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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 litle 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 signifcant void that a plant hire and contractng frm 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 Constructon Ltd has done.”

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Precast units speed up development

P re - ca s t conc re te headwa l l s by spec ial i st drainage manufacturer Kijlstra have helped civil engineering contractor Volker Fitzpatrick minimise costs and reduce constructon tmes on a business park development in Kent. The Kingsnorth Commercial Park, a 115 acre greenf ield s i te 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 signifcant 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 adoptng the traditonal 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-tme and quickly lifed into positon. “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 Gkolfnou. “In terms of labour, tme and materials, it is far more efcient”. The contract for the pre-cast products was worth approximately £300,000.

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

Replacing on-site actvity such as bricklaying and formwork erecton with factory producton reduces constructon tmes, minimises labour costs and optmises product quality. “The up-front cost is marginally higher, but those costs are fxed” explains Mr Faber. “The contractor can budget accurately and – with all the other advantages of speed and quality, there are signifcant overall cost savings”.

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