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Demolition begins on Letchworth Garden Square

The redevelopment of Garden Square Shopping Centre, Letchworth is now underway with construction specialists Mick George Ltd contracted to complete demolition works.

The project run by the Martin Property Group comprises three elements; a comprehensive renovation of Commerce House, the demolition and rebuilding of 23-25 Leys Avenue, and a new build on Leys Square adjacent to the WHSmith store which is also part of the transformation plans. 

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Unique Weathered Original London Stock brick now available from Imperial

After several years of research and development, Imperial Bricks is delighted to announce a genuine replication of the original ‘London Stock’ brick. This traditional handmade yellow brick features a strong colour with characteristic shade variations, and an authentic coal spotted face with distinctive textures. 

The bricks are suitable for restoring, renovating and extending of buildings in and around the capital, as well as new-build developments. Weathered Original London Stock is a strong-coloured brick, also available in a standard Original London Stock, and a Dark Weathered version that was created due to popular demand. All are available in imperial and metric sizing. 

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MSA Safety welcome tightened criteria to reflect real-life usage

Despite the many systems designed to safeguard workers, Health and Safety Executive statistics demonstrate that falls from height still remain one of the most common causes of workplace injury and death. MSA Safety, the global safety company which acquired UK fall protection manufacturer Latchways in 2015, is an industry leader in best practice and safety standards. As such, the company is aware of the potential risks associated with working at height - and it continually works with regulatory bodies to ensure that safety standards are as clear and robust as possible.

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Domestic GSHP system success rolled out to benefit other flagship customers

A new communal ground source heat pump system in Suffolk is set to cut the heating bills of housing association Flagship’s customers by hundreds of pounds a year. This ground source project follows on from a similar award-winning installation completed at Flagship’s Orchard Close estate of 30 flats in Watton, Norfolk, last year.

The new system being installed at Quayside Court in Lakenheath will improve quality of life and affordability for customers, as well as reduce CO2 emissions.

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Some certainty in the Brexit Chaos for FIS Members

On the day of the announcement that the vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister has cast further uncertainty on Brexit, FIS has produced for its members a Preparing for Brexit Checklist. The checklist focusses on the questions that members need to start asking across the Product, Process and People elements of their business (the three pillars of the FIS Quality in Construction Strategy). Whilst not exhaustive it aims to help members understand the impact of Brexit and look at potential risk, challenges and opportunities.

Iain McIlwee, FIS CEO says “We are constantly hearing businesses need to start preparing for Brexit. In fairness Government has started to draw information together but the complexity and volume of information is overwhelming to most small and medium sized businesses.

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