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Friday, November 9, 2018

COMPLACENCY AND COMPLEXITY BLAMED FOR GRENFELL FIRE

The BESA Conference 2018 also heard that technical incompetence was likely to blame for the Grenfell Tower tragedy, but the disaster was also a culmination of growing complacency across the fire safety industry. “Before Grenfell, the number of fires and deaths in fires were in decline. This led to complacency and a race to the bottom on price,” Conor Logan, technical director at Colt...

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Friday, November 9, 2018

OFF-SITE TAKING OFF

Increasing the proportion of building engineering services systems produced off-site will help the industry improve productivity and quality. This was the key message from a conference session chaired by BESA President Tim Hopkinson. Adrian Mitchell of Balfour Beatty said the factory-based model could reduce programmes by between 20% and 60% depending on the nature of the project and cut delivery...

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Future Leaders set to tackle skills gap

The BESA Future Leaders group set a series of ambitious aims and objectives for the coming year during a special session at the Conference. As well as encouraging more young engineers from BESA member companies to join the group, it said its main aims for the coming year would be to focus on ways to reduce the skills gap. Part of the plan involves getting young STEM Ambassadors to work with BESA...

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Confused? You will be.

The fact that the BCLive league table topped the £6.0 Billion mark for the second month in succession is surely cause for celebration.   But the facts underlying those figures are complex, confusing and – in many instances – counter-intuitive.   Builders’ Conference CEO Neil Edwards tries to explain. For the tenth month in succession, the BCLive league table of new construction contract awards...

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Budget summary

This budget is a good indication that the Chancellor feels freer to use Government funds ahead of Brexit more than we expected. There are a few noteworthy developments for BESA members, including tax cuts on equipment, changes to the Apprenticeship Levy and new rules on developments and housing. Growth estimated 1.6% in 2019, 1.4% in 2020, 1.5% in 2021 and 2022 and 1.6% in 2023 OBR forecast...

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