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Newsletter MAY 2017



Morgan Sindall, Laing O’Rourke and Kier are current top 3 of Contracts League Table

6000 Unit Residential Phased Project has been proposed in Fareham

Work to begin boring a tunnel underneath Stonehenge

Education Funding Agency looking for builders for next generation schools £8bn framework


We Spring into Action With the clocks having gone back and Easter long behind us, we’re now well into the second quarter of 2017 and racing towards the summer. Following on from our last edition we have lots of exciting new Industry updates to share.

Hot off the press...

Since we introduced our Referral Incentive Scheme a few years ago we have paid out £17,000 in awards and the total for 2016 was an impressive £5,000. Under the scheme we pay £500 as a ‘thank you’ for every recommended applicant who is subsequently placed by us into a permanent position and we are really grateful to everyone who has taken part so far. We are always pleased to receive a recommendation so, if you would like to get involved then head over to our website for the terms and conditions and a cheque may soon be on its way to you.

Whilst navigating LinkedIn we came across a number of emotive posts from users venting their frustrations regarding poor ethics demonstrated by a few agencies; and the disappointing service they have received. What also stood out was the high number of people agreeing with these posts and, whilst we never like to see our industry receiving negative comments; it demonstrates the importance of being selective when choosing a recruiter. We have put together an article which highlights some of the benefits a decent agency can provide and you can read it here.

Web Work... With online content being consumed all day, everyday across devices of all shapes and sizes, we have been working with our developers to ensure visitors are getting a user friendly experience. Job searches can be run on mobile sites and watch this space for the 2017 revamp.

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Keep Your ‘Mates In Mind’

Construction Highlights...

Royal Refurbishment...

Earlier this year the Health in Construction Leadership Group set up a charity program, Mates In Mind, with the objective of increasing knowledge of mental health within the construction Industry.

Brighton & Hove City Council has appointed Britain’s oldest building company, R. Durtnell & Sons Ltd as the contractor for an ambitious heritage project at the city’s Royal Pavilion Estate. Due for completion in late 2018 the £21m phase one of the improvement works, will restore long-lost heritage features as well as provide new, state-of the art facilities. The project will include a transformation of the Grade 1 Listed

Event Venue, The Corn Exchange, (formerly the Prince Regent’s Riding house) which will reveal and restore stunning and previously hidden heritage features as well as provide increased capacity seating and an impressive new viewing gallery. The scheme will also include major improvements to the Studio Theatre (once a stables and supper room) including balcony seating, new bar facilities, a new artists’ creation space and a café opening out onto a plaza.

This scheme has been set up to improve and promote positive mental health in construction by providing programmes to promote awareness and understanding of Mental Health tailored to the needs of the construction sector. If you or someone you know could benefit from Mates In Mind, visit for more information.

Computer’s New Home

New Laws Constructed Guidance for large contractors has been released as regulations are laid in parliament confirming that large companies will have to publicly report on their payment practices and performance twice a year. This new law will apply to all firms with a turnover above £36m and/or employing more than 250 people; and the guidance will encourage businesses to meet their financial responsibilities. The aim is to improve the payment processes currently in place across the board and the reports will also include the average time taken to pay supplier invoices with failure to report being a criminal offence.

Willmott Dixon has built a home for the Met Office’s new supercomputer, one of the 25 most powerful computers in the world; capable of performing 16,000 trillion calculations per second and processing hundreds of thousands of weather readings from all over the world. Located at Exeter Science Park, the supercomputer will maintain our resilience to extreme weather events and it comes to life in 2017.


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Mike Cherry, National Chairman at the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “The new duty to report is the centrepiece of the government’s transparency agenda to combat poor payment practice. We welcome this as an important tool to change a UK business culture where it is deemed acceptable to pay small firms late. We estimate that if payments were made promptly, 50,000 business deaths could be avoided every year, adding £2.5 billion to the UK economy.”

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Local Construction Highlights... Hamworthy’s New Homes A site in Poole, Dorset could see a development of more than 1,000 homes following a large cash injection from the government. The Borough of Poole has been awarded a share of £19.5million secured by the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership to build 1,350 homes on the former power station site at Hamworthy. The 32-acre site has remained derelict since a power station was demolished back in the early 1990s. One of the main issues which has stalled development at the site is a 150,000 ton concrete cap which supported the turbine and boiler house and chimneys though the Borough has been told it would cost millions to remove and fears have been raised that this could make it too costly to develop, but now thanks to this funding plans to build more than 1,000 homes on the site can finally be delivered.

Bournemouth’s Business Plaza Bournemouth Council has unveiled a £27million transformation after being awarded funding to create a ‘world class’ business district. It aims to create 4,500 jobs and bring an estimated £200m worth of investment to the area - while improving access from the train station to Lansdowne roundabout. The proposed project will include; filling in the roundabout near Bournemouth Railway Station, Semipedestrianising Holdenhurst Road to allow access to buses, removing the Lansdowne roundabout and creating a pedestrianised plaza in the area. It will also include replacing a number of surface car parks to develop multi-storey car parks. One of the major infrastructure projects will see a roundabout near Bournemouth railway station filled in and replaced with a crossroads junction controlled by traffic lights. Vehicles, other than buses and taxis, will be prohibited from turning into Holdenhurst Road as it will also be pedestrianised as part of the scheme.

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FTS Newsletter - Spring/Summer 2017  
FTS Newsletter - Spring/Summer 2017