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August 28, 2016

Nuttall JV gets £23m flood defence job

A joint venture of BAM Nuttall and Mott MacDonald has won a £23m flood defence contract in Hull. BMMJV will design and build new defences at a number of locations along the River Hull, and upgrade existing defences to protect around 45,000 properties from flooding.  “Kingston-upon-Hull at present has safeguards

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Finalists for UK plumber of the year announced

Finalists for UK plumber of the year announced Published:  29 July, 2016 The UK Plumber of the Year 2016 competition, launched by JT, Bristan and Plumb Center, has revealed its shortlisted finalists. Overwhelmed with entries from all over the UK, the judging panel have selected just 15 finalists to go

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How my career in construction helps me as a young parent

As a 21 year-old parent, I’ve often been on the receiving end of negativity because some people think I’m too young to be a good dad.  But, I’m fighting to change this perception. I’m successfully pursuing my career in construction while keeping on top of my parenting duties. Like any

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Tarmac fined £1.3m for Liverpool traffic management fiasco

Liverpool City Council and two of its highway contractors have been prosecuted following two separate incidents at poorly managed city centre roadworks. One man died and another was seriously injured while attempting to cross Queens Drive in Liverpool during resurfacing works in the summer of 2012. Enterprise Liverpool and Tarmac

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Landlords fight back with Cherie Blair QC

Cheris Blair QC is to represent ‘Axe the Tenant Tax’ at the permission hearing for the judicial review of section 24 of the finance act 2015. The changes proposed in Section 24 of the Finance (No.2) Act 2015 will stop buy-to-let finance costs (largely mortgage interest) being a claimable business

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August 28, 2016

Nuttall JV gets £23m flood defence job

A joint venture of BAM Nuttall and Mott MacDonald has won a £23m flood defence contract in Hull. BMMJV will design and build new defences at a number of locations along the River Hull, and upgrade existing defences to protect around 45,000 properties from flooding.  “Kingston-upon-Hull at present has safeguards that provide a 1-in-200 year standard of protection,” said Paul Ellis, operations manager for BAM Nuttall’s north of England office. “It’s vital that we continue to ensure a good standard of maintenance, while building additional new protection, to stop the city flooding.” BAM will repair 39 hard defences within a 7.5km stretch as part of a wider £36.5m scheme by the Environment Agency. BMMJV was appointed to the project through the Environment Agency’s Water & Environment Management (WEM) framework under a two stage tendering process. New defences will use combi sheet pile wall, installed with marine plant, while concrete will be used to restore existing defences. Work is planned to begin in spring 2017, with completion scheduled for autumn 2019. Neil Longden, flood risk manager at the Environment Agency, said: “This scheme is brilliant for the people of Hull. Not only will it ensure much relief to the many residents whose homes are at risk of flooding but will kick start new developments and economic growth along the river corridor.”     This article was published on 13 Oct 2016 (last updated on 13 Oct 2016). Source link

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Finalists for UK plumber of the year announced

Finalists for UK plumber of the year announced Published:  29 July, 2016 The UK Plumber of the Year 2016 competition, launched by JT, Bristan and Plumb Center, has revealed its shortlisted finalists. Overwhelmed with entries from all over the UK, the judging panel have selected just 15 finalists to go into the next stage of the competition, where the public will vote for who they believe deserves to be crowned UK Plumber of the Year 2016. Now in its second year, the competition called on plumbers nationwide to enter in a bid to find Britain’s finest. The competition is designed to reward and recognise the remarkable talents within the UK’s plumbing industry and ask entrants to demonstrate their plumbing, service and business skills.  Paul Crossley, managing director of JT, said: “We were overwhelmed with registrations for this year’s competition and the standard of entries and nominations was exceptional! Congratulations and good luck to the chosen fifteen. It was a tough decision to make and we’d like to thank everyone that entered!”  Information on the fifteen finalists and how to vote can be found at www.UKplumberoftheyear.com, which features a biography of each. The five plumbers with the most votes will be invited to an interview session with the judging panel, made up of experts from JT, Bristan and Plumb Center, who will then decide the winner.  The UK Plumber of the Year 2016 will win £10,000 worth of prizes, including JT, Bristan and Plumb Center products/vouchers plus products from Arctic, Big Wipes, CAT, CK Tools, Epson, Milwaukee, Monument, PayPal, Regin, Rothenberger and Toolbank.   Pictured: Richard Redfern (Plumb Center) Sarah Holey (Bristan) and John Schofield (JT) Source link

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How my career in construction helps me as a young parent

As a 21 year-old parent, I’ve often been on the receiving end of negativity because some people think I’m too young to be a good dad.  But, I’m fighting to change this perception. I’m successfully pursuing my career in construction while keeping on top of my parenting duties. Like any parent, I want the best for my children and I believe that excelling in my career is crucial to this. I’m now in the third year of my joinery apprenticeship, something I’ve been interested in since my school days. And only a few weeks ago, it became apparent to me just how rewarding a career in construction can be. It all started when I came across an advert in a Screwfix catalogue about their Trade Apprentice of the Year competition. I thought to myself, ‘what have I got to lose?’ and applied. The application process was intense and I had to follow several stages – including creating a YouTube video about my aspirations for the future. I made it through and was invited to the final of the competition at Google’s headquarters in London. Let’s just say their offices are nothing like the construction sites that I’m used to spending everyday on! After an interview with four judges (including the Chief Executive of Screwfix) and a gruelling group task, I was presented with the Highly Commended Runner Up award. To make it to final in the first place was a massive achievement, but to receive this recognition simply demonstrated to me how my career in construction can make my children proud. Construction, like being a young parent, is not always portrayed in the greatest light. But it can be a really rewarding career path. The industry can provide you with many prospects and opportunities to progress and better yourself. This is something that inspires me everyday – improving myself for the benefit of my children – and to ultimately reverse the negative stereotypes surrounding young parents.  Source link

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Tarmac fined £1.3m for Liverpool traffic management fiasco

Liverpool City Council and two of its highway contractors have been prosecuted following two separate incidents at poorly managed city centre roadworks. One man died and another was seriously injured while attempting to cross Queens Drive in Liverpool during resurfacing works in the summer of 2012. Enterprise Liverpool and Tarmac Trading were contracted by Liverpool City Council to carry out the works. Tarmac landed by far the heaviest fine – £1.3m plus costs. Liverpool Crown Court heard how, on 3rd July 2012, 74-year-old Peter Paterson suffered head injuries after he was hit by a car while using a crossing at temporary lights. One side of the Queen’s Drive dual carriageway had been put into a contraflow to allow vehicles to travel in both directions.  However the temporary pedestrian lights were not working and no alternative was provided. The court also heard that the following month, on the 19th August 2012, 69-year-old Ernest Haughton died after he was hit by a car while attempting to cross a single lane of traffic on the same road, again using a temporary pedestrian crossing.  However, following complaints from motorists, changes were made to the traffic control lights to alleviate congestion but this removed the natural break in traffic flow needed to allow pedestrians to cross the carriageway. A Health & Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that Liverpool City Council failed to ensure that the arrangements for managing the roadworks were suitable, including failing to appoint a suitable co-ordinator for the work. Instead they had sought to delegate responsibilities to Enterprise Liverpool, which is a council-owned operation. The investigation also found that Enterprise Liverpool had failed to ensure the designs for the traffic management were checked or approved, the construction plan for pedestrian routes and provision of barriers was being followed, and at the time of the incidents provided no safe means of pedestrians crossing the works area or the carriageway. Tarmac Trading Ltd was subcontracted to install traffic and pedestrian management. It was found to have failed to provide alternative assistance for pedestrians at the time of the first incident despite it being known that the temporary lights were broken. A temporary bus stop had also been placed in the middle of the road at the crossing. When Mr Haughton was killed the temporary lights had been removed but no alternative control measures were put in place to enable pedestrians to cross the live lane of traffic. In addition a large A-frame sign was placed on the crossing obscuring the view of both pedestrians and motorists. Liverpool City Council of Dale Street, Liverpool, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 9(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM). It was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay £100,000 costs. Enterprise Liverpool Ltd of Newton Road, Liverpool, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 22(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM). It was fined £25,000 and ordered to pay £80,000 costs. Tarmac Trading Ltd of Portland House, Bickenhill Lane, Solihull, pleaded guilty to Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act, 1974. It was fined £1.3 million and ordered to pay £130,000 costs. HSE Inspector Jacqueline Western said after the case: “The risks associated with road works are well known in the industry and specific guidance is available to assist with the planning and implementation. It is not unreasonable to expect that those who regularly engage in this type of construction work should be well aware of their roles and responsibilities. “The combined failure of all three duty-holders to comply with their duties on more than one occasion during the Queens Drive resurfacing project, led to one man losing his life and another suffering serious injury. It could quite easily have been two fatal incidents. “By engaging with the entire project team at the very start of a project, clients like Liverpool City Council, can ensure that a good health and safety culture is embodied throughout the life of the project. Ongoing communication and cooperation between the principal contractors and sub-contractors ensures that the project is being adequately planned, managed and monitored.” A spokesperson for Tarmac said: “We have listened carefully to the evidence presented, and accept the findings of the Court. The safety of people who work for us and who come into contact with our business continues to be our primary focus. We have conducted a rigorous examination of traffic management on our sites and are confident that lessons have been learned. Our thoughts are with Mr Haughton’s family and loved ones.”         This article was published on 21 Oct 2016 (last updated on 21 Oct 2016). Source link

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Landlords fight back with Cherie Blair QC

Cheris Blair QC is to represent ‘Axe the Tenant Tax’ at the permission hearing for the judicial review of section 24 of the finance act 2015. The changes proposed in Section 24 of the Finance (No.2) Act 2015 will stop buy-to-let finance costs (largely mortgage interest) being a claimable business expense. This means that most landlords with mortgages will now have to pay tax on their turnover rather than their profit and no other business in the UK is treated in the same manner.   Many landlords will have to pay extra tax of 20% or more of their mortgage interest payments. The tax they pay might be greater than their real profit, leaving them with a rental loss and a cash shortfall. This tax will only affect individuals who own rental properties in their own names, like the millions of smaller landlords in the UK. Companies owning buy-to-let property and wealthy cash investors are excluded from the tax. Co-claimants Steve Bolton, Founder of Platinum Property Partners, and Chris Cooper, a fellow landlord and airline cabin crew member, are pursuing a Judicial Review of this legislation against the Government and HMRC. They are represented by law firm Omnia Strategy LLP, led by Cherie Blair MBE QC. Axe the Tenant Tax is challenging the proposed tax changes on the basis that Section 24: •    Is a failed tax experiment from Ireland where rents increased 50% in three years and was scrapped by the Government as a result •    Is an unfair tax on tenants and non-corporate landlords and will distort market competition •    Will increase rents substantially •    Is a bad tax policy that breaks Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) •    Will make the UK housing crisis worse The result of the permission hearing will be issued on Thursday 6th October. Source link

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