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Bradford University Framework

15th November 2012

Bradford University Framework

Mason Clark are delighted to announce that they have been appointed as Consulting Engineers for the Bradford University three year framework with the possibility of a further years extension.  Graham Helme, Mason Clark Leeds Director, said 'we are thrilled to be working with one of the leading Universities in the region and are very much looking foward to our first project'

Best Product Award 2012

15th November 2012

Best Product Award 2012

Client Roofspace Solutions, based in Stratford upon Avon, have scooped the 'Best Product' Award at the 2012 House Builder Awards earlier this month.  Leeds Director, Graham Helme  said ' we are thrilled for them and proud to have been a part of the I-Roof System for which they won the award'.  www.roofspacesolutions.co.uk

New £2m Machining Centre

7th November 2012

New £2m Machining Centre

Mason Clark Associates were appointed by Koso Kent Introl to design and prepare reinforcement details for a base for a new automated lathe to be installed in their new £2m machining centre at the Brighouse factory. The lathe weighs approximately 60T and can handle multiple workpieces up to 10T. The lathe is fed by a pallet handling system and the tools changed using a robotised arm.

The base is 13.5m x 9.8m on plan and up to 1.5m deep and incorporates complex changes in levels to accommodate the lathe and its associated oil-ways.

The complex shape was drawn in a 3D model to that the different changes in level were accurately picked up in the many cross sections which were needed to show the reinforcement layout.

Following the concrete works, specialist fixing installers installed precision ‘fixators’ which allow the machine anchor bolts to be set to an accuracy of +- 0.5mm.

The base was designed to Structural Eurocodes using BS EN 1992 for the concrete works and BS EN 1997 for the geotechnical aspects.
 
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Industry Award Winner!

7th November 2012

Industry Award Winner!

Mason Clark Associates has won the Construction Best Practice Value Award for value engineering on the restoration of the Huddersfield Waterfront Quarter. The works have provided an attractive surrounding to the newly constructed Kirklees College and other development plots owned by Kirklees Council.

Mason Clark Associates was the lead consultant for the restoration of the Huddersfield Waterfront Quarter. Working closely with Kirklees Council and the framework consultants Clugston Construction, Todd & Ledson and Britishways, ensured that the team quickly developed a mutual trust and co-operation resulting in a design that was efficient, cost effective and incorporated buildable solutions which were completed within a 5 month canal closure outside of the cruising season. This delivered a scheme that had the least impact on canal revenue and costs associated with a closure.

The project involved the demolition of an engineering works, site remediation and major engineering works to the Huddersfield Narrow Canal. The canal works involved the removal of the roof from a 350m long tunnel and the construction of a new lock chamber to raise the water level to that of the adjacent plots.

A clear objective at the outset of the design was to avoid if at all possible the removal or importation of bulk material. To this end, rubble removed in the demolition was re-used in the canal base and this was as flexible as possible in terms of quality and programme. Iterative designs were therefore carried out to arrive at a range of levels between which the new canal slab could be set so the piles could then cantilever and the props be removed, rather to have to import fill to a certain depth or to install temporary props. Some of the 300 tonnes of recycled Tarmac was also used for the canal footpaths and towpaths.

Mason Clark were able to add value to the scheme by employing a volunteer from the Safe Anchor Trust www.safeanchor.org.uk, a registered Charity helping those with special needs, using one of their barges to help with the survey of the canal. For this, a substantial donation was made to the trust by Kirklees Council.

The new £20m college campus on the edge of the waterfront is now being cooled using water from the canal which will then be discharged back into the canal after a filtering process has taken place. The inlets and outlets to and from the college had to be at the right size to allow the water in and out at the right speeds and at the right temperature on exiting in order to ensure that the fish are not harmed by any excessive rise in temperature.

The site was operated by a joint site entrance with Allenbuild which utilised one rather than two footpath crossings and a single banksman. The Programme was minimised by working together at the interface therefore avoiding delays. 

Young Achievers Award

7th November 2012

Young Achievers Award

Congratulations to Structural Engineer, Hayley Smith, who was presented with the Construction Best Practice Young Achiever’s Award at the Awards dinner held on Friday 12 October 2012. The event was held at the Alea Casino in Leeds and was attended by over 200 members of the construction industry.

Hayley has achieved a lot in her short career so far, graduating from Newcastle University with a first class Masters degree in Civil and Structural Engineering in 2010 where she was awarded the prize for achieving the highest academic mark that year.

Civil engineering is an important part of society and is a major driver for economic development. It is for that reason that promoting civil engineering to the next generation is of great importance. Hayley strives to make this part of her continuing career by involving herself in various activities, groups and forums. As an ICE and STEMNET School’s Ambassador she visits primary and secondary schools to promote civil and structural engineering, highlighting the importance of science, technology, engineering and maths.

John Clark, MD of Mason Clark Associates, said of Hayley ‘she is a brilliant young achiever and takes pride in being part of the civil engineering profession.’

Amongst other things, Hayley has assisted with the Rapid Response Engineering Challenge and North East Bridge competition, she has recently helped Hull Trinity House Academy gain the British Science Association CREST Award at Silver Level, she is currently secretary of the ICE Yorkshire & Humber Graduates and Students Committee – her second year after being re-elected. Hayley has organised the Written Exercise Group event enabling graduates to network and create groups in their own area. Hayley is also part of the Construction for Excellence sub-group ‘G4C’ in the Hull and assisted in the expansion of the group into Leeds and Sheffield.

Hayley’s biggest achievement this year was entering the ICE Paper’s Competition with her paper entitled “The Use of Treehouses in Developing Countries to Help Solve a Housing Crisis”, reaching the final. To aid her research she undertook a visit to Ndhiwa in Kenya, where she interviewed local residents and visited their houses to assess the condition of housing in the area. Before the visit Hayley raised money for the charity “Team Kenya”, who used donations to help fund pupils through school and buy vital resources such as school equipment, clothes and food for those that are in most need of help. Whilst in Ndhiwa Hayley worked with the charity to build a new hut at the charity base and promoted engineering to youths by volunteering at the maths and science homework club. She also gave workshops with female students to give them confidence to carry on with their education and discussed the advantages of those subjects necessary to become an engineer.

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