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Health and safety officials to launch “proactive” campaign

September 30th, 2010 Comments off

Construction firms in West Yorkshire could soon receive a visit from health and safety inspectors as part of a drive to reduce the number of work-related injuries and fatalities in the region.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has teamed up with local councils to target over 500 businesses in Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield in a two-week campaign.

Officials from the HSE and local authorities will check the necessary safety practices are in place and the relevant legislation is being followed.

John Rowe, a principal inspector for the HSE, said the initiative aims to “really make a difference”.

Companies will be given support and advice on protecting their employees and the public, while enforcement action will also be taken if any firms are seen to be significantly breaching the rules, he explained.

Councillor Mary Harkin, who is responsible for health and safety at Kirklees Council, described the campaign as “proactive”.

The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health recently introduced a new qualification that aims to raise safety standards in the building industry.

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Construction complete at £15m Connah’s Quay shopping centre

September 29th, 2010 Comments off

COUNCILLORS in Connah’s Quay have celebrated a significant milestone at the town’s new £15m shopping centre.

Developer St Modwen, one of the UK’s leading regeneration specialists, has finished its work on the 72,000sq ft scheme, which includes a huge food outlet.

The Morrisons building has now been handed over to the company for a comprehensive internal fit-out before it opens its doors in early November.

Cllr Peter Macfarlane said: “I wish to congratulate St Modwen on transforming what was a derelict site into a magnificent retail centre.

“This is a major regeneration project and a vote of confidence in our community.”

Cllr Eric Owen added: “This milestone is great news for the regeneration of Connah’s Quay.

“The new shopping centre will make a big impact in the area, bringing with it new employment opportunities, more investment from the private sector and putting Connah’s Quay back to where it belongs.”

More than 300 jobs are to be created at the Ffordd Llanarth site, which will also be home to national retailers including Greggs, Bargain Booze and Home Bargains.

The six-acre scheme will feature 12 retail units, 325 car parking spaces, improved pedestrian links and a bus pick-up point.

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Construction to start on first council homes for decades

September 28th, 2010 Comments off

Construction to start on first council homes for decades

CONSTRUCTION work is soon to begin on the first council houses to be built in Thurnscoe, Barnsley, for almost 30 years.

Social housing contractor Bramall Construction, part of the Keepmoat group, has been appointed to build 19 new homes on the site off Lidget Lane and Tudor Street.

Councillor Bill Newman, Barnsley Council’s spokesman for development, said: “I am delighted to see the work to develop the new council houses for rent in Thurnscoe is progressing.

“This development will complement the work of the current Housing Market Renewal programme that is taking place and will contribute to the continuing regeneration of the area.”

If the building work goes to schedule, people will be able to move into the new houses next summer. All of the new council houses will be managed by Berneslai Homes and let through Barnsley Council’s “Homeseeker” scheme.

Funding came from the previous Labour Government’s Homes and Communities Agency, which announced in January this year that it would be handing out a total of £122.6m to 73 local councils across England.

Local authorities were invited to bid for cash under the Local Authority Challenge Fund initiative, which was designed to stimulate the construction industry and provide new social housing.

As a result, £20m is set to be spent on more than 150 council houses across South Yorkshire, with half coming from the Local Authority Challenge Fund and the other half being borrowed by local authorities.

Barnsley was successful in achieving £4.8m to build 78 new council houses – those in Thurnscoe, as well as further homes in Darfield, Bolton-on-Dearne and Ward Green, in Worsbrough.

Work began on the first of these projects, at Vernon Crescent in Ward Green, in May this year and it is hoped the first of those homes will be available to let this autumn.

Helen Jaggar, chief executive of Berneslai Homes, said: “This new development will provide more choice for customers on the housing waiting list.

“It will be great for the local community and will contribute to the wider regeneration initiatives that Berneslai Homes is leading on in the Worsbrough area.”

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Visitors see ‘inspiring’ building progress of 2012 Olympic Park

September 27th, 2010 Comments off
Olympic Site

Olympic Site

The London 2012 Olympic Park welcomed its 100,000th visitor as part of the London Open House weekend.

Over 4,000 people toured the grounds to see first hand the construction progress being made on the site.

Seb Coe, committee chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee (Locog), said: “Watching the Olympic Park coming out of the ground over the last few years and transforming the east London skyline has been inspiring.”

Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority John Armitt added the organisation has tried to open up the site to as many people as possible.

The building work has transformed a largely industrial area into a new region of London, he continued.

Visitors joined bus tours to see the developments being made in venues such as the Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre, Velodrome and Olympic Village.

The Locog recently obtained planning permission to host the Olympic Archery Event at Lord’s cricket ground, where temporary facilities and structures will be built.

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Government ‘must invest in construction apprenticeships’

September 24th, 2010 Comments off
Apprentices

Apprentices

The coalition needs to invest in construction training for young people if it is to avoid a skills gap in the industry, it has been claimed.

Beatrice Orchard, coordinator of the Cross-industry Construction Apprenticeship Task Force, said building schemes for youngsters are crucial to the introduction of sustainable construction practices.

“In order to build a sustainable skills base ready to deliver the required changes to the built environment, the construction sector must not be overlooked,” she commented.

Ms Orchard stated the government needs to create an atmosphere in which it is possible to make training affordable if the transition to a low-carbon economy is to be successful.

Furthermore, a lack of apprenticeships would leave many young people with a “bleak future”, she continued.

Earlier this month, Gordon Miller – sustainability and communications director of Sustain Worldwide – remarked house builders will be compelled to construct more sustainable properties as public awareness of environmental issues grows.

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A Fantastic Deal Tom Kat 2 and Genny Kit

September 22nd, 2010 Comments off

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A Great Deal – TOM KAT-2 Locator

September 22nd, 2010 Comments off

Tom Kat 2 Locator

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CPUK wins contract for Trafford Centre drive-through Starbucks

September 21st, 2010 Comments off

SKELMERSDALE building firm Construction Partnership UK (CPUK) has won the contract to create a drive-through Starbucks coffee shop at the Trafford Centre, in Greater Manchester.

The £550,000 contract with property giant Peel is the latest in a series of commercial and retail projects being negotiated or won by CPUK in recent weeks.

The 2,013 sq ft drive-through is in a prime location on Barton Dock Road, opposite the Trafford Centre, the £1.4bn shopping and leisure destination which attracts more than 30m visitors each year.

The American drive- through coffee shop concept is new to the UK, and this will be one of Starbucks’s first in the country.

Construction will take 17 weeks and work has now started on site, near the Trafford Centre’s Barton Square.

Earlier this year, Seattle-based coffee giant Starbucks announced plans to open 30 of its drive-through shops in locations across the UK, creating 600 jobs.

The move followed a successful trial of the concept in South Wales.

CPUK has a strong-record of delivery for Peel, including the creation of the multi-million-pound office project Pacific Way Digital Park at Eccles, in Salford.

The CPUK team built six two-storey office units in a £4m contract for the 35,000 sq ft development aimed at hi-tech firms attracted by nearby Media City.

Steve Burke, CPUK managing director, said: “We have a long and successful history of delivering quality projects with Peel.

“This is one of a number of projects in the commercial and retail sectors that we have been appointed on in recent weeks thanks to our reputation. What is particularly pleasing is that companies we have worked with previously continue to return for our service and our delivery.”

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Construction and retail sectors hit hardest in North

September 20th, 2010 Comments off

A SHARP decline in new business orders coupled with a marked rise in job losses last month pushed any economic recovery in Northern Ireland further over the horizon, according to latest research.

The results of a survey carried out by Ulster Bank shows the level of new business won by private sector firms in the North fell again in August for the 33rd month in a row.

The latest Ulster Bank Purchasing Managers’ Indexes (PMI) showed a sharp drop in new work last month across key industry sectors in Northern Ireland, with construction and retail particularly hard hit.

The fresh research confirms just how dramatic the economic downturn has been, and how the local economy is struggling in vain to escape the recession.

Richard Ramsey, Ulster Bank’s chief economist in Northern Ireland, said the North was currently the only UK region still experiencing falling levels of business activity.

The bank’s survey shows Northern Ireland has failed to record significant growth since November 2007.

In some cases, however, the local manufacturing sector has escaped the worst and is showing signs of growth.

Although the pace of decline in general has eased slightly, the impact of reduced public spending in the North is having a marked and highly detrimental impact in the overall economy.

This is a factor which is going to come increasingly into play once sweeping UK public expenditure cuts take effect later in the autumn.

Mr Ramsey believes this, combined with a lack of new business, is going to create a much more challenging economic environment in the North in the short term.

“The pace of job losses has accelerated in recent months, with the August survey reporting the sharpest fall in employment levels since April 2009. The rate of decline was markedly higher than any other UK region – a trend that has been apparent over the last 12 months,” he added.

Mr Ramsey said local companies blame “weak underlying economic conditions” for the continual slump in business, which is most severe in the building sector.

He believes the forthcoming public expenditure cuts will put further pressure on companies already battling with “negative profit margins” in Northern Ireland.

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September 19th, 2010 Comments off

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