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New construction training partnership builds a better future

The launch of a brand new partnership between Tyne Metropolitan College and FIS Skills (the specialist skills delivery arm of Finishes & Interiors Sector Ltd) was supported by Mary Glindon MP at a recent open event at the College’s specialist construction campus, TMC, in Benton. The collaboration illustrates a joint commitment to plugging sizeable construction industry skills gaps. 

According to the latest Construction Skills Network report , construction output is expected to grow by 1.7% over the next five years, with 179,000 jobs to be created.

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Embrace the change - Mick George launch new website

We live in an evolving world that is encapsulated by the technology that surrounds each and every one of us daily. Like it, or loathe it, there’s no getting away from it. The ability to access online content has changed the way we live, with research indicating that the average adult spends up to 9 hours a day crawling the internet, a period longer than most people sleep per day.

Commercially, this is music to the ears of savvy business operators who embrace the advancements. It allows organisations yet another channel to connect with a greater audience, but also provides an opportunity to do so, in a much more dynamic and targeted way than ever before.

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Lighthouse Construction charity launch mental health initiative

The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity and the Considerate Constructors Scheme have launched a new initiative to help support the mental health agenda in the construction industry. 

Considerate Constructors Scheme registered sites, companies and suppliers can now provide their workforce with handy wallet-sized Construction Industry Helpline cards, as well as displaying posters to advertise the services.

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NASC launch two regional TG20 presentations

The NASC is organising two regional TG20 presentations (North/South) – aimed directly at assisting principal contractor temporary works consultants.

The purpose of these presentations will be to promote the wider adoption of TG20 by principal contractors generally. It will also seek to dispel any myths about TG20, whilst encouraging the wider use of NASC member companies for scaffolding requirements.

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New clarity given for use of air admittance valves externally

Drainage ventilation expert Studor has responded to market confusion about Air Admittance Valves (AAVs) and whether they can be used externally.

“There does seem to be confusion in the market and we’re frequently asked whether AAVs are suitable for exterior use,” comments Studor’s technical director Steve White. “Both our own Studor Maxi-Vent, as well as the Wavin branded OsmaVent 110, can be used externally. The latest BBA Agrément Certificates clarify this and specifically refer to their external use.”

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Heckmondwike FB’s bespoke entrance carpet design takes some beating

Heckmondwike FB, the UK’s leading fibre bonded carpet manufacturer, is showing how the sky really is the limit with its bespoke entrance area carpet designs.

Over the past few years, Heckmondwike FB has created some truly inspirational carpet designs by integrating bespoke logos and customised colours into entrance areas, ranging from football clubs to top hotels, schools and universities.

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Farrow & Ball gutter paints transform modern and traditional homes

Why Cast Iron?

Throughout the UK you’ll find rainwater guttering and downpipes in cast iron on many heritage and period properties. It is incredibly strong, last for decades and is 100% recyclable. If properly installed and maintained it will enhance the properties it protects by looking timeless, authentic and beautiful for over 100 years.

If neglected and exposed to the elements without proper protection the characteristics that make it such a great eco choice, its recyclability, become its weakness – that process of natural recycling begin with rusting, then flaking and eventually end in disintegration.

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The hidden costs of planning: Council Tax

Members of the House Builders Association (HBA) – the house building division of the National Federation of Builders (NFB) – have worked closely with Government to deliver policies ensuring better place-making such as neighbourhood planning. However, the actual cost of the planning process remains an impressive obstacle yet to be tackled in a meaningful manner.

Whilst preparing our reply to the Government’s Housing White Paper, the HBA would like to draw attention to the hidden costs facing house builders when building the homes that the UK desperately needs. In our first installment, we will be analysing council tax.

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Demo Expo 2017 –A free day out to the UK’s Biggest and Best Demolition Show!

The third edition of the joint National Federation of Demolition Contractors and Institute of Demolition Engineers event -Demo Expo - will be running this summer at a location close to the offices of the NFDC in Hertfordshire, at the Herts Showground.

This biennial event last ran in 2015 with over 50 exhibitors at the site of J Mould in Reading, where beautiful weather helped to secure a 4,000 strong crowd to the 2-day event. This year’s show has been extended to a 3-day event to include Trade Days on 22-23 June, plus a Family Day on Saturday 24th June.

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CPA launches University Engagement Programme

The Corrosion Prevention Association, one of the associations that comprise the Structural Concrete Alliance, is piloting a University Engagement Programme at Coventry University. The scheme aims to raise awareness and understanding of corrosion issues in infrastructure and to encourage learning in the subject.

With over 50% UK construction work carried out in the repair, rehabilitation and upgrading of existing structures, or buildings, the Association hopes to create a link between employers and students and to ensure that students will have the available resources for the prevention of corrosion. 

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Sorting waste the efficient way

With business very much on the up, leading independent Waste Management provider to commercial, industrial and domestic sectors, Mick George Ltd continues to invest in innovative machinery to improve efficiencies within its service offerings.

This time around, it comes with the installation of a Baler at the companies St. Ives Recycling Centre. However, this is no ordinary Baler, the Aries 115 Twin Ram Baler with cross wrap for Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) and Card, is exclusively used worldwide, providing copious benefits to that of standard models more frequently utilised within the industry. 

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