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Alfie Watterson, SEC Group Northern Ireland
Project bank accounts raise hopes of better payment in NI

Construction SME firms in Northern Ireland’s have praised the project bank account (PBA) initiative which has been driven by Construction and Procurement Delivery (CPD), the procurement authority in Northern Ireland.

BCIA
BCIA announces new vice president

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has appointed Terry Sharp as its new Vice-President.

David Mowatt, SCA, Smoke Control Association
SCA welcomes Hackitt plan

In response to the recent announcement that the Government plans to introduce a tougher regulatory system for building safety, the Smoke Control Association (SCA) has voiced its full support for the proposed programme of reform.

Carillion, ECA, Rob Driscoll, Aldous Bill
Business owners call for faster action

One year on from Carillion’s collapse, business owners are telling Government that not enough has been done to ensure a similar insolvency crisis does not happen again.

CSA Awards
CSA Awards 2019 open for entries

Building on the success of the last year’s impressive event, the 2019 CSA Awards Dinner will be held at the Guoman Tower Hotel, next to St Katherine Docks and Tower Bridge in London on 27th June.

Euris, Brexit
EURIS warns on no-deal Brexit

The EURIS Taskforce, a body of trade organisations representing UK manufacturing worth £148 billion in turnover, has written to the Prime Minister for the second time to reinforce that no-deal should not be an option in the Brexit debate.

PICVs, Hattersley, pressure independent control valves, Neil Gibson
Introduction to PICVs from Hattersley and MBS

MBS has worked with valve specialist Hattersley to produce an introductory guide to pressure independent control valves (PICVs). This joint publication has been delivered with the February 2019 issue of the magazine.

Glenigan, forecast
Glenigan forecast and league tables

Construction intelligence specialist Glenigan has forecast a market contraction of -2% in 2019, followed by a lift of 3% in 2020. However, its report also highlights a number of markets where growth is expected.

late payment, retentions. Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, BEIS, Paul Uppal, BESA, ECA
Government taking action on late payment and retentions

A report from the department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee has backed the building engineering sector’s call for tougher action on late payment.

shortage of skills, Generation Z
Get to know Generation Z

As the building services industry faces a shortage of skills, Generation Z, born between 1995 and 2010, are the people the sector needs to attract if it is to grow and modernise.

modern Method, decarbonising heat, new homes
New approaches to construction needed to achieve UK targets

The construction industry needs to adopt modern methods to reach UK government targets on decarbonising heat, as well as housing provision.

NG Bailey
NG Bailey Services division celebrates a successful 2018

NG Bailey’s Services division celebrates a year of success, after acquiring FM specialist Freedom Group, securing client contracts worth £80 millions and relocating their offices in London.

Nottingham, Partners in Nottingham, Nottingham College, Skills Shortage, Construction Skills Fund
£1 million to create new construction jobs and training in Nottingham area

The East Midlands is tackling staff shortages within the construction industry though the government’s funding initiative. Partners in Nottingham has been given a slice of a £22 millions funding pot, which will launch construction academies with Nottingham College. 

Scottish school buildings, schools
A further £1 billion to improve Scottish school buildings

The Scottish Government’s Deputy First Minister, John Swinney has announced a further £1 billion for rebuilding and refurbishing the country’s schools.

Graham Wright, Heat Pump Association, Mike Nankivell
New president for HPA

Graham Wright takes over as president of the Heat Pump Association as Mike Nankivell steps down from the role in early 2019.

Trevor Hursthouse, SEC Group, regulatory authority
SEC Group calls for new regulatory authority

Trevor Hursthouse OBE, chair of the SEC Group, has called for a regulatory authority for the construction sector.

Landsec, flexible office
Landsec H1 results steady - with eye on flexible offices of the future

Landsec’s results announced on 13th November show that the company is financially steady, in spite of pressure on retail property returns and on the London office market.

SCA, The Smoke Control Association, Hackitt, Local Authority Building Control, LABC
SCA signs up to support 100% Hackitt initiative

The Smoke Control Association (SCA) has declared its backing for a new industry initiative launched to encourage the government to deliver on all of the recommendations laid out in Dame Judith Hackitt’s independent review of building regulations and fire safety processes.

SES, SES Engineering Services, Godiva Place
SES completes £9.6m student accommodation contract in Coventry

SES Engineering Services (SES), has completed a £9.6m M&E contract at Godiva Place, a 770-bed student accommodation scheme at Coventry University.

IoR, Brexit
New IoR president highlights Brexit issues

Incoming Institute of Refrigeration (IoR) president Kevin Glass addressed the Institute at his inaugural address on 8th November. In it, he highlighted the importance of the refrigeration and air conditioning sectors and the potential harm of poorly-managed Brexit.

enhanced capital allowances, ECA, Energy Technology List, ETL, Paul Arnold, Remeha
Manufacturers warn on closure of capital allowances scheme

In the 2018 Budget, the Chancellor announced the closure of the enhanced capital allowances (ECA) scheme from April 2020. Manufacturers of eligible equipment are warning businesses to take full advantage of tax relief opportunities.

Andrew Eldred, Budget, ECA
Associations welcome recent Budget

Calls from the ECA and BESA to protect SMEs from employment red tape and to increase support for engineering skills are reflected in the Budget announcement made by Chancellor Philip Hammond.

MBS
MBS appoints new reporter

Renu Chopra joins MBS and MBStv this month, and will be applying her multimedia skills to support our involvement in new media.

Homes England, Housing, MMC, modern methods of construction, modular
Homes England pushes for modular methods

Homes England, the government’s ‘housing accelerator’ has published a strategic 5-year plan that will make modular offsite construction a requirement.

decarbonised, Heat Networks Investment Project, HNIP, Claire Perry MP, Heat Network Industry Council, ADE, Tom Rotheray
Government focuses on heat networks as future for decarbonised UK heating

Government is pushing forward on delivery of its Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP) as a way to reduce fuel poverty, decarbonise heat and to create jobs. A fund of £320 millions has been set aside to support up to 200 projects by 2021 through grants, loans and other mechanisms.

HIU Standard, BESA
HIU Standard given testing boost in UK

The UK’s first test standard for Heat Interface Units (HIUs), which is managed by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), has been updated in response to growing demand from the industry.

University
UK university buildings play a key role in wellbeing and success

University buildings play a key role in attracting and retaining students and staff, according to this month’s MBS round table discussion, sponsored by Trend Controls.

BESA, CIBSE ASHRAE, Reanna Evans, Tim Hopkinson
BESA Young Leader named CIBSE ASHRAE Graduate of the Year

Reanna Evans of NG Bailey has been named as the CIBSE ASHRAE Graduate of the Year 2018. She was recently elected chair of the Building Engineering Services Association’s Future Leaders group and is a mentor and STEM Ambassador for the North West.

Current by GE, Vodafone
Current by GE wins with Vodafone

Current by GE and Vodafone have developed a digital productivity solution that was a winner at the EG Tech Awards for digital transformation of the real estate sector.

BESA, Apprenticeship Levy
BESA welcomes boost to Apprenticeship Levy

In October, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond announced a £125m funding package that will allow large employers to transfer up to 25% of their Levy funds to smaller supply chain partners from next April. This is a significant step up from the 10%, which started this July.

IET, Wiring Regulations
IET warns electricians to avoid fake copies of the Wiring Regulations

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is urging all electrical professionals to ensure that they are using genuine copies of BS 7671:2018, known as the Wiring Regulations.

ECA, Steve Bratt
ECA Awards 2019 now open for entries

The ECA Industry Awards 2019 are now open to entries.

BESA, Tim Hopkinson, modern, Grenfell Tower, Carillion, payment practices, Brexit, professional standards, technical standards, competence, compliance, training, skills
BESA President predicts five year transformation for the industry

Speaking at the BESA Annual President’s Lunch on 26th September, Hopkinson said: “We are seeing the birth of a new era where traditional methods are under scrutiny and where our professional credibility is more important than ever before.

BB101, schools, indoor air quality, IAQ, overheating, draughts
BB101 2018 update brings healthier environment for schools

The industry has welcomed the recent update of BB101 (2018) Guidelines on ventilation, thermal comfort and indoor air quality in schools which includes tougher targets for some key areas of building services.

Smart Buildings Show 2018
Smart Buildings Show programme firms up expert speakers

The Smart Buildings Show 2018, has announced an influential conference programme including presentations from some of the biggest names in the industry including Bluetooth SIG, BSRIA, Capita, Engie, Honeywell Building Solutions, Hurley Palmer Flatt, IBM, ISS UK, JLL, KNX UK, Microsoft, Schneider Electric and Spica.

MBS industry survey – we’re listening

The MBS Industry Survey is designed to gather information on how the building services sector is performing, and what the industry believes the important issues are.

ECA Edmundson Apprentice of the Year, Jack Teasdale, OPUS Building Services, Mark Felber
ECA Edmundson Apprentice of the Year 2018 awarded

21-year-old Jack Teasdale of OPUS Building Services in Sunderland is the winner of the 2018 ECA Edmundson Apprentice of the Year Award. The announcement was made at a ceremony in London on 19th September.

BESA, SELECT, SNIPEF, qualifications, National Occupational Standards, Iain McCaskey, Fiona Harper, Duncan Wilson
Trade bodies win historic skills bid

Three trade bodies have joined forces to secure an historic agreement from the four UK governments to manage and develop apprenticeships, qualifications and National Occupational Standards for the building services engineering sector.

SPIE UK, Gatwick Airport Ltd
SPIE UK secures GAL framework agreement

SPIE UK has secured an M&E framework agreement with Gatwick Airport Limited (GAL). Under the agreement, SPIE has also been selected as principal contractor for the chiller replacement works at the airport. This will be the first contract secured under the 4-year agreement, which is valued at £2m per annum.

NG Bailey, Peter Jones, David Hurcomb
NG Bailey creates new division for IT and power services

NG Bailey has created a new £300m Services division to bring together its Facilities Engineering Services and IT Services businesses, alongside the recently-acquired Freedom Group. Peter Jones will head up the new division.

House of Lords, Offsite Manufacture for Construction, OSM, Construction Sector Deal
Outdated and unsustainable construction must change

The construction sector as it currently operates cannot meet the UK’s need for housing and may struggle to meet the requirement for infrastructure. And take-up of new methods is hampered by current industry structures and practices. These are the key findings of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee in its latest report.

BESA takes a hard look at the future

The BESA (Building Engineering Services Association) National Conference takes place on 1st November and this year is designed to help BESA members build resilience during a period of economic and technical change.

London speeds its drive to low carbon buildings

An updated version of the draft London Plan was published and it includes a number of significant elements that will drive the city to drastically lower carbon emissions caused by buildings.

Registered Electrician, David Thomas, JIB
ECS Registered Electrician reaches important 10,000 milestone

Over 10,000 ECS cardholders have signed up to become ECS Registered Electricians since the initiative was launched in October 2017.

Brexit, FETA, Russell Beattie
Work needed on post-Brexit F Gas rules, says FETA

The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) has welcomed the government’s response to the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) report on the how the UK tackles F-gas reductions post-Brexit. But FETA also highlighted the dangers of over-complication and lack of focus on the importance of training.

heat network, Ian Allan, Switch2Energy
Regulation for heat network market welcomed by industry

Industry has welcomed a recommendation from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) for regulation of the heat network market. The Heat Network Task Force (launched by the Association for Decentralised Energy ADE) has been calling for regulation for some time.

SEC, Lord O'Neill, Aldous Bill
SEC calls on councils for better retentions practice

The Specialist Engineering Contractors (SEC) Group is calling on local authorities to protect retention monies belonging to SMEs in their supply chains. The SEC conducted a survey of local authorities to highlight their use of retentions and the lack of guidance on bestpractice.

NG Bailey, David Hurcomb
NG Bailey breaks £1bn milestone in 2017/18

NG Bailey, one of the UK’s largest independent engineering, IT and facilities services group has reported a 14% increase in operating profits over the past year and seen its order book break the £1 billion milestone.

SPIE UK, Regent's Crescent
SPIE UK wins London Regent’s Crescent redevelopment project

SPIE UK has been awarded the contract for the mechanical, electrical, public health and fire engineering services for the redevelopment of Regent’s Crescent. The works are valued at over £20 million and began in June 2018.