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Schiedel starts 2019 Ontop

Schiedel Chimney Systems, leading manufacturer of flue ducting, stoves and ventilation systems in Europe, has an exciting start to 2019 including a dual brand strategy with gas flue experts, Ontop and changes to the management team to accommodate this new approach.

Phil Lowe, who was responsible for customer service, training and OEM sales has been promoted to Sales Director and David Wright is now Product and Export Sales Manager, moving from his role as Residential Sales & Marketing Manager.

In his new position as Sales Director, Phil will take the lead in the development of sales in both the residential and non-residential sectors, continuing to work with existing customers, as well as exploring new markets driven by Schiedel and Ontop’s combined offering.

Family-run business expands to offer construction services in West Midlands

A family-run business with over 140 years of history has branched out to offer construction services in the West Midlands.

Drewitt Construction is headed up by Alex Drewitt, the sixth generation of the Drewitt family, which was founded in 1877 and has its headquarters in Bournemouth, Dorset.

The team at Drewitt Construction are based in Worcester, and are working across the West Midlands, including Herefordshire & Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire and Shropshire for private and public sector clients. In the past the team has worked on projects including industrial and retail units, sports facilities and shopping centres.

Dual Port Fire Sprinkler Valve Set

Applications Engineering Ltd have developed an innovative, compact and affordable fire sprinkler valve set that covers all the requirements of a modern domestic and residential property fire sprinkler system and offers the following benefits and features

 Benefits and Design features
• Dual ports that enable the flow switch to be mounted on either side.
• Uses the Sika flow switch which has been designed specifically for the valve set to operate at 25 L/min
• The flow switch has a ¾” union nut for simple, hand tight, installation. No need for tools or awkward 360° rotation of the whole switch.
• Available with optional CPVC mating sockets.
• 100% pressure tested.
• Supplied with DIN 43650 electrical connector as standard
• Lockable inlet valve handle
• Glycerine filled 16 bar pressure gauge
• Easy access for servicing
• Space saving – compact size
• Less joints minimise risk of leaks

New Flagship Stores at The Lanes Shopping Centre, Carlisle

  • River Island and Deichmann secure newly configured units at The Lanes in 2019
  • Asset Manager Capreon relocate New Look to meet growing demand at the Lanes

Capreon, the Noé Group real estate business, has today announced the reconfiguration of 51 Scotch Street (28,000 sq ft) into 3 new stores including a 10,000 sq ft flagship store for River Island and a 5,208 sq ft unit for Deichmann. The stores will be opening in the autumn of 2019.

River Island is relocating from its existing unit in Carlisle and upsizing to a 10,000-sq. ft. dual fronted flagship store (1c) in The Lanes Shopping Centre. Deichmann, the largest retailer of shoes and sportswear in Europe have taken Unit 1a, fronting onto New Lane.

Hidden air pollution in the workplace continues to impact the health and wellbeing of workers

Siemens Building Technologies: employers are taking action to avoid sick building syndrome

With indoor air pollution continuing to impact the health and wellbeing of UK workers, employers are taking greater responsibility for the workplace environment in a bid to limit the effects of sick building syndrome – situations where employees or other building occupants experience acute health and discomfort levels that appear to be linked to time spent in a building.


A woman from Essex who has been suffering with a spinal condition for nearly 40 years is now able to move independently between floors at the touch of a button after installing a modern and stylish Stiltz Homelift.

Kim Carpenter has Degenerative Disc Disease – a condition which affects around 30 million people every year and involves the discs collapsing and causing the facet joints in the vertebrae to rub against one other causing pain and stiffness.

The 60-year-old has suffered with the back problem since the age of 22 and around eight years ago the situation became so bad that the only way she could go upstairs, was on all fours.

Inspiring video shot at luxurious Abaton Island Resort & Spa in Crete, Greece, highlights excellent guest service as staff train at ‘boot camp’

Abaton Island Resort & Spa has just debuted an uplifting new hotel video to kick off the new year in style. See what it takes to make it on hotel’s customer service team as new recruits attend a unique kind of boot camp, with often hilarious and inspirational results.

Brought to life by actual members of the hotel’s staff, the video highlights Abaton’s commitment to providing flawless guest service. Owner George Kaloutsakis said: “Excellent customer service is what defines us. At our luxury hotel, we provide professional services, delivered with passion and dedication every day. It is an honour for us to be part of this team, and to provide a personal sanctuary for everyone who stays with us.”

Global outsourcing company Teleperformance expands at one of Bristol’s most prominent office buildings

JLL brokered the deal, one of the largest office lettings in the city centre last year

BRISTOL, 10 January 2019 – Teleperformance, a leading global customer service outsourcing company, has more than doubled its office space at Spectrum Bristol in one of the largest office letting deals in the city centre last year. Property consultancy JLL in Bristol brokered the deal working with V7 as the asset managers on behalf of the owners Affinity Global Real Estate. Spectrum Bristol is one of the city’s most prominent and distinctive office buildings fronting Bond Street and located opposite Cabot Circus.

Is this one of the UK’s most expensive show homes? @WynyardPark

Nestled in one of the North East’s most exclusive suburbs is a luxurious property that is stealing the attention of affluent house hunters. 

Poppy Cottage, the new property by Developments by Joseph Homes, is located on one of Wynyard Park’s most sought-after plots and is worth a cool £1.2million. 

Constructed of the highest quality textured brick and natural roof slate, the detached executive-style bungalow is situated on a 3,638 sq ft plot in Musgrave Garden Lane, in the heart of the luxury housing development in the Tees Valley. 

The purple pound: Five easy ways businesses can access disabled spending power worth £249 billion in 2019 @CibesLiftUK

Businesses aren’t making the most of £249 billion ‘purple pounds’ by improving disabled access. 

The ‘purple pound’ – the collective spending power of those with disabilities in the UK – is worth a hefty £249 billion to the UK economy. 

But campaigners say that it is not being fully realised by businesses and organisations across the country. 

As well as improving your company’s financial outlook, there are clear moral and legal obligations of improving accessibility – which can be straightforward and, quite often, totally free too.    


T. Gunning Ltd, the Chartered Building Company specialising in interior/exterior refurbishment, has completed a major project to refurbish and renovate Fairfield Hall, a magnificent, historic building in Bedfordshire.

McCoy Pearce was appointed on behalf of the management company to deliver the planned maintenance programme and to invite tenders from a selection of suitably qualified Contractors. T. Gunning was subsequently appointed to carry out works to the Grade II Listed former hospital on the maiden major works contract known as Phase 1. 


A newly redeveloped town centre, billed as being “the next generation in shopping and leisure”, has taken the ethos through to its customer facilities, especially for disabled visitors.

The Lexicon Bracknell, represents one of the biggest town centre regeneration’s in the UK, investing more than the £240million to transform the area. IT has added 70 new shops and restaurants, and a new look a state of the art assisted, accessible toilet- a Changing Places.

Protecting the workplace against fire

Jane Embury, marketing director at Wrightstyle, the advanced steel and aluminium glazing company, looks at accidental fires in the workplace…and how to avoid them.

In 2017, fire crews in England attended over 560,000 incidents, 34% fewer than ten years ago.

Of those, only about 170,000 were fires, and over 220,000 were false alarms.

Every year in the UK more than 20,000 non-residential fires are reported, with many of those happening in our workplaces. 

Bull celebrates Cygnus alarm installation milestone

Bull Products, a manufacturer of life-saving fire protection equipment, has today announced that more than 60,000 of its renowned Cygnus Wireless Alarm Systems have been installed in construction sites across the globe.

A major innovation in wireless emergency fire, first aid and intruder alarms for construction sites, the Cygnus Wireless Alarm System is the most successful and adaptable temporary alarm system on the market.

The system has been used on some of the largest developments in the UK such as Big Ben, Bond Street Station and Battersea Power Station, as well as worldwide projects including the Shell Oil HQ and Leiden University in The Netherlands, The Niels Bohr Building in Copenhagen and Leichhardt Green in Sydney.

How can the UK construction industry adapt to economic and political change?

With the dominance of Brexit, the surges in technology and the concerns regarding labour; 2018 is turning out to be a year of uncertainty for the construction industry.

But what are the main issues facing the sector and how can it ensure optimum profitability and productivity beyond 2018? Here, we explore the major concerns of the industry — from the workforce to green processes — and discuss how professionals can practically overcome these obstacles to ensure their sector keeps developing.