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Morgan Lovell Assists Parent Group’s Results

Leading office interior design, fit out and refurbishment specialist Morgan Lovell which has offices in London and Bracknell, has contributed to half year results released recently, by parent company Morgan Sindall Group plc, the construction and regeneration group.
Morgan Sindall Group has delivered profit growth in the first half of this year with adjusted operating profit up 28% to £31.9m (HY 2017: £24.9m) on revenue of £1,423m (HY 2017: £1,307m), a 9% increase on the previous half year. The Group reports an order book of £3,604m with adjusted earnings per share up 28% for the period to 55.6p (HY 2017: 43.6p). The interim dividend has been increased by 19% to 19.0p (HY 2017: 16.0p) with the Group confident of a strong performance for the second half of 2018.
“Our reputation for creativity, high-quality fit out and exceptional service delivery has given us a strong start to 2018,” says Chris Booth, managing director of Morgan Lovell. “Increased operational efficiencies and a broad range of clients across London and the South has enabled us to maintain a set of results which are industry-leading. We’re proud to have contributed to a strong first half for the Group.”
Key projects for Morgan Lovell in 2018 include:
•    Design and build of office space and support facilities for legal firm King & Wood Mallesons in the iconic 20 Fenchurch Street, London.
•    The Westminster Suite, a second design and build scheme for Grosvenor Estates at 70 Grosvenor Street in London which follows a refurbishment of the staff canteen.
•    A design and fit out of a new call centre in Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire, for hospitality company Whitbread plc to create a new agile working environment.
•    Provision of workplace consultancy, design and fit out services to create new office work places for major homebuilders Countryside Properties plc across the UK. Recent projects include Devonshire Square in London, Turnford Place in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, and Suffolk House in Sevenoaks, Kent.


Technology Focus For UK’s Leading Asbestos Conference

Conference call for papers
The UK’s largest asbestos safety management conference for industry professionals will again examine the critical issues affecting the sector and highlight the latest technologies that are driving improvements.
Organiser Lucion Services has issued the call for papers for its Asbestos the Truth conference – now in its ninth year – which is expected to see keynote presentations by several leading industry experts, including occupational hygiene and asbestos specialists.
The conference is aimed at connecting industry experts and opinion formers while offering the chance for people to find out more about changes to legislation and new developments that can improve the management of asbestos in the workplace.
Delegates will be able to attend sector specific workshops this year, which will be focused around technologies such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) – Lucion will be demonstrating its Asbestos Management VR – and cloud management systems. There will also be a seminar on asbestos in soil and a series of case studies examining the management of asbestos in listed buildings.
The national asbestos market for surveying and air testing work is worth more than £240 million and is expected to increase in line with growing demand for industry expertise and specialised advice.
Details of sponsorship and exhibitor packages for the Asbestos the Truth conference are available together with tickets at Alternatively contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or tel. 0191 461 8999.


VR platform training generating solid interest says ALS Safety

•    One of just 6 VR training platforms in Europe
•    Scissor lift and aerial boom VR simulations to train aerial operators
•    Already generated industry-wide interest
•    Extremely realistic test of skills
ALS Safety Ltd has taken delivery of a new virtual reality aerial platform training simulator, one of just six in Europe.
The simulator combines scissor lift and aerial boom lift modules to provide comprehensive highly-immersive aerial operator skills training in a fully-controlled environment.
ALS Safety Managing Director Darren Verschuren said: “The quality of the VR simulations is impressive and the operational detail, in terms of how a platform moves and behaves, is very realistic.
“ALS Safety is keen to stay at the forefront of powered access training technology, and this innovation will help us do that, both in terms of promoting working at height safety and productivity.
“VR will add exciting new options to the training we can offer and is already generating a lot of interest from our clients. As such, we believe VR has a strong future in working at height training.”
ALS Safety is the training division of Riwal UK, the powered access hire and sales specialist.
It is now offering VR aerial platform training to clients across the UK, alongside its comprehensive range of conventional IPAF, PASMA, CSCS courses and other industry-recognised training.
VR simulator training is used extensively in other industries, notably aviation. This is the first time such advanced technology has been used in aerial platform training.
The attention to realistic detail is what makes this latest generation of simulator stand out. The operator gets into a normal platform ‘cage’ wearing VR goggles and headphones.
Platform controls are identical the ones he or she would be using at height. The simulator creates full and very authentic sensations of movement, direction and height, including realistic bumps and even a sensation of swaying in the wind.
The simulator has 18 scissor lift training modules, and 16 boom lift modules with scenarios that include flat and rough terrain.
It allows operators to test both their skills and the performance of the VR platforms to the limit, even in potentially-hazardous conditions, without compromising personal safety.
Detailed feedback is provided about the operator’s performance, showing weakness and strengths.
To achieve International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) accreditation, operatives must still complete training on real machines. But IPAF is consulting worldwide on use of emerging tools, including VR.
Darren Verschuren said: “We will be pleased to share our experience of using VR training with IPAF to help develop use of the technology across powered access industry.
“There is evidence that VR enhances engagement in training, which must be a good thing. It is particularly appealing to younger people, the Millennials, who have grown up with computer gaming technology.
“The training scenarios are appropriate for beginners and experienced operators to allow them to take their skills to the next level. Just as in the aviation industry, the simulator enables operators working at height to practise tasks and develop skills and muscle memory without exposure to any risk.
“VR is also ideal for training operators how to work under power lines, or at steep inclines. They become extremely aware of their environment and learn the safest way to manage tasks.”
The aerial platform training simulator has been developed by Serious Labs, a Canadian company that specialises in developing VR simulators for military and civilian purposes.
ALS Safety team is still exploring the full potential of the simulator. It could be used in different ways, from running training courses at the ALS Safety training centre, to hiring it out to clients to deliver bespoke onsite training ahead of special projects.
Darren Verschuren said: “Although we will always provide physical training, this is an incredible training tool. No-one ever comes out of the simulator without saying: ‘This is amazing!’”

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