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New tech to get construction businesses paid faster

A new start-up fintech is set to solve the growing issue of late payments in the construction industry as it aims to get businesses paid within seven days potentially helping 75% of business.

Debt Register has developed a purpose-built digital platform to resolve debts anything up to 10 times faster than traditional legal action, and for a fraction of the cost, a welcome change for the industry as 3 out of 4 firms being forced to wait on average a month past agreed upon terms for payment. 

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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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