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Industry first for University of Derby minerals course

A student at the University of Derby’s Centre for Mineral Products has become the first person in the mineral extractives and quarrying industry to achieve a first class honours degree on a course developed in partnership with the Institute of Quarrying (IQ).

Robin Gillespie is Hanson UK’s Area Operations Manager for the North of England. He received his Bachelor of Science in Minerals Management at a degree ceremony at the University of Derby on 20th July 2018. 

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Bull strengthens European presence with university win

Bull Products, a manufacturer of life-saving fire protection equipment, has secured another major European contract with the Leiden University in Holland.

Project managers of the university project were impressed with Bull after visiting Shell offices in Holland where the company’s alarm system was installed earlier this year.  Bull has now been contracted to supply its renowned Cygnus alarm systems to protect one of the buildings at the university which is home to almost 35,000 staff and students.

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NBT signals expansion as woodfibre insulation market heats up

UK supplier of the Pavatex woodfibre insulation range, NBT, has responded to increased demand for natural, breathable insulation materials by expanding its team with the appointment of new sales manager Phil Griffiths.

NBT has been instrumental in raising awareness of the benefits of natural, renewable insulation materials amongst housebuilders, specifiers and contractors, demonstrating the thermal performance and building comfort of breathable systems for both new build and retrofit installations.

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A huge milestone by Mick George Ltd

Throughout the 21-mile stretch of Highways England’s A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme there is evidence of the substantial progress being made by the A14 Integrated Delivery Team (IDT), a joint venture between Costain, Skanska, Balfour Beatty, Atkins/Ch2M and their supply chain partners, at every juncture.

One company that plays a major part in the project’s ongoing success, is local construction specialist Mick George Ltd, which this week has reached a landmark in the project’s timeline, having supplied their one-millionth tonne of aggregates to the development.

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Aarsleff roots itself with mini piling contract in Beeston

Aarsleff Ground Engineering have been awarded the foundations work on behalf of main contractor J Tomlinson at Dagfa House for the construction of a new residential development with associated landscaping and facilities.

The site is located on Salthouse Lane in Beeston, a town to the south of Nottingham City and consists of former school buildings with associated grounds, split between two separate adjacent sites, within proximity of each other. As part of Hydrogen’s development, a new student residential complex will be constructed, consisting of three independent buildings over two sites.

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FIS appoints Iain McIlwee as Chief Executive

Iain McIlwee has been appointed as the new chief executive of FIS, the trade body which represents the fit-out sector.

Iain will be responsible for the development and implementation of the Association’s long and short-term strategies to the benefit of members and industry, maintaining high profile representation and lobbying with key stakeholders both outside and within the membership.

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A beginner’s guide to rainwater goods for homebuilding and renovating

Galvanized steel guttering is deeper and stronger than plastic, creating a longer lasting rainwater management system that will resist thermal expansion and contraction providing greater joint integrity – ideal in the UK where the weather variations really test gutter joints. And offering greater capacity and better flow/discharge rates (also see UK weather!). Some systems come with manufacturer’s guarantees of 15 years although life expectancy should be more like 25 years. 

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Bull protects London’s new thriving business destination

Bull Products, a manufacturer of life-saving fire protection equipment, is supplying its renowned Cygnus wireless alarm systems to International Quarter London – London’s new home for modern business. 

International Quarter London (IQL) is a new neighbourhood that will comprise of commercial, residential, retail and community spaces in the heart of Stratford.

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Who Pays for ‘Affordable Homes’ – and why?

This extract from a formal paper delivered to the Green Economics Institute at Oxford University on 18th June 2018, addresses the need for more homes across the UK. In doing so, it illustrates the requirement for 20% more urban land, evidences that house-builders’ are not making vast profits, and explains why ‘affordable homes’ are actually an unfair ‘tax’ on people who buy private new-build homes. With the UK’s planning system responsible for the delivery of this, it concludes by asking ‘What is Planning For?’

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CIAT launches POWERCIAT range of chillers

The range offers a variety of cooling solutions in 18 different sizes and three different efficiencies with a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) up to 4.5 and Seasonal Energy Performance Ratio (SEPR) up to 6.3. POWERCIAT also complies with the latest European Ecodesign regulations. CIAT designs, manufactures and supplies heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) global systems solutions that optimise energy consumption and enhance indoor air quality and comfort in buildings. CIAT is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

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FPT Industrial participates in the first biogas value chain in France

This week, Cestas, close to Bordeaux, marks a milestone in the history of the French industry. For the first time ever in France, the entire biogas value chain is represented in the same site, making circular economy a tangible reality.

With more than 20 years of experience and over 35.000 Natural Gas engines produced, FPT Industrial is a pioneer and global leader in the Natural Gas field, being also the heart behind many of the players involved in this project, that starts with a Pot-au-Pin site specialized in carrots and leeks and ends in a gas station nearby.

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