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June 17, 2019

Scape Group unveils details of next generation Venture frameworks

The frameworks have been created to enable efficient built environment procurement for private companies including; charitable bodies, public sector joint venture (JV) partnerships and housing delivery companies; The Venture offering includes the full range of multidiscipline design services, client advisory, development management and construction, civils and infrastructure services; Scape Group,

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10 Ways to Browse the Internet Securely and Privately

Taking a saying from one of the most successful – if not the most successful – TV series of all time (Game of Thrones), the above could not be truer. One moment, you could be checking out some cute cat videos on YouTube and the next, you land on a

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June 17, 2019

Scape Group unveils details of next generation Venture frameworks

The frameworks have been created to enable efficient built environment procurement for private companies including; charitable bodies, public sector joint venture (JV) partnerships and housing delivery companies; The Venture offering includes the full range of multidiscipline design services, client advisory, development management and construction, civils and infrastructure services; Scape Group, the market leader in public sector procurement, has published details of its next generation of the Scape Venture frameworks, the procurement arm of the business focused on supporting public/private partnerships and charitable organisations. Scape Venture offers clients fully managed frameworks designed to allow privately funded projects to be delivered rapidly, with a robust governance structure and embedding the same socioeconomic benefits that its other frameworks do, supporting local job creation and offering a wide range of community engagement initiatives. The frameworks have been developed to assist local authority owned private companies, charitable bodies, joint venture (JV) partnerships and special purpose vehicles with projects that are privately financed.   The services that will be offered under the frameworks include full multidisciplinary design consultancy, client advisory services, development management, infrastructure and construction. It has also been designed to support the delivery of projects being undertaken by the privatised elements of public sector organisations, charities, housing organisations including the delivery of new schools which form part of a section 106 agreement. Scape Venture has already supported a number of high-profile clients to achieve their desired outcomes and maximum social value on a number of projects, including the RSPB Sherwood Forest visitor centre, the National Space Centre and the University of Cambridge Eddington Estate Management Office. The new frameworks take a strengthened approach to responsible procurement, ensuring speed, value for money, inclusive social value and enhanced performance management. Scape’s delivery partners include a wide range of industry leading businesses and operate across the country, including; Balfour Beatty, Morgan Sindall, Robertson, Wates, Willmott Dixon, Woodhead Construction and Perfect Circle, the consortium comprising Pick Everard, Gleeds and AECOM. Each partner has been selected for their expertise and ability to work collaboratively with clients and communities to deliver social value across projects. Service Project value Areas covered Partner Consultancy All project values National Perfect Circle Civil Engineering All project values National Balfour Beatty Construction Exclusive provider: All project values Scotland Robertson Construction Exclusive provider: Projects over £7.5m   Non-exclusive provider: Projects up to £7.5m North England, Wales and Northern Ireland Willmott Dixon Construction Non-exclusive provider: Projects up to £7.5m North England Woodhead Construction Construction Exclusive provider: Projects over £7.5m   Non-exclusive provider: Projects up to £7.5m Central Morgan Sindall Construction Non-exclusive provider: Projects up to £7.5m Central Woodhead Construction Construction Exclusive provider: Projects up to £7.5m London and South England Morgan Sindall Construction Exclusive provider: Projects over £7.5m London and South England Wates Mark Robinson, Scape Group chief executive, comments: “We are tremendously proud of the volume of successful, and high-profile projects that Scape Venture has enabled in recent years by bringing together the very best of public and private procurement expertise. “Our strengthened Scape Venture offering will continue to generate greater value for money and project success for privately funded projects, while creating significant and measurable social value across the United Kingdom. The delivery partners we have selected will all be supported by strong local supply chains which will ensure projects are delivered on-time and on-budget, while stimulating local economic growth by keeping the pound local.” Steve Beechey, Group Strategy Director and Managing Director Government Affairs, Wates Group, comments: “Scape Venture represents a pioneering approach to the procurement of privately funded projects, which has set a new standard in efficiency while incorporating the extensive local economic benefits created by public sector procurement practices. Our re-appointment to Scape Venture recognises our shared values with Scape Group to continually raise standards in the built environment and to deliver exceptional projects that come with an ambitious socioeconomic legacy.”

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Harnessing that satisfaction that only building can give you #iBuiltThis2019

The #iBuiltThis2019 competition is open for entries. The competition, run by FIS, now in its third year, is a visual campaign that draws on the pride construction workers take when they see finished projects that they have worked on – harnessing the “I Built This” feeling to promote construction as a career choice. The competition platform goes live on 13 June and entries will close on 15 September with the winners announced at the awards ceremony at UK Construction Week on 8 October 2019. FIS CEO, Iain McIlwee stated, “The construction industry employs around 3.1 million people, that equates to one in ten people working in the UK. #iBuiltThis is about celebrating this through social media. It is something that everyone in construction can get behind. We’ve focussed on making it simple. This launch is a call to action to individuals and companies to take #iBuiltThis and make it your own, use it to highlight excellent work one of your new starters or apprentices has done, as an initiative to help engage with your local school, college or even Scout group, make entering an activity for a young person on work experience or encourage your own children to enter – use it to help those around you to understand the joy that can be found in making and building, making a mark on the future landscape of the UK.” To encourage young people to get involved, the competition has been divided into three age groups with some fabulous prizes to be won: 13 and under (family trip to Legoland with an overnight stay at Castle Hotel, 14-18 (an iPhone XR) and 19 plus (a getaway for two adults in one of Canopy & Stars exclusive properties in the UK). We would like entrants to share a photo of themselves (selfie) with the image of a completed project they have built, or helped to build and enter on the competition platform when it opens on 13 June. FIS is encouraging schools and colleges to get fully engaged with and run their own mini #iBuiltThis competitions and enter the finalists and winners via a secure platform. A special prize for the most engaged school or college will be awarded to the institution that makes the most entries. The competition is open to everyone who has a passion for building, construction, design, fit-out, interiors and more. Entrants are encouraged to be as creative as possible, whether it’s a model, a physical structure, building, drawing or even a digital design using software. They are free to use any material for their build. This year’s competition sponsors include, UK Construction Week, Silver Trowel Ltd, Building Heroes, CSCS, Astins Ltd and Michel Mersh Brick Holdings Plc. We also have an exclusive line-up on the judging panel consisting of industry leaders, advocates and educators who are backing this competition. The diversity the judging panel bring demonstrate how collaboration across the industry can help us to reach out to a wider audience and present construction as an attractive industry, full of opportunity and diversity of careers for young people and new entrants. This year’s judging panel: • Alison Watson MBE – Founder and chief executive of Class of Your Own • Brendan Williams – CEO of Building Heroes • Fred Mills – Co-Founder and managing director of The B1M channel • Kathryn Lennon-Johnson – Founder and director of Built Environment Skills in Schools (BESS) • Mark Farmer – industry advocate and Founding director and CEO of Cast Consultancy • Naomi Hamilton – winner of IBT2018 – 14-18 age category contest – will be in attendance • Rebecca Lovelace – Founder of Building People • Steve Coley – FIS immediate past president and FIS Skills Board member The competition will be judged on the best creative picture and best response to the question asked within each age category. The public vote will make up 50% of the overall scores. The remaining 50% of the scores will be ranked in order by the judging panel. Alison Watson MBE, Founder and chief executive of Class of Your Own said “I am thrilled to be involved in #iBuiltThis 2019 competition, it’s a great way to engage with people of all ages, especially young people and inspire them to use their skills in building and showcasing the projects they are proud of. I would encourage everybody to enter, especially schools and colleges. I am looking forward to seeing all the brilliant entries for this competition”. For more information about #iBuiltThis2019 competition, sponsorship or you would like to get involved and become Competition Ambassadors: email yasminkauser@thefis.org or visit our website page on: www.thefis.org/skills-hub/i-built-this-2019-competition/

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New safety performance displays to be launched across SIG Distribution

Following the introduction of the Health and Safety at Work Act in 1974, the United Kingdom has gone on to have one of the best combined health and safety records in the world. Taking place from 17 to 21 June 2019, UK Health and Safety Week celebrates excellence in health and safety, while recognising there is still room for improvement. At SIG Distribution, Health and Safety goes beyond a check list of do’s and don’ts. Our goal is to achieve zero accidents, through proactivity and education, creating a culture of awareness and compliance that even the smallest action in our business plays its part in ensuring the safety of everyone that encounters our business. This includes our people, customers, our industry and the communities we serve. Since the launch of our Zero Harm prorgamme in 2014, several initiatives have been launched to support this ambition, and the latest will see the installation of ‘Incident Performance Placards’ at the entrance to each of our SIG Distribution centres.  Through proactively displaying key accident performance information, including days since last lost time accident, total accidents and number of work days lost in the year, everyone working at and visiting these locations will be aware of the centre’s performance and can drive continuous improvement to health and safety together. This drive for ongoing improvement will be reinforced through the inclusion of a performance rating on each placard, from A to C, based on the centre’s most recent audit score and recent accident performance. Rupert Tubbs, Operations Director for SIG Distribution, said “Zero Harm means sustaining a work environment which supports the health and safety of our staff, customers and visitors and minimises the impact our business has on the environment. “The new placards will be used to convey a clear, unambiguous message that can be easily understood by everyone.”

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10 Ways to Browse the Internet Securely and Privately

Taking a saying from one of the most successful – if not the most successful – TV series of all time (Game of Thrones), the above could not be truer. One moment, you could be checking out some cute cat videos on YouTube and the next, you land on a website that scrambles your device’s data, demanding a token (ransom) before they release it to you. That makes it very important to ensure the safety and privacy of your personal data when browsing the web. Here are some tips to help you make that happen. 1) Install A Secure Browser You need a browser to access the Internet. This makes your choice of browser the first step in ensuring your online safety. ‘How?’ You may ask. You may not know this, but some of the common web browsers out there are equipped with various security settings designed to keep you safe while surfing the Internet. An example of this is the SmartScreen URL and Application Reputation Filtering feature which Microsoft has incorporated into its Edge browser since as far back as 2017. What this feature basically does is run checks on the reputation of websites you choose to access before they load into your browser. Should there be any funny business in the code of such a website, Microsoft Edge notifies you immediately. From that point, you get the option to choose whether you’d like to proceed to the website or go back at that point. As of the time of this writing, the best browsers you can go for (in terms of usability and security, which are the most important things here) are: Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge 2) Use HTTPS wherever possible When websites first started gaining traction, they worked on a protocol known as HTTP (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol). As time went on, there came the need for better security on the Internet, which brought about the last ‘S’ which stands for ‘Secure.’ Ever since it has always been the best thing to browse websites with https in their domain name rather than the old http. One thing you should always look out for is that extra ‘s.’ In fact, it is possible for you to access the unsecured form of a website which has a secure version, so keep an eye out for that too. Better still, download the ‘HTTPS Everywhere’ extension for your browser. That will force every we bite you visit to transmit over the secure channel, giving you more protection than before. 3) Stay Away from Public Wi-Fi Sometimes, the problem is not with the browser you are using. Likewise, the website you are accessing might not be at fault. That potential breach waiting to happen could just be a function of the kind of connection you are surfing the Internet with. Public Wi-Fi is almost everywhere you step into these days: Cafes, shops, parks, hospitals, airports… you name it. Since they usually come free, it is no surprise that many people prefer to use these networks when they have the chance. What you do not know is that you are exposing yourself too much for comfort. If you ever stopped to think about the true cost of free, public Wi-Fi networks, you would not want to pay it anymore. For one, the offerors of such networks (i.e. the shops, park operators, airports, etc.) can see all you do on the network and even record your Internet data. In the same vein, an experienced hacker can intercept your messages (man in the middle attacks), inject malware onto every computer connected to such a Wi-Fi network, and even steal sensitive information (bank login, passwords, etc.). 4) Manage your Cookies Better Cookies are supposed to be one of the best things that ever happened to web browsers. They are the tiny bits of code that keep you logged in to a website from the first time you visited. They do so much more than that: helping to keep your location preferences, language choices and other settings fixed on websites. Well, until advertisers and hackers got wind of what they could do with those cookies too. Now, advertisers can place a cookie on your browser when you visit their website. This cookie will track your activity throughout the Internet, collecting information on websites you visit. Hackers can use the same cookies to steal your passwords and record your key logs, among other things. While it is not advisable to get rid of all cookies (unless you don’t mind having to log in to every website every single time), you should keep track of the cookies your browser is storing. Keep the ones you need and discard the others. This might take extra time, but that is a small price to pay for your security. 5 Use a VPN Another sure-fire way to keep all prying eyes out is to always be connected througha secure VPN. If you have ever used a VPN before, you will know they are designed to change your IP address (computer’s location) without you having to change physical location. Thus, you can access the web from the US while being physically based in Australia, or anywhere else in the world. Following up the point on cookies, this feature of VPNs allows you keep your location anonymous if anyone were to be collecting your personal data. Speaking of data collection, a VPN also tunnels your Internet traffic through a massive array of servers whenever you connect to the Internet. This throws anyone following your trail off track, keeping you as anonymous as you would like to be. 6 Try Alternate forms of Payments The Internet has grown to the point where we can simply buy things and pay for them online. To make such payments, vendor websites will require your card details. Basically, your card details hold every information there is to know about you: your name, and access to your finances. That sounds like a hacker’s heaven. It is

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