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October 20, 2020

PLANNING GRANTED FOR SALFORD’S ANCHORAGE GATEWAY SCHEME

Salford City Council’s planning committee has approved Cole Waterhouse’s Anchorage Gateway scheme which will deliver 290 new apartments in Salford Quays. Outline consent was granted last November and was followed by a reserved matters application which the committee stamped for approval yesterday. The 250,640 sq ft, L-shaped residential scheme will

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Building homes for first-time buyers

How housebuilders can prepare for the First Homes scheme In February 2020, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick, announced the Government’s First Homes scheme. The scheme will see thousands of new houses being built across the UK, aimed to help more first-time buyers onto the

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The Apps Making Life Easier for the Construction Industry

The Apps Making Life Easier for the Construction Industry

Construction is one of the many industries in the UK where traditional methods have been gradually replaced by more digital alternatives. With many reluctant to switch from pen to paper to digital apps, we want to explore which apps are actually worth trying, and could make your work life easier.

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Neighbours Could Add Value to Your Property

Neighbours Could Add Value to Your Property

Property experts at PriceYourJob.co.uk were curious to find out the impact of good neighbours on property values across the country, and surveyed 2,341 homeowners to find out more, asking if they’d be happy to pay more for a property if neighbours had desirable kerb appeal, and what features would influence

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BOHS announces Asbestos 2020- preliminary programme released

The British Occupational Hygiene Society, the Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection, and the Faculty of Asbestos Assessment and Management (FAAM) invites all asbestos professionals to Asbestos 2020 Virtual Conference taking place on 18 and 19 November. The event will bring together researchers, academics, practitioners and regulators, through various plenary

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October 20, 2020

PLANNING GRANTED FOR SALFORD’S ANCHORAGE GATEWAY SCHEME

Salford City Council’s planning committee has approved Cole Waterhouse’s Anchorage Gateway scheme which will deliver 290 new apartments in Salford Quays. Outline consent was granted last November and was followed by a reserved matters application which the committee stamped for approval yesterday. The 250,640 sq ft, L-shaped residential scheme will re-develop brownfield land on the corner of The Quay and Anchorage Quay which has lain vacant for several years. Following the appointment of a main contractor later this year work will start on site early in 2021. Designed by Chapman Taylor architects, the building comprises 29 storeys, across ground, mezzanine and 27 levels of residential accommodation which will offer one, two and three-bedroom homes.  At ground level the building will offer 4,000 sq ft of commercial space and extensive areas of public realm and landscaping as well as cycle storage facilities. On the mezzanine, and at level 19, there will be two landscaped terrace gardens for residents and rooftop penthouse apartments that have extensive private terraces. Commenting on the planning committee’s approval Damian Flood, CEO of Cole Waterhouse said: “We are committed to building quality homes for the people of Salford and have been working closely with the Council throughout the determination period to refine our plans and ensure that the building and landscaping meets the changing needs of the local market and future occupiers. We undertook a number of revisions to the design to reduce the amount of commercial space in favour of delivering as much outside amenity space as possible and the city-wide views from the rooftop sun terrace will be hard to beat.” The scheme sits at a primary gateway into Salford Quays in a location which offers residents the best of both Manchester and Salford with direct access to the Anchorage Metrolink station which is just 30m away from the site. It will be Cole Waterhouse’s second residential scheme in the area following in the footsteps of the 214,000 sq ft No1 Old Trafford, a two-tower 354 unit scheme which is being built by Domis Construction and which is due for completion early 2021. Damian continued: “We look forward to appointing a contactor as soon as possible and starting the build programme which will not only deliver much-needed, high quality homes but will also create new jobs and training opportunities for local people. We are proud that Anchorage Gateway will be a key scheme in the ongoing regeneration of Salford.” As part of its commitment to the area, Cole Waterhouse will pay a total of £1.3m towards local projects, including improvements to Ordsall Park, Monmouth Park, Montford Street Park and Weaste Cemetery.  Funds are also earmarked for several transport and highways improvement as well as a residents-only parking permit scheme. The delivery team includes WSP|Indigo Planning, structural engineers Renaissance, M&E contractors Novo, landscape architects Exterior Architecture, project managers/quantity surveyors Henry Riley with legal advice from Ward Hadaway. Cole Waterhouse specialise in delivering medium to large mixed-use, residential and student schemes. The team has 2,743 homes in the pipeline, delivering offices, mixed-use, leisure and commercial industrial space in Manchester, Leeds, the Midlands and London. Its schemes are valued at over £800m GDV. 

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BUREAU VERITAS LAUNCHES NEW SWAB TESTING SERVICE AS COVID-19 FOUND TO SURVIVE 28 DAYS ON SURFACES

Responding to latest research showing Covid-19 can remain infectious on surfaces for up to 28 days, leading health and safety authority Bureau Veritas has developed a new swab sampling service.  Giving employers the peace of mind of knowing their workplaces are COVID free, the new offering involves Bureau Veritas’ highly-qualified occupational hygienists swab testing various surfaces on business sites in line with MDHS 97 – Methods for Sampling Surface Contamination. Recognising the many challenges businesses face in remaining open and operational when dealing with a potential coronavirus outbreak, the swab sampling service includes a speedy 24hr turnaround time for all samples. Following this, a sample analysis report is issued to businesses within seven working days from the final visit to a site. Crucially, if traces of the virus are detected, Bureau Veritas can pin-point exactly where and provide accurate recommendations on adapting and improving cleaning practices to help eradicate COVID-19 from the workplace. The launch of the new swab sampling service comes as latest research shows the virus that causes COVID-19 can survive for up to 28 days on surfaces such as the glass on mobile phones, stainless steel, vinyl and paper banknotes1. Joe Marais, Occupational Hygiene Team Leader at Bureau Veritas comments: “Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and new research showing the COVID-19 virus can survive almost a month on certain surfaces, employers face an ever-escalating pressure to prove their premises are clean and COVID free. “To support businesses in demonstrating that reassurance, we’ve developed our new tried and tested swab sampling service, which as restrictions continue to tighten, will be essential to keeping many sites open, operational and safe enough for employees, visitors and customers to use. We’d encourage all businesses, whatever the sector, to make use of this critical new service.” According to Bureau Veritas, one of the main areas to consider when managing coronavirus risks in the workplace includes heating and the movement of indoor air. Joe adds: “Reducing the amount of fresh air in workplaces and using Air Handling Units to manage internal climates brings an increased risk of retaining COVID-19 within the environment. Therefore, it’s really important that duty holders assess and identify the risk this presents for work surfaces. “For many sectors, this is still new territory where following best practice via a third party consultancy such as Bureau Veritas provides confidence to employers, their staff and customers during what remains a challenging time for us all.” As part of its commitment to helping employers navigate the coronavirus pandemic, Bureau Veritas is hosting a free webinar on developing appropriate controls in the workplace. The webinar will be hosted by Joe Marais, covering current issues with Air Handling Units, the risks of air recirculation as well as a panel discussion with Suhail Bakawala from independent laboratory Eurofins. To register for Swab sampling: Control measures and indoor air quality in the COVID-19era webinar, please visit:https://bureauveritas.zoom.us/webinar/register/8516020712759/WN_CdZJ7dA0Sy-nyv7P1JfuGA For further information, call 0345 600 1828 or visit www.bureauveritas.co.uk

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Metso Outotec launches next-generation HRCe high pressure grinding technology for superior grinding and energy efficiency

Metso Outotec is launching the next evolution of the high pressure grinding roll, the HRC™e HPGR. The industry standard was set when the HRC™ HPGR was launched back in 2014 pioneering the use of flanges and non-skewing design. Now, the proven grinding performance that brings energy efficiency, lower circulating loads and increased throughput is strengthened with an additional evolution in design. The new HRCe comes with a decreased installation CAPEX compared to the HRC. Changes in design allow for maximum productivity with proven technology that leads to superior grinding efficiency. “We are very excited about the new HRCe which combines proven technology and customer-focused evolutions. Metso Outotec is the only OEM that has been able to design and develop reliable flanged HPGR technology that has demonstrated superior performance for many years in the mining industry. We will continue utilizing our proven technology but have evolved the design to maximize value for our customers and superior grinding efficiency,” says Christoph Hoetzel, Head of Grinding business line at Metso Outotec. Key benefits of Metso Outotec HRCe Improved energy efficiency by up to 15% Lower circulating load by up to 24% Increase throughput by up to 19% Elimination of edge effect from combination of proven flange design and anti-skew assembly Elimination of downtime caused by skewing events Find out more about HRCe on our website. Register to the webinar On October 29, 2020, Metso Outotec will host two free webinars where the HRCe HPGR will be presented in more detail. You can register to the webinars here.

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Construction commences to deliver 38 affordable homes on a brownfield site in Telford

Living Space Housing has commenced construction work at a 2.1-acre residential scheme, located on brownfield land off Park Road in the Malinslee ward of Telford, Shropshire. All 38 homes are being delivered to The Wrekin Housing Group for affordable rent to help meet local housing needs. Solihull-based Living Space assembled the land, secured Full Planning consent earlier this year and will deliver the construction contract in its entirety, which is worth over £6m. The first homes will be available for occupation before the end of 2021. Steve Davies, Managing Director of Living Space Housing said: “Having secured detailed planning consent for this scheme in April, we are so pleased to now be underway with the construction programme. We have a very skilled team working on this project and are thankful for all the support we have received from The Wrekin Housing Group. We hope this will be the first of many schemes that we can partner on together, in order to help meet local housing needs. While so much new housing and investment has been stalled due to the impact of Covid-19, we are working in accordance with our robust Safe Operating Procedure, which is keeping everyone safe across our development portfolio during this unprecedented year. “Park Road is our second development in Telford where we are on site, with a third site – located off Majestic Way – currently awaiting planning approval. We are also actively seeking other immediate and longer-term development opportunities and have the funding in place to progress such deals.” The accommodation mix for the Park Road development comprises four one-bedroom maisonettes, nine two-bedroom houses, 21 three-bedroom houses, two two-bedroom bungalows and two three-bedroom bungalows. Six of the homes will be purpose-built for disabled residents. The site density is 44 dwellings per hectare, which is lower than the overall density for the local area. The scheme will be constructed in red brick with striking rendered features and all 38 homes will have designated parking provision. The architect for the scheme is Birmingham-based residential design specialist BM3. Waldeck Consulting is the Employers Agent, Couch Consulting is the Engineer and MV Kelly the Civils Contractor. Matt Beckley, Development Manager for The Wrekin Housing Group said: “There is a real need for affordable, quality new homes. This scheme will be very well received because of its convenient location, great transport links and range of local amenities. We are very pleased to be working with Living Space and look forward to being able to hand the keys over to our new residents.” Living Space is a development-led residential planning, design and construction services solution for Registered Providers, PRS Funds, the NHS, Universities and Defence Estates. Having launched to the market last year, the company is already on site at its first four developments. It has a total of 406 residential plots in agreement across the Midlands, representing a combined construction value in excess of £61million. By providing an end-to-end service to Registered Providers (RPs), it enables them to deliver more homes with greater efficiency. Living Space can also assist RPs by delivering open market homes in order to help with a scheme’s viability. This enables Living Space’s clients to be able to focus on the funding and management of high-quality homes for their residents. Living Space’s other three live development sites comprise 26 homes located off Britannia Way in central Telford for Accord Housing Association, 51 homes at Malvern Oaks in Cradley, on the outskirts of Malvern, Herefordshire and 48 homes at the former Victoria Carpets Sports Ground on the outskirts of Kidderminster town centre in Worcestershire. All are mixed-tenure schemes. The latter two are in conjunction with affordable housing provider Stonewater.

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Building homes for first-time buyers

How housebuilders can prepare for the First Homes scheme In February 2020, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick, announced the Government’s First Homes scheme. The scheme will see thousands of new houses being built across the UK, aimed to help more first-time buyers onto the property ladder. When building for first-time homeowners, housebuilders need to consider their specific needs. Here, Nick Cowley, managing director of windows and doors manufacturer Euramax, explores how housebuilders should prepare for the First Homes scheme. The First Homes scheme aims to make home ownership more attainable by providing homes at a discounted price of at least 30 per cent. In the UK, house prices can be as much as 15 times the median salary, excluding many from purchasing. By selling houses for less than the open market price, the Government hopes to help people buy homes in their local communities. Even with a discounted housing price, first-time buyers are likely to be on a tight budget and will favour ready-to-move-in homes that require minimal modification. Therefore, it is important that housebuilders construct new builds to be as practical as possible, so that first-time buyers can move in comfortably and enjoy their homes right away. Safety first Home security is a top priority for any homeowner. With around 350,000 burglaries occurring across the UK every year, a comprehensive home security system is a sensible investment. However, security measures can be a costly upgrade that first homeowners could probably do without. Housebuilders should choose windows and doors with integrated safety mechanisms that will give new homeowners peace of mind that their property is secure. Around 74 per cent of burglars in the UK enter through the front door, and housebuilders should be mindful of this when designing their new builds. Security technology is rapidly developing, and housebuilders may want to integrate SMART window and door locks into high-spec new homes. SMART locks can be combined with sensors that alert homeowners if a window or door has been left open. This can then be managed remotely via a smartphone, giving homeowners complete control of the access to their home, no matter where they are. Besides thinking about SMART technology, homeowners must build with structural security in mind. Composite doors offer the highest level of protection. They are made of sturdy structural frames and glass-reinforced plastic, which makes them ideal for protection against burglars. Taking a two-fold approach to new build security will give first-time buyers confidence in their property right from the start without the need for costly enhancements. Energy efficiency Another outgoing that first-time buyers will be keen to keep low is running costs. Although new homes are already roughly 50 per cent cheaper to run than an equivalent Victorian house, improving the energy efficiency of a new build should be prioritised by housebuilders. In a 2019 report, the Committee on Climate Change recommended that all new homes should use no more than 15 to 20 kilowatt hours of energy per square metre per year (kWh/m2/year) to keep warm. However, Government statistics suggest that the actual figure is nearer 60 kWh/m2/year. Using up to four times the amount of energy recommended comes at an extra cost to homeowners, so housebuilders should select materials and building components that contribute to lowering energy expenditures. Up to 30 per cent of a home’s heat is lost through its windows, so choosing the right window style is crucial to improving energy efficiency. Windows need to be as non-conductive as possible, to keep the cold out and the heat in. Euramax offers double-glazed PVCu windows that are rated A for energy efficiency. Both the air between the windowpanes and in the PVCu frames are good insulators of heat, which helps to improve the consistency of a home’s temperature and prevent heat loss. Selecting energy-efficient windows will not only reduce costs for new homeowners, but it will also reduce national domestic energy consumption. Domestic energy consumption accounts for around 28 per cent of the UK’s total energy use. If housebuilders ensure that new builds are as energy efficient as possible, the industry will support the UK in meeting its target of zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Modern design According to a survey conducted by Barratt Homes, only half of first-time buyers intend on staying in their first home for over a year, yet in reality, 71 per cent stay for four or more years. Housebuilders should build with this in mind, by choosing components that are designed to retain their appearance, reducing the need for frequent replacements. The average first-time buyer in the UK is 34 years old, meaning many will be hitting other life milestones at the same time as home ownership. Whether it’s marriage, children or a new pet, a first-time buyer needs a house that can adapt to suit any change in lifestyle. PVCu windows and doors are a practical option thanks to their strength and durability. However, they are often considered an unstylish solution because of the misconception that they cannot be customised. At Euramax, our products come in a range of colour options and glass designs that can be customised to suit the desired house style, be it traditional, modern or anything in between. What’s more, our windows come with a ten-year guarantee, which means new houseowners will be safe in the knowledge that their new property will be fit for purpose however their lifestyle may change. With more than four million people in the UK living in sub-standard accommodation, it’s important for the housebuilding industry to prepare for the First Homes scheme to allow them to work with the Government to reduce this number. By carefully considering the unique needs of the first-time buyer market and selecting housing components that meet them, housebuilders can be sure that new properties will serve their owners for years to come.

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The Apps Making Life Easier for the Construction Industry

The Apps Making Life Easier for the Construction Industry

Construction is one of the many industries in the UK where traditional methods have been gradually replaced by more digital alternatives. With many reluctant to switch from pen to paper to digital apps, we want to explore which apps are actually worth trying, and could make your work life easier. Many people still prefer to work the ‘old fashioned way’, however taking advantage of apps can be a great way to decrease workload and increase productivity.  Here are some of the advantages of using apps in the construction industry: Save Time Save Money Improve Communication Increase Profitability Read our reviews of the best construction apps below to find out how. The Best Apps for The Construction Industry: Procore This construction project management app is cloud-based, meaning it allows you to access and update your projects on the go when offline. Procore can be used to create specifications, RFIs, logs, timecards, update drawings and lots more! It’s camera function means that you can also add photos to your records. All of this is accessible from your mobile device.  Advantages: Procore is super simple and easy to use on the go, both online and offline. What’s more, this construction app is free to download on the App Store or Google Play! Building Calculator This is an Android app which acts as a free construction calculator, and is perfect for calculating the quantity of materials for your project. Many Project Managers use this mobile app to calculate flooring, paints, bricks, and lumber, quickly and accurately. You can use this app to calculate just about anything! Advantages: This construction calculator is versatile and simple to use even offline! Perfect for when you’re on site with limited internet access.  Fieldwire Fieldwire is a task management app specially designed for the construction industry. This is a great app that can be used by contractors and field workers to share drawings, blue prints, and other tasks whilst on site, all from their mobile device! This app also has the ability to create email or app notifications to alert staff of new tasks and updates.  Advantages: This construction app works on both Android and Apple devices, and can be used remotely!  Autodesk BIM 360 This app is a cloud-based reporting tool that allows teams to collaborate and track a project. Autodesk BIM 360 has the ability to track quality management, building information management (BIM), commissioning, and safety, making it ideal for Project Managers.  Advantages: Pushpin markers can be used to mark locations and add notes. This app is available on both Apple and Android devices.  DEWALT Mobile Pro This construction app is a very popular choice for many in the industry. The DEWALT Mobile Pro app offers a reference tool and full-scale construction calculation abilities. In addition to the standard calculators, there are nine additional add-ons to suit every need.  Advantages: This app allows you to easily store and share your calculations meaning no more losing lists or notepads!  Plan Grid The Plan Grid app offers an excellent alternative to endless paper blueprints, cutting down on printing costs and making your processes more environmentally friendly! This is a collaborative tool, meaning you can view and share notes, drawings and blueprints with others. Advantages: This is a free app that can be downloaded from both Itunes and Google Play.  Disadvantages: This app requires an internet connection in order to sync data. All-in-One Calculator This calculator app is specially designed for creating accurate construction calculations. It allows you to calculate percentages, areas, volumes and perform currency and unit conversions.  Advantages: This is a free app for Android Devices and includes over 75 calculators and unit converters!  Disadvantages : This app is not available on Apple devices. There are also ads within the app, however these are not too invasive.  Canvas Canvas can be used to fill out forms, audits, estimates and orders, and is a highly recommended reporting app for contractors. As this can all be done on your mobile, this negates the need for paper files and folders. Documents can be created and easily converted to PDFs to be shared.  Advantages: Canvas has an excellent reputation for its customer service. It is also compatible with most devices.  Using construction management apps is a revolutionary way to manage your projects more effectively, and increase communication and productivity across your teams. These apps decrease the reliance on 3rd party knowledge by being user friendly and thorough in their calculations. In an industry where time is always of the essence, using construction apps decreases the amount of time spent on jobs, in turn increasing your profitability.  These digital methods also reduce the need for paperwork, or any communication errors encountered previously, as all of the information is safely shared with all team members.  For a more simple, smooth and profitable construction project, why not try some of the apps above and see how it helps your team? This article was written by Capital NDT Inspection Services, a UK-based non-destructive inspection service for the construction industry and more.

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INSTALL A NEW LED LIGHTING SYSTEM WITH ZERO CAPITAL OUTLAY WITH ECOLIGHTING’S PAY AS YOU SAVE SCHEME

Many businesses remain unaware that they are wasting thousands of pounds a year on their energy bills. Cost is often a huge obstacle for upgrading lighting systems, and many warehouse managers will regularly put new lighting to the back of their minds as long as their current system is still working. This is where the Pay as You Save scheme by LED lighting experts EcolightingUK comes in. EcolightingUK specialises in helping companies to save a substantial sum on their energy bills. They help businesses who are looking for a solution that enables them to install a new LED lighting system with zero capital outlay, increased light levels, zero maintenance costs and a cash positive outcome from the first month after installation. Even with financing arrangements, projects are typically cash positive right from the start. In addition to substantial economic benefits, LED lighting also provides a sustainable contribution towards the fulfilment of long-term environmental objectives for all businesses. Significantly lower energy consumption means a reduced carbon footprint and less impact on the environment. Aside from the financial and environmental factors, the most obvious and instant benefit of LED lighting is the quality. The result of a lighter and brighter working environment improves visibility and enhances workplace safety for employees, and Ecolighting’s experience is that staff are delighted with the improvements made to their working environments. Introducing LED luminaires allows companies to save in excess of 70% in lighting energy costs, significantly reduce the cost of carbon tax as well as lowering maintenance costs. More in-depth calculations and examples of the savings a business can expect are available at https://ecolightinguk.com/finance-grants/ EcolightingUK also works with a central grant finding body which researches county council grants available across the country for assisting SMEs with carbon reduction.    Depending on the grants available, companies can expect to see massive energy savings when switching to LED lighting. By using LED lighting with the latest lighting management systems, it is now easy to achieve 50% to 80% energy savings on most projects with these energy savings paying for the systems and installation for a fast return on investment, often in just 18 months. Grants vary depending on the authority but can be as high as 60%, and whilst often capped this can be as much as £50,000. Further information on Pay as You Save energy saving LED lighting schemes is available from Ecolighting on 01455 552511, by emailing enquiries@ecolightinguk.com or by visiting the company’s website at www.ecolightinguk.com

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Neighbours Could Add Value to Your Property

Neighbours Could Add Value to Your Property

Property experts at PriceYourJob.co.uk were curious to find out the impact of good neighbours on property values across the country, and surveyed 2,341 homeowners to find out more, asking if they’d be happy to pay more for a property if neighbours had desirable kerb appeal, and what features would influence their decision most. PriceYourJob also ascertained how much on average Brits would be happy to pay a premium for. Neighbourly kerb appeal features Brits would pay a premium for: Well-kept garden – 75% Well-kept driveway – 67% No overflowing rubbish in bins – 58% Bins out of sight – 56% No building work – 51% Security/alarm system – 48% Neat paintwork/exterior – 42% Fencing around property and garden – 39% Clean windows (no chips or rotting) – 22% Clean gutters – 15% High-quality DIY finishes – 14% Modern/well-kept cars in the drive – 8% A well-kept garden is hugely important when viewing a property, as discovered by OnBuy’s Garden Furniture sector who found that 67% of British homeowners are more inclined to view a house where the garden is in a good condition. Therefore, it’s somewhat predictable that PriceYourJob’s survey respondents claim they’d be willing to pay a premium for neighbours with a well-kept garden (75%). Following not too far behind is a well-kept driveway, with 67% of Brits dubbing this the second most influential good neighbourly quality for potential added value. It would appear, 58% would rather not see overflowing rubbish in bins, whilst 56% would rather not see the bins at all. After all, recent findings from SaveOnEnergy uncovered that 66% of Brits would fine their neighbours £20 for overflowing bins. In the penultimate spot are high-quality DIY finishes with just 14%. In last place are modern/well-kept cars in the drive, influencing just 8% of the population. Following on from the survey results, PriceYourJob.co.uk asked respondents how much extra they’d pay for good neighbours: 1-3% extra = 51% of respondents 4-7% extra = 44% of respondents 8-10% extra = 4% of respondents 10% + extra = 1% of respondents To put this is into context, PriceYourJob.co.uk explored just how much extra properties per region in England could see in added value (up to 3% – as shown in the survey). As expected, Greater London would see the highest average property value increase if homeowners paid up to 3% more for good neighbours. With an £659,985 price tag for properties in Greater London over the last 12 months, this would mean an additional £19,800. Thereafter, South East is second, and should homeowners pay an additional 3% more, properties could see an additional £11,777 added to average values (£392,569). South West is third (£8,905), with a potential property value of £305,741. Yorkshire and the Humber is bottom of the table with the lowest average property prices over the last 12 months, at £180,177. If homeowners pay up to 3% more for neighbourly kerb appeal features, properties could see an additional £5,405.

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BGES forms exclusive partnership with Magnatech™ to deliver unique boiler efficiency technology

Leading BMS and energy solutions company BG Energy Solutions (BGES) has announced a partnership with the creators of the Magnatech™ System: a proven “fit and forget” technology which delivers boiler efficiency savings of up to 21%. BGES has the exclusive rights to install and distribute Magnatech™ within the UK as a turnkey project or as a licenced product for self-installation. The unique technology optimises boiler fuel and helps reduce boiler fuel consumption, achieving instant energy and cost savings. Increased boiler efficiency Designed and licenced by Magnatech Ltd, The Magnatech™ System was borne out of a decade of extensive research and testing. Magnatech™ is based on the discovery that rare earth mineral, high-powered magnets placed in a particular sequence on fuel feed pipes cause the fuel to burn at a higher temperature, thereby optimising the fuel and increasing boiler efficiency. The boiler reaches target temperature sooner which means that less fuel is burnt reaching the target temperature, and the burner’s “burning time” is reduced. The resulting benefits include a reduction in carbon footprint and reduced operating costs – with no loss of performance. The results of Magnatech™ have been externally verified under the Tritech ETV scheme – an EU-funded pilot verification scheme for environmental technologies. Zero down time The Magnatech™ System works on virtually all oil, gas and LPG fired boilers and burners and is fitted with no down time or interruption to service, during surveys or installation. The system pays for itself within a very short period of time (usually well within two years), making it the fastest return on investment (ROI) system of its type in the market today. The average saving is 12%, although savings of up to 21% have been achieved. Magnatech™ is also a “fit and forget” technology, and lasts for the lifetime of the boiler; there is no maintenance required once the installation is complete. Also, if the boiler is replaced in time, the Magnatech™ system can be easily removed and replaced. Guaranteed savings BGES is so confident that the Magnatech™ System will deliver savings, it is offering a guaranteed saving on the technology based on degree day/ROI. Gareth Barber, Managing Director of BGES comments: “The Magnatech™ System is a highly impressive technology, but it’s also an incredibly simple way for organisations to improve boiler efficiency and achieve instant savings. “With proven results, no down time and no loss of performance, it’s a no brainer for organisations looking to reduce costs and meet carbon reduction targets. We also believe that larger organisations could offer this technology to their employees, and claim the carbon savings for their corporate net zero and sustainability policies. We’re delighted to partner with Magnatech™ and are ready to advise UK firms on how the system could benefit them.”

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BOHS announces Asbestos 2020- preliminary programme released

The British Occupational Hygiene Society, the Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection, and the Faculty of Asbestos Assessment and Management (FAAM) invites all asbestos professionals to Asbestos 2020 Virtual Conference taking place on 18 and 19 November. The event will bring together researchers, academics, practitioners and regulators, through various plenary talks and technical sessions with a programme that will include UK and international speakers, dealing with scientific topics covering key areas regarding the assessment, control and management of asbestos. This year’s exciting programme includes: -Sessions on Control limit for work with Asbestos and Fibres v mineral fragments -A session on Current Research including site observations and measurement of the efficacy of current 4 stage clearances, EM v PCM counting of fibres in air and analysis of marble for its asbestos content -A Focus on survey session – from the client, consultant and regulator’s perspective -A Focus on technology session, including a review of current best practice for adopting remote auditing procedures -A Mock Trial– a day in court experience not to be missed –Myth busting, solving myths around Asbestos. If you want to see your myth busted, you can send it to conferences@bohs.org You don’t need to be a FAAM or BOHS member to attend Asbestos 2020 but members are eligible for a discounted rate. You can see the full programme and book your place here.

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