Category Archives: News

CESAR Emissions Compliance Verification (ECV) project set to complete evaluation phase @CESAR

The new CESAR initiative, helping site managers and others to identify the engine emissions stage compliance of individual machines in environmentally sensitive areas, reached a milestone with the launch of the prototype ECV system at Plantworx 2019. Industry feedback on the new system is now being evaluated with a view to a full roll out later this year.

The Construction VAT reverse charge – what is it actually about? @RonanLowney @MichelleEssen

You have probably heard about VAT changing for the construction industry later this year, but some of the information about those changes can be very complex for non-tax-experts.

This article aims to give you a high-level and simplified explanation of the changes, to help you understand the basics and consider how the changes may affect you.

Wardian London celebrates topping out – bringing urban oasis to Canary Wharf @EcoWorld

EcoWorld Ballymore yesterday celebrated a milestone in the future of London housing as their visionary, botanical development, Wardian London officially ‘topped out.’ Overlooking the South Dock and adjacent to Canary Wharf, the 57 storey residential-led development set to complete in 2020 is a world’s first in housing design by offering residents access to a green, tranquil escape in one of London’s busiest and in-demand commercial neighbourhoods. EcoWorld Ballymore celebrated the development’s unique connection to the natural world with a special moment, which saw resident gardener, Huw Morgan tend to the exotic plants and trees within what will be the building’s 53rd floor sky garden when complete.

Seven Most Confusing Road Signs

British drivers will pass and use thousands of road signs in their lifetime, but now seven of the most confusing have been revealed.Motoring experts from have compiled a list of some of the most misleading and baffling road signs to test drivers’ knowledge.Whether you’ve been driving for three years or thirty years, there are some road signs that you very rarely see, so on the odd occasion you do come across them you don’t have a clue what they’re indicating towards.

Gleeds strengthens global energy business with new hire @Gleeds

International property and construction consultancy Gleeds has announced the appointment of Paul Allen as business development director, based out of the firm’s Atlanta office in the USA.

Choosing windows and doors with security in mind @QuickSlide

A secure home means peace of mind and safety for you and your family, so it’s important to choose windows and doors that will stand the test of time as well as providing a worthy investment for your home. Cutting corners on your home safety could be detrimental for your family long-term if cheap materials are used to make your external fixtures, making it easy for perpetrators to gain access to your valuables. Here we will look at why you should be buying your windows and doors with security at the forefront.

How Do Air Compressors Work? @DirectAir

Air compressors are an extremely valuable tool for both DIY and industry, depending on the job at hand, there are several types to choose from.

Direct Air have created this handy graphic on how air compressors work, this particular image features how a Hydrovane series rotary sliding vane air compressor functions.

Redrow set to welcome 80 new trade apprentices as nation awaits A-Level results @RedArrow

As young people across the UK await their A-Level results on Thursday and find out whether they have done enough to secure a place at university, Redrow is preparing to welcome its latest intake of more than 80 trade apprentices. The new cohort means that 15% of the leading housebuilder’s workforce will be enrolled on a structured training programme such as an apprenticeship or graduate scheme. By September this year there will be almost 300 people in apprenticeship roles across the company in trade, administration, technical and commercial roles.

Manitowoc’s Niella Tanaro plant adds new Grove GRT655/655L rough-terrain cranes to production line-up @Manitowoc

The first Grove GRT655L and GRT655 rough terrain cranes have been assembled at Manitowoc’s Niella Tanaro plant. The news comes almost exactly one year after it was announced that GRT880 and GRT8100 rough terrain cranes would begin production from the Italian factory – the first to be produced outside of Shady Grove, Pennsylvania, USA. What’s more, given the success of the production of GRT8100 and GRT880 models from Niella Tanaro, Manitowoc has decided to expand the product portfolio of its European production.

Welsh Slate products help strike the balance between design and crime @WelshSlate

Architectural products feature on the new HQ of an international crime agency.

Natural slate walling and decorative aggregates from Welsh Slate are bringing a soothing calm to the new headquarters of an international crime agency.

Smart Buildings Show 2019 Is Open For Registration! @SmartBuildingsShow2019

London, United Kingdom, August 12th, 2019  – Smart Buildings Show 2019 is now open for registration. The free-to-attend conference and exhibition, which takes place at the Olympia London on the 9th and 10th of October 2019, features its biggest line-up of exhibitors and keynote and CPD-accredited training sessions from some of the biggest names in the smart buildings industry.


With the NHBC reporting the highest number of new home registrations since 2007*, it’s good to see brick manufacturers continuing to increase production numbers, ensuring the supply of British-manufactured bricks keeps pace with demand.

Brick production figures have been consistently rising over recent years and this month’s figures, showing a modest but positive 2.2% rise for the first six months of 2019, demonstrate the result of ongoing investment in the sector.