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Silicones – enabling the construction revolution

Have you ever wondered how tall buildings withstand extreme conditions in the heights? Amidst howling winds and the blazing sun, the dazzling 828-meter tall Burj Khalifa in Dubai (pictured) and the 632-meter tall Shanghai Tower snake their spires up towards infinity. Their existence has only been made possible in very recent years, thanks to impressive advances in modern technology.  

Beyond height, the construction sector has made several extraordinary advances in recent years. Buildings emit less greenhouse gases and have become more energy efficient. Their construction uses less resources, and they last longer, requiring less repairs. Great strides have been made in earthquake, wind and temperature resistance, making buildings today safer than ever. 

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FSB networking event at Custom House

Riverside Inverclyde and The Federation of Small Businesses are delighted to announce their second co-hosted networking event to be held on 27 September 2017 at Custom House in Greenock.

Join fellow business owners and entrepreneurs over tea/coffee and refreshments in a friendly, informal environment at the newly refurbished Custom House, a Grade A listed building in the heart of Greenock. This is an opportunity to see the inside of this prestigious historic building, transformed into high quality office suites in a comprehensive £4.1 million redevelopment.

The theme of this event is “All Things Digital”. The event will give you an opportunity to join FSB Connect Networking and effectively develop and grow your business through their national network of events.

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Assure 360 – 21st century health & safety tool for the construction industry

Britain’s record as one of the best in the world when it comes to health and safety is hard earned. It’s no coincidence that, according to the HSE, in the year ending March 2017 deaths in the construction industry were at an all-time low, with only 30 recorded fatalities. Maintaining an enviable H&S record requires all those involved in the construction industry to ensure innovation is at the heart of their business.

The new Assure360 app is a powerful tool that brings H&S innovation into the 21st Century by providing a complete package that will transform H&S within construction businesses, including detailed real-time auditing and recording across all areas of safety management.

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Taking the pain out of risk assessment

At last, a Risk Assessment Builder that is taking the industry by storm. THSP’s Risk Assessment Builder is now available on the open market, and is not only getting great reviews, but has already been shortlisted for two awards!

Risk Assessment will never go away. So those responsible for ensuring the safety of their colleagues will always be looking for ways to simplify their task, but at the same time want to know that what they have produced will hold up in a court of law should an accident occur.

With an easy step by step process that guides the assessor through each stage of the assessment, and intuitive selection processes, the end result is a comprehensive, accurate assessment of the task at hand.

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Mount Pleasant House soon to hit the floor

A prominent north Cambridge based office block, dating back to the 1970s is set to go under the ‘hammer’ in the near future, with local Demolition firm Mick George Ltd due to commence works this Autumn.

The 1.4acre site, comprising a 42,000sq. feet multi-let office building is being redeveloped by Howard Osborne LLP, a joint venture between Cambridge-based property company Howard Group and Osborne. 

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CISRS international training continues to spread and strengthen

Safety and Access are delighted to announce that following the stringent CISRS audits this week both of the partnership ventures for international CISRS training in Korea have successfully passed their renewal audits. 

Safety and Access have been offering scaffolding related in Korea for around 5 years and the partnership with Safety & Access (Korea) has been one of the most successful in the scheme with around 3000 people receiving training in the the oil and gas industry. 

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Bull Products to showcase latest innovation at Fire Safety North

Bull Products, a manufacturer of life-saving fire protection equipment, is preparing to showcase a range of innovative products at Fire Safety North – an event dedicated to supporting fire and safety professionals to achieve and maintain the very highest standards of fire safety management. 

Taking place from 10-11 October at EventCity in Manchester, Bull will be exhibiting at stand FS48, and will be showcasing its recently upgraded First Responder Stations. 

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GSHPA launch realtime CO2 calculator and Good Practice Guide

The Ground Source Heat Pump Association (GSHPA) are delighted to have launched two new tools at this year’s Ground Source Energy Expo 2017 recently held in Stone: the first being a ground-breaking and unique realtime CO2 calculator; the second, a revised and user-friendly Environmental Good Practice Guide for Ground Source Heating and Cooling. Prior to the opening of the Expo, the GSHPA held their AGM and are delighted to welcome Mark Burton from Vaillant and David Jones from Hafod Renewables as newly-elected Council Members.  

The first of the GSHPA’s launches: The new realtime CO2 calculator is an app displaying the realtime carbon intensity of the UK electricity grid. This value is used to calculate CO2 emissions from Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHPs) using power at that moment. It is updated every half an hour and clearly illustrates how much lower carbon emissions are from ground source systems compared to burning fossil fuels. The CO2 issued by a GSHP powered solely from green electricity is, of course, zero. This CO2 emissions calculator, sponsored by Geoscience, shows the CO2 issued if your GSHP uses grid electricity. The values for GSHPs using grid electricity have fallen rapidly as grid electricity generation from coal has been largely replaced by gas and generation from renewable power technologies. 

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Robore completes acquisition of Holemasters Ltd

Now combined making Robore-Holemasters the UK’s largest diamond drilling & sawing & controlled demolition specialists.

Robore acquire Holemasters

Robore, the UK’s leading diamond drilling, sawing and controlled demolition contractor, are pleased to announce we have completed the acquisition of Holemasters – a deal which will make Robore-Holemasters the largest diamond drilling and sawing contractor throughout Europe. The combination of the two companies knowledge and expertise in specialist sectors of construction will not only strengthen Robore-Holemasters position as the leading concrete cutting contractor in the UK, but offer our now extensive client base national and international coverage.

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Practicality meets comfort at Tudor Lodge Retirement Facility

Tudor Lodge, a development of 30, one and two bedroom, purpose-built retirement apartments based in Solihull, in the West Midlands, has upgraded the carpet in its communal areas with Total Care, from Heckmondwike.

The existing carpet at Tudor Lodge had been in situ since the facility was built in 2008. Tudor Lodge is managed by retirement specialist Millstream Management Services, with Lodge Manager Diane Bennett responsible for all ongoing service and maintenance of the development. Diane undertook a period of consultation with residents, starting in 2016, to gather opinion on a refresh of all communal areas at Tudor Lodge.

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Gardens development set for demo works

Progress on the award-winning Acton Gardens development in West London is steaming ahead, with Construction now underway across Phase 7.1 of the £600m project, which is a joint venture between Countryside Properties and L&Q.

Acton Gardens is one of the largest residential regeneration schemes in London, aiming to transform the 52-acre site of the former South East estate in to a vibrant new urban quarter. When complete, the scheme will deliver over 2,500 new homes, along with enhanced transport links, retail and community facilities and extensive public open spaces, throughout a 21 multi-phased initiative that is anticipated to be complete in 2026.

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