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Ground source proves ideal for stunning rural self-build

A stunning contemporary design self-build house in rural North Norfolk is enjoying the benefits of renewable heating thanks to Finn Geotherm.

Located near Fakenham, the bespoke detached property is the vision of owners Rod and Pat George. Built entirely using Porotherm blocks within a light steel frame, the house uses some of the most up to date construction techniques and materials from around Europe. Energy efficiency has also remained front of mind, with all of the property’s spectacular 100m2 of floor to ceiling windows being triple glazed.

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Why glass revolving doors are becoming more popular in UK buildings

Patented in the U.S. in 1888, the revolving door is not a new invention but its popularity in the UK has only been growing over the last decade. They are quite common in some parts of Europe, particularly in modern headquarter buildings as well as in the U.S. where they are routinely fitted to many hotels, shopping malls and offices.

In this feature, we take a look at some of the reasons why the UK is finally catching on to the benefits of glass revolving doors as well as addressing some common concerns and myths.

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Construction workers urged to 'spray safe' and be seen in the dark

Construction workers are being urged to ‘spray safe’ this winter following the launch of a revolutionary new reflective spray which will make them more visible in the dark.

The Albedo100 spray is near invisible during daylight but is highly reflective of lights during darkness and can be sprayed on to almost any surface. 

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Trewin Restorick from Hubbub UK talks about living more sustainably

We are pleased to announce another event in our series of talks called P3Connect (People, Planet, Prosperity), organised by the Centre for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Surrey, where we invite industry experts to share their experiences and insights in sustainability. By looking at the challenges, opportunities and solutions being considered by organisations, we will engender discussions that bring to the fore these current issues in the sustainability arena.

Join us to discover what Trewin Restorick has to say about living more sustainably following the key lessons from Hubbub's four years of behaviour change campaigns.

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Welcome to the marketplace – a new innovation in lead generation

The best business ideas often come from identifying processes and systems which no longer work; are out-dated or are too complicated. This is what led business partners, Jason Kay and Gareth Alexander, to launch The Marketplace – an online portal giving live and flexible access to thousands of UK construction related leads. 

Specialists in their field of procurement and supply chain management, with over 35 years experience in the construction industry, Jason and Gareth knew that there must be a far simpler way to access tenders and live leads, all in one place.

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Star Platforms lead the way by passing their ISO 4001 and FORS Silver audits

UK powered access company, Star Platforms, have recently passed both ISO 4001 and FORS Silver audits, further cementing their commitment to their environmental and safety policies. 

Since the company began in 2014, compliance with relevant accreditations has been important to the leadership team at Star Platforms. The company have recently successfully passed their SafeHire audit and can now add to that the successful completion of both the ISO 14001 and FORS Silver accreditations they have held since 2017 and 2016 respectively. 

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Nationwide Platforms secures Gold IPAF Rental+

Nationwide Platforms has been awarded with Gold IPAF Rental+ following their annual audit in December 2018.

Known in the industry as the independent quality mark for powered access hire companies, IPAF Rental+ is awarded to those who qualify as belonging to the top tier of hire providers so customers can be sure they will get the highest levels of service available. 

Rental companies are independently audited by an ISO 9001 lead auditor every 12 months and tested to meet the most stringent standards of training, advice, equipment and customer satisfaction set by a committee of the most experienced players in the powered access rental business.

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New year and a new start at the FIS

FIS is the representative body for the £10 billion finishes and interiors sector in the UK and they have started 2019 by strengthening their team with the appointment of Nigel Higgins as Technical Engagement Manager.

Nigel has extensive experience working across the sector for some of the most respected and recognisable companies over the course of his career.

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Bull celebrates Cygnus alarm installation milestone

Bull Products, a manufacturer of life-saving fire protection equipment, has today announced that more than 60,000 of its renowned Cygnus Wireless Alarm Systems have been installed in construction sites across the globe.  

A major innovation in wireless emergency fire, first aid and intruder alarms for construction sites, the Cygnus Wireless Alarm System is the most successful and adaptable temporary alarm system on the market. 

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Mick George increase recycling capacity

Mick George Recycling has further enhanced its Waste Management provision courtesy of a comprehensive new waste segregation station that has been installed at the firms Recycling Centre at Dogsthorpe, Peterborough. 

The company which prides itself in leading the independent waste management field for over 40-years, currently manages large volumes of waste from construction, industrial and domestic sources. 

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Cast in concrete - truck-mounted concrete pumps with strain sensors

The trend on truck-mounted concrete pumps is for greater reach with less weight. Technical advances at Schwing are currently making it one of the market leaders in this field. In order to raise operator comfort levels on truck-mounted concrete pumps with large booms, the company has launched an innovative vibration damping system. Schwing, in partnership with Baumer Electric AG, has developed a new strain sensor with an IP69K protection rating and an exceptionally broad measuring range to provide precise signaling of deflections as they occur in the boom.

Since its formation in the 1930s, the German group of companies has been designing, constructing and selling pumps, machines and plant equipment for the production, transport and reprocessing of concrete: batching plants, truck-mixers, stationary and truck-mounted concrete pumps as well as recycling plants.

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