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Hugely worrying!

Liberal Democrats leader Sir Vince Cable has described this year’s Construction News CN100 findings as “hugely worrying”.

The data revealed average pre-tax margins across the 10 largest UK contractors had fallen to -0.9 per cent (down from -0.5 per cent in last year’s analysis), whilst total debt at the 10 biggest companies had also increased by 24 per cent to £3.92bn compared with the firm’s previous financial years.

Sir Vince said that “Construction is the bellwether of the economy, so the huge debt burden and non-existent margins are hugely worrying, particularly if interest rates increase further,” and “they are signals of the economic uncertainty caused by chaotic Brexit negotiations.”

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Mick George Ltd tackle drought damaged Cambridgeshire roads

An initiative which started late last year to repair more than 40 miles of drought damaged roads in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will enter its final stages this month, with multiple locations set for improvements.

Having completed many of the routes, especially within the Peterborough area, attention has now switched to finishing the remaining routes in Cambridgeshire, with local business Mick George Ltd permitting enabling at six separate locations on behalf of the principal contractor, Skanska.

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Palmers Scaffolding provide modern access for historic Old Mint in Edinburgh

Leading British access brand, Palmers Scaffolding UK are providing modern scaffolding solutions on an historic old mint in Edinburgh, for top main contractors, ISG Construction Limited.

ISG’s premium central Edinburgh re-development project – to be known as ‘The Registers’ – comprises the mint building (previously used for the manufacture of currency) at 28-52 West Register Street, which incorporates a listed warehouse constructed in the Venetian Gothic architectural style of the 1860s, just adjacent to the well-known St Andrew Square in the city centre. It is a mixed-use re-development of the mint building, where the team at ISG are creating create 5,700 m2 of Grade A office space and 1,000 m2 of leisure space across ground and basement levels.

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Quartz Zinc Rainwater System – the sustainable architectural choice

Rainclear Systems, the UK’s leading stockist and online retailer of metal rainwater systems offers its Quartz Zinc rainwater system as it can contribute to green and sustainable building design and a differentiating architectural aesthetic.

Firstly, few other options are as low energy intensive (its relatively low melting point requires significantly less energy to process), as abundant as a resource, and has an extraction process that avoids strip mining meaning less land is disturbed and any environmental damage is minimised.

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Balfour Beatty call on Palmers Scaffolding for Forth Valley College job

Leading British access brand, Palmers Scaffolding UK are providing scaffolding solutions for Balfour Beatty Construction Limited at the Forth Valley College in Falkirk – offering the main contractor modern access solutions during construction of a new campus on the site of the College’s former Middlefield Building.

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SchlegelGiesse expands by acquiring Reguitti

SchlegelGiesse, the International Division of London quoted Tyman plc, has acquired Reguitti, the Italian-based manufacturer of handles and assorted accessories for doors and windows, along with its sister brands Tropex Design and Jatec. 

This strategic acquisition, which is immediately effective, extends the SchlegelGiesse portfolio of high-quality hardware solutions to timber, aluminium and PVC internal and external doors and windows.

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Launch of FIS flagship #iBuiltThis2018 campaign

FIS are pleased to announce the launch of our flagship #iBuiltThis2018 campaign by popular industry demand. This builds upon on the hugely successful campaign launched last year.

A visual campaign, image led and run on the competition platform for a period of three weeks.

Submissions entries open on 3 Sept and will be closing on 23 Sept with the winners announced at the awards ceremony at the UK Construction Week exhibition on 9 October 2018.

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Bull protects £3 billion development in London

Bull Products, a manufacturer of life-saving fire protection equipment, is putting workers’ health and safety front of mind, with the installation of its fire alarm systems during a £3bn London development. 

Bull has supplied its Cygnus alarm systems to phases 1 and 2 of the Chelsea Barracks project, which will protect site workers during the development of more than 70 apartments and 15 townhouses worth £2 million to £50 million. 

Once complete, Chelsea Barracks will take its place amongst the world’s most prestigious real estate developments. It will be spread over 13 acres of residential land and will comprise of apartments, penthouses and a range of amenities including restaurants and retail outlets.

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Local employees reach mountain summit for charity

Five courageous employees from Mick George Ltd have returned from successfully completing the famous ‘Three Peaks Challenge’ this weekend, to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

With weeks of training beforehand, Ben Collett, Chris Gunkel, Garry Woodcock, Lee Cox, Anthony McCann and Joe Gossage embraced the ultimate challenge, in the hope to raise as much money as possible for one of Mick George Ltds chosen Charities of the year for 2017/18.

The challenge started off in Scotland, where the team climbed to the summit of Ben Nevis; the largest peak in the UK, before heading down and travelling to Scafell Pike for phase two in the Lake District. The final obstacle awaited the team in Wales, where they conquered Snowdon, all within 24 hours, and partly under the cover of darkness!

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Chartered Institute of Building launches open online sustainability course

The Chartered Institute of Building Academy is launching a new massive open online course (MOOC) on sustainable development. This follows the success of the first ever construction-focused MOOC which the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) ran last year, attracting more than 3000 construction professionals in over 100 countries.

The five-week interactive course, which opens next month, has been developed in partnership with London South Bank University, UK. The course is free and open to anyone working in the built environment sector globally. It has been designed specifically for those working in the industry, and anyone working in or studying construction and the wider built environment will find it useful as it focuses on what is arguably one of the most important issues facing construction today – sustainability within construction and development. 

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Construction workers now CSCS-ready thanks to online training course

Thanks to the launch of a new online CSCS training course early this year, hundreds of UK construction workers have now been able to obtain their Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Labourer card, at a time and place that suits them.

Launched by COSAC, the work-focussed training academy based in Runcorn, Safe2Site is the first online course approved by CSCS as a route to the Labourer Card.

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