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ASFP launches passive fire protection training

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) is launching a passive fire protection training programme in April 2018.  

The Foundation Course in Passive Fire Protection has been developed in response to demand from employers and contractors operating in the passive fire protection sector. The content of the training embeds current best practice and draws on the technical expertise provided by the ASFP.

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Orchards Green housing development by Mick George

Construction works are underway on a substantial new housing development north of the historic city of Ely, with local business Mick George Ltd completing Earthworks on behalf of Ely North Consortium LLP.

Set within 200 acres of East Cambridgeshire, and perfectly situated within walking distance of Ely’s city spires, unspoilt countryside and vibrant lifestyle, Orchards Green is an exciting new development connecting contemporary living with key travel links and excellent facilities for a thriving community.

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Why Contractors & FM Providers can use BIM to gain an advantage

Building information modelling or BIM is not new. The UK Government’s Construction Strategy 2011-2015 recognised that the construction industry needed to challenge the existing business models and practices in order to create a collaborative methodology that would deliver cost reduction and innovation throughout the supply chain. The result is that all UK Government construction projects, as of 4 April 2016, now include BIM.

However there remains a tension between contractors and FM providers on how BIM can be used effectively within a project, it can be seen as costly, time consuming and resource intensive. For these reasons the commitment to BIM has largely remained the domain of the public sector. However BIM should be seen as a revolutionary opportunity for designers, contractors and FM organisations working together from conception to delivery on design, build and operate projects.

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Shedworking: The trend for garden offices

Over the last decade there has been a steady shift towards flexible working opportunities for staff. The Office for National Statistics has released figures which show that the number of people working from home has risen to its highest level since records began. As employers recognise the advantages in their employees not commuting and the increase of productivity from working at home. The world of work is changing. People no longer need be tied to the desk – we can work smarter than that, in a way that saves money on property, that empowers the individual and improves productivity.

A cramped outbuilding which once housed lawnmowers and pots can now comfortably be insulated from the cold, fitted with its own electrics, and link you to anywhere in the world. It's an alternative workplace revolution. It's shedworking.

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Finance broker launches nationwide ‘Supplier Partnership Programme’

Financial services broker, Midlands Asset Finance (MAF), has launched a new programme that sees its online platform, Asset Finance Compared, partner with vendors across the country.

The programme has been developed to enable suppliers and their end-customers to access a fast pricing engine and an immediate credit-decisioning process to increase the volume of sales.

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Firms urged to check two way radio coverage on site

Construction firms are being advised to keep tabs on how their two way radios perform on site as a build progresses.

The majority of construction companies rely on two way radio to help coordinate work and maintain safety and security. But according to two way radio vendor Brentwood Communications, the closer a project gets to completion, the more likely it is that personnel may start to experience difficulties with poor signal and calls not getting through.

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Carrier's efficient, intelligent and compact variable-speed screw chiller

The AquaForce® Vision 30KAV with Greenspeed™ intelligence is Carrier’s most efficient, intelligent and compact variable-speed screw chiller.

Carrier announces the launch of AquaForce Vision 30KAV with Greenspeed intelligence, its new range of variable-speed screw chillers, with a first phase covering cooling capacities from 500 kW up to 1100 kW and reaching exceptional levels of seasonal efficiency. Carrier, a world leader in high-technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions, is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

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Ketley Brick achieves major success in the Brick Awards

Ketley Brick's flagship project, Victoria Gate, Leeds, has won two categories of the prestigious 2017 Brick Development Association (BDA)‘Brick Awards'.

As one of the longest established and most widely respected building awards in the UK, the annual BDA Brick Awards recognise excellence in design and construction using brick. This is the second year running that Ketley Brick has come away with major accolades.

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Need help finding a good gutter installer?

Rainclear, the UK’s leading stockist and online retailer of metal rainwater systems, are offering to help customers find a quality gutter installer for their build or renovation project.

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Work to start at Babraham Research Campus - Mick George provide earthworks

Construction works will shortly commence on the £35million pound extension to Babraham Research Campus, Cambridge with Local business Mick George Ltd completing Earthworks at the site, for MJS Construction (March) Ltd on behalf of SDC Construction Limited.

Already widely regarded as one of the UK’s leading campus’ to support early-stage bioscience enterprise, the location back in October 2017 announced a partnership with BioMed Realty that will see the creation of two new buildings, with a combined 108,000 sq ft. of space for integrated laboratories and offices.

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HCL grows national sales team

HCL Safety, specialist sub-contractor in fall protection and part of MSA Safety, has made two key appointments as part of a wider strategy to enhance its offering across the UK. 

Joining from Danosa Roofing, Danielle McGowan will cover Scotland as well as North East England and Helen Smith, formerly employed by Arco has been appointed to cover the Trans Pennine area.

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