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September 16, 2022

Sustainable hybrid construction that combines wood elements with concrete

A German element manufacturer Brüninghoff favoured prefabricated wooden wall elements made of Kerto® LVL for its new concrete element plant. Due to the high level of prefabrication, assembly times were optimised. At the same time the material is impressively sustainable and material-efficient, fitting in with the overall concept of the

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Health & Safety Executive Issues Refreshed Guidance on Silica Dust Ahead of Inspections  

Industry expert Tim Turney from Casella, a leading manufacturer of air monitoring equipment, shares his expert insights on protecting workers from silica dust   The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has refreshed its guidance on airborne respirable crystalline silica (RCS) to support brick and tile manufacturing, stonework and foundries ahead of manufacturing-focused

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New technology sees increase in first time gas appointments for housing association

A social landlord has announced a significant increase in customer’s first time gas appointments thanks to a powerful digital solution.  Platform Property Care – a subsidiary of Platform Housing Group, one of the UK’s largest housing associations – has employed the Voicescape Compliance solution with excellent results.  The brainchild of Manchester-based Voicescape, Voicescape Compliance helps

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Partnership to Help the Industry Automate Payment

Partnership to Help the Industry Automate Payment

A new strategic alliance is due to automate the payment management system in the construction industry. Payapps Limited and Autodesk will bring their innovative solutions to the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and North America, offering customers real-time accounting and faster payment cycles during the construction process. “Construction companies are

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Construction Club Launched for Tradesmen

Construction Club Launched for Tradesmen

To mark National Tradesmen Day, which is celebrated today on 16th September, an employee from My Build Estimate has launched a new club, dedicated to those working in the construction industry. Aiming to help tradesmen share information more easily, the WhatsApp group consists of 171 builders, homeowners, and property developers. 

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September 16, 2022

40% TURNOVER GROWTH PROPELS LEADING CONSTRUCTION CONSULTANCY TO FURTHER EXPAND INTO LEEDS 

ONE of the UK’s leading multi-disciplinary property consultancy firms – EDGE PS – has revealed how a 40% year-on-year growth in turnover provided the momentum needed for the strategic launch of its Leeds office earlier this year. Since the office’s initial formation in January 2022, the company has further grown its regional portfolio of commissions and local resource to a team of 17 professionals, incorporating project and commercial management to building and digital surveying services. The expansion builds on the company’s continued business growth in its established bases in Nottingham, Sheffield, Birmingham and London, resulting in a 40% year-on-year increase in turnover from 2021 to 2022. To mark this strategic accelerated growth and commitment to delivering services within the Leeds city region, a special celebration with more than 200 key industry stakeholders and clients was hosted at the Dakota Hotel in Leeds at the start of September. The consultancy has a solid reputation for delivering a variety of services to national and international clients across the property and construction industry. EDGE PS is delivering both public / private sector projects across the region including supporting the strategy for reducing carbon and energy reduction for the University of Leeds in its target to achieve Net Zero by 2030. Nick Phelan, partner at EDGE PS, said: “The rapid expansion of our operations in Leeds and the wider northern regions signifies a major milestone for the company as a whole and is a reflection of the continued growth of the Company. We have been delivering key projects across the region for several years, our new Leeds office now provides further localised support to our key clients and partnerships across the region. “Our celebration event on Thursday was a fitting celebration to mark eight hugely successful months from our new base and we were delighted to be joined by some of our most supportive colleagues, clients and friends to mark the occasion.” EDGE PS’s regional healthcare portfolio includes Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS FT, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS FT, Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Trust, and Sheffield Children’s Hospital. Clients in the wider West Yorkshire region include Leeds Bradford Airport, UNITY Doncaster, and Wykeland Group, along with household names B&Q and Johnson & Johnson. Through the team’s expertise in cost management, project management, health and safety advice, and building and digital surveying, EDGE PS has built a strong foundation for successful and continued expansion across the north of England. Its unique approach ensures that more than 86% of EDGE PS’s projects are sourced from repeat business. The Leeds office enables EDGE PS to build upon the company’s existing client base within Leeds and the wider West Yorkshire region in the business’ focus areas of, healthcare, schools & higher education, infrastructure, aviation, residential, retail, commercial and manufacturing sectors, food and drink, distribution, through both the public & private sectors over the coming years. Dale Rodgers, director at EDGE PS Leeds, added: “The meteoric success in the West Yorkshire area – both in terms of the quality and profile of our clients supported by the growth of our team since the start of the year – is testament to our professional approach, tailored service model and expertise of our staff.  “It’s important to us that as we continue to expand, we retain our unique collaborative culture at heart to ensure EDGE PS remains a leading construction consultancy business across the UK.” For more information on EDGE PS and its services, follow the link for more information: https://www.edgeps.co.uk/

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Sustainable hybrid construction that combines wood elements with concrete

A German element manufacturer Brüninghoff favoured prefabricated wooden wall elements made of Kerto® LVL for its new concrete element plant. Due to the high level of prefabrication, assembly times were optimised. At the same time the material is impressively sustainable and material-efficient, fitting in with the overall concept of the new plant. The modern concrete element plant in Heiden Germany has an area of around 17,000 square metres. Metsä Wood’s Kerto LVL L-panels and Kerto LVL T-studs have been used for the prefabricated non-load-bearing wall elements. The high-quality wall elements completely cover the height of the hall giving it an attractive appearance while meeting strict standards of sustainability. “The Brüninghoff Group makes prefabricated wooden elements with a particular focus on products with a very high proportion of wood products – such as laminated veneer lumber. To this end, we carefully select partners that fit our sustainability strategy and who are reliable. In this context, we chose wall elements made of Kerto LVL from Metsä Wood for our new concrete element plant,” explains André Leipold, Technical Director of Brüninghoff Holz GmbH & Co.KG. A hybrid structure combines wooden elements with concrete Sustainability was considered as early as the planning and construction phase of the new plant. That is why a hybrid construction structure with prefabricated external non-load bearing wall elements made of Kerto LVL was chosen for the building. Metsä Wood’s laminated veneer lumber is perfect for element manufacturing. It is also extremely material-efficient; it is needed less in volume compared to other wood materials and its strength-to-weight ratio is excellent. “According to calculations using Carbon Storage Calculator, just the Kerto LVL used in the factory building stores carbon a total of 165.8 tonnes of CO2eq. This means that in comparison to other construction materials, wood is very sustainable,” explains Leipold. The building has a total of 239 wall elements with an overall area of around 5,000 square meters. The elements were produced at the Brüninghoff element factory and are attached to a load-bearing concrete frame consisting of a hybrid structure. Sustainability in focusThe new concrete element factory does not just steer production towards sustainability, but also develops a consistently sustainable construction concept. “Through this construction, we are forcing structural change towards construction that supports circular economy. Change is needed as the construction sector is responsible for consuming huge quantities of resources. It is a question of optimising construction methods, developing low-emission concepts and increasingly backing recycling solutions,” explains Frank Steffens, Managing Director of Brüninghoff.

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Atkins opens up historic Cardiff canal in regeneration development

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, has helped to unveil a historic canal in the centre of Cardiff which has been covered over for more than 70 years, as part of a £6m regeneration project in the city. Atkins was appointed by Cardiff Council to design the Canal Quarter development, alongside Faithful+Gould, also a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, which is providing project management and commercial support. The development scheme involves the daylighting of 70 metres of the Dock Feeder Canal on Churchill Way, Cardiff. The dock feeder was originally constructed in the late 19th Century to provide a constant supply of water to the Bute docks – allowing for large container ships to dock in Cardiff, regardless of the tide, leading to Cardiff becoming a world leading exporter of iron ore and coal. It was paved over between 1948 and 1950, and after being hidden to generations of shoppers and city residents, will now form the centrepiece of a new sustainable urban district in the city centre. Alongside opening up the canal, the scheme involves the construction of two pedestrian footbridges, a cantilevered stage and rain gardens to manage surface water drainage among other structures. The project also includes the upgrade of the surrounding highways network with the creation of cycleways, EV taxi charging points, refurbishment of existing highways and new bus links. Atkins has provided the design for the scheme with a multidisciplinary approach including the design of structures, drainage, landscape, lighting and electrical as well as highways, with the surrounding road network. Hamish Watkins, project manager for Faithful+Gould, said: “This is a really important development for Cardiff as it forms a key part of the regeneration of the area. Already, prior to completion we have seen the redevelopment of near-by buildings to boost hospitality and business to This part of the city. “It will also provide an area for residents and tourists alike to visit, work in and enjoy, which means it’s providing commercial value as well as social value for the community it serves. Ben Ferguson, Senior Landscape Architect for Atkins and lead designer on the project, said: “It’s great to be able to reflect the industrial heritage of the area by re-opening the dock feeder. During the late 19th and the early 20th century this waterway was at the centre of a tree-lined boulevard and to re-establish that aesthetic, and to reveal the waterway once again within a forward looking and sustainable design will be incredibly exciting.” Additional work on the scheme will include multiple packages of work such as street lighting, CCTV, new traffic signals and additional service diversions. Cllr Dan De’Ath, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Transport at Cardiff Council, said: “The opening of the dock feeder canal and the new transport scheme will not only mark the beginning of a new district centre for the city and act as a catalyst for new investment, but it will play an essential role in managing traffic flow and surface water drainage in the city centre. “A series of rain gardens will be built, with specific soil and planting to treat the surface water to remove pollutants before the water flows into the canal. This will ensure that 3,700 m2 of water will be diverted away from the sewage system each year, reducing the cost and energy of treating this water through the sewage pumping station at Cardiff Bay.” This project, which started in February, is part of a wider masterplan to develop a new district in the city, interlinking Bridge Street, David Street. Charles Street, Tredegar Street, Guildford Crescent, and Barrack Lane to develop a high-density, mixed-use development, attracting homes, hotels, hospitality, high quality offices, leisure and retail units.

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Health & Safety Executive Issues Refreshed Guidance on Silica Dust Ahead of Inspections  

Industry expert Tim Turney from Casella, a leading manufacturer of air monitoring equipment, shares his expert insights on protecting workers from silica dust   The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has refreshed its guidance on airborne respirable crystalline silica (RCS) to support brick and tile manufacturing, stonework and foundries ahead of manufacturing-focused inspections this Autumn and Winter. Commencing in October, the HSE will investigate manufacturing businesses where materials containing silica are used to assess whether suitable arrangements are in place to manage health and safety and that the measures comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH).  Crystalline silica   Silica is found in varying amounts in most rocks, sand, and clay, and is a major constituent in construction materials made from these resources, including bricks, tiles, and concrete. Workers can breathe in silica dust while cutting, sawing, drilling, or crushing materials. Silica has a crystalline form, which occurs naturally in varying amounts in any substance containing silica, that poses potential health concerns. Crystalline silica can damage tissue in the lungs and lead to lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or incurable silicosis.  As with any known workplace health risk, a correctly implemented scheme of controls using the hierarchy of controls is the most effective means of reducing worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica. This can help reduce both the likelihood of workers developing health complications such as silicosis and the potential legal ramifications for employers. Measures include a correctly executed program of air monitoring, which can include both monitoring at the site level and on an individual employee level using personal sampling pumps. Air monitoring can quantify exposure levels, or if controls are in place, check that they are effective and measure any residual risk.  In control  Businesses can measure worker exposure using personal sampling pumps. However, it is important that the pumps are used with the correct sampling head and in the case of respirable dust a cyclone and filter, which collects the particulate.  Once the sample is analysed by a laboratory, the level of exposure can be calculated. Action can then be taken to improve control measures to ensure exposure is reduced to as low as is practicably possible. Improvements have been made to different elements of personal sampling pumps over time. Battery technology, back pressure capability, accurate flow control, minimized pulsation, data download and the ability to be intrinsically safe have all been improved, ensuring measurement of an individuals’ exposure to harmful substances is as accurate as possible. Understanding these factors in which the personal sampling pump needs to operate effectively will allow employers to choose the most effective device suited to their working environment.  Correct implementation of personal sampling relies on a thorough understanding of practice, procedure, how sampling pumps function and use of the correct sampling head and filters.   Correct equipment, calibrated properly  Personal sampling pumps must adhere to the standard ISO 13137:2013. The standard sets limits for required flow stability and maximum permissible pulsation levels, enabling users of personal air sampling pumps to adopt a consistent approach for flow rate assessment. The standard provides a comprehensive framework that specifies test methods to determine performance of air sampling pumps and ensures that environmental influences such as air pressure and temperature have a minimal impact on the accuracy of the sampled air, which in turn could affect sample results.   Correct equipment—calibrated properly—and an awareness of the limitations and impact on data collection that the equipment itself can have should be at the forefront of correct air monitoring procedures as well as the fight against “the new asbestos.” Pumps, including the Apex2, that operate with a pulsation value of less than 10 percent and conform to all relevant ISO standards give industrial hygienists and site managers the peace of mind that data captured is reliable and unaffected by pump pulsation. Low pulsations are particularly important when sampling for crystalline silica as the sampling head is a cyclone, and only at low pulsation levels will it get the correct ‘respirable’ sample.  While awareness of silica’s negative health effects is on the rise, correct procedure, safety-focused culture, and the right equipment will ensure that the downward trend in silicosis mortality continues.  Bridging the gap  Employers have a legal duty to arrange suitable health and safety measures to ensure that they are compliant with the COSHH. Brick and tile manufacturers, foundries and stone working sites will all be held accountable for protecting their workers’ health.   With responsible employers’ collaboration with HSE guidelines, awareness can be raised of the life-changing respiratory conditions associated with pulmonary disease caused by silica dust.  For more information about air sampling, monitoring and calibration solutions visit: www.casellasolutions.com 

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CSG white paper proposes new standard to unite the sector behind construction product competence

An innovative proposal for the built environment A new white paper has been published that sets out how the entire built environment sector can unite behind a single, agreed standard to determine, demonstrate and recognise construction products competence (CPC). The white paper ‘Built environment – proposed construction product competence standard – white paper’ has been developed by Competence Steering Group (CSG) Working Group 12, led by the Construction Products Association (CPA). The CSG was tasked with responding to the competence issues raised in Dame Judith Hackitt’s report ‘Building a Safer Future’ and the subsequent requirements set out in the Building Safety Act following the Grenfell Tower fire. All industries of the built environment sector use construction products, but their misuse can lead to dangerous and potentially fatal outcomes. Ensuring those who use construction products are competent is vital to producing buildings and a built environment that is safe, efficient and performs as required. However, there is currently no universal way to demonstrate that an individual has the correct competence for the tasks they are accountable and responsible for. This white paper confirms that radical change is needed around the area of construction product competence. Individuals who supply, use, or otherwise work with construction products need to be properly assessed and deemed competent to do so. This would include those from manufacturing, merchants, design, contractors, maintainers, and many others from right across the supply chain. The proposal for a new standard comprising five core levels of competence, as well as a methodology that defines how these can be mapped consistently by the different industries to their competence frameworks. This would ensure that everyone applies CPC in the same way and would assist regulators and duty holders in identifying what levels of competence are needed for everyone who works with construction products. The levels outline fundamental knowledge bases applicable to all tasks with all construction products. They are designed to give a clear path of progression through the necessary competences required for different levels of responsibility and accountability. It can be used by industries to map against their existing training and qualifications and create any additional training infrastructure that may be needed. The white paper also proposes that the standard be added to the existing BSI 8670 series, which specifies requirements for competence frameworks for individuals working in the built environment. Peter Caplehorn, CPA Chief Executive, says: “Dame Judith Hackitt rightly pointed out that our industry needs to take responsibility for competence and work in a non-siloed manner. Now the Building Safety Act is making clear that regulators will no longer tolerate an industry that does not evidence its competence. The CPC levels have been designed to provide a single framework for everyone to work to, and I would urge the industry to read this white paper and get involved in testing it together.” The proposals are being published now to allow everyone in the built environment sector to review and consider how to apply them in their industry. It is for the different industries to recognise the necessity of clear, demonstrable CPC. Once this is recognised, it is for each industry and its organisations to take on the principles proposed in the white paper and test them. It is the aim of CPA, the CSG and WG12 that by the time the proposals go through the formal standards process, industries will have had the time to practically trial them ready for entering feedback via public consultation. There will also be a series of panel-led webinars tailored to individuals who work in the following sectors: manufacturing, design, contracting, operations & maintenance, and merchants/distributors. The first will be on for manufacturers on Wednesday 27th September. The White Paper ‘Built environment – Proposed Construction Product Competence Standard’ is available to download online here.

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New technology sees increase in first time gas appointments for housing association

A social landlord has announced a significant increase in customer’s first time gas appointments thanks to a powerful digital solution.  Platform Property Care – a subsidiary of Platform Housing Group, one of the UK’s largest housing associations – has employed the Voicescape Compliance solution with excellent results.  The brainchild of Manchester-based Voicescape, Voicescape Compliance helps compliance teams meet their statutory property maintenance requirements; in the case of Platform Property Care, it is being used for annual gas safety checks.  In essence, the software automates the process of booking, confirming and rescheduling appointments with customers before they happen.  This prevents both non-compliance and the cost of no-access visits.  Prior to using this new technology, the social landlord was booking gas appointments through either letters or texts; if a customer needed to rearrange an appointment it required the customer to make contact.    Lee Vernalls, Assistant Director at Platform Property Care said: “Voicescape is allowing us to change the way we schedule our gas servicing appointments, moving from a prescriptive approach to a more consultative approach.  We are now providing a better service for our customers and ultimately reduce the cost and inefficiency of no access appointments.  We can now see, in real time, the customers who have confirmed appointments and those who still require contact.  Having this level of information is truly changing how we work.”  In four months, the rate of no-access appointments has reduced by 24 per cent; it is hoped that this figure will continue to rise.  Lee concluded : “Voicescape has provided us with a faster, more proactive approach to engaging with our customers and having quality conversations to meet their requirements.  Our access rates have increased, allowing us to book appointments that suit the customers whilst also managing our compliance.”  Bill Williams, Chief Revenue Officer at Voicescape said : “Our partnership with Platform Property Care has helped to deliver huge efficiencies in dealing with the growing and costly challenge of no access.  The automated element of the solution ensures operatives are only involved if a customer needs to rearrange an appointment.  This has led to capacity being freed up so that Platform’s team can further concentrate on those customers who need more targeted support.  “Voicescape is proud to support Platform Housing Group – and the wider social housing sector –to meet its compliance requirements while improving the experience for both customers and team members.”  For further information please contact Lee Vernalls, Assistant Director at Platform Property Care at Lee.Vernalls@Platformhg.com. 

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4 Different Ways to Improve a Poor Wi-Fi Connection in Your Home or Office

t’s everyone’s worst nightmare whenever the wi-fi goes out. Given how much of our world is connected via the one wi-fi signal that you have in your home and office, if your Wi-fi goes out or you find that your wi-fi connection is very poor, then you need to figure out how to fix it before things slow down for you.  After all, without wi-fi, what is there to do? A lack of a signal is going to put a crimp in your style no matter what! So let’s figure out how to get it fixed and strengthen your signal! Move Your Router Sometimes the best solutions are the simplest, and you need to look at where your wi-fi signal is coming from. The router might just need to be moved because objects around it are blocking the signal or weakening it.  If you have your router simply shoved in the back of your closet, or up in the attic, then you might be slowing down your signal. So make sure your router is in an open area where you can see it, and where your router isn’t obstructed by anything. Use An Ethernet Cable For A Wired Connection While wi-fi might give you a wireless connection, you shouldn’t forget that wired connections still exist and they are able to be used no matter what. Running a wire from your computer to your router might be a bit frustrating and might limit where you can use your devices, but the connection is going to be much faster and also much more stable. If you want the fastest internet possible, then you need to run a wire and simply ignore the wires that might trail around your floor and any changes you might need to make about where you are sitting to use your electrical items. But for a very fast internet, that can often be a sacrifice you are willing to make. Consider Using Software to Map for Wi-Fi Dead Spots If you’ve ever seen heat maps in movies or on the weather channel, then you know how they work, and a wi-fi heat map can do the same thing. They can see the strength of your signal in certain areas, and you can find both the places in your house where you can have a very high wifi strength as well as the areas in your house where you won’t have a lot of strength.  Whether you find slow spots or dead spots you can use the heat map to find and fix all of these spots in your house and hopefully get a better signal.  Whether you choose to use SolarWinds custom Wi-Fi mapping tool, or another heat map to map your home, you will be able to ensure that you get complete visibility in your home and then can fix any problem spots. Cut Off Unused Devices With all the smart devices as well as the devices that connect to our signal whether we want it or not, your wi-fi problem might not be because of a problem with your router, but simply because too many devices are connected at once.  So go through and make sure that only the devices that you need to be connected to the internet are able to use your router.  After all, you’ve probably got a few smart devices that you either never got to work or that you simply don’t need to be connected to the internet. Removing them is going to go a long way to speeding up your wi-fi. You might even be very surprised about how those unneeded devices were slowing you down and throttling your speed. Do Several Methods To Improve Your Wi-Fi As much as you might want to have one method work and strengthen your wi-fi signal, you should try several different methods and see if each one improves the strength of your signal. After all, if you haven’t touched your wi-fi in some time, or your wi-fi only just started slowing down, then you might need to try several methods in order to make your speed as fast as possible.  Also, don’t be afraid to check your devices as well, because if your wi-fi is super slow on one device and very fast on others, it might just be the one device that is having problems and not your wi-fi router. So you can focus on getting it fixed and solving the problem.

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Partnership to Help the Industry Automate Payment

Partnership to Help the Industry Automate Payment

A new strategic alliance is due to automate the payment management system in the construction industry. Payapps Limited and Autodesk will bring their innovative solutions to the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and North America, offering customers real-time accounting and faster payment cycles during the construction process. “Construction companies are looking for ways to increase profitability through cost efficiencies and reduce risks by implementing improved compliance processes. The adoption of back-office technology is becoming more critical to automate what has been historically very time-consuming and error-prone manual processes in managing subcontractor billing. By partnering with Autodesk, we are extending the technology benefits to customers of both companies to help improve their accounting and AP processes,” said Geoff Tarrant, Executive Chairman of Payapps. Payapps provides contractors in ANZ and UKI with solutions that improve the entire subcontractor payment management process from the inclusion of schedules of values all the way through to electronic payment. Meanwhile, in North America, it will be GCPay that will provide general contractors with the same benefits and will also manage the lien waiver exchange with their subcontractors through electronic payment processing. If construction companies digitise and automate the payment process, as well as implement real-time payment exchange, they can decrease risk and take steps to improve profitability. “The payment process in the construction industry is a tedious and administratively burdensome one for both general contractors and their trade partners,” commented Sidharth Haksar, Head of Construction Strategy and Industry Partnerships at Autodesk. “By collaborating with Payapps, we’re able to empower Autodesk Construction Cloud customers to benefit from automating a very spreadsheet-driven workflow to reduce payment cycle time and eliminate potential errors as well.” Autodesk Build, the comprehensive field and project management solution that is part of Autodesk Construction Cloud, currently integrates with many of the same leading ERP systems in North America as Payapps does with its GCPay solution. Through these integrations, Payapps and Autodesk feed and receive data to and from those ERP systems, for real-time accounting and payment management. As part of the strategic alliance, Autodesk and Payapps will work together to identify additional integrations that will benefit each other’s common customer base. Building, Design and Construction Magazine | The Home of Construction Industry News

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Construction Club Launched for Tradesmen

Construction Club Launched for Tradesmen

To mark National Tradesmen Day, which is celebrated today on 16th September, an employee from My Build Estimate has launched a new club, dedicated to those working in the construction industry. Aiming to help tradesmen share information more easily, the WhatsApp group consists of 171 builders, homeowners, and property developers.  The Construction Club provides a safe space for people to communicate and ask questions about the construction industry and building projects. Moreover, participants can also compare costs, share best practice and offer networking opportunities. “We speak to builders, homeowners and property developers every day, but we often found that they weren’t able to communicate with each other. There simply wasn’t an easy, practical way to do that. It became clear there was a real need for a forum where they could informally ask questions of each other, gauge opinions and communicate in a way which moves the industry forward,” said Parm Bhangal. “With our contacts and knowledge of the industry, here at My Build Estimate we were in the ideal position to set up this WhatsApp group and allow participants to easily reach out to each other with questions, ideas and networking opportunities.  “And what better time to choose, than National Tradesmen Day. Tradespeople form the backbone of the construction industry and provide the tools, experience and skillset to underpin a thriving housing market. We’ve seen numerous people helped through the group already. A problem which could perhaps have been causing a costly and stressful headache for one person, is easily remedied with a quick piece of advice from another,” he added. The group was developed to mark National Tradesmen Day, an event created to show appreciation to tradespeople and the essential services they offer. It calls for the tradesmen in the country to be celebrated and honored for their essential services. A country could have all the sources, but it wouldn’t matter if people with the right skillset are not there to put the sources to the right use. Tradesmen, both men and women, are one such group of people who ensure that sources are used correctly for a nation to live a comfortable life. Building, Design and Construction Magazine | The Home of Construction Industry News

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