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Celotex suspends sale of five insulation products

Celotex FR5000

Insulation manufacturer Celotex, who supplied insulation to Grenfell Tower, has recalled five polyisocyanurate rigid foam board based product lines after one of the lines failed fire rating tests. In a statement the company, which is part of the Saint-Gobain group, said: “After careful consideration, we have taken the decision to temporarily suspend supply of some of our 5000 product range …

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Birmingham builder fined for unsafe gas work

Construction boss jailed

A builder has been fined after carrying out unsafe gas work at a property in Hall Green. Birmingham Magistrates’ Court heard how on 23 October 2016 Mark Titmus, trading as Titmus Builders, was contracted to build an extension to three sides of a property. During the work a gas boiler was moved and fitted with a temporary flue. The gas …

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Lack of land and lending holding SME builders back

Small builders

A lack of available small sites and a lack of finance top the list of barriers to SME house builders increasing their delivery of new homes, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders’ (FMB). Key results from the FMB’s House Builders’ Survey 2017, the only annual snapshot of SME house builders, include: Over half of small house …

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Construction industry rolls out Mates in Mind initiative

Mates in Mind

The UK construction sector’s efforts to improve the health and mental wellbeing of its workforce have been stepped up with the full roll out of the Mates in Mind initiative. Mates in Mind has led in the creation of a flexible and joined up approach that is tailored to the needs of individual construction companies as they seek to tackle …

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Small builders key to solving London’s housing crisis, says FMB

Small builders

The London Housing Strategy’s focus on bringing forward more small sites will help solve the housing crisis by opening up the market to SME house builders, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) London. Commenting on the draft London Housing Strategy, published on Wednesday, Barry Mortimer, Director of FMB London, said: “If we’re to build the number of new …

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Electrician killed in stepladder fall

Construction boss jailed

A Hull based bakery has been fined following the death of a self-employed electrical contractor who died following a fall from height. Hull Crown Court heard how the worker was contracted to complete electrical work at Greencore Grocery Ltd site in Hull. In October 2013, the worker was wiring a motor situated above a machine whilst standing on a stepladder. …

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Construction company fined after fall leaves joiner paralysed

Construction boss jailed

A construction company has been sentenced for safety breaches after a sub-contracted joiner suffered life-changing injuries. Lincoln Magistrates’ Court heard that construction company Mager Homes Ltd. had been contracted to complete a house build in Tetney, Grimsby. In December 2016, the worker was on the first floor level installing joists and flooring. Whilst laying a floorboard, he stepped back and …

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Free estimating app for builders from Selco

selco app

Producing quotes is the bane of many tradespeoples lives seeing them working late into the evening pricing up jobs that they know they may never even get. So if someone came up with a free app that allowed you to price and manage all your jobs on the go from your mobile phone you would probably think it was too …

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Abacus Infinity Single Fall Shower Tray installation: Is this the best wet room tray?

best wet room tray

In this video Roger Bisby demonstrates how to install an Abacus Infinity Single Fall Shower Tray which is designed to make wetrooms sleeker and cleaner and eliminates the need for fiddly floor tile cuts and grout lines which trap dirt. With wet rooms continuing to grow in popularity customers are increasingly looking for solutions that are sleek in design and …

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Safeguard publishes guide to Basement Waterproofing

Basement Waterproofing

Although basements are a significant area of business opportunity for the construction industry, it is a complex and potentially fraught sector and – in the main – an area for the specialist. Yet Safeguard Europe – the UK specialist in damp-proofing and waterproofing technology – is helping to demystify and simplify understanding of this underground world with the publication of …

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