Safer Sphere is pleased to be working on a residential property build on Knutsford Road in Wilmslow. We are providing CDM Client Advisor support to Property Alliance Group and Principal Designer Advisor support to Alderley Edge Building Company during the construction phase. We are also delighted to be working on the project with Cube Architects.
The HSE has announced this month that Construction firms across Great Britain will be targeted on their health standards by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
These inspections will be the first time the regulator has targeted the industry with a specific focus on respiratory risks and occupational lung disease, looking at the measures businesses have in place to protect their workers’ lungs from the likes of asbestos, silica and wood dust.
Inspectors will be visiting construction businesses and sites across the country throughout October and will specifically be looking for evidence of construction workers knowing the risks, planning their work and using the right controls, and if necessary will use enforcement to ensure people are protected.
HSE’s Peter Baker, chief inspector of construction, said: “Around 100 times as many workers die from diseases caused or made worse by their work than are killed in construction accidents. Annually, work-related cancers, mainly linked to asbestos and silica, are estimated to kill 3,500 people from the industry. Thousands of others suffer life-changing illnesses from their work. Not all lung diseases take years to develop. Some, like acute silicosis or occupational asthma, can occur more quickly.
“As a result, we’ve launched this inspection initiative to find out what exactly businesses in the construction industry are doing today to protect their workers’ health, particularly when it comes to exposure to dust and damage to lungs.
“We want construction workers to be aware of the risks associated with the activities they carry out on a daily basis; be conscious of the fact their work may create hazardous dust; and consider how this could affect their health, in some cases irreversibly. We want businesses and their workers to think of the job from start to finish and avoid creating dust or disturbing asbestos by working in different ways. We want to see construction firms encouraging their workers to firstly keep the dust down and wear the right mask and clothing.
“Ultimately, we want construction workers’ lungs to be protected from ill health, so they can go home healthy to their families and enjoy long careers in this important industry.”
Safer Sphere is delighted to have been appointed on the refurbishment of Barry’s Bootcamp in Manchester. The boot-camp style gym was firstly established in America and is popular with celebrities. The Bootcamp gym has now been brought over into the UK and will take space in the ABC Buildings, part of Allied London’s St. John’s development. We are excited to be supporting the project in the roles of Principal Designer Advisor to Recom Solutions Ltd and CDM Client Advisor to Barry’s Bootcamp Gym.
Safer Sphere has been appointed as Principal Designer Advisor by Bouygues UK on the refurbishment of a manufacturing facility in Somerset. The refurbishment works will consist of civil, structural and M&E installations.
Construction (Design and Management) specialist, Safer Sphere has won ’CDM Consultant of the Year’ at the National Association of Project Safety (APS) Awards, which recognises excellence in construction health and safety risk management.
The North West based CDM consultancy beat off strong competition from some of the biggest names in the CDM industry to take home the crown at the 2018 APS Awards held in Manchester.
Safer Sphere won the prestigious award based on the CDM services provided to the multi-site Design and Build PRS scheme by Dandara, which sees the development of residential units across Salford, Leeds, and Birmingham. The project delivery is made up of big names such as Sir Robert McAlpine, Galliford Try, and Interserve; Safer Sphere was appointed as Client CDM Advisor and Principal Designer Advisors on the project.
On receiving the award, Mike Forsyth, Managing Director at Safer Sphere said:
We are delighted to have won CDM Consultant of Year at the national APS awards as this is one of the highest accolades we can receive for our business. To make it into the final of these leading industry awards is an achievement but to win just highlights the amazing success for Safer Sphere and its accomplishments. This award is solely down to the efforts and expertise of the team as well as the great support of our clients. The Dandara PRS scheme has been a fantastic scheme to work on and we will continue to work on the scheme having been appointed on the Sweet Street and Chapel Wharf fit-outs, which means we will be seeing the project through from concept to completion. Safer Sphere has one the best CDM delivery teams in the industry and this award is testament to this, I couldn’t be more proud.
Safer Sphere has been appointed on the development of 30 new homes set in Ribble Valley known as ’The Warren’ in Hurst Green, Clitheroe. We will be acting as CDM Client Advisor on the Hillcrest Homes development.
The development will provide luxury new homes that complement the highly desirable village setting. The new homes will include 2 bedroom bungalows, 3 bedroom semi-detached homes, 2 and 3 bedroom terraced homes and 4 and 5 bedroom family homes.
The Angel Meadows excavation has been underway now for several weeks and the Oxford Archeology team are discovering new and exciting parts of Manchester’s history every day.
The recording of Plot 3 (Mincing St) is now almost complete and only needs the drone survey to finalise works. The Oxford Archeology team have done an exceptional job with the cleaning of the archaeological finds and we have uncovered a few extra bits and pieces of structure among the modern disturbance, so the survival is better than was originally thought.
Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for Ludgate Hill (Plot 5). Progress slowed up there due to logistical constraints associated with removing traces of a 20th Century commercial building that sat in the northwest corner of the site. Progress has now moved forward on the site and the team have discovered that some of the cellaring does remain beneath the direct footprint of this building, but, unfortunately, it appears the continuation of the ‘Back of Old Mount St.’ cobbles were lost to this later development and the remainder of the eastern side of the plot is also largely devoid of archaeology.
The mechanical excavation is due to be completed any day and then the team can assess and record the remains that did survive.
The Angel Meadows excavation project is coming to a close and there has been some exciting find including signage, a pram and several brickwork building remains which tells us a lot about the structures and living conditions in this time.
Safer Sphere is pleased to have been appointed as Principal Designer Advisor for a project involving a large supermarket brand at one of their London Stores. The fit-out will be completed in an existing shell of an older unit and Safer Sphere will be supporting Excel Construction on the supermarket refurbishment project which kicked off last month.
The excavation continues, and things are progressing steadily on the site. On Ludgate Hill (Plot 5), the first half of the excavation has been backfilled and work is underway to excavate the second half. This should reveal a continuation of the ‘Back of Old Mount St’ cobbles and the properties that bordered them.
Down on Mincing St (Plot 3), the team are busy manually cleaning the various cellars and pavements that have unearthed, along with an almost complete section of ‘Holden St’ (see the previous blog post). Unfortunately, Plot 3 seems to be the most impacted by modern disturbance, particularly on the western side of the site where the archaeology has been damaged if not removed entirely. Despite this, Oxford Archaeology has made great progress with the cellars of the ‘Derby Arms’ pub in the southwest corner of the plot, where they seem to have uncovered a lot of evidence for reshaping and remodelling with plenty of mismatched brickwork indicating where rooms have been altered from their original layout.
Unfortunately, there has not been hoards of bottles and barrels that the team were hoping for (nor a scuttler in sight), but a few interesting finds have turned up. These finds include; advertising signs for cocoa and an aniline dye manufacturer, a mixture of different bottles and vials possibly relating to medicine, shoes, and part of what may be a pram frame. These finds are true parts of history and have really spurred the team despite the sudden downpours and gloomy skies as the weather has taken a turn from when the dig began.
The Oxford Archaeology team have worked really hard in some tough weather conditions, but their enthusiasm and dedication has not once faltered. The team will be recording the findings and will be moving onto the next plots in the next week or so where they hope to unearth more parts of Manchester’s historic ruins
Safer Sphere is acting as Principal Designer Advisor and CDM Client Advisor for the Angel Meadows development.
The excavation of Angel Meadows continues, and the team began with the backfilling of Plot 2 on Mincing Street, with the recording completed it was time to fill in the cellars and level off the ground to allow the opening the adjacent Plot 3. According to the historic mapping, Plot 3 contains a similar layout of buildings, centred around courtyards, as we have previously seen elsewhere, with two notable differences; the first is the presence of a named street and the second is that one of the buildings used to be a pub.
The name ‘Holden Street’ appears on our earliest available map of 1831 and is still named as such on the OS map of 1966, although it’s width does appear to fluctuate throughout history and it’s likely no more than a back street in later incarnations (it is not named at all on some of the early 20th Century maps). The excavation has already revealed an area of cobbles in line with where Holden Street should lie, so we should learn quite quickly the extent to which it survives.
Our pub is located in the southwest corner of Plot 3 and is first noted on the OS map of 1850. This initial reference names it as ‘The Derby Arms’ and while later mapping is not as specific, the site is still annotated as a public house on the 1922 edition. The machine excavation is still ongoing and at the time of writing we haven’t broken ground in that part of the site yet, but the team are anticipating a nice big cellar with (hopefully) some lovely old bottles. The excavation of a scuttler gang hideout (as pubs often were) may be wishful thinking, as the building seemingly outlasted the youth gangs. The activities of such gangs had begun to tail off by the turn of the 20th century due to a combination of; increased policing, the implementation of working Lads’ Clubs and the outbreak of the Boer War, and later, the First World War. That being said, a pub is an excellent motivator for archaeologists and not the one the team attend as a reward at the end of the working day!
Over on Ludgate Hill (Plot 5) the team worked very hard to finish the cleaning and have jumped straight onto the recording with another visit from our drone pilot scheduled in order to complete the necessary survey work. With everything running to plan the next stage will be to continue backfilling sometime next week, and after that, opening up the other half to continue the story.