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CLOCS Champions feature in ITN Productions programme

CIOB/ITN Productions partnership shows how the construction industry is working together to improve road safety

CLOCS, the national standard for Construction Logistics and Community Safety, features in CIOB’s ‘Masterminds of Construction’ with partners, Land Securities, Mace and Tarmac.

For a second year running, the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and ITN Productions have produced a news and current affairs-style programme, introduced by national newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky.

The film highlights how leading construction clients, contractors and fleet operators such as Land Securities, Mace and Tarmac are fulfilling their CDM (Construction Design and Management Regulations) responsibilities through training and the use of innovations such as direct vision to reduce accidents between large vehicles and vulnerable road users. 

The ITN Productions film, available to view online (https://itnproductions.wistia.com/medias/xuckqo1cgy), examines how important and demanding construction management is, and the power of collaboration to overcome risks from unforeseen events in order to deliver world-class projects. 

CLOCS Champions: Land Securities, leading property developers; Mace, an international construction and consultancy; and Tarmac, a leading sustainable materials and construction solutions business, are changing behaviours and business processes to protect pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and other road users who share the roads with construction vehicles.

Clive Johnson, Group Head of Health, Safety and Security at Land Securities, said: “As the largest listed commercial property company in the UK, with an extensive supply chain, we take safety very seriously. Ensuring that we use our leadership and work in collaboration with our partners, we are committed to working with CLOCS to improve safety for all road users. It is important that we remove risk from our own construction sites and also that a road safety culture is promoted throughout the construction industry and the UK.”

Tony Blackledge, Construction Director at Mace and winner of the company’s “Safety First. Second nature” - Outstanding Achievement and Cycle Safety Award, said: “It’s extremely important to Mace that we are involved with the CLOCS safety initiative as it allows us to come together with other industry professionals and work to improve safety around our sites – as well as reduce the amount of incidents involving cyclists, pedestrians and construction vehicles. We are involved with this scheme not just in London but regionally and will continue to work together with our suppliers and clients to educate and implement important safety measures. It’s a pleasure to work with CLOCS as the work everyone is doing will make a real different to peoples’ lives.”

Sean McGrae, Senior Manager, National Transport at Tarmac, said: “As an operator of one of the largest vehicle fleets in the industry, we are committed to improving vulnerable road user safety across the UK.  At Tarmac we believe that there is both a real challenge and a clear opportunity to improve the safety of cyclists and pedestrians in London and beyond. Through our work with CLOCS, ensuring the provision of the right technology and equipment, as well as enabling drivers to have access to the right training and technical support; we are looking to continue our industry-leading approach.”

Cynthia Barlow, Chair of RoadPeace the national charity for road crash victims, tragically lost her daughter in an incident with a left-turning lorry in 2000. Cynthia works in close partnership with CLOCS and was pleased to be invited to participate in the film. She commented: “an accident waiting to happen is not an accident.  There are things you can do to stop it.”

 

Construction skills shortages to worsen in 2017

Skills shortages across the construction industry are set to worsen in 2017 as workload and productivity rises, according to One Way

An analysis by the specialist construction and rail recruiter found that, while activity rose at the fastest pace in eight months in November, there was still not enough skills entering the industry to meet the growing demand. This comes at a time when Markit’s private sector survey revealed that workloads are being boosted by a “resumption of projects delayed after the Brexit vote.”

Paul Payne, Managing Director and Co-Founder of One Way, reports.

“It’s been a year of peaks and troughs for the construction industry, and while it’s difficult to suggest with too much confidence what will happen over the coming months, our analysis shows that there are still far too few people operating within and, crucially, entering the field. It’s all well and good trying to make do with the current skills in the market but ultimately there will come a point when we need much greater numbers of people considering construction as a viable career choice. For example, we’ve launched our own initiative, #GirlsAllowed, which aims to increase the number of women working in the industry and more programmes like this are drastically needed.”

“At the moment that’s simply not happening and with productivity rising at its current rate as investors shake off their Brexit fears, something is going to have to change fast. There are significant skills shortages across the market in roles like planners, estimators and project managers. These are skilled positions that require a considerable amount of training and experience so they can’t just be recruited off the street and placed in roles. Construction contributes around 6% of the overall economy and we need to see a longer term strategy for improving talent pipelines across the industry developed before it’s too late. We’ve been fortunate that we’re a robust enough organisation to meet the challenges brought on by shortages, but others may not be so lucky.”

Rhino - Keeping Tradespeople Working

Birchwood Price Tools is exhibiting its core hire solutions from the Rhino range at The Executive Hire Show at the Ricoh Arena, on 8-9th February 2017.

This core range includes the Rhino TQ3, Air Raid 500 and the Fume Extractor, all key products for hire industry specialists looking for solutions to suit the ever-changing weather conditions in the UK, all year round. From heating and cooling solutions through to the flood recovery range, Rhino keeps the trade working!

The best-selling high efficiency thermo-quartz heater - TQ3 - is ideal for both temporary heating and drying paintwork & plaster. The robust heater has a plastic body which resists dents and scrapes, making it the ideal temporary heating solution. The integral wheels allow for easy mobility, and moving the heater between sites, rooms and store. Available in 110v or 230v.

Perfect for those hot, summer days is the Air Raid 500. This portable higher-output industrial fan has been developed to withstand the demands of all applications - it's as tough as they come! Available in 110v or 230v.

A 3-in-1 air mover designed to cool, ventilate and extract clean or dirty air from both restricted and open environments, the Rhino Fume Extractor is a tough all-rounder. Available in 110v or 230v.

Visit the BPT stand C15 at The Executive Hire Show at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry from 8-9th February 2017 to see more of the BPT hire range and to talk through your hire requirements.

For more information please contact:

Anna Townsend (0)115 938 9000

[email protected]

birchwoodpricetools.com

Surface preparation expert offers free bespoke training

Surface preparation expert National Flooring Equipment is pleased to offer free personalised training for distribution partners and potential customers across Europe. The company has recently announced its European expansion and now offers in-person training sessions for all of its products including floor strippers, grinders and shot blasters. The training explains how to set up, use and maintain surface preparation equipment to ensure operators get the maximum return on investment.

In the UK, training is available for the range of surface preparation products that National Flooring Equipment offers. The hands-on training allows end users to get to grips with its surface preparation machines and use the equipment until they are confident they can perform jobs quickly and efficiently.

National Flooring Equipment’s industry expert Dave Bigham has coordinated the company’s training for the last five years. Bigham developed the workshop-based training programme using his extensive flooring industry experience in combination with customer feedback. “There are some common misconceptions when it comes to surface preparation equipment. Customers often purchase large, heavy-duty machines without realising that small, compact machines are up to the job,” he explained. “The training programme explains to customers how they can really achieve return on investment, by using the right equipment for the right application, in the right way.”

“The descriptions and specifications provided in the training session were extremely useful for getting to grips with how the equipment works in a warehouse application,” explained Calum Newell, depot manager at Mark One Hire. “We’ve been able to pass on this knowledge to our customers so that they can lessen the chance of mistakes and be more efficient with the equipment.”

National Flooring Equipment also boasts an extensive online video training library, which can be accessed on its website free of charge. This includes tutorials on grinding, scraping, shotblasting and scarifying.

To get in touch with National Flooring Equipment to arrange a tailored training session visit: http://nationalequipment.com/about/contact

 

HSS Hire Service Group Ltd Most Considerate Supplier at 2016 National Awards

The Considerate Constructors Scheme - the national scheme established by the construction industry to improve its image - has awarded HSS Hire Service Group Ltd as the Most Considerate Supplier at this year’s National Awards.

HSS Hire Service Group Ltd, whose head office is based in Mitcham, Surrey, triumphed as the ‘Most Considerate Supplier 2016’, making them the first registered supplier to win this prestigious title since Supplier Registration was introduced in 2014.

The Considerate Constructors Scheme’s National Awards are among the most respected accolades in UK construction. By registering with the Scheme, companies and suppliers demonstrate a strong commitment to improving the image of the industry.

The prestigious awards ceremony took place on 10th and 11th November at the Four Seasons hotel in London.

The awards recognise the highest performing companies and suppliers which have demonstrated excellence in relation to the community, the environment and their workforce.

Undertaking inner London deliveries is no easy task, but HSS Hire Service Group Ltd has robust policies and procedures in place to ensure professional, safe and efficient operations.

A stringent approach is taken towards safety, with delivery vehicles in the FORS-accredited fleet replaced every three years to ensure the highest possible standards. Operating at exceptional levels, this company goes above and beyond to ensure the highest standards of considerate practice.

In total, 21 Gold, 32 Silver and 43 Bronze awards were presented to Registered Companies, and two Gold, one Silver and four Bronze awards to registered suppliers. Of the Gold Award winners, seven companies were shortlisted and received the ‘Most Considerate Company Runner-Up’ and one supplier the ‘Most Considerate Supplier Runner-Up’.

Considerate Constructors Scheme Executive Chairman Isabel Martinson said: “Congratulations to all award winners. The Scheme is hugely proud to honour the great achievements of top performing registered companies and suppliers. Over 900 companies and suppliers registered with the Scheme in the past 12 months, representing significant growth on the previous year, and making competition even tougher. With such high demand for construction activity across the UK, it is essential that the industry works collaboratively and continues to raise standards.”

HSS Hire Service Group Ltd Key Account Manager (London) Andy Warin commented: “We are delighted to be named the Most Considerate Supplier 2016. We have a dedicated team of colleagues that work tirelessly to deliver the tools and equipment that our customers need when they need it, often going above and beyond the call of duty to get the job done. Outstanding customer service is part of our DNA at HSS and this award is shared across all HSS colleagues that help to delight our customers every day.”

Click here to see each of the winners in the categories of Runners-Up to the Most Considerate Company Award and Runner-Up to Most Considerate Supplier Award, as well as each Gold, Silver and Bronze award winner.

Visit Twitter @CCScheme #ccsawards and the Scheme’s LinkedIn company page to see more from the awards ceremonies. 

CONSIDERATE CONSTRUCTORS SCHEME AND NATIONAL FEDERATION OF BUILDERS ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP

Real industry collaboration to offer members greater benefits

The Considerate Constructors Scheme - the national scheme established by the construction industry to improve its image - and the National Federation of Builders (NFB) – the construction industry’s longest established trade association - have formed a partnership to promote best practice and raise standards across construction industry SMEs.

This first, truly ground-breaking collaboration between two construction industry organisations heralds a new way in which like-minded organisations can work effectively together to offer greater benefits to members, at no additional cost.

The partnership will provide NFB members, with a turnover banding of £500,000 to £3.5 million, free Company Registration with the Considerate Constructors Scheme. It will come in to effect from 1 January 2017.

By becoming a registered company, NFB members (in this banding) will have the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to improving the image of the industry. Scheme-registered companies voluntarily agree to abide by its Code of Considerate Practice. The Code commits those registered with the Scheme to care about appearance, respect the community, protect the environment, secure everyone’s safety and value their workforce.

Considerate Constructors Scheme Chief Executive Edward Hardy said: “SMEs are a critical part of the construction industry’s future success. They have a huge role and responsibility to continually raise their standards and, in doing so, make a valued contribution to improving the image of the industry.

“The NFB provides a great platform for the Considerate Constructors Scheme to help support SMEs in championing the principles of considerate construction. We are therefore delighted to establish this partnership with the NFB.”

Richard Beresford, Chief Executive of the NFB said: “We’re delighted to join forces with the Considerate Constructors Scheme to offer added value to our members. NFB members pride themselves on their professionalism and ability to deliver exceptional quality, so it’s great that their efforts can now be recognised as part of the Scheme.

“SMEs often miss out on opportunities simply because they don’t have the resources to complete the multitude of registrations and benchmarking initiatives available in the industry. By collaborating in this way, we hope to reduce this burden and improve access to opportunities, working towards achieving a fair playing field for SMEs in construction.”

A record number of over 900 company registrations have been made with the Scheme so far this year, with a total of more than 4,100 company registrations taking place since this type of registration was introduced by the Scheme in 2009. 

NEW LOOK WEBSITE, NEW LOOK DART!

Established close to a decade ago, DART has grown year on year, taking the industry by storm. The business is an independent company run by a proactive board of directors with a team consisting of industry experts who really understand how power tool accessories are used.

One thing that can be noted: DART’s products are rarely the cheapest on the market, but they are consistently more affordable than other leading brands and represent real value for money. Customer feedback in the market has repeatedly pronounced that by choosing a DART product, there will be less machine down-time as the frequent need to change your accessory disappears – saving not only on money, but also on time.

DART has always been committed to moving forward and finding improved ways to help their customers, so it is exciting to see their recent developments which include a complete re-brand and a re-launched website with vastly improved functionality.

Firstly, the re-brand, while keeping the name DART, now reflects a strong, modern and powerful brand in the power tool accessories market, through use of ‘hero’ imagery and high definition photography of their tools in use.

According to Robert Paterson, Managing Director “We are dedicated to evolving and growing now and in the future. Our aim is simple: To offer our customers a serious alternative to leading brand products, at a competitive price.”

 

Secondly, DART has re-launched their website to provide customers with increased functionality and ease of ordering, to save customers time in their already busy working day.

DART’s NEW website offers:

  • Fast and simple online ordering
  • Personalised customer login
  • Saved customer basket – trouble free repeat ordering
  • Full visibility of account history
  • Real-time orders – straight to the warehouse to get packaged and posted
  • Easy navigation and product information

 

You can check out these developments at www.darttoolgroup.com or follow DART on LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook. They are certainly a company in the industry worth keeping an eye on!

SIG Air Handling is growing in size, product offering and expertise

What began life in 2001 as Ouest Ventil in France, has now expanded to become SIG Air Handling with over a hundred subsidiaries all over Europe.

This expert in heating, ventilation and airconditioning (HVAC) supports customers and partners with professional advice and specialised systems. Recently, SIG Air Handling has also been developing and distributing products under its own CAIROX brand. In addition, this socially responsible company aims to provide healthy indoor air in cooperation with European organisations like EVIA and EFA.

 

Healthy indoor air for everyone

With the motto ‘Improving air because we care’ SIG Air Handling's business aims to find energy-efficient total solutions and better indoor air quality. SIG Air Handling devises ventilation systems that ensure that people can breathe healthy indoor air at work, at home and during their leisure time. To achieve this, the experts concerned focus on three elements: air improvement, air movement and air diffusion. In addition to specialist advice and partnerships for total projects, customers come to SIG Air Handling for its extensive and unique range of over 15,000 products. This extensive product range is available via our distribution outlets or can be ordered via a user-friendly webshop.

Own brand and corporate social responsibility

This European company continues to grow; from specialised service and project solutions to production and assembly facilities, and just recently, it introduced its own brand - CAIROX. This means that SIG Air Handling is now developing and distributing products for air improvement, air movement and air diffusion under strong own labels, thus further strengthening its service provision and its position on the European market. 

About SIG Air Handling

SIG Air Handling is a leading supplier of products and systems for heating, ventilation and airconditioning (HVAC). The company operates in 12 European countries and has 100 distribution outlets. SIG Air Handling offers its customers optimal service in the field of distribution. The group also continues to focus on wide-ranging consultancy and project solutions for ventilation in the construction industry. The company embodies top product quality, excellent logistics, technical expertise and a customer-focused, problem-solving approach. SIG Air Handling has a pan-European team, based in Zaventem. Its turnover is approximately 250 million euro and around one thousand people work there.

About SIG plc

SIG plc or Sheffield Insulation Group, founded in 1957, is the European leader in specialised solutions for the construction industry. The group is well-established in its four main product categories of Exteriors, Interiors, Insulation and Air Handling. SIG plc sells and distributes its products and services from 700 distribution outlets spread across 15 countries in Europe and the Middle East. SIG plc is a FTSE 250 company listed on the London Stock Exchange. Its annual turnover is 3.2 billion euro and the company employs approximately 10,000 people. 

For more information visit www.sigairhandling.com

 

Considerate Constructors Scheme seeks new Board Directors

Newly appointed Scheme Executive Chairman Isabel Martinson to recruit new Board Directors to take Scheme to the ‘next level’

The Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) – the national Scheme to improve the image of the construction industry - is recruiting for new Board Directors.

Isabel Martinson, who was appointed as Executive Chairman of the Scheme in July 2016, is looking for senior representatives from within and outside of the construction industry to expand the CCS to move to the ‘next level’, to further enhance the construction industry’s image and reputation. 

The CCS is an independent organisation formed in 1997. Since its formation, it has significantly altered the approach the construction industry takes to those affected by its activities, the construction workforce, and the impact construction has on the local environment.  It has achieved wide recognition and is highly regarded and respected by those aware of and involved in the Scheme.

Construction sites, companies and suppliers voluntarily register with the Scheme and agree to abide by the Scheme’s Code of Considerate Practice. The Code commits those registered with the Scheme to care about appearance, respect the community, protect the environment, secure everyone’s safety and value their workforce.

The Scheme is looking for new Board members who are committed to the Scheme’s ethos, and in particular, those with expertise in the areas of marketing and communications, finance, commercial contracts and outsourcing.

Considerate Constructors Scheme Executive Chairman Isabel Martinson commented: “The CCS provides a hugely important and influential role in helping to enhance the construction industry’s reputation to the public, those within the industry and the Government. I look forward to working with a team of newly appointed Board Directors to shape the future reputation of the construction industry through the Considerate Constructors Scheme.”

Terms of reference, person/skills specifications and the application procedure are available via the Scheme’s website here.

The application deadline is 1200 on Wednesday 5 October 2016. 

FLOOD HIT TOWN FIGHTS BACK WITH ORDER FOR EMERGENCY PUMPS

A Yorkshire community which was devastated by severe floods is proactively fighting back against the elements with an order of specialist water pumps from Morris Site Machinery.

After the devastating floods of December 2015 which severely affected the country, the town of Tadcaster suffered its largest floods on record where the bridge over the river Wharfe collapsed dividing the town in two, with many homes and businesses damaged in the devastating floods.

Background

Over the past five years Tadcaster has suffered with constant surface water flooding. The floods and subsequent water damage have cost local businesses and residents hundreds of thousands of pounds, with direct costs in the form of business closures during repairs, lost incomes, property repairs and insurance premiums, as well as the wider impact of road closures and limited access to the town.

The Tadcaster Flood Action Group was created to help fight against this major recurring issue and to ensure emergency contingency plans were in place. After the floods of 2015 the Flood Action Group received generous donations from The Masons, Heineken and local businesses. This provided the opportunity to investigate the pumps market and supply the group with flood pumps which could be used anywhere in the town on a reactive or proactive basis where the flooding occurred.

Requirements

After lengthy research and joint discussions with the Fire Service, Yorkshire Water, the Environment Agency and other companies, the group chose leading pump manufacturer Morris Site Machinery.

Tadcaster Flood Action Group needed a robust and reliable product that could be easily towed, set up and put into use in the case of an emergency and pump the flood water.

The Hilta range from Morris Site Machinery supplies submersible, centrifugal and diaphragm pumps. The entire unit on the Hilta C100 has a road towable trailer and two wheel site chassis options for easier manoeuvrability along with its compact design making it easier to transport.

Solution

After rigorous testing of Morris Site Machinery’s pumps, Tadcaster Flood Action Group ordered two Hilta C100 pumps to tackle the flooding hot spots on both sides of the River Wharfe.

To test the products the group used a deep flowing beck with plenty of depth for the soil filter. Once the hoses were in place and rolled out they ensured that they were pumping back into the water supply 100m away to keep the beck full. Thanks to the Hilta’s C100 pump’s strong centre of balance, hitching and un-hitching was effortless and once located for pumping the testing was straightforward and the pump was lifting water at an impressive outflow rate.

An added benefit is that the C100 pumps can be used in residential and built-up areas due to its diesel powered 4" super silent automatic vacuum priming pump which generates very little noise. The air cooled diesel engine allows better fuel efficiency whilst the 4” pump offers high solids handling capacity.

Richard Rafferty, Senior Coordinator of Tadcaster Flood Action Group, said: “We were more than happy with the Hilta C100 pumps and would happily recommend Morris Site Machinery for their products, their value for money and their customer service which is second to none.”

For more information on Morris Site Machinery and their products visit www.morrismachinery.co.uk or call 0345 409 0280 to speak to a member of the sales team.

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