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May 30, 2018

APHC launches new online learning centre

APHC launches new online learning centre Published:  15 August, 2016 In line with its commitment to help plumbing and heating organisations develop successful and profitable businesses, The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) has launched its new Online Learning Centre. The new online facility offers learning products tailored specifically

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Pressure systems awareness – Buxton, 16 June 2016

Book Course HSL is to run a 1 day course on Pressure Systems Awareness. 16 June 2016   Pressure systems have been synonymous with industry since the age of steam. Today it is almost impossible to name an industry sector that does not make substantial use of pressure systems

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Saudi Aramco to press on with oil expansion

©AFP Saudi Arabia will continue to meet rising demand for its oil and press ahead with global expansion plans in spite of the “challenging” backdrop for the industry. In some of the first public comments from Saudi Arabia’s state oil company since a government reshuffle at the weekend, Amin Nasser,

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Two significant coastal farms come to the market in Pembrokeshire

Two significant coastal dairy farms in Pembrokeshire, offering nearly 1300 acres in total, have come to the market.  Broadmoor Farm near Talbenny and Corston Farm at Hundleton represent some of the most significant properties of their kind to come to the market in Wales in recent years, according to selling

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New home registrations see small rise

According to new figures from NHBC, new home registrations hit 41,222 during Q2. 31,753 new homes were registered in the private sector, a 6% increase on the 30,086 a year ago. The public and affordable sector was down 13% with 9,469 new homes registered compared to 10,845 in Q2 2015.

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Hinkley approved with ‘security’ safeguards

Theresa May has approved the £18bn Hinkley Point nuclear power station in south-west England, Europe’s biggest energy project, but the go-ahead for the controversial Franco-Chinese scheme came with new conditions on foreign investment in UK infrastructure. Key developments Theresa May gives approval for £18bn nuclear project Guaranteed energy price paid

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Glasgow Development Wins Award at Homes for Scotland Awards

The ‘Private Development of the Year – Medium’ accolade at the annual Homes for Scotland awards has been handed to David Wilson Homes’ flagship development in the west end of Glasgow. The luxury development beat off competition from across the industry to be crowned as the winner. The ‘Private Development

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May 30, 2018

APHC launches new online learning centre

APHC launches new online learning centre Published:  15 August, 2016 In line with its commitment to help plumbing and heating organisations develop successful and profitable businesses, The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) has launched its new Online Learning Centre. The new online facility offers learning products tailored specifically for the plumbing and heating industry. Providing access to bite-size courses covering key business development areas, it has been designed to make learning accessible to all businesses, without the need to travel to a learning centre. There are currently four online learning courses available to purchase, detailed below. Understanding basic contracts Beginning with an explanation of exactly what contracts are, their purpose and the benefits they offer to installers, this course provides example scenarios to help businesses ensure they are on the right side of the law when drafting and signing contracts. Other areas covered include terms and conditions, business contracts and documents linked to pricing and payments. Developing a quality management system This course aims to provide installers with an understanding of the common elements of a Quality Management System (QMS) in terms of physical documentation and the key advantages of developing one for the workplace. The course also covers implementation of the QMS, how to map it against external quality criteria, reviews and internal and external audits. Recruitment and selection of employees The APHC’s third course provides information on each stage of the recruitment process, from identifying a business need and writing up a job specification and advert, through to selection, interview preparation and process and what to do once you have decided on a successful candidate. Introduction to business finance The introduction to business finance course takes installers through the importance of proper bookkeeping and maintaining cash flow, how to measure and improve profit as well as an explanation of raising finance for growth. To purchase courses, simply visit the APHC website and follow the easy navigation process throughout each module. Courses will cost £25 + VAT for APHC members and £35 + VAT for non-members. On completion of each course’s end assessment, installers will be awarded a printable APHC certificate. Source link

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Pressure systems awareness – Buxton, 16 June 2016

Book Course HSL is to run a 1 day course on Pressure Systems Awareness. 16 June 2016   Pressure systems have been synonymous with industry since the age of steam. Today it is almost impossible to name an industry sector that does not make substantial use of pressure systems in some way or other.  From tyre inflators through refrigerators to full blown industrial processes, pressure systems have become as indispensable to industry as the electricity that powers them. This informative and experiential course is aimed at raising awareness of the hazards associated with pressure systems as well as the relevant regulatory frame work.  This course will offer delegates the unique opportunity to learn from real life case studies and forensic investigations into pressure systems failures, providing a first hand perspective of what can go wrong and why.  Delegates will also benefit from a substantial afternoon session with the HSE Inspector responsible for the current revision of the Safety of Pressure Systems Regulations, during in which delegates will be able to discuss both general and specific issues directly with the regulator in an open forum setting. Pressure systems have been synonymous with industry since the age of steam. Today it is almost impossible to name an industry sector that does not make substantial use of pressure systems in some way or other.  From tyre inflators through refrigerators to full blown industrial processes, pressure systems have become as indispensable to industry as the electricity that powers them. This informative and experiential course is aimed at raising awareness of the hazards associated with pressure systems as well as the relevant regulatory frame work.  This course will offer delegates the unique opportunity to learn from real life case studies and forensic investigations into pressure systems failures, providing a first hand perspective of what can go wrong and why.  Delegates will also benefit from a substantial afternoon session with the HSE Inspector responsible for the current revision of the Safety of Pressure Systems Regulations, during in which delegates will be able to discuss both general and specific issues directly with the regulator in an open forum setting.   Pressure, the basics Case studies from real life incident investigations What constitutes a pressure system What are the relevant regulations What are my regulatory obligations Appreciation of common hazards associated with pressure systems Common methods of risk mitigation Open discussion forum On completion of this course delegates will be able to identify pressure systems in the workplace and have an appreciation of the regulatory requirements for the management of a pressure system portfolio.  Delegates will also develop a firm understanding of the nature and significance of common risks associated with pressure systems as well as current risk mitigation strategies. This one day course can also be delivered at HSL as an in-company course. If you are interested in this and have a number of people to train please email training@hsl.gsi.gov.uk for a quote. This entry level open course is aimed at employers and employees from all sectors of industry that would like to develop an improved understanding of pressure systems and their associated risks and your regulatory responsibilities. 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.visitpeakdistrict.com The cost of this course is £495 per person (includes course notes, lunch and refreshments). 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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Saudi Aramco to press on with oil expansion

©AFP Saudi Arabia will continue to meet rising demand for its oil and press ahead with global expansion plans in spite of the “challenging” backdrop for the industry. In some of the first public comments from Saudi Arabia’s state oil company since a government reshuffle at the weekend, Amin Nasser, chief executive of Saudi Aramco, emphasised its willingness and ability to compete in global markets. More On this topic IN Oil & Gas “Whatever the call on Saudi Aramco we will meet it,” he said during a rare media visit to the headquarters of the state oil company in Dhahran. At the weekend, Saudi Arabia replaced Ali al-Naimi, its veteran oil minister, with Khalid al-Falih, chairman of Aramco and a close adviser to Mohammed bin Salman, the deputy crown prince who has emerged as the man with his hands on the levers of power in the kingdom. “We are seeing a global increase in demand,” he said, citing strength in India, the US and other parts of the world. Mr Nasser said oil demand was expected to rise by 1.2m barrels a day this year. The oil industry is watching for any signs of a change in Saudi policy or production levels almost two years after the oil price rout began. The crash, in which oil fell from above $100 a barrel in mid-2014 to below $30 in January, has ravaged the budgets of producer countries, led to widespread lay-offs in the oil industry and stoked fears of a deflationary spiral in the global economy. Prince Mohammed has hinted that the kingdom could easily accelerate output to more than 11m b/d as Iran, the regional rival, tries to recoup market share after years of sanctions. Last year, Saudi Arabia’s crude output averaged 10.2m b/d. On his first day in office, Mr Falih said there would be “stability” in the kingdom’s oil policy but said it was prepared to meet “existing and additional hydrocarbons demand from our expanding global customer base, backed by our current maximum sustainable capacity”. On Tuesday, Mr Nasser declined to say if Aramco would raise production but indicated the kingdom would meet heightened domestic electricity demand in the summer months. The desert country burns crude oil at its power plants in summer as air-conditioning use soars. Mr Nasser said the latest stage of an expansion project at the Shaybah oilfield in the south-east would be finished in a couple of weeks, adding 250,000 b/d of production capacity and taking the field’s maximum output to 1m b/d. This would help offset falling output at mature fields. Aramco was also eyeing joint ventures in Vietnam, China, Indonesia as well as the US as it prepares for a stock market flotation. “Even though it is challenging, it is an excellent opportunity for growth,” said Mr Nasser. “We are capitalising on this opportunity.” Last month, Saudi Arabia unveiled plans to transform its economy, pledging to end its “addiction to oil”. The cornerstone of the “Vision 2030” programme being pushed by Prince Salman is an IPO of a small part of Aramco. The planned sale of a 5 per cent stake could value the oil company at more than $2tn, according to Prince Mohammed, as well as potentially granting more independence from government oil policy. 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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Two significant coastal farms come to the market in Pembrokeshire

Two significant coastal dairy farms in Pembrokeshire, offering nearly 1300 acres in total, have come to the market.  Broadmoor Farm near Talbenny and Corston Farm at Hundleton represent some of the most significant properties of their kind to come to the market in Wales in recent years, according to selling agents Savills. Broadmoor farm extends to over 800 acres.  Bordering the Pembrokeshire coastline,  Broadmoor has modern milking facilities and housing for 400 cows.   It has been run as a successful dairy farm by the current owners in tandem with Corston Farm, as part of a larger farming and vegetable packing business in England. Currently housing a herd of 400 Holstein Friesans, that produce an average of 9,500 litres per cow for cheese production, the farm has the potential to expand and milk a larger herd.  Although currently dairy farmed, much of the land has been arable farmed over the years and, with a coastal influence, is known as being “early”. The farm has five residential dwellings – a main farmhouse set away from the main farmyard, two houses adjacent to the main farmyard and a further farmhouse and cottage on an adjoining holding.  In addition, on the edge of the main farmyard there are two semi-detached houses that have in the past been used for staff accommodation. The main farm is well served by a range of substantial modern portal frame outbuildings all set round a thoughtfully-designed farmyard complex.  The majority of the land is down to grass with areas of woodland and the coastal cliff land. The northern and western edges of the farm border the coastline and include a small pebbly beach called Mill Haven. Broadmoor is on the market with a guide price of £6.2 million for the whole or in three Lots. Corston Farm is a 483 acre dairy farm with views to the Pembrokeshire coast and sea.  The residential element of the farm consists of two 3-bedroom semi detached cottages and two detached 3-bedroom lodge bungalows. Made up almost entirely of early growing productive grassland with a small area of woodland, the land is divided into generous sized fields with good access for modern machinery. Extensive modern outbuildings include 20:40 Herringbone parlour, livestock, feed and machinery housing and cubicle housing for around 300 cows.  There are additional traditional outbuildings with potential for development subject to planning. Corston Farm is for sale as a whole or in three Lots with a guide price of £3.8m. Dan Rees of Savills comments, “Broadmoor Farm is one of the most important high quality farms to come onto the market in Wales for a number of years.  The owners have run both Broadmoor and Corston as part of a wider business and there is potential for them to continue to operate in this way or for them to be sold as separate entities. “Both farms have a considerable amount to offer in terms of land, buildings and machinery.  As well as being set up for dairy farming there are a number of options for diversification of cropping and alternative use of buildings subject to planning.” Source link

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New home registrations see small rise

According to new figures from NHBC, new home registrations hit 41,222 during Q2. 31,753 new homes were registered in the private sector, a 6% increase on the 30,086 a year ago. The public and affordable sector was down 13% with 9,469 new homes registered compared to 10,845 in Q2 2015. The overall number represents a 1% increase on the same period last year when 40,931 new homes were registered, making it the strongest quarter since 2007. The figures portray a mixed picture across the UK with half of the 12 regions showing an increase in registrations during Q2, including the South East (+37%) and the North East (+34%) with the other half reporting a decline in numbers, such as Wales (-30%) and London (-29%) compared to the same period last year. The number of new home completions for the rolling 12 months July 2015 – June 2016 also increased by 6% when compared to the previous 12 months (July 2014 – June 2015). This mirrors the strong growth seen in registrations in recent years, resulting in these new homes being completed over the past twelve months. As the leading warranty and insurance provider for new homes in the UK, NHBC’s registration statistics are a lead indicator of UK house-building activity. For 80 years, NHBC has been committed to driving up quality and raising standards in housebuilding and has approximately 80% market share. NHBC Chief Executive Mike Quinton said: “Our latest statistics show that the industry continues to consolidate on the strong growth in registrations seen over recent years. These registrations reflect continued industry confidence in the run-up to the EU Referendum at the end of June. Indeed, this period was the strongest quarter since Q4 2007, albeit still some way off levels seen over a decade ago. NHBC remains fully committed to support the industry to build new homes to the highest possible standards.” Source link

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Hinkley approved with ‘security’ safeguards

Theresa May has approved the £18bn Hinkley Point nuclear power station in south-west England, Europe’s biggest energy project, but the go-ahead for the controversial Franco-Chinese scheme came with new conditions on foreign investment in UK infrastructure. Key developments Theresa May gives approval for £18bn nuclear project Guaranteed energy price paid to EDF of £92.50 per megawatt hour unchanged UK to introduce new legal framework for future infrastructure projects Unions and business groups welcome decision The prime minister’s blessing for Hinkley following a surprise last-minute review removed the final obstacle to construction of Britain’s first new nuclear plant for a generation after almost a decade of planning, political disputes and delays. The project, expected to meet about 7 per cent of domestic electricity demand, will be led by French utility EDF, one-third financed by state-owned Chinese nuclear groups. They have an option to construct a further plant at Bradwell in eastern England that would involve the first Chinese reactor built in the developed world. In her biggest decision since she came to office after the UK vote in June to leave the EU, Mrs May acceded to arguments that Hinkley was essential to renewing the UK’s ageing energy infrastructure and cutting carbon emissions. In doing so she avoided the diplomatic rift with France and China that would have followed the cancellation of a project in which both countries have big financial and strategic interests. The Hinkley deal is seen as crucial to the future of the French nuclear industry — and its tens of thousands of jobs — and to China’s ambitions to build a global presence in the sector. However, Mrs May’s approval in defiance of critics, who said the project was too expensive and based on unproven technology, was subject to measures giving ministers more power to defend the national interest in the ownership of “critical infrastructure”. Under a revised agreement, EDF would be barred from selling its stake in the plant during construction and the government would take a “golden share” in future nuclear schemes. This latter measure appeared aimed at addressing Mrs May’s security concerns over plans by China General Nuclear Corporation, EDF’s main Chinese partner, to take the lead in construction of further reactors at Bradwell in eastern England, using Chinese technology. Downing Street said: “There will be reforms to the government’s approach to the ownership and control of critical infrastructure to ensure that the full implications of foreign ownership are scrutinised for the purposes of national security.” A review of the 2002 Enterprise Act would look at whether investments in critical infrastructure such as power plants should be referred to the government for approval. The measures reinforced early impressions of Mrs May’s administration as more interventionist in industrial policy and warier of Chinese investment than that of her predecessor, David Cameron. But the government is also under pressure after the Brexit vote to show that the UK remains “open for business”. Allies of George Osborne, the former chancellor, who championed Chinese investment in UK nuclear power, said Mrs May’s talk of golden shares and national security tests did little to alter the fundamentals of the Hinkley deal. Rupert Harrison, Mr Osborne’s closest aide at the Treasury, tweeted: “Right decision, no significant changes.” Hinkley Point decision One Whitehall official who worked on the original deal with EDF and CGN said: “They have ended up on Hinkley exactly where we were before: this whole thing is designed to get them off the hook. The Chinese can still build a reactor at Bradwell.” CGN said it was pleased with the decision as it was now “able to move forward and deliver” nuclear capacity at Hinkley Point, as well as at Bradwell. Jean-Bernard Lévy, chief executive of EDF, said the decision marked “the relaunch of nuclear in Europe” after its retreat in Germany and elsewhere since the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan in 2011. The French government praised the decision as “a major milestone in Franco-British industrial and energy co-operation”. Announcing the go-ahead, Greg Clark, secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy, said nuclear power was “an important part of ensuring our future low-carbon energy security”. There was no change to the financial terms of the deal with EDF, under which the French utility will receive £92.50 per megawatt hour of electricity produced by Hinkley Point, rising with inflation, for 35 years. Critics have argued that the guaranteed price is too high at a time when wholesale electricity rates are less than half that figure. They have also questioned the likelihood of the 3.2GW plant being finished on time in 2025, given the multiyear delays to similar projects involving EDF’s European Pressurised Reactors in France and Finland. EDF says it has learnt lessons from its construction problems elsewhere and that the cost of electricity from Hinkley Point is competitive with other forms of low-carbon energy such as wind power. The future of Hinkley was called into doubt in July when Mrs May ordered a review of the project just two weeks after taking office. As well as scrutinising China’s role, she wanted time to address concerns over the cost and technology. Reaction in the UK to the decision was mixed. Unions and business groups were generally welcoming of a project that EDF has promised will involve 64 per cent of its spending with British companies. Another foreign investor planning to build nuclear power plants in the UK said it was “entirely comfortable” with the legal framework proposed on Thursday. Horizon, owned by Hitachi of Japan, said it was right for the government to have control of vital infrastructure and it remained committed to its proposed power station at Wylfa in Anglesey. Environmental groups were more critical, arguing that government support should be given to renewable power instead. Friends of the Earth said Hinkley Point was “a project from a dying era which will saddle Britons with eye-watering costs for decades, and radioactive waste for millennia”. Source link

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MAY 2018 Henry Brothers wins contract to build new £23m Nottingham Trent University engineering facility

Contractor Henry Brothers has been appointed to build a new £23m engineering facility for Nottingham Trent University. The two-storey development, in the heart of the Clifton Campus, will feature a range of engineering, teaching and research spaces, together with a large design suite, IT suite, offices and amenity facilities – and has been designed to be in the top 10% of sustainable buildings in the UK, when it comes to energy efficiency. The contract is the latest appointment for Henry Brothers at an East Midlands university and follows the completion last year of the £12.5m STEMLab project at Loughborough University, which recently won the Design Through Innovation Award at the regional RICS Awards. It is the company’s first major Nottingham contract and cements Henry Brothers’ position as a key player in the city’s construction sector. Ian Taylor, Managing Director of Henry Brothers Midlands, said: “As a company, Henry Brothers has significant experience of partnering with universities to create inspiring buildings. Following the award-winning STEMLab project at Loughborough University, our team is currently on site with the same client delivering the £30m refurbishment of a 1960s building which houses science labs and teaching spaces. “We are delighted to now be working with another major university in the East Midlands, Nottingham Trent University. The prestigious new engineering building at NTU will enhance the already excellent facilities at the Clifton Campus, and we are very pleased to be part of the team delivering it.” Work on the engineering facility, which will also include the creation of a new ‘Institute of Industrial Digitalisation, Robotics and Automation’ is due to get under way in early June, with completion expected in time for the start of the 2019/2020 academic year. A strong Nottingham-based team has been appointed for the design and build contract and, along with Henry Brothers, includes project manager Edge, quantity surveyor Gleeds, architect Maber and civil and structural engineer Curtins. Henry Brothers is recognised as a leading construction company with a turnover in excess of £80m per annum and more than 200 direct employees. The business works across the UK, with offices in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The Midlands office was set up in January 2015 and from its Nottingham base, the team delivers projects from £2m to £30m in value and has a turnover approaching £40m. The firm’s contract at NTU is the latest investment by the university at the Clifton Campus, and will provide an energy efficient facility with an EPC A rating and a BREEAM excellent accreditation. Only the top 10% of new non-domestic buildings are built to a BREEAM excellent rating, with the accreditation being regarded as ‘best practice’. Nottingham Trent University is one of the most environmentally-friendly universities. “We want to create inspirational, state-of-the-art facilities that inspire staff and students and demonstrate our commitment to being a major player in the STEM education of engineers,” said Professor Mary O’Neill, the Dean of Nottingham Trent University’s School of Science and Technology. She said: “This development will facilitate a culture of innovation and excellence to support project-based, industry-focused learning and highly-rated research. “It will enable us to be at the heart of developments in the emerging ‘Industry 4.0’ agenda in terms of education and skills training, as well as knowledge transfer and knowledge development and research. “The anticipated skills shortages represent a serious concern for major industries, and we want to play a lead role in training current and future workers with the digitalisation skills required for this arena, which is being called the next industrial revolution.” The development at the Clifton Campus comes after the university launched a new Department of Engineering and a range of innovative engineering courses designed in conjunction with major industry employers and experts. Henry Brothers Midlands, based at Priory Court, Derby Road, Beeston, is part of The Henry Group, which comprises a number of manufacturing and construction sector companies, ranging from external construction through to interiors fit-out. In partnership with clients, it has a proven track record in education, defence, accommodation, commercial, industrial, transport and healthcare sectors. For more information, visit https://henrybrothers.co.uk/

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NBS connects UK, Canada and now Australia with structured information

NBS has updated its free-to-use BIM Object Standard and National BIM Library with content for use across Australia, adding to its existing UK and Canadian content. Widely adopted across the UK and used around the world, the NBS BIM Object Standard will allow manufacturers to share their product information digitally across all three countries, and allow designers and specifiers to download country-specific standardised objects from the NBS National BIM Library. This update from NBS who provide technical information, specification and BIM tools to construction industry professionals, was announced at the BiLT conference in Australia in May and is another step to promoting international adoption of the standard. “At NBS we were quick to recognise that the lack of an industry-wide standard for BIM objects was a significant barrier to the construction industry’s successful transition to a digital future and its adoption of BIM,” said NBS CEO Richard Waterhouse. “Setting an international standard means companies can bring efficiencies when working globally, providing a common way to talk to each other. Our vision is for the entire global construction industry to have access to BIM objects that can be used freely, safe in the knowledge that they contain the same levels of information with the appropriate geometry all wrapped up in a consistent and highly useable format; BIM objects that can deliver accurate data at the right time to inform decisions and minimise risks on any project.” The first Australian manufacturer to sign up to the NBS National BIM Library since the new update is Gunnebo, a global leader in security products, services and solutions. Global Product Manager for Gunnebo, Sergio Zanghellini, said: “BIM objects, and BIM philosophy in particular is setting a new era for specifiers, manufacturers and dealers. Anything to help simplify our job, as well as resulting in better management costs, is beneficial for everyone involved. I consider NBS an excellent and professional organization on a global scale, helping us to provide our clients with the best and most up-to-date services and tools.” In the newly-released 2018 NBS National BIM Report, over three quarters said that the NBS BIM Object Standard is useful and because objects on the NBS National BIM Library conform to this standard, their high quality is assured. In the same report 67 percent agreed that the library provided the highest quality content and 53 percent agreed that it provided the greatest ease of use. The NBS National BIM Library is already used globally but will now give manufacturers operating in Canada and Australia the opportunity to be found more easily by users of the library in the relevant countries. “Through the NBS National BIM Library we deliver rich, up-to-date and standardised product information to the designers and specifiers who need it, by working with manufacturers to describe and structure the information needed,” continued Richard. “Customers trust the quality of our data and its relevance to the requirements of designers, specifiers and other construction industry professionals around the world.  BIM objects that meet the requirements of the NBS BIM Object Standard will help to realise the true benefits of digital construction – resulting in better value across the whole life of the built asset.” The NBS BIM Object Standard was published for the first time in 2014, defining clear requirements against which all BIM objects can be assessed. The first of its kind globally, the standard defines what constitutes a quality BIM object, and provides the foundations for a consistent approach that can be adopted by designers, manufacturers and BIM content developers alike and has played a major role in helping organisations implement digital processes, and get the most from digital construction. The first release of the standard was developed in consultation with companies including; AEC3 Ltd, Arup Associates, Bond Bryan Architects, Doncaster Council, Ryder Architecture and Vinci Construction. To find out more about the updated BIM Object Standard or the wider NBS product range call 0345 456 9594 or email info@theNBS.com   To find out more about NBS visit www.theNBS.com

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Jarvie Plant urges construction firms to hire smart to control rising costs

The independent plant hire firm Jarvie Plant Group is calling on construction firms to hire equipment that helps alleviate rising costs and protect their margins. At a time when the UK construction sector is facing a reduction in major public infrastructure projects, the threat of higher labour costs as a result of Brexit and the after-effects of a prolonged severe winter, Jarvie Plant say they’re ideally placed to help with the unprecedented cost pressures construction firms are under. The Grangemouth-based firm has continuously renewed their portfolio of hire equipment by investing in technologically advanced plant, accommodation and vehicles that meet the highest quality and safety standards. “The construction sector is facing significant challenges on several fronts,” says Jarvie Plant’s business development director, David Jarvie. “Hiring newer equipment isn’t only the safest option, it can also be the most cost-effective overall as projects will not be negatively impacted by older machines breaking down.  If a machine breaks, you need to find a replacement and that can result in time delays and significant costs. “Moreover, some of our newer equipment could help reduce fuel bills. For example, our ECO-Settler welfare accommodation units feature an automatic power management system which delivers 75% fuel savings against conventional units.  In addition, our new fuel management offering is allowing our customers hassle-free hire of generators and accommodation, minimising downtime on site. Customers are also benefiting from reduced emissions from our new JS130 Excavators and 25-35m Rotating telescopic handlers.” But in addition to rising costs, the construction industry is also suffering a skill and labour shortage. The skills gap is driving up wages, which is squeezing businesses already battling higher material costs. With recruitment costs also increasing due to staff shortages, retaining existing employees is crucial. “Our customers’ staff have access to great equipment to work with and accommodation that offers them an excellent working environment, and we feel that is crucial to staff retention,” added Mr Jarvie. Jarvie Plant currently has a network of 9 hire depots across Scotland and the North West of England, with a tenth depot set to open later this year in Inverness.

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Glasgow Development Wins Award at Homes for Scotland Awards

The ‘Private Development of the Year – Medium’ accolade at the annual Homes for Scotland awards has been handed to David Wilson Homes’ flagship development in the west end of Glasgow. The luxury development beat off competition from across the industry to be crowned as the winner. The ‘Private Development of the Year – Medium’ category rewards a private development that hosts between 26 and 99 units and receives the best marks from the judges in regards to the placemaking elements of the development, architectural design quality, commercial success, the impact the development has had on key stakeholders, the supply chain and the industry itself. “The Botanics is the flagship development for David Wilson Homes and to see it celebrated and applauded as the best in the luxury market reflects the hard work of the team at The Botanics who worked tirelessly to bring a luxury vision to life,” said David Scott, Managing Director at David Wilson Homes. “It is exemplary in design, management and build quality which is why we considered it a worth entry for the ‘Private Development of the Year award and we are thrilled that it has been crowned the winner. The finishing of the homes, apartments and the development itself is of the highest quality. This has been recognised previously with the site management team being recognised with two national award wins at the NHBC Pride in the Job awards,” he added. The awards took place on the 25th of May at The EICC, Edinburgh, and it saw 1,100 firms from the property industry come together and celebrate the innovative, design-led work that is currently happening in the sector, while also battling it out to take home the coveted awards of the day.

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