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Benoy staff cash Spurs stadium homes go in as profits hit out for consultation record Average pay packet at business tops ÂŁ51k

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Cable calls for ‘help to build, not help to buy’

Davey unveils £100m Green Deal boost

The business secretary has said increasing borrowing to invest in housebuilding and infrastructure is a “no brainer” and has hit out at the government’s Help to Buy mortgage guarantee, calling instead for a ‘help to build’ scheme.

Ed Davey is set to announce a £100m boost to the Green Deal in a bid to drive take up of

“When interest rates are so low, borrowing for investment ...the next generation would certainly not thank us for a legacy of underinvestment, over-stretched infrastructure In an earlier debate on housing policy at the conference, Cable also hit out at the government’s Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme, which he said was not helping people buy homes as it was driving up prices. Cable said there was a “fundamental crisis” in the housing market that could only be addressed by increasing the level of housebuilding. “What we really need is Help to Build. It’s small builders who desperately need credit and support for training.” policy, which gives council house tenants the opportunity to purchase their homes. He said the overall state of the housing market was people” on middle incomes.

The energy secretary is expected to announce the boost at the Liberal Democrat conference in Glasgow today, with the cash to be used to reopen the cash-back incentive £120m tranche of funding was used up. Davey is expected to announce the fresh round up funding for the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund, which was designed to stimulate take-up of the Green Deal, which has struggled to gain momentum since it was launched at the beginning of 2013. Davey said: “We’re managing to show that you can go green and you can have low energy bills. The announcement that I’m making today of £100m to help people cut energy emissions and have warmer homes, and indeed cut carbon emissions I think will be really welcome. “People want to have permanently lower energy bills and the fact that through our Green Deal and the Green Deal investment fund, that will help people make their homes warmer and greener and cheaper.”

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Bam to revamp Jamie Oliver's old college Bam wins £11m job to redevelop Westminster Kingsway College’s Grade-II* listed Victoria Centre Bam Construction has won an £11m job to revamp an historic London college where celebrity chef Jamie Oliver trained. The contractor will carry out phase two of the redevelopment of Westminster Kingsway College’s Grade-II* listed Victoria Centre. Bam undertook phase one of the scheme last year, renewing roofs, windows and exterior brickwork across elements of the college originally built in the early 20th century. The second phase works include creating a three-storey central atrium, replacing mechanical and electrical services and updating The further education college will remain operational throughout. Oliver, Sophie Wright and Ainsley Harriott. best known for its internationally recognised School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts, based at the Victoria Centre.

Work on phase two started in August 2014, with completion scheduled for September 2015.

Former students of the college include TV chefs Jamie

Faith in Balfour Beatty bosses at low ebb Vinci picks new UK

construction boss Vinci has appointed a new chairman and chief

of senior management.

Vinci has appointed a new chairman and chief following the retirement of its former boss.

two years - sparking a 25% fall in its share price to its lowest level since 2003 - and announced the impending departure of executive chairman Steve Marshall, as well as the appointment

Vinci said today it had appointed Bruno Dupety

construction business. international director.

with Kevin Cammack, analyst at Cenkos, saying the appointment

The appointment follows the retirement of John Stanion after 22 years with the company. Dupety began his career as a civil engineer and joined the Vinci 1999.


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Developer warns over viability of Ebbsfleet garden city Developer of government-backed garden city says it is “struggling” to make 15,000-home scheme viable One of the developers of the government-backed garden city development in Ebbsfeet has said it is “struggling” to make the 15,000-home scheme viable. told a fringe event at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham this

government has backed plans to build a 15,000-home garden city. Chancellor George Osborne used the March budget to launch plans to build Securities, LaFarge Tarmac and Redrow, which has long been stalled. The government is putting through legislation to set up an urban development corporation in the area, with Osborne saying up to £200m of public funding could be made available to pump prime the scheme.

Government ups renewables budget to £300m Subsidy for renewable power projects increased under energy market reforms Solar panels The government has upped the amount of money it has allocated to subsidise the construction of renewable power projects to £300m. The revised budget is an increase of £95m on the previous level. The funding is part of the government’s electricity market reforms and will be the government guaranteeing the price they can sell their electricity. The government has already struck a similar deal with EDF to support the construction of its £16bn Hinkley Point nuclear plant. That deal is expected to get regulatory clearance from the European Union later this month. This will not be funded from the renewable energy pot. The money for renewable energy projects will be split into two pots. The government will earmark £65m to support established technologies and the remaining £235m will be used to support newer technologies. energy sector” by building “a new generation of clean, secure power supplies that reduce our reliance on volatile foreign markets”. He said average annual investment in renewables had doubled since 2010 with “a record breaking £8bn worth in 2013”. “By making projects compete for support, we’re making sure that consumers get the best possible deal as well as a secure and clean power sector,” he added.

Redrow chairman says lack of bricks is holding up work Steve Morgan reveals housebuilder has had to put developments on hold due to a lack of bricks. Housebuilder Redrow is having to put developments on hold due to a lack of bricks, chairman Steve Morgan has revealed. In an interview with Building, Morgan said while the availability of materials and labour had improved in recent months and was now “manageable” overall, Redrow had been forced to stop construction on homes because of a lack of materials. The availability of bricks and blocks has been a problem for the housing sector since the introduction of Help to Buy prompted an upsurge in production in May last year, with a number of listed housebuilders saying the shortages were driving up prices by 4-5% nationwide and much more in London. Morgan said: “I could take you to quite a number of our sites where certain plots are completely on stop because there’s no bricks, and that’s not good, because if you get a house two-thirds of the way up and then stop, then you’re stopping everything.” He declined to say how many schemes had been put on hold because of the problem, but added it was so extensive that it was some areas because of the amount projects. so as a result of things like this trade. in half-built homes that there isn’t


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It takes many activities and skills to bring the ideas and designs of Building Information Modelling (BIM) attempts to standardise the creation and exchange of information to make the design, construction and operational management of a facility or

BIM covers all aspects of the project lifecycle and is being driven by UK Government, to ensure that all public sector projects are under-pinned by the creation, collation and exchange or shared 3D models and intelligent structured data that is attached to them. UK Government

It is important to note that BIM is not just about buildings, but in its wildest context is being applied to facility, building, road, railway, and infrastructure projects. It is also now very much impacting organisations throughout the supply chain including manufacturers, fabricators and interior designers.

of domain models and the provision of a single electronic environment to store shared data and information.

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Solar Slate is changing the face of Solar Photovoltaics. Our planning friendly range of technologies provide solar power from a traditional slate roof with: No planning headaches, No complaints from the neighbours, No unsightly solar panels Helping you achieve code 4,5 or 6 standard build Accepted as a Part L solution contributor Unrivalled Planning and Building control approval. Take advantage of solar power without compromise. Unhook from the fossil-fuelled lifestyle and make a real reduction in your carbon footprint. As a technology, ours is unlike anything else that’s available. Even homes in historic or conservation areas, whether new or old can now tap into an endless supply of free, clean energy, with the added long-term European-manufactured, all of our products are backed with a wealth of experience and a wide install base. We support our customers all the way, from supply and design to installation and warranty providing: Free Green energy to be generated at the property No hard visual impact Energy cost protection long term Protect our heritage. Solar Slate provides a close colour match to many historically relevant natural slates – our Traditional matches standard Countess 20” x 10” slates whilst the Multi matches standard Duchess 24”x12”slates. that the Solar Slate Traditional boasts but in a larger format with reduced costs, allowing faster and simpler installation so better value being 4 slates in a single tablet. Channel 4 host and design guru, Kevin McCloud was impressed with new Solar Slate Multi and said; “It is the ideal solution for generating electricity without Solar Slate regularly displays at shows and has a permanent stand at the NSB&RC in Swindon having free access. For more information please visit www.solarslate-ltd.com email info@solarslate-ltd.com, or better still phone 01454 627841.


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M&S reaps rewards following CFA member-only floor fit policy Leading high street retailer, Marks & Spencer (M&S) is reaping the rewards policy. Following extensive, free consultation with the Contract Flooring Association (CFA) in 2009, M&S opted members, with FITA QA accreditation, to

are generally changed between 6 and 12 times in the course of 60 years. Replacement cycles can be substantially increased if products are incorrectly of costs, including management time to discuss failures, lost time and revenue at stores, poor publicity, potential slip/trip hazards and claims, decommissioning

street property portfolio. The project has been so successful that it remains a core element in the retailer’s approach

out-of-hours work, etc. By specifying that only CFA members using QA carded

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failures since the programme was put into place," explained Matt Edgell, M&S Construction Standards Manager, Property & Store Department.

For more information, please contact the CFA on tel. 0115 941 1126, email info@cfa.org.uk or visit cfa.org.uk.


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Vision London Vision, a brand new event for

Held annually, Vision will provide a forum for the latest innovations in architecture, design and the built environment, in residential and commercial buildings, across cities, urban landscapes and rural communities. Vision is the only event in the UK focusing purely on innovations for the built environment, and will be a must-see for all those with an interest in the future of architecture and design. Vision combines an exhibition featuring 150 exhibitors with a unique free-to-attend conference and seminar programme, with over 100 speakers covering a wide range of topics.

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In healthcare, the built environment is constantly evolving. As such, the standards that we are setting for patient care are rising too. Quality transcends policies and procedures. It is not just a measure of what we do, but of patient satisfaction and comfort. Though we can’t always define quality, we know it when we see it. Let's look for it together - and be the best we can be.

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Reddiseals Launch New Luxury Window Furniture Range ‘Norton Casement’ Traditional and contemporary designs forged to a high standard using high-quality brass materials. The Norton range of

“Each product is hot forged using top quality tooling and machinery ensuring wearing and exhibit good

matching locking fasteners with discreet locks as not to detract from the overall aesthetics of the design, stays and espagnolette handles, which are compatible with our multipoint locking systems, they come with a standard 7mm square spindle and are supplied in a 40mm length. Each product is hot forged using top quality exhibit good corrosion resistance. Each of our new unique pieces are available in seven classic casement market. So whether you are restoring a period property or renovating an existing window our new Norton casement range realistic trade prices. Reddiseals are the largest independent supplier of timber window components and accessories in the UK and have been successfully supplying the joinery industry since 1989. Reddiseals specialise in renovation of traditional box sash windows, together with spiral balances and associated furniture. Reddiseals also provide a comprehensive range of products suited to timber casement windows. With our extensive choice in and value for money to our customers. Teresa Symons General Manager commented: “At Reddiseals we are traditionally known for our extensive range of sash products which can be used in the renovation and refurbishment of existing windows as well as to complement new manufactured styles wooden windows has driven us to launch a new range of products dedicated to the wooden casement window

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Cooke Brothers introduces the latest DX80 fully concealed Pivota hinge As sole UK stockists and distributors of the PIVOTA 速 series of fully concealed, three way adjustable, four knuckle precision hinges, Cooke Brothers are proud to introduce the new DX80 3-D ZA extended throw hinge, which has been designed to provide a full 180 degree of operation, whilst providing the option of

the hinge body from solid steel, stainless steel or aluminium, door weights from 40kg up to 350kg, three dimensional adjustment, matching cover plates satin-nickel plated, simulated stainless steel, aluminium coated or the choice of

the door and the wall fascia. The DX80 incorporates 15mm of extended throw, allowing the door to swing fully open past extra wall cladding or an architrave, or for the hinge to be set further in from the edge of the timber frame, simplifying the machining process. The DX80 is suitable for maximum door weight of 80kg per pair and includes 3-dimensional adjustment and maintenance free bearings.

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Kawneer Extends Its Partnership With Kier Construction Architectural aluminium systems supplier Kawneer renews its vows with Kier Construction. Kawneer has renewed its preferred supplier status with Kier Construction, one of the UK’s largest construction companies. The country’s leading supplier of architectural aluminium systems has signed a new two-year UK-wide supply chain framework agreement with Kier.

As a framework partner, Kawneer will continue to provide Kier with comprehensive design, technical, value engineering and installation assistance for the supply of curtain walling, window, door and framing systems on a wide range of building projects in the residential, commercial, healthcare, education, leisure and industrial sectors, from conception to completion and beyond. This renewed agreement is the latest in a series of similar partnerships Kawneer have secured with some of the UK’s largest construction

Casement windows Aluminium casement windows from Technal centre in Swansea, which the company says has contributed to a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating and Technal’s FXi65 projecting side hung casement windows were chosen to feature as ‘punched FXi65 casement window system features and innovative gasket detailing to meet or exceed Building Regulations. The 65mm module accommodates 17mm up to 48mm

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Created by San Francisco-based Studio Backs, the Vessel kitchen is a concept design intended to meet the needs of an urban lifestyle. The idea is to create a modern luxury kitchen design that makes good use of its space, with the essence of the worksurface combined with the tools above and storage below. All surfaces are leaning away from the user’s legs, creating more clearance and allowing a closer connection between user and worksurface. arrangements: standard wall unit; premium wall unit; freestanding island; and freestanding work bench. Studio Backs | www.vessel-kitchen.com Karim Rashid’s latest design for Cielo is full of shapely character… Cielo has added new products to its Karim Collection, the range of designs commissioned by the Italian bathroom brand from international designer Karim Rashid. Following his Amedeo freestanding washbasin and Tattoo shower tray, Rashid has created the Cubika washbasins York-based designer focused his creative inspiration on designing pieces with a powerful, versatile personality, taking a functional approach to their design. Cielo says the to all kinds of settings. The manufacturer says that Cubika’s greatest strengths are its original design and the comfort of its ample proportions. quintessentially Italian style and quality which harnesses both new technology and traditional manufacturing skills in its production techniques. Cubika includes a suspended toilet and bidet, with clean lines and large volume, along with two washbasins (120cm or 140cm) designed to be installed wall-hung or semirecessed, featuring an elegantly organic form and a large basin. Ceramica Cielo | www.ceramicacielo.it


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OKI sets the new ‘gold standard’ in A3+ colour printing technology, with outstanding print quality and superior media flexibility for the Graphic Arts, Design and Construction Industries. OKI has taken digital colour printing to a new level with the introduction of the OKI C931 which delivers print and graphics excellence, and further establishing OKI as a leader in digital LED innovation.

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7 trends in wall treatments Paints, papers, decals, and more can bring excitement to your rooms. Here are the freshest looks available. THERE’S A SAYING in the design world that every wall is a blank canvas. But if your walls have been looking just a little too, well, blank lately, take heart, because design showrooms are newly awash in rich colors, unexpected textures, and bold patterns that the average homeowner can appropriate. “I think people are trying to be a little more creative with their space and have a little more fun with it,” says Erin Davis, showroom manager at EcoModern Design in the Boston Design Center. “Playing with the wall surface creates a more dynamic space.” When there’s something unexpected on the walls or even — the latest vogue — on the ceiling, Davis adds, the room achieves a more layered look that draws the eye around. Here, a few of the freshest ideas. 1. TRY A FASHIONABLE COLOR For decades now, beiges have been the neutral of choice — they go with anything and, as a backdrop, allow furnishings to shine. And though these shades will still be around, they are no longer the blah light tans that some designers term “contractor’s beige” for their generic ubiquity in new construction. The trend is toward more natural shades like “bone sand” and sepia, according to New Jersey-based Pantone, whose color-matching system is used throughout the design industry. But even more, beiges are being nudged out of the spotlight by shades of gray and the colors that complement them, from gray-blues to navies to “warmer, tropical, watery blues with a touch of green,” according to the Color Marketing Group in Alexandria, Virginia, which analyzes and predicts fashions in color. “This is not your grandmother’s baby blue,” silvery gray or even a deep gray.” 2. CREATE AN ACCENT WALL No matter what color family you choose, accent walls are making a strong comeback. “It’s a modern return to what people were doing in the ’70s,” Wheeler points out. “It was taboo for a while, a bad idea. Now it’s a good idea.”


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Yeoman Shield Leads the Way in Dementia Friendly Hospital Yeoman Shield were proud to supply Guardian Handrail, incorporating signage, to a pioneering scheme by Bradford Teaching Hospitals to provide a dementia friendly environment in their hospitals. The Horton Ward at ST Luke’s Hospital was transformed using a grant from the Prime Minister’s “Challenge on Dementia Fund” As part of the refurbishment, which involved the use of art, colour and signage to help dementia patients to navigate their way round the hospital, Yeoman Shield were approached by Bradford Teaching Hospital to supply a handrail that would also act as a directional guide. “We have worked with Yeoman Shield many times and when we gave Area Sales Manager, Steve Hawke, the brief for the refurbishment of The Horton Wing, Steve presented us with the Guardian Handrail that has the capacity to carry signage on the face of the rail which would ideal for this project.” Stated Project Manager, Shane Embleton. The Guardian Handrail, installed by Yeoman Shield’s 1 & 2 of The Horton Wing, was supplied in a Dusty Grey colour with contrasting accessories in Mid Grey to highlight the corridor openings to doorways and lifts.

and patients. vulnerable corners of walls to prevent damage which is easily caused by passing people, trolleys and equipment. “Not only did the Guardian Handrail lend itself perfectly to obvious functionality of a hand/protection rail which will help to keep the newly refurbished corridors looking smart well into the future.” Concluded Shane Embleton. For further details on Yeoman Shield products www.yeomanshield.com sallyann@yeomanshield.com

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HS2 college HQ goes to Birmingham College for training next generation of engineers for HS2 to have homes in Birmingham and Doncaster The government is set up a national college to train up people with skills to build high-speed rail, located across two sites in Birmingham and Doncaster.

Business secretary Vince Cable said the opening of the college demonstrated the UK was advancing as a global leader in rail manufacturing in line with the government’s industrial strategy.

The government says it will provide specialist vocational training to the next generation of engineers working on the High Speed 2 (HS2) project and beyond.

“This is the next step in building the highly skilled specialist workforce needed to develop the biggest infrastructure project this country has ever seen, and to enable our rail industry to compete in future global markets,” he said.

The headquarters will be in Birmingham’s city centre science park, with a further site in Doncaster, and the college will be chaired by current Crossrail chair Terry Morgan.

David Cameron said the opening of the National College would “ensure that we have a pool of locally-trained workers with the right skills to draw upon for future projects.”

The government has already announced that the construction headquarters for the £43bn HS2 rail line will be in Birmingham.

Nick Baveystock director general of the Institution of Civil Engineers, welcomed the announcement, saying the college was “exactly the sort of forward thinking on our skills and capabilities that we need to see, running alongside work on the future infrastructure project pipeline.”

The government said up to 2,000 apprenticeship opportunities would be created by the construction of HS2, which would employ 25,000 people in total.

Atkins aquires UK oil and gas specialist for £45m

Two more Balfour Beatty directors leave

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Bob Clark, former managing director of Balfour Beatty’s major projects division, was appointed as an executive

with the HR director of the regional business A Balfour Beatty executive director and its construction services regional human resources director have both left

Engineering Atkins has announced the acquisition of a Texas-based oil and gas specialist for US$73m (£45m).

month was “planned”. Building can also reveal the human resources director for

business based in Houston, Texas, for US$73m (£45m).

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Atkins said HOE has specialist experience in the design

The news of the latest departures follows the departure of Mark Cutler, managing director of Balfour Beatty’s UK regional construction business, revealed by Building on Monday, after just eight months in the role.

with a well-established project and client base in the international oil and gas market. In the year to 31 December 2013, HOE reported revenue of US$41m (£25m) and employs around 150 people. Uwe Krueger, Atkins chief executive said: “This acquisition considerably strengthens Atkins’ position in the active oil and gas design and engineering market and is in line with our strategy to invest in growing our energy business, our key sector focus area.”

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Scottish primary school upgrades to ThermaSkirt Heated Skirting Board System A Scottish primary school has upgraded its heating system and given its facilities a new lease of life thanks to ThermaSkirt heated skirting board from Discrete

Planners were presented with a number of restrictions when choosing the heating system due to the design layout of the new classrooms. The nursery and a ground

an expansion and refurbishment project at Tower Bank Primary, Edinburgh.

sliding doors, which automatically limits the amount of wall space available. This combined with the window

Due to an increase in demand the primary school had an additional three-story classroom complex built and relocated the existing nursery to accommodate the

factor due to the orientation of the building, further reduced space in which to mount heat emitters.

upon to heat the new extension, nursery and toilet block, providing an all round comfortable and safe Tower Bank Primary occupies a Victorian building that comprises an old and delicate single pipe heating system served by gas condensing boilers. This the new parts of the school so an alternative heating system was required.


Another considerable factor was that regulations require the nursery to be supplied with low surface temperature heating while the classrooms can receive the normal temperature as provided by the gas condensing boiler that serves the existing school buildings. Unlike other heating systems, ThermaSkirt can be run at high and low temperatures with a response time to match conventional radiators enabling it to cope with the Traditional radiators were concluded to not be a viable option, as the limited space would cause the heat to be concentrated in the one area directly around the radiator. After a demonstration to the in-house provide an even distribution of heat across the room for classroom layout is allowed. ThermaSkirt heated skirting boards produce a heating not entail the same extensive installation work and types. Having been independently tested for its level of ThermaSkirt was found to have a 50% higher heat

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WITH FIRST DOMESTIC RHI PAYMENT RECEIVED Launched in April 2014, the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme for the domestic market has proven to be a big success for homeowner David Taylor from rural Northamptonshire. Mr. Taylor lives in a 300-year-old four-bedroom stone cottage, which was previously biomass boiler supplied and installed by MCS registered and Windhager trained installers Plumb-line Plumbing and Heating from Northampton. The chosen boiler was a Windhager BioWIN Exklusiv wood pellet boiler, which provides all the heating and hot water to the property. designed to give those early adopters a return on their investment of 12%. The scheme is designed to encourage individual homeowners to reduce their carbon emissions and to help UK plc. meet the very challenging target of reducing the UK’s carbon emissions by 80% by 2050.

of homes (1 million) over the next ten years the carbon savings and consequential

of renewable heat generated with eligible participants receiving money-back for installing and running a biomass heating systems. In addition fuel savings in excess of £1,000 per annum are not uncommon, particularly in rural properties previously heated by oil, LPG or electricity.

reduction we have seen in the amount we are spending on our heating. The conversion to a biomass boiler was very quick and easy and Plumb-line made the whole process incredibly simple for us” commented David Taylor.

pellets, which are approximately 30% cheaper than oil. “Our annual pellet consumption we estimate will be between six & seven tonne costing approximately £1,550 per annum giving an additional saving of £850 as well as receiving the quarterly RHI payments for the next seven years” added Mr. Taylor. Windhager BioWIN range of innovative pellet boilers are compact, durable and built boilers provide long-term, hassle-free comfortable heating to all homeowners. and high quality of their boilers. With my background I always look for quality and reliability and that’s what we have with the Windhager pellet boiler coupled with the www.windhager.co.uk


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Evinox Launch Web App for Billing Customers We are delighted to announce the launch of the Evinox Residential Billing Web App, for use with Smart phones, tablets and other web enabled devices. Our new Residential Web App allows Evinox billing customers to login to their account at anytime, anywhere with internet coverage. This enables them to check current energy credit / payment history and downloadable documents & user guides. Residents can also make payments for energy using a credit or debit card with our simple and secure online payment facility or set-up a Direct Debit using our online sign up form. The Evinox web App is available to download now simply visit www.evinoxresidential.co.uk, click on the web app icon at the bottom of the page and follow the instructions on screen. The launch of our new app coincides with an update to the Evinox Residents website. The customer login area has been redesigned and updated to include lots of new functionality. For further information please contact us by emailing info@evinox.co.uk or visit www.evinox.co.uk


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Kee Klamp Celebrates 80 Years Of Safe Structures! Kee Safety, the leading supplier of roof top and ground based guardrail, is celebrating the 80th product at the heart of hundreds of thousands of safe tubular structures across the globe.

“We are delighted to reach this impressive milestone,” comments David Hill, Kee Safety’s Group Marketing Director. “From humble origins in

began to be used in home furniture and shelving, 1977 an independent company Kee Klamps Ltd

has evolved considerably over time. Today, the Kee of guardrailing, handrailing and other safe structure applications thanks to its versatility, durability and ease of use“. Canada, China, France, Germany, Poland, UAE and in 1934 by Gascoignes Ltd, the milking machine for safer, more hygienic milk production, helping to

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Sharpest Expansion of Construction Output for Eight months Strong output growth was maintained across the UK construction sector in September, supported by sharp rises in housing, commercial and civil engineering activity. However, new order growth and job creation both eased to their lowest for four months. Supply chain pressures resulted in a further steep increase in input costs, as well as further delays in the receipt of construction materials. Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index posted 64.2 in September, up fractionally from 64.0 in August. The latest reading signalled a sharp expansion of overall construction output that was the steepest since January (and the second-fastest seen over the past seven years). The rise in the headline index was driven by an acceleration in both commercial and civil engineering activity growth during September. Commercial construction increased at the strongest pace since January, while civil engineering output rose at the most marked pace for six months. Meanwhile, housing activity remained the fastest growing area of construction output in September, but the rate of expansion eased to its weakest since May. Survey respondents widely linked sustained construction output growth to the improving economic backdrop and an associated improvement in clients’ willingness to

from ongoing housing market strength, had helped boost commercial development activity during September. Robust construction output growth in September was supported by a further strong expansion of incoming new work. That said, the latest increase in new business was the least marked since May. September data pointed to a further moderation in job creation across the construction sector from July’s survey-record high. Sub-contractor usage increased for the fourth month running and the squeeze on sub-contractor availability remained substantial, despite moderating from August’s availability, construction companies pointed to ongoing supply chain bottlenecks in the wake of strong demand for construction materials in September. Latest data indicated that delivery times from vendors lengthened sharply over the month, with survey respondents mainly citing low stocks of bricks and blocks at suppliers. about the business outlook, with more than half (54%) expecting a rise in activity over the next 12 months and only 12% forecasting a fall. However, the latest survey signalled that the degree of positive sentiment eased since August and was the lowest for almost a year.

Derbyshire MP Natascha Engel visits IKO’s Chesterfield Factory North-East Derbyshire MP, Natascha Engel visited the IKO factory recently there.

to the UK’s manufacturing business within the construction sector with a UK turnover of £70 million in 2013, which included exports of £5 million. On the factory tour Natascha learnt about the product ranges environmental aspects of the factory with its zero carbon policy as well as the supply chain route to market. She also visited IKO’s training academy where customers and contractors are educated about new products and applications.

Following the tour, Group Managing Director Andy Williamson provided Natascha with a company overview and talked about the wider political issues relating to the construction sector. Ms Engel was impressed by what she saw and was interested to learn about what IKO was doing in terms of apprenticeships and training within the local community. She said, “It was fantastic to see such a high-tech, high skill factory in my constituency employing local people. There’s always something special “I hope to work very closely with everyone at IKO to make sure that there is a bright future for British manufacturing.”


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Banbury Station Car Park Benefits From Berry Cladding The exterior cladding on the new Banbury Station car park in Oxfordshire has been designed to help the building blend into its environment and was installed by car park specialists Berry Systems. The number of passengers using the station doubled between 2003 and 2011 making additional car parking capacity a major priority for Chiltern Railways. McNaughton Architects reduced the impact on the local environment by specifying Glass Sto Panels for the exterior cladding. This means that the residential properties opposite storey structure. This helps it to blend into the neighbourhood rather than stand out against it. Berry Systems formed part superstructure which was erected by James Killelea. The panels consist of toughened glass bonded to a carrier board attached to an stainless steel and aluminium rail carrier.

handrail. Berry Managing Director Steve Dunn said �This project has enabled us to demonstrate our ongoing ability to bring together the installation of several elements of a new car park. Many people know us for our safety barriers but we also have extensive expertise in many aspects of car park construction which can be very useful to architects and main contractors.� sales@berrysystems.co.uk or visit www.berrysystems.co.uk


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