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250 workers protected during work on Bond Street station

Bull Products, a manufacturer of life-saving fire protection equipment, has won a contract to supply its prestigious alarm system during work on Bond Street tube station. 

Bull’s Cygnus Wireless Alarm System replaced a previously installed system that couldn’t deliver what the contractors required for the project – a high-connectivity alarm system with a powerful radio frequency which was strong enough to work underground. The previous system took two minutes to send an alert to the panel from alarms situated underground at platform level. Once installed in place of the old system, the Cygnus System received an alert instantaneously when an alarm was raised.

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ASFP launches passive fire protection training

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) is launching a passive fire protection training programme in April 2018.  

The Foundation Course in Passive Fire Protection has been developed in response to demand from employers and contractors operating in the passive fire protection sector. The content of the training embeds current best practice and draws on the technical expertise provided by the ASFP.

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Orchards Green housing development by Mick George

Construction works are underway on a substantial new housing development north of the historic city of Ely, with local business Mick George Ltd completing Earthworks on behalf of Ely North Consortium LLP.

Set within 200 acres of East Cambridgeshire, and perfectly situated within walking distance of Ely’s city spires, unspoilt countryside and vibrant lifestyle, Orchards Green is an exciting new development connecting contemporary living with key travel links and excellent facilities for a thriving community.

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Why Contractors & FM Providers can use BIM to gain an advantage

Building information modelling or BIM is not new. The UK Government’s Construction Strategy 2011-2015 recognised that the construction industry needed to challenge the existing business models and practices in order to create a collaborative methodology that would deliver cost reduction and innovation throughout the supply chain. The result is that all UK Government construction projects, as of 4 April 2016, now include BIM.

However there remains a tension between contractors and FM providers on how BIM can be used effectively within a project, it can be seen as costly, time consuming and resource intensive. For these reasons the commitment to BIM has largely remained the domain of the public sector. However BIM should be seen as a revolutionary opportunity for designers, contractors and FM organisations working together from conception to delivery on design, build and operate projects.

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Shedworking: The trend for garden offices

Over the last decade there has been a steady shift towards flexible working opportunities for staff. The Office for National Statistics has released figures which show that the number of people working from home has risen to its highest level since records began. As employers recognise the advantages in their employees not commuting and the increase of productivity from working at home. The world of work is changing. People no longer need be tied to the desk – we can work smarter than that, in a way that saves money on property, that empowers the individual and improves productivity.

A cramped outbuilding which once housed lawnmowers and pots can now comfortably be insulated from the cold, fitted with its own electrics, and link you to anywhere in the world. It's an alternative workplace revolution. It's shedworking.

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