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VisionLink is also ideal for looking after the security of the machines as you can easily set up site boundaries and security alerts to limit unauthorised equipment usage. This can do a lot to limit theft or unqualified staff operating machines.

Filling a gap

James Jamieson Construction Ltd came into existence in early 2011 out of an opportunity to satisfy a sudden gap left in the plant hire market in North East Scotland, previously filled by numerous competing businesses, now all currently in administration.

The new company is confident it can succeed where others have failed because, as James says “In the past a significant amount of business in the Aberdeen area and the North East of Scotland was carried out by the main contractors in the region, leaving little room for other companies to compete in the crowed market place.”

“However since their departure from the market earlier in the year in January 2011 there has been a significant void that a plant hire and contracting firm with the right knowledge and experience behind it could step into and fulfil the need for these services to be carried out as and when they arise; this is just what James Jamieson Construction Ltd has done.”

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Instead of adopting the traditional approach of building headwalls by hand out of brick or in-situ concrete, Volker Fitzpatrick chose Kijlstra’s precast units which could be delivered to site just-in-time and quickly lifted into position.Precast units speed up development

Pre-cast concrete headwalls by specialist drainage manufacturer Kijlstra have helped civil engineering contractor Volker Fitzpatrick minimise costs and reduce construction times on a business park development in Kent.

The Kingsnorth Commercial Park, a 115 acre greenfield site on the Isle of Grain, is being developed by property firm Goodman to provide up to 2 million sq ft of industrial and commercial space. But its location on the marshy island means that surface water drainage is a significant challenge which requires an extensive network of ditches and ponds.

As part of its contract, Volker Fitzpatrick is installing culverts and approximately 150 headwalls – small retaining walls placed at the outlet of a stormwater pipe or culvert – as a vital element of the drainage system.

Instead of adopting the traditional approach of building headwalls by hand out of brick or in-situ concrete, Volker Fitzpatrick chose Kijlstra’s precast units which could be delivered to site just-in-time and quickly lifted into position.

“On a project of this scale it makes sense to use pre-cast components rather than hand-build each one” says Volker Fitzpatrick sub-agent Eleni Gkolfinou. “In terms of labour, time and materials, it is far more efficient”. The contract for the pre-cast products was worth approximately £300,000.

“We believe in doing as much off-site as we possibly can” comments Kijlstra technical manager Weiger Faber. “We fit everything in the factory so that the site simply becomes an assembly line where you lift the finished product into place and move quickly on to the next one”.

Replacing on-site activity such as bricklaying and formwork erection with factory production reduces construction times, minimises labour costs and optimises product quality. “The up-front cost is marginally higher, but those costs are fixed” explains Mr Faber. “The contractor can budget accurately and – with all the other advantages of speed and quality, there are significant overall cost savings”.

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