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A14 Highway borrow pits activated

When Highways England’s A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme was officially announced, there was no doubting the challenge ahead. However, thanks to meticulous infrastructure planning by the A14 integrated delivery team (IDT), a joint venture between Costain, Skanska, Balfour Beatty and designers Atkins/Ch2M, driving the initiative on behalf of Highways England, some two years on the project is on course for its intended completion date in December2020.

A potential obstacle identified from the outset was the requirement for more than five-million cubic metres of additional fill material.

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Innovation + Acrow Prop = UNI-PROP

Introducing UNI-PROP - The latest Acrow Prop design with NEW combined HYDRAULIC function. Buildingproducts-online.co.uk, the internet’s No. 1 supply resource for Builders, Scaffolders & Homeowners, are excited to introduce the innovative UNI-PROP to its offer online. We usually agree with the old adage that if something works, don’t try and fix it! But in this case the added safety, accuracy and speed make this new product the exception to that rule.

The UNI-PROP offers temporary support up to 2000kg and is load tested to BS EN 1065, just like you are used to, but unlike the old solution where you have to strike the threaded collar to move those final millimetres, with the chance you could knock the support away entirely, risking a collapse of the very structure you are trying to underpin! the UNI-PROP detachable hydraulic ram speeds up the process, while taking away this risk and the requirement for any brute strength effort on your part. 

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Bull’s fire equipment protects 16-storey student accommodation

Manufacturer Bull Products has enhanced health and safety on a student accommodation site with its life-saving fire protection equipment. 

Set to open this September 2018, Bull has been protecting Chaucer House in Portsmouth over the last two years with its Cygnus Fire Call Points and First Aid Alarms, Cygnus Heat Detectors and Fire, First Aid and Spill Responder Stations.

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Mick George boost output with new washing plant

Mick George Ltd have boosted sand and gravel production to a rate of 300 tonnes/h at their Bridge Farm site, in Cambridgeshire, following the introduction of a new high-performance washing plant.

Specified and supplied by Mick George’s long-standing partners Aggregate Processing Solutions (APS), the bespoke system is being used to supply materials for the major A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon road upgrade.

APS – part of the Finlay Group of companies – have worked closely with Mick George for more than 30 years and the relationship, which has seen approximately £20 million of equipment specified, has supported the continued growth of the business.

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Firm continues rapid expansion with new East Midlands relationship manager

Financial services broker, Midlands Asset Finance (MAF), has bolstered its presence in East Midlands by appointing a new relationship manager for the region.

Based in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire where she was born and still lives, Rachel Borlace has joined the business to support SME and corporate clients in Nottinghamshire with any asset finance, invoice finance or property funding.

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New charity to transform cancer support in the built environment sector

Building industry leaders have come together to launch a new charity aiming to transform cancer advice and support for people working in the Construction and Built Environment sector as well as raising money to help fund research to beat cancer sooner.

Andy von Bradsky, Anthony Burd, Emma Clancy, Paul Everall, Richard Harral and John Tebbit have been working since the end of 2017 to launch We Build the Future.

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Focus on copper rainwater systems

Rainclear Systems, the UK’s leading stockist and online retailer of metal rainwater systems, are suggesting that you take a look at Copper for your rainwater system.

Copper is often overlooked or not even considered as a rainwater system, this is in part is due to the fact that the use of Copper as a rainwater system in the UK has been fairly low. Copper has been more widely used in other countries and has a proven track record of longevity - almost the most durable of all materials. Even in harsh marine environments and with aggressive run off from wood shingles copper performs incredibly well.  Copper is not only durable but offers a stunning aesthetic choice which cannot be matched by other materials.

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NCC is awarded the Mayor of London's Construction Academy's quality mark

Further to a challenging application and assessment process, New City College has been announced as one of the providers to hold the new MCA quality mark, which identifies and recognises high-quality construction skills training provision in London.

The Mayor's Construction Academy (MCA) is an important element of the Skills for Londoners Strategy 2018, which has now been published.

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New office & production facility begins

A company which produces quality, bespoke interior trim for the automotive, aerospace and rail industries has a new office and warehouse facility being built on the outskirts of Kettering, Northamptonshire. 

IMK Automotive currently operate from their headquarters on Orion Way, Kettering but once complete, the new 100,000 sq.ft building will see the head-office function relocate to the new premises, combined with new production, research and development, storage and 184 parking spaces. 

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Industry first for University of Derby minerals course

A student at the University of Derby’s Centre for Mineral Products has become the first person in the mineral extractives and quarrying industry to achieve a first class honours degree on a course developed in partnership with the Institute of Quarrying (IQ).

Robin Gillespie is Hanson UK’s Area Operations Manager for the North of England. He received his Bachelor of Science in Minerals Management at a degree ceremony at the University of Derby on 20th July 2018. 

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Bull strengthens European presence with university win

Bull Products, a manufacturer of life-saving fire protection equipment, has secured another major European contract with the Leiden University in Holland.

Project managers of the university project were impressed with Bull after visiting Shell offices in Holland where the company’s alarm system was installed earlier this year.  Bull has now been contracted to supply its renowned Cygnus alarm systems to protect one of the buildings at the university which is home to almost 35,000 staff and students.

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