Construction National

Magazine, Online Directory and Web Design Service

Wed19122018

Last updateMon, 17 Dec 2018 2pm

Demolition begins on Letchworth Garden Square

The redevelopment of Garden Square Shopping Centre, Letchworth is now underway with construction specialists Mick George Ltd contracted to complete demolition works.

The project run by the Martin Property Group comprises three elements; a comprehensive renovation of Commerce House, the demolition and rebuilding of 23-25 Leys Avenue, and a new build on Leys Square adjacent to the WHSmith store which is also part of the transformation plans. 

Read more: Demolition begins on Letchworth Garden Square

Unique Weathered Original London Stock brick now available from Imperial

After several years of research and development, Imperial Bricks is delighted to announce a genuine replication of the original ‘London Stock’ brick. This traditional handmade yellow brick features a strong colour with characteristic shade variations, and an authentic coal spotted face with distinctive textures. 

The bricks are suitable for restoring, renovating and extending of buildings in and around the capital, as well as new-build developments. Weathered Original London Stock is a strong-coloured brick, also available in a standard Original London Stock, and a Dark Weathered version that was created due to popular demand. All are available in imperial and metric sizing. 

Read more: Unique Weathered Original London Stock brick now available from Imperial

MSA Safety welcome tightened criteria to reflect real-life usage

Despite the many systems designed to safeguard workers, Health and Safety Executive statistics demonstrate that falls from height still remain one of the most common causes of workplace injury and death. MSA Safety, the global safety company which acquired UK fall protection manufacturer Latchways in 2015, is an industry leader in best practice and safety standards. As such, the company is aware of the potential risks associated with working at height - and it continually works with regulatory bodies to ensure that safety standards are as clear and robust as possible.

Read more: MSA Safety welcome tightened criteria to reflect real-life usage

Domestic GSHP system success rolled out to benefit other flagship customers

A new communal ground source heat pump system in Suffolk is set to cut the heating bills of housing association Flagship’s customers by hundreds of pounds a year. This ground source project follows on from a similar award-winning installation completed at Flagship’s Orchard Close estate of 30 flats in Watton, Norfolk, last year.

The new system being installed at Quayside Court in Lakenheath will improve quality of life and affordability for customers, as well as reduce CO2 emissions.

Read more: Domestic GSHP system success rolled out to benefit other flagship customers

Some certainty in the Brexit Chaos for FIS Members

On the day of the announcement that the vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister has cast further uncertainty on Brexit, FIS has produced for its members a Preparing for Brexit Checklist. The checklist focusses on the questions that members need to start asking across the Product, Process and People elements of their business (the three pillars of the FIS Quality in Construction Strategy). Whilst not exhaustive it aims to help members understand the impact of Brexit and look at potential risk, challenges and opportunities.

Iain McIlwee, FIS CEO says “We are constantly hearing businesses need to start preparing for Brexit. In fairness Government has started to draw information together but the complexity and volume of information is overwhelming to most small and medium sized businesses.

Read more: Some certainty in the Brexit Chaos for FIS Members

Former RECO site set to undergo development

Land between St. Johns Street and George Street, Huntingdon will shortly see enabling works commence for a new mixed-use development comprising flexible-use commercial units, as well as 304 dwellings that includes both houses and apartments.

It was announced back in June 2018 that planning permission had been granted, with local construction business Mick George Ltd contracted to complete Demolition, Remediation and Earthworks for a twelve-week period, on behalf of JCAM Commercial Real Estate.

Read more: Former RECO site set to undergo development

Fusion21 announces renewal of national framework worth up to £90 million

Fusion21 has announced the renewal of its national painting, decorating & associated repairs framework - offering a potential combined worth of up to £90 million, over a four year period.

For the first time this framework will now offer sector split lots covering; Housing, Education, Health and the wider public sector. 

This framework offers painting, decorating and repairs services, including both internal and external works and associated works.  

Read more: Fusion21 announces renewal of national framework worth up to £90 million

CAI basic aerial & satellite installation training - upcoming date

Don't miss out, book today! 11, 12 & 13 December 2018 - Watford, Hertfordshire.

Suitability

This programme is suitable for participants with no experience who wish to enter the industry and for those who have experience but want to know more about the theoretical and practical aspects of terrestrial and satellite signal reception and installation.

Read more: CAI basic aerial & satellite installation training - upcoming date

Works begin on new paper separation mill in Kings Lynn

Having gained approval from West Norfolk Council earlier this year, work will imminently get underway on a new paper separation plant in Kings Lynn, operated by Palm Paper Ltd.

Local construction specialist Mick George Ltd acting on behalf of Brooks and Wood Ltd will shortly commence Earthworks on the ‘back-up’ site that will be located to the north of Saddle Bow.

Read more: Works begin on new paper separation mill in Kings Lynn

First graduates from two-year degree course

The first group of students to complete a unique accelerated degree will graduate from the University of Salford this week.

The ‘accelerated degrees’ – the only ones in the UK construction and property sectors – launched in Autumn 2016, with students attracted to the new all-year calendar, which allows them to complete much quicker. And now the first 20 have finished their studies and will attend a ceremony at the University’s Peel Park Campus on Thursday.

Read more: First graduates from two-year degree course

Weston College to open state-of-the-art Construction Training Centre

Weston College is set to play a lead role in tackling the construction industry skills shortage by opening a state-of-the-art industry focused training centre.

The Weston College Construction Training Centre, based just off Junction 21 of the M5, will open in spring 2019 and represents a £3.8 million investment. 

It will offer training in three key construction areas – plant operations, scaffolding, and groundworks.

Read more: Weston College to open state-of-the-art Construction Training Centre