JSP launch VisiliteTM – Fibre Optic Illumination system for Evolution® Helmets @JSPLtd


JSP Ltd has launched a unique new lighting system for their Industrial Safety helmets called the VisiliteTM. This fibre optic lighting system has been developed as a   method of increasing worker visibility without dazzling colleagues in close proximity.

The VisiliteTM has tough ABS casings making it highly durable to withstand knocks and scrapes. It is easy to fit to the JSP Evo range of Helmets –clips slide onto the front sides and rear of the helmet to keep it in place allowing fibre optic light to shine all around the helmet.

Could 2017 be the year a drone becomes a vital part of every tradespersons toolkit? @ConsortiQLtd

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Drones are fast becoming an important piece of kit for many professions, now widely known for aiding photographers, videographers and emergency response teams on a regular basis. But figures from last year’s UK Drone Usage Report revealed another lesser-known industry that also relies on this technology to benefits its services. 

When analysing the top 10 business sectors utilising drones, trades such as construction and plumbing came in top at 11.5%, beating manufacturing (9.9%), information and communications (9.1%) and even creative and photographic (8.8%) sectors. The report noted that drones aided the trade sector by assisting in inspecting machinery, costing jobs and other practical tasks, highlighting the clear advantages these versatile vehicles bring. As drones become affordable and training more widespread, could 2017 be the year that a drone becomes a vital part of every tradespersons toolkit?

Jobs for the Girls Shortlisted at the Women in Construction awards @officialNICEIC


Recognition for JFTG initiative & work with apprentices

·         Jobs for the Girls encourages women into the electrical contracting industry

·         NICEIC continue to promote apprenticeships

·         The Women in Construction awards 2017 takes place on Wednesday 1st March 2017

MEPC breaks ground on new £24m speculative office and laboratory development at Milton Park, Oxfordshire @MiltonPark

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Park Drive East will be comprised of three separate buildings (141, 142 and 143 Park Drive), totalling 110,000 sq ft, including a 42,000 sq ft Grade-A office building, as well as two hi-tech laboratory facilities totalling 68,000 sq ft. The Grade A office building is expected to complete by the end of the year, which will quickly accommodate the ongoing demand for high-quality office and laboratory space in Oxfordshire. The two remaining buildings are expected to complete in spring 2018.

The development is situated on a 7.6-acre site located towards the eastern end of the leading science and business park. It also falls within the Science Value UK Enterprise Zone, which offers businesses taking space in the new scheme to apply for business rates discounts of up to £275,000.

All three buildings have been designed and specified with a high level of flexibility in mind, which will appeal to science and technology companies embarking on research and development activities. New occupiers will benefit from being close to the already impressive occupier mix at Milton Park.

Construction companies are discovering how to save their sites with SiteConnect @CountrywideTele


“Our site is in a rural location, and we were having real difficulties in getting phone lines and broadband installed. After long delays, we were told we would have to wait at least three months for our site to be up and running. This meant it wouldn’t be ready in time for launch, which was a huge inconvenience.”

The Customer Services, Sales and Marketing Director for Barratt Homes here speaks of a universal problem faced by the construction industry. Getting connected on site may seem as if it runs in the background, and is hardly worthy of attention; but the reality is, being able to use the internet is fundamental to the success, and even survival, of any organisation. Sites can face a 9 month wait for lines to be installed to provide that much-needed connectivity. By then, it may be too late. What are the other solutions available to a site manager?


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Hard-landscaping specialists, Bituchem, have been involved in the construction of a new primary school in North Dorset.

Pimperne Primary School is situated at the edge of a rural Dorset village, where developments are required to respect and enhance the natural beauty of its setting. A study identified the previous school building could not be extended to accommodate two additional year groups, so the school has been rebuilt on a new site.

The school has been built to fit the modern curriculum, and accommodates 175 pupils. The project was managed by Dorset County Council’s Dorset Property, who specified Bituchem’s Natratex Cotswold hard-landscaping material to provide a smooth durable surface for both pedestrians and vehicles.


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The new £41million Edinburgh Gateway Interchange station is bringing new opportunities and connections for train travel throughout the region as part of the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme.

Delivered by Balfour Beatty & Lakesmere for Network Rail Scotland, much of the roofing of the new facility- part of a £742million railway network improvement scheme for the region- comprises single ply membrane, from Protan, specified by IDP Architects LLP.

In total, approximately 900m2 of dark grey Protan SE1.6mm single ply, mechanically fixed, forms the five roofs over the platform circulation areas, pedestrian footbridge, plant room, transformer room and station building that connects the platforms to the adjacent tram stop. The roofs over the platform circulation areas further incorporate Protan Progrip R walkway system, to provide enhanced grip for maintenance workers, and Omega profiles for aesthetic interest.

Bruceshaw and TWEL complete on Dalston Curve @BruceshawLLP


Bruceshaw announces the completion of Taylor Wimpey’s Dalston Curve project after a two-year on-site programme. The mixed-use development includes 106 residential units and 1400sqm of retail space at ground level. The site comprises of two blocks, between 6-8 storeys each, on two land parcels separated by existing road and over London Overground rail tunnels.

The building was required to maximise density on irregular shaped plots of land whilst adhering to restrictions on height and loading of the railway tunnel. Architects RMA utilised a Gebrik brick slip cladding system, which achieved the traditional brick façade the planners had demanded.

Classic with a Modern Twist


Interior design like all fashion evolves with the times and so the march of contemporary movement can often seem relentless.  Of course a sense of tradition and warmth for the past often shapes our thinking with modern decor and so it is hardly surprising that Vicaima has seen a trend for panelled doors making a noticeable return over the past year.  In response to this latest vogue, Vicaima have reinvigorated their Classic K range to provide a modern twist to an old favourite with some exciting new finishes.