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October 19, 2018

Suspended prison sentence for unregistered gas worker

Suspended prison sentence for unregistered gas worker Published:  27 June, 2016 A man who fitted central heating boilers at two houses in Greater Manchester has received a suspended prison sentence, after he admitted he did not have the required safety registration to do the work. Christopher Dignam, trading at Blue

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Carillion confirms first building in Paradise

The contractor is already on site doing the enabling works and will now build out the seven storey building which will include a roof terrace on the sixth floor and restaurants and retail units at ground level. The Paradise redevelopment is by Paradise Circus Limited Partnership, a private-public joint venture with

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Airport decision pushed back to October

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has confirmed that the government is unable to make a decision on the proposed expansion of Heathrow airport until “at least October”. Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said “given recent events” he “cannot see any announcement” on airport expansion until after the summer recess of parliament and

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Davlyn Construction Delivers New Sports Facilities

Derby-based Davlyn Construction has secured a £6 million contract as the main build contractor for Repton School in South Derbyshire. Davlyn will be transforming the sports facilities at the historic school. Phase One has already been completed and a new strength and conditioning gym, together with a 1250 m2 state-of-the-art

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Interserve Wins Highways England Contract

A £4 million Highways England contract to upgrade the M271 Redbridge roundabout near Southampton Docks has been secured by Interserve, the international support services and construction group. “We are delighted to have secured another Highways England contract after our recent success on the A63 Princes Quay in Hull. Our works

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HLM Partners with Glasgow Gaelic School Through DYW

HLM, a leading design and architecture practice with studios in Glasgow, has contributed to academic life in Glasgow through its involvement with Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Glasgow. HLM’s Marketing Executive, Amy Ogilvy, who is based in the Glasgow studio, has become a DYW Ambassador on behalf of the practice.

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October 19, 2018

Suspended prison sentence for unregistered gas worker

Suspended prison sentence for unregistered gas worker Published:  27 June, 2016 A man who fitted central heating boilers at two houses in Greater Manchester has received a suspended prison sentence, after he admitted he did not have the required safety registration to do the work. Christopher Dignam, trading at Blue Flame Plumbing and Heating Services, has never been on the Gas Safe Register, the body which ensures those who carry out gas work are competent to do so. One of the two boilers fitted by him in November and December 2014 was found by a Gas Safe investigator to be ‘at risk’ – meaning that faults were present which could constitute a danger to life or property. Advertisements for Blue Flame Plumbing and Heating in two local publications showed a Gas Safe Register logo and a registration number which does not belong to Dignam, confirming that he knew he should be Gas Safe Registered, the court heard. Mr Dignam, of Middleton, Manchester, pleaded guilty to two breaches of Regulations 3(3), and for breaching 3(7) and 26(1) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998. He was sentenced to 12 months custody, suspended for two years. He was ordered to pay £460 and £400 compensation to the two homeowners and £3,000 costs. HSE inspector Caroline Shorrock said: “Mr Dignam showed a reckless and flagrant disregard for health and safety requirements. He knew he should be registered with Gas Safe and he exposed customers to a risk of serious injury or death.” Source link

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Carillion confirms first building in Paradise

The contractor is already on site doing the enabling works and will now build out the seven storey building which will include a roof terrace on the sixth floor and restaurants and retail units at ground level. The Paradise redevelopment is by Paradise Circus Limited Partnership, a private-public joint venture with Birmingham City Council. The private sector funding is being managed by Hermes Investment Management which has partnered with Canada Pension Pan Investment Board on the first phase of the development. Argent is the development manager. Carillion operations director, Simon Dingle said: “Paradise is a crucial project for the city and Carillion is very proud to be playing such a major role in its delivery. We are looking forward to completing the enabling works on the site and being able to bring our considerable experience to construct One Chamberlain Square.” Argent regional director, Rob Groves, said: “Carillion has been making good progress preparing this complex site and the surrounding infrastructure and is about to start delivering the foundations and basement for the first phase of building. We are very pleased that Carillion will now be able to continue this work and bring One Chamberlain Square to life.”   Source link

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Airport decision pushed back to October

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has confirmed that the government is unable to make a decision on the proposed expansion of Heathrow airport until “at least October”. Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said “given recent events” he “cannot see any announcement” on airport expansion until after the summer recess of parliament and a new Conservative Party leader is elected. “I very much hope a decision can be made later this year,” Mr McLoughlin told the House of Commons. So politically charged is the topic of airport expansion in the southeast of England that back in 2012 the government commissioned an independent commission under Sir Howard Davies to recommend the best way forward. It shortlisted proposals for a second runway at Gatwick and a new airport in the Thames estuary but in its final report in July 2015 recommended a third runway at Heathrow. On receiving that recommendation the government promised to respond by the end of 2015. At the end of 2015 it said it was delaying a decision until summer 2016, saying that more studies were required on the impact of Heathrow expansion on air quality. The political chaos resulting from the EU referendum result has provided more cover for the government to avoid a difficult decision once again. “This is disappointing news,” said Institution of Civil Engineers director general Nick Baveystock. “Government commissioned a comprehensive review to establish the best expansion option for the UK, and this resulted in a clear recommendation. We recognise the difficult political situation but now more than ever we need a bold, strategic decision on the country’s future hub capacity and leaders who can step up to the mark. We now face yet more uncertainty, and indefinite delay on an issue that is critical to the UK’s competitiveness.”     This article was published on 30 Jun 2016 (last updated on 30 Jun 2016). Source link

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CROSSMAN HOMES TO BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO BRISTOL’S WHITFIELD TABERNACLE

Bristol’s iconic Whitfield Tabernacle, one of the most at risk Grade One listed buildings in the UK, has taken a big step towards being saved thanks to a partnership between Crossman Homes and the Whitfield Tabernacle Trust.  The Kingswood building dating back to 1741 and widely regarded as the birthplace of the Methodist movement will, under plans being put forward, be renovated and redeveloped as a community space. The site, previously owned by PG Group, has lain dormant for many years due to its challenging layout, complicated planning issues and viability concerns.  Crossman Homes bought the land adjacent to the Tabernacle from PG Group in May and is planning to convert the existing Masters Church into 19 apartments and erect three new build homes.  The company has pledged to assist in the renovation and rebuilding of the neighbouring derelict burnt out shell of the Whitfield Tabernacle working closely with the Trust which was formed in October 2017. Speaking after a recent meeting convened by Kingswood MP Chris Skidmore, Simon Ellis, Crossman Homes said: “We’re delighted to be part of this exciting development working closely with the Trust, Chris Skidmore MP and South Gloucestershire Council.  Our involvement provides the first realistic proposition that this ‘at risk’ Grade One Listed building can be saved from collapse, bringing it back into good use for the community.  We’re well placed to tackle this challenging site following our recent successful redevelopment of Wesleyan Chapel in Kingswood, Bristol.” Crossman Homes is working closely with South Gloucestershire Council planners to unlock the complicated site constraints with a view to delivering 19 apartments within the Masters Church conversion and three new houses on the site.  This includes providing a new public park which Crossman Homes will gift back to the Council for locals to use and enjoy. Chris Skidmore, MP for Kingswood said: “I was delighted to bring both Crossman Homes and the Whitfield Tabernacle Trust together for the first time, in order to begin a dialogue about how to best progress the Tabernacle’s restoration. Already Crossman Homes is working on a plan for the Masters Church and the wider site, which should help transform this unloved part of Kingswood, but I am extremely keen as the local MP for Kingswood that we get a viable plan for restoring the Grade One listed Tabernacle that will have the support of the Trust and the local community together, so that we can finally end the situation of a worldwide historic site simply rotting away. I hope that this meeting will be the start of a conversation about how we can now move forward together, united behind a common vision of transforming Kingswood for the better, with the Tabernacle a vitally important part of this regeneration process.” Cllr Toby Savage, Leader, South Gloucestershire Council added: “I’ve been really impressed with Crossman Homes’ work on other sites locally, which bodes well for finally unlocking the potential of the Whitfield Tabernacle site to contribute towards an exciting future for Kingswood’s town centre. As a Council, we look forward to examining the specific planning proposals being submitted for this site.”

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The UK’s growing population will reach 70 million by 2016… but will the government have to make revisions?

The UK’s population is set to grow and reach over 70 million people, but will that result in the government having to make revisions when it comes to the amount that they need to invest into the nation’s economy? UK online investment and personal pension company, True Potential Investor, investigates the effects of the growing population in the infographic below. You’ll discover the UK’s GDP, Great Britain’s Historic CPI inflation rate, the UK real households’ disposable income per head and much more when various generations were turning 16 years old and adjusting from education to work life.

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Davlyn Construction Delivers New Sports Facilities

Derby-based Davlyn Construction has secured a £6 million contract as the main build contractor for Repton School in South Derbyshire. Davlyn will be transforming the sports facilities at the historic school. Phase One has already been completed and a new strength and conditioning gym, together with a 1250 m2 state-of-the-art sports hall, designed by Matthew Montague Architects, is in place. The new facility will be used for indoor hockey, netball, basketball and football along with new squash courts, changing rooms, seating and sports storage area. The contract, worth £3 million, also included the demolition of the old 1960s squash courts. The second phase, which is also worth £3 million, is now being delivered by Davlyn. This will see the existing Tanyard Building extended and refurbished to create a new entrance, changing rooms, briefing room, link corridor, social area, viewing gallery and the creation of a bigger car park. “Firstly, we’re delighted to have been appointed as the main build contractor on such a prestigious job at Repton School. We’re really pleased to have delivered phase one of the project to a high standard and on time and it’s fantastic to see the school and its students benefiting from it,” said David Gaskin, Director at Davlyn Construction. “Now we are very much focused on phase two and delivering that to an equally high standard. We have the constraints of working on a live site and within a conservation area but that is something we are very experienced in. We have worked with Repton School for over 14 years and have established a very good working relationship with them. We are proud to be part of their plans to deliver even better facilities for their students and staff. Education is a very important sector for us as a company so we are particularly pleased to have been awarded this contract,” David added. Repton School, established in 1557, is a co-educational independent school for boarding and day pupils and has around 650 students.

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Interserve Wins Highways England Contract

A £4 million Highways England contract to upgrade the M271 Redbridge roundabout near Southampton Docks has been secured by Interserve, the international support services and construction group. “We are delighted to have secured another Highways England contract after our recent success on the A63 Princes Quay in Hull. Our works on the Redbridge roundabout will benefit residents, businesses and ease congestion around Southampton docks,” said Wayne Howell, Sector Director for Highways. The scheme will see Interserve create a new free-flow, left-turn lane from the M271 to the Port of Southampton. The infrastructure division will also complete road-widening works to create four lanes on the roundabout to increase its overall capacity. Other associated works will include an additional toucan crossing which enables pedestrians and cyclists to cross together, replacing a footbridge and refurbishing an existing subway to the north of the junction. A major problem in this area of Southampton is congestion, with the M271 southbound to the A33 exhibiting average speeds of below 40 mph during peak hours which also impacts road safety. This scheme aims to reduce traffic delays on this important route into Southampton and create more reliable journey times for local, regional and port transport. Interserve is one of the world’s foremost support services and construction companies. Their core values are at the heart of everything they do. As leaders in innovative and sustainable outcomes for their clients and a great place to work for, Interserve offers advice, design, construction, equipment, facilities management and frontline public services. Headquartered in the UK and FTSE listed, Interserve has gross revenues of £3.7 billion and a workforce of circa 75,000 people worldwide.

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HLM Partners with Glasgow Gaelic School Through DYW

HLM, a leading design and architecture practice with studios in Glasgow, has contributed to academic life in Glasgow through its involvement with Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Glasgow. HLM’s Marketing Executive, Amy Ogilvy, who is based in the Glasgow studio, has become a DYW Ambassador on behalf of the practice. Through DYW, HLM has partnered with Glasgow Gaelic School and has now the opportunity to execute a programme for students in the forthcoming academic year. Within this, HLM will offer work experience in its Glasgow studio, competitive projects for graphic design students and get involved with career fairs at the school. “I am thrilled to be an Ambassador for DYW and am delighted to be partnered with Glasgow Gaelic School. Having the chance to inspire young students and inform them of the endless possibilities available after school is a fantastic opportunity, both for myself personally and for HLM. The scheme genuinely inspires the next generation and opens their eyes to the possibilities after school. I would like to thank HLM for their support in this partnership, as it is a privilege to have the opportunity to make a difference,” said Amy. HLM recognises the importance of helping students thrive in the workplace and equip them with the best knowledge to move forward into their next career move. The programme aims to prepare young people for the rapidly changing world of work and open their eyes to the many opportunities out there for them. “At the Sgoil Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu, equipping our students with the core skills, knowledge and confidence to excel in life after they leave our classrooms is at the heart of everything we do. We are excited to be partnered with HLM as part of the DYW programme and to be working closely with Amy. It is incredibly important for our students to gain valuable career insight and being able to gain this first hand from HLM is a fantastic opportunity. We are looking forward to all that the partnership brings. Dà chànan, Dà Chultar, Iomadh Cothrom (Two languages, two cultures, many opportunities),” commented Donalda McComb, Head Teacher at Sgoil Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu (Glasgow Gaelic School).

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