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‘LOST’ VENUE FOUND A WAY TO BECOME ACCESSIBLE…

One of the UK’s most popular botanical gardens is the latest venue aided by Closomat to deliver enhanced accessibility to visitors.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan has now opened its Changing Places assisted accessible toilet facility, supplied and installed by Closomat, the UK’s leading provider of such disabled toilets. It means that anyone who needs help, be it from people or equipment, can visit the Gardens knowing there are appropriate facilities.

IPG MEMBERS CELEBRATE DOUBLE DIGIT YEAR-ON-YEAR GROWTH

IPG members across the country are celebrating a combined annual turnover of in excess of £400 million, celebrating a double-digit year-on-year growth since June 2017.

Which? magazine revealed last month that its readers rate independent and local businesses over big chains when it comes to buying new bathrooms and that trend seems to be showing in the sales figures of the independent businesses represented by The IPG. Over half intend to recruit more staff in the coming year, and many are currently undertaking projects to expand their operations.

Based in Bournemouth, heating merchant Gasbits Ltd have recently opened a new branch in neighbouring New Milton. Gasbits Director Ross Pavey said, “We have definitely benefited from being part of The IPG, as we have access to better deals with suppliers and contacts that go beyond our own networks.”

Why nature is the best office trend of 2018

When it comes to decorating an office many of us choose to go down the modern route when accessorising. From fancy sofas, to screen projectors, offices can often look ‘over-dressed’ and ultimately give a cramped and cluttered look.

One main feature that can make your office stand out is to create a biophilic environment. Plants are not only great for their purpose, but also offer a great visual look. The professional commercial decorators at Markwell Peck have provided some reasons as to why plants are the best office trend of 2018.

What does the Environment Agency’s RPS mean for construction companies?

Dr Richard Coulton, CEO at Siltbuster, talks to us about the Environment Agency’s new Regulatory Policy Statement and the impact it has on the construction industry as a whole.

On 7th February 2018 the Environment Agency published a new Regulatory Policy Statement (RPS) entitled ‘Temporary Dewatering of Excavations to Surface Water’. The statement sets out the circumstances under which water can be discharged off site without the need for a Bespoke Discharge Permit. It also states that contractors need a permit if they want to discharge off site into the surrounding environment for anything other than clean water.

BRADFORDS BUILDING SUPPLIES RENEWS SPONSORSHIP OF THE EXETER CHIEFS

TWO South West institutions, Exeter Chiefs and Bradfords Building Supplies, are joining forces again for the 2018-19 rugby season.

Following a successful match sponsorship in 2016-17 and shirt sponsorship last season, Bradfords, the leading builders’ merchants in the South West, will continue to build on the relationship with the current Premiership Champions.

Bradfords are also extremely proud to announce individual sponsorship of Chiefs’ star and England back Henry Slade.

IS YOUR JOB A HEALTH HAZARD?

Can standing up all day harm your health?

For years, office workers have been warned against the dangers of sitting down at a desk all day, with claims of increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol being but a few supposed health risks of a sedentary job. However, whilst being in a chair for hours on end might not be the best for your health, what about workers that have no choice but to stand for a living? Are there any harmful effects associated with this? If so, what can employers do about it?

Energy Assets Extends its Utility Network Leadership Team

Energy Assets Group, one of Britain leading independent metering, asset management and utility network construction companies, has appointed Phil Cafferkey as General Manager of Dragon Infrastructure Solutions (DIS).

Mr Cafferkey joins Northampton-based DIS with significant utility industry experience and expertise, with a remit to maximise operational effectiveness across residential and commercial connection markets throughout England.

Drewlec replaces fire system at Twickenham Plating Group Ltd., Poole

Bournemouth-based Drewlec, the electrical services arm of The Drewitt Group, has worked alongside Twickenham Plating Group Ltd. for more than 20 years providing fire safety services and has recently introduced the latest state-of-the-art fire system to ensure health and safety compliance and Fire Risk Assessment.

Following the installation of its fire system in 1996, it came to the end of its economic life. The team discussed requirements with the client to finalise a plan for a replacement system.

P C HENDERSON ATTENDS ‘DIY SOS BIG REVEAL’ AFTER DONATING SLIDING DOOR HARDWARE

Sliding and folding door hardware manufacturer – P C Henderson – is once again delighted to donate its Rustic 80 sliding barn door hardware to the hit BBC home renovation series  ‘DIY SOS: The Big Build’. The company’s marketing team recently attended the ‘Big Reveal’ in North Shields, UK to welcome the family into their newly renovated home.

Running for 18 years and attracting up to 15 million viewers per episode, the award winning show – presented by Nick Knowles and his team – takes on renovation projects across the UK to help well deserving families. Relying on the support and generosity of local tradespeople and suppliers – P C Henderson was more than happy to donate its hardware to the programmes most recent project.

Mabey enables complex new build development in Glasgow’s financial district

Mabey has today announced the use of its unique propping system and BIM (Building Information Modelling) services to facilitate a complex new build development which incorporates the existing façade of a historic Grade I listed building in the heart of Glasgow’s financial district.

As part of the £500k+ contract, Mabey is working in collaboration with BAM Construction for its clients BAM Properties and TCP Developments Limited to provide a temporary propping system, which will hold up the building’s original and listed façade, while the construction of a new development takes place. This will result in a combined building area of 284,000 square feet of Grade A office space, ready for use in 2020.

Costain launches England’s first SHE apprenticeship

Costain has announced the launch of England’s first Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) apprenticeship. The new scheme has been developed to address the impact that changes in technology and innovation are having on business working practices and to offer an entry level apprenticeship to enable people to start their career in SHE. It will ensure there is a pipeline of trained staff to manage the associated risks of workplace changes ensuring that employees can continue to work in safe and secure conditions.

The creation of the new qualification was spearheaded by a working group comprising Costain and many other UK businesses and other organisations including HS2, Thames Water, Sapa UK, Mitie, Morrison Utilities, Permission Homes, Sisk, Skanska, and Balfour Beatty. Their work was also supported by experts from the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Unite the Union and others. The first cohort of twenty apprentices have started their apprenticeships in a wide range of companies, including those in the working group. A further 160 are due to commence their apprenticeships in the coming months; two of which will be working with Costain on its A-one+ Joint Venture in Kent starting in September.