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Record numbers for Structural Timber Association factory tours

Over three hundred people from across the construction sector attended the Structural Timber Association’s (STA) recent series of factory tours – the highest number since the tours were first introduced last year.

The tours, which took place in September and October, saw 338 people attend one of six dates across the country.

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Construction in London set to boom as over 30 key sites identified

The construction industry in London and the South of England has a positive future. Richard Threlfall, Head of Infrastructure, Building and Construction at KPMG UK has noted that for the “first time in many generations the UK has a strong pipeline of construction and infrastructure projects to reinvigorate the economy and drive our future competitiveness”.

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Nicholls & Clarke plan future growth with support from Sunrise Software

Service Management software company, Sunrise Software, today announced that leading building materials and retail group, Nicholls & Clarke, has become the latest company to implement its IT Service Management software, Sunrise ITSM.

Underpinning the group’s impressive ITIL and ITSM best practice approach, Sunrise ITSM will enable the business to enhance IT and customer service, supporting its 550 strong workforce and gaining business insights at Board level.

The Nicholls & Clarke Group is a business dedicated to the manufacturing, distribution and retailing of quality building products. With 24 UK locations and over 550 employees to support, effective support infrastructure was something of a challenge to Narendra Joshi, Head of IT.  “Previously we used a home grown Service Desk system” explains Narendra, “However, in an ITIL compliant environment like ours, where all IT staff are ITIL trained, we felt that we needed to make the investment in a platform that would rise to meet our operational standards and grow with us into the future.”

Following a comprehensive market review, Nicholls & Clark selected Sunrise Software for its technology, its people and for the company’s pragmatic and understated approach. “We liked the flexibility that the software platform’s modular approach presented to us,” adds Joshi. “It means that we can take a phased approach and grow across the business. The browser based interface is ideal for our environment and, coupled with the software’s integration with social media, showed Sunrise to be a really forward thinking company.”

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Cemfree wins Skanska's Supply Chain Green Solutions award

Skanska UK, the world’s leading construction group, has awarded this year’s coveted Supply Chain Green Solutions Awards to Cemfree, the first truly sustainable, structural concrete.

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Willerby Landscapes receive the BALI Grand Award for a record fifth time

At the 38th BALI National Landscape Awards on 5th December, BALI Registered Contractor Willerby Landscapes took the Grand Award for a record fifth time. This unprecedented achievement comes at the height of Willerby’s professional reputation and recognises their work to take the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, South Park Plaza into legacy.

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Catsurveys introduces rapid vehicle-based MGPR innovation

New mobile ground penetrating radar (MGPR) from Catsurveys Group Ltd is challenging traditional approaches to utilities and other subsurface surveying, saving time and improving accuracy. Catsurveys’ MGPR is an innovative geo-referencing system and unique synchronisation process enabling the combining of data generated using a vehicle towed MGPR system and a Global Positioning System (GPS) for maximum accuracy and detail. 

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NASC support UKCG's 'open doors weekend' campaign

The NASC is supporting the 2015 ‘Open Doors Weekend’campaign, organised by the UK Contractors Group (UKCG), the Scottish Contractors Group (SCG), the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and Sector Skills Council, the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS).

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The new exclusive social network for the UK Construction industry

Talk.build, a new social media network, developed exclusively for the UK construction industry, was officially launched today Thursday December 4th. It will be totally free to use for anyone involved in the building business and offers a massive range of functions and benefits for both individual users and companies.

The new network, launched by TTK, the special projects division of CFA, one of Britain’s leading construction based marketing organisations, fills a major gap in the social media market providing a real choice for individuals and companies frequently unwilling to use other more established portals.

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All Powered Access Licence Cards to be Smart

All PAL Cards (Powered Access Licence) issued by the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) for training on or after 1 January 2015 will be machine-readable, i.e. Smart PAL Cards. This move aims to improve site safety as Smart PAL Cards may be used to ensure that only trained operators can use mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) and mast climbing work platforms (MCWPs) on site.

The Smart PAL Card is marked by a wireless icon and has a chip embedded in it. The data stored on the card, such as the operator name, number and categories trained in, is also printed on it, which means that the Smart PAL Card can still be used as a standard version.

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Boningale release 'Plans for Wildlife' with updated BREEM guidance

Boningale Nursery, one of the UK’s largest nurseries and environmental horticultural specialists has released the third edition of its unique ‘Plants for Wildlife’ catalogue for architects and contractors keen to maximise their BREEAM ecological credits.

As the only UK nursery that produces and supplies both traditional nursery and green roof planting stock, Boningale’s ‘Plants for Wildlife’ catalogue is a must have guide for contractors and specifiers involved in planning and drawing up landscaping schemes for building developments. 

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High security for first combined dental hospital & school in 40 years

Security Solutions, a division of ASSA ABLOY UK, the global leader in door opening solutions, has secured a contract to supply products for Birmingham Dental Hospital & School of Dentistry – the UK’s first new integrated dental hospital and school for nearly 40 years.

The development is seen as highly strategic for the city, being a key element of the new Edgbaston Medical Quarter and further enhances the city’s reputation as a hub for Medicine, Learning and Life Sciences. 

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