Tag - Health and Safety

Tower Works, PRS Scheme Leeds, CDM Advisor, Principal Designer, CDM

Safer Sphere appointed on Tower Works Scheme

Safer Sphere is delighted to reveal that we have been appointed on the new Tower Works PRS scheme in Leeds. This new build project will see the construction of 245 apartments set within the distinctive waterside development. One major aim of the project is to combine the iconic buildings of the area with the new neighbourhood to offer ‘landmark living’. Safer Sphere is acting as CDM Client Advisors to Ask Real Estate on the development which starts on site next month.

Allan Briscoe, APS Awards, CDM, Principal Designer Advisor, Member of the year

Allan Briscoe shorlisted for APS award

Safer Sphere is delighted to announce that our very own Allan Briscoe has been shortlisted for the Association for Project Safety ‘Member of the Year’ award at this year’s National APS awards. We couldn’t be prouder of Allan for getting to the final, and we will be a keeping our fingers crossed for the awards next month. Well done Allan!

CDM Advisor, Principal Designer Advisor, Health and Safet, ITV Lowry Outlet

Safer Sphere appointed on ITV leisure scheme

Safer Sphere is delighted to reveal that we are working on the new ITV leisure attraction at the Lowry Outlet. The attraction will be the first of its kind and is due to be completed next year.

The strategic partnership with ITV is part of a wider masterplan and £26m regeneration of the Lowry into a leading leisure and retail destination that will also see the opening of a new waterside dining concept in 2020.

Safer Sphere is supporting the project in the roles of CDM Client Advisor to Peel Land and Property throughout the project and Principal Designer Advisors to Artez Ltd through RIBA stages 1 – 4.

 

architect designer using VR

The Age of AI, Can Virtual Reality Aid Design in CDM?

In Construction Design and Management (CDM) the Principal Designer is tasked with managing and monitoring health and safety during the design and planning stages.

The role requires someone who has skills, knowledge, experience and training (SKET) to be able to deliver the role competently.

Part of the difficulty in the job today is that plans are evaluated and reviewed in 2D format with elevations and in sections. While architects are trained over the years to think and be comfortable visualising in this way, not everyone involved in the process, including many clients can do the same and it makes it harder to spot issues, mistakes or safety issues.

Technology such as BIM (Building Information Modelling) and the production of virtual 3D models can change everything. By using BIM models and virtual reality headsets it is possible to walk around a building and find out any flaws at the design stage.

BIM Keeps Design Errors Kept To A Minimum

Currently, flaws in buildings are reviewed with post-occupancy evaluations after people have moved in, lived with the building and encountered problems that need to be rectified. The learnings are carried forward into future design projects so the same mistakes are not made again. With the use of BIM, it is possible that many potential mistakes can be avoided before the building is constructed saving not only money, but enhancing the experience of the building’s occupants from day one by removing niggles, design mistakes, or even major safety issues that would otherwise be missed during the design process. BIM allows the industry to develop a preventive pre-occupancy evaluation methodology rather than one that reacts to mistakes after construction is completed.

A Better Experience For Clients And Designers

BIM is also a much more immersive and engaging way for everyone involved to see the vision of a building, it is a way for it to become ‘real’ and almost tangible before it even exists. This is something especially useful and powerful for clients, but also for designers.

The industry has already been busy developing various BIM software tools and Virtual Reality experiences that allow feedback to be more constructive from users and delivered in a way that can then be used to make important design changes.

For example, clients and designers can view 3D models together look at the same elements in real time, and see important details such as how spaces work in relation to each other, the natural light, the views from different elevations and how the space may be filled. Alongside this, any safety or practical issues can be reviewed. Making these changes in this way saves money for the client and makes projects more profitable for designers, without the need to make emergency changes during a build.

What’s more, the workflow can be shared across a number of different virtual reality devices.
Design software can support VR devices such as Oculus Go making it even more accessible for coordination meetings.

Another advantage for using VR tools is the ability to detect issues at real scale and use headsets to record comments and let the application transcribe it into text which can then be attached to the specific elements in the design. This process feels similar to using other artificial Intelligence (AI) voice tools such as Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri. All that users need to do is press a button and comment.

With these kinds of AI tools, as soon as issues are identified, a report can be produced in the form of a PDF file. Typically the PDF files can be comprised of an automated mark-up, a saved viewpoint, and a comment on the issue. There will also be a timestamp and a note of who the author was. How these are presented will vary depending on the VR software used by the designers.

Virtual Reality Brings The World Closer Together

AI tools also excel when it comes to receiving feedback. They are able to make the whole process very simple and less time-consuming. Using AI and VR in this sense has proven that it can complement existing coordination tools. It has also been found to deliver great results when working on collaborative projects even with remote external consultants.

AI and BIM can also go beyond the design stage and be used in building maintenance, with detailed models able to help pinpoint issues within the structure and its services.

It’s clear that even though BIM and the use of AI is still not fully evolved and in use in all building projects, the potential is there to change the way designers work and how building plans are developed in the future.

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Blackburn Hospital, CDM, Principal Designer, Health and Safety

Safer Sphere appointed on Blackburn Hospital refurb

Safer Sphere is pleased to confirm our appointment on a new refurbishment project at Blackburn Hospital. The works will include road resurfacing on the car park, the refurbishment of ward B20, the refurbishment of the A&E resus and 4 new lift replacements. We are appointed in the role of Principal Designer Advisor to ENGIE.

First Street Manchester, Hotel development Manchester, CDM support, CDM Manchester, Princopal Designer Manchester

Safer Sphere appointed on First Street second phase

Back in February, we shared the news of our appointed on the first phase development on First Street, Manchester, and we are delighted to reveal that we are continuing our support on the second stage of the development. Safer Sphere will be supporting the project in the roles of Principal Designer Advisors to Jon Matthews Architects and CDM Client Advisor to Ask Real Estate.

CDM Manchester, Principal Designer Advisor, MMU Student Hub

Safer Sphere appointed on MMU Student Hub

Safer Sphere is pleased to see the works start on a series of Manchester Metropolitan University Student Hubs which will transform the student support services. We are delighted to be supporting 5Plus Architects on this project in the role of Principal Designer Advisor.

CDM Advisor, Principal Designer Advisor, Hospital, Health and Safety

Safer Sphere appointed on Calderdale lifecycle project

Safer Sphere has worked on multiple hospital projects both big and small, and we love to share these projects with our page followers. We are delighted to have been appointed on a lifecycle painting project at Calderdale Royal Hospital which involves painting and floor replacements within live hospital wards, offices and communal areas. Safer Sphere is acting as Principal Designer Advisor and CDM Client Advisor to ENGIE.

Prinicpal Designer Advisor, Kingsmere Retail Park, CDM,

Safer Sphere continues support on Kingsmere Retail Park

Safer Sphere is delighted to be continuing our support on the new Kingsmere Retail Park development formerly known as Bicester Gateway Retail Park, located on Oxford Road. Safer Sphere was appointed Prinicpal Designer Advisor to Leach Rhodes Walker through RIBA stages 1 -4 at the start of the year and is pleased to be continuing to support the project.

The development which will see the construction of a new retail park includes the construction of new retail units with associated external works. Safer Sphere will continue in the role of Prinicpal Designer Advisor to support Jehu Group through RIBA stages 5 – 7.

Yorkshire development, Trebor, Principal Designer Advisor, CDM

Safer Sphere appointed on Trebor Industrial units

Safer Sphere is delighted to reveal that we will be supporting Fairhursts Design Group on the Trebor Developments latest industrial build. The project will see the construction of 2  speculative industrial units at the Aero Centre in Yorkshire and Safer Sphere will be supporting the development through RIBA stages 1 – 4 in the role of Principal Designer Advisor. We look forward to seeing the development progress over the coming months.