Max Fordham, diversity

Max Fordham named ‘Inclusion and diversity champion’ at awards

Consulting-engineering practice Max Fordham has been named ‘Inclusion and diversity champion of the year’ at the 2017 Consultancy & Engineering Awards. The award recognises the organisation that has ‘diversity and inclusion at the heart of its business’ and seeks to ‘embrace the benefits of a truly diverse workforce’. They are hosted by the Association for Consultancy & Engineering (ACE).

National Energy Foundation, Kerry Mashford

National Energy Foundation chief executive is awarded OBE

Dr Kerry Mashford, chief executive of the National Energy Foundation (NEF), was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours for services to the energy industry. The NEF has been at the forefront of improving the use of energy in buildings for over 25 years. Since her appointment as chief executive at the end of 2012, Kerry Mashford has helped pioneer its work in advising and delivering more-comfortable energy-efficient homes and workplaces, including winning a number of national awards.

CSA, Commissioning Specialists' Association

Commissioning Specialists’ Association Awards 2017

Opening this year’s awards of the Commissioning Specialists’ Association, its chairman Andrew Watkin said, ‘A very warm welcome to this, our third annual awards dinner. The awards programme was launched to recognise and reward the excellent work carried out by those operating within the commissioning sector of the construction world.

Bloomberg

Bloomberg’s new European headquarters nears completion

Opening this autumn, Bloomberg’s new European headquarters in the City of London is the first wholly owned, designed and constructed Bloomberg building in the world. Conceived in collaboration with Foster + Partners, it reflects founder Mike Bloomberg’s long-held belief that workspaces should foster collaboration, innovation and productivity.

electrical services, Marshall-Tufflex

Marshall-Tufflex renews commitment to inspiring engineering talent

Marshall-Tufflex, which manufactures cable-management systems, has renewed its drive to raise awareness of career opportunities in its manufacturing business by inviting Hastings school children to its factory and participating in a range of careers events. The company has already supported five apprentices through relevant NVQ Level 3 Advanced Modern Apprenticeships.

BESA, Building Engineering Services Association, apprenticeships
BESA Training welding apprentices and heating and ventilation apprentices at Edinburgh College, Midlothian Campus.

Interest in apprenticeships hits ‘all-time high’

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) reports receiving record levels of enquiries from people interested in taking up apprenticeships. Leading the way is BESA Scotland, with the highest-ever number of visits to its apprenticeship assessment web site recorded during May following the Association’s successful lobbying campaign to have travel funding for apprentices reinstated by the Scottish Parliament.

Baxi Heating, Packaged Plant Solutions, boilers, space heating, packaged plant
Building expertise in packaged plantrooms from left Andrew Miele and Barry Fitzpatrick of packaged Plant Solutions and Adam Turk of Baxi.

Baxi Heating acquisition strengthens packaged plantroom offer

Baxi Heating has strengthened its packaged-plantroom offer with the acquisition of Packaged Plant Solutions, which becomes part of Baxi Heating’s commercial business joining the Andrews Water Heaters, Potterton Commercial and Remeha brands. Market indicators suggest a continued drive for off-site pre-fabricated solutions, especially with the growth of heat networks which often require a central plantroom.

Stelrad, radiators

Stelrad starts sports sponsorship young

Radiator manufacturer Stelrad has added its support to young motor cyclist Harry Beach from the West Midlands, who rides a 2016 KTM 65SX. He is 10 years old, and during the last winter season won the Wilden Mx 65cc experts championship, which was a massive boost for him coming into the 2017 club and national competition season.

CSR, corporate social responsibility

Survey highlights the benefits of CSR

Engagement with corporate social responsibility brings business benefits according to 51% of electro-technical businesses that responded to a survey carried out by the Electrical Contractors’ Association and the Considerate Constructors Scheme. 67% of respondents highlighted ‘improved customer or client relationships’ as another business benefit of CSR work. ‘Positive media coverage (41%), ‘cost savings’ (30%) and the ‘ability to manage risk in the supply chain’ (28%) were also listed as significant benefits of CSR engagement.

BCIA, Building Controls Industry Association, training, BMS, BEMS
Lack of understanding on true value of controls and the advantages they bring Malcolm Anson

Targeting training to meet the building performance challenge

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) is encouraging both the current and next generation to invest in training, to ensure that the industry continues to move in the right direction.

Sutcliffe Park

Sports centre green roof is topped out

The unusual topping-out ceremony of a new indoor multi-sports centre at Sutcliffe Park for the Royal Borough of Greenwich saw wild-flower seeds being scattered on the green roof by the chair and secretary of the Friends of Sutcliffe Park, Cllr Denise Hyland and Cllr Denise Scott-McDonald.

HPA welcomes new Government minister with responsibility for RHI

The Heat Pump Association has welcomed the appointment of Claire Perry as Minister of State within the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). She replaces Nick Hurd and will report to Greg Clarke, who remains as Secretary of State.

FETA looks beyond Brexit negotiations

Even before the Brexit negotiations formally got under way, FETA (Federation of Environmental Trade Associations) expressed its belief that in the post-EU landscape, trade associations can provide an even more vital line of communication with the rest of Europe and product design.

G&H Building Services, contractor

G&H completes services for luxury spa project

G&H Building Services has completed the £1.2 million mechanical contract as part of an addition to the Grade I-listed Rudding Park spa development at Harrogate. Work included cooling, ventilation and power supplies to nine treatment rooms, three relaxation rooms and a plunge pool.

Sontay, controls, sensors

Sontay opens Middle East office

Sontay, which specialises in control peripheral products, is expanding its global reach by opening a new office in the United Arab Emirates and appointing the experienced Ali Jabr (left in photo) as Middle East area sales manager.

Tamlite, Lighting Industry Association, Lighting Industry Academy

Tamlite joins Lighting Industry Academy

Tamlite Lighting has become the latest ambassador of the Lighting Industry Association’s Lighting Industry Academy. The company is at the forefront of cutting-edge lighting technology, investing over £4 million in product R&D over the last three years.

BCIA, awards

Building Controls Industry Awards 2017

The winners of the 2017 Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) Awards were announced at the prestigious ceremony and gala dinner on 11 May 2017 at the Hilton Metropole, Birmingham.

BREEAM, operational rating, Kings Place

London building achieves highest-ever BREEAM operational rating

The BREEAM operational rating of 95% achieved by the Kings Place mixed-use building on London’s Regent Canal is the highest ever achieved in the UK, and has been acknowledged by the building winning the in-use category of the 2017 BREEAM awards.

CIBSE, Peter Wong

New CIBSE president focuses on the art in engineering

Peter Wong, president of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, used his inaugural address to change perceptions about building-services engineers and argue that they should see themselves as artists and practitioners. He is from Hong Kong and was the chair of CIBSE HK Branch and the founding chair of the building-services division of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, of which he was elected President in 2008.

BESA, Building Engineering Service Association
Putting forward industry needs Rob Driscoll.

BESA calls for special sector deal

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has called for the new Government to do a ‘sector deal’ with the built-environment industry that reflects the important role buildings play in human health, wellbeing and productivity. The call was made when the election campaign was in full swing.

Commissioning, Commissioning Specialists Association, CSA

CSA announces finalists for 2017 industry awards

2017 marks the third year of the annual awards of the Commissioning Specialists’ Association (CSA). From the entries and nominations received, the judges have shortlisted 27 finalists across the six award categories to be part of the presentation ceremony being staged on 15 June at the Copthorne Effingham Park Hotel near Gatwick.

Ameon boosts turnover with major contract wins

Building-services-engineering specialist Ameon has secured a raft of contracts worth over £15 million, as its turnover approaches £50 million. The turnover boost for 2017/18 includes high-profile new developments in Manchester and Salford. One is the £2.4 million contract to install all M&E services for a block of 135 apartments and the £2.5 million fit-out of new offices over four floors for global law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

London office completions reach long-term high

The largest volume of new office space completed in central London for a 6-month period in the last 13 years was achieved in the period to May at 362 000 m2. Shaun Dawson, author of the London office crane survey at Deloitte Real Estate, said, ‘The sheer volume of completed space is no surprise given the surge in development activity 18 months ago. In total 408 000 m2 was completed in 2016, and this momentum has continued into 2017. We expect this year’s annual total delivery to be the highest since 2003.’

G&H Building Services, contractor

G&H wins first project with Keepmoat

G&H Building Services has been awarded the M&E services contract for the new £7.6 million extra-care scheme in Buxton. Community regeneration specialist Keepmoat is building the 73-bed project on behalf of Housing & Care 21 and Derbyshire County Council. It will comprise 53 extra-care apartments with two bedrooms and a specialist 20-place residential care centre. Communal facilities will include a restaurant, salon and health suite.

Vital Energi

Vital Energi reaches new heights in London

Vital Energi has won the £6.7 million design-and-build contract with Mace to provide the low-carbon energy solution for what is set to be the tallest residential building in London’s tech city the Atlas Building at 145 City Road. which will be 152 m high and have 40 storeys.

Engineering-services market survey shows continued optimism for the sector

Almost 80% of engineering-services firms reported increased or steady turnover during the first quarter of this year in a sector-wide ‘Building engineering business survey’ sponsored by Scolmore. Looking ahead to the second quarter of the year, 88% of businesses expect their turnover to increase or remain steady.

Briggs & Forrester, contractor

Briggs & Forrester wins redevelopment in Soho

Briggs & Forrester Special Projects is working on the £2.3 million M&E installation for phase 2 of the redevelopment of Walker’s Court in London. The site is in Soho, and work includes the infrastructure for the new commercial office headquarters for property company Soho Estate, the revival of the Boulevard Theatre, new apartments, shops and restaurants and two existing nightclubs, including theatre of varieties The Box.

Tridonic, lighting

Tridonic opens London demonstration suite

Tridonic, which specialises in LED drivers for lighting, has opened a demonstration suite in the Business Design Centre, Islington. The facility will enable Tridonic to meet the many consultants and end users located in central London who would otherwise need to travel to the company’s UK headquarters in Basingstoke.

Daikin, air conditioning, VRV, VRF
Central London area sales manager for Daikin UK Simon Chapman.

Daikin UK opens office in central London

Daikin UK has opened a new office in central London. It is close to Tower Hill underground station in modern offices that feature an open ceiling showcasing the latest Daikin VRV technology.

Heathrow looks to stimulate offsite construction

Heathrow Airport is to use a £16 billion expansion to push the growth of off-site construction in the UK. In a first for a major infra-structure project, Heathrow invites communities across Britain to showcase why their areas should host one of four new offsite logistics hubs. They are key to Heathrow’s plans to build as much offsite as possible, making the project more affordable and environmentally sustainable, while driving growth across Britain.

A1 Flue Systems, flues

A1 Flue Systems investment boosts productivity

Flue manufacturer A1 Flue Systems has boosted productivity by 30% in a year following a £250 000 investment. It included new machinery, key infrastructure upgrades and reconfiguring the flow of its manufacturing assembly line. Eight new jobs have been created

JS Wright, contractor

JS Wright to fit out major housing development

Building-services provider JS Wright has secured a £7 million-plus contract to regenerate a former industrial district of north London into a residential community. The company will fit out 252 new homes, including 82 affordable homes, at the London Square Caledonian Road mixed-used development in Islington.

Rehau, district heating, space heating

District-heating workshops

Rehau’s free district-heating workshops head to Birmingham on 27 June to offer consultants, contractors, local authorities, developers and housing associations the chance to find out more about the benefits, and practicalities of district heating.

Rinnai, training, DHW, domestic hot waer

Demand escalates for Rinnai training

Rinnai reports an upsurge in demand for its training on gas-fired continuous-flow water heaters for commercial, domestic and renewable integration. The courses are CPD certified.

ICS Cool Energy, Carbon Trust Acceditation

ICS Cool Energy achieves Carbon Trust Accreditation

ICS Cool Energy has been added to the Carbon Trust’s Green Business Directory as an accredited supplier, providing independent recognition of this temperature-control specialist’s skills and services.

CITB, offsite construction, prefabrication

CITB seeks to boost offsite construction

Offsite construction could revolutionise the construction industry and provide a solution to the UK housing shortage, but only if the sector develops the right skills, according to a report* from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). The report shows that 42% of construction-industry companies with over 100 staff expect to use offsite methods in five years’ time. At present, however, offsite construction accounts for just 10% of industry output.

CIBSE, ASHRAE
Future gazing ASHRAE president Tim Wentz.

Engineers are encouraged to seize future opportunities

ASHRAE* president Tim Wentz has called on engineers to embrace the potential of technology to deliver more comfortable and effective buildings. Speaking at CIBSE’s Technical Symposium at Loughborough University last month (April), he emphasised the dramatic changes that are being driven by digital technologies.

Apprentices, Apprenticeship Levy
Not a numbers game Tony Howard.

Apprenticeship Levy is ‘not a numbers game’

Following the launch of the Apprenticeship Levy early last month (April), the industry has expressed concern about a critical report from the all-party parliamentary Education Committee that dubbed it a ‘blunt instrument’ that would do little to tackle the skills gap without significant change. The committee said the levy would drive up numbers of apprentices, but not necessarily in the industry sectors and regions where they were most needed.

CIAT, air conditioning, Chillers, heat pumps

CIAT tour comes to UK

CIAT’s 2017 international tour of more than 70 cities across three continents is in the UK during May, visiting six cities from 15 to 22 May and ending in London on 23 and 24 May. Atallah Musleh, sales director for Europe, says, ‘Over the past 18 months, CIAT has transformed its offerings with new products and services. The tour is a great opportunity to demonstrate our new capabilities and engage with our customers by bring our expertise and extensive range solutions directly to their doorstep.

Briggs & Forrester, Briggs, Forrester, contractor

Briggs & Forrester develops residential business

Briggs & Forrester MEP is planning to expand its residential business from £60 million a year towards £100 million a year by 2020. The group’s overall turnover is £180 million, and the residential business has grown from £40 million to £60 million over the last three years. To better reflect the company’s operations and provide greater sector differentiation for clients, the business has been renamed from Briggs & Forrester MEP to Briggs & Forrester Living.

Swegon, air management, grilles, diffusers, ventilation

New paint plant reduces lead times for Swegon

Swegon Air Management has reduced manufacturing lead times for its Air Diffusion range of internal ventilation grilles and diffusers with the installation of a state-of-the-art paint plant. The £150 000 investment enables the company to bring painting in house, dramatically speeding up the process and cutting lead times for customers.

Glenigan
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Boost for first-quarter construction starts

Non-residential project starts in March saw a surge in March, with their value being 7% ahead of the same period in 2016, according to the latest Glenigan Index. The surge was supported by a stabilisation in hotel and leisure starts and increases in private housing, industrial, retail, amenity, and health and community. Residential starts were 1% higher than a year earlier as a rise in private-housing starts was offset by subdued activity in the social-housing sector.

REL Electrical, contractor

REL takes on refurb of historic building

The transformation of the historic town hall in St Albans into a museum and art gallery will see REL Electrical delivering a £1.1 million M&E contract as part of the £7.75 million project. The contract for this Grade II listed building was awarded by Willmott Dixon Construction.

Gilberts, Blackpool, grilles, louvres, diffusers, ventilation, natural ventilation

Gilberts installs laser cutter for metal parts

Gilberts has updated the equipment at its Blackpool factory with the installation of a laser cutter to replace a traditional CNC punch press for processing 2-dimensional components for ventilation grilles, louvres and diffusers. The Platino 200 Lpt21530 laser cutter is more than twice as fast as the former CNC machine, increasing capacity capability.

BSRIA

BSRIA seeks to INSPIRE engineering talent

As part of its INSPIRE programme to help engage young people in engineering, BSRIA recently welcomed a group of year 9 (aged 13 and 14) pupils from Ranelagh School in Bracknell to its test facilities. They were presented with a challenge before their visit to design and make their own prototype ceiling grilles, which were then tested in a classroom mock-up.

JS Wright, contractor

JS Wright wins major Birmingham project

Building-services specialist J S Wright is to provide M&E services for 323 apartments in two high-rise blocks at Arena Central in Birmingham. The £3.5 million project for the 17- and 22-storey blocks is for Galliford Try Building. Work starts on site in August 2017 and is due for completion in February 2019. It is the tenth project for Galliford Try Partnerships in the past eight years.

Briggs & Forrester

Briggs & Forrester wins £6.8 million contract at University of Warwick

Briggs & Forrester Engineering Services has won a £6.8 million contract to provide M&E services for the new 6-storey Mathematical Sciences building at the University of Warwick. The work also includes upgrading the existing energy centre to support the new and existing facilities.

Viessmann, boilers, heat pump, renewable energy, space heating

German chancellor opens Viessmann’s innovation centre

German chancellor Angela Merkel has opened Viessmann’s Technikum innovation centre, the group’s new 50 million technology research and development centre. It is the biggest single investment in the 100-year history of this family enterprise.

Uponor, pipework, plastic, underfloor heating

Uponor moves to Watford

Uponor, which provides sustainable solutions for heating, cooling, infrastructure and building-services applications, has moved its UK headquarters from Leicestershire to Watford. UK managing director John Fahy (pictured) says, ‘Our new headquarters provides us with space to grow and has allowed us to create a customer-experience centre where visitors can get to know our solutions first hand and gain insight into the projects we’ve helped to deliver worldwide.

Encon Insulation, pipework,  ductwork

Complete HVAC support from Encon Insulation

Independent distributor Encon Insulation has set up a technical support team to work alongside its internal sales specialists and offer end-to-end technical advice from the earliest design stages of a project right through to on-site support and handover.

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