• Contract wins for SPIE UK, SOCOTEC, Holborn Building Services, Incentive FM and Charcon

    By Debbie Eales on December 11, 2017
    SPIE Awarded £1.5m contract to develop cold storage SPIE UK has been awarded a building services contract with NewCold, a specialist deep frozen warehousing and distribution global player, to support its development of a cold storage facility in Wakefield. The new build extension will increase the cold storage facility by 17,000sq m. NewCold provides a cold chain logistics service for […]
  • Trade bodies welcome sector deal

    By Debbie Eales on November 29, 2017
    The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and the electrotechnical and engineering services trade body ECA have both welcomed the government’s decision to focus on improving productivity as a key element of its special ‘sector deal’ with construction. Construction has been chosen as a front runner alongside life sciences, artificial intelligence and the automotive industry for a new partnership between government, […]
  • Building partnerships the focus as Environment Minister and industry leaders address the 80th ADA conference

    By Debbie Eales on November 28, 2017
    The need for strong partnerships and close working relationships between government, national agencies and local bodies was the overriding theme during the 80th ADA (Association of Drainage Authorities) Conference, this month. Delegates heard from speakers including Thérèse Coffey MP (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment, Defra), Sir James Bevan (Chief Executive, Environment Agency), Councillor Derek Antrobus (Lead Member […]
  • Construction body gives cautious welcome to government’s Industrial Strategy White Paper

    By Debbie Eales on November 28, 2017
    The Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group has given a cautious welcome to the Government’s Industrial Strategy White Paper. The White Paper highlights the need for whole life value (rather than initial capital costs) to be at the core of construction procurement. The White Paper adds: “The sector will aim to develop a procurement standard and work with the Infrastructure and Projects […]
  • Hammond got sums wrong on skills – says BESA

    By Debbie Eales on November 27, 2017
    The Chancellor might be in the builders’ ‘good books’ following the Budget, but he has missed an open goal on skills, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA). Philip Hammond has been widely praised for his pledge to build 300,000 new homes a year supported by £44 billion of capital funding, loans and guarantees. The Chancellor’s support for SMEs […]
  • Construction industry is ‘facing challenges it has never seen before’ – Mark Farmer

    By Debbie Eales on November 27, 2017
    The construction industry faces a combination of challenges unlike anything it has survived before, according to Mark Farmer – the author of last year’s seminal ‘Modernise or Die’ report. He told the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) national conference that an ageing workforce, poor productivity, rising consumer discontent prompted by poor quality new build housing, serious financial problems among Tier […]
  • ECA announces six new award categories for 2018

    By Debbie Eales on November 27, 2017
    The ECA Industry Awards 2018, which recognise top-performing organisations throughout the electrotechnical and engineering services industry, are now open to entries. This year, six new categories take the overall total of awards to 12. These include new manufacturer and wholesaler awards, and for the first time there will be an individual ECA award, open to nominees from across the entire industry. […]
  • E Poppleton & Son bought by its directors

    By Debbie Eales on November 27, 2017
    The ductwork manufacturer and installation contractor E Poppleton & Son has been acquired by its Managing Director Tim Hopkinson and Sales Director Nigel Edwards-Hughes. Hopkinson, who is also President of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), and Edwards-Hughes, who has been with Poppleton for more than 42 years, will now run the business as joint owners/directors. They said it would […]
  • Professional body warns of rise in Legionnaires’ cases

    By Debbie Eales on November 27, 2017
    The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has warned about the increase in Legionnaires’ disease cases, following the death of Elaine Brown, a 69 year-old grandmother of four, from Liverpool. Mrs Brown died in August, following a fatal stroke triggered by Legionnaires’ disease (LD). She had contracted the illness while staying at The Feathers Hotel in Ludlow, Shropshire. […]
  • Scottish electrical apprenticeship numbers rise for fifth year

    By Debbie Eales on November 27, 2017
    An air of confidence in Scotland’s electrical sector has led to the fifth year-on-year increase in the number of apprentices attracted to the industry, according to SELECT, the industry’s campaigning trade body. A combination of greater employment opportunities, and increased optimism regarding future employability has meant a 6% increase in electrical apprenticeship numbers, with 750 people signed up to begin […]