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Palmers provide innovative scaffolding solutions at Carlisle Rail Station

Leading scaffolding contractor, Palmers Scaffolding UK Ltd are providing innovative scaffolding, public protection decks and leading access solutions for Galliford Try at the historic Carlisle Railway Station in Cumbria. 

The intricate, in-house designed, 1,400-tonne scaffolding temporary works began at the Grade II listed building (which forms part of the Carlisle conservation zone) in January 2016 – as leading principal contractor Galliford Try aim to refurbish the train-shed roof, maintain the station and extend the property’s life by at least 30 years.

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Aluminium coping can now be ordered online from Rainclear

Skyline from Alumasc offers top of the range roof edge details to suit all designs and budgets. Skyline systems are manufactured from high quality, polyester coated aluminium by a manufacturer with 50 years of product manufacturing experience so you can expect high precision detailing, welding and finishing. 

And NOW you can select and pay for these quality products online from Rainclear Systems the UK’s leading stockist and online retailer of metal rainwater and roofline systems.

The Skyline aluminium coping system has a hidden strap fixing method which avoids penetration of the capping, whilst allowing ventilation over the top of the wall. 

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Environment Agency calls on Mick George Ltd for Solutions

Having been awarded the £10.5million Earthworks contract, Mick George Ltd has recently set to work on raising the flood banks at the Ouse Washes reservoir, spanning Cambridgeshire and Norfolk, sub-contracting to JacksonHyder, in this Environment Agency project.

The development in its entirety is estimated at a value of £27million, and is a consequence of recent inspection under the Reservoirs Act 1975, whereby recommendations for Matters in the Interests of Safety (MIOS) were made. 

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Precision made, premium quality, handmade bricks by Charnwood

Known as the UK’s largest producer of traditionally handmade bricks and specials, produced from its manufacturing base in Leicestershire, Charnwood combines the highest durability characteristics with the ability to tailor bespoke products to your exact specification to produce a premier finish. Two recent unique projects have used quality, premium Charnwood products to form inspiring architecture that encompass distinctive designs.

Stepping Stone House, in Hurley, is a 150sqm multi-room garden house extension located in the grounds of Hurley Manor House. Shortlisted for a RIBA South Regional 2017 Award, architecture practice ‘Hamish and Lyons’ has accomplished a beautiful design, which seeks to embrace the essence of nature using organic structure, natural materials and daylight.

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Bull enhance Fire 360° service with risk report system

Bull Products, a manufacturer of life-saving fire protection equipment, has enhanced its Fire 360° service with the addition of a full risk report system to protect businesses to the highest health and safety standards.

Bull’s Fire 360° service is a 12-step plan designed to provide companies with an effective and comprehensive fire strategy. As part of the service, Bull can now provide customers with a risk report, which will detail every single risk and hazard posed ahead of work on a construction site. 

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Building cost effective schools for the future

At the close of 2016, the BBC reported that 944 local authority schools and 113 academy trusts in England are now in debt. In response to a parliamentary question, ministers revealed that 5 percent of council schools and 4 percent of academy trusts have budget deficits. Going further, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, estimates that 92 percent of schools in England could face real terms budget cuts over the next four years.

On top of budget cuts, research by the Department for Education determined that a large part of the school estate in England was in poor condition or insufficiently maintained. In fact, 44 percent were rated as ‘unsatisfactory’, 23 percent were rated as ‘extremely poor’ or ‘very poor’ with more than two-thirds in need of refurbishment or renewal. It was established that about half of the schools were deemed ‘in need of improvement’.

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Launch of FIS Skills flagship #iBuiltThis2017 social media campaign

FIS Skills, the specialist skills delivery capability of Finishes and Interiors Sector (FIS) are pleased to announce the launch of our flagship #iBuiltThis2017 campaign. A visual campaign, image led and run completely on social media utilising the Instagram and Twitter platforms for a period of three weeks, with the submissions opening from the 04th Sept and closing on 24th Sept and winners announced at the UK Construction Week Exhibition between 10th – 12th October 2017.

The campaign is designed to get young people, the construction industry and the public to participate and show how proud they are of their contribution to the UK built environment in a fun, exciting and light-hearted way. We would like to showcase construction as the exciting and diverse sector it is with its huge breadth of disciplines and career opportunities to help attract new entrants.

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Treatment is better than cure, prescribed by Mick George Ltd

Projects, developments, or refurbishments, call it what you will, one thing that inherently results from such upgrades, is incurred costs. By nature, things are likely to improve, so it is an expenditure viewed more as an investment, rather than a cost.

Although, just when you think you’ve accumulated all the fees associated with said works’, the ‘bitter pill to swallow’ follows, when unwanted charges persist at the point of disposal, especially in the case of Hazardous Waste that emerge from the majority of construction based projects.

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Graduate lays the foundations for success in construction

A University of Wolverhampton graduate is laying the foundations for success in the construction industry.

Rachel Toor, 26 from Bilston in Wolverhampton, is graduating with a first class honours degree in Construction Management from the University’s Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment in September.

Rachel began her career by studying for an Apprenticeship with Walsall Housing Group where she learned the trades as a plumber and gas engineer.

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Half a century of steel manhole cover production in the UK

Despite decades of seeing other firms send their steel manhole cover production overseas, Clark-Drain has remained committed to in-house manufacturing in the UK.

The company’s origins are very much in innovation and when it formed in 1965 as Clarksteel Ltd the first product was also the UK’s first steel manhole cover. The company has since built a reputation for product quality and customer service, maintaining several customer relationships dating back to those early years.

A rebrand to Clark-Drain in 1998 reflected an increasingly broad product range using various materials. Steel manufacturing has remained strong in the business, which operates impressive production facilities such as fabrication, galvanising and powder coating at its base in Cambridgeshire.

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Safety & Access to host Networking Day at Humber Training Centre

The day features interesting and stimulating input from many speakers including a legal update from H&S legal expert Gary Lewis and leading industry stakeholders including CISRS/NASC. 

Also featured is a moving account by Paul Blanchard on how an accident can change everything. Paul Blanchard works as a motivational and behavioural safety speaker. Having been in a major accident falling from height several years ago while fixing a roof at a farm, Paul speaks on the emotional perspective of why Health and Safety is not just about ticking boxes.

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