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October 10, 2016

Electricians first to finish new industry training scheme

Two newly qualified electricians have become the first operatives to successfully complete the new industry-wide TESP career progression scheme, developed and funded by partners including the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), the Joint Industry Board (JIB), Electrical Safety First, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), JTL, and NET. Former Royal

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Interserve targets Scottish highways work

The company’s infrastructure boss Chris Tyerman told Construction News the firm was winning several highways jobs north of the border. He said the Scottish highways market provided a number of opportunities for the company and building a presence there was the “natural step to creating organic growth”. Mr Tyerman was

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Renewables giants fight for major Fife windfarm

Renewable developers are demanding urgent action from Scottish ministers to ensure a major windfarm off the Fife coast goes ahead. The developers want to resolve legal action from the RSPB which argues the project will be damaging for sea birds and was granted a judicial review earlier

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Murphy wins £20m Blackpool outfall contract

J Murphy & Sons starts work next spring on one of the biggest storm water outfall pipes in the UK. Above: Murphy completed the Harrowside outfall last year United Utilities has selected Murphy’s marine service, formerly Land & Marine, to build the 2.5m-diameter and 3.7km-long Anchorsholme polyethelene outfall pipe The

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More Than 2,000 New UK Schools Required by 2020

According to public procurement specialists Scape Group’s latest School Places Challenge report, more than 2,000 new schools will need to be built within the next four years to accommodate the growing number of primary and secondary pupils in England. The Scape report has showed that local authorities are expecting a

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Taylor Wimpey Site Manager Scoops Award

A site manager has scooped a ‘Seal of Excellence’ for his work in helping to deliver quality new home construction. Site manager at Taylor Wimpey East Scotland, Colin McNeish, picked up the award at this year’s NHBC Pride in the Job Awards. He gained his award for his “outstanding work

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October 10, 2016

Four out of five UK homeowners do not check VAT credentials, according to Plentific

Four out of five UK homeowners do not check VAT credentials, according to Plentific Published:  21 October, 2016 Plentific.com’s latest consumer insight has found that 4 out of 5 of UK homeowners do not ask to see evidence of VAT credentials when hiring a tradesperson. The HMRC estimates that £3.4 billion is uncollected every year from VAT fraud. While it is legal for a tradesperson to not be VAT-registered when earning under £83,000 per annum, there are some that claim to be VAT-registered so that they can charge customers higher prices. Although the VAT charge can appear on the bill, if the trade professional is not upfront with their credentials, they can keep the 20% fee. Consequently the homeowner is overcharged while participating in VAT fraud. Plentific’s survey found that homeowners aged 18 to 34 are twice as likely to ask to see their trade professional’s VAT credentials when compared to the UK’s average. Londoners are apparently cautious, with 37% asking for evidence. Plentific suggests that this may be a result of the higher prices for London services, causing the homeowners to be wary of additional expenses. Nottingham, on the other hand, appears to care the least, as only 12% said they would ask to see the VAT credentials. Despite the varied results across the UK, however, the majority of homeowners do not ask to see evidence of a trade professional’s VAT credentials. While it is not imperative to confirm a trade professional’s VAT number, or even to hire a registered specialist, homeowners are more likely to get a better deal if they are registered. Source link

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Electricians first to finish new industry training scheme

Two newly qualified electricians have become the first operatives to successfully complete the new industry-wide TESP career progression scheme, developed and funded by partners including the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), the Joint Industry Board (JIB), Electrical Safety First, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), JTL, and NET. Former Royal Marine Luke Versfeld of Dorset-based PB Electrical, an ECA member-firm and NICEIC registrant, is one of the first to complete the career progression initiative. The other newly qualified electrician is Reece Kirk. The career progression scheme is intended to upskill hundreds of existing electrical workers to qualify them to the industry standard of NVQ Level 3 and AM2. Luke Versfield of PB Electrical stated (see attached photo): “Thank you for this opportunity to complete the ‘TESP programme’. This represents an opportunity to further develop my career as an electrical engineer and I would recommend this course to any potential candidates looking to advance their careers within the electrical industry.” ECA Director of Skills and Employment Alex Meikle commented: “Like much of the engineering industry, our sector faces a growing skills shortage which can only be tackled through a range of measures to increase the number of qualified electricians. “Many congratulations to both Luke and Reece, who have been the first to successfully complete this innovative industry-wide training scheme for existing workers seeking to progress in their careers.” JIB Chief Executive Steve Brawley said: “The JIB is very pleased to support this initiative – it provides an opportunity for people already working as electricians to qualify to the industry standard and receive our gold ECS card in recognition of their achievement.” Michelle Richmond, IET Director for Membership and Professional Development added: “We are really pleased to welcome Luke and Reece into IET Membership.  The IET aims to support engineers and technicians at every stage of their career and I am sure they will continue to grow and develop through IET resources.” Phil Buckle, Director General of Electrical Safety First, commented: “We believe one of the best ways we can protect consumers is by working with the industry and what better way to do this than by ensuring contractors are well trained and properly qualified – which the innovative TESP scheme achieves. We would also like to add our congratulations to Luke and Reece, the very first ‘scheme graduates’!” Both individuals have received an ECS Gold Card in recognition of them meeting the industry standard, a year’s free individual membership of the professional engineering institution the IET, and some cash awards and training subsidies for their efforts. In the coming months the training aspect of the career progression project will be expanded beyond the initial pilot with JTL to the other training providers who have been licenced to deliver the JIB Mature Candidate Assessment, helping to boost the number of operatives taking part in the initiative. The electrical and electronic industries are currently facing a growing skills gap, with ECA research from last year finding that 6 in 10 SME electrical contractors (with 31-100 workers) say they are facing a skills shortage in the workplace. To find out more about the initiative or to apply, please click here. Source link

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Managing asbestos in domestic and non-domestic premises – Buxton, 17 May 2016

Book Course HSL is to run a 1 day course on Asbestos – Managing asbestos in domestic* and non-domestic premises. 17 May 2016 This one-day course gives you the knowledge to manage asbestos in non-domestic premises to the standards required by Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR 2012). The course information is also applicable to the management of ‘domestic premises’, such as landlords’ duties for rented accommodation. Many people now dying from asbestos-related diseases are tradesmen – people who work on and maintain buildings. Also, building operators and their management systems are under increasing scrutiny from enforcing authorities, their own staff, and the public. CAR 2012 places a duty to manage asbestos on anyone who has control over the maintenance and repair of non-domestic premises. In practice, this means all workplaces that may contain asbestos. Whilst no duty under this regulation falls on operators of rented domestic premises, the same standards are useful in ensuring proper management. Training approaches include presentation, case studies and the practical use of risk assessment and management tools. The health effects of asbestos Dutyholders and their responsibilities Asbestos legislation and guidance The extent of asbestos-containing materials in buildings Commissioning and understanding asbestos surveys Assessing risks and formulating a management plan Managing minor work with asbestos Commissioning and scrutinising asbestos removal firms Communication plans for asbestos management Anyone with duties under Regulation 4 of CAR 2012 – Management of Asbestos in Non-Domestic Premises. People have duties if they are responsible for repair or maintenance of non-domestic premises or access to them. This can include employers, self-employed people and building owners. The course is also suitable for landlords with similar responsibilities for managing risks from asbestos in rented domestic premises. The course will be run at the Health & Safety Laboratory in the spa town of Buxton. Buxton is in the heart of the Peak District and has good links to mainline train stations and Manchester International Airport. Details of hotels in the Buxton area can be found at www.visitbuxton.co.uk The cost of this course is £425 per person (includes course notes, lunch and refreshments). * ‘Domestic’ refers to landlords of domestic premises and not to people in their own homes. Book Course Please note the invoice option is not available within 4 weeks of the course date, or for overseas customers. For further dates and additional information email: training@hsl.gsi.gov.uk or contact the Training & Conferences Unit at HSL directly on +44 (0)1298 218806. Back to Health & Safety Training Courses Source link

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Interserve targets Scottish highways work

The company’s infrastructure boss Chris Tyerman told Construction News the firm was winning several highways jobs north of the border. He said the Scottish highways market provided a number of opportunities for the company and building a presence there was the “natural step to creating organic growth”. Mr Tyerman was appointed as Interserve’s infrastructure head in November 2014 after a number of years at Costain, where his roles included director of highways maintenance and deputy managing director. Interserve construction director Ian Renhard said at the time that Mr Tyerman’s appointment was part of the company’s strategy to grow its infrastructure division, singling out highways work as a particular area of strategic importance for the firm. In March 2015, the company made the decision to target the Scottish highways sector, with Interserve bidding for its first roads job in the early part of 2016, following “positive conversations with Transport Scotland and local authorities”, Mr Tyerman said. “There is certainly opportunity there.” He added: “When we look at what projects are attractive to us and we look at who the customer is and what the funding process is… and whether it sits in a range of projects that allows us to operate competently and comprehensively, there are certainly schemes in Scotland that fall within that assessment criteria and that is the reason why we have moved towards that market.” Interserve is already established in the highways sector in England, having secured a number of local and strategic road contracts in the past two years. In June, it was selected on four out of six of the highways lots for the £1.5bn North-east Procurement Organisation framework covering infrastructure work across the region. It was also one of five firms to be selected in the medium-value lot of Highways England’s £5bn Collaborative Delivery Framework for work up to £25m. The £5bn CDF framework is set to be replaced in spring next year with a new £7bn Routes to Market framework Mr Tyerman said Interserve would be targeting larger schemes in the new framework and wanted to become “a number one contractor” for Highways England. “Working in lot two is a reasonable place to be in, but in the future we want to be in a much higher band of schemes where we can utilise our skills, in-house knowledge and experience to provide better outcomes for customers.” Source link

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Renewables giants fight for major Fife windfarm

Renewable developers are demanding urgent action from Scottish ministers to ensure a major windfarm off the Fife coast goes ahead. The developers want to resolve legal action from the RSPB which argues the project will be damaging for sea birds and was granted a judicial review earlier this month. The £2 billion Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind power station is one of four offshore wind projects whose consent by Scottish ministers was successfully challenged. Senior executives at Mainstream, Marubeni, Europower, Siemens and InterGen have expressed their disappointment at the judicial review in a letter to the Scotsman newspaper. The letter says that the project will create hundreds of jobs and calls on ministers to urgently set out how they will address the result of the judicial review. “It is now for Scottish ministers urgently to set out how they will address the result of the judicial review positively to ensure the opportunity is grasped, and to work with us and our partners to ensure that this nationally significant project is properly consented and brought into operation in the very near term,” it said. The firms claim that the project will play a key role in delivering the Scottish government’s target of 100 per cent of Scotland’s electricity from renewable sources by 2020, and the wider climate and energy objectives of the UK government. Source link

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Murphy wins £20m Blackpool outfall contract

J Murphy & Sons starts work next spring on one of the biggest storm water outfall pipes in the UK. Above: Murphy completed the Harrowside outfall last year United Utilities has selected Murphy’s marine service, formerly Land & Marine, to build the 2.5m-diameter and 3.7km-long Anchorsholme polyethelene outfall pipe The contract award follows the completion of the Harrowside outfall by the contractor for United Utilities in 2015. Anchorsholme long sea outfall forms part of the United Utilities’ strategy to improve the bathing water quality along the Fylde Coast. The outfall capacity is specifically designed to allow storm water to flow far enough out to sea to prevent it affecting bathing water quality. The planning, procurement and design stage have begun. Mobilisation on-site is scheduled for March 2017. The works will involve the construction of a 500-metre long sheet piled cofferdam on the beach with dredging operations out to 3.7km offshore. The pipeline will be assembled off-site and towed to Blackpool for installation in August 2017, followed by trench backfilling and diffuser installation works. The Murphy work barge, LM Constructor, will be used for the marine operations, including installing hundreds of large concrete collars and ballast weights needed to ensure the stability of the pipeline. The outfall project is due for completion in December 2017. Jim Yerkess, operations director for Murphy’s natural resources team, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract, which is testament to the skills and experience of our marine services and the successful delivery of our other recent projects for United Utilities.”     This article was published on 21 Oct 2016 (last updated on 21 Oct 2016). Source link

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University of Manchester to Tender Phase One of £245m Campus Accommodation Development

The University of Manchester is going out to tender for phase one of a £245 million campus accommodation development. The university first called for bids for its Fallowfield Student Village project back in June last year but scrapped the process in May this year. At that time, the university estates department commented: “The final tenders received were substantially in excess of the budget and made the project unaffordable in its current form.” It is now rebidding the work with the deal restructured into three phases. Among the existing properties is the Owens Park Tower which will be demolished and replaced by 3,000 new student accommodation units. The existing accommodation at Ashburne Hall, Sheavyn House, Richmond Park and Woolton Hall is to be retained. The scheme will also see the construction of a new student hub and improved sports facilities. The university secured a finance deal with Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Development Company for the scheme two years ago. Mubadala is also partly funding the development of the Manchester Graphene Engineering & Innovation Centre, through its Masdar subsidiary, and is establishing joint graphene application research and fellowship programmes with the university. In the first phase, which has an estimated contract value of £75million, eight housing blocks will be built, with 1,122 rooms. Completion is expected by June 2019. Demolition and replacement of the existing Oak House buildings and The Limes will then follow on as the second phase, valued at £92m. The £65 million phase three should begin in April 2021; this will see the demolition of existing Owens Park buildings and building 896 cluster flat study bedrooms. The university already has a construction framework agreement with Balfour Beatty, Laing O’Rourke and Sir Robert McAlpine to deliver most of its larger projects over the next eight years but the Fallowfield project is now deemed outside the scope of this. Further contract information is available via in-tendhost.co.uk/universityofmanchester

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More Than 2,000 New UK Schools Required by 2020

According to public procurement specialists Scape Group’s latest School Places Challenge report, more than 2,000 new schools will need to be built within the next four years to accommodate the growing number of primary and secondary pupils in England. The Scape report has showed that local authorities are expecting a further 729,000 pupils in education by 2020 – an increase of 8.6% in primary school pupils and 12% in secondary school pupils in England alone. To combat this rise, the equivalent of two new schools must be created every working day. London, the South East and East of England are experiencing the highest levels of growth with more than 375,000 further primary and secondary pupils due to be added to the registers in the next four years. Of the total 2,122 new schools required – the equivalent of 12,209 primary classrooms and 12,078 secondary classrooms – London requires 507 new schools. The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham will see the largest increase in the numbers of pupils, which will require a total of 28 new schools, followed by Lambeth, Newham and Greenwich, which need 21, 37 and 25 new schools built, respectively. Away from London, Manchester will see numbers increase to nearly 19,000 extra primary and secondary pupils by 2020 – a 27% increase that will require the equivalent of 57 new schools. Rapid growth in the cities of Bristol, Peterborough, Milton Keynes, Leicester and Nottingham will also mean that new schools will become highly sought after if the necessary amount is not be built in time. Mark Robinson, Scape Group chief executive commented: “As the growth of the primary school population gathers pace, the pressure on school places will soon transfer to the secondary population, requiring a new wave of advanced school building. “The government’s preference for free schools has created uncertainty for local authorities, who are tasked with planning and building new schools, but will not be responsible for running them. Proposals for new grammar schools has further muddied the waters.”

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Glasgow Chamber of Commerce Back Plans for £70m George Square Regeneration

The Glasgow Chamber of Commerce has supported plans for the £70 million regeneration of a site on the North East corner of George Square, which are being submitted for planning permission this week. The rejuvenation of the site known as the George Street Complex will include the renovation of two listed buildings for five star serviced apartments and commercial offices and the construction of a new hotel and student accommodation. It will also include the opening up of an area that will extend the width of the facility to become a dynamic and lively seven day a week destination with a wide range of award winning restaurants, bars and cafes, along with independent boutiques and specialist fashion to foodie shops. Along with this re-imagined pedestrianised lane there will also be a plaza, both adding to the sense of space and creating an area that can thrive with people and activity, where there is currently nothing. The ultimate aim is to give the area its own unique style as a new urban quarter through repair of the city block, site configuration, building design and diverse mix of use. In total, the development is expected to support around 320 jobs in the city centre, while also adding to the city’s wide ranging appeal to all categories of traveller and students. Glasgow Chamber of Commerce chief executive, Stuart Patrick, commented: “These development plans offer an opportunity to regenerate a prominent city centre site, part of which has been left derelict for more than 80 years. “From a series of run-down buildings and an empty patch of land, the plans will create an area that thrives with people and businesses. The mix of offices, leisure and retail destined for this site, bringing both jobs and new visitors, will be of tremendous value to the city as a whole.”

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Taylor Wimpey Site Manager Scoops Award

A site manager has scooped a ‘Seal of Excellence’ for his work in helping to deliver quality new home construction. Site manager at Taylor Wimpey East Scotland, Colin McNeish, picked up the award at this year’s NHBC Pride in the Job Awards. He gained his award for his “outstanding work and leadership” of Phase 3A and 3B at Almond Park in Musselburgh. Located off Pinkie Road in Musselburgh, Almond Park offers a range of homes and apartments from Taylor Wimpey’s Scotland two range, that are designed to appeal to a wide variety of purchasers who have different budgets. Work began on the latest phase in November last year, which has continued the success of the earlier phases of the development, which included the first Local Affordable Rented Housing Trust development in Scotland in partnership with East Lothian Council and supported by the Scottish Government. McNeish joined Taylor Wimpey in August 2012 as an assistant site manager at Taylor Wimpey’s Hopefield development in Bonnyrigg, helping the team to deliver a series of affordable homes for Midlothian Council. He also started the construction works at Taylor Wimpey’s Cameron Gardens in Bilston prior to being promoted to site manager and joining the team at Almond Park in Musselburgh in late 2014. Speaking about receiving the award, McNeish commented: “The NHBC Pride in the Job is quite an achievement and I’m delighted to have won it on my first development as site manager. “This is an award which can only be achieved with the hard work and determination of the whole site team and their drive for excellence every day – without them I wouldn’t have this award. “To have also secured a Seal of Excellence Award that places me within the top ten site managers in Scotland is just incredible, and I’m really happy. “The whole development team is very proud to deliver what are considered to be some of the best new homes in Scotland.”

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