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Supporting affordable housing in Clevedon

The redevelopment of vacant land in Clevedon, North Somerset is set to increase the supply of social housing in the town, as well as creating a desirable place where people want to live.

The Millcross site, which was formerly home to a Kwik Save convenience store, was purchased by Alliance Homes in 2020 through a partnering agreement with North Somerset Council. Plans have plans have since been announced for around 60 affordable homes to be built there, led by Alliance Homes.

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ASFP comments on the Building Safety Bill

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) welcomes the publication of the new Building Safety Bill but remains concerned about the length of time it may take to pass through Parliament, the continued lack of funding and support for leaseholders and the delay to defining product safety criteria, with much of the detailed regulation expected to be contained within secondary legislation.

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ASFP releases new advisory notes on the fire protection of structural steel

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) has released three new Advisory Notes which offer guidance on the fire protection of structural steel, addressing specific concerns identified by industry.

Advisory Note 19: ASFP Position on the Use of Critical Steel Temperatures above 650°C updates a previous edition released in July 2020. It highlights that it is vital to ensure that the appropriate limiting temperature is used in the specification of a reactive coating. Use of an elevated temperature (above 650°C) without the appropriate engineering checks could potentially leave a structure under-protected in a fire situation.

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Sika’s new MonoTop® concrete repair system raises the standards

Global building products manufacturer, Sika, has launched a new concrete repair solution that provides greater long-term protection for buildings and sets a new standard for low environmental impact concrete by significantly reducing CO2 emissions. 

Sika has invested in the trusted Sika MonoTop® brand which rewrites the rule book in terms of low-carbon concrete repair. With 45 million buildings in the UK alone thought to be in need of refurbishment in order to comply with regulation energy performance, Sika’s sustainable MonoTop® range is the ideal repair solution for addressing such an issue. Its sustainable, reliable performance follows years of research by Sika’s technical teams, resulting in a proven, premier solution that compared to other concrete repair solutions, uses less carbon emissions – up to 1 tonne of CO2 per 100m2.

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More action needed by SMEs to tackle modern slavery

Awareness of the importance of addressing modern slavery is high among construction SMEs, but there is a need to move beyond policy to action according to research carried out by CHAS, in conjunction with the University of Nottingham Rights Lab.

CHAS and the Rights Lab surveyed a sample of 229 CHAS member companies, the majority of whom are SMEs within the construction sector. The survey sought to assess current knowledge and awareness of modern slavery along with actions taken to address this problem and identify opportunities for improving engagement.

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aask us launches new interactive website

Leading finishing designer and manufacturer, aask us, has launched a brand-new site featuring innovative 3D experiences. 

Designed to engage and inspire, the website offers a revolutionary user journey that enables visitors to interact with the company’s products in a virtual setting. 

The company’s 3D virtual office space features a number of wall, ceiling and exterior systems, including it’s new glazed partition system, which maximises light, space and social safety. 

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Casella to showcase high flow sampling pump at The Health & Safety Event

Global occupational hygiene and workplace hazard monitoring expert, Casella, will be returning to The Health & Safety Event 2021, September 7-9, NEC Birmingham, to showcase the most technologically advanced high flow pump in the air sampling market on stand 4/F21.

Casella is dedicated to improving health in the workplace and community with life-changing monitoring technology. At the event, Casella will exhibit its advanced solutions for monitoring noise, dust and vibration, alongside its latest innovation, the Vortex3 high flow pump.

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MODULHAUS™ on show at Offsite Expo

Based on extensive market research and utilising Modern Methods of Construction, a new concept in volumetric modular permanent homes for rough sleepers has been developed and rigorously tested to help overcome the nationwide crisis.

MODULHAUS™- a one-person volumetric modular home recently took ‘centre stage' in Westminster to raise awareness of the plight of rough sleepers and demonstrate how modular technology can provide a high quality, cost-effective solution. Government and media interest was intense and now this  homeless solution will be transported from the seat of power to Offsite Expo as a key feature at the conference and exhibition.

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York Handmade plays pivotal role in prestigious housing development

The award-winning York Handmade Brick Company has played a significant role in a new and prestigious North Yorkshire residential housing development.

The Easingwold-based firm, one of the leading independent brick-makers in the country, has supplied specially-manufactured bricks for the contemporary development at Ferrensby, near Harrogate.

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Ambitious plant specialist selects Hinowa spiders for growth

An East of England plant hire specialist has added a 14-metre Hinowa spider boom lift to its fleet to meet demand from customers for platforms that can operate in highly constrained space.

Anglian Plant has bought a Hinowa 14.70 Performance IIIS from Access Platform Sales (APS), sending it immediately out to its first hire customer.

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Constructionarium - now is an exciting time to be boring in Norfolk!

A team of students called The Warwick Boring Team are heading to LA next month to compete in Elon Musk’s the Boring Company’s tunnelling competition. They will build their tunnelling machine and test it against competitors to get top spot.

A group of thirty students, knows the Warwick Boring team at University of Warwick have been working on the innovative tunnelling technology – The Boring Machine to make our transport greener, cheaper and faster in the future.

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