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Cliff Billington, J&P Building Systems
1 J&P Building Systems has appointed Cliff Billington as technical director.
2 He has over 35 years experience in the precast concrete industry and most recently was chief engineer at Trent Concrete. He was responsible for projects including the Trafford Park shopping centre and The Lawns at Paddington Station.
3 Billington was instrumental in drawing up the design guides for profiled metal decking in flooring, resulting in the first BS5950:Pt4. He also wrote the first British Standards Institute approved design software for hollowcore flooring.
4 In his new position, he is tasked with heading J&P's plans to provide an up-front design service for projects involving cladding and curtain walling, and his experience will help design teams to optimise schemes at the earliest stages.5 He relaxes in his 35 year old canal cruiser. "Being forced to go slowly at only 4 or 5 mph is the perfect antidote to the pressures of industry."
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Structural engineer and fire expert Dr Luke Bisby has been appointed Arup Foundation/Royal Academy of Engineering senior research fellow in structures and fire at the University of Edinburgh. He will focus on improving the fire safety of both traditional and new building materials and methods of building repair. He will join the University's Building Research Establishment (BRE) Centre for Fire Safety Engineering.
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