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STATE-OF-THE-ART ASEPTIC MANUFACTURING FACILITY WINS AT THE CONSTRUCTING EXCELLENCE NORTH EAST AWARDS

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

BakerHicks, the multidisciplinary design and engineering company, is celebrating the success of one of its major pharmaceutical projects, the GSK Aseptic Manufacturing Facility, at the 2018 Constructing Excellence North East (CENE) Awards. GSK won the Client of the Year category for the project, which was also a finalist in both the Offsite […]

Professional planners: planning for the future?

Fisher German partner – Kay Davies

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

To the uninitiated, UK planning policy and its supporting legislation appears to be a bit like criminal law: clear rules that govern what is and is not permissible, effectively written in stone. And, just like criminal law, the reality, as a quick glance at a […]

FIRE SAFETY: HIGH ON THE AGENDA FOR HIGH RISE REFURBISHMENTS

Blackwall Reach

SAFETY checks have been carried out on hundreds of high rise buildings* in the last 12 months, with many having to be reclad to meet regulations*.

In June 2017, all local authorities and housing associations were told by the Department for Communities and Local Government to carry out safety checks on external […]

Zeta completes £2m LED upgrade for RBWM six months ahead of schedule

RBWM – Eton College background – SmartScape Macro

As part of its ‘spend to save initiative’ the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM) awarded Bicester-based Zeta Specialist Lighting a £2m contract to replace all of its existing street lighting estate with energy-efficient LED luminaires.

The council’s overriding objective was to reduce both its […]

Public servants look to the future at this year’s Public Sector Show

Exclusive research published in April, carried out by the team behind the Public Sector Show, has explored the views of over 200 public servants, gauging their views of the current state of affairs in the sector and the challenges and opportunities ahead.

Top of the list of concerns for those leading, delivering and managing public […]

RIGHT TO BUY REPLACEMENT WILL BE ALL BUT ELIMINATED IN JUST FIVE YEARS, WARNS LGA

Councils’ ability to replace homes sold under Right to Buy (RTB) will be all but eliminated within five years without major reform of the scheme, new analysis from the Local Government Association has told GPSJ today.

The current Right-to-Buy system only allows councils to keep a third of each RTB receipt to build a replacement […]

Pivot Power to work with National Grid to future-proof energy system and accelerate electric vehicle revolution

World first 2GW network of batteries and rapid charging stations planned

Pivot Power today unveiled plans to build a world-first 2GW network of grid-scale batteries and rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the UK.

The £1.6 billion programme will provide infrastructure to support the rapid adoption of EVs and underpin clean air policies, while […]

BAKERHICKS OPENS NEW HEADQUARTERS IN WARWICK

Reporter: Amy Wood

BakerHicks, the multi-disciplinary design and engineering company, has completed the move to its new headquarters at One Warwick Technology Park. The decision to move the headquarters from Stratford-upon-Avon to Warwick has been driven by a need to create a modern and fit-for purpose office and design space.

A modern landmark office building, […]

Comment and advice for businesses affected after the collapse of Carillion

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Richard Wade, a specialist in construction law at leading law firm Blake Morgan, has spoken to GPSJ with advice for businesses following the collapse of Carillion.

Richard said: “The liquidation of Carillion and appointment of partners at PwC with day-to-day control represents one of the biggest failures of a private sector company […]

Department of Infrastructure, Isle of Man, selects Zeta’s Solar Shelter Lighting

Isle of Man – Zeta Solar Shelter – rural shelter

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

15 bus stops along the main service route from Douglas to Ramsey have been fitted with Zeta Specialist Lighting’s Solar Shelter Lighting Kit. The rollout is part of a three-year plan that will see a total of 50 bus stops across […]

New Technical Director to lead product development at Eminox

Steve Whelan (left) Technical Director and Mark Runciman Operations Director Eminox

Gainsborough-based emissions specialists, Eminox has appointed Steve Whelan, as its new Technical Director.

In his new role, Steve will be responsible for the company’s product development as well as research and advanced engineering, helping to shape Eminox’s technology strategy for the future.

He […]

CTSI Director of Policy calls for independent national trading standards regime

Adam Scorer

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Director of Policy at the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI), Adam Scorer, repeated its call for an independent, national trading standards regime on BBC News today. This follows demands from Which? on manufactures to ‘do the right thing’ and stop producing plastic-backed cold-appliances from non-flame retardant materials.

“We have […]

GMB SAYS CHINESE BID IS NOT THE SOLUTION TO MOORSIDE NUCLEAR PLANT IN CUMBRIA AND SUGGESTS THE LESSONS OF THE TOSHIBA COLLAPSE HAVE NOT BEEN LEARNED

Most members of the public will be looking on in continued bewilderment at the financing pantomime surrounding Moorside and asking why on earth the UK government hasn’t stepped in says GMB.

GMB, the energy union, says a bid by Chinese nuclear company CGN for a stake in Moorside is not the solution to the problems […]

Leading procurement advisers outline how changes to off-payroll taxes could give the public sector an opportunity to deliver better procurement practices all around

MD of Bloom, (Formerly Nepro Ltd) Rob Levene

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

There has been much debate about the serious impact changes to off-payroll tax rules (IR35) will have on the public sector and contractors alike. The MD of Bloom, (Formerly Nepro Ltd) Rob Levene, argues that the changes present the public sector with a […]