Construction UK Magazine - November 2020

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People On The Move BRITPLAS TARGETS FURTHER GROWTH WITH APPOINTMENT OF SALES AND ESTIMATING DIRECTOR Warrington-based commercial glazing contractor Britplas has appointed Ben Woodward to the new position of sales and estimating director. Ben, who has been with the business since 2015 and previously led the preconstruction and estimating department, will be responsible for the overall sales strategy for the Britplas Group, heading up the sales and estimating teams and leading new business development. Having doubled its turnover over the last five years to some £27m, Britplas carries out the design, manufacture and installation of glazed façades to large commercial developments throughout the UK and also supplies a specialist patented window to the mental health sector. Current commercial projects include the £250m Kampus mixed use development in Manchester City Centre and the new Edinburgh St James Quarter for main contractor Laing O’Rourke. The new role will oversee the sales functions of both the commercial and healthcare divisions of the business for the first time. Ben commented “I am delighted to be stepping up to the position of sales and estimating director. Despite what has been a challenging year for most businesses, we have a firm strategy in place supported by an excellent team and I am looking forward to the next stage of our development.”

AMEY WELCOMES 150 EMPLOYEES AS HIGHWAYS ENGLAND FM CONTRACT GOES LIVE November 2nd marked day one for over 150 new employees who joined Amey’s Secure Infrastructure business, as part of a five-year contract awarded by Highways England. The contract will provide facilities and asset management across Highways England’s extensive and growing operational estate. The £40 million contract will see Amey provide maintenance, cleaning, project and asset management across 41 Highways England sites. The Amey team will have responsibility for maintaining sites that ensure the safe running of the highways network across England, such as regional operational centres, traffic officer outstations and highway maintenance depots. These require regular maintenance to ensure this vital public service is kept running 24/7. The new contract will create 12 new roles and, in line with Amey’s social

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value commitment, will be delivered in partnership with a supply chain made up of local SMEs, as well as using sustainable and environmentally friendly cleaning solutions. Amey is also introducing a number of digital solutions to help Highways England to optimise their assets. The ‘Concept’ CAFM solution provided by FSI will give Amey and Highways England real-time access to the latest information - enabling continuous improvement in services, faster responses and better decision-making. A bespoke SMS text and online platform will allow Highways England employees and building users to quickly contactAmey’s customer service centre to report any potential issues or repairs on-site. Andy Voase, Director of FM, Amey Secure Infrastructure, said: “I’m delighted today to welcome over 150 employees to Amey who have started work on our new Highways England Total Facilities Management contract. “Every day, Highways England, their people and supply chain play a critical role in ensuring the road network across England is kept safe and operational for the millions of people and businesses who rely on it. So, a well-maintained estate is vital to their work and employee safety and wellbeing. “We look forward to building a strong partnership which will see our dedicated team delivering operational excellence, evidenced through: live management information linked to asset history, improved sustainability and social value, our commitment to investing in our people, and looking at ways to work more efficiently and safely.”

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