School Ecology Workshop programme boosts community engagement and CSR for housebuilders and developers @ecologyconsult


The Ecology Consultancy launch an initiative of ecology education workshops in conjunction with developers for schools involved in or located near to development projects

The Ecology Consultancy, a leading UK based ecological consultancy, have recently launched an initiative of School Ecology Workshops to assist the construction industry in engaging with local communities and aiding them in their corporate social responsibility activities. The programme of ecology based educational workshops are offered to schools that are undergoing or located near to construction works and are designed to educate and inspire school pupils about ecology and the natural environment.

Siltbuster and Aquajet launch hydrodemolition water treatment system @siltbuster

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Two leaders in their fields, Siltbuster and Aquajet, have collaborated to develop a state-of-the-art system to treat the highly toxic blast water that is a by-product of the concrete hydrodemolition process.  The EcoClear system addresses both the solids laden water and its very high pH level and treats it to such a high standard that the water can be safely discharged into the natural environment.

Drawing on Siltbuster’s expertise in water treatment and Aquajet’s knowledge of robotic hydrodemolition, EcoClear is the result of two years of research and development.  It uses Siltbuster’s carbon dioxide pH adjustment technology and lamella clarifiers to treat the blast water to a high level of clarity, reducing its pH level from a highly alkaline 12 to a neutral 7.  EcoClear works in conjunction with Aquajet’s Aqua Cutter robots and also incorporates its RECO control system to enable the unit to be remotely controlled and monitored.

Trapac Tile and Snow Guards for £3 billion Chelsea barracks development @KloberLtd


The first of six phases to build 448 homes on the 13 acre site of the former Chelsea Barracks includes 123 designated as ‘affordable’ as well as five acres of gardens and open spaces, a public sports centre, shops and a children’s playground. Eight years after being sold by the MoD for almost £1 billion the £3 billion development on Chelsea Bridge Road, south of Sloane Square, designed by architects Squire and Partners, consists of three blocks of up to eight storeys containing 74 apartments ranging from 1 to 6 bedrooms.  Klober Trapac® Tile and Snow Guards were used on the ‘super-prime’ 13-acre site as an easy-to-fit means of preventing tile fragments, snow or other débris from falling to the ground. Suitable for installation with flat or profiled concrete interlocking tiles, support brackets are linked using grid connectors and need no support batten.

Klober to sponsor Builders Merchant News Awards ‘Training Initiative of the Year’ @KloberLtd

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Klober is to sponsor this year’s Builders’ Merchants News ‘Training Initiative of the Year’ Award and branches have until 1st September to get their entries in. Marketing Manager Andrew Cross commented, “We are really looking forward to seeing details of how different companies approach training at all levels. We are delighted to be associated with a category with which we empathise so strongly.  Our long record of training contractors, merchants and architects is matched by a clear commitment to develop business through stockists. To be playing a pivotal part in such high profile awards is an exciting prospect and can only help stimulate awareness of best practice and quality using Klober materials”.

Checkatrade joins forces with Caterpillar to offer even greater members’ benefits @Checkatrade

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Leading UK consumer champion, Checkatrade, has built an enviable reputation for looking after the nation’s homeowners by providing easy to access, up-to-date information on vetted local tradespeople, and now the firm is set to provide even greater benefits to its members by partnering with construction giant, Caterpillar.

Members already receive a range of significant benefits including inclusion in the Checkatrade search feature which has the potential to put a member’s details before thousands of homeowners looking for a reliable tradesperson in their area.


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Leading workplace audit and contract solutions provider to support 30 construction apprentices over the next 12 months

Hudson Contract is extending its ground-breaking Apprentice Scholarship Scheme thanks to a new partnership with leading specialist construction college, Leeds College of Building.  The collaboration will see those helped by the scheme increase to more than 100.

Launched back in 2011, the Apprentice Scholarship Scheme offers 12 months’ financial support to employers in the construction industry to help them take on an apprentice. As part of the scheme Hudson Contract pays 50 per cent of each apprentice’s wage for the first year of their training. It has helped 90 construction companies to date.

Crown Paints masters university project @CrownTradePaint


Crown Paints has received top marks from a West Midlands-based university after transforming their Students’ Union café.

The Pear Tree Café, in the heart of the University of Worcester’s St John’s Campus, has been given a new lease of life with a vibrant new colour palette.

Contrasting greys and a teal colour have been used to refresh the space, which Joe Stock – Capital Projects Procurement Officer at the University of Worcester – says had become tired.

Bovis Homes wins national award for Armed Forces support @bovishomes

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House builder Bovis Homes has been recognised with a national award in acknowledgement of its commitment and support for UK Armed Forces personnel.

The Silver Award from the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) is presented to organisations that promote service issues, communicate positively to their staff on the Forces, and support the employment of military people.


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A regeneration project to provide “well-designed, sustainable buildings” in the heart of the Black Country is delivering its objective, through to its use of roofing membrane.

The second and final phase of Walsall Waterfront sees the culmination of Kier Property’s redevelopment of 17 acres of previously vacant and derelict land to the north of the town centre. The ultimate element is the construction of two units- one some 570m2, divided into three, and the other a stand-alone 325m2 structure.