Antarc­tica project en­gi­neers cho­sen

Firm is named as part­ner in £100 mil­lion con­struc­tion ven­ture

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Business - By PaulGrin­nell paul.grin­ Twit­ter: @PTPaulGrin­nell

A Peter­bor­ough-based en­gi­neer­ing con­sul­tancy has been cho­sen to play a key role in a £100 mil­lion project to cre­ate a re­search cen­tre in Antarc­tica. En­gi­neer­ing, en­vi­ron­men­tal and de­sign con­sul­tancy Sweco, in St John’s Street, has part­nered with civil en­gi­neer­ing com­pany BAM Nut­tall to pro­vide de­sign and con­struc­tion ser­vices for the mod­erni­sa­tionofre­search­fa­cil­i­ties in Antarc­tica.

The £ 100 mil­lion pro­gramme, com­mis­sioned by the Nat­u­ral En­vi­ron­ment Re­search Coun­cil (NERC), will take place over the next 10 years and will en­able Bri­tish sci­en­tists to con­tinue vi­tal re­search into ma­joris­sues fac­ing the planet.

Iain Scott, Sweco’s di­rec­tor of trans­porta­tion, said: “We are ex­tremely pleased to be BAM Nut­tall’s de­sign part­neron­this­pro­ject­to­mod­ernise its re­search fa­cil­i­ties.

“Welook­for­ward­toap­ply­ing our cold cli­mate de­sign and con­struc­tion ex­per­tise on­suchahigh­pro­filepro­ject. Each­stagewil­l­poseanum­ber of sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenges and will re­quire a di­verse range of skills.”

A. The Work­ing Time Reg­u­la­tions pro­vide for paid an­nual leave which cur­rently for full-time work­ers is 28 days per year in­clud­ing bank hol­i­days.

Em­ploy­ers can have con­trac­tual terms re­quir­ing spe­cific no­tice for hol­i­day and if not the Reg­u­la­tions pro­vide that the em­ployee needs to give no­tice for a pe­riod twice as­lon­gas­thep­e­ri­od­ofhol­i­day re­quired.

Theem­ploy­er­how­ev­er­can stip­u­late when staff can­not take hol­i­day an­dif youworkin the main­te­nancede­part­ment there pre­sum­ably is a peak time for car­ry­ing out main­te­nance­whilst­there­main­derof the fac­tory is on va­ca­tion.

The em­ployer is ex­pected to­giverea­son­ableno­tice­ofthe re­quired dates when hol­i­day is not to be taken and clearly has given ad­vance warn­ing of its re­quire­ments.

Your em­ployer ap­pears to be act­ing rea­son­ably in re­fus­ing your re­quested hol­i­day for that pe­riod.

The icy ter­rain in Antarc­tica will pose chal­lenges for a £100 mil­lion re­search cen­tre plan.

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