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Considerate Constructors
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William Hare UK have recently been audited for the Considerate Constructors scheme and received a rating of 4.5 stars.

This audit was on the 10 Fenchurch Avenue Project and was based around the following areas: respecting the community, protecting the environment, securing everyone’s safety and valuing the workforce. Well done to all on the project for upholding these values.

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William Hare Group - London Wall Place Walkway
Why Did the Steel Cross the Road…
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During the UK's bank holiday weekend, the 26th to the 30th of August, London Wall road in the City of London was closed to public access to allow William Hare UK to install the walkway that spans the road.

The walkway, which was fabricated in 2 halves by William Hare UAE in Abu Dhabi, spanned the whole road connecting the new London Wall Place development to neighbouring building City Place House.

Carl Pittman, Regional Production Manager at William Hare UAE, stated that “it was a difficult fabrication which required a trial assembly to a very tight deadline.” He praised the efforts of all departments in the UAE to complete the job.

Due to the existence of an underground car park beneath London Wall road and high loads involved, a detailed programme of installation with all permutations of plant locations was developed several months in advance to allow design checks and temporary propping scheme to be developed in order to obtain permission by City of London.

Two weeks prior to bank holiday, a road closure of London Wall was set up for installation of the highly polished stainless steel supporting pylon. The 2 halves of the bridge were also offloaded onto the road, allowing welding of the two halves into one 60Te unit.

During the installation, William Hare UK erection teams worked around the clock to ensure that the bridge was up and running before the road opened on Tuesday morning, using; 2 Self Propelled Modular Trailers, a 500Te and a 100Te mobile crane.

The project was evidence of the great collaborative team approach made by all William Hare Group departments working across the globe to complete this unusual and challenging project.

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William Hare project SMF 1000 Days Accident Free
1,000 Days Accident Free
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The Silo Maintenance Facility project at a Northern Nuclear Facility has recently achieved over 1,000 days accident free. This is equivalent to 1.5 million man hours. William Hare UK and all sub-contractors had a major contribution to this outstanding health and safety achievement.

William Hare started the main frame erection works in May 2015 utilising a 120t Crawler crane. To ensure stability of the structure a complex system of kentledge wires and blocks was designed and assembled on site. The main frame is 120m long, the width including the vent block building is 40m and height is 24m. Further mobile cranes of 40t, 55t and 120t capacities were used providing lifting of structural sections, kal-zip roof sections rolled on site and crane rails. Access to height was gained by a range of MEWPS ranging from 40ft to 120ft.

Those leading the project put the exceptional level of safety down to their zero harm system and traffic management plan, which encourages workers to record any issues or near misses and exercise extra vigilance when moving around.

The Silo Maintenance Facility once commissioned, will provide provision for nuclear decommissioning. SMF will support the retrieval of historical nuclear waste from the site’s legacy plants, Magnox Swarf Storage Silos (MSSS) and Pile Fuel Cladding Silo. In particular, it will help the MSSS Silo Emptying Plant retrieval machines by facilitating tool changes and loading new equipment prior to deployment on the plant.

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Leeds Station wins Tekla Award
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Congratulations to the William Hare UK team who worked on the Leeds Station Southern Entrance project. The project recently won the UK Tekla Award 2015 Steel Category. 

The modelling of the structure was very complex geometry, and close coordination with the architect and the engineer was essential as achieving the correct set-out of the steel was imperative. A point cloud survey was also used to establish the constraints of the existing site and included the arches, platforms, rail track and existing steel. By doing this, good clear insight was obtained as to what challenges would need to be addressed during the construction phase of the project.

One of the most challenging parts of the project was its location, being centred over the River Aire and locked on all sides by stations and existing structures. Every steel member needed to be barged into the site from the marshalling point on Water Lane. Some of the steel frame was located under the existing brick arches and inventive ways of both delivering and erecting the steel in to its final location were needed. In conjunction with Network Rail possession works for the steel elements that are over the track, made planning and logistics key to the project. The use of the model made this task easier and improved the intelligence available at an early stage of the construction scheme’s development. The judges’ comments on the project were; “A nice looking but complex model. The clever workflow to manoeuvre in complex spaces is impressive.”

Peter Ryder and Christopher Grime went to collect the award on behalf of the company (pictured right with Tekla UK Managing Director Andrew Bellerby). A special mention also goes to Kyle Carter, Sue Wadsworth, Steve Bleasby, Josh Emerson and the JLM team who were instrumental in the success of the project.

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Milton Court Receives SSDA Commendation
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Milton Court is a new £89m facility built for the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Located near the Barbican, it occupies two basement levels and the first six floors of the development. It includes a world-class 609-seat concert hall, two theatres, rehearsal rooms, office space, a TV studio suite and bar, as well as an impressive roof garden.

The concert hall and studio theatre were designed to meet very high acoustic performance requirements utilising a ‘box- in-box’ principle. Due to the small footprint of the site, a steel ‘box-in-box’ system gave the benefit of acoustically isolating each internal part of the building from one another.

Acoustic isolation was achieved by adopting an internal steel frame encased in concrete with walls constructed out of dense block-work. The project was entered into the Structural Steel Design Awards which is organised by the BCSA and Tata Steel earlier in the year.The project was then awarded a commendation last month.

Judges’ comment – “A highly complex project on a dense urban site, with severe acoustic demands due to traffic noise and underground trains, and isolation between separate performance spaces. The solution is ‘box-in-box’ construction, whereby each performance space is constructed of steelwork built within, and isolated from, the concrete substructure. Steelwork is key to this world-class music and drama facility”.

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Olympic Stadium opens for Business
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Athletics fans swarmed back to the Olympic stadium over a wet weekend to watch the heroes of London 2012 compete once again in the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games. 

A glittering line up of the sport’s greatest competitors including Usain Bolt, Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Greg Rutherford saw about 110,000 spectators turn up over the three-day event at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. In typical fashion it was Bolt who powered to victory in the 100m sprint, while Farah received a warm welcome to the track, winning the 3,000m event. Jessica Ennis-Hill has also booked her place at next month’s World championships in Beijing after hitting form at the right time during the Anniversary Games.

The Games was the first event since William Hare UK completed the Olympic Roof Conversion Project. The new roof is an innovative gravity stressed design and is the largest spanning tensile roof in the world. William Hare UK designed, fabricated and erected 3,700 tonnes of steel on the project.

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William Hare - Bury Station
William Hare Donates Steel to Bury Station
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William Hare UK kindly donated several steel columns, parapet channels and technical advice to Bury Bolton Street station for their canopy project. The station dates back to 1846 when it was opened by the East Lancashire Railway (ELR) as Bury Railway Station.

The heritage railway’s £100,000 project to re-establish the Victorian style station canopy at the showcase station’s platform 2 began back in 2010 when the canopy at Oldham Mumps station was donated to Bury Railway Station.

The canopy was then later renovated and with the help of William Hare was finally erected above the platform. The canopy is now awaiting its new roof which will complete the project before summer 2015.

Project Engineer Adam Suthers – “It was really rewarding to get involved in a project that would be of great benefit to the local community and which helps to secure the future of a historical Bury landmark.”

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Hat-trick of Safety Awards
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William Hare has won its third major award for its Health and Safety in a matter of a few weeks. This latest award comes from The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) who have awarded William Hare with its Gold Award for Occupational Health and Safety.

The award follows the announcement of an International Safety Award from The British Safety Council and an ECIA Safe Working Award, both of which were announced earlier in March.

The RoSPA Safety Awards are internationally recognised and have fast become the most sought after accolade by organisations from every sector. The awards are judged on three main criteria:

  • Measure of occupational health and safety management ‘input’ such as the level of development of systems and culture
  • Measures of health and safety management ‘output’ such as consistent application of risk control measures; and measures of ‘outcome’ such as reductions in near misses, notifiable injuries, the number of days lost, accident and ill health costs etc
  • Entrant’s enforcement record across a broad range of KPI, not just lost time accident rates.

The Award will be presented as part of the Safety and Health Expo 2014 which is being held at London’s ExCeL Centre in June 2014.

Commenting on the triple award Brian Hughes, William Hare’s Director of Health, Safety & Environment noted “These awards all come from very well respected organisations and makes all at WHL proud of the fantastic progress we are making. While we are pleased by the recognition, we will nevertheless continue to strive to further improve our performance”

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20 Fenchurch Street - Video Case Study - William Hare News
20 Fenchurch Street Video Case Study
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The British Constructional Steelwork Association (BCSA) in conjunction with Tata Steel have released a new video case study detailing the construction of 20 Fenchurch St (AKAThe Walkie Talkie).

The video is part of the Framed In Steel series which are designed to showcase the different benefits of using steel in large scale construction projects.

20 Fenchurch Street is a 37 floor skyscraper in the city of London which provides top quality offices with unrivalled panoramic views of London. William Hare supplied over 8,000 tonnes of structural steel to the project, which remains on programme for practical completion in March 2014.

The video describing the development of the steel frame for the project can be viewed on YouTube.

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Milton Court School Of Drama Opens - William Hare News
Milton Court School of Drama Opens
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The arts stars of tomorrow have been given a major boost with the opening of the Guildhall School and Drama at Milton Court in London.

The Guildhall School of Music & Drama is one of the world’s leading conservatoires and drama schools, offering musicians, actors, stage managers and theatre technicians an inspiring environment in which to develop as artists and professionals.

Located near the Barbican the new facility was built at a cost of £89 million and provides world class performance and teaching facilities which include:

  • a 608-seat Concert Hall
  • a 223-seat Theatre
  • a Studio Theatre
  • three major rehearsal rooms
  • TV studio suite

William Hare provided the structural steel for the project which featured a complex box within a box construction providing full acoustic separation for the performance spaces. In essence the inner box steel is floating on acoustic bearings insulating each hall from noise interference, both from the outside world and the adjacent halls.

Other steel elements were pre-encased in concrete to provide a high quality exposed concrete soffit to the concert hall. William Hare was also responsible for supplying the precast concrete planks throughout the project.

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Emal Phase 2 Achieves First Production
EMAL Phase 2 Acheives First Production
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A full three months ahead of schedule Emirates Aluminum (Emal) has achieved the First Hot Metal (FHM) production from the Phase II expansion of its Al Taweelah factory in Abu Dhabi.

The new $6 billion Pot Line is the largest in the world and will increase production capacity at the site from 750,000 tonnes per year to 1.3 million metric tonnes. The expansion of the plant will create an additional 1000 jobs.

William Hare provided over 18,000 tonnes of steel to the project, and the safe, early delivery of the frame was a contributory factor to Emal being able to bring the plant on line ahead of schedule. William Hare’s contribution to the project was completed with an excellent safety record, without a single Lost Time Injury (LTI) being reported.

A statement issued by Emal highlighted the achievements of the project overall.  “Faster, safer and better, the construction of Phase II has exceeded the already exemplary standards achieved in the construction of its Phase I, setting new global industry records in the process. Taking just two years, it is also the fastest that any aluminium smelter has reached FHM.”

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Air A1 Wins Steel Design Award - William Hare News
Air W1 Wins Structural Steel Design Award
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The Air W1 project has been announced as a winner in the 2013 Structural Steel Design Awards jointly organised by the British Constructional Steelwork Association (BCSA) and Tata Steel.

The steelwork to this major refurb project in the heart of London’s West End was completed by William Hare in 2010. The project posed the challenge of providing a state of the art building behind an existing Grade II Listed Façade dating back to 1915. The judges for the competition, which included representatives from the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers and RIBA, noted that the project was an“exemplar for imaginative incorporation of existing steelwork in a striking modern office / retail / residential development”.

Now in their 45th year, the Structural Steel Design Awards celebrate the excellence of the United Kingdom in the field of steel construction, showcasing the uses of steel construction in terms of efficiency, cost effectiveness, aesthetics, sustainability and innovation.

The Air W1 development provides 30,000 sq m of Grade A office space and incorporates the restoration of Art Deco details from the original building, combined with high-specification modern features including a stunning central atrium. Located just off Regent Street, the overall construction programme for the mixed use scheme was completed four months early and under budget, with the successful erection of the 4,500 tonne steel frame playing a key part in the successful delivery of the project as a whole

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UAE Safety Record for Emal Celebrated
Safety Record for Emal Celebrated
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For the second quarter running William Hare UAE’s outstanding contribution to safety on the Emal project site has been recognised by the client. The 300 strong William Hare site team working on the project has now achieved half a million man hours without a single lost time injury (LTI).

The project to build a new aluminium smelting plant in the Khalifa Industrial Zone, Al Taweelah, Abu Dhabi, features over 12,000 people on site. Once completed the potlines will stretch for 1.7km, making them the longest ever built.

Commenting on the award Jude Medard, Director for Safety, Health and Environment at William Hare UAE, noted “It is an amazing feat by all our people who strived for this achievement.  This award has been a crucial motivational factor for all the work-force, highlighting their successful commitment to safe working.”

As on every project, William Hare has employed a broad range of proactive measures to ensure that safety is maintained at the forefront of all operations. This has included awareness and improvement schemes which are designed to promote a safe working culture at all times.

The collective efforts of William Hare were recognised by Emal management in the presentation of the award, and further acknowledged in a “safety standown” in which the entire site team joined to celebrate the achievement.

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Steel Beam Erected 20 Fenchurch st - William Hare News
Final steel beam is erected 20 Fenchurch Street
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The construction of London’s latest landmark, 20 Fenchurch Street, has reached a major milestone with the erection by William Hare of the last of more than 6,000 separate steel sections within the main steel frame. The milestone comes just eight months after the first column was erected in April this year.

The installation completes the tower’s main superstructure and is a significant moment in the construction of the development, which is set to bring much needed new office space to a supply-constrained London market when it completes in just over 12 months.

20 Fenchurch Street is one of London’s most eagerly anticipated development projects thanks to celebrated architect Rafael Viñoly’s innovative design. The 160m high building flares outwards from its base so that the larger floorplates are to be found at the higher storeys, delivering both impressive architecture and more efficient office space than many of its neighbours. When complete, 20 Fenchurch Street will contain over 28,000m3 of concrete, 13,000 tonnes of structural and reinforcing steel and approximately 33,000m2 of glass – an area equivalent to more than 4.5 football pitches.

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The Wallbrook Building - William Hare News
The Walbrook Building – Framed in steel video
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To help promote the use of steel in construction The British Constructional Steelwork Association (BCSA) has produced a series of short video case studies on notable recent steel building and bridge projects. The videos form part of the “Framed In Steel” series which are designed to showcase the different benefits of using steel in large scale construction projects.

One of the projects spotlighted in the first batch of cases studies is the Walbrook Building in City of London. This landmark office building was designed by Foster + Partners and Engineered by Arup’s. The steel for the project was supplied by William Hare, with erection of the 6,300 tonne frame being completed in February 2009.

View the video case study here on YouTube.

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NEQ Erection Completed - William Hare News
NEQ Erection Completed
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Structural steelwork engineers William Hare have completed erection of the steel frame for the North East Quadrant (NEQ) project within the Regents Place development.

Located on London’s Euston Road, NEQ consists of three interlinked tower blocks of 15, 10 and 8 storeys. William Hare have supplied over 4,000 tonnes of steel for the project.

NEQ is the final phase in the masterplan for the 13 acre Regents Place site.  NEQ is a 46,400sq m mixed used scheme which includes 1,400sq m of retail space  and 45,000sq m of office space.

The building is currently on programme for final completion in Summer 2013.

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Emirates Aluminium (Emal) Contract
Emirates Aluminium (Emal) Contract
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At a ceremony held on March 22, 2012, Emirates Aluminum (Emal) signed a contract with William Hare UAE L.L.C. for the provision of 18,000 tonnes of structural steel for a new Plot Line at Emal’s Al Taweelah factory.

The new Plot Line will be the largest in the world and will increase production capacity at the site from 750,000 tonnes per year to 1.3 million metric tonnes. The new facility is expected to come on stream in 2014.

Emal’s president and CEO Saeed Fadhel Al Mazrooei said: “This is another step forward for Emal and an important part of our ambitious plans to develop our smelter at Al Taweelah into one of the largest single-site smelters in the world.”

William Hare’s scope includes the supply and erection of the steel structure for the new Plot Line, the Plot Line building, the maintenance building and passageways.  The steel for the project will be provided by Emarati Steel Mill Emirates Steel (ESI).

The contract was signed between Emal’s President and CEO, Saeed Fadhel Al Mazrooei and Nigel Moss, Managing Director of William Hare UAE L.L.C. Also present were Saeed Al Romaithi, Acting CEO for Emirates Steel, David Hodgkiss, Chief Executive for William Hare, and Yousuf Bastaki, VP Projects for Emal.

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Queen Elizabeth Officially Opens Media City Uk - William Hare News
Queen Elizabeth officially opens Media City UK
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Her Majesty the Queen has completed the official opening of the Media City UK complex in Salford.

Her Majesty toured the Media City UK complex in the company of Mark Thompson, director-general of the BBC, and Peter Salmon, director of BBC North, and was shown many of the state-of-the-art digital production facilities that characterize the BBC’s new headquarters in the North.

The visit marks the culmination of the project in which William Hare had previously supplied a total of 8,000 tonnes of structural steel. William Hare’s contribution included the main studio buildings together with the adjacent hotel and office towers.

The first phase of Media City was a £650 million development by the Peel Group.  Primary construction took place between 2009 and 2010. The project  featured an average of over 2,000 site personnel, making it the largest construction project in Europe at that time. William Hare’s work was completed under contract to Lend Lease (previously Bovis Lend Lease).

As the Queen toured the main Media City UK complex, across the Manchester Ship Canal on a separate 7.7-acre site, William Hare continued to put the finishing touches to the new ITV Studios project. This work is being done under contract to Mace Construction and the project is progressing smoothly towards its planned opening in the spring of 2013.

Photo Credit: © Vishal Sharma, courtesy of Media City UK

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Awarded 20 Fenchurch Street - William Hare News
William Hare awarded 20 Fenchurch Street
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William Hare UK is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the contract to supply the structural steel for the 20 Fenchurch Street project in the City of London.

The 36-storey tower, which will rise to 160 m, is being jointly developed by Canary Wharf Contractors and Land Securities.

20 Fenchurch Street has been designed by the award winning Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly. The building will provide over 63,800 sq metres of office space and be a striking addition to the London skyline.

The distinctive shape of the building, which tapers outward as the building increases in height, has earned it the nick-name, the “Walkie Talkie”.

Completion of the structure is planned for the Spring of 2014.

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