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Construction Workers Family Crisis Appeal

We hope you are all keeping safe and well during these difficult and testing times. As a result of the pandemic our event schedule for the year both nationally and regionally has been virtually wiped out and this will have a huge impact on our income and our ability to fund our charitable work.

All this comes at a time when our Construction Industry Helpline is receiving an unprecedented volume of calls from construction workers and their families seeking our help.

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ASFP online learning resources

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) offers a wide range of online resources which aim to help educate all involved in the built environment.  The available material is suitable for installers, designers, specifiers and contractors, as well as building owner occupiers, risk assessors and enforcement agencies.

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ASFP launches Professional Indemnity Insurance Cover Scheme

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) has partnered with an insurance broker to offer a new Professional Indemnity Insurance Cover Scheme for existing and prospective ASFP members.

The move is in response to reports from specialist fire protection sub-contractors that they are finding it increasingly difficult to obtain cover, with many facing significant premium increases or in some cases being refused cover. 

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Ask for a quote for a Steel Rainwater System – be in the draw to win it for FREE!

In an effort to build a greener future Rainclear, the UK’s leading stockist and online retailer of metal roofline, rainwater and drainage solutions, are offering anyone asking them for a quote for Infinity Galvanised Steel or colour coated galvanised steel to compare to their current plastic guttering quote, the opportunity to win that system for FREE.

Rainclear are passionate about helping the construction industry and homeowners to quit the plastic habit and swap plastic guttering with the more sustainable, more durable and more attractive Infinity Galvanised Steel.

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Celebrating SuDS schemes and champions: susdrain 2020 SuDS awards

CIRIA is delighted to announce that the susdrain 2020 SuDS Awards are now open for entries. The awards invite submissions from SuDS projects across the UK to showcase their outstanding and innovative high quality SuDS schemes, and nominate a SuDS Champion - someone who has gone ‘the extra mile’ to promote and deliver multi-beneficial SuDS.

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Mick George Group land DIO package

Having been awarded a £17m contract for the Bassingbourn Barracks redevelopment, Kier Graham Defence Ltd have appointed the Mick George Group to complete Demolition and Asbestos removal works, imminently. 

This project, on behalf of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) will see the relocation of the British Army’s Mission Training and Mobilisation Centre (MTMC) and will entail the refurbishment of accommodation blocks, social facilities, offices, classrooms, training areas, medical and dental facilities. 

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Aarsleff Ground Engineering Segment expands its operations in Norway

Aarsleff Ground Engineering segment hereby announce the opening of Aarsleff Norge AS; their newest ground engineering business based in Norway to be able to service the needs and requirements of their clients across the North-western Europe market. This marks the organisation’s seventh hub, with existing teams working from offices in Denmark, Poland, Sweden, Czech Republic, Germany and the UK. 

Aarsleff are by no means a new entrant to the country, having commenced their latest Norwegian contract with client Bane NOR, the government agency responsible for owning, maintaining, operating and developing the Norwegian railway network. Aarsleff have been subcontracted to perform the piling works for the Minnevika railway bridge – the longest railway bridge in Norway to date. This will require installing 280No. driven steel piles, with length up to 60m, and the construction of 17 cofferdams utilising 19m long sheet piles.

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Evolving Connectivity 2020

April 23rd marks the return of CAI’s annual trade event Evolving Connectivity. To be held at the National Conference Centre at the National Motorcycle Museum near Birmingham.  If your business needs to understand the demands of signal reception and distribution today and in the future, it’s the “must attend” event of the year. 

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Fine margins: delivering financial sustainability in UK construction?

A new report by the CBI provides interesting insight into the health of the UK construction sector.  Whilst it highlights that the construction industry is a vital part of the UK economy, it reinforces that the business models that underpin this are breaking.

The report starts by drawing out the importance of the sector noting that every £1 spent on UK construction creates £2.92 of value to the UK. The industry employs 2.3 million people directly – supporting over 3 million more indirectly – and construction activity contributes 6% of GVA.

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‘Made to Order’ radius gutter from Rainclear - true cast or mitred

Sometimes you need to replace a radius gutter (guttering that follows the shape of a circular roofline) on a conservation or renovation project and it needs to be ‘like for like’. The original pattern for ‘sand casting’ of that specific Cast Iron radius gutter may be long gone, but we can use the pieces you still have to create new ‘patterns’ and cast new matching radius gutters for you. This is known as a ‘True Cast’ Radius Gutter.

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SOCOTEC launches bespoke health and safety training day for new recruits

SOCOTEC, the UK’s leading provider of testing, inspection and compliance services, has launched a bespoke health and safety training day for new starters within its Ground Investigation division.

Ground Investigation staff will be required to complete this training day early on within their employment and prior to them undertaking other accredited courses, such as the Site Management Safety Training Scheme and/or Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme. Every new recruit will be required to participate, even if they have completed health and safety training in a previous role. 

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