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July 5, 2017

Two years since launch

Two years on since it first launched, more than 41,000 businesses are now listed on the Registered Competent Person Electrical website.   Since its launch in June 2014 the site has attracted more than 200,000 visitors with, on average, more than 7,500 searches for local electricians carried out

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Six Yorkshire buildings win RIBA architecture awards

Browser does not support script. Contact us Six outstanding new Yorkshire buildings won RIBA Yorkshire Awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects at a prestigious awards ceremony held last night (Thursday 21 April 2016), in recognition of their architectural excellence. The winning buildings are: Brynmor Jones Library, University of

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Building contractor in court after worker killed by falling load

A building contractor has been fined after a worker was killed when a load fell from a tower crane during a lifting operation in Colchester. Urban Summit Construction Ltd was the Principal Contractor on a construction site at King Edward Quay, Haven Road, Colchester, where 780 student accommodation apartments were

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New report a “welcome roadmap for heating efficiency”

New report a “welcome roadmap for heating efficiency” Published:  19 October, 2016 A report suggesting hydrogen could be a sustainable alternative to natural gas, issued by the Committee on Climate Change, has been welcomed by boiler manufacturer, Worcester, Bosch. Neil Schofield, head of government and external affairs at Worcester, Bosch

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Chinese construction companies stage a second act overseas

©Getty Back to work: the Colombo Port City Project was temporarily suspended in 2015 Over the past two decades, China’s construction companies have built more infrastructure more quickly than ever before. Now, spurred by the world’s most powerful development finance institutions, they are looking overseas to stage their second act.

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GRAHAM Announced That They Have Appointed a New Director

GRAHAM, the family owned company that manages to deliver a range of value adding services to its clients across a wide range of different sectors has announced that they have appointed a new director for their rail sector. The company has appointed Jonathan Kerr to the new position. Jonathan Kerr

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July 5, 2017

Two years since launch

Two years on since it first launched, more than 41,000 businesses are now listed on the Registered Competent Person Electrical website.   Since its launch in June 2014 the site has attracted more than 200,000 visitors with, on average, more than 7,500 searches for local electricians carried out each month. Now is the perfect time to make sure you are on it. Registered Competent Person Electrical (www.electricalcompetentperson.co.uk) is a powerful source for anyone looking for a registered electrician in their area to carry out work in their home. It lists all Full Scope Part P registered firms in England and Wales. It was created by all government approved Full Scope electrical Competent Person Scheme operators to make finding a registered electrician a simple and easy process. Registered Competent Person Electrical also has the support of leading industry stakeholders including the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). Registered electricians are encouraged to check their details are present and up-to-date to ensure they are getting the most out of their free listing. If you’re a Full Scope, registered domestic electrical installer, your business should be automatically added to the register, if you don’t find your business on there make sure you contact your Competent Person Scheme Operator who will be able to help. Commenting on the site, Napit group chief executive Michael Andrews said: “Over the 2 years of its existence, the Registered Competent Person Electrical website has proven to be an amazing resource. It provides consumers peace of mind by allowing them to locate electricians who are competent and have their work regularly assessed within their local area. It has also given installers a valuable free listing to advertise their business, which has subsequently allowed them to market themselves in their local area and increase business. I am confident that the website will continue to raise awareness of electrical safety in the home.” Emma Clancy, CEO of Certsure, added: “RCPE is a leading resource to find all firms registered and assessed to carry out domestic electrical work throughout England and Wales. It is important to check that your business is listed and that your contact information is present and correct to ensure you are getting the most from this free and invaluable resource.” Over the past 2 years, campaigns highlighting the value of the RCPE have reached a multitude of people through social media. These campaigns have helped to raise awareness on electrical safety and encouraged people to seek out professional installers in their area. To find out more about Registered Competent Person Electrical, visit: www.electricalcompetentperson.co.uk If you would like to update your details or you think your business should be listed but does not appear on the register, you need to contact the DCLG authorised Competent Person Scheme Operator you are registered with. A full list, including contact details, is available at: www.electricalcompetentperson.co.uk/Contact-Us     Source link

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Six Yorkshire buildings win RIBA architecture awards

Browser does not support script. Contact us Six outstanding new Yorkshire buildings won RIBA Yorkshire Awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects at a prestigious awards ceremony held last night (Thursday 21 April 2016), in recognition of their architectural excellence. The winning buildings are: Brynmor Jones Library, University of Hull by Sheppard Robson Contemporary Lean-To, Harrogate by Doma Architects Laidlaw Library, University of Leeds by ADP LLP New House, Brigsley by Hodson Architects Stanbrook Abbey, North York Moors National Park by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios York Art Gallery, York by Ushida Findlay and Simpson & Brown Architects  A further six Special Category Awards were presented to: York Art Gallery, Ushida Findlay and Simpson & Brown Architects – RIBA Yorkshire Conservation Award Brynmor Jones Library, Sheppard Robson – RIBA Yorkshire Conservation Award Brynmor Jones Library, Sheppard Robson – RIBA Yorkshire Sustainability Award sponsored by Sika Contemporary Lean-to, Doma Architects – RIBA Yorkshire Small Project Award Dr Richard Heseltine, Director of Library and Learning Innovation and University Librarian, University of Hull for The Brynmor Jones Library – RIBA Yorkshire  Client of the Year Tom Van Hoffelen, Simpson & Brown Architects for York Art Gallery – RIBA Yorkshire Project Architect of the Year sponsored by Tarmac Stanbrook Abbey, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios – RIBA Yorkshire Building of the Year sponsored by Marley Eternit Caroline Buckingham of HLM Architects, Jury Chair said: “In the 2016 RIBA Yorkshire Award winning buildings, we witnessed total dedication from the architects, enhanced and supported by the clients. This was borne out in the quality of the projects produced and the exquisite attention to detail shown. The winning projects ranged from a little gem whose understated title completely unlocked a clever and enlightening remodelling of a Victorian villa, to a new Abbey beautifully and lovingly executed over a number of years and sitting majestically in the Yorkshire countryside. Many of the projects included historic elements which were seamlessly brought together in a sensitive but simple way, expertly executed with delightful detailing.” RIBA Yorkshire winners will also be considered for a highly-coveted RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, which will be announced on 23 June. The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the best building of the year will be drawn from the RIBA National Award-winning buildings later in the year. ENDS Notes to editors: For access to the judges citations and images of buildings that have won RIBA Yorkshire Awards please contact Rachel Hunnybun 0113 3899870 rachel.hunnybun@riba.org or Claire Young 0113 3899870 claire.young@riba.org RIBA Yorkshire Awards judges: Caroline Buckingham, HLM Architects (Jury Chair) Jon Forman, Jonathan Forman Architects (Regional Representative) Nick Guttridge, Photographer (Lay Assessor) 3. Special Category Award sponsors: Building of the Year sponsored by Marley Eternit Sustainability Award sponsored by SIKA Project Architect of the Year sponsored by Tarmac   Posted on Thursday 21st April 2016 Source link

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Building contractor in court after worker killed by falling load

A building contractor has been fined after a worker was killed when a load fell from a tower crane during a lifting operation in Colchester. Urban Summit Construction Ltd was the Principal Contractor on a construction site at King Edward Quay, Haven Road, Colchester, where 780 student accommodation apartments were being built. On 8 January 2014, during a lifting operation using the site’s tower crane, a load become detached from the chains and landed on the Banksman who was in charge of the operation. David Holloway, 35, sustained extensive injuries and died on site. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Urban Summit Construction Ltd at Colchester Magistrates Court after an investigation found the company failed to ensure that lifting operation was carried out in a safe manner. Urban Summit Construction Ltd of 15 California, Little Downham, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB6 2UF, were fined £15,000 and ordered to pay £29,127 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 8 (1)(c) of The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998. Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector David King said: “It is essential that lifting operations are carried out in a safe manner, to help ensure the lift is carried out without risk to those in the area. Lifting operations must be properly planed by a competent person, carried out by adequately trained persons, and with appropriate supervision.” “Guidance on carrying out lifting operations safely is freely available on HSE’s website, if this company had properly planned and supervised this work, this tragic incident could have been avoided” Further information on how to reduce the risks involved in lifting operations can be found here: http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/liftindx.htm Notes to Editors: The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training; new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. www.hse.gov.uk More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: www.legislation.gov.uk/ HSE news releases are available at http://press.hse.gov.uk Journalists should approach HSE press office with any queries on regional press releases. Source link

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New report a “welcome roadmap for heating efficiency”

New report a “welcome roadmap for heating efficiency” Published:  19 October, 2016 A report suggesting hydrogen could be a sustainable alternative to natural gas, issued by the Committee on Climate Change, has been welcomed by boiler manufacturer, Worcester, Bosch. Neil Schofield, head of government and external affairs at Worcester, Bosch Group believes the report, Next steps to UK heat policy, offers clear direction for the heating industry to follow in its bid to green Britain’s heating supplies. Mr Schofield said: “At long last we appear to have robust advice for the government to follow which acknowledges that energy policy needs to be about more than simply switching the lights off. Heat represents 40% of the energy we consume and 20% of our Greenhouse Gas emissions, so it is pleasing to see the Committee on Climate Change produce such a welcome roadmap for heating efficiency. “By indicating that hydrogen could indeed prove to be a sustainable long-term alternative to natural gas, the report effectively advises the Government to stay faithful to our hugely successful and accessible gas grid, which has to be the most practical route towards our 2050 climate targets. Mr Schofield went on to stress his expectation that it is this decarbonisation of the grid at source – rather than the report’s other proposed option, the increased use of heat pumps – that will have the greatest impact on greening UK heating supplies. “Yes, heat pumps have their place in certain instances, particularly in the new-build sector, but they can also be a difficult sell to the homeowner and disruptive to install within an existing property. By using the existing framework we have in a more sustainable way, we can decarbonise heat with as little upheaval as possible.” The report, which consulted Worcester, Bosch as one of several stakeholders in its research, follows a report on decarbonising domestic heat from think tank Policy Exchange, which made similar recommendations.   Source link

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Chinese construction companies stage a second act overseas

©Getty Back to work: the Colombo Port City Project was temporarily suspended in 2015 Over the past two decades, China’s construction companies have built more infrastructure more quickly than ever before. Now, spurred by the world’s most powerful development finance institutions, they are looking overseas to stage their second act. The China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), which ranked 151st in the 2016 Fortune Global 2000 of leading companies, typifies the global ambitions that are animating the big Chinese builders. More On this story IN Tomorrow’s Global Business “Our ultimate goal is to have 50 per cent of our revenue from overseas,” Fu Junyuan, CCCC’s chief financial officer, told reporters this year. Although he did not give a timescale or say what proportion of current business derives from foreign shores, he did say that the company’s international order book was much more vibrant than its domestic counterpart. Africa was a particular bright spot for CCCC, which employs 112,000 people in 130 countries. At least three projects in Kenya were signed in the first quarter of this year, worth a total Rmb5.4bn ($820m), Mr Fu said. Permission to resume a controversial $1.4bn port city development in Sri Lanka was also obtained in the first quarter of 2016. This same urge to expand abroad is driving the China Railway Group’s attempts ramp up its international business to compensate for softening domestic demand. The China Railway Group plans to boost the share of its revenue that comes from overseas to at least 10 per cent by the end of 2020, up from about 5 per cent last year, according to Li Changjin, chairman of the construction group. The company is working on 405 construction projects in 68 countries. These include the 427km China-Laos railway and the 329km Ethiopian national railway. “The current representation of overseas business is low, but that also means a huge room for improvement,” Mr Li told reporters recently. The 4,400km-long South American Twin Ocean railway project, linking the coasts of Brazil and Peru, ranks as the most ambitious plan so far. The scale of such ambitions might appear absurd were it not for the backing of the world’s most powerful development finance institutions, which often suggest Chinese contractors to carry out the projects to which they lend. We think the Chinese are making moves to expand further into the west and they have a very good chance to take market share – Steven Fisher Two Chinese policy banks — the China Development Bank and the Export-Import Bank of China — had outstanding loans to overseas borrowers amounting to an estimated $684bn at the end of 2014, just short of the $700bn owed to all six of the western-backed development institutions put together, according to a study by Boston University and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Such largesse is not expected to dissipate as Beijing rolls out its “One Belt, One Road (OBOR)” initiative, a plan to build infrastructure in more than 60 countries between China and Europe, with an estimated investment of about $900bn over the next decade. “There are a lot of additional funds available because the OBOR initiative will accelerate overseas expansion,” says Christoph Nettesheim, senior partner at BCG, a consultancy, in Singapore. “You can see this already, the Chinese construction and construction-equipment companies are very active in OBOR-related areas.” Chinese construction-equipment companies such as Sany, Zoomlion and XCMG are also pursuing ambitious international expansion plans, according to a study by the UBS Evidence Lab, which analysed about 15,000 construction equipment dealerships around the world. The Chinese companies are likely to boost their global market share outside China to about 15 per cent by 2025, up from about 7 per cent currently, according to the analysis. “We think the Chinese are making moves to expand further into the west and we think they have a very good chance to take market share, if they are fully committed to doing so,” says Steven Fisher, UBS analyst. Mr Fisher says the biggest competitive advantage of Chinese companies was a relatively low cost base that allowed them to offer discounts in the region of 15-40 per cent to equivalent premium brand equipment. Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2016. You may share using our article tools. Please don’t cut articles from FT.com and redistribute by email or post to the web. Source link

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GRAHAM Announced That They Have Appointed a New Director

GRAHAM, the family owned company that manages to deliver a range of value adding services to its clients across a wide range of different sectors has announced that they have appointed a new director for their rail sector. The company has appointed Jonathan Kerr to the new position. Jonathan Kerr has worked for GRAHAM for the past 15 years and has been able to generate a depth of knowledge in this industry that will make him an asset to the company. Jonathan is a popular and widely respected professional in the civil engineering industry and has been involved on a wide range of complex projects over the course of his career. Jonathan mainly has experience working on complex projects within the rail, highways and marine sectors and has managed, throughout his time at GRAHAM to progress through the company. Jonathan started his career at GRAHAM as a site engineer before being promoted to project manager and the to contract manager. This step by step progression through the company will give Jonathan Kerr an in depth knowledge of how this area of the company works and the best ways to make sure the division is working at its most efficient. At the moment Jonathan Kerr is overseeing a number of different high profile projects including Kenilworth railway station, which is a design and build project that has been awarded to them by Warwickshire County Council. GRAHAM and Jonathan are also working on the Network Rail project at Westdown Road bridge. In his new position as director of the rail sector at GRAHAM, Jonathan has expressed his intention to draw on his previous experience within the company in order to improve the company’s offering to clients as well as improve the company position within the rail industry. Jonathan will be expected to provide leadership and direction to this section of the company as the team continues to grow while also communicating with the stakeholders involved in his projects.

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Planning Permission Granted for the Nine Storey Building at 262 York Road

Planning permission has been granted for the nine storey building at 262 York Road which will take place on the former site of a Shell petrol filling station. This site is the final one located in Battersea Reach to receive the correct permissions as a part of the development that sits on the bank of the River Thames. The Battersea Reach project is a mixed used development that is taking place in the borough of London and includes the iconic power station. The Multi Disciplinary consultancy Meinhardt UK has been involved in the 262 York Road project by utilizing their modern methods of construction and structural engineering in order to bring the architect’s vision of the project to life. The architects have designed a build to rent development, however the project has a range of specific challenges involved in the construction. The clients of this construction project are Angle Property and to begin with the architects TP Bennett and Meinhardt were asked to explore the possibility of a project that could rise above the petrol station. This permission was granted however the client decided to acquire the lease for the petrol station and demolish it instead, which in a revised application has now been approved. The building as a part of this revised design has around 10,000 sq m of floor space. The project will see the creation of a commercial unit on ground floor of the construction with retail space and a lobby. The project will also have ground floor parking access and a one-storey partial basement that will be used for bike storage and back of house space. This is the second of the PRS scheme that uses MMC in London and has been consulted on by Meinhardt during the pre-planning process. The other project that the multi disciplined engineering company has been involved in was the Greenford Green in Ealing which is known for being the largest build to rent scheme that has been purpose built in the UK. The Ealing project will create nearly 2,000 new homes.

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Advanced glazing solutions wrightstyle condemned the horrific events the took place at grenfell

Wrightstyle, the advanced glazing supplier, has been raising issues of fire safety for years.  Jane Embury, a director of the company, adds her voice to the outrage surrounding the Grenfell Tower fire. The outrage that has arisen after the shock of the news of the Grenfell Tower Fire has been seen as another example of a system that appears to codify by catastrophe. The way that regulations for buildings and fires are adjusted only after a major event or fire is reckless, with the system changing in the same way after Grenfell, the government is being called on from a growing number of different parties to explain why the changes weren’t made sooner. One of Wrightstyle’s directors, Jane Embury has said that it wouldn’t be right to start blaming immediately in the aftermath of the tragic event that has impacted across the country and the world. In contrast to this approach Jane has made an announcement paying tribute to William Linton who died in a tower block fire 18 years ago. This past incident took place in a 14 storey block of flats that were located in Ayrshire, the fire spreading through the external cladding and getting to the 12th floor in a matter of minutes. The fire eighteen years ago destroyed nine floors of the building and took five lives in total, including William Linton. The Ayrshire fire has a similar story to Grenfell, with the local MP at the time Brian Donohoe who, concerned about the cladding, lobbied for a parliamentary inquiry, which was carried out and concluded that there was no serious threat to property or life in the event of a fire. The report did clarify that there should not be a wait for a serious incident before reasonable steps to minimise the risk are taken. Wrightstyle extend their thoughts to those affected by the Grenfell Tower Fire and have also said that perhaps the building and fire regulation systems need to be completely rewritten in order to protect against more delays to act in the future.

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