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Please mind the office design – how the right carpet can make all the difference

The third edition of the “What Workers Want” survey, a joint publication from the British Council for Offices (BCO) and Savills, found that neglecting office design can have a negative effect on employer’s well-being and performance. A total of 25% of employees surveyed would be willing to commute an extra 30 minutes to work in the perfect office. This highlights not only the opportunity for occupiers to expand their potential labour pool but shows that employee loyalty increases if businesses fit out the office to their staff requirements.

Absenteeism among the existing staff could also notably decrease when a fit for purpose office is provided, while productivity would be on the up. This notion receives support from the 2015 guidelines of The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), which stress the link between employee well-being and work output. UK businesses are losing 6.9 days a year per employee due to the absenteeism trend, which could be a contributing factor to the UK’s productivity being 27, 30 and 35 percentage points lower than in France, the US and Germany in 2015. The latest Stoddart Review research has revealed that an effective workplace can improve business productivity by 3.5%, which could add up to £70 billion to the UK economy, according to economist Duncan Weldon.

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Local FD manoeuvres through South America for Charity

‘Challenge Yourself’ was the task set by Mick George Ltd to its employees, management and directors throughout the business, in an attempt to raise money for its two selected charities of the year.

One person who has certainly embraced that notion, is the companies Finance Director Jon Stump, who is seeking to defy all odds, by trekking across Costa Rica, in what will certainly be a daunting coast-to-coast expedition.

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Half year revenue at Mobile Mini UK hits £33m

Mobile Mini, a leading hirer of portable site accommodation and secure storage containers, has announced that its UK business grew its half year revenue by almost 14% to £33m, for the first six months of 2017.

Revenue has been bolstered by a further multi-million pound investment, leading to the addition of another 600 new units to its rental fleet. This investment includes the recent launch of the industry-leading, cost effective and energy efficient Groundhog Fusion mobile welfare units. Mobile Mini's growing fleet of rental units now stands at almost 40,000 across its 16 branches nationwide, from Glasgow to Southampton.

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Mick’s Mates live in action

It was only a relatively short time ago, Mick George Ltd introduced Mick’s Mates, an installation service made up of accredited local tradesmen completing works across an array of disciplines, commonly associated with domestic or commercial premises. 

In a housing market that is particularly buoyant, with an estimated £27 billion spent on housing related purchases annually, it is no surprise that the service has quickly established itself. And as a result, has now expanded to include almost every trade that is likely to cause disruption, or be required in the home or workplace.

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Aarsleff Ground Engineering shortlisted for two Investing In Talent Awards

Aarsleff Ground Engineering has been selected as a finalist in not one but two categories of the 2017 Construction Investing in Talent Awards. These include Best Place to Work (Contractor) and the Best Project to Work on. 

Now in its second year and brought to you by Construction News, these awards are about rewarding individuals and teams who work so hard to attract and retain the best talent.

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CISRS CPD: One month on

Following its launch on 1 July 2017, CISRS Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training has got off to a flying start. With the help of four accredited training providers – LTC Training Services Ltd, National Construction College, Safety and Access Ltd and Simian Skill Ltd – six funded courses were offered across the UK at centres located at Inchinnan (near Glasgow), Immingham, Warrington, Bircham Newton, Erith, and Plymouth. 

Places were offered free of charge on a ‘first come, first served basis’ to scaffolders and advanced scaffolders who need to renew their CISRS cards before the end of this year, and around 70 operatives snapped up the places.

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Oldham Sixth Form College arrayed with new carpet

Students and staff at Oldham Sixth Form College will reap the benefits of Array carpet tiles from Heckmondwike’s Creative Range in its Student Support Hub.

750m2 of Array carpet tiles in Purple were chosen, due to their aesthetics and durability.

Jeremy Broadhead, Commercial Manager at Heckmondwike, explains: “Array was a great choice by Oldham Sixth Form College. It’s a really hardwearing carpet that is suitable for heavy traffic areas and will retain its attractive appearance for many years to come.”

David Crossland, Facilities Manager at Oldham College, said: “We were looking for an affordable tile, with a ‘designer feel,’ that had good aesthetics but would also be very hardwearing.  We chose black as a robust, neutral shade and are really pleased with the result!”

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NASC launches TG20:13 eGuide - Version 1.2

The NASC is pleased to announce the availability of version 1.2 of the TG20:13 eGuide, released in July 2017. 

This update incorporates a number of enhancements and is supplied as a free upgrade to registered users of the TG20:13 eGuide on Windows, Mac and Android computers and devices.

The upgrade is available as a download from the NASC website or, for the Windows and Mac versions, as a CD available on request from the NASC.

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Heckmondwike offers complete flooring solution for care & sheltered housing

Heckmondwike, one of the UK’s leading fibre bonded carpet and carpet tile manufacturers, is now offering a complete solution for the care sector through its Pure Care and Total Care ranges.

Pure Care and Total Care are ideally suited to healthcare environments or sheltered housing, whether that be in communal areas, corridors or bedrooms. Available in different pile weights, both types of carpet feature a fully impervious backing, are highly resistant to staining and bleach and are extremely durable. They are also manufactured to meet all relevant flammability tests. Available in four metre widths, these carpets are very easy to fit and offer low installation costs. They also offer antistatic properties.

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Asta Powerproject gains enhanced BIM features to for 4D planning

Elecosoft has launched a new version of its flagship construction project management solution, Asta Powerproject. Based on user experience and input from construction industry experts, Asta Powerproject v14.0.03 delivers significantly new and enhanced features aimed at supporting the growing need for 4D BIM for project planners. 

With the integrated BIM module in Asta Powerproject users can combine 3D BIM models with the project activity scheduling data in a seamless application to deliver a 4D time sequence. Used in conjunction with Bidcon, Elecosoft’s cost estimation solution, this version of Asta Powerproject also delivers powerful 5D project planning that enables users to plan and track BIM project costings.

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Birmingham showcase for monitoring kit used at Dublin hospital site

Campbell Associates – the industry-leading suppliers of automated and cloud-based noise, vibration and dust (NVD) monitoring systems – will be demonstrating the full scope of their impressive product range from 10-12 October at UK Construction Week’s Civils Expo in Birmingham. Innovative systems from manufacturers AVA, Aeroqual, Sonitus and Norsonic will be on show.

These state-of-the-art environmental noise, vibration and dust monitoring kits utilise new technology with full automation, remote control via a five-month battery and access to real time data via the cloud to deliver maximum flexibility for all applications. They can also be tailor made to suit individual projects.The equipment supplied by Campbell Associates is robust, weatherproof, easily installed and cost effective.

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