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Bill launched in Westminster to address retentions issue

Proposed parliamentary legislation designed ‘to dramatically reform the controversial practice of payment retentions in the construction industry’ was formally unveiled at a House of Commons briefing today, 8 January. The Bill, being introduced under the ‘Ten Minute Rule’ by Peter Aldous MP, will have its first reading in parliament on 9 January, and has attracted cross-party support with the full permitted complement of 12 ‘sponsoring’ MPs, including Sir Henry Bellingham (Conservative); Barry Sheerman (Labour), Caroline Lucas (Green Party), and Alan Brown (SNP).
BIM milestone achieved

BIM milestone achieved

Portakabin has been officially recognised by BSI (the British Standards Institution) for its capability to work to Building Information Modelling Level 2 as a tier 1 designer/contractor in accordance with PAS1192-2.
‘Attractive hire package’ provided

‘Attractive hire package’ provided

ModuleCo Healthcare (MCH) has recently won a contract for the hire of a fully compliant single UCV modular theatre at Bedford Hospital.
Senior promotions as Elite eyes move

Senior promotions as Elite eyes move

Bespoke off-site modular construction specialist, Elite Systems, which was last year named on the NHS SBS Modular Buildings Framework, has announced two senior promotions, as it prepares to expand further in the coming months.
Stylish office block for cancer centre

Stylish office block for cancer centre

When Cardiff’s Velindre Cancer Centre needed new office accommodation to consolidate its administration staff in one location, allowing it to expand its patient care areas, staff contacted Wernick Buildings, which manufactured a suitable modular building off site in its factory in just six weeks.
Bathroom pods for £69 m Scottish facility

Bathroom pods for £69 m Scottish facility

Offsite Solutions has been awarded the contract to supply bathroom pods for the new £69 million East Lothian Community Hospital.
Brexit ‘casting shadow’ over construction

Brexit ‘casting shadow’ over construction

Nearly a quarter (22%) of large consultancy and engineering firms say they will consider moving jobs out of the UK if Brexit makes it more difficult to move staff around Europe, an Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) member survey – which revealed that Brexit is ‘casting a shadow over the UK construction industry’ – suggests.

Electric tugs to ease porters’ task

The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust has bought seven pedestrianoperated electric tugs from electric tug specialist, MasterMover, to improve porter efficiency and reduce manual handling.

Ventilation hygiene ‘elite scheme’ launched

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has launched a scheme ‘to help ventilation hygiene specialists demonstrate their competence, quality, and standards’.

Many firms ‘don’t understand’ Levy

Businesses have yet to get to grips with the Apprenticeship Levy – a gathering of HR and operational professionals in the utilities and construction sector at an Industry Skills Forum co-organised by Develop Training (DTL) and Mentor Training Solutions – concluded.
Energy centre saves £230,000 in first month

Energy centre saves £230,000 in first month

The new Energy Centre at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital reduced the Trust’s overall spending on energy bills by over £230,000 in its first full month in operation compared with the same month the previous year.

Essentia wins place on ‘sought-after’ framework

Essentia Trading, the business wholly owned by Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust which offers consultancy in areas ranging from strategic estate development to healthcare planning, has been selected for the London Procurement Partnership’s (LPP’s) Framework for Professional Services, which enables NHS organisations to use their collective buying power to purchase goods and services.

Major contract award across three FTs

After a full competitive procurement exercise, the Fulham Road Collaborative (FRC) has awarded a new five-year contract, worth over £100 m, to its existing provider, ISS Facility Services – Healthcare.
‘Landmark’ devolution deal signed for London

‘Landmark’ devolution deal signed for London

A devolution deal described by the signatories as ‘ground-breaking’, that will lead to improvements in health and care in London, has been signed by the Mayor of London, Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, London Councils, and NHS, public health and wider health and care leaders.

Electric tugs take to ease porters’ task

The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust bought seven pedestrian-operated electric tugs from electric tug specialist, MasterMover, to improve porter efficiency and reduce manual handling.
Labour costs cut by a quarter

Labour costs cut by a quarter

The use of wireless PIR detectors from CP Electronics during a refurbishment of the Outpatients’ Department at the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital in Broadgreen has substantially reduced labour costs, the specialist in energy saving controls says.
Technology to streamline waste collection

Technology to streamline waste collection

Automated vacuum waste collection technology that efficiently transports hospital ‘waste’ at up to 70 kms / hr through a network of pipes hidden underground or located within the core of the building to a collection station on the site perimeter has been installed in four Finnish hospitals.
Armitage Shanks launches Doc M packs

Armitage Shanks launches Doc M packs

Armitage Shanks has launched new Doc M packs to make it easier for specifiers and building managers to ensure that their facilities fulfil Part M of the Building Regulations and satisfy the 2010 Equality Act.
Many firms ‘don’t understand’ Levy

Many firms ‘don’t understand’ Levy

Businesses have yet to get to grips with the Apprenticeship Levy – a recent gathering of HR and operational professionals in the utilities and construction sector from companies including SGN, Siemens, Interserve, Skanska UK, Morrison Utility Services, and FCC Environment at an Industry Skills Forum co-organised by Develop Training (DTL) and Mentor Training Solutions – concluded.
‘Exciting vision’ for West Cumberland redevelopment

‘Exciting vision’ for West Cumberland redevelopment

An ‘exciting vision’ for the future of West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, and the health and wellbeing of people in West Cumbria has been revealed by North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, with what the Trust says are ‘ huge opportunities for people in the community to help shape how it will look’.

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