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Bookings open for PCA structural waterproofing conference

May 9th, 2019 Comments off

Bookings are now open for a national structural waterproofing conference, which has become a significant event in the industry’s calendar.

The Property Care Association’s fourth annual International Structural Waterproofing conference takes place at The Slate, University of Warwick, Coventry on 17 July, 2019.

A dynamic programme – which includes a knowledge sharing hub, where experts and the audience debate key industry issues and best practice – has seen the event gain increasing recognition within the architectural, civil engineering and construction industries.

As well as professionals from these sectors, the event also attracts surveyors, lawyers, public authorities, geologists, ground engineers and academics.

Last year’s conference included insights into high-profile projects underground, technical details and an overview of liabilities and responsibilities, with speakers including academics, practitioners and industry experts.

It went on the record books as the PCA’s biggest one-day conference to date, with over 160 delegates attending.

Last year’s conference was also the first to be supported by specialist event technology – the PCA Structural Waterproofing app – which helped amplify the conference’s knowledge-sharing agenda.

This system played a key part in the proceedings, allowing delegates to ask questions to the speakers throughout the day and in advance of the Q&A sessions and panel debate.

The conference is of appeal to both members and non-members alike.

James Berry, technical manager of the PCA, said: “The structural waterproofing conference goes from strength to strength and the speakers lined-up and the subjects being covered in 2019 are set to make this year’s event a success too.

“The participants share a deep interest in this technical subject, and in turn that creates the atmosphere for an interesting and thought-provoking debate.

“Early booking is advised, as last year we were at capacity.”

Booking information for the event – priced at £100 plus VAT for PCA members and £150 plus VAT for non-members – can be found at www.property-care.org/iswconference2019

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Access North Ltd celebrates tripled turnover with new office and team growth

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In the wake of tripled turnover and the launch of a brand-new division, West Yorkshire-based Access North Ltd is marking its biggest financial year to-date with an office relocation, following a recruitment drive which has seen the team double in size.

Company owners, Berenice and Daniel Northcott, credit the new Access North Build division – launched in 2018 – as the driving force behind the financial uplift, which has seen the group generate £1.75m of revenue over the past 12 months.

To facilitate a marked upturn in service demand, the firm has made eight new appointments since March 2018 and – having recently celebrated its eighth birthday – has now outgrown the base it has called home since 2013.

As a result, the 13-strong team recently moved to a larger space at the Park Valley Mills Business Park in Lockwood, Huddersfield – the local regeneration project complimenting the firm’s own commitment to breathing new life into existing spaces.

With a trio of team members having been appointed in October 2018, a further three new faces have joined the growing team of specialists in recent weeks. These include, Sales Project Manager, Paul Crawford, Procedures and Operations Manager, Louis Aspeling, and Business Admin Apprentice, Naomi Collins.

Access North Ltd managing director, Berenice Northcott reflected on a positive year: “It goes without saying that it’s been a brilliant year for us. With additional team members joining us and an office move, we have high aims for the next 12 months.

“Access North Build has enjoyed a fantastic start. Our work at Alsager School in Cheshire saw the team pioneer an industry first – a lightweight steel space frame supporting an ETFE membrane – while our work at Haggerston Castle in Northumberland has breathed new life into an inspiring space.”

Established in 2011, Access North Structures specialises in the installation, inspection and maintenance of complex structures, ETFE facilities and tensile fabric canopies, via rope access techniques.

Meanwhile, Access North Build specialises in the design, engineering and construction of ETFE, lightweight tensile fabric structures and structural glass roofs and facades – across a variety of construction projects.

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