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Waterproofing: Factors to consider when choosing building materials  

There is a wide choice of structural waterproofing materials available in the market and it can be difficult to determine the best option for your project.

We understand the complexity and competitiveness of the industry and the challenges this brings for manufacturers seeking to improve margins, reduce costs and improve predictability. Whether you’re involved in the specification, procurement and/or installation, we understand the challenges you face including managing financial risks, efficient delivery, or meeting legislative or environmental requirements.




–  Creation of the ICON building will bring circa 2,000 additional jobs to the North West

–  Area surrounding Manchester Airport set to become a central hub for employment

The Hut Group (“THG” or the “Group”), one of the world’s leading online beauty and wellbeing businesses, and Stoford Developments, one of the UK’s leading property development specialists, have today broken ground on ICON, the new 11.6-acre logistics and global content creation studio at Icon Manchester Airport.

2019 Structural Timber Awards Finalists Announced!

The Structural Timber Awards is a celebration of innovation, best practice and expertise in timber technology. Taking place on 09 October 2019 at the National Conference Centre, Birmingham, the Awards will showcase innovative solutions and ground-breaking developments from across the UK timber industry.

With over 200 exemplary entries packed full of outstanding, pioneering projects, products and people received, this year’s Structural Timber Award judges have had the tough job of shortlisting entries into each category. The judges have been overwhelmed with the high standard and variety within every category.

Charcon’s Abbey Moor creates a striking entrance at Burlington Plaza

Charcon’s Abbey Moor creates a striking entrance at Burlington Plaza

Charcon Hard Landscaping, a division of Aggregate Industries, has successfully completed the supply of paving, steps, cladding and coping to Burlington Plaza.

The requirement was for a high-end stone that would complement the corporate style of the headquarters’ existing architecture, and deliver a visual impact as staff and visitors approach the building. The project’s landscape architect, Cameo & Partners, needed a hard landscaping manufacturer that could deliver a high specification product within the project’s tight timescales, and approached Charcon, who recommended its Abbey Moor natural Yorkstone.

Aggregate Industries helps Lincolnshire villages cope with flood risk

Aggregate Industries helps Lincolnshire villages cope with flood risk

Aggregate Industries’ Woodhall Spa quarry in Lincolnshire has been working tirelessly to reduce the impact of floods on nearby communities.

Earlier in June, two months’ worth of rain poured across Lincolnshire in just two days. As a result, many communities across the county faced the very real threat of flooding.

McGee Group wins top RoSPA award for use of fleet safety technology

Press Release: McGee Group wins top RoSPA award for use of fleet safety technology

McGee Group wins top RoSPA award for use of fleet safety technology

Construction firm McGee Group has won the Fleet Safety Technology Trophy at the RoSPA Fleet Safety Awards 2019.

The London-based firm, which specialises in decontamination, asbestos removal, demolition, piling, civil engineering, construction and recycling services, and is marking its 60th anniversary this year, received its award at a gala dinner at ExCeL London last Tuesday, June 18.

Sponsored by Tesco Dotcom, RoSPA’s Fleet Safety Technology Trophy is presented annually in recognition of an organisation’s commitment to using the latest technology to manage occupational road risk – from telematics to e-learning and social media.

McGee Group has demonstrated a progressive approach to safety across the mix of vehicles and class types that make up its fleet. Drivers, vehicles and routes are monitored by various technological methods, with data analysed daily. Interventions have been introduced to avoid bridge strikes and to reduce time on the road. There is a strong safety culture and the firm is supportive of innovations and developing young talent, and its safety values are inherent from the top down.

John McGee, director, said: “To be selected for the Fleet Safety Technology Trophy for the best performance demonstrated as a Fleet Safety Gold Award winner is fantastic. The award win is a reflection of our continual investment in driver training and using technology to improve safety and performance to deliver a best in class fleet. The award is also testimony to our highly dedicated and passionate workforce who not only maintain current standards, but stop at nothing to keep improving health and safety within our business.”

Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of awards, said: “McGee Group makes good use of innovative technology and is at the forefront of design in what is a challenging industry for road safety. It has won numerous awards for its approach and we are delighted to present it with this year’s RoSPA Fleet Safety Technology Trophy.”

RoSPA’s other top fleet award – the Fleet Safety Trophy, which recognises the most effective and cohesive programme for the management of occupational road risk, supported by historical performance data – was presented to HTS (Property and Environment) Limited.

In addition to the competitive trophies in the RoSPA Fleet Safety Awards, safety charity RoSPA also presents non-competitive achievement awards and this year 53 organisations have had their management of fleet safety recognised in this way, with four – Colas Limited, NFT Distribution Operations Ltd (Bristol), NFT Distribution Operations Ltd (Crick), and Osborne – being presented with the President’s Award for winning more than 10 consecutive Golds.

The RoSPA Fleet Safety Awards form part of the RoSPA Health and Safety Awards, which is the country’s most prestigious, largest and longest-running awards programme of its type, attracting nearly 2,000 entrants each year, and is sponsored by NEBOSH. As well as this week’s London ceremony, there was a ceremony in Birmingham earlier in the month and another will take place in Glasgow in September.

Stepnell completes £6.75m project on luxury golf club and hotel


CONSTRUCTION firm Stepnell has delivered a spectacular £6.75 million hotel for one of the country’s most picturesque golf courses.

The 13-bedroom hotel at Feldon Valley golf club in the Cotswolds has been built by the contractor, which also oversaw the construction of four woodland lodges, as well as the extension and remodelling of the existing clubhouse.

Stepnell boosts south coast presence by hiring new operations manager


CONSTRUCTION giant Stepnell has appointed a new operations manager at its south coast offices after a successful year in the region.

With more than twenty years of experience in the construction industry, Steve Higgins has joined the team to manage all operational construction-based activity for Stepnell’s offices in Southampton and Poole.

Speaking about his new job role, Higgins said: ‘I’m really excited to be a part of the team for such a huge player in the construction world. Having the opportunity to work for an established family-run business that is constantly looking to improve and grow – not just in size but also in maturity – was too good to turn down.”

Redrow targets school leavers for housebuilding degree programme

Redrow targets school leavers for housebuilding degree programme

  • Degree aims to improve the quality of vocational training available

Redrow is looking for 12 school-leavers from across the country to join its Housebuilding Degree programme for the first time this year.

The course was launched in 2017 in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and Coleg Cambria and aims to teach participants the skills to become a construction manager in housebuilding over a three year period. The programme is the first dedicated degree of its kind.

ISG chooses to make mental health a priority

Leading construction services company, ISG has made an important commitment to physical, mental and emotional health of its staff as it launches a new health and safety programme today.

The company’s new ‘Choose Safe. Choose Health’ programme, which is being introduced alongside a new UK charity partnership with Mental Health UK, aims to harness the collective power of everyday choices, bringing more awareness of how they affect the safety, and particularly, the health of individuals.

Eurocell makes it a full house for Logik with new Flush Sash range @eurocellplc

The UK’s leading manufacturer, distributor and recycler of PVC-U window, door, conservatory and roofline systems has a new addition to its already successful Logik window range. The NEW Logik S flush sash is the third sash option as part of the system, the new flush sash design also includes a through-colour grey option.

Among the most popular of the PVC-U window systems with the trade due to their strength, reliability and clean sightlines, the Logik Ovolo and Chamfered options from Eurocell are used in a wide variety of new build, commercial and refurbishment projects.



Using the latest technology, we are launching a range of waterproof luxury vinyl flooring with colours and textures matching our engineered wood flooring.

Unlike other versions our backing is made of IXPE with is a foam type plastic which makes it totally waterproof. Other use a cork or cork composite which over time will deteriorate.