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Five of the best recycling bins from

With social attitudes continuing to shift and increasing numbers of householders across England trying to do their bit to recycle more at home,* having an effective rubbish and recycling system in place in the kitchen is more important than ever. However, recycling at home doesn’t have to be a complicated or time-consuming process thanks to specialist retailer, who offer the most comprehensive collection of stylish freestanding and sleek in-cupboard bins on the market.

‘Disruptors in Facade Technology’

The facade industry is quite mature in its lifecycle with aluminium being the most sustainable material to specify for windows, doors and facades.  With high performance thermal breaks, it is possible to specify aluminium systems that will help projects reach the Passivhaus standard.  But what of the emerging technologies that will influence sustainability and efficiency?

Thirty-five years ago CAD revolutionised the way we designed aluminium facades.  Here was a system that could easily calculate complex structures, angles and profile lengths making cutting, machining and assembly more cost effective.  Later, adding CAD output to CNC machines further influenced efficient manufacture to such an extent that most fabricators now have at least one of these machine centres and design in 3D.  BIM is now also filtering down into the fabrication arena which will add further efficiencies in the specification and manufacture of building envelopes.


The potential complexity of creating a compliant, accessible facility is simplified with the latest service from Closomat.

Britain’s leading provider of accessible intimate hygiene solutions is fully Construction (Design & Management) 2015 compliant. The compliance compliments Closomat’s already proven ability to deliver a comprehensive project management service.

Planning granted for £40m tourism destination in North Yorkshire

Scarborough Borough Council has granted planning consent for a high-quality tourism destination in North Yorkshire that will deliver significant economic benefits to the area.

Designed by architect and masterplanner, Holder Mathias, the Raithwaite Bay Resort in Whitby will include the development of new, luxury holiday accommodation and leisure facilities, including 71 holiday cottages, 82 holiday apartments, 37 forest lodges, restaurant, and welcome hub.

Perforated metal in modern architecture

The creative use of perforated metal in urban design shapes the framework of our surroundings. Perforated metal offers a whole new level of freedom for designers and architects who want to influence the cityscape of tomorrow and breathe new life into urban areas.

Versatility and functionality

Perforated metal offers a unique versatility and functionality when it comes to design, material and use. A good example is the use of perforated metal as decorative facade cladding, where it also serves as an efficient sun screen that does not require power or manual adjustment to work.


Scruffs Hatton Boots

£39.95 vat free.

Here at Scruffs we know it’s important to kit out the masters of work in

workwear that matches their expertise and keeps them safe, but that’s no all. We also help people in the trade and beyond to look good.

Our latest creation, the Hatton Boot, is a stylish composite toe capped boot with steel midplate that offers lightweight toe protection and sole penetration at a competitive price.


A new interior design firm which specialises in luxury property has launched. Vesta Interior Design is a boutique design house bringing the efficiencies of high volume projects to the bespoke market both in the UK and internationally.

Established by Chris Dale, who brings with him 13 years of expertise in the interior design industry, Vesta Interior Design has already experienced exceptional growth and demand for its services, which is contributed to the company delivering dedicated customer service and unrivalled expertise to each of its clients.

Since its inception 12 months ago, the team has grown to 17 strong, completing over 400 projects across the capital for high profile developers including, St James, Bellway Homes, London Square and Mountain Capital. Completed projects include Fitzroy Gate, Legacy Wharf in Stratford, Royal Wharf, Discovery Tower, and private residences at Holland Green and Chelsea Waterfront.


With little over a month to go until the highly-anticipated 18th Edition of the IET Wiring Regulations come into force, Bureau Veritas is calling on duty holders to step up efforts aimed at reducing the safety risk posed by poor electrics.

Due to be published in July, BS 7671 – IET Wiring Regulations 18th edition will apply to all new and rewired installations designed after January 2019. The legislation is set to include a number of significant changes in relation to protection against fire, protection against overvoltages and clarity on special location installations, in a bid to optimise safety in domestic, industrial and commercial locations.


A university student can now safely move between the floors in her home inside a Stiltz Home Lift after being virtually bed bound due to a rare condition which causes severe pain in both legs.

Helena Stone from Islington in London has Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) – a condition usually triggered by an injury – which is poorly misunderstood by doctors. The skin of the affected area can become so sensitive that a mere droplet of water, a change in temperature, even a gentle breeze, can provoke intense pain.

The 21-year-old was diagnosed with CRPS just over three years ago after a kayaking accident when her foot became caught in the boat in 2013. Helena was on crutches for two weeks and expected to recover fully but her leg, including her foot, remained in persistent pain.

Following the release of today’s Construction PMI figures, Phil Harris, Director at BLP Insurance, comments on how residential housing is boosting the construction industry while commercial projects are likely to dampen overall sector growth in future:

“The unchanged pace of construction growth is unsurprising as new developments, previously delayed by the bad weather, continue to come on stream. However there remains a tremendous amount of uncertainty in the sector, exacerbated by extended material lead times which are increasing costs and delaying the build programme. Skills shortages remain a critical issue, and although there’s extensive discussion on how to address this, a solution is still a long way off.

“Businesses with exposure to Carillion are also still feeling the repercussions of the collapsed construction giant, while those that avoided any impact may still worry about exposure to a similar situation occurring elsewhere. The well-publicised increasing  debt levels of outsourcing companies with construction arms will have done little to ease the sense of nervousness.

Ceremony marks golden milestone for Ashford scheme

A ceremony has marked a milestone in the building of 28 apartments for private market rent in Ashford town centre.

Ashford Borough Council leader Cllr Gerry Clarkson joined Darren Welch, managing director of Leath Park Developments, part of the Jenner construction group, in laying the ‘golden brick’ at Victoria Crescent.

Built on the site of a former Travis Perkins depot, the development consists of 14 one bedroom and 14 two bedroom flats, with work expected to be completed by February 2019.


The HSE estimates that there are 11 construction fires every day, which can cost the industry over £1 million each day.

According to The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, employers are legally required to provide information, instruction and awareness to employees about fire precautions in the workplace.

The compliance team at Bull Products, a manufacturer of life-saving fire protection equipment, shares its guide for fire safety awareness and those all-important points to cover with your employees.

Acton Gardens hoping to auction £150k tower mural for charity

Acton Gardens, a 2500-home development between housebuilder Countryside and housing association L&Q, is trying to preserve a street art installation by popular graffiti artist Stik to raise funds for local community art projects.

A tower on Bollo Bridge Road will be demolished in the latest phase of one of the capital’s largest regeneration programmes.

The Charles Hocking House building is home to a 125ft mural – known as ‘Big Mother’ – by popular street artist Stik. He also painted a smaller ‘Family Group’ painting at the foot of the building.


With a growing emphasis on evidencing biodiversity ‘net gains’, ecological consultancy EPR urges developers to take the initiative, and outlines the key survey priorities for the early summer months

Ecological planning consultancy EPR has advised that, following the publication of the draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which includes a proposed requirement for projects to deliver environmental ‘net gains’, developers should move quickly to ensure that ecological surveys are carried out in a timely manner.


As the long-awaited ‘Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety’ by Dame Judith Hackitt was published last week, prompting much debate amongst the media, general public and industry alike, Bureau Veritas considers the long-term repercussions of the recommendations and calls for more to be done from a technical perspective.

Andy Lowe, director of building control at Bureau Veritas, comments: “The publication of the Hackitt Review comes as we approach the first anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire and alongside the commencement of the public inquiry into the tragedy; the scenes from which have displayed that the pain of all those affected has not dampened. For many, the Hackitt Review did not deliver what they had hoped and sparked somewhat of a public outcry due to the unexpected conclusion not to impose an outright ban on combustible cladding. Instead, the recommendations of the review focused on the need for a new regulator and a series of proposals to make high-rise flats safer to live in.