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Barbour ABI
Residential leads construction bounce-back.
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Construction industry bounces back after recent stall in growth

Contract awards in the construction industry increased by 12% in the latest survey from Barbour ABI, as a number of high-profile projects were given the green light. The latest edition of the company’s ‘Economic and construction market review’ from the company reports that the levels of construction contract values awarded in June across all regions of Great Britain totalled £5.5 billion based on a 3-month rolling average, an increase on the £4.9 billion from May.

BESA, Building Regulations
Weaknesses in the regulatory framework — Paul McLaughlin.

BESA welcomes planned review of Building Regs

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has welcomed BBC reports that a full review of the Building Regulations is to be carried out following the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Chief executive Paul McLaughlin said that BESA had been flagging up weaknesses in the regulatory framework for many years and had long been a champion of tighter enforcement.

Glenigan
Positive forecasts for rest of 2017 and 2018 — Glenigan.
milanvirijevic

Glenigan gives positive mid-year forecastGlenigan gives positive mid-year forecast

A 1% rise in the total value of underlying new project starts for the rest of 2017 is predicted in Glenigan’s latest mid-year forecast, followed by a further 2% in 2018. Glenigan comments, ‘Political uncertainty and doubts over the Brexit negotiations will inevitably take their toll on the industry’s prospects for the coming two years. But while slower economic growth is likely to impact on new project starts, particularly in the private sector, the good news is that overall activity across the industry is set to continue expanding.’

Wiring Regulations

Reluctant support for 18th edition of the ‘Wiring Regulations’

Only one in 16 electro-technical businesses ‘absolutely support’ the proposed 18th edition to the ‘Wiring Regulations’ according to a major survey from the Electrical Contractors’ Association. 28% of respondents said that the planned changes were ‘unfavourable’ or were ‘strongly opposed’ to them. 61% of firms said they ‘somewhat supported’ the proposals.

residential scheme, Liverpool

Major residential scheme approved for Liverpool

Liverpool City Council has approved plans for a residential scheme with 656 apartments on the edge of the city centre. Submitted by Vinco Group, Freemasons on the junction of Leeds Street and St Bartholomew Road consists of four separate residential towers of 16 storeys around three landscaped courtyards.

Consultancy, Sweco

Sweco opens office in Stockton-on-Tees

Engineering, environment and design consultancy Sweco UK has opened an office in Stockton-on-Tees. Sweco was launched in the UK in April following its acquisition of Grontmij and has experienced strong growth after securing a number of high-value multi-disciplinary projects.

JS Wright, contractor

JS Wright staff become heat network consultants

Four engineers from building-services contractor JS Wright have received accreditation from CIBSE as heat-network consultants. They passed an examination on the CIBSE code of practice for heat networks in the UK, jointly developed by CIBSE and the Association for Decentralised Energy.

contractor, NG Bailey

NG Bailey to build new hospital energy centre

NG Bailey has been appointed principal contractor by North Tees & Hartlepool Foundation Trust to construct a new energy centre at the University Hospital of North Tees. This £14 million project will be on the existing hospital estate and house a new primary intake substation.

Gilberts, air distribution, grilles, diffusers

Gilberts enlarges its warehouse capacity

In response to growing demand for its products, Gilberts Blackpool has increased its warehousing capacity by almost 10%. The company is experiencing a significant increase in demand for its grilles, louvres and diffusers, and natural-ventilation products, both in the UK market and overseas.

Sudlows, data centres

Sudlows and Indectron create new digital hub

Sudlows is working on a new state-of-the-art data centre for digital firm Indectron, which will provide highly secure colocation for a range of organisations. Shield House is in Gloucester and has a power capacity of 3 MW. It will be used as a protected environment for data and critical systems connected with a wide range of networks and cloud service providers.

SES Engineering Services

SES wins major police services contract

SES Engineering Services has won a £5 million contract to provide a full MEP package for the new headquarters of Lancashire Constabulary’s West Division in Blackpool. Marking the force’s largest investment in its history, the 3-storey building in Clifton Road will replace outdated facilities at Bonny Street.

BSRIA sets up northern facilities in Preston

BSRIA has opened an office and laboratory complex in Preston to serve the north of England. It includes a training suite for many of the BSRIA courses, and Instrument Solutions has expanded its equipment-hire, calibration and sales operations into this northern base.

BESA, President, Tim Hopkinson
Looking to attract young people into the industry — Tim Hopkinson.

BESA’s new president focuses on youth

The new president of BESA (Building Engineering Services Association) has declared his main focus for the year will be ‘to drive emerging talent into our industry’ and empower young people to set the agenda for the association’s future. He will also be unveiling a major new initiative at the BESA’s president’s lunch in September that will set a new direction for the sector’s ‘future leadership’.

SPIE, contractor

SPIE wins major M&E education project

SPIE UK has been awarded an £8 million contract for M&E works at East Ayrshire Council’s new William McIlvanney Campus in Kilmarnock. Named after the world-renowned author, who was born and educated in Kilmarnock, the £45.3 million, 18 360 m2 campus will accommodate about 1465 secondary, 383 primary and 160 early-years pupils from ages two to 18 and will be provided by East Ayrshire Council and Hub South West Scotland through Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme.

NG Bailey, contractor
Strategy delivers results — David Hurcomb.

Strong growth in sales and profits for NG Bailey

NG Bailey has reported a 23% growth in sales and a doubling in operating profits for the year ending 24 February 2017. The group’s forward order book grew by 10% to £902 million.

Rinnai, DHW, domestic hot water, continuous flow hot water

Rinnai provides support for the whole of the working day

Rinnai, which specialises in continuous-flow water heating, has introduced a service to give contractors access via telephone or Internet to unlimited technical support and management. The service is free to installers, premises owners and facilities managers with Rinnai units or systems on side.

Max Fordham, diversity

Max Fordham named ‘Inclusion and diversity champion’ at awards

Consulting-engineering practice Max Fordham has been named ‘Inclusion and diversity champion of the year’ at the 2017 Consultancy & Engineering Awards. The award recognises the organisation that has ‘diversity and inclusion at the heart of its business’ and seeks to ‘embrace the benefits of a truly diverse workforce’. They are hosted by the Association for Consultancy & Engineering (ACE).

National Energy Foundation, Kerry Mashford

National Energy Foundation chief executive is awarded OBE

Dr Kerry Mashford, chief executive of the National Energy Foundation (NEF), was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours for services to the energy industry. The NEF has been at the forefront of improving the use of energy in buildings for over 25 years. Since her appointment as chief executive at the end of 2012, Kerry Mashford has helped pioneer its work in advising and delivering more-comfortable energy-efficient homes and workplaces, including winning a number of national awards.

CSA, Commissioning Specialists' Association

Commissioning Specialists’ Association Awards 2017

Opening this year’s awards of the Commissioning Specialists’ Association, its chairman Andrew Watkin said, ‘A very warm welcome to this, our third annual awards dinner. The awards programme was launched to recognise and reward the excellent work carried out by those operating within the commissioning sector of the construction world.

Bloomberg

Bloomberg’s new European headquarters nears completion

Opening this autumn, Bloomberg’s new European headquarters in the City of London is the first wholly owned, designed and constructed Bloomberg building in the world. Conceived in collaboration with Foster + Partners, it reflects founder Mike Bloomberg’s long-held belief that workspaces should foster collaboration, innovation and productivity.

electrical services, Marshall-Tufflex

Marshall-Tufflex renews commitment to inspiring engineering talent

Marshall-Tufflex, which manufactures cable-management systems, has renewed its drive to raise awareness of career opportunities in its manufacturing business by inviting Hastings school children to its factory and participating in a range of careers events. The company has already supported five apprentices through relevant NVQ Level 3 Advanced Modern Apprenticeships.

BESA, Building Engineering Services Association, apprenticeships
BESA Training welding apprentices and heating and ventilation apprentices at Edinburgh College, Midlothian Campus.

Interest in apprenticeships hits ‘all-time high’

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) reports receiving record levels of enquiries from people interested in taking up apprenticeships. Leading the way is BESA Scotland, with the highest-ever number of visits to its apprenticeship assessment web site recorded during May — following the Association’s successful lobbying campaign to have travel funding for apprentices reinstated by the Scottish Parliament.

Baxi Heating, Packaged Plant Solutions, boilers, space heating, packaged plant
Building expertise in packaged plantrooms — from left Andrew Miele and Barry Fitzpatrick of packaged Plant Solutions and Adam Turk of Baxi.

Baxi Heating acquisition strengthens packaged plantroom offer

Baxi Heating has strengthened its packaged-plantroom offer with the acquisition of Packaged Plant Solutions, which becomes part of Baxi Heating’s commercial business — joining the Andrews Water Heaters, Potterton Commercial and Remeha brands. Market indicators suggest a continued drive for off-site pre-fabricated solutions, especially with the growth of heat networks which often require a central plantroom.

Stelrad, radiators

Stelrad starts sports sponsorship young

Radiator manufacturer Stelrad has added its support to young motor cyclist Harry Beach from the West Midlands, who rides a 2016 KTM 65SX. He is 10 years old, and during the last winter season won the Wilden Mx 65cc experts championship, which was a massive boost for him coming into the 2017 club and national competition season.

CSR, corporate social responsibility

Survey highlights the benefits of CSR

Engagement with corporate social responsibility brings business benefits according to 51% of electro-technical businesses that responded to a survey carried out by the Electrical Contractors’ Association and the Considerate Constructors Scheme. 67% of respondents highlighted ‘improved customer or client relationships’ as another business benefit of CSR work. ‘Positive media coverage (41%), ‘cost savings’ (30%) and the ‘ability to manage risk in the supply chain’ (28%) were also listed as significant benefits of CSR engagement.

BCIA, Building Controls Industry Association, training, BMS, BEMS
Lack of understanding on true value of controls and the advantages they bring — Malcolm Anson

Targeting training to meet the building performance challenge

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) is encouraging both the current and next generation to invest in training, to ensure that the industry continues to move in the right direction.

Sutcliffe Park

Sports centre green roof is topped out

The unusual topping-out ceremony of a new indoor multi-sports centre at Sutcliffe Park for the Royal Borough of Greenwich saw wild-flower seeds being scattered on the green roof by the chair and secretary of the Friends of Sutcliffe Park, Cllr Denise Hyland and Cllr Denise Scott-McDonald.

HPA welcomes new Government minister with responsibility for RHI

The Heat Pump Association has welcomed the appointment of Claire Perry as Minister of State within the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). She replaces Nick Hurd and will report to Greg Clarke, who remains as Secretary of State.

FETA looks beyond Brexit negotiations

Even before the Brexit negotiations formally got under way, FETA (Federation of Environmental Trade Associations) expressed its belief that in the post-EU landscape, trade associations can provide an even more vital line of communication with the rest of Europe and product design.

G&H Building Services, contractor

G&H completes services for luxury spa project

G&H Building Services has completed the £1.2 million mechanical contract as part of an addition to the Grade I-listed Rudding Park spa development at Harrogate. Work included cooling, ventilation and power supplies to nine treatment rooms, three relaxation rooms and a plunge pool.

Sontay, controls, sensors

Sontay opens Middle East office

Sontay, which specialises in control peripheral products, is expanding its global reach by opening a new office in the United Arab Emirates and appointing the experienced Ali Jabr (left in photo) as Middle East area sales manager.

Tamlite, Lighting Industry Association, Lighting Industry Academy

Tamlite joins Lighting Industry Academy

Tamlite Lighting has become the latest ambassador of the Lighting Industry Association’s Lighting Industry Academy. The company is at the forefront of cutting-edge lighting technology, investing over £4 million in product R&D over the last three years.

BCIA, awards

Building Controls Industry Awards 2017

The winners of the 2017 Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) Awards were announced at the prestigious ceremony and gala dinner on 11 May 2017 at the Hilton Metropole, Birmingham.

BREEAM, operational rating, Kings Place

London building achieves highest-ever BREEAM operational rating

The BREEAM operational rating of 95% achieved by the Kings Place mixed-use building on London’s Regent Canal is the highest ever achieved in the UK, and has been acknowledged by the building winning the in-use category of the 2017 BREEAM awards.

CIBSE, Peter Wong

New CIBSE president focuses on the art in engineering

Peter Wong, president of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, used his inaugural address to change perceptions about building-services engineers and argue that they should see themselves as artists and practitioners. He is from Hong Kong and was the chair of CIBSE HK Branch and the founding chair of the building-services division of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, of which he was elected President in 2008.

BESA, Building Engineering Service Association
Putting forward industry needs — Rob Driscoll.

BESA calls for special sector deal

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has called for the new Government to do a ‘sector deal’ with the built-environment industry that reflects the important role buildings play in human health, wellbeing and productivity. The call was made when the election campaign was in full swing.

Commissioning, Commissioning Specialists Association, CSA

CSA announces finalists for 2017 industry awards

2017 marks the third year of the annual awards of the Commissioning Specialists’ Association (CSA). From the entries and nominations received, the judges have shortlisted 27 finalists across the six award categories to be part of the presentation ceremony being staged on 15 June at the Copthorne Effingham Park Hotel near Gatwick.

Ameon boosts turnover with major contract wins

Building-services-engineering specialist Ameon has secured a raft of contracts worth over £15 million, as its turnover approaches £50 million. The turnover boost for 2017/18 includes high-profile new developments in Manchester and Salford. One is the £2.4 million contract to install all M&E services for a block of 135 apartments and the £2.5 million fit-out of new offices over four floors for global law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

London office completions reach long-term high

The largest volume of new office space completed in central London for a 6-month period in the last 13 years was achieved in the period to May — at 362 000 m2. Shaun Dawson, author of the London office crane survey at Deloitte Real Estate, said, ‘The sheer volume of completed space is no surprise given the surge in development activity 18 months ago. In total 408 000 m2 was completed in 2016, and this momentum has continued into 2017. We expect this year’s annual total delivery to be the highest since 2003.’

G&H Building Services, contractor

G&H wins first project with Keepmoat

G&H Building Services has been awarded the M&E services contract for the new £7.6 million extra-care scheme in Buxton. Community regeneration specialist Keepmoat is building the 73-bed project on behalf of Housing & Care 21 and Derbyshire County Council. It will comprise 53 extra-care apartments with two bedrooms and a specialist 20-place residential care centre. Communal facilities will include a restaurant, salon and health suite.

Vital Energi

Vital Energi reaches new heights in London

Vital Energi has won the £6.7 million design-and-build contract with Mace to provide the low-carbon energy solution for what is set to be the tallest residential building in London’s tech city — the Atlas Building at 145 City Road. which will be 152 m high and have 40 storeys.

Engineering-services market survey shows continued optimism for the sector

Almost 80% of engineering-services firms reported increased or steady turnover during the first quarter of this year in a sector-wide ‘Building engineering business survey’ sponsored by Scolmore. Looking ahead to the second quarter of the year, 88% of businesses expect their turnover to increase or remain steady.

Briggs & Forrester, contractor

Briggs & Forrester wins redevelopment in Soho

Briggs & Forrester Special Projects is working on the £2.3 million M&E installation for phase 2 of the redevelopment of Walker’s Court in London. The site is in Soho, and work includes the infrastructure for the new commercial office headquarters for property company Soho Estate, the revival of the Boulevard Theatre, new apartments, shops and restaurants and two existing nightclubs, including theatre of varieties The Box.

Tridonic, lighting

Tridonic opens London demonstration suite

Tridonic, which specialises in LED drivers for lighting, has opened a demonstration suite in the Business Design Centre, Islington. The facility will enable Tridonic to meet the many consultants and end users located in central London who would otherwise need to travel to the company’s UK headquarters in Basingstoke.

Daikin, air conditioning, VRV, VRF
Central London area sales manager for Daikin UK — Simon Chapman.

Daikin UK opens office in central London

Daikin UK has opened a new office in central London. It is close to Tower Hill underground station in modern offices that feature an open ceiling showcasing the latest Daikin VRV technology.

Heathrow looks to stimulate offsite construction

Heathrow Airport is to use a £16 billion expansion to push the growth of off-site construction in the UK. In a first for a major infra-structure project, Heathrow invites communities across Britain to showcase why their areas should host one of four new offsite logistics hubs. They are key to Heathrow’s plans to build as much offsite as possible, making the project more affordable and environmentally sustainable, while driving growth across Britain.

A1 Flue Systems, flues

A1 Flue Systems investment boosts productivity

Flue manufacturer A1 Flue Systems has boosted productivity by 30% in a year following a £250 000 investment. It included new machinery, key infrastructure upgrades and reconfiguring the flow of its manufacturing assembly line. Eight new jobs have been created

JS Wright, contractor

JS Wright to fit out major housing development

Building-services provider JS Wright has secured a £7 million-plus contract to regenerate a former industrial district of north London into a residential community. The company will fit out 252 new homes, including 82 affordable homes, at the London Square Caledonian Road mixed-used development in Islington.

Rehau, district heating, space heating

District-heating workshops

Rehau’s free district-heating workshops head to Birmingham on 27 June to offer consultants, contractors, local authorities, developers and housing associations the chance to find out more about the benefits, and practicalities of district heating.

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