Concrete Society Awards celebrates 50th anniversary
22 November 2018
Black tie and glamorous evening wear were the order of the evening when Interspan’s London team attended the annual Concrete Society Awards.
It was the 50th anniversary of the prestigious event, which saw more than 450 of the industry’s finest come together at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London on November 21.
The ceremony, hosted by BBC presenter Huw Edwards, celebrated the achievements of the concrete industry as well as other frame contractors and designers.
The awards are highly esteemed within the industry.
“The ceremony is seen as the most important occasion in the industry award calendar.
“This opportunity allowed us to mix with new and old contacts, sharing experiences within the industry and opening discussions for future work.
“Our guests enjoyed the evening and we look forward to seeing some of our projects being showcased in the future years.”
The Concrete Society, founded in 1966, is an independent, member-based body that is a leading provider of information to clients, architects, engineers, specifiers, suppliers, contractors and users of concrete.
Members come from all sectors of the construction industry to exchange information and experience with the aim of enhancing the performance, productivity and quality of concrete as a construction medium.
MERAAS ESTATE, DUBAI
17 December 2018
A new car dealership in Dubai seems likely to draw as many envious looks for its spectacular design as the vehicles on display in its showroom.
The futuristic, glass-fronted design in the Meraas Estate required heavy service loads, which made designing the PP elements challenging. The total tonnage of the building is 68.231.
This is where Interspan’s experience and knowledge of post-tension techniques came into play and helped to make the ADE725,000 (AU$273,488) project possible.
The project at Ras Al Khor includes an office building with basement, ground and first floors as well as the roof all of post-tensioned slab construction.
One part of the building is a warehouse, while the other houses offices. Both sections share a common basement. There is also shed consisting of basement, ground and mezzanine levels.
The ground floor post tension slab is uniquely designed by pattern loading and the live load is patterned as per the design standards.
The slab is heavily loaded at 50 Kpa, while the structural framing is a slab-beam system.
Interspan’s team designed a system that sees the load of the post tension slab transferred to a post-tension beam, while the remaining floors are designed as a post-tension flat plate.
The 10,913m2 project for Interspan’s UAE team is part of a development by Meraas Estates.
Interspan worked for Adnan Saffarini Architects and Engineering Consultants, which was, in turn, contracted to SBB Construction.
Structural work on the building is expected to be completed by May 2019.
Dig Deeper Challenge 2018
21 September 2018
Interspan’s engineers are no strangers to encountering a bit of mud when working on site – but it was a whole new level of muck when our team entered the 2018 Dig Deeper race in Cumbria.
Dig Deeper is an adventure race that sees members of the construction industry run, cycle and compete in a water event to raise money for charity.
Interspan’s United Kingdom division entered a mixed team in this year’s event, held in the Lake District of Cumbria on September 21.
Our team of Tom Rees, Michal Kesy, Eric Dodd and Pamella Nnakayindi finished 38th in the challenge, which raised about £54,600 (AU$95,775).
As an organisation, we make sure that we take time to give back to our community.
This year was the second time Interspan has taken part in Dig Deeper, which was founded in 2015 by construction industry directors Paul Hargreaves of Lipton Rogers Development and Jeremy Edwards of Arup with Paul’s brother-in-law Gavin Anderson.
Gavin had lost his son to cancer in 2011 and it was during a few drinks in 2015 that the trio hatched a plan to create a charity endurance race.
The race involved three stages; running, mountain biking and a surprise water activity. (This year it was paddle boarding.)
Challenging as it may seem, it is also a great opportunity for the various construction companies to come together and compete using attributes such as fitness and navigation skills in Britain’s most spectacular scenery and toughest terrain.
The event is sponsored by companies we have worked with on many previous and current projects including Arup, Careys and Multiplex.
We are very proud of our team of four who battled mud, rain and water to raise funds for two great charities: Anthony Nolan and 353.
For more information about Dig Deeper, visit https://www.digdeeperrace.com/
Parramatta Square Tower 4
10 April 2018
Interspan (NSW) are currently working with the Built/Obayashi JV (BOJV) on Parramatta Square Tower 4.
The scope of works includes the design, supply and installation of post-tensioning systems to 92,000m2 of concrete floors along with a multistrand tie system to support the use of inclined ‘V’ columns over 3 levels.
Full details are available on the Parramatta Square website.
5 April 2018
The exclusive resort of Celtic Manor, host to the Ryder Cup has been expanding with a new International Exhibition Centre.
The post-tensioned ground bearing slab was executed by our team using 15.7mm diameter strand and anchor system, which is larger than the UK normal size. Whilst the project was prolonged on site due to design changes, the flexible Interspan team delivered this project to the timescale set by the client. Interspan worked for NJ Doyne which was in turn contracted to J Sisk and Son Contractors.
The 10,500m² project for Interspan Europe is part of the 50/50 development partnership between the Welsh Government and the Celtic Manor Resort.
The £83.7m scheme will be capable of accommodating up to 5,000 delegates with a total floor space exceeding 26,000m². It is projected that the new ICC will open for business in June 2019.
Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre
29 March 2018
Aberdeen, the oil capital of the UK, is getting a new conference centre.
The new 48,000 m² exhibition space will attract concerts, exhibitions and conferences to Aberdeen, generating an estimated £50m per year for the local economy. The Exhibition centre is near to the airport and will be served eventually by three hotels.
The venue is state-of-the-art encompassing 48,000m² of internal exhibition space comprising of 33,000m² of subterranean space, a 9,000m² arena, 6,000m² hall which is divisible into three 2,000m² spaces, with an extra 10,000m² outdoor space. All making way for larger conference halls and suits, a superior arena, hospitality boxes and club lounge.
The 14,500m² post tensioned suspended slab was built over the summer of 2017 working to an accelerated programme. The project was delivered by our team based in Scotland.
For more information on this exciting venue, see https://www.aecc.co.uk/about-us/aecc-overview/aecc-evolves/.
World Expo 2020 Dubai
21 February 2018
Dubai is hosting the Word Expo in 2020 and Interspan has been charged with construction of three blocks – Parcel A, B and C situated around the domed trellis of central Al Wasl Plaza.
Each Parcel will be 10 levels developed with a mix design of Post Tensioned Band beam solutions with R.C slabs.
Working to a tight and fast program, Interspan will commence work in March 2018 and be completed by September 2018.
Expo 2020 Dubai hopes to attract 25 million visitors over the course of the event.
"The Orchards" - progressing ahead of schedule
21 December 2017
The first stage of “The Orchards” Norwest By Parkview Group is progressing ahead of schedule, with the basement shoring walls and carpark concrete pours now complete.
Ryde Gardens - now complete!
20 December 2017
Ryde Gardens is now complete and apartment fitout is progressing well. Thanks to the team at Watpac and BKH for a great project to work on and be involved with over the last 18 months!
DYWIDAG Interspan Group is growing its European presence
24 November 2017
New Joint Venture Holding company DYWIDAG Interspan Group is making its presence felt in the European market with a growing presence in several European countries, such as, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Poland, Italy and Spain.
With innovative design concepts, technical and economical solutions and a team of international engineers – DYWIDAG Interspan Group is providing the market with a full service solution for post tensioned and reinforced concrete slabs including connection to surrounding frame structure.
Nieuwbouw Hogeschool Utrecht Building for the University of Utrecht is the first project for the new Joint Venture Holding company DYWIDAG Interspan Group in the Netherlands. Nieuwbouw Hogeschool Utrecht Building will be 8 levels high and sit on an area of 20,000m².
Interspan announces Joint Venture with DSI Construction
20 June 2017
Interspan is pleased to announce the establishment of the Joint Venture Holding company DYWIDAG Interspan Holdings B.V.. Headquartered in Zaltbommel, Netherlands, it consists of the partners Interspan and DSI.
The new JV will support the DSI Group on core international markets with its know-how in civil and ground engineering and will create synergies for both companies. The technical expertise and the global experience of DSI, combined with the agility and engineering expertise of Interspan, will permit an intensification of market cultivation and an expansion of their scope of services.
The group has appointed Mr. Philipp Demelt as the new General Manager of DYWIDAG-Interspan. We congratulate him on his new position and wish him the best of success. The JV will initially develop regions within Europe, with a targeted future growth in global markets.
In the short time since its establishment, DYWIDAG-INTERSPAN has already successfully acquired several major projects in Belgium and the Netherlands. Within the first 5 months, more than 30.000 sq m of floor slabs have been post-tensioned using DSI’s bonded and unbonded systems.
James Laws, owner and director of Interspan, comments: “DSI is a strong global partner with an extraordinary history and an excellent reputation. The joint enterprise strategically strengthens our market position in important regions of growth. It also represents a major step in our medium to long term growth strategy. We would like to warmly welcome all employees of DYWIDAG-INTERSPAN.”
Hans Wlodkowski, RCEO for DSI’s construction business in the EMEA region, comments: “Partnering with Interspan in the European Economic Area will allow DSI to transfer its experience in post-tensioning to the building industry. Thanks to this strong partner with huge competences in the design and execution of floor slabs, we can now target new major building projects. I am convinced that the Joint Venture will provide best services and products to our customers.”
Meet us at fib 2017
2 May 2017
Interspan is presenting a paper on the comparison between punching shear capacity of PT and RC slabs according to different design codes at the annual fib symposium in 2017 in Maastricht in June. Visit fibsymposium2017.com to register.
Simon Weir appointed UK GM
19 April 2017
We’re happy to announce that Simon Weir has been appointed General manager of Interspan UK.
44 Metre Beams for Port of Tyne, UK
20 March 2017
We recently completed some large post tensioned beams spanning 44 metres used to support the roof on three silos at the Port of Tyne in the northeast of England. These beams changed as part of value engineering carried out by Interspan and replaced steel beams. These beams were built ground level adjacent to the silos and lifted into place.
13 March 2017
We are about to start two 50 storey residential towers in Canary Wharf which will be the tallest towers undertaken by our European business. More details of this revolutionary project are on the developer’s website at www.wardianlondon.com.
Interspan partners with DYWIDAG
1 January 2017
We recently signed a joint venture partnership with DYWIDAG Systems International to undertake design and construct building projects in mainland Europe.
As a result of this partnership we have recently started new projects in Holland, and Belgium and completed our first project in Luxemburg.
Ryde Gardens Project Commenced
1 January 2017
The Ryde Gardens project was commenced today.
It’s development will include the construction of three residential towers of 13, 23 and 27-storeys.
It will feature 830 residential apartments with basement parking for 730 cars, 2,100 square metres of public park, roof top gardens and a communal pool, 1,100 square metres of non-residential floor space including retail space, gymnasium and an area dedicated for a future child care centre.
Stockland Wetherill Park completed
10 December 2016
Interspan has completed the project Stockland Wetherhill Park.
This project was done for Brookfield Multiplex, an important client from Australia, NSW.
It had a duration of 21 months.
TAILOR'S WALK PROJECT LAUNCHED
27 January 2016
The Tailor’s Walk project has started.
Tailor’s Walk is a project to build a brand new community offering crafted living spaces beautifully designed by GroupGSA.
Amidst intimate green spaces and landscaped connections, this brand new collection of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments and 4 bedroom terrace homes are filled with character and charm.