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Tough time for judges: APS announces entries into national awards

With its National CDM and Student Designer Awards shortlist announcement due later this month, the Association for Project Safety (APS) has announced a bumper year of entries into its UK-wide competition.

Across the nine different categories in the National CDM Awards, the judges have been overwhelmed with the quantity and quality of entries.  Head of Events and External Communications, Laura Hardie, said:

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‘Bumper’ round to benefit the county

An increasing presence in and around the East Midland and East Anglian region, local business Mick George Ltd is certainly justifying its attendance, with yet another funding donation to seventeen separate developments.

The first of two annual ‘Community Fund’ announcements, the organisation is set to provide funding to an abundance of community based initiatives, to a value in its entirety that surpasses £460,000, with some of the fortunate recipients based in the Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire and Bedfordshire territory.

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Array – a sound decision by Heckmondwike

Jeremy Broadhead, Commercial Manager at Heckmondwike FB, looks at why carpet is being widely specified for its acoustic properties.

“Managing noise in a building continues to present a challenge for designers, which is why there is specific legislation covering different building types and uses. Schools should be designed in accordance with Building Bulletin 93 (BB93) Acoustic Design of Schools, the latest version of which was updated in 2014.

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NASC present at London Work at Height Seminar 2017

The NASC took part in the London Work At Height Seminar 2017 at the City of London’s prestigious Guildhall on Monday July 10th – presenting on developments within the scaffolding and access sector, and recently published guidance, to a substantial gathering of industry professionals.

The second London Work at Height Seminar built on the success of the highly regarded 2016 event, “providing opportunity for our industry to collaborate in the interests of safety awareness, best practice and knowledge sharing; and to demonstrate a variety of work at height methodologies and industry innovations.”

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NASC introduces online membership application and audit process

The NASC has introduced a state-of-the-art online membership application system – streamlining the process for membership applications for potential new members.

This online process has been developed by London-based website technicians, Deep (responsible for creating the new-look NASC website) and makes it simpler for scaffolding firms to apply for full membership of the 240+ strong confederation – bringing the organisation into line with other similar pre-qualification membership audit systems.

NASC President, Alan Lilley of Commercial Scaffolding Ltd said: “NASC have pursued the online application/membership process to simplify the desktop application and annual audit procedure along with the site audit (which is undertaken every two years).

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£900k investment sees relocation of Mobile Mini Bridgend branch

Mobile Mini, a leading hirer of portable site accommodation and secure storage containers, with its global operations based in Arizona, USA and UK headquarters at Stockton-on-Tees, has relocated its Bridgend branch.

The move comes following close to a £900,000 investment, after a period of significant growth within the South Wales area for the Company, which has 16 branches nationwide, from Glasgow to Southampton.

Having outgrown its original site due to a significant surge in demand for its services over recent years, Mobile Mini's new Bridgend branch will offer many advantages to its customers, such as quicker turnaround times and great product availability, whilst also allowing the company to maintain its reputation for excellence in customer service.

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Midlands Asset Finance appoint new relationship manager

Independent financial services broker Midlands Asset Finance (MAF) has underlined its commitment to providing a personal service to its customers by appointing a new Business Relationship Manager, increasing the team to 21. 

Stuart Buchan has joined the firm on the back of a long career in asset finance with Lombard Business Finance where he worked as a relationship manager with responsibility for business customers in the East Midlands. 

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Modular building specialists Actavo announce expansion and jobs boost

Actavo, the UK’s fastest-growing modular building company for the past three years (source Plimsoll Analysis), has expanded its presence with the opening of a new 120,000 sq ft manufacturing facility in Hull, initially creating 33 new jobs.

The new factory, located at 30 Freightliner Road in Hull, will produce bespoke, state-of-the-art modular accommodation for a variety of sectors, including education, healthcare, construction, commercial, rail and defence. 

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Launch of FIS Skills Partnership and Approved Training Provider Network

FIS Skills, the specialist skills delivery capability of Finishes and Interiors Sector Ltd (FIS) are pleased to announce the launch of our Partnership and Approved Training Provider Network Programme – Phase 2. This exciting new development builds on the current strong body of Approved Training Providers (ATP’s) that already work with us.   Our aim is to provide full nationwide coverage of FE colleges and ATP’s across England, Wales and Scotland.  Partnership status will also include multiple stakeholders such as schools and national career services.

The development of this network is an important part of FIS Skills’ strategic objectives of attracting 1500 new entrants into the sector per annum. Building this network enables us to provide guaranteed quality training provision that allows a consistent quality new entrant pathway across all interior systems trades ensuring a qualified workforce within the sector.  

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NFRC launches Safe2Torch Guidance

The National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) have launched their Safe2Torch campaign. The focus of the campaign is new guidance, developed in partnership with stakeholders across the industry, which aims to reduce the risk of roof fires when using gas torches on roofs.

The Safe2Torch campaign will directly affect at least 50% of all the flat roofs installed in the UK.

Kevin Taylor, Head of Technical Services at NFRC says: “Roof fires caused by gas torches, no matter how minor, pose a serious threat to life, property, the image of the industry and possibly even the long-term future of torch-on as an accepted method of covering a roof. NFRC believe that by working together, fires of this nature can be prevented, which is why we have launched our Safe2Torch campaign.”

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Asbestos doesn’t have to mean Check Mate

As if the outright purchase of a property isn’t costly enough, but then lenders insist that a number of additional homebuyer reports and related surveys are completed to safeguard any investment. The majority of which are for things that ‘general joe-blogs’ knows little, or nothing about, or would be deemed to have little relevance to the actual sale of a property.

Regardless of which camp you reside, the reality is that these assessments predominantly look at the physical performance of certain variables, and how they may positively or negatively impact on the property itself; architectural, structural, drainage, and energy, to name just a few. 

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