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How much are delays costing the UK construction industry in 2017?

In the United Kingdom, the IHS Markit/Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Purchasing Managers Index measures the performance of the construction sector and is derived from a survey of 170 construction companies.In August 2017, the index dropped to a one year low of 15.1 down from 15.9 the previous month and well off the expected 52 that was forecast.

A significant drop in commercial work created the drop in the index but this was offset by a rise in house building.

There are graphs and statistics to back this up on this page.

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School awarded for achieving Secured by Design crime prevention standards

A primary school development in Kilmarnock, Scotland, which brings together two schools on a new site, has been recognised for achieving high standards of security in its layout and landscaping as well as its physical security.

Secured by Design (SBD) trained Designing Out Crime Officers worked with architects Keppie Design (Glasgow), and Morrison Construction, a leading Scottish contractor, from the initial planning stage through to final construction to incorporate many proven crime prevention techniques into the £12.4million Whatriggs Primary School campus.

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Crown Trade Apprentice Decorator of the Year shines at Skills Show

Outstanding talent from the next generation of painting and decorating professionals was on display at the recent Crown Trade Apprentice Decorator of the Year Competition. 

The prestigious competition, held at Birmingham’s NEC as part of the national Skills Show, showcased the skills excellence of eight regional finalists vying for the title as well as promoting careers in the industry to more than 80,000 young people who visited the three-day event from November 16-18. 

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Bull Products protects world’s most famous clock, Big Ben

Bull Products, a manufacturer of life-saving fire protection equipment, has won a major contract to supply its renowned Cygnus alarm systems during the £61 million restoration of Big Ben. 

Having already supplied more than 30 of its Cygnus alarm systems, more alarms are to be installed next year. The temporary alarm systems will be installed around and outside of the 96-metre-tall building, and will ensure the building is protected against intruders, whilst protecting workers on site over the next four years. 

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Glasgow gears up for Scotland Build Expo

Scotland Build Expo 2017 opens its doors to the construction and design industry next week. Scotland's biggest construction show is taking place at the SEC Glasgow on 22nd and 23rd Nov.

You can register for free today - tickets are still available online at  www.scotlandbuildexpo.com.

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Beaulieu farm demolition contract awarded to Mick George Ltd

The vibrant new ‘Beaulieu’ district that is being created on the north-eastern edge of Chelmsford, is making significant progress, and having recently completed phase one of the ‘Beaulieu Park’ region of the project, attention has swiftly turned to another of the progressing neighbourhoods under development.

East Anglia based Construction Company, Mick George Ltd has been contracted to complete Demolition works predominantly focused on the removal of Cottages, Barns, Stables and Farmhouses, that made up a now redundant compound, which will permit continued works on the remaining ‘estates’ that complete the project. 

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Michelmersh collects Supreme Winner Award at 2017 Brick Awards

Michelmersh was awarded the ultimate accolade at the 2017 Brick Awards ceremony, the 41st Brick Development Association annual event, on Thursday 9th November. As a result of the British Manufacturer’s premium quality products and first-rate customer service, Michelmersh was announced the winner of several categories; including Best Urban Regeneration & Large Housing Development (above 25 units). Britain’s Brick Specialist continued its success throughout the evening by collecting the most prestigious award, the Supreme Award for South Gardens, designed by Maccreanor Lavington Architects and built by brickwork contractor Lee Marley Brickwork Ltd.

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1,200 trained by Construction Wales Innovation Centre before SA1 hub opens

Around 1,200 people have received training from the new Construction Wales Innovation Centre (CWIC) – before the hub has even been built at the SA1 waterfront site. 

CWIC is already delivering world-class training and courses including the scaffolding management course at Coleg Cambria and the heritage plastering course at Coleg y Cymoedd – taught for the first time in Wales.

To date the partnership which includes Coleg Sir Gâr, Coleg Ceredigion, Coleg Cambria and Coleg y Cymoedd has also delivered over 170 events.

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Bursaries for Bedford College students

Full-time construction students at Bedford College are being helped to take up apprenticeships with a £500 bursary from the Connolly Foundation.

On signing up for an apprenticeship, the young people will receive the money to help towards tools or transport costs.

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Mick George and PwC join forces to support local entrepreneurs

Earlier this year, Mick George Ltd took the lead in a unique talent search, encouraging local entrepreneurs to come forward to seek support in bringing their ‘excellent business propositions’ to market.

The business claimed that they would provide the appropriate resources required to expose the full potential of said ideas, if they felt that the concept justified.

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Top products for building and site safety compliance

The construction industry still remains the most high-risk industry for injuries, according to HSE. But accidents can also happen in a building, so no matter what environment a company is in, it’s vital that they have all the correct equipment on site in order to protect workers to the highest standards.  

Bull Products, a manufacturer of life-saving fire protection equipment, shares the top products to have to ensure building and site safety compliance. 

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