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Scottish Government Minister Urges Women to Play their Part in Earth Day Video

Scotland’s Minister for Green Skills, Circular Economy and Biodiversity, Lorna Slater MSP, has highlighted the role women in engineering can play in building a a net zero society during a video interveiw to commemorate Earth Day 2022. During the interveiw with electrical trade association SELECT, Slater, who gained her degree in electro-mechanical engineering in her native Canada before moving to…

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What You Need to Know About Changes to PPE Regulations in the UK

Alex Minett, Head of Product & Markets at risk prevention, compliance and supply chain management advisory CHAS, explains key changes to the United Kingdom’s Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations that come into effect from 6 April. The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 2022 come into force on 6 April 2022, updating the 1992 Regulations to extend employers’ and employees’ duties around PPE…

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Taqdeer Award for Farnek HSE Manager

Ranjit Raj, HSE Manager for UAE-based smart facility services provider Farnek, has received a Taqdeer Health & Safety Manager Award from the Government of Dubai at a gala ceremony in the Dubai Exhibition Centre (DEC) on the Expo 2020 site.   Sponsored by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of The…

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Solving the Recruitment Crisis in Asbestos

With reported recruitment shortages within the asbestos industry leading to delays and service cancellations, facilities managers would be wise to review their continuity planning, says OHS director, Aaron Dodd.   Over the last 12 years, Australia and New Zealand have worked hard at attracting expertise from the UK to solve their labour shortages in the construction industry.  A quick look…

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Collaboration Is Key for Rent Collection

As commercial landlords continue to grapple with rent arrears and struggling tenants breaching the terms of leases during the pandemic, Matthew Peake, partner and head of Strategic Asset Management at Cluttons, comments on the UK government’s new Code of Practice and draft Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill. Covid has brought many challenges to the fore, with one of the topics receiving…

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ESS, DIO Scoop Collaborative Working Award

Compass Group business ESS Defence and the UK’s Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) have won the Institute for Collaborative Working Service Sector Award. The award recognises teams that excel in improving service delivery through a collaborative approach. It marks the successful relationship between ESS and DIO in the delivery of three large Defence Soft FM contracts in the East, South West…

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New Name, Same Vision

The Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum has rebranded to reflect an expanding remit as its members increasingly collaborate on other issues its expanded remit and ongoing collaborative vision for the future.  The unique alliance of trade associations and professional bodies has been rebranded as the Construction Industry Collective Voice (CICV), putting more emphasis on its shared focus and willingness to…

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Trends in energy and infrastructure for 2022

Press Release: Siemens: Trends in energy and infrastructure for 2022 London, 11 January 2022   Siemens: Trends in energy and infrastructure for 2022 The impact of the pandemic to fade as we refocus on the road to net zero and the climate emergency   Siemens’ energy and smart infrastructure experts share their views on the market trends ahead.   Carl…

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Comment: Achieving Fairer Private Parking Ticket Outcomes in the UK

26.11.2021, 12:48 Comment: Achieving Fairer Private Parking Ticket Outcomes in the UK Dyl Kurpil, managing director of parking management services provider District Enforcement comments on recent research by the RAC Foundation into the state of UK parking and a sitting of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee on 17 November that discussed the government’s proposed Parking Code Enforcement Framework…

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On the Road to Net Zero

11.11.2021, 23:10 On the Road to Net Zero Compass Group UK & Ireland has adopted a 100 per cent electric car policy for new fleet vehicles ordered by over 500 employees by the end of the year. The move follows the publication of the company’s Our Climate Promise and Roadmap to Net Zero policies which support its wider commitment to reaching Climate Net Zero by…

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CICV Forum Recognised in Scottish Parliamentary Motion

21.10.2021, 16:36 CICV Forum Recognised in Scottish Parliamentary Motion A cross-party selection of Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) have recognised The Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum for its collaborative approach to supporting the recovery of the country’s construction sector from the pandemic.   MSPs from the SNP, Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats backed a motion tabled by Labour politician…

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Addressing the UK’s Public Toilets Crisis

23.07.2021, 12:05 Addressing the UK’s Public Toilets Crisis Raymond Martin, managing director of the British Toilet Association (BTA), explains why his organisation is calling for more government funding and legislation following findings of an ‘appalling’ lack of public toilet provision.   Public toilets are rapidly vanishing, with many that remain displaying totally unacceptable levels of cleanliness and hygiene, and the…

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LIA Announces Senior Appointment

14.07.2021, 11:14 LIA Announces Senior Appointment The Lighting Industry Association (LIA) has appointed immediate past President of the Society of Light and Lighting, Bob Bohannon, as Head of Policy and Head of training organisation, the Lighting Industry Academy. The appointment to dual posts is expected to facilitate a forward-looking handover of work undertaken by Peter Hunt, incumbent Chief Policy Officer.…

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Planon Inaugurates Nijmegen Campus

06.07.2021, 10:53 Planon Inaugurates Nijmegen Campus Planon has opened a new state-of-the-art Innovation Campus in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. The new building features a bar, gym and vegetable garden to promote social interaction, health and well-being, and is connected to the company’s headquarters in the city by a large ‘biophilic’ greenhouse constructed from glass and steel that has been dubbed “Planon Jungle” and…

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IAQ and Occupational Health

28.06.2021, 14:06 IAQ and Occupational Health Susan Cassells, business development manager for SOCOTEC’s Environment & Safety division, explains how improving indoor air quality can safeguard employees from occupational health concerns. Assessing indoor air quality within the workplace involves evaluating the conditions in which employees operate and identifying possible factors which can cause the quality of the air to deteriorate or…

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Making Historic Buildings Energy Efficient

Historic buildings can help tackle the climate crisis, according to a new report from Grosvenor Britain & Ireland. Produced in consultation with the National Trust, Historic England, Peabody, Southern Housing Group and The Crown Estate, and written with Donald Insall Associates, Heritage & Carbon argues for a decisive reformulation of planning policy as the United Kingdom prepares to host the COP26 climate change…

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CICV Forum Welcomes Scottish Construction Leadership Forum Chair

18.06.2021, 11:15 CICV Forum Welcomes Scottish Construction Leadership Forum Chair The Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum has welcomed the appointment of Scottish Government Minister Ivan McKee to the Chair of the Scottish Construction Leadership Forum (CLF).   CICV Forum represents a unique collaboration of trade associations, professional bodies, companies and individuals, and is  now a key contributor to the CLF,…

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Investing in the Future of Welsh Construction

16.06.2021, 11:42 Investing in the Future of Welsh Construction The construction industry in Wales is being boosted by an investment in four construction training and employment hubs by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). The training organisation is working with Kier, Cardiff Council, Procure Plus and Cyfle Building Skills to invest £3.6 million in the hubs, covering more than half…

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On the Road to a Low-carbon Future

15.06.2021, 08:34 On the Road to a Low-carbon Future Bernard Magee, Director of eMobility Infrastructure at Siemens, considers the challenges associated with installing infrastructure to support electrically powered public road transport in the United Kingdom. Road transport, which includes buses, is a significant contributor to air pollution, resulting in poor air quality.  Public Health England (PHE) says air pollution is…

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Future Defence Infrastructure Services Programme Contract

15.06.2021, 07:27 Future Defence Infrastructure Services Programme Contract Mitie has won a new seven-year contract to deliver maintenance services on the UK’s Future Defence Infrastructure Services (FDIS) programme for sites across Scotland and Northern Ireland. The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), which has made the award, has the option to extend the contract for a further three years. The contract is…

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LIA Response to UK Government Lighting Regulations Press Release

10.06.2021, 01:11 LIA Response to UK Government Lighting Regulations Press Release The United Kingdom’s Lighting Industry Association (LIA) has identified multiple inaccuracies in a recent government press release on new lighting regulations that it believes likely to confuse suppliers as well as consumers.   LIA Statement The UK legislation, due for publication in the summer, mirrors that also applying in…

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Events

Keeping Events Green

09.06.2021, 12:31 Keeping Events Green Ahead of the G7 Summit (11-13 June) and pivotal COP 26 climate change conference (1-12 November) the government of host nation, the United Kingdom, has commissioned BSI to undertake event sustainability assessments. Both events will bring together world leaders to address important issues which shape the world we live in, and their sustainability will be…

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Extending Your eCommerce Capabilities

20.05.2021, 18:16 Extending Your eCommerce Capabilities Third party service providers play an increasing role in eCommerce as companies selling online focus on their core capabilities and cut costs by leaving fulfilment to others. Many companies in the online market space are opting to use third-party service providers to extend their capabilities, rather than maintain storage and logistics facilities or offer…

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Costain Joins UK Hydrogen Advisory Council Working Group

22.04.2021, 23:17 Costain Joins UK Hydrogen Advisory Council Working Group Costain has been appointed to the UK Government’s Hydrogen Advisory Council Working Group, and has announced its further appointment as Chair of industry initiative, the Decarbonised Gas Alliance (DGA). Both advisory groups support regional and national decarbonisation projects to deliver the Government’s net zero carbon vision and improve lives in…

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Mace Announces Senior Appointments

14.04.2021, 10:21 Mace Announces Senior Appointments Mace has announced the appointment of Hannah Vickers as Chief of Staff, and also appointed Andrew Smart as Head of FM Consultancy within its facilities management business, Operate. The Chief of Staff position is a new role for Mace and will directly support Group CEO Mark Reynolds and the Mace Executive Board across a…

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Comment on UK Government Commercial Building Energy Proposals

23.03.2021, 17:11 Comment on UK Government Commercial Building Energy Proposals Jamie Cameron, Director of Digital Solutions at Johnson Controls UK & Ireland, comments on UK government proposals for a performance-based framework for measuring commercial energy consumption in buildings. The UK government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has proposed the introduction of a national performance-based framework to measure the…

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Delivering Carbon-efficient Army Accommodation

16.03.2021, 21:22 Delivering Carbon-efficient Army Accommodation The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has recognised the commitment of Landmarc Support Services, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and Reds10 to sustainable construction.   The recognition in this year’s MoD Sanctuary Awards was announced on 16 March 2021 at a virtual event with Jeremy Quin, Minister for Defence Procurement and Lt Gen Richard…

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Procurement Framework Appointment

ETL, the estate development subsidiary of Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, has named Mitie as a preferred supplier under its Net Zero Carbon Delivery framework. From monitoring energy consumption to installing and maintaining electric vehicle charge points and ground source heat pumps, the Net Zero Carbon Delivery framework was created to help organisations access zero carbon solutions for…

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From Globalisation to Glocalisation

26.01.2021, 16:25 From Globalisation to Glocalisation A report from PwC and the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) discusses the glocalisation of manufacturing in 2021. Entitled, ‘The journey from globalisation to glocalisation, how COVID-19 has accelerated the shift to more local and flexible operations‘, the document highlights an emerging requirement for companies to regionalise their footprint, increase the use of robotics…

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Scrap UK Reverse Charge VAT Proposals

19.01.2021, 14:10 Scrap UK Reverse Charge VAT Proposals SELECT, Scotland’s largest construction industry body, is joining other leading trade associations in again calling on UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak to withdraw ‘damaging’ Reverse Charge VAT legislation proposals.   It is the second time the influential trade bodies have felt the need to press the case for a rethink with the Chancellor…

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Malhotra Group Announce Largest Ever Development

19.01.2021, 10:48 Malhotra Group Announce Largest Ever Development Meenu Malhotra, chair of Newcastle based commercial and residential property company Malhotra Group, has unveiled plans to develop a £150 million site in Ludhiana, Punjab, India. The development will be the group’s largest to date, fulfilling a long-term ambition by its chair to create a “megaproject” ion a a 15-acre site he…

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