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60 not out! David Armitage celebrates a lifetime in brick

0n7442David Armitage, the founder and chairman of the award-winning York Handmade Brick Company, is celebrating 60 unbroken years in the brick industry.

David joined the industry in 1961 as an apprentice fitter with his family firm George Armitage & Sons, based at Rothwell, near Wakefield. He moved into sales in 1963, eventually becoming Sales Director and later Marketing Director when the business boasted a £20m turnover.

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New report says embedding heritage-led regeneration key to historic towns' future

Embedding heritage-led regeneration within wider investment programmes aimed at revitalising high streets and enhancing local and regional infrastructure, will more effectively drive the growth and renewal of Britain’s historic town centres, says a new report from national planning and development consultancy, Lichfields.

The ‘Historic Opportunities’ report comes at a time of changing fortunes for the nation’s historic towns and sheds light on the environmental, economic and social contributions that heritage-led regeneration can deliver long-term for hundreds of locations across the country.

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Next generation of Built Environment employees on show at Constructionarium

Appointed in September 2021 into a new role with key priorities in levelling up, skills, construction, and net zero, Lee Rowley (Minister for Industry) says the UK needs a multi-disciplinary approach if it is to stay competitive and deliver a workforce that can meet the government’s priority of decarbonising the Built Environment at speed.

His comments came as he visited Constructionarium, a not-for-profit organisation based in Norfolk. It provides essential practical programmes for students in higher and further education studying Built Environment courses and for professionals across the sector who lack practical application by “Turning Theory Into Practice”.

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Finn Geotherm celebrates 15th anniversary and £22m for customers via RHI scheme

Norfolk-based renewable heating expert Finn Geotherm, is celebrating two major landmarks - its 15th year in business and securing a total of £22million in Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments for customers who have switched to a heat pump for their heating.

Established in 2006, the company was started by technical director David Alston, who first ran Finn Geotherm from a container unit on his father's farm. An engineering graduate, David spotted the opportunity to bring heat pump technology, which was being widely used in Finland, to heat homes here in the UK. Today, the company has modern offices and a showroom just off the A11 and employs a total of 25 staff. In its 15 years, the company has installed more than 1,000 systems in properties ranging from two-bedroom bungalows and converted windmills to stately homes and even at the zoo in locations across East Anglia and beyond. Heat pumps are now widely accepted as one of the best low carbon heating systems available, with the Prime Minister's Ten Point Plan committing to deploy 600,000 heat pumps a year by 2028.

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RIBA Stirling Prize winner showcases Michelmersh brick products

The 25th Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Prize was awarded to Kingston University London – Town House, designed by Grafton Architects.

The jury for the 2021 RIBA Stirling Prize included Lord Norman Foster (Chair), Simon Allford (RIBA President), architect Annalie Riches (2019 RIBA Stirling Prize winner) and artist Dame Phyllida Barlow. The panel was advised by architect Mina Hasman (Sustainability Expert). RIBA’s Stirling Prize has been awarded almost annually since 1996 (except for 2020 where it was delayed due to coronavirus) to recognise buildings deemed to have the most significant impact on British Architecture.

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Are you safe working at height compliant?

The working at height regulations cover all occupations and places of work, placing duties on the employers, employees, self-employed and persons who control the work of others. They apply to every work place and all occupations, including volunteers who offer their services at ecclesiastical and heritage sites, stately homes, castles and even zoo’s.

The regulations clearly state that works must be planned, organised and carried out by a competent person.

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CHAS announces new RAMS software powered by HandsHQ

CHAS, the supply chain risk management expert, has announced the launch of a new software product, CHAS RAMS.

CHAS RAMS, powered by HandsHQ, will provide CHAS contractors with a web-based risk assessment and method statement (RAMS) solution.

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Net zero pioneer Futurebuild returns for 2022

Futurebuild, the event that’s championed a sustainable built environment for the past 16 years, has opened registrations. Taking place from March 1 to 3, 2022, the event will connect specifiers, decision makers and disruptors with major brands and start-ups from across the built environment. Register for the event here.

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Protective equipment donated to engineering training provider

Engineers of the future will find themselves in safe hands thanks to a donation from a medieval charity.

Constructionarium, a not-for-profit organisation providing hands-on construction experience, has been presented with a selection of personal protective equipment (PPE) for use during training activities, from the Rochester Bridge Trust.

The PPE, all of which is unworn, was left over from the recent multi-million pound Rochester Bridge Refurbishment Project.

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ASFP announces the 2021 Passive Fire Protection Awards shortlist

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection has announced the shortlist for its 2021 Passive Fire Protection Awards, with the winners due to be announced on 26 November at the Association’s Awards Lunch at the Edwardian Hotel in Manchester. The awards will be presented by broadcaster, naturalist and marine biologist Monty Hall.

The 2021 event will see awards presented in six categories, each recognising excellence within the passive fire protection industry, at company and individual level.

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York Handmade helps Hawksmoor Homes win prestigious national award

Leading independent brickmaker York Handmade Brick Company has played a significant role in helping a brand-new Surrey residential housing development to win a coveted national award.

The Easingwold-based firm has supplied specially-manufactured bricks for the contemporary development at Pirbright in Surrey, which was named the Best Boutique Development in this year’s prestigious Evening Standard New Homes Awards.

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