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The importance of asbestos removal when carrying out building work

When it comes to building work, you want the site you are working on to be as safe as possible to prevent accident or injury as a result of working on the site. However, when it comes to asbestos, no one should be taking any risks with it at all. We’re going to be taking a look at why you should be very careful when it comes to dealing with asbestos on a building site, and the importance of removing it safely.

Asbestos - What is it, and why is it dangerous?

To begin with, we should probably take a look at asbestos, and what makes it such a terrible thing for people to be in contact with. The asbestos that you’ll come to know about is a set of fibres. These threads are incredibly robust and durable when they’re in large clumps, and they are also very resistant to heat. These properties were first used by people many years ago to build houses and buildings with them, and the fibres were used as a way to strengthen the structural integrity of the house itself. 

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Why Earned Value contributes to success of major construction firms

The growth in the number of major contractors adopting Earned Value for major projects is expanding beyond the remit of public sector bodies, according to Donna Butchart, MD of Prōject (EU). Ltd

However being able to establish an earned value matrix is both tricky and complex, and being able to adapt existing systems for construction organisations is key, particularly when monitoring earned value throughout the life of the project.

There is an increasing trend for public sector contracts to require suppliers to monitor not just the costs and schedules, but also value add, through Earned Value Management. Earned Value management is seen as the best practice methodology, and as a result is being adopted by construction organisations involved with complex client projects.

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HBA: Help to Buy is a symbol of failed housing policy

On 1 October, as the Conservative Party Conference kicked off in Manchester, the Government announced an extension of Help to Buy for new build homes with an extra £10 billion of funding over five years.

The House Builders Association (HBA) – the house building division of the National Federation of Builders (NFB) – believes that extending Help to Buy will not help to solve the most acute housing crisis in over seven decades.

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FIS votes no to continuing the CITB levy

FIS, the construction trade body representing the finishes and interiors sector and a CITB consensus federation, has voted to reject the CITB’s levy proposals. 

Leading trade organisation FIS represents specialist contractors and manufacturers involved in the installation and fit-out of interior systems, facades, ceilings, drywall, partitions and finishes. 

FIS has been canvassing its members at a series of regional and special interest group meetings which culminated in a poll of members during September. FIS members voted by 60 per cent to 40 per cent to reject the CITB levy proposal. Turnout was 13 per cent. 

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Structural Concrete Alliance announces 2017 award shortlist

The Structural Concrete Alliance has shortlisted three projects for the 2017 Structural Concrete Alliance Award for Repair and Refurbishment, with the winner to be announced by former BBC Breakfast Host, Bill Turnbull, at the Concrete Society Awards Dinner to be held at the Grosvenor Hotel, Park Lane, London on 16th November. 

The winners were chosen from entries received from members of the three trade associations which make up the Structural Concrete Alliance: the Concrete Repair Association (CRA); Corrosion Prevention Association (CPA); and the Sprayed Concrete Association (SCA).  

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5 reasons to install a wireless alarm system

There are thousands of construction site fires every year, endangering lives, delaying projects, and costing around £400m, according to Zurich Insurance. 

So, what is the best way to ensure your site complies to industry codes of practice, UK and EU laws and the requirements of your insurance company?

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Fast tracking future home builders in London

New approach puts the boot into closing the home building skills gap through 2-6 week training course

A new pilot scheme is set to make inroads into closing the home building skills gap in the region by fast tracking qualified construction college leavers into their specialist job area and getting them prepared for the world of work. In doing so, it will reduce the risk of them falling away from the sector or unemployment. Participants have now all completed their training and are being matched with employers.

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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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Bridge into Construction Programme is launched

Build UK and Collab Group’s ‘Bridge into Construction’ programme has launched at Sheffield College, with the one year further education course beginning on 1 October 2017.

Research by CITB and IFF Research shows that at present at least one third of young people completing a construction further education course do not continue into employment within the industry. As part of Inspiring Construction, the industry’s recruitment campaign, the Bridge into Construction course aims to ensure that young people have the training and skills the industry needs, and employers have access to the next generation of talent.

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Gutters ready for Autumn?

Every November SPAB (The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) promote ‘Maintenance Week’ to encourage us to take a look at the buildings we are responsible for and consider spending a little time and money on their care. After all, we all expect regular maintenance checks to keep our cars in good shape – so why not our homes?

Gutters protect our buildings – our most valuable assets, whether ancient or not - Gutters manage the flow of rainwater away from our roofs, walls and foundations keeping them dry and preventing costly damage/repairs.

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Midlands Asset Finance appears in Parliamentary Review

Independent financial services broker Midlands Asset Finance has appeared in the 2017 edition of the prestigious 2017 Parliamentary Review, representing the finance sector.

The Derbyshire-based firm, which helps SMEs across the UK to access the funding they need to grow, has taken the opportunity to talk about how financial technology (fintech) has changed the lending market and transformed the way people do business.

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