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Roan uses 3D digital model to solve pupil places shortage

Roan Building Solutions has invested in BIM (building information modelling) to deliver a £1.9m classroom complex to a primary school in the heart of London as the capital looks to accommodate its increasing number of pupils. 

The new facility at Granard Primary School is Roan’s first BIM project – a process covering the entire life cycle of a building from conception to demolition in a 3D digital model of its physical and functional characteristics. Designed to meet BIM level two requirements, Roan is designing and delivering a sustainable, two-storey, standalone, classroom complex comprising of seven classrooms, open learning studios, cloakrooms, WCs, kitchen facilities and staffrooms. 

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End-of-year accounts show 32.8% annual growth at Metrotile UK

Year-end accounts show 32.8 per cent year-on-year growth at leading lightweight steel roofing tile firm Metrotile UK.

The Chippenham-based company enjoyed sales of just over £7.1 million in its year 2014/15 which came to a close at the end of January.

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The BEST way to operate and maintain your built asset

It is no secret that BIM can help create and maintain facilities that provide a host of benefits ranging from improved efficiency, lower carbon emissions and reduced cost. However, these perks are not possible without an integrated supply chain; reaching right from design phase through to operation. 

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South West half price energy scheme wins award-recognition

Cornish manufacturer Kensa Heat Pumps and Westward Housing Group have won South West Regional Project of the Year for their innovative heating upgrade scheme in Holsworthy, Devon. 

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NASC member company wins Access & Scaffolding category award

NASC Member Company wins Access & Scaffolding category award at 2015 Construction News Specialist Awards event at Hilton Park Lane, London

NASC member companies were widely represented at the 11th annual Construction News Specialist Awards held at the London Hilton in Park Lane on Wednesday 18 March, with five companies shortlisted and an outright winner in the Access & Scaffolding category - Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding Ltd - for scaffolding at the Dawlish Railway repair project, following the infamous storm damage in 2013.

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Construction apprentices encourage other young people to 'earn while you learn'

Twenty-year-old Alex O’Brien had set his sights on becoming an accountant – and had the exam marks to match his goal – but at the last minute decided to become a construction apprentice instead after finding out about the benefits of work based learning.

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Barker and Stonehouse brings first living wall to Teesside

The new flagship Barker and Stonehouse store on Teesside Retail Park is literally being brought to life, thanks to the creation of the first ‘living’ wall and roof on Teesside.

Thousands of colourful plants will soon transform a south-facing wall and the roof into a bright display and wildlife habitat in time for the store’s opening on March 28.

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BEST Programme announces accredited 'BIM for Facilities Management' course

As its success continues throughout 2015, the Built Environment Sustainability Training (BEST) Programme, working in collaboration with Project Five, will be delivering additional, accredited building information modelling (BIM) courses throughout Wales. The latest course to be announced by the programme is the delivery of CQFW Level 3 accredited course; “BIM for Facilities Management”. 

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Health & Safety: Thinking differently - and changing the game

We live in a Health & Safety-obsessed world. Or so it seems. 

Schools, colleges, organisations, shops and businesses up and down the land take great pains to prove that they are ultra-conscientious about Health & Safety practices and are fully compliant with Health & Safety laws. They draw up strategies. They assess risks. They run Health & Safety courses. And — most importantly — they tick boxes. 

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Stop demolitions and refurbish instead, says leading architect

VAT rules are undermining sustainable development by rewarding developers who demolish buildings and penalising those who refurbish.

Duncan Baker-Brown, architect of the University of Brighton’s Waste House, Britain’s first house made almost entirely of thrown-away materials, is calling on politicians to introduce an award system that encourages green retrofit projects to reduce CO2 emissions and combat climate change.

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Construction Skills - time for a different approach!

This piece on 'Thought Leadership' was written by Mark Wakeford, managing director at Stepnell on behalf of the Built Environment Hub.

Here we go again! The construction industry picks up after a recession, we are short of skills and everyone is surprised! Quite rightly the industry is responding to this in the time honoured way of encouraging more people into the industry at apprentice, graduate and mature entry points.

Read more: Construction Skills - time for a different approach!