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Group of senior politicians back retentions reform

New supporters revealed as Aldous Bill is moved to Friday 8 March.

A number of the most senior MPs in Parliament are now backing reform of retentions, according to leading engineering services bodies ECA and the BESA. Newly announced supporters of the Aldous Bill include 15 select committee chairs from the four largest political parties, namely:

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Uni-Prop®, the NEW temporary support system - time to replace the old acrow?

Uni-Prop® is an innovative adjustable building support that can be quickly adapted to also deliver hydraulic power. The device is widely regarded as a major development for the general building industry; the first such upgrade on steel temporary supports (sometimes known as Acrows) in over 80 years. 

Renovation is a key application for the Uni-Prop as the application of controlled power of up to two tonnes ensures safety AND avoids damage to the integrity of the brick and plaster-work around it, common in the use of traditional acrows, requiring expensive and time-consuming remedial work adding (now) unnecessary risk, delay and cost to renovation projects.  

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Mick George Ltd land Northstowe education campus package

Having gained approval in Q4 2018, development is now underway on the creation of Cambridgeshire’s largest education campus.

Local construction specialist, Mick George Ltd will imminently begin Earthworks on behalf of Acrabuild (Anglia) UK, on phase one of the Northstowe Education Campus build, located on the former RAF Oakington base to the northwest edge of Cambridge.

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Ground source proves ideal for stunning rural self-build

A stunning contemporary design self-build house in rural North Norfolk is enjoying the benefits of renewable heating thanks to Finn Geotherm.

Located near Fakenham, the bespoke detached property is the vision of owners Rod and Pat George. Built entirely using Porotherm blocks within a light steel frame, the house uses some of the most up to date construction techniques and materials from around Europe. Energy efficiency has also remained front of mind, with all of the property’s spectacular 100m2 of floor to ceiling windows being triple glazed.

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Why glass revolving doors are becoming more popular in UK buildings

Patented in the U.S. in 1888, the revolving door is not a new invention but its popularity in the UK has only been growing over the last decade. They are quite common in some parts of Europe, particularly in modern headquarter buildings as well as in the U.S. where they are routinely fitted to many hotels, shopping malls and offices.

In this feature, we take a look at some of the reasons why the UK is finally catching on to the benefits of glass revolving doors as well as addressing some common concerns and myths.

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