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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.

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Asbestos in schools problem is worse than previously thought

A story run today by the BBC concerning Devon man Mr Wallace and his exposure to asbestos in schools is concerning enough, but the UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) says that figures obtained by the BBC suggesting that asbestos may be more prevalent in schools than previously thought will not come as a surprise to those working in the industry.

Asbestos was widely used as a building material in the 60s and 70s and while banned in the UK in 1999 once the health risks became apparent, the damage was already done. While asbestos can be managed safely if left undisturbed, the latest findings have led to renewed calls to make schools safer.

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Boningale plants its expertise at new eco-friendly landscape

altBoningale Nurseries, one of the UK’s largest nurseries, has combined its unique horticulture and green roof expertise to help transform the landscape at an historic area of London that is undergoing a £180 million revitalisation.

The Shropshire-based nursery not only provided hundreds of semi-mature trees and perennials to the ongoing Rathbone Market redevelopment in Canning Town, it also supplied with sister company Boningale GreenSky, bespoke native Green Roof Plugs for the community’s new green roofs and living walls.

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SIKA Sarnafil chosen for Walkie Talkie's curved walkways

At a dizzying 160m (525ft) tall, London’s distinctive Walkie Talkie building required an exceptional roofing solution. Fenland Roofing and Sika Sarnafil single ply were up to the challenge. 

Designed by architect Rafael Viñoly and costing over £200 million, 20 Fenchurch Street is a 34-storey commercial skyscraper in London, known as the ‘Walkie Talkie’ building due to its top-heavy form. A large viewing deck, bar, restaurants and Sky Garden are included on the top three floors.

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The Scottish Labour Party claim to have the “missing link” in Scotland's railway

The Scottish Labour party leader, Jim Murphy, announced at the Core Cities UK Devolution Summit earlier this month that if Labour win the 2016 elections, they will implement a multi-million pound Crossrail project, describing it as the “missing link” in the Scottish railway system. Murphy stated that the new Holyrood borrowing powers would be used to fund the project which would link the north and east to those in the south and west of Scotland. “2015 sees Scotland get new borrowing powers as part of the pre-referendum Edinburgh agreement.”(Holyrood 2015).

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The hazards of manual handling - and how to prevent injuries

SHS Handling Solutions have put together an infographic based on the hazards of manual handling and how injuries caused by handling have affected those involved. These statistics have been drawn from HSE's 2013-2014 report and show how common handling injuries are, how they have affected companies, and what industries have the most reported handling-based accidents in the workplace.

Based in Northamptonshire, SHS Handling Solutions offer a range of manual handling products that are designed to help prevent injuries such as the ones featured in the infographic that can be used for a variety of different jobs.

For further information visit www.shshandlingsolutions.com

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Boningale celebrates by winning top industry marketing award

Boningale Nurseries, one of the country’s largest nurseries and environmental horticultural specialists, is celebrating after scooping a coveted award at a top industry event for the second year running.

Thomas Stabler, Business Development & Marketing Manager for Boningale Ltd, Boningale GreenSky, Boningale Garden Creations and the newly acquired Worfield Gardens – was crowned top sales and marketing professional at the 2015 UK Grower Awards, which recognises the best in the UK production horticulture industry.

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