning dealing with their securities and loans;
  • Limit the amount of money that Russian nationals can deposit in their UK bank accounts;
  • And in concert with the United States, we are imposing a full asset freeze on the Russian bank VTB.
  1. We will expand our measures to prevent key goods and technologies from being exported to Russia by:
  • No longer approving licences for the export of dual-use goods, with immediate effect;
  • Banning the export of a range of high-end and critical technical equipment and components, with enabling legislation laid in March.
  1. We will be sanctioning over 100 more individuals and entities in total, including VTB, Russia’s largest bank, and major defence sector organisations:
  • Freezing their assets in the UK.
  • Preventing any UK entities from engaging with these organisations and individuals in the UK or overseas.
  • Imposing travel bans on individuals.
  1. And we will ban Russian airline Aeroflot from our skies.

 


Update from the National Cyber Security Centre

Following Russia’s further violation of Ukraine’s territorial integrity, the National Cyber Security Centre has called on organisations in the UK to bolster their online defences.The NCSC – which is a part of GCHQ – has urged organisations to follow its guidance on steps to take when the cyber threat is heightened.While the NCSC is not aware of any current specific threats to UK organisations in relation to events in and around Ukraine, there has been a historical pattern of cyber attacks on Ukraine with international consequences.The guidance encourages organisations to follow actionable steps that reduce the risk of falling victim to an attack.We would also encourage you to follow the NCSC’s social media channels: LinkedIn and Twitter for further alerts and updates. Full details of the campaign to support CNIs, large organisations and public sector organisations can be found hereIf you have any questions, please contact enquiries@ncsc.gov.uk who will be happy to assist.Best wishes, Business Partnerships TeamCabinet Office

 

 

 

 

 

We’d like to offer a huge CONGRATULATIONS to The NHS Nightingale Hospital Exeter who won Building Project of the Year at the CE National Awards on Friday.

Well done to all the people and companies involved including Arup, BAM Construction Ltd, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, Stride Treglown, Service Design Solution Ltd (SDS), T Clarke, Totus, James Hannaford, Cliff Barnes.

Under the most testing circumstances, BAM and the entire, amazing project team worked tirelessly to deliver a superb, fully functioning, 116 bed hospital facility for the people across the South West. Delivered in just 57 days, all during the peak of the first COVID-19 lockdown, this was a major engineering and logistical challenge, turning a redundant Homebase store into a permanent, mini general hospital.

 

 

 

 

 

Due to the critical nature of the facility, programme was key, and, through collaborative working and innovative thinking, the facility was completed in just 57 days, including eight days demolition and site preparation and 49 of construction. Whilst called a Nightingale, this facility was a full-scale construction project, re-purposing a former Homebase DIY retail unit with no suitable infrastructure into a full acute facility with the requisite compliant ancillary space and welfare areas.

This scheme delivered more than a temporary facility, as other Nightingale projects were designed to do. Nightingale Hospital Exeter provides a permanent, mini-General Hospital, close to the strategically important M5-A38-A30 communications network and benefitting the whole region. Over 80% of the total £23m project spend went to supply chain partners within a 45-mile radius of the site, including many SMEs. BAM initiated a strategy to keep operatives on site as much as possible, employing three local mobile catering companies to provide free food and beverages, including over 100,000 individual bottles of water.

To reflect the need for flexibility and operational resilience, another factor that differentiates Exeter from similar schemes is compartmentalisation. We created five areas of between 22 and 24 beds, which can be used for different purposes – allowing the Trust to decide what it wants to do with this new facility, providing the flexibility subsequently to change functionality to meet demand.

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The timeframe, programme and logistics all presented huge challenges, amplified by project conception and delivery all taking place during a full national lockdown in response to the global Covid-19 pandemic.

Over 2,500 people were involved on this project, with 467 on-site at the busiest time, all during the first national lockdown at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. This presented a huge logistical challenge which was managed by strict social distancing segregation, hi-tec bio security and on-site medical teams, all resulting in zero reportable incidents and no COVID-19 issues.

The design team was just 24 hours ahead of construction, sometimes less, and there were elements of work designed one or two days, or even hours, before they were installed. The design went through many iterations on a daily basis and the team worked tirelessly to assimilate the changes, making sure they just kept in front of the installation team. Ultimately the success of this project was founded on the true partnership between all parties and o BAM’s long-standing relationship with architect, Stride Treglown, engineers Arup and site-based MEP design team, SDS.

 

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CESW and our CEO, Andrew Carpenter have both featured in the September October issue of Building Products Magazine.

Both pieces centre around climate change and the construction industry’s role in hitting the Net Zero target.

Please CLICK HERE to visit the Building Products Magazine site where you can read both articles and also download the full issue.

Welcome to the July edition of the Newsletter, I’m hugely excited to be writing this hot on the heels of judging the CESW Awards.

As a judge of 3 years standing, I’m truly impressed by the passion, ingenuity, hard-work and dedication of the people and teams involved in the celebrated projects.

This year against the most challenging of conditions with the pandemic, new working conditions and materials supply issues, I’m in awe of what has been achieved. From small specialist project through to multi-million pound complex schemes, our industry has stepped up to the challenge.

For many years now we have spoken about ‘collaboration and digital’ – we are now seeing digital tools and collaborative working being adopted and embraced throughout the supply chain at a much faster rate than many of us have seen for years. It’s evident that  new ‘virtual’ working processes are now in place as standard processes as they have demonstrated their value in increasing productivity along with reductions in carbon footprint.

Our ever present skills shortage is again one of the key factors impacting our productivity levels. These award entries demonstrate how the industry has embraced modern technologies and practises –  off-site and digital, carbon reduction programmes and more inclusive and diverse working environments, we would therefore like to share the best practise, knowledge and learning through case-studies and articles. The CESW Team will be in touch over the coming month.

Congratulations to all those shortlisted and don’t forget the Awards Dinner will be held on the 17th September at the Marriott City Centre Hotel, Bristol.

We look forward to seeing you there.


As an industry, we have made significant steps forward in ensuring we deliver high quality buildings for our customers, however, there remains much for us still to do.” Mark Beard.

The management of quality in project delivery is a challenge for all firms involved in design, manufacturing, and site production, whether they are large or small.

The construction industry is under pressure to build more complex projects, safely, with minimum disruption

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