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Friday, January 26, 2018

BESA revamps kitchen ventilation guidance

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has completely revised and updated the industry’s primary guidance document for kitchen ventilation design. The Specification for Kitchen Ventilation Systems (DW/172), which was first published by the Association in 1999, is generally acknowledged to be the most authoritative specification for the sector in the UK and in many parts of the...

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Survey – Carillion sub-contractors facing huge losses

A snap poll of Carillion engineering sub-contractors shows that many companies are facing huge financial losses from the collapse of the construction giant. That’s according to new data obtained by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and the electrotechnical and engineering services trade body ECA. Carillion owes around £75 million to around 80 engineering services firms, who...

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Thursday, January 18, 2018


ECA and the BESA meet with liquidators PwC and Government on Wednesday Leading engineering services trade bodies ECA and BESA yesterday (Wednesday 17 January) pressed Carillion liquidators PwC to provide greater certainty to private sector contractors over the outstanding cash owed by the fallen construction giant. PwC’s David Kelly confirmed they and Carillion will provide suppliers with...

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Carillion collapse adds urgency to resolving retentions issues

The liquidation of construction giant Carillion could lead to potentially catastrophic losses for thousands of SMEs, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and the electrotechnical and engineering services trade body ECA.  According to its latest set of accounts, Carillion was holding over £800m in payments owed to sub-contractors. There is growing alarm that much of...

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

The ‘ayes’ have it! Retentions Bill passes first reading

The so-called Aldous Bill, which seeks to amend the 1996 Construction Act and ensure that retentions are held in a deposit scheme, passed its First Reading in Parliament yesterday unopposed. This means that the Construction Retention Deposit Schemes Bill will now move to its second reading, scheduled for 27 April. The Bill was presented by Peter Aldous, Member of Parliament for Waveney, and had...

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