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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.

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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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