Irwin Mitchell planning team to advise on £180 million mixed use scheme in Lewes

North Street Quarter development

Work to develop a 15- acre brownfield site in Lewes, East Sussex is to begin following the completion of final legal requirements. Planning for the North Street Quarter development was approved in December 2015 by the South Downs National Park’s planning committee. Permission was granted in May 2016 and the judicial review period has just concluded. The way is now …

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Construction company fined after service riser shaft fall

Construction boss jailed

A construction company in Gateshead has been fined after a worker suffered injury when he fell down a service riser shaft. Newcastle upon Tyne Magistrates’ Court heard how Meldrum Construction Services Limited (MCS) was the principal contractor for refurbishment work at premises in Percy Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne. MCS failed to plan for the requirement for temporary platforms to be …

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Developer chooses Mumford & Wood for personal development in Poole

Timber Conservation windows and doors

Timber Conservation windows and doors by Mumford & Wood have been specified by a building developer for his own residential property in Poole, Dorset.  This large coastal town, once a maritime trade hub, has attracted tourists and visitors to its beaches and landscapes for many decades and is an established area of beauty. The 1950s cottage-style property was purchased by …

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Electricians pay rise agreed

Electricians pay rise

The electrical contracting industry has agreed a wage deal which will amount to a 10.25% pay rise over four years to take effect from January 2017. This is the first time that an agreement spanning four years has been determined between trade union Unite and the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA). Some of the key changes to be implemented include: Wage …

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D-MAX Arctic Trucks AT35 to go on sale

D-MAX Arctic Trucks AT35

From the 25th July the all-new Isuzu D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35 will be available to order in the UK. The pick-up truck which is based on the D-Max model, is the result of close technical collaboration between Isuzu and Arctic Trucks, a company with a 25 year history in Iceland and Scandinavia as a developer of 4×4 vehicles. Isuzu describes …

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Suspended sentence for Chesterfield plumber

Construction boss jailed

A plumber from Chesterfield has received a ten month suspended sentence for health and safety failings. Northern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court heard how a 45-year-old plumber, Jamie Simpson, undertook work on gas appliances at a domestic property when he was not Gas Safe Registered. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident which occurred in January 2015 …

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Senco compressed air range review

Senco SLP 20XP 18 gauge brad nailer

Roger Bisby looks at some products from the Senco compressed air tool range including the Senco SLP 20XP 18 gauge brad nailer. Every time I review an air tool I start by making the case for using compressed air. In the U.K it is an under valued resource but elsewhere it is a major player. I have been on American …

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Thousands to be made from sharing homes, parking spaces and power tools

Rent my Items

Households could be generating an extra £3,000 per year by sharing their homes, cars, parking spaces and even power tools according to online parking marketplace  YourParkingSpace and Rent my Items. YourParkingSpace, which enables homeowners to rent out their spare parking spaces and driveways has reported that 1 in 3 adults are already using digital sharing economy platforms to make money …

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May wrong to “cut green crap”

Green Homes Grant Installer

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) had said Theresa May’s decision to scrap the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is alarming as it signals that improving the energy efficiency of our existing buildings has been pushed ever-further down the list of Government priorities. Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “Three years ago Cameron told his officials to …

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For efficient and fast insulation

PAROC Hvac Bend AluCoat T

To make it easier for builders to design and construct complex HVAC systems, Paroc has developed PAROC Hvac Bend AluCoat T – high-quality, factory produced bends for efficient and fast insulation. PAROC Hvac Bend AluCoat T is a non-combustible stone wool pipe section bend for thermal and condensation insulation of pipework in buildings and ships. Coming with a prefabricated layer of …

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Snickers Next Generation work trousers

Snickers Next Generation work trousers

Roger Bisby takes a closer look at the Next Generation Trousers from Snickers. When you look at the huge range of styles and sizes that Snickers currently offers you might reasonably ask why they need to produce a whole new Next Generation Trouser range. Fashion undoubtedly plays a part, even for a builder who declares himself to be totally uninterested …

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Construction worker crushed by excavator on school demolition site

Construction boss jailed

A construction company has been sentenced after a worker suffered crush injuries when he was hit and then run over by an excavator. Complete Demolition Ltd had been contracted to demolish a school on the site at Stanney Lane, Ellesmere Port to make way for a new leisure centre when the incident occurred. The firm was prosecuted by The Health …

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Why hard hats are good for you and your family

CHAS & NFB

Apart from George Osborne (who only ever pretends to carry out building jobs) I am not sure I have ever met anyone who enjoys wearing a hard hat and I have to say that as you move away from the big sites it is still something of a rarity to see builders with hard hats, says Roger Bisby. as you …

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British Gyspsum Habito review: Roger Bisby gets the Habito

British Gyspsum Habito review

Everyone in the building industry knows that fixing things to plasterboard can be a bit hit and miss. If the plasterboard is on a stud wall you might strike lucky. Or you may not. Sometimes you may be able to position the item, i.e. kitchen wall cupboard to fix across two studs but nothing is guaranteed. There is of course …

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Superglass CEO takes helm of UK insulation body

Superglass CEO Ken Munro

Superglass CEO Ken Munro has been appointed chairman of the mineral wool insulation manufacturers’ representative body, MIMA, taking over from David Travill, Managing Director at Isover Saint Gobain. Ken Munro said: “I would like to thank David for his leadership and contribution, and I am pleased to be assuming the chair at such a critically important time for energy efficiency …

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Conference launched to tackle dangers of work at height

The Access Industry Forum

The Access Industry Forum (AIF), the forum for nine of the leading trade associations and federations involved in work at height, has announced details of its first national, one-day conference. Supported by the Association for Project Safety (APS), Hire Association Europe (HAE) and the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM), Implementing change and innovation in work at height …

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Construction deaths rise

Construction deaths rise

Provisional annual data for work-related fatal accidents in Great Britain’s workplaces has shown a rise in deaths among construction workers. Forty three construction workers were killed while at work in 2015/2016 – up from 35 in 2014/5. The construction industry has the highest death rate of all industries. HSE figures show 144 people were killed accross all industries in 2015/2016 …

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Timber company fine a warning to other construction companies, says HSE

Construction boss jailed

A Somerset based Timber company has been sentenced for safety failings relating to a construction project which an HSE inspector has said should act as a warning to other construction firms. Oxford Magistrates’ Court heard how The Timber Frame Company (TFC) was contracted to work at Tracey Farm, a country retreat. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) served a Prohibition …

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EU exit delivery plan needed to boost construction sector, says FMB

Construction workers

Latest construction statistics for June, which show the weakest sector performance for seven years, are a cautionary sign of the damage that current uncertainty is causing to the building industry. according to the Federation of Master Builders. Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “June’s PMI figures, which show a huge dip in construction output, reflect our fears that …

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